KEEPING IT SIMPLE

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The simplicity of the Gospel often boggles the mind.  We are expected to believe something extraordinary – inconceivable – impossible.  We delude ourselves into thinking there has to be more to it than just a childlike faith, but the truth is that God in His infinite wisdom laid out His plan for humanity so many years ago – simply.  Even His holy Word was written for everyone to understand through faith.  You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to study the Bible.  You simply have to have an accepting heart.

We were created by Him – we need His divine intervention because we were corrupted by the devil – He loves us so much that He came to us in human flesh to teach, admonish and die for us – He rose from death showing His power over it – He returned to heaven to prepare a perfect place for us to spend eternity with Him.

Too simple, some might say.  There has to be more to the story than that.  Isn’t there something we should be doing to speed up the process – to help God along with the work that needs to be done – to work our way into heaven?

It’s not about us.  It’s about the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent Creator of heaven and earth.  When human reason gets in the way it gets complicated.  We cannot even begin to understand what God has in mind for us.  All we can do is believe that He has our best interests at heart.  He loves us with a love that is beyond comprehension.  He designed us perfectly, but because of man’s desire to be on an even keel with Him, reason got in the way of that perfection.

Often, when we start to search the scriptures with the intent of becoming wise, our heads get too big and we become like the Pharisees.  We think that the more brainy we become; the more intellect we gain through our own doing; the more godlike we become.

Let’s forget about reason and just accept as children accept what their father tells them is true.  God loves us so much that He put Himself in our place to take our sins to the grave.  We can now rejoice in His salvation.  Very simple – not complicated.

Matthew 18:2-3 

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

 

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FACE TO FACE

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ART & POETRY FROM PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

When we are sad, when our hearts are breaking,

We need to be wrapped in the protection of God’s holy wings,

Each pinion gently lays over us – cuddling and nurturing,

The softness and strength are overwhelming,

He breathes His presence upon us and gives new life,

He speaks and we are comforted,

His touch is gentle yet full of amazing power,

His steadfastness feeds us,

Nourishes our souls,

Guards us from all evil,

His love is unfailing,

A love so great that it’s indescribable,

His compassion is equal to His might,

We will never be alone as long as He is with us,

Whether in hopeless moments or times of joy,

Lord, be in our hearts, minds and understanding.

Be with us in life so that we will know you fully,

When we meet you face to face.

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SKOL VIKINGS

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Up here in Norsekyville, we love our sports teams.  I’ve always admitted to being a Green Bay Packers fan, being the Wisconsin native that I am, but today it’s all about the Vikings.  In a stunning comeback, they had only seconds to go and scored an amazing touchdown flung by Keenan to Diggs and that was it.  What looked like a sure win for the New Orleans Saints took a quick turn.

This year the Super Bowl will be played in Minnesota and wouldn’t it be nice if the home team could be part of the celebration in the new US Bank Stadium?

I couldn’t help but see Facebook light up with the word “SKOL” all over the place and my natural curiosity put me in search of the actual meaning of the word.  The word is defined in the dictionary as a shortened version of the phrase “good health” or used when making a toast.  As I searched further, I discovered that the word originated from the old Norse word skal, which means bowl.  Further investigation led me to this.

Apparently the ancient Vikings (not the over the hill football Vikings) would make a bowl out of a skull obtained in battle (yuck) and drink from it.  My search ended there.

I love doing word research, but this was a bit too graphic for me.  Football often does that to me too.  Last night was an exception however.  It was fun to see this underdog team make such a terrific last minute play which carried them to an outstanding win.  Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is fun.

Skol, Vikings!

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RAGING OR LIFE GIVING WATER

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL T. & KATHY BOECHER©

Churning,

Swirling,

Pulsating,

Driven by the turbulence of energy,

The long, leaf lavished limbs of mature trees,

Undulate under the  rhythm of God’s breath,

Up and down, here and there, tossing, stirring,

His inspiration manifests

In the wind,

In the water,

In the weather,

His Words have been breathed into the pens of men,

He speaks to us through them,

He never grows tired,

Never spent of energy,

Never sleeps,

Breathe life into me, Lord, God,

That my remaining days may be a testimony to you.

 

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THE PROMISED LAND

In April of 1968, I had two toddlers, was a stay at home mom, and was living in small town Wisconsin.  We were far away from the riots  raging in Milwaukee in the sixties, but were well aware of them.  The neighborhood where my husband grew up had turned into a war zone as our nation fought another kind of civil war.

In that year, a popular young minister was doing his best to bridge the chasm of race discrimination, but soon would fall victim to an assassin’s rage.  In a speech delivered shortly before his death, he spoke of making it to the promised land.

This young man, was born in 1929 as Michael King, Jr.  His father, while traveling in Germany five years later, became so inspired by the Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, that he changed his name and that of his five year old son.  Martin, Jr. was a brilliant child and skipped two grades in school, allowing him to enter college at the age of 15.  He never intended to follow the family business and become a preacher, but that is exactly where God led him.

Unfortunately, during his lifetime, the burden of racial tension was still prominent even in the north.  There were segregated areas for blacks to eat. They had to use separate rest rooms.  They were not allowed to stay in white hotels and were sent to the back of the buses and deemed by some as second class citizens.  This was supposed to be over and done with, but the stigma remained.  It was a dark spot in our history and continues in some areas of the country even today.

On April 3rd of 1968, Dr. King spoke to a group of black garbage workers at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis.  In his speech that night, he said,

 “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King was killed by an assassin.  Did he know his death was so close?  Was this a prophetic speech?  I think Dr. King was confident in heaven.  He knew that his life was in danger.  He’d been arrested 30 times in his lifetime.  His cause was not a popular one, yet he continued on in the face of peril.

Getting to the Promised Land happened much sooner than it should have for Martin.  He was only 39 when he died, but the impact he made on America, earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  His name has gone down in history as a great reformer himself and like his namesake, he knew that heaven was his eternal home.

We still live in a world of prejudice and hatred.  I’m afraid this will go on for all time, because the devil enjoys stirring people up and creating a stew of anger, rage and hatred.  The only true peace will come when we reach the Promised Land, not by any of our own doing, but by the grace of a loving God.

 

 

 

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FEARFUL

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I have a fear of heights. I’m also uncomfortable in small spaces. I’ve had dreams about dying on the ocean. These are not unusual phobias, but did you know there is a fear of going to bed? Some people are threatened by the number 8. There is a fear of going to the zoo! There are phobias for hundreds of other things too.

We all suffer from this malady called fear. It’s part of our human nature. Many seek psychiatric help for relief. Some try to overcome fear by doing just the thing they are afraid of in order to overcome it. Others believe they can think their fears away.  Some folks are overcome by their fears and live in fear of their fears happening at any moment.  What a desperate situation to be in.  These fears can be so real, they become a way of life for some.

Some of the fears experienced can be a result of a traumatic life memory, which can trigger a negative feeling and cause the trauma to actually return vividly in their minds.  What are you afraid of? Maybe your life has dealt you a bad hand and you’re facing the loss of a job – a serious health issue – the loss of a loved one – financial ruin.  All of those things strike fear into our minds and the devil knows it.  He loves when bad things happen to us, because it leaves us wide open for his lies.

When God’s children are afraid, they’re told to depend on their heavenly Father for refuge.

Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

What a comfort it is to know that someone else is willing to take that load from us. Fear will never be completely out of our lives until we reach paradise, but when they become unbearable, we know that we can get through them with God’s help.  All things are possible with Him.

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SNOWY DAY

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

 

I never thought of white as my favorite color. All shades of blue and green and some shades of red or brilliant yellow are more my choice. White is the color of milk and those fluffy cumulus clouds that float overhead. You can see white as the background for words and you can even make your teeth whiter if you want to.

I guess the entire color wheel is much more appealing than white – but then again white is the combination of all colors. Without color there would be no white. Without God there would be no color. He is the One who created it. Without God there would be nothing to truly appreciate in this world.  There would be no world.

I need to start appreciating the color white. It looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot of it this winter. Fresh, white snow is falling again. It has washed away all the ugliness from the backyard – all those yellow patches. It has covered the remainder of leaves that fell after the last snowfall. It glistens like a field of diamonds.  Its a good reminder of how God has washed us clean from our sins and made us perfect in His sight.

Thank you, God for WHITE!

 

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