In the Image of GOD

It is a cold, dark, windy night. Brother Monk is restless. He has been wrestling with his thoughts for hours. No sleep, only an intense match of trying, praying to understand and put into words what he is experiencing. He senses the Holy Spirit about him; he can feel Him, and things he has been seeing in his mind come into focus. With tears streaming down his face, he begins to write. How glorious is God’s plan of the ages, His plan of salvation, what and how He will administer what is written in the Scriptures about the final destiny of all mankind, believers and unbelievers, from the beginning of time. It all started with the first Adam; it ends with the last Adam, the Son of Man, Jesus the Christ.

He is humbled, knocked down low to the floor of his room as never before! Have you never considered just how awesome the words GOD spoke at the beginning of Creation, the sixth day: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

He was first. He was Spirit. He was in the form of man. When He manifested Himself, He was always in the form and substance of a man. And that’s what He created from the ground of the earth: Man, a human being, with the likeness and attributes of God, his Creator. He was Adam, the first man, created in holiness and righteousness and perfect. And so was the second person made: Eve, a woman, his help mate. They communicated with God. But there came a time when they followed Satan, the enemy of God, and listened to him, and did what God had forbidden: they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! All would change.

And God came down from heaven. And God, Jesus, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, walked in the cool the shade in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve hid from God because they had sinned! They were afraid! They could hear His footsteps, the footsteps of a Man! Then they heard His voice call out: “Where are you?”

God, Jesus, came down to earth to set things straight…for He created man in His own image, to one day be like Him. All would now be turned upside down when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Sin, the enemy of God, had now entered the world! Now Satan and his fallen angels-demons could get a foothold on people in all parts of the world. It would be a long, hard road for human-kind; some coming to God, but most, not…the fight would be long and bloody! For all the victories, there would be many more setbacks. It would be this way in every century, by now 60 in the annals of human history have fallen in the dust of time.

God again came to earth ‘In the fullness of time,’ a man, the Son of Man, born a baby of the Virgin Mary, the final journey of the ‘Seed of the Woman, finding its way through Jewish lineage, something Satan continually tried to destroy…born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, when Rome ruled the world.

He was fully Man, fully God; a man who walked among us, and went to His death on a Cross! And that all who believed in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life with Him, forgiven and loved. The grave could not hold Jesus, for on the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. And one day soon, He will come for us, the living and the dead in Christ. So comfort yourselves with the words of joy, that Christ will be victorious over all things, and we shall reign with Him forever and ever.

This man Jesus, the Son of God loved us so much that in the beginning, He created man in His own image to be just like Him one day.

How dear and precious this truth!

And what of Brother Monk?

Well, he just arose from his bed and began writing more and more of the thoughts he had experienced that night. He wrote over 25 pages. And when he had finished, he rolled them up, and placed them in a bottle, sealed the cork, and threw it as far as he could in the waves of the sea!

One day, somewhere, someone will find the bottle with its message…and on that day, a life could be changed forever.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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The Wonders of GOD

One day in the near future, the whole world will see the Messiah Jesus. One day, the world will be in awe of Him. One day, the world shall bow their knees to Him and confess that He is the Messiah, the Savior, the Son God, Jesus of Nazareth! One day soon, the world will realize man’s futile attempt to explain away things only GOD could do, will finally admit the almighty power of GOD in all things. He will know that GOD created all things, and sustains all things by His WORD; that it is He, and only He that has planned out human history and our place in it. One day, mankind will come to know their eternal destiny-some to everlasting life with GOD, some to everlasting darkness and darkness away from GOD, in a place prepared by GOD for Satan-the Devil, his son, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet, both whom have not come yet, and the uncountable fallen angels who followed Lucifer at the Rebellion, the same Satan, the Great Red Dragon who deceived the whole world into worshipping pagan gods, who are not gods but demons, and the unbelieving unsaved of the past almost 60 centuries…all, shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire prepared by GOD for them! That is the future destiny of mankind after death…either with GOD, the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit by confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or by denying HIM and following the things of the world! The Father calls men unto salvation, the Holy Spirit convicts as men receive, as they are able, at that very moment to bring the Lord Jesus into their heart. The One who died for the sins of the whole world, the Lamb of God is the One and only One who will judge and reward the believers, and judge and condemn the unbelievers. What you believe at the moment of death will determine your destiny for all eternity!

There are so many demonic, false religions today, even as in yesterday! So many people who put themselves as the masters of their fate, instead of trusting GOD. They see the things of this world as chance; that there was no Creator God; that we evolved from the mud where a random spark started cellular life, and millions of years later, presto! a man and a woman! Really? If one cannot see the wonders of GOD in the earth we live in, they are blind and fools! If one cannot see the way civilization has gone century by century, whereby the poor, the misery, the killing and bloodlust has far outweighed goodness and peace, they are fools! If anyone cannot see the way the world is headed today, then they too are fools, for they have never read and believed the prophetic word of God in His Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible. They have believed and followed the lie!

GOD’S wonders are everywhere…look around. See the earth, the sun, the moon, and the never ending stars, never able to discover the end, certainly Heaven where GOD lives and all the heavenly host; the earth and all its systems that sustain life with life and water and sun and food…
The birth of a baby…the recovery from a serious disease or operation…the joy of family…the difference one makes in community…helping someone…being a good provider with the means that God has given you…and to be thankful in all things through Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, the author and finisher of our faith, our destiny, our God. The things He has planned for us are beyond our imagination, but no one, nothing can separate us from Him of those (billions and billions) who love Him and are His forever.

Read Job and begin to see God’s awesome power and why we cannot ask why or how…see a night full of stars…the blue sky and the wonderful colors and patterns of clouds… He who brings the rain…controls the sea and storms…the lightening and thunder…the seasons of the year…the very air we breath…it is all of GOD and from GOD..

Ask yourself, what makes sense? Why do you think you control your destiny…that you are doing and can do everything by yourself…that you have done a good job of putting up a crusty barrier to resist the Holy Spirit…and Jesus who is knocking at the door of your heart? What do you believe, and who do you believe?

Read Genesis, John, Colossians, Hebrews and the Revelation to understand the almighty, indescribable, unimaginable, incredible, awesome power of GOD…for in GOD, nothing is impossible. Think upon all He did for us when He left the Father in Spirit and came into the Seed of the Woman, and was born of the Virgin Mary over 2,000 years ago in the tiny obscure village of Bethlehem in Judea. The glorious impossible!

One day, in Christ’s Kingdom on earth, peace and justice and righteousness and joy shall be the norm as Jesus reigns as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…and all the earth shall be covered with the knowledge and glory of the Lord, the Son of God, the Lord and Savior…love will abound …one day!

Give Him the thanks and praise and glory…ask for the forgiveness of your sins…repent and turn to Him…He is your future…He is your destiny…He is your eternity.

O, Lord, our God, how wonderful are Your wonders for all to see and know…

In the name and glory of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost…Amen.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 460 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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In Their Steps

One of the most famous passages in the Bible is the beginning of certain Scriptures as thus” “And it came to pass…” So the question: what came to pass? And there it is, the story of God’s plan and timing and order of His holy salvation for the souls of men. God stated it earlier in the Bible of what parts of His plan would be; and just as it was written, so “it came to pass” at the exact time in a century, in that year and day, in proper sequential and chronological order, event by event, with all characters playing their role. For, as “it came to pass,” it was already done in God’s heart before the beginning of time. That’s why it is so important, so beautiful, so holy, so silently and prayerfully engaging to remember and meditate upon the eve and the very day of the story of the birth of God the Son, as a baby into the world, as recounted in the Gospels.

It came to pass “in the fullness of time” as God the Father so appointed it to be and made it happen according to His holy Plan. Understand the story; embrace the story of salvation only in the Lord Jesus…it is not enough to say, “I believe in God.” Do you? Which one? There are many so-called gods in the world today, as in the past whom have a great allegiance of worshippers. They think that that is the end of the matter. But there is only one Living GOD, the Creator and sustainer and planner of all things, O mortals, wake up!

From Genesis 3:15, “the Seed of the Woman,” has now wound its way through the Jewish linage of the “Seed Sons,” through the centuries spanning almost 4,000 years to the most blessed and favored of God, the blessed Mary of the house of David, who had the seed whereby by the power of God, the Second Person of the Godhead emptied Himself into the Seed and began the nine month journey of being born…God Himself would be born a little, tiny, helpless baby of the Virgin Mary as it was so prophesized in the Old Testament. That is what we come to celebrate on Christ-Mas day; and that is our joy, our happiness as we exchange our love and gifts in this state of holy remembrance.

Led by the hand of God, Joseph, Mary’s husband had to go to the city of David, Bethlehem of Judea to register for the tax as decreed by the Roman Emperor, Augustus. And so they set out to walk the 80 plus miles from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea. Most likely, because Mary was near the time of delivery, Joseph would have had her ride in a donkey drawn cart to make the trip more bearable. Nevertheless, after several days they arrived in Bethlehem, in the evening and looked for a room for the night. But there was nothing available at the only inn in town, except a stable adjacent to the inn, and here they took their lodging among the animals.

And that very night Mary brought forth her first born Son, and He was named JESUS. And Mary wrapped the baby Jesus in swaddling cloths and placed our Lord in a manger, the only suitable thing available…all this that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. And an angel appeared to shepherds in the fields nearby announcing the birth of the Messiah…and the sky was filled by an uncountable multitude of the heavenly host praising God for this most wonderful, unprecedented mighty act of God, when God became Man.

You know the rest of the story. Let this resound in your hearts throughout the rest of the year. Think of it often of how incredible this was; think of the manner in which Jesus God, the Messiah, Christ, came to us the first time. Then think also of the future and your life…think of Christ will come the Second time in glory, power and might as the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS to rule the earth in His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God on earth. Where are you in this picture?

We, and human history shall have an ending and a new beginning; a resurrection and eternal life either with GOD, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, or, as unbelievers away from God in a place called by God, “The Lake of Fire,” where death and Hell, and Satan, and his son, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet and the fallen angels reside for all eternity. Is this where you want to be? Turn to GOD; invite Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior, and repent of your sins. Follow Him.

If you have a choice, come to the Father, through Christ, by the Holy Spirit. Pray the Father calls you according to His holy will. Pray.

This glorious, special day of the year we call Christmas, although tampered down somewhat in this world, yet resounds its glorious words in our hearts and souls and minds…and that is where Jesus is. He is our Lord and Savior. Let us give our eternal thanks to the Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth and all things…creator of us, Author of our destiny.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit…


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Can We Remember?

In this busy, fast-paced life, can we remember? This is a most joyous time of the year when, over two thousand years ago, Bible prophecy was fulfilled when God became man and was born of the Virgin Mary, in the village of Bethlehem of Judea. This was according to the Father’s timetable that this Jesus is fully man and fully God, the only begotten of the Father. He, Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins, and that, in Him we might have eternal life. This was done at the exact moment of God’s time table, “in the fullness of time” that He accomplished it.

Let our hearts gaze upon this little, precious baby, poor, and lying in a stable’s manger. Let us praise God for this incredible miracle at this birth that only God could accomplish. Let our hearts radiate with the warmth and light of Christ in the world, calling us to Him. That’s what Christmas is, a very special time when we give ourselves to God for His most blessed and holy miracle; when we give to others, when we help others, always thanking God through Jesus Christ for all things. It should be a season of peace when the Prince of Peace was born. It should be a time of wanting to know the truth, a time of great reflection, a time of heart-felt thought, a time of realizing our mortality as we look at this little baby who will one day rule the world.

And then it is a time when we look to the future and ponder on what our destiny shall be? When we die, then what? What happens to our soul, our body, me, when I die? Where and with Whom will we spend eternity? HAS JESUS NOT ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF THAT SO THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID NOR BE ANXIOUS FOR THE FUTURE, FOR WHAT DO THE SCCRIPTURE’S SAY? FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORTD SHALL BE SAVED! HE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN.

This Jesus is the only way to salvation. This Jesus died for our sins, that believing in Him we will have eternal life with Him. He was resurrected from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. One day He will come for His people.

And so we pray by the Holy Spirit, through the Son, to the Father for His blessings, mercy and love as He guides us to fulfillment in Him.

Can we remember and celebrate this wonderful miracle of Christ, the Messiah’s birth-that being the main reason for this most special Advent and Christmas season now today in the 21st Century, some 2,021 years ago when “the Seed of the Woman” was born…this little baby who is named JESUS.

Can we remember?

May the light of Christ Jesus glow in your hearts this Christ-mas season…may that light be as a candle that glows in the dark to lighten the world. May many today come to the saving knowledge of Jesus, December 2014.


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On Healing

Said Brother Monk: Lord, I have been through much pain and suffering of late…May, June and July are blurs. Still, I call upon your name, that thou, O Lord, according to your great love and mercy and will …That You, O Lord, will be able to continue my healing, step by step by step, little by little. I sense Your hand upon me. I know You are not healing me all at once, but, that I may be ever humble and thankful and give You the glory and praise and thanks for my progress. Everyday is some forward progress, Lord, a little bit and a little bit and a little bit…for Yours is the glory forever and ever. Thy will be done, Lord, on earth as it is in heaven. How great art Thou, Lord, O great healer and guiding hand for those who love You. O Lord, how great art Thou! Nothing is too hard for You Lord, but a little thing in Your greatness and power.

From recovery to my room at the hospital from the second surgery at the same site to remove a large hematoma, in the wee hours of the dark morning, I lay in my bed straight up, fearing to lie-down; my incision of some 40-50 staples in my lower back was raw…I could not get the right breathing, could not get a full breath…and this was how I suffered through the long morning hours…the thought that I might die was ever present…and I prayed to the Lord Jesus that if this is my time, that He would be pleased to receive me with open arms, to be with Him forever. Then an infection was discovered at the wound site, and I was given a pic line to administer two heavy duty antibiotics for four weeks at home following my release. Then came another set-back: two blood clots…one in the back of my right leg behind the knee, the other in my right lung! We got it in time, Lord, and that is the pattern of how You bring me through all my trials and sufferings and illnesses, and operations. O how great Thou art, my Lord and God and Savior! I had to learn to walk again with my right leg that doesn’t work so well-the ankle and toes are very weak, the toes move very little…the nerve (s) to my tight foot was accidently cut during the second surgery due to a massive amount of blood at the wound site…But, thanks be to GOD, my Lord and Savior, I can walk! You are with me Lord, and ever present, and I am with You. I love You Lord Jesus, O BLESSED AND HOLY TRINITY, O Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, with all my heart, and all my soul, and all my mind.. Thanks be to God, I can walk and walk and walk.

For three months I was hurting, Lord…but you brought me through, and now, even though my right leg is getting better, yet my toes and ankle are not yet strong or working as they should. But now I can walk with a cane and have completed months of physical therapy and pool, and am able to walk about two miles, and do the recumbent bicycle for about 4-5 miles, plus weights! And what a blessing my Lord You have given me at this time of healing; and what a wonderful blessing You have given to me my wife, my coach, my cheerleader, and my family and friends who have prayed for me and supported me throughout. I am focused on walking tall, and I have some work to do on my belly. But I will get there Lord with Your constant help. To be where I am now, Lord, Almighty God, Heavenly Father, Eternal Father, King of the universe…your humble servant is ever grateful.

In the fullness of time as appointed by God, He sent His Son, His only begotten Son to earth to be born a child of His earthly mother, Mary, blessed and holy Mary, mother of God. And at this time, your appointed time in the year 2014, approaching 2,00 years since the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ Jesus up to heaven, I am only one of millions who you watch over and help and heal. Who cannot gaze upon You, O Lord, and think in the heart and mind exactly what You did for the world when Your blood was shed for us on the cross at Calvary. You and only You, Lord Jesus, for You are the Holy One who takes away the sins of the whole world; You are the Lamb of God…so that believing we would have forgiveness of our sins and have eternal life with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. O that more than a quarter of the world’s population would come to faith in the Lord Jesus, as the Father calls through the Holy Spirit. Shall it ever be so? Shall there ever be a great harvest of souls as when it shall be done in the Great Tribulation in future years? O that today, this very day that God has given us in His wonderful creation of His spoken word, one more Gentile and one more Jew would come to the saving faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. If the world only knew of Your great love and mercy and saving grace for all people-everywhere, who would come to faith.

O Lord, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Thanks be to GOD.


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O Blessed Thanksgiving

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O Lord, hear my prayer of thanksgiving…Thy will be done…on earth…as it is in Heaven…to You, Heavenly Father, I give you the thanks for all things through Jesus Christ, Thy only begotten Son, my Lord and Savior, with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind.

That we are still a Christian nation whereby the majority believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, despite what the so called “critics” would go to hell and back to attempt to tell us; despite what the enemy, Satan and his uncountable horde of demons would whisper in the ears of many; despite what Muslims and other religions opposed to the one true and living GOD, seek to a disruptive, dark, negative force in the world, and the many? sad to say, and even those fools who say there is no God!

We are thankful, as believers, that we have and can confess our sins unto Almighty God through Jesus Christ, and that we are forgiven and saved for all eternity…and that we have a new kind of life in Him, while we are still here on earth, awaiting the resurrection, the “Rapture,” even as the Lord Jesus will one day, perhaps soon, come in the air above the earth to receive unto Himself His own, the dead and living in Christ Jesus…

I am thankful for my wife and my mom, and my brothers and sisters and all their families; and especially our children, four, and all our seven grandchildren; what a great, great, great blessing, Lord. I am thankful for my church and all my dear friends there, for the students of my classes, for my college, for my ministry the Lord Jesus has given me, for my healing after my back surgeries and overcoming all the setbacks, and that, thanks be to God, I am walking…and in the Lord, my God, I am getting stronger…for accomplishing, to His glory all the events of the past two weeks…for my continued healing…for Your mercy on the sick and needy, of operations and healing, and for all my loved and dear and precious ones who have died…trusting that their last thought was on Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior…Who shall give us eternal life…I am truly thankful, O Lord…

For your words of light, and truth, and life, Your spoken word written as handed down, and contained, and given to us in a book, a precious book called “The Holy Bible.”

And thus, as it is written, for the nearness and sureness of salvation for all who would believe…for what does the Word say? He who has an ear let him hear the words of God:
“But what does it say? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

With the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved…For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. This is eternal salvation for the believer.

I am thankful for your free gift of salvation for all who would believe, an uncountable number, past, present, and future, that Thou, O LORD only know.

That You, O Lord, are the only one, true and living God…there are no others beside you…the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blessed and holy Trinity, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever…in whose hands are all things, all events, all peoples from birth to death, century after century, and the prophecies that await future fulfillment…the things to come after the Church Age-the Age of Grace which began at Pentecost in 33 A.D., and has continued, soon approaching some 2,000 years…awaiting the Rapture of the Church Saints; followed by the Tribulation; the 2nd Coming of the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, Jesus Christ, the Messiah to earth with His angels and saints…to set up his kingdom on earth and to rule for a thousand years…the destruction of Satan in the Lake of Fire; the judgment of all unbelievers since human history began; resurrected to face Christ at the “Great White Throne Judgment,” and to be cast alive into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. Blessed are those who have no part in the second death; follower by the new heaven and the new earth, followed by the New Jerusalem that comes down out of Heaven; followed by eternity.

Blessed are we, and those who love You and believe, O Lord God, for the Kingdom of God is near…

Thank you, Lord for this most blessed time of thanksgiving for all things in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior…and that You might know the thoughts of my heart.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit…


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