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How Do You See The Blessings Of God

Happy New Year, at least, on the Gregorian calendar. Does the blessings of God mean that it always has to be something fantastic?

What if something that happened to didn’t seem fantastic? Could you see God’s hand in it? Do you have joy in it anyway? Do you praise Him through it, knowing that all things work together for good to those who love God?

Here is my testimony:

Christmas Eve, 2018, we decided to go to one of the larger cities about an hour and half from our home. We don’t get to just have fun days much. Fun for us is going to book stores and buying some used Christian books. Dull lives maybe but we get a lot of excitement from it. We decided since we do not have the opportunity to do this on a regular basis, it would be fun. 

We did our home work to see which ones were open. Then we made an unexpected stop. It seemed to be a nicer side of town. We went into this store and looked around bought a couple of items. Walked out to the parking lot to discover that our car had been stolen. Shock sits in! ‘Is this where we parked?’ “yes, I am sure this is where we parked.” 

We drive a car that is about 15 years old. We like it. Everything still works and has been very well maintained. We did not expect to walk out of that store to find our car along with our phones, ‘dumb’ phones, but our phones, gone! 

What would be your response?Could you find joy in being an hour and half from home, no phone, and no car?

We walk back into the store and ask to use the phone as we think our car has been stolen. The young lady to whom this question was posed went from a very smiling young lady to ‘ wait, what? Are you serious?’ Oh boy, was I ever serious. She said to the other young lady, that they should probably page the manager. They did and he came. 

I am the type of person that I see God in everything. Even though I had shock at the start, I knew God had something in store. I didn’t know what. I didn’t know what we needed to learn from this. I don’t always know why He allows what He does, but I always know that He uses everything for His glory.

We told the manager what happened. Now we can see the shock on each person’s face that we feel. He said we should probably call the police. He allowed us to use the store phone to call the police. Our insurance company was long distance so he allowed us to use his personal cell phone. I looked at my spouse and said the insurance company says we are not covered to get a rental car! 

What do you do? No car, no rental car, no phone and you don’t know one single soul in this large town!

The manager of this store then says ‘how are you going to get home?’ To which we reply that is just what we are trying to figure out. This blessed soul, looks at us and says, I don’t get off until about 6pm, but I will call my wife and give you a ride home. More shock, more disbelief. Did we hear him correctly? Surely, we miss understood, or he didn’t understand that we live 1 1/2 hours from where he is standing. 

He understood. It was Christmas Eve, and he also understood that he couldn’t leave two people totally stranded with no way to call anyone. He said he didn’t get off til 6 but would try to get off at 5:30. We walked to get something to eat as we had about 2 hours to kill trying to figure out how to get a phone so we could give the police and insurance a phone number to call.

As we begin to pray over our food, we ask the Lord why had this happened. Immediately, I understood the error to my actual words. I didn’t mean why had this happened, I meant what did the Lord want us to learn from this? So as we were eating I tried to correct the words I used with my voice in my heart. The Lord already knew. He knows our hearts even when our mouths use the wrong words.

Wait! There was a mall directly behind us. Surely they would have the phone company that we use. We walked in and right there was a store directory. We found it.

We walk to it. We have both of our phones shut off and get a new phone, same number, to give to the police station and to the insurance company. We find out that insurance company will pay for a rental car after all, except it’s Christmas Eve and they are closed.

As we sit and make needed phone calls. A man walks in a very disparaging voice ask the rep of the phone company if he could help him. He had bought a phone but couldn’t get any of his numbers transferred. The rep powers the phone on to transfer for him, but before he could do anything it shut off. He said ‘you need a charger’ to which the man replies, ‘I don’t have it here.’ As I am sitting there picking up bits and pieces of this conversation, with my new phone, I simply asked is this the charger that you need. I saw a much relieved look come across this mans face as he recognized the end. The rep asked if they could use it and of course they could. He got the man’s stuff transferred to his new phone. 

It is 5:25, we needed to get back to see if the manager was off or what. As we walk into the lobby, there he was. His wife was already there and he was waiting for us. They drove us all the way to our home with delightful conversation, I had to plead with him to allow me put gas in their vehicle. He didn’t want anything for this act of kindness. He and his wife were Christians. They just wanted to help us out on Christmas Eve. They took 3 hours out of their Christmas Eve after a long day at work, to take two strangers home. 

We were blessed and we were able to bless someone else just by allowing him to use our phone charger. 

Our car, still hasn’t been located. The police took the report over the phone and didn’t even come out to talk with us. We couldn’t get a rental car because they were closed. We didn’t have a phone with our precious phone numbers to call any family or friends. We could have focused on the negative. 

The Lord says, we are to have joy in all things. We chose joy over the negative. The Lord worked all things out. Do I wish I still had my car? Of course, but I also know that the Lord is still using these circumstances. To what purpose I do not know. Maybe you have lost something, and are having a difficult time finding joy. Maybe you lost something, and with all the negative around you, you think like Elijah you are the only one seeing joy even under the pressure and you just need the encouragement of our story. 

I don’t know why the Lord allows things to happen, but I know that it happens only when He allows it. I know it happens and all things will be used for His glory. I know that He gave us a peace that passed all understanding. I know that He allowed this to happen at this store where He provided a ride home for us. I know that He allowed us to walk into that phone store to allow us to bless that man who was at his wits end. 

The blessings of God can come from the most unusual circumstances. I hope this story, our story, of Christmas Eve, 2018, will touch your heart or help you through whatever it is that you needed to read this. God bless. 

Jesus, never said we will not have problems. He never said that every day would just be a joy on this earth. He said, He would be with us no matter what. That we would have His joy. We did, He walked with us through this. 

God bless you all. Happy New Year. May you have peace and understanding. 



Falling in Place by Daymond Duck with some comments

I have copied and pasted this article by Daymond Duck who writes on raptureready.com

I have a great respect for this man, even though we disagree in some areas. I thought this so important that I decided to place his entire article here. His words are in a different color than mine.


My wife recently bought a 1,000-piece puzzle that she thought would be easy to assemble; however, at first it looked like it was going to take weeks to do it. But after working on it for about a week, the pieces started falling into place and it got easier and easier.
Some Bible prophecy is like a puzzle that is difficult to put together.
We are in the last days, and prophecies that were difficult to interpret when they were written in the Bible are now making sense and rapidly falling in place.
Consider the following recent events:
First, God will gather the Jews back to Israel in two waves at the end of the age: a first wave in unbelief (the Jews will go back under the Law) before the Tribulation Period, and a second wave in belief at the end of the Tribulation Period (the Jews will repent and all Israel will be saved).
Many Muslims have immigrated to France in recent years, anti-Semitism has exploded, and now about 200,000 French Jews want to relocate to Israel.
This has prompted Prime Min. Netanyahu to urge the Israeli officials to speed up the immigration process so they can quickly take in many of these French Jews.
Second, some Bible prophecy teachers believe the Antichrist will claim to be the Christ when he first appears and he will deceive the Jews by promising them peace and confirming the 7-year peace treaty.
In early December, the Jewish rabbi in charge of King David’s tomb in Jerusalem said there is now a plan to create a crown of gold for their long-awaited Messiah.
The rabbi said this messiah will be the king of Israel, a descendant of David, come back to Jerusalem, ensure that the Temple is rebuilt and the Temple service is reinstated, gather the Jews from around the world, and his return is imminent.
The fact that the Jewish religious leaders believe that the messiah will ensure that the Temple is rebuilt is one reason why some Bible prophecy teachers believe that the Jews will accept the Antichrist as their messiah, that it will be the Antichrist who gives them permission to rebuild the Temple, and that will happen early in the Tribulation Period.
If the rabbis actually create a crown of gold, they will probably put it on the head of the Antichrist who will reign during the Tribulation Period (Jn. 5:43).
Third, on Dec. 10, 2018, members of the Jewish Sanhedrin put on their priestly garments, rehearsed the daily sacrifice and dedicated an altar of sacrifice for use at the rebuilt Temple.
City officials refused to give the Sanhedrin permission to sacrifice an animal on site, so they sacrificed an animal at another place, took the meat to the altar, and burned one piece of it on the altar.
Denial of permission to perform an animal sacrifice on site is another reason why some Bible prophecy teachers believe permission to resume the animal sacrifices will come from the Antichrist (perhaps from the 7-year covenant) at the beginning of the Tribulation Period.
Fourth, on Nov. 30, 2018, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto, and Canada’s Prime Min. Justin Trudeau signed the USMCA (the new NAFTA or the NAFTA replacement agreement).
The New American recently published an article about it. Read it here.
It was Pres. Nieto’s last day in office, and he said the following in Spanish:
“The negotiation of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty made it possible to reaffirm the importance of the economic integration of North America.” He further remarked, “The renegotiation of the new trade agreement sought to safeguard the vision of an integrated North America, the conviction that together we are stronger and more competitive.”
According to The New American, “The real purpose of the new agreement, as Peña Nieto admitted, is integration — the merging of the United States, Mexico, and Canada into what The New American has long-described as the North American Union.”
“Just as the European Union is the culmination of decades-long European economic integration, so too would a North American Union be the culmination of the decades-long North American integration beginning with NAFTA and now the USMCA.”
Shortly after signing the agreement, Peña Nieto tweeted:
“On my last day as President, I am very honored to have participated in the signing of the new Trade Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada. This day concludes a long process of dialogue and negotiation that will consolidate the economic integration of North America.”
The New American article reads, “The USMCA is not a step back towards American independence and sovereignty; it’s a step closer toward greater integration.”
It is this writer’s belief that the Ten Kings (Ten Horns or Ten Toes) mentioned in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation refers to ten leaders that will head up ten groups of nations under the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period.
It is my belief that the U.S., Mexico and Canada will be merged or integrated into a North American Union (NAU/USMCA), and the head of the NAU/USMCA will be one of the Ten King.
The pieces of the prophetic puzzle are rapidly falling into place, and the Church’s hope is the Rapture – not the politicians.
The True Messiah (Jesus) will remove His Church before the false messiah (the Antichrist) appears to confirm the 7-year covenant and give the Sanhedrin permission to rebuild the Temple and reinstate the animal sacrifices.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck

Now if we place what Daymond gives us to the American troop withdrawal in Syria, to which 

Netanyahu: IDF may expand activity against Iran in Syria after U.S. exit
Israel may expand its operations against Iran in Syria if necessary, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the government…as he continued to try and calm fears about the pending US troop pullout from Syria. “The decision to remove the 2,000 US troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy: We will continue to act against Iran’s attempt to establish military bases in Syria, and if necessary we will even expand our operations there,” Netanyahu said.

Then the headline: US pullout strengthens Iran ‘land bridge’ to the Mediterranean: BEIRUT (AFP) — US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria risks shattering a cornerstone of Washington’s Middle East policy by allowing Iran to consolidate a “land bridge” to the Mediterranean.
The much-bandied about scenario that sees Iran redrawing the regional map by entrenching a land corridor across Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is becoming a reality, analysts say.
Critics of Trump’s decision argue that for all his fiercely anti-Iranian stance, he has just gifted Tehran a decades-old strategic goal.

Is this where God will protect Israel Himself. Are we almost to that time?

Also, if I understood correctly, the peace agreement should be released in February the same month that General Mattis will be retiring. Things that just make you go HMMMM!

I truly believe things are falling into place. I believe we are on the cusp of the tribulation. I am not a fearful person. I look to all that happens either in my personal life or on the world stage through the lens of scripture.

Please do not get discouraged for things that are happening. Pray diligently to the Father for our President, Netanyahu, and all the leaders of the other countries. Our God says the kings of nations are in His hands to turn as rivers the direction that He wills. If He is not wringing His hands then we should not be either.

Just remember to pray often. Ask that His will be done, whatever it may be. Ask Him to give you peace.


God bless you all

The Truth about Once Saved Always Saved.

I am going to try to keep this short. I am sure I will get some flak for this, but I am putting it out there anyway.

Now, I do not believe in once saved always saved as some people do. I know three people that believe this, well, maybe more but only three that I will focus on.

Two of them are a married couple whom I have known for years. Now this couple attend church, live godly lives as far as I know. They are truly the, from all that I can see, the way everyone should live their lives. I have seen this couple at church, at their home, and at my shop, which is how I met them. They witness, without being abrasive, they talk about God, they do not swear or drink. They do not flirt with others when the opposing spouse is not around.

The third that I would like to talk about is a man whom I have know longer than the couple. He thinks that is okay to drink, and I mean not a little bit. When his wife was around he would try to behave (they are now divorced) differently. There were several women that were very uncomfortable to be around him when his wife was not there. He willfully made passes at them. He uses swear words, especially when he is drinking.  

This couple I believe will always be saved, if they continue they way they are.

The third man, I do not believe that he could possibly still be saved. If he ever was.

God Bless 

‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came’

This is from btmi.org I first heard this on Bott Radio Network on Saturday. I hope you read this with the same heart in which I heard it.

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‘Twas The Night Before Jesus Came’
written by Unknown Author
‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said “it’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!
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How Do You Know?

I copied this from Pete Garcia’s website. I enjoyed reading this very much. Unlike one of my friends I am not going to make comments on things I agree with and disagree with. I tried to just reblog it with a partial but it just gave the title. Anyone who has followed me for long knows I am almost computer illiterate, soooo had to do old school copy and paste. I did say almost, right?

I believe you still have a link to get to his site to read the whole thing if you want. I enjoyed the way he started this, in which I am totally in agreement with. Not the (OCD) but the UFO.

While driving a couple of weeks ago, I saw something very strange, I saw a star in the sky (looked like a star) same as many others in the sky, only from this one it looked like a spot light coming from it only it didn’t reach the ground. It was very narrow from the star and grew larger toward the bottom. Now had I not seen it with my own eyes I may have been skeptical, but I saw it and know that it was there. How do I explain it is beyond my capacity. I am not pre-trib but I like what this article said so I am posting it. I believe difference of opinion on some issues should be overlooked. I have said many times the belief or difference of opinion will not affect when we are taken in the rapture. Bibleguy, Sherry, Pete, Me, Maria and Jerry will all go at the same time. Whenever it may occur!!!! Please read his article, very good I thought!! Hope you enjoy.

I like to think I am a very curious person and always have been. I can be a little obsessive-compulsive (OCD) at times, especially on topics I find intriguing (my wife can attest to that). Recently, it is all about the UFO and strange and unexplainable phenomena we see happening all around our planet with greater frequency. I think I have a healthy appreciation for those sort of things. I know they exist; but I am not buying into the world’s explanation of them being little green guys who are only trying to help humanity out. I believe they fall into a category of fallen angels, who in their varying rank structures (Eph. 6:12), were instructed to misguide and confuse humanity about life on other planets. Somehow, their increasing activity and overt deception is tied to the soon coming Rapture of the Church.
My borderline OCD regarding information of varying stripes is equally applicable to what happens when we die and about how we understand time. When a famous theologian dies, and for the sake of argument, let’s say they were truly born-again but held to some aberrant views on eschatology for example; I always wonder what their first thoughts are when they get to heaven and realize they had it completely wrong. Nevertheless, this also got me thinking about my own eschatological views. How can I know I am right? How do I know that the Pre-Tribulation position is the absolute correct view? Taking this out even further, how do I know my hermeneutical position of Dispensationalism is correct? Why is my view better than say, the Reformed position, or the Roman Catholic one? For these, and many other questions, I have to rely on Scripture.
Author’s note: One of the most frustrating things about debating theology is that both sides of a position or issue, always claim the Scriptural high ground, as if, only their interpretation is the correct one. Jim Jones got people to follow him to Guyana and drink purple Kool-Aid because they thought he was a Messiah. Mormonism gets people to follow an entirely different Bible. Jehovah Witnesses rewrote their Bible to say something completely different. Hebrew Roots nuttos twist Paul’s teachings so that it appears he is arguing FOR Christians being under the Law. Snake handlers. Prosperity gospel pimps. Truth be told, any position can be taught from Scripture.
The real test is not getting the Bible to say what you want it to say, but for that view, position, or doctrine to flow together logically and consistently with every other doctrinal position. Then and only then, can that view have any merit. Which is why I am a futurist from the Pre-Millennial persuasion, who holds to a Pre-Tribulation Rapture position, from a distinctly dispensational hermeneutic.
This is not to say that Pre-Millennial Dispensationalism has everything worked out perfectly, because we don’t. There are simply some things we either cannot know, or will not know this side of the veil, because they have not yet been revealed. Nevertheless, for as much as can be revealed, I believe this position to be as good as we can get at present.
If my position on the rapture conflicts with my understanding of the nature and purpose of the Church, or on salvation, then my theological position is inconsistent, and therefore, incorrect to some degree. I believe that any particular position or interpretation has to be validated by the sum of the whole, rather than just the individual parts. For example, any rapture position in and of itself, can be proven from Scripture. The real test is whether that rapture position aligns itself with the rest of Scripture in a consistent manner. For the purposes of this article, we will be looking at the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Here are some principles that have guided me along the way.
You interpret and then anchor your doctrinal positions from the clear and simple passages, rather than from ambiguous and complex ones. For example:
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16-17
Clearly, the Bible teaches that a “catching up” (harpazo [Greek], rapturo [Latin], rapture [English]) will happen. The argument should never be about if it happens, but only when it happens.
This clear and in-depth teaching comes from Paul, who was NOT an apostle to the circumcised (Jews), but to the Gentiles and the Church. Although the church consists of both Jew and Gentile, it is neither Jew nor gentile.


by Pete Garcia

I like to think I am a very curious person and always have been. I can be a little obsessive-compulsive (OCD) at times, especially on topics I find intriguing (my wife can attest to that). Recently, it is all about the UFO and strange and unexplainable phenomena we see happening all around our planet with greater frequency. I think I have a healthy appreciation for those sort of things. I know they exist; but I am not buying into the world’s explanation of them being little green guys who are only trying to help humanity out. I believe they fall into a category of fallen angels, who in their varying rank structures (Eph. 6:12), were instructed to misguide and confuse humanity about life on other planets. Somehow, their increasing activity and overt deception is tied to the soon coming Rapture of the Church.

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62 Percent Of All U.S. Jobs Do Not Pay Enough To Support A Middle Class Life

62 Percent Of All U.S. Jobs Do Not Pay Enough To Support A Middle Class Life

via 62 Percent Of All U.S. Jobs Do Not Pay Enough To Support A Middle Class Life

This is an article from Prophecynewswatch.com. I read the headline from them whenever I have the chance. I disagree with some of the things they believe but I like a lot of their articles. 

I believe we are living in a way that God would be ashamed of us. Our ‘middle class’ in America is rich compared to the rest of the world. I just hope when we stand before God on Judgment Day, He does not say you had your treasure on earth, away from me you workers of iniquity. 

We have put money above God. We have allowed abortion which is murder for my entire life. We want but we don’t give back. We are not witnessing to others. We are couch/pew Christians. We don’t disciple. We think it’s all about us. I rarely read or hear anything on our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted. 

Should we have an International Day of Prayer? One day out of the whole year is all we can pray for the ones who have more faith then we do? Really. We are mamby pamby Christians.

The disciples left all they had to follow Jesus. We feel like our world is coming to an end because we can’t have our little trinkets. What? Really? Let’s get a grip folks. It will only get worse. What happens when it will cost a days wages for a loaf of bread? Was Jesus rich? Where is your prayer, where is your walk, and where is your Faith?

God Bless you all.


Greg Laurie and the Pope

The Last time I was able to be on there was a conversation about Greg Laurie and the Pope. I told several people I was going to pray about this. 

The answer I feel that I received from the Lord is as follows. How many of us are being as the Pharisees? Jesus our Lord and Saviour was accused of eating with tax collectors and winebibbers. He hung around prostitutes and healed leapers.

Luke -9:49-50; Mark 9-38-41 tells gives an account of the unidentified Exorcist. And John answered and said Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us. And Jesus said to him, Do not forbid him, for he who not against us is for us. (Luke 9:49-50).

I think we too often come against someone because it seems they are stepping ‘out of line’ of what we believe we are suppose to follow. 

Honestly, we do not know what happen in a meeting between the Pope and Pastor Laurie. I know there are many Christians that have come to faith because of him. I know there are many Christians that have had their relationship with the Lord strengthened because of his program. I know the that he preaches Jesus.

Let us judge one another by their fruits and not what we think might have happened. God will be his final judge not us. His fruits are way more than mine and probably yours. Do you make perfect decisions everyday of you life? Are you so perfect that you are able to cast stones when you do not know all the full details of what happened in that meeting. 

Do you attend church with members that are ‘Christians’ that seem like hypocrites? Could the same thing be said about you that you are saying about Pastor Laurie? Are we being so judgmental that we would condemn Jesus if He walked this earth today? Let’s be careful folks, unless you were in that meeting and know what may have been said do not suppose that you are in the correct seat. 

Personally, I would like to have a meeting with the Pope. I would like to tell him some of the things I believe he is wrong about. I could show him in scripture what teaching of his is wrong. The many years I listened to Greg Laurie, I didn’t find much wrong in his teachings. I find some things that I disagree with, but then I find some things that I disagree with even with J Vernon Magee, I think he is one of the greatest teachers of our time. He continues to teach 30 years after his death.

Let us judge things worthy of judging. Let us not make rash decisions about one another without the proof. Let us not be so loving that we love people straight into hell. Let us not be so righteous that no one can follow Jesus by our standards and thus end up turning them away. Let us pray about everything. Let us pray without ceasing. Let us follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance and not what our flesh thinks should be happening. Let us divide the word of God rightly and pick and choose the passages we want to follow. 

In closing this, I want to say, this is not against anyone. This is to help each one of us to grow in our relationship with one another and with our Lord and Saviour. I do not want to slam someone that He has anointed. I must be cautious about what I put out on the internet about someone else. I must not assume that I know someone else’s heart. I know this conversation started because someone was wanting to protect others, but let’s be careful that we are not protecting them from what maybe something the Lord called someone to do. 

God bless each one that reads this. I hope this will strengthen you in your walk with our Saviour and with one another. May the Lord shine His face upon you during this International Day of Prayer weekend. May you choose rightly in judging the fruits of others. May we correct one another using scripture and not base it upon feelings or thoughts. Our hearts are wrong oft times.