I adore you, Lord God. You are majestic and your glorious splendor soars through the universe to my heart. In your hand are all my daily blessings. You sprinkle them around the earth and make me glad. The stars sing of your glory, the mountains quake at your power, the meadows whisper your kindness, the fish in ocean depths slip silently around their world revealing your mercy. I worship you.
Father, if I worship anything besides you, make me see it so I can get it under control. Do I worship power or fame, riches or things? Do I worship my television, my telephone, internet games? Make me see if I do, so I may repent and rid my life of them.
Thank you for your Word which I love. You poured out your heart to me. I know the pain and laughter, the disappointments and triumphs you have gone through since making mankind. You bare your soul to me in your Word. You, the God of the universe and Maker of my soul, revealed all of yourself in your Bible. I read it in wonder and awe. I absorb it and it fills my heart and my being. Thank you for showing yourself to me one way in your Bible and in another way by materializing in the form of Jesus.
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MICHEL: THE FOURTH WISE MAN. He is a Jewish descendant of Daniel in Persia. He locates the original Garden of Eden and wants to restore it so God will walk the earth with man again. He loses his estate, his, father and his wife to his dream. He is interrupted by a star. To appease King Phrates who believes a new start means a god has been born, Michel and nine other magi search the world for the meaning of the star. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/2Lj8izz
The scripture for today, April 29 (4/29), is Deuteronomy 4:29 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Ah, to find God. Who are you, God? What do you do all through my day? What do you have to say to me? Or do you not say anything? Do you even see me, God? Where are you? I cannot find you.
Open your eyes, friend. God is always nearby. There is an old expression, “To know him is to love him.” So true. To find God, get to know him. He is talking to you right now in his Bible, explaining what he is like and how he reacts to every possible situation in life. Open your Bible. Look through the mini-books within. God not only gives you examples of right and wrong ways to seek Him, but he gives you beautiful psalms and proverbs for your everyday life. And, wonder of wonders, He tells how He came down to us and walked among us as Jesus. Seek him there. He is talking to you.
Then take the next step. When he asks questions to people in his Bible, take them as your questions and answer them. When he tells someone to stop doing wrong, take them as yours and admit to him the things you do or say that are wrong. When he blesses people in the Bible, take them as your blessings and thank him for them.
Yes, seek, and you will find. This mutual conversation with God is the with-all-your-heart-and-soul kind. You can do it. He’s waiting for you. Shhhh. Do you hear the silence? It’s your turn. Talk to God.
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JOSEPH: THE OTHER FATHER. What kind of man was Joseph for God to entrust his son to him? What kind of man took on the responsibility of keeping the boy safe in a violent world until he was grown? How many times, when Roman soldiers were attacking, or the Zealots were wreaking havoc or bears came out of the woods where they were cutting timber did Joseph lift his head and cry out, “God, help me protect our son!”? To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/2FkH4Ku
You are my comfort, my shield, my protection. When in danger, you send your angels to stand between harm and me. When I weep, you wipe away my tears. When I laugh, you laugh with me. When I am sick, you hold me in your arms. When I walk barefooted, you place my feet on little sprigs of grass that tickle my toes. When I am tired, you carry me. Though you are far away in your realm, you are in my thoughts, my words, my heart. You hear my thoughts spin, my words tumble out, and my heart beat. I praise you for all that you are. I long to understand more.
I thank you for the rainbows. You must love color. You made so many things with colors of rainbows in them ~ flowers, fruit, vegetables, gemstones, birds. I do love color, just like you do. When my eyes absorb all the colors around me, they dance and flutter and play tag with each other. Color fills my heart with joy. You even made the foundations of heaven many-colored gemstones. You have a red glow over your throne and an emerald green bow above that. I am so glad you love color too. Thank you and help me to not ever take it for granted.
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I adore you, God. I praise you. I lift up my heart to you and my heart feels as though it will burst with joy. You are the water I drink for life and which turns my life into a glorious adventure. You are the words I read to discover your love and my mind leaps from one marvelous revelation of you to another. You are the light I follow to keep me on the path that rises before me and leads to the heights of your world. I will follow your path forever. I will keep on walking and keep on walking and keep on walking until at last, I walk right through the gates of glory into your home.
I thank you, God, for the good life you have given me. I haven’t been perfect, of course, because Satan is always right around the corner trying to distract me from you. How he hates love. Sometimes I give in to him, ashamed even as I do it. When things get too rough, you step in and carry me until I regain my strength. Then I rise like a bird soaring to its nest on a high mountain. And you smile.
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LUKE: SLAVE & PHYSICIAN reveals the Roman world where physicians were always family slaves. Perhaps he was 8 years old when his people lost the Battle of Baduhenna Wood and he became a spoil of war and taken by Tribune Theophilus. Unable to believe his father had been killed, he spends the next 40 years searching for him. Along the way, Theophilus trains him to be a physician, they meet Paul, and Luke spends Paul’s final ten years tending to a stubborn man whose body bears the ravages of a greater war. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/2FBLxq8
The scripture for today, April 26 (4/26), is Galatians 4:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”
There is more confusion over the “new Jerusalem” than you might think. Well, let’s ask God.
What is “the Jerusalem that is above”? Revelation 21:2 says, “I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”
Aha! We learn two things. The New Jerusalem already exists. And the New Jerusalem is sometimes called our mother and sometimes the Bride of Christ!
So, what is the Bride of Christ? Ephesians 5:25,27 says, “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” How exciting! The New Jerusalem, which is the Bride of Christ, is the Church – all of us.
What else can we learn about the New Jerusalem? Well, the foundation of the New Jerusalem is the apostles. Revelation says it, and Ephesians 2:20 says it.
Hmmm. This is getting more interesting all the time. Okay, let’s look at the 12 gates leading into the church. They are the 12 tribes of Israel, Judaism, where all the prophecies of Jesus are found.
Always check out the symbolism in the Bible. It deepens your spiritual understanding. Like the Walls of Salvation around the New Jerusalem insurmountably high (Isaiah 26:1 & 60:18). The River of Life and Tree of Life are there in the New Jerusalem. Just imagine on the final day when the church arrives in heaven, and we are all arrayed in sinless white and are rushing into the arms of our groom, our Jesus.
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PAUL: THE UNSTOPPABLE is by far the most sought-after of all 70 of my books. It is about a man obsessed, a man who can never do enough to make up for imprisoning, torturing, and killing God’s children. He spends forty-five years going from one city to another daring them to stop him. They harass him, beat him, starve him, rob him, imprison him, lash him, hound him to the next city. Nothing works. He knows when he enters a city what they will do to him. He knows! But he cannot stop him. Each time they torture him, he cries out, “Jesus! This is for you!” At the beginning of the book, he is tall, robust, athletic. By the end, he is stooped, disfigured, the shell of a man, but never defeated. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/3bEHw1L
Here we are mostly isolated from each other. No one to laugh with, cry with, wonder with. We adjust. But what about the angry people?
You know the type. The people who are mad all the time. The kind that walks up to you and says, “And besides…” The kind that rants and raves, pounds on things, throws things ~ all to get everyone’s attention and prove how angry they have a right to be.
If they can no longer go to work or to the store or to relatives’ homes or to ball games, who do they get angry with? If they are completely isolated and still have that drive to be mad at everyone, who do they get mad at?
Who do they lash out at, especially if they have to have living bodies to express themselves to? It’s no fun throwing temper tantrums at televisions or computers. It’s no fun pounding on a tree that fell in your yard and the neighborhood doves that keep you awake all night with all their crazy cooing. They don’t know they’re being “angered at”.
I wonder. If a habitually angry person is forced to live in peace, after the initial shock, do they settle in and begin to like peace? I wonder….
The scripture for today, April 25 (4/25), is Proverbs 4:25 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
There are a lot of interesting and fun distractions in life, so we have to remind ourselves over and over what is most important to us. We have only so much time in a day and in a lifetime. We can run back and forth from one side road to another; one fun thing to another, one power thing to another, one great–looking thing to another.
Before we know it, we have been on that side road a long time. Too long actually. We can barely see the main road we were on before. And God? He is now so far away. How can that be? We were always told God would always be there for us.
But God pretty much treats us the way we treat him. If we don’t like being around him, he doesn’t much like being around us. If we don’t like listening to his word (the Bible), he doesn’t much like listening to our word (prayer). If we don’t like to spend special time with him, he doesn’t much like to spend special time with us. God gives us the same courtesy we give him. God will not force himself on us, for he is a Gentleman.
I wrote the above a few years ago. Looks like we do not have any excuses now. Looks like it’s time to look back on the road(s) we have been traveling. Have you been so caught up, you have not realized how treacherous it is. Or perhaps you’re on a good road going the right direction, but it needs some repairs done here and there. Where have you ended up at this point in your life? Sit down and write God a letter. Level with him; he leveled with you in his Bible. It’s your turn. And it looks like the best time to do it ~ the best time we’ve had in decades ~ is now.
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I am now offering autographed books. In the cover image above, you will see a round thing. Up close it is a blood diamond. On my individual book pages, there are links to purchase the book. Since it is me, I am offering several ways to pay me; there are some people who just do not want to put their credit card information on the internet.
When you see the blood diamond, click that, fill out the form, and follow the instructions to get it to me.
Further, I am adding a link to Walmart which also sells my books. Sometimes their prices are better than mine.
Finally, I have an international link for Amazon’s Kindle. Just click the icon and you will see flags around the world. Click your flag and you’re home.
I haven’t quite finished, but am halfway through with the new links and hope to be done late this weekend.
Last, I have started a Church Restoration Reprint Library. So far I have….
(1) Alexander Campbell’s Millennial Harbinger (1830-1839),
(2) Presbyerian scholar L. D. Girardeau’s objections to Instrumental Music in the Public Worship written in 1877,
(3) The dippers dipt, or, The Anabaptists duck’d and plung’d over head and ears, written by the chaplain of King Charles, leader of the Church of England, taunting and threatening the Ana-baptists (re-baptizers of infants when they become adults) and CoC writings in response in mid-1600s London ~ still working on it,
(4) and a couple other reprints I haven’t started yet. In all cases, I am reading off the original. I have found scanning is accurate but hard to read. Especially old 17th century writing when English letters were formed differently, I have had to transcribe to make readable to our 21st century eyes.
(5) James W. Dale’s Classic Baptism: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of the Word Baptizo as Determined by the Usage of Classical Greek Writers, written in 1867.
I have others I would like to reproduce ~ general histories of the Restoration Movement written in the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s with interesting events recalled, but my eyes are getting tired of reading all their fine print (to save paper and ink). I may end up with just five reprinted books.
The Scripture for today, April 24 (4/24), is Jeremiah 4:24 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.”
I was living in a village near the bottom of Mt. St. Helens when it blew. We had lived there for eight years. We had taken our children up to it and gone sledding, building snow forts, making snow angels, the works.
It was our mountain. Our beautiful mountain. It reminded me of an upside-down ice-cream cone. It was perfect in every way. Everyone knew it was a volcano, but it had formed thousands of years before and would continue like it was for thousands of years in the future. It was our mountain, and it belonged to us to do with as we pleased.
But it wasn’t our mountain. One morning I looked outside. It seemed as though we had been plunged into the inside of a furnace with all its ashes. I stared. It was snowing gray ash. I stared more, wondering what the birds had done. Relieved, I saw them huddled together under bushes.
Of course, the radio and TV had switched to Emergency. We were told to stay indoors because ash is deadly to the lungs. If we did go out, we had to wear surgical masks. If we drove, we were told to put nylons over the air filter and to not go over 10 mph. Even then, the ash flew everywhere. Our freeway entrance and exit were blocked. The most disturbing thing I heard on the radio (yes, everyone kept their radio on) was that we were at the top of the San Andreas Fault. And so, we like the birds, huddled and waited for more unknown.
Not only was our mountain turned inside out, but our world was too.
People have expressions that something is “as eternal as the mountains” or “as old as the hills.” Not true. Nothing on earth is eternal. That also includes things, people, power, position, belongings, even dreams. Eventually, they quake and sway and are gone. Only that which is spiritual is forever.
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LOVES LETTERS OF JESUS & HIS BRIDE, ECCLESIA, is based on the Song of Solomon and portrayed as the church (“ecclesia”) being his bride at the end of time when the wedding feast will be held in heaven. Each chapter in this book reflects events of each chapter in the S of S in a spiritual way. Good for both a Bible class and personal reading and meditation. Also a gift book, the font is in papyrus script and a watermark of a bride appears on each page of the interior. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/3eP9tWm