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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

YOUR INHERITANCE?

Dear Grandkids,
 I spent most of my life working and lived paycheck to paycheck just like my dad and his dad before him. Our family had no 'wealth' to speak of. If only they were taught the biblical principles of how to become wealthy things would be so much different for all of us today. But now, we have the Word of God to guide us and set us on the right path. Even though I am just learning how all this works, I have not been in lack for years since I began to understand that God give us the power to become wealthy and we only need to follow His instructions to prosper.
I offer no excuses to you now for not having much to leave behind for all of you except that I have had to deal with personal issues that have held me back from experiencing God's best for my life. I will talk about these 'issues' later. At the time I am writing this letter to you the only thing I have to leave behind is a small tract of land and the mineral rights that go with it. And it's not even paid for yet. But I am only 60 years old and by the grace of the Lord I hope to have this paid off before I die. And what ever possessions I have accumulated at that time you are all welcome to split up between you. But the 'real' wealth I am leaving you is not silver, or gold, or precious gems, or a bunch of hundred dollar bills hidden in my hiding places, but it is the wisdom that is found in God's Word. I can't stress this enough to you! If you follow God's ways you will become as wealthy as you have the faith to become. The way you do this is first you 'must' believe that He is God and He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Then thank Him for answering your prayers, not for 'money' but for blessings, prosperity, freedom, security, contentment, joy, peace of mind, provision, more than enough of every good thing to be a blessing to others by giving and sharing, there by bringing glory and honor to His name. That's what you should pray for not "Lord please give me a million dollars", no, listen kids, you need to ask for what is in His kingdom and believe me, there is no such thing as money there. So, when you pray for the things in His kingdom all these other things will be added to you in this life.
I will give you an example of how this worked in my life. Not many years ago, about five to be exact, I started a blog and I posted almost everyday. I got up early before I had to leave for work and wrote down my requests and prayers to God. I read the Word and shared that with whoever would read it. I prayed for exactly what I told you to pray for and I thanked Him before I received anything. That's what 'faith' is, believing 'before' you actually see it be real in your life. Well, after one year most of those prayers were answered, I had quit my cigarette habit the first month, I was able to retire the sixth month, I was a blessing to people I didn't even know by giving consistently, even when I was on unemployment I gave 10%, then out of the blue, I got a financial break through of $108,000.00 which was more money than I'd ever seen in my hand at one time in my life. Those are just a few of the things God made happen for me. And I am not perfect person, I am a sinner, even today I struggle with sin but I confess those sins and weaknesses, all the selfish desires, all the wrong thoughts I have, everything I do I know is not good and try to do better. I confess all these things to God and He forgives me. Much the same way your mom and dad and me will forgive you of whatever you might do that is bad or wrong because we 'really' love you. But God loves us even more. So know that there is nothing you could ever do to stop God from loving you and caring for you. Believe me when I tell you that He does not want to see any of us begging for food and living in lack and poverty. Remember, He is your heavenly Father, your Creator and your Source for all good things. Talk to Him now and you will have whatever you ask for in faith believing.
There is so much more I can't wait to tell you but for now you can practice talking to your heavenly Dad, in Hebrew they call Him Abba, which means Daddy. So, my advice to you if you want to be 'rich' in this life is just ask your heavenly 'Daddy' for the things in His kingdom and wait. You'll see what I'm saying is true.    I love you, Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to you forefathers, as it is today."   Deuteronomy 8:18  (N.I.V.)

"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous."  Proverbs 13:22   (N.I.V.)

"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes other will himself be refreshed."   Proverbs 11:25  (N.I.V.)


PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You Father God for all our blessings, especially for Your Word that gives us wisdom and instructions on how to prosper and be secure and not lack any good thing. Thank You for loving us even when we are bad and don't listen to You and for setting us on the right path when we ask. Help us to learn more about Your kingdom and how it works in our lives now so we can experience true joy and peace and prosperity. You are awesome Father God! Thank You Abba Father for answering our prayers and watching over us and keeping us safe and happy in these last days before You come back here and gather all of us to Yourself... In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Your Word make it so.....Amen        

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WHO IS JESUS?

Dear Grandkids,
You might be surprised to know that there are a lot of people out there in the world who really don't know who Jesus is. After careful study and listening to many teachers who claim to know about Jesus I have come to the conclusion that the best source of information about who he really is can only be found in the world's number 1 best selling book of all time, the Holy Bible.
Again, we need to go back to the beginning where God gives us a clue. Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, "Let (us) make man in (our) image, in (our) likeness,,,," Why would God use "us" and "our" in describing how He is making mankind? Because God is actually three persons in one, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Son, is actually the person we know as Jesus. That's why we can worship Jesus as our God. In the New Testament Gospel of John we read in the first chapter, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." John 1:1-5 (N.I.V.)  So, we can safely say that Jesus is God the Son, and we can get to know Him by His Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit which guides and directs us and causes us to understand things.
Here's another question to ask, "Why did God send His Son to earth to walk among men and be that light that shines in the darkness."?  "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him." John 1:10  "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the Only Begotten, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  John 1:14  OK, with that said, we know God had a purpose for sending His Son to live here in a human body with flesh and blood and all the discomforts that come along with it even though He was perfect in every way.
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" John 1:29  There it is, the answer to the question "why" did God send Jesus to the earth. Jesus was to be the sacrificial "lamb of God" whose perfect blood would be the only suitable sacrifice to redeem mankind from the 'sin' that separates us from God.
Then here is another passage from John that we see a lot, even in the football stadiums and at other sporting events, John 3:16, which says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."  John 3:16-18
Wow, God really does love us that much? Yes, He really does.
Jesus was also known as the 'Son of Man' because He was born of a woman. And the "Christ" which means, "Messiah" or "Savior". Yeshua is the Hebrew, (Jewish), name for Jesus.  It's good to know that because when Jesus comes back He will come back as a Jew and rule and reign over the earth as a king and He will put an end to the present system of things as we know it today. King Jesus, 'Yeshua', will rule this earth for 1000 years and bring the earth and all creation to perfection once again, as it was when the first man Adam had charge of the earth, before the fall, or after sin. I hope this answered your questions about Jesus, the who, what, and why about Him.  Love Grandpap...

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do the people say the Son of Man is"? They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am"?
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, (Messiah) the Son of the living God."  Matthew 16:13-16  (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You Father God for Your Word that takes away the sins of the world and washes us clean by the perfect blood of Jesus. Thank You for loving us with a never ending love that is beyond our understanding. Help us to know You better and bring glory and honor to Your name, and help us to share Your Word with others and help them to know You too. Bless us with wisdom and knowledge and understanding and that we know that we will be with You in paradise. Thank You Father. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and King, make it so....     
   

Thursday, January 21, 2016

THE WAY WE THINK?

Dear Grandkids,
Yes, the way we think will determine how we live, the friends we make and the work we do. It's best to learn this lesson early in life because this will give you a head start at a peaceful and prosperous life. Again, this will take practice and trial and error because of all the bad influence in this world. Everything that comes into our minds will have effect on out thinking. Movies, the things we read, the things we hear, the things we see going on in the world can shape our way of thinking.
The people we chose to associate ourselves with can have a big influence on our minds so we must chose our friends and associates carefully and wisely. Generally, we will have a feeling about certain things, an uneasy feeling is usually a warning that something we heard or saw is not good for us so we need to listen to that and avoid these things. Then there is the peaceful easy feelings we get when something is good.  The same way with people, we can usually tell whether a person we come in contact with is good for us or bad for us. That is something we can pray about and ask the Lord to help us know that we need to steer clear or get closer to a person. It's the same with things we watch on TV or the movies we watch, the games we play, and the things we read.
Sometimes the things we are exposed to in this world are unavoidable and in that case we need to purge these things out of our minds with good and healthy thoughts and input. Just say 'no' to yourself, 'that is bad and I don't want that in my mind', or 'that's not what I chose to think about', or , 'that's not my thought'. Then replace that thought with something good like a positive and fun thing that you like. Think of a nice person you know or something fun that you like to do, a funny story or a passage from the bible. God's Word is always a good way to get your mind off bad things and onto good things. I can't stress it enough, no matter what other people might tell you, and there will be others who will tell you that the bible isn't true or out dated, don't listen to them! The bible is the best way to renew your minds with good thoughts and wisdom. You'll understand this more as you get older and see for your selves the difference in the what the world teaches and what God teaches..... Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do." 
Romans 12:2  (N.L.T.)

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable---if anything is praiseworthy--- think about such things. "
Philippians 4:8-9  (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, we thank You for all good things in our lives, especially for Your Word that helps us to renew and change our way of thinking that will help us be better people and happier people full of wisdom and good thoughts to share with others. Help us to know You Father God and experience all the good blessings You have for us now in this world and let our way of thinking always be good and wholesome so we can bring honor to Your name and have happier lives. In the name of Jesus we pray, make it so... Amen




    

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

MORE ABOUT GIVING

Dear Grandkids,
Another reason to give generously is because it feels good to know you can make a difference in someone else's life and be a blessing to them. Remember, God uses people to bless us. He brings the right people into our lives at just the right time with just the right kind of help. So, when we are blessing others God is using us to His glory and we honor Him by helping others not only by giving our money but also out time, our attention, our kind words and encouragement. And by doing these things we bring God's blessings on ourselves as well...
Always be on the look out for ways to bless others and you will have a wonderfilled, happy and abundant life and your time here on earth will be satisfying and joyful, full of love and peace and goodness.
Now is the time to start, practice giving 10% of your money somewhere. Preferably a church or ministry that teaches God's word, or helps orphans and widows. That's only a dime on a dollar, you get 9 dimes God gets 1, that's really all he asks of us but when we give even more He will bless us with more, the bible says 30 to 60 to 100 fold, He will bless us with and He even said to "test" Him in this. So, don't be scared, step out in faith and just do it and then wait on Him to make things happen. You will see people come into your lives who will help you, and opportunities start to be open to you, good things will happen for you. I'm telling you these things from experience because I have seen these things happen in my own life. I only wish I could have learned these thing earlier. My life would have been so much better and so would have your mom and dad's lives been better. So I can't stress this thing enough. Start giving!     Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, or trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."
1Timothy 6:17-19   (N.K.J.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You Lord God, for Your Word that helps us to have a good life full of happiness and joy. Help us to know the true joy of giving and helping others and being a blessing even to people we don't know. That way we can honor You and praise You and be closer to You and feel Your love and direction in our lives. We praise You Father, we glorify You Lord now in the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and King, make it so....
  



     

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

GIVE GENEROUSLY? WHY?

Dear Grandkids,
If you want to be blessed with abundance and prosperity and always have more than enough to satisfy your needs then you really need to understand the principle of "giving". When I was young, I wasn't taught to give and be generous with other people, I suppose because my parents weren't taught and neither were their parents. So, I want to explain to you why being a 'giver' is so important.
It wasn't until later in my life that I finally discovered why I was always in need and lack. It was because I was stingy with my money and possessions. I just didn't want to let go of what I had because I was afraid I would run out of everything and not have enough for 'me'. That was before I came to understand how God designed the world and made things work. He set in motion certain laws such as 'gravity' which causes everything to be firmly placed on the ground. The saying, "What goes up must come down" is talking about the law of gravity. There is another law that God put in place called the "Law of Reciprocity" which basically means, 'what goes around comes around'. So, if we give generously to people in need or when we give to support a Christian ministry, or direct our giving to the chosen people of God which is a blessing to them, God will reward us with more to give.
Because of the way God set things up we can be sure that His instructions are true and accurate. Jesus said something like this, "It is better to give than to receive." And other places in God's Word it talks about the importance of giving. I just know it works for me because before I started giving my 10% or 'tithe' I was always broke or when I finally did get ahead something would happen and all my money had to be spent, like car breaking down or unexpected trouble that would cost money to get out of. That's what the bible calls the 'devourer', anything that devours your resources unexpectedly. Now, since I've been a tither, God always seems to provide and He does it in the most unexpected ways but He always seems to work through other people to meet my needs and have left overs to give. For example the latest blessing I have experienced are these 4 renters I have staying in my house. They came from out of nowhere really and what is so cool is that there are many other places for rent in my area but God seems to have directed these guys to my place. The details of this particular blessing are amazing but I don't want to take up much more of your time right now so I will just say God really does work through other people to bless us or to curse us.
What I'm trying to say is don't be afraid to let go of what's in your hand because when you do God will let go of what's in His hand for you and believe me He has much better things in His hand to give you. Again this is where 'faith' comes in. You must believe first then you will see it. The world teaches you to 'not' to believe it until you see it but that is not faith and that way of thinking will hold you back from God's blessings. Ok, that's all for now but I will talk to you more about this soon... Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into you bosom. For with the measure that you use it will be measured back to you."   Luke 6:38 (N.K.J.V.)

"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?'
"In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse---the whole nation of you---because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, "says the LORD Almighty" and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."   Malachi 3:8-10 (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You Father God in Jesus name we thank You for Your Word that tells us how we can receive Your blessings and live our lives in abundance and prosperity and not lack any good thing. We thank You that You provide richly for us even in the worst of times. Help us to have the courage to step out in faith and let go of the things in our hands and be a blessing to others and bring glory and honor to Your name. Help us to see the wrongs we do and make things right. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that helps and guides us through this life and leads us on the path to everlasting life with You. In the name above all others, Jesus, our Lord we pray. Make it so...            

Thursday, January 14, 2016

HAVE PATIENCE?

Dear Grandkids,
I know it's hard sometimes to wait for things you want and for other things to happen for you but that's where 'patience' comes in. Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It allows us to be content and happy while we wait on God to answer our prayers and supply our needs. Just remember, He is our Provider, our Protector, our Healer, and our Source for all good things.
So that's why the bible says, "Keep on knocking, and the door will be open, keep on seeking and you will find, keep on asking and it will be given you."
And don't forget that God uses other people to bless us so that's where to expect the blessings to come from. Not necessarily people we know or relatives but even strangers may come from out of nowhere and be a blessing to us when we least expect it. So be on the look out from all sources and expect good things and good people to come your way. Ask God to put the right people in your path and the right people to be your friends.
Choose your friends and companions wisely. Watch what they do and how they act, speak, and spend their time because the people we choose to associate with are the ones we tend to be like. The saying, "Birds of a feather flock together" holds true most of the time so make sure you are not close friends with liars, thieves, bullies, stingy people,drug addicts, whiners, mean people, and those who are disrespectful to parents, teachers, police officers, brothers and sisters, and older people, and those who choose not to believe in God or Jesus because their ways may rub off on you and you might become one of the "bad birds" who get in trouble all the time and disgrace your mother and your father and have a life full of regrets and trouble. These kinds of people lack wisdom.
Instead, surround yourself with honest and trustworthy people who respect authority figures, like parents and teachers and police officers. Those who are polite and helpful to others and who are positive in their way of thinking. People who are kind, caring, and generous, those who are considerate of others, not prejudice because of race or color, and make friends with people who believe in God and Jesus because most of the time these kinds of people will be a blessing to you and will make your life more joyful. These are the ones who have been taught true wisdom. On the other hand, the 'bad birds' will be a curse to you and will make your life miserable and regretful....   Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

  "The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel;
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young---- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance---- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise."
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."     Proverbs 1:1-7  (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for all of our blessings. For the beauty that surrounds us, for the food we eat, the clean water we drink, and the love You show us every day. We ask that You put wise and good people in our paths to be our friends and companions. That you bless us with all good things and help us to understand what true wisdom is and how to get it. Let us experience abundance and prosperity so we can have more than enough to share with others and be a blessing in Your name. Help us to avoid those who may wish to do us harm but be a light to those who are in the dark concerning You that they may be blessed through us... Thank You Father, in the name Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and King and by the power of the Holy Spirit, make it so... Amen

Friday, January 8, 2016

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Dear Grandkids,
Some people don't pray because they don't know how or they simply don't believe there is a God. But we know better than that and we have the privilege to talk to our God anytime we want to or need to. God hears us because His Spirit lives in us, He is the spark that causes our heart to beat and our brains to think. So, it doesn't really matter if we pray out loud or silently to ourselves He can hear us. Really, He knows what we need before we even ask but He likes it when we talk to Him because that's one way we can glorify Him and praise Him and express our love towards Him.
It would be very good for you to memorize the model prayer in the bible found in the book of Matthew Chapter 6:9-13 it goes like this: "Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day and our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of debts and have given up resentment against) our debtors.
And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Matthew 6:9-13   (Amplified Bible)

Now different translations of the bible may word this differently but the prayer is the same. I used this version because I wanted you to know what  these words mean. Like the word "hallowed", that word means 'kept holy' and the word "holy" mean to "set apart" "special" "highly exalted" if you want to you can look that word up in a dictionary for better understanding. The main thing is that you acknowledge your heavenly Father and talk to Him at least every day. I usually pray first thing in the morning, then before every meal and again at night before bedtime, and even through the day if there is something special I want or need or if I want to pray for someone else. I always start out with "Thank You" that seems to work best for me because God seems to answer most of my prayers. I find that amazing because I know I'm not even worthy of His hearing me because I am a sinner. But when Jesus came, He changed everything. That's why we should always end our prayers by praying in the "name of Jesus". Jesus is our mediator and no one can come to the Father without first going through Jesus.
There's is much more to be said about prayer but the best way to understand prayer is to just do it. Sometimes it may not seem that God hears us but He really does, it just takes Him a while sometimes to make things happen for us but the key to this is patients and "faith". We'll learn about what faith is in another letter. What really matters now is that you 'practice praying' every day, kinda like practicing a game or a musical instrument and be consistent, don't stop praying just because you don't see things happen right away. Make prayer a habit, it's a way we can renew our minds too.
Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen.  Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their  many words. Do not be like them , for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him"  
Matthew 6:5-8  (N. I. V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, we thank You for the privilege we have to talk to You and express our love for You. We thank you for all our blessings great and small and especially for Jesus, You Son who came to save us from our sins and lead us on a path to Your Kingdom. Thank You for all of our answered prayers and for giving us the things that are best for us, things that bring us peace, joy, and happiness. Thank You Lord God in the name of Jesus we pray, make it so, Amen