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Noah's Ark

At VBS this year, the kids learned about Noah and the flood. Many people believe Noah and the flood is just a children’s story. It isn’t just a story. It really happened, but I’m not writing this post to debate the evidences for or against a worldwide flood.

What I am here to write about is Noah. When God looked down on the earth and saw that the heart of man “was only evil continually,” He also saw that Noah stood against everyone else. Noah stood up for righteousness, he did good rather than evil.

Instead of destroying His whole creation, God had Noah build an ark so He could save the animals as well as Noah and his family. Why was this so amazing and hard for Noah to do?

Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” Genesis 2:5-6 (emphasis added)

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Salt and Light

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.  14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:13-14 (AMP)

Whenever I have heard someone quote these verses, it has always been in reference to getting involved in politics.  After all, what better way to be salt and light than to inject some flavor and light to the political scene?  But is that really what Jesus meant when He spoke those words?

The salt and light verses were spoken right after the Beatitudes and right after these verses is a short discourse about the Law.  So we have instructions on how to be blessed or happy, then a few verses on getting involved in politics, and after that, a few verses about Jesus being the fulfillment of the Law.  Right?  Or is it right?  Continue reading

An Ever-Present Help in Trouble

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting the next character interview.  I intended to do that on Friday night once I had finished the hallway flooring.  That never happened due to the hammer mistaking my finger for the block it was supposed to be hitting.  Thus, I was in a lot of pain all night and most of the next two days.  So, the next character, Miles Jenkins shall wait until this coming Friday.  In the meantime, my injury has turned into a helpful illustration for this inspirational post about God’s abundant availability.

Psalm 46.1-3

 

Last Sunday, our pastor preached on Psalm 46.  It was a great encouragement to me and I wanted to share some of the points he made.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.      Selah.

Another way to translate “very present” is “abundantly available.”  So, to paraphrase, “God is abundantly available when we are in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear-because God is with is and is our refuge and strength.”

No matter what our circumstances are (smashed fingers included), God is with us when we most need Him.  In my case on Friday, His presence came in many different ways.  For one thing, I was almost finished with the flooring, so Dad only has one hard row and a few easy rows to put in in order to finish it.  Another way I saw His presence was that it happened on a row when I needed Mom’s help so she was there to help me stop the bleeding and get it bandaged up with Lydia’s healing salve.   Even my three year old brother was used by God to help me.  When I rebandaged my finger, he helped me open the bandaids.

I have truly realized that without the presence of God, nothing will be accomplished that is of any worth and that in Christ, we can look past our circumstances and look toward God as our abundantly available help in trouble.

The most fascinating thing to realize about this Psalm is that it is part of a common theme woven throughout the entire Bible.  Hebrews 13:5b-6 says,

“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”

Not only is God abundantly available, but He will also never desert you, nor forsake you.  Wow.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.      Selah.

Forces of nature or threatening governments ought not to worry God’s children.  Those who are Christians need not to be afraid because God is with them.  If it is God’s will for you to die, you have the peace of knowing that God Almighty will take you to heaven to live forever with Him.  He is our stronghold who will keep us safe and secure though the nations roar and kingdoms totter.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.

The Psalmist tells us to behold the works of the Lord.  So what has God done in the past?

  • God used a worldwide, catastrophic flood to bring about His righteous judgment (Genesis 6-9)
  • He defeated the mighty Midianite army with just 300 men (Judges 8)
  • Parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13-30)
  • Established Kings and Kingdoms (1 Samuel-Malachi)
  • Caused Kingdoms to fall (Genesis-Revelation)
  • Sent His son to die as our substitute (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Raised His Son back from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

What a mighty God we serve!

“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.      Selah.

How should we respond?  When everything comes to its conclusion in the Last Days, God will be exalted.  “…every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11)

Praise the Lord for always being abundantly available and for never leaving, nor forsaking us.

Of Bookmarks, Business Cards, and Updates

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I am officially in marketing mode for A Mighty Fortress.  I now have bookmarks and business cards to hand out to people.  So, if anybody wants a business card or some bookmarks, just let me know.  If you are going to have a table or booth at a craft fair, home school conference, etc., I would be happy to send some bookmarks and business cards to you if you are will to have them on your table.

But what do they look like?

I am so glad you asked.  First, here is the business card:

 

Business Card

And now for the bookmarks.  You might recognize the front of the bookmark if you saw the book cover reveal a couple of months ago.   Here is the front:

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And the back:

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The back is very similar to what the back of the book will look like once it is completely finished.

I am very excited to have these marketing tools in my hands.  Now all I need is conversation starters that lead to the handing out of the bookmarks and business cards.  Too bad they don’t send a few along with the orders. 😉

Quick Update

By way of a quick update, I thought I would mention that the next phase has begun.  Or should I say that the last phase has begun.  By this evening, I should have all the critiques back on A Mighty Fortress and on Friday, I will begin going through them all and changing anything that needs changed.

Then, Lord willing, on October 13th, I will send it off to my lovely editors.  The end is in sight and I am getting rather nervous and excited.  How about you?

Announcement

In exactly one month, on October 25th, I will be announcing my first ever book giveaway.  I am super, super excited about it and I’m sure you will be, too.

 

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