St Nicholas and Isaiah 58

As I mentioned in another post, I go into the Kingwood Garden Center once a week to get information for their newsletter.  This week Michal wanted to include a blurb titled “Ho, Ho, Ho!  Merry Citrus” as a lead in to suggest giving citrus trees as gifts.

As I started gathering the information, the thought crossed my mind to see if there was actually a connection between Christmas and oranges.  So I googled “Christmas and oranges” and a whole series of articles on oranges in Christmas stockings and St. Nicholas came up.

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The Year of Open Doors

The Hebrew year 5774 began on September 4th with Rosh Hashanah. Each Hebrew letter also has a numerical value and pictorial meaning. I found a beautiful article explaining the meaning the year that just commenced.

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Community, Baptisms & Fall Riot

The other week was Fall Riot at Second.  It’s kind of a kick off for the fall programs at the church for middle and high schoolers.  It’s the main time when the church really encourages the kids to invite their friends to come with them to church.  It’s not the only time.  After all, we are always supposed to be ready to tell others about Christ and welcoming them to be part of our church family.  But in in the weeks leading up, the primary focus is “invite your friends”

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What I Learned at the Garden Center Today

This morning I was at the Kingwood Garden Center.   This isn’t my normal day to be there.  Usually,  I go in on Monday, get any information and pictures for the weekly newsletter and blog post and any other marketing projects that need to be done, and everything is wrapped up by Tuesday with the newsletter scheduled to send Thursday morning.

But Bob and Michal are at a trade show this week and the plants they wanted to feature weren’t in,  so I suggested recording a video we had been discussing on vertical gardening.  It was originally scheduled for last month, but they wanted to move the location and replant it.  Bob said, “Go for it.”

The plan was to go in the next day, Tuesday, but several people were sick and they were short staffed, so Diane, the person that would be doing the video, and I decided Wednesday would be better.

So today, we had just finished testing the sound to record the video on vertical gardening and a customer had a question about a problem with his crepe myrtle.  I said, “Hey, would it be okay if we video Diane answering your question?”  He agreed, and so we did.

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The Synchronicity of God

A week ago, the director of my Bible study asked if anyone would share their testimony of how they came to know Jesus as their personal Savior.  Several people shared their story.  As I listened, I was thinking, “I should really video these.”

So, I brought my tablet on Sunday planning to ask a few of the people who shared the week before if I could record them.  Becky just happened to be the first person that I asked.  And this is her story:

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Discerning of Spirits Examples

While we should always test from the Bible first, I think it also helps to hear real life stories from the present day to help identify what we are experiencing.  I’ve read several books on this, but I found James Goll’s book, The Seer, to be particularly helpful because he described how the developing of the gift of discerning of spirits started, not just what he experiences now.

As Paul says, we are to grow in the gifts, and that means that we have train up in them.  For most of us, they aren’t going to descend in full force all at once.

One thing that I have noticed after being around people that operate in spiritual gifts, a gift does not manifest exactly the same way in every person that has that gift.

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What is the Christian Walk?

What does it mean to be a Christian?  When you say that you’re a Christian, what does that mean?  What is it supposed to look like?

The theme of this blog is basically about that, walking through the Christian life and the cornerstone verse is Romans 6:4

. . . as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Being a Christian is not just thinking Jesus was a good guy and had some good ideas.  It’s not even just about recognizing that he is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, who redeemed us through his blood of atonement.

The Christian walk, the Kingdom of Heaven, is about being so sold out that we see his face above all else.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. ~ Psalm 27:8 KJV

We are to be all in.

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Thankful for the Fast Yes’s

Thursdays are usually my thankful posts, but there has been so much this week and I want to talk about another post tomorrow.  What has been absolutely amazing to me is just how many answered prayers I’ve seen over the past of weeks.

Big stuff .  . . fast yes’s.

What is a Fast Yes?

God answers prayer all the time, but sometimes our idea of the right timing is not His.  We are to pray according to His will, not ours and that doesn’t always look the way we expect.

An answer to prayer can be:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not yet.
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Discerning the Presence of the Holy Spirit

As believers, our first step on the path to growing our gift is to be able to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He has a tangible presence and we should recognize him when he comes.

We should also invite his presence.  One of my pastors, Pastor Quanidos, says, “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.  He won’t come in if we don’t ask.”

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, and peace, and that is what he brings with his presence.

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