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Psalm 34:17-22

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned

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Put Down That Idol

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

 
 
 

A person reading the Old Testament on his or her smartphone or tablet might be the slightest bit amused at the notion of a grown man embracing an inanimate hunk of wood carved into some "god". The Old Testament is replete with these stories from the children of Israel forming a golden calf (a definite step up from wood) to lead them back to Egypt, to one of my favorites; the man Micah who had all sorts of idols and even a graven image of silver( Judges 17:1-12) and had to hire a priest to handle them all.

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REMEMBER THE PROMISE

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

 

   Religion takes on many subtle forms, some of which are antithetical to true relations with Our Creator. Always remember, the Pharisees, in the name of religion, wanted to kill Jesus, who was sent by God, who was the perfect representation of God. Two directions present day Christian religion seems to drift towards are rules and programs. True faith includes rules and laws that define God and govern our living with each other, and our living in this world. The book of Acts describes the feeding programs that the early church initiated indicating programs are an essential part of the practicing of our faith. But neither rules nor programs and church activities come close to representing the living essence of our relationship with God. Perhaps our marginalizing of the Old Testament has allowed us to wander from an appreciation of the genetic stock that began personal relationships with God. In particular, Abraham is the father of the faithful.

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That Christ Be Wholly Formed In You

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

    Pray] that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.  Jer 42: 3

    We have some friends whose names we have brought up in church on a regular basis for prayer as the wife has been battling breast cancer for  over 2 years with good reports and surges in faith alternating with bad reports and assaults on that faith. Currently, after a double mastectomy and a not great pathology report indicating a spread of that cancer, faith is under tremendous attack. The husband and I had a brief visit where he shared the above update and said, " I just went to the Lord and said, ' Father, you've got to give me something- a word of encouragement or a scripture; just something to hold onto!'  The Lord said, ' I am good, and Christ must be fully formed in you' "

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The Anointed Instrument/ The Pattern Son

Written by Phyllis. Posted in Articles

We were born into sin. We had already been set apart for service; eternal service to rule and reign. But we appeared on this earth profane, common, and vulgar. The calling to serve was made by a purely righteous, just, and glorious God. This dilemma , the soiled and common  associating with the just and righteous, was partially overcome by sacrifice, the shedding of blood by an Innocent on behalf of the guilty. We , who had been set apart or consecrated early on, were then made just; we were justified. We can be sure of these truths because of the painstakingly detailed symbolism of the pattern shown to Moses by which he was to oversee the formation and equipping of the tabernacle.

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