Archive for May, 2016

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 31, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

theWord: Proverbs 1: 7 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” All wisdom depends on knowledge of God and submission to His will. To know something but not know God overturns the value of having knowledge in the first place. Not fearing God is the same as rejecting wisdom outright!

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 27, 2016 by Gypsy Carns
Ezekiel 7:19: “They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be like refuse; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they will not satisfy their souls , nor fill their stomachs, because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.”
 
Where you at USA?
Hezekiah was a god-fearing king who brought about reformation among the Israelites. His son Manasseh, however, was an evil ruler. He had watched his father walk with God and live according to Scripture. Yet he chose to ignore the Lord. Manasseh worshiped false gods, even to the point of sacrificing his sons by fire in order to praise Molech. He practiced much evil—including witchcraft and sorcery— and led Israel astray, thereby provoking God to anger. The king, along with the people, paid a high price for his rebellion.
 
This story illustrates the Lord’s intolerance of a nation’s disregard toward Him. Now consider our country. We, too, are a nation that pushes God aside—one that has turned away from the only true God and embraced idols. Perhaps these aren’t statues of stone, but we worship money, sports ability, fame, and reputation..
 
The United States of America was founded on biblical principles with the intent to guarantee freedom of worship. But over time, we have removed the Lord from many aspects of public life. Prayer in schools, for instance, was deemed unconstitutional. What was once a “nation under God” has turned into a country that tolerates a growing number of sins and yet belittles absolute truth.
 
If a nation turns its back on the Lord, His judgment is inevitable unless the people repent and make Him Lord once again. As believers, our responsibility is to pray that God would draw the heart of our country back to Himself—and to help the gospel and truth spread through our land.
 
I know this is a long study today – but the LORD felt like it needed to be stated – so all have a chance to repent before His devastation is delivered to these United States of America.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 26, 2016 by Gypsy Carns
Jesus is speaking to a great multitude of people in Luke 14: 34, 35: “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost it’s flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
In the ancient world, salt was often used as a catalyst for burning fuel such as cattle dung. The salt of the day was impure and could lose it’s strength over time, becoming useless. Jesus’ point is that the same is true of a “saltless” disciple. Jesus warned that an ineffective commitment leads to being cast aside. Remaining useful to God means remaining faithful to Him.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 25, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to take your queries to the Lord, dig into Scripture for answers, and seek the counsel of a trusted spiritual mentor. Prayer is too important to neglect. Regardless of difficult circumstances, a Christian always has grounds for rejoicing. The LORD is a sovereign Ruler and will accomplish His purpose. Christian joy is not based on circumstances but on a growing awareness of God and the certain future of eternal life with Christ.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 24, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

theWord: Psalm 146:1,2 – ” Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD oh my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” My soul is another way of speaking of one’s inner being and is often used as a substitute for “I” or “me”. The poet makes a strong vow to praise the Lord for the rest of his life – I agree.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 23, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

theWord:1 Thessalonians 5:14, 15 – ” Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.” The church congregation should uphold the weak and be patient toward all, recognizing that all Christians have faults. To be most effective in promoting positive change in people’s lives, believers should respond to individuals according to each one’s particular needs. For a Christian to try and get revenge is a denial of basic Christian love and it goes against everything Jesus taught.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on May 20, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Proverbs 9: 10, 11 – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.” This sentiment is the central theme of Proverbs, The only appropriate way to approach the holy God is with fear, that is, reverence and respect. Best wishes for a grand weekend – be safe, love your neighbor, and hug your family!