God and Prayer is the Greatest Tools We Have…


I was reading about all of the things going on with ISIS and how it  continues to murder anyone that they think is going against what they see has beliefs that draw people away from what they call their true God. Isis is committing genocide on the Yazidis and the few Christians who are left. This week they warned America, “We will drown all of you in blood.” There is no ambiguity in that threat.

I had to look up a few sites to see what it is that they really believe. This is what I found;

  • NBC News- The core belief of Islam is that ‘there no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.’ The one creator God has revealed his will finally and perfectly, primarily through the divinely inspired words of the Quran given to Mohammed and secondly through Mohammed’s own life and teaching.
  • Huffington News.  I like this article and I like the opening sentence of, “Obama admits to not having a strategy. Duck Dynasty Godfather, Phil Robertson, wants to “convert ’em or kill ’em.”

As a Christian and an American, how is it that we or I should say myself should respond to these threats.

When I hear of all the deaths and the persecuted Christians it makes me sick to my stomach. As a Christian, I pray for those who are being persecuted. I understand that in the end Christ will be victorious. Even though I know this, it doesn’t make it easy to listen to the stories about all that is going on around the world. According to the news today, around 90 more Christians were just recently captured by ISIS.

It isn’t just ISIS, there are also other countries that have imprisoned Christians because they would not deny Christ. When I read about the lives of Christians being beheaded, I first get angry and I think about the fact that they have got to pay for what they are doing. They will be paying for all they have done, we all are accountable for the things we have done. I thank God everyday that God loves me and forgives me for my wrong doing.

As I listen more to what is going on and I get upset, I have been thinking about it is as a Christian that I need to do. I pray on this almost everyday if not everyday. The answer I get is “pray for them”. I know it sounds like a simple solution.  But it is the only solution. The power of prayer is greater than any other tool we as Christians posses.

With God on our side and the power of prayer, we can make a difference. Praying for those Christians who have lost their lives from ISIS, along with all the Christians who are at this moment alive. How incredible it would be for radical Muslims to see the witness of the Iraqi Church, the testimony of persecuted Christians and encounter the living person of Jesus. Nothing is impossible.

A reporter was interviewing a father of one the young men that was killed and he was talking about the kind of peace he has experiences. The families of the murdered expressed a desire to provide light to these men whose eyes have been blinded so that they might experience God’s truth and love. There was a realization among these believers that Jesus was all they had, and they were “all in” for Him.

Upon thinking about all of the things going on with ISIS and other groups like them, I think the only thing we can do is pray for them and share the gospel of Christ with anyone and everyone. Maybe, just maybe one of those who are killing and beheading will turn to God. If the families can forgive and pray, then I think that is something we as Christians should do. As Christians we have an obligation to pray for the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters.

I Can’t Make Them Believe!

images7Y9Y5G9AThere are some things I just don’t understand. On Sunday after church I was talking to someone that I am close to about what happens after a person dies. We need to make a decision while we are alive. Well, the conversation I was having with this person ticked me off to no end. The reason why is that he thinks that once a person dies, they are dead, nothing more. This is one of those statements that gets me going. I then asked him if he believed in Jesus, why does he think once we die, there is nothing else. Well, his statement got me again. He proceeded to say that I have to believe in something, so it might as well be Jesus. My thought was, “Oh no, you did NOT just say that.”

My thought on this is that if a person who believes in Jesus and not believe there is anything after a person dies is totally insane. I don’t get it whatsoever. A friend of mine believed that Jesus is the same as Budda, Muhammad and all the other religious leaders or gods. I had a really hard time talking to her since she feels that all are correct and Jesus was just a teacher. Oh man, I had to take a chill pill on that conversation. I was getting overly sensitive on it and I knew I had to step back or I would insert my foot into my mouth. I’m really good at that. I had to step back since I was so frustrated with the conversations. I can’t really do that with the person I had this conversation with on Sunday since I see him all the time.

512For me, my faith is everything. It is more important than anyone or anything in my life. God comes before anyone and anything. I can’t help but wonder what gives people hope if they don’t know Christ. What gives them peace? I have known many that feel the same way as the person in the conversation and almost all of them go through life on auto pilot and they don’t seem to be happy. I have so many medical issues and there are many uncertainties. If I didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ, I have no clue how I would deal with the things I do if I didn’t have Christ.

As a believer in Christ, I know without a doubt that there is a heaven and a hell. Now weather that is a fire and brimstone or a place where God isn’t is something I don’t know. I have no plans on wanting to ever find out. When I hear people say that, “yes, there is a person called Jesus, but, there is nothing else.” I want to scream and knock some sense into them. I can’t wrap my mind around the whole thing and why he would think there is nothing.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10- Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

I guess I can understand somewhat when a person who doesn’t believe has never been to church and has never heard the gospel. But for a person who has heard the gospel all his life should know better.

I had to come to a point a long time ago that I can’t use a hammer to make someone believe in Christ. No matter how upset or angry I get, I can’t force someone to accept Christ. While we are still living, or until Jesus comes again, we have every opportunity to repent. But in the end we will all be judged.

Last night before I went to sleep I was praying for a number of people. I had it on my heart to pray for a young man that was at our church Sunday. There was something about him that spoke to my heart. His head was hanging and was looking down the entire service. There was something about him that struck me in a odd way. I prayed during our service and each night since. I also prayed for my mom who is struggling with stage 4  lung and colon cancer. I also prayed about this conversation I was having Sunday.

jesus_returnLast night or at some point I was having a dream about the end times. It was actually a two part dream. The first part of the dream was where I was at the hospital and  looking at the moon, I love to take pictures of the moon and stars. The moon was full and the stars seemed brighter than usual.  As I was taking pictures and looking up toward the moon, all the sudden it turned the brightest red I have ever seen in my life.

After that, it was as if I was immediately floating upwards. For what seemed like a very short time, I was told that there isn’t much time before Christ returns and to spread the gospel since time was short. I’m pretty sure I had this dream since I am so concerned over the unsaved. I woke up to get a drink and went back to sleep. My dream continued from the first one.

endtmestrumpetWhen the dream continued I could hear the trumpet sound and the skies opened wide. I would imagine it would have been loud, but it wasn’t. It was loud from my perspective though. Everything was changed in a split second. I didn’t remember those who weren’t there. I had no memory. But I do remember standing before God and it wasn’t but a second if that. In that moment is was as if the world that God created has been renewed and perfect as it was intended when God created it and man messed it up royally.

After I woke up a few Bible verses came to mind.

  • (Revelation 21:1-4) – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
  • John 5:25-29 – Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

In closing, I just want to say that while you are breathing and still here, you need to make a decision. Either accept Christ or don’t. It has to be your choice. No matter how strongly I feel about this and I don’t want to see anyone be lost and without Christ, I can’t make anyone believe.

Here is a good link to get more information on accepting Christ. Way of the Master- Are You A Good Person

Thank You For Giving!

kingdomThere are some songs that really touches my heart than others. For the most part I listen to praise and worship music the most. I love Casting Crowns, Mandisa, Rich Mullins, Chris Tomlin, Mercy Me, Third Day, Matthew West and a whole list of other Christian artists. There is one particular song that touches me more than any other Christian song. That song is Ray Boltz’s “Thank You”. If you have never heard the song, you should take a few moments to listen to the song.

The reason why this song means so much to me is that it speaks 100% of what my walk with Christ and how I became a Christian started. I will break down the lyrics as I go along.

I dreamed I went to heaven
And you were there with me;
We walked upon the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea.
We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name.
We turned and saw a young man running
And he was smiling as he came.
And he said, “Friend you may not know me now.”
And then he said, “But wait,
You used to teach my Sunday School
When I was only eight.

871f34100180c606eeef8e33c7177b30These verses ring true to me because when I was around 8 yrs old, my mom would send all of to church with a lady from the Nazarene Church. I remember sitting there and looking around at the people. There was a  huge difference from the way they lived in comparison to how I was raised.  We were sent to church so we weren’t in the way. I don’t think we were sent there because we wanted to go. My parents never went to church. While I went to that Nazarene Church in Knox Indiana, God was implanted into my heart and I knew I wanted what they had.

There was a lady that was baptized in the lake, and I wanted to be baptized so badly. For me, I knew that Christ was the only answer in my life. He was the only positive thing besides my grandparents and cousins Allen and Raelene. God literally was my saving grace. To this day I have dreams of what it is going to be like when I meet Jesus face to face.

And every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start.
And one day when you said that prayer,
I asked Jesus in my heart.”
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am so glad you gave.

Pastor Harry Myers

Prayers and praying has always been important to me. There were many in my life and they still do that have prayed for me. I honestly don’t think I would be here now if it wasn’t for God and prayers. There was this lady named Mattie Bennett. She went out of her way when I was a teenager. Because of Mattie, I write poetry today. Her son Harry Myers was the pastor at the Willcox Church of the Nazarene. I can’t even count how many times they have had to rescue me literally from what was going on in my life. Because of people like Mattie, my life has changed for the better. They cared enough to step into my crazy life and I appreciate that to this day.

Then another man stood before you
And said, “Remember the time
A missionary came to your church
And his pictures made you cry.
You didn’t have much money,
But you gave it anyway.
Jesus took the gift you gave
And that’s why I’m here today.”
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am so glad you gave.

When it talks about how a missionary came to their church. We were having a revival at our church and the speaker was asking the congregation what would be the one thing we would fear if we were standing before God. At this point in my life, I never really had a fear of what to say to God. I think I was 11 or 12 at the time. But Pastor Harry’s daughter Cheryl stood up and said that she would be afraid to stand there in front of God and she would see someone she knew. When God asked her what it is that she done for Him, she went into detail. Then her friend was asked the same thing, and she said that nobody ever told her anything about accepting Christ. Cheryl’s comment stuck with me and it still does.

To this day, I think about her comment and I think I am the way I am because of it. I don’t have any issues when it comes to sharing my testimony or talking to people. I can get a bit over zealous at times though. So I have to keep myself in check. I have actually had nightmares about missing an opportunity to talk to those I love and care about it.

One by one they came
Far as the eye could see.
Each life somehow touched
By your generosity.
Little things that you had done,
Sacrifices made,
Unnoticed on the earth
In heaven, now proclaimed.

imagesYEGBMDCLI have tried to go out of my way to thank those who have made a difference in my life. Not only then, but now also. God has sent me so many friends, family, strangers and pets that I can only think of those people as blessings. When someone says that they didn’t really do anything, they don’t realize what kind of a difference they are making to those around them. As Christians, there are those who are watching our every move. We may not know we are making a difference, but each person is being used to advance the Kingdom of God. There are those who are set out to destroy also.

I think of how awesome and overwhelming it would be to look around and see all those people in heaven that has made a difference in my life. I honestly don’t think they would see themselves in the same way I do. I can’t wait to see all those who have gone on before.

And I know up in heaven
You’re not supposed to cry
But I am almost sure
There were tears in your eyes.
As Jesus took your hand
And you stood before the Lord.
He said, “My child, look around you.
Great is your reward.”
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am so glad you gave.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am so glad you gave

I can’t even begin to understand or know what to expect when I get to heaven. But, I know that it will be beyond anything I can imagine.

Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of those who have made a difference in my life. I have been blessed beyond measure. There aren’t enough words to describe how much I appreciate all of those who God has used as tools. Without all those people who came into my life, I have no idea where I would be. It is scary to think of how my life would be without Jesus Christ.

Listen to Thank You by Ray Boltz

Ray Boltz has a lot of wonderful songs. They are worth listening to and they will speak to your heart also.

My Perfect Valentine

paperWhat a comfort it is that God is the patient with us, and how encouraging that God’s love is unfailing. God is our example when it comes to relating to others and loving those in our lives.  Thankfully God loves me so much that He has forgiven and accepts me with my faults and all. God is my perfect valentine.

Tomorrow February 14th is Valentines Day. Valentines is actually one of my least favorite holidays. The reason I say this is that I feel bad for those who think nobody loves them or cares about them because someone didn’t get them a heart-shaped box or chocolates.

When my daughters were younger, I felt bad for my daughter Beckiah. The schools would have it where your boyfriend or girlfriend could purchase a sucker, card or flower and have it delivered to the person. Beckiah was very upset when she came home. I had no idea what went on. She was upset and crying because she felt that nobody loved her since she didn’t get a valentine delivered to her. It was at that point where we no longer did Valentines. When a child or anyone else thinks they are unloved and that nobody cares because they didn’t get a card or chocolate demonstrates self-worth, it needs to be done away with.

Valentine’s Day can be a sad and depressing holiday for single people who long for love. A friend of mine told me that she hates Valentines day the most out of all the other holidays.  Everywhere you turn, you are reminded that you don’t have someone who loves you.  She said that you can’t even go to the store without being reminded by heart-shaped chocolates and cute stuffed animals  that say “I love you.”

When I worked in a local grocery store, I felt bad for some of the husbands. It was as if they were guilted into giving something to their wives or girl friends. One guy was so stressed over not being able to get his wife anything that he was nauseated. He said if he didn’t bring her something home, he would hear it from her. To me, that isn’t love. Love isn’t about spending money of nonsense stuff. Through out the day, guys would come in and buy stuff that wasn’t from their hearts. Every now and then, a spouse would come in and the gifts was from the heart. Anymore it is about commercialism and buying junk that collects dust.

Then another friend of mine was talking about how angry she will be if her husband doesn’t get her something. If he doesn’t that proves he doesn’t love her. REALLY??? I think she misses the point when it comes to love. Love isn’t about getting stuff, love is about giving of yourself willingly and from the heart. My husband was saying that if they think it is about getting stuff, then they are in love with materialist things, not the person. I don’t agree with him on all things, but this I do.

I guess I have never had the mentality that you must have a date on a calendar to show someone who you love them or care about them. I prefer the unexpected and not get something because it is what the stores and the world thinks you should do. If I see something for someone, then I will get it then. Not because someone says I have to, but because I want to.

Valentine John 3 -16

I don’t want to seen anti-valentines, because I do believe in love. When someone loves you genuinely, they don’t need to go buy me anything. I love my family with all my heart. I would lay my life down for them. I won’t be guilted into having to buy something though. When I think of the kind of love that all mankind should yearn for and experience is the kind that God has shown us.

God IS all about unconditional love. I can’t complain about not getting a box over over-priced chocolates or a stuffed toy when I have the most AMAZING Love every moment of every day.

When God says to Jeremiah in 31:3 “Yes I have loved you with an everlasting love” God is not only telling Jeremiah that His love is eternal, but God is also assuring him of a love that never fails.

  • Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us.

Sunday Musings – Hope 1/17/15

Sunday Morning Musing

1Peter1_3b“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

As I look back over the past several “Musings” it is apparent that the whole issue of “hope” has become a really big deal for me. As I reflect back on the year 2014 I would have to say that more than anything else this has been the year that God restored hope to my life. What a glorious and precious thing to have. Without hope we are as good as dead.

I have spent a good bit of time here just reading through all of the verses in the New Testament that mention the word “hope” – a total of 151 times in the English Standard Version. That’s a whole lot of hope. Apparently this is something that is very central and crucially important in the life of a believer.

Last week I talked about how the Holy Spirit creates hope within us by depositing and then “spreading abroad” the love of God into our hearts. This hope does not disappoint us because it is, in fact, the guarantee that we will one day inherit the full inheritance of the glory of God which has been promised to us. This “hope” is actually nothing less than the “blessed assurance” that we will one day be in the very Presence of God Himself and see Jesus face to face. This is our “hope of glory” and the end result of the salvation of our souls. It is this hope to which we have been called. It is our “blessed hope” and the high calling of God.

So I want to dig a little deeper into an understanding of what this hope is and what it does for us. In Hebrews 6:19, 20 we find this fascinating passage:

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

The original readers of the Letter to the Hebrews were very familiar with the imagery used here. The comparison of an anchor to convey the idea of hope was very familiar symbolism in that day. In fact, archaeologists have actually found coins dating back to the first century with pictures of an anchor and the word “hope” beneath it. Here, the writer of Hebrews says that hope is “an anchor for the soul”. Think about what an anchor does for a ship. In the midst of the worst turbulence, tossing waves and blistering winds, the anchor is securely fastened and embedded beneath the surface where everything is calm and steadfast. As Barnes says in his commentary, “Hope accomplishes for the soul the same thing which an anchor does for a ship. It makes if fast and secure.”

But it keeps getting better. At this point the metaphor of an anchor changes and we are now introduced to the imagery of the Temple in Jerusalem and particularly the curtain or veil in the temple which separated the outer sanctuary of the holy place from the inner sanctum of the Holy of Holies: “It (hope) enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain”. This is an absolutely amazing statement! That hope we have, which is a “certain anticipation” of the promised glory of God, is pictured here not as an anchor resting on the bottom of the sea, but rather as reaching in beyond the veil of the Temple and attaching itself to the very Presence of God seated on His throne upon the ark of the covenant. (I feel right now it would be very appropriate to simply say, WOW!) Our hope actually transcends this world in which we live and connects us to the eternal, invisible realm where Jesus is currently reigning in His glorified role as our High Priest and Ruler of the Universe! We are talking here about entering into the invisible realm of the reign of the Kingdom of God. The veil in the Levitical temple served as a type and shadow, representing the separation of this temporal realm of time and space in which we presently live from the ultimately real realm of heaven where Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of God. As one commentator I read said, “The hope of the Christian enters into Heaven itself, it takes hold of the Throne of God, it is made firm by being fastened there.” Another says, “The anchor is not dropped into any earthly sea, but passes as it were through the depths of the aerial ocean, mooring us to the very Throne of God.”

So the picture the Holy Spirit is giving us is that of an anchor securely embedded into the transcendent, eternal Glory of God, beyond the veil, i.e., on the other side of this time-space curtain which separates us from the eternal heavenly realm where Christ is now ruling and reigning over the entire universe, supreme as glorified heavenly king.

One last thought here. In 1 Peter 1:3, the apostle speaks of this hope as being “a living hope”. I find that very interesting. The word for “living” is a form of the Greek word “zoe” which means the very life of God. The hope we have, which is an anchor which transcends this temporal world of time and space and actually enters into the very presence of God, embedding itself into God’s throne, is a hope which is alive with the very life of God. It is not a dormant or a static hope. It is living, thriving and pulsating with the very zoe of God Himself. And as a “living hope” it acts as a conduit which transfers and transmits back to us, into our personal spiritual experience, the reality of that realm to which we ultimately belong and will one day experience in totality.

And now, in closing, receive the benediction of hope:

“And now, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13). Amen.

Harold’s Road to Recovery

1907554_10203639678329337_7970597221823244418_nMy kitty cat Harold has had a rough go of things since he was born. He is now 5 months old or so and he has had some pretty major health issues.

We adopted Harold from the Ivin’s Animal Shelter here in Southern Utah. I don’t regret getting him at all. He is just the sweetest kitten ever. We named him after my father in law Harold. He loved kitty cats.

When we got him, he was fighting a cold and was taking medication for it. That took a couple weeks to get over that. Then we went and got him fixed. I had reservations on getting him fixed to young, but the vet said it would be OK. After I picked him up, he was fine. Even though he seemed a bit under the weather. At the time of his neutering, they updated all his boosters. After we brought him home, he just wasn’t himself.

10436242_10203639677089306_1029586227202879429_nHarold has always been a pretty quiet and calm kitty. But he was acting even more quiet. I took him to a different vet and they did a whole line of blood work and tested him for feline leukemia and did a metabolic panel. They also sent some blood out of the office to get it tested for a type of auto immune deficiency.

We noticed last week that he was getting thinner and that he would loose his balance when walking. He walked like a drunken sailor. I was very worried when I seen that. I was thinking that he has an inner ear infection or ear mites.  I was also wondering if some of this could be because of the immunizations he received. I was reading about the side effects of the immunizations and this is what it says;

  • Rabies Vaccination-  The rabies vaccination does have side effects that sills a small percentage of cats every year. This feline vaccine contains a protein that affects a cat’s nervous system. Adverse reactions include seizures, loss of motor skills and tissue damage. Serious side effects include liver and kidney damage. Side effects linked to the nervous system can appear up to 45-days after administering the vaccination. Fibrosarcoma: A Rare but Deadly Cancer

lg-29906-64042KSigns of problems from vaccinations include; 

  1. inability to move
  2. tongue swelling
  3. vomiting and diarrhea
  4. depression
  5. lethargy
  6. Nervous System Problems
  7. weakness
  8. breathing problems

After all the problems he has had since getting fixed. I don’t think I will be doing any other vaccinations for him. He is an indoor cat and he has had many of the side effects that was listed as common /uncommon side effects. I ca’t guarantee that they were the problem and the vet we took him to can’t say either.

I don’t like to see an animal hurting. It was our responsibility to get him fixed and feeling better. The vet asked me if we wanted to do the labs and tests to see what is going on. I had a sick feeling when he said that. It was as if he was asking me if I should let him live or let him die. HELLO!!! Of course he needs to be tested. Harold is part of the family and you don’t let them suffer and be sick if anything can be done.

After all said and done and a whole lot of money, I was relieved when he told me that he was negative for feline leukemia. They said his blood work looked OK and that the are thinking that something happened neurologically while he was in the womb. Leave it up to me to get a kitty that has auto immune issues and neurological issues.

I also have auto immune issues since I have the CIPD variant of Guillian Barre Syndrome and I have Myasthenia Gravis. Both are auto immune and neurological problems. God must have known that Harold would need someone to adopt him that would understand what it is like to have these problems.

Harold’s treatment plan as of right now is high calorie foods and trying to keep him drinking. So that is what we will do. This is going to be a lifetime thing for him I have a feeling.

In closing, I would like to ask all of my readers to pray for Harold. I have a feeling this is going to be a long road to healing for him.

Maple Donuts and Heaven

Maple-BarToday I had my grandson JJ with me all day since my daughter had in-service at her school. I had to go shopping and the conversation was interesting for the most part. We got talking about Heaven and donuts.

JJ and I just left the store and he started off saying that he really loves maple donuts. We passed the donuts in the store and I told him no donuts. Then the conversation goes like this;

JJ – (7 yr old Grandson)- GG?

Me– Yeah!

JJ – When you die and go to be with Jesus, can you send me some donuts since you will be my angel?

Me – I think angels sends penny’s from Heaven JJ…

JJ – I don’t want a penny, I want maple donuts. So you can send me some when you get there.

Me (Thinking about this off the wall request) Well, JJ, we will have to see if that can be done. It may be some time till I am in Heaven.

JJ – Not really, you will be there pretty soon

Me– ( Thinking still on how to reply) And how do you know I will be going to Heaven soon?

JJ– You will go to heaven because you love Jesus and that’s where you will be. You are sick and that’s where people that are sick and love God goes.

Me– OK, JJ when I go to Heaven, you can pray to God and request a special delivery of maple donuts. Would that work?

JJ – Yes, that would. But you have to bring them since you will be my angel. That means that when you die, you’ll go to heaven. and you can bring me maple donuts.

Me – OK JJ, as long as God OK’s it. ( I was laughing over this conversation)

So we finally get home and we unload the groceries. Thankfully this was the end of the conversation. But, it got me thinking about a few things that he said in the conversations.

heaven-1-by-jack-chickMy  thoughts on what JJ was saying is that he has the idea that I was going to go to Heaven pretty soon. This is actually a good thing because he is able to see that I am a believer and a follower of Christ. In previous conversations, he has said that others that he knows probably won’t be there because they don’t believe in God and they aren’t Christians. So I am pretty happy that he can see that I am a true believer and a Christian.

When I think of what it means to be a Christian, I realize that I am far from perfect  and there is no way I could be perfect on my own. Jesus Christ paid the price for my sins and He died for the wrongs I have committed. I’m pretty sure that JJ knows I have done things wrong, Lord knows I realize it. But, he also realizes that we all need Jesus and if we love Jesus we will live forever. Not too sure on the whole delivering maple donuts though and me being the delivery person to bring them to him, lol. I have no doubt that God will provide a way for him to get his donuts.

ISIS and Vengence

isis-burns-captured-jordanian-pilot-alive-11020I don’t even know what to think on all the things going on with Jordan and ISIS. In case you missed the news yesterday, ISIS posted a video of a pilot from Jordan that was burned alive in a cage. In turn they acted out in revenge.  Jordan hanged two prisoners hours after the videos were released.

Below is information that CNN Published on their website that will fill you in a bit about what is happening.

(CNN)An ISIS video showing the horrific killing of a Jordanian air force pilot has stoked anger in the Arab kingdom and left analysts wondering what impact it will have on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group.

Jordan already carried out one act of retaliation, executing two terrorist prisoners with ties to al Qaeda in Iraq. One of them was Sajida al-Rishawi, the would-be suicide bomber whose release ISIS had demanded.

Link to Fox News on ISIS and Jordanian Pilot

In my life and through my own experiences, I believe without a doubt that vengeance doesn’t lead to anything good. God is the only One that should be taking out vengeance. With all the things going on right now, I am having a hard time not thinking that Jordan should be going after ISIS.

I have seen comment after comment on how our government should do the same thing. I have no clue though. I am at a loss about what I think they should do or what needs to be done. Now my heart tells me that we should be incorporating the “eye for an eye” thing.  I can only see bad things happening when it comes to not taking them out.

Some have even said that if we go in and bomb them with hit them hard, it would also kill the hostages. Well, my thought is that they are going to be beheaded, burned and tortured no matter what is going to happen. The longer this goes on the more innocent lives that will be lost. That’s the human side of my thoughts tell me, just bomb the heck out of them, and if they survive, then treat them the way they are treating others.

dont-let-evil-get-the-best-of-you-romans-12_21The Christian in me, knows that vengeance is the Lords. When I think about what it means when it says that vengeance is the Lords.  It means that I don’t have to find a way to outdo them or find a way to get even with someone who has done me wrong. God will take care of them for us.

  • Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
  • Deuteronomy 32:35 – It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”
  • Hebrews 10:30 – For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”…
  • Exodus 32:34 – Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”
  • Leviticus 19:18 – “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Human live’s are being used as pawns in order to gain power and to instill fear. I can’t help but wonder if this is going to be a battle of evil against evil. Who will be the winners and who will be the looser. My biggest thought is that when I look at all these things going on and what the Bible says about the end times, it is fulfilling the prophecies that we are given. The Bible contains detailed prophecies about the end times we are living in. When it comes to the signs of the end of times there is just no way to understand how much  the current events that are happening today are part of the prophecies in the Bible.

  • Revelation 11:18 ...’And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.’
  • Matthew 24:6-7 ...‘And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.’

loveyourenemies1When we look at the kind of things that is going on around the world, we can see that we are in the last days. There has been one war or another for over 200 yrs. As I watch the news, it becomes way to apparent that people are dying over their faith. I understand that we are getting more news and on the spot information. But, the changes that have happened in just the last 100 yrs has been nothing short of spiritual warfare and pure evil.  I have gotten to where I get sick of watch all the news  mainly because of all the violence.  It says in Genesis 6:11 …’The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.’

I want to close this post by saying that while I think that those who are murdering all these people in the name of Alla or whoever they think they can use to justify their evil deeds, it isn’t my duty to seek revenge on them. I do think that the government should be the ones to handle things in a governing kind of way. Ultimately it is God who is in control of vengeance. And I am pretty sure, I would never ever want to be on the receiving end of that one.   They think they are upset over a terrorist that was hung out of retaliation. There is no government or people that could outdo God.

What I do think is that as a Christian, the most important thing I can do is to pray for those. Our enemies needs to be prayed for and over. Even though I have a heard time praying with a sincere heart, it is something I pray about and work on. It isn’t easy to pray for someone who has done evil and despicable things. But we are instructed to pray for our enemies and to turn the other cheek. Even if it hurts and you may loose your life. Not an easy concept. But needed and required!!!