Financial Crises Globally

The Psalmist says, “I have been young and I have been old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread.”

I have been thinking about my place in this financial crisis our nation is going through and will go through for some time. I first remind myself that the righteous have an Anchor in the midst of this crisis. Let us hold on to the words of the Psalmist while being awake, alert to do the things we are directed to do by divine guidance from the Holy Spirit. The Book of John tells us the Holy Spirit, among many other things, is a counselor to us. Yes, a financial counselor to us as well as all other activities in the dailiness of our lives. That is, if we invite Him to be.


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Minutes in Hell

I have been reading books by Bill Wiese about the Lord’s taking him to Hell for 23 minutes and his sequel to it on the subject of HELL. Some would ask, “why would Christians or any so-called good people want to read about Hell, anyway?”
Well, Jesus talked a lot about Hell and it kind of hit home when I was reading Jeremiah this morning in the beginning chapters, as well as throughout the whole book, God’s lamenting and His righteous anger with Judah and Israel because of their vehement backsliding. So I asked the Lord in prayer why in the world would HE want nasty ol’ Judah and Israel, anyway, when they had been unfaithful to Him, committing spiritual adultery, turning their backs and spurning Him after His gracious and magnanimous lovingkindness and compassion that He had shown toward them.
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My Journey to India

I have a lot of favorites as far as hymns go but one that sticks out in my mine the most is:
Here I am Lord
Words and Music by Daniel L Schutte © 1981
Genesis 46:2
“And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night,
and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.”
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

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Motivational Check-UP

How does one check their motives?

Words are cheap when actions are deceit. Words are valuable when actions of good are added. I have come to believe that words with action equals motivation. What is our motivation on any and every issue? How do we communicate our faith? How do we communicate our good deeds?

James says even Faith without good works is a valueless commodity. James being precise with his words repeats, “good works without faith is also valueless.” (James 2:14-19)

It takes faith with good works to show a valuable faith. James 2:19, “you say you have faith and have not good deeds to equal your faith but say ‘we believe there is one God, OK, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” What do we do? Do we believe and say as the demons? Or does our communication give a portrait of faith and good deeds that speaks loud and clear with power and authority over the demons that we are Faith showing and doing good deeds. Therefore, we have no fellowship with their ways.

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The Kiss of Betrayal

As I was reading in Luke, I began to think about Judas Iscariot. Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Jesus chose Judas and the other eleven men to follow him, eat with him and be his friend. Jesus loved his twelve disciples. They were always together. Jesus helped them in so many ways and taught each of them so much. Jesus knew that he would not be accepted by some people and they would spend eternity in Hell. He also knew that others would listen to the truth he spoke and one day spend eternity in Heaven. I could only imagine how his heart was broken when one of his precious disciples, whom he loved dearly, betrayed him. A man that he had shared so much with. A man that he had taught so much too. A man whom he had spent so much time with. We may ask ourself how did this happen? Why did Jesus’ chosen disciple betray him to be put to death? What happen to Judas’ love for Jesus? Luke 22:3-6:3 “Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. 5 They were delighted and they promised to give him money. 6 So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds were not around.”
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