Lord of heaven and earth, please protect those in the path of Hurricane Irma. Surround them with Your angels and keep them safe. If anyone is not a child of Your’s, please bring them into Your loving arms. Bring peace and calm to Florida, the west indies, Georgia, and all the other places that will be affected by this disastrous storm. Lead our president to do the right thing to help those people. Give him wisdom during these uncertain times. Thank you God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today I am in Texas. Everyone was sitting around with instruments singing. Here is my feelings during this moment.
Is this what heaven is like?
Singing all day, praises to the King.
I sit with my family, all of them sing.
Some on the guitar, some on the piano, one on the cello.
I never want to leave this.
God please let it last forever.
I don’t think I can survive without it.
This is different than anything.
I’ve never seen this before.
The harmony, the never ending happiness.
Lord, I love it so much.
I think I’m in heaven,
the only thing that is missing are the angels.
Or maybe these people are the angels.
They sing praises to the Savior all their days.
I’ll miss this when I go home.
Or maybe this is home.
Here is an excerpt from the novel I am writing The End is Where We Begin.
Laurie sat on the beach, wind pulling her auburn hair this way and that. The waves grew higher as the seconds ticked by. Laurie looked up at the darkening clouds. She pulled her knees to her chest and looked out over the ocean. Water licked her toes, washing the sand away. The hurricane swept a boat under the waves.
Laurie noticed the metaphor in nature. She was a small boat in the ocean of life, tossed by a tempest of despair. Commander Ross had told her to just trust Him, but Laurie was unsure. She had seen many horrific things in her short life. Amanda may be a genius but she did not have the experience Laurie had. She had not watched her father get shot down by a robot at the beginning of the robot takeover. Laurie had. Amanda had not been orphaned at eight years old. She did not have to raise her little sister to teenage hood. She did not have to rescue her now best friend from the robots and watch him struggle to be rid of brainwashing.
Laurie stared out at the ocean, tears in her eyes. Why did all this happen? Could He not put a stop to all this if He was so powerful? Laurie sat as the sky opened and drenched her. Laurie did not move though. She looked blindly at the ocean. Suddenly a wave crashed over her. Laurie stood quickly coughing up salt water. She glared at the ocean and angrily picked up a clump of sand, throwing the dirt into the water. She turned and stomped her way up the secluded beach. Sand clung to her wet hair as Laurie headed toward the entrance.
She walked up the dune where the door was hidden and then stopped. Looking back, Laurie saw the most amazing thing. A single beam of sunshine parted the clouds and shone on the sailboat Laurie though had sunk. Then lightning flashed and the clouds blocked the sun again. Laurie watched the water hoping to see the boat again but was unsuccessful. She opened the trap door at the top of the dune and climbed into the pipe.
Closing the door, Laurie climbed down the rungs in the pipe to the tunnel floor. A single shower head hung from the ceiling. Laurie pulled the rope and cold water poured down torso, washing away the sand. Once she was clean, Laurie walked to her motorcycle and rode down the tunnels back to headquarters. Once she was back in the quiet of her room, Laurie once again thought about life. She looked at the mess in the mirror and changed into dry clothes. She brushed her matted hair and looked in the mirror again. I’m different, Laurie thought, somehow the ocean changed me. She sat on her bed and remembered the sailboat. Maybe He is with me, Laurie considered, I am that sailboat but now I know He is there.
The pain subsides,
Your heart stills.
An angel is by your side.
Fly to heaven.
You transform into a new being,
One of peace and tranquility.
The old you is gone as you sing a new song.
A song of praise to the King,
A song of His majesty.
You see the Lord of lords, the King of kings.
You drop to your knees.
He lifts you up and wipes the tears.
He holds you close and tells you that you are dear.
Dear to His holy and perfect heart.
You thank Him for all His goodness.
You thank Him for His faithfulness.
You feel no fear,
You feel no shame.
You know you are safe.
Safe now from the storms that bring rain.
You reluctantly pull from His arms.
You see the splendor and majesty He created.
The world you always knew is gone.
That world full of pain and anger has fled.
You are in heaven.
A place full of God’s grace that shines like the sun.
Brighter than the sun, it fills the dimension you are in.
It hurts your earthly eyes but as you finish transforming anew,
You see the Lord coming to you.
He hugs you again and then sets you free.
A loud beeping begins that will not cease.
You awake, still in your bed,
But you remember that small glimpse of heaven.
An emptiness fills your soul as you lay there weeping.
But you know now where you are going.
Have you ever realized how short life really is? This morning my great grandpa died, being over 90 years old. Though that seems like a long time, it is only a second in the expanse of time. It shows how short life is. So I have a question for you. Where are you going when you die? And are you sure of your answer? I know for me that I am for sure going to heaven. I pray that you are too. Please be sure of where you are going and make sure that it is heaven.
The Young Theologian
For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11 NKJV
Have you ever wondered if God has favorite people? For instance, does He like white people more than black ones? Well this verse does not beat around the bush when giving you the answer. God is not partial to anyone. We are all equal in His sight. Paul says in Galatians chapter 3 verse 28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Once you become a Christian, we are all the same. We are also all the same called to repent. God does not care who you are or what you have done, He loves you. God wants us all to repent from the evil that is inside all of us. He wishes for every single person to recognize their need for a savior and grasp His Son tightly. All you have to do is choose Him. It is that simple.
Ruth is probably one of the best examples of what a godly woman should be. Today let’s focus on how loyal Ruth was to Naomi, her mother-in-law. —Read Ruth Chapter 1—
The first five verses of Ruth tell the story of Naomi. The poor lady had to move to a new country, Moab, and then lost her husband and her two sons. We don’t know how they died, but it was probably very traumatic for Naomi. Now Naomi heard that back in Israel, her home country, the famine that caused her family to move to Moab had ended. So she decided to go back home. Orpah and Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-laws, decided to go with her to Israel. But in verse eight Naomi tells them, ‘“Go, return each to her mother’s house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”’ (Ruth 1:8-9 NKJV) Naomi blessed the girls and told them to go and find new husbands, but what did they do? Orpah and Ruth stayed with Naomi. Naomi once again tried to convince them to leave and was able to convince Orpah to go back. Ruth however said, ‘“Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”’ (Ruth 1:16-17 NKJV) Ruth went with Naomi following the words yet to be written in Proverbs 17:17, ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (NKJV) Now if you read verses 19-21of the book of Ruth, you will see that Naomi is very bitter about this whole ordeal with her family dying. She might have been depressing to be around at times and that adds to how loyal Ruth was. She put up with her mother-in-law better than most do today. Let’s give Ruth a round of applause! We will see later how God blesses Ruth for her loyalty just like it says in Proverbs 21:21, ‘He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.’ (NKJV)