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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 23 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN THE STORM by MURRAY PURA

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IN THE STORM by MURRAY PURA

today’s post is quoted from Murray Pura

 

 

The storm batters but does not sweep everyone & everything away. What is deeply rooted stands firm. Nor does solid rock dissolve underfoot like sand. The most severe combination of wind and waves in a lifetime, in the end, cannot destroy you if your heart & soul are grounded in forever and a God who never dies and whose love for you cannot be diminished by hurricane force winds or powerful surges of the sea. The opposite is actually the case. The greater the storm, the greater God’s love and reality and the more firmly you are held, even though the height of the waves may frighten and blind you for a time.

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – HE IS RISEN

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – HE IS RISEN

 

Matthew 28

He Is Risen

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

 

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

 

The Soldiers Are Bribed

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

 

The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 9 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE ART of BEING STILL by EDIE MELSON

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE ART of BEING STILL by EDIE MELSON

Today’s post is taken from While My Child is Away © 2016 by Edie Melson, Worthy Inspires, an imprint of Worthy Publishing Group, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., used with permission.

 

The Art of Being Still

 

When I added parent to my list of job descriptions, life took off at light speed. Instantly my days were filled to overflowing with the things I should be doing. As my kids grew, instead of diminishing, the list continued to grow. Somewhere in the list of what I needed to do, the art of being still fell to the wayside.

 

Occasionally I’d get a much-needed wake-up call as a small voice pleaded with me, “Mommy, won’t you just sit down and play?” Those reminders helped me slow down and remember what was truly important. But as my kids grew and were away from home more and more, those requests diminished. It was up to me to keep my foundation with them strong.

 

One summer day, God gave me an illustration for this truth that I’ll never forget.

 

It had been a great vacation. We’d spent a glorious seven days at the beach. There had been plenty of time for taking long walks, playing in the water, searching for shells. But some of the best times were spent just lounging in our beach chairs, feet in the sand.

 

One late afternoon, the sky mirrored the dusky blue of the ocean and the tide began to turn. As the encroaching waves washed over my feet, I noticed something cool. When each wave receded, in its wake was left a shallow film of water. It was so clear and so calm I could see my face in it. This image was erased and replaced over and over again as rushing waves crashed upon the shore.

 

Then, like an oft-repeated saying, the truth of this visual lesson began to penetrate.

 

God was reminding me that when I get busy, rushing from thing to thing, it becomes harder and harder for my life to clearly reflect Christ. But when I slow down, living by His rhythm, His image is visible in all aspects of my life.

 

Where do you find yourself right now? Caught in the pounding surf or taking time to refresh yourself in the calm waters that reflect the light of His Spirit?

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 2 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WRITE the VISION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WRITE the VISION

today’s post is borrowed from Laurie Roars and quoted from Don Abbott

 

God is always talking to us. If we will choose to listen to God… we will continue to rise to new levels. God’s Word will make a difference in our live. That will impact the lives of others around us. Everything we do affects some other person’s live. We can be an influence to others in the world. If we will listen to the Voice of our God, He can really do some power talking.

– Don Abbott, 1 April 2017

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 26 March 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL CREATION WORSHIPS

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ALL CREATION WORSHIPS

 

 

Several years ago I was walking around a small lake. It’s a favorite spot, and I take the walk whenever I visit there.

This particular time I had been listening to a certain praise and worship CD, and one of the songs was playing in my head.

 

 

As those words sang in my mind, my eyes looked up at the trees—and I wondered (as all good authors do) “How does a tree worship God.”

 

I had thought it an idle thought. Until He answered me.

 

 

So simple and yet so profound.

 

And as all good writer also do, my mind took it another step.

 

 

Of course I knew the answer, even then.

 

 

And with an algebraic turn, or perhaps putting the pieces in a puzzle, that meant that I worship Father by writing.

 

So today (Saturday) as I was sitting outside, basking in a miracle moment today, and praising Father for this long awaited thing, I glanced at the trees.

 

And I was reminded of what He told me those years ago—to worship Him, I be what He created me to be.

*note the use of “be” vs “do.”

 

So, and pardon the license with grammar, but I be writing. I be working—and worshiping Him—as I write.

 

And that brings me even greater joy.

 

 

Wha about you? What has Father created you to be? What do you do to worship Him?

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 19 March 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE GREATEST OF THESE

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – THE GREATEST OF THESE

 

Perhaps the most quoted Scripture used in wedding ceremony is I Corinthians 13:13, and with good reason—the greatest of these is love.

 

 

But what is love? According to Scripture

 

 

In layman’s terms, I think the best explanation is that another person’s happiness means more to you than your own. Kindness, encouraging words, biting your tongue when you’d rather make that snarky retort. The Golden Rule.

 

 

Laying down our life conjures images of taking a bullet, literally.

 

But it’s not that only. It’s so much more than that. It’s the little nuances of every day. That last piece of bacon, the movie choice, or dinner preference.

 

 

True story. I grew up loathing football. Couldn’t stand it. Then, once upon a time, I was in love with someone who was (and presumably still is) an avid Broncos fan. Rather than go off and do my own thing when he watched football, I sat with him. And then a funny thing began to happen—I grew to enjoy the game. I became a fan, a Broncos fan—because I loved him more than I disliked football. Love does that.

 

 

Marriage, love is not 50-50. Love is 100%. All, and there is no nothing. Because if you have whatever else life has to offer, but you don’t have—and give—love, then what do you have, really?

 

Nothing.

 

And when you have love? You have everything.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 11 March 2017– FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE (repost

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – WHY THIS TITLE

reposted from 7 August 2016 – because sometimes life hits hard and there’s just no new post

 

Because sometimes you can’t make it to church. Or, what the world commonly thinks of as church.

 

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But what is church, really?

 

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And sometimes that fellowship is one on One, deep calling unto Deep. Everyone has their special place of personal communion. For me, that “place” it outdoors. Preferably under a canopy of trees. Preferably in the mountains, with a creek singing nearby.

 

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But that doesn’t always happen and sometimes church is right here on the couch. Or better yet, outside… you guessed it, on the front porch. Just me and Father God.

 

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Even better if it’s raining. And yes, thunder and lightning’ing.

 

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No great theological discourse. No lamenting prayers—or maybe there are. Not hours of reading the Bible. No singing and dancing and praising Him, even. Just abiding.

 

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Sitting, quietly, still, in His presence. For truly, we walk in His presence 24/7. We just don’t pause to acknowledge—and we usually don’t yield to His call, nay His whisper to be still.

 

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Learning to be still. Learning to hear His voice. To recognize and acknowledge His presence. And learning how to walk and talk with Him in every moment of every day as good friends should and do.

 

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Because He is a friend. And friends do stuff. And sometimes they just sits. Quietly. Being friends.

 

So yes, come sit on the front porch with me, spend some time with me, with Father God. Come, let us fellowship together, right on the front porch.

 

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And tell me what are your favourite moments with Father God? Where do you find Him? What is your secret place, your place of communion?

 

 

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