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The word “socialism” is being thrown around today in our country mostly by the politicians. In reality many people do not really know what it is. Some people think it is good, while others think it is bad, but nobody really knows what effect it would have in our country. In the hopes that it may help some of you, I will try to explain what it is as best I know how.

According to the dictionary socialism is: “A political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the community as a whole should own and control the means of production, distribution and exchange.” To me that means that people would give up their individual rights. It sounds like communism more than anything else.

The community, as I understand it, would be the government. In other words the government would be the one that would make most of the decisions affecting our lives. We would have no say as to what would be taught in our schools and universities, what health program we would have, what retirement packages we should choose, where the funding would be spent or anything else. Everything would be taken care by the government.

A socialist country is where the government provides for most of the needs of the people. It is a welfare system. It can be ideal if each person contributes to the best of his/her ability, and if the people running the government were elected for a certain term. If people shared their money, possessions, time, talents and everything else socialism would truly work. During the first days of the Christian church the people did exactly that, and all the needs of the people were met.

Fortunately in just about every society there are those who contribute as much as they possibly can, but unfortunately there are also those who just go along for a free ride, and contribute as little as possible or nothing at all. They become a burden to society. In any society we will always have those two types of people. If the second group were nonexistent we could have a utopia the way God intended it.

Because many of the so-called “millennials” belong to the second group mentioned in the previous paragraph, having the government do everything for them sounds like the perfect solution to them. They do not stop to think that, in essence, it is unrealistic. They do not realize that they would be giving up their individualism, sovereignty and self-determination. They would become puppets of the government. Just as puppets are manipulated, they would be too.

Something they do not realize is that if everything would be given to them for free, and they did not have to work for it, someone would have to work extra hard to pay for them. There are no free lunches. When one part of the population does not work or pay for what it is receiving, another group has to pay for it. That puts an extra burden on the latter group. Facts are facts, and there is no getting around them.

Do not take my word for what I have stated in this article, look at the countries where the people depend on the government to meet their needs. Some of those countries are China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and a few others. How are the people living in those countries? How much freedom do they really have? Do they have freedom of choice? Can they travel freely within their country and can they travel to other parts of the world? Is everybody really treated equally?

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Jewish worshippers wrapped in prayer shawls, participate in the special “Blessing of the Sun” prayer at sunrise on the Eitam Hilltop near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrata, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. Devout Jews around the world on Wednesday observed a ritual performed only once every 28-years, saying their morning prayers under the open sky in the “blessing of the sun”, called the Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew. (AP Photo/ Kevin Frayer)

THE CHOSEN PEOPLE

Of all the nations in the world, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, the Jews are the people God chose to be His people. They are God’s chosen people. They were chosen from their inception. God Himself started the Jewish race and kept them separated from other people.

Abraham is not only the father of our faith in God, but he is also the father of the Jewish nation. It was through him that God started the Jewish race. Abraham was living with his father and wife in Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 11:31). It has not been clearly established if that was in Syria or Turkey, or some other place, but wherever it was, it was not in Israel. The Jewish nation and the Jewish race did not exist yet. Of course that means that Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

The Lord told Abram, whose name He changed to Abraham, to leave his father’s house and to go to Canaan. Genesis 12:1-5 – “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai (Later on God changed her name to Sarah) his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.”

In the previous paragraph you can clearly see that God took Abraham out of the land of Ur of the Chaldeans because they worshiped other gods. They were not believers in the true God who created heavens and earth. It is very possible that Abraham had no religion and no relationship with God, but God looks at the heart of man (1 Samuel 16:7). He chose Abraham because he was a man of integrity.

Genesis 17:1-9 – “ When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”

God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and with his descendants – the Jewish people. God does not break His covenants. If He were to do so, He would not be God. He would be no different than any human being.

The Lord and two angels appeared to Abraham, Genesis 18:9-14 – “ Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” And He (The Lord) said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him). Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Sarah did not know that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Abraham and Sarah did have a son as the Lord had promised. She was around ninety years old, and Abraham was one hundred when their son Isaac was born. Genesis 21:1-3 – “ And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.  For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.”

In essence Isaac was the first Jewish person, because as we have read Abraham and Sarah were not Jewish.

In Deuteronomy 7:6-9, God said this to the people:  “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Yes, God chose the Jewish people, but do not dismay if you are not Jewish. Since in Jesus’ time the Jews rejected Him – the Messiah – now anybody who accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with God. If you need convincing, read John 3:3, 3:15-17, 14:6, Romans 10:9 and 1 John 1:9. Whether you are Jewish, brown, black, white or any other color you can be one of the chosen ones by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Being of the Jewish race, belonging to a certain religion or doing good deeds will not get you to heaven.  

If you want to be “a chosen one,” read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud, in truth and humility. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me. I believe, confess and declare that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood and died on the cross to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice, and I accept Him in my life as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me at all times. Thank You Father. Amen.” Come back to my blog on a weekly basis, so you can learn more and more. God bless you!

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PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THERE’S A DIFFERENCE

Most societies around the world are spiraling down into sin at a record pace. There is no sense of right or wrong anymore. What is wrong they call right, and what is right they call wrong. There is no longer any criteria for what is right and for what is wrong. Whatever people want to do they justify it in their own eyes. If enough people start to do it, at first it becomes a fad, and then it becomes a norm. After it becomes a norm the government makes it legal. It has happened time after time that way.

For the most part “democracy” is good, but it has at least one bad part. The bad part is that what the majority wants, the majority gets. It does not matter if its immoral, indecent or illegal somewhere else. All they have to do is get the majority to vote on a bill favoring it, and if it passes it becomes a law. Look at alcoholic beverages, marihuana, gambling, prostitution, same-sex marriages, and even euthanasia. In some states some of those or all of those are legal. The people voted saying they wanted it, and they got it. Unfortunately, right or wrong had no say in the matter whatsoever.

The sinful people justify their actions by criticizing the people who still have a sense of right and wrong. The people who are doing what is right and correct in the eyes of God have become the scapegoats and the bad people in the eyes of the sinful ones. They are called intolerant, close-minded, ignorant, and even evil. People have totally discarded morals, scruples, and most of the laws that are actually based on biblical principles.

The news media used to be very reliable. Even when they made a mistake they would rectify as soon as possible. Now days what they report in many cases is “fake news.” Everything is distorted, biased, and in many instances completely false. Normally there are always two sides to every story – sometimes more, but the so-called news media only presents one side, and it is totally biased according to their views. They do not report news, they tell the public what they want it to believe.

Although we are a democratic republic there is a radical political party in the United States that actually wants to take us into socialism and maybe even communism. They want the government to provide everything free for its citizens as well as for illegal aliens who have never ever paid a cent into our governmental system. In theory it sounds like an excellent idea, and of course the millennial generation embraces it. In practice however it is a completely different story altogether.  If a group of people get something for free without doing one ounce of work for it, somebody else has to work extra hard and pay more than his/her share of taxes. In the USA the two groups that would have to be taxed heavily would be the working class and the extreme wealthy people. Even if the latter paid ninety per cent of their income, which is what that political party wants, they could afford it, but the working class cannot pay more taxes. They are already having a difficult time making ends meet.

If that socialist-bound political party were to have its way, and I hope it does not, then the wealthy entrepreneurs would leave our country in droves, and would invest their money in other countries. We would lose jobs, which means that many working families would lose their employment. The middle-class workers would get taxed even harder. They would be the ones that would carry the burden for this country. Eventually our country would become like Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela. That should give you a very good idea as to why we should not head toward socialism.

Instead of calling abortion murder what it really is, the new generation calls it women’s choice. In other words, women lawfully have the right of ending a fetus’s life at any given point. A fetus is a human being, whether people admit it or not. Denying that a fetus is a life does not change the fact that it is. God is the only entity that has the right to give life or to take it away. Anybody else who takes away a life is going completely against God’s will and will have to give an account to Him on “Judgment Day.” Yes, all of us will be judged by a righteous God who shows no partiality.

I do not know about other societies, but here in the United States a child or his/her parents can decide what sex that child wants to be. That, of course, is utterly ridiculous. A person is either male or female. There is nothing in between. All the child has to do is look at his/her organs. That will tell him/her immediately what sex he or she is. There is no such a thing as a transgender. Does a newborn horse decide whether it wants to be a colt or a mare? They accept what they are. Other animals do the same. Too bad some humans cannot learn from the animals.

I know homosexuals, lesbians and transgender are going to disagree with my previous paragraph. Let us see what God has to say in His word. Romans 1:24-27 – “ Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Leviticus 20:13 – “ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 –   “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” If you do not like this paragraph, do not argue with me, argue with God, but before you do, read the next two paragraphs.

People have forgotten that it does make a difference whether we spend eternity with God in heaven or with the devil in the lake of fire. I know I have brought to the light quite a few cold hard facts, but unfortunately it is a sign of the times. Those signs are stated in the Bible quite clearly. I will not give you any scriptures for the sake of time and space, but nevertheless they are there.

I will end this article by stating that God is a loving God. He hates sin, but loves the sinner. If a sinner, regardless of his sin or sins, repents, asks God to forgive him/her, receives Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, and leaves that life style (2 Chronicles 7:14), whatever it may be, God will forgive, and make that person His child to live with Him forever. That is great news!!!

You can be that person!!!!!!!

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

If you sincerely want to succeed, you can, but you have to have a passion for whatever it is you want to do. If you have a passion for it, nothing will stop you from achieving it. Yes, you may have a setback here or there, but that will only delay you momentarily. It will not stop you from reaching your goal. True passion will not allow you to quit. The word “quit” should not even be in your repertoire.  

You need to have a dream, but that dream will only be that, unless you have a vision, and you put action to it. Not only do you have to envision the future, but you have to know how you will get there. That means you need something to guide you, and that something should be a plan well-thought out. Trying to do it without a plan would be like trying to go to a certain place without directions and without a map. Guess what? You would never get there.

In order to carry out the plan you need to educate yourself. It could be a university education, but it could also be educating yourself through the internet, by reading up on it, by being an apprentice to an expert in the field, or by recognizing a need in society and thinking of how to meet it and earn a good living while doing it.

Businesses succeed or fail according to supply and demand. A business can have the best product on the market, but if there is no demand for it, it will stay on the shelves, and that business will have to close its doors. Therefore before opening up any business or going into any profession, you have to know if there is a demand for that product or for that service. Failure not to take that into consideration could spell disaster for you.

Of course, it is good to have a passion for a career or a business, but it is always an excellent idea go get advice from professionals in that area. There is no substitute for experience, and you can gain from theirs. You may have a passion for it, but if there is no market for it, no demand for it, or if it is obsolete, you will fail. A good example would be going into the typewriter business after the computers came out. It would be a disaster.

To prepare for any career or to open up any new business will cost you a lot of money, and you may have to spend long hours at the beginning, because if you do not do that, it will not give you positive results. That is when you need passion, patience, dedication and perseverance. Without them you will not succeed. Very seldom is there what they would call “an overnight sensation.”

Sometimes people will say so and so is an overnight sensation. What they do not realize is that

the person has been preparing for years, and that finally he succeeded. The success may have come fast, but he had been preparing, working hard, and waiting for a very long time. In most cases the success is well deserved.

Before going into any profession or business, do your homework. Do some research, talk to experts in the field, look at the supply and demand now and in the future, and look at the resources at your disposal now, and the ones you may have later on. Take into consideration your resolve, dedication, perseverance, and passion

The four attributes mentioned in the previous paragraph can make the biggest difference. Examples: Dolly Parton was told by experts she would not make it as a singer. She is one of the most successful country artists. Michael Jordan was not considered good enough to play on his high school basketball team. He became an excellent players in the NBA.

You know yourself better than anybody else. Before undertaking any endeavor you should know if you have the passion, resolve, dedication, perseverance, resources, and expertise to succeed. If one or two of those are missing, do not even attempt to do whatever it is you want to do.

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ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE PROPER ORDER

Most people have troubles in life because either they do not have any priorities whatsoever, or they have them in the wrong order. It is extremely important and essential for a person to have his top three or four priorities in the correct and proper order. Not doing it correctly can only bring chaos into a person’s life, and to the ones around him.

Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant – He does exist. If you are an unbeliever look at the universe, every form of life, and look at yourself. Because it has been planned, everything is in the right place and in the right order. Who was the planner? God, of course! Things don’t just pop up by themselves in perfect arrangement.

To give you a better idea as to how life began as we know it, I will quote the Bible, Genesis 1:1-5 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void: and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Your first priority should be God because without Him nothing that exists would exist (John 1:3). Without God even you would not exist. He is your heavenly Father. You should respect, honor and worship Him. He should be above you, your friends, relatives, parents, wife and children. Not only that, but you should not have any idols that you worship. There is only one God, and that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

You can make God a priority by reading the Bible, going to church regularly, praying to Him, and serving Him wherever and whenever possible. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 110:11). The scriptures do not really refer to “a trembling fear,” but rather to a respect, admiration, worship, adoration, and exaltation of God.

After all, He is the Creator of life (John 1:2-5).

Establish an intimate relationship with God. Whenever you need to make a decision big or small pray to God to give you guidance. What seems wrong to you at the time could be the perfect thing to do, and what seems perfect to you could be totally erroneous. God can help you make better decisions than you have ever made. That is because He sees the now plus thousands of tomorrows. You see your immediate surroundings, but God sees the entire world all at once.

Your second priority should be your spouse because a marriage should be sacred. Many couples put their children before their spouse, and when the children grow up they divorce. Both husband and wife should honor God first, and then they should honor, respect and love each other. Other than God, you should put nothing or no one above your spouse. You should never ever put your job, hobby, friends, your parents or even your children above your spouse. This holds true even for blended families.

Let your spouse not only be your lover, but let him/her be your best friend, your faithful companion, and your confidant. Do not have any secrets between you two, and do not let anyone or anything come between you two. Secrets have a way of coming out of darkness to the light of day, and can bring destruction to any marriage. Do not let that happen to your marriage. Protect your marriage at all costs.

Following God and your spouse, your children should be your third priority. Children need to feel safe, be appreciated, be provided for, and loved. Both your spouse and you should work together to provide a safe and loving environment for your children. That means spending as much quality time with them as possible. Many parents work long hours and spend very little time with their children. That is a recipe for failure.

The three top priorities are vital and should be taken in that specific order. The fourth priority in most cases should probably be a person’s job. Unfortunately most of us have to work to earn a living. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for us to do well on our jobs. In many cases we cannot afford to lose our job because we are living from paycheck to paycheck. While it is important for us to do well on our jobs, we cannot be slaves to them. Men, more than women, have a tendency to do exactly that.  

In conclusion let me reiterate the main priorities in their respective order of importance and efficiency. One, God. Two, your spouse. Three, your children. Four, your job. Of course, there will be other factors in your life. Without affecting the first three or four priorities, arrange the other factors or issues in whatever order makes sense to you at the time.

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HOW TO LIVE A CAREFREE LIFE

Problems, worries and stress take many people to an early grave. If the former three have constantly been a pain for you, read this article. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain. It will help you live a longer life, a more productive one, and a much more peaceful one too. Enjoy life because you will only live once on this earth. You will not have a second chance. There is no such a thing as reincarnation.

You are unique. There is not another person like you in the whole world. Ponder on that for a moment. Consider yourself special because you are. Not only think of yourself as being special, but treat yourself in that manner. People will start seeing you and treating you the way you see yourself and treat yourself. People are always watching to see how you treat others as well as how you treat yourself.

Remember “the golden rule” – treat others as you want to be treated. If you start treating others politely with kindness, love, respect they will start treating you the same way, and because God made you unique and special, you do deserve to be treated well. If you run into people who are rude, unkind, and just plain mean, do not lower yourself to their level. Consider the source, and do not let it affect you. No one has the right to ruin your day. They can only ruin it if you allow them.

Be happy with who you are. God created you like that for a reason. Do not try to be somebody else, they are who they are, and you are you. Take inventory of your positive traits, abilities, talents and resources available to you. Work on developing any skills you may already have, and strengthen your weak points. All of us are weak in some areas, but that does not mean we are less important than the ones who are strong in them.

Almost anything you learn will be beneficial to you, and an asset later on. The more versatile you are, the better you will feel about yourself. Some examples: learn how to swim, ride a bicycle, ride a horse, drive and fix cars, type, cut somebody’s hair, play sports, fix computers,

use power tools, and so on. Just about anything you learn can help you fit in this society by participating in it. If, for one reason or another, you are physically or mentally challenged and cannot do what others do easily, do not feel inferior.

Do not, and again I repeat, do not dwell on anything negative. Be positive at all times. Even in what may seem like a negative situation, look for the silver lining. Something good can always come out of something bad. Even if you make a bad mistake, use it as a learning experience, so it won’t happen to you again. You may even be able to teach others not to make that same mistake.

Care for people, love them, and help them whenever possible, but do not make the mistake of carrying their problems. Do not worry for them or about them. You have your own life to live.

If you are worrying about someone you know, or stressing over their problems, release that as fast as possible. If your help is needed, and you are able to do that, do the best you can, but sleep soundly, and do not let that person’s problem affect you or your family if you have one. Worrying will only bring you problems.

Do not worry about your own problems. Do not best you can under the circumstances, and have a free mind. Do not let the problems, worries or stress rob you of your joy, happiness and contentment. No problem has ever been solved by worrying or stressing out. The opposite is true – some times by doing that, they get worse. Do not let it happen to you!

Being happy, sad, angry, melancholy or having any other feeling is a state of mind and can be controlled.   Never go to bed angry, worried or stressed out. Release sadness, anger, anxiety, stress, lack of forgiveness and anything else at night and you will be able to sleep like a baby.   When you wake up in the morning decide that you will have a happy day, and that nothing that happens out of the ordinary will trouble you.

THE POINTS: 1. You are special and unique. 2. The golden rule. 3. Be happy with who you are. 4. Develop your skills. 5. Work on your weak points. 6. Learn to do several things. 7. Always be positive. 8 Look for the silver lining. 9. Do carry other people’s problems. 10. Do not worry or stress out. 11. Release your cares before going to sleep. 12. Do not let anyone or anything ruin your day. 13. When you wake up decide you will have a good and happy day.

In closing I would like to tell you this: “Don’t let anyone or anything rock your boat. You are the captain of your life, and you can control it.” If you are not a born-again Christian, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He will help you cope with this life.

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WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR GOD?

Whether you realize it or not you have a god. The only question is…who or what is your god? Let’s hope you do not have a false god, but if you do, hopefully this article will allow you not only to understand that, but also to praise, worship and serve the real God, which, of course, is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Your god is a false one if he was a normal human being who died and did not resurrect. Many religions worship such idols. They are idols, but they are not gods of any type. As a matter of fact, they may not even be in heaven, because they were human just as we are, and they sinned. If they did not repent and asked God to forgive them, they are not in heaven, but in the place of torment.

Heaven is reserved for the people who repent, ask God to forgive them, and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those people are called “Christians,” or “Christ followers.” No religion will take anyone to heaven, but an intimate relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will. If you have religion, have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do not have a relationship with the God of the Bible, you will not make it to heaven. If that is your case, seriously investigate “Christianity.”

What makes Jesus Christ different than other so-called gods is that He came down from heaven with the express purpose of reconciling us with God His Father. That is because when Adam and Eve sinned the human race became totally separated from God our Creator. It was necessary for Jesus to shed His blood to pay for our sins. The Bible tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission or forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

Jesus came as all human, and all God at the same time. The blood He shed on the cross at Calvary around two thousand years ago paid for every single one of our sins. All we have to do receive it in faith. It has to be in faith, because without it, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). If you want all your sins to be forgiven and forgotten by God, ask Father God in the name of Jesus to cover them with the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

There is a religion that claims to believe in God, but at the same time its members worship so-called virgins as well as so-called saints. Those are their idols, and God tells us that He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5, 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 32:16). God will not share His glory with anybody or anything else. He is holy, righteous, sovereign, all powerful, all seeing and all knowing. If you are worshiping or believing in a so-called god, a so-called saint, or a so-called virgin you are insulting God.

God hates idolatry, and an idol is not just a person, but it can be anything you put in front of or before God. It can be your family, nation, race, job, car, sports, money, possessions, church, religion, animals, celestial bodies, yourself, or anything else. Anything that is more important to you than God is an idol to you, and God abhors that.

If you truly want to please God, and spend eternity with Him, then read the following prayer. When you, more or less, understand it, pray it to Him aloud in all sincerity, honesty and humility. He will hear you, and will accept you as His child. That means He will be with you on this life, as well as throughout eternity.

“Father God, please forgive me and forgive all my sins and mistake I have ever made. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died on the cross, and that He resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, as well as receiving the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me continually. Let me feel Your presence and allow me to hear your voice. I praise You and I thank You, Father God. Amen.” God heard you! All your sins have been totally forgiven. I update this page every Wednesday. Come back to it, so you can learn more. God bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (5/30/2019)

 

THE PASTOR HAD A DREAM

A pastor of a small church, who had not felt the presence of God in a few months, had a dream in which Jesus told him that he would see Him the very next day. The next morning the pastor thought about staying home, so he could record the meeting with Jesus on his excellent camcorder. Just then the church secretary called him and told him that an elderly lady was in the office needing counseling.

As much as the pastor did not want to leave his house, he knew he had to fulfill his pastor’s duties, so he got in his car and started to drive toward the church. On his way he saw an older car on the side of the road with a flat tire. It was raining quite hard, and a young lady with four children in the car was getting soaking wet trying to change the tire that was giving her quite a bit of trouble. He knew the elderly lady was waiting for him at church, but he could not allow that poor family to fend for themselves.

He stopped, asked the young lady to get in her car with the children while he changed the tire. When he finished, he was soaking wet, full of mud, and did not look like a pastor at all. The woman and the children thanked him and he was on his way. There was nothing much he could do about his clothes being dirty, but he did stop at a service station, and cleaned himself as much as he could.

When he arrived at the church parking lot there was an old homeless man soaking wet, dirty, and begging for food. The pastor gave him twenty dollars, and told him to go across the street to a restaurant and buy himself some food. The man thanked him, and told him that God would reward him for being so kind. The pastor thought nothing of it, shrugged his shoulders, and walked into the church.

When he entered the church he asked the secretary to prepare a cup of coffee for him and one for the senior lady who was waiting for him. As he started to talk to the lady, she told him that, for one reason or another, she had not received her social security check that month, and had not been able to pay the rent. She said that the landlord wanted the rent money within a week, or that she would have to move out of the apartment.

Also because she had not received her check, she had not been able to buy her medication. Since she had not taken it for the last two weeks, her body was reacting constantly to the lack of it. She was suffering the consequences, and had no place to turn other than the church. The pastor listened intensely while thinking what could be done to alleviate her situation.

The pastor feeling a deep compassion for the elderly lady, took out his wallet, and gave her sixty dollars out of his own money. He told her to come back in a day or two, and that the church would help her pay the rent. Crying almost uncontrollably, the lady told him that she had no way of repaying his kindness, but that God would.

When the pastor got back home he felt that his dream had just been a dream, and that there was nothing to it. He had not seen Jesus nor had he really felt the presence of God all day long. As he was falling asleep that night he told God, “God, don’t let me have any deceiving dreams tonight. I don’t want to be disappointed.” That night he had another dream. In it he saw Jesus. In his dream he asked Him, “You told me I was going to see You yesterday, and I just saw hurting people.” Jesus replied: “You saw me three times. I was the young lady with the flat tire, the homeless man in the parking lot, and the elderly lady at the church.”

The pastor woke up crying knowing that he had seen Jesus, but had been totally unaware of it. That happens to most of us, and yet we are still asking, “Where is God?” He is everywhere. All we have to do is look for Him in our everyday life.

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@gmail.com (5/23/2019)

THE END TIMES

For centuries people have been talking about the end of the world, because nothing has really happened, and because people have heard it for so long, it has become something that we dismiss as a farce, a myth or just something that foolish people believe. When somebody mentions it, most of us judge them as being naive, deceived, not being too bright, and even as being a little bit crazy.

Let us actually look at some of the facts from the Bible and from what is actually happening now days. It is very clear in the Bible that this world will never end, but that does not mean that nothing is going to happen. It is going to be changed and transformed into what God wants it to be. If you or someone you know believe that this world will end, read the following scriptures: Isaiah 9:7, 45:17, 60:19-21, 61:7, 65:17-19, 65:24-25, Jeremiah 5:5, 7:7, 31:40, Joel 3:20, and Luke 1:33. I could give you more, but I believe those will suffice.

One thing that the Bible makes very clear is that Jesus Christ is coming back for His followers – the born-again Christians. That event is known as “The Rapture.” That word itself is not really mentioned in the Bible. That is just the name that people have given to the experience of Jesus coming back and for us without dying to meet Him up in the clouds to go with Him to the home He has prepared for us in heaven.

Some Christians believe in “The Rapture,” and others do not. I will just give some scriptures for you to ponder on them. John 14:1-3 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ).  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus is telling His disciples that He is going to heaven, but that He will come back for them. That, by the way, also applies to us.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 -“ But I (the apostle Paul) do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen]asleep (people who have died), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (people who are dead) in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead).  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” Although the word “Rapture” is not mentioned here, this is where most people get that idea.

If there is such a thing as “The Rapture,” when will it happen? The Bible gives us some clear indications as to when that will come to pass. I will just give you the last signs that the Bible tells us will happen before Jesus Christ returns for His followers. Matthew 24:10-14 –“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” These signs are happening right now: Many are offended, people are betraying each other, Democrats and Republicans hate each other, there are many false prophets, lawlessness is abounds, the love of people has grown cold, and through satellite dishes the gospel is being preached throughout the world. The world will not end, but Jesus will established His kingdom and will rule this world from Jerusalem.

Daniel 12:4 – “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Two important points that God told the prophet Daniel are: Many shall run to and fro. Take a look at the freeways and check out the airports. People are definitely traveling a lot more than before. Is knowledge increasing? Look at your smart phone and your computer. Knowledge is exploding at a rate never seen before.

If you take a look at the world today, you have to agree that we are destroying ourselves and destroying the planet. This society and world cannot last much longer the way they are headed. The United States does not need any enemies to destroy it, the Republicans and Democrats are doing an excellent job of doing exactly that.

All the signs that the Bible tells us would happen before Jesus Christ comes back for His people have already happened. Nothing else has to happen. He can come at any moment from now on. I am not going to set a date for His return as some people do, and then they have egg on their face when it does not happen. I do know, however, that it is soon. If you want to make sure that you will go to heaven, and do not want to stay here during the extremely difficult time known as “The Tribulation,” and then spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, then simply repent of your sins, pray to God, and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you pray the following prayer aloud with all sincerity and humility God will hear you:

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to reconcile me back to You. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me, and to guide me in everything I do. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God. If you die, or “The Rapture” happens you will go to heaven. Find yourself a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. Keep coming back to my blog, as I update it every Wednesday. God bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net (5/16/2019)