The Eye Of A Needle

Most of us can be considered rich. Perhaps not a millionaire or a billionaire,but rich in possessions. We have toys, TV, radio, computers, cell phones, and computer games to keep our minds occupied at all times, leaving no time to consider or think about the important questions in life.Even if we attend church regularly, many of us allot one hour per week for God, and the rest of the week we concentrate on our jobs, families and toys. To the rest of the world we are considered rich.
Jesus said that “it was easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.” When his disciples asked who then could enter Heaven, Jesus replied that nothing is impossible with God.
We have been taught that “the eye of a needle” was an actual gate, only about four feet tall. It is possible for a camel to go through the gate, except for one thing: Camels are stiff-necked, and even if they get on their knees, it is extremely difficult for the handler to get them to bow down or lower their head in order to fit through the gate. The rich man or woman is the same way: They rely on themselves and their possessions, and find it difficult to humble themselves or bow down to the Living God. The haughty posture of a camel will keep it from entering the gate, and the haughtiness of a person will keep them out of Heaven. Only through humility and exalting God will any of us be able to enter Heaven.
If we read the Bible and learn about the love that God has for us, and the sacrifices He has made for us in order to bring us salvation, we will love Him, and we will humbly thank Him. Learn of Him and enter in through the gate. He awaits you.
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Why Must Mankind Suffer?

Why may two puppies from the same litter have totally different lives. One puppy is given to a loving family and leads a life full of joy and unconditional love. The other puppy is given to a family that mistreats, abuses and even brutalizes the dog, causing it to be crippled and/or die an early death. Why?
A person or a family may suffer in poverty, suffer the early loss of a loved one or suffer diseases that may be debilitating or even end in an early death. Why?
We live in a sinful world controlled by Satan, and we never know when or where he will strike.

God can intervene or intercede on our behalf. If we ask, He can make something positive out of the most negative things that may happen to us. If asked He can doubly return our losses, as He did with Job. God can bring victory for victims and make “all things work for the good, to them that love Him.”

Yes, this world is full of evil and sin, and it’s getting worse every day.
But we need not surrender to the evil. We have a God who wants to come to our defense, and wants to prosper us in all things. We just have to ask Him. He’ll give us strength when we are weak, wisdom when we are confused, direction when we are lost, and victory over sin, death and defeat.

Pray to Him, not only for intercession with our own sins, but pray for intercession and protection from the sins of the world. Pray for America. Pray for Israel. And pray for the world. But pray everyday. Pray.
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New Age Philosophies

I find it so sad that people are gullible enough to follow new-age gurus who pretend that there is no God, yet base their teachings and truths on the teachings that have been taught in the Bible since the beginning of time. If these teachings are not true, then their new-age philosophy means nothing. But if they are true, then why do they ignore the God that gave these truths to man?
In my book, “God, reward and punishment: Are they real?”, I point out how these truths are based on one law, that states that whatever we want for another will be given to us. Yes, giving to another ensures our prosperity. Forgiving others ensures forgiveness for ourselves. Loving others ensures that we will be loved. The list goes on, but all of these truths have been stated over and over again in the Bible. These are not new revelations leading to a new-age philosophy. It is the age-old teachings of God, to prepare His people for a happy and successful life.
We are all “mind, body and spirit”. We are not simply an intelligent piece of meat. We have a spirit, given by a God that wants to continue that connection with His people.
If people would disconnect from the cyber world, and rely on their own intelligence by reading and researching the Bible, they would be amazed at the wisdom and power contained therein. The choice is up to each individual: Follow the crowd like a bunch of lemmings, never to know real truth, or truly become an individual and discover for themselves that there is a God, eagerly waiting for the love and devotion, that He has for so long given us.
Are you a company-loving rodent, or are you a child of the living God?
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Prayers

When you pray to God, are your prayers carefully crafted to state your fellings and needs intelligently? Or do you bear your soul to Him, in joy or in tears? Are your prayers proper and upright? Or do you come before Him openly, knowing that He already knows what you are feeling? God doesn’t want another acquaintance. He wants a heartfelt relationship with you, and He expects you to share your true feelings with Him, not just your thoughts.
Yes, He wants to see your healfelt joy, and He wants you to trust Him enough to share your tears with Him. Love Him, trust Him, and share with Him. That’s what He wants with His children.
Psalms 126:4-6 “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheave with him.”
Share your tears of sorrow with Him, and He’ll change those tears to tears of Joy. Trust Him. That’s all He asks.
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Proven Wisdom Or A Rehash Of Destruction?

 

It simply amazes me that there are so many politicians who do not reverence God as the founding fathers did. They reject God’s wisdom, but expect wisdom to come from the feeble minds of twisted men. These politicians run their campaigns using catch-phrases that resemble wisdom. But by the time that they get to Washington they sound like a herd of braying jackasses, ready to be harnessed and led by their leader. They’re so busy hugging their personal tree that they can’t see the forest. In other words, they’re so wrapped up in their bureaucratic, nit-picking meddling that they can’t see the big picture.

When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, they still thought like the slaves that they had been. In order to make them a strong self-governing nation He taught them the secrets to becoming the nation that He envisioned for them. God’s spiritual law dictated that whatever a person did to another, would be done to them. So, He taught them exalt and worship only Him, in order that God could exalt them as a nation. He taught them morality in order to bring them together in trust and to bring order to their nation. To put it another way, God taught the Israelites to “love God with all their hearts, mind, soul and strength; and to love each other as they love themselves.”
Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
God laid out the blue print 2500 years ago so that each person could become a strong and successful person; and so that all the people combined could become a strong and successful nation. The plan isn’t that difficult to understand. We, as a people, must stop believing the lies of Satan, and begin trusting God. Sunday is not a day for recreation, but a day for restoration. If this nation and the world has any chance at all, we must return to God, worship Him, renew our strength in Him and make His teachings our own.
Genius doesn’t make right. Look at Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tsetung etc. Only God is of pure heart, and only God knows all things. Trust only in God.
“God Is Love”
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Prosperity?

If I prayed to Father God, that He would protect, bless and prosper the nations that worship Him, would I hear the words, “Prosper them? It is prosperity that is destroying them. They think that they no longer need me, that they can get what they want without me, and out of boredom, they seek false Gods. Am I so needy that I will let them ignore me and push me to the side, until they have a crisis in their lives, and then I’m expected to run to them and fill their needs? It isn’t pride that causes me to feel this way. It is my law: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Can they expect my love, if they don’t love me? If they want to be exalted, they must exalt me. If they want to be number one to me, they must make me number one in their lives. It’s the law, and it can’t be changed. Every action toward another results in a return action. The wages of sin is death. It can’t be changed. The penalty of sin must be paid. For this reason I sent my Son to Earth to pay the penalty of death for the sins of mankind. My son, Jesus, was without sin, so when they took his physical life on the cross and placed him in the tomb, I resurrected him. Now every person who believes in him and accepts his forgiveness, will come to the end of their lives without sin and be resurrected, just as he was. Every action will be repaid and every seed will be harvested.
So many people, today, who call themselves Christians are worshipping at Satan’s altar. While they are chasing thrills and excitement, and idolizing themselves and sex, they are serving Satan and will reap his destruction. He will come in through the back door and build his altars. He will multiply his people and take over the government. And the people will see their preoccupation with hedonism and paganism rewarded with barbarism.
Then the people will cry out and ask “why”. And I will answer, ‘How many martyrs died so that you could know truth? How many saints were tortured beyond belief and still the message of salvation was brought to this generation, and, yet, you turned your back on it? Why, you ask? Because it is the law. A person or a nation reaps what it has sown, and this generation has sown the seeds of its own destruction. My word to you is repent. REPENT before it is too late. “
Dear Father, forgive us. Hold back our enemies and give us time to turn ourselves back to you. And give us the strength to make the changes that we need to make in ourselves and in our nation. You are our God, Jesus is our Lord, and there is no other.
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Calley

Dogs are God’s greatest earthly gifts to mankind. They teach us so much about love, loyalty, forgiveness, and even the ability to accept life as it comes.
When we first adopted Calley, a West Highland White Terrier, she was only eight weeks old. It wasn’t long before her personality began to emerge. When she wanted to play ball and I was sitting in my lounge chair watching TV and not paying attention to her, she would jump up into my lap and begin licking me. After I played with her then for awhile, she would get tired. She’d leave the ball on the floor and jump up on my lap again and begin licking me. I soon learned that this was her way of saying “please” and “thank you”. I never thought a dog could be so polite, yet she displayed these feelings so often that it became obvious to me.
We had a good life together. She would follow me wherever I went. When I stood talking to someone, she wanted me to bring her up to our level and wanted to be held. When I sat, she was either next to me or in my lap. When I slept, she was with me in bed – sometimes under the covers, and other times on top of the covers.
Then one day she was chasing a squirrel and tore her ACL ligament, and had to have a knee operation. She was twelve years old by then, and soon after developed diabetes. We fed her diet food, and gave her the insulin shots morning and evening. I took her for walks in the park at least once a day to get her exercise, but her health continued to fail. She finally lost most of her sight and most of her hearing. She had lost weight, couldn’t play and slept most of the time. I finally realized that I was being selfish, not wanting to lose her and wanting to keep her with me. I knew that her life now was only a burden to her without any joy.
One early morning I took her to the vet to be put to sleep. I still felt guilty, even though I knew that it was the right thing to do. I felt that I had failed her. I had failed to keep her alive, even though I had tried everything and done everything possible to keep her healthy.
The vet came in and assured me that I was doing the right thing. He gave her a shot and said that he would be back shortly, after I had said my goodbyes. I held her on the table. I kissed her and petted her. I told her how beautiful she was, how perfect she was, and how much I loved her. She lifted her head and shook it. I realized the shot was taking affect. She reached over and licked my hand and wrist 3 or 4 times, and then she lay her head down. And it was over. She had given me her final thank you and said goodbye. That was seven months ago.
Thank you. No, thank you, Calley. You gave me so much more than I could give you. You came into my life when I needed love and support more than ever before, and you loved me. I thank God that He sent you to me.  Through you God taught me about unconditional love, and the depth that love can be,  and I look forward to holding you in my arms again when we’re both with God. You were God’s gift to me, and now you’ve returned to Him and waiting for me.  Thank you Father, and thank you Calley. It was great. So great, I can’t seem to get over losing you. But I know that I will always love you – feeling our love, as I feel the pain. That’s life. One can’t appreciate the good if they have never experienced the pain. You taught me that too, Calley. Yes, Calley, you’re a good girl, and daddy still loves you.
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Give To Receive

Giving with the expectation of receiving it back plus interest is not giving. It is loaning, and I’m sure God will arrange a bank or some other lending institution to make a loan in return for your loan.
God will reward those who truly give, but the giver must be giving without expecting any monetary gain or return, other than the joy and satisfaction of having helped someone less fortunate than themselves. God rewards us, not on what we want or expect, but on what we freely give to others. So freely and unselfishly give to others, not expecting a return, and God will surely bless you. Have a blessed day of unselfishly giving and helping others, and bask in God’s favor.
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Two Facts That Prove The Resurrection

Most people who honestly seek to understand their reason for being here, and who diligently seek to prove or disprove the existence of God, have found at least two things that prove the resurrection of Jesus.

The first proof they see is in the lives of the apostles. When Jesus was crucified, only one (the youngest) stayed close to Jesus until he was placed in the tomb. The other apostles were scared to death, and fled hoping to take up their former lives and melt back into obscurity and safety from those who had killed Christ. Then the resurrected Jesus appeared to them and they were transformed into fiery evangelists of God. They returned to Jerusalem, the stronghold of their enemies, and boldly preached the gospel of Jesus. They no longer feared for their lives, and all but one were eventually murdered for their loyalty to the risen savior. They could not be moved from their conviction to serve their risen savior. Just like Job, they knew that their Redeemer lives.

The second proof we need to understand has to do with the Harvest Principle or Golden Rule. The night that Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin for trial, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, just as Jesus predicted. Jesus had already taught, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father. If you confess me before men, I will confess you before my Father.” Because Peter had denied knowing Jesus three times, he stood condemned.

The disciples didn’t seem to understand much about the Harvest Principle, and never explained it in their writings. But Jesus understood, and one of the first things he did after his resurrection was to confront Peter and ask him three times if he loved him. Peter answered him and confessed three times that he loved Jesus. Three times denying Christ minus three times confessing his love for Jesus equals a clean slate. Peter was no longer condemned. Only Jesus would have known to ask Peter this question, and only a risen Jesus would have been there to ask it. “Simon, Bar Jonah, do you love me more than these (the other disciples)?” “Peter, do you love me?” And again, “Peter, do you love me?”

How many times have you denied knowing Jesus? How many times must you confess your love for him? He loved us enough to give up his life for us. He deserves our eternal and unconditional love and trust.

Yes, Jesus I love you. I love you. You know that I love you.

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Sin and Punishment

I think that we’re all aware that sin reaps punishment and that “sin fully grown is death.” Even when we give ourselves to our loving God, we are still punished for our sins. Even though God is a loving Father, He still disciplines his children – sometimes simply to cause us to grow in faith. If we continue to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and if we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, His love for us will change us, and we will sin less and less in our journey with Him. That doesn’t mean that we will be completely free of sin or that misfortune will no longer visit us. It does mean, however, that we will no longer be condemned by our own actions. Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, has paid the price of our weaknesses and guaranteed a place in heaven for us. So, we must no longer concentrate on what is wrong with our lives, but in how we can help others with what has gone wrong in their lives.
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