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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Arms outstretched hands... inviting us into His presence....Yeah!

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God is the firm foundation on which we can dance and sing praises and continually celebrate His Presence. Most of the time though we feel earth bound and weighted down.
If we want to learn how to celebrate God more consistently, more abundantly, begin by lingering in His Peaceful Presence.  Step into His outstretched hands welcoming us into His living presence.
God's very Presence radiates joy in vast, unmeasured fullness! When we praise Him, our joy increases, as does our awareness of His Holy Presence. Our bodies may or may not be ready engaged in this endeavor, but God sees our heart. That is where the ultimate celebration of His Presence takes place.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Threefer...Three "lights" I'm deLIGHTed!

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Give all the problems and difficulties that are weighing you down to Jesus. Our troubles are actually "light and momentary"--from an eternal perspective. Our problems feel so heavy because we have given them too much power. Each time we focus on them and not on Jesus we give them more power.
As we give our problems to Jesus, our vision improves and we can see Him more clearly. His light illuminates the knowledge of the Majesty and Glory revealed in His face. This is the eternal glory that far outweighs all out troubles...and "lightened" all our darknesses...and burdens...
His Light...the illumination of the physical
His Light...the transformation power over the physical 
His Light...the revelation of who He is!  
We turn to the New Testament and find that John writes, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Then, later in the book, John goes on to say, “God is love” (ch.4:8, and 16). It is as God in the beginning said, “Let there be light!” – He was saying, “Let there be a revelation of My love!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

BAK Thanks for the prayer

My wife Cat had surgery and medical issues  but in all that God continues a very real help and presence...So glad my bride  and the Bride that is the church is continuing to be built up in His character of Healed and Whole...
Thank you all for the prayer-ing

Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)

 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

In Christ's Presence we have infinite approval. We often judge ourselves on the basis of what we see in the mirror, even though we know how fickle and shallow that ever changing image is. We tend to be equally enslaved to viewing ourselves through the eyes of other people, rigorously evaluating our personal performance and almost always feeling displeased with something we have said or done.
"Enslaved" is an appropriate word. We are indeed a slave when we try to measure ourselves through any perspective but Christ's. Evaluating our worth based on how we look, to ourselves or others, is always a trap. Though invisible, a well-nurtured soul can actually improve our appearance. As we rest in the certainty of Christ's unfailing love, our face glows with the joy of His Presence.
Christ's approval of us is infinite because it will continue forever. It is based entirely on Christ's righteousness, which is ours for all eternity. When you look in a mirror, try to see yourself as you truly are--arrayed in perfect righteousness, adorned in glowing approval.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Sonday! A continual feast! Now that's worth Rejoicing over ;)

Philippians 4:4-5

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Rejoice in the Lord always. This is a moment by moment choice. It 

is possible to find joy in the Lord even during the most trying

times. Because He is always near, He is constantly available to
help us. He can even carry us through times of extreme adversity.

It is in the present moment that we find Jesus ever near us. His 

presence in the present is an endless source of joy; a continual 


The soul-satisfaction we find in Christ helps us relate well to other

people. As we enjoy His abiding Presence, we can bless others 

our gentleness.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Rest...listen to the troubador...

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.

Let us hear God's voice and pay no attention to the voice of 
another. The Lord's paths are straight and they are narrow, but we 
will have no trouble finding them if we watch the Lord. He is 
guiding us. We don't need to look to people for direction. We can 
learn a lot by fellowshipping with the saints, but never allow 
anyone to take the role that is rightfully the Lords--to direct our 
steps. As it is written, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the 
Lord"--Not by some preacher, not by a Christian worker, but by 
the Lord.
Trust God to do it and give Him the time and opportunity to do it. 
Don't be hasty and don't lean on your own intelligence. 
Rest in the Lord, He shall bring to pass His perfect will in our lives
as we believe and live in faith.

Friday, July 22, 2016


Hebrews 11:6

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because 
anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists
 and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

God's ordinances are good and holy, but they are to be entered into 
with deep sincerity and with awareness of their true significance.
Without Faith, no one shall see God. In other words, "Without a 
tender heart and sensitive, attentive spirit, no one shall see God," 
for without these, no true Faith will ever be attained. Train your 
eye to discern that which is of true worth, and let it not escape you

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Matthew 9:29 (MSG)
He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It 
happened. They saw.

God's promises are of no use to us EXCEPT when we apply and 

appropriate them by faith. In our daily walk, we will be victorious 

only to the degree that we trust in God. He can help us only as we 

ask. He will meet us at every place where we put action along with 

our prayers. Only as we WALK will the waters of adversity be 

parted for us.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Matthew 6:30-34 (MSG)

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

Do not set out to make your own plans. God has already set in motion His divine will and purpose, and He will not have us interfere.
Resign all into God's hands--your loved ones as well as your own self. Be obedient to the still small voice. Your own thoughts may speak more loudly, but wait upon God always. Don't worry about carnal things, but concern yourself first and always with spiritual values. God's promise is still: "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all the other needful things will be added to you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

God Morning!

James 1:6-8 (MSG)
"If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open."

Seek Wisdom...Apply you heart to learn wisdom. This goal is more important than any other, and any good that comes from a stressful situation is an added blessing. Seek God above all else.

Monday, July 18, 2016

All things are new again...do you see it?

Isaiah 33:6
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times,
And the strength of salvation;
The fear of the Lord is His treasure.

Don't wait for an opportunity to be alone with God. Take it 
whenever you can, nothing will suffer. Stuff is of less importance 
than you think. Our time together with God is like a garden full of 
flowers. whereas the time we give to stuff is like a field of stubble.

God loves us so, lay back and rest in His embrace, feel His heart 
beat. We will receive insight that will give us sustaining strength. 
Christ bore our sins and He wants to carry our burdens also. Give 
it all to God and take His gift of a light and happy heart. For God's 
love removes all fear. We can experience resurrection life and 
peace; the joy of the Lord will be our strength.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Proclaim it, Rejoice in it, and Live it! as today we worshiped in 
nature the 
beautiful coast range in view...O God!  What a creative artist! 
limitless beauty is Our Father  Son, and Holy Spirit!

Romans 1:16 (MSG)

It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message 
of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting 
with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting 
people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what 
Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before 
God by trusting him really lives!”

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Am Samstag

Für alle unsere deutschsprachigen Schwestern und Brüder
Kolosser 2: 9-10 (MSG)
 ... Achten Sie auf die Menschen aus, die versuchen, Sie mit großen Worten und intellektuellen Doppelsprech zu blenden. Sie wollen dich ziehen weg in endlose Argumente, die es nie zu etwas. Sie verbreiten ihre Ideen durch die leeren Traditionen der Menschen und die leeren abergläubischen von Geistwesen . Aber das ist nicht der Weg Christi. Alles, was von Gott wird in ihm zum Ausdruck gebracht, so kann man ihn deutlich sehen und hören. Sie brauchen nicht ein Teleskop, ein Mikroskop oder ein Horoskop, ohne ihm die Fülle Christi, und die Leere des Universums zu realisieren. Wenn Sie zu ihm kommen, kommt die Fülle zusammen für dich auch. Seine Macht erstreckt sich über alles.

or in English  ;)

On Saturday...

Colossians 2:9-10 (MSG)

Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Good Friday to ya...Have a groovy weekend....

James 1:21(MSG)

 [Act on What You Hear ] 

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, 
follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.
 God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all 
spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple 
humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, 
making a salvation-garden of your life.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thor's day? Naaa THIS is the day!

...the Lord has made....Make yourself at home...Mange!

John 15:10 (MSG)
“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make 
yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, 
you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve 
done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home 
in his love.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wenzdai Reading from Las palabras de Pablo

Today's taste comes from Pablo's letter to the Philippians chapter 2  which is always and awesome read...I encourage you to read it beyond the nugget...  What is that obedience?  Read , Taste and see!

Philippians 2:9-11 

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Twosday...Jul 12

God Morning! Our Father doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED! We just gotta be willing...and like Our Father who's yes is Amen....So this morning as I have my Coffee with Jesus I say " OK what are we gonna do today?" I hear "Just be ready, I go before you" 

In the morning is a musical worshipful time for us enjoy this as you enjoy a little "Bread" 

From the Message Matthew 4:4
Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”
Matthew 4:4
The past is a place of reference not of residence...Jesus knew where He came from....but knew himself in the Now of the relationship with His ( and our) Father...Current and real  now and then,  but Jesus also looked ahead as did the persons changed by relationship with God. Hebrews 12:2 But for the Joy...and we share that vision!  Quote Deuteronomy...Quote Jesus who IS the Word....
Taste and see!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Monday...July 11 2016

Read  Jeremiah 32 ... and yes there are glimpses of how He might be re-sharing this again reminding us...as we stand in our national turmoil... In this chapter in the rendition of yet another Hebrew national tragedy and how God works....In reading find this "McNugget"...yet another "bite" of Our Fathers personality and character...Mange!
Jeremiah 32:17 (MSG)
“And then, having handed over the legal documents to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to God, ‘Dear God, my Master, you created earth and sky by your great power—by merely stretching out your arm! There is nothing you can’t do. You’re loyal in your steadfast love to thousands upon thousands—but you also make children live with the fallout from their parents’ sins. Great and powerful God, named God-of-the-Angel-Armies, determined in purpose and relentless in following through, you see everything that men and women do and respond appropriately to the way they live, to the things they do.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Son"day Jul 10 2016

These "bites" are brought to you all via my and my Wife's daily devotional times...   They are in the Message paraphrase of the Bible it has always been a blessing to us in our study lives.  I encourage you to read them in the version of the Bible that speaks to you...and in that word seek the Holy Spirit's making things clear and reminding us of everything Jesus said ( John 14:26)...
Mange!  Taste and see!  and don't forget to chew slowly  ... enjoy your "Son"day!

A Love That Will Grow ]
Philippians 1:6

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Happy Summer and be encouraged  will be striving for a daily word from the Word  ..praying for the the Holy Spirit to make all things clear...to you!  Rock and Roll Sistren and Brethren...Jesus is the Rock and we Roll!
Ephesians 3:20-21
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!