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Blog for September 28, 2017, Our Sanctification

Once again, we gathered in the Batt Cave family room for our Bible Fellowship. Even though it is officially fall, and the days are getting shorter, the Batt Cave is full of sunshine. Irma trimmed our trees and exposed more of our yard to light. Our average temperatures are still in the low 90’s, which means, we have hot days and hot Bible on Thursday evenings.

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New Growth on a plumaria tree, three weeks after hurricane Irma.

What came to light, in our sharing of sanctification notes, is that we are set apart by God from non-believers by being and conducting ourselves as saints.

Set apart by God – hagios – G40, as stated in Ephesians 1:4; Romans 12:1

Become holy – hagiosune – G42, from Romans 1:4; and 1 Thes 3:13

Behave as saints – hagiasmos G38, see Romans 6:19; 1 Thes 4:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30

As God’s chosen ones, his saints, we are separated from the world by our believing, the Christ in you, holy spirit. Our job, as a saint, is to bring light to others so that they may make a free will choice to believe. We may not always be loved by those who live in the physical world, in fact they may hate us. We have jobs to do as sons and daughters of God. What sets us apart? We believe and act on the Word of God. We stay thankful. We nurture our spiritual walk.

Join us next week for a meal, song, and time in the Word. Bless you.


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BLOG for Sept 21, 2017 Our Justification

On Thursday, Sept 21, we prayed for our fellow Floridians who were still without power and for all the workers who were working 16+ hour days to bring power and order back to us. As always, by God’s grace we have peace in our lives, even when the physical world is not very peaceful.

We brought together our notes and experiences and shared on our Identity in Christ – Justification. Justification – God’s legal decision to acquit man of guilt and sin and declare man accepted of Him. We did nothing to deserve God granting us justification. We can’t pray, work, grovel, pay, or beg for justification. God granted it to us by His grace. This sharing has three sections. First, How we received justification. Titus 3:7 reminds us that God justified us by his grace.

Titus 3:7

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The second section focused on How the adversary tries to trick us about our justification. Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians, reminds us of three ways the adversary (the devil) hides behind masks to get us to question our justification.

I Corinthians 4:3

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

The third section was about How we claim our justification and live justified. We spent the rest of our discussion in Romans 8 seeing how we can claim and live justified. We revisited Rick’s teaching on Romans Eight. We are not victims, like the adversary wants us to believe, we are more than conquerors as it says in Romans 8:37,

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Next week 9-28 , we are looking at our Sanctification, and the week after, 10-5, we are breaking bread together in an evening of food, music and the Word. Why don’t you join us?

We have set up a separate page where all our combined notes from the Identity in Christ weekend are filed. Click here.


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September 22, 2017 – Post Irma date + 12 from the journal of Battman and Robin

two car garage
A two car garage! a Florida anomaly.
tony in wagon
Tony moving inside
jam
Jam and Chutney
light comparision
Before and after lights.

We wanted to post a chronology of Hurricane Irma’s track, and got stuck in the aftermath and sunk in the mire of fallen vegetation and powerlessness. Bummer right?!

Here is our edited chronology.

Hurri-cane Irma Date Actual

Day & Date

Events or Comments
-2 F- Sept. 8 All plants tucked into inside greenhouse – guest room. Found camping stove, and lantern. No battery operated box fans available.
-1 S- Sept. 9 Extra water, propane, lanterns and flashlights in house. Cleaned out stored mangos from freezer by making jam and chutney. Placed water bottles to freeze in freezer (best idea)

Wind picks up, not much rain.

Rather than evacuating, (where would we go? We wanted to avoid the parking lot that was I 75) we had wine and watched movies – Laws of Attraction (Pierce Brosnan) and John Tesh Live at Red Rocks… (an old video from 1995)

0 S- Sept. 10 Windy more, rain intensifies. Rick is typing teachings from his notes from the “Our Identity in Christ” weekend and Robin is working on quilt blocks. We stop mid afternoon to watch the wind and rain outside, when we turn around the power is off. It’s about 2:00 PM. As the sky darkens, we pour more wine and turn on the battery-operated radio and listen to the commentary as we watch through our hurricane impact-glass living room windows horizontal rain, wind gusts up to 100 mph, steady winds over 50 mph and listen to how Irma as a CAT 4, hits Marco Island, and begins plowing her way north to our home. By the time she reaches Cape Coral, Ft. Myers area, her eye is just about disintegrated, she is down to a CAT 2, and because she hit land, no expected storm surge. She spreads power outages and water everywhere, rips trees up by the roots. Trees too big to rip up, she bends, breaks and tips over. Leaves fly everywhere; we are mesmerized by the sound of wind and rain on our metal roof. No sleep till late. Hot showers still available since our water heaters cool down very slowly.
+1 M- Sept. 11 Christ’s Birthday (according to the Bible and astronomical evidence). Still windy and the rain keeps coming down. We are over 10 inches. Not as much as our 20 inch rain two weeks ago. Since the soil is so soaked, more trees and shrubs tip over. After two days in a shelter, our dear friend and sister in Christ arrives. She sleeps on the couch as the guest room is the temporary greenhouse. We start the outside assessment and begin the clean up process. Our morning coffee and tea is fixed on the Coleman stove. Right outside on our patio.
+2 T- Sept. 12 Blur of cutting, dragging, stacking, assessing, and doing it again and again for two days.   No power, no internet, only texting to keep in touch with friends, and family. No use listening to the news as the stories repeat and repeat, and are not based in our local-personal reality.  Drove to Fort Myers to check on our friend’s house (still no power there, and no working redlights at major intersections in Ft. Myers though they worked in Cape Coral). On the way back home we noticed our favorite Mexican restaurant in Cape Coral had just opened, so we stopped in for a nice hot lunch (and $4.00 margaritas)…
+3 W- Sept. 13 Ditto of Tuesday, only we are out looking for ice to replenish our coolers. Other folk are in line for gas to run their generators. We take warmish showers. We work to right trees down in our and others yards. Some peoples’ yards look like there was never a hurricane. Ours – definitely hit by hurricane force winds and rain. Our neighbors across the street graciously offered us the use of their pool and grill, so we took most of our thawing foods over and grilled lots of food – sausage, chicken, shrimp, calamari, lamb, etc, then hung out in the pool and watched the stars above. Yes for the first time in SW Florida, we saw the Milky Way!
+4 T- Sept. 14 Thursday begins the same, we have the hunt for ice, but include a lunch in a local Publix that finally had internet access. We all catch up on email and FB accounts. Many pictures of different sorts of damage are posted on local groups. Back home, I’m lying on the floor with a small fan blowing on me when our power flickers once and then is steady on. I’m wondering how different our electric bill will be since we were cut off for 4+ days. Our friends come for a swim and bar-b-que at our neighbors’ and our weekly Bible Fellowship. See our Sept 14 Blog.
+5 F- Sept. 15 Did we mention that when the Chaya (Mexican Spinach shrub/tree) went over, it took four panels of the fence also? Sheared off three four-by-four supports at the base. Had to prop it up and lo and behold the native pitch apple that had been smushed under the fence was alive! So many of our plants have surprised us with their resilience. Looking wilted and dead-like one day, sprouting new growth the next. That is the definition of Florida foliage. Because of the instant loss of shade from the shrubs falling over and branches being lost from trees, several of the bromeliads succumbed to sunburn and had to be removed and quarantined so their pups (offsets) could grow and replace the damaged plants over the next couple months. Today, we tacked the big inside job of cleaning out the Fridge and Freezer. Oh my, it looks as clean and almost as empty as when we first hooked it up. Shopping soon.
+6 S- Sept. 16 Shopping for fence repair wood, plants and food. We found a new tree for the fenced yard to replace a Bay cedar and half of the native Fiddlewood that broke off: a weeping podocarpus. With several other fenced yard trees gone or severely trimmed, we need more shade. Many of Rick’s bromeliads have burned leaves from too much sunshine. We also finally planted our Norfolk pine, a garage-sale special that has lived for at least two years in a pot as it tripled in size. Now to repurpose the pot.
+7 S- Sept. 17 Planted new purple passion flower vines to entice the zebra longwings and fritillary butterflies back to the yard. Our wild lime is just bare bones, we hope the giant swallowtails don’t mind. Rick is sawing downed limbs and dragging to the piles on the edge of the property.
+8 M- Sept. 18 Same as Sunday
+9 T- Sept. 19 Ditto – the days are running together. More of our friends, neighbors and Christian family are receiving power. They have had rivers for streets, downed trees leaning on their houses, pool cages fly away or twist in the high winds. Our friend who had been staying with us since the day after got power at her house so was able to return back home.
+10 W- Sept. 20 Rick is ditto of earlier days. Robin starts to clean the gutters. She got 43% of the way around the house. Only 155 linear feet to go. Did she mention she can do about 5 feet and then have to move the ladder!
+11 T- Sept. 21 Took a brief time out to drive to Sanibel and visit our friends at their shell shop then have lunch at the Sanibel Café.

We find out that a contracted company that will begin the debris clean up will not pick up anything in a bag or bin. We have 10 bins and about 15 bags of material we have to empty. Thus grows the piles around the edge of our property.

Christian Fellowship tonight. See separate Blog on our Justification in Christ.

+12 F – Sept. 22 Ditto in working in the yard. Rick picks out a small section, and works the area. Much more to do. Eventually all sections of the front, back and fenced yard will be re-worked. Tomorrow tree trimmers will come. We believe they will be able to remove the broken limbs that are lodged in the trees.

Today my sister asked me if we were back to normal? We are not sure what the new normal is, we are not there yet. Blessings to all. Here are some pictures of our trials and tribulations. If you want to see more details of our yard, come and visit.

Video from a north facing window.

           

Downloaded 9-22-2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffir%E2%80%93Simpson_scale

Saffir–Simpson scale
Category Wind speeds
Five ≥70 m/s, ≥137 knots, ≥157 mph, ≥252 km/h
Four 58–70 m/s, 113–136 knots, 130–156 mph, 209–251 km/h
Three 50–58 m/s, 96–112 knots, 111–129 mph, 178–208 km/h
Two 43–49 m/s, 83–95 knots, 96–110 mph, 154–177 km/h
One 33–42 m/s, 64–82 knots, 74–95 mph, 119–153 km/h

 

Related classifications
Tropical storm 18–32 m/s, 34–63 knots, 39–73 mph, 63–118 km/h
Tropical depression ≤17 m/s, ≤33 knots, ≤38 mph, ≤62 km/h

 


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September 14, 2017 – Post Hurricane Irma: Day +4: Bible Fellowship

 

 

Our pre-Irma plan was to have brothers and sisters in Christ over for fellowship. We are working at our Identity in Christ – Justification. We postponed this conversation until the following Thursday, September 21. Check out that Blog post for more.

On the 14, only one of the three households attending had electrical power. Our lights flickered and then came on about 3:00 pm, 4 days and 1 hour after loosing power on Sunday the 10th. Everything started up and ran. Our inside temperatures had risen to 85 degrees and about 71 % humidity. Normal for us inside is 77 degrees and humidity below 55%. I had been lying on the tile floor with a small hand fan blowing a slight breeze to keep me cooler when the power returned. We also were able to have warm showers, which helped after being outside cleaning up brush and debris all day. Before fellowship, and after the return of electricity, I baked a mango and blueberry cobbler.

This Thursday we decided to bar-b-que, as our freezer contents were thawing. Tonight was burgers, dogs and brats, with buns, and condiments, and adult beverages. Yesterday it was lamb, pork, shrimp and brats. Tomorrow it would be meatloaf. We pared them with mangos, veggies and adult beverages. We grilled, swam in the pool and enjoyed fellowship and my first believers meeting in a pool. As always, manifestations were incredible.

After eating outside poolside, we returned to our home across the street. Instead of a teaching we divided into two groups. One, that discussed Genesis, always interesting. The other group tuned up my guitar and my baritone ukelele and sang. A first in this home! We sang two original tunes using the words from Psalm 19: 1-6, and a second using verses 7-11. Ashford had a tune to go with Psalm 136. He would sing the first phrase of the verse (all 26 of them) and we would respond with “…for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1) We also worked a song Christine had written some time ago on Receive, Retain and Release. Thank you to Ashford for using the Keys of G and C. Thanks to Christine for her sweet harmonizing. I remembered those chords. Music is one of my favorite ways to memorize scripture, sing praises to God, and harmonize with other voices. Good metaphor for Christian living.

We finished up the evening with mango cobbler. It is a variation on my toaster oven Bisquick™ peach cobbler recipe I have used since my sailboat living days. Recipe follows. By the time of this posting, all of the members of our Bible Fellowship have electrical power. We had dunamis all along!

PEACH COBBLER

Modified and Re-Printed from COOKS.COM

8 lg, fresh, ripe peaches (about 4 cups fruit)
1 c. Bisquick
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
2/3 stick butter

To the dry ingredients I add cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in various amounts.

Slice ripe peaches into 9 x 13 baking dish. Mix Bisquick and sugar together with a fork and drop small egg into the middle of mixture. Mix sugar and Bisquick mixture into egg (with fork) until crumbly. Slice 2/3 stick butter very thin and spread over top. Bake at 350 degrees until brown and crispy. About 20-25 minutes. My oven using a glass baking dish takes 30 minutes. I mix and match fruit to fill the bottom of the pan.

Psalm 19: First Song

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Psalm 19: Second Song

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.


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September 9, Our Identity in Christ

It is Saturday morning in Southwest Florida. Not one of our regular Saturdays when we are up with Yoga, market strolling and then a leisurely lunch at one of our favorite spots. We are prepared, preparing for a little extra wind and rain from Miss Irma. She has been lingering in the Caribbean for sometime now, and we believe is now moving our way. Our God is powerful and mighty. See Psalm 91.

Our bible fellowship met this last Thursday and began our digging deeper into our weekend event, Our Identity in Christ. Our identity in Christ begins with our believing God’s Word, His promises and knowing we are a part of the body of Christ. The introduction to the major teachings is what we have to share with you today. We identify with Christ – the redeemer, the glorified and resurrected one. By His works, we are Justified, Righteous, Redeemed, Sanctified, and have the Ministry of Reconciliation.


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September 4, Our Identity in Christ

Our Identity in Christ September 2 & 3, Cocoa, Florida.

WOW! We had the most Word filled weekend event. There were around 250 people from at least 18 states. We saw old and met new brothers and sisters in Christ, from a variety of places including: Hawaii, New York, Colorado, and Montana. Everything about the weekend was well planned, well executed and well received. This included Word filled teachings and original music. There was an incredible evening of music-filled entertainment.

The main teachings were about our rights as sons and daughters of God. They include and are not limited to: Justification, Sanctification, Redemption, Righteousness, and the Ministry of Reconciliation. Each one was taught by a dynamic minister. There were also break out sessions. These were on: Ministering Healing, Traveling Light, and Freedom in Christ.

We listened with intent to each teaching, took copious notes, and marked passages in our bibles for further research. We wrote questions to be explored later. We gave and received hugs from fellow believers, sometimes more than once.

In the coming weeks, our Blog will cover these teachings and break out sessions. Look for this Friday’s Blog on more of what we learned this past weekend. The these verse for this event was Romans 6:4.


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August 31: Trusting in God

Rick shared his teaching called Trusting in God. He reviewed two Hebrew words for trust – batach and chasah. Batach is trust – lean on, to trust, to be confident, and is used with that meaning in Proverbs 3:5. Chasah is also trust – where you take refuge, flee for protection, confide in, trust, an are confident as in Psalm 34:8. He said that when we trust in God we can claim His promises. Rick presented five.

  1. To supply all our needs, (II Corinthians 3:4-5)
  2. Protection so we can live without fear, (Psalm 56:3-4, 11)
  3. Guidance in our personal walk and service, (Psalm 119:105)
  4. Peace in our lives, (Isaiah 26:3)
  5. In our prayer lives, (Psalm 55:17, 22)

In his teaching, he presented more verses to illustrate how we can trust in God and claim His promises. Download it from our website. Visit our page on Preaching, Teaching and Healing for more Word. We had several fellow believers around the table with us last night. Here is a snapshot of us as we preach, teach and heal.

We are headed out to a weekend of Christian Fellowship. More about it next week. Let me close with Psalm 103: 1-5 – Bless the Lord…


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Battman’s Seashells* are now Revealed on our web site

Triplofusus giganteus growth series

Rick has been helping others for a while to identify their shells. He wanted to share some of his collection. Now we have our own site, BattandRobin.com where you can check out pictures of shells in his collection. They are grouped into Gastropods, Pelecypods, and Cephalopods. Each group is organized loosely in order of families. Each picture is labeled with the scientific name, the common name, locality data, and size. To enjoy this selection of his collection, follow the links below to his pictures.

Battman’s Seashells              Gastropods                     Pelecypods                        Cephalopods

Check out the rest of our site, we have our travels, our biblical research teachings, and other stuff. Follow us and you will receive updates as more stuff is added. Rick is planning to add pictures of fossils,and gardens in the sometime future.

  • – Some shells names and family membership are subject to change without notice. Those pesky researchers are continually updating the taxonomy. Isn’t that what science is about, changing as new evidence emerges.


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August 24 Bible Fellowship – Trusting in the Lord

Last night, our bible fellowship started with a meal. We had, mahi mahi, conch, roasted vegetables and quinoa salad. Yum. Our appetites satiated, we dove into the Word, filling our spiritual appetites.

Christine taught on the topic, Trusting in the Lord. She had recently read Hebrews in the Message Bible and it gave her more understanding on how to trust and rest in the Lord. She presented a detailed examination of Proverbs 3:5 and 6. She shared about Hezekiah who trusted in the Lord. From the Word, she showed us several example of what we have when we trust in the Lord. Our conversation reminded Rick about his research and found he has 13 teachings on Trust. So, next week he is sharing on the word trust in the Hebrew. There are two main ones, batach and chasah.

From listening to an online teaching, I wanted to follow up on Psalms 16:11. Thou will shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. We took out the concordances and worked through the verse. See my write up on this and on Christine’s sharing at our web site: Preach, Teach and Heal: The Evolution of a Christian Home Fellowship.

What I’m loving in our fellowship at the table, is sitting with our bibles and concordances and digging into the word. A real 2 Timothy 2:15 moment. We like being self-governing, and self- supporting. Come, join us next week.


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New aspect of our blog and site: Battman’s Seashell collection

syrinx 27 inchshell collector 50 years apart

Rick has been collecting seashells for a long time. His grandparents started him off with a bag of shells and the Golden Nature Guide to Seashells when he was five. He is pictured here 50 years apart, seven and 57. Do you think he is holding the same Nautilus? Since moving to Florida, he has invited shell collectors to view his collection. He also is active on Social Media, answering a variety of questions regarding shells. He is sharing the column he writes for a local shell club, “Shell of the Month.” You can find them on his page Worldwide Seashells: Battman’s Collection. watch this page for upcoming albums of his collection.