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We ask God, can you fix this, make it like it was? We want Him like He has been in our past. We hope for what He will be in the future while ignoring Who He is in the here and now. Jesus is the same as He was in the past and will be in the future, open your heart to Who He is in your present.

I was raised on sound Biblical teachings and sound Biblical music. Everything from the front of the churches led worship of who God is with humbleness and reverence. Sunday mornings we worshipped. We went back on Sunday nights for praise and testimony.

I was raised attending the interdenominational churches of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

The founder of the C&MA, A. B. Simpson, wrote songs based on scripture, not “feel good to sing, toe tapping and emotion raising productions.” The truths sung aloud raised our spirits all on their own, no theatrics needed.

One of my favorites, based on Hebrews 13:8, was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Now, over 100 years later, the hymns’ Biblical truths are sung around the world in many languages.

May we live today with our feet on the solid ground of His promises because Jesus is the same. (Click link to enjoy)

Yesterday Today, Forever

YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER

Words: Al­bert B. Simp­son, 1890.

Music: James H. Burke

~ O how sweet the glorious message simple faith may claim

Yesterday, today, forever Jesus is the same.

Still He loves to save the sinful, heal the sick and lame

Cheer the mourner, still the tempest, glory to His Name.

Refrain

Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.

All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!

Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name!

All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!

~ He, who was the Friend of sinners, seeks the lost one now

Sinner come, and at His footstool penitently bow

He Who said “I’ll not condemn thee, go and sin no more,”

Speaks to thee that word of pardon as in days of yore.

Refrain:

~ Oft on earth He healed the sufferer by His mighty hand

Still our sicknesses and sorrows go at His command

He who gave His healing virtue to a woman’s touch

To the faith that claims His fullness still will give as much.

Refrain:

~ As of old He walked to Emmaus, with them to abide

So through all life’s way He walketh ever near our side

Soon again we shall behold Him, Hasten Lord the day

But twill still be this same Jesus as He went away.

Refrain:

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I am reading, hearing and seeing more and more topical sermons, studies and programs on why so many are not attending church. They all have lists, numbers, statistical findings on…. excuses.

  • There are long time church members staying home.
  • Families bouncing from church to church.
  • Young people discouraged and looking elsewhere, even the world.
  • Visitors that don’t return. All searching, hungry, looking.

Why? I have not found the answer in any list I have seen. That is because the lists are based on excuses. The writers all focus on excuses, not the reason. The reason hits too close to home. Many of them are the cause. There is only One reason. He is missing.

This is not new. John wrote of churches in His day that were found lacking, where He was missing. Only two were positive, Smyrna and Philadelphia…. 28-1/2% of the churches in his day were found faithful.

Sadly, too many of our churches in America today are becoming more like the other 71-1/2% written about in Revelation. This is the message John needed churches to hear and why God had it recorded. It is how churches are held to accountability. Many churches are a combination of more than one of the ones John wrote to; how tragic.

  1. Rev 2:1-7 Ephesus churches that have forsaken God as their first love
  2. Rev 2:12-17 Pergamum churches that need to repent
  3. Rev 2:18-29 Thyatira churches with false teachers/teachings
  4. Rev 3:1-6 Sardis churches have fallen asleep, simply exist, there is no visible life
  5. Rev 3:14-22 Laodicea churches that are luke warm, fence straddlers, tolerate sin to keep peace

If only the flocks had shepherds (pastors, teachers, leaders) that pointed to The Great Shepherd and led in Worship.

People are looking for worship. Only worship fills that nagging empty void. It was a place in us created by God for communion with Him, and Him alone. And the void that was created by the fall of man can ONLY be filled by restoration of communion with God. Consecrated, sanctified and humbled by the great I AM, we can approach with our hearts now humble and reverent in worship of Him. That is the hunger everyone is yearning to be sated.

There is a time and place for praise and rejoicing for all He has done. But, only after we have worshiped who He IS, the Great I AM, can we know how to praise Him fully. How can you adequately praise someOne you don’t know who He is? You must truly, reverently and in all humbleness, bow your heart before Him. El Shaddai, El Elyon…. Lord God Almighty, The Most High God.

We have a generation that feels they have worshipped God because they have “praised” Him. Through all the good feelings and emotional highs, the theatrics, lightings, gesturing and posturing they leave service fulfilled. It lasts until they get to the restaurant and everyone starts grumbling. Diluted by the world being brought in to God’s house, most have never been in a House of Worship. They will try and recharge themselves throughout the week by putting on praise songs, motivational speakers, and try to shout, clap and dance. Yet they feel empty shortly there after. They do not know how to worship the Great I AM, so their praise is as unfulfilling. They put the proverbial cart before the horse and find no success in moving towards God. Time and place, Ecclesiastes 3.

Families move from church to church searching trying different programs. Youth become delusion and leave. The elderly become more and more hungry for real worship they once knew. There is one reason – no place to Worship, no reverence, no humbling, no teaching of El Shaddai, El Elyon. All the praising of what He has done can never replace who He is, the Great I Am.


Wednesday at 4:30PM I meet with Nuerology department/stroke clinic. My checkup mostly and new questions.

They said I would have the headache the rest of my life. But, now it goes away hours at a time. I have yet to go a whole day, in these 31 months, pain free. Recently it has changed. There have been more ice pack days, hours with my head packed in 3 -5 ice packs. I think it is barometric pressure causing the extreme headache. The weather has been weird; below freezing in FL is not norm. It intensifies my senses even more. I am over sensing in all areas. I still am easily startled, still have verbiage issues at times and still have very low endurance. I tire easily, especially on OT work days.

My right side has been strange (left brain damage). Normally it is “novocaine feeling” 24/7. But, recently there have been times of intense pain and no numbness. It is like my brain is trying to wake my right side up. You know when you have novocaine how you cannot feel but, you “sense” and can control? My right side is like that. The insides of my mouth and throat are like that. I strangle easy if I do not think to “control” it.

My short term memory has improved. I am better at locating memories. I am always working on processing. and am writing down incidences to talk over with the doctors.

I so want them to reduce my Meds from 2000mg/day. I know of patients on 15mg. The side affect is “talkative “ and long writings 😉. I can read short paragraphs again and remember what I read. I can write without rambling as much (I hope) and in a shorter amount of time. This will probably take me an hour. In the beginning it would have taken hours, even days.

The doctors said what ever benchmarks I had achieved by six months is what I would live with the rest of my life. It is 31 mos later and I am still healing, improving … achieving. I will never be 100% of the old me. I will keep driving Phil nuts with the new me. But, I can be 100% at this new me.

The doctors are not sure what to do with me. We have known of 7 stroke victims since mine. I am the only one alive. I also am working full time. I tell them my Master Physician knows what to do with me. 😀 Mark 5:27-29, 34 I know not what tomorrow holds. But, I know: God is still on His throne, still in control. None of this surprised Him. He loves me and cares for me. He has a plan and I can trust Him.

Thank you all for prayers and encouragement on my journey. I would have never chosen this path. But, when there is only this path you can sit down and be stuck or, allow Him to carry you. I choose to have Him carry me forward, step by step. Trust. Obey. The more you trust. The more you obey. The more you obey, the more you trust. Trust. Obey. Moving forward, step by step., “Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”


The Great Awakenings, revivals and growth of His Church through the eons has been when churches worshipped the Almighty God. When the word Awesome was reserved only for Him, we worshipped Who He IS, The Author and Finisher of our faith; The Alpha and Omega. 
When churches taught God’s Word and truths without adding to or taking away, His Church grew. When His Church teaches what Jesus said, and not fret over what He did not, His Church grows. Too many churches complicate the simple truth of His Word. Theological study is wonderful until we see it as how Biblically intellectual we are. 
Back to The Bible, back to His truths. No fanfare, entertainment value or performance needed. The Revivals all over the world today are happening where His gospel is delivered in Word and music. No distractions, No repetitive needed. After all, they can get that every day by turning on a TV, walking in a crowd, or using a computer. 

The world is hunget for Truth, His. Why are we distracting them? Why do we allow churches to become stumbling blocks?
We can not entertain them into His Truth. They have a hunger, let us not give them cake. We, nor the churches, are here to replace the work of The Holy Spirit. We are here to deliver His message. Simple Truth, His: Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King. 

What did Jesus say? Matthew 18:1-7 NASB

“1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!”

As we come together each week to worship, let us come humbly, as a child, ready to listen and be taught by The Holy Spirit. Be still and know. ~ RBG


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Luke 10:25-37

One of the most well know parables is Jesus telling about the good Samaritan.  Many a sermon  has been preached on it and many a book written about the incident.  Thousands of years later what one man did for another is still remembered.  If someone acts likewise they are called, “Good Samaritan”.  Still, no one knows the good Samaritan’s name.  Jesus often left out what we as humans would consider a significant fact.  (One of my favorite “omissions” is the one where He knelt and wrote in the sand as they wanted to stone the woman.  Ever wonder what did He write?)

Jesus left out details so we would focus on the point of the parable.  We know what the man was (a Samaritan)  and what kind of man he was (compassionate, caring, sacrificial). This was what Jesus wanted us to focus on, not who he was (name).

Matthew 6: 1-4

1) “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.  2) So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3) But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4) so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

Jesus knew the heart of man.  He knew how we can seek our own glory and reward.  Sadly, as  you look at social media, there are so many that have forgotten what He taught in this parable.  I wonder if no one knew what was done and by who, if it would be done.  I wonder if many would do what they do if it only brought glory to God.


Depression is a struggle that can be won. There were no antidepressants in Bible times. You need the Master Physician. 

Depression starts as a single thought. Nip that thought.

 Philippians 3:7

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”      Yes, it can be that simple; God’s plan. 

My mind was altered by the stroke. With my stroke I went through so many changes in my mind. I had a double bleed stroke; Subarachnoid and Intracranial bleeding damaged my brain. Every where the blood flowed it killed cells. This caused:

*Misfiring between healthy cells and dead cells they’re meant to connect to, which causes seizures. 

*Depression came from pain and lack of sleep and the misfirings. That electrical current connects wrong. This is ‘mis-wiring’, if you will. 

*Misprocessing of data input from the mis-wiring. (Think illusions. Your mind is altered. )
My doctors wanted me on antidepressants. They started arguing their case in the hospital. “You’re going to be depressed, suicidal.” I told them I’d let God handle my mind. They all but rolled their eyes and bit their tongues. 

Well, it’s all true. I have experienced all of them, multiple times. But, I tell them no. I do take the seizure meds because the misfiring of current between dead brain and healthy brain is like lightening bolts in your head. My right side is constantly in a “Novocain” state, sometimes numb, sometimes tingling, cold ‘awaking’. Annoying but, I’m working on it daily, re-wiring still. They say you have all you’re going to achieve by six months. They don’t know my Physician. Sometimes He means for your healing to be a journey, sometimes He commands it instantly. 

Some days I lose but, those days are lessening. My mind and body are healing in His time, by His plan. So no anti-depressants for me. They depress or, I should say, suppress the mind. They’re mind altering. That’s God’s job. 

When you see physically disabled people, crippled, living lives of pain, who are at peace and happy, and glorify God, they’ve allowed Him to win the battle of the mind. It’s always the people who understand the battle in the mind that defeat satan through The Holy Spirit. 

Sin alters the mind. What you put in multiplies in your mind and takes over, including drugs and alcohol. Brain cells are the only cells that don’t reproduce. Allow God’s Word to multiply in your mind and your heart will change and hide The Word within. 

All of the mind’s problems started with Adam and Eve, they wanted all the knowledge. It has always been the battle between God and satan. God took them out of the garden, away from the tree of knowledge. Now we have access to about 10%. Mostly, we all use the same 8% (+/-) to function. Each of us varies on the other 2%(+/-). That’s why we need each other to be one body in Christ. 

In the Bible every demon that was cast out was from the mind. That’s satan’s favorite hunting ground and target. Again, it all started with Adam and Eve. That’s why God allows us about 10% usage. 
Fortunately, He allows us to acquire more when we damage some. I’m back to 10%. I’m different because some of it is different. Some came from same type of cells so I can walk and talk, and basically have a normal life. Some didn’t (still working on those). 

I could let all of these changes, uncertainties, depress me. Sometimes it’s a struggle. But, The Holy Spirit wasn’t damaged or depressed from my stroke. Only I can suppress Him. It’s a choice. 
The condition of the heart is fed by the mind. That’s why satan wants control of your mind. Trust your mind to God. Use The Holy Spirit left here for us. Feed your mind with scripture, which is God’s sword to slay satan and his lies. 

(Notes: first, my verbal/language area was damaged. Please forgive the grammar and diminished writing skills. Second, the seizure meds make me “long-winded”. Hopefully, I was able to communicate all my thoughts without rambling. Lastly, I always use lower case in the name satan because he IS one. It is not an error).


 
   As I looked at the “Good Friday” scripture and all The Lord went through, my mind was drawn to His words in Luke 22:42, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (NASB). As a human it was impossible, He wanted to be spared. But, as the Son of God it was possible.  He had to “drink the cup” to fulfill God’s plan, His will.  He had to go through every step, not skipping any, not taking an easier way.

How then should we expect an easier path if God intends us to go through a hard time?  So many times we just want it easier, smoother. But, that is not what Jesus finished His prayer with. It is okay for us to ask for “the cup” to be removed. But, less we lose the blessing of the plan, we should finish with,  “yet not my will, but Yours be done.”  How often do we miss the blessing by not willingly accepting His cup. 

Last June I wanted “the cup” removed instantly.   It was hard to ask for His will be done. My mind wasn’t working completely as it was.   But, I kept asking for His help. Often discouraged, and confused, with fears for what would happen next, I kept alert for the next “sip”.  One drop at a time. Patience alluded me at times. But, The Comforter was always there to help any momentary lapses. 

 In the past nine months, since my subarachnoid and intracranial bleeding stroke, I have gone through a myriad of contemplations.  I have short term memory loss so I take lots of notes. I have to reread what I’ve written in hopes of getting my thoughts on paper before I forget them again.  Our brains are so complex.

 God gave us 100% of a brain and allows most of us access to only 10%.  Can you image how mankind would wreck havoc if we could access all of our brain?  Super computers would not begin to describe them. It is no wonder God only allows us to access so little and that we come here as infants to ‘grow into’ the knowledge our brain can achieve.  

For me part of my brain died. I have been on a  rollercoaster ride of unbelievable magnitude as I learn to maneuver through and around my damaged brain.  I am brain damaged but, not brain dead.  The part that died cannot be made alive.   But, so much more is waiting to be used by His grace.  It reminds me of how I am to be dead to sin and not pick it up again. Grow and move on.  

There have been some hurdles that felt insurmountable as I learned to access other parts of my brain for speech, strength, swallowing… Everything. I am a miracle. Though part of my face feels numb and I’ve trained my throat to swallow without strangling; though my right side is weak and tingling and my head has hurt for 9 months, I am getting well. I function normally. I work full time. Each day I am better, stronger.  One sip at a time. The cup was not taken from me nor given all at once.  I have no doubt God could have made me whole instantly. He chose not to heal me instantly. My cup was full and I had to learn to sip it slowly. I have grown with each sip. 

Jesus took His cup.  As  Christians we will have cups if we are to become more like Him. Someday I may know how many cups I was spared, how many I refused, and the blessings I gained through the ones I accepted by His Grace. 
One sip at a time. One step at a time. Trust. Obey. 

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