DOWNSIZING!

Aug 10, 2019 No Comments by

The Lord is a Warrior – Jehovah is His Name! From sinking sand He lifted me, With tender hand He lifted me, From shades of night to plains of light, O praise His name, He lifted me!    Gabriel As most of you know, I have been sidetracked from my writing with the selling of my […]

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THE ESCAPE HATCH!

Aug 10, 2019 No Comments by

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!                                                                Revelation 3:15 After years of disobedient living the above words from the Lord jumped out at me.  The ‘Good Life’ which in reality is not good at all, but just a dangling carrot Satan […]

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SERVANTS OF THE LORD

Aug 10, 2019 No Comments by

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23 In any organization, one does not see or hear about all the workers that are laboring behind the scenes to keep things flowing smoothly. Some do it out of love for their job, for the satisfaction of a job […]

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Mere Christianity – Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Aug 10, 2019 No Comments by

I find I must borrow yet another parable from George MacDonald. Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs […]

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The Lord is a Warrior – Yes, Jehovah is His name!

Aug 10, 2019 No Comments

Be Strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, How hard the battle goes, the day how long:  Faint not – fight on!  Tomorrow comes the song.  Babcock At eleven years of age my girlfriend Ann Taylor encouraged me to attend a church service at the Salvation Army.  This may have seemed odd to some […]

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STILL HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN

Jun 23, 2019 No Comments

I’m flying home soon from half way up the Mountain, and will be in the hills of Huntsville sometime in the beginning of March. Now we have been having some winter storms here as they do in most mountains, with the snow two to four inches, with more expected in the next few days. It […]

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HONESTLY HONEST

Feb 28, 2019 No Comments

The one who lives righteously and speaks rightly, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil– he will dwell on the heights; his refuge will be the rocky fortresses, his food provided, his water assured.  […]

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HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN

Feb 06, 2019 No Comments

HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN –  Syb Brodie Hello my EncouraGem friends and followers. I am basking in blessings here in California, and having an uplifting time with my sons and their families. I am staying at one sons home half way up the San Bernardino mountain which is very similar to where I live […]

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HOW TO REHEARSE FOR DEATH – C.S. Lewis

Feb 06, 2019 No Comments

C. S. Lewis to Mary Willis Shelburne, June 17, 1963: On how to rehearse for death and how to diminish fear. Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well?  Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer?  It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking […]

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE WORDS

Feb 06, 2019 No Comments

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE WORDS 1) The meaning of opaque is unclear. 2) I wasn’t going to get a brain transplant but then I changed my mind. 3) Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming. 4) A man tried to assault me with milk, cream and butter.  How dairy! 5) […]

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Treasures In Leather

Jan 04, 2019 No Comments

 For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.   Romans 6:14 When in a store lineup waiting to check out and someone comes up behind me with just a few items, I will often tell them to go ahead.  Jokingly I say.. “Go ahead I’m […]

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EVERYDAY MIRACLES

Jan 03, 2019 No Comments

“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your powers among the peoples.”  Psalm 77:14 It seems anyone’s thought on miracles surrounds grand happenings or gestures which have profound effects in life.  From water to wine, from invalid to health, from death to life this is often where we go when we think of miracles.  […]

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – John G. Whittier

Jan 02, 2019 No Comments

I love this Prayer from John G. Whittier, that became a hymn when set to music by Frederick C. Maker in the mid 1800’s. Dear Lord and Father of mankind,  Forgive our feverish ways! Re-clothe us in our rightful mind; In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. In simple trust like theirs […]

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Tough Teacher

Dec 31, 2018 No Comments

 A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body.  It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all. On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school.  […]

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I’VE LEARNED – by Andy Rooney

Dec 31, 2018 No Comments

* That when your in love, it shows. * That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. * That being kind is more important than being right. * That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend with […]

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