I’m alive today because of the sheer mercy of God. (see Newsletters #1 through 44). The incredible mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus utterly amazes me, looking back. As God healed my memory He has also showed me many new truths one day at a time. I have outlived all sorts of great family members and friends. I am grateful for great mercy in the past two decades especially as all sorts of healing in my wasted years has happened--against all the odds. Recovery from my NDE in June 2017 has been utterly amazing because God enabled me to see my entire life with new clarity, and also new intimacy!
As I described in my previous Newsletter #44, May was a difficult month. Mainly I turned ninty years old. I was sure it was my time to die but it weren't. Dave Roper's message from 2010 "Scaret of Dyin" (below) was very much on my mind in May, but not now.
Christmas has never caught my fancy, year after year. I remember the shock I felt at age 7 when a kid at school told me Santa Claus was a myth. Solemnly my mother and dad sat me down that evening and explained our strongly embedded myths of S. Claus and the reindeer. The real clincher was spending Christian in India with my friend Ted Wise, back 52 years ago.
Since my short-term mememory ain't what it used to be, I've started indexing aricles on the same subject. Therefore visit my "Christmas Papers." Never mind, I am really "far out" in my thinking about the future of God's people--because "God says what he means and means what he says." I try not to speculate beyond what I find in the Bible. If you disagree, your email is welcome. On my Annex page, (scroll down), is a list of all the index pages by category. I often write a new aricle only to discover I've alreadt written on that same topic.
I have been writing an article a day and emailing them to a handful of Facebook friends. If you really want to know, my daily rants are in my Library Annex. Thank God I didn’t die twenty years ago. Recent Articles: I answer all my email myself personally from my comfortable Eichler townhouse, "Pomeroy Palace" in Santa Clara, CA. I have been writing an article per day and posting them to my Facebook fiends via Messenger. All “recent” articles are here: Lambert's Library Annex. (My former newsletter mailing list is in disarray). Use my site search engine to find things. My newsletters are more personal. But none of my articles are copyrighted.
The State of the World: Falling apart fast, but we are right where God wants us. The prevailing myth of progress, advancement, and improvement are illusory. For many years science was the ultimate authority for governments. This situation has prevailed in the West since the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. Now however glaring failures by trained scientists has failed badly. One example is the Covid vaccine scandal and another is the fuss about climate change which isn't happenning.
For 2000 years God has been calling gentiles out of the world to be His church, His Bride. That activity is ending now. The next major happenning will be Rapture of all believers who constitute the true church. Everyone who knows the real Jesus is a member of that church, the Bride of Christ. The Rapture is not optional. Those who are "left behind" down on the planet will be able to hear about Jesus through the 144,000 evangelists called and trained by Jesus Himself. The removal of all true believers in Jesus at the Rapture will take away the salt and light now flowing into society, from the Holy Spirit, through the church. Few real Christians in every generation walk closely with their Lord. Since sin, ungodliness, unrighteousness are contaminants for arriving citizens of New Jerusalem, they will be discarded on the way in."For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Corinthians 3:11-17)
Hebrews Chapter 11
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1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—-38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
David Roper's Blog for March 30, 2010
Mary Trumbull Slosson, whose quaint and profound folktales give us a
"glimpse of Joy beyond the walls of the world," writes about a little boy
that was "scaret of dying."
Once there was a boy that was dreadful scaret o' dyin'. Some folks is that way, you know; they ain't never done it to know how it feels, and they're scaret. And this boy was that way. He wa'n't very rugged, his health was sort o' slim, and mebbe that made him think about sech things more. "Tany rate, he was terr'ble scaret o' dyin'. "Twas a long time ago this was,—the times when posies and creaturs could talk so's folks could know what they was sayin'.
And one day, as this boy, his name was Reuben,—I forget his other name, —as Reuben was settin' under a tree, an ellum tree, cryin', he heerd a little, little bit of a voice,—not squeaky, you know, but small and thin and soft like, —and he see "t was a posy talkin'. "T was one o' them posies they call Benjamins, with three-cornered whitey blowths with a mite o' pink on "em, and it talked in a kind o' pinky-white voice, and it says, "What you cryin' for, Reuben? "And he says, ""Cause I'm scaret o' dyin'," says he; "I"m dreadful scaret o' dyin'." Well, what do you think? That posy jest laughed, the most cur'us little pinky-white laugh "t was,—and it says, the Benjamin says: "Dyin'! Scaret o' dyin'? Why, I die myself every single year o' my life." "Die yourself ! "says Reuben "You "re foolin'; you "re alive this minute." ""Course I be," says the Benjamin; "but that "s neither here nor there,—I've died every year sence I can remember." "Don't it hurt? "says the boy. "No, it don't," says the posy; "it "s real nice. You see, you get kind o' tired a-holdin' up your head straight and lookin' peart and wide awake, and tired o' the sun shinin' so hot, and the winds blowin' you to pieces, and the bees a-takin' your honey. So it's nice to feel sleepy and kind o' hang your head down, and get sleepier and sleepier, and then find you "re droppin' off. Then you wake up jest "t the nicest time o' year, and come up and look "round, and—why, I like to die, I do." But someways that didn't help Reuben much as you "d think. "I ain't a posy," he think to himself, "and mebbe I wouldn't come up."
April showers bring May flowers; they also bring us the stirring of hope. Spring "posies, trees and creaturs" are hints of heaven, for God has planned it that way. But spring alone is not enough. It may only leave us with Reuben's worry: "I ain't a posy and mebbe I wouldn't come up." Spring's hope could be an illusion, which is why T. S. Eliot, in his pre–Christian days, thought April was "the cruelest month."
There is a truer word than spring: Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25,26).Who said this? One who actually rose from the grave. It's one thing to make a bold assertion; it's another to back it up—and back it up Jesus did by rising from the dead, "the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:20).
"If you believe that the Son of God died and rose again," writes George MacDonald, "your whole future is full of the dawn of eternal morning, coming up beyond the hills of life, and full of such hope as the highest imagination for the poet has not a glimmer yet."
The Son of God died and rose again, and his resurrection is the guarantee that God will bring us up and out of the ground: A thinking, feeling, remembering, recognizable part of us will live forever.
Living forever means living out the thought of eternity that God has placed in our hearts; meeting one's loved ones lost through separating death; living in a world without blood, sweat and tears; seeing our Lord who loves us and gave everything to unite us to him forever.
But there's another meaning I see: since we go around twice we can live in broken and ruined bodies for time; we can endure poverty and hardship for awhile; we can face loneliness, heartache and pain for a season. We don't have to have it all on this earth. There is a "second birth."
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