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About ishallnotbesilenced

I am a Christian. Working Mother of two. Loves to read (anywhere from religion, fiction, non fiction, suspense, kids books, culinary books, comic books, I pretty much have an eclectic taste in books). Loves to follow Politics. Big on activism. Love crafting with my children. (may post about projects in the near future). I have recently started the blogging thing. I must say it has been very therapeutic.

Crying Woman

The crying woman
What does it mean?
A while ago I had a dream, this dream resulted in me getting up, reaching out to someone and praying for them.
I wrote this to the person:
I’ve been meaning to text you all day.
I hope all is well… not sure the obstacles you may be facing but as you know God is in control and if you are facing obstacles it shall soon pass.
The reason for the random text well is because you’ve been in my spirit and mind all day.
I am resting on Med’s and every time I go to sleep, no matter what I am dreaming you have been appearing crying. You talk to vent, though in each dream I couldn’t hear what you’ve said, you continued to cry. Each time I’ve told you the same thing. It will be ok, it will pass. You are stronger than you realize, and I am here for you and love you.
Each time I have woken up from my medication induced naps…I got on my knees and prayed for you. Maybe that’s what you need. Prayers, but know I am here for you.
I do love you!!
I just wanted to share with you.
The recipient responded back with details of their struggles.  Thanked me for the words.
Those words were what she was asking for to be told that it will be ok, and to be reminded that her struggles will pass, she needed to be reminded that she is strong and loved.
What was the point of me writing this?
There are reasons beyond our control why we have certain dreams.
There are reasons beyond our control as to why certain individuals pop up in our mind.
Sometimes we have to follow the instructions.
Reach out to the person and relay the message.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know the needs that they might have.
You never know what words they need to hear.
What we do know is when we are instructed to do something, we are to follow suit.
We are to listen carefully.
Doing so we can provide exactly what that person needs.
So the crying woman, what does it mean?
It means God put a vision in my sleep of someone I know, who was going through something.
God knew she needed additional prayers.
God knew she needed to hear the words I told her.
God used me to do so.
God can do the same with you.
When I reached out to the person, I had no idea what they were facing, what their burdens were nor their troubles.  When I finished hearing back, I was happy knowing that a difference was made in that person’s day.
Be that difference when the lord speaks to you or shows you signs.
Father God I thank you for any opportunity to do your will.  I am thankful for another day. Thankful for the love you give.  Your are gracious, kind, knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent.  I want to continue to be a vessel for your greatness.  I want to continue to do your great work.  In the name of the father, the son, holy spirit. Amen

Coat of Arms

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Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And
don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
(Romans 13:14)
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I recently began reading a book that has been so enlightening. Mind you I haven’t even fully delved deep into the book and have already found this to be so transforming, so riveting so inspiring and life changing. I will write about the book once I finish reading the full book while making biblical references and completing the self reflection pieces within the book.  This may take some time for these reflection pieces are not only for spiritual understanding but spiritual growth as well.
The book is called:
Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
By Ann Spangler, Jean E. Syswerda
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Today as I read this verse, I can not help but think about the passage I read just this morning during my commute from this book.
The Passage states the following:
“This week take some time fora wardrobe check – make sure you aren’t missing anything vital, without which you will be more vulnerable to attack. Here’s a quick checklist for the well-dressed spiritual warrior:
The Belt of Truth – have any small dishonesties crept into your life?
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Are you cooperating with grace to become more Christlike?
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace – The gospel reconciles us to God and others. Are you willing to receive it, live by it and share it?
The Shield of Faith – Are you responding to life with faith or in a way that shows you really don’t think God is quite as loving or as powerful as he says he is?
The Helmet of Salvation – Salvation is a gift. But like any gift, it has to be received.
The Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word wounds the enemy and thwart his purposes. Reading and praying through Scripture helps us take the offensive.”
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The author included a prayer which i will share at the very end of this piece (before my closing prayer).
In Roman’s we are told to clothe ourselves in the Lord’s presence. We are reminded to stay away from evil desires. Our goal is to be Warriors of Christ.
How else are we to do so without knowing how to dress like these spiritual warriors. I love the description that Spangler provides in her Book on how to do a wardrobe check. What both Paul (the author of the book of Romans ) and Spangler are saying is that we need to be better equipped.  This recipe that she gives us is provided in Ephesians 6, where we see how we are to arm up.  We need to be always ready. We need to check ourselves and our evil desires and put on our coats of arm. We are spiritual warriors of the most high God. Our war is not a carnal war but a spiritual war. The only way we do not become vulnerable in an attack is if we are properly equipped.  The bible provides everything we need to be fully equipped for battle.  We need to just pay attention and listen.
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Check one selves.
Dress accordingly. (Spiritually).
Make sure you not indulging in Sin.
Put on your “Belt of Truth”.
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Put on your “Breastplate of Righteousness”
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Put on and shine your “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “
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Grab and shine your “The Shield of Faith”
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Secure your “The Helmet of Salvation “.
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Sharpen and carry “The Sword of the Spirit”.
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Spangler’s Prayer:
“Lord, help me to be ready so that any moment I can stand against the enemy and even deal a decisive blow in the battle. Give me courage, discernment, and wisdom and help me to stay close to you in the midst of the fray. Amen.”
My prayer:
Father God your timing is precise. Thank you for being amazing in all that you do and all that you provide. Your timing for this passage in the scriptures and this passage in the Book is purposeful and not of a coincidence. I ask you to help me be ready, I ask you to help me thwart evil desires and sins. I ask or redemption and forgiveness If i have failed you. I want to be ready for battle and not be vulnerable for attack. Help me to help you in the battle field with fellow warriors. I want to stand firm against the enemy and be of use in your ministry. Give me courage, strength and wisdom to carry on your works and to not loose sight of your greatness. I will dress accordingly, arming my self as your spiritual warrior. I will Put on my “Belt of Truth”. Put on my “Breastplate of Righteousness”. Put on and shine my “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “. Grab and shine my “The Shield of Faith”. Secure my “The Helmet of Salvation “. Sharpen and carry my “The Sword of the Spirit”. In the Name of the father, the son and the holy spirit Amen.
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​ God’s salvation

God’s salvation
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have read the book of Romans.
Every time I read a study guide, hear a sermon, or receive a devotional I learn something new.
I see a new perspective.
I am opened up to The spirit speaking in a way I didn’t hear before.
A few weeks ago I received this devotional essay in an email. I was moved and read it and I knew from the depths of my heart that I needed to share this.
Romans 8:14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
The author writes that in their previous posts they have discussed how God’s wonderful salvation for us. I know in my own personal posts I have done justly the same. The author continues that in his writings they includes both our redemption and salvation from eternal perdition.
In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul unveils the salvation of God in full.
With the help of some notes in the New Testament Recovery Version, let’s gain an even broader, deeper view of God’s salvation.
Here is the text from the blog/email.:
Romans and God’s salvation
In Romans 1:1-4 Paul tells the believers in Rome that he has been “separated unto the gospel of God.” The Recovery Version note on Son of God in verse 4 gives a brief summary of God’s full salvation shown in Romans, which begins,
“This book tells us that God’s full salvation is to make sinners (3:23), even His enemies (5:10), the sons of God (8:14).”
The rest of the note is rich with important truth and well worth reading,
but in this post we’ll get into three big points from this first
sentence: sinners, enemies, and sons of God.
Sinners—Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
All have sinned. In unsparing detail, Paul makes it clear in the first
three chapters of Romans that we all are sinners. He leaves us no escape
from the light exposing fallen humanity’s real condition. Our words,
behavior, deeds, and thoughts are infected with the poison of sin.
No matter who we are or what our culture or background is, no one can
stand sinless before God. Whether we’re moral or immoral, ignorant of
God or religious keepers of law, the Bible clearly states that there is none righteous before God, not even one.
Even our good deeds are included in this verse, since having sinned is paired with falling short of the glory of God. A note on glory in this verse helps us see what this means:
“God’s glory is God expressed.
Whenever God is expressed, His glory is seen. Man was made by God in
His image that man might express Him for His glory. But man has sinned
and has contradicted the holiness and righteousness of God. Instead of
expressing God, man expresses sin and his sinful self. Hence, man falls
short of God’s glory. This falling short of God’s glory and expression is sin.
Sinners are not only under the requirements of God’s holiness and
righteousness but also under the demand of God’s glory. All have
offended God’s holy being and have broken God’s righteous law, and all
are short of God’s glory. Therefore, all are under God’s condemnation.”
God created man in His own image so we could have His life and express Him.
But man fell, and fallen mankind can’t express God. Yes, we have sinned
by our evil actions that violate God’s holiness and righteousness. But
we have also sinned by our good actions done without God as their
source. Thus they cannot express God. Falling short of His glory, His
expression, we’re unable to fulfill the purpose God created us for. In
every way we’re ungodly and under God’s condemnation.
Enemies—Romans 5:10
“For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled.”
As fallen sinners, we’re not only under God’s condemnation; we’re even enemies of God.
An enemy isn’t just someone you have a little disagreement with. An
enemy is someone who’s actively hostile to you, opposed to you, and
whose whole attitude is against you. That’s how we are as enemies of
God—in utter discord with God, with no inner peace. This is a big
problem for us and for God, but the note on reconciled in this verse explains what Christ did to solve it:
“Propitiation and forgiveness of sins are adequate for a sinner but not for an enemy. An enemy needs reconciliation, which includes propitiation and forgiveness but goes further, even to resolving the conflict between two parties. Our being reconciled to God is based on Christ’s redemption and was accomplished through God’s justification (3:24; 2 Cor. 5:18-19). Reconciliation is the result of being justified out of faith.”
What a state we were in before we believed in Christ! But thank God, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us, dying as the spotless Lamb of God
to satisfy God’s righteous demands. Because of what Christ did—not
because of anything we’ve done—the righteous, holy, and glorious God can
forgive us and spare us from eternal judgment, and we can be reconciled
to God!
Such a truly magnificent salvation isn’t aimless. Our God is a purposeful God, and His salvation is part of His eternal purpose—to
be one with man and expressed in man, as He originally intended. For
this, God is making sinners, even His enemies, His sons.
Sons of God—Romans 8:14
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Incredibly, God doesn’t stop with us simply not being His enemies anymore. He wants to make us, those who were His enemies, His sons.
The New Testament refers to believers in an interesting progression: as
God’s children, His sons, and His heirs. The verse above speaks
specifically of sons of God, not children. What’s the difference? And why does God want us to be sons? Let’s look at the note on sons of God.
“The central thought of the book of Romans is that God’s salvation makes
sinners His sons, who have His life and nature so that they can express
Him, that they may become members of Christ to constitute the Body of
Christ for His expression. Hence, sonship is stressed in this chapter (vv. 15, 23). Sons here indicates a more advanced stage of growth in the divine life than does children in v. 16, yet not as advanced as heirs in v. 17. Children refers to the initial stage of sonship, the stage of regeneration in the human spirit. Sons are the children of God who are in the stage of the transformation of their souls.
They not only have been regenerated in their spirit and are growing in
the divine life, but they also are living and walking by being led by
the Spirit. Heirs are the sons of God who, through the transfiguration
of their body in the stage of glorification, will be fully matured in
every part of their being. Hence, they will be qualified as the legal
heirs to claim the divine inheritance (vv. 17, 23).”
John 1:12-13 tells us that we who have believed in the Lord Jesus have become children of God. This happened when we were reborn with the divine life of God in our spirit, the deepest part of our being. We can boldly say that we’re children of God.
That was our beginning, our divine birth as God’s children. But children
need to grow. A little baby certainly has the life of his parents and is
a joy to them, but he doesn’t yet express them much. As he eats and
drinks and breathes, he grows, and a trait of his father, or his
mother’s smile, begins to appear. He grows from a little child into a
son, expressing more of the life he received from his parents.
We received God’s life in our spirit, but our soul—our mind, emotion, and will—is how we express ourselves.
In His full salvation, God wants to spread as life into each part of our
soul so our thoughts, feelings, and choices are one with Him and
express Him.
How does this happen? Just as a child needs to eat, drink, and breathe in order to grow and change physically, we need to eat God’s Word, drink the Spirit, and breathe the Lord in prayer in order to grow and change spiritually. This is our growth and transformation
in the divine life, through which we go from being children of God to
being sons of God. The more we grow and are transformed, the more we can
express God as His sons.
If we continue to grow, we will become heirs of God. An heir is a fully
mature son. When the Lord returns, we’ll experience
transfiguration—God’s life spreading beyond our soul into our body—and
will be matured heirs of God, saturated with the divine life in every part of our being, wholly expressing God.
Becoming sons of God today.
God’s full salvation isn’t just for the future; it’s for us today. Seeing
that God wants to make us His sons, expressing Him in every part of our
being, makes us aware of our need to grow in His life now, today, and
every day.
Where are we in our growth? If we’ve believed in Christ as our Savior, then
we’re certainly children of God, reborn in our spirit. But are we daily
becoming sons of God in our soul? How much of the divine life has spread
into our thoughts, our feelings, our decisions? How much has our soul
been transformed into the image of Christ?
We have to admit, none of us expresses God fully quite yet. But eventually, as we choose to spend time with the Lord in our daily lives,
He will transform us—who were once sinners and God’s enemies—into the
many sons of God who will express Him together as the one Body of Christ
for eternity.
Praise God, He’s making sinners, even His enemies, the sons of God!
All verses and quoted footnotes in this post are from the Holy Bible
Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. Bibles for
America gives away free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version.
You can order yours here.
The post Sinners, Enemies, and Sons of God in Romans appeared first on Bibles for America Weekly Blog.
Links, resources, more infomration was provided in the text so the due authors could get credit for their work.
I want to add, God’s salvation is not just for the future as the author mentioned, it is for us, now, today, this second, this instant you could be saved.
Romans 10:13
“Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This is you. You can be saved.
If you are feeling lost, feel that anchor weighing you down, feel that you want to be saved and let go of that anchor, no longer be lost, I have a simple prayer that I would love for your to recite if you are willing able and trusting to do so in order for you to be saved.
Take a moment, say this prayer out loud right now:
“Heavenly Father, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I
acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him
as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I
believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I
accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation
from sin right now.
I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father
God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You.
Amen!”
Just like that…you are saved.
Please find a congregation within your area with a strong bible study and fellowship services.
You are going to shine bright.
They will help you grow.
They will help you build a relationship with God.
They will guide you to where you need to grow.
Father God I thank you for this word, for this blog, the opportunity to share this with others who may be in need. Lord you have asked us to spread your words to the four corners of the earth. Using this platform I have every intention to do so. I thank you for the lives I may have touched, For their blessing is also my blessing. Guide these individuals dear lord so that they can find the home church they need to continue their journey and walk with you. In the name of the father, son and holy spirit. Amen.

​ Christ as Our Forbearance

Christ as Our Forbearance
A few weeks ago I received this email. I thought wow, let me hold on to this. I want to share this.
“If we live Christ as our forbearance, it will not be possible for us to be
anxious. Anxiety is an impossibility for those who have Christ as their
forbearance. Do you know why we are anxious and why we worry? We are
anxious and worried because we do not live Christ. The words live Christ
may merely be a doctrinal term, a way of speaking, not our actual
living in a practical way. But when we live Christ day by day, anxiety
has no ground within us.”
A Life of Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety by Witness Lee, published by Living Stream Ministry (mass-distribution ed., p. 59).
What a way to put things into perspectives. Our natural reaction in many circumstances is to become anxious. Anxiety is not from Christ. He was never anxious, he was calm and collected. He didn’t freak out and have a panic attack when he was taken to judgement, trial, down the path to Calvary nor hanging st the cross. He took it all with grace and strode.
We need to live like Christ. He is with us after all. We should Chanel him, at all times regardless of the circumstances and not succumb to our anxieties. Do not get me wrong it is normal to be anxious. We need to apply more faith and trust in God so we do not have to go through the carnal stages of anxiety.
When we live a life filled with fear, insecurities, doubt and worry we create a life constantly anxious. How do we make Christ our Forbearance?
The author from both excerpts points out that our Anxieties hold us back. Our Anxieties are not natural. We need to live a life with Christ as our forbearance, meaning, we need to remain calm and collective know that he got this. Reassured by the fact that he will take care of us. We will and may stumble; but he got this. Its not just about talking about what we need to get done or how we need to act in doctrinal terms, but to live it. We need to live with Christ as our forbearance. We need to apply our faith, love and trust in him so that anxiety does not take over us.
Father God I thank you for another day, I thank you for the breath of air I am able to breathe. God you are loving, kind and merciful. God I thank you for being so compassionate with me and my loved ones. You have blessed us beyond words can ever compare. God you know my troubles, my worries and my anxieties. I want to live With you as my forbearance. I want to be free of anxieties. I trust in you wholeheartedly. In the name of the father, the son and holy spirit. Amen.

Satisfied

Psalm 107:9 esv
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
I recently wrote about how we tend to use vices and materialistic items to complete us. To fill the void we feel exists in our lives.
What we continuously fail to realize as mentioned in this psalm is that He satisfies the soul; and if your are hungry for what has to offer; he will provide you the good things you need.
You do not need your vices, your addictions, the cars, the jets, the material items to fill any voids.
Like our children, they constantly go through phases with what they “need” in order to survive.
Right now Power Rangers and hot wheels are their necessity to survive (or so they think).
They are constantly trying to figure out how they can get a new toy, book, video, dvd, game on these items just so they can be satisfied (for the moment).
These “want’s” and “needs” that we so desperately crave (whether toys or vices) are only temporary.
They give you those 5 minutes of equilibrium that the mind and body wants, then, you are still searching for more, because it wasn’t just quite enough of what you needed. It just wasn’t enough of what you wanted. It didn’t do anything but placate and pacify you for a mere short amount of time. Now you are back in this vicious cycle of tiring to get your “fix” of gratification.
As we constantly forget, God has all we need.
Psalm 16:11English Standard Version (ESV)
You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
All this superficial, artificial, temporary joy is nothing compared to the joy you can get directly from our creator. You know why?
There will always be a new toy, a new car, a new outfit, a new drink, a new whatever. That new whatever which we will claim to need to complete us will only do so but for a short amount of time.
Like back to my kids. Right now they are in a hot wheels and power rangers phase. When they went through a ninja turtle phase, minion phase, super hero phase, Mickey Mouse phase and Elmo phase we purchased them everything under the sun that we could find to keep them happy. Guess what happened? You already know what happened, your probably going through it too, they played with their toys for a short period of time and boom it was over. On to the next phase. Toys have moved from accessible to reach to somewhere in the toy chest. Never to be looked at, played or seen ever again. That is….. until mommy and daddy wants to do an overhaul of unused things. Suddenly the urge, the want the need comes back. Just like the first time they got their toy fix and filled that void, what do you think happens? They need more. They need another because as I told you before …. the void that joy fills. Is only temporary.
Yet God is not temporary.
His love is eternal.
The void you can fill with him is permanent.
The lord knows our path like psalms 16:11 states; his presence provides all the joy we will need.
Jesus even told the Samaritan woman that he is all we will ever need.
John 4:13-14English Standard Version (ESV)
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
As our children grow, let us all teach them that nothing, absolutely nothing, can substitute for faithfully walking with Christ.
Teach our children to seek more of him.
Teach our children to constantly build their relationship with God. To take time out of their day to have a one on one with God. The spring that comes from God is all we need. If we can teach our children that, they won’t care about the trivial stuff.
Father God I thank you today for your love, compassion and mercy. Thank you for being so gracious and kind. Thanking you filling my heart, my mind and soul. You are all one needs to be fully satisfied. Only you can fill the void many try to substitute with other worldly things. Help me, guide me, help the person reading this to only rely on you and you alone. You have told us we shall never thirst as long as we drink from your living waters, it’s your waters I want to be able to only drink from. Amen.

​ Time for change

Time for change
“The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit…”
(Proverbs 27:18, NIV )
I read this devotional from Joel Osteen and the entire devotion I’m just like wow. So true, so much perspective in this simple devotional.
He writes:
It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking that if only your circumstances would just change, then life would be better. You might think, “If I got a new job, or a new house or had better friends, then I would really be happy.” But I’ve learned that oftentimes, God changes us before He changes our circumstances. We are thinking, “If only my circumstances would change,” when God may be thinking, “If only your attitude would change!”
Today, if you’ve been thinking, “If only,” it’s time to turn your thoughts around. Don’t allow negative thinking to direct your attitude or affect how you treat others. Instead, begin to thank God for what He has planned for you. Bloom where you are planted. Tend to what God has placed in your hand. If you will focus on what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have, then God can bless you, multiply you and lead you forward into the destiny He has in store for you!
I began crying while reading this. I am feeling this as I’m continuing to write. These past few days with what I’ve been going through I’ve been feeling exactly that…. “if I had a better….”. “If only ….. was different”. “If only i could change ……”.
Maybe I’m the one that’s changing.
I’m the one that’s viewing things differently.
I’m the one that wants a peaceful life with God and am willing to do what he needs me to achieve this walk.
I want things to be different, but maybe, just maybe God asking me to be different.
I’m happy in some aspects of my life. I know other areas could use some work. I know I’ve changed. I also know God had made some changes in my life, the thing here is am I willing to accept and embrace the changes God has put before me to get out this “if only, what if” rut that I am in.
Joel Osteen was on the money with this devotional. The timing of when I read this was perfect. god l knows what he is doing.
Father God thank you for your goodness and grace. Thank you for my life and the changes you brought forth. Today I ask you for guidance first lord, help me embrace the changes before me, he’ll be trust more in the path your directing me to. I will be faithful knowing that you have set this path for me, knowing that there is something specific in my life you want me to focus on. God I know you have a plan,i know you have greatness in store for me and I will trust in you. Thank you father. Amen

Book Review: ASSASSINS – By: Mike Bond

So I recently (a few days ago), finished reading this book Assassins. I must admit I could not put the book down. (Though adult responsibilities, work and kids stated otherwise).

 

Here is a synopsis about the author:

MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. He is a bestselling novelist, environmental activist, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent and award-winning poet who has lived and worked in many remote and dangerous parts of the world. His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for what is good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister vagaries of international politics and multinational corporations, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.

 

Synopsis about the book:  (back cover)

From its terrifying start in the night skies of Afghanistan to its stunning end in the Paris terrorist attacks, Assassins is a novel of the last 30 years of war between Islam and the West. Based on the author’s experiences in the Middle East and elsewhere, Assassins reveals this unending conflict through the lives of an American commando, a French woman doctor, an Afghani terrorist, a Russian major, a British woman journalist, and a top CIA operative.
Drop by parachute into the deadly mountains of Afghanistan, fight door to door in the bloody cities of Iraq and the lethal deserts of Syria, the Sinai and North Africa, know the terror of battle inside a Russian tank, feel the power of love when at any instant you both can die – it’s all there, all real,in Assassins.
Did the Saudi government finance 9/11? Did GW Bush let Osama bin Laden escape Afghanistan and then lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Did Obama’s decision to leave Iraq in 2011 lead to the rise of ISIS and its worldwide fanaticism? It’s all there, all real, in Assassins.
Multiple thrillers and love stories, a dissection of our present geopolitical tragedies and a meditation on the deepest duties of a military man toward those he commands, those he loves, and the nation he serves, it’s all there, all real, in Assassins. (Mike Bond)

 

 

My Take:

As I stated earlier, I couldn’t put the book down.  This story is a good story with a political undertone.  This is   a political thriller with an attitude.  I won a copy of this book via a  giveaway. I’ve read many books which covers middle eastern affairs, terrorism and combat, but none quite like this one. This book follows the last 30 years of the Middle East crisis, the war between Islam and the west. In this book the author shows not only how these wars are linked by many key political players, in a never ending cycle but we also see how many of the characters are also linked as well. I loved this book. I love the details, I loved the relationships described between characters and I cried at the many losses. This is a good book, I recommend all read it. The only part that really, really got me, where I had to stop reading was during the 9/11 events which was mentioned in the book (which is obvious that it would be if you read the back cover and the mere fact this covers the 30 years of Middle Eastern crises). Having lived in NYC and witnessed the events unfold, having lost many during this attack, that whole segment hit me a little close to home.  I Cried a lot, it was a combination between what the protagonists were going through, as well as reliving my personal experiences.  I suggest if you like Political thrills go ahead pick it up and read it.  At first it start slow, there is alot of jumping back and forth between the characters, but you get used to that.

The apple of God’s eyes.

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“Keep me as the apple of your eye…”
(Psalm 17:8, NIV)
We say this a lot, or I should say I say this a lot to my children, “you are the apple of mommies eyes”.

We are living in a time of titles, positions, possessions, self worth, societal approvals and acceptance.

All these may or may not be important to you and for very different reasons.
Little Children seek comfort love, acceptance and wanting from their parents.
Teens and adult seem to want the same but from society.

Everyone at some point or another wants to be someone’s apple in their eyes.
we seek acceptance and solace in every place and in everything except for where we need to.

God looks and values us differently from how we view and value each other.
God Cherishes us, simply because he made us. He made you and I. We are his beloved creation, his children, the apple of his eyes the center of his universe, his world.
NOW your wondering, hey, if you and I and the gazillion people living on this planet are the center of God’s eyes, then what? is he too busy with everyone else or dealing with other important things on his place than to bother with me? with you?
Know this….You are his number one priority.
I am his number one priority
those gazillion other people are his number one priority.

We re equal in his eyes. He is concerned about our lives, our success, our failures.
No matter what we do, there is nothing we can do to make us have more of importance or less importance to him.
HE values us more than we could ever know.
We should take value in that.
I am the apple of Gd’s eyes.
Repeat after me:
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am equally important to him.
He values me and everything I do.
He values my success and my growth.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am significant.
I matter.
My life matters.
My life is significant to God.
The things that concern me: concerns God.
My worries are his worries.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
Know that he carefully watches over every aspect of our lives, nothing we do is too grandeur or too small for his attention.

Everything we do matters to him.
Please take the time today to acknowledge and find the peace and security in god’s love for you.

Do not be afraid, take your concerns, worries, fears and cares to him. You are the apple of his eye.

He is sitting there; arms wide open, watching you, waiting for you to turn to him and say Abba father, here i am, aqui estoy,.

He is going to return by saying, my child, I love you, Here I am always have been, waiting patiently for you. You are the apple of my eyes. I am here, aqui estoy, now lets take care of whats concerning you. Right now is just me and you.
Remember ……
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am equally important to him.
He values me and everything I do.
He values my success and my growth.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am significant.
I matter.
My life matters.
My life is significant to God.
The things that concern me: concerns God.
My worries are his worries.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.

Father God I thank you for loving me, thank you for keeping my safe. Thank you for keeping me as the apple of your eyes. today I open my heart, my mind and my soul to you. I am here with you, to let you know that I receive your love, I acknowledge your favors, I acknowledge that I am your priority. I am important to you. You are important to me too. Today I receive Your love for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

ADD YOUR NAME….

Add your name:
Ever get bombarded by those “add your name to this list” emails?
They are usually some type of fundraising, political petition or even spam?
I do, and I am tired of them.
Granted some of those emails are my own fault for being engaged in civic calls to action and my community, but after awhile its like no I don’t want me name anywhere….well ….there is only one place I want my name in.
The book of Life.
What is the book of life?
The book of life, or as it is also know as the lambs book of life, is a book with names of those entering the heaven of God forever. Don’t you want your name there as well? I sure do.
Revelation 3:5
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
There several references to the book of life and having our names written in the book of life, there’s also mention of those will not. Where will they end up? Those will end up in the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:15
Anyone whose name was not found written in the
book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
I am going to put up a few verses that mention the book of life. Just so you can see what is written, explore those chapters in the passages mentioned below.
Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous
There is even talks of those being blotted out the book of life in the Old Testament .
Trust me when I tell you I do not want to be one of those whom their names were blotted out. Luckily I want to have my name in the book of life. I want to be with our creator in the new Jerusalem he has been preparing for his children.
Yet you can find confidence in knowing that in the New Testament it says that make sure you repent of all sin and believe in the lord Christ as your savior, make sure that you are saved. (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5).
Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39).
No believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
Revelation 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
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Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause
of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 17:8
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out
of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and
books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Revelation 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is
shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the
Lamb’s
book of life.
This was intense reading. We all know how to achieve salvation. What we need to do is accept our responsibilities which we are called to do to maintain our salvation and not fall off the wagon sort to speak. We need to keep our name written in the book of life. We need to keep promoting peace and love of Christ. We need to keep listening to his calling.
I did additional research with questions one may have pertaining the book of life. Below you will see the link and excerpts to these questions to help guide you and go a little further in depth in this conversation.
Question: “What is the Book of Life?”
Answer:
Revelation 20:15
declares, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire.” The Book of Life, in this context,
is the set of names of those who will live with God forever in heaven.
It is the roll of those who are saved. This Book of Life is also
mentioned in Revelation 3:5; 20:12; and Philippians 4:3.
The same book is also called the Lamb’s Book of Life because it
contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the
Lord Jesus (Revelation 13:8; 21:27).
How can you be sure your name is written in the Book of Life? Be sure
you’re saved. Repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your
Savior (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5). Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39). No true believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
The Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15 is a judgment for unbelievers. That passage makes it clear that no one at that judgment has his name in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12-14). The fate of the ungodly is sealed; their names are not in the Book of Life; their punishment is sure.
Some people point to Revelation 3:5 as “proof” that a person can lose his salvation. However, the promise of Revelation 3:5
is clearly that the Lord will not erase a name: “He who overcomes . . .
I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is
one who is victorious over the temptations, trials, and evils of this
world—in other words, one who is redeemed. The saved are written in
God’s registry and have the promise of eternal security.
Another passage over which confusion sometimes arises is Psalm 69:28:
“Let them [David’s enemies] be blotted out of the book of the living.”
This “book of the living” should not be confused with the Lamb’s Book of
Life. David is referring to earthly, physical life, not eternal life in
heaven. The same is true of the “book” mentioned in Exodus 32:32-33.
God keeps good records. He knows His own, and He has set the names of His children permanently in His book.
Recommended Resource:
Eternal Security by Charles Stanley
Question: “Is there a difference between the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life?”
Answer:
There are eight references in New Testament to the “book of life,”
and two of them refer specifically to the book of life that belongs to
the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Seven of the references appear in the book of
Revelation. Those whose names are written in the book of life are those
who belong to God, those who have attained eternal life.
Paul refers to those who have labored alongside him as those whose names are in the book of life (Philippians 4:3), again identifying the book of life as a record of the names of those who have eternal salvation. In the same way, Revelation 3:5
refers to the book of life in which the names of believers in the Lord
are found. These are those who overcome the trials of earthly life,
proving that their salvation is genuine. This verse also makes it clear
that once a name is written in the book of life, Jesus promises that He
will never blot it out, proving once more the doctrine of eternal security.
The Lord Jesus, who is speaking to the churches in this part of
Revelation, promises to acknowledge his own before His Father.
Conversely, Revelation 20:15 reveals the fate of those whose names are not written in the book of life—eternity in the lake of fire.
Revelation 17:8 clarifies when
the names of the redeemed are written in the book of life: “The
inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book
of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when
they see the beast” (emphasis added). The names of those who approve of
the Antichrist are not found in the book of life, and the names that are in the book of life were written there before the world was created. Thus, Revelation 17:8 teaches both eternal security and election.
In Revelation 13:8 and 21:27,
we find the references to the “Lamb’s book of life,” in which also are
the names of all those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb,
Jesus Christ. The Lamb who has been “slain from the creation of the
world” has a book in which are written all those who have been redeemed
by His sacrifice. They are the ones who will enter the Holy City, the
New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10) and who will live forever in heaven with God. Since the book of life is that which records all who have eternal life through the Lamb, it’s clear that the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life are one and the same.
Question: “Is it possible for a person’s name to be erased from the Book of Life?”
Answer:
Revelation 22:19
says, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of
this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
book” (KJV). This verse is usually involved in the debate concerning
eternal security. Does Revelation 22:19 mean that, after a person’s name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can at some time in the future be erased? In other words, can a Christian lose his salvation?
First, Scripture is clear that a true believer is kept secure by the power of God, sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), and of all those whom the Father has given to the Son, He will lose none of them (John 6:39).
The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father,
who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them
out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28–29b). Salvation is God’s work, not ours (Titus 3:5), and it is His power that keeps us.
If the “anyone” referred to in Revelation 22:19
are not believers, who are they? In other words, who might want to
either add to or take away from the words of the Bible? Most likely,
this tampering with God’s Word would be done not by true believers but
by those who only profess to be Christians and who suppose that
their names are in the Book of Life. Generally speaking, the two main
groups who have traditionally tampered with God’s revelation are
pseudo-Christian cults and those who hold to very liberal theological
beliefs. Many cults and theological liberals claim the name of Christ as
their own, but they are not “born again”—the definitive biblical term
for a Christian.
The Bible cites several examples of those who thought they were believers, but whose profession was proven to be false. In John 15,
Jesus refers to them as branches that did not remain in Him, the true
Vine, and therefore did not produce any fruit. We know they are false
because “by their fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:16, 20); true disciples will exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit who resides within them (Galatians 5:22). In 2 Peter 2:22,
false professors are dogs returning to their own vomit and a sow who
“after washing herself returns to wallow in the mire” (ESV). The barren
branch, the dog, and the pig are all symbols of those who profess to
have salvation, but who have nothing more than their own righteousness
to rely upon, not the righteousness of Christ that truly saves. It is
doubtful that those who have repented of their sin and been born again
would willingly tamper with God’s Word in this way—adding to it or
taking from it. Purposefully corrupting God’s Word reveals a lack of
faith
There is another important consideration about the meaning of Revelation 22:19, and it involves translation. Most manuscripts do not even mention the “book of life”; instead, they have “tree of life.” Here is how Revelation 22:19
reads in the NIV: “If anyone takes words away from this scroll of
prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of
life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Other
translations with “tree” instead of “book” are the NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB,
ISV, NET, and ASV, among others. The KJV stands nearly alone in
translating it as the “book” of life. The error arose when Erasmus,
in compiling his Greek text, was forced to translate the last six
verses of Revelation from the Latin Vulgate into Greek. The “tree”
became a “book” because a scribe had accidentally replaced the Latin lingo (“tree”) with libro (“book”). All translations that follow the Textus Receptus, such as the KJV, thus incorrectly say “book” instead of “tree” of life.
Arguing for the “tree of life” translation instead of the “book of life” translation are two other verses in the same chapter: Revelation 22:2 and 14. Both mention the “tree of life” and the “city” together, the same as verse 19 does. Also, the word portion or share
is significant. The one who corrupts the Word of God will be deprived
of access to the tree of life, despite whatever claim he thinks he has
to that fruit.
Revelation 3:5
is another verse that impacts this issue. “He who overcomes . . . I
will never blot out his name from the book of life.” The “overcomer”
mentioned in this letter to Sardis is the Christian. Compare this with 1 John 5:4:
“Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.” And verse 5: “Who is
he that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son
of God.” (See also 1 John 2:13.) All believers are “overcomers” in that they have been granted victory over the sin and unbelief of the world.
Some people see in Revelation 3:5
the picture of God’s pen poised, ready to strike out the name of any
Christian who sins. They read into it something like this: “If you mess
up and don’t win the victory, then you’re going to lose your salvation!
In fact, I will erase your name from the Book of Life!” But this is NOT
what the verse says. Jesus is giving a promise here, not a warning.
Never does Scripture say that God erases a believer’s name from the
Lamb’s Book of Life—there is never even a warning that He is
contemplating it! The wonderful promise of Revelation 3:5
is that Jesus will NOT erase one’s name. Speaking to the
“overcomers”—all those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb—Jesus gives His
word that He will not delete their names. He affirms that, once a name
is there, it is there forever. This is based on the faithfulness of God.
The promise of Revelation 3:5 is directed to believers, who are secure in their salvation. In contrast, the warning of Revelation 22:19
is directed to unbelievers, who, rather than change their hearts toward
God, attempt to change God’s Word to suit themselves. Such people will
not eat of the tree of life.
The Book of Life
by Chris Moen
The Bible speaks of a book in heaven that lists the names of
all the people who will inherit eternal life. Will your name be included
in the Book of life?
God reveals through His servants, the prophets, that He has a
very special book. This is currently an open book containing a registry
of names. God deems very precious the individuals whose names are being
recorded in it.
This unique book was not made with human hands. Instead, it exists in
the heavenly realm. It belongs to Jesus Christ and is called “the
Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27).
To have one’s name written in this book means that one is considered
righteous before God and will inherit eternal life provided he or she
remains faithful to the end (Revelation 3:5). To have one’s name blotted out of this book signifies a fate of eternal death (Revelation 3:5; 20:15).
The first mention of this Book of Life is when Moses offered to have
his name erased from it. Speaking to God, Moses said, “Oh, these people
have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out
of Your book which You have written” (Exodus 32:31-32).
God replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him
out of My book” (verse 33). As noble as Moses’ intentions may have been
to protect his fellow Israelites from God’s wrath, God will not
negotiate with people’s salvation in this way.
Who is currently in the Book of Life?
The Book of Life contains the names of those who have been spiritually
converted and who have dedicated their lives to the service of God. Like other
servants of God, Moses understood that his name was already written in
the Book of Life (Exodus 32:31-32).
Jesus said that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets will be in the
Kingdom of God, so their names are certainly in the Book of Life (Luke 13:28). Jesus further told His disciples to “rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
The apostle Paul wrote a letter citing the names of a few faithful
brethren alive at the time “whose names are written in the Book of Life”
(Philippians 4:3).
What members of the true Church of God have in common with the
patriarchs and prophets of old is that they all share the same gift of
the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21). Having God’s Holy Spirit is the key to being granted eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Romans 8:9, 11). Those who will be in God’s Kingdom will have their names in the Book of Life (Malachi 3:16-17).
Can a name be erased from the Book of Life?
God was very clear that a person’s name can be removed from the Book
of Life: “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book”
(Exodus 32:33).
At the end of the book of Revelation, a warning stands as a guard
defending God’s truth. “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of
the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add
to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes
away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life” (Revelation 22:18-19).
In the last days, there will be a global resurgence of a false
religious system. God says this system of worship of a man will be
synonymous with worshipping Satan the devil (Revelation 13:4).
The deception will be so great that “all who dwell on the earth will
worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of
the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (verse 8).
Only those who resist participating in this system of worship will be rewarded for their victory over Satan (Revelation 15:2; 17:8; 20:4). See our article “What Is Babylon?” to better understand this false system.
A promise to the faithful
The prophet Daniel, while being given a vision of “a time of trouble”
at the end of the age, was told: “At that time your people shall be
delivered, every one who is found written in the book [of life]” (Daniel 12:1).
The apostle John was given a vision even farther into the future of “the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:10).
It was revealed to John that “there shall by no means enter it [the
holy city] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but
only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (verse 27).
The prophet Malachi was given a message of correction and warning for
God’s wayward people, the Israelites. God still loved His people,
though they had strayed from His laws; but He now demanded honor,
faithfulness and obedience from them.
God then inspired Malachi to share a wonderful promise of hope. God
would grant to those who fear Him the reward of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. They would be identified in a registry called a “book of remembrance” (Malachi 3:16).
This “book of remembrance” is a reference to the Book of Life. As
Malachi noted: “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and
the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written
before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.
‘They shall be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘On the day that I make
them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who
serves him’” (Malachi 3:16-17).
This fear of the Lord that Malachi spoke of is a healthy respect and love for God. To fear God and to keep His commandments is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). To love God is to keep His commandments (1 John 2:5; 5:3).
God remembers the faithful deeds of “those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name” (Malachi 3:16).
This means their godly conversations with each other are being listened
to intently, and every act of kindness and mercy is being noted (Matthew 10:42; 25:34-40).
To those who care for the needs of others, we’re reminded, “For God is
not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown
toward His name” (Hebrews 6:10).
What else does God keep a record of?
Even the struggles of trying to live a godly life against hardship
and temptation appear to be recorded in heaven. David, who was destined
to be Israel’s next king, asked God to remember his suffering during a
low point in his life when he was surrounded by enemies. He said, “You
number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in
Your book?” (Psalm 56:8).
Nehemiah may have been making reference to a heavenly record as he
prayed: “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my
good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its
services!” (Nehemiah 13:14).
Is there also a record of men’s sins in heaven?
The simple truth is that we will be judged for what we do (Isaiah 66:15-16;
Romans 1:18-32). Solomon said, “For God will bring every work into
judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Jesus Christ, after His return and during His judgment of mankind,
“will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the
counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
While here on earth, Jesus also said, “I say to you that for every idle
word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of
judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you
will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).
While the scriptures we have just seen do not necessarily imply that
there is a written record of men’s sins, the reality is that God knows
everything we do. And because God has perfect memory, there is indeed a
record.
Thankfully, there is a way to have our sins blotted out and remembered no more by God (Hebrews 8:12). This forgiveness is made possible by Jesus Christ paying our death penalty for us, if we repent and accept it.
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God says, “Again, when a wicked man
turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is
lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Because he considers and
turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall
surely live; he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:27-28).
When a wicked man repents of his sins, “none of the transgressions
which he has committed shall be remembered against him” (verse 22).
When people repent, God also declares through the prophet Isaiah: “I,
even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I
will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). For more understanding on this subject, see the article “Judgment of God: The Real Story.”
The basis of God’s judgment
The prophet Daniel, describing the vision he was given of God’s
throne room where judgment takes place, said: “I watched till thrones
were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated. … The court was
seated, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
The apostle John was also given a vision of God’s future judgment.
John recounted: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found
no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before
God, and books were opened” (Revelation 20:11-12).
These books represent the books of the Bible, which contain God’s
law—the standard by which everyone’s deeds will be judged. “And the dead
were judged according to their works, by the things which were written
in the books” (verse 12).
John, still recounting his vision, then explained that an additional
book was opened: “And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life” (verse 12). When the process of judgment is finished, the record
of names will be examined and “anyone not found written in the Book of
Life was cast into the lake of fire” (verse 15).
When is a name entered into the Book of Life?
The apostle Paul explains that the initial step toward salvation is
for a person to believe the gospel message of Jesus Christ. “In him you
also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of
it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14, Revised Standard
Version).
Upon receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, at that moment a person is begotten into the spiritual family of God (Romans 8:14, 16).
When a believer receives the Holy Spirit, the seal of promise, he or
she joins the “general assembly and church of the firstborn who are
registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:23). Thus, a person’s name is entered into the Book of Life.
What must I do to have my name in the Book of Life?
For God to record our names in the Book of Life, we must repent of our sins, be baptized and become spiritually converted. Water baptism symbolizes one’s lifelong commitment to follow God’s way of life (Acts 2:38).
Jesus told His followers, “Do not labor for the food which perishes,
but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man
will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:27). Why is it so important for us to do this?
Jesus Christ declares, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white
garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I
will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5).
Father God I humbly thank you for another day to glorify your holy name. I thank you for this topic and the resources provided. I thank you for the clarity for I myself was unsure of something’s too. Thankful for the resources and praying that this helps someone in need. Amen

Lorax Costume

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Back a few months ago my son asked me to make him a Lorax costume for school.

Honestly I was like what in the world and how am I going to achieve this….

Well thanks to Google (for the images), Amazon (for all the orange gear i purchased for next day delivery) My Cricut ( to help me print and cut the image above) and the dollar store (for the very cheap sunglasses which I popped out the lenses.  I was able to make him a costume he could wear all day.

 

To respect the privacy of my kids, pictures of them in the costumes will not be displayed.

 

 

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