In a Perfect World, It Wouldn’t Be

Yogi Berra had a unique outlook on baseball and life in general.  The former Yankees catcher and later the manager of the New York Mets, made some memorable comments before he passed away in 2015.  One of the ones that struck me as being more than just humorous was “In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be.”  Our world is certainly far from perfect.  All you have to do, is follow the news,visit a hospital, plant a garden or watch a pet raised in the wild.

In a perfect world, it wouldn't be.
In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be.

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Pruning and Thinning

I have a friend that has just recently developed and interest in gardening.  He wants to grow  a wide variety of vegetables and have a large yield from each of them.  He has the hardest time accepting the idea of thinning root vegetables  like carrots, radishes, onions, and beets.  Leaf vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, and chard can also benefit from thinning.  This just doesn’t make sense to him.  How can getting rid of vegetables that are already starting to grow be a good thing?  He had to learn the importance of pruning and thinning.

Pruning and Thinning
Pruning and Thinning

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He is the I am

Sometimes a song simply says something in a way that a mere narrative can never accomplish.  While doing my most recent Bible study, I was considering all the things that God is from man’s perspective and what He is by His own declaration.  I think you’ll agree that He is the I Am.

Here are the lyrics to “He Is” by Aaron Jeoffrey and the link to listen to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWK4wbBCCPA

In Genesis, He’s the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He’s Moses’ voice
In Joshua, He is salvation’s choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He’s sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He’s the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom’s cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He’s Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He’s the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He’s the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He’s the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He’s the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He’s pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He’s the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servant’s heart
In Colossians, He’s the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He’s our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He’s the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

And here are the lyrics by Mark Schultz for “I Am” and the link to listen to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hILaSh78yHQ

I am the maker of the Heavens
I am the bright and morning star
I am the breath of all Creation
Who always was
And is to come

I am the One who walked on water
I am the One who calmed the seas
I am the miracles and wonders
So come and see
And follow me
You will know

[Chorus:]
I am the fount of living water
The risen Son of man
The healer of the broken
And when you cry
I am your savior and redeemer
Who bore the sins of man
The author and perfecter
Beginning and the end
I am

I am the spirit deep inside you
I am the word upon your heart
I am the One who even knew you
Before your birth
Before you were

[Chorus]

Before the Earth (I am)
The universe (I am)
In every heart (I am)
Oh, where you are (I am)
The Lord of lords (I am)
The King of Kings (I am)
The Holy lamb (I am)
Above all things

[Chorus]

Yes, I am almighty God your father
The risen son of man
The healer of the broken
And when you cry
I am your savior and redeemer
Who bore the sins of man
The author and perfecter
Beginning and the end
I am

I am the Lord, I’m the Almighty God
I am the One for when nothing is too hard
I am the Shepherd and I am the Door
I am the Good news to the bound and the poor

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am the righteous One and I am the Lamb
I am the Ram in the bush for Abraham
I am the Ultimate Sacrifice for sin
I am your Redeemer, the Beginning and the End

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am Jehovah, and I am your King
I am Messiah, David’s Offspring
I am your High Priest, and I am the Christ
I am the Resurrection, I am the Life

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am the Bread, and I am the Wine,
I am your Future, so leave your past behind
I am the One in the midst of two or three
I am your Tabernacle, I am your Jubilee

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am the Bread, I am the Wine
And I am your Future, so leave your past behind
I am the One in the midst of two or three
I am your Tabernacle, I am your Jubilee

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am Hope, I am Peace, I am Joy, I am Rest
Oh I am your Comfort, and Relief from your stress
I am Strength, I am Faith, I am Love, I am Power
And I am your Freedom, this very hour

I am, I am, I am, I am

I am Hope, I am Peace, I am Joy, I am Rest
I am your Comfort, and Relief from your stress
I am Strength, I am Faith, I am Love, I am Power
I am your Freedom, this very hour

I am Hope, I am Peace, I am Joy, I am Rest
I am your Comfort, and Relief from your stress
I am Strength, I am Faith, I am Love, I am Power
I am your Freedom, this very hour

I am Hope, I am Peace, I am Joy, I am Rest
I am your Comfort, and Relief from your stress
I am Strength, I am Faith, I am Love, I am Power
I am your Freedom, this very hour

I am, I am, I am, I am

While this is much longer than usual,  I don’t think one can ever write too much about God because He is the I Am.

You’re Invited !

You're Invited
                          You’re Invited

Oops! I must have been brain dead.  The correct day should have read March 19th.  And yes, you’re all still invited.

You’re invited to our monthly CCADA workshop Saturday, March 12th.  Whether you paint, color, write, take pictures, or sculpt we have space for you to work on your specialty.  We open at 8:00 with a light brunch.  Then we work on our own projects until 12:00 when we break for lunch.  In the afternoon, you can join our special workshop with Ray Parker or continue working on your own project until we close at 3:00.  Join us and bring a friend or family member.  Hope to see you there.

Who on earth should I vote for ?

If you’re anything like me, you’re already tired of the 2016 presidential campaign.  No matter what you read, watch, or listen to, some candidate is pushing their qualifications and agenda.  Or worse, they are trying to tear down the other candidates.  Even those of their own party.  So who on earth should I vote for?

…Keep a sharp eye out for competent men—men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible—and appoint them as leaders…(Exodus 18:21)

Who on earth should I vote for?
Who on earth should I vote for?

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