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Patsy Paterno
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Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!
Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!

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"I do believe, help my unbelief!" Mark 9:24

In today's reading, Jesus sees a large crowd standing around in an animated discussion, hands flailing in the air. When they catch sight of Jesus they stop and stare in awe. "What's happening?" He asks.

"Teacher," a man answers with excitement, "I have brought my son to you. He is possessed by a violent spirit that throws him down. He becomes rigid and foams at the mouth! Often this demon throws him into the fire! Just now I asked your disciples to expel the spirit but they were unable to." There's a lot of shuffling feet. Jesus' disciples hang their heads.

"What an unbelieving lot you are! Bring him to me!" Jesus said. The father eagerly brings his poor boy to Jesus. "Please," the boy's father pleads, "If you can do anything, please do!"

"If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes!" Jesus says. "I do believe," the father confesses, "Help my unbelief!" Jesus commands the spirit to leave and never come back again.

Yesterday, we had our annual Community Conference. We listened to great talks about our Mission, Holiness, Unity and ended with a talk on Spiritual Warfare. Just like in Jesus' day, there are evil spirits around. They are not just out to tempt us into eating an extra slice of cake, or watch more TV. They are out to destroy us! Our speaker, Jim, said that to win the war, we need to know we are at war, we need to know who our enemy is, and we need to know what weapons and strategies to use against our enemy. Most of us don't even know we are at war! We are complacent, which is exactly what our enemy wants us to be!

Lord, help us to see with our spiritual eyes the work of our ancient enemy. There is so much disunity, confusion, anger, fear, deception, so much evil on a global scale. Help us to know that our enemy is not our neighbor, not even our irrational and crazy leaders, but the devil and his minions. Help us to read Your Word, to know the truth so we can live by Your truth in holiness and freedom. 
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"I do believe, help my unbelief!" Mark 9:24

In today's reading, Jesus sees a large crowd standing around in an animated discussion, hands flailing in the air. When they catch sight of Jesus they stop and stare in awe. "What's happening?" He asks.

"Teacher," a man answers with excitement, "I have brought my son to you. He is possessed by a violent spirit that throws him down. He becomes rigid and foams at the mouth! Often this demon throws him into the fire! Just now I asked your disciples to expel the spirit but they were unable to." There's a lot of shuffling feet. Jesus' disciples hang their heads.

"What an unbelieving lot you are! Bring him to me!" Jesus said. The father eagerly brings his poor boy to Jesus. "Please," the boy's father pleads, "If you can do anything, please do!"

"If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes!" Jesus says. "I do believe," the father confesses, "Help my unbelief!" Jesus commands the spirit to leave and never come back again.

Yesterday, we had our annual Community Conference. We listened to great talks about our Mission, Holiness, Unity and ended with a talk on Spiritual Warfare. Just like in Jesus' day, there are evil spirits around. They are not just out to tempt us into eating an extra slice of cake, or watch more TV. They are out to destroy us! Our speaker, Jim, said that to win the war, we need to know we are at war, we need to know who our enemy is, and we need to know what weapons and strategies to use against our enemy. Most of us don't even know we are at war! We are complacent, which is exactly what our enemy wants us to be!

Lord, help us to see with our spiritual eyes the work of our ancient enemy. There is so much disunity, confusion, anger, fear, deception, so much evil on a global scale. Help us to know that our enemy is not our neighbor, not even our irrational and crazy leaders, but the devil and his minions. Help us to read Your Word, to know the truth so we can live by Your truth in holiness and freedom. 
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"Love your enemies!" Matthew 5:43

When we were young, my brother and sister were always quarreling. Any little thing, they would fight about. My brother could be so mean. He would be watching cartoons on TV, and when my little sister came in, he would change the channel to something she didn't want to watch. When she left the room, he would change it back to cartoons.

My mother who got so frustrated, read this verse to the them: "Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen." (1 John 4:20) Amazingly, the quarrels stopped immediately!

Do we have enemies? Our boss we don't get along with, or who claims our ideas for his own. A relative we got into conflict with years ago. The neighbor next door who gets on our nerves because of the many irritating things he's done over the years?

In Leviticus 19, God said, "Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." If we want to be part of God's people, we should try to practice this. If we can't right now, we can keep reading these verses to deposit it in our heart. There is power in God's Word.

God says in Isaiah 55:11 says " My word will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Yes Lord, may Your Word accomplish the purposes for which You send it in my life! I want to be holy, part of the people You set apart! 
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"Faith is the confident assurance of what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

Without faith it is impossible to please God. That's what Saint Paul wrote to the Hebrews in chapter 11, verse 6. It's like spiritual currency. Just like we can't buy anything in the department store without money, we can't go before God, and transact our business with Him without faith. The wonderful thing is when we do have faith, nothing is impossible.

Gene Neill was a Miami Mafia lawyer who got sentenced to 50 years in a maximum maximum (you read it right, double max) security prison. He lived the high roller jet set life of an organized crime lawyer until he got ratted on. Cellblock 10D had the tightest security of all the cells in the federal penitentiary in Springfield, Missouri. It was way underground and you wouldn't be able to get out, see outside, until your 50 years were up. You didn't have anything but toilet paper and the clothes you were wearing. You ate with your fingers and you talked to yourself and nobody else.

But Gene Neill had a secret weapon with God's currency. His wife was a Christian and she prayed and prayed for him. One day, Gene went down on his knees and asked God for forgiveness. And God heard his agonized cry from beneath the ground in cellblock 10D. He was miraculously released from prison and spent the next 40 years of his life telling everyone who would listen about Jesus Christ. He wrote the book, "I'm Gonna Bury You!" to tell his amazing story.

Lord, may I have the faith to move mountains for others and for myself! When You see me, may I be pleasing in Your sight, because I have the confident assurance of what I hope for, and conviction about things I do not see. 
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"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower..." Gen. 11:4

There is nothing wrong with making plans, dreaming dreams, and starting projects. But we should make sure we are God's partner in those dreams and plans. In Joshua 1:8, we read: "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success."

If we do not read the Bible and study it, we can come up with the most foolish plans. Yesterday a friend on Facebook was so frustrated. She wrote on her wall that a "friend" posted a curse that those devils against the death penalty in our country should be victims of heinous crimes. The comments on her post were all in agreement in wishing that those who were against the death penalty should be tortured. It's a good thing that these people were not in our Congress and Senate! They want the death penalty for people who commit horrible crimes but they also want to inflict those crimes on those who are against capital punishment! If we do not wash the way we think with the wisdom of God we can get very twisted and confused!

Lord, help us to think rightly and walk with You! Help us to always lay our plans at Your feet, that You may prosper the work of our hands.



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"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower..." Gen. 11:4

There is nothing wrong with making plans, dreaming dreams, and starting projects. But we should make sure we are God's partner in those dreams and plans. In Joshua 1:8, we read: "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success."

If we do not read the Bible and study it, we can come up with the most foolish plans. Yesterday a friend on Facebook was so frustrated. She wrote on her wall that a "friend" posted a curse that those devils against the death penalty in our country should be victims of heinous crimes. The comments on her post were all in agreement in wishing that those who were against the death penalty should be tortured. It's a good thing that these people were not in our Congress and Senate! They want the death penalty for people who commit horrible crimes but they also want to inflict those crimes on those who are against capital punishment! If we do not wash the way we think with the wisdom of God we can get very twisted and confused!

Lord, help us to think rightly and walk with You! Help us to always lay our plans at Your feet, that You may prosper the work of our hands.



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"Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower..." Gen. 11:4

There is nothing wrong with making plans, dreaming dreams, and starting projects. But we should make sure we are God's partner in those dreams and plans. In Joshua 1:8, we read: "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success."

If we do not read the Bible and study it, we can come up with the most foolish plans. Yesterday a friend on Facebook was so frustrated. She wrote on her wall that a "friend" posted a curse that those devils against the death penalty in our country should be victims of heinous crimes. The comments on her post were all in agreement in wishing that those who were against the death penalty should be tortured. It's a good thing that these people were not in our Congress and Senate! They want the death penalty for people who commit horrible crimes but they also want to inflict those crimes on those who are against capital punishment! If we do not wash the way we think with the wisdom of God we can get very twisted and confused!

Lord, help us to think rightly and walk with You! Help us to always lay our plans at Your feet, that You may prosper the work of our hands.



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"But who do you say that I am?" Mark 8:29

I can imagine Jesus asking the same thing. We may answer as Peter did, "You are the Messiah!" but do our actions match our words?

The way I read books is a little at a time. I get to finish a lot of books that way. This morning I read about a man named Daniel. Before he attended a church in Southern California, he lived in Uganda, when Idi Amin was President from 1971-1979. At that time, he was caught and tortured brutally for being a Christian. For several days at a time, a guard would hang him from his feet and whip him. One night as the guard was leaving, Daniel said, " Have a nice evening."

The guard turned back to him, and asked incredulously, "How can you say that to me? After what I have been doing to you?" Daniel then told him about Jesus, about the blood shed on the cross for him, about freedom, about how he had been forgiven and loved. A few days after that, the guard helped him escape, brought Daniel to his house, fed him and let him share about Jesus to his family.

Jesus won't have to ask Daniel, "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus already knows the answer by the life Daniel lived and continues to live. How about us?

Lord, may I be faithful to Your calling. May I live in such a way as to show You that I know You, love You and obey You. May others who know me, know as well that I am Your servant. 
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"But who do you say that I am?" Mark 8:29

I can imagine Jesus asking the same thing. We may answer as Peter did, "You are the Messiah!" but do our actions match our words?

The way I read books is a little at a time. I get to finish a lot of books that way. This morning I read about a man named Daniel. Before he attended a church in Southern California, he lived in Uganda, when Idi Amin was President from 1971-1979. At that time, he was caught and tortured brutally for being a Christian. For several days at a time, a guard would hang him from his feet and whip him. One night as the guard was leaving, Daniel said, " Have a nice evening."

The guard turned back to him, and asked incredulously, "How can you say that to me? After what I have been doing to you?" Daniel then told him about Jesus, about the blood shed on the cross for him, about freedom, about how he had been forgiven and loved. A few days after that, the guard helped him escape, brought Daniel to his house, fed him and let him share about Jesus to his family.

Jesus won't have to ask Daniel, "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus already knows the answer by the life Daniel lived and continues to live. How about us?

Lord, may I be faithful to Your calling. May I live in such a way as to show You that I know You, love You and obey You. May others who know me, know as well that I am Your servant. 
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"But who do you say that I am?" Mark 8:29

I can imagine Jesus asking the same thing. We may answer as Peter did, "You are the Messiah!" but do our actions match our words?

The way I read books is a little at a time. I get to finish a lot of books that way. This morning I read about a man named Daniel. Before he attended a church in Southern California, he lived in Uganda, when Idi Amin was President from 1971-1979. At that time, he was caught and tortured brutally for being a Christian. For several days at a time, a guard would hang him from his feet and whip him. One night as the guard was leaving, Daniel said, " Have a nice evening."

The guard turned back to him, and asked incredulously, "How can you say that to me? After what I have been doing to you?" Daniel then told him about Jesus, about the blood shed on the cross for him, about freedom, about how he had been forgiven and loved. A few days after that, the guard helped him escape, brought Daniel to his house, fed him and let him share about Jesus to his family.

Jesus won't have to ask Daniel, "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus already knows the answer by the life Daniel lived and continues to live. How about us?

Lord, may I be faithful to Your calling. May I live in such a way as to show You that I know You, love You and obey You. May others who know me, know as well that I am Your servant. 
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