A PERPLEXING QUESTION INDEED 

By Lee Pierce
 

I’ve been reading in the book of Joshua recently and have gotten bogged down in one of the greatest mysteries in the Bible: the time that Joshua prayed and God made the sun and moon stand still for nearly 24 hours.

I don’t know about you, but I find this fascinating, but perplexing, all at the same time.

In Joshua 10, as Joshua is following the Lord’s command to continue the conquest of the promised land, the Bible describes a very unusual event.  The Israelites were contending with the Amorites and the Lord had caused great confusion among the Amorites, and also had slain many of them by causing a great hail storm to fall, killing many. Given that the Amorites were being killed in great numbers, it’s curious that Joshua then prays to God to stop the sun and the moon in place [verses 10:12-13]. Joshua’s stated purpose for this request is so that the army of Israel could complete the conquest of the enemy.  In doing so, they would be obedient to God’s command. Read more…



I JUST WANT TO COME HOME!

By Anita Mondragon
Well…here we are, almost at the end of the second month of 2020.  I made a list of several things I wanted to do differently this year.  Things like:  Changing my diet and exercising more, was of course in there, but other things came to mind as well.  Things like, smiling more, being more kind and humble, really looking at people with God’s eyes and seeing their hurt, sharing Jesus more; then one thing really stuck out in my mind–giving up! Read more…


WORDS UNTO THE LORD-5

By Anita Mondragon

Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.  Isaiah 37:1

In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  Psalm 18:6


PUNCH HIS LIGHTS OUT!!!!!

By Anita Mondragon

We watched a movie last night, called, “Southpaw”.  It was written by Kurt Sutter. Here’s what he had to say about its origin.

Sutter’s script follows a welterweight boxing champion (Eminem) whose life is upended when tragedy strikes…“In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He’ll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to [Eminem] being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It’s a much harder road for a southpaw than a right-handed boxer.”…the real-life element adds a nice layer to the drama.


OUCH!

By Anita Mondragon

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. –Romans 10:23

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.-Matthew 23:25-28


JUST AS YOU ARE…

By Anita Mondragon
 

“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”
Luke 12:20, KJV

…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”
2 Corinthians 6:2, KJV


WELLS OF PURPOSE

By Anita Mondragon
 

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  John 4:7-10 NIV


BLESS THE LORD, OH MY SOUL!

By Anita Mondragon
 
The following is something my son Micah, wrote while on vacation in Montana.  Turns out…he is an awesome writer!  Enjoy!-anita


PEACE…PEACE! WONDERFUL PEACE!

By Anita Mondragon

“The peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:7

This is the promise I drew for today from my box of Promises.  Sounds pretty easy to grab hold of…right?  But, after looking it up, and doing a bit of research, I found that there is a condition attached to it…something we must do first before just accepting it.  Sometimes we pick one verse, usually the one we want to work for us, and forget to read it in context.  We should always read the surrounding verses…the before, and after verses to get the full meaning.

Read Philippians 4:6.    In verse six, we have a condition to fulfill before the promise can be granted in verse seven.  We all want the promise found in verse seven, but most of us skip through verse six, never realizing that it holds the answer to our questions of:

 “What is the peace that passes all understanding?”  And…”How do I find that peace?”

The way we find this amazing peace: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (verse 6). God promises His peace to all who will follow the instructions laid out in this verse.

God says, “YOU DO YOUR PART…AND I WILL DO MINE!”

Here is the little poem that was also found on the card I drew this morning.

“Not always can I see the course my ship of life must sail;

But since my Father guides the helm, I’ll calmly face the gale.”- Unknown

When we are thankful in ALL things that befall us in life, God grants us peace that even we, at times can’t understand!

Anita



TIME…

By Anita Mondragon
The first twenty years of living this life, seemed like such a drag!