1.02.2007

" 'Rocky' Did It...!"

When up-and-coming actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were interviewed about their Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 film Good Will Hunting, they said their inspiration was the story behind Rocky (1976) -- how an unknown actor wrote a screenplay, and held out until the producers would agree to let him star as the title character. Affleck and Damon said to each other: "Rocky did it!" and set off to write their own film, that has now become a part of Hollywood lore about actors trying to make it in the business.

In December of '06 we saw, "The Greatest Underdog Story of Our Time [....] Back for One... Final... Round," in Rocky Balboa (2006) .

What does all this have to do with JOHN?

We are a true underdog production, because our goal is to win souls. Period. It's not about "making it in the business," it's about bringing Jesus to the hearts of many, who is the Hope of the nations.

And, as in this final Rocky film, a priest says to Rocky, "I'm now going to read to you from Zechariah: 'It is not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit that we have the victory in Jesus Christ.' Amen," -- the power behind JOHN is not Big Studio. It's not star power. (Even Good Will Hunting had Robin Williams.) But, we have the Spirit of God, moving the hearts of men and women around the globe, to see this Christ-honoring, Word-exalting film come to life...THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN.

And I can take that "to the bank." I can put my hope in Jesus Christ. He will never disappoint. I can hear in my head, stirring themes from movies such as Rocky and Braveheart.

And I feel like I'm on board an airplane that is fueling, and the Captain has just lit the Fasten Your Seat Belt sign. Because we're about to take off...

In Matthew 9:29 Jesus said, "According to your faith, be it done to you." And I say, Year 2007, here we come, because our trust in Him is growing ever-stronger!

81 comments:

rough diamond said...

Happy New Year everyone!
These are indeed exciting times...
Freedom! Freedom from having the wrong attitudes governing our choices and decisions,having the wrong motives as lord of our lives...that was so "last year"..ha!
THIS YEAR,LET US SAY...JESUS ALONE,IS LORD OF OUR LIFE!
This is where the FREEDOM IS!
Freedom to live from the premise of having grasped the unalterable truth that Jesus is the only focus,and on Whom our eyes are fixed....out of which comes all the joys and blessings He Loves to surround us with!
Pure Joy!
As Jesus' whole life and purpose was all about doing His Father's will,so ours will be.
How can we go wrong?
I look forward to this year...so much promise...so much fulfillment to come into....so much more,getting close to The Heart of God!
I have a new attitude towards my weaknesses too...i can boast of them,cause ,in my weakness...i am STRONG IN CHRIST!
Yes! This John Project is in God's Hands,and i can't think of anywhere STRONGER!
Surrender,surrender,surrender.....
That's how we please God.
We say..."Be it done,according to Your WORD"!AMEN!

marlena in pa said...

Rocky is appropriate in more ways than one, especially when thinking about JESUS, the New Year, JOHN and many more things and Bruce's message on surrendering to Jesus is one that has truly blessed this contender. I have been dealing with a lot this past year of 06' but especially over the holidays and the reminder of where my trust, hope, love, everything I have and am lies that Bruce, Marchiano Ministries and this blog has given me, I am extreamly grateful for. I have said time and time again how once I sat down and had some quiet time with Jesus this past summer I felt Him lead me, direct me, and love me and one place I felt him guide me was straight to this ministry as I prayed seeking His Will and purpose for my life. Now, as I am amongst many other things, working on obtaining a doctorate degree in English (I am a writer after all, :-) )I pray that I don't lose the object of my affection, Jesus. It is so easy in the busy-ness of life to lose sight of Him, it scares me but thankfully God is not one to let you run far. I am truly thankful that as part of keeping my self grounded on the "ROCK" I have this ministry and this vision to stand behind. There have been many times where I have felt like Rocky when he is in the middle of a knock down drag out fight and when he has just reached the top of the stairs but instead of having the eye of the Tiger, I take great comfort in knowing that I have the Sword of the Spirit and the Shield of Faith which is what John is and will be for all. I believe and know that 2007 will be not just another year of our Lord, but WILL BE THE YEAR OF OUR LORD and the year of the fear of our Lord as well as the year of overcoming. May God Bless Each and Everyone Abundantly this year and every year and I am so thankful that by the Holy Spirit we are all connected in our fear and reverence for our Wonderful Savior.
God Bless,
Marlena

cobaltruby said...

"That Christ may "dwell" in your hearts through faith" Ephesians 3:17....
The word "dwell" means more than just to move in and take up residence.
It means to make yourself comfortable,to spread out and have the run of the house.
When it comes right down to it...how many of us are willing to give Christ complete control?
When we give Jesus the keys to our heart,He "decorates" it with love,joy,and peace..etc.He rewires it to tap into the Holy Spirit's Power...What could be better?!!!

L.B. said...

"Lord,show us the Father ,and it is enough for us"JOHN 14:8
Jesus answered"Have I been so long with you,and yet you have not come to know Me?...He who has seen Me has seen The Father"John 14:9
This exchange tells us that it's possible to be a Christian yet not really know God in the way we claim to.
How can you know that the life of God is growing within you?
Whenever you hear or read His Word,it'll have your name on it.When you pray your spirit will pick up signals from God that answer your questions,correct your wanderings,and satisfy your deepest longings.
Wherever you may be on your journey with Christ,the best place to start,is right where you are.
You can't go back to yesterday,or leap into tomorrow,but today is a brand new day...use it to draw close to the LORD!

Esme - South Africa said...

I loved the Rocky movies and Good Will Hunting. But can you just imagine the reality of JOHN on film. Could 2007 be the year for US ? Imagine getting to the end of 2007 and saying Thank You Jesus for the completion of this movie. Thank you for answering all our prayers. WOW ! wouldnt that be something ? You know what ? God can do this - lets trust Him big time.

The Gospel According To John said...

A Blessed New Year, everyone! All of your words are so encouraging. I truly enjoy our fellowship together. And yes, Esme, let it be so!

rough diamond said...

We walk by Faith,not by sight...
(2 Corinthians.5:7)....
Our faith has to reach beyond our sight.
Faith begins,where senses end.
If we can see it,we don't need to trust God for it...and seeing as we can't see very far...living by sight keeps us living small.
The African Impala can soar 10feet high,and 30feet out,with one jump!
( Incidentally...now i know why my Dad bought OUR Chevy Impala SS Convertible)...sweet wheels....
O.K. back to the analogy...
BUT...if you put an impala in a 3ft.area cage,with no lid or roof...it will not escape!even though it has enough power to clear the cage!
The impala won't jump if it can't see where its feet are going to land!
It lives by sight,so it is easy to keep it caged....The same goes for you.
Scriptural faith says"God,i know that whenever You speak,You're telling the Truth,and i can stake my life on it".
Faith is the action by which we lay hold of the Power and Promises of God,if our faith is lacking...we won't see the supernatural work of God in our lives....and we will live in the natural,with all its limitations!
As much as the impala is an amazing creature...we sure can't afford to live like that,when it comes to our faith !
Faith establishes what we believe about God.
Too many of us act like we've more confidence in ourselves than we do in God.
Ask the impala..." would you like to live out your days in a 3x3ft box; or jump , spring,and soar about at great height and length ?"
I am holding the "Rhetorical Question Award" as we a speak....
Thank you...and God Bless....

The Gospel According To John said...

rough diamond!

congratulations on your recent "Rhetorical Question Award" win!

ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing)

marlena in pa said...

I just recently finished reading the Gospel of John and intend on reading and studying it more closely a second time through, taking my time this time and truly allowing Christ to speak to me. I have had some neat things happen according to John, the way God has been leading me by first bringing me to John via Matthew. This Christmas, as every Christmas, my mother and I attend the midnight Christmas Eve service at our local Methodist Church in town. It truly makes our Christmas as peace abounds and the pastor really tries to make it feel as it might have felt that very first Christmas. However, this year was a bit different as when we walked in the door the pastor asked my mother and I if we would be a part of the service, noting that he had us in mind. (my mother and I are very close and do a lot together, :-) ) He asked that my mother light the Christ candle in the advent while I read from the scriptures. Well, of course, we both said yes without even knowing what it was I would be reading. A few minutes later the pastor went up and got his Bible as he had the passage marked I would need to read and much to my surprise, it was in John, the first five verses. I was so blessed to be reading this passage, not only for what it said but because I felt like God was letting me know that I was on the right path yet again. I say yet again because a while ago, probably the beginning of last summer when I was, then, going through a difficult time - as I said sometimes I feel like I am in a knock out, drag out fight - I was praying and really seeking Christ with all my heart and wanting to know if I was doing what He wanted me to do, even though he had given me confirmation upon confirmation, and He said to me, "Marlena, how many confirmations do you need?" I remember telling him "Lord, as many as you'll give me." Sometimes I am just slow at catching on if you know what I mean and I just thank God that where I lack patience, in God it that much more abounds. Which, brings me back to John, another confirmation in a truly wonderful work. God is always speaking if we only listen. I can't wait to see this film, as Esme pointed out, on the big screen. Here's to a blessed and exciting year!
God Bless,
Marlena

The Gospel According To John said...

marlena,

your testimony blesses me to the core. because that's my story, too. i'm just a little child of God, learning daily to walk in obedience, and learning increasingly to hear His voice through the Word by the Holy Spirit. "My sheep hear My voice," Jesus said in John.

PRAISE HIM, for He has brought us together for this labor of love called JOHN... was "we walk by faith..."

Lynda .B. said...

"Get rid of those old wineskins....".
Centuries ago,wine was stored in animal skins,and when they were new,they were soft and pliable,but when older,became hardened and set.
If you poured new wine into an old wineskin,it would burst and the wine would be lost.
Interestingly,when Jesus wanted to encourage His followers to enlarge their vision...He reminded them"You can't put new wine into old wineskins"...Jesus was saying that you cannot have a larger life with restricted attitudes.
We can be set in our ways,bound by our perspectives,and stuck in our thinking.
God is trying to do something new!but unless we are willing to change,willing to expand and enlarge our vision,we will miss His opportunities for us.
God wants to show us His incredible Favour.
He wants to fill our lives with new wine,but are we willing to get rid of the old wineskins?
We will start thinking bigger,we will enlarge our vision...
Opening our eyes of faith,will enable God to pour fresh,creative ideas and blessings into old attitudes.
Thank You Lord God for revealing this Truth...I Love You..Amen.

Lynda.B. said...

Greetings citizens.....
Today,i believe we should all STRETCH out a large space in our lives,in our hearts ,in our minds,in our spirits...for the ABUNDANCE of Almighty God to come and FILL!He SO wants to!
The bigger the space,the bigger the Blessing!
Make room...put out the welcome mat...clear the platform....be realistic...expect miracles!!!!
Send up a flare ...a huge flare...
let it light up the sky!
Here we are Lord....ready to receive ALL that You have for us!!!
Our unstrained,waiting NETS will burst to capacity under the bounty that comes!
Believe,and you will see!
(not see and believe)
The sweet fragrance of FAITH is
wonderfully OVERPOWERING!
Let it enchant the nostrils of our Heavenly Father,and cause the floors of Heaven's Storehouses
to drop open,and let fall every good thing that God wants to bless us with.
Like in volleyball...we should be ever standing with our arms raised,poised,ready,and expecting to catch !!!!
Thank You Lord for Your Gifts!!!!

R.D. said...

What He does not protect us from,
He perfects us through.

rough diamond said...

Earlier today,i was given ( by The Holy Spirit)an entry ,all about:stretching out a space for blessing etc.,
This afternoon... this came:
The Bible says...
"Enlarge the place of your tent.
Let the curtains of your habitation be stretched out.
Spare not.
Lengthen your cords and strengthen
your stakes,for soon you will be bursting at the seams."
Can you imagine my explosive delight ,to have such confirmation?!!!!
That's The Holy Spirit in full flight!
God desires this for us..and He is saying"Get ready for more"
"Make room for increase, expect favour,more supernatural blessings,and...enlarge your tents...Don't be satisfied with where you are!!!"
I will have to just "do the dance of JOY!!!"
Excuse me,while i "get down!!!"

marlena in pa said...

Thanks, as it is always a blessing to share in the love of Jesus and the work that he has set before us. It truly is wonderful to share the testimonies to the Father's love, along with how this vision through Christ and the Holy Spirit is uniting us all.
I was reading a book by Beth Moore, and she was just like us, is just like us in that she states she continuely learns more and more everyday what it is to truly listen, read the Word, and let God lead her and show her what He has in store. She points out how she learned to surrender to Jesus. She also comments how this also allowed her to fall more and more in love with Jesus, which is what we all want. This vision, this film is going to help many fall in love with Jesus, the testimonies from Matthew are proof of that. It is such a blessing just to be a part of it, a part of this group. I, too, am encouraged by your words and the words of everyone on this blog. I can't wait to log in each day and see how everyone is doing, the ways God is blessing them and the progress and testimonies of John. I am excited for this New Year and am looking forward to all that God is going to do. God Bless!

rough diamond said...

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart,
I will dance 'round His courts with praise,
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice ...for He has made me glad!
He has made me glad,He has made me glad...I will rejoice,for He has made me glad!
With a heart fit to burst...I will praise You Oh Lord!
Just had a "whisper" from The Holy Spirit...so i will proceed.....

To all the wounded soldiers out there...Take Heart....
I (myself)have been long on the battle-field...and know the strain of prolonged injury..years in the trenches...sludge and decay the only willing company ..relics of afore vibrant lives....quieted all around me...dreams and hopes lying motionless ...slumped where they fell....dense stench of wishes long since abandoned...rotting in the stagnant life-sucked air of desertion... struggling to defend my position....fighting with every ounce just to stay alive...
Praying that a low-flying bullet that whistles past my head,won't be the last thing i hear!
Imagery is a fine gift..and pretty much tells it like it is...or should i say WAS!!!
The battle is over...Jesus has won it for us!...we are HOME,and
basking in the immeasurable Joy that comes with the new territory!
Out of the trenches of despair,and lost dreams,and into the bright ,shiny Glory that God yearns for us to thrive in!
Lay your burden down...
There is ONE stronger than us,who waits to relieve you of your load.
Give it all to The Lord,and let Him free you from the weight of "too much to carry".....
In the New Testament...there was a custom...where a murderer would have to carry the dead corpse of the victim strapped to their back....'till the decay of the deceased would eventually penetrate the body of the accused,and they would die....
Graphic,i know, but ..that can happen with us,and our "stuff",and The Lord Says....
"I have come so that you no longer have to carry that load..".
Praise The Lord!
Whatever you carry..whatever your burden...shake it off,and refuse to carry it one more day!!!!
We walk,redeemed,in The Light of The Lord God Almighty,and no longer have to waste away in the trenches of gloom,and despondency!
We are Heirs of The King Of Kings...and that in itself has to shift your mind-set!
Yes! My heart is glad..'cause i know from whence i came!
Thank You Lord for loving us so much!
May our lives be a living sacrifice to You!!!!

Anonymous said...

What can I say that hasnt already been said ? So often what is on my heart is said on this blog ! It is so amazing. Those words "with one accord" comes to mind. One mind, one body and no distance between. I am just so blown away - thank you all for blessing me so much today. I too log on often to see if anything new has been said and to catch a little glimpse of your hearts towards Jesus. Esme'

Lynda.B. said...

"A word in season"...being "ripe" for a word to really hit home,and manifest immediate change,and healing in our lives...That is so cool ,God's Timing once again!
Further to yesterday's spiritual blessings..i was given an unexpected windfall that has made me even more thrilled.
Every day,we should tell ourselves
"I have the favour of God"...
it really is powerful!

rough diamond said...

Sons and daughters of The Most High God....
Our Heavenly Father values you,and this never alters,we are made in His Likeness!
When we see ourselves,as less than perfect...take heart...we are!
Only God is perfect!
WE are flawed,and a work in progress,but we strive,and need God's help to become more like Him!
No matter how a $100 bill gets worn,by time and grime,its value remains the same!
God sees our value,and teaches/shows us how to see it too!
Not only see it,but,believe it,take hold of it,and start seeing the great things God has in store for you/me.
Like the early pioneer/settlers of North America's wild west...we can grab a stake,and race for promises of God,plunge that stake deep into the soil of our amazing future in Christ,and with flag flapping above the earth that belongs to us,we lay claim to all the richness and blessing that our loving Heavenly Dad wants to enrich us with!
It's your land,your truth ,your place to build on,expand on,see brilliant things take place on,as you keep seeing yourself as God sees you!
El-Shaddai"The God of more than enough" He's not "El-Cheapo" the God of barely enough!
Believe BIG and you'll receive BIG!

L.B. said...

Prayer,is the engine room that keeps Marchiano Ministries going.
WE (the body) keep each other SHARP.Steel sharpens steel.
The more prayer"coal"...the hotter the engine,and the power out-put increases!
Keep shovelling and watch that thermostat needle quiver,and rise to full stretch!

L.B. said...

We have access to Heaven's STOERHOUSE...
so let us not be content/settle for the poorhouse.
We have been given the map to abundant treasure.....
so let us not keep the map hidden,and scratch out a meagre existence on suplies that perpetually threaten to run out!
Our requests will never catch God "short".....He waits,ready to pour out all and anything we ask for!
Flex your faith-muscles,and see the results.
'Best work-out we can have!
You will lose inches of ugly/ unwanted :doubt&fear in no time...or your money back!
That's the guarantee.....
but wait! there's more!
No...you get the picture..Ha!
Yes...there IS more,and all when we focus on Jesus,and Him Alone!

rough diamond said...

"I will give you beauty for ashes"..what a trade!
From a very young age...we have all traded something for something else,always hoping to improve the state of our original possession!
Be it baseball cards,candy,clothes with your sister,or trading tasks or chores around the house,all in the attempt to trade UP,and get a better deal!
This is how it is with The Lord....we can offer Him our items,whatever we would like to trade,and He takes it,and up-grades it every time!
What an amazing arrangement!
We always end up with something BETTER than what we started with!
God is not in it for His own profit...it is for OUR profit!
Astounding!

Kris_in_WA said...

r.d says: Excuse me,while i "get down!!!"


HA!! I just laughed and laughed...and I needed a laugh trust me! :) You know it is funny because the whole "stretch" thing was there and I kid you not just recently I wrote an email (I will skip the detail) of how basically God is causing me to or calling me to "stretch" far beyond my comfort zone and to stetch then, in other ways to follow I was sure...lessons to learn,...ways to grow, etc. Although I am walking in a desert-land (an unpleasant place/experience), stretch was the word..... and I too have been reading a book (possibly the same one) by Beth Moore. So these last few blog entries just are so funny; so close to home.

The Gospel According To John said...

Dear ANONYMOUS,

Welcome, welcome, welcome! So glad you found your way over here to the blog after listening to Bruce on the radio!

It's always a thril to "see new faces" around here! Welcome!

And next time let us know who you are! We'd love to fellowship with you.

Some of us do that by using the initials of our names, others use a "screen name."

Blessings!

rough diamond said...

To Kris in WA...I prayed for you last night,before sleep,and asked The Lord to give me a word for you.
At 4am,i woke from deep sleep and was prompted to get up and write...i didn't have the luxury of stumbling around,a house so quiet,you could hear a carpet-mite sigh! but tip-toed around and found pen/paper,and this is for you..and all who are in a desert-experience...
"There's a cheek that lies on sand
Body weak,heeds no command
Lips so parched,skin full of cracks
Hope someone will find my tracks
Praying that i'll soon be found
Ear to ground,i hear a sound
Listen,hear the sand-dunes humming?!
Help is near,someone is coming
The sand shivers
the desert quakes
The rumble grows louder with every step my rescuer takes
Best sight i've ever seen
Hope they brought a BIG CANTEEN!
All at once,my eyes make out a figure,tall
though fogged my vision,
I hope it's not an apparition!
I raise my head
my sight grows clearer
Sound of thunder getting louder
As my rescuer draws nearer
My sunburnt eyes can scarce believe
what i see in front of me!
JESUS stands with smile so wide..
The source of noise He cannot hide
He's brought along a gift for me!
With pointing,waving arms held high
He turns
And above the roar
He calls
"LOOK!I BROUGHT NIAGARA FALLS!""

Kris_in_WA said...

rough diamond,

THANK YOU SO MUCH for praying for me. I am so humbled!

Loved your post: I laughed, I cried....

Niagara falls! Can't wait!! :)

marlena in pa said...

I am with you Kris and rd. Kris I know the desert places, my family (my parents) and I have been facing more than our fair share. As I am going to school I have continued to live at home, one it is close to where the campus is and two I am able to take care of and help them out as they do the same for me. Family is crucial and just as I consider them crucial, I consider this family crucial, as well, to my survival. God brings others into our lives as we are in these desert places, so thank-you both, thank-you all for helping me through the desert to that point I, we, are able to look up and see Jesus and the glorious sight of Niagra Falls. As Jabez prayed, I pray as well for all of you that God will bless you indeed, enlarge your territory, His hand be with you that He would keep you from evil that you might not cause pain. I fully believe that as part of our journey John has enlarged all of our territories and out of this film great blessings will come for everyone everywhere.
God Bless,
Marlena

Esme' South Africa said...

Rough diamond - I was just saying to the Lord - boy do I need a "bunch of flowers" to brighten up my day and after reading your post I must tell you that it is just like getting a bunch of beautiful sunflowers. Thank you ! Esme'

rough diamond said...

If you will focus on the right things,
God will take your most horrendous battle-field and turn it into your greatest blessing field.
God turns our scars into stars for His Glory!
FAITH!
Just as LOVE is a verb....Faith is too....
I've never seen an "ad: for exercise equipment that says:
"Just having this exercycle and treadmill in your room,and knowing that it's there...guarantees results!
Sales would go through the roof!
(and i love this part)
"folds gently, and fits easily under your bed!"
What "GENIUS" had the foresight to know...that is where it goes soon after delivery?!HA!
Hope is when you order it,and faith,is when you use it!
God wants our spring to gush crystal clear...so let no buried contaminant remain.
God Has our best interests at heart,and blesses us with overflowing abundance!
As Paul said"I'm STRAINING forward.I press toward the mark"
We know that God has great things in store for us!
"forgetting what lies behind,and straining forward to what lies ahead,I press on toward the GOAL!"
God's MERCY is new and fresh EVERY MORNING!"
Thank YOu Heavenly Father for Your LOVE!!!
AMEN

Lynda.B. said...

"ENTHUSIASM"
Derives from two Greek words"en theos"...meaning"Inspired By God"!
Our lives need to be inspired,infused,filled afresh with God's Goodness every day!
The Apostle Paul encouraged his young coworker ,Timothy,
"Fan the Flame..Rekindle the Embers.Stir up the Gift that is within you!"
Paul was reminding his under-study to live with enthusiasm.
Give it your all.
Don't settle for mediocrity.
Make a "daily decision",to live:
With the JOY,PEACE& PASSION of The Lord,and be excited about your life.
The Scripture says:"Never lag in zeal(great enthusism or eagerness),
but be AGLOW & ON FIRE_serving The Lord enthusiastically"!
Let this be your prayer today,as it is mine...
In Jesus' Name...AMEN!HALLELUJAH!

L.B. said...

"GIVING"
We are most like God when we give..
God created us to be givers.
The late Keith Green sang..
"It's so hard to see when my eyes are on me".
When we turn our attention away from ourselves,and meet the needs of others...seeking to bless them,we too are blessed.
God always sees to it!
When we sow a seed of kindness into another's life,God multiplies it many times over.
Reaching out to others..our own problems shrink away,and praying for another,we see our own lives enhanced by blessings!
When we pour out love for others,our vessel never becomes empty..that's physics,,"God-Style."
God sees every little thing we do,and keeps a record,and in His Time,He reimburses us to the max!
God Loves Justice,and knows about every time we have been wrongfully
treated,and sees to it that we are given what was lost,stolen,damaged etc.,and gives us much more in return!
God takes the seed we plant,and the harvest is always multiplied many times over!
We serve a Generous God!
Give what you have,and God Will use it in splendid ways...
The measure you use,is the measure that will be used for you,so give with all of your heart!
Have a brilliant day In Christ..Amen!

L.B. said...

(Sorry chaps..but this is for the ladies out there...(but)if you want to pretend it says A Royal Prince....be my guest!)
A Royal Princess.....
"While every woman's life story is unique,there ARE longings of the heart that seem to be universal:
the desire to find true love,the desire that someone will affirm our inherent value regardless of our situation,the hope that we can change.In this regard,we each need a Cinderella story of our own.
God finds each of us in the cinders of a less than perfect world,held back from the life we dream of living.He longs to raise us up to a high position,transform
us and grant us His power ,so He seeks us out,inviting us to dance
with Him.And yet each of us needs someone to affirm our inherent value and encourage our transformation.
We each need a Cinderella story of our own.
Each woman's relationship with God is such that He finds her in the ashes,held back from the life she dreams of living.
He seeks her ,invites her to dance with Him,transforms her by revealing the beauty hidden beneath the ashes,then confers on her His power and position.
Dancing in the arms of God is a relationship between you and God that is based on love and mutual respect.
The two of you communicate in a close ,intimate setting.
He holds you,but His embrace is the embrace of a lover,not the restraint of an oppressor.
As partners in this dance,God leads,and you let Him,moving with the flow of His leading.
You are not enveloped in God,losing your identity as a unique person;you are who you are,retaining your freedom and individuality at every turn."
Author..Connie Neal....

L.B. said...

To all you Royal Princes out there..i strongly recommend you read..."The Character of a Man "
by Bruce Marchiano....and let us all say "they lived happily ever after"!At the very heart of it...THEY LIVED!
Ladies and gentlemen...we need to discover the benchmark for real love in this topsy-turvy world!
The recommendation goes to the ladies too,as we need to know where to "set the bar!"
Don't EVER think...you've set it too high!!!!
Jesus loves us so much,and has in mind for us the most spectacular life!so...don't "settle"..... EVER!

rough diamond said...

"FEEL THE POWER!"
CAPACITY!The MAXIMUM POWER output capability.
You don't buy a Ferrari to limit it to 50 miles an hour!You "open it up",and "ask",and it GIVES!
You don't limit a racehorse to "walking-pony rides "at a fair.
You don't build a rocket,and schedule "day-flights" from one side of the world to the other!
This morning,in conversation with God...i caught a glimpse of His power..a peak at the brightest light "we have never seen"....and realised The Power!!!!
Our heads and hearts are bowed,Lord God,as we kneel at Your Feet....awe-struck by Your Splendour!
Jesus said..."When you seek me with ALL of your heart...I WILL be found!"
Thank You God,that Your Power is available to us!
Bless every heart that seeks You today...In Jesus' Name..Amen.

L.B. said...

An open flower gets the sun
An open heart,gets The Son!

The Gospel According To John said...

Can I use this in my sermon next week? It's good stuff!

L.B. said...

An open flower gets the sun
An open heart,gets The Son!

1/22/2007 01:05:00 PM

rough diamond said...

Dear Ronald,
Of course you can!These messages are from Almighty God,i am but a conduit ,a channel,sharing what God places on my heart.He desires that many hearts hear what His Heart says!
Prayer is such.....
If you stand out in a field,at the height of an electrical storm,and raise your arms as high as they'll stretch..you Will, hopefully, get zapped by a lightening ZAG!Heaven's Power,of course...Kids...don't try this at home!
We could all use serious voltage of God's Amazing Grace..'jump-start our day!

Kris_in_WA said...

Re Author Connie Neals writing from L.B....

Once again I am sitting here in tears.

Beautiful find, LB. Once again it hits close to home.

Kris

Kris_in_WA said...

quote from LB: To all you Royal Princes out there..i strongly recommend you read..."The Character of a Man "

Here here!!! :) I also recommend we royal princess' read it as well.....as...it shows us what a royal prince looks like. :)

Kris

rough diamond said...

To KRIS in WA......this is for you.....
I just had a vision...of a wealthy King...who owns more than anyone else!He could be out,playing with all his extremely exotic and expensive "toys",and jetting around the world in his..yes...private Lear Jet,and he could be throwing massively decadent parties for all his jewel-dripping friends...so..where is he?
He is deep in the heart of the Palace...in a place that nobody else is ever allowed access to.
He is the only one with the password,and he spends an ambarassingly long time in there ...unaware that he is...fuelling an increasing level of disgruntled murmuring among the guests!
What is the object of his total devotion and dedication?
What is it,that has him so captivated,hour after hour?
What is it that makes him forego all his earthly treasures and pleasures to be in this quiet,secret place?
He has given me access,and i can see...that he has the most breathtaking collection of butterflies the world has ever seen,and he has caught them,and reared them,and delicately handled the damaged ones,and tenderly moved them to safety,with his loving fingers,he has protected them,and nurtured them,studied them,,and when he is alone with them...it's ALL HE KNOWS!
It's all He wants to know!
These magnificent creatures are the PLEASURE of HIS LIFE!!!
They have captured His Heart!!!!!

Lynda.B. said...

Moral Benefits of WISDOM....Proverbs 2:1-8
My son,if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of The Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For The Lord gives wisdom,
and from His Mouth come knowledge
and understanding.
He holds victory in store for the upright,
He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Amen.

r.d. said...

Living Sacrifices....Romans 12 :1-8
Speaks of one body,and many parts...each having a specific gift....
Oh Lord....may we all desire that our gifts blossom to full fruition!
Let us be a veritable "Garden of Eden!"
Love...be devoted to one another in brotherly love...
Honour one another above yourselves....
Be joyful in hope,patient in affliction,faithful in prayer!
At the very CORE of life is......
LOVE!
Let our volcano not be dormant!
Let us erupt ,and spill out,and spread kindness,and mercy over everything that comes into our path....molten rivers of love.
When we ask much...we receive much.
With Your Strength...we are more than CONQUERERS!!!!!

Kris_in_WA said...

R.D....

you know, well you wouldn't know of course -- but when I got windows XP loaded recently onto my computer, I chose, for my "identity" for sign-on, a pretty little butterly...

Beautiful vision, rough diamond!
Thank you for sharing!!

Kris

rough diamond said...

"Is it just me...or is it REALLY HOT in here?"
A potter paints a design on a pot,and it's rough,and dull,and faded,and there are jagged bits all over,and he knows,that while he's working....he can SEE the end result,so he works toward the vision of what is in his mind's-eye.....
To anyone else,it looks terrible,nobody would even look twice at it...lifeless,scratchy,faded,and altogether unappealing!
BUT...here's the key!
AFTER it has spent time in the kiln......and the heat and fire have done their part.....WELL!
The result is staggeringly altered!
ALL the colours are vivid,and vibrant,and the texture is smooth,and shiny,and the touch is pleasing and inviting!
YOu might say"it is irresistable!"
What the potter had imagined,is completely brought to life before his eyes!
I recently met a woman,whose husband is a reconstructive plastic surgeon...specializing in burns.....and i got to thinking.....
It IS amazing what these experts do....restoring some kind of resemblance to a "normal life" these people lost in tragic circumstances,and giving them as "close to" the looks they had before,as they possibly can!
Almighty God not only wants us to burn what is not of Him,but make sure it dies!Put to death the "old us" and let God RESSURECT a new man/woman!
Now THERE'S something NO plastic surgeon can pull off!!!!!
WE thank YOu Lord,that when we offer our mistakes to you ,and burn them,and they become ash,and dust...You take them,and build Cathedrals and Castles !!!
Thank You for having Ressurection Power to turn death into life!and loss into gain,sad into happy,sorrow into JOY,need into abundance,pain into praise!!!!and darkness into light!!!!
Today...i am just plain exuberant,and smothered with God's Goodness and Truth!!!
When Paul was imprisoned,he sang praises to God all night!!!!
I know how he feels...somewhat...as i CAN praise ..even when life isn't so secure,and i feel restrained sometimes...and frustrated that i'm not moving fast enough,or in the most alluring directions!!!
If we can sing praises in less than amazing circumstances...we have life sussed!
Just keep Thanking God,cause He never changes,and is ALWAYS mind-blowingly AMAZING!!!
Don't miss out on worshipping,just because you can't find a reason...lift your heart's praises to God,and soon...you will be in His Sanctuary...and there is nowhere like it!!!!!
He is waiting to meet you there!

rough diamond said...

"Chariots of Fire"....
Eric Liddell....
"YOu came to see a race today.
See someone win.
Happened to be me.
But i want you to do more than than just watch a race.
I want you to take part in it.
I want to compare faith to running a race.
It's hard.It reaquires concentration and will,energy of soul.
You might experience elation when the winner breaks the tape....'specially if you've got a bet on it.But how long does that last?
You go home.Maybe your dinner's burnt.Maybe,maybe you haven't got a job.
So who am i to say "believe".."have faith" in the face of life's realities?
I would like to give you something more permanent,but I can only point the way.
I have no formula for winning the race.
Everyonr runs in her way,or his own way.
And where does the power come from to see the race to its end?
from within....
JESUS said..
"Behold,The King of God is within you.If with all your heart ye truly seek Me,ye shall ever surely find Me!If you commit yourself to the Love of Christ and that is how you run the straight race".
When i run..i feel God's pleasure..when i sing,i feel God's pleasure....We feel God's pleasure in us whenever we do something well!!!!

rough diamond said...

"The Greatest Gift of All"

Recently,the celebration of the day of my birth came around,and at one point in the day...i was handed a gift.The giver apologised
for the wrapping,as it was inside the plastic bag "where the gift was purchased",and not all trussed up in fancy paper,with ribbon.
What struck me was,it didn't alter the beauty ,the essence, the care and thought behind this gesture,the time spent to find something he knew i'd love!

The greatest gift of all,the gift of ETERNAL LIFE,was purchased for us on a rugged cross,in the most violent of events,the wrapping for this gift,was brutally wounded beyond recognition,and GOD'S LOVE for us is what sent Him there,
TO PURCHASE OUR PARDON!!!!!

Thank You ,Thank You ,Thank You JESUS!

Marlena said...

Hello everyone, I pray that all are doing well. Speaking of prayer, I am learning more and more that prayer is a powerful tool. Most recently, my mother, myself and a long time family friend sat down one evening and really had an out and out prayer session. We prayed about everything from personal, to political, to Marchiano Ministries and The Gospel According to John. We received some wonderful words from the Lord. We also were really able to tell the "devil" where to go and that we wouldn't let him interfere with what God had in store, not only for us, but for Marchiano Ministries and the film.
I also wanted to comment that I heard most recently again from the friend that I have been working with to spread the word about John and bringing Bruce to campus. We are having a lunch meeting in a couple of weeks, so please keep that in your prayers.
Finally on a different note, I had prayed and had other's praying about my schedule this semester and for those of you who don't know, I am a doctoral student in the English Literature and Criticism field. Anyway to make a long story short, God answered prayer and I have three pretty good classes, one with a Christian professor (very rare to find sometimes on a mostly secular university campus). I am mentioning this because he is a very influencial man and I intend on sharing John with him when I get the chance. So pray that God will give me that opportunity.
Well, this is my update as of now, but I believe so strongly that prayer makes things happen and that God is directing us, all of us, every step of the way.
I also wanted to thank everyone for the words of encouragement that I log on and read everyday.
God Bless,
Marlena

R.D. said...

"Banquet Table"
Be satisfied no longer living on "cheese & crackers"!
There is a place set for you at The King's Banquet Table,and He requests the pleasure of your company!
Oh taste and see that The Lord is GOOD.His Mercies endure FOREVER!
"BON APPETIT!"

Anonymous said...

Oh hello everyone ! Two weeks ago my computer, modem etc was struck by lightening (we have electric storms in Johannesburg !) and I have been off line until today ! the first thing I did was to log onto this blog and was blessed out of my socks by all that has been said. Are you guys for real ? I so missed the contact with you all. God bless - Esme in South Africa.

L.B. said...

Welcome back Esme!
An electrical storm...go figure!HA!

"The Eyes of Love".....

Jesus has us in His"intensive(thorough,continuously supervised )care."
He longs for our eyes to see only Him,to gaze into The Source of Love that holds us,dances with us, walks with us,talks with us, accepting all the Love He delights in showering us with!
Two who are in love...have eyes only for each other,and this is what Jesus longs for...that your thirst for love be quenched by Him.
From HIs Eyes of Love shines...
Tenderness,understanding,strength,
acceptance,mercy,grace,joy,
excitement,and generosity.
Jesus waits in readiness to satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts!
May our eyes ever be locked with HIS!
Jesus allows certain "obstacles"to be in our way,at times,so He can spend quality time with us...He loves having us all to himself!and knows the benefits that arise from time spent with Him!
Thank You LOrd Jesus for your INTENSE LOVE for us!
AMEN!

marlena said...

Yes, welcome back Esme! We missed you here as well. How true it is the comfort we find in fellowship, even if it is across the wires. What a blessing it is to be connected through His Most Holy Spirit.
God Bless,
Marlena

rough diamond said...

"Oh Heavenly Father..."
I pray that You are on the Throne of our lives...on the Throne of every thing we hottly pursue,every vehicle that drives us, every gain we strive for,every success we cultivate ,every dream we caress,every desire we incubate,every wish we blow on the wind!
Lord,that You would be The King of every decision we make,and every thought that infiltrates our mind,
Lord God we ask this in Jesus' Name amen.....Glory!

cobaltruby said...

"Prayer Garden".....

Lord,thank You,
for hearing every silent tear that falls in intercession,and using them to water Your prayer garden,
and
amplifying every heart-beat
that races when we rejoice in good news, that is played over Heaven's loudspeakers,and echoes all across that vast domain, as its inhabitants join together in exalted praise and dance !

Thank You for delighting in ,and pouring "SONshine" on the
prayers of the
groundskeepers,
and caretakers...
Thank You for the privilege....and blessing
of "green thumbs!"
Amen.

rough diamond said...

"Jesus:The "HEAD" of your life".....

When Jesus is not BOTH sides of your coin,
every time how you're tossed,
every time you fall,
It's His Smiling Face you see...
EVERY TIME YOU "CALL"!

L.B. said...

"Sacrifice."...
Today,my 14 year old daughter read out to me..
the story of Abraham,and his willingness to sacrifice his son..Isaac,because The Lord asked him to!
The Lord saw,that he was going to go through with it,and supplied a way out,in the form of a ram,caught in the bushes,so he offered that up instead!
The HEART must be willing to sacrifice anything!

Esme' - South Africa said...

Thank you for this life-line ! Marlena bless you - just love your heart.

Have a wonderful blessed weekend. Esme'

L.B. said...

correction to prior poem

Jesus..the "Head" of your life...

When Jesus is ON BOTH sides of your coin,
every time you're tossed,
every time you fall...
It's His smiling Face you see,
every time you "call"...

rough diamond said...

JESUS

rough diamond said...

"Touching the Void"

Last night,i watched a docu-drama/movie,based on the true story of:
Two English mountain climbers,who were attempting to climb one that had never been conquered.
At one point,steeped in darkness,one was high up,lowering his buddy down,thinking he was on a solid face,when suddenly,the lower one dropped over a cliff!He dangled,helplessly,over a gigantic,dark-mouthed crevasse!
The one up top,didn't know this,and wasn't getting the "signal tugs" he was expecting...and after 1 1/2 hours,he made the horrifying decision to cut the rope!
The lower chap,fell into that deep crevasse,and landed on a ledge,breaking his leg.
What followed,was nothing short of miraculous!
Alone,in pitch black,deep inside a bottomless crevace,he knew he was a dead man...he said he was raised a devout Catholic,but given his dire circumstances,he was convinced there was no God!
He spent hours,crying,cursing,weeping,and beating the ice wall,in anger,that he had to die,at 25..a strong,fit man,in this way!Eventually,as the hours passed,he decided to drag himself along,and look for a way out.
He almost fainted every time he put pressure on his broken leg,but managed to haul himself over to a place where he suddenly noticed a shaft of light!High up and hours away,crawling,from where he was.
He eventually found the opening,thrilled to see daylight,but terrified at the total bleakness ,and then, set to the task of dragging himself along the most dangerous surfaces,deep crevasses either side,desperately thirsty,and dehydrated,he spent days covering ground that threatened to take his life every moment.
He got down to rocky terrain,and knew that camp was near.There was a new ,and more excruciating pain with the rough ,unyielding surface,that made him cry out every time he stumbled.All of a sudden,very close to unconsciousness,he could hear water trickling,and in a frenzy,he searched the rock-face for its source,frustrated to hear it,but not see it!as it flowed beneath....He finally found it ,sliding deliciously over the surface....and said, he could feel,as he drank,(gallons)it was literally fuel!He got stronger,and struggled on down the rocks to where he hoped his buddies were.It had been 4 days,and they thought he was dead!They had burned his clothes,as a symbolic gesture,and planned to leave camp!
Deep in the black of night,the injured man lay,heart-broken by the realisation his friends had gone,and he was abandoned,motionless, under a vast starry sky,more stars than he'd ever seen!and felt one with it,as though he was no more,and had simply worn away to nothing,and had just about surrendered to death's pull,when he decided to call,as loud as he could,for his friend,Simon...so he began,and repeated it as many times as his exhausted body would allow.
All of a sudden,one chap,inside the tent,woke,and was gradually aware of a sound...he listened more,and alerted the other,and he too heard it.They left the tent,and went out,into total dark,with head-mounted torches,not expecting to find a human!
They heard the name,getting louder,as they moved toward it..and could not believe their discovery!
He survived,and after 6 operations,he climbed again!
The amazing part is,that even with his total lack of faith,and unbelief...God was there!
The ledge,that saved him from certain and instant death,the clue to look over there,for the first
shot of light,,the strength to crawl at a snail's pace to who knows where!the water! the sense to give it one last burst,and call!
All these life-saving devices,for a man who wasn't even calling out to Almighty God!
Oh The Love,friends...it blows the mind!
God doesn't want that anyone stay lost!
God's immeasurable Love guided him to safety!

God Is Awesome!

rough diamond said...

"Amazing Grace"....

How sweet the SOUND..
not ..how sweet the concept,
How sweet the notion..
How sweet the idea...
How sweet the sentiment!
The SOUND....
The SOUND of voices uttering God's Truth to a lost world..
The SOUND of endless prayers for the souls of the lost,
The SOUND of God's Love pouring from mouths of faithful servants,
The SOUND of a helper,who speaks healing into a wounded heart...life!
The SOUND..it is audible,and tangible,and you can hear it,and grasp it,and nestle with it,and it is the soft blanket of comfort that scrunches around you ,in your time of need!
The SOUND...of typing keys,that are destined for the recue of a wandering one,who searches for truth and wisdom,who looks for rescue from a dark place,a lonely place,a solitary place,a place,where they think nobody hears or sees them!
The SOUND...of God's Heart-beat...that bangs in His Chest ,as He watches your bewildered stare..into what you think is a VOID!Call...oh child of God...call out,and don't stop...and His Massive,loving Arms will surround you,and hold you,and carry you to a safe place,and He will tenderly LOve you back to health!
Your call need only be a WHISPER...
as that is how CLOSE HE is to you!
AMEN!!

cobaltruby said...

"God's Mercy".....

Bless The Lord!
Oh my soul
and all that is within me
Praise His Holy Name!!!!

I will sing aloud a new song!
Your Praise will continually be in my mouth!
Every day,all through the night
Waking or sleeping
Your Presence
My Light!!!!!
The Presence of God's Light...How sweet the Walk!
Never let the sun go down on a troubled heart!
At the end of each day..before sleep floats you on sub-conscious waters...
say...
I Am Loved By God...and
I Have The Favour of God!
It dramatically alters your state of mind!
It gently rocks your soul!
It soothes the swells of anxiety!
It transforms turbulence
to glassy calm!
It cradles you from falling!
It breathes into Truth,and gives it Life!
Oh...The Promises of God....
Speak them out
and watch the
kaleidoscope of God's Goodness
unfold before your eyes!
Thank You Lord for Your
Unconditional Love!
Amen....

lb said...

Don't let anyone steal your thunder...
Go ahead! Dance in the rainstorm!

The Gospel According To John said...

cobaltruby,

haven't heard from u in a while. whew! what a poem. what a blessing, every one. all these words of empowerment, words of faith-in-God...

i know He smiles down on our faith.

PRAISE JESUS!

cobaltruby said...

"Our God is an awesome God
He Reigns from Heaven Above
With Wisdom Power and Love
Our God is an awesome God!"

What an incredible ANTHEM!!!!
It is stirring,and powerful and True
and
Don't
you just get excited singing it over and over?!!!!
You can feel the strength building,as the fact of it takes hold...in your soul,and heart,and mind!
Super-charging the Atmosphere!
Can't you just see the shiny blades of our "swords of The Spirit"and "The Word of God" flashing in the bright sunshine of Truth and Redemption!
Hallelujah!
What a Victory!
Amen.

L.B. said...

"Development"....

A chrysalis was being watched,and monitored,and studied.
The attendant thought it was taking too long for the butterfly to come out...and couldn't stand the thought of it struggling in there any longer,and decided to "help."
They snipped the end open,to "free" it,but when it emerged,it just flopped around,unable to fly!
The well-intended gesture,had disabled it,by preventing power-juices that surge into the wings ,by the "pushing through" the small exit!and it was unable to fly away!
We are supposed to develop by waiting,and struggling,meditating on God's word,
we twist,and push,and learn,and all in God's Time...so we can possess strength,and courage, trust,wisdom, patience,and faith....for our journey.
Don't be eager to cut short the time it takes for God to develop you!!!!!
It will make for a certain take-off when the time comes!!!!!
Bon Voyage!!!!

cobaltruby said...

This is a testament to God's Faithfulness...

Yesterday,i was somewhat "low"..i had succumed to negative circumstances seeming more real than my imminent rescue....this mood almost robbed me of a blessing!
Today,i sang for folks at a garden party....but it almost didn't happen.
Last night...i read Isaiah 25:1...and it was exactly what i needed...
"Oh Lord You are my God;
I will exalt You and praise Your Name,for in PERFECT FAITHFULNESS You have done marvelous things,things planned long ago."
Several days ago..i woke with one word "DECREE",and knew it was profound..it has been a quest,to discover all God meant by that...and it has been amazing!
This afternoon was a real blessing,for a lot of people,and for me too...it was very uplifting...puts a whole new spin on things..Praise God!
"One of the eternal purposes of God,by which events are foreordained"!
God knew that i'd be so low,that i would not feel up to the gig...but after i had read that verse,and sang a boisterous round of "Our God is an awesome God"....Before sleep...
i woke to find my mood had elevated!
This is my declaration
The spoken word is so powerful!
Amen!

The Gospel According To John said...

cobal truby,

that blesses me so much. yes, we all rest in the palm of His promises, that are so secure. thank you for reminding me of His soverign power... it is strength to me.

blessings!

rough diamond said...

"Giving"
Don't let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.....
I beleve,today,that the message is to give...to The John Project...don't give it too much thought...just go on impulse,and give!
There will be a massive outpouring of God's Favour,as thousands around the world...give.
It will be as a MIGHTY battering-ram!that crumbles walls of restriction,and resistance!
The Lord God Honours Faith...it pleases Him....without Faith,it is impossible to please God!
Whenever i give from a purse that that scarce afford it...i ask God to COVER ME,and He always does..it is unto The Lord,and He Blesses this.
When the scene is a shoot-out,and one needs to move in...across an exposed area.....they always yell"COVER ME"!
Jesus is always watching your back!
He's the best partner a rookie can have!

lb said...

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Share the Love!

Rough diamond said...

Happy...."single.... and in Love
with
JESUS
Day!"
365 days of the year!!!!
'Love You Lord!

cobaltruby said...

"Above all else....guard your
heart,
for it is the "wellspring"* of life.."Proverbs 4:23
"Source of abundant supply"*
That means,that we CAN love every day of the year!
When we are "all out of love"...
and cannot draw up any more...
because we are hooked up to
"The Wellspring Of Living Water"
we just keep on pouring,and it keeps on coming!
Never runs dry!
That is the beauty of being "tapped into" Almighty God..He enables us to keep loving!
The cool,clear,pure waters from high up in the Heavenly mountain ranges
is what flows on down to us,and we have but to issue it ,each and every day!
Bless the soul
that shares HIS
life-giving
H2o !!!!!!!
Single,or madly ,deeply in love with an "earthling"
Jesus loves us each and every day,
and counts each second
a reason to
lavish
us
with
His
unsurpassed
undying
unconditional
intense
magnificent LOVE!!!!!
BIG HUGS!!!!!

rough diamond said...

"WE are overcomers
we are overcomers
we are overcomers..Lord...
Oh deep in my heart
i do believe
We are overcomers
Lord"
Not some day...
NOW!!!!
Thank You Lord Jesus
for this song
that has spun 'round and 'round
inside
for days!!!!
There is something GOLDEN
about claiming TRUTH right now!!!
Hope is essential
but
Faith
is right now!!!
Jesus is The Lord of NOW!!!!
Amen!
Live your best life NOW!!
Why live a sliver
when you can live
the whole pie?!!!!
"FILL my GLASS
LET EVERYONE DRINK"...is written on the inside cover of my songbook...
so
if your gift is song,
or any
number of gifts God bestows on us
pour it out
and watch the
MIRACLE of LOVE
change a heart!
IT'S JUST JESUS!!

rough diamond said...

Cards,chocolate,roses and wine
gestures that love can't fetter
Jesus'Love for us
that took Him to the cross
There is NO love BETTER!

rough diamond said...

"Cast your bread upon the waters,for you will find it after many days...Eccl.11:1"

Long ago,when people lived on the banks of the mighty Nile River...
and they would throw their seed out onto the waters,and then the Nile flooded the delta (the fine-grained fertile soil consisting of:mud,silt,and sand,and sand deposited by flowing water at the mouth of the river)
as it was scheduled to do,the seed would come in on the waters and then land all along the shore would be planted.
As you would have gathered,
throw the seed of "THE WORD" out there.
You will not see the planting for a while ,but the waters will come bearing the seed with it & it will be planted and you will see the "bread",
the end result of it all.
Amen!

rough diamond said...

"A Love-song to Jesus...."

You stand before me
Offering Living Water
and i know... You "know me".....
You stand before me,saying
"drink of Me ...you'll never thirst again".....
and i know You Love me...
You stand before me saying
"you must be born again"
and i know Your Authority...
You stand before me asking
"Who do you say I Am?"
and i know ...
You're The Son of God!!!!

You stand before me
in Your Eyes i see the dawn of time,
and i know You are mine...
You stand before me
I can see my eternity...
and i know
You're "THE GREAT I AM"....

You Are "I Am...."

"I AM....."

"I AM!!!!!"

Precious Lord...

With a heart soaked with Adoration...

I am prostrate before You....

L.B. said...

Lord..You are my breathe.....

You are my air,my wind,my sail-filler
You are my rudder,
my sea,
my strong pillar
my land and sky...
my wings to fly...
You are my Joy,my smile
You are the reason why...
I wake with renewed zest
to conquer this day..
and while
i give it my best,
Lord,help me see
the beauty here inside of me
The love that i can give away
at Your Request....
The Best that i can be!!!
Amen.

rough diamond said...

"Death..where is your sting?"

As i recline,
my head laid low,
'Neath softest shroud of Heaven's haze,
my heart aglow
and all ablaze
To feel "Love's source" that covers me....
from deep inside
I hear
a song
echoing from empty catacombs...
listen...
can you
hear it ringing?
there's a message,
hear them singing?
"Jesus ,
Crucified,
To save us from sin
Glory To Our Lord and King!
No gates of hell could hold Him in..........
He Is Risen!!!!
Oh death...where is your sting?"

L.B. said...

In my life Lord
be glorified,be glorified
In my heart ,Lord
be glorified,be glorified
In my weaknesses,Lord
Be Glorified..Today!

L.B. said...

Lord,that we be walking,talking examples of You
In everything we say
and everything we do
Radiating the Glory of Heaven
here below
Your Love to give
Your Son,to show
the world
through "John"
"The Movie"
It Will Be So!
Amen!

L.B. said...

See the "John-ship" fill her sails
we know "Your Word" never fails
bring on board a robust crew
let the world see
ONLY YOU!
It is YOu Lord,You're the mast
You're the rudder and the keel
You're the first and the last
You alone are at the wheel.
Amen!

cobaltruby said...

"God's Calm"

Here,in Auckland,New Zealand....
this evening,
we experienced two mild EARTHQUAKES..half an hour apart ,the second stronger than the first..measuring almost 5 on the Richter scale...the latter,shaking the arm-chair i was in !!!
The sofa,too was shaken,and the windows shook!

Made me think...

(I proudly hold yet another award.."Understatement of the Year Award"!)....hmm hmm..thank you very much.............
well,AFTER being shocked,stunned,and altogether dumbstruck!!!,i had to formulate coherent thought,and discuss it with my daughters.
We got as far as:
what to do in a torado,and an earthquake...tornado-get in the bathtub with a mattress over you,earthquake-stand in a doorway..but we wondered if it was the other way 'round!
I guess you wouldn't want to wait,to find out the hard way..
when
your bathtub fell into a mighty crack!
or...you got sucked out of the doorway into the clear-blue yonder!We were sooo calm,and relaxed..amazing..
Grace of God..
you'd think we were deciding what to have for supper!
We had to consider a tsunami,too!
Not a thrilling thought,when N.Z.is a tiny island,and would not withstand too much of a wave all at once!
and the best we could come up with was...
getting to the top of a "hill" about 2 miles down the road,that is named Mt. Hobson,but takes about 5 minutes to climb...so nobody would be staying too dry!
We had to consider what portable floatational devices, might be
"on hand"!HA!but came up rather empty-handed!
We decided to lie down on the bed,together,and pray...just thanking God for His Power,Protection,LOve,Purpose,
Might,Faithfulness,Control,
Eternal Plan,and Divine Mastery,
we were just so aware ,
that if the mountains should crumble,and fall into the sea!we have Our Lord and Saviour,and
HIS WORD ENDURES FOREVER!!!!
He is the BEGINNING,and HE is THE END!Alpha and Omega!
God has always been here,and always will be..He is DEFINITE!and INFINITE!
The only CERTAIN thing in this uncertain world!
Made us contemplate what is important...put things into perspective!
At the final conclusion...
IT IS LOVE!!

GOD IS LOVE!!

Hallelujah!