Many enjoy our words of faith and enduring inspiration; however, not all of my life is colorful as the fall. But, this is not about those I’ve turned over to God in prayer, but the joyful ending of God’s faithfulness. The holiday season is fast approaching, and I won’t focus on the ugly parts of life, but the joy of Thanksgiving.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Living in a state of humility and reverence, I find myself so thankful for answered prayers. The summer winds turned to the north, and the foliage of forests turned harvest colors. It’s time to lie down arms, repent, and comfort those we might forget this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Yes, it’s time to rejoice! Give praise to our almighty Father for our many Thanksgiving blessings. Join hands to commemorate the peace and love we’ve found in each other. It’s not just the pilgrims landing anymore. Our sovereignty, through God, our Father, blessed the table we partake this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
I so often return to the words my wise dad spoke, “count your blessings, not your problems.” I welcome you to share this thought on Thanksgiving. Lay aside the differences, if only for one day, and thank God for your life. Count your many blessings and be thankful. We fill every day with memorable moments.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
As for my family and I, this year’s Thanksgiving Day holds a significant meaning. It falls on the twenty-eighth, which was my Dad’s birthday, and I commemorate him in heaven. It was also my parent’s wedding anniversary. Married in 1958, I bet they picked this day so my dad would never forget their anniversary. Only one person knows their story for sure, and he’ll never tell… or will you, Uncle Bill?
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Be sure to join us again on Sunday, December 1 for the ongoing “Everything Christmas Blogs”
Today, I acknowledged a miracle of words when I picked up my
sacred golden pages known as the Bible. I was seeking special words of
encouragement to share with my readers when a light shone on a preface. Among
the Scriptures and descriptions of my Bible were four simple words clear as the
morning sky – The history of hope. Wow! This Christian compilation of sixty-six
books and letters, written by over forty authors, says more about the
complexity of God’s holy words than anything else. What better way can you describe
the Bible than hope!
If I ever find time to pen, ‘A Bible for Dummies,’ I’ll
use these encouraging words to show the love God shares with humanity. I often
mention the voids we have in our souls. We look for something to fill the
emptiness deep inside us. Its HOPE, of course, hopes our faith will withstand
the depression of the world we live in today.
This divine and extraordinary book is God’s plan for our
salvation. The Bible gives us deliverance from sin, repentance, a roadmap for
faith, and a refuge in times of trouble. It’s a sourcebook for everyday living,
regardless of your religion. Even though its stories took place in Asia,
Africa, and Europe, the message is still the same for all believers – everyone needs
Everyone dreams of a better future, but what do we use as
guidelines to make it happen? We can rely on our wisdom and knowledge, or we
can refer to biblical scriptures for the exact answers. I know someone right
now is saying, “I can’t understand or comprehend the Bible.” Guess what?
Neither can I, but I take one passage at a time, and I ask for God’s help…and
it works! Another resource for better comprehension is to do a careful search
on the internet. Only use resources written by the church and their ministry.
The word “hope” in the Bible means “a strong and confident
expectation.” It deals with things, yet unseen, and the testimony of God’s
promises. In other words, the Bible is HOPE. Hope – based on heavenly realities,
which gives us the power to live courageously, and to be all we can be through
The words “The history of hope” alone alludes to peace and sovereignty. Hope gives us strength and courage. Never give it up nor the hope in the power of our Lord!
God can change your course of history. Have you ever been
between a rock and a hard place, where you have to make a choice between two
unpleasant options? I grew old from throwing stones, so I conceded to stay in
I’ve found myself at dead-ends of lonely highways, and at
the edge of cliffs I thought was a gentle shoreline. I drove in storms where no
man ventured, unaware I was being protected by God. Do you, too, look at your
world and question how you ended up where you are today?
Second-guessing our world allows Satan a place to rest in
your life. No rest for the weary may have more meaning once you understand
the complexity of the verse. Being placed between a rock and a hard place is best
described as a vice on your spirit. God will not allow our hearts to be bound if
we continue in loving prayer. We can apply God’s command by choosing His way…
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him.”
How does God give us direction? He guides us by the wisdom
of the Bible and wise biblical counsel from His servants. It addresses every
complexing situation in life. Sometimes, though, answers may not be clear
through scriptures. Search out guidance in a library or Christian websites to
gain a piece of broader knowledge.
“Where there is
no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Maybe you’re afraid of deciding about something which you may
regret later. Everyone has to make choices, and my friends, our Father’s
abundance of grace and mercy freely flows to His children. His forgiveness is
I give God the glory! The mighty savior’s strength protects
us from the storms. He knows we face situations of being caught between a rock
and a hard place. But in the sanctuary of His safety, He delivers answers within
the ferocious winds and the sigh of calm waters. The Lord’s love abounds among
the fear. He mends the broken threads of Satan’s fury for His way is
I pray your prayers will make miracles happen when you are between a rock and a hard place. Wouldn’t you rather find peace in a quiet harbor than on a violent sea? Pack a paddle and head for the Lord!
What if today was the
last day as you know it? Would you wake and pray, read texts from the Bible, or
go for a walk and talk to God? What would you do? Would you do anything
different to ensure the quality of your everlasting life in heaven? Is there a
place safe from Satan’s atrocities and free from worry? Isn’t it humbling to realize
we are at the hands of a merciful creator who created us to bring Him glory on
Rest assured, our
God is greater than all things known to man. But His love for us is constant
for He already knows our destiny. I hear your sad thoughts, but know God has
you in His palms. Place your faith on a plane, flying high, like a stewardess
in the sky. Your faith will be redeemed when the end of the flight returns in
the night. God promises a safe journey to all believers as we fight the hell
here on earth. Putting God first is the difference between harmony and
disasters, hatred and peace in the world.
I wonder what goes
through the mind of some people? Are papers in order and wills drawn up to
protect the living? Do you live in denial today could be your last? Only our
Father in heaven has the final decision for our life span. Don’t let Satan stoke
the fires of doubt, worry, and fear. Trust God and surrender your life to Him. Our
great Creator will govern your days with infinite wisdom and power. Would you
want it any other way? He sees the light at the end of your tunnel.
“If we live, we live to the Lord, and
if we die we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we
are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).
As a stewardess of
the sky set your spirit high above the earth. Let God handle the misfortune which
contrives to make your mind soured. No matter how bad things may appear, God is
mightier than all evil.
A cure for your worries is just a prayer away as long as it’s mailed in faith. But don’t forget to push the send button as God waits on your prayers. Faith in our Father will allow you good fortune. Serve Him like a stewardess in the sky and be prepared as God sends answers in your direction. Blessed be our Father in heaven.
Peace, we yearn for. Peace, so hard to find. Where is peace gone? You are not easy To come by, Yet, so near you are. You are in our hearts. We pray for peace; But only we humans Can generate peace. Are we going to do it? It is in our hearts.
Finally, a moment
of peace! After another torrential storm, I adjusted the patio furniture to
find comfort again. My mind was disheveled from life’s stresses, but
nonetheless, the sun returned as promised. Land lovers watched the sailors set
sail from a forbidden shore. The harbor bustled once again with joy, as finally,
a quiet time for wayward voyagers to relax was on their horizon.
In the green, lush
woods, God protected His wildlife which took refuge in the limbs of the trees
and fallen trunks. Their domestic search was long and hard to find a place they
I wonder, is your place of peace?
Thinking back, my
mother found her peace in gardening, and my dad was quick to hit the deck and
launch his thoughts sailing the waters of Maryland. My beloved brother dropped
the convertible top of his Austin Healey, filled the tank, and left for hours traveling
to find his peace. I have close friends who wade out to their waist in streams and
cast their spinners to find their catch of the day. Others find peace in
hobbies or maybe an overstuffed recliner with their nose buried between pages. My
wife and many others discover harmony with sand between their toes. Jesus found
peace in His long walks through the desert sands.
find a place of peace in our Father’s house. It might be in a pew or listening
to the steeple bells as the choir sings a beautiful hymn. Tranquility and
contentment exude God’s presence in a church. Bible verses also bring us peace
such as in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The place of peace
in my personal life is with Christ. Just as another brother, He’s never far from
reach be it on my porch, in my home, or even my heart. When I stroll along the
shores holding my wife’s hand, I know He is taking her other. If we focus on
God, peace is never far behind in our life.
The Lord created a wonderful world, both on land and at sea, but I believe heaven is in your heart and soul. The true route to peace is through Jesus Christ. So, unclutter your world and unclutter your mind by surrounding yourself in His love, mercy, and forgiveness. I promise you – there will be no greater reward! Find a quiet place today and pray for your place of peace.
Today is the day to exploit my messages from God. I think it is important to summarize and discuss the last three week’s blogs – The Stars Are Lining Up, The Ides of Suspicion, and What If Christ Came to Rule the White House. Every single person, most of all Americans, need to understand these words because readers may have missed the point. My thoughts are strong on the severe condition of this world and the End Times nearing, so I must expand upon my words of hope and faith.
It doesn’t take a scholar to read the Book of Revelations and comprehend the forecasts within it are Bible predictions. History does and will repeat itself again. I began this mini-series with the Ides of Suspicion because Julius Caesar laid the groundwork for the first-ever democratic nation. He thought it was the only fair way to protect the middle and lower-class people. A coup of his envious and stubborn Roman senators, however, killed him. Their belief was a dictatorship could financially harm them and give Caesar too much power over the Roman empire. Why is Caesar’s death important to the United States? Our country, also was established on democracy. We have the freedom to elect our own President and practice social equality. But, today, we are witnessing a shift of events, repeating history. Our government and its citizens are in conflict. Senators are stubborn and deeply rooted in ungodly practices. Many Americans turn their back on the Declaration of Independence, religion, and the symbols which formed this great nation. It is a sure sign America will not be long before it implodes for this country was based on Christianity – not atheism or agnosticism. A civil war, just as the Roman empire suffered after Caesar’s death, cannot be denied as a future event by US citizens.
My blog, The Stars Are Lining Up, addresses bible prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes. The breaking of the seven seals (Revelations 6-8) possibly marks our beginning era of the Great Tribulation. Countries, including the US, are seeing a significant increase in war, natural disasters, economic troubles, starvation, and genocide. The Laws of God are severely broken, and it marks the beginning of the end for mankind. As I mentioned earlier, history repeats itself through the Bible. Our Lord is merciful and loving but is also vengeful and fierce when we do not live and abide in His word. Do you remember the story of the Canaanites in the Old Testament? God ordered the Israelites to “save alive nothing that breathes” in Canaan because of their filthy life. They worshipped other gods and practiced sexual inappropriateness; they sacrificed children and boasted of their evil practices. God obliterated a whole nation for their failure to heed His words. As we study this story, one must ask, could God be sending us an angry message today? Forest fires are wiping out entire towns, earthquakes are causing mass destruction, and tidal waves and record-breaking rainfalls are obliterating whole towns. How many more signs of His fury can we see around us?
WHAT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES?
Let’s visit the most powerful nation on earth and founded on Christian morals and the Bible. I’m sure many do not believe this to be true, but again, Satan works wonders in a foolish mind. I wrote the blog, What If Christ Came to Rule the White House because it is time for US citizens to realize their life, as they know it, is walking a fine line. Our government is in turmoil, just as the days of Julius Caesar. Laws pass approving abortion, talks of socialism is an everyday discussion, and our highest officials practice shady dealings. US citizens lack respect for the leader of our country, dwelling only on past indiscretions. Even the voting system is faulty. All countries have corruption, but our founding fathers built the United States to be a leader of the world. Today, it hopelessly flounders in front of our future generations because of greed, lack of belief in God, and poor morals. What does it take for people to see without God, there is no existence?
they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for
of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:19
Roman Empire was once the greatest and most influential nation in the world.
Its demise was the corruption because man was not created to rule himself; only
by the word of God. History, once again, is staring down the neck of the United
States. Our country, the most powerful and barbaric on earth, is about to have
a close encounter with God, our Maker. Lucifer has lounged here for thousands
of years, in the lap of luxury, but not much longer.
upon a time, God placed His only son, Jesus Christ, on earth to teach the truth
of His kingdom and to save lost mankind. But, in this cruel world, even Jesus
was a hunted man. When Augustus Caesar took over Rome, he knew a Savior was
coming, and he elected the Three Wisemen to go find this great Messiah. He even
placed a tax levy to force the pregnant mother, Mary, to come forward. But, God
intervened and redirected Joseph to take Mary, and the baby Jesus, to the only
country which Rome did not rule – Egypt. The lesson to learn is God always
protects the innocent from harm. He is the great Overseer of our nations,
governments, and life; His son, Jesus, was crucified to save our sins.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the
world through him. (John 3:17)
as God sees His beloved people failing to flourish, once again, He will gather
His army into battle for one last time. Christians, this is a war we can win
with faith and prayer! As God takes His fury out on the corrupt nations of this
world, He promises to protect His anointed children – it requires the belief in
Him. Live by the Laws of God and turn away from evil. Fight for God’s word
because even in the face of death, we will be winners.
As for those who are not believers, Christians will pray for your salvation because – weren’t we warned?
In the beginning, a body of water or a pile of rocks
designated property lines. God drew out a line marking the earth’s plane as His
cornerstone, a designated landmark when He first created the world.
As time passed, walls were nearly always built around cities in biblical days. For example, the one surrounding Babylon was 387 feet high and 87 feet thick made as a barrier of protection. God thought it was necessary and approved it because they had a right to protect their nation from evil. So, why would countries of both the Old and New Testaments build walls in the first place? Religious beliefs, not recognized by neighboring countries, was the primary reason to fortify territories. They stacked rocks, held together by mud, to protect themselves and make their landmark.
Did you know, in 1791, George Washington took forty stones
and strategically placed them as the cornerstones of Washington, DC? It began
at the south corner of the square at Jones Point in Alexandria, Virginia. On
each stone at all four corners, the side facing the District of Columbia
displayed the inscription “Jurisdiction of the United States” and a
mile number. In 2011, the vandalized cornerstones
were relocated and deemed federal historical monuments. Now, their original
location is designated by a chipped face on the corner of the foundation of the
building where the rocks originally sat in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.
Today, we respectfully divide our private homesteads from each other’s territories by survey flags. It might be a simple parcel or an estate, but if it is yours, it is so deemed by perhaps a six-foot privacy, or a chain-link fence.
Regardless of how small your cornerstones are, stand quietly in the name of God, and thank Him for that which He has afforded you. Respect the poor’s pillars and the wealthy’s gated courtyards. The Lord’s Seventh and Tenth Commandments, “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods” forbids the act of wrongfully taking someone else’s property. It also condemns feelings of envy, greed, and jealousy to what others own.
Jesus has to be known as the cornerstone, a designated
landmark, to Christianity. He wants us to build spiritual walls, defending our
faith, even if it means our values and attitudes differ from the rest of the
world. If we live within the confines of Jesus’s walls, we are morally stronger.
But, when we follow the false gods of materialism, our moral and spiritual
walls lie in ruins, and we manifest ourselves in prideful attitudes.
The Book of Isaiah refers explicitly to God as the “cornerstone.”
One particular passage even details, in construction terminology, the firm
foundation we can find in the Lord:
16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. 17 I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place.
Amidst our current world’s turmoil, we build physical walls for protecting God’s people. It is unfortunate Satan roams our great lands with followers who seek its destruction. But, as Christians, we have to seek the cornerstone of faith – our Lord, Jesus Christ. We should not be content with broken-down walls. Let us look forward to our new world, under God’s jurisdiction, where the pearly gates will be open to all believers. Those gates will be our designated landmark!