from Barbara's Bible

With the changing of seasons we like to be #clothed for the #climate #changes.  I remember as a child I read Hans Christian Anderson’s  ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.  What a #shocker !  However, that tale taught me about perceived reality.  Do clothes make a man?  What’s behind the mask, the microphone, the screen, the video, or the internet?   It was a child calling out that the Emperor had NO CLOTHES ON which exposed the TRUTH .  Do we want truth today?  “BLESS the LORD O,GOD thou art very GREAT; MY GOD IS CLOTHED WITH HONOR AND MAJESTY COVERED WITH LIGHT AS WITH A GARMENT THAT STRETCHES OUT THE HEAVEN LIKE A CURTAIN”  Psalms 104:1,2  Do you think Anderson was writing about a ruler who thought himself equal to GOD?  With what are we clothed?  11Corinthians 5 speaks to us “We groan earnestly desiring to be clothed for our house which is for heaven: but if so be that being clothed we are actually found naked…being burdened not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed with the mortal’s way of life that might swallow us up.”   We have many tales portrayed on screen such as in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ with a voice behind the curtain trying to rule others.  Sound familiar ?   Job said in chapter 29 “that God preserved me when His candle shined upon my head and when by His Light I walked through darkness …the nobles held their peace and their tongues…while GOD CLOTHED ME IN RIGHTEOUSNESS as men gave ear and kept silent at my counsel and …the light of GOD’S countenance they cast not down”  Truth comes from the Lord.  “The LORD has sworn TRUTH unto David; he will not turn from it…if your children will keep my covenant and my testimonies I shall teach them & bless..GOD WILL CLOTHE WITH SALVATION, but upon His ENEMIES WILL I CLOTHE WITH SHAME” Psalms 132

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Ground For Greeting – In The Politeness

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      20060709 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Grounds For Greeting - In The Politeness - Rev. Tommy Jones


#Civility, #politeness, #courtesy – where have they gone?  If you watch the #news and these days it is hard to escape, you know that what gets reported is the #violent or #vulgar.  But if you are fortunate enough to gather with others and better yet other believers, hopefully you can get a dose of common decency.  If you are a Christ follower, or saint as the Bible calls us, it should be in your new nature to spread politeness wherever you go.  How did Paul share the joy of Jesus while imprisoned?

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What is #vengeance?  See a rat – get a trap!  Webster’s dictionary definition of vengeance states: #Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense is referred  #retribution !   With an election on the horizon there are so many #political ads and verbal #attacks being pronounced that it makes you wonder if there’s a skunk in the hen house?  Where is truth?  I trust God’s Word.  What does He say about vengeance? In the book of Nahum 1:2,3,7 we read, “GOD IS JEALOUS, and the LORD REVENGES; and IS FURIOUS; the LORD WILL TAKE VENGEANCE ON HIS ADVERSARIES AND RESERVES WRATH FOR HIS ENEMIES.. . The LORD is slow to anger and great in power but will not acquit the wicked...The LORD IS GOOD, A STRONG HOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE FOR HE KNOWS THEM THAT TRUST IN HIM.  Psalms 94:1,2 ”  Where are your thoughts today?  Are you alone?  Listen to God’s word…“If we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins only a fearful judgment with fiery indignation..…For we know THE LORD has said, “VENGEANCE BELONGS UNTO ME, I WILL RECOMPENSE AND JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.  IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.  So let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience as we hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering….do not cast away your confidence which has great promise of reward.  Have patience and do the will of the LORD so you may receive that promise. Hebrews 10  “O LORD GOD TO WHOM VENGEANCE BELONGS …LIFT US UP AND JUDGE AND RENDER A REWARD TO THE RIGHTEOUS.” Psalms58:11

The Joy of Jesus – Serenity In Your Contemplation – Ground For Greeting – In The Present

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      20060702 Joy Of Jesus - Serenity In Your Contemplation - Grounds For Greeting - In The Present - Rev. Tommy Jones


Have you ever heard of the #Doxology?  Praise #God from whom all #blessings flow!  Last time, we learned that God provides all His children’s needs.  This week we hear what our proper response should be.  It even ties back to Paul’s theme in Philippians about the Joy of Jesus. Joy in our lives comes from knowing our purpose.  Why are we here if not to glorify God?  Have you ever tried counting your blessings when you are feeling down?  It helps and you should take it further and thank the one who gave you those blessings.  How do we glorify God?  Does all the glory belong to God?  Why is it important to practice giving glory to God now?

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Seems to me that I have been grasping for #knowledge all my life.  From starting school until I was graduated with a B.S. degree, I was exposed to new concepts and procedures which increased my desire to know more!  While learning, I realized there was always more to discover in those endeavors.  Today, I have observed people that prefer to rely on technology for any info that is relevant to the moment.  So may I introduce you to the Source of All Knowledge – THE LIVING GOD.  “Talk no more so proudly, let not your arrogance come out of your mouth; for THE LORD IS A GOD OF KNOWLEDGE, and by Him actions are weighed” 1 Samuel 2:3  Where do you start – step one!  Proverbs 1:7 “The FEAR of the LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE:  but fools demise wisdom and instruction.”  step two..“.choose to fetch your knowledge from our righteous Maker whose words are not false; GOD IS PERFECT IN KNOWLEDGE” Job36:4  step three…”the LORD KNOWS ME and all my ways even the words from my tongue.  LORD’S KNOWLEDGE OF ME from behind and before is wonderful” Psalm 139:1-6   step four ….”Beloved, seeing you know these things, beware don’t be led away by error with the wicked, but GROW IN GRACE IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST”  11Peter 3:18   step five.…. “Cast down imaginations and every proud thing that exalts itself against the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD by bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”  11Corinthians 10:5  This is a good five step program which meets GOD’S  STANDARD set in His Word.