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JUST FORGET IT


  • — Mary A. LaClair

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When the boss, who was over my boss, called me into his office I was curious but not fearful.  I had done nothing wrong and I knew how to stand up to something wrong should it be suggested.

“I’m looking at how you reconciled this accounting, and I really think it is right, but I’m not understanding how you arrived at it.”

I was better at math than most my age. My first job out of business school was in an accounts payable division of a local manufacturing plant. When a wholesaler made a payment on their account it was my job to reconcile it to invoices and figure interest on any late payments over thirty days.

This particular account was a rather large wholesaler. Reconciling this particular account could be intimidating. Having done it, I remembered for months how it was done, so that I could explain it if questioned.  Months went by, and hearing nothing, had decided it was understood.

When called into his office at that time, this was the matter which was brought up.

“You know, sir, I remembered that solution for quite awhile because I thought it might be questioned, and when it wasn’t brought up, I figured it was understood by the higher ups, and I just decided to forget it.”

“You ‘just decided’ to forget it?”

“Yes, sir.”

As I sat there quietly, he was contemplative and silent for what seemed a few minutes. 

“Tell me, how is it possible for one to make a decision to “just forget”?

“….by not rehearsing it in your mind…” , I said.   And that is what I had done. I had rehearsed that solution to the math problem in my mind to keep it alive for an explanation, when necessary.

“Hmmm, ….just forget by not rehearsing it in your mind…???!”

“Yes.”

Silence.

“You are free to go. And,…by the way, …thank you!”. And then more quietly, more to himself as I left, “Yes, thank you.”

I had the distinct feeling that he was mentally applying that to something other than reconciling an accounts payable account.

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P.S. I was almost sorry I didn’t get the chance to show my math skills. But I don’t bemoan the fact. I ‘just forget it’ …by “not rehearsing it in my mind,”   …and trusting God to turn it to  good.

KILLING A NATION – ABORTING AMERICA

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KILLING A NATION — ABORTING AMERICA

  • By Mary A LaClair           

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It is unique that the same article would appear on both sites. This article is an exception and will appear on both sites this one time.

In 2010 (Nov 9, 2010) on the LookListenANDThink.com site, the HAVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FILLED THE GAP LEFT BY AMERICAN ABORTIONS? article was posted … and is still available there.

In 2012 (March 31,2012) on the LookListenANDThink.com site, the SELECTIVE DESTRUCTION and REPLACEMENT article was posted … and is still available there.

In 2019 (Oct. 27, 2018) on THE PROVERBS120COLUMN.NET site, the CAN WE ACTUALLY ABORT A NATION OUT OF EXISTENCE? Article was posted … and is still available there.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and NYS Gov. Cuomo have said it’s alright to murder young Americans even as they are being born:

“Opponents — including President Donald Trump, who referenced the law in…

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A PERFECTLY TIMED CHRISTMAS DONKEY RIDE

A Perfectly Timed Christmas Donkey Ride

                                   – Mary A. LaClair

To all my readers:  Have a Blessed  Christmas and a Blessed 2019 !

What?? !!   God had a nine months pregnant woman riding a donkey??

“Really,  God, don’t you think that’s more than just-a-little unkind? These have been my thoughts for years.  After giving birth three times, further contemplation on my part becomes:  “When I get to heaven, I intend to question God on that matter”.

 Luke 2:5    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,  being great with child.  KJV

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Awaiting the birth of a third great-grandchild, I was allowed the privilege of accompanying my daughter and her daughter (my grand-daughter) in the birthing room. And as It happened, it was mid-December.

Again my thoughts flashed back to a very important, very pregnant woman on a donkey.  “Gee whiz, God, how could you do that, it seems so unkind…”

Little did I know that God planned on answering me, by way of explanation, this very day —

There were two chairs in the room, since visitors were limited to two family members. So when the grand-daughter’s life-long best friend was briefly allowed in, I sat on, what looked like, a large exercise ball.

big ball

Wondering why it was in that particular room, I asked a nurse who explained:

“It’s called a ‘birthing ball’. Women sit on it, gently bouncing up and down. It’s supposed to help the baby move along in the birth canal.”

“Ah!  Thus the donkey!!” …my mind comprehends!

There may be times when we THINK God is being unkind, when He is actually doing us a favor. Even so, we may not know this until much later.

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Trust God that He will work things out for good in the end.

And it is OK to ask to eventually see that good.

It was a perfectly timed donkey ride.

CAN WE ACTUALLY ABORT A NATION OUT OF EXISTENCE ?

ARE WE ABORTING OUR NATION OUT OF EXISTENCE?

405 words                                                                                      — Mary A. LaClair

baby carriage

 

baby stork

 

This article was first published here in 2012. It is being re-run here, with some updated information. Updates are found in italics


In the 1960’s, progressives advocated that married couples limit offspring to three; two to replace themselves with only one to grow on, or as a spare. This is the thinking which I believe set the stage for decriminalizing abortion and homosexuality, anything went as long as we didn’t multiply ourselves.  We couldn’t risk becoming an over populated country like China, or like India with their opium dens. (popular at that time).   Coat hangers are their montra in 2018

The fear-mongering, counter-culture activists in the 1960’s once spread the poison idea that normal and natural reproduction would create a population explosion that our land could not handle.

They claimed there wouldn’t be enough trees to clean the air and provide fuel, or enough pasture land to feed the cattle and grow crops necessary to feed our growing masses.

  
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The results are in. Illegal immigration brings into our country, foreign speaking people with no regard for legalities; and in numbers rapidly equaling exceeding that required to replace our own aborted Americans.

And guess what?  There ARE still enough trees to clean the air, wood to burn, and there IS enough pasture land to feed cattle and grow crops.

The fear-mongering activists were wrong. And we believed them.

A group called Californians for Population Stabilization, (www.cap-s.org) (no longer found) which contends that high levels of immigration are ruining the quality of life in that state, released a report with studies that estimated there are from 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in the United States. THAT was back in 2012.

“While various sources place the number of abortions anywhere between 40-48 million, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention would approximate the number of abortions performed since 1973 to be 40,944,029.” (1973-2012)   Source;  Centers for Disease Control and prevention: Abortion Surveillance – United State 2003 Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vol 55, o.ss-11  November 24, 2006.

Lessons that should be learned?  Beware of activists, even politicians, who cry ‘no more status quo’, and beware the ‘counter culture’, even those who peddle ‘hope’, thus implying there is no current hope. Will we believe hype again?  Beware the unknown or we may become exiles in our own land because we once again believed a lie (the many lies).  

How much longer can we murder Americans and favor illegals?

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FAITH VS SIN OF PRESUMPTION

 

IS IT FAITH OR IS IT A SIN OF PRESUMPTION?

                900 words                                                                                         – Mary A. LaClair

A church deviating from the Word of God on important issues, issues which bring too much of the world into the church, I feel, has no right to presume upon God and call it faith.

Asking a Pastor if some churches weren’t guilty of the sin of presumption, I thought he hedged, and I did not get what I thought was an adequate answer.

So, I was surprised when, early one morning, while in the state of waking, a statement regarding presumption unconsciously dropped into my mind,

“Presumption puts oneself in the place of God.”

Hmmm…Scripture exhorts us to test the spirits to see if they are of God….therefore;

  • time to contemplate, then after contemplating, time to check other documentation.

From my contemplation:

…to presume something will happen puts oneself in a position of God, expecting God to act on our thoughts.

…it could have an effect of making God our puppet.

…people go to the casino because they PRESUME they’re going to win. However, there is no basis for having FAITH they’re going to win.

…presumption and faith are not the same.

…arrogant confidence is nothing more than presumption

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From my research on the net:

…Faith is believing that things will turn out the way they are meant to be; presuming is believing things will happen the way you want them to happen

…To have FAITH is to believe that God will act on His word

Faith Is Knowing

Presumption, definition: 

  1. an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.
  2. behavior perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
  3. the act of believing that something is true without having any proof –  from Google   although #3 on its own could also describe faith – presumption includes the prior two

 

Does the Bible mention the sin of presumption?  Maybe not in those exact words, however it DOES give an example of the sin of presumption.

Deut 18:20

“But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.”

Saul was guilty of the sin of presumption when he would not wait for Samuel to make the sacrifice before going to battle.

Saul presumed that he could do the sacrifice. He assumed, or for this purpose, he presumed e could go through a red light because he was in a hurry, and couldn’t wait.

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After all he was doing the same thing that Samuel would have done, and Saul himself was the king.

What difference would it make, he reasoned, if he offered the sacrifice to God.

He presumed God would approve.

The kingdom was torn from Saul because of presumption on his part.

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1 Cor 10:9 :    “ Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents”. KJV

James 4:13 :

“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money’, why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” NIV

 

From: www.wor.org/book/3725/faith-or-presumption:

“Here is the difference between faith and presumption. In genuine faith, it is God who initiates the desire for change, and we respond with obedience to what God has initiated. In presumption, it is we who initiate the desire for change, and we try to force our desire on God by one means or another.”      

 

From: http://www.adventistonline.com/forum/topics/presumption-vs-faith-what-is:

 “In contrast, presumption is setting our opinions of what God will do above what God has said He will do. Something that we are seeing far too much of in the church today.” — Ray Phillips

 

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Op.cit.:

As respects professors of religion, one observes, they sin presumptuously

(1)   when they take up a profession of religion without principle;

(2)   when they profess to ask the blessing of God and yet go on in forbidden courses;

(3)   when they do not take religion as they find it in the Scriptures;

(4)   when they make their feelings the test of their religion, without considering the difference between animal passion and the operations of the Spirit of God;

(5)   when they run into temptation;

(6)   when they indulge in self-confidence and self-complacency;

(7)   when they bring the spirit of the world into the Church;

(8)   when they form apologies for that in some which they condemn in others;

(9)   when, professing to believe in the doctrines of the Gospel, they live licentiously;

(10) when they create, magnify, and pervert their troubles;

(11) when they arraign the conduct of God as unkind and unjust.

See Walker, Sermons, vol. 1, ser. 3; South, Sermons, vol. 7:ser. 10, 11, 12; Tillotson, Sermons, ser. 147; Saurin, Sermons, vol. 1, ser. II; Goodwin, On the Aggravations of Sin; Fuller, Works; Paley, Sermons; Bishop Hopkins, On the Nature, Danger, and Cure of Presumptuous Sins.

 

To Repeat:

 “In contrast, presumption is setting our opinions of what God will do above what God has said He will do. Something that we are seeing far too much of in the church today.” — Ray Phillips

Perhaps in a next article we should think about how salt loses its savor….  Selah

 

For further talk on when presumption is a sin:

www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/sin_of_presumption

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SOMETIMES GOD SPEAKS TO US IN THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS

SOMETIMES GOD SPEAKS TO US IN THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS

By — Ruth Anderson

( It is with great pleasure that Ruth Anderson has granted permission to have this article posted here. Ruth is a teacher, has long been active on church ministerial teams and church leadership. I appreciate being able to share her wisdom with you, my readers. )

I attended an event this past Sunday. In my heart of hearts I really believed that there would be a move of God on that day. I reached out to churches and groups and church leaders and those with giftings and abilities to attend the event with me. I was hurt and bewildered why some with a calling on their life couldn’t see the potential in this opportunity to reach thousands of people and hundreds of children. Church leaders and evangelists and Prophets all told me this was for me. I didn’t understand at the time.

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At the event there was a bear, a living breathing creation of God. The Game Commission had trapped it. This bear, when it was brought out of the trap had a problem. It had mange. Now mange is a little mite that gets on the bear and causes the bear some problems. For this bear the little mite had caused it to lose hair on the bear’s face and shoulder. It also caused the bear to be underweight for its age. Because of the mite the Game Commission would not let anyone touch the bear so that this mite would not spread to people.

As I look back on that day, I am reflecting on what I learned. I believe it was a day that the Holy Spirit would have something to say. Perhaps He did and I was there to get the message.

As I looked on the bear, God’s creation, it brought tears to my eyes. To look at one of the creatures the Lord put here on the earth.  As I looked at the body of the bear, I could see its claws, I could see its shape, itsbear cub fur, its eyes, since it was sedated I was unable to see its strength but I know a bear can be powerful. Yet I could see the effects of the mange, how one little thing could affect the whole bear and since the bears own body was fighting against the little mite, the appearance of the bear showed the battle.

As I think about the body of the bear I reflect on the body of Christ, the church. Are we as strong as we could be? Are we as full grown as we ought to be? Are we as powerful as we should be? What battles are we fighting? Are we fighting the things that are in us and on us that are preventing us from growing into the powerful body the Lord has called us to be?

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Reflect on this a little and consider what the Lord might speak to you through this.

 

A PASTOR’S REPLY – name withheld

Ruth , 

the truth will not set us free?  it is the truth that we know , Jesus said the truth you know shall set you free . Until you know truth, that truth cannot set you free. Below are just three examples of that truth. 

 

Regarding the bear , it is symbolic of the church. See the church has been shot with a dart from the devil, just like the tranquilizer. Why was the bear shot ? Because he was sick.          

 bear cub                                                                            

THE CHURCH TODAY IS SICK. It HAS LET, PERMITTED, THE LIES, AND FALSE TEACHINGS TO CREEP IN AND GIVE GROUND TO THE ENEMY. 

 

THE CHURCH ” SHOULD BE ” big like bear, strong, bold, and beautiful……………………… now it has let a little leaven, leaven the whole lump………………..the leaven of the Pharisees has crept in, little by little lie after lie…………………. How can we have 3 full days and 3 full nights from Friday evening till before sunrise Sunday? WE CAN NOT .

          bear big strong

  why do people accept lies , strain at gnats, while swallowing camel loads of sin. that bear is symbolic of the state of the church today , it needs to be healed , arise in its strength, and prepare for what is about to happen.  Why were there so few that supported the event? that is the issue with the church today. They just want to support themselves, i , me , and mine.  ME my four and no more!  they will say they want to support others, but all the while they just want to steal from other ministries…………….. or because of the fear of someone stealing theirs they do not support others. The church like the bear is sick right now and needs a great awakening.

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thanks for thinking of me, I hope this helps ……………. this is what came to me exactly as I read it from you !                          

 church lite on a hill

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 Post Script;  by Ruth Anderson:

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