God Provides Innovative Ways To Spread The Gospel

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       The U.S. Dollar is the most powerful currency in the world

Who doesn’t love money?  Who, in their life time, will not handle or spend money?  Who hasn’t talked about, invested, lost, earned, saved, deposited, exchanged, buried or stole money?  Need I say…Nobody or Everybody!!

Well, who would have thought that God would use the design of the American dollar bill to make it possible to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

God did this by first using the intellect of the founding fathers of this nation to commission the design for the Great Seal of America.  As you may know, the Great Seal has infused within its design many magical symbols.  Some historians and others believe that the reasoning for this was because several members of the founding fathers were Freemasons (or of similar persuasions) and subscribed to this school of thought.

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The Great Seal of the United States:  Front and Back Imprints

But I believe that because the Great Seal of America was used as a pattern to design the dollar bill some centuries later, the tradition of using magical symbols to depict the destiny of America was incorporated.  And that’s where God stepped in.

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First, let’s examine the official symbol for the dollar.  As you converse with others about the Good News, your reference comes from Numbers, chapter 21 in the Bible.  The Israelites who began to speak against God were severely punished.  God sent fiery serpents to bit them.  Then God instructed Moses to make a fiery serpent image and place it on a pole.  Anyone who looked upon the pole would be cured.  Later, the design reference for the official symbol for the dollar, included the fact that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was placed on a pole and all those who looked upon Him would receive eternal life.

Next, notice the Greek alphabet letter above which means “Omega”…in Christianity it means the end of things.  God is the beginning and ending (Alpha and Omega) of things.  God alone holds the past, present and future for the American nation…NOT George Washington.  Please note that it is Ole George’s portrait that is placed within the image of the Omega alphabet sign on the face of the dollar bill.

On the reverse side of the dollar bill there are 7 words written beneath the two roundels (circles):  “The Great Seal…Of The United States.”  Also, the English word ‘One’ appears 6 times and 1 time in Latin (unum, on the eagle’s upper wing) for a total of 7.  And as you know, the number seven is held extremely sacred in the Christian religion.  Seven denotes the completion and triumph of Spirit (3) over matter (4).

By now, I hope you are experiencing  the joy and excitement one can receive when holding a dollar bill and explaining it’s origin and design to a wayward traveler, family member of friend.  For me, I just want to shout the written words, “In God We Trust”, after I carryout this godly assignment of conversing with Him and others.

The last bit of information I want to leave with you is for you to take a look at the unfinished pyramid.  Examine it closely with a magnifying glass.  Not only is it unfinished, but there is famine vegetation growth in front and plenteousness vegetation at the rear.  This represents the present state of the world now.  And feast and famine will continue to reign until the return of Christ Jesus…the ‘all seeing’ Eye within the tip of the pyramid.

There are many more signs and symbols depicted on the face of the American dollar bill, but those explanations will have to wait until another blog post.  Research and explore the dollar bill for yourself…you just might learn something and be blessed as you have your own conversations with God using Scripture.

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Plant seeds by using innovative ways to spread the Good News!

Scripture Lesson:  Preach the word of God; be prepared in season and out of season; rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instructions.  2 Timothy 4:2

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God Walks and Talks With His Own

Did you know that as you walk and talk with God on a daily basis, it will distinguish you from all others?  I found that out a long time ago.  I also found out that without applying faith to the still small inner Voice that occupied my consciousness, I was treading on sinking sand.

Let me explain.  In my early years of conversion to Jesus Christ and His righteousness, I carried into the mix a large suitcase filled with my own way of resolving problems, conflicts, ideas, people, pursuits, etc.  I struggled with the fact if I were putting a ‘Jesus’ label on my actions, why wasn’t anything working out for the good.  I even prayed to God and questioned His ‘responses’.  I was losing so many battles that one day I said…”Really, God!”

It was during that time of defeat (and perhaps my surrendering), that I was led by the Holy Spirit to read Proverbs 4:1-7.  There, it talks about wisdom…God’s Wisdom…not my own.  The verse that stood out for me and has since become my epithet was verse 7.  “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.”

I thought I knew it all and all I needed was God’s stamp on my ‘indecisiveness’.  That was definitely the wrong ‘understanding’.  In another scripture, God describes how he will test His people to see whether or not they will follow His instructions and not their own.  “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.  In this way I will test them and see whether they [understand and] will follow my instructions.’” Exodus 16:4

The word ‘bread’ in scripture is a reference not only to God’s nourishing provisions of food, but also for God’s providential expression of Truth…God’s Word given to us through the life of Jesus Christ.

As I said earlier, as we walk and talk with God on a daily basis, that is, feast on his daily bread, it will distinguish us from all others in God’s eyes.  I am now standing on solid ground.  Amen!

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Standing on Solid Ground

Scripture Lesson:  “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

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God, In His Wisdom, Chooses Crackpots

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So You Think You’re A Crackpot!…Good!

Did you know that during the past 4,000 years of civilized history, the Chinese have generated numerous proverbs for almost any situation in life.  And one of these proverbs have brought me to my blog post for this week.

Just the other day, while searching my computer files, I ran across an old ‘saved’ file of prose and poetry.  In it I discovered a Chinese proverb about two cracked clay pots that I thought you might like to hear.  Why?  Because subliminally, the conversation message therein had ‘God’ written all over it!

Honestly, I do not know whether its author, Confucius or another ancient sage mystic was inspired by the Holy Spirit when he was meditating and eventually wrote down his proverbial thoughts, but the message in his wisdom of intent is certainly straight from the mind and wisdom of God.

So, included below is some good old Chinese wisdom.  Take a look for yourself and you be the judge to weather or not you see the hand of God.

 

crackedpot orig  An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side?

That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.”

“For two years  I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Moral of the story…

Each of us has their own unique flaw…But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my ‘crackpot’ friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path.

My final word of Chinese wisdom gleaned from my files: “A man’s faults all conform to his type of mind. Observe his faults and you may know his virtues.”

Do yourself a great big favor and take the time to send this message to all your friends who have a cracked side.  (And only God knows just how many we are!!!)

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Even the color of flowers have meanings, especially Tulips

Scripture Lesson:  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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God Allowed Me To Be Creative And To Set His Word To Poetry

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Ruth, loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi

Sometimes, God allows me to do my own thing when I want to remember or get a better understanding of a particular story in the Bible.  I often look for key words or draw the storyline on paper; like when God is building a wall that specifically describes each right and left turn or the particular distance a character travels and which side of the city he/she decides to settle in.  I’ve learned that by doing this it helps me know in advance whether the construction or trip will bring feast or famine for the laborers or travelers.

This method of study was put into motion while reading just a few short verses in the Book of Ruth.  “In the days when the judges ruled...” was my first clue.  If judges were needed, then God’s people are making poor decisions and everybody is doing as they see fit.  In this case, Naomi’s husband, Elimelek was guilty.  Next, “…there was a famine in the land.”  Now, whenever there is a famine in the land, it indicates that nobody is calling upon the Name of God and/or everybody is disobeying God’s Word.  In other words, nobody is ‘eating’ God’s Word.  So, without saying so, the story is indicating to me that Elimelek did not consult God before making his decision to relocate to Moab.  “So a man from Bethlehem in Judah,…”  why on God’s green earth would a man of God want to leave Bethlehem, which means ‘house of bread’ and go to a place called Moab without praying about it first?  Don’t forget, Moab was the name of Lot’s first-born son by his own daughter!  (Not a good union.)

So, since the Book of Ruth only consisted of four chapters, I decided to set it to rhyme.

                         “Naomi’s Adversities Became Ruth’s University”                                        (A poetic synopsis of Chapter One)

Naomi was an Israelite pilgrim, depicted in the Book of Ruth.  She shared the biblical storyline with a Moabites who came to know Truth.

Naomi, her husband, Elimelek, along with two sickly sons, left their home in Bethlehem-Judah in search of a distant, far away region.

What necessitated this journey?  Why did a famine engulf their land?  Was God punishing His people?  An unruly, stubborn and immoral clan.

Eventually, all arrived safely in Moab, a land situated east of the Dead Sea.  But not long afterwards Elimelek died and what was once four became three.

Now, as the story goes, in due season, sons Mahlon and Chilion married.  One wife was Orpha, the other Ruth.  Still ten years later both women were barren.

Death came calling claiming both boys, just as it had claimed their father.  Alone, Naomi sat to grieve and fret, her comfort:  just two Moabite daughters.

By and by Naomi regained her strength and decided to return to Bethlehem.  The Lord had lifted the famine, and both daughters desired to go with her to give her a hand.

Naomi insisted that they not follow, but return to live with their own kin.  She thanked them for their loyalty and prayed new husbands they’d win.

So Orpha kissed Naomi and said, adieu, but Ruth wept and clung mightily.  Ruth said, “Where you go I will go, your people and your God are mine, too.”

The two ladies arrived at Bethlehem to warm greetings from far and near.  ‘Mara’ was the name Naomi chose to reintroduce herself to her peers.

God had dealt very bitterly by taking her husband and two sons.  She had to bury them down in Moab, she couldn’t bring them home to Judah.

 

So, to my readers, if you have never experimented with this form of learning God’s Word why don’t you give it a try.  It will increase your ability to run ahead of the story and  guess the ending before it happens.  But best of all, our divine Teacher, The Holy Spirit, will began to  trust you with and to anoint you with a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word.  (You may have already noticed God uses a lot of shortcuts in His writings.)

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Just like your Creator…Experiment in learning God’s Word…Be Blessed!

So all you poets out there get started…God is leaving it up to you to make His word plausible and digestible for all peoples.  Remember what the Disciple John said:

Scripture Lesson:  “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”   John 21:25

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God Can Change Your Name, Too!

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But do you really know your new name in God’s Galaxy?  When He calls will you answer?

This is a true story, folks.  One day, many years ago, while studying the Bible, I noticed that in the Old and New Testaments, for many of the characters listed therein, either God or Authoritarians of conquering nations of the Israelites would change their names.  And when God changed a person’s name it was generally to what or to whom that person would become.

For example: Abram to Abraham; Sari to Sarah; Jacob to Israel; Pashur to “terror on every side”; Solomon to Jediah; Daniel to Belteshazzar; Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to Shadrach, Meshach and Abaednego; just to name a few.

So, on that day while reading the Bible, I looked up from the pages and I audibly spoke to God by whimsically asking, ‘Lord, when are You going to change my name’?  He responded instantly and said, ‘My child, I have been seeking you out all your life’.  At the time, that response did not register into my psychic.  I had no idea what God meant.

But later on, some years later, I was reading Isaiah 62:12

”And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord:  and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”

Everything became clearer after reading that verse.  My mind (psychic) put two and two together.  That’s your name, I said to myself.  Sought Out!  Remember, the Lord said to you some time ago, that He had been seeking you out all your life.  WHY?  Because you were born a sinner and did not know you needed Him.  Jesus has been running behind you and tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you to run with Him.  You are not forsaken!

Oh, my god!  I had been reading the Bible because the stories excited me and I wanted to be able to tell them to others; but my motives were all wrong.  So, I now read the Bible to acquire a better understanding of the Son of God, to get to know Him and His message of salvation.  I yield.  I yield.  What must I do to be truly saved!  Those were the words I prayed as I put on the full armor of God.  I knew I needed Him to help me to flee from death, hell and the grave.  And to become an heir of His Kingdom and eternal life.

Yes, in a twinkle of an eye, my name, my body and my soul was changed that day.  My new name is Sought Out.  I claim it and strive with open arms to be ‘found’ in Him.  I have even placed His Name on my vanity license plates on my car.  It reads, “My Jah”.  Translated it reads, “My God”. (I can get away with using one of God’s Names on my license plate because most people do not know what “Jah” means.)  So, let’s keep it our little secret!  Jehovah is His Full Name!  And my license plates help me to witness to all who inquire ‘what does your license plates mean?’.

Psalms 68:4 reads:  “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name; extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”

For now, I am riding on the highways and byways.  Later it will be on the streets of gold.

I now have a new lease on life and I want you to have one, too.  If you have never asked the Lord what your new name is, then, its high time you did so.  There is definitely a name change for all believers.  Read the verse below:

 Scripture Lesson:  Revelations 2:17  God says, ,”To the one who conquers [death, hell and the grave] I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him [or her] a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except the one who receives it.”

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We are all the Lion of Judah’s Children and He knows your name!  Just ask and it shall be given.

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God Initiated “A Fresh Start”

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A Fresh Start With A Gifted Living Tree Of Life…Free of Charge

Okay! So now that Thanksgiving is over, let us now enter wholeheartedly into the Yuletide Season.  No, that’s not a biblical scripture verse, but it could be.  However, I don’t recall the Holy Spirit directing me to compile a ‘Gospel According To Mother Fowler’.  No way!  No how!

I’m just calling your attention to the coming 2018 Yuletide Season (which, as you know refers to Christmas) because our Lord and Savior reminded me in my prayer time to take “A Fresh Start” in celebrating His birthday this year and not to become complacent.

Most of us enter the Yuletide Season with great expectation of receiving and/or giving gifts.  Sending Christmas cards to friends and loved ones or perhaps visiting them whether near or far is another activity normally scheduled.

But if the truth was told, how many of us actually stop to ‘count the many ways’ principal norms were forever changed when that little bitty Baby was born to Joseph and Mary in a stable over 2,000+ years ago in Bethlehem.  How many people realize that such an Event would offer the world “A Fresh Start”?

Let us count the ways….

One of the most famous discourses in scripture given by Jesus is the Sermon on the Mount (better known as the Beatitudes) which is recorded in Matthew and ends with the following verse:  “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” vs. 7:28

I would definitely say that God initiated “A Fresh Start”…wouldn’t you agree?
 
For one thing, the teachers of the law of Moses quoted other rabbis to support their own teachings, thus validating their teaching authority as coming strictly from human beings and traditional norms.  Jesus, on the other hand, spoke with divine authority and credited all of his actions, thoughts and instructions as coming from his Heavenly Father, God.
 
What can we learn from Matthew 7:28 and how can we apply “A Fresh Start” for this upcoming 2018 Yuletide Season.
 
For one thing, we cannot overlook the word ‘amazed’ in the verse.  The amazement was not a good thing.  Jesus’ presentation style and new way of teaching and to whom he cited as his authority left the people perplexed and bewildered.  So when Jesus had finished teaching these people on the mountainside He moved on from there and eventually returned to his own hometown of Nazareth.  He begin teaching in their synagogues and (you guessed it) they, too, were not only amazed [vs. 13:53], but they took offense [vs. 13:57].
 
But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in their own towns and in their own homes are prophets without honor.’  And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (vs. 13:57b-58)
 
Epilogue:  You and I may not be ‘prophets’, but we are called ‘Children of God’.  And what Jesus may be trying to tell us Kids is we should make “A Fresh Start” this season by not only giving and receiving gifts; visiting and socializing with family and friends; and giving ourselves “at-a-boys” at the close of the day.  But just maybe we should take the time to revisit the true ‘Reason for the Season’ and Who made it all possible and why.
 
So, when you wrap that gift, slip a scripture verse within the folds of the wrapping paper.  Or during your visits, ask if you can bless their home or the food that will be served by mentioning the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Announce to your family and others that you love them just as Jesus loved us.  
 
Make a sacrifice this season by making “A Fresh Start” in spreading the Good News about that Little Bitty Baby born in Bethlehem.  Amen!
 
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Make A Fresh Start by spending time with Him. Refresh your memory.  Then share.
 
Scripture Verse:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16
 
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God Provides Healing Words For Those Who Suffer

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My previous blog was about your anatomy…’Dem bones.  This week I decided to converse with God about aches and pains of the anatomy.

It’s easy.  But it sure can hurt.  What am I talking about?  Just our bodies…especially when aging sets in.  The easy part comes as we learn how to be at peace and in ‘good’ health (tolerating it) even when our bodies are hurting and racked with pain and troubled with disturbing thoughts and our spirit is questioning our faith.

In other words, although we have put our physical dilemmas into the hands of medical professionals, we should also look at God’s word and discover how to get to the real source of the matter and arrive at a better health position.  For me, that’s easy!

With the help of the mind of our Master Teacher, the Holy Spirit, I will attempt to convey to you what the scriptures have to say about applying a certain reasoning to why Jesus used so many examples of life’s infirmities to teach on how to be blessed, highly favored  and content when all hell is breaking loose around you.  Here we go!

 
 
Scripture Lesson:  The following synopsis comes from several verses in two chapters in Matthews 4:23 to 5:12.
 
While living down here on earth, we ought to always be salt and light    in the world regardless of what physical, mental or material state we find ourselves in.
 
In order to be disciples of Jesus Christ, our ways and demeanor should bring illumination and savor (preservation) to our fellow man.  Constantly living in a manner befitting the atmosphere of the Kingdom of God.

  

Did you know that the word “Blessed” means more than just happy?  It has a broader meaning.  It takes on the ultimate well-being and distinctive spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the kingdom of God.

So, Jesus is referring to the broader meaning of ‘blessed’ when He says, ‘Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, who mourn and who are meek.’  Why?  Because they keep their minds dependent upon God and not the world physicians.  They are sensitive to their spiritual faults and seek God’s help, favor and comfort during their infirmities.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’…why?  They have a deep longing for both personal righteousness and justice for the oppressed.  Thus, taking a lot of stress off of their bodies and mental state.

‘Blessed are the merciful’…why?  They both forgive and have compassion for others.  When you are sensitive to God’s forgiveness it frees you from feeling guilty and brings comfort to and removes stress from caregivers and others.  Thus, taking your mind off of yourself.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart’…why?  Those persons have no guilt trip as they engage in their devotion to God while on their beds.  Subsequently, they are spiritually able to feel Gods presence instead of concentrating on their woes.  Offering a heart of thanksgiving for the many blessings God has given you.

All of these qualities or emotions allow us to bring peace to ourselves and others even while on our beds of affliction.  BUT, hold on…wait a minute…It’s also a ‘catch 22’ situation…why?  Because it can also make us vulnerable to persecution which could put us into a ‘pity-party and bring on more ill feelings’.

Precious Jesus reminded me in our conversation that He also teaches…

‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the Children of God.’  Here on earth, our only reward may be to be called “Sons and Daughters of God”.  And we may have to physically suffer while experiencing God’s kingdom rule while here on earth by becoming a peacemaker, thus proving our fitness for the kingdom.

Kingdom Rule…

Jesus wanted to make it clear to his Jewish audience and to us that with this new teaching style, He did not come to abolish The Law of Moses.  (That some consider a bunch of rules with dire punishments.)  But to say that it was not enough to be righteous according to the Law…you must be righteous according to what would Jesus do.

WWJD?  You know the answer to that…Take up your cross (your idiosyncrasies; pain, suffering, disappointments, enemies, etc.) and follow Him.

My two cents is simply this…”Sickness and infirmities can come about through bad habits, weak constitutions, exposure to danger, crimes, accidents, birth defects, sin, malpractice, etc., but while experiencing sickness it can also reveal attitudes, values and motives which must be dealt with and transformed if human beings are to be truly in harmony with their bodies and with God.  (See Matt. 5:19-48).

Be encouraged and give thanks!

                      HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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