How do we celebrate the Birth of Christ?

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Well I have plenty of time on my hands so I wrote this. Thinking about how I hate knowing so many believers celebrate Halloween…. I just don't understand Christian behavior when it comes to Christmas. We are lying to our kids about Santa Claus, and many of us are not walking in the Spirit of Christ at Christmas. If I make you mad, sorry!!! truly not my intent…

HONESTY…. IS IT TRULY THE BEST POLICY?

Setting here waiting for my husband’s dialysis treatment to come to an end I have plenty of time to consider why and what I do believe is important in my life.

From the time I was very little, telling the truth seemed one of the strongest feelings I lived with. I wasn’t able to tell even those little white lies. My friends soon learned, don’t expect Lynda to tell you she likes something if she doesn’t. Praise the Lord, I learned how to still be honest and yet not so black and white without thought to the person asking, who generally didn’t want the truth if it wasn’t what they hoped to hear anyway.

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

For years I have watched, listened, and wondered in amazement how believers handle this holiday. There is such a lack of Christ centered emotions floating all over the place. And sad as it is Christians are just a bad and sometimes worse than those who don’t claim to love the Christ in the Christ-mas reason we say we celebrate.

Yikes… sometimes I don’t want the poor sales clerk to associate me with those who I other wise would consider very loving and giving. At least they appear to be so while singing, “Make me like you Lord during a church service.” Now it is hurry up or get out of my way I was here first. SAD! I know that isn't always the case, but it is often the case!

Doesn’t it say somewhere in the bible, God hates liars?

I learned long ago lying is simply not telling the truth. Either by omitting facts that change how the story unfolds to those listening, or flat out lying about the event on purpose. Both present an untruth. The first sin exposed was deception.

So how is it that generally Christian or not, people treat Christmas as if it is all about a fat jolly man wearing a funny red suit, who is on every corner handing out candy and breaking into our homes Christmas eve? Really, you want to tell your kids He is going to slide down a hot smokey chimney while expecting cookies and milk in exchange for gifts he will leave YOUR children if they were nice and not naughty all year?

Even Hallmark and other pretty safe TV channels are full of using Santa as a make-believe saint. Saint Nichols was a man and he did have the gift of goodness. But Santa isn’t Saint Nick. He is a lie. I must be so different; these things make me call upon the fruit of self-control! I wonder how my Lord feels, the one who took the beating so I didn’t have to. I can't help but question myself with sad emotions wondering how He feels when He has to watch many of His children celebrating a day calling it his birthday but using one of the biggest lies to do so.. SANTA CLAUSE Ho Ho Ho! Debt spending, and fear someone is going to think you didn’t spend enough on them!

The TV movies even those that have touching Christ like qualities still have parents totally lying to their children about a fake man who doesn’t exist and if he did wouldn’t care a hoot about what they got for Christmas.

As parents, let's speak the truth to our kids, so we won’t stand before God and try and explain how we allowed a world system belief to cause us to finally say, “Happy Holidays” verses "Merry Christmas and may the Lord Bless you this season!"

So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Lynda Lou

New Face to the Website

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We've recently moved the Clearsoundministries.net website to a new platform on Squarespace, and have given the website a stunning new look, with a fresh template and some amazing nature shots taken from our very own back yard!

Take a look at the new site to revisit some favorite teachings from past years, and new thoughts in the blog.

Stay tuned for a crisp, clear sound as it comes forth!

Our time is now

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Many in the body of Christ, many like myself have waited patiently for direction from the Lord, for understanding and for purpose.

I’m here to tell you God has always heard your cry and always had your best in mind. He’s kept you, sustained you, and now He is ready to release you.

As you have kept your position, one of bending your knee, one of obedience even in very difficult situations, He has been putting upon you, your wings!

Drawing your colors and preparing the people you will touch with your generosity, with your kindness, and with your faithfulness unto Him.

This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!

Lynda Bowers
4/8/18

Running my own race

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Today, as I look back and remember this entry from 6 years ago, I realize that I AM running my own race. While I do stumble often, I know His voice, so I stand back up, dust self off and continue to advance forward. I absolutely love knowing my Lord as my coach in life...

March 21, 2012:

Psalms 27:13 - "Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord's favor in the land of the living?"

It might take many years to see the fulfillment of the promises of God, but keep the faith and run your own race and you WILL experience it.

The Mouth Speaks

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.... Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks... Ouch!

So if we will actually allow ourselves to hear our words then we can understand it is not God who is not responding to our prayerful needs but the word is not hidden in our hearts. We are not hidden in Christ. For if we were, then we would be overflowing with gratitude and thankfulness no matter what the test.

We might not enjoy it, but still we understand that in Him we can do all things - even endure a hardship that seems unbearable. And in that place we begin to thank Him for helping us.

More About Pete and Lynda

More About Pete and Lynda

Pete and Lynda Bowers each found inner healing and freedom nearly 40 years ago, while living in Northern California. It is their desire to help others know the truth about who they truly are so they too can live in freedom and joy.

Both served the local church as well as other ministries in many different capacities.

They are loved and remembered today for the small groups, hosted inside their home for many years in Northern Ca. prior to moving to NW Arkansas.

Stepping Out

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Sometimes it just takes stepping out of the boat to realize you can walk on water. Peter wasn't God. He was just like the rest of us except that he wanted above all else to go meet Jesus. He didn't start to lose his stride until he stopped beholding Jesus' face and looked down at the waves.

So it is with all of us. Stay focused on the goal and keep your eyes on Him, not the circumstances. And when you find yourself slipping, call out. He will always respond and lift you back up.

Sit Down!

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When Pete and I first moved to Northwest Arkansas, we experienced many new adventures, tests, trials, and emotions. At one point while seeking understanding, I literally saw myself and felt as if I were in a boat.

Pete and I were standing in this boat and Jesus was standing in the center of the boat and it was rocking extremely hard!

I inquired of the Lord, "Why is it rocking so hard?" for it felt as if it was going to actually turn over. Peacefully, He simply responded, saying, "Sit down."

In the vision we sat down and all rocking stopped!

Many times since I have remembered this special time and sat myself down again.

When we sit down and He is standing, then our eyes always look up! He is the prince of Peace!
Rocking boats or calm waters matters not. Eyes fixed on His love and protection will keep our hearts steadfast and immovable!

Right Belief

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Right belief ends up with right behavior.
Right behavior ends up with right results.
Union with God ends up with Assurance.
Assurance ends up with knowing you are the child of God.

Knowing you are the child of God ends up with having the life God died for you to have and possess this side of heaven - life more abundantly.

2/27/05 - Lynda Bowers' journal