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Thought For the Day

 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” – Mark 9:37 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark9:37&version=NIV

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Asking for your help!

We have been able to manage most of the expense of my cancer up till now but bills are still coming in and we just learned that our insurance will not pay for the drugs used in my chemotherapy! This expense alone is over four thousand dollars. With all these expenses we have set up a fund raising effort. If you can spare a little money and would be interested in donating here is the link:Patricia’s Cancer Fund http://gfwd.at/W1QuPF
I can’t tell you how much it will be appreciated and I understand how difficult it is,especially with the economy so bad. If you can not donate, please keep me in your prayers! I have faith that whatever the outcome, God will still be there and that is truly what is important! God bless you and I love you all! Patricia aka loopyloo


A Higher Plane

There is a battle going on,but contrary to the idea that this is a battle for the heart and mind of a country, it is instead a battle for the very souls of those who reside in it who claim the mantle of Christianity! What I am talking about is the children who are being used to divide a people. This is not just about country, nor is it even just about borders, immigration, or children!
These children are being used, some in the most vile ways. They are being raped, used to traffic drugs, used as distractions to let evil in, and being used to force a political viewpoint on those who have differing opinions. The way they are being used is evil, but that is not the most important thing. The most important thing is how we who profess to follow Christ react.
So many want to stop the madness, and that is understandable. They want to stop the influx and return the children to where they came from. But let me ask you this, if we become a wall and harden our hearts, who are we serving? If we turn the very vulnerable away, whose arms are we sending them into?
Is this love? This is not a matter of race, nor a matter of right or left political viewpoint! This is a battle on a higher plane! This is evil attempting to drive a wedge into the heart of those who profess to follow Christ. If we stand with shields in front of us repelling children, we are falling prey to the very evil we profess to abhor.
I am not saying that we should not stop those who are using this crisis and manipulating the laws of this country, but this is two very different problems. To think otherwise is to close your eyes.

 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”. – Ephesians 3:14-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians3:14-21&version=KJV


Anyone who loves Me

 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:22-27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John14:22-27&version=NIVimg_25331.jpg


Tim Barton at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel


Declaration of independence 4th of July 1776


Cancer Update

First thing I want to do is to say thank you all for the prayers,the support,the hope and the love you all have shown for me. This is the very essence of what Christ asks of us! He also asks of us to give testimony of His work and share His word with others! I am honored to be able to share my testimony with all of you prayer warriors. Tue. I had a biopsy and the Dr.said that there was no sign of the cancer!!!
The way God has blessed us in the last six months has been amazing my friends! While there have been many bad days, the good ones and the blessings outweigh those.When I initially told you of the diagnosis and asked for prayer, I asked that you also pray that I would get out of the way and let God lead. Lead He did!!!! Every time I had a need it was answered! Sometimes before I was even aware that the need would be there!

Even from the very first visit to the Doctors, such as the receptionist telling me God bless you, the lab tech playing Christian music and talking about her church, the Doctors nurse telling me about her mission trip while she was taking my vitals,and so many other instances of faith in the people who were going to take part in my care.
My Sister in law is truly a woman who knows what love is and showed it in everything she did! She took care of me as if I were her child, even on some days that I would not wish on anyone. She made sure I ate healthy, took me to my treatments and Doctor visits, and was there for every need. Her prayers were always uplifting and filled with hope and believe me,she knows what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer, her husband died from cancer a few years ago.
There are so many things like this my friends, probably many that I am not even aware of. Please never doubt that prayer works or that God answers, it does and He does!

I don’t know what He has planned for my future but I am so thankful that He has given me so many blessings and that I am able to say thank you to Him and to all of you! God bless you my friends and I love you all!


Joy

Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:20-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John16:20-24&version=KJV
What joy there will be for those who love the Lord on the day of His return!!!!


Encourage

 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. – Romans 12:3-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans12:3-8&version=NIV
Sometimes the gifts that seem to be the least are those that are needed the most!


Make the tree good

 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. – Matthew 12:33-37 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew12:33-37&version=KJV

Do we truly consider the fruit of our actions and the effects of our words? Why waste our time and possibly our future complaining about the actions of others when it is our fruits that can bring forward good things. God can change the heart of anyone!


Let the little children come

 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14 http://bit.ly/R6Rtry
I have been reading and listening to the various opinions on all the children showing up on the southern border of the US, and truly am torn in my feelings. One thing I am not torn about is who has a responsibility for them. It is not for me to change the misguided policy that brought them here! I can only point to God’s word where I truly believe all answers can be found. Irregardless of how they got here, their future and our own will be influenced by our actions. Do we leave them to those who are determined to use them for their benefit, wheather it be political or worse, or do we follow the instructions Christ gives?
I will be honest and say I am not sure how this will or can be done, but I have faith that it can be done. This is weighing on my mind and I feel certain this is something that must be addressed. Please join me in prayer and if you are in a position to do something, please listen to God and follow through!


Offense or Defense

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:17 http://bit.ly/RS8KAx
Do you ever stop to wonder that the one weapon we have in our armor is a weapon that can be used for offense as well as defense? While the rest of our armor is for protection, we are told the sword is used to penetrate and divide, even to judge – Hebrews 4:12
We are told to stand fast and not yield, but are we not also to advance when we have the opportunity?


Cancer Update

I want to update you on my status and share the good news! The Dr said Monday that the pet scan does not show any cancer and he thinks it is all gone! He does want me to have a biopsy in about a month just to make sure, so I will have that done!
God is great my friends and I have had so many instances of Him working on my behalf these last few months! From the very beginning of this journey and finding the cancer early, to the Doctors, the prayers from all of you wonderful prayer warriors and things like a free washer and dryer just when we needed them, gas money and food at a time when we were broke, and our wonderful family who supported us in sin many ways. I will never be able to tell them how much they helped,and I will never forget the wonderful help and support from all of you!
God bless you all my friends and never forget that your prayers reach God and He listens! Love you all and God bless you!


Pray for Maggie and her family

“This is the post none of us ever want to have to write. Our son, in his mid-30s, has been diagnosed with two cancers, advanced and serious. We will leave for an out-of-state cancer specialty hospital within the next few days, if possible. If not within the next few days, as soon as he receives word that he will be admitted.”

The message above was on Maggie’s Notebook this morning. Please add her son and family to your prayers!


Christ’s Love Guides US

 Clearly, Christ’s love guides us. We are convinced of the fact that one man has died for all people. Therefore, all people have died.  He died for all people so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the man who died and was brought back to life for them. So from now on we don’t think of anyone from a human point of view. If we did think of Christ from a human point of view, we don’t anymore.  Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.  God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships.  In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.  Therefore, we are Christ’s representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God.  God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him. – 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 http://bit.ly/11RV3td


Love

 I may speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal.  I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing.  I may even give away all that I have and give up my body to be burned. But if I don’t have love, none of these things will help me. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.  It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.  It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth.  Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up. Love never comes to an end. There is the gift of speaking what God has revealed, but it will no longer be used. There is the gift of speaking in other languages, but it will stop by itself. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will no longer be used.  Our knowledge is incomplete and our ability to speak what God has revealed is incomplete.  But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will no longer be used.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways.  Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me. So these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the best one of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 http://bit.ly/PoBlls


Endangering Children

Migrant Children Moved to Okla. Military Base

More than 600 unaccompanied migrant children are being relocated to a military base in Oklahoma this week.

The majority of the children being sent to Fort Sill for temporary housing are from Central American countries and Mexico.

The children will be housed in a building used as training facilities so they’ll have beds, bathrooms and recreational areas.

Educational supervisors will remain with the children until they’re either reunited with their families or placed with a host family temporarily.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., calls the plan to relocate the children “a breakdown that ‘incentivizes’ illegal immigration.”

Arizona is also expecting hundreds of children by the end of the week, but the state is already overwhelmed by approximately 700 kids who spent last Friday night in a warehouse sleeping on plastic cots.

The number of unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. illegally is expected to rise to 66,000 this year “

This story from CBN is disturbing on so many levels!  Our government seems to be encouraging the migration and immigration of children into this country, without taking into consideration of the welfare and future that they are facing. I understand the desire of their families, but so many of them are to young to even know what they are coming here for much less what kind of future they may have. These children are basically being trafficked by our government and put at risk for all kinds of abuse. Anytime you have that many children in  containment you run the risk of sexual abuse, assault, disease and any number of other problems.
Why are they encouraging even more? And what kind of impact will this have on our already fragile economy, schools,and healthcare? What about the millions of young people who are looking for jobs and are going to lose out even more because the resources are going to be shifted to care for the children coming across the border?
It is easy to say, “If you are truly Christian, you should welcome all these people!”,but is that true? Is it love to encourage children to place themselves in danger? Is it an act of love to turn a blind eye to the probabilities of sexual abuse and enslavery of the weak and uneducated? What is going to happen to all of these children?
Please pray for enlightenment for our government who are encouraging this and for God to watch over these children and protect them.


Pentecost

 When Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Passover, came, all the believers were together in one place.  Suddenly, a sound like a violently blowing wind came from the sky and filled the whole house where they were staying.  Tongues that looked like fire appeared to them. The tongues arranged themselves so that one came to rest on each believer.  All the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. Devout Jewish men from every nation were living in Jerusalem.  They gathered when they heard the wind. Each person was startled to recognize his own dialect when the disciples spoke. Stunned and amazed, the people in the crowd said, “All of these men who are speaking are Galileans.  Why do we hear them speaking in our native dialects?  We’re Parthians, Medes, and Elamites. We’re people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia,  Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the country near Cyrene in Libya. We’re Jewish people, converts to Judaism, and visitors from Rome,  Crete, and Arabia. We hear these men in our own languages as they tell about the miracles that God has done.” All of these devout men were stunned and puzzled. They asked each other, “What can this mean?”  Others said jokingly, “They’re drunk on sweet wine.” Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say.  These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning.  Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:I will pour my Spirit on everyone.I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women.blood, fire, and clouds of smoke.and the moon will become as red as blood Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ “Men of Israel, listen to what I say: Jesus from Nazareth was a man whom God brought to your attention. You know that through this man God worked miracles, did amazing things, and gave signs.  By using men who don’t acknowledge Moses’ Teachings, you crucified Jesus, who was given over to death by a plan that God had determined in advance.  But God brought him from death back to life and destroyed the pains of death, because death had no power to hold him.  This is what David meant when he said about Jesus:My body also rests securely because you do not abandon my soul to the grave You make the path of life known to me. “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that our ancestor David died and was buried and that his tomb is here to this day.  David was a prophet and knew that God had promised with an oath that he would place one of David’s descendants on his throne.  David knew that the Messiah would come back to life, and he spoke about that before it ever happened. He said that the Messiah wouldn’t be left in the grave and that his body wouldn’t decay. “God brought this man Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses to that.  God used his power to give Jesus the highest position. Jesus has also received and has poured out the Holy Spirit as the Father had promised, and this is what you’re seeing and hearing.  David didn’t go up to heaven, but he said, until I put your enemies under your control.”’ “All the people of Israel should know beyond a doubt that God made Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were deeply upset. They asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.  This promise belongs to you and to your children and to everyone who is far away. It belongs to everyone who worships the Lord our God.” Peter said much more to warn them. He urged, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”  Those who accepted what Peter said were baptized. That day about 3,000 people were added to the group. – Acts 2:1-41 http://bit.ly/14CWoEc


Consider What You Were

 Brothers and sisters, consider what you were when God called you to be Christians. Not many of you were wise from a human point of view. You were not in powerful positions or in the upper social classes.  But God chose what the world considers nonsense to put wise people to shame. God chose what the world considers weak to put what is strong to shame.  God chose what the world considers ordinary and what it despises—what it considers to be nothing—in order to destroy what it considers to be something.  As a result, no one can brag in God’s presence.  You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our approval, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.  As Scripture says, “Whoever brags must brag about what the Lord has done.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 http://bit.ly/XjPfc7


The Good News

 Christ didn’t send me to baptize. Instead, he sent me to spread the Good News. I didn’t use intellectual arguments. That would have made the cross of Christ lose its meaning. The message about the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.  Scripture says, Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the persuasive speaker of our time? Hasn’t God turned the wisdom of the world into nonsense?  The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of his own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe.  Jews ask for miraculous signs, and Greeks look for wisdom,  but our message is that Christ was crucified. This offends Jewish people and makes no sense to people who are not Jewish.  But to those Jews and Greeks who are called, he is Christ, God’s power and God’s wisdom.  God’s nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, consider what you were when God called you to be Christians. Not many of you were wise from a human point of view. You were not in powerful positions or in the upper social classes.  But God chose what the world considers nonsense to put wise people to shame. God chose what the world considers weak to put what is strong to shame.  God chose what the world considers ordinary and what it despises—what it considers to be nothing—in order to destroy what it considers to be something.  As a result, no one can brag in God’s presence.  You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our approval, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.  As Scripture says, “Whoever brags must brag about what the Lord has done.” – 1 Corinthians 1:17-31 http://bit.ly/1nmENZR


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Making Exceptions

 We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments.  The person who says, “I know him,” but doesn’t obey his commandments is a liar. The truth isn’t in that person.  But whoever obeys what Christ says is the kind of person in whom God’s love is perfected. That’s how we know we are in Christ.  Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived. Dear friends, it’s not as though I’m writing to give you a new commandment. Rather, I’m giving you an old commandment that you’ve had from the beginning. It’s the old commandment you’ve already heard.  On the other hand, I’m writing to give you a new commandment. It’s a truth that exists in Christ and in you: The darkness is fading, and the true light is already shining. Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark.  Those who love other believers live in the light. Nothing will destroy the faith of those who live in the light.  Those who hate other believers are in the dark and live in the dark. They don’t know where they’re going, because they can’t see in the dark. – 1 John 2:3-11 http://bit.ly/SFl890

I was reading a post that Pastor Rob Barkman reblogged this morning and it struck me how some churches are making exceptions and excuses for continuing in sin. The church in Pastor Rob’s post was dealing with homosexuality and part of the church wanted to embrace and make exceptions for those who wanted to continue in the practice. Because of this, the church divided.
The Pastor of this church has a son who embraced homosexuality and in doing so, his actions forced his father into making a hard decision. The Pastor of this church choose to accept the sin and declare it really was not a sin. In doing so,  he made an exception.
I wonder if he would have made an exception for other sins? If his son had committed murder would he have made an exception for that sin? What about adultery? Or theft? Do we get to choose what is sin? Do we have a right to make exceptions for sin when it is a difficult decision and affects us personally?
If we are followers of Christ, do we simply pick and choose what part of the Word we are given? In making exceptions which ones should we chose? Should we decide that adultery is acceptable? Or murder? Or perhaps some churches may decide that becoming a church of thieves is acceptable.
If we are into making exceptions, when do we simply begin to go our own way and just do whatever we want?
http://settledinheaven.com/2014/06/03/there-is-no-third-way-southern-baptists-face-a-moment-of-decision-and-so-will-you/


What has God done through Christ

 God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.  His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven. He is the image of the invisible God, He created all things in heaven and on earth,and holds everything together.He is the beginning, God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ.  God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ’s blood sacrificed on the cross. Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude.  But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame.  This is on the condition that you continue in faith without being moved from the solid foundation of the hope that the Good News contains. You’ve heard this Good News of which I, Paul, became a servant. It has been spread throughout all creation under heaven. – Colossians 1:13-23 http://bit.ly/17nIbly


Hope

 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 http://bit.ly/TBQCAz

The pain of losing those we love never goes away but it does lessen with time, but we have the assurance that they will not be left behind. So no matter the pain and loss of now, we can rest in the hope of a better tomorrow and know that God always keeps His promises!


Annie Needs Your Help and Prayer

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/xfl4/annie-s-autoimmunty-and-rey-s-move-fund

Our friend Annie is in desperate need of help! If you can help financially, please go to the link above. If you are not, please add her and her husband to your prayers. God does listen and answer. I don’t know what His plans are for Annie and Rey, but I know He does have a plan for them. God bless you my friends!


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