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The Lord doesn't always speak in an audible voice, but often in nudges, moving the heart.
The Lord is a gentleman. He is patient. He is longsuffering

He often remains silent, while we are speaking, but He will not remain silent forever.
He can be grieved and quenched when we refuse His message.

When nothing else works to get our attention,
then He may allow "...the pestilence that walketh in darkness;..."
to come into our lives to urge us to "...abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

When He gets our attention, and we begin to cry, "Daddy, save me," (Romans 8:15, KJV)
then "...I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

These selections come from Psalm 91. Many times my thoughts return to my childhood
with the reading of this psalm. When I was a little boy, I was wont to hide behind
my earthly daddy when dangerous or unfamiliar situations arose in my life.
My Daddy on earth was much bigger and much stronger than I was.

How much greater, today, as a grown man, that I can look to my Heavenly Father,
Who is infinitely bigger and stronger than my earthly father ever was.

As children, we were very good at "reading" our parents.
They gave us certain looks, which told us how to act without ever speaking words.
"You better not speak right now. I am so angry about what you have done."
"I love you, Dear One. Come here. Let me give you a hug."
Myriad were the looks in between these two extremes on the continuum.

The Lord in like manner says, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.
" (Psalm 32:8, KJV)

Earthly parents would often touch us on the shoulder in public,
especially when we were "acting up." When our eyes met,
they would simply hold up one index finger, waving it back and forth.
This meant, "Stop! Think about what you are doing!
Change your behavior before the hand of judgment falls on the seat of knowledge!

Of course, at other times a big, strong, gentle arm would wrap slowly around our chests,
drawing us back to them in a warm embrace, simply meaning, "I love you,...just because."

The Lord in His inimitable ways gives us His Own Divine Nudges.
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July 20, 2020 at 11:04pm
July 20, 2020 at 11:04pm
"Prompt: Psalm 15:2-5 says 'Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking truth from sincere hearts, those who refuse to gossip, or harm their neighbors, or speak evil of their friends. Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts, Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.

Can anybody do these things? If so how? If not, why not?'"


Let's review. What's at stake here?

1. "Lead blameless lives,"
2. "Do what is right,"
3. "Speak the truth, sincerely,"
4. "Refuse to gossip,"
5. "Refuse to harm neighbors,"
6. "Refuse to speak evil of friends,"
7. "Despise flagrant sinners,"
8. "Honor faithful followers of the Lord,"
9. "Keep promises, even when it hurts,"
10. "Lend money without charging interest,"
11. "Won't lie about the innocent for any price."

"These are true people, who stand, no matter what, and no matter how long."

The strength to stand forever comes from a consistent lifestyle. Christians are not required to be perfect, but it should be obvious, that we are Christians, who desire to be in agreement with "Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of our faith." Jesus Himself said, "By their fruit, you shall know them." Fruit trees create fruit, but every year the fruit is unique to the year. Some years there is an abundance of quality fruit. Other years the fruit is minimal or even sickly, but it is the fruit, that can be recognized as belonging to that particular tree. Apples denote apple trees. Oranges denote orange trees. Pears denote pear tree, and so on. The fruit of a Christian (Galatians 5:22-23) denotes the existence of a Christian.

"People, who stand firm forever" care about their actions, and how their actions reflect on their profession of being followers of Jesus Christ. This is found in numbers 1, 2, 5, and 9 in the list above. Though every honest Christian will admit to being terribly imperfect, having moments in life when blame was a shameful reality to their existence, that same Christian will, also, admit to desiring to make every one of these faults right, again, for the preserving of their testimony and the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

In other words, "people, who stand firm forever," can't stand sin, and do not stand in sin for any length of time, without trying to restore an innocent standing before the Lord and before the world, when and where he or she can. Again, a true Christian readily admits, that his or her right standing before the Lord and before the world is based on the merits of Another, the very Living Son of God, not on their own merits. "Leading blameless lives," lives in tandem with the confessing of sins and rejecting those very sins, as a way of life.

"People, who stand firm forever" care about their tongues, and how their tongues reflect on their profession of being followers of Jesus Christ. This is found in numbers 3, 4, 6, and 11 in the list above. Though every honest Christian will admit to being terribly imperfect, regarding the words, that come out of their mouths, and that they have moments in life when their tongues have shamefully lit fires, that have destroyed friendships, losing relationships, that are now seemingly unfixable, that same Christian will, also, admit to desiring to make every one of these "slips-of-the-tongue" right, again, for the preserving of their testimony and for preserving the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

"People, who stand firm forever" care about their associations, and how their associations reflect on their profession of being followers of Jesus Christ. This is found in numbers 7, and 8 in the list above. Though every honest Christian will admit to being terribly imperfect, having moments in life when he or she has been unwise in the choice of his or her friendships, that same Christian will, also, admit to desiring to improve their friendships, for the preserving of their testimony and for the preserving the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

"People, who stand firm forever" care about the they treat others, especially those, who come to them for help, and how their treatment of others reflects on their profession of being followers of Jesus Christ. This is found in number 10 in the list above. Though every honest Christian will admit to being terribly imperfect, having moments in life when he or she has not treated others well, that same Christian will, also, admit to desiring to improve the consistency of their treatment of others, for the preserving of their testimony and for the preserving the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

Can anybody do these things? If so how? If not, why not?'"

The Bottom Line Answer is "No" at the most basic level since only Jesus Himself can live perfectly, doing every one of the things in this list without every having, even one mess-up. However, the Christian is not recognized by his or her perfection in living according to the standards of Christ, but according to his or his desire to live in agreement with Christ, and by noting how that the true Christian lives in a manner, that is more and more like Christ throughout his or her lifetime.

The transformation of the heart of a believer is seen in the transformation of its desires and the honest admission of faults as much as in the good deeds, that come from the transformation of these core characteristics. (Ephesians 2:8-10). "Saved by grace through faith, both of which are the Gift of God, and created unto good works."

An apple tree does not produce apples in order to become an apple tree. An apple tree produces apples because it IS an apple tree.

A Christian does not produce good works in order to become a Christian. A Christian produces good works because that person IS a Christian.

by Jay O'Toole
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July 18, 2020 at 5:53pm
July 18, 2020 at 5:53pm
Prompt: "Psalm 1:1-3 says "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or stand in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers." NIV

In what sense does a righteous person prosper?"

Prosperity for the righteous individual has much to do with perspective,
that is trained on the perspective of the Lord of Glory Himself.

Even Henry David Thoreau got this one right in his book, Walden, originally published in 1854. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Can the Lord show a prophecy through the pen
of a secular writer when He so chooses?
Most definitely.

The Christian prospers in righteous living because he hears the drumbeat of Heaven. The Everlasting Drummer has tuned the Christian's heart to hear this heartbeat of the Lord. (Philippians 2:13)

Prospering in righteous living is similar to the workings of a dog whistle. We, humans, blow the whistle, but we hear nothing since our ears do not have the capacity to hear pitches, that high. Yet, dogs for miles around will come in our direction, barking.

In a similar way,
bats fly in the dark
with pinpoint accuracy,
using sonar.
In actuality,
they "see" with their ears.

Cats hunt at night with deadly ability
because their eyes were created to see
in the lowest amounts of light.

Christians do not prosper in this life because everything in life seems to be going their way from a human perspective. Christians prosper in this life because they see their actions and life choices as they apply the perfect world the Lord has created to exist forever.

That's why it may be asserted, that Watchman Nee, the great evangelist, prospered in righteous living, even though he lived his last 27 years of life in a Chinese prison, dying as an inmate.

That's why we may say, that Richard Wurmbrand could spend 14 years in a Romanian Communist prison, prospering in righteous living.

Many are the martyrs for Christ, (some, who have already died for Christ, and some, who continue to live for Him to this very day,) who give all, and who are unknown to most of the world's population, but who are living prosperously in righteousness because no matter how long we may live on this Earth, the bulk of our existence is always ahead of us in Eternity, either in JOY with Christ or in a disastrous existence without Him.

May you become a righteous person this very day,
if never before,
beginning to prosper in the life,
that is undeterred by the grave.

Rest in Him, today!

by Jay O'Toole
on July 18th, 2020

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July 17, 2020 at 3:40pm
July 17, 2020 at 3:40pm
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
(This is the last sentence of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.)

They gave their last, that the best be ours.
Devotion gave they all.
Their lives remain as lofty towers.
"Live for us!" their call.

They fought to make us truly free.
Their families missed them sore.
Is life today, Yes, all we see,
worth what they gave and bore?

We read the text, "It is for us
to dedicate our lives
to live the task left in our trust,
whose blood before us cries.

We read it more, "These honored dead
have charged us all to stand,
devotion for devotion bled,
resolve we to this Plan.

"These dead shall not have died in vain.
This nation newly birthed
shall be in Freedom, right as rain
as once again in worth.

We live our best unto the last.
"Our Government by Plan
made of and by and for our people.
It shall forever stand.

But when we see them face-to-face
will those, who gave, yet, smile?
Will Joy we have in that fair Place
or live we in denial?

Will the "honored dead" then honor our lives
for how we've kept their trust?
Would they be glad, again, to strive
to give us hope, that's just?

We struggle now upon this sod
as surely as they did.
Our Hope still rests within our God,
results unknown amid.

But one Day soon a shore we'll see
from which we'll ne'er depart.
This Kingdom's led by the Just One, He,
Who bled to save each heart.

by Jay O'Toole
on July 17th, 2020

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July 16, 2020 at 2:31pm
July 16, 2020 at 2:31pm
One of my favorite Christian singers in the 1980s was Carman Licciardello. His stage name was simply, "Carman" for obvious reasons.

Still, Carman has an important impact on our world, even today. For this reason, he has my continued respect.

Carman's style is so creative stylistically, moving easily between Jewish musical stylings, Elvis-impersonations, and his native Italian speaking and singing genres.

Of all the music, that Carman created, my personal favorites are his story songs, like (8:01) "Sunday's on the Way," (19:52) "God Don't Care" and (34:06) "Temptation Boogie" from the album, Sunday's on the Way, produced in 1983. (The numbers are the time-stamps of where to find the song on the YouTube video of the album.)

Carman rendered some great story songs in Rock-a-Billy style on his first few albums. One of my favorites of that genre is "Bethlehem," a Christmas song, and the first cut from the following album, Some-o-dat, from 1982.

Some days it's not about writing.
Some days it's about singing.
Some days the clouds color the thoughts with gray.
Some days the sun petulantly hides behind the clouds,
daring me to dig through to win the game of Hide & Seek.

Some days the Lord Himself seems distant,
toying with my emotions,
daring me to believe in Him,
apparently trying to shake my faith into nothingness.

Oswald Chambers had the classic answer to days like this.

"'There are times,' says Jesus, 'when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things, strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God's Will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.'"

by Jay O'Toole
on July 16th, 2020

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July 15, 2020 at 2:22pm
July 15, 2020 at 2:22pm
Prompt: Additional Christology vs. Incarnate Christology

That Jesus has always existed as Jesus is no stretch of the imagination to me. I cannot comprehend the Triune God as ever being anything other than the Triune God. Duality at the beginning of Eternity, which in all reality has no beginning, nor ending, becoming triality after the Incarnation of Jesus in the manger of Bethlehem has never made logical good sense to me.

"In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."

(John 1:1, KJV)

In this verse "the Word" always means "Jesus," Who is the Logos (aka The Word of God.) I do not have the ability to read this verse without seeing Jesus and the Word of God as being interchangeable, and concurrent.

This understanding of John 1:1 requires that Jesus is seen as being present in Genesis 1:1, and even more than present in Genesis 1:1, Jesus is, in reality, The Creator. This is why my favorite rendering of the Creation Account is found in The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis, who, I believe, has my same understanding of the Person of Jesus Christ.

In The Last Battle Aslan, (the representation of Jesus Himself) is seen to be singing the Creation into existence. Jesus is the Word of God and as the Word of God, He is the musician, who creates by speaking, by singing, by expressing the Truth of Who He is since all of Creation flows out of His very Existence. Those, who do not believe in the Existence of God, do not believe in the existence of themselves, for as all painting flows from the heart and the mind of the painter, all Creation flows from the heart and the mind and the very Being of the Creator.

The Word of God, Jesus, is all over the Torah, the Talmud, and the Writings, which all comprise The Old Testament.

Look for the Angel of Yahweh. There, you will find Jesus.
Look for Melchizedek, the King of Salem. There, you will find Jesus. (Three verses in Genesis become three chapters in the Book of the Hebrews.)
Look for the Great I AM in Exodus 3:14. There, you will find Jesus.

I am inclined to believe, that even Joshua met Jesus once in one of His pre-Incarnate states.

"13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho,
that he lifted up his eyes and looked,
and, behold, there stood a man over against him
with his sword drawn in his hand:
and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him,
Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship,
and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?

15 And the captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua,
Loose thy shoe from off thy foot;
for the place whereon thou standest is holy.

And Joshua did so.
(Joshua 5:13-15, KJV)

The state of being "shoeless" demonstrates reverence and worship, which is something an angel could not allow as seen in Revelation 22:8-9, KJV.

"8And I John saw these things, and heard them.
And when I had heard and seen,
I fell down to worship
before the feet of the angel
which shewed me these things.
9Then saith he unto me,
See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant,
and of thy brethren the prophets,
and of them which keep the sayings of this book:
worship God.

This means, that the angel Joshua met was requiring worship.
Angels do not allow themselves to be worshipped.
God, the Father, and God, the Holy Spirit do not ever show themselves in corporeal fashion throughout the whole of the Scriptures, even though the case for corporeal presentation could be made with The Holy Spirit lighting on Jesus "as a dove" after His baptism in the Jordan River, and when The Father let Moses see His "back parts" from the clift of the rock, during His forty days on the mount in the Book of Exodus 33:17-23, KJV.

"17 And the Lord said unto Moses,
I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken:
for thou hast found grace in my sight,
and I know thee by name.

18 And he said,
I beseech thee,
shew me thy glory.

19 And he said,
I will make all my goodness pass before thee,
and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee;
and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious,
and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20 And he said,
Thou canst not see my face:
for there shall no man see me, and live.

21 And the Lord said,
Behold, there is a place by me,
and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22 And it shall come to pass,
while my glory passeth by,
that I will put thee in a clift of the rock,
and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23 And I will take away mine hand,
and thou shalt see my back parts:
but my face shall not be seen.

I see Jesus all over The Holy Bible. This is so true in my heart, that in at least one of my Bibles many years ago I wrote these words, "The Biography of Jesus Christ," underneath the words, The Holy Bible, on the title page.

If you want to see God, then look for Jesus Christ.

The fact, that The Bible is the biography of Jesus Christ is all summed up in the words of John 14:6-11, KJV.

"6 Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
the truth,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.

7 If ye had known me,
ye should have known my Father also:
and from henceforth ye know him,
and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him,
Lord, show us the Father,
and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him,
Have I been so long time with you,
and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me?
the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:
but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me:
or else believe me for the very works' sake.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the most Unique Person to ever live in Time and in Eternity. Jesus has always been 100% God from the very core of Eternity. When Jesus created a body for Himself from one of Mary's eggs and was placed into her womb through the gracious work of The Holy Spirit, Jesus became, and continues to exist, as 100% Human, while continuing to be 100% God.

No other Person in all of Eternal Existence can claim to be completely God and completely Man, concurrently, with the scientific evidence of His Very Being. This scientific evidence remains a mystery to human beings, who today do not have advanced equipment, which can prove Jesus's very REAL Existence, but when Jesus reveals Himself at the time chosen by His Father, then the scientific evidence will be experienced by all at once. No testing for proof will be required, nor will it even be desired.

"It is a fearful thing
to fall into the hands
of the living God.
(Hebrews 10:31, KJV)

How much better it is to bow the knee,
while Salvation is still being offered.
"9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith,
Whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
(Romans 10:9-13, KJV)

"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:
but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
(Matthew 21:44, KJV)

"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.)
(II Corinthians 6:2, KJV)

"For God says,
At just the right time, I heard you.
On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the 'right time' is now.
Today is the day of salvation.
(II Corinthians 6:2, NLT)

Jesus remains the Sweet Savior of the Resurrection to this very day. He offers His gracious Gift to all, who will look for redemption to "the serpent on the pole.". (Number 21:8)

However, recent events have mixed the fragrances of His concurrent Personality Traits. The hot breath of His Justice is being felt throughout these days of the Coronavirus, while the perfume of His sweet Grace can still be distinguished in the words, "Pay attention. Your Redemption draweth nigh, but only those, who receive My Redemption will be saved."

"13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
(Matthew 7:13-14, KJV)

"13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom
only through the narrow gate.
The highway to hell is broad,
and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.
14 But the gateway to life is very narrow
and the road is difficult,
and only a few ever find it.
(Matthew 7:13-14, NLT)

by Jay O'Toole
on July 15th, 2020

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July 14, 2020 at 11:35pm
July 14, 2020 at 11:35pm
"'And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments: this is the commandment just as you heard it from the beginning-you must walk in it.' 2 John 6

Prompt: What then is love?"

Love is God's Gift to us to see as He sees, to value as He values, and to sacrifice for the betterment of others, who would be our enemies as well as our friends.

I call LOVE, "God's Gift" because no human heart, that has been damaged by Original Sin has the ability to LOVE at all in his or her own strength. This Agapé LOVE, which can only originate in the Heart of the Lord of Glory, God Himself, is so foreign to human nature, that any attempt at trying to speak it is like learning a second language until the spirit of the human has been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb.

We're all familiar with The Love Chapter in I Corinthians 13. The characteristics of Love as found in verses 4 through 7 would be a good meditation, today, as we consider the subject of Love. The following is from the New Living Translation.

"4 Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous
or boastful
or proud
5 or rude.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable,
and it keeps no record of being wronged.
6 It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7 Love never gives up,
never loses faith,
is always hopeful,
and endures through every circumstance.

by Jay O'Toole
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July 13, 2020 at 7:39pm
July 13, 2020 at 7:39pm
"Prompt: Philippians 2:21, paraphrased, 'I will seek your interests, Christ Jesus, rather than my own.'. In today's dog eat dog world, how do we do that?"

Seeking the interests of the Lord Jesus indicates the Presence of the Holy Spirit in one's heart, mind, and life. The answer to today's question comes from an earlier verse in the same chapter.

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
(Philippians 2:13, KJV) This verse I consider to be The Bible's "tuning fork." Piano tuners have gifted ears. They can strike a tuning fork on a solid object, putting it close to the ear to get the frequency firmly ensconced in the mind. Then, he or she will pluck the piano string to identify if the current string frequency is sharper or flatter than the frequency of the tuning fork. The process of striking the tuning fork, listening, and then tightening or loosening the bolt, that holds the piano string, followed by plucking and listening, the whole cycle continues, until the frequency of the tuning fork and the piano string are exactly the same.

In the pre-work of Salvation, the Holy Spirit tugs on the unbelieving heart until the once-unwilling heart becomes willing to have the Holy Spirit in residence within, resurrecting the long-dead spirit to become a new spirit, which is in agreement with the Lord Jesus.

Now, the living spirit inside of the human, who has become a Christian, is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 3:16-17)

In so many ways the human's newly-resurrected spirit is like a piano, which was created but put into storage, until the day of Salvation. Pianos are meant to be played. Lack of use creates dust on the keys and strings, looseness in the strings, and a general state of disrepair. The Holy Spirit has the responsibility of setting the new Christian in order for the Master's use throughout Time and Eternity.

The living "piano" must be dusted, cleaned, and the strings have need of tuning before the sound of the performance meets the exquisite Ear of the Lord of Glory. As the heartstrings of the living "piano" are tightened to be brought in tune by The Holy Spirit of God the line between the will of the Christian and the will of the Lord becomes blurred.

Ask a devoted believer if the choice of some decision in life is the Christian's will or the Lord's Will, and the answer will be notably, "Yes!" because the truth is, that it has become both the Lord's Will and my will.

by Jay O'Toole
on July 13th, 2020

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July 11, 2020 at 5:44pm
July 11, 2020 at 5:44pm
"Prompt: What do you do to prepare for worship service or for that matter, your day to day activities? How do you invite Jesus into your activities?"

(1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV)
"Pray without ceasing."

Recent days have become so challenging on so many levels, that I am drawn to cry out to the Lord for help, repeatedly.

During the early thoughts of my day, I meditate on the word, "Shalom," asking the Lord to let His Shalom rest upon the various aspects of my life and my world.

Reading God's Word is important to me, but I've realized as I've gotten older, that nourishment from the Word of God usually comes more consistently through the ear gate rather than through the eye gate. Therefore, I have regular YouTube videos to which I listen as I start my day. I listen to the reading of Psalms 23, 27 & 91, the Beatitudes, and whatever daily passage of Scripture I paused at yesterday. (Today, I finished the Book of the Revelation. Tomorrow, I plan to start, again, with Genesis. Alexander Scourby reading the King James Version of the Bible is my go-to on a daily basis. The dramatic version may help some, but his voice and his alone actually sounds like the Word of God, even though his pronunciation of certain words makes me chuckle a bit, since it is different from the pronunciations, that I was reared with.)

I'm learning to speak wise words to myself throughout the day, which makes me know The Holy Spirit is gaining a clearly path to the ears of my heart because I'm listening more.

"Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14, KJV)

by Jay O'Toole
on July 11th, 2020

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July 10, 2020 at 11:47pm
July 10, 2020 at 11:47pm
Stand, adjure you. Stand, and wait
beneath the vaulted ceiling tiles
of clouds in skylight temple state,
whose founding slab flows miles and miles.

Stand, adjure you. Stand, and see
the concrete Word of God it floats
upon th'expanse of air so free,
that wears his Glory like a coat.

Stand, adjure you. Stand, then bow
before the Word, that formed the Earth.
Know the One, Who's ever NOW,
Who offers thee His Blest New Birth.

Stand before the Word as read
to show great honor for Its Truth.
Stand before the Lamb, Who bled,
Who bought redemption in His youth.

Stand, adjure you. Never sit
before the One, Whose living Word
bequeaths you life when preaching It,
receiving Christ, the living Lord.

Stand, adjure you, evermore
as the Word of Christ fills Nature's house,
though limbs grow weak and Strength's own store
may fail to stand before thy Spouse.

Stand, adjure you. Stand with heart.
Stand with spirit. Stand to the core.
Stand when the days of aging start
to cause thee hope from the Final Door.

Stand and pledge allegiance. Faith
will cause thee reverence the Best.
Stand, the Word of God thus saith
"Thy Lord is He, Who beat the test."

Stand, adjure thee. Stand and speak
the word of God, thy weapon real.
Stand before the greatest Meek.
Returns He soon in great Reveal.

Stand before this Word made bone,
Who sits upon His Kingly Throne.
He spoke the Heavens by His Voice,
and made us His by His Own Choice,
the deed, that makes His Realm rejoice
by making His Name known.

Stand, adjure you. Stand so still
the gleam of Earth's own waters shine
to lighten valleys, blaze each hill
by the spoken Word to lives refine.

Stand, adjure you. Read at will,
the Word of God so purely spoke
will captivate each ear to thrill
these burdened ones, the Earthly folk.

Stand adjured and testify,
"The Word of God redeems thy state.
He died, was buried, there to lie,
until the Sunrise very great!

Stand, adjure you, ever stand
before the King, whose Word of Love
doth show His everlasting Plan
to fit thee for His Home Above.

by Jay O'Toole
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July 9, 2020 at 11:56pm
July 9, 2020 at 11:56pm
When a shoulder is the need
wiping tears and souls, that bleed,
give your help in fewer words.
Boundaries need not be blurred.

When the Savior raised His Voice,
"Lazarus, come forth," His choice.
Take His Wisdom as your own.
Here relationships have grown.

Mostly friends need ears, that hear.
That's when counseling is clear.
Have great hope, that you're enough
when your words are few and stuffed.

When your friend needs a guide that's true
more words will be asked of you.
When your friend needs a heart that's blest,
you'll be there in quiet rest.
(Psalm 91:1-2)

by Jay O'Toole
on July 9th, 2020

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July 8, 2020 at 11:55pm
July 8, 2020 at 11:55pm
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22, KJV)

Merry hearts will win the day.
Broken hearts will fall.
Pleasant minds will live okay.
Weary minds appall.

The Hope for living joyous well
is found in Christ, the Lord.
Apart from Him, the end is Hell.
It says so in His Word.

The word is clear 'bout how we're saved.
"Just call on Jesus Christ." (Romans 10:13)
Receive the One, His Road He paved
and paid th'enormous price.

"Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,"
"Know from the heart He raised, again."
You'll be saved without the slightest fuss
for you're someone He came to win.

"9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(Romans 10:9-10, KJV)

by Jay O'Toole
on July 8th, 2020

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July 7, 2020 at 11:32pm
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Rest will come when we relax
before the wondrous Lord.
Effort is a daily tax,
that breezes past the Word.

Rest is what escapes our minds
so often as we live.
Work is worn like horse's blinds
because we know just "give."

Rest will come, a gift from God
when Self no longer rules.
His Hope in Grace we'll e'er applaud,
but Self is slavery cruel.

To rest and list for His great Heart
is harder than it seems
for rest rejects the selfish part
and floats as He redeems.

The hardest part of resting
is the trying to make it start,
but trying is resisting
what we cannot grasp as smart.

This resting is the trusting
in Someone outside of me,
that keeps my resting soul from rusting
in what I can see.

So, what is rest?
It is a test
to see if I'll give up.
That seems quite cruel
to give me gruel
upon which I might sup.

But while I fly by my own wings
I miss the aeroplane, which brings
me some place without my deed.

A train, a car, an aeroplane
all have the restful berth.
I need get on, clear sky or rain,
relaxing to know worth.

The sunset will demand no fare
to those, who sit and see
the rest He offers through a stare
to weary souls like me.

by Jay O'Toole
on July 7th, 2020

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July 6, 2020 at 7:35pm
July 6, 2020 at 7:35pm
Alone within this woven shroud,
reminded of all distant hearts.
I’m near to others in a crowd,
but left as one of many parts.

The laughter serves to make me sad,
cut off from hope and brighter days.
When will the Lord return, so glad,
Embracing healthiest displays?

I breath my carbon dioxide
when oxygen is needed more.
My glazing eyes on the sleepy side,
my Savior’s Hope I do implore.

Alone within this woven shroud,
I give my tears their full release.
My heart these days is fully bowed
in need of the Savior’s bless-ed peace.

by Jay O’Toole
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July 4, 2020 at 6:07pm
July 4, 2020 at 6:07pm
In many ways the Declaration of Independence as written by the Founding Fathers of these United States was a very formal version of a "Dear, John" letter.

I have seen many families in which the irritations of living with other imperfect individuals can be maintained as long as it is kept at the level of "a dull roar," which on a sound scale is nothing more than a 5 or 6 out of 10. (I should know. That was basically my childhood.)

However, it has been my observation, that families break-up when the irritations and down-right rudeness maintains the level of 9 or 10 without any hope of abatement. (This was life in the American colonies in the mid-1700s.)

"The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

This first paragraph of The Declaration basically says, (as best I can understand it, and express in modern words,) "We've decided, and it's time to tell you, 'We're through!' It's time for us to be on our own, but before we leave, we thought we'd do you the courtesy of telling you Why."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --"

The second paragraph is really long. So, I decided to focus on the first few lines, which is the point of our current civil unrest. Here's what we said, and for 244 years the Lord of Glory has been making us "eat our own words." In many ways, we have the same guilt as did King David of ancient Israel after he committed adultery and murder. "Thou are the man!" And none of us have an excuse.

Basically, this is what we said. "This is what we know to be true. All humans are equal. God made us that way. We have the right to life, Liberty, and to find Happiness whenever and wherever we can. Governments are for the purpose of protecting our rights. We, the people, give the Government that right."

The rest of that second paragraph tells the King, "We feel like you're being a big bully, and we don't like it! We've told you time and again to stop being a bully, but you wouldn't listen. We don't have any other choice, but to walk away. The following is a laundry list of all the stuff you've doing to us. This is our formal complaint, that you can no longer deny in the court of public opinion, the world included."

In between the bookends of five large paragraphs, that make it very clear why The Declaration of Independence was necessary for the colonists to write, we find 27 short paragraphs or laundry list items of grievances against the King. Doing my best to summarize, they seem to be saying, "King, we feel like we've been playing a pick-up game of basketball with you, and you keep moving the boundaries in order to make it so only you can win. Then, on top of that, when the game's over, you decide, 'Since I won, you owe me a meal and a place to sleep off the booze.' King, you're eating us out of house and home! You're not very nice! We're done with you! Talk to the hand! 'Bye!"

"In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

Here is my rough translation. "We've asked you to listen. You haven't. You're nothing but a Bully. You don't deserve to lead us free people."

In the second to the last paragraph, the colonists go on to say, "We've tried to have a conversation with the British people. We still consider them to be brothers because we have a common heritage. We've told them, 'We traveled all the way across the Pond to get away from the King's bullying ways, but then he followed us like a clingy love-interest. We've got to do something. Are you going to help us?' Even they wouldn't listen. They wouldn't do anything, so, we have to do something. When the battle comes, we've got to fight against them. Just saying. But when Peace is restored, we'll be ready to be friends, again."

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

This final and rather large paragraph is the ultimate "burning of the bridge" between the Colonies and the British Commonwealth. The following are the concepts listed in order.

1. "We've been given the authority to tell you these things. We're saying them before God and before the people of the United States of America."
2. "We have the right to be Free and Independent States."
3. "We are no longer loyal to the British Crown. Our political connection is over."
4. "We have the right to start and finish wars."
5. "We have the right to make alliances with other nations."
6. "We have the right to establish Commerce (aka The Economy.)"
7. "We have the right to do anything free people have the right to do."
8. "Between ourselves and before God, we're all in, Win or Lose."

The Bottom Line is this. The Creation of The United States of America was a good idea in HIStory, and it remains a good idea, even today, with all the challenges and distresses we are now facing as a country. Our country was started by failed humans, who had many blind spots. Today, we are a country of failed humans with blind spots, but even with all of our bad, there remains so much good in our country.

Yesterday, I was at one of my favorite coffee shops. Just as I got ready to pay for my meal, a dear man of color stepped forward and paid for my meal. As we got to talking, I found out, that he and his family were in town from another part of the state.

He wanted nothing in return. He simply wanted to give me a gift of Grace. I accepted this, and I asked him if he knew Jesus. He and his whole family did.

This is how our country will be restored to unity, harmony, and peace. One person at a time giving another human being the gift of the Love of Jesus, HIStory's Only Messiah.

"19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:
You must all be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
and slow to get angry.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives,
and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,
for it has the power to save your souls.

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word.
You must do what it says.
Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
(James 1:19-22, NLT)

by Jay O'Toole
on July 4th, 2020

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July 3, 2020 at 11:40pm
July 3, 2020 at 11:40pm
Prompt: "Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes
for an instant?
Henry David Thoreau

Other than the movie, Being John Malchovich, this perspective is rarely ever tried, which is why it should probably be tried the oftener.

"1 Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
(Matthew 7:1-5, NLT)

Abstract concepts like this are a real challenge for me. Please, be patient with me as I thrash about in this pool of other-sightedness in search of a little clarity.

People are such complex beings.

People are wired with unique points of view.
People experience unique sets of life experiences.
People are wired with unique taste buds and olfactory organs.

People have unique vocabularies. These vocabularies are so unique, that it is my humble opinion, that not one human vocabulary mirrors the vocabulary of another. Vocabularies are snowflakes. No two are alike. Vocabularies are the compositions of life experiences, parental usage words, friendship usage words, stranger linguistic encounters, the ability to read clearly, (which is an aspect of language acquisition, that is greatly affected by mental-differences such as dyslexia, and interactions with other humans, who have mental-differences, such as strokes, ref. the Jodie Foster movie, Nell,) as well as myriad other anomalies in and around the process of living on Planet, Earth.

People have unique personalities. Again, we are snowflakes. No two personality blends are alike. Only one me has ever lived. Only one you has ever lived. In Genesis 1:26, KJV, we read these words, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." What if the way we've always looked at the "image of God" is terribly minuscule and inaccurate? What if every human being is not the end-all, be-all of the image of God by himself or by herself, though there is merit in seeing the layers of meaning, which abide in this one-to-one correspondence? What if, every human being that has ever been created throughout the entirety of HIStory is necessary as snowflakes or cells to create over the duration of all Time to bring to image a small thumbnail sketch of the vastness of this infinite GOD we are created to love and to serve forever?

For me to see through your eyes, while at the same time you attempt to see through my eyes, appears to me to be a task so daunting as to be similar to requiring an infant to drive a semi tractor-trailer from Miami to Seattle on the day, that he or she is taken home from the hospital after being born a couple of days prior.

How is it possible to grasp the interaction of numbers
like they are so easily seen by the mind of Rain Man?

How can I comprehend the ability to slam dunk a basketball
on the level of Michael Jordan?

How can I understand the inner workings and the tireless strength
of a hero like Harriet Tubman,
who could not rest at peace,
until all other humans could know the peace of freedom,
that she had come to know?

Am I woefully overthinking this subject
as I am wont to do with every other subject I contemplate?
That is quite possible.

Maybe you simply want to know, "if I look through your eyes, will I see the same love from my eyes looking back at me, that I think I am expressing with my non-verbals?"

May the Lord help me to improve every day in the joyful task of showing love to all other humans in my world, He wants to be expressed if we look through His eyes.

by Jay O'Toole
on July 3rd, 2020

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July 2, 2020 at 11:55pm
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"For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
"The Lord says, 'I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
(Psalm 91:11, 14, NLT)

The Lord cares for humans to a greater degree
than many may be willing or able to allow.

"There is so much pain in the world.
Where is God in that, which makes no sense?

"Some people thrive throughout long lives.
Some people perish in poverty at the hands of weather devastation.
Many of these are children, who never reach adulthood.
How can a 'loving God' be so capricious?

The leadership and the protection of the Lord
are consistently incomprehensible to the limited perspective
of the human viewpoint.

There has been devastation throughout HIStory.
Some humans seem to live charmed lives of great success to a ripe old age.
Some humans never make it out of the womb.
Some humans live their whole lives in poverty, even ones, who love the Lord of Glory.
Some humans die at the hands of persecutors because they love Jesus of Nazareth,
the world's only Messiah, the Savior of the cross, the garden tomb, and the resurrection.

Some dear young sisters,
like Rachel Joy Scott and Cassie Barnall die,
facing their executioners,
never denying the Lord,
Who saved their very beings.
These great martyrs were not saved from death.
They were saved through death.
Myriad is the congregation from around the world,
and throughout HIStory,
who share their condition and their glory.

Let's let this great hymn, "God Leads Us Along",
be an encouragement to both of our hearts this very day.

"Verse #1: In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet
God leads His dear children along
Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary one's feet
God leads His dear children along

Chorus: Some through the waters, some through the flood
Some through the fire, but all through the blood
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long

Verse #2: Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright
God leads His dear children along
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night
God leads His dear children along

Verse #3: Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose
God leads His dear children along
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes
God leads His dear children along

Verse #4: Away from the mire, and away from the clay
God leads His dear children along
Away up in glory, eternity's day
God leads His dear children along

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Burgess / Krogstad / G.A. Young
God Leads Us Along lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

by Jay O'Toole
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July 1, 2020 at 3:37pm
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"1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
(Selections from Psalm 139, NKJV)

Psalm 139 is such a HUGE passage of Scripture,
that it is hard for me to narrow it down to a thought
to be contemplated at this moment in time.

Verses one through five, in the selections I have chosen,
talk about all the ways, that God knows each of us intimately.
This is followed by the exclamation in verse #6,
"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me."
The last half of the verse, "It is high, I cannot attain it,"
is a Hebrew device, that emphasizes a thought
by saying it twice in different words.

Verse #17 repeats the concept of verses 1-5.
"How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!"
"Precious" is "highly valued because they are rare, like precious metals."
God knows what everyone is doing all the time because he is omniscient,
but He thinks about, contemplates, and spends time mulling over the situations
of those, He has personally chosen to belong to Himself.

We each know our responsibility to care for the needs of Humanity,
but there is an extra special level of care we reserve for those individuals,
who are the nearest and dearest to our hearts.
It should not seem strange, that God is like that, too.

As he finishes this great psalm, the writer
prays one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart...
And lead me in the way everlasting.

We have need of HOPE.

The only way Hope can be placed in our hearts
is for the One, Who knows us better than we know ourselves,
to take inventory of each individual heart,
shining the Light of Truth into every crevice,
showing us how only He can change the heart for the better,
desiring above all else, that The Lord would
lead us along His Holy, Righteous, Everlasting Way (path, or road.)

Life is dangerous. I need HOPE in God.
Life is lonely. I need to be secure in God.
Life is uncertain. I need the sure Foundation in God.
Life is full of doubt. I need assurance in God.
Life is not livable without the Hand of God upon my life.

May the Lord make His Presence known in each of our lives this very day.

by Jay O'Toole
on July 1st, 2020

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June 30, 2020 at 4:32pm
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The flowers show a daily glow,
unique to them from God, I trow.
Their silent beauty's on display
forevermore from day to day.

That wisdom blooms from flowers grown
is daily seen as truth is shown.
They smile and turn each face above
to worship one, Who's core is Love.

Though speak they not, the flowers wait,
receive their needs, both small and great.
They do what little flowers do.
They tell of grace by living true.

by Jay O'Toole
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June 29, 2020 at 3:43pm
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"History merely repeats itself.
It has all been done before.
Nothing under the sun is truly new.
(Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT)

"The news media are NOT you're friends.". Isn't that the truth! I totally agree. For my part, I have considered the news media to be little more than an audio-visual version of the newspaper's Op-Ed (aka "Opinion-Editorial") page for many years. Frankly, I'm not sure it's possible for a human being to be completely unbiased when reporting what is happening in the world. The individual's perspective tints everything he or she sees and believes about pretty much everything.

Humans start out as babies. "Everything revolves around me!"

We grow through the stages of sitting up,
the elementary and high school years,
the college years,
the career,
old age,
and finally death.

"Everybody, who agrees with me, is good.
Everybody, who disagrees with me, is bad.

Children, who care for other children,
seem to populate caring professions throughout life.

Children, who bully other children,
seem to be the same ones,
who force their opinions on others throughout life.

The news media can be a great tool for helping others
or for creating automatons led by those with a lust for power.

This is why I've spent much of my adult life getting the news by "word of mouth." If everybody's talking about it, then maybe I should do some research into its validity. If it's mentioned once or twice, and not much else is said about it, then it is nothing more than "hot air" or a "wind of change."

About four months ago, I started hearing about "COVID-19." After a little research and after feeling the effects on my freedom of movement, I determined, that "COVID-19 is a thing."

When social injustice was compounded by social unrest, and both were followed by local protests and local prayer meetings for God's help over the greatness of these issues, I've realized the wisdom of keeping the state of my city, state, nation, and world, prayerfully on my heart.

"History merely repeats itself.
It has all been done before.
Nothing under the sun is truly new.
(Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT)

Ancient cultures had to deal with climate change
and its consequent weather issues.
Ancient cultures had to deal with social issues.
Ancient cultures blamed the gods for all the problems of Society.
Those in ancient culture, who didn't believe in gods,
blamed other people,
who were different from themselves
for all the problems of Society.

Sadly, the perspective "I'm always right!" is the foundation of the problems of Society.
"...every man did that which was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21:25, KJV) This was written hundreds of years before Jesus of Nazareth was born.

This just goes to show you, that humans are pretty much the same, today, as we were when we first sinned in the Garden of Eden. What I know to be true is at least as reliable as what "the talking heads" on the Big news channels are telling me is true.

If someone shows me a hurricane is headed my way, then I'll pray, and prepare, (usually praying and preparing at the same time,) my property and my house to the best of my ability, leaving to drive further inland, if that becomes the highest point of wisdom.

Bottom Line: I do not need a newscast to give me a daily dose of depression and sadness. There are way too many individuals in my life, who seem to consider it their personal mission to speak these words one-on-one to me in my personal life.

However, there is the God of Heaven, Who still controls life on Earth from getting totally out-of-hand. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (Colossians 1:17, KJV)

His Wisdom is the wisdom to which I need to adhere
and where I need to place my focus.

"Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
(Philippians 4:8, KJV)

"Good report" is "news, that really has value."

The Bible has more value than any man-made newscast because I've been reading for years in the Books of Daniel and the Revelation about events, that the world's newscasts are only now starting to report.

Why? Deuteronomy 32:39-40 states the importance
of focusing on God's Word above and beyond all other words.

"39 See now that I, even I, am he,
and there is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal:
neither is there any
that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven,
and say, I live for ever.

by Jay O'Toole
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June 27, 2020 at 1:48pm
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Seeing Jesus face to face
in spirit, mind, and heart
is where my peace can find its place
at ev'ry new day's start.

Waking eyes look up above
to call upon the Lord
in hope of His great lasting Love,
to feast upon His Word.

Walking near or walking far
I see His making Hand,
the forest trees and farthest star,
the myriad grains of sand.

Blowing whispers of the wind
defeat the fears of the day
for words of peace from Him attend
the heart, that will obey.

Standing fast in quiet thoughts
exchange my strength for His.
The days are evil we're so taught,
but Christ, Lord, He lives!

by Jay O'Toole
on June 27th, 2020

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