As most of you know there was an addition to my family this past week, my lovely new granddaughter, Ava Loren. Bringing a new child into the world is such a miracle. After two of my own and now three grandchildren, it never ceases to amaze me how a human being can grow so perfectly inside a woman's womb. If anything could prove the existence of God, this should do the trick!
While I was in the hospital with my daughter, the doctor explained to us that when the baby is in the womb, they don't need their lungs so the heart works very differently. There are actually other openings and holes between the chambers. But then when the baby is born and takes her first breath, the heart begins to heal itself by slowly over the next few days closing up those now unnecessary holes. Even the doctor said "What an incredible design". To which I commented "That's God's design." Of course I got no response, but hey, you have to admit there is an intelligence behind all of this. Human beings are such complex biological machines that to actually believe they came about randomly is insane.
Not sure if I already posted this but I found it fascinating. It is from this article where you can see actual photos
Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.
Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.
Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilized egg.
Flash of light? Sounds like God to me! Yet, I've always believed real life began at conception. Part of my belief comes from the Bible where it describes how the baby John the Baptist leapt in his mother's womb when Mary approached who was pregnant with Jesus at the time. A simple biological being would not leap on it's own. But a being with a spirit would know the Savior of the world was close through the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
To date we have murdered 60 MILLION babies through abortion in the United States alone. One and a half TRILLION worldwide since 1980. If those statistics don't shock and abhor you, nothing will.
The devil hates human beings. His sole purpose is to drag us to hell anyway he can. If he can't do that, he wants to kill us, torture us, and destroy our lives. Believe in him or not, he is still out to get you. Convincing someone to murder their baby is nothing new. Satan has been doing that for thousands of years. From the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans to the god, Molech whom the Jews worshiped, to Carthage and many others, people have been sacrificing their babies to gods who are nothing but demons behind the scenes in the hopes of receiving some blessing or prosperity.
Today, we sacrifice our babies to the demon of selfishness and promiscuity. There really is no difference between walking up to a huge golden idol and placing our baby in the red-hot hands of a demon to burn to death or walking into an abortion clinic. Sorry to be so harsh and graphic but I really believe God is going to punish us for this just like he punished Israel.
(Note: This is in no way meant to upset those women who have had abortions. If you turn to Jesus, give your life to Him and repent, He WILL forgive you and wash away all your guilt. Not only will you be forgiven, but you will see your baby again some day!)
The good news? I believe (and this is only my belief based on what I've read in Scripture) that every one of those precious aborted babies in now in heaven. Their mothers may have not wanted them but God wanted them and welcomed them with open, loving arms.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
I want to thank you all for your comments and opinions on the mock covers I showed you a few weeks ago. I tallied all your votes, both here and on Facebook, took your comments into consideration and ended up with Mock 2 as the best choice. My cover designer went right to work, perfecting it and here is the final version. In case you forgot the storyline, I'm posting it below the picture. (if you missed the mock covers, you can see them here )
Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age 9, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.
Now, at 18, she continues to keep the spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard.
Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for his past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.
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Now, for more important news!
Wednesday Evening, June 22nd, my third grandchild made her entrance into the world. Please welcome Ava Loren Chavez! I'd love to post a picture, but my daughter won't allow it. Rest assured that all 9 lbs 6 ounces of her is healthy and strong and beautiful!
God has truly blessed me.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
I guess it depends on what you're intolerant of. If someone is not tolerant of something another person is tolerant of, then the first person must be intolerant, right? Or is a matter of perspective? I mean, I thought we lived in a relativistic society where everyone is free to do whatever makes them happy. Remember the old songs in the 70s with lyrics such as "If it feels good, do it." or "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
The problem with complete tolerance of all behavior in a relativistic society is that eventually someone's tolerance is going to step on someone else's intolerance. You may be a firm believer in letting everyone do whatever feels good but when that person breaks into your house and takes your things, you suddenly change your mind.
Hence, in any civil society we must have rules to inhibit people from running around doing whatever they want. These laws, when broken, have consequences. If there were no laws, we would have chaos and it would become a survival of the fittest world. Not a very pleasant place, I assure you. So, the question is, do these laws make our government intolerant?
I read an article by a group which ironically call themselves ThinkProgress in which the writer blamed Christians for the Orlando shooting, saying it was our intolerance of gays and gay marriage and our anti-islamic sentiment which promoted the terrorist to kill all those people. This isn't the first time Christians have been called intolerant and been blamed for horrific acts, and I guarantee it won't be the last.
So, I got to thinking about Christians and intolerance. Are we intolerant? Should we be intolerant? Or is our intolerance pushing away the very ones we want to reach with God's love as some Christians will say. I think the first thing we need to ask ourselves is "Is God Tolerant?"
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone Revelation 21:8
I would say based on many Scriptures, not just these, God is highly intolerant of one thing and one thing alone. SIN. Call it sin, wickedness, evil, our Holy God is highly intolerant of it. So much so that He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world to take the punishment for ALL our sins so that those who become His followers are cleansed from their sins and can have life eternal! Once we give our life to Jesus, we must realize that because we are now being molded to be more like God, we are also to be intolerant of sin. But here's where we get it wrong.
We should not tolerate sin among those who call themselves Christians, but among those who are lost, we are to tolerate it. Yup, I said tolerate it. That doesn't mean you agree with it or approve of it. It just means that you don't mention it, don't accuse, condemn or point the finger at those who commit sin. Why? Because they don't live by the Word of God, neither do most even know it, nor do they pretend to even care about it.
Listen to what the Apostle said on the subject:
When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11
The only people Jesus condemned for their sin were the religious leaders of the day. Think about that. Everyone else, he merely loved and preached the gospel to.
So, are Christians intolerant? We should definitely be intolerant of sin among our own ranks. But with the lost of this world, rather than condemn them, we should make the most of every moment to show them the love of God and tell them the good news of the Gospel. (not the watered down version but the full Gospel, which includes the judgement of God for those who reject Jesus.) That's what Jesus did, and if we call ourselves His followers, certainly we should follow His example.
In truth, everyone is intolerant of something, and in our ever-growing permissive society, Christians are going to appear more intolerant than most. But let's do our best to keep that intolerance among our own and instead just share the love of God with the people of the world. Who knows, we might actually drag a few of them from the darkness into the light.
Friday, June 17, 2016
needs to be said. Our country, our world has gone crazy in so many ways. One of them is this resent uprising of racism. Or is it really racism?
I grew up in South Florida where there were many African Americans, and I can honestly say I don't have a racist bone in my body. I could care less whether a person is white, black, red, yellow, turquoise, or purple. Honestly. And I truly believe MOST Americans feel the same way. Yes, there are a few true racists on the fringe of society, but their numbers are few. I have African American friends, Asian friends, and my daughter married a Mexican. I've never known anyone who was a racist. In fact, during most of my life until recently, rarely did anyone get accused of being a racist.
So why is everyone pointing a finger at everyone else now, accusing them of racism? It doesn't make sense, especially in light that WE THE PEOPLE elected a black president for TWO terms! In all honesty, I didn't vote for him, but it had nothing to do with the color of his skin but rather his beliefs and his policies. In fact, in this recent election, I intended to vote for Ben Carson, an African American, AGAIN not because of the color of his skin but because I liked his views on things.
It seems the only people we can actually pick on without being called racists are white males. We can say anything bad about them (especially rich white males) and nobody says a word.
Whether or not you love or hate Donald Trump (The Republican nominee for President) I believe the accusations that he is a racist are unfair. In his crass way he has said two things that have set off the haters. One, that he would ban all Muslims from the country UNTIL we can instill a way to check their backgrounds for any terrorist ties. And Two, that he would build a wall on our borders to keep illegals out.
I'm sorry, but keeping a people-group out of the country who have declared war on us and call us the Great Satan and who have promised to annihilate us just makes plain sense to me. We have no idea who these Syrian Refugees are, what their background is, who they are affiliated with, nothing. Granted, many of them are probably peaceful and just want to escape the terror happening in their country. But odds dictate that some of them are using our generosity as a way to sneak in and destroy us from within. I don't believe Trump hates Muslims or Syrians. I believe he sincerely wants to keep our nation safe. Would we have let in thousands of Germans or Japanese during World War II without vetting them? No. I don't think so. Yet no one called it racism back then.
And the Wall. Our laws state that if you come into this country without the proper papers, you are committing a crime. Hence, you are an illegal alien. I don't think Trump cares whether you are black, white, Mexican, European, Asian, or from another planet, he simple wants to uphold the law of the land. Don't like it? Want open borders? Then elect people who will change the law. In the meantime, we should uphold the law and keep these people out. I know most are people just looking for a better life, but there are always some who come over to milk the system and burden the taxpayer even more than we are. Also, who's to say terrorist aren't sneaking across as well?
Call me crazy, but this just makes sense to me. Is Trump a racist? I don't know him personally, but I do know that he works with and has hired people of all nationalities, that he has friends of all nationalities and religions. Maybe he is, maybe he isn't, but he is not a racist because of his two statements above. Yet that's all you hear all over the biased media. Yahoo, Facebook, CNN, CNBC, even FOX... He's such a racist! They play little clips of his speeches and then point their fingers. "Ah, ha! You heard it for yourself."
I believe it's the media's fault for this recent surge of Racist accusations. When I was a kid, you could trust your newscasters. Now, everyone has an agenda. They slant all the stories in favor of their own opinions. Do yourself a favor and question everything and do your own homework. Why would they want to cause strife in our country? That's a good question and one worth investigating. I have my own opinions on that. (See Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals)
So, are we a nation full of racists? Sorry, but I don't think so. And I'm flat out tired of having our freedom of speech restricted for fear of being labeled as such. You can't criticize anyone who isn't a white male without being called a racist. It's ridiculous, and the American people need to wake up and stop this before it gets out of control.
Thoughts? (Be nice)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1: 8-9
Monday, June 13, 2016
- God created the world and people.
- We rebelled against Him.
- He sent His only Son to be tortured and die as punishment for our rebellion so our relationship with God could be restored and we could spend eternity with Him
I recently read a book called The Divine Code by Steve Cioccolanti, who is the pastor of a church in Australia and the founder of Discover Ministries. ( http:/www.discover.org.au ) Pastor Steve goes into great detail about the various numbers and patterns found in Scripture. It is truly fascinating. One particular thing I found very interesting was a possible deeper meaning behind the Parable of the Good Samaritan. See if you agree.
Remember the Parable Jesus told of the Good Samaritan? Most people, even non-Christians, have heard of it. It is found in Luke 10:30-34, and I'm posting it here for those who forgot.
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
I've always thought this was a cool story with the moral of helping and loving your enemy, right. But what if it has a deeper allegorical meaning? Check this out.
- "A certain man" = Adam
- "Went down" = Fell into Sin
- "From Jerusalem" = Leaving a relationship with God
- "To Jericho" = "False Religion"
- "Fell among thieves" = Satan and his demons come to steal, kill, and destroy
- "Stripped him" = Satan stripped Adam of his innocence and right standing with God
- "Wounded him" = Satan wounded Adam with sin, guilt, fear, and shame
- "Leaving him half-dead" = Adam died spiritually but lived physically for many more years
- "A certain Priest passed by" = Religion offered no help for Adam's condition
- "A certain Levite passed by" = Religious, legalistic people offered no help
- "A certain Samaritan" = Jesus! Someone the Jews hated and rejected
- "He journeyed" = Christ traveled from Heaven
- "Came where he was" = Jesus came down to our level and was born a human
- "Had compassion" = One of the chief characteristics of Jesus
- "Bandaged his wounds" = Jesus healed many
- "Pouring on Oil and Wine" = Wine is a symbol of the blood Jesus shed and Oil is the gift of His Holy Spirit
- "Brought him to an Inn" =to the Church, or family of God where he would be cared for
- "When he departed" = Jesus left and ascended into Heaven
- "He took two denari" = 2 days worth of wages at that time. Could this be representative of 2000 years from the time Jesus ascended to the time he comes back????
- "Gave them to the Innkeeper" = The Pastors who watch over the Church
- "Take care of him" - Teach my people, tend their needs for the next 2000 years until I return
- "When I come again" - The Second Coming
- "Whatever more you spend" = the works that we as followers do for Jesus
- "I will repay" = When Jesus returns he will give rewards to His children who obey Him
Pretty cool, eh? I thought so. Honestly, I've never seen this great reference to the Gospel story in this parable, and it makes me wonder how many more treasures are hidden in the Word of God.
I hope that blesses you today!