Pastor Wrinkles: Hey Jude Pt. 27

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. Jude 1:27

In these last verses of Jude the subject is turned away from “the secret-slipper-inner” and is put back on to the Savior who keeps our feet from slipping. I sometimes forget how secure I am in Christ. I forget that my salvation does not rely on me but on Him who called me. From first to last I am  saved by His work.  No one and nothing in this world can stop His hand which has begun to work in me.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil. 1:6 NLT

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38,39

My responsibility is to keep my life soaked in prayer and Bible. His job is to flow through that soaking. His job is to save and keep me from all sin and shame.

I stand amazed as God works in my life. I have His forgiveness. I am justified from all past wrongs. I have His constant perfecting conviction at work in my life; That is, I am sanctified and I am being sanctified. Finally I have His assurance that some day I shall be called into His presence. In the twinkling of an eye all my heartaches will be turned to glorious joy. I will stand glorified in His presence. All of my remaining weakness will be burned away by the fire of His loving gaze!

The most amazing thing about this is that I did nothing to earn it. If the truth be told, my works have earned me the polar opposite. Yet all these rewards are mine because of what Jesus did on the cross and through His resurrection. All I did was believe in His love. All I did was to allow that belief to propel me to ask for these mercies. He answered. He undertook. He saved!

As my friend Angela would say! What an amazing God!

 

How about you? Have you believed? Have you asked for His mercies? Don’t waste another moment ask Him today!

The Christmas Season Pt. 4: The Christmas Tag

I love the high holy days of the church! The world can try to turn Christmas into Winter Holiday, Kwanzaa,  or End of the Mayan World Day for that matter, but as long as the church inhabits the earth, this time of year will remain Christmas the season in which we celebrate the birth of Christ. You can’t stop the church…or its Christmas because its backers ( that would be Father, Son and Holy Ghost in case you were wondering) are too powerful.

I am really thankful to Lizzie from http://kickingtheleaves.wordpress.com/ for tagging me in “The Christmas Tag”. If you have not stopped by her blog give her a read this season!

Here are the questions I have been asked about Christmas:

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?  When I was little my mom was an ER nurse. It seemed she always pulled the Christmas Eve shift. Dad ran the town restaurant. He closed two days a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Christmas morning mom would get home about 7 A.M. and head off to bed for a few hours of shut-eye and my sister and I would open our stockings by ourselves while mom and dad took advantage of a ” day of rest”. I say all this just to point out there wasn’t a whole lot of Jesus in our Christmas. My folks worked through his birth!

As I have aged I have discovered that the whole gift giving end of Christmas has waned in importance. My favorite part of the season is the church celebration. Christmas Eve is one of the most important services of my year and when Christmas falls on a Sunday…I feel like I am living in a Dickens novel!

What is your favourite make-up look for the festive season?
Make-up? Ummm….

Real or fake tree?
Most definitely fake. I like to put the tree up on Thanksgiving so a real tree would be brown by Christmas.

Giving presents or receiving them?
I think I could actually go without presents. I love the idea of giving to a missions project for the season. I probably would do this for everybody if I knew that I wouldn’t offend certain people on my list by giving their gift to someone else.

Do you open your presents on Christmas morning or evening?
The last couple of years we have actually not opened our gifts until the kids came home at the New Year. I have really pared down, too, so the holiday is more about being together than about the gifts.

Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
Usually I buy my cards.

What’s your favourite Christmas film?
The Nativity…And Little Women the old version with June Allison playing Jo.

What’s your favourite Christmas food?
Lasagna and cole slaw, eggnog and pumpkin roll! 🙂

Here are the three folks I am choosing to tag for this challenge.

http://plantingpotatoes.wordpress.com/

http://imexcited.wordpress.com/

http://believeanyway.wordpress.com/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

A shortcut To Mushrooms

A shortcut To Mushrooms By JE LIllie

The dreamer dies, but never dies the dream, Though Death shall call the whirlwind to his aid, Enlist men’s passions, trick their hearts with hate, Still shall the Vision live! Say nevermore, That dreams are fragile things” Anon

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A Shortcut To Mushrooms 2 By JE Lillie

Evening Snow by JE LIllie

Evening Snow by JE LIllie

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn’t know, I held opportunity.” Hazel Lee

Snow In the Gloaming

Snow In the Gloaming By JE Lillie

 

Quotes Pt. 27

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It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

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The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Lucretius 95 BC 
– From Perseverance

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 132

As I read the ongoing saga of David, the king-in-waiting, I am reminded that accomplishing God’s plan in the world…”His kingdom come”  is not cost-free to those involved. The price for David was extremely high.

Just a thought could some of the trials you are currently struggling through be part of your cost to bringing about the plan and purpose of God in your little corner of the world?

Here’s what I see in today’s chapters:

I Samuel chapter 21 sermon topics/titles:

1. An Echo For the Messiah: I Samuel 21:1-6

2.  When God Makes Trouble: I Samuel 21: 7

3. When God’s Plan Makes You Look Insane: I Samuel 21: 10-15

 

I Samuel chapter 22 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Leading the Misfits: I Samuel 22: 1,2

2. When God Puts You In Harm’s Way: I Samuel 22: 5-7

3. A Family Curse Fulfilled: I Samuel 22: 9-23

Now tell me what life lessons you draw from these chapters! 🙂

 

Share Your World With Cee Cee Pt. 33

Wow Cee has reached her 50th Share Your World post! Congrats Cee! As you can all see I am 17 blogs behind.  I am so sad I missed 17 weeks of questions but there is no sense crying over spilt words…. So on to answer this week’s questions…which, by the by, turned out to be a lot harder to answer than I initially thought they would be.

  1. If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain? My first question here was “Does fully furnished imply that the house comes with a piano?”               My second question was “What about a coffee maker? Does fully furnished mean we’re all good in the coffee department?”       If not then two of my items are taken up by
    my Roalnd

    My Roland

    And by

    my Keurig

    my Keurig

    Now if those things are taken care of then my three items would be100_0981 100_0982 100_0983 Books! Though this seems to be three things it’s really only one you see. My number two would be

    Great Aunt Maud's antique dishes

    Great Aunt Maud’s antique dishes

    And

    Uncle Tom's Steamer Trunks stuffed with everything else I couldn't fit! :)

    Uncle Tom’s Steamer Trunks stuffed with everything else I couldn’t fit! 🙂

     

  2. Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I am officially considered “clessy”.
  3. What is the most enjoyable team or club you have belonged to and what was it that made it so? I have been privileged to be part of so many wonderful teams but I have to say my favorite would have to be the acting casts I have been a part of. “Welcome Home Sgt. Patterson” and “Four Tickets To Christmas” stick out in my memory.
  4. What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $50? Why? I enjoy taking people out to eat. Though 50$ doesn’t take you to far these days fellowship over a shared meal is worth the price of admission!

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 131

albert-einsteinSome people are known because of their individual accomplishments. They rise and fall seemingly on their own merit. While no man is an island, the help-mates of these folks are so far behind the curtain they are for all intents and purposes invisible to the public eye. These are men and women like:  Solomon of Israel, Augustine of Hippo, Joan D’Arc, Clara Barton, and Einstein.

Then there are others who though just as famous are defined forever in their fame by the company they kept. The story of Moses could never be complete without Miriam and Aaron. Who would Sampson be without Delilah? Deborah without Barak?

David was seemingly made by those he was in relationship with. David and Samuel, David and Goliath(though this relationship was extremely brief and unhealthy for the latter it single-handedly made David into an over night sensation), David and Saul, David and Bathsheba, David and Joab and of course David and Jonathan.

photo courtesy of masterlife.com

photo courtesy of masterlife.com

David came to power in the midst of and because of powerful relationships which informed his past, consumed his present, and directed his future. The long and the short of this story is that whether we are more like Solomon or more like David our relationships do contextualize our existences. Our relationships help us understand who we are and where we are going. Sometimes they become our reason and  more often they are our excuse.

Here is what I see in today’s chapters:

I Samuel chapter 19 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Friends In High Places: I Samuel 19:1-7

2. What To Do With A War on Two Fronts: I Samuel 19: 8-18

3. What Will Prophecy Strip From You? I Samuel 19:24

I Samuel chapter 20 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Receiving the Help of True Friends: I Samuel 20

2. Giving Up the Throne For the Covenant: I Samuel 20:12-17

3. When the Truth Makes You Weep: I Samuel 20:24-42

Now tell me what you see! 🙂

Quotes Pt. 26

Faery Garden At Midnight by JE Lillie

Faery Garden At Midnight by JE Lillie

You can’t stand up to the night until you understand what’s hiding in its
shadows.  ~Charles De Lint

Holding the Snow

Holding the Snow

 

“We could never learn to be brave or patient, if there were only joy in the world.” Helen Keller

Raining Pines by JE Lillie

Raining Pines by JE Lillie

 

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”  ―    Frederick Douglass

 

The Christmas Season Pt. 3: Heaven Pt. 86

“Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,” I Kings 8:49

As I sit meditating on this verse today I am astounded by what God has done. The writer here is supplicating with God. He asks God for restoration when God’s people enter into judgment for their sins and are taken away into captivity…for forgiveness when they turn and repent. He asks that at the moment of the people’s cry of remorse for their sins God would hear their supplication from His dwelling place in heaven  or from His fixed and permanent abode in Heaven. The intercessor further asks God not only to hear the people’s cry but that he would maintain their cause…bring restoration…deliver them from the results of their sins.

Here is what I am astounded by. God did it! And in order to do it He left his permanent abode in Heaven and came to Earth. He took on the form of sinful man and “maintained our cause.”  We often forget that the cross was not the first sacrifice Jesus made to save us. What did He give up just to become one of us?

Let’s celebrate that sacrificial gift this season!