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Jesus gave His life to save our souls and established the church, His body on earth, composed of every soul who is saved. The church is to be a place of healing from the results of all the sin in this world, a hospital for the saved.

Whether our hurt is the result of sins we have committed or whether we incur injury from the flawed lives of others, every one of us is hurt. It is a great mistake to blame God/Jesus for those hurts that happen to us from imperfect human beings in the church. Even those of us who try our best not to hurt others would be surprised to hear that we have indeed hurt someone in the fellowship in some way, either something we truly messed up on or simply their hyper-sensitive feelings. Not one of us is perfected until we go to be with the Lord. WE ARE ALL WORKS IN PROGRESS and need to give each other grace.

We may have the "right" to be hurt and offended, but if it isn't profitable to us, we simply need to stop!

The Bible is clear that we forgive everyone 70x7 which means perfectly, completely.
He teaches that we are only forgiven by God if we forgive everyone for their wrongs against us - that includes within the Body of Christ.

How can we demand that others grant us mercy for our flawed humanity and not give others the same?

Satan simply works on our fleshly flaws to make this an excuse to no longer "go to church" or fellowship with believers. He successfully renders us not only useless in God's service, (how many souls will burn in hell eternally because you allowed yourself to be "offended" and didn't fulfill His work in your life?), but we also forfeit our own souls, (if we don't forgive others, God doesn't forgive us, without His forgiveness we are lost eternally). Good thing for us that Jesus didn't allow Himself to become "offended" as those He was dying to save shouted, "Crucify Him!", spat on Him, cursed Him, beat Him etc. Not one of us has near the reason to be offended that Jesus did/does and yet He sets the example for us and FORGAVE ALL OF US, in the midst of His suffering, for what was done to Him, the rejection, the insults, the real injury. We as Christians are to conform our lives in all ways to His example.

This is so very serious! It is such an unnecessary way to go to hell. The Word of God is clear on this subject, how we are to live our lives in Christ. We said "yes" to everything from God the day we asked Him to save us. It's a conditional deal like ALL the promises of God. We obey His plan of salvation, then live faithfully till death and He saves our souls out of His grace...or we don't and He doesn't. We choose.

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Luscious Jungle has 75 gorgeous pieces including many I hand painted including parrots, frogs, butterflies, worn papers, a sunburst through the jungle canape, hanging moss and bromeliads with rich blooms, an alpha, frames and so much more! Click image to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase at my PayPal Store for $5.99. Today I'm giving you the Macaw to try the kit out. Enjoy! This is a two page layout made using this kit and frames by those credited on the preview. There are frames in this kit.These are my Boutique Birds and the baby toad from Luscious Jungle (along with others):
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Luscious Jungle has 75 pieces:

Alpha, Numbers & Punctuation
Dangling Frog Frame
3 Frog Bars
6 Dangling Frogs Ready to Hang on what you want
Blue Frog
Green Frog
Cockatoo on branch
Cockatoo alone
Macaw
1 Baby Toad
Jeweled Frame
2 Binoculars
2 Hats
Burned Paper Journal Tag
7 Bromeliad Blossoms
Grass Clump
1 Macaw Overlay
2 Macaw Papers
Feathers
1 Parrot Flower Overlay
1 Parrot Flower
Sunburst
Croton Plant
Leaves Cluster
7 Butterflies
Gold Elastic Frame
String Bow
4 Hanging Moss
Tree
Kiwi
Orange Slice
5 Rotted Wood
1 Branch
1 Stained Paper
Old cards
12 Papers

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Recently we have been addressing popular doctrines. Here's another.

Often these days I encounter Christians who have loved ones who are living completely worldly lives contrary to the Word of God and have never made the personal choice to repent of their sins with all their hearts and taken Jesus Christ as their Savior, committing to live lives in submission to Him till they die. The doctrine comes in when these Christians passionately declare that their loved ones are "fine" because at some previous time, perhaps even childhood, someone who called themself a prophet prophesied over them some great thing in the Lord. They believe that because of this, the loved one is safe.

Leaving the issue of whether that person was truly a prophet of the Most High God or not, the Bible is very clear that salvation ONLY occurs when there is a conscious personal choice to obey the plan of salvation the way God has laid it out for us in His Holy Word, the Bible. One MUST repent of all of our sins, that is everything that is contrary to God's word in the Bible. One MUST believe that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son and our Savior. One MUST ask Jesus to be their Savior and commit to live for Him, obeying His Word in the Bible for the rest of our lives. Then we are commanded to be immersed in water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We have been bought with a price and cannot pick and choose which of His commands we obey.

God indeed has plans for each person He creates. He wants every one of us to come to repentance and be saved and then fulfill the good plans He has for us. But He made us creatures of free will choice. No one will be saved against their will! Each of us chooses heaven or hell either by actively choosing or simply doing nothing. God doesn't send us to hell, we choose to go by not obeying His plan of salvation and living faithfully until death.

It is entirely possible that the prophesies over these individuals might have been true, but they are only glimpses into what God wants for that person. He does not force His will on us. If each of us does not choose to come to Him for salvation and then follow Him faithfully, His will for us does not ever happen, but rather the life course we have chosen for ourselves. We reap the fruit of what we sow.

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I just saw a report on 20/20 on TV that we really need to pray against. The Word of God tells us that man will become more and more evil as the end approaches. He tells us that man won't endure sound doctrine, but will acquire teachers that will tickle their ears. He tells us that man's conscience will be seared because he rejects the truth of God and His only Son, Jesus Christ. So this is should be no surprise, but we of the household of faith need to pray against this and all evil.

People like to believe that certain evils no longer exist because it's easier that way and allows us to be lazy Christians, luke warm and impotent, useless in God's service. One of those things is Christians being martyred. In truth, more Christians are tortured and killed for our faith each year now than in all the early years of Christianity put together. But that is not our topic today.

Another great evil we like to believe no longer happens is experiencing a great resurance of popularity in Uganda today. An unthinkable evil. The last two years there has been a growing segment of the population who are practicing human sacrifice of children. Authorities believe that it has been fueled by the rise in popularity of Nigerian movies featuring it and teaching that it will make one wealthy. They teach a child's innocence makes their organs powerful for good luck and wealth.

People are killing their own children for child sacrifice, even killing them themselves and others kidnap children, even their neighbor's children for this. Many are beheaded and the skulls and other organs are being buried the foundations of new buildings as "good luck talismans" to make the owners rich. Either way, it is being done for one reason, money. The one who provides the child is doing it for the money they are paid. The one who pays the money for the child to sacrifice is doing it believing they will get even more money from the sacrifice. Truly, the love of money is the root of all manner of evil. 1 Timothy 6:10

The "middle men" are called "healers", an ironic don't you think? It is the "new" name for the "witch doctors". They still "channel the spirits of their dead ancestors" and also perform animal sacrifice.

What else can I say?

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The last two days I have been sharing about the power of "renewing our minds" in Christ and what a profound difference it can make in our lives. Today I want to continue with another powerful example to encourage you to try this in your own lives. I'd encourage you to read yesterday's post which laid the scriptural background for the subject and the day before which gave a very powerful and intimate example of God using this in my life. (Click to go to those posts.)

My hope is that by sharing real life applications of God's Word, as difficult as it is for me to share, it will encourage others to see that His Word is not some dead dusty book, not impotent words on paper, but the absolute key to an abundant life here on earth. It is the way to walk in the fullness of His promises no matter what life hands you. I guess when people think a Christian is this perfect (or someone who thinks himself a perfect) person who's life is above all the trials and tribulations of common man, they don't listen as well as when they know we are no different, only saved by grace. That is what I hoped to achieve by being transparent in my testimony that is included in every download. (I hope everyone reads it.) That is why I'm sharing this today, which I'm finding exceedingly painful and difficult - even harder than two days ago. I wouldn't share this if I didn't feel God wants me to at this time, to help someone out there. I am His, bought with a price, and my answer to Him is always "yes" no matter the cost. Though God healed what I'm about to share fully and permanently, I am still in the process of God healing this general subject matter in my life and that is why this is so hard.

I have been a victim of violent crime of the most intimately violating nature more times in my life than is believable. It left me with post traumatic stress syndrome and the inability to emotionally cope with forced physical contact of an intimate nature. Most of the time I'm fine, but there are certain situations and certain violations, that might not bother others, that dissolve me into helpless hysteria and plunge me into a place of death that before I came to Christ could last years.

Just such a nightmare happened a few years ago when returning home from spending a magical Christmas with my daughters who had flown me to LA to be with them. I was all but gang raped for two hours by a large mixed group of airport security, all because I forgot and wore an under-wire bra. Additionally they weren't going to let me fly home and I had no other options. I was finally allowed on the plane at the very last moment, so traumatized that I wept all the way home to Alabama. I was barely functional and barely existing in an all to familiar black place you wouldn't want me to describe.

Then one day I absolutely had to leave the house and of course there was a praise and worship cd playing when I started the car. It was harder to leave the safety of my home than any can imagine if you haven't been in my situation. I had only gotten three blocks when "Voice of Truth" started playing and the Holy Spirit pointed out the words and then brought them to life in me.

God used the song to remind me of this life changing truth, that we must rebuke thoughts and feelings contrary to His Word and consciously choose to believe what His Word says on every subject at all times. This song addresses this subject in such a powerful way. God used this song to show me I was needing to identify what messages I was listening to (in my head) and believing on this subject. Once He got my attention it was easy to tell who I was listening to - the enemy of my soul who only steals, kills and destroys. I consciously chose to believe the truth God tells us in His Word on this subject and the burden lifted IMMEDIATELY and never returned.

Disciplining our thought life is SO IMPORTANT!
But it only works if you read the Bible so it is living in you for the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance as Jesus said He would. I hope you take a moment and watch this and really pay attention to the words - it could change your life!


Lyrics to The Voice Of Truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

Chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.


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  • "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1-3
As a new Christian I struggled to understand what He means by "renewing of your mind". If we remember that He told us:
  • "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (understood)." 1 Corinthians 2:13-15
As we mature in Christ we are to grow from the carnal, fleshly man we were before salvation into the spiritual man God intends us to be as "new creations". We are to worship in spirit and in truth. We are to be taught and lead by His Holy Spirit which we respond to in our spirits. This verse tells us that natural (carnal, fleshly) man doesn't understand the things of God. As a new babe in Christ, I didn't understand. There are still things I don't understand, because I am still human and on this journey with Him.

In time He showed me that "renewing our minds" means consciously choosing to believe what He says on every subject and rebuke (refuse to think) thoughts to the contrary. The natural, unsaved man thinks fleshly thoughts contrary to the Word and Will of Almighty God which are not true and are harmful to us. As Christians He's telling us to learn His Word and then at all times CHOOSE to replace our fleshly thoughts with His truth and in faith believe them.

A good example of doing just this is a very intimate message I shared with you yesterday. The difference it made was profound. If you haven't read it I truly think it will bless you. Click here to go to yesterday's post.

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First I want to thank the reader who pointed out the very best reason to click my Mixbook link in the right column and use them to publish your books...I can't believe I hadn't figured it out yet!!! The fact that they allow us to upload .png files and to spread across two pages means ... that all of us who do 2-page layouts can upload a single .PNG of our 2-page layouts so we don't loose quality and then spread it over two pages! No more guessing at allowances and cutting our layouts in two to upload!!!! I'm soooo excited! I already loved them, but hadn't realized this aspect yet! Click here to read all the other reasons I love them and have become an affiliate as a service to you. And if you click my link to them and actually purchase a book, I will receive a small commission that will go to help support the work of this blog. I wish I'd found them before all the money I've spent at three other publishers only to continually return them for redos.

Now for the truly important stuff and I really hope those who are having hard times will read:

Today I'm sharing something extremely personal with you. I don't normally do this, but I need to remember this very much right now and I'm sure there are others out there who would be blessed reading this.

For some of us, winter is dragging on and on with it's trials and dreariness. For others of us, the seasons don't greatly change our personal hell's (health issues of suffering, pain and loss of ability; difficult relationships in our homes or work; basic needs unmet) as we must walk through them every conscious moment without respite. For others, grief and loss have pierced our lives and challenge us to not succumb and be swallowed entirely by the emotional pain. The current economic problems in our country plague many of us and inject fear and unmet needs into into our daily lives. Often this has been true for many years.

I know many of you out there must live with all of these as I do. It's difficult, to say the least, and depression hungrily lurks in the shadows and snaps at our heels because of our helplessness to change things. All these things make satan's work in our Christian lives very visible, complete with power and great suffering.

What would our Loving Heavenly Father have us do? What are His instructions to help us cope? Obviously prayer is the first answer, but He does not always grant our prayers, though if we ask in faith with a pure heart He promises to hear. It's just not always His will to say "yes", or "yes" right now. So for the rest of the time:

  • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:7-9
He tells us to focus on Him and all the things He lists above. Don't let yourself focus on your situation, but on the solution, Him. Much easier said than done.

My situation, like everyone who walks these dark paths, has slightly easier, better times, and other times that are barely survivable and leave you changed. Part of their poison is that many of the issues look to be permanent when they occur, but praise God, some turn out to be just for a season and then lessen or leave entirely.

At one such time a couple of years ago, I was left with nothing at all health-wise. There was no longer any position that brought a bit of relief for even a moment. I could not hear, see, use my arms, swallow, the list goes on. Due to having no health care and no money, I could do nothing at all except sit in a recliner in my freezing home and suffer without respite in sight, believing it was forever.

The Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind and I made it my mental project. I sat there wrapped in many layers of clothes including my hat and outerwear and tried to think of every single happy moment I'd had in my life. I struggled to come up with them as they are well hidden when life is like this. I brought each to mind and then purposefully relived it in my mind in detail. Then I found another one.

I started at childhood and thought of -
  • laying on my tummy as a small child, looking through the grass at ground level one day and seeing the tiniest lime green baby grasshopper - sheer magic!
  • getting to explore the "wilderness" on the hill across the street with my big sister and snacks in a bag that only happened once
  • of the smell outside after it rains
  • seeing the first growth of spring struggling it's way through the rich black earth toward the sun
  • weaving a wreath of beautiful autumn leaves with my mother and hanging them in our home
  • the crunch of dried leaves underfoot and the smell it released
  • lightning bugs sparkling in the night sky
  • sucking on ice icicles
  • the crunch of snow under my boots and the sun making it sparkle like a carpet of pure glitter
  • newly melting mounds of snow creating sparkling rivulets of crystal clear water revealing the grass and pebbles underneath as they wove through the snow brilliant in the sunlight, full of the promise of spring
  • my father bringing me a tiny set of working metal tool charms from a meeting at work that had taken him from home (they are the "Tool Charms" in the left column)
I took my time reliving every happy memory and then moved on to other warm memories:
  • how it felt to fall in love and how my heart soared to the stars; being with him and nothing else mattered, just to be together, seeing nothing but him; how it felt just thinking of him; how my heart ached almost bursting with joy and anticipation of a moment together; his surprising me with the ring at lunch one day at the park across the street from where I worked, sitting on a grassy slope
  • I relived the births of my precious daughters in every detail and was again glad I didn't use drugs to cloud or alter the experience - I was fully present for every moment and knew I was giving them the best start in life possible by doing so; touching their warm skin, breathing in their baby scent, holding them to my heart, never to leave - such precious memories
  • I remembered the moment I discovered that though I had thought that I was saved eternally because I had repented of my sins, that was not in keeping with what God has told us in His Holy Word; I remembered that entire night at 10:30 pm January 31st in 1978 when I repented afresh for my entire life, asked sweet Jesus to be my Savior, committing the entire rest of my life to God and to live in obedience to Him, serving Him, submitting to Him in all things, and then that most precious scene when I was immersed in water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, burying my old man of sin and rising to new life, a new creation in Christ, washed free from all my sins and with my name written in the Book of Life in heaven! I saw the faces of my beloved parents now long gone, my brother and sister all who had gotten out of bed on that freezing Chicago night and come to share that moment with me even though none of them understood it at that time. All but my dear Father followed me on this path before time ran out. I remember returning home to my tiny apartment in a housing project and washing my face for bed, floating on a heavenly high far beyond any drug, alcohol or other thrills that I'd tried. I caught a glimpse of myself in the little mirror over the sink and it struck me all the way through that I was pure and clean of all sin in God's eyes for the first time since I was old enough to sin. Pure! Me who had lived such an evil life! I was for that moment pure and spotless before the Holy God of all creation, by His grace! I just stared for the longest time, enraptured in the realization and wanting the moment to last forever. What a wonderful night that was! I know that the Bible tells us that after giving our lives to Him, that when we sin and we repent with our whole hearts, determining not to do it again, He forgives us fully with the example of removing it as far as the east is from the west, but it's not quite the same as that night's revelation. Utterly awesome!
When I had remembered and relived every good memory I could think of, my precious Lord gave me a new and marvelous revelation! Because of the time difference around our globe and the multitudes of people, here is the profound and wondrous truth -

At EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of EVERY DAY, no matter what my personal existence is like, SOMEONE SOMEWHERE IN THIS WORLD is experiencing those same wonderful moments! Those good things still exist! They are still happening! Someone is falling in love right now! Someone is cradling their newborn child in their arms for the first time! Someone is discovering sparkling lightning bugs in the dark night and the magical tiny baby grasshopper in the giant world of grass! Somewhere a child is catching snowflakes on their tongue and baby giggles fill the air! Someone is changing their eternal destiny by repenting and giving their lives to God Almighty through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ!

When it was over, I was so entirely refreshed in my spirit that I truly FELT like every one of those good things had just happened to me again! Tears well up in my eyes remembering how my spirit soared and how my burden lifted because of this most amazing vacation anyone ever had - all without moving a muscle or being able to do anything except choose my thoughts as my beloved Savior told me!

When we are so deep in suffering, it truly seems all light and joy no longer exist anywhere, there is only blackest suffering and doom. It is a cherished revelation He gave me that good things not only still exist, but are happening every moment to someone somewhere! What a blessing!

I know very few actually read what I write here, but I do so pray that everyone who needs to read this will find their way to it and that they too will be blessed. I am so sorry for the road you walk and the burdens you bear. It is so hard, and harder every year that passes and it remains the same or worsens when we truly thought it wasn't possible to. I don't have all the answers to be sure, but I do know our God is faithful and He promised that He would cause EVERYTHING to work together for our GOOD if we love Him and are faithful. Romans 8:28 He said His plans for us are GOOD not to harm us! Jeremiah 29:11 He warned that His ways and thoughts are so far above ours that we can't understand them, so take comfort in this instead of struggling in your mind to figure out why it is this way. Isaiah 55:8 Surely rebuke the devil when he whispers in your ears that God must not be able to answer your prayers or that He doesn't love you or He wouldn't allow you to suffer so. Ephesians 3:20; John 3:16 Though all men be proven liars, God does not lie and He is faithful in all His ways. Numbers 23:19 (satan is father of lies John 8:44) Hold fast to the promise that "he who endures to the end shall be saved". Matthew 24:13 He didn't say that "he who was truly on fire for God for many years earlier in his life and served Him, but then left his first love shall be saved". As with any race, it's how we finish that matters. He encourages us to run the race with endurance with an eye to the prize. Hebrews 12:1-3

Surely there are none who the prize would hold more allure to than those of us who have walked the paths of suffering in this life, so in a way it's a blessing. Remember the promise and be encouraged dear sister and brother-in-Christ:
  • "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
    Revelation 7:16-17
  • "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
    Revelation 21:3-5
  • "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces...The LORD has spoken." Isaiah 25:7-9
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Today's message is so important that I wanted to give you something big so more people would come and read, also to celebrate our Baby Boo being with us a full year now! See her sleeping on her cozy bed? That's about 12" from me here! Thank you Lord for the immense blessing and joy of Boo! So here you can grab the entire set of these rich Glossy Frames (4 open frames and 4 solid frames), but only for today, then they will be in my store, so grab em quick and enjoy!
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NOTE: Finally at almost midnight they fixed my e-mail and found that 268 of your e-mails were stuck at the server! So, I have just read them all and thank you! I haven't received your comments in the mail for that long and many e-mails. One thing that was mentioned several times was people getting "invalid link" when they try to download. As I explained a while back, I have had to limit how long they stay active due to storage issues. It's always written right next to the link. Plan on them being available only a day and when I can fudge them a bit longer I will, but if you come daily you won't miss anything.

TODAY'S MESSAGE: If you would like to read through the four Gospels during this Lent season in preparation for Easter, Bible Gateway has a great free plan here. You can do it on line, in e-mail, RSS and more. Using a plan helps keep you motivated and on track so you can complete your goal in the time you wish. Bible Gateway is an awesome source for all things Bible! They also have plans for reading through the Bible in a year.

Now for today's gift - I have just given you 12 different pattered overlays to make papers with. I thought you might also like my example papers, so I'll be giving you one of my preview papers each day till you have all 6. Enjoy!
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Considering the doctrine that all Christians are to be in good health and financial prosperity all their lives:

  • “Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” Romans 8:35,37
He's obviously addressing Christians by His first sentence. Why would He list "suffering", "affliction" and "tribulation", "calamity" and "distress", "hunger" and "destitution" if these things were not going to be part of the Christian life?

Healthy brethren with their worldly needs met amply would do well to read this verse and consider it before telling less blessed brethren that it's their own fault because they don't have enough "faith". That's a pretty arrogant and mean spirited attitude for ones professing to be followers of the Christ and who have nothing of their own to brag about, but owe all to Him.

Now for today's gift - I have just given you 12 different pattered overlays to make papers with. I thought you might also like my example papers, so I'll be giving you one of my preview papers each day till you have all 6. Enjoy!
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
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When your toddler is about to endanger itself, out of love you threaten a dire enough consequence to deter their behavior and so, after you have consistently done this, they learn what is harmful to them and to avoid. It is for their good out of your love.

Our Heavenly Father has done the same for us. In His love for us, He has told us the whole truth about our two choices, heaven and hell. Justified fear of hell is a good deterrent for us that can lead us to salvation through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son and our only way to heaven. God is both love and righteous judgment meeted out with "wrath". If you doubt this, read the Bible.

It's high time that the gospel of salvation is preached in it's fullness in every church calling itself Christian, extolling both God's love and His righteous judgment. It is true that fear of hell is not the desired basis of a mature Christian's walk with God, but it is truth and the main tool that God Himself has put in His Holy Word to bring lost souls to salvation. It is only love to warn us of the consequences of our wrong choices. How hateful are we to our fellow man when we refuse to warn him of his impending doom so he might also be saved???

We as His servants and ambassadors need to use the whole truth again. Let the churches of Christ throughout this world ring with the truth that there is a very real and unending hell of punishment waiting for all those who do not repent of their sins and ask Jesus Christ to save them, then being immersed in water baptism as the Word of God commands in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, thereafter living a life of obedience to His Holy Word in the Bible with all our hearts, repenting when we sin and asking His forgiveness, which He promises to give. We need to be filled with His Holy Spirit to successfully walk the Christian walk and it is by Him that we are sealed unto the day of judgment. Hallelujah! Come Lord Jesus and may the multitudes be saved!

Today I'm giving you the next of a dozen beautiful Pattern Overlays. Each day I'm giving you a different overlay to download, but the preview picture will stay the same to save time and space. The papers in the preview give you some ideas of what you can do with them. Click image to enlarge. Here are some possibilities:

1. Use as an overlay and change the blend modes and
opacity.

2. Select the black or white areas of the overlay and
make a layer of it then, clip a paper of your choice to it.
You can put a different paper under it and play with
blend modes.

3. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
then fill with a different color, pattern or gradient.

4. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
make a layer of it, then apply a layer style to it.
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.
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When Christ died and rose from the dead to establish His church here on earth, it was 100% about God. It was to spread His truth that souls might be saved and freed from the bondage of sin. It was to exalt God above all else. It was to bring glory to His name and worship Him alone. It was to DO HIS WILL. It wasn't about us.

If you look at the Christian church as a whole today, you will see that man has completely turned it all completely around. It is ALL ABOUT MAN now.

  • It's all about programs to make it fun and effortless for man to go to church. He tells us that if He isn't first in our lives above all else, then we aren't worthy to follow Him. He is worthy of all our effort!
  • It's about making man as comfortable as possible so we aren't too put out about coming "to worship". First century Christians sat on dirt and rock outside without protection from the weather for the honor of hearing His words. Comfort and ease are condemned in the Word of God as sinful living and that's what we promote in our churches.
  • Let's even serve food and drink to further minister to man's flesh justifying it as a way to entice him to "church" - even have it in the sanctuary where we are supposedly there to worship and encounter the Most High God of the Universe. No wonder He doesn't "show up" in His precious manifested presence - people would spill their hot coffee and burn themselves!
  • We aren't giving the unvarnished Word of God with the power of salvation that our consciences might be convicted and we repent and live righteously.
  • The message that is to convict and instruct us to godly life now is entertainment both in music, dramas and message, preaching permission from man to violate God's laws just so our flesh can be happy for a season - lying to us that this way of life won't send us to hell eternally.
  • Others do our singing for us when the Word of God says all Christians are to "sing and make melody to God" from our hearts. That's not just "singing", but from our hearts! Those who worship Him must worship "in spirit and in truth".
  • In many assemblies we even suffer permanent hearing loss under the idiotic false belief that "louder is holier". God told us to take care of the temple (which now is our physical bodies), so it isn't ok with Him that His people are permanently damaged under the guise of "worship".
  • We don't need "song leaders". We need people who actually worship "in spirit and in truth" and help lead us into the holy presence of Almighty God. And just calling oneself a "praise and worship leader" doesn't mean anything.
  • Even the salvation message has been perverted to be all about us rather than all about God and His love, faithfulness, mercy and righteousness.
Is your "worship" worth anything at all or are you just fooling yourself? You aren't fooling God. He will not be mocked. Put nothing into your worship and you will get nothing out of it. Live this life to please yourself and you are not pleasing the judge who will determine your eternal destination one day not so far off. Is it really in your best interest to sit under teachers you have accumulated to "tickle your ears" and say what you want to hear and spend eternity burning in hell away from our beloved God? The choice is yours alone. If you aren't going to get real in your Christian walk and fully give your life to Him, there's no point in your "going to church" and giving those mockeries of "churches" your money. Might as well stay home and spend it on yourself because being part of such churches has no connection with eternal life with God through Jesus Christ who thought YOU were worth HIS EFFORT!

Stop being a hypocrite. Either truly repent of your sins with your whole heart and give your life to God through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and obey His Holy Word or don't and stop thinking you can pretend your way into heaven while the fake Christianity you support sends countless souls to hell.

NOTE: I just want to thank the few of you who take a moment to post me and give you a giant hug! It means so much to me and THANK YOU and God bless you and yours an extra portion!

Today I'm giving you the next of a dozen beautiful Pattern Overlays. Each day I'm giving you a different overlay to download, but the preview picture will stay the same to save time and space. The papers in the preview give you some ideas of what you can do with them. Click image to enlarge. Here are some possibilities:

1. Use as an overlay and change the blend modes and
opacity.

2. Select the black or white areas of the overlay and
make a layer of it then, clip a paper of your choice to it.
You can put a different paper under it and play with
blend modes.

3. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
then fill with a different color, pattern or gradient.

4. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
make a layer of it, then apply a layer style to it.
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.
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I had a preacher share this story with the congregation:

The preacher went to have dinner at a member's home. She was making a ham. She cut the end off it and put it in a small pan along side the large ham in it's pan to cook. When he asked her why she did that she responded that she didn't know, her mother had always done it like that.

He asked the mother why she had done that. She said because she had a small oven and couldn't fit the whole ham in it. The daughter's oven was plenty large. She'd just never examined her reasons for doing this which she believed to be necessary and "the right way to do it".

This should speak to those of us who have been "in church" all our lives. It is human to think that just because "it's always been done this way" or our ancestors did it this way, that it MUST BE DONE THIS WAY. Churches have split over such conflicts. A shameful thing to God.

Let's remember that all things in our lives are only to please our Creator and Savior. Let's return to that mindset and check His Holy Word in the Bible to see how HE WANTS THINGS and submit and adjust our beliefs to His Word. After all, if we aren't living to please Him, we won't!

Today I'm giving you the next of a dozen beautiful Pattern Overlays. Each day I'm giving you a different overlay to download, but the preview picture will stay the same to save time and space. The papers in the preview give you some ideas of what you can do with them. Click image to enlarge. Here are some possibilities:

1. Use as an overlay and change the blend modes and
opacity.

2. Select the black or white areas of the overlay and
make a layer of it then, clip a paper of your choice to it.
You can put a different paper under it and play with
blend modes.

3. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
then fill with a different color, pattern or gradient.

4. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
make a layer of it, then apply a layer style to it.
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.
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Again I want to remind you of the children's game of telephone. One child whispers a message to the child next to them and it get's passed around the room. The last child shares what they were told and compared to what the first child said, there is a lot of variation. It's a funny game, but not good in matters of importance. We wouldn't want our national leaders playing this game with decisions of importance. Surely our eternal destinations are too important to allow this principle, so those who want to be sure to be most pleasing to our Lord, with the Day of Judgment in mind, look to the first century Christian church for our example of all things He wanted in His church. Those who were in charge of the first century Christian church had sat at His feet and heard His instructions personally. All matters should be checked with this example as we seek what's of God and what's of man.

Let's use that example to test things we may believe are how church must be, simply because that's how it was when we were little or how our grandparents did it. I'm NOT saying that everything I'm listing is WRONG and offensive to God, only that they are not God's commands and so are not binding on Christians and any who think these are a MUST should re-examine the scriptures. These are NOT necessary to "have church" according to God Himself:

  1. The idea there is something special about the building itself is not in the New Testament. They met from house to house, along rivers, in catacombs, wherever they could. The "church" is the people of God, not a building.
  2. The order of when things are done in a service is not in the New Testament. It is man made. The Bible gives us a list of things that were done in worship services when they gathered together, but no order they had to be done in.
  3. Stained glass windows are not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  4. Statues (of apostles, Mary, Jesus, etc.) - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches. There is a lot of teaching in the Bible against such for God's people.
  5. Steeples atop church buildings are not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  6. Church bells - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  7. Organs - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  8. Pianos - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  9. Choirs that sing while the assembly listens - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  10. Robes for preachers and/or choirs - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches. There is actually teaching against elevating one Christian over another and how our goal is to be least of all and servant of all and to avoid pride and arrogance at all costs.
  11. Silver or gold offering plates and communion trays - not in the New Testament. Man added them to "improve" God's original Christian churches.
  12. That we must spend a fortune of God's money on a fancy church building "to honor Him". That is NOT GOD. Remember, He was fine with no trappings at all, meeting from home to home, along rivers, in catacombs, etc. He commanded His money to be used to further the gospel, to save souls, not to make opulent palaces where Christians can dress up and come fall asleep during sermons! We are accountable for how we use His money - that should makes us tremble!
The next time you hear someone trying to impose on another what MUST BE in a Christian church and HOW it MUST BE DONE, check your Bible and see what God Almighty says about HIS CHURCH. I pray every Christian is clear on the fact that once we gave our lives to God, our answer to Him is ALWAYS "YES" no matter what we previously thought or wanted. It's not about us, it's ALL about HIM! To God be the glory forever and ever, AMEN!

Today I'm giving you the next of a dozen beautiful Pattern Overlays. Each day I'm giving you a different overlay to download, but the preview picture will stay the same to save time and space. The papers in the preview give you some ideas of what you can do with them. Click image to enlarge. Here are some possibilities:

1. Use as an overlay and change the blend modes and
opacity.

2. Select the black or white areas of the overlay and
make a layer of it then, clip a paper of your choice to it.
You can put a different paper under it and play with
blend modes.

3. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
then fill with a different color, pattern or gradient.

4. Select the black or white area of the overlay and
make a layer of it, then apply a layer style to it.
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.
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Happy Valentines Day! Our minds turn to thoughts of love and romance and maybe that "special" gift from our certain someone. Our dreams are so glorious! Most of us spend most of our Valentine's Days really let down because life just doesn't always work out the way we wish it would. As long as our dreams of love and romance depend on another person's participation, we can pretty well figure we are going to be let down most of the time, because - we are all just human.

Have you ever considered that you might be looking for love and romance in the wrong place? How about if there were a completely risk free way to have our dreams of loving another and being loved in return come true - forever?! No need to fear rejection or that we will be let down or taken advantage of.

There is one who declared His love for you before He even created the world you are living in. He actually fashioned this entire world just to give to you, that you might have all you need. He didn't buy you a bouquet of flowers that soon die, He filled the world with countless varieties of them in a never ending supply for you! He didn't write you a sonnet that lasts for a few minutes, He filled nature with the music of birds songs and flowing waters - for you! He didn't buy you a dinner and a box of candy, but filled the world with good things to eat - for you! He didn't paint a painting for you, He has painted the skies every morning and every night since your birth, to give you pleasure! He didn't give you a puppy with a bow on it's neck, He created countless creatures to be your companions and bring you love and joy!

It's a done deal. He cannot disappoint you or let you down, because it's all completed already. He filled this created world with nothing but magnificent declarations of His undying love for YOU! He wants nothing more than an intimate love relationship with you, right here in this life and even more in the next!

He is holy and those who are to be with Him must be holy too. He knew mankind would sin and fall from grace, spiritually separating us from our loving Creator who had done all this, made all this, only so He could love us and we would love Him in return. He knew we would need a way back to Him. He designed a way for us to be restored to grace so we could again be His children and fellowship with Him eternally.

He designed this plan in such a way to fully demonstrate His love for us for all time. He would give us laws to teach us good from evil so we would have the chance to choose between them. He taught us about Himself through the prophets and patriarchs of old, and later by His apostles, so that we would understand that He is holy and righteous and pure. This served to teach us how evil sin is and how we are to strive to be holy and righteous like our Heavenly Father to fellowship with Him and have happy lives.

To demonstrate to us how evil sin is, He gave the law that without the shedding of blood, the source of life, there is no forgiveness of sin. He had them sacrifice animals to repent of their sins and have them rolled ahead for one more year, but not forgiven, because the blood of animals isn't holy.

Then at the right time, He gave His only begotten Son to be born of a virgin. Jesus willingly left heaven and the Creator took on the form of the created. Fully God and fully man. He lived among us to teach us and show us God and the way back to Him, and lovingly tell us the penalty awaiting us if we don't. He was in all ways tempted as we are so that He could be the perfect High Priest for us, compassionate because He too has experienced it all like us. He lived His life without sin, and willingly gave His own life on the cross to be the perfect blood sacrifice for mankind's sins, once forever.

I've heard people speak of what a horrible god our God must be to require the brutal and bloody death of His own son. Ahhh...but look at it correctly, it is as you have read here, all a plan from before there was time to show us how evil and harmful sin is and HOW MUCH HE LOVES US! Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is the greatest demonstration of love for us that is possible. The greatest gift of love there ever could be. A wooing that began before creation and continues today as He knocks at the door of your heart, an Ardent Lover pleading for you to accept His free gift of love - salvation - and ask Him to come in to your life and your heart and fellowship with Him!

Isn't that just fantastic? This is love that cannot fail you! This is TRUE love! Love that does not change when you grow old, when you fail, when you are sick or injured - love sealed with His own blood for eternity! But you say, I'm lonely here and now. I need a mate to hold and love, one that I can see and feel. I don't mean to propose that you not meet and marry here, that is God's plan for most of us and it is good. I'm just saying that in your often painful search for love, realize that you can have all that here and now with the only one who will fully and permanently love you and never reject you as long as you don't leave Him. When you have taken Jesus as your Savior and are also filled with the Holy Spirit, seeking Him with all your heart, you will find that there can be such intimacy with Him, even the ability to physically sense Him, that He can very truly be with you here, in this life as well as eternally. He is the true Lover of your soul. Happy Valentines Day!

Today's freebie is a valentine in the truest sense of the term that I gave here last year. It's all about God showing His immeasurable love for us through the gift of Jesus on the cross, His blood that bought the new covenant of grace for us in God's Word. The hearts mingling with His blood remind us that it was only love holding Him on that cross. The mourning dove in my back yard represents the precious Holy Spirit He has given to us as our Comforter and Teacher. You get a 12x12 overlay and I thought you might also like the finished jpg with a dove in it. Today's freebie is part two of a two page layout.

If you download, leave me some love at the bottom of the post and God bless your use of it!
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!
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Valentine Time has almost every Valentine gift I gave you last year plus a bunch more really special new stuff - 54 pieces in all! This kit even includes two hybrid heart boxes I gave away last year, luscious velvet, sumptuous chocolates, very special word arts, a QP, beads and the very popular Love Bears. The complete list of contents is below. Click image to enlarge. Click Buy It Now button below the image to purchase for $3.99 at my PayPal store. As always I've got a freebie ad on gift for you today.







Valentine Time has 54 pieces:

2 Hybrid Heart Boxes to Make
1 Bead Heart Word Art
12” Velvet Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon Bow
Velvet Ribbon Swirl
2 Large Chocolate Clusters
12 papers including:
4 Chocolate Papers
2 Hearts Paper
4 Tinsel Papers
1 Chocolates Overlay
3 Rose Petal Clusters
4 White Angels
1 12” Overlay
1 Word Art Frame
2 Word Arts
1 Shoe
2 Hearts
1 Doilie Heart
1 Heart Box
1 Transparent Heart
1 Marbled Heart
1 Feather Heart
1 Feather Butterfly
2 Heart Boxes
1 Love Bear QP
1 Bear Frame
1 Bear
1 Pair of Bears
2 Wrinkled Paper Birds
1 Wrinkled Paper Heart
1 Multi-Colored Transparent Heart
6 Embossed Hearts - 2 to recolor

The bow under my Bottle Caps was by The Scrappin Cop and I gave it away in 2009.

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Happy Valentines Day! Our minds turn to thoughts of love and romance and maybe that "special" gift from our certain someone. Our dreams are so glorious! Most of us spend most of our Valentine's Days really let down because life just doesn't always work out the way we wish it would. As long as our dreams of love and romance depend on another person's participation, we can pretty well figure we are going to be let down most of the time, because - we are all just human.

Have you ever considered that you might be looking for love and romance in the wrong place? How about if there were a completely risk free way to have our dreams of loving another and being loved in return come true - forever?! No need to fear rejection or that we will be let down or taken advantage of.

There is one who declared His love for you before He even created the world you are living in. He actually fashioned this entire world just to give to you, that you might have all you need. He didn't buy you a bouquet of flowers that soon die, He filled the world with countless varieties of them in a never ending supply for you! He didn't write you a sonnet that lasts for a few minutes, He filled nature with the music of birds songs and flowing waters - for you! He didn't buy you a dinner and a box of candy, but filled the world with good things to eat - for you! He didn't paint a painting for you, He has painted the skies every morning and every night since your birth, to give you pleasure! He didn't give you a puppy with a bow on it's neck, He created countless creatures to be your companions and bring you love and joy!

It's a done deal. He cannot disappoint you or let you down, because it's all completed already. He filled this created world with nothing but magnificent declarations of His undying love for YOU! He wants nothing more than an intimate love relationship with you, right here in this life and even more in the next!

He is holy and those who are to be with Him must be holy too. He knew mankind would sin and fall from grace, spiritually separating us from our loving Creator who had done all this, made all this, only so He could love us and we would love Him in return. He knew we would need a way back to Him. He designed a way for us to be restored to grace so we could again be His children and fellowship with Him eternally.

He designed this plan in such a way to fully demonstrate His love for us for all time. He would give us laws to teach us good from evil so we would have the chance to choose between them. He taught us about Himself through the prophets and patriarchs of old, and later by His apostles, so that we would understand that He is holy and righteous and pure. This served to teach us how evil sin is and how we are to strive to be holy and righteous like our Heavenly Father to fellowship with Him and have happy lives.

To demonstrate to us how evil sin is, He gave the law that without the shedding of blood, the source of life, there is no forgiveness of sin. He had them sacrifice animals to repent of their sins and have them rolled ahead for one more year, but not forgiven, because the blood of animals isn't holy.

Then at the right time, He gave His only begotten Son to be born of a virgin. Jesus willingly left heaven and the Creator took on the form of the created. Fully God and fully man. He lived among us to teach us and show us God and the way back to Him, and lovingly tell us the penalty awaiting us if we don't. He was in all ways tempted as we are so that He could be the perfect High Priest for us, compassionate because He too has experienced it all like us. He lived His life without sin, and willingly gave His own life on the cross to be the perfect blood sacrifice for mankind's sins, once forever.

I've heard people speak of what a horrible god our God must be to require the brutal and bloody death of His own son. Ahhh...but look at it correctly, it is as you have read here, all a plan from before there was time to show us how evil and harmful sin is and HOW MUCH HE LOVES US! Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is the greatest demonstration of love for us that is possible. The greatest gift of love there ever could be. A wooing that began before creation and continues today as He knocks at the door of your heart, an Ardent Lover pleading for you to accept His free gift of love - salvation - and ask Him to come in to your life and your heart and fellowship with Him!

Isn't that just fantastic? This is love that cannot fail you! This is TRUE love! Love that does not change when you grow old, when you fail, when you are sick or injured - love sealed with His own blood for eternity! But you say, I'm lonely here and now. I need a mate to hold and love, one that I can see and feel. I don't mean to propose that you not meet and marry here, that is God's plan for most of us and it is good. I'm just saying that in your often painful search for love, realize that you can have all that here and now with the only one who will fully and permanently love you and never reject you as long as you don't leave Him. When you have taken Jesus as your Savior and are also filled with the Holy Spirit, seeking Him with all your heart, you will find that there can be such intimacy with Him, even the ability to physically sense Him, that He can very truly be with you here, in this life as well as eternally. He is the true Lover of your soul. Happy Valentines Day!

Today's freebie is a valentine in the truest sense of the term that I gave here last year. It's all about God showing His immeasurable love for us through the gift of Jesus on the cross, His blood that bought the new covenant of grace for us in God's Word. The hearts mingling with His blood remind us that it was only love holding Him on that cross. The mourning dove in my back yard represents the precious Holy Spirit He has given to us as our Comforter and Teacher. You get a 12x12 overlay and I thought you might also like the finished jpg with a dove in it. Today's freebie is part two of a two page layout.

If you download, leave me some love at the bottom of the post and God bless your use of it!
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