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Billy Ray Spencer goes to Sunday school – Part One

 

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My name is Billy Ray Spencer and I was brought up in a family that thought you had to go to church every time the door was opened. So. I went happily along to Sunday school every Sunday; no questions asked!   And BOY am I glad I went because I learned some strange things there!

The first thing I learned is that there is no use in going to kinder garden. All they do there is get you to run around, chase each other, and swing a lot; anything to wear you down so you will go to sleep and be quite during church.

Do you remember when in the first or maybe second grade; the very first thing you heard was about this baby they put in a picnic basket, one of those woven wooden things made out of thin, flat wood with a handle and then expected it to float?

It was the first Sunday of the new school year and our teacher said, “Now if everyone will sit down and be very, very quiet, I will tell you a story about a little tiny baby that was put into a basket and placed in the water and how this little baby was kept from drowning.”

Well now, THAT got our attention! So we all plopped down on the floor and got real quite because this could prove to be interesting! How could they be sure that little baby didn’t drown?

It seems there was a bunch of people called Hee’brews, or something like that, and they all got made into slaves to make brick for this bunch of evil people called Egypsies—right out in the middle of the hot, burning sands of the desert.   But.  They never told me why they needed brick right out in the middle of that hot burning sand. That wasn’t in the story, and to this day, I don’t know why they were making brick out there in that hot, burning sand.

Then the Egypsies declared that all the little Hee’brews babies that were born would have to be killed. Yep!  Right then and there. First thing!    Right off the bat!

But there was one momma and daddy who decided that they wasn’t going to kill their baby and they thought and thought of a way to save the baby. Then daddy hit upon a plan. He would take some thin, flat wood and weave a picnic basket and put some soft cloth in it and put the baby in that and let it float on the water till he come home from being a slave and making brick all day—then he would go and get the baby.

We all listened pretty hard for quite a bit, but then Bronc, who is pretty big for a first grader, up and jumped on little Jimmy Rice who is a second grader. Well Bronc, who is twice as big as Jimmy—Bronc, he jumped on Jimmy’s back and started choking ‘Little Jimmy’, and twisting his arm up behind his back.

So the teacher could see that she had a pretty bad case of boar-drums on her hands.

Cause after the teacher got them two separated, the girls started having to go to the bathroom, All cept me, ‘cause, I ain’t no girl’—an I wanted to know if that basket with the little baby would float!

But the teacher must’uv already received a prophetic message that things were going to go that way, and she was prepared. Cause she reached down somewhere and whipped out a stack of paper with an outline of a man in a bathrobe, with the sleeves rolled up, and a towel wrapped around his head. Did I say he had a big black beard? Any ways he was standing knee deep in water with all these canes and cattails around him and he was putting a little baby in a picnic basket down gently into the water.        

I suppose she had another prophetic message too, we are pretty big on prophecy in that church, not that we would handle snakes or anything like that, but we believed in the strong presence of the Lord. Or, maybe it were an angel that whispered in her ear that this guy with the bathrobe had a lotta’ skin showing on his arms, and both legs, but not too much on his face because he had this beard, and like I said, a towel around his head.

What the prophetic message to the teacher was—’is that even in the big box of 54 Crayolas’ there is still only ONE flesh colored Crayola that is ‘flesh’ colored’. So, she had taken that one little flesh colored Crayola and cut it into 4 parts and stirred it up with all the other broken, and some not so broken Crayolas’ that’us in the cigar box.

So everyone got busy coloring and it sorta’ quieted down while the teacher went on with her story. Then someone hollered, “Whirs’ the flesh? Who’s got the flesh colored cra’nola?”

About that time the pudgy little girl with the two orangy pigtails that’us sitting right cross from me shouted, “Use the pink! Use the pink, it’s just as good as flesh!”

Well now. I don’t know, and I doubt if she knew, if the Hee’brews or the Egypsies or both, had pink skin, but she seemed to think they did, or she was shamming us quite a bit.

Well—right then and there I would’a bet my shoes an both my socks that that little pudgy girl with the orange freckels, was coloring with ONE of the ‘flesh’ colored cra’nolas and had the other three pieces of the flesh colored cray’nolas fast in her other sweaty little hand, and I sure didn’t need no prophecy for that!

That was about as far as we got that Sunday and I’ll swear that I didn’t sleep a wink any that night, or any other night, that week, cause I’d just lay there all night and worry bout’ them allie’gaters and that poor little baby out in the reeds an water all by itself.

Stay tuned and next week When I find out, I’ll tell you if that little baby got ate by the allie-gaters or not.

Your Friend,

Billy Ray Spencer

 

 

 

 

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A primer on the story of the Exodus

Mama tole me to get ready for Sunday school an church, so I warshed my face an hans an wetted down my hair and this is the way I look at church time.

In case  you have not read the story of the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in a while, here is a short synopsis of the story to refresh your mind.

Pharaoh Rameses  (The greatest builder in Egyptian History.) turned the Hebrews into slaves after deciding that the Hebrews had became too numerous. He than put them under the hands of Egyptian taskmasters on the construction of the two Treasure cities of Pitham and Rameses, while making their lives bitter with hard services in mortar and brick as well as in the rice and wheat fields.
Moses parents were Amram and Jochebed who were of the priestly line that was to become the  Levites, the priests of Israel.

When the child we know as Moses was born, his mother kept him hidden for three months. She then enclosed him in a basket woven of rush and sealed it with pitch, concealing him in the reeds along the river’s edge.

Pharaoh’s daughter came to bathe at the spot and when she saw the basket she sent a maid to fetch it.  On opening it the baby started to cry and the princess felt pity for it, realizing it was one of the Hebrew children her father had ordered killed.

Moses’ older sister Miriam had been posted a little distance away to watch the baby. She approached the princess and offered to find a Hebrew woman to suckle the child. This was agreed on and she ran off to fetch Moses’ mother.

When he was older, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and gave him the name of Moses because it means, “I drew him out of the water”.    (Ex. 2:10)

Aaron was older than his brother Moses by three years, though younger than his sister Miriam.

However, that may not be exactly how Billy Ray Spencer sees it at all!

So, Quit Worrying!

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Being Human we tend to spend a great deal more time worrying about how are we going to do this or that, Or, ‘How in the world will we ever afford to pay that bill’?   A number of years ago I settled my mind on the Power of God, and that HE will provide for my every need.

Not only my material needs and wants, but the wants, needs as well as the safety of others, if we only ask.            

    However let’s not overlook the healing power of Jesus Christ upon their, as well as our, bodies and minds. After all; He is ‘THE ALL IN ALL’–The great ‘I AM THAT I AM’ !   (Ex.3:14)

   If we spent as much time praying and praising God as we do worrying–things would work out much better!

Larry

PS: Stay tuned, Billy Ray Spencer and Sunday school is still coming. It’s taking a LOT more research than I anticipated.

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TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS AND PATIENCE . . . . CONTINUED?

PART FOUR:    A closer look at Isaiah Chapter 54

In part three, of the past three parts of: ‘Trails, Tribulations and Patience’ I used as an illustration the results of denying the ‘Power of God’ (i.e. the lack of patience.), by Abram and Sarai that produced a son, Ishmael via Sarai’s bondwoman Hagar.

Showing also that this event as presenting the trouble generated by the descendants of Ishmael from about 700 BC– leading up to the present threat to the world today.

In Part Two, I inserted a verse from Isaiah Chapter 54; in which God tells us that ‘it is indeed ‘HE’ that formed the Smith that blows on the coals of our personal forge’.

With this in mind, please join me as we take a closer look at the entire chapter of Isaiah 54. This is a very important chapter that is most often overlooked. It is important in the fact; ‘that not only does it tell us previous history, but also things that will come to pass in the future’.

Chapter 54 is written in four manners. It is part ‘allegorical’ and part ‘The Law of Double Reference’   Also we will find parts as being both ‘prophetical’ and ‘instructional’.

1. Allegorical means: ‘Having hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of a spiritual message.’

2. The Law of Double Reference’: Is a scripture that could be one verse, or several verses, that refer to a certain point in time—that might have already come to pass–but also to another point in time that is reserved for the future.

3. There is also a third component of scripter that is called: ‘Prophetic’ or ‘Instructional’.                            By explanation: ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ is instructional.

Verse 1 of Chapter 54 states:  a..Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear! Break forth into singing and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child! b. far more are the children of the desolate c. than the children of the married wife” saith the Lord.        KJV.

a. This portion is allegorical in posture and is speaking to the Christian Gentiles. The Christians never waited thousands of years for their Messiah–simply because without a Christ–there could never be Christianity.

No other nation or group has ever kept such precise record of births and deaths as did the Jewish Kingdom. Although the Law and the Prophets told them from what tribe, and where the ‘King of the Jews’ would be born, they kept these records to determine IF the prophets were correct. Sadly. Even then they did not believe.

Therefore the words, a.Sing, O barren, thou that did not bear’. Indicates the Gentile are the barren, because they never produced the Messiah, but were ‘grafted in’ to Grace by faith.  KJV.

b .For more are the children of the desolate’; we, as Christians, are the ‘children of the desolate’. The Hebrew word rendered ‘desolate’ has the following definitions: ‘to stun’, ‘to bring into’, (fig.) stupefy’, ‘be astonished’, ‘lay’, or ‘make’. The Christian should well ‘be astonished’ for ‘being brought into’ the promise of a joyful hereafter that was recognized by only a very few of the Jewish population. 

c. The latter part of verse 1 states, “Far more are the children of the desolate than the married wife.” It is a fact that the ‘children of the desolate’ (Christian Followers) far outnumber the children of the married wife (Jewish posterity; i.e. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.)

This verse is basically allegorical in content with the ‘desolate’ representing the ‘bondwoman’ Hagar as the outcast; versus the ‘freewoman’ Sarai as the favored of God. However the latter phrase (c.) falls under ‘The Law of Double Reference’ as well as allegorical, inasmuch as the ‘desolate’ equal the ‘drafted in’ Gentiles, (Representing ALL that are not of the blood lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.) versus the ‘married woman’ representing ‘the chosen Race’.

The second verse of this chapter is instructional. d.‘Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;’  KJV. 

d. Even though it is commonly believed that this portion of Isaiah was written about 760 years before the birth of the ‘Anointed One’, Jesus the Messiah; the Prophet Isaiah teaches that the Jewish race should reach out and accept as well as to become part of the Christian movement.

Verse 3. e.For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited’. KJV.

Abraham was promised his descendants would be numbered ‘as the sands which is on the sea shore’. Yet Isaiah, speaking through the unction of the Holy Spirit, predicts the blessing of salvation that belonged to the ‘Seed of Abraham’ shall pass over to the non-Jewish nations and multiply to the extent of making the deserted areas full of the (grafted-in) God-followers. e. Prophecy-fulfilled. Neither allegorical nor double reference. This has already been fulfilled and continues to be fulfilled. As the children of the ‘bondwoman Hagar’ have spread Christianity into all parts of the world. Parts that Isaiah did not even know existed such as Europe, North and South America. Australia and so on.

Thanks for reading, and as always, your input is appreciated. I pray you meditate on these words and wait for ‘Part Number Five’ of ‘Trails, Tribulations and . . .  Patience?

Part 5 and following, grow even more exciting as the intent of God is foretold towards His ‘Own Beloved Nation’ and how we (The Gentile Christians) are melted into the eternal mix.

With Christian Love,  Larry Camp,

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TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS AND . . . . . . . . . . PATIENCE?

Part Three:

In Part Two we discussed that it was God who made the ‘Smith that blows on the fires of our tribulations’. And that this same ‘Smith is the ‘waster’ of our lives.  Also we discussed that the word ‘tribulation’ describes a balloon that is twisted and contorted.

However I can’t seem to get to the word ‘PATIENCE’. Perhaps it is because I have had so little of it in my life.        

 SO . . . Hold on, Here goes!

There are many stories of ‘patience’ in the Bible. One is Delilah’s patience in finding  Samson’s weakness.

In the past we often spoke of someone having the ‘patience of Job’. Seldom do we hear that any more. Have we forgotten Job?

 The greatest of all Biblical stories is Abraham’s trusting God year after year to produce the heir that would bring forth a ‘nation numbered as the sands of the sea shore’. Along the way, both Sarai and Abram lost their patience and Sarai gave her slave girl Hagar to Abram to produce an heir. They did–and the world got Ishmael!

 God said of Ishmael: “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every mans’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” (Gen 16:11-12 KJV)

The descendants of Ishmael are those who now own the oil producing nations in the mid-east that have drained the Republic of the United States of untold billions of dollars. They are one and the same, with those who now seek to establish a World- wide Caliphate, with the express intention to destroy not only Israel, but Christianity as well.

The next time your patience is tried—stop and think on the havoc this lack of patience of Abram and Sarai has brought into the entire world to this very day–and it is a long way from playing out.  Think 666.  The number of the Beast!

 However our impatience is usually of lesser things that are not history changing in their deed. Our lack of patience usually is the guy in the car ahead of us at the stop light that doesn’t move as quickly as the light changes.  Or perhaps the older couple who dawdles along the highway at ten miles slower than the speed limit, while we want to be going twenty miles faster than the legal speed. Or, it may be with the child who hasn’t his or her socks and shoes on when it is time to go to Pre-K.

We live at a frenzied pace, in a frantic world, preoccupied with iPhones, iPads, smart phones, tablets, and all means of ‘social media’.

Too much, too soon; not to mention the addiction of the coming generations dependency on social media to the point of near total loss of face to face conversation. As a result we inherit antisocial ideology resulting in road rage, random shootings, bullying, family disturbances, child neglect, as well as no knowledge of history to provide us with a point of reference, leaving us with no knowledge of the past.

 Sadly, the ‘Front Porch’ has been gone a long time. It went the way of family dining that was replaced with a greasy sack of fast food and a sugary, caffeine laced drink.

 Family prayer? Dismissed four decades ago.

 Somewhere in all of this we have lost our sense of ‘patience’. It seems as if now everyone thinks they are more important than everyone else—so they run stop signs, pull out in front of you when you have the ‘right of way’ –and will pass your auto on a blind curve or near the top of a hill they can’t see over.

PATIENCE? Where did it go?

There is a scripter that answer this. Paul teaches in his second letter to Timothy in chapter 3, verses 1-4:

‘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, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;’
(KJV)                                                     NOTE: ‘incontinent means ‘Lacking self restraint.’

 There are several scripture that need to be considered.

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not be quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.’ Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 RSV

Luke 8:15 teaches:  And for that (i.e.- the seed that fell in the good soil) they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience’. RSV

And lastly, the one we tend to shy away from:

 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”  Romans 5:3-5 KJV

 First of all let me admit that it is very hard for me to glory in tribulations. Revenge has always been the easier way out for me.

It was only after getting ‘REALLY SAVED’ that I came to understand not only ‘forgiveness’ but ‘patience’.

Patience is not one of the gifts listed in 1st Corinthians’ chapter 12.

It is a trial that must be practiced. Only through tribulations and trials will we learn it.

 FINALLY: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: For he that loves another has fulfilled the law.”

 Be Blessed my Brothers and Sisters!

Larry Camp   

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TRAILS, TRIBULATIONS, AND . . . . . . . . . . . . . PATIENCE ?

TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, AND . . . .  PATIENCE?

PART ONE:

Somewhere about the beginning of the New Year I was corresponding with Cathy Neil aka ‘Naphtali’ who writes the Spirit driven blog: ‘Did Jesus have a Facebook Page’?
At that time her family had endured some terrible sickness throughout that fall and winter. I on the other hand had two separate PCs crash in two days. (One had malware with a Far Eastern name as the sender. Do you suppose we have Muslim readers?)
Cathy then replied that she was tired of paying repairs bills and just bought a new PC.  I countered and upped that by buying an iMac OS-X for slightly under TWO GRAND! It was pretty nice having all the working things inside a 31 inch monitor that was only one half inch thick, which allowed for a lot more desk top space to put Bibles, books and of course coffee cups. Trouble was; it didn’t act like a PC and it was difficult so, I sent it back.
Back and forth we went.  Each commensurating with the other but Cathy was continually assuring me that over and over in the New Testament we are told that if we serve God we will have trials and tribulations.
 Those are the verses that I like to skip over.
 Then, right before Christmas Eve, I had to have major maxillofacial surgery. With that title it HAD to be expensive, right? It turned out that a rear tooth had to have its roots jackhammered out, a piece of bone cored out from another location and grafted into the hole, then a steel screw put where the core was cut. Yeah, it WAS expensive!
In the meantime a Buddhist family I was trying to convert (Along with a little help from God.) called and told me not to come back. Well, THAT hurt more than the Maxi-what-ever!
Jesus told us when rejected to shake the dust off our feet and move on. Well, I wasn’t quite ready to do that because there was six souls involved in that household. With Jesus’ admonition fresh in my mind, the question once again arose: “Why must we be continually tried?”
Obliviously the answer is that God the Father wants to know if we are truly His—or—how far are we willing to go in our quest to bring the  gospel not into only our own neighborhood, but into all the world.
Also, are we willing to uplift our brethren with words of comfort and encouragement?
 In First Corinthians 12:4-11, Paul names the nine gifts of the Spirit. Later in the same chapter (Vs. 28) he names the 7 offices held in the Church by faithful believers.  You fit in there somewhere! No one is left to be a ‘placeholder’; simply holding down a slot on the pew Sunday after Sunday.  YOU have a ‘gift’ or an ‘office’, or ‘both’, or ‘several, of each’. It is your bound duty to find it and fulfill it.
Will you be persecuted?     You can bet your boots you will! It comes with the territory!
 It follows; whether you accept your ‘gift’ or ‘office’ or not, if you are a Christian you will surely have trials and temptations. And the not-so- funny part about these tests and trials is when undergoing one , or several, after you have overcome that particular test—THIS is not the end of the test!
Oh no. For after overcoming that particle one, you STEP UP to the next level which is even more extreme.
WHERE DO THESES TESTS COME FROM?
 Well now, that is another story.  How about I meet you here in a day or two and let’s discuss that.
You should know by now that I can’t say it all in three sentences like Don Merritt does.
 Larry Camp                                                                                                                                               Straight From the TOP
 

THE BEAUTY OF THE 103rd PSALM

As usual,  here I am on a three story scaffold with a two story rope.

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PSALM 103

This Psalm was written at the point of the first one third of the ‘time-line’ between Abraham and Jesus.  (“And from Abraham to David was 14 generations, from David to the ‘carrying away of Israel to Babylon’ was 14 generations, and from the carrying away of Israel to the birth of Christ was 14 generations.”)

It is amazing in the fact that it was written while the Hebrew Nation was still offering burnt offerings for their sins in accordance with the Mosaic Law.   Offerings that would never forgive sin, only roll it back one year until the next ‘Day of Atonement’. The writer David, possessed a spiritual knowledge of ‘God’s Anointed One’, who was yet to come, and that He would wipe away the sins of the World.

Hear now Psalm 103                                                                                                         ‘Out of the depths of my misery I have called out to you, O Lord;                               Lord, hear my cry! Let your ears stand at attention as I plead for mercy.                   Lord, if you did keep an account of our sins, who among us could hold up their heads to face you on the coming Day of Judgement? (a)                                            But in you there is forgiveness, and because of this we hold you in our hearts in reverence. (b)                                                                                                                    I wait for you Lord, I wait for the fulfillment of all your promises. And, in those promises I have much hope.                                                                                             My soul waits for your coming; even more than the those who stand atop the protecting walls of our cities and wait wearily for the dawn, (c)                                 O Israel put your hope in the Lord. For in the Lord is love unfailing, and great is His power to set men free. (d)                                                                                          He alone shall set Israel free, for in Him is love and redemption from all our sins.’

(a) The Lord does keep a book of every thought, every sin, every mummer; also our unkindness as well as our kindness and good deeds towards others. On the other hand we are to judge ourelves (1st John 1:10) and repent of our sins. Then our sins will be cast into the ‘Sea of Forgetfulness.’                                                    (b) We owe, and we pay reverence, to, the King of Kings because of his suffering and for the blood he shed to remove the curse of eternal death from our spirits.                                                                                            (c) In ancient times the cities had walls around the perimeter as a defensive shield. Men took turns walking the tops of those walls at night in order to shout an alarm if the enemy approached. (Josh. 2:15, Neh. 4:15-18)(d) In the ancient text Israel consisted of both the southern nation of Judah as well as the northern nation of Israel. after the Hebrew nation refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah, the gentiles (people other than those born of Jewish blood) were grafted into the ‘Royal Household’ and until the return of Christ will serve in place of Israel. Jesus did not know the date and the time of his return because that time will only come when the  very last person of a pre-set number of unholy, non Jewish people are converted to Christianity. Then Jesus will return to Earth.  .

The beauty of the 130th Psalm lies in the fact of knowing that not only does God hear, but he responds to our cry for mercy in every situation.

Also we are assured that God is eager to listen, and accept, our cry for forgiveness, and then grant forgive-ness and toss it away, not to be remembered.any more. (Isa. 38.17, Isa. 43.25)                                                 If the guilt remains to plague us, this is the soul-tormenting work of the great liar, Satan.

The writer of this Psalm was looking forward to the coming of ‘The  Anointed One’; the Messiah in whom he had placed his trust. The last line unequivocally states that the Messiah, and he alone, can set us free from all encumbrances bringing us a Holy Life and Eternal Glory!

All it takes is a little faith; “Therefore, now that we have been justified through faith, let us continue through faith, let us continue at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have been allowed to enter the sphere of God’s grace, where we now stand. Let us exult in the hope of the divine splendor that is to be ours.  For at the very time we were still powerless, then Christ died for the wicked. Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, and that is God’s own proof of his love towards us.”  (Romans 5: 1-9 selected)

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CRACKS IN OUR WALLS !

Dear Friends

 I AM NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE !
I AM NOT EVEN ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY !

Dear Friends,

And I hope that I can count you as friends, because we all have several things in common.

One thing is, ‘We both fear that we are losing control of our beloved nation!’

It is my belief that you are as concerned as I, that our Nation is on a downhill slide and if we do not take action SOON, our way of life as we now know it, will be lost forever.
NOW I ASK  YOU TO:

THINK NOT of ourselves, but of our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of the chaos, fear, lawlessness, less and less income, and the dire results that are sure to follow.

THINK AGAIN of our grandchildren living a life unable to purchase enough food, own their own home, or even able to afford doctors and medicine resulting in disease rampant and unchecked. Un-able to purchase the bare necessities that will enable not only to live a comfortable life, but just a life! Maybe.

THINK NOT of ourselves, but think of the total annihilation of our society, our democracy that we so cherish! Our personal freedom . . .

YOU think it cannot happen?    I think it is already happening !

Think of the once mighty nations. Of the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Israelites, the Romans. All once mighty world powers, all  living in luxury, yet all brought down to slavery.

ARE YOU THINKING YET?   If not, remember, “History repeats itself because the leaders never learn history.”

But it need not be so. Together WE can overcome the threats to our nation, United we CAN change the course of or destiny.

See! No vote and no money required. Just a small amount of your time is all that is required.

ARE YOU WITH ME?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you are willing to help, join me at larryboy3115@att.net and let me know. Also look for this site: WordPress/larryboy3115/straight from the top.  I will be adding additional information enabling you to  help our children and our grandchildren!

No spam, no phishing, no cookies, This is  The Straight Stuff!

Larry

 

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CRACKS IN OUR WALLS !

Dear Friends

 I AM NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE !
I AM NOT EVEN ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY !

Dear Friends,

And I hope that I can count you as friends, because we all have several things in common.

One thing is, ‘We both fear that we are losing control of our beloved nation!’

It is my belief that you are as concerned as I, that our Nation is on a downhill slide and if we do not take action SOON, our way of life as we now know it, will be lost forever.
NOW I ASK  YOU TO:

THINK NOT of ourselves, but of our children, our grandchildren, and the future generations that will follow.

THINK DEEPLY of the chaos, fear, lawlessness, less and less income, and the dire results that are sure to follow.

THINK AGAIN of our grandchildren living a life unable to purchase enough food, own their own home, or even able to afford doctors and medicine resulting in disease rampant and unchecked. Un-able to purchase the bare necessities that will enable not only to live a comfortable life, but just a life! Maybe.

THINK NOT of ourselves, but think of the total annihilation of our society, our democracy that we so cherish! Our personal freedom . . .

YOU think it cannot happen?    I think it is already happening !

Think of the once mighty nations. Of the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Israelites, the Romans. All once mighty world powers, all  living in luxury, yet all brought down to slavery.

ARE YOU THINKING YET?   If not, remember, “History repeats itself because the leaders never learn history.”

But it need not be so. Together WE can overcome the threats to our nation, United we CAN change the course of or destiny.

See! No vote and no money required. Just a small amount of your time is all that is required.

ARE YOU WITH ME?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

If you are willing to help, join me at larryboy3115@att.net and let me know. Also look for this site: WordPress/larryboy3115/straight from the top.  I will be adding additional information enabling you to  help our children and our grandchildren!

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Larry

 

HUNTING FOR A GREENER PASTURE?

English: Scroll of the Psalms

English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

23 Psalms:  

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures” (KJV)

In this passage the first thought that we must grapple with is our understanding of the archaic English verb ‘maketh’. (‘make’ in the NIV.) Unlike the comedian Flip Wilson who claimed, ‘The Devil made me do it!” ‘Our Shepherd’ never ‘MAKES’ us do anything. Every act, ever thought, every word, every deed and every action, is committed of our own free will. The choice is ours to make. And, I must add, so are the consequences!

Choosing from the options in the Hebrew dictionary a better choice for the word rendered ‘maketh’ would be ‘invites’, or ‘allows’. Thus we understand: “He invites me to lie down in green pastures.” Or: “He allows me to lie down in green pastures.”

With the invitational concept in mind, lets examine the contrast between our present culture and the culture in existence when this psalm was written.

In this present age, ones wealth, and often our peace of mind, is measured in properties, stocks, bonds, or cash. On the other hand our ‘perceived’ financial worth is often estimated by our friends and acquaintances in automobiles, boats, jewelry, and houses.

In opposition, in the nomadic/agrarian time in which this psalm was written, wealth was not measured in coins or paper. Instead it was measured in the amount of sheep one owned. This concept was true in all countries from Egypt eastward to India—at that time considered the boundaries of civilization.
Consider:

  • · Mesha, the king of Moab, had to pay the king of Israel one hundred thousand lambs plus another one hundred thousand rams, with the wool still intact, each year for ‘protection’. (2nd Kings 3: 4)
  • · In Job 42: 12 we are told that after Job’s trial was over he gained fourteen thousand sheep.
  • · Solomon sacrificed one hundred twenty thousand sheep at the dedication of the temple. (1st. Kings 8: 63)
  • · Throughout the Old Testament vast numbers of sheep are recorded in trade or dowries. But none exceeded the amount recorded when the tribe of Manasseh defeated the Hagarites (descendents of Ishmael, son of Hager the slave girl, fathered by Abraham, and forerunner of today’s Islam). The tribe of Manasseh took from the Hagrites, in addition to other animals and humans, two hundred fifty thousand sheep!

From these numbers we easily conclude that the most valuable items possessed were sheep. And, we might add: ‘Sheep were not subject to ‘market fluctuations’.

In many places in the scriptures, the Children of Promise, and by extension; we Christians, are referred to as ‘sheep’. No verse is more prominent than the latter part of Psalm 100:3 that states: “We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.”

You might ask, “How does all this about ‘sheep’ relate to us in our present hi-tech society in which every family owns at least 2 cars, 3 or more ‘smart phones’, but not very many sheep?

Here’s how. By using the ‘invitation’ concept, we can relate the past to the present when we read the first part of verse 2 as follows:           

“He invites me to lie down in green pastures”

It is quite simple. There are three trains of thought that can be followed. The first is:

1. As the descendants of Abraham increased in population more turned from the nomadic life of shepherding and turned to farming, tradesmen, and craftsmen.
Forests were cut for construction, or gave way to cultivation of grains, vineyards, olive groves, and fruits.
Even then the Hebrew family never gave up their goats and sheep because these animals supplied the material for the bulk of their clothing as well as a portion of their food. Consequentially each family maintained a sheepfold to protect their stock.

If after guiding his flock on a difficult forage in dry weather, where the main fare was ‘skimpy pickings’, a shepherd might by chance came upon a
grassy field where the owner invited him to bring his flock and let them eat and rest, the shepherd would have counted his flock’s wants as met.

2. The second thought is similar: ‘In the hot, arid land of Palestine, the major rains only occurred in the October/December period and the February/March period. The only other refreshing moisture for the remainder of the year came at night as fog from the Mediterranean.’ What could be more welcome than suddenly wandering upon a heretofore-unknown pasture, and the shepherd inviting (maketh – KJV) his flock to lie down in this shaded, cool and lush, pasture? Both ‘His’ and ‘their’ wants were met.

3. The third, and most important is this: If the most valuable possession one owns is sheep, and if we truly are ‘the sheep of His pasture, would not the Creator, Almighty God, who loves us so much, meet our ‘wants’ by inviting us to symbolically lie down in lush, green pastures to and achieve rest from our current problems?

As you think on the possibilities of this verse, and recognize the fantastic truth within it, you will understand that you have every right to accept the gentle care of ‘The Shepherd’ for his flock.

Why not put God to the test by choosing your greatest ‘want’.

Choose whatever your greatest ‘want’ or ‘need’ is, and speak it out loud substituting this ‘want’ or ‘need’, for the biblical phrase, ‘Green Pastures’.

God has already made HIS promise. Now it is up to YOU to accept or reject it!

Will you accept this invitation to His refreshment and His goodness today?

Begin today by confessing the following: “He invites me into (insert your want or need here. Examples: A larger paycheck; Better health; Closer walk with God.; Etc. Etc. )
Keep this thought in mind and repeat it over and over until it becomes a part of your expectations.

You will get what your mouth speaks! (Read Proverbs 18:21)

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