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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

“…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

Trucks, chainsaws, and chewing the cud…

 Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – journal

This morning’s bird choruses are intermingled with the sounds of air brakes, beeping warnings as trucks are in reverse, and loud motors. Orange, blue and white lines have been painted on our street for several weeks and we all knew that meant our street was scheduled to be broken up to repair and extend gas lines. All the commotion will provide Rusty with plenty of barking opportunities. At least we will like that part – he will wear himself out and take exhaustive naps.

We live last on a dead-end street, so we will have to run the gauntlet from beginning to end every time we leave the house. It’s the noise that bothers me the most. And, that may not be what it is at all. Bob will fill me in when he gets back from walking Rusty. We often have trucks interrupt our little piece of country living in the city.

I have been “chewing the cud” this week, reminding myself of what I know for sure, meditating upon it, and praising and thanking the Lord for His Word. He put in me a burning desire to be approved by Him through studying His Word.

(Chain saw interruption!)

Let me put another 2009 post here for you. I will be praying a lot.

A friend and I are meditating upon, studying, and chewing the cud of the book of James in the New Testament. It was the first epistle written to a particular group of people whom he calls “brethren” 19 times in 5 chapters. (You can read down in my blogs to learn the significance of the word “brethren.”) And, why did I use the term “chewing the cud?” My friend reminded me of it yesterday. The cow was a “clean” animal in God’s instructions to the Jews. Cows can be observed grazing, and then standing or lying down as they chew the cud. They bring back up what they had grazed and chew it again. This is an excellent method of Bible study! Approaching the Throne of Grace (and all that means), utilizing 1 John 1:9 (confessing and applying the blood for cleansing), and washing in the water of the Word, we can graze in James by reading all of it in one sitting and “chew the cud” as we dust, prepare meals for our family, vacuum, etc. Ahhhhh….the blessings awaiting the mom/wife who “keeps” the home. She does not fill up God’s gift of time with anything that crowds out or hinders her high calling.

We have just begun our adventure in James. Wanna’ come along? Read it through (in a clean, unmarked Bible, if you can – I can’t!) in one sitting several times. Do this until the main themes begin to become apparent. Read chapter 1 and skip to chapter 5. This gives you the opening statements and the summary statements. How do they compare/differ? During this phase, I read different translations. Caution here. I have many Bibles and translations available to me and I still only use a few: New American Standard is my reading Bible of choice. It is a “rhema” type of translation. (Click on “rhema” in the right column of this blog if you need the definition of “rhema.”) A word for word translation, also, is the King James Version. The New International version is a thought for thought version – see “logos” in margin. Read the Amplified, Vincent, Vine’s or Young’s literal translation. Yet, I am not sure you need to do this at all. It’s just me. So, read the KJV or NAS all the way through James – often.

Now, the fun part! Get out your colored pencils. Choose different colors for different themes. For instance: when I look at chapter two, “faith” or “believe” pops out in red. Chapter one, has the word, “hear,” done this way; chapter three, “wise,” “wisdom” pop out. And, chapter four, “humble.”

Enough – already! I’ll bring ya’ll along every now and then in our study. Expect interruptions! The world, the flesh, and the devil do not want you to study to be approved by God – the alternative: no study, no approval.

 

May 3, 2012 Posted by | James, Learning to read - accurately, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

Romans 10:17 – again

 April 30th, 2012, Monday – I can once again move out to our little screened porch. The pollen had been so strong that it ran me back inside for a couple of weeks. Bob has filled the bird baths and there are some happy birds entertaining me. He is now watering the blueberries. It will take at least an hour – or more – so, I will wash clothes later. Fine with me. Mornings are the best out here and my chores do not bother me here. The blueberries take priority. They are abundantly covered in berries and are promising a very good harvest if Bob and the weather work together.

As I was setting up, my Bible fell open to Daniel, chapter 4, and I have been reading the chapters backwards to chapter 1. I’ve told you about reading verses backwards for a fuller, better understanding. Romans 10:17 is one of my favorites. I did a word study – especially the prepositions. Romans 10:17 “So faith [comes] from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (NAS) After some word studies, I make notes and the verse reads: “Then, the faith out of hearing, and the hearing through the word (“rhema”) concerning Christ.” There is no verb in this verse and has to be supplied in English.

Then, I wrote my paraphrase frontwards: “The immediate origin of the faith that pleases God comes out from the act of hearing – and – the act of hearing comes through the means of specific word concerning Christ (the Messiah).”

Backwards: “The word pertaining to and concerning Christ (His title in the coming kingdom age) – through the act of hearing – produces the faith that pleases God.”

Here’s the version of this verse that I wrote in 2009. It also tells of an interesting event in our lives: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/those-flaps-on-each-side-of-our-head/

 

May 1, 2012 Posted by | "dia", "ek", "Logos", "Rhema", Health Crises, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Romans 10:17 | Leave a comment

Phillipians and the Day of Christ…

 Philippians and the Day of Christ

Know why there are so many references to “joy” and “rejoice” in the four-chapter book of Philippians? Because its theme is: How to Live until the Day of Christ Jesus and Participate in that Day! The joy set before our Lord was “His Day” – the 7th Day – the one thousand years when He will be King of all other kings and Lord of all other Lords. A faithful servant of His, now, will be invited to “enter the joy of the Lord” because of that servant’s “well-doing.” REJOICE!!

Joy” and “rejoice” appear 20 times in this letter. But, let me show you why I chose my theme.

Chapter 1, verses 6 and 10: 6- For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
10 -so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

Chapter 2, verse 16 – holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Chapter 3, verse 20 – For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

Chapter 4, verse 5 – Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near (at hand).

Check out these verses, also:

Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Php 2:9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Php 2:10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, andunder the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,
Php 3:9 ¶ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Php 3:10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Php 3:11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15 ¶ Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
Php 3:16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

Php 4:17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
Php 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Now – here are my chapter headings:

Chapter 1 – Defending the Good News of Christ Jesus

Chapter 2 – Humility, the Basis of Soul Salvation

Chapter 3 – Attaining to the Out-resurrection from among the dead

Chapter 4 – Rejoice – Pray – Think These Things = Contentment!

January 4, 2012 Posted by | salvation in the 7th Day, Soul Salvation | Leave a comment

Pain and Sufferings, part 2…

The 5/9/91 date is significant because we came back to Chattanooga from PA a month later on June 8, 1991. We had left on June 8, 1989 for a job change Bob felt was necessary. We arrived home exactly two years later – broke – no jobs – and facing a family crises. Page 74 in E. E.’s book, “A Path through Suffering” begins with a word I had highlighted in green – “Relinquishment…..”

The last paragraph begins with this sentence: “It is a merciful Father who strips us when we need to be stripped, as the tree needs to be stripped of its blossoms.”

Sounds severe to be stripped bare, doesn’t it? A severe mercy! A severe love!

Raw emotions followed us home. We were laid bare, open to more wounding and sufferings.

We are twenty years on this healing journey – emotional; but, what began as physical, has not retreated. (I firmly believe much of my physical pain would be here at my present age anyway, having inherited many maladies from my mom.) However, when the physical worsens, my emotions need attention, also. The two are so entwined, separation is impossible. I must – MUST – go to the Lord. Only He has the balm for my spirit, soul, and body.

And, sometimes, he reminds me of a book still left on a shelf.

(Not so many there since I have a Kindle.)

Blessed Relinquishment!  He Controls All.  

Job 40:1 ¶ Then the LORD said to Job,
 2 “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”
 3 Then Job answered the LORD and said,
 4 “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.
 5 “Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add no more.”
 6 ¶ Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm, and said,
 7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
 

October 9, 2011 Posted by | Health Crises, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

Pain and suffering…

 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.

…………more later………..stay tuned!

 

 

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Dr. Don Cannon, Health Crises, on faith, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

Sneak preview of LBS for this coming Tues. – 09/27

Fall 2011, Ladies Bible Study – “LIKE BEGETS LIKE”

 BORN OF GOD

Unless a person is conceived from above……”

 Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly,(“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you) I say to you, unless one is born again (“to procreate/conceive/brought to the birth is ‘born’ – ‘again’ is ‘from the very first, from the top and from above’” and is in – note this! – the aorist, passive, subjunctive), he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 (“Born” in the above verse is “conceived” in (Mat 1:20)“But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”)

 

September 23, 2011 Posted by | "Born Again" / "Born from Above", Ladies Bible Study Notes | Leave a comment

First Chapter of 1st Peter in Concordant Literal Version

Get your Bible and read this chapter together with this version:

Here is the whole first chapter of 1 Peter from the Concordant Literal Version. I just love it – especially verse 4:

1Pe 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen expatriates of the dispersion of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia,

1Pe 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, in holiness of spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you!”

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, according to His vast mercy, regenerates us into a living expectation, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead,

1Pe 1:4 for the enjoyment of an allotment incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, kept in the heavens for you,

1Pe 1:5 who are garrisoned by the power of God, through faith, for salvation ready to be revealed in the last era,

1Pe 1:6 in which you are exulting; briefly at present, if it must be, being sorrowed by various trials,

1Pe 1:7 that the testing of your faith, much more precious than gold which is perishing, yet, being tested by fire, may be found for applause and glory and honor at the unveiling of Jesus Christ,

1Pe 1:8 Whom, not perceiving, you are loving; in Whom, not seeing at present, yet believing, you are exulting with joy unspeakable and glorious,

1Pe 1:9 being requited with the consummation of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

1Pe 1:10 Concerning which salvation the prophets seek out and search out, who prophesy concerning the grace which is for you,

1Pe 1:11 searching into what or what manner of era the spirit of Christ in them made evident, when testifying beforehand to the sufferings pertaining to Christ and the glories after these.”

1Pe 1:12 To whom it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to you they dispensed them, of which you were now informed through those who are bringing the evangel to you by holy spirit dispatched from heaven, into which messengers are yearning to peer.”

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore, girding up the loins of your comprehension, being sober, expect perfectly the grace which is being brought to you at the unveiling of Jesus Christ.”

1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not configuring to the former desires, in your ignorance,

1Pe 1:15 but, according as He Who calls you is holy, you also become holy in all behavior,

1Pe 1:16 because it is written that, Holy shall you be, for I am holy.”

1Pe 1:17 And if you are invoking the Father, Who is judging impartially according to each one’s work, you may behave, for the time of your sojourn, with fear,

1Pe 1:18 being aware that not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, were you ransomed from your vain behavior, handed down by tradition from the fathers,

1Pe 1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a flawless and unspotted lamb,

1Pe 1:20 foreknown, indeed, before the disruption of the world, yet manifested in the last times because of you, who through Him are believing in God,

1Pe 1:21 Who rouses Him from among the dead and is giving Him glory, so that your faith and expectation is to be in God.”

1Pe 1:22 Having purified your souls, by the obedience of truth, for unfeigned fondness for the brethren, love one another out of a true heart earnestly,

1Pe 1:23 having been regenerated, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, living and permanent,

1Pe 1:24 because All flesh is grass, And all its glory is as the flower of grass. Withered is the grass, And the flower falls off…”

1Pe 1:25 Yet the declaration of the Lord is remaining for the eon. Now this is the declaration which is being brought to you in the evangel.

September 16, 2011 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, on faith, Pages from my journal, Soul Salvation | Leave a comment

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