REFORMATION FUNNIES

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IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER REFORMATION?

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Originally posted by atimetoshare.me on 10/31/15

Throughout history the world has managed to corrupt everything that comes from God’s Word, the Bible.  This distortion continues today when we hear how many churches have eliminated using the Law of God, because most folks don’t like being told they’re wrong.  Some church bodies have become entertainment centers to make you feel good about yourself.  Still others no longer believe that the Bible is completely true – they pick and choose what connects with them.  Some have become social gathering places only.

During the Renaissance, the leaders of countries and churches were doing much the same thing.  The Church of England was partially formed to fit the lifestyle of a king who wanted to divorce his wife.  The power of the church had tremendous influence.  So much so that they could bring in revenue simply by selling forgiveness of sins through indulgences.  Out of that time came the Protestant Reformation.

Are we there today?  Do our churches still preach the Word of God?  Do we have a right to stand up for the truth or do we simply accept a watered down version of Law and Gospel?

Many are fed up with the corruption in our government.  Maybe we should put as much energy into testing our spiritual guides too.  If the truth is not being taught with Biblical purity, call them on it or find a church that does.

Dear, Jesus, you are the head of the church.  Your Bible is how you communicate with us and I know your words are true.  Keep our churches pure.  Don’t allow the devil and the world to corrupt them.  You alone are the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Keep us steadfast in that truth.  Amen!

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HE SPEAKS AND THE EARTH MELTS

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

“The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.”  Nahum 1:5

Through all our perils, fears and woes, the Lord is there to guide us,

He runs to us when we are crushed and tenderly revives us,

When all the world in sin decays, and burns into the ground,

We still can rest in confidence that God is still around,

The mountains bow before His sight, the hills are in His hands,

Each creature in His path bends low, the desert fills with sands,

The wells dry up and fields grow brown as He consumes it all,

Yet still our God controls His wrath, He’ll never let us fall,

He has the pow’r to wipe us out, His breath is in the wind,

He knows our hearts and all therein, and how to Him we’ve sinned,

But He will never forsake us, He loves us so much more

He wraps His arms so tightly now, and gets right to our core,

Don’t ever forget His power and dont deny his love,

He chooses to protect and give from His throne high above,

He sent His Son to pay the price, His blood was shed for all,

So turn your eyes to God alone, and heed His mighty call.

 

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I WON’T GROW UP!

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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C. S. Lewis

Like Peter Pan, I’ve often thought of myself as the proverbial child.  The thought of growing old was never appealing. Doing childish things wasn’t a choice, it was an obligation.  In so doing, I never really did grow up.  I try finding the joy in the silly things.  I stand tall even when my weary frame is folding.  I put on a happy face when my heart is full of tears.  A Pollyanna sort of philosophy, I guess.  However, aging is truly over-rated.

I was reminded of that yesterday as I had the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal of young actors.  When I revealed my age, there were sighs of wonder and amazement.  How did I live this long?  How could I still be moving on my own effort? It got me thinking about how much I need the energy of young people to keep me energized.

When we reach these elder years of life, it’s easy to sit in a recliner and watch the world slip into oblivion. The road less traveled becomes appealing. The quiet moments and times of solitude are fine for a while, but then what?  More quiet moments, leading to more inactivity, resulting in lack of enthusiasm and zest for living.

I have been “officially retired” for a year now.  It’s easy to see a pattern within my life.  I don’t consider myself to be a workaholic, but I am not one to shirk work either.  I’ve discovered over this past year that I cannot not work.  I was raised with a strong work ethic.  I learned in my marriage that one has to work hard to succeed and survive. I’ve discovered through raising a family, that I’m not the important one in my life and that doesn’t bother me.  I love seeing others flourish and grow.  If I can be an element in that growth, I’ve gained more than they have.

God gives each of us gifts to use throughout our lives – even when we feel we may no longer serve a purpose – even when our bones creak, our voices crack, our skin wrinkles and most of our bulk is now hanging down around  the waist and hips.  As long as we have life – a long as breath is surging through our nostrils – as long as God allows us time on this planet – we have a job to do.

We don’t have to grow up.  Life can be a blast if we allow it to be, or it can become drudgery if we let it.  When we think that way, we need to start thinking like children again.

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SHAKESPEARE FUNNIES

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REFORMATION FUNNIES

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GOALS

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Mondays are great for setting new goals, fulfilling old ones and just starting over.  Maybe you failed at that diet you promised to stay on last week – try again.  I’ve tried this for 75 years and it still doesn’t work.  You may have decided to start something new – like write a novel, an article, a blog, a sentence, a word – do it.  Mondays are like do over days.  Personally I never was very good at to-do lists.  I much prefer the Pink Panther’s rendition.

There’s nothing wrong with setting goals and planning for the future.  In fact, God recommends it.

Luke 14:28 “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

Unfortunately we often fall short of those blueprints and things don’t work out as they should.  That’s where He comes in with His unfailing promise to help.

Proverbs 16:9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Instead of waiting to see if our plans are carried out, it might be good to start with God as the organizer of the plan.  Here’s a list for starting a new week – a new day – or a new way of thinking:

  • Find time to listen to someone.  Get to know them and show them that you’re interested in them.
  • Look for the best in others, even if you don’t always agree.  Try to understand why someone cut you off on the highway, rather than assuming he’s a jerk.
  • Share something – a good book, a funny joke,  smile, your time.
  • Tell someone why you love Jesus – how much He loves the world.
  • Turn over the tough stuff to God.
  • Spend time reading God’s message to you through His Word.
  • Put others needs before your own.
  • Remember that God is with you.  When things get really difficult, He will be there to carry you.
  • Do your best, know that you can do even better, try, don’t give up.
  • Pray.

Don’t wait until next Monday.  Start today!

 

 

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COLLAGE

SOME OF THE MANY FACES OF KATHY IN PERFORMANCE OVER THE YEARS.

We all have many faces in this world.  For me, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, writer, actress, clown, encourager, and a lots more.  We often don’t change physically – like I’ve done in the many roles played during my lifetime, but to be good at your craft, you must learn everything you can about your character- how they live, what the script says about him, how he responds to obstacles and things we naturally go through in life.

Often it’s easier to hide behind a mask when we don’t know how to handle things.  We don a façade which seems to make life a little easier temporarily.  Hiding means that you eventually have to reveal yourself at some point and that isn’t easy for most of us. We feel comfortable or safe within the confines of our disguise.

God is aware of all our secrets – our thoughts, our desires, our dreams, our inspiration, our sins.  His omnipotence can be scary at times.  To think that someone has their eye on you every second of every day is somewhat daunting, but on the other hand, it’s very comforting as well.

God loves everyone.  His creation is of the utmost to Him.  When we stray, He’s there to pick up the pieces.  When we try to do things on our own, He shows us how much we really need Him.  When we try to reason our way through scriptures, life or the turmoil that surrounds us, we become frustrated and hopeless.  When we trust in His power and care for us, it’s really a no-brainer.  His eye is on the smallest of his creation as well as the biggest.

Don’t try to hide.  He will find you.  Not because he’s tracking you down for judgment, but because He loves you and wants you to love Him back.

 

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SHAKESPEARE FUNNIES

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REFORMATION FUNNIES

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