Earworm Wednesday: These Dreams ~ The PreZcotts


From Heart’s 1986 release These Dreams was the first song that Nancy Wilson took lead vocals.

It seems appropriate that another sister act, The PreZcotts, cover what the Wilson sisters originally sang. Enjoy.

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Unbroken Fellowship Essential
“lf ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

Of necessity we must be in Christ to live unto Him, and we must abide in Him to be able to claim the largesse of this promise from Him. To abide in Jesus is never to quit Him for another love or another object, but to remain in living, loving, conscious, willing union with Him. The branch is not only ever near the stem but ever receiving life and fruitfulness horn it. All true believers abide in Christ in a sense; but there is a higher meaning, and this we must know before we can gain unlimited power at the throne. “Ask what ye will” is for Enochs who walk with God, for Johns who lie in the LORD’s bosom, for those whose union with Christ leads to constant communion.

The heart must remain in love, the mind must be rooted in faith, the hope must be cemented to the Word, the whole man must be joined unto the LORD, or else it would be dangerous to trust us with power in prayer. The carte blanche can only be given to one whose very life is, “Not I, but Christ liveth in me.” O you who break your fellowship, what power you lose! If you would be mighty in your pleadings, the LORD Himself must abide in you, and you in Him.

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You Deal with God

“I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man” (Hosea 11:9).

The LORD thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the
reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his
speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The LORD now invites
you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He
would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner
of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of
you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are his ways above your ways.”

You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keeps not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath.
Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you,
even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a
God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No
human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an
angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is
longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from
your evil way, and you shall be saved.

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The Dross Purged
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My Name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zechariah 13:9).

Grace transmutes us into precious metal, and then the fire and the furnace follows as a necessary consequence. Do we start at this? Would we sooner be accounted worthless, that we might enjoy repose, like the stones of the field! This would be to choose the viler part — like Esau, to take the pottage and give up the covenant portion. No, LORD; we will gladly be cast into the furnace rather than be cast out from Thy presence!

The fire only refines; it does not destroy. We are to be brought through the fire, not left in it. The LORD values His people as silver, and therefore He is at pains to purge away their dross. If we are wise, we shall rather welcome the refining process than decline it. Our prayer will be that our alloy may be taken from us rather than that we should be withdrawn from the crucible.

O LORD, Thou triest us indeed! We are ready to melt under the fierceness of the flame. Still, this is Thy way, and Thy way is the best. Sustain us under the trial and complete the process of our purifying, and we will be Thine forever and ever.

Frenetic Friday


This is going to be a short and bittersweet one tonight.

Did I watch the latest Superbowl? No. Did I watch any of the halftime show? No. How about the various commercials? No. But if I did I would have watched this ad. But it wasn’t an option because they didn’t allow it to be played. But here it is:

So about two weeks ago I mentioned that the Church of England had come out with a document that stated the basic historical Christian doctrine regarding sex, and marriage. Well that didn’t last.

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu (left) seen here with Archbishop Justin Welby. The two senior clergymen have issued an apology over a contentious statement on same sex partnerships.

The archbishops said in a statement on Thursday: “We as Archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardised trust.

“We are very sorry and recognise the division and hurt this has caused.”<source>

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Here is a little link to 50 years of failed eco-pocalyptic predictions.

Some of these I remember reading in various science magazines when I was in college.

This father is facing a possible fine and jail time for refusing to send his son to school because he doesn’t want his child taught that gay and transgender lifestyle is ok. <source>. The father, a Muslim, says that

We are not against anyone expressing their sexuality or being homosexual if that’s what they want.

‘We have no issue if Mr Moffat wants to put on a dress, or dance around like a ballet dancer, or put on a skirt, we have no issue. We have an issue with teaching that nonsense to our kids.

Don’t think it won’t come here. All you need to do is listen to the Democratic candidates for president to know that they will enact similar laws.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday. See you in church.

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Grow Up
“And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2).

Yes, when the sun shines, the sick quit their chambers and walk abroad to breathe the fresh air. When the sun brings spring and summer, the cattle quit their stalls and seek pasture on the higher Alps. Even thus, when we have conscious fellowship with our LORD, we leave the stall of despondency and walk abroad in the fields of holy confidence. We ascend to the mountains of joy and feed on sweet pasturage which grows nearer heaven than the provender of carnal men.

To “go forth” and to “grow up” is a double promise. O my soul, be thou eager to enjoy both blessings! Why shouldst thou be a prisoner? Arise, and walk at liberty. Jesus saith that His sheep shall go in and out and find pasture; go forth, then, and feed in the rich meadows of boundless love.

Why remain a babe in grace? Grow up. Young calves grow fast, especially if they are stall fed; and thou hast the choice care of thy Redeemer. Grow, then, in grace and in knowledge of thy LORD and Savior, Be neither straitened nor stunted. The Sun of Righteousness has risen upon thee Answer to His beams as the buds to the natural sun. Open thine heart; expand and grow up into Him in all things.