I am offering $1,000.00 cash ~~~~

~~~~to the first person that can find, in the Bible, one place where either God in the Old Testament or God or Jesus Christ His Son in the New Testament, sent any person, at any time, to any one else, or any other place, other than to Himself God, or to His Son Jesus Christ. You know where to find me!!

As you all know I love the writings of Spurgeon.  He lived a very short life in the 1800’s.  I begin my day and end my day with his writings.

On April First his evening devotional read thus:

“The month of April is said to derive it’s name from the latin verb aerio meaning “to open”.  All the buds and blossoms are now opening for we have arrived at the flowering time of the year.

“Reader, if you are not saved, may your heart be awakened by nature to receive the Lord.  Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord.  Let your heart bud and bloom with holy love for Jesus.

“Are you young and strong?  Then I plead with you to give your vigor to the Lord.  It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I praise the Lord everyday for it.  Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may; But, oh, an early salvation has double value because you may die before you reach the prime of life.

“It is time to seek the Lord.  You who feel the first sign of decay should quicken your pace.  That hollow cough and that feverish flush are warnings.  Do not delay. It is indeed time to seek the Lord.

“Do I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious curls?  The years are rapidly passing; death is swiftly approaching.  Let this return of spring awaken you to set your house in order.

“Dear reader; if you are elderly, let me plead and implore you to delay no longer.  There is a day of grace now; be thankful for that.  But it is a limited season, and it grows shorter with every tick of the clock.

“Here in your quiet room, on the first night of another month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink.  As God’s servant, from my innermost soul, I give you this warning, “It is time to seek the Lord.”

“Do not ignore this.  It may be your last call from destruction. It may be the final syllable from the lips of grace.”

Thus, the end of April first’s night devotional from Charles Spurgeon. He went Home to be with our Lord 128 years ago and his words are as applicable today as they were in 1892.

My son-in-law’s mom had a massive stroke and passed away last week.  I have friends here on the campus that are passing away every day, every week, every month.  I have friends off campus that are doing the same and age has no priority over death.  But our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is our priority….is our passport to Life Eternal.

You can not, my friend no matter “who” you are, find the pearly gates opening to you some day without your belief in God and His Son.  ONLY IN THEM – it is NOT and NEVER WILL BE found in any other reason, or place, or book, or person.  You will burn in the fiery wall of hell not just for a while but forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever without any – I repeat – without ANY end to it.

You have the friendship of Satan with you right now because he has blinded your eyes with a joy and peace that he has told you is from the Lord.  He too will be right there with you burning and burning and burning.  Be sure my friend, that that is what you really want because until you get that Bible out and put it on the coffee table once again and read it every day and every night and get into a church atmosphere where God is teaching you through HIS WORD – not some one else’s word that is not approved by Him. Until you are out of the clutches of Satan you are bound for hell without any reprieve EVER.  Do you really want that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I pray that God will bring you to your knees before it is too late. That He will give you an extra ordinary opportunity to receive Him and Him alone and Jesus Christ His Son who died for YOU and was buried for you and rose again for you to live forever for all who have set aside the world, Satan, his works (and they are many and some are so beautiful and wonderful and deceiving and easy to grasp).  May you be brought to your knees with whatever it takes  – – – whatever – – – it TAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Praying in Jesus’ Name for your salvation.

Marge H.

“Heavenly” Thots ~~~~

Good morning.  Enjoy the following thoughts on this Friday morning.

 

“God will put on me more than I can bear, but not more than He can bear.”

“Peace is not the subtraction of problems.  It is the addition of power to meet those problems.”

“If I need encouragement, give it away. If I need love, give it. Whatever I need, give it away.”

“When I die I am going to leave behind all that I have.  I am going to take with me all that I am.”

“When I pray for rain I should carry an umbrella.”

“When you accept Christ as Savior and Lord, then you say, “Thank You for saving me Jesus. I receive it by faith.  I don’t look for a sign. I don’t ask for a feeling.  I stand on Your Word and that settles it!”  1 John 1:9

“Life is lived in depth, not length.”  Rev. 12:11

“Works do not lead me to heaven – they follow me to heaven.”  Rev. 14:13

“God gave me His unlisted telephone number and invites me to get in touch with Him any time.”  Heb. 4:16

“Nothing is for keeps.”

“My life is in Your Hands – – My heart is in Your keeping.”

“Heal yourself by helping others.”

“The Bible is all about Jesus. It is a “Hymn Book”.

“You will see how rich you are when you add up everything you have that money cannot buy and death cannot take away.”  Matt. 6:19,20

“May I have that simplicity of faith enabling me to take Him at His Word.”  2 Cor. 11:2

CHARACTER OF GOD.  “God only wants for us what we would want for ourselves if we were smart enough to want it.”

LORDSHIP OF CHRIST.  “If I put things between me and Christ, it is idolatry.  If I put Christ between me and things, it is victory!”

WORD OF GOD.  “If you have a Bible that is falling apart, you will have a life that is not.”

PRAYER.  “Pray and doubt, you’ll do without.  Pray and believe, you will receive.”

ATTENDING A LARGE CHURCH. “Just sit somewhere in the first 10 rows and don’t look back.”

GRUMPY PEOPLE.  “Some people brighten up a room by just leaving it.”

RELATIONSHIPS.  “If you marry a child of the devil, you’ll get the devil for a daddy-in-law.”

“We ought to live as if Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.”

“We should pray as if it all depends on God and then work as if it all depends on us.”

“Character is what you are in the dark.”

“Mercy is sympathy with legs.”

“Try to define the Trinity and you’ll lose your mind.  Deny it and you’ll lose your soul”.

“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?”

“God grades on the Cross not on the curve.”

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”

“How can we know the God of the Bible unless we first know the Bible of God?”

“Just because God is your Creator does not mean that He is your Father.”

Enjoy and be blest!

Marge H.

A Postlude to……Moses!

I want us to look at ourselves today for a moment.  In our society it is alright to lie.  It is alright to tell a little white lie in order save a relationship with a member of the family, or a close friend.  It is alright to sit or stand there with our mouth shut KNOWING that we know what the problem is between any two people but we will not tarnish our relationship with the one for the sake of the other.  Not speaking up when you know the truth about something is a form of a lie.

We lie all the time!!!!  Yes.  You do. God’s idea of lying has not changed one iota just because it is the year 2020.  When God tells you to do something – nudges you along in a certain pattern of “way” and you avoid it or simply turn your back on it, is a form of a lie.

Moses lived three segments of 40 years each in his life.  The first 40 he was getting acquainted with growing up and living.  Then he decided one day to intervene in a fight and in the process killed a man.  Someone saw him do it and as a result of his finding that out, he fled. Consequently, he became the shepherd for Jethro, his “father-in-law” for the second 40 years of his life. THEN………he saw the burning bush except the bush itself was not on fire and a whirlwind of “living” just began for him.

God took a man who was not under His thumb and made something great out of him. Moses grew and grew and grew and strengthened in might and power not of his own accord but according to what God had in mind and in store for him to do.  As he took his eyes off of “God, I can’t” and turned them on, “God, only You can make this happen.  Do it!”, did he become a person “out of this world”.

And yet in the end, he was totally and completely sold out to God the Father so much so that he took matters into his own hands and struck the rock twice in an angry fit with the Children of Israel.  God had told him only to speak to the rock.

THAT was Moses’ sin.  Moses was not allowed to take the “Children” into the Promised Land because he knew what he was to do but he did not do it.  He did as he pleased.

It doesn’t work my friend.  We need to understand “who” God is and “how” He works.  What you want to do is not what He wants you to do more often than not and that is why we as a nation are as rotten as we are. If we offend each other, we just don’t do that. But if we offend God, that is alright.  He understands.  He understands alright.  He gave us the example of Moses just as He gave us all the “goodie” parts of the Word.

A person cannot keep the peace because peace is not peace unless it is made. “Blessed are the peacemakers…….”

How about getting our act together!!!!!!!!

Marge H.

For all my Readers ~~~~

We are in some drastic times.  Be careful.  And that is the UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!

If you can still go shopping, do it responsibly.  Purchase “needs” not “wants”.  Do you need diapers? Get two boxes, as big as you can, to have on hand besides the one that is open.  Can only get one?  Do it.  Go to another store and get one more. Over load on the necessities right now.  If you can, have two boxes plus the box you are using out of.  We do not know what the next month will hold for us.

A few things to have on hand NOW.

Powdered Milk.  Peanut Butter.  Saltine crackers. NO TREATS. Soups. Butter not margarine.  Bread.

Bread.  Not favorite bread – but large loaves with the most slices per loaf.

Butter.  You can freeze butter when you can’t freeze margarine.

Canned Meat.  Tuna, Chicken

Pancake Mix.  Kind that uses only water, no eggs.

Take a huge baggie and fill with water, lay it in your freezer and freeze it.  Do more than one. You may be without electricity for a while and these will keep your freezer intact.

Grapes.  Wash,dry, freeze on a cookie sheet.  When frozen, put in baggies.

Laundry soap.  Right now, any kind powder or liquid but get the cheapest not the brandiest.  We are talking emergency spending only.

You need to have a backup of emergency foods and you need it NOW. Get only foods you can use when the emergency is over.  Forget all the children treats and specials that you buy for them.  When they are hungry – that is what you will zero in on.

Believe me if you use diapers and have only one box on hand, you WILL wish you had a lot more.  You will use them so have them on hand.

Supplies of everything are limited now.  Buy one at one store and go to another store and buy just one.  Have two of EVERYTHING on hand besides what you are using out of right now.

Pick up one printers ink as well.  ALWAYS.  ALWAYS. ALWAYS have one spare waiting.  ALWAYS.

Blessings on each one of you.

Marge H.

I JUST LEARNED…..1 T. Cornstarch mixed with 3 T. water can substitute for one egg.

Looking at….MOSES….a.g.a.i.n!!

He was quite a man.  We could spend months on him.  A lot went on in his lifetime.  Even with all of his human flaws he was still sold out to God the Father. We could certainly spend time on the Opening of the Red Sea for the sons of Israel and the closing of it over the Egyptians, their chariots and their horsemen.  Can you imagine the wall of water and the strength of it and the “height” of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But let’s move on to our destination…….What was the sin of Moses!!!!!!  Unbelievable!!!!!!

In Numbers 20, beginning at verse 7, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink’.  So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, just as He had commanded him; and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock.  And he said to them, ‘Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?’  Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod, and water came forth abundantly and the congregation and their beasts drank.”

O..h. m..y.  g..o..o..d..n..e..s..s..!!!! Righteous indignation! Moses was so disgusted with the people and he became angry and did what he “felt” like doing and NOT what God told him to do.  God told him to speak to the rock, not to strike it.  

In our society we would have been so sold out to God that we would have been angry with the people for the way they treated God and we would have struck the rock as well. Of course you would have!  I would have too!!  But God said…………”SPEAK” to the rock and that would have been enough.

Aaron and Moses paid a penalty for their actions.  “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Nos. 20:12.

What!!  What!!!! WHAT. WHAT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN. AFTER LEADING ALL THESE FORTY YEARY YEARS and For NOTHING???????…………………….

Aaron was stripped of his garments and was gathered onto his people and died there. It was in the 40th year of the Exodus and he was 123 years old.

Moses?  Well. Here is what God had written for me to give to you right now.

Deuteronomy 32:48:.  “The Lord spoke to Moses that very same day, saying, ‘Go up to this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab opposite Jericho, and look at the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel for a possession.  Then die on the mountain where you ascend and be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, because you broke faith with Me in the midst of the sons of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the sons of Israel. For you shall see the land at a distance, but you shall not go there, into the land which I am giving the sons of Israel.

God does give us a warning here. We may certainly have forgiveness of sin.  Definitely!  Buttttttttt, we may still be met with the consequences of that sin.  Remember I have written so often that we are all, always, free to make any choice we like but we are NEVER free to choose the consequence that goes along with that choice.  

This was true of the man whose name was Moses.  He loved his Lord.  He had done miracles through the hand of God being upon him but he was not free to choose how he applied what the Lord gave him to do.  He was not allowed to bring any glory or spotlight upon himself.

Beginning with Deuteronomy 34:1 ~~~ “Now Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho.  And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, and all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, and the Negev and the plain in the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.  Then the Lord said to him, ‘This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your descendants; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”  So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.  And He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no man knows his burial place to this day.”  Deut. 34:1-6.

Moses was 120 years old when he died with great eye sight and so much vim and vigor!!

How God loved Moses!  We read on, beginning with verse 10 of the same chapter: “Since then no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, for all the signs and wonder which the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, and for all the mighty power and for all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.”  Deut. 34:10 through 12.  And of course, these verses end the beautiful, heavy Book of Deuteronomy.

Remember when God first approached Moses and told him to speak to Pharaoh and we saw the Five Buttttt Moses??  But look at how his life changed with God at the helm.

And though he disobeyed God’s command with the rod and the water God forgave and loving him dearly, took the time to show him everything that the Children of Israel would see and experience.

What an honor ….. to spend precious moments with your Maker and to die and have your Maker as your official Undertaker!!!!!!!!!!!

In His Care for my lifetime!

Marge H.

 

Hello!

Thank you to all who dropped by Moments with Marge for moments of refreshing in March.

The United States, Canada, India, China, France, The United Kingdom, and Bangladesh were the countries spending moments with us.  Welcome.  Drop by any time. Our Lord is so good and loves each of us so much. Blessings galore are traveling your way right now.

In His Hands and On His Road

Marge H.

The Ten Commandments!!

They are the tell-tale factor, to me, that the Bible is for real…up to date… and clearly in “the current” of our time of living.

Do you say the Bible is old, ancient and out of date?  Take a good, long look at The Ten Commandments and tell me…………………. aren’t these the only sins that we have in the year 2020? THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WE HAVE TODAY!!!!!!!  There are no new sins.  New “ways” perhaps, of doing them, BUT NO NEW SINS….JUST THE ONES IN THE COMMANDMENTS!!!!

Let’s look a bit at them.  There is serious preparation of heart and mind that must be made before people can come before God and receive a word from Him.

“The Lord also said to Moses, 10) ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow and let them wash their garments,  11) and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.’ “  Exodus 19:10,11

 

Consider:

No. 1.  The promulgation (made known officially)

a.  Preparation of self.

b.  Strict prohibition so none could presume approach.

c.  Serious preparation of heart and mind had to be made before they could wait before God and receive word from Him.

 

God wrote upon the tablets with His finger. Moses, in his zeal, broke them. God wrote them a second time.  Thus:  Law was written on our hearts at creation…broken when we fell…re-written on our hearts at regeneration.

 

No. 2. Uniqueness.

Uttered by God in audible voice.  Written by God’s finger.  Deposited in the Ark.

God gave us, through Moses’ writing, some time between 1450 BC and 1410 BC , all that we need to know in order to have The Ten Commandments alive and well, living today in 2020AD.

OVER 3000 years ago….God saw to it that you and I, today, know how to live our lives under His care.  We need nothing..no one else..no one to guide, to direct, to lead, except God the Father….God the Son….and….God the Holy Spirit. NO ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I rest my case!!!

Marge H.