Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 July 2011 Isaiah 54:10‏

Isaiah 54:10.     For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Well Friends, July is ending in a heat wave, and another Caribana Saturday has passed without the ole fella going to the parade. Times certainly are a changing! That makes either two or three years that I’ve missed now, but if that’s the way the Good Lord wants it, who am I to argue eh? I heard that it was well attended, but unfortunately one person died and a couple others were injured from gunshot wounds. Ah Lord eh! We just giving the naysayers fodder to clamour louder for its shut down, but on the other hand, with the violent kind of society we’ve now become, it’s a miracle that only one major incident was provoked with many thousands of people congregating in a relatively small area, in a party atmosphere. Anyway, the celebrations continue apace, today and tomorrow, with numerous activities all over the city. I’m just planning to spend it quietly at home though, with my New York friend coming over for some ‘poor black people food,’ that’s West Indian food, the sweetest and best tasting food in the world. And we won’t argue over that because whoever’s tasted it, knows that’s the living truth! (smile) Oh Friends, the ole fella’s in a fine frame of mind this morning, though I woke up late, meaning the Bit will be late, because I have to go to church in a while and get some fellowship in my soul. I sincerely hope that most, if not all of us, have, or will have fellowshipped with other believers this weekend, regardless of which day we celebrate the Sabbath, because getting together and worshipping and praising Christ is the most important part of the event, not the particular day on which it’s celebrated. I’m sure some people will disagree because the dogma of their particular religion says a particular day, but that just highlights the petty stuff that keeps believers apart. Do you really think that our great and LOVING God is going to get His Spirit all tied up in knots whether we worship Him on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday? I doubt it. Once we put aside one day a week to celebrate Him, I think He’d be more than pleased. Listen to our Bit: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.’ Now does that sound like a Deity who’s going to get annoyed over which day we celebrate Him? Certainly not! For He’s a God bubbling over with joy and peace and kindness and mercy, all coming from a heart full of unconditional LOVE, just dying to show goodness to His children. But we, His foolish, rebellious children, find all kinds of ways to divide ourselves, rather than ways to come together. How sad! Imagine what a powerful moving and unifying force Christ’s Church could be, if the numerous petty differences between believers could be removed! But unfortunately, for our own selfish purposes and reasons, we are going in the opposite direction, finding more things to drive us apart, rather than bring us together. Oh Friends, the Lord offers salvation to both Jews and Gentiles, and we’re supposed to be made in His image, so why can’t we be big enough to embrace each other with the LOVE of God we ought to have, despite our differences eh? God’s promising kindness, peace and mercy to all who believe in Jesus, not to one particular group. So let’s take hold of this exceedingly wonderful promise and run with it as simply believers, and not as devotees of one religion or another. It’s the only wise and sensible thing to do if we’re truly interested in forwarding God’s kingdom here on earth. But enough of me, let’s listen to what a man of great faith, Ethan the Ezrahite has to say on the topic. This is taken from his Maschil (Contemplation) on God’s sure promises to Bruh David. ‘Nevertheless my LOVING-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail (to be false). My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing (change the word) that is gone out of my lips. Once I have sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven (the sky). Selah.’ (Ps.89:33-37) Wow Friends! I sure hope that reassures us, builds our confidence that we can stand on the promises of God without any fear of them being changed at some future date. But I’ve got to leave and go to church now, got to practice what I preach. (smile) Soon come back. (8.10) Okay Friends, we back now, (9.40). It was a good service, with about a dozen people. I like it because it seems more intimate and close to God, without all the pomp and ceremony of the later service. Anyway, time and space are against us, but for the sake of our children and our world, please, I humbly implore us to raise our level of awareness and maturity in our God, by standing firmly and faithfully on His promises, so that we can make things better. That’s our calling. Much LOVE!…remember…Jesus promises to never leave or forsake us…also…wherever two or three are gathered together in His Name…there shall He be…stand steadfastly on them…


Today’s Scrip-Bit 30 July 2011 Isaiah 54:10‏

Isaiah 54:10.     For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Oh Friends, it’s a trite but true saying that when yuh doh hear, yuh feel. And believe me, the ole fella’s feeling this Caribana Saturday morning, or to be politically correct, on this Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival Saturday. Steups! The foolishness of men eh! Through litigation, the new group running the festival is prevented from officially calling it Caribana because that name rightfully belongs to the old group. But regardless of what the courts and the litigants say, Toronto Mas will always be known as Caribana. End of story! And if yuh wondering why the ole fella feeling this morning, and running late too, is because ah take mih fresh self and went to the Pan Alive competition in Lamport Stadium last night. And though the music was good, the evening was spoiled by having to sit and bake in the hot sun on the hard benches for an hour before the show began. Advertised for a seven o’clock start, the show didn’t begin until eight. And when ah talk about baking in the hot sun Friends, ah really mean it. In all the years I’ve been going to the Pan Competition, I’ve never experienced a sun so high in the sky. This was about a three o’clock sun at seven in the evening. One fellow selling umbrellas must have made a killing. And though I had one in my car, nobody was willing to walk back to the car to get it. My friend’s wife eventually succumbed though and bought one of the small, overpriced umbrellas. But like all things done in God’s name and time, it all turned out for good, because I was in the company of a friend up from New York, whom I hadn’t seen since early High School days in Tobago. Now that’s approximately…no, not approximately nuh, but is definitely at least fifty years ago. Wow! When yuh start talking in terms of not seeing people for a half century, it means yuh really getting on in age yes! (smile) Chuh! Age is only a meaningless number used to confuse us! Anyway, we rediscovered each other about a year ago, through some mutual friends, and when he called and said he was coming to T.O. for the weekend, I just knew that I had to connect with him. And it was a good reunion too, simple, but heartfelt, once again showing me the goodness of our God, as our Bit so LOVINGLY and assuredly promises: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.’ What an awesome promise my people! What a great and LOVING God we serve and worship! It’s just so sad that more people can’t come to the realization that He’s wonderful and serve Him too. Can you imagine if all the world LOVED and obediently served the Most High God Jehovah? What a truly wonderful world it would be! But unfortunately a greater proportion of the earth’s billions serve and worship a plethora of dead, inanimate gods and idols, while renouncing and harshly criticising the ONE and ONLY TRUE, LIVING God; He of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Oh my brethren, I find it so inconceivable and unfathomable that many believers don’t stand on the sure promises of God, especially this one in our Bit. How can we say we believe when we don’t act positively on words like these eh? If a powerful, but fallible human came and told us that his kindness and bond of peace would never be broken or revoked, we’d most likely accept him at his word, but when the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, infallible God says that, we refuse to believe Him, take it with a grain of salt (doubtfully). But that’s not true wisdom Friends. Remember our God is a merciful Deity. He takes delight and pleasure in being merciful to those who serve Him with true hearts. And there’s no better example in all the Good Book than Bruh David, who committed all sorts of wrong, but always sought the Lord, and was adjudged to be His friend and a man after His own heart. How can that be, if our God doesn’t truly live up to His promises? Now hear how Bruh David explains it in some of his last words on earth. ‘The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow (will he not make it increase).’ (2 Sam.23:2-5) Yes Friends, Bruh David plainly admits that though his house was not the way the Lord desired it, yet He was still merciful and gracious enough to promise to make it last forever. That means He’ll surely do the same for us, my people, if we stand strong and steadfast on His promises and diligently further His Holy Kingdom. Please, I encourage us today to contemplate what we’re basing our goals, our lives and our salvation on. And if it’s not on Jesus and the Word of Almighty God, then please, please make it so, because He’s truly the truth, the life and the only way to salvation. More on this tomorrow, God in favour. And we’ll close with a personal testimony. I was able to climb the steps at Lamport Stadium last night, two or three times without much difficulty, and without any physical aids, since I’d forgotten my cane in the car. Why? Because I stood on the Lord’s promise to help me in time of need, and He did so, by infusing His strength into my weakness, my weak knees, so that I could testify, noise abroad His genuine concern and goodness to the children of men. Oh Friends, let’s wake up and sincerely LOVE and serve our God nuh, for He’s so great, merciful, kind and LOVING, that there are no words to truly do Him justice! Much LOVE!…true believers have hearts just bursting with LOVE for…appreciation and gratitude to…Almighty God…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 29 July 2011 Isaiah 54:10‏

Isaiah 54:10.    For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Oh Friends, is Friday! One of the best Fridays in the year too; Caribana Friday! Mama Yo! So you can imagine how the ‘TGIF’s’ and the ‘Thank God is Friday’s’ ringing out loud and plentiful, because is time for Mas in Toronto Town! The biggest and best festival after the real McCoy in T&T! Only problem though is that the ole fella not involved…Chuh! Steups! But look at mih crosses nuh people, after thirty something years of not missing a Caribana Parade, the ole fella just stop going out on the avenue on Caribana Saturday because the ole knees can’t handle the constant jamming. After one time is really two yes! It doh even seem like I’m going to the Panorama tonight. I must be really getting old and cold yes! (smile) Anyway Friends, let’s chant our Friday Chant to get us set for this long weekend in T.O. ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ And for all you party animals out there, please remember Granny’s words of wisdom when we were young and going out to party: ‘Now boys, drunk or sober, all yuh mind all yuh business…yuh hear…’ And we’d obediently reply: ‘Yes Granny.’ Oh Friends, who says that long ago West Indian life wasn’t the best eh? It was often hard, some of us never had much, but we always found time to enjoy it, and everybody was more like family. Hn! Not like today, when family doh mean a thing. When supposed family living like cat and dog, always in strife. Where nobody doh trust nobody, nor LOVE nobody! Yes mih breddren, is peace, trust and LOVE that we world missing. In other words we missing God in our society. That is why it in such a terrible state. But thankfully the antidote for that is found right there in our Bit: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.’ Oh my people, how could we ever wander away from such a wonderful promise eh? Our forefathers built their lives and country on it, but we in our foolish wisdom thought we didn’t need God because we’re now such an advanced society. But Friends, please remember this truth; where God isn’t involved, the builder builds in vain. And that’s exactly what’s happened in our world; we’ve turfed God out of it, and now it’s crashing, going to hell in a hand basket, and we’re all nervously wringing our hands, wondering what we going to do and crying out in despair ‘Oh Lord’ and “Dear God’, but just with our mouths and not with our hearts. But while there’s life, there’s yet hope my people. Hear these encouraging words from Isaiah, calling the faithful to have courage: ‘Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax (grow) old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished (broken). Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.’ (Is.51:6-8) Oh Friends, if we’re truly those people who have God’s law in our hearts, then we should not be afraid, but rather we should be excited and working hard to build God’s kingdom, to reverse the trend from leaving God to returning to Him. Remember that’s the great commission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28: ‘Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.’ (Matt.28:19-20) And all God’s people shouted a loud ‘Amen!’ Well Friends, let’s go out and fulfill our calling nuh. The world has never needed the LOVE, forgiveness, mercy and kindness of our God as it does today, and it won’t get it unless we make it happen. That’s for sure! More on this tomorrow, God willing. Till then, let’s do as we ought; LOVE our God with all our hearts, souls, minds and bodies, and our neighbours as ourselves! Much LOVE!…standing…standing…standing on the promises of God… 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 28 July 2011 Isaiah 54:10‏

Isaiah 54:10.    For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. 
Oh Friends, it’s a new day, one with new mercies and blessings prepared especially for today! Oh Glory! And I’m gladly seeing an inkling of one of those blessings already, a sprinkling of rain. Thank you Lord! For though the sunny days are nice, without that blessed heavenly water raining down on us, the earth will not be able to reproduce the things it needs to sustain life. So please, let’s all be thankful this Thursday morning, let’s go out with a thankful heart regardless of the difficulties and problems that beset us, just like Jesus did each and every day of His earthly sojourn. And we can do this without fear or dread because of our Bit, a great promise of our God: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.’ Oh my people, that is one of the greatest promises found in the Word! Upon it we can securely build our lives and sure foundations! Do we really realize what it says, as well as what it really means? I’m not so sure, else we’d surely make greater use of it. Here is Almighty God, Creator of the universe and all therein, Alpha and Omega, the most powerful Being in existence, promising us that though the hills and mountains may be destroyed, His LOVE, His kindness towards us will never stop. He will continue blessing us regardless of what happens to the physical world, once we obey His will. Wow! Isn’t that mind boggling Friends? And furthermore, He will NEVER break the oath, the covenant of peace He made with our forefathers, which means we’ll walk in peace forevermore, if we stay faithful to Him. Oh my brethren, has any other God, in fact, can any other supposed god promise such a great and everlasting promise? Certainly not! That’s because there’s ONLY ONE TRUE God in all the world; He of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! And He’s backed up that promise ever since it was made! And all God’s people sang His praises in a loud and joyous voice! Yes Friends, for all His undeserving goodness to the children of sinful, rebellious men, He’s certainly worthy of our undying LOVE and praise. The problem here though is whether we have the faith and trust to accept His promise, to stand on, live and die by it? Now that’s the number one question! And unfortunately it seems that very many, too many of us don’t have that vital faith, because we are being led by the wicked ways of the world and not by the faithful promise of our God. Oh my brethren, just look at where the world’s evil ways have gotten us nuh; well on the road to self-destruction. And just look at the petty, selfish foolishness that’s being played out in the U.S, where the two governing political parties are at loggerheads to renew the debt ceiling of the gov’t. Failure to do so by August 2, will basically mean an insolvent gov’t; one unable to pay its bills, and consequently cause untold worldwide economic disaster. It’s already underway, with the Stock Markets losing millions of dollars in the last couple days, and people losing faith and trust in the U.S gov’t. How foolish can we be eh, playing partisan politics and brinkmanship with the world’s future at stake? That’s four days to go before the world’s most powerful nation will renege on its promise to pay its bills, simply because two sets of ignorant, arrogant, power hungry, money grubbing fools put their personal agenda before that of their nation and the entire world. For make no mistake, though the U.S. may be in decline, still, as it goes, so does the rest of the world. Now put that promise of the U.S. gov’t to pay its bills beside that of our great God to never leave or forsake us, despite the physical destruction of the earth and to always keep His covenant of peace. That of our God is clearly superior in every way! Mankind can, and will renege on its promises, but trust me Friends, and I’m speaking here from personal experience, our God NEVER will. And we’ll end today with some very appropriate words of the psalmist. ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present (abundantly available) help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst (heart) of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.’ (Ps.46:1-3) Oh my people, let’s write those words indelibly in our hearts, souls and minds, then go out and stand strong and steadfast on them, because they are infallible words of our Most High God and consequently will NEVER be broken. More on this tomorrow, God in favour. Till then keep on trusting in Him, for He will never let us down. Much LOVE!…men’s promises are made to be broken…but not those of our faithful God…NEVER EVER!

Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 July 2011 Proverbs 15:16‏

Proverbs 15:16.     Better is little with great fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Oh Friends, sorry the Bit is a tad late, but the ole fella was a bit under the weather this morning, (smile) Wish I could say that about the wind yesterday that just blew and blew and had the poor trees rocking and rolling all day long. I certainly have never seen so much strong wind in the summertime, and a cool one too, as I’ve done this year. The only problem is that it’s sometimes inconvenient when you want to sit outside, with stuff continually blowing away. Otherwise, it’s perfect. Oh, another reason for my lateness is that my old desktop computer, which I favour, for some unfathomable reason, refused to boot up this morning, thankfully though, not long enough for me to lose my cool. And now that I’ve made all my excuses, (smile) let’s turn to the matter at hand, our Bit: ‘Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.’ Now that’s one of the wisest proverbs that Cousin Sol ever penned, because it’s always better to have reverence and respect for the Lord God Jehovah, even if your earthly possessions are few, than to have much worldly goods and a lot of relational problems. Yes Friends, the most important thing for believers to have in this world is a sense of peace and calm, which can only be acquired through trust and faith in Almighty God. Strife within any aspect of our lives will rob us of God’s peace and take a negative toll on all of our endeavours, even if we own material possessions untold. That’s because strife, dissent, discontent, anger and resentment are the main tools the enemy uses to steal our joy, to make us lose our focus, to take our attention away from God. As Cousin Sol says in the next verse: ‘Better is a dinner of herbs (vegetables) where LOVE is, than a stalled ox (fatted calf) and hatred therewith.’ (Prov.15:17) And that’s the living truth my people! It’s much better for us to eat a simple meal of vegetables, with a li’l bit of LOVE in our hearts, than to be partaking of the fatted calf with negative things like hatred, anger and their fellow accomplices running rampant in our households or establishments. Bruh David says it thus in Psalm 37, the true state of the wicked: ‘A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arm of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.’ (Ps.37:16-17) That’s so true my brethren! I’m sure we’ve seen it for ourselves, even experienced it too: where there is LOVE and unity in poverty, but endless strife and deceit in the lives of the rich and powerful. That’s because spiritual riches are far better than material wealth. Now here’s another proverb that attests to the situation. ‘Better is a little with righteousness, then great revenues without right (justice).’ (Prov.16:8) Oh Friends, it’s ever so important for believers to stay away from the greedy, acquisitive mindset that the world is promoting, because that way of thinking automatically draws us away from God, which is the worst thing that can ever happen to us here on this earth. If God’s not front and centre, first and foremost in our lives, then our lives will be a veritable mess. For only where God resides, where His LOVING-kindness exists, is there any chance for peace and calm to abide. The sad part is that we don’t have to be rich and/or powerful to have strife in our lives. Unfortunately it’s also very prevalent in too many middle class and poor households. What with the wickedness of our world, plus the current economic downturn, it’s so easy for the enemy to infiltrate our homes, workplaces, schools, and even churches. That’s something believers have to seriously guard against, we can’t take it lightly at all my people. Many of us underestimate Lucifer’s power and his weasel-like ways. Please don’t, for he can come at us from many different angles, in many different ways. We have to be constantly on guard for his underhanded moves. Like the advertising people, he’s a master of painting glorious pictures of evil and cruel situations. And the only way to successfully keep him at bay is by having the Word of God securely planted in our hearts, souls, minds and bodies. We have to consistently LOVE our God, LIVE our Faith and SPREAD His Word, so that there’s no room for Lucifer to invade our spirits. As I read in an article a friend recently sent me, when Lucifer keeps banging on our door, the best way to get rid of him is to ask Jesus to answer the door. Wow! What an exciting strategy Friends! That will surely drive his evilness away in fear and disgust. Oh my people, our world has become so evil, greedy, deceitful and treacherous, that we need to be always on our p’s and q’s, always on the lookout for the enemy’s many tentacles surreptitiously coming to trip and ties us up in his network of sin and wickedness. And there’s no better way to end today’s Bit than with these wise words of advice from Bruh Paul to young Timothy: ‘But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment (clothing) let us therewith be content. But they that will (desire to) be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful (harmful) lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition (ruin and destruction). For the LOVE of money is the root of all (kinds of) evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith (for which some in their greediness have strayed from the faith), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.’ (1 Tim.6:6-10) And that’s the gospel truth mih breddren! Please Friends, let us therefore live our lives in accordance with God’s Word, so that we aren’t pierced through with too many sorrows. It’s the only wise and sensible way to live. Much LOVE!…where LOVE truly exists…evil cannot obtain a foothold…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 July 2011 2 Corinthians 10:12‏

2 Corinthians 10:12.    For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.
Oh Friends, the heat wave’s over, at least in my area! Thank the Lord! I’ve turned off my A/C and opened my windows once again. I even felt a bit chilly sitting on my front porch last night. Hn, hn! It’s so good to go back to the beautiful summer weather we were having before the insensitive heat wave so rudely interrupted it. (smile) Anyway, this morning when I came down to write the Bit, I felt a pull in my spirit to find a useful quote, and was guided to my ‘I LOVE YOU’ poster, where I found this gem. ‘Almost all of our unhappiness is the result of comparing ourselves to others.’ Now isn’t that the living truth Friends? It sure is! More than half of our world’s problems would be solved if we stopped comparing ourselves to others. But unfortunately that’s the very direction our society is driving us in. We compare ourselves to others more so today than at any other time in our history, particularly with those who seem to be on a higher socio-economic plane than us. We gauge their physical appearance, their style of dress, their houses, cars, wives, girlfriends, hobbies etc, then try to emulate them. And technically speaking, nothing’s wrong with that, but the problems crop up when, without the real means, we still desperately try to be like them. We run up debts to dress and live like our friends, neighbours and associates. We lie about what we have and don’t have, about what we do, where we go etc. We starve ourselves or over exercise to have the slim, svelte figure that a stupid, immoral society dictates is the fashion…and Lord forbid if we’re not in fashion, amongst the fashionista! But those ideas are causing so many people, both young and old, to be seriously led astray. Things like bulimia and anorexia have now reached epidemic proportions. The same thing is happening with older folks trying to look young. Recently I read, and was most surprised, that not only women, but also lots of men are now having plastic surgery to try and regain a youthful look. Why? Because our society is fixated on the young, which means they must look good in the boardroom, and look good to the younger women whom they seem to lust after more, with each passing day. Something must be wrong with me yes, but the young ladies today don’t thrill me at all. I don’t like how they look, dress or behave. They lack the basic class I look for in women. But that’s just me and my old-fashioned self. (smile) Yuh know it’s a sad commentary on our society when we’re driven to compare ourselves to others, to adopt the empty, superfluous lifestyles of the rich and famous, who are also trying to outdo their wealthy peers in amassing more worldly possessions and living a more lavish lifestyle. This just breeds the negative emotions of greed, envy, jealousy, pride, anxiety, anger, bitterness and even violence, when we can’t accomplish those lustful worldly goals. Much of the debt we’ve accumulated can be traced right back to the foolish desire we have of ‘keeping up with the Joneses.’ And though there’s no harm in wanting to look good and live good, when it drives us to do what we can’t really afford, then it becomes a problem, a sin in the eyes of God. And while we’re rushing to compete on false terms and levels, the greedy businessmen are getting wealthier, laughing all the way to the bank, not caring that they are creating a monster that will eventually come back to bite them. Just look at the recent worldwide economic fallout, from which we’re still suffering, because some greedy, unprincipled people built a house of cards to enrich themselves. But would you believe they haven’t learned their lesson, they’re still doing the same thing. Ah Lord eh! But such is the greed and stupidity that mankind has achieved at his highest point of evolution. The Good Lord must certainly wonder where He went wrong when He looks down at our pitiful society; a society that’s evil, ungodly and hell bent for destruction. Oh Friends, the safety, the regeneration of our world depends on us believers. If we don’t infuse peace, LOVE and common sense into our world, then the future certainly looks bleak. Jesus knew the evil stuff we’d get into, and that only the gospel could save us, that’s why He instructed the disciples, and by extension, all future believers, to ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’ (Matt.29:19-20) But unfortunately we can’t do that properly unless and until we stop following the foolish mores of the world. In this particular case, comparing ourselves to others, and thus bringing on feelings of inferiority or superiority, with all their attendant problems. Friends, please remember that we’re supposed to be in the world but not of it, so let’s take Bruh Paul’s words in our Bit to heart and reduce our participation in the world’s ungodly activities. ‘For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.’ That’s gospel my people! So I’m imploring us to be wise, to pull up our socks and get back to basic Christian principles, as our Lord and Saviour Jesus desires. Only then can our world improve. Much LOVE!…comparisons only lead to doubt, confusion and ungodliness…

Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 July 2011 Psalm 121:1

Psalm 121:1.    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Oh Friends, it’s Monday! The day we LOVE to hate, because it means our return to slaving for the man. But here are two encouraging notes; the ground is wet from a thunderstorm a few hours ago, and it won’t be as hot as last week. And all God’s people released a loud sigh and a thankful ‘Praise the Lord!’ Oh, it’ll still be on the warm side, high 20’s, but nowhere near as humid or oppressive. And a good indicator of that is last night, as I was coming home from a function in Toronto, I didn’t need my A/C, I just put the setting to vent and it kept me cool and comfortable. I also noticed a billboard overlooking the highway flashing a potent message: ‘Your destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice.’ And that’s very true in most instances my people, especially when it comes to our eternal destiny; whether we’ll spend eternity in Hades with Lucifer and his evil cohorts, or in heaven with the Holy Trinity. Oh Friends, that’s the most important decision we’ll ever make in this life, and I’ll strongly advise that you make reservations with the latter trio, because they run the better establishment. Heaven is five star, while Hades is a dump! And furthermore, I ‘d advise you to make those reservations right away, for none of us knows when our number will be called up yonder, and if you don’t book for heaven from down here, then you’ll automatically end up in the quagmire that’s Hades. Anyway, our immediate need is to raise our spirits, to get us enlivened to go out and face the enemy this new work week, so let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn: ‘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!’ And with that spurt of adrenalin and enthusiasm engendered by that prayer, let’s go out and do serious battle now mih breddren! It also segues quite nicely into our Bit, taken from a psalm that praises God’s sustaining power. ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills (mountains), from whence cometh my help.’ Now note that the psalmist isn’t looking at the mountains as a source of help, but more as a reflection of God’s presence and power; their overwhelming strength, majesty and beauty, towering over every thing else, the way our God does. And as the scholars suggest, the last part of our Bit should possibly be rephrased as a question; ‘from whence cometh my help?’ That’s because in the next verse the psalmist confidently declares where that help truly comes from: ‘My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’ (Ps.121:2) And that’s the gospel truth people! It’s proven by the fact that we just finished singing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn, as we do our Friday Chant, to the Lord God Jehovah, who’s the one that gives us the wherewithal to withstand the trials and temptations of this earthly journey. The prophet Jeremiah totally concurs with this truth. ‘Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.’ (Jer.3:23) And as the psalmist confidently continues: ‘He will not suffer thy foot to be moved (slip): he that keepeth thee will not slumber… The Lord shall preserve (keep) thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.’ (Ps.121:3,7-8) Oh Friends, that says it all! The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the creator of this world and all therein. He’s also the sustainer of all those who believe, trust and surrender their lives to Him. So please my people, let’s conduct ourselves accordingly; with respect, reverence and LOVE for our heavenly Father. It’s the only wise and sensible way to live this earthly life. Much LOVE!…he who hath ears to hear…let him hear…


Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 July 2011 Psalm 66:1-2

Psalm 66:1-2.    Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

Oh Friends, when is the nonsense going to stop eh? Only when we’ve completely destroyed ourselves? I’m talking about the sad spectacle in Norway’s capital, Oslo; the senseless bombing of the government’s office building, containing the Prime Minister’s office and those of other high government functionaries, then the fatal shooting of at least eighty odd teenagers at an island camp outside of the capital. Ah Lord eh! And it’s hard to believe that that’s the work of apparently one deranged Norwegian male, unhappy with the ruling government. Many of us are unhappy with our governments, but that’s no reason to go blowing up buildings and killing innocent people. If all unhappy citizens acted that way, then there’d be total anarchy. Unfortunately that seems to be the direction we’re headed, for this sickness of wreaking havoc, of being a destructive rather than a creative force, has become too pervasive all around the globe now. The cowardly, murderous behaviour, nicely termed terrorism, has now infiltrated all societies, causing us to live in even more fear than normal. But Friends, until we truly and seriously come together and defeat the satanic beast that’s corrupting our world, our lives will always be less than fulfilled, because that unspoken fear at the back of our minds will constantly have us jittery and anxious. On a much more pleasant note though, some showers of blessing finally fell in the Toronto area last night… And the voices of all God’s people rose to high heaven with a glorious shout of: ‘Glory Hallelujah! Great is our God! And greatly to be praised!’ I don’t think it was sufficient to quench the immense thirst of the parched land, but we’re all thankful for small mercies. On the other hand, the extreme heat is not forecasted to go away for a few days yet. But then again, as true and faithful believers, we all know and operate on the principle that ‘this too shall pass.’ And with that in mind, let’s do what our Bit advises nuh mih people: ‘Make a joyful noise (shout) unto God, all ye lands, (people of the earth). Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.’ Yes Friends, our powerful but merciful, generous and LOVING God is most worthy of our praise and honour. I don’t think we really appreciate His goodness sufficiently, else we would LOVE, honour, praise, thank and obey Him much more than we do. I’m sure if each us looked back at where we came from, where we are today, and where we’re headed, we’d see quite clearly the hand of God writ large there. None of us could have made it without His constant and merciful help along the way. So why are we so reluctant to give Him the praise and glory that He’s due eh? I guess we’ve allowed the enemy to infiltrate our hearts and minds, causing us to think we had much more to do with our success than we did. But fellow believer, please remember these faithful words of Jesus: ‘I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.’ (John 15:5) Truer words were never spoken my brethren! Without Jesus in our lives, we’re lost, helpless imbeciles. End of story! Consequently, it is essential, of vital importance that we constantly praise, revere and glorify the Lord God of our fathers. The psalmists enthusiastically advised it on several occasions. Listen to a few of them: ‘O Come let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise (shout joyfully) to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms (songs). For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.’ (Ps.95:1-3) Then Psalm 105 joyfully proclaims: ‘O Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.’ (Ps.105:1-3) And finally, Psalm 100 declares in conjunction with our Bit: ‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands (all the earth). Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.’ (Ps.100:1-5) And a loud, ‘Hallelujah! Amen!’ rang up to heaven. Ah Friends, the major fault in our world right now is that we’ve relegated our God to background status, and therefore don’t praise and glorify Him as we ought, and that’s the main reason why He created us. So please, let’s bring Him back to the forefront of our lives. And the easiest way to do that is by singing His praise and talking of His goodness, letting His LOVE in our hearts shine abroad, so horrific deeds like that committed in Norway, won’t happen again. It’s the only way to prevent such disastrous occurrences. Much LOVE!…only the LOVE of Jesus…can conquer the evil of Beelzebub…


Today’s Scrip-Bit 23 July 2011 Psalm 3:3

Psalm 3:3.    But thou, O Lord. art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of mine head.

Ah mih people, it’s promising to be another hot, humid day in July, though not as hot as Thursday, when we reached temps of 37.9 Celsius, the hottest day in July for many a year. Rain has also been forecasted for some areas, but that hasn’t happened as yet. It’s coming though, only on the Lord’s timetable. Anyway, on this muggy Saturday morning, even if we are somewhat uncomfortable, let’s stand strong in our faith, ‘Looking unto Jesus the author (originator) and finisher (perfector) of our faith…’ (Heb.12:2) and also ‘…the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.’ (Heb.5:9) That means, regardless of what’s happening in our lives and the world at large, believers ought always to keep looking to Jesus for strength, leadership and guidance. It is not always an easy task to manage when the pressures of life come against us, but our faith requires it. Turning to Jesus in faith during those difficult times also helps us grow, builds our maturity in the Christian walk, which is essential if we want to become true images of Jesus in this fallen world. That is why, Bruh David, when he fled from his rebellious son Absalom, could say in Psalm 3, a prayer of confidence in God: ‘But thou, O Lord, art a shield for (around) me; my glory, and the lifter up of (the one who lifts up) mine head.’ He knew exactly where his strength and salvation lay; with the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God of his fathers. And the same still stands true for us today Friends. The Lord God Jehovah is still our rock, our solid foundation and sure refuge, the one who will walk and talk with us through whatever problems we face, and bring us out safely at the end of them all. As Bruh David so gloriously proclaimed in Psalm 5, a prayer for protection: ‘But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest (protect) them: let them also that LOVE thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass (surround) him as with a shield.’ (Ps.5:11-12) And that’s the gospel truth my brethren! The Lord will certainly bless and keep from harm those who obey Him, so it’s only fitting that believers rejoice and shout for joy because we are confident in the Lord’s promises to safeguard the righteous. And if that doesn’t move your spirit, (smile) then hear this from Psalm 28, Bruh David’s prayer for God’s help: ‘Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.’ (Ps.28:6-7) Yes Friends, when we place our sincere trust in Almighty God, surrender our will completely to His, then there’s nothing He won’t do for us. He becomes our strength and shield, our provider and protector. We therefore have great reason to rejoice and sing His praises. As our Bit says, the Lord’s also our glory and the lifter of our heads. Now isn’t His glory a spectacular sight to behold! His throne in the heavens all dressed in splendour, and Jesus, our Lord, Saviour and Advocate sitting at His right hand, with the angels singing praises while they do His bidding! His glory is transferred to us when we humbly and obediently seek Him with a pure heart. His Holy Spirit is born within us causing us to lift up our heads in confidence, throw back our shoulders and walk proudly as befits a child of the Most High God, thinking powerful, positive thoughts like: ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ (Rom.8:31) ‘The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ (Ps.27:1)  ‘And now shall mine head be lifted up (in honour) above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.’ (Ps.27:6) Oh my people, the Lord God Jehovah is our mainstay: He created us, provides for and protects us, then receives us in glory. Now since He’s so very good to the undeserving children of men, that’s reason enough for us to worship Him with joy and loudly sing His praises for all to hear! My people, let’s think seriously on the things we’ve spoken of today, and accordingly give our God the great praise, worship and obedience He deserves. As believers, that’s our bounden duty. Much LOVE!…Oh, when I remember the good things my God has done for me…I just want to jump for joy…and sing and praise His Holy Name…


Today’s Scrip-Bit 22 July 2011 Psalm 27:9‏

Psalm 27:9.    Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Ah Friends, it’s Friday once again, that day we so hunger for because we know that it’s going to bring us some temporary respite from slaving for the man. And though it’s as hot as the proverbial hell, people are still rejoicing and singing the mantra: ‘TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday!’ Some might actually want to go to work because they have air conditioning there and none at home, while many will be glad they don’t have to drive a substantial distance in their cars without A/C. But whatever the situation Friends, our Friday Chant will put it into proper perspective. So let’s chant it loud and proud nuh! ‘Oh Lord, thanks for getting me safely through another week of work! It hasn’t been easy, but with your generous help, I made it through. Now, please help me to get sufficient fun, fellowship, rest and relaxation in these two short days off, so that I can be renewed and refreshed in soul, body and mind, to go back out and do it all over again next week, furthering your glorious kingdom with each step I take. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.’ Now that should settle us down for today. (smile) But unfortunately some of us are having bigger problems; suffering from afflictions like loneliness, depression, anxiety, isolation and abandonment. Those are not things to laugh or sneeze about, because they cause great pain and distress. Even Bruh David, Friend of God and man after His own heart experienced those problems, and sometimes very badly too. But he knew exactly where to go, whom to run to in those times of despair. As he says in the first verse of Psalm 27: ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ And the resounding answer my people, is ‘NOBODY!’ For the Lord God is the proper and perfect destination for all calamity and despair. And to show this, later on in the psalm, Bruh David pleads: ‘Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.’ (Ps.27:7-8) That brings us to our Bit, where he continues beseeching the Lord: ‘Hide not thy face far from me; put (turn) not away thy servant in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.’ Oh mih breddren, yuh see how many things he crams into that one, short verse; the Lord shouldn’t hide his face from him, nor turn him away in anger, for He’s been his help in times past, neither should He leave nor forsake him. And the most important part of it all; acknowledgement that the Lord is his salvation, his sure and positive hope for an eternal future. Wow! Such simplicity, but so much said, and straight to the point too. And if that isn’t enough to move us, then listen to the next verse: ‘When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up (take care of me).’ (Ps.27:10) Yes Friends, that’s assurance, confidence, and faith writ large! Can we say the same things sincerely, truly believing them deep down in our hearts, minds, bodies and souls? We ought to. It’s not easy, but it’s the best remedy for whatever ails us, the best antidote for the negative emotions that constantly buffet us in this earthly life. When the pangs of loneliness, sickness, abandonment, anxiety, or whatever depressing feeling assails us, the best thing to do is to run to God so He can tenderly wrap us in His LOVING embrace, and LOVE us back to sound health. Friends, that’s His specialty! He specializes in healing broken hearts, dreams, bodies and anything that’s not right. Bruh David knew this, that’s why he continually cried out to the God of his fathers in times of trouble. Now hear a couple of examples of his crying out to God in rough times. In Psalm 69, a cry of distress, he faithfully pleads: ‘Hear me, O Lord; for thy LOVING-kindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily (quickly). Draw nigh (near) unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.’ (Ps.69:16-18) Then in Psalm 143, where he’s asking for teaching to do the Lord’s will, he emotionally declares: ‘Hear (answer) me speedily, O Lord; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be (become) like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy LOVING-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.’ (Ps.143:7-8) Oh Friends, we couldn’t want for a better example of reaching out, of crying out to God than Bruh David. He both saw and experienced much tribulation in his time, but he always made the Lord his refuge, his stronghold. Today I’m asking us to commit ourselves, our lives to that same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who LOVINGLY holds us in the palms of his hands, and leads and guides us, like the lost sheep we are. He is the panacea for ALL of our problems! Please, let’s turn to Him today, so that our lives can be filled with mercy, grace, forgiveness, untold blessings and LOVING-kindness from His never-ending storehouse of unconditional LOVE. Sincerely doing that, anoints us with the mark of wisdom and understanding. Much LOVE!…it’s much easier, wiser and more profitable…to run to God…than away from Him… 


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