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shamrock-wallpaper-for-pc_1152x864_7735331Once there was a group of young men on a break from college hiking up a huge, vast mountain. They had just finished taking exams and were ready for an adventure. Another man and his wife who were both in their early forties were hiking up the same mountain, but on a different path. The couple had a map that they were using to guide them. The wife had relatives who had grown up near the mountain and had drawn a map for the couple of all the best places to see the most spectacular views and breath-taking scenes. About half way up the mountain, the couple came upon an open shaded spot with two paths that continued onward.

One of the paths was wide with lush foliage lining the way. In the distance they could hear the sound of rushing water beyond the trees. The other path was very narrow, with rocks and boulders strewn about that would make it difficult to pass through. They stopped to take a look at the map to see which one was the right path. They saw that the wider path would lead them to a waterfall, but a huge red X was drawn over that path with the word NO circled underneath it. When they saw that they would have to go up the narrow path, they decided to rest before tackling the challenging climb. They knew that once they reached the top, the view and scenery as the sun was setting would be something to treasure for a lifetime and they wanted to be ready to take it all in.

Moments later they heard the voices of the young men making their way to the clearing. When the group arrived the husband greeted them with “Hello there” while his wife smiled and waved. The young men avoided eye contact, and ignored them. The group paused briefly to look at the two paths. One of them pointed to the wide path and said “There must be a river or something over there. Let’s go jump in it to cool off“. When they headed in that direction, the husband stood up and called out to them. “I wouldn’t go there if I were you! That’s the wrong path!” One young man, wearing an orange baseball cap with a hawk on the emblem, spit on the ground and looked at the man. “Maybe wrong for you, but we can handle it. We’re not old like you, grandpa.”

Hurrying toward them, the husband again warned them. “It’s not safe! I’m telling you! It’s too dangerous! The other path over there will take you to the mountain top! “ The young man replied “How do you know? Have you even been on this mountain before?” The husband said “No, I haven’t, but that map my wife has in her hands says the right path is over there!” and pointed to the narrow, rocky path. The wife quickly whisked the map over, pointing to a red X on it as her husband stood in front of the group to stop them from going further. The young man swatted the map away and said “That’s just a made up piece of paper! Who drew it? A two year-old? You’re probably just keeping people away, so you can have the place all to yourselves! Well, too bad! We’re about to get this party started!” The other boys snickered and turned to each other and bumped their fists. The wife, picking up the map off the ground said. “Listen here, young man! My relatives grew up here and drew this map! They have been over every area of this mountain! If they say it’s dangerous and to avoid it, then that’s what my we’re going to do! I trust them because I know they love us and don’t want anything bad to happen to us!” The young man looked straight at her and said “Lady, your relatives were probably as boring as you and your old man here with no sense of adventure! We’re here to experience all that life has to offer! You only live once and we may as well make it as exciting as we can! Now back off! “

The couple again jumped in front of them as they both pleaded, “Don’t go! Please! You’re going to end up dead if you go that way!” The young man in the orange hat suddenly shoved the husband to the ground and out of the way. As his wife went to help her husband, another young man in a black T-shirt stepped in between to block her, causing her to fall to the ground. The young men slipped away from the couple and laughed to each other “Like they can really stop us!” and they mocked the words of the couple.

The man got up and reached his hand out toward his wife. “Are you okay, honey?” She replied as she took his hand. “I’m little sore, but okay. How are you?” “I’m fine, but those boys won’t be…” as he looked helplessly down the path where the boys had disappeared from sight. The couple could still hear the young men laughing and yelling in the distance. Suddenly they heard a loud rumbling and crashing sound and the young men swear, before giving way to silence. The only sound was the rushing waterfall.

The couple looked at each other and, quickly and cautiously, made their way to where they heard the sound. The path began to turn rocky as they got closer to the waterfall. The husband stopped suddenly and grabbed his wife. He pointed to the sudden drop off along the path that had crumbled as the boys had crossed it. As they looked down all they could see was a pile of rocks on the edge of the shore next to the waterfall. There was no trace of the boys. The husband called down “Hello? Can any of you hear me?” No one answered. The husband called down again, this time his voice breaking. “If you can hear me, please answer!” Again, there was nothing but silence. The wife began to cry softly as her husband sadly shook his head. In silence they hurried to make the long trip back to alert the park rangers.

A rescue mission was put into place to search for the young men. Right before nightfall the bodies of three of them were found under the pile of rocks from the avalanche. No one spoke as the team cleared away the rocks off the boys. They were identified by the ID in their backpacks and their families were called. As their grieving parents arrived on the scene, the boys were gently placed on stretchers, and each one was put into a separate ambulance. The young man who had argued with the couple was still missing. The next morning, his parents stood on the shore, weeping as they peered up at the waterfall. The couple who had last seen the boys walked further down the shore, filled with sorrow as they shared their thoughts about the day before. “ If only I had tried harder to convince them, they would still be alive and their families wouldn’t be dealing with all this.” said the husband. His wife gently put her arm around her husband. “You did everything you could. They chose not to listen.” They continued to walk further down the shore away from the scene, until suddenly the wife stopped and whispered, “Honey, look…” An orange baseball hat with a hawk on the emblem had washed ashore. They knew at that moment that he had fallen into the waterfall and carried down the river, and most likely, would never be found.

The End

No, I didn’t write this story to depress people.  I wrote it to make an analogy as to what it’s like for Christians. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday, Christians have been labeled as haters.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  If the case had involved a man wanting to marry two women, Christians would have been just as opposed.  It is Government infringing on the freedom of religion for Christians.  As a Christian the Supreme Courts decision makes as much sense to me as if a group of people insisted passages from the Qur’an be read at every church service, or a statue of Buddha or a Hindu goddess in every church.  I don’t want to give anyone ideas so I’ll stop there, but you see my point!

The husband and wife in the story represent Christians.  The map represents the Bible and the young men represent unbelievers.  Now imagine if the couple felt that they should mind their own business and let the boys go their own way without saying a word?  Or if they thought all groups of young men were up to no good and decided the boys deserved to die.  Would that be love?  I mean, they’re leaving the boys alone and letting them enjoy their lives, right? Absolutely not!  Stopping the boys and telling them about the danger of the direction they were heading was the most loving thing they could have done.

Notice their response after the boys died.  They didn’t gloat and say “Haha, they learned their lesson!”  No, no, no! They grieved for them and the great future they could have had once they reached the mountain top.  They grieved for the families who had to deal with the pain of loss.  It’s the same for Christians.  We want everyone to make it to the mountain top.  We see the danger ahead as stated in the Bible and we love everyone enough to tell them the truth.  Even more than that, we see the amazing future that God has for us through Jesus Christ, and we want everyone to be a part of it.

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shamrock-wallpaper-for-pc_1152x864_7735331“The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.   Every summer, as another chapter comes to a close on a school year, I can often look back at a particular moment, when something happens that tugs at my heart.  It’s a moment when I think to myself “Yeah…that’s why I’m glad to be a teacher.” Most of the time, it’s something a child has said or a picture that they have drawn for me. The previous year, that moment came on graduation day, and it involved five students. For graduation, students were allowed to dress up for the special occasion. The little girls came into the classroom looking like little princesses in their fancy dresses with little bows and ribbons adorning their hair. Some of the boys came in looking very handsome and suave, wearing a suit and tie, and others wore a very stylish shirt and nice pants. They were all so excited that their parents would be coming to see them sing and receive their certificates that afternoon; all, that is, except one little girl and four little boys. They came wearing their same old school uniforms. I called their parents during a break to remind them about the program, but the numbers were either disconnected, not in service or unanswered.

After the ceremony was finished, several parents wanted a picture of their child with the teacher, so I spent a few minutes posing for photos. After several minutes, one of the five came up and very excitedly said “My turn!” and stood next to me and put his arm around me. When no one responded or lifted their camera up, he said “Come on! Someone take a picture!” Gently, I had to tell him that they were only taking pictures of their own children. It broke my heart to see the disappointed look on his face. He said “My parents didn’t come.” and went back to sit down and wait with the other four children. After everyone had left, and it was just the remaining five kids and myself, we went back to the classroom and I did my best to celebrate the kids and take a group picture of them holding their certificates. We ate cookies, I let them pick out  whatever sticker they wanted, and then it was time to go. They seemed content as they left, and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be there for them, but I knew that none of it could take the place of having their mom and dad there.

Every year, there are those one or two students in class that are very shy and keep to themselves. They sometimes come in with their clothes unwashed, or their hair uncombed. Their parents don’t come to the special events when invited. For whatever reason, their parents don’t seem to take or have the time to nurture them and show them how special they are. These kids are usually very quiet, and try not to attract attention to themselves.  They are, unfortunately, either ignored or picked on by the other kids.  It is these very children that keep me going as a teacher.  I could relate to these children on so many levels.  I was in sixth grade when I was singled out, made fun of and bullied in class by several students.   I was very shy, and every time someone called my name, I would blush a bright red color.  I also was a straight A student, so that was another strike against me.  No matter what I did or how I tried to fit in, I was teased mercilessly.  There were some difficult situations going on at home, so I never mentioned anything to my parents.  I continued to do my school work and even allowed some students to copy off me, so that they would maybe like me.  Of course, it didn’t work, and on the last day of school, a group of girls decided they wanted to beat me up after school.    I tried to ignore their taunting, but in the last half hour of the day, I broke out in tears.  The girls then felt bad and apologized.   I was very relieved and grateful the next year, when I was placed with a whole different mix of kids and made good friendships that year.  It brought a lot of healing.

In today’s culture, there is a criteria  set that people must meet in order to be considered valuable and successful.  People are judged on what they do, how they look, and how they handle themselves in social settings.  Women are judged on their appearance and what they wear.  More and more, there is a lot of emphasis on performance and competitiveness.  There is a time and a place for a healthy dose of these things in certain events; however, never ever should performance be a tool to measure a person’s worth and value.  Unfortunately, it is very rampant in our society.   Our educational system is set up in a way in which national tests determine which of our students are the best and brightest.  Those that don’t score well risk being labeled as low performers or “not as good” as their peers.  With tests now being given in Early Childhood Education, the competition and labeling is beginning before children even have a chance to develop their thinking skills.  In this data driven environment we now live in, they are burdened with working harder and studying more instead of exploring and discovering the world about them through play.  People are challenged to do as much as possible in a small amount of time.   Faster is considered better, which leads to more careless mistakes, less creativity, and lower quality overall.  There is a standard that is set by the world and those that don’t fit in or conform to that standard, are cast away or ostracized by society.  If one cannot produce something the world considers important and necessary, they are considered useless and throw-aways.   Pregnant women who discover that their unborn baby has a defect are strongly encouraged, if not down-right pressured to end the pregnancy.  Our senior citizens, whose health and strength begin to fail or slow down, are sometimes placed and abandoned in nursing homes.   It doesn’t matter that they have a wealth of wisdom, history or insight to share, they are left and forgotten.  It becomes a type of “survival of the fittest”.  The strong set the standard and the weak get left behind.  It would seem hopeless to live in a world so harsh and cold, but thankfully, we don’t.  There is a God of love, mercy and grace who sets the ultimate standard.  His standard is the only one that matters.

We can catch a glimpse of the nature and character of God towards those the world deems unworthy and rejects through a story in the Old Testament.    One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when David sought out and showed kindness to  Mephibosheth.  Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan, David’s best friend.  Even though Jonathan’s father, King Saul, grew jealous and sought to kill David, nothing could diminish the close bond that David and Jonathan shared .   David had been forced to be on the run, living in caves and hiding from Saul, but he and Jonathan’s friendship remained rock solid through it all.  When Jonathan died in battle against the Philistines, David grieved heavily for the loss of his dear friend.    Sometime later after David had become King, he asked “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness to for Jonathan’s sake?”  (2 Samuel 9:1).  Mephibosheth was brought in from where he lived and stood before David.  David spoke kindly to him and restored all the land that belonged to Saul.  Not only that, but he told him that he would always eat at his table, giving him high honor before everyone.  Now, Mephibosheth had grown up with two big strikes against him.  Mephibosheth lost his father, Jonathan, at the tender age of five.  The role of a father is so important, especially to a young son.  He had no father to turn to model what a true man is, no father from which to receive love, advice and guidance through life.   If that wasn’t hard enough, Mephibosheth was crippled in both feet.  His self abasement was clearly evident when he answered David with “What is your servant that you should notice a dead dog like me?”  It did not matter to David, he was the son of Jonathan and that superseded anything else.  It’s much like you and I, and every soul created by God, He loves us all and invites all of us to come to Him and receive our inheritance, our favor and our blessing from Him.  That invitation comes by believing in His Son, Jesus – His death on the cross and His resurrection.

The story of Mephibosheth resonates with the deep compassion of what God’s standard is.   His standard is that every human being is created in His image for a divine purpose.  He has a plan for each and every life that comes into existence.  He places gifts and talents along with different strengths and weaknesses in each and everyone of us.  He never looks at the outside appearance, but looks at the heart.   Nothing can separate the love of God from His children.  He promises that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.  His heart reaches out to the lost, the hurting.  He cares for the widows, orphans and the alienated. He is closest to those who are broken hearted and crushed in Spirit.  When Jesus walked on this earth, His ministry was for those who were sick.  He healed the lame, the blind, the deaf, the mute.  He made lepers whole again.  He reached out to those that were socially unacceptable.  Wherever He went, those He touched were made whole and healed of all afflictions and infirmities.  He sees those that feel invisible, and He walks with them.

We need to value the lives of others and see them through God’s eyes.  We need to defend those who are weak, speak for those with no voice, and seek justice for those who have been wronged.   Jesus said  in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”   Our prayer should be that God would gives us eyes to see the invisible, that we may reach out to them.  We as believers can overcome evil with good, and show kindness and compassion to others, no matter what the circumstances are, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We have God dwelling on the inside of us, and God is love.

If you are one that feels invisible, know that the Creator of the universe sees you, and He cares about every concern you have.  Things may not make sense now, but a day is coming when they will.  If you haven’t invited Jesus into your heart or made peace with God, please pray this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I confess that I’m a sinner.  I repent of my sins and ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus to die on the cross in my place to pay for my sins, and that He rose again from the dead.  I invite You, Jesus, into my heart and ask that You would wash me and cleanse me in Your blood.  I thank You for Your love and mercy.  I make You my Lord and Savior.  Amen.

We have the victory in Jesus!  Be blessed, everyone!

shamrock-wallpaper-for-pc_1152x864_7735331Happy Purim! As Jews all over the world celebrate this holiday that commerates the selfless actions of Queen Esther from the Old Testament and the deliverance of her people from the evil destructive plot of Haman, today’s Christians have a lot to learn about this woman of God. Esther 4:14 states: “And who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

In her life of difficult and unwanted circumstances, God, who saw the whole picture, worked them all together for good for the deliverance of His people and for His glory. Esther put her life on the line, after fasting and prayer, and is now remembered and celebrated to this very day. While many of us may not have as grand of a mission as Queen Esther, every one of us have a call and a mission to those lives God has placed around us. In God’s eyes, there is nothing too small or anyone not too important to be left undone or unreached. Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 18:12-14: “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”

Just as in Esther’s case, God can use everything you’ve ever been through to prepare you for His call on your life. When I think about Esther, I think maybe, just maybe, had she not had to press through and overcome so much difficulty in her life, she would not have had such a depth of inner beauty to attract the King over the other multitude of beautiful woman to be his queen. When we have been tried by fire, and our lives reflect pure gold, it gives us whatever credibility those in our lives may need to see in order to surrender their lives to Jesus.

I came across this link that is full of indepth teaching on what we can learn from the life of Esther. Hope this is as valuable to you as it was to me. Be blessed!

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Esther.html#ixzz2LqSz608l

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one  without faith, no explanation is possible.” – Thomas Aquinas.  This quote certainly hits home when one considers the influence of technology on today’s culture.  Faith is being replaced by reasoning in our society and the divide between believers and non-believers is more vast than ever.  The thought of miracles and prophecy are unheard of to the data-driven line of thinking.   So then in a world where science and logic rule and try to squelch any possibility of the supernatural move of God, Christian believers need to rise up more than ever and share the rest of the GOOD news of the Gospel… that Jesus Christ is, indeed, coming again. We need to stand strong against any ridicule or mockery that society will most assuredly  dish out towards us. Most importantly we MUST do this in genuine love and compassion! We are not to condemn as John 3:17 says”For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” So while we are still living within this age of grace and non-believers still have the opportunity to freely search their hearts and seek what is true, I want to state that Jesus is coming again, just like He promised in Revelation 22:20“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.'”

Other scriptures that confirm the rapture and the return of Jesus are Mark 13:26 “At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”; Revelation 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.” and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever”.

Of course, there will be scoffers who will do all they can to intimidate Christians into silence on the return of Jesus and the end of this current age, but they are not above the God who created this universe, and we need to stand up for our faith.  There are many believers I’ve talked to who are not even looking for His return.  They argue that “the Church has been saying this for two thousand years, and He hasn’t come yet”.  However, it wasn’t until an estimated 4,000 years, that the prophecy of the birth of the Messiah would come to pass.  The first prophecy  regarding the birth of a coming saviour of mankind, occurred in the Garden of Eden, when God the Father cursed the enemy who came as a serpent to deceive Adam and Eve to sin in Genesis 3:15  “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  I’m sure during those four thousand years, they felt the same way and He did come and fulfill that prophecy.

Non-believers call the prophecies of the last days events as far-fetched and try to label those who believe as “crazy” or “out of their mind”.   Consider a servant named Rhoda, and even the apostle Paul  were called exactly that in the book of Acts.   Rhoda was proven right within minutes, and Paul’s teachings have endured 2,000 years of attacks and opposition and still are preached and proclaimed all over the world still to this very day!    Yes, of course, the thought of Jesus appearing in the clouds and believers suddenly being caught up and taken away is completely illogical to the natural mind but so does the thought of a young virgin giving birth to a baby and I believe that happened!  I believe that Jesus died and  rose again three days later after being crucified!  I believe Jesus ascended to Heaven in front of eye witnesses without the help of NASA!  I believe the blind could see, the deaf could hear, the lame could walk and the sick made healthy and whole after an encounter with Jesus, the Son of God!

There are at least two other resources besides the Bible that confirm the existence of Jesus.  In the Jewish Talmud, it is claimed that Jesus was the son of a Roman soldier, which only proves to me that Jesus did exist and it was well-known that Joseph, Mary’s husband was not his natural father.  If the Roman soldier claim was true, Christianity would NOT have endured the test of time!  Another writing, The Antiquities of the Jews (94 A.D.) by Josephus Flavius, a Jewish author who lived during the time Jesus was on earth, confirms aspects of the New Testament.

Jesus is coming soon.  Most of the things He prophesied in Matthew 24 are coming to pass in front of our eyes.  From what I,ve learned about Bible prophecy and what I observe through current events, I’m inclined to believe  that The Tower of Babel has been rebuilt by men…not with bricks or mortar, but with USB cables, computers and the internet.  We are racing towards becoming a one world system.  The United Nations are becoming more active in running the affairs of this world.  Israel has become a nation once more, and leaders of nations surrounding  them are openly plotting her destruction. Public School Curriculum is no longer controlled by local communities or the state, but instead is being aligned with international curriculums funded by powerful partners of education.  Technology is raising and shaping more children’s values than their parents.  In this past Presidential election, it’s noted that the sanctity of human life and the slaughter of the unborn is no longer a major concern to our nation.  Surprisingly enough, even many believers turned a blind eye to this issue to vote for a presidential candidate who wholeheartedly embraces the choice of abortion and funding it with taxpayer dollars.   That’s not the only issue brushed aside…Biblical institutions and terminology are being changed and compromised to the delight of those who do not reverence the Founder of them.  Evil is considered good and good is considered evil.  This is not man’s doing, but the result of dark forces that rule this world.  Satan’s time is growing short and he is furiously  setting out to destroy as many lives as he can.

The good news is that there is still time to give your heart to the One who has loved you and given everything, including His life to bring you back to the love and security of the Father.  In the same way that God told Noah to build an ark, before there was even  a drop of rain, to carry Noah, his family and the animals through the flood that would drown those who’s hearts were  hardened refused to acknowledge Him, you can enter the ark of God’s love and mercy through His grace before the door closes.   Are you looking for His return?  Will you be ready?  Please, come unto the ark, while there’s still time.

If you’ve never prayed this prayer or need to rededicate your life to Christ, please pray the following:
“Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I confess that I’m a sinner, and ask that You would come into my heart, and wash me clean with Your blood. I’m done trying to live on my own. I need You to lead and guide me. I choose to follow You and make You my Lord and Savior for all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Be blessed, everyone!