Archive for January, 2008

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Ask Me Who I “Was”

January 28, 2008

 Psalm 9:17  “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

Matthew 16:26  “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

 John 8:23-24  “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” 

When a person is in Christ; they have the blessed hope of eternal life and when they depart the realm of atoms, their works which they have done in Jesus name will follow them.  For the saints who are born of the Spirit, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord Jesus.  We rejoice with joy unspeakable that while we were lost and undone, he granted us repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.  The truth that our sins were paid for two thousand years ago on an old rugged cross.  In believing on Jesus, our names are recorded in heaven where we have an inheritance incorruptible and eternal. 

Nahum 1:7  “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

On the other hand, for those who keep themselves outside the household of faith; neglecting to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord until their final moment passes, everything is lost.  In hell, even a persons name has no meaning; a truth that we read about in the account of “a certain rich man” who fared sumptuously every day but didn’t regard his Creator.  (Luke 16:19-31)  They find themselves in a realm completly void of mercy, hope, or reprieve from the unfathomable torments which were not intended for humans.   Nor can they return to warn those who are alive that a realm of such unfathomable anguish and despair exists and is only a heartbeat away. 

This sounds like “christianity 101,” however, there is a literal place called hell. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, went to the cross, paying for our sins with his own blood, to keep us out of that place of perpetual torment.  This is a difficult topic to write about, although it shouldn’t be.  The truth is that there are people all around us who are heading for this place while many of us who know the truth are consumed by every sideshow under the sun.  We have the head knowledge of what this means, but too often, it’s not in our hearts as it should be.  I’m as guilty as anyone concerning this and so, as in every post, I approach this with a “note to self” attitude. 

Matthew 7:13-14  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Since accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord in September of 1983, I’ve heard only a handful of messages about this very real place.  We just don’t like to bring it up; even though we have relatives, neighbors, co-workers, and casual acquaintances who are, at this very moment, on the broad way that leads to destruction.  People who are not ready; should their final moment arrive before the next sunrise.  People who are going to exist for all of eternity and are now, at this very moment, passing through the valley of decision.  Passing by us on the streets, in the marketplaces, and in the venues of the day.  People for whom Jesus went to the cross and shed his innocent blood so that they could be with him in a city not made with hands instead of a lake of fire where the smoke of their torment will rise up forever.  A place in which each of us were heading, prior to being born of the Spirit.

If I had gone into eternity in August of 1983, I would have now been in hell for 24 years and five months.  Twenty four years and five months of unimaginable torment with absolutely no hope of brighter days ahead.  All the while, possessing the understanding that such a fate could have been avoided.  WE HAVE SUCH A GREAT SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!  We have such a blessed hope because he is alive for ever more and ever lives to make intercession for us.   A blessed hope that is freely available to “whosoever” will call upon the name of the Lord.  Regardless of their past or how wicked they’ve been, Jesus can, and will, save them unto the uttermost if they will only call upon him in true repentance.

Most of us live as though this current situation is going to just go on indefinately.  Each day we awaken and start into our day, expecting everyone who was in their respective positions the day before to be in their respective positions today as well.  Save or unsaved, we tend to unconsciously “trust” that nothing tragic will transpire overnight.  Yet hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear of a report where someone perished unexpectedly.  Without a doubt, tomorrow is a promise to no man and when this a persons time on earth is complete, their fate is etched into the fabric of eternity; never again to be brought up for consideration.

This was not my intended post for today.  That is until I began reading a book by Bill Weise entitled “23 minutes in hell.”  Here’s the website where it’s available, although I purchased it at Wal-Mart in Three rivers.  www.soulchoiceministries.com  While we are warned in scripture of this place, Bills testimony of how the Lord allowed him to experience it (for the purpose of warning others) will cause ones hair to stand up on end.  “Sobering” is an understatement.  It should cause any who read it to be about the business of reaching the lost instead of focusing on earthly kingdoms which are but for a season. (at best)  Thus far, I’ve only reached chapter three, but here are a couple of excerpts from what I’ve read thus far.  The first makes reference to a couple of demonic beings, reptilian in appearance, that he encountered initially. 

“I pleaded for mercy, but there was none-absolutely no mercy.  They seemed to be incapable of it.  They were pure evil.  No mercy existed in that place.  Mercy is from God in heaven.”

Every person alive today; both the just and the unjust, are a testimony to the mercy of God.  He truly is not willing that any should perish which is why Jesus commissioned us to go into all the world and preach the gospel.  This second excerpt highlights the need for doing so. 

“I knew that most people up on the surface of the earth did not believe or even know that there was a whole world going on down here.  They wouldn’t believe it.  But here it existed, and was all too real.  This place was so terrifying, so intense, and so hostile that it would be impossible for me to exaggerate the horror.”

At this point, there’s nothing that I can add to this post which has become too long anyways.  We live in an age of slumbering; a condition which affects all of us to one degree or another.  We are surrounded daily by people who are travelling obliviously down the broad path that leads to destruction.  My prayer is that this post will serve as a wake up call concerning matters of eternal significance and that we would come before the Lord and say “Here am I, send me.” 

Matthew 9:37-38  “Then saith he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” 

Another testimony that one will find “eye opening” is that of Aline Baxley which is listed in the blogroll.

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There Remaineth a Rest

January 22, 2008

John 16:32-33  “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” 

II Corinthians 1:3-4  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

There are ever so many things which are found in these passages.  In the first, Jesus reveals that all will be scattered unto their own and that none will stand by him when he is betrayed.  Yet he is not alone because he is in continual fellowship with the Father.  Likewise, in this world, we may well find ourselves standing alone or going through unimaginable trials.  Yet we are never alone and Jesus has promised to be with us always; even unto the end of the world.  It also reveals that the peace of God will remain; even in the midst of tribulation.  We are to be of good cheer; knowing that Jesus overcame the world, and that through him, we are more than conquerors. 

This world is growing darker and crazier by the hour.  We must abide close to the Lord and trust him with childlike faith if we’re to stand in the days to come.  The chariots of Egypt will fail.  Our understanding will prove to be woefully inadequate and “in part.”  No matter how prepared we may think we are or how many passages of scripture we can quote, things will transpire upon the earth in which we’ll be completely astonished.  There will be events that, despite our understanding of scripture, will throw us an unexpected curve and we’ll have to simply “Be still and know that God is God.”  When we keep our eyes on Jesus, his perfect peace will remain; regardless of what comes our way.  This truth is ever so important and it seems that no matter how many times it’s touched on, it needs touched on again.  I fear that very few of us are prepared for what lies ahead in this world, including myself. 

The second passage above is also a most incredible one.  It reveals that our comfort comes from the Lord.  This world can offer one a false sense of security, however, such a falsehood can dissipate without warning.  Those who place their trust in the institutions or inventions of this world will be in a state of panic when those devices fail to sustain them.  But if we’re born of the Spirit and abiding close to the Lord Jesus, we’ll not become victims of our circumstances but will be in a position to be strong and do exploits.  The physical situations of this world should never “get to us.”  I know that none of us are perfect in this area, however, I know that we need to trust the Lord; even when it seems as though we’re in way over our head. 

Another notable point in the second verse deals with our comforting others.  This thought has been on my heart for months, but how to share it has always been complicated.  When it all goes south; when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we’ll inevitably find ourselves in contact with folks, who are at their wits end.  They will need to know that the peace of God is very real and that he can sustain us no matter what.  During such times, people will have about matters at the forefront of their mind and divine appointments are certain to result.  In other words, if we stay atuned and don’t become rattled, we’ll be in a position to minister to those who “never saw it coming.” 

II Corinthians 7:5-7  “For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.  Nevertheless God that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;  And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that i rejoiced the more.”

This is a most incredible scene.  The apostle paul was in the midst of trial.  Physical exhaustion must have been the norm while fightings and fears compounded the situation even further.  On top of this was the care of all the churches and without a doubt, he was still mindful of the letter sent to the Corinthians.  Unlike today, when we can second guess something that we’ve written, go in and edit the suspect post, the epistle was simply “out there” and he most likely pondered how it was received.  Was he too hard on them?  Was the church still there?  So while Paul was in the midst of a stressful situation, Titus came by and brought good news.  “The Corinthians are back on track Paul.”  I imagine that when Paul learned of this, the exhaustion seemed to go away and the fears dissipated as they praised God for doing a mighty restoration.  

Hebrews 13:5  “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Contentment is a primary attribute of restfulness.  I know of folks who are constantly heaping to themselves material goods; trying to make themselves happy through stuff.  It becomes an addiction and is anything but restful.  I know people who spend their weekends buying things that they cannot afford and going places that they cannot afford to go to in order to be happy until Monday. But when we are content in the Lord Jesus instead of being constantly engaged in trivial pursuits, it’s very peaceable and the joy of the Lord is beyond incredible. 

The second part of this verse is equally awesome.  “The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”  Fear has torment and will rob us of our victory.  But when we trust in the Lord and don’t concern ourselves with what others may do unto us, we’ll be at peace when others may go completely nutty.  This is also a place where “loving not our lives in this world” comes in as doing so will cause us to be fearful of anything that may seem to threaten us here. 

Well, it looks like another long post.  Sorry.  Without a doubt, the peace of God passes all understanding.  Being at peace when everything around us is screaming “be afraid; be very afraid” seems completely crazy to the natural mind.  Yet Isaiah 26:3 is true and it doesn’t depend on the price of tea in China.  Well, it’s 2:10am, so I’ll go for now.  Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.   

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“Then They Send Me Away to Teach Me How to be Logical”

January 18, 2008

 Ecclesiastes 12:1  “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”

This post could not be launched properly without first making mention of a most incredible testimony, found at the following link, which started me thinking about it. 

www.rjperalta.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/touched-by-the-dew-from-heaven/ 

There’s nothing in this world that compares to a pure unadulterated heart toward the Lord Jesus.  A heart of simple childlike faith that stands in complete opposition to the common pride of life which most hold in high esteem and the conventional wisdom of the day.  A heart that simply believes and loves the Lord Jesus without attachments.  In the above link, Richard writes about a lady whom many would have passed by without any knowledge of the sweet spirit that she has. 

It’s amazing that when we’re children, we simply believe.  When I was really young, I remember how my mom would talk about the Lord and I never questioned anything that she said.  Eventually, the time came when I started to “ponder” so to speak.  As I grew older, a runaway imagination coupled with a materialistic and increasingly occultic view on the world (fueled by a culture which was, and is, leaning increasingly in that direction) became a volitile mixture that could well have resulted in an everlasting disaster.  Had the Lord Jesus not pulled me from the miry clay when he did, I cannot imagine where I would be today.  When we were lost and undone, we subscribed to the worlds view of thinking; self-preservation and self-gratification; sometimes at the expense of others.  Only the Holy Spirit to bring us into a childlike faith in Jesus. 

Isaiah 55:8-9  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

This is a most interesting truth to think on.  The ways of the Lord are so far above the ways of this fallen world that they’re not even in the same proverbial galaxy.  This is why the gospel seems like an exercise in fantasy to those who subscribe completely to the scientific method.  Puffed up by knowledge, which is documented by a wall covered with diplomas and certificates, they go about figuring out how all that is became all that is and where all that is is going.  Astro-physicists try to piece together the mysteries of the universe into a nice tidy package; employing the latest theories of dark matter, dark energy, string theory, multiple universes, and what have you.  Psychiatrists strive to unlock the mysteries of the mind; using physical understanding to try and figure out spiritual problems.

Proverbs 1:7  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

I Corinthians 1:21  “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

The foolishness of preaching.  To the world, proclaiming that an invisible God who has no beginning and no ending created every single atom seems absurd.  Last fall, I saw a report about a “Creation Museum” that opened up in Kentucky (I think it was Kentucky) and those of an agnostic viewpoint were gathered in protest over what they considered to be an “insult to science.”  One of them had a sign containing a single word, “Evolve” suggesting that our faith is nothing more than the attempts of the ancients to explain things which they had no way of understanding in their day.   I recently saw a slogan that said “The tilt of the earth is the reason for the season.”  While I got a chuckle out of that one, it exemplifies the extent that people will go to in denying the truth that can make them free. 

God is from everlasting and to everlasting, and his ways reside far beyond the reaches of our science falsely so-called.  (I Timothy 6:20)  He’s not moved by the titles that we assign ourselves, our degrees, our earthly kingdoms, or our status amongst our contemporaries.  But a tender heart of childlike faith is a priceless treasure; a sweet aroma that reaches into the throne room.  A song that we sing sometimes has the line “I’m coming back to a Heart of Worship.”  Letting go of our religious programming and conventional wisdom as we just love and worship the Lord Jesus.  The joy is beyond words; the peace out of this world as we lay down our titles and just worship our Savior and Lord.  Jesus Christ, who redeemed us from the power of death and fills us to overflowing. 

I have a lot of thoughts on this topic and this post is a poor attempt to assign words to them which is why I seem so scatterbrained tonight.  Yet Richards post was so moving that I wanted to comment on this topic of authenticity before the Lord.  When we gather with or meet saints who have their hearts in heavenly places, the fellowship is so complete.  You just want to remain with them; gathered together in Jesus name, knowing that he is in the midst.  Not leaning to our own understanding, but trusting the Lord Jesus completely; knowing that his word will never pass away. 

Well, I’ll close for now.  I’m trying to reduce the size of the posts on both blogs and so far I’ve only been slightly successful.  Currently on the other blog, is a post which talks about the importance of keeping our heart with all diligence.  www.timbob2.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/persuasions/  Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus. 

 

 

 

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The Best Laid Plans

January 14, 2008

James 5:13-16  “Go to now, ye that say, Today or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a short time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

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When typing this passage out, the last five words really caught my attention.  “All such boasting is evil.”  The attitude that we are going to do this or that without taking it to the Lord in prayer or even considering that such an undertaking; regardless of how routine, may run beyond our days under the sun.  Most of us do it without thinking.  “I’m going to work.”  Or “I’m going to run out to the store.”  (“I’m going to post.  Next summer, we’re going to Orlando.”  Hmm)  I can’t help but wonder if the Lord is sometimes amused by our most carefully concocted schemes as we go about our own “plan of the day.” 

Last month, the week before Christmas, tragedy struck when a guy who works at the plant, lost his wife unexpectedly.  She was in labor; giving birth to triplets when complications arose that were without remedy.  (The triplets are all doing well)  The headline in the Kalamazoo Gazette read “They…Had So many Plans.”  It was a complete shock to everyone at the plant.  Although I don’t know the family, (the plant is filled with people that I don’t know, due to the size of the population) they are, without a doubt, in serious need of prayer.  I cannot even imagine going through such an ordeal. 

Each of us will have a final moment and it can tap us on the shoulder at any time.  Some see it coming for a long time while for others, it’s the proverbial “he never knew what hit him.”  Most of us have the head-knowledge of this, but fail to grasp the reality of it.  Every time I hear of a fatal auto accident, I think of this.  The victims were going about life as usual, however, somewhere between points A and B, the unthinkable happened. 

Sorry for over-emphasizing this most obvious of points, but the temporal nature of this world has been on my heart lately.  Perhaps because precious little time is remaining and the return of Jesus is at hand.  Or perhaps it’s because so many of us, including myself, aren’t using out time as wisely as we should.  Instead of being about our Fathers business and laying up treasure in heaven, we’re going about implementing our own itinerary and asking the Lord to bless it.  We can quote I Peter 1:24-25 in our sleep and yet unwittingly fail to apply it to our lives.  If we applied it as we should, we would probably spend less time online (a note to myself) and more time reaching out to a world that desperately needs Jesus. 

Ecclesiastes 8:8  “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”

“There is no discharge in that war.”  A discharge, like a shot fired during combat, is an action taken to alter the flow of events.  A person will use their weapon to fend off attackers and hope to live another day.  Yet in the battle to remain alive on planet earth, there’s really nothing  that we can do.  No matter how careful we are, it really is in the Lords hands as he holds the very breath of life.  Our health cannot deliver us and sickness cannot take us, unless the Lord permits it to take place.  This shouldn’t be a troublesome thought, but a comforting one if we’re in Christ.  The Lord can sustain us in any situation.  And when our final moment does arrive, we have an inheritance incorruptible that shall never fade away. 

II Corinthians 5:1  “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 

The final moment should not cause the saints to be fearful, but it should cause us to look at things from an eternal perspective.  To ensure that Jesus Christ is truly Lord in our lives keep our eyes on him continually.  He is our life and peace; regardless of the difference a day makes.  If we live, we live unto Christ.  If we depart this world, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  If we are washed in the blood of Jesus, we’ll be participating in the heavenly chorus long after the final atoms of this universe have dissolved. 

John 6:27  “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.” 

Well, it’s about time to go.  I wanted to make note of three blogs which I have found recently, and a fourth who has been here for a while, but recently started up a new blog.  All are on the blogroll, but here they are again as to bring awareness.

www.nouveaucode.wordpress.com 

www.walktwo.wordpress.com 

www.scottishwarriors.wordpress.com

www.vincentlyonsden.wordpress.com

This next link is to Richards site where this most sobering post is available.  It’s astonishing, the sheer number of unsaved people that we pass by every day and Richard addresses the seriousness of this. 

www.rjperalta.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/death-to-the-unbelievers/ 

Until the next time, have a blessed day in Jesus.

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The Heart of God (Episode VII)

January 8, 2008

Romans 12:21  “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

It runs contrary to our fallen nature.  To love and express goodwill to those who would seek to bring us misfortune.  It’s so easy to retaliate when we have been wronged by someone.  To forgive them, on the other hand, and love them as ourselves is only possible when we are walking in the Spirit.  This portion of the sermon on the mount brings to light the way that we are to respond to those who are contrary toward us. 

Matthew 5:38-39 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

A breaking of the cycle of violence and counter-violence that had been in place on the earth ever since Cain slew his brother Abel.  In fact the earth was so full of violence and wickedness that God had to do away with the old world with a global flood; sparing just Noah and his immediate family.  (Violence is simply contrary to the will of God.)  This passage talks of not only refraining from retaliation when we’re wronged, but to “stay the course” so to speak; even at the risk of further mistreatment. 

I cannot remember all of the details, but in one account brought forth in the book “Secret Believers” a situation developed where several christian homes were torched by an angry muslim mob.  They were tempted to retaliate but didn’t and it led to a furtherance of the gospel in that corner of Pakistan.  When we retaliate and seek vengence, we’re serving self.  When we love them instead; even to the point of exposing ourselves to further ill-treatment because we see a lost soul in need of Jesus, we’re looking at things from an eternal perspective.  

Matthew 5:40-42  “And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.  Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

To go above and beyond what is required of us; keeping the eternal perspective before us.  I remember someone telling it like this.  When compelled to go a mile, the first mile is by requirement.  The second is of our own free will.  Nobody asked us to do it but we did it anyway.  Loving our neighbor as ourself and placing their needs above our wants or itineraries.  We’re to love them with the love of Christ and pray that their names will be recorded in the book of life.  The need for grasping the eternal perspective on things has been on my heart a lot lately and these verses remind us of just how important it is.  The next set of verses offer increased clarity of this. 

Matthew 5:43-44  “Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

To love those who give us every reason under the sun to not love them.  To pray for them instead of striving to get even.  To just “let it go” and not allowing unforgiveness or bitterness to gain a foothold in our heart.  I’ve noticed that when someone is really hard to love, due to a malicious attitude, a negative disposition, or what have you, our heart toward them will change when we begin to lift them up in prayer.  We’ll begin to see them as someone made in the image of God for whom Jesus shed his blood to redeem.  With over six billion people in the world, we’re going to encounter folks who challenge our ability to love our neighbor as ourselves.  When such moments arrive, we can either grow into more Christ-likeness or be overcome by the situation.  This next verse is mind-blowing.

Matthew 5:45  “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to shine on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Ther Lord is merciful to those who never give him so much as a thought.  He’s merciful and kind; not only to those who love him, but also to those who continuously reject him.  Likewise, we should have compassion for those who may not so much as acknowledge our presence.  It’s contrary to the tendancies of the old man, but it’s ever so powerful.  (And required of us) 

Matthew 5:46-47  “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”

It’s easy to love someone who is likeminded.  (suddenly the commercials for eharmony.com are coming to mind. Even the goofy song. Oh the perils of blogging at 3:40 am.)  Our contemporaries with whom we have a lot in common don’t pose a challenge for us as the old addage “birds of a feather flock together” holds true.  But when we love those whom we know will not love us back, then is the fruit of the Spirit manifest in our lives. 

Matthew 5:48  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” 

To be like Jesus who loved us when we were lost and not even looking for him.  Who saved us because he loved us and desired that we should spend eternity with him.  “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”  May we all strive all the more to be less like us and more like Jesus. 

Well, it’s late and I have to go for now.  This will probably need some editing tomorrow, but I’ll go ahead and post it now.  (I tried to review it and I keep dozing off.)  Until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus. 

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“Everlasting Fellowship”

January 3, 2008

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I John 1:7  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

This is just a note to let everyone know how much I appreciate the fellowship that we have here in bloggerland.  Even though I’ve never met anyone here personally, (despite my fervent desire to do so) I know that each one is travelling through this temporary world, and running with patience the race that is set before us.  Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, wherein we greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, we are in heaviness through manifold temptations.  (Sorry for running scriptures together)  A lot of times, I don’t get around to responding as I would like; primarily due to time constraints, but I love all of you dearly nonetheless. 

It makes me, all the more, desire the day when we are no longer separated by atoms, but are forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus in a city not made with hands.  This corruptible having put on incorruption and this mortality having put on immortality.  I’ve been thinking about this lately; just how temporal this world is.  It appears solid and unmovable; and yet we know that heaven and earth shall pass away.  When we can grasp the eternal perspective, the trials of this present realm seem to become ever so insignificant.  May we all endure unto the end and not be sidetracked by the ever increasing array of diversions that cross our path. 

Last Friday, as we were traversing Georgia (we drove down on I-95, but returned on I-75) I was thinking of all the saints who reside there and wishing that I could somehow meet up with them.  Yet I know that even if we never meet on this side, we shall be shall all be together forever in that heavenly place that resides beyond time and space.  Therefore, I rejoice in lifting up each one in prayer upon every rememberance; knowing that effectual fervent prayer avails much. 

Well, I have to get ready for work.  This post probably seems a little strange, but I just wanted to share how much everyone out here means to me.  I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Revelation 19:7-8  “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his bride hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”