Quick Update

update

No, I haven’t posted anything as of late, I was working a couple of twelve hour work shifts and I’ve been conversing with a young Christian in Burundi, and answering his questions about the Tabernacle. It’s amazing how a quick response can turn into a short Epistle!

I should tell you how God recently blessed me! I work part time as a Security Guard on a military base (semi-retired). I work about ten days per month. Then the base decided to increase the hours and I was ending up working about 19 days per month, far more than I needed or wanted. I put in for a transfer to another base where the shifts would go back to about 10 per month but hadn’t received any positive feedback on my request. Then, out of the blue, a new position opened up at a military Armory here in Halifax where I would be working 10 days a month again and they offered it to me. I have my own office and maybe see about 10-15 people go through in a day. The rest of the time I can do what I want. Inside, out of the elements, with most of the conveniences of home readily available. I hesitate calling this “work”. God is so good!

Needless to say, I’ve also been enjoying my relatively new Amplified Study Bible. I completed reading through the Gospel of Matthew again. I still can’t believe how much more I seem to get out of rereading a Gospel each time that I do it. I know that Jesus told the Apostles that the Holy Spirit would bring to their remembrance all that had transpired but Matthew’s putting the Gospel of Matthew together was no small feat! My friend David, who is Jewish, said it was the Gospel of Matthew that convinced him that Jesus was the Messiah. The Gospel of Matthew is written for Jewish people. It is an amazing Gospel that he put together. Considering there were no “voice recorders” back in those days, the words of Jesus that are quoted are huge, not to mention the references to the Old Testament. Imagine if you will, putting yourself in the place of Matthew and then compiling the Gospel like he did. It’s pretty impressive.

I’ve also gone through Genesis, Exodus and am now into Leviticus. The new Amplified Study Bible is a hard copy and my markers are getting quite a work out. I’m into my third set of markers! There’s something about a hard copy that the electronic version just can’t compete with. Did I mention that I got a new IPad? Yep, bigger and better. Gave my old one away to one of my daughters. Got the new one from one of my sons at almost half price with an attached keyboard thrown in for good measure. Once again, God is good.

I have a ton of items to write on, (notes are on my IPad), but that will follow later. God has been blessing the work I do on this blog. Readership is up and stats keep climbing. Funny thing about the stats, when I keep focused on communion with God and His Word and prayer, they seem to climb all by themselves and if I shift my focus on the stats they drop. There’s probably a lesson there to be learned if you look for it!

And Church has been really good as of late. Gotta be careful here, it’s always good but lately it’s been REALLY good. The Holy Spirit is definitely present and so often my memory recalls the beauty of singing to our Lord and the presence of God that was felt by all. Don’t forget to constantly hold your Pastor and his family up in prayers as well as all members of your church.

I hit a couple of low days for some reason awhile ago but a post by Bill Sweeney snapped me out of that. You should check out his post “Pressing On“, he and his wife Mary are amazing people.

That’s it for now, may our gracious and loving God richly bless all of you.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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13 comments on “Quick Update
  1. Glad to see you back! I can relate, there is just something about holding God’s Word in your hand as opposed to it being on a device. Amen about the focus on stats! Have a blessed day Bruce.

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  2. Thanks for the update and the blessing of hearing more about you. God is good and what a blessing the new work seems.

    I must confess, with much trial and tribulation over the years, I am now completely digital. There are a few drawbacks but it really helps my research and writing. I do sometimes miss my marked up bibles (I kept them all) but wouldn’t look back. Just my story; not advocating for it.

    Blessings, grace and peace from King Jesus.

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    • Bruce says:

      Oh, I’m still about 75% digital, just couldn’t help myself with going through a hard cover one more time. Have a great day Michael and blessings to you and yours my friend.

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Absence is forgiven. You have been busy . Yes Bill and Mary…words really seem small when you consider the blessing they are to the kingdom.

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  4. Happy New Year! You’ve been selected for the MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD! Participate and have some fun!

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  5. SLIMJIM says:

    That’s God’s providence in your work situation!

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  6. Bill Sweeney says:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words, my friend.
    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to turn the pages of a book in over twenty years. I am fine with reading books on my computer, but I really miss reading my Bible, making notes and underlining verses. Reading the Bible on my computer seems so “disconnected.” I think you know what I mean.
    You work long hours, Bruce.

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Bill, sometimes it feels that way (long hours) but mostly not. God has really blessed me. I am however loving the “hard copy” and time is short. Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Some day I will meet you and I so look forward to that. I hope were buddies up there. It’s not like we’re going to be pressed for time! I thank you so much for your faith and how you share so honestly. Grace and blessings my friend.

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