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During the ordinary course of our day we encounter God in many different ways. We will post as many of these as we can, to see how God works in the market place and in our personal lifes. Our purpose will be to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christ followers, through the walk of our family, our friends and our board of trustees. If you would like to share a personal revelation, please send it to us, via the contact page. Please keep your post to a maximum of 3-4 sentences. 
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To see more posts from one of our Trustees, Bob Seymour, visit his page Seymour Israel
 

December 25, 2014 

"If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would
be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone
to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my
message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from
God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my
flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming
proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he
said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So
now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of
Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my
weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles
that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

As I read this this morning it occurred to me that not only did Paul
have a thorn in his flesh that he asked to be delivered from "3" times
but so did Jesus. Jesus' thorn was His flesh, He laid down all His
Divine attributes and took on a created body that experienced pain and
limited His abilities as God. At least two times in the garden He
pleaded with His Father to be delivered from His suffering and He
asked why God had forsaken Him to suffer the horrifying death of
crucifixion.

Paul learned to rely on God through his suffering with the thorn in
his flesh and the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus "learned
obedience" through His suffering. Both Paul and Jesus humbled
themselves and went through suffering as examples for us to follow in
our 'sometimes suffering'.

Jesus became weak so that He could show those who believe in Him how
to be strong. He proved through example that His power works best in
weakness. He humbled Himself by becoming a part of His creation,
leaving heavens throne room and the Glory He so richly deserved and
entering a fallen world in a stable with less than royal adornment.

He came into the world as its King but He did not demand the rights
and privileges of a King. He was born in a stable like an animal that
would be used as a sacrifice in the temple on the day of atonement,
which is the reason He humbled Himself and became a man.

His suffering began the moment He began to leave His mothers womb and
enter the world as a child, it ended the day His creation crucified
His mortal body on a Roman cross. This is the day we celebrate the
birth of The King who humbled Himself and became weak and who would
one day suffer and die to deliver mankind from their sins, so as you
celebrate His birth today remember the real reason for His coming and
what He allowed Himself to endure for us all. Follow His example of
humility and embrace your weaknesses so that He will receive Glory for
the strength He displays through them.......

 

December 24, 2014 

Katherine Yow posts: 

 The past 18 plus months have definitaly changed the way I view Christmas. I have always known Christmas to be Jesus' birthday, a day full of meals with family and gift giving/receiving. I was always one who loved picking out and giving gifts to friends and family as much as I loved getting gifts. But something about this year was different. Growing up there was always a lot of emphasis on gift giving/receiving and so much stress surrounding a meal. Christmas Day always seemed like so much work and preparation. As a child and young adult I was focused on either school or making my own Christmas list. I have found as you get older there are less and less things you want, that you can actually buy. At least that is how it is for me. Thats not to say I have everything you can buy or I don't desire certain material items, but they no longer fill the void they used to. As an adult I have the things I need and am more able to buy the things I want. And for that I am very thankful! 

 

So this year I found myself dumb founded, almost a bit sad. I'm not exactly where I wanted to be by this time in my life or where I thought I would be. And even though I could have what I "want" for Christmas, it did not seem to matter. Because the things I want at this time in my life, only God can give me. 

 

Over the past year and a half God has given me so much that is has left me wanting more. God has really shown me what true happiness can be and what it means to me. I guess my point is Christmas is no longer about what food is served, where you spend Christmas or what lavish gifts you receive. But since I have The Lord and my faith, I can have the life I want and what God wants for me. And that without Him, I won't have those things money can't buy and know true happiness and inner peace. I want Christmas to be a stress free time, spent with the people you care about most and celebrating Christ and all He has done and continues to do for you. Christmas should be more about making memories, creating and continuing tradition and knowing you would have nothing if it werent for the birth of Jesus. 

 

So for me Christmas is about reflecting on my year and counting my blessings God has given me. And praising Him! Never again will I feel sad about Christmas, because I have Christ, therefor I have everything. Thats not to say I dont want to pick out a special gift for each person in my life, shop for fun and new things for others to give me or enjoy my favorite holiday dish, but these things are not going to make or break my Christmas celebration. Next Christmas if I am in a new city, working a new job and cant break away for Christmas day, I am going to be just fine with that. Because Christ isnt in one certain place or wrapped in a box, He is always with you, no matter what, everyday. 

 

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, spent with loved ones, reflecting and appreciating everything God has done for you in 2014.  I hope everyone is as excited about 2015 as I am and remains to grow closer with The Lord everyday. Pray for what you want to have and accomplish in the New Year and ask God to guide you. 

 

Katherine 

 

December 23, 2014

Bob Seymour Posts:

“It is finished!”

Those three words spoken from a Roman cross were more than the last
words of a man condemned to death unjustly, they are the words that
declare hope for all who have faith. They conveyed to the universe
that all that had been planned for the redemption of men's souls had
been completed and the last enemy was about to be made powerless.
Jesus had succeeded in living a sinless life to fulfill the laws
requirement for a perfect blood sacrifice and He was about to make an
open show of the defeat of death and the grave.

Those three words say it all, "It is finished". There is no more that
needs or that can to be done for man to enter the Kingdom of God
beyond believing in the One who spoke those words. The penalty for our
sins has been paid in full because Jesus came into the world to pay a
debt He did not owe and one we could not pay.

It is because of the Fathers love for the world that He sent and
sacrificed His only Son to redeem His creation. There is no better
reason than thankfulness that we celebrate the day Jesus Christ was
born and brought with Him the hope of eternity.

"Jesus Is The Reason For The Season", so on Christmas Day remember as
you are opening gifts that the real gift was given the day God became
man......

 

December 16, 2014

Bob Seymour Posts: 

"Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult
the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they
will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance?
Should the living seek guidance from the dead?"

Isaiah asks a couple of very logical questions of the people of his
time and ours. The answer to the first is 'yes people most definitely
should ask God for guidance'. But because of the last century of
Progressive indoctrination, political correctness and constant attacks
on those who believe and follow God, very few people now believe that
the God of the Bible still speaks to man.

At one point in our history the belief in God was not only acceptable
and very public it was somewhat frowned upon to not profess a belief
in Him. Over time we have been lulled asleep by those who think
themselves wise and the people ignorant. We have abdicated our
responsibility as stewards of this land to those godless individuals
who literally seek council from the dead and are themselves blind
fools.

The answer to Isaiah's second question 'should the living seek council
from the dead?' is absolutely not. But again the problem lies with
those who now believe that the spirit world is real but that there is
no real "evil vs. good" spirit and therefore as long as one is
spiritually aware they are spiritually wise and have access to "true
knowledge and wisdom". Through indoctrination most of the world has
fallen victim to the same crime committed against Adam and Eve in the
garden; identity theft and false teaching about the God who created
the heavens and the earth.

There is no hope of convincing those who are blind and leading the
blind on our own and it is very likely that God will allow them to
suffer the consequences of their actions just as He did Adam and Eve.
The only hope for those who have been deceived is for those of us who
know the One True and Living God to petition Him to release the
captives, open the eyes of the blind, proclaim the acceptable year of
the Lord and to storm the gates of hell as we seek the total
destruction of our God's enemies.

We should be filled with a righteous anger toward those who are
leading this republic to the place of the dead. We should be
challenging them to prove who their God is by either publically
putting up or shutting up. We must get as violent in the spirit as the
"left" is in the streets and we must be as vocal in the public square
as the race merchants are but we must go to the streets with the
prophetic wisdom and direction of our God not with the hatred of men
like Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and our current President, all of
whom have perverted the word of God for their own use and deserve the
wrath of God for the lives they have destroyed. ......

 

December 14, 2014 

Bob Seymour Posts: 

“The day is near when I, the Lord, will judge all godless nations! As
you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil
deeds will fall back on your own heads." Obadiah NLT

This is more than reason enough to pray for the nation God has given
us the privilege to be born in. Israel is the apple of God's eye and
He will honor His Word and cause everything, whether it be a physical
act against Israel or curses spoken against her or the Jewish people,
to come back on the nation or individual that took action against her
or her people.

Because He said He would bless those who bless her and curse those who
curse her. I suggest that we begin to make it a priority as
individuals, and corporately as a body of believers, to seriously
bless Israel. I feel like the Lord is about to take definitive action
and those who will speak blessing over Israel and the Jewish people
will be spared a lot of what is coming soon.

To speak blessing over her can be as simple as saying "Lord let there
be peace in Israel today and may Jerusalem be filled with your love
this day and forever". The words you and I speak are not necessarily
as important as the heart behind the words. We should all have a
burden for the nation of Israel and her people because the Fathers
heart is always towards her and them.

For those who do not have the burden for Israel in your heart, or the
re-grafting of the Jew into the vine to become the "One New Man" Paul
prophesied in his letter to the Ephesians, the principle laid out in
this statement by Jesus will bring your heart in line with the heart
of God for His Bride, Israel, to return to Him; "Where your treasure
is there will your heart be also....."

What is your treasure? It can be many things not just money, although
that is what most people value above other things. For many of us our
greatest treasure is our time alone or with friends or family. It
matters not what your treasure is, what matters is what you do with
that treasure. He has given each of us a treasure, even if you are as
financially broke as I am, you have a treasure just in being alive and
able to speak freely and pray. He has given us the treasure for
multiple reasons one of which is to bless His people.

Today, begin to speak blessing over Israel and the Jew, and if you
have ever cursed them break that curse today. Even curses spoken in
innocently have power and will, to some degree, be held against us.
Speak those blessings as often as you have the thought in your mind.

Even if you begin to bless Israel out of wrong motive, to reap a
personal benefit, God will honor His promise to bless those who bless.
But because the words Jesus spoke about our treasure are true, once we
begin to put that which is most valuable to us into seeing Israel come
into her prophetic destiny, the stronger our love for her will become
and our motive will change and greater blessing will flow from the
Fathers heart. We will love her with a pure love from the Fathers
heart when we begin blessing her..........

 

December 10, 2014 

The Lord is truly amazing and His hand is evident in this ministry.
May the new year be a fruitful and most prosperous year for  the
Kingdom of God through13th of Grace and all those who are a part of
it.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year,
Bob Seymour

 

December 10, 2014 

Bob Seymour Posts:

 "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it
keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never
loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every
circumstance."

When I read this and other passages that explain what a believer
should be I cringe at how miserably I fail to reach this bar. While I
try to be kind and I don't believe I am jealous or boastful or rude
toward people I wonder how often I have been perceived as or have been
guilty of being prideful and I know I have been irritable more than a
few times which is to say I want "my own way" over the needs or wants
of others. I know that I have in my mind a record of some of the
wrongs that have been done to me or those I love and care for.

With all that is corrupt and wicked within my heart I could easily
fall into hopelessness and run away hoping to die so as to bring no
more shame to Jesus or His church. But I rejoice when the Spirit of
God whispers "louder" than the voice that speaks condemnation into my
mind. He reminds me that love (Jesus) never gives up on me, He never
loses faith in me and He always imparts hope to my heart.

It is because He has revealed His faithfulness to me that I have Hope
for the future and that hope is what gives me the courage to endure
the trials of life. While faith and hope are essential to living a
full life, without love it is all for nothing. It is "Love" Who is the
author of our faith and hope, therefore Love must be our highest goal
in life..... 

 

December 9, 2014 

Bob Seymour Posts:

"Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies dead
on the hills. How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan! Oh, how much I
loved you! And your love for me was deep, deeper than the love of
women!"

The love between David and Jonathan is a covenant love between
believers that is rarely displayed in todays world. It was that
covenant of love that allowed Jonathan to see that David was the
rightful successor to the throne and to willingly resist his own
father to help David. Jonathan knew that if Saul were to kill David he
would then have to kill his own father or if he were present when the
attempt on David's life took place he would have to do everything he
could to stop the attack, even take the death blow himself or kill his
own father.

These two men were closer than brothers, they were covenant partners.
Their commitment to honor and integrity is surpassed only by that of
God in sacrificing His own Son for the lives of those He created. The
covenant of love between the two that extended even to their
descendants is seen in David's treatment of Mephibosheth, Jonathan's
son.

Mephibosheth had been taken to "Lo-debar" by the family of Saul
because they either were unaware of the covenant between the two men
or they didn't trust David to honor his oath. The place Mephibosheth
was take to hide was called Lo-debar, a dry empty wasteland, he was
taken there because of a lie and lived in a state of poverty and
despair not knowing if he would live another day.

When David sent men to get him and bring him back he thought that
David was going to kill him so that there would no longer be a threat
to his throne. When he was brought before David he fell to the floor
thinking it was over, but instead of killing him David told him all
the things that belonged to his father Jonathan had been saved for
him. He was welcomed into the palace and treated as a brother to the
king just as his father Jonathan had been. The last thing we read
about Mephibosheth is that he sat at the kings table the rest of his
life.

Many people are living in Lo-debar today because they do not know who
the  "King" is and that He is not wanting them dead but rather has all
the blessings of life in His palace waiting for them to receive. Like
Mephibosheth, the gift of living free cannot be experienced if we
remain in the dry empty desert of Lo-debar. Too many lies have been
told about what the King (Jesus) is like and how religious you have to
be to receive all the freedom He has to offer. The only thing it takes
is to accept what He has to offer according to the Bible is to confess
with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus is the King and
that He died for our sins and rose again so that we could be
saved/brought into the palace to receive what has been saved for us.

Mephibosheth was a crippled young man who had nothing to offer in
return for the things the King had given him. He was dropped on a
staircase as a child and his legs were broken in the fall. We like him
were broken in a "fall" and through no fault our own have nothing to
offer the King in return for His generosity and He desires nothing
from us but that we accept Him. We do not have to live in the dryness
of a wasteland or in fear of being caught and killed, God does not
want to destroy anyone, He wants all men to be free and to receive all
He has for them.

We, believers, are the modern equivalent of the men David sent to
Lo-debar to find the heir to Jonathans household. We are to bring the
good news to the dry, empty wasteland where lies have men trapped in
their crippled state fearing the wrath of the King and feeling
worthless as cripples. We carry the key to freedom for those held
captive by the lies of the enemy......

 

October 30, 2014 

Mark Yow Posts: Through the loss of one's worldly wealth the Lord will weed his garden not just of the weed of mammon but also the weeds which are fruits of the enemy in our lives. Any good and faithful gardener would pull the weeds that the wind has blown in and were not intended to be part of the garden. Jealousy,strife,doubt,fear and disunity are a few of the worlds weeds. Ask the Holy Spirit to,weed your garden. 

 

October 27, 2014 

Mark Yow posts: It is not the handcuffs of bondage that are easily seen in the now of our lives that restrain us but the little foxes that have made "dens" in our lives.

 

Mark Yow posts: look again at Matthew 10:34-36 with the perspective of God's love for us and ask Holy Spirit into your most intimate relationships of family and friends to use His doubled edge sword to reveal what His truth is. This can be touchy so pray for Wisdom for what is revealed.

 

October 15, 2014

Mark Yow posts : Let your worship come from a place of groaning! Give yourself completely to worship in spirit and truth. For the first time let God in to the real you. Let Jesus bring the power of the cross into your circumstances . Submission of self needs to be real and intentiona

 

October 6, 2014

Mark Yow posts: My daily challenge is to keep my perspective aligned with Father’s and away from the world’s. It easy to get distracted. Take those thoughts captive and look to higher things! 

 

 

Friends
 

December 19, 2014

Bob Seymour's Daughter Posts: 

 "Go through this day knowing you are beautiful,
loved and that God has ordained your steps to show His love for others
through you"

 

November 11, 2014

Bart Peacher posts:

Matthew 10:34-39

34 “Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword!

35 For I have come to set

36 a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

37 Whoever loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me.

38 And anyone who does not take up his execution-stake and follow me is not worthy of me.

39 Whoever finds his own life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for my sake will find it.

 

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