James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence

Serious #writers lets help each other get this important news out for 2015. Thanks for following John Edward Lawson and #Livingthepromiseseedlife Blogs

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The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program offers one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January. In recognition of Merrill’s own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

The Merrill House Committee works to preserve James Merrill’s residence in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In this spirit, the Committee wishes writers-in-residence to be enriched by and also to enrich the community of Stonington. We ask those who are spending an extended (4-1/2 month) residency to present a reading of their work. We can also assist in arranging workshops, school…

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Make My Brother Share The Inheritance

Kingdom believers, what is most important to God?  We who have the scriptures know. To love God, follow His commandments, and love your neighbor as your self.  The entire “Law and Prophets” is summed up in this.  But why can’t we put all our desires aside and love God and one another.  We know this is right.  But we just can’t do it.  Some have ask the question “Is #Christmas A pagan Holiday”? Another (Luke 12) ask of the Lord Jesus, “make my brother share the inheritance with me”.  And the Lord answers with a question, “Who made Me judge or arbiter between you and him”.  You see if we know the TRUTH we have our answers. Why would anyone ask such a question concerning Christmas if you love Christ and know all the benefits of his coming. Or, if we know that there should not be any lack among the members of the body of Christ why is one #homeless, one naked, or one hungry? Why does one brother have to beg or prove he is due his inheritance. It is because of greed and the holding on to one’s material possessions. Yes we can share the joy, the love, the faith, the tolerance, but no this building, this #business, the skill, these jobs, these positions, no this is not the inheritance the word is talking about.

I personally don’t have the will to fight for such things. I know the Lord is my provider, and I know He can provide, deliver, and satisfy all my needs. But this does not make me innocent. And also I am not a fool to anyone except for Christ. So I must speak up for the unfortunate, the mute, the deaf, the lame and etc. So I see why the hypocrite would say Christmas is a pagan day. He has a guilty conscience about all the stores he owns at the mall decked out in Santa Clause, Holy, and #HappyHolidays. He gives the pagan, heathen, or what other vile name he can think of his minimum wages for 24/7 and holidays, and he thinks he has done his duty.

I hope someone will read this and know that the same struggles the world has the Church has also. But as believers we live by faith in God. It seems no one wants to acknowledge that all things belong to God. The Lord tells a rich young ruler to sell all your goods and give to the poor. Then in another place the word says no greedy person has any inheritance in the Kingdom of God. We ask and don’t receive because we do not want to spend our possessions on the things that pleases God (James 2).

Many unbelievers give their time and money to care for the needy but do not acknowledge God. As believers we are no better when we weigh down thousands of brothers and sister with rules and rituals that in themselves make void the grace, mercy, freedom, and the inheritance that comes with acknowledging and obeying God. And we believers loose our authority to ask for what is rightfully ours as Children of the King when we do not speak up or stand up for what is right.

It is a new day and light has come into the world to expose the age old evil of the world. The Light will expose the hypocrite and greedy desires of men. Finally believers, study to show yourselves approved before God, a workman rightly dividing the word of truth.

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Grace and Peace from our Heavenly Father, and the Lord Jesus. I am Lezah Rous Edwards (Pen), Promise Seed CDC, Inc at http://livingthepromiseseedlife.net a 501-C-3) tax exempt corporation.

Fifteen More Years

Hi everyone.  Just felt like writing today because I have so much to be thankful for, it would be wrong towards God to keep it to myself.  Hope this helps somebody.

October is special for me because 15 years ago I was challenged with a diagnosis of Kidney Cancer.  At that time I put my faith into ACTION and today I am even more rooted in my Savior. It was actually September 1999 when I got the news, and a month later before I had my pruning.  That’s what I’m calling my surgery because of that word that reminds me that He cuts off every branch that is not bearing fruit so that my other members can bear more fruit.

There is a story in the Bible about a King, Hezakiah, who after being robbed by someone who he had confided in, he got sick. (Communing with, and confiding in the wrong people can rob you of the spirit and make you sick.)  He made some kind of medicinal paste out of figs, he prayed, and he asked the Lord for 15 more years.  I don’t actually remember asking the Lord for 15 more years but here I am here by His grace and His mercy.

The Lord has given me this time and I am  grateful for this opportunity to share the fruitfulness of growing in His spirit with anyone who has eyes to see, and ears to hear.  I am closer to the Lord because of this experience and more confident of His love towards me because even though I did not ask, He kept me all these years despite my shortcomings and lack of faith.  I can go to Him in prayer or I can read His word.  Which ever way we communicate with our Lord, let us not forget to ask, knock, and seek him above all other, for only He knows the number of our years.

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Google doodle honors tennis pioneer Althea Gibson

Google doodle honors tennis pioneer Althea Gibson

Play to win, but first get in the game…

For The Win

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On the 87th anniversary of her birth and the opening day of the tournament she won twice, Althea Gibson was honored in a special Google doodle that headlines the front page of the world’s most popular search engine. The animated doodle depicts Gibson hitting a forehand and overhead on a court with a baseline that spells “google.”

In honor of Gibson, FTW highlights five things to know about the tennis Hall of Famer.

1. She broke the color barrier at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut, Gibson became the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open. Shewas accepted thanks, in part, to an editorial written by the four-time champion Alice Marble. ”If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen,” Marble wrote, ”it’s also time we acted a little more like gentle people and less like sanctimonious…

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