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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 13 January 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – DEATH COMES AS A THIEF

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – DEATH COMES AS A THIEF

 

            Dedicated to Israel Jeremiah Burton 12-27-18 – 1-4-19

 

I read a book several years ago, Living the Lord’s Prayer. In it, the author (whose name I cannot remember) broke the prayer into its parts, a separate chapter for each phrase in the prayer. Of all the depth of revelations in it, it was the second chapter, “Who art in Heaven,” the meaning, and a single image that has stayed with me:

 

Basically, we’re not God. He sees and knows things that we cannot begin to understand. And when we have questions, sometimes we have to do the thing that goes against every fiber of our natural being, and accept the unacceptable.

 

Like death.

 

Do I believe that God had some reason to take this child’s life? No, I do not. Do I believe He allowed it? Sadly, yes, I do. Was his death some form of punishment? Or lesson? No, with all my heart and spirit, I do not believe that is how God operates.

 

I could rail against Him, rant in His presence, curse at Him even. But that won’t give me answers, and it certainly doesn’t make me feel any better.

 

Do I grieve with my friends? Yes, certainly. My heart breaks for their loss, and I feel the sting of it with them.

 

Does this mean God is not sovereign?  Not Who He says He is? No, not at all.

 

How, then, do we explain?

 

Sometimes, we just don’t.

 

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

 

Sometimes, we have to let go of our natural understanding, and trust that our Father—who art in heaven—will see us through. Will carry us when we can’t go on.

 

That He weeps with us in our sorrow.

 

 

Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of His wing.  Psalm 91:1

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Sorrow’s End, Living the Lord’s Prayer, Death Comes as a Thief, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 91:1

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 23 March 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LUKE 2:1-20

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LUKE 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

Glory in the Highest

 

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Luke 2:1-20, Glory to God in the Highest

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 March 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ISAIAH 9:6-7

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ISAIAH 9:6-7

 

Isaiah 9:6-74

 

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,
upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI6dsMeABpU

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Isaiah 9:6-7, Handel’s Messiah

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 18 November 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THANKFULNESS

 

 

There’s a wealth of things I could say about thankfulness. Benefits, the endless goodness of God, or an inane list of things I’m thankful for.

 

But today, I just want to offer thanks to our heavenly Father for being Who He is. For loving me and holding me in the palm of His hand.

 

As we enter the holiday season, and as we celebrate in whatever way this week, may be thankful to Father for His love and devotion and faithfulness to us.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Thankfulness

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 November 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FAITH and PATRIOTISM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FAITH and PATRIOTISM

 

Did you vote already? Or, are you going to vote this week?

What does our faith have to do with being patriotic? Aren’t we supposed to ‘separate’ them? Church and state? How can we? Are we divided individuals? Do we possess split personalities?

As followers of Christ we are called to relationship with Him. And that daily communion, minute by minute really, does affect the whole of our lives. Or, at least it should.

 

CINO’s (Christians in Name Only) give Christianity a bad rap. I don’t know about you but I don’t like being with, or even talking to, someone who is two faced. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But if we aren’t reflecting Him, then we are nothing but tasteless sand and a cold candle in the dark.

And as our nation faces unprecedented hope, how can we neglect so great a duty—nay, opportunity to act on our faith.

I was once asked, quite scathingly—and mockingly—“What about your faith?” “I thought you had faith.” It was in that very dark time in my life that I had been forced to take action. Action which created a great division—and crushed my heart in the process. But I had done what I had to do. I knew I had done the right thing.

 

And to answer that mocking question, faith is not some idle concept. Faith is more than ‘just’ believing God is there.

 

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  – James 2:19

 

Demons shudder? They know Who God is. And they shudder because they oppose Him. Just knowing Who He is does not a Christian make.

 

Relationship with Him is what makes the difference. That relationship affects and colors everything we say and do. I defer yet again to my signature Scripture,

 

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  – Romans 12:2

 

Being in communion with our heavenly Father does not make us a bunch of mindless minions. Rather, we are empowered to be the unique individuals He created us to be. As such, we are called to act in obedience, and to boldly proclaim His kingdom. Bringing God’s kingdom to earth.

That means doing our civic duty. And this week specifically, that means voting. The purpose of my blog, this post is not to support one candidate over another. Rather, my intention is to speak to Godly Americans, and encourage you to act on your faith. Don’t sit by idle. I did for too many years, and we as a nation can no longer afford that passive luxury.

As followers of Christ, too many of us have become complacent, allowing others to give voice in our stead. The term ‘silent majority’ was coined for a reason. I don’t when or by whom, but it is a sad sad thing that the majority would be silent. It is time for us, the MAJORITY, to roar. No longer silent. Speak out, and vote, and we will see our America restored. We will see the kingdom of heaven prevail.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Faith and Patriotism, James 2:19, Romans 12:2

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 28 October 1028 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – TRANSFORMING FAITH

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – TRANSFORMING FAITH

 

What’s your favorite Scripture?

 

I’m sure you’ve seen the question posed in memes and interviews. I know I have. And I can no more choose a ‘favorite’ verse or Scripture than I could choose a favorite book (mine or someone else’s) or a favorite child or grandchild. They are all special to me in different ways.

 

But I do have a signature Scripture. Romans 12:2

 

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

 

Basically, God is saying, “Don’t think like the world (enemy.) Think like Me.”

 

The whole of His Word is given for our best interest, and to walk fully in it we must think as He thinks, and see as He sees. To live as He lives. Transforming our thinking to match His—it’s how I came to see myself as He sees me.

 

When God looks at you He does not see your shortcomings… He only sees the Christ in you! So when you look at yourself in the mirror you should only see the same thing! #InHisLikeness  – April Oxendine

 

We are, after all, made in His image. Genesis 1:26

 

We were created to be like Him, to fellowship with Him, walk with Him and talk with Him. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, He is drawing us to Himself.

 

He has not, however, made us mindless puppets, but given us our own will. Our own likes and passions, our own identity. The freedom to choose Him, and learn of His ways.

 

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  I Corinthians 3:18

 

Father God sees us transformed already. He sees His own reflection in us. We have but to think as He thinks, and see what He sees, so we can live as He lives. In Spirit and Truth and Love.

 

To what end?

 

To defeat the wiles of the enemy. To silence his lies. To rescue those who cannot hear God’s Truth.

 

TRANSFORMING faith. Confidence in the One who reigns over all. Confidence in the face of all that is contrary. Confidence when facts and evidence belie the Truth.

 

Faith is a weapon of spiritual warfare. It is our shield against the enemy.

 

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (emphasis mine)  Ephesians 6:14-17

 

With the lies of the enemy silenced, his attacks thwarted, we can hear Father’s still small voice. His whisper on the wind. We can hear His heartbeat in our own.

 

And we can walk in sweet communion and fellowship with the One who made us and loves us most.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Transforming Faith, Romans 12:2, Genesis 1:26, I Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 6:14-17

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