Happy Anniversary Eydee!

Posted: 12th November 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

5065_1118170007448_2873611_nEydee,

Wow what to say, we made 20 years as of today!

We’ve had our share of ups and down’s,

but you’ve kept your head up, even when mine was down.

Wow, 20 years has gone by so fast, 3 kids, lots of dogs, some horses, even cats.

There has been fun times, hard times, slow times and sad times too, but man am I blessed to have spent them with you.

20 years of blessings you’ve brought to my world, your love, your warm heart, your caring, your laugh. 20 years of “don’t worry Sam I’ve got your back”.

Thank you Eydee for being my wife, I will love you my dear for the rest of my life!

Happy Anniversary Eydee

Posted: 12th November 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

5065_1118170007448_2873611_nEydee,

Wow what to say, we made 20 years as of today!

We’ve had our share of ups and down’s,

but you’ve kept your head up, even when mine was down.

Wow, 20 years has gone by so fast, 3 kids, lots of dogs, some horses, even cats.

There has been fun times, hard times, slow times and sad times too, but man am I blessed to have spent them with you.

20 years of blessings you’ve brought to my world, your love, your warm heart, your caring, your laugh. 20 years of “don’t worry Sam I’ve got your back”.

Thank you Eydee for being my wife, I will love you my dear for the rest of my life!

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him

Posted: 9th November 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

sodom_gomorrahRomans 1:18-32  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  (19)  because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  (20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  (21)  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  (22)  Professing to be wise, they became fools,  (23)  and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  (24)  Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  (25)  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  (26)  For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,  (27)  and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.  (28)  And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,  (29)  being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,  (30)  slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,  (31)  without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;  (32)  and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

A quick note; Death in verse 32 refers to, not worthy to be in the presents of the Lord.. Not that they should be killed..

Are worthy of death. The word death, in the Scriptures, is often used to denote punishment. But it does not mean here that these deserved capital punishment from the civil magistrate, but that they knew they were evil, and offensive to God, and deserving of punishment from his hand. See Joh 8:51; Ro 5:12-19.  From the Albert Barns Commentary…

Hebrews 3:7-9

Posted: 2nd November 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

hardened-heartHebrews 3:7-19  Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,  (8)  DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,  (9)  WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me  BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS.  (10)  “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’;  (11)  AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'”  (12)  Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.  (13)  But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  (14)  For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,  (15)  while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”  (16)  For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?  (17)  And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?  (18)  And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?  (19)  So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Very Interesting (Could be our leaders today)

Posted: 1st November 2014 by Sam McDonald in Topical

thinking-manAs I was reading in Exodus today I came up to this verse in chapter 8. This is about the middle of all the things God was throwing at Pharaoh, and it made me think about me in my life.. Here is the verse.

Exodus 8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

How often do we do this in our own lives? Things get tough, you give it to the Lord, the Lord is faithful, you see some relief and then we decide we can take it from here. Now I know that this verse is not about a believer, and God didn’t harden our hearts, but isn’t that so true that we do just that? That we harden our own hearts by thinking “Ive got this now God, I’ll take it from here”. Just something to think about.

Now here is what I found so interesting. As I dug  a little deeper and was reading commentary I came across this from “The Pulpit Commentary”.

An Egyptian king was not likely, unless exceptionally gifted by nature, to be firm, fixed, and stable in his conduct. Flattered and indulged from infancy, no sooner did he obtain the crown, than he found himself recognized as a divinity by the great mass of his subjects, and regarded as one who “could do no wrong.” Occasionally, he may have been so fortunate as to fall under the influence of a wise counselor, but in general he would have been surrounded by advisers only anxious to please by echoing to him his own wishes and ideas. This Pharaoh—whether he was Menephthah, or any one else—was evidently a weak, impulsive, double-minded monarch. He wavered between good and bad impulses, now inclining one way, now another. He was sure therefore to be unstable in his ways. Similar, though (it may be) less pronounced, instability attaches to all those whose souls are not anchored upon the firm and unchangeable basis of fixed principles. It is fatal to the consistency of a career that a man should be double-minded. No man can serve God and Mammon. There is no fellowship between light and darkness, or between Christ and Belial. A man should make his choice, and not “halt between two opinions.” If Jehovah be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. Shifting, unstable, uncertain, variable souls earn universal contempt, and are powerless to effect anything but their own ruin.

Sound like anyone you know?