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Friendship Is Like Stitches In A Quilt

Friendship Is Like Stitches In A Quilt
Author: Pat Aman

I love old Quilts. I have two that my Mama made, one that my Aunt made and gave to me when I got married, and my sister gave me two Quilt tops that one of my Aunts started making before she died.

I thought to myself, “Pat you need to finish those quilts.” But the problem is I have never quilted in my life. I also do not have a quilting frame. So my question would be where do I begin?

That is the same thing with friendships. God brings people into our lives who maybe just there for a season or a life time, and how we handle these friendships will make the difference on how these friendships will last and turn out. Will they be for a season, or a life time?

I know that I have friends whom I have not seen in several years, but if I needed them or they needed me we would be there for each other.

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Can you have too many friends? Proverbs says you can. It’s like a lot of things. If you try to do too many things at once, you will do none of them well. If you try to do a few things, you have a chance to do all of them justice. If you try to overextend your self, everyone will feel a little short changed and begin to fall away. Choose your friends wisely too. The company you keep is an indication of your own character.

We all will have trials. Jesus promised us that in our lives we would have trials. Some of them are problems of our own making and some seem to seek us out unbidden. There is no indication that any of this is necessarily fair, so blaming anyone for a trial is a waste of time. None of the things that happened to Jesus, especially during the last week of his life on earth, had anything to do with fair. His disciples, His closes associates, all scattered in fear of their lives. Peter watched from a distance. Only John came to the foot of the cross with the women. This was a trial for the disciples as much as for Jesus. Out of it, they all learned something about themselves from their treatment of Jesus in His trial. Their lives where changed forever and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, they rattled the Roman world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a generation.

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus called two of his friends slow and dull of heart. To these two who did not recognize Him yet, it must have been quite a moment to have been corrected so strongly by a stranger. I can hear Jesus laughing a little in feigned disbelief as He chided them. But there was so much truth poured into it that they could not deny the accusation.

In our lives we will know a precious few of these friends who stick closer
than a brother. Just like a refiners fire boils raw metal until the impurities can be separated, brought to the surface and removed, trials refine and purify our relationships. We are human and we will fail. Our friends, are human and will fail us too. Brothers, sisters, spouses and friends are all made of the same frame of dust as we are. To expect more of them than we expect of ourselves is not unlike the slave who threw his fellows slave into prison over a debt of a few dollars when he had been forgiven a lifetime of debt to his master.

The point is that even the best of friends and the closest relationships
will suffer failures and faltering. These are times that can tear the life out of a relationship or make them stronger. If a bone is broken and not set, it will heal very badly causing a manner of problems. But, if the bone is carefully set, it will mend and the point of the break will actually be stronger when it is healed. True friendship will hold the
wound closed like a stitch across a gash giving it time to heal, just as the stitch of a quilt is strong, when stitched by someone who understands the beauty of quilting. Even grievous wounds need not be fatal to a relationship.It is still possible to forgive and rebuild. This is not always possible when a heart has been wounded too deeply or repeatedly. It is a reminder of our frailty. Very often, at least one member of the relationship will try to act as a stitch, holding things together. When they are pressed beyond their ability, the bleeding will not stop.

Here again, true friends will be there to help their friend pick up the pieces even in the wake of the pain. Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery. He offered her another chance.

Recognizing our part in the problem, or simply our own frailty, esteeming
our friend higher than we esteem ourselves is an important first step in reconciling. The relationship may still be changed forever. In the case of the divorce, it is rarely a one-sided problem. It does happen, but not often. If both parties can at least acknowledge their parts in the problem, they don’t have to part as enemies. In the case of a friendship saved, the relationship will be stronger for the pain – just as the fire
is used to purify the metal. If the metal were already pure, there would be no need to subject it to the fire.

Are you already purified? Submit to the fire. Let Jesus use the trial for your benefit.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2018 “Coffee With Pat
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Study Notes: The New King James Bible

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Pastor Pat

The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

 

God’s Own Heart

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God’s Own Heart
Author: Pat Aman

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Have you ever thought, “I have done so many things wrong that I know God cannot forgive me. I want to tell you now that you are never too far away that you cannot call to the Heavenly Father, and He will answer your prayer and pick you up.

King David is known as a man after God’s own heart. His Psalms, or songs, are some of the most well-known, most quoted lines in the world. David was the chosen King of Israel, chosen by God and anointed by His prophet. He knew amazing victories over Goliath and the enemies of God’s chosen people. He knew humbling defeat slobbering and raving like a madman in fear of his life in an enemy land.

The story of David and Bathsheba is one that is the stuff of movies, poems and a fountain of seeming opposites. David and Bathsheba committed the sin of adultery, tried to cover up their fall so far that David committed murder in having her husband left in battle to be slain by the enemy. Her husband, Uriah, was one of David’s most loyal and trusted men. David gave Uriah the sealed, written orders to the General that instructed the General to strand Uriah in the heat of the fight knowing that Uriah would never consider opening them.

After David takes Bathsheba as his wife, he is confronted by Nathan the
Prophet who informs David that while he has hidden his sin from man, that God knows. Nathan informs David that the child that Bathsheba carries will not live. David’s heart breaks as he realizes his sin before His Lord Who has given him so very much. Out of his grief comes this psalm pleading for
forgiveness, and to be made right before God again.

The word create in the hebrew is bara, which is the same word used in Genesis chapter one. God creates the heavens and the earth by the sheer power of His will. With a word – single thought, out of absolutely
nothing, the universe is formed because He willed it to happen. David’s request for God to create a clean heart in him is an acknowledgement of
several things. First, that David had sinned and his heart was the source
of that failure. Next, that his heart was beyond repair and needed to be replaced. Finally, that there was nothing clean in him to make the new heart that would be a pure replacement. David’s plea is for God to create a new, pure heart for His fallen creation by the power of God’s will out of nothing.

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

David’s thoughts mirror Paul’s centuries later. And if we are brutally
honest with ourselves today, we have to agree that we are a total wreck left to ourselves. But the same mercy and grace that David and Paul both knew is still available to us from Jesus Christ. To David, He was the awaited Messiah. To Paul and those of us who know Jesus, He is risen Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ sinless life we have victory over the power of sin that David and Paul understood so well. In Jesus’ victory over the grave, we have eternal life in Him. When we understand this, we know the
forgiveness that says there is no longer any condemnation to those who will acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.

David lived a year of his life, as a failure. He knew he had sinned. He knew that God knew he had sinned. When David became to the point his soul was in despair, he finally prayed a sincere plea to God.

God heard him, and forgave him.

I asked you today. Do you need forgiveness? If so, God is waiting with open arms.

Ezekiel 11:17-20 “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,” I shall gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I shall give you the land of Israel. “‘

18 “When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and
all its abominations from it.

19 “And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within
them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.

If God will answer this prayer for His chosen people Israel, how much more will He do the same for the bride of Christ?

Devotion By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2018 “Coffee With Pat Daily
Devotionals”

Study Notes: The New King James Bible

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Pat…

Unfirgiveness

“When you can truly forgive someone who has hurt you for no reason at all, God smiles.” Pastor Pat Aman

Have you ever been so surprisingly hurt by someone, that you had thoughts of getting even. This is not the way God would have it done.

(Romans 12: 17-18)
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil,”
“Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

I have found out by personal experience that you can be hurt badly by someone out of the blue. They will just go off on you for no reason at all. And the sad thing is people who call themselves Christians are sometimes the first to judge their brother and sister in Christ. They will read or hear something and they quickly set their on judgmental opinion up without ever reaching out to find the truth out on what may have been said
or done to their fellow Christian. They just start gossiping without
seeking the truth.

I have also found out that people who are like that, are people who are hurting inside. They have been hurt so bad, that they do not know how to love anyone, just vent their hurt by hurting others.

It is sad when this happens. All we can do is pray for the person, that
God will heal their hurt and attitudes.

Let us discuss the reason for not getting even. First of all just knowing
that the Lord forbids our taking revenge should be sufficient to keep us from doing it. We want to obey our Lord, whether or not we understand all the reasons for His commands. In this matter, however, the Lord wants us both to obey and to know why.

God doesn’t want us to do evil. The fact that someone else does evil to
us doesn’t change that. He wants us to “do what is right,” even if others do what is wrong.

As God sees it, and as we need to see it, the problem when we ‘get even” is that we are doing exactly that. The other person has sunk to a low level, and we are getting down there with him. If our enemy were
destitute, would we want to lose our assets too and get even? If he were
sick, would we want to lose our health and get even? Of course not. Then if he has done evil, why should we lose our integrity by getting even?

God says in effect, “Don’t get even; come up higher.” He wants us to be
better people.

When we respond to God’s command and forsake revenge, we save both ourselves and others a lot of grief.

As Scripture says, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15)

Integrity

Integrity
Author: Pat Aman

Please read the entire scriptures of Psalm 78 below the devotional.

What is Integrity?

Webster’s dictionary defines integrity this way, “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility, an unimpaired condition : soundness
the quality or state of being complete or undivided … the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”he is known to be a man of integrity”…. the state of being whole and undivided….”upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty” The condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction

We see in Psalm 78 speaks of God’s compassion. The compassion that He had for the Israelites as He walked them out of captivity in Egypt and through the desert to the promised land that He had set aside for them. The entire time they are complaining and forgetting about the miracles that He was doing to keep them alive. It is even this compassion that causes Him to turn away and allow them to once again go into captivity.

As I read this Psalm I my eyes focus on verse 72: “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

‘Integrity of heart’… the heart is the source of integrity. We cannot buy it, we can not learn it, we can not create it. It is something that is within that only God can create.

It is said to have integrity to the extent that everything comes from a set of values. While those value-may change, it is their consistency with each other and with the person’s actions that determine the person’s integrity.

And we must remember, that we all are, ‘work in progress’.

David shepherded the Israelites “with integrity of heart”. Davids values never changed.

David did fall short in so many areas of his life, as we all do….

And we all fall short; and this is why we need for a Savior.

David has many shortcomings throughout his life, one thing stands firm. He had ‘integrity of heart’. His moral never changes. After the times that he falls, he sees the sins of his ways and comes back and to that steadfast in his heart.

Integrity is of the heart. We need to look deep within and pull out what God has created in each of us.

Integrity comes by spending time in the God’s Word, and time with Him, so that we will have a ‘firm adherence to a code’ as described by Webster. The only firm foundation is one created by God. All others are as shifting sand.

Psalm 78:1-72
“Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost. He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham: But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased. He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men; And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim: But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever. He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭78:1-72‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man

God bless each of you. I am now beginning to post brand new devotions. It seems that the Holy Spirit is leading me into a new way to share the writings of these devotions. I hope you are blessed by them, but mainly, I pray God will receive glory and honor.

Jesus Heals the Paralyzed Man
Author: Pat Aman 7/19/2018 copyright of Westbow/Thomas – Nelson

Today, as I read the scriptures below, I saw this clearly taking place. It made me wonder, if I had been there what would my heart have felt like? Would I be seeking Jesus as the four loyal friends, carrying their friend who was paralyzed? Then I asked myself the question, do I seek Jesus today as I should?

So, I asked you, would you have been like the people crowded into one room just to see and hear Jesus? But the greater question is, are you even trying to really get to know him now in your lives?

Mark 2: 1-12 “And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, why doth this man thus speaks blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, thy sins have forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, we never saw it on this fashion.”

I am going to stop here and give you a little history if that is okay?

….In studying the history of the life of Jesus, I read that the largest homes would fit about 50 people in them, if the people were standing really close together. People did not live in homes like ours, with a separate bedroom for each person. There were just one or two rooms where everything took place. So, let’s picture Jesus, packed into a very simple home that was full of people. People spilled out around the front door. They stood on their tiptoes, craning their necks to see Jesus; they leaned into the windows just to hear what Jesus had to say. These houses did not have roofs like the houses we build today. The roofs were made with branches that were laid across the ceiling beams. The branches were packed with mud that dried in the sun. They were sturdy enough to walk on but could be dug through. Often, there were outside staircases leading up to the rooftops….

Jesus entered Capernaum again, and I know he and his disciples must have been worn, tired and hungry. I am even sure that he knew there would be many people seeking him for healing and deliverance. And, some may have been seeking him to mock him. But, Jesus was on an assignment for his Father God.

I think that we ourselves forget that we are on assignment for our Father God in Heaven. He did not just send us to earth to walk around and do our own thing.

The scriptures tell us that when Jesus arrived at his destination, that the room was so full and crowded that not even one more person could enter. But, four of those who came were carrying a man who could not walk, and they were trying their best to find a way to get their friend to Jesus. They knew that just a touch of the master’s hand, was all their friend needed. But they could not get him close to Jesus because of the crowd. So they made a hole in the roof above Jesus. Then they lowered the man through it on a mat.

These men had heard though out the city about Jesus healing people all over Galilee. They were sure that Jesus could heal their friend. When they could not get into the door, they decided nothing was going to stop them. They climbed up onto the roof, carrying their friend. They begin to dig with their bare hands right through that dried mud roof.

I wonder what the people in the room begin to think, when they noticed what was going on above them? Were they scared? Did they think it maybe robbers or soldiers?

I do not think if mattered to Jesus. I am sure he knew what was happening, and he continued to minister, until the man was laying on his mat before Jesus. Then Jesus said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.

Now, I want you to understand this, Jesus first words were “son, your sins are forgiven.” See, Jesus saw a need much greater than his paralyzed legs. He saw the man’s sinful heart.

James 5: 13-16 say, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall have forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availed much.

Is it not amazing that Jesus wants to heal our sickness, but, he is more concern with our spiritual needs? He wants to heal our heart. He knows that once our heart is healed, everything else will fall into place.

It’s Party Time

Its Party Time
Author: Pat Aman

Does Your Life as a Christian make you feel like dancing?

It should.
Being a Christian should be joyous.

Revelation 2:4 (KJV)
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Revelation 2:4 (The Message) “But you walked away from your first love – why? What’s going on with you, anyway?”

(**Mike Yaconelli once observed, “It doesn’t take much to make most of us realize that we have become too serious, too tense, too stressful. The result is that we have forgotten how to live life…What happened to the gleam in our eye? What happened to that joyful, crazy, spontaneous, fun-loving spirit we once had? The childlikeness in all of us gets snuffed out over the years…the sign that Jesus is in our hearts, the evidence of the truth of the Gospel is that we still have a light on in our souls.”**)

How can someone walk away from their first love, lose that gleam in their eye?

Could I walk away from my husband Joe of 41 years? No, of course not.
By all accounts, my love for him is not same as that June day in 1977 when I walked down the aisle at our wedding. Since then we have had two daughters, careers, personal successes and tragedies and a growing walk with the Lord. If nothing else, today my love for him is stronger and more intimate than in those precious and heady days as newlyweds.

Yet as I claim a stronger relationship with the Lord during this time, I honestly know that I have sometimes been living in Ephesus when it comes to my walk with God.

Just as human relationships have plateaus, I must confess that I have not always sought out the depth of God, pursuing the love and fellowship I knew in my early days as a believer. At times, I lost my way.

So, what is going on: I have walked away from my first love and forgotten how to live life, at times?

I will also say, If I was not saved and walked into some of the churches today, I would never get saved. Why? Because even our churches have walked away from their first love. They are all doing their own things. Not the God things. Priorities have been misplaced in our personal lives as well as 75% of our churches today.

Now please understand, I am not talking about all churches….You have been to those churches I know… And remember, the church is not a building…The church are the people in the building…

Regaining the life I seek with Him, returning to a childlikeness, requires intimacy. I know full well the intimacy I seek with Him will benefit from improved spiritual disciplines (such as more time in His Word and in prayer). But I cannot rely on these activities alone, otherwise I have fallen under the Law and am practicing faith by works.

Relationships grow out of intention and communication as well as in following through with responsibilities. Any life with Him begins and ends with making God the priority, not just one of many pressing concerns in my everyday living.

Living this life means adopting a willingness to live His life, not my own. Returning to my first love means saying “no” to all the competing interests and consistently putting the needs of my Beloved before my own.

My marriage is no different and it suffers when attention and intention give way to selfish living. When my priorities are restored, the joy returns to the relationship.

It is the same with our relationship with God. When it is not where it needs to be, and when attention and intention gives way to selfish living, our intimacy with God gives way to hurt, grief, sickness. Why? Because we have left God out and let the devil sneak in.

I find hope and direction in Yaconelli’s concluding thought:

(**“Christians are not just people who live godly lives; we are people who know how to live, period. Christians are not just examples of moral purity, we are also people filled with the everyday challenges and joys of life. Christians not only know how to practice piety, we also know how to party. I believe it’s time for the party to begin.”**)

With the reminder of from Ephesus and hopefully a gleam in my eye, I know it is party time! We need to let the world know that we as Christians are happy and not just a long face, sad, bunch of people just attending a building one to three times a weeks just because of it being a habit.

Jesus love to laugh as well as share the truth of His Father God to the world.

God inviting you to s great party, a banquet….

Are you ready?

Break The Chain Of Withcraft

Please understand! I do not do any type of chain messages on FB, IM or anything else. I do not read daily fortunes.

Chain letters and messages are of Satan. It is Satan way of getting us to practice witchcraft. Anything that tells me to do something or I will lose or get a blessing, is satanic.

Witchcraft is from the devil and anyone who practices it will not enter into Heaven. It is an abomination to God!

When you start dabbling in witchcraft you open yourself up to demons and demonic influences which will indeed harm you.

Satan is very crafty and we must never let him take control of our lives.

If you know anyone who is involved in witchcraft try to help them to save their life, but if they refuse your help, stay away from that person.

Even though Christians don’t need to fear it, Satan is very powerful so we must stay away from all evilness and things of the occult.

The only way someone can read all these Scriptures and still think that witchcraft is OK is if you didn’t read them at all. Repent! Throw away all occultic items!

Christ can break any bondage to witchcraft. If you are not saved, asked God into you heart and repent of your sins. If you are saved, repent and ask God for forgiveness.

The devil try’s to sneak in and tell us we better do this or that, are we will lose something or not get a blessing.

Well, God is in charge of His children’s blessings, and He gives and does not take away. So, we cannot lose anything that God has purposed for us and our family.

I love each of you and each of you are wonderful friends. But, I do not send anything out that is a chain type message.

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Pat Aman

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 So Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD. He failed to obey the LORD’s command, and he even consulted a medium instead of asking the LORD for guidance. So the LORD killed him and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Revelation 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:8 “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars–their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the actions of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2018 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” Christian Faith Publishing Meadsville, Pennsylvania
Bible Verses: The New King James

The Pumpkin Pie

“The Pumpkin Pie”

Author: Patricia Aman

September 30, 2006

Copyright © 1996/2017 by Patricia Aman/CWPM

Westbow/Thomas-Nelson Publishers

God takes a Pumpkin from the field and turns it into the most wonderful pumpkin pie that you have ever tasted.

God picks us from the patch, brings us in, and washes all the dirt off of us.

Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff, which are seeds of doubt, hate, unforgiveness, bitterness, lustfulness and greed.

  Then He adds a little vanilla from the orchid, and just the right amount of sugar to make us sweet, and a little salt to give us flavor.

  And a dash of ginger so we will smell the sweet aroma of life. By adding this special spice it will invigorate us to do His work, and live life with enthusiasm.

He then adds cloves from the Evergreen tree. This will help us to always be optimistic, and know that if we are His children we will have everlasting life, because the Evergreen tree always stays green, no matter how hot are cold it gets. No matter how bad the storm is, it stands tall and green.

Because God did not want us to be dull and live a hum-drum life, He added a little All Spice, which is made up from a berry, and taste like several spices. So this way we will be willing to experience new and exciting things, and enjoy all the spices of life.

Then He added some cinnamon, that comes from the dried inner bark of several trees or shrubs of the laurel family. You see, this will give us just enough roughness to handle the tough times with a sure and strong attitude.

And of course He had to add a little flour, because the flour is what He needed to grind and sift us to get  out all of our impurities.

Then He added just enough undiluted evaporated milk, which is thickened by evaporation to half its weight, and then sterilized because He knew He needed to remove all of the heaviness and waste out of our lives that would keep us from living a abundant life.

And of course He added a couple of eggs. One of the eggs would remind us not to put all our eggs in one basket, because if we did we soon would fail completely.  The second egg would show us that God is egging us on, to accomplish our life’s goals and be all that He intends us to be.

God then decided He needed to add just a little water to dilute us, so we would not be so prideful and think we know all the answers. That way we would still seek Him for advice and direction.

After He adds all the ingredients He puts us in the fire and  bakes us on high to refine and purify us, just as the Silversmith does with silver.

And then He opens the doors to our heart to check to see if we are done; and if He can see His image in us, He takes us out of the oven and smiles. For God knows His recipe for life always comes out just right. For you see, God does not make mistakes.

And we become one of the most wonderful Pumpkin Pies in God’s Book Of Recipes, for you see we have been willing to be made into a perfection of God’s Love.

 

Sending to You and Your Family,

Blessings, Love and Prayers,

Pat  

 (Nehemiah 8:10) “The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your Strength.”

(Proverbs 17:22) “A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine, But A Broken Spirit Dries The Bones.”

 

 

Heavens Grocery Store

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God bless each of you today. Have s beautiful, blessed and prosperous day. God loves you.

Matthew 6: 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

“HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE”

Author: Unknown

As I got a little closer
the door came open wide
And when I came to myself
I was standing inside.

I saw a host of ANGELS.
They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said,
“My Child shop with care”.

Everything a Christian needed
was in that grocery store.
And all you couldn’t carry,
you could come back the next day for more.

First, I got some PATIENCE:
LOVE was in the same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING:
You need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of WISDOM,
a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn’t miss the HOLY GHOST,
For it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE
To help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full,
But I remembered I needed some GRACE.

I didn’t forget SALVATION,
For SALVATION was free,
So I tried to get enough of it for me, and have enough left over to share Jesus with all I see.

Then I started up to the counter
To pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I had everything
To do the MASTER’S Will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER:
And I just had to put that in,
For I knew when I stepped outside,
I would run into Sin.

PEACE AND JOY were plenty
They were last on the shelf.
SONG and PRAISE were hanging near,
So I just helped myself.

Then I said to the angel,
“Now, how much do I owe?”
He smiled and said,
“Just take them everywhere you go.”

Again, I smiled and said,
“How much do I really owe?”
He smiled again and said,
“MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL
A LONG, LONG TIME AGO.”

Author: Author Unknown

God bless each of you,
Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2017
CWPM

Respect and Manners

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6:16

I can tell I have been further south the last couple weeks. WHY? Respect!

It has been so good to hear people of all colors, races and creed say yes, ma’am, no ma’am, bless you and thank you.

I maybe old fashion, but, I require it of our girls, even today.

You never get to old to show respect to your elders.

As a matter of fact, I said thank you sir, to a guy who was in in teens that held a door open for me. You would have thought I had given him a bag of gold with the big smile on his face.

Respect is respect.

Age does not matter.

Respect is a expression of love and honor.

If we show respect, we will receive respects.

We must not only teach our children manners, but, they must see us showing good manners.

Children will do as they see.

God bless each of you,
Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2017
CWPM