Three Trees!

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THREE TREES

One morning,

The air was crisp and still,

I saw on the horizon,

Three trees standing on a hill.

The two trees on the sides,

Were shorter than the center one;

How they stood out,

In the rising sun.

A refuge for the birds,

In the time of storms,

A nesting place,

So peaceful and warm.

Seeing these trees,

So majestic standing in a row,

Took my mind back,

Two thousand years or so,

To a place called Calvary,

Where three wooden crosses,

Stood out plainly in a row.

On the outside crosses,

Hung two guilty thieves,

On the center cross,

Hung the only Son of God;

He was dying for you and me.

Jesus, was bearing our sins,

So we could be set free.

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Ephesians 2

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

From Death to Life

2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world,according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens,[a] the spirit now working in the disobedient.[b] We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,[c] made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by gracethrough faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

Unity in Christ

11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. 12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. 14 For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, 15 He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. 16 He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.[d] 17 When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.22 You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 2:2 Lit ruler of the domain of the air
  2. Ephesians 2:2 Lit sons of disobedience
  3. Ephesians 2:4 Lit love with which He loved us
  4. Ephesians 2:16 Or death in Himself

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HAPPY  VALENTINES  DAY!

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.  ~Author Unknown

Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

Love Quotes

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Proverbs 4:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.

John 14:21

New King James Version (NKJV)

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Romans 12:9-10 [Let] love  be without dissimulation . Abhor  that which is evil ; cleave  to that which is good.
  [Be] kindly affection ed  one to another  with brotherly love ; in honor  preferring  one another ;                                         Ephesians 3:17 New King James Version 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 

Ephesians 5:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible  And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.

Philippians 2:1-2

Christian Humility 2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way,having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal.

The Providence of God Part 4.

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2 Samuel 17:14-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.

Hushai Warns David to Escape

15 Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Thus and so Ahithophel advised Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so I have advised.

Psalm 33:10

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.    HIS PROVIDENCE IS SEEN IN HIS DEFEATING WICKED DESIGNS!

Gen..45:But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,  HIS OVER RULING WICKED DESIGNS FOR GOOD!

Gen.8:“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Job 26:10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.

Psalms 104:You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.  GOD’S PROVIDENCE IS SEEN IN HIS PRESERVING THE COURSE OF NATURE!

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Providence of God Part 3
Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
Proverbs 20:24 A man’s steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way? WE SEE GOD’S PROVIDENCE IN ORDERING THE WAYS OF MEN!

Psalms 75:6-7
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
6 Exaltation does not come
from the east, the west, or the desert,
7 for God is the Judge:
He brings down one and exalts another. WE SEE GOD’S PROVIDENCE IN ORDERING THE CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF MEN!

Psalm 31:15
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
15 The course of my life is in Your power;
deliver me from the power of my enemies
and from my persecutors.
Psalms 39:5
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
5 You, indeed, have made my days short in length,
and my life span as nothing in Your sight.
Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah
Acts 17:26
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
26 From one man[a] He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.  GOD’S PROVIDENCE IS SEEN IN DETERMINING THE PERIOD OF HUMAN LIFE!