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HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH

September 30, 2009
During the three and a half years of his earthly ministry, the physical presentation of Jesus was not one that would cause him to stand out in a crowd. He was, and is, God manifest in the flesh. He did, and still does, speak as one having authority. (The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us) He healed those with diverse infirmities, delivered those who were held captive by the devil, and fed thousands with only a few fishes and a few loaves of bread. He raised up a man who had been dead for four days. Word of him spread throughout the land; so much so that oftentimes there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Yet in all of this time, despite all of the miracles performed and words of life spoken, Jesus looked just like any of the contemporaries of that generation. For three of the disciples, however, this was about to change.
On the outset, it must have seemed a routine thing. Jesus called Peter, James, and John to accompany him up to a high mountain. They were not prepared for what they were about to witness on this mountain. Each of the three accounts concerning the transfiguration offer a unique insight into this event. Matthew reveals that not only was his rainment white as the light, his face did shine like the sun. (Matthew 17:2) Mark reveals that, upon seeing this, the disciples “really didn’t know what to say” and were fearful; even before the cloud overshadowed them. Mark 9:6) Luke reveals that the cloud not only overshadowed them; it engulfed them “and they feared as they entered into the cloud.” (Luke 9:34) Each telling of the account reveals a glimpse of Jesus as he truly is and for the first time, these three disciples were allowed to witness this. And how interesting is the verse that preceeds each of the three tellings of this event; even though it was spoken about a week prior to the moment of the transfiguration? Here’s the one from Matthew:
Matthew 16:28 “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
One of the primary reasons for going into this is that each of us are going to stand before the Lord Jesus. We often talk of the day of his return and the moment that we look upon him, but oftentimes fail to grasp just how incredible this moment will be. This thought should cause both rejoicing and soberness in the heart of everyone who is born of the Spirit, and terror in the heart of all who choose to neglect this great salvation. When a person sees him as he is, (and everyone will)  it’s a moment like none other.
Matthew 17:1-3 “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, james, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his rainment was white as the light.
And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him”
Luke 9:31 “Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish in Jerusalem.”
Suddenly the description from Isaiah 53:2 no longer seemed to apply. In a moment this became “no routine mountaintop experience” as Jesus was seen as he truly is while conversing with Moses and Elijah. (Since none of the disciples had ever seen Moses or Elijah, the knowledge of who these men were must have either came out in the discourse, or been dropped into their spirits) From this moment forward, none of the three disciples would ever view things in the same light as beforetime. They were “caught off guard” to say the least and fearful; not knowing exactly what could be said. When Peter speaks up; it must have seemed awkward.
Mark 9:5-6 “And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.”
I apolagize for bouncing between the accounts; it’s the only way to hit on the things that are on my heart concerning this incredible event. For the first time, Peter, James and John are seeing Jesus shine like the sun. For the first time ever, they have laid eyes on Moses and Elijah. And in what can only be classified as “vintage Peter” a seemingly awkward statement is made. As such, what transpires next must have been terrifying. (Sorry; I have to bounce again)
Luke 9:34 “While he thus spake, there came a cloud and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.”
This is just speculation, but I wonder if this cloud was so thick that one couldn’t see their hand in front of their face. They probably couldn’t see Jesus, or Elijah, or Moses. And they couldn’t see each other! This would have initially caused a descent into sheer panic on the part of the disciples. And then to hear:
Luke 9:35 “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying This is my beloved Son: hear ye him.”
As I was typing the verse above, the thought of timing came to mind. The Lord always does things at exactly the proper moment and exactly in the proper measure.  There was a reason for why these three disciples were granted this glimpse into things as they really are at this particular moment in time. It’s comforting to know that the Lord knows where we are; both physically and spiritually, knows exactly what we have need of, and in what measure. I now must bounce back to the account in Matthew:
Matthew 17:6-8″And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were sore afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them, and said,
Arise, and be not afraid.
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.”
What a relief! The disciples must have been to a point of thinking “were done for” as they entered into the cloud. But this encounter was “in the proper measure” for the moment at hand and just as the Lord will not suffer us to be tempted above what we are able, he knew exactly when to bring reassurance to these men who had left all to follow him.  One more passage that reveals what may well have been the most difficult part of this entire encounter:
Matthew 17:9 “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen from the dead.”
What these three disciples had witnessed on the mountain would have to be kept secret for now. They returned from the mountain; back into a world filled with those searching for answers and deliverance. The first encounter was with a man whose son is lunatick and sore vexed with a devil which the other disciples were unable to cast out. The kind that only comes out by prayer and fasting. The kind that only turns and runs from those who spend time upon the mountaintop with Jesus. Those who do know their God and do exploits in this dying world. The presence of the Lord is so incredible that, when one is there it seems that the rest of the world is somwhere in a far off galaxy. But one of the primary reasons for such encounters with the Lord is because of the inhabitants of that world which currently seems so very far removed. That world is inhabited by priceless eternal souls who are in need of a Savior. A world that doesn’t need more merchandisers and scribes; it needs those who carry truth and are continuously atuned to the Holy Spirit.
John 17:9-10 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them”
Well I have to go. There was another paragraph here, but the computer is acting nutty. The primary thrust of this post is to encourage the saints to draw ever closer to Jesus. last night, in the midst of a plethura of cogitations, I was thinking on how we must abide “very close” to Jesus and ensure that he is truly our first love above all that the world holds in high esteem. This is a common theme, and yet so very important. Lately I’ve found myself in the midst of much examination and inquiring of the Lord to reveal areas in which growth is needed and areas where I’m “not as spiritual as I may want to think.” One thing that has been more manifest over the past few days is the scope of the unfolding tragedy around us; that being souls who are lost. Time is short. If time permits, please check out a report that most will find too astonishing to believe: Here’s the link:
WE ARE OUT OF TIME (If anyone is familiar with this, or situations similar to the one mentioned in this report, I would be appreciative of any information pertaining to it)
Blessings always in Jesus name.
II Peter 1:16-18 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”
Revelation 1:17 “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me,
Fear not; I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Revelation 19:11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat uponhim was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
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CHECKING IN: September 28, 2009 (12:53pm)

September 28, 2009
Good afternoon. Here are a few links which are in need of establishing as they pertain to the lateness of the hour and the need to be walking in the Spirit.
LAST TRUMPET NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009 (Treachery – Hidden in Plain Sight!) This is the monthly link to David Meyers site.
FLASHBACK (Mike Boldea) In this posting, Michael offers insight into his years of growing up in Romania under communism.
The above two links shed some incredible light on prevailing conditions in the land today. PRAY MUCH AND STAY CLOSE TO JESUS!
DON’T BE A STRAGGLER (Cindy in SD) This is an important admonition to follow the Lord Jesus in real time and not procrastinate. Time is running out!
HAVE YOU PENETRATED THE VEIL? SCRIBE OR PROPHET (Scottish Warrior) This is an incredible discussion of discerning between those who have been in the presence of the Lord Jesus and those who limit themselves to reading about him.
Over the past few days, two things have been “front and center” so to speak. First has been an incredible closeness to the Lord. It’s like just when one begins to think they’ve experienced the unparalelled sweetness of the Lord Jesus, he brings them to a new level that, just a week or so beforehand, could not have been imagined. A place so incredible, that the only way to describe it is to concede that it’s beyond describing. A place of fellowship and revelation as we begin to truly understand which issues are relevant and which are merely distractions that disguise themselves as being relevant. All that is in the world, which folks busy themselves with monitoring, analyzing, and taking part in, will pass away. When the final breath has expired, the only thing that truly matters is ones standing with God. All of these “things observable” will pass away, but a soul is everlasting.
There are, at this very moment, souls in hell with no hope, who just 24 hours ago were concerned about their career path, the goings on in the geo-political realm, the faring of their favorite football team, and what have you. There’s simply no way of adequately relaying the seriousness of this.
The other thing is a greater revealing of just how difficult the journey can be from viewing the world carnally to walking in simple childlike faith. I mean how many of us can honestly say that we literally “take no thought for the morrow” without first taking inventory of our physical options? All who are born of the Spirit strive to arrive at this place of complete trust in the Lord and complete abandonment of any confidence in the flesh.  Yet the old nature and the ever present manifestation of atomic structures work tirelessly to hinder us. It reveals, all the more, the importance of feeding on the truths of Gods word and remaining close to the Lord consistantly. To truly be overcomers in a world that is thoroughly primed to welcome, with open arms, a beast that will seek to exalt himself above all. Never has it been so important to have our affections 100% on the Lord Jesus and the age to come.
Well I have to be going for now. A apolagize if these thoughts seem redundant as they center around very basic truths. Blessings always in Jesus name.
II Peter 3:11 “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
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AUTUMN HOPES

September 23, 2009
Yesterday was typical of most other days; insofar as a venture into the streets of Kalamazoo. All of us have a position to occupy in this world; one that the Lord has customized specifically to each of us, and this is a small portion of mine. After saturating the area around the bus station, I headed into the northside neighborhood on the bike that I normally reserve for Elkhart where folks tend to be more sparcely gathered. This is the more stressed area of the city, however, the citizens in these neighborhoods are generally more receptive to the gospel than those found in the regions that appear on postcards. (The same seems to hold true for other cities as well) Heading north and flying across the tracks a very strange sensation came over me. It was like a very warm embrace that permeated my entire being; almost like a spiritual “hug.” (I can hear the “Twilight Zone music” playing) It was like a confirmation that this is indeed what I’m to be doing; and all the more so as the end of the age approaches.
It’s also the reason for this blog being less active than in times past and why this post is going to be short as I’m endeavoring to head to Elkhart in a half hour. I’m endaevoring to spend every possible moment in the streets. We are at a time when every action must count. When every word spoken must be relevant to the truth. When we must put aside our agenda; even if our “agenda” seems the right thing to do, and truly seek the will of the Lord. There was a time when an urgent posting would take priority over a trip into Elkhart. Today, this is in complete reverse. I desire to keep the blog relevant and I “love” the fellowship with like-minded saints. (in my neck of the woods, I feel truly isolated insofar as authentic fellowship; even in my church) For this reason, I’m seeking to resort to shorter postings in between the more drawn out ones.  I’m also endeavoring to get around to everyone as time permits. The exhortation found in this venue is priceless; although I’m certain that the time here is nearing its conclusion.
Our time in this theater is so short. From a natural perspective a lifetime seems a lengthy thing. We are born into a wilderness of sin, pass through the turbulent years of adolescence, reach adulthood, set about to establish an earthly kingdom, marry, raise children, spoil the grandchildren, and finally travel the country in an RV.  Yet a lifetime is not even a single drop in the ocean of the everlasting. Two hundred years from now, “all of us” will be standing in our everlasting abode with our embodiment of works, done in Jesus name, completed. My prayer is that we would all seek to be in the Lords perfect will as the day approaches. Regardless of where we are on the prophetic timeline (although I’m sure that it’s later than most of us think) none of us have a promise of being here tomorrow. On a recent (and rare) sleepless night, I grabbed for my bible which sits on the night stand, and opened indiscriminately. Turning on a flashlight, as to not disturb Mrs timbob, the light fell on the following passage:
Psalm 116:13-15 “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
This passage could be the focus of an entire posting, but it brings forth the issues that really matter. To love the Lord Jesus who is our redeemer; by whose blood we have been cleansed. To serve him; regardless of the fallout in the physical realm; knowing that everyone will stand before him.  And with this “woefully inadequate expounding” I have to run. I’ll strive to make the rounds over the course of the next few days. Blessings always in Jesus name.
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SEPT 24, 2009 Update: Good morning. This is just to make known a relatively new web site. Here it is:
THE COMING CHRIST (Gospel Tract Society)
This is a new site set up by GTS, where prophetic issues will be discussed. Recently, their president, Tom Buttram, reversed his stand concerning the timing of the return of Jesus, from pre-tribulation to….”no longer pre-tribulation.” It’s a shift that has probably resulted in a lot of “disgruntled brethren” but one that I’m certain is ordered of the Lord. It was in the spring of 2004 that I came to my present understanding of this issue. It’s not a pleasent thought insofar as the flesh is concerned, but I can say, without a doubt, that the peace of God reigns in my heart far more than it ever did during my pre-trib days. The reason it’s so important is that understanding on this issue will determine how the saints prepare for the times ahead. We must have scriptural clarity in these final moments of the age. This clarity must rise above indoctrinations and personal preferences; that we truly are hearing what the Spirit is saying unto the churches.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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(whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

September 19, 2009
This is a truly fascinating thought. To be so caught up in the Spirit that such a thing as to whether one is within or without the body becomes, as it were, indistinguishable. Pauls retelling of this event in the twelth chapter of II Corinthians, which transpired above fourteen years prior, reveals a level of abiding in Christ that very few ever reach in this life. A place of walking in the Spirit to the point where the physical realm is completely moved into a secondary placing. Of being so atuned to the Holy Spirit that the embodiment of the observable takes on an almost surreal quality. The whole of that which folks squander away lifetimes lusting after, becomes as nothing, to one for whom the realities of the world to come and the continual presence of the Lord are manifest on such a level. Last Friday, while browsing through a bookstore, I came across some publications of Smith Wigglesworth. The back cover of the one which I ended up purchasing, contained the following quote:
“God has priveleged us in Christ to live above the ordinary human plane of life. Those who want to be ordinary and live on a lower plane can do so, but as for me, I will not.”
Of all the topics that one can write about, this is one is a favorite. It offers an opportunity to embark on a literary journey into the heavenly realm. To consider precepts and levels of sojourning that we know are available to any diligent seeker, but have yet to grow into. Such ponderings should ignite in us, an increased hunger for the deep things of God and a ditching of anything that would seek to steal away our affections.  A longing to “come up hither” as it were; sheding all of the weights that keep us spiritually earthbound. To arrive at a place of being seated continually in heavenly places; wherein we remain intensely close to the Lord Jesus and become effective ambassadors for him in the gallery of souls. It bears repeating, that a truly heavenly minded person; one who walks in the Spirit continually, will be in a place to reach out to the captives who are in desperate need of a Savior. 
II Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Complete liberty. A person who walks in this realm will find a “disconnect” so to speak, as the heavenly realm is more real than the array of atomic formulas that currently tether us to this temporal setting. A saint who is functioning in this realm will have such a childlike faith in Jesus that they literally “take no thought for the morrow” as he instructed us.  (Matthew 6:34) Oftentimes, the bringing forth of such concepts with other saints will result in an almost scolding “well you have to work and be a responsible citizen.” Indeed, I would never argue against working (II Thessalonians 3:10) or being a model citizen, unless that “model” is one in which a person must compromise their faith in christ. Yet it’s astonishing that such talk causes many folks to immediately retreat to the supposed safety of the chariots of Egypt, instead of considering what it would be like to enter into such a place spiritually, that they just “soar” through the time of their sojourning; regardless of physical standings.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” Liberty from traditions, liberty from the heaping of trappings, liberty from the agendas of this world, liberty from the merchandisers, and liberty from the anxieties that dominate the lives of so many these days. A state of being continually plugged in to the heavenly realm wherein we no longer subscribe to the conformities of this life. Without a doubt, we will be considered “oddballs” in the eyes of many outside the household of faith who “think it strange that we run not with them to the same excess of riot. Yet the harshest criticisms will almost always come from the brethren who have chosen to remain within the comfy confines of institution and love their standing in this world. They will honor God with their lips, but in reality, the rudiments of this world are their god. Thoughts of abandoning the earthly kingdom and the ovations of their contemporaries bring forth an uneasiness and they will vehemently defend their form of spirituality.
The place being written of in this posting requires the holy seeker to place everything on the altar. To truly count all that is in this world as loss, that they may win Christ. Initially, the thoughts can be troubling as we embark on this jouney to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings. Moving beyond our elaborate array of safety nettings can be unnerving. But the benefits are indescribable as we find ourselves becoming ever closer to the Lord. The prevailing tranquility, the contentment, the joy unspeakeable, and the sojourning here; not to set up an empire that we can never hold on to, but spending our days as eternal ones who are longing for the moment when they are forever with the Lord.  To no longer be harassed by thoughts of what tomorrow will bring but to be looking steadfastly unto Jesus who has gone to prepare a place for us. When this reality begins to get into our heart, the besetting sins and wrestlings will begin to drop to the ground.
The blessings of being in such a place are undeniable; and yet there’s one benefit that warrents elaboration. A spiritually minded person of this magnitude will be able to see clearly to pull the mote out of their brothers eye. This is huge! I look at my present situation; with many folks in my ambience being completely bound by the devil and realize these situations are “way beyond” my ability to properly respond to. Situations so intense that I have to find a place and pray “Lord; I need to see this from your perspective because right now I want to just throw Morgan out of the house regardless of the consequences.” This is how intense the situation has been at times. I have to continuously “pray through” on this situation, when it would be much easier to resort to almost draconian methods and label it “tough love.” When it becomes real to us that such a thing could well be the difference between a soul eventually being saved or a soul being lost, the arguements of the flesh lose their footing. Here’s what real tough love is:
Matthew 5:39-41 “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.
And if any man will sue thee and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
Well I was planning to completely avoid commenting on the continuing saga ongoing here, but it happened anyways. (I’m such a weenie) It’s been a very trying time; especially when progress appears to have been lost. And yet these souls need someone to stand in the gap; someone who understands the situation from an eternal perspective. And as the old song goes “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Well I have to go as I’ve had very little sleep due to getting the goats over to the fair early this morning, and I must go to work this afternoon. I pray that these words would encourage every reader to diligently seek after such a place in Christ that they move continually in the realms described here. Blessings always in Jesus name.
Matthew 5:44-45 “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;
That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to shine on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
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“SOARING”

September 16, 2009
First I want to thank everyone who has kept Morgan and Dustin in prayer. A few evenings ago, it seemed that Dustin was really close to a place of true repentance and faith in Jesus.  Twenty four hours later, all of this forward progress appeared to be washed away; at least from our limited perspective. The enemy is fighting hard to hang onto both of these captives and lately, Morgans behavior has been so far “out there” that not even substantial substance abuse would explain it. (We have no reason to believe that she’s doing drugs) It is a spiritual war in every sense of the word and, as always, my biggest struggle is to keep from reacting to the situation in ways that would cause scattering. The situation has become so intense that, for a time, it appeared that this family may not remain intact.
Before continuing on, two passages of scripture must be mentioned; the first of which has been on my heart for over a week now:
John 12:26 “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my ervant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
The last several days have presented a number of opportunities to get into the streets with the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ; including three days in succession following labor day. Three trips into Kalamazoo, One trip into Elkhart. Lord willing, I’m planning on returning to Elkhart both tomorrow and Friday. The sense of urgency has never been greater than it is now and the situation must be addressed in accordance to this urgency. The urgency to address this venue, along with the continuing saga of the Morgan and Dustin show, has been the reason for a lack of activity on this blog. While I’m endeavoring to keep the blog updated, the time devoted to it will most likely diminish somewhat. It’s on my heart to get into the streets at every opportunity, while finding time to get in as close to the Lord Jesus as possible. I’m still minded to spend October 29 and 30 in Chicago and vacation days from work have been secured. 
“It’s just not effective.” This is one of the primary criticisms of that which the Lord has placed on my heart. I have likewise wrestled with this issue; wondering if it’s relevant in the year 2009 AD. If a one time chance-encounter with another, wherein a tract is handed off, makes a difference. Wouldn’t it be better to take the money spent on tracts and send it to the homeless shelter? And yet this I know; that whenever I’m in this venue, it’s as though my spirit is soaring through the stratosphere. The fellowship with the Lord Jesus is incredible as words of life are going forth. It’s as though each trip offers assurance that “this is what I’m supposed to be doing.” Each of us; regardless of our venue or calling, can plant seed and water the seed left previously by our fellow-laborers. We know that God can do a work suddenly; even when all seems lost from our perspective.
So that’s about it for now. There’s more but I’m running out of time and I wanted to get a link placed in here:
A TIME FOR SEEKING HIM  (Cindy in SD)
We’re at a critical juncture; both spiritually and prophetically. We must abide under the shadow of the Almighty and be hearing what the Spirit saith unto the churches in these final moments of the age. This post encourages us to set aside time for seeking the Lord Jesus. In my case, this has required a limiting of the information intake; even from trusted sources such as Steve Qualyes site, and seeking the Lord. Of spending time in prayer; meditating, listening, and sometimes just “abiding.” There is a solace that defies explaining, as we let go of the agenda and seek the Lord Jesus with a reckless abandon. Well I have to run. Blessings always in Jesus name.
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“You Take My Breath Away”

September 8, 2009
This is not a planned posting; rather a response to the sense of urgency that’s dominated the past few days. I’m asking myself and others “do we really understand what it means to be “a heartbeat away from eternity?” I mean, has it truly transcended beyond a theological understanding and into our heart of hearts that everyone we know; our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our relatives, and every person that we accidentally bump into while moving through the isles at Meijers, potentially could be in eternity before the sun rises tomorrow? There are souls in my household who are not ready to pass into eternity and I watch the battle play out daily. The enemy has my loved ones hooked on every form of distraction imaginable while the clock is ticking; not only on this present age but on each life as well.
This weekend saw a potential tragedy averted. It’s been mentioned previously that Dustin is back in the area. The whole relationship between Morgan and Dustin is like a hurricane that causes chaos and destruction wherever it lands. This weekend, they had a colossal arguement in our yard; an occurrance which has become “really old” and everyone is tired of it. Finally, Dustin took off into the corn field with a knife saying that he was tired of living and wanted to just end it all. In a moment; reality hit me. Suddenly the unfolding drama was replaced by the “real story.” Souls in the balance and one threatening to conclude his days because of a very unpleasent temporal situation. He disappeared into the corn surrounding our house and all I could do was pray. This corn isn’t like the genetically modified stuff that only grows four feet or so. It’s above ten feet and is only now starting to dry out. (Just a little) As he was heading out, Morgan was shouting words to the effect of “Go ahead; see if I even care!”
It’s both astonishing and tragic. When issues of eternal significance come forth and folks don’t even give it the time of day. They are so focused on this present world and satisfying the fallen nature that thoughts of the Creator; who loves them so much that he became flesh and paid for their sins with his own blood, don’t even cross their mind. And just as it required supernatural intervention to awaken everyone who is in Christ, it will require the working of the Holy Spirit to awaken those who are still held captive by the enemy. There really isn’t a moment to lose. All of the preceeding week, I had been impressed to pray fervently for Dustin. While I did keep him in prayer; it didn’t match up to the urgency that I was sensing. After a time, Dustin finally emerged from the field unharmed, however, this could have easily had a different outcome. (He told me later that he was afraid to go through with it. “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear”) When a person is at their wits end and feels as though they have nothing to lose, all speculation becomes a non-factor.
In short, on a beautiful, sunny, relaxing, late summer afternoon in Southwestern Michigan, a soul was but a single breath away from eternity. A soul with whom I’ve had much contact over the past two years; causing me to revisit my past actions. Have I caused scattering? Have I been as concerned about his soul as I should have been? Serious ponderings which, due to the eternal nature of the issue, demand answers and require us to make whatever adjustments are necessary. And while the situation with Dustin brought this issue “front and center,” the truth is that Saturday afternoon “was” the final moment for someone. Every moment of the day is someones last moment. Not a second goes by without an eternal soul, somewhere in the sea of humanity, sinking beneath the waves, never to be heard from again. I pray that all of us would be sober and understanding of just how late it is; not only prophetically, but also in terms of “tomorrow is not a promise to anyone.” May we strive to make every second count.
Well I have to be going for now. Lord willing, I’m endeavoring to hit the streets of Kalamazoo in a short while and Elkhart tomorrow. Over the past couple of weeks, an unusual thought has been in my heart concerning the tribulation saints; who they will be and where they will be gathered. This thing was dropped in my heart; that “those saints with whom I fellowship” during that time may not even be saved yet, but soon will be. A time when prophetic fulfilment in the physical realm is no longer deniable as everything is shaken. Then seed, which has been planted and watered for years, suddenly bears fruit. It’s a cogitation that’s not only intriguing, it encourages me to, all the more fervently, pray for those in my ambience. The Lord is truly doing a short work in these days. A few weeks ago, CRs brother, Paul, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He was quickly baptized and now has an incredible hunger for the things of God. One can only praise God for “doing a thing suddenly” and makeing him a new creature. Well I have to run.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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My Thoughts: They Gravitate Unto Thee

September 3, 2009
To love the Lord Jesus, who paid for our sins on the cross, with all of our heart. We are fully persuaded, and will openly profess to others, that he is our first love; above all that is in the world and all who are dear to us. Yet this is an erea in which a continual monitoring of the heart is necessary. It’s so easy to drift; so easy to unwittingly allow agendas, trappings, status, religion, and what have you, to slip in and become “that for which we live.” A daily petition of mine that my love for the Lord would grow stronger than the day before. That each day, this world would appear a little more alien, the world to come a little more real, and the souls in our midst seem a little more eternal. In other words a continual drawing closer to the Lord and a continual clarifying of things as they truly are; not as they appear from this side of the atomic filter. We need a continual uniting of the heart toward those things which have eternal significance.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
We live in an age of incredible superficiality; where things are often not as they appear. Even the presence of those things that accompany salvation” may not tell the whole story of another. For example, it’s very possible for a person to fit the billing of what is considered a “modal Christian;” be present in the church building every time the doors are opened, be very loving and generous toward their neighbor, consistantly engaged in acts of charity, and yet not be born again. Likewise, it’s possible for one who has been born of the Spirit to become so occupied with ministering and fulfilling the role of a “good Christian” that they leave their first love and begin to serve the routine. This “changing of the guard” so to speak, can be so seemless that there’s no external hinting of what has transpired. The church at Ephesus is a primary example of a situation where everything seemed in place, and yet they had become servants of the institution.
Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Revelation 2:2-4 “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my names sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
The following passage is of much comfort and compels us to stay close to Jesus: 
Philippians 3:15 “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
This thing was dominating my thoughts for much of last week; that being the indicators that our heart is right with God. “Is he truly our first love?” Such an answer can be easy to reveal in a land where a public confession of Jesus Christ could mean a date with the executioner. But in an environment of relative ease, the answer may be more obscure. We know when we have a heart for the things of God, our words and actions will offer evidence to this. But words and actions can also be forged to present a deceptive image to the world and even to ourselves. As I was typing the familiar passage of Matthew 7:2 something stuck out. “Lord, Lord,” They say this twice; as though it’s a common profession, while pleading their case with a resume of “things done” in Jesus name. This is one of the most sobering passages in scripture and compels us to consistantly search our hearts.
Words can be feigned and performances rehearsed to the point that even the most discerning of folks will think them to be authentic. There is, however, something that cannot be artificially generated and that is the meditations of the heart. Where do our cogitations travel to when nothing is calling for our attention? In the secret spaces of the mind; safe hidden from the prying eyes of our contemporaries, our affections will play out in panoramic splendor. If our heart is right with the Lord; if Jesus truly is our first love, our thoughts will drift in his direction. We will think on heavenly things, and ponder the deep things of God. We’ll think on our great salvation; remembering how we spent a considerable amount of time “a heartbeat away from hell” but now rerjoice in knowing that, our names are recorded in heaven. We’ll have peace as we understand “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.”
This is an area of continual wrestling as I have a very active imagination which doesn’t like to be reigned in. It prefers to rummage through fragments of ideas and stories, to see what can be made of them. Diligent study is a daily challenge as this imagination doesn’t like to be hemmed in by boundaries; preferring to roam curiously and unhindered. It is, in effect, the man that I used to be, striving to make a comeback and, as the apostle Paul made known to the Corinthian saints, “we must die daily.” For a long time I tended to make excuses for these mental vacations that would transpire periodically. There have been times; especially in periods of profound exhaustion, when the train of thought would be “all over the map” so to speak; venturing into areas that had been catagorized as “conquered.”  It’s the old nature, grasping for “just a taste” of that which it no longer has unlimited access to. Last week, some clarifification came forth concerning this phenomenon. It can be an indicator of a very serious spiritual problem, which can be best explained with the following analogy.
All of us remember the first time that we fell in love. That special someone who came into our lives and we soon wondered how we ever made it without them. They began to dominate our thoughts and aspirations; regardless of what was transpiring around us. It was a true love far in excess of simple physical attractions. We desired to know them better and, most likely, began to adjust our ways to better mesh with their world. Love for another will supercede circumstances while bridging the most incredible gaps carved out by time and space. Others in our ambence who come against the relationship serve only to make it stronger. What really hit me concerning this analogy was this thing: “When we love someone, it’s not a struggle to think about them. Our thoughts will naturally drift in their direction.” We don’t have to wrestle with a plethura of thoughts to make our way to our significant other because they are always dominant in our meditations.
If this is true in the physical world; concerning a relationship which, at it’s best, will endure only as far as the grave, how much more should the same hold true of those who once were lost but now have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. A relationship that will remain long after the earth has passed away and the final star has ceased to shine. A relationship that, in the ages to come will be so incredible that it resides in that category of things “too wonderful for this present theater.” When our love for Jesus is where it should be, it will fend off challengers. We’ll not allow a form of godliness or the enslavement of institutional expectations to interfere with this unadulterated love for the most high God. We’ll not be moved when noisy but shallow theatrical presentations call out to us and say “come over here; we have an awesome worship team.” If our heart is where it should be, we’ll instinctively seek out those places where we can be closest to the Lord; be it with a cast of thousands, or camped out in a wilderness alone.
I must be going shortly to tend to other things. This monitoring of where the thoughts travel to has been very revealing as to some areas of my life where growing is needed. Wandering thoughts; even toward those things considered neutral, are an indicator that our relationship with the Lord Jesus could be stronger. When we are close to him as we should be, the former loves by which we were routinely distracted will cease to have any influence over us. This is not to say that we can let our guard down as the old nature is ever present and waiting for an opportunity to get the ball back. But when our love for the Lord is where it should be, we’ll give all diligence to maintain the close relationship.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Psalm 63:1-11 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”
II Corinthians 10:5-6 “Casting down imaginations, ande very high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obediance of Christ;
And having a readiness to revenge all disobediance, when your obediance if fulfilled.”