<![CDATA[The Rolingers - Nancy\'s Blog]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:27:20 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[He Remains Faithful]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:10:10 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/he-remains-faithfulIn reading Jacob’s story this morning one thought keeps coming to mind. Jacob had a plan, but God had a different plan. Woven throughout the history of the Jewish people is the theme of the faithfulness of God. People are a mess. God is faithful. That is a note of thanksgiving!

If we are faithless,
He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13 


Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Thomas O. Chisholm

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<![CDATA[God keeps His promises!]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:34:41 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/november-17th-2017"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go,
and will bring you back to this land;
for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
Genesis 28:15  


I love this promise. Jacob went to sleep and saw a ladder upon which angels were ascending and descending. At the top of the ladder was the Lord who promised Jacob many things. He promised to be with him and protect him and bring him back to the land. He would keep his promises.

God always keeps His promises. He doesn’t lie. Wonderful!

God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Numbers 23:19 

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<![CDATA[Like father, like son]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:10:49 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/like-father-like-sonAbraham’s good and bad behavior was repeated in his son.

When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said,
"She is my sister," for he was afraid to say,
"my wife," thinking,
"the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah,
for she is beautiful."
Genesis 26:7


Afraid. The father’s fear was repeated in his son so that Isaac followed the bad behavior.
It’s so true and so sad. There is a warning here to watch what we do for those following.

Then Isaac dug again the wells of water
which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham,
for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham;
and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.
Genesis 26:18  


Isaac dug again. He found the life giving water his father found and opened the wells again. Children don’t just learn the bad behavior, they follow the good too. There is blessing here. And encouragement to press on digging wells that the children can drink from. Wells of living water. Keep digging!

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<![CDATA[Satisfied with Life]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:53 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/satisfied-with-lifeAbraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age,
an old man and satisfied with life;
and he was gathered to his people.
Genesis 25:8  


Satisfied with life! That’s a lovely thing.
The only way one can be satisfied with life is living like an alien, seeing the eternal.

By faith he (Abraham) lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking for the city which has foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.
Hebrews 11:9, 10  

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises,
but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance,
and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
For those who say such things make it clear
that they are seeking a country of their own.
And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out,
they would have had opportunity to return.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God;
for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:13-16  


I am desiring a better country. Looking for the city ahead that God is building. But until then so satisfied with life. So thrilling to watch God at work in our day!

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<![CDATA[The Lord leads]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:10:11 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/the-lord-leadsHe said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham,
who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master;
as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way…
Genesis 24:27  


I like the King James here.
I being in the way, the LORD led me.

I love the way the Lord leads. We start walking in His way… He leads us.

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.
G. A. Young
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<![CDATA[A Pilgrim and a Stranger]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:10:05 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/a-pilgrim-and-a-strangerI am a stranger and a sojourner among you;
Genesis 23:4  


So this morning we are taking a trip to Ikea to get bookshelves and bathroom cabinets and other things to build into my new house. Even though we have a house, we are pilgrims and strangers like Abraham. This is always good to remember so we can live for our eternal home.

Thinking of these verses today.

Your statutes are my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.
Psalm 119:54

All these died in faith, without receiving the promises,
but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance,
and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
For those who say such things make it clear
that they are seeking a country of their own.
And indeed if they had been thinking of that country
from which they went out,
they would have had opportunity to return.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God;
for He has prepared a city for them.
Heb 11:13-16

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers
to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:11

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<![CDATA[God has provided a lamb!]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:21:21 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/god-has-provided-a-lambHe said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac,
and go to the land of Moriah,
and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey,
and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son;
and he split wood for the burnt offering,
and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Genesis 22:2,3  


This is such a beautiful story! God asks for Abraham’s son, the one he loves, His only son. The child of promise! It was a test that Abraham passed with flying colors!

Abraham called the name of that place
The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day,
"In the mount of the LORD it will be provided."


God provided a lamb. God has provided a lamb for us. His name is Jesus.
God gave His Son, His only Son, the Son He loves. Have you received Him?

For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.
John 3:16 

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<![CDATA[God keeps His Word]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:10:27 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/god-keeps-his-wordThen the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said,
and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised.
So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age,
at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.
Genesis 21:1, 2


Such a lovely description of the faithfulness of God to His own word.

as He has said…
as He had promised…
of which God had spoken to him…


Be sure of this, God keeps His word.
Whether we understand it.
Whether we laugh at it.

And I love this phrase…
God took note of Sarah.

And God takes note of you. To fulfill His promise. Wonderful, wonderful Lord!

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<![CDATA[Choices and Purity]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:40:41 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/choices-and-purityRead Genesis 20.

First, I was warned as I watched Abraham behave the same as he did 20 years earlier, even though he should have grown and known God better. Shame! And then I feel rebuked myself. Live for God, Nancy! Don’t fall back into sinful patterns!

The second outstanding thing is to see how much God wants purity in marriage. So much so, that when Abraham gave his wife away, God protected her. Why? You can see in the conversation God has with Abimelech that God is interested in preserving Sarah’s purity. Marriage is important to God. Of course God would fulfill his promise through Sarah so He would defend her, even from her husband’s lack of faith.

The last meditation I had today is that sometimes God protects us from bad decisions and sometimes He doesn’t. Make good choices! Live for God.
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<![CDATA[God is Serious about Sin]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:36:43 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/god-is-serious-about-sinFor we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.
Genesis 19:13  


God doesn’t turn a blind eye to sin. He hears it’s outcry and one day His patience is over and sin is punished. God is a wonderfully patient God. He’s waiting for people change their minds about Him.

I'm thinking about these verses today:

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience,
not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans 2:4  

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you,
not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Acts 16:31

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