Sunday, January 5, 2014

You Never Forget Your First Doctor

Matt Smith
The 11th Doctor

By the way, who was it who thought, "Hey, this screw driver needs to be more sonic"?


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent Day 21

I like the analogy that God is like mountains on a foggy day.  You can't see him, you can't touch him, but you know he is there.  Then when the fog lifts and you make the journey up to the mountain side, you see God face to face in a more clear and real way than ever before.

Even when we can't see God or feel God, when chaos, tragedy, or trivial worries distract us from God, any time, any day, any rhyme or any reason, God is always there surrounding us with hope, peace and joy.

Tomorrow is the last week of Advent, the time to focus on the love of God, love so clearly expressed by the baby in the manger.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent Day 20

The Power of the Spoken Word.  Here are what some of the scriptures have to say.

Speaking out loud leads to salvation.
Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Trusting with the heart leads to righteousness, and confessing with the mouth leads to salvation. Romans 10:9-10

God spoke the world into existence.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4

Speak scriptures out loud.
Never stop speaking about this Instruction scroll. Recite it day and night so you can carefully obey everything written in it. Then you will accomplish your objectives and you will succeed. Joshua 1:8
There is power in the spoken word.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words. Proverbs 18:21

No comment.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, 
we also believe and therefore speak... 2 Corinthians 4:13

With just a little bit of faith you can speak things into action.
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and said, “Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?” “Because you have little faith,” he said. “I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be nothing that you can’t do.”   MATTHEW 17:19-20

Matthew 17:20 17:21 is omitted in most critical editions of the Gk New Testament
This kind doesn’t come out except through prayer and fasting.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Advent Day 19

There is room at the manger for everyone. Happy people, sad people, rich and poor, young ones, old ones, you and me.

Our community has had more than its usual share of deaths recently.  My church's "Pray for grieving families" prayer list increased by 6 names last week. Charlotte Smith, Oline Davis, Wayne Owens, Rosella Tahah, Chad Thompson, Bernice Eichling. The families of these people are grieving at Christmas time. There is room for them at the manger where they will find comfort.

We think we have to be happy and cheerful at Christmas. But really we can be whoever we are, feel whatever is appropriate, as long as we seek God and spend time at the manger.

Some of the new people on our prayer list do not attend church.  I don't know how a person survives grief without a connection to God and the support of people with that same connection. One good thing about a small community is that support is available. All of the churches are praying for these people.  Most community members, whether they go to church or not, take action to serve those in need. There will be visits, food, cards and all kinds of help offered.  In a way, they are bringing the manger to the people who need it the most.

Blessings to you throughout Advent and I'll see you at the manger.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Advent Day 18

From my daily advent reading:

Thank you, God, that even when I feel empty and dry, I know that the springs of joy are there, buried deep within me. I ask you to tap those springs now, release them, and carry me away on their fullness

Thank you, O God, for joy.
  Joy that overcomes all else.
    Joy that is more powerful than the darkest powers.
      Joy that is more abundant than the waters in the seas.
        Joy that is mine.

This spoke to me this morning.

And some random things I've learned and experienced lately.

Every night before going to sleep, I read a section of the Common English New Testament on my Kindle. I'm in ACTS. I've been reading about Paul's evangelism and how he made as many people mad enough to kill him as he brought to salvation.  Paul was concerned about the Jewish Christians who wanted Gentile Christians to obey all the old Hebrew Laws (like circumcision).  Paul and some buddies came up with the basic things Christians need to do; are you ready?

ACTS 15:28-29: The Holy Spirit has led us to the decision that no burden should be placed on you other than these essentials: refuse food offered to idols, blood, the meat from strangled animals, and sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid such things. Farewell.

That's a lot easier than the big ten, don't you think?

At the Beth Moore Bible Study I've been going to, I learned the power of the spoken word. Praying out loud has a spiritual power that doesn't exist in silent prayer. She quoted from these scriptures; I can't say which ones are actually relevant to the power of speech.  But if you want to look them up, here they are: Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 18:21, Numbers 13:31-32 & 14:1-4 & 14:20-23, John 15:7-8, Romans 10: 8-10, Matthew 17:19-20 and Psalms 18:19.

Meanwhile, back to joy... Yesterday was Elder Day of Homecoming Spirit Week.  Elder Day, really?  I went as myself but I wore pearls and put my hair up in a bun.

In my last class of the day, a boy asked me, "Mrs. Perry, are you trying to look old?"

"Well, I'm not really trying, but yeah."

"I don't think you look old.  You never look old.  Except for maybe the pearls."

He nailed it and showered on me both emotional and spiritual joy.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Advent Day 17

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. ~ Isaiah 12:3

The joy of advent is Jesus coming to earth being born as a human baby.

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” ~  Luke 2:10-14

Why were the angels joyous?  Jesus had to leave heaven and come to earth to face hardships and death.

They were full of joy because it was God's delight to send his son  in human form so that we might be reconnected to heaven. There's joy for everyone in that.