Time, Times and Half the Time?

hourglassGod is responsible for the natural, as well as the supernatural. When things cannot be corrected or cured naturally using normal methods, we will see God work supernaturally to accomplish His purpose.

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If the salvation of His Creation could have been accomplished naturally, then the supernatural birth and resurrection of Jesus was unnecessary. Nature could have naturally redeemed and restored herself, given enough time.
This was not the case, she was helplessly and hopelessly lost. Had God not intervened, she would never begin to recover on her own and eternal destruction would have continued.. well, forever!

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“Grace came and stopped the process”

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“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. –Matthew 24:22, New International Version (NIV)


Random Rambling…

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I have been doing a good bit of listening the last few months instead of writing or speaking. Following are thoughts I have found helpful to me and I hope and pray you will find them helpful to you as well.

~Freed to Follow~ is just a tag, so to speak, and not the official title of anything I know of. These thoughts are my thoughts and are not copied from a book, however if someone would like to assemble them and write a book, I think that would be grand. ..Enjoy!

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If we truly understood our Father’s passion for His creatures and His creation, we would all be cheering one another along, instead of hoping for the demise of our enemies!
If there are no unsaved people, ..only unknowing ones; would this change how you view others?~Freed to Follow~

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We are all exactly where we are supposed to be today in our walk with God, but none of us are where we will be tomorrow with Him, if we are truly following Jesus! We will forever be growing deeper, stronger and more powerful in His almighty love for us and all of His creation and this should be impacting how we relate to God as well as our fellows on a day to day basis..       ~Freed to Follow~

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There is always more room for wisdom in the wise, as there is never enough room for wisdom in those who know already!

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Having a personal relationship with Jesus is very important but, just as important is what the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus did, to forever change the fate of all humanity. While we all need to know Jesus on a personal level, this is only the beginning of a new individual awakening into an eternal, global and universal plan for all humanity and all of creation for all time. ~Freed to Follow~

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The “Life of God” is never changing but forever changing us! ..If you do not know God differently today than you did several years back, then it is likely you do not know Him at all ..but only know of Him!
The “Life of God” in you and in I, should always be growing and changing what we know and believe about Him as well as how we follow in His footsteps!
The “Life of God” in us, should constantly be increasing our vision and broadening our horizons…  ~Freed to Follow~

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There are many today who learn about Jesus by reading of Him. They believe they know Him by what He said and did according to what is written about Him. ..This is good, BUT, Jesus said “..Learn FROM me..” not, learn about me!

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
–Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

Many have another step to go ..a BIG step!
~Freed to Follow~

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There are always a multitude of opinions, but only one truth. There are many opinions of the truth, yet only one truth remains. There are many things that are true but are not the truth.
Jesus is the Truth, the only truth!
Don’t be fooled by things that are true, but are not the truth, ask Jesus because His Truth will always set you free… ~Freed to Follow~

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The New Testament is not the second part of the Old Testament. The New Covenant is not an addition to The Old Covenant. The Old Covenant was a legal agreement between God and Israel, depending on Israel’s obedience, in order to be blessed by God. The New Covenant is an agreement between God and the Son of God and is based on the obedience of Christ in order for the whole world to be blessed. So, ..if you choose to remain under the Old Covenant, you must obey all the requirements of the law in order to be blessed ..but if you choose the New Covenant you will be blessed by the obedience of Christ to the law. ..If you choose to remain between the two covenants, you will still be blessed by the obedience of Christ to the law ..but you will be tempted to believe it is your obedience to the law that is causing your blessings. ~Freed to Follow~
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Love in Him!
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A True Christian??

Just reflecting.. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
When I began following Jesus FOR REAL, some 18 years ago, there were a lot of changes I had to make. I had to review much of what I was taught as a child and put it behind me. It was not bad, it was just childish beliefs that were no longer necessary in a maturing relationship. There were also many ideas and ideals that I thought were cut in stone for believers, that I discovered were not, and I had to turn loose of these things as well. Some of the beliefs I held, I believed were foundation stones holding up the Christian faith. I also had to lay these aside as Jesus became more and more real to me!
None of these things were wrong, in and of themselves, they were just stepping stones to allow me to get to where my Lord was leading me today. They were never intended to be burdens I had to carry with me on my journey. Today my burdens are easy and my way is light, not because I am smart or spiritual, but because I was willing to let go of some of the things I thought were so necessary to being a Christian. I have found the One Who is important for being a Christian, actually He found me buried under all the burdens of belief and performance commonly associated with being a true believer.
No one can convince me any longer of what is important or required for being a true follower of Christ. I know Him now and He is the only reason for being a Christian!
Have a Happy New Year!
Love in Him!

A Child is Given?

Please take time to read this newsletter. It is full of new revelation and truth for the days ahead! You may not agree with all Gary says, because it is not the popular teachings in western Christianity. However, more and more believers are changing their beliefs as a Great Paradigm shift is taking effect.

I have not published anything recently due to shifting views of my own… I hope if you also are struggling with yourself, maybe this World Challenge newsletter may offer you some confirmation as well.

If I do not post again before Christmas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and remember Him!

Love in Him!

New Covenant Christmas

http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/newsletter/2013/new-covenant-christmas


Merry Christmas?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” 

–Matthew 28:18

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 As the great debate begins again between the authority of Jesus and the authority of St. Nick during the Christmas season, I think the verse above clearly states Who the Victor is…

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Maybe a better question would be; If Jesus is allowing Santa to also speak during this time, what is he saying that we should be hearing?
I know neither of them promote war and violence and both of them promote love, joy, peace and giving…

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No, I do not give them equal status but Jesus don’t share the stage with just anybody, ya know?

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~Just my thoughts, yours may be different… That’s Ok.~

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Love in Him!

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A Psalm for All…

This is one of my favorite Psalms. It has something that applies to everyone, everywhere at sometime in their Life. If you have not yet faced any of the situations, circumstances or trails listed in these passages… just hold on, your time is coming!

God is faithful and He uses all the sad times, bad times and glad times that Life is made up of, to prove His love and His faithfulness to his children…

You are one of His children…  If you do not know that yet, let me be the first to tell you!

You may be away from home right now or you may deliberately be heading in the opposite direction from your destination, but you are still His child and He wants you to know that…

Please don’t be one who has to keep silent in the end; be one who shouts praises to the love, graciousness and faithfulness of Our Father…

Love in Him! 

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~ Psalm 107~

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.

43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.

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The End or The Beginning?

You decide

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What if a Man?

keys.justthinking Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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What if a Man, … an extremely wealthy man came to you and made this offer?

“I wish to purchase your property, all of it, including you and all your offspring for all generations to come. I will pay you all that I have and I will provide all that you and your family will ever need forever. All I ask is that you and all your descendants stay on this property, live on it, have fun on it, use it anyway you please and never ever leave it. If what I am offering to supply you is ever not enough, I will provide even more land, houses, fields etc. ….. Oh and one more thing … I Myself request to stay with you, love with you, live with you and be apart of you all forever…”

What would your answer be?

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Love in Him!

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You may also enjoy this post… I sure did !

TWO CHOICES

http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/two-choices/

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