Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Study Bible I Recommend

One of my readers ask me about the kind of Bible I would recommend for study. I recommend the one that I use which is:

NKJV Study Bible: Large Print Edition Bonded Leather – Large Print, November 3, 2009

The best-selling NKJV Study Bible is available in an easy-to-use large print edition. Chosen by pastors and lay leaders alike, The NKJV Study Bible is the cornerstone Bible for anyone interested in serious Bible study. 
Along with the NKJV®, one of the best translations for Bible study, The NKJV Study Bible, Large Print Edition, also includes a 14-page section of clear, attractive full-color maps and more than 15,000 study notes that help you understand the text and apply the Bible to your life.
Additional features include in-text maps, Quick View charts, a prophetic reference system, and expository study notes. Word studies keyed to Strong's Concordance help you access terms in the original languages. In-depth articles on key topics and timelines of each book also allow you to take your study as deep as you want.
This Bible has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor. Let it take you deeper into the Word than ever before.

The most helpful part of this study Bible is the notes associated with each chapter and especially the definitions from the Strong's Concordances shown. I highly recommend that you consider this Bible for you home study. 

Work Out Your Own Salvation

A family member once told me that they try to read the Bible, but they just do not understand what they are reading.  The unfortunate thing about reading the Bible for reading sake will not make much sense to a novice student without some help.  One way to learn what the scriptures mean is to attend a Bible teaching church or class.  It is very necessary for the Bible student to be patient as the learning process could take several years of study.  Another thing the student must seek the Holy Spirit's help with the interpretation of certain passages as some Pastor's and teachers teach their particular denomination's accepted opinion rather than what the passage actually says.  

One of my Son's told me one day that he has been invited to attend a particular denomination, but he was confused at to what this denomination believes as it conflicts with his understanding of scripture. I asked my Son what about their doctrine is confusing you.  He told me the particular things they believe and then I ask him, "Is their theology scriptural?"  He said, "Not that I can find in the scriptures!"  I said said to him, "If their church doctrines are based on man made rules and not the truth of the scriptures then I would not recommend your being involved with that denomination."

Work Out Your Own Salvation

What does that phrase mean?  This phrase is found in Philippians 2:12 and as you know I don't like to take scriptures out of context.  I recommend that you also read Philippians chapters 1 and 3.  To me this phrase means that each one us individually has to work out our own understanding of our intimate relationship with Christ Jesus and our heavenly Father.  We have to do it on our on, but we are not alone.  We cannot believe and do certain things just because of what you hear someone say or what a preacher said in a sermon.  You will, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, by faith find that close relationship with the Father as you relax and let Him be involved in every part of your life.

Philippians 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive [a]incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,
Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[b]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [c]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [d]or retained,
But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [e]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has [f]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
10 That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee [g]should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 And every tongue [[h]frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, [i]with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [j]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure andsatisfaction and [k]delight.
14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[l]against God] and [m]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
16 Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.
17 Even if [my lifeblood] must be poured out as a libation on the sacrificial offering of your faith [to God], still I am glad [to do it] and [n]congratulate you all on [your share in] it.
18 And you also in like manner be glad and [o]congratulate me on [my share in] it.
19 But I hope and trust in the Lord Jesus soon to send Timothy to you, so that I may also be encouraged and cheered by learning news of you.
20 For I have no one like him [no one of so kindred a spirit] who will be so genuinely interested in your welfare and devoted to your interests.
21 For the others all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
22 But Timothy’s tested worth you know, how as a son with his father he has toiled with me zealously in [serving and helping to advance] the good news (the Gospel).
23 I hope therefore to send him promptly, just as soon as I know how my case is going to turn out.
24 But [really] I am confident and fully trusting in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come to you also.
25 However, I thought it necessary to send Epaphroditus [back] to you. [He has been] my brother and companion in labor and my fellow soldier, as well as [having come as] your special messenger (apostle) and minister to my need.
26 For he has been [homesick] longing for you all and has been distressed because you had heard that he was ill.
27 He certainly was ill [too], near to death. But God had compassion on him, and not only on him but also on me, lest I should have sorrow [over him] [p]coming upon sorrow.
28 So I have sent him the more willingly and eagerly, that you may be gladdened at seeing him again, and that I may be the less disquieted.
29 Welcome him [home] then in the Lord with all joy, and honor and highly appreciate men like him,
30 For it was through working for Christ that he came so near death, risking his [very] life to complete the deficiencies in your service to me [which distance prevented you yourselves from rendering].

I pray this message and scripture reading has been a blessing to you.  Please feel free to write a comment.

Intimacy With The Father

In a previous post I told you about my deliberate method of studying the Father's words from the New Testament. Since then I felt impressed to read and study the Old Testament starting with Genisis 1.  My study has revealed to me the Father's desire for His children to totally surrender our hearts, our will, and our desires to Him. I have found that the Father desires for us to have an intimate relationship with Him. Intimate in this context is not sexual, as most people think of first when they hear the word intimate. In this context the word simply means to have a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person.

Matthew 22:36-40New King James Version (NKJV)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

My Heavenly Father's desire is for me seek Him and His will for my life.  When I do this my focus is changed from me and what I desire to pleasing the Father.   I am comfortable in the Father's presence because when the Father looks at me He is pleased with me.  Am I perfect? No, I am still a human and still live in an earthly body that is subject the deeds of the flesh.  The Father is pleased when He looks at me because He sees me covered in the blood of His Son Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all my sins and when I accepted what Jesus did for me, by faith, my spirit man was born again.  My body is not a new man, but my spirit man, the real me, has been risen from death to life.

The Holy Spirit raised Jesus' dead body (the body that bore the sins of the entire world and purchased our salvation) back to life, except Jesus was raised back to life with a new body.  Jesus' new body looks like the earth man looked before His crucification, but His new body is both earthly and heavenly.  Jesus still bears the scars in His hands, feet, and in His side, but Jesus is also a supernatural man that can pass through solid walls and doors at will.  He now sits on His throne at the right hand of the Father.  Wow! Jesus intercedes for me to the Father, what have I to be afraid of.

For the time being, we still live in a fallen world as strangers waiting for the day that Jesus come back to earth and put a stop to the rebellion on earth.  I look forward to the day when He appears in the sky and every knee, through out the whole earth, will bow down and worship Him.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Joseph Prince - Live The Overcoming Life - 28 Sep 14

Today we are continuing our study of how to be an overcomer with a portion of a sermon by Joseph Prince.

Rise above defeat and start living the overcoming life! In this inspiring and enlightening message, Joseph Prince shows you the key to overcoming sin and defeat, and enjoying freedom and fruitfulness in your Christian life. Learn what it means to believe right in the finished work of Christ and experience victory over every addiction, sickness and lack. Discover also how to be effortlessly led by the Spirit of life to walk in wisdom and protection, and see success in all that you do. Let this message set you free from fruitless self-occupation, struggle, and toil, and set you up to reign in life!

I pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by this message.  Please feel free to share your comments.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How To Be An Overcomer - Part 2

WD Dear Subscriber: In your last e-mail on FB you mentioned you have some friends that are not believers, but yet they are good and caring individuals.  I think your question was whether the good at heart will go to heaven.  I think the answer to that is found in John 3:16: God love the world so much that He gave His only Son so that we may have life.  You see without Christ we are dead in our sins and lost forever.  God loved the fallen world (the good and the bad) so much He sacrificed His own Son so that we can be saved from death (we were born dead in sin because of the fall of man) to everlasting life.

Our Heavenly Father gave the whole world a "FREE GIFT", however our Heavenly Father will not force His Will, His "FREE GIFT" upon us.  We are a free moral agent with the power to choose to receive the "FREE GIFT" or to not receive the gift.  Many good people in the world refuse to accept the "FREE GIFT" because they do not care to know Jesus.  They do not believe they need Him.  Those who chose not to accept the "FREE GIFT" are rejecting the sacrifice that Jesus made for them.  All of those that reject Christ will be lost forever in the burning lake of fire along with Satan and all his followers.

Accepting the free gift by faith is all your friends need to do.  It is very simple, but for many people it is so simple they tend to not believe that the gift is available by faith only.  They feel they must do something (works) to earn it or to deserve it.  Faith comes by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  Jesus has done all the work that needs to be done.  Our job is to repent or to change our mind or thinking concern the "FREE GIFT" of Christ and to accept His grace and be saved.  Our job is to not struggle trying to be good as one can never be good enough to earn salvation.  Our job is to relax by accepting the fact that we are saved - to put all our trust in Him and let Him do the work of providing for us.  "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness ( not ours ) and these things ( He is the supplier of all out needs) will be added unto us ( by faith ).  Matthew 6:33 Please read the full chapter especially verses 25-34 for the full meaning of relaxing and putting all your trust in Him: 

When a person accepta the "FREE GIFT" their name is written down in the BOOK OF LIFE.  Those peoples who's names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE are those that heard (listen to what He said) His Commandments and obeyed (did what He said) His Commandments.   These people will spend eternity in the presence with our Heavenly Father and all the other true believers.   These true believers will be rewarded for their good deeds done in their lives.  Their good deeds did not save them, Jesus did.  Jesus is a rewarder of those that do His Commandments.  Jesus will bring our reward with Him when He comes. Revelation 22:12

Those people who's names are not written in the BOOK OF LIFE are those that rejected Jesus' commandments and refused to obey His commandments.  These people will spend eternity in torment with Satan all of his true followers.  These people will be punished (reverse of reward) for their deeds, both good and bad done in their lives.  Their good deeds did not save them, but they could have accepted Jesus' "FREE GIFT".  Our Heavenly Father did not design hell for the unbeliever as it was designed for Satan and all the angels that followed him in sin.  Unfortunately the unbeliever (those that reject Christ's "FREE GIFT"  will go into everlasting punishment with Satan and all his followers.  Please read Revelation 22 especially verses 12-15 

I pray this will help  you to witness to your friends and that you will be able to lead them to Christ.  If  you need me to help I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

How To Be An Overcomer

The following is a recent FaceBook e-mail conversation with one of my "Well Done BLOG" subscribers, who wishes to remain anonymous.  We will use the word Subscriber instead of this person's name for privacy purposes..

WD: Dear Subscriber:  I think of you often as I recall our e-mail conversations about heaven and hell. You have inspired me to read the New Testament chapter by chapter and word for word...I am currently in the Book of Revelation Chapter 22. Because of this study I have a much deeper understanding of our heavenly Father and His will for all of us.  I use the word "Overcomer" in the title of this message because the words "Overcame, Overcome, and Overcomes is used in the Book of Revelation.  The Book of Revelation is the last chapter of the book therefore I believe the church "Overcomers" are those that overcame the world through Christ Jesus.

Subscriber: I would really appreciate it if you could please share with me what you have learned. I think it is very timely that you sent me this message. During this time I feel I want to be closer to God.  I think I have strayed away from Him.

WDYou have been on my mind quiet often over the last few weeks and was unsure why.  I think the Holy Spirit has been placing you in my heart for a reason.

Subscriber: Yes I think so. And I woke up in the middle of the night tonight and couldn't get to sleep. I felt like checking Facebook even though I try to normally stay away from it."

WD:  I have discovered some really valuable nuggets of truth in the scriptures that I didn't see before.  One of the main things I learned in this study is that some of the more popular scriptures have been quoted, by many preachers and priests, out of context with an incorrect teaching causing confusion in the church.  I pray that we can clear us some of the confusion you have mentioned before.

Subscriber: I am glad you have discovered some good findings to share with me.

WD: I am very happy to share, what I feel the Lord wants me to share, with you.  The first, and most important of all, in God's word is what Jesus said that we must listen to His words and then do what He says, or in more simple terms, "do whatever He tells us to do."  

As I went through the Gospels I wrote down many things He told us to do, and things He told us not to do.  And, I think, the two most important things can be summed up in what He calls the The Greatest Commandments.   How does one love like that?  Many people have the wrong concept of God.  They think He is waiting for the chance to judge us and punish us.  God loves us so much that He gave His best, His Son, for a world of people that does not deserve His love.  He loves us so much He sent His Son, not to condemn us, but rather to give us life and life more abundantly John 10:10.

To live life the way our Heavenly Father desires requires surrender our wills to His will.  To change our hearts from self-will of pleasing ourselves to doing everything in His will pleasing Him.  We please Him through our selfless life of giving and serving others.  Our Heavenly Father is a giver and we are created in His image therefore our job is to be a giver too.  We first start with the first thing we do each day; we give praise and worship to the Father.  Next we give Him thanks for everything He has ever done for is, is doing right now, and will ever do in the future.  When we start out day out like this the Father opens the floodgates of blessings on us.  The more we give Him the more He blesses as we can never out give Him.

Subscriber: "Yes, but how do we find out His will?

WD:  Our Heavenly Father's word is His will.  The reason I decided to study the New Testament was to get to know Him intimately so that I could understand His will.  The word Testament is where the word testimony comes from.  Our testimony, in a legal sense, is our statement whereas we are testifying as to what we saw or what we believe about something.

In the Biblical sense a Testament is similar to the legal sense in that the Bible is a Will, a contract, or covenant from God in His own words.  A legal will is a testament which can state terms and conditions, and what items one wants to will (give) to those left behind one passes away.  

The New Testament is God's Will or New Contract (Covenant) or New Agreement that He has made between Himself and all those that will accept the free gift that He gave the world - His Son.  This contract (His Words) were written to all that will believe that Jesus took our place on the cross and died with our sins.  Jesus never once sinned, but He took our sins, past, present, and future, upon Himself.  When this happened we were changed from a dead person to a live person (born again) with no sin.  He who knew no sin took my sin and my  death (spiritual death) so that I could take His place (a non-sinner) as if I had never sinned and with life everlasting.  I am now saved or born again.  I am a new creature, a new person in Christ Jesus.

The key is we must believe in or trust in what the Fathers has said and that He will do everything He says He will do.  The Believer must live by faith and not by sight.

We will talk about what it means to believe later.

Back on the second commandment - Jesus said that we are to love our neighbor as much, or more, than we love ourselves.  How do we do that?  We cannot do that with our own self-effort as this is the Holy Spirit's job.   As we get to know the Father through understanding His words the Holy Spirit does the work in our hearts that changes us and teaches us how to love others more that we love ourselves.  How do I know this?  Jesus gives us an example in Matthew 25:31-46

Our job is to believe in Him and if we truly believe in Him then our heart is changed and our spirit man is born from death to life.  The old man is selfish and is so self centered all he thinks about is himself.   The spirit man is reborn immediately, but the flesh man cannot change so quickly.  The flesh man changes in time through life's trials and tribulations.  No one likes difficult times, but these are necessary tests that help us grow into spiritual maturity.

The new man is saved but the enemy comes against the new believer with thoughts of guilt and shame while whispering in our ears that we are not good enough, we don't do enough, we don't study, read our Bible enough, and we don't pray enough.  Then enemy uses our old selfish nature (flesh) from the old man against us to the point we only can think about ourselves.   Some believers has said to me that they do not feel worthy of going to heaven as they do not feel good enough.  The sad fact is they will never be good enough.  Jesus is the only one that have ever been good enough.  We cannot save ourselves by good works.

To believe means to trust, to trust means to completly relax and turn our control (will) over to Him.  If we are a true believer we will stop looking ourselves as we cannot change ourselves into anything different than what we are right now.  To believe means to let go of our self-will and trust is His Will.

You mentioned that you currently do not feel close to God.  Can you elaborate?  In our previous conversations I remember you were burdened with whether you had confessed all of your sins daily or not.  Is that still bothering you?  It is good to confess your sins, but also to admit you cannot remember every sin you committed today.  There are those that we unconsciously commit that we cannot remember.  This is where trust comes in.  If you believe Jesus died in your place and rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father then you do not have to worry about whether you remember to confess every sin every day or not.  When the Father looks at His children (believers) He does not see a sinner.  He sees a child covered in His Son's blood.  He sees Jesus when He looks at you even when you do not feel like you deserve it.

Emotions can cause us to feel up one day and down the next.  Emotions can cause of to feel things that are not true, to think things that are not true, and assume things that are not true.  To worry about whether we have confessed all our sins or not keeps our focus on ourselves therefore making us an ineffective witness for Jesus.  We must live by faith and not by feelings or how things look.

As I finished my study of the Gospels I moved into the Epistles and I discovered that each one of the letters were written as to address problems in the Church.  Each one of the Churches had teachers that were teaching false doctrines.  These false teachers were leading people into various kinds of bondage.  Most were the mixing of the Law with grace.  Pastors and priests today are still preaching that mixed message that is leaving so many people confused.  You see this mix is causing some believers to focus on themselves, causing them to take their eyes (trust) off of our Heavenly Father to self-consciousness.  This is the enemy's trick to make the believer ineffective for Christ.  When we are self-conscious we are absorbed with our self and cannot see need of those around us that need us.

There is much more I want to share with you, however, I should stop here and let you think about what I've written to you thus far.  Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

Revelation Song by Susan Ashton

My favorite song of today is the "Revelation Song" and especially with Susan Ashton singing.  Don't get me wrong, I love Kari Jobe's version and the Global Edition done by Gateway Church too.  (These are both shown on the side bar of this BLOG.) But, there is something about the way Susan Ashton sings that blesses my heart.  Oh, speaking of heart, another favorite Susan Ashton song of mine is "Here in My Heart".  Check it out at: Here In My Heart

I don't know about you but this song makes me want to raise my hands to heaven and wave my palms in worship of my Heavenly Father.  One Sunday morning this song was sung in my church and I could not help but lift my hands and glorify my Heavenly Father for all He has done, is doing, and well do for me and my family.  Our job is to glorify and worship Him on hearth as it is in heaven.

The Revelation Song is so timely as the time is approaching when Jesus will be return soon.  The Book of Revelation is all about Jesus.  In my church a few people raise their hands in worship, but there are others that are afraid to do this because of the fear of the thought "I do not want to act like a charismatic in church."

Some of us were taught it is wrong to worship in church like the charismatics do.  Well, when we arrive in heaven most of us will be in for a big surprise because, I believe, in heaven we will be in a constant state of praise and worship with our hands raise and shouting praises to the Father all the time.  I suspect we believers should get over our being timid in worship and let ourselves go and worship Him the way He deserves.

I would love to hear your comments.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Look Up

In my last post I mentioned that was was studying the New Testament book by book, chapter by chapter and word for word.  As I read each chapter I researched the commentator's remarks and the explanation of what particular Greek words mentioned by the commentator.

This was an exciting study adventure as the more I studied the more I learned how to study and I noticed there are patterns of truth hidden in the books that overlap to a central theme.  The whole New Testament was written to prepare unbelievers to become believers and how to prepare believers to be ready for Jesus's Second Coming.   I found that each book has certain key words or phrases that are important to our understanding, i.e., in the Book of Revelation there are four keys words or phrases that caught my attention.  Jesus overcame the world and I think He expects us as believers to also be an overcomer like Him.

By the time I finished the Book of Revelation I realized I must go back an study the New Testament as I missed some things the first time through.  As I prepared to start my study of the New Testament again I felt a tugging at my heart to go to the Old Testament this time.  As I began my study of the Old Testament I realized that the two testaments are linked and the Old Testament is a precursor to understanding the New Testament.

We live in the most exciting time in History and we are blessed to be a part of the final days of earth as we have known it.  What an honor it is that the Lord has chosen us to be alive on earth at the time just before His coming.

Look Up!  Your redemption draws near.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Getting To Know My Heavenly Father

Currently, I am reading through the New Testament and am now in the book if James. The purpose of my study is not to merely say that I have read my Bible from cover to cover. Instead it is a daily, chapter by chapter, word for word search for those golden nuggets of truth that the Heavenly Father has planted in the scriptures for me to find. What I have uncovered is He has been waiting for me to search for Him.  He has been waiting for me to get to know Him, in a deeper understanding of Heart, through His WORDS.

This has been the most exciting adventure of my life. The Father has revealed Himself to me in a way that helps me to understand His heart and His love for those of us that put out faith and trust in Him.  I highly recommend that you too get to know Him by listening to what He is saying to you personally.  Getting to know the Father and His will is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, at least for those of us who love Him.

There are people that are too afraid of our Heavenly Father and do not want to know Him.  They are afraid the Father will demand rules and regulations (religion) they know they cannot live up to.  They fear failure and fear that they cannot live up to the Father's standards.  It is true the scriptures tell us to fear the Father, but the context of the word fear is not to be afraid.  The word for "fear of the Lord" means reverence, respect, to honor, and to be in awe of how wonderful He is.  When you get to know the Father's heart I think you too will have a new revelation of His love.

The Father created us to be His children and He loves us more than our earthly fathers could ever possibly love us.  We earth people were created by our Heavenly Father for the purpose (will) of the Father to have family of people created in His image.  The Father desires for His children to seek His presence, to sit in His lap (as shown in the picture), and let Him love us the way He intended.

The scriptures (the Father's words) are written as a training manual that is full of His wisdom, advice, and examples to help us, earthly mankind, be a success in our short lives while on earth.  Our short time on earth is a training ground for life beyond this earth.

Why are we born on earth?  

We are created in His image and in His likeness except in an earthly natural body.  The earthly body has it's spiritual limitations whereas we cannot see what is going on around us in the spirit (supernatural) world, but life for the earth man has many wonderful blessings and joy on earth as small sample taste of the joy the believer will live in heaven for eternity.

Why didn't the Father create us in heaven instead of earth?  

The Father has a plan that will unfold in the the not to distant future.  This future event can be found by jumping ahead to the end of the book of Revelation chapters 21 and 22.    From my study of these scriptures I have concluded that the Father's desire is to spend the rest of eternity here on earth with His children that He loves.  The Father will bring a new heaven and a new Jerusalem hear to earth so that His children be with Him, and can praise and worship Him for all the wonderful things He has done.

In the next article I will share more of my understanding of why the Father created us as earthlings.  Please feel free to comment on this article.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

BETRAYED: The Clergy Killer’s DNA

Yesterday I received an interesting e-mail from the Reverend Dr. David Moreland of The Ecumenicial Educational Council.  The e-mail caught my attention because of the statement "Every 26-minutes a pastor leaves ministry never to return!"

This statement caught my attention because I've been studying Paul's epistles looking for nuggets of truth that will help me know God with a deeper understanding.  My past studies of Paul's epistles have been select scriptures taken out of context, but my new study and been book by book, chapter by chapter, and line by line.  I found an understanding of the purpose why Paul had to write different letters to the churches.  His letters do contain valuable revelations from the Lord that believers need to know and live by.  But, his letters were also in defense of his ministry as there were evil and mean spirited individuals, in the churches he planted, that wanted to destroy his ministry.  Things have not changed much today as there are evil and mean spirited individuals that infiltrate themselves in the church leadership in order to undermine the pastor and the ministry of the local church.  

The following is a portion of the e-mail from Dr. Moreland - please click on the link below:

"My guess is that you know a pastor like this; maybe you are a pastor like this.  I don't have the magic bullet to solve the problem, but I wanted to let you know about a first step of help.  Every minister should own a copy of this documentary. It is the number one Christian documentary of 2013, BETRAYED: The Clergy Killer’s DNA."

To view the movie trailer and order a copy go to:  

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heaven is for Real

Have you seen this movie yet?  If you haven't I highly recommend that you do as we saw it this past weekend with a packed audience.

One thing that really hit me about the movie is the level of understanding that the people had about heaven.  They were scared and afraid to believe that Connor experienced heaven.  It was if they had faith to believe in their salvation, but did not have the faith or understanding about the beautiful heaven that awaits the believer.

Connor Corum
The little boy that played the part of Colton, Connor Corum, did an amazing job of playing that part.

Another thing that excited me about the movie is that Akiane Kramarik's artwork was included in the movie.  Akiane starting drawing her vision of heaven at around four years old.  I love this portrait of Jesus as this is rendering of Jesus is what Colton says is exactly what Jesus look like as shown below.

When you see the movie you will be thoroughly blessed and encouraged with great anticipation as to what you, as a believer in Christ Jesus, can expect when you arrive in heaven. 
Check out the "Heaven is for Real" movie trailer:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Story

Who I Was Before Christ - I remember as a young child I had trouble going to sleep every night because of thoughts of fear, i.e., “What if I die during my sleep!”  During my early years my parents were not Christians therefore I had not been to church or even heard about Jesus until I was around ten years old. At that time we were living in Des Arc, Arkansas and my Mom had started attending a little Baptist Church there in Des Arc.

My Mom and I went to church but my Dad stayed away as he did not want any part of church because of a bad experience with a so called Christian.  I remember my Sunday School teacher, my friend Jimbo McDonald’s mother, telling the class that she can always tell when a person dies whether the dead person is saved or not. She said that when a Christian dies they always have a smile on their face and when an unsaved person dies they always have a frown on their face. I don’t know how true her statement is, but it always made me think about becoming a Christian, but at that time I did not understand how.

My Mom accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in the White River. I remember after the baptism and when we were walking back to the car I asked my Mom if she was afraid of dying. She said, “No, I have no fear of dying at all.” I remember thinking to myself, “How can she not be afraid to die.” I knew nothing of hell at that point of my life, but I knew I was afraid of dying. Mom went on to say that she knows that when she dies she has nothing to fear as she will be with Jesus. After she said this I remember thinking I wish I could have this same peace she has.

How I Came to Know Christ - When I was around twelve years old I can remember going to church more than one revival meetings with my friends and whenever the altar call was given my friends all when down the isle to get saved at every alter call. They would ask me afterwards why I didn’t go the the isle with them. I remember saying to them that I don’t want to go down front just because a preacher scared me with his hell fire and damnation sermon. I said to them that I want to make my decision without being scared into it. I believe I actually accepted Christ in my heart during those days, but I refused to go down front because I didn’t approve the preacher’s tactics.

What Christ Has Done in Me - At age of twenty one I did finally walked down the isle and made my public profession of faith. I did not go because the preacher scared me into going, but instead I went down because I felt the Lord’s leading me to do so.  It was not any earth shattering experience as I've heard others testify.  The experience was a peace that confirmed to me that I now belonged to Jesus.

Since that time I have had a hunger for God’s word and I enjoy reading and meditating on His words everyday. He has given me the peace like my Mom has I mentioned earlier. He speaks to me though His words as I feed upon them and He cleanses me through the washing of His words. What a joy it is that I can talk with my Heavenly Father at any time and tell Him anything I have on my mind as He is my best friend. He always listens and never condemns me even when I’ve failed. He always hears my prayers and He always answers them in His on good timing. I have learned to relax and let Him be my source and my provider for all my needs. I believe in Jesus and trust in Him with my life on the earth and in the life to come. It is wonderful to not be afraid of sleep or dying because I know my spirit man will never die and Jesus has prepared a place for me in heaven to live with Him forever. Amen

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Jesus Gives True Rest

What is does it mean to REST?

As a verb it means:

cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength

be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position

As a noun it means:

an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity

an object that is used to support something

Whenever I read the scriptures I look for key words or phrase that have a specific meaning that I need to pay attention to as I read.  Just reading the Bible for the sake of saying I have read it does very little for me.  Whenever I read the scriptures I am reading words that are alive with the breath of God in them.

Instead of just reading I mediate on the words.  To me the word meditate means to chew on the words as a cow chews on it's cud.  Whenever I chew on my food I also swallow my food for nourishment of my body.  Whenever I chew on God's words I also swallow my food for nourishment of my body, mind (will, and emotions), and spirit.

God's words are alive and whenever I eat His words I am eating life giving nourishment for restoration and healing for my body and mind.  Be eating His words everyday my body and mind relax which gives me a peace like the peace that is shown in the picture above.  When I rest I recline or relax on Jesus and He wraps His arms around me with love.

This past week I was flipping channels on my TV and as I stopped on the DAYSTAR channel I heard a woman say the she discovered the true meaning of the word relax.  To her it means to let go.  I as I thought about it I have to agree with her.  To relax on Jesus you have to let go of the pressures and cares of this life.  To relax means me to let go and let Jesus take care of me.  In the parable of the sower Jesus talked about how the deceitfulness of riches and the cares of this life will rob us of our blessings whereas rest in Jesus gives us peace and joy not matter what our circumstances are.  His peace is worth more than all the money the world has to offer.
Believe means to Trust

Jesus said that if we believe in Him we are saved and will live with Him in all eternity.  The word
believe is more than just mental agreement.  To me the word means for me to put my total trust in Him in every area of my life.  It means for me to quit struggling in life and rest in Him, relax in Him, believe in Him, and trust in Him to take care of me in every area of my life on this earth and my eternal life in heaven.
If you have not make your decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior I pray that you will quit struggling and let go.  Let Him come into your heart and when you do your spirit man, that is dead spiritually, will be reborn in a new life.  The old man will be dead and the new man is alive in Christ Jesus for evermore.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I Love You This Much

I Love You This Much
One day as I was driving home from work a picture came into my mind's eye as I was listening to a music CD.  The picture was of Jesus in front of me with His arms stretched out.  At first I saw Him nailed to the cross and then the view of the cross went away.  He was now standing in front of me with His arms still stretched out and with a big smile on His face.

I Love You This Much

He said to me, "I love you this much."  I realized then He was saying to me that He love me so much He gave all He had. His hands and arms were so full He could not add one me thing.  He was illustrating that He gave all He had and it was worth it all to Him and His Father.  He willingly gave up His life to pay the price for me.  There is no greater love than for one to lay down his life for a friend.

He moved His arms inward until His arms were pointed straight at me.  I did not move at first, but I saw His smile get bigger and He moved His fingers to motion for me to come to Him.  When He did I came running as a child wanting to be picked up and held by their daddy.  I fell in His arms with tears running down my face.  He wrapped his arms around my neck and said to me, "Well Done my child!"  I cried even harder, but they were not tears of sadness or sorrow.  They were tears of joy as these were the words I've been waiting for Him to say to me all my life.
I Love You This Much

God and Jesus both are examples to follow.  They are both givers.  They gave it all for you and me.  John says Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly.  I think the key to living life abundantly is by following His example by giving of ourselves, our time, our talents, and out money.  God is the one that gave it to us in the first place.  Everything is already His and He is our source and our provider.  He is the giver and we are blessed when we too give as He does.

I love the phrase "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do) as it has so much truth in it.  The lesson for today is to do what Jesus would do.  He would give all of Himself by serving the needs of others.