Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What the Bible says---Issue 5

So today was another long day. Filled with homeschooling, house keeping and catching up on a show that I absolutely have fell in love with. But even through all that I took time to do my bible study.  I feel as though we should give God time out of our busy day regardless of how busy we may become. If you could just give him 30 minutes out of our day it would help you. 

On to me telling you about my study.

I read over in Jeremiah 29:11-12 Which says::

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

What is God telling us in these verses? God uses the word "I" twice in verse 11. He is saying that it is He not false prophets who knows of his plans. No one knows the plans of God except God.  We often do not know our own minds let alone could we ever begin to know what God's is. We often fear about what God plans to do with us and have a fear that He is against us. To HIS own people he will give the expectations of their faith, not of their fears. 
Then comes the call out to Him.  God says that he will hearken unto us. Which means he will show us mercy when we call out. He wants us to go and pray. Which means to go to our prayer closets, or to the house of worship, and get down and call upon Him. He gives us the spirit to ask for it in prayer. He wants us to walk in his ways, pray without ceasing to Him, make our petitions known. 
He hears us pray. He listens to us, and He will answer in His way and His time. 

God has never failed us. I love that if we are a child of God that he thinks of us in peace and not evil. Even though we are sinners everyday, He still comes with mercy. He still shows us love and compassion. We don't know what He thinks of us, and could never even fathom what His thoughts are. But we do know one thing, He sent the most precious gift to us that we could ever receive. He sent his son to die on a cross for our sins. He didn't have to save us from our sins. He could have let us all die in our sin. I am reminded of a song that is sung at my church. "ALL For ME" Its true He done it all for me.

may this be a blessing to you.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Homeschool and Martin Luther King JR

Today as we all know was MLK JR day. The day that The government set aside for us as a remembrance to this man. So today I decided in our homeschool we would learn a little bit about him. Of course I had to keep it on a first grade level of learning. My son is smart but didn't want to cause to many questions.  So what did I teach him about?

He learned of Martin's birthday which is January 15, 1929, he was born in Atlanta Georgia.

1947 he became a ordained Minister.

1953 he married Coretta Scott, in Marion Alabama.

In 1955-56 He led the bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama. Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat which was in the negro section of the bus to a white man. This started a year long boycott of the bus systems.

1963 He gave his speech "I HAVE A DREAM" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to 200,000 people.

1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

1968 he was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. While there to lead a peaceful march.

1983 Congress declares the third Monday in January to be a Federal Holiday for remembrance.


This was enough information for my son to take in. I am so glad that my son has a love for learning. We also watched two short videos on Martin.






Homeschooling gives us much freedom to teach what we want and how we want without it being only one sided. There is a whole lot more to this story, but as my son grows so will his knowledge of such Historical facts. History today was fun. Looking forward to Thursday for our next adventure.




The bible tells us to love our neighbors, just as King said, "you fight War with LOVE, not hatred". 

May this bless you today. Leave a comment, we love hearing from you.

Preacher Michael McCoyle 1/15/17

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What the Bible says--Issue 4

Today has been a long day but a good day indeed. You know when your in a ministry you need to be faithful to that ministry.  On Saturdays if we are available we go and have what is called Cottage Prayer Meeting with some of the people that are shut-in.  We have been doing this faithfully for a while now.  Not bragging but you know more could do this if they would. Visiting people is something that I was brought up doing. My mom and dad would go to peoples house and we would sit for hours on someones porch and have just a grand time enjoying the company of one another. Some of my fondest memories is on a porch at a place and with people that are very dear and near to my heart, even today.  My husband has fond memories growing up and doing the same thing.  Visiting people bring joy to some that may sit for weeks with no company. The only difference in what we do is we minister to them as we visit. MY husband is always telling them about something the Lord has laid on his heart and sharing it with them.  You will never know what kind of blessing you will get just taking the time to sit and talk with someone.  

So today that is just what we did.  We went and visited with one of the Elder ladies in our church.  She has been a comfort and a blessing to me in our women's group and she has been a blessing to me in the church. My husband and I both look up to her. What a godly woman she is. She is one of the Saints of Old as some churches call them. Shes not afraid to testify, or to shout when the Lord moves her. She is also a widow. And what does the Bible tell of Widows?

What is a widow got to do with it, you may ask? 

Well let me enlighten you. There is several passages in the bible that tells of what we are supposed to do for widows. Take for instance this verse in 
1 Timothy 5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.

And this one in 
JAMES 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

So you see, what are we to do?  We are to honour our widows and we are to visit them.  

                    How can we honour them?  

God is concerned for their needs and wants us to make sure that they are provided for. He wants us to make sure they are treated well and that we have a heart for them. Paul felt it was so important that he addresses this issue with the church. The church should help with the material and financial aspects of caring for a widow, especially those that have no other means of support. You can read more about this in 1 Timothy 5 and see what Paul said was the qualifications.

                          Visitation?

How hard is it to go and knock on a widows door and offer her/him some company? It's not that hard. I am sure that they would get a blessing from it, but you will probably get the bigger blessing. 

So people, it's important for us to get out and visit, and to honour our widows. Show them love, show them kindness, show them that they are not alone in the world. Do it because you do care. Not just because its what is required. I promise and I can't stress this enough, God will give you a blessing if you do. Also remember one day you just might be in their shoes, and need a friendly face and encouraging words to make it through another day.

May this be a blessing to you, and give you encouragement to get out there and visit someone today and minister to them.

What is your thoughts? Leave me a comment below. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

What the Bible says--Issue 3

The other night my preacher husband and I was discussing the differences in a few words biblcally. Sometimes preachers just preach what they have heard, or what has been handed down throughout the generations. Which should be a big no no. That is where a preacher confuses people, because most times they take the preacher at his word and don't research it for themselves.  Christian people have become lazy and rely on everyone else to do the work for them. I am so glad that I have a husband that will search and study it out for himself.  We say that if you're going to tell me about the bible show me where its at in the bible. Prove it to me.  

Any who, back to what I was saying about the words.We got into a discussion about what Unchaste, Chaste, Chastisement meant. 

We we found out that, 
Unchaste means::Relating to or engaging in sexual activity, especially of an illicit or extramarital nature:

Chaste means:: Abstaining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse:
Not having any sexual nature or intention: Without unnecessary ornamentation; simple or restrained:

Chastisement::  Correction; punishment; pain inflicted for punishment and correction, either by stripes or otherwise.


This then lead to another discussion on if you're being UNCHASTE, does that mean that God will put you under Chastisement to bring you back from where you're at?  Because if you're a Chaste person you have not sin in that area.  Something to make you go hmmm. 

When your studying, make time to truly study out what someone has told you for yourself. Never take someones word for it, always search the bible for you. Just the way these 3 words are described by someone who doesn't know the meaning can lead you wrong. 

My prayer is that this be a blessing for you and that if you don't know Jesus that you will come to know him before it's to late to turn back. Many blessing's to you and yours.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

What the Bible says--Issue 2

In the study today I read a verse in Psalms and it brought to question, how are you building and who is at the root of it?  You see when we take on a building project we have to start somewhere, it is usually at the beginning, we usually lay that corner stone first.  But you see there is some that think that you can build walls before you lay a foundation. 

In Psalms 127:1 it says Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.


So you see in this verse it's telling us that we need the Lord to build a house. Whether it be an artificial house, such as the temple, or the royal palace, or any structures for that matter. Solomon built many structures, but they would have never succeeded without the Lord. Of all things that we build or build upon it will only succeed if it depends entirely upon God's blessing. Psalms 127 verse 1 states that it is VAIN to attempt it otherwise. In all affairs we must look to HIM. Not only in building a home, a business, a city, or even a kingdom. We should look to God in everything we choose to do.  

Matthew Henry who composed the Complete Commentary of the old and new testament from 1708-10 says this. 1. For raising a family. If God be not acknowledged, we have no reason to expect his blessing; and the best-laid plans fail, unless he crowns them with success. 2. For the safety of a family or a city. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen, though they neither slumber nor sleep, wake but in vain; mischief may break out, which even early discoveries may not be able to prevent. 3. For enriching a family. Some are so eager upon the world, that they are continually full of care, which makes their comforts bitter, and their lives a burden. 

That there says a mouthful. So lets keep our building straight through the Lord's blessing. We labor in Vain it says if we try otherwise. No matter what our skills, our strengths may be all are in vain unless God is in it. We are to be watchmen also, that guards what we build.  It's safe keeping must depend on God alone. Our safety, out health, everything that we are depends on God. We as just mere humans cannot go it alone and build what is good with out our Lord. 

I pray that before any of you start to build a family, a business, or even a house; you take the advisement of God. Consult in Him before making a decision in life that may crumble with out Him. He is our helper when we are in need. 

Psalms 46:1 says God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  So let Him be your strength, let him be a refuge to you when trouble does occur.

May this be a blessing to you and yours.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where has Manners WENT??


Just putting this out there.

Where has manners went?

The other night as I went into a local gas station, a man probably around my age walked in at the same time. He proceeded to go through the door first and then didn't even hold the door for me. I am still a woman aren't I?

I wanted to ask him if he was raised where men was superior to women and thought nothing of manners toward a woman. But as I have often said God clips my tongue shut many times, to show I have manners in not provoking anyone to anger. 

Moma's PLEASE teach your son's to be courteous to a woman. Teach them manners. Teach them to still open a door for a woman and let them pass by first. Teach them to be polite in conversation around a woman. 

The bible says : In Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 

Not only this manner, but the many others like Saying "may I" instead of "can I", "thank you" instead of "thanks", or what about even "yes please" instead of "yea".  Just to mention a few of my pet peeves.


man·ner
ˈmanər/
noun
plural noun: manners
  1. 1.
    a way in which a thing is done or happens.

    "taking notes in an unobtrusive manner"

    synonyms:way, fashion, mode, means, method, system, style, approach,
    technique, procedure, process, methodology, modus operandi, form
    "it was dealt with in a very efficient manner"
  2. 2.
    a person's outward bearing or way of behaving toward others.

    "his arrogance and pompous manner"

    synonyms:demeanor, air, aspect, attitude, bearing, cast, behavior, conduct;

So what do you think?

Do you think a man should still let a woman pass through a door first?

Do you think a man should still hold the door for a woman?

SOUND in on comments. Let me know what you think.

Jr. History Club--Homeschool Outing

Yesterday was our monthly Jr. History Club meeting. This club meets once a month and we get to learn about all things history.  I know, I know, not everyone enjoys History, but my son is just 6 yrs old and I am trying to help him in learn to love it.  His instructor is an awesome godly lady who takes learning about history to a whole other level. She finds fun things for them to do, not just have them set in a classroom and do paper work. 

We went to the historic Nu Wray Inn that is in Burnsville NC. This is such a wonderful old building. Beautiful inside. It was built in 1833. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1982.  Thomas Wolfe spent the night there in 1929 when he was a witness at a murder trial in Burnsville. Elvis Presley and William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) were also guests there. We had a wonderful time touring the house and its grounds. Below is a few pictures. I hope that if your ever in this area, you'll stop in for a spell at the Nu Wray for a stay in our little town.


Our little group

Exploring the grounds

Old rock fireplace

Look on the ceiling, what is it?



Yes when the Circuit Preacher came to town they held services here. 

The tall chimney


What the Bible says:::Issue 1

In 1 Corinthians 6:13 it reads like this,  

"Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body."

I taught this whole chapter in my Women's Bible Study Group. This one verse stuck with me and made me think about how many people do just this and have no worry about what God would have them do. Problem is most unsaved know no better, and most saved don't care as long as it okay with them. 

"What does that mean?"  Well let me break it down for you a little bit.

Paul is the one preaching here and trying to teach the people of Corinth about wrong ways.
Paul’s real subject here is other kinds of wrong desires. Wrong desires can take control of a person’s life and they can ruin that person’s relationship with God. The wrong kind of desires are not helpful to us. It will not improve our relationship with God. If we allow ourselves to give into those wrong desires it will hurt our relationship with God. Paul is talking here about the desire for sex when God’s law does not permit it. Giving in to that kind of desire can ruin that person's relationship with God. God does not say we can go out and lay with whomever we please whenever we please. 

We live in a "what I want is is good for me" world now days.  We only see what benefits us at the time, what pleasure and enjoyment we can get out of having wrong sex.  Sex is meant to happen between a man and a woman who have married. Then the bible says that the woman belongs to the man and the man to the woman. We feel in our bodies a desire for such things, but that feeling is not good. It is not helpful to us. It will not improve our relationship with God. If we give in to that feeling, it will spoil our relationship with God. 

We must not ever do what we want to do without asking what God wants us to do. If we want the wrong things, we must ask God to help us to take away these things. Our thoughts and our desires should be that of God.

Paul writes that  Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

Which means God knows what is best for us. We must always give ourselves to Him. and we should only use our bodies to glorify Him and do what He sees is right or wrong. 

Our bodies are not our own. If your a child of God then your body belongs to him. if we though before using our bodies in  the way of wrong desires about what God would have us do, I don't see how we could continue to abuse our bodies.

Just remember, It is our spirits that God desires to save, not our bodies. Only our spirits can live in heaven, our bodies go back to dust. 

MAY THIS BE A BLESSING TO YOU!!