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CHURCHES TO STRENGTHEN EACH OTHER

Towards Unified Christianity in America

(Sharing the Tithe To Form Strong Churches – TITHE IN — TITHE OUT

1,500 words                                                                       – Mary A. LaClair

1/18/2023

To strengthen and unify the Christian church in America and then the world, we need not to fight amongst ourselves. We should serve and love one another in the church in unity.

Divided we are weak. United we are strong. Many of us, and many churches, are on the same team but have different play positions to the same end. We need to join hands in unity in this spiritual battle. The wagons are circling.   

A certain thought has brewed in my mind for several years. One may initially disagree with this unusual idea, but upon reflection and deep thought, it may seem inspired and maybe even practical.

People tithe to a church.

“Shouldn’t one church tithe to another church? If they share one tenth of their received tithe to another church doing the Lord’s work, then receive one tenth of different church’s tithe, that would keep things keep flowing.” 

A church keeping its own entire tithe becomes no more than a pond, however large, with no continuing outlet refreshing others and not being spiritually refreshed or encouraged by other churches.

There are many denominations within the Universal Church for a reason. People come in at different stages in their life, and as such each may require different levels of teaching. People also have different intellectual levels and are at different spiritual levels.  We need churches which will accept people at their entry level and help them along the trails to the main path.  Some denominations  or local churches may do well with introductory level and not grow beyond that, continuing to welcome new people who will later move on when they find there is more. And this is fine. Some churches feed spiritual milk for babes (think kindergarten), some feed solid food (think of middle school)  some feed the meat of the Word (think high school), or think first base, second base, third base , all on the way to Home!  We can’t neglect first base. They may struggle by themselves through feast or famine. It is up to other churches to help others through the thin times.

If large churches supported smaller churches, and if small churches supported larger churches, things would balance out. There is a reason the smaller churches would balance out because they would be being supported by larger ones.

1 Cor 12:20-27

 “ But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.   And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”   No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary……..  that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.   And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” NKJV

  “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”   NKJV

Small churches who tithe to a bigger Church would share in the spiritual blessings of the big church: “One who welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet, receives a prophets reward.”  They would share in the spiritual blessings of the larger churches, being a part of them through their support to them, even tho it be meager. Big churches who give to little churches, sustain and enable others to be feeding the lambs while they themselves still feed the sheep. 

This would work as long as each church within the circle honors Jesus Christ both as Savior and Lord as the only way to Heaven. There should be no elimination from tithing to them because of smaller issues of  ‘local codes’,(doctrine) if you will. Not to be included in this circle would be the non-Christian Christian churches who wink an eye at abuse, abortions and acceptance of same sex issues; to do so would be to take part in their sin and its punishment.

However, other matters of codes, doctrine, should fall into the category of being different parts of one body, i.e. the eye cannot say to the foot, etc.

I have always chuckled to myself each time I see a pastor reach into his own pocket and put the money in his own basket. Seems like isolationism to me. If you tithe to yourself you’re really going solo. It is sink or swim alone which does nothing for church unity in a time when we need a strong united front. 

Find a fruit producing church, in whose fruit you would like to share, give to that one and share in their blessings. This should be different from supporting missions which is considered alms and offerings and is different from tithing to a formal church body,

Picture this:    Christian churches holding hands in a large unbroken circle – strength in unity.  Consider this: Tithe to each other locally, prior to missions work –   and see if  Churches holding hands with each other doesn’t enlarge the circle of Christianity in the nation to everyone’s benefit.

To answer a question before it’s asked, yes let the evangelicals tithe to the Baptist and let the Baptist tithe to the Evangelicals, and let the local Community Church tithe to a larger evangelical Church and share in its rewards; each helping each other and each growing and sharing blessings thereby. 

When we support a ministry we share in the blessings and gifts of the ministries we support and get some credit for the work they do because we support it. We become part of it. Pick a ministry in whose blessings you would like to share. Both we and they will benefit.

“He who welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet, receives a prophet’s reward.” Matt 10:41

I have always chuckled to myself each time I see a pastor reach into his own pocket and put the money in his own basket. Seems like isolationism to me. If you tithe to yourself you’re really going solo. It is sink or swim alone which does nothing for church unity in a time when we need a strong united front. 

To answer a question before it’s asked, yes let the evangelicals tithe to the Baptist and let the Baptist tithe to the Evangelicals, and let the local Community Church tithe to a larger evangelical Church and share in its rewards; each helping each other and each growing and sharing blessings thereby. 

Hebrews 7:7 :“For without a doubt, the inferior is blessed by the superior.” 

Let there be no division amongst the brethren.

Now if the First Baptist Church of Upper Oswegatchie gives to the Second Baptist Church of Lower Oswegatchie and the Second Baptist Church of Lower Oswegatchie gives to the First Baptist Church of Upper Oswegatchie,  that would be forming their own separate circle and not be part of a larger national circle.

I am amused when I see a Pastor give to his own church, it comes from his right pocket to his left pocket and doesn’t go anywhere. 

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” . Martin Luther King Jr.

Recognize others talents and works and be blessed thereby. It may be like having stock in a company –  you support it, it does well,  you do well, and without having to make business decisions for that company. You trust in the president of that company to direct it. In this case the president of the main company is Jesus Christ

God says:  “Test me in this (issue of tithing to God’s work) and see if I don’t open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing so large you cannot contain it”   Malachi 3:10

John 17:20-23

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. NKJV

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20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that th

P.S. 1/21/2023

A comment came in from Ruth in another state:

“I was told of a Christian School that was struggling financially until the school determined to tithe to another Christian school. It ended up blessing them both.”

P.P.S. 2/02/2023A

A popular large TV Ministry after interviewing a growing pro life ministry did present that group with a sizeable check, A point was made when the presenter confirmed the fact that the recipient of the gift does tithe from their income.

So this is being done – but this writer would encourage more of God’s churches to support each other from the tithe by not keeping it within their own walls but to strengthen the whole body, not just the foot or the arm…

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    IS ROME RUNNING A NEW AMERICA ?

    ROME COLLUDING WITH WASHINGTON

    • 285 words – Mary A. LaClair
    • 12/31/2022

    There is a book titled “Washington in the Lap of Rome”. I have not read it yet nor do I need to. All I need do is look at what is happening between Washington and Rome today coupled with our current events. (2021/2022)

    It is no secret that liberal political leaders have visited Pope Francis and succumbed to his leadership. 

    I give you Al Gore, John Kerry, most recently while holding office,  the Pelosi’s, the Bidens,  and who knows who else.

    Liberal Gore said he could almost become a Catholic because of Francis’ stand on liberal politics.  

    However the Pope, and Gore, are in agreement that their brand of social justice is not actually politics,  but rather issues of morality.  

    Whose morality?  

    Is our government actually agreeing that it is the church’s job to be the moral authority in the earth; and if so,  whose church? And does the government have a right to choose which ‘church’ for the Nation?  No! 

    Therefore the government is forcing an errant version of Catholicism on this nation by forcing the Pope’s dictates of socialism on a majority of unwilling participants in the US.

    The pope is not the only intermediary between God and Men, that title belongs to Jesus Christ alone.

    The common-sense rule that states “Charity begins at home” applies to all Christians. The Holy Scripture states, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).

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    A CAT IN GLOVES CATCHES NO MICE

    “A CAT IN GLOVES CATCHES NO MICE”

    692 words                                                                            – Mary A. LaClair

    1/06/2002

     “A cat in gloves catches no mice.” Lilian Jackson Braun

    “He who is made of sugar shall be eaten to death by flies.” Carl Sandburg

    “For they vex you with their wiles”. Num. 25:18  

    It is OK to b intolerant in the face of wrongs, in the face of immorality.

    I believe the word ‘tolerance’ is a buzzword in an effort to negotiate, ‘to put down our guns’ concerning ways which are contrary to morality.  “The only thing evil needs to survive is for good people to remain silent” (Bonhoeffer?)

    It is time for us to get tough!  It is time for us to get tough with our enemies both foreign and domestic, physically; and, both foreign and domestic, spiritually!  

    Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” Joel 3:10 NKJV

    Recently I heard a story that went something like this:  A man went hunting bear in the woods.  A bear came upon him and said, “…we both want something from the other, I’m sure we can settle this peacefully by negotiation.  All you want is a fur coat and all I want is a meal.  Let’s go out to the roadside, sit down and negotiate.”  The man put down his gun and went to the roadside to talk with the bear.  The bear got his meal and the man got his fur coat!  

    Eph 6:17
    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    NIV

    Eph 6:17-18
    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. NIV

    Misplaced compassion has no place with people of the Lord; the same Lord who says, “Stand fast”. Standing fast means not backing down or being  ‘tolerance’ enabling.  What we tolerate, we approve.

    This is a free country, we still have the freedom to say “NO!”   NO!  Not here you don’t!  The ACLU knows freedom of choice,  that’s what they use for abortion.  Freedom of choice.  Well use your ‘freedom of choice’ to say NO to the ACLU!

    GET OUT OF THE CAGE OF SILENCE AND TOLERANCE AND…SING !!

    ‘The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force” Matt 11:12

    ….notice here it says ‘The Kingdom of Heaven’, not the kingdoms of earth. Violence had not taken America, this part of the earthly world, by force earlier,  because then America had been in submission to God, making Him our Helper and Protector. Right now we are doing well in resisting the attack of evil from foreign powers, but how are we doing in resisting the attack of evil from those ‘enemies domestic’?  (both physical and spiritual?) Note the date of original writing is January 2002. Could this have been prophetic do you think?

    “Submit yourself to God resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

    America, submit to God yet again!, America Bless God !,  as we enlist His help. 

    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14 KJV

    Notice it refers to Christian individuals to turn from THEIR wicked ways. Judgment actually begins in the house of God. How can He correct the world, if His own house is not in order?

    The second stanza of AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL instructs ‘confirm thy soul with self control’. I think they knew what they implored through song; for Scripture tells us that in the last days men will be without self control.  You can find that in the first five verses in Second Timothy chapter three. I suggest you look that up to see if you think we are indeed in the last days.  America,  “Confirm thy soul with self control”

     Even if we are not on the military front, we can each humble ourselves and take on the spiritual battle within us, against domestic enemies even within ourselves personally, whether they be enemies of food and drink, enemies of materialism which say ‘wants’ are ‘needs’ when they are not;  enemies of anger, selfishness or procrastination; or private enemies which may be known only to you.

      “  … a time to keep, and a time to cast away;… time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;…”  Eccl 3:,5,6  KJV

    Remember we are never advocating violence against our family for

    “he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. Prov 16:32ASV;

     And…patience is active concentrated strength; strength under control is stronger than strength.unleashed

    Yet, we need to be firm with ourselves when it comes to overcoming temptation (otherwise known as self-discipline), for the cat who wears gloves catches no mice!   

    “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10 KJV       

    ……  in the sight of the LORD does not always mean in the sight of mankind     

    “Never confuse the will of the majority with the will of God”

    CHURCH: Break out of the cage of tolerance and silence..AND SING!

    Sing the difference between right and wrong…

    Sing of the difference between good and bad…

    Sing loud enough for our countrymen to hear !

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    HOW TO JUDGE CORRECTLY

    God loves justice and mercy – for without justice there is no mercy, mercy from WHAT? 

    Let us not be influenced by non-Christians or liberals when they say we are NOT to judge. We ARE to judge.  For God loves JUSTICE.  Yet, how many Christians are seeking true justice?

    A friend ,who is familiar with my stand against those who say we are not to judge, contacted me  about a sermon just done  by her son who is a Pastor.  I am thankful.

    He and his church have granted permission to have that link posted here. If you would like to re-post, please seek permission directly from them to re-post .

    This sermon teaches :   How To Judge Correctly: .   May we all take God’s word to heart if we listen and learn from the whole of the Holy Scriptures; and, not just from one misapplied verse given to the world by those who would dilute God’s word for their own purposes.  This is only one of the sermons from Pastor Brian Wilbur’s series CRUCIAL TEACHINGS  FOR CHAOTIC  TIMES. You may wish to visit more.

    Thank you, Pastor Brian for your well-studied and well delivered messages to today’s church.

    May we each  LISTEN    THINK   PRAY   SPEAK UP

    It is 45 minutes long ,your mind will not wander and time will fly by:  You will be Blessed….

    And now, here is Pastor Brian Wilbur with LEARN TO BE A GOOD JUDGE.   Please select the audio link especially if you are driving;  the second link is for the video

    https://www.southparisbaptist.org/mediaPlayer/#/sermonaudio/255

    https://www.southparisbaptist.org/mediaPlayer/#/sermonvideo/255

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    Look, Listen & Think

    AN UNFINISHED DIARY

    Posted on by mlaclair

    re-posted August 19, 2022

    October 5:   Today my life began. My parents don’t know it yet. I am smaller than the seed of an apple, but already I am I. And unformed as I am right now, I’m going to be a girl. I shall have blond hair and azure eyes, and I know I’ll love flowers.

    AN UNFINISHED DIARY

    by —H. Schwab, originally in German, translated to Polish then English

    October 5: Today my life began. My parents don’t know it yet. I am smaller than the seed of an apple, but already I am I. And unformed as I am right now, I’m goingto be a girl. I shall have blond hair and azure eyes, and I know I’ll love flowers.

    October 19: I’ve grown a little, but I am still too small to do anything by myself. Mother does just about everything for me. And what’s funny, she still doesn’t even know that she is carrying me here right under her heart. And feeding me with her own blood.

    October 23: My mouth is just beginning now. Just think. In a year or so I will be laughing. Later I will…

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    PRIDE: June Celebrating the Capital Sin

    PRIDE:  JUNE CELEBRATING THE CAPITAL SIN

    785 words                                     – Mary A. LaClair

    June 18, 2022

    They parade their sin like Sodom, Sodom was given as an example TO THOSE WHO WOULD COME AFTER…Is the church willing to influence the world?  Who then will warn?

    As a follow up to the previous column which contains  a copy of an excellent column by Scott Lively run on June 13,2022 on the WND News Center titled: “Can Christian Russia Save the World from Globalism” – a good read: this column intends to go behind the scene and flush out reasons for the importance of his column.

    Dare we ignore June as Gay Pride month thinking it does not affect us?   Silence often means approval  …That would be dangerous, and just what the gay radicals hope for.

    Perhaps their Gay Manifesto, in their own words, should be warning enough to us all…. If we are paying attention…and we should be…for our children’s sake…

    Their Manifesto lets us know what they are up to and just what their future plans are.

    A copy of this Gay Manifesto, as filed in the U.S. Library of Congress, may be found at this link:

    http://medcraveonline.com/JPCPY/JPCPY-06-00341.pdf

    It is best to be well informed, not succumbing to lazy wishful thinking, and making the mistake of thinking the best of everyone.  (keep your friends close, your enemies closer)

    It may also be found by Googling:  “Entropic U.S. Supreme Court”  I had to look up the meaning of the word ‘entropic’.  That in itself is enlightening.

    I apologize for this next graphic but I use it because it is strongly informative and shows consequences of misguided compassion early on.  Things do not always stop where we would hope they would, if and when, they make implications they would be satisfied with just   ‘that one thing’ … at first.  Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

    Insert graphic   for some uncontrollable reason it now appears at the end (sorry)

    .A good question to ask is ” where could this lead” ?  “Where WILL this lead?”

    From the graphic we can see how things progress when we ‘go soft’. How far things have gone.

    How did it get thus far?  Because we were duped into giving that infamous inch.

    It was letting the Camel getting his nose Under the Tent:

    Picture of this: there’s a circus tent, with happy people inside. The camel is not part of the ACT. He is outside the tent. He only wants to see what’s going on. Feeling sorry for the camel, we let him get his nose Under the Tent just to see what’s going on.  Then he wants to turn his head in order to see more.  So he gets his whole head in. Being tired of being on his knees and still wanting to see, he crawls half way under… and stands up. The tent comes crashing down on all the people inside.

    That infamous inch: “give them an inch they take a mile”.

    These principles can also be applied to gun control, abortion, confusion of gender identity,…. be compassionate and give them a little or agree with them a little and it will get expanded out of bounds beyond our imaginations.  We need to stand our ground in the world. We need to remain firm., whatever the issue.

    The world is not supposed to influence the church. The church is supposed to influence the world.

    God has something against those who Grant unmerited Mercy (Isaiah 26:10).

    Isa 26:10

    If favor is shown to the wicked,they do not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness they deal perversely and do not see the majesty of the Lord .  NRSV

     Isa 26:10-11  

    Your kindness to the wicked doesn’t make them good; they keep on doing wrong and take no notice of your majesty.  They do not listen when you threaten; they will not look to see your upraised fist. Show them how much you love your people. Perhaps then they will be ashamed! Yes, let them be burned up by the fire reserved for your enemies. TLB

    https://looklistenthink.wordpress.com/category/homosexuals/the-capital-sin-of-pride/

    Warning is not judging. It is the job of the church to warn sinners outside the church. It is the job of the church to judge such sinners within the church.

    Feel free to Google the term Gay Parade for proof in pictures, too graphic to display here.

    Feel free also to Google: Gay Manifesto U S Library of Congress – Here is the convenient link for you:

    Click to access JPCPY-06-00341.pdf

    May also Google: Entropic U.S. Supreme Court to find it.

    https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/2022/06/15/can-christian-russia-save-the-world-from-globalism/

    We have been caught up in a world force of darkness, which we must come against.We must not be a lukewarm, compromising church. We’d best not be caught sleeping.

    We ARE waking up as it concerns the right to life. But it must not stop there.

    Other issues which must be fought are the issues of marriage as God instituted it.

    We must fight to get pornography re-criminalized as a precursor to violent crime.

    We must fight for a just and lasting punishment as deterrent for all human trafficking. (It is better to enter Heaven maimed than to enter Hell whole and the Bible does have something favorable to say about eunuchs.  It also is favorable of the death penalty The biblical directive for the penalty is addressed at LookListenANDThink.com.; or here at LookListenThink.Wordpress.com)

    They parade their sin like Sodom, Sodom was given as an example TO THOSE WHO WOULD COME AFTER…

    Is the church willing to influence the world?  Who then will warn?

     

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    Can Christian Russia save the world from globalism?

    Two little-noticed news stories capture the true picture of the state of the global culture war today. The first is from the American deep red state of Idaho, where The Satanic Temple is holding a “Pride” event that features a “Drag Dance Party” and “Unbaptisms” – a ritual in which people who were once baptized…

    Source: Can Christian Russia save the world from globalism?

    My Prayer for an America in Need

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    Very short post today: 	Yet, I feel it is urgent
    
    The words ‘show no mercy’ were a loud whisper in my mind at 3:00 a.m. this morning. So I decided to see if they could be found in the Holy Scriptures.  Here is what I am finding; and here is my current prayer for an America in need
    
    My Prayer for America: 
    
    Ps 59:1-5
     Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
    protect me from those who rise up against me. 
    2 Deliver me from evildoers
    and save me from bloodthirsty men. 
    3 See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD . 
    4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
    Arise to help me; look on my plight! 
    5 O LORD  God Almighty, the God of Israel,
    rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    Show no mercy to wicked traitors.  NIV
    
    Pray God’s Word back to Him. This is a good idea to do. Remind Him. Partner with Him in this by agreeing with His Word.
    
    Application:  
    Deliver us from America's enemies, O God'
    protect us from those who rise up against us.
    Deliver us from evildoers
    and save us from bloodthirsty men.
    See how they lie in wait for us !
    Fierce men conspire against us
    for no offense or sin of ours, O LORD
    We have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack us.
    .....can we really say that we have no sin or done no wrong?  OUCH !
    Arise to help us; look on our plight!
    O LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel
    rouse Yourself to punish all the nations;
    Show no mercy to America's wicked traitors. 
    
    Reading the whole of Psalm 59 is good; along with the whole of Psalm 37; along with the whole of Psalm 125.
    
    See for yourself…                  
    
    P.S.   Isaiah 26:10
    
    Isa 26:10
    Though grace is shown to the wicked,
    they do not learn righteousness;
    even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
    and regard not the majesty of the LORD .”  NIV
    
        
    Matt 7:6
    6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. NKJV   
      Is not grace a pearl? 
               
    The Living Bible puts it this way:
       
    Isa 26:10-11
    Your kindness to the wicked doesn't make them good; they keep on doing wrong and take no notice of your majesty.  They do not listen when you threaten; they will not look to see your upraised fist. Show them how much you love your people. Perhaps then they will be ashamed! Yes, let them be burned up by the fire reserved for your enemies. TLB
        
    SELAH…    SHOW US YOUR GLORY, O MIGHTY LORD
    
    .... let no mercy be shown to wicked traitors, by You or by our Nation, O Lord....
    
    
    
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    With Democrat President FDR Quote from 1932

    KNOWING ABOUT THANKFULNESS

    675 words                                                                                                   – Mary LaClair

      11/19/2001                         

    Happiness is seeing the stars and knowing Who to thank. In the wee hours before dawn during the meteor shower of 9/18/01, the very magnitude of the heavens made me realize once again the very magnitude of our Creator!  I am glad I knew Who to thank. 

    Like lovers apart looking at the same moon, the awesome realization that people all over were seeing the same stars in the same heavens mesmerized me.

    The Scriptures tell us that the returning of the Lord will be seen by all peoples. The whole world will see Him at His coming.  I was suddenly electrified with the realization that it would not be the way the world saw the imploding of a World Trade Center tower – through television; but that it would be the way I was watching the actual meteor shower with the rest of the world that morning.

    I thrilled at the mind’s eye picture of the Lord standing with His feet on the horizon, in full color, His face appearing in the places where meteors travel, and His body filling the heavens!  

    Would we float up to Him on lofty rays of light radiating from His hands?

    Are you watching for His return?

    Ever notice when you smile at someone they inevitably smile back at you?

    When was the last time you smiled at God?

    When was the last time you remember us as a Nation smile at God?

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, July 2, 1932 said,

     “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…We face arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values… In this dedication of a nation we humbly ask the blessing of God.  May He protect each and every one of us!  May He guide me in the days to come.”   FDR

    Now that we have the warm courage of National unity, have we yet ‘consciously sought old and precious moral values’ as F.D.R. and others state, or do we still consciously seek to erase them by calling them intolerant and unconstitutional?  Many strive for a clear conscience; yet see where F.D.R. tells us one is to be found?

    Historical papers (Proposed First Amendment from the Virginia Ratifying Convention June 27, 1788) actually openly acknowledge and state: 

    “That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it…”

    Have we lost hold of the concept that we may actually have a duty to our Creator?  …and a responsibility to discharge it in proper order? 

    Do you know for sure whether the Lord will be smiling back at you when He returns? 

    Are you smiling at Him?

    This thanksgiving season, let us have a renewed idea of those things for which we owe Him thanksgiving;  if our conscience whispers we may be just a little off track; let the survivors of the Attack on America remind us.   They were suddenly thankful for their spouses, their children, their neighbors.  They were reminded that relationships were suddenly more important than things.

    “Heavenly Father, we thank you for showing us the value in each of our relationships, both old, present and yet to come.  We ask you to fill voids where relationships may be missing; in ourselves and others fill them first with a fresh knowledge of Yourself through a personal relationship with You, then may you add the human element; so keeping all relationships in proper order.  May we live by the Golden Rule treating others the way we wish to be treated ourselves. May we see our family and friends in a fresh and valued way and know Who to thank. Help us to learn from our mistakes and set our feet on straight paths. Thank you magnificent Father!”

    Isa 66:1

    Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:”  

    Matt 5:35

    “Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: “ 

    Acts 7:49

    “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: “  KJV

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    Why Did JESUS Fold the Napkin?

    Why DID Jesus Fold the Napkin?

    — Author Unknown

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    Why Did JESUS Fold the Napkin? 

    Do you know why?  This is just beautiful.

    Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this…

    The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

    “Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

    “She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loves. She said, ‘they have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’

    “Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first, He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

    “Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.”  John 20:1-7 NLT

    Was that important?

    Absolutely!

    In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and the Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

    When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

    The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

    Now if the master were finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

    But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,

    The servant would then know to clear the table.  For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished…”

                                           ….because……….

    The folded napkin meant,

    “I’m coming back!”

     …AND SO HE SHALL