This first day of the new year marks an ending as well as a beginning here at GodThoughts.com. We have selected the final winners in our monthly contest for a copy of I'd Like to Ask God, and for two posters. This contest had a multiple choice question and two winners were drawn from those who had the correct answer.
I appreciate all of you who have entered so many times! Thank you for your participation. I hope you will continue to enter your name daily in the drawing for eight of our greeting cards. There is no question to answer for this contest. And you get to select which cards you would like to have.
Now a request. I would appreciate your prayers for me as I write the poem and comments each month. The past year has been one of declining strength for me. Many things which used to be easy for me now take much more effort. Pain and weakness, which used to come and go into times of remission, now are almost my constant companions. I am grateful to be living at an assisted living facility, The Inn at Chappel Creek, which is under the auspices of my church denomination. This is an ideal place to be. (I used to dream of having someone to do my cleaning and my laundry, and to bring my meals to me as I sat in my ivory tower and quietly wrote. Funny how that silly dream came true in a way I never could have anticipated.)
God has been good to me over the years, and has been so faithful in caring for me and meeting my needs. He has blessed me with a wonderful family and friends. So many times He has provided answers to prayer that were creative beyond my expectation or imagination.
What I would like to do now is put my poems into a new collection. Several years ago, Fanfare: A Celebration of Belief was published by Multnomah Press. Now I'd like to combine most of those poems with the newer poems written for magazines and for this web site. I need a unifying theme and spiritual direction for this project. Would you be kind enough to pray for this project? And for my finding the right publisher? I need the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that the work has spiritual virtue, strength, and vitality.
I would appreciate any feedback or stories you might have about how you have responded to, or have used the writings at this site. A note in our Guest Book, or an
e-mail to me, would be most welcome.
I pray that the New Year will bring you blessing and sweet communion with God as we look, with joy, for the soon return of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus, himself, told us not to be troubled when men's hearts are failing them with fear.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;
and upon the earth distress of nations,
with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:
for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud
with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh.
Luke 21: 25-28 (KJV)
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord,
we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:1-6 (KJV)
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
Ye have heard how I said unto you,
I go away, and come again unto you.
If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
because I said, I go unto the Father:
for my Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you before it come to pass,
that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
John 14:27-29 (KJV)
make man in our image
There are several verses in the Old Testament where God speaks as a plurality. Many trinitarians quote these verses to help support the Trinity doctrine because they strongly suggest that there is more than one person in the godhead.
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth,” (Gen. 1:26, NASB)
The name Elohim indicates that God is full of creating and governing power and who created all things by speaking His Word. This name of God is used 35 times in the account of creation (Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 2:4) and is the only word used to describe God in this passage. The very power of God’s Word brought all things into existence.
For more information on Elohim go to the source of this quote at: http://www.gospeltrail.com/Study/God/elohim.htm
Happy New Year!
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