It is GOD who BLESSES and TRANSFORMS...

This is a blog for women who:

(1) Desire to be transformed by JESUS' LOVE, HOLINESS, AND GRACE; (2) Believe that GOD'S WORD is the true Spirit food for HIS HOLY SPIRIT who lives within us; (3) Submit to GOD and walk this journey of life with HIM transforming us more and more into HIS likeness.

It's a blog about the POWER OF TRANSFORMED LIVES. Let's begin with yours and mine and pass it on... 1 + 1 + 1...

Since God's Holy Spirit lives inside a christian, let's choose to be nurtured and transformed by feasting daily on Holy Spirit food - God's Word - The Holy Bible..

Once in a while I take a hiatus from writing, but I have begun again on Easter Sunday 2013. Usually, there will be multiple blog postings each week. You are invited to use it as part of your daily quiet time. Topics may run for several months at a time. The current topic is posted over on the right side bar. Each week, I will try to connect to a song or two that goes with our current topic.

Each day of the week follows a special format: Sunday in the Son; Meditation Monday; GratiTuesday; Women in the Word Wednesday; Transforming Thursday; Family Fellowship Friday; and, Ketchup and Mustard Saturday.

There's a whole lot here! Take your time to browse. Please come back and visit often. Welcome!

Because of Jesus, we can be family,

Patti



TRANSFORMED MOMS:MOMS TRANSFORMED

Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - IN HIS TIMING...



KETCHUP AND MUSTARD SATURDAY

Catch Up and Must Do


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God's timing is perfect! Just look at the autumn leaves... the amazing colors speak of lives well lived, giving glory to their Creator in their final hours. Lately, on this blog, I have been connecting us with Holy Spirit transformation.


Being a Christian is similar to being a pumpkin.

Jesus lifts you up and takes you in.

He washes all the dirt off of you.

He opens you up,

touches you deep inside

and scoops out all the yucky stuff--

including the seeds of

doubt, hate, greed, etc.

Then He carves you a new smiling face because

He's put His light (a piece of Himself -

THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD)

inside you to shine for all the world to see.

author unknown

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This past week, I have shared with you some about a young father who lost his battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife and four young children. Many of us have been thinking about and praying for Bonita and the kids continually. As God so often does, He led me to this video and reminded me of His timing... a timing that I confess that I don't always understand but I choose to trust anyway.
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I invite you to


  • watch the video below

  • spend some time catching up on recent posts

  • link here to read Steve's thoughts that were posted last week after Scott's death - www.GIGATTAATTGIG.blogspot.com
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Friday, October 30, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - 50 YEARS LATER

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This truly is FAMILY FELLOWSHIP FRIDAY for the Pitman church of Christ. Tonight begins our weekend celebration of this church's 50th anniversary. Members who have moved away are returning for the fellowship. Tonight the festivities begin as we join together for a two hour hymn sing!
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A group of people began meeting together 50 years ago, not knowing what the future held and they chose to walk by faith and not by sight. These were people who believed in The Great I AM told about in the Holy Bible... The Creator of the universe.... The Savior and Deliverer of people who chose to TRUST and OBEY the I AM and walked BY FAITH and not by sight... people like Noah who had never seen rain before... and Moses who had not seen waters part before...
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Fifty years ago, this group of people began meeting as a group of followers of the GREAT I AM, believing that His Son had

  • lived a perfect life on this earth
  • been crucified for it
  • not allowed death and the grave to hold Him
  • come back to life





Today, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we believe that although He returned to heaven, He has left part of Himself with us, THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD to...
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  • INDWELL us
  • HELP us
  • give LIFE to us (ETERNAL LIFE)
  • COMFORT us
  • LEAD us
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So, 50 years later, this fellowship of believers continues to strive to walk in the light of Jesus Christ and grow in what Dan the preacher-man talked about last Sunday and I wrote about yesterday...

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  • TRANSFORMATION BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE GREAT I AM

  • SINCERE LOVE

  • BELIEF THAT GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

  • DEVOTION TO ONE ANOTHER

  • SPIRITUAL FERVOR

  • JOYFUL HOPE... REJOICING IN ALL THINGS

  • PATIENCE IN AFFLICTION

  • FAITHFULNESS IN PRAYER

  • SHARING WITH GOD'S PEOPLE IN NEED

  • PRACTICING HOSPITALITY

  • BLESSING THOSE WHO PERSECUTE - EVEN OUR ENEMIES

  • OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD

If we claim to have fellowship with Him

yet walk in the darkness,

we lie and do not live by the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light,

as He is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, His Son,

purifies us from all sin."

1 John 1:6-7
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - FROM THE INSIDE - OUT

TRANSFORMING THURSDAY
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1. This picture is what I see this week when I look out of our front door. There is a grove of trees that seperate us from a housing division across the road. What magnificent artistry! I'm so thankful that I get to use God's spectacular show of leaves on yet another Transforming Thursday!
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God has blessed me with many spectacular views "out my front door" over the years... here are a few...
  • the Indianapolis Speedway
  • the mighty Mississppi
  • the rolling hills of Nancy, France
  • the Rocky Mountains of Denver, CO
  • the Watsatch Mountains of Utah
  • Pikes Peak of Colorado Springs, CO
  • the China Sea - Okinawa (we lived on the beach)
  • the maple tree lined streets of York, NE
  • the cornfields of Nebraska
  • the cotton fields of western Oklahoma and Texas
  • the beautiful colors of southern Indiana
  • and now, the incredible colors of the Garden State - South Jersey!!!

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2. Standing on my front porch the other day and looking off to the right, I saw an array of colors and I was excited. I was so looking forward to driving this week throughout South Jersey to supervise student teachers. Viewing the panorama of foliage would be icing on the cake!


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3. On my way to the University for a meeting, on Tuesday, I had to stop and take a picture of this bush that had recently transformed from green to fire red.


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4. Then, yesterday and today, I have taken The Freeway, The Atlantic City Expressway, and The Garden State Parkway as I truly thrilled at a rolling picture show. Here are a few I captured for you!!




















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God has been changing and preparing nature in advance for this wonderful Transformation. The inside changes begin before the outside changes are seen. It gives me great COMFORT to know that God is in control even if I can't see what is going on.
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In a christian, it works the same - God working from the inside-out. In a body of believers, the church, it works the same - from the inside - out.
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This past Sunday, Dan Cooper spoke from Romans 12 (one of my favorites!). I would like to share below how God used Dan to challenge us as a church to allow God to transform us from the inside - out. So, this prompted me to make a little Romans 12 "checklist"! Are we allowing God to transform us? Each # stands for the verse in which the point of TRANSFORMATION is found:
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Romans 12 "...be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."

  • 3 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
  • 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
  • 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
  • 12 Be joyful in hope
  • 12 patient in affliction
  • 12 faithful in prayer.
  • 13 Share with God's people who are in need.
  • 13 Practice hospitality.
  • 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
  • 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
  • 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
  • 18 ...live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge... 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
  • 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Wow! This sure sounds a lot like Christ's Sermon on the Mount!!!! May we contine to allow Him to work on us from the INSIDE - OUT!!! May this colorful Holy Spirit transformation begin today!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - BRINGING COMFORT THROUGH HIS WORD


WOMEN IN THE WORD WEDNESDAY
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Men wrote the Bible as they were guided by the Holy Spirit to do so. David, a man after God's own heart, wrote many of the Psalms, providing words of COMFORT for many people through many generations:
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Psalm 23:4
"Even though I walk
through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me."
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Psalm 119:50-52
"My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me
without restraint,
but I do not turn from Your law.
I remember Your ancient laws, O LORD,
and I find comfort in them. "
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Psalm 119:76-77
"May your unfailing love
be my comfort,
according to your promise
to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me
that I may live,
for your law is my delight. "
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - CANCER CANNOT STOP US FROM FREEDOM IN CHRIST








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He was full of the Holy Spirit: patient, joyful, kind and good... peace loving, gentle and self controlled... full of faith and love. I am thankful for the life of Scott McEndree who went to his eternal home on October 22. What a void will be left for Bonita and their 4 little ones! I am thankful for Bonita Barnacle McEndree who possesses that same Holy Spirit of God who will remain here to bless us through her.
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Last week, I shared with you a link to a post that my husband Steve wrote after finding out about Scott. Here is Steve's addendum:
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I believe Scott would want us to take away a couple of things:
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1. Praise God -- even in the storm
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2. God is good -- no matter what happens; no matter our feelings -- CHOOSE FAITH!
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I'd like to add a couple of thoughts:
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  • Scott and Bonita's faithful examples have answered many prayers and brought about much healing! Wherever they went for cancer treatments they came in contact with struggling faiths, fragile marriages, exasperated parents... Their examples of continuing to look to God and keep their eyes on Jesus in the most difficult of circumstances has forever impacted (I'm convinced!) marriages and famiies and individuals across this nation for good! (Wherever Scott and Bonita lived or traveled, they left behind huge spiritual doses of goodness and mercy: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow them all the days of their lives...")
  • Personally, their trust in a loving God, no matter the outcome has brought about more strength and resilence of faith in me. If Scott and Bonita can trust God through years of overwhelming trials,growing even more as vessels of His mercy and grace while remaining open to the leading of God's Spirit -- I definitely can! Praise God!
  • Go, God, through us -- for YOUR glory!
  • GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!

Steve

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On Scott's Caring Bridge site there have been over 50,000 viewings. Two comments posted by friends since last Thursday.... I would like to share these two powerful posts with you here:
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WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO
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It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendships
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit

Cancer is so limited

Author Unknown

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The following was posted by
Dennie Osborne
Heidelberg, Germany
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We’ve all read about the heroes
Odysseus, Ulysses, Alexander,
Epic struggles against great odds
Some fact intertwined with legend
Glossed over by time
Polished in the retelling
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Though it may not be written
In the annals of history
On the parchment of our hearts etched
With ink drawn from eternal wells
Is this never ending love story
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No fiction, all fact
No myth but legend still
The story of an energetic son,
An adored brother
An enthusiastic counselor
A devoted husband
An exemplary father
A patient fisherman
An industrious employee
A church leader
With wisdom beyond his years
The heart of a warrior
The passion of a Ringbearer
The reflection of the Son
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Across the pine pews
In a lakeside lodge
His sonorous baritone
Often resonated
Lately grown weak
Though with smile undimmed
Now joins if not leads
The voices of the throngs
Before the throne
Singing with unfettered hearts
And unimpaired throats
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The rest of us
With voices inhibited
Not by cancerous growth
But by an imposing lump
Blend our voices in praise
To the One
Welcoming the Ranger
The God
Whose ledgers
Display today
And for eternity
The details of an epic
Legendary battle
Completely won
Scott McKendree
Is free
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Thank you, Dennie!
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You can access Scott's Caring Bridge site over on the right side bar by clicking on their family picture. May God's Holy Spirit encourage and comfort you today!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - HALLELUJAH!!!

MEDITATION MONDAY

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Thursday, October 22, after I heard that Scott McEndree had passed away and left Bonita with 4 children, 7 years old and younger, my heart grieved. At some point later that day, for the first time, I viewed a video clip that got me to thinking about heaven... about what Scott was doing now.... about how christians can rejoice in the midst of enormous grief.

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I share this video with you for meditation purposes. Once you get past the woman holding the camera's laughter and the extraordinary precision of the "monks", please consider the variety of ways we will be praising and worshipping God in heaven. This video gives me hope, comfort, and great thought about what might be "on the other side." I've been meditating on it since last Thursday.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - TO COMFORT


SUNDAY IN THE SON
Today is the first day of the week! The day that christians around the world gather in community to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are so grateful!
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As He prepared for His final days, Jesus talked to His followers,
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In John 14:26, He said,
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"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit (Ghost), whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
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In John 16:7, He said,
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you."

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Comfort? Oh, I think of being held and rocked... empathized with by family and friends... eating "comfort food" like potatoes and bread...
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Comfort? Several dictionaries define it this way:
  • to give strength and hope to
  • to ease the grief or trouble of
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Comforter? I think of a nice warm blanket that I can wrap up in during the winter months in front of our fireplace while sipping hot chocolate.
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Comforter?
  • someone who gives strength and hope
  • someone who eases the grief or trouble of

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Comforter?

  • Jesus says, it is HE, The Holy Spirit of God!

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Praying for the Holy Spirit TO COMFORT the McEndree family in a great way today. This is their first Sunday without Scott. Friends and family will be traveling to Minneapolis for his Tuesday memorial service TO COMFORT the family. "Transformed Mom" Mandy and her family are driving now from New Jersey. If you have not had a chance to read Steve's tribute to Scott, you may read it here: http://gigattaattgig.blogspot.com/

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If you have a few extra minutes, here is a link to a very comforting video clip:http://www.interviewwithgod.com/comfort/

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - THROUGH LIFE...THROUGH DEATH... THROUGH JOY...

KETCHUP AND MUSTARD SATURDAY
Catch Up and Must Do Saturday
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We're in the midst of discussing the Holy Spirit on this blog and I am convinced the Holy Spirit is leading this study. He doesn't always do things in what we might call a "logical progression" but when the Holy Spirit is involved, it is always POWERFUL!
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If you look back over the last few weeks, I've talked about how the Holy Spirit:
  • INDWELLS His people
  • HELPS His people
  • GIVES LIFE to His people

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This week, as we've talked about LIFE... ETERNAL LIFE... I've connected it with part of the fruit that the Spirit grows in Jesus' disciples - JOY. I failed to mention that in my bay window at the front of our house, facing the street, I have large wooden letters that spell out J.O.Y.

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One day back in June, before Scott and Bonita McEndree came to our house, they drove by. Bonita told me later, in my kitchen, that although she didn't know who lived there, she thought at the time that she would like to get to know the people who lived in that house. I can think of no family that I have ever met that epitomizes the Spirit of JOY any more that the McEndree's.

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Who are Scott and Bonita McEndree? Well, this is what I will say - they are the young parents of 4 small children. Yet, Scott will not be around to help Bonita with raising them because He went to his eternal home Thursday morning, October 22, 2009 in what I am sure he would tell us was a "morning of JOY!".

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Yesterday, as my husband Steve, sat at his computer and wept, he wrote a tribute to Scott. I invite you to be inspired by clicking here to connect with that blog post.

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http://gigattaattgig.blogspot.com/

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Friday, October 23, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - IN DEATH



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Little did I know yesterday when I wrote these words, how relevant that post would be:
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I wrote, in part:
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One of my FB friends posted this as his status this week:.
"_______is amazed that it's in death,
that the leaves become so beautiful.
Hmmm...sound familiar?"

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Then, I wrote,
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Joy is a trademark of...

  • a disciple of Christ!
  • a person who allows the Holy Spirit of God to INDWELL her.
  • a thankful spirit who has allowed the Holy Spirit of God to be her HELPER!
  • LIFE in Christ!
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Yesterday, we got a call from Steve's brother Stacy that Scott McEndree had gone home to be with the LORD. A few hours later, these words were posted on Scott's Caring Bridge site.

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God called Scott home

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this morning.

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Information to follow.

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Psalm 100:5

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For the LORD is good

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and his love endures forever;

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his faithfulness continues

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through all generations.

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Scott's death has been swallowed up in the victory of eternal LIFE. This Holy Spirit led disciple of Christ knew how to love God and love others in such a powerful way. The final few lines of the last post that he wrote on October 1st on his Caring Bridge blog ring out of the JOY in dying to have eternal LIFE,

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We don’t want to give up

yet the battle is growing longer and longer,

it wears on us as you expect it would.

Continued prayers are much appreciated,

and we look forward to the rejoicing.

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Psalm 30:5b
"… weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning."

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Yesterday, morning Scott was rejoicing... no more pain... no more shortness of breath... eternal LIFE... I invite you to join me in continual prayer for Bonita and children. Get to know the heart of this transformed woman by reading her posts the last few weeks when Scott could not post. You will be inspired! You will be moved! You can access that site by clicking on their family picture over on the right sidebar.

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To Scott, Bonita, and family,
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Thank you for your Spirit-Led lives. I am so glad that because of Jesus, we are family! ((Hugs)) to Bonita and M and R and A and A.
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Your sister - in - Christ,
Patti








Thursday, October 22, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES...J.O.Y.

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TRANSFORMING THURSDAY
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If your part of the world is where there are 4 distinct seasons of the year, then you should be noticing a big difference in now and 3 months ago. The brillance of fall colors is amazing! It is a trademark of living in places like South Jersey! Simply breathtaking! One of my FB friends posted this as his status this week:
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"_______is amazed that it's in death,
that the leaves become so beautiful.
Hmmm...sound familiar?"
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I've been teaching a Bible class for 1st and 2nd graders on Wednesday nights at church. Our theme for the month is "disciples". Last night, we talked about this:
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If your part of the world is where there are disciples,
then you should notice a difference....
there should be JOY!
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Joy is a trademark of...
  • a disciple of Christ!
  • a person who allows the Holy Spirit of God to INDWELL her.
  • a thankful spirit who has allowed the Holy Spirit of God to be her HELPER!
  • LIFE in Christ!

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What are your true colors? Are you walking by the Spirit?

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Last night, in class we talked about "the secret" to living a life that God called us to live. It's a transforming way of thinking! You probably learned this little acrostic as a child as well! It's a way of keeping in step with the Spirit of God... it encompasses Jesus' two commandments:

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  • J esus (I love Jesus with all my heart, mind, and soul!)
  • O thers (I love others enough to consider treating them as I want to be treated)
  • Y ourself (I love myself enough to take care of me while thinking of J & O first!)

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We sang the J.O.Y. song to the tune of Jingle Bells:

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J.O.Y! J.O.Y.!

This is what it means:

Jesus first!

Yourself last!

And others in between!

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So, going back to my friend's FB status and connecting it with the "J.O.Y. principle"... leads me to think that living the J.O.Y. principle is comparable to dying to self. And, if I die to myself, the Spirit of God will live in me and give me LIFE. So, the next time someone looks at you or me as a disciple of Christ, they should be able to make this comment:

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"I am amazed that it is in her death to self

that her colors have become so beautiful!

...Hmmmm... sound familiar!?!!!!?"

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And Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37-40:

'You shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your mind.'

"This is the great and foremost commandment.

"The second is like it,

'You shall love your neighbor

as yourself.'

"On these two commandments

depend the whole Law and the Prophets."





Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - WATER SPRINGING UP TO ETERNAL LIFE


WOMEN IN THE WORD WEDNESDAY
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John 4:13-15
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13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal LIFE. "
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Right now, I'm singing a song that articulates these verses further:
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"I've got a River of Life flowing out of me.
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.
Opens prisons doors, sets those captives free.
I've got a River of Life flowing out of me.
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Spring up a well within my soul.
Spring up a well and make me whole.
Spring up a well and give to me that LIFE abundantly!"
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John 10:7-10
"Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have LIFE, and might have it abundantly."
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - HE GIVES LIFE!!!


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  • Even as the leaves fall, I see LIFE all around me.
  • Even as my daughter lies in the next room struggling with chronic pain, I hear LIFE in most of her words.
  • Even though, Scott McEndree has been battling cancer for years , I read LIFE in his and Bonita's posts on their Caring Bridge site (After reading this post, link over on right sidebar on their Family Picture... you will be so amazed at the posts of the last two weeks!)
  • Even though, I feel much like the little boy in the movie, The Sixth Sense, when he said, "I see dead men walking!" I am grateful that God gives us each hope for LIFE.

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Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE." Yes! That statement and this is something that you can sink your teeth into:

  • The Holy Spirit of God INDWELLS His people
  • The Holy Spirit of God HELPS His people
  • The Holy Spirit of God gives LIFE to His people.

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Romans 8:11

"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give LIFE to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. NIV

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Thank You, God for LIFE! I am soooooo grateful!
NOTE: This is a continuing study that began on October 11 on this blog.

Monday, October 19, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES - THROUGH HIS WORD



MEDITATION MONDAY

So far, we've introduced the concepts that the Holy Spirit of God:

  • Indwells His people - Romans 8:9 (8:5-13); 1 Corinthains 6:19-20; Acts 2:36-47
  • Helps His people - Romans 8:26; John 16:7

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I witnessed a powerful testimony of this yesterday as Lot Therrio was our guest speaker at the Pitman church. His only words? Matthew 5-7. Christ's Sermon on the Mount. Did Lot read it? No! He spoke it from memory!

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  • Powerful to see the words of Jesus printed in our Bibles in Matthew 5-7.
  • Powerful to hear those same words of Jesus spoken from Lot's memory.
  • Most powerful to see those words lived out in the lives of people who have the HELPER to help them live it.

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Please join me in reading Christ's Sermon on the Mount:

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Matthew 5

"Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:

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3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

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5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

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6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

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7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

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8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

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9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

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10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

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12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

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14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

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23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

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25 "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

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27 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

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31 "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.' 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

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33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

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43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Matthew 6
6:1 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

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2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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9 "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

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14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

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16 "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

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24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

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25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

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28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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Matthew 7
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7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

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3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

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6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

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7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

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9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

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13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

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21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

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24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

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28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES... AS OUR HELPER VIA HIS HOLY SPIRIT...


SUNDAY IN THE SON

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Ever feel in desperate need of help and there seems to be no one around to listen and understand?
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Jesus told the apostles, in John 16:7
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"But I tell you the truth,
it is to your advantage that I go away;
for if I do not go away,
the Helper shall not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him to you."

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And just how does the Holy Spirit help us?
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Romans 8:26 says,
"And in the same way the Spirit
also helps our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we should,
but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us
with groanings too deep for words..."
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Back in October 2007, young Logan understood how the Holy Spirit of God HELPED him and he wanted to share what he knew with the world...
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Enjoy the video! You may need to pause the playlist above before you push play on the video.



Saturday, October 17, 2009

GOD STILL MOVES... LITERALLY...

KETCHUP AND MUSTARD SATURDAY
Catch-Up and Must Do

God is on the move! As we have begun the topic of Holy Spirit living this week, I have looked at how He wants to come and live inside of our hearts and minds. He wants to MOVE us through transformation... He wants to MOVE us to bless us... It takes a lot of praying and waiting on our part to let God MOVE and do His work.
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It would take me way too long to explain all the times that Steve and I have prayed and prayed and waited on the LORD to move us... and He did each time in a very amazing way. Each time, it was obvious that it was the LORD Who was at work in the MOVE. Such was the case for our MOVE here to South Jersey! We have been richly blessed!
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I've been driving by the new building site of our new church building several times a week. Before the Nor'easter weather system hit us the other day, I snapped a few shots. This has been a "Reaching Out In Faith" MOVE for our church family. God has been at work - the dirt is being MOVED!!!! Transformation is happening!
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Several weeks ago, before my memory card from my phone flew across the room and was lost in my files, I had taken some pictures of the Krinks MOVE. I got a new memory card this week so that I could get the pics off my phone and into the computer.
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Greg and Linda Krinks are some of the rich blessings of God that we would have never known unless He had MOVED us here two years ago. Greg is one of the elder's of the Pitman church. Linda is one of the leaders of our women's ministry. They have been praying and waiting to "down-size" and MOVE to a smaller one level place. In the process, of lots of praying and waiting on the LORD, there's been a recession... their business slowed down... new grandkids have been born... Greg had strokelike symptoms and temporary amnesia... more praying, more waiting.... Then, at just the right time God provided a buyer for their house, just the right place for them to buy, and lots of church family to see that the MOVE honored the Krinks and honored God.
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A wonderful place to raise children... 20 years of living...
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Sisters in Christ arrive to clean...
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Thanks, Katherine!
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Thanks, Mandy!

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Thanks, Brenda!
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Thanks, Donna!
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Thanks, Melody!
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Thanks, Garth, Brian, Tim, and John!
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Thanks, Charles and Danny!
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Thanks Tony and Melody!
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Thanks Dave! Greg looks on as his church family takes care of business!

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Getting close to the end, two couples have stuck with it (even brought their kids along)!



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We formed a caravan and headed down a few miles to their new place! What a blessing! God leading and MOVING people to serve one another! This is just one of many times that this has happened in the two years that we have lived here! I love the way He works through my church family. There were many who helped who I did not capture in pictures. Praise God for all of you!
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We got a grand tour of the new place and then came back a few days later to MOVE them in!
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Last night, Linda opened her new home to the elders and preachers wives for a night of fellowship and encouragement. We shared our highs and lows, our dreams for the future, and we prayed and prayed some more and we will wait.... believing that GOD STILL MOVES!!!
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2010 Pitman WOMEN REACHING OUT IN FAITH RETREAT - Cape May, NJ

TRANSFORMED MOM, LISA, REQUESTED PRAYERS FOR HER HUBBY: FULLY RESTORED! FULLY HEALED!