Please remember, in your thoughts, today, those who have given their lives on behalf of our country.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.
Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
God is good and He is faithful. He is also able to do, within His will, above and beyond what we could ever ask.
Also true is that He honors our faith. We do not have to be perfect, but we do have to be actively seeking Him, His will, and trust Him for His blessings and provision.
Hopefully you all have had a good week! Here is this weekend’s caption contest. Remember, on this holiday weekend, to give thought and thanks for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
This week’s winner is…
Gladys was definitely three ringy dingy’s.
OTHER CAPTION CONTESTS:
Watching my church’s service via a live-stream, because I’m coughing my head off…don’t want to disrupt the service with my presence. The pastor was addressing yesterday, and he brought up this passage:
2 Peter 3:1-10
1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
I wasn’t sure how to address this weekend’s Sunday song. Frankly, I’d like to avoid the topic of the erroneously forcasted coming of Christ; however, I feel I should address it.
When I was little, my mom used to listen to Family Radio. While there were some genuinely good men who were good teachers/pastors who had their ministries on the station, I never liked Harold Camping. I don’t know if it was his voice or my inner-ick-meter, but I literally felt scared to go to sleep if I was still up to hear his radio show at night (my mom and I shared a bedroom, so I couldn’t escape it).
Jump to this weekend.
In the Bible it says that even Christ doesn’t know when He will return—Only God, the Father, knows. Yes, we will have signs, but we will also have our everyday lives to live and those routines will continue, even with the signs.
What the Bible doesn’t say is that you can specify a date and time for Christ’s return. In fact, it says quite the opposite.
What upset me the most about all of this was that Camping made my faith a joke. Literally. While I never believed that God would make the foolishness of man look like wisdom and commence the rapture, I do believe that it will happen at some point. When? I HAVE NO IDEA…and I don’t want to know. It would make the heartache I feel for those I pray for even worse.
There is something we can take from this mockery of God: A good, long look and self-inspection of our relationships with God. Have you made promises and vows to Him that you have not kept? Did you give your life over to Him, only to take the steering-wheel back and live a life that would not be pleasing to Him? Have you turned your back on the one relationship where all of the emptiness and areas of lack could be filled by the One who has everything to give you? (The past few months, I’ve taken a long look at my own life. It/I was a mess, and I am so glad I can just give it all to God for His work, His good, and to experience His forgiveness. I’m no better than ANYONE on this planet. None of us are.)
It is our choice to accept or reject Him. However, if we reject Him, we have to be ready for the consequences of a life and eternity without Him, His love, His favor and without the blessings that await us in Heaven.
So. Did you make jokes about the rapture? Will it be such a joke when it does happen in the blink of an eye and you are left behind?
Yeah…didn’t think so. Just something for you all to ponder.
If you give your life to God, will you be the epitome of perfection? No. Will there be no more doubt in your mind? No. Will you always do what you feel God wants you to do, based on His Word in the Bible? No.
None of that will cause you to lose the love and the gift of salvation that God has for you.
You just have to accept it.
It’s time for this week’s caption contest. Think up some fun captions for this photo, and I will post winners Tuesday evening…well, you know if the world doesn’t end Saturday. I heard around 6:00…not sure which time zone, though. Have a great weekend, otherwise! 🙂
This week’s winners are. . .
2. John D.
Much to his consternation, President Obama was stuck with the Captain America costume. Following the photo shoot, he put in a call to Marvel Comics demanding that Stan Lee create a Captain United Nations.
1. Rodney Dill
Hillary began to have doubts that Bill’s professed alter ego, Libido Man, did indeed qualify for superhero status.
OTHER CAPTION CONTESTS: