Friday, November 23, 2012

— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), "A" Angels I Have Found — "A" Two Questions

Posted in respect for Aphabe- Thursday's Letter "A"
(please note that we have finished
doing A-Z posts and are starting over)

"A" is for Angel, this week for Angels I have found.

"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the
Son of man that you visit him? For you have
made him a little lower than the angels."
- Psalm 8:4-5

This one in the picture does not have a name but stands behind our couch, year in, year out as she guards our wooden Nativity Scene characters.  We purchased this nativity set in Bethlehem, Israel, back in 1980.  You are only seeing the part of it that we now display as it has many other pieces including a manger and a lot of other animals and figures.

This angel might be called "The Angel of Our Home" as she is always out on display.  We bought her several years back in Fredericksburg, Texas.  She is ceramic and has some handwritten information on the bottom.  Except the writing has faded so badly that it cannot be read.

Our 'home angel' was on loan a few years back to a lady who was in Hospice.  She agreed that Mrs. Jim could place the angel sitting on her dresser.  At that time our friend was not a Christian but became one before she died.  The thought of having angels watching over her (not necessarily this angel) may have influenced her decision. Many of her friends had been praying for this. 

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On October our pastor preached a sermon on angels.  It was the first part of a series on the supernatural.  He follows his sermons with related e-mailed devotionals for the rest of the week.

Of angels, he related that there are 25 things, general facts from the Bible, to know about angels: (you could looks some of these up if you'd like to learn more)
Angels are glorious (Luke 9:26),
immortal (Luke 20:36),
powerful (2 Thes. 1:7),
spirit beings (Psa. 104:4),
not demons (Acts 23:8), and
limited in knowledge (Mark 13:32).
Angels are higher than man (Psa. 8:5),
in need of no rest (Rev. 4:8),
can eat food (Gen. 18:8),
can be both visible and invisible (Num. 22:22, John 20:12), and 
operate in material realms (2 Sam. 24).
They travel at supernatural speed (Rev. 8:13),
can speak (1 Cor. 13:1), and
are not to be worshiped (Col. 2:18).
Angels are organized (Col. 1:16),
innumerable (Heb. 12:22),
are subject to God (Matt. 22:30), and
are interested in the affairs of man (1 Pet. 1:12).
They watch after God's children (1 Cor. 4:9),
can cook (1 Kings 19:5),
wear garments (John 20:12), and
appear unexpectedly (Heb. 13:2).
Angels have been tested (1 Tim. 5:21),
dwell in heaven (Rev. 12:12), and
stand before God (2 Chron. 18:18).
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Angels are busy beings, with at least 26 specific tasks. Some of those are as follows:
Angels guard heaven's gates (Rev. 21:12),
execute judgment (Gen. 19:2),
rule nations (Dan. 10:13-21),
sing and worship (Rev. 5:11),
direct preachers (Acts 8:26),
appear in dreams (Matt. 1:20-24),
bind Satan (Rev. 20:3),
guard the abyss (Rev. 9:1),
protect saints (Psa. 34:7), and
separate the good from the bad (Matt. 16:27).
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Angels also will accompany Christ at his second coming (Matt. 16:27),
give laws (Acts 7:53),
guard the tree of life (Gen. 3:24),
give revelations (2 Kings 1:15), and
bring answers to prayer (Dan. 9:21-23).
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The apostles were imprisoned for preaching the truth as related in Acts 5. But the angel of God stood in. The angel opened the doors of prison and told the apostles to keep preaching, Acts 5:19. They did, and the world was changed as a result
The Book of Acts has other accounts of angels in the church:
An angel directed Philip as to where he should preach (Acts 8:26).
An angel directed Cornelius to a preacher where he could hear the Good News (Acts 10:3).
Another angel delivered Peter from jail (Acts 12:7-11).
An angel executed Herod because of his pride (Acts 12:23).
Other angels directed and comforted Paul (Acts 27:23).
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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.

I really enjoyed your responses to my "Z" Cars post of last week. 
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):
1. What are your feelings about angels?
2. Do you have any angel decorations, pictures or paintings, or figures in your home that represent angelic being(s)?
Bonus Question: What is your favorite "A" word? .
My Thursday Two Questions post is for Amanda.

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I posted the above for Alphabe-Thursday 'A' assignments with Miss Jenny at the head of the class. You can find her by clicking right here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Two Shoes Tuesday # 12 -- "Gather"


Gather round for Thanksgiving.  What is your favorite desert?  Mine would be a nice 'Coconut Cream Pie' either homemade or store bought.  Store bought IF it came from an Luby's Cafeteria in-house bakery would be wonderful.

I also like banana creme pie and apple pie.  And Thanksgiving would not be complete without either pumpkin or sweet potato pie.  Pumpkin pie is my favorite vegetable.

If your mind cannot conjure up a picture of a nice tasting banana creme pie, click this link, , to see a nice pie. Photo by Sharlene~W. ( link)

This may be banana week for me.  Sunday I posted a picture story about two plush toy fuzzy monkeys eating bananas.  Scroll down to the previous or click here.

These bananas are Dole brand.  We get a lot of these coming into the Galveston Sea Port.  I imagine more still come in through the Houston Ship Channel to the Port of Houston.

I like Chiquita brand bananas the best. That may be because of an old song, too old (1944) for most of you to have heard, about Chiquita Bananas. The same goes for pineapple and cantaloupe also. 

Chiquita Banana (1944)
sung by Carmen Miranda

I'm Chiquita banana and I've come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck'd with brown and have a golden hue Bananas taste the best and are best for you
You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It's impossible to beat them
But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator
This posting is for this week's round of Two Shoes Tuesday... a place to share what we enjoy doing most... writing! Each week we have a one-word writing prompt and are asked by Josie to share a short story, poem, essay, thought, or photo relating to that topic. 

The writing prompt for Tuesday, November 20th,
in honor of Thanksgiving, is "gather" 
Find Josie's list of participants here: 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Orville couldn't figure. Whenever they ate bananas Olive mooned him.

Was she sulking over the Twinkie Moon Pie demise?

The generics were bad.

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139  Characters counted and spell checked by MicroSoft Word.

µ-fiction Story Copyright

© 2012 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

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°°Grandma of Succinctly Yours Week 87 gives these directions:
°°Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words or less.
°°Word of the Week, 'generic', was furnished by Grandma.
°°Also linked to Sandee's 'Silly Sunday #56' at Comedy Plus.

Rest in Peace, dear Adi

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