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Faith Filled Friday: For His Mercy Endureth for Ever

by Connie Terpack September 30, 2022

I found this psalm unusual because of the repetition of the phrase – for his mercy endureth for ever.

It reminds us of everything that God has done and that he is truly merciful. I would love to hear this sung or even recited in its native tongue.

KJV Psalm 136:1-36

1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever.

8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever.

9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever.

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever.

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever.

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever.

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever.

20 And Og the king of Rashan: for his mercy endureth for ever.

21 And gave their land for a heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 Even a heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever.

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Faith Filled Friday: Requests in the Lord’s Prayer

by Connie Terpack

The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

I never thought about this before but we make 7 requests of the Lord when we say this prayer. This is how I understand them.

1. Hallowed be thy name. God’s name is holy and we should be respectful of his name and him.

2. Thy kingdom come. All Christians are looking forward to Christ’s return and our going to heaven.

3. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. God’s will frequently does not coincide with ours, but we would be happier if we followed his will instead of our own. In heaven God is the supreme leader and I doubt that anyone disagrees with him.

4. Give us this day our daily bread. I think this is asking the Lord to supply our daily needs. Whether it is for finances, health, friendships or family we need God to help us with every step we take.

5. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Forgiveness is hard for us sometimes. It not always easy to forgive others. The note in my Bible has that debts are obligations incurred; i.e., sins of omission and commission. Forgiveness means “cancellation of these debts or obligation.”

6. And lead us not into temptation, When I pray this my thought is that God will help me when I am tempted or even avoid the problem altogether.

7. but deliver us from evil. Here we are asking God to keep us from evil and/or to keep evil from us.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. This last thought is praise and not a request. I don’t think we can give God enough praise. Most importantly, that sentence tells me God is in control and we have nothing to worry about.

Faith Filled Friday: Paul’s Snake Bite

by Connie Terpack September 16, 2022

Acts 28:1-8

This story begins in Acts 27, but I’m starting in chapter 28.

Paul and the other prisoners escaped to a small island called Melita. Paul wrote that the barbarous people showed them no little kindness for they kindled a fire and received every one of them because of the rain and cold.

My KJV Bible explains that “barbarous people” is the Greek word for people who speak a foreign tongue. I thought it meant wild and inhospitable.

Verses 3-6 tell of Paul’s snake bite while gathering wood and adding the sticks to the fire.

3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat and fastened on his hand.

4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, ‘No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.’

5 And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm.

6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly; but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and lodged us three days courteously.

8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux [dysentery]; to whom Paul entered in and prayed, and laid his hands on him and healed him.

What I found most interesting was Paul’s calmness. A venomous snake just bit him and all he does is shake it off into the fire, like it was no big deal! I pictured the snake about 2-3 feet long and slender. A snake that could easily blend in with a bunch of sticks. The Bible calls it a “beast” in verse 4. To me, that makes it as big around as a man’s forearm and at least 5-6 feet long! Paul had no doubt about his trust and faith in Jesus.

God Our Father

Paul teaches a number of truths about God the Father in this epistle. Verses are in 2 Corinthians:

1) He is the living God (3:3; 6:16)

2) He is the God of grace, mercy, and comfort (1:2-3)

3) He is faithful (1:18)

4) His power is available to His people (4:7; 6:7; 13:4)

5) He is the Father of Christ (1:3), and of His people (6:18)

We Honor America 9/11

America, we love you.


If you aren’t familiar with this terrorist attack, here’s a 2-minute overview:

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R.I.P Queen Elizabeth II

She was a wonderful queen.

Stevie Turner

Instead of my usual Friday Click & Run or Friday Review, I feel I have to pay my own tribute to our Queen.

Everyone will remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard of the Queen’s passing. Sam and I were doing the rather mundane job of washing up after dinner when at 6.30pm, Huw Edwards, who had been manfully waffling on for hours about the possible state of the Queen’s health (wearing a black tie, and so was obviously in the know) whilst inwardly praying for a royal statement, finally announced the death of our longest-reigning monarch.

Gyles Brandreth said something that resonated with me; she was a ‘good person who had led a good life’. This is true – not taking into consideration two of her errant children, not one whiff of scandal about her had clouded the whole 70 years of her reign.

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Faith Filled Friday: Prayer is an Awesome Thing!

By Nancy Chapman September 2, 2022

Prayer is an awesome thing! Just think! We can go immediately into the presence of a righteous, holy God. The door is wide open! We have “a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 12:14-14). Jesus is sympathetic with our weaknesses: He knows what it’s like to live in our sinful world as ‘the Man Christ Jesus.’

Because he does understand, we are bidden to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We can pray with confidence, knowing we come before God through grace: none of us could ever deserve such a high, lofty privilege! Before the “throne of grace,” we obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Grace is getting what we Do Not deserve. Mercy is NOT getting what we DO deserve.

I heard a story about a little girl who asked her dad, “Daddy, why do you always bow your head before you preach?” He answered, “Sweetheart, I’m asking God to help me preach a good sermon.” With a confused look on her face she said, “Why doesn’t God ever answer your prayer?”

A teenage girl had this take on whether or not God hears our prayers: “Sometimes He says ‘Yes,’ sometimes he says ‘No,’ sometimes he says, ‘Wait,’ but there are other times when he says ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ [I think I’ve gotten that last comment more times than I’m aware of! ct]

God does answer prayer for those who truly seek him. The Bible is full of promises for those who pray. One of my favorites in the Old Testament is, “Call on me and I will answer thee and show these great and mighty things which thou knoweth not” (Jeremiah 33:3). In the New Testament, I read, “He is able to do exceeding abundantly (super abundantly) above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). “With God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Hannah prayed for a child and the Lord gave her “exceeding abundantly above” what she asked. The great Prophet Samuel was born (1 Samuel 1:11-20). But that is not the end of the story! The Lord blessed Hannah with three more sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).

Elijah prayed that it would not rain because of Israel’s great sin of idolatry. Read the whole story in 1 Kings chapters 17 and 18. James gives a brief summary many years later. “Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to the passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not for the space of three years and six months. He prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth brought forth fruit” (James 5:17-18).

Follow the apostles through the Book of Acts and see incredible answers to prayer. After Peter and John had been commanded not to preach anymore in the name of Jesus, they met with other believers and prayed for boldness to preach and miracles to be done “by the name of thy Holy Child Jesus” (Acts 4:23-31). Prayer was answered over and over in the lives of those brave men of God. Peter was miraculously delivered from prison while the church prayed; read about it in Acts 12:6-19. Neither time nor space will allow me to tell all the things the Lord did through those men energized by the Holy Spirit and prayer. It would be worthwhile to read if for yourself.

I read the story of a woman who earnestly prayed for her rebellious young son who left home and became involved in a life of sin, drunkenness, and debauchery. However, his mother never gave up on him, and poured her heart and soul into praying for him. In answer to her prayers, God saved her son and worked a miracle in his life. That young man was John Newton, author of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.” The drunken sailor became the sailor-preacher who brought thousands to Christ.

My mother-in-law, Rhoda Chapman, believed in and practiced praying. Others in the community had confidence in her prayers and often called her to pray for situations in their lives. She, along with a group of other ladies, met often to pray. In response to their prayers, God did some amazing things in that little mountain community as lives were changed and men called to preach.

My dear friend, Jeanne T., shared this story with me. “Never underestimate the power of prayer! My mind wandered to a little old Irish woman by the name of Olive Melinda McClelland (deceased). God is still answering my grandmother’s prayers. Unsaved family members were a burden on her heart, and she was faithful to call each by name in prayer. She was well acquainted with prayer. Grandmother prayed in the berry patches, fields, and summer showers with us running to the tin roof shelter from the rain. The barn would be filled with praise and the shouting for the much needed rain. I bet the apple trees in the hills are still swaying in praise to grandmother’s praises going up to God. She always covered her head with her apron whether kneeling or standing in prayer. Thank you, Lord, for bringing back golden memories – the power of prayer!

What a testimony to leave behind and what an encouragement to pray! I’m confident that Mrs. McClellan, Joe’s mom, and that group of prayer warriors in my home community were some of God’s special children. They never made headlines on earth or earned places of honor, but I believe they will be moved to the front of the line in Heaven!

If there is one thing in which most of us fall short, it’s in the area of prayer. That should not be so! Prayer is our connection to our Heavenly Father. Prayer is the source of power to withstand Satan’s attacks. Prayer is the source of strength to do the work God has given us all to do. Prayer is the source of comfort when we face disappointment, pain, and sorrow. Shame on us for not taking advantage of our access to the Throne of Grace. We and those we love are the losers.

Note: This is written in the first person, but that’s not me, it’s Nancy. The comment in brackets with my initials at the end is the only comment I made. That comment really tickled me and I plan to post it on Facebook.

How to eat a burger bigger than your head in one sitting

I would not want to do competitive eating, but it is fun to watch.

Matthew Wright

The other week my YouTube feed proposed a channel of intriguing title: Beard meets food. I am not sure why this was presented to me, but because I deliberately turn off Google’s surveillance systems (insofar as I can), Google’s algorithms keep coming up with a default potpourri of wildly irrelevant offerings. This was one of them. And usually I ignore them. But the title seemed intriguing. It was fronted by a quiet-spoken British guy with an enormous beard. So – risking a barrage of similar videos to follow, thanks to Mr Google – I checked out the video, wondering if it was a food commentary or similar.

Turned out he was a ‘competitive eater’ – that is, somebody who competes with others over the speed and quantity of food they can gollop down. The channel consisted of videos of him taking on ‘food challenges’ offered in pubs and eating…

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Faith Filled Friday: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

by Connie Terpack August 19, 2022

51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Recently I heard a comment that a .357 pistol beats a prayer. I do not know what the comment referred to but I decided to do a blog on the speed of prayer.

Naturally, I had to include the “faster than a speeding bullet” used to describe Superman. I watched Superman as a child but never thought about how fast a speeding bullet was. Whenever I shot my .357 pistol at target practice, it took only a second to go from my pistol to the target.

Today the fastest bullets travel more than 2,600 feet per second, which is roughly over 1,800 miles per hour, or more than twice the speed of sound.

Does God hear our prayers right away? I believe he does. Daniel 10:12 tells us that God sends His reply the moment He hears our prayers.

Then he said unto me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard; and I am come for thy words.”

That verse lets us know that God hears us right away. But Daniel’s answer was delayed.

God has his reasons for not answering prayers right away. God answers our prayers with either a yes, a no, or a not yet.

How many times after praying do you get up and walk away without waiting a few minutes to listen for God’s answer? If you walked away after talking to a friend before waiting for her answers, don’t you think she might consider you rude and thoughtless?

The “twinkling of an eye” is the time it takes for light to enter the eye, reach the back of the eye, and be reflected back out. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so the ‘twinkling’ is about one billionth of a second.

If the Apostle Paul is describing the speed of the rapture as a “twinkle,” then he is describing something so fast, it is difficult to comprehend. It is amazing to think that at you could be talking with someone, blink, and either find yourself in heaven with Jesus, or that the person you were talking to is gone.

Trust me, you do not want to be left behind!

Psalm 40

Faith Filled Friday – 8/12/22

Our instructor shared this psalm with us in class this morning. I decided to make it the Faith Filled Friday blog for today.

This is a psalm of praise (vv. 1-10) and a petition for deliverance (vv. 11-17). David praises God for past deliverance (vv. 1-4) and offers himself in dedication (vv. 5-10). Then David brings a new problem before the Lord (vv. 11-12), asking again for deliverance (vv. 13-17). The words of David’s dedication (vv. 6-8) go beyond him to the Lord Jesus, who came to be the obedient sacrifice to end all sacrifices.

Interesting Notes: Hebrews 10:5-7 quotes these verses.

Also, the book referred to in verse 7 is the Mosaic Law, a copy of which each king was to have at his accession (Deuteronomy 17:18-20).

Another interesting thing is that verses 13-17 are identical to Psalm 70.

Psalm 40:1-17 KJV

1. I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.

2. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

3. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

4. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5. Many, O Lord my God, are they wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

7. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

8. I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

9. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

10. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord; let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make hast to help me.

14. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil,

15. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Faith Filled Friday: Do Not Be Ashamed of Your Faith

by Ginny & Connie T. | August 5, 2022

A friend of mine, Ginny, posted this comment on Facebook several years ago. I’ve added some KJV Bible verses at the end. ct

Ginny’s comment:

Get ready to fill out your reports on me cause I’m going to vent here. Frankly I expect some “unfriending” to happen and that is fine too.

I believe we all have the right to worship as we please, but I also know that our country, the United States of America, was founded on Christian principles. I believe we should be proud of our country. A quote is a quote. It should not be amended or watered down. The news media should not be afraid to use the “Love of Christ” part. Why they state, “Because, using the words Christ or God might offend someone!” Well, now it’s my turn to be offended!

I’m offended that the news media would edit it out. Offended that Christians are being asked to tread lightly, so as not to offend someone of another religion. This man, Jesus, loved God, loved his people, loved the world, and gave his life for the sins of all people. Those who believe in Him, and accept Him as their personal Savior, will have everlasting life!

This Founding Principle is actually embedded in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

I hope every Christian or every person that believes in God who is OFFENDED will copy this and paste it to their status…..“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~Ronald Reagan.

If you read this to the end, can I get an Amen?

Psalm 25:1-4 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee; let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed; let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

Psalm 27:1: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 30: 4-5: Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalm 106:1: Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.