135.8 Degrees Below Zero

USA Today — December 11, 2013 report

There’s cold, and then there’s Antarctica cold.  How does a frosty reading of 135.8 degrees below zero sound? Based on remote satellite measurements, scientists recently recorded that temperature at a desolate ice plateau in East Antarctica. It was the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, though it may not get that recognition in the official record book.  A NASA satellite measured that temperature in August 2010; on July 31 of this year, another bone-chilling temperature of -135.3 degrees was recorded.

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James 1: 2-6  “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”

Are you in the middle of a cold, frozen tribulation period in your life?  Or as my youngest daughter told me last night, a huge valley full of trials.  Then, thank your Heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus for the divine magnificent love as He continually prepares us to do His work.  So, worship Him with your life until He receives us into “His Eternal Glory”.  Sending you prayers and blessings in spite of a tribulation of deep freeze.  🙂  ♥Streim

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2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”  AMEN!

As readers of this blog, you have probably noticed by now, I haven’t written much for quite some time.  I like sharing the music on Friday and re-blogging from others who speak Truth.  I’m in a learning phase (for lack of a better way to put it).  Several months back I believed the Lord was leading me to dig deeper into the Word. Buying books to assist me that are heavier than a bag of groceries, etc. The reason:  there is so much twisting and distorting, chopping up and changing and just plain not believing the Holy Bible to be the inerrant breathed out words of God, as given to men to write.  And ya know what, this is among today’s Christianity.  Not atheists or agnostics… people going to “Christian” churches on Sundays; maybe Mondays too and every other day of the week.  They all probably own a Bible they bring to church, then go home put it on the shelf or wherever and don’t pick it up again until the next church visit.  They would rather spend the precious time our Gracious God gives each of us everyday reading Christian best selling authors (I am not going to name any— however I must admit I really want to) or watching tel-evangelists preach (oops I mean speak) to international crowds.  We live in very dangerous times!

The theme of this blog (set-up) will change.  I’ll be back to writing when I know it’s my Lord’s will and not my will.  Please pick up your Bible and dig in.  If you don’t have time — then reschedule something in your life.  There is NOTHING more important than your spiritual health. ♥ Streim

 

and the King will say…

Pastor Begger story

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor of that morning. He walked around outside the church for 30 minutes as the people began arriving for the morning worship service.  While the church folk began arriving for the service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – NO ONE in the church gave him anything, not even pocket change. As he entered the sanctuary he went to sit in the front of the church. Immediately the ushers asked him to sit in the back row. He greeted people as they walked by only to receive glaring stares and dirty looks; as though they were better than him.

As he sat in the back of the church; he listened to the church announcements, several songs from the choir and stood to participate in worship.  Then the elders went up to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him. When he got to the altar, he took the microphone from the elders and paused for a moment then he spoke these words of Jesus written in Matthew 25:34-40

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “

After he recited these words of Jesus, he looked towards the congregation and told them everything he experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples.  When will YOU decide to become disciples?”  He then dismissed service until next week.

As George Whitefield said “A true faith in Jesus Christ will not suffer us to be idle. No, it is an active, lively, restless principle; it fills the heart, so that it cannot be easy till it is doing something for Jesus Christ.”

Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.  Are you part of a gathering… or the Church–the Body of Jesus Christ.  ♥ Streim

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**A dear sister in Christ shared the original story with me. I have edited, revised and adapted it.  I don’t know the original author.**