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Monday, December 14, 2015

In the beginning....

.John 1 v 1-5:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that has been made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.

Genesis 1: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1 v 1:
In the beginning!!!! was the “word”=Jesus. and the Word was with God...and the WORD WAS GOD!

So, from the above verses in John chapter 1, the WORD was with GOD and the WORD was God...

Genesis 1: GOD created the heavens and the earth.....

John 1 verse 3: All things were made through Him....Jesus/God, and without Him was not anything made, that has been made, in other words, Unless Jesus/God made it, nothing was made!

HE created everything.....

You....Me.....the world as we know it......yet......

( How would you like it, if you had made...created something,......and after a while, this creation you made...wanted nothing to do with you? Maybe your children????......)

John verse 4: In him was life......he gave us all life!

John 1 v 5: And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.....

Apprehended=catch on; =understood;

The darkness did not understand it.....did not “catch on” that Jesus was/is the light, and the darkness did “not get it”

So, who...what is meant by darkness? Barnes' note on the verse tells me...( “Darkness, in the Bible, commonly denotes ignorance, guilt, or misery.)

See Mathew 4 v 16 quoted from Isaiah 9 v 2: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:

they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined”. (With the arrival of Jesus)

So from that, we can understand that the people in those days lived much as todays people live.....

Doing their own thing...

not wanting to know or hear about the “word”

Ignorant of the Bible...........

misery in their lives because of this ignorance..........

sickness, misery....till.....they see...find out...who....what the ‘LIGHT’ is...

So, now we celebrate Christmas......God/Jesus the creator of the world everything....

John 1 v 3: without Him was not anything made......yet......He loves His creation so much, and He can see how much they need help,

(in which they are helplessly useless in) to help themselves,

that He comes as a helpless baby himself, to do what he can, to restore this creation back to himself.

The only way he “can” do it, is by becoming one of this creation, and mingle with it.......

to later offer Himself up as a sacrifice, which is the only way possible.

It has to be someone totally sinless and perfect, to be able to reinstate the bond between the creator and his creation.

Jesus came.......... HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Bless you all


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Makes for Interesting Reading

This post is adapted from Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word by Voddie Baucham.

Believe No One Who Calls Himself an Atheist

If what Paul says in Romans 1, is true, there is ultimately no such thing as an atheist. Anyone who calls himself one is wrong on at least three fronts.

First, someone who claims to be an atheist is suppressing the truth he knows. According to Romans 1, “What can be known about God is plain to them” (v. 19), and their denial is an expression of the fact that they are among those “men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (v. 18). Therefore, whatever they believe about themselves, the God who made them says otherwise, and we must believe God rather than man.

Second, anyone who claims to be an atheist is contradicting the God of truth. It is one thing for a person to be wrong about himself. It is quite another thing for him to be in disagreement with what God says about him. God says every man knows. Therefore, anyone who says he doesn’t know is calling God a liar. It’s a bit like a man arguing with his mother about what day he was born. Only in this case, it’s not his mother, but his inerrant, infallible, Creator.

Third, anyone who claims to be an atheist is ignoring his greatest need, and his only hope for its fulfillment. Man’s greatest and ultimate need is God. Apart from God, man is incomplete. Moreover, he is utterly incapable of achieving or attaining what he lacks. This is what drove Solomon to write, “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun” (Eccles. 2:11). This is the state of every person apart from God.

More here


Thursday, December 3, 2015


Humanist: “See that bum over there? Communism can put a new set of clothes on that man.”

Christian: “I see a man made in God’s image. The Lord Jesus Christ can put a new man in that coat.”

A few years ago, the leaders of the emergent church declared we needed a new Reformation. These same people also dismiss the Bible because they say that in a visually-oriented postmodern, post-evangelical culture no one can know truth, and words are open to too many interpretations, anyway. Even the Word.
I always wondered what their idea of Reformation is. I do know they rely on humanistic philosophies and methodologies in place of the Bible. When a person attends their meetings, or she learns that life’s problems are solved psychologically, sociologically, politically, and by throwing in a little morality (the non-dogmatic, non-binding, non-guilt-producing kind). There are also “spiritual” approaches, everything from exorcism to guided visualization, yoga, and other techniques.
As a result, the emergent preachers succeed at dressing up the dead, albeit in leisure suits. But having rejected God’s offer and provision of salvation through Christ alone (ye old Reformation remedy), they can no longer hold out the hope of making men new. They reject new creations in Christ, people who are redeemed by God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and continually undergoing washing by the Word.

Instead, they merely clean up corpses and teach them to smile the smile of the deluded, those who haven’t yet given up on their own efforts.
Christians know that the problem is sin and consequent death. The solution is death and resurrection in Jesus Christ. For the emergent ones, though, the fundamental (nasty word) problem sinners have is difficulty making non-counter-productive choices.
They say that people are struggling because they are victims of outrageous fortune. Thus the need for these new high priests of the mind/brain/soul/body. They’ll teach you how to take control in order to be set free from your past-present, addictive, seemingly-inevitable fate.
After all, you can’t reenter the womb and reemerge. Even Jesus knew that (wait, maybe that was Nicodemus). But you can get in touch with your inner child, your free-roving spirit, your evolving persona, your reinvented self. And we’re already really good at lying to ourselves and pretending. So who’s to say who’s really saved anyway?
Having tossed aside the real gospel, they had to rewrite the Bible to fit their agendas. Their watered down counterfeit entertains their flesh. A true Reformation message that came from the Lord would be biblical, and hence deserving of the emergent ones’ scorn. (And it’s not as entertaining to sinners determined to remain in sin.)

Therapy and emotional experiences passing as worship are all that is on their pages. We see that medical doctors do not pursue treatments that cannot be reimbursed by insurance companies. Hired clerics are just as astute, business-wise. They are accountable to accountants, lawyers and other politically correct superheroes. And on their fellow unreformed travelers who pay them hush money to keep quiet about all the uncomfortable passages in Scripture they have no intention of taking seriously.
Their way doesn’t work. It is counter-productive. They are going nowhere, but strut in style. They’re thinking so outside the box that they will forever drift in space. The Lord never set out to fix or renovate men or mankind; even less, make cosmetic changes, acceptable to whoever the current trendsetters are.
Christ takes once-born people and turns them into children of God. Twice born, their lives begin to change from the inside out. It takes a while, but the Author of our faith is most assuredly the Finisher.
Government indoctrination efforts through schools, the media, medical/pharmaceutical industry, military—are busy with their great social experiment. That would be the same one that did so well way back in the Garden of Eden. There, the evil one’s methods were much simpler. But we recognize him still.
He steals, he kills, he destroys. He lies and dissembles. He also reforms. He is the father of all Faustian bargains, who calls in his marker just when his children are riding highest. But we have a Father! A heavenly Father. A Father who loves us so much, He sent His Son—the eternal Son of God—God the Son, in the flesh to die for our sins. He made a way for us to return to Him. He did not withhold any expression or manifestation of His love and justice. He would have His family, whatever the cost.
Still, all the glitter that is not gold entices us. The enemy attempts to mimic God, and we mimic him. “I am.” Those are the Lord’s words alone. Let the devil and his children make their grandiose claims. They are nothing less than bound for hell.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Covenant - by Hal Lindsey

To understand God's plan for the world, it is vital to understand what, at first, may seem like a dry subject - covenants. In the Bible, God makes two kinds of covenants with human beings - conditional and unconditional. A conditional covenant is predicated on God saying to man, "If you will." An unconditional covenant is predicated on God saying to man, "I will."

Conditional covenants are like the contracts we humans make among ourselves. "If you give me a certain amount of money, then I will give you a car." God makes conditional covenants, too. He made one with Israel through Moses. In Exodus 19, He said, "If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

Did they obey His voice and keep His covenant? No. God offered them a deal, but they didn't fulfill their part of the bargain. Does God then have to fulfill His part? No. A conditional covenant means, "If you do this, then I'll do that."

But God also made unconditional covenants. In an unconditional covenant, God simply says, "I will." Period. Once such a covenant goes into effect, there are no conditions that have to be fulfilled by human beings.

God's covenant with Abraham - what theologians call "The Abrahamic Covenant" - is an unconditional covenant. Through the years God reiterates and expands it, but He never changes the unconditional nature of it. Indeed, He cannot change it or He would be a liar and the Bible says in Titus 1:2 and elsewhere, "God... cannot lie."

To add other conditions later would be like moving the goal posts just as the football team is about to score a touchdown. It wouldn't be honest. God is not tricky. He's trustworthy. Once the covenant went into effect, nothing could change it. Later, God would reiterate the covenant and expand on it, but He never changed the nature of it, nor did He add conditions to it.

Those who claim He did, have a fundamental problem. They're saying that God lied.

Psalm 105 says, "He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac. And then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, 'To you will I give the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance.'"

This verse calls it a "covenant forever" and "an everlasting covenant." If it depended on frail human beings, the Word of God could not call it "everlasting" because somewhere along the line human beings fail, as Israel proved again and again.

The Abrahamic Covenant is one of the great dividing lines of scripture. Disbelieving it won't change God's Word, but it will change a person in profound ways. Among other things, he won't understand what's going on in the world.

Because this is an unconditional covenant, it cannot end. It remains in effect today and forever. That makes it fundamental to Bible prophecy. Whatever else happens, you can bet the farm that God will keep His covenant with Abraham.

So if you want to look into the future, or have a better understanding of the present, look at the things God promised to Abraham. He expressed them in a series of direct and implied "I will" statements. "I will make you a great nation. I will bless you. I will make your name great. I will make you a blessing. I will bless those who bless you. I will curse those who curse you. Through you, I will bless all the families of the earth."

Romans 11:1 succinctly asks and answers the most pertinent point. "Has God cast away His people? Certainly not!" That's just one of many New Testament passages refuting "replacement theology" and affirming that God's covenant with Abraham is still in effect.

Not only does this covenant help us understand what's happening in the Middle East right now, it is foundational to the central meaning of all the Bible's teaching - from the identity and purpose of Jesus, to "salvation by faith alone," to Christ's coming to set up a literal thousand year kingdom on earth, to Christ's secretly snatching up all believers to heaven before the great Tribulation begins.

God Bless, Hal Lindsey.
Thank You Hal

Sunday, November 22, 2015

God said that!

When 8 year old Raymond was visiting his grandfather in the hospital, he came with his own custom made get well card.

It was on a stiff white piece of paper (8"x11") folded in half.

On the front he had written "HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON"

On the inside in very large block letters he had written " I WILL BE WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO"
There wasn't any Scripture reference, so Raymond had added, " GOD SAID THAT"

That added note sent an unintended and deeper truth, that brought a smile to my face and comfort to my heart.
A hospital can be a very lonely place.
It's a world of unfamiliar faces and first time medical procedures, and uncertain diagnosis.

However, it's in just such a setting, that God can quiet an anxious heart and give assurance that He will go with you, down every hall
through every new door, into any unknown future......yes....even through the "valley of the shadow of death" Psalm 23 v 4.

Maybe you have had an unexpected set back, or loss! Your future is unknown!

Trusting Jesus as your saviour and Lord, you can be sure of this....He will go with you wherever you go!
You can believe it because God said it!

I trust in God, I know he cares for me.
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul
My heavenly Father watches over me
- -Martin

No danger can come so near to a Christian, that God is not nearer/
Thanks Mikey

Thursday, November 12, 2015

For God so loved the world......

You know there is only ONE you?
God wants you for his very own!

God is a possessive God!

John 3 v 16 says,"For God so loved the world" and He does......He created the world and all the universe...He loves the world!
But, we also understand the word "world" to mean the people...and God loves the people too...He made them in His own image!

And.....He loves you....wanting you for His own possession means....well, imagine yourself a dot......a little dot...in the middle of a circle!

The circle is complete.....unbroken.....God's love for you is a complete unbroken circle around your entire being!

God loves you....as if you are the only human being to have ever lived!

God's love for you is unique!

God's love is individual.....because that is how he made you!

So....your relationship with him is individual and unique, because that is how he made you!

Your relationship with him is different and unique, special between Him and you.....you can't be some one else...

because some one else is taken.....you are you.....He does not see you as part of a group of the world's population of 7 billion people
God thinks you are so special....he knows every hair on your head.....( Math 10 v 30)and

he wants you to relate to him!

Everything you do.......He is there.......

Every breath you take....He is there.....

Christmas is about invading.....

God is invading....God's involvement.....
God is declaring to the human race.....because he loves us so much....I LOVE YOU!

He came as a babe....became a man......to save us,

so that we could have an intimate and loving relationship with him, and ultimately be with him forever in heaven!
Bless you....

Monday, October 26, 2015

No account to pay!........

You may or may not have heard about the Rolls Royce car company that boast that their cars NEVER need repairs because they are made so well?

Well, some young man in the U.K. also heard this and decided he would buy a Rolls. It was a lot of money he had to fork out, “but” he thought...”it’s worth it!”

A few months later, the thing of all things happened.......his car broke down.....

He rang the Rolls Royce company and they told him they would send someone out straight away!

A good half an hour later, he heard a helicopter in the distance and soon it was above him and landed.
The mechanic hopped out and it did not take all that long and the car was on it’s way again.

Time passed, and he still had not heard from the car company in regards to his bill.

He decided to finally ring them again and explained his phone call. He told them... "I know I owe you, and want to get the bill out of the way, so I can get on with my business...”

The answer he received was this, “I am sorry sir, there is no record of any repairs to your car,no mechanic has reported any work done on your car, and there is no paper work to follow up with....... so there is no account to pay!”

Is that not how we should be when we become Christians and have accepted Christ as our saviour?

We are so guilty, our account is so big...but....

Instead of re-hashing the things from our past, which God does not do, He said, “As far as the east is from the west, that is how far our sins are thrown away...” not north to south, where there are points, but east from west....no points....... continuous! We should also accept that
there is no account to pay! Follow Jesus!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
(John 14:27)

You don't need to look far these days to see trouble around, but we do not need to be afraid or unsettled by it. We just need to remember wonderful hymns like this one that provide such wonderful comfort.

However, to find peace, we need to trust in Jesus completely —to lay our lives down 100% and allow the Lord to take over. Its amazing where He will take you.

If things are not going so smoothly for you, this week,—remember "trust in Jesus" and everything will be O.K.

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This is such a great Hymn!

Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960) had a difficult adult life. His health was so fragile that there were periods of time when he was confined to bed, unable to work.
Between bouts of illness he would have to push himself to put in extra hours at various jobs in order to make ends meet.

After coming to Christ at age 27, Thomas found great comfort in the Scriptures, and in the fact that God was faithful to be his strength in time of illness and provide his needs.

Lamentations 3:22-23 was one of his favorite scriptures: “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”

While away from home on a missions trip, Thomas often wrote to one of his good friends, William Runyan, a relatively unknown musician.

Several poems were exchanged in these letters. Runyan found one of Williams' poems so moving that he decided to compose a musical score to accompany the lyrics. Great is Thy Faithfulness was published in 1923.

For several years ,the hymn got very little recognition, until it was discovered by a Moody Bible Institute professor who loved it so much and requested it sung so often at chapel services, that the song became the unofficial theme song of the college.

It was not until 1945 when George Beverly Shea began to sing Great is Thy Faithfulness at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades, that the hymn was heard around the world.

Thomas Chisolm died in 1960 at age 94. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 1,200 poems and hymns including O To Be Like Thee and Living for Jesus

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)
It has always and will be...my favourite hymn:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Monday, October 5, 2015

I’m finding myself a bit sobered as I watch the overwhelming national excitement about the arrival of Pope Francis to our shores. He’s such a great “social justice” warrior, the crowds are saying. He’s a brave advocate for action on climate change, others say. Per USA Today, one Phoenix family even believes the pontiff miraculously healed their 3-month-old daughter, who had two holes in her heart!

And I can’t help thinking: If the Lord Jesus were to come to the United States, would He receive this kind of fawning reception? These kinds of accolades?

Some might argue He would. After all, the crowds of His own day followed Him around with great interest and excitement. They loved His healings and miracles. They even cheered Him as He entered Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

But it took less than a week for everything to change. By the time of Jesus’ unjust trial, one of His own had betrayed Him, the authorities were upon Him, and those fawning crowds had abandoned Him. Instead, He was crucified at the behest of the now-bloodthirsty throngs, who cried out,“Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

And Jesus knew full well the fickle nature of His ancient fans. Shortly after He fed the 5,000, He told them in John 6, “’Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.'” The passage continues: “Therefore they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.’”

In the end, Jesus’ crowds didn’t want Him. They wanted excitement and healings and miracles. They wanted to be in on the latest trend, and for a while, that trend was Jesus — until He fully revealed Who He was and why He had come to earth. But the crowds didn’t want a suffering savior. They didn’t want the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. They didn’t want to be confronted with their sin at all, much less repent and believe the gospel. And that was why Jesus said, “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”(Matthew 7:14)

It is easy for the crowds to love those who are famous, even religious leaders, who arrive with flourish and entourages, who advocate for social change (especially if that social change is exactly in line with what the world wants at the moment). Crowds love men who give them what they want physically, too: miracles or healings, or the appearance thereof. It is frighteningly easy for some of those excited multitudes to elevate such men to a godlike status, attributing to them moral or spiritual authority beyond their mortal capacities.

What the throngs never want — and never have wanted — is the true God-Man whose Kingdom is not of this world. What they never want to hear is that obeying the law, doing good works, trying hard, meaning well and being relatively better-behaved than the guy next to you will not get you into heaven. The gospel is received by faith alone. It is all of grace, through the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross and through His resurrection from the dead. Romans 4:5 confronts us at this point: “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.”

Jesus certainly will come to America one day, and to the whole world at His Second Coming. But though Christians certainly will rejoice at the return of their Bridegroom, Scripture says it will not be a joyful moment for unrepentant sinners. As Revelation 1:7 tells us: “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.”

What’s more, Jesus is coming soon, and — unlike Pope Francis or any of the other heralded religious leaders who come to our country — at an hour we do not expect. That is why for sinners, today is the day of salvation. For Christians, today is the day of preparation. Are we ready?

“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
Thanks Janet see her website here

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Our proximity to the tribulation!

Futurists examine trends and attempt to extrapolate where these trends may lead.

It is a fascinating field and anybody who spends any time looking at this subject will inevitably come to the conclusion that humanity apparently stands on the brink of change; far more fundamental than any ever experienced in our collective history.

Transhumanism is one such change.

The Singularity is another.
Strange names of concepts that remain alien to many. These terms will soon be as commonplace to us as “tweeting” and “Facebook.”

The scale of change humanity will witness in the next one hundred years is beyond the ability of most to truly appreciate. Most assume that technological development is constant, and that it is slow. It is not constant or slow. The more advanced technology gets the faster the rate of technological development until it becomes an exponential rate of development. Technological development is advancing faster and faster each and every day.

To illustrate this rate of change...... think of the following example.

The change in technological advancement during the lifetime of a child born today, in 2015, if she was to live a full life and be able to look back to her childhood as an old woman would be the same level of change as a child today going back in time from 2015 to 1750.

Such will be the amazing advances made during her short seventy year lifetime.
Read more here raptureready.com

He continues........

"There is, however, one flaw in all these predictions. All these predictions, (even if they are based on trends that we can anticipate, and technology we know will be developed), are flawed.

These predictions are not going to happen.

These future technologies far exceed the technology predicted in the book of Revelation.

We already have the technology necessary to fulfill the technological requirements for Revelation and the Tribulation period.

If humanity were to continue along its present rate of technological development then the technology we would have in just twenty years would begin to far exceed the technology necessary for the tribulation period to occur.

We already have the technology necessary to implement a Mark of the Beast system. We just do not yet have the will to enforce it, yet.

We already have the technology necessary to restrict the buying and selling capacity of each and every human being on this earth, just not the will to enforce it.
We already have the technology to destroy the earth....and we have had this capability for some time now....
We are now entering the time when, for the first time, it will become necessary to have a one world currency system, due to a complete systemic breakdown of our current economic systems. With this one world economic system will come a one world governing system and the necessary judicial systems to back this up. The technology for the implementation of this is already here. Indeed, do a quick Google search, the calls for a one world government are now loud and proud, with the most vocal being the current Pontiff, Francis I."

See www.raptureready.com/soap2/ward27.html for much more interesting information on this and see just how close we really are...thank you
Matt Ward


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Around 1999......

Around 1999, a Chicago businessman called, said that he had listened to
Hells Best Kept Secret. here and asked if I would like to take a team to Israel.

He would cover the cost, if I would do a little teaching on the side.

Fast forward a few months.

I was in a large tour bus on the way back to Jerusalem after visiting Jericho.

While the rest of the passengers were in the back of the bus chatting, I was like a wide-eyed little kid, up the front on the right side with my nose up against the window.

I could see across a massive valley thousands of feet below. Perhaps I was looking at the very spot where the Good Samaritan helped the beaten stranger.

Suddenly the bus was over the edge of the three thousand foot cliff

I was so terrified I couldn't even draw a breath.

I was a dead man.

We were all dead!

Life was over!

Just as suddenly........

the bus turned left...... and we were moseying along the road as though nothing had happened.

But it had.

I had been as good as dead..... and returned from the grave.
You see......
To turn left on the road, the driver had swung the large bus right first to accommodate the sharp corner, putting the front right side over the massive cliff edge while the rest of the bus remained safely on the road.

I looked at the rest of the passengers who were still chatting down the back of the bus.

Everyone was oblivious to the fact that I had died and come back to life in a matter of seconds.

I can't adequately express how I exploded with gratitude to God that I was still in the land of the living.

Six months before my conversion to Jesus Christ I found myself over a deep and dark chasm. With all my success as a young businessman, I had the breath-taking and terrifying revelation that it was just a matter of time until death swallowed me, and I was utterly helpless and hopeless. Suddenly, life took a radical turn. I was born again, moseying along on the straight and narrow knowing that I had everlasting life! God rescued me from death itself through the power of the everlasting gospel.

Link here

And so I'm no stranger to tears of gratitude. It's the everlasting high octane fuel that motivates me to reach the lost.

No words can express my gratitude that God saved me from the valley of the shadow of death. What I can't put into words, I put into works.
Ray Comfort


Monday, June 29, 2015

Breaching the wall!

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the son of man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the flood came and took them all away.” Matthew 24: 37-39

Mark this day on your calendars – and mourn – for it is a day from which there is no turning back.

It can be no coincidence that the landmark decision to approve same-sex marriage in all 50 states was publicly announced on June 26,
the 9th of Tammuz.
The millennia old Judeo-Christian concept of marriage between one man and one woman giving away to the collective “wisdom” of 5 individuals – who call themselves supreme. In one day, the bedrock of society, the family structure as set apart by God and nature has been swept away. And, the repercussions couldn’t be bigger.

Why is the date of Tammuz 9 important?

On Tammuz 9, 423 BC, Nebuchadnezzar’s troops breached the walls of old Jerusalem and entered the city. Four weeks later on Av 9, the Holy temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled to Babylon. Likewise, in 70 AD, the walls of Jerusalem were breached not on Tammuz 9 but eight days later on Tammuz 17 and the second temple was destroyed once again on Av 9 – the same date as the first..

Keep these dates in mind for they are critical to the timing of what may be ahead.

If you follow Bible prophecy at all, you are probably aware that the United States (and, the world for that matter) have been courting God’s judgment for some time. And, many of us have wondered how much longer the Lord would stay his hand before bringing about the justice and judgment that we so much deserve. Well, we need wonder no longer – that day has arrived. Like dominoes set to fall – Tammuz 9 is the first in line to go. Which is fitting as 9 in the Bible is the number of completeness or finality.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Something is coming!!!

The United States is hurtling towards severe trouble, and the events of the past few months — and what may be coming over the next few months — grieves me a great deal.

Something is coming. I don’t know what. But we all must be ready in every possible way.

Consider where we are in the summer of 2015:

Violence is exploding in our cities, schools and churches. The horrific mass murder inside the church in Charleston would be bad enough if it wasn’t just one of innumerable mass killings that have become epidemic in America.
Racism is tearing us apart, and it appears things are getting worse, not better.
The Supreme Court is poised to rule any day now on the definition and future of marriage — and if the Court rules against Biblical marriage I believe this could cause the Lord’s hand to turn against our country in a severe and profound way according to the moral laws found in Romans chapter one.
Abortions are occurring at more than one million in year and have put America on the fast track to judgment. Since 1973, Americans have murdered 57 million children through abortions. The blood of 57 million babies is crying out for justice, and they will get it in God’s sovereign timing. Could that be soon?
If all this wasn’t bad enough, marriages and families are imploding all around us. Poverty is growing. Drug and alcohol use is epidemic. And that’s just here at home.
Abroad, Iran is closing in on The Bomb.
ISIS is exploding across the Middle East, and gaining ground in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The Kremlin is growing more aggressive.
Yet our politicians continue to bicker, stall, or golf, even as many abdicate their Constitutional responsibilities.
And many Americans have little or no hope for the future, have little confidence in government, little confidence in the media or academia, and far too little confidence in the Church. Indeed, many see little or no reason to go to church, and are drifting from whatever faith they might have once had in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Not all is lost. There are many Americans who love Christ dearly and love His Word and are seeking every day to walk with the Lord and love their neighbors and care for the poor and make the good news of God’s redeeming love known to their lost and drifting nation.

But warnings signs are flashing everywhere. Alarm bells are ringing everywhere. Far too many self-professed Christians are groggy or asleep, and we need a wake up call.

So, is America heading for implosion, or revival?

Right now, I see a case for either. But here’s an interesting update. Thousands of Southern Baptist pastors and lay leaders gathered in Columbus, Ohio, this past week for their annual convention. But this was not business as usual. They gathered to do some serious soul searching.
The good news: the SBC is planting new churches all over America and the number of SBC churches is growing, rising from 46,000 to more than 51,000.

The bad news: these churches are doing less evangelism, seeing fewer people receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and seeing fewer people baptized than at any time in the past 67 years.

Now, I have to admit, normally I don’t follow what’s happening at the annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meetings. I’m not a Southern Baptist. I was raised in New York State by a wayward Orthodox Jewish father and a wayward Methodist mother — wayward, that is, until both my parents became born again as deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ in 1973 during the height of the “Jesus Movement.”

But since the election of Pastor Ronnie Floyd as SBC president last June, I have started paying close attention. Indeed, I have been deeply moved to see where Pastor Floyd and the SBC are heading. He has spent the last year tirelessly crisscrossing America and the globe urging Baptist pastors and lay people to become more serious and passionate about preaching, teaching and obeying the Word of God, preaching the Gospel to all nations (including Israel and the Muslim world), fulfilling the Great Commission, and pleading with the Lord to revive His Church and give us a Third Great Awakening.

Pastor Floyd has reached out to many pastors and ministry leaders outside of the SBC, as well. He invited me to preach at his congregation in northwest Arkansas last November. We have met and spoken by phone and email numerous times since, including in Israel earlier this year. I couldn’t be more grateful that the Lord has raised Pastor Floyd up at this hour. What’s more, I pray that the Holy Spirit moves powerfully through him — and pastors like him — to wake up the sluggish Protestant church in America and around the world and call us humbly to serve our Lord Jesus Christ without reservation.

This week, Pastor Floyd delivered a critically important and deeply moving message to the SBC convention. This morning, I read the full text, and then watched the video. It was so good, so clear, so strong, that I strongly recommend you read and/or watch the message. Please also share it with others — with everyone you know. Later this week, I will post some key excerpts that were important to me. But for now I just want to make you aware of the message.
Joel C. Rosenberg here

Saturday, June 20, 2015

As it was in the days of Noah!

Gen 25 v 25-32
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.

26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters.

27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

(Adam had been dead 126 years when Noah was born, but his father, Lamech, was 56 years old when Adam died....so he spoke directly to Adam and heard all that he could from Adam, as to how he walked with God in the garden and how good it was before they disobeyed God.)

Lamech, Noah’s father, was one hundred and sixty years old, when Seth, the son of Adam died.

28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and became the father of a son.

29 Now he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

30 Then Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after he became the father of Noah, and he had other sons and daughters.

31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died.

32 Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

So, Lamech, in naming Noah, recognized that God would preserve man through Noah!

Lamech did have other sons and daughters, but they perished in the Flood, although their father, Lamech, and brother, Noah, believed God,
they did not.

In Gen ch 5 we read that Noah was 84 years old when Enos died,

179 years old when Cainan died,

234 years old when Mahalaleel died,

366 years old when Jared died,

595 years old when Lamech died, and

600 years old when Methuselah died
We can see from this that Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah, all lived on the earth at roughly the same time, and that Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, and Lamech, were all acquainted with both Adam and Noah.

Moses further informs us that Seth lived 807 years after he begat Enos, making him 912 years old at his death (Gen 5:7-8).
And Enos lived 815 years after he begat Cainan, making him 905 years old when he died (5:10-11).
And Cainan lived 840 years after he begat Mahalaleel, making him 910 years old at his death (5:13-14).
And Mahalaleel lived 830 years after he begat Jared, making him 895 years old when he died (5:16-17).
And Jared lived 800 years after he begat Enoch, making him 962 years old at his death (5:19-20).
And Enoch walked with God 300 years after he begat Methuselah, making him 365 years old when he was translated (5:22-23).
And Methuselah lived 782 years after he begat Lamech, making him 969 years old when he died (5:26-27).
Lamech lived 595 years after he begat Noah, making him 777 years old when he died (5:30-31)

But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man,blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

The World Was Wicked, Corrupt, and Violent - The Bible tells us that God looked upon the world in Noah’s day and saw corruption, violence, and wickedness (Genesis 6:11). In fact, humans were so wicked, they continuously thought of nothing but evil (Genesis 6:5).

We read in other parts that at that time, the sons of men sowed the ground, and hardly any food was produced, yet the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and they trespassed and rebelled against God.

And all the sons of men departed from the ways of the Lord in those days as they multiplied upon the face of the earth with sons and daughters, and they taught one another their evil practices and they continued sinning against the Lord.

But NOAH walked with God!

And every man made unto himself a god, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbour as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.
And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

The World Was Ignorant of What Was About to Happen - Also in those days, the people of the world lived unaware of the judgment about to take place.
In fact, according to Jesus, people lived normal lives right up until the moment of their own destruction. They ate. They drank, and they hosted parties. And the entire time, they remained ignorant of what was just around the corner - oblivious to the coming flood.

Gen 7 v 11:In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.

And from this we know that the grounds of the earth changed forever.....The mountains rose and there were chasms in the sea, there was a complete change in all the earth.
We read in Chapter 8 that the water receded, that would mean, it drained into the chasms that were caused by the fountains of the deep opening up, giving it space to recede into!

Slivers of land sliding into the ocean, it must have been horrific!

Noah and His Family Knew What Would Happen - But unlike the rest of the world, Noah and his family knew all about the flood and prepared themselves for it.

How did they know?

Because God told them. He flat out told Noah He would destroy every living creature and wipe out everyone but Noah and his family (Genesis 6:13). Because NOAH WALKED WITH GOD!

4) Noah and His Family Were Saved - It wasn’t luck that saved Noah and his family. God saved them on purpose. Why? The Bible tells us because “Noah found favour with God” (Genesis 6:8). And the reason he found favour is because Noah was the only blameless person on earth - a man who walked in close fellowship with God (Genesis 6:9).

There was no war.......just people, who did what was right in their own eyes.

That would have caused strife amongst them, but no war!

Just a lot of fighting amongst themselves most likely!

I have heard people say, Noah must have felt stupid, building a giant boat in the middle of nowhere, and how the people who lived there must have laughed at him. but the Bible states clearly that “Noah walked with God” so he was not just imagining that maybe he heard from God, he knew..... he walked with God..... he was intimate with God....had conversations with God....

We know Moses was God's friend, Abraham was very close to God.....there was no doubt in their minds, when God said something they knew it was God who said it, no doubts, like we have....

(So is there geologic evidence of an earlier supercontinent, which broke apart and its fragments subsequently collided and coalesced together to form Pangaea, which then broke apart into today’s continents that sprinted into their present positions? Yes! This earlier supercontinent, which was thus likely Noah’s lost world, has been called Rodinia (from the Russian word rodina, meaning “The Motherland” according to Wikipedia).


Saturday, May 23, 2015


The greatest temptation from the enemy of our souls........

is in our minds.

This is where he loves to attack us most,

or should I say,............. even torment us.

It is in our minds that he brings thoughts of doubt, deception, despondency, rejection, anger, self-pity, and even despair.

If we are not aware of his tactics and do not resist them, they will become bigger in our minds and he wins the victory.

I noticed an interesting Scripture in Daniel 7:25.

It speaks about the coming anti-Christ (but this same spirit is already in the world) and it says:" He shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High."

The words "wear out" in the Hebrew mean "to afflict mentally." These words are only used in a mental sense.

This is Satan's strategy. To wear us out in our minds with unbelieving and deceiving thoughts.

If you are in confusion and overwhelmed in your mind, you can't function emotionally or physically.

Therefore, you must be on the alert. You don't have to let the enemy wear you out!

This is not God's plan.

You can't stop these thoughts coming to your mind, but you don't have to receive them!

You don't have to dwell on them for one minute!

Resist them in the name of Jesus.

Throw them out of your mind.

They don't belong in your redeemed mind.

1 Peter 1:13 says: "Gird up the loins of your mind."

In Bible days the men wore long tunics and when doing physical exercise pulled up their tunic and tucked it in their belt so they would not be hindered. In the same way, we have to get rid of any thoughts in our minds that hinder us from walking in the victory which Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross to give us.

And be encouraged again today with 2 Corinthians 5:4, 5:"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ."

May you have a victorious day triumphing over the wiles of the devil. You do not have to let him wear you out.
~ Nancy Campbell Above Rubies | Facebook
Thank you so much Nancy

Friday, May 15, 2015

The fool says in his heart, there is no God...Psalm 14 v 1:

Why do atheists get so mad with people who, they say, believe in a god that, according to them, does not exist?

I have watched some of them and they are absolutely furious, with people who say there that there is a God, and they believe in Him!

My brother for instance.....he keeps telling every body, and especially us, his siblings, that he is agnostic....( not an atheist) still....what’s in a name?
If he does not believe in GOD, the creator of heaven and earth, it does not matter what name he gives his beliefs.....

he is still an un-believer and is lost!

It is almost like some one else I know!

This young man, hates me....he absolutely loathes me....and.....

He pretends I do not exist...truly!!!!

But every so often, I happen to be where he is too...

He continues to ignore me, but he knows I am there.....sometimes....just sometimes...he will give me a nod.....wow!

But, as he has to acknowledge......I am there....whether he believes it or not....I am there!

Now, not that I am comparing me with anything religious but, it seems to me, this is almost the same as what
atheists....agnostics......unbelievers....non Christians do!

They pretend incredibly hard...that GOD does not exist......but

every so often....He shows up in “something” and they then have to acknowledge that....”Yes, there is “something”

They feel uncomfortable for that time, until they leave....then get on with life as per usual....so they think.

no matter how hard they try to pretend....or ignore....or not believe.....

And....when they come to the end of their life.....and “Pass over” as they popularly say, nowadays....( Beats me why they are not game anymore to say “they died?”)

and then.......they have to front.......... GOD!


And....when they come to the end of their life.....and “Pass over” as they popularly say, nowadays....( Beats me why they are not game anymore to say “they died?”)

and then.......they have to front.......... GOD!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GOD will sustain you.....

I read a beautiful Scripture this morning.

In Psalm 68:9 (NET) David speaks about God's inheritance and He says:

"When they are tired, you sustain them, for you live among them."

Are you feeling weary?

Our strength wanes easily, doesn't it?

But God's strength is an everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4).

It never runs out.

Come to Him.

Draw from His everlasting strength.

Thank Him for His strength and He will sustain you.

He is the Rock of ages who is always there for you.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Letter to Shirley

Hi Shirley,

I just want to tell you how much I miss you.

I know you are in a much better place than here, and being with Jesus is the best, but I still miss you.

I did so enjoy all the deep and meaningful talks we had....talks about things that other people thought were silly, but we thought they were o.k.

And the laughs we had.....Oh, I start laughing already again, just thinking about it...remember when you lost your stockings in the main street....hilarious wasn't it?

Remember when one of your grand children was buying a house almost right at your back fence, and you were so happy to have them so close by?

Then you left, to go to Jesus.....they left...... to go way down south.....and then...later....overseas!

Remember when your grandson started going out with “that” girl?

You were so worried about him. You did not think she was any where near good enough for him...and would lead him astray, and away from the Lord....

Well, Shirl, my best friend and mate......you will be happy to know that they did get married, have two beautiful children, a girl and a boy,

and......he is the youth pastor at church......he also preaches.......he did last Sunday actually, and you would have been so proud of him....

I glanced over to where you used to sit, and imaged you with a big smile on your face and tears in your eyes, from happiness!
Funny, how, as we get older, we get more teary eyed, isn’t it?

And his lovely young wife, well she has also “preached” to a whole lot of ladies... at a conference....she was sharing her testimony...beautiful!

Isn’t it amazing how we worry about things,

our children........

then their children....... and it hardly ever turns out the way “we” think,

as long as we leave it to the Lord....

Still miss you though Shirl.......... this world is not like it used to be!
It’s going down fast!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

2 "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's pass-over.

12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this self same day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the pass-over.

22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's pass-over, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

Blessings Yaddy

Saturday, March 7, 2015

GOD knows it all!

We do not see what God sees.

If I am looking at a note pad that is laying on my desk here, all I can see is the cover, if it’s laying on it’s back,

or the back of it,...... if it is laying on the front.

I cannot see anything that has been written on its pages........

I don’t know if there are photos or drawings...or just writing......the pad is closed and I cannot see what is inside it.

Well....that is not how it is with God.......

God knows everything about that pad.....

He knows the atoms that hold it together....

He knows who made the pages and even who made the machinery that was used to put the paper together.....

He knows who was standing where....working the machine.......even where the machine was placed at the time of making the paper....

He knows how the man worked who made the machine......whether he was a good worker or not....He even knows what was on the man’s heart, while he was working.

God knows who will buy that pad, and what it will be used for...eventually!

God knew it would lay on my desk...sooner or later....and what I will be using it for.....

This is why we cannot understand what God’s ways are...."His ways are not our ways"..........

All we can do is love Him....’ believe in Him.......

and then trust in Him........as He only want’s what’s best for us....and He knows that too....what’s best for us, even if we don’t agree with it....

and that would be because we don’t know what is waiting for us in the future...BUT HE DOES!

So....it might seem that all is not going so good for us at the moment, but believe me....Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding!

The biggest mistake we make is thinking we don’t need God, and can manage life without Him...we all need to be saved!

Jesus died for us, to save us...... because of our sins..... and we all sin......So....sin must have been pretty important...... for Jesus to have to die for it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fifty shades of grey! Is any one else concerned?

I don't want to deal with this. Bleh. It's not going away, so I am just going to say this and move on. Fifty Shades of Grey is everywhere. I will say, I have not read this book. I scanned a few sample chapters online to get a good idea of the storyline. I was fairly traumatized. And felt sad. Sentences about the main charatcter's inner goddess jumping up and down like a cheerleader with poms poms made me cringe. For whatever reason, women are turning those pages, even while pumping their gas. I saw this with my own eyes. I had to honk at the woman in front of me in line. She might have stood there for another hour. She was devouring that book. I wanted to holler out my van window, …
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Prayer......that important place....

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately.

How I pray.....

when I pray........

why I pray....... And, importantly – that million dollar question –

why, some prayers are answered and some are not.

Or, we think not. As Christians, praying in the name of Jesus, we know that all our prayers are heard and, yes – all are answered.

Yet, it’s a mysterious thing in many ways – when and how God chooses to answer those prayers.

I’ve been reading the Louie Zamperini story, “Unbroken“- and, if you have not yet seen the film or read the book, I heartily recommend that you do so, as it has been tremendously inspiring to me.

In a life raft in the far reaches of the Pacific without any reason for optimism or hope – Louie offers up this simple prayer –

“God, if you will spare my life, I will use it to serve you”.

A promise he later made good on, when God did indeed, spare his life. What he wasn’t spared though were probably some of the most horrific and trying circumstances any human could endure. But, spared he was.

In reading the book, I was appalled and shocked at how many planes and crew were lost over the Pacific in the early days of the second world war.

With technology still in its infancy, pilots often took to the air flying by the seats of their pants in planes held together with little more than baling wire hoping for the best. Louie Zamperini was in a plane like that – a B-24 named the Green Hornet – a plane, he referred to as a musher. Sent out with a group of men on a rescue mission, the Green Hornet ended up having to ditch into the sea becoming a rescue mission themselves.

In circumstances like that – who, wouldn’t have been praying? As they say, “there are no atheists in fox holes” – or, life rafts for that matter, I would guess.

So, if many prayers were offered up – yet, so few seemingly answered – why, we ask ourselves was Louie’s prayer answered while others may not have been – at least in the overt way that Louie’s was.

Meeting God half-way

Prayer (ours) and God’s response is of course up to and according to his sovereign will. But, I like to think of prayer as a partnership – one, in which God does the doing, while, we do the trusting. And, I use trusting in the active sense. In other words, our faith that God does hear and will answer demonstrated by our action. The same way the Bible says that faith without works is dead for any living faith will spur action.

Action is the breath that lives within faith.

Even “be still and know that I am God” requires the action of being still. You see what I mean? And, I believe that God finds delight in granting and answering those types of requests although he may not answer them in the way that we think or expect.

I have an anecdote of answered prayer that still amazes me. It’s quite simple really – yet, nonetheless, one that I look back on as quite extraordinary.

This took place a few years ago while I was living in Hawaii. In Hawaii and other tropical climates houses are not tightly sealed the way they are in colder climates and if you are not very careful and even if you are – rodents (large ones often come calling looking for a place to stay in and out of the rain.

One evening I had just came in from church. It was winter; cold and rainy out, I had just got something to eat, when I saw a very large and fast-moving object streak across the far side of the room. I was terrified for I knew immediately what it was – it was not just as mouse, oh no, but a very large rat! And, rats in that part of the world can be as big as house cats! I was mortified and as a single woman living alone, I knew this was a problem I was going to have to deal with myself which made it even worse. Just the thought of it made me sick at my stomach. Having no one else to help me, I called on the one that I knew could – Jesus!

I had no idea how my prayer could or would be answered. I mostly ask for the strength to deal with the situation and confessed how much I loathed having to deal with this vile and hapless creature.

I had a trap, but was not sure where best to place it, so I placed it at the bottom of the steps where I had prayed. I then placed a large trash bag beneath to catch any blood spatter that might occur and for ease in picking it up. That was the part I dreaded most – picking up the carcass – having to see the large, bloody carcass of a rat, I had just killed.

I know that rats are smart and can be wary of traps so I was not sure how long this process might take. So, the next morning not knowing if I was successful or not I went to the top of my stairs and with trepidation peered down.. At the bottom of the stairs, I could see the plastic bag – but, there was no trap – no trap! “Oh, my gosh”, I thought, “the rat must have been so big that it carried away the trap!”

Inching down the stairs (as if the rat was going to suddenly appear shaking his instrument of death at me) I could see as I got closer that the rat was still there. Strangely, all I could see was about an inch of it’s tail sticking out from the edge of the bag. Apparently when the trap snapped, it flipped in some way that brought the edge of the bag towards the center and over the rat covering the rat and the trap completely with the exception of that inch of tail which allowed me to gather up the whole thing without my ever having to see the dead and bloodied rat or the trap, so I could carry it to the trash. Praise God!

I try to remember this story when I pray. I could have just sat, prayed and asked God to chase away the rat.. But, I didn’t. I did what I needed to do in setting the trap but, God understood that my greatest fear was not in catching the rat but, handling the rat itself …… and, praise his gracious and holy name he took care of that for me superbly!

Prayer and our experience with it, we must remember is very individual and works in tandem with God’s over all calling on our lives. It’s not a formula by any means and I don’t mean to imply otherwise in any way. Was God that concerned for me and my rat or was he teaching me a greater lesson about trusting – demonstrating in a unique way that he does hear and answer prayer.

Strangely enough, while living in this same house two women – one to my immediate right and one to my immediate left both strong Christians and both in their forties developed colon cancer, one of which God has since graduated to heaven, the other still receiving treatment today. And, I know oodles and oodles of people who were and are praying for them, including me.

How does this measure up against my experience with the rat or Louie’s desperate prayer aboard the raft? I can’t say for sure, but I do know this –

prayer is a special privilege, the place where heaven and earth meet and we are blessed beyond all other living creatures to have this special relationship with God in which he chooses to partner with us.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

I feel so sad.....

I want to cry.......
all day......I want to cry.....

A beautiful young lady, was in a terrible accident this last week, and has gone to be with Jesus!

I know that....for a fact!

But that does not make it any easier for the ones who loved her....who are left behind!

She was only 17....loved Jesus...she is with Him now......but it hurts those who are left behind...

wondering.....Why Lord?

All today's young people think they will live forever...


She's gone to be with the LORD....

Where will you go....if you die tonight?


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HE did it all....for you!

Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

The Bible tells us that a person's salvation is by Grace alone and is a gift from God our Creator.

The book of Galatians answers the question, "How can I be truly free?" Free from guilt, free from fear, from doubt, from sin, and from always trying and never quite making it. When the world looks at that question, it offers two contradictory answers.

Many people think freedom comes from keeping the rules......
doing good............trying harder..........

going to church.......being baptized.......

giving your money.....following the Ten Commandments........ obeying the Golden Rule.........

doing what your priest tells you to do..........offering a sacrifice............

lighting a candle.........saying the Hail Mary........meditating........... using the prayer wheel.

My beloved, the list is endless..... because the human mind is endlessly creative in the many ways it devises to please

a God it cannot see or understand.


rule keeping always fails in the end because you can never be sure you’ve done enough.

If one prayer was enough, would two be better?

How many candles should I light?..... You can never be absolutely certain!

Could you improve on a masterpiece? Imagine that you’re walking through the museum in Paris, and as you approach the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, would you think about taking a palette and brushes and touching up the painting? Maybe putting some more color in her cheeks or perhaps changing her nose just a little? "Why, that's ridiculous!" you say. Over 500 years the Mona Lisa has been considered one of the greatest artistic works of all time. How absurd to think we could add anything to this masterpiece!

Yet, that's what many people try to do with God’s masterpiece of salvation..... through Jesus Christ.

They think they must improve on it with some work of their own.

But that masterpiece was completed when Jesus said; "It is finished," while hanging on the cross. Then He proved that His work of redemption was done when He rose from the dead. So, when you hear that Jesus paid the price for your sin and that you don't have to do anything to merit God's grace, aren't you just so grateful that HE did it all for you?

Thanks Mikey