Developing a Burden for Lost People (Luke 16:19-31)

This is what Jesus said about heaven and hell.

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

heaven hellWhat if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing those in agony in hell?

Today, we are going to consider two things we need that are in hell. In the passage we are going to look at, Jesus pulls back the veil between this world and the next and shows us there is a heaven and a hell. There are only two eternal destinies and everyone in this room will end up spending eternity in one of them: either heaven or hell. There are only two directions you can go after death.

People don’t like to talk about hell. But because I’m committed to teach the full counsel of God, I am going to devote today’s message to this…

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TODAY’S WORD, 5-9-16 The Enemy’s S’s

 

DO YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE A COMMON ENEMY?!

CAN YOU RECOGNIZE OUR ADVERSARY AT WORK?  

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

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:   (John 10:10a)

After talking with some Christians about afflictions they’re going through or have recently experienced, I realized that the source of our testings and trials could be reduced to the works of Satan.   My sister’s husband who was well and happy one day was hospitalized the next day for pneumonia.  Two friends have teenagers whose personalities underwent extreme changes and are receiving psychiatric treatment.  Another friend became bedridden for 4 months, unable to use her hands or feet; she was otherwise healthy her whole life.  The works of Satan can be recognized by any or all of the following:

THE ENEMY’S S’s

  • SUBTIL/SUBTLE; SNEAKY
  • SUDDEN
  • SURPRISE
  • SUSPICIOUS
  • STRANGE
  • SEVERE/SERIOUS

Please learn about Satan’s evil works and spiritual warfare so you can stand against him!

See END TIMES TEACHINGS ‘Spiritual Warfare’ on Tab Bar  https://heulu.wordpress.com/end-time-teachings/

Read about what happened to Job.   In Job chapter 1 you will find ALL of the ENEMY’S S’s!  He is crafty, the Master Deceiver of all mankind from the beginning of time until NOW!

Put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:10-18); resist the enemy and he will flee from you (James 4:7; 1Peter 5:9)!  

God bless you and protect you from the fiery darts of the enemy!

 

 

NOT QUITTING, BUT HANGING IN THERE!

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HURRAH!!!

YESTERDAY I REACHED 40,000 views!!!

IS THAT A BIG DEAL?!  YES, FOR ME IT IS!

You see, I started ‘God’s Enduring Love’ on May 26, 2012.  I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, but Word Press saw me through my ignorance and incompetencies and now my site has been up nearly 4 years since May 26, 2016.  In the beginning what was really tough was being a relic from the pre-computer age, meaning being computer illiterate.  Even till this day the learning is gradual, though I’m moving ahead slowly.  Six months ago I was talked into getting an iPhone so family members can text me and in seconds I could text them back!  So I am also learning how to use the computer features slowly, but surely, mainly with the help of Logan, my youngest grandson (12 y/o) who is proud to show off how smart he is for his Nana.

Logan has several years experience over me with computer education in school plus his gadgetry and computer games he’s grown up with.  All 7 of the grandchildren can tell anyone about the latest upgrades and how to shop on iTunes and the App store.  Of course what helped them is that as babies they were already playing games with the gamut of the mobile devices their little hands could get on.  It is amazing that they just learned how to do stuff without knowing how to read yet.  Even after they acquired reading skills, they still could figure out most anything on their computers without written instructions or a computer manual, a demonstration by a live tutor, etc.

Shortly after I started my ‘miracle’ blog,  in June 2012  I helped my husband with his blog  ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes’ to post his many Bible lessons based on over 40 years of learning the Bible from the Holy Spirit.   He has really serious teachings, current events relating to last days, etc. and  zoomed ahead of me in viewership.  He hasn’t posted anything new in months now and still has daily hits, doubling my daily averages.  His last post is well read,Warning- Hell is for Real. . .’  I feel happy for him that people are interested in his very provocative writings.

My original intent when I started blogging was to learn how to get a blogsite going for Drgold, my husband’s pen name.  I hadn’t planned to continue mine, but just wanted to learn how to format a blogsite.  However, curiosity got the best of me and I thought I would continue since I enjoy writing as much as Drgold, even though he is a better writer than me.  To this date Drgold has over 65,000 views, and after a hiatus of 10 months, he will soon blog again! 

I recalled what a WordPress editor said about blogging, that a 10,000 views minimum per year was a good indicator of a blog’s viability.  This year would be the year to decide whether I would continue writing or  have more time to pursue my other hobbies, art and music.   So I thought.  God has His own plans for my blogsite.

Anyway, this is the point I want to make.  No one who drops in here to my site comes ‘by accident’.  The sheer low numbers tell the story in themselves!   It is God’s Enduring Love that draws anyone to a not so popular site with often unpopular topics, but written for those God has chosen to Himself for His plan and purpose for their lives.   One will never know who reads my blog, whose life is touched by God.  An example was a Hindu man with a photography blogsite who liked to read my posts.  He died of a heart attack a year ago, a week after his last post, and somehow I believe that he reached out to God and God is with the Lord. 

SO, I made 40,000 views one month before the 4 year deadline I had set for myself.  

I want to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO READ MY BLOG POSTS, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever reasons you have for visiting my blog, GOD KNOWS.   God has touched the lives of folks from large countries to remote little islands all over the world.  As I continue to write, my hope is to share God’s message of His Enduring Love for us all.   Many have read ‘Why Do People Resist God.’    We can only hope and pray that the resisters will experience God’s love, be blessed with the gift of  Salvation and have a better life than the one they now have.  

GOD BLESS YOU!

Liz (Shofar)

TODAY’S WORD- A Friend of One or the Other

Dear Christian,

Are you a friend of the world and its attractions?  Do you enjoy the company of worldly people and think and act no different than them?  If you’re having trouble with these simple questions, your relationship with God and your salvation may be in serious jeopardy.

These are but few scriptures which tell us that we cannot be fence straddlers or compromisers with the world.

“. . .whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”  (James 4:4b)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”  (1John 2:15)

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  (Lk 16:13)

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”  (Amos 3:3)

 “. . .present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (Rom 12:1-2)

I exhort you today to get your life together, to live to please God and serve God in words and deeds, without reservations.  Get into God’s Word which will restore and increase your faith.  We need to be an example to others around us, encouraging them in their faith as well.  Romans 10:17 tells us that we get faith from God speaking to us in His Word.

 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

WHAT I MISSED MOST ON EASTER SUNDAY

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The Resurrection of Christ is the most historic event celebrated by all believers of Jesus from 2,000 years ago to the present.  Below are the words of a family member who remembered this very significant day, Easter or Resurrection Day, celebrated this past Sunday, March 27th:

“Happy Easter to you.  For us believers, Easter is the most important event in the history of mankind.  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we are the most hopeless of men (paraphrased from Paul to the Corinthians).  Through the Resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered death and Satan.  Through the Resurrection, He became our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord of all. Praise God!!!”

Many folks who wouldn’t darken the door of a church, will often make an exception for Easter and Christmas.  I remember years ago, there would be an overflowing crowd for Easter vigil and Easter masses.  It would be standing room only and a line that went out of the church front entrance for Holy Communion.  There is something about being in on the joyful day that Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death.  Maybe next year I should go back to my old church and hear the homily about  Jesus’ tomb being found empty for Jesus had risen from the dead!  I would sing with my heart bursting with joy as the church organ billowed out:

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

(Christ the Lord is Risen Today Charles Wesley 1739)

On the way home from church, memories came back of my days in the Southern Baptist Church when I was a young teen.  The choir and all the members sang out:

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, 
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 
Refrain: 
Up from the grave he arose; 
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; 
he arose a victor from the dark domain, 
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. 
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

(Christ Arose, Robert Lowry 1874)

My favorite hymn was ‘He Lives’ and my childhood friend and I loved to belt this one out:

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near. 

Refrain:
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.RefrainRejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.  (Refrain)

(He Lives, Alfred H. Ackley 1932)

A MUST READ!  The inspiring story behind ‘He Lives’ by the preacher/composer of the song:  http://nickel-notes.blogspot.com/2012/03/hymn-history-he-lives.html

I was very grieved that none of the traditional Easter songs in our church hymnal were sung by my church congregation.  The church was elaborately decorated for Easter service.  In the service, there were a brass ensemble, hand bell musicians, choir special ‘Credo’ by Schubert’s Mass in G, duet special, Hallelujah chorus with a full-volume-on organ performing, and before church started there was breakfast served and an egg hunt.  But, I really missed the congregational singing,  raising our voices in jubilant worship of our Risen Savior on this special occasion, with the ‘traditional’ hymns of the Risen Christ.

Perhaps we should forget about all that is associated with Easter and concentrate our minds upon what the RESURRECTION is all about.  This is what the apostle Paul said:

“That I may know him, and the power of his Resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 If by any means I might attain unto the Resurrection of the dead.”  (Phil 3:10-11)

If Christ had not risen from the dead, then He is not God, and our Faith in Him would be in vain!  But Jesus rose from the dead as He promised He would, and He is alive and has the power to also save us, bless us, help us, and to Resurrect us up one day in the Rapture!  Praise God! AMEN!

MY REDEEMER LIVES!

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“… if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain…”  1 Cor 15:17

Jesus said,  “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”  John 11:25-26

Job believed that he would be resurrected one day.  He said:

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”         Job 19:25-27

See related post- “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!”- I Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead.  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/i-know-that-my-redeemer-lives-i-believe-in-the-resurrection-of-the-dead-3/

TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 3-18-16 Take One Day At A Time

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

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Give Your Burdens and Cares To God

Many folks are sad, broken-hearted, grieving over the loss of loved ones, stressed out with the pressures of life and living, carrying many burdens, don’t know what to do, where to find answers to their problems and questions that trouble them.  Turn to the Lord for comfort and help.  He will make a way when there seems to be no way; your breakthrough will come; you will have victory over that need or problem before you!

“Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you.”                 1 Peter 5:7

We all need to learn to take One Day At A Time’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBnZ8bmEOTM

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WHAT FAITH IS ALL ABOUT- #3, How to Get Faith in God

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‘But without faith it is impossible to please him:’  (Heb 11:6a)

WHAT FAITH IN GOD IS ALL ABOUT

(This was the theme for a series of lessons I taught in our Adult Bible Class in January 2016.  The lessons have been edited for viewers of this blogsite.)

#1 LEARNING GOD’S WORD AND ENCOURAGING BIBLE STUDY IN 2016
https://heulu.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/what-faith-in-god-is-all-about/ 
#2  WHY THE WORD OF GOD IS IMPORTANT
https://heulu.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/what-faith-in-god-is-all-about-2

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# 3  HOW DO WE GET FAITH? 

There is no way of getting around it, but personal BIBLE STUDY is the most important way to learn about faith in God.  Studying God’s Word  is THE WAY to get Faith.  Belief and trust in God involves seeking and finding Him in the Word of God, in the person of Jesus Christ, and by being guided and taught by the Holy Spirit.

Faith is believing that God is who He said He is, and that He will do what He has promised according to His Word.  Titus 1:2 states that God cannot lie.  Numbers 23:19 tells us:

‘God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it?…’

To have Faith is to believe and trust in God.  It is BELIEVING GOD that sets us apart from unbelievers.  If faith is equated with belief, then the opposite of faith is unbelief.  For example, an atheist does not or will not accept Biblical creation because he does not believe in God’s Word.  He is an unbeliever, one who does not believe in God; he has NO FAITH to speak of to believe in the God of all creation.  Psalms 14:1 states ‘The fool hath said in His heart, there is no God.’   So besides having no faith in God,  the unbeliever is said to be a fool.

But God’s desire for us (actually for all mankind) is that we believe in Him, put our faith and trust in Him, and maintain our faith by having it grow through the study of His Word.  The reason for this is because ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’  (Rom 10:17).  Learning about God in the Bible pleases Him because we are building our  faith in Him.  Heb 11:6 states:

 ‘Without faith, it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of the that diligently seek Him.’

Bible reading and study is an important activity for the very reason that it will help us develop faith that will enable us to please God!  To be APPROVED BY GOD we must study His Word.  2Tim 2:15 says this:

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We can build and strengthen our faith by listening to Bible-based sermons and Bible lessons from anointed Bible-believing teachers and preachers.  Other ways to experience faith are by listening to testimonies that are faith-building, and reading about ‘heroes of faith’ in the Bible whose lives depicted their search and struggles in seeking God and pursuing His will for their lives.  We can also increase our faith by participating in a Bible study group.  Through discussions, personal sharing and praying for one another there are many blessings to be had, as well as practical lessons to apply God’s Word to our own lives.

Recently we learned in Ezra and Nehemiah how the Israelites returned to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple and repair the gates and walls of the city (Neh 8:7-12).  God raised up Ezra, a scribe and priest, and Nehemiah, a king’s cup bearer to turn the hearts of His people back to Him.  God also laid it upon the hearts of many to help, including heathen kings.  The faith of God’s backslidden people was stirred when God’s commandments were taught to them 4 hours a day for 7 days (Neh 8:3,8) and the Israelites repented of their sins.  A national revival resulted.  This is what America needs- a Revival.  We have rejected God as a nation and need to repent and return to faith in God (2Chron 7:14).

JAMES- Faith and Works Chapters 1-2 tell us about faith and works that should accompany each another.  James 2:17 says, ‘Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone’.  Some people give lip service or just profess to be Christians, but that is not good enough.  Faith must be accompanied by actions.  James also talks about living our faith by loving our neighbor, taking care of the poor; be DOERS of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves’ (James 1:22).  The apostle Paul said, ‘…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ (Php 2:12).

A FEW EXAMPLES ABOUT FAITH  

  • Faith of Abraham– He left his homeland to follow the call of God, to become the Father of Many Nations (Gen 17:5).
  • Faithful– as in Parables: the faithful and the unfaithful servants (Mt 25:14-30, Lk 19:12-26)
  • Great Faith– A centurion with a sick servant said ‘Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed’.  Jesus marveled and said, ‘I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel’ (Mt 8:8, 10).
  • Little Faith–  When Peter walked on water, he doubted and began to sink,  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’  There are those who doubt that God sees their situation and would meet their needs to provide for them.  These folks are said to have LITTLE FAITH.  Many Christians fall in this group.
  • No Faith– One reason for unbelief is fearfulness.  Fear and faith cannot exist together.  Read Mk 4:37-40 about how the disciples in a storm feared for their lives; Jesus rebuked the storm and it became calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  In troubled times, we must TRUST GOD and not be Fearful!
  • Child-like Faith–  Spoken of in 3 gospels where Jesus said to not stop the children from coming to Him.

THE FAITH OF A CHILD

In Mt 19 Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven belonging to children: in Lk 18 He said whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it, and Mk 10 repeats what is said in Matthew and Luke.

Why did Jesus say it is children who will enter the kingdom of heaven?  The nature of infants and children is that they are basically innocent, believe what you say, don’t ask questions to challenge adults, and they will model our behavior and character.

Applied to us as children of God, this means that we should believe, not doubt.  We need to just trust God and His Word.  We may not understand a lot of things, but we know that God’s Word is Truth and God cannot lie or contradict himself.  With God every promise in Christ is ‘Yea and Amen’ (2Cor 1:20); God does not change- Malachi 3:6 states ‘For I am the Lord; I change not.’  Unlike men, God’s nature and character does not change, so we can trust Him!

STORIES OF CHILDREN WHO HAD FAITH

The boy who shared his lunch.  This incidence of the feeding of the multitude  is related in all 4 gospels.  This is my take on a boy who shared his lunch from John 6:

Andrew, a disciple of Christ, met a boy who came to see and hear Jesus. As they talked he found out that the boy’s mom packed him a lunch in case he stayed out all day.  Andrew talked the boy out of his lunch which Jesus blessed and fed the multitude of hungry people, who had spent the day listening to Him speak on the kingdom of God.  Can you just imagine the boy telling his family how he witnessed the miracle of HIS LUNCH feeding 5,000 men, not counting men and women, and that there were 12 baskets of food left over?!

Slave girl testifies of God’s healing power.   Namaan, a high-ranking captain of the Syrian army had leprosy and a young servant girl (who was taken captive by the Syrians) told his wife that he should go to Israel.  When he got there he was to find Elisha the prophet of God who would pray for his healing.  Naaman was very angry that Elisha sent a messenger out and did not come out to meet him.  The servant told Naaman to dip himself 7 times in the Jordan River then his leprosy would go away.  He was reluctant, but did so and was cleansed.  You can read about the servant girl’s faith and Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5:1-14.

(More on Faith-To Be Continued)

TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 3-7-16 Riding Out the Storm

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Oil Painting by Liz ‘Riding Out the Storm’

Are you going through a storm in your life today?  This painting is based on a real life event of a fishing boat scrambling to return to the harbor.  A storm was moving in and the ocean was very rough with unusually large swells.  The boat made it back safely!

Here are Bible verses to assure you that Jesus is looking out for us.  He is our harbor light; He is our rock, our fortress and strong tower.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  (Psalms 61:3)

 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  (Psa 91:2)

TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU, 2-27-16 The Yea and Amen of God’s Word

finish his work." (John 4:34)

In John 6:63b Jesus said:

 ‘. . .the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’.

 

‘The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb’.   (Psalms 19:7-10)  

 

 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us’.   (2Cor 1:20)

HALLELUJAH!

 

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