Sunday, June 24, 2012

Glorification, God's Finished Wok!

God's finished work, Glorification.

   Glorification is God's final removal of sin from the life of those who have excepted the precious gift of eternal life. This comes in the eternal state (Romans 8:18, 2Corinthians 4:17). When looking at glorification, as Christians we should focus on Christ, for He is our blessed hope (Romans 5:2). Consider final glorification as reaching the highest point of sanctification. Until Christ returns we are burdened with sin, for our final glorification we have to wait on the return of our Savior Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:13, 1 Tim. 6:14, 1 Corn. 13:12). Each day that we wait on His return we should work hard by the Holy Spirit to put to death what is sinful and worldly in us (Romans 8:13). Only through prayer, the study of God's Word and direction of the Holy Spirit can we do this.
   When and how will this happen? 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 says " Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."  So at the last trumpet, when Jesus comes for the saved (saints) an instant transformation will take place, at this time our sinful, decaying bodies will put on a body that is perfect and without sin ( 2 Corn. 3:18). To be glorified is another way of saying the believer will be "conformed" to the character of Christ which is God’s ultimate purpose for the Christian. No longer will the Christian "fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
   Jesus prayed in John 17, to sanctify us (make us holy) in the truth of His Word, This is necessary if we want to be with Jesus in eternal fellowship. Verse 24 says, “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world." If the glorification of the saints follows the pattern revealed in Scripture, it must entail our sharing in the glory (the holiness) of God. We will be perfectly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus and be like Him free from sin and its consequences (1 John 3:2, Phill. 3:20-21).
   Philippians 1:6. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  So when the devil tries to make you question and doubt your being a "chosen vessel" of God's, just remember God is still working on you, working towards the final part of our salvation. God is in the process of perfecting us for that final day when Jesus returns for us,(His bride).

References: Mathew Henry Commentaries; The Holy Bible; Baker's Evangelical Dictionary

Thursday, June 21, 2012


  Have you ever needed a way to water those plants when you are away on vacation? Or have you ever just wanted to mess around with hydroponics? Well look at what my mad scientist neighbor did here! My friend Jason and his hydroponics are amazing! He has such a talent for these types of things and I wanted to share this one with you, so that maybe it would strike up the creative juices.
Day 1
1 Week later

It is amazing how this thing works, very smart feller if I may say so! Here below is a drawing of how he put it together! He said he just used a cheap pump and trash can!
Front view, after 2 weeks!

I hope you experiment with this and let us know how it goes! You may have some ideas of improvement! He told me this would be an awesome way to water your plants when you are on vacation. Wait a minute that may be why he showed this to me and brought that up! I do ask him to water my plants sometimes when we go out of town, lol! No, we would do that for each other anytime, I think! LOL!

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Butterhead Lettuce"

  For the first time ever I am growing "Butter-head Lettuce". The type I am growing is called "Buttercrunch". It is coming along really well and quicker then I expected. Of coarse I received mine from Botanical Interest. It has been so simple to grow, I started mine inside and transplanted them out in the garden around the first of March.
  The back of the seed pack describes it like this: 65 days. Buttercrunch is a vigorous grower with a creamy yellow interior, buttery, flavor and tender texture. Small heads are perfect for a single-serve salad. Loves moist but not soggy soil. The compact size makes it a good container variety.         "I say its green and scrumptious looking, lol!"
  Here are also the planting instruction:
When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, and successive sowing thereafter every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost. USDA zone 8 or warmer: also sow in fall for winter harvest.
When to start inside: 6 weeks before average last frost and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm outside to germinate lettuce seed.
Harvesting: Harvest as soon as possible after head forms; cut off at 2" above ground level; new leaves will grow from the center. Individual leaves can also be picked before a head forms for a continual supply. The earlier the harvest, the more tender the crop.
  We have always eating it, (from the store) but believe it or not I have never grown it. I have grown leaf lettuce but that's it.This was just one of the new introductions this year. Now we can enjoy wonderful lettuce on burgers and sandwiches this year straight from the garden.
   I have found that the heads love a lot of organic matter and lots of water. If using a granular type fertilizer, look for 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures. Pay close attention to these three number codes. They indicate the amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium that are contained in that particular fertilizer, respectively.  Lettuce is attacked by aphids, army worms, imported cabbage worm, and loopers. The pest pressure on summer and fall crops is much greater than on spring crops.
 I hope you will find growing Butter-head lettuce as rewarding as I have! If you have any tips please share them.

"If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, “I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.” But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness."  C.H. Spurgeon

"My Prodigal Son and God's Love"

"One Day, I Pray"
  I would like to thank each of my blog family members who have and are going to keep my son Caleb lifted up in you prayers! We have had a long couple of years with him. He has kept me, my wife and other friends and family on our knees for a while! It isn't that he doesn't know better it's just that he is"The Prodigal Son" at this stage of his life! We continue to trust God with Caleb's soul, that one day He will call him to repentance, humble him and save his soul. It has been a long and stressful process as we continue to love Caleb as Jesus loves us. Daily we try to show Caleb, Christ's love through us but it can be rough at time, lol! We ask you to continue to pray for his salvation, and pray for grace to handle him for the rest of us.
"Living the Christian life is often described in the Bible with words and phrases such as:  “warfare,” “fight,” “run the race,” “yield not,” “work out,” and “press on.” The Christian life is a disciplined life of constant vigilance, of taking up the cross daily. There are no short-cuts. The spiritual conflict will continue till we step on the other side of glory."  John Napier
  Hopefully I can get back to blogging in some type of normal fashion, lol! If there is some sort of normalcy around here, lol! We had to take a week or so off to collect ourselves and get in God's Word and in prayer with Him. I do hope you all understand! One thing that I have come to understand more than anything during this time of trial is that God loves His children more than we love our own and if you have children, sit back and think about that! God Bless you all!

Gods Love:
"He spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all; how shall He not with him freely give us all things" (Romans 8:32)? How is it imaginable that God should withhold, after this, spirituals or temporals, from His people? How shall He not call them effectually, justify them freely, sanctify them thoroughly, and glorify them eternally? How shall He not clothe them, feed them, protect and deliver them? Surely if He would not spare this own Son one stroke, one tear, one groan, one sigh, one circumstance of misery, it can never be imagined that ever He should, after this, deny or withhold from His people, for whose sakes all this was suffered, any mercies, any comforts, any privilege, spiritual or temporal, which is good for them."  John Flavel

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Urgent Pray for my Son!!!

 This is the third day that my son has been missing. It is not like him to not contact us. His phone was lost as well. We have filed a missing persons report. Please Please Pray!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"Hatfield & McCoy" Mini-series Review

  A couple nights ago, I watched one of the best mini-series that I have ever watched, I give it a two thumbs up! It was about the famous "Hatfield and McCoy feud", that took place not vary fare from where I live, in the "Tug Valley" area of West Virginia and Kentucky. It is apart of our Appalachian History that has been told for many years. They did a great job telling the story and trying to stay as close to fact as you can with a story, that has probably been stretched through the years. After watching I have a better understand and respect for what the families went through during that dark time of their family history. My hats off to Kevin Costner and the rest of the actors and actress' for such a remarkable job! So if you haven't watched it already, I recommend that you do. Here is a link to the History Channel so you can get the next showing "Hatfield's and McCoy's"
"Devil Anse" Hatfield      and        Randle McCoy
The Hatfield-McCoy feud began in the mountainous Tug River valley. The Tug River separates West Virginia from Kentucky and separated most of the Hatfield and McCoy clans. William Anderson Hatfield was the recognized leader of the Hatfields and went by the nickname of “Devil Anse”. The leader of the McCoys was Randle McCoy.
The first known event linking the Hatfields and McCoys was at the end of the Civil War. Devil Anse fought for the Confederate Army for two years. Then he and some of his family members left the army and returned home. They joined a local Confederate militia known as the Logan Wildcats. Randle McCoy’s brother, Asa Harmon McCoy, was a Union soldier. In 1865 Asa was wounded in battle and came home. While Asa was recuperating, he was murdered. No one was ever charged with the murder but it was rumored that Devil Anse and the Logan Wildcats were involved. Some believe the feud started with this incident but there were no attempts at retaliation by the McCoys and no further conflict between the families for over a decade.
To read more on the history of the families and feud
The Los Angeles Times says, "Not only is History's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" a smash hit, but it's earned star Kevin Costner glowing reviews while giving his career, which has hit a few bumps in recent years, new life and vibrancy." Click Here to Read!

Another great link on the families history:  Blue-ridge

C.S. Lewis once said, "History is a story written by the finger of God."