Friendship


My dear Sister in Christ, Inspirational Poet and Photographer, Wendy L Macdonald, allowed me to “experiment” with one of her inspirational poems and some of her still photographs and I was able to put a video slideshow together highlighting her poem. It is the first time for trying to use words in such a way in a video slideshow and I have some more learning to do, but she enjoyed it and allowed it to be posted. I hope you will receive a blessing from just another means of getting the Christian message across. There are links at the bottom of the video so you can visit her website and her Facebook page if you haven’t friended her yet. God Bless and enjoy. 👍😇💗✝️

Here is the poem that inspired this:

Friendship

The joyful flames of friendship
Ignite the incense of grace
That we may walk with counsel
In everything we face
~
The pleasant fragrance of friendship
Perfumes the most painful of days
That we may walk with comfort
No matter the burdens we face.

~ wlm

A good friend may not be able to lift our burden, but she helps us face it bravely.

© Wendy L. Macdonald, February 26, 2020. Used with permission.
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They’ve Turned Their Backs On Me


Jeremiah has been called to warn the people of Israel. When you read Jeremiah, if you substitute the United States for Israel, you will realize that the Book of Jeremiah is not just historical, but extremely and divinely prophetic. Jeremiah, except for certain verses is rarely taught on today and yet, with the state of the United States as a Nation, we NEED, we MUST take the words of Jeremiah to heart!

Turning your back on someone is a matter of will, it is a choice. Turning our backs on God is no different and yet today, we live in a society that has done just that and more so is trying to wipe the mention, let alone the thought, of God Almighty from their consciousness as if that will cause Him to disappear. The ancient Israelites tried that, it didn’t work. God IS just, holy and pure and though He is very long suffering, He demands His creation to at least acknowledge Him. We are living in a time when the Church of Christ Jesus, the Bride are going to be witness to the glory, the power and the authority of our Heavenly Father upon the wicked, corrupt and blatantly evil.

Though it is human nature to want to take joy in this process, there should be no joy in what we witness, other than the fact that we DO serve a God who IS sovereign, does reign over all the earth and whose Word is unchanging!

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The Lord Is My Rock and My Deliverer!

THE LORD IS MY ROCK AND MY DELIVERER!

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.” – Psalm 18:2-3.

“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me.” – Psalm 31:1-3.

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.” – Psalm 40:1-2.

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God Is Our Rock!

GOD IS OUR ROCK!

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” – Deuteronomy 32:4.

“For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.” – 2 Samuel 22:32-33.

“The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation!” – 2 Samuel 22:47.

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God’s Peace

Here is another video slideshow I have done to depict God’s perfect Peace. This is with beautiful pictures with the background music of an inspirational instrumental. I hope and pray that you can enjoy it and be blessed in the Lord. My prayer is that you can find peace in these times.

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The Room


*Pastor’s Note: I was cleaning out some old folders and paper files from way back when just the other day and I ran across this and a couple of other articles that I received long ago in emails. I have never posted this one on any of my websites or groups in the past. I guess it is long past due. Be blessed.


17 year old Brian Moore had only a short time to write something for a class. The subject was what Heaven was like. “I wowed ’em,” he later told his father, Bruce. It’s a killer. It’s the bomb. It’s the best thing I ever wrote.” It also was the last.

Brian’s parents had forgotten about the essay when a cousin found it while cleaning out the teenager’s locker at Teays Valley High School in Pickaway County.

Brian had been dead only hours, but his parents desperately wanted every piece of his life near them, notes from classmates and teachers, and his homework. Only two months before, he had handwritten the essay about encountering Jesus in a file room full of cards detailing every moment of the teen’s life. But it was only after Brian’s death that Beth and Bruce Moore realized that their son had described his view of Heaven.

It made such an impact that people wanted to share it. “You feel like you are there,” Mr. Moore had said. Brian Moore died May 27, 1997, the day after Memorial Day. He was driving home from a friend’s house when his car went off Bulen-Pierce Road in Pickaway County and struck a utility pole. He emerged from the wreck unharmed but stepped on a downed power line and was electrocuted.

The Moore’s framed a copy of Brian’s essay and hung it among the family portraits in the living room. “I think God used him to make a point. I think we were meant to find it and make something out of it,” Mrs. Moore said of the essay. She and her husband want to share their son’s vision of life after death. “I’m happy for Brian. I know he’s in Heaven. I know I’ll see him.”

Here is Brian’s essay entitled The Room:

In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings.

As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read, “Girls I have liked.” I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.

This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn’t match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.

A file name “Friends” was next to one marked “Friends I Have Betrayed.” The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. “Books I Have Read,” “Lies I Have Told,” “Comfort I Have Given,” “Jokes I Have Laughed At.”

Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: “Things I’ve Yelled At My Brothers.” Others I couldn’t laugh at: “Things I have Done In My Anger,” “Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath At My Parents.” I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often there were many more cards than expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped. I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived.

Could it be possible that I had the time in my years to fill each of these thousands or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature.

When I pulled out the file marked “TV Shows I Have Watched,” I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn’t found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of the shows but more by the vast time I knew that file represented.

When I came to a file marked “Lustful Thoughts,” I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded. An almost animal rage broke on me.

One thought dominated my mind: “No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!” In insane frenzy I yanked the file out. Its size didn’t matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it. Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh.

And then I saw it. The title bore “People I Have Shared The Gospel With.” The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that they hurt. They started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all. The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, every know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key. But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him.

No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn’t bear to watch His response. And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. Why did He have to read every one? Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn’t anger me. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn’t say a word. He just cried with me.

Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card. “No!” I shouted rushing to Him. All I could find to say was “No, no,” as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn’t be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, and so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. He gently took the card back, He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards.

I don’t think I’ll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, “It is finished.”

I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written.


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16.

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All Glory To God!


Didn’t realize it has been so long since posting Bible verse from Ephesians!

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Rebuild The Temple


Before this COVID-19 flu season started, the Lord had been speaking to me about my ministry changing as far as the direction of my teaching, at least to a degree. At the time, I wasn’t sure what He meant, but I was open to His Spirit leading me as I have tried to do all along. In truth, I did find myself praying even more than normally and I have been a bit more impatient with distractions that keep me from even thinking or meditating on the Lord.

I was inspired to get back into the Old Testament which in all honesty I hadn’t done regularly for almost two years. Oh, I would use the occasional Scripture reference needed to make a point and such, but it had been a while since reading and truly looking into the Old Testament Word. Then, that is when I felt inspired to go to the prophets, the writings of the major and the minor prophets. Let me tell you, my eyes had not seen so clearly when reading them before as they were now. It was almost as if they were mirroring the circumstances and situations going on today in our nation.

Politics aside, I was seeing how much God truly hates sin, corruption and wickedness. Listen, God IS love! There is no denying His Nature and Character, but I do not use the term “He hates sin,” lightly at all. He abhors sin and He cannot, because of His Holy and Pure Nature, be in the presence of sin.

So God opened my spiritual eyes to His unchanging Character and Word in the light of much of the governmental corruption and blatant wickedness we see and then the COVID-19 panic and fear started and right from the beginning, something did not seem right. The timing, the statistics, the confusion, fear and panic and the bowing down to these liberal leaders to follow every little thing they said.

So I continued on my sharing of what the Prophets of old had been writing, not just to the children of ancient Israel, but to any nation that rejected God and chose to live in wickedness. It was like I had all the material handed to me and every time I picked up my Bible, there was something that was speaking to me about our nation and the world as a whole. With a change of a few names and places, it was like looking into a mirror and seeing the image in the Bible reflected back. Now you have to understand, I have known that as much as God’s Nature and Word does not change, sadly, neither does human nature, left unchecked. It is only by the Blood of Jesus Christ and the abiding of His Holy Spirit within a person that human nature CAN be subjected to the spirit of that person.

So I have been sharing a lot of warnings and words of judgement if we AS a nation do not change. As I have stated before, God now works on the hearts of individuals and counts righteousness and unrighteousness individually because of the dispensation of Grace we live in. BUT – He STILL will judge nations for their wickedness, evil and blatant corruption in the face of His warnings. His modern-day prophets STILL speak His Word and more so now that we have them written for posterity!

Which leads me to some GOOD messages from the Lord, especially concerning His children. As I was reading the Book of Haggai, it dawned on me that this wasn’t so much a message to God’s people of warning, though some is implied, as it is messages of hope and renewal and regeneration. The Holy Spirit led me to think about how this applies to us, His children today, since it is not an earthly Temple we worship in.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. (NKJV)

“. . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, . . .” – Ephesians 3:16-17. (NKJV)

Further more:

“However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest? Has My hand not made all these things?'” – Acts 7:48-50. (NKJV)

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1. (NKJV)

We KNOW from so many confirming Scriptures that God’s Spirit dwells in and abides in us through the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus. Our “hearts” are His Temple now and when the veil of the old Temple was rent in two and thus, entrance was made available into the Holy of Holies, it was a sign that the old ways were no longer relevant but that with Christ Jesus’ death a newness of spirit had begun.

However, in this modern age we are living with all of the distractions of life and that fact that our Heavenly Father DOES allow His Spirit to abide within, some of us have neglected the spiritual Temple and this is what the message of Haggai addresses. Let’s not fall into the trap of many that believe the Old Testament has no bearing on the lives of today, for that would be a great disservice to your brothers and sisters as well as to yourselves.

Haggai 1:

2 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: The people are saying, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house – the Temple.’”

3 So the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! 6 You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!”

7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. 9 You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. 10 That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. 11 I have called for a drought on your fields and hills – a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.”

12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God’s people obeyed the message from the Lord their God. It had been delivered by the prophet Haggai, whom the Lord their God had sent, and the people worshipped the Lord in earnest. 13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave the people this message from the Lord: “I am with you, says the Lord!” 14 So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of God’s people. They came and began their work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God. (NLT)

As I stated above, it’s easy to get distracted with all the things this life brings a person’s way. But when we have actually surrendered to God through Christ Jesus and His gift of Salvation, being spiritually reborn, having the bondage of the carnal nature subservient, then we have to make the determination to get our priorities right before God. Our Heavenly Father wants us to build up His Kingdom, not our own. This doesn’t mean we have to always be going out and gathering others to His Kingdom though that is a very important part, but we have to make sure that we ourselves are right for the Kingdom living that He has promised us with our renewed spiritual insights.

This is why it is so important to encourage one another. Encouragement breeds enthusiasm, just as in the time of Haggai’s message. Paul, the Apostle put it this way in his writings, “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14. (NKJV) What the Apostle is stating simply, is, encourage one another and continue in it.

God is always faithful in His Word. He is also very longsuffering and patient, often beyond what we can comprehend and understand. When He warns people and nations, we need to heed those warnings for history shows us that He DOES follow through with His Word. The same holds true with His promises. Again, history proves that He follows through with those as well.

Today, those who have been washed in the Blood of Christ Jesus and have that Blood painted upon the doorposts of their hearts are God’s children and He truly IS our Heavenly Father, just as He desired from the very beginning. Doesn’t it make sense, that if He is willing and able to abide within each of us and set up His earthly Throne in our hearts, that He deserves a place worthy of our praise and worship?!

Let us be enthusiastic in our living for Him and striving to follow His will within our lives. THAT is the best way to praise and worship, the Living God, Whom we are blessed to call Father!


Unless otherwise noted, (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all (NLT) Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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Sovereignty of God

Here is another video slideshow I have done to depict God’s awesomeness and Glory. This is with beautiful pictures with the background instrumental of the worship song, “Awesome God.” I hope and pray that you can enjoy it and be blessed in the Lord.

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Faith . . . John 20:29

I believe without seeing, I know that I know,
I know that GOD love’s me and won’t let me go.

I can feel sunshine even in rain;
I see heaven without fear or pain.

I know that this sadness which I know today,
Won’t last forever for GOD’S made a WAY.

My faith is in JESUS who suffered and died;
So that I could live and without shame to hide.

Every sin I committed from my birth till I sleep;
HE took on HIMSELF so my soul I could keep.

Although I’ve not seen, in HIS WORD I believe,
For I now have new life living in me.

I believe in the SON of a virgin’s birth,
I believe that HE died and rose from the earth;

I believe I’m forgiven and have been set free,
That the cross of HIS love HE bore for me.

Faith mixed with grace helps me to see;
That the ONE who has risen, rises in me.

The world is in shambles, they want us inside,
Socially distance; and in fear many hide.

But what about faith? Do we truly believe? Can we understand?
That faith is belief in GOD and not man.

Faith is believing in what I can’t see now, yes; even this shall fade,
I hope in JESUS HIS finished work on the cross, it was my debt which HE paid.

© Mike Nano Armijo, May 16th, 2020. Used with permission.
If you enjoyed this poem, check out Mike’s first published work,
The Journey Home, A Collection of Poetry, here.

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