IDEAL COMPARTMENT DOORS

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So many dates in history have become unforgettable. One that sticks to the minds of many is April 14, 1912. The Titanic thought to be unsinkable, did indeed split into two pieces and fall to the bottom of the sea that day.

Through many years of study as to what caused this great ship to sink, one change became of an utmost importance. The U.S. Navy has spent a great deal of time to perfect this.

The exact space of this portion within a ship demands precise placement. It will decide whether the buoyancy of the ship will be watertight enough if the hull is damaged.

Since 1949 the USN has used different coding to match the placements in an identity frame. The port side and the main deck along with all the other bow derivatives on the ship are so centered in tune. One A-W difference could simply throw the success of “sink or swim” off.

Are we in a compartment? Let’s see what this might mean to us with Jesus.  There was a storm, a squall actually written about in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus was in the boat with His disciples and there were other boats alongside them too. I think we miss that part. It was not just the disciples in this squall but many others as well.

Verse 37 says; “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” Jesus was resting and the disciples were afraid asking if He cared if they would drown or not. Jesus got up and told the winds to be silent and the waves to be still. The water became calm.

Jesus asked them in verse 40; “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Now let me take you to the doors used in the compartments of a ship. There are three types commonly used. They are closed watertight doors, closed weather tight doors, and joiner doors.

The analogy here is the doors.

Jesus Teaches and Says
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Ask, Seek, Knock

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Are you in a compartment? Have you knocked on the door of Jesus?

I have prayed for you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three doors in One. Amen.

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IN HONOR OF PEARL HARBOR DAY
DECEMBER 7, 1941

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THE KINDLED MESSAGE

After Hurricane Irma many stores were overloaded with people and aisles were empty. As quickly as stockers loaded the items, they were emptied.

I pushed my cart into a long line at the register. There were a few Army soldiers ahead of me. In short conversation they revealed their assignment to assist those in need. Each of them held a few items. Without further thought I knew what I needed to do. They were giving of themselves to us and I wanted to give of us to them. Insistently enough I convinced them to allow my purchasing their items.

The total was completed and I had my card ready when the lady at the register said, “They were already paid for.” The man ahead of all of us in line had paid for them. He knew I was going to pay and I stared at him, he smiled and said, “You need to pay for the ones behind you.” Some soldiers had come up behind me without my knowing. God’s wonderful plan! I like to call this “the kindled message”, because many came through this line for the same purpose again and again.

No, this is not the first time this has happened in our community store. In the holidays, many will see that the family has told their children they cannot afford a pie for Thanksgiving or even a turkey. So, they will take the family shopping for a whole cart of food. The same occurs for Christmas. We see them counting their change and putting something on the side for lack of enough, and we pay for all of it. The “kindled message” is always free in our community and is full of smiles and love.

Do you think those Army men will be happy to be assigned here again? Do you think there are many times that Jesus is seen and shared in this Light of Love and sharing in our community? The “kindled message” is something Jesus showed us how to do. I have no doubt in my heart that these will always be great days to His purpose.

I tried to think of a place this happened in the Bible. Actually it takes more prayer to get this answer easily. I am sure most will remember this when I tell of it.

(John 4:4-42) This special reading of the Bible tells us a wonderful and amazing story that kind of fits the “kindled message”.

Jesus meets with this Samaritan woman. So this starts out “Amazing” since men were not supposed to meet with women alone nor did Jews meet with Samaritans.

Jesus tells her He knows everything about her! This kind of frightens her at first because her life has been so sinful, just like all of us. How could He know things no one else knew? She at first calls Jesus a prophet and says she has heard about the Jews bringing the Messiah. Jesus tells her He is the Messiah. Now she understands and believes in Jesus! His word is the “kindled message”.

She goes to the town and told them about Jesus and how He knew everything about her. She shares the “kindled message”. How she believes that He is the Messiah! She told them they had to meet Him. Then many of them met Jesus and became believers also. They started to say they did not need to believe her testimony now because they believed in Jesus.

The “kindled message” is alive and well today. We share Jesus and our testimony of why we believe. Through sharing and giving, others come to our church and believe too. Then they come down that aisle to believe as well and give their testimony. The town becomes a community of believers giving and loving in Jesus! They all become messengers of Christ!

Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

So, here is the challenge to each spirit who reads this, read the Bible to find out about the “kindled message”. You will be amazed!

 

JUST A WHISPER

By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Looking at this blank page,
I wonder “is it really blank;
Or has Jesus already written
The unseen type we fancy?”

Now dreamy visions awaken
His Ferris wheel of letters.

Jesus lightly blows the note
To the light that illuminates His brand.

LOVE,

“Just a whisper”, He says.

Jesus is the beginning and the end. He knows chariots and Ferris wheels alike. He certainly knows our dreams and desires. I wonder sometimes how often we have heard His whispers.

The anything and everything of Jesus is almost too much to endure in my little pea brain. Anything, drift off into anything for a moment. Where does that take you?

Would you sweep into the Garden of Eden with me? Remember that glorious time before the first day of sin? It was the beauty of all things near and wide. Never knowing hunger, pain, sorrow, tears or anger. Think of the dancing, the happiness of seeing God all the time and knowing His love without wondering if we could love Him back. Lush greenery grass and trees, butterflies fluttering, the lion and the lamb lying with one another in peace, and harmony engulfing every part of your spirit! Jesus is anything! Jesus is everything!

“Just a whisper”, He says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GOSPEL NET

The sport of fishing is very important to many areas of the world. This is a huge source of food for families in many areas.   Categories and stories of the best hooks, lines, nets, bait, and a plethora of sources fill many water lines.

Not only is this a recipe of scrumptious eating, it is also an art. It has become a well paying organized success. Who would have thought that a Huckleberry Finn rod attached to a simple line, with a red and white bobber, line and sinker, with a worm attached, would become this?

Just imagine the first little store that opened with the cartons of wriggling worms in dirt selling for five cents or so.   There would be some rods standing in a corner with lines wrapped around a roll or cardboard next to them. Maybe a wooden case filled with different sizes of bobbers sitting along a shelf next to some sharp hooks.

Yes, that little store could just have been a roadside sale. Now look at them. Look at the special competitions all over the world. There are specialties of sword fishing, shark fishing, bass fishing, crab fishing, and so many others.

So, here is Jesus, walking along the Sea of Galilee. He knows how important the fishing is to the men of the area. He knew His Master Plan as God in the flesh here also. He planned for these men to be fishers, His fishers of men.   Jesus’ purpose for them was to net other sinners (lift them) from the dark and tell them the good news. Jesus gives us the Gospel net to lift the lost from the dark waters to His light of grace.

 

We are all given the call of being His fishers of men.  This is our purpose as the children of God.  We toss the Gospel net that is made up of His love, grace, forgiveness of our sins, and the very part of Holy Spirit drawing us to His promises.  We share the goal of our faith the salvation of our souls.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

No longer do we have the highway side streets of chapels.  Our world from the disciples of old to now have become far more than ever imagined.  We have exponential resources in wifi, blogging, iphones, and so many other communicative processes to share the Bible and Christian music.  Our Gospel nets are filling in ways Jesus planned long ago for just a time as this.

THE OCEANIC HUM

 

 

 

FAITH IS LIKE A SEASHELL

by Joan G. Allen Pfeiffer

 

Faith is like a seashell…

That is washed in the heart…

A promise that is heard…

And never will depart.

 

If you have ever held a conch shell to your ear you hear the waves of the sea. Did you ever wonder about that oceanic hum? You cannot see it, but you hear it.

 

There are no better words to describe faith than the Bible. God says it best.

 

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

 

Faith is working in you, yet it is not visible. In the morning we awake to the creation of the world that surrounds us and in the evening the stars above us. Your faith gives you the understanding of God’s formation command. “So that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrew 11:3b

 

What do you hope for?   What do you pray for? Some of us may say whom do I hope for or whom do I pray for? That oceanic hum we hear from the conch shell may carry that hope to your heart of faith. You hear His word like an ocean wave when Holy Spirit whispers it to you. Listen.

 

John 6:63 “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (Jesus tells us this)

 

During our childhoods there were so many questions we asked. One fond question I remember was about the fireflies. How did they light up at night? Perhaps you asked this question too or one similar.   Consequently maybe you also received an unexplainable answer. My grandmother would say, “Well I just don’t know, but God made them.” God was all she needed to explain anything. Do we have that much faith?

 

My Dad and I were walking over the pasture at the dark of night. The stars were twinkling above and he started showing me all the constellations he knew.   He said, “There is the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper, oh and the North Star”.   I asked him that huge question, “Where did those stars come from?” My Dad simply said without a blink, “God”.

 

Faith is the certainty of hope. Hope is God’s Love that holds His promises in your heart.

 

 

WRAPPED IN HIS LIGHT

Psalm 104:2 (NIV)
2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent.

When my granddaughter was born, she developed a medical problem called jaundice. This is a problem with the excess bilirubin in the baby’s blood, and causes yellow skin and eye problems. Very serious complications can occur if not treated right away. The proper treatment involves lights usually in a bassinet, brightly shining on the body. The baby has to be turned every so often from front to back, and only wear a diaper.

Our new little granddaughter developed this after she came home. When my daughter called the doctor and he saw her, he gave her a prescription for something to be used at home.

This new medical treatment was a black two- layer blanket that had lights sewn inside like Christmas lights. The light shone through holes that were punched in between the layers. She was removed from her bassinet for feeding and changing and then under the blanket again. She was turned over again and again like a snowball rolling across the yard; you could hear her little cries now and again. The inserted lights were doing their work, and after a couple of weeks, the yellow disappeared.

There are those times in this world when we become “jaundiced”. We are not necessarily yellowed, but we are becoming a gray person. The darkness is allowed to creep in, and now instead of Jesus’ light shining in us, the world sees us darkly. He gives us a choice when to be treated. He is our Healer, but you need to ask Him for the prescription. Do you know what He would write? Can you even imagine Jesus as your doctor for healing? Well, He actually already wrote us one.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

He says He made His light shine in our hearts. There is more though. He wants to give us knowledge. How? Through His God breathed scripture. There is a difference between listening and learning from the source. I have found it advantageous to pray before I read His Word and lay down all other thoughts. Holy Spirit is in us; He can certainly take over and breathe that Word into our minds.

The other part of treatment is Christ’s face to be displayed. How is this done? Talk to Jesus; He will not be away from you. He knows how to listen, He is full of knowledge, and He wants you to spend those times rolling in the yard with Him. Turn; turn like a sick baby does. Turn in His Light and away from the gray darkness.

Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Jesus has wrapped you in His blanket of Light as His child.

ECHOES OF HIS LOVE

James 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

ALL of us who have studied History or English have been taught Greek Mythology. The story of Narcissus and Echo brought a likeness to this scripture for me. I had to refresh my memory a bit to grasp the content in prayer.

The story goes, the nymph Echo was in love with handsome Narcissus. Echo’s voice was altered due to a treachery against a goddess. She could only repeat what someone else spoke to her.

Echo finally had the courage to approach selfish Narcissus. The young man was as ugly inside as he was handsome outside. Upon their meeting Narcissus began to speak. Of course Echo repeated what he said. Narcissus was angry especially when she held him close to show him her love. He threw her to the ground stating he could never love her. Echo ran to her wooded home, wanting to die.

The gods and goddesses were affronted by Narcissus’ selfless being. They plotted a plan to make him understand the grief he had given Echo.   They filled Narcissus with the love of himself. He would fall so much in love with his own reflection in the water, he would not leave for anything or anyone. He was devastated to the disappearance of his love as his touch waved the fluid mirror away. Narcissus pined in despair and died because of his own defeated self.

God’s Word is alive! When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to share Love. We hear Him when we read but get so wrapped up in self that we turn away. We throw ourselves away from God for the pleasures of the world.

Notice that I have written we. Yes, I am just as much a sinner as everyone else. The difference is that I asked Jesus to save me from my sin. There is no broken vow on His part when we ask Him to save us. Does he need to hurl a skillet to knock some sense into us? Well, He has His own ways to remind us where He lives.

God breathed Words in the book of James tells us that we need to look at His Word intently.   This will keep His Truth in us away from the world. His Word He has given us living action in the Holy Spirit. We will love as He loves us, forgive as He forgives, and not be selfish.

We will be blessed in the doing of His Word, and not mirrored in the mire of self-indulgence.   We will not be like Narcissus, but we will be like Jesus.

Acts 17:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]

 

WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING        

By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

 

God created man in His likeness,

We are not trapped in sin.

The Cross-is our Savior’s victory.

Jesus suffered there to win.

 

We are His beloved offspring,

Not an image of man’s design.

Jesus has proven His offering;

Salvation of your sins and mine.

 

WE ARE ECHOES OF HIS LOVE…..

 

 PLEASE PRAY FOR 

 

THE VICTORY AT EASTER

 

(At your darkest hours, “where were you? Where did you go? His cross calls you in forgiveness and love.”)

Luke 23:32-43 (NIV)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: 

“This is the King of the Jews,”

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]

43 Jesus answered him, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This robber who asked Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom, was never baptized. He had never done good works, he had never attended a tabernacle, and he certainly was not kind and loving to those he robbed.   Yet, he was the one who saw and believed in Jesus’ Kingdom at His last breath. He asked Jesus for forgiveness and Jesus by His grace forgave him while dying next to him.

Then: I asked Jesus, “Where were the disciples?   Where were the fishers of men? Where were those at your deepest hours to give the hope to others of Your Kingdom?”

Then this week before Easter Sunday, I found out why.  I heard the Living Word speak out the truth I had missed before.  That is what happens as we read with Him.  His Words live and breath and becomes our being.

It was written. The Old Testament has the prophecy that had to be fulfilled, like all the other truths of Jesus. So, His disciples were not supposed to be with Him.

Zechariah 13:7 and 8 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me, declares the Lord Almighty. Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”

This fulfills the Word of God for every prophecy of Jesus as answered.

Matthew 26:31 and 32 “ Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.   When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loves standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son’, and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

There is so much mockery and hate around Jesus on that cross. Do we know how that feels? Many Christians do.  Paul wrote about our sufferings for Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote he would count it all joy to suffer for Him.

Our perfect Savior suffered, He bled to death on the cross, and heard the vilest of words, and yet He still loved them all.   So can we expect any less than Jesus?   Can we expect to skip around the world’s darkness? Or do we make the Light shine?

I weep at the thought of forsaking my first love, my Jesus.  As I kneel at His cross and ask forgiveness, Jesus reminds me of His Words of Promises. Through His Love for us, we are forgiven forever.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”. (Psalms 23:6)

Where was I? Where was I when others were suffering and needed to know Jesus?   Where was I when people just like me were in desperation? Where was I when all others around me were hungry for the Truth? Where am I now?

Jesus asks us “Where are you?”

The robber on the cross makes this scripture come alive to speak:

 Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is a new song in my heart since I first heard it. The world needs this song!

You and I can sing the same!

“The Cross meant to kill, is my Victory.” By David Crowder.

JESUS is The Victory! HE LIVES!

YOUR WINGS OF THE MORNING

Morning Dove in Peace stainglass

Psalm 139:9-10 (KJV)

9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

The blush of the morning Sun reveals that even there, He holds your right hand. He holds you as He soars your spirits in His Joy. Even if you are afar in the unknown seas, His comfort is with you. He holds you above the squalls of the waters.

The first moment of consciousness in the dawn is Jesus. You close your eyes, and empty the sleep of sands. He waits while you cleanse your thoughts only of Him. Then, He whispers, “Good Morning, I gave you a new day”! You experience the pure love as His child with no other cares in the world.

Jesus has shown you how to find Him intimately on the “wings of the morning”.   As you personally know Him deeper, your highest desire is to share His Love with the world. Those prayers you say in a solitary place; rise to Him with a sweet aroma. He whispers in the morning dew, “Join Me, I have equipped you with all you need to become a fisher of men.”

His hand will lead and hold you on your journey.

Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

 

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Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

THE GREAT DELIGHT

 

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 (NIV)

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!”

When I read this scripture, I do understand that the message is involving the Lord’s Supper. I also know that some churches do not allow some brothers or sisters in Christ to take the body of Christ and the blood of Christ in their building, if they are not members of that church.

Is this a time of humiliation?   Paul was given the Holy Words of this Scripture to make known this truth. We do not need to be divided. The greatest offering given to me was a “prayer of blessing”. What a great pleasure of overcoming differences. I was welcomed. I did not leave differed, but delighted.

I also think God wants us to understand that although He created us equal in body, soul, and spirit, He has made us different for a very good reason.   It makes me wonder if the differences within the churches could be looked in another way. Perhaps this is a gift of being different. Jesus was “different”! Yes, he was despised because of this, and He was perfect.   What if our differences in Christ are made to delight in one another?   Showing that Jesus lives within us and offers a different way of thinking and studying, but not lacking in the belief of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

“God made us different, not to divide us but to delight us.” Pam Kidd

(Permission was given for me to share this by Pam)

So where does God show us this? My heart says it is where there is love in sharing our differences. We eat differently, dress in other ways, have different holidays, and pray in different ways and places. Would any of us like exact sameness? I mean wouldn’t life be boring? If we look at the Fruits of the Spirit, they are the same for all of us, but the Gifts of the Spirit are very different and fit the pieces God has Purposed.

Romans 1:16-17 (NIV)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[b]

 

I had to ponder just what God means for us to delight. Share the Gospel as He has given us. There is no set way the Holy Spirit will send His living Word from your lips to another. We will not be divided from Jesus we will delight in Jesus! This is the great Delight of our Salvation. Jesus!

There is a very favorite scripture that many Christians know and have recited because of the last words. Perhaps they forget what the first ones really are.

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

How do I delight myself in the Lord? Other scriptures come my way in this, and I will just say the words, you can look them up. “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. The JOY of the Lord! How do you get the JOY of the Lord? You have to know Him in great pleasure of spending time with Him. We have to know Him by the knowledge of God’s great love for us.

“You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”   He turns my darkness into light!   He is my Lamp! He cannot be my Lamp if I don’t’ hold onto Him. He cannot give me Light unless I follow Him.

Delight, how sweet the sound; like an aroma of the sweetest scent.

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