Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. Job 12:12


Psalm 79:1 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Who is the oldest member of your family? How many close relatives do you have over age eighty who still have a sound mind? These are those to whom you need to go this week if possible. They know so much that no one else in your family knows.

Mother - age 93

Mother – age 93

A formerly popular song has a line, “Listen to what the children say. Ain’t it funny what the children say.” Maybe so, but the voices of the elderly will soon be silent and we will not be able to hear those. They do have much to say, but often, nobody listens. Walk the halls of a nursing home or senior care facility. They are all very quiet.  It appears that nobody is interested in the library of knowledge they carry.

Here are some questions I believe they might like to answer. Also, our children may value this information if we take time to collect it and keep it in a scrapbook or genealogy record for them. Wouldn’t you like to know the following about your grandparents. You probably have other things you would like to know:

  • Who was president when you were born? What year was that? Did you ever get to see a president or perhaps be present during a presidential speech?
  • Did your parents own an automobile and if so, what kind?
  • What were schools like when you were in elementary school?
  • How old were you when  you took your first job? What was the pay then?
  • At what age did your parents allow you to be alone or without adult supervision?
  • Did doctors make house calls when you were a child?
  • Do you remember your grandparents? What interesting stories did they tell you? (While talking with them, write names, dates and states of the oldest family members they remember. Find out if they know the year your family came to this country.)

Today, it feels like everybody has a hand-held device reading something that most will have forgotten by tomorrow. Yet many of these who have a lifetime of experience and wisdom will take it to their graves. I think we do care, we just do not always know how to approach the elderly. Maybe just a simple “Hello, do you have time to talk today?” could be a beginning.

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Ebola – Is it cruel to quarantine or cruel not to quarantine?


Having just read a post by “The New York Times” of how sad life is in quarantine for the family of our first Ebola patient who did not survive,  I am wondering what sort of mentality exist in present day America. The article is riddled with words like stench, unbearable, endured, paranoia, and shunning.

“Ebola is jerking us back to the 19th century,” he said. “It’s terrible. It’s isolating. It’s scary. You’re not connecting with other human beings, and you are fearful of a microbiologic time bomb ticking inside you.”

So it has been in Quarantine Nation.

Quarantine Nation? Really? Does the world really perceive us as quarantine nation? I don’t think so. We haven’t actually quarantined anyone forcibly. Duncan’s family and friends volunteered, which is the Christian thing to do, but if the government did quarantine a few for a short time for the safety of the majority, would that be a wrong thing to do? Ask those who have been exposed what they think?

Now for the really ridiculous part of the entire story. The quarantine wasn’t really a quarantine at all. Read these paragraphs:

The day after Mr. Duncan’s illness was diagnosed, Ms. Jallah and her family received verbal instructions to stay inside. Her partner, Aaron Yah, who had not been exposed to Mr. Duncan, was cleared by county and federal health officials to leave the apartment after four days, the couple said.

After a week, the officials told Ms. Jallah, who has had no symptoms, that she could take occasional trips to the store, but should avoid public transportation.

Our forefathers would have laughed us to scorn if they could know how absolutely pathetic we have become in this country that we cannot “endure” twenty-one days of relative isolation in a climate-controlled apartment with electrical facilities and around the clock entertainment.

America has truly reached out to the nurses who are infected by Ebola. No one is suggesting that we leave people without food, shelter, water, heat or excellent medical care should they contract the disease.

Quarantine for a short time until our CDC is able to come up with guidelines would seem like a sensible plan to me and I would say that if I were the one quarantined. Who hasn’t had food left at the door when a person inside has a bad flu bug and family or friends don’t want to be exposed, yet they do want to help? It just makes sense.

What do you think?

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Signs of the Times and the End of the Age


*He is Yahweh (Don’t miss this at the end of the post.)

 Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:5-14 what to look for before and at the end of the age.

Notice that in this passage everything Christ mentioned is happening today:  False prophets have been predicting the dates when Christ will return, some say He has already returned, many are being led astray, there are definitely wars and rumors of wars, and Christians are martyred and persecuted more frequently than ever before. This takes us through verse 7.

What can we expect next?

Jesus said this is the “beginning of sorrows” and:

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:8

In verse 13, He said:

13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Does this mean those that who are able to work and remain faithful until the end of their lives will be saved? Certainly those who endure, will be saved, but the question is, who will endure?

The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Christ, so what was Christ saying here when He said we must endure to the end? I can only believe that those who are saved by grace through faith will endure. We will be able to endure because we have within us the Holy Spirit who has sealed us.

Jesus speaks of endurance on another occasion. This other time, when Jesus speaks about enduring, has to do with fruits, however, rather than salvation.

Jesus actually said in the parable of the sower that to endure, we must have roots. Paul explained it further in Ephesians 3-19.

 The seed that sprouted and took root grew and produced fruit. Later when He explained the parable He said:

“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”

So what are we to conclude? For one thing, to endure, we must be born again, and to product fruit, we must be born again and rooted. In Ephesians, Paul taught we must be “filled”. Filled with what? Filled with the fullness of God – which happens when we are drawn by the Father to trust the Son and are then sealed by the Holy Spirit:

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

One other thing must occur before the end comes:

14 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.

This has probably been completely fulfilled. Yet, it is impossible to say whether or not our time is the end of the age. I do think the time is very near. Wisdom has told us to always be ready. Jesus never intended for us to know the exact time of His reappearing, rather we are to:

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13

*The thing that caused me to begin to think about these things this day was the song “He is Yahweh”. It may be the most beautiful song of this century. If you haven’t heard it, you really should! Please listen and enjoy!

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Have your eyes been opened so that you can recognize Jesus?


If you have ever been around a mother cat with new-born kittens, you know kittens are born with their eyes tightly closed. They cannot survive without the mother nudging them and helping them find her nourishing milk. Their survival depends upon the one who cares for them.

Spiritually, it is the same for us. Our spiritual life depends upon our Heavenly Father nudging us to read His word and the Holy Spirit revealing to us the identity of the Son. An example of this is found in Luke chapter 24.

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They walked the road with Him and talked with Him, but they had no idea with whom they were walking.

They considered themselves disciples of Christ, but only thought they knew Him, when in truth, they  did not recognize Him.

Interestingly, Jesus did not identify himself. Instead, He spoke of Himself in the third person.

Luke 24:25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into  His glory?”

Christ asked the men didn’t they, being disciples, understand that the prophets taught Christ would do two things:

Certainly these disciples were interested in Christ and probably knew what was written by the prophets. They were discussing the events that had taken place in Jerusalem. Yet, they were like the new-born kittens. Their spiritual eyes had not been opened.

Jesus could have just said, “Don’t you know who I am and what I just did?” He didn’t do that then and doesn’t do that today. Christ allows us to come to know Him by the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Then, we, like the two men on the road to Emmaus, will truly come to know Him. Shortly after Jesus spoke these words to the men, the Bible tells us that Jesus took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. They confessed that their hearts “burned within”, while He spoke. At that moment something marvelous happened.

Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight.

Once our spiritual eyes are opened, and we see Him we, too, will also recognize Him. The Bible teaches that those who belong to Christ come to know Him as He is:

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father… John 14:9b

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17

I find in these verses that Jesus tells me when I see Him, I see and know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

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The New Covenant – In Christ’s Blood


The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. —D. L. Moody

The old covenant shows us our guilt before a righteous God. The new covenant show us His forgiveness and faithfulness to all those who call upon His name.

Thus says the LORD:…I have loved you with an everlasting love;  therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you…

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”Jeremiah 31:2-3, 31-34

And he (Jesus) took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:19-20

Should we not thank Him for the blood of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus our Lord?

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Discerning truth from error…


Have you ever heard the expression, “It can’t be both ways.” Yet, with God, “All things are possible. Therefore, sometimes it may appear that something can be both ways! Christians must be able to discern truth from error.

For example, when Lazarus died, Jesus told Martha:

John 11:26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

Then Jesus immediately, seemingly contradicted Himself, by saying:

John 11:25 – “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus tells us that we are all already dead until we come to Him and receive life, Matthew 8:21-22.

There is no contradiction. God is Omniscient. What seems contradictory to men, is ordinary to our God. With our God there is no contradiction when once Christ says we have life by believing in “Him who sent Me” (John 5:24) and another time He says we have life if we “live and believe in Him”, John 11:26.

It seems a contradiction for Jesus to be the Son of God and also to be the Fullness of Yahweh, our God who is one (Colossians 2:9).  Many struggle with their belief at this point, just as Nicodemus did in John 3:3 when Jesus told him, “You must be born again.”

Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, How can these things be? John 3:9

Here is Jesus answer to Nicodemus:

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” 

Praise the Lord that with Him, all things are possible!

Luke 1:76-79

I am so glad that He is Light and Truth and that NOTHING is too hard for Him.  Jeremiah 32:17

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“I have heard your prayer…”


Does God Hear America’s Prayers?

Does God hear the prayers of Christians in America, and if not, why not?

There is no shortage of books and materials on the topic “How Christians Should Pray.”

Do  you long to hear these words from the LORD God, ““I have heard your prayer…?”  This is taken from 2 Chronicles 7 and is followed soon after with these familiar words:

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

How is  your prayer life?

This morning I examined my prayer life and the Lord brought something to my attention. I am consumed with my own problems rather than being consumed with the things that are important to the Lord God Almighty.

While I am busy asking God to fix little things in my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren, America is sinking deeper and deeper into the depths of sin and degradation. What part of 2 Chronicles 7:14 have I paid the least amount of attention to? Shamefully I must admit it is the phrase:  Seek My Face.

Seek My Face

How can we turn from wickedness if we never truly seek the face of God?

Revival

There has been no shortage for pleas for revival in the USA.  OneCry is a nationwide call for a spiritual awakening.  Leading the Way has led a campaign for prayer for the USA called God Save America. Many individuals have asked for Americans to pray for revival like Daniel on Standing Firm, and this 120 days of Prayer for Revival.

Isaiah 59:1 tells us that:

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;

Jeremiah 32:17 tells us that:

‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Jesus told us:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…Matthew 6:33

In God’s kingdom, there will be no sinful living. When we seek God’s face, we seek His righteousness which is Christ. When we see His express image, we see Jesus Christ. Jesus led a life of  loving service to others and denied the desires of the flesh. If we in America are sincere when we ask for revival, we must sincerely follow Jesus. If we really follow Him, we must pray for a way for the eyes of  our nation to be opened.  We must pray that somehow we as Americans will be able to see what has happened to our children.  How can God even look upon us when our children’s innocence is being destroyed by sexually degrading movies, TV programs and videos, co-ed dormitories in our colleges, and violent games that feed nothing but the desires of the flesh among other wrong attitudes and ideas.  How can God  send revival to our nation and churches? Our children hear His name used in profanity or in vain every time they tune in to social media. How can we even ask God for revival in this country without repentance on a major scale?

Let us, as Christians revise our prayer-lists to match God’s heart and God’s will. Let us show our young people that seeking God’s face means being willing to end the things that offend Him. When our heart’s desire is to see our young ones saved from the things of this world that destroy them and prevent them from knowing Him, perhaps then, we will see the change He desires in America and revival will come.

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