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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)

YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE

Most of what you do has to do with your outlook on life. You may have a positive or a negative outlook depending on your way of thinking as well as on the particular circumstances. If you are a negative thinker the best thing you can do is to become a positive thinker. It is not an easy process, and no one can do it for you, but if you work at it you can do it because it is doable and many people have done it before you.
The only way to solve any problems is to first recognize that you have a problem, and then take the appropriate action to remedy it. You may have wanted to change for a long time, but have not been able to do it on your own. Bad habits, such as a drug or a drinking problem, become such a part of us that many times it is almost impossible to get rid of them. If that is your case, you should seek professional help, and pray to God because He can help you.
In order to change you have to go through the process of acquiring a new mindset – a new way of thinking – a new way of doing things. In the Bible in Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Change and transformation will only come when you realize that change is needed, and only if you are willing to make a sacrifice if it is necessary.
Let’s just take an example of basically the same circumstances and the same person, reaching a final conclusion using positive and negative thinking. The results, of course, will be totally different. There is no escaping that the person’s way of thinking will influence everything he or she does, and whatever that person does will affect others in one way or another.
Let’s take John Jones a twenty-five-year-old young man from a middle-class family. He is just embarking on a career that pays him quite well. He decides not to ever get married because if he did, he would have to share his earnings with his wife. Later on if they had children he would have to share his money, his time, his home and his life with other people. Since he wants to enjoy his life to the fullest, getting married does not appeal to him at all.
Although John would be able to do enjoy life doing whatever pleased him, eventually he would get old and would find himself totally alone, probably wishing he had lived life differently. More likely than not his constant companion would probably be loneliness. Normally we are the recipients of receiving the consequences of the past decisions we made, and those consequences can either be positive or negative.
Let’s visit John once again. Let’s say he decided to get married and have a family. Assuming everything went as planned for him, in his old age he had a wife, children and even grandchildren who loved him. He may have less money and less time to himself as he would have if he had not gotten married, but he has what money can’t buy, and that, of course, is a loving family, happiness, and satisfaction.
Being a born-again Christian, I feel compelled to give you one more example. For the sake of the gospel truth, let’s suppose that you refuse to believe in God because you are young, strong, intelligent and have everything you need. All your needs are being met, and you don’t see a need for God. Your final moment on this life arrives, and you head straight down to the bowels of hell. You find yourself suffering, burning, but not being consumed, and wondering…Why didn’t I believe in God, heaven, the devil or hell?
Being a good Christian, I cannot leave you in hell. let us see a different scenario for you. Supposing you do believe in God, and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Redeemer.
When you take your final breath you will be in heaven in the presence of God. The apostle Paul tells that very clearly. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” If we are God’s children, as soon as we leave this earth, we find ourselves in heaven in the presence of God. The question I have for you is… “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?”
http://thelivinglights.com rlsalvation@gmail.com (5-9-2019)