Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ladies, I've been shopping for a very short study for Christmas.  The following were found at you care to check them out further.  I will be checking with Mardel's and Lifeway also. Please remember if we order there will be shipping charges, so the price listed will be a little higher.  If we make one order, instead of each of us making a single order, the shipping will probably be just a little less.  We can discuss this further when we meet.

This book is $5.99, there was no table of contents provided.

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What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Gifts and decorations? Santa Claus? Family parties? It's strange to think that the origin of such a glittering holiday is the birth of Jesus, whose arrival had none of the comforts we associate with Christmas today. Take the time this season to remember the strange and wonderful time when God became one of us. This study is designed to be used during the weeks leading up to Christmas (the season of Advent). If your group doesn't have time for all five sessions, you can do Lesson 5 after Christmas. Optional Advent activities are included.
This one is $9.99 

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Isaiah 9:6 pronounces four titles for the coming Messiah: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Brueggemann, one of our most admired Old Testament scholars, reconstructs the first-century Jewish expectations for a deliverer, then evaluates how Jesus did and did not fulfill them. 96 pages, softcover. Westminster John Knox.

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Advent is the season in which we watch, wait, and prepare to bear witness to the coming of the true light of God's presence in Jesus Christ. Through worship, Scripture, and prayer, we train our eyes to see God's presence so that in the hubbub of the "holidays", we are prepared to celebrate a "holy day"-when God came down among us in human flesh.

In When God Comes Down, James A. Harnish explores the lives of people who witnessed the miracle in the Incarnation. He invites us to reflect on their stories and, in our reflection, to become witnesses with them to the one light that will never be overcome.

When God Comes Down, is a five week study appropriate for both group and individual use, provides one lesson for each week of Advent and for Christmas. Each lesson includes a reference to a key passage of Scripture, reflection, discussion questions, brief prayers, and a focus for the coming week.

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Under Wraps is an all-church Advent experience that explores the character of God described in the Old Testament and then revealed through Jesus Christ. Through small group resources for all ages, teaching video, worship ideas and visuals, sermon lead-in videos, and preaching guides, all areas of church life weave together for an exciting, new Advent celebration.
The adult study book is the centerpiece of the program, serving as the adult small group resource and the source of content for worship planners and leaders. Each week centers on a key word that describes a characteristic of God that is evidenced in the Old Testament and then seen more clearly through Jesus: faithful, dangerous, expectant, and jealous. Additional material on the theme of "Joy" is provided for an optional Christmas week focus.



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Our popular yearly Advent thematic study focuses on light as both a symbol of the birth of Christ and the ways in which our actions influence the lived of others. Offers four sessions, one for each Sunday of Advent. Each session features a Scripture reference, a personal reading, questions for personal reflection or group study, a closing prayer, and a focus for the coming week.
There are so many studies to choose from....I tried to select the best for our group.
I will post again with what I find at Mardel's and Lifeway.  Stay tuned.... 
Your thoughts and comments are needed....we need to decide quickly.  If any of you have a study you would like to do let it be known. 
((hugs)) to all,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Friends who are an Inspiration

People come into our life disguised as angels, and sometimes angels come into our life disguised as people. It is possible to see God anywhere. All it takes are open eyes and ears and the willingness to see miracles. They are everywhere. God is as available as we are. Having friends that inspire us to rise to higher and greater levels is an awesome gift. Surround yourself with people that inspire you to do better and inspire your friends as well. It is a profound truth that the people we spend time with shape the path that we travel.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Daniel 10:12-14 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come for your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I am come to make you understand what shall befall your people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.”

Daniel is once again reassured by Gabriel with the words fear not. The reason why he is told not to fear, is that from the very first day that Daniel set his heart on understanding he was heard and Gabriel had come to answer his prayers. So Daniel’s prayer was heard right from the start, but why did it take 21 days for Gabriel to come to him? The prince/ruler of the kingdom of Persia, which was Cyrus at that time, was withstanding Gabriel for the 21 days.

If we look at the time frame of this situation, the Jews had not long before been released out of captivity to restore the temple in Jerusalem. They gained a lot of opposition from surrounding nations and it was this opposition that Cyrus was struggling with as well. (Ezra 4:1-5) The struggle for the master of Cyrus between the devil and his angels and Gabriel and the angels of God must have been immense. This is quite a possible answer for why it took so long for Daniel’s prayer to be answered. For part of his prayer could have been relating to this situation as well.

When Michael comes to Gabriel’s aid the struggle seems to be all over with the side of good gaining the supremacy. But who is Michael? The name itself in Hebrew means “who is like God.” He is also referred to as the Archangel in Jude 1:9. However, the Thayer Definition for the word Archangel in Jude 9 is: “archangel, or chief of the angels.” Christ is NOT an angel yet alone a created angel, but is the one in charge and the head of all the angels. It simply means, arch - chief of the angels - messenger, and Michael - who is like God.

Daniel 10:12-13New International Version (NIV)
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

The prince of Persia is only mentioned in Daniel 10,  the prince of Persia is a reference to an evil spiritual entity that wielded authority over the ancient kingdom of Persia.

The prophet Daniel had received a troubling vision concerning a great war (Daniel 10:1). He went into a three-week period of mourning, fasting, and prayer. In response to Daniel’s prayer, God sent a heavenly messenger to explain the vision. However, the messenger was delayed for those same three weeks, as he explains to Daniel: “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia” (Daniel 10:13). 

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Red Heifer

I received my newsletter from The King Is Coming ministries (Ed Hindson) this morning and there is a good article about the red heifer of end time prophecy.  I thought it interesting enough to share with you.

Numbers 19:1-22

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “This is the statute of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and on which a yoke has never come. And you shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered before him. And Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. And the heifer shall be burned in his sight. Its skin, its flesh, and its blood, with its dung, shall be burned. ...

Recently, the Temple Institute ~ an organization in Jerusalem founded in 1987, as a non-profit educational and religious organization located in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem's Old City that seeks to rebuild the prophesied Third Jewish Temple ~ has announced they are working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a red heifer in Israel, in strict accordance with the biblical commandment.  The project is the culmination of years of research at the Temple Institute that fuses ancient religious texts and modern science.  "We've been working on this for decades,  The red heifer has to be supervised and cared for in a special way since its birth  And it's very complex."  Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute told Tazpit News Agency.

(Supposedly there have only been nine red heifers in Israel's history.  Mamonides, the Jewish Sage, said that in the days of the tenth red heifer the Messiah would come.)

According to Rabbi Richman, raising a perfect red heifer in accordance with the strict biblical commandment would require constant supervision, advance planning, and meticulous preparation.  For example, in order for a red heifer to be considered kosher for biblical use, it must literally be raised from birth under specific conditions and in a controlled environment, which has never been attempted in Israel during modern times.  Anav Silverman of Tazpit notes that the end result of this program will be the introduction of the Red Angus breed into Israel.  Rabbi Richman also added that it would also improve the quality of cattle in Israel in general.  This method, authorized and approved by Israel's Ministry of Agriculture, has already proven successful with the birth of a number of male Red Angus.

One of the prophetic implications of this event has to do with the prophesized Third Temple.  Many Jews believe that the Messiah cannot come and hail the End of Days without the Third Temple existing in Jerusalem.  Many Christians believe that during the tribulation period Jews will construct a Third Temple in Jerusalem which will ultimately be desecrated by the Antichrist (Isaiah 66:1-6; Daniel 9:27; 11:36-45; 2Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 11:1-2).  The exacting details of this Millennial Temple are given in Ezekiel chapters 40-47 and make it clear that this Temple will involve the restoration of the priestly roles of service in the Temple.  As such, a red heifer will be needed for purification purposes.  Perhaps this effort by the Temple Institute to breed a red heifer is an aspect of God setting the stage for the prophecies to be literally fulfilled. had this to say:

The Bible does teach that one day there will be again be a temple of God in Jerusalem (Ezekiel chapters 41-45). Jesus prophesied that the antichrist would desecrate the temple (Matthew 24:15), and for that to occur, there obviously would have to be a temple in Jerusalem once again. Many anticipate the birth of a red heifer because in order for a new temple to function according to the Old Testament law, a red heifer would have to be sacrificed for the water of cleansing used in the temple. So, when a red heifer is born (which is quite unusual) it might be a sign that the temple will soon be rebuilt. said this:

What is a red heifer and why is it significant? Based on Jewish standards recorded in Numbers 19, the Jewish people could never be purified or able to rebuild their temple without the ashes of an unblemished red heifer. Jewish tradition holds that a red heifer heralds the Messianic era.

For prophecy watchers, it is definitely something to keep your eyes on. The temple will be rebuilt in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and temple practices will be reinstituted, so we know that there will be a spotless red heifer provided to allow that to take place. The heifer is not determined to be perfect until its third birthday.                                           

Over the past few years, several red heifers have been born around the world. But each one has been either imperfect or not in Israel at the right time

Prophecy is fascinating to me.  When we study all the prophecies that have been fulfilled, it's exciting to know future prophecies will certainly be fulfilled also.

Our God is an Awesome God!


Sunday, February 21, 2016

I Don't Know Why.

Have you ever read a scripture, one that you've read many times before, but this time, it's a new blessing that touches your heart?  Well, that happened to me the other morning and I almost called everyone of you to share!  But I didn't.  It's been on my heart ever'm sharing with you today.  I don't know why the Lord is speaking to me on these scriptures...I don't know why He has put it on my heart to share with you...but I feel He has.  He must have a blessing for you too.

The book of James may be the earliest of the New Testament letters, written about A.D. 48.  This letter, written by the brother of Jesus and one of the leaders of the church in Jerusalem, was addressed to Christians everywhere.  The seven books of the New Testament from James through Jude are called the general letters because they are addressed to Christians in general and not to a special church.

James wrote this letter to teach Christians the practice of Christianity.  He insists that if we have real faith, we will show it by acting like Christians.  He gives practical advice on things like anger and quarreling, showing favoritism, controlling the tongue, boasting, patience and prayer.

It was James 1:1-8 that spoke to my heart and that I want to share.

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hand of Hope ~ Gift of God

Hand of Hope
Gift of God

A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it. The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practising at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope."

The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life." Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person." Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, it is awesome....incredible ... and hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one!

Michael Clancey

How in the world can anyone say there's not life until birth?