Monthly Archives: November 2015

HE holds the KEYS to the JEM World

A few days ago, I was exercising with our daughter. While doing so, I heard the title of this blog. I thought, “What an interesting one.” I had a friend ask me, why I spelled the word jem, with a J. Here is the reason, JESUS. I was given an acronym. It is JESUS ETERNAL MAJESTY. For Jesus holds the keys to death and Hades. It says this in the word of God. You know what is absolutely amazing? So, do WE, through HIM

THE GREATEST GEM to GOD is the character of Christ ~

When I was a child, I used to watch a show called Jem and the Hollograms. This show was about a girl, who was very ordinary, on the outside. Yet, she became something extraordinary. Now, ignoring, the whole magic aspect of it all, we can see more. Meaning, JESUS and HIS LOVE makes us extraordinary. We can REST in HIM. We can REST in HIM making LIFE go, the way He desires for us. The KEY is HIS desires, not ours. I recall as a kid, wanting to be like JEM. What I really wanted, was to be someone else.

I wanted to go on stage, which was everyday life for me. Because, i was raised to perform. I don’t think anyone did it on purpose. It is just how it happened. I was raised, to hide how I felt. Yet, I could not, and so, guess what happened? I became the “problem” child. I did not see myself as good. I did not see myself as anything positive, at all. I definitely did not believe God loved me. Yet, I so trued to LOVE HIM.

I felt like a porcelain doll. A broken doll, that was always going to be cracked, and truly, would never be fixed. Somehow, I got it in my head, that if I fixed enough people, God would fix me. But, that was a lie. No matter how many success stories, I saw, I was still broken. It was a trap, really. Looking back, I see that I thought it was me helping or fixing. When, all along, it was JESUS. Even when I took credit, Jesus stood by me. Often, He watched over me, because I would not LET Him assist, as much as He would have liked.article-0-18F3722200000578-71_634x360 article-2504855-191FA85800000578-926_634x575gem-bitcoin-company

I guess, the reason I liked this show, was because I WAS her. I never knew it then, but I do now. I remember my parents introducing me to friends. They would do so with such pride. It REALLY bothered me. Because, I thought, “What have they got to be proud of?” I also fought the battle of the voices. Things would taunt me. I would hear, “YOU are NOT good enough and you NEVER will BE, They don’t LOVE you and never will, NO ONE will ever care about you, YOU will end up alone, Just KILL yourself, They HATE you, YOU will never be part of THIS family”, and many more horrible words.”

I share this to let you know, that JESUS rescued me then, and does now. I still have the battle of the words. But, NOW through HIM, I can overcome them. Jesus Eternal Majesty. PEACE in HIS LOVE and the fact that, HE never fails is present here. Even if I feel anxious, worried, sad, depressed, or some other emotion that is negative, I can choose JOY. I can choose to LIVE through HIM, on earth as it IS in Heaven.

GEMS are beautiful, and He sees us ALL as HIS GEMS. We all are the rainbow of HIS LOVE. Which means, we are not just ONE Gem in our lifetime, but ALL of them. JEM, is both a fictional character, and JESUS ETERNAL MAJESTY. It is okay, if it is both. Because, i watched Jesus teach Sarah and other kids, about HIS LOVE, through that show. I was one of those kids too. Isn’t HIS LOVE Glorious???

I have seen the GEM room in Heaven. It is stunning. It is Heaven, so THAT part is no shock. Everything in Heaven is glittery and beautiful. THIS is how Jesus wants US to be. HIS LOVE needs to shine through us, and DRAW people into HIS place. We should, through HIM, be a light in the city on a hill. But are we? I think that is something to ask HIM. His answers are all in HIS word, about what we are to HIM. Yet, are we choosing THIS, naturally speaking? I know it is a challenge for us sometimes. But, thankfully, He gives a clean slate, any times, as we repent from our hearts. Hos forgiveness is healing indeed.

Now, remember something there is also another word for Jem, which is GYM. I find it so interesting that there are 3 ways to share this one word. The last way is significant. Because, JESUS should be our personal trainer. We need to workout with HIM. He should be the ONLY one pushing us. No other individual, should be our EVERYTHING, but Jesus. So, why do we look to others, to do, what ONLY He can?

I believe it is simple, we have been TOLD we should.

Forgive us LORD, for falling prey to the lies, and remind us, that ONLY YOU hold the KEYS to death and Hades, and ONLY YOU can complete the process of our freedom. WE LOVE you JESUS, Heavenly Father and HOLY SPIRIT. We thank you for a new day, and we, by FAITH decide to decree and declare, that WE LIVE in your world today. Bring em’ Heaven LORD. We choose YOU. In Jesus name. Amen

http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Gems

Proverbs 3:15

She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

Proverbs 31:10

An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Ezekiel 27:16

“Aram was your customer because of the abundance of your goods; they paid for your wares with emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and rubies.

Revelation 21:19-21

The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

 

19 Nov 2015

2 WEEKS NOTICE!

29caf0651dd94f57758d9befcb449fc81393995_10201078220131542_2001900371_n12189871_730291773768079_329414883154103138_nYesterday, when I was getting, the prompting to write, I heard this phrase. I thought of the movie, with the same title. “TWO WEEKS NOTICE.” Have any of you seen it? The movie is about a lawyer, who takes a job, for a purpose she believes in. She takes a job, with a man that everyone sees as a BIG WIG. Once she gets in the position, she realizes, that the man, is Just a MAN. Meaning, he has a heart, pain, desires, and wants LOVE. I won’t tell you the plot completely, but suffice it to say, it has surprises in it.

So, as I was praying about this, I realized something. That MAN can represent Jesus. We come before HIM, often law based, and demanding our purpose be revealed. When the TRUTH is, HIS purpose is what matters. Don’t WE want that? Because, if WE don’t REALLY desire, fully HIS purpose, we need to take a hard LOOK. The scripture came to me, “Work out your own salvation.” Also, “Study to show thyself approved.” Both of these are really significant here. WE are HIS BRIDE. We have to choose to receive HIS LOVE. We do this, by FAITH in Jesus. TRUE FAITH comes from the finished work, that HE has completed. He is BOTH, the tree of LIFE and the ROOTS.

There are MANY that are in desperate situations and circumstances. Always, God gives us a choice. We can HEED His instructions, and receive HIS blessings, or WE can reject HIM. For us, and our family, the choice is simple. HIS LOVE conquers everything. This does NOT happen, from a place of religiousness. It happens from a beautiful garden of intimacy. I ask you something now. Are you willing, to give God 2 weeks? Can you give HIM 14 days, to turn around your burden? Not just to turn it around, but to handle it. God can and WILL do it.

God does not need THAT long. He can do it is a minute, hour, day, couple days, anytime HE chooses. But, 2 weeks is specific. 14 is the BIBLICAL number of DELIVERANCE. I urge you, to by FAITH in Jesus, surrender the TIME b4 HIM. We have done this, and ARE doing this too. Because, WE always need MORE FREEDOM. We always need MORE healing. He wants us purified, sanctified, and cleansed.

HE is our purpose. HIS LOVE Grounds US. His HEART unites us. HE is why WE can exist here. God does not ignore His kids. Yet, He waits for us to come to HIM. As patient as it appears that the enemy is, GOD is MORE. As strategic, and relentless, as it appears, the enemy is, GOD is MORE. Jesus, the Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit united are UNSTOPPABLE. Does God say it will be easy? NO. However, I would not even want to imagine, how much more difficult without HIM.

There is DOOM and GLOOM without JESUS. But, with HIM, there is HOPE. There is GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS, JOY, PEACE, and MORE in JESUS’s ARMS. All the desires that WE have, that are GOOD and HOLY, are held in the hands of God. Also, they are held in HIS heart, and are waiting. He is a GREAT God, and He gives as WE receive. His giving also often arrives through surrender. That is an interesting word. Because, MANY want to have one foot, in Heaven and one in the world. But, He is clear that WE cannot serve BOTH God and Mammon. So, why are so many trying?

There are numerous reasons, why people stay stuck. The number 1 reason, is because they feel UNWORTHY to move forward. Even DEEPER, they have judged themselves, unworthy to receive HIS LOVE. But, that actually negates what Jesus did. When we choose guilt, rejection, unworthiness, it causes sadness to the LORD. I don’t know about you, but I want to make HIM happy and joyful. I want HIM to look at me, and be pleased. Even if NO one else, were pleased with ME, my desire is that HE smiles.

The challenge set before you is THIS : For 2 weeks say thank you to God. Begin with 5 minutes, start slow. You can even start with 3 minutes. A devotional is a good tool as well. Increase the time, and list of what you are giving over to HIM. I am beginning this today, with our family. Believing that Heaven will come, and Hell subside. I have FAITH in HIM, that HIS LOVE will conquer ALL EVIL. No weapon formed against US will prosper, and HE will bring the increase. To the enemy, JESUS has given you 2 weeks notice, and you will see HIS ROAR, soon enough.

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Fam

14 Nov 2015

In HIS Arms

I had the most beautiful experience recently. I fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. Have you ever embraced a HUG from God? It comes in MANY forms. My favorite one, is through HIS babies. It can be a smile, literal hug, kind glance, encouraging word. ALL of these, are hugs and kisses and LOVE of Jesus. His desire, is for US to REST in HIS arms.

So, I ask a question today. Do OUR desires line up with those of Heaven??? Are we truly receiving the LOVE of God? Because if we ARE, then we know without doubt, He LOVES us. If we are doubting HIS Love, then somewhere, the frequency to receive it is crossed. I love movies, and I realize now, how much God teaches me there. One movie that shows a vivid example, of crossed frequency danger, is “Ghost Busters.” There is a scene where they discuss their extinction, in trying to capture and destroy the evil, if the power lines cross.

Ultimately, JESUS is our all in all. He has to be. If He is NOT, then He is NOT first. If he is not our JOY, than something or someone is in the way of that. I now understand that LONG before I “felt” the arms of Jesus, I was being held by HIM. Even in the time that I seemed to be disconnected, He knew me. He always saw my destiny, and kept drawing me back into HIM.

So many times, Jesus was fighting for me. I had little, if any clue. He fought through others, and I was so broken, I never noticed. I ask heir forgiveness now, of my own pain clouding the view of Heaven. He fought around others, and with the host of Heaven united, on my behalf. He does that for HIS kids. It humbles me daily, how the LORD fights for His babies. Thank God that He does not sleep or slumber. I am so humbled and grateful for HIS abiding and unending LOVE. I have entered into the Gates of His arms. Oh, it is indeed beautiful. There are NO LIMITS here.

Yesterday, I was given this psalm…

In HIS ARMS, I am suspended. In HIS ARMS, there is never ending LOVE. In His arms, I can surrender ALL. It is safe here. It is okay if I feel small, and feel at all. It is SAFE here. It is good that I express my heart, to my KING. It is SAFE here. In His ARMS, there is hope, and I am HOME. I can REST in HIS arms. I can sleep in HIS arms. I am not CHARMED by the world here. I am fully at peace. ALL evil must bow, when I am HELD in HIS arms. There are no alarms, He cannot handle, or sound. His Grace and MERCY abounds here. I am complete here, HIS favor rests on me, while I reside, in HIS arms. His hands KEEP me, safe and sound. His eyes, watch and record my moves. HIS LOVE flows through my DNA. My blood is made NEW. My organs alive, and well. 100% healed and whole, set free. From Hell, I will never react. Only Heaven moves me, only JESUS lives here. Only the Holy Spirit, can dwell here. Only the Heavenly Father is the one whom I adore. United, the family of GOD, forever more. No more Jacob, no more hurt, no more anger, no more fear. No more doubts, no more questions, for HE alone has made it clear. In full I see, HIS Love for me. Come partake of HIS will of LOVE. Thirst no more, hunger no more. CHOOSE this day. It will never be regretted. Come forth Lazaras, and ARISE. For HIS breath will make your dry bones live again. His simile, His laughter, His JOY will fill you and make you whole. YOur freedom is part of another. Every sister and brother in the body, is ONE through Jesus. The cornerstone, the greatest jewel, choose today. The ONE way. No longer the fool, will you be. Just one more time, put your trust in me, says Jesus. I will fight, I will win and WE will indeed celebrate.

I never considered myself a psalmist. But, Jesus sees me as MORE than I could ever fathom. He sees YOU as MORE too. A song that has been on my heart, is “Dear John.” Mandisa wrote this song, for someone she loves, a family member. This song is a heart cry to Jesus, and a plea to them, on behalf of HIM. I was so touched by it, and even more I am still. The beauty of HIS LOVE. The joy in His arms.

Dear John, How you doin’
I’ve been thinking about you
I’m not sure how to say it,
but I’ve been praying daily
For some kind of a breakthrough

I’ve said this a thousand times
And I know you don’t see my side
But I do it ‘cause I love you
So, dear John here’s the truth…

There’s freedom
On the other side of
Things that keep us tied up and afraid
There’s hope in every situation
No matter what you’re facing everyday
But it’s up to you
You get to choose
The Father is waiting there with open arms

Dear John, People hurt you
And you know I’ve been hurt too
There’s no way to escape it,
don’t let your pain be wasted
No, don’t let it get the best of you
‘Cause God took my broken parts
And gave me a brand new start
Now I am walking, breathing, living proof
And, dear John, He can do this for you

There’s freedom
On the other side of
Things that keep us tied up and afraid
There’s hope in every situation
No matter what you’re facing everyday
But it’s up to you
You get to choose
The Father is waiting there with open arms

Dear John, It’s a not a list of do’s and don’ts
Not a record of your faults
He gave his life pay it all
Dear John, He loves you just the way you are
You are forgiven by His scars
Just open up your heart, your heart

There’s freedom
On the other side of
Things that keep us tied up and afraid
There’s hope in every situation
No matter what you’re facing everyday
But it’s up to you
You get to choose
The Father is waiting there with open arms

Dear John, dear John, dear John, dear John…

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mandisa/dearjohn.html

This song is so significant. It reminds us that GOD comes NOT against our will. But, if our will is not 100% submitted to HIS, then are we really serving and choosing HIM??? I remember long ago, I was seeking His will, over our marriage. There were circumstances, that could have absolutely destroyed us. In fact, in many ways, they did. But God. His LOVE revives us, causes us to thrive and repent for error in process. For without the repentant heart, we have NO lifeline to God. We are truly disconnected from Jesus. Even if we had been connected b4. He knows when and if we will return to our first LOVE.

06 Nov 2015

HOME sweet TENNESSEE

In reflection time, with God, I often just sit, with worship music on, or a sermon in the back ground. Rarely, do I sit in quiet. Though, little but little, that is changing. I realized something recently. When writing the first book, I did sit in quiet. I just let God speak. It was indeed, a beautiful time, with Him.

I would awaken at strange hours, and I would just start to type. I believe Jesus was guiding me, instructing me, through the Holy Spirit, and I know that Father, was pleased. Our Heavenly Father, is so good at fighting for His kids. It really amazes me, every single day, to notice MORE the goodness and GREATNESS as well as wonders of God.

So, as to how this entry came about. I was praying about my life, as a living sacrifice to God. I remembered when I was in my 20’s. Specifically, a time, when my grandfather Cooper passed. You see, it was near my birthday. The funeral, was actually ON it. At the time, the guy I was dating, came with me. We spent time together, at a restaurant, and later a movie. The movie, “Sweet Home Alabama,” was really cute. I liked it, and even now, still learn things from the film.

I grew up in the South. I could relate a lot to the film. In fact, now I know ways, I id not even know then. In Tennessee life was not always easy for me. Interestingly, as I have done some growing, I have observed, I was not the ONLY one struggling. I was simply, one of the more transparent ones. I used to say awful things, about where I lived. I did not appreciate, where I had been birthed. Because, then I had been BORN into pain.

In the movie, it starts out with 2 young kids, 9 years old, and maybe 11. They are just starting to wonder what LOVE is and looks like. I remember that, so well. I remember the name of my first kiss, and so forth. But, those things are not, as important to me. NOW, I recall at 9, I officially chose JESUS.

The film chronicles, the lives of the 2 kids. It shows a deep separation, and almost divorce. But God. In my life, THIS happened with Jesus. Bad seeds were planted and they pulled me into the world. The more I tasted of the world, the more I seemed to LOSE my appetite for Heaven, and HOME. The movie, is a comical example, in some ways, and a touching one in others.

I recognize now, having endured much suffering through Christ, that WE must appreciate EVERY detail. The command is to “Count it ALL Joy.” To be open to somethings, that because God leads, will work, even if they make no logical sense to us, at first. To know that HIS plans, though often VERY different than ours, do succeed.

So, today I want to BLESS my homeland, Tennessee. I met Jesus there, in many ways. The best part is, HE met ME there. 🙂 I ask Heaven to invade and the Lion of Judah to roar over this land. I bless every individual there. In the name of Jesus, and through HIS LOVE. I thank God for my family. I know they don’t always understand me. Also, that, at times, I have made it virtually impossible to love me. I ask forgiveness, from them and God. I choose to receive again, this day. I am believing for Many miracles, through THIS land and all the nations. Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen

The scriptures will be on HOMElanD

http://www.openbible.info/topics/homeland

Revelation 12:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Matthew 24:21-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Revelation 20:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Revelation 17:1-18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” …

Revelation 5:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 3:10 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 1:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Hebrews 12:29 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 11:35-40 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, …

Hebrews 11:13-16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

2 Timothy 3:1-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Philippians 4:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:19-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 16:15 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

Romans 8:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Acts 6:1-7:60 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. …

Acts 4:12 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 2:38 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 15:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.

John 8:44 ESV / 3 helpful votes

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Luke 21:34-36 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Matthew 24:20-22 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Matthew 24:15-21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! …

Matthew 24:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.

Matthew 22:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 10:17-18 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Zephaniah 2:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Daniel 12:1 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

Isaiah 33:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Isaiah 3:10-11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.

Isaiah 3:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For the look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves.

Revelation 7:1-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, …

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 3:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

1 Peter 1:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

James 5:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 4:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. …

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 14:6 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 3:36 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Mark 16:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Matthew 19:4-6 ESV / 2 helpful votes

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 16:18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Leviticus 18:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Genesis 2:24 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Genesis 2:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

I encourage YOU to take time and observe your land. Life can get pretty crazy. To quote a movie, “If you don’t stop and look around once and while; you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueler)

03 Nov 2015

Bears for Kids

For the month of November, we have partnered with youcaring.com to raise money for Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando FL.  All the details are on our new Bears page.

02 Nov 2015