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Is There Anything Too Hard for God?

Connie Terpack, Faith Filled Friday, May 14, 2021

I have occasionally wondered if there were things that God found difficult. I doubted it, but you never know. These verses answered that question for me. Some of the verses were so long that I picked out only one or two to include in the article. Hopefully, everyone will look up the verses and read the entire group. Also, I forgot to save the links for two of the articles I used. I put down the sites they were on. Sorry about that.

There is no person – too hard for God to save!

Some people believe they are too bad for God to forgive them. God loves us, but I am sure that sin makes him sad. There is rejoicing in heaven every time someone asks Jesus into their heart.

1 Timothy 1:12 – 16: (15) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.

Psalms 66:3-4. (3) Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall tine enemies submit themselves unto thee. (4) All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

The Bible emphasizes God’s strength in our salvation. Man can in no way save himself. Only God can save. Paul makes this abundantly clear: (8) For by grace you are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9)not by works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) These two verses help us understand the contrast between man’s total helplessness and God’s might.

There is no promise – too hard for God to fulfill!

Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

Joshua 21:43 – 45: (43) And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it and dwelt therein.

2 Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

There is no problem – too hard for God to solve!

Genesis 41:16: And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh and answer of peace.

Daniel 2:1 – 20: (19) Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (20) Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his.

Numbers 11:18 – 23: (23) And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

There is no pain – too deep for God to heal!

Genesis 41:51 – 52: (51) And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: for God said he, hath made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house. (52) And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

There is no prayer – too great for God to answer!

Isaiah 38:1 – 8: (7) And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; (8) Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees by which degrees it was gone down.

Acts 12:1-9: (6) And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains and the keepers before the door kept the prison. (7) And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. (8) And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee and follow me. (9) And he went out and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

There is no project – too hard for God to finish!

Nehemiah 6:15 – 16: (16) And it came to pass that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

Exodus 25:1 – 9: The building of the Tabernacle and required offerings.

1 Chronicles 28:20: Building the Temple: And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

There is no power – too hard for God to conquer!

We should rely on God’s strength instead of our own: “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:19).

1 John 4:1-21:(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (12) No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and his love is perfected in us. (13) Hereby know we that we dwell in him and he in us because he hath given us of his Spirit.

Hebrews 2:14: Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

1 John 3:8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

1 Corinthians 15:25 – 26: (25) For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Resources:

1. What does the Bible say about strength? GotQuestions.org;

2. David A. Wood Ministries

3. my KJV Bible

Why We Pray

Faith Filled Friday, May 7, 2021, by Connie Terpack

God gives us instructions and examples on how and why to pray throughout the Bible. I jotted a few things down from this video about prayer that I wanted to share. Jesus explains prayer and gives us an example in Matthew 6:5-13.

Value of Prayer:

It helps us develop a living relationship with a personal God who loves us intimately.

Prayer is a continual conversation we have with God.

Why we pray:

It is an act of worship; a way to commune with God. Suppose you did not talk to your wife for a whole week, at the end of the week she would think something was terribly wrong. She would be suspicious and believe you no longer loved her. Don’t you think the Lord would think the same thing – that there was something wrong with your relationship if you don’t talk to Him for a week or more?

It is an act of obedience. We are told to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. That does not mean we have to be on our knees constantly, but our hearts should be open to the Lord. It is a continual conversation with God.

It is an act of intersession for others. Jesus used plural when he talked about how to pray– give us this day our daily bread. Our prayers should also include those that persecute us, which is not easy for anyone. They need God’s help as much as we do.

It is an act of becoming like Jesus. He prayed often, but the Bible does not gives us all his prayers. There are eleven prayers in Luke alone. Jesus prayed earnestly, with perseverance, and believing, Some were prayers of thanks, but all were submissive – according to his father’s will. Jesus is still praying in heaven for us.

It is to ask God for things like help with a problem, salvation for ourselves or someone else, guidance in making a decision. Look at Matthew 7:7-8.

Why doesn’t God answer all our prayers

How often have you heard the phrase unanswered prayer? That is not an accurate term; God answers every prayer, but sometimes it is with a no or wait. Often we simply don’t see the answer because it was not what we were expecting. When we get a no it is easier to tell our friends that we are still waiting for an answer. When you are in tune with God’s will, your prayers are in tune with God’s will also.

In James 4:2-3 God says you don’t have because you don’t ask. God knows what we want as well as what we need, but often he likes to hear it from us. Jesus tells his disciples that also in Matthew 6:8.

There was one comment that one of the men said that really hit home with me: Don’t treat God like a cosmic vending machine. I can’t tell you how many of my prayers were like that.

These are the highlights from the video that impressed me. Grab a cup of coffee and relax. I hope you find the video as helpful as I did. I have watched it twice, but could not type fast enough to get it all down so I hope I’ve got it right. I plan to watch it several more times. Most importantly, we need to know that prayer truly does work even though we do not get the answer we wanted.

Link: Got Questions Ministries

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Do you have questions about prayer? Today’s podcast shares some helpful answers. Check it out below on YouTube or download from your favorite podcast platform. https://youtu.be/P-xk43Yidp0

DDT, Aerosol Cans and WWII

This is a terrific article and I meant to share it long before now.

Pacific Paratrooper

With millions of troops moving into tropical and subtropical campaigns, WWII military leaders and planners sought ways to fight diseases endemic to these regions. Two WWII era innovations were combined to save the lives of many combatants during the war years. Malaria was the primary concern at the time.

Malaria was commonly avoided by prophylactic treatments with quinine. Larger doses could be given to those known to be infected. Quinine came from the bark of a South American shrub that came to be grown on commercial plantations in the South Pacific. The Japanese occupied these plantations early in the war, and substitutes for it were less effective.

In 1939, Paul Hermann Muller discovered that dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) effectively killed insects.. In 1943 tests showed it to be effective against the mosquitoes that carried malaria, and the US Military started using it. At first they used hand pumps that pressurized a canister…

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Faith Filled Friday Blog: The Power of Our Words

by Connie Terpack April 30, 2021

Any writer will tell you that words have power. Any English teacher will remind you to use your words correctly. And all Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God. I was surprised how much the Bible talks about words throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Beautiful Words

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life and health: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Luke 6: 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace; seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Cautionary Words

As a Christian we have to learn to guard our mouth, carefully considering our words and tone.

Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Proverbs 4: 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Proverbs 16:28 A froward man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth him soul from troubles.

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles.

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

God’s Word

The Bible is given to us by the inspiration of God.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

1 Corinthians 1:17,18 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Givingour account

Our words carry great weight and meaning, God wants us to use them wisely.

Romans 14:11, 12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Matthew 12:36, 37 But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Our words should reveal a changed heart

When we are saved, God gives us a new heart. Our words should reflect that change in us. We should use words to glorify God.

John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is in vain.

As a writer I love using words, and probably more than I need to according to my editor. I try to be polite and courteous, however, I have had my mouth get away from me at times. I’m sure no one else as said something they regretted, right?

Faith Filled Friday: What is Sin all About?

By Connie Terpack April 23, 2021

Sin is mentioned approximately 336 times in the Old Testament and 112 times in the New Testament. The count varied slightly in different versions: New International Version (NIV) had OT: 347 and NT: 127; and the New Revised Standard Version (NRST) had OT: 297 and NT: 121 Also keep in mind that the variations of the ‘sin’ word will naturally increase the count. I was a little surprised that the count was not higher.

We are told not to sin. As a Christian we definitely do not need to sin, nor should we. So what is it that we are not supposed to do?

Sin is anything that is contrary to God’s will. The sin nature is present in all of us. It can be rebellion, stubbornness, or outright disobedience. Sin is the cause of all pain, hurt, confusion, and doubt in the world. It distorts our hearts and obstructs our view of God. This distances us from God, putting a barrier between us.

Psalm 51 is David’s psalm of repentance. I particularly liked verses 10-12.

God gave us the Ten Commandments.

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Exodus 20:7

4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11

5. Honor thy father and thy mother. Exodus 20:12

6. Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

8. Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Exodus 20:16

10. Thou shalt not covet. Exodus 20:17

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment in John 13:34: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Not obeying the commandments would be one way of sinning. How many times have you taken an extra ten minutes for lunch or come in five minutes late every morning? You’re stealing time from your boss, but most of us don’t think of that. Do you take supplies for your home use figuring the company won’t miss them?

Nowadays, many people dismiss God and say that he is not real, but still will take his name in vain. Yet that is not considered a sin because it’s their right.

What do you think sin is?

Note: 1) GotQuestion.org has a lot of posts about sin.

2) I use a King James Bible so all my references are for that version unless otherwise noted.

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Camp MacKall (not without a problem or two)

Besides a great article, I also wanted to share the last photo. It fits with how many of us feel.

Pacific Paratrooper

Gen. Joseph M. Swing

The following story has been condensed from the “Angels: A History of the 11th Airborne Division” by MGeneral E.M. Flanagan Jr.

The 511th made waves for the 11th A/B Div.

General Swing, realized he was commanding an outfit of cocky paratroopers with special jump pay and glider troops who had no voice in their assignment and no extra pay to compensate for being forced to go to war in a rickety, undependable glider in equal hazardous duty. Unless he took some drastic action, the division would be split.

Reports filtered back to Gen. Swing at Camp MacKall that the 511th troopers were full of arrogant, rowdy hell-raisers lacking in discipline. But when the regiment joined up with the 11th Airborne, Swing was ready for them. Henry Muller [G-2 officer] remembered:

Lt.General E.M. Flanagan

“It was quite a shock to us. Gen. Swing, who had heard terrible…

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A Month of Poetry

I love Jacqui’s post on poetry! I’ve never thought about it’s history. I’m going to share it with our writers group tonight.

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For the USA, April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world.  According to the Academy of American Poets, the goals are:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

When I was in high school, I was forced to learn poetry. I didn’t want to, saw no benefit to it, and unfortunately, the teacher didn’t change my mind. All that analyzing meaning and deconstructing stanzas went right over my head. Worse, selections such…

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Thoughts and a Poem

Faith Filled Friday, April 9, 2021

by Connie Terpack

A good friend of mine lost her son recently. Wilma spent a lot of time in Michigan with him during his fight with cancer. Thursday evening I visited the funeral home to pay my respects. She knew he was saved and going to heaven, but that still did not make it any easier to say goodbye. She told me how her husband had passed away at the young age of 68 and now her youngest son passed away a few days after turning 68 years old. It’s seems a bit odd some of the things we focus on when we lose a loved one.

When I remember my dad I always see him sitting on the end of the sofa with the Sunday paper in his lap and the table lamp on. He did that so often when I was living at home. That was the way I found him after I rushed over to check on him. He seemed perfectly natural and I expected him to smile and say hello.

The funeral home’s card had this poem. There is nothing to identify who wrote the poem, but I thought it had a message for us – to not be sorrowful and remember the joy, the good times, and our loved one’s touch.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,

I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard his call,

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, He set me free.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8,9

Duct Tape and WWII

I doubt that the guys who invented duct tape ever thought it would be so multipurpose!

Pacific Paratrooper

During the WWII, U.S. troops in the heat of battle had a strangely impractical way of reloading their weapons.

Cartridges used for grenade launchers was one example. Boxed, sealed with wax and taped over to protect them from moisture, soldiers would need to pull on a tab to peel off the paper tape and break the seal. Sure, it worked… except when it didn’t, soldiers were left scrambling to pry the boxes open.

waterproof ammo boxes

Vesta Stoudt had been working at a factory packing and inspecting these cartridges when she got to thinking that there had to be a better way. She also happened to be a mother of two sons serving in the Navy and was particularly perturbed that their lives and countless others were left to such chance.

Concerned for the welfare of sons, she discussed with her supervisors an idea she had to fabricate a tape…

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