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Psalm 95… where Blessings and Joy meet sin ~

The Old Rugged Cross Cedar Necklace

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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 eternal life.
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There were several lessons in today’s sermon on Psalm 95.

It is an unusual Psalm, changing the tone midstream, from the Joy and Exhilaration of praise to “Listen to God,” and “Don’t be like your ancestors who complained when they were thirsty.”

The surface lesson of the Psalm is about Meribah and Massah, where the Israelites, having been led from Egypt through the parting waters of the Red Sea; having danced with joy at the Pharoah’s defeat at the Hand of God; having complained of the lack of food and offered quail and bread from heaven and then they complain of thirst, asking “Is God with us or not?”

Enough to try any human’s patience, let alone God.

The message, a merciful and caring God who, in spite of his anger, was not angry with the people forever, but only for forty years.

And even Jesus, knowing his future of being betrayed, sent to death, and utter loneliness, offered to his followers a gift of forgiveness on the very night he would be betrayed. He broke bread, gave it to the disciples and said “Take and eat, this is my body.” He handed out the wine, and said “This wine is the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sin.”

Jesus did this not only to demonstrate that he would die, but to demonstrate that he was the passover lamb. It was a yearly ritual sacrifice that required the shedding of the blood of an unblemished lamb. Now, once and for all, God was giving the sacrifice for sin to every man who would take it.

The gospels are clear. God is not a god of just one people. Jesus did not refuse to meet the poor, the downtrodden, or the sinner. The mixture of joy and sin in Psalm 95 accentuates this side-by-side glory of God meeting man. Where we may be afraid to tread, or refuse to visit, Jesus did. Jesus met the woman at the well, the tax collector, the centurion, and leaders willing to hear. God is the God of all. He has a gift, that which does not condemn, but that which says,

Yes, walk with Me, and listen to what I have to say, and accept My gift of Love, and I will be by your side, forever!

What a promise!

God is with you until that day that He meets you face to face and you tell Him that He is not your friend. My prayer is that the day YOU meet Him face to face is a day you can honestly say “Thank you for hanging in there with me, and I’m sorry I didn’t know You sooner.”

Jesus said in John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

What a sermon I heard today!



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Another five star review… from Reader’s Favorite!

Star Star Star Star Star

Dead Man Talking
An Alisa Sharpe Mystery
by Jim Overturf
Fiction – Mystery – Sleuth
312 Pages
Reviewed on 02/16/2014



 Book Review -Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers’ Favorite

In the prologue to Dead Man Talking: An Alisa Sharpe Mystery by Jim Overturf, we first meet James Monroe Taeggardt, the millionaire owner of multiple tire stores. J.M., or “Big Jim” as he is known to some, is preparing to record cassettes twelve and thirteen of a confession. It is obvious that Big Jim is feeling remorse for something he has done and wants to wipe the slate clean by telling the truth and naming his accomplices. As the prologue ends, we hear the beginning of the confession as J.M. begins talking. In the first chapter, we meet private eye Alisa Sharpe as she is closing one case. Alisa is an ex-cop turned private eye when she was required to leave the police force due to injury. Alisa is approached by her boss to look into the death of Big Jim. His death has been ruled a suicide, but Taeggardt’s sister, Hedda, is convinced that J.M. was murdered. Alisa takes the case and the wild ride begins!Dead Man Talking is a wonderful mystery with references to great literature, the Bible, and secret codes. As the reader, we know that the tapes exist. The mystery for us is not whether or not J.M. was murdered since we know early in the book that he could not have committed suicide. Instead, the fun in this mystery is the twists and turns that the book takes as Alisa and a great cast of characters unravel the mystery and learn the truth behind Big Jim’s death. There are lots of unexpected surprises and very well developed characters in this mystery. Dead Man Talking is highly recommended!
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My Review of Tessa – From Fear To Faith


Melissa Wiltrout, Author of Tessa – From Fear to Faith


Tessa – From Fear to Faith is a compelling and well written novel about a teenager’s journey through her fear of her father, finding God, seeing changes about her life, and dealing with hard feelings in spite of her need to forgive.

The story of Tessa’s life of abuse and being forced to work in her father’s meth lab was difficult to read about, however, it is descriptive of a situation that is very true to the lives of more than a few children. In spite of having to deal with the “fear” portion of Tessa’s life, I found I could not put this book down until the story was complete.

Tessa also deals with normal teenage pressures of needing to spread wings, wanting to distance oneself from parents, and choosing appropriate friends. Those pressures are compounded by the thoughtless attitudes of others at school who think getting nice things for Christmas is a normal part of life. Unfortunately, not every parent recognizes the need for humility when they give their children things. I felt Melissa Wiltrout described the warmth and freedom of accepting Jesus’ promises accurately, because it is exactly the same way I knew I was His when I turned to Jesus 42 years ago. Melissa Wiltrout also, wisely, gives readers who can identify with abusive situations options for help at the end of the book. This story is not all fiction. God changes lives like this every day.     I received this novel in a PDF from the publisher for my honest opinion.  Karen

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