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The Rejected Missionary

12 Jan

The Rejected Missionary…

Letter from missions board to an applicant: “We received your application and we’re surprised. You’re afflicted with severe eye trouble. This is a handicap to effective ministry. Is it appropriate for a missionary to do part-time secular work? You’re making tents on the side.

The church in Philippi was the only church that supported you. We wonder why. Is it true that you have a jail record? Certain brethren report that you did time at Caesarea and were imprisoned at Rome.

You refer to yourself as aged. Our missions policy is to only accept young applicants. We advise you to stick with tent making.” Signed, The Foreign Missions Board.

This was to Apostle Paul. When you think about it, he was unlikely yet the greatest apostle. You might not be a likely missionary or minister. God chooses and delights in those who aren’t likely.

Have you been discouraged from doing God’s will? God only chooses those who are not qualified. He doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called. Just answer and go. God will take care of the rest. Be willing and God will take care of making you able.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Go boldly into the world. Answer God’s calling for you, today. You are qualified to serve Him. Be willing; you have been enabled.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love.always,

Ed

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Simply Love

12 Jan

Simply Love…

I often am asked by people how to make life simple. People want to simplify their life, but why do they insist on cluttering the process?

Life is simple, we make it complicated and believe it or not, we complicate it over the human concept of love. I say the human concept because we tend to put more into the meaning of the word than what it really is.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7

Love is said to be a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection (“I love my mother”) to pleasure (“I loved that meal”). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment.

It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.

The Christian understanding is that love comes from God. The love of man and woman—eros in Greek—and the unselfish love of others (agape), are often contrasted as “ascending” and “descending” love, respectively, but are ultimately the same thing.

God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:4-5

Christian theologians see God as the source of love, which is mirrored in humans and their own loving relationships.

These are all human interpretations of love and for the most part they overlook the simplicity of the word love. Because of this we need to loosen our grasp on these feelings. Love is more than a feeling, it is also a choice.

When was the last time you sat out in your backyard at night and looked into the heavens? When was the last time you let your eyes take in the beauty of the flowers, trees, the birds and the bees, and all the creatures that God has created?

In Genesis 1, the book of beginning, God created it all and it was good. It was love and it still is. God is love and we are created with this love. When you realize that everything you see, taste, smell, and feel is love then you will start to see the simplicity of it and of life.

When life gets so cluttered with things and noise and silly unnecessary activities, it is then when you have to realize the love in all this. These things are all part of life, not complications of life and not mere distractions, so you can’t use them as excuses to say you can’t live a simple life.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. –  Ephesians 4:2-3

As a parent, husband or wife, a friend and neighbor we all have little things that seem to get in the way of our perceived goals in life. God puts these little things in our path to remind us that He create us with love and we need to do all things with the same love. This is what makes living a simple life easy.

When you can walk up to a friend or neighbor and say I love you and mean it, then you are on the right path.

Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.” — Colossians 3:12-14

As my Grandfather would say ” To live is simply to love, to love is simply to live!”

Light of the world You walk out into darkness – open my eyes let me see…

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Time of Jesus’s Coming

11 Jan

The Time of Jesus’s Coming…

Many pastors and rabbis have identified Daniel 9 as telling when Jesus will come. Abraham Levi wrote, “I have examined and searched all of the Holy Scriptures but haven’t found the time for Jesus’s coming clearly fixed except in the words of Gabriel in the Prophet Daniel which are written in the Ninth Chapter of Daniel.”

Daniel 9 says that Jesus’s coming to Jerusalem. He will be cut off or killed and the temple city and sanctuary will be destroyed. That happened in 70 A.D. Jesus had to have come before the year 70 A.D. There’s only one contender – Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth.

For 2,000 years the rabbis and Jewish people have missed, seeking other messiahs and have never found their peace. The lesson is your greatest blessing is often right in front of you.

Even as believers we seek for joy, satisfaction, acceptance, and fulfillment in people, wealth, all different things of life. Yet, the blessing is right there from God. He never will deny you His blessing if you come to Him. Come back to the Lord, your first love. For the blessing you’re waiting for has already come.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Take time today to come back to your first love. Love the Lord with all your heart and strength, serve Him and He will heap blessings on you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Yerushalyim: The Mystery

10 Jan

Yerushalyim: The Mystery…

June 7, 1967, a date in which ancient prophecy was fulfilled. It was the year when the Beatles came out with the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Vietnam War was in full swing and public opinion turning increasingly against it.

It was into that world of flower power and anti-war protests that a prophecy spoken thousands of years before it was fulfilled.

The Jewish people, in the Six Day War, returned to the city of Jerusalem. It was the missing puzzle piece of every latter day prophecy which required the Jewish people to be in that city.

While the world was going along its course with all its distractions, God fulfilled His ancient prophecy. What does it show you? God is real and His word is good, and if God could work through every event of 1967 to fulfill His ancient word, how much more is He working all things in your life together for good and for His good purpose.

Rejoice! For the Lord says, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans for shalom and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Watch what God is doing today in your life. Your Savior has appointed your steps ahead of you. Fulfill His will and step into His plans.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Tour of The Promised Land

9 Jan

A Tour of The Promised Land…

One of the first things that struck me when I first set foot in Israel was the word “Jerusalem.” But I had never before seen it on a road sign. It said, “Jerusalem in white letters on green” along with an arrow, and a number to indicate how many kilometers it took to get there.

This is profound. Our faith is based not on philosophy, not on opinion, not on legend, and not on myth; instead our faith is based on reality. It involves a real place, in real time, flesh and blood, a walled city set on a hill. It’s real, as real as Jerusalem is on a road sign.

Every point on earth is connected to Jerusalem and Jerusalem is the place of your salvation. God’s love poured out. You must connect every part of your life to your salvation in Jerusalem.

Your salvation must connect to every part of your life, and God’s love will connect to every place the soles of your feet tread. Let it be for real to every part of your life. For by God’s miracle, Jerusalem is on the road sign.

I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant. 2 Kings 19:34

Center every part of your day today to God’s will and purposes.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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Gospel of The Honeybee

8 Jan

Gospel of The Honeybee…

You might not expect bees to be able to teach you a Gospel truth. However, there is something they do that is Christian – they dance little bee dances.

By dancing, the bee communicates to its winged friends that the bee has come across a treasure of food. It goes back to the hive and performs its dance. Through the dance, the bee gives specific directions as to its location with regard to the position of the sun. The other bees then fly out and enjoy a feast.

If you find something great and beautiful and sweet and life-giving, you must rejoice in it. We know it’s holy to dance for joy and especially when you have found something much sweeter and better than nectar or honey, that is eternal life.

If the bee knows to rejoice and to share it, and to direct its brethren, how much more must you rejoice in the Gospel of salvation, and not keep it to yourself, but share it with those around you? Be at least as joyful as a bee, for the love of God is sweeter than honey.

Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. Psalm 119: 65-72

Let your light shine at work and in your going out, share the Good News of salvation, share your joy with those you meet.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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A Guide For The Spirit Filled

7 Jan

A Guide For The Spirit Filled…

Many believers speak about Pentecost and what it is to be Pentecostal, or what it is to be spirit-filled; gifts of tongues, prophesies and miracles. All these things are in the Bible, but it’s missing the point.

Pentecost or Shavuot in Hebrew produced this result 2,000 years ago, “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostle’s teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Shavuot or Pentecost was not just a day or an event or even an experience; it was reality.

The long-lasting Pentecostal result was the change of daily life, of daily routine. A true Spirit-filled life is one that affects your daily routine. The occasional highs don’t do it – it’s godliness in your daily routine that will move the greatest mountains.

If you want to really flow in the Spirit – start letting the Spirit change your real life, your real everyday routine, from your waking up to your going to bed. Get into godly habits of real prayer, real communion, real learning of the Word, real love and that’s the real Pentecostal result.

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:17-18

Start letting the Holy Spirit change your daily routine. Seek His will. Make it a habit for real prayer time and reading His word. Praise Him all through your day.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Shell of You

6 Jan

The Shell of You…

Jesus said you must be born again. One of the symbols of being born again is the butterfly because in nature, it goes through the first part of its life crawling – as a caterpillar.

And then it becomes a heavenly creature – a beautiful symbol – the butterfly. But in between the worm stage and the butterfly stage is the stage called the chrysalis. The caterpillar wraps itself around; it becomes entombed in this shell that has the shape of the caterpillar.

But inside that shape of the caterpillar something’s happening; it’s metamorphosis. It’s a heavenly creature being born.

It’s the same with you. You’re born again. But you find yourself with the old ways; the old lusts sometimes come up. That’s the chrysalis; that’s the shell. It’s not you anymore. It’s the outer man. The outer wasn’t born again.

The new you is the inner man. It says, “live in the inner man.” And what does the butterfly do to become a butterfly? It breaks open the old shell. So break open the old habits, the old thoughts, with the power of God, with the spirit of God which is new in the inner man. Break the shell.

 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:16

Pray and ask God for strength, for help to break out of the old you, and live in the new by His spirit in the inner man, and start breaking out of the shell.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Shabbat Secrets

5 Jan

The Shabbat Secrets…

Those of you who live near or work with Orthodox Jews are aware of something that happens every week. Every week on Friday, a few hours before sunset, Orthodox Jews begin rushing around, going home early, preparing, doing last minute shopping, doing all their last preparations, then rushing to their homes before sundown.

The Sabbath doesn’t just come as do other days of the week. It is written in the fourth chapter of Hebrews that God’s people must also enter the Shabbat and we must labor to enter it.

For us in Jesus, the peace of the Shabbat is every day. But it doesn’t just come to us. We must enter it. You can have peace and joy and blessings every day of your week. But don’t expect it to just show up one day at your door.

Choose to enter into the presence of God every day of your life. Spend time entering. Practice entering. Get good at entering. And you can dwell in the Shabbat every day of your life. In other words, every day of your life can be like a weekend. Let it start today. Shabbat Shalom.

And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. The Sovereign  Lord declares— he who gathers the exiles of Israel: “I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.” Isaiah 56:6-8

Learn the secret of entering into Jesus’s Sabbath, the Lord’s deep peace and shalom – set time aside for Him and seek His peace and joy.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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The Lost Tribes Mystery

4 Jan

The Lost Tribes Mystery…

There has long lived in Africa a people known as the Falashas who keep the Biblical traditions and call themselves Beta Yisrael, the House of Israel. It appears that the Falashas are descendants of Jewish people who came to Africa from ancient times.

In the 1970s and 80s they were in danger of extinction. In an amazing feat, Israel sent airplanes in with lightning speed, told the Falashas to get ready and airlifted thousands and thousands of them in Operation Moses and Operation Solomon. After 2000 years, they were back.

So, too, in the Kingdom of God, it doesn’t matter how far off, cut off, or removed you’ve been from the Lord or His people. And it doesn’t matter what situation you’re in right now, how far you’ve strayed or how deep the pit you’ve gotten into.

All you need to do is call upon the Lord and you’ll be saved. The Falashas were cut off for at least two thousand years. But now they are back in the Promised Land. So you too, need never be far away from God. For the distance between you and Him is only one call away.

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. Deuteronomy 30:1-5

Whatever you have done, no matter how far you feel from God, no matter how down or deep you are, or how hopeless your situation…. call upon the Lord, and He will answer.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed