Perpetual

Most persons who have or will live on this earth can look at our planet and the sun, moon, and stars and think of those as perpetual. The majority of what we see was there when we were born and even if we live to be very old they will remain when we are gone. So to our life span which is not even a drop in the bucket in God’s time table we can only add to or take away from what is on a perpetual world.

However, for some generation in the future this perpetuity of things will come to an end.

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Matthew‬ ‭24:35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

But those who believe in God and have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior do not need to worry, nor do we who are dead and buried (if we believe on Jesus as Savior).

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Isn’t that awesome! This perpetual world and all of its chaos is not really perpetual. God has hold of all eternity and He is the only perpetual being that we should be concerned about. Our spirits are also perpetual and we will either be with the Lord forever or spend eternity in hell. We have a choice on our perpetuity, paradise or a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in utter darkness. I have decided to follow Jesus and my blessed Hope is the return mentioned in 1 Thessalonians. Are you ready for that day?

Great and majestic God, I give you honor and praise. Blessed be your name, you alone are worthy of my praise and adoration. I ask today Lord that you might bless us with your favor. Feed our spirits with your goodness. I thank you oh Lord for the salvation and hope that you have given to every believer. May we lift you up Jesus so that you may draw others to you. Thank you Lord for all that you do. In Jesus name, amen.

Be blessed!

ATFH

Predictions

Well the weatherman said we would have 3-5 inches of snow. Wichita actually got 1.9 inches. Kingman and Hutchinson were in the 3-5 inch area as well, Kingman received 10 inches and Hutchinson 6.5.

There are few things in life that we can predict with certainty. The sun will come up in the morning and from historical tracking the time of its rising is known. The sunset is similar, we know it will set and the actual time it will occur because of historical records. Weather changes can be predicted by watching the skies and the moon’s phases and constellation positions can be known through historical tracking information.

What else can we predict. I would say that most everything else is unpredictable and will just occur as far as nature and our traveling through this life.

However, I can predict a great event that will occur in our future. Actually it has already been predicted so I am just stating facts already on record. The Lord is going to return to take His bride the church out of this world to be with Him forever. This will be so exciting and joyous for those who have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The time for this happening is so close and gets shorter everyday. If you have not prepared yourself for this event through repentance and acceptance of Christ’s Lordship, your time is short. Heed His call and surrender to Him today.

Great and magnificent Jehovah, praises to your name. Thank you for the gift of salvation through your son Jesus and your acceptance of me a wretched sinner. I pray Lord that I might be a light in this world revealing You to those that cross my path. All glory, honor, power, and praise to you oh Lord. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

Be blessed.

ATFH

Harmony

What is harmony? In music it is a set of notes that support the melody creating a full bodied tone. When nature is in harmony it is a peaceful setting perhaps with a glistening pond with a slight breeze blowing over the water. A person’s harmony is when they have peace within and a community’s harmony is also when it is at peace and working together.

As we walk along as Christians we should listen for the song that the Spirit wants to put into our hearts.

“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalms‬ ‭100:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are to sing praises to our God as we can see how nature exalts the Lord.

“All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.” Psalms‬ ‭145:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The Spirit of God gives us peace.

“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.” Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Finally, as Christians we should live in harmony with our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as with all people.

“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.” Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭NLT

Most holy and admirable God, I praise you and exalt your name. Set my mind on living by your spirit in a harmonious way revealing you to this world. Grant blessings on us today. In Jesus name, amen.

Be blessed!

ATFH

Puppy Training

Well we have a new puppy in our home and training has begun. My wife picked the puppy up on Saturday while I was out of town. She spent the rest of the day Saturday and most of the day Sunday at home with dog following her around. I returned home around 4:30 on Sunday and started working to get the puppy to come to me as well. The puppy has got a very strong bond with my wife and that is good, but he needs to have a similar bond with me. The new puppy for instance will lay down and sleep on my wife’s slippers because they have her scent. Over time, I know he will imprint me into his social order. Until then I must work at building his confidence and trust level with me.

Our walk with Christ is similar to the imprinting a young animal builds with the persons that they are familiar with. As they get older they become more accepting of others, but when young they build strong trust factors in their minds with certain people.

When we become Christians we have an immediate desire to get to know the Lord more and be among persons who know the Lord. During this time of discipleship it is key that the young Christian imprint their new life with Christ and fellow believers who can mentor them.

As their walk matures they believer must continue to grow through the word of God and fellowship with other believers including the addition of key persons who can be accountability people or groups. These key persons must never denigrate a member when an issue arises. Instead the member should be accepted as a fellow laborer and shown love and support.

Over time and with effort we advance from young Christians to adult Christians…

“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” 1 Peter 2:2-3

Once we turn into adult Christians we will know more of God’s word and have a strong group of members around us who can support us and assist us in resisting temptation. So let us grow in the word and in fellowship with one another realizing that we will never attain the fullness of what God has laid out for us until the end.

ATFH