Firsts

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We are now about 2,000 years since that First Resurrection Sunday.

That Resurrection Sunday was vastly different from what any of us will experience here in 2022.
We read in
John 20  some of the happenings of that day. 

May I say, I am confident Mary Magdalene and all of the Apostles, if they were with us today, would decline to participate in the many planned festivities for April 17, 2022?
By and large, Resurrection Sunday celebrations are so far from Scripture, that it behooves us to repent and return to our First Love.

Easter eggs, easter baskets, easter rabbits, egg hunts,– shall I go on? 
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do, JESUS would say. He has said

I have a question.

Why is JESUS, and JESUS alone, not enough to celebrate this Resurrection Sunday 2022? 

Occupied

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I have been rather lax this week with writing – why?  
Occupied I suppose — I am anticipating more occupation mid-week next week too.
But that does not mean you all are not on my mind — I have a blanket request for you all in my daily prayer journal. 

I read 2 Thessalonians 2 today and made many notes in my notebook. I also had questions. Imagine that, huh? 

I am not prepared to share it all, but I am inclined to share a comforting thought. 

The people of Thessalonica were alarmed; some folks had told them YESHUA had already returned. 
We’d be alarmed too, would we not at such a message? 
So Paul set about to set their minds at ease.

I don’t have all the answers and I have more questions.
There are matters of eschatology that are beyond my learning at this time and that had been concerning me. 
But today, coupled with a prayer a dear sister prayed with me this week, I have this direction: 

Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t be afraid to think outside of that traditional box; don’t be afraid to explore for the TRUTH.
And as you do: Trust Father to protect.
Trust Holy Spirit to teach. 
Trust JESUS to return. 

And in the meantime occupy! 
Let us occupy ourselves with listening, obeying, loving, and going about our lives doing good. 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 

Amen and amen – make it so of us too, Father. 

Starving!

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One statement, well there have been many statements in this book that have held my attention; but, this one today from the book Un-Saved Christian, The Cost of Disobedience by Rebecca Ruth, well, let me tell you:
“Without His Word, you will fall away.”.

I think she is right. I was going to say more than right but that’s a bit much, isn’t it?
How can one be more than right? 

Without His Word, you will fall away. 

Without DAILY intake of Scripture, we will fall away from following JESUS.
It will happen — so, let’s just don’t let it happen!

Perhaps on the first day, we miss reading, we will not notice a waning of fellowship but within a short time the world will wear on us and we will respond in kind.

So let us just head off the flesh, the world, and the devil, at the pass and read Scripture daily. 

One of the many things for which I pray is that I may be enabled to connect more People with more Scripture. 
Scripture is our food.
It’s our bread, milk, and meat; and without it, we will starve off the Vine.  John 15:1-8

Please check out these passages: 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:11-13; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

And if you are participating in the Weekly Planner Reading, today is Ezekiel 11.

Actually

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It has been a full day and it is beyond a prudent time for this old girl to be asleep but here I sit before this screen with nothing grand to write (I think but who knows by the end something may come 🙂 ), just a desire to say hello and hopefully give you a smile for Friday morning.

I enjoyed passages of Scripture today and conversations with friends, some of much importance, others perhaps not so much. 
And if the sun dawns for me in the morning, I will eagerly and gladly enjoy another day just as good as today, LORD willing. 

As you maneuver your day I hope you will be fully mindful that GOD ALMIGHTY actually loves you. 

And if you don’t actually believe that to the depths of your bones — pray.
Pray to love Him. He will answer you.

Blankets

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Blanket statements are often improperly placed; we are wise to lay them out cautiously. 
By this you know, now that I am about to lay one I do so cautiously. 

Gender confusion.

If one is confused about their gender that confusion has come from the Author of confusion. 
Scripture reveals that the author of confusion is not GOD. 1 Corinthians 14:33
Furthermore, heeding The Voice of GOD will clear that confusion. 

For an even heavier blanket, I offer this one.
Every honest soul submitted to GOD knows his or her biological gender is indeed their gender and with this truth, they are at peace and there is no confusion. 
Anyone who is confused and/or is rejecting their biological gender, they have heeded the voice of Satan and not GOD, The Creator. 

Folks, some things just are what they are. 
JESUS is GOD.
He is the ONLY Savior.
He is the ONLY way of redemption for every human, male and female, birthed into this world.
Responsible humans must receive His sinless life, sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection from the dead as our only means of deliverance from sin, death, hell, and the grave, or we will NEVER enter Heaven. 
Heaven is real. 
So is hell. 
The works of the flesh (sin) are revealed in Scripture. 
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are equally GOD. 
The sun will dawn tomorrow but neither you nor I are guaranteed to be drawing breath when it does. 

Blanket statements evidenced by Scripture, don’t offend me, they comfort me and assure me that GOD loves me. 

GODLY Advice

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A quick good morning!

In John 21 a conversation between YESHUA and Peter is recorded for our learning. 

Peter has a question: 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 

And the response?

We might not like it. 
But I am convinced it’s GODLY advice. 🙂

22 Yeshua said to him, “If I want him to stay on until I come, what is it to you? You, follow me!

You, follow me!

I am confident within the Whole Counsel of GOD we are commanded to be concerned for one another; we are to be our Brothers’ keepers, so to speak. 
BUT, when we are keeping tabs on our brothers and sisters because we fear they may be getting more attention or this or that, than we . . .  well, JESUS would say to us: what is it to you? You, follow me!