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The public library in my neighborhood had its Library Book Sale today, which it has about every 3 months. I was so glad to have seen the sign about the sale in front of its building, as I was driving by the other day.
Although I sure didn’t need more stuff to add into my already too heavy bags that I had packed together for my move, I still went to go check it out today.
The books I didn’t get:
The book I saw for sale there the most:
The 3 books I did get for only 3 buckaroos – and no tax too!
Thanks to Susan Irene Fox, for letting me know about Anne Lamott’s bein’ a good writer. Gonna check out this book written by her.
As soon as the sis saw this book, she told me to make sure that I leave it before I move. So just like the books says, I gotsto not procrastinate on readin’ it. xD
I opened up the book and read this on its first page:
“The memory is the second thing to go…I can’t remember what the first thing is.”
Hey, this author and I have got sumthin’ in common! I can already tell that this book’s sure gonna be a good read.
A number of times in the Bible, it mentions for us to be “strong and courageous”. But it was only today, that I had noticed how those two words are actually given as a command in Joshua 1:9.
“This is My command – be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
~ Joshua 1:9
After having read that verse, oh, how much I pray that those two words will no longer be thought of as just two actions that I will deeply hope for only when I start to see my life shooting straight for another crumbling downhill path again.
Instead, I pray that I will remember this command and that even today (everyday!) is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
And may God help each one of us to never forget that He goes before us wherever we go (Deutoronomy 31:8).
“Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
~ Joshua 1:8
“Power in the Blood”
Originally posted on Snowgood's Blog:
Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:5
I did my bit for the environment today, and walked home from the office. The sun was shining and I had my camera, and this old lampstand caught my eye.
Actually its a hangover from the days before The National Grid, and “cheap” electricity for all. Within living memory of some our local church-goers a man used to ride a bicycle around Chudleigh and light the gas lamps. The iron frame is all that remains of the last gas powered street light in Chudleigh.
Isn’t it good to re-connect with the letters to the seven churches at the beginning of Revelation? I’m fairly certain these letters have a lot to offer even in 2010. Locally we are striving to put Chudleigh Baptist…
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Elijah vs. 850 false prophets
I Kings 18:17 – 39
When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”
“I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.”
So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel. Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.
Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls, and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.”
So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made.
About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!”
So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out. They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.
Then Elijah called the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down. He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the Lord. Then he dug a trench around the altar large enough to hold about three gallons. He piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces on the wood.
Then he said, “Fill the large jars with water, and pour the water over the offering and the wood.”
After they had done this, he said, “Do the same thing again!” And when they were finished, he said, “Now do it a third time!” So they did as he said, and the water ran around the altar and even filled the trench.
At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord – He is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”
“Ancient Words” by Robin Mark