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Someone visited me today!

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If you are feeling forlorn, at the end of your rope, helpless, alone, forsaken… remember you are not the only one feeling this way.  Others in this world are or have felt the same way and have overcome; you can too!  I hope you will turn to Jesus.

This is a poem I wrote & I hope it helps someone.

Someone visited me today!

Someone visited me today,
and told me the truth, the light and the way!
The blinds were lifted from my eyes,
and I could see Jesus the crucified.
I hung my head in shame,
because of me His blood was shed.
I could hear their voice saying:
“For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
I lifted my eyes toward Heaven,
and pondered this news I was hearing.
They told me “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Then before my eyes my life flashed,
and I could see I had something to live for at last.
I bowed my head and prayed:
Lord I am a sinner and for me Jesus was crucified.
I believe from the grave he arose again,
please Jesus forgive me all my sin,
and I ask you Jesus come in my heart to live. Amen
I looked at my visitor with tears of wonder,
and said thank you for visiting me today,
and for telling me the truth, the light, the way.

 

–Deborah L. Gladwell—
12/01/2007

Just a reminder, at one time we were all lost.  Have you told anyone about salvation? Have you taken time out of your life to help others? Sometimes just a short visit, telephone call or encouraging card can make a big difference in someone’s life.  Be that difference!

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The Deepest Love of All!

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Some ask, What is love?
Love is shown in many ways
The protecting love of a parent
The undying love of a mate
The unselfish love of the military
The soothing love of friendship
The close love of family

The hardest act of love is to let someone go
This is a searing pain
A pain that makes your heart hurt
and your eyes cry
A love that puts another’s well-being
above your own selfish feelings
This is the deepest love of all

Man is not alone in the act of letting someone go
God himself has felt this same heart wrenching pain
His love for us was so great
that he gave his only begotten son
to suffer & die for our SIN
So when we are suffering this great hurt
Take it to God for he understands

 

Sowers, Reapers and Builders

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November is considered the month of Harvest.  Have you ever thought about the final harvest?  Most of us have fretted over someone we love or know, that isn’t saved.  We worry because they are living wild, reckless lives and have no interest in God.  Sometimes they even say rebellious things about God, but remember; you planted a seed someone else might water, nurture & reap.  The only thing you can do is pray & pray & pray for God to send someone.
Matthew 9:37-38 (KJVThen saith he unto his disciples, The harvest
truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest

Sowers, Reapers and Builders

God works through man in mysterious ways.
Some are sowers,
Some are reapers,
And some are builders.
Each are very significant to His church.
If a seed is never planted,
the Holy Spirit can not work.
If the Harvest isn’t reaped;
A soul might not be saved.
If a church wasn’t built;
than a soul might not grow.
If Christ is not the corner stone;
the church is just a building.
God bless the Christ centered
sowers, reapers and Builders!                                                –Deborah L. Gladwell–                                                                                                      Huttonsville, WV

The Parable of The Wheat & The Tares
Don’t be fooled that there will not be a harvest. Jesus plainly explains there will be.

Matthew 13:24-30 (KJV)
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Revelations tells of the Final Harvest
Notice the parallel between the Parable Jesus spoke of & the final harvest? It will happen!!!

Revelation 14:14-20 (KJV)
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Please be busy sowing, nurturing, reaping & building for this day will come.  I hope our hands are blood free because we have done our best to tell others of Jesus!

Hope each of you have a blessed week.

Thanksgiving Meditation

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At Thanksgiving time our tables overflow with food.  We stuff ourselves until we can hardly move.  Some will volunteer to serve the needy/homeless, which is really great, but what about the rest of the year.  Thanksgiving & Christmas are not the only times in a whole year to help others in need & their bellies aren’t the only thing hungering.

Thanksgiving Meditation

As we eat our meal of Thanksgiving
with Turkey and all the trimmings
we give thanks to God for all He has given
but across the world or down the street
there is someone with nothing to eat

 We complain about the price of gas
and wonder how long our money will last
we worry about trivial things that do not last
when a lost soul is trying one more breath to gasp

We need to do our part
and serve our God with all our heart
feed the hungry, both their bodies and souls
who will be saved only God knows

                       –Deborah L. Gladwell—
                               Nov.  23, 2007

I really hope you give these things some deep thought.  May God bless each & everyone of you in some special way. Wealth is not only money, it is also time & sharing what little you have!!! Be missionaries in your own neighborhood!!!

Pumpkin

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There once was a young boy whose grandmother gave him some seeds, which they believed to be Sunflower seeds.  This young boy was so excited by this wonderful gift and all the beautiful Sunflowers he envisioned he was going to grow.

On his way home, he took a short cut, which crossed a small patch of woods and a field.  As he traveled toward home he had a wonderful idea to scatter his Sunflower seeds along the edge of his mother’s vegetable garden.

A few weeks later his parents noticed something different growing at the edge of their garden.  After inspecting this phenomenon they discovered that someone had planted pumpkins all along the edge.  They wondered who would plant pumpkins in their garden.  Later that day the child’s parents were discussing the mystery of the pumpkins, at their home.  Their son overhearing their conversation said, “I don’t know who planted pumpkins, but did you see any of my Sunflowers that Grandma gave me?  I planted them in your garden too.”  Immediately upon hearing this, his parents knew what had happened.  Laughter broke out and they nicknamed their son “Punkin”.

We should be as excited about sowing seeds for God, as this young boy was about sowing his Sunflower seeds.  He wanted to see something beautiful happen, but instead he got some wonderful pumpkin pie.  Like this young boy we don’t know what will develop, all we can do is plant the seed and let God do the growing.  Sometime there is no fruit for your labor, but maybe the seed might grow into a layman of your church or maybe a great preacher of God’s word.  But nothing will grow if it’s never sown

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY

  • Sometimes sowing is a team effort. Not everybody that sows seeds of salvation get to personally lead someone to the Lord.  Sometimes you are part of a team, for instance you might talk (plant seeds) to someone about the Lord for years, but see no fruit for your labor. Then along comes someone else and wala the person you have been witnessing to suddenly makes the connection.  The seed starts attending Sunday school/Church & then one day accepts Jesus as their saviour.  One should not think any less of their efforts, because you get to share the award for your part of this marvelous event.  Sowing/watering/Salvation!!!!
    1 Corinthians 3:6(KJV) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

  • We don’t always understand
    I love the simplicity of the teachings of the bible.  Think of planting the seeds of salvation as if you were a farmer & actually planting real seeds in the ground.  You prepare the soil, plant the seed.  You go to bed at night and then about a week later, you wake up and there is the seed sticking out on the end of a green sprout.  It eventually grows into a blade and after some time into a stalk, then the stalk develops ears & then the ear produces fruit to nourish many.
     Mark 4:26-28(KJV) And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

  • We are commanded to sow

    Jesus commands us that we are to sow, it’s called the GREAT COMMISSION!
    Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

  • We are rewarded for sowing
    Proverbs tells us that he who sows righteousness will be rewarded.
    Proverbs 11:18 (KJV)  The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward

  • Be careful what you sow
    Galatians 6:7(KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  • What happens at the end of the harvest(end of the world)?
    Matthew 13:36-43(KJV)  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

I hope you see the importance of planting God’s seeds.  Have a blessed week.

Are You Really an Atheist?

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Many people mock Christians for their belief in a Holy God.  They call themselves Atheists.  What exactly is the definition of an Atheist? Definition defined in Merriam-Webster Atheista person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods.  

Most people who say they are Atheist often contradict themselves.  They want nothing to do with anything that has to do with the church.  They post anti-christian posts on Facebook & Twitter, BUT yet deep down they believe in God and some actually respect Christians.

Do your remember Madalyn Murray O’Hair who was known as the atheist that took prayer out of schools? Did you know her son Evangelist William Murray in 1980, at age 34, actually accepted Jesus  & swore to right the wrong he helped his mother to inflict?

SIGNS YOU ARE NOT REALLY AN ATHEIST

  • When something really bad happens in your life– A loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or involved in an accident, did you ask a Christian to pray?
  • When a loved one dies do you believe they are in heaven? Truth is people, If there is no God, then there is no heaven.
  • Do you hate God? If you hate God, then you must believe there is a God to hate.
    • A New York Times article By Being a focus of controversy suited her temperament. ‘I love a good fight,’ she said. ‘I guess fighting God and God’s spokesmen is sort of the ultimate, isn’t it?”’
      • You cannot fight God if He isn’t real
  • Why does it drive you insane that others believe in God?
    • If there really isn’t a God, why do you fight so hard to remove any mention of God from public display (nativity displays, 10 commandments etc)? By no means are they harming you.
    • Why is the Bible the number one best selling book (Every year)?
    • Why can’t doctors explain why there are terminally ill people who are miraculously healed with no sign of disease?
    • You want to celebrate Christmas, Easter, but are offended by the name of the holiday.  Stop & think why you are really offended, maybe because the names drive home the true meaning of the holiday.
    • Madalyn Murray O’Hair was called Mad Madalyn by many.
      • The bible talks about a reprobate mind (KJV Dictionary Definition-1. Not enduring proof or trial; not of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected. 2. Abandoned in sin; lost to virtue or grace.3. Abandoned to error, or in apostasy.)
        Romans 1:28-32 (KJV) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
        Kind of sounds like today’s world.
  • Do you believe there is sin in the world? 
    • If there is no God, then how can there be sin? There would be no standards for sin, therefore, everyone can do whatever they want. Survival of the fit, would be the norm.

The bible tells us that we have no excuse not to believe in God because He has shown us through our very surroundings (nature): Romans 1:19-20 (KJV)  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God tells us we are FOOLS if we don’t believe in Him.  Psalm 14:1 (KJV)  The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

God also tells us why Atheist don’t believe in him. Ephesians 4:18(KJV)  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

I truthfully hope that if you claim to be an Atheist, that you will meditate on these things discussed today.  I hope your eyes are opened to the fact that you might actually not be an Atheist.  If you have any doubt please seek out a good bible teaching, God believing Church or friend.

May each of you have a blessed week!

Methods used by Satan to Destroy the Church and, Our Country!

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I’m amazed everyday at some of the nonsense I see on social media.  Everyone is offended, some don’t even know why they are offended.  Some feel they have to be offended because it’s the new fad.  Maybe we should consider some are being used as pawns by Satan?

This new mentality has even seeped into churches.  Saturday I saw where Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia is taking down a memorial marking the pew that PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON & his family sat in, because it is not acceptable to all worshipers.  It makes them feel unwelcome & unsafe because George Washington owned slaves.  They will also be taking down a memorial to General Robert E. Lee.

This way of thinking appears to be sympathetic to some, but in reality it isn’t.  The church has become worldly & this is the first step to destroy the Church and our Country.  Our founding fathers were not only Christians, but they structured our govt according to the wisdom of God’s word.

What better way does Satan have to totally eradicate the Church/Constitution, then to cause division & hard feelings over dead issues.  In today’s world we are only slaves if we choose to be in our own minds.  We would not have any of the freedoms we have today if it wasn’t for men like President George Washington.

Erasing history is the first step of a Government Coup(take over). The sole purpose of degrading historic icons is to make them look bad, then everything they accomplished isn’t important, therefore, the constitution is flawed, their religious beliefs aren’t valid.

What we really are seeing today is Satan’s attempt to take us out. This has been going on slowly since the beginning of time.  But let’s stick to us & our Country, and how has he gotten this far?

  • Education

    • We took God & Prayers out of our Schools

    • History isn’t a requirement to graduate from some colleges (Young people don’t have a clue of what is actually going on)

    • false gender teaching

  • Some have twisted what our Founders meant by separation of Church & State

    • This was really developed to keep the Govt from interfering with our right to worship; 

    • No one Govt Church as in England

    • It was NOT meant to keep Christians out of Govt. or off Govt property

  • Those who choose not to work should be taken care of by those who do work

    • If one doesn’t support govt. welfare you are a hater 

      • This is un-biblical, God expect us to work & to care for our own families.

      • Charity is meant for those who are unable to work

      • The church/govt duty is to take care of widows with NO family to take care of them (The real down fall is family won’t take care of their own families)

    • The Bible is out dated & doesn’t apply today

      • The bible is the very instrument used to set standards in our Govt & our lives. Without it there would be chaos.  Which by the way we have been seeing now in our very streets.

        • Truth is the bible still has an answer to every problem.  People & times have changed, but our behavior has not.

      • Today we have one group stating they will start on Nov. 4th disrupting & killing both day & night until our President is overthrown.  What they are really saying is until they overthrow our Govt & our people.  Is this really who you want to follow or would you rather follow Jesus?

    • Some don’t like Christians or the Bible because they like their sins

      • Sexual -permissiveness, false gender teachings etc

      • Abortion-It might be your body, but it is a human life you are taking

      • Greed- I am never happy, give me more

      • Pride – I did it all by myself.  I don’t need God.

  • The Constitution is an outdated document & needs re-written

    • When you start changing the constitution to suit a current cause or idea, you are setting yourself up to becoming a Communist Country

      • No right to worship

      • No right to own guns

        • Cannot protect Country, Family or Property

      • Your property is not your property

  • Race baiting (Dividing our people & our Country)

    • If you are white you are a supremacist

    • Police hate you, want to kill you because of your skin color

    • Some have a million dollar salary, but believe they are slaves

      • No people I’m sorry, it’s called having a job of your choosing; unfortunately not all people of any color make a million dollars

    • My people were slaves-you owe me

      • No one in the United States is a slave today. We need to learn from history & move on

  • Media

    • Opinion News vs actual News

      • Don’t tell whole story-pick & choose to fit their cause. Politically slanted. 

    • Flood social media with false stories

      • Use what looks like news from a network, but totally fake in content

In conclusion people, Satan is using some people to play havoc in our lives, to destroy American Values, Churches & our Country.  Their wisdom is not a Godly wisdom & should not be followed.

 James 3:13-16(KJV) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation(behavior) his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Satan’s goal is to destroy our Founders first & then our Christian beliefs. People God is not the author of confusion.

Some have elevated themselves to think they know more than God. To this I say beware! Romans 1:22 (KJV) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

May each of you have a blessed week.