Make It Your Habit Ter Pray Daily Fer Skipper’s Angels Ter Build a Fortress of Protection ‘round Ya and Them Ya Love

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Make It Your Habit Ter Pray Daily Fer Skipper’s Angels Ter Build a Fortress of Protection ‘round Ya and Them Ya Love

Angels attended him. – Mark 1:13

While in tha wilderness angels attended ter tha Sun and served him.

Though Skip may call us in ter dangerous situations, he ‘ill often times command his angels ter watch over us. In fact, it be a good habit ter pray daily fer Skipper’s angels ter build a fortress of protection ‘round ya and them ya love. Yer prayer might be sump’en like this.

“Father, please ‘ave yer angels build a fortress of protection around (and then name them ya love who need watching over).” If ya know of some who be at risk of getting attacked by tha devil, ask fer added protection ter keep tha Prince of Darkness and his demons from breaking in and dragging ’em away.

Here be some promises fer angel guardians ya kin pray back ter Skipper.

(Psalm 91:11) For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

(Luke 4:10 19) For it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you.”

(Hebrews 1:14 17) Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

(Psalm 34:7 16) The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

(Matthew 18:10 10) “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

(Psalm 103:20 9) Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!

(Hebrews 13:2 8) Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

I dare say, when we look back on our life, we ‘ill be shocked at tha number of times angels stood watch over us and kept us from harm.

If Skip commands us ter go in ter a wilderness, ter go without food and shelter, ter be tested and tempted in all manner of ways, ter be under constant threat of death from wild beast and wicked men, he ‘ill send his angels ter keep an eye on us.

He ‘ill also ‘ave his ears alert ter our prayers, pleas, cries fer help, and calls of praise and thanks. It be in tha wilderness that a feller ‘ill either grow closer ter Skip and learn ter want mor of him or turn his back and trod off in ter eternal darkness.

Whar ya end up be yer choice.

With Skipper Forty Days Often Be a Time of Testing, a Time of Cleansing, a Time of Transition

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With Skipper Forty Days Often Be a Time of Testing, a Time of Cleansing, a Time of Transition

Immediately the Spirit brought (sent) Him out into the wilderness. – Mark 1:12

Tha Sun be in tha wilderness fer forty days.

Forty days be long spell ter go without food and water. Forty days be long spell ter go without spying another feller or lass who ‘ill offer a kind word and bite ter eat. After forty days a feller might think Skip give up on him, but Skip ne’er gives up on us.

Ter be sure, we kin give up Skip and harden our hearts ter tha place whar we no longer hear his voice or feel his touch, but he be calling ter us ‘ill tha very end, of this ya kin be sure.

When folks seen that Moses be so long in coming down from tha mountain, they said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” After they fashioned themselves a whole passel of little gods, them folks rose early tha next day and sacrificed burnt offerings ter thar tiny gods. Afterward they sat down ter eat and drink and ter indulge in revelry. That be when Skipper said ter Moses, “You best go down because your people have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them.” (Exodus 32:1-8)

How long ya willing ter wait on Skip? Four days, forty days? For ever?

With Skipper forty days often be a time of testing, a time of cleansing, a time of transition.

  • When Skipper destroyed the earth with water, he caused it ter rain forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:12).
  • Tha twelve spies took forty days ter spy out Skip’s Promised Land (Numbers 13:25).
  • Goliath taunted Saul’s army fer forty days ‘fore David showed up ter slay tha big feller (1 Samuel 17:16).
  • When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
  • After tha Sun rose from tha grave, he stuck around forty days ‘fore going up in ter heaven (Acts 1:3).

In ever case, after forty days a thing be altered: purification (tha flood), eradication (little god worshippers), jubilation (fer two of them spies), liberation (death of Goliath), examination (Elijah), translation (tha Sun ter his heavenly throne).

If ya be in a desert wilderness, examine yer circumstances ter see what Skip be trying ter alter. Doth ya need ter be made pure, get shed of a thing, find joy in tough circumstances, be set free of a giant, reflect on yer relationship with Skip, or be transitioning in ter a new role?

Skipper ne’er waste a day on ya. If ya be on tha back side of life, thar be a reason. Look up, look about, and ask Skip ter show ya how come ya be out in tha wild. In time, he will, ya may lay ter that.

Getting More of Skip Whilst We Be in a Wilderness Be a Right Fair Trade

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Getting More of Skip Whilst We Be in a Wilderness Be a Right Fair Trade

Immediately the Spirit *brought Him out into the wilderness.- Mark 1:12

Soon as tha Sun took a dip fer Skip tha Holy Spirit of Truth compelled him ter go in ter tha wilderness. This not be tha first time Skipper or his Spirit give a feller a hard nudge ter send ’em off in ter tha unknown.

Right after Adam and Eve messed up, Skip kicked ‘em out of tha Garden. Keep in mind, all manner of animals and wild beasts be roaming about back then. Why, only a few days ‘fore tha pair got tha boot, Adam and Eve be playing with the lioness and her cubs. After thar sin, though, with them being on tha outside looking in, that lioness whar near ’bout ready ter tear tha couple from limb ter limb. Such be tha attitude of tha wild things that live under tha curse of sin.

Whilst trapped as slaves in Egypt, Skip commanded his chosen ones ter go in ter tha wilderness. At first they be excited fer tha adventure, but after a month or more of roaming about, they got ter grumbling and complaining. Had it been put ter a vote, most would ‘ave voted ter return ter thar old home, but like with Adam and Eve, Skip fixed it so they not be able ter go back ter tha safety of slavery. 

Better ter live free and die, than ter die without ne’er living: that be tha abundant life in tha Sun.

Elijah got sent ter tha wilderness.

David fled ter tha wilderness.

Most all of us gets ter spend time in tha wild.

Often in tha wild ya not be knowing whar yer next meal ‘ill come from or if ya ‘ill find water or shelter. In tha wild yer sandals wear out, feet get tuckered out, cloak be turned inside out on account of it so worn its innards be its outards. 

But in in all cases if Skipper be tha one who sent ya in ter tha wild, he ‘ill also be tha one standing thar waiting ter welcome ya back from yer trek.

What be tha wilderness yer avoiding? What be tha wilderness yer trying ter escape? Be it an affliction, condition, incarceration? Be it tha slums with thar gangs, poverty, a mate who pounds on ya all tha time and won’ let ya leave?

If ya be wandering about in a wilderness, know this: Skipper be among tha wild things with ya. Oh, I know we wish Skip would simply hoist us on ter his back and carry us out of tha wilderness, but most times he wants us ter have more of his strength, more of his stamina, more of him.

Of this ya kin be sure: getting more of Skip whilst we be in a wilderness be a right fair trade. Only tha thing be, ya kin not get more of Skip without giving up some of yer self, some of yer safety, some of yer control.

If ya feel tha Holy Spirit of Truth nudging ya ter take a hike in ter tha wild, confirm tha call with Skip, then set off. A feller who sits on his duff and does tha same thing all day ‘ill seldom ‘ave a tale ter tell. Fer tha good yarns, ya got ter go ter whar tha wild things roam.

 

Start From Whatever Hood Ya Come From

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Start From Whatever Hood Ya Come From

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. – Mark 1:9 (Mark 1:9-13)

Skipper’s Sun grew up in a region always on edge. Centuries of conflict between one sect and ah nudder, between different beliefs, diverse backgrounds and races and loyalties left folks distrustful of one ah nudder. Bandits roamed about. Zealots terrorized folks. Rome ruled, but due ter its distance from seats of power, much of Galilee remained under tha control of whatever local militia might ‘ave tha most power. Bribes be expected, beatings tha punishment fer them who refused. This be tha neighborhood tha Sun come from.

So when Nathanael asked, “Can any good thing come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46) it be a right fair question. It be like asking if anything good kin come from tha slums of Bristol.

But at age thirty, tha son of a carpenter sets out from Nazareth with no influence, no followers, no formal rabbinic teaching, and no expectations from others that he ‘ill amount ter anything.

Only a few know him ter be Skipper’s Sun and most dare not speak of it.

Down ter tha Jordan River he walks. Thar tha Sun finds his cousin, John, calling folks ter repent, confess thar sins, and be baptized. Now tha Sun doth not ‘ave ah thing ter repent of. He ne’re committed a sin. Other folks don’ know this, though, so ter set things right from tha start, tha Sun wades in ter tha Jordan ter show that being washed clean of our filthy living be tha first step towards turning ter Skipper.

Ah good many folks ‘ill make all manner and excuses fer why they don’ need ter be baptized. Folks bathe. Folks shower. Folks frolic in ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, and sea. But they won’ take a dip fer Skip? Don’ make sense.

Some claim they had water sprinkled on thar head when they was a tiny tot, or they was baptized once, but kin not remember when, or being baptized be an out-dated way of showing ya be a follower of tha Sun. Only think on this: if tha Sun, Skipper’s only boy, thought it worth his time ter take a dip, could it not be a thing ya ought ter do as well?

Tha Sun seen tha heavens opening. Now that be an odd thing ter see in it self, but then Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth descended upon Him in tha way a dove might come ter alight on a branch. 

A voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son. In You I m well pleased.”

Kin Skipper say tha same ’bout ya? ‘Ave ya done tha first things first? Or did ya head off on yer walk with tha Sun without taking tha steps he took at tha start?

We be called ter follow tha Sun, not get ahead of him. Walk in tha ways he walks. Start at tha start. Start from whatever hood ya come from.

If a feller or lass says ter ya, “Ya ‘ill ne’er amount ter anything,” don’ ya believe it fer a second. Be baptized in ter tha Sun and ya ‘ill become Skipper’s child. If ya ne’re do anything else, that right thar be a right fair accomplishment. Take a dip and sail on, brothers and sisters. Sail on.

If We Want All Tha Country Ter Go Ter Tha Sun Let Us Be About Tha Business of Doing Tha First Things First

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If we want all tha country ter go ter tha Sun let us be about tha business of doing tha first things first

All the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem. – Mark 1:5 (Mark 1:1-8)

John Mark appears ter have spent a good amount of time listening ter tah preaching of Peter and taking notes. For a time John Mark ministered with Paul and Barnabas, but then tha lad got a bad case of homesickness and jumped ship.
 
Though later Paul refused ter take John Mark back, at tha end of his life Paul pleads fer John Mark ter come quickly and bring Paul’s cloak, parchments (perhaps so Paul could pen more letters), and scrolls (so as ter read more of Skipper’s words.) It might be said of John Mark that he witnessed ter two of Skip’s greatest preachers: Peter and Paul.
 
When we read Mark it be as if, through tha Holy Spirit of Truth, we be transported back ter tha first century and enjoy a front row seat of Old Pete’s preaching.
 
After reading short passages of Mark, close yer eyes. Feel tah dust on tha tops of yer feet, tha caked mud ‘tween ter toes. Taste tha salt of sweat in yer mouth whilst tha sun bakes down on ya. Hear tha murmuring of others whilst Peter’s words echo off buildings. Inhale tha odor of sheep and cattle being led ter stalls near tha perimeter of Jerusalem. If this whar yer first time hearing, how would ya respond ter Peter’s words?
 
This be our challenge: ter hear afresh tha living words of Skipper spoken ter the crowds through Old Pete.

Tha beginning of tha gospel of tha Sun starts like this: “Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you — before your face — who will prepare the way.

John, tha cousin of tha Sun, preached a baptism of repentance. Doth we?
John, tha one who baptized folks in tha River Jordon, preached fergiveness of sins. Doth we?
All tha country went out ter John. All tha people of Jerusalem went ter him. Doth we draw a crowd when we speak and write?

Doth our preaching attract lubbers and sailors alike?
Doth our preaching convict all ter confess thar sins?
Doth our preaching compel all ter be baptized with water and tha Holy Spirit of God?

If we want all tha country ter go ter tha Sun let us be about tha business of doing tha first things first. Begin at tha beginning of the gospel of tha Sun. Begin with repentance, fergiveness of sins, and baptism in water and tha Holy Spirit of Truth.

Start at the start and ya ‘ill come closer ter hitting tha mark.

Be on Yer Guard So That Ya May Not Be Carried Away by Tha Error of Tha Lawless Fellers

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Be on Yer Guard So That Ya May Not Be Carried Away by Tha Error of Tha Lawless Fellers

Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless. – 2 Peter 3:17 (2 Peter 3:14-18)

Since we be looking forward ter tha coming of tha Sun with eagerness, make ever effort ter be found washed and cleaned and with garments that not be soiled. Make it yer mark ter be blameless and at peace with tha Sun so he don’ ‘ave ter call ya out on account of some offenses ya committed. Tha Sun’s patience means more time fer folks ter repent and be rescued.

Peter warns ’bout how tha Apostle Paul wrote ter folks ‘bout wicked behavior. Ter be sure, Peter admits, Paul’s letters contain some hard things ter understand and do. Because ignorant and unstable fellers distort Paul’s writings, as they do other parts of Skipper’s Code of Conduct, it ‘ill lead ter thar own destruction.

Be on guard against such fellers so that ya and yer youngins may not get carried away by this wicked pack of reprobates. Think on tha yarn below these words fer a bit.

In tha dark of early morning near the broad Matla River, villagers follow tiger tracks towards the forest. All be quiet. From within tha steaming mist shards of sunlight split tha blackness. Deer hiss and high-hop away. Monkeys scurry high up trees, their yips and hooting alerting tha posse ter tha presense ahead. Clearing a slight rise, fellers peer down onto the jungle floor. There tha tiger carries tha limp body of a child in its mouth. Jaws synched tight, fangs impaled in ter tha young child’s torso. Specs of blood marks tha beast’s early dawn trek away from tha village in in ter tha jungle. In this province tha tiger be protected. Tha tiger be sacred. Tha life of tha tiger be of more value than tha life of village children.

Like this yarn, Peter warns that sinful fellers may look harmless as a tiger cub, but when fully grown they ‘ill carry away our youth. Drag ‘em away from tha threshold of our homes and in ter tha jungle of darkness. Be on guard. Make it yer task not ter fall from yer position or be distracted from yer watch. Keep yer self, flock, family, and youngins away from tha jungle of sin whar tha devil prowls about seeking ter snatch away all he kin.

Grow in grace, yes. Give ever feller and lass tha opportunity ter repent, yes. Encourage folks in tha ways of Skipper.

But also take ter heart Skip’s warnings regarding tha lawless fellers who be roaming about and leading our youth ter thar death.

Submit Ter Wholesome Thinking and Ya ‘ill He His Glory Burst Forth, Ya May Lay Ter That

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Submit Ter Wholesome Thinking and Ya 'ill He His Glory Burst Forth, Ya May Lay Ter That

I write in order to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and through your apostles. – 2 Peter 3:1-2 (2 Peter 3:1-10)

Some times a feller needs a letter from home, a word of encouragement from a feller mate who serves on another of Skip’s ships. This be what Peter did from time ter time: he scratched out a note, shoved it in a bottle, and send it floating on tha currents ter them far, far away.

One bit of advice Peter offered long ago remains as apt today as it did tha day he picked up tha quill. In tha last days — and we be in ‘em fer sure — scoffers ‘ill be about. They ‘ill follow thar own evil desires and resist tha idea of a time of judgement and a time fer being held ter account fer all tha evil done in tha body.  Such rascals like ter say, “So. . . whar be this Jesus ya keep spouting ‘bout? Whar be his coming that he promised?”

Fellers who say such rubbish ferget that long ago by Skipper’s word ever thing be made. Skipper be patient, even with scoffers such as these. Skipper would prefer that ever person come ter repentance and turn from thar wicked ways.

But no matter how many days and chances Skip gives ‘em, a good many ‘ill ne’er come about and sail straight with Skipper. They be off tha edge of the map whar thar be monsters and worse.

Them who mock Skipper’s words ne’er believe that tha Sun ‘ill come in his full glory and with judgement like a thief stealing aboard in tha dead of night. Whilst tha crew slumbers and tha night watch sleeps at his post, tha Sun ‘ill burst forth. Then it’ll be ter late ter change yer stripes.

That be how come we need ter abide by Skipper’s Code of Conduct and live in a manner that reflects his loving and holy character. We ought ter look forward ter tha day of tha Sun’s appearing and speed his coming with our prayers. “Lord,” says we, “may yer kingdom come and soon.” ‘Till such time, let us be about tha business of eagerly looking fer that day and telling others of Skipper’s love and grace and tha sacrifice his Sun made fer us.

Check ter see if ya ‘ave grown in grace and understanding of Skip’s Code. Doth ya have more insight of Skipper, more of tha Sun’s character, than ya had last year this time? Last month? Last week?

Purity be tha result of continued spiritual living with Skipper. Our vision of what lies beyond tha horizon grows stronger when we become more like Skip and get his view of things. It be tha pure in heart who see Skipper. (Matthew 5:8) It be tha pure in heart who see Skip’s hand at work in tha heavens, on earth, and in thar life.

Skipper asks, “Shall I hide from him what I am doing?” (Genesis 18:17) “No!” says we. “Show us.”

Submit ter wholesome thinking and ya ‘ill see his glory burst forth, ya may lay ter that.