Remember the Dead, BUT Do Not Idolized Them!

I was going to write a blog on honoring the dead, but when researching I found we shouldn’t in the typical ways some do.  What I mean is, make it a day of remembrance but not idolatry. We should not make our deceased loved ones into idols. We should remember their lives, but not put them above God. 

Should we miss the deceased? Yes, of course we should, after all they were a very important part of our lives. What we should NOT do is:
1).  Exalt them (Idolatry) 
Exodus 34:14 (KJV)  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
2).  Cut or Mark your skin
Leviticus 19:28 (KJV)  Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
3).  Pray to them or use medians to reach them.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God  doth drive them out from before thee.

People are human and we have a human outlook on life.  Death hurts, but Paul says; to live, you live IN Christ, but to die is gain (you live WITH Christ) Philippians 1:20-21 (KJV)  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gainThis is important for Christians to remember because, if your loved one is saved, they are with Christ.

I find it a great comfort that death has no victory over us.  Why do I say that?  Because if you are saved you will live with Jesus forever.  Death has no sting or victory over us, because Jesus died, was buried & rose again.  The bible (God’s word) promises us that we have this victory over death in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (KJV) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 This Memorial Day, remember the Great Men & Women who fought for our Country; who died for our freedom. Put flowers & decorate your loved ones graves, honor their lives, but keep it a day of remembrance.

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Even Heaven has walls! But, maybe not for the reason you think!

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Walls have many functions.  They keep trespassers out, keep animals in or are decorative.  In bible times, they surrounded cities and were used for protection from rivals or enemies.

Protection-Everyone has heard of the bible story about the walls of Jericho.  The walls of Jericho were massive.  I never knew until now, that the dimensions actually included 3 tiers of walls (http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/walls-of-jericho.html) .  I always imagined it was called the walls of Jericho because it had 4 sides.  Very interesting, but a study for another time. This new information just makes the story even more meaningful to me, because God allowed Joshua to bring them tumbling down. Wow!  Even though the walls were extremely thick & tall, they could not protect the people from God.

Keep animals in– John 10:1 you will see a reference to the sheepfold.  The sheepfold is where they kept the sheep at night to protect them from thieves and predators.  You are probably familiar with this passage: John 10:1 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber..

Sheepfold walls are interesting and I found that there were different types of sheepfolds, but for the most part they consisted of loosely stacked stones. http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/sheep-fold.html

 Decorative-This is the category I believe the New Jerusalem (Heaven) falls into. The bible tells us we will not need the sun or moon for light.  God’s glory will provide all the light we need.  Revelation 21:23-25 (KJV)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Now with this in mind let’s look at the walls of heaven, which gates are open all the time.  If they are opened all the time, then the walls were not built for protection, but for beauty.

I personally believe that God’s glory shines through the precious stones of the wall & magnifies outwards all the beautiful colors of the wall.  Just imagine God’s glory shining through the precious stones of walls that are 200 feet thick.  Remember Heaven will be made of pure elements, so go with the pure colors

LIST OF THE PRECIOUS STONES OF HEAVEN’S WALLS

1).   Jasper-Dark green

2).   Sapphire-in biblical times it was said to be blue of the sky, shining brightly with gold specks

3).   Chalcedony- milky white, light gray, blue and yellowish brown

4).   Emerald-Grassy green

5).   Sardonyx-has alternating bands of reddish-brown and white

6).   Sardius- orangish red

7).   Chrysolyte-Yellow/green

8).   Beryl-Blue/green often likened to the color of the sea

9).   Topaz-golden colored

10). Chrysoprasus-translucent, bright apple green

11). Jacinth-diluted blue/violet color

12). Amethyst-rich, violet-purple color

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing all these beautiful colors shining everywhere. They will be more beautiful than anything we have seen on earth

 Do you agree with me that the walls of Heaven are for beauty?  Are you looking forward to seeing them? Comment below & shine some light on this subject.  Look forward to hearing from you. Hope you have a blessed week.

The Package Deal

Happy Mother’s Day to all you fine Mothers out there.  May God bless each & every one of you!   I hope you enjoy the poem below, I wrote in 2005, it describes all the things we take for grant about mothers.

I would like to take time to thank all the moms in the world. I know personally how important they are.  My mom taught me so many things as a child, young adult, wife and parent.  She is responsible for the woman I have become.  Everything I am & will be is because my mom loved me, cared for me, sacrificed for me and taught me all the values I hold near & dear.  I love my mom with all my heart and every Mother’s Day poem I have written over the years are based on my mom.

Please take the time out of your busy schedule and tell your mom how much you love her.  Thank her for all the lessons of life she taught you.

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The PACKAGE DEAL!

Motherhood is not an easy row to hoe,
but requires hard work, sweat and toil.
Their work is not in vain,
they don’t do it for glory and fame!

Mom’s day begins in early morn,
and last all through the night.
She cleans, nurtures,
and makes sure her flock is fed.
At night, she tucks them lovingly into bed.

 For her young child’s cuts, scrapes and bruises,
she finds bandages and kisses have many uses.
For her older child’s broken heart,
an ear, a little advice, and lots of love and prayer,
is all she uses. 

She’s with you when you’re up,
she’s there when you’re down,
she’s the best cheerleader ever found.

 She has eyes in the back of her head.
Somehow, she hears everything that is said.
She has a heart as big as Texas.
She’s strong, stern and firm,
gentle, loving and kind.
God wrapped all this up into a package deal–
                  Called MOM. 

Thank God for the gift of MOMS

      — Debbie Gladwell–
                  05/04/05

If you have something special you would like to tell others about your mother or being a mother, please leave a comment below.

Mom Will Always Hold My Hand!

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I have a very special mom, whom I love very much and has always been there for me.  I was thinking about her and these words came to me.  I hope it makes you think about how great your mom is.  Leave me a comment below or something that you find special about your mom.

Mom Will Always Hold My Hand!

The day I was born she counted my fingers,
and held my hand.
She vowed always to love,
and protect me.
A vow she would always keep.

When I took my first steps,
she held my hand.
She cheered and hugged me,
a teary smile on her face,
knowing her baby was growing up.

The first day of school,
as I waited for the bus,
she held my hand.
I never saw the tears in her eyes,
as I waved goodbye.

Every cut & bruise,
she was there to wipe away the tears.
She would hold my hand,
and make everything better,
She was always there!

High School came,
along with my first broken heart,
She held my hand,
and soothed my soul.
She told me there are plenty of other boys.

Then came the big DAY,
her baby was getting married.
She held my hand,
And again I didn’t see the tears,
she was happy for me but sad to lose her baby girl.

She was so happy,
when a new grandchild was born.
She was there to soothe,
and hold my hand.
Tears of joy for a new baby to hold.

Now we both are older,
and time has grown short,
she still holds my hand.
Though sometimes I see that sad knowing look
of what we both know will come.

I paste a smile on my face,
and enjoy the time we have,
while she still holds my hand.
We laugh, we cry But,
will always dread goodbye.

Though when the time comes,
we will hold hands.
It will never be goodbye,
Her love will always be with me,
I will feel her by my side.

Someday when I get to Heaven,
my mother will greet me,
She will hold my hand,
and show me around.
MOM will always hold my hand!

Taking A Stand for Godly Principles

I would like to give a special thank you to Mark Scott for taking time out of his busy schedule to pen a blog.  Mark is one of the few Christians who saw the importance of Christians being represented in our Government. He has faithfully served 6 years in the political arena. He is currently a County Commission for Randolph County.

Recently Franklin Graham issued a challenge for Christians to run for office.  Not necessarily big offices, but offices where they would feel comfortable.  Most people do not realize it, but even holding an office in your local Parent Teacher groups gives you the power to influence others for the good of God.  We should not be silent and then wonder why the world is in the shape it is in.  The main thing we should remember when holding any office is; do your job with love for God and the people you serve. I’m so happy there are people like Mark striving to make a difference.

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Many times, in the political world it is the popular thing for politicians to use the Lord and church to help them politically. While it may be easy to say that we are “Christian politicians” or “Christian Conservatives”, more and more the faith of the truly committed politician is being tested as we seek to represent our constituents and our Savior. Ephesians 6:12  says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Never more has this spiritual warfare been on display in America than it has in the last couple of years.

In early 2014, there was a concerted effort by pro homosexual groups to push the Obama administration to become more forceful in supporting their agenda. They began pushing local governments as well to make it policy to accept gender identification and sexual orientation as a new classification within the anti-discriminatory classes for hiring and housing. They pushed for local government to pass new laws to protect these new classes. This tested many Christian legislators, like myself because we were being pressured from these groups while many in the faith community were either unaware or afraid to show support. Faith is most time tested when one must stand when support is the least. It separates the faithful from those who just use faith for political purposes.  We who do take a stand receive ridicule and get called names. These groups threaten to ruin our futures as political leaders. Yet the faithful must focus on doing right, not the next election.

Now new groups are being formed and funded by wealthy individuals. Their purpose is to disrupt any conservative who tries to speak in public forums. They also name call and demonize anyone who opposes their cause. Believers who hold office are being targeted. Pray for your Christian office holders to be safe and to stand for what is right regardless of the opposition.

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Let Mark know how much you appreciate men like him and that you are praying for him.  Leave a comment below.