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Not of This WORLD!

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Former President Obama, in an interview the other day, made the statement; “people who watch Fox News are not from this planet”.  Yes, he was being sarcastic about Fox News Viewers, but he drove home what the Bible says about this not being a Christian’s true home.  Our home is in Heaven, we are just passing through. John 17:16(KJV) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

THE WORLD HATED JESUS FIRST
John 15:18(KJV) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

WHY DOES THE WORLD HATE CHRISTIANS?  Just as some do not like what certain news channels have to say, neither do they like what Christians have to say. John 17:14(KJV)  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

IF THE WORLD HATES US WHY DOES GOD LEAVE US HERE?
1 Peter 2:11-12 (KJV)  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 

  • Your testimony (how you live) brings glory to God
  • Your walk in life might help an unsaved person accept Jesus as their saviour
  • Those who remain unsaved will be judged in the day of visitation
    • Revelation 20:15 (KJV) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

We are strangers/pilgrims passing through on this earth, just as Jesus was.  He died so all could have the hope of Heaven.  We are to live lives that reflect his love & sacrifice to guide people to accept the simple plan of salvation, that Jesus died for. The Bible tells us that when our work is done, every knee shall bow & acknowledge Jesus.
Romans 14:11(KJV)  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

My hope & desire is, if anyone reading this is not sure if they are saved, that they will seek out someone to show them for sure, before it’s ever too late.  You are not granted a chance to accept Jesus after death.

May each of you have a blessed week.

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Be My Valentine!

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When we think of Valentine Day, we think of love, flowers, cards & candy.  These are things we either get or give to show our love.  But, after researching this day of love, I see it wasn’t all hugs, kisses & roses.

David Kithcart – St. Valentine, the Real Story   tells of a Roman Priest that was performing marriages against the orders of Emperor Claudias.  Claudias believed that men fought better if not tied to marriage.  He believed in Polygamy as did most of that society. 

St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing marriages.  While in prison he prayed for a Judge Asterius blind daughter to see.  She was healed & Asterius became a Christian.. 

“In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.””

Valentine Day was started from the sacrificial love one man had for God’s word, and his dedication to marry couples as directed by the Bible.  The meaning of Valentine Day is, a love that one is willing to die for. Although, I commend this man’s courage, there is one who sacrificed much more for us, “JESUS”!

Jesus left heaven to die for us, so we could have the opportunity to go to Heaven.  He endured and suffered all kinds of hardships and pain for us. When I think of John 3:16, I know what true love really is. John 3:16(KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus knew he would be tortured, beaten, ridiculed, and nailed to a cross. He bleed drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, because he knew what was coming, but he did it anyway for you & for me. Luke 22:44(KJV) And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

There is no greater love shown to mankind, then that of Jesus.  Valentine Day is just one day a year.  Jesus is here for us 24/7/365, all you have to do is accept Him as Your Savior.  Believe He is God’s son, ask him into your heart, confess you are a sinner, pray(ask) for forgiveness.

May you have a blessed week!

The State of Our Heart Address

It saddens me to see as a Country how far we have fallen. God told the church of Ephesus that they lost their first love (God) Revelation 2:4 (KJV)  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 

As a Country we too have lost our first love. This really hit home when I saw people joking, laughing & happy about a train accident in which a honest working man lost his life. The reason for their gleefulness was hate. They hated a group for political reasons so much, that they hoped for death. This is so wrong! Our Country has become so full of hate that some people would wish bodily harm, even death.  We truly need a reset button. Matthew 22:36-39 (KJV)  Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. It is clear that some in our Country do not hold the love for God or the love for their neighbor in high regard.

Politicians are not the only ones being ridiculed. Christians are also suffering this hate because we opened our eyes & saw how far our Country has wandered from God.  Our Christian vote elected a man who the worldly hates. John 15:19 (KJV)  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

As a Country some kneel when they should stand for God & Country. Our leaders sit when they should stand to recognize God, our citizens, and veterans.  They race bait, name call & cause division, and are not willing to give up corruption.
Luke 11:17 (KJV) But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

Life has become so meanless that some murder unborn babies in their womb, with no remorse.  They use the excuse, it’s my body.  How about the rights of the little person in their body?  Then there are those who use abortion as a means of birth control.  With all the prevention medication etc. available, this is not a feasible excuse. Some even think it is ok to take a child’s life up to two years of age.  There are so many people who would love to adopt a baby.  One should try adoption and learn from what they consider a mistake, move on & not repeat it. Ecclesiastes 11:5 (KJV) As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

Then there’s the drug epidemic.  People are abusing their bodies and dying in record numbers.  According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016.  Some are doing this as, “the fun, cool thing to do”, others want to escape reality.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Using drugs for recreation or escape is wrong, however, not irreversible, consider that & seek help.

We have let wrong gender teachings into our schools, because of this our children are so confused that some question themselves.  Some States have even made it a law not to put a child’s sex on birth certificate until they are old enough to decide (it’s not their decision, it has already been made by God).  Some States have 3 different genders choices for ID cards & Driver licenses. Genesis 1:27  (KJV)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. The Bible also clearly states marriage is between a man & a woman, Genesis 2:22-24 (KJV And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

But the GOOD NEWS is, as a Country we can change all of this; 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Hope each of you have a blessed life.  Live well, and love better!

Stand Up

This poem came to me as I observed the State of Our Hearts. We live in one of the greatest Countries in the world, yet we have people who are disrespectful & kneel during the National Anthem.  Leaders who sit when God, Veterans, our people, our Country are honored. People who desecrate our flag. People bent on dividing, destroying our Country instead of uniting & making us better.

STAND UP

Stand Up
For the Red, White & Blue
For our soldiers so true
Stand Up
Tall, hand over heart
Be proud, do your part
Stand Up
Military salute the flag for what it represents
For our Country you swore to protect
Stand Up
For sacrifices made
Don’t let ole glory fade
Stand Up
For in God we trust
Lest our Country dies & turns to dust
Stand up
For the rights of unborn children in the womb
Don’t turn our Country into a tomb
Stand Up
For every race, creed & color
For we are sisters & brothers
Stand Up
Let freedom ring
Let our hearts sing
Stand Up
Love each other it’s a new day
We should only kneel when we pray
Stand up
For we are blessed in every way
To live in the USA

Deborah L Gladwell
02/01/2018

Hope you enjoyed this poem and strive to make America great again, to put God first in your lives.

May God give each of you a blessed week.

Don’t Toot Your Own Horn!

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I don’t know about you, but it absolutely drives me crazy when people brag on themselves. Now I know there are some positions that you have to because it is necessary to keep the public informed. However, the ones that bother me are the ones that should be humble & give God the glory, but somehow make it all about themselves. These people often will say something like this: “it touches their hearts to see so & so doing something great for the Lord,” However, before they are done somehow they are the reason that person accomplished something. We all know people like this.

Boasting/bragging is not new to modern times.  There are many examples of this behavior in the bible.  The Pharisees especially had a hard time not being boastful & full of pride. Jesus even taught on this.  Luke 18:9-14 (KJV)  And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican(tax collector).11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. PLEASE NOTE– GOD WAS NOT PLEASED WITH THE PHARISEE!!  JESUS SAID THE MAN THAT HUMBLED HIMSELF WOULD BE EXALTED.

Not only do we need to be careful not to fall into the sin of pride-fullness but we need to make sure we teach our children not to be prideful.  One can never be too young or old to learn to be a humble servant.  Everything we do should bring honor to God, not ourselves. If you brag on yourself your tiny little glory is on earth, but if you glorify God without expecting praise from man, you will receive a reward from God.
Matthew 6:2-4 (KJV)  Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

The greatest reward one should be looking forward to is; to hear God say this: Matthew 25:21 (KJV)  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

I hope this helped someone and each of you have a blessed week. Your thoughts & comments are always welcomed.

Why Do People Believe Crazy Things?

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Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the crazy things people are believing today?  I scratch my head & ponder, how in the world did they come up with that?  Sometimes I even question their mental condition.  No, I’m not judging, I’m just amazed!

The bible tells us: Isaiah 5:20-21 (KJV)  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! How did we ever get to the point where evil is good & good is evil, bitter is sweet & sweet is bitter, and especially put Satan before God?  The answer is in verse 21, we neglect the bible & deem ourselves to be wise & prudent.

Why has man decided we are wiser than God?  SIN!  We like our SIN & do not want to read or hear anything that says our pet sins are wrong.  Notice that most that have fallen into worldly beliefs are feeding daily from the world’s philosophy, instead of God’s word – the Bible.  The process starts slowly by watering down God’s word through false teachings.  Some only preach what makes people feel good.  We are warned of these things in:  2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

  • WHY HAS THIS WORLD TURNED CRAZY?We do not make sure our children learn from the greatest instruction manual of all – the Bible. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV)  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligentlyunto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
    • We let someone else teach our children world values.  Did you notice in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 that it is “US not school teachers, that are to teach our children biblical values.  Because of our laziness our children are being taught contrary to God’s word & are confused by others. Here are just a few examples:
      • God made a mistake, there are more than two genders (people God does not make mistakes)
      • Same sex marriage
      • Christians are bad
      • Permissiveness is good (if it feels good do it)
      • Doesn’t matter who you hurt as long as you get what you want
      • Abortion is not murder (some believing now up to two years of age).  Sorry, a baby is a life from moment of conception (why else do you think some say “so & so, is going to have a baby?”) It is MURDER!
      • Socialism/Work Ethics – You don’t have to work, society owes you. Take from the rich give to the poor. (What happens when no one is working & everyone is poor? Ponder on that!)
      • Recreational Drugs aren’t that bad, them old fogies just don’t want you to be happy
      • Only whites are racist (sorry, any color can be a racist) A racist is someone who hates or feels superior to another because of the color of their skin.  If you are ever on social media, you will see plenty from all colors
      • Lying is ok as long as you get the results you want
      • Accusing someone falsely of sexual misconduct & ruining their lives for your own personal gain
      • Professors & Politicians promoting violence among young people
      • Financial accountability doesn’t matter. You don’t have to live within your means, run up your credit cards, get loans
  • HOW CAN WE REVERSE THIS CRAZINESS?Find a good BIBLE believing church & take the whole family
    • Study & meditate on the Bible daily
    • Pray for family, friends & country
    • Make sure to teach your children biblical truths & behaviors
    • If you have children don’t fall into, “I worked so hard, I want my children to have it easier than me” mode.  Chores & work ethics are truthfully good for children & in reality you are hurting them by not teaching them work ethics
    • Teach them at an early age about finances.  My dad opened a savings account for me when I was in 4th grade, with a dollar.  I learned to work & save money to buy what I wanted or needed
      • Nothing is free in life (someone is paying for free stuff)
      • Sometimes people fall on hard times & need assistance, but it is short term, not a career
    • Teach them to respect & love others
    • Help them to spot deceivers
    • Put teaching YOUR children above your own selfish self

In conclusion, Our world is crazy because we let it become crazy.  Can we reverse our crazy world?  I don’t know, but I sure hope it’s not to late.

I only touched the ice tips of problems & solutions.  If you have anything to add, please let me know. Hope each of you have a blessed & happy week.

Your Death Says More About You Than Your Birth!

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No, I’m not trying to be morbid, I’m not encouraging suicide (which is biblically wrong). Just think for a moment, when we are born we cannot talk, walk, or serve God in any way.  We must be fed, changed, protected etc. by our parents.  We are like a lump of clay; Isaiah 64:8KJV) But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  This is very true, however, life has a way of chipping away at our pottery.  We can be shaped or even broken. In the end, we have a freewill to follow the Potter’s (GOD) path or the world’s.  We literally can break the life God planned for us.

Our parents do have a part in the development of this clay, but still not totally responsible for the final product.  I’ve seen people from abusive childhood become very impressive children of God.  I’ve seen people from excellent Christian homes, become children of Satan.  In the end it is our decision alone.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 (KJV)  A good name is better than precious ointment; and thedayofdeath than thedayofone’sbirthGod’s instruction book, the “Bible”, tells us that we should seek to do good from our birth until our death.  At the time of death, we have had many opportunities to serve God.  Will we bring honor or shame? What we have done with our lives, for God, is more important than our birth.

Proverbs 22:1-5 (KJV)  A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and lifeThorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.  Great wisdom is found in these verses: Please note that again “A good name” is mentioned.  This good name is our testimony, how others see us, and how God sees us. He even gives us some advice on how to keep a good name.

  • How to keep a good name (Proverbs 22:3-5 & Colossians 2:8)
    • Be  watchful for evil & stay away from even the appearance of evil
    • Be humble
    • Respect God
    • Colossians 2:8 (KJV)  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
    • Beware of false Philosophy
    • Beware of people that use deceit
    • Do not follow the ways of man (traditions, fundamentals way of the world)
    • Follow the ways of Christ

Remember people if we accept Jesus as our Savior and are faithful, our final home is heaven.  We are just passing through this world, it is not our permanent home.
1 Chronicles 29:15 (KJV) For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
We must abstain from fleshly lust on this journey.
1 Peter 2:11 (KJV)  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Not only does what you do with your life matter to God, but also how others we leave behind remember us:
Proverbs 10:7(KJV)  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

I leave you with these thoughts:
Only people who are saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ goes to Heaven, Are you saved?
Have you served God well?
Will you find honor in Heaven?
How do you want to be remembered by your family & friends?

May each of you have a blessed week.