All are invited to the CROSS

To the place where God and humanity meet. But remember the CROSS is not the rescuing power…the power is in the ONE who bore its shame…and took your Sins and your death, upon Himself.

JESUS poured out Himself to death, so He would reap the unspeakable reward of seeing limitless numbers of once helpless, hell-bound, sinners die with Him in Faith, then be raised to walk in newness of life.

The invitation of God’s Grace and Mercy comes to you only through His Son… from a person who lived and died for you. A person still alive today who will be your advocate and claim you as His own when you stand before the Judgment Seat of God…saving you from eternal hell.

Jesus had to face His Cross alone. His father, who cannot look upon Sin had to turn away, while His Son suffered for the past, present and future Sins of all humankind.

But you will not have to carry your Cross alone. Jesus has promised to carry it for you. The storms of life will rage around you, but Jesus promised to be with you, lead you and give you His peace in this life.

When Jesus says He will keep you safe, He means it. Hell will have to get through Him to get to you! When He says He will get you home…He WILL get you home!

Your eternal future begins at the foot of His Cross; only there will you find HIS LOVE. His story must become your story. His journey must be your journey. Don’t go through this life alone, take His outstretched hand.

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Tears of the FATHER at the CROSS of HIS SON

Good Friday, something to think about.
Excerpt from one of my Easter Church Messages called Tears of Two Fathers.

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My child God said to me. I wanted to tell you personally what the Crucifixion of My Son meant to me. You have children and grandchildren and I know you love them. I know that you would do all you could to protect them from harm and that you would gladly take upon yourself their death. I know this because you were created in my image with the ability to Love.

I know that if men took your child and beat him with whips that ripped both flesh and bone from his back…that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to carry a beam of heavy wood down the street as people swore at him, mocking him, and spitting on him… that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to lie down on that cross and then drove nails through his feet and hands to hold him there…that you could not be restrained. Could you Ernie? The Lord asked softly…no Lord I said quietly.

I stood and watched as they did all those things to my Son. I stood there not for His sake but for yours, because He took that punishment not for His sake but for yours….I honored you through His Pain. But Ernie, when Jesus…MY SON cried out …MY GOD…MY GOD…WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

That was more than I could bear, so I turned away and cried uncontrollably. My Son had wept over Jerusalem; and now I wept over my Son. Yes, I could not look upon the Worlds Sins that MY Son was bearing, but even more than that, if I had looked at HIM at the moment HE said those words…I knew in my heart …That I could not be restrained!

Ernie…I wanted you and those that say they love my Son, to know that even for the Joy set before both HIM and I…the Cross was the most difficult thing either of us have gone through.”

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 while here on Earth encased in this broken vessel of clay, the motives of my heart have always been 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 instead of standing alone for HIM?

Maybe because I haven’t 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 looking into His Eyes filled with Holy fire and use words to give an account of the life He gave me to live out before HIM. He will then show me the times He had given me words to speak in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, but I chose to remain silent.

Your LIFE & My LIFE are ALL ABOUT JESUS…Not Us!
IN HIM I found me.
READ ISAIAH 53:1-11; (3- He was despised and rejected by men) (5- But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities) (10- Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him)

GOD and the CROSS of HIS SON

Tears of God

In many of my stories I imagine God speaking directly to me.

“My child God said to me. I wanted to tell you personally what the Crucifixion of My Son meant to me.

You have children and grand children and I know you love them. I know that you would do all you could to protect them from harm and that you would gladly take upon yourself their death. I know this because you were created in my image with the ability to Love.

I know that if men took your child and beat him with whips that ripped both flesh and bone from his back…that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to carry a beam of heavy wood down the street as people swore at him, mocking him, and spitting on him… that you could not be restrained.

I know if men forced your child to lie down on that cross and then drove nails through his feet and hands to hold him there…that you could not be restrained.

Could you Ernie? The Lord asked softly…no Lord I said quietly.

I stood and watched as they did all those things to my Son. I stood there not for His sake but for yours, because He took that punishment not for His sake but for yours….I honored you through His Pain. But Ernie, when Jesus…MY SON cried out …MY GOD…MY GOD…WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

That was more than I could bear, so I turned away and cried uncontrollably. My Son had wept over Jerusalem; and now I wept over my Son. Yes, I could not look upon the Worlds Sins that MY Son was bearing, but even more than that, if I had looked at HIM at the moment HE said those words…I knew in my heart …

That I could not be restrained!

Ernie…I wanted you and those that say they love my Son, to know that even for the Joy set before both HIM and I…the Cross was the most difficult thing either of us have gone through.”

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Easter Thought: the Birth of Adam

“Then God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness….So God created man in HIS own image; in the image of God HE created him; male and female HE created them….Then God blessed them.”…………Genesis 1:26 – 27

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”………..Genesis 2:7

Lets go back in time for a moment to when God made Adam. God reached down into the earth and gathered a handful of dust from which He would create the first man. God is omniscient meaning He knows the future. He knew that there would be days coming when He would have to sacrifice His only begotten Son on a Cross-to bring salvation to the race of mankind.

So when God gathered the dust to form the first man, it was His tears that wet the dust to turn it into clay as God molded Adam into His Image. These were the first of the many tears of God because He knew what the cost was going to be to His beloved Son on the Cross.

He knew that He would have to turn away from the cries of His Son on the Cross-when Jesus roared “My God, My God…Why have you forsaken me?” Yet God made Adam anyway from the dust mixed with His Tears. Then as Adam awoke a new creation…the first man…Adam stood and stretched his arms out as all of us do when we awake.

And the light that reflected from God upon the first man created a shadow of the Cross-behind the man.  God’s eyes looked upon the dust that Adam was made of and tears filled the eyes of God again.

The Shadow of Mans Cross would be there every morning in this land filled with both light and shadows till the end of mankind’s days.

Easter Thought: the river of blood

Did you know that there is a River of Blood that flows from the Earth to Heaven?

This river of blood represents the deaths of the multitudes in the last 2,000 years that died in the arms of Christ believing in His death on the Cross-for their sins. This river of blood when viewed from Heaven looks like a Scarlet Ribbon.

If you look closely you will see that it is anchored in the base of the Cross of Christ, planted deep into the Judean soil within the boundaries of the City of God called Jerusalem.

The other end of the Scarlet Ribbon is tied the Throne of God. It connects to both Jesus and the Great Cloud of Witness behind Gods throne. Then scarlet strands reach out across the entire world from heaven connecting to the Remnant, the Redeemed called from before the world was formed that live today on planet earth.

These scarlet strands are attached to each of us personally who believe in Jesus and are living today in time.

If only every person made in the image of God could come to know Christ during their journey in life so the weight and burden of the beam could be lifted and carried by their Savior for them!

Telephone Poles…What Do You See?

There are many signs that God has left for us in the Bible that are meant to remind us of Him and Him of us. The Rainbow that appears in clouds is one such sign. It represents a covenant between God and Mankind and every living creature on the face of the planet, including the planet itself.

When God sees the Rainbow it reminds him and us that the waters will never again rise to destroy all flesh.

When I became a believer in Jesus, I noticed that mankind also put a sign on the earth representing a new covenant, but not with God. This sign that met my gaze everywhere I looked was the telephone pole. It was mans covenant with himself. This covenant represented the future of Technology, Communication and Science. It allowed man to speak with himself but not to God.

Daily as I looked across the landscape I saw crosses everywhere. It was as if the world had become a graveyard with millions of crosses. Each cross represents a person and their inevitable appointment with death because of their sins.

You need to realize that heaven is for perfect people and you are not perfect, therefore you cannot get in. But if you understand the Cross of Christ and look closely, you will see HIM on your cross, in your place having already paid the price for your sins by dying for you.

Then if you acknowledge that Jesus is Gods Son, that He died in your place for your sins, past, present and future, you will gain entrance into His Father’s Heaven.

Genesis 5 and the Messiah

THE GOSPEL
HIDDEN WITHIN A GENEALOGY IN GENESIS 5 !

The Jewish rabbis for centuries have looked into the Bible for prophetic clues that would help them understand God and the coming of the Messiah.

The rabbis have said, “they will not understand the Scriptures until the Messiah comes. But when He comes, He will not only interpret each of the passages for us, He will interpret the very words; He will even interpret the very letters, in fact, He will even interpret the spaces between the letters!”

Jesus in Luke 24:13 on the Emmaus road did just that. The two disciples were depressed that the Messiah was killed.
“Jesus said to them “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter His glory? “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18,“Think not that I have come to destroy the Torah and the prophets; I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Hidden within Genesis 5 is the oldest prophecy that God established regarding His eternal plan of redemption for mankind. The Genealogy of names in Genesis 5 is the first place you will find the Gospel, the Good News that we as believers are commanded to preach to our friends, neighbors and loved ones.

Every Hebrew letter or number has a meaning. In our Bible we read Hebrew names, but what do they mean in English? When we interpret the meaning of each of these 10 Hebrew names (Adam through Noah), they form the most fascinating sentence in the entire Bible.
Adam……………………………man (is), Seth……………………………..appointed, Enosh……………………………mortal, Kenan…………………………sorrow (but),  Mahalalel……….The Blessed God, Jared……………………shall come down, Enoch…………………………teaching, Methusaleh……..His Death Shall Bring, Lamech…………….. the despairing, Noah…………………….comfort and rest.

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching, His Death Shall Bring the despairing comfort and rest.
How awesome is God, that within the Hebrew names of a genealogy in the Old Testament, He would hide HIS New Testament Plan of Redemption . (Salvation, bought for all through the death of Gods Son, JESUS !).

There is no way that a group of Jewish rabbis would conspire to hide the Christian Gospel within their venerated Torah! It’s a gift from GOD, a reward to the diligent “Born Again” student of our Supernaturally Inspired Old and New Testament Scriptures.

Remember, History is HIS Story, the story of Christ. That story is hidden in the Jewish Old Testament and Revealed in the Jewish New Testament.

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No CROSS No CHRISTMAS

The themes of every Christmas tree before this one was always about family. Family was the focus of Christmas. And that’s ok to a point. Jesus was never the focus of the ornaments, or the star on top of the tree or the gifts underneath the tree Christmas morning. Everything focused on the family.

How could I as a believer in Christ decorate 29 Christmas trees, year after year and miss the whole point of sharing Gods greatest gift of all to my family, friends and neighbors within my own home. It is sad to me now as I think about it, that I never took the time to tell the story for 29 years.

This little Christmas tree we have is made from Silver Tinsel. There is a Silver Star at its top. The tree lights are all white and they glow intensely in the dark. The tree is 2 1⁄2 feet tall and it sits on a table in front of the window.

It is very small but this Christmas tree is special and precious to me. This is the very first Christmas tree I have owned that when you look at it…you only see Christ.

The tree is small like Jesus was when He came down from heaven to be born of a virgin at the Incarnation. Can you believe that God miraculously entered the womb of a Jewish virgin named Miriam as prophesied back in Genesis? That God became a Holy Embryo so He could be born and grow up to become the God/man, the Messiah of the Old Testament and later the Christ of the Cross.

Do you understand that His only purpose in doing that was to save you from yourself? That He came to die in your place so that you would have eternal life and not die the second time.

There were no gifts given at His Birth, except God’s gift of His Son to you personally. The gifts given by the Magi came two years later. This little Christmas tree was a surprise gift to us last year. It also represents the gift that Christ gives to you…the gift of His Light.

The Word of God says that Jesus is the light of the world and that at HIS First coming, the world living in darkness has seen a GREAT LIGHT.

I opened the door wall to the balcony and stepped out into the cold darkness of the winter night. I began shivering in the night air.

The reality of the fact that I had yet to fulfill my purpose here on earth burdened my heart. But the assurance that I would some day stand in the warmth, the light and the love of Christ gave me comfort.

For now I must persevere through whatever comes. But I felt at peace remembering His promise to me personally to never leave me or forsake me.

The two of us together would face any storms, any trials, and any temptations of life that would come my way.

I remained on the balcony staring up at the star filled heavens. I am still cold and the words of my prayers come alive before me as they take shape from the breath of my mouth and rise up into the cold night air as an offering before God.

Then for a brief moment a warm gentle wind swirls around me and I hear His voice as He whispers to me…

Perhaps Today…….. Trust Me !

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Have you made GODS HONOR ROLL?

Through the years I have spoken to many believers in Christ about their God Stories; how they came to know the Lord. More often than not they had accepted the Risen Lord early in life.

They cannot remember a time when they did not know Him. For them the words of Christ…”let the little children come unto me” became reality as they ran to His open arms and were embraced by the Living God as children. They were born again through a simple child like faith into the family of God.

Others came to know Him as teenagers or during their early college years. These were times when the influence of Godly men and women made a difference in their lives. When being part of a group was important and growing in grace and wisdom was enhanced by nurturing mentors.

They were blessed because people took the time to invest their lives into them and disciple them. The soil of a young heart and the thought process of a young person are much more open to the Gospel.

As we grow older we become jaded Adults. Sin has had many years to grow deep roots within our hearts. We have become accustomed to sin. Our hearts are calloused, our conscience has been seared, our reasoning is flawed and we no longer know how to blush.
As adults we do not come to know Him through a simple child like faith. We are not interested in taking the time to seek Him, to learn of Him or to be discipled by those who offer to invest their time into us.

God has a special program to reach adults. It is called the storms of life. They come and swirl around us for a very long time…until they break us. No longer can we look inside for answers. Our eyes look up and we cry out to the heavens for mercy and beg for hope. We innately know someone or something greater than us is out there and so we reach up to the heavens.

God calls out to mankind daily and says…Why have you not returned to me? Believe in ME and I will give you refuge from the storms and hope for your future!

And so the relentless waves of famine, hunger, drought, natural disasters, pestilence, crop disease, physical disease turn into never ending insurmountable waves of sorrow. For those that don’t know Him life at best is bitter / sweet.

Have you ever noticed the design of Gods Cross, how its beams represent two linear lines that intersect each other. The vertical beam is planted deep into the earth that He created. His Cross is rooted into the dirt, the same dirt that He made mankind out of.
Through the roots of His Cross the earth drank deeply of His Blood as it poured forth into the parched ground. In the days of Moses, God had come down to lead His people as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This pillar was so large that it could be seen by the entire nation of Israel for miles in each direction of its encampment.

But this time, it was more personal. God came down in the form of a man and so the vertical Cross beam rooted in the earth reached upwards to heaven; connecting heaven to earth. For 33 years God lived and walked among us. He came seeking those with a child like faith. He came seeking those who needed mentoring and discipleship.

God came seeking the lost and the broken hearted that live without hope; to personally walk with each of them in the cool of the day and offer each a cup of cool living water.

The top of the beam reaches out to the same heavens that He created by the words coming forth from His mouth. God said to creation “Let there be”, and out of nothing came everything. But when He made us, He said “Let US make man in our image”.

The top of the beam of the Cross reaches up to the US; to His Father and the Holy Spirit. This Comforter gave each person new life by taking up residence within the hearts of those who believe in the Son of God.

And so the vertical beam connected Heaven to Earth, but the horizontal beam was more personal.

The Cross beam reaches around the entire globe. It was not the nails that held HIS arms to the Cross Beam; it was HIS great Love for you! Because HE Came Personally just for YOU! His arms enfold each of us, and comfort each of us that accept the hand of God that reaches down from His Cross to draw us up to Himself.

These two linear lines form a coordinate locked into time. They form an ancient prophetic symbol upon which heaven would meet earth and God would meet man. The story of the God / Man is contained in Gods Autobiography.

I am sure you have taken the time to read the stories of men. Their stories can touch our hearts and emotions. But their stories are fiction, not real…not truth.

Their stories remind us of a truth deep within us. Echo’s of a time before time, when truth was planted deep within our hearts by God. And so we rally behind the stories in the novels when love wins the day and justice is served. Because inside each of us is this need for love fulfilled and the desire for justice.

This truth buried deep within us is like a dream that is so real. Yet when we wake up the images recede back into the mists of our minds. It is like trying to grasp water or watching a wisp of smoke as it disappears into thin air.

Why is the Truth that difficult to grasp and understand?

Have you taken the time this year to begin reading the True Story of a visible King who brought an invisible Kingdom with Him? THE KING who came to save you not from yourself but from Himself. This King whose sacrificial love is greater than anything we can imagine is also Holy and demands that His justice be satisfied as well.

This King has a Book of Life. It is like the honor roll list that you tried to earn a place on during your elementary, high school and college years. This honor roll was based on your achievements. You were honored by your peers and the titles you received built up your pride and your passion in your accomplishments. This honor roll prepared you for this life here on earth.

But the Book of Life is Gods honor roll and you and I do not qualify to get on it. There is nothing we can achieve to make it. For we are not honorable, only God is to be honored.

In truth our accomplishments will all fall short, our dreams will never be realized, our possessions will become the possessions of others.

Why… it’s simple to understand…we will die. We will die either young or old, either today or tomorrow …but we will die.

Every honor given us by men will die with us and the life we lived, our legacy will recede back into the dream we lived on earth. Like an echo from the distant past, barely visible, difficult to hear…then gone forever….remembered by no one—— except God.

This life is but a dream. Your real life will begin when you die. Don’t spend this short time you have seeking the praises of men. They can do nothing for you.

Instead seek to know the Living God who waits for you to let Him into your heart. Then and only then will your name be written into Gods Honor Roll…His Book of Life.

A wise man once made the statement …How sad it is to be alone in the world. There is much truth in that statement because most of us will do everything we can to fill our lives with people, whether family or friends or strangers.
We fear being alone.

We need crowds of people because we truly are not comfortable with ourselves. I can admit that many times in my life I have felt most alone while surrounded by many people…but at least there were people around me.

What is sadder yet is the fact that without God we will be alone forever…without anyone around us. Gods Autobiography is the only book worth spending your time with. Your true story is there, your past is there, your present is there and your future is there.

If you know Jesus as Lord, then realize He is coming back as your King to hear from your lips how you served Him. He wants to know your account of the precious time He gave you and whether you made a difference for Him.

This life is not about you but about your King.

May every breath of life you take into your lungs go forth from your mouth as words of life to those around you. Tell people about your King and His Kingdom. Tell them why they need to be saved and from what.

Tell them about HIS Cross.

ernie

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