It’s Halloween Time Already!

When I was a little tyke I thought the day was great!  In school we made lots of jack-o-lanterns out of the pumpkins a farmer or two brought a day or so before, and we made ghosts and goblins out of construction paper. In the evening,we had a party with games and doing what I liked the best, bobbing for apples. I still believe Halloween is really for kids, except for the teenage boys who tipped over the backhouses! People say,”The boys didn’t really do that, did they? Oh boy, I’ll say they did! In our little town you could see fathers out trying to make right, the wrongs the boys did on Halloween night.

Halloween has changed though, and I’m not at all sure the change was good. I am not sure when “trick or treat” began, but I joined in with the other mothers, making outfits out of old clothes and then letting them go out and get candy which was not at all good for the teeth! That custom seems to be going away though. It just isn’t safe for children to be running around after dark these days!

What I’m really upset about is the cost. Little kids aren’t satisfied unless they can get a new outfit every year! And the merchants are anxious to help them. The kids shop right along with the adults, who are looking to find the right thing to wear to the grown up parties held on Halloween night. And grown up parties are taking the place of the simple things children used to do.

Maybe we should be remembering that October 30th is the day Martin Luther posted the 98th thesis on the door of the Church 500 years ago. Everything has changed since then. The Catholics have changed much of their former doctrine and the whole Evangelical movement has grown up to believe the way God intended, Faith, not works, should be the norm for all of us. Wouldn’t that be a holiday? It wouldn’t cost very much either, the change would be on the inside rather than our outside costumes. Happy Martin Luther Day, everyone!

 

Advertisements

Let Praise Begin!

I  was thinking the other day about how sick the world is. Everywhere we look we see tornados, hurricanes, volcanos or multi murders. How can we be anything but downhearted? People, even children, walk around wearing scowls instead of smiles. When will this end? we ask. Will the world always look like this?

I am sure that the world wasn’t any better for the brand new Christians, trying to tell others about Jesus. I can hear them now, telling them Jesus was the one promised many times in the Bible. He was born, killed really by us, and rose from the dead and now lives with God in Heaven. Folks just didn’t believe it! They threw the well being Christians into prisons, which were nothing more than dirty caves. But the church still grew!

Paul and Silas were two who were thrown into prison and beaten for their belief in Jesus. But even when things were bad, they sang and shouted praises from their cold and damp prison cell. As they sang the prison doors were opened but they, and the prisoners who were listening to them, didn’t leave. Many became new Christians that day. That story can be found beginning in Acts 16-16 of the New Testament.Praise1

We need more singing and praising in the world today. We do know that God is in charge. But we don’t know or understand why. I am sure that Paul and Silas didn’t understand why their world was so bad either. I think if more of us would praise God for everything He gives us and let Him do what He intends to do. We may have to go through hard times before we see the light, but singing and praising will make us feel better in the meantime! Let’s start today!

My Gift

My Gift from the neighborsI was just sitting in my family room alone. I think I was feeling sorry for myself. It was Saturday and I thought maybe one of the girls would be here. My daughters both work so weekends are The only time I expect them. Shouldn’t I remember that they need to balance their time off between cleaning things that were left during the week and their own kids? But here I was, feeling sorry for myself!

I didn’t often feel that way. How could I? The people who were caught in those awful hurricanes are asking themselves, “How can we ever start over again?” And Those folks who attended that concert in Las Vegas will probably never be the same after the shooting. Our country is really messed up! My little pity party doesn’t amount to much, does it?

Someone was knocking at my door! Who could it be? I answered, and there stood my neighbor and her two little children looking up at me. The Mother was carrying a fall looking mum plant and a fall looking little guy was holding the plant up! There was also a fall looking kitchen towel. She said, ” We wanted to give you this.”

I don’t remember what I said but I know I invited them into the house and I thanked them over and over. I can’t figure out why they did that, but I do know that God nudged them a little. He does things like that even for me and my loneliness! I am so thankful for that mom and her two little kids. Now, what can I do for them?

Maybe It’s Today!

Jesus might come today. He certainly could! The Bible tells us that we don’t know the day or the hour. Jesus tells us that even He doesn’t know, but the Heavenly Father knows. Why is it, then, that so many people were talking about September twenty third? Even those who didn’t know anything about the Bible,spouted out about all the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico were signs that our world would end the twenty-third!

The religious prophets had it all written out, but they forgot that only God knows when the world would end. They seemed to forget that even if you don’t believe in the Rapture, there is life after Jesus returns. How about the antichrist ruling from the temple at Jerusalem? Many things in the Bible have yet to be, before the world ends.

I want to tell you a story my son told me, only I,ll use names to make the story easier to understand. Jerry knew for certain that the world would end the twenty-third. He had studied all the signs so there wasn’t a doubt! One day Rob contacted him, trying to set up a time they could get together. “We had better meet on the twenty-second then,” Rob said. “No,” answered Jerry, “let’s meet on Monday, the twenty-fifth, that would be better for me.” He evidently wasn’t that certain about the date, was he?

I guess that starts us thinking, doesn’t it? We don’t know the day or the hour, but we should all be ready. We should believe in Jesus death and resurrection, and in God’s love. Then we should ask for forgiveness of all our sins. and forgive anyone we have hurt. That is all. If you do that , you are saved from all tribulation and hell. Boy! I sure would say, that’s really worth it, wouldn’t you?

How Can God Love America?

God was patient with Judah in the Old Testament days, but He reminded them that they must return to the laws He had set down or surely they would lose their country. They had worshipped Baal and other false gods, built shrines all over the country, worshipped by holding sex crimes, killing their first born child by throwing the child in a sacrificial fire, killing the child to a false god. They certainly lived indecent lives.

One day, the high priest, Hilkiah, found a book that held all the commands God had made for his children. He took the book to the King, Josiah, who had just been made king over Judah. He was very upset at the way they had lived and wanted everyone to hear the book read to them. So he called a meeting of all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. Before God, he committed all of them to the Covenant: to follow God believingly and obediently; to follow God’s instructions,heart and soul. King Josiah had every shrine to a false God torn down and he killed every priest of those shrines. He was the first good king the country had for several decades.

After Josiah died, the new king was named. He was King Jehoiakim, a wicked man. Judah went back to what it was before King Josiah had made all those changes. And God was true to his word. When the people went back to their wicked lives, God exiled all the people to Babylon!

What about America? People have started religions such as the satanists, those who worship at the stars in the sky, those who worship money and a high place in business and many other things. Even we who are poorer want to be better off than our neighbor. We certainly aren’t much better than the people of Judah. It is estimated that thousands of babies were thrown into a sacrificial fire, but we have killed over 50 million babies through abortion! And, we surely don’t live as God wants us to live.

The Christian Religion is not based on any person here on earth. We base our religion on God’s Word, the Bible. Many churches are changing His word by saying there are many roads to Heaven, but Jesus, the Son of God says “I am the way, the truth and the life.” John 14: 6. There just isn’t any other way to God!

Each one of us must take a look at ourselves. Will God exile us? He will if He wants to! We talk about God judging us now that we have these hurricanes entering our land, but we must remember there is another mad man living very comfortably already in our land. He is satan, or the devil. And let’s take a look at the ten rules he has made, the ten commandments. Some people want to take them down too along with the statues of many of our heros. Oh, America must change!

 

 

How you can make Peace

When I was about ten years old, I had an enemy. I didn’t know why she was my enemy, but she was.  She made fun of my clothes. My clothes were generally my aunt’s dresses which my mother made over for me. I knew they weren’t as nice as the other girl’s dresses but a preacher’s daughter couldn’t have new clothes in those days. Some pastors today are the richest people in town. I don’t understand that either.

This girl, her name was Donna, would try to destroy any papers that I was working on by marking them with a big black X, and I would have to do  the paper over again before it could be handed in. She tried to get the other girls against me, but, for the most part, I guess they knew her too. I always got better grades and I thought maybe that was why Donna was my enemy, but she didn’t care that much about grades so I was pretty sure that was not it.

In Sunday School one Sunday, I read: “If thine enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head”. (Romans 12-20KJ) I didn’t want heaps of coals of fire heaped on her head but I got from that verse I should be kind to her even though she was not kind to me. But how could I do that? I wondered. I realized then that I was always shooting words back at anything she said!  I was as bad as she!

If I respond to her in anger, we will never have peace between us. However. if I continue to treat her with kindness and pray for her, I will find that peace will prevail. I was not a bit sure it would work like the Bible verse said, but I decided to give it a whirl anyhow. I started praying for her, Praying that she would be happy and find that friend that I had, Jesus. I treated her well too, doing little things for her and not answering when she said something nasty to me. One day she asked me if she could go with me to Sunday School! I, of course said yes.

We started going to Sunday School together regularly and she finally gave her life to Jesus. She even gave me two dresses that didn’t fit her anymore. I found that I was no longer only making  peace between us, but I was making a friend. Donna and I friends? Yes, we were truly that and much more. Why don’t you give that a try if you have a person who does mean things to you. It works! and it should,  because it came from God’s Holy Word. And His word is true!

Make The World Go Away

Some of you younger readers probably won’t remember that song: “Make The  World Go Away”, but it sure fits our world today! Last night, around midnight, My son came into my bedroom to say, “You should get up and see this, the yard is covered with ash.” Right away, I thought Mt. St. Helens was erupting again. ( I live close to Mt. St. Helens)  But that wasn’t the case. The ash is from  one of the forest fires in the Cascades. 1600 firefighters  are trying desperately to contain them, but so far they have not had much success. Anyhow, we were told to close up our houses and stay indoors. I have noticed it is harder to breathe here today.

Then, I noticed on television that little guy over in North Korea has now tested a big, dangerous bomb. He seems to want a war with the USA. I guess that’s one of the options on our table. And we’ll still have to find plenty of money to bring Huston and Louisiana back to normal again, but now, we look at Erma, which is getting larger and heading straight for Miami. We need to pray!

There still is Isses, anxious to kill people, I can’t imagine why. And there are other Muslim extremists wanting to do the same. Lately, I’ve been hearing about a new group of people, and I use the word, people, carefully, but most of them are Americans who, I guess, want to hurt other Americans! Isn’t that something?

It sounds like the end times we will face one time or another, but it will bring on the return of Jesus, and that is good. But not really, because Jesus told us that the field is ripe unto harvest and that is for sure! There are many around us who either want to kill others and there are many who are living their own lives and don’t care about Jesus. There are still many who haven’t even heard about him. So, It is up to us to bring in the harvest, Huh, readers?