The Wedding

The Wedding

Preparing for a wedding has, in itself, become a big event today. In some cases, it’s become the event before “the” event. From creating “save the date” notifications, prior to actual wedding invitations; to searching for and reserving the desired venue and menu; to making arrangement for the honeymoon (and everything else in between), the list goes on and on. Much necessary thought, time and effort is invested in that “Big Day” that is meant to usher in a commitment that is designed to last a lifetime, here on earth.

There is another wedding that is to take place some time in the future.  It’s the Marriage of the Lamb described in the Bible in Revelation, chapter 19, verses 7-9.  Although we don’t know the date, that future wedding deserves as much, if not more, diligent preparation and attention.  The Bible tells us that there will be a day when Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb who died for you and me, will come again to greet and meet His “Bride”, (the church, Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:27), and she will be “caught up with Him in the air” always to be with Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Surely, preparing for that wedding would be quite different from the familiar here on earth. No need for invites, they’ve already been sent out (John 3:16-17); nor for venue or menu, it’s already been planned (Revelation 19:7-9); nor honeymoon arrangements, they’ve already been made. (John 14:2-3)

So, what preparation would be suitable for this event? Simply accepting the invitation, given to all of us in John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

The Gift

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Receiving a gift is exciting….

….we unwrap it, we examine it. We learn about it and enjoy it. And, we make the gift a part of our lives.

God gave us the ultimate gift – Jesus Christ – “the Word made flesh”. The Bible says:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” John 3:16

If we receive God’s gift of His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, we become His children. The Bible tells us: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name…” John 1:12

If we study God’s Word, we then learn about Him, His ways, His love for us, and how He helps us to grow each day.  The Bible says,  “All Scripture is given….for instruction in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16

Simply put, the Bible is God’s Word to us! And as we study it and its lessons, we discover and learn how to live as God, our Creator, designed us to live. And as a result, we please Him, plus, we experience His joy and peace.

In this process of reading and studying God’s Word, ask Jesus to join you, and to help you learn what He would have us know from His Holy Word. Enjoy your time reading God’s Word and getting to know Him better. And as the Holy Spirit leads and guides your eyes, your heart, your mind, and your spirit, you will grow as God designed you to grow.

Blessings to you as you read God’s Holy Word!

People Need The Lord

That includes you and me!

This world with all of its enticements, lures, and even beauty and opportunity is not our final destination. Statistics demonstrate that 100% of all of us will leave this earth at some point in time. History proves it.

How many inhabitants of this planet going back centuries and millennia, are still here with us, today? Zero, zilch, nada!! A sobering fact, yet true. This life on earth as we know it will someday end for each and every one of us. Yet, the Good News is, we can choose where we will go when we leave this earth.

Jesus lovingly said in John 3:16-17:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Consider those words of Jesus for a moment. And then think about the realities of life on this earth, some of which are depicted in the first YouTube video, below. And for our Korean friends, a duet version of the same song, with your language, follows.

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-25

And then, there was Moloch…

In my last post, I shared my perspective on three significant current events that seem to be repeating Biblical history.
A fourth, that is in the forefront of today’s news, so resembles the pagan god, Molech, (referred to in Leviticus 18:21 & 20:21; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 32:35; and Acts 7:43, to name a few), that it, too, deserves attention all its own. The deliberate taking of innocent lives, sadly, is not new.

SweetPublishing:FreeBibleimages.org.-02-RehoboamJeroboam.(Moloch)Several years ago, I shared my thoughts regarding the implications of abortion.  They go something like this:

Those affected by abortion include

  • The aborted child.
  • The hurting mother.
  • The often forgotten father.
  • Many un-informed grandparents.
  • The siblings, left without more siblings.
  • Un-informed aunts and uncles.
  • The friends, left without classmates, schoolmates, and new friends.
  • The future spouses, who find themselves alone.
  • Society as a whole, which is founded upon all of the above.

At that time, those troubling thoughts were of great concern. However, today, some five-plus years later, they take on an entirely new meaning, one which grieves further the hearts of most of us. For as in the days of Moloch, we have and are repeating activities that grieve the very heart of our Loving God and Heavenly Father. In the process, we destroy innocent and vulnerable lives, (if that is not more than enough), and, also, ourselves. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a.

Lest we forget that we “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23, let us look at the latter part of Romans 6:23 above, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It’s time that we recognize that we need Him and need to ask His forgiveness. We are in need of a Savior, God’s Son, Jesus Christ, Who, while saving us from our sins, saves us from ourselves.

Dear merciful Lord, that is our prayer.

The Great Flood; the Tower of Babel; Abraham’s Appeal for Sodom…. What do they have in common?

Years ago, I recall being incredibly impressed and moved when I learned that after thousands of years, the land of Israel became home, once again, to the Jewish people who had been dispersed throughout the world for centuries.  What spoke to me then even more deeply, was that not only was I living after this return to Israel, but also, that this return is a major fulfillment of Bible prophecy….part of significant prophecy set to precede the Lord’s return. (Ezekiel 39:27-29; Amos 9:13-15; Jeremiah 31.10; Ezekiel 37: 21; Matthew 24:32-34, to name a few).  Do we fit into the interpretation of “this generation” in Matt. 24:34?

Subsequently, I’ve become more and more attentive to happenings in our world, and have taken note of some of the phenomenal events occurring in our day.  Here are a few in random order:

  • Take for example, the Internet: the World Wide Web.  One of my first impressions of this game changing resource was its similarity to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) – an attempt at a “one world language”…which is how I perceive the Internet today. (Fortunately, this tool can and is being used in God-glorifying ways.)

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  • Also, as in the days of Noah (Genesis 6-9) we witness, today, first hand, the constant downgrading of man’s aspirations and behavior. The end of that story tells us what happened then.

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  • And more recently, the lifestyle of man in Sodom and Gomorrah recorded in Genesis 18-19, (about which heavy-hearted Abraham pleaded with God), has now been sanctioned by the leaders of the free world. See this Biblical story’s outcome (Genesis 19).

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The point that stands out to me is that the time span between each of these Bible stories was many years before the next.  And each of the events in the stories was harshly judged by God.  The astonishing part, to me, is that today all three of the events are being repeated simultaneously!  That gets my attention!

Our God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If He judged mankind then in Biblical days, can we not only expect that He will do the same again?  If that be true, then what do we do?

The wisest response is to make sure we are right with God, which is simple to do, if you haven’t done so already:

  • Simply talk to God and admit that you have sinned, and ask Him to forgive you for your sins. (Roman 3:23).  He is willing to forgive our sins.

  • Ask Jesus to come into your heart, believing that He died for you. (John 3:16-17).  God proved His love when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for the sins of each and every one of us, thus taking on the penalty that was due us.

  • Ask Jesus to be the Lord of your new life, (2 Corinthians 5:17), and to fill you with the Holy Spirit to help you live a life that honors Him. In doing so, you will find the life that God designed and planned for you.

As you begin your new life with Jesus, read about Him in the Bible.  A good place to start is in the book of John.  Also, seek out a church that believes the Bible is God’s Word, and join them in worshipping Him.

He was wounded…

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…for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:5

Lord, Your Word tells us that You were wounded for our transgressions, You were bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon You, and by Your stripes, we are healed.

Help us to comprehend the depth and magnitude of this love, which we cannot repay — incomprehensible,  infinitely generous, and unceasingly merciful!

May we also receive it!

Love Divine….

Image: Courtesy of Grant Cochrane - FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image: Courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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HE THE PEARLY GATES WILL OPEN
Love divine, so great and wondrous
Deep and mighty, pure, sublime.
Coming from the heart of Jesus
Just the same through tests of time!
He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption,
And forgave me all my sin.
In life’s eventide, at twilight,
At His door I’ll knock and wait;
By the precious love of Jesus,
I shall enter heaven’s gate.
Han skal åpne perleporten
Så at jeg får komme inn,
For med blodet har han frelst meg
Og bevaret meg som sin.
He the pearly gates will open
So that I may enter in;
For He purchased my redemption,
And forgave me all my sin.

                                       -Blom

Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission.

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SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM
Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Mary’s Boy Child

Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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MARY’S BOY CHILD
Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.

“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
they saw a bright, new shining star,
and heard a choir from heaven sing,
the music came from afar.

“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“a new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.

Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
came to Bethlehem that night.
They found no place to bear her child,
not a single room was in sight.

But but-and-by they found a little nook,
in a stable, all forlorn.
And in a manger, cold and dark,
Mary’s little Boy Child was born.

Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
That man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas day.

 – Jester Hairston, 1956