Then a friend dies. . .

 

 Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.*

 

Have you ever been in the situation when a friend dies? Recently a friend of the family died, he died at work. . . And I’m glad that he was a Christian. . . I don’t know what more I should say, or can, but it’s not easy. Even if we didn’t meet or talk that often, it’s still hard. Even as I’m writing this, I’m shaking a little.

Isn’t everything just a vanity? nonsense, maybe even a breath? What do we know about tomorrow? Our great plans we have for Our lives, what can we really say?

James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

I have to say, I’m actually a little envious. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to leave this hellish earth behind, and to be with God forever and ever?

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Didn’t Jesus our Lord and Savior, tell His disciples that He is leaving to prepare for us mansions (Perhaps penthouse apartments 🙂 ) in His father’s house?

John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Just think about that, gives me some joy. Maybe we don’t need to mourn too long. After all, They are already home. It’s us still stuck here on earth.

Let’s make sure we serve God, since that’s all that matters

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
 For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil

One of my favorite songs. . .

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Footnote:
 Vanities (vanity) *One commentary said that the more accurate term for the word translated as vanity is breath. So it would go. . . Breath of breaths, said the Preacher, breath of breaths; all is breath.)
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75 a psalm of Asaph

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare
Psalm 75:1

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Me and my brother were just singing this psalm Wednesday night. (To a melody my mother wrote) and I realized right before the sermon how relevant it is to this season.

Do we really thank God for his wonderfulness enough? or about His righteous Judgement?
I wonder if we as the family of God have forgotten about the awesomeness, the terrible power, His Holy nature. . .

And the fact that now, He considers us righteous.

This thanksgiving, and all the days of our lives here on earth, let’s thank Him for His nature. And the fact that He is on our side.  For both the small, and the big things…

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75 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

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I was at work (with my father), when me and my brother were talking. And at one point I realized something that gave me tears. A wonderful Truth.

 

God is so much better then any idea, lie, or religion ever made up about Him. The truth is God loves us so much, He died for us. And not only that, He Adopted us. We who love God are now part of the family of God. God is our Father. Jesus is our Brother.

            How can we be children and siblings of God?

            This is the awesomeness of our God. This is the truth of our God.

This brings tears to my eyes. What love the Father has lavished upon us, that we might be called His Children!

Jesus, who is the Son of God and part of the Trinity of God, calls us His friends. Calls us His brothers and sisters.

And God is preparing a place for us. And Jesus, our eldest Brother, will come to take us there someday.

 

How can we describe our God? He never sticks to what we imagine Him to be. He is too wonderful for us, His ways are higher then ours. How can we understand His majesty?

God has adopted all of us who love Him, who trust in Him, who do His will. He has always known we would accept Him, He has long planned for our salvation. We who believe on His name, those of us who come by the way of the cross, are now Children of God.

We are now Joint-heirs with Jesus. Royal Children of God, Princes and Princesses. We are more then orphans now, we are more then redeemed. And this is not our Doing, it’s all God. Not by our works have we earned this, but by faith in what God has done for us.

Isn’t this a Wonderous truth? Almost too wonderful!

Thank you Lord! Amen.

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Please forgive me (us)

It’s way too often that we fail God, that we break our promises, that we lose the joy of our salvation.

Psalm 51:12-13 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

That was David’s prayer, after his adultery and murder…

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Viewing God’s Eclipse 2017

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The Eclipse (Year 2017 in August) was very interesting to watch, though we couldn’t watch it directlly (we didn’t have the glasses, so we built several ‘pinhole projectors’), and we were only in the 85% zone, It was still more amazing and different then I had expected.

Originally we had a lot of trouble with the ones we tried making (the aluminum foil was low quality… Then it was too cloudy to test.) But finally, sunday night, we made a design that worked (tested with a bright halogen light). And when it was time for the Eclipse to begin, we had them ready. (Then during the early stages my bro ‘Chewen’ made the one with the clearest image :P).

Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

A lot of things were very interesting. It was very cool that the tempurature dropped quite a bit (instead of hot, it was nice.) The change in lighting was surreal. The air even felt strange. But one thing that amazed all of us was the tree’s shadows (including our Parents).

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We had spent time (and lots of frustration) to build several projectors, and here is God’s own creation with it’s own pinhole projector! Nobody ever told any of us that this ever happens. It was almost like we discovered something never before known (though I’m sure many have seen and told of it long before us.) We learned and experienced things about God’s creation that amazed us whether we knew about that detail or not.

 

All in all, it was a great experience for all of us. And I’m glad to have been able to participate in such a cool event (and we didn’t even need to go anywhere!).

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What about You guys, have anything to say about this Eclipse? Funny stories, your personal favorite parts, what have you, please do tell!

Or If you just want to comment on my post, go ahead please!

Just remember to thank & praise God for His amazing Creation!

Homecoming Day

There’s a song called Homecoming Day, and often when I listen to it in Church it would move me to tears. It’s really quite a wonderful song. So I would like to talk a little about it. (With some quotations of the song’s lyrics)

Everyone is going to die. Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Everyone has an end in this life, and it’s important to know where you’re going. For many, the ones who have rejected God and Jesus Christ, staying in their own sins unwilling to repent, it’s the Second Death. Ultimate  (final) Separation from God (and therefore all that is Good) and a one-way ticket to Hell.

Galatians 3 :2 “…the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”

But For the twice-born, the Children of God, Those who have Accepted Jesus Christ by faith, it will be our Homecoming Day.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

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. . .There’s a Promise that will help you to go on, soon it will be Homecoming day. When the Father comes to take us home to stay.

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2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

John 16:33 NKJV “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

I can’t wait for the time when there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more temptations, no more trials and tribulations, No more evil of any kind period.

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Homecoming Day! All these earthly Trials are through.

Heaven will be worth it all, soon we will hear the call that tells us this is Homecoming Day.

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And Christians will even be able to meet the ones who’ve died before! Friends and Family, even famous people we’ve read about in the Bible or in other history books.

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We have friends and loved ones cross the river, no longer here they’re now on Heaven’s shore. But we’re resting in the promise that we meet again, when we hear the call to fly away. We’ll unite with them on Homecoming day!

Homecoming day, when the waiting is over.

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Of course in the end, not only those who’ve died (or been taken up). But also Jesus our Savior (and brother) and God our Father with the Holy Spirit being so much more there 🙂

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. . .What greater joy to finally see our Father, and hear Him say ‘Welcome home my child!’

Homecoming day, when the waiting is over.  Homecoming day, all these earthly trials are through.

Heaven will be worth it all, soon we will hear the call that tells us this is Homecoming day!

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Please make sure YOU know what will happen to you when you die, I want to see you on Homecoming day. Joyful, Free of all Burdens, in Peace, In our Heavenly Home!

 

Heads Up!

Announcement! I now have a new header image!  (see above! 😛 )
A little about that. . .

 

Jesus, or Yeshua, is the Long awaited Messiah of the world. He came first for his people, though due to their rejection now the whole world may seek salvation.

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John 1:11-13
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
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.

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And we can Trust in his promises! He has the power to keep us.

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John 10:28-30
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand
I and my Father are one.

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Romans 8:38-39
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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And so, having both the Hebrew (which is read right to left) with English (left to right obviously :P) and the Star of David with a cross in the middle are all symbols of me (a Jew) accepting Jesus Christ as the Messiah. As well as a showing a few of our Christian roots.

Talk to ya’all latah! 😀

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Some articles along the same subject:

God’s Son in the Old Testament (ICR)

Matthew 22:45 (Notes)

Daniel 9:26 ( ‘Messiah be cut off’ note)

Exalting the Anointed One (ICR)

Lust of the Eyes

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

(Reader’s Discretion is advised since the subject is about sins similar to adultery.)

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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