Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

This week we have been challenged to bring the things that usually stay hidden to the front while placing the things that usually grab attention at the rear of the bus. Here is my attempt.

The Glassy Eyed Girl by JE Lillie

The Glassy Eyed Girl by JE Lillie

If you would like to try the Weekly Photo Challenge join us at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/weekly-photo-challenge-in-the-background/

Heaven Pt. 114

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“And (Jehoshaphat) said, O LORD God of our fathers, [art] not thou God in heaven? and rulest [not] thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand [is there not] power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” 2 Chron. 20:6

King Jehoshaphat fearfully prayed these words as his kingdom, Judah, was threatened by an alliance of ancient enemies. I think many in the church today can relate with Jehoshaphat’s consternation.It’s easy to forget as we look at the doings of Earth’s kingdoms that God is the ex-officio President of every board and parliament in the world. In the end He always gets the deciding vote. The nations are playing right into His hand even as they seek to write Him out of world history. Remember Christian, God planned these days. He has told us about them and orchestrated them to bring about the salvation of the church and ultimately the glory of His name.  As I close today,

I leave you with the Father’s response to Jehoshaphat’s prayer. It is a perfect reminder to us of how God will work in our days, “Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s….Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.” @ Chron. 20:15,17

Thursdays Lingering Look At Windows Week 19

I know…I know, it’s Friday and I am still on Thursday. It seems the weeks are just picking up so much speed lately that I cannot keep up. I am continually a day late and a dollar short. I hope you like the windows anyway 😉

Brenda & the Cheese Window, Delft

Brenda & the Cheese Window, Delft

Church of the Holy Spirit, Side Entrance, Delft

Church of the Holy Spirit, Side Entrance, Delft

Me & the Cheese Window

Me & the Cheese Window

Do you like how I sandwiched the Holy Spirit between me and my sister? The truth is He is always in the middle of things if you just look.

Hey, if you want to present a windows post of your own join the rest of us at: http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/thursday-lingering-look-at-windows-week-19/ I look forward to seeing you through your windows!

Pastor Wrinkles:The Ever-Present Now

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

 

In his well-known book, The Screwtape Letters,  C.S. Lewis writes from the vantage point of a devil. He writes, “The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present–either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure. “

Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” MA. 6:34 NIV

The truth is God dwells in eternity which is not lots of time but no time and all time together. He is able to inhabit past, present, future and something else besides which is beyond any of those things. But He has made us different in that we cannot dwell in anything but the ever-present now. We remember the past. We can minimally plan for the future, and He has set eternity in our hearts according to Ecclesiastes. But we can only dwell in and deal with the present.

While this may frustrate us it is God’s plan. The Psalmist writes, “As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—Psm. 103:13-17

To paraphrase Lewis the present is the context in which we identify with eternity. We understand eternity only as we come to, “obey the present voice of conscience, bear the present cross, receive the present grace,  and give thanks for the present pleasure. “

While I suppose we can’t speak absolutely about why God has made this so I believe we can say with some authority that the reason God has made us like this is because in this form we are continually offered the opportunity to put forth that attitude which He so deeply enjoys…faith. As we walk in faith He becomes our hope and we then have access to that greatest force in all the universe…God’s love. So it is our very diminished capacity, living in the ever-present now, that has the potential to create the cycle of which I Corinthians 13 speaks so highly…“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:13

The Netherlands 2013 Day 6

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Keukenhof Gardens

For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. ISa. 61: 11

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Keukenhof Gardens

 Do not be afraid, land of Judah;
    be glad and rejoice.
Surely the Lord has done great things!
22     Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
    for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
    the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
    rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
    because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
    both autumn and spring rains, as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
    the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—Joel 2: 21-25

 

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Keukenhof Gardens

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26,27

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

I hope you enjoyed these photos and Scriptures inspired by Keukenhof  Gardens!

The Netherlands 2013 Delft Continued

As promised here are more pictures from Delft the city of the Royals.

A flower shop behind the Oude Kerk. Delft

A flower shop behind the Oude Kerk. Delft

One of the most exciting things I did in Delft was to climb the tower of the Nieuwe Kerk. The church is the burial-place of the Family Orange. While the sanctuary and royal crypt are amazing the climb up the tower is absolutely breathtaking. From the steeple you can see all the way to Rotterdam and Den Hague. Warning: this is definitely not an activity for those with a fear of heights!

When in Delft remember it’s only 278 steps to the top!

Lightning Rod Cross

Lightning Rod Cross

The Netherlands Day 4 1/2 and 5

Brenda and I left Amsterdam and trained to Delft.  By the time the train stopped at Delft station and we made it to the town square it was well past lunchtime. So we stopped at a little cafe called Rossio’s

Yummy fresh Dutch bread!

Yummy fresh Dutch bread!

After our lunch the waitress was kind enough to hail us a cab and we taxied to our hotel, a place on the outskirts of town called the Shanghai. We were surprised (though I suppose we shouldn’t have been) when all the channels on the tele were in Chinese.

But I don't speak Chinese!

But I don’t speak Chinese!

Fortunately we were given free tokens to the bar downstairs. When Brenda and I went to get our free coffee we noticed Ice Road Truckers was playing on the public set. So back in our room we fiddled a bit with our TV  and lo and behold English started coming out! Huzzah!

Not that we watched a whole lot because we were there to tour!

Here are some shots of Delft:

After visiting the Oude Kerk we visited the Nieuwe Kerk which is the burial-place for The Dutch Royal Family.

Hey! Come back tomorrow for more of Delft!

Heaven Pt. 113

Thunder Clouds, Winchendon MA/ Wind

Thunder Clouds, Winchendon MA/ Wind

“Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and [on] his left. And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And [the LORD] said, Thou shalt entice [him], and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do [even] so. ” 2 Chron. 18: 18-21 KJV

One of the weaknesses the enemies of God suffer is a simple denial of the truth. They believe lies. Somewhere along the line the truth becomes hidden from them and they embrace things about God which are absolutely ridiculous. Things like:

“God doesn’t judge people. God loves people.”

I suppose it’s not entirely untrue. God does love people but God does judge people for their sin. He did it with Ahab and his kingdom. Ahab and his wife Jezebel doubted God had the power to carry out his threats. Are our kings today so very  different? I wonder if our culture’s tendency to believe half truths about God doesn’t mean that the spirit who enticed Ahab might just be up to his old tricks once again.

Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.11 So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. 2 Thes. 2:8-12

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

This week’s photo challenge is escape.

For me the greatest escape is prayer. I flee this world and run into the throne room of God. I find   rest in the presence of my Abba Father who loves me passionately. The following words and photos speak to me of the hope and escape found in prayer.

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Reformed Church, Spring Valley PA

Reformed Church, Spring Valley PA

 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Sanctuary of the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Sanctuary of the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

The Royal Sepulchre of the Kings and Queens of The Netherlands, Delft

The Royal Sepulchre of the Kings and Queens of The Netherlands, Delft

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Pastoral Scene, Zaan Region

Pastoral Scene, Zaan Region

 

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Pastor Wrinkles: The Chapter Charts Pt. 164

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Today we continue our chapter by chapter study through the Word of God. The goal of the chapter charts is to discover new meaning in every chapter of the Bible by coming up with three topics or titles we could write on from each chapter. So far our little band of bible-studiers has found at least three sermon topics or titles for every chapter in the Bible up through II Kings chapter 7

Here is what I see in today’s chapters:

II Kings chapter 8 sermon topics/ titles:

1. The Echoes of Miracles: II Kings 8: 1-6

2.  The Pain Of Vision: II Kings 8: 8-13

3. Wandering In Wickedness: II Kings 8: 16-29

II Kings chapter 9 sermon topics/ titles:

1. When God Causes You To Run: II Kings 9: 1-3

2. Going To the Dogs OR A Slow Fade: II Kings 9: 5-37

3. Success With God Is A Process: II Kings 9:5-37

Now tell me what you see in these chapter! 🙂