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February, 2012, Volume 18.2
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18
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"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Galatians 4:16
- Winthrop Praed
From this hour the summer rose
This month we're talking about "love", no surprise since we're observing Valentine's Day with valentines, flowers, and candy. I think it's important to focus on the true meaning of "love" rather than the oftentimes, crudity and vulgarity we see too frequently on television and movies. God created love, and in fact demonstrates His love for us all the time. Looking at love from His perspective gives us a new understanding of the responsibilities that come with loving others.
Please take time to check out the "Day of Purity" page. Share the info with your family and friends. People no longer observe the Biblical mandate of purity before marriage and fidelity after marriage; a marriage between a man and a woman.
Let us be diligent to talk about our faith and our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world, to those will believe Him. Others need to hear the Gospel message.
Ray Comfort's film called "180" What Changed Their Minds in Seconds.... is a great witnessing tool. It is an important film comparing the Holocaust and abortion. It contains graphic pictures of the Holocaust, but is a must see. You can find it after "Thought Provokers".Begin reading Words of Encouragement by clicking to continue for the first article... or just scroll down to In This Issue.
*Praed, Winthrop. "One Honeymoon." Heaven, Home, and Happiness. Ed. Mary Lowe Dickinson and Myrta Lockett Avary. New York: 1901. 42.
"To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." Proverbs 21:3
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|Solomon Loved His Son|
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"Wherefore laying aside all
malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
As newborn babes, desire the
sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that
the Lord is gracious.
To whom coming, as unto a
living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore also it is
contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone,
elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be
Unto you therefore which
believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone
which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the
And a stone of stumbling, and
a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being
disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are
now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained
The Believer's Mission...
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
1 Peter 2:1-10 (KJV)
SOLOMON LOVED HIS SON
"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of they mother..." Proverbs 1:8 (KJV)
I love the Book of Proverbs! I read a proverb a day, meaning I can get through the entire book in a month. When I first started reading Proverbs they seemed to be just random bits of wisdom. Yet the more I read, the more I realized that collectively they are pleas to a son to wise up! Solomon is the author and our clue that these are meant for his son.
Loving a wayward child is tough! Solomon understood how it feels when a child is foolish and rebellious. He understood the frustration of trying to "train up a child" only to watch that child walk away from God. I think much of the Book of Proverbs was Solomon's attempt to reach his children, while warning parents to be diligent. Solomon said, "train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) Oh the frustration of trying to teach someone who will not learn! Yet Solomon's greatest problem was his poor example to his children. Still, Solomon loved his son and tried to bend him to God's ways.
Solomon entreated God for wisdom and received it. Yet, Solomon was foolish because though he knew the power and might of God, he chose to follow after the false gods of his many, many wives. He was weak, despite his wisdom. He knew what to do, but could not find it in his heart to obey God all the time. This is a case of don't do what I do, but do what is right.
"And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice. And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Not withstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son." 1 Kings 11:9-12
Consider Solomon's son, Rehoboam, who inherited the throne upon Solomon's death. His story is found in 2 Chronicles 9:31-12:16. Rehoboam did not listen to the wise counsel of his father's trusted advisors, but sought the counsel of his friends. Consequently he brought ruin to the kingdom resulting in a division of the tribes into the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and the ultimate captivity of his people. Rehoboam was much like his father because sometimes he obeyed God and sometimes he did not. It is clear from the Bible account that Rehoboam's heart was not established in God's ways.
A parent knows his child, whether the child is wise, obedient, and seeking the Lord. Solomon knew Rehoboam. I imagine he took a special interest in Rehoboam because he knew he would be his successor. The Proverbs are a testimony of Solomon's love and concern for his son. The words of Solomon address many of the issues parents face today with their children. He knew what his son was doing and he sought to bend his will to righteousness. He failed.
We fail too. Only God can change a heart and a mindset. We must remember that our duty as parents is to teach and train our children to love the Lord. Jesus said this, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30) We are to teach our children about our Lord and instruct them in the ways of righteousness. Then we must let them go and allow our Lord to work in their hearts and minds. He must reveal Himself to them, just as He did to each of us. They must choose whom they will serve, just as we did.
Solomon loved his son. He instructed him in wisdom, for he was the wisest man that has ever lived. Despite his great wisdom, he was unable to persuade his son. Let this be a comfort and a warning to us.
We must be diligent to use every opportunity to teach our children the truth, the ways of our Lord, and to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength while they are young. We must set good examples of righteousness. We must pray for them regularly. For we love our children too.
When they stray, hate the sin, but love the sinner. Demonstrate your love, grace, and mercy to them. Do not be double-minded, but stand firm on the truths of the Word. Then let us cling to Solomon's words in Proverbs 22:6, "...when he is old, he will not depart from it."
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"He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour." Proverbs 21:21
Musings... True Love Defined
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him." 1 John 3:16-19
"If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
"Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love, me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:23-24
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life his friends." John 15:13
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven..." Matthew 5:39-45a
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:15-16
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." 1 John 5:7-11
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" 1 Peter 3:15
I love beautiful music! Browsing the internet, I discovered a blog where music by David Nevue was playing softly in the background. From there I found Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio which was founded by Mr. Nevue. When I need to think or focus on a project, I enjoy listening to Whisperings. I think you will too, so I encourage you to visit! Oh, and no I am not affiliated with Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio in any way. I'm just a fan! Following is a selection by David Nevue I found on YouTube.com. Hope you enjoy it!
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"By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life." Proverbw 22:4
Photo of Lois Rebecca Brice (1880-1918)
"Inspired by great-grandmother's scrapbook, compiled before 1918."
A HUSBAND'S TRIBUTE
"The following beautiful lines were written by an aged gentleman to his wife on the fifty-fourth anniversary of their marriage."
Yes, we go gently down the hill of life,
And thank our God at every step we go;
The husband-lover and the sweetheart-wife;
Of creeping age what do we care of know?
Each says to each: Our four-score years, twice told
Would leave us young; The soul is never old!
What is the grave to us? Can it divide
The destiny of two by God made one?
We step across, and reach the other side,
To know our blended life is but begun.
These fading faculties are sent to say:
Heaven is more near to-day than yesterday! -M. B. C.
M.B.C. "A Husband's Tribute." Heaven, Home, and Happiness. Ed. Mary Lowe Dickinson and Myrta Lockett Avary. New York: 1901. 412.
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"Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old." Lamentations 5:21
Teaching Kids Skills and Crafts...
I remember my grandmother and mother teaching me to hand embroider. I learned at my grandmother's feet, watching the colorful thread turn into flowers and leaves on dresser scarves. When I was old enough, my favorite ladies taught me how to make the various stitches. A good motivator was the beautiful cookie tin that was filled with a variety of threads in a multitude of colors, a package of embroidery needles, hoops, a thimble, and scissors. I started with simple iron on transfers that were ironed onto the prefab dresser scarf. Then I followed the lines, choosing appropriate stitches. It was a wonderful hobby and served to teach me a skill that ladies of old found rather commonplace I imagine. Today, anyone with skills from old times will find themselves in demand. Younger girls want to learn too! Here is a great Squidoo lens for beginners: How to Embroider for Beginners, featuring basic stitches and how-to videos.
Boys enjoy learning survival and camping skills. I found a really cool Squidoo lens site that teaches the very things boys will want to know. Check it out at: Primitive Skills and Wilderness Crafts Here you will learn how to make cordage from natural materials such as yucca. Watch the video to view a demonstration. I remember as a girl camping with the family trying to rub sticks together to start a fire. We finally gave up, despite assurances from my Dad that it works. Making a fire without matches is an important skill, but tools are needed. Find out how to perform this survival task. The boy next door taught me how to dig a hole to make a fire pit for outdoor cooking. Unfortunately I was too young to light fires so had to be content with digging holes all over the yard and laying twigs for a grate. My grandmother graciously provided a pot and some beans for my imaginary fire. Learning how to make a Dakota fire hole is fun and a good skill to know.
School time is always fun when you make time to learn some fun skills and crafts. Prevent boredom by keeping your time short. Start a project and encourage perseverance to completion for a great character building lesson as well. Remember young hands need to be trained, so plan on exercising patience!
"The Highest Task." Heaven, Home, and Happiness. Ed. Mary Lowe Dickinson and Myrta Lockett Avary. New York: 1901. 108.
*******FEBRUARY HOMESCHOOL TIPS*******
Make your own Valentine's to share with others or mail to far away family members as an art project.
Provide red, white, and pink tissue paper, red construction paper, foil, paper doilies, craft scissors that cut in zigzag lines or decorative edges, and plenty of decopage glue. Be creative! It's fun for the younger set to decorate with stickers or use a Valentine stamp. Or use photos, magazine pictures, or colored pictures to decorate. Use ribbon as a trim!
Older kids may enjoy creating a special poem or sentiment and typing into Word. Use fine tip pens for writing a sentiment or use a delicate font in your word processor. Use a small amount of peppermint oil in a spray bottle to create scented Valentine cards. This is a good time to learn calligraphy!
Plan a fun time of refreshments afterwards!
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This is a free downloadable program for all your record keeping needs! I have used it successfully for years! Record keeping couldn't be easier or quicker!
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"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Ephesians 4:7
INTEGRITY AND THE FOUR SPHERES OF YOUR LIFE
Featuring Dr. O. S. Hawkins and Dr. Jack Graham
I believe you will enjoy this informal discussion by Dr. O. S. Hawkins and Dr. Jack Graham on the nature of integrity and character. I came across it by accident, and decided to post it. In this discussion, Dr. Hawkins tells us where the root of integrity is found. I believe these are timely words for us today. As Believers, we need to have an unimpeachable character that is rooted in Christ or we will never have the credibility we need to reach the lost souls in this world.
I met Dr. Hawkins in the '80's when my husband and I attended First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale when Dr. Hawkins was the senior pastor. It was my privilege to be on staff at FBC for three years.
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"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:20
Ray Comfort's video, 180...
Years ago I served as a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. I personally counseled women who were trying to determine if they were pregnant. Some, when asked how they would respond to an unwanted pregnancy indicated their choice would be abortion. It was my task to give them the facts and to provide information about the resources available for both mother and baby. I believe this video is life changing and will make a difference in how abortion is perceived because it exposes abortion for what it is.
*Please note that this video is copyright protected. However, it is available as a free download from Ray Comfort's website: http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=237&view=view.download&catid=7&cid=41&lang=en or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI . For more information and additional resources, and the html code to embed this video on your website, please visit http://www.heartchanger.com .
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"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps" 1 Peter 2:21
"And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." I Timothy 6:6
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Frozen Strawberry Pie
Crispy Cinnamon Cookies
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"Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." Matthew 15:10-11
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2 strawberry yogurt cups, individual size
1 8 oz. Cool Whip
1 graham cracker crust
4 cups strawberries, sliced
Fold together yogurt and cool whip. Spoon into graham cracker crust. Freeze. Serve frozen with sliced strawberries on top.
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1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup oil 1/2 cup honey 2
eggs 2 pureed bananas 2 cup granola 1 1/2 cup unbleached or whole wheat
flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup unsweetened
carob chips or chocolate chips Cream butter and oil together. Add
honey, then cream together with butter mixture. Beat in eggs and
bananas. Sift together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add
granola to sifted dry ingredients. Add to all dry ingredients to creamed
butter mixture, beating until well mixed. Add carob chips. Bake at
350 degrees for approximately 17 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.
Makes 3-4 dozen.
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
2 pureed bananas
2 cup granola
1 1/2 cup unbleached or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened carob chips or chocolate chips
Cream butter and oil together. Add honey, then cream together with butter mixture. Beat in eggs and bananas. Sift together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add granola to sifted dry ingredients. Add to all dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture, beating until well mixed. Add carob chips. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 17 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Makes 3-4 dozen.
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1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 egg yolk (reserve egg white) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1
cup chopped walnuts Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg yolk.
Sift flour and cinnamon together. Add sifted flour and cinnamon to butter
mixture. Add vanilla. Press batter/dough into large cookie sheet 1/4
inch thick. Beat egg white until fluffy. Spread over cookie dough.
Sprinkle walnuts over dough. Press down nuts. Bake at 350 degrees
for approximately 15 minutes or until light brown. Slice while warm.
Cookies will be crispy.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 egg yolk (reserve egg white)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg yolk. Sift flour and cinnamon together. Add sifted flour and cinnamon to butter mixture. Add vanilla. Press batter/dough into large cookie sheet 1/4 inch thick. Beat egg white until fluffy. Spread over cookie dough. Sprinkle walnuts over dough. Press down nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until light brown. Slice while warm. Cookies will be crispy.
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I found this wonderful blog and a recipe for making your own laundry soap... http://thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-made-my-own-laundry-detergent.html I'm planning to try it out!
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