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.
--- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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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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Sunday, September 3, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHATEVER IS PURE AND LOVELY

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.

Your thoughts, what you meditate on, should be filled with whatever things are pure and lovely. The Word of God is good, salvation through Jesus the Son of God is pure and lovely. No matter what is going on in the world there is the assurance of help to those who have placed their trust in Jesus.

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.

The airewaves are filled with vile information. Programs that celebrate images that are offensive which can influence the soul. Many people think that it is important to be aware of what is going on in this world so as to live a better Christian life.

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.

What is worldly is not godly; what is godly is not worldly. Knowing all the players working in the NFL may be a good thing to know if you are a sports writer or announcer however if you are sick the informatin will not help you. Pointing out the transgressions of a political party may be entertaining and justify your being loyal to the opposing party but God is not politically influenced thus your blessings are not party based.

MATTHEW 6:25-34
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Around about the time I began discussing Philippians 4 verses 8-9 I also started a 30 quest for positive news. I believed then and still do that false teachings are presented as true. There are people who participate in anti-Christ behaviors but church leaders exalt them as noble individuals. Both print and television news outlets declare what would is biblically just as unjust. As I sifted through various articles I discovered what seemed to be good news was actually not; the world’s good news does not agree with the gospel.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9 The Voice
Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.  Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you.

The word of God is crystal clear- pure. We nullify God’s word by our own words of doubt and unbelief. We soil the truth by infusing man’s ideology into what really is honorable, right, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy. We should know God’s word more than we know anything else.

When we think about, meditate on, problems and not God’s word we are giving that which is not from God priority. Matthew 6:33 states we are to:  “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” we are not to seek first man’s opinion.

Bad news travels fast because people like hearing how bad other people are doing. Newspapers, magazines and television news make money telling bad news. Even blog post and video post that have inflammatory headlines will get the attention of more people than a positive one.

What I did not discuss is how bad news adversley affects your health. There is a reason why the Apostle tells Believers to meditate on, think about, these things. I have shared Philippians 4:8-9 using the King James, the Voice and (see below) the Expanded translations because it is important for each person to evaluate what he or she is thinking about.


PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
[L- Finally; In conclusion; or Now then] Brothers and sisters, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] things that are true and honorable and ·right [just] and pure and ·beautiful [lovely] and ·respected [commendable]. If there is anything that is ·good [morally excellent] and worthy of praise, ·think about [focus your thoughts on; fill your minds with] these things. Do what you learned and received and heard ·from [L- in] me, and what you saw ·me do [L- in me]. And the God ·who gives [L- of] peace will be with you. 
---written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Sunday, August 27, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHATEVER IS JUST


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.




Things that are true and noble consist of information that is not false and filled with integrity. In previous post I have discussed” whatever things are true” and whatever things are “noble”. Today I want to look at what it means to think about “whatever things are just”.

When most people think of what is “just” they think of the judicial system. Depending on your political ideology, some believe the system is fair other believe it to be unfair; just or unjust.

The same is true when it comes to ideology regarding faith. Indidviduals with a universalist religious ideolgy believe God treats people fairly thus everyone is going to heaven. Atheist believe that God is not fair because He sends people to hell.

The truth is, like the United States governmnet God gives people the choice of doing what is right or doing what is illegal. People have the choice of doing what is legal or illegal according to both man and God’s law. The system by which a person is judged is just but the circumstances in which an opinion is made and the method by which the law is interpreted is where the problem arises.

We are instructed: “…whatever things are just,…if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Not only do we see injustice all around but we meditate on them daily.

Negative information, things that are not just, are reported not only on the various television and radio outlets but through such outlets as Facebook and YouTube.  The information being presented and shared creates an atmosphere of evil and those who add fuel to the fire of negativity will be held accountable.


MATTHEW 12:36-37
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus is telling us we will be held accountable for our words. Remember what the Proverb 18:21 states: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SPEAKING FOOLISH WORDS!

Through out the world we see the result of death filled words being spoken and written.  If it is true (and it is true) that death and life are in our mouths then we need to speak life.

PROVERBS 8:6
Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things;

How can a person speak excellent things? By hearing excellent things.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We know that the Word of God is good news, that is what the word gospel means.

PROVERBS  4:23 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
·Be careful what you think [L- Above all that you guard, protect your heart], because ·your thoughts run your life [L- life flows from it].
What you listen to influences what you think, what you think influences what you speak.  If you want to know what you really believe listen to your words.

Listen to the words of people you consider friends.
NOT EVERYONE CAN GO WITH YOU TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
(Mark 14:32-42) You have to know what is just. 

MARK 14:47-49
And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

(*If you are not familiar with Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane I strongly suggest you read it.)

We are bombarded with information regarding what is not just. As stories of perceived injustices increase the anger and violence increase. People, even those who say they are Christian, confess their hatred of those with opposing viewpoints.

It is a matter of personal responsibility. You have to make a decision to meditate on what is just.

ROMANS 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

You have to make a decision to look for what is just; otherwise you will be conformed to this world. It requires a great deal of effort to know about what is going on in the world but give most of your thought to what is good.

Next week I will look at what is pure and lovely.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: NOBILITY

Last week I shared with readers my desire to spend 30 days seeking “good news.” As I continue my journey I am learning more about the children of God. We have a lot to learn…

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.


In a previous post  I briefly discussed “whatever things are true.” Today I want to examine “whatever things are noble.”

The King James Version of the Bible the term “honest” is used instead of noble. Young’s Literal Translation uses the term “grave.” What is difference between the words: noble, honest, grave?  Not much if you are looking at an older  dictionary. ‘Semnos’ is the Greek word that has been translated (Strongs' 4586); in its’ definition both grave and honest are included.  Each of these words have the same meaning yet, like many words, its’ definition has become lost in the culture.  The New King James uses the term ‘noble’ for ‘semnos’.  It is a term we often associate with integrity which is the same as being honest or grave.

The word sincere comes to mind when I think of Noble.

What is noble today? Do you see examples of men and women whose character and words reflect honesty?  Do you consider yourself noble?

HEBREWS 13:1-8 The Voice
Let love continue among you. Don’t forget to extend your hospitality to all—even to strangers—for as you know, some have unknowingly shown kindness to heavenly messengers in this way. Remember those imprisoned for their beliefs as if you were their cellmate; and care for any who suffer harsh treatment, as you are all one body.
Hold marriage in high esteem, all of you, and keep the marriage bed pure because God will judge those who commit sexual sins.
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.”Because of this promise, we may boldly say,
The Lord is my help— I won’t be afraid of anything. How can anyone harm me? Listen to your leaders, who have spoken God’s word to you. Notice the fruits of their lives and mirror their faith.
Jesus the Anointed One is always the same: yesterday, today, and forever.

What is noble? What we see today in the media and what we hear coming out of the mouths of individuals who say they are Christian is not necessarily noble.

Today, as part of my 30 day quest, I searched various news outlets on the internet to find positive stories. One link advertised good news and the first six articles were negative. The story I chose to post was an associated press article in which many of the other news outlets also shared.  Good news is not always easy to find.


  • Yes, Christians can have fun. 
  • Yes, Christians need to know what is going on in the world.


JOHN 17:11-16
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me,that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

As residents of this world we are to remember that our homes is in eternity with God our Father. While here we are ambassadors representing the Kingdom of God.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:20
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Our words should not mimic the words of those individuals in the world. Studying the Scripture, knowing the good news of salvation through faith and trust in Jesus gives us plenty to talk about. For the next week listen to yourself talk and take the 7-Day Challenge.

Here is a SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE: READ & LISTEN

  1. Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9
  2. Listen: To WHAT YOU SAY. 
    • To yourself
    • To your children and spouse
    • To your family
    • To your friends
    • To your co-workers


PROVERBS 8:6 (King James Version)
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 


— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, August 14, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: GROWING CHAYA


Most people have never heard of CHAYA, at least the people I know have not, I am not going to begin to explain it to you now because I am less knowledgeable regarding the CHAYA tree as I am with the Moringa. The following video is worth watching to learn what Chaya is:




I don’t have an opinion on growing Chaya. I can tell you of the 7 stalks I ordered NONE HAVE DIED!!!! I have given 3 stalks away and the ladies that have it are not having any problems growing it. I have 3 stalks planted in temporary containers, 2 1/2 gallon size, I will be giving away two.  I will plant one in the ground as soon as figure out where in my yard I am going to plant it.
I gave 3 away, planted 3 in containers and one has been sitting in rain water since I received the bundle. This plant is growing just as well as those in dirt, except the leaves are a bit greener.

For sure, I will be selling 3 of the chaya plants, prayerfully soon. You really only need one. I am looking forward to learning how to cook and eat this wonderful addition to my garden.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS

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.

For the next 30 days I will be intentionally looking for positive news and information. Much of what we see and hear today is negative. News has become hateful and many of us repeat the hateful words we have heard. We as a people have become angry, the fruit of hate. These emotions are not from God.

We are told in Philippians to think about, meditate on, the positive; we are not instructed to ignore what is happening. We are to give the majority of our thought-life to what is: true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good reports, virtuous concepts, and anything praiseworthy. You might have to turn the television and radio off  in order to remain focused on what is good; you might even have to avoide certain people.

What is true? When we think of the word true we think: not false, it means a lot more. To be true something or someone must be believable, credible. Someone who is true is faithful, has integrity, is honest. Something that is true wil endure the test of time; it is long lasting, irrevocable.  The word of the Lord is.

PSALM 119:160 KJV
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. 

JEREMIAH 10:10
But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. 

Jesus is the Word and He is the Truth.

JOHN 1:1,14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

JOHN 14:6 King James Version)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

The word of God is true:

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Two hours of church service plus an hour of Bible Study at church a week pales when compared to the hours a day we spend listening to and talking about negative reports.  Many individuals fill their minds with negative information from news outlets and doctors’ reports thus their conversations are rarely good. Not enough Word is taken in thus many speak what “they say” without consideration as to what the Bible states.

The word of God is true, the world does not focus on the truth. The world profits financially by sharing and creating problems. Jesus is a problem solver which is why the world does not speak about Jesus.

JOHN 16:33 The Expanded Bible
“I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have ·trouble [persecution; suffering], but ·be brave [take courage/heart]! I have ·defeated [victory over; conquered; overcome] the world.”

Social media is filled with commentaries about “Fake News” and people debating it. As followers of Christ we must focus on and spread the good news of Jesus the Christ.   — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: VAIN REPTITIONS

MATTHEW 6:7
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Vain repetitions are words spoken that do not align with the Word of God. For example: “Be it Your will.” Jehovah Eloheem has given us His will thus if you do not know it then He has no reason to listen to You.  Iknow quite a few individuals who use this phrase, “Be it Your will,” often.  Another example of vain repetitions is the “Hail Mary” prayer cited by many Catholics.

People believe Father God hears their prayers because they are humble when they go before Him not presuming to know the mind of God. Why would our Lord tell us to pray “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10)? Father God has revealed His will in His word and to declare “be it God’s will” is equivalent to saying “I don’t know what God wants me to do.”

And what does the repetition of the “Hail Mary” prayer do? Nothing- Mary is not an intercessor the Holy Spirit is (Romans 8:26-27), Jesus is (Hebrews 7:24-28)  Jesus said:
MARK 11:24
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

If you believe you receive then your prayers of that of thanksgiving and not questioning “be it Your will.” Jesus says the manifestation is based on your believing that you received not wondering if you are going to get.

My book BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME PART 1 discusses core elements of prayer. It is important that you understand how Father God responds to Your words. I believe, and this is elaborated upon in the book, that many prayers do not reach the heavens; meaning God does not hear your prayer. God does not have to say “No.”

ECCLESIASTES 5:2 The Expanded Bible
·Think before you speak [L -Do not be quick with your mouth], and ·be careful about what you say [L- do not let your heart rush to utter a word] to God. God is in heaven, and you are on the earth,    so ·say only a few words to God [L- let your words be few].

Let your words be few. Father God already knows what you need.

MATTHEW 6:5-8
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

I BELIEVE, prayer is a personal conversation with Father God. When you go in your quiet space and speak to Him, because it is a conversation, you also listen to Him. Father God knows what you need and if you listen He will put His words and His will for you on your heart.

PSALM 37:4-5
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him,
and He shall bring it to pass.

The word instructs us to:

  • Trust the Lord (the Word) and do good
  • While we live here obtain nourishment from the faithfulness of Father God (the Word)
  • Find pleasure in the Lord (the Word) who will give us desires planted in our hearts.
  • We must commit to doing things His way (found in the Word)
  • Living God’s way leads to answered prayer not vain- irrelevant, ineffective, man generated- words. 

JOHN 9:31
Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.   
— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: IT IS ALL GOOD


I have a confession: I have been struggling with my post lately because I feel like everything I write is not “happy”. My intent is not to make people feel condemned but to encourage readers to study Scripture.

Unfortunately, I am competing with a trend of blogs, live social media feeds and churches that preach positive motivational words using Bible verses. These “happy” messages remain incomplete in that they fail to share how many do not experience the “good,” God’s blessings, because of words spoken and deeds done. (I discuss this in my book BROKEN AND NOT A$HAMED.)

MATTHEW 4:23 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Jesus went everywhere in Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the ·Good News about [Gospel of] the kingdom, and healing ·all [or every kind of] the people’s diseases and sicknesses.

The word “gospel” means good news and there are lots of churches that speak about the good news found in Scripture. By focusing on the words of our Lord found in the New Covenant and skimming over the consequences of disobedience found in the Old Covenant hearers are only getting half a message.

JAMES 1:23-25
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

“If” you are a hearer of the word and a doer then you will be blessed. As You study Scripture note the number of “ifs” that are used as qualifiers.

GENESIS 4:7
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
2 CHRONICLES 7:14
 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are over 1,000 Scripture references which contain the word “if”; pay attention to these qualifiers. It is important to understand, Believer, that just giving your tithes and offerings will not guarantee your bills will be paid. You must know that just because a person prayed for you does not mean you will be healed. Leaving the church happy does not guarantee a happy week.

God said “if” you submit to His way of doing things then you will have.

The areas you are lacking in is a direct reflection of something you do not know. The purpose of my writing is not to discourage you but tho fill in the blanks. You cannot experience the blessings of God believing the doctrines of man.

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God,I also will forget your children.

What you do not know will block the full manifestation of the very thing you are asking God for.

Sitting in “happy” churches week after week does not guarantee you will spend eternity in heaven.

LUKE 13:23-25
Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them,  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’

You need to get rid of that Christian Checklist:

  1. Attend Church- check
  2. Gave ten percent - check
  3. Gave an offering - check
  4. Volunteered one Sunday a month - check
  5. Prayed for a co-worker - Bonus Check!


Though it is true faith without works is dead it is equally true that because of your faith you will behave a certain way.

JAMES 2:18-20
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?


More than that your words will reveal what you believe.
PROVERBS 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
MATTHEW 12:37
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Far to many of today’s churches have provided desert for Believers when they needed the vegetables. Sunday after Sunday people are being fed empty calories and their lives reveal this truth.

The word of God is good, in fact it is very good to all who use it to live. However, there are those who pervert the word, manipulate it, to accommodate an ideology.

1 TIMOTHY 1:3-4
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.

I believe that many of today’s church leaders started their ministry with good intentions but the cares of this world (Mark 4:19)- empty seats and church bills- caused them to deviate from the word.  AND NOT EVERYONE WAS CALLED BY GOD!

EPHESIANS 4:11-14
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

Those whom God has called into positions of leadership are required to equip the people not motivate them. The house of God is filled with individuals being tossed to and fro not knowing which doctrine is accurate making it easy for the people to live as they want to.

This is why it is important for you to read the Word of God for yourself.

I know that the word of God is filled with all kinds of good news. I firmly believe Father God wants you healed from the top of your head to the souls of your feet. I firmly believe Father God wants you to prosper financially so that all of your needs are met.

DEUTERONOMY 28:2 (King James Version)
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 


 I wrote “BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME Part I- Understanding the Elements of Prayer” because I have heard, and continue to  hear, people pray insecure prayer. Despite years of being in the church they don’t know what Father God is going to do for them. Many of the things people are asking Father God for He was given to them before they were even born.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ I do not try to write new doctrine. I am not presenting a gloom and doom message. I want You to fully appreciate how much Father God loves you. I cannot stress enough how important it is for You to read your Bible and discover God’s love for yourself.

HEBREWS 4:16 King James Version
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 
AMEN.  Written by Marsha L F Randolph




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Monday, July 24, 2017

MCCP: GROWING MORINGA

CHECK OUT MY POST ON THE BENEFITS OF MORINGA
I was really excited to obtain moringa seeds after hearing such rave reviews about the plant. As easy as it is to grow their are some things that a novice, such as myself, must be aware of.

#1 There are a variety of opinions as to how to grow MORINGA. God’s way is the best way.
#2 If you give the plant too much attention it will die. I watered my moringa every time I watered my other plants and that was too much love!

The Moringa Olifera plant is much sought after in other countries and apparently in the USA as well because of it’s high nutritional content and the variety of ways it can be ingested. Though a tropical plant I noticed a few people growing the tree in cooler climates. The seeds are really really cheap; I purchased 10 seeds for $2 plus S&H (you only need one tree).

HOW I GREW MY MORINGA

  • I soaked the seed in its’ pod for 24 hours in rain water.
  • I planted the seed, still in its’ pod, in a small container and watered it, again with rain water.
  • I set the container in indirect sunlight until I saw a sprout and then placed in direct sunlight.
  • Once the plant had definite growth (about 6 inches in height) I placed it in a larger container where it now resides. (in a 3 gallon tub.)
  • I will watch the growth of the tree and transplant it in it’s final destination, probably a 20 gallon tub. I have yet to water it because though there is not enough rain form my herbs and other plants it seems to be just enough for the moringa. I have fertilized it twice about every 3 weeks. 
  • The leaves are nice and green. 
Currently it is located in an area that gets sunshine but not intense direct light. My patio has sunlight from sunrise to sunset and for many of my plants that is to much.

Now I suspect the moringa would grow faster if I placed it in the ground and let it do it’s own thing. I don’t want the plant to grow more than 6 feet tall since harvesting anything above 5 feet would be prohibitive for me.



I order Moringa Capsules from PAISLEY FARM LLC via etsy. You can also order the leaves which can be used in food or to make tea. NOTE the flange on the pods- the seeds are inside.
My plant is a little over 1 foot in height sitting in a 2 1/2 gallon container that I got from the dollar store.



HOW I KILLED SEVERAL MORINGA PLANTS BEFORE THEY EVEN STARTED TO GROW
TRIAL #1: After watching a few YouTube videos and having successfully used the same technique for my lemon plants I chose to extract the seed from it’s pod. I placed the exposed seed between moist paper towels and place this in a zip lock bag.
I think I did 2 things wrong 1) bruised the seed when I pealed the pod away from it and 2) used to much water to germinate.
TRIAL #2:  I planted one seed directly in the dirt after peeling the pod away. This did not sprout.
TRIAL #3 I planted a seed in its’ pod directly into the dirt. It sprouted and I watered it to much so it died.
TRIAL #4 I have a moringa plant! As per my success story.

I think all of these methods would work if I was more careful with the pods and easier on the water. I suspect the only difference in having the pod remain on the shell is the germination period.

My decision to simply plant the moringa in its’ pod and use rain water was because this is what my friend did. I gave her 3 seeds, she planted one. I had actually started on Trial #1 before I gave her any seeds thus I had wasted time trying to take a shortcut.

I am growing Moringa Olifera in a container and so can you. (Remember to fertilize.)  - written by Marsha L F Randolph


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE STANDARD IS GOD'S WORD





DEUTERONOMY 4:2
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.






Confusion is rising among God’s peoples because of the different church philosophies. The different doctrines as it relates to such things as heaven and hell to what the Word of God states about homosexuality have resulted in many living lifestyles that lead to damnation.

Unfortunately, far to many people do not know that they are hearing falsehoods. They do not know that what they are hearing, words that make them feel good about themselves are not pleasing to God.

ISAIAH 51:40
“I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats.”

God has declared in His word that it is the peoples fault because they do not know His words.

HOSEA 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Like choosing which movie a person is going to see many Christians determine which church to associate with by its’ popularity. Heaven and hell are real and you can follow the crowd to hell or establish a personal relationship with Father God through His Son Jesus the Messiah.

Far to many choose church by standards other than the Word. Denominations, language spoken, racial make up and even style of service are key factors in where a person sits on their Sabbath. (Even which day of the week a service is held can be a major influence.) For some people a one hour service is to long for others it is to short. Some people think sitting and listening to the church leader teach is boring while others hate hearing a person shout for 45 minutes. (My bias: I don’t like shouting.) The standard should be: Is God’s word being presented according to the text.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16 The Expanded Bible
All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; L- God-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness]. 
Churches are evaluated by:

  • BIBLE STUDY- is it small groups or one big mid-week service
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY- do the kids have a variety of activities, do they sit and learn with lessons that mimic the adults lessons or can they just enjoy themselves while the grown-ups heare the Word.
  • TITHE POLICY- Does the church make a big deal of it or do they just say give as you can
  • LIFESTYLE MESSAGES- does the church leader preach against my lifestyle: homosexuality, adultery, fornication, abuse, gambling, drunkenness, gluttoney, abortion or any other sin.
  • EXPECTATIONS OF THE MEMBERS- Do I have to do anything? Does the church expect me to serve in some capacity?

A church that professes Jesus as Lord has one standard and one standard alone: THE WORD OF GOD.

ROMANS 10:8
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 


Church leaders should share the Word of God and nothing else. Believers must know the word in order to evaluate what is being presented to them. The standard for fellowship is the Word of God.

Note the word “rebuke” in 2 Timothy 4:2. For some hearing the word preached on a Sunday morning will rebuke.  Look at the expanded version of this word. (The Expanded Bible expands upon, elaborates upon, a word giving more insight to its’ definition.)

2 TIMOTHY 4:2
Preach the ·Good News [Gospel]. Be ready ·at all times [whether it is convenient or inconvenient; in season or out of season], and ·tell people what they need to do [correct; reprove]. ·Tell them when they are wrong [Rebuke]. ·Encourage [Comfort; Exhort] them with ·great patience and careful teaching [L- all patience and teaching],

The history of Christianity reveals various times of extreme religion. From persecuting those who do not believe to ignoring sins that the Bible tells us is an abomination to the Lord today’s church is in a state of decline.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 

The VOICE TRANSLATION presents 2 Timothy 4:3 this way-
“because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear.” 

People will go to wherever a man or woman is speaking wht they want to hear. Thus we cannot be surprised when a church leader is a practicing Lesbian and endorses same sex marriage. Or a mega church leader states his understanding of homosexuality is “evolving” In order to justify a philosophy many have gone against what DeuteronOmy 4:2 states, they have added to and taken away from God’s word. The Apostle Paul continues, in 2 Timothy 4, warning his student to stay try to the Word despite opposition.
2 TIMOTHY 4:5
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
It is crucial, a matter of life and death, that we all study God’s word. Take notes in church and compare what the church leader says with what Scripture says.

A common practice I have seen in churches today is the quoting of other theologians to validate their point. I myself use multiple Bible references and will seek Bible commentaries when I want to validate my own interpretation of Scripture, however, man’s opinion is not my final opinion. There are theologians who believe homosexuality is acceptable, there are Bibles printed that make it easier to justify a particular lifestyle.
JAMES 1:5
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The Bible tells us to go to God for wisdom not theologians. There is nothing wrong with using these tools however our primary resources is the Holy Spirit and the standard must be the Word of God.  — Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #11: FAKE PEOPLE


Fake people wear me out! People who say one thing to me and something totally different to someone else are what I consider ‘fake’. I would rather hear the truth and be upset for a minute than be lied to and not be able to trust you forever. 

JAMES 5:12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT DOES YOUR SOUL SAY?






And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,   LUKE 1:46








I recently overheard the conversation of a group of young ladies who were discussing music. One woman declared (I am paraphrasing): “When Michael Jackson died that hurt my soul! Oh Lord! When Prince died I cried, I really cried.” I was not surprised at the words but the passion in which they were spoken startled me.

Mary, mother of Jesus, declared: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” When she made that statement she was much younger and had less information than the “Christian” ladies whose souls mourned for the loss of two men. The steps that lead to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior could not compare to the unplanned death of the drug related deaths of two individuals who are not on record as being followers of Jesus the son of God.

MATTHEW 12:34
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? 

Jesus was pretty harsh talking to these men who were supposed church leaders, Pharisees. What He said is important and should not be missed: “ For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” And He continues saying:

MATTHEW 12:37
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

What you say is very important and I discuss this in my book: BEFORE YOU PRAY FOR ME.

MATTHEW 12:34-37
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

These four verses (Matthew 12:34-37) reveal a lot about our words.

  • We speak how we feel
  • We cannot speak good if good is not in us
  • We will be held accountable for even the idle words we speak (our jokes, cliches, and words such as what those ladies declared)
  • Our words will determine the outcome of our prayers.


If the words of people reflect what is in their heart then far to many have yet to allow Jesus to be Lord of their life. Public confessions of admiring / idolizing celebrities is not an unusual occurrence in fact it is expected that teenager will become infatuated with a famous person.  We have become a society that has made it normal to idolize famous people regardless of their ideology.

ROMANS 10:9-10
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

When Mary declared:“My soul magnifies the Lord” she was speaking from her heart. The fact that she would become pregnant without being intimate reached beyond her personal reference of life and all she could do was magnify the Lord.

There is nothing that great about entertainers, athletes, politicians or any other human being so as to declare with passion: their death hurt my soul.

When a Christian becomes emotional, passionate about, people they don’t know personally there is a problem. That individual has to ask: Do I really believe in Jesus as the Son of God? Have I allowed Him to be Lord over my life?

I would suggest you examine your words. What are you saying that you did not really mean? Idle words. Do your words glorify God or embarrass Him?  And, what are you passionate about?   What does your soul say?      - - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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