There is so much more to life than what our five senses tell us! There's an unseen world that exists with this physical one, and God created them both. We have been placed here not to just survive, but to live life to the fullest!
Did God really come as a baby?
Did He move into a woman’s womb and fit Himself into tiny cells that multiplied into a baby, then a boy, then a man?
Seriously, to believe this is madness! – unless it’s believed for what it is. A miracle!
A miracle - the very sort of thing we would expect the One who is God to be able to do. The God who created all, the God who is – well – GOD. I mean, who else could live in human flesh and still run the universe? Only One who is omnipresent, who is omnipotent, who is God.
It figures that He would come as a baby. I mean, how else to show that He fully embraced the plan to sacrifice for us than to start from the bottom of the barrel - so to speak - as a helpless baby? It’s hard to properly compute the full implications that for thirty-three earthly years (plus nine months in utero) He was in a human form, since we have very limited knowledge of His prior state. He was the Word, the Creator…God - with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 1).
The Creator? A baby? It’s a hard concept.
And, of course, He chose to be born in the lowest way; in a place housing animals. Yet, it makes sense, since He came for the poorest all the way to the richest. What better way to show this to us? (Luke 4:18)
But there’s more!
True, He rose from the dead in a glorified body that could go through walls, appear and disappear – but felt by human hands…and He ate fish. He bore the scars on His head, hands, feet, and side…For us! He made the way so we can be reconciled with His Father God. Wow! Even more amazing, He’s coming back, but this time, as King! (Rev. 19)
Yes! I believe in Him; in Jesus the Christ. I've welcomed Him into my life, accepted His salvation, and He has changed and is changing me; transforming me into what He purposed before I was even born - into a soul more beautiful, against the results of a fallen world. After this life, I look forward to spending an unimaginably blissful eternity with Him. What about you?
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One of the most controversial topics among Evangelical Christians: Hollowe’en (or Holloween).
Over the years, my family and I have done different things on Hollowe'en. This is how I see it in regards to Christians, whether we choose to participate or not.
We DO participate in Hollowe’en as unto the Lord, or not as unto the Lord; or we DON’T participate in Hollowe'en as unto the Lord, or not as unto the Lord.
Sounds confusing? Please think about it for a moment . . .
But what we should NOT do is participate in Hollowe'en in promotion or celebration of darkness, which is ultimately as unto Satan. Some people may say, well, participating in any form is unto Satan. Perhaps. But not for me to judge for anyone else, only for myself and my household. The Lord Jesus looks past the external to the true intent of the heart.
The Apostle Paul seems to have interesting opinions about things of controversy: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1Corinthians 10:23,NKJV).
OR . . .
“'I have the right to do anything,' you say—but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything'—but not everything is constructive" (NIV).
AND . . .
". . . whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men," (Colossians 3:23).
The other way we should not participate is in disobedience to the Lord. That is, if He has specifically convicted our hearts not to participate, or if He has specifically instructed our hearts how to spend the day in honour of Him, for His direct purpose.
Participate as unto the Lord: Some people use creative ways to spread the message and love of Jesus.
Or some may participate in fun ways not associated with the promotion of darkness ("Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" - 2Corinthians 6:14) - this is a tricky one; weeding out to make it "clean." See if your conscience bears up well under this.
Participate as not unto the Lord: Some just want to have fun with no thought to its meaning or implication. This is also a tricky one. Judge in your own heart/conscience between you and God.
Not participate as unto the Lord: Some people treat this day in Christian worship and prayer to counter the darkest side of Hollowe’en - and it is pretty dark, with its deepest roots in the Occult.
Not participate as not unto the Lord: The day is neither here nor there. Not interested.
My deepest conviction is, should we choose to participate or not participate in Hollowe'en, we should never celebrate or promote its darkness. Whatever you choose, you be the judge if your heart/conscience is clear before the Light of the World.
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I have a strange confession. There's a part of me that has felt deeply sorry for Jesus: PITY - not for the Baby Jesus, or even the crucified Jesus - but for the risen, glorified Jesus.
One of my adult daughters asked me the same question, looking at me funny as I tried to explain my dilemma. I think she thought I was a little obsessed; maybe a little crazy.
Maybe someone else understands my quandary.
Before He became the Baby, before being the Man, before He was known as Jesus the Christ, He was the Word - always existing. He created everything. He was and is God, eternally existing with the Father and the Holy Spirit - no beginning, no end (John 1: 1-18). The first Advent, He gave up all that to be a puny baby, a limited human; now sweating, hurting, tired, letting us destroy His body . . .
Yes, I know He still performed miracles, walked on water . . .
And of course, He rose! Yes, He rose from the dead. But. In a glorified body? What's that? So He could appear and disappear? He wasn't a ghost - He also ate fish and He still had the scars in His hands and His side - not limited like his pre-death human body. But . . .
My point is, now He's in a BODY - FOREVER? He wasn't limited to a body before, was He? It seems WRONG! My God, My King, My Lord, limited to a body for ME, for YOU. No, it can't be right.
Until I saw it in Revelation - what I'd probably read many times before without it sinking in. He is coming back - 2ND ADVENT - with His original Name. HE GETS HIS NAME BACK. And, this time, He's returning to KICK you-know-what!
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev.19:11-16, NKJV).
Needless to say, I don't feel sorry for Him anymore. I worship Him. I adore Him!
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Yeah, I know Valentine's Day is mostly about romantic love.
But, please indulge me as I spiritualize it - somewhat. I can't help it. I'm so enamoured by God these days. By Jesus Christ: His gloriousness, beautifulness, magnificentness . . .
And He's coming soon to claim His Bride (those who belong to Him, are faithful to Him).
Funny thing, guys - men/boys - are " brides" too! Had a hard time explaining that to my son when he was a boy. Now he's a man of twenty-two and he knows what it means - though, I still call him my "man-cub."
I meant to re-do some of my dating/engagement/marriage blog series, since my son is getting married, soon, to a lovely Guatamalan-Canadian woman - so romance and weddings are on my mind. Not to mention, I'm still in love with my husband of almost 27 years. But . . .
The Groom of grooms has got my attention right now. I know I'm not the only one who feels the anticipation of being finally face to face with Him, embracing Him tangibly, being joint-heirs with Him - as His Bride. It's true! We will be (Rom. 8:17; 2Tim. 2:12).
And for the men's /boys' sakes, let's rephrase "Bride" as "Church." His Church is His Bride. We think of brides as - you know - girly and all that. But the Church is another story. Guys can feel comfortable here.
The Church that was persecuted and grew in leaps and bounds. The Church that Satan has been trying to wipe out for centuries, but still remains today. Waiting. Working. Looking with great expectation to the Day when the King of kings and Lord of lords comes in His glory (Rev. 19).
We'll live and reign with Him forever. Can't wait!
No, this living for the Groom is not for the faint of heart. It takes "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23) and the gifts of the Spirit (1Corin. 12). All this, while we strive to stand and be lights for our King of kings in a world that grows increasingly hostile toward His people - His Church.
Not church denominations. His Church. Believe me, He knows who we are.
So - yeah - I can't wait. I love, LOVE, LOVE Him - I AGAPE Him (love in action, unconditional). I PHILEO Him (real affection, friendship). I STORGE Him (commitment, family). I WORSHIP/ADORE Him (replaces romantic love - eros - transcends it)!
Glad He's with me by the Holy Spirit every day and empowers me to love this way.
Adore Him with me, will you!
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She said it's sad that the world looks at you as being unkind if you don't agree with all its values. This daughter of mine is the kind who sticks up for underdogs. But she also loves the God of the Bible and takes to heart the somewhat worn-out cliche "love the sinner, hate the sin."
Let's face it, we're all sinners (1. born with original sin traits of Adam and Eve; 2. break God's laws - which is everyone), but some of us are saved from our sins by God's grace. Not every sinner is my enemy or your enemy, in our way of thinking. But sinners are God's enemies (Romans 5:10). When you join up with God, by association, sinners could be your enemies too.
It took me a while to figure out the whole love your enemy thing. What about loving those who are purposefully against the God you love and serve? Against His ways, His laws?
So when Jesus tells us to love our enemy (Mat. 5:44), we have to figure what the heavens it's saying, because we mean to do it. Some religious leaders were His enemies, and He called them names - to their faces. They led people falsely. But He allowed those same people to set up charges against Him so He could die on a cross. For them. For all of us.
The Samaritans - whom the Jewish people disdained, the thieving tax-collector, the adulteress caught in the act were bound by the enemy of our souls - Satan. Jesus' desire was to free them.
We're to be compassionate in our response to those who are bound by sin, firm with those who uphold the deceptions of our real enemy, enlightening to those who want to see, shunning to those who try to lead us astray...
We won't be popular. But we have to love. The ones we don't like - who appose us - who frustrate us. Love them in our thoughts, by our actions. It's called agape love: different from erotic, brotherly, or family love. It's without conditions. The feelings often follow.
Love because He says to, He loves us, and love conquers what hate builds up. Be gentle, be kind, be firm, do good. Love.
Loving this way may not totally make sense now, but it eventually will. Eternity shines a different kind of light on things. It's a short time here. Where we're going, there will be nothing but LOVE.
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Unless you're a baby, pretty much no liquid tastes good lukewarm. How many of us are lukewarm as followers of Christ?
C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters says it well: "Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts ..."
Moses, chosen by God to lead the ancient Israelites out of slavery, stood for the Lord and others stood with him. The earth opened up and swallowed those who stood against them - on the other side of the fence (Num. 16). Joshua, Moses' assistant, said, "But as for me and my household we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15)
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After losing my blogs during the upgrade of my old website, I stopped writing for a while. Now I have a new website host, and I also feel compelled to write because there's a lot going on and God has put much in my heart. So I started with this...
The visible and tangible grab our attention. What we see, hear, taste, touch, smell. Yet, there's a whole existence outside of the physical, the visible, the tangible.
God, in a sense, is tangible in His creation. Even Scripture endorses this (Roman 1:19,20). But we don't see Him as He truly is. And, apparently, we would die if we did. There is a spiritual world that affects ours, tremendously. God protects and allows according to His will, His purposes. Not for folly or evil, for He is good. He works to give every opportunity for us to find our fullness in Him. After all, we're only here for a very short time compared to where we spend everlasting.
The main thing is, if we dwell in God, in Christ, the invisible shouldn't scare us. Elisha's servant's eyes were opened and he saw many, many more angels surrounding them than the number of their enemies (2Kings 6:16,17).
There is an invisible world. Part of that world God is preparing for those who surrender to Him. And one day it'll be made visible beyond what we can think or imagine. I plan on being included. How about you?
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