In Praise of Him

I awoke praising GOD, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit for a new day in His creation. Even though dark rain clouds blocked the morning sunshine, I see the a part of the countless variety of trees and the thing God created them to do, to bloom with a showering of bright leaves unfolding in the Spring season, and in the Fall, sheds its leaves in a brilliant display of God’s colors that are indescribable, but bring warmth and joy to the heart. And, in HIS INFINITE PLAN as He created everything as adult, the trees drop their seeds to the ground where the root and grow into adult trees over the years. This same seed may also be carried by the wind to a different location, or, one of God’s creations, the birds, can carry the seed for miles and miles away.

Praise GOD for His spoken word, and what he created was instant and in the thousands of varieties of plants, for example, on the third day of HIS creation, that first He saw everything in creation and history happen before it happened! We cannot understand it because He is GOD. All will come to pass as HE planned it and saw it before HE CREATED it. Nothing is by chance or accident, that is the tactic of Satan to trick men into thinking it is their own idea. Those ideas or theories about how the earth came into being, and how life began on the earth are dead, because they go against GOD.

GOD created out of nothing, not chaos; everything HE created was good, very good. He even created all the angels and cherubs who sang for joy at God’s creation, and the heaven and earth all declare His powerful and almighty glory. But, as GOD planned IT TO HAPPEN, HE now had a “rival” in the world of Adam and Eve in the paradise of the Garden of Eden! A mighty, fallen cherub, and a third of the angels of heaven followed to the sky above the earth, for they were and are spirit beings with great power to come down to the earth and mess with mankind. Up to this time, there was only one will in the world, and that was of God. Now, there were two wills in the world, one of GOD, and one of Satan. And so the battles of the ages began as to who’s will man would listen to and obey. It was the battle for the souls of men. GOD ALREADY KNOWS THE BEGINNING FROM THE END He knows those who are His, and those who are Satan’s; those who will live with him in glory; those who will live in darkness and damnation with Satan, his son, and the false prophet!

So let us praise God for His wonderful creation and us. Let us pray without ceasing by saying the name of Jesus and remembering all He has done for us who believe, and all He will do one day soon. Let us pray and sing the psalms and the hymns that give Him the glory and Praise and thanks, and blessings. Let us always bless HIS HOLY NAME, O, BLESSED AND HOLY TRINITY, O FATHER, AND SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT, GOD IN THREE PERSONS, BLESSED TRINITY.

Blessed be the Lord God forever; bless be my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Creator

I AM.

I AM Creator of all things, visible and invisible. Look up; look all around.  Look down upon the green grass.  I made everything with the spoken word of my mouth…three simple words not hard to understand: “Let there be.”  And in an instant, faster than our finite minds can grasp, it was created adult and working according to the will of Almighty GOD.  The grass came first on the third day of GOD’S creation, followed by the herbs, then the fruit trees-trees and bushes and flowers.  Each of it’s own kind; each with it’s own seed, each then in its own working system of growth, decay, and death, while reproducing its own offspring of continuation of that certain tree.  Everything was created adult, male and female, to reproduce, and to grow, and to be a tree, and to tree.  

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   This marvelous life cycle is how all things work, whether fish, herbs, trees birds, snakes, ants, or man.  All our GOD”s majestic creation of six 24 hour days when time began: “In the beginning when God created.”

I and the Father are One.

Before Creation, there was eternity past, and GOD the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed in Spirit, and planned all things of everything our minds can fathom, and mankind, and his history of years and centuries, and how he would be with God or against; following the will of God, or the will of a mighty Cherub, created most likely on the third day also….and so in his rebellion against the One who created him, he was cast out of GOD’s home, and sent to the heaven above the earth, but he and his fallen angels, demons, would get to certain men and have them follow the lie.  Once imbedded in the mind of men, their imaginations took off in fantastic ideas about creation, making it some like a gigantic explosion of matter, a chunk that became the earth, and everything just happened by chance billions of years ago, and, according to man’s warped theory of evolution, fiercely defended to this day, modern man came from a monkey, an ape-like creature that underwent change, walked, talked, built, killed, made fire to cook with and light his cave…where do I stop?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but you, man and women were created on the sixth and last day of creation: I made you from the ground; and your partner, women, I made from his side.  I made you as adults; you spoke and wrote.  You were the same then as men and women are today, only you live longer, but eventually, kike all men, animals; fish and birds, plants, you died.

There is a most holy book I wrote using chosen men who wrote the words I spoke.  In the very first pages of this book called the Bible, I tell man about creation.  I am God.  I am the only begotten Son of the Father.  In the beginning I was Spirit.  In the beginning I created all things, and time began.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  That is My introductory statement of what the Almighty did.

Now the second verse man has developed some wild ideas  that Satan destroyed the earth or ruined it so that the earth was without form and void and dark!  And Billions of years passed.  And everything was chaos!  And God created out of chaos the six days of created, and rested on the seventh.

First of all, Satan does not have the power to destroy what God has created!  He is one of God’s creatures.  He is answerable to God and God alone.  Secondly, God created out of good, and love, and light, and life: all things work and have their being in God’s will.  He sustains all things.

The heavens and earth declare His glory; His hands molded the earth.  He made land and sea and sky.  He made the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars.  He made man, and from that point forward, over 6,000 years have passed, not a billion!. 

The Creator’s name is Jesus, who became Man, fully God, fully Man, who died for our sins and salvation, was resurrected on the third day, and ascended in glory up to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. 

All of the Trinity God were involved in creation, and One has a name above all names: He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

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Homeward Bound

Where did May go…especially since this writer underwent lumbar back surgery and fusion? Then, two weeks later, while recovering with acute physical therapy, a large hematoma developed in the wound site, pinching the nerve to the left hip, causing excruciating pain, which resulted in a second surgery at the same site! Then an infection developed at the bottom of my 55 staples incision, wound site- resulting every 12 hours with infusion of heavy duty antibiotics for four weeks! Then, one week later, a swollen right foot and leg put me back in the hospital for possible blood clots. A CAT Scan revealed two blood clots, one behind the knee of my right leg, and another in my right lung! My doctor immediately put me on a heavy duty blood thinner just in time! And so today, Sunday, June 8, 2014, sleep deficit, nerves firing up in my right leg, muscle spasms and cramping in my right leg, trying to get through the constant pain, yet I praise the Lord God through Jesus Christ for the timing of putting good doctors and nurses and technicians before me to eliminate the problems and get me back on the road to recovery!

How great and merciful and loving is our God, the blessed Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit! How inadequate my prayer of thanksgiving and mercy I constantly pray to Him. I wish I had the words to deeply thank Him for His guiding and healing hand. In all my setbacks, I sensed His presence, knowing that He has more for me to do before my time. All last night, in constant pain, I walked with my walker, up and down the halls of our house, through the kitchen, step by step, asking the Lord to heal my right leg, if He be willing. If not, then I shall fight through my pain, asking Him for strength, and praising Him for all things, and for yet another chance in this life. Being away from my ministry in this condition, has created within me an urgent zeal to get back at it, that I may give all glory and honor and blessings to the Lord God Almighty for His plan for me. My time in the hospital was a time to witness to others the Lord Jesus and offer blessings in His most holy Name. How great is the Lord our God!

Here is something I wrote during this time:

At home, second day…all glory, praise, and thanksgiving to GOD, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for giving me this second day at home with my dear and beloved and blessed wife for helping me, providing constant care in all phases of recovery, praying with me, being my cheerleader and love, helping me battle through this pain, while the Lord works His will. And thanks be to GOD for all the love and best wishes from family and friends all along the way, and my church, Elkton United Methodist Church. I know the Lord Jesus has received their prayers. Blessed be His holy name, now and forever. Amen.

Other thoughts:

There is only one GOD, there are no others! He is the GOD OF Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, revealed to us in the New Testament at the Baptism of Jesus, as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the blessed and holy Trinity, the great and blessed holy mystery: three in One; One in Three. He is the true and living GOD of all eternity, of all history, of Light and Life, and truth. The Heavenly Father, who, with His only begotten Son, the Word, the Lamb of God, reigns over the universe and of all things, both visible and invisible, He created and sustains…He is immortal and eternal, He is beyond our comprehension…before anything was created before time began, before the heavens and earth, the sun and moon and stars, before the sea and land, grass, herbs and trees, there was only GOD…All glory, praise, worship, blessings and honor to You, O Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come, for heaven and earth declare your awesome glory, also your spoken word revealed and written that we might know You, Lord God Almighty, and know our past, and our future, and eternity with You, O Lord.

Even so, come Lord Jesus. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest.

My Lord and my God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who died for our sins that we might be forgiven, saved from the wrath of God to come, and inherit eternal life with Him. For we, His Saints shall return with Jesus from heaven as the whole earth shall see Him in His glorious power and might, the KING OF KINGS AND LOED OF LORDS…Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God, the Son of Man…and Jesus, with us, shall reign on earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years; then comes the new heaven, the new earth, the New Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven, then eternity with GOD FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER…

Amen and Amen.

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In Praise of JESUS

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

Blessed, blessed, blessed is the holy name of Almighty GOD, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forevermore. 

In the face of world opinion and politics, I say proclaim the name of Jesus, the Son of God.  Shout His glorious name at every opportunity, confess Him, praise, Him, give eternal thanks to Him for what He has done and will do. You supposed men and women of God in the military: are you so cowardly that you cannot say the name of Jesus, according to ungodly government policy, for fear of offending a person or religious group,  Really?  And you call yourself a Christian?  If you are ashamed to confess Jesus, He will be ashamed to confess you to the Father in heaven. 

Rather, let us go to greater lengths to talk about the man Jesus and all the most awesome works He did.  Tell the story! Love the story; embrace the story. Tell of His death on the Cross; His mighty resurrection from the dead on the third day, and, later, His glorious ascension up to Heaven to be with the Father. Tell it. Proclaim it, You and those who hear will be blessed.

Remember, Jesus died for your sins, that believing, you might have eternal life with Him.

What’s in a name? Think about it. His name is the past.  His name is the present.  His name is the future.  His glorious, holy name is all things.  His name is praise, and prayer, and thanksgiving, and honor, and blessing, and glory. His testimony is the Spirit of prophecy, the things that were fulfilled of Him when He came as the Messiah, the Christ, The Suffering Servant and Prophet; and the things that shall be fulfilled as written in the Holy Bible at His most awesome and glorious Second Coming, to reign on earth a thousand years..

He was the Holy Child born unto us, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.  In His name is light and life and truth. In His most wonderful name is our holy prayer.  And He shall one day return from Heaven with His mighty armies of Angels and Saints in glory and power, upon the clouds as bright as the sun, and every eye shall see him, the Warrior King and Judge.  Perhaps soon? 

And His Name shall be called:

WONDERFUL

COUNSELLOR

THE MIGHTY GOD

THE EVERLASTING FATHER

THE PRINCE OF PEACE

THE SON OF GOD

THE KING OF ISRAEL

THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

YESHUA

JESUS

THE MESSIAH

THE CHRIST

THE WORD

THE LIGHT

THE LAMB OF GOD

THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING

THE FIRST AND THE LAST

THE AMEN

THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL

THE ANNOINTED ONE

THE LORD

GOD

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB

KING OF ALL THE AGES

THE LION OF JUDAH

THE HOLY ONE

SAVIOR

THE ROCK

Listen to the songs of praise of the Saints in Heaven after the Rapture, as recorded in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ:

A Song to the Lamb

“Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours by right, O Lord our God.

For you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being;

And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, for with your blood you have redeemed for God,

From every family, language, people, and nation, a kingdom of priests to serve our God.

And so, to Him that sits upon the throne, and to Christ the Lamb,

Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, for ever and forevermore.”

The Song of the Redeemed

“O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done, surpassing human understanding.

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth,

O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, and sing the praises of your Name?

For you only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before you, because your just and holy works have been revealed.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen

 

I go for awhile; Lord willing, I shall return soon in recovery.

Blessed and praise be to You, Lord Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, my God.  Amen.

 

 

  

 

    

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April Sorrows, April Joys

What is it this time, Brother Monk?

Father, forgive my ramblings, but I must write them.

Yes, of course, that’s your ministry.  What is it that has been on your mind these past couple of days?

This month apart from all the other months has been most holy.

I have never been more transfixed on our Lord Jesus than as Holy Week when He went up to Jerusalem to give His life for us. It is as if I was there!

It was in the Plan of God before time that each and every detail was fulfilled of Christ’s Passion.  Before He even got to the Cross, He was beaten severely by the Temple guards, and then whipped by the Romans so brutally that no man could have survived the lashings. His skin was torn from His back; His blood was shed for us that would flow for the forgiveness of our sins.  And like the river that springs eternal,  so too the washing away and life everlasting, that in Him, would forever.  As if that was not enough, He was nailed to a hard, rough, wooded cross, erected upright and dropped into a deep hole to support it.  Every joint was savagely knocked out of place; He couldn’t breath properly as the cross was a slow, demonic form to suffocate the victim.  A small wooden ledge was under His feet so that He might push up His lungs against the weight of gravity and His outstretched arms.  But His feet were nailed together, and He could not push up to get air!  A slow, horrible death.     

Can you not cry the cry of pity for what our Lord endured for us?  And can you not close in abounding joy for the resurrection of the broken, dead One in the tomb?  Yes, and more! For the promises of God through Jesus Christ are beyond measure, even beyond our comprehension.

When He rose from the dead on the third day, He had a new, immortal, glorious body that could transcend space and time.  He is our model.  He is what we shall be at the Rapture, the resurrection and translation of the dead and living in Christ Jesus when He calls us up to glory!  We shall be like Him, and our new bodies will be forever.  We shall follow Him to Heaven.  We shall see the Father.   We shall see  everyone who is in Christ.  

Eternity past was forever beyond our imagination; it was just GOD, in Spirit, One, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Plan of Salvation was formed before there was anything created.  There was only one will; God’s will. At the six days of creation, time began and everything moved forward in a sequential, chronological order.  Satan, the mighty cherub created by GOD was on the scene; he rebelled against GOD, and was cast out of heaven to the earth.  Now there were two wills on the earth, and Satan succeeded in deceiving the first man, and the first women to disobey GOD.  And so they fell from grace, now in a sinful state, and away from GOD. 

And so it has been these past six thousand plus years of mans’ living and dying, following the will and going over to either God, or to Satan. The destiny of each is clear.  Apart from God, we can do nothing.  Just look at the past centuries of misery, killings, diseases,  famine, slaughter, war, persecution, etc., and the list could go on and on.  How many believe?  How many follow and worship Satan’s demons as their god?  How many are lost?  How many are saved?  God has let this test, this trial go on for over 6,000 years.  Bur there is going to be a stopping point when God will say, “Times up!”

All things must be fulfilled according to Scripture.  Future eternity, with GOD, or away from God, will first be accomplished according to God’s Plan of the Ages in this future, sequential order as thus: The Rapture; The Tribulation; the Messianic Kingdom of God on earth with Christ Jesus ruling; the Final Revolt of Satan and his eternal doom to the Lake of Fire; the Resurrection of all the unbelieving dead of all time at the Great White Throne Judgment of Christ Jesus, and their eternal abode in the Lake of Fire; the New Heaven and the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem; eternity with GOD FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.  Amen.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

April…ever so fast…yet…what happened in this most holy and special month? 

Blessed and holy are those who are in Christ Jesus, and do His will, and love Him with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their mind, and love their neighbors as themselves.  

Amen, and Amen.             

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The KING of the Jews

The Jews were blinded; still are.  They did not believe their King, Jesus of Nazareth, was their King.  They were blinded to the truth.  Jesus was an imposter, they reasoned, and so they rejected Him, and sought to kill Him.  It was just not possible this humble and meek man was who He claimed to be. From their youth they studied the Scriptures, but they zealously skipped over Isaiah 53, which foretold that their Messiah would come as the “suffering servant,” and that He would die a cruel death for their sins. No, they looked for the real Messiah in the mold of the warrior King David, who would one day crush their enemies and restore the Kingdom of Israel. They should have known what the Prophets said about the Messiah; they should have heeded what the Roman ruler, Pilate, said during his judgment of Jesus.  Surely word went out as to what the Roman guards said and did to Him.  And then their was the cross upon which our Lord was crucified.  Did they not know what Pilate had written, even though they wanted the wording to be changed?  Did they not hear Pilate’s final words?

When Jesus came to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, it was the beginning of what we Christians call “Holy Week.”  There He made His triumphal entry amid the roaring cheers of the crowds.  First, Jesus had to fulfill the prophecy of the prophet of Zechariah, when he wrote:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Not the bright, flowing robe of a king, on a great white horse, with sword and crown that the Jews might have expected. No, they missed it, for all prophecy must be fulfilled.  He came into the city as a commoner, someone you could not pick out of the crowd.  Humble and meek this man, with the dress as any ordinary man of that time.  They missed what Isaiah wrote so long ago, how Messiah would be a servant.  

But the masses did not miss this historic moment; they knew, and proclaimed Him their King, even if it was just for a short, glorious moment.  We pick up the event in the Gospel According to the Apostle John, in chapter 12, verses 12-13:

“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel  that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

The people knew, but the rulers of Israel, who were supposed to know the Scriptures, did not know!  For they should have known who their Messiah was. But this was meant to be in the Plan of God.

Then comes a Gentile leader, a Roman and his soldiers who, knowingly or unknowingly spoke the truth during the trial of Jesus.  Listen to the story as we pick up the account again in John 18:33-34; 37, 39…

“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?

Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.  To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Everyone that is of the truth hears my voice.”

Pilate then called out to the Jews: “But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?”

But they demanded the release of a robber named Barabbas, instead of Jesus.  Pilate granted their evil wish.

The account picks up in chapter 19…

“And the soldiers made a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews, and they smote him with their hands.”

“And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he sayest unto the Jews, Behold your King!”

“Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King?  The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”

And they crucified Him.

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross.  And the saying was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS…and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.”

“Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews: but that he said, I am King of the Jews.”

“Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”

Many knew He was the King; most didn’t! 

But, praise be to God, when Jesus comes the second time as the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, nobody will miss it.

Amen.

  

        

               

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In His Glorious Image

What a most glorious thing the Almighty GOD did when He created the very first man, Adam, on the sixth day of creation.  Not only did GOD create the first man out of the ground and he became a living soul, but the Almighty GOD created the first man in His own image!  Can you grasp that?  In the very first book of the Holy Bible, the “book of beginnings,” Genesis, in chapter one, verse 26, it tells the account:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

We are like God and we are in His own image…He said so and did so…but do we really reflect that image today?  Do we imitate that image and likeness today?  I see it in many, many, many Christians and Jews today…but that image became marred and distant the moment the first man and the first woman in history, Adam and Eve, sinned against GOD by following the lie of Satan.  And from that moment forward, through some 6,000 or more years of human history, man has become more and more distant from that image of GOD, even to the point where now our children are born in our own image!  This distancing from GOD was see in Adam and Eve, when, 130 years later,…

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” -Genesis 5:3.

But GOD in his great love and mercy and grace has put in motion His plan for restoring that image and likeness, His very own, for one day soon, after we die the sleep in Christ Jesus, there will be a glorious, eternal reappearing of that image of God and in God.  For at the first resurrection we shall rise from the dead with new, immortal bodies just like Christ’s; and so that glorious image, lost somewhat and faded when man sinned against GOD so long ago, will once more be restored in the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ….”for we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him face to face.”  And from that point on, we shall ever be with the Lord. 

What a most blessed future He has in store for us! O blessed art thou, O Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit…forever and ever and ever…

And so think on these things of heaven; ponder them in your heart.  Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and  all your mind.  Pray and give thanks and praise for this most wonderful, awe inspiring thing He has yet in store for those who truly  love Him and follow Him, our Great Shepherd.  

For all these things and more shall yet come to pass.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.  Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest, O Holy One of Israel.

Amen.

    

   

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