The New Covenant – In Christ’s Blood –

The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. —D. L. Moody

The old covenant shows us our guilt before a righteous God. The new covenant show us His forgiveness and faithfulness to all those who call upon His name.

Thus says the LORD:…I have loved you with an everlasting love;  therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you…

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”Jeremiah 31:2-3, 31-34

And he (Jesus) took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:19-20

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Have your eyes been opened so that you can recognize Jesus?

If you have ever been around a mother cat with new-born kittens, you know kittens are born with their eyes tightly closed. They cannot survive without the mother nudging them and helping them find her nourishing milk. Their survival depends upon the one who cares for them.

Spiritually, it is the same for us. An example of this is found in Luke chapter 24.

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They walked the road with Him and talked with Him, but they had no idea with whom they were walking. They only thought they knew Him, but in truth, they  did not recognize Him. Interestingly, Jesus did not tell them who He was. Instead, He spoke of Himself in the third person.

Luke 24:25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into  His glory?”

Christ asked the men didn’t they, being disciples, understand that the prophets taught Christ would do two things:

Certainly these disciples were interested in Christ and probably knew what was written by the prophets. They were discussing the events that had taken place in Jerusalem. Yet, they were like the new-born kittens. Their spiritual eyes had not been opened.

Jesus could have just said, “Don’t you know who I am and what I just did?” He didn’t do that and never does that. Christ allows us to come to know Him by the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Then, we, like the two men on the road to Emmaus, truly come to know Him. Shortly after Jesus spoke these words to the men, the Bible tells us that Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. At that moment something marvelous happened.

Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight.

Once our spiritual eyes are opened, and we see Him and actually come to know Him, we will also recognize Him. The Bible teaches that those who belong to Christ come to know Him as He is.  We will see and here is what we see:

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father… John 14:9b

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17

I find in these verses that Jesus tells me when I see Him, I see and/or know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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If you like ‘Western Swing’ you probably know about “Hot Club of Cowtown”…

…but I really didn’t until I saw them on Larry’s Country Diner.

They really are phenomenal!

“Exactly Like You” and “Take Me Back To Tulsa”

“Pennies From Heaven”

You can also like them on Facebook. Hot Club of Cowtown

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Norma Jean Hughes – August 24, 1939 -August 28, 1939

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown

On this day, 75 yeas ago,  a baby was born to Richard Marvin Hughes and Ida Odessa Russell Hughes – a girl. They named her Norma Jean. There are no pictures of this child – not even one. My mother says she had beautiful, black curly hair. She died four days after she was born.

She now is at rest in Shoal Creek Cemetery in Morgan County, Alabama. She lies next to her grandmother, and mine, Temperance Jane Russell.

Her name is seldom mentioned anymore. When I was a child, I would pretend she was with me and imagine what she was like. I still wonder what she would have been like.

There are few stories about her life, but one about her death fascinates me. Our mother tells me that on the day Norma Jean died, Mother saw the ceiling of the bedroom where she lay, open, and an angelic figure took an infant child up through the opening. A few minutes later my dad came into the room and told Mother the baby had died. Mother was never a person who was considered ‘psychic’ or even overly religious. This type story was rather ‘out of character’ for her. She always told the story in a matter-of-fact way and she never doubted that it actually happened. Neither did I.

Today, were she still living, we would most likely be celebrating in some way as she would be turning 75. Instead, I am remembering that I have an older sister in heaven.  A sister, my living sister and I have never seen, but one that we will meet someday. I believe that we will know one another the moment we get there and will not have to be introduced.

Happy Birthday, Sis!

I guess I could be wrong about the introduction part.

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Support Israel’s Right to Self-Defense!

Does the nation of Israel have a right to defend itself in the fight with Hamas?

Should the question even be asked? Doesn’t every nation have a right to self-defense?

Apparently, there are many who think Israel does not have this right.

It seems that because Israel is very effective in their fighting, they are now considered, by many, to be the “bad guys” in this war against terror and many have gone so far as to say they do not have the right to defend themselves. Few stop to consider the idea that IF Israel is actually as effective against Hamas as is being reported perhaps this terrorist organization would cease and desist in their attacks. When the cease-fire ends it is Hamas who disrupts the peace by resuming the attacks, not Israel! (Cease-fire ends with rockets from Hamas)

Meanwhile, a ‘Propaganda War’ is raging, even here in America.

Thankfully, as of July 20, 2014, our leaders here in the USA were still supporting Israel’s right to fight back when attacked by terrorists, but the idea Israel needs to be given “permission” indicates that the opposite could hold true as well.

Both Obama and Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

This is a very troubling trend and just as anti-Semitism was prevalent in Germany during WWII, it is becoming prevalent through-out the world today.

At a diversity event in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jewish organizations were specifically told not to bring Israeli flags, while other cultural groups were given no such instructions and in fact brought flags.

In France and Germany, synagogues and Jewish community centres have been firebombed. In Britain, a rabbi was attacked near a Jewish boarding school. And in Australia, a bus carrying Jewish schoolchildren was targeted by teenagers shouting “Heil Hitler” and threatening to slit the children’s throats.

Many have tried to soften the disgusting bigotry by calling it anti-Israel rather than anti-Semitism, but changing the language in no way changes the heart of humanity.

Please stand with Israel. Contact your Congressman and our President and encourage them to continue to support this tiny nation who has long been our ally.

Also, learn more about Israel.  The following web-sites may prove helpful:

Stand With Us

Librarians for Fairness

Stand By Israel Meet-Up Groups

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History of Impeachment Pushes – Truth vs Stahcer

Jeff Stahcer, a political cartoonist, recently produced the cartoon called “History of Impeachment Pushes.” Political Cartoon 001 I found the cartoon to be quite interesting. Mr. Stahcer has a different recollection and perception, not only of history, but of the present. I believe his view is different from that which can be supported by historical facts and current events.

For example, Richard Nixon was impeached because he was determined to have “prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice” in the investigation of the break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C. See Articles of Impeachment Against Richard Nixon.

Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power. See Articles of Impeachment Against Bill Clinton. (Stahcer got the lies part right.)

Somewhere, Mr. Stahcer has gotten the idea that all who call for Mr. Obama’s impeachment want him to be impeached because he was elected president. I believe a careful look at facts will show otherwise. For example:

1. Evidence has been reported by many sources of a Benghazi cover-up that reaches the White House.

2. Billions of tax dollars are being lost every day to waste, fraud and corruption in the federal government, but President Obama’s administration is blocking inspectors general — the officials who are most likely to find and expose such wrongdoing…

3.  The IRS has been given broad powers under the Obama Administration which have been abused. Some evidence indicates Obama has been involved in this abuse. Certainly the Obama Administration  has not been serious about investigating the IRS.

4. Personally, I believe the use of drones to spy on American citizens should be an impeachable offense.

5. Many other impeachable offenses by the Obama Administration may be found at Red Flag.

 So, Mr. Jeff Stahcer, I was offended by your cartoon. I hope you understand why.

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Come let us reason together…

If you are sometimes confused by reading the Bible, studying themes might prove helpful. Remember that in literature, the theme is the underlying message of the text. The Bible is a rich book that can be read everyday for a life-time without being exhausted. In actuality, there are no contradictions, but the truths taught concerning God (Jehovah) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit must be comprehended before the Bible becomes an open book.

Themes that are found throughout the Bible are: 

Creation – Everything that exists was created by the fullness of our Mighty God-

Commandments  – God sets a standard for mankind’s behavior-

Covenant – Promises that result in the coming of Messiah and Redemption-

Christ – Living a regenerated life is possible and pleasing to God because one is found ‘In Christ’ -

Once the basic truth about who God is and His nature is accepted and once we are willing to receive His Word by faith, rather than trusting our own understanding, these great truths form a beautiful story that is consistent from Genesis to the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

The LORD suggested by the prophet Isaiah that we should be able to reason together. During Old Testament (Covenant) days as well as New Testament times, the need of mankind has been and is forgiveness and restoration:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.

The underlying theme of the Bible is certainly God’s plan to save mankind from death and ruin, or destruction brought about by sin. There are absolutes in the Bible and unless we realize that God requires us to observe these absolutes, we will get into a lot of trouble and miss the ‘Way’ He has provided.

One common mistake is the issue of judging others. When we judge others rather than trusting God, we will find we often go the wrong way.

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Where is it written? In the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

Do these verses help identify the Lord Jesus Christ? I believe they do, because Paul wrote:

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Some stumble here because the Scriptures say that  God had to bestow the name on Him. Judging by human standards this might appear that Christ’s position is less than God. However, the Bible clearly teaches, God (Jehovah) is one, then He will never bestow that name on a person who isn’t already a part of this “One.” Just as Christ gave up the glory They shared, He also have up His position, yet the Father restored Him to His former glory and His former position.

God’s glory is not shared with another, just as He tells us that He is one and there is “no other God” but Him, He tells us that He shares His glory with no other.”

I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols. Isaiah 42:8

And yet Jesus said quite plainly:

John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Paul asked an important question that would apply here:

What then shall we say to these things?  Romans 8:31

His answers are in the same verse.

If God is for us, who is against us?

The one who is against us is Satan, and he has no power over those who are “in Christ.”

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 2 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do…10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you… 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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