Monday, October 15, 2018

The Painter of Eternity

The Master Painter, in Autumn’s gold,
chooses colors from a palette bold.
He paints the trees that clap their hands
to spread God’s love throughout the lands.

Brushed-in brown leaves will tell it straight
that everyone sins and tends to hate.
Exquisite red leaves will sing of love
that comes from God who reigns above.

The brightest orange leaves will make all see
that Christ bore all iniquity.
And swirled yellow leaves will give a smile
to be with Him in just a while.

Autumn’s colors are rich to see
the Painter of Eternity.
The trees of the field—forever true—
display God’s love for me and you.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song
before you, and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

The Painter of Eternity

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has everything in control. He holds the earth in place with its laws of gravity, properties, rotation, force… stuff you’d learn in a physics class. My son strikes up conversations about this, mostly from his interest in a really cool scientist who debunks the evolution theory a lot and who operates a dinosaur park in Alabama. 
Romans 1:20 says that the divine qualities of God are plainly seen. Look at all the intricacies of plants and animals and at the scope of outer space. I once heard a man say: ‘No way could a God make all that is on the earth and in outer space. That’s way too much for only one being to do!’.  Is he ever in for a rude awakening.

By His creation, we know God is vivid. Check out this passage in Revelation of vivid descriptions of Jesus:  

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.
And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks
one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot,
and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
His head and his hairs were white like wool,
as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
And his feet like unto fine brass,
as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as
the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand
seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp
twoedged sword: and his countenance was as
the sun shineth in his strength.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.
And he laid his right hand upon me,
saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and
the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 1: 12-18 

Did you know that Jesus holds the keys to Hell? It isn't Satan who holds them even though that’s where he lives. You would think the inhabitant of a particular place would obtain the key to it. Do you not possess the key to your own home? But Satan doesn’t hold any keys. He’s been stripped and he knows his ultimate destruction in the end. Because of it, he is always trying to take down as much of God’s creation with him on his way out.

And Jesus holds the keys of death. I think in order to hold the keys of death, one must have conquered death and we know Jesus did. Jesus was raised from the dead three days after He willingly went to the cross for us. Satan will never be able to conquer death because it is already written by the Living God that Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire to be tormented day and night forever (Revelation 20:10). 

How powerful is Jesus? We have a glimpse—extremely. It’s the kind of power like “Don’t mess with me, man!” It’s the kind of power you would fall dead-like to, like John did. I think glimpses are about all we can handle in our present form. There will be another form to take— of immortality and incorruption. First Corinthians 15 speaks of being raised immortal and incorruptible. The 13th chapter says someday we will see clearly. Maybe in new bodies, we will be able to handle seeing this kind of power. 

When you pray in Jesus’ name, it means something. Talk about a powerful friend! Lift praises and concerns to God our Father in the power of the name of Jesus.

Here’s a prayer request for you: please pray earnestly, like Elijah, and persistently, like the widow who kept going back for justice and finally got it, that our public schools would not teach evolution. Some students who are taught that we evolved from apes, which the Bible never says, experience depression and worthlessness. Some students say if we’re all evolved matter with no hope after death, what’s the point of living? Is a loving Creator taught in the public schools? I’m not happy that my tax dollars contribute to the evolution lie and promote depression in young minds. Will you take it up with me to a higher authority? God is able. This is not a new prayer request but let’s keep at it, like that widow (Luke 18:1-8). 

Newest News:  I’ve been working on a Christmas poetry book for this coming Christmas season 2018. I’m hoping it will be available at in time for Christmas. The name of the book is: Unto Us: A Christmas Poetry Book. It’s my hope that this simple book of poems will encourage readers in faith and help cause meditation on the true meaning of Christmas. Would you pray for its impact? 

May creation remind you of Christ’s authority and eternal love for you. May the trees of the field, painted by the Painter of Eternity, help you proceed and go out in JOY!

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Orange Leaf

Gorgeously brilliant, a true, bright hue,
a one-of-a-kind, a marvelous view—
And there I see it beam in the sun,
the perfect orange leaf unlike any one.

Ongoing giver, the star of spring,
a dainty orange tree, a new life to bring—
And there I trace it, sent through the sky,
the free swirling seed that came from up high.

Delicate showcase, the crown of fall,
an emblem of change, the best of them all—
And there I catch it, crisp in the air,
the Maple Tree’s Gift that none can compare!

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.
John 14:6


Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Fall is underway here in my neck of the woods. The brisk air brings on the Autumn season as maple trees start to change color and drop leaves. Creation around me reminds me of the Creator’s authority and attention.

In the Bible, the first verse tells us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. How cool is it that in order to create time, God had to be outside of time? In order to create the heaven and the earth, God had to stand outside of them, too. We read in His authoritative Word that He spoke them into existence! This tells me God is very powerful. 

The eternal Creator who created time knows every detail too, including the hemline of the priest's robes (Exodus 39) and the amount of hair on our heads at any given time. He reads our hearts and amount of faith! This tells me God is truly amazing.

But even the very hairs of your head
are all numbered. Fear not therefore:
ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel,
Look not on his countenance,
or on the height of his stature;
because I have refused him:
for the LORD seeth not as a man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

God, our Creator, spoke and it was. And so was it in the birth of His Son, born of the virgin Mary. God had said at the beginning ‘Let there be Light’ and Jesus Christ is that Light. God orchestrated everything—from the big picture to the details. All was done and is done according to His will. Have you noticed there is nothing vague or haphazard about God? And, He gives all authority to His Son, Jesus— the way, the truth and the life. By belief in Christ, who is God incarnate, we have reconciliation, salvation, eternal life, joy, hope, inheritance and victory.

(of his dear Son…)
Who is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of every creature: 
For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and 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 1:15-16
For it pleased the Father
 that in him should all fullness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood
of his cross, by him to reconcile
 all things unto himself;
by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth,
or things in heaven.
Colossians 1: 19-20

Have you read the Parable of the Tenants lately? Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:33-45 a story about a landowner who planted a vineyard. Tenants rented from the landowner. When harvest came, the nasty tenants beat the landowner's servants who had come to collect the fruit. Then, the landowner sent his son, thinking the tenants would respect his son.  

But when the husbandmen saw the son,
they said among themselves,
This is the heir; come, let us kill him,
and let us seize on his inheritance.
Matthew 21:38

Don't kill your faith opportunity. People become children of God because of their belief in   Christ. If we were all born children of God, there would be no need for redemption.             (With babies and small children, I trust God's judgment.) If we were all born children of God, God wouldn’t have needed to send His Son to die for our sins. Everyone is made in God’s image but it’s a lie from the devil that we are born children of God. We must become children of God. 

But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that
believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
John 1:12-13

Present your prayer petitions with thanksgiving to God in Jesus' name and see for yourself how powerful and amazing God is. He will hear you if you believe from your heart. It’s God who can comfort you. It’s God who can help you. Rely on Him. Trust Him.

Newest News:  I have been working on a Christmas poetry book for this coming Christmas season 2018. I am hoping it will be available at in time for Christmas. The name of the book is: Unto Us: A Christmas Poetry Book. It’s my hope that this simple book of poems will encourage readers in faith and help cause meditation on the true meaning of Christmas. Would you pray for its impact? 

Happy October 1st! Enjoy the fall season in your neck of the woods! Catch the Orange Leaf that the Maple Tree freely gives for our JOY.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Fruit of the Tree

It’s Autumn and the harvest time,
when the apple trees are bearing
sweet fruit that’s worth a mile-long hike,
and the afternoon for sharing.

We will know the apple trees we seek
by the goodness they are yielding,
by the bounty that they have in store,
and the fragrance that is pleasing.

But the trees that have no tasty fruit
and are pleasant not for eyeing,
offer branches that are mostly bare,
and some look as though they’re dying!

In the rosy light, we’ll choose the best,
and our baskets we’ll be filling;
the love of Jesus in our hearts
will, with grace, be over-spilling!

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 

Fragrant Fruit
What fragrance do you love?
Autumn is underway here in my neck of the woods with its distinct fragrances—apples, rain, cool mornings, more frequent cups of coffee and tea and roasting and baking from the oven that sat mostly dormant during the hot summer months. God, the Creator of seasons is in control. He gives us what’s next.

There are distinctive smells in the Bible. Can you think of verses?

Here is one—the verse about when Mary anointed Jesus. She opened the alabaster jar and the whole house in Bethany was filled with a pleasing aroma.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment
of spikenard, very costly,
and anointed the feet of Jesus,
and wiped his feet with her hair:
and the house was filled with the
odour of the ointment.
John 12:3

God, in the Old and New Testaments, was pleased with the aroma of sacrifice. He sent His Son to die for our sins. Jesus, being obedient unto death on the cross, made purification for our sins. He willingly went to the cross for us. He could have aborted the mission and called angels to His side. But, He went knowing not everyone would choose to believe.

They that trust in their wealth,
and boast themselves in the multitude
of their riches; None of them can by
any means redeem his brother,
nor give to God a ransom for him:
(For the redemption of their soul is precious,
and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should
still live for ever, and not see corruption.
Psalm 49: 6-9

The ransom for a life is costly. No payment is ever enough except in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Lamb that was slain is the only one who is worthy enough to open the book and loose the seals in Revelation 5. It was John the Baptist who declared “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
Matthew 3:8

Repent. The Bible teaches this. Turn from your own ways and follow Jesus Christ. God accepts u-turns! Turn around to Him who is tapping you on the shoulder. Time is running out. Do it now! You’re not going to live forever on this planet.

And I gave her space to repent
of her fornication; and she repented not.
Revelation 2:21

What we decide now will determine where we spend our eternity.

Those that receive Jesus are given power to become children of God. (John 1:12). And then, the Holy Spirit enters in. The Holy Spirit produces fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. In other words, they're always correct.
Pray for:

F   ullfilling love.
R   eal joy.
A   bundant peace.
G   reat patience.
R   idiculous kindness.
A   ttentive goodness.
N   ever-ending faithfulness.
C   ompassionate gentleness.
E   ven-keel self-control.

Pray the nine fruits of the Spirit for yourself and your family. Ask that you would have these fruits over-flowing like a basket of apples tipped over and spilling out.  If we ask for much, our hearts might overflow. Pray that God would give your distraught friend real joy. Ask God to give abundant peace to your friend who is heartsick over his lost family. Pray that God would soften the heart of your enemy with ridiculous kindness. Ask God to give your short-tempered spouse great patience. Pray that your teenage child living in today's world maintains even-keel self-control.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
 for we know not what we should pray for
as we ought: but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
 And he that searcheth the hearts
 knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
 because he maketh intercession for the saints
 according to the will of God. 
Romans 8:26-27 
Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit;
but a corrupt tree
 bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matthew 7:17  
What fragrance do you leave behind? Be a good tree. May it produce a fragrance pleasing to God, which can lead to real JOY!