August 12, 2015

Perseverance

From a blog that quoted Mr. Henri Nouwen:

Henri Nouwen: “We belong to a generation that wants to see the results of our work.  We want to be productive and see with our own eyes what we have made.  But that is not the way of God’s Kingdom.  Often our witness for God does not lead to tangible results.  Jesus himself died as a failure on a cross.  There was no success there to be proud of.  Still, the fruitfulness of Jesus’ life is beyond any human measure.  As faithful witnesses of Jesus we have to trust that our lives too will be fruitful, even though we cannot see their fruit.  The fruit of our lives may be visible only to those who live after us.

“What is important is how well we love.  God will make our love fruitful, whether we see that fruitfulness or not.”

August 4, 2015

Caelub

Heather and I had our second child. His name is Caelub, born on July 13th, 2015.  We didn’t know his sex until the doctor told us in the operating room. We both cried when we found out it was a boy.  What a true blessing from God that we had a boy. I am so grateful for this blessing from Him and am very happy that we have a boy and a girl now.

He was a healthy 7.15 oz and 20.5″ long.  In 2 weeks he’s gained almost 2 pounds and 2″ !!!!  So happy he’s healthy and strong.

We are in the ‘sleepless’ mode right now, but all worth it for this little bundle of joy.

Thank you Jesus for this true blessing of Life.

I wanted to add that Caelub’s name comes from scripture. Numbers 13 &14. Also, this too from Deut. 1:36 “except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and (AP)to him and to his sons I will give the land on which he has set foot, because he has followed the Lord fully.”  I know it’s not the exact spelling, but I liked the spelling I gave him better.

Blessings!

July 9, 2015

Powerful Quote for Evangelism

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”  Charles Spurgeon

April 24, 2015

History of the NIV Bible

I read this from a Faith Gateway Bible Study and thought it was a great short read on the history and insight into the NIV Bible and what went into getting it ready for publication. What astounded me was the 10 years it took to get it ready. That’s a long time to spend on something so important. So next time someone blows off the version of Bible your reading, share this post with them and let them know it was a Major undertaking and not something to take lightly as if it was created overnight.

Have you ever wondered how the New International Version (NIV) Bible came to be?

It started in the early 1500s with a humble man and a huge conviction: to translate the Bible into the English language. Standing on the shoulders of William Tyndale, the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) was commissioned in August of 1965 “to prepare a contemporary English translation of the Bible.”

The NIV translation project was initiated by the signing of the NIV charter and the formation of the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT). The CBT was formed to create a modern English Bible translation from the oldest and most reliable biblical manuscripts available, providing the best possible blend of transparency to the original documents and ease of understanding in every verse.

The CBT began the translation process for the NIV in 1965, working from the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts. Their translation work took more than 10 years and in 1975, the New Testament of the NIV was released and in 1978 the entire Bible was published.

Since its release, the NIV has become the world’s best-selling Bible translation with more than 450 million copies in print worldwide.

Now, after fifty years, the world celebrates one of the great Bible revivals. A translation that captures the original meaning of Scripture in common, everyday language. A translation that is true to God’s Word and has changed how people read, experience, and live out the Bible ever since.

Visit the official NIV 50th Anniversary website and watch this video to learn more about how this translation came to be. On the website you can also sign up for free NIV Bible reading plans, download the free NIV Bible App, and so much more!

Blessings!

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April 15, 2015

The name of God

I wanted to post this for a long time. The reason is because from what I know now is of importance to mostly the ‘Western Hemisphere’. Of most importance to get across for me in this blog today is the name “ALLAH”. This name is a beautiful name of God in Arabic. It is also the ONLY way to call him “GOD” in Arabic. Just like we say “GOD” in English, the same holds true in Arabic. Muslims don’t hold the sole right to call God “Allah” just like Christians don’t either. It is the universal name of God in Arabic.
So for education purposes I wanted to share this with you. I am also including a great excerpt from Wikipedia.org about the many understandings of the name ALLAH below:

**Allah (English pronunciation: /ˈælə/ or /ˈɑːlə/;[1] Arabic: الله‎ Allāh, IPA: [ʔalˤˈlˤɑːh] ( listen)) is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, literally “the God”).The word has cognates in other Semitic languages, including Elah in Aramaic, ʾĒl in Canaanite and Elohim in Hebrew.

It is used mainly by Muslims to refer to God in Islam,but it has also been used by Arab Christians since pre-Islamic times. It is also often, albeit not exclusively, used by Bábists, Bahá’ís, Indonesian and Maltese Christians, and Mizrahi Jews. Christians and Sikhs in West Malaysia also use and have used the word to refer to God. This has caused political and legal controversies there as the law in West Malaysia prohibits non-Islamic uses of the word.

The Aramaic word for “God” in the language of Assyrian Christians is ʼĔlāhā, or Alaha. Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, use the word “Allah” to mean “God”. The Christian Arabs of today have no other word for “God” than “Allah”.(Even the Arabic-descended Maltese language of Malta, whose population is almost entirely Roman Catholic, uses Alla for “God”.) Arab Christians, for example, use the terms Allāh al-ab (الله الأب) for God the Father, Allāh al-ibn (الله الابن) for God the Son, and Allāh al-rūḥ al-quds (الله الروح القدس) for God the Holy Spirit.**

I hope this helps when from now on you hear the word Allah, you realize that it is the beautiful name of God in the Middle-East and other parts of the world.

I also wanted to iterate the fact that God’s name should never be taken in vain, Exodus 20. This is where the 10 commandments lye and the respect, reverence and holiness of our Father should never be taken lightly or in vain.

Blessings

March 17, 2015

Life and the Craziness

Hello All,

I apologize for not writing here in a long time. I love to write, but life has been busy and you know…

My activity on Twitter is busy, so please keep up with me that way @sammm1777

So, we are in a new Church called Grace Bible Church(GBC). LOVE IT!! They do something there that’s Amazing! It’s called “Reading the Bible and Studying it.” What a concept, eh? Slight humor here as it is so refreshing to study God’s Word in Church and not focus on what the Church is doing today which is ‘Topical’ study with a verse of scripture thrown in here and there to justify the Topic. I have been enthralled with learning and being a ‘sponge’ at GBC and enjoy the preaching as well by Pastor David Dunn. We are currently studying the Book of James. We are 6+ months into the study and we are just now getting into the 2nd Chapter of the book. Tons of scripture are being read every Sunday and they are cross referenced to Old Testament as well. Heather is enjoying it as too and learning way more than she ever has. I recently bought her a new Bible and I think she is getting more into it now that she has another Bible that she can use. I pray that continues. I know that I am growing by leaps and bounds and my Faith and knowledge is growing as well. Grateful!

Personal note, we are having our 2nd Child and we’re expecting in July. 25th is the date, but Sophie came early and we expect this one to come early as well. We are not finding out the sex of the baby and have come up with a boy and a girl’s name. So when the Lord brings this baby into the world, we will name him/her then. Praise God for this blessing and we are very excited!!

Heather lost her job from Baker Hughes recently with the downturn in Oil prices. 8 years with the company, recruiting her out of college and all and they let her go. Unbelievable. God is good-All the time and we have always tried to live within our means and because of this, we are able to handle this impact to our family. We look forward to the next job she gets with another company and know that God always has something better in store for us.

It has been a up and down year so far and I do pray that it will get better for all of us.

Blessings as always.

October 9, 2014

My Sanctuary

With recent events like ISIS and Ebola, along with the crazy headlines we see and hear daily. I find myself thinking about God in all this. Where is He and what is He doing. Bigger than that for me personally and bringing it home was my internal feelings and thoughts on all the scariness and the craziness and making sense of it all.

I did find that I couldn’t really make sense of all the madness, but what I did find outside of the fact that I had to ignore the madness, was taking myself to my inner chamber. That is where I spend time with God. That is where I find comfort and peace and joy that only I find in my Abba Father. See, what I realized was, that I don’t have a lot of control on the world around me, but what I can do is spend time meditating with God and praying to Him. On my knees in my closet, that is where I am most safe and comfortable and find myself going when I don’t know what to think about the world around me and the uncertainty.

God is my Rock and my Shield. God gives me the strength to press forward and fight the good fight despite what is going on, and there is a lot of good that is happening around me also. My friendships are being strengthened, my wife and daughter are strong and healthy. My job is great. Spiritually I find myself growing daily and am happy with where my walk is with God almighty. However, I am not complacent and know that daily I need to stay grounded and focused on my Lord and then go into the world and give and bless.

I have noticed the devil’s attacks more visibly as of late. I think that’s because of my closeness with God. That’s OKAY. Recognizing it is vital and since I have been able to recognize it, I have been able to battle it. No one is going to steal my JOY! I keep my eyes on God and however momentary my eyes wonder below, I keep reminding myself that God is for me, He is my refuge and strength.

Eternal Blessings upon you and yours.

August 11, 2014

The Bible summed up by a child

“Judas Asparagus”:

(This is amazing and should bring tears of laughter to your eyes. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching?)

A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. Here is what was written: The Children’s Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, ‘The Lord thy God is one,’ but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, ‘Give me a light!’ and someone did.
> Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren’t embarrassed because mirrors hadn’t been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden…..Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn’t have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.

Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.
> One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh’s people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.
> God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don’t lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor’s stuff.
> Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses’ best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David.. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn’t sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.

There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don’t have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament.. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had bIeen born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, ‘Close the door! Were you born in a barn?’ It would be nice to say, ‘As a matter of fact, I was.’)

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans.

Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn’t stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Blessings!

August 8, 2014

Speak OUT

I read Jim Denison’s daily Christian culture email. Today’s was particularly close to home, because it affects us all. I am quoting what he said at the end which is poignant and hits home. We should all be aware!!

Each time I visit the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, I stop to reflect on this statement from Martin Niemöller, the anti-Nazi German pastor who spent eight years in a concentration camp: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Speak OUT!

July 31, 2014

Patience & Faith

Let me tell you about a journey I had to take
I had to go around the world to learn about patience & faith
God took the time to condition me to open my heart and mind
Through so many mishaps God’s grace always made sure I was fine
Rushed things and always tried to live by my own rules
Until one day I realized your laws are truly precious jewels
My patience grew because I learned to trust in you
Now I know to wait on the Lord and always give Him His due
When I started, my faith was weak as tap water
Through loving Christ, I learned I could always go farther
Took all my faults and problems and laid them at your feet
Praying to you everyday that those same mistakes I never repeat
Couldn’t ask for anymore mercy, kindness and grace
Long for the day you welcome me into heaven and I see your face
Just wanted to openly announce that I’m officially on your team
My face, heart and soul is lit up like a light beam
Thank you for not taking my life when it seemed I couldn’t wait
I’m blessed that Jesus taught me Patience & Faith

written by Freddie, an inmate

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