Two became ONE in CHRIST

The Jewish people are not the only Chosen ones. The Hebrew word for chosen, Bachar reflects the more familiar New Testament term Elect.The Church of Jesus Christ is the Elect of God (2 Timothy 2:10). If you have received Jesus as your Messiah and Savior, that means that God chose you!

God keeps His promises to both of His Born Again “Chosen Peoples”, Messianic Jews and Christians …for His names sake. Both of us also experience the same resentment the world feels toward God’s people Israel. When you tell someone that Jesus Christ is the only way to have a relationship with God. People will resent you for being narrow-minded, just as they resent Jewish people for being exclusive.

Israel and the Church both represent the blessing of God’s Choosing. Both demonstrate the truth of God’s love and faithfulness, His mercy and His grace. We together are the Living Stones that make up the One True Born Again Church of JESUS the Messiah, the Christ, the SON of GOD.

Both Israel and the Church may experience deep and abiding failure. Both may be resented, hated even persecuted by the world. Yet both are people of great destiny with a HOPE filled future.

That future is secure ONLY for those who name the name of JESUS not because of the strength or the goodness of those who were chosen, but because of the faithful, loving and all-powerful GOD who chooses, so that HE HIMSELF receive’s the glory. GOD chooses those who WILL believe in HIM!

Because HE Lives
Because HE Cares
Because HE Call’s

BECAUSE HE IS COMING BACK VERY SOON !

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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 were 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?

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Two Gardens and One Bitter Cup

The Garden of Eden made Holy and perfect by God was spoiled by the disobedience of Adam. The creature was not willing to submit his will to the will of God his Creator.

So began the Fall of Mankind and Original Sin. Mankind, intended to display grace, mercy and love, would now love himself first. He would have…

A need to satisfy fleshly desires (lust)
A natural resourcefulness (self-sufficiency)
A careless embracing of worldly wisdom (capitulation)
A fear of failure or rejection (inferiority)
A bent toward self-preservation (fear)
A stubborn insistence for control and recognition (pride)
A refusal to separate from family or friends (dependency)
A bottomless appetite for comfort and ease (materialism)

This is only the beginning of a long list. The point is, that left to ourselves; we always rationalize reasons to please ourselves rather than God.

God would now relentlessly remind Man throughout time that his actions always bring consequences. That physical life is but a vapor. That God holds eternity in His hands. That this life is not about us…but about HIM!

In GOD Alone reside Love, Mercy and Grace…and True Pity and Compassion for us because HE knows we are but dust.

Later in time, in another garden called Gethsemane; Gods pity and compassion for us was embodied in HIS SON. In Eden, Adam lived for himself and then lost Eternal Life with GOD for all of his descendants. From that day forward the sins of mankind would begin filling a cup. A cup that the second Adam, JESUS, would drink in full, taking the worlds sins upon HIMSELF on HIS CROSS satisfying the wrath of HIS FATHER towards us; opening by FAITH a way for us to regain paradise lost and have ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN.

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If Only Moments

Have you ever given any thought to the tears JESUS will wipe from your eyes? Why am I going to be crying before Him? Maybe because as hard as I tried, the motives of my heart are always tinged with pride. Maybe because in my own way I too have Mocked God by trying to blend into the sewage around me like a Chameleon?

Maybe because I have not taken His command to share the Gospel serious enough and He will show me the hundreds of times I could have made a difference in someone’s life by planting a seed for the Holy Spirit to water.

I will stand before Him and use words to give an account of the life He gave me to live out before HIM. He will then give an account of the times He had given me words to speak, but I chose to remain silent.

To my shame my life is full of words never spoken. Words that were meant to give life by planting seeds into the hearts of people that God put into my path. Thousands upon thousands of words never spoken have filled my memory with If Only Moments. Only God knows the answer to “what If I had obeyed and spoke”.

In the end when we stand before HIM and HE wipes the tears from our eyes; the lesson we will learn is that our lives will be measured not only by what we did, but also by what we did not do.

I know I am weak and I know I am not Holy. But, I also know He said in my weakness, HE will show His strength if I look to Him for help.

If you feel the need to then ask Him to help you match up your walk with your talk, I have.

ernie

The Simple Gospel

I wrote this in 2001 to my middle son and his wife. Maybe it will help you to talk to your kids.

Are you going up?

I know you both probably humor me when I try to communicate my faith in Christ to you. But I wanted you both to know that it takes more than two people to make a marriage.

The 3rd person is Jesus. Love between a man and a woman without Jesus will end at the grave. But love between a man and a woman, centering on Jesus the Messiah of Israel and the Christ of His True Church; is a love that will continue on into Eternity. The same applies to your love for the kids. In order for all of you to stay together into Eternity you each need faith in the Son of God.

The Bible is not difficult to understand. The Old and New Testaments were given by God through the prophets and the apostles; but the Words are ALL Gods words and they are simple enough for even a child to understand.

The Good News (the Gospel) is simple. You were born with the disease of Sin. Because of that inheritance God will not allow you into His Heaven. But because God loves you He sent His Son Jesus to die on a Cross to pay the penalty of your sin, be buried and then Rise from the Dead. Because HE LIVES, those who have faith in HIM …Will Live Also.

The historical facts of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus speak for themselves; they need no defending. When you truly understand you will find that the one who has the very first place in your marriage. The one each of you will love first …will be Christ, then the two of you will occupy second place.

(Son) your heritage is Jewish, (Wife) your heritage is Christianity. Both meet at the foot of the Cross of Christ. In Christ there is no Jew nor Christian…only Children of the One True and ONLY GOD. Only HIS Children have Eternity to spend together. Everyone else spends Eternity ALONE.

Love you all very, very, much…Grandpa Ernie

How Awesome Is the GOD WE SERVE !

He not only gave us HIS WORD, but also HIS SON!

As long as Jesus is one of many options, He is not an option.
As long as you can carry your burdens alone, You don’t need a burden bearer.

As long as your situation brings you no grief, You will receive no comfort.
As long as you can take Him or leave Him, You may as well leave Him, because He won’t be taken half-heartedly.

But, when you mourn, when you get to the point of sorrow for your sins, when you admit that you have no other option but to cast all your cares on Him, and when there is truly no other name that you can call on, then cast all your cares on Him…for He is waiting in the midst of your storm.

He is preparing a place for you. He is the architect of your heavenly home…its builder and interior decorator too. He knows your hearts desires, your favorite colors, flowers, your favorite views.

He chose you before the foundations of the world were made.
He knows how to surprise you. He knows what you’ve always longed for.
And in His infinite care for you, He is preparing the perfect place for you.

Too many of us are afraid to witness to people.
Too many of us are intimidated by non-believers
Too many of us have weak faith and live in anxiety.

We forget who we are in Christ.
We forget that the Battle is His.
We forget that the Ending has been written and WE are on the Winning Side.

I want them to know

The day will come when like my father before me I will no longer be here. I want to leave a legacy of words and memories for them that tell them who I am and what I believe.

I want them to know that I love them, pray for them and will wait for them in a better place. I want them to know that I placed my eternal life in the nail scarred hands of Jesus , the Jewish Messiah, the Son of the Living God.

I want them to know that I have not found a religion but a relationship, a personal relationship with God. I want them to know that as long as they have life they have the ability to Seek the Living God who waits at the top of the stairs for them with a welcome matt. All they need do is open the door of their hearts and He will open the door to them so they can go into the ARK. There they will find the Living Words of God, written personally to each of them.

Only by reading His Words will they come to the knowledge of the Truth about God. Then they will fear HIM. That fear will become knowledge of HIM, and that will lead to the understanding of what this life truly is about and why they were born.

Then with repentant broken hearts they will allow God to heal them of their sins by accepting the death of Jesus on the Cross for their sins. Only then will they be able to Love God and live for God and grow in wisdom and discernment of God. And in return GOD will give them ETERNAL LIFE.

AMEN & AMEN

Your Final Exam

Like most students you have relied on sketchy notes and opinions, rather than study the course material in depth for yourself. That is why I am willing to bet YOUR LIFE that you will flunk your final exam!

In the school of life we pass or fail according to our own human standards.

In the school of death we will pass or fail according to GOD”s standards.

I would suggest that you pick up a copy of the Word of God, the BIble, the Scriptures, the very Autobiography of GOD,the Words HE wrote to you personally; and seriously begin reading. You will find that GOD has pre-written history and that you were included on many pages.

However, you will find that it is not the history of humanity that has been written, but HIS-Story. The Story of the SON of GOD….JESUS.

Study as if your eternal life and destination depend on your answering correctly the questions that JESUS will ask you when you stand alone before HIM, because they do!

If you pass you will die once. But if you fail HIS exam (your final exam), you will die a second death!

Your time left to complete reading and studying the course material is running out.

God Has Given Us HIS SON

As long as Jesus is one of many options, He is not an option.
As long as you can carry your burdens alone, You don’t need a burden bearer.
As long as your situation brings you no grief, You will receive no comfort.
As long as you can take Him or leave Him, You may as well leave Him, because He won’t be taken half-heartedly.

But, when you mourn, when you get to the point of sorrow for your sins, when you admit that you have no other option but to cast all your cares on Him, and when there is truly no other name that you can call on, then cast all your cares on Him, for He is waiting in the midst of your storm.

He is preparing a place for you. He is the architect of your heavenly home,its builder and interior decorator too. He knows your hearts desires, your favorite colors, flowers, your favorite views.

He chose you before the foundations of the world were made.
He knows how to surprise you. He knows what you’ve always longed for.
And in His infinite care for you, He is preparing the perfect place for you.

Eternal Questions

Who am I? I am a child of God; Jesus is my Lord, my Savior, and my King. God gave me to Jesus as a love gift, before the foundations of the world were created. I am one of His sheep that hears His voice.

How did I get here? God said in Psalm 139 vs. 13 that He knew me before I was in my Mothers womb. 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, He is alive today; I too will live forever with Him in heaven because I accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior.

Now, I will be able to answer Jesus’ question to me…..Who Do You Say That I Am ?……..You are the CHRIST, the MESSIAH…the SON of GOD ! ….You came to save the lost. I was once Lost but now am FOUND. You came for me personally to save me from myself.

To hear with my heart
To see with my soul
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold
To trust in a way I cannot see
That’s what faith must be

Song Lyrics by Michael card