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Our Gracious God
« on: Sat Sep 12, 2020 - 20:42:00 »
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even his own Son but gave Him up for US ALL, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8: 31-32 NLT)

Have you ever grumbled and asked “WHY?” when it seems God isn’t hearing your prayers? Sometimes we may feel God is blessing others and somehow holding back things from us. I have at times. But read the beautiful verses above and really meditate on them. God gave up His Son for US ALL. His very Son! How can we possibly believe God would hold anything back from us if He was willing to sacrifice His Only Son for us?

Truly God does love us dearly, as John 3:16 states so wonderfully. I really don’t post this looking for comments, but just to encourage us all to remember who the Bible says God is. Our enemy always wants to distort God, and tempt us to believe (just like Eve) that God is holding something back from us. Or that his intentions aren’t what He says they are so clearly in Scripture. God truly is Gracious.  God bless you!


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« Reply #1 on: Sun Sep 13, 2020 - 03:34:14 »
Yes PRAISE THE LORD GOD IS GOOD!!! He has blessed me richly, may not have all I want but everything I need. I love him so much because he first love me. Hem is there for me always.

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« Reply #2 on: Sun Sep 13, 2020 - 04:19:18 »
Yes, PRAISE THE LORD GOD IS GOOD!!! He has blessed me richly, may not have all I want but everything I need. I love him so much because he first loved me. He is there for me always.
Yogi, that's a very good testimony, and praise~indeed, the blessed God IS gracious ABOVE all and to ALL that love him and look for his coming.

Thank you to our brother from California for posting this. Are the fires on the west coast in danger of reaching Anaheim were I think said you were from if my memory serves me? I do not trust it as I once did.   

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« Reply #3 on: Sun Sep 13, 2020 - 06:31:32 »
Yes, thank you Fish for the encouraging words about our Lord. No matter the subject of our discussions, grace is the paramount point. We are saved by God’s grace through OUR faith in Christ’s faithfulness and obedience. We offer zero and Christ provides everything to those who accept the 100% free gift. We can debate about WHO will accept him, but the fact remains it is ALL Christ. The one who pointed out to the two men on the road to Emmaus that it was HE who was spoken of in the pages of the Torah and the Prophets. When he ate with them, their eyes were opened. I wonder what went through their minds as they realized he was on EVERY page of their revered scriptures at the time and they missed him. Their generation had been primed and ready for the appearance of the long awaited Messiah and they missed him. It would be similar (not quite) to us wating for all our lives to see the once in a lifetime spectacle of Halley’s Comet and then on the night we could see it, we forget to set our alarm clock and missed it. Or it would be similar to going to the baseball game where Roger Maris hit his 61st homerun and you endured inning after inning in anticioation but missed it while at the bathroom. (Probably not a great analogy).

We are not told if the 3,000 in Acts 2 represented ALL or a portion of the hearers, the important thing is that the 3,000 heard the message and responded and were saved. They didn’t contribute anything to their salvation. They just accepted the free gift. If any of the hearers turned away, they shunned the free gift that they had no way to earn.
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« Reply #4 on: Sun Sep 13, 2020 - 22:24:38 »
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I live in Sun Valley California—in the San Fernando Valley. But the fires have not come too close thank God. All the best to you and everyone else on the board also. God bless you! By the way, I’ve been gone quite a while. Does anyone ever hear from SwordMaster? Just curious.p
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« Reply #6 on: Wed Sep 16, 2020 - 07:37:12 »
Very encouraging opening post.

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« Reply #7 on: Wed Sep 16, 2020 - 21:24:32 »
“Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter “IT’S THE LORD!!!”  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore” (John 21:7-8).

Often we read portions of scripture without really thinking about them very deeply. We read right past things, and miss the reality, or even the humor that might be found where we are reading. That’s why it’s good to meditate on sections of Scripture and let the Spirit of God teach you.

I love John 21 very much. It’s where I get my moniker, Fish153. In this section of the chapter Jesus has just told the disciples to throw their net on the right hand side of the boat to catch fish. They had told him they had fished all night and caught nothing. So they throw the net as Jesus asks, and the net is completely full of fish!!

Now, note that John tells Peter “It’s the Lord!”  But we can read right past this without really thinking about it. You will notice above that I CAPITALIZED those words. IT’S THE LORD!!  Because I believe that John said these words LOUDLY to Peter. And Peter was surprised into quick action. Right after John shouts this, Peter grabs his tunic, and jumps into the water! He was literally jolted by John’s cry, and he dives into the water! It’s actually quite funny if you stop for a moment and envision it. :)

Now, one thing historians have missed is this: the scripture here says that the boat was 100 yards from shore. An actual world record was set that day that still hasn’t been broken. Peter dove into the water and swam 100 yards faster than anyone else had ever, or has ever covered that distance swimming. When he heard it was Jesus he couldn’t contain himself. He was overwhelmed with a desire to see his Lord. One has to remember, and contrast the last time this many fish had been caught in a net. What did Peter do that time? Remember? He said “Depart from me for I am a sinful man Oh Lord”.  But not this time! He’s learned his lesson. He knows that he is indeed a sinner. Such a horrible sinner that he denied Christ. BUT now he knows that no matter how bad he is, he must run TO Jesus, not away from him.

It is a beautiful thing for us to run to Jesus. Stop for a moment and think of how gracious God truly is. There are only 7 men on this boat, and one of them had denied Him, and THOMAS, also on this boat had doubted Him. But Jesus, who is GOD, makes this special trip to see these disciples He loves, and to restore Peter, who had horribly denied Him. Stop and really think how gracious God is to appear on the shoreline solely to bless these 7 disciples. GOD truly loves us. He wants the best for us. He yearns to forgive and restore the fallen disciple. The last thing Jesus wants is for us to say ”depart from me oh Lord”. He wants us to run ( or even swim) at a world record pace TO Him.  We should do that today. We should come to God in prayer and thank Him wholeheartedly for His great love for us.  God bless you!

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« Reply #8 on: Fri Dec 04, 2020 - 14:22:04 »
Hello everyone! God bless you!  “He numbers the stars. He calls them all BY NAME” (Psalm 147:4). There are trillions and trillions of stars. But God has a name for each one of them.

“The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 11). “Not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing about it. Fear not. You are of more value than MANY sparrows”.

Is God concerned about you? Does He know what is going on in your life?  YES. Take comfort today. God loves you dearly.

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« Reply #9 on: Thu Jan 28, 2021 - 21:38:48 »
If you get the chance read Psalm 92. Sometimes some of us think we are too old to be of any use to God. But Psalm 92:14 says the righteous will still bear fruit in old age, and be green and fresh. That's great news!! God says we're never too old for Him to use us!

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« Reply #10 on: Fri Jan 29, 2021 - 02:55:58 »
If you get the chance read Psalm 92. Sometimes some of us think we are too old to be of any use to God. But Psalm 92:14 says the righteous will still bear fruit in old age, and be green and fresh. That's great news!! God says we're never too old for Him to use us!
Greetings brother, pray all is well with you there is California around those God haters~I'm sure you are a light that dark section of our country  I'll read Psalm 92 soon~The Lord be with you. RB

Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David~He writes:

Verse 14. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age. Nature decays but grace thrives. Fruit, as far as nature is concerned, belongs to days of vigour; but in the garden of grace, when plants are weak in themselves, they become strong in the Lord, and abound in fruit acceptable with God. Happy they who can sing this Sabbath Psalm, enjoying the rest which breathes through every verse of it; no fear as to the future can distress them, for their evil days, when the strong man faileth, are the subject of a gracious promise, and therefore they await them with quiet expectancy. Aged believers possess a ripe experience, and by their mellow tempers and sweet testimonies they feed many. Even if bedridden, they bear the fruit of patience; if poor and obscure, their lowly and contented spirit becomes the admiration of those who know how to appreciate modest worth. Grace does not leave the saint when the keepers of the house do tremble; the promise is still sure though the eyes can no longer read it; the bread of heaven is fed upon when the grinders fail; and the voice of the Spirit in the soul is still melodious when the daughters of music are brought low. Blessed be the Lord for this! Because even to hoar hairs he is the I AM, who made his people, he therefore bears and carries them. They shall be fat and flourishing. They do not drag out a wretched, starveling existence, but are like trees full of sap, which bear luxuriant foliage. God does not pinch his poor servants, and diminish their consolations when their infirmities grow upon them; rather does he see to it that they shall renew their strength, for their mouths shall be satisfied with his own good things. Such an one as Paul the aged would not ask our pity, but invite our sympathetic gratitude; however feeble his outward man may be, his inner man is so renewed day by day that we may well envy his perennial peace.

Verse 15. This mercy to the aged proves the faithfulness of their God, and leads them to shew that the Lord is upright, by their cheerful testimony to his ceaseless goodness. We do not serve a Master who will run back from his promise. Whoever else may defraud us, he never will. Every aged Christian is a letter of commendation to the immutable fidelity of Jehovah. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Here is the psalmist's own seal and sign manual; still was he building upon his God, and still was the Lord a firm foundation for his trust. For shelter, for defence, for indwelling, for foundation, God is our rock; hitherto he has been to us all that he said he would be, and we may be doubly sure that he will abide the same even unto the end. He has tried us, but he has never allowed us to be tempted above what we are able to bear: he has delayed our reward, but he has never been unrighteous to forget our work of faith and labour of love. He is a friend without fault, a helper without fail. Whatever he may do with us, he is always in the right; his dispensations have no flaw in them, no, not the most minute. He is true and righteous altogether, and so we weave the end of the psalm with its beginning, and make a coronet of it, for the head of our Beloved. It is a good thing to sing praises unto the Lord, for "he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him."


All of God's people said AMEN, praise be to our God....for he is indeed gracious ABOVE ALL! RB
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« Reply #11 on: Fri Jan 29, 2021 - 15:50:35 »
Thanks my brother! God bless you!!