God's Word

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orthodox WEDDING2Like a King and like a Queen — Bride Melonie Cross and her Groom Steven Kashevarof were married in a beautiful ceremony on September 13, 2015, at the Nativity of Theotokos Orthodox Church in Chenega Bay, Alaska. Congregants sang “Clothed in Majesty” and Fr. Jonah Andrews offered up prayers of blessing for the bride and groom.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” Revelation 12:1

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Inspiration comes to us in many ways — poetry, music, writing, scenery, pictures, movies, food and people. Yes, people can inspire us.

Believe it, or not, your first inspiration came to you from Almighty God. Looking at the history of mankind as recorded in the Word of God, we see that the three persons of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Word and God the Holy Spirit) said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26. They then “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became of living soul.” Genesis 2:7.

The English etymology of the word “inspiration” is fascinating and goes right along with the history of mankind recorded in the Book of Genesis.

inspiration (n.)  c.1300, “immediate influence of God,” especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion “inhaling, breathing in; inspiration,” from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare “inspire, inflame, blow into,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + spirare “to breathe” (see spirit). Literal sense “act of inhaling” attested in English from 1560s. Meaning “one who inspires others” is attested by 1867.

God inspired you and me by “blowing into” us His very own breath, His very own heart the moment we came out of our mother’s womb. From the day each of us was born we have carried thoughts of eternity with us, to remind us from where that first breath came. In that first breath God also planted within us a purpose for the life we now live. Yes, there IS a purpose for your life!

The Amplified Bible words it this way — “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Be inspired today! The very breath you breathe today is from God, Creator of the heaven and the earth, Creator of your very being inside your mother’s womb. Yes, God inspired you because He has a purpose and plan for you.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13.

 

 

 

 

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It’s awesome when wind and flames meet. When the wind of the Holy Ghost blows upon a congregation of believers and ignites their fire for God, of a certainty one can know things get pretty exciting.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  The Acts of The Holy Spirit Through The Apostles 2:2-4

Singing in their native language, AINU women of northern Japan express the joy of Seed Sowing.

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Prayer of this Dad and Uppa

Lord, smear the Holy Grease (oil, anointing) of God on my children and grandchildren so that what the spirit of anti-Christ has to offer them will find it impossible to catch them.

Stained glass window Samuel anointing David. Anointing horn source: http://imgarcade.com/1/anointing-oil-horn/

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the-sun-sunset-mountains-moon-stars-reflection-sun-sunset-mountain-moon-stars-reflectionSymbolic – The moon reflects the light of the sun during the darkness of night. The Son of God reflected the glory of His Father in the darkness of humanity.

The disciples said, “Shew us the Father.” Jesus answered, “Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Shew us the Father?’ ” John 14:8-9.

The blood of the Son of God shed on the cross turned our sin into the righteousness of God. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:20-21

Yes, symbolic. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs . . . And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. Genesis 1:14-17.

Yes, symbolic. LIGHT has one purpose, but is revealed in three ways to completely dispel darkness: the SUN, the MOON, and the STARS. God has one purpose, but the three beings of the Godhead,  the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, are necessary to completely dispel all the sin of humanity.

We are not without witness of Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1

Maybe these thoughts will help you to understand a little more about God, when you see the SUN, gaze at the MOON, and marvel at the numberless STARS this weekend. 

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Isaiah 40:26