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.

xxx wrtitten by Marsha L F Randolph

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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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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

PHILIPPIANS 2:12-13 The Expanded Bible
12) My ·dear friends [beloved], you have always obeyed God when I was with you. It is even more important that you obey now while I am away from you. ·Keep on working to complete [Continue working out] your salvation with ·fear [awe; reverence] and trembling, 13) because God is working in you ·to help you want to do and be able to do [L -both to will/desire and to work] what pleases him.

When I teach it is not with the goal of telling a person what to believe. Though I am very opinionated, my goal is to share scripture and speak or write words that will help develop personal thought.

My primary Bible is the New King James version however King James Bible is usually close at hand. Bibles such as the Expanded, the Voice and the NIV are used as references in the order I just listed them. Notice the noun “I” this is important. What you and other people do may be different.

You are responsible for what you do or do not know. I cannot get you into heaven or keep you out of hell, both are very real places. The Apostles instructs us all to “work out our own salvation.

What is salvation? It is a word that was translated from the Greek word soteria (Strong’s #4991). Soteria is a multifaceted word, which encompasses more than just getting “saved”. Salvation includes health, prosperity, peace joy and other blessings from God the Father. The Apostle Paul encourages believers to keep working, even though he is not with them.

2 TIMOTHY 2:15 King James Version
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

Notice I am using the King James Version of the Bible because the New King James Version changes the term “study” to ‘Be diligent.’ This is a personal preference; the essence of the Scripture is we have to make an effort to know God’s word.

Recently I came across a series that explains various Bible translations. It is a 5 part series, each part is at least one hour long but it is worth watching.  Because of that I am including part one of the YouTube video in this post.
- - - Marsha L F Randolph



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

NETTIE-ISM #10: BEAUTY & BRAINS




It is better to show off your brains and let people be surprised at your beauty than to show off your good looks and have to struggle to get people to know you have a brain. 




PROVERBS 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

PROVERBS 20:29
The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

xxx wrtitten by Marsha L F Randolph

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NPA: ONE NATION UNDER GOD


Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

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 more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph
Today is the day we celebrate the Birthday of the United States of America. This used to be the day the nation was filled with love of this country, today it is plagued with anger and confusion.

I cannot get the image of naked women protesting President Trump out of my head, as if this is what the founders envisioned when they allowed for freedom of speech in the Constitution! How does being naked in public validate an ideology? I have no idea. They look foolish and prayerfully they were not the mothers of young children. Just as ridiculous were the women, and some men, who protested with pink hats that represented their private parts. How silly!

Not to be out down is the group Black Lives Matters. (Putting into a special category those who have been charged with crimes.) This is a group of angry people funded by white people that protest everything but the killing of black babies before they get a chance to breath the air. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not address the high percentage of black on black crime but choose to point out false perceptions of injustice brought on by white people. I have concluded BLM does not really care about Black lives.

As I was researching information for this post I discovered one interesting fact: less than 33% of southerners owned slaves. Mississippi had the highest percentage of slave owners 49% and South Carolina had 46%. Which means 2/3 of the south did not own slaves! So why are African-Americans demanding restitution from all White people? Why do Liberals promote the concept of ‘White Guilt”? (http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-myths-about-slavery)

“In God We Trust” is the foundation of American exceptionalism. Despite its’ ugly past that includes: Japanese encampment, the mistreatment of this nation’s first born- Native Americans, and slavery, we as a people have learned from our mistakes and seek to make America great despite our wrongs.

PSALM 10:4-7
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.” His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

There is a small group of individuals with very loud voices that want to dig up the foundation of which this country was developed upon, an ideology based on faith and freedom. They acknowledge God but have changed His words to reflect their lifestyles, some deny him completely. The wicked refuse to change their position, even when it is proven to be wrong.  Their desire is to force America to submit to their ways and stop trusting in God.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of hate displayed in America. Conservatives have tried to be fair; you cannot be fair with individuals who posses an anti-Christ mindset. The Bible speaks of these people thus no one should be surprised at their antics.

Like all other holidays, the 4th of July is an opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. We no longer remember the veterans who have served till death or those who have lived and returned home with various challenges. Liberals have deemed America a bad nation, they have no problems putting the needs of those who came here illegally at a higher priority than our veterans.  There is more to Independence Day than fireworks- there are people who died so that we would be free (this includes the civil war).

July 4th is the day America celebrates its’ independence. We became a unique nation and we were “One Nation Under God.” As long as we stayed this way we were protected by Father God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Long before September 11, 2001 individuals within the country began distancing themselves from God.  Not wanting to offend those who are not Believers, Christians stepped back and allowed prayers to be removed from schools, Bibles to be taken out of hotels and Christ to be removed from Christmas.

The referendum on Donald Trump is more than just ‘Making America Great Again’ it is about bringing God back to America. We the people desire to once again be a nation of we the people. During the campaign in 2016 one Scripture was quoted more than any other:

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 more people in this great land who love this country and love God even more than those who do not. Followers of Jesus are not perfect we are, however, walking in the right direction. Everyone has the right to choose their own path but they don’t have the right to stop us from following ours.

We the people believe in the word of God and the United States Constitution.

We elected Donald J Trump to be the leader for this nation because he is not ashamed to ask God to bless America. He, like Moses, Abraham, and David, is not perfect but he understands what it means to be a servant. While President Trump, amongst huge opposition, drains the swamp God’s people have humbled themselves, are praying and seeking His face.  God will open doors for President Trump while revealing those who are against His will. Donald J Trump is not America’s savior he is the President, Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

God bless America, help President Trump drain this nation of wicked leaders and make America great again. Let the wicked be silent.    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: JOHN 12:26



JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.




Who does the Church leader serve? Is it the congregation or Jesus? If it is the congregation then there is no need to follow Jesus. If it is Jesus then the messages taught / preached should reflect His words.  Some believe that the church leader is the servant of the people.


MATTHEW 4:19
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

MATTHEW 8:22
But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

MATTHEW 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.

Everyone that Jesus called while here on earth He commanded to follow Him.  All 12 of the men who are considered Jesus’ Disciples had a purpose, even Judas (John 17:12). It is clear in Scripture that those who are called of God are to follow Jesus not man: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The life of Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus, reveals that not everyone serves our Lord.  

MATTHEW 16:24
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Politicians are servants of the people, church leaders are servants of our Lord Jesus. Those who are committed to teaching others Scripture must do so without care or consideration for the desires of the people.

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.


It is not always easy to share the gospel when it involves messages that speak against lifestyles that the world wants to present as acceptable.  Church leaders; Pastors, Elders, Reverends, and other titles, are not called to teach a message based on the will of the people. The gospel represents good news to all who submit to the word of God.

Second Timothy reveals what should be preached / taught.
FIRST it must be understood by all that what comes out of the mouths of church leaders should be the WORD OF GOD;all Scripture, form Genesis to Revelation, is given to us by Father God. Next it must be understood that Scripture is the basis of ‘profitable’ church doctrine. Next we see that the Word is to be used for reproof and correction; both terms are forms of discipline. And Scripture should be used to teach those who want to follow Jesus how to live righteously. It is teaching the Word that followers of Jesus The Messiah will be able to live a Christ centered life and able to do what they are called of God to do.

Church leaders are required by God to present His words to His people.

2 TIMOTHY 4:1-4
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 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 Apostle Paul sternly warns Timothy which has been included in Scripture thus we must adhere to the warning as well. We, Church leaders, must be doers of the word and not speakers only. We must never turn our backs on Jesus in order to follow the crowd. No matter what is going on we must preach God’s word.  We are never to give in to popular opinion even though there will come a time when people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires” live; in fact now is that time.

People, like sheep, follow the leader. If the church leader is following Jesus the people will be headed in the right direction.

Jesus said in John 12:26- “If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” A test of Christ centered leadership is revealed in who is blessing who. There are churches in which the Church Leader receives extravagant and materialistic gifts from the congregation as a token of honor. There are churches in which the Church Leader does not have a nice car, nice home, a wonderful wardrobe and other types of bling but he or she has peace, joy and love.

When I think of the great men and women who followed Jesus I don’t see mega-churches but mega souls. People like Watchmen Nee, Kathryn Kuhlman, and even Billy Graham. They have reached millions yet never within the four walls of a building. There message was and is about Jesus and how to live to please Him.

JOHN 12:26
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

-written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, June 26, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: FLEA MARKETS

One of the problems I have with Flea Markets- a place where individuals attempt to sell their products in an open environment- is how the concept has been hijacked. Like many other things a Flea Market has become a place where anything and everything can be sold including items that are not homemade or not found in most stores. Flea Markets should be community or church yard sales.

That does not mean we should not support these venues, great things can be found in these, traditionally, open air places of business. In addition this is where you can meet individuals who make exactly what you need and be able to order direct in the future.

I suspect, many young people today fail to fully appreciate the old fashioned Flea Market. Back in the day, there were no air conditioned buildings and much of what you saw was homemade, fresh from the farm.  Things like: quilts, furniture made from wood, fresh fruit and vegetables and of course eggs could be purchased or maybe even bartered at the Flea Market. The goal was to find quality products at a reasonable price. Many consumers, particularly young people, seek the new “in” thing- overpriced gadgets that will last a few years if that long.

In the fall I will be partnering with a fellow crafter to present my wares for sell at various markets. I am looking forward to meeting that one customer who is looking for quality: soap, candles, wash cloths and blankets. My friend sells gift baskets.

Of course my friend and I sell our products now, it is how we fund making more. As a crafter I make what I like if I did not sell them I would not have room in my house to make more.

Recently my friend sold a baby blanket, someone called asking for one to be made.  She asked: “What color?” She had a variety of colors already made so there was no need to make one. She does not have any infant grandchildren but she does like making baby blankets.

Unlike many people who knit, crochet sew, make soap or candles our products are more on the practical side. Everything I make and my friend makes is meant to be used not displayed. Flea Markets are a great place to find things you need for everyday usage.  —written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: SELF IMPROVEMENT


GENESIS 1:26 
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”



We are spirit beings covered by flesh. We know we are created in God’s image yet it is incomprehensible. Many of us focus on our to much on our flaws and disregard the gifts.

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.
God created each person to be unique individuals not carbon copies of someones’ idea of the perfect human. We were not created to fit the image of some fashion designers idea of beauty. Nor are we required to submit to  political partisan ideology. Our lives should not conform to fit a sorority or fraternity, a mason or eastern start group mold.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of God.

When people talk about self improvement it is usually based on worldly ideas of how a person should be.

PSALM 22:9-10
But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God.

God did not say “oops!” when you were born.

PSALM 71:5-6
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

As believers we have to appreciate the idea that we are created in the image of our Creator. We are not “God” however we are spirit beings.

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

As believers when we think about self-improvement our goal should be to live a life based on the Kingdom of God and not the attitudes of this world.

1 JOHN 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

The world’s idea of self-improvement incorporates: physical changes. God’s idea of self-improvement requires denying the body and being led by the Spirit of God.

PHILIPPIANS 2:3-7
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
    — written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

LIVING BETTER: HEALTHY CELLS- CAN MORINGA HELP?

MORINGA TREE 
Your body is made up of systems, each system is made up of organs, organs are developed by bringing together tissues and each tissue is made up of cells which have organ specific  intelligence. Generally speaking, the health care profession focuses on various body organs and how it affects a particular system. Many holistic teachers, at least the ones I have talked to, focus on  body systems. And of course we, people in general, just think about our body. The concept of maintaining healthy cells is not new but it is rarely spoken of.

There are 12 systems in the body: Integumentary, Muscular, Skeletal, Cardiovascular,  Immune, Lymphatic, Urinary, Digestive, Nervous, Respiratory, Endocrine, and Reproductive. Each system has its’ own very important job. These systems are dependent on their cells to house the nutrients it needs and get rig of what it does not need. An imbalance of either because of to much waste or an overdose of nutrient can cause problems.

The foods we eat are distributed to the various cells within the various organs of the body after being transformed into usable nutrients.  Focusing on healthy cells will lead to healthy tissues, which will lead to healthy organs, which will lead to healthy systems which lead to healthy bodies thus the goal should be to eat what the bodies need.

I encourage everyone to eat non-GMO foods grown in your own back yard (or on your  patio), drink plenty of filtered water and exercise. I have added Moringa Oleifera to my diet and, as I have written before, I have noticed a difference.

The first thing I noticed was the detoxifying effects of moringa; if you are filled with junk there will be no room for what is good.  The next thing I noticed was the amount of energy I had this was after about 2 weeks on Moringa.  If nothing else this change has sold me on moringa as a supplement.

On my next post I will discuss the reason I was interested in Moringa and if that is helping. Remember: in addition to taking Moringa, I pray, watch what I eat, exercise and drink water.

According to WEbMD “Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.” 

MORINGA OLIFERA TIDBITS
Every part of the Moringa plant can be utilized. Many people use the leaves as a tea or in a smoothie or salad or ground up and placed in a capsule.

This is a nutrient comparison: 100 gm of Moringa   vs what is in various foods                        

  • Vitamin A    6,780mcg                           Carrots 1890 mcg
  • Vitamin C     220 mg                              Oranges 30 mg
  • Calcium  440 mg                                   Cows Milk 120mg
  • Potassium  259 mg                                 Bananas 88mg
  • Protein 6.7 gm                                         Cow”s milk: 3.2gm


FROM THE WEBSITE MORINGA FACTS-
 http://moringafacts.net/vitamin-and-mineral-content-of-moringa/#

Vitamins and Minerals                   Fresh Leaves                Dried Leaves
Vitamin A                                6.78 mg                    18.9 mg
Thiamin (B1)                                      0.06 mg                    2.64 mg
Riboflavin (B2)                              0.05 mg                    20.5 mg
Niacin (B3)                                        0.8 mg                      8.2 mg
Vitamin C                                        220 mg                     17.3 mg
Calcium                                                  440 mg                    2,003 mg
Calories                                                  92 cal                      205 cal
Carbohydrates                                          12.5 g                      38.2 g
Copper                                                  0.07 mg                     0.57 mg
Fat                                                           1.70 g                           2.3 g
Fiber                                                    0.90 g                         19.2 g
Iron                                                          0.85 mg                         28.2 mg
Magnesium                                           42 mg                         368 mg
Phosphorus                                           70 mg                         204 mg
Potassium                                            259 mg                        1,324 mg
Protein                                                    6.70 g                             27.1g
Zinc                                                        0.16 mg                   3.29 mg


The words written are based on my personal experience and knowledge and are not presented as advice; I am not a medical professional. The reader is encouraged to do his or her own research.
Marsha L F Randolph is a recognized LIVING WELL COACH through THE AIM COMPANIES.
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NETTIE-ISM #9 KNOWLEDGE





              Ignorance is a stronghold.








A stronghold is a barrier that prevents entry. Ignorance prevents the entry of wisdom. The problem with being ignorant is- you do not know that you do not know. Unless you decide to learn you will continue to be without knowledge.  


Romans 10:3 (KJV)
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 

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.



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: OUR FATHER

GALATIANS 5:6-7 The VOICE
Because you are now part of God’s family, He sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; and the Spirit calls out, “Abba, Father.”  You no longer have to live as a slave because you are a child of God. And since you are His child, God guarantees an inheritance is waiting for you.

Abba means Father, in Galatians 5:6 the Apostle says we can call out Father Father because we are children of God; we are not slaves; we are not step children; we are not illegitimate or accidental births. We are children of God and we are guaranteed an inheritance.

God is the example all men (should) follow when it comes to being a parent. (*Let the reader be aware: I do not believe a mother can be both father and mother. The absence of a father in the home is a household with the mother bearing the burden of 2 parents but without a father.)

1 JOHN 2:13-14
I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Father’s Day is not in the Bible it is a man made holiday however we can use both Mother’s Day and Father’s day as an opportunity to evaluate our parenting skills. Though it is marketed as a day to honor each parent the honor is in being a parent.

PSALMS 127:3 The Complete Jewish Bible
Children too are a gift from Adonai; the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Though the Bible tells us to honor or mother and father the privilege actually belongs to the parent.

Proverbs 17:6
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

The glory of children is their father, think about that. As a parent are you someone your children can really give honor to? You do not need a special day. Are you demonstrating God the Father to your children so that they are men and women of God?  “I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning.” Your relationship with Father God should be reflected in your children.

Today is father’s day a day in which we can some will honor their earthly fathers. Everyday is a day we can all honor our Father.

“…Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

—written by Marsha L F Randolph 

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