The New Has Come!

Pic quote 2 Cor 5 v 17

I love how everything comes back to life in the spring.  The trees and plants are blossoming and the birds are singing and it is a beautiful sight after a long winter!  I love how the Lord makes everything new!  When you believe in Jesus, you become a new creation too!  The old you is gone and you are perfectly forgiven and redeemed!  The new has come!

Hold fast to Jesus brothers and sisters!  Our sins are forgiven through Him and we have peace with God forever (Romans 5:1-2)!  We are saved by grace through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8-9) and our salvation is secure through the blood He shed on the cross for us all (Romans 3:21-28, Ephesians 1:13-14).  We may stumble and fall, but the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us (John 14:18, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20).  He will pick us up and lead us forward in His righteousness and nothing can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:27-30)!

The sins of the past have no hold on you.  You are not who you were before Jesus!  When you accepted Jesus by faith, He washed your sins away and He remembers them no more!  Every day from that day since and forever, you have been and will forever be brand new in Him!  May we embrace the fullness of the new creations He has made in us and may His will be done forever!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Romans 8:1-2

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Jesus in John 3:16-17

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

If you don’t know Jesus, come to Him today and let Him make you brand new!  He loves you and He can and will heal and save your soul!  There is nothing like the power and refreshing of the Holy Spirit inside of you!  The Lord will renew you day by day just as the Word says and you will be a new creation in Jesus forever!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13

Have a blessed and encouraging weekend!

Grace and peace to you all!

“as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our

transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12

“I have swept away your offenses like a

cloud,

your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me,

for I have redeemed you.”

Isaiah 44:22

 

 

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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Today is May 1st, 2019 and May is Celiac Disease Awareness month.  As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Celiac on January 6, 2012 and it changed my life forever.  The disease almost killed me and if left untreated, it can kill people.  I stopped breathing on April 28, 2012 and I am only here because Jesus saved me by a miracle in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Too many people still do not know about or do not understand Celiac, and many (including some doctors) even mock the disease and those who have it.  My prayer is that as Celiacs around the world share their stories, we can spread awareness and bring understanding about this life changing and potentially deadly disease.

Celiac facts

The first and most important thing I want you to know about Celiac Disease is that it is not just an allergy.  It is a genetic autoimmune disorder where a person cannot digest the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats.  A Celiac’s body actually views those grains as poisonous.  The protein is called gliadin and that is what is called gluten.  There is no cure for Celiac and the only treatment is a lifelong gluten free diet.

If I eat wheat or any of the other grains I mentioned, my body will go into a full blown autoimmune attack on itself and destroy the lining of my small intestine.  That is what was happening to me for 10 years (from age 23 to 33) as I suffered from undiagnosed Celiac.  It could also kill me by causing anaphylaxis.  Eating oats is what caused me to go into anaphylactic shock and stop breathing.  If you want to read more about that and how God saved my life, please read my post “My Lazarus Moment.”  It was the most torturous pain I have ever experienced in my life and by all medical counts I should be dead, but God had other plans and He let me live.

Celiac autoimmune

When a Celiac eats gluten, the antibodies that are produced in the autoimmune response actually kill the villi in the small intestine.  The villi are tiny hair-like structures that line the inside of the small intestine and they are responsible for the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.  If your villi die, then you become malnourished along with a host of other problems.  When I was diagnosed on 1-6-12, I weighed 128 pounds.  I am 6 foot 1 inch tall and my normal healthy weight was around 160-165.  Like I said, Celiac almost killed me…and that was before the anaphylactic shock.

Celiac small intestine

Celiac damage

Undiagnosed Celiac disease presents itself with a variety of symptoms and it can cause massive damage to the human body.  Before I was diagnosed, the first major symptom I had was acid reflux.  I even took pharmaceutical pills to stop that, but it just made it worse (because only going gluten free would stop it).  As time went on, it got worse and worse.  I was having incredible gut pain, severe weight loss, low blood sugar, racing heart, my finger nails were brittle, under my eyes was very dark, my spine, muscles, and bones ached, severe nausea, chronic fatigue, and it attacked my brain causing headaches, depression, anxiety, extreme mood swings and irritability, irrational anger, panic attacks, short temper, and suicidal thoughts.  When a Celiac eats gluten, the protein gliadin actually breaks through the lining of the small intestine and ends up spreading wildly throughout the body.  That is how it can affect every part of the body, even the brain.  The protein gliadin can actually collect on the brain and attack it much like someone with the protein on the brain common to the football injury called CTE.

The best way I can describe what it was like is that it felt like I had a swarm of wasps inside my head stinging the frontal lobe of my brain.  It causes the section of the brain responsible for fight or flight to be at peak levels all the time and it was insane.  Before I was diagnosed, I didn’t know what was happening to me.  I thought I was losing it and I was going to die.  All of that stopped once I went gluten free, but it took years to heal from the damage and my body is still not fully healed.  Celiac is so much worse than people know.

Also, it is a very hard disease to detect and it is misdiagnosed and mistaken for many other diseases such as lupus and even cancer.  The most effective way to test for it is by using a simple blood or stool test or simple diet elimination.  They do not recommend doing an endoscopy as it is less than 50% accurate.  My doctor did not recommend it for me and she actually told me it would have just caused me more pain.  The problem with doing an endoscopy is that they go into the small intestine and take a sample (scrape some tissue), but if they hit an area that is healthy, then they say the person doesn’t have Celiac.  The damaged villi are patchy and there can be healthy tissue right next to dead patches.  If they don’t take a sample from a damaged area, then they give a misdiagnosis and the person keeps suffering.  Blood testing and diet elimination are becoming the go to tests for diagnosis of Celiac disease.

Celiac symptoms

Celiac gene

Having damaged villi is not good.  Due to malabsorption, I now deal with a separate condition known as Cachexia or more commonly “wasting syndrome.”  Due to the damage in my small intestine I can’t gain weight properly anymore.  I go through an up and down weight gain and loss cycle every few weeks where I get to 140 or 144 tops, then I drop back down to 134 and the cycle repeats.  I call those episodes, and the days I am at the bottom are still hard days.  The years of lacking the full nutrition my body needed hurt my muscles and bones and I am not as strong as I should be at my age of 40.  I also deal with blood sugar issues now, especially when I get down into the 130s.  Remember this: your entire health is in your gut.  If your gut gets messed up, you get messed up.  It’s that simple, so eat good and take care of yourself.

Celiac is very dangerous and I have to be very careful of cross contamination.  I have not been out to eat since I was diagnosed 7 years ago.  Even one tiny crumb of wheat bread is enough to cause severe suffering or even anaphylaxis.  If my gluten free food was cooked in the same pan as gluten food, I would get sick and I could die.  If gluten food touched my gluten free food, I would get sick and I could die.  My food has to be certified gluten free from a gluten free facility to prevent cross contamination and that is not easy to find.  I once ate some gluten free flavored almonds and afterwards I became violently ill again.  We called the company and asked them about the facility and we found out they also make oat based products in the same facility.  I could have died eating those almonds!  Oats are not gluten free and they should not be allowed to make oat food on the same line as gluten free food.  If you are a Celiac, you must do your research!  Gluten free doesn’t always mean gluten free!

Mainstream companies like General Mills are NOT gluten free!  Cheerios are NOT gluten free–they are made with oats!  Frito Lay is NOT gluten free!  Neither are all the other cheaply made mainstream foods that are made with GMOs and gluten.  Their facilities are not gluten free either as they make a ton of wheat and oat based products.  If you have Celiac disease, please do not be tricked by the mainstream companies!  They just slap some fake gluten free label on their products, so they can make more money.  The food must be certified gluten free!

Certified gluten free

Certified GF

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Celiac cross contamination

 

Celiac no cheating
I like this pin, but it should specify that a Celiac will damage their body if they eat 1/350th of a slice of wheat, barley, rye or oat bread.

Certified GF and non GMO

Celiac disease goes beyond gluten free too.  After my initial diagnosis, I soon found out that I was also no longer able to eat dairy, soy, eggs, or coconut either.  I learned that through painful trial and error.  The tips of the villi are what digest lactose, so when a bunch of villi die, the body can’t digest it anymore.  I also cannot have caffeine, coffee, or alcohol.  I don’t care about the alcohol, good riddance, but I do miss coffee.  Celiac took away all of the foods I loved and the lifestyle I loved and the life I live now is very restricted.

I eat good, but everything has to be organic, Non-GMO, and gluten free and be dairy, soy, and egg free too.  It is very expensive and very restricted.  I can’t even eat animals that have been fed gluten grains or GMOs.  We eat free range bison from South Dakota, free range Coleman chicken from Golden, CO (or Rosie’s chicken in California), and wild halibut from the ocean.  If I ate chicken or fish that was raised eating soy, I would get sick.  I can’t eat beef because they finish the cows on gluten grains and GMO corn to fatten them up.  That would make me deathly ill!

Please do not eat GMOs either!  They are made by Monsanto, which makes glyphosate (the cancer causing poison in their product Roundup).  The “Roundup ready corn” actually has glyphosate in its DNA and it rots your gut and causes cancer.  Would you pour Roundup on your food before you eat it?  Then you don’t want it secreted from the inside of the food into your gut either!  Monsanto is evil and they are killing people!  Their BT toxin has killed many in India and glyphosate is making people sick and killing them all over the world.  Their chemicals have been linked to autism, cancer, infertility, many diseases, and death.  I could say a lot more about Monsanto and GMOs, but that will be for another time.  Just do your research and don’t eat their GMOs!

No GMOs

GMO truth

GMO truth India

GMO India

GMO spray

Monsanto corn

 

No GMO hat

 

We even have to bring my food with us when we travel and make sure the place we are going has all of our food available.  That is why we vacation in California.  We actually pack a few pounds of the free range bison we eat and get everything else we need there.  Even if I will be away from the house for a few hours (like if we go shopping), I need to pack food because I can’t eat out anywhere.  The disease controls my life now from the time I get up to the time I lay down.  If I eat at the wrong time, my blood sugar gets messed up and it can make for a real tough day.  If I eat the wrong thing or get cross contaminated, I can end up suffering terrible pain or I can end up dead.  Sometimes I feel like a prisoner in my own body.

Gluten can also be found in lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, soda and juice drinks, and a bunch of other products, so we have to be careful with those too.  The personal care companies really like to put oats in things too and I really have to watch out for that.  If I used an oat based shampoo or lotion, I would go into anaphylactic shock and die (unless God did a miracle to save me again).  See how this disease affects every part of a person’s life?

I suffered terrible pain for years leading up to my diagnosis and the first few years after diagnosis were torturous.  I used to lay on the floor in cold sweats every night after vomiting and having diarrhea at the same time as my body detoxed itself over and over again.  The gut pain was so bad that I could barely walk and I used to have blood sugar drops accompanied by such severe nausea that it would knock me to my knees for hours (I still get bad drops sometimes).  I also excreted dead intestinal tissue for years and that was very painful.  All of that went on for many years and my days were filled with pain, anguish, and misery.  In January of 2012 all I could eat was a few bites of rice and drink water and I was laid out on the couch unable to move all day.  My wife had to help me up and help me walk.  I was only 33 when I was diagnosed, I was preparing to die, and I cried out many times for the Lord to take me.

So does it make me mad when people mock Celiac and they say it’s not a real disease or it’s “just an allergy”?  Yeah, it makes me mad!  This disease ruined my life!  It took my health, my youth, and my strength from me and if it wasn’t for the miracle Jesus did, it would have killed me on 4-28-12.  If you know someone with Celiac, please try to show some compassion and never make fun of them or the disease.  If you are a doctor that doesn’t know about Celiac or you think it’s not real, please stop being so arrogant and do your research and actually start helping people!  If you had Celiac, you would know without a doubt just how dangerous and deadly this disease really is.  Gluten free is not some Hollywood fad.  It is a required diet for survival for some of us!

Celiac poster best

Celiac explained

Celiac shirt

I really like that shirt.  For some reason, I have been chosen to fight this disease.  I truly pray people will learn more about it and understand it, but I wouldn’t wish Celiac on anyone.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much suffering this disease has caused me and my family.  From the physical problems to job and income loss, Celiac has tried to destroy us.  The worst part of it is that our kids both have Celiac too, but we caught the disease early enough in them, so they don’t have damage to their small intestines.  We knew our daughter had it when her gut was bloated and in pain and her hair started falling out.  We immediately went gluten free and she was perfectly fine.  Our son is the youngest, so he has been gluten free almost his entire life.

One thing I know is that God is bigger than this disease.  It is a thorn in my flesh for sure and God could simply remove it with a miraculous healing, but that is not always what He does.  Sometimes we have to live with the thorn like the Apostle Paul.  After 7 years fighting Celiac and living through the learning and growing process that fight has caused, I understand better than I ever have that God’s grace is sufficient for me.

I wish I had my healthy life back and I don’t ever want to suffer pain like what I went through ever again, but I am thankful for what the Lord has shown me through it all.  I will never forget the day I stopped breathing.  I went from torturous excruciating pain to perfect peace in a flash and Jesus was right there with me!  He was with me every single day of my suffering and He never left me and He never will!

Grace and peace to you all!

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Photos & A Powerful Prayer

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We made it through our spring storm last night with barely any snow.  It’s chilly and the rooftops have snow, but that was no big deal.  I have been through much worse winter storms in April and even May.  You can see our Serviceberry tree is in full bloom and the grass is really green this year.  We had a very long and snowy winter and it keeps trying to hang on.  This is spring in Colorado where the reemerging life battles the last winter storms of the Rocky Mountains until the beginning of summer.  Thank you all for praying for our son.  He is feeling much better and he is back to school today.  I am resting and recuperating this week, so this will be another short post.  I just wanted to share some photos I took this morning and earlier this month, and post a powerful prayer from Ephesians.

Here are some photos I took this morning.  This is looking straight west to the front range of the Rockies:

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This is our peach tree, which is starting to bloom nicely:

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It is really thick with fog and clouds and we can’t even see Pike’s Peak today.  It is so thick right now that I can barely see the front range at all.  Good thing I took those photos early this morning.

Here are some photos I took earlier this month of a Colorado Red-tailed hawk in flight:

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We see multiple hawks here every day.  They love hunting the open space behind our house and sometimes they even land on our back fence.  They are beautiful birds of prey.

Here is a photo of our local deer family and a good photo of Pike’s Peak I took a couple weeks ago.  The deer are fuzzy from their winter fur and that is what Pike’s looks like on a clear day, which is usually every day here.  We get around 330+ days of sunshine per year, so cloudy days like today are rare.

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Now for the prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus.  I echo this prayer in our time for all of us.  May His will be done!

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”

Ephesians 3:14-21

Amen Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace to you all!

Another Sick Day & A Quick Message of Grace

Pic quote 1 Corinthians 16 v 23

Good morning everyone!  We had to take our son to the doctor last night.  We thought maybe he was getting sick because over the weekend he drank water out of the landscaping tap outside (which I told him not to do), but it turned out he has some kind of virus that is going around.  We are also getting another cold front coming in from the Rockies and it is supposed to get to near freezing tonight.  I have insulated the sprinkler system back flow pipes and I pray they don’t freeze.  We are all really looking forward to warmer weather and a healthy summer!  Thank you for praying for our son!  I need to help my son, so this will be a quick message today regarding God’s grace.  God bless you all!

The photo in the Scripture pin above is our favorite local fishing spot.  That is what it looks like off the South Platte in the Pike National Forest of the Rocky Mountains in the summer.  It is a beautiful display of God’s beauty and grace and I can’t wait to get back out there!

Truly think about 1 Corinthians 16:23 today.  The grace of the Lord Jesus!  What an abundant and amazing grace it truly is!  There is no greater grace than having all of your sins forgiven and remembered by God no more!  That is what Jesus did for all of us and that grace is offered freely to the whole world through faith in Him!  If you do not know Jesus and have not received His grace, come to Him today!  His grace is for you too and He wants to shower you with His grace, mercy, and forgiveness and save your soul!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-24

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

We are saved and justified by grace through faith in Jesus!  If you believe in Jesus, then your sins are forgiven forever and you have eternal life!  How awesome and powerful it is that the grace of Jesus is with us!  May we rest in His grace always!

The grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

End Times Stuff

The End

Recently, there was a disagreement here on WordPress regarding the time and meaning of end times events as written in the Bible.  I am not going to rehash that disagreement here.  I got involved in the conversation to help my sister in Christ and to help bring peace and understanding to the situation.  Many devout Christians who love Jesus with all of their hearts disagree with each other on the timing and meaning of end times Scripture.  This is an unfortunate reality within the church.  All of the conversations I have had over the past few days (here on WordPress and by email) with those involved in the disagreement have been constructive and righteous and I appreciate you all.  I would like to share a couple of posts that I wrote about the end times back in August of 2018 when I first started blogging.  Only a few people had seen my blog back then, so not many people have seen these posts.

Here is one I wrote on 8-25-18 about the Rapture.  I actually wrote this post because of a disagreement a brother in Christ and I had about the Rapture.

The Rapture

Here is one I wrote on 8-22-18 about the mark of the beast.

Don’t Ever Get Chipped!

I was thinking today about the different views of the end times and how many disagreements there are about it.  The conversations over the last few days made me think about my old college buddy who became a Pastor in Boulder.  We were catching up by phone a couple years back and the Rapture came up.  He told me he doesn’t even believe in the Rapture!  He is not Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib; he just doesn’t believe in it at all!  That was shocking to me and I disagreed with him, but he wasn’t changing his mind.  Is he still my good brother in Christ?!  Of course!  We shared the Gospel together all over campus at the University of Northern Colorado back in the 90s and we even baptized people together!  He loves Jesus with all of his heart and the main thing is he believes a person can only be saved by faith in Jesus and not by works.

I posted the front cover of Mark Hitchcock’s book because that is an awesome book to use as a Bible study guide to the end times.  Pastor Mark is a humble guy.  I chatted with him by email a couple years ago and it really helped me during my time of suffering.  I love his books.  His book “The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days” is my favorite so far.

Here is what I wrote about his book on the “Great Books” page on my blog:

“This is an incredible resource for studying the end times and Bible prophecy.  If you want help understanding Revelation and Daniel, or you have ever wanted to dive deeper into understanding prophecy, then this is your definitive book on the subject!  Mark Hitchcock has written over 20 books on end times Bible Prophecy, he is the senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member of Dallas Theological Seminary.  He is also a humble servant of God who I have enjoyed speaking with over email on several occasions.  Powerful book!”

-Ryan Callahan

If you are looking for a great resource to study the end times, then Pastor Mark’s book is what I recommend.  I believe he has a correct and clear understanding of the end times and I agree with his beliefs regarding the Rapture and all other end times events.

It is important to remember that our beliefs in the Rapture are not a salvation issue.  My old college friend who is now a Pastor is not a deceiver because of his views on the Rapture.  I wouldn’t point people to him for understanding of the end times, but he sure knows how to preach the Gospel.  I am not saying the Rapture is not an important issue because it is and it should be taught correctly.  However, there are many disagreements regarding the Rapture and the timing and meaning of other end times events and we should be careful in how we judge each other regarding those disagreements.  There will be people that disagree with my views of the end times.  That’s okay.  I might disagree with yours.  I am not here to argue with anybody about the end times.  My focus is on helping the lost get saved.  Not arguing with those who are already saved.

All we can do is speak the truth in love on our blogs and let the chips fall where they may.  If you have a disagreement with a brother or sister in Christ, please contact them privately first.  Please be very careful about publicly calling somebody out on your blogs.  You might not have all the facts and you need to give the person a fair chance at responding to your disagreement.  It is always best to seek understanding through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and talk with the brother or sister directly first.

I posted those links about the Rapture and the mark of the beast, so that people know clearly what I believe.  I believe the overview of upcoming end times events is:

WW3

The Rapture (Pre-Trib)

7 year Tribulation

Armageddon

The 2nd Coming of Jesus

The Millennial Kingdom

Satan’s final revolt and defeat

Eternity

There are a lot of things that take place within all that, but that is the general overview.

I hope I was able to help those involved in the disagreement.  You all love Jesus with all of your hearts and we are brothers and sisters in Christ.  We may not agree on everything, but we agree that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and a person can only be saved by God’s grace through faith in Him!  Amen to John 3:16, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 10:9!

I pray we all keep focused on Jesus as we fulfill the Great Commission He gave us in Matthew 28:18-20!  May we love each other as He loves us!

Grace and peace to you all!

“A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Jesus speaking in John 13:34-35

 

 

Fuego by Wande

Hello everyone!  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you know I really like Christian hip-hop.  I love this song called “Fuego” (which is Spanish for “fire”) by Wande!  It is a call to keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning and never put it out!  It is God’s truth to a poetic rhyme and a really nice beat!  I hope you all enjoy it on this beautiful day the Lord has made!

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…”

2 Timothy 1:6

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire…”

1 Thessalonians 5:19

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus speaking in Acts 1:8

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Believers in Jesus, “keep it lit” in the Holy Spirit!  This world can’t beat us!  We have overcome the world in Him!  Keep planting the righteous seed of the Gospel and may the Lord spread revival throughout the whole world!  Thank you Jesus, Amen!

“I was sowin’ seeds, now it’s lookin’ like I need a plow.”

-Wande, Fuego

The seed:

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus promising eternal life in John 3:16

Grace and peace to you all!

 

My Grandma Went To Be With The Lord

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I wanted to let everyone know that my Grandma (my Mom’s Mom) went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning.  Thank you to all of you who were praying for her.  She passed peacefully in her home in her sleep.  She was surrounded by family and a lot of love.  In her final days, she spoke of how thankful she was for her family and how good her kids turned out.  She also talked with my Mom about Jesus and she was able to read my blog post regarding the prayer request for her.  My Aunts and Uncles and my Mom had been helping her and it was a blessing that they were able to spend that time together.

Although we will miss her, we are rejoicing and glad that she is no longer in any pain.  We know that she is with Jesus now and she is in perfect peace.  We have a great hope in Jesus that can never be taken away and we know we will see her again someday.

I will do a memorial post for my Grandma soon, but for now I just wanted to share the news and ask for prayer for my family.  It gives me great joy to think of the glory that my Grandma is witnessing right now.  My Mom said it was amazing that she passed the day before Resurrection Sunday.  My Mom said, “She will be with Jesus on Easter.”  Amen, Mom, she is with Jesus and she is wrapped in His love forever.

Grace and peace to you all!

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus speaking in John 6:40