Think About It: Today

What if I told you one day you, in Christ Jesus, will fly?  What if I told you GOD has a plan for your life, a perfect plan for those who believe on His Son, whom He sent?  A perfect, beautiful plan HE made before there was any thing created?  What if I told you that no man can come to Christ unless the Father draws him?  And that no one can come to the Father except through the Son, Jesus-Yeshua, the Messiah, the Christ?  What if I told you that one day, perhaps soon, we shall not all die, but be changed into immortal bodies at the command of Jesus, faster than the twinkling of an eye, and shall rise with all the resurrected believers of the Church Age-the Age of Grace, and meet the Lord Jesus in the air, above the clouds, and together follow Him to Heaven?  Would you believe me? And would you believe all I have just written comes straight out of the New Testament of the Holy Bible?  Go ahead…make my day!  Read the spoken word of God written, and be not influenced by lying spirits, but believe!  Don’t take puny man’s word for it, but God’s word!

You really can know your future…your whole family’s future…it’s all right there in the Holy Bible!  But that’s too easy, right?  Make it real hard and fuzzy and dark and complicated, and don’t read it, don’t talk about, certainly not in church, but continue to be mystified, misled, and fed the liberal, far out version-stupid-can’t make sense of it-myth, versions you have probably been taught-or another “real” sense to seek, you or the priest, and simply explain it away as good verses evil, and that’s it!  Eat, drink, and be merry, for when you die, that it! Right?   WRONG!

This life is a very short life compared to eternity for us-we who believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of the living, eternal, almighty GOD…and that He died for our sins and saved us, so that all who believe in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life in Him!

Salvation is found in the Holy Bible and that it is none other than Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ who will one day return to the earth, after the Rapture, after the seven year Tribulation, after the Antichrist, False Prophet, and Satan are defeated by Christ, THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, who shall set-up the Kingdom of God on earth and we saints shall reign with Him a thousand years on earth, and then shall follow him into ETERNITY IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH, AND THE NEW JERUSALEM, WHICH SHALL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN FROM GOD, and so shall we ever be with the Lord our God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.  So comfort, joy, hope with one another these most precious things the LORD has promised, as it is written in Holy Scripture, and all Scripture must and will be fulfilled!

For this then is our sacred anthem (Romans 8:24-39):

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we no not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”

What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?

He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifies.

Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, blessed and holy Trinity, one GOD, forever and ever…

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Praise and Glory

To Him be the praise and glory forever! Ever notice one of the recurring themes in the Psalms of the Old Testament? That’s right. Give to the Lord God Almighty your best…give Him the praise and the glory that belongs to Him for all the mighty acts He has done from Creation and forward throughout history. Every morning, during the day, and when we go to sleep, we ought to be able to thank Him for our creation and preservation and guiding hand in our lives.

How many of His great acts can you name? Even if you can only think of the six days of Creation by His spoken word, even if, than that’s awesome baby!

Do you smile when you see a rainbow?  Do you thrill when you see the new flowers of spring and summer…how they seem to be spreading their beauty upward as if, with outstretched hands, they are praising GOD, they are giving Him the glory!  How much more so us?  You and I?  Every day, every day if our lives we should thank God for His goodness and blessings, and all things beautiful and lovely in the world. He showers upon us blessings, which, most of the time we don’t even know it, but there it is!  Every day, every day in our precious lives we should praise His holy, almighty name forever and ever!

To you, O GOD, Lord and Savior, to You only be all honor, and glory, and praise, and acclaim: the mighty, eternal God who is carrying out the Plan of the Ages in every century, even unto our time now today!

O Lord God, in whom we live, and move and have our being…who only forgives our sins, who saves us from the wrath to come, and who has planned for us who love Him, the unimaginable promises of eternal life with Him in Heaven, on earth in His Kingdom of a thousand years, then to the new heaven and earth, and the New Jerusalem which shall come down to the earth from God in heaven, and we immortal ones shall live there and in the Lord our God, in the Father, His Son, Jesus,  and also with the Holy Spirit, the  blessed Holy Trinity forever and ever…

Amen.

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Think About It: Yesterday

Brother Monk, you are so faithful in reading through the Holy Bible, something you seem to do each year.  Not only that, Brother Monk, but you are steadfast in your Morning and Evening prayer devotionals!  O, that the rest of Christendom would do likewise, how much better all would be!

Here is something to ponder, Father Monk:

After King Solomon, the former Kingdom of Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom-Israel, and the Southern Kingdom, Judah, each with their own king.  Under these two kings, they went away from the LORD their God and went after demons whom they worshiped as idols made with human hands, and they sacrificed to them, and they even sacrificed their very own children and burnt them in the fire to Molech, the pagan god!  They did evil in the sight of the LORD! Their hands and hearts were bloody, as was the land! These were evil, wicked kings!

But when there arose good kings, who believed and sought the Lord their GOD,the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and walked in His commandments, and did good, the LORD protected them and blessed them, and there was peace and joy and abundance in all the land!

And that principle is still in effect today!  Seek the Lord Jesus, the Son of the Living and eternal God, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and all things, and by His power all things consist and work together in harmony. He rules…He is sovereign over all things-the earth, the weather, life, kingdoms, new ideas and events, mankind!  Take heed, and look up!

In Romans, chapter nine, Paul wrote:

“As it is written Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

What shall we say then?  Is there unrighteousness with God?  God forbid!

For He said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy

For the Scripture said unto Pharaoh,

Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Therefore has He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens.

Thou will say then unto Me, why does He yet find fault?  For who has resisted His will?

No, but, O man, who art thou that replies against God?  Shall the thing formed say unto Him that formed it, Why have You made me thus?

Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory, Even us, whom He has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”

Think about it.

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

Amen.

 

 

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What Do You Want To Do For The Rest Of Your Life?

A question that most probably is on the minds of seniors in this country, indeed, in many western countries in Europe.  Think about it, for no one is immortal; we will all die one day!  Then what? If you are a Christian, you know.  If not, eat, drink, and be merry, for your end is not good.

Frame your thoughts-seek the LORD and call upon His almighty name, for in Him only, Jesus Christ His Son is there salvation!  Only in Him and no other!  For the spoken word of God is written in the Gospel According to Saint John, in the fourteenth chapter, Jesus said:

“I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.”

Knowing this, let us seek the pattern of worship began by King Davis of Israel, that with bowed heads and uplifting hand give thanks and praise to the LORD our God for all the blessings He has given us, every day, morning and evening.

Secondly, I want to be worthy of my calling and ministry.

Third, I want to be the very best husband, Dad and grandfather, and friend and servant that I can be.

I thank God every day for the precious saints and friends He has given me, for my brothers and sisters..

I pray for those who are need of prayer for God’s help.

And, as written in Matthew 6:33-34…

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and and all these things shall be added to you.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

And so, Psalm 105 will be my guide:

“O, give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!  Sing to Him, sing Psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!  Glory in His holy Name;   Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth! He is the LORD our God.”

Be not doubting, but believe!

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

Amen.

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Above the Clouds

Clouds? Ever wonder where they come from, or, who made them? Then think about GOD, the Creator of Heaven and earth!  Questions?  Yes, me too.  Where do they go?  How do they hold water and then release it?    How beautiful their billowy colors, the white and gray and blue.  How awesome when they reflect the glorious sunlight, or make patterns and shapes that seem to tell a story.  If you would look up and see their glory and just imagine a little, why something good, something delightful will come to mind.

Clouds weren’t always in the sky you know.  As a matter of fact, clouds first appeared in the time of Noah’s Flood when the LORD GOD gathered together darkness over the  whole earth, and it rained forty days and forty nights until all the mountain tops were cover with water. From that point forward, some 1500 years after Creation, clouds have always been with us.

At our Lord Jesus’ ascension following the resurrection, at the Mount of Olives with His disciples looking on, He was lifted up into the clouds and above the clouds and received up in to Heaven to be with His Father.

I believe the Lord Jesus is speeding up time as we near the next greatest event to come in all the history of the world: the Rapture of the Church, true believers in Jesus Christ, our  Lord and Savior, the Son of the Living, Eternal GOD…Jesus will come out of Heaven above the clouds on Earth…and the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive and remain shall be translated-changed into immortal, glorious bodies in the blink of an eye…and we shall rise with the resurrected dead in Christs, and together we shall meet the Lord Jesus in the air, above the clouds, and follow Him up to Heaven.  And so shall we ever be with the LORD.  So comfort one another with these precious words!

Clouds.  Aren’t they now more dear to you?  Now you know the truth.  Look up.  For we shall see the Lord Jesus face to face…above the clouds, one day…perhaps soon?

Blessed be the name of Almighty GOD, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit…blessed Holy Trinity…One GOD…as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

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

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Time

Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 12, 2016…in the early hours of this day, a Muslim gunman entered a night club and gunned down 103 innocent people, many of them Christian…many of a different life style, many of them “the Sunday People”…

What? No!  Not again! When will this madness stop, Brother Monk?

Only when Christ returns after the Rapture of the Church, and then after the Seven Years of the Tribulation upon the unbelievers of the whole earth, and destroys the wicked and unjust, judges the peoples and the nations, and sets up His Kingdom on the earth…and He shall reign a thousand years.  This is what the Holy Bible tells us, Brother Duncan.

Isn’t this the “troubleous times” Peter spoke if?  And the beginning of sorrows and “birth pangs just prior to the “last days”  spoken of by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 24?

Yes, Brother Duncan…blessed are you for the understanding which God has given you.

But, who else knows these times we live in? Who shall sound the alarm to those in America and Europe? Who knows this is a war of Muslims against Christians and Jews?

And it shall get worse and continue to escalate in intensity…

I have found Psalms 94 and 95 that also speak of our time.

And I pray our brothers and sisters of the faith in Jesus Christ will be in the know of what’s going on and be prepared…even more so, to be ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus…perhaps soon?

Perhaps today?

Let us also pray for all those persecuted in our countries, and especially pray for the souls of those conceived but never born.

In the name of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Almighty and Ever living GOD, the One and only GOD, for there is no other, blessed and holy Trinity…now and forever and ever…

Amen.

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Eternal Thanks

Brother Monk, what troubles you now?

No, I just labor with my soul to know we live in a “thankless world,”that’s all.

What do you mean, Brother Monk?  Do we not give our continued thanks and praise to the Lord, our God, for all the rich blessings and mercy and grace He has showered upon us these many years we have been her on Holy Island?

Yes, Brother Stephon, yes, of course…but what about the rest of the world?

Well, as I see it, it isn’t out job to make the world believe, nor to be happy nor thankful, is it?

Yet, my brother, I can shout today with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus for the birthday of His Church, after He ascended up to heaven on Pentecost in 33 A.D., and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  What about the rest of the world?

But don’t people realize everything comes from GOD, every good and decent thing? Don’t they realize He created all things, that He sustains all things, that everything, the Earth, the sky, the sun and moon, the planets and the stars of the endless universe all work in harmony by Him?

Don’t they realize that GOD has planned all things to happen when they happen, when they come on the scene in history? That all the ideas that man every dreamed to do things and make things is from GOD?

That we were created in His own image, in His likeness, and that He created Man and Woman that could produce children to continue the family line?

Or the warm sun and rain to water the earth and that all things may be sustained, and man would have food.

The wheel, farming tools, tents from animal skins, trees, plants flowers, insects, animals, fish and birds, all from God, EVEN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND MUSIC!.

The breath of life, living a healthy life or of attaining old age, all from God.

Why the heavens and earth declare the glory of God.  Look at the clouds and the wonderful colors and patterns, all the work of God- even the thunder and lighting, that too is from GOD!  The mighty oceans or the still, gentle breeze, the four seasons, all the handiwork of GOD.

And water to sustain life, this too is from GOD.

Knowing this, and the things one sees and experiences every day of his life, or experiencing the precious miracle of the birth of a baby, or recovery from an illness or operation, knowing this and more, cannot one at least give thanks to the Lord?

Or the most glorious and greatest event in human history, when God the Father gave up to die for the sins of the world His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth…so that all who believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And to proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again.

And one day, perhaps soon, He shall come again to reign on earth as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, on the throne of David in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and then, eternity.

Family, children and grandchildren and friends…being a servant of the Lord…doing…helping…praying….

Therefore, let us give our eternal thanks and praise and glorify His name for all the good He has done for us, and for all the wonderful things yet planned for us, for those who believe in Him, and love Him, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit…our forever and eternal thanks.

Thank you, O LORD, our GOD.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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