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…a Bible student's notes…

Written 10/07/2011……

My pain and suffering has increased, perhaps, 100 fold. I think I must have thought that it was already as bad as it could be – wrong. I have been experimenting answering folks’ questions concerning how I feel with the varied list that it is, and they always interrupt by having to see someone else, having to leave, etc. I believe it is because they don’t know what to say – overwhelmed.

That’s what I am – overwhelmed. I know that going to the doctor I will be asked, “What is your chief complaint?” Even the doctors are overwhelmed. I have been treated as “old” and unable to know my own body. I have been left alone by the physician as he attends to other matters. Since Dr. Cannon died, not one doctor has heard me “finish” my story.

I accept this from my Lord’s hands. I need to suffer. I need to weep. I need to climb upon my Father’s lap and trust. I need help. I need intercession.

A few days ago, I picked up a book I have of Elisabeth Elliot’s – “A Path Through Suffering.” She has been a mentor of sorts to me and I know some of her sufferings.

There were some underlings because I had read this book already. It has my writing inside the cover page that I bought it at J.O.Y. Bookstore in April, 1991. My heart “sinks.” This date is during a family tragedy of which I will never recover and begins my pain and sufferings.

The book falls open to a noted page inside – “read on day before cleaning out Joy’s room at Elizabethtown College.” Wanna’ know what I have underlined?

Why this waste?

Why this sacrifice?

Why this, when things seemed so promising?”

I have underlined some more: “Often there seems to be no visible reason for our having to let go. But, life, our spiritual life in Christ, depends on it. The life-out-of-death cycle must proceed.”

I turn the page and there is the date, 5/9/91, and more underlinings.

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July 8, 2016 Posted by | Contentment, Dr. Don Cannon, Health Crises, on faith, Pages from my journal, Prayer | Leave a comment

So, what are you reading?

Summer is great for reading, especially when it is your (my) least favorite time of year.  I am not “out-doorsey” nor like water sports……do like the ocean, however.  Anyway, reading and studying are my favorite past times any time of the year.  Summer seems to just give me permission to read away.  Here are the ones I’m reading…..so far:

“Prayers the Devil Answers” by Sharyn McCrumb – she writes Appalachian folk tales …..easy to read, put down, and begin again.  I have ancestors from this area and identify with the characters and their lives.  Anyone will enjoy her books.  I have also read all of Dale Cramer’s books.  Clean, good reads for anyone.

“Temple” by Robert Cornuke – Amazing New Discoveries that Change Everything about the Location of Solomon’s Temple…..I love to read controversial books – sometimes.  This one is well written.

I’m still working at reading, “Exo-Vaticana” by Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn.  Subheading:  “Petrus Romanus, Project L.U.C.I.F.E.R., and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior”  See! I read all kinds of books!

My favorite:  the Bible.  Reading through Hebrews, of course and any other book of the Bible.  I like to read a whole book in one sitting…..or at least one day.  the ISV version is my favorite reading Bible this summer.  Only available online, not yet in print.  Can be downloaded to iPad, Kindle, etc.  It is on all 6 of my Kindles and on my iPad!

My lap Bible is the NAS, 1977 edition of the Inductive Study Bible.  No longer in print…..and I do not like the new edition…..takes out the “Thees” and “Thous” and removes some of the conjunctions…..conjunctions are important, folks!

The absolute best way to “read” the Bible is have it read to you and follow along with your eyes. There are many sources available on the internet…..favorite: Blue Letter Bible site:  blb.org

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2016 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The trouble with old habits…and owls…

So, Mary, how did your new schedule go today?

Glad you asked…..LOVED it….until after lunch…..when….it was nap time in the olden days.  Awww….I gave in…..read on my book, dozed, dog barked, read some more, dozed, phone rang, didn’t answer, read again, dozed some more….up and chipper as ever!

Naps were never really much nap around here anyway.  Our dog, Rusty, loves to bark if a neighbor shuts a door, or if he even thinks there is a brown truck on the street.  He hates brown trucks and the mail truck.  In other words, he sees no need to let his ears go to sleep.

Now, the good part:  Hoot and Hooter were back……taking two baths each…..sitting on the shallow blue plate – which is for the small birds – and smooching.  Yep, in front of God and…..me.  They preened on each other, pulling feathers, and saying,  “scratch here, behind my ears.”  I was enthralled.  They stayed for about an hour and half.  I prayed with eyes wide open, and read Bible verses glancing up often, thanking God for putting on such a show just for little ole me.  Truly thankful! A perfect worship service.

May 31, 2016 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New (old) Schedule…..

My husband retired November 30, 2009…..we settled into a new pattern and I do love it.  We eat….whenever…..we nap….whenever…..we sleep…..mostly at night.  We “have church” every day….talking about what concerns us, because we are two meeting together.  However, my deep studying and meditations upon the Scriptures has been sporadic.  It is time to return to a revision of my old schedule when he worked from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm….Arising at 4 am will NOT be in the new schedule, however.

Today I made myself a new schedule of habits that just might suit my personality to a tee….and my old, painful body…..slow body…..and slower brain.  Time will reveal just how badly I want to study, meditate, and write about the Lord’s revelations.

Go to bed – 8 pm……up at 6:30 am, dress, one chore, eat breakfast…..STUDY, WRITE…..Lunch at 1:00…..no naps!

This will be worked around doctor appointments and God’s interruptions (His will).

 

 

May 30, 2016 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

His Presence and His Help…

In our ladies Bible study we have been repeating together Hebrews 13:5 which states that our Lord will never withdraw His presence (leave) nor His help (forsake) from us.  Here is the Amplified Version for you to savor:

Heb 13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.]

REJOICE!

September 20, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

“…but of God were born.”

Refer to yesterday’s reading regarding the Father of lights —–He sends “the True Light” in John 1, let’s begin at verse 9 and go through verse 13:   (I will add some “helps” as you read.)

John 1:9 There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
John 1:11 He came to His own (neuter – “own things” i.e. His kingdom, throne, etc), and those who were His own (masculine – meaning His Own people – the perishing sheep of the House of Israel) did not receive (“paralambano” – to receive near, associate with) Him.
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (ability, privilege) to become children (“teknon” – maturing children – not “sons” as in KJV) of God, even to those who believe (present tense, active voice) in (“eis” – into, meaning a motion to an object with the purpose of reaching it or touching it.) His name,
John 1:13 who were born (aorist, passive, indicative) not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (literally: “but of God were born”).

Note verse 13 that when one is “born of God,” it is in the passive voice, meaning the subject was acted upon!  Aorist tense means it was an event, happening at a point in time.  Indicative mood means it is a reality, a certainty from the speaker’s point of view.

No one born of God used their own will, flesh, or blood.  It was all of HIM!  We can understand this from an earthly point of view:  we did not choose our own parents or family.

Acts 16:31 says, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.  “Believe,” in this case is in the aorist, active, imperative – meaning you perform the believing at some point in time.  Imperative means it is a command.

For this study of “brethren,” we are considering those “born of God.”  And, we will need a working understanding of His NAME.

………….part 2 of week 9/9/13…..

September 12, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Let Love of the Brethren continue…

Heb. 13:1 – “Let the love of the brethren (noun,  singular,  feminine) continue (“abide” – present, active, imperative).”

Take note that this verse is an imperative – meaning it is a commandment.  It assumes that brotherly love has already begun at some point; and, here we are commanded to abide in this condition of love – “phileo” – brotherly love.

Not everyone is our “brother,” so it motivates us to seek a definition.  Wuest says that the word means “from the same womb, thus having the same source.”  Let’s search out the Bible to see ….

To be Biblical, “brethren” will have not only the same birth, but will be conceived from the seed of the same father.  They will be “born of God.”  “Born from above” because every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, with whom there is no variation, or shadow of turning.”   (James 1:17)

Verse 18 of James 1:  “In the exercise of His will ( aorist, passive) He brought us forth (to give birth to) by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures.”

– end of part 1 for week of 9/9/13 —–stay tuned, hold on to your seat, this is gonna’ be GOOD NEWS!

September 11, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", "Born Again" / "Born from Above", "Word of God", Just for Women, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Introduction to Hebrews….

Ladies Bible study begins tomorrow, September 3rd, at 10 a.m.    http://ourcbc.us/#/about-us

I will introduce the book of Hebrews tomorrow and my hopes are to post on this blog a summary of our studies – after the fact.  Let me say today:  that this book is best enjoyed by “strangers and pilgrims” that are “brethren” living in, by, and through faith, with a longing heart for the “good things to come.”

 

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes, on faith | 2 Comments

“Thinkin’ Out Loud…

The opposite of exercising authority over a man is to have “tranquility arising from within,” causing no disturbance to him.

1Ti 2:9-12  Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments; but rather by means of good works, as befits women making a claim to godliness. Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority (this Greek verb means “to assume a stance of independent authority, give orders to, dictate to” – “tell a man what to do) over a man, but (contrariwise ) to remain quiet (indicates “tranquillity arising from within,” causing no disturbance to others).

Reminds me of 1Pe 3:4  “but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

July 9, 2013 Posted by | Just for Women, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

We Reap the Right Others Have Sown…

Ladies Bible Study is 10 am Tuesday beginning with coffee and cookies!  And, here are some “extra” thoughts I have had since last we met.

We Reap the Right Others Have Sown

As far as reaping the evil others have sown, all I need to say is, “Adam and Eve.”

Rom 5:12, Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

But, listening to Paul, in this next verse, got me to thinking of my debts.  Ro 1:14 “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” (KJV)  He mentions both ends of the spectrum of positive and negative experiences.  God even uses the wicked to accomplish His Will.  Just reading through the Old Testament will prove that.

Contemplating my background, I am thankful and indebted to all those preachers and teachers that forced me to begin my questions to the Lord.  I constantly heard contradictions, read contradictions, and constantly asked questions.

On the positive side, I was reared in a home that listened to the radio – Theodore Epp, Old Fashioned Revival with Rudy Atwood at the piano – and others.  My mom and dad decided to attend Monday nights at the Chattanooga Bible Institute to listen to the head of the Jewish mission’s organization – Edwin Wilson.  My dad was one of those who recorded the messages on reel to reel tape.

My parents did not teach me the kingdom truths directly.  We didn’t have home Bible studies or devotions that had this theme.  However, looking back, I truly feel that they tried to live them before us.

“To whom much is given, much is required” sings in my head very often because that is my heritage.

And we reap the “right” that our LORD has done for us.  He gives us the right to come boldly (lit: “to speak our mind”) at the Mercy Seat because of His shed blood.  Because of the Shed Blood and His Advocacy, we are enabled to confess our sins and be cleansed from all unrighteousness.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  Amen!

April 22, 2013 Posted by | "Seed" & "birthing", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , | Leave a comment

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