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Blog for November 9, 2017 Our Righteousness

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.

Bless you


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Blog for October 12, 2017: Our Redemption -We are bought with a price

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Like a new believer ready to burst forth in blooms, just like this Ixora bouquet.

As we continue in our review of our Identity in Christ, this evening we reviewed our Redemption. Our notes were pretty much in alignment as the teacher, Reverend Tom Knupp was clear and concise in his presentation. In this teaching we learned about two elements to redemption — payment and release.

Rev. Knupp taught this through three themes. First was the Past. God authored the payment and release plan before the foundation of the world. The book of Ruth, where the Red Thread is our kinsman redeemer, from the Hebrew word goel. We needed to look at many Orientalisms and figures of speech to really understand the meaning of the actions of Naomi and Ruth in this book of the Bible. One Greek word stood out in this teaching, huiothesia – adoption. Before God adopted us as his children, we were Not my People. Hosea 2:23; Romans 9:25, 26, and 1 Peter 2:9, 10.

Second was the Present and how Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption. He is our kinsman redeemer. He fulfilled the law, was sinless, and by his shed blood all were redeemed.

Ephesians 1:7 in the Amplified Bible

In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and generosity of His gracious favor.

Third is the future. The payment has been received, we now await the release from the bondage of corruption with eternal life. Now that we are his adopted children we are heirs together with Christ. We have been bought with a price and our release from sin has been accomplished.

How shall redeemed brothers and sisters in Christ behave? We should, as it says in

1 Corinthians 6:20

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirits which are God’s.

Next week we are meeting at the beach!

 


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Blog for Thursday October 5, 2017: A Meal, Songs, and Fellowship

Last Thursday’s fellowship was an Acts 2:46b and Psalms 100:2 Evening.

Acts 2:46b

…and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.

The word meat is from the Greek word trophe, it means nourishment or food. It is a figure of speech – using one word that represents a whole, in this case meat for a meal.

We did! We each brought a dish to pass. Our fellowship has an abundance of accomplished chefs and people who enjoy eating. We enjoyed meat and veggie spaghetti, and stuffed bell peppers for main dishes. We had three side dishes: green salad, sautéed broccoli rabe with garlic, and watermelon rind with red onion, feta with balsamic salad dressing. AND pumpkin pie and Lotus Biscoff cookies for dessert. We heard that left overs were thoroughly enjoyed by those who were not able to attend. No pictures, we didn’t want people drooling on their keyboards. Fellowship around a table, while eating is sweet. We all enjoyed the labor of others, we shared our victories in post hurricane clean-up, and talked about future plans. We prayed for the continued healing and for needs being met for all who were in the path of recent hurricanes Irma, Maria and Nate. God has blessed us with abundance in our lives. We are peaceful, knowing that he will meet all our needs. We SIT and have patience, longsuffering and more… as stated in Galatians 5:22.

We shared God’s Word through songs. Christine led our singing with some of her favorites. She shared some background of the songs. Robin accompanied Do You Know My Jesus with her guitar. She can use more practice (says she, lol). The songs are posted for you. Christine’s Songs

We closed our evening with Psalms 100.

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Next Week: Our Identity in Christ: Our Redemption. Join us.

Batt Cave update: Plant material keeps piling up on our curb. No collection day in sight. Rick is reworking his bromeliad placement, and has set up a new area in the front yard.

We added a new dendrobium orchid to our collection. It is in full bloom.

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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 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.