Where Is God?

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their  parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were  probably involved.

The boys’ mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would  speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them  individually. So the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Where is God?” The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God!!?” Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD!?”

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he  asked, “What happened?”

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied,  “We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing and they think WE did  it!”

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Dying To Self – Living For Others

*Pastor’s Note: This is another short article I wrote in the late 90s along with some others for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might interest my readers and I HAVE updated some of the Scriptures references. All in all, it is pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.

I want to take this time to let you know that one of the most thankful things in my life is being associated with brothers and sisters who love the Lord AND their fellow man so much that they would spend part of their lives praying for others!!!

The Bible tells us that no greater love is there than when someone lays down their life for another. The world looks at that as someone who would face death for another and that is part of it, but Jesus already faced that part. What this means in the spiritual is a wholly different thing and I want you to think about this:

When you spend you time in prayer for another that is time in your life that you will never recoup. It is time that you are giving up because you love your fellow man AND the Lord above so much that you would rather spend part of your life in communion and fellowship with the Spirit of God for the spirit of mankind!

THAT is giving your life, minute by minute, hour by hour etc., however long it takes and how ever long you unselfishly put aside the things your human nature would rather do just so that you can do what your spiritual nature deems is more important!

When you put your life on the line as far as choosing a physical death, it is a once in a lifetime thing, over and done with. Yes, it is heroic, but how much more value is there in putting your life on hold, over and over and over again so that others might have a more abundant lifestyle?

Remember that the Word of God tells us:
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13).

And Paul reaffirms this very thought when he mentioned in his letter to the Corinthians, “I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31).

dying to live

We all know that means a spiritual death, by putting the “old human nature” to death so that the spiritual man can have ascendance over the human nature. That should be the “hint” that what the Holy Spirit is telling us when He says to lay down our life for another, it is referring to laying or putting down our human nature, the things that we selfishly want for ourselves so that we can give of ourselves unselfishly for the lives of others! You do that every time you stop to pray. Every time you stop your natural inclinations and use your time to commune with your Heavenly Father, you are laying your natural life on the line!

I also want you to consider this: Jesus died on a cross of pain and torture to pay for our sinfulness and purchase for us a place with Him at the Father’s throne. But, unlike some like to portray, He didn’t stay on that cross and He certainly didn’t stay in the tomb!! Rather, He arose again that He might actually LIVE for us. Now, what an awesome example of living for others that truly is! Aren’t we supposed to do the same? Think about it.

Remember, Jesus said that the Father is looking for those who will worship Him, the Father, in Spirit and Truth, for God, the Father IS a Spirit and those that worship Him can’t do it in the natural, (John 4:24), you have to put the natural man aside, lay your natural life aside, lay it down, so that you can allow the spiritual man inside to live for the Father and for others!!

This is a lot to think about and it is not something that is taught very often or in many places, but just as the Apostle Paul told the scholars in Athens, I say the same thing, “let us REASON together.” I guarantee that if you give it a little thought, you will see it clearly in the Scriptures, in ALL the Scriptures and not just a few and you will see that I am speaking truth.

God bless you richly!
Pastor Roland Ledoux
Oasis Bible Ministry

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Blessed Are The Pure of Heart

jc ryle communion with God

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Hope Gives Us Spiritual Strength

In the times we are facing right now, in our nation AND in the world, hope is needed more than ever. It is a time when many are “feeling” hopeless and yet the Word of God with its abundant promises gives everybody reasons to hope. But you MUST trust in the Lord and believe that what He says is TRUTH!

The following are numerous Scriptures meant to instill hope into your heart. If you are fearful or at the least doubtful of what is happening around us, take heart, for God has never ceased to be in control. These things MUST happen for His prophesied plans to unfold so that His Children can escape the judgment and wrath to come.

Copy these Scriptures and put them into a handy place for when you might start to feel down or question what is going on. They are sure, no, they are guaranteed to lift your heart and spirit!

book of hope

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” – Psalm 9:18.

“I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.” – Psalm 16:8-9.

“Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.” – Psalm 31:23-24.

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, . . .” – Psalm 33:18.
“Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.” – Psalm 33:22.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” – Psalm 43:5.

“Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” – Psalm 119:116.

“The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.” – Proverbs 10:28.

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.” – Proverbs 23:17-18.

“So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.” – Proverbs 24:14.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” – Lamentations 3:24.

“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” – Acts 24:15-16.

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:5.

“For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” – Romans 8:24-25.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” – Romans 15:4.

God's grace gives hope

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13.

“Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech– . . .” – 2 Corinthians 3:2.

“For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” – Galatians 5:5.

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:8.

“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, . . .” – Titus 1:2.

“That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:7.

“But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” – Hebrews 3:6.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1.

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; . . .” – 1 Peter 1:13.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; . . .” – 1 Peter 3:15.

hope is rising

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31.

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In The Blink of An Eye . . .

Just like that….it could all be gone, love more today than yesterday, because we are not promised the future; yes love can and will go away.

Care for your brothers and sisters, for your children; husbands, your wives, we are not guaranteed to always be here, for you see we all will die.

It is then that we will cross over; to be with the ones that we love, it is not past tense, but the future, we will find that GOD’S grace was enough.

Life passes by so quickly, slow down and take time to live, spend time with the one’s closest to you; when we take we also should give.

We all have, (what I call), an appointment; to meet the Creator of all, so live like your life is worth living, HE will catch you if you happen to fall.

GOD loves us so much that HE gave us, JESUS; the gift to mankind, HE chose the will of the Father; HE died to give sight to the blind.

Open your eyes, JESUS love’s you, HE died so that you can have life; you are not promised tomorrow and can be gone in the blink of an eye.

Love, as if it were like breathing; give till you can’t give no more, hope, have faith, keep believing; always love, (that’s what living is for).

Love GOD give HIM all the glory; we will see HIM appear in the sky; then we shall forever be with HIM, all in the blink of an eye.

in the blink of an eye poem

© Mike Nano Armijo, January 2nd, 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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You Can Be Sure of This

There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

Psalm 4_3-8

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He’s Coming As King!

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Arm Your Kids

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I Heard Your Voice In The Wind

Although the Author of this is unknown, it was shared on Facebook by my lovely wife, Sue Ledoux. Credit of course to the author but also to my wife for sharing such a beautiful poem. I also wanted to add, that though this would be appropriate for our love for lost loved ones, it fits perfectly with our Love for Christ Jesus as well! Enjoy and be blessed!

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Expectations – Unfulfilled

Judges 2:7, “The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the LORD which He had done for Israel.”

Judges 2:10, “All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.”

Romans 2:17-23, “But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely upon the Law and boast in God, and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?”

Not Much Returned

Sohio, the Alaskan subsidiary of Standard Oil of Ohio, drilled a well in the Beaufort Sea in 1983, hoping to tap a geological formation holding several billion barrels of oil. Instead, they hit water, and $120 million went a glimmering. The oil companies know the risk. They drill only after extensive soil samples and aerial photos offer substantial possibilities of success. Yet despite the precautions, geological formations that promise to break all records for oil or gas deposits break the bank instead. Such risks are considered acceptable, however, as a strike like the one contemplated would have repaid the investment many times over.

God understands the problem of bad investments, dry holes, wasted millions, and unrequited love. How often have our lives turned out to be water where oil was expected; wild grapes instead of pruned vines; rebels instead of allies. And we have no excuse. God has built energies, talents, and giftedness into every generation of Christians, in order that Christ’s mission can successfully be implemented. But does the will and personal commitment exist to do it? If we would invest energy, time, and expertise equivalent to a modicum of the money spent by the oil companies, what miracles the Holy Spirit would perform in society!

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. – Alexander Pope

Expect everything so that nothing comes unexpected. – Norton Juster

That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect. – Lev Grossman

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. – Orison Swett Marden

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