Distracted By Compassion

Distracted By Compassion

As I was reading in Matthew 14 and read about John the Baptist being beheaded, I was struck by Jesus’ reaction. It says, “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:13-14 My heart goes out to Jesus in this situation because I understand the need for solitude at times, especially when wanting to grieve and/or process something major. John was not only Jesus’ cousin but he was the long prophesied forerunner, the one who was to prepare the way for the Messiah. Jesus had great respect for John and always spoke to him and of him with honor. Here we find Jesus, in the kind of situation where you just need to withdraw and process. Jesus wants to grieve and put this sad news into...
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The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Real Simple

Jesus lays out the simplicity of the Gospel in Mark 16:15-20. I’m ready to take these words at face value and see them come forth in power. I’m ready to experience what I believe. I’m believing this for me and for the Body of Christ. It’s His will for us! Mark 16:15-20 “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’ So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God....
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Evidence of God’s Mercy

In the quiet and secret place, I’ve been crying out to God for our nation but invariably my prayers turn toward the Body of Christ. Will change come to our nation unless the Body of Christ repents for her love affair with the world? My heart’s cry is that she would wake up and turn from her passionate pursuit of the things of the world and instead passionately pursue the Lover of her soul, her first love, Jesus. The word says, judgment begins in the house of God (1 Peter 4:17) and that love of the world is enmity to God (James 4:4). How can those who call themselves God’s own be so carnally minded? We must turn our hearts back to our Lover, back to the One who’s image we bear. Repentance is evidence of Gods mercy. We need a whole lot of mercy to be poured out on this nation and God’s people must lead the way. Repent today. Turn away...
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The Homestead Has Gone Grain Free – Well, Mostly

A huge lifestyle change has taken place here on The Homestead. We’ve gone all caveman around here with our new way of eating. Yes, Paleo has entered our lives and has changed everything regarding food. If you didn’t realize it, practically our whole life revolves around food. I didn’t realize it before, but now I do. It seems like some days all I do is think about food or prepare food or clean up from food. Eating real food requires real time to prepare, not only to plan but to actually cook. I use my knives for chopping ALL day long. I use them, wash them, let them dry, then use them again, repeat, repeat, and on and on. I’m thankful for a little saying I saw on someone’s website one day, it went something like this, “It’s only effort until it becomes routine.” Well, I sure am hoping that’s true! And, you know what? It really is. I see it...
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Burning Up With Fever

Yep. I’ve got it and I’ve got it bad. Thank God it’s not the flu but its effect on me is just as gripping – I’ve come down with Spring fever. I can’t concentrate to save my life, unless it’s something taking place outside. Every time I look out my window, there is something fascinating to watch. Blue birds trying to decide which house to buy (boy, are they a tough sell), the first spotting of a male painted bunting at the feeder, Indian blankets covering the field and waving at me in the wind, beckoning me to feast in their splendor, woodpeckers hanging on the wire feeder picking out nuts, swooping swallows, scissor tails enchanting me with their amazing tails, thieving squirrels, trespassing skunks, and the list goes on and on. Here on the Homestead, Spring is in full bloom and blossom. Life is bursting at the seams reminding me of the glory and beauty of God. I am literally engorging...
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