Slice of Bread and a Kind Word

A MOMENT IN TIME…CHRISTmas 2002

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 JESUS I found me

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DO ANGEL’S STILL SING?

Some would have you believe that today the HOLY Angels are silent. I don’t agree. I know the songs of HOLY Angels are not silent because we are told that they REJOICE over one person who repents and comes to Salvation in Christ…the SON of the Living God.

Luke 15:6-8 …
“there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God…”

So maybe if you take seriously the call on your life as a Believer to share HIS Gospel to all you love that are on the wide road to hell; then you will be there to plant the last seed. You will be there to see the lights come alive in someone’s eyes as the HOLY Spirit ignites their heart, mind and Soul in faith in Christ.

When it happens listen closely and you might hear the Songs of HOLY Angels and feel the brush of their wings as they form a HOLY Hedge of Protection around the New Born Believer in Christ. As your loved one now is on the narrow path of their journey home to heaven with you.

In 34 years of witnessing God has only honored me twice where I put the last seed into the heart of a true seeker of God…then watched in awe as JOY took over them.

For the most part the songs of HOLY Angels can be heard echoing in the wind that flows throughout the Earth and the Heavens. Their Song lingers, slowly building momentum for the Coronation day yet to come in the near future. The Day when the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS takes HIS rightful place on the throne of Heaven and Earth.

The Angels with us wait for this day. It will be a day of Jubilation, of Praise, and Worship, of Singing and Pure JOY. It will be THE DAY when all the voices of Heaven and Nature sing a New SONG to the King of Men, the King of ALL Creation, the King of Angels, the KING of ETERNITY.

You and I love music, we love to watch musicals, and we all love to sing. This ability to sing is a gift from God to you and I. It is our way of expressing JOY. Here on Earth we communicate with words. But I’ll bet your life, that in Heaven we will communicate with Nature and the Angels and each other and with God… in Song.

Then truly…truly… we will… “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the Earth! “

And Heaven and Nature will SING. But the best news is that GOD will rejoice over you with singing…

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He
will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Can Nature Really Sing ?

The Word of God speaks of a time in the future when all Heaven and Nature will sing a triumphant new song.

Take a moment to think about that. If your are like me I immediately think of my favorite artists and huge orchestral refrains creating a symphony of sound and joy created by instrument’s that mankind has made.

We think like that because all we have known is Earth.
But that is not what this is about. This is about the Sound of Joy lifted up by creatures and nature before the God of Creation.

In Psalm 96:1 it says… sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!

When I was a small boy and I misbehaved my father, who always disciplined with reason said to me in his broken English; Ernie, you need to be a listen boy… you need to listen!

There is so much noise in the world that we have trouble listening to anything. Yet sound is all around us. In fact there are people and equipment within the scientific community devoted to recording the sounds of the living earth.

Think with me for a moment. I can mention types of sound and you will hear a sound bite in your mind. “Crickets chirping, frogs croaking, an eagles shrill cry, a dogs bark, a lions roar, whales calling each other beneath the sea, a baby laughing, leaves of trees rustling in the wind, running water, waves coming in onto the shore, sea gulls calling to each other, raindrops against windows in a storm, and the sound you hear but cannot ever see…the wind.

I could go on and on and on. Amazing is it not? All these sounds and millions more were created by God. They represent a daily worship chorus of one united voice that gives praise to the God that created everything for the purpose of Praising HIM.

What about the sounds of heaven? What comes to your mind? What is the most beautiful instrument created by God to Praise and Worship HIM?

Have you ever heard a choral ensemble, made up of voices only? Have you listened to a boy’s choir singing hymns in a cathedral? Have you listened to Acapella singing? Yes, beautiful pure sounds come forth from human voices.

But human voices are no match for the purity of Angelic Voices that are HOLY, and without sin. God created the HOLY Angels before us to worship and sing Praises to Him. Did you know the HOLY Angels provided musical accompaniment to the greatest voice of all…the Voice of God at the Creation when HE spoke the Universe into existence.

Job 38:6-8…”When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy.”

Wishing you JOY in the MORNING…this LORDS DAY 12-8-2018

Christmas Train

Come Ride the Christmas Train

I stepped out on the balcony tonight. It’s 11 pm. The Sun went to sleep earlier and now the Moon reflects the light of the Sun onto the scene before me.

The night can be so very beautiful. The sky is clear with an explosion of pinpoints of light…the stars are everywhere. As I behold this scene I recall that the Heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.

Its December 14, 2008, the wind is still, yet I am cold, very cold standing out here on the balcony. I can reach out before my face and touch my breath.
The landscape lit by moonlight is both beautiful and eerie. Shadows seem to come alive in my mind as I survey the shadow lands before me.

Finally I can hear it coming, just a pinpoint of light, but growing ever larger as it gets closer. I signed up for this trip year’s ago, but the disclaimer on the contract said the train would not come for me until I had matured in my Faith and finally could let go of everything that tied me down to earth.

You see this is a special trip for believers who have peace on earth among the storms and have written on their hearts
“The Lord is my ROCK, The Lord is my FORTRESS, The Lord is my DELIVER, and He RESCUED me.

I am standing waiting on a second floor balcony for the CHRISTmas Train to pull up next to me. In years past I watched as this train of light passed me by. You see I still had too many burdens that weighed me down. My attitude was wrong and I rarely looked up in anticipation of His coming.

Now I know more than ever who HE is and each day of life that He has granted me I take seriously in terms of my calling, which is to serve HIM Faithfully.

So now this CHRISTmas Train filled with light is stopping in front of my balcony so I can get on and take the trip of a lifetime. This trip is a virtual trip “Back to the Future”………You can find the rest of this story in the  Category Christmas called  “The Christmas Train”.

Earth Dweller or BORN AGAIN Citizen of HEAVEN ?

Are YOU an Earth Dweller or a Born Again Citizen of Heaven?

For Group 1 people the doors of this life are open. They have no barriers to fulfilling their desires. Their lives are focused on themselves. For them life is good as they traffic in the ways of this modern society. They give no thought beyond this life which is currently contained in their ever decaying bodies. They have become rich in the worlds goods, they prosper making this life, as Joel Osteen’s best-selling book title exclaims…“YOUR BEST LIFE NOW”.

Joel Osteen is a “white washed tomb filled with dead men’s bones” and does not speak for the same Lord I know and love. Jesus made it clear that… “This is NOT your best life now !

Group 2 people are made up of the meek, the weak, the impaired, the disabled, the handicapped, and the diseased. They are the broken ones He came to repair. They are the ones that cry out for help, because they cannot help themselves.

For them the doors of this life are closed. Their desires are blocked by barriers they cannot overcome. Their lives are dependent on you and on the outstretched hand of kindness you might give them.

They are referred to by God as “the least of these”. Their hearts are soft and their minds are open to God’s Truth. The lives they live before us, struggling with the burdens they must carry are an example to each of us. In their weakness they have become strong because they rely not on themselves, not on you, but on God to provide for them.

They’re hope is placed in the future, not in today. They look to the One who has the future in HIS Hands. They understand what it is to take up their Cross and follow HIM.

It is difficult to reach group 1 people with the message of God’s Truth. They have all they need and are blinded to what’s coming in the future both physically and eternally.

Presenting God’s Truth to group 2 people is a joy. They have nothing. They realize because of the burdens they bear in this life, that their hope is in the life to come. They drink deeply from the well of Gods Truth and look forward to God’s promise to wipe away every tear from their eyes.

So which group do you belong to?

Are you made in the image of yourself, prospering through this life physically alive for a short time, but not realizing you will be forever alone, without God, spiritually dead for eternity?

Or have you realized that your now broken body was made in the Image of God. And that this life you live physically for a short time is not your real life. But that your real life will begin when you are spiritually Born Again and you will be in the presence of God, spiritually alive for eternity.

I have said many times in the past that the Word of God is just that…the Word of God. That He has substantiated this as FACT through His use of Prophecy. No other religious system, or holy book based on the words of men has dared to use Prophecy (foretelling future events) to prove its truth.

All Religions and their lies are grinded into the dust under the weight of Gods Truth substantiated by His Rock Foundation of Pre-Written HIS-story known as Prophecy.

ALL Prophecy is about the 2nd Coming of JESUS to rescue the New Born-Again Citizens of HIS HEAVEN.

CHRISTmas STAR

HIS STAR IN THE EAST

Matthew 2: 1-2
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen HIS STAR IN THE EAST and have come to worship Him.”

The 3 Magi followed the Star all the way to the Manger in Bethlehem. The Magi knew the Prophecies in the Old Testament because of the Prophet Daniel. They came looking specifically for the King of the Jews.

What made the STAR in the East so unique that they spotted it in the night sky?

Was it the fact that it was moving? Or could it have been something more like its shape as it moved.

Could it be that the Star in the East was the STAR OF DAVID?

The STAR of the Coming Messiah of Israel? The STAR that has 2 interlocking Triangles that cannot be separated. Because each triangle represents the 2 kinds of believers that worship the Messiah of Israel. Born Again Jews (blue) and Born-Again Christians (blood-red).

The Coming of Messiah

There is light everywhere. At first it’s blinding, then slowly my eyes adapt to my surroundings.

Glowing all around me are myriads of Holy Angels, messengers appointed to protect and serve believers. You cannot imagine the beauty of created beings in whom no sin exists. Angelic beings with power beyond imagination that exist only to serve the True and Living God.

There is song and music everywhere within this light and there is Love and there are questioning words being spoken in anticipation of the Birth of Gods Son Jesus. Angels themselves look deeply into this curiosity called Salvation. You see for them there was a single choice to be made with eternal consequences.

Their once brother’s, the fallen angels made the irrevocable choice to join lucifer and now forever will be lost to destruction. For them there is no Salvation. No REDEMPTION…no second chance.

But for mankind during the course of the days he draws breath there are thousands of chances to be saved. If only people would listen as HE whispers their names.

There is a loud noise and the veil of light parts before us so we all can look into the darkness below us and see the sheep and their shepherds. How honored the least of these should be; Shepherds with flocks.

God has throughout History placed the communication of His truth into the hands of trusted Shepherds. Empowered men, who can rightly divide the Truth of Gods Scripture and feed His sheep.

And so, the Son of God had come to earth…born of a virgin…through a young Jewish girl named Miriam. Heavens Veil of stars tore open that night to allow the Son of God to enter the darkness so the RESCUE, the Plan of REDEMPTION could begin as foretold through the coming of Gods REDEEMER.

The words of the Prophet Isaiah Ch.6 versus 9 echoed within me:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

GOD BECAME FLESH

 

Have you ever thought about the fact that God, who is Love, choose to come down to visit with us for a while and clothed Himself in flesh with a body like ours? Why would God do that?

The God of creation and the Universe, the only TRUE and Holy God became a man so we could touch Him for a while. Yes He came down to communicate to us through His words. But, I believe even more important than that He came down so He could touch us and we could touch Him.

Two thousand years ago, there was a special generation alive on the earth that walked in the cool of the day with their God, as Adam did in the Garden. This special generation lived by sight, smell, hearing and taste and had the ability to TOUCH God.

God became “Immanuel” which means God With Us. This special generation experienced God with All their senses; but they recognized HIM NOT because they knew NOT the time of HIS COMING.

Today we live by faith alone. Faith is a special sense that God gives only to those who believe in His Son Yeshua / Jesus who came down to us with Salvation in His Hands. Those of us who believe in Him shall on one future day walk by sight, forever with Him in heaven.

Jesus while here on earth became the God / Man. But Jesus looked no different than anyone else; you could not have picked Him out of the crowd of the nation of people He was born into. There was nothing physically unusual about Him. There were only two ways of telling He was God. The first were the Words that came from His mouth and the second was the Touch of His hands.

Both His Words and His Touch performed many miracles. The miracles were designed to prove that He is God Incarnate, (God in Flesh). But there is a greater meaning behind His Words and Touch than the miracles He performed to prove to us who He is. Everything He did, He did because He loves us. He IS Love. It is because of that Love for us that He came to us.

To Jesus His coming is ALL about a Family Reunion. Every Word spoken and every Touch felt was meant to prove His love for His family…that’s you and I.

To Touch the Face of God

“Mary did you know, when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God?”
Of the five senses you were born with, touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight which would you consider the most important to you? Which could you live without? How many of them would you need to live your life?

Each attribute allows you to explore the world you live in. Together these five senses are designed to build one upon the other to make you complete and give you a full sensory experience of the world around you.

Through taste, I can enjoy a meal or a cool cup of water in the heat of the day. Through smell I can enjoy a flower or the scent of the wife I love. Through hearing I can enjoy the sounds of nature and the voices of family and friends, and through sight I can enjoy the beauty of the world around me that ONLY God could have created.

If I had to choose only one of the five senses to live my life through, it would be touch.

For it is through touch that I can feel love. It is the greatest sense shared between two people. From a newborn baby’s need to be held by its mother. From the need of two people to embrace each other through marriage. To an old man’s being held by his loving wife as his life comes to an end. From our beginning to our ending it is touch that communicates love and lets us know we are not alone in this world and gives us peace.

Have you ever thought about the fact that God, who is Love, choose to come down to visit with us for a while and clothed Himself in flesh with a body like ours? Why would God do that?

The God of creation and the Universe, the only TRUE and Holy God became a man so we could touch Him for a while. Yes He came down to communicate to us through His words. But, I believe even more important than that He came down so He could touch us and we could touch Him.

Two thousand years ago, there was a special generation alive on the earth that walked in the cool of the day with their God, as Adam did in the Garden. This special generation lived by sight, smell, hearing and taste and had the ability to TOUCH God.

God became “Immanuel” which means God With Us. This special generation experienced God with All their senses; but they recognized HIM NOT because they knew NOT the time of HIS COMING.

Today we live by faith alone. Faith is a special sense that God gives only to those who believe in His Son Yeshua / Jesus who came down to us with Salvation in His Hands. Those of us who believe in Him shall on one future day walk by sight, forever with Him in heaven.

Jesus while here on earth became the God / Man. But Jesus looked no different than anyone else; you could not have picked Him out of the crowd of the nation of people He was born into. There was nothing physically unusual about Him. There were only two ways of telling He was God. The first were the Words that came from His mouth and the second was the Touch of His hands.

Both His Words and His Touch performed many miracles. The miracles were designed to prove that He is God Incarnate, (God in Flesh). But there is a greater meaning behind His Words and Touch than the miracles He performed to prove to us who He is. Everything He did, He did because He loves us. He IS Love. It is because of that Love for us that He came to us.

To Jesus His coming is ALL about a Family Reunion. Every Word spoken and every Touch felt was meant to prove His love for His family…that’s you and I.

CHRISTMAS IS…..About the Real CHRISTmas Tree

christmas-tree

Christmas is about a mystery older than time itself, because its origin was before time existed. This mystery is hidden in the Old Testament. God through prophecy wove a tapestry of clues as to the identity of the Savior of Mankind…The Redeemer…the Messiah of Israel…the Son of God. Those clues were fingerprints that would fit but one man in history.

The Nation of Israel missed it…and so have Billions of people of all faiths throughout the century’s. This mystery was then revealed in the New Testament through the person of Jesus Christ who brought with Him a new beginning for mankind.

Christmas is about creation: a universe and a special planet called Earth that God made for His children to live on and will remake it again clean and new to be enjoyed forever.

Christmas is about evil: allowed now to have its day, but soon to be destroyed forever.

Christmas is about mankind: whose god is himself, whose worship is technology, mankind so full of himself that there is no longer room for the God who created him.

Christmas is about God: who gave mankind free will to accept or deny Him. A God who reaches down from Heaven with open arms and says…believe and come home. A God of tears, tears even the oceans of the world could not contain.

Christmas is about a book called the Bible: It truly is an extra-terrestrial document. God dictated it through the minds of the Prophets and Apostles. The Bible contains the past, the present and the future.

You might think we are living out history. If you do you are wrong. We are living out His…Story. The Bible has stood the test of time, history, archeology, science and the most fascinating of all…Prophecy or Pre-Written History.

Christmas is simple to understand: because it is not about us but about JESUS. The Story of CHRISTmas existed before our universe was created. It is a story from Eternity past that bridges Time to Eternity future.

That bridge in Time is a Tree. You see the real CHRISTmas tree was the CROSS…the Cross that Jesus was nailed to. But as the lyrics from one songwriter say…it was not the nails that held HIM there…it was HIS Love for you that held HIM there.

CHRISTmas is about …  YOUR  REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS

These two words are part of our language because they come from the BIBLE. Both words are defined by THE ONE TRUE GOD who created us. Each is exemplified by the Parables taught by Jesus and the historical accounts of the people in Scripture.

Throughout the Past we could see these words lived out before us. Today these two words have almost been eliminated from our language and our actions. There is an Ancient Word that began in the Garden of Eden that has remained throughout time as the nemesis of both Repentance and Forgiveness. This word has become the foundation of the New Tower of Babel. PRIDE ! ! !

The author of this word is the creator of Evil…Satan. This one word carries within it an Eternal Death Sentence from GOD for ALL whose actions show that their hearts are filled with Pride. Jesus says to you, the one filled with Pride…….

“I have this against you, because you have left your first love and have hated Me. If only you had REPENTED I would have FORGIVEN you, but you hated My Law and would have none of my ways.”

Therefore, my friend you will receive what your ACTIONS DESERVE. For now, you are on GODS Layaway Plan called “SIN NOW and PAY LATER.” Like all debts, YOUR payment ultimately will come due.

The Story of YESHUA,The SON of GOD…God promised 6,000 years ago in His word that he would send a Savior to redeem mankind so Heaven would be our destination after death and not hell.

JESUS came already 2,000 years ago and He will be back in YOUR LIFETIME. The Old Testament contains HIS-Story in Prophecy. The New Testament Reveals HIS-Story in documented FACT, written down by EYE WITNESSES. The Real CHRISTmas TREE is The CROSS of CHRIST!

“These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”   Luke 24:44