Committed, are You?

I am stressing the importance of total committed faith in the Lord. I attend a small church. We need more involvement from our members. When Christ is your Savior it is very important to be a light that shows others; I am not just attending church on Sunday only. Most of us have a prayer night or bible study night to attend. Sad to say mostly the same members are involved in Awana, youth group and prayer group. Don’t get me wrong this is not the case with all our Christian churches.

Some older people would like to come but, we should offer if possible to bring them. Maybe they cannot come, if they are ill or shut ins. Maybe they are parents working late or they just need to realize how important this is for their children. We can make many excuses. Every week buses go and pick up youth and children who can meet at a central location.

This is not about you only.This about our children’s generation. Who is going to help them to know the Lord as their Savior? What will they pass on to the next generation and so on? It’s a parent that is faithful to the Lord’s plan that will influence them. If we don’t tell them will they every know about anything but, this fallen world. There is a heaven and a hell. You are their example. We will all stand accountable on that day of judgement, every one of us… Make a difference get involved in your church. Remember that is how the truth that Christ is the only way to heaven gets passed down from generation to generation. Be committed to Christ’s our Lord’s plan today.

God Bless!

Promises that cannot be broken this day and forward.

Everyone of these verses can be read in context by reading the whole chapter. I don’t know about you but, these are the promises I could never see or hear myself. Only by God’s mercy can we read, see, and hear the truth. Everyone who inherits heaven through Christ who shed his blood for our sins on the cross will understand these promises. If you read them could it be that you may understand? I just pray that to you this is not all foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19

For the message of God is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom
of the wise,
And bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Glory only in the Lord

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put shame on the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

Genesis 12:1-3

Promises to Abraham

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.”

John 14:4-16

Jesus Promises another Helper

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

Romans 9:3-5

For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen

Romans 15:7-9

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us to the glory of God

2 Corinthians 1:19-22

For  the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 7:1-3

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.

Galatians 3:15-17

Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

Galatians 3:20-22

Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.  Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Hebrews 6:11-14

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end see that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,  saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Hebrews 7:5-7

And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; But he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

Hebrews 8:4-13  

For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said,“See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promisesBecause finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judahnot according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 11:12-14

Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.

Hebrews 11:16-18

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Hebrews 11:32-34

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

2 Peter 1:2-4

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Life with the Lord is now and forever.

God Bless!

I pray He finds you today ready for His mercy. Amen!

And we know this that scoffers will come.

2 Peter 3:1-18

Yes, some things that are happening now have happened before but, they are happening more and more. I see it do you? We have people demonstrating against the police. We have so many, many, uh natural disasters. Our government and other countries’ governments are going kaput. Not to mention the wars, diseases, pestilences unleashed.

In every generation we are told to watch and be ready for the return of Christ. Every generation of Christians have awaited His return.

In the bible in His words, Jesus answers:  “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?” Our hopes as Christians is that you desire to know? Matthew 24:3; Mark 13: 3, 4; Luke 21:7. Jesus gives a complete answer in the same gospels and goes on to forewarn us of what  will be. Mathew 24:4-31; Mark 13:5-27; Luke 21:7-28.

I am not going to write this all down because everyone in this world does or will have heard His words. Many of those being you that have a bible in your own home. I can encourage you to open and read it. And all true Christians encourage you to search the scriptures. Don’t believe that there is one on earth that is your leader because they are just men and women, sinners like us. They have no authority over the bible to tell you what it says and you should never take their words to interpret them for you. Yes, we have teachers, preachers, disciples now and where do they preach the true infallible word from? The Bible.

This Christmas and now forward seek and find the truth and truly it does set you free. John 8:31-36

Have a Blessed Christmas!!!

What stuff can I take with me?

What have you left behind? Did you ever leave somewhere and lost all your stuff? I have several times. All the rest of that stuff is in Lebanon. I brought what I could sixty pounds of clothes and guess what? I have more stuff now. I saw all my brother’s stuff laid out for sale. His whole life of stuff left behind. Not too much of that stuff sold and the rest went to charity. His house sold in a couple of days. When I left the last time I felt sad for he would no longer be there and the stuff was all there and I could no longer look at it. I did choose some of it to go with my stuff in my new apartment. It’s a comfort thing for me knowing it was his. Some of it even was my grandparents, both sides and my dads. I have a collection of baseball hats, dad’s and my brother’s. I have his army jacket and his biking clothes. Maybe I will wear them. He was an avid biker. He really loved it. I have his special treasure here for now. It’s his cat named Myteka. He just jumped up by me. That is truly the most special. I know how much he loved his cat and I love him also. We bonded when my brother was dying. My brother was happy about that. My brother and I in our last months together were strong in our faith in Christ together. I now can go forward and be busy about the Lord’s business. Hallelujah!

He would not be happy with the estrangement in our family. I do think he knew it would be this way. My other brother never wants to see my sister and I again. It’s because of all the stuff we did to him. Like helping all along, you know it does not matter. I told my mom to let it go. She blames him for me moving out and for treating my sister badly also. I told her, God sees all we have ever done. It is all out in open and we are accountable for not repenting and being obedient to him. No matter what you think or say you are going to die someday to the body. Your soul will never die. No stuff is worth being right or in charge or self-righteous over. God says the wise are made unwise because their thoughts are futile. They deny him and believe they are above all rule. They say I control my own destiny. No one is in charge of me. No stuff is worth anything in the hereafter. Your heart and soul, all of you being In Christ is above all else. Pray you can surrender to Christ as your Savior today.

Don’t let yourself be deceived. Don’t be believing that all religions lead to heaven and we all worship the same god. You can not create God to your fleshly standard. We have nothing to say about a thing. He tells us in his word that is why many will be without excuse. All will be accountable because we can look around and see his wonderful creations. Can you look around and truly say this all just came into being. If you can you are denying God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. You must repent or perish. Please don’t be one that He says to: “Depart from me I never knew you”.

Matthew 7:23

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And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I am asking for prayer for my sister, Jackie. An MRI showed two spots on her pancreas. She is having an Endoscopic ultrasound Monday. Our faith is strong no matter. More and more diagnosis of this cancer is happening. three in my family since 2011. I am advising all to get checked. My family most of us have acid reflux. They say this cancer is not hereditary depending what doctor you see. I think it is. Some doctors say it is a death sentence when it gets there. Maybe earlier diagnosis will help we will get that answer. She is under stage one if it is.

Endoscopic Ultrasound

Physicians guide the endoscope through the stomach to provide visualization of a pancreas tumor(s).Although CT and MRI show many pancreatic cancers, some can be missed, especially when a tumor is small. If one highly suspects the presence of disease, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is essential.

EUS is a relatively new endoscopic procedure that uses an ultrasound probe at the tip of an endoscope to provide high-quality, detailed images of structures in and around the gastrointestinal tract. During upper endoscopy, the echoendoscope is placed in the stomach and duodenum to obtain detailed images of the entire pancreas and adjacent structures. Tumors are more accurately detected – or excluded – by EUS as compared to CT or MRI.

EUS also provides a means for tissue diagnosis. Under real-time EUS guidance, a fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy can be performed to provide a cytopathologic sample. EUS is a more accurate and safer method to perform biopsies of pancreatic tumors than other methods, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous image-guided biopsies.

God Bless, Thank you for prayers.

My brother I miss you and where is my other brother?

My bro, my bro, I have said it many times since August. So it is not out of sight, out of mind, Amen! I will think of him as I study. I will think of him in church, at the beach, always. I will think of him as he would be sad to see his twin hating his sister and his own family. It got so bad I had to walk away. I had to move out on my own, to get away from his disgust of me. I am weak. The Lord is strong.

We took our girl vacation this week to Myrtle Beach. It has been very nice, except for too much yapping from time to time in the car. My aunt and I have a pretty short toleration for my mom. She can’t change, only by the grace of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is that possible. I pray that happens but, it is God’s grace that turns a sinner to the light, to Him. Through Jesus Christ, we know the Father, and then the Holy Spirit dwells within us always. You can’t have one without the other.

I had to make some big decisions. God was with me and is as I move along this time in this world. I am not wanting to be here. We always strive to be with the Lord. Ultimately it is not our call. So I hang tight, hold unto Him and do what He has for me. I am out the other side of it for now. I am looking forward to working again and following His plan for me. It is already written by Him what will be. So really after you are His, (His forever) you will do His purpose. What I will do for others, not for me? He takes care of that part.

Slowly I am working back into things I loved to do before my brother was ill and has gone to sleep in the Lord. He is enjoying forever already. I have starting visiting those in need of care. I am loving the release time bible school once a month. Those kids are so excited about the Lord. I have other things I will do also. I like staying busy enjoying the rewards now from the Lord.

I can’t change relationships. They have to go His course, away from Him or to Him. I would love to see it happen in many cases, really a magnitude of cases. I can’t underestimate what our Almighty God can do. We can see no light in others, and then they start to shine with the knowledge of Him, His truth, why we are here. To realize by His will we are His and be obedient. Regardless of that, what is there, really? Eternal life with Him or eternal life with satan.  For nothing we do will ever make us worthy. We are fallen sinners after our own desires. I have done that most of my life. I did not have anything to look forward to. Now I can see  and  know the truth. You can be on your death-bed. You can be suffering so many ills, and horrible circumstances and yet you know, He is there. He is not a mean God. He did not bring evil upon us, He can do no evil. He is not the author of evil, the prince of darkness is. That serpent of old called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world;  he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-8)

So are we worried about this world, no? Is it going last this way forever, hardly? It is going to roll up like a scroll, yes? Yes, He tells us that in His word, the Bible. (Revelation 6:14;  Revelation 6) So should you fear God? Yes!

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (Luke 12:4-5)

God Bless!

Having fun shopping, sitting on the beach, reading and above all else, Praising the Lord!!!

Come to Me you broken-hearted.

I know it is very had to deal with first hand but, families do fall away from us because of Christ our Savior, Because we have the light of Christ it shows us and them that they do not want to come to Him. The so-called offense is in them. They can’t or won’t see the reason why. Only God can open their eyes. We can’t live like they do anymore. It is not of ourselves. We live for for Jesus only. What does light have to do with darkness, nothing? Yes, we all were in the dark away from God. We think we know Him but, we are not able to see because of our fallen nature. Anything less than living your life for Him is not acceptable. It is a fact that if you are born again, saved, your life is changed forever. That Christ will change you to who he wants you to be. We have no part in that, except obeying. It’s called being sanctified to His likeness. It is irresistible grace. We are not sovereign He is. How can you have any control over God, your creator?

Every time I think I understand, I am in another trial. That is so we learn to pray and do His will not ours. I think of my brother being with the Lord and wish I was also. I get upset and try to fix the not fixable and it goes on and on. Then I learn why did I do this. It is because of our fallen nature (flesh) that is still wanting control. I cannot control what will be. I have not helped things by anything I have done. I have to let it go, because I am a sinner that knows the truth. All I want is for my other brother to belong to the Lord. I feel like Jonah because I don’t want his wife to also. That is wrong but, it is in my head. I see my brother in denial blaming me. I could not even be there when my brother died because he sees red when I am around. For what? Because he feels guilty about his actions. I do think he is being convicted. I did all the Lord had me do. Yes, I have issues and get set off at times. I cried and released it during stages of grief before he passed. That was good for me as I now see. Anyway it is not of me to change anything it belongs to God’s .

My brother did fight the good fight. He sees how he was enabled to do so now. It was through our one Mediator, Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ. I am hurt and probably will always be. I know the Lord will work all these hurts out according to his will. It’s because it is Him they reject not me. What does light have to with darkness, nothing? I see that in my family. Instead of pulling together we are farther apart than ever. Only those chosen of God can come to the light….. We have the Lord what shall we need. When we get into trials we are learning but, we should reach upward and move through it more quickly. Lord help me to do so. Without you nothing is possible. With you all is possible.

Everywhere you see evil taking over. All of us in the world see it. Are you going to stand up and give your life to Christ only? If not, it could be that you will never be able to. If you are able, you should do it now. Because God has plans for your tomorrow either with or without him.

God blesses those who confess Him as their Savior to the world.

Matthew 7:21-23 New King James able. Version (NKJV)

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!

Matthew 11:28 [Full Chapter]

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

God bless!

A testimony of complete surrender to God’s will.


I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing.  I know that the past couple months have been very hard for you especially as you have had to bear the burden of discord in your family.  I am glad to hear that you are trusting the Lord through all this.  We have been praying for you and will continue to do so. As I think about Mark and our correspondence the past year I am reminded of what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Mark certainly had a difficult fight in his last days, not only a physical battle with cancer, but also a tremendous battle emotionally and spiritually.  But his testimony in the end was that he was going to trust the Lord to the end.  And today he is with the Lord ready to receive that crown of righteousness!

Cheryl and Family,

There is no greater hope and desire that a Pastor can have in serving God’s people during the time of death than to bring honor and glory to the Name of God by being a source of comfort and encouragement to those who are grieving.  I pray that this has been the case in my interaction with your family over the past couple of weeks especially at Mark’s Memorial Service.  It was a great privilege to give testimony to Mark’s faith in Jesus Christ and I pray that it was a comfort to you all.
Below is a copy of the email from which I read at the memorial service.  I pray that it will go on as a source of comfort and encouragement as you read it and remember Mark’s faith.
Pastor Mark,
Good to hear from you.  Thank you for the verses too.  Everyday is a struggle as you can well imagine with cancer.  I was almost ready to throw in the towel this week but managed to get through it again.  I am having issues sleeping and this week I was extremely bloated and could not eat.  I have since ceased taking all medications except for diabetes medication as I believe that is the current issue. Hopefully I will be able to function without them.  
My biggest struggle is trying to understand what God is trying to show me with this illness.  The Bible says that God uses all things for our good for His purposes. Even though we may never understand them while on this earth, I still try to do so.  I know we live in a fallen world and that all creation is cursed as a result, but I guess I always hoped God would protect His beloved.  We are certainly protected from losing our salvation but our physical health is just our body which is passing away anyway. I totally trust God and absolutely know that He cannot do evil and believe that His ways are so far beyond me so whatever is happening to me, He is in control. It’s just hard when you know and understand God is also a healing God as well.
I am trying an alternate cancer treatment that I have high hopes will work to cure the cancer but again, it’s really up to God whether it will work or not.  God continues to show me more about His truth everyday, especially things that are so often glossed over by the churches of today.  I’m reading A. W. Pink’s “The Doctrine of Election” which is mind blowing”.  He has so many profound thoughts which he has written in the book but here’s one of my favorites:
“It is one of the marks of the regenerate that they set to their seal that God is true. Nor do they pick and choose, as will religious hypocrites: once they perceive a truth is clearly taught in the Word, even though it be utterly opposed to their own reason and inclinations, they humbly bow to it and implicitly receive it, and would do so though not another person in the whole world believed it.”
I’ve had to do this many times with God’s Word but it is now no longer difficult or as difficult. I am so happy for His truth in coming into my life and will always never understand how God could pick such a sinner as me, but I’m so thankful that He did.