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Choice

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

“When I die, I’m going to ask God….”

Actually, when you die and come face to face with God, you will be unable to speak.  You will ask Him nothing.  You will just fall to the ground in abject terror and mouth the words,
“Woe is me! Woe is me!  For I have sinned greatly,”
but not a sound will emerge from your mouth until God says, “Speak!”

We know this to be true from the Biblical accounts of godly people who have experienced God in His glory.  It is unimaginable how much more terrifying it will be for the ungodly!  Read more…

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Not Aborted

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment

A mother with two beautiful, cheerful little girls, about 9 and 7, confided her personal story to me:

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, the doctors encouraged me to get an abortion. They told me that my daughter had Downs syndrome. That her abdomen was malformed and punctured. That she would live life as a vegetable. That she could not possibly survive, and an abortion is the only realistic option. And so on.

They would call and relentlessly try to convince me to have an abortion. With each call they painted an ever more depressing and painful picture of my child’s life and my life if I didn’t abort.

They even enlisted the help of my husband. The pressure was intense.
My husband and I kept praying to Jesus about this matter. He kept telling us “Don’t do it. Please don’t!”

Finally the last legal day for aborting passed, but the pressure from the doctors remained.
Now it was more like, “You’ll see, I told you so.”
Nevertheless I proceeded with the pregnancy to term.

Then she pointed to her older daughter and said proudly,
“Look at her! Isn’t she beautiful?
She is so artistic and creative! She loves to sing and paint.
All that’s wrong with her is that she’s left handed.”

All is not as it looks!

[Names were withheld in the interest of privacy protection.]

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The Maze

November 10, 2012 Leave a comment

In the fall, when the corn gets to be 8 feet tall, corn-mazes spring up all over the land. Farmers cut intricate paths in their corn field, with lots of dead ends, loops, and distractions, and charge people money to find their way through the maze.  It’s great fun; the grandchildren and I spent several hours in one enjoying the puzzle. Some of us got out more quickly than others, and some needed help to get out, but we all made it.

They also had this little “kiddie” maze painted on concrete. We were supposed to hop around to get to the goal, following some simple rules. It looked really easy, but it’s not. So I thought I’d share it with you. Print out, have fun, and enjoy the maze!

Now life is kind of like this little maze. We all start at the same place, and end at the same place. We all have to follow some simple rules. We all face lots of unknowns, dead ends, loops, and distractions. We all must make lots of choices; some choices help us get to the goal, some don’t. And we all have to turn (choose) right at each decision, lest we end up in a dead end or endless loop and fail our quest.

Life is simple, but hard! We must understand and carefully follow the rules; otherwise we reach a dead end. Thankfully we have a helper to teach and keep us moving in the right direction: Jesus Christ. He has the key to life, He knows the end from the beginning, He is the way, and He is walking with us through the maze He built. Follow Jesus and you are guaranteed to reach the true goal of life: Eternal joy and life with Him; all other options lead to a dead end.

This is the solution to the maze puzzle.

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The Elephant Whisperer

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created a perfect setting for all His creatures to live in the Garden of Eden. Then man messed it all up by disobeying God’s instructions.

Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden harmoniously with lions, elephants, and all kinds of other animals? No fear, no sickness, no death, no sorrow…

Every once in a while we get echoes of what it must have been like. Every once in a while stories surface of unusual harmony in this predatory world of conflict: Dogs nursing kittens, cats nursing puppies, and so on.

Then there are the stories of humans uniquely able to communicate with animals, such as Cesar Milan the dog whisperer and Dan (Buck) Brannahan the horse whisperer. Now we have the incredible story of Lawrence Anthony, the elephant whisperer.

Since 1999 Mr. Anthony has cared for two wild and troublesome elephant herds on the 5,000 acre Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. Mr. Anthony died in March 2012. Though the elephant herds were miles away in the bush at the time, they somehow sensed Mr. Anthony’s passing, made a 12 hour journey to his house, stayed around to mourn for two days, and then disappeared back into the bush. Read the amazing full story here.

Such stories serve as reminders of God’s promise that one day He will restore the glorious harmony He originally created:

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isa 11:6)

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isa 65:25)

Thus we are also reminded of the most precious gift we’ve been given: The opportunity to enjoy glorious harmony with God forever – if we so choose. The mysteries of how God is accomplishing that miracle and how we can choose to participate through Christ Jesus are made fully clear in the Bible:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Joh 11:25-26)

Joh 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (Joh 20:30-31)

… This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.(Joh 21.24)

I look forward to enjoying your company in the glorious harmony of the restored Garden with Jesus, plus elephants, tigers, lions, wolves, lambs, and many other wonderful creatures because

All is not as it looks.

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Glimpse of Heaven

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutDr. Mary Neal, author of “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again,” was interviewed about her near-death experience recently on the Today Show.  She was pinned underwater unable to breathe for a minimum of 15 minutes, died, experienced Heaven, and came back.  Click here to enjoy the interview.

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Her experience is not that unusual.  I’ve read numerous accounts of comparable experiences.  Pictures of signed official death certificates were included in some books; I recall a funeral photograph in one account! Read more…

Foundations: 3) What Next?

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

In “The Toxic Lie” we examined the issue whether “What you see is all there is” and concluded that there is more to this world than we can see.  When we think of the “world we can see”, we generally think of our physical Universe of three spatial dimensions and tend to forget about the fourth:  Time.

We are born, we live, and we die locked in time.  We are but a flash in the Universe.  But do we exist only in that brief moment, or is there more to our life than death?  We will examine that topic in this post. Read more…