Share Your World 2013 Week 38

share-your-world2Here are some good questions from Cee to help us get to know each other. Be warned this week’s questions may require some deep thinking! Check out Cee’s other supporters at

What were you most likely doing on this day when you were 12 years old?

Since this was in my B.C. days (Before Christ) I was most likely channeling the spirit of some dead person in my neighborhood ( today is Halloween after all). I was kind of a creepy little kid.

If you could write about, paint a picture or photograph any scenery you’ve seen before, what scene would your use?

What a hard question. I have so many scenes running through my head right now. I would probably pick the Grand Canyon from the North Rim.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Oh boy another humdinger of a question! I love quotes so to narrow this down is nigh unto impossible for me. Let’s see I guess for now I will go with …Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. Helen Keller

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I love my little Maltese dogs! Thanks Cee, for this one easy question!

little dog


Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 20

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

I am off to Hyannis for a pastor’s conference. Our keynote speaker for the next few days will be Sam Huddleston. Before I go, though, I wanted to start off our next discussion in the book of Acts. If you have missed any of our previous discussions and would like to join the loop it’s not too late. Just look on the “House On Fire” page under the “Pastor Wrinkles” drop down above.

Here is today’s discussion topic:

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. Acts 8:26-40 NIV

Question: If you were Philip how would you have felt being called away from the revival in Samaria? Would you have felt any different after speaking with the Ethiopian eunuch?

C.cada Art Show Oct. 2013

As many of you have asked for a peek at what happened during our art show last weekend I thought I would bring you a post displaying some of the music and moments of the show:

Clayton Phelps is a brother in the Lord who helps me out with a monthly communion service I do for the disabled community. He opened our show musically on Friday night.

The Lingala Landscape

The Lingala Landscape

This acrylic painting created in a two hour session by Pastor Don Evans from Trumbull CT was part of an auction geared to raise $45,000.00 for the translation of the Lingala Fire Bible. It was auctioned to me as part of the display for our Arts In Action segment. And yes the $45,000.00 was raised (though my bid was one very small part of it).

The following pieces were part of our main gallery. Many of the 150 pieces which hung in our main gallery can be seen at


Here are some candids of people caught during the show

Charlotte Dorais, painter and worshipper

Charlotte Dorais, painter and worshipper

Our Cafe

Our Cafe

Chris Muzzey was a guest soloist on Saturday afternoon.

Doug Stevens led a wood carving demonstration for us on Saturday

Doug Stevens led a wood carving demonstration for us on Saturday


Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 19

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


Many thanks to LIllian and Debby who added their two cents into our last discussion on persecution in the church. If you missed the lesson and have some cents of your own to put in you can find our previous classes on my House On Fire Page

Now let’s begin today’s discussion in Acts chapter 8: 4-25

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.

Simon the Sorcerer

9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

The story of Philip in Samaria is a fairly well-known passage of Scripture. Apocryphal stories of Simon the Sorcerer abound. But I don’t want to spend much time focusing on Simon. I would like to focus on the immensity of these events extended to a people who were not Jewish. The church is branching out.

Please also note verse 12 … both men and women were baptized in Samaria. I think the mention of women being baptized is significant because the church here is beginning to break down the barrier  between men and women. While the Jews of the the first century were praying daily “God thank you that I am not a Gentile or a woman” Paul was beginning to preach to the Gentiles : “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Gal. 3:26-29

Does the Acts 8:12 and the Galatians 3 passage effect or change the roles of men and women in the eyes of God? How?

I cannot wait to hear your answers on this one!

Share Your World With Cee Cee 2013 Week 37




Today I am posting for a second time in order to get my weekly Cee post in. Things are slowing back to normal a bit but only for a few days ( So I guess that means normal is now the busier pace I have been living for months). This weekend we have our church trunk-or treat outreach and then three days of Pastor’s Retreat in Hyannis where I will probably be away from my computer almost entirely. I will endeavor to get ahead on my posting so that you all can keep reading. You really need to check out Cee’s  friends and their take on these questions at  While you are there why don’t you check out Cee’s new website and photography as well!


Here are today’s questions and answers:

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

In the spring and summer and early autumn I love to take walks and to pray outdoors. There is something very connective about seeking the Lord out amongst His creation. In the late fall and winter I have no favorite outdoor activities however. I try to stay in as much as possible because the weather during this time of year is truly frigismalwegristusting that is weather that is frigid, dismal, wet, gross and disgusting!

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

I eat a LOT of casseroles. If you can put it in a crock pot or mix it with noodles I am there!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

In spite of the fact that our winters are frigismalwegristusting I would still choose to live in the North East of the United States. Three out of four seasons ain’t bad!

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I am not a big fan of shovelling the snow in the frigismalwegristusting weather.



Somebody out there needs to here this!



About 10  years ago my Pastor sent me the following thought provoking writing by George D. Watson via email and I thought I’d share it with you today.

Be encouraged.

Be challenged.

Be blessed.


“If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

 Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag…

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Heaven Pt. 132: Purposeful Gifts

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13 “You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good. 14 You made known to them your holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws through your servant Moses. 15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them. Neh. 9:13-15 NIV

As I read the “Heaven” verses today I am reminded that we are just 63 short days away from Christmas! The retailers are about to go mad as men and women, boys and girls begin searching for those perfect gifts for those special someones. Some will find the perfect gifts others will not. They will settle on items sure to be regifted at 2014’s white elephant swap.

While our gifts might not be perfect, God’s gifts never fall short of the mark. He always gives us exactly what we need even if sometimes it is not exactly what we want.

God gave his children laws and decrees that would set them up with the perfect society, a society that would have the moral integrity to rightly rule the nations. Israel proved not only that they couldn’t live up to the law but that most of the time they didn’t even want to try.

God gave them manna and water from the rock and yet while the manna gave them strength and the water slaked their thirst the Israelites could never stop complaining about the fact that it was not meat and milk.

I postulate that the gifts were what the Israelites needed and they were given for a purpose. The laws and commands were given to build morality into a culture that had been bathed in the worldliness of Egypt and therefore the weakness of Egypt. They were given so that Israel would have the fortitude to go in and take possession of their rightful homeland.  Even the severely monochromatic diet God gave the Israelites was given to drive them into the Promised Land; It was given so that they would not choose 40 years in the desert over conquest of a land flowing with milk and honey. Instead of recognizing these gifts as provisions and incentives though  the Israelites chose to look at them as God leaving them with the short stick.

Today God HAS given you WHAT YOU NEED. Most likely it is not all that you want. How does this perceived lack  actually drive you toward God’s ultimate plan for your life? How does the gift you never wanted strengthen you for the battle that cannot be avoided?

The Heaven Posts are a word study through the Bible using every mention of the word “Heaven”. If you would like to read other Heaven posts go to

Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 18

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

Our conversation through the book of Acts is going strong. Thanks to Debby and Ann for their contributions to the dialogue over the weekend. Today we begin to discuss Acts chapter 8. If you have missed any of our previous discussions and would like to get in on the action you can find them here

Now on to today’s discussion: If you remember from our last lesson, Christianity obtained its first martyr in Acts chapter 7 when the deacon Stephen was stoned to death… The Bible goes on to say…

And Saul approved of their killing him.

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Acts 8:1-3

In Acts 8:1 we have the introduction of the man who is going to dominate the rest of Acts and indeed most of the New Testament, the Apostle Paul.  By his own admission Paul was ...”circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. “Phil 3:5

We know he grew up in Tarsus the capital of Cilicia.

See if you can find it here


According to Acts 22 we know Paul was a student of the Pharisee Gamaliel. However it would seem that Paul and Gamaliel did not see eye to eye on every matter of faith.  History shows us that over time a division had developed in  Pharisaic theology. Two schools of Pharisaism emerged. The Hillel tradition (which Gamaliel held to) and the Shammai tradition (which Paul seems to have favored as a Pharisee)

Here is a good article on the difference between the two schools:

So in Acts Chapter 8 verse 3 we see Paul as a Shammai Pharisee beginning to persecute the church with great zeal. We also see the people of the church fleeing for their lives.

In the free countries of the world today it is hard for us to imagine being persecuted right out of your home. Yet just today I received a prayer request from a church In Bangladesh whose members have been ordered to begin worshipping Allah at the mosque or suffer eviction from their homes by the town government. Acts 8:1-3 is very real for many of our brothers and sisters around the world. If you were faced with such a situation what would you do? Would you stand up for your rights and fight? Would you run? Would you go underground and become a secret believer and a public pagan?

How contagious are you?

This is a great message for our church’s season of compassion!


Picture in your mind this scene from Mark 1:40-45…a man suffering from leprosy is approaching Jesus.  His disease is highly contagious and has left him with skin, muscles and bones simply sloughing off his body.  The treatment of the day was simply to isolate those with the disease.  It’s possible that no one had touched him in years.  Yet Jesus reached out and touched him and healed him.  He was not infected by the man’s leprosy.  Jesus was more “contagious” with the power of God than the leper was contagious with his leprosy.

While no Christian should be surprised by what Jesus did in this story, what we should be asking ourselves is, “Am I that kind of contagious Christian?”  And, if not, why not?  Have I ruled out some people–sure that they would resist the “Good News”?  Can I honestly believe that some are so far from God that…

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