Unconvincing Testimony

I received the following in my mail box not to long ago and I thought it was very fitting.

Unconvincing Testimony

For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

                                        —Acts 22:15

There is a large amount of ineffective Christian testimony among us today. Much of it is well-intended, I am sure—honest and sincere. We do the best we can with what we have. But our performance turns out to be something like that of the salesman promoting fountain pens. He tries to make a case for his product, but his would-be customers know he really thinks ballpoints are far more practical.

Too much of our Christian witnessing is unconvincing because we have not been convinced. We are ineffectual because we have not yet capitulated to the Lord from glory. It is like the proselyte making proselytes….

Perhaps this is happening because we are trying to plan how everything should happen. Everyone of us reads a little how-to book on witnessing. We try to do it the way we have been taught. But it is perfunctory and without any contagious element. If angels can weep, they must weep salty tears upon seeing a proselyte who has never really met the Lord making another proselyte who will also never meet the Lord.  

— Tozer on Christian Leadership

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Christmas

Oh No,

I said that word.

You know that word.

Christmas.

It is coming.

The countdown is on…

117 days.

117 days for me to make my family Christmas gifts.

Yes, Make.

Make is the keyword.

That is my hope for this year, to make my family their gifts.

It will accomplish a couple of things,

I can get rid of some of my fabric stash,

It will be frugal.

And I get to make my self sew, or be crafty.

So, watch out for some posts,

Pictures,

and updates.

I am excited.

117 days to Christmas in our new home, which is in a new town, and a new state.

Now,

I wonder if it will snow here on Christmas.

I wonder if I can make it?

Watkins Glen, NY | Ginger Barber Photography, Scenic Photography

In NY, there is this park called Watkins Glen. I could go on forever about this place, but, I will let the pictures speak. I might add in a commentary or 2. If you ever go, bring water, and good … Continue reading

Dwelling in Beulah Land

One of my favorite hymns that will stir me up and cause me to raise my hands up!
Lyrics and Composer: C. Austin Miles, 1911.

Far away the noise of strife upon my ear is falling.
Then I know the sins of earth beset on every hand.
Doubt and fear and things of earth in vain to me are calling.
None of these shall move me from Beulah Land.

I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky.
I’m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry.
O yes! I’m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.

Far below the storm of doubt upon the world is beating.
Sons of men in battle long the enemy withstand.
Safe am I within the castle of God’s Word retreating.
Nothing then can reach me—’tis Beulah Land.

I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky.
I’m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry.
O yes! I’m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.

Let the stormy breezes blow, their cry cannot alarm me;
I am safely sheltered here, protected by God’s hand.
Here the sun is always shining, here there’s naught can harm me.
I am safe forever in Beulah Land.

I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky.
I’m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry.
O yes! I’m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.

Viewing here the works of God, I sink in contemplation.
Hearing now His blessèd voice, I see the way He planned.
Dwelling in the Spirit here I learn of full salvation.
Gladly I will tarry in Beulah Land.

I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky.
I’m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry.
O yes! I’m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.

 Isaiah Chapter 62:4

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

Joel 3:18

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.