The Beautiful Blue World

There once was a man who lived in a beautiful blue world. It was wonderful, yet it was also a hard, difficult place to live in at times. The man also knew it was a dangerous place to live…with both good and evil men. There was also the blackness called death. But this was his home and he loved his blue world. The man had a wife, and his life was good.

One day, the One who made the blue world sent a messenger to the man and his wife saying, “Though you love this blue world where you have been placed, this is not your home. It is only a temporary dwelling place. Though you, and the wife you have been given, are not worthy, you have been shown mercy and have been allowed to go beyond the blue world and be allowed entrance into the world called Light. You must first pass through the black darkness that you fear called death, but it will not have power to keep you forever anymore.”

The messenger continued, “No one can enter the world called Light without passing through the black darkness first. Those not granted entrance will be engulfed by the black darkness forever and shall never see the world called Light. This is where the One that made your blue world lives forever.” The man was at first very frightened. But, afterward, he knew it was all true. And he wondered about the blue world he had lived in for so long and now he knew it was only temporary.

After many days, the messenger was again sent to the man and his wife who said to them, “You have been shown great kindness along with all men who live in the blue world. For the Ruler of the world of Light also rules the dark blackness. He gives to all life, breath and all things. He has placed all men in the blue world and has determined the pre-appointed time in which they live and the place of their dwellings. He has done all this that they should seek Him, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one…

But all men seek their own good and do not seek after Him. Thus, it was decreed that the Son of the Light would make safe passage for men to travel from the blue world to the world of the Light. No man deserves to be allowed passage, since all are rebels, but the Ruler of the Light will have mercy on whomever He will have mercy. As He has revealed to you the truth and allowed you passage, He allows others as He chooses.

And the man and his wife asked the messenger, “How can this be?” And he answered them and said, “Long ago, the Ruler of the World of Light sent His only Son to the blue world and the rebels killed His Son. But the Son of the King willingly gave up His life. He knew His purpose in coming was to give His life a ransom for many of the rebels who lived in the blue world. For without His coming, all were condemned already.”

Great sorrow filled the hearts of the man and his wife. They now knew that they were in fact rebels against the Ruler of the world of the Light. They also understood that they did not deserve safe passage through the dark blackness. And they could not fully grasp how the Son of the Light would give up His life for theirs.

To be continued…

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The Day God Left His Throne…

He came to earth in an unusual way, a virgin you say?
Come now, who would believe it?
Even Joseph, her betrothed did not…
Until an angel from heaven told him it was so.

He came on a day like any other.
No one took notice,
though a mighty host filled the evening sky…
declaring the Holy One of God was here;
And only the shepherds heard.

Such a mysterious and odd way for God to visit us…
Why not a grand entrance to prove His existence?
But, this pleased Him so, “…for without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Alas, it was not only His coming which was foretold,
But the way He left His world…

His creatures put Him on a cross you see,
When He told them who He was and where He had come from.
They could not believe God would look like this…
And they did not believe God would talk like this…
So they closed their ears…
And shook their heads and said “…if you’re really Him –
Come down from the cross! Then, surely we will believe!”

You see, He left His throne in Heaven for sinners that day;
And they missed His entrance through the womb of a virgin…
Surely, I would not have believed it either, had I been there.
I would have closed my ears and shook my head too…

But He didn’t come down from the cross that day,
And I’m so glad…
For He left His kingdom to die in my place…
Who would believe it? Could you believe it?
Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God with us…
How could we miss such a day?
The day God left His throne,
Because of how much He loved the world…

Our Greatest Burden

Your children are always on your mind. You’ve wanted what’s best for them since they were little and no matter how old they get, you worry about their souls. Jesus delivered you from the wrath to come and you want them to make it to heaven too.

There is no greater burden than the thought of an endless eternity without one of your kids. You see them living after the world or maybe even leaving the faith. Year after year goes by and nothing changes, and you start to lose heart they may never be saved.

You taught them the way and pointed them to Jesus knowing there were no shortcuts or special promises for them to get in. Ok maybe you could have done better, but don’t beat yourself up. You did a good job and the best you could do. Be thankful it’s in His power to save them and not yours.

Don’t give up. Remember how you came to Him. Show them the “Tudor” (Galatians 3:24) that brought you to Christ. They must pass through the gauntlet of the law (The ten commandments) to see their hopeless condition first. Then they can look for the Savior of sinners.

Never stop praying and don’t lose hope. We all share the same burden and God knows exactly how you feel. Remember we believe in a merciful and gracious God who came to save the ungodly and your kids qualify.

“For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,” Proverbs 6:23

Conversations Overheard in the Abyss

Two spirits discussing the unseen realities on the earth…

“That human creature is so vile, despicable and ignorant. I can’t believe as century after century goes by, he still thinks he has to see something to believe it exists. Some of them are still so easy to fool, especially the ‘intellectual ones’. I never thought when we filled that human with all that nonsense (what was his name again Darwin?) that they would actually believe they came from monkeys, heh heh. We have more than our fair share down here now. I love seeing the look on their faces when they arrive and see us for the first time…”

The fool has said in his heart, there is no God… Psalm 14:1

Who did He die for?

If you are like most people, you love your family and would probably do anything to help them if they were in any kind of trouble.

If you have kids, you nurture and care for them. In fact, you are the first one to protect them from any harm. If you have a great love for your spouse, you would probably give your own life up for him or her.

Consider also, your closest friend who is so loved by you that you would do anything for them including giving them money or letting them stay with you and your family if they were in need, possibly even giving up your very life for them.

Now I want you to think about something. To give up your very life for someone would be very difficult. This act would be admirable, noble, and brave, but very difficult if not impossible. In fact, only love could manage the task. For Jesus Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

When God left His throne to come to the earth, He came with one purpose. He came to die and give up His life for His lost sheep. And for what kind of people did He leave His throne to give His life as a ransom? Who were these sheep that He would give up so much for? Surely, they must have been good, admirable, loving people worthy of God’s love.

Let me tell you about these people. First, these were not good, admirable people. They were the type of people who had no power at all within themselves to love God and obey Him. These people were without strength and powerless to please God at all.

Secondly, He came to save ungodly people. Your family, spouse, children, and close friends all love you. How do you feel about those who oppose you and everything you care about? These were the type. They were totally against God and everything He represents. They were a people defined by everything opposite of what godly would be in His sight. Amazingly, the people God came to die for were totally opposed to Him.

Finally, God left heaven to redeem a people who were called sinners. Those men and women who are defined by God Himself in these fearful words… “The wicked, the unrighteous, law breakers, children of wrath, and those who were dead in trespasses and sins.”

I hope you can see more clearly the difference between us and God Himself. We love, protect, and give of ourselves to those that we love…and that love us. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…”

You see, these lost sheep were His enemies opposing and despising God and His authority over them. Those that He came to die for did not love Him, yet He loved them. These people did not deserve God’s favor…yet were shown great mercy. I urge you to consider this great truth and ponder these things often.

“For when we were still without strength (totally powerless), at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6-8

If I Could Get My Kids To Heaven

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If I could get my kids to heaven
I would say ten prayers a day,
And give an offering God would hear and see…
If an entrance could be bought
With up to all that I owned,
I would gladly surrender all
To the Keeper of the Gate.

If it was my very life that were required of me
I would surely, without a second thought,
Give mine in exchange for them that I dearly love…
That my little ones could be with God eternal.

Yes, my heart aches and my tears flow with the thoughts
That even one of my little ones
Were left in the darkness forever.
To God I would bargain and plead with all my soul
That none would be lost.

And when I reflect and realize
That there is nothing I can do…
I know that to God alone I must trust.
For I know that my dear little ones
Do not desire to enter the gate,
Wherein dwells a Holy Being.
Rather, they desire the things of this world
And their own selfish wants…

And I begin to pray that He will show my little ones
That there is “none who do good”.
To Moses and the prophets my little ones!
See the standard of Holiness
Required of you to enter in…

No sacrifices, no exchange of life from a loving parent
Or pleading and bargaining will He ever listen to.
Only, my dear children, will He hear the sorrow
Of your broken heart
Over having broken His laws…

Alas, my broken hearted child,
You with a humble and contrite spirit
What do you see?
An entrance through the Gate was bought for you…
With a ransom paid for your sins.

For the King Himself left His throne
To suffer and die for you
Before the world began…
Because He loved you so much more
Than I ever could.

“The Bible was written by man and does contain flaws and inaccuracies.”

“You err in your opinion. God has much to say about the perfection of His word…”

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Proverbs 119:89
The entirety of Your word is truth. Psalm 119:160
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalm 138:2
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar. Proverbs 30:6

Weak But Strong

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You woke up thinking it might be over today. Your mind is free for the moment, but you fear those dreadful thoughts may come back. It’s your private battle and you can’t talk to anyone about it. They wouldn’t understand. Some days are better, but you’re tired and you don’t know if you can make it through another hour.

Don’t lose heart. You’re not alone. There is someone who knows exactly what you are going through. God tests us for a little while, to prove our faith is genuine and that it be found to praise and honor Him. He knows how much we can bear and at the right time He provides a way out.

The devil wants to sift you as wheat and devour you, so don’t be surprised when your faith is tested as if something strange was happening to you. God is the author and finisher of our faith and He prays for us, that after we have gone through the trial, our faith will not fail. (Luke 22:32)

Commit your soul to Him who is faithful and be thankful, not for the trial but that you’re His child. Remember, you will have peace when your mind stays on Him, because you trust Him. God knows what’s best for you. His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness. So you can say when I am weak, I am strong.

Don’t be afraid. Your battle is now in the open. Stand up and go forward, someone out there needs you, and you know exactly what they’re going through.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all
2 Corinthians 4:17

Conversations Overheard in the Abyss

Two spirits discussing the unseen realities on earth…

“I have really enjoyed messing with the pathetic humans, but our time is almost up and soon we won’t be able to harass any of the proud, weakly worms anymore. Remember, if any of them start seriously thinking about eternity, and what’s going to happen to them when they die, whisper to their minds that they have plenty of time to do something about it. Especially, if they start thinking about going to church, just remind them that’s where all the hypocrites go.

They are so vulnerable and foolish. They have no concept of time as it exists for their own life and death. They see others leave the earth in an untimely manner, but they comfort themselves, thinking it can’t happen to them. They will be down here shortly, heh heh, sooner than they could have imagined…”

“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Mathew 24:44

You heard there was a resurrection and you want proof, you say…
“If only I could see then I would believe.”
Well, you’ll find no proof this way.
And you are in the company of the religious leaders of that day…

They were His enemies you see,
And they said they would believe…
If He would just come down from the cross,
They wanted proof – just like you.

He could show you if he chose,
But He only proved it to His friends that day…
To the ones who already believed in Him.

He proved He couldn’t be kept in the grave;
And gave them hope…
He proved their sins were surely paid for on that cross,
The cross they saw Him die on.

So if it’s proof you really want…
To Moses and the Prophets – to the law of God for you!
It’s there you will find proof…the truth that you are a sinner.
Now open your eyes and see your sin.

This truth He has chosen to show us…
That we are all guilty before Him, you see.
It was sinners that put Him on the cross that day.
Do you see Him dying for the world?

Now look for hope and believe!
And you’ll not want proof anymore…
Because then you will know,
That He rose out of the grave for His friends that day…
Just like He said that He would.