Thursday, September 21, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #12

THANK GOD FOR ANOTHER DAY! 

I have been blessed with knowing a great number of wise women who have now graduated from earth to eternity. One of those women was “Auntie Maude” who would often be heard saying: “Thank God for another day.” Now I say that. 

TITUS 2:3
 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH- SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2-4



SONG OF SOLOMON 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.




Has God ever kissed you?  Remember when Judas kissed Jesus?

MARK 14:44
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 

Judas kissed the Son of God not with love but for self indulgent reasons.  There are many false kisses manifesting in the world today.

We know that God is love (1 John 4) and those who love, truly love, do not soil love with worldly ideologies.

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:3
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.

There is much to say about ointments:  “…thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5b) But what does that mean? What does it mean to be anointed?  Solomon goes on to say: “thy name is as ointment poured forth”.

By definition a virgin is pure, uncorrupted by fleshly desires.  I think, there is more to this kiss than just foreplay. (Forgive me if that offended you.)

SONG OF SOLOMON 1:4
Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

Now we are getting a bit more intense! I have been using the King James Bible however my New King James as well as other translations seperate the words based on who is speaking.

It is the woman, the Shulamite, that request: “Draw me.” And “The king hath brought me into his chambers.”  (Did you notice it is “chambers” and not chamber?)

There is much to learn about God’s love and even love between a man and a woman in just these 3 verses.  Reading the Bible in a year is great and if your goal is to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation go for it. The challenge is to study Scripture and learn from it.  I am concluding for now because I want to meditate on a few things and I hope you do too!    - It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, September 18, 2017

BACK2BASICS: WHAT I LEARNED FROM IRMA

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As a Hybrid-Prepper I have to give myself a “C” post hurricane Irma. My family and I successfully ‘bugged-out’ and returned home. We left home earlier than orignianlly plan but prior to leaving the home was properly stocked with dry and canned goods and we had enough cash on hand. Upon returning home we were able to live the few days without electricity eating and drinking as we had before the storm- with a few adjustments. Yes, I had to take one cold shower. It was good that we were able to stay away so long because three days after we returned home the power (and internet) was completely resotred. But I did learn a few things.

Adversity reveals the true nature of a persons’ character. Sure you may know that a family member or friend is selfish but trials reveal how selfish. Those of us who have gone through a major event such as a hurricane, or even a major illness or death, may have seen the un-Christlike behavior of some Christians.

I was very proud of my 10 year old grandson who did more physical work than I did. But, I was surprised and dissapointed in many of the adult children who could not contribute, or just did not, with labor -putting up shutters- or helping to fray the cost of traveling, eating on the road or the hotel expenses.

Not everyone can deal with high level stressors. When you have to evacuate, ‘bug-out.’ you must know who is your weakest link.  There will be no surprises on the road if you do not ignore those little things you see now in your children, your friends, your family and or your spouse. You have to know the strengths and weakness of those in your group not so that you can abandon them but so you will have a plan to compensate for their shortcomings at the appropriate time.

During a crisis getting the support you need becomes difficult when your personal resources (friends and family) base their understanding of what is happening on the news. Promised pleges can be nullified once the media declared the crisis is over. Those who do not live in the effected area see images on televisin of homes not touched by the hurricane, homes with minimal damage or they see distruction where they know they have no friends or family living.

FOR THE RECORD: We are actually doing OK. (Thanks family!)

The reason you see tarp on roofs is because it takes weeks, if not months, before the insurance claims can be processed. FEMA is available to help people get food stamps and other government aids, as well as loans and for some grants. Many people, my household included, will have to wait for the insurance company to authorize the repairs. (The claims adjuster has not yet called to make an appointment to asses the damage. Claim filed 4 days ago.)  I suspect that much of the property damage the insurance company will consider “cosmetic” and not pay for it. But by law, because I have a pool, I need a fence; I don’t have $8,000 to build a new one. (No I don’t expect others to pay for it.)

There are out of pocket expenses that even when evacuation is planned cannot be determined until an event happens. Neither FEMA nor the Insurance company will put back the hundreds of dollars worth of frozen meat that went bad because the power outage, not to mention everything that was in the refrigerator. Rebuilding cost, some people cannot afford the insurance deductible. Think about the people who have to decide if they are going to make the mandatory health insurance payment or begin the process of repairing the storm damage. Life post hurricane Irma is more complicated than outsiders think.

Because we don’t know the day or the hour that an event will happen we will not be 100% ready- ever. I DON’T CARE HOW GREAT A PREPPER YOU ARE.  Most preppers focus on stocking up and bugging out, in addition to defending what they have. An important part of a Preppers plan should be restoration, at least if you are like me and are a Hybrid Prepper, you should be.

I am blessed with family that can, will and did help when I asked.

Why did I give myself a “C”? Because I did not plan restoration very well. I did not take into account that when I evacuated I would bring my 2 daughters and two of my grandchildren with me. My adult daughters paid their own way during the evacuation BUT they spent their bill money to do so. They are at an age in which they are building their finances, which includes becoming debt free, so their limited funds is understandable.

We made the decision to leave our home and were able to stay in a hotel for five nights, when we returned home the power was off but only for a few days. For me, as a Hybrid Prepper, this was a trial run. I pray we will nothave to go through this again but if we do my family is ready.

Finally as a Believer throughout this entire ordeal I did not stop seeking His face. I learned: Father God does not leave us or forsake us; in the midst of the storm He is with us. Therefore I know He will supply all that my family needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus as we begin the restoration process.      —Marsha L F Randolph



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A MATTER OF FAITH: SONG OF SOLOMON STUDY INTRODUCTION

Song of Solomon makes you think about love, not just any love but an intimate type of love, that is what makes it so sexy. Can the Bible be sexy? Yes, sexy is the attitude used to attract someone. Unfortunately, many people have made being sexy to a type of perversion not sanctioned by God.

PROVERBS 5:19 (King James Version)
Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

The imagery is not unsexy for sure.  But this book, SONG OF SOLOMON, is not about what the world thinks of intamcy thus there is no need to run to Victoria’s secret to dress for the occasion. We will be looking at God’s love for us and prayerfully taking our love for him deeper.

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This book is believed to be written by Solomon around 965 BC. Why is this important?  In determining the context in which something is written the more one knows about the author and the circumstances in which the words were presented the more accurate the interpretation. Knowing that Solomon is the author, a man who was known for his skill in writing songs and his apparent love of women, the passion found within the book is easily seen, I doubt if Jeremiah would right something this sexy.

This book is also refered to as “The Song of Songs” (derived from the Hebrew ”the most excellent of song”)or “Canticles”. I had never heard it referred to as canticles which means ‘songs,’ a Latin term.

How do we read this book? I knew of 2 ways before beginning this study: as a story of the relationship between a man and a woman or between Christ and His followers. Apparently there are more than five interpretations my Bible examines five.
Allegorical- In order to accept this interpretation you must not take the words literrally. What is written represents another concept.
Typological -This is what those who believe the words represent Christ and the church, Israel.
Anthology of love songs - It is what it is; a collection of songs, love songs.
Three-character intepretation- In this interpretation Solomon is not seen as a positive influence. He, Solomon is trying to pull the maiden away from the shepherd.
Literal love story - The story between Solomon and the unknown maiden.

It is not our responsibility to determine who is right or wrong. It is important to trust the Spirit of God to reveal what it is you need to know.      — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: BEFORE I BEGIN

In July of this year, 2017, I began 30 days of praying, not fasting, this is what I felt lead by the Spirit of God to do. I did not know what to pray or why it was necessary to journal my prayers for 30 days. In hindsight I know that it was all a part of God’s plan for my life according to my purpose.

ROMANS 8:28-29
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

I discovered, in my faith journey, that I knew how to walk in the spirit.

ROMANS 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

My prayers were private but purposeful. I did not have a need to pray for family specifically and I did not know what the Lord wanted me to interceed for. But, as the days progressed I saw things, in the spirit, and I prayed for and against what I saw.

Next the Lord had me share good news on Facebook for 30 days. Interestingly enough I was also  doing a Bible Study from Philippians 4:8-9 which lasted 6 weeks. Positing positive news the Bible is not hard if you use the Bible as your reference. However, I discovered just because a media story presented itself as good it was not necessarily positive; what the world says is good is not always good.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:18-20 King James Version
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 

Many of the headlines were good but the actual words within the article revealed an agenda that did not agree with God’s word. There are lots of Christian sites that promote positive stories of faith however I was looking for positive stories of living in this world. I did resort to sharing Scripture, particularly towards the end when the fires inthe west and Hurricane Harvey and Irma impacted the country. There is no better news than the gospel which is why Philippians was an important study.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

With God nothing happens by accident or coincidence thus: praying, posting and studying Philippians were all necessary for me and those who read what was publicly shared. Prayer adjusted my vision; post opened the lines of communication as the Lord directed me and I released to the people; and for those who read the Bible study, it prepared their hearts for what is to be next.

I will begin a study on the Song of Solomon. I think Song of Solomon is the sexiest book in the Bible. I know of 2 thoughts regarding how to interpret the writings: It is a relationship between a man and a woman and it discusses the intimate relationship the Lord has with the Believer. Since I have already started my study I can tell you that there is more to the book.

This is a Bible Study, what is different is the simul-post I will be doing between Facebook and my blog. This may not be new to others who share the gospel but it is new for me.  I will be using Thomas Nelson’s THE KING JAMES STUDY BIBLE - Full Color Edition, 2017, as my primary Bible. I may from time to time use the NKJV, the VOICE, the NIV or the EXPANDED Bible as reference. I am anticipating this will be a long study, about 3 months.

I am encouraging comments on both Facebook and on the blog I ask that your words be respectful. PLEASE do not post your own Bible study, comments of 500 words or more. If you have that much to say create your own blog or write it on your own Facebook feed.

ROMANS 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
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A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT



PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.




Despite the wars and rumors of wars, even though there are fires, hurricanes and earthquakes, it is important that Believers give a greater portion of their thought to the Word of God. Let me say it another way: Believers must give more thought, now, to the things of God than that which is in the world.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Disregard the comments about Negative News (often referred to as ‘Fake News’) remeber the good news of Jesus.

ACTS 14:7 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
They ·announced the Good News [preached the Gospel] there, too.

Philippians 4:8-9 is not teaching believers to ignore what is happening but to focus on God’s will.

ISAIAH 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

The things of this world will become a distraction if you let it. But, we know beause it is written in 1 John 2:16 that the things of this world will fall into three catagories: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride in stuff; none of these things should concern a believer.

MATTHEW 6:31-34 THE VOICE
So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

Again the word of God tell us not to worry or be concerned with the same things as the people in this world are focused on. We are to: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”


ISAIAH 26:3  THE EXPANDED BIBLE
You, Lord, ·give [preserve/keep in] ·true peace [complete peace; L- peace, peace]·to those who depend on you [T- whose mind is stayed on you; L- whose purpose is firm], because they trust you.
Christianity is a lifestyle not just a response to emergencies. Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) Father God does not expect Christians to follow the media or respond as the world does. God knows what is going on in the world and has made provisions for us to live in peace despite what is happening. The Expanded Bible version of Isaiah 26:3 declares that we have peace if we trust Father God.

The question is: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT? What are you dedicating the majority of your time to?  Finally my brothers and sisiters I share this word with you:

PROVERBS 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
                                                                     — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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COMING UP: A STUDY ON THE SONG OF SOLOMON




Sunday, September 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: GOOD REPORTS

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.




As I go into a study of  a “good report”  as part of a study on Philippians 4, I am coming to the end of a personal challenge: for 30 days I am to post positive news on Facebook. On day #17 I began posting God’s Word; there is no better report than Scripture.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we should not be impressed with titles, social or financial status, nor works of faith. He list his very impressive credentials in Philippians chapter three. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” (verse 8 King James translation).  Because of his personal encounter with the Lord he discovered how irrelevant his social status was.

PHILIPPIANS 3:4-8 The Voice
If any try to throw around their pedigrees to you, remember my résumé—which is more impressive than theirs. I was circumcised on the eighth day—as the law prescribes—born of the nation of Israel, descended from the tribe of Benjamin. I am a Hebrew born of Hebrews; I have observed the law according to the strict piety of the Pharisees, separate from those embracing a less rigorous kind of Judaism.  Zealous? Yes. I ruthlessly pursued and persecuted the church. And when it comes to the righteousness required by the law, my record is spotless.
But whatever I used to count as my greatest accomplishments, I’ve written them off as a loss because of the Anointed One. And more so, I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him.

Many people have forgotten what is important. There is a lot of anger and frustration in the world today, even among Christians. Philippians 3:4-8 teaches how irrelevant  the things the world believes to be importantare. True peace and joy comes from trusting what is written in Scripture. Unfortunately, we have taken our eyes off of the Word of God and focused on the things of this world.

1 JOHN 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

By today’s standard God’s word is not a ‘good report’ but a list of do’s and don’ts that hinder success. Confusion in the church theology makes it difficult to fellowship with like believers. Divisions among the various denominations and the different doctrines of what to believe and not believe can make it hard for a person who wants to live accourding what is written in the Bible but does not know how. Pressure from various government entities lead many who are weak in the faith to compromise God’s word.

Meditate on the good report of the gospel. When others quote an athletes statistics you should be able to quote Bible verses. While others pursue the latest fashions you should meditate on the Word so that you will be clothed in righteousness. As the world becomes angry, frustrated and lash out in violence you will be able to smile because you have peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Bible does not tell us to ignore what is going on in the world. We are instructed to give more thought to “whatever things are of good report.”  What do you think about the most?  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

MISSED THE OTHER POST ON PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
8/13/2017  LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS 
8/20/2017 NOBILITY
8/27/2013 WHATEVER IS JUST
9/3/2017 WHATEVER IS PURE AND LOVELY
This study will conclude next week!

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