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Faith Filled Friday: David Chose Five Smooth Stones

by Connie Terpack, June 24, 2022

It seems odd that David would take five stones since he knew he had God on his side. Did he doubt God?

The story of David and Goliath starts in 1 Samuel 17:12. Goliath is described before this, but verse 12 is when David enters in.

It’s uncertain how tall David or Goliath were. David was probably around five feet. Goliath was any where from six foot to nine feet tall!

David knew God would be with him. He had already killed a lion and a bear when he was watching his sheep (verses 34-36). The Bible does not say how many shots he needed to kill both of them. When the lion and bear showed up I’m guessing David may have said something like, “Seriously, Lord. Why me?” Would David have worried about Goliath’s height? Would he be intimidated by his armor and weapons? I don’t think he gave them a second thought because he trusted God.

The five stones were simply to be prepared. The Philistines might attack him after he killed Goliath, and David did not know how many stones it would take to down the giant. The Bible does not say how many it took to kill the lion or bear. Maybe he need two stones to kill the lion and three to kill the bear? Maybe he needed only one stone for each and figured Goliath would not need more than they did. God did not promise David that he would kill Goliath with the first stone.

Another point was that the stones were described as smooth. It took a minute to think why that made a difference. Smooth stones would fly through the air better than jagged odd-shaped ones.

In verses 43-44, Goliath ridiculed David and cursed him by his gods. David responded in verses 45-47. I doubt that David spoke in a whiny, uncertain voice. I believe that Goliath could hear his faith and determination in his tone. They were not close together so David would have had to talk loudly. … “I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcass of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beats of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel…”

David reached into his bag and took out a stone. I could not find out what kind of bag David had. My guess is that it might have been big enough to hold a sandwich for lunch, or maybe just big enough to hold a sling shot and five stones.

He fixed a stone in the sling while he was running toward Goliath. It sank into the giant’s forehead and he fell to the ground on his face. Verse 51 tells us that David cut off Goliath’s head with Goliath’s own sword.

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead they fled. So much for their bravery!

David trusted in God and won the battle.

The following link is what gave me the idea for this post.

Why did David choose five smooth stones before going to fight Goliath? | GotQuestions.org

Why did David choose five smooth stones before going to fight Goliath? Was David doubting God?

Research for Fiction Writers

She’s has lots of helpful information.

A Writer's Path

When I was a high school student, research papers were my downfall. For weeks I’d diligently scour the reference shelves at the library and take copious notes by hand on index cards (these were the days before photocopiers), and long before I ever exhausted my sources, I’d realize I only had a day or two left to actually write the paper—and no idea how to distill all my notes into a cohesive narrative.

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Faith Filled Friday: More Unusual Words in the Bible

6/17/22 by Connie Terpack

We’ve been studying the book of Romans so I thought I’d share some of the fascinating and unusual words and phrases I found. Some of them I picked because the definition my Bible had was not what I expected.

Godhead: Romans 1:20 – It means deity or divine nature and refers to God’s essential nature. The other verses which use the word Godhead are Acts 17:29 and Colossians 2:9.

Maketh not ashamed: Romans 5:5 – This means not to disappoint or deceive. Proverbs 12:4 uses this phrase slightly different.

Reckon: Romans 6:11 – This means (1) “calculate,” i.e., by adding up the facts presented in verses 1-10 and then acting accordingly; (2) consider or regard in a specified way.

Concupiscence: Romans 7:7 – It is also used in verse 8 and they both mean lust. It means desire when used in Colossians 3:5. This word is also used in 1 Thessalonians. In Christianity, particularly in Roman Catholic and Lutheran theology, concupiscence is the tendency of humans to sin.

Mortify: Romans 8:13 – means to put to death; i.e., separated from the deeds of the body. The explanation given in Colossians 3:5 for mortify is almost exactly the same. It has put to death; i.e., separate yourselves from the deeds of the old nature. Those two verses are the only ones where the word mortify is used in my Bible.

If so be: Romans 8:9 – means since

God forbid: Romans 11:1 – equals By no means!

Gainsaying: Romans 10:21 – equals obstinate; I thought gainsaying meant gossiping.

Dissimulation: Romans 12:9 – means hypocrisy; better would be to let love be genuine. It is also used in Galatians 2:13 and the note with that verse defines it as hypocrisy or pretense.

Fervent in spirit: Romans 12:11 – means boiling with; this phrase is also used in Acts 18:25. The word fervent is used a half dozen times in the NT, but not in conjunction with the word spirit.

Continuing instant: Romans 12:12 – means continuing steadfastly.

Not where Christ was named: Romans 15:20 – The phrase means where Christ was unknown.

Succourer: Romans 16:2 – means helper; Google defines it as someone who gives help in times of need or distress or difficulty.

Bruise: Romans 16:20 – means crush

I hope you found this interesting. I guess with being a writer I’m always interested in words and phrases..

Stories from Los Banos

I was born after WW2 ended, but they were still talking about it. I can’t imagine the horrors that people went through.

Pacific Paratrooper

Jerry Sams, Los Banos taken with a hidden camera

Oddly, people were allowed to volunteer for a transfer to Los Baños, which my parents did.  On April 7, 1944, our family was among 530 internees loaded into trucks for the trip South.  At first it was much better.  There was a kindly camp commandant, Lt. Col. Kimura, with one leg, who we kids called “Peg Leg”.  We got better food and he gave candy to the children.  And we could live together as a family. But unfortunately, that didn’t last long as the cruel, evil and sadistic Lieutenant Sadaaki Konishi was installed as the Camp Supply Officer. [source: “My Life as a Child Internee”, Robert A. Wheeler]

Strangely, the rescue of the 500 Santo Tomas internees on February 3rd would not be announced on the Voice of Freedom until the end of the month, leaving the Los Baños camp completely…

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Faith Filled Friday: What Does God Expect From Us?

Connie Terpack June 10, 2022

The most important thing that I believe God expects from us is to accept His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Savior. John 3:16-18 tells us the God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son; that those who believe in him will have eternal life and that the world through him might be saved.

I accepted Jesus as my savior when I was young and made a formal proclamation in church when I was twelve. I knew I was supposed to tell others about God’s love and Jesus’ saving grace. There are lots of verses that tell us that: John 3:3, 7; 6:35; 11:25-26; Acts 16:30-31; and Romans 3:23-25; 6:23. There are still a lot more than the few I listed.

As Christians we should:

Continue to love him and grow in grace

In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus is talking in those verses. He says that we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind. Loving God is the first and great commandment. The next commandment is that we should love our neighbor like ourselves.

In Romans 8:15-16 we are told that we receive the Spirit of adoption and have become a child of God.

But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… 2 Peter 3:18

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

Be obedient and also ask forgiveness

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. Matthew 4:4

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do… Luke 23:34 This had to be the hardest time to ask forgiveness for anyone, even for Jesus.

John 8:29 shares with us that even Jesus did those things that please God.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children… Ephesians 5:1

In 2 Corinthians 2:7 we are supposed to forgive and comfort the person even if we don’t’ feel like it. That is a tall order sometimes, isn’t it?

Pray to him

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12. Sometimes things seem right to us but we’re not certain. That is one of those times you definitely want to talk to the Lord about it.

Matthew 6:9-13 is The Lord’s Prayer

Romans 8:26-27 lets us know that Spirit will make intercession for us with groanings that can’t be uttered so we should not feel like we are not praying right. I’m sure God hears our words, but I think he sees what is in our hearts better.

How often do you stop what you are doing and simple say thank-you to the Lord for the sunshine or even a gentle rain? At a stoplight do you take a moment to thank the Lord for your safety? When you are shopping and find a few items you wanted on sale, do you smile and thank the Lord?

Share Jesus with others

Sharing God’s love is not as easy as it should be. It’s not hard either. I’m always afraid I’ll forget which verse is best and I rarely can remember where it’s found in the Bible. Read Romans 10:9-15 for some encouragement.

My “You Do You” Scalloped Potatoes

I used to have scalloped potatoes often when I was growing up. I hardly made them after getting married. The few times I did make them I messed up. Most of the time the potatoes were too raw or everything was a tasteless lump. This recipe sounds easy so I may give it a go.

Patricia Johns

I don’t believe in telling people how to season their food, which would make me a terrible cook book author. But I’m someone who cooks by heart… and I season with what I have on hand.

Scalloped potatoes are a favorite for me. They’re easy, and you can dress them up any way you like!

But basic scalloped potatoes are very simple:

Ingredients:

Sliced potatoes

Milk, or a milk alternative
I use unsweetened almond milk. (Just make sure it’s plain and unsweetened, no vanilla added, or it will taste weird.) This time I used a gluten-free, dairy-free whipping cream cut with water, and it turned out great. It’s a forgiving recipe.

Sliced onions

Salt and pepper to taste

Powdered garlic (a teaspoon or two)

Corn starch (a heaping tablespoon)

2-3 tablespoons oil

Instructions:

Layer your potato slices and onion slices a baking dish. Mix up the milk, salt…

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6 Things that Satan Cannot Do

by Connie Terpack Faith Filled Friday, 6/3/2022

I know Satan was created as a beautiful angel, which means he does not have the same powers that God has. He is not the opposite of God. There are more things that Satan can not do, but I kept my list to six things. The last one is my favorite.

1. He is not the opposite of God and is subordinate to God

It is encouraging to know that Satan has limitations and is nothing like God at all. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere. Satan has none of those abilities and depends on God for his existence.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. Job 1:6

2. He cannot hurt anyone or take a life without God’s permission

Satan had to approach God when he wanted to hurt Job.

And the LORD said unto Satan, “From whence comest thou?” And Satan answered the LORD, and said, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

And the LORD said unto Satan, “Have thou considered my servant Job? There is no one like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God and escheweth evil. And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” And Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin, yea,all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.” Job 2:2-6

3. He cannot force believers to do things

Satan has no power unless it is granted to him by God. When you trust in Jesus Christ and have him in your heart, you are freed from the authority of the devil.

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:18

4. He cannot read our thoughts
Because he is a created being, Satan cannot read our thoughts. He is not all-knowing like the LORD. God alone knows everything – including our thoughts.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man…Psalm 94:11

Jesus also knows our thoughts. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? Matthew 9:4

5. Satan does not know the future

Again, only God knows that. Thankfully. Neither the angels, Satan or the demons know what will happen next.

Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else; for I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure;’ Isaiah 46:9-10

6. Satan is a coward!

In spite of how much Satan would like you to believe he is bold and powerful, he is simply a coward.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Isn’t it comforting to know that Satan is limited in his powers? I am glad to know that he cannot read my thoughts or know the future. I chuckle every time I think of Satan running away.

Bible Verses to Help You and Your Children

Faith Filled Friday, May 27, 2022

Children can bring us joy and a sense of purpose, but they also can be frustrating and annoying.

I was one of 6 in my family – 5 girls and 1 boy. My brother and I were only 9 months apart so we did a lot together. He did not play dolls with me, but I built forts and climbed trees with him. We played baseball with some of the other kids in the trailer park but there was not enough to make one full team let alone two. As luck would have it most of the other kids were girls, too.

That aside I wish I had thought about reading verses in the Bible aimed at children and their parents. I am sure it would have helped me get through some rough times when I was growing up and when I was raising my own three sons.

Proverbs 22:6 is probably the most common verse. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Protection

We should rely on our Father in heaven to be our protector and help us understand our children.

Psalm 36: 7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of they wings.

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe.

Mark 10:13-16 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Trust

We should rely on our Father in heaven to help us with our daily struggles.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.

Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Matthew 18:1-5 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Caring and Compassion

John 3:16 is a verse everyone should memorize. It’s a comfort in times of trouble and doubt.

Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that ear him.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Love

God loves us and we are his children. There are many verses in the Bible which tell us about his love. My favorite verse is John 3:16

John 1:1-12 are the reassuring words of God about how much he cares for us.

Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Dependence

It’s great to have God with me and helping me get through the chaos and confusion of this world. Read John 15: 4-8.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as his is.

Armed Forces Day

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. This year: May 21, 2022. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

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Open Book Blog Hop – May 23rd

Stevie Turner

Welcome to this week’s blog hop. Today’s topic is:

We’ve shared marketing tips that worked for us. What have you tried that didn’t work?

Let’s face it, what does work since Amazon stopped advertising Indie books for free? Over the past 9 years since I’ve been writing novels I’ve tried the following:

  1. Joining a Facebook street team: Nope. This ended up with the same 2 authors constantly spamming their books. I left it, and Facebook as well.
  2. Joining Bookbub: Nope. I added an author page, but it’s far too expensive to actually promote a book.
  3. Scheduling tweets: Nope. This definitely didn’t work, as followers just tended to re-tweet them without reading them or clicking on the links.
  4. Joining StoryOption: Nope. I couldn’t get my head around how to use it.
  5. Author signings: Nope. I took part in 2 author signings. There were about 15 – 20 authors at each venue…

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