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Future in Heaven?

Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. (John 16:13)

Future on Earth?

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Jesus said, ” I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” (John 15:9)

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Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

One suggestion, read John chapter 14 slowly and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to really see. You’ll be blest.

Get in the Closet!

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Whatever happened to the prayer closet? If you’ve never heard of one, it’s simply a private place to spend time with the Lord. It can literally be a closet, a private room, or even a chair in the corner of your bedroom. Mine is a stuffed chair in my home office. It’s a place to get alone with the Lord in prayer.

Scripture records the Lord Jesus getting away for solitary prayer:

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” Mark 1:35 (NLT)

This is so important that Jesus tells us,

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6 (KJV)

Then three verses later He teaches us how to pray in our prayer closet:

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

We call this the Lord’s Prayer, which describes a daily intimate personal relationship with our Father. As you enter your prayer closet, seek the Lord and allow Him to speak to your heart. This will become a habit that you’ll love, and your relationship with God will become personal and powerful. This will quickly become the best part of your day.

Now don’t just go into your prayer closet and ask for this and that. Many of us have made our prayer closet a supply closet. We only go in there for things. We don’t go in there for a relationship with God. Instead of seeking Him, we seek things! We have built shelves in our prayer closets, making it difficult to get inside. So we simply reach in and get what we want. It’s time that we believers take the shelving out of our supply closets and make them our prayer closets again.

We should make it a place where we go in, put our body down and fellowship in the Spirit with the Lord. In the prayer closet, we should give ourselves to Him and learn to enjoy the presence of the Lord. This is what He wants. This pleases our Father.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

When we seek His presence, He sees our need and gives us His presents.

Our Father knows what we need before we even ask, even if we don’t ask. But what does He need? Us! Don’t miss out on the best part of spiritual life, which is being with the Lord. So make a little time, move those shelves, and get in the closet!

 

Greetings Poland / Привет Польша

 

IMG_0257To all our friends and companions of faith in Poland. Greetings in the name of our Father God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, author and finisher of our faith. The Lord would say to you…

“I love your worship. Even in the smallest of ways, when you acknowledge me I love it. You have been faithful in spite of many obstacles and circumstances which I see. As you acknowledge me I will direct you and in turn acknowledge you, because I love you so very very much.”

May the grace of our Lord Jesus be upon you and your families. May many blessings, health, and prosperity be yours today and always. – Gene
Для всех наших друзей и спутников веры в Польше. Поздравления во имя нашего Отца Бога и Его Сына Иисуса Христа, автора и завершителя нашей веры. Господь скажет тебе …

«Я люблю ваше поклонение. Даже в самых незначительных случаях, когда вы признаете меня, я люблю его. Вы были верны, несмотря на множество препятствий и обстоятельств, которые я вижу. Когда вы признаете меня, я направлю вас и, в свою очередь, признаю вас, потому что я очень сильно тебя люблю “.

Пусть благодать Господа нашего Иисуса будет на вас и ваших семьях. Пусть многие благословения, здоровье и процветание будут вашими сегодня и всегда. – Джин

Dlya vsekh nashikh druzey i sputnikov very v Pol’she. Pozdravleniya vo imya nashego Ottsa Boga i Yego Syna Iisusa Khrista, avtora i zavershitelya nashey very. Gospod’ skazhet tebe …

«YA lyublyu vashe pokloneniye. Dazhe v samykh neznachitel’nykh sluchayakh, kogda vy priznayete menya, ya lyublyu yego. Vy byli verny, nesmotrya na mnozhestvo prepyatstviy i obstoyatel’stv, kotoryye ya vizhu. Kogda vy priznayete menya, ya napravlyu vas i, v svoyu ochered’, priznayu vas, potomu chto ya ochen’ sil’no tebya lyublyu “.

Pust’ blagodat’ Gospoda nashego Iisusa budet na vas i vashikh sem’yakh. Pust’ mnogiye blagosloveniya, zdorov’ye i protsvetaniye budut vashimi segodnya i vsegda. – Dzhin

 

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Christmas Day, along with all the preparations, activity, traditions, and gatherings are now in our rear view mirror. And what a wonderful time it was. Now let us take a moment. Think… Reflect… on the goodness of God and all He has done for us. He gave us a child, his only son, to take away our sins…forever. Wow!

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The Christmas Stocking

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Every year my family, like many families around the world, hangs stockings on our fireplace mantle, one for every member of the family. It’s a wonderful tradition that brings childhood memories flooding back. Though nobody knows precisely when the tradition began, it is said that originally, children would put out a regular sock or a shoe in hopes of receiving a gift from Saint Nicholas, or in some countries known as Father Christmas.

I remember my Grandfather saying that if we weren’t good we would get a lump of coal or an old piece of cornbread in our stocking. I had no use for a piece of coal but the consolation prize of cornbread never bothered me. I thought that as long as I could put it in a glass of milk, it would be just fine. Ha.

When I was a kid, the Christmas stocking was the only present we were allowed to open before our parents got up. So before dawn, my Brother Chris and I would get our stockings and crawl back in the bed. With only the glow from the streetlight beaming through our shared bedroom window, we would hurriedly empty the stocking of all its contents. Sifting through our new found treasure, we whispered to each other:

“I got a car.”
“I got hard candy.”
“I got a tangerine.”
“I got a set of Jaxs.” And so it went.

Eventually we tired and dosed back off to sleep, stockings in hand. Later we awoke to open the “real” presents. Stockings were all but forgotten as we ripped open our presents with Parental supervision and joy. Forgotten, that is, until next year when the Christmas stocking was the most important gift of early pre-dawn Christmas.

Even today as I hang the stocking for my family, precious memories flood back. Sadly, one stocking won’t be hanging on our mantle this year. It still remains with the others, carefully packed in our decorations box. Our family pet Buzzy, the most beautiful Collie I’ve ever seen, passed away after battling a long illness. Three times she was at death’s door and the Vet sent her home to die. Twice, our prayers were answered and God miraculously spared her life.

Even the Vet was amazed at her incredible recovery two times, several months apart. But on the third time, we had to finally release our good friend to the Lord.

With the passage of time, sorrow weakens and the joy of fond memories grows strong. As we hang our family stockings on the mantle with care, the one with Buzzy written in glitter brings a smile to our faces and warms our hearts, as we remember her and how we used to fill her stocking with chew toys, balls, and treats. Then we carefully place it back in the decorations box.

If you have lost a loved one, friend, or even a beloved pet, and are facing the Christmas season in grief, remember the good times, just for Christmas. Treasure the precious memories with an inner peace. Depend on the Lord Jesus, whose birth we celebrate, to fulfill His mission to you. The mission that this season proclaims, peace on earth, good will towards men.

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:14 NLT)

Jesus gave us encouragement in the Bible where these words were recorded:

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

God loves you, and offers to you a spiritual Christmas stocking overflowing with love and peace. Merry Christmas Dear Reader!