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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time Is Very Important

by Francisca Trexler
Time is one of the most important parts of our lives, because without it we would not be able to have a saving connection with Jesus Christ!
Time is precious. Our time will be gone so very fast if we are not careful.

How can we avoid losing the connection with Jesus? Here are several suggestions:

1. Reduce your activities to a few. You don't need to be involved with too many activities that wear you out physically, mentally and spiritually.

2. Reduce hours of work if possible. It is wise to work only eight hours per day. God gives us one day a week for rest so we should not work seven days a week. We can live by working just five days a week. This should be enough to give us a good and simple life.

3. Limit your spending! Having many things does not make you happy. Be wise in handling your budget for necessary things such as food, utility bills and clothes.

4. Control your time with TV, movies, and other forms of entertainment. It is important to prioritize your family and focus your time with God.

5. Make plans for using your time as best you can instead of wasting precious time. It is good to plan ahead of our time.

6. Enjoy your simple and quiet time with the nature where you can focus more on God instead of going to the amusement parks, and sporting events such as football baseball, and basketball, etc. Limit your time in any sporting events because they cause your emotions to wear out. It is easy for us to forget God and our need for quietness.

7. Learn to schedule your time with people to talk with them, to discuss about the Bible, and enjoy their companionship. It would create the best moments for us.

8. Reduce your Go, Go, and Go! It is Satan's plan to cause us to lose our connection with Jesus Christ. Satan has a plan to keep us really busy all the time. He wants us to lose our relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember Satan always wants you to go in his way, not God's way..

What are your priorities? A priority is something that you put first or higher in order on your list.

Having priorities in our lives helps us to control and better use of our time.
Put God first thing in your life. Pray and ask God to help you better manage your time right. It is important to make things simple in your life just like Jesus Christ lived a simple life.

Let us ask God to help us to control our time and our lives wisely. Your mind and body will be restored spiritually if we control our time wisely.
May the Lord be with you as you try to control your time and make your plans ahead of time for Jesus Christ.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Guardian Angel

by Francisca Trexler
Lucy is an eight-year-old deaf girl. She was very little for her age. Lucy was walking in an alley. She could not hear a barking and snarling dog. Lucy liked to visit her favorite aunt, Aunt Tia, who lived a few blocks from her other aunt, Aunt Sara. She liked to walk through the alley to go a short cut to Aunt Tia's home. When Lucy was walking, something was holding her leg back. Then she turned around to see what was holding her leg. Guess what she saw! A mean dog had her right leg in his mouth! She was surprised and did not know what to do at that moment. She tried to slap the dog's face with her hand, but the dog bit her harder. That hurt! Then Lucy saw a big rock near her. She tried hard to reach the rock. She had a difficult time reaching the rock because the dog was holding her leg in his mouth. Finally, Lucy picked up the rock and dropped it on the dog's nose. Quickly, the dog let her leg go. She ran quickly from the mean dog. The dog was hurt badly,

Soon Lucy arrived safely at her Aunt Tia's home. She was happy. Aunt Tia was surprised to see the blood on Lucy's right leg. Quickly her aunt took her to the bathroom to clean up the wound. Her aunt put medicine on Lucy's wound. That helped reduce the pain.

Later, Aunt Tia showed Lucy an old picture of an angel who was watching over two children, The two children were walking on an old, weak bridge. The angel was protecting the children. That picture impressed Lucy's mind about her guardian angel,

Today, Lucy is a grown-up lady. She still remembers her favorite aunt, Who taught her about angels. Her aunt taught her that her angel watched over her when the dog bit her. The angel helped Lucy get a rock to hit the dog so she could free herself from the dog. Lucy's leg has a small scar which is hard to see.

She is glad that God sends wonderful angels to take care of us all the time. She still has the picture of an angel looking after the two small children on the old, weak bridge. That picture continues to remind her of her guardian angel.

Here is a wonderful promise from the Bible: "His angel guards those who have reverence [show respect] for the Lord and rescues them from danger" (Psalm 34:7, TEV). Is this wonderful news for you? I believe so! I am thankful that the angel protected the little girl, Lucy, from the dog. The angels of the Lord really take good care of us whenever something happens to us. Be sure to ask God to protect you. Are you happy to have guardian angels? Let us thank Jesus for the wonderful protection of the angels.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sooner Than You Think!

The sun was comfortably warm and the sky was perfectly clear. Tall shade trees and fruit trees grew everywhere. Farming was easy and life was good. There was no rain. But farming did not need irrigation. The fine black soil soaked up water from underground. The dew was heavy in the morning.

Yes, the world was a beautiful place. But crime was everywhere. No person felt safe in that world. People were murdered every day. No, not with guns. There were no guns. But there were knives and arrows. Also, people had to be careful what they ate and drank. Some people put poison in food.

There was a "silly" old man. You know what he was preaching? He said that a terrible flood was going to destroy the world. That man and his family were building a giant boat on dry land! The people had never seen a flood or rain!

The boat-building project was almost finished. Yes, the man was Noah. He had been preaching and building for 120 years. But 120 years was not a long time to people of that time. People lived more than 900 years. The story is in Genesis, chapter 6 and Genesis, chapter 7.

Today many college teachers laugh at the flood story. They think the great flood of Noah never happened. They say the earth is 4.6 billion years old.

But where do coal, oil, and gas come from? Coal, oil, and gas were made from trees, plants and animals buried deep beneath the surface of the earth. How did trees, plants, and animals gets deep underground? The answer is the worldwide flood. If trees, plants, and animals just died and decayed, they would change into soil. A 1-foot-thick coal seam was made from a 12-foot-thick bed of wood and vegetation.

When Jesus was here on earth, He said that before He comes again the world will be the same as in Noah's time. In Noah's time the world was full of violence and sex. Read Genesis 6:2, 5, 13 and Romans 1:26, 27. Is today similar to Noah's time? What do we often see on TV shows? People are watching sex and violence on TV and rental videotapes.

Both Peter and Paul spoke of "the last days." Peter said people would laugh about Jesus' second coming, the same as the people in Noah's time laughed about the flood. Read 2 Peter 3:3-6. Paul tells about our time in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Paul called the last days "dangerous times." Have you heard much about earthquakes, storms, accidents, and diseases? Jesus said they would be signs of the end. Read Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:25, 26.

What about the national debt? The United States Government is borrowing more money than it collects money from taxes to pay expenses. Soon all the tax money will be used just to pay the interest. Read what James said about the end-time economy in James 5:1-8.

In the book of Revelation we read that just before Jesus comes the nations of the world will try to join together for peace and trade. Now we have North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) here and European Common Market (EC) in Europe. People often talk about The New Age and One World. People hope to stop all war and become rich and comfortable. All of man's plans will not succeed. Paul says, "For when they say 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them . . ." (1 Thessalonians 5:3, NKJV).

Praise God! A day of peace and joy for all the world is coming after God's fire has cleansed the earth. Read 2 Peter 3:10-12. Jesus will make the world new and beautiful again (Revelation 21:1-5). Sad to say, not everyone will be in that new and beautiful world. Read Revelation 20:8, 9. People who accept Jesus and surrender their lives to Him will be in the new and beautiful world. Let us all give ourselves completely to Jesus.