Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018

A MATTER OF FAITH
We begin as imperfect beings made perfect by the love filled blood of Jesus the Son of God. We are not, in the eyes of our Lord: Millennials, Generation Xers, products of the 60’s, homophobic, sexist, racist, or any label man wants to attach to the human body. If you are a follower of Christ, a Christian: stop defining yourself based on the ideology of another; do not justify your actions because of who they say you are.

HEBREWS 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Think about it: God sees you as perfect! He sees you without spot or wrinkle, because of Jesus. When man looks at a person he sees flaws. Man sees: Millenials, Generation Xers, products of the 60’s, homophobic, sexist, racist, and so forth. God sees Himself.

GENSIS 1:27
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

It is true we live in flawed bodies which is why we are told to walk according to our born again spirit.

GALATIANS 5:16
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 

I too have fallen victim to the identity philosophies of the world. We all must vehemently reject the opinions of man and embrace the truth. God’s word is the truth (John 17:17) and He says we are awesome.

PSALM 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 

As a follower of Christ it is important to see yourself as God sees you. Man looks at the physical appearances and declares who is ugly and who is beautiful.  Man examines personal beliefs and determines what is  acceptable or unacceptable based on agendas; for example- a person who believes homosexualtiy is a sin based on Scripture is classified as homophobic. When Scripture tells us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48) it is telling us to be all that God has called us to be regardless of man’s opinion. Biblical perfection, by definition, is that of completeness, having recieved everything needed from God.


Every year on January first people make resolutions; a promise to self to do. Such resolutions as: reading the Bible in a year, finding and attending church regularly, exercising, loosing weight or some other behavior that the individual believes is necessary for a better life. The difficulties arise when people make these promises without understanding what it takes to carry out these actions.

Don’t make New Years resolutions.
HEBREWS 10:14
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

We are made perfect in Christ. We are completed, made perfect, via our relationship with our Lord and Savior. Therefore, it is important to know what it is He has done, we do this by studying the Word.

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.

Today there is a lot of confusion in the world which has lead to a lot of anger, distrust and even hatred. Believers are not to be conformed to this world but are to change the way they think of themselves (Romans 12:2).  We are to develop the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)and be “determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)  This is what should be resolved in your heart and mind this day, regardless of the day reading it. 

Humanities identity is found within the pages of Scripture not the six o’clock news.  Everything a person needs to know and what he or she should do is in God’s word. Be it resolved: From this day forward you will remember that you are a child of God and live accordingly; and all those things will be given to you.

ACTS 17:28
for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

BACK2BASICS: BACK TO BASICS!

I remember when I first caught “the fire” of faith. I was so into the word of God that nothing else really mattered; the cares of the world caused me to quench the fire within. Though my decreased focus on the word and increased focus on the world has made people I know content it has resulted in me struggling for peace and joy. I cannot live with a light hidden in a closet.


JOHN 1:1-4
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

Once upon a time I justified my prayer request by writing down the coresponding Scripture. Then I decided I knew the word well enough that it was not necessary for me to write it down. I was developing a confidence in my completed works as if I did not need to continue doing and growing.  No more.


HABAKKUK 2:2
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 


I must remember my original instructions “write” it is not just others who are empowered who read it but I too benefit from what I write. It is more effective when you commit the word to pen and paper and place those words in a visible place. This action facilitates your giving God’s word a more prominent position in your mind than the words of people.

I am going back to a simpler more effective faith lifestyle. I am giving up the bells and whistles- the big screens, the well rehearsed bands, the in and out message with coffee and donuts all in a room with thousands of others. I am going back to my King James version of the Bible; yes, I will still use other translations.

In otherwords I am not trying to make my life easier through technology; I am making my life simpler by not trying to incorporate technology into everything I do.  This idea takes longer but I believe it is more rewarding.  — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: YOUR GIFT(S)

What are you doing with your gift? Did you kick the gift out after 18 years? Did you neglect your gift for the first five? Did you dress your gift up as if the gift was an adult? Or did you abort your gift before you knew if the gift was male or female? Children are a gift from God.


LUKE 1:42
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!


PSALM 127:3 THE EXPANDED BIBLE
Children are ·a gift [an inheritance] from the Lord;  ·babies [L- the fruit of the womb] are a reward.


PROVERBS 17:6 King James Version
 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.


LUKE 18:16
But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: MERRY CHRISTMAS

NOTE: I am always amazed at the increased understanding I develop everytime I read Scripture, which is why you have to read it more than once. I did not see the message of Salvation found within the pages of Song of Solomon until chapter 3! It is through the Spirit of God that He speaks to us and it is the Holy Spirit that revealed this truth to me so that I could share it with you.
This task of blogging and intentionally sharing on social media my words has been an act of obedience. Writing and sharing my words is part of my God given purpose. You, dear reader, can develop a better understanding of your purpose by obeying what ‘thus sayeth the Lord.’ The task at hand, your personal journey, begins with salvation. -Marsha



Is Jesus Lord of your life? Have you exposed yourself to Him?

The first time I read the Songs I readily saw the relationship between a man and a woman but I quickly knew there was more. As a believer always seeking to improve my relationship with Father God I saw the passion of God’s love for me within the verses of this very personal book. The passion is very real:


SONG OF SOLOMON 8:6-7
Set me as a seal over your heart; wear me as an emblem on your arm for love is as strong as death, and jealousy is as relentless as the grave.  Love flares up like a blazing fire, a very ardent flame.  No amount of water can quench love; a raging flood cannot drown it out. If a person tried to exchange all of his wealth for love, then he would be surely rejected.

I choose to see Song of Solomon as the courtship of our Lord with the church, I personalized Scripture and saw my Lord and me. As I see all the foolishness that is going on in the world today, I see this book as a call for others to come into the kingdom while there is time. Let me say this again: The time for salvation is NOW.

ROMANS 13:11-12
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light

On December 25th Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the designated day to honor the birth of our Lord and Savior.

ISAIAH 9:6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 

It is good to give gifts. It is good to eat a great meal with friends and family. It is good to remember that our Lord and Savior is God manifested in the flesh. What is not good is focusing on the receiving and not the one who gave the most.

JOHN 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It is not a flat screen television that a person should be seeking. It is not a Brother PE525 Embroidery Machine that I should be seeking. New cars, video games, iPhones, and such are excellent gifts but the best gift is Jesus.

MATTHEW 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year! Remember to put Jesus first. If you have not established a relationship with God through Jesus do it now, before you open the gifts.

SONG OF SOLOMON 8:14
Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
THIS CONCLUDES THE STUDY OF SONG OF SOLOMON!   - Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: CHANGED





Some people 
will always see you the way 
you were before. 






1Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

                                                                             xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Sunday, December 17, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: A REASON TO WORSHIP

SONG OF SOLOMON 7:10
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

God came to the church and the church should go to God. In 1835 Charlotte Elliot wrote a song that has been sung in many churches particularly during the alter call: “Just as I am”, we go to Him just as we are. Others may focus on your imperfections but God does not.

ISAIAH 55:6
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.

Far to often people focus on physical appearances: “I am black, but comely” or social status, “they made me the keeper of the vineyards”, that is not God’s way. (Song of Solomon 1:5,6) God sees you perfect: “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee”. (Song of Solomon 4:7) When a person focuses on  physical characteristics or social  status  and not intelectual and emotional elements it is inevitable that the relationship will not be successful. Emotional well being and intelectual aptitude have a greater influence towards the success or failure of any relationship, even a relationship with God. 

As I said, when I first began this series of post, Song of Solomon is very sexy; to be sexy is to stimulate desires. The desires a man and a woman should have for one another should not be focused on fleshly pleasures- a short term activity. The desires a man and woman should have for one another should be of completion “

Genesis 2:24
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

This is what godly intamcy is about- becoming one.

JOHN 17:22
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

Song of Solomon is about becoming one with Father God through the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Spirit of God that will dwell in us if we open ourselves up to Him- this is intimacy.

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.

It is a personal choice. It does not matter how big or small the church you attend is or even if you attend church. Your denomination becomes irrelevant- there is no Baptist section in heaven. Do not focus on the superficial.

Life responsibilities go beyond the bedroom. In a traditional ceremony, when a man and a woman get married the two are cautioned: ‘Do not to enter into the union lightly’. What happens after you say “I do”? Gone are the pre-wedding parties, the ceremony, the post wedding celebration and for some a honeymoon.  Women’s breast become saggy and health issues may prevent the use of ‘male enhancement drugs’ marriage has to be more than a physical needs being fulfilled. The desire for each other must exist: in health and sickness; in poor times and rich times; in worst times and in better times.

A personal relationship with God has become part of a checklist for far to many believers.  In this day and age of super-sized churches, numerous activities for the children, prayer chains on social media, and telephones, daily word books and Bible reading programs that get you from Genesis to Revelation in a year: WHY BE INTIMATE?

Why is: giving ten percent plus, regular church attendance, participation in various church activites, reading the Bible in a year, reading a daily word book whenever you remember or have time, and praying for friends and family not enough?

Because the most important thing is sitting at Jesus feet. The most important thing is worshiping Father God. And you cannot do either unless you go to Him just as you are.

LUKE 10:41-42
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

EXODUS 34:14
(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),

Mary knew what Martha had to be taught; you have to put your checklist aside to become intimate with the Lord. No matter what is going on in your life you must take time to worship Him.

The Bible speaks of a marriage between the Bridegroom and the church. Song of Solomon illustrates the developing relationship between a woman and the king. As you read Song of Solomon note the transition of the Shulamite, once she was insecure about her looks, as time progressed and she developed a relationship with the king she developed a confidence about who she was in him. Jesus is our King and He is coming back for His bride.

It is one thing for someone to preach to you who God is but a realtionship with Father God through Jesus Christ is not about what someone said. Your church leader cannot get you into heaven or keep you out of hell. Developing an intimate relationship with God through Christ requires your being naked before Him, exposing your ‘self’ to Him.

ACTS 17:28
for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Jesus is our beloved and we are His. There is not a better relatioship, no greater love, than that between the church and Christ.  He is everything to the church and the church is everything to Him. Can you praise Him in sickness, in bad times, during times of poverty? Or just when everything is going well?
PSALM 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: CO-OPERATING WITH GOD





Your faith is reflected in your ability to cooperate with God’s word.







JAMES 2:14-18
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 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.

                                                                                            xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

How do you experience a personal relationship with God? The answer is twofold: One, you have to yield yourself to Him completely; and two, you have to trust Him.

PSALM 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

MATTHEW 26:26-28
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
A personal relationship with God involves redirecting your senses. The ability to see, touch, taste, hear and smell must be utilized to receive what is in the spiritual realm.   When a person is born again it is his spirit that is made alive. The spirit within can become the dominant feature of a Believer but the Believer must want this. When you live according to, walk in, the spirit you don’t seek to satisfy the flesh (Galatians 5:16) thus you are able to taste, experience the blessings of God.

THIS IS MY OPINION: The churches have failed many believers today in not emphasizing the development of the spirit within when one is born again.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
GALATIANS 6:15-17
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.  From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 
Just as a baby crawls before he walks so does a Believer. It is not easy reading the Bible for the first time, particularly then King James Version. Each church has its’ own set of rules that may or may not be presented as rules. For example: Is it casual dress or should men wear a suit and women an appropriate length skirt or dress (no cleavage). 

As a Bible Teacher I have encountered quite a few individuals who have taken “New Believer’s Classes” at their church and still do not have a personal relationship with God.    END OF MY OPINION.

SONG OF SOLOMON 5:9
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?

There is a difference between a personal relationship with God than that of a relationship with the gods of this world. Consider the difference between fast food and fine dining. Not everyone experiences fine dining because they would rather spend $20 at McDonald’s every week than save the money to cover the cost of an expensive meal, or even prepare a homecooked one. It is easier to go to Burger King dressed in jeans and a t-shirt than to dress up and go to a place where you have to wait to be seated.
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord there is a period of time in which the Believer is learning who God is. Just as in Song of Solomon the Shulamite had to get to know the king and develop a trusting relationship with him. But, as time goes on a trusting giving relationship should develop.

God expects those who come to Him to know who He is, He sent His Son to teach us what we did not know.

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.

If you believe that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and you want a personal relationship with Him then you must believe in your heart that Jesus is who He is, the only begotten Son of Father God, and declare it verbally; and it is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, that helps you develop understanding.  This is the first step to pleasing Him.

HEBREWS 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Many believers have it twisted today; they think a relationship with God is about Him pleasing them. Yes, God will bless us and there are benefits to being part of the Kingdom of God but “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Everyone’s senses respond differently to stimuli thus your relationship with Father God through Christ will be unique. What is important is that you allow Jesus to be Lord of your entire life so that you will live according to His will and not your will. The more you know of Him the more you will yield to Him.
Song of Solomon chapters 5 and 6 (see below) are about the experience of a personal relationship. Allow your senses to: taste and see that the Lord is good; eat His body, drink His blood, be buried with Him (Colossians 2:12) so that the two of you will become one (John 15:4).  - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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SONG OF SOLOMON 5-6
The Beloved
5 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.
(To His Friends)
Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!

The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening
The Shulamite
2 I sleep, but my heart is awake; It is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,my dove, my perfect one; for my head is covered with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe; how can I put it on again? I have washed my feet; how can I defile them?
4 My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen who went about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I am lovesick!

The Daughters of Jerusalem
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?

The Shulamite
10 My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.
11 His head is like the finest gold; His locks are wavy, and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.
15 His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!

The Daughters of Jerusalem

1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned aside,
That we may seek him with you?

The Shulamite
2 My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

Praise of the Shulamite’s Beauty
The Beloved
4 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!
5 Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing; every one bears twins, and none is barren among them.
7 Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.
9 My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun,
Awesome as an army with banners?

The Shulamite
11 I went down to the garden of nuts to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 Before I was even aware, my soul had made me as the chariots of my noble people.

The Beloved and His Friends
13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon you!
The Shulamite
What would you see in the Shulamite— as it were, the dance of the two camps?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: DON'T ASK GOD


Don’t ask God for what you don’t think He will give you.  As the saying goes: Believe and receive or doubt and do without.

James 1:5-8
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.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

                                                                                          xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: HOW GOD SEES YOU


PSALM 139:13-16
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.



I read this from a female perspective yet I am reminded by the Spirit that this applies to men as well. We all must know that God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb and we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made.

JEREMIAH 1:4-5
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Many people hesitate to have a personal relationship with the Lord because of their faults but God does not see us the way others see us.  He is our Creator, He knew us before we knew ourselves. God knows our successes as well as our sins; God knows the secret faults we don’t tell anyone. Despite all of our imperfections He still wants a relationship with His children and has done all that He can to facilitate that relationship.

JOHN 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The remainder of Song of Solomon focuses on the personal relationship between the church and the Lord. When we become a new creation in Christ we discover a love like no other, we begin to learn how much God loves us.
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:16
Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out.
Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.
Father God wants to shower His church with blessings. The church's  response to His presence is worship.


Chapter 4 of the Songs, shared below from the Voice translation, addresses how the Lord sees the church; she is beautiful.

- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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SONG OF SOLOMON 4 THE VOICE
Him (to her): You, my love, are beautiful. So beautiful! 
*Because stimulating images come forth when the lovers describe in intimate detail each other’s bodies, Jewish men were discouraged from reading this greatest of songs until the age of 30.
Your eyes are like doves nestled behind your veil. Your hair moves as gracefully as a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Mount Gilead. Your teeth are pearl white like a flock of sheep shorn, fresh up from a wash. Each perfect and paired with another; not one of them is lost.  Your lips are as red as scarlet threads;   your mouth is beautiful.  Your cheeks rosy and round are beneath your veil,   like the halves of a pomegranate.  Your neck is elegant like the tower of David, perfectly fit stone-by-stone. There hang a thousand shields, the shields of mighty men.   Your breasts are like two fawns,  twin gazelles grazing in a meadow of lilies.  As the day breathes its morning breeze and shadows turn and flee, I will go up your myrrh mountain and climb your frankincense hill. You are so beautiful, my love, without blemish.  Come with me from Lebanon, my bride; come with me from Lebanon. Journey with me from the crest of Amana, from the top of Senir even the summit of Hermon, from the lions’ dangerous den, from the mountain hideouts of leopards. My heart is your captive, my sister, my bride; you have stolen it with one glance, caught it with a single strand of your necklace.  How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! Your love is more pleasing than the finest wine, and the fragrance of your perfume brings more delight than any spice!  Your lips taste sweet like honey off the comb, my bride; milk and honey are beneath your tongue. The scents of your clothes are like the fresh air of Lebanon.  You are a locked garden, my sister, my bride, open only to me; a spring closed up tight, a sealed fountain.  Your sprouts are an orchard of pomegranates and exotic fruits—   with henna and nard, with nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon— with rows of frankincense trees and myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. My bride, you are a fountain in a garden, a well of life-giving water flowing down from Lebanon.
*What does he mean by “my sister, my bride”? Is this a sudden revelation of an incestuous relationship? No. He is describing how sexual expression can bring two people intimately together, as close as two people can be; the man and woman are now family. This image would have been particularly meaningful in ancient Israelite society, where life was centered on familial relationships and calling someone “brother” or “sister” was a sign of deep intimacy and care. Blood relatives lived together, worked together, traded with each other, and were buried together. By calling the woman “sister,” he is declaring they are now blood relatives. In the covenant relationship called marriage, blood is drawn during consummation, bonding the two parties together as man and wife, as brother and sister, forever.
Him (to the winds): Rise, you north wind; come, you south wind. Breathe on my garden, and let the fragrance of its natural spices fill the air. 
Her: Let my love come into his garden and feast from its choice fruits.

The Voice (VOICE)
The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

NETTIE-ISM: IMAGINE

Your imagination is the key to your success not the opinions of well meaning friends and family. If what you imagine does not go against God’s Word then go for it!

GALATIANS 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

NETTIE-ISMS: NOTHINGNESS


People will try to bring you into their world of nothingness. They have nothing; they expect nothing; they get nothing. For them “It is what it is.”

1 KINGS 18:43-44
and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”
Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’

xxx written by Marsha L F Randolph



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Monday, November 27, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PRAYING FOR SALVATION

COMING SOON
We all have loved ones who do not have a personal relationship with God. If Jesus is not Lord of their lives at the time of their last breath they will not rest in peace when they die, no matter how many people say it, no matter how many candles are lit. Therefore, it is is important that the gift of salvation is accepted on this side of eternity.

It is unfortunate that family and friends do not follow those of us who are born again as we follow Jesus. As brothers and sisters in the Lord we should live a life that reflects His goodness and love and pray.

You may not be the one who can lead that family member or friend to the Lord but your prayers avail much.

JAMES 5:16 King James Version
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 

Though not everyone will respond to the call of salvation, it is the will of God that all are saved. As a believer it is important that our behavior does not become a reason why an individual is not a Christian.

We do not pray that the Lord “save” a loved one. Jesus said:

MATTHEW 9:37-38
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. 

Our prayer, therefore, is for laborers; but, we too should labor and bring in the harvest of souls. As followers of Christ we have a responsibility to be communicators of His truths.

ACTS 11:26 THE EXPANDED
and when he found Saul, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year Saul and Barnabas met with the church and taught many people there. In Antioch the ·followers [disciples] were called Christians for the first time [C highlighting that they were followers of Christ, and perhaps that they were no longer viewed as merely a sect within Judaism].

If you are a follower of Christ you are a disciple thus you are to go into the world and teach other people, by your behavior as well as your words about Jesus the Savior.

It is not just friends and family that we should pray for but leaders, neighbors and even our enemies.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 

When you pray for a stranger, a friend or even a loved one remember it is not God who will “save” that person it is a laborer who will present the good news of Jesus to them.   - Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: COMMITTED

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SONG OF SOLOMON 3:6-11
Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders? Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night. Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King made himself a palanquin:he made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple, its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.


Would you recognize the presence of the Lord? Do you recognize His presence in your life? The Bible speaks of the Bride Groom coming (Matthew 25:1-13). Scripture teaches that He will not come as you think He should come.

ZECHARIAH 9:9
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.
MATTHEW 21:5 THE VOICE
Tell this to Zion’s daughter, “Look—your King is approaching, seated humbly on a donkey,a young foal, a beast of burden.”

The King has come and will come again many did not recognize Him before but there will be no denying He is the King of kings when He returns.

REVELATION 21:2-3 THE VOICE
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride on her wedding day, adorned for her husband and for His eyes only. And I heard a great voice, coming from the throne.
A Voice: See, the home of God is with His people. He will live among them;
They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them.
In a traditional wedding the groom enters and waits for his bride at the alter. He is waiting for her to come to him. The bride comes down the aisle ready to commit her life to being with the groom. Thus the Believer comes to a waiting God, through Jesus.

All weddings are not in a “church” building and not eveyone makes a commitment to Christ because of an alter call. Commitment to the Lord occurs when a person sees the glory of the Lord.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:6-11 THE VOICE
Young Women of Jerusalem: Who is this coming up from the desert, with billowing clouds of dust and smoke, with a sweet aroma of burning myrrh and frankincense, with fragrant spices fresh from the merchant?
The royal litter carries the groom to the wedding, and upon the litter is the king with his crown.
Look, it is Solomon’s litter, surrounded by 60 strong men, some of the very best soldiers in Israel, all armed swordsmen, battle-hardened heroes, experts at war, marching with swords at their sides, ready to guard the king from the terrors of the night. King Solomon built his own royal carriage        from the trees of Lebanon. He had its posts fashioned from silver, its back made of gold, its seat covered with royal purple, its interior decorated with love by the young women of Jerusalem. O go out, young women of Zion,  and see King Solomon wearing the crown with which his mother has crowned him on his wedding day, on the day his heart overflows with joy.

GOD IS.  There are benefits to being a child of God, committed to Christ. He is does not need government assitance. He is not weak and unable to protect. He is healthy and strong. GOD wants you to partake of His kingdom. If you are in Christ, as HE IS so are you.

1 JOHN 4:17
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

A wedding should not be taken lightly. Do not get caught up in the dress, the food or even the venue. A wedding is a public declaration of your commitment.

Often in today's churches people are not asked to come to the alter, some don’t even want you to raise your hand; the call to follow Jesus is minimized so as not to cause embarrassment. Jesus was not ashamed or embarrassed, he allowed Himself to be beaten, humiliated, tortured and disrespected for you (Isaiah 53:4-6).

MATTHEW 10:33
But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
HEBREWS 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
A commitment to Christ is more than raising your hand, filling out a form or even walking to the alter. When the opportunity arises, like now, for you to present yourself to the King you must be willing to submit fully to His Word.

Those who do not know Him, see Jesus as a man walking around in a dress, teaching life principles and giving motivational speaches. HE is:  Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness; Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our Banner;  Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider; Jehovah-Rophe, the Lord our Healear; Jehovah-M’Kaddesh, the Lord who Sanctifies; He is all this and more. When a person you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord you are saved from an eternity away from Father God. Your blessings here on earth are contingetn on your obedience, commitment, to His word.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:11
Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

NPA: WHEN HATE IS EMPOWERED



I know many people refer to the liberal news outlets as “fake” news however I think a more appropriate term is “Hate News”. Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week various news outlets present reasons why one group of people should hate another.

I find it interesting that the media will condemn Christian business owners for standing on their faith while ignoring Muslims who do the same. Remember the bakery who did not want to do a same-sex wedding cake? They were considered homophobic. Hobby Lobby was considered anti-woman because of its’ refusal to get insurance that paid for abortions and more recently someone accused them of being racist because of its’ cotton display. We do not see this same judgemental behavior towards Islam, a growing organization which incorporates faight and government.

In countries in which Islam plays a role in the government homosexuals are persecuted, not prosecuted. A woman would not have an abortion in some Islamic countries because she would be killed if she had sex outside of marriage. There are pockets of Islamic communities in America in which Sharia law is enforced and ignored by the government.

It is not to the anti-Christ mindset of the hateful news organizations to point out Islamic terroism, or white on white crime, or black on black crime, or black on white crime.

Repeatedly, many Conservative news outlets share information that proves that Law Enforcement Officers are not racist. Statistically more non-Black people are killed by police than Black. The media does not report this because it does not feed into their narrative of hate.

Many of todays news and information outlets have gone beyond hypocrisy to degnererate. The media will tell the world that a 16 year old is to young to be tried as an adult because he or she does not understand the depths of his actions. Yet, this same media promotes the idea that an 8 year old knows that ‘he’ should live as ‘she’ or ‘she’ should live as a ‘he’. Those who disagree with the ideology presented are declared full of hate; the oppossite is true.

Positive news does not make as much money as sensational news. Blood and gore make money; love, peace and happiness don’t make money. How sad it is to see so many people accept the false teachings of information personalities.

The media takes great pride in slamming President Trump and feels justified in not investigating former President Obama or Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton.  Telling the world that the President of the United States tweets, a man who does not drink or smoke, is “un-Presidential” but ignored a President who was intimate with a woman (women) who was not his wife while working. The media not only ignored the fact that the Secretary of State and the President allowed men to die a tortuous death they also assited in covering up all pertinent information related to the incident.

The media wants the world to hate the leader of America, President Donald J. Trump, because he wants to put American citizens to be first and not the polticians and other personalities who profit from the ignorance of the people.

Unfortunately,we are in a self-centered era in which people want to feel good regardless of who it hurts. It is easy for young people, who do not know the history of this nation and do not have a biblical foundation, to accept what entertainment, information, and political personalities say. Older individuals use these same outlets to  justify their personal agenda of making more money.  It is this attitude of self that allows gangs and radical religions to strengthen.

The truth is often ugly. Slavery is an ugly truth in American history.  Watergate is a shameful ugly truth in American history. Benghazi is a horrible truth in American history. Child sex trading is anegregious truth in America. Abortion, murder and homosexulaty are sinful truths. We should not deny these truths but we should learn fromt hem and sin no more.

The news is “fake” because it does not tell the entire story. The news is “hate” because in telling part of the story it presents just enough information to make one particular group of people angry at another. The news is bad because it does no good. The news is empowered because polticians use these sources to stir up their voter base.   — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHERE IS GOD?



SONG OF SOLOMON 3:1-3
By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.  The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”




Where is God? We are told to: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) But God is not the one who is lost. The question should be: “Where am I?”



PSALM 139 THE VOICE
1 O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am;
2 You even know the small details like when I take a seat and when I stand up again.   Even when I am far away, You know what I’m thinking.
3 You observe my wanderings and my sleeping, my waking and my dreaming,  and You know everything I do in more detail than even I know.
4 You know what I’m going to say long before I say it.  It is true, Eternal One, that You know everything and everyone.
5 You have surrounded me on every side, behind me and before me,  and You have placed Your hand gently on my shoulder.
6 It is the most amazing feeling to know how deeply You know me, inside and out;  the realization of it is so great that I cannot comprehend it.
7 Can I go anywhere apart from Your Spirit?  Is there anywhere I can go to escape Your watchful presence?
8 If I go up into heaven, You are there.  If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, You are there.
9 If I ride on the wings of morning,  if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean,
10 Even then You will be there to guide me; Your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there.
11 Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me,  the light around me will soon be turned to night,”
12 You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes. For You the night is just as bright as the day.
    Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.
13 For You shaped me, inside and out.  You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath.
14 I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;  Your works are wonderful;  carry this knowledge deep within my soul.
15  You see all things; nothing about me was hidden from You as I took shape in secret,
    carefully crafted in the heart of the earth before I was born from its womb.
16 You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
17 Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them! How grand in scope! How many in number!
18 If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable! Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.
19 I wish You would destroy all the wicked, O God. So keep away from me, those who are thirsty for blood!
20 For they say such horrible things about You, and those who are against You abuse Your good name.
21 Is it not true that I hate all who hate You, Eternal One?  Is it not true that I despise all who come against You?
22 Deep hatred boils within me toward them;  I am Your friend, and they are my enemies.
23 Explore me, O God, and know the real me. Dig deeply and discover who I am.  Put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain.
24 Examine me to see if there is an evil bone in me, and guide me down Your path forever.


In this worship Psalm written by David he reminds the listener: God knows everything there is to know about each and every one of us. God is omni-present and omniscient.

Where do you find God? In church? At a night club? On the streets? At Bible study or at a friends house? WHERE IS GOD?

JAMES 4:8
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

JAMES 4:8 THE EXPANDED
Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, ·clean sin out of your lives [L- cleanse/purify your hands; C- a metaphor for cleaning up your behavior]. ·You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time [L- You double-minded ones], ·make your thinking pure [L- purify your hearts; C- a metaphor for cleaning up your interior life].

NOTE: I am including the New King James and the Expanded translations of this verse for a better study.

God is ever present in the Believer’s life; it is how a person thinks that prevents an awareness of His presence. God is a spirit which means fleshly thougths and ideas are irrelevant.

ISAIAH 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27) which makes us spiritual beings contained in flesh.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-12
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[Isaiah 64:4]
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

When we enter into the new birth we develop an awareness of His presence that increases with maturity. To be “born again” simply means we have expereinced the second birth, a spiritual awakening; the first birth being the external birth out of the womb.

COLOSSIANS 3:10
and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The Shulamite woman in the Songs sought after the king. It was a personal decision; she did not care what people thought.

SONG OF SOLOMON 3:3-5
The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”  Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love.
I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

In pursuit of a personal relationship with God you have to be willing to ignore the opinions of people, including religious status quo, and go after Him.  Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood who had spent all of her money on doctors? (Mark 5:25-34) She risked being stoned to death to seek Jesus. She had to be pretty close to the ground, crawling perhaps, because all she did was touch the hem of His garment. It is also your responsibility to maintain that relationship.

ROMANS 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVE SICK FOR JESUS - SONG OF SOLOMON Chapter 2



SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.







To experience the love of God is incomparable because He is love and without Him love could not exist. When we accept Jesus as the only begotten Son of Creator God and allow Him to be Lord of our life He brings us into the Kingdom of God- the “banqueting house”. Existing in the kingdom becomes the banner in which believers walk in.

JOHN 14:16, 26
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Love is a value and it is valuable.  Love is the greatest value that can be placed upon anyone. God wraps us in His love.

JOHN 15:9-10 THE VOICE
I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Abide in My love. Follow My example in obeying the Father’s commandments and receiving His love. If you obey My commandments, you will stay in My love.

This is where we should want to be, as clse to Him as possible. We should abide, maintain contact, with our Father in heaven through our Lord Jesus with the help of the Spirit of God.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:5-7
Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

We should be lovesick for Jesus! Our desire for Him should be greater than our desire for food or people.

PSALM 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 
PSALM 16:11
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

It takes time to develop a relationship but God wants one with you.

JOHN 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The King of kings came to earth. He came that you might have life and more abundantly (John 10:10).

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:8-17
The Shulamite
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; he is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice.
My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”
Her Brothers
Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.
The Shulamite
My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
(To Her Beloved)
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.
It is not enough to go to the alter and recite words. A marriage is more than a white dress and a tuxedo; being born again is more than telling people “I am saved”. It is a never ending commitment that begins from within and manifest in words and deeds.


EPHESIANS 5:25-27 THE VOICE
Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word.  He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemished—completely free from all impurity—holy and innocent before Him.



You have to be passionate for Jesus because He is passionate for you.

Song of Solomon is about God’s commitment to His children; it is both public and private. The question is: What type of relationship do you have with Him?

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4 THE VOICE
He placed me at his banquet table, for everyone to see that his banner over me declares his love.
- written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, November 6, 2017

NO POLITICAL AFFILIATION: WHAT I BELIEVE- DONNA BRAZILE

Liberals have encouraged Black Lives Matter, they supported African-American athletes taking a knee to the National Anthem. Liberals even awarded the family members of criminals who felt mistreated by law enforcement officers. As a result of this ideology they have committed themselves to an ideology that they really do not believe.

Remember: the Democrat party is the party of prejudice people. It is Democrats, the home of liberalism, that founded the Ku-Klux-Klan, voted against the Civil Rights Amendment, and support Planned Parenthood (an organization founded to get rid of Black babies).

Donna Brazile admitted that Hillary Clinton controlled the DNC and rigged the election so that Bernie Sanders would not get the nomination. Many people in Social Media believe that Donna Brazile’s life is now in danger. But what can Liberals or the Clintons do?

As a Black woman, Ms. Brazile represents proof that Liberals support Black people. For any harm to come to her would anger the very people they empowered to be destructive. What would happen if the one who accused Hillary Clinton of trying to steal an election suddenly committed suicide? Or died from a disease that she suddenly had for a long time?

Will Barak Obama support Hillary? I suspect he, as he does often, will remain silent. (Golfing anyone.) I do not believe Hillary has the ability to go silently, and like his predecessor  Bill Clinton will also keep quiet making only a few token comments. Even Chelsea has to keep quiet, I don’t think she knows how to make money. Hilary Clinton is on her own and, I suspect, Russia holds the keys to her future.

What Donna Brazile did was confirm what we already knew. She is selling books and it will be a best seller. Because she is a Black Female speaking out against Hillary would not be an issue had the Liberals not shouted racism so much.

I believe the Democrat party is reaping what they sowed and it is not over yet.    - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: THE KING'S PERSPECTIVE

SONG OF SOLOMON




SONG OF SOLOMON 2:1
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.





I have heard people declare: “He is the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley but that is not what this verse declares. The woman is speaking and she is saying that she is nothing special, but God sees His children differently.

SONG OF SOLOMON 2:2
Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

He sees the church as unique.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When you accept Jesus as Lord and allow Him to be Lord of your life you become a new creature; you are born again. No longer focused on the flesh you are able to live according to the spirit within.

GALATIANS 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

God sees you as a lily among thorns. What is important is that you begin to see yourself in the same way.                                   - written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WORSHIP

CONTINUED STUDY OF THE BOOK: SONG OF SOLOMON



As I was meditating on Song of Solomon chapter one the word “worship” came to mind. What is worship? It is to exalt; to adore intensely. Scrivener, my writing program- Word for writers,  defines worship as: profound love and adoration. In chapter one of the Songs I see the beginnings of love, adoration and exaltation.





1 JOHN 4:7-13
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 

How can you love someone till death do you part if you don’t know who he really is? Far to many people focus on the sexual aspects of a relationship and fail to develop true intimacy. Your personal relationship with God is the first step towards a life long relationship with someone else.

“If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” How can you love your spouse if you don’t love God?  If you view the Song of Solomon simply as a relationship between a man and a woman it can become a lustful poem. Yes, I think the poem is sexy not sexual. It is personal worship meant to draw the listner closer.

JAMES 4:7-8
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Warning: you will be intimate with God or intimate with the Devil. Though the blessings of God requires a personal knowledge of who He is, Satan does not care if you acknowledge him or not.

Literally Song of Solomon is about the developing relationship between a man and a woman. A godly
relationship is between a man and a woman marriage makes them one. A relationship outside of a god sanctioned marriage is of the Devil.

A typological view of Song of Solomon sees the literal aspects of the Songs but searches deeper within the words. It is a challenge to go deeper into the word of God and learn more.

PSALM 42:7
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 

Yes, it is when you go deeper into Scripture that you develop the foundations of faith.

PSALM 42:7 THE EXPANDED VERSION
·Troubles have come again and again [L- Deep calls to deep], ·sounding like waterfalls [L- at the sound of your torrents; C: waters represent distress; 69:1–2]. Your waves and your breakers ·are crashing all around [L- pass over] me.
The word is not always literal which is why you have to put all things in context.

Song of Solomon is a lesson in getting to know someone personally. It is a lesson in getting to know God intimately.

PSALM 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 

The Songs is about an experience that leads to adoration. It is about falling in love which leads to worship. David said in Psalm 34 “taste and see”; the Shulamite woman spoke of her beloved lying between her breast (S.O.S. 1:13)- you will not “get” this until you experience his presence.

PSALM 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 
To worship Him is more than singing a slow song. Your challenge is to forget about the world around you and what “they” say and allow the Spirit of God to lead you.


SONG OF SOLOMON 1:8-17
The Beloved
If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds’ tents. I have compared you, my love,to my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots. Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with chains of gold.
The Daughters of Jerusalem
We will make you ornaments of gold with studs of silver.
The Shulamite
While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance. A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts. My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms in the vineyards of En Gedi.
The Beloved
Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
The Shulamite
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant! Also our bed is green. The beams of our houses are cedar, and our rafters of fir.
God sees the good in you, He sees you as you are not as people say you are. It is the Spirit of God that will help you, guide you. You are, indeed, covered by the blood of Jesus (Revelations 1:5). Father God wants you to come, into His secret place.

PSALM 91:1
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
“Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair!” God does not make mistakes! Man will gladly list your faults but God will tell you how wonderful you are.

PSALM 139:4
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  

Like the Shulamite woman you must develop an aprreciation for how He sees you. You must see the beauty of Jesus’ disfigured body from the 39 lashes, the holes in His hands and feet from the nails that secured Him to the cross. You absolutely must see how much He loved you and declare: “Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!”  This is worship.

1 JOHN 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us. 
- It is a MATTER OF FAITH written by Marsha L F Randolph

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