Sunday, September 13, 2015

World is Broken Beyond Repair? Feast of Trumpets. Busy Bees. Update.


For "Scripture Sunday":

Is The World Beyond Repair?


In spite of our unquenchable optimism, the solution to our brokenness is out of reach. It’s going to take far more than elbow grease to fix the mess we’ve made.


There’s the kind of broken where the damage is largely superficial—where the only thing that’s really needed to get things back up and running is some tender loving care (and maybe some elbow grease). This is the kind of broken I prefer to encounter, because it’s fixable. Sure, it might mean getting your hands dirty or cracking open a manual, but it can be done.

The other kind of broken is a little less forgiving. This isn’t the kind of broken where you open the hood of your car only to find your engine has kicked the bucket. It’s the kind of broken where you open the hood of your car only to find everything is on fire and about to explode. The solution to the first scenario might be rebuilding your engine; the solution to the second is diving for cover and looking out for shrapnel.

The world is broken

Not many people are willing to argue that the world isn’t broken. The real debate is over what kind of broken we’re talking about. Ideally, it’s the first kind—the kind where, if we all just work hard and do our best, we can clean things up and get everything in tip-top shape. This is the world people tend to believe in when it comes time to elect leaders and officials—a world where we can get things right if we just get the right people into the right positions.

I don’t think we’re dealing with that kind of broken. I think we’re looking at the flaming innards of our combusting car and trying desperately to convince ourselves it’s not as bad as it looks.

But it is.

Maybe part of the problem is that we tend to talk in generalities. Sure, there are wars. Sure, there is moral relativism. Sure, there are genocides. Sure, there are riots and political unrest and poverty and corruption, but those are all so vague and intangible. They happen … somewhere … to some people. But what do those things even mean? They’re bad words that represent bad things, but they’re too fuzzy to mean anything significant.

So let’s talk specifics. Let’s talk nitty-gritty. Let’s talk about the uncomfortable things we like to ignore because, deep in our hearts, they make us wonder if we really can fix things.

Let’s talk about:

1. Terrorists kidnapping, torturing and raping children.

Complete article at:


The churches are getting to enjoy God's Feast Days next week.

Seventh Seal Reveals Seven Trumpet Plagues

Revelation 8:1-2

When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

"The book of Revelation describes seven seals on a prophetic scroll. At this point in Revelation the first four seals (also known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), the fifth seal and the sixth seal have all been opened. Now Jesus Christ opens the seventh and last seal to reveal seven angels and their trumpets. In succession, these seven angels blow their trumpets to announce seven terrible end-time events.

  • First trumpet: Trees and grass struck (Revelation 8:7).
  • Second trumpet: Seas struck (8:8-9).
  • Third trumpet: Fresh waters struck (8:10-11).
  • Fourth trumpet: Sun, moon and stars struck (8:12).
  • Fifth trumpet (first woe): Symbolic locusts torment people for five months (9:1-11).
  • Sixth trumpet (second woe): A 200-million-man army kills one-third of humanity (9:13-21).
  • Seventh trumpet (third woe): Announces the return of Jesus Christ and the seven last plagues (11:15-19; 16:1-21).

These trumpets are tied into the meaning of the fourth of God’s festivals, the Feast of Trumpets.


The return of Jesus Christ!

"The Feast of Trumpets depicts nothing less than the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God! The book of Revelation reveals a sequence of earth-shaking events heralded by angels sounding a series of seven trumpet blasts. The seventh angel’s sounding of the last trumpet signifies that “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15, English Standard Version). The Bible foretells that at this time Jesus Christ will at last return to the earth. Of all the prophecies in the Bible, this one surely heralds the most exciting news possible for this weary, sin-filled world!"  From: The Feast of Trumpets - United Church of God


Food for All

"An Amazing Fact: Bees are very social insects, and mutual feeding seems to be the order of their existence. The workers feed the helpless queen, who cannot feed herself. They feed the drones and, of course, they feed the young. They seem to actually enjoy this social act. One bee always seems ready to feed another bee, even if that bee is from a different colony.

The bee has been aptly described as busy. To produce one tablespoon of honey for our toast, the little bee makes 4,200 trips to flowers. A worker bee will fly as far as eight miles in search of nectar. He makes about 10 trips a day to the fields, each trip lasting 20 minutes and covering 400 flowers. To produce just one pound of clover honey, the bee must visit 56,000 clover heads. Since each head has 60 flower tubes, a total of 3,360,000 visits are necessary. In the end, that worker bee will have flown the equivalent of three times around the world. And they never sleep!

The impact of the honeybee on your food goes beyond honey. This little wonder of God’s creation is responsible for 80 percent of all insect pollination; if it didn’t do its job it would significantly decrease the yield of fruits and vegetables.

Psalm 145 is a song of praise to the Creator. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). As we look at the amazing honeybee, we can join David in saying, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works” (v. 5). When we consider the immense number of flowers it takes to make one pound of honey, it seems an impossibility, yet the Bible says, “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (v. 15, 16).
Thank God for the honeybee!
Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3


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Monday or Tuesday morning, I hurt my right hand when I was pulling nails out of used lumber with a crowbar.  I don't know how or when I did it.  Tuesday afternoon my hand swelled up and it hurt like crazy.  I had to do everything with my left hand….. very clumsy!  Even putting my hair up was awkward with one hand and left-handed mousing is very awkward!  That is, unless you are left-handed.  I didn't have any frozen peas to put on it, so I used Brussel Sprouts.

We didn't work on the guest house on Wednesday morning, as I went for my 6-month check-up at my cardiologist and he said my heart was fine and called in a prescription for my hand.  He said that it was 25 years since he was in general practice and that if my hand didn't get better to see another doctor. 

On Thursday morning while we were working it hurt so much, had turned red, and swelled up even more, so I did go to see my doctor.  She called in a prescription for antibiotics as it was so red, and ordered an X-ray. That showed a cracked bone, but the meds started to work, and I can now use the mouse with my right hand again.

DSCF0385Thursday, Friday and today Jay and I have been installing the new front door on the guest house as the old patio door had one layer of the double pane glass broken.  It is easier to have a real exterior door rather than a sliding glass door for a front door anyway.  We also installed these new windows on the sides of the door. It is a long narrow living room, so they will give it more light. We still have to install the house wrap, board insulation, and blue vinyl siding.

Jay wasn't feeling up to going to church as he hadn't slept well.  We might have to go back to the other church which is in the afternoon. 

The Bible readings were Deut. 26:1-29:1, and Isa. 60:1-22.  We have two hymns at the beginning and several more after the Bible readings and prayer requests. Then comes the Teaching, but it was so cold in the chapel that I went into the dining hall and tried to listen to the Teaching in there.  But I couldn't hear it because others had the same idea, and were talking.  So I don't know what the Teaching was about.  Why do they have the AC in the chapel so cold??  It's not a doctor's office.

The food was all great at the potluck. I made a spinach quiche, and there wasn't a crumb left after the first 15 minutes.  I meant to make two, but wasn't up to it.

Once I warmed up, it was a very great day.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Christianity’s Hidden Apostasy. Speaking In Tongues. Update.


For Scripture Sunday:

Christianity’s Hidden Apostasy

"Do today’s prominent Christian doctrines and practices have biblical roots? Did the New Testament writers warn of false doctrine entering Christianity?

Christianity’s Hidden Apostasy

Several of the foundational apostles of the Church warned of non-biblical beliefs creeping into the Church.

Thousands of Christian denominations around the world are convinced that their belief system is based on the Bible—and the New Testament in particular. Are they right to believe that?

Do they have the same beliefs and practices as Jesus Christ, His apostles and His New Testament Church? Does it matter?

Many are unaware that just a few hundred years after the New Testament was completed, non-biblical doctrines moved stealthily into Christianity. At the same time many of the God-ordained biblical doctrines were belittled and abandoned. For example, religious leaders thought they could take the place of God and make certain days holy.

The great Christian apostasy had begun, and it has continued down through the ages.

The right source for doctrine

In the New Testament we find doctrines of the early Church that are utterly different from present-day mainstream beliefs.

Why do so few Christians today really look to the Bible for God-given doctrine? Why, instead, do humanly devised beliefs prevail?

Instead of teaching obedience to the Bible—as Christ and His apostles did—the later system of doctrines and beliefs abandoned biblical teachings. Thankfully, the true Church has survived the centuries and today still practices the true religion—biblical Christianity. But it is small and widely unknown."

Complete article at:


 Speaking in Tongues.

"Is it unintelligible babbling no one can understand or talking in known languages for the purpose of edifying and educating?

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Do you have to speak in tongues to prove you have the Holy Spirit of God?

The word for language or tongue here is the word, “glossa.” It’s in Greek and it means a known language. They were speaking in the “known languages” of the day, not mysterious babbling that no one could comprehend.

The disciples had moved from their original location to another public area where they encountered pilgrims who had come from the far reaches of the Roman Empire to be in Jerusalem during this festival season. There, there were Jews and others who were interested in the faith of Abraham. And among those nations that were gathered there, people from Parthia, Media, Mesopotamia, Libya and Rome—there were Jews and others who were called God-fearers—people who would be the seedbed for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

God, in this dramatic moment and this miracle, was showing that the message of salvation was going to go to all nations in the world, not just to Israel—the descendants of Abraham.

Now let’s go back to what was happening.

Acts 2:8 tells us everyone heard in their own dialect or language.

So again, it was a clearly understood language. There was no “new tongue” or unknown tongue here. They were new to those who spoke them—the disciples—because they had never spoken those languages before.

Their ability to speak the language of another nation had nothing to do with human training or learning—it was a miracle from God. It says, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts 2:4, NRSV).

Complete article at:



We got a bit more work done on the floor in the guest house.  We replaced five more rotten floor joists. The new plywood is still just laying on the top of the joists as there is still a lot to do before it can be screwed down. 

Today we started installing the new front door.  Mostly because a weed-whacked rock hit one of the panels of the patio door and shattered it.  This happened back in June, but the little tiny pieces have been clinging together all this time.  It stayed together until we took out the door, and now there is a pile of little diamonds.  I had bought a regular front door with a leaded light panel in it and two long windows to go on each side. It should be a lot more practical than the patio door.

Jay was sick and didn't go to church with me.  I took a tomato, onion, new potato, apple, ground buffalo and quinoa casserole which was the first thing to disappear. 

The Bible readings were Psa. 103, 104, Deut. 21:10-25:19, Isa. 54:1-10, Mat 22"1-23:33. The teaching was about Christ being called the Cornerstone. 

There were a couple of new young ladies there, they had seen Perry Stone's Teaching at a local church and became interested in the 7th. day Sabbath.  We all had good food and fellowship in the dining hall. 

I left the dining hall earlier than usual as I have been wanting to go to Huntsville (TX) Church of God for quite a while now.  It is about 20 miles north of here on the freeway, and I arrived in time for the 2.30 service. 

b1ce946cf17f3cbbd3bd40a370574ccb.jpg (736×564)After a couple of hymns, the short talk was about "What is Concupiscence" and about the times that it is mentioned in the Bible and how it applies to us. 

After three more hymns, the main teaching was "Rules for Bible Study Plus".  It was good to see old friends again.  I haven't been there for a couple of years, and some remembered me.  We had a good chat afterwards, and I finally headed back down the freeway to Willis.  It was a busy day.