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Do whatever he tells you

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Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

– John 2:1-10

Banter between a mother and her adult son

Many messages can be built from this beautiful account in the Gospel of John. For this moment let’s look at how Jesus and his mother talked to and anticipated each other.

She’s his mother. They had history. They had had 30 years to see each other in action. He knew she would press him to solve problems. She knew he would sometimes answer back with a little resistance. No hostility, just 2 people who knew each other well.

Mary knew that her son might balk at her nudge for help, but she also knew that afterward he would do what she hoped. It’s really cute and humorous. I can just hear the tone in her voice when the told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

And sure enough, who goes over to the servants with a plan? Her son. It’s beautiful.

Oh… and yes, the point I’m making to the reader and myself is,

“Do whatever he tells you.” 

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Who knows what miracles may come of it. :D

 

 

Sunday Devotional: America, the reprobate

Mark 7:1, 6, 8

When the Pharisees…
gathered around Jesus….
He responded,
“…You disregard God’s commandment
but cling to human tradition.”

Moses and the Ten Commandments

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

Moses said to the people:
“…In your observance
of the commandments of the Lord, your God,

which I enjoin upon you,
you shall not add to what I command you
nor subtract from it.

Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?”

But America is doing the exact opposite, not only removing the Ten Commandments from public squares, the latest being Oklahoma City, but Detroit actually erected a 9 ft. tall statue of Satan.

For an examination of conscience by reviewing the Ten Commandments, go here.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you.

~Eowyn

CIA director John Brennan is a Muslim convert?

Dr. Eowyn:

For some time now, there have been persistent rumors that CIA director John Brennan is a convert to Islam. One source is John Molloy, a friend of FOTM and Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition. Now, we have a published source with compelling evidence.

If the rumors and assertions are true, Brennan is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States. So why isn’t Congress investigating Brennan?

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Before John Owen Brennan became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on March 8, 2013, he had spent 25 years with the CIA in a succession of positions, including as a Near East and South Asia analyst, station chief in Saudi Arabia, chief of staff to CIA director George Tenet, and director of the National Counterterrorism Center. After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan was CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business. He returned to government service with the Obama administration as Homeland Security Advisor on January 20, 2009.

Barack Obama (l) and John Brennan (r) Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images Barack Obama (l) and John Brennan (r)
Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Peter Baker and Mark Mazzetti write for The New York Times that “in the 67 years since the C.I.A. was founded, few presidents have had as close a bond with their intelligence chiefs as Mr. Obama has forged with Mr. Brennan. It is a relationship that…

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Sunday Devotional: Decide today whom you will serve

Joshua 24:15-18

Joshua addressed all the people:
“If it does not please you to serve the Lord,
decide today whom you will serve
As for me and my household,
we will serve the Lord.”

But the people answered,
“Far be it from us to forsake the Lord
for the service of other gods.
For it was the Lord, our God,
who…performed those great miracles
before our very eyes….
Therefore we also will serve the Lord,
for He is our God.”

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John 6:67-69

Jesus then said to the Twelve,
“Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered Him,
Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that
You are the Holy One of God.”

Buffy Rose1All creation is a miracle. This perfect rose was grown from a cutting.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

Observations on life in the military under Obama

This is a guest post by FOTM reader Glenn47, a U.S. military spouse. 

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For several years now, we have had the privilege of living in the center of all branches of the military.

We have had as many as 6 different people living in each of the houses surrounding ours. Some for only 6 months, others for years.

We have gotten close to several. Others choose to remain isolated from all surrounding neighbors; some never have company or participate in anything community-wise. I think this has something to do with their wanting to avoid the hurt of eventual separation from new friends.

But there are others who embrace the experience and participate in everything. Usually those with children are active.

Many are singles, who now can live in single housing away from base. Many are loners who seem to come and go in the night on assignments. Many work covert operations and have short stints away. Many we gave fond nicknames to, according to their lifestyle.

Their pride was very evident, but fading over the years. Many have been deployed more than 4 times, creating a hardship on relationships.

Several of us became very close and celebrated different occasions together. We had weekly cook outs and sat around camp fires and shared stories late into the night. We enjoyed watching them develop over time.

But we also watched many, whose pride and enthusiasm waiver and fade. Knowing they are forbidden to complain or say anything, we watched many become quiet.

There was one neighbor who worked as a recruiter with plans to work for several more years. The limitations being putting on them and I think the fear of enlisting recruits whom he feared would not be treated properly or protected finally got to him, and he suddenly retired early. They saw a war, hard won in Iraq, which the administration handed back to the enemy. Many lost friends.

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But the greatest blow was God being taken from them. For many, He was their only friend and comfort when so far away and in combat. They saw God taken from the Air Force logo. They saw “So Help Me God” removed from swear-in Oaths. There was talk of Bibles being taken out of military hotels. They saw Chaplins being forbidden from doing their jobs and in some areas, to even pray. While the Air Force was forced to celebrate a Muslim holiday.

They saw the best of the best military officers being purged, and those under them being forced out shortly before retirement.

We had one neighbor, X, who loved talking politics. X would come and sit for long periods with us and ask thousands of questions. His father, a Christian, was born in the Middle East. Fearing for their lives, his family finally escaped to Egypt, from where he eventually made his way to the U.S. and worked hard to become a citizen. He married and they started a family, with great success.

X and his father have long discussions about the Middle East — on the fear and sadness of what is happening there. X had spent a few years in Iraq working on a big project. He told me they were making great progress and that the stores and markets were all open and people were enjoying life with the women free to come and go in the streets shopping. Our military felt good about their accomplishments. X was devastated about the reversal of their success. He would get tears in his eyes talking about it.

X knows well and cherishes the sacrifices his father had made, fleeing from the Middle East, making a home and family in America. X said, “I have never thought of myself as anything but a Christian.” He does not like the current president and feels the military was betrayed. He knew Marines in Afghanistan were told to lay down their arms when entering the area where then-defense secretary Leon Panetta was going to speak (in March 2012). X also knew of the Camp Chapman Attack of 2009, when the location of a CIA base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was leaked, resulting in a jihadist attack that took the lives of 6 CIA officers and contractors.

X moved away a few months ago and I often wonder how his next step in life is going….

Sunday Devotional: Instructions For Evil Times

Two thousand years ago, St. Paul (born c. AD 5) had warned that “perilous times will come” when “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:1, 13)

But St. Paul did not leave us without instructions as to how we are to conduct ourselves in these evil days.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Watch carefully how you live,
not as foolish persons but as wise,
making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.
And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery,
but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,
giving thanks always and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

Ephesians 4:30-32

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.
All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling
must be removed from you, along with all malice.
And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

St. Paul’s last instruction to us is to never give up, but to fight a good fight, finish the course, and to keep the faith — to the end. (2 Timothy 4:7)

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May the courage of St. Paul, and the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

Is a Trump deal in the works for Planned Parenthood?

If the following report is true, the Donald has now lost my support…

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Breitbart: TRUMP OPEN TO IDEA OF CONTINUING TAXPAYER FUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

During an interview with CNN Tuesday morning, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stated that he was open to the idea of continuing to fund Planned Parenthood with federal tax dollars.

“The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly,” Trump said. “And you can’t have it. And you just shouldn’t be funding it. That should not be funded by the government, and I feel strongly about that.”

When pressed on non-abortion services Planned Parenthood allegedly provides, Trump said, “What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do, and maybe some of the individual things they do are good. I know a lot of the things are bad. But certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government, absolutely.”

Trump continued, “I would look at the good aspects of [Planned Parenthood], and I would also look, because I’m sure they do some things properly and good and that are good for women, and I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also. But we have to take care of women.”

In other words Trump is open to a status quo many conservatives find unacceptable and immoral; also a typical federal government shell game to skirt around the law. If you give Planned Parenthood money for these so-called “other things,” the abortion provider can shift money from those “other things” to abortion.

Any money given to Planned Parenthood funds abortion. Period.

Trump also made clear that he was in favor of the rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions for abortion.


For this voter, the defunding and criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood is non-negotiable. 

See also Dr. Eowyn’s post,
Trump threatens third-party run. Stalking horse for Hillary?