Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 May 2011 Psalm 105:1‏

Psalm 105:1.        O Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Oh Friends, it seems like summer has at last graced my area. Wow! Yesterday I was actually walking around in shirtsleeves, and actually feeling the heat of the sun on my bare arms. That deserves another ‘Wow!’ for it’s something that hasn’t happened in at least eight or nine months. Hope it doesn’t go to the other extreme though and kill us with heat. But however it turns out, we’ll handle it, because God’s children can handle any and everything. And His children sang a loud: ‘Praise Him, for He is most worthy to be praised!’ And if yuh doubt that, just check out all the great and wondrous things He’s done for us over the years, what He’s still doing today, and the even bigger and better plans He has in store for our future. No wonder the psalmist could declare in our Bit: ‘Oh Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.’ Yes my people, it’s imperative that we give thanks unto the Magnificent Deity who created us, and who, despite our rebellious nature, still looks out for our safety and provides food to keep us alive. How many of us would do that for our fellow humans under the same circumstances eh? Not too many. But because of God’s unconditional LOVE for us, He sticks with us through thick and thin. We therefore ought to show great appreciation for His LOVING-kindness to the undeserving children of men. As Isaiah so rightly declared, re thanksgiving for God’s mercies: ‘Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings (deeds) among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.’ (Is.12:3-6) Yes my brethren, that’s exactly how we ought to behave in response to God’s goodness! But do we? Obviously not to the extent that we should, and then it’s often more of an outward show than a true, heartfelt feeling. Between taking His goodness for granted, and considering our prosperity as the work of our own hands, we seriously short-change our God in praise, thanks, adoration and appreciation. And it’s also sad that so many supposed believers have joined with the world to celebrate the lusts of the flesh, rather than the goodness of God. Oh Friends, please realize before it’s too late, that man controls nothing, else all the devastation currently taking place would not be allowed to happen. It’s therefore some Being more powerful than man, who’s in control. And His Name is the Most High God Jehovah! He is the First, the Last and Everything in between! And until we come to the full realization of that fact, our lives will be in a state of constant disrepair. Now isn’t it also strange that in times of difficulty, the first words that automatically come to our lips, even to those of supposed unbelievers, are ‘Oh God!’ So deep down, we all know that there’s something bigger than us out there, a Being whom we can turn to in times of trouble…and plenty of us do…only to neglect Him when the troubles are past. That’s not right Friends, and eventually, like now, we’re going to pay the price for disobedience, rebellion and neglect. Unfortunately time and space are against us, so we’ll continue this topic tomorrow, our God in favour. I do hope though, that I’ve injected some food for thought in our small, worldly minds, that will have us thinking some more about our wonderful Father in heaven, because He’s the ONLY ONE capable of getting us out of the mess in which we’re currently entangled. Much LOVE!…the Lord is worthy of whatever thanks and praise we can give…


Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 May 2011 1 Corinthians 13:13‏

1 Corinthians 13:13.    And now abideth faith, hope, LOVE, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.
Aye Friends, is Monday morning! Time to rise and shine and join the battle line! We free paper burn for another week! Well except for those lucky folks in the U.S. celebrating their big Memorial Day weekend. But for all us other plebs, we have to get up and face the cruel world in another week of work. And although it can get rough and tough, it doh really matter because we’re all the children of the Most High God, and as such, with His august help, have the ability to handle anything that comes against us. So let’s give Him a little thanks and praise, to get those godly juices flowing. Let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn with great gusto and reverential pride. Let’s sing it like we really mean it. And all God’s children lustily sang: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Wow Friends! That sure does get the adrenalin flowing! And now the Father expects us to go out there into the vile world and practice what we preach, show the ungodly what He’s really and truly like by our behaviour. As our Bit so succinctly puts it: ‘And now abideth faith, hope, LOVE, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.’ Oh my people, that’s the whole story of Jesus and His Christian movement right there! It’s all encapsulated in that one word; LOVE! If we sincerely practice it, then things will be fine. But because we haven’t been doing so, the whole world is now on its way to hell in a hand basket. And LOVE isn’t that hard to practice; a smile, a kind word, a little help or encouragement. It’s those basic things, which our world’s so lacking, that makes it such a rough go. And unfortunately we now bandy about the word LOVE much more than at any other time in history, but sadly, it’s also the emptiest it’s ever been. So we end up making a mockery of the word LOVE, and consequently of God, who is LOVE. Oh Friends, the Lord gave the Israelites Ten Commandments to observe, which they couldn’t. When Jesus came, He broke them all down to two, then to one: ‘A new commandment I give unto you, That ye LOVE one another; as I have LOVED you, that ye also LOVE one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have LOVE one to another.’ (John 13:34-35) And for whatever reason (s) we still can’t, or find it difficult to practice one simple rule. Come on nuh mih people. We’re belittling Jesus when we talk one thing and go around doing the exact opposite. The real sad part is that there isn’t very much LOVE between supposed Christians, so how can there be any between believers and unbelievers eh? Oh my brethren, let’s wake up and smell the roses nuh, change our evil ways, start living a life of true LOVE, because if we don’t, if we keep on sliding down the slippery slope to hell, as we’re now doing, then soon there’ll be no more roses to smell. So come on nuh people, let’s get up and go out there and truly work for Jesus today. That will make such a difference in our world, and also please Him immensely. Much LOVE!…when hard ears pickney refuse to hear…they eventually feel…and feel darm hard too…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 May 2011 2 Timothy 1:7‏

2 Timothy 1:7.    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind.
Oh Friends, another new day has dawned, still cloudy and rainy in my neck of the woods, but with it also come new mercies, new blessings and new healing. We might not actually see or feel them, but believe me, they’re there because our God has promised that they will be, and He’s nothing if not faithful. So let’s give Him the glory, the honour and the thanks this Sunday morning -it’s afternoon now- (smile) for looking after us, while most of our world is in an unstable uproar. Now please tell me, why do the night time shadows, which are supposed to bring us peace, rest and relaxation, often bring us the very opposite, especially when we’re sick or simply under the weather? Have you ever noticed that in rough times, although there’s no real physical change between the day and night time situations, yet as soon as night falls, we become more fearful, and often even dread the coming of night? Then as soon as day appears, all our fears just drift away. I guess it’s because we tend to hold the night darkness as a time of the unknown, of fear, of evil; we can’t see what’s happening in the darkness, so we just naturally become afraid of it. That’s why it makes so much sense to cling to Jesus, because He is the source of perpetual light, and in Him there’s no darkness at all, so when we cling to Him we will have no fear at all. Wow! And I guess that’s why I’ve been led to today’s Bit too. Although it’s one we’ve done already, it’s one that’s necessary to keep circulating through our fearful hearts minds and souls in these calamitous times. Once we’re associated with Jesus, we ought not to be afraid of darkness, of the unknown, or of anything for that matter. ”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind.’ Why are we still so fearful when Jesus gave us this eternal principle? ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’ (John 14:27) Then Bruh Paul, in his message to the Roman church, reiterates Jesus’ promise: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.’ (Rom.8:14-15) And John, the beloved disciple, in his first epistle, boldly declares: ‘Herein is our LOVE made perfect (among us), that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in LOVE; but perfect LOVE casteth out fear: because fear hath (involves) torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in LOVE.’ (1 John 4:17-18) Oh my brethren, how much more assurance can we ask eh? As people of faith, we desperately need to hold on to all these promises. I know it’s a sort of vicious cycle, or chicken and egg situation, re which came first. We are supposed to be people of faith, but where do we get the faith to acquire faith in the first place, then the faith to keep the faith afterwards? If you’re confused, you’re not alone, I am too. (smile) Oh Friends, would you believe that while I’m writing this, about 8.30 in the morning, sipping a strong cup of coffee, I’m also fighting a bout of nausea. Steups! I’m tired with all this nonsense now yes! But don’t you think for one moment that the nausea is affecting my writing, cause it isn’t. I’m writing exactly what the Good Lord meant for me to write, so don’t think you can use the stupid nausea as an excuse to get out of what I’m saying. (smile) Anyway, in conclusion, when we talk about the spirit of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind, we need to also remember Jesus’ words to the apostles at His Ascension. ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power (authority). But ye shall receive power, after that (when) the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’ (Acts 1:7-8) And we know that the Spirit of awesome power, of LOVE, and of a sound mind came to those disciples on the day of Pentecost, and has been coming to every believer since then. So please, let’s set fear aside, grab hold of the powerful Spirit of Jesus that dwells within us, and steadfastly run our race of glory in His Holy Name, as we’re supposed to. Amen. Much LOVE!…in Jesus…there’s everything we need…and a whole lot more… P.S. Oh Friends, this has certainly been a hard-done by Bit. When I finished writing the rough draft this morning, I didn’t have the energy to type it on the computer, so I went back to bed. Didn’t wake up until mid-day, still feeling lousy, only to discover it wasn’t really nausea I’d been having this whole time, because nausea comes from the stomach and makes you feel to vomit, and I’ve had none of that. Instead, I’ve been really high on the pain medication. Hn, hn! That’s why I couldn’t catch myself even after much sleep. Then when I finally came down to type the Bit, I had to stop because the nurse came to remove the staples from my incision. What a day! But as the Good Book says, the Lord works out all things for the good to those who truly LOVE and revere Him. Much LOVE!

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 May 2011 Romans 8:28‏

Romans 8:28.    And we know that all things work together for good to them that LOVE God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Ah Friends, it seems as though it’s another foggy, rainy morning in my area, continuing the wet, gloomy days we’ve recently been having. Anyway, despite the foul weather, we all know that the great God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is still running things, and His way too, so we mere mortals just have to cast all our doubts and fears aside and simply say: ‘Thank you Lord,’ in total surrender to His eternal wisdom. And now that we’ve set that part of the story right, let me apologize for a crucial error yesterday. Yuh know that it was only in the wee hours of this morning, while lying awake in the darkness, I happened to muse that today was Saturday. And then it suddenly struck me; that means yesterday was Friday, and I didn’t include our Friday Chant in the Bit. Sorry people. And what amazes me is how long it took for me to realize that. It just goes to show that even the best of us make mistakes at times. (smile) Now re our Bit: ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that LOVE God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ It’s one we’ve done before, but it’s also one of those scriptures that we need to keep hearing over and over, so that our faith can stay strong in the face of the enormous adversity of our times. That was brought home to me earlier on this morning while watching a Christian programme, 100 Huntley Street, on the t.v. The host was trying to encourage those people who had written in for prayer on their personal problems; financial, relational, grief, sickness etc. by letting them know that regardless of how bleak situations may seem, that with our God, it’s never over till it’s over, because our God is a God of second chances, of new beginnings. And it just struck me then, that in my personal situation, I had no real clue as to its purpose; why I’ve been sick and saddled with so much pain for almost a year now, but because I have that passage of scripture written deep in my heart, I can afford to carry on through thick and thin, that I’m hanging tough, for the Lord has promised that those who stick with Him, will eventually come out of all their misfortune and tribulation with flying colours. Wow! What a great and faithful God we serve and worship my people! So Friends, I just want to encourage us today, that if God has called you to work on His behalf, but you’re finding it difficult and troublesome, or wondering what it’s all about, don’t worry, just relax, surrender it all to God, the Master Planner and Builder. He knows what He has in store for each of us, but needs to see that we’re truly committed to Him and His purpose. And there’s no better ending to this topic than Bruh Paul’s words to young Timothy, his exhortation to endurance. ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the affliction (share with me in the sufferings) of the gospel according to the power of God. Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (before time).’ (2 Tim.1:7-9) Yes my brethren in Christ, it’s all about staying power, being able to bite the bullet and say: ‘Life might not be fair, but our God is good!’ Much LOVE!…it’s when times look darkest and hardest…that we need to stand most steadfast and strong…for the race is not for the swiftest…but to those who endure to the very end…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 May 2011 Colossians 1:11‏

Colossians 1:11.    Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
Oh Friends, contrary to popular opinion, our God is a most merciful, gracious and ever-LOVING Deity! And the particular reason for my saying so this morning? Well earlier on, after one of my tiring bathroom bouts, I was lying in bed musing on my tiredness, when suddenly I felt a sharp though fleeting pain in my right knee, and instead of anger and/or trepidation, I began to chuckle. Why, you wonder? Because I then realized the strategy the Good Lord had used on me. While the prostate stuff was in its preliminary stages, He moved my focus off it, by having me concentrate more on my aching knees. But would you believe that from the day of surgery, I couldn’t truly say that I have knee problems. Granted some of that is attributable to the pain killers, but I have hardly taken any in the last few days, and yet I climb the stairs, get up and sit down with no problems from my knees. Like earlier on this morning, every so often I feel the odd twinge in one of them, but that’s usually while I’m at rest, not even moving around. Now, since the prostate problem has become public enemy #1, the Lord has changed the strategy; He’s eased me up with the knees. And all I can say is: ‘Thank you God, thank you!’ For believe me people, I couldn’t have handled both the knees and the prostate problems together. As I merely consider what it would have been like, tears form in my eyes, and I just have to give God the glory. Oh Friends, would you believe that I had to stop writing for a few minutes because a sudden bout of sobbing overtook me when I considered having both sets of pain together? Ah Lord eh! And like this crying thing ain’t done yet either! (smile) However Friends, turning to our Bit: ‘Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.’ Well, according to the scholars: ‘Patience is persevering through problems, trials, tribulations, and so forth. Longsuffering is forbearing the faults and offences of others.’ And that certainly was, and is still Jesus’ way. But we all know that going through hard times with a good attitude, or putting up with and forgiving those who wrong us, is much easier said than done. Those are probably the hardest pats of Jesus’ programme to come to terms with, but unfortunately they are also the most important, because they manifest the true LOVE that Jesus desires us to show to each other. As Bruh Paul instructed the Ephesians, re unity of the Spirit: ‘I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation (calling) wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness (gentleness), with long-suffering, forbearing (bearing with) one another in LOVE; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ (Eph.4:1-3) Yes my people, we’re supposed to do all in our power to keep peace in Christ’s church. And not to merely keep peace, but also to do it with joyfulness! Now that’s certainly a hard row to hoe! But in that respect, we have the glorious example of the apostles in the early church, when the elders found them guilty of unlawfully preaching Jesus crucified: ‘…and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus (as the) Christ.’ (Acts 5:40-42) Oh what a wonderful testimony my brethren! The apostles were beaten to stop spreading the gospel, but they continued, counting it worthy to suffer for Christ. How can we do any less eh, especially when we live in easier and more civilized times? Please let our consciences convict us, and have us seriously trying to live the life Christ requires of us. Much LOVE!…to know, know, know Him…is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Him…and to want to be just like Him…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 May 2011 Colossians 1:11‏

 Colossians 1:11.     Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
Oh Friends, sorry this is so late, but it seems that the Good Lord had more important things for the ole fella to undergo, than simply writing a Bit. In the biblical vernacular I believe it’s called patience and longsuffering. Oh mih people,the last 30 hours have been horrendous; what with the pain, the nausea, the stomach cramps and the chills, plus all the other stuff associated with those things. It certainly changed my outlook on this recovery programme, for I was neither physically nor mentally capable of writing anything sensible, coherent and cohesive. Not even sure I’m able now, (smile) but we’ve got to give it a try, and with trust and faith in the Lord we will succeed. But isn’t life strange? I’m talking about Queen Liz celebrating our Bubba Barrack over in London Town, while wicked tornadoes are tearing apart his homeland. I guess it’s North America’s time now Friends to suffer some serious natural disasters. We’ve been comparatively spared while all other parts of the world were bearing the full brunt. Now it’s our time: Think of the serious flooding and brush fires in the western part of the continent, plus the numerous tornadoes in the U.S. Midwest, and the flooding in Quebec. And the hurricane season or the hot summer weather hasn’t even begun. We might just be in for a long, rough time Friends, that’s why we have to pay serious attention to our Bit: ‘Strenthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.’ So this verse might not just apply to us as individuals, but also as a total society. We therefore need to pray that all of us, both individually and as a people, as Bruh Paul told the Ephesians: ‘That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.’ (Eph.3:16) Yes  my brethren, in these rough and perilous times, we all need the Father’s strength provided by His Holy Spirit to make it through. Without it we are lost and rudderless; like the wind blowing where it doesn’t know, like a ship in a storm with no helmsman. But the Good news Friends, is that we have the perfect helmsman in Jesus! Once we sign up to His system, and He comes on board to pilot our ship, then we have no worries, though we encounter numerous storms and high seas, for Jesus will guide us safely through them all. Ah mih people, life on earth is no easy matter, but foolishly too many of us make it even harder than it should be, and in closing, I’ll recommend that we take these words of Bruh Paul to the Ephesians very seriously. ‘Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles (wicked schemes) of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world (age), against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ (Eph.6:10-12) And that’s the gospel truth my Friends! So until tomorrow, our God in favour, please stay in close touch with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for that’s where our salvation lies. Much LOVE!…God is our source of comfort…and our guiding light…never forget it..

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 May 2011 Ecclesiastes 7:1‏

Ecclesiastes 7:1.    A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Well hello there all you beautiful Friends in Christ! A new day has dawned and with it new stuff: mercies and blessings from God; heartache and deceit from man. But it is possible to overcome the evil from man by dwelling on the goodness of God. That’s why He gives us a brand new start every day; so we can wash away yesterday’s tears and heartaches with the richness of His daily blessings. We therefore cannot give up because yesterday’s problems seemed insurmountable. God in His eternal wisdom and mercy will cause us to reach even higher today, and look at yesterday’s difficulties as mere stepping-stones to bringing the dreams He’s placed in our hearts to fruition. And speaking of dreams, here’s an appropriate quote from my ‘P.S. I LOVE YOU’ poster. It simply says that ‘dreams come true for those who work while they dream.’ Now that’s the way to bring dreams to reality! Of plans, they say; plan your plan, then work your plan. The same goes for dreams; dream your dreams, then work towards them. You can’t just keep dreaming indefinitely and hope that one day those dreams will just come true like magic. No people, there needs to be a lot of elbow grease also applied. But please remember that in all we do, especially if it’s on Jesus’ behalf, then we must also try our best not to get our name, or Jesus’ sullied in the doing. That means living up to our Bit: ‘A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.’ Yesterday we dealt with the first part; re the importance of integrity and character in our earthly walk. Today, let’s look at the second half: ‘and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.’ Now I’m not sure I agree with that statement, although it’s true that once you die, the troubles of this world no longer affect you. But here is the Preacher’s (writer’s) justification for that statement. ‘So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side (at the hand) of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not yet seen the evil work that is done under the sun.’ (Eccl.4:1-3) The author tends to think that oppression is so rampant in his world, and it certainly is in ours, that the oppressed would be better off dead. But isn’t that a rather short-sighted approach? What about all the good days we enjoy here on planet earth, don’t they count for something? Possibly not in the minds of those who are continually oppressed. Then what about hope; the fabulous cliché that while there’s life there’s hope; hope that Jesus will end the oppression in due course? I know it’s not easy to dwell in hope, while living in physical despair. But it is possible if we use Jesus as our strength and guiding light. Grandpa Job was one of those who bewailed the day of their birth when calamity befell him. He wished to be ‘as infants which never saw the light. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary (wearied of strength) be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.’ (Job 3:16-18) Oh Friends, there are compelling arguments to be made for either side, but how many of us truly would prefer to have never been born eh? How many of us would really prefer never to have seen the beauty of a sunny day, a starry, moonlit night, to hear birds singing, to see the beautiful flora and fauna created by God for our enjoyment, to see, touch, embrace and cheerfully encounter and LOVE other humans…and the list goes on? We in the West with our privileged and fairly safe societies might consider it great to have been born, but for those who have only known oppression, hunger, poverty, strife and violence from the day of their birth, they might surely have a different perspective. The long and short of the matter though, is that once we’re born, there’s not much we can do about it. It’s a fait accompli. We just have to carry on as best we can, play the hand that has been dealt us, and hope that through God’s grace and our sterling efforts, we’ll come out on the winning side. So please Friends, let’s not bewail our physical birth, over which we had no control, but rather wholeheartedly embrace Jesus in our spiritual rebirth, which is ours to control. Much LOVE!…our first birth (physical) might leave much to be desired…but our second…our spiritual awakening in Christ…is to die for…because it brings salvation and eternal life…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 May 2011 Ecclesiastes 7:1‏

Ecclesiastes 7:1.    A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Oh Friends, I’d intended to have this Bit out on my normal schedule, but as they say, the best laid plans of mice and men usually go astray. Chuh! I got up earlier, had something to eat, then began experiencing some nausea, so I went back to lie down and promptly fell asleep. Anyway, it’s day five into my recovery from the rahtid prostate cancer surgery, and though it hasn’t been all that easy, it hasn’t really been as difficult as I expected, and I can now say with great confidence: ‘I’m getting better! Yes, I’m getting better. Thank God, I’m getting better!’ Yes Friends, it’s the Lord’s hand of blessing that’s been upon me all along. And though He didn’t grant me the miracle healing I’d believed and hoped for, He did make my slippery paths safer and more secure than they could have been. Thank Him for being such a wise, merciful, forgiving and wonderful God! And all God’s people said a heartfelt ‘Amen!’ Now moving on to problems of greater magnitude than mine. It seems we’re likely to have a replay of last year’s drama with volcanic ash from another one of Iceland’s active volcanoes disrupting air travel over the U.K. and Ireland, though not on such a large scale as the last time. The swirling ash is expected to reach the U.K. today. Ah mih breddren, when will our natural disasters end eh? Or even ease up a bit? It just seems that in recent times we’re constantly being inundated and bombarded by everything except the kitchen sink. (smile) Be it earthquakes, fires, floods, famine, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and whatever else there is. And that’s only the natural type. When you include the manmade stuff like wars, violence, economic disaster and physical oppression, we move up to a whole new level of devastation. But regardless of what happens my people, we all have to stand strong in the faith and strength of Almighty God, trusting that since He is the great I AM, in control of everything, that He knows what He’s doing. If we don’t do that, then our troubles will drag us under without much effort. And through it all, believers are expected to live up to the words of our Bit: ‘A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.’ Yes Friends, while on earth, we’re supposed to live in such a manner that our names are spoken with respect, with good reference, with acknowledgement of our godly character. The writer of Ecclesiastes, like his counterpart in Proverbs, is here holding up, venerating a life that’s lived with wisdom and goodness. Thus Cousin Sol’s words from Proverbs 22:1: ‘A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and LOVING favour rather than silver and gold.’ That’s for sure my people! A good reputation is better than earthly riches any day! Cousin Sol also puts it this way: ‘The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat (healthy).’ (Prov.15:30) I believe that it was Willie Shakespeare who also said something along the lines of, he who steals my purse steals trash, but he who steals my good name, steals my life. That’s not the exact quote, but it’s close, and shows the true importance of one’s good name in one’s society. Stealing my money is nowhere near as important as sullying my character and integrity. We have a good example of that right now in our society, where the big thing is identity theft, not merely money stealing. And our Saviour Jesus insists that His followers have a good reputation, because if our reputation is spotty and untrustworthy, we certainly can’t do His work, which is totally based on trust and integrity. So Friends, in conclusion, if we seriously desire to do God’s work here on earth, then it’s of the utmost importance that we build a good name for ourselves, a good reputation, one worthy of Jesus. More on the other half of our Bit tomorrow, God in favour. Till then, please walk wisely and safely under His protective wings, in LOVE, peace and harmony with each other, so we can successfully promulgate His righteous kingdom. Much LOVE!…what’s in a name…everything…when you’re working for Jesus…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 May 2011 1 Peter 5:8‏

1 Peter 5:8.    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Oh Friends, it’s Monday! The trumpets are sounding the call to battle! Time for us to rise and shine and greet the new day with an attitude of thankfulness and LOVE, then put on all the accoutrements of battle because we’ll soon be off into the evil, ungodly world to join the fray against a fierce, deceitful, unforgiving enemy. And to get us spiritually motivated, let’s proudly sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn; sing it with great gusto! All together now: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ Yes my people, the adrenalin’s flowing now, our spirits are bursting with energy and vitality, tugging at the bit, wanting to go out and get involved in the workweek activities. (smile) So I’m exaggerating a tad. But we do need to get ourselves ready in proper godly fashion before we head out the door and join the fray. If we’re not well prepared and protected, then we’ve lost before we’ve even begun. Understand one thing Friends; Beelzebub and his evil cronies are always well prepared. They don’t leave anything to chance, so if you’re not also well prepared, then you stand no chance of winning any battle in which you may become involved. And sadly, not being well prepared to fight is one of the biggest mistakes we Christians make. Too many of us tend to take this whole battle stuff against the forces of evil and darkness as a joke. But believe me Friends, the enemy is indeed systematically plotting the demise of Christianity, and our not taking it seriously enough is only playing right into their hands. Do you think the removal of prayer and God from our schools and public places just happened by chance? No my people, it’s all part of a well designed strategy and plan, and our lukewarm response to stuff like that just has the enemy laughing all the way to the proverbial bank. So please take the whole battle stuff seriously because our very existence depends on it. And for those of us who are fortunate to live in this wonderful country of Canada, and are today celebrating Victoria Day, in honour of the British Monarch, Queen Victoria (1819-1901) who ruled for almost 64 years and oversaw a rebirth of British industry, artistic temperament and political empire building, let’s also be careful in how, why and where we celebrate, for it’s much easier to bring us down when we’re celebrating and not paying close attention to our behaviour. So please my brethren, I implore us all to take the words of our Bit very seriously, cause if we don’t, then crapaud will surely smoke we pipe. So therefore Friends, let’s all try to ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in (experienced by) your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish (confirm) strengthen, settle you.’ (1 Pet.5:8-10) Yes Friends, believers all over the world face temptations and trials where the enemy tries to get us to move away from Almighty God and join his evil group. But if we stand strong and steadfast in the Lord, He will eventually strengthen us and make a way for us to resist Lucifer’s evil machinations. Therefore my people, let’s continually give thanks and praises to our great God, while asking for strength to resist the devil’s evil entreaties. ‘To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’ (1 Pet.5:11) Much Love!…stand up, stand up for Jesus…the trumpet sounds obey…till every foe is vanquished…and Christ is Lord indeed…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 May 2011 Matthew 25:40‏

Matthew 25:40.     And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Oh Friends, would you believe that five o’clock this Sunday morning, when the birds have already begun singing praises to our God, finds me wandering around the kitchen, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, looking for something to munch on, with my trusted sidekick, my urine bag at my side, while the rest of the household quietly sleeps. But that’s the way it usually is around here, and it’s been so easy to get back into the routine. Truly, there’s no place like home! Be it a palace, a hovel, or something in between, if your heart’s there, if that’s where you find peace, solace and comfort, then you’ll indeed be happy and comfortable. Yuh know as soon as I walked through the door yesterday evening, I was enveloped by an aura of peace and comfort. People complain that the same old, same old is boring, and sometimes it is, but overall it’s that same old that really keeps us sane and not pulling out our hair with the crazy, crucial and critical conditions under which we live nowadays. Now, some fifteen minutes later, I’m sitting in my study in the basement, my mind chocked full of all kinds of stuff, writing these words, while sipping a cup of caffeine sweetened with condensed milk. Oh my people, that brings back such wonderful memories of forty odd years ago, when I first began drinking coffee in O’Connor Street in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, while teaching at Fatima College. My Aunt Una would give us a piping hot cup of Nescafe sweetened with condensed to break the early morning gas. (smile) Now I drink it with evaporated milk or just plain black with sugar. This morning though, there was an opened tin of condensed sitting on the counter, and between feeling lazy to look for evap, and feeling the feeling for some condensed, I did just that. But trust me, there’s no better cup of caffeine than one sweetened with condensed milk. Now what else is running around in my chocked full brain? Oh yeah, I have a mea culpa to make because it seems that I’ve thanked everybody for helping me out with this cancer problem, except the group that’s been with me from the very beginning right to the very end; my family. My big daughter ever so subtly reminded me of that yesterday. So here goes mih first born. As Beres (Hammond) says: ‘I hope it’s not too late, but I’m saying it now.’ Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I certainly couldn’t have done it without your kind and gracious help. Not that you all gave me much choice (smile). Thanks for being my worry-warts and for taking care of all the essentials, thus leaving me free to pursue my unworried walk. In any case, you all done know that even if the ole fella doesn’t say anything, he’s always eternally grateful for whatever help you all give. Oh brother, what’s happening here? Like is crying time again? This time though the tears are flowing, though I’m valiantly trying to hold them back. Hope this crying thing doesn’t become a habit now nuh. Once in a while is okay, but two days in a row is a bit much. (smile) And I’d be rather amiss if I didn’t say a special thank you to the Duchess (my wife) for putting up with my eccentricities, because when the young ladies are not around, you bear the brunt Sugar. But I know it’s because you LOVE me a whole bunch, why you married me so long ago, and would do it again today in a heartbeat. (smile) Oh Friends, that smile is mine, because when she reads that, there’ll be a frown and a loud steups instead. But what a way we smiling plenty today mih people! That’s how it ought to be though, for in the joy of the Lord is our strength, and if we are truly God’s people, then smiles a plenty should be one of our trademarks. Thank you again family, for your many acts of kindness. Rest assured that the Lord has placed many rewards in your heavenly account for your unconditional LOVE and help. Remember as Jesus said in our Bit, when talking about the parable of the talents, that whoever does a kindness to the least of these, referring to the sick, lame, poor, hungry and thirsty, does it to Him too, and their acts of kindness will be well rewarded by the Father. Aye Friends, ah think superman tired now yes, (smile) ah going back and lie down, will finish this later. Yes mih people, I’m finally back at ten-forty five, though not as full of vim and vigour as before, but as Isaac Hayes says in one of his songs; ‘A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do,’ So I’m going to type it up properly and send it off. That though was pure wishful thinking, cause halfway through, they called me upstairs for breakfast, and after a couple mouthfuls, the wonderful nausea struck, so I had to go and lie down again for a spell. Now finally, some seven hours later, I’m sending it off. But that’s okay, because it’s all to the praise and glory of our wonderful God. Anything done in His name is most certainly a labour of LOVE. Hope it doesn’t sound too disjointed since there were so many breaks in the writing. Till we talk tomorrow, our God in favour, please remember to LOVE Our God, LIVE Your Faith, and SPREAD His Word, because that’s the only way our world will improve. Much LOVE!…with Jesus running our lives…we have nothing to fear…or worry about… P.S. Hope I can get up from here now without too much pain from the incisions in my stomach since it seems that whenever I sit for too long, it’s painful to get up. If you see me, I’m sitting as far away from the keyboard as possible, keeping my stomach as extended as I can. What a life eh! But I’m not worried, for the Lord is good and He’ll look after me. This too shall pass. Much LOVE!

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