Jan 122018

It’s all yours today…

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  1. I’m collecting verses specifically related to these ideas: a verse(s) that somehow demonstrates, inspires, or commands hearing God’s voice or acting on God’s word, the benefit of doing so, the strength to do so, or the fruits of doing so.

    I need 35 more to complete my project.


  2. hearing God’s voice, acting on it? the result?
    hope to read some good ones… thinking… thinking…

  3. Heb 11:6 – He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him

    Isa 30:21 – this is the way, walk ye in it

    James 1:22 – be doers of the Word

    Jer 29:13 – seek me and find me when you search with all of your heart

    Isa 1:19 – if you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land

  4. Was thinking about what Michael said months ago regarding what our political system has morphed into. It’s not a representative republic anymore, it’s an Oligarchy.

    Pulled this quote today from Wikipedia on the subject, it’s sort of a “no sh$t Sherlock, where’d you get that clue:

    “A study conducted by political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University was released in April 2014,[24] which stated that their “analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.” The study analyzed nearly 1,800 policies enacted by the US government between 1981 and 2002 and compared them to the expressed preferences of the American public as opposed to wealthy Americans and large special interest groups.[25] It found that wealthy individuals and organizations representing business interests have substantial political influence, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little to none.”

  5. 1 Thess 4:11 – “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”

  6. I could give you all a clear and present description of how this Oligarchy has been at work influencing the politicians/regulators within my own transportation industry.

    They won out, even though the majoritu base of the industry which is made up of small operators like myself who fought what they were pushing for years.

    I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s a be careful what you wish for deal.

    Hold onto your wallets, because if you haven’t already been noticing, the cost of the goods you pull off the shelves is going up.

    In spite of what a lot of people think, that product doesn’t just magically show up on the shelves each morning. It’s delivered by hundreds of thousands of truckers like me.

  7. Corby,

    Go in depth into Psalm 1 and you’ll mine a lot of wisdom pertaining to your question.

  8. Corby, trying to get us to do your homework? Lol. Painting fences is so much fun! Lol. Just kidding.

    Col46 came up with some good ones.

  9. Speaking of Psalms per #7…
    There is Psalm 68:5: “Father of the fatherless and protectorr of the widows is God in his holy habitation”
    As a child whose father died when I was 8, looking back I know He was faithful to his word and and now as a widow, who used to fall asleep confident that my competent husband had the details, I am learning that it is God who really has things covered and rest comes easier again….
    We way underestimate His heart for his creation, I guess

  10. Dusty – just tapping into the power of the collective!

  11. Corby, i was just playing with you. 🙂 hooe you get what you are looking for..

  12. Em your #9 is very comforting. Thank you.

  13. Joel, I did have a praying grandfather, but even so, it isn’t so much how strong our faith is, so much as it is a simple Faith that deep inside us accepts that there is only One God and He is worthy of the title, no matter how we are stressed or where we are in our growth… at least that’s what my experience tells me… Like the commercial would say, you. and yours are in good hands, even when it’s hard and it will be that at times (personally I don’t think God holds it against us when we cry ) God keep

  14. Here am I, send me

    Isaiah 6:8

  15. Great stuff! Keep it coming!

  16. Falcon’s over Eagles (sorry Kevin H).
    Vikings over Falcons (sorry Falcon’s fans)
    Vikings over Patriots (sorry no one)

  17. I’ll take the Eagles in an upset.
    Titans will cover, but lose.
    Steelers over Jags.
    My beloved Vikes lose…Case Keenum is a fine fellow,but not a playoff QB.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  18. I hope so too Michael! Hehe

  19. Close game Michael, but I can see that Eagles “upset” (even though they were the #1 seed…go figure) a brewin’

  20. I don’t facebook, but this story has to be shared for my own peace of mind…
    My daughter just came. in from her hospital shift… she noticed a cat beside the highway.. was it still alive? She went back to see and found two kittens, a black and white and a marmalade lying dead nose to nose. The yellow one stretched out full length obviously it’s back was broken and it had drug itself to reach and wrap its front paws around its litermate’s leg before dying there beside the road… I wish the person who dumped them there had to hang a photo of that scene in his living room wall for the rest of his days
    Whether you love them or not, cats and all animals are our God given responsubity

  21. Amen em!

  22. An interesting thought about the Church and it’s purpose from Frederich Buechner…..

    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS or A.A. is the name of a group of men and women who acknowledge that addiction to alcohol is ruining their lives. Their purpose in coming together is to give it up and help others do the same. They realize they can’t pull this off by themselves. They believe they need each other, and they believe they need God. The ones who aren’t so sure about God speak instead of their Higher Power.

    When they first start talking at a meeting, they introduce themselves by saying, “I am John. I am an alcoholic,” “I am Mary. I am an alcoholic,” to which the rest of the group answers each time in unison, “Hi, John,” “Hi, Mary.” They are apt to end with the Lord’s Prayer or the Serenity Prayer. Apart from that they have no ritual. They have no hierarchy. They have no dues or budget. They do not advertise or proselytize. Having no buildings of their own, they meet wherever they can.

    Nobody lectures them, and they do not lecture each other. They simply tell their own stories with the candor that anonymity makes possible. They tell where they went wrong and how day by day they are trying to go right. They tell where they find the strength and understanding and hope to keep trying. Sometimes one of them will take special responsibility for another—to be available at any hour of day or night if the need arises. There’s not much more to it than that, and it seems to be enough. Healing happens. Miracles are made.

    You can’t help thinking that something like this is what the Church is meant to be and maybe once was before it got to be Big Business. Sinners Anonymous. “I can will what is right but I cannot do it,” is the way Saint Paul put it, speaking for all of us. “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do” (Romans 7:19).

    “I am me. I am a sinner.”

    “Hi, you.”

    Hi, every Sadie and Sal. Hi, every Tom, Dick, and Harry. It is the forgiveness of sins, of course. It is what the Church is all about.

    No matter what far place alcoholics end up in, either in this country or virtually anywhere else, they know that there will be an A.A. meeting nearby to go to and that at that meeting they will find strangers who are not strangers to help and to heal, to listen to the truth and to tell it. That is what the Body of Christ is all about.

    Would it ever occur to Christians in a far place to turn to a church nearby in hope of finding the same? Would they find it? If not, you wonder what is so Big about the Church’s Business.

  23. JoelG, 👍 how did organized churches get so snooty?

  24. Hit submit too soon responding to a great #22
    It seems to me that one is safer entering a church as an unredeemed sinner than as a Christian who is not “one of us” dunno, but I’ve heard stories….. 😶

  25. Michael…the ghosts of Gary Anderson’s missed field goal and 41-0 have been exorcised!!! WOO HOOO!!!!

  26. His name is Diggs, 😀

  27. Dat’s right!

    For all you Vikings Fan’s who suffered through “The Kick” or “Taking a Knee” in 1998/1999, 41-Doughnut, and most recently Favre’s interception, your redemption is here!

  28. Viking since the franchise began…that was the greatest play in our history.


  29. I don’t doubt that Michael…watching ESPN here while at work and they have spent literally the last 10-15 minutes analyzing everything on that play.

  30. I don’t care what anyone says otherwise, that may be the play of the season for the entire NFL! Ok, back to work….

  31. Let us turn our thoughts today
    To Martin Luther King
    And recognize that there are ties between us
    All men and women
    Living on the earth
    Ties of hope and love
    Sister and brotherhood…

    James Taylor, “Shed A Little Light”

  32. “The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent w/ America’s history and antithetical to American values. May our memory of Dr. King buoy our hope for unity, greatness, & ‘charity for all.’ ”

    – Mitt Romney

    I never thought I would be quoting a Mormon on a Christian blog. But it’s the most Christian thing I’ve heard so far this morning. Maybe some national Christian voices will step up today with some Christian thoughts on this holiday.

  33. ^^^^^
    After all the filth, etc. coming from the mouth of our President and others in this regime,
    it’s refreshing to hear someone — a conservative Republican, no less — speak the truth.

  34. Whew, I’m relieved. Turns out our President isn’t suffering from cognitive dissonance after all 😉


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