Monday, February 8, 2016

Taking A Blog Break

Hubby fixed the zero turning radius mower. We're back in business! *lol* The weather has become so nice that I might take a few days off from posting or commenting. I just wanna go outside, play in the dirt and go riding. And I'm feeling much improved in the hip department. Thank you for your prayers.

I pray everyone has a lovely week.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Got Questions: What Is The Age Of Grace?

The self-same message below is what helped bring me to Christ that I may be saved. In this the "present evil age" [Galatians 1:4], also referred to as "the age of Grace", there are no works: Sabbath keeping, water baptism, speaking in tongues, tithing, etc. After the complete sacrifice for us of our blessed LORD Jesus on the cross, the stoning of Stephen, and the conversion of the Apostle Paul [Book of Acts], these have evolved into empty traditions of man. Very seldom is this truth taught, especially in the church. We are "saved by grace through faith" [Ephesians 2:8] not by works. I pray that these words may lead others to give their hearts to our LORD Jesus Christ in truth by faith and be saved for all eternity.

For more on this subject, please go to the Berean Bible Society website. They offer a marvelous source of reading material to help us along the way, that we may strive to please the LORD in all thoughts, words and deeds.

I hope your Sunday is blessed. I know I'm extra blessed to have such loving Godly friends as yourselves.

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." [1 Thessalonians 5:11] 

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Question: "What is the Age of Grace?"

Answer: The Age of Grace, also called the Dispensation of Grace or the Church Age, is the sixth divinely apportioned dispensation of world history, according to dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is a system theologians use to divide and categorize historical events in the Bible. Most agree that there are seven dispensations, though some believe there are nine or three. The Age of Grace is the dispensation that is occurring right now in history. It began with the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and is made possible by Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, His resurrection, and His ascension: “The grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people” (Titus 2:11).

Salvation has always been by the grace of God, received by faith (Genesis 15:6). In the Dispensation of Law, God required His people to follow the Law of Moses and offer sacrifices for their sin—sacrifices that pointed forward to the gracious provision of the Lamb of God (John 1:29). “The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Now, during the Age of Grace, “we are not under the law but under grace” (Romans 6:15). The Law has been fulfilled (Matthew 5:17), and God’s grace in Christ is plain for all to see. All that is required for salvation is to trust in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). He has done all that is necessary for salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9).

The term “Age of Grace” could be misleading to some—it is not meant to imply that the people in the Old Testament, before Jesus’ death and resurrection, were denied God’s grace. They still had to trust in the Lord—a trust they showed in offering the sacrifices. The Old Testament worshiper, by sacrificing an animal, was saying, “I trust God will save me despite the fact that I am sinful.” Christians take the same approach today, spiritually, but the practice is different. Instead of offering repeated sacrifices for sins, we trust in the one-time sacrifice (on the cross) of Christ (Hebrews 10:1–10).

The grace of God has been available throughout all the dispensations (Psalm 116:5). In this present day, this Age of Grace, our Lord has commanded the gospel to be taken to every corner of the globe, because He “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; cf. 2 Peter 3:9). His grace is offered to all.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Funny Friday: Carol Burnett Show

This is the type of TV I grew up with. I miss clean, slap stick, family friendly variety shows. The Carol Burnett Show was definitely the pick of the litter.

Hope y'all have a fun filled day!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Downton Abbey Season 6

*** Nothing specific is revealed but there are mild spoiler alerts below. ***

The new, and final, DVD for Downton Abbey I had pre-ordered arrived two days ago.

Apologies for the blurry photo.

We stopped nearly everything, and made time to watch all the episodes of Season 6. Thankfully, it's been raining cats and dogs, so, going outside was not recommended anyway. Let me just say, I am absolutely thrilled at this season's events.

Jack (left) and Sam 'watched' with us but where mostly unconcerned.

These final episodes are truly delightful. I kept a box of kleenex on hand which really came in handy. Almost everyone ends up married. Even Thomas Barrow ends up happy, of sorts. Rose and her new hubby (I forget his name) show up on New Year's Eve. My fav are the Bates' and their heartwarming addition. Such a cute couple. It's just loads of fun with lots of twists and turns.

Now I can't wait for you all to see it so we can talk about the nitty gritty events as they unfold! You're guaranteed to be gobsmacked too.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An Update

I feel like the above photo captures my recent diet efforts. It seems as though as soon as I get serious about losing weight, a flat tire puts me on the side lines leaving me with carrying all those extra "tires" a little longer. *sigh* I don't know why I keep gaining weight. I'm don't eat "anything".

(excuse me ... dropped my candy bar ...)

Oh, the hip pain has improved but if I walk more than I should BLAM the burning pain returns.

So ... here I sit on the comfy sofa with an ice pack under the posterior (TMI?!), moping around, hoping that Victor, or anyone, will saunter by and regale me with a few jokes. Laughing out loud burns calories ... riiiigggght?!

The weather has been unseasonably warm and humid but very pleasant. If my body cooperates, I'd like to get started on the Spring garden. Time ta plant 'dem 'taters, as we are want to say here in the South.

By the way, Blogger is messing with my head again. I send a post out into cyber space and it may take up to a full day to show up in some feeds. Stupid Google programmers. Give me someone to fire! *lol*

Have a blessed day.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Joke And A Prayer Request

Tomorrow, the Iowa Caucasus begins casting votes, or they start, anyway. Thus, the political joke: Trump VS Trump. I know I don't have to ask for prayers concerning this serious event. There's so much riding on these elections. Many of our God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness may be lost forever if the wrong people keep getting elected. May the LORD Jesus guide and protect us.

And a prayer request. I've injured my right hip again and the pain is pretty intense. I can barely walk, and riding is definitely a no-no. Prayers for relief will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.

I hope everyone has a very happy, safe, blessed week.