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

Portrait of Enoch

There is an example for us in the Bible of a man whose life speaks to us today in 2014. His name is Enoch.

God loved Enoch in a more personal way. For it is said of Enoch that, “ Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”Genesis 5:24.

I cannot even imagine what it would be like to walk with the visible God next to me, walking step for step with me.

Enoch loved God with all his heart, mind and soul. Enoch walked in faith, in humility, in compassion for the lost around him, in righteousness and in humbleness. He did this in a time and among people who lived only for fulfilling their own passions and desires.

The name Enoch means, “Teacher”. Enoch understood himself. He knew why he was born, how he was to live. He knew what his purpose for living was and who he could rely on for all his needs.

Enoch knew God intimately. Enoch walked with God, not in a perfect garden but in a fallen world that the Scripture said, was continually evil. A world so evil, that the heart and mind of every human being was focused on depravity all the time. A world that God destroyed by water, saving only 8 human beings.

Enoch walked in a world without light, in utter darkness. Yet, the light of God lighted every step of the path that Enoch took as he took the Hand of God and boldly walked into the darkness.

Enoch stood alone for God everywhere he went. You see Enoch was filled with the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God and so his name defined him as a teacher. He was a teacher anointed by God to go forth and proclaim God to a fallen world.

So Enoch stood in the Gap for God at the office, at the client, in the restaurant, in the bar, in his neighbor’s home, at the family gatherings but most of all, before everyone he loved.

Everything Enoch stood for had its foundation in the Truth about God. And so it should also be with each of us.

Enoch was, a teacher called to impart the Truth of Gods Word to all those who would listen. Enoch still a sinner, received Mercy and Grace from His maker. Enoch lived his entire life openly before all people sharing his faith in the God who personally escorted him all the way home to heaven.

Your Never Ending Story

God calls to you through His Son and says:

There is more to your life than you have ever thought of. There is more to your story than the pages you have lived. I AM the author of Life, the composer of Hope and I have left the best for last.

A New Beginning of a story we will write together on pages of a book without end.

Jesus whispers your name every day from the pages of the New Testament. Hear the Voice of the God/Man, who came to earth from Heaven to offer you a way to come home, as He says to you …

The evidence is in the Bible, my voice is the Truth… there is but one way home… the other way is to be lost and never found.

You must make a choice !

I am the Lord. My Heart yearns to beat with yours.

Hear My Voice, Choose Life, and Follow Me Home!

Easter Thoughts

Easter Thoughts: 1 of 5
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.

In Matthew 23, Jesus spoke these words, “you will not see me again Jerusalem, until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Jesus waits to hear those words from His people Israel so He can come back to Jerusalem. It will happen because God said it would.
In HIS timing the True Remnant of Israel, only 1/3rd of the Nation will recognize, Him whom they have pierced. They will call upon Him together, in a time of great sorrow…. and The Messiah, The Christ, The Son of God will answer them and SAVE them.

But, Jesus also waits to hear those same words “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” from your lips as well. Because in the truest sense the Lords resting place is not Jerusalem, it is within your heart that He wishes to reside. He will bring with Him, Healing, Restoration, Grace, and Mercy for your Heart, Mind and Soul.

If you just listen and be still you can hear God say to you…. “there will be healing in this house…in your house when I come in to live within you. Please open your heart to Me. I bring you peace for troubled times. You lived within me in eternity past and now I have come to live within you…and then together we will walk into eternity future and you will have the joy of my pleasure from age to age to age yet to come.”

Easter Thoughts: 2 of 5
Why would God shed HIS blood …so pure and undefiled for such a one as me? The answer is simple…. because you are His Chosen precious child.

The next clear, dark, starry night, when you look up to the heavens…remind yourself of the Psalmists question to God in Psalm 8:4…”What is man that You are mindful of him?”

God answers that for us in Psalm 103: 13-14…”Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

His compassion for you was poured out through His Sons blood on the Cross. Today, if you do not know Him you are one of the Walking Dead. Your future is to die twice not once. Open your mind and examine the Truth of the Word of God. Ask Him to make the Truth clear to you. Claim His Promise in Proverbs 8:17…”I love those who love Me; and those who diligently seek Me will find Me.”

Easter Thoughts: 3 of 5
Believe that HE is and believe in what He says.

The words in the Bible of His prophesied coming have all been fulfilled. Therefore the prophecies of His 2nd coming will all be fulfilled as well. The words of the Bible are the Promises of God…. and God does not lie!

Jesus will come again soon because of:
1. Gods Promise to Himself.
2. Gods Promise to destroy satan.
3. Gods Promise to His creation.
4. Gods Promise to save a believing Remnant both Jew and Gentile.
5. Gods Promises to the Nation of Israel.
6. Gods Promises to You.

Every day that you live is a day of Mercy and Gods Grace to you…but even for God there is a time when His patience towards you will end. He will stop waiting for you. On that day He will honor your decision to live forever without HIM.

Easter Thoughts: 4 of 5
Faith is Trust based on Evidence…WE Choose to Believe

Its pitch black outside but soon their will be rays of light and the sun will shine and once again ONLY because of the promises of God, another day will begin.

It’s interesting how you can light one candle in the darkness and the darkness flees from the light, such is the power of light. Jesus claimed to be the truth, the light of the world. The world has seen a great light, but it seems that since His coming 2,000 years ago His light has diminished and the darkness is growing.

The more familiar you are with the Greatest Story Ever Told, the more you understand the times we live in …that they are called the End – times by Jesus.

What has changed in our world that now it is the darkness that grows and the light recedes and the minds of people grow dim?

The Lord has asked us to witness and there is an urgency to do so because “Soon the night will come” and the light and the Truth will not be found.

This darkness that is all around is not physical but Spiritual. We are experiencing the Dawn of the darkness of Sin.

Not physical darkness you can see, but darkness of the soul and mind causing us to see life through a mirror dimly. Just like God has said, we are seeing everything that is wrong becoming right and what is right becoming wrong.

Darkness fills our time and we wait for the day when time is no more and the Dawn of Eternity breaks…so you and I watch the sky and wait for the coming King.

We wait…because we believe that the Bible is the Word of GOD to us. The evidence presented through History, Archeology, Science and most of all Prophecy is overwhelming regarding Jesus, His life, death and resurrection.

Easter Thoughts: 5 of 5
For the JOY set before HIM, Endured the Cross…Hebrews 12:2

The Prophet Isaiah foretold death’s destruction in an ancient prophecy: “God will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord (Jesus) will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:7-8).

We live this life on earth; we cling to it with all our might. We think things can never be better than this. But God promises us that it can get better, far better than this…and it will.

Listen to what the Apostle John said in Revelation 21:1, 3-5. “Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

These are the words of King Jesus. Count on them. Take them to the bank. Live every day in the light of Christ. Make every choice knowing you stand in the light of Christ’s promises to you.

We were all made for one person and one place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place.

If you know Jesus, I’ll be with you in that resurrected world with the Lord we love and with friends we cherish. We will embark together on the ultimate Journey of Joy forever, in a spectacular new universe awaiting our exploration and dominion.

Jesus will be the center of all things, and joy will be the air we breathe. And yes, right when we think “it doesn’t get any better than this…it will.”

An Invitation to Live Forever

This message is about a special Invitation from God to each of us offering the gift of eternal life in Heaven with HIM.

The only catch is that you must accept the invitation of your own free will and then RSVP.

This invitation by God comes to us in two ways that reinforce each other. The first invitation comes to you by reaching out to your senses. Every one of the five senses you have; sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell help you experience the creation all around you that God spoke into existence for you.

The song of a bird, the colors of the rainbow in the sky, the smell of flowers in the fields, the touch of the hand of someone you love and the taste of foods you enjoy eating. All these are part of the invitation to know God, for He has created everything for our enjoyment. Yet we take them all for granted, rarely seeing the evidence of the Hand of God all around us.

We ignore this painting of praise, this symphony of worship that the creation lifts up daily to its creator.

The second invitation comes directly from the Lips of God Himself. It is His Special Revelation of Himself contained ONLY within His Word written down for you to read. His word speaks to your mind with words of eternal life that must take root in your heart. Why, because when you were born your heart was born dormant and needs to be quickened…to come alive within you.

So, please, find that quiet place, that prayer closet I have written about before.
Get alone with God so you can contemplate what I am about to say to you
We can have peace and assurance from someone greater than you and I.

That peace comes from the Son of God, from Jesus ALONE. Put aside the words of religion, put aside the words of your denomination, put aside the words of your preacher, and put aside the comments, the opinions and words of family and friends…because none of them matter. All are hollow and empty words. Unless they contain the TRUE Gospel that SAVES.

May God find you and give you a new heart …before you die… and find HIM.

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Has JESUS Paid for your Flight HOME?

Do you love trips, especially those that go to exotic places? The world is huge with so many destinations and cultures. We could go to Africa, it’s really a big zoo filled with animals to see.

Or, to Europe, where you can see architecture hundreds of years old and practice multiple languages and study history as depicted through the art of the masters.

Or, to Brazil where you can visit the Rainforest. It is a special place containing every color and combination of colors ever created by God on the feet and beaks and wings of exotic birds and creatures. The Rainforest contains Gods color palette that He used to color our world.

Or to Asia with its mountains and valleys and its people steeped in the supposed oldest place of human wisdom and traditions in the world.

Or to the Middle East, where you will find the cradle of civilization, the hotbed of man’s religion and the Birthplace of God.

The Middle East is a sandbox where men for ages have played like children digging into the sand at nighttime. In the moonlight they look for clues to the meaning of life. As they dig they find skeletons of people like themselves with shovels in their hands.

People frozen in time holding shovels with bony fingers. They are former seekers covered by the sands of time, seeking but never finding their answers to the questions that haunted them while alive.

These people continued to dig intensely, never noticing the howling winds that built up the sand around them until they too were buried in the sand and became part of the mystery of time.

Taking a trip to any of the latter places will take planning, study, investigation, and research. You will want to know the culture, review the places of interest, and even learn the language if possible. You have to admit taking a trip to those places would be an adventure of a lifetime.

But there is another trip you will be taking. It is much greater than any of those. In a very real sense this trip will take you back to your future. You will be going back in time to when time didn’t even exist. Back further into the very mind of God.

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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.

The Blind Will See

The Blind Will See…
Sounds familiar doesn’t it. This is one of the promises of God to those who believe in the coming of His Redeemer, Messiah…His Son Jesus. This promise is to those who have placed their faith in Christ. They will be able to step out in faith, into eternity to live in the Kingdom of God –forever.

Do you remember all of the promises?
• the blind will see…
• the deaf will hear…
• the dead will live again…
• the lame will leap ….
• the dumb will speak praises to the Lamb.

These promises will be kept because they were made by Jesus, the Lord of ALL Creation who alone became the God/Man who…
• Walked on water!
• Came to save our sons and daughters!
• Came to deliver you!
• Calmed a storm with His hand!
• Walks where angels trod!

Jesus the Son of God, the Ancient of Days, the Great I AM of the Old Testament!

These promises and many more belong only to a Spiritually Born Again person. For unless you are Born Again, the physical eyes you see through are spiritually blind. Your physical journey here is like climbing a mountain to get to the top.
When you have arrived you will stand before a door. Your focus on your climb will have been so intense that you will not notice the small sign above the door.

Then you will eagerly reach out and grasp the handle to open the door to the fulfillment of your desires. The handle is painful to your touch…it’s so very hot ! But you will bear the pain and open the door because you will be consumed with what you heard awaits you.

Standing in the open doorway you see a light off in the distance, yet you seem to be standing in shadows. As you look out into the distance a faint path emerges that leads to the light. But as you look down you cannot see the place to put your foot on the path so that you can follow it to the Eternal Kingdom of Light.

Then you will look up and see the little sign. It says…“If you had SEEKED ME with all your heart, mind and soul you would have found me. You have lived your life in darkness yet you have seen a great light and now it is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgment”.

HIS words fall on a soul filled with shadows and a heart and mind that never became renewed; for you had lived your life deaf, dumb and blind to the truth.

Just under the sign is a pull chain attached to a light bulb. Still not understanding the message you will reach up and pull the chain that’s attached to the light bulb expecting the light to come on and illuminate your path, but instead you will turn ON the Darkness. Congratulations you have arrived at the place you personally have chosen to spend eternity. You now will be in outer darkness…blind and alone for eternity without hope in a place where …”the dead shall live again.”

Then you will hear HIS VOICE say to you…
“ those who live in Darkness have seen a great light ”. And the words HE wanted you to read will now flood into your mind.

Matthew 4:16-17
16 the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Reflections:
The Bible gives us in-sight into the physical world we think is real; and into the invisible world that is true reality. The spiritual dimension is more real than our own existence. The physical realm is ending, but the spiritual realm is forever….
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