Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Christmas Holiday

The Christmas Holiday: The
tree is up and the lights are on the house, buying presents for the kids,
filling out Christmas cards and making plans to see friends and family. Oh and
don¢t forget to see the Christmas lights and the great food!

But Christmas is more than
that. This is the season to remember our savior¢s birthday and to be thankful!
Be thankful to be alive and have good health. Be thankful for other¢s love,
support and sacrifices. Be thankful for a great God that we serve. Be thankful
Jesus is alive. He lives in each of us! Because He lives, we have hope!

Dear God,

I am your child and I want to please you. I am sorry when
I do wrong. God give me the mind and heart to turn from my ways and towards
you. God, forgive me for my arrogance, rebellion and pride. Without you I am
nothing. I am broken and I need you. Give me strength that I may endure. Lord I
ask for the desire to persevere and to keep going. Help me to not give up.

Lord, bring healing and
restoration to my soul and to my heart so that you may be glorified. Fill me
with your spirit. Lord direct my steps and remind me to guard my mouth and my
thoughts. Thank you God for the work you are doing in me to make me whole and
complete. Thank you for your peace.

You make me aware of my
brokenness. Lord, I know that with you, I am in a safe place. You are my joy
and my strength. I need you and want your healing so I can grow, and to bond
and connect with others with a healthy, loving heart.

Lord, you have me to
stand in the gap on the behalf of others. Lord you have called me to be your
servant. Thank you for choosing me. May I do what you want me to do and not
make it be about me. Teach me how to be a good friend and a good listener.
Teach me how to love.

Lord I thank you for your
gentleness, goodness and kindness. Your love is perfect and you accept me just
as I am. You loved me first and your love is constant. Teach me how to be like
you! Give me a heart to love you and your word. Give me a heart to worship you.
Thank you God for all that you do and all that you give. Thank you God for your
gifts, your favor and your promises.

Thank you Lord for making me your child and that I can
call you my Heavenly Father. Teach me to trust you and be faithful. Thank you
for the truth of your word that gives me knowledge and understanding of your
ways. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice, your invitation to live in me, and
your promise of everlasting life. Merry Christmas to you Jesus, my Lord, my
God, my everything.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thankfulness is an expression of the heart. Thankfulness follows contentment. A person who is content is grateful and satisfied with whatever they have. They think of God and others and not only of themselves. “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice” (1Chronicles 16:10).
Why should we be thankful?
It's easy to be thankful for the good times. Quality of life comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a setback into a comeback. Realize that your difficulties make you grow and mature. A thankful attitude can turn a negative into a positive. “So then, just as received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthen in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”(Colossians 2:6). Be thankful that you don't have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't have something; it gives you the opportunity to show appreciation. “Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunity to improve. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. During those times you grow. Be thankful for when you are tired and weary, because it means you have made a difference. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
How can we to express thankfulness?
True thankfulness toward God motivates a person to express it by act of praise, worship, and service to others. Genuine thankfulness is best recognized in the person who continues to press in to their faith in God even in the most extreme difficulties and hardships. “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalms 5:11).
What happens when we are thankful?
God uses our character, experiences and circumstances to produce something of value in us. Experiences that would ordinarily harm you can turn out to be the very thing that makes you wiser, stronger and better. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Disappearing male?

Please pray for Israel and America

All together Now
Please pray for Israel and America. Please use the prayer card, and any other scriptures that are meaningful to you, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the world.

The Bible commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), to speak out for Zion’s sake (Isaiah 62:1), to be watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6) and to bless the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3). These and so many other verses of the Bible that have one overriding message-- as Christians we have a Biblical obligation to defend Israel and the Jewish people in their time of need.

Israel’s time of need is now. There is a new Hitler in the Middle East --President Ahmadinejad of Iran -- who has threatened to wipe out Israel and America and is rapidly acquiring the nuclear technology to make good on his threat. If we learned anything from the Holocaust, it is that when a madman threatens genocide we must take him seriously.

During the Holocaust, too many Christians were silent, and we were left to mourn the slaughter of 6 million Jews. Today, Bible-believing Christians must speak up and stand up for Israel. We must act to do whatever we can to protect Israel’s 6 million Jews from the second Holocaust. We must get it right this time. Our faith demands it. The times require it. Silence is not an option.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Clock Is Ticking

The Clock Is Ticking

• 40 percent of the world's population has never heard the Gospel
• 28 percent of countries have a minority Christian population
• 2,250 languages still do not have any of the Bible translated

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Names of God

THE NAMES OF GOD used in the Bible act as a roadmap for learning about the
character of God. Since the Bible is God's Word to us, the names He chooses in
scripture are meant to reveal His true nature to us.

ELOHIM: “Elohay” is the first name for God found in
the Bible, and it's used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. Elohim
comes from the Hebrew root meaning "strength" or "power",
and has the unusual characteristic of being plural in form. Right from the
start, this plural form for the name of God is used to describe the One God, a
mystery that is uncovered throughout the rest of the Bible. Throughout
scripture, Elohim is combined with other words to describe certain
characteristics of God:

Elohim: "Creator" Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth.”

Elohay Elohim: “God Of Gods” Deuteronomy
10:17, Numbers 23:19, Psalms 19:1

Elohay Chaiyim: “Living God”
Jeremiah 10:10

Elohay Kedoshim: “Holy God”
Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19

Elohay Kedem: “God of the Beginning”
Deuteronomy 33:27

Elohay Mauzi: “God Of My Strength” Psalm

Elohay Marom: “God Of Heights” Micah 6:6

Elohay Mikarov: “God Who Is Near” Jeremiah 23:23

Elohay Mishpat: “God
Of Justice” Isaiah 30:18

Elohay Selichot: “God Of Forgiveness” Nehemiah 9:17

Elohay Tehilati: “God Of My Praise” Psalm 109:1

Elohay Yishi: “God Of My Salvation” Psalm 18:47,

"EL" is another name used for God in the Bible,
showing up about 200 times in the Old Testament. El is the simple form
arising from Elohim, and is often combined with other words for descriptive

El Shaddai: "God
Almighty" Genesis 17:1

El HaNe'eman: “The Faithful God” Deuteronomy 7:9

El HaGadol: “The Great God” Deuteronomy 10:17

El HaKadosh: “The Holy God”
Isaiah 5:16

El Yisrael: “The God Of
Israel” Psalm 68:35

El HaShamayim: “The
God Of The Heavens” Psalm 136:26

El De'ot: “The God Of
Knowledge” 1 Samuel 2:3

El Emet: “The God Of
Truth” Psalm 31:6

El Yeshuati: “The God Of My
Salvation” Isaiah 12:2

El Elyon: “The Most High
God” or “God Most High” Genesis

Immanu El: “God Is With
Us” Isaiah 7:14

El Olam: “The God Of
Eternity” Genesis 21:33 or "Everlasting
God" Isaiah 40:28-31

El Echad: “The One God”
Malachi 2:10

El Roi: "Strong One Who
Sees" Genesis 16:13:

"ELAH" is another name for God, used about 70
times in the Old Testament. Again, when combined with other words, we see
different attributes of God:

Elah Yerush'lem:
“God of Jerusalem” Ezra 7:19

Elah Yisrael:
“God of Israel” Ezra 5:1, Isaiah 1:4

Elah Sh'maya:
“God of Heaven” Ezra 7:23

Elah Sh'maya V'Arah: “God
of Heaven and Earth” Ezra 5:11

YHVH is the Hebrew word that
translates as “LORD” in our English Bibles (all
capitals). Found more often in the Old
Testament than any other name for God, approximately 7,000 times. The title is
also referred to as the "Tetragrammaton," meaning the "The Four
Letters". The name of God, too sacred to be uttered, abbreviated ( . . .
.) or written "YHWH" without vowel points.

YHVH is the covenant name of
God. YHVH comes from the Hebrew verb "to be" and is the special name
that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. "And God said to Moses,
I AM who I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has
sent me to you... this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled
for all generations'" (Exodus 3:14-15).

YHVH declares God's absolute being - the source of everything, without
beginning and without end.

Jews stopped pronouncing this name by about 200 A.D. out of fear of breaking
the commandment "You shall not take the name of YHVH your God in
vain" Exodus 20:7. Although some pronounce YHVH as "Yahweh",
or “Jehovah” scholars really don't know the proper pronunciation.

/ YHWH: Genesis 2:4: “When the Lord God made the earth and the
heavens…”Jehovah - Elohim: “LORD
God” Genesis 2:4, Exodus 6:2-3 Jehovah - Jireh:
"The Lord will provide" Genesis 22:14: Jehovah - Maccaddeshem:
"The Lord your Sanctifier" Exodus 31:13Jehovah - M'kadesh: “The
LORD Who Makes Holy” Ezekiel 37:28 Jehovah - Nissi: "The Lord our Banner"
Exodus 17:15 Jehovah
- O'saynu: “The LORD our Maker” Psalm 95:6Jehovah - Rapha: "The Lord our Healer"
Exodus 15:26 Jehovah - Rohi: "The Lord my Shepherd"
Psalm 23:1 Jehovah - Sabbaoth: "The Lord of Hosts" Isaiah
6:1-3, I Samuel 1:3 Jehovah - Shalom: “The
LORD of Peace” Judges 6:24 Jehovah - Shammah: "The Lord who is Present"
Ezekiel 48:35Jehovah - Tsidkenu: "The Lord our Righteousness" Jeremiah
23:6, 33:16Jehovah - Yireh: “The
LORD who Sees and Provides” Genesis 22:13-14

The LORD who revealed Himself as YHVH in the Old Testament is revealed as
Yeshua (Jesus) in the New Testament.

8:12-18 Jesus presents himself as the "I AM." When challenged by some
Jewish leaders regarding His claim of seeing Abraham, Jesus replied, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM."

2:9-11 “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name
that is above all every name that at name of Jesus every knee should bow, in
heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord…”

Psalms 8:1 “O Lord, our
Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Worshipping God

Worship is comprised
of parts or elements including hearing God’s Word, praying, meditating, singing
and bringing gifts of tithes and offerings. “I will sacrifice a thank offering
to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in
the presence of all His people” (Psalm 116:17-18). Worship also includes the
celebration of both baptism and communion.

Worship describes our human
response to divine revelation. God has said something and we respond to it.
Worship is an active and open declaration to God of His worth in an intimate
and spontaneous manner allowing Him to touch us with His life-transforming

Why should we worship?

Because our God is great
and worthy of all praise. “Come, let
us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation”
(Psalm 95:1)

We were made to worship. The primary purpose of the church and all believers
in Jesus Christ is to glorify the Lord our God. “Ascribe to the Lord, O
families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the
Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the
earth”(Psalm 96:7-9).

We connect with the
living God. In worship we become preoccupied
with the Lord. We don’t just watch it take place we participate in it! ”Praise
the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord; praise him you servants of the Lord, you
who minister in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God”
(Psalm135: 1-2).

What happens when we worship?

When we worship, our God
is magnified. “For God is the King
of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise. God reins over the nations;
God is seated on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:7-8).

Worship enlarges our
horizons and changes our perspectives.
Praise and worship is the language of faith. “I will exalt you, O Lord, for you
lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my
God, I called to you for help and you healed me” (Psalm 30:1-2).

Worship enhances our
lives with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts
with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100:4).

Worship renews our spirit
as we stand in awe at His glory and grace. “Be still and know that I AM God” (Psalm 46:10). “Glory in His holy
name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice” (Psalm 105:3).

What is missing from Ch ch?


So come on and give him praise!
God Bless You All

Friday, November 7, 2008


Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong: she's failing algebra; her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely, Mom, I love your cake'

'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers. 'Yuck,' says her daughter.

'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?'

'Mom, those are all yucky!'

To which the mother replies: 'Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

If you like this, send this on to the people you really care about, I did.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Monday, November 3, 2008


the power of our spoken words, the Bible offers many blessings of fulfillment,
joy, fruitfulness, freedom, provision, protection, triumph, knowledge, wisdom,
honor, health, grace, warnings, discernment and eternal life.
10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…”
10:31 “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom...”
12:14 “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things…”
12:18 “the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
12:19 “truthful lips endure forever.”
12:22 “He delights in men who are truthful.”
13:3 “He who guards his lips guards his life.”
15:2 “The tongue of the wise commands knowledge.”
15:23 “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word!”
16:24 “pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the
21:23 “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”
22:11 “He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the
king for his friend.”
23:9 “Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.”
25:11 “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
29:11 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under
30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in
Peter 3:10 “For whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue
from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.”

Monday, October 20, 2008

Water into Wine

Making and Drinking Wine
Most juice was allowed to ferment to make safe for storage and later drinking
Took full fresh goatskin, sewed up cuts, filled with juice, hung up
Some would sew skin with hair inside for distinctive flavor, done today in some cultures
Fresh skins were used to allow expansion from fermenting process
Matthew 9:17
17Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
Fermented wine was stored in amphorae, large pointed jugs
When ready to drink, wine poured into kraters (large bowls) and mixed with water
Typically 3 parts water to 1 part wine, up to 8:1, 10:1 or even 20:1
Mixed wine poured from kraters into kylix (cups) for drinking
Only drunkards and barbarians drank wine straight or in 1:1 mix, called strong drink
Leviticus 10:8-9
8And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,

9Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Granpa's Hands

Grandpa's Hands.......

Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands.

When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the
longer I sat I wondered if he was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him
at the same time, I asked him if he was OK. He raised his head and
looked at me and smiled. 'Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' he
said in a clear voice strong.

'I didn't mean to disturb you, grandpa, but you were just sitting here
staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I
explained to him.

'Have you ever looked at your hands,' he asked. 'I mean really
looked at your hands?'

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them
over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at
my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making.

Grandpa smiled and related this story:

'Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have
served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled
shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to
reach out and grab and embrace life.

'They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my
mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled
on my boots.

'They have been dirty, scraped and raw , swollen and bent. They were
uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son and daughter. Decorated
with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone

They wrote my letters to my children and trembled and shook when I
buried my parents.

'They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and
shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the
rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried
and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works
real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to
fold in prayer.

'These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out
and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to
His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.'

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home.

When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my
children and wife I think of grandpa. I know he has been stroked and
caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

When you receive this, say a prayer for the person who sent it to
you, and watch God's answer to prayer work in your life. Let's continue
praying for one another.

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend will bless you both.

Passing this on to one not yet considered a friend is something
Christ would do.
-- Author Unknown

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The King

Here is our King I love God so much spread his love to the world!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Jim Reeves Trouble In The Amen Corner

It was a stylish congregation you could see they'd been around
And they had the biggest pipe organ of any church in town
But over in the Amen Corner of that church sat Brother Ayer
And he insisted every Sunday on singing in the choir
His voice was cracked and broken age had touched his vocal chords
And nearly every Sunday he'd get behind and miss the words
Well the choir got so flustered the church was told in fine
That Brother Ayer must stop his singing or the choir was going to resign
So the pastor appointed a committee I think it was three or four
And they got in their big fine cars and drove up to Ayer's door
They find the choir's great trouble sittin' there in an old arm chair
And the summer's golden sunbeams lay upon his snow white hair
Said York we're here dear Brother with the vestries approbation
To discuss a little matter that affects the congregation
Now it seems that your voice has interfered with the choir
So if you'll just lay out are you listening Brother Ayer
The old man raised his head a sign that he had hear
And on his cheek the three men caught the glitter of a tear
His feeble hands pushed back the locks as white as silky snow
And he answered the committee in a voice both soft and low
I wonder if beyond the tide that's breaking at my feet
In that far off heavenly temple where my Master and I shall meet
Yes I wonder if when I try to sing the song of God up higher
I wonder if they'll kick me out of there for singing in heaven's choir
A silence filled the little room and the old man bowed his head
The committee went on back to town but Brother Ayer was dead
The choir missed him for awhile but he was soon forgotten
A few church goers watched the door but the old man entered not
Far away his voice is sweet and he sings his heart desire
Where are there no church committees and no fashionable choirs
Let me hide myself in Thee

Monday, September 22, 2008

This Kid could teach a lot of folks a thing or two?

This Kid could teach a lot of folks a thing or two?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Why Jesus

Why Jesus


Because He emptied Himself of all but love,
. . . you can be filled.

Because His body was broken,
. . . your life can be whole.

Because His blood was shed,
. . . your sins can be forgiven.

Because He submitted to injustice,
. . . you can forgive.

Because He finished His Father's work,
. . . your life has worth.

Because He was forsaken,
. . . you will never be alone.

Because He was buried,
. . . you can be raised.

Because He lives,
. . . you don't have to be afraid.

Because He was raised,
. . . you can be strong.

Because He reached down to you,
. . . you don't have to work your way up to Him.

Because His promises are always true,
. . . you can have Hope!

Author Unknown

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Testimony Tony Snow

This is an outstanding personal testimony by Tony Snow, President Bush's former Press Secretary, and his fight with cancer. As a commentator and journalist, he announced that he had colon cancer in 2005. Following surgery and chemo, Tony joined the Bush Administration in April, 2006 as Press Secretary. Unfortunately, on March 23, 2007, Tony, age 51 and a husband and father of three, announced that the cancer had recurred, with tumors found in his abdomen. This lead to surgery in April, followed by more chemotherapy. He returned to work in the White House Briefing Room on May 3, 2007, but resigned some time after that 'for economic reasons and to pursue other interests. He wrote this testimony some time after his departure from the White House and it needs little intro . . . it speaks for itself.

'Blessings arrive in unexpected packages, - in my case, cancer. Those of us with potentially fatal diseases - and there are millions in America today - find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence 'What It All Means,' Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the 'why' questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things. And the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.

I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is, a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths began to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out.

But, despite this, - or because of it, - God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don't know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face.

Second, we need to get past the anxiety. The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere.

To regain footing, remember that we were born not into death, but into life - and that the journey continues after we have finished our days on this earth. We accept this on faith, but that faith is nourished by a conviction that stirs even within many non-believing hearts - an institution that the gift of life, once given, cannot be taken away. Those who have been stricken enjoy the special privilege of being able to fight with their might, main, and faith to live fully, richly, exuberantly - no matter how their days may be numbered.

Third, we can open our eyes and hearts. God relishes surprise. We want lives of simple, predictable ease, - smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see, - but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension - and yet don't. By His love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise.

'You Have Been Called'. Picture yourself in a hospital bed. The fog of anesthesia has begun to wear away. A doctor stands at your feet, a loved one holds your hand at the side. 'It's cancer,' the healer announces.

The natural reaction is to turn to God and ask him to serve as a cosmic Santa. 'Dear God, make it all go away. Make everything simpler.' But another voice whispers: 'You have been called.' Your quandary has drawn you closer to God, closer to those you love, closer to the issues that matter, - and has dragged into insignificance the banal concerns that occupy our 'normal time.'

There's another kind of response, although usually short-lived, an inexplicable shudder of excitement as if a clarifying moment of calamity has swept away everything trivial and tiny, and placed before us the challenge of important questions.

The moment you enter the Valley of the Shadow of Death, things change. You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft. Faith may be the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But it also draws you into a world scorn of fearful caution. The life of belief teems with thrills, boldness, danger, shocks, reversals, triumphs, and epiphanies. Think of Paul, traipsing through the known world and contemplating trips to what must have seemed the antipodes (Spain), shaking the dust from his sandals, worrying not about the morrow, but only about the moment.

There's nothing wilder than a life of humble virtue, - for it is through selflessness and service that God wrings from our bodies and spirits the most we ever could give, the most we ever could offer, and the most we ever could do.

Finally, we can let love change everything. When Jesus was faced with the prospect of crucifixion, he grieved not for himself, but for us. He cried for Jerusalem before entering the Holy City. From the Cross, he took on the cumulative burden of human sin and weakness, and begged for forgiveness on our behalf.

We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us, that we acquired purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us part way there. It reminds us of our limitations and dependence. But it also gives us a chance to serve the healthy. A minister friend of mine observes that people suffering grave afflictions often acquire the faith of two people, while loved ones accept the burden of two peoples' worries and fears.

'Learning How to Live'. Most of us have watched friends as they drifted toward God's arms, not with resignation, but with peace and hope. In so doing, they have taught us not how to die, but how to live. They have emulated Christ by transmitting the power and authority of live.

I sat by my best friend's bedside a few years ago as a wasting cancer took him away. He kept at his table a worn Bible and a 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer. A shattering grief disabled his family, many of his old friends, and at least one priest. Here was an humble and very good guy, someone who apologized when he winced with pain because he thought it made his guest uncomfortable. He restrained his equanimity and good humor literally until his last conscious moment. 'I'm going to try to beat [this cancer],' he told me several months before he died. 'But if I don't, I'll see you on the other side.'

His gift was to remind everyone around him that even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity - filled with life and love we cannot comprehend, - and that one can, in the throes of sickness, point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms.

Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?

When our faith flags, He throws reminders in our way. Think of the prayer warriors in our midst. They change things, and those of us who have been on the receiving end of their petitions and intercessions know it. It is hard to describe, but there are times when suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and you feel a surge of the Spirit. Somehow you just know: Others have chosen, when talking to the Author of all creation, to lift us up, - to speak of us!

This is love of a very special order. But so is the ability to sit back and appreciate the wonder of every created thing. The mere thought of death somehow makes every blessing vivid, every happiness more luminous and intense. We may not know how our contest with sickness will end, but we have felt the ineluctable touch of God.

What is man that Thou are mindful of him? We don't know much, but we know this: No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us who believe each and every day, lies in the same safe and impregnable place, in the hollow of God's hand.'

T. Snow
deceased July 12, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

God Bless Our Troops and Veterans

God Bless Our Troops and Veterans

Monday, April 28, 2008

माय Prayer

When I wake in the mourning I look to the sky praying to the holly one as a tear runs from my eye. So happy to be me with a friend like you God, with nothing to fear because your son is so near. Joy full am I Lord as I play in your land as part of your plan so happy I am.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008


For only the few people who are protesting this war today I think that our troops would be much saferwithout these reports about protests. If you go to the protest sites Communism and socialism is this what your real ambitions lie? Every time the media shows protests Ham mas and Al-Qaida groups gain members and commit more jihads in the next month after each show of Demonstrations. You are effectively killing our troops.
Each time a protest is shown?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

News Media

The News Media
Media Moguls out there in the Magazines, Newspapers, Movies and Television are all about the bad in the world today. I think they are so unhappy that they need to make every one else miserable. Nothing is good or at least reported about. It is easy to take the negative side and not find good in anything. Today they even skew statistics, polls and views to their propaganda machine of hate and ignorance of reality.
Easter day they would rather report on a kid getting run over by a car hunting eggs than the kids enjoying the day with their families. The weather is even the bad weather not the good it just is not healthy. If you want to live a better life and be happy find other ways to use your precious time?
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Teresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century. Sidney Madwed, poet, philosopher, business consultant. Here are some good places
The Bible good news reports

Happy News

God news

Good news Iraq

Sunday, March 9, 2008

> When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the
> Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but
> this is what they
> heard:

> 'Heavenly Father,

> We come before you today
> To ask your forgiveness and
> To seek your direction and guidance.
> We know Your Word says,
> 'Woe to those who call evil good'
> But that is exactly what we have done.
> We have lost our spiritual equilibrium
> And reversed our values.
> We have exploited the poor and
> Called it the lottery.
> We have rewarded laziness
> And called it welfare.
> We have killed our unborn
> and called it choice.
> We have shot abortionists
> And called it justifiable.
> We have neglected to discipline
> Our children and called it
> Building self esteem.
> We have abused power
> And called it politics.
> We have coveted our neighbor's
> Possessions and called it ambition.
> We have polluted the air
> With profanity and
> Pornography and called it
> Freedom of speech and expression.
> We have ridiculed the time Honored values of our Forefathers and
> called it enlightenment.
> Search us, Oh, God, And know our hearts today; Cleanse us from every

> sin
> And set us free.
> Amen!'
> The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked Out
> during the prayer in protest.
> In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is
> pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 Of those
> calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international

> requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa and Korea
> Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio Program, 'The
Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program
any other he has ever aired.
> With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our Nation and
> wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'one
nation under God.'
> If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends 'If you
> don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.'
> Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone On your
> email list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by The world.
> How many people in your address book will not receive This
> you have the guts to pass it on?
> I just did!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


There’s good news from the graveyard this morning.
Good news that the tomb is empty.
Good news that Jesus rose from the dead.
Good news that the devil couldn’t hold him.
Good news that death has lost its sting.
Good news that the grave has lost its victory.
Good news that we need not fear death any more.

As far as I know my heart this morning, I am not afraid to die. Not because I am especially brave. For I am not. But I know what’s on the other side. My Lord has come back and told me what I can expect. I don’t have anything to worry about.

If you hear that I have died tonight, when you bury me, stick up a sign that says, “Temporary residence.” I’m coming back up. You can count on it. I say that without any sense of pride or boasting. For my resurrection does not depend on me.
It does not depend on my good deeds.
It does not depend on any merit in me at all.

It depends solely and wholly on my Lord Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning. He promised that if I would trust in him, someday I would rise with him. I’ve staked my entire life on that promise. If it’s not true, I have no other hope.

But it is true. That’s why I don’t plan on staying dead forever.
Don’t Look in the Graveyard
Good news from the graveyard? That’s a strange place for good news. But that’s what Easter is all about. If you’re looking for Jesus today, don’t look in the graveyard. He isn’t there. He left the graveyard 2,000 years ago and never went back.

The really good news is this … If you are looking for Jesus today, you can meet him right now. May I introduce you to him? His name is Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Son of God from heaven. God so loved you that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. He was buried in Joseph’s tomb. He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning. He paid for your sins so that if you believe in him you will never perish but have everlasting life.

Are you trusting the One who rose from the dead? Jesus is alive and standing with open arms inviting you to accept his offer of eternal life. The door to Heaven is wide open. I invite you to take a step of faith and allow Jesus to prove to you that he is alive. I extend to you a personal invitation to consider becoming a Christian: If your soul is hungry for something more than you have found, try Jesus. If Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, make sure you open the door.

Each of us has an appointment with death sooner or later. But that is a cause for rejoicing—not for fear, provided we have put our trust in the One who holds the keys of life and death. Here is the final proof that death has been destroyed. When Jesus rose from the dead, he left the door to the tomb wide open. That means we won’t have to fight our way out of the grave when he calls us to wake up. He left the door open 2,000 years ago. That is God’s guarantee that even though we die, we won’t stay dead forever.

One final word and I am done. Perhaps you’ve seen the billboard with a picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. Underneath the picture are three words: “It’s your move.”

Jesus died on the cross. It’s your move now.
Jesus rose from the dead. It’s your move now.

God has answered our deepest questions with the simplicity of an empty tomb. On this happy Easter morning I declare to you that Jesus Christ is alive. My friend, what will you say to that? What difference does it make to you? Will you give him your heart and your life? Will you trust him as Lord and Savior?

It’s your move now.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Truth

"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
And you know where I am going and how to get there."
"No, we don't know, Lord," Thomas said. "We haven't any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!"

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jesus Words of Wisdom

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ and will deceive many. "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew24:3-8

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Psalm 4

Psalm 4

1Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

3But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

4Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

6There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

7Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

8I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Jesus Christ Our Savior

God's Love
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16 NIV).

God's Plan
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).

Man Is Sinful
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

He Died in Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

He Rose From the Dead
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'" (John 14:6).

We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

We Receive Christ Through Faith

"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

(Read John 3:1-8)

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reality of Life?

When you get old, you find yourself remembering how it was, all the time.
Read this and remember!

Actual comments made in the year 1955!

"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going
to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $20.00."

"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before
$2,000.00 will only buy a used one."

"If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack
is ridiculous.”

"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail
a letter?"

"If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire
outside help at the store."

"When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost
29 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."

"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to
stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long
as the girls."

"I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let
Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every
new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it."

"I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man
on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call
astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

"Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a
year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making
more than the President."

"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be
electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."

"It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women
are having to work to make ends meet."
"It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to
watch t heir kids so they can both work."

"Marriage doesn't mean a thing anymore, those Hollywood stars seem to be
getting divorced at the drop of a hat."

"I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of
foreign business."

"Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half
our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people
to congress."

"The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously
doubt they will ever catch on."

"There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs
nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel."

"No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $35.00 a day in the hospital it's
too rich for my blood."

"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bob & Patsy Mecado

Monthly Hardcore Gatherings
Rebuilding Broken & Hurting Lives
Believing For The Impossible
Luke 1:37

Breaking the chains of addiction, alcoholism, gang violence abuse, drugs and anything else from which it seems impossible to be set FREE! Learning to win the war within ourselves and shouting for joy as freedom
becomes a new way of living!

Main Speakers Bob & Patsy Mecado
Los Angeles County Groups
Date & Time: 1st Monday of every month at 7p.m.
Place: Church of the Redeemer, 3739 N. Monterey,
Baldwin Park, 91706

Date & Time: 3rd Wednesdays of every Month at 7p.m.
Place: Scattering Seeds, 12601 Beverly Blvd, Wittier, 90602
(565) 714-0923 Pastor David & Renee Magallanes

Orange County Group
Date & Time: Last Tuesday Of every Month at 7p.m.
Place: New Wine Church, 1425 S. Brookhurst, Fullerton, 92833
(714) 526-0665 Pastor Bob & Sharon Nixon

San Bernardino County Group
Date & Time: Third Thursday of every month at 7p.m.
Place: Inner Vision, 1121 S. Campus, Ontario, 91761
(909) 923-1193 Pastor Leo & Lydia Castillo ( no child care)

Men, Women, Teens, Welcome for all sessions
Classes for children of all ages. Refreshments Available.
For info call: Chaplain Patsy Mercado (626) 337-7465
Believe in your Heart that we are going to make it!

Bob & Pat Mecado - Chaplains

They each led a life of crime, violence, and self-destruction. A personal life encounter with Jesus Christ ended all that. Over 25 years since then, they have been led to boldly reach out to addicts, abandoned and abused children, alcoholics, and prison inmates.

Chaplains Bob & Pat Mecado work throughout the Los Angeles Sheriff's facilities, California Department of Corrections, Los Angeles Probation Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services. They also work in correctional facilities for adults and children throughout other parts of the United States.

They write to thousands of men, women and children behind institutional walls.

Learn More here: Sonlight of Orange

View Bob Mecado on T.V.

Herods Tomb

King Herod's tomb was found by Prof. Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology. The long search has ended. Excavation started in 2006 and it was in may of 2007. The Heredium complex is King Herod's largest and most distinguished landmark that was built. The Tomb was found in this complex.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Jesus Christ

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"The 'JESUS' film is the most effective
evangelistic tool ever invented."
Rick Warren

Author of "The Purpose Driven Life"

Even though the story they see and hear is 2,000 years old, for those who believe, their history is reborn. They are moved from darkness into His marvelous light. Christian researcher, Dr. Jim Engel, declared:

"...the film stands decisively as one of the unique things that has ever been done in evangelism. The 'JESUS' film builds such a compelling picture of Jesus that people in the audience are overwhelmed by what they see, hear, and experience."

"JESUS" film teams and others are sharing "JESUS" with tens of thousands of people daily in the "uttermost part of the earth." To date more than 218 million have indicated decisions for Christ, with literally hundreds of thousands of churches having been planted in conjunction with showings of "JESUS."

But, with an estimated more than 3 billion people who still have never even had a chance to hear the gospel, there is much more work to be done. Will you help us continue to take the message of hope and salvation to a desperate world?

Friday, January 4, 2008

The city is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. The fall of King Saul to the Philistines at Gilboa is thus recorded: "The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people. They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shean" [1 Samuel 31:8-10].

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Please visit again

God is Love he gave his only son Jesus Christ forgiving our sins for the love of Gods children

I made a promise to god to reach out to others so they may know our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Click on the banner above to go to the site.
See why God loves all things and if you have been wrong that his son has forgiven you of your sins.
Many resources to help yourself and family true love, peace and that you matter in this world and your future life in heaven.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

God is love

Why do we break his rules?
Can we redeem our selves before the Lord Almighty?
Some answers can be found here?