Help Wanted

Old_wood_help_wanted_sign_2

Today’s Reading – Ezra 1 – 2 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – Romans 9 – 12; Psalms 126 – 130; Proverbs 27)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0527 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Read a previous post from this morning’s passage – “A Fresh Start

Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.   (Ezra 1:2-3)

After Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem, God commanded Cyrus, king of Persia, to rebuild the Temple.  Everyone did their part.  Some helped with the actual rebuilding and others gave toward the project.

Today, we also need everyone to support the building of churches.  Millions of Americans are in the greatest struggles of their lives.  Financially we are facing rising energy costs, rising unemployment, fears of a national recession – or even a depression. The dramatic stock market losses have taken huge amounts out of retirement accounts.  This is our new way of life: The “Lean Times.”

“Lean times” also may apply to some other areas of life. Relationships can be hard times, grief can leave a person in emotional ruins, and disease can attack. Faith challenged. If you face “lean times,” you’ll need a good foundation Jesus Christ.

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Ephesians 2:20)

King Cyrus would not be impressed with our version of hard times.  He would tell us, you can choose either defeat, or a victory. His was victory.

Let’s band together and continue the work so the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be heard around the world.

Thank You

1 John 5:13

 

 


Posted in Thoughts from Ezra by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

pinky-swear

Keep Your Word

Today’s Passage – Judges 11 – 13 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – 1 John 1 – 5; Proverbs 24; Psalms 116 – 120)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 51

Read the “0324 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31)

This story in our scripture reading always amazed me.  There are so many truths you can glean from it but today I would like to focus on keeping your word, a vow.

Here we have the account of Jephthah, the son of a harlot. The Bible says his mother married Gilead and they had other sons. Now, like in many blended marriages, children will fight over the inheritance left by parents, and this was true of Jephthah’s brothers. So they sent him away. But when times got rough, they sent for him to lead them in battle. Now in verse 30, Jephthah makes a vow (deal or promise) to God, and God kept His end of the deal. Israel defeated the children of Ammon. In verse 31, we read the vow, ‘Whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me … I will offer it up for a burnt offering.’ After the war, he returned home and his only child, his daughter, came dancing in through the door of his home. At the end of Judges 11, we read that Jephthah kept his word that he vowed to the Lord and sacrificed his only beloved daughter to the Lord.

Keeping our word is a lost trait. Nowadays a hand shake just won’t do it. People just don’t keep their word. The Bible calls them fools.

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” (Ecclesiastes  5:4-5)

How often are our children disappointed because of a promise we made to them, and then broke it? I think it’s similar to when we pray to God and He doesn’t answer the way we want Him to. Have you ever lent someone money and they promised to pay you back and didn’t? Maybe you did a job and didn’t get paid what you were supposed to. Keeping our word honors God. After all, He always keeps His.

Let’s try to do our best to keep our word and to show others the love of Christ.

Thank You

John 3:16

 

 


Posted in Devotions by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

Count Your Blessings

Today’s Passage – Deuteronomy 29 – 31 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Philippians 1 – 4; Proverbs 10; Psalm 46 – 50)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0310 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” (Deuteronomy 29:3-4)

We see Israel before they crossed over the Jordan into Canaan, the Promised Land. Moses was reminding them of all the things that had happened to them on their journey from Egypt. They watched as the Red Sea destroyed their enemies. They saw water coming out of a rock and manna falling from the sky. They never had to buy shoes, and they saw the Lord do many other amazing miracles. They were to be lead away from sin, so that they could worship God freely. But, they kept failing – something would happen and the children of Israel would mummer and complain. They desired to return to their former life in Egypt.  Then, they would repent and God would bless; and the cycle would start all over again. That’s why Moses was reminding them of their blessings.

But let’s not be so hard on the children of Israel. Are we not just as guilty? Let’s take a look.

We come to a very low point in our lives where we turn to the Lord (Israel’s 400 years in bondage). We accept what Jesus did on the cross and He becomes our Saviour (Israel flees from Egypt). You start going to church, read and learn God’s word, and make other changes in your life (Israel sacrificed in the wilderness). We follow the first teaching and get baptized, (the crossing of the red sea). Then, the honeymoon is over and the trials of everyday life happen (they had no water and they also got tired of the manna God supplied). We think, ‘I had it better before’, and we want to go back to the old ways. Our heart is set to return to the land of sin and the corruption, then we fail which brings destruction instead of life (Israel wanting to go back to Egypt). We are so quick to forget what God has done for us. With living the life that God has for us, we should bring others into the Promised Land forsaking our former life.

God really wants us to have the good life, but we have to want it too.

If we are not thankful for what we have, then God may withhold other things from us. But, if we are truly thankful for all that we have then God seems to pour out His blessings abundantly upon us. Instead of grumbling over what we don’t have, we should be a living testimony of Christ by doing what He told us to do.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Remember that in God’s kingdom there is no pain or mourning or death. A pure heart does not just seek after material things, but seeks ways to serve and please God.

So when Satan is tempting you to turn aside from the ways of God and you are thinking of going back to Egypt, walk away from those people and situations that pull you down.

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Have you ever had to go someplace and didn’t know how to get there? You would never just get in a car or enter a plane or other form of transportation without first getting the directions. You may ask someone for directions or look at a map or a GPS to help you start your journey. But the bottom line is you need directions.

Heaven is a place where one needs direction to get to. It’s not found on a map or in any GPS. Other places you’ve been before, have several ways to get there. Most faraway places are very costly.

Heaven’s way is only One Way.  In the Bible, there are many verses that can lead you to the Only Way.  Let’s look at the Romans Road Way.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  (Romans 10:9)

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

And just one more from 1 John:

“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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  (1John 5:13)

God promises His children Heaven. He didn’t leave it to His children to figure out the way. He gave a ‘road map’ for the journey, the Bible. Need directions?

Thank You

John 3:16


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

DROP

 

                                                                

Today’s Passage – Exodus 22 – 24 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 9 – 10;  Proverbs 27Psalms 131 – 135)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0127 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Are You A Drip?

“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.”  (Proverbs 27:15)

Contentious means brawling, (i.e. fighting).

Think with me for a moment.  It’s was a beautiful summer day.  It was a great day with fun and excitement.  You’re looking forward to another day of friends and family.  It’s going to rain this night but all is well because the weather prediction is sunshine by morning.    Your PJ’s are on, and as you rest your head on the pillow, you hear the start of the rain.  Life can’t get any better.  You start to doze off and you hear, “drip, drip, drip.”  At first you’re ok with it but after several hours of the dripping noise, you’re about to lose your mind.

Again, think with me ladies.  You’re husband just came home from a hard day of work.  His boss and co-workers have been giving him a hard time.  Other pressures of life have been on his mind throughout the day.  He’s tired and stressed out.  He’s looking forward to coming home to a haven of rest from the trials of this world.  Husband opens the door and you’re waiting there. For the rest of the night all you do is complain, nag, put him down or whatever and it all ends in a fight.  Not only that, you do the same with your children.  On the other hand men, you may be the one who hands out the harshness in your home.

I am sensitive to the thought that we all have hard days.  We all have pressures in life and are looking for a way out.  But taking out on others is not the answer.  We have a God who loves us and is always available to lay our burdens on.  He is the only one who can satisfy.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”  (Titus3:2)

Our task is not going to be easy but the end results has great rewards.

Are you a drip?

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

Pharaoh's Daughter Finds Moses Exodus 2:3-6

 

Today’s Passage – Exodus 1 – 3 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 11 – 12Proverbs 20Psalms 96 – 100)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 121

Read the “0120 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

  Pharaoh’s Daughter

 “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.   And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”   (Exodus 2:1-6)

Today, in the world’s eyes, being important and well known is everything. But, is it really?  Pharaoh’s daughter was educated, powerful, and well known in her time.  She had all that anyone could ever have: wealth, servants, beautiful clothing….  Her father was the ruler of Egypt.  He just commanded, that all Hebrew boys 2 years old and younger be drowned in the Nile River.  When she saw the baby, the Bible says she had compassion on him.  She was brave enough to disobey her father and kept the baby.  She would later raise Moses in the house of Pharaoh.  The education, and training, helped Moses in many areas of his life; and God used him in a mighty way.

Even with the important role she played, and what she did, no one knows her name.  The Bible doesn’t say if she came to know the God of the Hebrews, but God placed the right woman in the right place at the right time.

How many people do you know that may be unsaved that performs good deeds?  A coworker, a family member, your friends.  God can use the unsaved to fulfill his will in our lives.  God can use different people to fulfill His goals.  However, He never forces them to have faith in Him.

There are many daughters of Pharaoh living among us.  They are guided by God and doing His will but lost.    We see them and think all is well.  They have it all, as Pharaoh’s daughter, and yet they have nothing.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”     (Matthew 16:26)

Will you reach out to one today?  Will you give them a tract or invite them to church?  We can all rejoice when they come to know Jesus too!

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:37-38)

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

 

Today’s Passage –Genesis 33 – 35 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read –Matthew 25 – 26Proverbs 13Psalms 61 – 65)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 55:17

Read the “0113 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading – “Lead On Softly

STAY HOME

“And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.” (Genesis 34:1)

This sad story begins with a young girl Dinah, who comes to a new country and unwisely goes out to seek friends.  Just a side note, some say she was between the ages of 12 and 16.   This is an age where most young people try to leave the ‘nest’ to make their own life.  The friends she sought were not of her own people.  They were daughters of a pagan nation.  While away from home in the world, she was raped by Shechem, son of Hamor the Canaanite, a ruler.  Shechem then wanted to marry Dinah, but we learn that her brothers went on a killing spree.

It’s not much different today.  Our young children are bombarded with all kinds of temptations.  It’s everywhere.  They are encouraged to rebel against the wishes of their parents.  Parents get so frustrated that they give in as their children draw away from them and their family values.  These young children, barely teens, enter a world they know nothing about.

Our Bible is the source we can go to, to study out what it says about family, so we can have a successful plan.  It’s important to teach our children at a young age who to associate with.  Also that even a simple decision can impact a life forever.

Thank You

Proverbs 22:6


Posted in Just for Ladies by with 1 comment.

SATURDAY MORNING POST – By Camille Stahl

camels

Today’s Passage – Genesis 27 – 28 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read –Matthew 19 – 20; Proverbs 10; Psalm 46 – 50)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 48:1 & 2

Read the “0110 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “The House of God” and “Savory Meat

Rebekah, From Triumph To Failure

“And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.   And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.   And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.   Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:  And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.   And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.   And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.   And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.   And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.   And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.”  (Genesis 24: 10-19)

“And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.   And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.   Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.   Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.”  (Genesis 27:5-10)

Rebekah was a hard worker with a kind spirit, excited about doing God’s will.  Her day started like most of ours.  She got up, got dressed, and went to work, but this day was different.  While at work she met a man.   She served him by giving him and his camel’s water.  Rebekah was friendly and invited him to meet her family.  There was no thought when she said yes to the question “Will you go with this man?”   This was a great step of faith.  She would leave her family to go into an unfamiliar land to marry someone she never met, but she was willing.  She loved and served Issac.  Isaac and Rebekah served the Lord together and later Esau and Jacob were born.

In chapter 27, the Bible tells us that Rebekah loved Jacob more than Esau.  This may have been because Isaac favored Esau.  I only had one child, so I don’t fully understand sharing love between two children, however, I’ve seen the results of parents showing favor towards one child.  This was Rebekah’s down fall.  What was it that turned the heart of Rebekah from a kind spirited servant of God, to a deceiver?  The Bible doesn’t say, but we all know who’s behind all evil.

Rebekah’s life is much like the Christian life.  We are out and about doing our daily routine, when we meet someone who asks the question “Will you go with this man (Jesus)?”  We willingly say yes and except the Lord Jesus as our Saviour and begin to serve Him.  We work by serving others in church and in the community and are excited about it.  We lose the old man and start allowing the “New Spirit” to take control.  We do things and go places where we’ve never been before.  We invite strangers into our lives to help them find their way to the Lord.  But as we get on in our Christian lives, like Rebekah, we allow satan to creep in.  We love the Lord (Esau) but we really like the way of the world (Jacob).  We are divided.  Be careful not to make bad decisions when stepping towards the world.

I pray that if you find yourself in Rebekah’s shoes, that you will turn your attention back towards the Lord.  Remember “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”     (1 John 1:9)

“My eyes are dry, my faith is old, my heart is hard, my prayers are cold.  And I know how I aught to be, alive to you and dead to me.  But what can be done, for an old heart like mine, to soften it up with oil and wine.  The oil is You, Your Spirit of love, please wash me a new, in the wine of your blood.” (A Song By: Keith Green)

Thank You

1 John 5:13 – 14


Posted in The Saturday Morning Post by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

Sarah with Isaac

 

Today’s Passage – Genesis 17 – 19 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Matthew 11 – 12; Proverbs 6; Psalm 26 – 30

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 25

Read the “0106 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage –”Don’t Look Back“, “Abraham Did a Little Walking With God, Too” and “The Prayer of a Friend

THE STUDY OF SARAH

 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:9-14)

Abraham and Sarah lived a secure life in Ur, with friends and family. One day God appeared to Abraham and told him to leave his land and go to a place which He would point out to him. Most women would find it hard to leave their home to face an unknown future, but Sarah got on board and stood behind her husband, obeyed God and went willingly. After moving over 600 miles away, God told Abraham to move again. All the while Sarah was waiting for the promise of God to bear a child.

Abraham and Sarah continued moving around, and because of a famine, they decided to move to Egypt. For the first time Sarah saw Abraham not take council from God. She must have really questioned her husband when he asked her to tell the people she was his sister. Here was a man who walked beside God now running ahead. Sarah honored her husband, and God honored Sarah by protecting her in Egypt. Sarah knew from experience that to live a life of faith she would need to be patient. Faith and patience go together. You can’t buy them, you have to experience them. But Sarah was growing older and now past her days of child bearing. She suggested to Abraham that he take a Hagar as his concubine. Although these things happened frequently back then, it was still wrong because of her lack of faith.

A year after God appeared to them again, Sarah conceived and gave birth to a child. Finally the promise from God.

Today, we have two nations from the loins of Abraham: the Arabs, the descendants of Ishmael; and the Jews, the descendants of Isaac. They are still at war with each other, all because Sarah ran ahead of God.

We too must follow by God’s side. Never running ahead or dragging behind. Move when God moves us, wait when He is working. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  If you ever walked in the woods at night with a flashlight, you know you must walk next to the one holding the light. Too far behind or ahead, you are in darkness. You might go down the wrong path, stumble or fall. So let’s take the Saviour’s hand and walk together by His side.

In conclusion, I do not want to leave Sarah on a sour note. Sarah’s had experienced many sacrifices. Her faith grew after the birth of her son Isaac.  She experienced hardships and disappointments all without complaints. She was flexible with the changes that were made in her life. By her obedience to Abraham, she allowed him to obey God. In Hebrews 11, she was honored for the faith she did have, not because of her failures.

Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy Blood was shed for me, And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God I come…

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

JESUS AND SATAN

 

 

Yeaaaaah!

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

This is my favor verses concerning the devil.  I thank God I read the back of the book.

Soon Christ will return for His bride, when the dead in Christ shall be raised and the living shall be changed.  The church and the Holy Spirit will be taken and the tribulation will begin.  Satan will give every effort to gain control of the earth.  He will give power to the Antichrist who will gather the armies to the battle of Armageddon.  At the end of the tribulation, Christ will return to the earth with the saints, riding on a white horse.  He will win the battle for His children at Armageddon.  Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.a  The flesh that remains, both great and small, will be devoured by the ‘fowls of the air’.  Revelation 19b ends stating, “All the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

But that’s not Satan’s end.

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”(Rev 20:1-3)

After the awful condition of the tribulation and battle, Jesus will live and reigned on earth.   Satan will no longer have the power to  destroy, and disrupt.  But when the thousand years are over, Satan returns to stir up strife against the saints of the Lord.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

But be of good cheer, Satan may win many battles but he WILL lose the war!

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.   (Revelation 20:10)

Satan’s desire is to destroy and take every soul to Hell that he possibly can.  A saved soul is a testimony to God’s power therefore he desires to keep people from accepting Christ.

Satan hates Christians.  He causes people to murmur against God and to complain.  He leads them to worship false idols and gods.  Churches have often been torn apart.  He makes us feel unworthy to be called a child of God.  He loves to destroy families, he wants to destroy your life.  The only way we can conquer Satan and cause him to flee from us, is through the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So if it seems that Satan has a hold on your life and there’s no way out, remember this, some day Satan will bow before the Lord Jesus.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:10-11)

Just as God destroyed the Egyptians, Satan will be cast out, no longer able to hold his power over you and never shall you be tempted by him or anyone again.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  (Exodus 14:13-14)

So when the devil reminds you of your past [sins], remind him of his future.

Amen!


Posted in Devotions by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – BY Camille Stahl

 

Today’s Passage – 1 Peter 1 – 5 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 111 – 115; Proverbs 23)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Matthew 6:33

Read the “1223 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this morning’s reading passage – “Suffering

Cleansed Through the Precious Blood!

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  (1Peter 1:15-19)

Well just two more days until Christmas morning. Everyone is racing around getting their last minute shopping done. Most of the gifts are wrapped and under the tree. The Christmas meat is thawing in the fridge. Lots of cleaning still to do before the family arrives. Up early, to bed late. There’s a snap of cold air and a slight hint of white flakes falling from the sky. Lights bring a beautiful display of the spirit of Christmas.  Memories flood our minds as we sing the carols we heard since we were very young. Aww, Christmas. The Babe in the manger. The One who came to save the lost. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Holy One! The One who we will share eternity with.  The One who is getting our home in Heaven ready. There is no amount of silver or gold that could buy even a little piece of the riches that Jesus will share with His children. What He offers is free. He paid for it.  We are like that dirty spotted little lamb. We’re useless and not worth a dime. But the Lord Jesus Christ sees great value in His creation. We are so valuable, to Him, that no amount of silver or gold could pay for our value. Only the Blood of the Spotless Lamb could pay that price. You see, the Babe in the manger didn’t stay a babe. He came to die and shed His blood to pay the price. That Blood washes us, white as snow. No blemishes, no spots, so we could live a holy life. That’s when our Heavenly Father looks at us and sees us as that white lamb. Praise God for His gift of Love to us, Jesus, the Lamb in the manger.

I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your families.

Thank You

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:11-12)


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Today’s Passage – 1 Timothy 4 – 2 Timothy 2 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 76 – 80; Proverbs 16)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 121

Read the “1216 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous post from this morning’s reading passage – “Where Would Our Church Be Without the Young People“ and “Christian Growth

Respect?

“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”  (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Did you ever wonder why God had to include such simple, almost a ‘no brainer’ type instruction to live by? Having respect for other people should be taught at a young age and followed throughout our life.

In more recent days, I’ve notice that being disrespectful to others is starting with children younger and younger. I’ve seen and heard many disturbing things coming from children while shopping or just being out and about. Many times you see on the news of boys under the age of 13 robbing, killing and sexually molesting others. What happen to game playing, participating in sports, build a fort? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It’s the same thing with preteen girls. They seem to be only interested in looking older and or sexy so they can ‘attract’ the boys. They not only are disrespecting themselves but their parents by rebelling. They listen to the ‘pop world’ and not their parents. But many times the parents are to blame.

Several years ago, I heard a great sermon on “Looking Forward to the Past”.  It was about how the older generation looks to the younger generation to set up the standard instead of the elder.

“And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;” (1Kings 12:2-13)

The younger generation should always look to the past generation to set up the standards for the next generation.

Now in fairness, it almost seems cruel to blame the young people without pointing the finger to the older crowd.  As parents we’ve dropped the ball.

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.”  (Judges 2:10-12)

I’m sure most of you who are reading this blog, try hard, and with much prayer, to train up your own children to do right in the Lord.  But we should also
consider inviting others to church so they can learn also.

Together let’s labor to expand the Kingdom of God and by example train up the young while respecting the old.

Thank You

Proverbs 22:6


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

preacher-pointing

Today’s Passages – Galatians 4 – 6; (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 41 – 45; Proverbs 9)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 48:1 & 2

Read the “1209 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “The Schoolmaster“ and “Don’t Shoot the Messenger

So, What’s Got You Ticked Off?

(Galatians 4:16)  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Paul was preaching to the Galatians that it’s not through their works, the way of salvation, but through faith.  He tried to tell them that they are free from the bondage of works and that salvation is free through Christ, (doing righteous works are a result of salvation not a way to obtain it).

The Galatians had been taught a lie.  The doctrines they learned, and the character of those who had led them astray, and by their own error, proved that Paul ceased to be their friend.  People don’t want man to tell us of our faults.  The reason is, it pains us and we makes us take a good hard look at ourselves.  We do not like to have another person tell us how to act or what to do and so on.  It’s just human nature for someone to dislike the one who tell us of our faults, or the faults of our families, as our friend.  We love to be flattered and it’s painful to think we must repent. Then we stay away from whom is reproving us for our faults and become offended at the truth.  Yet they is our best friend.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful,” (Proverbs 27:6)

We’ll resist the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who brings the truth to our heart, and to convict men of their sins.

How often have you gone to a church service and got mad at the Preacher because it seemed his sermon was about you?  I have.  Believe it or not, it’s what we needed, a message from God.  When you get your electric or credit card bill, do you get mad at the mailman?  Of course not!  Sound silly?  But that’s what we do when we gossip about the Preacher because of his sermon God gave him.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.  (Hebrews 13:17)

Whose fault is it that the electric and credit card bill is high?  We shut off lights and stop spending too much to rectify the bills.  Shouldn’t we do the same with the preaching?  Just saying.

If you’ve made the mistake of staying out of church because of a sermon, pray to God, ask for forgiveness and get back to church.  Trust me, it will make your Pastor’s day.

Thank You

John 3:16


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

JESUS 1

 

Today’s Passages – 1 Corinthians 10 – 12 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 6 – 10; Proverbs 2)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 18:3 & 46

Read the “1202 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “Learn From The Past“, “Are You Unworthy?” and “Be Careful

Who’s Your Daddy?

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”  (1 Corinthians 10:1-6)

Our text starts off with the writer talking about the remembrance of the time when Israel first left Egypt.   For four hundred years they prayed to be freed from the bondage of Egypt.  They wanted to have the freedom to worship Jehovah God, and God answered their prayers. He send Moses who led them out to the mountain of God.  On the way they passed on dry ground as the enemy drowned before their eyes.  They witness the very presents of God in a pillar of fire by night and a cloud during the day.  He fed them manner from Heaven and they drank the water from the rocks.  But how quickly they forgot the very One who was with them each moment of the day.

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.” (Judges 2:10-14)

Now I would like to look at verse 6.

“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

God has written His, road map / instructional book, the Bible.  It is to guide us and protect us as the pillar of fire and cloud did for the children of Israel.   He didn’t free His children from Egypt’s clutches without walking with them and showing them the way.  Neither will He leave us to flounder to find our own way.  We try to point our finger at Israel and wonder how they could form a calf of gold to worship it under the mountain of God.  Are we not just like them?  We have our gods we worship.  Money, boats, jewelry, a sports team, other people and many more.  These ‘gods’ keep us from serving the One True God.  You ask how?  Sports may keep you out of church because of playing or watching them.  Riches may have you working a second or third job during church time to pay for them.  Other people may entice you to stay out late on a Saturday night.   Now you’re unable to get up for church the next day and even miss your devotion time.

All that said to say, we must be in our Bible daily to learn from the examples revealed to us.  The Bible is our instruction to learn Evil’s crafty ways and avoid them.  It’s our sword.  Most would never dream of going anywhere without our cell phones.  How then can we leave our home in the morning without spending time with God?

Together let’s fight the Devil until he goes where he belongs.

Thank You

Revelations 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

SHUT-UP- 

Today’s Passages – Acts 9 – 10 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 86 – 90Proverbs 18)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Isaiah 40:31

Read the “1118 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “Persecutor, Preacher, Prisoner”, “They’re All Precious In His Sight” & “The Beauty Of Salvation                             

Shuttest Thy Mouth

“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 18:8

When God repeats something in His Word, He means business.  In Proverbs we see the same 19 words repeated twice.  That must mean that their message is extremely important.

“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” Proverbs 26:22

In this verse, the word, words, can be translated a tasty, deadly morsel or words of sport.  The word, talebearer, means spice peddler, wounds means deadly wounds, belly means the entire human cavity.

In other words, the tasty deadly morsels (words) of a spice peddler (talebearer) are as deadly wounds to the entire human body (belly). Notice it says, they are deadly wounds.

So there is the person who is gossiping (the spice peddler), the juicy gossip, maybe about a person (the tasty deadly morsels), and the person who is listening to the gossip (the person being killed with the morsels).

So who is destroyed, the talebearer, the listener or the one being gossiped about?

When a gossiper tries to destroy with the ‘morsels’ to the hearer, he thinks it’s the one who hears or accepts the morsels who is being poisoned and destroyed. The talebearer is already been destroyed or poisoned.  The morsel (the person or thing that is being gossiped about) is the only one who is innocent

A talebearer is trying to hurt you even though they don’t know it.  When you listen to gossip, you are the one who is being poisoned, and you are the one who is going to be destroyed. Most Christians don’t think that just listening to gossip is wrong, but it is self- destruction!  A Christian should run from talebearers and consider it as if someone is trying to kill them.  They usually are a good person who simply did not have the courage to rebuke the talebearer.  Run from the talebearer! Run from the slanderer.

God gave us warnings not to listen to gossip.  These are warnings to the hearers not to listen.

3 Things That Listening to Gossip Will Kill

1.  It will kill your spirit.

“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” Proverbs 18:14

2.  It will kill your trust.

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:” (1Peter 3:10)

3.  It will kill your joy.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  (Philippians 4:8)

Thoughts from Jack Hyles

Thank You

Revelations 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

herd

Today’s Passages – Luke 21 – 22; (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 16 – 20; Proverbs 4)

Read the “1104 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “This Is Just The Beginning” and “God Sees

There Is Safety in Numbers

“Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.”  (Luke 22:3-6)

Although Judas was with Jesus and had his place with the twelve, he did not believe who Jesus really was, the Only Begotten of the Father.  Satan too was with God but wanted to be a god.  It seems obvious that Judas would be a likely candidate for Satan to use.

Now I would like you to notice the last part of verse 6, “sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude”.  Isn’t that just how Satan works?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8)

Have you ever watched a lion hunting for prey?  They will crouch down and walk slow and quietly.  The sneak up and watch their prey.  Most all animals live and travel in groups.  There are some who may be weak or stray a little.  Those are the prey that the lion goes after.  They are the perfect ‘candidate’ for the lion to ‘devour’.

Satan wanted to wait for Jesus to be alone when he attacked.  He thought if there was a crowd, they would fight back and he would lose the chance to kill Jesus.  Just a side note, Jesus gave His life willingly.  Unknowing to Satan, it was in God’s plan, and He was using Satan to fulfill His will.

Satan works the same way today.  He is waiting for an opportunity to strike his pray.  As Christians we must stay close to our Saviour.  It’s important to pray, read our Bible and stay in church.  We also must be in fellowship with other Believers.  We must stay strong and stay with God’s crowd.  Once we start straying or become a weak Christian, Satan will pounce as that roaring lion going for the kill.

For now, things may seem hopeless.  You may be on the verge of growing weak or even straying away.  You’re growing weary of Satan’s attacks.  But be of good cheer.  Someday he will get what he deserves.

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 20:10)

AMEN

Thank You

1 John 5:12 – 13


Posted in Devotions by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

woman_at_jesus_feet  pic

Today’s Passage – Luke 6 – 7 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 131 – 135; Proverbs 28)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Deuteronomy 32:4

Read the “1028 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “Cast Out First The Beam” and “The Prison of Pleasing People

The Woman Who Anointed Jesus’ Feet

“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50)

Think with me and imagine the scene. Simon, a Pharisee, was having a dinner party. He asked Jesus to join them. Now the Pharisee’s didn’t believe in Christ, yet He accepted the invitation and ate with them. In walks a woman with a questionable background.  Now I don’t know about you, but if I was home and a stranger walked in….., or was she. According to verse 39 Simon knew what this woman was. How did he know who she was and why didn’t anyone asked her to leave when she first came in? Just asking.

This woman, with a bad reputation, heard the preaching of Jesus with conviction. She realized who Jesus was and brought Him what she had. She did not approach Him eye to eye.  She felt so unworthy  that she humbled herself at His feet and kiss them. Her tears of joy washed the feet of Jesus.  Her hair became a towel to dry them. There was no pride found in her.  She anointed His feet with oil, owning Him as “The Anointed One”. Finally someone who excepted and truly loved her. The Pharisee’s also heard His preaching and yet there was no humility or conviction. They sat and watched as she touched Jesus thinking, how can He let her touch Him. If He only knew who she was. If she would have touched Simon he may have said  “ …Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou….”  (Isaiah 65:5)

God’s warnings are all around us.  Time is short.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

Sinners of all kinds will be invited by the Holy Spirit to enter into our churches to receive the “Free Love Gift” of God.  Will we be willing to “rub elbows” with ALL types of repented sinners?

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

I don’t understand how a God so divine, could lower Himself to a life such as mine.

And consider me worth every minute of time, to rescue a sinner like me.

When I think of my Saviour alone on the cross, I know without Him that my life would be lost.

If He had not been willing to suffer the cost, to rescue a sinner like me.

To rescue a sinner like me, LORD, to rescue a sinner like me.

He abandoned His throne and His kingdom above, to rescue a sinner like me.

My mind is so limited that I cannot see, the reason He died and arose just for me.

So unworthy was I, yet He came willingly, to rescue a sinner like me.

To rescue a sinner as worthless as I, Yet He gave me a reason to sing.

It’s so hard to believe, that it happened to me, Hallelujah to Jesus my King!

To rescue a sinner like me, LORD, to rescue a sinner like me.

He abandoned His throne and His kingdom above, to rescue a sinner like me.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

Thank You

John 3:16

 


Posted in Just for Ladies by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

largehammermrfixitfathersdayballoon

 

Today’s Passage – Mark 10 – 11 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 101 – 105; Proverbs 21)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “1021 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this morning’s reading passage – “Servant Leadership

Mr. Fix It – And His Name is God

“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  (Mark 11:24)

There are times in all of our lives when we are broken or have trouble in a particular area.  We feel hopeless and we’re seeking for answers. But why are we looking to other people for answers when we know God has all the answers.   Imagine how God feels when we seek advice elsewhere.  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t seek good Godly advice, but we should seek expert advice from our Father first.  God is in the business of ‘fixing’.

In Genesis 2:18, God saw that Adam was lonely, so He ‘fixed’ his problem by providing a helpmate, a wife. So ladies, if you’re lonely, just ask God to do what He did for Adam.  Ask Him to reveal your helpmate.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  (Matthew 6:33)

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”  (Jeremiah 32:27)

Hoping and praying for a child?  So was Hannah and God heard her cries and ‘fixed’ her problem too.

“Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.”  (1Sammuel 1:20)

Think about it, He is God of all creation. Do you think there is anything in your life too hard for Him to ‘fix’? What is it that you have for God to ‘fix’?

“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…” (Ephesians 3:20-21a)

Do you believe your marriage is broken beyond repair?  Remember God can ‘fix’ it, though you can’t comprehend it.  Ask God, “What do I need to do?”  God will make you put forth some effort because He wants you to remember the process and appreciate what you’ve been through.

As a help, we should remember what He has already done for us

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”  (Psalms 126:3)

If he brought Lazarus back from the dead, trust that He can ‘fix’ your troubled son or daughter.  Trust that if He can ‘fix a blind man eye’s (Luke 9), He certainly can open the eyes of your lost family members.  Have little or no money to pay your bills?  Remember how Jesus provided the money to pay the taxes.

“Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”  (Matthew 17:27)

Encourage yourself by remembering.

“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  (Mark 11:24)

So, the next time you are faced with the impossible and need an expert to ‘fix’ it, before you Google the answer or spend any money on professional, attend a seminar, or get a DVD series, please remember your Father in heaven. He is the expert. God wants to do the impossible in your life.

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – BY CAMILLE STAHL

10 VIRGINS PIC

Today’s Passage – Matthew 24 & 25 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 66 – 70; Proverbs 14)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Read the “1014 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s Bible reading passage – “Where Lord?

The Parable Of The Ten Virgins

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.   Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”    (Matthew 25:1-13)

Although this is a parable, not a true account, there is much to learn from this passage.

Oil in the Bible represents the Holy Spirit. In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, the Holy Spirit of God must live within you. The vessel is your heart. The Holy Spirit enters when we except what Jesus did for us on the cross.

In the parable, we see there where those who were wise, they had oil, The others were foolish. They had what they needed for the present time, just to make a show, with no real intent to be ready for the bridegroom. They had a lamp in their hands for show, but nothing within for the long haul like the seed that fell on stony ground. They did not prepare or think of the time to come after-wards as the ant does, nor lay up for the time to come.

“Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1Titus 6:19)

The wise virgins, took oil in their vessels. They were prepared to meet the bridegroom even if He was delayed.  No one knew when He was coming, they just knew He was coming. They were ready. They thought of their future.

Now lets take a closer look at this parable.

  1. Both groups appear as followers of Christ. They both carried their lamps and they both saw the groom as ‘Lord’.  Both groups were invited to the wedding.
  2. The wise and the foolish virgins slept. All awoke when the bridegroom arrived.  Note: It’s not about working, because salvation is not a result of works but of being ready.
  3. We know that it’s talking about salvation because the parable starts out by saying “Then shall the kingdom of heaven…” .
  4. It may come as a surprise that the five wise virgins did not share their oil. We know that they could not share their oil because they would have ran out.  We can’t lose our salvation but on the other hand, others can only be saved by their own salvation.  So when the foolish went to go and find it, the door was shut and it was too late.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

  1. Later in Matthew 25:11 we see the foolish virgins say “Lord Lord open to us”

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus is warning us that there will be people who look like Christians, who act like Christians, and talk like Christians, who are not Christians.  We are never to assume that anyone is saved no matter how good they appear.  But time is getting short.  People are dying and going to hell.  Their door is shut.  We cannot give them our oil, but we must show them how to get their own.  What they do with it is up to them as it was for the foolish virgins, but we are commanded to tell them.   Those who don’t take the oil, are refusing the warnings of God’s Word of salvation through Jesus Christ.  They don’t think they need it.  They believe they have plenty of time to get oil.  It was this way in Noah’s day.  The people had a false sense of security but they were warned, the door was shut and it was too late.   Can you hear them screa“Open the door!  Why didn’t you tell me?  NO PLEASE, OPEN THE DOOR!! DON’T LEAVE ME HERE!!”

There is still plenty of room at the table in family of God.  Won’t you invite someone to come and dine with you.  Someone invited you!

Thank You

1 John 5: 13

 


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – Camille Stahl

broken church

Today’s Passage – Haggai 1 – 2 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Revelation 21 – 22; Psalms 146 – 150; Proverbs 30 – 31)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 18:3 & 46

Read the “0930 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

DISREPAIR 

“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.”  (Haggai 1:5-7)

The children of Israel had forgotten God. They began to worship Baal. As a result, God allowed the Babylonian’s to take Israel captive. Around 538 B.C., Cyrus permitted the Jews to return home and rebuild their temple at Jerusalem.

Haggai was a man of God who preached to a poor, discouraged, and frightened people. He blamed their lack of success in all areas of their life to one thing, their neglect of the temple. He preached to the people to rebuild the temple. The people said it wasn’t time. Haggai replied, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste?” He rebuked the people for seeking their own prosperity while neglecting spiritual responsibilities. He preached to encourage the people who had undertaken the rebuilding. In his message he mentioned that it was sin and impure hearts that brought God’s punishment in the past and promised that obedience and pure hearts would bring divine blessings.

Like Israel, we find ourselves in a similar situation. Churches around the world are being neglected. The church has become unimportant as we are consumed with our own lives. We’re up early in the morning to get everyone ready for their day. Breakfast and lunches made, clothes washed and ironed and out the door we go. Then the drive to an eight hour day of work, with another drive back home. Then it’s homework with the kids, dinner, clean up, a few minutes with our spouses, then to bed. Saturday comes. Our beautiful homes take all day to tend to, food shopping and other errands are done.

Sunday morning comes:

I can’t go = “I’m tired. I only have one day to rest”.

Can’t give = “I don’t have the money”.

Can’t teach a Sunday school class = “I have no time to study”.

I won’t be there to help = “I have my own things to do”.

Excuses, we have many of them.  But if we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves in captivity, and I believe we’re on our way already.  We must slow down.  Instead of fitting God in around our lives, we should be fitting our lives in around God.

What are you doing for the Lord?  What can you change to help ‘rebuild the temple?’  Are you fitting God in or fitting in your life?  It’s up to you!

Thank You

1 John 5:13

 


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

BULL 2BULL

Today’s Passage – Amos 6 – 9; Obadiah 1 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – 2 John, 3 John, Jude; Psalms 111 – 115; Proverbs 23)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0923 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“We” Did It!

  “Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?” (Amos 6:13)

Here we see God mourning over the fact that He is going to have to judge His chosen people because they are at ease.  They’re comfortable and laid back, not looking to God.  They believe they are doing fine the way things are.  They only look to God for what He can do for them to make them even more comfortable. After all, they’re God’s chosen people, right? Well, yes. But look at what He told them here in verse 8.

“The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.” (Amos 6:8)

That meant that despite Jacob’s seed being His chosen people, He hated what they had become.  God tells Israel that despite their status as His chosen people, He was going to deliver them into the hands of their enemies.

Because they weren’t looking to God, the children of Israel were looking to ‘other gods’.  “Ye which rejoice in a thing of naught” – In your idols: for an idol is nothing in the world.

They were also boasting about doing great things in their own might.  “Have we not taken to us horns” – We have arrived to power and dignity by our strength.  Horns were the symbols of power and authority.

My question is, if God was displeased with Israel, is He not displease with what’s going on today?  We too are pushing for a Godless country.  We are enticed by the lusts of the flesh that Satan puts before us.  When God’s judgment comes, we shake our fists at Him, yes even Christians.  When something great is accomplished, we take all the credit.

Not too long ago, the Seaside Board Walk burnt down for the second time.  A few business owners stated, “Why is God doing this to us?”  It has since been rebuilt and they are advertising what a beautiful job they did rebuilding the Board Walk.  And there are many other examples.

God is still in the business of afflicting the comfortable. When we are at ease in Zion, He sometimes has to shake us up with righteous affliction. To put it in today’s language, sometimes God has to shake our world to wake us up.

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

wolfman

Today’s Passage – Daniel 4 – 6 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Philemon – Hebrews 4; Psalms 76 – 80; Proverbs 16

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Read the “0916 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Control Your Pride

“While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.”  (Daniel 4:31-33)

When Nebuchadnezzar ruled the Babylonian Empire, it was the most powerful empire on earth.  The king was a ruthless, heartless tyrant who ran over anything in his path.  God put the prophet Daniel into the King’s court as his top advisor.  It was a dangerous position, but Daniel was loved and blessed by God and could interpret dreams.  When King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a dream, Daniel was the only one who could help him.  Daniel only had bad news for the king.  Even though King Nebuchadnezzar tried to stay humble, his pride took over.  In verse 30, the Bible says that Nebuchadnezzar spoke out.  While the word was in his mouth, God spoke and the Kingdom departed from Nebuchadnezzar.  After 7 years of living a nightmare, Nebuchadnezzar came to his senses.

“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:”  (Daniel 4:34)

At last he realized that God was in total control of all things, not himself, and because of his arrogance, God had taken everything away.

Our Heavenly Father loves us very much.  He wants to bless us. When He does, we must be careful that not to take the credit.  We should never boast.  We should always give the glory to God, because we can lose it all in a blink of an eye.  Nebuchadnezzar did.

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”  (Proverbs 11:2)

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  (Proverbs 16:18)

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”  (Proverbs 29:23)

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

 

Today’s Passage – Ezekiel 32 – 34 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Colossians 1 – 4; Psalms 41 – 45; Proverbs 9)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 61:1 – 3

Read the “0909 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Danger, Danger, Sound the Alarm!

“Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;”  (Ezekiel 33:2-3)

In the verses we read today, God is getting ready to send a warning to the people.  He told the people to set up the watchman.  A watchman’s duty was to sit at a vantage point over the city, where  he could see if any enemies were coming.  He was on the lookout for the city and for its people.  He was there to warn and to sound the alarm if the enemy was coming.

“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.”   (Ezekiel 3:17)  (also see chapter 18)

When God says something to each of us once, that’s very important – of course it is, we have to obey God when He says anything. When God says something twice, we need to sit up and listen. But when God says something three times, we can be absolutely assured of the essential nature of what God is wanting to teach us, and it is so important that we listen to God!

Just as God warned the people of the Bible, He still continues to warn us.  There are still ‘watchmen’ on the walls today.  Too often our lives are cluttered with so much noise, that we’re unable to hear the ‘horn blow’.

Will you sit quietly today and listen for the warnings?  They are all around us.  There are many warning signs all around us.

“He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.”   (Ezekiel 33:5)

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

beautiful-sunset-scenery-49168-hd-wallpapers-background-nature-photo-beautiful-scenery-hd-wallpapers

Today’s Passage – Ezekiel 10 – 13 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – 2 Corinthians 5 – 8; Psalms 6 – 10; Proverbs 2)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 34

Read the “0902 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.   But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”  Psalms 1:1-2

King David, the writer of the majority of Psalms, was a talented poet.  His writings were bold and personal with God.

In verse one and two we see David talking about getting counsel. And his counsel comes from the Word of God.

In life we have many trials and testing.  There are so many self-help books, TV and radio shows, and other worldly advisors.  Verse one warns us about this kind of counsel.  My friend, the best self-help book is the Bible, and the best group session to attend is church.

How should I dress?

It seems like women are showing more and more skin. But the Bible says,

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”   (1Timothy 2:9-10)

How should I treat my husband?

Just watch most TV programs.  The wife will puts her husband down and tries to take his place as the head of the house.  She shows no love or respect towards him.  The Bible says,

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22

Men, this is for you.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesians 5:25

Who should I marry?

The world would tell you that you don’t need to marry. Or you can marry anyone you want.  If it doesn’t work out leave.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”  (2Colossians 6:14)

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  (Genesis 2:24)

I could never forgive ….. for what they did.

The way of the world would tell you to spend all your time and energy on getting even.  The Bible says,

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”  (Col0ssians 3:13)

God loves you.  He is your Heavenly Father.  He will guide you in all things.  His counsel is the only truth.  Together, let’s follow David’s advice and seek God’s counsel.

 

Thank You

1 John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

dad and me 3

Today’s Passage – Jeremiah 46 – 48 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Romans 9 – 12; Psalms 120 – 125; Proverbs 26)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – 1 John 3:1

Read the “0826 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading passage – “Forgiveness”

My Loving Father

“Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”  (Jeremiah 46:28)

I love this verse because it reminds me of my relationship with my Dad. He was and still is my hero. I loved being with him. I went everywhere with him. I did everything with him.  He taught me about safety if there was dangerous situations. If there was one thing my Dad gave me, it was his time, “for I am with thee;”

My Dad also guided me through life. He taught me direction when I didn’t know which way to turn. He helped me see the pros and cons in life decisions, but he also respected my opinion. If I made a mistake, he was there to pull me up and help me on my way, “for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee:”

Even with all the great times I’ve had with my Dad, I remember those times of correction. I don’t think anyone likes times of correction, but if we admit it, we know it’s for our own good. He didn’t have to do a thing to punish me because it would hurt me to disappoint my Dad. But when needed, I got what was coming to me.

Jeremiah was a man who was always under great persecution. Here at the end of chapter 46, we see our loving God taking care of His child Jeremiah.

God also cares for us in the same way He cared for Jeremiah. He protects us, He directs us, and when needed, He corrects us. He tenderly cares for us as a Dad cares for his child. But to me, the four most precious words in this verse is, “I am with thee.”

Thank You

Hebrews 13:5b

 


Posted in Just for Ladies by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

10 21 13

Today’s Passage – Jeremiah 18 – 22 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Acts 13 – 15; Psalms 91 – 95; Proverbs 19)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Isaiah 51:11

Read the “0819 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

The Beginning Of Sorrows

“And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” (Mark 13:5-8)

Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Marshall Applewhite, and Warren Jeffs, are just some of the modern day men who claimed to be Jesus Christ.

The Gulf War, The Bombings of Afghanistan and Sudan, War on Terror, World War lll.

1994, USA – 2004, Indian Ocean – 2005 & 2007, Sumatra – 2010, Haiti & Chile – 2011, Tohodu – 2012, Italy.

1996, North Korea, about 600,000 people died of starvation – 1998 to 2004, Second Congo War, 3.8 million people died, mostly from starvation and disease – 2011 to 2012, Somalia and Sahel, brought on by drought – 2013, Somewhere in the World.

Talk about troubles, on the Wikipedia web site, there are about 100 minors listed who’ve committed murder.  Many people, young and old, have committed suicide since 1996.  Thousands are addicted to drugs sex and alcohol.  Divorce, same sex marriage, throwing God out and allowing other gods in.

Can you see that we are in the closer than ever to the return of Christ?

Fellow ladies, servants of God, I would like to challenge you, along with myself.  Pray and ask God to help you spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Put some Gospel tracks in our purses and pass them out.  Leave them in restrooms.  Put them in the envelope when paying your bills.  Leave them with a tip.  Pray for opportunities to invite people to church.  Be creative.  Teach our children to do the same.  If the Lord tarries, they will be the next generation to carry on the work of the Lord.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”    (Romans 10:14)

“And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:47-49)

We too must be about our Father’s business.  Will you join me this week and share Jesus with someone?  Someday, through death or the rapture, we will no longer be able to obey Jesus’ last words as He was ascending into Heaven:

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.    (Mark 16:15)

Thank You

l John 5:13


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – BY CAMILLE STAHL

SIN CITY

Today’s Passage – Isaiah 29 – 32 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – John 3 – 4; Psalms 21 – 25; Proverbs 5)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 34:6

Read the “0805 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this morning’s reading passage – “Tell Us the Truth“, “All Talk” and “Trust in the Lord

Who Are You Trusting?

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.” (Isaiah 30:1-3)

Isaiah begins this chapter by rebuking the people for making plans that are not in line with God’s plans. Isaiah calls them stubborn, rebellious children for doing this. Rather than relying on God who had promised to deliver them, they are turning to Egypt for an alliance to save them from Assyria. Notice what God says in verse 2: “That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth.” The people were not considering God’s plans. They were not looking for the direction of God. God had told them that he would deliver them, but out of unbelief they are making their own plans. The people fail to understand that relying on anyone but God brings shame and is no help at all. Notice that God says this in verse 7. “For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.”  Going our own way and seeking our own life direction leads to failure.

How often do we make the wrong plans and ask the wrong questions for our lives! The most important questions for life are often never asked at all. Do we ask if taking a particular job or having a particular occupation is good for the kingdom of God? Is my choice good for my family’s spirituality? Is this decision good for my spirituality? Will my actions negatively impact other Christians? Will I have to work on days I should be in church? We don’t ask those questions first typically. We ask how much money we can make. We ask if it is something we want to do. We ask if it is something that we like and will make us comfortable. We often do not ask the hard questions. We do not think with spiritual intention. We do not think about how our decision will impact the future faith of our children.  God is concerned with your faith. Do you trust him to make decisions based on him, what the Bible says, and not on yourself?  If God stood by Israel as a cloud at night and a pillar of fire by day, to lead His children, then He will lead us also.  Together let’s seek the Lord’s will in our lives.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”   (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Devotions by with 1 comment.

JUST FOR LADIES – BY CAMILLE STAHL

LOVE

Today’s Passage – Song of Solomon 5 – 8 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 13 – 14; Psalms 136 – 140; Proverbs 29)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – 1 John 3:1

Read the “0729 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

NAME CALLING

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.”  (Song of Solomon 5:2)

The book of the Song of Solomon is a collection of love songs. These songs detail the love life of King Solomon and one of his many wives.  It’s is filled with explicit descriptions of romantic love between a husband and his wife.  We can also see a clear picture of the love relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and those who are saved by His grace.

In our passages this morning, we read about the heart of the bride. We are given the opportunity to see just how much she loves her husband, and learn she has a heart for him.

In the beginning of the book, the bridegroom has been calling the woman, the bride. Here, he changes his words for her. It may be that they have been married for a while. Maybe they were starting to ‘tire’ of each other or the ‘flame’ has worn off in their relationship. Remember, the bride asleep, and the bridegroom was outside her chamber trying to get in. Ladies, remember how exciting it was when you first dated?  We get so secure and satisfied in what we have that we forget how to keep the fires burning.

In verse 2, we see the call of the Beloved. Notice how tender his call is. He uses terms to remind her of how precious she is to him. He tells her that he is outside and wants to come in to her. Let’s look at what he calls her:

My Sister – Speaking of the intimacy of their relationship. The term “sister” was a term of affection that a husband might use for his wife.

My Love – Speaking of the special place she holds in his heart.

My Dove – Speaks of the special peace in their relationship. They are one!

My Undefiled – Speaks of the purity of their love. This is not lust No! Their love is pure and she is pure!

Now we see in verses 9 – 16, the words she uses to describe her love for him.

My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (Song of Solomon 5:10-16)

With words like these, it would be hard to let the flame die in their marriage.

How deep is your l0ve for your spouse? What price are you willing to pay to be closer to them? How much do you really love him or her today? Do you love your spouse enough to turn your back on everyone else?

This is also a picture of the Lord Jesus seeking communion with His redeemed people. He desires to fellowship with us, as we do with our spouses!

What will you say to your spouse to show your love towards them?

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Thoughts from Song of Solomon by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES BY CAMILLE STAHL

A mouth

Today’s Passage – Proverbs 22 – 24 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 15 – 16Psalms 106 – 110; Proverbs 22)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Isaiah 51:11

Read the “0722 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading from Pastor Erickson – “Don’t Quit!!!”

Oh Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say

“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23)

Have you heard that old saying ‘Open mouth insert foot”?  Or have you ever said anything that you wished you hadn’t and maybe even got in trouble for?  ME!  There are many verses in the Bible about guarding our mouth and tongue.

 “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:6)

  “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)

 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:” (1Peter 3:10)

It’s a very powerful a little member of the body that can destroy a life.  Many times we get in such a mess from just having a ‘blabbler mouth’.  We talk and talk and talk and never find the time to listen.  When arguing, we ramble on and most times say hurtful words.  Sometimes not saying anything is better than fighting over nonsense.  The best way to win an argument, is not to say one word.

 “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Proverbs 17:28)

If we had to write every word before we said it, I believe we would get ourselves in trouble less.  Words, the one thing we can give, that we can never take back.  Remember ladies, our children are watching and listening to us.   Think before you speak.

Thank You

Revelation 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.

JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

10 commands

Today’s Reading – Proverbs 1 – 3 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 1 – 2; Psalms 71 – 75; Proverbs 15)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 92:1

Read the “0715 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Remembering the Bible

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:” (Proverbs 3:1-3)

What a great God we serve.  He tenderly cares and loves us. He has given us the Bible for instruction and warning. It’s a clear road map in the direction He wants us to follow. In Proverbs 3, God is telling us to follow the commandments of the law.  If we do, He promises a longer life.  He also is instructing us to memorize His word, the Bible, ‘write them upon the table of thine heart’. Many of us have more than one Bible in our home. Some are full of dust because they’re never read. For now we’re able to own and read the Bible freely. But slowly the devil is convincing the lost world to take those rights away. They may be able to take the Bible out of our arms, but they can never take it out of our hearts. God loves us. He has given us everything. He even died for us. We own Him everything, even our lives.

Will you heed the warning?  Will you write His laws on the tables of your heart? Start spending time with Him every day and experience the change in your life.

Thank You Revelation 20:10


Posted in Just for Ladies by with no comments yet.