BLESSED, EDIFIED & SADDENED

Another Sunday and another Sunday service at the nursing home. I was blessed, edified, and saddened all at the same time. What a blessing to be part of the residents’ lives. To be able to encourage the “saints” and to be encouraged by them. They just continue to shine in their hour of trial! Then there’s the joy of sharing the good news of the Gospel with those who have not been born again. But there’s also sadness for those who don’t know the Lord. I wonder, will they ever come to know Him?

Much was said yesterday, even before the service began, about the brevity of life and, at times, the suddenness of death. Life itself can be an illustrated bible study . . .

An elderly woman walked into the lounge where my father was eating lunch. She had come to visit one of the residents. We began to talk, as often happens when visitors gather in the lounge. She told me that many years ago she bought a house and moved in on a Saturday. Her mother was so excited and was telling everyone that her daughter had just bought a new house. Plans were made for her mother to come and spend a whole month in the new house with her. But by Monday morning her mother was dead. She died in her sleep. Her mother was only 58 years old at the time. As she spoke she looked as if she would cry. She said we should thank God every morning when we wake up, that He has given us another day to live. She said that on the Saturday that she moved into her new house she felt inexplicably sad. So much so, that someone commented on the sadness of her countenance. She told them she was sad because she felt as if she was about to be separated from someone.

Then she told of the man who sang the Lord’s prayer at her 50th wedding anniversary. She said he traveled with a group, and sang at many different places. She was planning to host a barbeque at her home after he returned from one of his trips. She and his wife made plans. But the man never made it home to enjoy the fellowship. While he was away, after singing a solo, he sat down and had a massive heart attack in his seat and died.

I’m sure many have similar tales to tell. A friend of our family went on vacation with his wife and young daughter. He went into the ocean for a swim and when he came out suffered a fatal massive heart attack, right on the beach. He was only in his mid 40’s.

And, many years ago my husband’s father, who was only in his 60’s, collapsed on the living room floor after coming home from his youngest daughter’s grammar school graduation dinner.  His daughter, my sister-in-law, was suppposed to go to Great Adventure the next day for her 8th grade class trip.  In her own words she tells what happened …

“I had gone up to bed shortly after arriving home from the dinner, and I heard my mom yelling for help.  We were the only ones home at the time.  I ran down the stairs expecting to find something wrong with my mother, but saw my father lying there instead.  His face was black in color, and my dog was sniffing at him because he sensed something was wrong.

The ambulance arrived quickly and my mom accompanied my father as I followed in a neighbor’s car. I remember my neighbor, Peggy, telling me “Your dad is a strong man” as I gazed out the car window.  Several days later, as my mom and I were standing in our kitchen, the phone rang. It was the hospital.

After hanging up the phone, my mother turned to me and said, the doctor said your father ‘expired at such-and-such a time.’ I hugged my mom and told her that everything was going to be alright.  I must say, I will never forget those words ‘expired’.  How cold and insensitive those words were to me.”

My husband was working close to home at the time.  The night his father collapsed, he noticed an ambulance as it urgently sped by, so he prayed for the person inside. He later learned that it was his own father that was inside that ambulance. An aneurysm was the cause of his father’s sudden death.

The bible says …

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

James 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT BY TED HELLMANN

Ted Hellmann wrote the following teaching sometime in the late 1980’s when he was a Prison Chaplain. He found a copy of it while doing some house cleaning and mailed it to us. He was still evangelizing when he was in his 90’s. He left tracts almost everywhere he went, and he also mailed out many tracts to be distributed elsewhere. Amazing.

Ted Hellmann went to be with the Lord in 2011. 

“The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

by Ted Hellmann

How far have we drifted from that of a New Testament church? This church had absolute Unity of the Body and the exercise of all the gifts of the Spirit. A ministry directed by the Lord, with signs following: healing, deliverance and miracles.

If we love the brethren, we would nurture them in the full oracles of God and not local church doctrine or from headquarters. By the Holy Spirit and not the finite mind of man. How proud we are in our own doctrines, taking from the people what God has offered them. A healing for the whole body, and what audacity have we to tell God that these things are not for us today. Have we bowed down to man? Spiritual research is needed.

The church is not a man made denomination, it’s not a building, it’s not stained glass or carpet. The church is the true body of believers in Christ.

The building may burn down, the denomination may fold … but Jesus Christ is forever.

See also… DENYING THE HOLY SPIRIT

See also… comment below by pjmiller

VOICES OF THE PROPHETS

I love the people of all races equally.

I love the Jewish people.

I am not anti-semitic.

But it is not walking in love to tell the Jewish people that they are chosen apart from Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the chosen one and all those that receive Him are chosen in Him. In other words, God is not a respecter of persons. The wrath of God abides on all who reject Jesus, both Jew and Gentile. To tell the Jewish people that they are special in God’s eyes just because they are Jewish is a heretical but nonetheless very popular teaching. All that the prophets spoke, and all the promises made to Israel, are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Each generation of Jews since the cross has had the opportunity to receive their Messiah. If the Messiah is rejected the promises made to the children of the stock of Abraham are forfeited. God has not rejected the Jewish people, nor has he replaced them, but there is no other plan for them if they reject Jesus Christ.

Teachers of dispensational theology are giving Jewish people false hope, and are propagating bloodshed and injustice in the process. Many “church” leaders propagate this error and are leading both Christians and Jews dangerously astray. The land of modern day Israel, and those of Jewish ancestry, have become an idol to many Christians. Israel has risen in prominence and Jesus has fallen to second place.

Jesus said …

Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Now it is erroneously taught that we will be blessed if we bless unbelieving Israel, and cursed if we don’t bless them. It is so important to read the word of God for ourselves, lest the same be said of us, that we “knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets.”

Luke 24:25-27 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Acts 13:26-27 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

MORE ON THE STRONG DELUSION OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

For more on the subject of Christians United for Israel and Christian Zionism see links below.  My concern is for the many genuine Christians involved in this deception, and the distorted picture of Christianity that Christian Zionism presents to the world.

MORE ON THE STRONG DELUSION OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

HIDDEN TREASURES

I don’t know Gertie’s age, but she is elderly. She is also blind. When I went to her room to bring her to the Sunday service we were holding at the nursing she was wearing a pretty hat and ready to go. Once, when I asked how she was doing, she said “I’m blessed” and I believe she really meant it! Imagine, in a nursing home, blind, can’t walk, but she is blessed! Who could accomplish that but the Lord! As my husband preached you could hear a loud “Amen!” from Gertie. I was so blessed.

Then there’s Betty and Beatrice, roommates. After the service I was in their room holding both their hands as we shared our “joy of the Lord” and said goodby. Betty is 95, soon to be 96. My husband said Betty’s eyes sparkled. They did, and Beatrice exhibited an uncommon exuberance. That’s the only word I can think of to describe her. Again, I was so blessed.

As my husband was packing up after the service a woman called out to him. She said she came to know Jesus as her Savior at a bible study when she was 14 years old. Before then, she said, she never knew that she could talk directly to God. I guess that would be around 1930. Wow! She said she’s glad she knows the Lord because it makes things a lot easier.

Hilda, another resident, told me something similar after the meeting. With a look of confidence on her face, she said knowing the Lord helps her get through.

These are the Lord’s hidden treasures, and truly treasures they are!

Psalms 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; {flourishing: Heb. green} To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.