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Scripture of the Month: Mercies and forgiveness

How many times have we rebelled against God? Countless! Yet, God is so merciful, He tends to forgive us, and start with us all over again, once we’re willing to let Him work.

So, what’s our excuse?

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The internet NEVER lets you forget!

It has been a whirlwind sort of affair, watching guest hosts vie to be the next permanent host of Jeopardy!. I’ve enjoyed a few of the guests, but I had a feeling that Mike Richards was going to be the chosen face, although he didn’t stand out for me. As the Executive Producer of Jeopardy!, I felt as if he shouldn’t have even guest hosted, however, I was willing to give him a chance as the new host. That was, until the angry internet mob decided to remind him of unsavory comments he made on an eight-year-old podcast series in 2013 and 2014 about women, Jews, and other groups. They cried out for blood, and Richards had no choice, but to step down.

Nowadays, people drag others down for their sins, and they mostly do it from behind the screen bringing up “receipts” and “tea”, and crying out for cancel culture. We tend to look at the past instead of the present. Who is to say that Richards is not a changed man now? Why can’t forgiveness play a role, given that we’re all fickle creatures and the ones rattling the cage are not without sin as well?ย 

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13

Getting back to Jeopardy!, most fans were excited about LeVar Burton despite his guest hosting gig having the lowest ratings. My favorites were David Faber and Joe Buck. I was hoping that one of them would’ve been chosen to be the next face of the game show, seeing that they brought a sense of enjoyment and entertainment to the show, especially Buck.ย 

You’ve heard this many, many times before, but be careful of what you say on the internet, for your footprints are easy to track as the internet never lets you forget.

And that’s my two cents.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021): 

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย  

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช
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If He knocks, will you open the door?

Here, we see Jesus standing outside. He’s knocking. Why? Because He wants to be let into our life and heart. However, He’s not going to be knocking all the time. He’ll only knock for a while. Eventually, He’ll stop.

Jesus is the ultimate gentleman. He doesn’t just force Himself into someone’s life, He knocks first. And if you let Him in, supping with Him can be just as rewarding.

Jesus wants to sit at the table with you. He wants to dine with you today. Will you open the door – even if it’s just slightly – and welcome Eternal Life, or will you leave Jesus standing out in the cold?

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021):  

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย 

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช
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Scripture of the Month: I will look again toward thy holy temple.

There are times that we may find God’s way tedious, and we turn away from His presence to frolic with the cares of the world, thus looking away from the temple.

It is when we get into a jam that we cannot get out of, we desperately cry out to God for help, thus looking again to God.

Are your eyes off the temple? Look again at the temple today, for when you do, hope blooms like a flower.

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Word High July: Hele and Dapit-Hapon

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Do you know what song I’m currently feeling? Silk Sonic’s ‘Leave the Door Open’, which takes me to the 3rd prompt:

Hele: lullaby, a tender song sang to put a child to sleep

My lullaby game is weak, so I tried to imagine the moon “singing” to a sleeping child, and this is the end result:

Clair de Lune is French for moonlight. Although short, I had fun writing this piece. I also worked on the 4th prompt:

Dapit-Hapon: twilight, sunset, gloaming

With every sunset, a promise is given, and so this bit inspired by just that.

I just realized that the word ‘pink’ is kind of barely visible. It would’ve shown up on a ‘one-color background’ had I not wanted the template to look sunsetty, so I apologize for the overlook.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lordย your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 ๐Ÿ’™
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Word High July: Likha

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In 2016, I participated in a writing prompt called ‘Word High July’! I love learning new words, so it was a great pleasure to learn Filipino words. Well, areadingwritr brought it back, and although I’m no wordsmith of sorts, I decided to partake in it once again. I was looking for a way to be more active, et voilร ! I’ll take you behind the thoughts of attempting to write.ย 

Likha: a piece of art or fiction created with intelligence and skills

This is the first prompt. I found the word adorable, and I just knew I had to contribute to it. I wanted to take a funish approach to it, so I started throwing out whatever words came to mind:

Dream it, sketch it
Stream it, etch it
Now erase it

If you’re familiar with “Technologic” by Daft Punk, you’ll understand where the thought process was heading, but that format didn’t work out as planned…

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…so I went another route:

I long to set words on fire
For of this craft I’ll never tire
So I shine and polish

Although I like where this was going, I didn’t finish it. It takes a while for me to settle on something, and I eventually did after getting inspired by one of my nightly devotions about the Creator. And so, this is my contribution:

Like I said, I’m no wordsmith, but I love writing, and it’s good to be posting once again. I’ll be getting to your blog soon. Bon weekend!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lordย your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 ๐Ÿ’™
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Scripture of the Month: The characters of God.

This month, I dwell on these wonderful characters of God:

“for He is gracious and merciful”: God brims and overflows with mercy. For those that hope in it, He delights in mercy and is ready to forgive when we humbly come to Him with a heart full of repentance.

“slow to anger”: God is ever patient when it comes to us, a trait that we do not deserve given our sins. However, God is long-suffering towards us by not stirring up His wrath. 

“and of great kindness”: God could’ve left us to stew and die in our own sinful ways, but He did not; He sent us a Savior to die for us so that we can have everlasting life through Him (Christ).

Also see Exodus 34:6 and Jonah 4:2.

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WORSHIP.

Who or what do we invest time in worshipping instead of God? Is it social media where we attempt to find our 15 minutes of fame daily? The celebrities that are only flesh and blood like us? The books and music that demean our Creator by blaspheming His Name in every other paragraph or lyric? Is it money? Cursing? Pornography? Work?

It’s such an irony that we were created to worship God, yet, we deny His existence, and choose to worship celebrities and other devices that can’t ever promise us salvation.

God is eternal.ย Everything else is just temporal. It’s a reason why we’re warned not to love the things of this world.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (June 2021):  

Love not the world, 
neither the things that are in the world. 
If any man love the world, 
the love of the Father is not in him. 

1 John 2:15 ๐ŸŒŽ
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Scripture of the Month: Love not the world

We live in a fallen world where the majority are against God. We see how anti-Christ movies, music, and books can be. Our thoughts and desires should be set on things above and not things of a fleshy nature.

God must be first always in our lives.

Christians are in the world, but not of the world, as we are called to be set apart. 

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