To be a people of Remembrance

God calls us …“To be a people of Remembrance”

History speaks but no one is listening.

Today, lesson’s to be learned from the past history of mankind fall on deaf ears. News reports no longer give us both sides of events; instead they feed us biased visual and audio sound bites. We do not think anymore for ourselves because it takes effort and time to think. Rather we echo the opinions of others, because we have no time to develop our own.

The result is manipulation of emotions, which now rule our minds and actions. The power of the media is so great that history can be altered within one generation and consequently the truth of our past can disappear like smoke in the wind…gone forever.

God has provided to all who will listen; the Pre-Written History of mankind’s Past, Present and Future. It is a history written by God who offers His Creatures choices with grave consequences.

It is a history that has left a trail of blood in the desert. The Blood of mankind and the blood of the Nation of Israel and the Blood of Gods Redeemer…His Son…The Messiah and Savior of this world.

This history records a battle of Galactic scale, involving mankind and angelic creatures both fallen and Holy; both seen and unseen.

This history has been written down for you to know and understand by God Himself. It is contained in the Judeo / Christian Bible. Within its pages are the story of the Nation of Israel and your story as well.

You say what have I in common with the Nation of Israel? Both of you are tied to the blood of Christ left in the Judean sand 2,000 years ago. Both of you are the prize being fought over by myriads of unseen angelic beings.

Not only has the past and present of this history which you now currently are living out been written. But, its future ending has been written as well.

You can read about it when you explore the history of the Nation of Israel and its Messiah in the Bible. Israel is Gods Prophetic Time Clock. The hands of time will only continue to tick for just a little while longer.

On a day soon to come, at the last stroke of the mid-night hour; when the stars and moon will no longer give their light…HE WILL COME AGAIN as He promised. His sign will be plain to see by every eye. It will be like lightning that goes from the east to the west. The dark sky will light up for all to witness His coming back.

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Born in the Mind of GOD

BORN IN ETERNITY PAST

How Awesome to know that you and I existed in the mind of God, Predestined for Faith in HIS SON JESUS before the foundations of the world were made.

Let me give you a very short personal example.

My mother told me the story of arriving at Auswiche with her sister and her sister’s children, nine-year-old Teddy and 11-year-old Lillian.

The four of them were in one line and a Nazi soldier pulled my mother out of the line and put her in a separate line by herself. My mother left the line 3 times to go back to be with her sister and her children.

Each time she was beaten and thrown into the other line. The last time she was beaten with clubs and physically could not get back. She was unable to walk and was carried along by other people.

Her eyes were locked on three precious souls. Their four hearts beat as one as the three slowly disappeared from her view into the darkness of a past that haunted her for the rest of her life.

Why wasn’t my mother allowed to stay in the line with her sister and the two children?

She didn’t know that the line her sister and children were in meant death in the gas chamber and that the other line meant life… but God did.

God knew that I was yet to be born. HE predestined both my physical birth and the date of my Spiritual Re-Birth as a believer in Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah…in Eternity Past. We all live our lives making choices with consequences. Yet God is there in the details and will use our choices for HIS purposes. …Not ours.

God has called to Himself a people from a multitude of Nations. Each person is unique, yet each bares the same image of God. We are different but together we are ALL ONE in Jesus. You and I are a Love Gift prepared for Gods Son before the worlds were ever created.

God knew you before you were born; he called you from within Himself to be part of His plan. And God will empower you all the days of your life till you fulfill His plan for you, to obey HIM and take those you love to the Cross of His Son Jesus.

GOD controls it all. His purposes will be fulfilled in every detail of your life and the same is true for HIS ETERNAL Covenant Nation of Israel.

A MOMENT IN TIME

JESUS will protect those HE has called from Eternity Past to LOVE HIM.

This morning I was sitting in Bell Honda waiting for a car repair. A married couple ( 2 Men ) were looking at me with anger in their eyes. They had a 3 year old little girl with them, who they evidently adopted.

I had my hat on that has 3 Crosses on it. You would be amazed at the hate in peoples eyes when they see me wearing my hat.

The couple  began to walk by me from about 15 feet away. One parent was carrying the little girl. He then set the little girl down. As she approached me she waved at me.

I smiled and waved back at her. I watched her eyes as she looked at my hat with the Crosses. Her Smile grew wider and she let go of the dad’s hand and ran to me looking for a hug.

I reached out to her, just as her parents caught up with her and grabbed her. They both looked at me with eyes of hate.

They do not see the Lord who lives in her heart. They are not capable of “Raising up a child in the way they should go.” Yet  JESUS can and will.

Scripture speaks about the Real Children of GOD:

You are my offspring.

I knew you even before you were conceived.

I chose you when I planned creation.

You were not a mistake.

For all your days are written in my book of life.

 

This little child belongs to her REAL ABBA / DADDY…  FOREVER.

Matthew 18:6

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Sharing a moment in the Life of Grandpa Ernie.

It was the 6th Hour.

The sky was black; the world was shrouded in darkness. Lightening flashed giving glimpses of the Crown of Thorn’s embedded into the head of Christ. It was a surreal scene lit up by the Black Lightning that came and went showing sharp movements of His head and contortions of HIS face like a sadistic movie scene.

He turned His head and looked up to the sky. One last time He raised Himself up by pushing from His feet that were nailed one on top of the other into the tree and then pulled His body upward with His nail pierced hands.  He drew His last breath, filling His lungs to capacity. Then Jesus screamed forth a blood-curdling cry into the darkness.

“It Is Finished”, was heard resonating and echoing throughout the universe, throughout all of His Creation. His cry was Heard by Angels, Heard by Demons, Heard by Man and Heard by His Father. This was His heart cry of victory. His work of Redemption was finished. Mankind now had a way to enter Heaven.

At the same time His Voice was heard throughout the earth and heavens; His Father took His finger and tore open the veil before the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was the same finger that wrote the 10 commandments into stone on Mt. Sinai that now tore open the veil that had separated sinful man and a Holy God from each other. Now sinful man had a way to approach a HOLY God.

The way in was through the advocate appointed before the foundations of the world were ever made. Jesus the Lamb who was slain. Jesus who died for my sins on that Cross.  Jesus, the Son of God.

It seems today that the veil that God had torn open 2,000 years ago has been sewn back together by some gatekeepers, some watchmen on the walls, some preachers who have taken it upon themselves to place stumbling blocks in the paths of True Believers. Those stumbling blocks have nothing to do with Salvation. They are dogmatic stumbling blocks that cannot be defended by Scripture.

WHY…. because the pastor usurps ALL the PRAISE, HONOR and GLORY that belongs to YESHUA …alone !

 

REFLECTIONS

It is still dark and so I get up. There is just enough light so I can move around the shadows of objects in my path as I walk towards the shower. There are two lights in my bathroom. One in the stall shower itself and the other off to the opposite side of the bathroom.

As I have done a thousand times before, I turn the shower on as hot as possible then wait before the shower door, until I see the steam rise. So I wait patiently for the steam to begin filling the stall. Somehow this morning I notice something that must have always been there but eluded my gaze till now.

The steam fills the shower stall. The light inside is soft and gently illuminates the clear stall door that is now filled with steam. There before me is me. It is really not me but a soft image of me, a faded color image, yet with enough detail to recognize me…as if I was looking through a mirror dimly.

As I turned, my eye caught a glimpse of something shiny that came and went with the movement of my body. Sort of like a mirror off in the distance used to reflect light by someone sending a message to someone else far away.

I steadied myself at an angle that allowed this image to come alive. There it was standing out off of my body, clear and bright and solid against a faded image of me. It looked surreal because the image seemed solid while my body seemed almost spirit like. The image reflecting the light was the gold Cross that I wear around my neck.

When I first became a believer in Christ in May of 1985, Elyse bought me this Cross. I remember the emotions I felt as I humbly began to wear the symbol that brought together in One Person, All the Pain people will ever experience throughout time and ALL the Love that God gave to us by allowing His One and ONLY Son to die for each of us on HIS CROSS.

It was interesting to see this portrait of me within the shower door. It brought to mind several thoughts like the statement that in this world we see through a mirror dimly. This world is not real. Sure it feels real, our bodies have been designed to experience this physical world by God. But the real us is the person inside our body. The essence of Ernie is spirit not the flesh of my body.

In a very real sense the faded image of me on the shower door is the true me. And the reflection of the Gold Cross that stands out of my image symbolizes one spirit claimed by the Lord on the Cross 2,000 years ago as HIS. For I carry His sign on my body. The sign that confirms I was bought and paid for by HIS Blood.

When we get to heaven we will look back at all of life here and it will be like the song lyrics “misty water colored memories of the way we were”. All of us are like the faded image of me within the shower stall door.

We exist on this plane of life, so real to us, yet it is nothing more than a world of shadow figures living in shadows.

The only way to become solid and real in the future is to have that bold, bright shining solid gold Cross within your body. He calls you home out of this dream into a world of real love and relationships that will never fail you. A world where there is no pain, no hunger a world beyond time…a world where you will no longer walk by faith but you will be able to walk with the Son of God by sight.

The next time you take a hot shower …take a long introspective look at the faded image of yourself. When you look at you… in your shower door… will you see His Cross over your heart, within your spirit?

UP

From Grandpa Ernie to ALL I Know and Love.

The God who made you is the God who was broken for you. He is the God who cries tears over you. True peace is resting within the protection of someone greater than you.

Go find your quiet place, call on HIS name, He will hear you. Then wait quietly…it will be worth it, because when the answer comes the invisible God will become real to you in a greater way. Then when you receive your answer…be still…and know that JESUS is YOUR God.

CHOOSE FAITH, CHOOSE JESUS !

My Daily Prayer is that You realize before its too late, that HE CAME
FOR YOU TOO.

Listen closely, can you hear HIM? JESUS doesn’t shout
HE Whispers your name. When HE calls you UP, you will find
that your life has been ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY.

BURNING QUESTIONS ?

Life is full of questions, but what questions do I truly want answered that have meaning to me. What questions if I received the answers to would change me and the way I live my life? Deep questions from within me that my very soul, the essence of who I am, cries out to understand.

Who Can I Turn To For Answers?

There is no one like JESUS. Only He can answer these questions that used to torment my soul:

Who am I? I am a child of God; Jesus is my Lord, and my King. I was given to Jesus by God as a love gift. I am one of His sheep.

How did I get here? God said in Psalm 139 vs 13 that He knew me before I was in my Mother’s womb in eternity past. God said in Romans 8 vs.29, that whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become a believer in His Son Jesus.

What am I to do here on earth? I am to live out the “Great Commission”: To make disciples of all nations, teaching people about the word of God; telling all the Good News of John 3:16.

Where am I going when I die? Because Jesus died for my sins and He was resurrected, and He is alive today; I too will live forever with Him in heaven because I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.

“Because He lives” are the 3 small words I base my entire existence upon. They form a foundation of how I should be witnessing to those all around me.

God is looking for those that seek Him. Today there are very few people that are truly seeking Him. Throughout the Old and New Testaments only one message clearly comes through.

That there have always been and always will be the many and the few,
the lost and the found.

History is rooted in time, but the time is coming when time will be no more.

When I pray for people to witness too I ask God to bring those that are sincerely seeking Him. I am called by Christ to be able to defend my faith in this battle for the minds, hearts and souls of people. That battle usually comes when people attack my faith. I do not expect to win over people who attack my faith because their purpose is only to attack.

But by being able to defend my faith, standing in strength in front of those that attack me; those people around me listening and watching see and hear that I do not believe in myths, fairy tales or legends.

My faith is in someone real. Both His life and His Death and Resurrection are rooted in history. Explaining those documented facts is the only topic and the only point of witnessing. That is why Jesus asks you the question that echo’s throughout time…“Who do you say that I am?”

WHITE STONE

SOMETHING  TO  LOOK  FORWARD  TO.

JESUS  WILL  GIVE  YOU  A  WHITE  STONE

WITH  YOUR  NEW  ETERNAL  NAME  WRITTEN  ON  IT.

33 years ago I became a Believer in YESHUA / JESUS.  I like to collect things that remind me about the LORD. I found this White Stone way back then. At first I just liked the stone itself. But then while reading my Bible I was amazed to find out about another white stone that the Lord will give each one of us.

Know in your heart of hearts that nothing happens in our lives that is not planned or allowed by the Lord. JESUS lives daily within us through the Holy Spirit who is with us every moment of every day of our life.

The LORD has promised never to leave us or forsake us… as we hold HIS NAIL SCARRED HAND and walk with HIM on the NARROW ROAD …HOME  TO  HEAVEN.

Revelation 2:17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.

Isaiah 56:5 …I will give them, in My house and within My walls, a memorial and a name better than that of sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

Isaiah 62:2 …Nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.

Isaiah 56:5 …I will give them, in My house and within My walls, a memorial and a name better than that of sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

SLICE of BREAD and a KIND WORD

A Slice of Bread and a Kind Word

I went this past Saturday as I usually do to the Great Harvest Bread Company. Going there has become a ritual that my taste buds look forward to. I love bread and bread loves me and so it seems do the people there.

They love what they do and their enthusiasm for life reaches out to everyone who walks in through the door. They remind me of the old movie of Robin Hood, they are the Merry Men of the Forest. Or, they are the Happy Elves of Santa’s Workshop.

The place is all smiles and everyone has a kind word as they share a slice of bread with you…free of charge…just so you get a taste to enjoy.

These seemingly simple people earn their hourly wage selling bread for a living.
I wonder what kind of existence that possibly can be?

Don’t they know that there is much more to life than selling bread and sharing their enthusiasm and joy with everyone who comes to their table?

You see they are in love with their work providing bread for all who come in.

Do you smell something Biblical here?

You see God has asked each of us to both share a slice of bread…the living bread of life and to share a kind word…the word of life …HIS Word…with all those who come to our table.

If we do, then He has promised us Joy and Smiles as we live our lives in Honor of the One who gave us Life before the foundations of the world were ever made.

Who is this Bread of Life that we are to share with those who are hungry and come to our table?

If you have not succumbed to the disease of political correctness by referring to the coming season as a “Holiday”… If you know the Reason for The Season… If you understand that this holiday is really a celebration of The HOLY ONE who came to us on This HOLY Day, and you are not ashamed to speak His Name. Then you know the Bread of Life is Jesus.

Are you aware that Jesus, the Bread of Life, was born in the city of Bethlehem? Were you aware that the word Beth…Lehem in Hebrew is translated the City of Bread, so that Jesus the Bread of Life was born in the City of Bread.

This is but one of hundreds of prophetic details that come together between the Old and New Testament to reveal the identity and person of the Messiah of Israel, the Son of God…. the Christ of Christmas.

So God asks you to share a slice of life giving bread with those who come to your table during this CHRISTmas HOLYday. The only way you can do this is to speak on behalf of the one who bought you with His own blood on the Cross.

Tell them your story of coming to faith in HIM.

When you do this your very words will speak life to them; for their faith will only come through hearing the life giving words of God through your lips.

God has armed each of us that believe in Him with a slice of bread and a kind word to share with those we love. There is one more point to this little story. The reason has to do with the name of the company that makes the bread that I love.

It’s the word HARVEST. Truly, Truly…the harvest is ripe all around you. The need is everywhere and the workers of the harvest have always been few. But, if you are one of them, He is now One with You. There is nothing you cannot achieve with the Lord of Hosts on your side, when you speak of HIM.

So go to the Great Harvest Bread Company, tell them Ernie sent you. Buy some bread and prepare your kind words. Then call someone over to your house this Christmas and make some coffee, and as you both sit down share the bread and the words of life with them face to face.

God will honor your attempt to speak for HIM and you will feel the joy of His presence in your heart and the touch of HOLY angels wings on your cheek as they put a protective hedge around the two of you; as the Holy Spirit whispers their name.

“ETERNITY stepped into TIME and MANNA (the bread of Heaven) came to earth to be the Bread of Life, as EMANUEL (God With Us), was born in the Flesh in
BETHLEHEM (the City of Bread).”

Ernie
In HIM I found me

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The Equation of Salvation

The mathematical equation of Salvation for Fallen Mankind both Jew and Gentile is 1/3 = the Believing Remnant (Few) and 2/3 = the Non-Believing Many.

I want Jesus to come and fulfill His Cry from the Cross…IT IS FINISHED. Then I look forward to Jesus wiping away the tears from my eyes for those LEFT BEHIND who never accepted HIM as LORD. While I live here on Earth I have compassion for the Lost and share the Gospel every time a door opens for me to do that. But like a little child I want to go HOME to be with my ABBA / DADDY Forever.

The important thing to remember today is that none of us is guaranteed tomorrow. So TODAY is the Day of SALVATION for everyone you love that does not know the Lord.

The Apostle Paul said when you share your faith in Christ to FOCUS on the CROSS and the ONE who came BACK From the DEAD. You can prove it with HISTORY, ARCHEOLOGY but most of all by MESSIANIC PROPHECIES, using the Words of GOD.

Yet the Apostle Paul also gave a warning to the New Born Church in 2 Corinthian’s 13:5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can’t you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you — unless you actually fail the test?

And in Matthew 7: 21-23       Jesus said   “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

 Before you speak, you must know your OWN HEART !!!!!!!!!!!!