Friday, November 27, 2009
1) Don't miss the boat......
2) Remember...we are all in the "same boat"......
3) Plan ahead....it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.....
4) Stay fit.......when you're 600 years old.....someone might ask you to do something really big!....
5) Don't listen to critics.....just get on with the job that needs to be done!
6) Build your future on high ground!
7) For safety's sake....travel in pairs!
8) Speed isn't always an advantage.....the snails were on board with the cheetah's.
9) When you're stressed....float a while....
10) Remember, no matter the storm.....when you are with God...there's always a rainbow waiting!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The greatest picture of a star-studded celebration ever recorded is in the fourth and fifth chapters of Revelation. Nothing in the Holy Scripture or secular history can even claim second place. The entire host of Heaven that the Psalmist David described on the Northern Scopes of the eternal land will be the welcoming company. The saints from all past human history will be the honored guests. The location is so grand that only one apostle’s eyes have seen its indescribable beauty. This is the Homecoming celebration of God’s human family. Sin thrust the prodigal clan out of God’s immediate presence long ago, but it’s time to go home.
John beheld this drama when he was called by the Lord Jesus to “Come up hither.” Entering into the Celestial City, his eyes fastened on the throne of our Heavenly Father. The Father was so brilliant in glory that John never described the throne. Using the most eloquent words he knew, he spoke of God, “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald” (Revelation 4:3b). These incredible colors and shapes speak of a majestic being, clothed in eternity and manifested in a divine purity. John was overshadowed and fully covered with the Spirit or he would not have lived through this drama played out before Him.
The location of this celebration is Heavenly Jerusalem. Somewhere in the Northern greatness of this universe this eternal home exists in perfect light. The great palaces are created with ivory. Even the garments worn in this city are woven in perfumed excellence. The Psalmist said, “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad” (Psalm 45:8). To even approach this city will be an experience of resplendent glory. The soul of every glorified saint will be so flooded with life and rejoicing that every memory of sadness will flee.
Our welcoming Host will include every inhabitant of that eternal city. The Father will be the Grand Marshall. The Son of God will speak the welcoming words even as He did when He called John to view this future event. The Holy Spirit will spread His beautiful graces across the entire expanse. Living creatures will raise their voices in the most melodious sound of joy and gladness. The great host of the angels will reveal to us the joy of how they have worshiped for ages.
God’s great saints, who have worshiped, trusted, and served their Father, while depending wholly on His sacrifice of sacred blood, will be the honored guests. The new house of redeemed flesh will be our wedding garments. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life” (II Corinthians 5:1-4).
We will be the center of this grand celebration. Redeemed saints that have forsaken this world to follow their God and His Christ have longed and yearned for their deliverance. Apostle Paul described the longing of those in whom Christ is Lord of all, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:22-23). This body of flesh will soon be a distant memory and our dwelling will be in the company of the divine and angelic.
This occasion is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the celebration that follows before the redeeming of our earthly home begins. This great company of millions of saints will arrive in this Heavenly city to share the business of cleansing the created world. The throne that these saints, now called Elders, will occupy shows clearly our part in guiding the redeeming affairs of our Lord. He will reign for seven years as the “Lamb Slain,” fully capable of casting out all offence from our future home of perfect peace. The book He receives from the Father is the full judicial terms of the “Great Tribulation.” It’s time to make God’s created world a garden of paradise for eternity.
Before the process of redeeming this universe, the saints have time to say what their hearts have experienced from the moment of their redemption. This scene will be one of the grandest moments in our Father’s eternal existence. The saints, acting in unison as a grand multitude, will cause all Heaven to be silent. Viewing this Heavenly Host, they will see Abraham and Sarah, King David, Rahab, Jeremiah, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and, by all means, John the Beloved together with all the saints. The Word says it best of all, “. . . I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Revelation 5:11). “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:10-11).
It will be spectacular to be a part of millions of redeemed saints celebrating by casting their crowns at the feet of our Creator and our Saviour. Once our heads are bare of all the glory given to us and we have deposited that glory at His feet, we will sing our first song of the glorified saints. Being home again with the heavenly multitude of angels and our great God, Who made us in His image, will be grand as the saints prepare to share the eternal events to follow.
Joseph R. Chambers, DD, DSL
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Keep only cheerful friends...the others pull you down.
Keep learning....learn about....computers.....craft....knitting....sewing....whatever....
"An idle mind is the devil's playground" and the devil's name is Alzheimer!
Enjoy the simple things....
Laugh often....long and loud....laugh until you gasp for breath!
The tears happen....endure.....grieve.....and move on! Be alive, while you are alive!
Surround yourself with what you love, be that family.....pets.....music.....plants, hobbies....whatever......Your home is your refuge!
Don't take guilt trips....take a trip to the Mall...the next town....the next city....the next country....but NOT where guilt is....and remember....life is measured by the moments that take our breath away!
LIVE YOUR LIFE SO......
That the fear of death can never enter into your heart!
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours!
Love your life.....perfect your life.....beautify all things in your life...
seek to make your life long and of service to others.
Always give a friendly greeting when meeting a friend or even a stranger, if in a lonely place, show respect to all people, but grovel to no one!
When you rise in the morning, give thanks to God for your new day, your strength for the joy of living, and for your food.... for....if you see no reason for thanks, the fault lies with you!
Abuse no one....for abuse turns the wise one to fools, and robs the spirit of vision.
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that, when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time.
Sing your death song and die like a hero.....you're going home to be with your Saviour!