Happy New Year – My Toast for 2019

Special thanks to my good friend Shelli Dawdy for the best Happy New Year graphic of all times!

MY TOAST for 2019

The Lord is good; His mercy endureth to all generations.

May you walk in His ways; May you bring a smile to His face;

May you experience His love for you and extend His love to all you know!

Let’s do a new thing together and bring blessings to our land in the here and now.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them: Happy New Year — My Toast for 2019

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Spread Some Love Today and Everyday

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cats, Flowers and Valentine’s Day!

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Recently I got an email reminder to send flowers for Valentines day so I thought I would do that — virtually!  Aren’t they lovely.  I’ve always loved flowers and just for the record, so do my cats.

In fact so much so that I usually keep them in the sink so that when (not if) Peaches pulls at the flowers and they fall over, I can fix them rather easily.

Yes, you learn these things after a few occurrences!

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True to form. Here she goes for the flowers. Good thing I’m a trained cat parent and the flowers are in the sink!

Guarding the flowers -- notice the ears!  And you thought they were yours...

Guarding the flowers — notice the ears!

So send some flowers, share some love and have a Happy Valentine’s Day —

Oh yes, and don’t forget to pet the cat!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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A Layman’s Commentary on The Revelation of Jesus Christ now available on Scribd

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary

(now available on Scribd to read/download/share)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary  Collection of All Chapters

Cover Art:

Revelation 19 © 2006 by Rex & Carleen Morache • All Rights Reserved

Website: www.mark4.org (see God Parts section)

King of Kings and Lord of Lords painting used with permission for —

A Layman’s Commentary

on

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

(As Recorded by the Beloved Disciple John)

 Jesse C. Jones

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God.  It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation.  Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches.  This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation.  I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook.  No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation.  This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy.  Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming.  This was something totally new to me.  I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different.  Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth.  What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding.  Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men.  My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world.  In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

Shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author’s request and with his permission.   She has known Jesse and his family most of her life and loves him dearly.  It is indeed an honor to share his work and publish it on scribd for him so that many more can read and share and get to know the One who is coming back soon.  The time may be short — be ready!  Special thanks to Rex and Carleen Morache for permission to use their King of Kings painting on the cover.

Cover Page Artwork Revelation Commentary

Summary Revelation Commentary

TOC Revelation Commentary

Preface Revelation Commentary

Introduction to Revelation Commmentary

Chapter 01 – Revelation Commentary Christ Appears to John

Chapter 02 – Revelation Commentary Letter to the Church at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira

Chapter 03 – Revelation Commentary The Church at Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicia

Chapter 04 – Revelation Commentary John’s Vision of Heaven +

Chapter 05 – Revelation Commentary The Book of Judgment

Chapter 06 – Revelation Commentary The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse +

Chapter 07 – Revelation Commentary 144,000 Israelites Are Sealed +

Chapter 08 – Revelation Commentary Silence in Heaven +

Chapter 09 – Revelation Commentary The Fifth Angel Sounds +

Chapter 10 – Revelation Commentary The Mystery of God is Finished +

Chapter 11 – Revelation Commentary The Seventh Angel Sounds +

Chapter 12 – Revelation Commentary Satan is Cast Out of Heaven

Chapter 13 – Revelation Commentary The Antichrist and False Prophet +

Chapter 14 – Revelation Commentary The Wrath of God +

Chapter 15 – Revelation Commentary The Seven Vials of God’s Wrath +

Chapter 16 – Revelation Commentary Plagues on the Earth +

Chapter 17 – Revelation Commentary The Great Whore +

Chapter 18 – Revelation Commentary The Fall of Babylon +

Chapter 19 – Revelation Commentary The Marriage of the Lamb +

Chapter 20 – Revelation Commentary Resurrection and judgement +

Chapter 21 – Revelation Commentary A New Heaven and Earth +

Chapter 22 – Revelation Commentary Epilog

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Charity or Love? Happy Valentines Day!

May the Lord fill your heart with His love and meet your every need in the special way that only He can!

May I bring a smile to your face as you remember times we have shared together.

May you always know that you are special to the One who made you and the friends who know you!

May you serve Him all the days of your life and enter into His presence with great rejoicing~

I Corinthinans 13 is sometimes known as the Love Chapter.  May I suggest you read it with the word charity and then read it with the word love.  Ponder which word is more powerful and why.  It is worth a conversation with your loved ones and might even change the way we treat one another if we begin to understand what is contained in the concept of sacrificial love — the kind of love that caused our Creator to offer Himself on our behalf to restore us and make us ‘whole’.  That my friends is true love!

1 Corinthians 13 (KJV)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  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.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Image credit: Special thanks to Crazy-frankenstein.com for the great valentine graphics (upper left)

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross-posted with OKGrassroots

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thanks to my good friend joan (apackof2) for this little gem!

for all my cat loving friends – stay tuned (there are lessons there too!)

blessings all,

sandie

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