Marshall Fire Day 6…

Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8.

Someone has said that Christians are a lot like tea bags. You don’t know what they’re made of until you put them in hot water. Thought to ponder…

A winter wonderland…
Two more jobs completed. Very nice property owners and the joy of the Lord in our hearts!
You think it looks bad, oh, the smell…
Team Texas, Team Kansas/Nebraska and Team Arizona- well cared for…

Marshall Fire Day 5…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.

I told myself, “I told you so!” We love Colorado, but not today…
The ice would not scrape off!
That’s the sun!
Our first job today was almost entirely performed by these two beautiful ladies…
Jewelry box. Brought tears of joy to the property owner…
Thanks again Saint Ambrose!

Marshall Fire, Day 2…

Leaving Santa Fe on I25 North.
I’m taking this as a really bad sign.
If you have ever traveled I25 north of Santa Fe, the first 55 miles go in directions other than north. I have complained about this for around twenty years and it is still the same. This is how it should look, heading north.
Arrived safe! Praise the Lord and thanks to all who have prayed for us and David and Sue. We will be assisting property owners for the next few weeks.

Ecclesiastes chapter 12…

“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” – Jonathan Edwards

The best thing possible to the man under the sun, the natural man. A poetic picture of old age. Verse 1- Get back to God, Solomon advises. Do it while you are young. The description of old age in this chapter is accurate. this chapter is amazing and a must read!

Verse 2- You don’t see as well as you did in your youth.

Verse 3- The keepers are the legs. They tremble, they stumble, and they make us groan. We no longer stand erect, we stoop with our shoulders. Grinders are teeth. Yikes! We need more light to read.

Verse 4- The hearing goes away, but the slightest of sounds wakes us. you don’t sing as well as before, it’s harder to carry a tune.

Verse 5- You don’t like heights. You don’t like to fly. Fear can dominate your life, you just don’t enjoy taking the chances that you used to. A blossoming almond tree is white on top, like us older people. Little things can become a burden. Less tolerant, more little inconveniences bother us. Romance is Gone.?..? The long home is eternity. Death is creeping up!

Verse 6- Organs of the body. The silver cord is the spinal column. the golden bowl is your head for your brain. The pitcher is the lungs. The wheel is the heart.

Verse 7- No such thing as soul sleep. The body sleeps, but the spirit or the soul returns to God that gave it.

Verse 8- When as a child, I laughed and wept, Time crept; When as a youth, I dreamed and talked, Time walked; When I became a full grown man, Time ran; When older still I daily grew, Time flew; Soon I shall find in travelling on, Time gone. Author unknown.

Thou knowest, Lord, I’m growing older. My fire of youth begins to smolder; I somehow tend to reminisce And speak of good old days I miss. I am more moody, bossy, and Think folk should jump at my command. Help me, Lord, to conceal my aches And realize my own mistakes. Keep me sweet, silent, sane, serene, Instead of sour, crusty, and mean. Author unknown

May the Lord, give us the grace to grow old gracefully!

Above all, FEAR GOD, keeping your eyes out for the final Day of Judgement. With all of the complaints Solomon had about the nature of creation, there is no doubt as to the existence and justice of the Creator. God is mentioned at least forty times in this book….

Jesus Christ is the only solution for life’s problems. Jesus has given His promise to people of any and all ages…”…him that comes to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37).

Ecclesiastes chapter 10…

Looking at the injustice in the world. A wise man once told me, “We are all one decision away from stupid.” One moment away from a sin that can have devastating effects.

Verse 2, the right hand is the hand of strength. If you are wise, that is where your heart will be, at your right hand. Whatever you do , do it with heart, do it for the glory of God.

Verse 3, a fool never has to carry a sign about him that says he is a fool. You will know as soon as he speaks.

Verse 8, be careful with sin. If you are a child of God, you will not get by with it. Eventually God will judge that sin.

Verse 10, keep your tools sharp and in top condition. Put in the work to keep your tools in shape. Read and study the Word of God, and be ready for His call.

Verse 11, people in the church will do and say things that hurt, even those that are supposed to protect the flock.

Verses 12-15, the fool, the foolish, the foolishness of the fool. Beware the fool. No common sense can be found in the fool.

Verse 17-18, alcohol has destroyed so many lives. Don’t be lazy

Remember life under the sun. Come to the cross and seek the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!!

Ecclesiastes Chapter 7-9….

Chapter 7, looking at man’s sin, looking at the incurable evil of man, that “man under the sun,” that man that is unilluminated by God’s Spirit, that man sees no advantage in being righteous. In versus 13-21, that man has fuzzy thinking with regard to spiritual things, not getting the meaning of life on this earth and how life ends. Verse 12 speaks to my heart, “For wisdom (Jesus) is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom (Jesus) giveth life to them that have it.” Jesus Christ is wisdom!

Chapter 8. Looking at the mystery of the divine providences, at life’s uncertainties. The man under the sun, without a Savior, can concentrate on nothing, floundering, only occasionally giving a nod to wisdom. He only acknowledges the king’s rule. To this man life is a riddle and no absolutes about the future can be known. Nothing about life in general can be known. Utter sadness. Death really is a mystery to the unsaved man.

Chapter 9. Looking at the world’s wrong standard of values. Pay your debts, be honest, live a good life. By now, you have to wonder how this book got into the Bible. Solomon is speaking of life apart from God.

We all need to look to and seek Wisdom, Jesus Christ the Savior…

Ecclesiastes chapter 11

Looks at the best way of travel for the man under the sun.

Verse 5, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” The Lord Jesus said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Don’t let what you don’t know mess with what you do know. Look at the chair in the photo above. Every one knows how to sit in a chair. People say, here sit down, have a sit, take a chair, rest your feet, take a load off. You probably will sit right down without giving one moment of thought about the chair. How is the chair constructed? Who built the chair? Was it this fellas first day on the job? What type of materials did he use? Probably none of these questions go through your mind as you just sit in the chair by faith.

“For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).”