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Focus on Christ

H/T Bren

[The following applies even more so, as our current Bidenazi administration is literally hell-bent on destroying our rights, our liberty, our justice, our faith, and either disabling or brainwashing our citizens.]

In our fast-paced, attention-grabbing world, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, get distracted, and lose sight of our true purpose in life—the worship and love of God (see Matthew 22:37). Yet we’re told to run our race with our eyes focused on Christ: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1–2). How can we resist the allure of the world and keep our focus where it belongs, on Christ?

To focus is to direct one’s attention or concentrate on something. If we are focused on Christ, then He has our attention; we are concentrating on Him and His word; He occupies the forefront of our minds. Such a focus is only fitting, because Jesus “is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18). By rights, He should be our focus.

Colossians 3:1–4 contains much that can help us stay focused on Christ: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” We are to focus on “things above,” remembering that Christ is seated in the place of glory and power (verse 1). The reason for the command is also given: because we have been raised to new life with Christ. To focus on the things above, we must consciously remove our focus from “earthly things” (verse 2), and the reason is given: we have died to self, and Christ is our very life (verse 3). Helping us stay focused on Christ is the reminder that Jesus is coming again, and when we see Him we will know glory (verse 4).

Hebrews 2 lists some of the things that Christ has done or is doing for us: He shared our humanity (verse 14), He breaks the power of the devil (verse 14), He frees us (verse 15), He is our “merciful and faithful high priest” (verse 17), He suffered for us (verse 18), and He helps those who are tempted in this world (verse 18). Because of all this, Hebrews 3:1, says, “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”

Here are some practical ways for a born-again believer to stay focused on Christ:

Commit to reading the Bible. It is impossible for a believer to be consistently in the Word without having his attention drawn again and again to Christ: “The Scriptures point to me!” Jesus said (John 5:39, NLT; see also Luke 24:44 and Hebrews 10:7). To focus on the Word of God is to have the Son of God brought more into focus.

Develop your prayer life. If you want to know how to pray, read Jesus’ instructions to His disciples in Luke 11:1–13. As you speak to the Lord throughout your day, you will naturally be more focused on Him. Little things, big things—we can come to the Lord with any and all of our cares. The command is to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), to always be in an attitude and atmosphere of instant prayer.

Trust the Lord as your only protector: “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare” (Psalm 25:15). Once we understand the spiritual dangers we face on a daily basis, we will focus more on Christ, our one and only Savior, who alone has the power of deliverance.

Recognize your need and the Lord as the source of all good things: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us” (Psalm 123:2, ESV). The world offers various means of obtaining love, joy, and peace, but they are destined to disappoint. The believer understands that love, joy, and peace (and a myriad other fine gifts) are the direct result of his relationship with Christ (see Galatians 5:22–23).

See the world for what it is: a sin-filled place of desperate need. The darker the world is to us, the more clearly the light of Christ will stand out. It’s not hard to focus on a light in a darkened room. “We . . . have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). Those who stay focused on Christ will find their perspective on worldly things changing. As Helen Lemmel says in her hymn, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, / Look full in His wonderful face, / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.”

In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian and Faithful go through Vanity Fair, where they are offered “all sorts of vanity.” Christian’s and Faithful’s response is instructive for us: “These pilgrims set very light by all their wares—they cared not so much as to look upon them; and if they called upon them to buy, they would put their fingers in their ears, and cry, ‘Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity,’ and look upwards, signifying that their trade and traffic was in heaven” (Part I, p. 86). May we, like the pilgrims in Vanity Town, practice the heavenward-look and keep our eyes focused on Christ, His glory, and His love.

https://www.gotquestions.org/focused-on-Christ.html

Isaiah 25:4 – “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.”

Psalm 46:1-2 – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no fears affright,
A shelter in the time of storm
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

          Vernon J. Charlesworth – 1880

REMEMBER . . .

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)


On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, we can find something here that will build us up a little . . . give us a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God;
do not mourn nor weep.” . . .
“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,
and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared;
for this day is holy to our Lord.
Do not sorrow,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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Nikki chico737

This comment from Chrissy Wallace via Twitter:

Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) Tweeted:

CHRIS WALLACE: Mr. Secretary, does the president not know what’s going on?

BLINKEN: This is an incredibly emotional time for many of us. … 😢😫 …🙄🤚 … 😑

hmmmmmm …. looks like “Blinking” (Winkin & Nod could not be reached to verify their partners comment they were busy emphatically screaming they don’t know and NEVER had ANYTHING to do with buttwipe Blinkin) … Blinkin super super secret code name: Charmin Blinkin

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… 😌 …

ForGodandCountry

2 snowflake beta male turdballs talking together.

ForGodandCountry

…shedding crocodile tears.

Gail Combs

Default to EMOTIONS 😫😭😫🙄

BARF!

I do NOT want drama queens as the leaders of my country.

Wolf Moon

Phony LYING drama queens, hiding SINISTER OBAMA behind FADIN’ BIDEN.

scott467

It would help if regular Americans could infiltrate the press conferences, to ask questions the narrative press would never ask.

Just simple stuff, like “Mr. Secretary, has it been removed yet?”

Blinken: “Has what been removed?”

Me: “You know.. your pee-pee.”

Blinken: “What?”

Me: “Your c*&k, our readers would like to know if you’re truly committed, whether you’ve had the surgery yet to remove your c*&k? Or are you just one of those fakers who takes the hormone treatments?”

People used to have a sense of humor, and at least a little bit of guts. People used to do funny stuff like that all the time. An entire generation grew up with movies like Animal House and shows like SCTV, Fridays and SNL as their model.

Without ‘subversive humor’ shows like SNL wouldn’t even exist. The problem for SNL and others like them is that they are only allowed (or interested) to do subversive humor against politically correct targets — which is BORING.

It has been so long since anyone on the Left was publicly humiliated or even goofed on, they wouldn’t have the first clue how to deal with it. Which would make all the better. They’re like comedians who have never experienced a heckler before.

If there was at least one person, at every press conference, asking gag questions, it would be hilarious. People would tune in, just for the gags.

Gail Combs
Wolf Moon

Looks like somebody went BACK IN TIME to seek JUSTICE.

scott467

There is something wrong about Billy’s reaction to the pie in the face. I don’t think even most women would react so helplessly, much less a man.

Look at him. Completely defeated, physically and psychologically, by what looks like a shaving cream pie.

Who reacts that way?

You remember when that loon tried to get on stage to attack DJT at one of his rallies? DJT turned toward his would-be attacker. That’s a normal reaction.

I was bitten in the face by my sister’s German Shepard about 15 years ago. She had her back to me, and I was going to sit on the floor near her to watch the football game. I got down to my knees before sitting and reached over to pet her, and somehow I startled her. How do you sneak up on a German Shepard, accidentally or otherwise?

She spun around in one smooth motion with a snarl, and bit my face, one canine tooth puncturing the skin on each side of the bridge of my nose.

I pulled back, grabbed her snout with my left hand, and hit her skull with my fist, right between the eyes, overhead smash style. It was pure reflex, I didn’t even realize what happened until it was over.

Then I felt the blood running down my face, on both sides of my nose, and put my hand out to catch the blood. We were at my parents’ house, Mom appreciated that I didn’t get blood all over her new carpet.

Then I went to the bathroom mirror, to see how bad it was, and fortunately the punctures weren’t deep. So I washed my face and put some band-aids on, and went back to watch the game.

What I didn’t do, is react like Billy Gates did.

What in the world was that all about?

scott467

Shepherd.

German Shepherd

The qtree spellchecker got me again… 🙄😁

Cuppa Covfefe

Appears he’s playing a leading “roll” in Bye, Done’s administration…

RF121

Ouch.

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trumpismine

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cthulhu

Stuff is just flyin’ around….

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trumpismine

Winner vs LOOOSER!

cthulhu

“You think Ike was ‘Woke’?”

trumpismine

Naw baby naw 😚 

Wolf Moon

Ike did more HONEST stuff for black Americans than the entire LEGION of WOKE FAKES in the Pentagon now.

Itswoot

Warrior VS Wussy

kalbokalbs

NOT detracting from, Ike WAS a warrior. Woke boy a loser on the scale of POS.

FYI.

May apply to all Services, or a couple Services, including the Army. Navy wise, we were authorized to optionally wear the three most senior ribbons. OR wear all ribbons. Formal activities we’d wear all entitled medals / ribbons.

Wolf Moon

Trying to like this comment – not working – will just SAY IT!!! 😃

RF121

For clarity, Ike is not in full dress so he had the option to just wear his three most senior awards. Milley is. But like grade inflation in schools, the military hands out awards, and medals like candy.

ForGodandCountry

I’ve got $100 says Milley is a pederast and wears women’s panties.

Deplorable Patriot

That’s a sucker bet.

trumpismine

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cthulhu

….but it’s highly addictive!!!

Wolf Moon

For a good reason! 😆

cthulhu

Reminds me of the first death joke in the Alice books. She’s talking to Humpty-Dumpty and he asks her age. She replies, and he says it’s a horrible age — a couple of years younger is much better. She is puzzled and says that she can’t help getting older…..

And he says, “with proper assistance, you could….”

Feeding hunger just creates more hunger later….unless there are special ingredients in the food……

mollypitcher5

WTF ?

trumpismine

Brutal

kalbokalbs

That’ll energize more Aussie’s to stand up for Freedom.

MAYBE, wake up some in the fake news, LE ranks…

scott467

Oh look, bully-boy Nazis doing what Nazis do best!

If a person did that to a Nazi, he would be charged with attempted murder, using his vehicle as a deadly weapon, and the Nazi would be authorized to use deadly force and unload the entire magazine in his service pistol into the driver.

But Nazi bully-boys don’t think twice about running people down with their taxpayer owned Nazi cars.

And then in absolute caricature fashion, use his JACK BOOT to STOMP a civilian’s head into the ground.

And what did the other Nazis do, the supposed ‘good ones’ we always hear about but never, EVER see?

They helped, of course!

Wolf Moon

They are Nazis. They’re just Nazis.

NEVER GIVE UP THE GUNS.

ForGodandCountry

You know why they can’t do that here???

A: Because the woke leftist idiots have spent the last 2 years making targets out of the police.

Cops in America DARE NOT engage in this kind of thing.

And they know it, too.

😎

scott467

“You know why they can’t do that here???”

______________

Because of over half a billion firearms in the hands of the People.

Enough to arm every man, woman and child in the country, with more than a 150 million left over for back up guns.

ForGodandCountry

That too.

phoenixrising

ForGodandCountry

That’s my POTUS!!

Tellin’ it like it is.

SteveInCO

Love what they did after he said “shit.”

phoenixrising

me too!

trumpismine

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RF121

This is good. My daughter works for a roofer here in Colorado and he is a vax Nazi. After her marriage in January she is planning to move to AZ. May have a winner here.

ForGodandCountry

I reread that. I read “roofer” as “loser” the first pass, but it turns out I didn’t need to reread it after all.

trumpismine

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Itswoot

The ‘cavalry’ to the rescue.

Article excerpt:

Video messages from Australian truck drivers have surfaced in some of the alternative social media sites in recent days stating that they are going to take their country back, by going on strike and creating a blockade that will choke the supply chain.
They are warning Australians to prepare, and stock up on food and basic necessities while they do this. They claim to have widespread support among “truckies” and also among military veterans.
They recently had a “snap” protest in Sydney where dozens of trucks spanning miles lined up blowing their horns in a sign of solidarity against tyranny.

Source: https://medicalkidnap.com/2021/08/22/australian-truckers-warn-citizens-to-stock-up-on-food-as-they-prepare-to-take-over-the-country-by-shutting-down-the-supply-chain/

Gail Combs

The truckers I have met are usually independent cusses. Anyone who can drive those Aussie train-trucks or the Canadian Ice trucks are NOT pansy waist wussies.

Getting on and off the lake Ice is ‘interesting’ (I can not find a good vid.)

The Aussie Road Trains:

kalbokalbs

That IS cool stuff.

Hope they their strike IS massive, jerking an equally massive knot in Aussie politicians asses.

THEN, American truckers do the same.

As for me, most all supplies are at or near a year, including OTC & prescriptions. Fresh fruit and veggies are my major issue to solve. Gonna have to move to solve that. In planning.

RF121

NV and UT allow for triples.

kalbokalbs

Yup. See them daily.

A few more states allow triples.

The 13 states that allow triple trailers are mostly in the West, where roads are flat and straight: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah.

Texas and New Mexico ought to allow triples. rural Oregon and Washington also. Prolly a few more states.

cthulhu

You probably won’t see them in OR, ’cause any idiot trying a triple up I-5 would be a giant fusterclark. There are stretches where it’s 2K up, 2K down, 3K up, 3K down. Normal semis are a pain in those areas — I can only imagine what a trip would do.

kalbokalbs

Agree. Western OR a no go. Would think potential exists Eastern OR. on US 95 and portions of, can’t recall which, I-82/84/86.

SteveInCO

I don’t remember what road I was taking E-W across Oregon east of Bend, but it was a two-laner (US highway not interstate) and it was straight as an arrow. And 55 MPH because those fascists never raised the speed limit in their state.

Aubergine

Go frozen. Most of the fruit and veggies you get in a store are at least a week old. But they flash freeze stuff the day it is picked.

kalbokalbs

Great idea. Will start moving in that direction. We’ve got one of those gizmos that essentially vacuum seals. Bag it. Suck air out. Freeze it. Should keep for a good while. Got some research on this to do.

GrammyInD

I have lots of dried fruits and veggies, ordered online, just in case….. Not quite the same as fresh, but will make some good soups/stews, etc. if needed. And seeds for sprouting in case there is nothing fresh to be had.

ForGodandCountry
trumpismine

Two Shocking FindsOn the 12th, Patton had two unusual experiences—one exciting and one distressing. Five days earlier, Manton Eddy had told him that one of his XII Corps units had discovered a number of sealed vaults 2,000 feet deep in a salt mine at Merkers, 60 miles west of Erfurt. When Eddy went on to say he had no idea what was in the vaults, Patton allegedly responded, “General Eddy. You blow open that…vault and see what’s in it.”comment image
Eddy did as ordered and found the entire German bullion reserve—4,500 bars of gold with an estimated value of more than $57 million along with millions of reichsmarks and dollar bills, paintings by great masters such as Titian and Van Dyck, some of which Patton thought were worth “about $2.50, and were of the type normally seen in bars in America,” and many other treasures. Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton visited the mine on April 12. As they were lowered down the mine shaft, Patton, according to his aide, said, “If that clothesline (the elevator cable) should part, promotions in the U.S. Army would be considerably stimulated.”
To which Ike replied, “OK, George, that’s enough! No more cracks until we are above ground again.”
This is the Man our POTUS Trump admires.
More:https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/2016/07/21/george-s-pattons-end-run-the-story-of-his-final-days/

ForGodandCountry

He’s not alone.

Patton was the only US general the Nazis truly feared.

SteveInCO

And that turned out to be useful in an unusual way.

Patton was in command of the fictitious force that would land at Calais.

Thus the Nazis initially thought Normandy was some sort of diversion…delaying their response long enough to establish the beachhead.

Later when we had to punch through the hedgerows at St. Lo (by “saturation bombing” the area to wipe out German resistance), we put Patton in charge because we knew he was THE MAN to exploit a breakout.

He was so good at it he outran the supply lines. He was at a point where he could have ended the war in weeks, getting to Berlin before winter (and well before the commies)…but he was out of gas. (And politics probably played a part in that…at least Patton thought so!)

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Deplorable Patriot

I think there’s more to it than that.

Patton was killed in an automobile crash. In conspiracy lore, it is believed he was killed by the Cabal. Why I will have to dig up.

I have an idea the team was trolling using Patton. On a number of levels.

para59r

Australia. Andrew Bogut. Never heard of him before. Apparently he’s a former NBA star with the Milwaukee Bucks currently living Down Under. Andrew speaks up about the current lock downs, saying he was offered money to support the lock downs and keep mum no matter how bad they got. Additionally he says all sport stars, celebrities are silent, or in support of the lock downs for the same reason, being they are paid or livelihoods threatened.

Currently AUS is about 17% vaccinated and they want 70% before the lock downs cease.

His rant is about 11mins long on the Instagram link on the tweet, you can safely skip the first 3 mins or so to get to the meat of it.

https://twitter.com/andrewbogut/status/1428958926846894084?s=20

TheseTruths

I remember him from back when I sometimes watched basketball. I’m glad he’s speaking out.

Gail Combs

Zero Hedge is featuring some really great art work! LINK

This is an example:
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ForGodandCountry

“They won’t be able to walk the streets in safety.”

Itswoot

A life that is a farce rather than a force.

mollypitcher5

Idiotic rambling

scott467

“Don’t get caught by the next storm, get vaccinated…”

__________

They can develop, produce, ship and deploy vaccines to protect people against storms in under a week?

That’s not unimpressive.

From the time a tropical depression is officially recognized to the time it makes landfall isn’t usually more than a week at most.

Clearly they have really streamlined the entire process.

SteveInCO

A tropical depression? Are they sending out lithium salts to combat that depression?

ForGodandCountry

“Don’t get caught by the next storm, get vaccinated…”

A blatant admission they are getting ready to release another bio-weapon.

ForGodandCountry

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cthulhu

They’re going with this?!?!?!?

https://hotair.com/headlines/2021/08/22/could-it-be-more-trumpian-n410600

That’s like saying one of Bye-done’s scripted, telepromptered, incoherent snooze-fests are the same as Trump’s because there was a guy talking. That the audience of thousands v. the audience of those paid to be there doesn’t matter. That walking out, flummoxed, after a few minutes is the same as commanding the venue, taking some shots and coming back strong…..

mollypitcher5

Not to be shamed by other American No Go Zones now the Northwest has their own.

SteveInCO

“Fascists out of PDX”

I see, they’re planning to bug out.

Oh, wait, they don’t realize they’re the damned fascists. How silly of me.

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Gudthots

God bless America, Land that I Love.
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Wolf Moon

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