I ONLY WANT A BUDDY NOT A SWEETHEART; mmmmm

You have to be VERY old to remember this tune written by Eddie Jones; nearly before my time.

Six days ago my wife, Audrey, presented me with a slightly early Birthday present. She caught me drooling over a puppy shown to me by a close neighbor. She found Sadie advertised on the internet; the breeder some 2 1/2 hours away…. I really have to quit drooling.

Now, what every old man needs is a brand new “peek-a-poo”. For those who wonder; this is a puppy who may someday tip the scales at ten pounds, and has the energy of a 100 pound sled dog. What were we thinking? for I was part of the selection process.

In theory, it is good for  oldsters to have a dog as it helps them grow older happily, sitting there in the recliner with a ball of white fur to stroke and a tiny little tongue to render incessant kisses on their wrinkled hands and faces. But a puppy, who has absolutely no time for even a hello?

I was happy with the thought that “someday”. In the meantime her little computer button is stuck on the “on” position.

As it developed; in a matter of days she had overcome her fear of high places like a deck, and is now scaling plywood walls. Instead of once cowering in her new crate she has more spectacular escapes than Houdini in all his years.

She has chosen to make her toilet nearly always in the yard. She understands the word “no!” somewhat selectively. And, she cleans her plate. All in eight weeks (and six days with us).

Last night she had her first shot at a sleep-over. First played with, then , then zipped up in her crate with a broken zipper (artfully closed with safety  pins, but loose enough for her to shinny through). She had always previously awakened at two and four in the morning to whine for attention. I awoke at 6:30 ; this time refreshed and astounded, only to find her sleeping on my bedroom floor (door slightly ajar) lying on my shorts.

Right then she had me…… forget the buddy stuff. I had a sweet heart!

One can never under estimate the wisdom of God. He knows men, and He knows His puppies. When he calls for dominion He means it. One would have to wonder, however, if He hasn’t arranged it to work both ways… for it has for most of us, hasn’t it?

Thank you, Audrey, for making God’s plan work, and for reacting to my every drool. Thank you God for continuing to make my life a joy and challenge; right down to my last puppy.

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All God’s people – Lord prepare me

 

As we approach our worship services, let us ask The Lord to prepare us to be His sanctuaries

 

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Nuggets – Useless Prayers

Useless Prayers
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)

There are some prayers that God hates, strange as that may seem. In fact, our very prayers can even “become sin” (Psalm 109:7). When one who has deliberately “turned away his ear” from the Word of God (preferring his own way to God’s revealed will as found in His Word) attempts to ask God for blessing or direction, his prayer becomes presumption. God hates such prayers, and those who pray them should not be surprised when He does not give them their request. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).

No Christian is sinless, of course. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1:8). The obvious remedy is to ask the Lord, through His Word, to “see if there be any wicked way in me” (Psalm 139:24), and then to confess and forsake any sin so revealed and known. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Then, having been cleansed from our unrighteousness, we are again made righteous, not only through Christ’s imputed righteousness, but also in righteous, daily living. Then the gracious promises of answered prayer can again become wholly effective, for “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

How vital it is to know and obey the Word of God, and how dangerous it is to turn our ears away from it. God will not be mocked for long! “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12). HMM          

From the Institute for Creation Research

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Bible Daily Devotional – Ezekiel 33 – Hearers, but not doers

Hearers, but not doers: Ezekiel 33

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Today’s reading: Ezekiel 31-33.

“Honey, what did the pastor preach about last week? I know it was a really good sermon, but I can’t remember what he said.”

Ezekiel acted out many of his messages, so I bet they were more memorable than spoken sermons. Today’s verses suggest that the prophet may have sung and played an instrument as well. Despite all his efforts, God revealed the depressing news that the exiles weren’t really absorbing Ezekiel’s lessons.

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Consider the Morning Glories…

Morning Glories!

They greet me every time I go out to our garden these days. To the casual passerby, it might seem like the purple and red flowering plants are attractive and even beautiful, but a closer inspection would reveal a different story. That’s because they have taken over virtually my whole garden! I realize that it’s largely my fault since I just haven’t been as attentive to the garden as much at the end of the summer as I was in the spring. My lack of upkeep has allowed these pesky plants to take root and vine around everything, which eventually blocked the light and choked the vitality out of my vegetables and are now overtaking what’s left of my tomato plants.

You know, morning glories are a whole lot like sin in your life. Often things outside God’s design look colorful and attractive, even beneficial….at first. Because let’s just admit it, there is enjoyment in sin… at least in the beginning. But Galatians 6 reminds us that the pleasure won’t last. (vs7-9) So when you turn a blind eye as the seeds of disobedience are sown, ignore (or even encourage) them as they take root, and then let them grow unchecked, very soon you’ll find that a shadow has fallen over your life and your spiritual growth is stunted. It might not be so noticeable at first, but allow wrong-doing or wrong-thinking to flourish, and soon the spiritual vitality you once enjoyed and fruit you hoped for will eventually wither and die.

So how do you keep sin from overrunning your life?

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Nuggets – Till Heaven I’ve Found

Till Heaven I’ve Found
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3)

As Christians we desire to be with our Lord and see His glory forever. The writer of Hebrews expressed our passion for Him in the text for today. He goes on to tell how “they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16). Our ultimate goal is to reach glory and see our Savior face to face. The final verse of “Higher Ground” agrees.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

We must have our expectation fixated on Him and our eternal home. We must pray for His return to take us there and pray that we can influence many others to join us too. Now we face persecution and trials and troubles, but these are so temporary. Indeed, we are promised that we “shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Only when we reach that “utmost height” and finally perceive that “glory bright” will we fully understand Him, while our thankfulness continues for eons.

Studying this grand Christian hymn reminds us of the wondrous Christian opportunities before us and the majesty of heaven’s higher ground that awaits us. We have the privilege of living above the sin so prevalent around us and confronting even our enemy with victory. And our ultimate goal is our Savior in heaven. Dear friend, we have a great journey ahead and great joy at the end. JDM

From the Institute for Creation Research

 

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Special Prayer Request

Will you all help me support my former pastor and his ministry?
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Many of you read Dr. John Ed Mathison’s posts that appear each week on For His Glory. John Ed was my pastor for 14 years when we lived in Montgomery, Alabama. today

When he retired after 35 years as Senior Pastor at Frazer Methodist Church, he began a new career and ministry, John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries. John Ed has become a highly sought after speaker and Bible teacher. He travels across America and the world teaching and spreading the Gospel. He begins more whirlwind ministry travels in September. John Ed issued this special prayer request for his ministry and travels. Please pray for him all through September. Continue reading

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Slaves In the Land of Plenty

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I have seen many changes in our world during my lifetime. Continue reading

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Bible Daily Devotional – Ezekiel 28 – A prideful king, or Satan?

Ezekiel 28: A prideful king, or Satan?

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Today’s reading: Ezekiel 28-30.

“You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.” Ezekiel 28:12-15

Ezekiel’s description of the prideful king of Tyre is often said to apply equally to Satan. Do you think the prophet is talking about the devil or just a devilishly arrogant man? I couldn’t explain this any better than Doug Roman did in his post, “Do Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 Refer to Satan?”

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Urdu Blog No. 205 – When you have nowhere to go

 Blog No 205 – When you have nowhere to go

Many of us at one time or other in our lives will have nowhere to go, yes and nobody to turn to. Where do you go? Read on. 

http://ptl2010.com/2013/09/28/dim-sum-when-you-have-no-where-to-go/

The Urdu translation follows which you should share with your Urdu speaking family, friends and associates. Share with them that our Savior Jesus Christ cares.

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