2010

JOY OF THE LAMB

By: David Mattioli

     JOY OF THE LAMB


I will live through the joy of the
Lamb.
Forever - happy days are here again,
For our Lord is here to stay.
Let us praise Him the Holy One in the night
And in the day.
I hear His voice and it is such a blessing
To hear His majesty.

     Rejoice and sing to our Lord
People of God.
Lift those holy hands
And give your very best praise.
Holy, holy is His name
For He has made us free.


All I have and all that I am
I give unto thee oh Lord.
     So I will worship my King
In spirit and in truth,
For I live for You.


Let the joy flow from heaven above
And heal Your people below.
We will live through the joy of the Lamb
And be made whole.


David Mattioli



“What does that mean? “Times”?

By: Ben Andrews


I step into the boat – It is already - so filled with fish that it’s hard to find a seat…

Lord, what do you want me to see? What do I need to learn?

Do you see the storm approaching?

Where, Lord?

Jesus points over my shoulder… I spin around in the boat to see this hug – massive cloud coming. I can see it across the water, just passed the shore near the tree line…

What is that?

Times…

What does that mean? “Times”…?

A period of time that was foretold thousands of years ago – is upon us... This storm is so huge it will rock this world like never before. A time of shacking and shifting – separating. It has already begun – but the times spoken of (in the last part of those times) – is not yet upon us… It is very near – even at the door – If any man hear me and let me in… I will spare them from this wrath to come – just as I did those in Noah’s time. – I will make a way of escape – an ark – But they must choose… this world that is dying - or me… the one who brings eternal life to all who believe…

What do you want me to do, Jesus?

You are a fisher of men. I want you to fill my boat – Then I will bring you another - a bigger boat – A boat so big… millions and millions will be rescued and come unto me. Fill the boats up – one at a time. This work I am doing will spread – I am moving upon the earth even now as I did upon the water of creation – as I separated the land from the sea – I am separating the light from the darkness – the lost from the found.

OK, Lord – Lead me and I will follow… Show me how and when and where…

I will, but first learn to trust me – learn to feed my sheep – learn to let go and rest in me – learn to teach and send out – this is a new work – Trust me – follow me - Take my lead… It won’t be long now… just a little longer…



Color Your World

By: Dorothy Hart

In unrelenting sorrow and deep pain
Does your world lack color?
Is it a shade of grey?
Is all you see filtered through your shame?

Consider the blood red color of Calvary
The Son gave His life so that the vibrant color
Of Peace, and Joy and Forgiveness
Would forever color your world again.



DottieHart
Dorothy Hart




Fabric of Peace

By: Dorothy Hart

The divine fabric of His peace is not made of ordinary cloth.
It is shimmering and strong, like the mesh of armor, and impervious to the thrust of the enemy's sword.
It envelops you like a warm garment and protects you from harm.
Oh, the wonder of His peace.

By: Dorothy Hart

DottieHart
Dorothy Hart

“Who Said Anything About Safe”

By: Ben Andrews

Who would have a King, who would not protect His people? Who would let the enemy come through the gates in the name of mercy? A king who would let unbelievers, mockers, scoffers - come in and sleep next to His children, His bride? I would want No such King! "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's ...good. He's the King, I tell you." And He is my King,  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   I Love you Jesus...

* The inserted quote is from C. S. Lewis's novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, of The Chronicles of Narnia

Through My Window...

By: Ben Andrews

Could I but share my love?
Impart somehow
The unfathomable - height and depth?
-
Allow a glimpse - a window in
So they could meet my friend?

But all must journey – And all must come
alone to enter here…
To realms of glory – So wonderful
Where Jesus is my friend.

My Windw

Rest...

By: Ben Andrews

The lord has been telling me to fight for my rest. To understand that it's a luxury that wasn't a suggestion - but a command. He knew that as humans we become so driven that some of us won't stop. We crash and it takes so long to refresh - we miss out on all the blessings of creativity and witty inventions.
How many blessings have we missed out on because we were just plain worn out?
Thank you for making me rest, Lord.

DIVINE ROMANCE

By: David Mattiloi


Take me deeper into Your love,
Bless me with Your kiss oh, Lord.

You anointed my head with golden oil…
From Your bottle.
I lay down my life to You,
And…
I will surrender - what - You want me to.

I live for Your word,
So compose the music in my heart.
     Let us take the time to know one another, Lord.
I want to know Your dreams and desires for my life.

Let us continue the waltz we started so long ago.

The music is still playing…
There is still time to make things right.

     Let Your word fill my heart and soul until…
it overflows with Your love.
Let Your will be the only will for me.

Show me,
Teach me,
With whatever time we have.
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So let us continue the dance in this…
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Divine romance.

A "Better Blood" Brewin' in the BHT Cranium!


Written by: Bethany Tikva Teel


Heya peeps!

I have a couple different things to express here. If I weren't ready to crash, I'd blog out two separate notes for your reference later on. Who knows? Maybe I'll break it up later! The first thing I'd like to put on record is my drive on the way to church Sunday. Wait, no. I'll back up a bit. Allow me to share the flesh of my heart. I've really struggled a lot, especially lately, with being protective. I suppose it's something God has given us when it comes to family, but with that responsibility comes the weight of protocol. Let me explain what I mean. There is family that you are born into that involves flesh & blood born of something natural CREATED by the SUPERNATURAL. There's the cosmos, the "world", that we're called to reach. And THEN?! There's the FAMILY of CHRIST. There's... (as Holy Spirit lovingly pounded me with) a "BETTER BLOOD" we're bonded with and by and FOR!

My last name is Teel in the natural and if Yeshua had a last name? His name would take first rank. It'd be in YOUR name (if you've accepted Him as your Husband, Lord, & Savior) & it'd tie YOU to ME! No matter where you are. No matter whose nose or eyes you have! We share in something I like to call "supernatural DNA!" There are certain characteristics of Abba God that you & I share. There's also something He's given you uniquely that He will use to fulfill your call. I can't walk your walk and you can't walk mine, BUT we CAN walk TOGETHER!

Sunday morning, having a chat w/ Abba, exclaiming how I was concerned over a family member. I wasn't particularly... "fond" of a certain person that I felt was interfering with my family. Holy Spirit decided to pop in BHT's room for a sporadic spanking! (lol Hey, He disciplines those He loves. He REALLY loves me! Let me tell ya! haha!) Anyway, He said "I understand your love for your flesh & blood, but you are related to person XYZ by a BETTER BLOOD!" It was a holy & fearful moment in my room, followed by sobbing. I've decided to get up even earlier to make room for these visits! : ) He usually likes to show up after makeup has been applied. At least this was "pre makeup!"

I've been thinking about this all week. I must have a clean heart. One that sees my eternal family with such love! You know, like Christ sees me. The finished product. The warrior bride on the other side. I think God would honor a prayer like "God... may I see the finished product in my brothers & sisters, so I can love them unconditionally like you do!" It's what we're called to and even EQUIPPED to do because of Holy Spirit's help!

As I was making the drive to church, I noticed some vehicular communication going on with different drivers that wasn't too pleasant! (And really, who hasn't been guilty of being a jerk from time to time on the road? Intentional or not.) Do you give in to road rage or give road grace? I remember seeing this car barely making it over to get onto an exit and thinking "Whew! He MADE it!" You know how frustrating it is MISSING your exit?! There's no telling how long it may take to get turned back around.

Is that how we are in our walk with other believers? This ONE moment started pouring other thoughts! I laughed at myself for turning something as simple as my commute to church into a lesson of sorts! As this little white car made his exit, I thought of the times I had been guilty of SPEEDING UP so the driver that needed to get over couldn't get in front of me. Thoughts like "This punk can get behind me!" Or "He needs to get in line like everyone else! He shouldn't have WAITED 'til the LAST minute & then carelessly become a road hazard to the rest of us!" Yikes. I know! Ugly, UGLY thoughts, right?! YUCK!

Do we ever wonder if maybe that person is an "out of towner" or a "new driver"? Or maybe they've had an awful day, like the loss of a loved one or a divorce?

Do you ever see a car broken down in the shoulder and wonder "I wonder if someone came and picked them up or if they had to walk?" or "I wonder if it was hot/cold/rainy" when they broke down. Sometimes I get sad looking at the broken down cars & think "How many of us are flying by in our walks unaware of the ones that are broken down, not as "fast", or just not able to make it without a 'tow' of sorts?"

It's SO easy to get caught up in ME, ME, ME! It's pitiful. Isn't it? One of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan, refers to this as being a "ME MONSTER!" haha!

I didn't know how or if I could tie all these thoughts in, but I think I just found it. These things are ALL tied to the FAMILY of CHRIST! The "BETTER BLOOD". So what if people live like hell & barely "make it in"? So what if people don't "get it" like you do? Or if they didn't plan well enough & end up broken down. I believe God frowns more on the one with the nice car who drives by the one broken down, than the one who failed to plan & "gas up". Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying "stop and help everyone broken down!" There are some CRAZY people out there! lol You have to use good judgment. I'm more or less using this as an illustration of room for grace in the Body of Christ.

I'm ALL for using good discernment with who you invest your time with! (If you've read any of my Notes, you probably have heard it at least 100 times by now! That said, investing love into whoever comes in contact with you is part of the "supernatural dna" that Abba has given us. We don't need to "worry" (as that's a form of fear) about making sure our loved ones are going to be alright. We can trust that God loves them even more! We can know that as we pray for the people we may not like as easily as others, God can begin to pour His love into our hearts for them. He really is the "cure ALL" isn't He?
Happy
Okay. That's a wrap!
Lots and lots of mushy gushy Christian love to ya! (You know, the BEST kind of love there is!)
BHT <><


STORMS

Written By: David Mattioli



I go through troubles
And the storms of life.
Still I will shout out and praise Your name.

No matter what this world - culture tries to do.
I depend on my Lord Jesus, my provider.

The Lord most-high - who I give my praise
Let -Your light shine on me… Always…

I wait on Your anointing to come-in -
so I may see straight
So that the darkness fades…

And I wait…
Until the dark clouds…
pass by…

From Glory to Glory

Written By: Bethany Tikva Teel


There is a reason God said from glory to glory... and not to glory in a former glory!
What once was is now gone, but better things are to come!

Some people serve a seasonal purpose while others are called to covenant with us. It's SUPER important we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the difference to us.
Some people come... to knock off our rough edges -
while others help keep us on the Potter's Wheel!
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Tipping Their Heads Back (Dream)

Written By: Ben Andrews


I see this for us...
God is calling us to become the extraordinary persons that He designed us to be.

He is beginning to flow - by way of His Spirit, upon all flesh - we can't help but feel it - if we are listening to the Spirit…

All we have to do is surrender to His calling and flow…

I had a dream the other night... of His kids just ... laying down and tipping their heads back into the river  - that flows from the throne of God.
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It was so cool - the river was golden, effervescent and it flowed with His love. The River was washing and filling our minds with
His destiny and plans for His kids... I could feel the love of God transforming us and making us into something more than we could have ever been without Him. 
He is so good...

Blessing and favor on you.

God is doing something supernatural with our natural...

"Our God is on the Move!"...

Solemn Prayer

Written By: Bethany Tikva Teel


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, & deed, by what we have done, & by what we have left undone. We haven't loved You with our whole heart; we haven't loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry & we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus, have mercy on us & for...give us; that we may delight in Your will, & walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen.

May this solemn prayer be what's prayed on the heart and from the mouth of every believer across America & of the Body of Christ. That our God would come and heal us and our land, according to His Word.





The Seminary

Written By: Mary Jane Andrews 5/5/10


Much is learned on the grassy hill,
Here, your heart is an open ear,
Where sights and sounds that distract are still
And He turns His face as you draw near.
 
A graduate of the Shepherd’s School,
Hallowed mysteries here are told,
Not in lectures, books and teaching tools
But in turning of your waiting soul.
 
A prophet and a warrior king
Schooled in the sheepfold, lone and wild.
Through centuries His promise brings,
Revealed to pure and thirsty child.
 
Be it meadows hushed or prison walls,
Or fevered beds of endless night,
Draw nigh to Him, the still small call
And receive the secret of His might.

 

THE EYES OF GOD

Written By: David Mattioli

In the beginning God created…
both son and daughter

Through the eyes of God’s love…
Sprung forth like rushing water

Adam and Eve, husband and wife
caretakers of the Garden Paradise

The Spirit of God moved…
in the cool of the night air

Communion with His creation…
in the stillness of the spirit

In the eyes of the Lord…
celebration took place

A new creation was born…
in the Garden Paradise




My Hearts Reprise


Written by: Christina Kelty




He's the whisper in the wind
He's the high tide rolling in
The sunbeam on my face
He floods me with His grace

He's the song the mocking bird sings
The aroma the honey suckle brings
He's the light of the morning sunrise
He is my hearts reprise

He's the pearls that compliment a gown
The beauty of golden honey running down
He's the taste of sweet milk chocolate
No, He's more than a feast at a banquet

He is perfect love, perfection... I pause
I close my eyes... I breathe... He is my cause
Can't think... can't speak... my throat grows tight
I'm weak... numb all over...losing sight

Could this be? I've fallen for a man I can't even see
But I feel Him... His scent surrounds me.
Beautiful, amazing, bold yet soft. I've fallen free

I'm... in love... I'm... in love
I'm... in HIS love... The chamber room is right
No one but He and I to dance in the twilight.



Why Are We Afraid?

Written by: Max Lucado

I don't like fear - tried it, it didn't work for me. Fear you may look pretty big, pretty formidable - But you don't stand a chance against my God... My Lord said to us... “not be afraid” - “not fear” - “have courage” - “take heart” - “be of good cheer.” Lord I stand on your promises and Word.. >>This is a bit Long - But it is well worth the READ<<
Ben Andrews




Adapted from Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado. (Thomas Nelson) Get your copy now by supporting Rescue LIFE.


You would have liked my brother, Dee. He made friends the way bakers make bread: daily, easily, warmly. I, the shy younger brother, relied on him to make introductions for us both. When a family moved onto the street or a newcomer walked onto the playground, Dee was the ambassador.
But in his midteen years, he made one acquaintance he should have avoided – a bootlegger who would sell beer to underage drinkers. Over the next four decades my brother drank away health, relationships, jobs, money, and all but the last two years of his life.
At the age of fifty-four my brother emptied his bottles, stabilized his marriage, reached out to his children, and exchanged the liquor store for the local AA. But the hard living had taken its toll. Three decades of three-packs-a-day smoking has turned his big heart into ground meat.
On a January night, he told Donna, his wife, that he couldn’t breathe well. He already had a doctor’s appointment for a related concern, so he decided to try to sleep. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. with chest pains severe enough to warrant a call to the emergency room. The rescue team loaded Dee onto the gurney and told Donna to meet them at the hospital. My brother waved weakly and smiled bravely and told Donna not to worry, but by the time she and one of Dee’s sons reached the hospital, he was gone.
The attending physician told them the news and invited them to step into the room where Dee’s body lay. Holding each other, they walked through the doors and saw his final message. His hand was resting on the top of his thigh with the two center fingers folded in and the thumb extended, the universal sign-language symbol for “I love you.”
I’ve tried to envision the final moments of my brother’s earthly life: racing down a Texas highway in an ambulance through an inky night. Struggling for each breath, at some point he realized only a few remained. But rather than panic, he quarried some courage.
Perhaps you could use some. An ambulance isn’t the only ride that demands valor. You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith.
Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear-thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.
Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that.
What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, and calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus’ question.
“Why are you afraid?” he asks. (Matt 8:26, NCV)
At first we wonder if Jesus is serious. He may be kidding, like one swimmer asking another, “Why are you wet?” But Jesus is dead earnest. So are the men to whom he asks the question. A storm has turned their Galilean dinner cruise into a white-knuckled plunge.
Here is how one of them remembers the trip: “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that the waves covered the boat.” (Matthew 8:23-24, NCV)
Matthew remembered well the pouncing tempest and bouncing boat and was careful in his terminology. He hunted for a descriptor that exploded like the waves across the bow.
Seismos – a quake, a trembling eruption of sea and sky. “A great seismos arose on the lake.”
The term still occupies a spot in our vernacular. A
seismologist studies earthquakes, a seismograph measures them, and Matthew, along with a crew of recent recruits, felt a seismos that shook them to the core. He used the word on only two other occasions: once at Jesus’ death when Calvary shook (Matt 27:51-54) and again at Jesus’ resurrection when the graveyard tremored. (Matt 28:2) Apparently, the stilled storm shares equal billing in the trilogy of Jesus’ great shake-ups: defeating sin on the cross, death at the tomb, and here silencing fear on the sea.
This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder: getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. (John 16:33)
It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.
“Jesus was sleeping…” (Matt 8:24)
The disciples scream; Jesus dreams. Thunder roars; Jesus snores. Could you snooze during a roller coaster loop-the-loop? In a wind tunnel? At a kettledrum concert? Jesus sleeps through all three at once!
His snooze troubles the disciples. Matthew and Mark record their responses as three staccato Greek pronouncements and one question.
The pronouncements: “Lord! Save! Dying!” (Matt 8:25)
The question: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)
They do not ask about Jesus’ strength: “Can you still the storm?” His knowledge: “Are you aware of the storm?” Or his know-how: “Do you have any experience with storms?” But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus’ character: “Do you not care…”
Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness. We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven. If God can sleep in our storms, if his eyes stay shut when our eyes grow wide, if he permits storms after we get on his boat, does he care? Fear unleashes a swarm of doubts.
It also deadens our recall. The disciples had reason to trust Jesus. By now they’d seen him “healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” (Matt 4:23) They had witnessed him heal a leper with a touch and a servant with a command. (Matt 8:3, 13) Peter saw his sick mother-in-law recover (Matt 8:14-15) and they all saw demons scatter like bats out of a cave. “He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” (Matt 8:16)
The Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to “not be afraid” or “not fear” or “have courage” or “take heart” or “be of good cheer.” The second most common command, to love God and neighbor, appears on only eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don’t be afraid.
Jesus wakes from his nap, steps into the storm, and asks, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matt 8:26)
“Then Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.” (Matt 8:26, NCV)
Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts. Let’s embolden our hearts with a select number of Jesus’ “do not fear” statements. The promise of Christ is simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.

Ashes to Radiant Beauty

Written by: Dottie Hart
4-05-2010




Ashes, bridges all burned.
Ashes, pages all turned.

Ashes, they fill up the sky.
I just wish I could die!

But wait, who is this I see!
Jesus is walking towards me.

Everywhere, all the places I've been spurned. Everywhere that was charred and burned
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Redeemed, restored, made brand new!
Who knew every step He would take
Hope sprang up and grew!


DottieHart
Dorothy Hart



My Shepherd

Written By: David Mattioli


Lord You’re my shepherd
My refuge the place I run to
for safety.

Jehovah Rohi
My Shepherd the leader of the flock
who leads in the paths
of righteousness.

I trust in You my God.

Emmanuel God with us the
One who never forsakes us,

Blessed Jesus my shepherd who loves us
and shows me the way home.
Guiding me into His fold
taking care of my needs
according to His riches and glory.

Destiny

Written by: Ben Andrews

“Destiny is Not about the destination…
It’s about the Journey.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (Amp)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.



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Destroying Harmful Words

Submitted By: BenAndrews

 

“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
(John 6:63)
Have you ever been to a family reunion or other gathering where you can’t even get through the meal without replaying a negative or painful comment that someone said to you, even as long as five or ten years ago? Words have a way of sticking with us, but we must learn to deal with hurtful statements that torment our minds and emotions.
You have heard it before: hurting people hurt people. Their words express how their inner man feels—wounded and possibly mean-spirited.
The word tells us,
“My dear brothers, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
(James 1:19)
We know that quick anger can bring angry words. We wish we could get angry, critical words out of our hearts and off of our minds, but perhaps our greatest regret comes from things we let come out of our own mouths.
Most of us remember rejection, name-calling or critical comments meant to be defining words for us. You may think that healing comes by changing the actions of the one who hurt you, but it’s going to take some words. In some cases, you may never get words of apology, so it takes new, potent words to cancel out the power of harmful ones.
Have you had potent, negative things said over you? Words like, “You will never amount to anything.” In order to trump it, we need something omnipotent to replace it. Only God’s omnipotent words can cancel out potent, destructive words.
In Isaiah 54:17, the Lord says,
“No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me.”
There is a very real enemy of our souls and his name is Satan. He accuses the sisters and brothers in Christ with words. You and I have been given the power to cancel the accusing word with God’s Word. What was true of them in literal terms under the old covenant is true of us in spiritual terms under the new covenant. No weapon forged against us will prevail and you have the power and the words of God to refute every tongue the accuser wags at you.
It is also important for us to look at the life of Job. When he needed consolation, he was deeply hurt by his friends’ words. We are told that when his friends first came to him in his grief, they sat down with him and were silent for seven days. I believe they should have stayed that way, but they brought trouble the moment they opened their mouths. In Job 42:7-12, God gives Job an omnipotent prescription for healing his friend’s potent words. He told him to open his mouth and pray for the friends that had hurt him.
I know this is hard to hear, but praying for the person who hurt you (particularly by their words) is the very thing that God will use to heal you and set you free. Get into a private place where you can open your mouth and pray out loud. You will begin to realize that you are not replaying so much of what they said to you, but hearing now what God has caused you to speak over them. That is power!
If we are invaded and empowered by his Holy Spirit, we can be used of Christ to speak words that are spirit and life.
God planned for us to use our mouth in ways that have effectual power beyond anything we have ever experienced.
He wants us to speak words that encourage, edify others and glorify God.
In order to operate in that pure flow of spirit and life, we need to be set free from words of flesh and death that have been spoken over us.
We must let God heal us of words that come from wounded people.

By: Beth Moore

Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
"To the King!"
"To The Kingdom!"

Is Your Heart Fearful?

Written By: Ben Andrews

In the last few days I have received a myriad of emails. It seems - hope is in the balance. We have to be careful not to let our hearts get sick.

The Lord warns us to "guard our hearts".
Proverbs 4:20-27
(inspired by God and written by the wisest man that ever lived. King Solomon) My son (daughter), pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's (human's) whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. (this includes negative words and words of fear!) Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. (some of us go out of the way to find fear -you know what I mean? - On TV it's served up for every meal) Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.


A Soothing Balm for the Fearful Heart Prescription: Read each verse - out loud 5 times - 2 to 3 time daily or as needed until your heart feels better... Caution: (there are some serious side effects) see below:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I w ill put my trust in Thee.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Courage Booster Prescription: Read each verse - out loud 5 times - 2 to 3 time daily or as needed until your heart feels better... Caution: (there are some serious side effects)see below:

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
John 16:33 Jesus spake, "These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
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"To The King!" "To The Kingdom!"

A Different Christmas Poem

Submitted By: Gary L Andrews (My Dad)

A Different Christmas Poem
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.


Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. To the window that danced with a warm fire's light Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ', And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.


Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag. I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN Dec 2008
30th Naval Construction Regiment OIC, Logistics Cell One, Al Taqqadum, Iraq,


The Lonely Road

Written By: Ben Andrews
 

Traveling along a lonely road, I stopped for a moment to see what rustled in the trees. --- The hair on my neck now standing. -- I looked for moment and listened to the slightest sounds. - What lurks behind the tree line, what horror awaits me up ahead? - -Nothing? - just a stillness, my hair still at attention, my senses running at full tilt! -- I try to calm myself. I tell myself. "It's nothing". "Probably just a squirrel or something!" - - I continue on, down the foreboding path. Suspicion fills my mind. Thoughts of lions, tigers and bears, oh my! - Gradually the tension deteriorates and my body begins to relax. - It is only then that I feel a presence - but this time peace accompanies it. Is this the peace that passes understanding, because I sure don't understand it? - It's almost as if someone is standing right next to me and I'm not even anxious. -- The path is long -but today it seems a bit more tolerable. I begin to hear music. A melody fills my mind and cascades down into my heart. - This thing? This presence? It fills me with a song? Wow! - I walk on. - The day is somehow better now. I am resting, content and filled with peace. "I like this." I muse to myself.

I begin to pray…
Father is that you?
Did you notice I was afraid?
-
Did you see the hairs that you counted - all of them - standing up on the back of my neck
and come to my rescue?
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"I never left you! I've been here all the while!"

What a good Father you are.
Thanks Papa God.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Sometimes in life we feel alone even in a crowded house or busy workplace.
The enemy will try and convince us that we're all by ourselves.
But we're not!
-
It's just lies, smoke and mirrors.
-
Just be still for a moment and listen.
-
– you'll hear Him –
-
He's right beside you.
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Shall we not with such a Great Salvation

Written By: Ben Andrews



Shall we not with such a Great Salvation - declare it unto the world? Shall we then therefore hold so dear our own satisfaction and lusts that they should not by our sharing be set free? Can we with so seared conscience cleave to that which is temporal – and thereby knowingly obscure the eternal inheritance that we have been so freely given? Are we so fallen a creation - that we can no longer see that by this deception we are worse than the one who is the master of lies? Awake oh fallen warriors – arise from your slumber – cast off the blinders that hide the truth. The deceiver has cloaked the gift that was so freely given. He has placed doubt in the hearts of man - so much so that hatred is fallen on our Beloved while Sin and Death are being lifted as “the way”. There is but one way and that way is Jesus - all other roads lead to death. Not the death of this body only - but eternal death. There is a darkness that has descended upon the earth – the Spirit of the Ages. It cries out for blood - and a sacrifice that cost everything. Do not be deceived. He would have all believe he is the light – but darkness hides in his bowls waiting to be released upon all mankind. Be not fooled – God is not mocked – what-so-ever is sown shall also be reaped.


Shine

Written By: Ben Andrews



When Christians shine - it is because the Glory of the Lord is revealed.

When we glorify ourselves - we eclipse the
Light of the Son.


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Create in me a clean heart, O God

Written By: Ben Andrews


Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.


I love this prayer by King David. He was searching to know God in a deeper more intimate way. He was concerned with the inner man the hidden parts. He wanted his heart cleaned and knew that he wasn't able to clean it on his own.
As Christians we spend so much time cleaning up and making the outside look good.
Like a new car - we wash and wax it - we polish the chrome until we can see ourselves in it's reflection.
But what about the heart of the vehicle? So many time we neglect what we can't see or if we were truthful about it - we neglect what we hope others can't see.
I grew up in a church that cared more about how others saw us.
The right length hair - the right clothes - the right talk - It was all about the outward man.
I have seen many that look great on the outside yet on the inside they are dead.
David was called "a man after God's own heart - why?
David knew the importance of the condition of the heart. Where the heart is the rest will follow.
David saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God to create in him a clean heart.
I Samuel 16:1-13 where Samuel anoints David to be the next King of Israel, and God tell him (Samuel)
"Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart"
Paul says of David in Acts 13:22:
A person after God's own heart, who will do everything Gods wants you to do.
I challenge you...
Call on God... Ask Him to change your heart.
Maybe God will say of you? He/she was a man/woman after God's own heart. Anyone can look good on the outside "but the LORD looks at the heart."




“To The King!”
“To The Kingdom!”
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There could Never Be a More Beautiful You

“There Could Never Be a More Beautiful You”!



God made you just the way your are "There could Never Be a More Beautiful You"! --- Awesome song--- Remember God sees our HEARTS. I've seen some pretty ugly "beautiful" people - Then again -- My heart has see some people that are beautiful beyond words. I've looked into the eyes of those the world has thrown to the curb to see beauty -so true -so real -that unless you too have seen with your "heart eyes" words could not do justice to explain what I've seen there. ---There could never be a more beautiful You. ---

"To The King!" "To The Kingdom!"

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Mercy

Written By: Ben Andrews



Mercy is the gift that keeps on giving......
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Love knows when to stop!

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Wisdom

Written By: Ben Andrews



"Wisdom - seldom takes the easy road."


I was praying... "God give me wisdom to know what to do in this situation?" This was His reply...Not exactly what I was looking for - but definitely what I needed...

True Friend

Written By: Ben Andrews



Everything in his life had come to a screeching halt and I mean screeching! The winds weren't blowing and rain falling -
THE WINDS WERE SCREAMING. The rain was coming down so hard that it was like someone had taken an Olympic size pool -picked it up and dumped it on his head. This wasn't the - "Oh they don't like me." or "I've been laid off -what am I going to do." or " The car blew up.' You know the junk that seems to come in waves -sometimes so fast we can hardly keep our heads above water. No this was so huge that the only thing that comes mind is maybe ... a - "hurricane of the heart.

They were High School sweethearts - then they married - had kids - lived life -had problems - experienced defeats and victories. They grew so close that to watch them was to watch a Hollywood love story - Then she was gone. Cancer had come back like a roaring lion stealing her from my friend. His heart was ripped out. Half of himself was literally torn from his flesh. I can't even imagine still being alive with half of me ripped away - I can only tell you as an observer. He had all the rights to lay down and die - I mean that! He had the right to put his head in his pillow and never come out again. If it had been one of the couples I know that really don't like each other and with that I'm being kind - ya know - the couple that feels as if they got a bum deal - well then maybe it wouldn't have been so devastating .Why am I telling you all this? Well bare with me I do have a point.

While all this was happening to my friend my world too was falling apart. Not anywhere as close or as terrible as what he was going through - but nonetheless it was. His wife Patty had been a constant true friend to my wife. She would pray for her even in the middle of her pain and life stealing disease. So when we got the news that our son was missing - off on drugs - lost in the woods - we didn't know who to call. Patty was gone - heaven now celebrated her homecoming and our prayer warrior was on the other side. Out of shear desperation my dear wife said to me “who do we call - Patty is gone?” I said, “call Bruce God hears him.” “We can't call him! Patty just died!” she replied. Something inside told me "go ahead and call it will be OK." so she did... He answered -Mary said "Bruce could you be my Patty? - And the first thing out of his mouth was " Ill be right there." He didn't get out a scale and balance and say... "My hurts are more than your hurts - so I can't." No he laid down his life and said... "I don't care what's going on in my life - my friends are hurting." WOW! - Amazing. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13

That night - I can still remember as if it were today- We stood together in my daughter's 2nd floor bedroom - held hands and called on all of heaven - sent out ministering angels - asked our Savor -Jesus - to find my boy lost in more ways than you can imagine and began a friendship so deep so true that not even hell itself could rip it apart. I didn't deserve nor did I earn this friend. He just laid down everything and cared.

Jesus is this kind of friend. He had all the rights to walk away. He even asked His Heavenly father. "...fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt 26:39 He laid it all down - His Life - His Rights - He did nothing wrong - yet was persecuted beyond imagination - and in the middle of it all... He gave. While on the cross - beaten past human recognition - bloody torn and in monumental pain - a thief on the cross next to Him asked a favor - "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43 He didn't say... "Leave me alone - can't you see I'm dying over here. I've got enough to deal with - besides that you're the reason I'm up here anyway."

What is a true friend? - Someone who gives without wanting anything - someone who lays down their life - someone who lays down their mess and helps you with yours. I know I have a one. I am blessed beyond measure. I have Jesus Christ as my very best friend and friends that have Jesus living in them. Friends that have one foot in this world and a heart mingled in Heaven.



"To The King!"

"To The Kingdom!"

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Perfect?

Written By: Ben Andrews



"I can't stop thinking about it!" "You've gotta let it go!" "I can't!"

Mark and Lisa sat on the shoreline - staring out over the water.
It had been over an hour since they sat down and still they hadn't moved.
Fixated on some imaginary spot on the horizon not willing to even look at each other.

"You know?... I wonder... what would have happened if?"
"If what? You can't go back in time and change what happened- period end of sentence!"

"Mark, why do you have to be such a jerk?"

"I'm sorry - I don't mean to be a jerk - I just can't see how going over and over this - can help either one of us."



It was as if time had stood still.
Maybe they couldn't go back in time but this sure wasn't allowing them to move on either.


It had been nearly two years now - since they had lost their little girl. She was born perfect - all ten toes and fingers- every part whole and nothing missing. Candra had been the light of their life - filling their home with joy and happiness.
She was almost twelve when it happened. At first she began to lose her balance a little - then she began to forget things. Mark and Lisa were young parents. They didn't know much about themselves let alone how to look after a little one - yet intuitively they knew something was wrong - bad wrong. Lisa finally got enough courage to say it out loud. "Mark, do you see something different about Candra? - She doesn't seem herself." Mark sheepishly replied, "I didn't want to say anything - but now that you've mentioned it - she does seem a bit off her game." It wasn't long after that - that they took her to a specialist - where their concerns were confirmed. Looking back this was probably one of the darkest days of their lives.

Mark and Lisa met in high school. They were what you'd call "high school sweethearts". Their relationship wasn't picture perfect - they fought allot and broke up more times than you can count - somehow they stuck together and weathered the storms. Maybe it was practice - practice for a storm of such strength and magnitude that they would need every skill they learned during their wars - to keep this marriage together. The loss of Candra came at a time in Mark and Lisa's marriage that was - well you might say - less than perfect. Lets just say their eyes
were not so focused on each other and let it go at that. They had both lived - looking for what (could have been) and were never quite satisfied with what they had. Better jobs, more money, better kids, and they even doubted if they should have ever gotten together.
Loosing Candra tore a hole in all that.

Had they had - just what they wanted - and missed it?

Now they needed each other more than any time in their entire lives.
A part of them was gone - a part of them that they had brought into the world
-
together.

As they sat there - - - they no longer fantasized. They didn't dream of better partners, places or things -
they just held each other and waited for the ache to go away.
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So many times we stare - fixated on some imaginary spot on the horizon.

We look over the fence at what could have been.

We dream of lovers that would bring us unheard of happiness - castles filled with treasures - where every day the sun shines -
You know the stuff that fairy tails are made of.

Why is that?

Have you ever found yourself saying the
"if onlys"? "If only I had their money." If only I had his wife." If only I had her husband." "If only I had their kids." "If only I had them for parents!" (Car, job, health, you name it!)


Over they years I too have fallen into the
"If onlys" trap. But what I have also seen is this...
-
Everyone has their "STUFF". By that I mean...
--
The grass may look greener on the other side but ask yourself -
"Why is it greener?" If you look closer -- it is usually because it is well fertilized.
As soon as you start walking around in their
"Green Grass" you step in their "Stuff".

God wants us to be content where we are. Not to punish us with what we don't have - but to wake us up to what we do have.

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

I like how the (Amplified Bible) translates it...
Hebrews 13:5
"Let your character or moral disposition
be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have];
for He [God] Himself has said, I will
not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
[I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down ([relax My hold on you)!
[Assuredly not!]"


Don't get frozen in time!




Trust God and cherish what you have.
God wants us to be content not as a punishment but because he loves it when we find that place of peace.

He only wants good for us.

When we are discontent - we are the ones who loose.



Enjoy what you have...
you don't know how long you'll have it.



"To The King!"
"To The Kingdom!"


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Praise is So Powerful

"We are only the distance of worship away from the throne of God."
Written By: Ben Andrews



- Praise is so powerful -

I don't think allot of people realize just how important praise is.

For many praise is singing a few songs before the church service begins to allow people to chat - catch up with friends - allow the late comers ~ a buffer ~ before the message begins. You know... sing a few hymns to settle everyone down before the pastor starts... Even many pastors think this way - sad Sad

Over the years - one of the hardest things to explain to people is that when we praise - truly praise the Lord - we are not bringing the Glory of Heaven into the sanctuary - what we are doing is joining the service (that is all ready in progress) in Heaven. In the spirit realm we can literally joint in with the Heavenly Hosts - singing around the throne of God. The Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Living God - Jesus dwells within us - This is a mystery - When we praise - we are not getting more of His presence - what is happening is... our flesh is shutting down and we begin to see into the spirit realm. The more we participate in worship - the more we forget about ourselves - what others are thinking - what we are thinking - and just begin to praise - lift up- and glorify Jesus - the more we fade away in this world and enter into the kingdom of God. We are actually allowing - the Kingdom of God - to be here on earth... WOW

This is a personal experience - Each individual has to press in for themselves - We can't do it for them - If they decide to just sit there like a bump on a log and say... "I don't feel God's presence" Well they're right...

I encourage each worshiper to tell others - show others - how to enter into the gates of Heaven with praise - Once you've been there - you never want to leave...

"We are only the distance of worship away from the throne of God." Jack W. Hayford

God Bless
"To The King!" "To the Kingdom!"
"Our God is on the Move!"
Ben Andrews

Surround Me

Written By: David Mattioli

From the four walls that surround me in my room
to the wide open sky.
Thank you for every little blessing
You have freely given most glorious God.
To the streets
of the city to the trees in the forest,
finding something new
it's glorious.
 
You surround me oh Lord
with your grace
keeping me in check with your wisdom.

To the lowest parts of the earth
to the vast heavens in the sky.

Your greatest miracle was

the your sacrifice to save the lost.

The rushing waters in the north to the desert in the south
my soul thirsts for you Lord.
To the heavy mountains in the east
to
the valleys in the west.

I'm in awe of our creation Lord,
and I praise you
for all you have done.

Thank you for surrounding me

with your Love.

Fill Me

Written By: David Mattioli


Let the music of your word fill me up

with joy O Lord.

Filling my soul to the very
brim with Your supernatural peace and love.

Fill me with new energy to keep me going.
I want to go out into the world and proclaim
your name.

I need Your instruction o Lord

a message to obey.

I long for Your word to

remember and learn from; to gaining wisdom

and understanding.


Fill me up in the morning, noon and night time
and tell me what I should do with my life.

I surrender unto You Lord Jesus
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shine Your light
-
on this path.

Supernaturally lead me to the goal.


Give me sight to see
-
ears to hear
-
to love and serve you
-
in freedom.


You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

"To The King!"
"To The Kingdom!"

The Seed Sowed

Written By: David Mattioli


Jesus sowed the seed in me,and waited for the season
for the right season.
 
The season to reap,
for the seed He had - into a tree,
but what kind could it be?
 
Apple, orange, or even
mustard
this is quite a mystery.
 
The hidden will of God
is not
for me to know.
 
In time it will be revealed
-in my life-
-only for-
His glory
-to shine.-


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Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
John 12:24


Sittin On My Daddy's Lap

Written By: Mary Jane Andrews - a song for Anna


 
Chorus: Sittin' on my Daddy's lap,

Huggin' on my Daddy's neck.

Safe from all harm,

In His strong arms,

Sittin' on my Daddy's lap.



1. Dark things can not get me.

Bullies cannot hit me.

Thunder is just music to my ears.

Hurricanes and earthquakes,

Shadows in the night,

Snuggled there, I have no fears.


 
Chorus

 
2. With others 'round me leavin,

And someone hurts me feelings,

He will kiss my hurts and make it right.

He tells me how He loves me,

He will never leave,

Lions, Spiders, Bears cannot bite.


 
Chorus

 
Sittiin' on my Daddy's lap,

Huggin' on my Daddy's neck.

Safe from all harm,

In his strong arms,

Sittin on my Daddy's lap.

Safe from all harm.

In his strong arms,

There's room for you in Daddy's lap.



 
Mary Jane Andrews song for Anna
(several years ago)
 
 

Mourning Mourning

Written By: David Mattioli


Each one of our lives is an occasion,

and so we must rise to it.

For we are fearfully and wonderfully made

by our Creator King.


We all lose someone in this life,

but when the mourning starts

than comes the smiles

by the one who loves us so much.

He drys my tears and fills me with great joy.
---

One who is so strong

has touched my heart

in such a gentle way.
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Giving hope, love and a reason

--

Reason to go on,

blessed be His name.

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Silent Partner

Written By: Rick Butler


Like an eagle
our lives fly.
Spinning downward
yet soaring high.

Sometimes we are
sitting on top.
while other times
we make a big flop.

When at the top
we praise your name.
When everything shatters
you are the one we blame.

Yet through it all
you walk beside us,
caring, understanding,
sharing your Love with us.

Our Father, fill our hearts,
with your grace and love.
As to give us the strength
to share with others in the name of Love.



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Shine On Me


Written By: David Mattioli

Right after I got done praying the Lord gave this to me.
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Let the light shine on me Lord
A new beginning has arose


To seek after the prize of eternal life
Freely given by my lord Jesus Christ


It's a great and beautiful day -
I must say...
Let your light shine on me.


 

 

Sometimes in the midst of it all - we need to stop - look up - and thank God for the day He has made.
God has blessed us with so much.
As I read this I just imagine - standing outside on a warm summers morning - letting the sun - shine on my face. It as though God places His hands around my cheeks and warms them. Did you know God adores us?
The is such hope in this psalm of David's. Life has definitively not been easy for Dave - yet somehow he keeps praising God.
I know it inspires me not to give up or quit when things are hard.

Psalm 31:16
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake..
"To The King!"
"To The Kingdom!"

Where The Angels Hear

Written By: David Mattioli
 

All around those ministers of grace,
Listen and respond to Lord's Embrace,


From the highest mountain to the Lowest valley,
In the stillness where the angels hear,


Come and see.


A Morning Symphony

Written By: Mary Jane Andrews

I must stop and listen,
My private symphony,
For just outside my window,
A mockingbird, in the tree.

I try to catch the melody
But he quickly changes beat,
A bar of trills and then a flute,
An aria so sweet.

Oh, clever, clever winged one,
How did you get so blessed?
A quilt of glorious music
Comes from your feathered breast.



Out Of the Cold

Written By: David Mattioli
 

He brought me out of the cold and placed me
in front of the fire,
To warm me up with his Love and a friendly smile,
My Lord is truly wonderful in all He does and in my life,
I will Praise His name with a thankful heart,
He has healed my spirit and made me whole,
I'm so thankful that He took me Out of the Cold.




Superhero

Written By: David Mattioli


We look for a hero in the most common places,
from singers and painters, movie stars and comic book characters,
Trying to find someone to look up to in a gallery of faces.
Leaving the person in a fruitless search in a maze,

Jesus is knocking at the door of their heart,
Wanting to be their friend, brother,
father, savior someone who will
never depart.

Jesus is the superhero of the ages,
His name will be praised
now and through time and space,
He'll heal their broken heart
and deliver them from their search.





Daily Bread

Written By: David Mattioli

He helps me in my time of need,
All I need to do is believe in the Holy One,
I seek Him in the morning and the night,
All good things from the King of Light,
I give thanks with all my might,
Today I learn something new and fresh,
Great expectations in my God and His promises
to me.


Psalm 104

Written By: Lydia Johnson

Artwork and Content placement by: Lydia Johnson


Psalm 104

Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

Peace

Written By: Ben Andrews


 

There is a place - I've touched - I've been there
Oh so real and tangible
A land of rest - that's so amazing
Respite love - immutable


There is a place I want to live there
Bequeath-ed shares - left I my heart
Contribu-tions - gladly given
Betokened remnant - of my mark


There is a place I found not looking
Stumbling there - I knew not why
Not expecting or driven to it
No striving for - nor ere a sigh


There is a place that felt like Heaven
Hidden longings - felt deep within
Intrinsic thoughts - left far - inside me
Yearn to be there - without end


There is place - that I have longed for
So far from here - within my reach
To see again - I want to live there
Never going - nor never leave


The place I call - and hold so dearly
Remembered love - I holden cleave
A destination - firm and solid
My place - the land - my home - called Peace.


Seasons

Written By: Ben Andrews


When winter comes knocking - at your door
And cold - blowing winds - buffet and scorn
When water turns frigid and cuts like a knife
And summer's - push-ed out - gives up a good fight

It's hard not to follow and go with the flow
Its hard not to buckle and make ready for snow
The days get much shorter - light runs for the hills
Our hearts feels the sadness - so we swallow some pills


Can summer so far away - come yet again?
Is this just a season or maybe the end?
Will light fill this place - again - where we live?
Will warmth from the Son cover our skin?


We know it is coming - yet still so -we fret
When caught in this weather on earth we are kept
Promises of spring and a life made brand new
Can we trust it'll be here - or will we just stew?


On this side of summer - it seems oh so far
He said - he'd come get us - from somewhere a far
Maybe I'll trust Him - He's never lied yet
Surrender my worries my fears and regrets


The hope of a new life - abundant and free
A life with the maker - my brother we'll be
Season of rest no solstice can change
Forever with Jesus - My Creator and King.



Love A Little More

Written By: Ben Andrews
 

Love a little more
When times are good
Love a little more
While they are near
Love a little more
On days together
Love a little more
In moments dear


Love a little more
When days are warm
Love a little more
And notice them
Love a little more
Reach deep inside
Love a little more
Put self aside


Love a little more
When life is sweet
Love a little more
And don't compete
Love a little more
On starlit nights
Love a little more
Through cries at night


Love a little more
Till you think you can't
Love a little more
When hearts are broke
Love a little more
On cold dark days
Love a little more
When it doesn't pay


Love a little more
When you want to leave
Love a little more
When hope is lost
Love a little more
What ere the cost
Love a little more
While here on earth

Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)

Let The Earth Rejoice

Written By: David Mattioli

Let the earth rejoice The King has come, Lighting up the universe with His glory, He saved us by His blood and washed my sins.
Let the earth rejoice the King and be glad, Coming through like a flood, No man-made structure can withstand, Sin and all evil is gone in a flash, Cause my Lord Jesus has won.
Jesus Paid



Psalm 97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

This is a Psalm by one of our precious warriors, David Mattiolli. He has battled the demons of epilepsy for 25 yrs - since he was 4 yrs. old. We like to call him King David our Psalmist.
(Dave has an awesome heart like his earthly father and Heavenly Father)

Submitted By: Ben Andrews

Ebenezer

Written By: Mary Jane Andrews


Here I raise my Ebenezer,
For my God has never failed.
Though I stumble, fall and falter,
And my fears have held me, jailed.

 
As sure as stars announce the morning,
And the seasons march in step,
He has never missed a sunset.
He has never winked or slept.

 
Though the stalking lion threatens,
Though the dark of doubt prevail,
And with fear my eyes are blinded,
By his acrid, fetid veil.

 
Here I raise my Ebenezer.
For my God has never failed.
By His hand, He lifts me to Him
Hands, my sin, had Him impaled.

 
Hands engraved before conception,
With the apple of His eye.
Unthinkable! He'd misplace me.
Ebenezer! Is my cry!



 
What is an Ebenezer?
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel; the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. The towns that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites. (1 Samuel 7:12-14 NRSV)
The word "Ebenezer" comes from Hebrew and is actually two words pronounced together: Even Haazer. Written in Hebrew it looks like this:
It is usually transliterated as a proper name by dropping the definite article (Ha) from the Hebrew word for "place" (Ezer) and putting it together with the Hebrew word for "stone" (Even) to create: "Ebenezer." The etymological roots of the word, thus defined, should demonstrate that an "Ebenezer" is, literally, a
"Stone of Help."
In 1 Samuel 4:1-11 and 5:1, the Ebenezer is strangely identified with a particular site, about four miles south of Gilgal, where the Israelites were twice defeated by the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant was stolen. These battles took place, however, before the site was actually named Ebenezer. It was like someone saying that Dinosaurs once lived in Dallas county -- they did, but not when this area was called "Dallas." Likewise, the two battles mentioned in 1 Samuel 4 and 5 took place at Ebenezer, but some time before it was so-named.
The site wasn't named Ebenezer until after the Israelites finally defeated the Philistines, and took back the Ark of the Covenant. To commemorate the victorious battle, Samuel set up a marker-stone, named it "Stone of Help," and thereby the site became identified with the stone and with the place where God's miraculous help aided them in their victory over the Philistines. The stone, standing up-right, was called "Ebenezer," and the site naturally took on that name as well.
Literally speaking, an Ebenezer is a
"stone of help," or a reminder of God's Real, Holy Presence and Divine aid. Spiritually and theologically speaking, an Ebenezer can be nearly anything that reminds us of God's presence and help: the Bible, the Sacramental Elements, a cross, a picture, a fellow believer, a hymn – those things which serve as reminders of God's love, God's Real Presence, and God's assistance are "Ebenezers."

Submitted By: Ben Andrews