Rick has been busy updating his previous research teachings. Here is a list of the newly available teachings. Click on their names for links, and visit our Preach , Teach, and Heal page for them and more. Soon we will be categorizing teachings by theme. If there is a topic or theme you would like to see, let us know.
Winter has arrived in Florida. Some of us are getting a little frost on our tropical plants and some of us have covered plants with sheets and others brought the most delicate ones into our patios and lanai’s. In our home this past Wednesday, we were warm in the Lord and taught about five healing realities that are ours to TAKE. Click here for the complete healing teaching. Those five realities are described further. They are: The Word, Communion, Prayer, New Birth and Gifts of Healing. Remember that we are already healed according to what the Bible says in,
I Peter 2:24, Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. AND
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
When something is said twice, it is established. We are and were healed by the works of Jesus Christ. We are healing and have the power to heal others. Lets get busy, making the healing realities a part of our everyday lives! Check out our page on Preaching, Teaching and Healing page for more teachings.
Happy New Year to all. We are experiencing our usual Florida winter, not as cold as some of you, but cold for us. 40’s and 50’s. When its too cold to work outside, we turn again to researching God’s Word. Rick has over 90 research based biblical teachings. He re-worked, updated and checked for clarity five teachings. They focus on claiming God’s promises and walking out on them in our daily living. You can access them from our page: Preach, Teach and Heal, and from the links provided by clicking on each title. Bless you as you step out each day of this new year. May it bring you joy and peace.
Thursday December 14, 2017 Christine taught on Grace. Charis is the Greek word for grace. She shared many forms of charis and their meanings. John 1:17 was our starting verse, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. She also showed us that grace is the course of many things including salvation, Acts 15:11; believing, Acts 18:27 ; and justification, Romans 3:24. She also described grace and how grace relates to believers. Her teaching is posted on our webpage: Preach, Teach and Heal.
This past week we moved our bible fellowship to Wednesdays. We were missing too many Thursday evenings to other commitments. We gathered around our table and shared again on Grace. This time, a teaching Rick prepared a few years ago, and hadn’t yet taught it. It is uploaded on our Fellowship page, scroll down to the new uploaded teaching. Our evening was filled with the Word and how in John 1:17, It is explained that The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Rick also taught about how Jesus Christ is not God and how the first part of John 1 explains that. When John wrote this Gospel in about 90 A.D., people were already mistaking the Messiah for God. After fellowship, we made chai lattes, shared sweets and best wishes for the upcoming Holidays. Bless you and keep you as you travel to visit family or family comes to you. Check out our page Teach, Preach and Heal for this teaching and more.
We just received our first copies of the new Second Edition of my self-illustrated educational children’s science book, “What do you mean, Dinosaurs didn’t live in Hawai’i?” and it’s now available for purchase. Minor revisions were made to the main text, and some new pictures were added. Thanks Bob at MdM Publications for doing such a great job helping to put it together.
The premise is using the question of why dinosaurs didn’t live in Hawai’i to explore some basic concepts of science including plate tectonics, geologic time, and geographic isolation as we focus on the origin and evolution of the Hawaiian Islands. This 48-page book also includes a glossary and questions to inspire future learning with a link to an activities guide on our website.
I’m in the process of working on my next book in this same basic venue, called “What do you mean, Dinosaurs aren’t found in Florida?” Different state, different geology and history…
Two new shell of the months are now available to download and read. They were written by Rick for the Sanibel Captiva Shell Club Newsletter. The first, on the Giant Tun, Tonna galea, a shell found in the Atlantic Ocean including Florida. It’s one of the largest species of Tun shells found worldwide. The second, Atlantic Triton’s Trumpet, Charonia variegata is found across the Atlantic. This species is one of the largest species of tritons worldwide. It is popular among collectors. Both of these showcase shells in Rick’s collection. Click on the Shell name to go directly to the file.
This past Sunday, we had an open fellowship at our home. More than 20 believers gathered to hear the Word taught by Rev. Rico Magnelli. He taught on Moving Ahead with Grace. He said that Grace from God is like the air we breath. It is all around us all the time, everywhere! God offers grace to those who believe on Him. God does it out of love for his children, it is not something we work to attain. Rico highlighted three men from the Bible who received Grace from God. The three men were Noah in Genesis 6:5-7; Jesus Christ in Luke 1:30 and 2:40; and Paul in Philippians 3:13 and 14, and I Corinthians 15. Rico said, Grace allows you to move forward in your life, like a gentle breeze moving across your path. We have more to learn about Grace in our Bible Fellowship.
After the teaching, we enjoyed sweet and savory snacks, walking in the garden and sweet fellowship with fellow believers. Here are some pictures from our day together.
Rick and I spent two weeks this past November, following one of our favorite Fall highways. We drove up to Pennsylvania to a shell show. We made a long days stop at Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA. Then drove to the Delaware shore to stay at Dewey Beach, DE. After several days we began our drive south along the Outer Banks. Rick posted many pictures from this trip, including two spectacular sunsets. We beach combed, ate plenty of seafood and enjoyed the cooler nights at Cape Hatteras and on Ocracoke Island, NC.
What I wanted to share with all of you is how we found Peace in our hearts on this trip. Many people look for a sign from God to guide them through their life. Instead of seeking a sign, we should listen for God always. Where will we hear his voice?
Psalm 23:2b He leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalm 29:3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
We find the still small voice of God when we listen, not to the roaring wind or mighty earthquakes, but in the quiet moments.
What an evening of delighting in the Word of God. We discussed our Righteousness from God’s perspective. How He sees us as his sons and daughters. God has said in His Word, in Romans 10:10 the with our heart we believe unto righteousness.
Romans 10:10, from the Message Bible says,
10 With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
God has made things right. He does not concern himself with our sins. Nor should we, dwell on them and condemn ourselves over and over again. In fact, they are cast as far is the east is from the west as it says in Psalm 103:8-12.
Here again from the Message Bible
8 God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love.9 He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.10 He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.11 As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him.12 And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.
God’s Word always has examples we can follow and learn how to embrace our Righteousness. This teaching followed Abram to Abraham and 25 years of his life. Abram heard the promise from God that he would become the father of many nations. He had to follow God’s promises. Abram decided to follow his own ideas. It took 25 years for Abraham to get it right, give birth to Issac and moved into the promised land.
We need to keep walking with our Father. God gave us two examples of people to walk in their footsteps, Jesus Christ and Abraham. We walk like Abraham, we make mistakes, we move on. God is not looking at our mistake. He gave us righteousness.