The Plan of the Ages Unveiled

The sense of anticipation, among the members of the guardian guild, was extremely intense. They were gathering to attend this very important meeting called by the grand high council. None of the attendees could ever remember a time when such urgency was attached to any event. There was a frenzy of speculation, circulating among the guild members, concerning the intent of this gathering. As everyone in attendance would soon discover, the reason for this meeting was beyond the wildest theory anyone had yet contrived.

The amphitheater where all the guild members were assembling went on as far as the eye could see, in every direction. It was a circular structure, with a gradual upward incline as each row radiated away from the center. The amphitheater was constructed in such a way that allowed for perfect visibility, no matter where you were seated. The center contained an arena with a platform, upon which the members of the grand high council were now positioning themselves.

The Gospel (Good News) In A Nutshell

The reason we're having this conversation, is because the God who loves and cares deeply for you, arranged this meeting before the time of creation. After forming this planet and populating it with every life-form imaginable, he placed within it a man and a woman as caretakers. He instructed them to be fruitful and multiply, but inserted a single note of caution: "refrain from eating the fruit of a tree in the middle of a certain garden." The footnote added to this cautionary warning was, "on the day you eat of this said fruit, you shall die."

Now the case could be made, concerning a "loving God." Why would the lure connected with such a dire consequence, be placed right in the center of one's existence? The answer to this question is multi-faceted. The man and woman were given a quest to prove their loyalty to their creator. If the lure to break the loyalty pact is located directly in the center of their existence, this would be a true test of loyalty. Also, if the one demonstrating loyalty was inclined to deviate from the pact, the proximity of the lure would have absolutely no bearing.

O LORD, Heal Our Land

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Daniel's Prayer (Daniel 9:4-19)

O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

Creation

By: Betty Stam

Vulnerable mountains reaching to the sky,
Clouds of snowy cotton in crystals lakes that lie,
Exquisitely tinted scarlet leaves of fall,
Finest fairy snow-stars, 'twas God who made them all.

Every gem of nature delightful to the eye,
From the myriad's of sparkling stars to little moths that fly.
With that perfect sense of beauty that everywhere we see,
The might God created, by saying "Let there be."

But when the world was finished, and everything thereon,
The silver moon to rule by night, by day the golden sun
Though all the earth was Eden, our God was not content;
Creation lacked the master for whom it had been meant.

Then God in all His wisdom, created mortal man.
He made him in His image, but a little than
The bright celestial beings who watched in praiseful awe
Creation's every creature obey the Father's Law.

Important: Recall Notice

The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component, or heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed, 'Subsequential Internal Non-morality,' or more commonly known as S-I-N, as it is primarily symptomized by loss of moral judgment.

Some other symptoms are:

  • Loss of direction
  • Foul vocal emissions
  • Amnesia of origin
  • Lack of peace and joy
  • Selfish or violent behavior
  • Depression or confusion in the mental component.

Remedy

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service, free of charge, to correct this S-I-N defect, at numerous locations throughout the world.

The number to call for the recall station in your area is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Woman, Wife and Mother

WOMAN

The Greek word for "woman", is gyne, which also includes the meaning of the word "wife."

Woman shares, with man, the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). That image permits human beings to relate on every dimension of personality (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, physical, etc.,). This makes them unique in all creation.

WIFE

The Hebrew word isah is translated as "wife" and "marriage."

You are bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh (Genesis 2:23). The Hebrew expression "one flesh" suggests far more than sexual union. Husband and wife are united in their life on earth, sharing all experiences in their life together.

God provided the wife as a "suitable helper" (Genesis 2:20). The wife is suitable because she was created in God's image. The Hebrew word for "helper" means "a help," "a support" or "an assistant." This does not imply inferiority, since God is described as the helper of Israel and man's helper in all kinds of distress. God designed this intimate union between a man and women to not only populate the earth, but to meet the need of human beings for sharing.

I Go to Church

In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was okay to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A women's choice? Half of those who have died in their mother's womb have been women. They didn't have a choice. It is called abortion. Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

First, it was in dingy, dirty theaters. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then, on television. Now it is the homes of millions via the internet. It is called pornography. Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

They call it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens? Haven't they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages in America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce. Me, I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That's what Christians do now.

Thoughts On Spiritual Warfare

We need to be wise to the devices and tactics of the enemy or he will exploit our weaknesses.

If we know the "Word" of God (Holy Bible) we can't be outmaneuvered. An ancient warrior was fitted with armor, but he still had to know how to take full advantage of the protection it afforded. The devil will try to get us to battle on his own terms, like when he tempted Jesus in the desert. Jesus never deviated from the "Word" and He was victorious. Stick with the "Word" and don't war after the flesh (the weapons of our warfare are not carnal).

A good defense and offense starts with an awareness of what's going on around us. Living in denial will keep us from being effective and productive. The ultimate conspiracy theory is not just a theory. There is a real devil out there, and he is out to destroy and utterly vanquish us.

Just Like in the Days of Noah

"Tell me once again, grandfather, about your father and how he walked with God." Young Noah loved to hear the stories of the old times from his grandfather Methuselah. He was eager to know every detail and his grandfather could paint an extremely vivid picture. Besides, the old man loved to revel in the young lad's desire for the knowledge that he was more than willing to share. Most of the youth, these days, didn't seem to care about times past. They were preoccupied with the present and how much enjoyment they could get out of life. They lived like there was no tomorrow and acted as though they would live forever.

The old man could see the changes, which had taken place during the 386 years of his life, were definitely not for the better. The heart of mankind was growing darker with the passing of each successive generation. This downward spiral was only to be expected as people chose to distance themselves from the Creator. This is why it was always so refreshing to converse with the seventeen-year-old youth, whose name meant 'comfort'.

Fallen Comrade

A Momentary Lapse In Judgment Can Cause Lasting Consequences

I couldn't help but reflect upon the events that recently transpired, which brought me to this point. The honor guard had just finished folding the flag that was draped over the coffin of my CO. The flag was handed to me and I presented this triangular-shaped banner to the spouse of my fallen commanding officer. The flood of emotions that came over me at that moment were absolutely unbearable. The well-worn cliché, "war is hell," suddenly rang true with resounding emphasis, as the bitter truth of this whole malady finally came home to me.

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