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From the heart of ... Why so serious?

Why so serious?

It’s personal, it’s serious, it’s eternal – it’s death!

We talk about eternal salvation, but we rarely speak about eternal death.

Eternal is a concept that is hard to get grips on, because we live in a finite world, we see life beginning and life end.   We see babies born and loved ones die, but we cannot see eternal with the human eye.

God loves us and God desires us to be where He created us to be, which is with Him for eternity (John 3:16).  God does not wish eternal death on any soul He created (2 Peter 3:9), but He gives everyone a choice, and He asks everyone to choice Him, choose life (Deut 30:19).

As believers of the most High God, we believe in eternal life (John 3:15), everlasting salvation, after we die or at the rapture of the church, but we cannot fully grasp the meaning of ‘eternal’ because we are in our mortal bodies here on this earth.

Eternal death seems final, but in reality is not final existence.  Eternal death is an everlasting state of death where one is eternally separated from God and all the things of God – separated from His peace, His life, His faith, His grace, His mercy, His comfort, His touch, His salvation, His kingdom and His love.

No one today, alive on this earth today, has experienced eternal death.  Even the unbelieving, the lost, that have chosen to forsake God are not totally separated from the things of God here on this planet today, because God is among us, His children, and God is still operating upon this earth.  The presence of God is still operating in the lives of all faithful believers.  Even those that do not have God in them have God around them through us who believe.

There will come a time, very soon, when the things of God will be removed from this earth.  Every faithful believer will be taken to be with God forever, leaving behind all people who have chosen to live without Christ as their Lord and Savior.   All people who are apart from Christ, apart from current present fellowship with God, will not be taken up to be with God forever.

Most of the lost on this planet alive today still have a choice to change their minds, activate their God-given faith and respond to Christ and accept His eternal salvation.   Accepting Christ Jesus’ eternal salvation is the only way to escape eternal death, which is separation from God for all eternity.

Eternal death is as real as eternal salvation.  As believers we must respond to God’s calling and tell everyone we know before it is too late for them.  Every believer has a purpose, a plan to fulfill for God.

God called us to Him so that we would shine the Light of Christ on this dark world.  God called us to salvation to be with Him, now and for all of eternity.  God called us to be His children for a purpose.   The goal of every Christian is to take as many people with us to God, to God’s Kingdom, and with us to eternal salvation.

Eternal death should motivate every Christian, every believer that there is danger, a real emanate danger for our loved ones without salvation, for our friends without salvation, for all people in this world who are without Christ Jesus and His eternal salvation.

You don’t need to preach, just share your testimony with love and kindness.   All who have come to the cross have been shown by someone who loved them enough to share the love of God with them.

Join us and share Christ with someone today.   Please don’t wait, do it today.


From the heart of ... What is the point of all this?

Why have faith?  Why have salvation?  Why study the word of God? Why pray?  Why have a relationship and fellowship with Jesus?  What really is the point of loving GOD today? 

In the secular world I worked in IT, I worked with computers; I was a software implementation specialist.  I trained groups and individuals how to best use their software.  I gave them the tools to get everything out of the software that they had purchased and taught them the best practices to best utilize their program and their time. (I now use those experiences and knowledge of computers and training in this ministry.)

I know that GOD gifted in me the ability to comprehend complex software programs and gifted in me the ability to teach end users how to use them effectively and most efficiently.  I didn’t wake up one day and say, “I am going to be a project manager”.  No, I studied, I learned, I adapted, I changed my thinking.  I opened myself up to the possibilities of becoming more than I had been.

Forward thinking, forward attitude, forward goals

This is basically the same principle that should be applied to our learning about GOD.  We must open ourselves up to the possibilities of becoming more than we have been.  We are to study, learn, adapt, and change our thinking.  We desire to know more, we study and learn, we adapt and change our thinking.   We conform ourselves to the mind of Christ.

When we surrender our lives to Christ, we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us about God.  Through the knowledge of GOD our minds are recreated, renewed, retooled and regenerated.  We learn from God about the things of God.  The Holy Spirit teaches us how to effectively and efficiently use what we have learned to help ourselves and to help others.

GOD desires to give us all that we need to navigate this life.  GOD wants to give us all the tools that we require to know Him and to serve Him, to find our unique God-given purpose in this life.  All the wisdom that we need to comprehend the mysteries of GOD is available to us, if we only ask.

To be settled, rooted, established, steadfast, unmovable in the Word of God, in the things of God takes time and requires effort on our part.  We are to be diligent and a student of God and the things of God, this is how we learn and this is how we become who God has intended us to always be.

The point of learning about GOD and the things that are important to GOD is all for our benefit.   Everything GOD does is for our benefit, so that we can come to Him, come to know Him and receive all of His blessings and benefits.  Come to Him and receive His love, His grace, His faith, His salvation and His eternal life.

Faith, salvation, the word of God, prayer - these are all tools gifted by God to us so that we can have a relationship with God, so that God can give us His love and that we can receive His love, so that we can live abundant productive joyful lives here today and in the world to come, and so that we can share the love of GOD with others.

To have a relationship with God, to be His child, to be part of His Kingdom, to receive His awesome love and to be able to love God with all my heart, with all my strength, with all my mind, with all I have and with all I am, that is the point of all of this.

Companion to For our Readers - What is the point of all this?


From the heart of ... There's a Bible lesson in that

There’s a lesson in that…

Our values, our morals, our faith changes the way we see this world. 

People who live in faith and love have a different view of this world than people who live in fear and hatred.

The Holy Spirit teaches all believers the things of God (John 14:26).  The Holy Spirit teaches us the lesson that God wants us to know and understand about God, things that no mortal man can teach us (1 John 2:27).

Even the everyday mundane things in my life point to God and I am given lessons of faith from the Holy Spirit every day.

For instance today, as I was cleaning the junk mail and spam out of my email inbox, I was given such a lesson. 

Without fail, every day there is a new set of junk mail and spam in my inbox.    I place a block on the junk mail and spam email addresses that I receive daily, and if I can on their domain names as well, but every day there is a new set of unsolicited junk mail that has infiltrated past all the security blocks set at my internet service provider and past my own email filtering system.  No matter how many filters and blocks I use, every day I receive junk email and spam in my inbox.

These liars, these thieves, these workers of the night had built up ranks again to infiltrate past all known filters and uninvited arrive boldly in my inbox once again.

This junk mail, this unrelenting spam in my inbox reminded me how every day I must clean out the junk mail and spam sent daily to me by the enemy.  I must clean the junk mail of the enemy out of my thoughts and out of my heart that the enemy sends to me every day.

The enemy never stops, never takes a vacation.  The enemy and his minions work 24/7, 365 days a year trying to tempt me away from God, away from righteousness and away from pursuing the will of God for my life. 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:   1 Peter 5:8

The sole purpose, the only goal of the enemy toward me or any other believer of Christ Jesus, is to separate us from God using any means he can.

This is why prayer is so important to the life of the believer.  If we are to stand up against satan, we must have the power to do so.  Our spiritual fuel, our power comes from Christ Jesus, from God Himself. Through prayer we receive the power of God through Christ Jesus to resist the devil.

We must go to our knees in prayer every morning, thanking God for His grace and His gift of salvation, praising God for His multitude of blessings given to us in this life, thanking Him for His love and watch care over our lives.  Submitting our lives once again to God, surrendering our lives to God for His purposes and seeking His will in everything that we do.

Only through surrender of our lives to God daily can we daily reject and send the junk of the enemy away and out of our lives.  No one resists the devil by themselves, as resisting the devil requires submission to God in order to receive the power of God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

(Special Note:  Don’t think it is strange that the devil bothers you daily, or that he tempts you daily (1 Peter 4:12-13).  You should think it strange when he stops pestering you, because the devil only bothers those he doesn’t already have.)


Companion to:  For Our Readers - There's a Bible Lesson in That


From the heart of ... Favorite Scriptures


I am an avid note taker.  I make notes when I do most anything. 

I especially take notes when I study God's word, so I can remember the inspiration I receive from the Holy Spirit at that particular time.

I also like to write down my favorite Scriptures so that I can retrieve them quickly when I am writing. 

I have so many favorite Scriptures and I have a special one that I wish to share with you today.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11


Let’s look closely at His word. 

“For I know”God knows“the thoughts that I think toward you”God has thoughts that He thinks toward me – wonderful thoughts, joyful, happy thoughts – “thoughts of peace, and not of evil” – God’s thoughts, desires for me are always good - “to give you an expected end” – to give me an expected end, a purposeful life, and ultimately an eternity with Him!

To me, reading this Scripture is like receiving an enormous hug from God.  As God is saying to me today, that He knows me, He loves me, He is thinking of me right now, and everything will be alright.

What comfort!  What love!  God thinks of me!  His thoughts are of me!  The Almighty Creator of this world, Creator of everything and everyone – has thoughts just toward me!


For our readers - Favorite Scriptures


From the heart of ... This is the day the LORD has made !


This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

This is the day which the Lord hath made!  The Lord God Almighty made this day.   Today and every day we are given is made by God Himself and none other.

How often I get busy with my day, and neglect to thank my Lord God for the day, this day, that He has chosen to give to me.

How awesome is our God, to give us each and every day!  The possibilities for this day are endless in Christ Jesus. 

We will rejoice and be glad in it!  I will rejoice and be glad in this day, this wonderful day that the Lord made for me! 

My mood, my attitude is not based on things outside me, but is based on who is inside me.  Because Jesus abides in me, I can rejoice and be glad in this day, and every other day.

I choose to thank God for this day, this day He made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Join me today and rejoice in the Lord, this Lord's day that He has made for you and for me.  Join me today and be glad today!  Share a joyous smile with a stranger!  Share the love of the Lord with someone new! 

As the children of the most High God, we rejoice and are glad, every day for our Lord, our King, our God!

Thank you Jesus!  Thank you, Thank you Jesus!


From the heart of ... the Joy of GOD


Oh, how I love Jesus!  My heart sings to my God!  I thank God for all His wonderful gifts! 

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  Psalm 9:2

Today, I want to thank God for His gift of joy!  I have unspeakable joy in the Lord!  (1 Peter 1:8).

All of God's children are so blessed every day!  We are given so much from God!  Much more than we deserve.

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy name today for all Your gifts, especially Your gift of Joy to me!  Please, let me not take any of Your precious gifts for granted.  I thank You for Joy!  Your Joy, that You have so graciously given to me!  Halleluiah!  Praise the Lord!  Amen.

If you interact with the world at all, you know firsthand that not everyone has joy.  People are angry and upset, depressed and fearful. 

Just yesterday, while driving on the freeway, we didn't exit fast enough for the person driving behind us.  He honked his horn and yelled at us from his window as he speed away in disgust.  In this person's eyes we had committed an error, although we couldn't have exited the freeway any differently.  For some reason, that person allowed his joy to be taken away. 

There could have been a hundred reasons why that person was upset, all which had nothing to do with us, or that particular moment in time, but he had made a choice to give away his joy. 

Many people allow the circumstances around them to control their mood and their emotions.  And too many people allow their past to dictate their present.

Joy is a gift from God!  As believers of God, we are all given true unending joy from God Himself.  Because of God's love we can live in His joy all the days of our lives.

Our joy from God is not based on the things happening around us today, in the past, or what will happen in our future, but what has happened in our heart, to us by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  Through the salvation of God we have received the wonderful gift of eternal joy!

When we are saved in Christ - by His grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8) - we are given joy from God, and it is ours to keep forever.

The joy of God is in the heart of every believer, but just like kindness and temperance, it is our choice to use it or not. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

Many times I cannot contain my joy!  It overflows and is seen by all around me!  But sometimes I let the pressures and cares of this world momentarily cover up my joy.  But with the power of God, I am able to reclaim my joy and it fills me up inside again.

How forgiving is our Lord God, that when we set aside His gifts to us momentarily for something else, that He does not take them away from us.

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  Psalm 9:2


I know that the joy that God gives me is eternal.  And, if I don't feel joy that it is my fault, not His.  With God's help, I am committed to guarding my joy, exercising my joy in my Lord, and using all the gifts that my God has given me.

Thank You dear Lord, for Your gift of joy! 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13


From the heart of ... Moving forward in tough times

Our prayers go out to the thousands of people who have recently lost their jobs, and to the thousands of people who will lose their jobs in the months to come.  These people join a club that has unrestricted membership and which has been in operation for thousands of people for many years.  We should all pray for the recently unemployed and for all the many people that have been struggling to find work for years, long before the people we hear about on the news who only recently lost their jobs. 

I believe the unemployment statistics are far higher than those revealed in our filtered news reports.  We are seeing more jobless people than ever before in our country's history.  The United States is in a serious economic situation that affects everyone in this world; a situation that will not be immediately resolved and a situation that will continually get worse. 

I do believe that God will use this time of economical struggle to bring many to salvation by His grace.  Also, I believe that faith and trust in God will be renewed in the hearts of many people who have drifted away from God’s Kingdom in pursuit of other things.   Suffering commands us to reevaluate our lives, refocus our priorities, and purposefully seek God’s help and guidance.

You must know who your boss is at all times, no matter what your circumstances. 

No matter what my career is here on this planet, my trust is always in God to take care of me, not any earthly corporation, because my boss is Jesus ChristFor I have learned, in whatever state I am in to be content in my Lord God (Philippians 4:11).  Especially in times like these, we must claim the promises of GodHow can we be content always?  Through Christ's love and strength and by following the Word of God, Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4).


My sufficiency, my purpose, my meaning, my life is of God, not in the things happening around me or to me, not of anything of this world (2 Corinthians 3:5).

Jobs will come and go, houses, money, material possessions will come and go, we are all guaranteed change for all of our lives while we are here on this earth, many changes.  Our character is revealed in how we handle life's changes.  If our character is based on a firm foundation through salvation, by God's grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), then we can face any and all challenges that come our way with Christ, by His power, with strength from God Himself (Philippians 4:13).  God promises to restore bigger and better, all things that are taken away from us, that we deserve.  Our reward is in Heaven, not on this earth.


What's gone is gone and what’s past is past!   We must let go of the past to take hold of the present and move into the future.  We must move forward to the promises of God.  We must press forward, onward, and upward.  God loves us!  God promises to take care of His children always; our faith, our trust, our hope is in God, nothing else.

If our salvation is from God, if our trust and hope is in Jesus, we are never alone (Matthew 28:20), we are never forsaken (Hebrews 13:5), we never have to face anything by ourselves, for we face all things with God and His power (Philippians 4:13).  There is no power other than the power of God. (Romans 13:1)

At times we may be beaten down, but we are not defeated, we may be poor by the world's standards, but we have unending riches in Christ Jesus and treasures in our true heavenly home, we may lose everything we possess on this earth, but we will never lose our possession in Heaven, our prize, our reward of eternal salvation, because we stand in everlasting faith in Jesus, hope in our Lord God, and nothing we go through on this earth, can compare to the Glory that we will see and receive one day soon!


Who is my boss?  Jesus Christ!


Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  Hebrews 13:5-6



From the heart of ... Does GOD have fun?


Have you ever wondered why the word "fun" is not found in the Word of God?  Doesn't God want His children to have fun?  Did Jesus have fun with His disciples when He walked this earth?  Is there fun in Heaven?  Does God have fun?

Yes, it is true that the word "fun" is not found in the Word of God (KJV), but that does not mean that God did not create us to enjoy this life.

The fact is that God does not want us just to have fun in this life, but take us above and beyond fun, take us to a higher level,  and into a meaningful fulfilled satisfying life full of abundant and everlasting joy. 

The love and joy found in living with God is far beyond any fun this world has to offer.

Too many people think that their fun is found in things offered by this world, through money, sin, drugs, alcohol, material things, cars, houses, a certain lifestyle, a particular job, clubbing, sports, gambling, travel, certain friends, the list goes on and on. 

The fun found in this world is temporary, not eternal.  The fun found in this world cannot satisfy anyone.  The Word of God describes the world's fun as 'pleasures for a season'.  The pleasures, the fun found without God does not last, is just for a season, a little time.

God desires to give us joy that never ends.  Everlasting joy is only found with God, with the God of peace, with the God of all comfort.

Did you know that the Lord laughs Many scriptures reference God laughter.  We are created in His image, and so we are created to laugh, to express joy, to feel love and express love.

The truth is joy in the Lord far surpasses fun of this world

The love of God is greater, larger, higher, than anything.  The love of God is greater than knowledge.  The love of God is more than all the riches of this world.  The love of God is above all things we think we want or think we have. 

The fun of this world is a lie, it is temporal, and it is unable to satisfy anyone.

The love of God brings us abundant, satisfying and everlasting, never ending, eternal joy.

We were all created by God, created in His image, created to enjoy our lives through Him.  We were not created to drudge through this life sad and unhappy.  God gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17), and to enjoy joyfully.

God desires to give all His creation abundant lives of joy, living with Him and through Him in His love and loving Him for all eternity  (Galatians 5:22).

God came to earth, manifested Himself in the flesh in Christ Jesus, in order to save us from sin and death, and He came that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly (John 12:47, 20:31; 1 Timothy 3:16; John 10:10).

If your life is not lived in abundant joy, it is not God's fault, but it is your fault.  Our joy is fulfilled in Christ, our reason for joy is Jesus, our salvation is our joy.  Our joy is not based on our circumstances, but our joy is based on our Saviour.  True joy, everlasting contentment today and tomorrow and throughout eternity is found through Christ, because of Christ and by living in Christ every day.

God promises all His children joy when we abide in Him (John 15:11; Romans 14:17). 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

I have joy not because of the circumstances around me or what I think I possess in this world but because of who I am in Christ Jesus.  My joy is found in Jesus who promises never to leave me (Matthew 28:20).

We all make a choice everyday to be filled with the joy of the Lord or filled with the pain and worry of this world.  

Join me today in loving God today and choose to be filled with the joy of the Lord!


From the heart of ... Did I tell you that I love you today?

Many married people develop little sayings or words that they use only with each other, special words of love, their own special love language. 

I am not sure when it was started or who said it first, but my husband and I had a phrase that we used and said to each other every day.

Although it has been over 14 years since my husband passed away, I can still hear his sweet voice say those special words to me, "Did I tell you that I love you today".   These words were not a question, but a statement, a declaration of love.  These words said "I love you" his way, my way, our way.  Just writing these words today chokes in my throat and tears my eyes.

We did say "I love you", but our special phrase - "Did I tell you that I love your today?", said I love you deep from within my heart, and said, "I thank you for loving me".  Our saying had a deeper meaning, it meant "I love you today, and more today than yesterday, and I will love you more tomorrow, and I will love you for always. Our saying was special, it was ours, it was purposeful, I love you today, especially today, on purpose today, irrevocably today.

Although no one is promised a tomorrow, battling any disease or illness brings death to your doorstep every day.  Death is no longer an obscure notion of something that happens 60 years from now, but a reality of something that can happen any day, even today.  We were both very conscious of the closeness of death.  We wanted to make sure that every day, we let each other know how much we loved each other, because we knew that any day might be our last day together, that we might not see each other tomorrow.

I will always thank my precious God for gifting me with such a special man, a loving husband and a loving marriage.

This love language that my husband and I shared together, prompts me to think about how much I love my Lord today and always.

Did I tell my loving Saviour, the Holy One who saved me from sin and death, the God of all creation, the One who blesses me every day, who continually gives me abundant life, that I love Him today?   Do I remember to love Jesus and tell Him that I love Him every day? 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

God created us in love, out of His love, for love, to love Him and to be loved by Him every day.

I am reminded of that Scripture which says greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).  This is exactly what God did for me, He gave His life for me, so that I might live, that I might know love, His love, and that by faith I can receive His love, be forever in His love, the greatest love of all for all eternity.  The Most High Jehovah God Almighty, the Creator of the Universe loves me so much and so deeply that He gave everything, so that I could live and love and be with Him in true love and life forevermore!

God is so amazing!  God has amazing love to give all people!  We have never known a love like God's, His love is beyond our human comprehension (1 Corinthians 2:9).  God gave His life so that we might live, that we might know love, and be forever in His love, the greatest love of all for all eternity.

God loves us and desires us.  God waits to spend time with each of us, every day.  God asks us, "did I tell you that I love you today".  God wants to establish a special relationship with each of us personally.  He is waiting right now for us to come to Him and share in His love.  God desires to fill us up, overflowing in His love.  God desires each of us to develop a special love language with Him today, uniquely between Him and you, between Him and me, uniquely between each of His children.

Dear Jesus, Did I tell You that I love You today?  I do love You Lord Jesus.  Thank You, Heavenly Father God, thank You Jesus.  Thank You God for Your love today and always.


From the heart of ... Our favorite things

The things we use the most, our favorite things, are the most used, the most worn.  We wear out our favorite shoes.  Our favorite jeans are frayed and faded.  They are the first ones we put on, look for, use, take comfort in.

I was looking up a scripture in my Bible, and while I was thumbing through, I passed a book full of ink, different colored inks, notes in the margins - top, bottom, and sides, praises to the Lord with exclamation marks, verses underlined and highlighted. 

It was evident this was one of my favorite books of the Bible, read and reread again. 

Not at all a surprise, it was the book of Philippians, the book that holds one of my most favorite Scriptures. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Oh, how I have held onto this verse in my most difficult hours, at times when my world fell apart all around me, when I felt I had no one, when I didn't think I could make it through another day, when I was all alone - God gently and lovingly brought this Scripture into my mind and reminded me of who I was in Him, and reminded me of His promises to me - that He loves me today and forevermore, that He will never leave me, that He is forever with me, and that through Him I have all His power and all His strength to do all things.

Claiming this Scripture, I will not fall apart, I am never alone, I will make it through another day, I will see a brighter tomorrow, I am loved and cherished, I am not forgotten, My Lord God will supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

I am nothing by myself, but with Christ I can do all things.  How wonderful, how powerful, how incredible, how beautiful is our Lord God!

Oh, how I love the book of Philippians and the One who gave it to me!

There are hundreds of pearls, jewels, treasures, riches in the book of Philippians, from who Jesus is, to who we are in Christ, our resurrection, the Lord's coming, promises of God, what is salvation, what is meant by sanctification, what is the Christian walk, like-mindedness, where we go when we depart from this earth, where our true home is, the evidence of perdition, how to be one, how to love and live to God, the death of the cross, the name that God claims is a name above every other name, what is and how we are to do God's good pleasure, what God expects of us, what we should beware of, who are enemies of the cross of Christ, what to do with worry, what the peace of God does, what God wants us to think about, what God wants us to do in this life, exactly what we can do through Christ, what God supplies to His children, what state I am to be in no matter what.

I will sing of His wondrous works!  Thank You God!  Thank You for giving me Your Word, the living Word of God!

Thank you Heavenly Father God for Your living Word.  Thank You for gifting me with Your words, carefully and lovingly written for my benefit, so that I might know You personally, understand Your will for my life, and receive guidance, help, strength, and power to live for You all the days of my life.  Thank You for Your love and for loving me every day.  I love You, Jesus.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow! 


From the heart of ... What if there were not any churches?

What if you woke up tomorrow and there were no churches, no places of worship anywhere in the world?

I believe, especially in the USA, that we take our freedoms and privileges for granted far too much.

Imagine with me, if there were no more places of worship.  How would our lives be different? How would our town be different?  How would our nation change?   How would the world be changed?

It is not impossible for this to happen.  Who would have thought 100 years ago that that prayer would be taken out of our public schools?  Who would have thought 50 years ago that you could have video of anything at your fingertips over the internet right inside our own homes?  Who would have thought 10 years ago that children would curse their parents out for not buying them the latest cell phone?

We are not guaranteed anything in this life.  The freedoms that our forefathers fought for, bleed for and died for have been resent.  What other freedoms are we going to allow to be taken from us?  Our laws are being changed daily, and not always for the good of our country, or this world.

I began to contemplate this idea, when I heard of so many churches closing their evening services, canceling their weekly meetings, due to all sorts of unbiblical reasons.  Our churches are closing.

I thank my God that the place I choose to worship remains faithfully open.  I pray that I will not see a day when our church doors close.

At onetime our temples, churches, the places of worship were open every day and all day long, and the people went to their places of worship every day, not just once or twice a week.

We give our time and resources so freely to other things.  We have replaced twenty-four hour worship with twenty-four hour shopping, sports, hobbies, non-stop entertainment, television, movies, radio, video games and the internet, in which most never close, but our churches have.

It seems that people are far more upset when the cable goes out, than when our churches close.  A riot would form, if the ball game was interrupted by an outage, but not a word is said when our churches close. 

There would be great protests if the golf course or shopping malls were only open one day of the week for just two hours.  How did we get to this?


For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:  Colossians 1:16

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.  Revelation 4:11


Have we forgotten our purpose?  Have we replaced God in our lives?  Have we forgotten the meaning of life?  Have we forgotten God made us for Him?

God made us, He created all people to be a family, joined together as one to worship Him.  We were created for His good pleasure.  The church family was created by God and for God.  We are all given instruction by God Himself, through His Holy Word, to assemble together (Hebrews 10:25) in One faith (Ephesians 4:3-6), and to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).


"I don't need church" is the anthem of the devil and his followers.

Every born-again, faithful believer of God needs church, a place of worship, we need fellowship with other like-minded believers, we need each other, we need to worship with the family of God, as the family of God.

We become the family of God, by One Grace, by One Spirit, through One Faith.  Galatians 3:26

God created us not to be isolated and alone, but to be part of a family, His family.  The family of God is alive in Heaven and alive on this earth.  If we have received the gift of God, which is eternal life, through faith in His Son, Jesus, for the salvation of our souls, then we will some day soon, see our Lord, face to face, and live forever together in the family of God. 

Does God desire us to go to a place of worship? Yes, He does.  A congregation, an assembly is not single, but a group.

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalm 111:1

We should all be as bold and strong in our faith to God and say, "I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation".  When is the last time you have given God your sacrifice of praise to Him, the way He wants, not the way you want?

Does our going to church matter to God?  Yes, it does.  The devil would like all of God's children to believe that church really doesn't matter, that you don't need to go to church.  Do not believe the devil's lies, it is God's will that we assemble together with other like believers of God.  God says, "Forsake not the assembly of yourselves together".

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Remember, God desires us to be where He created us to be which is with Him - right now - today and for all eternity.

God created us to be with Him, to be part of His family, likeminded in the family of God.

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Philippians 2:2-4

Do you wish to please God?  We fill God with joy, when we, as His own children, assemble together, join together and worship Him as One family, His family, the family of God.

If we all could just remember why we go to church, why we assemble with other believers, that it is for God, because of God, because we love Jesus, it isn't about us, it is all about Him!!

O love the LORD, all ye His saints....Psalm 31:23

Prayer thanking GOD for our churches:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for wanting me to become Your child.  Thank You for Your precious gift of salvation.  I love You with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my strength!!  Thank You for loving me.  Thank You for caring so much for me, that You include me inside Your family.  I pray that I never forget Your wondrous works! 

I thank You especially today for my church home, my church family, bless all who join with me to worship You in spirit and in truth.  Thank You for letting me live in a free country that allows me to worship You freely.  I pray that our churches will wake up and stop closing, that a new river will flow through them, a river of revival, of newness of spirit, of awareness of the one true living God, and Your presence, the presence of the Most High God will touch the hearts and lives of each and every member of Your family, the family of God. 

Thank You, Jesus!!  To God be the Glory forever and ever, Amen.


From the heart of ... I will trust in the Lord


I will trust in the Lord.

As many of you know, I have been suffering with a condition for many months.  The doctors tell me they do not know why I have it, what caused it, how to get rid of it, or how long I will suffer from it.

The doctors took blood and ran all kinds of tests to rule out certain known diseases.  Glory to God! all the tests were returned within normal range, meaning they couldn't find anything wrong internally.  The doctors prescribed medicine that may or may not help. 

The medication prescribed left me disabled with drowsiness, vertigo, stomach ailments, and impaired concentration.  The condition was controlled, but at what cost.  The side effects from the medicine were as worse as the condition. 

From the onset to now, I have prayed along with my family, friends and my church family for God's healing, peace and understanding.  

I seek help when I am ill.  I use the physicians that God has trained and blessed me with, but my faith was and is always in God for my health and my life.

I may have pain and discomfort, but praise the Lord, I have complete peace about this condition.  I am not the condition, I am a child of God.  I have never claimed the condition, but have claimed victory in Jesus. 

I have recently decided to go off the prescribed medication.  My mind has cleared and I feel like myself again.  I have had two bad days and nights, but with God's help I have been able to live through it and am now adjusting.  (Please note that I am not advocating that anyone quit taking their medication.  I can only take responsibility for my own decisions, not those of another.)

Why did this happen?  Why was I given this ailment?  I don't know why, but God knows.  I trust in Him with my life and with all my heart.  I trust and love my Lord God when I am sick and when I am well. 

The devil would like nothing more than to see me defeated, to believe that things will only get worse, to be scared and afraid of what might happen to me.  I repeat the words of Jesus in the wilderness,  Get behind me satan! (Luke 4:8), I don't believe your lies.  I believe in God!  I trust in God!  I love God!  The devil has no power over me, and no illness, nothing can move me away from my Lord God.

We all get sick from time to time.  Many have illnesses that cannot be cured by modern medicine, or with all the advanced health care in this world.   No one is exempt from sickness and disease, babies, children, the sons and daughters of God, all people.

No one likes to be sick.  No one wants to receive the doctor's report of an incurable disease.  Babies, children and adults die every day. No one is promised a tomorrow.  Not all people are healed.

God can cure any ailment, illness, and disease, so why doesn't He?  Have we done something wrong?  Is there some sin we have not confessed?  Are we being punished?  Are we being tested? 

God does not punish us with illness.  God does not desire to see His faithful children ill.  But through every season in our lives, we are to trust in God, for all things concerning our lives.  Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:8).

God's ways are not our ways.  We can trust in God without having to understand why He does what He does.  God's way is perfect without fault (Psalm 18:30).  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!  Romans 11:33

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

I am not made to understand everything about God, no human being is, this is why God gifts us with faithWe are all given faith by God (Romans 12:3), so that we can believe (Philippians 1:29), so that we all can trust in God for all things.

God sees all things.  He sees us when we are ill.  He knows what every disease and illness is, He knows how long we will have it, He knows its cause, He knows how to heal us, and He knows when He will heal us.

Our health, our cure is in God's hands.  The same hands that made this world, the same hands that created mankind and every living thing, the same hands that created everything.  We must trust in God, we must know without a doubt that everything works for good to those that love the Lord.  We must trust in God to know what is best in every situation, every trial, every illness, we go through in this life.  The purpose to all things is in God.

I love the Lord because He hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Psalm 116:1

God hears all the prayers and cries of His children for salvation and healing (1 Peter 3:12).  God desires that we come to Him with all our problems, all our concerns, all our worries (1 Peter 5:7).  God desires that we trust in Him for all things.  We are to trust in God when things are going great, and when everything is going wrong. 

Our faith in God is tried and purified for God's glory, not to harm us, but to bring us to God, to bring us to victory.


I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day (2 Timothy 1:12).

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

God sees my healing, God sees my victory, and this is what I choose to see.  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!!

Are you suffering today?  Join me today in claiming victory.

I am claiming victory in Jesus!  Thank you Jesus!  In His name, I am healed!  Praise the Lord!!


May the God of hope exceedingly fill the readers of this today, with all joy and peace!

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