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Bonsai Christians

Bonsai Christians

When you look at a Bonsai Tree, it is absolutely amazing, in every minute detail it is an absolutely perfect tree for its breed, and age, whether a few years old or even if it is many hundreds of years old, even a Cedar that is centimetres tall and not many meters tall, they are perfect in every way, well that is, until you put them beside the “Real Deal” and then you discover that they are a “Miniature” or a midget when compared to the full grown and normal sized edition.

A Baby, is a fully developed… Continue reading

The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree

The Gardener surveyed his little orchard, and decided that there was space for a lemon tree, then a nice specimen was found at the supplier and taken home.  The area was prepared and fertilizer dug in, the tree was planted and staked and a thick layer of mulch was layered over it.  Then a frost protection canopy was erected to protect the tree.  The gardener knew that it was very late in the season to plant trees, and the hot dry weather was upon the area, but the gardener was going to be very… Continue reading

New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Here we are at, the new beginning, and a brand “New Year” stretches out before us, which is a “Brand – New – Beginning,” for all of us.  New sights to see, new places to travel to, new foods to taste and new experiences, and new friends, and maybe even some new family members to get to know.  This is so much like, “Coming to Jesus Christ,” as with confession and repentance, this verse applies, 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed… Continue reading

Christmas 2017

Christmas – 2017

Well here we are knocking on the door at the end of another year, which has almost flashed past like a rocket. Just spare a thought for God, at this time of festivities, as you can go home to your friends, families, associates and be together in fun, festivities, and fellowship, and there is lonely God, looking down that huge “Banqueting Table” and it is still all silent and empty, his Family are still down here on “Planet Earth,” and he is still waiting for us prodigals, to all come home up to his banqueting hall in… Continue reading

Affluenza

Affluenza

There is an interesting term that was coined back in the mid 50’s, so I guess, that by now, we all must be somehow infected, with this interesting disease, some are very heavily infected, and some have a decent sniffle of, “Affluenza.”  There are two basic levels of this affliction, Full Blown “Have’s” and all those “Wanna Be’s” who have a mild affliction, and yet long for more wealth, and a fuller infection of “got it all,” and are led to believe that “Having” is the end all , and be all, of everything, that they have finally… Continue reading

Standing on the Promises

Standing on the Promises

 

Quote; “To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, to appropriate His promises, and apply them to all occasions, believing that God will work out His own plans and purposes in your heart and life. {FLB 122}

Let us read the words to this great old Hymn; Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Through eternal ages let His praises ring, Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God. Chorus; Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of… Continue reading

God’s Gone!

God’s Gone!!

Help!! We cannot find God!!  We have a very big problem, you see, God is missing and we cannot find him, or so very many try to tell us.  King David at times in his life, when he looked to God; to his horror he discovered that God was not there, he looked far away, then close by, he looked left and looked right, up and down, and like a child lost from his parents in a large crowd, immediately cried out for a look at the “True God,” but there was just vast open expanses… Continue reading

Balaam’s Curse

Balaam’s Curse

There is an interesting story in Ancient Scripture, and this occurs just before Israel crosses the Jordan and into the “Promised Land.”  We are today on the same, but “spiritual journey,” that mirrors the Exodus, so this is critical for us, because we are about to face the same problems as we are about to cross Jordan and into the Heavenly Promised Land.  Let us re-cap the situation.  Balak is the King of the Nation of Moab and is stressed out, as out of the wilderness to his south came a few people, that is… Continue reading

What is Faith?

What is Faith?

Here is a term that we throw about in encouragement to one another and often use it ourselves in reality, almost every day, but possibly do not even realize that we are expressing “Faith” in so much more, or in so many various ways.  Let us look at the Bible for the concept from its pages.  Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he… Continue reading

New Exodus

New Exodus

Israel, “Gods People” are in Egypt, and Egypt = Sin, so God’s Kids are in a land and environment hostile and alien to them, Sin; when God desperately wants them at “His Place,” over there, which is the “Promised Land” and that is a Land where God is, and where Sin is definitely not ever present.  Exodus 8:1 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.”  Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out… Continue reading