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Friday, 19 December 2014

Covered and Clean

 Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord

Being washed clean by the blood of the Lord Jesus, then we are truly clean.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Being covered by His (Jesus's ) righteousness. as covered by a coat, or cloak, then we are truly righteous in the eyes of God. 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin, and only when we are covered by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus are we acceptable in the sight of Almighty God. He is Holy.

Isaiah 61:10 - I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Salt of the Earth....

Matthew 5:13 KJVYe are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.


Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when He said "Ye are the salt of the earth"? It is something that I could not really understand for some time. I had heard that since salt is a preservative, that is what it meant. That really did not make complete sense to me, but then I heard a Bible teacher explain it in a way that made a lot of sense to me. ( I am sorry I cannot remember the name of the Bible teacher.) Anyway,  I would like to share it with you here on my blog.

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We all know that salt makes us thirsty. So that is what Jesus is referring to here in Matthew 5:13. As we live our Christian life, we will come in contact with people who are saved and others who are not saved. If we have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us, are giving off that salty taste ....we will be people who encourage others to a closer walk with the Lord also. We are salt and are helping others to become thirsty for the Lord and to be in a better and closer relationship with Him.  On the other hand, if we are carnal Christians, dabbling in sin and not serious about our walk with the Lord, we are salt that has lost it's salty flavor and we are not helping those who we come in contact with to thirst for the Lord and His Word.  Jesus says such salt that has lost it's salty taste is no use to Him.

Think about it.....



Matthew 5:13 ERV “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, it cannot be made salty again. Salt is useless if it loses its salty taste. It will be thrown out where people will just walk on it.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Prophecy Update JD Farag December 14,2014

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

So here is the link to this week's Prophecy Update from JD Farag: 



Published on 14, 2014

Pastor J.D. does something a little bit differently for today’s prophecy update in that it bears the title, “If I Were the Devil and I Knew My Time Was Short.” In it he updates Paul Harvey’s piece from almost 50-years ago back in 1965.




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Knowing the Will of God - a devotional from Anne Graham Lotz

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.


You can link to Anne Graham's Lotz's website here for more devotional helps :Anne Graham Lotz

The following is written by Anne Graham Lotz: 

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Bearing Much Eternal Fruit

  • December, 15
  • Pursuing MORE Of Jesus
"You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last."
John 15:16, NIV
Do you struggle with knowing the will of God for your life? For your marriage? For your family? For your home? Knowing God's will is not difficult - unless you are not abiding in Him. Jesus indicated that knowing His Father's will is the fruit of abiding as well as asking: "You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" (15:16, NIV).
God has chosen you and me for the purpose of bearing much eternal fruit - fruit in our character such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control exhibited toward those within our own home - fruit that is simply the character of God's Son coming out in us. We are to bear much eternal fruit in our service as we lead other people to faith in Jesus Christ and help them to grow into maturity so that they in turn will produce much eternal fruit in their lives.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Women - young and older

This is a Bible Study based on Titus 2:3-5

Titus 2:3-5
 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The portion of Scripture that we want to study today speaks to how a woman should conduct herself, and some character traits that God expects of women. The passage first speaks to older women and then follows with clear teaching for young women. As you read this portion from the book of Titus, you may feel like it is old fashioned, maybe it was good for our mothers and you may question if it applies to your life today. May I remind you that God does not change, He is the same yesterday and today and forever, His values do not change with the changing culture and His truth and Word do not change. Therefore we know that this applies to each of us today. So with that in mind, let's take these verses one at a time and see what God is calling us to do.


Verse 3- The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
This verse is speaking to the older women among us.
God is calling older women to live holy lives. This means to be completely dedicated to the Lord in mind, body and soul. Some translations use the word "sacred", so it is my understanding that the Lord would have the older women to demonstrate what it looks like to be completely surrendered to the Lord, in words and in actions. 
The verse goes on with the instructions for older women to not falsely accuse others, to not indulge in wine. God does not want anyone to be enslaved to alcohol or other addictive substances and He is calling on older women to set the example here. Older women are teach others, able to give counsel and answer questions. As we grow older, we have already experienced many life situations, many disappointments have come our way, and we have grown closer to our Lord through these hard times. Therefore we can encourage others who are going through tough times now. God our heavenly Father is faithful, He will never forsake His own, He loves us dearly.

Verse 4- That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Now in verse 4, the older women are instructed to teach the young women. It begin with the teaching to be sober. An explanation for this word sober is to be sober minded, this would include abstaining from alcohol and other mind altering drug addictions and substances. After all how can one manage a household if one is not clear minded. Young women are to be disciplined in mind and body. One example of this is in how we dress. You are not honoring the Lord Jesus when you expose your breasts with the low cut clothing that is so modern today, or when you wear figure revealing jeans etc.  God is honored when we dress modestly and discreetly and keep ourselves for our husband. It is not right to dress provocatively to be sexy, or to be flirtatious. Your body belongs to the Lord and to your own husband and is not for every man on the planet to gaze upon.

Next we read that the young woman is to love her husband. A good practical definition of love is "you before me, your needs before mine". This is pretty self explanitory. You put your husband and his needs before your own. This does include being a loving and willing partner with your husband in the bedroom. You keep yourself for him alone, he is the one you love, the one God has brought into your life. Do not go outside of your marriage for affirmation or any thing you think you should be getting from your husband but are not. God will fill the gap and meet your needs. You speak well of your husband,you encourage him in the good he does for you and the family. Let him know that you are proud of him and appreciate him. The husband is to be the spiritual leader in the family, God expects the husband to lead the family. The husband must always remember that his wife is a gift to him from the Lord and he needs to show her love and appreciation as a gift from the Lord.
The young woman is to love her children - As mothers we know this to be so true. A young woman will spend countless hours and energy with the children, loving them and meeting so many needs. Many times a mother is so tired from being on duty as mom 24 hours every day, 7 days a week. The needs of the children are never ending and yet being a mom is one of the greatest joys on earth. God will surely bless each mother who so diligently cares for the children that God has given. Each child is a special gift from the Lord above and must always be treated kindly and lovingly and as a true gift.

Verse 5 -To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

To be discreet, chaste - we have already touched on the topic of being discreet and chaste. This certainly does refer to how a woman dresses. As I wrote earlier, God is not honored by low cut revealing and tight clothing. This also refers to good decision making in other areas as well. We should not be extravagant and spend money unnecessarily. It is so very easy to spend more than we should, so we must always be on guard in our spirits to not allow the devil to mess us up in this area. We must be careful what we watch on TV, or the internet and we must be careful what we allow our children to watch. We must be careful of our friendships including those on Facebook and guard against gossip, we must be careful of who are children are spending time with. There is much to be cautious about and we must give ourselves to prayer and the study of the Bible in order to hear the Holy Spirit whisper words of guidance into our hearts throughout the day.

Now we come to "keepers at home" - some translations say " keepers of [their own] houses",  some say "homemakers" or "good housekeepers." The woman's first place is in the home, caring for the family and taking care of the home. These are her main responsibilities. God has created the husband and the wife with roles that compliment each other and that bring blessing and peace to the family unit. We need to trust the Lord to provide the strength needed to carry out the role that He has ordained even if it is not glamorous.

Now we come to the word "good" - this means good and kindhearted, tenderhearted - doing good from within your heart, not because it is expected of you but because in your heart you want to do that which pleases our loving heavenly Father.

Next we come to "obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed" , now you probably have questions! What does this mean? This is written as a protection for the family unit. Someone has to be the person to make the final decision in a matter, and God says it is the husband's job. This does not mean that a woman in under the authority of every man on the planet, only her own husband has authority. This type of authority is not demeaning or like a ruler, or a "do as I say or else type of authority". Not at all!!  This is a loving response on the part of both husband and wife to accomplish that which is in best for the family in the eyes of the Lord. The husband will someday give account before the Lord as to how he has lived and how he has lead the family in the role of lover, provider, spiritual leader, guide and the one who has the final word in the bigger decisions of life. There must be respect and the husband must allow his wife to give input and her perspective in these bigger family life decisions. A man and woman will see things differently and both perspectives are important, so there needs to be good constructive conversations. God wants each of us to live so as to bring glory to His Name. It will build the family life and those around us will be drawn to seek the Lord. 

Link to other Bible Studies from the book of Titus:

Instructions for Older Men


About Deceivers


Teachings from Paul




Monday, 8 December 2014

Prophecy Update JD Farag December 7,2014

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

He  begins this week's update Pastor Farag talking about the protests in the USA, and the tragedy of passing into eternity without knowing Christ, then moves to discussing the destruction of the USA.

Here is the link to the Update - Prophecy Update December 7, 2014 -- JD Farag

Pastor J.D. argues the case for why Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at an unprecedented and accelerated rate, especially given the events as of late.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Prophecy Update JD Farag November 30,2014

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Here is the Prophecy Update from JD Farag for this week, November 30, 2014

Pastor J.D. shares from the heart concerning the Ferguson riots and how it’s no longer about race but rather about Israel. Pastor J.D. also provides both a clarification about the new church building and very important information about Calvary Chapel Kaneohe’s Israel trip in May of 2015.

Here is the Link - Prophecy Update JD Farag November 30, 2014


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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Cowboy Cookies




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Prophecy Update JD Farag - Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is....

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 

Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.


Here is the link to the Prophecy Update for November 23, 2014 ......

    Prophecy Update JD Farag

 Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance of several major news events that took place, yet again, in just the span of this last week. Pastor J.D. also provides more information about Calvary Chapel Kaneohe’s Israel trip in May of 2015. See, inspiredtravel.com/cck2015/





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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Prophecy Update - Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is....

Mark 13:23-26

 But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.
 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
  the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. 
Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mid-East Prophecy Update – November 16th, 2014 

by JD Farag

Link to the Prophecy Update here - Prophecy Update - JD Farag



Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance of a number of things that took place in just the last week, and highlights the importance of how everything is happening simultaneously. Pastor J.D. also provides additional information about Calvary Chapel Kaneohe’s Israel trip in May of 2015. See, inspiredtravel.com/cck2015/


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Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is....

Mark 13:23-26   But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

I feel the Lord is leading me to sharing a posting with you every week regarding end time prophecy. For some time now I have been listening to the Prophecy Update each week by Pastor J.D. Farag and it is something that I look forward to each week. So now on a weekly basis I want to share the link with you here on my blog so that together we can be watching for the Lord's return as that is what He instructed us to do. Mark 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Recently we had a guest speaker in my home church, who tried to diminish the significance of Bible prophecy. Instead of encouraging us to study more and to be watching and waiting for the return of our Lord, he minimized the importance of prophecy and seemed to think that it was not really important. This made me realize that I need to share these important teachings from Pastor Farag with you. Pastor Farag takes about a half hour at the end of his sermons each Sunday to discuss current events and how it ties in with Bible prophecy. I will only be posting the Bible prophecy portion of his sermons.

 One final note - Pastor Farag is a firm believer in the pre - tribulation rapture of the church. Whether you believe pre trib or post trib, I suggest you set those debates aside and just listen to the content of the message, of how the current events are really falling into place and you will have a better understanding of what is really happening in our world. God bless!


Here is the link to the Prophecy Update from last Sunday November 9th, 2014


Published on Nov 9, 2014 
Pastor J.D. explains why the US President’s letters to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, which would have been
Pastor J.D. explains why the US President’s letters to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, which would have been inconceivable only 10-years ago, brings us so much closer to both the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy and the rapture of the church. Pastor J.D. also provides information about Calvary Chapel Kaneohe’s Israel trip in May of 2015. See, inspiredtravel.com/cck2015/


Saturday, 15 November 2014

A new song...it's been on m mind all week

Last Sunday in church the worship group sang a new song. I was so blessed by the lyrics. I want to it with you here. This song has been on my mind all week! Praise the Lord!




The song is titled "Happy Day". Link to the song on youtube here.......  Happy Day


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Here are the lyrics to the song:
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Happy Day

The greatest day in history, death is beaten
You have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive
The empty cross, the empty grave
Life eternal, You have won the day
Shout it all, Jesus is alive
He's alive



[Chorus:]

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same

Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I'll never be the same


Forever I am changed
When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours, Jesus You are mine
Endless joy and perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He's alive



[Bridge:]
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name
Jesus!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Heaven - A New Message from Billy Graham

Happy Birthday Mr Graham - you are a blessing to many and especially to my family!

I would like to encourage everyone to watch this message from Billy Graham, link here :  Heaven - A New Message from Billy Graham

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: KJV

I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again. ERV


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Friday, 10 October 2014

Thomas Duncan dies...

This from CNN .. link to complete story here - Ebola patient dies

Thomas Duncan dies:
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died Wednesday, 10 days after he was admitted to Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. His family wonders whether the outcome would have been different if doctors had admitted Duncan to a hospital on September 25, the first time he showed up with a fever and stomach pain.
Duncan's family has criticized the care he received. The Dallas hospital that treated him says staff members did everything they could.

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Some further thoughts of life and death to consider.....

We are moving from the temporary to the permanent - to the Eternal place.
In dying we leave our temporary bodies.
Death is not pleasant, but we must view it as a doorway to our eternal destination.
It changes our attitude - where we are going.
Our goal in life is not dying but we must remember that in dying we get our upgrade.
Verse 2 from our text -  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven

Getting older and dying is not pleasant but we see death as a doorway to heaven.

We are focused on our destination - not so much on the journey.
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Some time ago  we had a guest speaker in our church. Name is Allen Kehler. He spoke on 2 Corinthians 4:18 - 5:10.


Here is a summary of his sermon.


 Pastor Kehler started his sermon by showing a picture of a Coffee Crisp bar on the large screen. Then he proceeded to show us a real Coffee Crisp bar, he unwrapped it and took a bite. Coffee Crisp bars are really delicious and at this point everyone in the congregation is wishing he or she were eating one too! This all played perfectly into his sermon.



We Live By Faith - Not By Sight

Why go for the picture when you can have the real!!

The Coffee Crisp bar was real, why would anyone go for the picture when you can have the real thing?
We become blinded by what we see, when we can have the real.

What are we living for?
Often we are blinded by what we see and fail to get the real! We need to live for the real - the eternal
Verse 18 from our text -  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We see that the unseen is actually the real - while what we see is actually temporary.

In your daily life you choose to travel from point A to point B.
You need to follow directions and may use your GPS.
*GPS uses satellite
*the satellite sees me
* and knows where I am going

In our lives we also need direction as we live by faith.
Sin makes us directionally challenged.
*God is our Guide
* He gives us a new starting point through the cross and providing the Holy Spirit to reside in us
* Our destination is Heaven - God guides us to our new destination!

You can be sure that with the Lord - YOU WILL ARRIVE!

Too often we allow things around us to block us from seeing our eternal destination!
Verse 16 from chapter 4 -  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

We are moving from the temporary to the permanent - to the Eternal place.
In dying we leave our temporary bodies.
Death is not pleasant, but we must view it as a doorway to our eternal destination.
It changes our attitude - where we are going.
Our goal in life is not dying but we must remember that in dying we get our upgrade.
Verse 2 from our text -  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven

Getting older and dying is not pleasant but we see death as a doorway to heaven.
We are focused on our destination - not so much on the journey.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us.
To live is Christ - to die is gain!

Many preachers today preach the health and wealth gospel. It is a false message. It is not based on faith.
In this life we are burdened and we are groaning - we look forward to the permanent. We have the Holy Spirit living within us. We walk by faith not by sight.

God has not abandoned us!
Verse 5 from our text -  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 

This is eternal. The Holy Spirit is deposited in out hearts.

We walk by faith.
We want the real - not just a picture.
We live by faith - not by sight!

Verses 8-9   We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

We long for Jesus to come and get us!

Verse 10 -  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

We have an appointment with our Savior. Keep focused to live for Him and He will reward you!

We know the most meaningful words will be " WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!"

Stand up and be counted as a Christian in your school.

Forgive people who hurt you.

Pray and read your Bible.


No matter how it looks on the outside - We live by faith!



Psalm 13:3 - Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Daniel 12:2 -And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt