One-Half

I believe GOD planned the number of people who would be called unto salvation before time began. When this number be fulfilled, then shall come the resurrection of the righteous and just of the next event in God’s time table, namely, “The Rapture.” He knows His own and calls them as it has been in every century from the time of Adam and Eve and their children, and in the centuries of six millenniums, even unto our time in the 21st Century: almost two thousand since the time of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.

And what of God’s calling? How many respond to the Holy Spirit? How many would want forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him? Why is this wonderful gift from God to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ not overwhelming or engulfing the earth? Why is not the whole world seeking it? Has there ever been a century since the beginning of the Church when the whole world was Christian? The answer, sadly, is No!

The number of Christians in the world today, and most probably in centuries past, has never exceeded fifty percent!

Not in the first four centuries of the early Church.

Not in the 11th and 12th centuries at the time of the Crusades.

Not in the time of the Reformation and the founding of the New World.

Not in the time of the 1700’s to 1900…and today when millions and millions of Bibles are being printed in just about every language on earth, and reaching all the world!

And today, in the year of our Lord 2015, of all the world’s religions, Christianity does not reach yet 50%…

God alone knows the number of those who will come to Him…

There were two other crosses with Jesus on Calvary that day…of the two, one believed, the other did not…half…50%…at death, one went with Jesus to Paradise; the other, to hell.

Blessed be they who are called to the wedding supper of the Lord Jesus.

Amen.

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Questions & Prayer

Someone asked, does Psalms 36:6, also mean that we will see our pets in Heaven?

What are the seven pillars of wisdom, and are these something you have set on  your heart? -Proverbs 9:1

Let us pray:

O Lord, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, during this most precious Lenten season in the Church, may we, too, arise from where we are, in our hearts, and in the knowledge of what your Son won for us, the forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life  with You in   Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the great King who is to come; and Lord, increase our faith, draw us ever nearer, that we may follow in His footsteps, and find the quiet place, for the quiet time of prayer and thanksgiving and blessings, to You, O God, through Jesus Christ, Amen.

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

Amen.

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Our Common Ground?

In these troubling times, with so many anti-Christian forces of the enemy coming at every turn, should we not stand fast on the common ground of our faith, the beliefs so dearly held that Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, Son of God, has won for us? Must we continue to retreat without so much a word? Can we not stand firm in our beliefs of the Orthodox Christian faith handed down by the Apostles? What then is our common core beliefs that are nonnegotiable? What do we, I stand for? The enemy calls us, intolerant, intolerant, intolerant just because we hold firm to our Christian beliefs put in practice in everyday living within a secular community or a hostile society around us. Yet the very thing you cry, is the very thing you come at us with: intolerance! Will you be tolerant of my Christian faith, and my right to practice my faith just as you are practicing what you are doing? Or will you seek to silence me? Like it or not, we are still a Christian nation (a vast majority of Americans believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior), but a silent one just now, unfortunately…one day, perhaps soon, we will roar…and after that, you shall see us no more!

I believe in the Holy Bible as the spoken word of God, written without error…our true guide for truth, light, and life…from Genesis to Revelation…

I believe that forgiveness of sins and salvation unto eternal life with GOD, is only, only by belief in Christ’s shedding His blood on the Cross for us, and in His death, burial, resurrection, ascension up to heaven, and His coming again to reign on earth for a thousand years as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

I believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives unto confession that Jesus is Lord, sanctification, and salvation.

I believe in holy Baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ with living members of that community.

I believe in Holy Communion, the Supper of our Lord, as Christ commanded to do “in remembrance of Me, until I come again; whereby we partake of the elements of bread and wine, that they may be the Body and Blood of Jesus…

I believe that life begins at conception, and that every fetus should develop to term, and not be horribly aborted, which is killing a live human being, murder, regardless of the words one might use to cover up, but brought into this world as a baby, to be nurtured and cared for…and to grow up in a loving, caring, healthy family and environment.

I believe that marriage is ordained by God between a man and a woman…

I believe in the Creeds as the fundamental statements of the Christian faith…

I believe in the Lord’s Prayer as a prayer that ought to be said many times a day…

There are so many more items of our Christian faith that could be touched upon…but you nget the picture, right?

May the blessings of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always in your confession of faith,

Amen+

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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.

Amen.

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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 WordPress.com 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.

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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…

Amen.

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