Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Different Gospel


But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. For you happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.  2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Changing or removing parts of the Bible, for whatever reason, is like giving someone a parachute with holes shot in it.  It will not give their body a safe landing any more than a corrupted version of the Word of God will save someone's soul. 

kit: Expedition by Marta van Eck, church: Kristmess Designs

Monday, June 29, 2015

To Whom Would We Go?


Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.”  John 6:68-69

kit: Pretty Little Poppy by Captivated Visions

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Friends


You are My friends if you do what I command you.  John 15:14

papers and brushes: Tangerine by Sarah Barber
template: Artistic Simplicity Version 2, No. 1

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Error


For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  Romans 1:26-27

This reminder is from God, not me.  If anyone doesn't like it, they need to take that up with Him.  He designed male and female, and assigned their purposes and functions.  He doesn't change.  What I can't understand is how anyone can read this passage and then say that God is okay with all of this?  It's idolatry to replace God's words with our own "preferred" version.  It's just like making ourselves into God by putting our ways above His.  Who is in charge here?  Man or God?  Do these advisors and committees think that they're going to be in charge in heaven as well?  Is God going to put it to a vote or appoint men to "fix" the Bible?  Did He not mean what He said and He needs us to tell Him which parts to take out and which ones to edit?  (The answer is NO.)  

What about the followers?  Are we following Jesus or men?  I can tell you Who I'm following and I can tell you why I'm telling you.  I want a clear conscience that I didn't approve of or participate in rebellion against Him.  He warned us that if we stood up for Him, we would not be popular but that is the price to be paid to be on the side of good and not evil.  This issue will not stop here.  This is just another step along the way.  People will look back some day and wonder how things got the way they are and wish they had realized where it was heading in time to change it.  If you truly believe, then stand up for God.  If you have been misled, then repent.

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

To clarify, this particular sin is no worse than other sins.  The problem is that people want to make it into a special sin, exempt from God's instructions to turn from it.  There is no hope whatsoever of living a God-pleasing life without being filled with the Holy Spirit and yielding to His guidance and influence over our lives.  Some sins in particular involve the pleasure centers of the brain and so they become addictive.  God is the only hope of overcoming them.  Again, any and all arguments are against God, not me or others who stand with Him.

God loves everyone and hates sin.  That is not a bad thing that we should be afraid to tell--it's great news!!  There is no one that He won't forgive and wash clean.

I hope that it comes across that my comments are made out of love for the deceived, not malice. My concern is that people who have been told certain sins are specially exempt from God's instructions to turn from sin have been lied to. God is holy.  He hates sin, but He provides a way out--no matter what temptation we face. It is disturbing to see the direction many churches are going in accepting sin along with sinners--no change required or even encouraged. That is not regeneration by the Holy Spirit and it is not "born again." It is actually easier to go along with the flow and call it "love" to do so, but souls are at stake here.

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:3

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another. But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Titus 3:4-6

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. Romans 8:9

So by these verses, you can see the process involved in being born again.  First you believe that Jesus the Son of God, died for your sins and rose from the dead, then you repent of (turn away from) your sins, then you are baptized and receive the Holy Spirit.  At that point, you are born again, helped daily by the Holy Spirit to resist temptation and to change your life to a way that pleases God.  

So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.  You also lived your lives in this way at one time, when you used to live among them.  But now, put off all such things as anger, rage, malice, slander, abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with its practices and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created it.  Colossians 3:5-10 

You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image—in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.  Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.   Ephesians 4:22-25

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is *freedom.  2 Corinthians 3:17

* My note: This freedom is from the bondage of sin and its consequence of eternal death and damnation for those who are not saved and washed clean by the blood of Jesus, but instead are staying in their sin.  Where the Spirit is, there is the power of God to overcome.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sonship


But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.   Galatians 4:4-5

kit: Smitten (retired) by Kristmess Designs

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unfailing Love


God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Psalm 62:11

clusters and mask by Valentina Creations, paper by Laitha, photo texture by Emily Powers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Worship the King


Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.  Zechariah 14:16-17

blended papers: Laitha and Eena's Creations; photo texture: Emily Powers; crown: Shabby Miss Jenn; page border by SuzyQ

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Unique Day


In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.  Zechariah 14:6-7

feather by Valentina Creations, mask & paper by Laitha, photo texture by Emily Powers, page borders by BekahE and SuzyQ

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pure Word of God


Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Don’t add to His words,
or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

The Bible shows us the tapestry of God's plan for humanity from beginning to end.  It's His perfect masterpiece, amazingly woven with delicate threads into loving patterns of redemption and grace.  The world tries picks at the threads, fraying it here and there, and then darns it with heavy wool, totally destroying the strength and truth of the original message.  (Any seamstress knows that if you use heavy thread on fine fabric, you'll damage it.)  Somehow what started out as a beautiful expression of God's love becomes ugly.  Even modern day Christian denominations think they can "improve" on what God has done, "updating" it.

God's Word is timeless (Heb. 13:8, John 1:1, 14) and will NEVER need any corrections, additions or deletions.  People who point to Leviticus as an example are deliberately ignoring the fact that Jesus fulfilled the law, but we are only free from it IF we have accepted His sacrifice in our place.  He is our Sabbath rest (Heb. 4:9-10) so that we no longer have to work for our salvation, but He does expect that we'll live according to His word and try to please Him if we love Him.  (John 14:21)  When we truly believe, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, who helps us become more like Jesus.  (Eph. 4:15, 23-24)

If you're bored with the Bible, try looking up the meanings of the names of any person or place mentioned.  You'll find it amazing and so enriching to your understanding of what God has done and is doing.  Notice that what has happened before happens again and God tells us about it BEFORE it happens!  (Matt. 24:25, Mark 13:23, John 14:29)  There is nothing new under the sun.  (Ecc. 1:9)  Don't be satisfied with a jingle explaining how Jesus is represented in every book of the Bible.  Dig deeper!  Learn and be astonished at all of the prophecies from the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled during His ministry.  There are layers upon layers of truth in the Word waiting to be discovered.  And don't forget to pray before your study time that God will help you understand.  (Eph. 1:17)  I can tell you from personal experience that the more you know God, the more you will love Him. <3  He's not far away.  (Acts 17:27)

http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/biblical
http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Hebrews 4:9-10

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.  John 14:21

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  Ephesians 4:15

Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.  Ephesians 4:23-24

See, I have told you ahead of time.  Matthew 24:25

So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.  Mark 13:23

I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. John 14:29

More verses about God's advance warnings to us: http://layoutfortoday.blogspot.com/2015/06/hindsight.html

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.  Revelation 21:18-19

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1:9

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  Ephesians 1:17

He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.  Acts 17:27

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17

kits: Sew Darn Cute and by Kristmess Designs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Adopted as Sons


For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15

kit: Note2Self Add On by Biograffiti, lock photos: Morgue File

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kings and Princes


Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, 
To the despised One, 
To the One abhorred by the nation, 
To the Servant of rulers, 
"Kings will see and arise, 
Princes will also bow down, 
Because of the LORD who is faithful, 
the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You."
Isaiah 49:7

kit: Small World UK by Kristmess Designs

Friday, June 19, 2015

God's Children


Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.  1 John 3:1

kits: Shine and Enjoy Life by Createwings Designs; photomask by Indigo Designs; blended photos from Morgue File, word cloud made at Tagxedo.com

Thursday, June 18, 2015

In Favor of the Saints


I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.  Daniel 7:21-22

photo, texture overlay: Morgue File; knight by Holliewood Studios; vines by Mystique Designs (retired)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Shine Like Stars


And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.  Daniel 12:3

paper & telescope by Marta van Eck: I Like Biology, Expedition; texture by me, star & clock photos (blended): Morgue File

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Out of the Fire


And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.  Jude 1:22-23

paper and flames by Marta van Eck, page overlay by BekahE, textures by me

Monday, June 15, 2015

One Question


If life were a test, the first question on it would be whether you believe in God and if you got that one wrong, it would be an automatic fail.  Fortunately, God left His fingerprints and signature throughout the entire universe.  He not only gives us the Bible to study, but He shows us in the beauty of nature, giving us a glimpse of His glory.  He also shows us through our five senses--eyes to see the wonder of nature around us and faces of people we care for, ears to hear music and the voices of our loved ones, amazing tastes and smells, through our loving relationships with each other that hint at how He feels toward us.  He wrote about His existence everywhere, including on our hearts!  If we haven't understood, it's because we choose not to--probably out of pride, not wanting to acknowledge a higher power than ourselves.  The ability to make our own choices is a gift from Him.  He promises that if we search for Him diligently, we will find Him.  Don't waste all of the opportunities God gave us to learn who He is and what He's like.  No one will have any excuse in the end.  If you don't have the answer yet, find out now while you still have time.  While you're at it, consider this:  It is not enough to believe in "a" God or "higher power."  There is one God and He provided one way to Himself and that Way is Jesus.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:8-10

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.  James 2:19

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.  Isaiah 44:6

But I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of Egypt.
Therefore, you must not acknowledge any God but me;
except me there is no Savior.
Hosea 13:4

Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. John 5:22-23

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

kit: Country Love by Etc. by Danyale, blended photo: Morgue File

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hold the Flashlight


Often a child wants to help a parent, but the task is too difficult--maybe it involves troubleshooting a problem in the dark, for example.  What do most parents do in that instance?  They usually let the child hold the flashlight, thereby doing something important by helping in that way.  The Bible says this world we live in is in utter darkness.  The only hope for it is God.  Fortunately, He sent His only begotten Son to be the light of the world and save us.  We can't save anyone no matter how hard we try, but we can shine His light while He does all the work through the Holy Spirit.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.  Luke 8:16

The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:8-13

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:5-6

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hindsight


Hindsight's 20/20 - or is it?  When Satan instigated the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, he didn't attack them outright.  There were no swords drawn, missiles dropped, or bombs planted in their path.  No, he was smarter than that.  He planted seeds of doubt that God really meant what He said and then sat back and watched them destroy their own blessings - they lost their perfect, sinless nature, their immortality, their ideal life in God's garden, and their untainted fellowship with God.  All it took was a few well-chosen words that inspired poisonous thoughts.  Notice how Satan picked on Eve, the weaker of the two?  (1 Peter 3:7)  She brought down Adam without Satan having to say a word personally to him, because Adam trusted Eve and cared for her.

Today, many Christians are being deceived by Satan into questioning what God really said.  That's still all it takes is a seed of doubt planted in a gullible mind.  If only Eve had thought for herself and trusted that God meant what He said and said what He meant.  We would still be in the garden today.  But here we are, telling each other that God will understand why we ignored His word and went our own way.  We think He won't mind that we're in outright rebellion against his instructions.  Instead of the stronger Christians (Adam) helping weaker Christians (Eve) understand right and wrong, many of us are just going along with them.  We think we're showing love to our brothers, because we care for them.  Looking back and seeing all of the grief that the original sin caused, can anyone really believe that what Adam did by going along with Eve's disobedience was the best choice?  Should we really follow in his footsteps and do the same thing?  Back then, they looked forward to the Savior, Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, who would provide a way for mankind to be restored to a right relationship with God.  Today, we have the benefit of knowing that work is already accomplished. 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Isaiah 5:20

"If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell."  Matthew 5:29-30

"But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea."  Matthew 18:6

"Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell."  Matthew 18:7-9

Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."  John 8:11b

“The most important command,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:29-31

The question then may be - what is the definition of love?  Is it "loving" to go along with anything and everything that people we care about suggest?  Is that what Adam would say now, in hindsight?  Eve allowed Satan to plant doubt in her mind about what God really said.  She acted on those doubts and then suggested Adam do the same, which he did without questioning.  Look around you at the dire problems of this world, all caused by just a few deadly errors.  There is not going to be another Savior.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  God's remedy for the sin-fallen world is already in place.  Will we believe Him, and accept His Way this time, or will humanity continue to insist after all this time has passed on going our own way, even though we have hindsight in our favor?  

"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."  John 14:21

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."  Matthew 7:13-14

But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. For you happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.  2 Corinthians 11:3-4

These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.  2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is in you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.  2 Corinthians 13:5

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  Ephesians 4:14-15

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:17-20

As for me, I have all I need.  I have Jesus.  Whatever He wants is what I want.  Whatever makes Him happy is what makes me happy.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Holy Trinity


And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Matthew 3:16-17

Father, Son and Spirit are all present at the baptism of Jesus.

kit: The Ark by Marta van Eck; photo (edited) from web; torn edge and page overlay by me

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Better Than Fine Gold


How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
Proverbs 3:13-15

kit: Owl Kingdom by Dawn Inskip

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hold Her Fast


Long life is in wisdom's right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.
Proverbs 3:16-18

kit: Owl Kingdom by Dawn Inskip

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Thousand Years


But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.  2 Peter 3:8

kits by Mandy King:  Beautiful One, Anticipation; brushes: Spring Bouquet by Kristmess

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Pendulum


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

In our nation, we seem to be swinging wildly between two extremes, neither of which is true:  1) God loves sin, and 2) God hates sinners.  The truth of the matter is in the middle: God loves people, but He hates sin.  We are to speak the truth in love.  There is no verse in the Bible that defines love as telling people what they want to hear instead of the truth, nor remaining quiet when there is an opportunity to share what God's word says on a subject. 

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.  Psalm 5:4

Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10

For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  Matthew 6:14

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. ...With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.  Ephesians 4:14-15, 17-19

background paper, carved wood frame: Assemblage by Marta van Eck; texture by me; clock: free stock photo

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Stop the Stampede!


But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!  Galatians 1:8

Species: Sheep; Group Name: drove, flock, herd
Stop the stampede!  Lasso the leader that the rest are following!
Don't follow the herd off that cliff!  Warn others!  

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Ephesians 4:14

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.  Matthew 7:15

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons  1 Timothy 4:1

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.  2 John 1:7

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  Colossians 2:8

lasso: free web image; other elements, background paper, alpha: Heather Roselli; image collage made from web images; page overlay by Marta van Eck

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Doxology


To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25

kit: Match Made in Heaven Boho Baby by Psychozoe Designs (retired); template by Akizo Designs

Friday, June 5, 2015

Married by God


For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

[Jesus said] "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."  Matthew 19:6

background paper by Valentina Creations (clouds selected with magic wand and duplicated from paper), blended heart shape made in PSE12, free stock photo 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Success


Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.  Proverbs 19:21

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
Don’t abandon me, for you made me.  Psalm 138:8

The measure and definition of success depends upon what the goal is.

What is the goal? To bring honor and glory to God.

How is it accomplished? By obeying God, relying on Him and persevering despite all obstacles, opposition, discouragement and temptation to veer off the path or give up.

Who is the Judge of success?  God alone.  Take heart—He has overcome the world and those who put their trust in Him will never be put to shame.

kit: What Dreams May Come by Mystique Designs (retired), pattern image collage of free stock photos

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Evidence of God


Scientists: "We can find no evidence that God exists no matter how closely we look."

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
Their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

kits: Desperate Green, I Like Chemistry, I Like Biology, Expedition by Marta van Eck

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Unfolding


The Bible is a love note from God.  He has written layers upon layers of messages from His heart to yours.  Open it up and ask Him to help you understand His great love for you.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130

kit: Valentine by Valentina's Creations, (photos by me, bokeh effect added)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Get Off the Tracks!


Watch out! I have warned you about this ahead of time! Mark 13:23

Jesus warned us of things to come.  He told us the only way to survive and endure these things is to be found in Him.  He is our refuge, peace and safety.  He warned us so we wouldn't be taken by surprise.  Nothing takes Him by surprise, and He takes care of His own.

background paper by Eeena's Creations, rope border by Optic Illusions