Saturday, August 31, 2013

One Flesh...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed Taqiyya, and how Islam teaches and encourages Muslims to lie to infidels.  That's anyone who is not a believer of Islam.

Even though I live in Canada, and not USA, it is important for me and other Canadians to be aware of what happens in USA. 

Why?  Because generally speaking, whatever happens there, usually happens later in Canada, as well.
 
A fellow blogger posts about Islam.  Just as I do, from time to time.

Here is a link to an article that features several entries that explain Islam with the entry entitled, Oklahoma Prepared for SQ755 Unconstitutional Judicial Rulinghttp://slantedright2.blogspot.ca/2013/08/oklahoma-prepared-for-sq755.html 

The reason I provided the Slant Right blog entry, was mainly so you can read the entry, but I will copy part of it for you to read:

From an article by Rebekah Maxwell (link above) Sharia is messed up when compared to American Law:

In her book, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, former Muslim Nonie Darwish outlines the incongruities of Sharia law and American law, including:

1.     Death penalties for anyone leaving Islam

2.    Death penalties for adultery

3.    Death penalties for homosexuality

4.    Special taxes imposed on non-Muslims

5.    Institutionalized inequality; Muslims are respected over non-Muslims, as are men over women, the wealthy over the working class.

6.    Allowance for slavery

7.    Allowance for polygamy

8.    No minimum age for marriage

9.    Harsh penalties, like flogging, dismemberment, and beheading, for speaking against Islam and specifically Mohammed.
And just for the ladies,

1.     Your testimony is only worth half that of a man’s

2.    It’s not rape without four male witnesses. Otherwise it’s adultery. See #2 above.

3.    High burdens of proof for divorce (while husbands merely have to speak a phrase)

4.    Forced marriages

5.    No protection against domestic violence

6.    Losing custody of your children if you remarry

7.    Strict clothing/modesty laws…you can be imprisoned for forgoing a veil or showing your ankles
 
 
Whenever I hear and/or read about how Islam treats women, it breaks my heart.

After all, God made Eve to be a help-mate to Adam. 

And, He told us in Genesis 2:21-24, "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

If you couldn't understand what I was leading up to when you read what I reprinted, above... surely, you can understand, now.

Women weren't created to be objects to be used, abused and mistreated. God created woman to bring her unto man, so that a man and a woman could become one flesh.

Each becomes one half (1/2) of the whole person.

Anyone who has ever truly loved someone and considered them a soul-mate, can relate to, accept and thoroughly understand what God meant when He said they would become one flesh.

Please pray.

Pray for all unbelievers.

But, please pray that Islam will be unable to take over here in North America, they way they have in various countries around the world.

And, please pray for all Islamic women. And, plant seeds for Christ, whenever and wherever you can.

This is how many will come to a saving relationship through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Lying Lips...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the fact that there are Muslims who are falsely claiming to love Jesus.

In my opinion, they do so, to mislead people into thinking that Islam is okay.

I must say that the fellow I wrote about in yesterday's LwL entry, is not the only Islamic person who does things to mislead people.  In fact, I must say something that not everyone will enjoy hearing. 

The fact is, Muslims know that Taqiyya teaches them, that while they should not lie to fellow Muslims, it is okay to lie and/or mislead infidels.

Infidels.  That's anyone who is not a follower of Islam.

One question that comes to mind, relates to another situation, regarding a Muslim woman.  I must ask:  Why would Huma Abadin (whose family is apparently connected with The Muslim Brotherhood... ), who is a Muslim, marry a Jew... Anthony Weiner? 

How could this happen?

If you're not from USA, you may not understand who Anthony Weiner is.  Here is a link, so you can read about him:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Weiner.

And, you may want to read about Huma Abadin.  Here's a link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huma_Abedin.

How could a Jew marry a Muslim, without becoming Muslim?  Muslims cannot marry a non-Muslim.

Hmmm... this makes me wonder.  Did Anthony Weiner become Muslim?

Even if they fell in love, and married, why hasn't Huma's family turned against her?

It makes me wonder if there isn't a situation here that is filled with untruth.  Only God knows for sure, but knowing how Islam treats situations like this one, it makes me wonder.

A fellow blogger wrote an entry on this issue.  Check it out SlantRight 2.0's entry:  Don't Sympathize with Anthony Weiner's Wife Too Much:
http://slantedright2.blogspot.ca/2013/08/dont-sympathize-with-antony-weiners.html

Fellow Christian, Walid Shoebat, who converted to Christianity, from Islam, tells us why he thinks Huma Abedin, daughter of a Muslim Brotherhood member, would marry Anthony Weiner, a Jew:  http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/07/04/walid-shoebat-tells-us-why-huma-abedin-daughter-of-a-muslim-brotherhood-member-would-marry-anthony-weiner-a-jew/

People in numbers can give their opinions about this situation.  And, other situations like this one.

But, the truth is... only God knows for sure what the truth is.

He may have revealed truth by what those Christians I posted about, had to say.  Hopefully, this is the case, because God hates lies.

Just as He told us in Proverbs 12:22, "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight."

Friends, this is one reason why I speak up, regarding Islam.

Not everyone understands about it.  Many think that all religions are the same.  But, the truth is, they are not!

And, knowing that Taqiyya not only allows Muslims to lie to all who are not Islamic, but encourages them to do so, lets everyone know that we cannot truly believe anything that a Muslim says.  Nothing.  Because, no one can tell if they are telling the truth or using lying lips.

As God told us, lying lips are an abomination to Him. 

How grateful I am for His Word. 

His Word, the Bible, teaches us truth.  God's truth.

If you're not in the habit of reading the Bible, I would suggest you do so.  You'll be surprised at how you come to know not only how much God truly loves you.  But, you'll find out exactly what He expects of you.

May God bless you, as you read His Word.


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

False Love...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about how I plant seeds for Christ, anywhere and everywhere I go.

I must admit, that I am not the only person who does this.  Anyone who truly loves our Lord, does the same.

Why do I do this?  I do this, because God commanded us to preach the gospel to all the creatures of the earth.  And, because it breaks my heart to think that someone I came in contact with might not become saved, if I don't do what God commanded His children to do.

Just thinking about how so many people do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, breaks my heart.  Many years ago, during a Bible study class, Dr. Donald McKay, who was my pastor then, but who is pastor in USA now, made it clear to me that I shouldn't become overwhelmed with not seeing results from planting those seeds for Christ.

Yes, I need to do the work.  But, he assured me through information in the Bible, that we would not always see the results of our work.

Even so, I sometimes find myself struggling with the idea that not everyone will be saved.

Like God Himself, I wish that none should perish, but have everlasting life.  However, I also realize that not all will be saved and spend eternity in heaven with Him.  Especially, since He told us that many will stand before Christ in the day of judgement, and He may tell some people to get away from Him... for He never knew them.

There is something I need to say that some may not like to hear. 

I have a Facebook (FB) friend.  Okay, I have many FB friends.  But, one in particular has touched my heart.

This fellow made several mutual friends, before requesting friendship with me. 

Just so you know, I do not accept everyone who requests friendship.  However, if we have many mutual friends, or if I've gotten to know a person on a group page, then I sometimes accept friendship.  Just as I did, with R.

R, claimed to love Jesus.  And, we had many mutual friends.  So, when he requested friendship, I accepted.

It didn't take long to realize that R was not a born-again Christian.

There are many people who claim to be Christian, who maybe are not saved.  Only God knows for sure.

But, when R added me to a FB group called:  Jesus, the human, he is great prophet, but he is not god... I was shocked!  This is when the truth came out. 

R wasn't Christian at all!  He was Muslim.  There's more to be said about this, but it will have to be on another occasion. 

Still, I will say that when he claimed to love Jesus, it was truly a false love.

Since then, I've planted many seeds for Christ, with R.  And, discussed Jesus with him, until I'm about blue in the face.

After all, God's Word, the Bible tells us in John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Yes, Jesus is THE way, THE truth and The life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by HIM.

There is no other way to heaven

Like all who follow Islam, my FB friend R just doesn't understand.  He refuses to accept what Jesus did for all of humankind. 

This breaks my heart.  I know that anyone who refuses to accept Jesus will not go to heaven.

Instead, they will spend eternity separated from God.  And, be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Sigh... Yes, I know I cannot change things.  God's plan is His plan.  And, He will save whom He will save.

But, this won't stop me planting seeds for Christ, for Him to water.  Nor, will it stop me praying for the unsaved.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Word, or Two!


If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that it was rather lengthy.  I apologize for that.

In it, I told you about how my realtor friend L had encouraged me to join her and her boyfriend D, at a legion for dinner and dancing.  And, about how I had done exactly that a week ago, last Monday, August 19th.

You're probably wondering if I did this again, this past Monday.  Yes!  I did!  It was sort of like an instant replay, but a little different.

I must admit, after having a busy day, I almost didn't attend the function. 

You see, first thing Monday, my daughter P and her boyfriend K picked me up.  My daughter B, had been asked to join us, but she wasn't able to.

Normally, I would drive us to the Heinz warehouse in Leamington, but knowing I only would be looking for a few things, while P would be hoping to stock up, we agreed it was best to use her vehicle.  This way, her purchase wouldn't be loaded into my van, then moved into her car.

It was a blessing having K with us.  He doesn't normally join us, but I was thankful he was there to lift things that I wasn't able to do.  Thank you, K!

Normally, General Motors of Canada CAW Local 1973 members and/or their families can shop at the Heinz warehouse, during two (2) pre-set time periods, annually.  However, with being not well for the last year, it had been a very long time since P and I had done this!

After doing our shopping, P headed towards home, but stopped at Colasanti's along the way.  Click on the name, to open a link to become familiar with it.

There, P picked up a couple of plants that she had seen when she was there a few days earlier.  And, I bought us some of their homemade doughnuts!  Unfortunately, it's not the right time of year for their delicious homemade apple cider.  :(  But hopefully, I'll be well enough this fall to have a return visit and purchase some.

Before arriving home, we made several stops at the bank and a few stores.  Eventually, we arrived at my apartment complex.

K and P were kind enough to transfer my purchases to my apartment, before heading off.  Thank you, both... so very much!  May God bless you!

After storing away only what I absolutely had to, I sat for a couple of moments, and then headed to bed, to rest and relax for about 20 minutes.  Yes, I wish it had been longer, but the short nap did wonders for my energy!

Off the the library I went!  Then, on to do another errand.  Eventually, I arrived at the legion and met up with my friends L & D.

This time, my visit was a little different than it had been a week earlier.  This time, I didn't do any dancing, at all.  Not even a partial song's worth of dancing.

Why?  After entering and exiting vehicles more than a dozen times that day, my gut wasn't feeling the best!  In fact, due to this, I had almost decided to not join my friends.  But, I'm glad I did!

Once again, the music was wonderful.  Watching my friends and others dancing was great, too!  And, our meal of roast beef, vegetables, penne, salad and dinner rolls, plus dessert and coffee and/or tea, was delicious.  What great cooks they have!

Just like the first time I was there, people came and spoke with me.  How grateful I was for this!

During our conversations, I found out that one woman was a fellow author, of poetry.  And, that she was Christian.

Our conversations (yes, we had more than one, together!) were wonderful.  And, honouring to God.  I was grateful that even though this was a secular event I was attending, He made a way for me to discuss Him.

After all, we are the apple of His eye and are called to glorify Him.

So, it was fitting that our conversation be honouring to God, just as we are told in Proverbs 25:11, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."

Being mainly seniors (it's not a family-with-children type event), it did my heart good to see singles and couples of various ages using their physical energy for fun. 

And, believe me... they had fun!  Some used much energy as they danced like professionals!

But, it also did my heart good to speak with people about my Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Anywhere, and everywhere I go, He comes up in conversation.  Even at non-Christian events like I had attended, there. 

I praise God He is in my heart and mind, every minute of every day.  Always. 


Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mom... & Lovingly Provoked!

It seems like it might be a good time to write here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), about something I did recently.

First, I need to say that today is a day of reflection for me.  It's the anniversary of my mom's death.  And, I miss her, very much.  I love you, mom!

Before I tell you about what it is I did, I want to comment about how my life has been over the last almost year, of being unhealthy.

Between having two (2) surgeries/operations, fighting infection that began immediately after my first surgery last September, and not healing properly, being hospitalized for 15 days this past May, my life hasn't been easy.  Of course, with tubes, and medications, things became more complicated.  Then, with being on those ultra-strong antibiotics intravenously for those several weeks and having a pic line and having to carry around the pump, life became even harder.

What I'm getting at, is the fact that with not being able to drive for much of the last year, and with not being able to do much of anything, I felt like my life was worthless. 

I don't mean of no value, but more along the lines of feeling like I just couldn't do anything.  Of course, that was due to the fact, that I truly couldn't do much of anything!

To be honest, I felt like I was imprisoned in my own living space.  Probably, because I sort of... was.

In December, I was grateful when some single friends of mine got together for an evening of karaoke.  And, I was thankful that one of my friends actually picked me up and took me home, because I wasn't able to drive.

But, since then, I have literally not done anything much that I would consider to be of a unique fun time.  Other than meeting with my friends for lunch, or for a visit at Tim Horton's.

At least, until Monday, August 19th.

For quite a while now, L whom I have been friends with since we both became realtors in 1988, has reminded me that she and her fella have been participating in an event that I had not been aware was available, until she told me about it.  They visit a legion for dinner and dancing each Monday.

L and her friend D have taken ballroom dancing lessons, on Friday evenings for quite a while.  Then, on Mondays they get together with a group of people who also enjoy dancing. 

Upon hearing about this, I thought this was a nice idea.  Especially, since it doesn't take up time late into the evening.  The music begins at 3:00 p.m., dinner is served about 5:30 p.m., and the music and dancing ends about 7:00 p.m.

On August 19th, I met L & D at the legion.  I paid my fee and joined them and some of their other friends at their table. 

While they enjoyed dancing, I enjoyed the music.  Even if I had felt I was healthy enough to enjoy some dancing, I didn't have anyone to dance with, so I just enjoyed my time watching others swirl around the dance floor.

Except for about half of a song, when people were line dancing.  L grabbed my arm and insisted I needed to join the group.  I did.  And, I must say it was fun, but rather embarrassing, since I didn't know the dance steps!  :)

Believe me when I say that was a great thing to do, even if I did use muscles that hadn't been used in that way, for a very, very, very long time!  It showed me that I could try to join in, but not for very long, as I felt in my gut like I had done more than enough, even being on the dance floor for that extremely short time.

One woman approached me.  She asked me if I was the person she had seen the day before, who had worshipped at The Salvation Army Citadel, in South Windsor.  I replied to her, that I was indeed the person.  We had a nice conversation, which ended with her inviting me to return to worship, there.

As I went to get a cup of coffee, another woman spoke to me.  This women looked familiar.  She asked me if I live at Solidarity Tower.  I replied that I do.  Then, we both laughed when she told me that she does, also! 

Hey!  With 299 units, it's difficult to know everyone.  Many people you see long enough to say 'hello' in the elevator, or wherever, but don't really get to know, personally!

Apparently, she and her husband had joined in the fun at the legion, for the first time, the week previous.  And, she commented that they were so happy they heard about this event, that they would come almost weekly.

All in all, it was a lovely time.  And, the food was wonderful!

We enjoyed salad and dinner rolls, the most delicious stir-fry over rice, that I had ever eaten.  Dessert and coffee and/or tea were included in the cost of the meal and entrance fee.

Ahhh... even though I wasn't able to participate 100% in the fun, I felt so happy that my friend L had told me about this, and had kept inviting me. 

Thank you, L!  Not just for the invitation, and encouragement, but also for making me feel cared for, by provoking me in a positive way, to do something I wouldn't normally have done. 

While L didn't provoke me to do good works for someone else, I realized that her good works towards me, was an encouragement.  A sort of confirmation of Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"

Every time L had mentioned that I needed to join her and her fella, I could feel the loving care and consideration she had for me.  Her encouragement of me, lifted me up and made me realize that I need to begin living, again.

What a wonderful thing for her to have done for me.  Provoking me, in a positive way, to change my life.  Even if it was in a small way.

Especially, since in October, it will be four (4) years since my husband, Gordon died.  And, especially since she realized that I felt like I no longer had a life... on a human level, of course.

How grateful I am to God, that He provided a friend for me, who cared enough to love and encourage me to get out and live my life, while I still can.

Of course, even if my life here on earth ends, it will continue on in heaven.  And, for this, I praise God!

How do I know this?

Because God's Word, the Bible, tells us that when we believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, we shall be saved.  And, to be absent from the body, is to be with the Lord.

So, I know that whenever my life here on earth ends, I will spend eternity in heaven, with my Lord. 

If you are trusting in Jesus for your salvation, the same thing applies to you.  If you are not trusting in Jesus, please do so, today.

No one is guaranteed, tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Ice Cream?!

On Sunday, being my Lord's day, I went to worship at church, just as I mentioned I would in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry.

I just didn't do it in the morning, like I usually do.

Instead, I got up in the morning and watched Jack Van Impe, and his wife Roxella on television (tv).  Here's a link to the tv schedule list:  http://www.thegospel.com/clients/jvim-jack-van-impe-ministries/media.asp  While the list shows Saturday as the date, I'm sure it was the same programme as I watched on Sunday.

Then, I posted my LwL entry and went on Facebook (FB) for a while.

Eventually, I showered and got ready to go out.  Not to church, yet.

Being the last Sunday of the month, some of us single Christians meet at Tim Horton's (TH) about 12:30 p.m.  We meet at Tecumseh Rd. & Manning Rd.

When I arrived there, I was shocked to see only one (1) person, there.  Even though no one else joined us, S and I enjoyed our time together. 

Instead of heading home, I headed west on Tecumseh Rd.  I made my way to the TH next door to the Red Lobster restaurant.

No, it's not a case that I am addicted to TH coffee, for I didn't even have coffee when I met with S, earlier.  Rather, it was my intention to go through the drive-thru to pick up an ice cream cone, for a friend.

Knowing the friend I was going to visit enjoys ice cream and more, I brought with me a foam cup.  When I was handed the ice cream cone and spoon that I had requested, I immediately turned the ice cream upside down, into the foam cup.

As I drove further west, it seemed I just couldn't go through any green lights.  Every time a red light stopped me, I prayed that the ice cream I was carrying wouldn't melt.

Eventually, I arrived at Malden Park Rehabilitation Centre, on Windsor's west side.

Parking was limited, but I managed to find a spot.  Then, I walked into the complex and made my way to my friend's room.

By the time I got there, I was sure the ice cream would probably have been melted, since it was rather a rather hot day.  But, to my surprise, the foam cup and the cone had sheltered the combination of both chocolate and vanilla soft ice cream and it had barely begun to melt.

I praised God!

After all, He had answered my prayer!  Even if it was a simple request, to keep the ice cream in cold, edible condition.

Thinking about how I had prayed and made my request, and knowing that God had listened and provided for the need of the situation, reminded me of Jeremiah 29:12, "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."

It may sound like a silly request to have made to God, to keep the ice cream from melting, but the truth is, it couldn't have been too silly.  After all, He answered my prayer.

Thank You, Father!

As I spoon-fed my friend the tasty treat, I was thankful to God for answering my prayer.  And, my friend enjoyed every single mouthful!

It amazes me how God seems to answer even the smallest prayer requests.  But, He does.  I am truly grateful for this!

After visiting and praying with my friend, I made my way to go worship with a small group I helped out with, for a while prior to me becoming sick, last year.

It was nice to see Pastor Brad Mayer and some of the worshippers I knew at Bible Community Church.  And, I was grateful to have worshipped with them.

Being only a couple blocks from my daughter P's home, I stopped by there to see her for a short visit, before heading home.

All in all, it was a rather busy Lord's day, for me.  But, every minute was worthwhile, as I looked to God for everything! 

How wonderful it is to have a God who loves us.  Who cares enough to even listen and answer the smallest of requests.

As I drove, I thanked Him.  For, He had listened when I prayed.  And, had answered my tiny prayer, in a positive way. 

Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Power of the Cross!

As I've been writing lately on Life with Lynnie (LwL), today on our Lord's day, I will be going to worship.  Just like I normally do on SONday's.

Thinking about worshipping God, makes my heart skip a beat.

How I wish that everyone loved to do this.  After all, where would we be without Him?!

Some people don't realize that we are born, dead. 

We have been born alive, physically.  Even so, our physical birth does not mean we have been spiritually born. 

That doesn't happen until we come to Christ, and accept Him as God's Son, who came to die on a wooden cross for the sin of the world, for the sin of all who will believe.

Thinking about the power that Jesus had, and what He did on the cross at Calvary, made me think of a song I love.  It's called, The Power Of The Cross, sung by Kristyn Getty; written by Keith Getty & Stuart Townendhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowdjLeaCYs  Here are the lyrics:

The Power Of The Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

Chorus:
This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us
What a love! What a cost!

We stand forgiven at the cross.


Yes!  We stand forgiven, at the cross!

Oh, how what Jesus did at the cross showed His power!

Although some people think Jesus was murdered, He was not!

We read the truth in John 10:14-18, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."

How anyone can claim to know about Jesus, yet refuse to see and accept what He did, by dying on the cross for the sin of the whole world... for the sin, of all who will believe, is beyond me.

It's only by believing upon/trusting in Jesus Christ, that we become born-again.  And, become forgiven for all our sin.  After all, we are saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone).

How grateful I am that I am saved!

Are you saved?  Have you come to Christ, yet?

God gave us freewill.  And, through this, we can either accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and be thankful, or we can die in our sin and spend eternity in Hell.

The choice is yours.


Until next time...

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

War of Words?

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about a lawsuit being filed against the Ambassador Bridge Company (Bridge Co.). 

You'll be happy to know that this will be the last day I write about this issue.  At least, for a while!

As I wrote about yesterday, the lawsuit was not filed by the group that my daughter P and I belong to.  The group fighting the government about the boarded-up houses problem in P's area.

The lawsuit was filed by those who own property on Indian Road, here in my city, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Here is a link to an article published by The Windsor Star entitled, War of words erupt as bridge company responds to $10M Indian Road lawsuithttp://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/08/21/bridge-company-responds-to-10-million-indian-road-lawsuit/

In case you can't access the link that has photos, I decided to reprint it, here.  It says:

The Ambassador Bridge blamed the City of Windsor on Wednesday for blocking the demolition of more than 100 vacant bridge-owned properties in the west end.
The bridge, responding to a $10-million lawsuit filed by neighbouring homeowners, accused the city of using residents as “pawns” in its efforts to prevent construction of a  twin span.
The city, led by Mayor Eddie Francis, “has tried very hard to stop any improvements near the Ambassador Bridge,” the bridge said in a statement.
“Hypocritically the city government has continued to demolish structures and close roads to improve the city-owned tunnel (a $30-million plaza expansion) at taxpayer expense. We say this is unfair treatment.
“The residents near the Ambassador Bridge have been pawns in an attempt to handicap the bridge and prevent us from ever building a replacement bridge.”
Bridge president Dan Stamper told The Star Wednesday he hopes conversations with city officials can end the showdown and find a solution that will satisfy neighbouring residents.
“The lawsuit identifies what has been going on for a long time,” he said. “It’s time for the city and the bridge to get together to fix this issue and stop struggling with each other. This may end up being a good thing.
“The problem is the mayor has made it clear he wants us to drop efforts to build a second span and they will approve the houses coming down,” Stamper said. “We cannot do that. We have obligations. We think we can open the doors to do good stuff for the community. We want to pinpoint how that can happen.”
A lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court by lawyer Harvey Strosberg is seeking $10 million in punitive damages — described as the largest amount in Canadian history — on behalf of homeowners on Indian Road and Rosedale Avenue.
The homeowners allege that the bridge purchased dozens of homes in the area, boarded them up and left them to rot, turning the neighbourhood into a “slum.”
The bridge company has 20 days to file a legal statement in response to the lawsuit and Stamper said its lawyers will do so.
“We will clarify the facts that are wrong,” he said. “We will defend the lawsuit.”
Strosberg said the bridge company, owned by Michigan billionaire Matty Moroun, should have kept the 120 homes occupied and in good condition until it received government approvals to expand its operations and build a twin span.
Ignoring their upkeep is a violation of the city’s building code and property standards bylaw, he said.
The lawyer bristled Wednesday at the bridge company’s attempt to deflect responsibility for the Indian Road controversy.
“Even today (the bridge company) doesn’t realize it has an obligation to conform to the Windsor minimum standard bylaws,” he said. “They have an obligation to restore these houses. Every day that goes by, the company will pay for its continued nuisances. We will soldier on and not surrender to its media strategy.
“I look forward to seeing Dan Stamper, Matty Moroun and (the bridge company) in a court room in front of a jury. The sooner, the better.”
City solicitor George Wilkki said the bridge’s attempt to blame the city has already been rejected by the courts.
In 2011, Superior Court Justice Richard Gates ruled the city’s actions to block demolition were not “conspiratorial.”
He ruled the city’s community improvement plans and heritage studies which partially prevented demolition on Indian, Rosedale and other nearby streets were years in the making and reflected good public policy.
“These allegations are old news,” Wilkki said. “They are rehashing that this is all the city’s fault, but it’s not the city’s fault. The blight is caused by 120 houses boarded up by” the bridge company.
“There was neither blight nor abandoned houses in the area until the company started buying them.”

Sigh... I guess you can tell it's quite a problem.

How grateful I am that some of the issues I wanted to write about, were addressed in that article.

I agree that the Bridge Co. should not have purchased properties prior to obtaining governmental permission to expand the Ambassador Bridge plaza and obtain permission to build a second (2nd) span.

However, I am aware of at least one case where a homeowner proceeded without permission and the City of Windsor did not treat the homeowner the way they have treated the Bridge Co.   The homeowner was not punished for proceeding with their desire to build, before permission was granted and permits were issued, even though they violated building laws.

So, I'm not sure they are truly treating the Bridge Co. the way they have treated others.

Since I had attended one of the first (1st) meetings held in Windsor, about the issue of a new border crossing, I believe I knew from the get go that the Bridge Co. would have a problem.
 
At that meeting, I heard that all other border crossings in our Province of Ontario, are owned and managed by our government, except the Ambassador Bridge, here in Windsor.  It was discussed, by those who manage those crossings, that the Bridge Co. was charging much more to use the bridge, than any of the other border crossings.

Right from the beginning, I knew that the government wanted to build a bridge that they would have control over.  Unlike the current one, owned and managed by the Bridge Co.

So, it wasn't surprising to me that our local municipal government was refusing to allow the Bridge Co. do to anything that would improve the current border crossing.  In my opinion, the City of Windsor was either working hand in hand with our higher levels of government, or being directed by them, as to how they were to handle the situation.

Just so you know, it was around that time when I e-mailed and submitted a suggestion to utilize an unused rail tunnel, to create a system similar to the Chunnel, being used between England and France.  My suggestion would have allowed trucks and/or anyone who wanted to use the system, to drive onto a train, shut off their engines (no pollution, this way!), and be safely railed through the tunnel to the USA and/or back again, with no vehicle collisions.

At that time, my idea was rejected.  However, I recently heard that our government is now considering this idea.  It would cut down on traffic jam ups, and allow for safe crossing without pollution, as I mentioned earlier.

In any case, right from the beginning, I realized that even though the Bridge Co. had purchased homes and properties in the area my daughter P lives in, they would not be able to use them for the purpose they intended.

No way would the City of Windsor support this, when our Ontario government and even our Canadian Federal government wanted a new border crossing.

So, in my opinion, I believe our various levels of government contributed to the problem at hand.

Which clearly tells me that the problem the residents have been facing has more to do with the government, than with the Bridge Co.

Why?

Well, you see... when the Bridge Co. acquired those homes, they had an obligation to keep them in good condition, just as the article above states.  If they weren't kept in good condition, our local municipal government had an obligation to ensure the Bridge Co. followed our city regulations.

At our group meetings, I brought up this issue several times.  And, even though our group confronted our Mayor and city council, nothing was ever done.

If you owned a home in another area of Windsor, and let it fall into decline, a work order would be issued.  The owner would have to repair the property to bring it up to standards.  Or, tear it down.

In my opinion, this is where our local municipal government let our people down.  They elected to not issue any work orders for any of the dilapidated boarded-up homes.

So, who is to blame for the problem?  In my opinion, both the City of Windsor and the Bridge Co. 

However, I must say that the majority of blame should be placed on the City of Windsor, for they indeed did what the article states.  They allowed the residents and property owners of the area in question, to be used as pawns in this problem.  And, to suffer, in many ways.

The City of Windsor did not do what they are legally compelled to do.  Place work orders on properties that are in disrepair.

The thing that hurts me most, isn't the political controversy.  The thing that hurts me most, is realizing that not the Bridge Co., nor any level of our government has cared about the plight of those affected. 

Neither put God first.  If they had, the people affected would not have been hurt.  The issues that caused all the trouble would have been peacefully resolved.

Even so, God will deal with them.  Just as He told us He would in Amos 4:6-13, "And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name."

It's heartbreaking to me, that even though God has allowed nasty things to happen, no one has returned to God.  Not the Bridge Co.  Not our government.  And, not even some of the people, affected.

Yes, we need to speak up, as God told us to.  Yes, we need to do whatever we can to have issues resolved.  But, ultimately, God will deal with the issues.

It's heartbreaking to me that there are many who will have to suffer, because God allows people to have freewill.  But, this is what God has granted us.

No matter what man does, God is in control.  Not me.  Not you.  Not anyone.  Just Him.  Always.

Until next time...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Pleading...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I posted an article that was published by The Windsor Star about a year ago.

You may wonder why I used that article in yesterday's LwL entry.  I'll explain it in a moment.

Before I get to the heart of the matter, I would like to let you know that I actually had that entry more than half written, about a year ago. 

You see, my blogger account has what I call a back office.  It's a place where I can write entries and save them for future use.  There's more to the back office, but that's information for another time.

The important thing to note, is that I had mostly written yesterday's LwL entry, a year ago.

That was at a time when both my daughter P and I were asked to not create too much of a disturbance, regarding the boarded-up houses issue, by the leaders of the group we were members of.  The group was fighting various levels of government to have the boarded-up houses demolished.

Just as I had prophesied from the beginning, once the controversy concerning the new bridge that our government wanted built in a new location, and once all the I's had been dotted and T's crossed by both the Canadian and American governments to allow the construction of the bridge, it seemed that things quietened down concerning the Ambassador Bridge Company (Bridge Co.).  And, it being prevented from increasing the bridge plaza area to the extent they had hoped to.

Even while I was recovering from one of my surgeries, P and I attended a meeting where a representative of the Bridge Co. asked our group for suggestions as to what to do with the boarded-up houses that had originally been purchased thinking that the bridge plaza would be increased in size, along with a new span built. 

I did e-mail the Bridge Co. on P and my behalf, with a suggestion for the properties in question to be given to Habitat for Humanity (HfH). After all, if the Bridge Co. didn't really want to carry on with the issue that was hurting the area's residents, this seemed like a good idea.

Especially since, we presumed that if the properties were no longer owned by the Bridge Co., the City of Windsor, would probably grant demolition permits and allow new construction of residential housing.

Just so you know, the Bridge Co. was later given permission to enlarge the bridge plaza area.  Just not enough to utilize the land where all the boarded-up houses are located.

Why am I telling you all this?

It's because a new development has happened.  There is a new law suit that has been filed.

The group we are members of, is not who filed the law suit.  Apparently, owners of property affected by the boarded-up houses on Indian Rd. is who has done this. 

There's another reason I'm speaking up to this regard.

It's because some people have condemned me for speaking up.  Some people don't believe that we Christians should ever involve ourselves in controversial or political issues.

But, I don't agree. 

I believe we need to speak up.  After all, God told us so, in Proverbs 31:8-9, "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."

Wow!  Did you read that? 

We need to open our mouths.  We need to judge righteously.  And, we need to plead the cause of the poor and needy.

How grateful I am that God has given me wisdom.  How grateful I am that the Holy Spirit leads me... and guides me to do what is right.

Thank You, Lord... for loving me.  And, others.

Thank You, Lord for loving us enough to die on the cross at Calvary, for the sin of the whole world, of all who will believe upon You.

If you are not trusting in Jesus, I feel badly for you. 

Why?  Well, because those who are not believing upon/trusting in Jesus will not be saved from an eternity in Hell. 

How can you avoid spending eternity in Hell?  Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dilapidated Houses?

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for quite a while, you'll know that I wrote about the boarded-up houses problem, on Windsor, Ontario, Canada's west side.  Over near the bridge, where one of my daughters lives.

Although, I must admit that I didn't write often or much about the issue here on LwL, because I didn't want to be accused of interfering in the issue.  But, my Facebook (FB) friends sure know how I felt about it.

Almost a year ago, on p. A2 of The Windsor Star, Thursday, August 23, 2012, this article was posted:

Dilapidated houses on city's hit list

Four more dilapidated Windsor properties have a date with the wrecking ball after city council approved the latest batch of demolition orders for derelict structures.
"Most councillors would like to see more of them demolished," Ward 4 Coun. Alan Halberstadt told The Star.
The four rundown and longvacated homes are at 546 Aylmer Ave., 872 Chatham St. E., 1503 Hickory Rd. and 1010 Wyandotte St. W.
It was just nine months ago that city council approved amendments to Windsor's property standards bylaw, which included adoption of a "blight mitigation strategy" that included a death list compiled by the building department of residential structures defined as derelict, meaning they have been abandoned for more than two years or damaged by fire, storm "or other catastrophic event" and considered beyond repair.
Windsor's chief building official, Lee Anne Doyle, said about eight of the worst derelict homes have been demolished and cleared since last year's toughening of the bylaw, and the current active list totals 32 city properties, including a number in the shadow of Caesars Windsor downtown.
"We've got some catching up to do," said Doyle. Until council approved the bylaw amendments last November, the situation "had to be extreme" before the city would actually move in with the bulldozers.
Putting up with derelict buildings doesn't come cheap, and all four of the latest properties share a "substantial history" of complaints to city bylaw officials, according to a city hall report. Collectively, the four properties sparked more than 200 visits by city inspectors and bylaw enforcement officers over less than the past decade.
Doyle couldn't say that enforcement may have cost taxpayers, but each visit would have normally equated to three hours of administrative staff time, which means less time for other duties.
Doyle said a report is being prepared for the 2013 city budget session which will look at charging property owners for bylaw and property standards enforcement.
Generally, derelict properties are those in which the owner has walked away. The four properties about to be demolished collectively owe about $25,000 in unpaid taxes and late penalties.
With the owners ignoring city orders and apparently walking away from their properties, city taxpayers will be on the hook for the demolition costs, which in the case of the current four on demolition row add up to about $38,000 based on contractor quotes supplied to the city.
Ridding Windsor of residential blight makes for "a more attractive city ... and a safer one too," said Doyle. Derelict buildings can attract vandals and firebugs.
Halberstadt said he's regularly advised by constituents on candidates for the blight list, and he's got his eyes on an apartment building in the 1400 block of Cataraqui Street he said has stood vacant at least the past six years.
Doyle said councillors or any citizen is welcome to report blight and that her inspectors would investigate. She said the blight list is already being updated for a report to council later this year.
dschmidt@windsorstar.com or 519-255-5586

Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Dilapidated+houses+city+list/7131426/story.html#ixzz24QapJhJT

You may be wondering why this is an important article to me.  Well, it has to do with the fact that the City of Windsor seems to be treating some people better than others.

After all, in my daughter's area, there are still 130 boarded-up homes. 

Yes, you read correctly.  130 boarded-up homes.  And, they are not all together.  There are occupied homes in the midst of this horrid and dangerous area.

How would you like to live in the midst of this:

View of a few of the 6 boarded up homes near my daughter P's home
 
No words need to be said; the pic says it all...
 
In her area, housing prices have been drastically reduced, due to this problem.  But, that is not the only issue that is a problem.

Those who live amidst this problem do not live in as safe an environment as our mayor and his family does.  Nor, the elected councillors and their families.  And, any other government representatives.

In my opinion, the above article proves that the City of Windsor, has no care or concern for anyone who lives and/or owns property in that area. 

Why do I think this?  Well, read the article.  It speaks about properties in other of Windsor's areas, that are being demolished. 

Yet, the City of Windsor, refuses to deal with the problem on Windsor's west side.

It turns my stomach and breaks my heart thinking that people who possibly elected them, but definitely taxpayers who financially support them, are being hurt and their elected officials do not even care.  If they did, this problem would have been addressed a long time ago. 

It makes me wonder if they even have any idea that they are literally destroying part of our city.  And, the city's reputation, in the public eye. 

Not just to those here in Windsor, but anywhere and with anyone reading about this problem.  Or, for those who may be considering relocating to our city. 

After all, even if they are not looking to live in this area, they can see the bigger picture... that when there is a major problem that occurs, the City does nothing.  And, people suffer.

Don't they realize that they are tearing apart our city and dividing the people?

Thinking about this reminded me of Matthew 12:25, "And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:"

It seems none of these elected officials care in the least about the taxpayers, who live in the area near the Ambassador Bridge.

Please know that I do not hate those who have power and authority.  Although I detest what they have done and are still doing, by doing nothing to end this problem, I feel badly for them. 

After all, everyone, including them, will have to stand before Christ in the day of judgement.  And, they will have to answer for how they have hurt people.

In the meantime, all I can say is that even though I have forgiven those involved, I will never trust any of them.  And, I will never vote for any of those elected people who have uncaring hearts.

Even so, I pray for them, just as I do others. 

That's all I can do.  The rest is up to God.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Strength? Strength!!

After reading yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, a Facebook (FB) friend of mine L, commented that it was a good cliff-hanger.

I realize that L thought I was leading people on to wonder about what the surgeon in Las Vegas (LV), Nevada, USA told me.  This truly was not the case.

The fact is, that I have put off even discussing what the LV surgeon told me, because I believe it might harm my situation with being approved by the Toronto surgeon.  The one that I will see for consultation, at the end of August.

In my heart, I would love to discuss the issue, here on LwL. 

If I was able to do this, it would certainly prove that I truly need prayer.  Of course, I know some of you have been praying for me.  And, I thank you.  May God bless you.

However, what I heard from the LV surgeon set off a myriad of emotions for me, once again.

It's not easy to deal with a serious trial in life, like the one I'm facing.  Especially, when a person feels like they've been slapped silly.

I must admit, that after seeing the LV surgeon, I was happy.  Then, sad... upset... angry... frustrated... and totally unable to focus on what I should do.

Even at the airport, while waiting for the plane to arrive, so I could board, I found myself feeling all those emotions. 

One minute, I was fine.  Calm.  The next, I felt sick to my stomach, just thinking about what I had heard.  Anger set in.  Tears flowed, from time to time.  There were moments, when I truly felt like I was falling apart. 

When all is said and done, I must admit I am thankful that truth was revealed to me.  Even if it is frustrating and hurtful to me, in some ways.

Please bear with me, my friend. 

I'm not trying to hide the info from you.  I am just trying to protect myself from any adverse development, concerning my health problem.

Since you don't know what I am referring to, I realize you truly cannot understand.  But, God does.  For this, I am thankful.  And, I am thankful that He answered some of my prayer requests.

He is my Lord, who loves me... and you.

So, I praise God that He is helping me through each and every day.  And, I will continue to trust Him.

Just as He told us in Isaiah 26:4, "Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:"

How I praise God for His everlasting love and strength that He provides me.  And, you... if you belong to Him.

How thankful I am, that He makes a way where there isn't one.  Not just for things to happen in our lives, but also to assist us in living each and every day.

He is my strength, and my salvation.  Without Him, I know I could not handle this deplorable situation. 

So, I thank You, Lord.  And look to you, for everything in my life.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

That's How!

Recently, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote about my business trip to Milton, Ontario, and beyond.

I also wrote about how I visited a couple of friends.  Truth be told, there were other friends I would like to have visited, but wasn't able to do so.  Hopefully, God will provide another occasion for this!

Until my friend and ex-coworker C mentioned my Bucket List (BL), I hadn't even thought about creating one.  Even though I had arranged to travel elsewhere.

Some people might think that it was on my BL to go visit my cousin in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, but as I said earlier, I didn't really have a BL.

My cousin E and I have had numerous telephone conversations.  Especially, since we had discussed the fact that I needed to find a surgeon, somewhere.

It was E who had suggested quite a while ago, for me to search out a possible surgeon, in USA.  And, I did search... for many, many hours.

Once I found one in Las Vegas (LV), I called her about it, and she checked him out, as best she could.  We had some discussions about my need and about this surgeon.

I had long since decided he was a possibility for me, should I not find a surgeon here in the Province of Ontario (PO).

Not to change the subject, but I must let you know something else that led up to my flying to LV.

Not too long ago, I realized that I needed to either use my Delta (D) points, or add to them.  When Northwest Airlines (NWA) was still around, I had accumulated many points; points that were never lost over time.

However, once D took over NWA, the programme changed.  With D, your points only stay with you two (2) years; if you don't use them, or add to them, you lose them.  You may or may not recall that a couple of years ago, I flew to Chicago, with a friend, to keep my points, at that time.

When it occurred to me that I needed to fly somewhere, I praised God for reminding me of this!  Especially, since I knew I only had a short window of opportunity to go somewhere; after all, I am awaiting surgery, and cannot schedule too far in advance.

Being on D's e-mail list, I receive notifications on weekly air specials.  It seemed at the time, that Pittsburgh (P), PA was the special available.

I searched out on Frommer's (F) what there was to see and do there, knowing that I wouldn't be there very long, and don't really have an extended amount of energy.  Of course, I checked out accommodation, as well.

After I had done this research, I enjoyed another phone conversation with my cousin E.  I told her what I planned to do.

E suggested that if I flew to LV, I could arrange an appointment with that surgeon we had discussed.

In my mind, I had envisioned seeing the LV surgeon, only if I couldn't arrange one in my PO.  But, after some discussion with E, I realized it might be wise to see him, before I ran out of PO options.

And, she volunteered to pick me up at the LV's McCarran Airport, and drive me to her home in LHC, about a two and a half to three (2 1/2 - 3) hour drive each way, as well as to my surgeon's appointment.

After a few seconds silence on my part, being rather shocked hearing this, I thanked her for her loving suggestion.  And, I let her know I would look into it and get back to her. 

To be honest, it was the most wonderfully surprising invitation I had received in a long time.  Thank you, E!  How grateful I am to you, for everything!  May God bless you...

Well, that's how it came about. 

I arranged an appointment to meet with the LV surgeon, arranged my airfare and let my cousin E know that we would be able to celebrate with each other, with a loving visit!

Knowing that within a few hours, everything fell into place, I realized that not only does God know the plans He has for us, as I wrote about in the past, but He also purpose in everything.

Just as He told us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

Believe me when I say that I know for sure that God had a purpose in my flying to LV.

How grateful I am to Him, for providing for me, in every way.  Thank You, Lord! 

I feel blessed.  Even if I am facing the most difficult trial of my life.


Until next time...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

The Hour Cometh...

Yesterday, being our Lord's Day, as I mentioned I would here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I went to worship with a church group.

It was a different group than where I had worshipped and told you about over the past few months.  But, in fact, it's a church group that I worshipped with in the past.

More than 19 years ago, was the last time I worshipped with them.  You probably haven't guessed correctly, even though I wrote about how I worshipped there, when I first returned to live in Windsor.

The Salvation Army (SA).

Recently, a Facebook (FB) friend contacted me.  Of course, over the time I've been using FB, I've had many FB friends contact me.  Usually, we chat.

This FB friend was a little different.  He lives, here in the city I live in.  Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

During some of our discussions, I mentioned that I have been worshipping with various groups, as of late.  He mentioned that he's also looking around, even though he had been worshipping with the SA for a while.

We agreed to worship together at SA, yesterday.

There are two (2) locations, here in Windsor.  We met for the 10:30 a.m. service, at the South Windsor Citadel.

When I walked into the building, I was absolutely floored.  lol  I suppose the word floored, could have a double meaning, here.

You see, the last time I had worshipped with this group, in the spring of 1994, the sanctuary was much smaller.  In fact, it seemed to be about double the size, yesterday!

And, there seemed to be more people gathered to worship than I had recalled seeing, in the past.  I praised God for this!

Of course, over the years, growth in the family of worship isn't really something to be surprised at. 

At least, that's the way I feel about it.  Especially, since it seems to me that those who are not truly believers in Christ, seem to be falling away.  Or, worshipping with religious groups where false teaching/preaching, happens. 

In my opinion, true believers want to have a place to worship where they will hear God's truth in the preaching/teaching.

After all, God told us so, in John 4:23, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."

I must admit, I was very happy to have gone and worshipped at the Citadel, with my FB friend.

The preaching was wonderful!  I felt truly blessed, being able to worship with that committed group of believers.

It never ceases to amaze me, how God works all things together for good, to those who are the called, according to His purpose.  In other words, just as He told us He would do, for those who belong to Him.

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, today is the day when you need to come to Him. 

We are not guaranteed, tomorrow.  Tomorrow, may be too late.

Accept Christ, and repent... of your sin.

Then, He will bless you, beyond belief.


Until next time...

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Heart's Desire...

As I've mentioned here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) in the past, God places music on my heart and mind.  Or, possibly it may be that my inner soul is worshipping Him, even during my sleep time.

Whatever the case, the end result is the same.  Music in my soul exits my body, either through thoughts, prayer, or aloud through singing.

Today, being Sonday, I will go to church.  And, will worship my Lord.  After all, it is our Lord's day!

Like normal, more than one piece of music invaded my thoughts this week.  But, the one I chose to focus on is entitled, As The Deer

Here is a link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bJGFX5O6Ns.  And, here are the lyrics:

As The Deer

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee

I want you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee


One reason I adore this song, is because it is a direct reflection of scripture.

While As The Deer was written by Martin J. Nystrom, the basis for the lyrics was Psalm 42:1, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."

My soul panteth after thee, O God!

You are in my thoughts day and night.  While awake and asleep.

And, I long to worship thee.  Just as I will do, today when I make my way to meet with fellow believers.

How blessed I feel, being able to do this!  After all, for a while I couldn't drive, due to my ill health, and wasn't able to meet with brothers and sisters in the Lord, for worship.

I thank You, Lord.  For everything in my life.

The good.  The bad.  And the in between.

You are the focus of my life.  For this, I will be eternally grateful.

After all, I will spend eternity with You, in heaven.

You promised this to me, and to all who will believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ.  You promised to save us and provide eternity, with You.

Praise God for this!


Until next time...

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

These Things...

From time to time, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I post photographs.  Just as I did a few days ago. 

Hopefully, you enjoyed seeing those few pics, I posted here on LwL, recently.

When I used my oldie laptop, it was simple.  When I used my now dead newer laptop, it was also simple.  Using my newest laptop, it's difficult.  In fact, I'll say that it is almost impossible!

My oldie laptop used Windows XP.  My now dead newer laptop used Windows 7.  My newest laptop uses Windows 8.

YUCH!!!!  I can't say it loud enough, nor long enough... YUCH!!!!

My camera program worked fine with Windows XP and with Windows 7, but for some reason I couldn't even install the programme in Windows 8. 

At least, I think that's what happened.  But, I might be wrong. 

Every time I try to install the programme, I receive a message that it's installed.  But, when I try to open it, I cannot seem to find out how to access the programme.  And then, it wants to install the programme, again!

This means that I cannot download my photographs from my camera, into my newest laptop computer.

Sigh... 

Over the past few months, I've tried everything I could possibly think of to be able to save my pics on this newest computer.  I'm sure you'll not guess how I've had to do it!

I've actually had to boot up my oldie laptop, and take an extremely long time to save the photos, as it runs extremely slow.  Then, with taking a deep breath and sighing over and over, I've had to e-mail them to myself.  This way, I could then save them to my newest laptop!

When I went to do this with the photos I took when I travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, it literally took me about eight (8) hours to do this.

Why?

Well, once again I had trouble with my internet.  Like I had to do when I arrived home from the hospital in May and found my internet was not working, I once again had to contact Bell Canada and work with the person on the other end of the phone, to sort out the problem.

Why they call it Bell Canada is beyond me.  Especially, since it seems all the techies are in India, not Canada.  It makes me think they should be called Bell India, instead!  lol :)

Talk about feeling frustrated!

Not only did I have to sort out the problem with my provider on my oldie laptop, but also my newest laptop, my larger tablet and my smaller tablet.  We never did get to my cell phone!

After several hours and several calls between John and I, it was decided that he would call me back the next day, to finish doing the work necessary to make all my electronics working correctly.

During the several hours of sorting out the problem, I found it difficult to be cheerful and pleasant.  At one point, I commented about how fed up I am with having repeated problems with the Bell internet system and told their tech representative that I was going to look into obtaining another provider.

Immediately after I made the remark, I found myself being upset with me.  Yes, me! 

The Holy Spirit did His best to convict me of being what some might consider to be... sinful.  Okay, I didn't swear and carry on, but I am sure I must have sounded rather stressed, because as we ended our conversation, John apologized for the problem.

I felt badly, and repented.

After all, we are told in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

God never promised us a rose garden life.  He never promised that we would have easy living and a happy and simple life.

In fact, He told us that we would have tribulation. 

And, all I can say is... He was certainly correct!  At least, in my life!

Even so, I am thankful that Jesus overcame the world.  If He hadn't, I wouldn't be able to, either.

But, because He did, I will be able to, also!  After all, He promised us, this.

And, for this, I praise God!  Hallelujah!


Until next time...

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