Perspectives

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What do you see?

A. Dad is snowed in and is going to be late for work.

B. Snow Day! No school; kid’s are having much fun.

 

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Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns. -Anonymous

Perspective

When we look at things the way we react is according to our perspective on the situation at hand.

Situation 1 –

(Matthew 26:6-13) Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. (KJV)

In this case the disciples were not looking at what was taking place as a blessing upon the Savior, but as a lack of compassion for the poor. Through the preservation of the word of God we are still learning the same lesson from Jesus Christ.

Situation 2 –

(Matthew 26:14-16) Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. (KJV)

As Judas performs this act of betrayal against Jesus it seems as though he has committed the most henious crime that any could have thought possible. However, we have the complete word of God and we know the outcome of the situation. The only begotten Son of God took his place upon the cross to become the perfect, sinless sacrifice for mankind. There was good that came of of betrayl, and there was forgiveness available for Judas; that he did not take advantage of.

Situation 3-

(2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV)

What is the perspective on this portion of scripture? Peter is explaining that even though the promise of the Lord coming back has not yet taken place, it would indeed happen just as promised. Notice the phrase “all should come to repentence.”

There would be many more generations of people to be born into this world after these words were written down. There were the generations of my family that would be born and die. The wonderful thing is that the same promise that Peter revealed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that day he penned down those words is still relevant today.

Four important words from this passage of scripture concerning the Lord:

1. Promise
2. Longsuffering
3. Us-ward
4. Repentence

Before we get into a hurry and wonder why God has not sent Christ back as of yet, consider this question; who is it that you know that does not believe in Christ and would be lost forever when the last day comes and God calls us home.

The Apostle Paul makes the following comment:

(Philippians 1:23-24) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (KJV)

Five Eternal Truths

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We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past. -Chaing Kai-shek

Five Eternal Truths from the Bible

I. God is a God of truth

(Deuteronomy 32:3-4) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (KJV)

II. Jesus Christ is truth.

(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

III. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.

(John 14:17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (KJV)

IV. The word of God is truth.

(Daniel 10:21) But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. (KJV)

(John 17:17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (KJV)

V. The judgements of God are according to truth.

(Psalms 96:13) Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. (KJV)

(Romans 2:2) But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. (KJV)

We Are The Clay ~

The Master knows best.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

We Are the Clay ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

The clay cannot tell,
the Potter what to do
if its to be made . . .
into something new.

For, it is full of lumps,
hard and marred places
it needs His grace
to fill in all the spaces.

The clay cannot say,
to the Potter, do this
it needs to be pliable
or blessings it will miss.

For, it is full of cracks,
fissures and large gaps
He needs to work His mercy
into the wayward scraps.

The clay cannot tell,
the Potter what to do
it must remain pliant . . .
until He is good and through!

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Jeremiah 18:1-4

“And the vessel that he made
of clay was marred in the hand
of the potter: so he made it
again another vessel,
as seemed good to the
potter to make it.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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What was I to do?

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In the past years, the waves crashed in upon my life.

Frigid fingers of anger clasped tightly around me.

They were joined by despair, and  bitterness.

What was I to do?

I am drowning in a sea of destruction.

Life is at a stalemate. Nothing moving forward.

What once was is now no more. It’s broken, unsolvable.

Two options: Either embrace death, or rebuild life.

When you rebuild life you can see it’s flaws. Things change.

Past things move on, and new things come forward.

Life goes on, and on. It is different, but that is okay.

©Kurt Frazier Sr.

Don’t Quit

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I was blessed by this poem years ago. It was printed on the back of one of  tracts that our church used to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of our community.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit

-Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit

-It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Lesson from Romans Ch. 8

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(Romans 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV)

(Romans 8:16-17) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (KJV)(Romans 8:31)

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (KJV)

What a leader needs

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What does a leader today need? Is it popularity? Is it business sense? Is it independent wealth? I suggest that a leader needs a willingness to submit to God with everything that they have. They must be willing to ask for forgiveness when in the wrong.

The Bible gives a clear example of just such a leader.

(Psalms 25:1) <<A Psalm of David.>> Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. (KJV)

What is the soul? 

SOUL, noun

1. The spiritual, rational and immortal substance in man, which distinguishes him from brutes; that part of man which enables him to think and reason, and which renders him a subject of moral government. The immortality of the soulis a fundamental article of the christian system. Such is the nature of the human soul that it must have a God, an object of supreme affection.

David makes a very important statement in this opening verse. He is giving the most important part of himself to the LORD. To see the importance of this action we have to remember that David was the king. he was the leader of God’s chosen people.

For a leader to proclaim that he was lifting his soul to God would be a great example for people to follow. Oh what a wonderful thing that would be if our society had leaders who were not afraid to say that they were putting their very soul into the hands of God.

Let’s pray for our leaders.

 

10 Verses about Prayer

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General references to prayer

1. (Isaiah 55:6) Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (KJV)

2. (Matthew 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (KJV)

3. (Philippians 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (KJV)

Prayer is to be made to:

4. (Psalms 5:2) Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. (KJV)

5. (Luke 23:42) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (KJV)

6. (Acts 7:59) And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (KJV)

7. (Hebrews 10:19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (KJV)

God hears and answers prayer

8. (Psalms 10:17) LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: (KJV)

9. (Psalms 65:2) O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. (KJV)

10. (Psalms 99:6) Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. (KJV)

In the Morning

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(Psalms 143:8) Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.  (KJV)

In the morning the day is new. In the morning is when the cares of the world encroach upon my day. In the morning is when I need the wisdom of the LORD.

Most of all in the morning is when God makes His lovingkindness known to me, so that I am equipped for the day.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
Loving-kindness

LOVING-KINDNESS, noun Tender regard; mercy; favor; a scriptural word.

I cannot wait for morning to dawn and a new day to begin.

On my Bookshelf

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Here is a list of ten books that are  on my bookshelf. My mother always said to me, “Kurt you can learn from everyone that you meet.” So here are some that I am learning from at this time in my life.

  1. The King James Bible
  2. Prayer – Asking and receiving by John R. Rice
  3. The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
  4. Great Sermons on the Ressurrection of Christ by Wilbur H. Smith
  5. On Prayer by J. Vernon McGee
  6. Crusader Hymns and Hymn Stories by Billy Graham
  7. Stories of Fadeless Hymns by W. Thornburg Clark
  8. Our God and His Children by Clarence Sexton
  9. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
  10. The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

Do you have any of these books, and have they been a blessing to you? Which of these or others would you recommend?