Unexpected – Yet Welcomed – Words

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Read in a Guideposts January 2018 article by a retired New York lawyer who decades into his career rediscovered his love of drawing – that was first encouraged & supported by his 3rd grade teacher who took him to art museums & art classes – by taking up painting where his “sense of self returned or at least a new sense developed“:

“Let it never be forgotten how one person’s interest in you,

their willingness to encourage you,

their ability to draw out your gifts can make a difference.

A life difference.”

God Bless Junk Food

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Ya know, after not just enduring but victoriously annihilating, the human body’s limit of chemotherapy & radiation etc. that tried to beat the living tar out of me in my war against acute promyelocytic leukemia that tried 4 times to ruthlessly kill me, I hugely enjoy each & every time I give myself full allowance to indulge in whatever food I desire whenever the craving hits.

Why would you want to 1. eat super healthy; 2. deny yourself the fun of junk food; & most importantly, if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior so you can live eternally in Heaven, 3. try to prolong your entrance into paradise by enforcing a strict joyless diet to live in this filthy world any longer than you have to?

Recent Lunch =

coffee +

2 glazed cruller donuts +

half a bag of potato chips (but a few are pictured) +

French onion chip dip

Conversation on Cults

A couple weeks ago I answered my door to find 2 female Jehovah’s Witnesses. As best I could, I explained my faith in God and the only way to get salvation, which is accepting Jesus, who gave Himself up to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, into your heart after asking him to forgive your sins so that you live eternally with Him in Heaven.

Thankfully a wise friend shared a book, Know the Marks of Cults by Dave Breese, with me aimed at helping recognize destructive cults and defending our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.

” . . . The Christian must not float through life on the wave of some existential euphoria. Rather the Scripture commands again and again that he must be careful, take heed, watch, remember. He is called upon to be very sober because his satanic adversary continues to go about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

The Christian is supposed to be loving in his attitude toward people, but he must also face the hard truth that many deceivers have come into the world who do not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are in fact enemies of the Lord. They are antichrist.”

Another excellent point to use for people who want to “stay true to Christ” and “protect themselves and their loved ones from these terrible subversive religious influences” is:

Be willing to contend” (which means oppose or argue or confront) “for the faith.

2 John 9-11 says “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.”

Finally, the Christian is “a soldier of the cross.” Ephesians 6:10-13 says “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Likeness

Someone in Heaven teaching another about Heaven itself, in the fictional novel by Randy Alcorn (who believes that God wants us to use the Bible’s own descriptions about Paradise to imagine how life in Heaven will be) called Dominion:

He says people should expect

Ω 1 more, not less, joy;

Ω 2 that life does not “contract” but rather will in Heaven “expand”; &

Ω 3 life in Heaven to be “a continuation of life” on earth, “not a new volume, not even a sequel, but the next chapter”

 

“The children of God are the same characters . . . the theme is still the glory of God. You bring here the same desires, knowledge, and skills . . .

How could anyone imagine that in heaven” God “would remove the knowledge and gifts he gave us and cultivated in us on earth? How strange it would be for him to take away  the abilities he gave us now that we can finally exercise them without impediment.”

 

“Gospel Girl”

Confession: Challenging it is to spot a suitable birthday gift to send to my best friend. More often than not I choose a shirt, for 2 reasons: 1, I think the clothing is cute & something she’ll hopefully also like & 2, since I’ll be mailing it to her out of state, I can be

confident the item won’t shatter en route.

Movin’ right along. My received thank-you message post-mailing the birthday gift was accompanied by a sweet video. My friend was driving with her nephew seated behind her and to his right was my friend’s daughter, decked out with a pink shirt covered by a denim jacket & blond hair flowing past the little one’s shoulders. Her daughter of 4 & 1/2 was unashamedly sharing during their car ride an impressive description to her cousin of 3 on how to ask Jesus into your heart.

“You say, ‘Jesus, can you please take away my sins? And Jesus, can you please forgive me? Jesus, can you forgive me . . . for doing all the bad things I did? Can you please come in my heart?'” The girl’s passionate speech to her cousin continued.

The next few spoken sentences were a bit rapid. Then – “. . . That’s what I said.”

“Yeah,” replied the boy as he sat in his car seat chewing on his fingertips & listened.

“Are we gonna go on being bad? Or are we gonna learn about Jesus? . . . So can you say, ‘Jesus can you please come in my heart?’. . . Now you say it.”

The youngster repeatedly pled with her beloved cousin to ask Jesus into his heart.

In her commendable efforts to influence the little boy to receive salvation in Christ, suddenly without warning the young girl’s kind dialogue morphed into menacing. A bona fide threat. Armed with her loving heart in exactly the right place, her own mother even expressed doubt in the wise child’s well-intended albeit questionable strategy.

It’s possible her evangelism technique needs a little tweaking:

“Okay, Julian, I’m gonna count from 1 till . . .” the girl’s scare tactic was far from over, “& when I’m done counting & you don’t say it . . .”

Wait for it, wait for it!

“when we get home I’m gonna give you a spanking.”

The End

(Pictured is the pint-sized preacher in years prior.)

By Amy, 3-7-18

 

Point Toward . . .

The fictional novel by Randy Alcorn Dominion, with 2 inhabitants of Heaven in discussion; says one:

Many people “live lives of endless activity without bothering to understand that which gives meaning to activity, to happiness, to pain and struggle. Many of them die without ever understanding why they were alive.

The moment after they die they will know how they should have lived, but then it will be too late. What a needless tragedy.

They must learn to heed their inner ache for heaven, not dull it with earth’s anesthetics. Only then can they see on earth that which will point them toward heaven.”