Today-beyond the random verse…

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” 

Luke 11 v21

     Just on this verse alone we realize that Jesus himself also gave consideration to what we as men do put a lot of stock into. We build ourselves to be strong and the protectors of what is ours. Whether it be our families, our possessions, and even our nation, we take a certain responsibility of being the protector. Going on into the next verse Jesus alludes to the fact that when someone stronger that we comes against us the possibility for them  to prevail is there and does happen. We still do our very best, and should to take that certain responsibility of what we have been charged with. 

     It seems that in the verses prior to this verse, there were those who wanted to doubt him, or shed a negative light on what had been done. He had just healed a man of evil possession and not being able to speak. It is hard to imagine why people choose to be divisive even when they witness good things unless the fact that a spiritual battle is recognized. What is not seen often drives the motives of what is manifested through people, and at times very easily. 

     The difference in these certain circumstances was that Jesus could discern their thoughts and as they brought out the negative, he challenged it directly. He gave specific examples of how men allow failure to become prevalent in their own life circumstances-“a kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation”, “Satan…divided against himself, how shall this stand?”. He directly reproved those who claimed that Beelzebub was his source of spiritual strength, and brought to point  their direct kinship according to them doing the same and said to them “therefore shall they be your judges” He, even as he lives in us he is not short on knowing how to handle a challenge that comes to those that are his. 

     “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.” Luke 11 v21 NKJV

     “When a strong man fully armed guards his own house his possessions are safe.” Luke 11 v21 NIV

       (12/3/2018)    This one verse standing alone leaves one with the thought to be strong and arm ourselves against an attack or against unexpected forces, mainly in a physical sense. This in reality is a good awareness but only until one stronger or more equipped with better armor shows up to overcome our man-made barriers. 

     “But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and over-come him, he taketh from him his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” Luke 11 v22 NKJV

     In a relationship to Christ Jesus he is our strength. Through grace-strength we learn to trust him and rely on him even as our barrier’s to outside forces, especially the unexpected, seem to be overcome.

     (12/4/2018) We seek after peace, (i.e. peaceful living in physical circumstances, peaceful rest in a mindful spiritual sense-) 

     Making choices on what we know provides some level of comfort and protection if we choose to act on what is the right choice. Making wrong choices on what we know also comes with known, pre-conceived results most of the time. 

     A couple of quotes-

     ‘Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in curiosity.’ P7 

     “Abiding in complete peace and silent awareness, you find the truth about eternal questions concerning God, the soul, and life after death.” P10 
Super Brain-Dr. Deepak Chopra/Dr. Rudolph E Tanzi 

     (12/5/2018) Our first go to in many instances of challenging circumstances or as a Christian recommendation ‘of encouragement’ is Phillipians 4 v13. The verse paraphrased goes something like this-“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Most of the time we relate that to something physical we are trying to accomplish, like- (from my youngest grandsons response-a good score), and from some initial thoughts-paying of a debt, loosing some weight, running a 5k, etc… The reality is most people, even those who are not profesing Christians can be accomplished in those area’s if they apply all the available knowledge with some determination to be successful,the unconventional knowledge, but the knowledge of rules, do’s and don’ts, etc… Another time we use that quote is in a time of loss-not only of physical possessions, but in the time of loosing a family member, friend or acquaintance in the passage of death. 

     Our strength we relate directly to the visible circumstances we find ourselves in, most often in the time of need. That’s OK, even good to do, but there’s more. 

     Scripture teaches us to examine ourselves…

     “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13 v5

     “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1 v4

     “Wherefore the rather, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” 2 Peter 1 v10

     …To take a deeper look. I believe it is correct in saying-the scripture encourages to examine ourselves daily. Why?

    In our preparation for the physical-We start with just that. Our questioning  begins-Are we eating right? Am I getting enough exercise? Can I do more to be in better shape faster? and so on it goes.

     In Dr. Deepak Choppra and Dr. Rudolph Tanzi’s book on p10 we saw the reference to peace, truth.

     (12/6/2018) “Abiding in complete peace and silent awareness, you find truth about the eternal questions concerning God, the soul, and life after death.” p 10 Super Brain

     A couple of immediate thoughts comes-One thread of truth… may not make up the entire truth of one matter of the un-known. 

     The next thought is the more important one-Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and…” paraphrased John 14 v6

     And I except that truth by faith and through a manifested presence of him in my own life. The Holy scriptures also reveal a way to have ‘peace beyond understanding, perfect peace’. Our own reliance on God is not so much a position of weakness but an ability of true strength. 

     “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4 v20

     According to Dr. Chopra and Dr. Rudolph E Tanzi’s book a “new study has shown that routine stress shuts down the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for decision making, correcting errors, and assessing situations.” p8 Super Brain

     (12/6/2018) The parallel to science and faith, what is it? Would it be safe to conclude that in the limits of science the study or research significantly supported that the unseen characters in life impact the physical characters that manifest themselves through our personal lives. 

     So is it also a comfortable place to go in saying-being armed with full armor in a physical sense definitely helps in many circumstances, yet being fully armed in a spiritual sense brings us to a whole other level in life, peace and fullness in life. 

     “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for the saints;… And for me (Paul), that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6 v10-v20 

     Trust God-we hear that often. Does that mean we do nothing and expect God to fulfill our lives?

     “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. Lord, what is a man, that thou takest knowledge of him!  or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.” Psalm 144 v1-4

        I believe there is a time of required defense. Life goes on and daily there are differences among people, even the greatest nations of the world and even to the smallest ones. Our veterans and our history continue to tell these stories. Many unpleasant circumstances have been overcome and many more will have to be as life continues to come but that is not all of the story. 

    It is difficult to find the man all good is spoke of yet we continue with the expectations of the highest standards of life, as we should.

       “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which de-spitefully use you. …” Luke 6 v26-28

       Jesus set the standard really high and we are to strive to reach those as we can but our only real ability to reach that mark is to continually seek his presence in our lives. 

In Writing-this past week we  (my precious wife and I) passed the mark of over a year of doing “the random verse” and decided to take post from that year and study and meditate on them further than before. The work here is a continuance of the post from the February 16, 2018 post. 

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” Luke 11 v21

To trust God. As we keep our own abilities intact, there are at times life that seems stronger than we are which comes as one stronger than us. As we stand with the Lord on our side, by rights of the right spirit within us, he will keep us.

Lord, help me today to stand where I need to stand and to treat others accordingly. By your grace we are loving to love in the name of Christ Jesus, your name. Amen.

Friday 2/16/2018

     As I seek to find the ways in grower closer to the Lord God it is a wonderful thing to have information from such great educators, Dr’s, teachers, and life itself in gaining a greater understanding. 

     There are times when not a lot seems to make sense, yet we keep on going. The physical does parallel closely with the spiritual and derives results from the spiritual. Scripture teaches again-

    “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are his. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the masters use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2 v19-21

     It is a great thing for me to have the wonderful spouse/wife that I have who seeks the same in knowing and sharing our walk in life, our journey with others. We are blessed.

     When I work to seek conclusion in the matter, (and to me everything matters, mostly the things that do not occupy space) even though one definition of matter is “things that occupy space. :), here is what I have came up with so far. Time, choice, and results all are measured some how. 

     Choosing right, God’s way, a Holy way, not of ourselves but of him leaves one with the results of fullness, even in most circumstances. The time passes with reference to hope, even an eternal hope. 

     Choosing wrong, the unGodly way of sin, a sinful life, even a sinful moment, works to tear at ones peace, pushing to the forefront. Sin leaves one feeling emptiness after promising great promise, an even temporal satisfaction. 

      This one verse has taken us far this week, and who knew the circumstances that would arise throughout the week. God did. We trust him, and leaving a last verse for today arising just from life this week, here is the one applying at the moment for the week for me…

    May the Lord, bless you all as you pray for us, my wife and I and our journey we do the same for you. Amen

    “And the publican, standing a far off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18 v13

 and from one small pastor and his wife only belonging for now to the church without (not contained in) walls, Amen

Sunday 12/9/2018


Today–beyond ‘a random verse’.

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” 

Luke 11 v21  

Jesus had set free a person held captive by “a devil” or demon. With this miraculous event there were those in his midst who wanted event to make bad of this for Christ. Some wondered about the event also. In the verses prior to and after Luke 11 v21 it read like this…

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of devils. And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, 

Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation: and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 

above–Luke 11 v14-23 Authorized King James Version

With these verses taken into consideration and even the focus of the random verse to begin with, my first thought goes to this verse…

And he said unto me, 

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

and another comes to mind as well

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

above–Psalm 20 v7-9

In life we learn that many things are beyond our control but I know life does not end there. We do not control the substance of life that comes from the breath that we breathe and do not see. God is good to us and blesses us daily. 

Yes, the sting of death still is existing but not forever. Eternal is the gift of life for anyone who chooses the life with the savior, Jesus Christ. In today’s culture and for a long time before now many have tried unsuccessfully to make this seem the most far-fetched thought of reality possible. Today, many will grasp to the idealism of darkness of empowerment through sorcery, or the likeness thereof, rather than turning to the empowerment of God through his son Jesus Christ. 

Yes, spiritual challenge is real but victory in the outcome is possible. As I study in areas of some of the most educated writers regargding the body and the brain the most sought after matter (seen but not seen) is truth. It is in truth that peace can be found and sustained. 

Lets see how easy it is to confuse even the definition of truth or matter. 

The definition of matter is “anything that occupies space” which in turn we can ask does truth occupy space. Everything matters but in real truth there is true peace. Truth is manifested in Gods son Jesus Christ, and he is, in his spirit of life, the one that manifest truth in our lives. When we allow him to, and yes, he does not override the will of each one of us. He may answer the prayer of another for us and see the circumstances of our lives redirect us to a right method of choice but in the end the choice is left to us to choose him and his way and with all hope, that is what we do. For today, all is well and more is to come on this which began with one verse…Be blessed, Amen

Saturday 12/1/2018


beyond the random verse…

The time has been well, in the joint effort of myself and my wife, to bring the post of “Today’s Meditation-a random verse” over the past year or so, to whomever would choose to share that moment with us. Often times it seemed that we alone were seeing the verse of the day, then to find that others had taken something from the daily post as well. It is now that I can hope that I had been as strong, spiritually strong as ever before but today as always before, we take one step at a time. 

We move on forward from this day to another part of the journey of our writing. While my entire intent is stilled being defined within myself and my wife, and with much prayer we are going a little deeper into the insight of what the past post’s of “Today’s Meditation” with “a random verse”. has brought to us. We will be taking some of the post’s to a further study level and hope to build on that, life skills that will  be a blessing to all involved. We hope that you join us in this study. 

All-though every comment is reviewed and hopefully add insight to what the Lord would have us all to take from each writing, they are not made public until I have had a chance to appreciate what they may bring to the thought of who may read them. 

In short version :), we are changing the post and are going to study the verses that we have been directed to over the past year a little deeper. The post may not be as often but we are still here studying them daily and hope to hear from you all as well. May the Lord bless you all and us together as we go forward into the next year. Amen

Our first of the past year…

“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:”

 Luke 11 v21

To trust God. As we keep our own abilities intact, there are at times life that seems stronger than we are which comes as one stronger than us. As we stand with the Lord on our side, by rights of the right spirit within us, he will keep us.

Lord, help me today to stand where I need to stand and to treat others accordingly. By your grace we are loving to love in the name of Christ Jesus, your name. Amen. -from February 16, 2018


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The category on the blog will be-In Writing-

Out of Context…

…”without the surrounding words or circumstances and so not fully understandable”…

Taken out of context, words can be used to manipulate thinking, influence decisions, create animosity, complacency,  and much more. Some would say, no harm done.

For example,

“Eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” Exodus 21 v24


But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and percute you;

and …

Today’s Meditation 3/2/2018

a random verse… to a tribute for a good man… from all my family…. and we continue on…

“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” Amos 4 v12

and the word go continues…

“Seek ye me, and ye shall live:”…

Beyond the beautiful wood is the Cross. 

Just as I am” the song says which played at the end of each service with a man saying ‘would you come, come right now, step out of your seat and come‘.

I am writing of a man who’s life on this earth, in mine and your life time, has portrayed the greatest example of what it looks life to be a selfless, true giving man. A man who truly understood the calling of God in a way that actually in truest fact put Christ first in his own personal life, and in the life of the ministry he was called to.

Through Christ Jesus living in him he understood the anointing of God in such a way that the peace of God shown round about him as he walked the halls of the world. The counsel he brought was first ‘All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask his forgiveness. Then turn from your sins-that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty.‘ ….by Billy Graham Ministries

From a distance and up-close, his life appears to be one of serving others with a capacity of immeasurable competence in what his purpose was. I know of not another man in my lifetime that can be measured in such a way of more giving than the late Reverend Billy Graham. His travels carried him around the world and across barriers that no other man was able to cross with a message that none other was allowed to bring in many of those places, that was the message of Christ Jesus. It was not a message of himself or his ministry but of the word of God, the Love of Jesus, and the peace of God. He often had to leave home and go on this journey with his wonderful wife and children understanding his the gift of his life that he was to bring to others.

You see, for this to work, they to had to have the gift of understanding the need for Christ around the world, and they do.

Even to those who did not understand, nor fail to understand still yet, his message remained consistent-You need Jesus. As I was blessed to travel for years and be involved in the political world for some time, another favorite song by Brandon Heath came and a part of the lyrics went like this, ‘give me your eyes for just one second‘, and what that request was to see what God seen for just one second of ‘all the people‘ who were moving about the world. ‘I can only imagine’ by MercyMe is another part of lyrics applicable to understanding the life and passing of Reverend, Brother, Father, Billy Graham. What were all the things he and his wife seen this side of heaven, the burden that drove them in keeping under the shelter of ‘the amazing grace’ he shared with so many others.

You see, I was truly one of those-so many others. I tell again, as I will over and over until I myself make that final transition the testimony of how Christ Jesus gave me literally a second or what I felt as a last chance on life through the ministry of Billy Graham. An evangelist David Ring bringing the message of hope even though his life had been riddled with cerebral palsy and numerous tragedies his life in Jesus was able to go forward. His message was you can to have hope and succeed.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding”

I was so glad to hear that message, but most of all to feel the anointing of the Lord drawing my life near to him once again, to release the burden of sins which sought to apply so much guilt in such a way of destruction and hopelessness, and hear the voice and respond directly to the almighty through his son Jesus Christ that set me free.

You raise me up so I can stand on mountains…You raise me up to walk on stormy sees…And I am strong when I am on your shoulders…You raise me up to more than I can be… ‘ by Selah

I can take no credits for the good things of life, only that God has blessed my life, and through him will the generations to come be blessed as well. May all the deserved credits of even this writing be where they should and with those who they belong, and the credits of life be where they belong, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Mathew 5 v8

I thank you for yet another brother who has come to be with you.

Bless his family today…

   Lord, we worship you…