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Stars and Yard Lights

Another thought provoking, beautiful post by friend and author, Danele Rotharmel.

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Dear Friends,

When I was in quarantine, it was dangerous for me to go outside during the day. My neighbors knew my condition–and they tried to be considerate—but they had to live too. When I’d stick my nose out my door, it seemed there was always a ditch being burned or a lawn being mowed. Since I couldn’t always go out during the day, I took to wandering by night. At 2 a.m., the road in front of my house was deserted, and I could walk to my heart’s content. The pitch dark of deep night became my time of freedom.

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Everything is quiet late at night, and the stars are spectacular. Since I wasn’t in danger of being run over, I’d walk down the middle of the road with my face tipped up toward the sky and look at the constellations. I’d always been interested in astronomy, but I’d…

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“Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction…”
(Romans 15:4 NKJV)

The nations of Israel and America were each established on the biblical precept of faith in the Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. But God brought charges against Ancient Israel in Jeremiah 2. And those words in Jeremiah, because of the immutability of God, in 2015 still stand as an indictment against both nations.
“Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be very desolate, says the Lord. For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:12-13 NKJV).

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In the Old Testament God often refers to Himself as the fountain (source and provision) of living waters. In the New Testament Jesus told the woman at the well He would give her living water to drink so she would never thirst again. And in Revelation 22:1 we are told of a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, that will proceed from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

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We all understand H2O is an essential commodity for life. But God tells us faith and trust and worship of Him, the fountain or source of living water, are the only real essentials to abundant life—and both Ancient and Modern Israel have forsaken Him. And America who for over 200 years echoed, “In God We Trust” has also forsaken His living water.

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Both nations have “…hewn for themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
Before the days of indoor plumbing, and no, I’m not old enough to remember those days, but our lake house did have an out-house—the source of a town’s water came from cisterns that held rain water, melting snow, or dammed up rivers and streams. No rain meant no water and resulted in no life. In those days, people recognized God held life in His hands. And the Bible records the terrible droughts and famines God used to turn His peoples’ hearts back to Him.

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But in today’s modern world, overcome with the cistern-of-self, we give no thought to the true and only source of life giving water. We turn the handle and expect water on demand. Years of technology enable us to dam up and contain water then transfer it to cities and towns far from the source. When the distribution point of that water supply is interrupted or pipes break, our lives come to a screeching halt ‘til the water main is repaired. But what will happen when the Source of Living Water says enough?

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That’s what happened in Jeremiah’s day. God’s patience with Israel had come to an end. Their broken cistern was dry. There was no righteousness left, just like in the days of Noah. God was grieved and told Jeremiah judgment was coming. And it did. Via Nebuchadnezzar and his fierce Babylonian forces.

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The false prophets of Jeremiah’s day said, Oh no, God won’t judge us. We’re His people. There will be peace. Don’t believe these crazy prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. It’s gonna be all right. Don’t listen to them. Trust us.

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And like the foolish Israelites had always done, rather than trusting the God who delivered them from Egypt and gave them the land He promised, these chosen people once again cast their lot with unreliable liars. Liars who led them to worship idols, to sacrifice their children, and to kick God out of their tent.
Some things never change, do they?
Americans too have hewed broken cisterns.
We’ve believed the lies of dishonest preachers, false teachers, and politicians, because we haven’t bothered to find out for ourselves what the Word of God really says. And I’m talking to the church, folks. We’ve refused to believe God’s Word is truth without error and we’ve allowed liars to teach our children there is no absolute truth. That it’s right and normal to be homosexual. (Yes, even within some evangelical churches.) That killing babies is okay if you define it as choice. That it’s okay to sleep around—if it feels good—do it. Worse yet, we’ve paid these liars to lead our children down the path to hewing their own broken cisterns and filling them with false gods.

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In Chapter 5:1-3, Jeremiah tells us not one man sought the truth. There was not man who would judge the unrighteousness—they all swore falsely. God had stricken the people, but they were not grieved. They refused correction. So God made their faces harder than rock and the people refused to return.

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Last week two Episcopal nuns appeared in pictures on FaceBook, with Cheshire-cat-grins plastered on their faces and their hands locked and held high for victory, celebrating legalization of homosexual marriage and abortion—while human trafficking endangers the future of our young people. And our leaders are signing peace treaties with predators throughout the world.

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The United States Congress has seen the evidence and understood the testimony against Planned Parenthood, yet they refuse to defund and close this murderous organization—no man (that we elected) would judge the unrighteousness, therefore they all swore falsely. And God has made their faces harder than rock–
The self-hewn cisterns of this world are parched, hollow and vile. America is dying for lack of God’s living water—yet the majority of the church refuses to drink. And once again judgment is coming on His people.
Where will God find you?
Full of abominable darkness or over-flowing with His holy light?

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“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water…I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 7:37-38 and John 8:12 NKJV).
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No Gap

Friend and Christian blogger, Ernesto Carrasco, takes us through the first chapter of Genesis, destroying the Gap theory. God’s Word is truth and will stand forever!

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And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

Ever since Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life, (in which, by the way, he never addresses the main thesis of his book) it seems that Christian theologians have been scrambling to defend the Genesis creation account and allow for millions of years of evolution. Even now with all the great research being done by creation scientists in the fields of biology, cosmology, geology, meteorology, paleontology, physics, and others, and by great organizations like Answers In Genesis, Creation Ministries International, the Creation Research Society, the Institute for Creation Research and others, still we have far…

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Embrace the Chaos

New friend and fellow Prism Book Group author penned this post today that I feel is so relevant to our lives. Please read and ponder her words.

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Dear Friends,

During my second year of quarantine, I came down a severe case of cabin fever, and when I say severe, I mean SEVERE!! Quarantine was REALLY getting on my nerves. As I focused on the things I couldn’t do, my discontentment grew. Some days, I would pace between the table and the couch clenching and unclenching my fists while rehearsing my list of “forbidden” activities. I can’t drive. I can’t go to church. I can’t have lunch with friends. I can’t go to a movie. I can’t go to the grocery store. I can’t go to the mailbox when cars are on the road. I can’t go for a walk when the neighbor is running her dryer. I can’t…I can’t…

One day, the frustration I felt exploded into a burst of rage. I couldn’t stand being trapped inside for one more second. I stopped pacing and stormed out the door…

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STARVIN’ TO DEATH

Central MarketI wheeled my grocery cart through Friday morning’s Central Market shoppers with the precision of Mario Andretti.

My list was short as was my allotted time for shopping. I glanced at my watch—12 o’clock. I’d had no lunch and it would take at least thirty minutes to make it home after I’d checked out. As usual, where had the morning gone?

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After the release of my first book in late August and all the promotion involved, I’ve felt like that furry, four-legged creature on its perpetual hav-a-trail—always running, but never catching up.

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Rounding the back corner of the store, from dairy into specialty breads, the sample table invited me taste and see. Two ladies stood in front of me. One grabbed a sample and moved on, the other stood and munched. A quick glance told me it must’ve been more than a sample. She was pregnant and there were crumbs on her cheeks. I remembered those days of soon-to-be so many years ago.

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The cranberry breakfast bread was so delicious I felt compelled to taste the apple nut breakfast bread. The young woman pressed closer,DSCF3083 urging me to move. I did—to the backside of the table—deciding if I wanted to purchase a loaf.

DSCF3082She moved close to the lidded container of apple nut bread with a large napkin in her hand. She removed the lid and rammed her hand inside. She pulled out a huge handful and promptly shoved the entire fistful in her mouth and gulped it down like she hadn’t eaten a morsel in a month of Sundays.

With the back of her hand she wiped her mouth, then turned and fled.

My brain froze. The reality of what just transpired ricocheted from my head to my heart and back again.

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What to do? Give her money? My jumbled thoughts slowed my reaction, but she vanished. And I was left with the knowledge this woman was so hungry her hands shook as she gobbled every morsel. And I missed an opportunity to…to do what? Buy her lunch? Press money into her palm? Let her know Jesus cared? ‘Cause I sure couldn’t have cared or I would have known what to do and done it. But the opportunity, like the young woman, was gone forever.

DSCF3076I’ve prayed for this young woman and the baby she carries all week. After reading Julie Cosgrove’s soon to be released novel, Freed to Forgive, I’ve wondered if she were trapped in human trafficking. And I’ve prayed for myself. So preoccupied with petty things I failed to give account for the faith within me.

And Satan has attacked me with a vengeance. I’ve never been slack in the reaction department. Why now? Testy with my husband, and by the end of Sunday’s sermon, my mind had strung a clothesline full of doubts about my own salvation.

2 Peter tells us about his experience with James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. That scene and the words he heard were so engraved on his heart there was no room for doubt. Ever again. No doubt when he chose to be crucified upside down.

A light flashed in my mind like a flood light in the shadows of my troubled heart. And God brought to my remembrance an afternoon a few years back when He gave my husband and me a glimpse into something other than this world and my heart leaped for joy. (My blog post entitled Mystery—Unexplained—Awesome, tells about this event.)

I’ve been in a dark place this past weekend, but Peter said that’s okay: “…you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19 NAS).

These are dark times, precious friends, and it’s going to get really black before Jesus comes. It’s time to access and be sure we are DSCF3081following our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are surrounded by starvin’ people. Starvin’ from physical hunger, but also a deeper, eternal tragedy—deceived and spiritually starved people. People ignorant of the Truth of God’s Word. Starvin’ to death while we, dear friends are fiddlin’ with foolish distractions and wealth that will be burned up when Jesus comes.

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Peter tells us in light of our salvation and knowledge of God’s Word: “…be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things–” What things? He wrote we are to be diligent in our faith—we are to supply virtue, then knowledge, and self-control. Then perseverance and godliness and brotherly kindness and finally love.

2 Peter 1:5-11 says if you do these things, “… you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”

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Did I mess up in Central Market Friday? Yes.
Does that mean Jesus threw me on the trash heap. No. I messed up.
But I have repented and confessed and Jesus picked me up, reminded me who I am in Him, and is correcting my focus. And you can bet next time I’ll be prepared.

How about you? Have you failed to see the starving folks around you each day? In this time of bounty it’s so easy to look away from things that trouble you and focus on what we have.

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Are you like me, so consumed with the screams of the urgent you freeze when important things appear? Maybe you too need a paste-your-eyelids-open moment to access your goals. A moment to see if your attitudes, actions, and reactions please God.

And if not, perhaps it’s time to re calibrate the engine of your heart so you can run with endurance the race God sets before you each day. (Hebrews 12:1-4 NAS).

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