Saturday, August 22, 2015

True and false

When I saw the light hit these golden leaves, they appeared to be suspended by a spider web. I found that a small stem was still connected to a tree. Photoshop covered the stem. These are real leaves but not hanging by a web.

Job 8:13  So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless man shall perish: 
Job 8:14  Whose confidence shall break in sunder, And whose trust is a spider's web. 

These leaves were as I found them. Remember playing the game pick up sticks? The sticks would fall upon each other and you were to pick them up and remove them one at a time without moving the other sticks. It would be difficult to move these leaves without disturbing their surroundings. Our brothers and sisters in Jesus should be so close as this, so that we see and feel the needs of one another.

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 

1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? 
1Jn 3:18  My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth. 

A fearful spider brought close by a magnifying glass? No, it is another photoshop trick. A real spider, but enhanced.

Psa 34:2  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 
Psa 34:3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 
Psa 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 

Gang graffiti marking up a defaced sign. I do not like the rebellious spirit behind those who seek to be together to do bad things. They need Jesus.

Isa 42:6  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 
Isa 42:7  To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 
Isa 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 

An old radio program was called the shadow. "Who knows what secrets lurk in the heart of man? the Shadow knows." This is a man making a shadow puppet. I have heard the enemies of God accusing Christians as being puppets.  In truth we are to be conformed to the image of Jesus christ. 

1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication; 
1Th 4:4  that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 
1Th 4:5  not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God; 
1Th 4:6  that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter: because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. 
1Th 4:7  For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification. 
1Th 4:8  Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man, but God, who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you. 

Now what is this? It is the pot roast that I cooked last night. It is the real thing. You could smell the flavors . A most desirable dish. Come and dine!

2Co 2:15  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 
2Co 2:16  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 

Jesus is life to those who believe in him.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Hidden Revealed

A beaver swims in the shallow water of the second pool at the park. The beavers had been relocated to other ponds and their beaver dam removed, but this one has decided to make this pond his home. 

Christians have a home waiting for them that is promised to the faithful.

Joh 14:2  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 

Heb 11:16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. 

A Native American and his wife met me and he pointed out where two deer were hiding. Can you see the buck? This image was taken with a telephoto lens to make it 4 times closer. Sometimes we must look closely, focusing in on one thing. Every word in the Bible was placed there by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Every word has a meaning from God to us.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

  By enlarging the image a three point buck is revealed.

1Co 4:5  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 

The Indian gentleman pointed out this doe hiding in the brush.

Mat 10:24  The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 
Mat 10:25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 
Mat 10:26  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 
Mat 10:27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

The Giant Mullein plants are dried up making arches or hoops. The devil would have us jumping through his hoops, but we are to follow the path the Lord has revealed to us. A broken weed points to two hurdles. It may require effort on our part but following the Lord reaps eternal rewards.

Mat 4:1  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 
Mat 4:2  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 
Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

The early morning walk revealed an Evening Primrose. The flower closes in the light of the bright sun. The dead flower looks to me like a rocket to be propelled upwards. Are we ready to go up to meet Jesus? We go toward the light of God. Like the primrose we bloom in dark places showing the light of the Lord to a sinful generation.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 
2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 
2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 
2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 

The oak tree reflected in the pool is distorted by the ripples of the water. The Word of God is water that is pure, flowing from the heart of God. False teachers distort the water of the word causing people to doubt the message that Jesus is the Son of God who has come to pay for our sins and He is the way of salvation. Emmanuel, God with us, the hope of glory.

Mat 1:22  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 
Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 

A clever person may speak of things hidden, but of his own imagination. I turned the image of the tree in the pond sideways to reveal a duck. The word of God is not to be made to say something of our imagination. We are to speak the truth in love.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

 God loves you and so do I.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Walking is Wonderful

It was great to walk again with camera at the park. Randy the goose was there with some different geese. They have white faces and yellow orange legs. Canadian geese have black legs. Are these Emperor geese from Alaska?

A squirrel tests his flying ability. I caught him as he was about to jump. Squirrels are born jumpers and climbers. I see them running along the telephone wires and they jump from tree to tree with the greatest ease. I could use some of their boldness. 

Act 4:29  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 
Act 4:30  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 
Act 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 
Act 4:32  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 
Act 4:33  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 

The wild grapes climb the trees. Many of the older trees are covered with them. The birds like the small grapes with their big seeds but they are not good grapes for eating. They remind me of neglect. If not tended too they take over. When we plant grapes we want them to produce good fruit. The LORD wants good fruit from his people.

Isa 5:3  And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 
Isa 5:4  What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 

This wild plant looks like it is covered in frost, but it is just the texture of its leaves. It is summer time with temperatures over 100 degrees. Things are not always as they appear to be.

2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 

Last years trumpet flower. The trumpet vine is poisonous to cattle.

A spent trumpet flower in our summer drought heat. It reminds me of some of the older trumpet players who have lost their wind. I know horn players that are still blowing good music in their 90's. It is a gift from God. Life is a gift.

1Co 14:8  For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 
1Co 14:9  So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. 

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 
1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 
1Co 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 

This morning the water reflected the trees in the second pond. I have seen the water so high that it covered that bridge. The bridge is as a rainbow, a reminder that there will not be another earthly flood. There will be fire. Gays using the rainbow as their symbol are really asking for judgement.

Our nation has become ungodly  and God will judge it as he did his chosen nation Israel. Pray for our nation. We need a godly leader and God fearing people. Repent ye people.

Isa 1:7  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 

The Silver Thistle in its stages of life. God made beautiful things.

My daughter called me out to look at the setting sun. There is smoke in the air from fires.

Mat 16:1  The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 
Mat 16:2  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 
Mat 16:3  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?