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Emergency Numbers

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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The eerie ambulancesound of a siren can be very disconcerting to us. It is our natural inclination to peek out the window to check what type of emergency vehicle is passing by. Although we are often apprehensive at the sound, we are glad there are those individuals who are willing to serve to meet our needs when a crisis situation arises.

What happens when a spiritual emergency happens? I found many lists of “Emergency Numbers” by unknown authors that will give us guidance when the need arises. As I was doing research on line for this particular listing, I found there were many more available situations with scripture verses pointing to the solution but I have highlighted just a few to share.

  1. When men fail you – Psalm 27
  2. When you have sinned – Psalm 51
  3. When you worry – Matthew 6:19-34Matthew 6:19-34
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    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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  4. If people seem unkind – John 15
  5. When God seems far way – Psalm 139
  6. When your faith needs stirring – Hebrews 11
  7. When you need assurance – Romans 8:1-30Romans 8:1-30
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    8 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: 7 because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: 8 and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: 13 for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope were we saved: but hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth? 25 But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; 27 and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: 30 and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

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  8. When you feel like you are in danger – Psalm 91
  9. When the world seems bigger than God – Psalm 90

I am thankful that God’s Word provides the remedy for many of life’s troubles and concerns. Let the Bible point the way to living the victorious life.

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Within the Covers

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Ronald ReaganPresident Ronald Reagan once made a very profound statement, “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” What a timely statement even for today.

It seems there is so much unrest in the world. Wars, rumors of wars, major global illnesses, disagreements on all types of social issues – and the list goes on. What should be my reaction to these?

A person recently told me she was conservative in her way of thinking. I responded that I didn’t know if I was conservative but rather I was “biblical”. She had a strange reaction but I told her that, since God’s Word is my measuring tool, the answer to all my decisions are found in the Bible.

Psalm 18:30Psalm 18:30
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30 As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him.

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NIV states, “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”  Since God’s Word is flawless, why would I look for the answers anywhere else? Some people try to make the Bible say what they want by making their own interpretation but as the lyrics of the old song goes, “if God says it, I believe it, and that settles it for me!” I am not going to change God’s Word to suit my own needs or so I will be socially accepted.

I am going to look “within the covers”!

Following are the lyrics to the song “God Said It and I Believe It” as sung by Del Delker.

God Said It and I Believe It

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May I Be Excused?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Since my husband is a pastor, we have heard various reasons throughout the years as to why people are not able to attend church on Sunday.  We try to accept their reason as stated and know that in the end God will be the judge of their sundry of excuses.  If their excuse is good enough for God, it is good enough for us! We have noticed that the longer a person misses the easier it becomes to find a reason to continue to skip Sunday services.

Some of the reasons given have been very humorous as you can very well guess. How do you alleviate this problem? Aside from actually going to a person’s home and dragging them to church, there is little a pastor can do. To make it possible for everyone to attend church, I found this humorous listing from an unknown source of the special things a church can make available to accommodate a parishioner:

  1. A cot will be placed in the sanctuary for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep.”
  2. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV too late on Saturday night.
  3. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I came to church.”
  4. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.
  5. Porta-potties will be placed at the end of each pew for those who say the bathrooms aren’t very accessible.
  6. We will have hearing aids for those who say the pastor speaks too softly and cotton for those who say he speaks too loudly.
  7. Score cards for listing hypocrites present.
  8. One hundred TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner also.
  9. A selection of trees and grass for those who like to see God in nature.
  10. A putting green near the altar for those who say “Sunday is my day for golf.”
  11. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.

church2What does the Bible have to say in Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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? “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We are so privileged to have the freedom to join together with fellow Christians to worship and praise God. I love to be encouraged by others and feel their love.

Make a commitment this Sunday to attend the church of your choice.

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Know God or No God?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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As my husband and I were recently on a short out of town trip, I noticed a billboard with the following caption: “Know God / No God”.  The billboard was divided into two parts. The section on the left had a lovely picture which included heavenly things and asked the question “Know God?” The opposite side had a picture of a fire burning intensely (representing hell) and simply stated, “No God!”  What a thought provoking sign. It sure caught my attention.

I would hate to go through life without “knowing Jesus”. God’s Word in I John 5:20John 5:20
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20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel.

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tells us, “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” And also in Acts 13:38Acts 13:38
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38 Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins:

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it states, “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Both of these passages indicate that we may know Jesus and that He is the only way to heaven.

What happens if we have “no God?” We will be punished and spend eternity in hell. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  I Thessalonians 1:8

I want to spend my time here on earth knowing God and knowing Him in His fullness. I want every day to count for Him.

A verse that we all learned as children still holds true today. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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My challenge is that you will start out the new year by knowing God!

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Does My Pastor Care?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

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Do you feel all alone in your Christian walk? Are you aware that others within the Christian community care about you and your spiritual growth? I cannot speak for others within the church but, as the wife of a pastor, I most assuredly know that the pastor cares for you. I have listed a few statements that are so true regarding a pastor/parishioner Christian relationship:

1. Your pastor loves you as a member of the flock and fellow Christian. He/she has you “in their heart” and desires the best for you in all things. When you hurt, they hurt. When you rejoice, they rejoice. The pastor’s desire is to make all things beautiful in your life. They are disappointed when they can’t fix all things for you.

2. The pastor doesn’t expect perfection from you but does at least expect to see some degree of spiritual growth. Even if the growth is “baby steps”, he/she wants you to do the best that you can to give your all for God. Your pastor wants God to be honored and glorified through your life and witness. When you honor God through your life, the pastor fills honored as well.

3. Respect for your pastor is appreciated even if you don’t always agree with everything they do. Positive words do much to encourage them to do a better job in their ministry.

4. Pastors like to be remembered on their special days (birthdays, anniversaries, etc). They feel the same as you when someone remembers those important events in your life.

5. Share important things happening in your life with your pastor. Sometimes he/she is the last one to know of these special things. You tell your family and friends but your pastor delights in hearing them as well.

6. Your pastor is human and makes mistakes. Appreciate his/her efforts to please God first and then the church.

7. The pastor covets your prayers.

I am sure there are many more ways the love and concern of your pastor is displayed but I mention these only to affirm how special you are to your pastor. The pastor needs you and you need them. Although God’s love for His church cannot be measured, your pastor’s love for you cannot be expressed in words either. Think about this the next time you are discouraged in your Christian walk.

Begin now to think of ways to honor your pastor.

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Royal Telephone

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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Recently I had a cell phone call from someone in our congregation. I was unable to answer the phone at the time because I was on a long distance call. As soon as our conversation ended, I called the lady back hoping all was well.

All I could hear on the other end of the line was laughter. I wondered what in the world was so funny. She told me that her little granddaughter, not quite a year old who she was babysitting at the time, out of curiosity had picked up her cell phone (of course, grandma had no idea) and was hitting the buttons and was successful in dialing several people on her contact list.

After my bout of laughing, I told my friend that this episode had really made my day and that is sounds like her little granddaughter now has a little telemarketing experience.

It made me wonder if that is how our communication with God is. Quick little rings to heaven (prayers) to ask for different things with immediate hang ups because we really don’t believe the answer will come or we do not have the patience to wait for a reply.

I am reminded of the old song, Royal Telephone, words and music by F.M. Lehman: “Central is never busy, it’s always on the line. You can hear from Heaven just about any time. ‘Tis a royal service, free for one and all. When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.”

Yes, direct communication to God is a free service for everyone. Are you just making quick little prayers whenever you need something? Do you really believe the answer will come? Do you take the time to thank God for answered prayers? Mark 11:24Mark 11:24
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24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have
received them, and they will be granted you.”

 Are you utilizing the royal telephone daily?

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Bible Reading Plan

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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Bible reading can easily be shuffled to the end of our schedule if we do not devise a consistent plan to accomplish it daily. I, along with you, can find many excuses to delay this important part of my Christian walk.

I came across a free web application that generates a Bible reading plan. The scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version.

To create a plan the following steps should be taken:

  1. Choose books you would like to read (the whole Bible, a certain book);
  2. Choose the timeframe to accomplish the reading (e.g. month, year);
  3. Choose how you want to access the reading (email, RSS, or audio link).

To get more information about this custom Bible reading plan go to http://www.mybibleplans.com.

Receiving this daily reminder listing the chapters I need to read each day has been very helpful. Even a pastor’s wife can become so overwhelmed with a “to do” list that reading the Bible can become easily overlooked.

Set a Bible reading plan and make it your daily goal to accomplish it.

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The Book of Ruth – A Story of Love and Redemption

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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I am pleased to introduce you to a book written by a very special person I met through Christian Chirp. Through Debra’s posts on that social network along with her other online ministries, it is evident that she is being led of God and has a gift for Christian writing. I hope you will take time to check out this book and her other online ministries at http://www.deborahhbateman.com. Thanks, Debra, for letting me share this book with others.

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption

By

Deborah H. Bateman

About the Book

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption is a Daily-Bible-Reading Study of The Book of Ruth from the Bible. It is perfect for a personal Daily Devotional or for a group Bible Study class. The book contains eight lessons, each with a commentary, the Daily Bible Scripture, a Prayer of the Day, and several questions at the end of each lesson for reflection or discussion.

About the Author

The Author, Deborah H. Bateman loves studying the Bible and is dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. She is the Founder of Christian Daily Resources a Christian Online Ministry. Deborah also enjoys cooking, crafts, interior decorating, and working on her computer creating websites and blogs. She is happily married, the mother of two daughters, and a grandmother to five grandchildren.

Deborah has a Daily Bible Reading Blog where she does a Daily Bible Study. This is where “The Book of Ruth” was born. Bible Verse Tweet is another of Deborah’s blogs where she shares a Daily Bible Verse. For more information about Deborah and her book go to her author website at: http://www.DeborahHBateman.com

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK OF RUTH – A STORY OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION

Each episode detailed in Ruth teaches lessons—of God’s plan, precise and solid. Ruth reminds us of God’s plans; the ones we might not understand, yet vibrant in His eyes.  The theme illustrates the journey that can take one to places impossible for man, but possible with God. The story of Ruth as highlighted in this book opens a new revelation of God’s hand at work. His grace is active in the life of those who choose to obey in humility and commitment. The prayer at the end of each lesson brings a challenge for all and ushers relevance to us today.

—Review by Janet Perez Eckles author of Simply Salsa

I love the story of Ruth. Deborah shed light on the truths in this inspiring book in the Bible. I love that she showed the connection between Ruth and Boaz, and Christ and the church. Even though I’ve studied Ruth before, Deborah pointed out several details that I hadn’t known. It’s amazing how God speaks through His children. Deborah has a loving, humble heart for the Lord. You can see her heart throughout the book. I am so happy for her first release! I look forward to more books from Deborah in the future! Great job, Deborah:)

—Review by Amanda Beth author of You Can Have a Happy Family

The Book of Ruth-A Story of Love and Redemption

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Chaplain in a Box

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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I recently heard of a great program that allows a person the opportunity to support a member of the Armed Forces with God’s Word in audio. According to the site, Faith Comes by Hearing, an individual can share in an important ministry called Military BibleStick.

The Military BibleStick is a digital audio player that is pre-loaded with a dramatized recording of the entire New Testament. About 3.5 inches long and less than an inch thick, these pocket-sized Audio Bibles are field-friendly with a low-key design which reduces visibility for use in low-light situations. It is rugged enough to withstand tough weather conditions and it easily fits into uniform pockets.

For a donation of as little as $25 you can have the privilege of supporting this worthwhile outreach endeavor. One video I viewed discussing this Military BibleStick described it as a “Chaplain in a Box”. Even though a chaplain may not be on the field with the troops, God’s Word will always be near to a soldier to bring comfort and support while being so far away from family and friends.

To learn more about this outreach program go to: http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/military/military-biblestick-get-involved

Support our Troops with God’s Word in Audio today!

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The Advice Column

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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Most of you are familiar with the advice columns that appear regularly in newspapers. As I read the most recent one in my local newspaper, I began to think about what kind of advice I would give a young lady new in her walk with the Lord. This is how I would write the advice column.

Young lady’s question:

Dear Older Woman in Christ:

I am a new Christian. What kind of advice can you give me on how to mature in my Christian life?

Signed, Young Christian Lady

Advice Columnist’s response:

Dear Young Christian Lady:

First of all, there is a passage of scripture found in Titus 2:3-5Titus 2:3-5
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3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; 4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 [to be] sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed:

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that adequately gives me guidance on how I should respond to this question. It admonishes me (as an older woman) to instruct you to do the following:

  1. To be sober (quiet or sedate in demeanor)
  2. To love your husband;
  3. To love your children;
  4. To be discreet (judicious in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature);
  5. Chaste (undefiled, pure);
  6. Keepers at home (taking care of your household);
  7. Good; and
  8. Obedient to their own husbands.

These steps to godly living will not ensure that everything will always go as you expect, but as long as you strive to follow the instructions found in this passage, you will become a mature Christian woman.

Signed, Older Christian Woman

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