Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This morning at five AM my daughter answered a call from a very upset friend. Her friend had been startled awake by her mother screaming, "Dad is dead"! He fell asleep in a favorite chair in his hobby room and his soul and spirit peacefully passed on to be with Jesus. Yes, the family were Christians with the promises of life after death, and yet it came at an unexpected time for them. Losing a loved one is difficult.
Another man has died, who was a friend in our Rest Home ministry. He played the harmonica and was a WW2 veteran. When we would play the hymn, "Are You Washed With The Blood", he would tell us of a true story from the battle of Iwo Jima. He was driving a Caterpillar tractor and beside him a soldier fell wounded from gunfire. He got off the tractor to help the soldier and by doing this, he himself was covered with his blood. An officer saw Bill covered in blood and came to help him. He said "I am not hurt, just covered in the blood". This is also is our story, we need not fear death, for we are covered with the blood of Jesus.
Bill lived life to the fullest . He was in his nineties and his mind was still alert. When we visited him at his home he was in bed. The doctors said that he was dying. He said, "I am not dying, I have things to do and places to go. I feel fine"! He was a fighter. We can learn from his desire to keep on going. Love life and do now the things still undone, places to go, friends to love, and yes things to do. Live life to the fullest for Jesus gives us life more abundant and because of this we live productive lives for as long as we are able.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John chapter 14 has awesome promises.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Joh 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Joh 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Thank you Lord Jesus for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, The fullness of God dwelling in the believer. His love pours out to us. When we are in need, we have other brothers and sisters in the Lord who we can go to. My daughter was a good help to her friend in need this morning. My daughter is a wonderful person, a true friend. Jesus makes us available for others and we have his abiding presence that gives us peace in all situations.
Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
This is my verse, that means so much to me. Be at peace for Jesus is with us always and when we leave this body we continue with him.
2Co 5:1 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.
2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
2Co 5:4 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.
2Co 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Be comforted by this. We have only just begun to live.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I came through the wonderful teaching in a Baptist Church. They taught me that the word of God is truth, all of it and I believe this. Having been in an Assembly of God church for a number of years, I have not changed my thoughts that the Bible is the word of God. The Assembly church also teaches that the gifts, such as tongues and the interpretation of tongues are for this time as well. I came across an interpretation of tongues given in my church in March of 2005. It was with my wife's things. She was going through a difficult time with her health. Any interpretation or prophecy must line up with God's word. Here is the interpretation.
In this day when there is darkness all around you, people will say, my people have the strength of God and the joy of the Lord. You will walk with joy. You will walk with understanding. You will walk in wisdom because I am your God. You have acknowledged me. You have given honor to my name. I am your God and I will walk with you through these things and you will see the light. You will not see the darkness for the darkness will not cover you. But I the Light will cover my people.
When we walk in the light with God, people will see Him and He will be glorified. The LORD is our Light and our strength.
Psa 89:13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Psa 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Psa 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psa 89:16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
Psa 89:17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
Psa 89:18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
My wife left this life knowing that the Light of God will not go out. She is in the light of his presence and of His glory. Our walk of faith is a walk with the Lord. He takes us through the darkness, for we are in him the people of light and truth. Jesus is the real truth and I believe in Him.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Jos 23:6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
Jos 23:7 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
Jos 23:8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
Jos 23:9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
Jos 23:10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Jos 23:11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
Jos 23:12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:
Jos 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
Jos 23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Jos 23:15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
Jos 23:16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
Monday, February 26, 2018
As a result of the school shooting in Florida that took the lives of 17 people people are seeking answers. Those who have been trying to remove guns from people are wanting to take guns away as an answer to the problem. The problem is a sin problem. A killer will find a gun or some other way to kill. People need Jesus and the Ten Commandments. Jesus is God's Son. The Ten Commandments are a moral guide for people to obey God. The spiritually blind allow atheists and others to remove the Ten Commandments from public places. This is an open invitation for demons of violence to enter the minds and hearts of our young people.
Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Psa 138:2 ...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
We must never turn from God or his word. Jesus is the Word of God come in the flesh. He died on a cross, shedding His blood for the removing of our sins. Billy Graham preached Jesus and the cross. Now that Billy has been removed from preaching, we must keep the name of Jesus before the people. Preach Jesus for the removal of our sins and bring back the Ten Commandments as an answer to godless violence. Will we follow God or the godless people? I will follow Jesus.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Act 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Act 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Act 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Act 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
Peter gave the lame man a great gift; the healing of God. Not many have the gift of healing, but the Spirit of God in every born again believer does meet needs. We love God and His love flows to us to be given out to others. There are many lonely people that need a touch of God. Perhaps he can touch people through our fingers and our words?
I visited the local Senior Center today. There were almost a dozen people there. It was Valentines day and as I talked to the people, I learned that most were living alone and needing to be with another "alive" person. Most of the people through conversations I learned were Christians. It is good to be around other people, and even better is the fellowship with others of the family of God. Hey? I even got a hug from an older sister in the Lord; how special is that?
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Lev 16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
My calendar has on it "the day of atonement", the day is still a holy day for the Jews, although they have no temple to make a sacrifice for their sins.
When AOL was the portal to the Internet I would talk to many people in the chat rooms and on Instant messages. Through these encounters many were brought out of bondage in body and in soul. Human trafficking has been a sin going on in our nation that many know nothing about. Runaway kids are being captured and forced into prostitution. For a few years our ministry helped many young women and men to escape bondage. One young lady who was freed, was a Jewish girl. Not by accident, the day of her freedom from bondage was on the calendar "Day of Atonement". Isaiah spoke of setting captives free and Jesus in his ministry spoke that through him, this prophesy was fulfilled.
Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
The freed men and women were cared for and given the word of God. Most everyone who was freed also believed in Jesus for the atonement for their sins. Many found jobs and were restored to personal freedom. Those who continue, being filled with the Holy Spirit are the adopted sons and daughters of God.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Lev 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
Lev 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
Nadab and Abihu had barely entered their ministry as priests when they made a fatal mistake. They were to enter into the holy place of the sanctuary with fire from the altar, but they made their own fire another way, denying the holy way authorized by God. My first thoughts were that this could be applied to a lot that is happening in the name of God today. People who make their own doctrines, could be strange fire. The over whelming thirst for the "supernatural" has opened up things that are not of God to the naive seekers. Trickery, slight of hand, smooth talking messengers with their own thoughts of success and prosperity. Just as in the time of Jesus, many followed him to see the miracles and to eat the food, but they did not know him or wish to follow him in difficult times. Today we must follow truth by first trusting Jesus as Lord and savior and being filled with the Holy Spirit of truth. By the spirit are signs and wonders and discernment to know what is truly of God. The Spirit isn't necessarily an emotional frenzy, he may bring quiet and peace as well as joy and yes, long suffering. May we serve him in holiness.
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.