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Faith Filled Friday: Psalm 62

by Connie Terpack January 14, 2022

I was looking for some Bible verses and decided to use this Psalm. It spoke to me and I hope you will will get something out of these verses as well. Verses 7 & 8 spoke the loudest.

David waits on God (vv. 1-7) and warns others to put their trust in Him, rather than in the folly of ill-gotten gain or human strength (vv. 8-12).

I had to look up the difference between defence and defense. There is no difference in meaning or function between the two words. They are simply different spellings of the same word. In America we spell it with an “s”—defense. In parts of the world where British English is used, they use the spelling with a “c”—defence.

Consider verse 9 and the unusual phrase “lighter than vanity.”

Psalm 62:1-12

1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuse, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

Faith Filled Friday: Quotes about the Bible

by Connie Terpack January 7, 2022

I thought I would keep it light this week and share some thoughts from others on the Bible. Some of these did not have a person’s name who said it. I saved my two favorite ones for last.

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” Ronald Reagan

“The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.” Galileo Galilei

“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.” – Billy Graham

“The object of the Bible is not to tell how good men are, but how bad men can become good.” —Dwight L. Moody

“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” Dwight L. Moody

“The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.”

“In fact, the Devil is delighted when we spend our time and energy defending the Bible, as long as we do not get around to actually reading the Bible.” R. C. Sproul, Jr.

“Delighting in God’s Word leads us to delight in God, and delight in God drives away fear.” David Jeremiah

“Fill your mind with God’s Word and you will have no room for Satan’s lies.”

“Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.”

“Scripture suggests that meditating on the Word of God can have an always-on effect of peace and strength in difficult times.” — David Jeremiah

“The dirtier your Bible, the cleaner your heart!”

“The Bible is God’s love letter to us, a Father’s letter of instruction to show us how to live the kind of life he wants to give us.”

“The more you read the Bible the more you’ll love the author.”

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.” — Abraham Lincoln

“The Bible is the only book, where the Author is in love with the reader.”

“God always keeps His promises.”

“God speaks to us, through His Word by His Spirit.” — T. B. Joshua

“The Lord promises to guide through His Word, but we have to put ourselves in a position to listen.”

“Don’t say God is silent, when your Bible is closed.”

“The Bible is the only book whose author is always present when one reads it.”

“When in doubt pull your Bible out.”

“The primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God.”― James Merritt

“Bible study is the metal that forges a Christian.” Charles Spurgeon

“Complaining about a silent God with a closed Bible, is like complaining about no text messages with a turned off phone.”

“The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.”

I hope you found a few that were helpful and maybe a few that gave you pause to wonder about or ponder on. Connie

Playing cards made history

I’d heard about how they hid information in the cards. It was nice to see a picture of how it was done.

Pacific Paratrooper

Playing cards to pass the time

War can be hell… and war can be absolute boredom.  There are few better ways to pass the time than by playing cards.  They’re easy to carry: small and lightweight, they fit into a rucksack, duffel bag or Alice pack without having to sacrifice any piece of essential gear.

Plus – they’re cheap!

Wartime decks have been used to help soldiers in the field learn about their enemies and allies, to identify aircraft and even teach American history.  In the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American forces used playing cards to identify the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The U.S. Army and the United States Playing Card Company cooperation goes way back.  But it was their brand Bicycle that took it to a whole new level.

During WWII, Allied Intelligence officers contacted the card company to produce the most clandestine deck of cards…

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Characters Also Need A Soul: 5 Tips to Write Interesting Characters

My characters are real to me, but are they real to the reader? This is something I have to work on.

A Writer's Path

When you’re imagining a story, creating the characters for it is just another part of the job. It’s almost automatic, the way they get into your mind, showing you what they look like, how they think, yet, putting those things down on paper isn’t always as obvious or easy to do.

I’m not talking about poor writing skills here, no. They can be well written and yet, not appear interesting at all or straight up unappealing. So, what can you do?

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CHRISTMAS

I love this post and the Christmas poem.

Pacific Paratrooper

TO ALL THOSE THAT BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND PEACEMERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

FROM: PACIFIC PARATROOPER!!

PLEASE!  REMEMBER ALL THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR US IN THE PAST…

THOSE THAT FIGHT FOR US TODAY…

AND FOR THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO WAIT PATIENTLY AT HOME

TO ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY … I WISH YOU THE WARMTH AND PEACEFUL CONTENTMENT THAT IS REPRESENTED BY THIS SEASON !!!

TO READ MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS POEM...  CLICK HERE!!

MILITARY HUMOR – 

CHRISTMAS FROM: BILL MAULDIN

OOPS!!!

CHRISTMAS FROM: BEETLE BAILEY

Now – Don’t wake me up too early!!

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Faith Filled Friday: Our Savior, Who is Christ the Lord

by Dr. Stanley with In Touch Ministries

In recent years the celebration of Christmas has become more a gift-giving holiday than a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Dr. Stanley revisits the story of Jesus’ birth and explores the names and titles given to our Savior in his sermon on December 18, 2021. He explains why angels announced Jesus’ birth, which was something I had never thought about.

He also explains all three names for Jesus that are used in the title to this article. What I like best about Dr. Stanley is that he is easy to listen to. He does not talk at you, more like he’s talking with you.

The following are a few of the highlights.

Who is Jesus?

1. A Savior: 1 Peter 1:18-21; Ephesians 1:7-8; Colossians 1:13-14, 15

Jesus is called a Savior because He came to rescue people from the penalty of their sins.

2. The Son of God: Colossians 1:15; Luke 24:47-49

Although there is only one God, He exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. Christ: Luke 24:47-49; Colossians 2:3-4

Jesus is also the Christ, which means the anointed one or Messiah.

4. Lord: Luke 2:11; John 8:18-19; John 10:28-30; Romans 10:9-11, 13

This term emphasizes Jesus’ deity.

The Christmas Announcement

The only way to save us from this hopeless condition was for God the Father to send His only begotten Son to earth to be born of a virgin. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross.

For all of us who have believed in Jesus Christ, God has “rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14). Jesus truly is our Savior.

It’s only a thirty minute sermon, but well worth your time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I even watched it again before posting!

This is the link:

Dr. Stanley revisits the story of Jesus’ birth and explores the names and titles given to our Savior.

Watch “Our Savior, Who is Jesus Christ the Lord” now: www.intouch.org/watch

May you all have a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Connie T.

Teenie tiny Christmas cards!

They’re adorable!

Patricia Johns

A very good friend of mine sent me the most amazing surprise! Miniature Christmas cards for my dollhouse display! Now, these are just the most detailed, gorgeous little cards… and in every single one of them, she wrote a greeting! Amazing, or what?

I just wanted to share that little bit of magic with you! I hope your holidays are wonderful and restful, too, if you can manage it. 🙂

If you’d like to see more of my miniatures as well as book news, sign up for my newsletter! Every month, there’s a new chance to win free books, and what’s more restful than that? 😉

Happy reading!

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Faith Filled Friday: The Little Drummer Boy

by Connie Terpack December 17, 2021

Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum!

There is nothing in the Bible that says a drummer boy visited the baby Jesus. However, I believe he might have been with the shepherds or one of the other visitors Jesus had.

Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum!

It’s easy to image a young lad with the strap of his drum slung over his shoulder and shyly approaching Jesus.

Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum,

“Little baby, I am a poor boy too. I have no gift to bring for one who is a king.

Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

“Shall I play for you on my drum?”

Pa rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

Mary nodded.

Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time as the boy played.

Pa rum pum pum pum

The little boy played his best for the baby Jesus.

Pa rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

Baby Jesus smiled at the little drummer boy.

Pa rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

Surely the little boy smiled back as he played his drum.

Pa rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

May you all have a safe and blessed Christmas holiday!

Faith Filled Friday: A Bit of Humor Mingled with Prayerful Thoughts

by Connie Terpack December 10, 2021

Church isn’t a home for saints, it’s a workshop for sinners!

Never stop praying. Prayer is more than a wish. It is communion with God.

Christmas Letter from Jesus

When you look for me at Christmas you won’t need a special star.

I’m no longer just in Bethlehem, I’m right here where you are.

You may not be aware of me amid the celebrations.

You’ll have to look beyond the stores, and all the decorations.

But if you take a moment from your list of things to do,

To close your eyes and say a prayer, I’m waiting here for you.

You’re the one I want to be with.

You’re the reason that I came!

We can trust God to provide what we need, when we need it – and to work out our lives in ways that are better than we ever imagined.

Knowing God Loves You

Have you ever considered that God has fallen in love with you?

He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you sunshine every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, he listens to you.

He can live anywhere in the universe, but he chose you, your heart.

God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way. -Unknown

The following is a comment my friend Virginia made on Facebook. I wanted to share this with you.

As church attendance numbers fade across the nation and online services become very convenient it’s important to remember why church attendance for you and your family matters so much.

You can’t serve from your sofa. You can’t have community of faith on your sofa. You can’t experience the power of a room full of believers worshiping together on your sofa.

Christians aren’t consumers. We are contributors. We don’t watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We pray by laying hands on the hurting. We do life together. The church needs you. And you need the church.

Reflections on Bethlehem

It’s interesting to see the modern day place where Jesus was born. I wonder if it is the exact spot or just something similar.

The Way I See It

20161030_022154 1Manger Square, Bethlehem

Every December our collective thoughts turn to the little town of Bethlehem. We sing about it, read about it, and have a picture of it in our minds.

But what was the Bethlehem of 2000 years ago really like?

What is it like today?

Sometimes I imagine a light dusting of new fallen snow, and soft candlelight from the shepherds lamps. Sometimes it is rough-hewn desert with only the occasional palm tree to be found. In my imagination it is a quiet and serene place, where all is clam and all is bright.

In my imagination, I have been to this imaginary Bethlehem of 2,000 years ago many times, but a few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the actual city of Bethlehem. To look upon the place where Jesus was born, the hallowed spot where history was forever altered so many centuries ago, is…

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