Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet-Letter F

A Net In Time Schooling
This is a post I did several years ago. This week I was talking to my son about a Godly character and I remembered our dear friend. 

F is for Friend. 

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

I love this verse, it is something that we need to remember, where is our treasure being stored. This verse came to my heart last night, You see we had a dear friend who went to be with the Lord yesterday, Feb. 24, 2011. He was a friend who I can say I was honored to have known. We meet him around 1993 when we lived in Denver. He was a faithful man who came to our church in Denver.

He was a unique individual. One that loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, and might. The most important thing was that it showed in everything he did. I can honestly say that I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He wasn't one to slander any ones character. Even when they treated him badly. He was faithful to pray for anyone at the drop of a bucket. He was always helping those in need. He would give you the shirt off his back and I seen him give his coat to someone in need before. He was one who always invited people enthusiastically to church to share the love of our Lord. He was always handing out tracks to share the gospel. Always making sure the hungry got feed. He could quote scripture with out a blink of an eye. He was faithful in giving of his resources. Everyone in our church loved and respected this man.

His name was Howard. Let me tell you why I mentioned Howard.

You see he was illiterate, but he always took time to listen to the Bible on tape and was a sponge when it came to the things concerning God. He couldn't read or write. He could write just enough to sign his name.

He had a speech impediment. He was very hard to understand and it took time and patience to understand him. It didn't stop him from sharing the Good News of our Lord and Savior dying on the tree. He was in much pain due to medical conditions. Yet, he walked for miles to come to church when he didn't have money for a bus. Howard was there every time the doors where opened. He was the most faithful person I have ever known.

He was nothing lovely to look at-his hygiene was poor and he often wore a heavy coat even on the hottest of days. He smelled often. He was not financially well off, he was a senior citizen living on SSI. He had lived under a bridge at one point in his life. Most people assumed he was still a homeless man.

He was the first to give when there was a need. "As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in her two mites. "Truly I tell you," he said, "this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." (Luke 21:1-4)" Even when we moved he mailed a dollar bill every birthday to my kids. That dollar was a lot to him and I know every dollar he truly needed to live on. He knew God would take care of all his needs. God did take care of his needs. He had an apartment, food, and clothing. Nothing fancy in his needs. I think most people would complain living on his meager means. Howard had so much joy and rejoice when he found something that he went dumpster diving for. They were truly a treasure to him.

 All the kids loved him. Howard was a old cowboy movie and a Disney fan. He had hundreds of movies in his small apartment. He gave all the kids tapes of the movies, it was something he was good at. It brought smiles to their faces. My husband and I called it a Howard production the recording where not always watchable. No one every complained not even the kids. It gave him great joy to bless the kids with these tapes. We still have several of them sitting in my cabinet from the foster kids he blessed that lived in our home. I keep them as a reminder of what a Godly person should be like.

We even had a dog who excepted him the first time he entered into our home. She was a large Rottweiler, German Shepard mix. It always took her 3 or 4 times to warm up to a person. You could not approach her she, would approach you when she was comfortable with you. She would just intimidate everyone with a look and stare you down. Howard, the first time he came into our home she wagged her tail and went straight to him. At that time I was unsure of Howard. I knew that day that he was a truly unique individual and someone who could be trusted.

If we could all have just an ounce of Howard's love for others. The love to show the love of God in all that we do. People treated him so bad. It made me angry but, he just would smile and his eyes would tell you it is okay. He showed those mean individuals unconditional love.

He will be missed, I have one regret- I wish my kids could have really known him. He taught me that the outside appearance doesn't matter. Not to be uncomfortable around those who don't look like me, dress like me, and even smell like me! Howard loved unconditionally. His reward in Heaven will be great. I expect him to have many crowns. After, I see my Lord and Savior face to face, Howard is the next person I want to thank for helping me look for treasures in all individuals. 

Farewell my friend, what a privilege Jeff and I had that you considered us your friends. This world has been a better place by all the lives you have impacted. Shalom my friend Howard.
Other bloggers have joined in Blogging through the Alphabet.  Annette and Amanda are hosting this on their blogs. Stop by and see what they are blogging about with the letter A. #abcblogging

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

KJV Word Study Bible 1,700 Key Words that Unlock the Meaning of the Bible Review

The KJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. By looking into these ancient texts we are able to read scripture as it was originally written and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. As you study you will discover the richness and significance of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.

Features Include:

• Book introductions
• Words of Christ in red
• Word studies
• Indexes
• Concordance

My Thoughts:

This is a nice KJV Bible. The Bible has beautiful imitation leather cover in a vibrant brown color that would be nice for either a man or woman. No trendy cover for the Bible which, seems to be popular these days. The cover is a good classy- timeless looking leather Bible cover. They also have one that is a hardback, imitation purple cover, and indexes in the imitation covers. There is a handy bookmark ribbon to mark your page in the Bible.

The font size is actually a nice size and larger than your average Bible font size. I wouldn’t consider it a large print Bible. There are 1,650 pages in the Bible. The pages have a gold glided edge which brings a nice touch to the Bible. The pages seem thicker than your normal Bible pages.

The Study portion of the Bible is in a gray box. The headings are in a deep green blue color. The words of Jesus are in red.

The Bible starts out with a Table of Contents with the book number and abbreviations of the books of the Bible.

There is a brief introduction to the Word Study Bible that will explain this particular Bible. Your word study is going to focus on Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and certain text will be underscored to indicate that a word study is near that passage or to highlight a reference to a word study in the particular passage. It’s impressive with 1,700 Key Words for studying. The Bible is translated from more than 8,600 Hebrew and Aramaic words and more than 5,500 Greek words.

There are four indexes to help you locate word studies within the pages of this Bible.  Three kinds of arrangements to assist you:

1. Alphabetical list of word studies in English.
2. List of words by the Biblical order from Genesis to Revelations.
3. & 4. The last 2 indexes are list of word studies in the original language using the Strong’s numbering system. H is for Hebrew and Aramaic words and G for Greek words.

There is a nice Concordance which is in alphabetical order of some of the key passages of English words. This is used to look up topics when studying.

Each book of the Bible has an introduction for all 66 books and what they call a, “Watch Words”.

At the back of the Bible you have 8 full colored maps.

Overall, this is a nice Bible for someone who wants to dig into specific words in the Word of God.

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Blogging through the Alphabet – Letter E

A Net In Time Schooling

We are at the letter E already.  

Letter E is for- Enter
I have had this scripture verse on my mind the last week.  

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name!

Psalm 100:4

The word Enter is a verb and requires action.  That means that I need to take action to praise God in all situations. It’s easy to enter in praise and worship when things are good. What about when you don’t feel like praising Him.

The letter E is to remind myself to enter into praise and worship with God through all things. It’s so easy not to be thankful. I want to be thankful for all things. It requires action on my part.

Let us come before Him with joyful songs and pray, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” 

Psalm 136:1

Other bloggers have joined in Blogging through the Alphabet.  Annette and Amanda are hosting this on their blogs. Stop by and see what they are blogging about with the letter A. #abcblogging



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