How Could They? (An Ode to the Reformation)

How could they give all?
How could they lay it down?
Was it for crimes that they had done
~~~ or was it for a crown?

How could they die, so firm and sure
~~~ without a shade of doubt?
Was it for show or spectacle?
Was their faith that stout?

How could they stand ~~~ enduring flame?
How could they face the sword?
Were they unfeeling, so reserved?
Were they of another world?

If we but seek to truly know,
If, as they, we see and hear
The Savior, as He died for us ~~~
Is there anything we cannot bear?
Fran ~ 2010

(In praise to God, our Father; and in memory of those who died that we might have the Word of God, His truth, and the great salvation given through Jesus Christ, our Lord.)
The following is an audio sermon on 2 Thessalonians from a church in Northern Ireland about how the Word of God was the most important part in the Reformation.


Be Thou My Vision Ancient Irish poem,  8th Cen. David Evans 1927

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

“Where the rubber meets the road” was an expression used by a famous tire company in the 1970s. Its purpose was to advertise the endurance and safety of their tires. While tested in the factory, they promised that the true test came when supporting a car and its occupants on the open road.rubber

The analogy of such testing can be applied to the Christian faith. Our faith is tested wherever we are, but the true test comes when are out in the open, living and sharing our faith with others.

As long as Jerry and I lived secluded and sheltered in our little inlet (cul-de-sac) we did not have a lot of contact with the world; just family, church, and shopping local stores.

Now that we are publishing our books, the work by which we are proclaiming the legacy of God’s kingdom, we are on the open road ~ open to encounters that we never expected.

Our faith is being tested to a degree that will show the strength and endurance of what God is doing, or to produce a “blow out.”

In all this, it is His Word and His Spirit that are being tested, proving that the work is His and not ours.

The tires that support and carry the car that each of us drive have within them a tube filled with air. A “blow out” occurs if the tube is punctured.
When we get behind the wheel, we trust that the tires will in their revolutions carry us where we need to go.  We trust God’s Word and the power of His Holy Spirit to carry us through this hard road of life.  He will not fail in His promises and presence with us to bring us to Himself.

Do we drive on tires that we have made? Can we live on a faith that we have produced? The tires of our faith are created for each of us; given with new hearts filled with the power of His Holy Spirit; tested in the factory of the life of Christ. They will be tested to the greatest degree, according to His own Word of truth in each of His children.

We may be slowed a bit, made to rest a while to spend time with Him, for examining, or nurturing of our faith. Then, He sends us on the road again to witness of His grace, with more assurance and endurance. In the times of greater testing our faith is growing, becoming stronger, bringing Him the glory, and us the joy.

Let us encourage and pray for each other as God’s children to know His presence and power as we live openly proclaiming Christ as life and light in the darkness of this world.1-peter-1-6-7

Dear Father, you have blessed each of us with a new heart and a new spirit, a new life supported by the faith you produce in us. Strengthen us and enable us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us in the open road of this life continue our pilgrimage with assurance that you will, in and through us, meet every condition. Prove your presence; glorify yourself and grow us in the process. We praise you for the testing. Enable us to praise you during the testing. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Claiming Our Rights

    God, our heavenly Father calls us to lay aside every claim to any rights to ourselves; and to lay claim to all the blessings, imagesand benefits that He promises us in Christ and His Word.

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God , and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:17

We tend to settle with what we want and what we think we need, therefore not receiving what God has prepared for us as His children.  One of the first benefits is having His Word, The Holy Bible. In it we find all the treasures that we may claim in His name. It is last will and testament, revealing all that He wants us to know about Him and what He has bequeathed to us, remembering that we do not deserve anything, but all is of His grace.

            “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.”  Psalm 68:19

            “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits;” Psalm 103:2

Read the whole of Psalm 103 and find these benefits.

             “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” Psalm 116:12

We do not deserve, nor can we ever return anything but obedience, praise and thanksgiving for His benefits.

Read His Word daily as if looking for the rights that are given to us in His kingdom. It is an exhaustive search for which we find all that He wants us to. Only a few are listed here, because they are two numerous for an article; and the book has already been written. We need to search diligently for what is given to those who ask, seek and knock at the door of His heart.

His Love

              “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that  love him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

               “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his  Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 4:10

His Mercy:

His Salvation through the forgiveness of sins

His Mind:  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 2:16

                       “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5

His Riches: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

His Kingdom: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

                        “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

 Dear Father, We thank you and praise you for every days provision of all that you give us in and through your Son, Jesus Christ.  We deserve nothing but your disapproval and wrath, but by your mercy and grace you have made us your own children, heaping upon us all your love and benefits.  Open the eyes of your children to see the waste of the world in those things that are never satisfying; and give the light of Christ to see eternal life in you and your eternal treasures.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen