Happy Father’s Day to those in heaven

My dad died at young age, he was only 59.  Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty passed away at 57.  One of my co workers husband passed away last Friday at 55.  I do not know why these happen to fathers at such a young age, but God knows why.  1 John 3:20 (NIV) says: For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.  I just hope that I can make my Heavenly Father as proud as I made my earthly Father.  I would like to honor my dad and Jesus by song Amy Grant written “My Father’s Eyes“.

If you do not have a dad, honor Jesus your Heavenly Father today.

Psalm 27: 10 (NIV) Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Creflo Dollar family needs prayer

Creflo Dollar is/was a successful televangelist who was recently accused of abusing his daughter. He is one of the wifer’s favorites.  I don’t know the truth of the story. Without that, I can’t comment on who is right or wrong. But I can tell you this, someone is guilty of folly…..

Father’s Day 2012 is coming up, and I (Duncan Mcshame,  the negative husband), have no idea of what I want for F Day. The wifer has already gotten me  a good book, any way (the last one written by Billy Graham) and so her bases are covered.

Creflo Dollar had some trouble as a father last Friday. Here is his version of events.

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/10/creflo-dollar-denies-punching-choking-daughter/

In my opinion the daughters are in rebellion and we need to be praying for his daughters.  We need to pray for Creflo and Taffi Dollar as they raise their teenage daughters.

Recently, Bitter Clinger gave some pretty epic commentary about the Consumption Craze of our present culture.

https://noxforchristmas.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/ill-always-bring-you-roses/

Anyhow, my point is, that like other silly people, I sometimes daydream about the next gift. And usually it is something materialistic. But as I get older, “The gold loses its luster, the jewels cease to sparkle, and the throne room becomes a prison. All that is left, is a father’s love for his child.”

Conan the Barbarian-King Osric

Like Solomon, the only gift I really want is wisdom….

Proverbs 6:1-35 (NIV)  are warnings against folly

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, 2  if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 3 then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen in to your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!  4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids, 5 Free yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wide! 7 It has no command, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.  12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart – he always stirs up dissension.  15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy.  16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:  17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, 18 hands  that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.  20 My son keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  21 Bind them upon your heart forever, fasten them around your neck.  22 When you walk, they will guide you, when you sleep, they will watch over; when you awake, they will speak to you.  23 For these commands, are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the correction of discipline are the way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.  25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.  27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? 29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.  30 Men do not despise a thief is he steal to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.  31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.  32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.  33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; 34 for jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.  35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

We all need to be more humble and do what is right according to the Lord.

At the Cross by the Gaither Vocal Band

Prolong your life with God’s word in your heart

You  have to have discipline in your  life.  When  kids we got discipline from our parents and now as adults we get discipline from the Lord.

Do not forget to read and study the Bible everyday and keep the words in your heart.  The Bible and walking with God will prolong your life.  Walk in love and be faithful everyday.  Do not forget to honor God with the your wealth.  God is one that gives you power to get wealth.

Proverbs 3:1-35 (NIV) is passage about further benefits of wisdom

1 May son do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring prosperity.  3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.  5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not be wise in your eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.  9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;  10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.  13 Blessed is man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,  14 for she is profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all paths are peace.  18 She is tree life to those who embrace her;  those who lay hold of her will be blessed.  19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and clouds let drop the dew.  21 My son preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight, 22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.  23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;  24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.  27  Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power  to act.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, ” Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow”-when you now have it with you.  29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.  30 Do not accuse a man for no reason – when he has done you no harm.  31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, 32 for the Lord detests  a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.  33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.  34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.  35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

Through it all I have learned to Trust in Jesus and I take him at his word.  Andrae Crouch sings Through it all  video.

Choose the Fear of Lord and Hate all Evil

The fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom.  Proverbs 1:20 – 33 (NIV) is a warning against rejecting wisdom.

The passage says:

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in public squares;  21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech.  22 How long will you simple one love simple ways?  How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?  23  If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.  24 But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,  25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26  I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you- 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.  28 Then they will call me but I will not answer, they will look for me but will not find me.  29  Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord,  30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their schemes.  32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but who ever listen to me live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

To fear the Lord means to have deep respect for the Lord.  You should always put the Lord first in your life.  I do not understand God‘s ways all the time, but I choose to trust Jesus with my life.  God’s way is the only way to go!

Here is video of Marantha singers: We Choose the Fear of the Lord:

Listen to God’s voice

Proverbs is known as book of God‘s wisdom in the Bible.  I will try to write something from it everyday.

Proverbs 1:8-19 NIV version says:

Warning Against Enticement

“Listen my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  They will be garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  My son, if sinners, entice you, do not give in to them.  If they say, – “come along with me lets ‘s waylay some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our homes with plunder; throw in your lot with us, and we will share common purse” – my son do not go along with them, do not set foot on their path; for their feet rush into sin, they are swift ti shed blood.  How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!  These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!  Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”

The first point in this scripture is to listen to your parents.  I was blessed with parents who loved God and taught me the right direction.  I have have messed up some, but their words of wisdom never departed from me. Sometimes we reject what parents teach us; but if you have a Godly upbringing listen to your parents, they are wise.  Do not go with crowd because they are cool.  Listen to God and do what he says, not what some other person tells you.  I am parent now,  I still listen to God and I have to do what he tells me to do.  There are rewards to listening to your parents.

The second point in the scripture is do not be greedy.  The people described in this verse was motivated by greed.  When greed motivates a man’s heart it can make him ruthless.  A greedy man will destroy the life of another and will destroy his own life.

Veggie Tales has song that talks about standing up for what you believe in.  It very important that we all do stand up for God!

 

 

 

 

 

Do what is right unto the Lord

Often people will do what they want to do instead what is right and fair.  We have to remember to do what the Lord tells us  to do, instead of what our flesh tells us to do.  Proverbs 1:1-7 says (NIV Version):

The proverbs of Solomon son of David. king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just, and fair, for giving prudence to simple, knowledge and discretion to the young  let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance  for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.  The fear of Lord is beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

This verse says to fear the Lord, but not to be afraid of the Lord.  We must understand and know the Bible.  Sometimes being Christian is hard but with discipline in your life and standing up for Jesus, we will persuasive.   Today listen and obey God’s word.

I love the song “Are You Living In Old Man’s Rubble”, and some of the words are:  Are you living in old man’s rubble, are you listening to the Fathers of lies? What the song is saying is are you going to listen to the devil or Jesus the one you gave you life?  Here is video by Amy Grant.

Join God’s Army

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Today, May 19, 2012, is Armed Forces Day;  a day that honors the military forces.  We would like to say thank you for all the men and women who died and gave their time for our country.  We are praying for you and your families.   Thank for making our Nation free.

Here is Gaither song Let Freedom Ring:

We would also like to say thank you Jesus for giving his life.  If you are not in God‘s army we would like to personally invite in his army.  Ephesians 6:10-18 says to put on full armor of God:  Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.  Put on full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with you feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, he be alert and always keep praying for all the saints.

We are God’s Army; Are you?