Sunday, August 27, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHATEVER IS JUST


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: NOBILITY

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Here is a SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE: READ & LISTEN

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


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


— written by Marsha L F Randolph

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Monday, August 14, 2017

MY COUNTRY CITY PROJECT: GROWING CHAYA


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




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

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

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOOKING FOR GOOD NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus is the Word and He is the Truth.

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

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

The word of God is true:

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: VAIN REPTITIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The word instructs us to:

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

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

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