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Interrupted Road to Damascus.. [Jul. 6th, 2014|09:04 am]

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Have you been on the road to Damascus? Have you asserted your right to protest?
I don't fault you for not believing it all, but why haven't you taken the test?
"DO IT YOURSELF, IF YOU WANT IT DONE RIGHT", is advice my father gave me..
and anything as important as eternal life should be given a high priority.

So finally I've taken the bull by the horns, and set out to see for myself,
If this book called the Bible is at all reliable, or is it better left on the shelf?
My studies have ranged from the Hebrew to Greek, and to begin with was utter confusion..
But little-by-little the Light came through, until now it's a great profusion!

Were they saying it like this all along, and I just didn't have ears to hear?
I don't recall it making any sense at all--their point was just not clear.
I'd always thought it was the Preacher's job; Isn't that what we paid him for?
Though I never agreed that his word was for me, and I slept 'cause I was so bored.

He claimed that the things he preached were from the Holy Bible..
and I had enough sense not to argue with him--he might be infallible.
So I tried to read The Book for myself--the words from the Book of Life;
It was in my mind to do what it said, but I only got over in strife.

The things I read in Genesis didn't make good sense at all..
If God wrote this book, I decided, He just did it to get my gall!
But now that I've come to know Jesus, and the terms of the New Covenant,
I've seen that a veil was over the Old; that those ways were not permanent.

If God were real, I once reasoned, Would anything be too tough for Him?
No! So why doesn't he just announce his presence, and convict me of my sin?
I'm ready to take my punishment, or at least I thought I was...
Why did he wait till it got so great, and I became a lost cause?

The answers to these questions are now made clear to me,
And I'll try to spell them out for you--for your benefit, you see.
If your beliefs are like concrete: thoroughly mixed up and firmly set,
Then give this poem to a friend who hasn't been saved as yet.

Paul's trip on the Road to Damascus was for the purpose of exposing a lie...
But when that Great Light shined on him, he knew it was do-or-die.
It turned his life around, and set his feet on the street called "Straight",
and when the scales came off his eyes, he knew it was "Fish, or cut bait"!


These days the Capital of Syria is still Damascus, and is in the news lately because of the revolution in that Moslem nation.. -- Isaiah 17 has prophesied concerning how Damascus would "no longer be a city, but instead 'a ruinous heap".
Shades of Hiroshima, you think?

The 66 Books of the Bible are the most challenging and profound reading ever written, but if you only know what Other People say about it, you'll miss a Great Blessing. Figuratively we're ALL on 'The Road to our Destiny', subject to change when we see the Great Light of the Glorious Truth of the Word of God. I can Tell you about the eleventh son of Jacob, and how to find eleven Joseph's in the Bible, but until you check it out personally, you really haven't been interrupted on the Road to Damascus like Paul.
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Hezekiah's 14th ? [Jul. 1st, 2014|09:43 am]

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HEZEKIAH's 14th ?
Now we're in the 14th year of the new millennium and I'm reminded how Hezekiah's son (Manasseh, 2K21:1) would be eleven years old following the time when the shadow of the sun dial told of the fifteen years of added life. Hezekiah the only man in the Bible who knew the year of his death.. Right?
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THE INWARD STRUGGLE [Jun. 25th, 2014|11:47 am]


Read Romans 7:1–8:2

    I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature, for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.   Romans 7:18 NIV
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    All of their lives the Jewish believers had been taught the laws given by God to Moses. Did this new teaching mean that Moses was wrong? “What shall we say, then? Paul exclaims, Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do not covet.’” (7:7)

    The problem, he explains, is not with the law; the problem is with us ─“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.” (7:14-16)
    The righteousness we could not attain because of our constant struggle with sin – God purchased for us through His Son. “…Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord…!” (7:24-25)
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    Lord, I see myself in this passage, striving to have the perfect attitude and to do the right thing, but so often getting off the path into self pity, resentment and just plain carnal thinking. How thankful I am that You are the perfect one and Your Spirit dwells in me, enabling me to be forgiven and start anew whenever I fall short of Your Word.
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    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.   Romans 8:1-2 NIV

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Psalm 23 - A study. [Jun. 11th, 2014|11:35 am]

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A study on Psalm 23 by Ray Gano of Prophezine:

The Lord is Our Shepherd - Psalms 23

I love the 23rd chapter of Psalms. It speaks to me on so many levels. It helps settle the turbulence that is in my heart when I read the horrible goings on in the world. It also helps me to remember that HE, God the Father is still in charge and that HE will see us through.

The Lord is my shepherd … it is interesting that so often we place man on a pedestal. I have to admit that it happens to me, people put me up as some great holy guy know it all and then they realize that I am just a sheep, just like them. Just like you.

The Lord is our shepherd and because of that we will not have want. He is there for us and even though we have other “sheep” we learn from and align with, at the end of the day they, us, you are all still sheep in need of the one true shepherd.

That is not to discredit those of us who are called to lead and be in the service of The Lord. But sometimes it goes to folks head and it gets the best of them.

I look at all these famous bestselling pastors out there. Caught in adultery, homosexual trappings, drugs and debauchery. They think they are above it all and forget that they are just sheep like everyone else.

Knowing that The Lord is my shepherd is comforting. At times the weight of the world sits so heavy on my shoulders. That is when this chapter helps me realize what I really am and who is really in charge.

God is in Charge, He is my shepherd. Because He is in charge, His grace is sufficient for me. I shall not want.

Back when we first moved out to the ranch in New Braunfels we were given some sheep to take care of. Boy did we learn a lot from watching the sheep. They are really stupid and stubborn creatures. I now know why Christ refers to us as sheep so often. Because we are stupid and stubborn as well.

That is why I find verse two so humorous. He MAKETH me to lie down in green pastures.

When we had our sheep they were constantly trying to get out onto the ranch. We had great green grass, good feed, fresh water all the good things that sheep love. But the grass was always greener on the other side of the fence. One time two of them escaped and it took me several hours to wrangle them back. I had to lasso them and literally drag them back into the safety of the yard. Both of them kicked and fought me every step of the way. I was really tempted to just leave them out there, but I knew that they would end up as coyote food once it became night.

Like our sheep, God makes us lie down in green pastures. Why? Because he loves us and he is protecting us from the predators that are out there. But we constantly want to escape so we can partake in the “greener grass” that we believe is out there.

He leadeth me beside the still waters. Like the green pastures, God knows what is best for us. If we just get to that point where we will submit to His will and not our own, we will find out that the waters HE LEADS US TO is the freshest and quenches our thirst like none that we can ever find on our own.

But the key is to submit to HIM and allow the Lord to lead us. It is something hard for a sheep to do.

But if we do, “He restoreth my soul.”

This is something that all of us need today. The world is so hard and it seems like it is pressing in harder and harder on us daily with all the trials and tribulations that we as Christians endure. I am reminded again of His Grace. It is sufficient for us and is there for us even in our darkest times. He sees us through and restores our soul.

the-lord-is-my-shepherdWhen we finally submit and start walking with Him, allowing Him to lead, “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

God leads us in the way of being one of His children. He instructs us through His Word and directs us through that still small voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us through our conscience. After a while we start to see His providence at work in our lives because we came to the point of trusting him and stopped being stubborn.

This is our duty. In past writing I taught of the Servant – Warrior. To walk that path of duty is the truly pleasant way. When we submit to the shepherd and He becomes our King we discover that the path of righteousness is a path of true peace.

The key is submission, like the sheep finally submitting to the shepherd. We cannot walk these paths unless God both lead us onto them and lead us in them.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

This is the peace that walking the path of righteousness gives. Even though we are facing all sorts of trials, life changing events, maybe even death, God promises to be with us.

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

When we see these mentioned the first thing that comes to mind is hooking the sheep with the shepherds crook. That is the big curve in his staff and that is how he captures sheep who do not want to listen and try to run off. The rod or a goad is a stick with a sharp point that prods us in the direction that the shepherd wants us to go.

When we buck against the goad, we feel the prick.

Scripture says…

Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

When we finally learn to submit to His rod and His staff, we realize that there are boundaries. See boundaries for sheep is a very good thing. The boundaries are there to protect us and keep us safe. They help us to live a life of peace and tranquility in Him. His rod and His staff they comfort us. They remind us of the boundaries the shepherd has put in place because He loves us and wants the best for us.

Like the sheep we used to have, we wanted them to be protected and live a life of safety inside the boundaries of our yard. The coyotes and other things were out on the ranch that could lead to their destruction and kill them.

When we do submit and we learn the boundaries He has placed before us and we learn to live within those limits, rules, laws and we come to realize that life is good.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Even in the midst of trouble, trials, hardship and affliction, we realize that His Grace is there. He gives us a peace that only God’s Grace can provide, so much so that our cups runneth over. The key is to remember that we are the sheep and He is the shepherd. In submitting to the will of the shepherd is the only way that we will have that peace that pours over us. Much like warm fragrant oil being poured over our head. The warmth of the oil envelops us and the sweet fragrance fills our nose with soothing smells that calms us.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

When we are in that place of peace, it truly is a place of goodness and mercy that the shepherd provides and will continue to provide all the days of our life.

shepherd-carry-sheepThis is what it means to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Lord is our shepherd, and our King. He alone is the one who sees us through the storms when we allow him to be our shepherd. But when we buck against the staff and run wild in rebellion, the shepherd will come after us and drag us back to Him, even with us kicking and screaming like the stubborn sheep we are.

Do you know what a shepherd does if he has a sheep that continues to buck against him and run away?

He breaks their legs so that the sheep cannot walk and then must be carried by the shepherd. This in turn causes the sheep to bond to the shepherd and that sheep will never stray very far from the shepherd. The sheep remembers the pain and will continue to have that “ghost pain” for the rest of his life reminding him of the consequences of running away and rebelling against the shepherd.

But if the sheep does not learn and bond with the shepherd, the shepherd will eventually kill the sheep. The shepherd realizes that the sheep will lead other sheep astray and endanger the entire flock. Sheep are natural followers and from time to time there rise up sheep that are rebellious. So for the sake of the flock, the rebellious sheep is taken away and put to death. It does not happen very often, but it does happen.

I highly encourage you to memorize the 23rd Psalm. It will be there in your heart when that dark time falls upon you, and yes, dark times are coming.

The more that we are able to equip ourselves with His Word in our heart the more we will be able to weather the storms that are beginning to bear down on us in these last days of the last days.

Trust in the one true Shepherd and submit to Him. He is the way, the truth and the life.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Ray Gano

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Matthew vs Luke [May. 23rd, 2014|10:23 am]

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The differences between the genealogy of Matthew and Luke is rooted in two of the sons of King David -- Solomon is the son in the King Line of Matthew, and Nathan is the son in the Priest Line of Luke.

1. Mary had no brothers (like Zelophehad of Nu26:33), and her FATHER "Joseph of Jacob" is a match for the Genesis Joseph with coat of many colors. It helps to recognize how Jacob means supplanted (take the place of..) Gen 27:36.

2. Mary's father, as well as her husband, was named Joseph. Like we know God as our heavenly Father, but "thine maker is thy husband", Isa54:5.

3. Like the 19 names preceding Abraham, so the 19 names of David's Dynasty (David to Jeconiah) preceded the carrying away to Babylon. So the 3x14 of Mt1:17 leaves 5 to be added to middle column.
19+14=33 -- David was generation #33, and then another 33 to Jesus!
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LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES - Romans [May. 8th, 2014|03:55 pm]


Read Romans Chapters 2 ─ 3

    Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.   Romans 3:20 NIV

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    Paul speaks especially to the Jewish believers in these chapters. He teaches them the reality that every human being has sinned in God’s sight. Some are obviously sinners by the wicked deeds they do – but then he goes on to tell them that they too have transgressed God’s laws.
    The only hope for all of mankind is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (3:22-24)
    These new believers needed to be taught that just as they had received Christ by faith, now they needed to live their lives in that same faith. A truly righteous life would not come from merely observing the law, but by trusting in the Son of God who wrote the law.
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    Thank you Lord, that in spite of my sin, You paid the price on the cross so that I could live an abundant Christian life by faith. Help me to apply this truth to everything I do for my family, in my church and out in the world – that in everything I would trust in You.
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    Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.   Romans 3:27 NIV

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Passover Lamb [Apr. 14th, 2014|01:24 pm]

The Day after Passover was the first day of Unleavened Bread (a "high sabbath"), and was NOT the regular weekly sabbath.

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HE CONQUERED DEATH! [Apr. 13th, 2014|09:50 am]



Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed .   1 Cor 15:51-52 NKJV
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    Easter is coming late this year, but in just a few days it will be here.  I prefer late April - in March it always takes me by surprise.  Easter came as a surprise to believers in Bible times as well. No matter how many times the Lord told them that He would die and rise again the third day, they couldn't seem to comprehend. They were ready to see Him as King, Messiah, Promised One - but suffering, death and resurrection - that was unthinkable!
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  Our hope comes not just from Friday (the cross) but from the Sunday that follows. Jesus died for our sins on Friday - but He conquered death on Sunday, so that those of us who receive Him need not fear death any more.
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  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life John 3:16
    Have you believed in the only begotten Son of God?

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Palm Sunday [Apr. 11th, 2014|08:33 pm]

How does your church celebrate Palm Sunday?
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