What Makes Heaven Rejoice?

Shofar:

Beautiful post about the love of God as written by Joe Quatrone, Jr.

From the parables we learn of God’s great love for us!

Originally posted on Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

Parable of Lost SheepLuke 15 may be one of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. It contains three parables about things that were lost and then found. These stories are pictures of how God seeks us and the joy heaven experiences when we are found. Let’s begin reading in verse 1:

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

There were two different groups present in Jesus’ audience: the religious leaders and the sinners. The Pharisees and teachers of the law had become the enemies of Jesus by this time. They followed Him around looking for a reason to condemn Him. These religious fanatics were so scrupulous in their observance of the law; they would never sit down and eat with “sinners” like tax collectors and common men. The…

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5 Portraits of a Real Disciple

Shofar:

Another excellent post to read by Joe Quatrone, Jr.

Originally posted on Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

Discipleship 3Jesus was getting closer and closer to the cross. People who wanted to see a miracle or get a free meal from Him were mobbing Him. The crowd following Jesus knew who He was, but they would soon be gone. The crowd was about to become much smaller because Jesus started setting forth the cost of discipleship and it’s not a popular message. It requires total commitment. Today, the majority of people who express an interest in Jesus represent the crowd–they are not committed to Jesus and do not experience a deep level of intimacy with Him. In Luke 14:25-35, Jesus provided five vivid images and used each one to teach a lesson about discipleship:

1. A Family: Love Jesus Supremely

The first image Jesus used was a family. Are you surprised Jesus said to be a disciple you must hate your family? I read about a pastor who…

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BEHOLD, THE LORD COMETH! (Prophecy)

 

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THE EASTERN GATE IN OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

About a month ago, the Lord placed it upon my heart to do this drawing.  It was not easy for me because I never worked with ink before.  When I finished it, I also added a touch of color.  This drawing speaks of Jesus’  IMMINENT return through the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem, as prophesied in the book of Ezekiel chapter 44!

About 600 B.C. the Lord God showed the prophet Ezekiel  that the Eastern Gate was shut.  Soon it will be re-opened for Jesus to enter in and God will establish the Millennial Kingdom of 1,000 years of righteousness, peace, and joy in the world.

WATCH this outstanding video that describes the coming momentous event:

https://youtu.be/beNN7EisSW0

 

At Calvary ~ Golden Oldie Hymn

Shofar:

AT CALVARY

Thank you dear sister-in-the-Lord, Sue Nash for sharing this beautiful and touching song!

I remember this old hymn from yesteryear.  What a POWERFUL song- sung with such Holy Spirit anointing! Imagine William Newell composing it in 1895!

Do sing along and remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us at Calvary!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)

Originally posted on Heavenly Raindrops:

With Easter approaching, my thoughts always shift to the cross and to what Christ accomplished at Calvary.  Join with me in remembering this lovely old hymn,

At Calvary
by William Newell.
1895

Sung by Lynda Randle

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.
Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.
Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the…

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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN PART 4- WHEN DIVINITY BECAME HUMANITY

Shofar:

CELEBRATING THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!

Drgold’s recent post about why Jesus came and how He accomplished God’s will as our Savior and Redeemer. He suffered and died for our sins, and the same power that raised Him from the dead will raise us up as well, in the rapture and resurrection of the saints!

Originally posted on God's Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes:

The Gospel of John- When Divinity Became Humanity, When God Became Man

This is the Part 4 and the final dissertation of the Gospel of John. In the first 11 chapters of John, we witnessed the many miracles Jesus did- changing water into wine, feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, lame, and blind, and then raising dead Lazarus. Then from chapters 12 to 17, we learned of Jesus’ passion- his triumphant return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the Last Supper, Foot Washing, the Promise of the Holy Spirit, and his special prayer to the Father for his disciples before his death and crucifixion on the feast of the Passover.

In the next two chapters 18 and 19, we will learn of Jesus’ betrayal, trial, humiliation, suffering, and death. We will see the ugly side of humanity, the killing of an innocent man, and the reason why God sent Jesus to earth- to save us from our sins; to suffer and…

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“I Know That My Redeemer Lives!”- I Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead

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JESUS LIVES!
Listen to this beautiful song and be blessed today!

Originally posted on God's Enduring Love:

Be blessed by the scriptures and lyrics of“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”! Jesus lives EVERY DAY!

We don’t have to wait until after Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday to know that Jesus is alive and has been interceding for us for 2,000 years!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQpWXB595NA

“IF CHRIST BE NOT RAISED, YOUR FAITH IS VAIN…

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

For if the dead rise…

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Jesus, the Unwelcomed Lover

Shofar:

BEAUTIFUL POST!  A TESTAMENT OF GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR US- THAT JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, AND WAS RESURRECTED IN ORDER THAT WE MAY BELIEVE IN HIM AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.  

Originally posted on Joe Quatrone, Jr.:

red-love-rejectionHave you ever had your love rejected? It hurts when someone rejects your love, whether you are 13, 23, or 73 years old. Oh, the pain of rejected love!

In today’s passage, I want you to see how Jesus’ love is often unwelcomed and rejected. But before we read our text, let me review the context and setting. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be crucified (v. 22). The opposition against Him was growing stronger and more vocal. The common people loved Him and heard Him gladly, but the religious crowd hated Him because He exposed their hypocrisy and wickedness. Let’s pick up with Luke 13:31-35:

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to Him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill You.”

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people…

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FOR GUITAR AFICIONADOS- Another Guitar!

LAST CHAPTER ON MY GUITAR STORIES!

If you read about my guitars in previous posts,  the last acquisition I made makes the 6th guitar to pass into my possession (not counting one I bought for a granddaughter)!  Well, this is the last chapter because I now have what I want- 2 classic guitars with awesome resonance and full-bodied sound!  One is my Takamine  F3105 with steel strings which I call my Martin Takamine because it is a copy of the famous Martin brand maker.  I bought it from a collector friend who had so many instruments that he decided to let one go!  It looks its age, but its sound is out of this world and worth more than the $100 I paid for it!

I got the second one when I recently traded my Takamine C132S acoustic guitar for my son’s classical Alvarez Yairi CY135.  He is a professional entertainer, plays dinner music at Hy’s Steak House in Waikiki and has a number of excellent instruments.  One is the Alvarez I really liked and even ‘borrowed’ on occasion.  After the last time I played it, he let me talk him out of it.  I swapped with him my Takamine C132S which was in mint condition with a plush lined hard shell case and all.  My son then gave my Takamine to another guitarist who was going to do house repairs for him!

Takamine steel string on left, Alvarez acoustic on right.

Takamine F3105 steel string on left, Alvarez Yairi CY135 classical guitar on right.

Would you believe my Alvarez Yairi came with ‘papers’, kinda like having a pedigree dog, you know.  It was made in Japan and certified by the factory president Kazuo Yairi himself,  handcrafted in Feb. 1975 with woods ‘naturally aged for stability and fine tone’!  And I lOVE IT!  When I play the Alvarez, it is like we are ‘2 voices together’.  My son says that’s a nice way to put it.  Anyway, it is the one on the right side of the photo.   One of the projects I have on the back burner is to record some songs someday to show how to play guitar by ear using chord progressions.  Below is ‘certification’ of my Alvarez Yairi!

Proof of Certification

Alvarez guitar handcrafted certified by President Kazuo Yairi and completed on Feb. 3, 1975.

Tour of Yairi Guitar factory in Japan: 

 

TRUSTING GOD AND DOING HIS WILL- Liz’s Journal

"Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."  (John 4:34)
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”   (John 4:34)

This post is about keeping our focus, staying strong in the Lord and what He has called us to do.  We need to stay close to God and His Word.  We must be wary of Satan and his evil tactics to confuse, distract, and deceive Christians with the purpose of destroying the work of God through strife and disunity.

Although written in my journal dated Jan 21, 2003, this seems descriptive of what is happening in Christian circles today.  This is what the Holy Spirit impressed upon me:

“Our meat is the same as Jesus’ meat, which is to do the will of the Father.  Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost that they may experience life and life more abundantly.  Our mission is the same.   It is to those in the lost and dying world who are ignorant of the message of salvation and eternal life, who are outside of the safety of the sheepfold.   The masses of the world are out there in the dark and the Lord is short of laborers.  That’s why He said to pray for more to labour with Him, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to bring in the lost.  We should be doing the works of Jesus and the early disciples of bringing the message of salvation and deliverance to the world.  That is our job.  Whereas the enemy’s job is to thwart all efforts directed at God in accomplishing His perfect plan and purpose for mankind.

We must always be careful on whose side we are working, whose purposes we are supporting.  Everyone must determine in their own minds to know who the enemy is and what his agenda is.  If we are not careful, we could easily find ourselves in the wrong camp and following the plan of the adversary, rather than serving in the ranks of the Lords’s army.

It is the ultimate goal of the devil to cause divisions and strife within the body of Christ to make it self destruct by pitting people and organizations against one another.  Many do not recognize this, however, and think that they are helping God out by labeling and identifying ‘dissident’ groups.  They are being used of the enemy and are not even aware that their zeal in doing this has been motivated by Satan himself.

When we take our eyes off the main focus of our calling, the enemy is right there to use us as his instruments to weaken the body of Christ. It is the highest form of deception when believers forget who their mission is to be directed to – the lost, the poor, the needy, etc. and they begin to attack one another.  It is also the greatest damage they cause to God’s work on earth by bringing reproach and loss of credibility upon those who profess to be Christians.  If we cannot impact the world with the gospel, the numbers that will come into the kingdom will be drastically reduced.  And we will certainly be held accountable for our part in hurting the work of the Lord. 

Related Link:  

CHAPTER 7  Watchmen on the Wall  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/repent-return-and-remain-with-god-shofar-ebook-chapter-7/

TRUST IN GOD AND IN HIS WORD

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The Lord recently impressed upon me to share with you some of the many things that He has spoken and taught me in time past regarding words of  ‘edification, exhortation, and of comfort’  (1Cor14:3).

As the Gospel of John reveals, particularly chapters 14, 15, and 16, we learn of the ministry of the Holy Ghost who Jesus said He would send ‘to be with us, and be in us’  (Jn14:17).

The Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth’s responsibility or job, is to ‘teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance’ (Jn14:26).  Jesus said ‘he shall testify of me’ (Jn15:26); He shall ‘guide us into all truth and show us things to come, and He will glorify me’ (Jn16:13).

Here are words which the Holy Spirit  spoke to me that will  encourage and bless you.  They are from my journal, dated 3-31-03, 2 months before our large home was sold.  It took nearly a year to sell our  9 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath tri-level home.  When we moved into a condo in the city we were free without being encumbered, to continue our mission work in the Philippines which we had begun in 2000. This is what the Holy Spirit told me and I wrote it down:

“Be still and know that I am God.  For the Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask and believe Him to do.  He that is Mighty has done great things even today as He did yesterday, and will also do tomorrow.  For there is no good thing that He will withhold from those who fear Him and seek Him daily.

Though the enemy would assail you, he will not touch you or do you any harm and in fact, will shamefacedly slink away because you have withstood him by your faith, the blood of Jesus, and the Word from God Himself.  

No weapon formed against you will prosper is a ‘thus saith the Lord’ to you personally.  For greater is He that is in YOU than he that prowls the earth with his evil intentions and devices.

You will be on TOP and not on the bottom; you will RISE UP and not be fallen down.  You will be VICTORS and not victims; you will have a GOOD REPORT and not a bad one.

For the Lord will give you a tremendous testimony of His love and grace that will give Him glory and bless many people.  It will testify of His faithfulness and of His calling people out unto Himself, to be LED of Him, to SERVE Him, to be USED of Him in this final end time work.

We will see and speak to people who have like testimonies as well, for God is calling out a people to seek another kingdom to live and rule in with Him.  It will be a kingdom that will be everlasting, with no end, with peace that surpasses understanding and where God will live with His people.  And there will be no lack, for God will satisfy every need, every longing of man’s heart, everything that man did not find fulfillment in on earth.”

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth.  He will not speak His own message, but what He hears from the Father as given to Him, and He will tell you of things to come” (John 16:13 paraphrased AMP BIBLE)

“. . .he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”  (1Cor 14:3).

  GOD BLESS YOU!

Related Posts:

https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/a-call-to-the-mission-field/

https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/my-testimony-and-an-amazing-story/

https://heulu.wordpress.com/?s=time+is+running+out

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