Monday, September 21, 2020

Do You Feel Rested?

Meditate and rest in God’s Word.

Focus on the Lord.
Be Ready.
Will you get judgment or rest?


And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don't know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise  from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

Ahhh. Rest for the persecuted…and also for us. Rest is such a wonderful thing. I love to wake up from sleep or a nap rested. So when the Lord Jesus appears from Heaven, we will get rest. Is this “rest” associated with peace? It seems that so many people are seeking “peace” lately. Rest is good. Jesus spoke about rest…

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

I associate “rest” with being refreshed, with renewing one’s strength. That is just what the Lexicon in the Blue Letter Bible website indicates. Do you feel rested and refreshed?

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God's people. Philemon 1:7

Rest is good—so much better than the judgment and eternal destruction that those who reject Jesus will face! Once again, where do you stand with your relationship with Lord Jesus? Do you have a relationship with Him? If not, seek Him today, while there is still time.

Prayer ~ Lord Jesus, I come before You seeking Your rest, Your peace and refreshment in my heart and life. Thank You for Your obedience to take my sin to the cross. I certainly could not have done that myself! I praise You and honor You with every breath I take. Please continue to guide me, my family, friends and neighbors that we would make good choices and that You would continue to give us rest.

Verses of Salvation ~ Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don't lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. Proverbs 3:18-26

Wisdom will refresh your soul and keep you safe. The Lord will provide security—salvation. Trust Him. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Judging Others—Judging You

Meditate.


You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God's judgment when you do the same things? Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.
Romans 2:1-7

Whoa! Words can be powerful. Words can encourage or destroy. We must choose carefully what we say…and as equally careful about what we do. In our words and actions, we may be judging others. Jesus taught about judging others during His Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew and Luke.

"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." Luke 6:37-38

"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. "  Matthew 7:1-2  

Such wisdom. We should observe it even today—because God’s word hasn’t changed. Are you seeking God’s will for your life—an eternal life with Him? 

Prayer ~ Today, Lord God, during this last day of Rosh Hashanah I turn from my sins and plead with You for forgiveness. Thank You for being wonderfully kind, tolerant and patient with me. Please continue to guide and direct my thoughts, words, and actions that all I think, say and do would be pleasing to You.

Verse of Salvation ~ And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God's Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. 1 Thessalonians 1:10

Our salvation is in Jesus who rescued us.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR – JEWISH ROSH HASHANAH

Meditate.

The LORD said to Moses, "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. On the first day of the appointed month in early autumn, you are to observe a day of complete rest. It will be an official day for holy assembly, a day commemorated with loud blasts of a trumpet. You must do no ordinary work on that day. Instead, you are to present special gifts to the LORD." Leviticus 23:23-25

Begin the New Year in joyful contemplation.
The Bird of Paradise
Like Man in the Garden of Eden


Happy Jewish New Year! This is the day that commemorates the beginning of the world, or more specifically the creation of man. Rosh Hashanah, which literally means the head of the year, is also called Feast of the Trumpets. As the Lord instructed Moses to tell the Israelites it is a day of complete rest—no work. This makes it a high holy day. No work. Take it easy today and reflect on what God has done for you in this past year. That is a good thing on which to Meditate. God is good.  

This holy day is followed by the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, in ten days. During the next ten days all devout Jews will be considering their spiritual lives, their relationship to God, and this opportunity to reshape their lives in this New Year. These days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time of repentance. Yom Kippur is seen as the Day of Judgment and the Jews will pray ceaselessly for forgiveness and renewal. That would be good for everyone.

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil. Proverbs 16:6

Celebrate this New Year and seek God’s forgiveness. That would be a special gift to Him.

Prayer ~ Lord, I long to hear Your trumpet sound from Heaven someday. For today I will rest and praise Your name—for You are worthy of praise and glory.

Verse of Salvation ~ "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." Matthew 3:2

Happy Birthday, Little Naomi.

You’re a big girl now! Bless You!

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Every Knee Will Bow and Every Tongue Will Confess

Meditate.

Do you have a new life in Christ?
In Judgment will Jesus claim you as His own...
when you bend your knee and praise God?
Is there still time to live to please God?

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, "'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'" Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let's stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. Romans 14:10-13  

Ultimately we only have one chance…one opportunity to choose. Choose who you will serve.  God or satan. Choose heaven and life with God…forever. Or choose to reject God, to reject Jesus and end up with eternity in hell. Don’t believe it? Look at what the scripture says: every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God. If you don’t have faith in God, and in His holy scriptures, then from this point of view, you are doomed. Consider: if God is not true then it doesn’t matter. If God is true and you are wrong, then it is a forever lifetime of misery. What will you be willing to risk? God loves us all. For God so loved the world…think about that.

For God does not show favoritism. When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God's written law. And the Jews, who do have God's law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn't make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Romans 2:11-13

Every knee will bow. Will you be bowing to your Lord and King…or will you merely be bowing to the Creator that you have just discovered is the Truth? Then it will be too late. Decide today whom you will serve.

It is likely that by the time you read this the Trumpet—Shofar Horn—will have sounded the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets at sunset in Israel. Sunset is at 6:41 PM in Jerusalem. If indeed this accomplishes God’s fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets, then where will you be? Raptured with God’s church or left behind because you have rejected Jesus as your Savior? The choice is yours. Is there still time? That depends of if the last trumpet has sounded and the scripture below has happened.

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

I hope to see you…in the air or up there. But then again, we don’t know the hour or the day as Jesus told His disciples.

However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. ... So you, too, must keep watch! For you don't know what day your Lord is coming. ... You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Matthew 24:36, 42, 44

Are you ready?   

Prayer ~ Lord God…even now I praise You—for You are worthy of all praise, honor and glory. One day we will sing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen." Revelation 7:12 .

Verses of Salvation ~ You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus provided salvation for us through His humble obedience to die as the sacrifice for our sin.

Friday’s Feast at the King’s Table

Tonight at sunset is the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets—and the Jewish New Year. They like to start off the New Year with sweet foods. Challah bread, often in different shapes, served with sweet fresh sliced apples and honey. There are already fresh apples from this year’s crop in the markets and grocery stores. Good time to try out a new variety—although our favorites are the Honey Crisp, Gala, Pink Lady and Fugi. I’ll be serving some up for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper with some fresh local honey.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Is Anything Worth More Than Your Soul?

 Meditate on Jesus' words.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom." Matthew 16:24-28

Take up your cross.
If any of you wants to be my follower… not when, but if. The choice is yours. Turn from your selfish ways, repent…agree with God that you have been selfish. It is the truth. We all have selfish ways. Take up your cross…being willing to bear your burden…but also give up your sins on the cross. Follow me…follow Jesus. The benefit…is eternal life…if you give up your life for Jesus. Everyone will be judged by Jesus, the Son of Man, according to their deeds, but only their choice of Jesus as Savior really counts. Is anything worth more than your soul? Your soul is your very being…it will last a lifetime either in heaven or hell. Is your soul worth a little fun here on earth or a lifetime in hell? What a great question!  Today is as good a time as any to consider what is important in your life.

Is anything worth more than your soul?

Prayer ~ Lord, You are worth more than anything.

Verse of Salvation ~ But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24

Salvation for others. It is as important as my own salvation.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Be Ready ALL the Time!

Meditate—and get ready.

Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Luke 12:35-40

Do you need to refill your lamp?
Replica lamp from Israel.

So, what are you wearing? Are you dressed and ready for service? Is your lamp burning? Are you like the foolish or wise bridesmaids?

Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn't take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight they were roused by the shout, 'Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!' All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, 'Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.' But the others replied, 'We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.' But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!' But he called back, 'Believe me, I don't know you!' So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. Matthew 25:1-13

The ready servants will be rewarded. Are you ready? Are you a good servant? Will you be served by the Master, the Lord Himself?  Can you imagine not only having dinner with Him, but Jesus Christ Himself serving you at the Banquet with the King!?

,,,be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Are you ready? What are you doing today to get ready?  Any sins you need to repent? Do you need to share the Good News about Jesus with anyone in particular? Are you ready? Do you think you know the hour or the day? Think again. Keep watch…be ready.

 Prayer ~ Lord God, Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant. Psalm 86:16. I’m watching and waiting, Lord. Open my eyes to anything I need to do to be ready for Your return. OK. Come quickly.

Verse of Salvation ~ This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Be Ready…For What?

Meditate.

"So you, too, must keep watch! For you don't know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Matthew 24:42-44

When do you expect the Son of Man to return? When is the time that is least expected? Is it the next Jewish Festival that has not been fulfilled? That would be the Feast of Trumpets or Rash HaShanah, also known as the Jewish New Year and Day of Judgment, which occurs this year beginning at sunset on Friday, September 18th through sunset on Sunday, September 20th.

Peace for Jerusalem
Sign posted in Jerusalem, Israel.
Is Peace coming to Israel?
Keep Watch. Be Ready.
Sound the alarm in Jerusalem! Raise the battle cry on my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear because the day of the LORD is upon us. Joel 2:1 

That terrible day of the LORD is near. Swiftly it comes—a day of bitter tears, a day when even strong men will cry out. It will be a day when the LORD's anger is poured out—a day of terrible distress and anguish, a day of ruin and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of trumpet calls and battle cries. Down go the walled cities and the strongest battlements! Zephaniah 1:14-16

The idea is to be ready ALL the time—because that is just what Jesus said to do. Keep watch…and be ready. The rapture is coming…someday. Will you be ready?

First things first. You must accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. He died on the cross for all our sins. What is keeping you from accepting what Christ did for you? Can you humble yourself to admit that just like everyone else in the world, you are a sinner? Read Romans 3:23.  All have sinned. Can you believe…have a little faith to see the big picture? God has a plan and He loved you so much that He gave up His one and only Son so that you could have eternal life. Be part of that plan...believe. Then call on the name of the Lord. That’s right. Call out to Jesus—tell Him you want Him to be part of your life…and that you want to be part of His family.

Are you ready…for whatever happens…whenever it happens? Be Ready.

Prayer ~ Lord God, Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O LORD; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever I'm in trouble, and you will answer me. Psalm 86:3-7

Verse of Salvation ~ What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Have You Rejected Jesus?

Meditate.

I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. I will not judge those who hear me but don't obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.  John 12:46-48

Have you rejected Jesus? What would it take for you to put your trust in Jesus? Are you stumbling around in the darkness…making bumbling mistakes because you don’t make wise enlightened decisions? Do your choices seem great at night, but in the morning light that wasn’t such a good choice. Do you choose to rebel against your parents, spouse, teachers, boss or supervisor? Can you obey…God, your superiors, others in your life or even yourself? Have you rejected Jesus?

What did Jesus say about those who reject Him? He will judge them. We cannot do enough “good” in this life to make up for all the sins we commit. Being “good” won’t get you through judgment and into Heaven…if that is where you want to go someday…or assume you will go because you have been “good.” Jesus taught His followers…

Narrow Gate
Leading into the Garden of Gethsemane
Israel

You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.
Matthew 7:13 

Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6

So, I think this scripture is saying…choose Jesus, choose eternal life. Reject Jesus, choose judgment that results in the wide path to hell. Which will you choose?

 Prayer ~ Lord God, Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?... No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 39 Thank You, Lord, that nothing can separate us from Your love.

Verse of Salvation ~ And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. Romans 8:38

The “us” in this verse is those who love the Lord…who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, as their Savior. Are you in the “us” group? Are you part of God’s family?

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Blind?

Meditate on Jesus declaration after He healed a blind man.

Then Jesus told him, "I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind." John 9:39

 Are you blind? Can you believe without seeing Jesus…and being touched or touching Him?

At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. Then he told John's disciples, "Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor." Luke 7:21-22

 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God's light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. John 3:17-19

Give me your tired ,
Your poor.
Your huddled masses
Yearning to Breath Free.


Free from Judgment.
Have Faith in Jesus.



Judgment is for those who reject Jesus; refuse to believe in Jesus as God’s Son. If you saw Jesus heal a blind person…or if you were that blind person, would you believe in Jesus as your Savior? Would you have to touch the scars in Jesus’ hands to believe that He actually hung on the cross, died, was buried and rose from the dead? Can you believe without seeing? That is faith.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 

Prayer ~ Lord God, I have faith in You. You, Jesus, are the Son of the living God. I once was spiritually blind, but now I see and I believe. You are my Savior and I eagerly await the time that You call Your church to come home to Heaven.

Verse of Salvation ~ So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17

The Good News – The Gospel—Jesus was born a man, He grew up, taught and healed people, He was crucified, died and was buried. He rose from the dead, ascended to Heaven and is coming again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Son of God. Are you ready for His return?

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Judge Us?

Meditate and consider Jesus words to the Pharisees.

You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other. John 8:15-18

Judgment will come from Heaven.

Human standards. Good guy…bad guy. Judge them. But Jesus isn’t judging anyone, at least not without His Father’s guidance. Two witnesses. Jesus and the Father. The Israelites were told during the early times that two or three witnesses were essential. That was their law.

You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. Deuteronomy 19:15

As each person faces judgment how will the Father and Son judge them? How will you be judged? I know that the blood of Jesus covers my sin. He is my Savior and my sin has been forgiven when Jesus took it to the cross. How about you…your sin? 

Prayer ~ God, You watch how people live; You see everything they do. No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from Your eyes. We don't set the time when we will come before You in judgment. From Job 34:21-23. Judgment is Yours. 

Verses of Salvation ~ …for the Israelites: Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign LORD. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don't let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign LORD. Turn back and live! Ezekiel 18:30-32

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Fresh Grapes

Meditate and consider God’s judgment.

Mosaic tile in Israel.
Harvester tromping grapes.

Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley. And now, O LORD, call out your warriors! Let the nations be called to arms. Let them march to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I, the LORD, will sit to pronounce judgment on them all. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people. Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive. Joel 3:11-14

My Ryrie Study Bible notes that the valley of Jehoshaphat, literally meaning Yahweh judges, may have been the Kidron Valley east of Jerusalem. In this valley of decision God will judge the Gentiles, separating the sheep from the goats, as described in Matthew 25:31-32, 40, and 45-46. Here also note that the harvest is of the wicked people, since the storage vats are overflowing with those people. A similar reference can be seen in Revelation.

Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, "Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe." ... Then another angel, who had power to destroy with fire, came from the altar. He shouted to the angel with the sharp sickle, "Swing your sickle now to gather the clusters of grapes from the vines of the earth, for they are ripe for judgment." So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God's wrath. Revelation 14:14-15, 18-19

When Jesus speaks of harvest He is referring to harvesting souls.

You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, 'One plants and another harvests.' And it's true. I sent you to harvest where you didn't plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest. John 4:35-38

Harvest time doesn’t have to wait for fall when it is concerning harvesting souls. Here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States we’ve already had hay or alfalfa harvest all summer long, and now potatoes, melons, garden crops like lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh beans, carrots and beets are picked and sold in fresh markets. Grapes are beginning to be plucked from the vines and the local wineries will be crushing them to make their famous wines. Harvest time is at hand.

What kind of harvest will you be part of as God directs His angels to gather in the souls of the world? Will you be facing the wrath of God or experiencing the mercy of the Lord since the blood of Jesus has washed away your sin? The choice is yours.

Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God's judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to us. For we know the one who said, "I will take revenge. I will pay them back." He also said, "The LORD will judge his own people." It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31. 

Prayer ~ Lord, I know that Jesus is the only sacrifice for all sin. Only His righteousness can save us. I ask that You would open the eyes and hearts of anyone in my family, or of my friends or neighbors who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Help them to see the truth of Jesus love for us before it is too late.

Verses of Salvation ~ For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away." But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:37-39

Grapes in my yard.
Harvest time!

Friday’s Feast at the King’s Table
As usual every Friday is Feast Day—Feasting at the King’s Table. We can’t live on just spiritual food …nor can we live on bread alone. We’ve got to have some meat, veggies and fruit.

Fresh foods are the best. Fresh and raw. Wash up some fresh grapes today and as you eat them reflect on the variety of foods that God gives you to “harvest” as well as the symbolism of the grapes, the wine and the blood of Jesus.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Lord Judges from His Throne

Meditate.

But the LORD reigns forever, executing judgment from his throne. He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness. The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you. Psalm 9:7-10

Search—to look for intentionally. Critically study and investigate.

Search for the Lord…you will find Him. He is searching for those who love Him…for His sheep.

-          But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. Deuteronomy 4:29

-          But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!" Psalm 40:16

-          Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Psalm 105:4

-          But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Jeremiah 17:10

-          The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. Lamentations 3:25

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Sheep grazing in Israel.
For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search and find my sheep. Ezekiel 34:11

Are you searching for the Lord…and endeavoring to know more about Him every day? He is searching for those who love Him…and He will ultimately judge everyone. Note that the Lord judges from His throne in Heaven…not from a cloud or from somewhere on earth—but as the ruler, the King of Kings, from His Heavenly Throne. Where will you stand in His judgment?

Prayer ~ Dear God, You have made everything beautiful for its own time. You planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of Your work from beginning to end. From Ecclesiastes 3:11. Give us wisdom to understand Your ways and Your will, Lord God, that we would live to please You in all that we think, say and do. To You be the glory forever.

Verse of Salvation ~ But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!" As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. Psalm 40:16-17

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Can You Commit Everything?

Meditate on God’s Word today.

Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. ... The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance. But the Lord just laughs, for he sees their day of judgment coming. Psalm 37:5-9, 12-13

Twenty years ago today Lisa and Kim were married. It was a glorious day! They had met exactly one year before—and are truly soul mates. Not everyone finds someone that complements them so perfectly. May God continue to bless them and their wonderful family!

Can you commit everything you do to the LORD? It may seem like an easy thing to do…but that may just be lip service. I read some really good advice several years ago…before I get out of bed in the morning I ask the Lord what is it that He wants me to do…not putting my “Do List” before the Lord and just asking Him to bless what I want to do today. I’ve tried this—seriously tried—many times and it is surprising that He does give me opportunities to serve Him. Sometimes I miss those opportunities and look back later in the day or week…and see where I could have helped someone. That’s life. Here’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It sums up what to do.

Think about the lovely....


Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

That’s my hope for everyone…God’s peace will be with you. When you believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have His pure and perfect peace, forever. A Day of Judgment is coming. Will you be ready? If you believe in Jesus—you are ready.

Prayer ~ Lord God, may all who read this call on Your name…and believe in Jesus as their Savior. Jesus was born, died on the cross, was resurrected and is coming again. That is the Good News. May all who hear this Good News share that knowledge with others…around the world. 

Verse of Salvation ~ This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6

Happy 20th  Anniversary – Kim & Lisa

May God Continue to Bless & Guide You!

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