What do you make time for?

Sorry I haven’t the time!

What Do You Make Time For?

“For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.” – Acts 22:15

What is more important in your life today? Seeing your daytime soap opera or asking an unsaved neighbor over for a chance to love them to Jesus? Joining your buddies for a round of golf, or visiting your unsaved father? Going shopping with your friends, or taking the time to read the Bible to a lost person in a nursing home? Someone wisely observed, “We managed to make time during the day for what’s really important to us.”

 Friend, the time is running out. We will not be witnessing in heaven. This is our earthly duty and privilege now. None of us knows how many hours we have left. We must seize the golden opportunities that God gives us daily to witness.

 You got the timeA line from “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is our challenge: “Oh, be swift, my soul to answer Him! Be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on.”

This is a good reminder from the late dear Adrian Rogers. Once I told our president of Global Outreach the late Dr.Jim Blackwood that I did not have the time for a haircut. He told me yes you do you just have not  made it a priority!

Wow I guess we always have time for our priorities so let us seek first the Kingdom! God bless you today! Prune B.T.

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Yet more attacks!

Yet another terror attack to bring fear to the streets and travelersParsons-Green_1500JPG of our capital city!

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced “a manhunt is underway” as bomb squads and counter-terror cops swarmed on the scene.

He added: “The person or people responsible for this attack will be caught and will be brought for justice.”

Police have revealed that the homemade bomb, likened to pressure cooker devices used in 2013’s Boston Marathon attack, did not fully detonate.

The 2013 bombs, which killed three and injured hundreds, were packed with nails and ball-bearings to cause maximum damage and it is not yet clear if today’s device had similar projectiles.

Theresa May is being kept informed of developments after the fifth major terror attack on British soil in six months.

The Prime Minister has chaired an emergency meeting of Cobra and this afternoon announced the terror threat level will not be raised from severe to critical – although this could change as the investigation continues.

She condemned the “cowardly attack” saying “this was a device intended to cause significant harm”.

It was a miracle no one was killed as it seems the full bomb did not detonate as it should have. How sad that folks were burnt, and many injured as panic to escape and rush down small stairwell at the subway station!

It seems more and more we are under attack and it is easy to be gripped with a spirit of fear. The Lord help us to be vigilante but not let them stop our freedoms of worship and travel! Bless you today and keep you safe!

Prune B.T.

 

Giving back to God what He has already given us!

Abraham gives to God!

We have nothing that we have not received so really anything we give to God He has already given to us –life and all material things!

If Abram treated the king of Sodom with a marked degree of circumspection, he had no reservations about Melchizedek, the king of Salem. The meaning of Salem is “peace,” and it is ironic that this city, which we know as Jerusalem, should have had such a long and bitter history of warfare and bloodshed. But on this occasion Melchizedek was rejoicing in the cessation of hostility and wished to share in the joy of the victor. He “brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: / Blessed be Abram of God Most High, / Possessor of heaven and earth; / And blessed be God Most High, / Who has delivered your enemies into your hand. / And he gave him a tithe of all” (vv. 18–20). Abram gladly received this gracious gift of food for himself and his hungry soldiers. The king who was also a priest then blessed Abram in the name of El Elyon. It is important to note that in a time when religious knowledge had been corrupted, as we saw was the case in Ur, the people of Salem had a clear understanding of the “possessor of heaven and earth” whom they knew as El Elyon—God Most High. Abram warmly received the blessing as is evidenced by his reference to his Lord as El Elyon (see Gen. 14:22) and by the fact that he gave a tithe to the kingly priest as an expression of gratitude both to God and His servant. It is important to note that tithing is not something that appeared on the scene in the law of Moses but was commonly practiced long before Moses was born. It is difficult, therefore, to understand where some modern Christians have gotten the idea that tithing is “legalistic.” Although Melchizedek, whose name means “King of righteousness,” makes such a brief appearance on the biblical stage it is impossible to overlook his importance, not only because of the relationship he had with Abram, but more significantly because of the way both David (see Ps. 110:4) and the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews view him as a type of Christ—the kingly priest (see Heb. 7).
Abram showed by his relations to the two kings how God’s people need to tread carefully in the matter of involvements. Isolation protected by insulation which some people confuse with sanctification is not the answer. Identification which leaves no room for differentiation serves only to confuse. Involvement without compromise is not easy, but it is necessary and Abram shows us how it is done.

Spurgeon informs us that the last place to get converted is his wallet! Blessings Prune B.T.TithesToMelchizedek2

Looters use tragedy to steal!

It is tragic enough when hurricanes and earthquakes hit but how sad and tragic when looters take advantage of broken homes and businesses. Looting has been reported in Cuba-Mexico and Florida!

Wow the heart of man needs the Gospel when such selfishness and rebellion against the law. Without the restraint of law and order it seems some will cause chaos on the planet!

At least 32 people have been arrested across Florida for trying to loot empty businesses and homes that have been evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Irma – 28 alone in Miami, according to local authorities.

Two people burst into an Orlando sporting store and allegedly stole guns, before facing off with SWAT in a standoff. 

Shocking videos also emerged of gangs trying to break into stores and take advantage of deserted properties. 

Police were called to the scene after witnesses reported a burglary at Academy Sports near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, WESH reported. 

Soon afterward, SWAT team officers arrived when it became clear the looters were allegedly trying to steal guns.

At least one person surrendered while another barricaded himself in the store and refused, according to WFTV.

SWAT officers reportedly used gas to subdue at least one suspect. 

Soon afterward, Orlando Police released a statement announcing that officers took two suspects into custody and that the event was ‘peacefully resolved’. 

A local utilities company near Orlando is reporting that a number of residents have made disturbing complaints that people posing as utility workers are robbing homeowners at gun point, according to WOFL-TV

Earlier on Sunday, two groups of looters were caught on camera ransacking two separate sporting goods stores in hurricane-hit South Florida as one alleged looter was shot and at least 12 were arrested, local media reported.

A Broward County sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager and arrested another after they are alleged to have tried to break in to a home in the affluent Fort Lauderdale suburb of Weston at around 3:00am Saturday, NBC 6 TV reported.

 LootersWow may the Lord have mercy on these selfish people-don’t tell me we have outgrown the Gospel!  Praying on for those who have lost everything but thank God for so many spared!

Blessings Prune BT.

 

 

This is PC gone mad!

Transgender row again!

A Christian couple are taking a church school to court over the fact of the confusion of one day a boy dressed as boy and the next dressed as a girl!

Focus on the Family’s Values

Focus on the Family is dedicated to defending the inherent honor, dignity, value and equality of the two sexes as created in God’s image — intentionally male and female —each bringing unique and complementary qualities to sexuality and relationships.

Each of the two sexes is a glorious gift from God – meant to be offered back to Him either in complementary unity with the other in the context of marriage for procreation and mutual delight or in celibacy for undivided devotion to Christ.

Not only do male and female together reflect the image of God, but their coming together in a marriage relationship to bring forth new life is used in Scripture as the deepest and most intimate analogy of God’s relationship with His people. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a groom and bride. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people — of Christ and His bride — described in the book of Revelation.

Gender matters. In recent years, a revisionist transgender theology has been put forth in some theological circles that violates God’s clearly articulated and intentional design for the sexes — thereby distorting His image and His plan for sexuality, marriage, family and the just and proper ordering of society.

The parents of a six-year-old boy have removed him from his primary school in a row over whether another pupil should be allowed to wear a dress.

Nigel and Sally Rowe said their son was confused as to why the child at the Church of England School on the Isle of Wight dressed as both a boy and a girl.

The Diocese of Portsmouth, under which the school falls, said it was required to “respect diversity of all kinds”.

The couple believe the school should have consulted all parents.

Mrs Rowe told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that when they spoke with the school, which is not being identified, they were told “if a child wants to do that then we just have to accept it”.

The couple said under the school’s bullying policy their son faced being disciplined for “mis-gendering” the six-year-old pupil.

ct-transgender-bathroom-texas-20160513Wow just when you think the crazy agenda of this world can’t get worse! Pray on B.T.

God can use crackpots!

God can use crackpots like me!

Have been going through Pauls letter to the Corinthians and the second letter is one of the most personal! It is a great reminder that we do not preach ourselves but the Lord Jesus Christ!

It is also a reminder that God can use us as weak as we are and it is His power and purpose that matters!

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Stuart Briscoe

I have a teapot that was given to me by friends years ago, and I brew tea in it for my breakfast each morning. The outside glaze is cracked from the many trips through the dishwasher. The spout is chipped, and the lid was broken long ago and has been replaced by a lid of a different colour from another pot. Sometimes I look at the teapot and am reminded that I’m an earthen vessel much like it. In places my skin is scarred and wrinkled. There are some “chipped places” from the mistakes I’ve made, and there are many things in my life that don’t match. But the most amazing thing is that the treasure I bear is not diminished by the vessel; rather, the vessel is made valuable by the treasure it contains.

Wow what a good reminder that even old clay pots like you and me contain a brilliant treasure and we are not inhibited but in habited!

Keep going dear ones!  Love Prune B.T.

Jars of clay

 

Wanted -more nurses!

Crisis in our UK National Health Service

Oh dear many in our National Health Service cannot find a dentist unless you pay for it!

Thousands wait weeks for surgery and as the population of the UK gets older more resources seem to be required! I was reading of one Island that has a small hospital of around 15beds for five thousand people. Many in overseas locations do not have any hospitals for miles!

I guess free health service is getting more and more stretched and eventually more and more of the treatments in UK will go private through lack of funding!

‘Nurse shortages’

There are currently an estimated 1m full time jobs across the NHS in England.

The latest figures suggest in March 2017 alone there were 30,613 full-time equivalent vacancies advertised on the NHS Jobs website – the highest total for a month since this type of data was first collected in February 2015.

And nursing and midwifery vacancies have topped the list since these figures have been collated.

The data includes adverts for doctors, dentists, administrative, clerical staff and technical and scientific staff. The figures do not include vacancies for GPs or practice staff.

But as other ways of advertising NHS jobs – including adverts seeking overseas applicants – exist, NHS officials say caution must be used when interpreting the results.

Meanwhile, a Department of Health spokesperson said: “We expect all parts of the NHS to make sure they have the right staff, in the right place, at the right time to provide safe care – which is why there are almost 32,400 more professionally qualified clinical staff including almost 11,800 more doctors, and over 12,500 more nurses on our wards since May 2010.”

‘Low wages’

Janet Davies, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said low pay and “relentless pressure” meant many nursing were leaving the profession.

Medical doctor / nurse help wanted signThe greatest health need is a heart transplant for sinful people and God carries this out by His Holy Spirit, it is free to those who repent but it is not cheap, it cost the blessed son of God His life! If we have any access to health treatment let us be thankful for medical science!  God bless you Prune B.T.