The Truth of Heaven and Hell

I don’t know that there is a more divisive topic out there than the topic of Heaven and Eternal Life vs.  Hell and Eternal Damnation.  Typically it begins with the question- “What do you mean I might not go to Heaven, I’m a good person!!!!” I know that this has caused more than one conversation to go sideways around here.

Before we begin, let me make this perfectly clear – I am NOT a theologian.  What I am writing here is a culmination of information gained while studying and researching some of the finest Christian minds and writers. 

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Last Days Survival Guide

“God wants you prepared for these perilous times! The Holy Spirit warned that “perilous times” would come in the very last of the last days. We are in that time from now; so it is imperative that we know how to survive victoriously”

Last Days Survival Guide by Rick Renner is, in my opinion, a book written for such a time as this. Based on Second Timothy chapter Three, this 400+ page book is an “eye-opening survival guide for these last of the last days.

Using his remarkable command of the Holy Scriptures and the Greek language the author guides the reader, word by word, verse by verse through these prophetic verses. As the chapters unfold, you will understand why I say this book is written for such a time as this.

The author covers prophetic scriptures about the end times and how to prepare for them. Topics include; what does the word “perilous” mean and why is God alerting his children, what exact characteristics will mark society in the very last days, what actions to take to protect yourself and those you love, strategies to stop the devil from attacking you and your loved ones. Continue reading

The Harbinger II

The Harbinger II Cover“Is the shaking that has come upon the world a sing, a judgment, or a warning of things to come? Discover the signs and manifestations that have appeared in America and the world up to this very moment– and what they reveal about the future.

Unlock the mysteries of the Gate, the Book of Days, the Image, the Judgment Tree, the children of the Ruins, the Shakings, the Plague, the Mystery Ship, the Western Terrace and much more. You will never see the world the same way again.”

I had the blessed opportunity to receive and review an advanced copy of “The Harbinger II” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Once again, Rabbi Cahn does not disappoint. I am completely intrigued at the amount of detail he shares of events prophesied 1000’s of years ago, and that are now coming to fulfillment in America.

From the book: “What you are about to read will take the form of a story, but what is revealed in the story is real”. Understanding this, we once again find ourselves completely enthralled by the Prophet and his revealing of the Harbingers. You will not be able to put this book down once you begin reading it. I actually found myself doing a bit of research about specific dates, times, locations, names, etc. His research is impeccable and the story telling manner in which the book is presented draws you directly into the conversations almost as if you are sitting, or walking along with the characters.

If you have not read the first Harbinger book, please do… for your own benefit, though I do not think it is necessary to read this book as portions and highlights of the first Harbinger book are retold in The Harbinger II. This book is a must read!

*Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
Amazon, Goodreads,  and Barnes and Noble

The Truth of the Liar cont’d

I was wasting time this morning scrolling through my Facebook page and came across an article about the television show – “Lucifer”.  I began scrolling through the comments about the possible return of the show for another season, and I was taken aback and saddened by some of the responses. I did some screen grabs of the comments, and made sure to erase anything that would identify the owner of the comments.

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What’s Your Price?

“Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” And they set out for him thirty pieces of silver.”  Matthew 26:14-15

What amount of money would it take for you to sell out Jesus Christ? For Judas, it was 30 pieces of silver. What’s your price?

We live in a society where we are so interconnected… we have the ability, in the blink of an eye, to post, snap, tweet, share, pin, link, blog, ping and tag any and every fleeting thought, or random idea or belief to family, friends, colleagues and strangers around the world. But what if our family, friends, colleagues and strangers don’t agree with our thoughts and beliefs? What then? At what point do you stop posting, snapping, tweeting, sharing, pinning, linking, blogging, pinging and tagging? Continue reading

Oranges Make Orange Juice

For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks
Matthew 12:34

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”
Matthew 12:35

 

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart,
and these defile them.”
  Matthew 15:18

What do those verses have to do with Orange Juice?  Let’s take a step back.  If you were to take a whole, unpeeled orange and squeeze it with all your strength, what would the result be? Right… the result would be orange juice; it wouldn’t be tomato juice or apple juice.  Because an orange, or any fruit for that matter, can only give up what it has on the inside.  Oranges make orange juice.

And so it with us humans; we do everything we can to keep our wrapper (the orange peel) tight around us, unblemished and intact, holding in all that there is about us; all that we are made of.  Yet, let an unexpected life event come at us, applying a bit of pressure and it’s highly possible we might glimpse just a small tear in our wrapper. But for the most part, our insides are still intact; we’re still holding strong on the outside.

Apply a bit more pressure and you’ll likely see more of us spill out; a bit of juice and perhaps a tiny bit of pulp.  But that stops as soon as the pressure stops and while our wrapper is wounded; it’s just a “flesh wound”.

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The Nun’s PrayerBook

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
  Isaiah 26:3

I was cleaning my bookshelves a while back and came across a book that I hadn’t given much thought to in many years; it is the Prayer Book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Let me tell you how this little 80-page book blessed my life.

It was just after Thanksgiving time in 1995 while I was working as a pastoral assistant to a Catholic Pastor in Massachusetts. He was a great priest and a great friend. However, he was also great at volunteering me for projects! (I will admit that I really didn’t mind at all)

We traveled to Boston one afternoon to visit with the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy; what an amazing ministry they have. While taking a tour of their lovely chapel, we noticed that their prayer books were a torn and tattered mess that consisted of a folder of mismatched cards and papers. Continue reading

Scarlet Letters

You have been chosen by God himself—you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own—all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 TLB

In Nathaniel Hawthorns’ classic, The Scarlet Letter, we read about a woman named Hester Prynne and of her sin of adultery that is exposed at the birth of her illegitimate child, Pearl. Her particular sin was self-evident by the child she carried in her arms, and it was made more evident by the scarlet letter “A” that she was forced to wear on her chest, a public display of her sin.

As the story continues we are introduced to Mr. Dimmsdale. Mr. Dimmsdale, the “sin-partner” to Hester Prynne, carried his own scarlet letter; one he branded onto his own chest. The deep torment of his sin eventually takes over his life causing such turmoil on his physical health that he is ultimately destroyed by his guilt.

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The Oracle

The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries UnveiledThe Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled by Jonathan Cahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the back cover – ‘To know what the future holds, know what the past is hiding.”
”This book will open your eyes to groundbreaking mysteries that will impact not only how you understand the past, but also how you can be ready for the future.”

The Oracle, by Jonathan Cahn unveils and opens up the Jubilean Mysteries to reveal times and events that have and do lie behind everything from the rise and fall of nations and empires (America), to current events of our day, the future and onward to end-times prophecies.

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Stand Up Church

In this age of free and easy access to answers to our most inane questions and our deepest philosophical quandary’s, the internet, for all its faults and failings is on the forefront providing the answers. For thousands of years, lay people relied on the learned few to share their knowledge and provide us with the answers to our deepest questions. Then one day a few decades ago, the information that we relied on others to provide became readily available to all of us. Sacred texts were now available, holy texts, literary classics, rare – if ever seen manuscripts and scrolls were now ready to be accessed by anyone anywhere that wanted to see them.

It seemed as though all the answers to every question in the universe could now be found. Every question we could ever think to ask could now be answered. Today I can search and find the answer to anything I want to know. Whether I trust the “answer-er” or not, is a topic for another time.

There are several major internet search engines; Google and Bing are the two largest and most accessed. In 2018, there were 5.6 billion searches per day on Google[1] alone.  That’s a bunch of people asking a bunch of questions! So it begs the question, what are they looking for. When it comes to faith, what are the big questions that are in need of an answer? I took a look at the results from my own little blog search results to see some of what folks were asking; the results are clear. This is just a brief list of the taken from this year’s statistics.

  • I didn’t want to give up my sin
  • Bitter truths about rapture
  • Jesus and the Cross
  • What is cherished sin?
  • I believe God hates me
  • The truth about rapture
  • God are you real?
  • Am I saved because of Jesus death

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