Thursday, November 23, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
I am not a speaker. I'm a writer. I have something to say to you all, so I'm writing it out to read to you.
This is my word of thanks to all of you standing here.
It was Friday the 13th, June of 2014, after a significant battle with "tonsillitis" Ed ended up at Urgent care for antibiotics, which channeled us via Mercy Hospital ER to Children's Hospital Minneapolis.
Leukemia had been mentioned but that wasn't even on our scope of understanding. Such a foreign word. Fearful.
That Friday morning I remember Dr. Richards gently preparing us with the unwelcome news that Ed probably had leukemia.
I held on to the 15% unsureness he said he had left after 85% sureness that Ed had leukemia. It's funny how we remember these pivotal moments. I can see him sitting there in the room up on seventh floor, still dark outside after a sleepless night, his calm demeanor, and his quiet words.
A parent's heart fails. A head reels. A family quakes. It's catastrophe all at once. Heartstopping.
It was at that time of severe disquiet that you all stepped in with reassurance, comfort, and a life line of hope.
We all turned inward to find some strength to be able to handle the reality facing us. As people of faith I went immediately to Scripture:
Job 14:5 Seeing man's days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.
I love BBC films and in the series "Wives and Daughters" the old squire character said to a suicidal young woman -"you must live the appointed days."
I thought about that a lot, and I trusted God to give Ed his appointed days, and YOU ALL to work your chemo magic.
Ed is still here. He has lived to this day, and that is because you kindly, carefully, compassionately took care of Ed. I thank God, and I thank you.
How does a mother express her gratitude to a team of medical personnel who saves her son?
It's hard. A cake of celebration doesn't scratch the surface. I want you all to know that we are touched. We have been blessed by you, and we want you to know it.
Thank you for everything.
Thank you to all who saw Ed here in the clinic, who were with him upstairs on that difficult floor in the hospital. Thanks for the fun moments, Jodi, the Twins Games and the Shine Bright Bash, the concert... Those came at just the right moments, always, it seemed.
Thanks for making Camp Mak a Dream possible. Ed has gone twice and come back enriched.
Maybe our cancer experience wasn't as devastating as some cases you see here in the clinic, but it was ours, and we were blessed by your help and healing.
We have grown to love you too! Dr. Rawwas, your sensitive and careful manner, your expert care! You are someone we have really loved to get to know. We always had total confidence in you.
Sarah, thank you. We couldn't have done this without you.
John, your jokes and banter are the spice needed to offset chemo flavors! Thank you for your quick response when Ed slipped into anaphylaxis. You did save his life. For that we will be eternally grateful. :)
Joan, Claire, Erin (who isn't here anymore) wormed their way into our hearts. Thank you for all those many visits we had with you and choosing Ed as your patient!
Theresa, from Iowa, was there the first day in the hospital and the last day in the clinic! Thanks.
Jodi, and Sam it's been a joy to get to know you. Thanks for all you do.
Chaplain Hal, you're pretty wonderful. You and Ed hit it off, and I really treasured your time with him and with us. Cancer is a spiritual battle as well as a physical one, and I do believe the spiritual battle must be won to take on the physical one. You play a vital role.
All of you here, I mention all of you, because anytime we saw your faces you were an encouragement to all of us. Thank you.
Dr. Bostrum, thank you for being Norwegian and for dressing up like Thor. It's nice to have some solid Scandinavian humor around here, especially for those of us who grew up on it.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
And this is "thanks," not good-bye!
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I felt horrible, coughed and had a stuffed up head. Headache, sore throat.
I had an hour long conversation with a friend who is a universalist. We've "fought" for 40 years, and he's closer than a brother to me, but when we get into arguing it can get ugly. Don't worry, we ended with a big hug---but I felt bruised afterward.
I had a discussion with two people about the Rapture of the church online. I find it interesting that the argument "that's not Scriptural" can be tossed around even after pointing out specific scriptures to refute the argument!
I understand why people don't even try to convince other people of their convictions.
I KNOW THIS. But I am an evangelist type, and the preaching of conviction, the preaching of the Gospel, the preaching of the truth I perceive----
So I take the hits.
I'm getting a lot of blog hits from Italy lately. Ed joked that the Pope is reading my blog.
That would be something...
We are at war, and the battle grows wearying.
This is a weekend of music. My husband still sings with the Northern Lights Chorale and they are having a concert today and tomorrow. I'm planning on going to both, but I'll sit near the back so I can leave to cough.
You can't imagine how annoying even a single cough can be in a choral moment. I know this.
My choir, new for me, but actually one of the oldest community choirs in the area, has its concert on the 10th of December. I'm glad to be a part of a choir, but this is a totally different experience than being with the Northern Lights Chorale.
It's a much older choir. The sound is not as pure. The director knows this, and he picks music that suits the sound, but I miss that pure Lutheran college choir tone.
My son has accused me of changing over the years, my friend accused me of changing over the years. I have changed. They apparently grieve the loss of who I was---but I don't.
I'm a living, changing creature and God is good. My change has been to grow closer to God, trust in Him more, see His ultimate plan working out, and shine for Jesus.
I'm a bruised, battered, imperfect, sinful, ugly failure on so many counts, but I'm changing. I'm growing toward Christ.
Spend time in the Word today. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, comfort you, heal you, teach you. That's what I'm going to do.
Thanks for your prayers!
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The film by John Rhys Davies about the KJV is really good.
I'd recommend it. There are several preachers out there that are KJV only folk. I'm gravitating toward their camp. The more you learn, the more reason to do so.
Look up Christian J. Pinto of Adullam Films. His research is noteworthy.
Check out LA Marzulli. What a sweet and humble spirit, looking for Christ's return! Also, a watchman.
Ken Ham's newly re-released book "The Lie," is a wonderful "argument" against secular humanism and evolution.
Check out your theology. Theology is important, but are you getting a balanced diet? In which camp do you stake your tent? Do you care? You should.
Theology matters. Doctrine matters. You are first of all accountable to God for your decision to follow Christ. After that you must seek a Bible believing fellowship to belong to.
Do not forsake the gathering of the saints.
Don't just follow a herd. Be an active and questioning member.
Don't follow personalities. This NEVER ends well. People, men, are sinners. Whether it's John MacArthur, John Piper, RC Sproul, Joel Osteen, Mac Hammond, Joyce Meyers, Kay Arthur, ----You recognize the name? Don't follow.
There are skeletons in everyone's closets.
There are mistakes, false emphasis, outright heresies! Don't get sucked in. Stake your tent, pitch your tent on God's Word.
Stop calling names and stop accusing! JUST PREACH CHRIST, and Him crucified, resurrected! Be prepared with a good answer for questioners. Be like the Apostle Paul. Study to show yourself approved unto God!
The Holy Spirit will give wisdom and help.
Test the spirits. The Bible tells you to do this, so do it!
Perhaps we live in a world that advocates a denial of the supernatural, but a majority of us humans have actually experienced the supernatural, therefore we know it exists.
You cannot prove it to those who refuse to believe or chalk it up to nerves or drugs....hallucinations....but that doesn't stop us from going forward in our faith walk.
We know. We believe. We may have doubts, but that is all the better! We learn of Him with a steady diet of reading Scripture, OLD and NEW Testaments. We take it to the Word.
Check out a Systematic Theology----Ryrie's is very readable. Grudem's is good.
Read a Bible Story Book, like Hurlbet's, or Voss. These scholars have helped the reader understand the overlapping stories in the New Testament in particular. Very helpful.
Spend time with the LORD in prayer. Trust Him to work out ALL DETAILS whatever happens.
He does. All things work together for good, according to those who believe.
Trust Him with your time, your body, your work, your abilities. He made you, He loves you, He is using you in His vast plan. You belong to Him and He cares. He has your days numbered, and He is watching everything you do. He knows your every thought.
AND HE LOVES YOU ANYWAY!
Don't grieve Him. Believe Him. Love Him. Serve Him.
Watch for Him.
Is Jesus coming soon?
Well, I hope so.
There is a sense that every man in any position ever has committed unspeakable acts against helpless victims.
Is that true?
Is anyone innocent?
This is the age of fake news. We are easily discouraged by what we hear, what we believe.
I look at this time as a gift. There is NOTHING on this earth that you can trust but the written word of God. God affirms His Word himself.
Our society has completely abandoned any semblance of morality in light of Judeo-Christian values. We are in the borderlands of anarchy.
Secular Humanism is in control. Atheism is the acceptable creed of the government, school systems, and the media.
But not for long.
Even IF Jesus tarries we know the inevitable end comes.
Morals go down the toilet. God is mocked. Believers are accused falsely (?) and mocked. Debunked.
We are completely aware of our sin, our failures, but we know a God who forgives, and loves.
More now than ever we cling to His Word, his promises, our blessed hope-----the Rapture of the church.
Is there oil in your lamp? Are you filled with the Spirit? Have you repented from all of your sin? Are you living for Jesus? Do you believe?
Have you been baptised?
It's time. Get right with Jesus. Clean up your act.
Jesus saves, but you have the responsibility to obey Him. He alone knows your spiritual status, you alone know if you believe and have repented of sin.
Go and sin no more.
Don't marry against God's commands! Don't allow lust to reign in your flesh. Don't, don't, Don't.
Stop justifying sin in your life and repent.
There may be little time before you lose your head, die peacefully, or watch the children of God disappear from the earth.
I fully expect to see Jesus soon. I anticipate that meeting daily.
Maranatha. Time is short. It has been for 2,000 years, and the USA is another blip in the passage of history. Things are out of control and we know it.
Our duty is to keep our focus on the chart of God's Word and weather this latest storm.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
At our prophecy study on Sunday evening there was talk of all of the happenings across the world---Saudi Arabia, Asia, Russia---Trump in Asia. It seems as if everything is on tenterhooks.
The church is full of issues, too. Christians are good at airing their dirty laundry. So are political conservatives. It seems that leftists deftly slide their garbage under the rug and pretend nothing happened.
Roy Moore. What to believe? We are in the throes of fake news stories, and these stories are coming from all sides. Even well-meaning believers can pass on fake stories in good faith. I've done it. I'm guilty.
It makes us all unsure, tentative, and unconfident.
But what a wonderful time to wholly cast ourselves on the authority of Scripture!
If Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein are sexual perverts we are little affected. Bill Clinton and all of his sexual exploits mean little. The televangelists and their shenanigans are nothing.
We are all affected by sexual immorality, though, and it is rampant. Rampant.
We do live in a degenerate age.
People are fornicating, committing adultery, having abortions, murdering, lying, stealing, disrespecting parents and God Himself.
Our age is full of idolatry, making God into our own image, casting away the things that disturb us, creating a being that does not exist, yet our finite minds persist in the prideful exercise of God-conjuring.
When you don't have an authority (the Bible) you have nothing.
I watched a little clip from a movie I think. It had Alec Baldwin mocking Christians for disobeying the Bible by touching a pig skin, eating shellfish, and wearing clothing that was against Mosaic ceremonial law. He mocked the stoning that was called for in the Old Testament.
Taking things from Scripture and twisting their significance is an old trick that Satan has mastered. As spirit-filled believers we know better. We know the context of ceremonial law, Christ's sacrifice to pay for the sins of breaking God's law, and our efforts to please God as believers in this world----in the world and not of the world.
The law stands. It is not nullified. Christ gave Himself to satisfy the law, blood shed on the cross for our sin.
Satan loves to trip us up.
We know that God declares us clean. We remember Peter's dream and we know that Gentiles are also included in the saving grace of God.
It's getting dark out there!
I'm glad for the inner light that comes from reading God's Word daily.
I don't know how anyone gets through the day without His promises.
It's beyond me.
I've been managing a cold this past week and a half. I think I relapsed. Not working the Deli, and I don't want to be Typhoid Mary. I am at school this week, but I'm keeping my distance from the kids, floating through the assignments.
Thanksgiving next week, and I've pulled the significant cookbooks from the shelves to plan the holiday feasts.
Tonight we are going to see the "Genesis" movie. I've been interestedly watching the development of this film for about five years now, so I'm excited to see it tonight.
Genesis is true. It's history.
And that is faith, believing that God revealed Himself through creation and His Word, and then taking Him at His word.
That's the part that messes some people up. They just cannot bring themselves to let God Define Himself.
They always have a better idea about who God should be.
There's a lot going on. It's so freeing to rest in the knowledge that God has it completely under control. All of it.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Yesterday I fell down the stairs at the Middle School, right as kids were coming in from the bus. I knew I'd hurt my foot, but since I had tight boots on I made it through the day, hobbling around.
The kids were sweet, sympathetic! I was teaching English for the fifth grade.
The doctor says I sprained my foot, and I am so grateful it isn't broken! Today I can take it easy, and there was much healing during the night. I can get around with an ace bandage.
You never know what a day will bring, do you?
But God knows! How comforting.
This time it wasn't serious.
Today I get time to catch up on the Times. I miss having the time to read articles on the internet. I'm a news junkie to a point. Since I didn't log onto Facebook this week until this morning I missed out on some interesting news.
But these Times are surely fascinating. Prophecy watchers are ALWAYS interpreting the news in light of the prophesied events, and we cannot deny the significance of the Trump administration, the global issues, the natural disasters.
Even dyed-in-the-wool pagans are predicting things the Bible predicted! Mass extinctions, dire conditions.
It's coming, and it's time to get in the ark of salvation. It's the ONLY hope.
My husband celebrated a birthday this week. I had to calculate his age. I've become accustomed to our regular occurrence of birthdays, and forget the exact one now.
This weekend we celebrate a month of marriage weeks. Or a month of marriage years! Four times seven. Twenty-eight. We've stuck it out, through thick and thin!
It's an anniversary worth celebrating!
Sevens figure prominently in Scripture. We are looking ahead to a Bridal feast that will last a "week"----most interpret that as seven years, not days. "Yom" isn't used here, the Hebrew word for "day."
Humans have their earth-rotated days as symbols of times in eternity. A week of years is a tiny fraction of our eternal existence.
This week corresponds to the time of tribulation that falls on Yahweh's bride here on earth. But there is hope. They will come to salvation! Everyone who is of Israel will be saved! All, says the Word. Hard times, but hope for the end.
They will recognize their Messiah, they will look on Him and grieve. (Isaiah)
Jewish people need to repent and ask Jesus to be their savior to be saved eternally, but they do have that prediction that in the Tribulation they WILL do that. They will see Jesus and they will believe. That's prophecy.
Those of the "Replacement Theology" mindset don't believe in Scripture, and they preach that the church has completely replaced Israel. They "interpret" all the Scriptures mentioning Israel as referring to the church.
There has been controversy about Martin Luther and his anti-semitic views. He read Scripture, saw the prophecies concerning Israel, believed them, became frustrated that the Jews he knew weren't "getting on with things!" Angered, he decried their lack of understanding and published some very nasty things.
He had a problem with anger, apparently. He had a problem with alcohol. He had problems. He was an imperfect human.
But he sure got a lot right! Abandoning the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church for the truth of Scripture was pivotal and world-changing.
When we forget the plain reading of Scripture, with the knowledge of cultural context, we find ourselves in murky waters. Each and everyone of us should be looking for Christ's return for HIS bride, the church (distinction here, from Yahweh's bride----Israel) and that has been the case for 2,000 years. We all want Him to come and get us!
And we are watching and waiting.
The Bible says that half way through the Tribulation period there will be an abomination set in the temple by the Antichrist. This is the Half Time I mentioned. We can be confident that we will not see that event because we believers will be with the bridegroom celebrating our bridal week in heaven!
We can be confident that we will be with Christ because He is returning with his BRIDE at the second coming! We will all return to earth on white horses and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.
So get ready. Have oil (the Holy Spirit) in your lamps. The shout is about to be heard, and the bridegroom is about to come to take us to His mansion.
How exciting. How romantic.
I love a love story. It's time to be watching, and the time is ripe.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
I generally try not to use profanity. I believe it is a demonic force. People under its power can't speak a sentence without using some expletive, and I try to muzzle my mouth---and my thoughts so I never give in to that demon.
I do think there is a demon behind every corner, every tree. There are a lot of them, but God's warriors, His angels, are out there protecting me from their power at all times.
The supernatural world is real.
My hat's off to Disney for their "minion" characters. Demons are oft referred to as minions, and they are legion. Disney knows this. They are cute in the movies, but they are anything but cute in reality. I'm glad Disney calls attention to their ubiquitous presence.
I use the word "hate" carefully. Hate can be a trigger word these days. I do remember "Bush Derangement Syndrome" from 8 years ago.
I had a form of Obama derangement syndrome. I admit it. I survived those eight years he was in power.
I'm seeing "Trump Derangement Syndrome" in ways that BDS never manifested.
I was having a nice dinner with someone this past summer. She asked me who I voted for, and I said "Not Hillary."
She rose from the table, let out an expletive, and ran to the bathroom!
Her son said, "Why does she always do that??!!"
Now that Hillary Clinton is bound for jail, (the Russia thing) I wonder what these Hillary supporters are really thinking.
I'm not stupid.
As someone who TRIES to please Christ I want to show love to these people. I need to hold MY tongue, and NOT give in to expletives, ever.
I can't stop other people from using them, but I can hold my tongue.
I can't force my convictions on anyone, but I can live them. I can prove that following Christ is the best possible way to navigate this short life.
Politics come and go. Crime happens. People swear and use foul language. It's all a part of our world. What is important is staying true to the One who really matters, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Last night I heard him rant against conservative YouTubers.
He accuses everyone of fascism and bigotry. He calls everyone "alt-right" and White Supremicists.
He is a liberal writer for the Huffington Post, and his accusations, completely unfounded, are ridiculous.
He is lying.
If there were not the alternative media we'd all be brainwashed by NPR, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC.
But we have other sources of news now, and we are happy to be able to learn from them.
I actually think the BBC is more balanced than any American mainstream source.
As Michael Snyder pointed out this week in his excellent article, the media is owned by a very elite group. He fingered the media parent groups and their bias.
It's good to have balance, people.
Listen with discernment. Check out the bias of the writer.
I'm up front with my biases. You've been warned.
If you are only listening to any of the above mentioned news sources you are getting fed a party line.
Be thankful for free speech and our rights here in this country.
It's all coming together in one great sticky ball.
A man with two faces...or three or four.
Whistleblower is lawyered up and anxious. Let's roll.
appear Only on Ellen and not be grilled by TV
hardhitters fearing his answers to timeline questions*
An attempted cover-up that's just getting started.
Of The Female Not To Behave In A Way That’s “Inviting”
Sure. It all began with a cave girl's tiger skin being too short.
New York Times Killed 2004 Weinstein Exposé
Brave reporter located Weinstein's procurer years ago.
I believe Lucifer is the grand Conspirator, the evil one, and he is constantly scheming to beat God.
God, who also could be and has been labeled the "Grand Conspirator," has his plan that is marching on daily, new events He prophesied in Scripture being fulfilled at a record pace.
God is LOVE.
---And He is just. The punishment comes.
That said, I am always amazed by the blind optimism of the human race.
I, too, am a person of hope. I have the blessed hope of Christ's return for me.
I have zero hope in this world. I can't wait to see Jesus' face!
Today, as a reader of current events, I am not exactly surprised that there is not a single mention in the MAINSTREAM MEDIA of Project Veritas' new undercover videos, conversations revealing incredible bias and dirty tricks within the staff of the New York Times----the "Old Gray Lady."
We all know the NYT is liberal. It's heinously so.
Next up, the BBC is talking about Trump's conversation with a war widow and how despicable it was. So says a liberal Democrat Congresswoman.
A general who has also lost his son to war listened to the Trump side of the conversation and he found nothing amiss with Donald's condolences to the widow.
It's all perspective. The BBC says this will "ruin" Trump. It's only one side of the story, but their blind hate of a person colors everything for them. It's a conspiracy to report the side of the story unflattering to Trump.
I am no fan of Trump, but I certainly see the bias against him. I think he is the person in power for this crazy time of the end. God put him there, clearly, and though I do not respect him I can see how things are working out.
And what about the uranium deal the Clintons had with Russia?
There is this sense of personal high ground in most liberals----in all of us. We all think we have the moral high ground, right?
Unless we realize that we are dirty sinners, all of us have the seeds of a Harvey Weinstein in us. Look back----you stole something once, at least, right? You've lied. You've cheated. You've thought lustful things and you've hated.
Adultery and murder, says God.
You are guilty.
You badly need Jesus!
How can you navigate the wiles of the devil, the Conspiracy Mogul, without the moral foundation of God's Word?
It's impossible, and you know it, deep down in your heart.
There is freedom in Christ. You can place your trust in Him, believing He shed His blood on the cross for your sins. You can receive Him into your heart by asking forgiveness for your sins and turning away from them.
Oh, you'll sin again. That's a given. The Apostle Paul talked about the sins he continued to struggle with, the things that he was not freed from in this body. He's so right. We all have our struggles. But we are free from the deathly punishment that is coming for sin.
We have hope.
Eyes wide open, my friends. The Devil is a player, and he's cunning, wise, and very attractive. He's happy to have you believe the Bible is a myth, a fairy story.
If you believe that you are right in his palm.
The Rationalists have no concept of the supernatural. They keep their heads in the sand regarding anything beyond their own five senses. They have not been born again spiritually, able to sense the unseen realm that permeates our existence.
And they won't. They are blind. They refuse to see.
If you want to know Christ, ask. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Take out your Bible, and read it with the mindset that you are OPEN to His presence, His forgiveness, His love.
Start in the book of John. It's so succinct.
The Bible is the most amazing book ever. Those of us who know it, read it daily, study it, hear it, fellowship around it, are aware of this! We are satisfied.
Knowing the Truth is always helpful in navigating this life journey we are on. I'm so thankful for my salvation in Jesus Christ.
God is so good to me.
Open your heart. Trust Him.
You have all of eternity to thank Him for saving you.
The Grand Scheme plays out, and you want to be on the side of Truth.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The world is plumb crazy.
Harvey Weinstein, hurricanes, earth tremors, Trump hate, Hollywood garbage, Sex, Crime, Conspiracy, Disease, Mayhem.
It's all there.
As believers we are the most stable of stable. We knew this was coming, we are ready for it. We are the stability in this mad, mad world.
Like I said, I should be planting tulip bulbs, in hope of a springtime appearance of pink flowers. I wonder if spring will come this year.
Can this world keep on this track of sorrow?
My liberal friends are moaning and groaning. They think Trump is the reason for every evil.
What a burden for a man to bear! I wonder how he does it.
I watched the Project Veritas clips from the New York Times. There is a terrible bias against Trump, but even more against Mike Pence---who from all accounts is just a decent guy.
Maybe Pence is evil. Maybe he is the devil incarnate, masquerading as an evangelical Christian.
Oh, wait! The liberal mind thinks that EVANGELICALS are the devil incarnate.
We're getting used to it. Lucifer laughs. He loves calling wrong right and right, wrong.
There is this "Me Too" campaign running on social media. I can't imaging there is a girl on this earth that hasn't experienced some type of harassment, or what could be termed that. There are those who have been raped, gutted, and beheaded, too. I believe that we all suffer from the sinful nature that pervades this earth.
However, the perps are probably far fewer than the male population as a whole. One perpetrator can do a lot of damage. I'm afraid for my sons, strong, upright young men, as far as I know, and what the World of the Female is accusing the masculine world of right now is frightening.
Sexual harassment is experienced far and wide. It's sin. Not every man has experienced it like most women have. That's a given. It's good to finger it, to stop it. Unfortunately the blame is laid at the feet of the innocent sometimes.
There are more than one of the Harvey Weinstein type.
The only way to make sense of it is to call it sin, and deal with it like one deals with sin.
Our compass is Scripture, and if it isn't your compass you have very little to stand on.
I spent two days listening to Dr. Tommy Mitchell MD from the Answers in Genesis ministry. His first message was on the authority of the Bible and that is where we all must begin.
If you don't stand on Scripture you don't have much to stand on, do you?
Scripture identifies sin, so if you have sin in your heart the Word of God is extremely unattractive.
BUT, if you want the answers to everything, and a hope for eternity, freedom from sin, power to face each day----The Bible has it all for you.
And it is the only thing that has the answers from the One who made you.
There is that sin above all others that seems to block even the best, the "goodest," among us. PRIDE.
It got Lucifer, and it's getting most of the human population, born in sin, born condemned already.
God, the judge, hates pride.
If you struggle with pride, and the ideas that you know more than God's Word, you have a huge problem. You have more to overcome than the vilest rapist. You think you are right, and you aren't, and you will end up with the same end as that criminal.
Because sin is sin, and God's rules are that it is forgiven only by Christ's shed blood on the cross. Jesus did it, for you.
So, I will go plant tulips. I hope I don't see them in the spring---I hope that the LORD JESUS comes to get us before then.
But we must live the appointed days.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Throughout all the ages---
Your Name be praised, LORD!
I have a rejoicing heart today. My son was deployed in Afghanistan and he is finished with that deployment and back home with his dear family in the USA.
The months of heartfelt prayers for a "hedge of protection" around him are through. I will still pray for him daily, but the risks are so much less.
He travelled back to his base, so we haven't seen him, nor will we for awhile, but knowing he's no longer on the front lines is a blessing.
May God be praised!
As I think of how He has brought Ed back from the brink of death, and on a long, three year + journey of chemotherapy ---and been faithful to all of us! ---I can only give praise to the Creator of the Universe, who cares so infinitely for each one of us.
He is a joy to serve---even to the end. Think of the beheaded Christians in the Middle East. Great is their reward.
We live for the next life. Satan has perverted that dear hope through countless other religions, but we know the truth because it is written in the Word of God.
I'm a reader. I love to read. I always peruse the Goodwill book area, second-hand stores, used book stores, home-school sales for interesting, valuable, or unusual books. I find books that I want to give to all my children. I find them for friends and other relatives.
Yesterday we stopped for a quick look. I found a classic book on edible plants from North America. Not corn or soy! I paged through it and felt instantly smarter.
I found a famous (to me) book about prayer by Evelyn Christiansen---"What Happens When Women Pray?" which is full of practical truth. I'm going to give it away.
I got a book by John Stott, famous English pastor. It's about the Bible and its context. Very interesting chapters in the beginning, complete with maps. It's a little paperback book, but full of content.
I picked up a scholarly tome about Thomas Aquinas, and I got "The Return of the Black Stallion."
All for less than $5.
John Stott was a pastor who believed the Bible, but not everything in it. He was a scholar, very eloquent. He had everything mostly right----
But I think not everything. I am leaning more and more on Scripture as I age, and its authority. If you don't have an authority in your life, are you relying on your own brain?
I saw a shock claim yesterday about Alzheimer's meds being delivered to the houses of Congress in Washington D.C. Probably fake news, right?
We're all skeptics now.
I increasingly rely more and more on Scripture, and I'm thankful for the distinguished scholars and scientists who share my views on Scripture and who see all evidence pointing toward its truth.
You need to watch "Is Genesis History?"
It's really good. But there are dozens of DVDs and books that lay out wonderful evidence for the truth of God's Word regarding the scientific record. I've been reading them for years now, and I can honestly say that I see the Bible as my only authority.
It's the most reliable authority, gift from God, in this existence.
God says that it is His Word, and if it isn't He's a big liar.
God doesn't lie.
"In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!"
There are so many Scriptures about the WORD and its authority.
I know there are some of you out there that think I'm a kook. A crazy. A lunatic.
I believe in an ancient book with ancient laws---
That qualifies me for insanity.
But I'm not crazy. I have incredible kids, a husband who is a genius (yes, he is, MENSA could come calling here!) I have and hold two different jobs and I teach all subjects, all grade levels. I understand mental illness like many don't. I have the knowledge of how to manage it, even. I live in a Minnesota paradise and my house is clean and I cook balanced meals.
I'm not bragging. I'm proving that I'm not crazy.
It is by the GRACE OF GOD that I exist and manage this life, and I am fully aware that everything can come crashing down in a heartbeat. My trust is not in the economy, nor money, nor my employers---
My trust is certainly not in the government nor the powers that tweak the media and the Federal Reserve!
If you have false trust in any of these things you need to realign your values. NOW!
You exist by the grace of God, and He sustains you. That sickening word "sustainable" has been copped by the millennials to mean that they have some sort of control over their future.
They don't. Only God sustains.
You can be a good steward of your responsibilities----That is a command of Christ! But you have no control over anything else.
Look at Santa Rosa, CA. It disappeared with six minutes' warning.
Your life is a thread. It hangs in a cosmic balance.
You can trust one thing, and one thing alone, GOD THE CREATOR.
So I'm not a kook. I've read philosophy. I've been educated. I teach the theory of everything.
I've found the ONE THING trustworthy----
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The massacre in Las Vegas is an enigma as I write, but I can only draw "reasonable" conclusions---like every one of you.
It would be easy to cry "gun control" and many simplistic folk do. What in the world do they really mean by "gun control?"
No guns? None? No hunting rifles? No pistols?
Where are you going to start? Gun laws already exist. People find ways to get around them, and evil people will simply break the laws.
How difficult is this to understand?
Michael Moore asks us to repeal the 2nd Amendment---the right to bear arms. So, no guns.
Let the sheeple be sheep. Let the sheeple die at the hands of tyranny.....
That is what the 2nd Amendment is really about.
The liberal mind has a hard time understanding that the march toward collectivism is in full swing, and that certain people will be eliminated, like in the Soviet Union, mid 20th century.
I am beginning to think that they really would like to see some of us libertarians eliminated. Their secret hate is simmering over.
They don't like us. They really don't.
As believers in Christ Jesus we are called to LOVE our enemies. LOVE THEM. We are called to serve them. By doing so we draw them closer to truth and a saving knowledge of grace in Christ Jesus.
We are supposed to LOVE.
The core of what is happening in our world is a Satanic/Luciferian conspiracy that blinds the hearts of men into thinking they are able to overcome evil.
Human nature is evil. All humanity is condemned EXCEPT through the grace of our LORD JESUS CHRIST who gives us the victory!
He gives us JOY. He gives us HOPE, He gives us PURPOSE.
The world is simple enough for a child to understand------and complex enough that rebellious minds will always come up with some excuse to not bow to the Heavenly Father.
I really have trouble listening to Alex Jones. There are some pretty crazy things out there-----talk about 9/11 conspiracies, Moon colonies, Mars colonies, Flat earth, tunnels connecting continents, Saskwatch, Nephilim, the list goes on.
Some of these things are evidential, and plausible. But who is going to sort that out?
The Deep State is one of those "crazy" ideas. The Illuminati. I know the Illuminati exists. I've encountered it on a tiny scale. I am convinced that the Deep State, the Swamp, exists too.
We see the evidence.
For me, as a pretty run-of-the-mill conservative, patriotic, military wife, the straw that broke the camel's back----for me----was reading "The Creature From Jekyll Island."
It broke a ray of skepticism into my comfortable patriotism. I guess that is when I decided to explore further, leave open the possibility of things being darker than we thought.
I still believe there are people with altruistic motives, confident in the political process, out there.
They are "good" people. They mean well. They believe they are on the right path.
I just question the deeper levels now.
Donald Trump has stirred up the hornets' nest. Fascinating. It's like watching a suspense flick for real.
I hate suspense. I'm that person who reads the end of any mystery we chose to read in book club. (I would never have read them in the first place!) I am an INFJ, (Meyers Briggs) who operates exactly like that personality type. I'm classic. (My kids are always pointing this out to me. It helps them.)
I like things to add up, I like peace, I seek the deepest level, the foundation, of philosophies. I list things.
And I'm waiting for this whole Deep State idea to flower and become obvious, to me and others who are "woke." Some talk about the Red Pill. This is getting at what happens.
Sadly, the majority of the world---Western Civilization---medicates itself with prescription drugs, alcohol, music, media, and sports to avoid the painful truth about human nature and what is going on at the darkest spiritual levels.
Yes, it's painful. It's pretty ugly, too. Poor Lady Gaga! Watch the clip about her below. Her story is tragic, but she could overcome her despair by submitting to the LORD OF THE UNIVERSE, KING OF KINGS, Jesus Christ.
He is greater.
There are things going on, friends, that we cannot understand yet.
It can't have a simple solution (like I'd like!). It's just too complex for that. Economies are driven by these forces, wars are manufactured, media is controlled.
We know that God is in control. Things are playing out.
The New World Order is being implemented day by day.
Every thing is playing out according to plan. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled daily.
It's all happening, friends.
Wake up, repent, believe in Jesus Christ. Read your Bible.
Monday, October 2, 2017
And we can only speculate why.
Guns? There are many gun laws in effect already. Lawbreakers still misuse them.
Taking away the self defense of a people is a principle of Communism and Fascism. When there is no opposition one is forced into the bondage of the dictator.
To oppose the Second Amendment is to embrace Marxist philosophy.
Antifa? I've heard comments about the shooter's anti-Trump views.
Radical Islam? Isis supposedly claims he converted to Islam recently.
Mental illness? His father was a certified psychopath. How did he maintain "normalcy" for so many years with no one suspecting?
How about Luciferian influences? I concede that this conspiracy of the evil one makes the most sense to me today. Check out Russ Dizdar on Google. He has a presentation about the Black Awakening. It's worth being informed about. It stems back from the mind control experiments documented after the second world war. Sounds crazy, but remember who we are up against: the spirits of darkness.
They do not have limitless power, but they do have power.
Only by the blood of Jesus Christ are we immune to the fiery darts of the wicked one.
As I write this I reflect on all the various ideas put forth today. Each one makes some sense.
But we really don't know what happened yet. Perhaps we will never know. I do know that we are in perilous times, and our faith is under full attack by the enemy.
When we come up with a spiritual reason for the debauchery in the land we are considered kooky. Leftovers from the Bronze Age. (I was basically called that today :))
Are we willing to be maligned for standing for Biblical truth?
We'd better be. It's here. We're under attack.
Nothing sharpens your defenses as an attack (if you survive!). It's time to get into the Word of God and apply it, the Sword of Truth.
Above all, love. Preach the Gospel.
Snatch ones from the fire. Jude. Read it tonight. It's the book for the times before the end times.
As in, right now.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Anyone who has access to media knows that football took center stage----over Israel, Syria, the Kurds, radical Islamic terrorism at a church in Tennessee, the earthquakes, the fires, the hurricanes---
Upside down, crazy, dark sadness.
We had a full weekend, and it was marvelous in our own little world at Corgi Hollows. Friends, family, birthday celebrations, church, good food (a wonderful Thai place in Maple Grove) cupcakes, cake, cake cake. We had the prophecy study, a boost to the spirit. I listened to Jan Markell and Michelle Bachmann's fascinating conversation on "Understanding the Times."
We live in our quiet joy.
But outside there is confusion.
You get on a slippery slope away from God's Moral Law and you have trouble finding footing again.
It literally takes a conversion to gain a firm foundation.
A word about the National Anthem nonsense: (I could go on!) As Sarah Huckabee said so succinctly, there is nothing wrong about defending the National Anthem, nor the pledge of Allegiance. I have my issues with the pledge, but the Anthem (as Garrison Keillor said recently) elicits feelings of gratefulness and warmth for the sacrifices made that we Americans all can live our lives in relative luxury compared to the rest of the entire world.
Should racism be acceptable? God forbid. I don't believe in race. The presence of melanin in skin should have zero consequence.
Cops should always arrest people for doing bad things, not because of who they are.
Come on, people, racism has recently blossomed because of Barack Obama. He became the spotlighter for something that had become passe. He reignited it, and Trump, who one must admit is no paragon, is hardly a racist. Accuse him all you want----his actions speak louder than his words.
I know Donald Trump is the second judgment on our nation----his debauchery (and I do believe in repentance and conversion!) follows him and his beautiful wife.
Your past will follow you, so watch your reputation, people. Have you been perverse? Homosexual? Gluttonous? Prideful? Lustful? Have you lied? Have you been greedy or envious?
Have you sinned? Watch out. Your reputation may never recover, as Donald Trump's hasn't.
He could have been anointed by Jesus Himself, right in front of you. Nothing will change the perception of Trump.
Sorry, folks. YOUR reputation matters.
There is one person I can think of who seems to have overcome her sordid past. Rosaria Butterfield.
She was a lesbian professor of women's studies at an eastern university. She became a Christian----total conversion. She renounced her homosexuality, and she is truly living for the LORD now.
I think people realize her change, her complete repentance. It's real.
Then there are those that continue to justify their sin before God. Revel in it. Deny His moral law. That is their choice, and we all live with that.
I'd love to believe that gluttony isn't a sin, and I could eat all the delicious cake I desire to. I'd like that kind of dispensation, too. But denying God's moral law is death to the soul.
You will go to hell if you believe you can be an unrepentant sinner and get to heaven.
So WAKE UP! Leave your homosexual life, your gluttony----whatever your sin is! Don't condone it. Don't excuse it. Don't go that path. It is the path of death.
Every single one of us struggles with human nature, sinful, fallen. I was born with it. You were born with it! That doesn't excuse it!
Jesus died for that reason! Don't call good evil, and evil good.
Don't try to twist Scripture into saying something it doesn't. God doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today, forever.
Join the path of love and light. Join the path of forgiveness and spiritual power. Convert. See Jesus as He is----the LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS, able to forgive, able to help, your advocate in heaven against eternal judgment.
And don't say sin is okay. It's not.
My friend who has cancer is deteriorating. It's hard for me to believe how quickly it's progressing. I'm sad today.
I know that should the next chemo treatment they are going to try doesn't work she will be with the Lord very soon. Her dad passed away a few weeks ago. We never imagined she might follow so soon.
Please pray for her. Pray for her pain, which is significant. Pray for peace as she faces the great divide between life on earth and eternity. She knows where she is going, but the process is hard.
Pray for the Rapture of the Church. Even so, Come LORD JESUS!
Monday, September 25, 2017
From the following article at Rapture Ready
Lucifer has his mind set on defeating believers, and he had this September 23 date in his sights for years. We always see a significant spiritual downturn after September 23 each year, and I believe especially this one.
People are beginning to wake up to the evil forces all around us, and how they deceptively influence us.
No two of us has had the same experiences physically nor spiritually and we cannot judge each other and our spiritual condition without a Biblical plumbline, but we CAN see the deception and the hook-line-and-sinker swallowing of the lies Satan promulgates.
More people need to wake up.
I don't know who is considered a believer these days. I'm not the judge. I do know that many people who call themselves "Christian" have zero discernment when it comes to culture and its influence. I think there is blindness, lack of information, lack of knowledge.
The Bible says that people are destroyed by lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6.
WAKE UP, friends! Sound the alarm! Your people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge!
Satan doesn't come dressed in a red suit with horns most of the time. He comes as a handsome gentleman with desirable offers. Candy.
And people are so easily deceived. Jesus calls us sheep, and sheep are not known for their intelligence as animals.
Dogs beat them, hands down. Pigs are smart. African Greys are smart....
When we get to heaven there are going to be exclamations of surprise at the silly things we ALL thought right and true---and guess what?
WE were deceived.
That is why it is so absolutely important to know the Word of God. What else do we have?
I've been more and more convicted about English translations of the Scriptures, which ones are more accurate to the Hebrew and Greek original texts.
Chris Pinto, from Adullam Films, has documentaries about Scripture translations that have opened my eyes to deception within the church, especially regarding the Word of God itself.
The Reformation occurred because monks like John Wycliffe and William Tyndale, Martin Luther actually read the Scriptures that came from Constantinople after its fall to Islam. Early, reliable copies of the New Testament.
The Hebrew Scriptures are historically reliable. They have been preserved exactly for thousands of years.
The Greek manuscripts were read and translated to English and German by these first Reformers. The King James Version was thoroughly vetted by Reformed scholars and translated with a committee of true believers. It was a reliable English translation.
Then came the Counter Reformation. The Jesuits.
How could they undermine the Reformation? Why, by undermining the reason FOR the Reformation: THE WORD OF GOD itself!
Hence we have the Vulgate, the Codex Sinaiticus, the NIV, the ASV, The NASV, the various paraphrases-----all confusing and incomplete.
All undermining the authority of Scripture in the minds of scholars worldwide.
Yes, the Bible you have is the best Bible, right? We all have heard that. The Word of God does not go forth without effect! Even particles of the Word. Truth is simply truth.
But there is a an undercurrent here. A story of Satanic deception. A story of division and control. The Counter Reformation is a Satanic movement that seeks to place people back under the authority of religion, not true spirituality and belief in Jesus Christ.
After living in Ingolstadt, Germany, and seeing the shrine to the Illuminati there back in 1986, my eyes were opened to the power of Lucifer. I didn't think of it much (Because greater is He that is in ME than he that is in the world!) until after 2000 and the last days of the last days commenced.
Now we see the New World Order and the powers that run the economies of the world. We see the cabal of rich and elite families that tweak the media and other forces of population control everywhere. We know philosophy and how it affects governing policy and society. We know that Marxist Socialism is popular in every educational institution worldwide. Godless Marxist Socialism.
We know that witchcraft and paganism are on the rise, that New Age Philosophy/Humanism is the religion of the schools. Yoga and Mindfulness, practices of these religions are promoted and accepted in every public school in America. The religion of Education is the New Age.
And Lucifer laughs.
His time is short, though. God reigns in the heavens, and those of us here on earth who fully adhere to believing Scripture, Sola Scriptura, are completely confident in God's ultimate plan.
Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shalt be saved.
You too can be SURE of eternal peace by placing your faith in Christ Jesus alone.
No works. No pilgrimages. (I can't believe all the people who are doing that pilgrimage in Portugal/Spain!!)
It's worth nothing. ---Maybe a few sights to see, good food, new folk to meet---
But nothing eternally.
Only Jesus. Jesus saves.
The overarching picture of history and God's eternal plan, conceived before the Garden of Eden, is playing out and obvious to those of us who have spent time reading the Bible.
It gets more obvious as the days progress. Each new day is a new evidence that God's plan is coming to fruition, as prophesied in Scripture.
Watch, people. It's all coming together.
God has given us a supreme charge: PREACH THE GOSPEL.
What is the Gospel?
Man is sinful. Jesus died on the cross paying for that sin. He rose. We must believe in Him to be saved, to gain eternal salvation.
He's coming again, Messiah, LORD OF LORDS, KING OF KINGS. Every knee shall bow and every tongue SHALL confess: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
No Mary, no deeds, no actions, no good works, nothing, NOTHING you can do will save you except believing on JESUS CHRIST.
So believe. Drop the religious stuff. Let it go. It does nothing for you but condemn.
You're a sinner that needs God to save you.
So believe, trust, change, repent! Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes right now. Ask Him to fill you with truth and righteousness. Ask Him to save you.
Do something else----In the the name of Jesus Christ and His blood pray against all the powers of darkness, that they be driven away from confusing your mind.
Anyone who does not believe the Gospel is fair game for the Deceiver and his minions, so don't think they haven't influenced you at some point. Pray against them that the TRUTH of the Bible is revealed to you. Do it. You must rebuke the forces of evil. They are manifesting like never before, and you will be influenced by them without the protection of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you with His truth and righteousness.
A whole new existence will open up for you. Truth will sit at the center, on the throne. Everything falls into place. Confusion is gone. The love of God is all encompassing! Anxiety abates.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the place to be, now and with Jesus in glory.
If I could shake everyone I know into a state of wakefulness regarding Biblical Truth I would.
I can't. I can just sit here at my little Chrome Book and figuratively scream, hopeful that those I know and care about are coming to TRUTH.
Time is short.
Our prophecy studies continue this fall, Sunday nights that I do not have ministry in the jail. We encourage one another as the days fly past. We discuss the developments of the past two weeks, we affirm the truth of Scripture and its indications about our times.
Join us if you can. You will be blessed.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The end of the world is not September 23. The Rapture could happen that day. It could happen any day. There ARE signs in the heavens.
God does give warnings. He gives signs. We believe we are in the end times, or last days.
People judge others without really listening to them.
I hope Jesus comes for us, the born again believers. September 23 is even too long to wait for!!
The end of the world is after the seven year tribulation predicted in Daniel. Then there's the millennium predicted in Revelation.
We are at least 1,007 years from the end of the world.
Just thought you should know what the Bible says. I don't give Credence to anything else. It's a waste of time.
(Thank you for your prayers!)
Life just hums along.
Ed, as you know, had The Port taken out last Friday. Milestones. He continues oral chemo until October, but all spinals and infusions are OVER. Praise God!
Cherie is full tilt in Junior Varsity Cross Country with the Northwest Nighthawks, a home school team from our area. Tonight she has a meet up by St. Cloud.
Cross Country is such a nice sport for the spectators! Beautiful golf courses, evening sun, colorful teams, excitement!
Cherie runs with all of her heart, and she is seeing great improvement this year. She's exhausted after each race, but willing to face the next one!
Margaret juggles two jobs and three pre-nursing school courses. Her friends are marvellous, and she tries to maintain a semblance of social interaction too.
I have decided to bow out of the Northern Lights Chorale for now. This decision was huge for me. The conflicts between school, sports, homeschooling, subbing, working at the deli, and Ed's transitions proved to be my maximum, and I was all "done in."
I joined a choir that is much more convenient and closer to home for the time being. I have to sing.
The new director called me (kindly, at least) a freak of nature ----since my range is so big. I sing low alto and high soprano. I am not a soloist, but I do have an unusual ability. God gave it to me.
The director was happy to have me join the choir.
At the new rehearsal location, and where he placed me in the seating, I can turn my head and look up to my Grandma's old apartment balcony! She died in 2001. I have memories of her nice apartment. I find it serendipitous that I'm brought back to that spot years later!
Minneapolis isn't exactly a small town. The chances of returning to something like that is rather coincidental---and I smile.
I will truly miss the Northern Lights. My husband is still in that chorale, and is better able to manage the rehearsal and concert times. The choir is moving its rehearsal location further away from our new home, and the new commute was just too much for me to manage after my duties here at Corgi Hollows!
Yes, subbing has begun. Yesterday I subbed "Agriculture" at the high school.
I am trying to keep my subbing to only four days a week. Cherie was short changed last spring while I became accustomed to the new lifestyle! I know I want to spend at least one weekday with her every week.
Such a young lady! She is, like most home-schoolers her age, self driven, self managing. I am like an overseer, not exactly a teacher.
She's my number five!!!!
One of my five was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the Army last week. Your prayers are very effective and working.
I thank you.
House guests, very welcome, are coming this weekend. Three birthdays will be celebrated.
I may try to make Norwegian Kranzekake again... (failed the first one, but it tasted great!)
I made Vermont Maple Cookies (from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book) last night. Those are just the best cookie ever.
The bees-----they love it here. It's been fun to see Ed and Margaret take over most of the work.
Corwyn? Oh the delight of my eyes! She's darling, sweet, smart, cute, loveable, and darling. 'Nough said.
Blackberry, Topaz, and Predicate: all healthy, wealthy, and wise.
The corn is ripening across the road. The colors of fall are golden with accents of orange. Our grass is covered with brown oak leaves. It's fall, and everything fall is good. I've befriended the three new horses in the pasture out back. Five horses graze within sight of our windows now, and I think it is such a nice collection! (Two chestnuts, a roan, a buckskin, and a black and white paint)
Apple orchard visit, anyone??
I've had to explain this whole blood cancer thing so many times that I sort of understand the whole concept behind cancer of the blood.
Blood cells are manufactured in the bone marrow. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (which Ed has) is where the white blood cells over-produce. Basically. The cancer cells are in the blood, and the blood is rushing all over the body.
You can't just see the tumor, the cells. You take samples of blood and count various platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells. Cancer cells may or may not be hiding somewhere else.
So, after chemotherapy is administered for 3 years the hope is that ALL OF THOSE CANCER CELLS are GONE!
And time will tell.
Here he is, three years later, getting on with life.
It isn't the same for many. Even last night I got word that a dear friend's cancer is growing again. Treatments for her must ramp up again. My heart hurts over this, but I bring it to the LORD.
Nabeel Qureshi passed away last weekend. That story is just so hard to accept! He was 34, and such a bright light for Christ.
God has his plans. Cancer happens. It happens more and more, wouldn't you agree? Another friend was diagnosed just this week...
And you must ask yourself, "When is it my turn?"
Because the likelihood of getting cancer is on the rise. We all must face the possibility, the likelihood.
Ed is young. Cancer in youngsters is traumatic and heartbreaking.
Those of us who are upwards of 50 sort of expect it to happen. Am I not correct?
Our world is truly dying. Pollution, GMO's, Chemical contamination----(skies, pesticides, vaccines, cleaning agents) are all factors in our world. There is an argument for certain uses of these chemicals, but we wonder about the long-term effects and their devastating capabilities.
I'm a questioner.
I long for Christ to come and make it right.
Yes, I'm totally an escapist. I totally admit it. I'm proud of it. I can't wait for my LORD and SAVIOR to come and fix things.
He is the judge, and I realize that His patience with mankind has delayed his coming. I understand that. I am not as loving or patient as He is, and none of us are. I acknowledge that He waits for all to come to repentance.
But we all know that "they" won't. Rebellion against God is just the nature of mankind.
And HE has his timetable.
Those of us who have been watching for His return know all about the Feast of Trumpets and its significance with the Rapture of the Church. The first feasts were fulfilled in Christ's death on the cross and resurrection. The last feasts are signifying what is to come ---as Dwight Pentecost titled his classic book on Bible prophecy.
What is to come?
We know that those who are born again in the spirit will meet Jesus in the air. He will catch us up and take us away from the wrath of God that is about to fall on the earth.
You think Harvey, Irma, Maria are bad? The 6.0+ earthquakes that have ravaged the ring of fire these past few weeks? The horrible and devastating fires that burn the west?
Child's play. God's wrath is inconceivable. You won't want to be here, but most likely, if you are still here after the Rapture you have a 50% chance of dying by "natural" disaster.
You probably won't survive.
The Elite make their holes in defiance of God's wrath. They will literally "hole up" and then emerge (if possible) at the end of each episode.
This is all in Revelation, so if you study it you will see what is to come.
The End is near. It has been for centuries. If not the end of all things, certainly the end of your own life. No one is guaranteed a single day of life. We all hang in a balance in God's overall plan.
He is Sovereign.
And we must choose to put our lives in His hands.
Don't wait. Birth pangs have been epic these past few weeks. Birth pangs don't stop when the end is near. I open the news each day and find another cataclysmic occurrence. It isn't stopping.
These are not Braxton Hicks.
Get in the fold.
We talk about the signs in the heavens. God's signs all indicate His second coming is near. That means the Rapture of the Church is even nearer. It's like the Christmas decorations we see in the stores now: Christmas is coming, but we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving before that.
It's a good reminder that time is short.
Cancer is bad. It's awful and I hate it. But cancer isn't the real problem. The real issue is that time is short for all of us.
No one is excluded.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
He's still sneezing and coughing, the sinus infection isn't over yet.
Counts are in a better range, no fever.
This is a prayer request.
He is scheduled to complete chemotherapy on October 7.
A celebration is planned-----and we are tiptoeing toward it right now. I can't quite describe the feeling.
This is a prayer request.
I have another major prayer request for you right now. It's huge. I cannot share it, but I want you to pray for it whenever you think of it.
Your curiosity may bring it to mind, and I would ask that you pray every time you think of it. I promise to share it as soon as I can. For now, there is a something my heart is just full of, praying, and trusting God about, almost every minute. PLEASE PRAY.
If you email me at email@example.com I will share with you this big request.
Thank you, dear friends.
We think we've been convinced, we've learned, we know.
And then something comes along that chinks our armor, lets a sliver of light in, an unwanted disturbance in the force.
Some embrace that moment! Perhaps the darkness is abated, over in that instant. It's no challenge to accept the new truth.
But some fight it.
Pride is the worst of the seven deadly sins.
It got Lucifer.
We all struggle with it, on different levels. It's part of our human nature. It's simply sin, and we are simply sinners.
So, when confronted with truths that dawn on our consciousness as right and good-----and life-changing---we have a decision to make, a choice.
Accept or deny?
I know people who have exhibited both behaviors. I come from a Scandinavian background and much of our upbringing is done with a flavor of wry. We kid each other, cajole. We make fun.
It's all in good faith! We laugh at ourselves, and we laugh at others. Ole and Lena, anyone?
But sometimes we let that good humor develop into a sense of superiority and aloofness. Some would say stoicism. Scandinavian stoicism.
It's hard for us Viking stock to bow and bend. That's why we have such epic scenes in literature of these chiefs and masters of the sea becoming Christians, becoming something they were not. Strong humans with complex civilizations and romantic gods bowing to a Jewish carpenter?
It brings you to tears to think of it.
That prideful spirit is alive and well in my environs. Minnesota. Viking land. We come to the table with skepticism and wariness. We are not easily convinced.
Thankfully my parents knew Christ when I was born and I became a Christian at age four.
It would have been hard to convince me later in life, I think.
But that doesn't make it less of a truth. My pride is significant, but not the end of all things.
Jesus is truth. The only way to know Jesus is through His Word.
We must know His Word!
That sliver of light changes our entire lives. The light illuminates each dust particle, each atom of our belief and reveals TRUTH.
Jesus is truth.
The battle begins----shall I mock it? Shall I fight it? Shall I capitulate at once?
Ultimately the choice to deny or accept is faced.
As we approach these last days on earth there will be things that seem unbelievable, supernatural, earth-shaking that start to occur.
The Church, the bride of Christ, will be removed from the Earth, hidden away for a time (Daniel 12), as God's wrath pours out on the earth for seven years.
Those left behind will have a 50% chance of surviving the seven years. Those left behind can start a timer, a countdown, of seven years until Jesus comes again.
Prepare now, if you choose.
Or choose Christ.
We had our prophecy Bible study last evening. We talked of things that are coming in the Tribulation, the pouring out of God's wrath on the earth.
WE are seeing signs of this tribulation coming right now. Birth pangs always increase as the time of the birth nears. They don't stop when the end comes, they get worse and worse until the baby appears.
We may have had a few Braxton Hicks pangs over the past 50 years and since the birth of Israel, (Ezekiel) but real labor is starting.
Jesus told us what the labor pains would be: signs in the heavens, earthquakes, geological events, hardships, apostasy, political upheaval, economic upheaval, famine, disease, pestilence.
These past two weeks: Record breaking hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, famine, earthquakes, fire---fire ----fire.
Yes, it is the season for such events. Look at the scope. Look at the destruction.
These are warnings.
God will not wait forever. Don't let your pride stand in the way of truth.
You don't want to be around for God's wrath.
God loves you. He's provided a way for you to escape. Put your faith in Jesus Christ and become a part of His church, His bride.
You are not appointed to wrath. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
I am comforted, and I'm excited. Jesus is coming soon.
Look up, for your redemption draws nigh. Kick and scream all you want, but allow Jesus to drag you into truth.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
What do these folk have in common?
Collectivism. They are against personal freedom, personal stewardship, individualism.
Did you know that there is a world movement fostered by the most wealthy controllers of economies to take away the freedom of individuals? It's been going on for three hundred years, at least, and it's still going strong.
At times these wealthy elites over play their hands, and show their true colors (like the holocaust, the Archipelago, the revolution in China) and the horror is exposed.
But really the subtlety of environmentalism and "green" thought works so much better for indoctrination.
Yes, it is a political persuasion, a movement, a conspiracy.
"Social Justice," "Sustainability," "Environmentalism," these terms sound so innocuous and helpful to mankind. It's just euphemism for "Communism."
Collectivism equals Communism.
Collectivism is the thwarting of personal rights.
Brexit is a current backlash against collectivism. Donald Trump is also a result of an attempt at getting back personal free enterprise back from the collectivists.
Collectivism doesn't work. We've seen the experiment, many times over, most currently in Venezuela.
Collectivism is atheist, humanistic, secular, cruel, evil, powerful, and unfair. It gives power to the elite, and eliminates anyone but useful idiots who serve the powerful.
The USA was a bastion of personal freedom. There are still many people who believe in free enterprise here. The communists are watching and wily. They hate God, they hate patriotism, they hate.
Don't let your opinions be swayed by the many under-cover red diaper babies that are taking control of the education system, the political system, the rules and policy in our great land. The United Nations is trying to implement a plan called Agenda 21 by the year 2030.
They are absolutely well on their way to having each tenet in place by then.
I am not an alarmist. I am a believer in Jesus Christ! I believe in personal freedom. I've read the horror stories from Solzenitzen, Brother Yun, "Cry, the Beloved Country."
I have the hope of the kingdom under Christ, who defines justice.
I'm sad for the majority of the world who doesn't get the evil forces afoot, the leftists, the fascists, the socialists, the elitists.
It's happening, and we need to wake up. Speak up, share the Gospel, and be aware of the powers that wish to control every one of us.
Fight for your freedoms!