Join me……won’t you?

In this magnificent season that is bearing down upon us very quickly, let’s be sure we magnify Him and Him alone both in our thankful days (November) and our anticipation days of revisiting His birth two thousand years ago (December).

Dr. David Jeremiah wrote in his daily connection with us that we need to see God clearly.

We need to claim His  promises.

We need to reclaim His power.

We need to proclaim His peace.

This is what we are about in a nutshell.  Get into His Word – -know it, believe it, live it. Reclaim what we once knew was powerful in our lives but has waned.  Then…march on, proclaiming His Word because we know it and we have regained it in our lives and because of that……………we can shout from the rooftop of our lives that God is alive and well on planet earth and lives within OUR hearts and He does make a difference in all ways of our living in 2019.  Praise His Holy Name!!

In His Grasp!  Marge Blog

Recipe for….Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day comes but once a year but each day of every year we should practice thankfulness as it should be at the heart of our living.  Here is a “Recipe”  that I found years ago and it is time, once again, to share it with you.

One Cup of Contentment  Contentment is very rare.  Neither the rich nor the poor are content.  And so thanksgiving is rare as well.  A contented person recognizes that God knows best.  Whether God has chosen to give him much or little, it is the right amount from a wise and loving Father.  Such contentment must be learned.

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” Phil. 4:11,12.

 

Ten Tablespoons of Thoughtfulness  Thinking of God’s many blessings will lead to thanksgiving.  So times of meditation are needed: short ones at mealtimes, longer ones on rising and retiring, and regular ones in the Lord’s house.  If you think, you’ll thank.

Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psa. 103:2

 

Six Teaspoons of Self-Knowledge  Only when we recognize that we have no claim to anything at all will we be grateful for whatever God gives us.  Those who presume that they deserve such do not give thanks but give vent to bitterness, envy, jealousy, and greed.  These consume and destroy, but thanksgiving brings joy and enrichment of character and courage for the days ahead.

“For who makes you different from anyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1Cor. 4:7

 

All In A New Heart  All of these ingredients are related.  A thoughtful person will be contented:  a contented person has faith in Gods wisdom:  a wise man knows both how small and how great he is.  And these graces will be developed best when Jesus rules the heart, turning it from greed and envy to service and thanksgiving.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since, as members of one body, you were called to peace and be thankful” Col. 3:15

As we turn our eyes toward the Thanksgiving days ahead, may they be just that for each of us~~~~Thanksgiving Days~~~~ and may the peace and quietness of our Lord enrich your life right now – right there – where you are.  Mega blessings.

In His Faithfulness,  Marge Blog

I have been so blest ~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~there are some good things about becoming an OLD PERSON.  The years that have piled up can rumble and all of a sudden you find a dear person that once you knew so well – then you each moved and went your own way – and yet, years later God allowed you to touch base one more time.  That is what happened for me.

Our young people in the Winnipeg years were so marvelous – memories galore and many of the young people keep in contact and though I do not like FB, it has been a means of coming out of the woodwork, so as to speak and finding them once again.

This past Fall Grant Memorial Baptist Church had a Centennial Celebration and once again I asked, “Have you seen Bill Archer there?”  “Do you know if any one has seen Bill Archer?”  And this time around one person told another person and that “another person” face booked me and gave me enough information to be able to find him.

Through the years as happenings have taken place in Wpg., I always ask about certain people that I have not been able to get in contact with or hear how they are through others.  One of those people was a young man by the name of ………… Bill Archer.

I always knew that some day, some how, some way, Bill would do something with his life that would be extra ordinary.  I didn’t know, when, where or how.  But today I learned that he is an attorney in Sask.  A Criminal Law Attorney.  I am so proud.  Loren would be too.  God put Bill here for just such a time as our world is in…….He gave Bill all that he needed to be what He had intended for Bill to be and do.  May God bless Bill in his work.  Bill is in his early 60’s now but still has a lot of time left to make a difference.  I know.  I am there.  I can see that in my own life.  As long as we have breath we can make a difference. Thank you Lord.

In His Hand securely.  MargeBlog

 

It’s time~~~~~~~

~~~~~~for the November recipes.  The holiday season is galloping at full speed toward us.  I would trade places with you in a heartbeat if I could be busy shopping, preparing, cleaning and looking forward to a very busy season.

My goodness, by now the Christmas Cantata would be well on its way to being developed.  Of course Thanksgiving eve would be one rehearsal less. How wonderful those times were when it seemed like pulling everything together might not happen. Someone said to me once, “Remember Marge, you DID have it once.  Some people never had that opportunity”.  How true.

Here’s some recipes for your gleaning.

5th Avenue Ice Box Pickles (They keep for three weeks – wonderful too)

3 qts. cukes, 1 large white onion, 3 c. sugar, 2 c. white vinegar, 1/8 c. salt, 1 tsp. celery seed.

Bring all to a boil.  Pour over cukes and onions.  Stir several times. Cover and let set on counter until cool. Then put in jars and refrigerate.  Do not seal. (I put the celery seed in a coffee filter or piece of gauze and throw it in the mix that you bring to the boil.  Easy to remove that way.)

Another punch for Thanksgiving ONLY.  It is brownish. Use only 7-up – you want the brown color.

Equal parts of cold 7-up and apple cider.

Some of you are old enough to remember Duckwalls, Neisners and Woolworth.  These were all what we called “dime stores”.  Woolworth had a famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake.  Here it is.

1-3 oz. lemon Jello, 8 oz. cm. cheese, 1 c. white sugar, 4 T lemon juice, 1 can Carnation Evaporated milk, graham crackers crushed.

Dissolve the Jello in boiling water.  Cool until slightly thickened.  Beat cm. cheese, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Add thickened Jello and beat well. In a separate bowl beat the Carnation Milk until fluffy.  Blend all else in with the milk and then when blended beat it good for a minute or so.

Line 9×13 pan with crushed graham crackers.  Spread filling over them and top with a sprinkle of crushed graham crackers. I would pick up some mint leaves and stick one in the middle of each serving.  (This is a very very old recipe.  A keeper.)

We need to have a quickie but satisfying supper along the way before the big day. My MEAT LOAF recipe is tops. I have had many – this is the easiest and the best.  Try it.

1 pkg. Stovetop Dressing (Herb), 1 c. warm water, 1-1/2# gd. beef, 2 eggs beaten, 1 pkg. onion soup.

Mix dressing water and soup and let stand for 5 minutes.  Add beaten eggs to beef.  Mix.  Place in bundt pan or muffin tins.  Bake 350 deg. for 60 minutes.  This is wonderful!!!!

Have fun with that Thanksgiving dinner.  The day may come when you won’t be able to have it any more.  Enjoy while you can. Don’t be a stick in the mud either.  Try one thing that is different.  Just once.

Mega Blessings.  Marge

Our pattern for life~~~~

~~~~is always before us, but we are some times hindered in our Christian walk because of our humanness.  Loud and clear, we need to walk worthy of being a Christian and because we ARE human we can tend to move off the path God has for us and into the pathway of least resistance. (knock them down and drag them out attitude.) Satan is waiting there with open arms, of course.

I want to give you some guidelines which I am using in my own life right now.  Paul wrote, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief”.  We should also have that realization as it softens our stance and we become more in tune with the sacrificial daily living that Jesus taught us to have. It also entails a lot of pride swallowing and it is in this “swallowing” that we are freed from Satan’s hold on our minds, body and soul.

I have people in my life who will not forgive.  They let you know that you have sinned too greatly and that your apology is “not good enough” for them.  These people are standing in need of the greatest Forgiver in all of human history.  They put themselves up as better than that Forgiver of all time, Jesus Christ.  How do we deal with this type of a person?

First of all.  We don’t.  We need to have the Word of God within us so strongly that we  rise above and beyond with the power to forgive them for their actions to us as well.  How do we do that?  There is only one way and it is not mine and it is not yours.

 Sense God’s presence. “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” (Heb. 13:5)

Mature in our faith.  “Him we preach, warning every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” (Col. 1:28,29) (“perfect” means mature)

Forgive and love them.  “Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’

Jesus gives a parable then of the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  At the close of this parable, Jesus says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.’ ” (Matt. 18:21,22)

Be rooted in God’s Word.   “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16,17)

There you have it!  Easy as pie!!  Don’t think so.  These are the hardest in the world to do because it goes against our grain and Satan is thrilled that he has put a kink in the machinery and he will do whatever he can, whenever he can, however he can, to stop our being strengthened by the Lord Jesus Christ and living the triumphant life style that the Lord represents.  I struggle constantly.  Always will.

“Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1b,2a)  What is the “weight” and the “sin” for you? For sure, you have both in your life.  How will you deal with it?

I’m constantly wearing the path thin to my Lord because of all the dents Satan puts in my armor.  The armor is well worn but it has never come unfastened and it never will.  It is on to stay and so onward I go in battle with Satan who is a loser on all counts.

Depending upon Him.  Marge H.

For all my readers out there~~~~

I find myself getting hungry quicker now than I used to, for a better understanding and an alive sense of communing with my Lord.  I know I am closer to Home than ever before.

When we speak of “eternity” we really haven’t got a clue the distance that word covers.  There are two places and they are there for us to make a decision as to which one of them we turn our eyes toward for that “eternity” that is basically straight ahead of every one of us.  Heaven with our Lord or Hell with satan and his cohorts.  There is no turning back when that moment in time arrives.  As I have written many times good people are a dime a dozen.  Really.  Good people are every where.  Not every one is bad.  But it is only the people who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that will live for all eternity in Heaven with Him.  He, Himself, is the One who has said that.  And I believe every word of the Bible.

Like it or not, age has nothing to do with living on this earth as we are right now.  God could stop our heart beat in a heart beat.  Life would be over.  I have friends who were still living in their home(s) a month ago, driving and doing everything in a normal state – no health issues that were known to them or their families.  But today they are no longer living on this earth.  These happenings are a wakeup call to every one of us who fill our lives to the brim with nonsense.

Let me ask you a question.  If you “knew” that today would be, for sure, your last day on this earth, what would you do differently….what would be the important additive to your thinking with regards to the last hours. What would you correct in your living?

I have been searching for a better way to study God’s word.  I know.  We have so many wonderful Commentaries.  They can get us off on a tangent very quickly.  We have many teachers today, some are very good, others also get off on tangents and some times almost out of the shadow of the Word with their thinking.

We are given Bible Study booklets and at the end of each chapter are questions and we are to give our answers.  So what.  How do we apply?  Are we thinking correctly or is it an answer that we “feel” right about whether it really is or not.

I have found one teacher whom I believe is one of the most solid individuals alive today with regards to studying, teaching and leading others to the Lord in our society.  That is Anne Graham Lotz.

She has a Bible Study Plan that I like very much.  It digs deep into a passage and dissects it every which way and the learning buds become hungry and thrive as the communing with the Lord is new and fresh and the Holy Spirit which is living within us IF we are a Christian moves, nudges and lifts us out of the norm.

May I suggest that you take a look at her plan?  It may be something you might like to have a goal to begin in 2020.  Feel free to make a copy of each and pray over it.  Know the journey and how you plan to go about making a fresh beginning in the new year which is now less than two months away.

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3 Question Bible Study

Daily Worksheet

LESSON: _______ SCRIPTURE: __________

1: What Does

God’s Word Say?

List the facts

2: What Does

God’s Word Mean?

Learn the lessons

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3: What Does

God’s Word Mean To Me?

Listen to His voice

What Will I Do To Live It Out? Live in Response Date: _______________

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3 Question Bible Study Directions

These are the Directions for the Daily Lessons.
Read the Assigned Scripture Passage First, then follow these steps.

1: What Does

God’s Word Say?

List the facts

2: What Does

God’s Word Mean?

Learn the lessons

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3: What Does

God’s Word Mean To Me?

Listen to His voice

Be Literal.

Make a verse by verse list of the most obvious facts using the actual words from the passage itself. Do not paraphrase. Do not get caught up in the details. Ask yourself: Who is speaking? Who is the subject? Where is it taking place? When did it happen?

Be Spiritual.

Look for a spiritual lesson or principle within each fact. Ask yourself: What are the people in the passage doing that I should be doing? Is there a command I should obey? A promise I should claim? A warning I should heed? An example I should follow?

Be Personal.

Put the lessons you found in Question 2 into the form of a question that you would ask yourself or your child, spouse, parent, neighbor, co-worker, friend or church member. As you write out the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word. Don’t rush. Take the time to prayerfully meditate and discover what God is saying to you.

What Will I Do To Live It Out? Live in Response Date: _______________ Read the lessons prayerfully, objectively, thoughtfully, and attentively as you listen for God to speak. He may not speak to you through every verse, but He will speak. When He does, record the verse number, what it is He seems to be saying to you and your response to Him.

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3 Question Bible Study Sample

Read Psalm 119:33-37 then read the form below. This is a Sample for the Daily Lessons

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1: What Does

God’s Word Say?

List the facts

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2: What Does

God’s Word Mean?

Learn the lessons

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3: What Does

God’s Word Mean To Me?

Listen to His voice

v.33 Teach me to follow and keep Your decrees.

v.34 Give me understanding and I will keep and obey Your law.

v.35 Direct me in Your commands.

v. 36 Turn my heart to Your statutes.

v.37 Turn my eyes and renew my life.

v.33 Obedience to God’s Word does not come automatically or naturally–it must be learned.

v.34 We need to ask God to give us understanding of His Word so that we can be obedient to it.

v.35 There is joy in living according to God’s directions.

v.36 It requires conscientious effort to turn away from caring more about ourselves than God’s Word.

v.37 Renewal is not a church program, it is God’s promise to those who spend time in His Word.

v.33 How teachable am I?

v.34 When have I asked God to give me an understanding of His Word?

v.35 What real joy will I miss if I don’t bother to read God’s directions for my life?

v.36 Instead of grasping for time to myself, what effort am I willing to make to spend time with God in His Word?

v.37 If I am seeking to be renewed, what could be more worthwhile than Bible study?

What Will I Do To Live It Out? Live in Response Date: _______________

Example:

As I begin this study of God’s Word, I choose to have a teachable spirit, opening my heart and mind to understanding and obeying the Scriptures that I might live a renewed life which is unselfish, joyful, and worthwhile.

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These are 8×11 sheets that you can print off.

http://www.annegrahamlotz.org   3 Question Bible Study

You can pull up each one yourself and print it out.  They are full sheets – put them in a binder and you are ready to begin.

I pray you will look this over carefully.  Incorporate it into your daily time with your Lord. He is the master Professor.  Master Creator. He can  give us a make-over in the twinkling of an eye.  All I have to say is, “Lord, change me.”  How about you?

In His Class.  Marge H.

 

 

The Sword~~~~~

My new study is on the armor – – the full armor of God.  Quite a mouthful. There is only one part of the “armor of God” that is offensive.  The rest is “all” protective.  Can you guess which one is the offensive?  It is the “sword of the Spirit”.  How can we pick this up?  Simple. We have to know “what” it is first.  God’s word tells us.  My Bible reads, “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…… ” (Ephes. 8:17)

We are not told to pick it up and then lay it down.  We are not told to hang it up.  We are not told to hand it over to another.  We are not told to dust it. We are told to “take“. It is through the “taking” and the “using” that we do not fail, but we are strengthened and able to withstand the wiles of satan.  How do we take it and use it?  By getting into the word, memorizing it and putting it to use in our daily living.

Let me ask you — how many verses have you memorized in the year 2019?  One a month….maybe two a month….maybe a half dozen so far this year….maybe…….none ,,,,this is more like it….”none”.

My friend.  I have many friends and some are christians.  And this is what I believe.  If Satan cannot make you bad, he CAN make you busy.  Doing good here – – doing good there – – doing good everywhere – – and doing nothing in God’s economy at all.

Satan has you feeling good about your “doing goods” and as well, he is feeling triumphant because your time spent being “busy” is one more distraction and strangling the life of Christ right out of you because what you are doing is not with the encouragement of taking the “sword of the Spirit which is the word of God”.  It is the taking of yourself, feeling good about what you are doing.  Christianity has nothing to do with “feelings”.  It has every thing to do with “faith”.  Friend….pick up the sword of the Spirit – it is the word of God.  Take it to mind and heart and live it out.  Doing good does not get us to heaven EVER.  Only being SAVED gets us to heaven and it has nothing to do with  being busy.  That is Satan’s economy.

Remember Martha and Mary?  Jesus was stern with Martha – she was busy doing this and busy doing that and no time for “nothing” in her life.  He informed her that it was Mary who had chosen the best and it would not be taken away from her. Everything that Martha was doing was good – nothing bad about it – but just not what Jesus was accepting as the most important.

Take the “sword of the Spirit” today and let the winds of the tsunami settle in your soul and make room for the “nothing” which is God inspired and waiting for you.

In His Hands, quietly now.  Marge Blog