Category Archives: Inspirational

Why Some Are Taken

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death. 

– Isaiah 57:1-2

We are in a world where trouble happens. Most or all of us have lost loved ones who are righteous. Some very close friends of mine lost a son a number of years ago. Taking the boat back from his funeral on Nantucket was one of the darkest nights of my life. Then, the Lord pointed out this verse, and comforted me.

We could look at it on the surface, and be filled with grief, but this passage in Isaiah declares there are unseen reasons for these things. And best of all, these righteous people are genuinely entering into peace, free from pain.

“This day you will be with me in paradise.”

For those who need it.

Amen

TD

 

Sunday Devotional: Be not obstinate of heart

Ezekiel 2:2-4

As the LORD spoke to me . . . :
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place,
accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary . . . ?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Did you know that the coming of Jesus had been foretold in the Old Testament?

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

they pierced my hands and my feet.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

And yet, when Jesus came to the Israelites, and despite all His miracles — walking on water; calming a stormy sea; multiplying a few fishes and loaves to feed thousands; healing the blind, lame and the sick; resurrecting Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus from the dead; casting of demons from the possessed — most of them not only rejected Him, they had Him executed.

How perverse is that!

So today, when you hear His voice, be not “hard of face and obstinate of heart”. Listen. And open your heart, mind and soul to Him.

What do you have to lose?

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

~Eowyn

Only speak the Word and my servant will be healed

God’s Words and Our Words

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
– Isaiah 55:10-11

Words can kill and words can heal. And one of the Creation accounts says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

We live in a world that is “held together by the word of His power.”

In recent years it has become evident to me that whenever I get shocked or angry at something, like a foolish move in traffic, and let out a four letter expletive… the worst affect is the diminishment of the actual power in my words.

My words (and yours) can bring peace or war, sickness or health, life or death. But when I weaken my words by corrupt language, they lose those vital powers.


Thank you for bearing with me on this glorified tweet.

TD

 

Sunday Devotional: ‘For God formed man to be imperishable’

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

We are told in Genesis 3 that our first parents succumbed to the Devil’s temptation to be “as gods” and so ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Wanting to be “as gods,” of course, is a violation of the First Commandment.

As philosopher Francis Bacon explained, what precipitated our first parents’ fall was their supposition that “God’s commandments or prohibitions were not the originals of good and evil but that they had other beginnings which man aspired to know, to the end to make a total defection from God, and to depend wholly upon himself.”¹

¹Francis Bacon, Selected Philosophical Works, edited by Rose-Mary Sargent (Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999), p. 31.

And so in their grandiose narcissism, Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s explicit command, and ate from the tree because they wanted to determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong, when God had already written that knowledge “in their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The exercise of free will is not free of consequences. As God had forewarned Adam and Eve, the issues of disobedience were dire indeed. Where once was joy and ease, there would be suffering, hardship, and pain; where once was harmony and order, there would be turmoil and confusion. The control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered, and humanity becomes vulnerable to the ravages of sickness and disease.

More than that, death enters the world. Along with lives of toil and pain, men and women would eventually die, returning to the ground from which they were first taken, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

The sin of Adam and Eve must have been monumental because it tore the very fabric of the Universe . . . .

Sin — every sin — requires atonement to make things right again.

To atone is to amend or repair (Oxford Dictionaries). The synonyms of “atonement” are amend, penance, payment, redress, redemption, expiation, propitiation, restitution, reparation, indemnification, recompense, and satisfaction (Thesaurus.com).

Who can atone for this monumental sin?

Certainly no human can, given that the sin was committed by the first man who, unlike subsequent humans, was unblemished with the stain of Original Sin (fomes peccati: an inclination toward evil), and had walked and talked with the Lord God.

No human can atone for Adam’s Fall.

Only God can.

And when our Redeemer was on Earth, by raising the dead He showed us that through Him and with Him and in Him, we can conquer death.

We are familiar with the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. But there was an earlier resurrection before Lazarus — that of the daughter of a synagogue official named Jairus.

Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 40-43

One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Remember to tell the Lord God that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: An Ode to the Creator

Psalm 139:13-16, 17-18, 1-10

You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know.
My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me unformed;
in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.

How precious to me are your designs, O God;
how vast the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the sands . . . .

25

LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
far too lofty for me to reach.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
If I take the wings of dawn
and dwell beyond the sea,
Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.

And to think this awesome Creator loves us, you and me, every one of us.

He loves us so much that He humbled Himself by becoming flesh, endured unimaginable torture, to willingly die for our redemption.

God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I love you with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

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

~Eowyn

See also “Stunning new study found human and all animal species today originated only 100,000 to 200,000 years ago“.

Sunday Devotional: Our Father in Heaven

Luke 11:1-2

He was praying in a certain place,
and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them . . .

Matthew 6:9-13

“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

God the Father by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel

God the Father is mentioned at least 24 times in the Bible:

  • 1 Corinthians 8:6: “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things are and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are and through whom we exist.”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.”
  • Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens”
  • Isaiah 63:16: “For you are our father. Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named from of old.”
  • Isaiah 64:7: “Yet, LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you our potter: we are all the work of your hand.”
  • James 1:17: “all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.”
  • John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”
  • John 5:19-23: “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also. For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. For does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment* to his Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.”
  • John 6:37-38: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
  • John 6:44: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”
  • John 8:49: “Jesus answered, ‘I am not possessed; I honor my Father, but you dishonor me.'”
  • John 10:15: “even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
  • John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.”
  • John 14:9-11: “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.”
  • John 14:28: “You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.”
  • John 14:31: “but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me. Get up, let us go.”
  • John 15:10: “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”
  • John 16:23: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
  • John 16:25-28: “I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father. On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
  • Luke 10:21-22: “At that very moment he rejoiced [in] the holy Spirit and said, ‘I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.'”
  • Malachi 2:10: “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why, then, do we break faith with each other, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?”
  • Matthew 23:9: “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.”
  • Matthew 26:39: “He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.'”
  • 1 Peter 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
  • Psalms 68:5-6: “Sing to God, praise his name; exalt the rider of the clouds. Rejoice before him whose name is the LORD.”

On this Father’s Day, we thank all dads and all men who, though childless, act as fathers by mentoring and caring for others. Thank you for being role models of what a real man really is.

Father’s Day Prayer

by Joanna Fuchs

Lord, please bless our fathers,
these men who mean so much to us,
who are greatly responsible
for who we are and who we are becoming.
Bless them for having the courage
to do what’s necessary to keep us out of trouble,
for making us do the right thing,
for helping us build our character,
even when it makes us angry;
and bless them for pushing us to do our best,
even when they just want to love us.
Bless our fathers for being our protectors,
for leading us through stormy times to safety,
for making us believe that everything will be all right
and for making it so.
Bless our fathers for quietly making a living
to provide for those they love most,
for giving us food, clothing, shelter
and the other material things that really matter,
for unselfishly investing time and money in us
that they could have spent on themselves.
Bless our fathers, Lord,
for saving some energy for fun,
for leading us on adventures
to explore the outer reaches of ourselves,
for making us laugh,
for being our playmates and our friends.
Bless them for being our secure foundation, our rock,
for holding on tight to us…until it’s time to let us go.
Lord, bless these men we look up to,
our role models, our heroes,
our fathers.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

~Eowyn

A Time For Judgement

High Noon coming for Rosenstein

Rosenstein vs Trump – by Getty Images

And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

I said to myself,
God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”

– Ecclesiastes 3:16-17


Breitbart: The Nuclear Option: Rod Rosenstein the Face of the Swamp

by Charles Hurt – 13 Jun 2018

However bad you thought it was, it really is so much worse.
However rotten and ungovernable you thought the federal swamp was, it really is so much worse…

…Behold, Rod Rosenstein, the very face of the swamp Leviathan.

…Mr. Rosenstein, one of the most powerful men in the Department of Justice, threatened to investigate members of Congress and their staff if Congress continued to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to oversee the increasingly rogue federal department.

Move over J. Edgar Hoover. Rod Rosenstein has officially taken your place as the most power-drunk, nefarious, crooked blight on justice to ever preside in the Department of “justice…”

Read at: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/06/13/the-nuclear-option-rod-rosenstein-the-face-of-the-swamp/


To Everything There is a Season

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Mr. Rosenstein, as surely as the sun rises,
your time of judgement will come.