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  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 3:11:43 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    freepertoo to LadyDoc

    In prayer, please keep us posted.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 3:04:54 AM PDT · 29 of 30
    LadyDoc to heartwood

    In my prayers.

  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    06/26/2016 2:32:59 AM PDT · 1,066 of 1,066
    Elsie to Elsie
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    06/26/2016 2:30:30 AM PDT · 1,065 of 1,066
    Elsie to terycarl
    Where is that grave.....isn't it amazing that the early Christians would have lost track of where Jesus' mother was buried?????

    Where is Moses' grave?

    ...isn't it amazing that the early Jews would have lost track of where Moses was buried?????

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/25/16)[Prayer]

    06/26/2016 2:19:32 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    Jeanbl to left that other site

    Lifting up prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, for our families, our friends, those facing persecution, for our nations.

  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/26/2016 2:15:38 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Jeanbl to Irish Rose

    Praying with you and all for our American Heroes and our Nation.

  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    06/26/2016 1:47:25 AM PDT · 1,064 of 1,066
    Mark17 to terycarl; metmom; boatbums; knarf; MHGinTN
    Where is that grave.....isn't it amazing that the early Christians would have lost track of where Jesus' mother was buried???

    I doubt they thought it was important. People are buried everyday. It's not important. Mary was an ordinary sinner, in need of a savior. Where she was buried, is not important enough that anyone needs to worry about. Don't worry about it.
    Look bro, let me give you a dose of reality. In the world, about 4 babies are born every second. Approximately 345,000 a day. In the world, 2 people die ever second, approximately 170,000 a day. The vast majority, go to Hell. They are buried, and outside of family, no one knows where, and no one cares where. Just like no one will care where you or I are buried. I have no intention of trying to bluff my way into Heaven. Others might be bluffing, but not me.

  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/26/2016 1:35:33 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Cvengr to heterosupremacist

    The Lavender Inquisition.

  • Integrity Is Devoted to Prayer

    06/26/2016 1:02:25 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    Norski to disndat

    If you want to find out what the Bible says about this, it might be worth your time and peace of mind to take a look at this:

    Pastor Mike Online
    Mandela Effect MADNESS!!!
    Michael Hoggard

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESz9WuapheQ

    Debunking it with the Bible. Note: People make money on Youtube scaring you so that you watch their videos, and make more money. If it helps, the above video, and all of the rest of the channel’s videos, are NOT monetized.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 12:38:35 AM PDT · 28 of 30
    kalee to heartwood

    Praying.

  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/26/2016 12:36:10 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    Gene Eric

    >> gay empire

    The Pink Nazis

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 12:31:06 AM PDT · 27 of 30
    Gene Eric to heartwood

    Prayers up.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 12:27:32 AM PDT · 26 of 30
    Secret Agent Man to heartwood

    Prayers up.

  • Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis, seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI

    06/26/2016 12:18:03 AM PDT · 67 of 67
    jobim to Bishop_Malachi
    I do my absolute best to follow Christ, which is by following Christ's church.
    Dissonance is not new to our time - witness the Arian heresy and the wrenching
    and divisions it caused. I am troubled in the extreme by Pope Francis and the self-
    proclaimed "mafia" who installed him. But I will not turn from the Church;
    there is nowhere to turn.
  • Prayer request for my son

    06/26/2016 12:15:34 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    namvolunteer to heartwood

    Your family is in our family’s prayers.

  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/26/2016 12:05:55 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    TomasUSMC to marshmallow

    Too bad he wasn’t born here, he’d be a great VP.

  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/26/2016 12:02:45 AM PDT · 13 of 16
    7MMmag to heterosupremacist
    >>>There are 55 political organizations of/for queers, or the fact they had dared to persecute a holy and righteous Cardinal for simply speaking the truth???<<<

    Which of the 55 is hiding somewhere, creeping around Vatican City? Have heard there's a "Lavender Mafia" lurking around there.

    From Feb. 2013 https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-expert-details-39huge-homosexual-underground-in-the-church39.

    The smoke of Satan is Lavender color..? Or "rainbow" color, but not natural like in the sky. That coloring doesn't stop at pots of gold guarded by leprechauns, but goes down into the earth and "up and down in it", at time and place surfacing, coming out of the ground...

    "The unexpected good news of 23 June, however, was that the investigation of Cardinal Cañizares has been suspended. The magistrate responsible has said that there are no grounds for it, nor for any acceptance of alleged criminal charges against the Catholic prelate."

    Fabulous.

    Did someone at the Vatican call the prosecutor and tell that guy to call off the dogs? If so, from which side of the uh, "rainbow"? The bow that the Lord sets in the sky, or the phony faggy imitation?

    When or if somebody eventually gets around to crucifying the good Cardinal, who'll it be holding the nails, and who pounding them?

    I suppose if or when it comes time for you, me, or the fence post to have a turn at being crucified, if it's any consolation at the least we'd be in good company.

  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (6/24/2016) [Prayer]

    06/25/2016 11:24:46 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    Kitty Mittens to NEWwoman
    Amen to your Heartfelt, Powerful Prayer, Dear Servant of Jesus Christ.
    Standing with you in 100% Agreement.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 11:22:33 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    Roger Kaputnik to heartwood

    May the Lord bless him and keep him.

    May the Lord make His face shine upon him and be gracious unto him.

    May the Lord look upon him with favor and grant him His peace.

    In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Amen.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 11:21:10 PM PDT · 23 of 30
    nurse-rn to heartwood

    Praying for you and your son. God’s healing and blessings on you both.

  • Integrity Is Devoted to Prayer

    06/25/2016 11:17:24 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    boatbums to disndat
    Is Billy Graham alive or dead? How about about Jim Nabors? Using only your memory please answer.

    Huh?

    Okay, my first thought was I don't recall hearing either had died, so I would say they are both still living. The evangelist Billy Graham moreso - because I know more about him and have a great deal of respect for him - than Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) assuming these two men were who you meant.

    I'm not understanding your point for asking this. I recall a pastor of a church I attended asked his audience these questions:

    How many of you have read the Bible book of Hezekiah? A bunch of hands went up.

    How many have read in the Bible where it says, "God helps those who help themselves."? Again, numerous hands shot up.

    Finally, he asked, "How many have read in the Bible that money is the root of all evil?". A lot of hands for that one.

    Well, there is no book in the Bible called Hezekiah. There is nowhere in Scripture that says God helps those who help themselves. And the verse about money says that it is the "love of money" which is the root of all evil. People sometimes have faulty memories. It's a human condition. Some people's memories are better than others.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 10:41:33 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    stars & stripes forever to heartwood

    FATHER GOD,

    We praise Your mighty Names. You are REST. You are PEACE.
    You, O GOD, promise sweet sleep for those who love you.
    We humbly ask that you send ministering angels to surround heartwood’s son. We bind any spirit’s that keep him from rest and peace.

    Remove his anxiety. Help him keep his mind set on You.
    He has the mind of Christ.

    In JESUS’ Name we pray. Amen.

  • Europe Is An Empty House...immigrant crisis pt 5

    06/25/2016 10:02:04 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    bluejean to pastorbillrandles

    Good article. We live in interesting times.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 10:00:20 PM PDT · 21 of 30
    Dr. Bogus Pachysandra to heartwood

    My prayers for you and your son,,,,,,,,,

  • Europe Is An Empty House...immigrant crisis pt 5

    06/25/2016 9:54:05 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    Sontagged to pastorbillrandles

    Wow, just discussed the “swept clean” scripture with a church friend minutes ago.

    Bookmark the rest. Thank you Pastor R

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:51:57 PM PDT · 20 of 30
    Duchess47 to heartwood

    Praying.

  • Francis' incredulous remark that some priests are 'animals'.

    06/25/2016 9:51:55 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    M-cubed to Founding Father

    Did I miss something in the Bible about a “pope”???

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:51:36 PM PDT · 19 of 30
    Southside_Chicago_Republican to heartwood

    Prayers for his peace of mind and spirit.

    Psalm 4

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:51:32 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    Yaelle to heartwood

    I’m sorry he is facing this obstacle. May the Lrd bless him with sleep and clear insight in the morning light. And the best possible outcome.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:49:40 PM PDT · 17 of 30
    Artcore to heartwood

    Just prayed for your Son that God would provide peace and clarity! Also prayed for you!

    God Bless!

    <((><

  • Europe Is An Empty House...immigrant crisis pt 5

    06/25/2016 9:39:44 PM PDT · 1 of 3
    pastorbillrandles
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 9:33:04 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    Salvation to All



    The Angelus 

    The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
    our death. Amen. 

    Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

    Hail Mary . . . 

    And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

    Hail Mary . . . 


    Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

    Let us pray: 

    Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

    Amen. 


    "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 

     "Blessed are you among women,
     and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
    (Lk 1:42). 

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:32:22 PM PDT · 16 of 30
    howlinhound to heartwood

    Thoughts and prayers for you both.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:32:22 PM PDT · 15 of 30
    NIKK to heartwood

    Prayer for your son and you.

  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    06/25/2016 9:32:18 PM PDT · 1,063 of 1,066
    metmom to terycarl
    Where is that grave.....isn't it amazing that the early Christians would have lost track of where Jesus' mother was buried?????

    No.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 9:31:58 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Salvation to All
    'Men should not change from a good state of life to another, although it may be better, without taking grave counsel.'

    St. Philip Neri

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 9:28:55 PM PDT · 25 of 27
    Salvation to All
    Sunday Gospel Reflections

    13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Reading I: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21 II: Galatians 5;1,13-18


    Gospel
    Luke 9:51-62

    51 When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
    52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him;
    53 but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
    54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?"
    55 But he turned and rebuked them.
    56 And they went on to another village.
    57 As they were going along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
    58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."
    59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
    60 But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
    61 Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home."
    62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."


    Interesting Details
    • This passage begins the journey that leads Jesus to Jerusalem. Luke's journey narrative (9:51-19:27) presents a captivating portrait of Jesus, the faithful and the resolute Son (9:35), who in word and deed teaches the way that leads to life with God.
    • (v.51) At the transfiguration, Jesus conversed with Moses and Elijah about his exodus, a reference to the death, resurrection and ascension that he was to fulfill in Jerusalem (9:31). With great solemnity, Jesus now sets out on his journey to Jerusalem, the city that symbolizes the continuity between the old and the new in God's plan; and from there the words will be preached to all the nations (24:47).
    • (vv.52-53) Samaria was the territory between Judea and Galilee. The journey from Galilee to Jerusalem in Judea must pass through Samaria. For ethnic and historic reasons, Samaritans were not friendly to the Jews (Jn 4:9), especially when the Jews were passing through their territory on the way to the holy city, Jerusalem. The Samaritans to this day believe that God should be worship on Mount Gerizim and Jerusalem represents a heresy.
    • (v.54) "Fire from heaven" alludes to 2Kings 1:10-12 where the prophet Elijah twice called down fire from to destroy his enemies. (v.55) Jesus lives out in deed his teaching about non-retaliation against enemies.
    • (vv.59-60) "Let the dead bury their dead" is commonly interpreted as those who do not respond to the Gospel will be spiritually dead; they will have time to bury the physically dead. Jesus' demand even overrides the most important filial obligation to the Jews, which is to bury one's father. At that time the eldest son would stay with his parents, manage their properties, and bury them. This may take almost 30 years. Jesus challenged the people to follow him now, not years later.
    • (v.61) Elijah gave permission to his disciple Elisha to bid good-bye to his family (1Kgs 19:19-21), but the call of the reign of God is more urgent.
    • (v.62) The farming practice at that time was very primitive. A farmer guided a plow by one hand while his other hand drove the unruly oxen. If he looked back, the new furrow became crooked.

    One Main Point

    To be a follower of Jesus, the priority is always the kingdom of God. It supercedes a comfortable life and family relationships without hesitation or regret.


    Reflections
    1. What is my reaction when I feel unwelcome in a group, a society or a new land? How do I tolerate diversity? Feel the anger of James and John, but listen to the words and the deed from Jesus.
    2. Imagine the journey of Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem as the journey of my life. Do I have a destination? What is it? What is my priority in life? How do I follow the way?
  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:27:20 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    Irish Eyes to heartwood

    Heartfelt prayers sent

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:26:02 PM PDT · 13 of 30
    Guardian Sebastian to heartwood

    Praying for your son.

  • Integrity Is Devoted to Prayer

    06/25/2016 9:24:57 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    disndat to boatbums

    Is Billy Graham alive or dead?

    How about about Jim Nabors?

    Using only your memory please answer.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 9:24:18 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    Salvation to Salvation
  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:22:18 PM PDT · 12 of 30
    Aliska to heartwood
    Said prayers for your son.

    It has different interpretations but Psalm 127:2 seems to fit. Maybe you should claim it and remind God of His promise.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:21:49 PM PDT · 11 of 30
    EDINVA to heartwood

    Prayers that your son will find peace of mind that will settle all of what seems to be hurting him now.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:21:46 PM PDT · 10 of 30
    WKUHilltopper to heartwood

    Prayers up. May God grant yours and our prayers.

  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 9:19:33 PM PDT · 23 of 27
    Salvation to All
    Archdiocese of Washington

    Five Disciplines of Discipleship – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    June 25, 2016

    Blog-06-25

    The Gospel today portrays for us some disciplines that are important for disciples. They are portrayed in the life of Jesus, but are to be applied in our lives. Let’s look at each of them in turn.

    I. Purposefulness – The text says, When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.

    Note that Jesus was resolute. He was heading to Jerusalem to suffer, die, and rise, just as He announced in last week’s Gospel. He is heading there to undertake the great battle, and the great mission entrusted to Him. Everything He did was to be oriented toward this goal.

    What about us? Are we as resolute in our determination to seek Christ and head for His Kingdom? Is our direction clear? Have we set our sights resolutely, or do we meander about chasing butterflies? Are we on the highway to Heaven, or do we make easy compromises with this passing world, seeking to serve two masters? Notice how easily we take exits for sin city, vicious village, and injustice junction.

    Our goal is to set our face like flint and pursue the Jerusalem of Heaven, as Jesus set His face toward the Jerusalem of this earth to accomplish His mission.

    Scripture speaks often of developing a firm and unequivocal resolve, of being purposeful and single-hearted in our determination to follow Jesus and set our sights on Heaven.

    This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13).

    A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:4).

    No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (Mat 6:24).

    There is one thing I ask of the LORD, this alone I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life and gaze upon the beauty of the LORD (Ps 27:4).

    Are you focused? Purposeful? What is the one thing you do? Concentration is the secret of power. Water over a large area is a stagnant pond, but in a narrow channel it is a powerful river.

    The first discipline of discipleship is to be purposeful, determined, single-hearted, and focused in our pursuit of the Lord and His kingdom.

    II. Perseverance – The text says, On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

    Note that James and John are angry and discouraged at the rejection of Jesus and the values of the Kingdom. But Jesus rebukes their desire for retaliation.

    Notice how Jesus stays focused on His task. Rejected here, He moves forward. He does not let the devil distract Him or His disciples from the task of persistently proclaiming the Word, in season or out of season, popular or unpopular, whether accepted or rejected. Just persevere. Keep preaching; keep plowing; keep walking. Do not give up; do not grow angry; just keep working. Leave judgment to God. For now, just preach, teach, instruct, warn, and admonish.

    Scripture says,

    And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. … and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next (Matt 10:14, 22).

    Yes, persevere! Remember, we’re called to be faithful, not successful. We need to persevere not just in the face of rejection, but in the face of trials, temptations, setbacks, sorrows, hurts, hardships, failures, and frustrations. Preach, teach, and be tenacious. And remember to trust in Jesus. They killed Him, but He rose.

    Many have announced the end of faith. Many have sworn that they will bury the Church. But the Church has buried every one of her would-be undertakers. They dug our grave, but fell into it themselves. Yes, we read the funeral rite over them instead. We have outlived every opponent.

    No weapon waged against us will prevail. Long after the current confusion and pride of the decadent West is gone, the Church will still exist, preaching Christ and Him crucified. Persevere! It is a critical discipline of discipleship.

    III. Poverty – The text says, As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

    Here is another critical discipline of discipleship: following Jesus even if worldly gain not only eludes us, but is outright taken from us. Do you love the consolations of God or the God of all consolation? Do you seek the gifts of God, or the Giver of every good and perfect gift? What if following Jesus gives you no earthly gain? What if, in fact, being a disciple brings you ridicule, loss, prison, or even death? Would you still follow Him? Would you still be a disciple?

    In this verse Jesus’ potential disciple seems to have had power, prestige, or worldly gain in mind. Perhaps he saw Jesus as a political messiah and wanted to get on the “inside track.” So Jesus warns him that this is not what discipleship is about. The Son of Man’s kingdom is not of this world.

    We need to heed Jesus’ warning. Riches are actually a great danger. Not only can riches not help us in what we really need, they can actually hinder us! Poverty is the not the worst thing. There’s a risk in riches, a peril in prosperity, and a worry in wealth.

    The Lord Jesus points to poverty and powerlessness (in worldly matters) when it come to being disciples. Frankly, this is not merely a remote possibility or an abstraction. If we live as true disciples, we are going to find that piles of wealth are seldom our lot. Why? Well, our lack of wealth comes from the fact that if we are true disciples, we won’t make easy compromises with sin or evil. We won’t take just any job. We won’t be ruthless in the workplace or deal with people unscrupulously. We won’t lie on our resumes, cheat on our taxes, or take easy and sinful short cuts. We will observe the Sabbath, be generous to the poor, pay a just wage, provide necessary benefits to workers, and observe the tithe. The world hands out (temporary) rewards if we do these sorts of things, but true disciples refuse such compromises with evil. In so doing, they reject the temporary rewards of this earth and may thus have a less opulent place to lay their head. They may not get every promotion and they may not become powerful.

    And thus “poverty” is a discipline of discipleship. What is “poverty”? It is freedom from the snares of power, popularity, and possessions.

    Jesus had nowhere to rest his head. Now that’s poor. But it also means being free of the many duties, obligations, and compromises that come with wealth. If you’re poor no one can steal from you, or threaten take away your stuff. You’re free; you have nothing to lose.

    Most of us have too much to lose and so we are not free; our discipleship is hindered.

    Poverty is an important discipline of discipleship.

    IV. Promptness (readiness) The text says, And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

    The Lord seems harsh here. However, note that the Greek text can be understood in the following way: “My Father is getting older. I want to wait until he dies and then I will really be able to devote myself to being a disciple!”

    Jesus’ point is that if the man didn’t have this excuse, he’d have some other one. He does not have a prompt or willing spirit. We can always find some reason that we can’t follow wholeheartedly today because we have to get a few things resolved first.

    It’s the familiar problem: I’ll do tomorrow!

    There is a peril in procrastination. Too many people always look to tomorrow. But tomorrow is not promised. In the Scriptures there is one word that jumps out over and over again; it’s the word now.

    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD (Isaiah 1:18).

    behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2).

    Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart (Ps 95:7).

    Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth (Prov 27:1).

    That’s right, tomorrow is not promised! You’d better choose the Lord today, because tomorrow might very well be too late. Now is the day of salvation.

    There were three demons who told Satan about their plan to destroy a certain man. The first demon said, “I am going to tell him that there is no Hell.” But Satan said, “People know that there is a Hell and most have already visited here.” The second demon said, “I am going to tell him that there is no God.” But Satan said, “Despite atheism being fashionable of late, most people know, deep down, that there is a God, for he has written his name in their hearts.” The third demon said, “I am not going to tell them that there is no Hell or that there is no God; I am going to tell them that there is no hurry.” And Satan said, “You’re the man! That’s the plan!”

    Yes, promptness is a discipline of discipleship. It is a great gift to be sought from God. It is the gift to joyfully run to what God promises without delay.

    V. Permanence – The text says, And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

    When we accepted Christ, we set our hand to the gospel plow and we left certain things behind. We are not to return to those things, things like harmful habits, ruinous relationships, soul-killing sinfulness, and perilous pleasures.

    Yes, there are some things that we used to do that we have no business doing now. We need to give up our former ways and not look back.

    Scripture says,

    Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. You did not so learn Christ, assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus. Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:17-23).

    Therefore, brothers, make every effort to make permanent your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble (2 Peter 1:10).

    An old spiritual says,

    Hold on, Hold on! If you want to get to heaven let me tell you how, keep your hands on the Gospel plow! Keep your hands on the plow and hold on! Hold on. When you plow that field don’t lose your track, Can’t plow straight and keep a-lookin’ back. Keep your hands on the plow and hold on, Hold on!

    Persevere, hold on, don’t let go. Keep a-inchin’ along like a poor old inchworm. Stay, hold, keep walkin’, and don’t look back!

    Perseverance is a discipline of discipleship.

    Here then are five disciplines of discipleship. Learn about them and seek them from the Lord. Without them we will surely perish.

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:19:11 PM PDT · 9 of 30
    panzerkamphwageneinz to heartwood

    Praying now

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:18:36 PM PDT · 8 of 30
    DrJeff to heartwood

    Upward

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:18:16 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    BlessedBeGod to heartwood
  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:17:56 PM PDT · 6 of 30
    SoFloFreeper to heartwood

    will do heartwood

  • Prayer request for my son

    06/25/2016 9:17:11 PM PDT · 5 of 30
    hoosiermama to heartwood

    Prayers up and amen for each of your prayers