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Have you ever looked, in wonder, over the the way God reaches through time and moves people from one place to another to accomplish His will?

Take Paul, for instance. This is one of my favorite demonstrations of the way God works in the Bible. He is first mentioned in the Bible, in Acts chapter 8 verse 1 as Saul, where he watches Stephen being stoned to death.

Saul was a devout Jew. He felt what these disciples of Christ were doing was so very wrong. Little did he know, that this was only the beginning of a transformation for him, in a way he probably never dreamed was possible.

In verse 3: the Bible tells us that “as for Saul, he made havoc of the Church, entering every house, dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. 4: Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching.

Just think about that for a minute, if Saul weren’t searching these people out, they may have stayed, nice and secure, in their homes, and towns. Because of the anger of Saul, and his determination to stop them, he actually scattered them and facilitated the work of God.

In chapter 9:1 we find Saul “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the High Priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the way, men or women, he could bring them bound to Jerusalem.

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him “Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

And Saul asked “Who are you, Lord?”

“I am Jesus, who you are persecuting.”

So Saul, trembling and astonished, said “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

And the Lord said “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men that were with Saul heard a voice but saw no one. Saul rose up and opened his eyes, but was blind. They took him to Damascus and for three days, he could not see. During this time, he neither ate or drank anything.

While this was happening to Saul, the Lord was also giving a disciple in DAmascus named Ananias a vision.

In chapter 9:10 He says to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for the one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananais coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

Then Ananais answered “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your Saints in Jerusalem. And he has the authority to bind all who call upon Your name.”

But the Lord  said to him “Go for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel“.

The Lord worked through time and place to influence Saul, who would become Paul, believed to be the writer of five books of the Bible.

I know people who don’t believe that the Bible is fact will say that it is impossible to work through time, but is it really? We have science fiction books that posit time travel and even great scientist like Einstien who believed that one day it would be possible. Do we truly believe that if man can imagine it, that God could not do it?

Even today we have cell phones that work, to a certain degree, outside of time. This was unimaginable just one hundred years ago, and yet here in the Bible, almost 2000 years ago, we find a similar principle.

When you read the Bible, you find things that are simply wondrous, if you read with and open mind and an open heart. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”

What do you want to find?

Ask, Seek, Knock!!!!!!

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    April 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

  8. April 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  9. Genisis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    2: The earth was without form, and void;
    The one who created everything, created the laws of all things. We presume to know everything, and yet at the same time, continually find that God has more in store for us. No man knows all the answers, but God says Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
    10:”For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
    Can the one who made everything, and the one who knows you from before you were born, not know how to move when he sees the necessity? We are children of God, and if we accept him, we are granted the ability to find the answers that we seek. Faith, Love and blessing on you.

    April 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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    April 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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    April 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm

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    April 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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    April 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  14. That is one cool link to the Fibonacci numbers. Very good post. Thanks.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

  15. Shame the other Paul cant learn from him really.

    May 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

  16. I enjoyed this immensely Loopyloo. I just completed reading the Bible in it’s entirety (again) starting it Jan. 1, 2011. Each time I read of course I find new things I never noticed or understood before. (I read only the KJV since 1972)
    This time I noticed more than ever this one thing:
    If one reads different books by different authors, it’s easy to recognize the diverse styles of each author. Thus people have their favorites.
    Of course we tend to have favorite books of the Bible (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes being mine). This time I was impacted most by the consistency of every book in that even though there are many different “writers” … they all were led by the same spirit. Thus confirming, to me anyway, that the Bible is the Word of God and contains the words of eternal life.
    Does that make sense?

    July 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    • Thank you Steve, I have to say that Acts and Psalms are my favorites. Acts because of the way God takes what looks very bad and turns it into one of the greatest examples of the power and influence on a man that there is with Saul going from persecuting Christians to being one of the greatest teachers and prophets. And Psalms because of the way they just have of filling whatever need I happen to have at any given moment.
      Absolutely, it makes sense, it is so wonderful and it always makes me wonder how so many are willing to deny it. I fear for those that try to change the Bible and make it more appealing and inclusive, it tells in Rev. that they will be removed from the Book of Life. You have to wonder if those who preach such inclusiveness, truly are believers. Otherwise, why would they take such a risk and risk the fate of their followers?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

  17. Wow. you are good! (: I really like this….you are right….God stirs in our hearts to do His Will and what is convenient for the lost souls. Beautiful..

    July 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    • Sometimes we don’t listen, but He always talks. I hope and pray that He guides my hands.

      July 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

  18. Kim

    I got to your site by being forwarded from another site with information on how Shariah law is infiltrating our American school systems. I try not to get too caught up in the scariness of it all by reminding myself the Lord is in control of everything. As strong as my faith is, It does my heart good, however, when I come across other individuals with the same Christian values. As it says in Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” I’m glad to see your blog is doing just that, and hopefully mine does also. Thanks for your sharing of the gospel with others.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    • Kim, I am very thankful that He sent you my way. The way that God works in putting His people in touch with each other is wonderful. God bless you!

      January 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  19. Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?

    February 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    • I haven’t had any problem yet, although I know of others who have. God bless you today, you have a wonderful photo on your site.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  20. Hi Loopy,
    I hope I don’t offend you when I criticize organized religion. It’s the leaders I attack, not the Christians. I know you’re wise and would understand.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    • No, my friend, you don’t offend me, my own pastor criticizes organized religion. The problems of many church’s today is that they concentrate on themselves and not on God. They tend to forget that He is the reason, not the excuse for their existence. Just, please don’t judge them all as a whole, they are not all the same, and there are many out there, like my own pastor, that put the emphasis on God where it belongs. Our goal should never be serving ourselves or treating His as if He should give us everything that we want, we are expected to do our part and He will give us what we need. There are way to many modern churches that think that He will give them all they ask for, and that they do not have to do anything. God bless you my friend.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      • Now I see that you have a wise pastor too Loopy. Like leader like follower. God bless you all your church Loopy.

        February 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    • Non-Christians have argued again and again, they disilke being inundated by Christianity promotion. Many points can be made in defense, including- 1. I don’t like TV advertisements, so I mute them. The fact that most Americans are Christians is just the way things are, accept it and move on. 2. Advertisements are everywhere, if you really truly disbelieve, then you should be able to ignore the warnings of hell, without a problem. Your inner Soul may be nudging you to believe, and you may be angry that you live in a Christian oriented society. Nobody’s life is perfect. You may think that we are arrogant. Please try to understand that an important part of Christianity is our belief that Jesus asks us to promote his message of salvation, and we are just following our belief. I have to add that, if there were no judgement day, then what incentive do non-believers have to act with compassion for others, etc. I personally don’t know how to quell the non-believers irritation at our signs, etc. other than what I have stated here. I’ll give you this- the universe is such a wonder, that however it got started, the reasons are mind boggling- It’s really no giant leap to go from being in awe of its origin, to believing in Jesus Christ as the son of God.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:44 am

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    • Thank you for the link Friendship Quotes and God bless you!

      May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  23. Honestly, I am not sure why I never clicked on this page because I have been following you for a while. I just want to comment on your home page which gives bible verses and video in support of your titles by saying thank you. I read and write sermons every week and sometimes I really just need a quick moment of encouragement and your home page does that for me. Peace & God Bless You.

    July 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  24. You made some really good points concerning Paul’s ministry. It was a pleasure reading this. Honestly, I am not sure why I never clicked on this page because I have been following you for a while. I just want to comment on your home page which gives bible verses and video in support of your titles by saying thank you. I read and write sermons every week and sometimes I really just need a quick moment of encouragement and your home page does that for me. Peace & God Bless You.

    July 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    • Thank you Rev. Deirdre, I am glad that you are able to get encouragement here. God bless you my friend!

      July 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • , someone once told me, “There are lots of plopee who can work in the local church, but only a few are called to go to other countries. So if that is your calling, stop hogging someone else’s ministry and just GO!”

      January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    • ye man read the context and undiastrndeng the meaning in which tells aboutsome points u mention is they committed the Sin against GOdbut God doe’t give the permission to do sex with other people ..

      January 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

  25. Dead indited content, regards for entropy. You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it. by Samuel Butler.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    • It’s not truly about what you can do with God, it’s about what God can do with you! I don’t remember who wrote that but it seems to me when you boil it down that that is the important point don’t you think? God bless you!

      August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

    • the penalty of sin is death. We all die phlcsiayly, but we also deserve to die spiritually by spending eternity in Hell.“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23No. 3,4: Doing your best is commendable. To turn from your sins and stop sinning is also very desirable (yet impossible). Will doing these things make you perfect? No. Heaven is a perfect place and you must be perfect to enter. The Bible says:“And there shall in no wise enter into it (Heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27No. 5,6: No deeds, charity, contributions to churches, nor any good work by you, can take away your sins or save you. The Bible says:“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9No. 7: Water baptism and communion cannot pay for sins. They are for those who are already saved.“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us:..” Titus 3:5aSo far it sounds quite bad: we are all sinners; we all deserve to go to Hell; Heaven is a perfect place; nothing we do can make us perfect. How then can we go to Heaven? The answer is found in God’s Word:“For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay for all of our sins. He died FOR us. Only through Him can we have eternal life.What then must you do to go to Heaven?No. 8: Correct! By trusting in Jesus Christ as the one who died for your sins, you will receive everlasting life. Even though you may die phlcsiayly, your soul will live forever in Heaven. Jesus Christ said:“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16Jesus also said:“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me HATH (possesses now) everlasting life.” John 6:47The moment you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, your sins will be forgiven, and you will receive God’s righteousness (perfection). This allows you to enter Heaven.“And by Him (Christ) all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39No. 9: Incorrect! You can do nothing to add to the finished work of Christ. By doing so, you are not trusting in Christ alone as your Savior but only as your helper. You cannot go to Heaven that way. You must completely forget about your good works and commitments as a means of saving you, and put your trust ONLY in the Savior – Jesus Christ.“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5Trusting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is a one time decision in your life. The moment you believe in Christ, God will give you eternal life. Once you have believed, God accepts you as His child.“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12God may discipline you when you disobey, but He will never cast you out of His family. You have eternal life which is secure. You can never lose it, neither can you forfeit it. God’s unconditional promise is that He will never take it away from you:“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” John 10:28This is called eternal security. Serving the Lord is important, once you are saved. It brings God’s blessings and joy to your life. But if relied upon to get you to Heaven, it will not work. Salvation is ONLY by faith in Jesus Christ.No. 10: Friend, I cannot make you believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe you don’t believe in it because you can’t see it. But neither can you see the air you breathe, yet without it you would die. Heaven is real! Hell is real! Why not investigate God’s Word?“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”John 3:18Right now, why not trust Jesus Christ as your Savior. He will save you for all eternity. You can also have the assurance that your sins are forgiven (past, present, and future). God has said it, and He cannot lie.“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life…” 1 John 5:13Jesus said:“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” John 6:37,39

      January 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  26. Hi ma’am Thanks for following my blog. Such an honor! Of course, for the Glory of God, let’s spread His word. Thanks ma’am. God bless :D

    September 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    • You are most welcome, for the Glory of God indeed! God bless you as well!

      September 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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