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The Good Ole Days!

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As a child growing up, I remember my mother talking about her childhood.  These conversations always fascinated me.  Of course part of the fascination was I didn’t totally understand what she was talking about.  

Mom used to tell about making dresses from flour and feed sacks.  I used to think what a terrible life mom must have had, and how poor her family must have been.  You see, when I went to the feed store with Grandpa, he would back his truck up to the loading dock and they would fill his bed up with these huge burlap bags of feed.  I used to shiver thinking of mom wearing such ugly, scratchy old dresses.  How in the world did she stand it?

I was a young adult before I found out feedbags weren’t always made from burlap; in fact they used to be made out of beautiful cotton prints.  When buying feed they used to browse through the stock of feed and pick out the sacks they liked to make a new outfit from.

 My husband told me a similar story of how he and his brothers used to go to their coalhouse, where their dad kept their feed and fight over which sacks they wanted their Grandmother to make them a shirt from.  Shopping sure has changed, but not necessarily for the better.  

 Another story mom used to tell me, was how they buried apples to eat during the winter months.  It wasn’t until I was dating my husband that I found out the exact meaning of burying apples.  My husband was brought up on a farm.  During a visit with my mother, they were discussing how they used to bury apples in their garden.  Dummy me asked “How in the world did you find them?”  They both looked at me as if I said something totally crazy.  You see, I didn’t know that they dug a big hole and lined it with leaves then put the apples in and covered them with leaves.  I was thinking one apple at a time, each apple having it’s own hole.  People used to do the same with potatoes, cabbage…    

When telling our children stories from our childhood we should make sure they understand what we are teaching.  My mother knew from her experience what she was talking about, but me, I never experienced it.  I believe it is very important for our children to know how other generations lived.  Not only should we share our experiences, but also our parents & grandparents experiences, IF we do not a way of life will be forgotten forever.

As Christians we must also teach & pass on our Christian heritage to our children, or Christ too will be forgotten.The bible stresses this fact also:  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV)  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

God also tells older women to teach younger women.  I personally was blessed by a wonderful mother & grandmother.  Some are not as blessed as I was, however, the bible does not say to teach your daughters/granddaughters onlyTitus 2:3-5 (KJV)  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Men are to be taught sound doctrine.  Think about it, if they aren’t taught, how can they teach their sons? Titus 2:1-2 (KJV)  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

I believe it is very important to bring your children up in church; make sure they understand the Bible and the meaning of salvation.  This will ensure God’s word will live on.

Hope you have a blessed week!

 

 

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Hollywood Propagandizes The Bible

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While surfing through channels the other night I came across one of the million movies about Noah. I stopped for a few minutes to see if it was accurate.  Nope had living, walking, fighting trees which kind of makes you think of “The Lord of the Ring”, movie.

Why am I upset about this?  Because Satan is using Hollywood to deceive people into thinking the Bible is a fairy-tale. They glorify the make believe elements. Most movie makers do not even have all the biblical facts correct, leading to confusion amongst people in general, new Christians and un-discipled Christians. 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Hollywood doesn’t only protray the Bible as a fairy-tale, but also twist regular TV shows as a way to push their values on their audience.  They present homosexual couples as a normal lifestyle, permissive sex etc.

Many people use the TV as a babysitting tool, then wonder why there are so many confused young people.  Most TV presents no moral training or factual truths.  If you are using TV, video games etc. as a babysitter, then you let your kids down BIG TIME!!!!

JESUS UNDERSTOOD WRONG TEACHINGS
Jesus often taught in parables to make it easier for people to relate.  He did not do so with fables, but with real life examples.  One of his big concerns was people being misled.  If you pay close attention to this parable you will understand that just because the seed (God’s word) was planted, doesn’t mean all will be saved. Therefore; people watching incorrect, misleading Hollywood movies can be misled.

PAY ATTENTION TO JESUS’ PARABLE OF THE FOUR SOILS
 Matthew 13 (KJV)
1The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,  Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 
(Jesus is using the picture of a person planting seeds)  Now lets break down the rest of the parable:

  • Not all people will listen to the truth of God’s word & the world will devour them
    •  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
  • Some are not properly discipled in God’s word (lack of understanding-easily deceived) Professor of God, not a true believer)
    • Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
  • The worries & riches of this world blind them to God’s word (They hear, but are too focused on the world (professors of God’s word, not a true believer) The world chokes any thoughts to God’s word from penetrating.
    • And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
  • The Good Ground is the truly saved believer.  The believer not only professes but learns God’s word & tells others.  Not easily deceived because they know God’s word.
    • But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
  • This is important, BECAUSE Jesus tells us to listen
    • Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Three of the soils do not understand or do not want to understand God’s word, which makes it easy for some directors to portray the bible as a fairy-tale or present twisted facts.

I am not saying you cannot use a little creativity to make understanding the Bible a little easier; just make sure the biblical facts or correct & that you are emphasizing the Bible. My advice is, if you watch a movie based on the bible, when it’s over check it out against the bible.  Then and only then will you know if it protrayed the bible correctly.

Have a Blessed week.

 

Autumn Beauty

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Picture taken by my son Kevin of K D Gladwell Photography, took.

As I enjoyed my trips back & forth to my booth at the Mountain State Forest Festival, located in Elkins, WV, I again marveled at the beauty God made for us to enjoy.  I hope you feel the same way.  This is one of the beauty pictures in Randolph Co. WV that my son Kevin of K D Gladwell Photography, took.

AUTUMN BEAUTY

The sky is such a pretty blue.
The air is crisp and cool.
The mountains display Gods majesty;
with beautiful autumn leaves as far as one can see.
The sun shines bright.
Birds take off on their southern flight.
Frost paints early morning with white,
and we pull our sweaters closed tight.
Streams flow clean and clear;
with little leaves floating to add cheer.
Animals scurry to fill up on the fruits and nuts;
and some a winter home hunt.
The howling winds blow leaves around.
Everywhere one looks beauty abounds.

 

                                                –Debbie Gladwell—
                                                           10/14/06

Take the HATE Quiz

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Take a moment and answer these questions.  Be honest with yourself, for you are deceiving no one but yourself.

  • 40-50 million babies a year, worldwide are aborted, & this is ok with me*
  • Texas deserved Hurricane Irma tragedy because they are a red state
  • I have no sympathy for Las Vegas victims because Country music fans are Republicans
  • Only white people are supremist/racist
  • It’s ok that 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016**
  • Freedom of speech means; All voices, but mine, must be silenced by any means.
  • I have become addicted to smearing others on social media. I stay up night & day to find headlines to serve my purpose. My posts only show my addiction.  I post nothing regarding my family or friends, I live to promote my cause even if not totally truthful
  • I get upset when people say ALL lives matter
  • It’s ok for media to distort facts or make up stories to make people believe their way
  • It is funny to show a life like decapitated head, plays depicting murder of POTUS, people calling for his assassination, someone literally showing their butt on tv & smearing feces on POTUS campaign poster (You don’t find any of this vulgar, but view as normal behavior)
  • It’s alright to harm police
  • It’s ok to riot, burn cities-business-homes, spit, hit, assult law enforcement or block public roads just because you don’t agree with the law, verdict, some cause, belief or you don’t like the police or elected officials
  • You really don’t want to help people in their sinful state, deep down you think they deserve to go to hell

Unfortunately, if you answered yes to any of these, you are a HATER.

Ten years ago we would never have thought any of the above would have been possible in the world, let alone in the USA, yet all of the above has happened.  People we have become desensitized.  We don’t look at each other in love, but as a group with no feelings.  We demonize & physically harm people and believe they don’t feel pain.  We don’t look at people who oppose us as honest to goodness real human-beings with blood flowing through their veins.  Some don’t feel anything when someone they view as an enemy dies.  It’s like a make believe movie or video game.  Some don’t consider that they have family & love ones who suffer if harmed or killed.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13(KJV)  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity  Charity in this case is LOVE. We are to love each other.  
  • Mark 12:30-31 (KJV)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
    If we love God with all our being & love our neighbor as ourselves, there would be no way we could act hatefully toward anyone.

If we realize we have thought or done any part of the quiz, is their any hope for us or our Country/World?  Yes!!!
FOR THE CHRISTIAN

  • 2 Chronicles 7:14(KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

FOR THE UNSAVED

  • You must be saved. To become saved you must confess your sins to God, Believe Jesus Christ is God’s son & your savior, Ask Jesus to save your soul. Romans 10:10-13 (KJV) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Hope you found this useful. Have a blessed week.

Statistics
*World Health Organization
**Fox News & Christian Post

Can You Have a Ministry Separate from Your Church?

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Sometimes Pastors fall victim to depression because they don’t believe people are serving God. This happens because they only look at a few ministries within the church. The church is not a building, but it is the congregation. If you limit ministries to the building you limit God. The Bible says in Luke 14:23 (KJV) And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Ministries within and outside the building are both important. The within prepares one for the out.

Over the years I have served in a variety of ministries within the church. For most of 30 years I served as a Sunday Teacher. I was church secretary, asst treasure, treasure and helped my husband with teen group (not all at the same time LOL, but sometimes more than one).  I state all these things just to say, sometimes God uses theses things to prepare you for something else.

If it had not been for Sunday School, Church etc I would not have obtained the knowledge or experience to write 2 Children books (The Adventures of Shy Spy Time Traveler, and Mrs. Noah’s Cat) or to write a weekly Christian Blog

My advice to you is; Always pray for God’s will and direction, before attempting any ministry.  Start out with the within and get grounded before attempting some harder ministries, although this doesn’t mean you cannot do some of the easier ones outside the church.  If you are a new convert or young Christian, I suggest you do a study on spiritual gifts to see which ones apply to you.

MINISTRIES WITHIN CHURCH FAMILY/BUILDING

Please note this is not a complete list and there are some that are often overlooked.  Also one ministry is no more important than any other.

1).  Deacon
2).  Ushers
3).  Greeters
4).  Hostess
5).  Sunday School teachers
6).  Youth/Teen workers
7).  Treasure/Asst Treasurer
8).  Bulletin
9).  Committees
10).  Music
11).  cleaning/mowing
12).  Special groups/projects
13).  Visitation
14).  Prayer Chain
15).  Bus

MINISTRIES OUTSIDE THE CHURCH

Some ways to serve outside the building.  This isn’t a complete list (sometimes you have to be creative).  Remember you do not always have to be a group, sometimes one on one is needed (special note if with opposite sex or minors-It is best for you to safe guard your reputation and minister with a partner)

 1).  Bible study w/new converts, neighbors, friends
2).  Helps-Help out your neighbors, elderly, handicap etc.
3).  In home care employment (My mom is bedridden and a lady from our church is employed as her caregiver.  She not only is a tremendous help to our family & my mom, but she also reads the Bible to mom)
4).  Tract Ministry
5).  Gideon Bible Ministry
6).  Card Ministry
7).  Christian Blogger (can be daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly)
8).  Christian Author
9).  Prayer Partners with someone that is not part of your church

I hope this has been a help & gives you something to think about.  Your thoughts are appreciated.  Have a blessed week.

WANT PRAISE HERE, THEN NO REWARD IN HEAVEN

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Some do good things for the wrong reason. They will visit members in nursing home, or hospital, make meals, deliver flowers or anything where they are noticed. Some will even draw attention by announcing some deed they done in church under the disguise of prayer, yet when needed by family, they are no where to be found.

Be careful of bragging over things you have done, because God will not recognize your efforts. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

The bible tells us that we should not do things to be recognized by man, but out of love for God. If we do things with the right heart, man may not reward us, but God will.  Matthew 6:4 (KJV)  That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Always be humble because God despises a haughty spirit.  Those who crave the center of attention for any deed, will be brought down, whereas if one is humble and does things with the right motive, God will lift them up.  Matthew 23:5,12 (KJV) But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, …12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

The bible warns us about developing prideful, haughty (superior) spirits.  If it wasn’t possible to develop such spirits there would not be any warning. Proverbs 16:18-19(KJV)  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Sometimes one can get carried away with trying to keep up with people they consider to be Super Christians.  Consider this; if they want patted on the back, maybe the aren’t the Christian you think they are.  Most true Christians don’t expect recognition by peers.  When doing good deeds the bible tells us,  Matthew 6:3 (KJV)  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: Meaning, do good deeds in secret.

Some consider some deeds below their social status, but remember this, Jesus washed his disciples feet and he is God’s son.  There truly is no higher social status than that, but he was sincerely humble. When Jesus finished washing his disciples feet, he said, John 13:16-17 (KJV)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Every work you do here on earth will be tried in heaven; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15(KJV)  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. I believe these verses are saying; if you done works for the wrong reason you will feel embarrassed in heaven, but you will not loose you salvation.

I’m not saying if someone praises you it’s wrong.  What I’m saying is if that is the motive behind your deeds, then you have received your reward on earth, but will not in Heaven.  Just make sure your motives are always pure and carried out with a humble spirit.

I hope someone found this helpful.  If any comments, please feel free to comment.  Hope each of you have a blessed week.

NO TIME TO SHINE!

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A poem I wrote in regards to our busy lives.  Unfortunately, sometimes we become so busy we don’t have time for anyone.  We fail our children and we fail to help others know God, our light just doesn’t shine.

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God asks us to let His light shine,
But we’re too busy going from task to task;
To do as He asks.
No time to shine,
No time, No time!

Our children are all grown,
And we ask where did time go?
As we groan;
No time to shine,
No time, No time!

We think only of ourselves;
And how life is so tough.
With others we are short and gruff.
No time to shine,
No time, No time!

When our life is ending,
And we ask God for more time.
His answer might be Child I gave you a lifetime of time.
Not one soul did you save, not one life did you change.
Your light didn’t shine,
No time, No time!

 

–Debbie Gladwell–
11/01/05

Wouldn’t it be sad if after years spent on earth, when we arrive in Heaven God said; “Not one soul did you save, not one life did you change. Your light didn’t shine, No time, No time!”

I pray that we examine ourselves, and FIND TIME TO SHINE! May each of you have a blessed week.