Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 29, 2013

The “Affordable” Care Act

Is October 1st our Armaggedon?

The Eagle Has Landed

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The boondoggle called “The Affordable Care Act”, or “Obamacare”, seems destined to be implemented starting with the Healthcare Exchanges on Oct. 1 and complete implementation on Jan. 1, 2014.
The IRS is the government agency charged with overseeing it. What could possibly go wrong? It was revealed yesterday that the IRS can’t account for more than $67 million in funds that has been earmarked for costs associated with the implementation. I realize that $67,000,000 is nothing to Washington. However, if, as the government has asserted, there are over 30 million Americans (and illegal immigrants) who don’t have health insurance, couldn’t we just give each of them $2 mil to pay for their coverage?
The current resident of the White House promised that we could keep our current insurance and premiums would not go up. I don’t know of anyone who has had lower premiums.
The cost…

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Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 29, 2013

Psalm 117:2 – “His lovingkindness is great

Amen!

In His Word

2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!

The Lord’s lovingkindness (mercy, love, steadfast love) is great toward us; and how thankful we should be, because our sin is also great (25:11).  “Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens” (108:4) – sufficient to cover all of our iniquities.  “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him” (103:11).  “Praise the Lord!”

Have a great day in His word!

 

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Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 29, 2013

In the Wilderness

Beautiful poem..

Blogging His Inspirations

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When we are in the wilderness
Do we hear His call?
The call of recognizing our Sin
Being teachable in that moment
That there is something to turn from
Agreeing with Him
That we are frail
Telling Him what we know in our heart is true
That we are fallen
Imperfect in nature
And we have something to confess to Him
We need His Grace everday
His Love so divine
As we admit where we are
Our hearts become tender
Allowing inspection to change behavior
As He shines His Light
In our dark corners of life
Sanctification becomes a reality
Bearing the choicest of fruit
Now this we do not do alone
For he gave us a Helper
The Holy Spirit helps us to accomplish His plan
Giving us strength to press on
As we allow Him to move our hearts
He changes who we are
Filling us with the…

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Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 26, 2013

How can we sing the LORD’s song?

Sitting here at the table this morning, my thoughts continue to go to the family that just lost their son to Leukemia.  I had just read Psalm 137 and thought it was truly a blessing to me.

In this Psalm, the Israelites had been captured and were being exiled to Babylon.  During their journey to Babylon, verse 1 tells us: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.”  The situation is not the same but the emotion is.  The Israelites had just lost their homeland and were being carried off to some foreign land; they were in deep sorrow.  This family has just lost their son to the sting of death, their sorrow is deep also.

Verse 4 of this psalm says: “How can we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land?”  Their captors were demanding them to sing their songs of worship to the LORD.  But they couldn’t bring themselves to do it, their sorrow was so great.  Is this family able to sing songs of joy right now? No.  It is a time of great sadness.

And it is ok to be sad and mourn.  But we can remember the LORD our God, and remember that He alone is faithful to all His promises.  He promises to comfort us in our time of sorrow.  He promises His divine presence to be with us as we go on this journey. How can we sing the LORD’s song? By trusting Him and drawing near, allowing Him to comfort and console us during this sad time.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am almost beyond words with sadness for this family as they have lost their son to the dreaded and hated disease of cancer.  LORD please bring, peace, hope, comfort and strength to all his family and friends this day as they mourn his passing.  Someday we will again be able to sing songs of joy.  Thank you LORD Jesus! In your precious and Holy name, Amen.

Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 25, 2013

Glorify the LORD, in life or death

Being in a small town, it is pretty easy to get to know a lot of people.  Today is a really sad day for our little town of Carlisle.  One of “ours” has passed away.  A young man, just 19 years old, has passed away from Leukemia.  He was well liked and tried to make a difference. Zach knew the LORD and as a believer, he knew ultimately where he would spend eternity.

He was speaking to the leader of our small group bible study one day and they were discussing life.  His comment to our leader Eric went something like this: “I believe that I can glorify the LORD more through my death than through my living”.  Did I mention he was only 19!  Whether in our life or in our dying, our main purpose in this life is to glorify the LORD.  It has taken me almost 60 years to figure that out.  Yet the maturity that this young man showed is incredible.  It didn’t matter if he lived or died because he knew he could bring glory and honor and praise to Jesus either way, but maybe more so in his death.  Wow!

His family and our town are now grieving.  But through this tragedy, may we use it as an opportunity to share the hope we have; that it is found in Jesus Christ alone.

Dear Loving Heavenly Father, Abba we come to you with heavy hearts today.  You have received unto yourself one of our own.  LORD please give us comfort, peace, strength and courage to go on.  We know that Zach is now at peace and with you.  He is safe and no longer suffering.  LORD let not his death be in vain but allow us LORD to minister to those who are grieving this great loss.  May through his death, You dear LORD be glorified.  In the precious, merciful and gracious name of Jesus, Amen.

Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 23, 2013

September 23rd

Today is Larry and my 41st wedding anniversary.  Our granddaughter Baylie asked me how old I was.  So I told her I was 61 and she told me that I am really old!  I love that girl!!

There have been good days, really good days and some excellent days.  And then there have been some bad days, some really bad days and some that well, we really didn’t like.   But through it all, the LORD has made His presence known to us.

His faithfulness to us has allowed us to remain faithful to Him and each other.  The examples He shows us each and every day are our witness on how to live.  So, if any of you out there are struggling in your marriage, if you just look to the LORD and get into the Word, you will find the answers you need.  I found that the closer I stayed to the LORD, my faith and trust were rewarded.

I am so grateful that He chose us to live out what we have learned from Him.  I don’t relish the bad, hard days, but I know they have been for my good.  The most spiritual growth I get, is when I am in the midst of a trial and trust the LORD.

So today dear LORD, I thank you for Larry and his life and our marriage.  I thank you for 41 years of life together.  There isn’t a thing I would change as each and every event has drawn me closer to you and Larry.  Bless our days together for as long as you allow us to stay here on earth.  Amen.

Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 21, 2013

The Strength of God

Anyone out there struggle with having enough strength to get through each day? I do on most days. So when I read this today it really touched my heart. Look how many times the LORD tells us in His Word that He will provide us the strength we need when we come to Him humbly, sincerely and with childlike faith, that He will do what He promises to do.

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Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

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 Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.   My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

 Psalm 29:11
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion    forever.

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Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles…

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Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 20, 2013

TGIF – and it’s not what you think!

Today my mind is not thinking normally.  So when I thought about TGIF, the usual words, “thank goodness it’s Friday” did not come to mind.

It’s weird, my brain and how it works, because sometimes the normal usual things, are usually all turned around.  So when I thought about TGIF this morning, my thought was “Thank God I’m Free”.

Catching up on a lot of your posts and reading the Word, it just kept coming back to me.  I thank you LORD God, I am free from the bonds of sin and slavery to sin.   Thank you Jesus you paid the price for me.  That I stand before the Holy throne of God, clothed in Your Righteousness.  Your Spirit enables me to live free from all those things that used to tie me down and weigh down my spirit.

Yes, I am truly glad it is Friday, but I am extremely grateful that I am free!

Dear LORD Jesus, I can never thank you enough for the price that you paid for a miserable wretch as I, but I am eternally grateful that You did!  Thank God, Thank God, Thank God!  Thank God I’m Free!

Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 17, 2013

Welcome back my dear blog friends!

Praise the LORD, Glory Halleluia!

Your blogs have started coming in to my email!  I have a huge bunch of them so give me a few days to get caught up and I will be back to responding.

Everyone have a great night (or morning, depending on what part of the world you are in) and I look forward to catching up with all of you!!

God is sooooooo good!

Posted by: Toni Sprandel | September 17, 2013

Football and Victory in Jesus

I can hear you all now shaking your heads and wondering how in the world do football and faith have anything in common.  Well, probably in a literal sense, not much.  But when you think about faith and how it grows in our life, it is in stages.  Because I love football, I jotted down some thoughts and put them into “quarters”, just like a football game.

I will call this my 4 quarters of faithful following for a spiritual victory.  Just like any football team, the whole object is to go out there on the field and get a victory!  As one former coach said in a commercial: “You play to win the game!”  Oh how true!  And the really neat thing is, those words are true of our spiritual lives.  In our spiritual lives, we are playing the game of life and sharing our testimony of how the LORD has given us the victory over sin and death.  We who know the LORD Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we have won!!  Praise be to Him!!

But there are many out there, still waiting to hear about the victory we have in Jesus.  As in the game of football, there are things that have to happen, before the game can be won.

1st quarter: In football, meeting in the locker room is not enough to win the game, you have to go out on the field and begin the game.  In a Christian’s life, it is not enough to just go to church on Sunday, hear the message, sing the songs and then just go home, putting behind, everything that was just heard.  We too must engage the enemy and begin the battle to bring the lost to Christ.

2nd quarter:  The game is now underway in football, and mistakes will be made if the players don’t know the rules.  The consequence for not knowing the rules is a penalty.  Thus, it is very important to know the rules.  Spiritually speaking, we too have a rule book, and it’s called the Bible.  If we ever have a question, look in the book, the rule book of life, The Holy Bible.  The penalty for sin is death.  It is very important to know the One who can save us from death and His Name is Jesus, and He’s in the Bible.

Halftime: The teams return to the locker room for a breather.  The coach goes over the first half and details what needs to be done to complete the game for the victory.  For the believer, this relates to a midweek service or small group ministry that meets during the week.  It is a great time to unwind, share issues, have a refresher of the game plan and prepare for the rest of the week.  We can call it the “Coaches Halftime Pep Talk”.  It is our midweek spiritual encouragement.

3rd quarter: When the teams head out after halftime, they have to have all their equipment on to keep them safe during their onfield battle.  We too need all our equipment on to go out and win the war for souls.  Ephesians 6:11 tells us to put on the “full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm”.  Verses 14-19 explain the equipment we need to put on to be able to stand firm and resist the devil and his schemes.

4th quarter: The players on the field are growing weary in their battle.  But one thing that can help is the exhortation of the fans.  The loud cheering of the fans helps to encourage the players.  But the fans can’t go in the game to help, they can only exhort, cheer and encourage the players.  The fans can’t win the game for the team.  The team must do the hard part and play the game.  With the Christian, we can’t afford to be a fan.  We have to be a player and get in the game.  Yes, we can cheer, exhort and encourage other believers in their journey’s, but ultimately, the LORD desires for each of us to be in game.  Each and every believer is necessary to be engaged and competing to bring the lost to Jesus.  The day of His coming is drawing nearer and the end is coming soon, we all need to give our all.

End of game celebration: Celebrating the victory is so sweet.  The football players are jumping up and down and shouting, they are overjoyed, happy and their elation can’t be missed.  To me, this equates to our Sunday morning worship gatherings.  We gather together in celebration at what Jesus has done for us and through us to obtain the victory over sin and death in our lives.  Our worship gatherings should look just like the player’s celebrations; we should be cheering for Jesus, praising and singing joyous songs to LORD.  And for the fully devoted follower of Christ, the final end of the game celebration will be when we are united with Christ in Heaven.  Oh what rejoicing there will be then!

Dear LORD God, we have victory in Jesus, and that is something we should all be cheering about.  But the game is not over just yet, it will only be over when Jesus returns.  Until that moment, we are to stay in the game, impact other lives for Christ,  and do what the LORD has given us to do; bringing the lost, hurt and the broken to Him. Our work is not done and the game is not won, until He comes back.  Come soon LORD Jesus.

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