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DR. ANDREA MACVICAR

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O' FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES

Dr. Andrea's personal testimony

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A TALE OF TWO FARMERS

A short story about the royal law.

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LIFT HIM UP

Encouragement and prayer to help you witness.

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EACH ONE REACH ONE

The Church in America

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TWO HEADS OR ONE?

One of the advantages of being a woman priest is that people tend not to mistake us for God, which they sometimes do with men. Penelope Jameison, Bishop of Dundin, New Zealand in the Chruch of England Newspaper; 11/20/92

At the creation there was no submission of the woman to the man enjoined - only the submission of both to their Maker, and to His divine order for the fulfilling of their destiny.  Jack Hayford, Pastor of Church on the Way, Van Nuys California
 
Everywhere I go, I’m invited; if men have invited me [to speak], I’m under the authority of that committee. But I don’t accept the fact that as a woman I can’t preach to or teach men. My authority is the authority of God’s Word. Anne Graham Lotz.
 
We have a world to win for Christ. The ship is sinking, and we [stand] on the shore arguing about who should go to the rescue, men or women. Kari Malcolm.
 
It was not a woman who sold the Lord for thirty pieces of silver. They were not women who forsook the Lord in the garden and fled. It was not a woman who denied Him three times in the high priest’s house. But there were women who wailed and lamented when Jesus was led forth to be crucified. They were women who stood to the last by the cross. And they were women who were first to visit the grave “where the Lord lay.” Bishop J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.
 
Not she with traitorous lips her Saviour stung; Not she denied Him with unholy tongue; She, whilst Apostles shrunk, could danger brave; Last at the cross, the earliest at the grave. Catherine Booth, Female Ministry; Salvation Army 1859.
 
What God opens, no one can shut.  Dr. Andrea Macvicar
 
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MINISTRY HELPS

During my years in ministry I have had many opportunities to share the Gospel as well as the joy of participating in the events and special occasions in the lives of people. Certain events, such as baptism, dedication of children and homes, ordinations, marriage ceremonies, National Day of Prayer, and rededication of faithfulness between spouses, led me to write those services. In those times I found few if any resources to help me with those specific services. Therefore, I am offering, to those who would like to minister to others, the services I have written. (I am including a Christian Seder and Year End questions at the end as well as personal comments on ministry.) You may download whatever you might find helpful.

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KIND INVITATIONS

Thank you for your many kind invitations to speak at conferences and in your churches from such wonderful countries as India, Nigeria, South Africa, Scotland, and others. Because of physical limitations, although my heart is always to preach the Gospel and minister by the Holy Spirit His Word, traveling for any length of time isn't possible for me at present. I have been in the body of Christ since 1946 and have been preaching and teaching since 1976. If you haven't already, please download my testimony, O, For a Thousand Tongues, and my recent addition, 1946. I would love to be with you all. My web site will be used as a vehicle to share my preaching notes, study commentaries, points of view on scriptures, and whatever I'm impressed to discuss in writing. I invite you to email questions and comment on what you are reading as well.  

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PROFOUND ATHEIST QUESTION

 

A "profound atheist" wrote to me in a birthday card: "If you have burdens, wish I could share them with you." I replied with the following comments.

 

I wasn't sure how to answer your question about what my burdens are. I thought about my life, and these are the answers to your question.

 

We, all of us, are in containers called bodies. These containers, from the time we are born, to throughout the time in which we live is constantly tried in a crucible of growth and suffering. So it is for all of us humans until our containers breakdown. This breakdown is called death. While we are still in this crucible called life (living) we all witness evil, wars, poverty, and imposed destruction because of human greed and selfishness and pride. We experience and observe suffering. And we look for answers to this human condition called life. We are all burdened by our own and also the suffering of others, no matter what we label the causes. We are also burdened by the weight of our own helplessness in the face of anger and hatred, violence and vengeance, rejection and sorrow— when our natural desire from the moment we are born is to be loved and cherished, and to be approved of and accepted by others without condition.

 

All of us journey through philosophies and ideals to come to the realization that the study, the learning, the thinking, the questioning, the work to determine how best to fill our great need to be loved and approved of, but no matter how hard we try to discover it, much to our disappointment, we come to realize we can never be loved and cherished as we had hoped and worked for. We discover we have a hole inside, an empty space within that longs to be filled with satisfaction, safety, love and peace. So we search for all four in our relationships with others who are searching for the same. This is the burden of the human condition.

 

And, after discovering that our relationships with others (who are also doing the same thing) isn't sufficient or satisfying, we spend years trying to fill our needs by seeking our answers through education, programs, systems, philosophies, debates, or by political and social networking, through various belief systems, or by wealth, beauty, talent, and self achievement. But no matter what we do, how hard we work, how great our achievements are, even with superior knowledge we all come to these questions: Is this all there is to life? Because if this is all there is then what is the purpose of life? Not in general, but specifically my life? Why was I born? Why am I here? Where am I going? I know I'm here today, but I can be gone tomorrow. Or, a minute from now. Isn't there something more? Something lasting? Permanent?

 

Even when we are children, we may not be aware that we are asking those questions—but we do.

 

"Mommy, Daddy, Auntie, Teacher, do you love me? Do you care about me? Am I pretty? Am I handsome? Am I smart? I know sometimes I disobey you. I'm sorry. Forgive me? Do you still love me when I'm bad? Will you always be there for me, no matter what I do?"

 

But the world and its knowledge, even with our education and study of its complexity cannot fill us, cannot give us what we are continually seeking: love, peace, acceptance, and safety.

 

Here is the answer to filling our inner void and lifting the burdens of our life. The answer is in our accepting a relationship offered to us that never disappoints, never causes fear, and never rejects us. Here is a relationship that is eternal, complete, trustworthy, and answers all our human questions. This relationship is not based on ritual, religion, philosophy, a system or organization, but on growing us up to know we are loved beyond measure. Not because we deserve to be loved, but because someone perfect exchanged His life for imperfect us in order for us to be free in His love and that He alone is the answer to our needs and has the answers to our questions. He is love. He is peace. He is acceptance. He is safety. He is Jesus Christ.

         

          Jesus says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6.)  And, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." (Matthew 11:28-30.) And, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him." (John 3: 16, 17.)

          "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."

          "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us—for whoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 2:18-20; 3:23; 5:8, 12; 10:13.) NAS

 

I do appreciate your good wishes in your card to me. After our many conversations, perhaps you will consider that my answer could be yours as well.

 

Andrea

©2022 Andrea MacVicar

 

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THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE

 

Coming to the close of another year when 2021 was supposed to be better than the Covid-19 frustrations of 2020. But instead of hopeful expectations being realized, its outcome of inflation, angry rhetoric, national divisiveness is greater not less. However, there is still a perfect remedy for disappointments and losses, no matter the underlying causes, whether they are inwardly personal (and) or outwardly imposed. As long as the container in which I live is still being held down by gravity, the only sure remedy for every dis-ease, malfunction, and every disappointment in others and myself is not the put-on pretense silliness of positivity-thinking, rah-rah, sis-boom-bah, hyper-speaking of "cheer-up" platitudes, but the abiding, certainty of grace which has been given— and thankfully, gratefully received— because His unfailing love has been proved through my countless life-experiences. This remedy is an immortal one: dependence on Christ.    

                             He Hides My Soul

                   The world, I thought, belonged to me—

                   Goods, gold and people, land and sea—

                   Wherever I walked beneath God's sky

                   In youthful days my word was "I."

 

                   Time passed, I saw a vision dear.

                   He came to show His pathway clear.

                   My former word no more sufficed.

                   And what I said was—"I and Christ."

 

                   But, oh, the more I looked on Him,

                   His glory grew while mine did dim.

                   I shrank so small; He towered so high,

                   All I dared say was—"Christ and I."

 

                   The years have gone; He's held His place

                   To hold me steady by His grace.

                   Now when I speak in humbler tones,

                   What I say is—"Christ alone."

 

                                (Poem inspired from a sermon heard long ago, yet true for today.)

 

Andrea MacVicar©2021

 

 

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BEFORE HIS FACE

We cannot see beyond the door,

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THE COOKIE JAR (A Parable)
Once upon a time there was a little boy who loved chocolate chip cookies. Now this little boy's father was a baker and he knew exactly how many chocolate chips his son liked in his cookies. But because the father was a loving parent, he knew that a constant diet of cookies would not be healthy for a growing boy, so the father put some boundaries on just how many cookies his son could have.
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FIGHT OR FLIGHT

New York.   Atlanta.   Minneapolis.  Seattle.  White House.   Covid-19.   Science-Data-Experts-Fauci-Brix. Lockdown.  Economy.  Floyd-Chauvin.  Protests.  Peaceful-Violent.   Funerals.   Systemic-Racism.  Reparation.  Election.  Democrat- Republican.  Liberal-Conservative.   Politically-Correct.   Freedom-Anarchy.  Flags-Statues-Desecration. ChazChop. Police Brutality.  Individual Rights-Free Speech.  Politically Correct.  Marxism-Socialism-Communism.

 

Like the sudden thrust of our birth into a new world, we are filled with fears by forces beyond our control which have taken away every security we have known. We enter the possibility of the demise, not so much that we will die, for we know as individuals we will die, but that the truths we have come to believe about ourselves have died. The principles we have been taught, such as: the ends do not justify the means; we are loved because we love; we can educate ourselves into wisdom; perseverance does bring success; relationships built on trust will prevail if we have patience; what we do in the now can last because we are earnest and thoughtful. We are to respect those in authority; our laws, rules, and regulations are based on our constitution of equality through due process. How could those principles we believed and depended upon be gone so quickly? And so, we respond as babies do when safety and security seem to vanish. Instinctual. Visceral. Fight or flight. Anger or denial.

Through the media the words fly out with....

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PURE IN HEART

An email question from Kathy: "I wondered if someone who is not pure in heart as it says in Matt. and they die will they suddenly become pure in heart when they reach heaven.....?

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TEAPOT

"Thro' many dangers..." 

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A PARABLE BY ANDREA MACVICAR

Spit in Soup

Once upon a time, a master had a servant-cook. Now the master was a bully. And his cook felt many a kick when the master didn't like what the servant had fixed. The master never had a kind word of thanks even when the servant cooked something the master liked. The servant always knew when the master liked what he had cooked, because the master would grunt or belch after the meal.

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Andrea's Books

IT'S ABOUT LOVE

 

THE BOOK $29.95

 

PIECES OF STAINED GLASS

 

THE BOOK $20

THE CD $5

 

SECRET OF THE LAUREL CROWN

 

THE BOOK $20

THE CD $5

 

TALES OF ZOFTIC

 

THE BOOK $20

THE CD $5

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Interview: Secret of the Laurel Crown
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