Healing at the Cross Posts

“And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. “ Mark 16:5-8  Trembling and astonished, the were all dumbfounded, but the young man singles out Peter and sites him by name. Yes, even Peter was to be told and invited to Galilee. He had denied any acquaintance with Jesus just a few days prior. “Then a…

 “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27 A life of integrity requires attention to heart, speech, eyes, and conduct. J,F and B Lets condense the thought: Luke teaches us, For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Luke 14:28-30 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33 “Or what king, going to make war…

Proverbs 12:15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.  At a particularly rough stretch of road which bygone days had built, a friend gave some advice. Hearing my hopeless quibble, he asserted, “You must have a plan.” My reply was sharp, “O-K — but what is the plan?” His next words were near the most meaningful ever spoken to me. “Do you know any people who pray?” Yes, I quickly remembered some. “Well, make a list of those prayer warriors and call them up and get them praying. ” What? “You heard me, make the list and start calling them.” This brother and friend was a successful businessman. I obeyed the instructions. In a short amount of time things began to break, health was restored, and my finances had an answer with a new job. Since that battle I…

“Of this good news I have been appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher. This is why I am suffering so, but I am not ashamed of it, for I know whom I have trusted and I am absolutely sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” 2Timothy 1:11-12  “O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:  Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.” Psalm 66:9  Friends, it is our soul which must be kept. But what can we discern about its proper state? Well, when thoughts are established, our way is brought to pass, and surety and confidence emanate of it, God is keeping my soul! The Bible teaches such. But, there is a danger — and we must guard our hearts with all diligence. See Proverbs…

Proverbs 29:18  Without a Vision is a people made naked, And whoso is keeping the law, O his happiness! YLT Chesterton talks about “nature” under the heading, “competing principles of progress.” He says, “it won’t work to form our ideas from some principle found in nature, for the simple reason that (except for some human or divine theory about nature) there is no principle in nature.” “He goes on to say, contrary to some who say there is no equality in nature, “there is no equality in nature, neither is there any inequality. “Both need, says Chesterton, some “standard of value.” He illustrates: “Some try to project” aristocracy” onto the anarchy of animals. But, both aristocracy and democracy are human ideas, and both say something about “value.” “Nature doesn’t say that cats are more valuable than mice.” “Nature has no comment on the subject.” “You can’t say there is victory or…

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. Jonah 2:8 I wondered how much God protects my life through mercy and decided to explore contrasting words and concepts. Somehow I hope to gain insight and be drawn closer to the Savior. In Jonah “lying vanities” stand in juxtaposition to The Lord’s humble bowing in kindness toward undeserved ones made worthy. Only a lie — conceited, unsuccessful, useless, idle, worthless, foolish, silly — could negate or exclude the very nature of God Supreme. So mercy is opposite of my empty concepts. Next, “Mercy rejoices against judgment” so teaches James 2:13. Sundering separation stands aloof from our mercy from God. A quote from Paul goes, “who can separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35 “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” The list is just starting. “Death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor…

And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.  But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. Luke 5:37 -38 From “The Freedom of the Christian Man” by Helmut Thielicke we have an explaining of the parable of Jesus from Luke. He says, “the appeal to freedom becomes good news only when our existence is given a new foundation and then we are enabled to be free.”” …only if his mind is given the dignity of being a maker of decisions…”” …he makes decisions because a decision has been made concerning him.” Beloved, unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Another quote from the same source goes: “… for the person who has not been made free to love, freedom is something that demands too…

The Bible shies not away from graphic language when speaking of the devil’s work. Here are a few examples: Daniel 7:25  “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High …” Isaiah 59:19b  ” …When the enemy shall come in like a flood …” Revelation 12:10b ” … for the accuser of our brethren … which accused them before our God day and night.”  Like a flood with a torrent of words and accusations, our enemy rides the waves of high things directed at and purposed to make mincemeat of the believer’s mind. There is a lie in his right hand, a false scenario, a fabrication of truth. Very believable are the lies since the fallen nature of man has a capacity to worry, to be anxious, fearful. Sadness can overwhelm us, unforgiveness plagues us, doubt distracts us. Cares…

Once upon a time I scheduled a Heart Catherization. No heart problems had been found in the echo-cardiogram –EKG had also been fine. Cat-scan had revealed nothing heart wise and stress test was inconclusive. Concerned because of some chest pain when hiking, I persevered through these tests at the request of my appointed Cardiologist. I was sure nothing would become of the current exam. I awoke to the gentle doctor’s straight but assuring face. His message was simple, “there is nothing we can do for you here.” “Stints are not possible; you have two total blockages and one 90%” “What do you suggest?” was my astonished response. “You might consider by-pass surgery.” I hesitated, “how does that happen?” “Hang on for a minute.” The kind doctor left the room. He reappeared, “do you want to go tomorrow?” “yes.” So began my journey defining year in the month of March. Whisked…

They tell me of a peace that passes understanding –a certain discernment, a spiritual insight, an intuitive state. In it abides happiness, joy, love, and well being. Imagination births this blessed sphere, God lives in it, sorrow is dismissed, the two cannot co-exist. Christmas ignites itself abroad it and excites good emotions; purity and blessedness. We are closing in on home. Fantasy? Not if we have ever been touched by an angel, or even a fellow person. Perhaps we have encountered the Christ and been swept off our toes into an euphoric joy. Doesn’t this “condition of being” pass understanding? But how real are these states of soul? Are they not dangerous? Answer: not if they are founded in the objective truth. Can there be falsehood in them? Yes because ” the Christian admits the universe has many miscellaneous parts, just as the sane man knows he is complex.” G.K.…