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Saturday, April 9, 2016

WE ALL HAVE A SPECIAL PURPOSE

Dear Grandkids,
There will be times in your lives when you will think that your life has no purpose. Don't believe that! You are special! There is no one like you! You are a gift from your Creator to this world. He has something for you to do but sometimes we have a hard time understanding what that might be. So, look at life this way if you are confused and wondering. First, you need to know that the Spirit of God lives in you as it does all of us. That is what causes our hearts to beat and our brains to think. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. We are a three part creation with a body, (flesh, blood, skin and bone) a soul, (our thoughts, likes and dislikes, personality, strengths and weaknesses) and our spirit, (the invisible part of us that never dies). God is also a three part being, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that is the image of God.
When I was young I had no idea what and who I really was. I believed what the schools I went to taught me and that was that I was a product of evolution, a descendant of apes which were descendants, mice which were descendants of pond scum. I was basically an animal without hope or purpose. So what good was I? That teaching caused me to think wrong about myself and who I was which lead to behavioral problems and other issues. Believe me when I tell you that you are created special apart from the animals. In the image of God and the God who created you also loves you. He is your Heavenly Father apart from your earthly father. So, even though we can't see our Father in heaven He is there for us in a big way, even bigger than our earthly "Dads". He is so big we can't see Him physically but He lives in us by His Spirit. That's how He knows everything about us. When we pray that's how He hears us. All the other creations around us prove that He exists, the trees, the insects, the birds, the cats and dogs, the stars in the sky, all these things were made by Him. Look at the design of a leaf, or the way an insect grows. Look at the design of every living creature and prove that it all just "happened" by chance.  It's impossible. Design requires a designer...
Now what exactly is our purpose here on this planet? What do we want in this life? Well, basically we all want the same things, and we all need basically the same things, like water, food, clothing, and shelter. Now we also want to be loved and respected, we want to feel secure and safe where we live, and we want a certain amount of comfort, nice (things) of course but what about purpose? What is our function here? The long answer to those questions have been the subject of many books, but the short answer is pretty simple. We are here to learn to love God and to know Him and make Him known, and to bring honor and glory to His name and to seek after His kingdom and when we do this, all these other things that we want will be provided for us. It really is amazing the way God works in our lives. He causes the right people to show up in our lives at just the right time, He puts the right thoughts in our minds and helps us to think. He protects us and provides for us through other people. That's when we make the effort to know Him because He won't force us to want Him or to love Him.
So, what I'm trying to teach you with this letter is to understand who you really are and what you can do to have a purposeful happy life here and now with a hope that you can live forever with God in His kingdom. Really, isn't that what we all want? Love you, GrandPap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us--- whatever we ask--- we know that we have what we ask of Him."   1 John 5:13-15

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God in heaven, thank You for Your Word and all our blessings. Thank You for being our Protector our Provider, and our Savior. Help us to see the special purpose we have on this earth and to know You and who we really are in You. Help us to feel Your presence and Your love as we go about the days in our lives. Let us be healthy, joyful, happy, and a blessing to others and to know our special purpose, and to know You, and to love You, and to do Your will. Make it so, in the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and Savior, amen... 
       

Thursday, February 18, 2016

THE WORDS WE SAY ARE POWERFUL?

Dear Grandkids,
Here's another thing I need to tell you about so that you can maybe save yourselves a lot of grief. No one taught me this when I was a child. If I had only known how powerful spoken words were back then my life would have been so much better. Some of the things that came out of my mouth were disgusting and vulgar and so shameful I would like to forget I actually said those things and the consequence's are still with me today, but I am counteracting all the negative, hurtful, ignorant, and shameful things that came out of my mouth with positive, loving, up building and wise sayings the best I can. Instead of telling someone how ugly, stupid, and dumb they are I try to build that person up with nice words, and if I can't think of anything nice or helpful to say to someone then I won't say anything at all. Another thing kid's, when we think we are hurting someone else with our words we are hurting ourselves even more. Jesus told His followers that it "wasn't what went into our mouths that defiled us, it was what came out of our mouths that defiled us.
   Now, the real power in the words we speak lies in what we tell ourselves. If we say to ourselves things like this, "I can't be good enough to play that game, I'm too small." Or something like this, "No one likes me, I'm ugly, I'm stupid, I suck, I will never be loved, I'm bad because I made this mistake and now everyone hates me." Or, "The person I want to be my friend won't like me." Or, "The girl at school I like will never like me." I can think of all kinds of stupid, untrue things I used to say about myself that came true after I said them long enough  because those words were powerful and I fell into the very things I said because my mind with those words took me in that direction. I started believing all those words were true and so that's how I became, which caused me much grief, depression, disappointment, anger, and frustration and all those feelings made me even worse. I believed I was dumb, ugly, unlovable, stupid, weak, and would never be loved, always poor, always lacking, never having what I wanted and never being the kind of person who was loved and respected. The kind of person who was looked up to and admired for being polite, respectful, thoughtful, generous, kind, trustworthy, and friendly.
Because of what I was told about myself, the words my dad spoke to me, and the words I spoke to myself in my mind, and out loud, that was who I became. I was one of the bad kids, the kid that cussed, smoked, bullied, was disrespectful, selfish, without manners, hurtful to others, negative about almost everything, so that's how my life was for many years. If only I would have had someone to show me the error of my ways, the 'words' I spoke to others and to myself were so important. That's why I'm letting you know now that you should be careful about what you say to your self and others because, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit." Proverbs 18:21  (N.K.J.V.) and, "The fools lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating." Proverbs 18:6 (N.I.V.) and "Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue."  Proverbs 17:28 (N.I.V.)
We all need to take these words to heart and be careful of what we say, even  now I have to think about what I'm saying and be careful not to put my "foot in my mouth" so to speak, and sometimes I still say things I need to apologize for. What I hope to teach you with this letter is to just be aware of how powerful the words you speak and think are. Here's how you should use your words, "I am smart, I am strong, I am lovable, kind, generous, helpful, friendly, funny, honest, trustworthy. People like me, I am a good friend. I am beautiful, handsome, talented, skillful, thoughtful, godly, and funny. I am well provided for by God. God heals me, helps me, protects me and loves me. I am a giver. Read and listen to God's Word to get rid of the negative words the 'world' teaches. And remember, "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."  Hebrews 4:12  (N.I.V.)
So, say the words that describe what you want your life to be like and keep on saying those words until it becomes reality even if you don't feel that way or your life is not that way yet it will happen as you say so don't give up but keep on using your words wisely and you will save yourself much grief. This also takes practice.... Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin." Proverbs 13:3 (N.I.V.)
"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18 (N.I.V.)
"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in silver settings." Proverbs 25:11  (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, in Jesus name we pray that You help us to control our tongues and to think about what we say and help us to always speak good words about ourselves and others. Let us use words to help us live better lives and to be a blessing to others. Help us to build each other up and not tear each other down with our words. And thank You especially for Your Word which gives us life and health and power. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Your Word, make it so... Amen

    

Monday, February 15, 2016

FORGIVENESS ?

Dear Grandkids,
I'm writing this letter to let you know how important it is for you to forgive others who may have wronged you or made you mad. Forgiveness should be immediate and sincere. It is not that easy to do and again this may take practice on your part.
As you grow and mature you are bound to have someone in your life that will do or say something that will hurt or offend you so the sooner you learn this lesson the better for you. Because 9 out of 10 times the person doing the offense could care less if you are hurt so you are not forgiving for their sake but for your own sake. The longer we hold unforgivness in our hearts the longer we are robbing ourselves of joy and peace in our own minds. Here's what Jesus said about forgiveness, "Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" "I do not say to you up to seven times, but seventy times seven....." Matthew 18:21-22. That means forgiving always. Like if you are at school and another kid does something to you that hurts or offends you and you don't forgive them then every time you see that kid you have a bad feeling in your heart and remember what they did or said. This is a joy stealer and a peace of mind thief. Yes, if we hold back forgiveness then we give them that power over us to take away our joy and peace. So be quick to forgive and slow to get mad. As soon as someone does something to steal your joy tell them something like this, "What you said really hurt my feelings but I forgive you." "What you did really offended me but I just wanted to let you know I forgive you for it."  
This is maybe a little harder than the other way, which is the opposite, like a "pay back." Like if someone calls you a bad name and then you call them a worse name. Or if someone steals from you or lies to you then you pay them back by doing worse to them. Again, I take this advise from the bible where it says, "Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men." Romans 12:17  (N.K.J.V.)  And again, this may take practice because it is our natural instinct to want to pay back evil for evil but that only makes things worse for everyone. I'm sure you will have the opportunity to try this both ways, being "forgiving" and choosing "pay back," you'll see what I mean.
Now here's the hardest part of forgiving, it's when you do something really bad or hurt someone you love and care about and when you have to forgive yourself, now that's the hard part. I struggle with this daily. I have a hard time forgiving myself for the things I've done in the past that hurt the people I love the most. I won't go into all the details because I don't want to go back there. I only wish I could take back all the hurtful and selfish things I've said and done in the past to the people that I loved the most. So what I'm trying to tell you now, is to think about what you say or do before you do or say something you will regret because you can avoid so much heart ache that way. OK say, you are disrespectful to your dad and mom or you hurt their feelings in one way or another, later on you may wish you hadn't been that way toward them and now you must forgive yourself. Or you get into a relationship with someone and you are unfaithful to them and hurt them deeply and they never heal. Even though you love that person the pain you caused them will still haunt you. It's just easier to not to do things for which you need to be forgiven or you need to forgive yourself for.
Jesus died for all of us to be forgiven of all our sins and wrong doing so we need to likewise forgive those who have wronged us. This is more wisdom from His Word. This is the "Kingdom" way.  The "world" does not think this way so if you take this wisdom to heart it will make your life much better and you will be blessed on account of it. If you chose to do things the way of the "world" then you will be under the curse of the "world." We can chose "blessing" or "cursing" I would chose the blessing, it's a way better way.   Love Grandpap

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

Here's what Jesus says:

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."   Mark 11:24-26  (N.I.V.)

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord God, in the name of Jesus, thank You for Your Word and the wisdom that You share with us. Thank You for loving us and forgiving us and for saving us from all our wrong doing and sin. Help us to be better people and bring glory and honor to Your name. Let us be forgiving to others who have wronged us not only for their sakes but especially for our own sakes and help us to forgive ourselves for the wrongs we have done that still haunt us and hold us back from feeling joy and peace within us. I forgive all those who have hurt me in the past from the least to the greatest and I pray for extra strength to forgive myself for the ignorant and selfish things I've done in the past to those I love the most. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and King make it so..... Amen  
     

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....