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the buzzard, the bat & the bee

buzzard

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top,

the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.

Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,

but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

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    *****THE BAT*****

bat

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air,

cannot take off from a level place.

If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,

no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the  air.

Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

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*****THE-BUMBLEBEE*****

bee

  A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out.

It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.

It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

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****PEOPLE*****

people

 In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.

We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!

That’s the answer, the  escape route and the solution to any problem…

just look up! 

baby looking up

———– Sorrow looks  back,————-

Worry looks  around,

But faith looks  up!

Live  simply,

love  generously,

care  deeply,

speak kindly,  and

trust in our Creator,

who loves  us.

frog

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if we were Jesus?

18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”

21“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

28Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”—[Luke 18:18-30]

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“If We Were Jesus”

If we were Jesus, here’s how this conversation may have gone:

Rich young rulerWhat must I do to obtain eternal life?

UsKeep the commandments.

RYR:  I’ve done that since I was a kid at age 10

Us:  Great!  Sounds like you’re our kind of people.  By the way, that’s a stunning tie you have on? Did you get that at Brooks Brothers?

RYRWhy yes I did.  If you like it, I could get you one.  They’re only a $100 each, so not really expensive.  As a matter of fact, take this one, and I’ll get another one later.

Us:  Well, thanks.  Say, let me tell you about our plans to build the largest synagogue in the world.  God has given me a great vision for reaching people, and you can play a big part in that.  Here’s a donor card.  Could I put you down for a lifetime membership for only $10,000.  Of course, for just $5,000 more you could be in the “Pastor’s Circle”, a very special group of those who support the ministry.

RYR:  And that will get me eternal life?

Us Actually, no, but we can talk about that later.  Of course, God will be very pleased with you if you’re a good steward of the things he’s blessed you with.  Could I put you down for a gift today?  Our books close on June 30, so you’ve only got a couple of days left.  Oh, of course, it’s all tax-deductible.

RYR: Well, I was really looking for eternal life today, but sure, why not.  Maybe this is a first step in the right direction.

Us: I’m sure it is.

Okay, you get the point.  If we were Jesus, we would not have told this guy to sell all he had.  Or if we had, we certainly would not have told him to give it to the poor.

Have you ever thought about how he would give it to the poor?  Would he of handed out 100-drachma coins on the street?  Would he build a new homeless shelter in downtown Jerusalem?  Would he have people sign up, and make sure they qualified by filling out a lot of paperwork?  How would he actually give this money away to the poor?

And if he gave all his money away, he would still be young, but would he be a ruler?  Probably not.  Why, because money is power.  Always has been, always will be.  The rich young ruler knows that money is power, and asks “how can I obtain (get, purchase, acquire) eternal life.”  He’s been able to parlay his wealth into position and prestige, now perhaps it will help him get a guaranteed ticket on the Heaven Express.

[what am I willing to give away……is my eternity “secured” through HIM?]

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from a “palace” yet near a pit?

JOSEPH — THE MAN WHO WENT FROM THE PIT, TO PRISON, TO THE PALACE.
JOSEPH WAS FAVORED BY HIS FATHER AND WAS GIVEN A SPECIAL COAT OR ROBE AND HE WAS A DREAMER AND HE WAS HATED BY HIS BROTHERS AND WAS PUT IN A PIT.
ANYTIME YOU HAVE THE FAVOR OF GOD ON YOUR LIFE AND ARE A DREAMER – YOU CAN EXPECT TROUBLE FROM THE DEVIL. — NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE PIT BUT DONT LET YOURSELF DROWN IN THIS VERY SAME PIT.

am I in the pit?

BUT JOSEPH DID NOT STAY IN THE PIT, NO…… WHY? BECAUSE JOSEPH WAS IN THE “PIT” BUT THE PIT WAS NOT IN JOSEPH — JOSEPH WAS A DREAMER…. HE KNEW THE PIT WAS JUST A TEMPORARY SET BACK — HE KNEW THE FAVOR OF GOD WAS ON HIM AND HIS DESTINY WAS NOT THE PIT BUT THE PALACE.
AS A CHILD OF GOD YOU MAY GO THROUGH THE PIT BUT REMEMBER THE PIT IS NOT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION.
NO MATTER HOW BAD THE PIT MAY SEEM, YOU WON’T STAY THERE BECAUSE GOD MEANT FOR YOU TO BE A DREAMER AND THE PIT IS NOT IN THE PERMANENT PLAN THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU ARE DOWN TO NOTHING GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING IN ITS GREATEST FORM IMAGINABLE!

IF YOU ARE IN A PIT YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE FOR A PROMOTION.  JUST TAKE A GLIMPSE OF A MAN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT NAMED JOSEPH; IN ONE DAY JOSEPH WENT FROM THE PRISON TO THE PALACE!

[LOSER CATEGORY, PERHAPS….] —YE OF WEAKENED FAITH? WE TEND TO  FOCUS ON WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH, INSTEAD OF BEING IN THE MINDSET OF CHRIST: AS CHAMPIONS FOCUSING ON WHERE WE ARE GOING TO?

palace or pit?

palace or pit?

HOW DID DAVID GET OUT OF THE PIT? HE PRAISED HIS WAY OUT OF THE PIT….

HOW DO YOU DO IT? — YOU PRAISE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY!

LIKE A GRENADE…. HOW DO YOU THROW A GRENADE? DO YOU JUST THROW IT? NO THERE IS A PROCESS.

FIRST YOU HAVE TO GRAB THE HANDLE…. AND PULL THE PIN—-[IF YOU GREW UP IN THE MILITARY, LIKE I DID]—YOU HEARD THE OUTDOOR NOISES OF COMBAT TRAINING FOR YEARS OF YOUR LIFE…..–NOW DO YOU JUST HOLD ONTO THIS GRENADE? —–NO,  YOU HAVE TO RELEASE IT. HOW LONG BEFORE IT GOES BOOM? HMMMMM……I AM THINKING ABOUT 10 SECONDS, WHICH DOESNT GIVE YOU MUCH TIME TO THINK TWICE, OR PASS IT ON TO WHOMEVER ELSE IS IN THIS PIT ALONG WITH YOU?

grenade

HALLELUJAH DID YOU HEAR THAT YOUR PRAISE IS LIKE A GRENADE; YOU HAVE TO GET THE HANDLE ON IT PULL THE PIN AND THEN RELEASE IT ON THE ENEMY.

RIGHT NOW BY FAITH TAKE HOLD OF YOUR GRENADE OF PRAISE, GRAB HOLD OF THE HANDLE AND PULL THE PIN AND THEN RELEASE IT ON THE ENEMY.

IN ABOUT 10 SECONDS YOUR GRENADE OF PRAISE IS GOING TO EXPLODE IN THE FACE OF YOUR ENEMY AND YOU ARE GOING TO FIND A WAY OUT OF YOUR PIT.

GIVE HIM PRAISE…. GET OUT OF YOUR PIT….. IT IS NOT PART OF YOUR LIFE IN A PERMANENT FORMAT…. GET OUT OF THAT PIT!

NOTE PSALM 40: 1-3…. MANY SHALL SEE IT AND FEAR AND TRUST IN THE LORD

WHEN THE WORLD SEES US PRAISING OUR WAY OUT OF THE PIT, IT SHOWS/BEARS HOW YOU AND I WILL “TRUST” IN THE LORD. WHEN YOUR FAMILY SEES YOU PRAISING GOD THEY WILL PRAISE GOD, BUT WHEN YOUR FAMILY SEES YOU LIKE THE PIT WHICH YOU ARE IN?  THEY WILL STAY IN THE PIT ALONG WITH YOU……SO CLIMB ABOARD THE LADDER IN WHICH GOD HAS PROVIDED AND GET OUT OF THE PIT!!

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are there any weeds in your garden?

Gardening is a wonderful pastime. It has been referred to as a labor of love. There are many aspects to successful gardening.tomatoes

1. is the preparation of the soil. (make it ready to receive the seed)

eggplant
2. is the selection of the seed. ( we must determine the crop we desire)

3. is the planting of the seed. (plant at the right depth and spacing)

4. is watering the seed. ( we use water to nourish and germinate the seed)

5. is cultivation. (we must keep the weeds from taking over our garden plot)

6. is feeding our plants. ( we need to give our plants food for growth)

If a garden is left unattended it will soon be choked with weeds and the crop will be lost to them. Now you didn’t plant the weeds in your garden but they still appeared. If we read in Matthew 13:18-43, it describes the above; YET we can clearly see that there is an intent to “steal away” our knowledge of God’s truth in the Word [by guess who?] Satan of course, who also is the culprit for “choking out” your Spiritual Faith as well. How strong is your Faith IN HIM? do you tend your garden once a week, or every month….no, as it will not produce if not tended to in the right manor.

garden

spinach

Lets look at the word “tares” which were planted by an enemy [satan, again]—what are tares? it is a species of rye-grass, the seeds of which are a strong sporous type of POISON; this bears the closest resemblance to wheat till the ear appears & then the difference is discovered! did you know that this grows plentifully in Syria & Palestine?

the question is: am I tending to my Spiritual garden OR am I finding weeds [tares-poison-sin] still growing?—- am I cultivating in my garden or heart the “seeds” of righteousness? although this type of tending/work takes hours since I have several areas of my yard where there are plants-I find the job of weeds just never ends. Since I live in the desert of rocks and hills its tough to show life exist in my garden areas, BUT I have plenty beauty to look at!

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dark is the night….

Lets begin with the thoughts of nightmares….you know the kind in which you wake up in a cold sweat? or the kind where you wake up screaming only there is no sound coming out. Snakes come to mind-they quietly slither around on the floor in the nights shadows in my dreams at times. “how dark is the night” as I look around and its only 2pm? I try and go back to sleep, yet I glance at the clock and it now reads 4:22pm and before I know it the sun and its glowing light is peeking through the slightly opened vertical blinds in my room. Have you had nights like this, where the night seems to never end, the dawn seems hours away.

darkness

Do you remember hearing quotes about an old city watchmen? perhaps you have read stories about them? they call out in the old movies “one O’clock and all is well”—its still “dark is the night”. So many evil things happen during the nights as the world has its groaning of death. You hear a gunshot across the street where a school is, or a child has been abducted….”dark is the night“. A serial killer is shown on tv which was in your neighborhood last night?—your neighbors house across the street from you has their home broken into, and a few days later you yourself have your vehicle stolen right out of your own driveway? –“dark is the night”.

Your children no longer listen to what you say, now they don’t want to visit or call you on the phone?— “dark is the night”. Friends whom you thought were your friends have talked about you behind your back instead of talking TO you? —-“dark is the night”light over darkness

You have probably gathered I am not talking just about the “color” of darkness nor the physical darkness. I have tried just like everyone else to hide from it by: turning off the tv, or stop reading this type of news in the paper!!— (for those of you who still read such an instrumental dark ages tool?)

light of the world

In the Bible we find “the WORD” which he calls “the LIGHT” -which existed before there was a concept of time–[couldn’t of  been seen then neither]. Jesus came like the dawning of a NEW day & there was HOPE! Darkness was banished by Jesus dying on the cross for me and you-He was buried & resurrected; now fast forward—2,000 years later- and we are still facing the same type of problems- crime, murder, robbery, death, wars, slavery & poverty. Has he forgotten me? NO, HE is coming back as a thief in the night….it could be HIS return in any minute or in a few days or years? Have you turned ON HIS-LIGHT? OR are their snakes still slithering around in your world of darkness; are you brave enough to go towards the direction of HIS-LIGHT? In John 1:5 –“And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.”—- [It cant overcome] the darkness hasn’t taken completely over your life & there is hope! A NEW day will dawn when Christ returns….Are you ready?

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storm alert?

“He [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’  They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey
him!’”  Mark 4:40-41 (also note: Mark 4: 35-41)
Storms ultimately do come to an end-in fact there is one “brewing” right now…… And they reveal something new about Jesus. Here the disciples express their amazement that He even controls the winds and the waves. ( ♫ ♫ reminds me of song called “peace be still”…. ♫ ♫ ) 
sharing your happiness
 What would happen to a Christian being arrested for selling Bibles in front of a university or near the capital YET in a foreign land? He or she would be repeatedly “scoffed” at by the media perhaps… In a final effort would you renounce your Christian faith?   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you went to prison, you may be forced to sign a letter agreeing not to sell Christian literature, or ever hand out another Bible again- although you continue to actively evangelize in parks and other open-air areas. Have you ever been to a foreign land? or helped hand out Bibles to areas where God is suppose to be a secret?

who are you mentoring in your life for HIM?

 
Which leads me to my next question as to “would I be like Paul in prison”? would I continue to spread the news of the man called “Jesus“—-YES!  I would do my best to still be one of HIS servants.
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remind me dear Lord….

And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good. (Genesis 32:12)

This is the sure way of prevailing with the Lord in prayer. We may humbly remind Him of what He has said. Our faithful God will never run back from His word, nor will He leave it unfulfilled; yet He loves to be enquired of by His people and put in mind of His promise. This is refreshing to their memories, reviving to their faith, and renewing to their hope. God’s Word is given, not for His sake, but for ours. His purposes are settled, and He needs nothing to bind Him to His design of doing His people good; but He gives the promise for our strengthening and comfort. Hence He wishes us to plead it and say to Him, “Thou saidst…..” don’t you just love the “tone” of that word?

“I will surely do thee good” is just the essence of all the Lord’s gracious sayings. Lay a special stress on the word surely. He will do us good, real good, tasting good, only good, every good. He will make us good, and this is to do us good in the very highest degree. He will treat us as He does his saints while we are here, and that is good. He will soon take us to be with Jesus and all His chosen, and that is supremely good. With this promise in our hearts we need not fear angry Esau or anyone else. If the Lord will do us good, who can do us hurt?