When we fret…

When we fret and worry, we are forgetting one or both of two things.

One, how mighty our Creator really is and how able to accomplish all things according to His will and plan.

Two, how much He loves us and is working in our lives and circumstances for our ultimate good.

No matter how bleak things may look, our Creator IS watching over us and leading us and guiding us.

Below is a photo of a lake near us that flows into the Ohio River. Normally, it would not be that frozen over, but we have had some really cold weather this winter. Since we heat with wood, that could cause us to fret. We do not have a really big supply, but we know God will get us through the winter.

Enjoy the photo!

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Time is winding down…

Many specific prophecies in the Bible have come true. Some are yet to come.
 
People, no of us knows how many days we have left. Our days are numbered for each one of us. When the end comes, that’s it.
 
This whole world’s days are also numbered. When its end comes, that’s it.
 
There is a prophetic calendar in the Bible. I know many people don’t like to hear this. They grow tired of hearing about it and no wonder. Over the years people who have read their own interpretation into the Bible, while picking the verses they want and ignoring others, have incorrectly said “the end is near”.
 
I do not know how near the end we are. I am not going to set a date. What I do know is there is an overall calendar and every single day the final day draws closer. There are events that have been foretold that have yet to be fulfilled. But once they start happening, the rest will happen in fairly fast succession. That is in the Bible…where we already have fulfilled prophecies.
 
Please don’t let your heart become hardened to this reality just because some people have foolishly set dates or promoted books with gimmicks and so on. Study it for yourself.
 
Remember, regardless of how long this world has, you do not know how long YOU have. Your life could end at any time. Make sure you are on right terms with our Creator…YOUR Creator. Don’t falsely assume He has not made Himself known. He has.
 
Seek Him now with all your heart, soul and mind. Have questions? Contact me using the contact tab above. I will respond as soon as I can. 
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In the Storms of Life…

In the storms, I choose to praise my Creator and be thankful regardless of what happens in this life. This life is not my permanent life. This current world is not my permanent home.
 
I am being prepared for the world to come and the life to come. I am keeping my eye on the prize…an eternity to be in up close, in person, face to face relationship with my Creator in a renewed world where there is no longer sin and death and all the other things we brought upon ourselves when we broke from our Creator’s ways.
 
It was a simple rule set out in Gan Eden…the Garden of Eden. One rule, yet humankind broke it. Now, we have to have more rules to guide us in this world suffering from the consequences of our actions.
 
I am thankful for the Spirit of my Creator who helps me to walk in His ways and for His forgiveness when I fail. I am thankful for Mashiach/Messiah who paid the penaltly of my failures, my sin, my “missing the mark”. He paid a debt I could never pay.
 
I am grateful.
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נחמיה Nechemyah/Nehemia 1:1

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What is real love?

Loving those who love you is easy. But as children of God, we are called to love those who do not love us…even those who oppose us. I do not see anyone in my life as an actual enemy, but, even if I did have one, I am called to love that person.

I choose to love everyone as best I can, without expectation of being loved in return…and when my best is not good enough, I try to allow the love of our heavenly Abba/Father to flow through me toward that person. He can love through me even when my selfish, fleshly nature cannot.

Yeshua died for each and every person who ever existed. That is real Love. I am called to follow his example…to love everyone. He loves even those who hate him. I am called to do the same. I need the help of God’s Spirit to do it, but I choose to do it and to allow God’s Spirit to work in me, on me and through me. I pray my human nature will stay out of the way.

Sometimes, love is staying in an uncomfortable situation when you have the choice to go elsewhere just so you can show love to someone. It is easy to run from those who do not love us, especially when no one would even know it is what you are doing. How many of us are willing to stick around for the purpose of simply showing love to another person?

   

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Making Decisions…

Many decisions in life can be very challenging. There isn’t always a clear right or wrong, best or worst, good or bad.

Sometimes, you just have to make the best decision you can and trust the Creator that it will all turn out OK in the end.

There may be those who do not understand the decisions you make. But it is not wise to make decisions based upon the approval of others. That will leave you torn back and forth between dissenting opinions and you will always lose in the long run.

That does not mean you should not seek wise counsel. It is always good to do that. But when you make the final decision, what someone else wants should not over-ride what you truly believe to be the best choice.

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Update and Thoughts on December 25, 2017

Overall, I am feeling better today. Still got a bit of off and on runny nose, but that can also be seasonal. Not full energy, yet, but getting there. Of course, for me, full energy is not a lot of energy anyway, but over the course of the last year, that has also improved greatly, especially taking into consideration the things I have had to deal with.

For me, a whole lot has to do with letting go of things…yes I do mean physical things, too, but mainly just not letting things get to me. There is a reason for all that happens in life…not always a good reason, but there is a reason. I belong to the One who takes all that we humans have done to our world, ourselves and each other and, while still allowing us freedom of choice, takes those very things and uses them…somehow…for good.

We may not always see that good right away, but someday we will look back (as I have many times in my life) and be able to see how our Creator turned things. We will see the many times He protected us from the decisions of others, as well as our own. We will see the many times He shed tears over those same decisions and the consequences they brought.

Bible prophecy tells us time is winding down. There are specific signs/indicators spoken of in the Bible that have come to pass. There are more to come.

Do I believe a world leader will come on the scene appearing to have all the answers, but who will be a deceiver? Yes.

Do I believe it signifies the end of the age? Yes.

Do I believe Messiah is coming? Yes.

Do I believe the heavens and earth will be made new? Yes.

Do I believe all these things are imminent? No.

The prophets told us there would be a progression…a sort of timeline. Well, the timeline has begun.

Personally, I do believe I will see the rise of that deceiving world leader, assuming my life is not cut short. I do believe we are getting very close, NOT because of what modern day “prophets” are saying, but because of what the proven prophets of old told us…the ones with a track record of being correct.

However, we all have so many days of life gifted to us. Our last day could be ANY day.

Are we living like we believe that?

Are we seeking our Creator and being about His plans and purposes?

I hope so.

Life is short.

Life is precious.

Life is a gift.

Don’t waste your life in this world, sacrificing your life in the world to come.

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He Came…

He came, fulfilling many specific Bible prophecies…detailed prophecies. These were not vague prophecies with many possible interpretations, but specific. Place of birth. Manner of death. Time of birth. (Not December, BTW.)

Manner of coming…through a virgin. Although that Hebrew word today incorporates the additional meaning of young maiden, in ancient times, it only meant virgin.

There exists a plethora of historical evidence for the Messiah’s (Christ’s in Greek) birth, life, death and resurrection. Yes, even of his resurrection…and some of it from”hostile” sources…those who are not his followers.

Think about it.

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Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.”
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He Did Come…

He did come. You don’t change the world’s way of counting years because of a myth. There’s more historical evidence for his life, death and resurrection than there is for any other historical person. Many atheists have actively used their skills and resources to prove him either myth or at least not risen, including lawyers, an investigative journalist, a cold case forensic detective, a famous English Lord.

They all became believers after carefully examing all the evidence according to their professions.

You can deny, but do you have even a tiny amount of their expertise? The reality is…if you deny him without doing the same amount and quality of study, then you are illogically rejecting him.

Every issue you have with the Bible actually does have an answer. Are you willing to seek out the ones who can give you those answers? Or do you have a reason in your heart for refusing to do so?

Please consider this. You don’t know how many tomorrows you have left…no matter what your age is.

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The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

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Celebrating…

FOR THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST: May you be blessed beyond measure with His shalom/peace. May your light shine before others so that they will see His love within you and flowing out from you.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE CELEBRATING SOMETHING ELSE: I pray that you will find joy in your celebration and that you will consider the one for whom the holiday is named. “Christ” means “anointed one”. Yeshua (Jesus) is the anointed one of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Seek Him (ignoring the propaganda and the behaviors of those who claim His name while not truly representing and/or living what He actually taught) and He will reveal Himself to you.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING A LOSS THAT IS ESPECIALLY FELT DURING THIS TIME: I pray comfort for you and a sense of Shalom/peace. May you recall good things about your loved one(s) and may it bring a smile to your heart even as it brings a tear to your eye.

BLESSINGS TO ALL! LOVE TO ALL!    

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