Bible Headlines

“Satan and God do not engage in hand-to-hand combat, with Satan sometimes getting the edge. That’s not the Bible; that’s Star Wars.”
“If we come to see the purpose of the universe as God’s long-term glory rather than our short-term happiness, then we will undergo a critical paradigm shift in tackling the problem of evil and suffering.”

Bible Headlines

(Unknown Author)

On Red Sea crossing:
Pursuing Environmentalists Killed

On David vs. Goliath:
Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock

On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:
400 Killed

On the birth of Christ:
Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple

On feeding the 5,000:
Disciples Mystified Over Behavior

On healing the 10 lepers:
“Faith Healer” Causes Bankruptcy

On healing of the Gadarene demoniac:
Local Farmer’s Investment Lost

On raising Lazarus from the dead:
Will Reading to be Delayed


 Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

 471. “If we have the Lord Jesus, we have all–without Him, we have nothing. You can be happy without money, without liberty, without parents, and without friends, if He is yours. If you have not Christ, neither money, nor liberty, nor parents, nor friends can make you happy. Christ, with a chain, is liberty; liberty without Christ is a chain. Christ without anything is riches–all things, without Christ, is poverty indeed.” 
— William H. Hewitson, 1846

472. “There is no greater life and purpose than to live in communion with, and dependence upon, our great God. All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him (Romans 11:36), and to live our lives without giving Him the preeminence in all things is to be content with second best and to fail to live out the purpose for which we have been redeemed. 2 Corinthians 5:15, from the Amplified Version, says it well: “And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him who died and was raised again for their sake.” Paul says it another way in 1 Corinthians 8:6: “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, and we exist for Him…” (Danny writing from prison Nov 2011)
473. In Christ I am ruled by peace and rooted in joy

474. Psalm 46: 1-3  GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

475. I fly out to S.C. tonite–gone til Tuesday night.  Thank You Lord for this special gift  of physical, spiritual, and emotional rest and refreshment! 🙂






Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!


Here are some Thanksgiving jokes, from contributing editor Richard Lederer:


Why did the turkey cross the road?


To prove he wasn’t chicken.


Is turkey soup good for you?


Not if you’re the turkey


Why did the person quit smoking cold turkey?


Because the feathers made him cough.


Why did the turkey bolt down its food?


Because it was a gobbler.


What do turkeys like to eat on Thanksgiving?


Nothing, they’re already stuffed.


Did you hear about the conservative turkey?


It had two right wings.

 May  your stuffing  be tasty  
 May  your turkey be  plump,  
 May  your potatoes  and gravy  
 Have  never a lump.   
 May  your yams be  delicious  
 And  your pies take  the prize,  
 And  may your  Thanksgiving dinner  
 Stay  off your  thighs!    


By Roy Lessin

“Give thanks in everything—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks for everything—Ephesians 5:20

Pray about everything with thanksgiving—Philippians 4:6

Do all things without murmuring—Philippians 2:14

Thankfulness is the presence of gratitude and the absence of murmuring. Thankfulness is an attitude of appreciation for everything that is received; murmuring is an attitude of complaint for everything that is withheld. Thankfulness is rooted in humility; murmuring is rooted in pride. Thankfulness says, “This is more than I deserve.”; murmuring says, “I deserve more!” Thankfulness is the doorway to contentment; murmuring is the doorway to dissatisfaction. Thankfulness travels on the highway of joy; murmuring travels on the highway of gloom. Thankfulness causes the disposition to be sweet; murmuring causes the disposition to become sour.”

Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

470. On this Thanksgiving Day 2011, I will shout with joy to the Lord, along with all the earth! I will worship the Lord with gladness. I will come before Him, singing with joy. I acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made me, and I am His. I am His child, a sheep of His pasture. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving; and go into His courts with praise. I will give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 NLT for me



Follow up for me and Junior in our Football Games

“It has been reported that the breast cancer rate would be cut in half if women would eat a low-fat diet. Now, if a woman has already lost half her breasts, can she go back to square one and eat a high-fat diet?” 😉


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

469. Follow up for me and Junior in our football games (excellent!)

Personalizing Col 3:15, 16

Somethin’ to think about:
“Whenever Satan reminds you about your past, remind him about his future.”
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Lord, every single gift comes from You…Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

463.   4 tenors singing: yes, Lord, Your grace IS amazing!
464.  “Whenever Satan reminds me of my past, I can remind him of his future.”
465. Anticipation of trip to S.C. to see family and friends this Friday through next Tuesday–like a hug from the Lord coming up
466. ” I will  let the peace and soul harmony which comes from Christ rule and act as umpire continually in my heart, deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in my mind.   I will let the peace of Christ keep me in tune with Him and other people. None of this going off and doing my own thing. I will let the peace that Christ  control my thinking and actions, dwelling in me in all it’s richness.  In that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s one body I was also called to live, I will cultivate thankfulness and appreciation in my life, giving praise to God always.  I will let the Word of Christ have the run of the house, His message being completely at home in my heart and mind.    God wants His kids to teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom in spiritual things.  I will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with His grace in my heart.  Yes,  I will  sing, sing my heart out to God! I will let every detail in my life—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Personalizing Col 3:15,16 using different versions)
467. Here’s somebody that inspires me:  no arms, no legs…no worries-Nick Vujicic
468. Beth coming over for lunch today: hooray! 🙂

Praying through Psalm 42, 43

“Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which
produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very
little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad
breath. This made him a
super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.”
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Lord, every single good gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts


454.   “Be Still My Soul”

455. Fun time yesterday with family over for early Thanksgiving meal on our porch

456. 5 more radiation treatments and then I will be half done

457. More energy from better sleep the last few nights

458. First two appointments last week with a new therapist for my arm using a different approach: renewed hope that maybe in time God will reduce or eliminate the tourniquet sensation in my arm from disrupted nerves and lymph nodes

459.  Gleaned perspective about living with chronic pain and disappointment God’s way from Joni Ereckson Tada’s example as I read her books

460. Words of wisdom from my friend for me to remember and apply: “…that during a difficult year, the Lord kept reminding me that I already had ALL the GRACE I needed in Christ Jesus…after all, He is the God of ALL GRACE…what I needed to do each time that I needed that GRACE was to CHOOSE to take it…to stand strong in it (as Paul commanded Timothy)…to come to the throne room of GRACE for mercy and grace in every time of need…as I keep doing that, I will grow in grace…”

461. My friend praying through Ps 42, 43 for me when I was feeling these emotions in the Psalms last week. God is answering these prayers :”I long for you, O God. I thirst for [You], the living God…my heart is breaking…Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope [confident expectation] in [You], God…my Savior and my God!…I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness…through each day [You] Lord pour [Your] unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing [Your] songs, praying to [You] God who gives me life [Who IS my Life!]O God my rock, I cry…why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope [my confident expectation] in [You] God…my Savior and my God!” “O God…you are God, my only safe haven…send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me…to [You] God, the source of all my joy…I will put my hope [confidence] in [You] God…my Savior and my God.”

462. My hair is growing, my hair is growing, praise the Lord, my hair is growing!  Many men have permanent baldness.  I am so grateful that mine is temporary.

Me and Junior in Our “Football Games”



44 days left of 2011, including today.
The toughest, roughest entire year of my life. 
My personal nightmare started with a well woman check up and a mammogram on our 21st wedding anniversary: December 30, 2010 and every day since has been a hard battle.  I wonder what the Lord will bring in 2012.  The uncertainty itself is one of the hardest things for me.  I wonder if I am doing all this terrible stuff to fight the cancer that goes against every grain of my being for nothing.  Will God “make it work” or not?  This breast cancer has a special affinity for metastasizing to the bones, lungs, liver, and brain.  My Dad died of brain cancer and it was terrible. I hope that does not happen to me.  I’ve been a nurse in the past to many patients who died of cancer.  Some of them were in agony and  “drowned” in their lung secretions, gasping for breath at the end–very hard memories for me.   I can not stop that from happening but God can.  God can also give me grace if He allows those things. I am absolutely confident that He can heal me if He wants to, just not sure that’s what He is going to do and am asking Him for peace about that, asking Him to help me trust Him implicitly no matter what. I want to live and am planning on surviving this but I don’t want to cling to this life when it’s my time to go either.  I know that Heaven is wonderful and even if I do suffer, where I am heading afterwards is what really matters–this is all temporary. 
 It has been a scary and very vulnerable feeling  for me to do the  chemo and radiation.  I have such little confidence in it.  I wish I did but the truth is I don’t.  I pray God will use it to heal me and I know that I am utterly defenseless from the damage these treatments and the cancer itself  can do , BUT GOD.   God can protect me.  If God continues to allow hard things then they are for the good somehow. I’ve been hearing a lot of sad cancer stories lately. I have to keep reminding myself not to take on the cares of the “what ifs”   but to “walk by faith and not sight”.  People say that attitude is fighting cancer as well as all of life.  I want a good attitude.  I pray for a good attitude.  Worry and discouragement are big wastes of time but these are natural inclinations that I fight, like how I am fighting thinking that does not line up with God’s Word this morning. God has much, much better for me than that.  Good thing the Lord is in charge is all I gotta say.
I am trying to get a second wind as I walk this steep mountain. I am tired and weak of heart  and the air feels mighty thin. This is not a perfect analogy but sometimes I feel like a little kid who is getting beat up in a brutal football game with players WAY bigger than he. “I don’t like this game.” says Junior.  “This game stinks and it’s no fun and I’m losing and I am worn out and I hurt all over. Who thought up football anyway? I don’t understand all the rules and strategies and I hate this.  I’m taking my ball and going home now. Bye.”   Ha!  As for me I’m not going Home until He says so. He has me in the game still so how am I going to respond just because cancer doesn’t  “fight fair” and this battle I am in is hard and awful?  Give up? No.  Pray hard, play hard, fight hard, and do my best? Yes. I might not even be losing–maybe I am winning and just afraid of losing.  I am going to assume that I am winning.  In Christ I am a victorious overcomer no matter what.  I will call on the “Coach”–tell Him I’m weak and tired, feel like giving up when I do and that I need lots of one-on-one coaching, ask Him to get in the “Game” with me and show me how to do this.  I can hardly believe He has me in this game–I’d be lousy at football . Lots of people  sure do a way better job at having cancer than me. I’m one of God’s scardey-cat kids, a work of His in progress.    Where is my peace and joy and fearless fighting, victorious spirit  right now?  All wrapped up in Jesus alone, that’s where, Paula.  Not in my abilities to “do this”… not in feelings or emotions.  I must keep my eyes on Him. He will strengthen me in His Word.  I lay every fear and doubt at His feet right now  and crawl into His arms for a hug and help.  I get overwhelmed by this all but He never does.  I am weak.  He is strong.  I am His child and He loves me and has a future and a hope for me, even in the midst of this.
OK, my dear “cheering section” in the sidelines of my blog, I am boldly and unashamedly sharing that I have an ongoing need of lots of cheerin’ upping and cheerin’ onin’.  I do.  This is so hard.   I’ve begun telling people directly lately that I need and want a lot of pep talks on the truth through this and I do, so if you have any loving, encouraging “pep talks” “You can do all things thru Christ who strengthens you–keep going, keep going!” type words for me, I’m listening.   Thank You, thank you, thank you to those of you who are sending me Scripture and good quotes and doing nice things for my family and me  I can hardly express my thanks and appreciation enough.  I am asking the Lord for encouragement and He surely is using the Body of Christ to do that.  I am grateful.
Lord, every single good gift comes from You… 

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

451. “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”—C. S. Lewis

452. Romans 15:4  “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled”.

453.  Nicholas got to job shadow the Mayor yesterday and attend some great programs on leadership with him-wonderful opportunity that God orchestrated.

“No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.”(Spurgeon)


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1 Peter 1:7

New Living Translation (NLT)

7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Lord, every single good gift comes from You… 

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts


450. The blessing of Esther D sending me this wonderful quote by Spurgeon: (Praise You Lord that I have two friends named Esther who send me great quotes!!!)

“Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.”

Psalm 103:13-15

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Psalm 103:13-15

New Living Translation (NLT)

 13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
      tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
 14 For he knows how weak we are;
      he remembers we are only dust.
 15 Our days on earth are like grass;
      like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

Psalm 103:13-15

Good News Translation (GNT)

 13 As a father is kind to his children,
      so the Lord is kind to those who honor him.
 14 He knows what we are made of;
      he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for us, our life is like grass.
   We grow and flourish like a wild flower


Lord, every single good gift comes from You… 

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

444. New friends with sweet children over for dinner last night

445. “I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High.”  ~~~ Psalm 9:1-2
God lavishes me in His love and has done SO much for me, no wonder I am glad!

446. Refreshing time of prayer with Nancy when she brought over cookies for our family yesterday

447. Ruth L sharing this lovely song and the history behind it:

448.  The Lord is  a kind father to me, his beloved daughter; tender and compassionate always.  He knows what I am made of.  My days on earth are like grass, like a wildflower, I will bloom and die. (from Psalm 103:13-15)  May I bloom for Your pleasure and honor, Lord before You take me Home!

449. Esther M blessing me with this very beautiful quote:

“How good it would be if we could learn that God is easy to live with. He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.
Some of us are religiously jumpy and self-conscious because we know that God sees our every thought and is acquainted with all our ways. We need not be. God is the sum of all patience and the essence of kindly good will. We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He understands everything and loves us still.”
  The Root of the Righteous  – A.W. Tozer

Funny Letter “From” Mission Board to Paul :)


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Reverend St. Paul

Independent Missionary

Corinth, Greece


Dear Mr. Paul,


We recently received an application from you for service under our board.  Sir, it is our policy to be as frank and as open minded as possible with all our applicants.  We have made an exhaustive survey of your case, and, to be plain, we are surprised that you have been able to pass as a bona fide missionary.

We are told that you are afflicted with severe eye trouble. This is certain to be an insuperable handicap to an effective ministry; our board requires 20/20 vision.  Dr. Luke reports that you are a thin little man, bald, frequently sick, and always so agitated over your churches that you sleep poorly.  He reports that you pad around the house praying half the night.  A healthy mind in a robust body is our ideal for all applicants.  A good night’s sleep will give you zest and zip, so that you will wake full of zing.  In one of your letters you refer to yourself as Paul, the aged.  Our new mission policies do not envisage a surplus of superannuated recipients.

At Antioch  we learn that you opposed  Dr. Simon Peter, an esteemed denominational secretary, and actually rebuked him publicly.  You stirred so much trouble at Antioch that a special board meeting had to be convened at Jerusalem.  We cannot condone such actions.  You caused so much trouble at Ephesus that they refer to you as the man that turned the world upside down.  Sensationalism in missions is uncalled for.  You have caused much trouble wherever you have gone.  You opposed the honorable women at Berea, and the leaders of your own nationality in Jerusalem.  We cannot condone such actions.  If a man cannot get along with his own people, how can he serve foreigners?

Do you think it seemly for a missionary to do part-time secular work?  We hear that you are making tents on the side.  In a letter to the church at Philippi, you admitted that they were the only church supporting you.  We wonder why. Is it true that you have jail record?  Certain brethren report that you did two years time in Ceasarea and were imprisoned at Rome.

You admit that while you were doing time in prison at Rome that all forsook you.  Good men are not left friendless. Three fine brothers by the name of Diatrophes, Demas, and Alexander, the coppersmith, have notarized affidavits to the effect that it is impossible for them to co-operate with either you or your program. We know that you had a bitter quarrel with a man named Barnabas. Harsh words do not further the work of God.

You wrote recently to Timothy that you had fought a good fight. Jesus came not to bring a sword, but peace.  You boast that, “I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus.”  What on earth do you mean?

You have written many letters to churches where you have formerly been pastor.  In one of these letters you accused one church member of living with his father’s wife: you caused the whole church to feel badly and the poor fellow was expelled.

You spend too much time about the second coming of Christ. Your letters to the people at Thessalonica were almost entirely devoted to this theme. In a recent sermon you said, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  It seems to us that you ought to glory in our heritage, our denominational program, and the great world federation of churches. Put first things first from now on.

We deplore the lurid over-the-wall-in-a-basket episode at Damascus.  We were appalled at your obvious lack of conciliatory behavior.  Diplomatic men are not stoned and dragged out of the city gate nor assaulted by angry mobs.  Have you ever suspected that gentler words might gain you more friends.

We understand that you are given to fantasies and dreams.  At Troas you saw a man of Macedonia, and at another time you were “caught up into the third heaven,” and even claimed that the LORD stood by you.  We reckon that more realistic minds are needed in the task of world evangelism.

Your ministry has been far too flighty to be successful.  First Asia Minor, then Italy, then to Spain.  Concentration is more important than dissipation of one’s powers; you cannot win the world by yourself.  You’re just one little Paul.

You sermons are much too long for the times.  At one place you talked until after midnight and a young man was so sleepy that he fell out of a window and broke his neck.  If nobody is saved after the first twenty minutes:  Stand up — speak up — then shut up — is our advice.

It hurts to tell you this, brother Paul, but in all my 25 years experience, I never meet a man so opposite to the requirements of our foreign mission board.


Most Sincerely yours,

J. Flavius Fluffyhead

Foreign Mission Board


(Unknown Source of letter)

Lord, every single good gift comes from You… 


(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts


440. 1 Samuel 16:7″… The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

441. How I enjoy flowers!  Thank You Lord for Ruth sharing Mums to plant in my garden and for the ones recently gracing my table: Linda blessing me with roses from her bush, Nita leaving her purple zebra-striped beauties from her yard by my door, Dana brining a pretty bouquet when they joined us for dinner.  Flowers make me smile both when I give them and receive them.  Thank You Lord and thank you, friends!
442. Lavish love and forgiveness.  
443. Fresh starts. God will always give us another chance to try again and do things His way (sage wisdom per Kathy H :0) )

Abba Father, Papa, Daddy!


Two brief clips on dogs that I enjoyed:






Romans 8:15

New Living Translation (NLT)

 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[a] Now we call him, “Abba, Father”

Amplified Bible (AMP)

15For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba Father!


As I understand it, Jesus spoke to the people in the common language of Aramaic.  “Abba Father” in Aramaic translates to “Daddy” or “Papa”.    He’s adopted me as His own beloved child.  The incredibly powerful, wise, creator of the entire universe is also my “Dad”.  Wow!

Lord, every single good gift comes from You… 

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts

439. Thank You my dear Heavenly Father that You are also my Abba Father, my Dad, my Papa, my Daddy…and I am Your child.  I love You!