Sunday, September 24, 2017

thoughts I trust they honor my God

Here is from a nobody, who makes no thougths and heart nonetheless-
I am old school and have seen the boundaries moved on so many things that have been hurtful to my soul.
I was raised in a very strict family. Most of my siblings rejected the strict hardheaded stand that my father took on many issues. Though I also know none of us will stand before God on judgement day and offer any excuses for our unbelief.
Below find listed the things I took joy and pride in doing as an adolescent and young man.
  • Prayers offered at every meal
  • singing around the piano
  • church was community …..all the body parts meeting together
  • singing with friends at youth group
  • leading youth group....though I was probably the worst choice....God's grace
  • leading prayer in homeroom in high school
  • leading the pledge to our flag....and always participating
  • loving revival services where sin and the price Jesus paid were exponded
  • revival services in huge tents with the “sawdust trail”
  • graduated from high school without ever being exposed to divorce, adultery, homsexuality, abortion, drugs or alcoholsim.....very naive I guess
  • married, moved to Baltimore

And all began to change
  • prayer and Bible reading were removed from public schools....and a silent “church”
  • abortion was made legal on demand..with many believing it did not matter what you thought on the issue...again a silent church....with many condemning those who chose to make a stand
  • introduced to those who took pleasure in every sexual perversion imaginable...and a silent “church”
  • Church infighting …..many demanding their own way....leadship seeing themselves as infalible
  • demands for love and tranparency......but less and less of it
  • patriotism seen as unbiblical....removal of flags and refusal to take a stand on any moral issue.
  • Moral authority of the Church abdicated
  • “whosoever will believe” belief is no longer necessary to be part of the body...the church
  • evolution …..part of the body when only a salvation needed ….just time to evolve
  • all about need for repentance ….nothing offered that brings that need.
  • we apologize for the need to address sin and the consequences of it if we do not believe
  • and so minimize the grace shown by our sovereign, holy God

Today I feel branded a fool to reveal the hurt of my heart...and the utter rejection of “church”....the family of God which seems bent on comfort, safety, their way rather than God's, tolerant (rules the day)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Disparaged Today

In the mid sixties my dad came to faith, trusting Christ for the salvation of his soul.
The saw dust trail....revival services held in a large tent with saw dust laid for the floor. Oh I can still smell the awesome oder, especially when it got a bit damp!
That all started when I was ten. For the next years we follow evangelist Oliver Greene in tent meetings all over the Pennsylvania, Maryland area. During the winter months the revival services were in area churches.
As a boy the preaching of the gospel was so clear. It actually was the power of God unto salvation and I came to Christ myself in a little church in southern Lancaster county when I was twelve. I can still remember that night when the God of creation gave me faith to trust the Gospel for my salvation.
September 10, insignificant date accept for the fact that the Gospel is as real to me today as it was then.
As a boy I saw grown men shake, grasp the chair in front of them till their knuckles turn white. And then to see, sometimes people by the 10s and 20s walk weeping that saw dust trail.
I digress......yes the Oliver Greenes, Jay Vernon McGees, Sumner Wemps, Jerry Falwells, James Dobsons, Billy and Franklin Grahams not only taught me the meaning of the gospel but also taught me the importance of sharing the gospel with those God brings into my life. They not only taught me to share the gospel but were a living example themselves of not being ashamed of the gospel.
I must not fail to mention another hero of the faith who touched my life greatly and that was Jack Wertzen who came to faith himself as a result of street evangelism.
Now as I grow older I find I am out of touch. God no longer uses those who confront the "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" crowd. Rather I find that since I am not Jesus I cannot know what a persons need really is. This results in me needing to establish "a relationship" with each individual that will lead them to one day ask me what I have that they don't. I fear that they will never ask since most days they will probably see little in my life that causes them to desire Christ.
But maybe as the surgeon who must give a bad diagnosis and sometimes prognosis so that good health can possibly be achieved, so a person who has been changed by the gospel has an urgency to share the gospel with all who like him are sinners. Today is the day of salvation .....tomorrow we have no assurance of. The bridge is out .....we know that it is....we must warn of pending disaster.
There is no other name give amongst men whereby we must be saved....that name is Jesus
The gospel is indeed good news! It is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe. And the gospel that good news is simply this....the death of Jesus, taking my sin apon Himself , He who knew no sin, the burial of Jesus, 3 days in the grave, and His resurrection.....alive today ....seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for me ....for you if you believe.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How Spring Travails

Here we are at the threshold of April 2015. Spring has officially been with us for the last 10 days.
The winter past has been one of the most difficult in my life. Maybe some of that is due to getting older....seems that the older I get the more I mind the cold.
And Spring how she struggles to arrive. Our temperatures locally continue to be below normal for this time of the year.
Yet intermingled in all of these cold days is the occasional day that spurs the hope, the anticipation of a Spring that becomes warm and balmy. A Spring that causes new life to spring forth. A life of buds, gentle soaking rains, warm sun rays and green.
As Spring travails in arrival, oh so my soul travails at times in its journey of becoming more and more like Jesus. The obstacles that deter my efforts to love God fully and only....that deter my efforts to love others as myself, to be gracious, to show mercy, to be meek, to have a pure heart, to be peacemaker, to trust God His goodness, His sovereignty. Ah these are the desires of my heart when I stop to listen but so often the voices of world, the voices of others, the voices of success/failure, the voices of temptation, pride and fleshly lusts draw my heart away when I stoop to listen.
Ah oh my soul be sure only to stoop and never to fall...but how, how to not fall? The answer is not in me but in the One the Lord Jesus promised when He lived amongst us. " If I go, I will not leave you alone, I will send you another Comforter...and He has come, He lives in my heart, in the heart of every believer. Surrender to His power, His direction, His instruction through God's word, His correction, His reproof .....oh my soul listen.....oh my soul yield

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spiritual Disciplines

This is what our Adult Bible Fellowship, at Calvary Church is studying.
The word associated with "disciplines" are instructive in of themselves.

1:  one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: as 
     a :  one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ's followers according to the Gospel accounts 
     b :  a convinced adherent of a school or individual
 noun dis·ci·pline \ˈdi-sə-plən\
: control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior
: a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders
: behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders
 adjective dis·ci·plined
:  marked by or possessing discipline <a disciplined mind>

So these disciplines for us as followers (disciples) of Christ, are the things that we do that will help us model more closely his life. To be more like Jesus in every area of our lives, is the goal. We know that Jesus said that "if you love Me, keep my commandments".
What are some of these disciplines that we need to help us in our goal to me more like Jesus?
Perhaps here are some that we historically think of.
  • worship
  • prayer
  • Bible reading
  • Bible study
  • Meditation
  • Fellowship...for accountability, for confession
  • Celebration
  • fasting
  • Simplicity or frugality
  • Submission
  • Service
  • Solitude
  • Silence
  • Chastity
None for the purpose of being more acceptable....more righteous
All to God's His glory....for HE ALONE IS WORTHY!

God give us strength for the Your glory

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wonder Full

Here is a word....wonderful, that is one of my favorites.
Just reverse the word...make it two part.....and you have
full and about full of wonder?
Have you ever seen the expression on a small child's face as they experience something for the very first time?
Maybe, a pet....a dog, a cat ....maybe an action toy...maybe the feel of water, of mud.

Webster defines wonder as: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience

And the other part of the word wonderful?  .....Full
Ah I think of eating...too much probably .....and then I am "full". No room for anything further.
I could not eat another bite....I am full

Webster defines "full" as: containing as much or as many as is possible

Amazing...the word it's self is wonder full

What comes to mind?....sunsets, sunrises, love, coffee (for me) God's great creation of rivers, oceans, mountains, valleys, deserts and desserts. Ah and most of all grace, mercy, peace
Maybe many others come to your mind

Have a wonder full day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

My neighbor uses oxygen to weld! What in the world is medical oxygen?

Dag nab it! I just was released from the hospital after a couple of days of treatment for COPD, which  was diagnosed several years ago. But now the doctor is sending me home with oxygen which he says I need to use 24/7
Is this possibly you? And now there are so many questions. One of those questions just might be, what the heck is supplemental oxygen anyway?
Glad you asked! Here is a quick answer to the question.

What is oxygen?

To begin oxygen is an element.  Oxygen is very abundant on earth.  Two elements, nitrogen and oxygen make up 99% of air. In medical circles, this combination is referred to as "room air'.
So if someone is on room air, they are not using supplemental oxygen.

In this room air, you will find that 78% of it to be Nitrogen and 21% is Oxygen. So if you are breathing room air you are getting 21% oxygen.
There are several processes for separating oxygen from nitrogen. The oxygen is then stored in a single element state. Thus giving you pure supplemental oxygen.

Oxygen is non flammable but does support combustion. If you are able to stop oxygen from being in a fire it will stop. Example: cover a jar with a burning candle in it and it will go out as soon as the oxygen is used up.

 Oxygen gas is produced by photosynthesis and removed by combustion and respiration.
That big word photosynthesis is what plants, trees, vegetation do.

So your prescription is for 2 liter/minuet 2l/m......
For every liter prescribed the actual amount of oxygen you receive is increased by 3%. That means that your order for 2 l/m is raising the amount of oxygen you are getting to 27% .....that is why it is called "supplemental"

Oxygen causes whatever is burning (for example, a cigarette) to burn more quickly.
Oxygen must always be kept away from anything burning or with the potential of causing a spark.

Oxygen is regulated by the FDA as drug and must be prescribed by a physician for medical purposes.

Let your use of oxygen be peaceful and safe

Chet Hiatt

Sunday, March 16, 2014

If you use CPAP/BiPAP, and wondered how you tell when new mask, headgear, tubing etc is needed....well here are some helpful pointers.....

All of the kinks got ironed out. Finally you have been enjoying uninterrupted sleep. You have begun to feel rested...can make it through the day without feeling exhausted. Good for you!
But now sometime later you begin to be awakened one or more times during the night. A leak occurs that wakens you.
Here are some possibilities related to soft goods (mask, headgear, tubing) that could be occurring.

  • Most commonly, the seal of your mask begins to loose it's begins to look crushed, flattened....Almost all masks today, whether it be a nasal mask or full face mask, have what is called a double flange. In other words, you will find two layers of silicone in the seal. The purpose of the double seal is to support the application of sealing from the inside.                  When you put the mask on .....snug up the straps (uniformly, so all are pulled to the same length) then with the cpap machine running pull the mask whether it be nasal or full face away from your face just a tiny bit. This allows the flow of air to fill the cushion a bit and helps the mask seal properly. It is a good idea, if waked during the night with a leak to first simply pull the mask away from your face and let it reseat.

  • It was mentioned that the straps to the mask need to be uniformly pulled to the same length. If this is not done, movement (rolling from on position to another) could break the seal and waken you. When the straps (headgear) begin to be stretched a bit and not have the ability to be snugged up, this will also make it more difficult to keep the mask sealed.

  • The tubing running from the machine to your mask should be checked for leaks. Little holes can easily become larger ones. You may have noticed that any leak causes the machine to run faster. This is because most machines are leak compensated, meaning that any leak detected causes the machine to run faster so that the preset pressure is attained regardless of leak. If the thin coating of your tube begins to look thin even though no hole, you should get a new one.
Trust you find this information helpful
To your success,