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Dementia - Seeing through a glass darkly....

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  ~1Corinthians 13.12 KJV ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I came across this article by Dr. Barry York written in 2014 and posted at Gentle Reformation , which I never read until today. If you have a parent/spouse/friend etc. with dementia and you aren't certain of their salvation, please read this. I think you will find it encouraging. It gives me great hope as my father suffered from dementia before his death earlier this year and who assured me he had asked the Lord for forgiveness while being ill. Salvation in a Dementia Ward Walking down the long hospital hallway, I approached the room in the emergency area where they had told me she would be found. As I came near the door, I found a security guard sitting there. He looked at me with sympathy as I identified myself and, with a warning and sad shaking of his head, gave me permission to enter.

'An honorable legacy for their descendants'

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  Originally posted on Facebook  June 11, 2020 : While researching my family tree I found that many of my ancestors in the South actually fought for the North - in fact, some had to leave Tennessee and relocate in Missouri after the War. But removing historical monuments and statues, plus banning the Confederate flag is a blatant attempt to rewrite history. Why do this? I'm proud of the adversity my ancestors experienced as it made them better people and is an honorable legacy for their descendants. ~ Angela (Somers) Wittman These sentiments are still true today. Plus, I have always admired Gen. Grant - probably due to his St. Louis connection which is where I grew up; and while reading his memoirs I am impressed with his Christian ethics in private, as well as influencing his war ethics and public endeavors. So while I cannot say that General Grant knew the Lord as his personal savior, it is apparent he had a Christian worldview and acknowledged the Providence of God in historical

Hope and Comfort for Uvalde, Texas

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By Angela Wittman "Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.  ~Psalm 30, Verse 5 (NKJV) "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. ~Romans 12, Verse 15 (NKJV) As Christians, we are called to offer hope to a dying world and that hope is Jesus Christ. We are to pray, show compassion and to weep with the brokenhearted. But as followers of Christ, we also know with certainty that we have a Christian hope to be reunited with our loved ones who have died in the Lord, and that hope is to be shared with those grieving.  I sincerely pray that we will be lights shining in this dark world and that we will rise to the occasion by offering comfort and the blessed hope only found in Christ Jesus. News Links:  Outrage at Shooting Uvalde, Texas  (Veritas Domain - The Domain for Truth) SBTC dispatches ministers in wake of Uvalde elementary school shooting  (Baptist Press) Gunman Kills 19 Children in Texas School Rampage  (AP - CBN)  19 Students, 2 Adult

Wisdom from Elisabeth Elliot: "Let Me Be a Woman"

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Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot "This is what I understand to be the essence of femininity. It means surrender. Think of a bride. She surrenders her independence, her name, her destiny, her will, herself to the bridegroom in marriage. ... The first woman was made specifically for the first man, a helper, to meet, respond to, surrender to, and complement him. God made her from the man, out of his very bone, and then He brought her to the man. When Adam named Eve, he accepted responsibility to “husband” her—to provide for her, to cherish her, to protect her. These two people together represent the image of God—one of them in a special way the initiator, the other the responder. Neither the one nor the other was adequate alone to bear the divine image. God put these two in a perfect place and—you know the rest of the story. Eve, in her refusal to accept the will of God, refused her femininity. Adam, in his capitulation to her suggestion, abdicated his masculine responsibility f

Encouragement for Today: 'Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.'

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Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. ~ Psalm 90, vs.1 (KJV) Don't underestimate the power of God working through small rural churhes; I remember as a new believer thinking we should be building mega churches to glorify the Lord. But that view has changed down through the years as the good Lord placed me in several small congregations. I'm presently in a small Baptist church near my home in the Missouri Ozarks. We might have had a dozen or so worshippers this past Lord's Day and while we were but a few in attendence, the pastor preached a powerful sermon on Psalm 95. It's a message I will always treasure in my heart. Be encouraged to know God is at work even in unassuming small places. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Psalm 95 (KJV) O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3 For the Lord is a great God, and

Encouragement for today: 'Look and Live'

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 Today's post is from CH Spurgeon's Daily Checkbook which is Featured at Sermon Audio . It's quite appropriate for me this morning as I grieve and hate my sinfulness... But, I belong to a risen Savior who has born my sin and made me clean. I will join Mr. Spurgeon and look to Christ this morning. - Angela Wittman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shalt come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live" — Numbers 21:8 This is a glorious gospel type. Jesus, numbered with the transgressors, hangs before us on the cross. A look to Him will heal us of the serpent-bite of sin; will heal us at once -- "When he looketh upon it, he shall live." Let the reader who is mourning his sinfulness note the words -- "Everyone that looketh upon it shall live." Every looker will find this true. I have found it so. I looked to Jesus and lived at once,

Encouragement for today: "He blesseth the habitation of the just" - C.H. Spurgeon

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  That house is most blest in which the master and mistress are God-fearing people; but a son or daughter or even a servant may bring a blessing on a whole household. The LORD often preserves, prospers, and provides for a family for the sake of one or two in it, who are "just" persons in His esteem, because His grace has made them so. - C.H. Spurgeon From Today's Daily Checkbook : Home Blessings "He blesseth the habitation of the just" — Proverbs 3:33 He fears the LORD, and therefore he comes under the divine protection even as to the roof which covers himself and his family.  His home is an abode of love, a school of holy training, and a place of heavenly light. In it there is a family altar where the name of the LORD is daily had in reverence. Therefore the LORD blesses his habitation.  It may be a humble cottage or a lordly mansion; but the LORD's blessing comes because of the character of the inhabitant and not because of the size of the dwelling.  That