My choice

I’ll attend a funeral today. A ninety-four year old minister of more than 70 years will be eulogized. I wonder who will speak. I heard how he paid the college tuition of a church teen. I heard how he won the local bootlegger to Christ through his persistent ministry and care. Who knows all the deeds he has done in the name of the Lord? He outlived his wife and three children. Who knows his grief?

My mind went to my own funeral. Who knows me well enough to “preach” my eulogy? That still small voice whispered to me, “Your lifestyle is not what matters. What matters is your choice. Make sure the one speaking your eulogy tells those in attendance of your choice.”

There are many lords. I will use the word bosses for those who have a hard time with that title being lower case. Your boss may be your body. Your thoughts may center around proper diet and exercise so you look and feel your best. Your boss may be pleasure. You may spend all you have to make yourself feel good. Your boss could be another person. Your efforts may be exhausted showing love to a significant other or child. The crux is there are many lords, but there is only one Savior. There is only One on the day of your death who can deliver you safely into the presence of God, otherwise you are banished to what the Bible calls Hell. That is what I hope is effectively conveyed at today’s funeral and on the day of my eulogy.

So I challenge you today, when confronted with your death, not to reflect on your lifestyle. (It won’t matter if you funded the new church wing, made yearly mission trips or served as the Sunday School director to the day of your death.) Rather, make sure you have made your choice clear. There are many bosses, you get to choose. Keep in the forefront of your mind, however, there is only one Savior.

Burning within me,


Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

My parents failed me

I sat watching my child play baseball. My day was spent there, moving from one field to another while his team played in a travel tournament. I reminisced of my childhood. My parents didn’t sign me up for sports. As a matter of fact, they didn’t take me to dance lessons or ACT prep classes either. I didn’t go to movies, and there were three channels (plus PBS) on our home TV. There was no college fund. My siblings didn’t receive these privileges either. We did consider them privileges and not entitlements. My parents lived their lives. They provided our necessities and many pleasures, which are today considered functional basics. I pondered if I had been cheated. The thought occurred to me that my parents failed me.

I sat at the field with a Joel Rosenberg book in my lap taking notes from his nonfiction “Epicenter”. I realize America’s present state is more precarious than it has ever been on multiple levels, but the state of Israel is in more dire circumstance than her. Israel’s enemies are racing in nuclear weapon development and production. They are forming alliances historians would have insisted would never occur. Israel is threatened daily by her adversaries, who claim to be America’s adversaries as well. I am studying to understand the times in which we live.

My parents were born in desperate times in America. During the depression everything was scarce. People made the most of all that they had to survive. Those who lived through these days carried the memories into their adulthood and habits of life. My parents’ families knew well what having only God meant and how to cling to Him for survival.

I was taught to fear God – one day each person will give an account of how they have lived and what they have done with the knowledge of God’s son. I attended church with my family and had an intellectual knowledge of the Word of God as it was taught. I watched my parents live responsible, respectful and law-abiding lives. I was educated and taught and allowed to think. No emphasis was ever put on my emotions or feelings. Facts were the foundation on which we lived.

As Ravi Zacharias teaches, a better Hebrew rendering of the proverb, “Train a child up in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” is “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old it will not depart from him.” As I have encountered various world ideologies and beliefs, my mind returns to the fundamentals I learned in childhood. Life isn’t about me. God shall be feared. I will give an account of myself to God for my life and what I have done with knowledge of Jesus Christ. Those facts are far from the feelings and emotions espoused on every form of media and in the classroom. Unbelievers use ridicule and unproven theories to belittle what my parents taught me from God’s Word. However, being taught reason allows me to challenge the ridicule and opinions plastered about me. I look at the condition of the entire world and see the Bible my parents revered and believe is accurate and proven hour by hour in my lifetime. “The way” hasn’t departed from me, even when in my younger life I tried to depart from it.

Am I failing my children? Their lives are full of ballgames, pricy education, social functions and numerous frivolities – expensive clothes and technological gadgets. They are inundated with opinions and unproven theories hourly where I didn’t encounter them until I was an adult. Evil is glamorized for entertainment. Christians are considered the blight of an enlightened age. However, did the fundamentals change? Does truth change? Has God changed? If my children build a dynasty here, how long will it last? Their lifetime? Until the nuclear holocaust begins? Until the world economy collapses? Until Christ returns for His church? Will they stand at the judgment seat of God and say “my parents failed me”?

God help me, may the last question’s answer be no! Stop and consider what you are laboring to attain. All my understanding says time is short. The foundations of America are crumbling, as well as the world’s political structure. This is foretold in God’s Word. We must fill our offspring with the truth of the Word of God which proves itself at this point in time, hour by hour. Our time with our children is short regardless if what we know is coming happens in our lifetime. We get a mere 18 -22 years with them in our homes. We get even less time to form their world view. Challenge yourself not to stand before God knowing you failed them.

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old it will not depart from him.

Burning within me,


To encourage and bless them

I spoke the following scriptures over my children as this new school year is beginning. I did so to encourage them, remind them and bless them. It is so important to know where our help comes from. What a reassurance to know He does not sleep! It is so comforting to know He keeps us. And, He will forevermore.

Speak the Word to your children. It is everlasting and does not return to its Author void.

Burning within me,


My Help Comes from the Lord

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;

he who keeps you will not slumber.

4 Behold, he who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade on your right hand.

6 The sun shall not strike you by day,

nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;

he will keep your life.

8 The Lord will keep

your going out and your coming in

from this time forth and forevermore.

English Standard Version (ESV)

Everything that glitters is not gold

In a day when major religious leaders call us all to be one, we must ask ourselves at what cost. Pope Francis, Kenneth Copeland, Rick Warren, to name a few, claim we can all dwell together as one church. However, do certain differences matter?

Martin Loyd-Jones is a deceased pastor of England. (1899-1981) He preached a sermon on cults. Here are points he challenged be considered prayerfully.

Just because we use the same terminology doesn’t mean we believe the same things. Catholics use the word grace, but it involves works. That is not the definition of the protestant.

Jesus is deity; you cannot demean Him or deemphasize Him.

Sin is man’s problem. Much emphasis on the happiness and prosperity of man without addressing the problem of sin is not Biblical.

The Holy Spirit is a person. He cannot be ignored.

The Bible is central, pivotal, key. If it is only used in small measure to emphasize someone’s agenda or point, it is not being used in its authenticity nor with its authority.

Hebrews teaches in these last days God has spoken through His Son. Therefore, when one claims to have a new or special revelation or authority from God they are misrepresenting the Way and the Word.

As we see signs of the one world government foretold in Revelation, we are actively seeing a movement toward one world church. Recognize this too is a Biblical prophecy. Don’t be deceived; don’t let your children be misled. Study and prepare; test all the spirits and cling to Christ and His Word. I have heard it said as the end nears there will be two churches: the mega church and the underground. May we persevere in our faith until He comes.

Burning within me,


Oh to be intoxicated

Ravi Zacharias stated, “Paul was intoxicated with God.” What a testimony of a life! That is the definition of filled with the Spirit. That is a goal for which every child of God should strive.

Hebrews defines God as a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29) I pray with that in mind for my family members today: me, my spouse and our children. May we be consumed by God. This statement follows the writer of Hebrews foretelling the earth and the heavens will be shaken so that only those things which cannot be shaken shall remain. God burdens me the day of that shaking is here.

We should pray about everything. As a mom, I pray about my children’s teachers and school year, their doctor visits, their relationships, their sinful behaviors, their hurts, and their desires. I also sense now more than ever we must press in with prayers about their spiritual state. Keep in mind parents, a shaking is coming. We want our children standing on the solid rock. That rock is Christ. Isaiah said it best when he wrote, “is there any other Rock?” (Isaiah 44:8)

God bless you with wisdom in your heart and mind to pray prayers of spiritual significance for your children. On the day of shaking, may we all stand firm in Him.

Burning within me,


Dagon and our children

A post on social media this past week announced the Temple of Satan is revealing an eight foot high statue of Satan in Detroit. It originally was to be on display in Oklahoma City, but when the monument of the Ten Commandments was removed, the plan for the statue changed. I viewed the picture of it, and showed it to my children. One questioned the face and horns. The other commented on Satan being an angel of light, and shouldn’t God make him ugly now. My husband referred to the snake crawling on his belly after seducing Adam and Eve, but we know that the devil is deceptively beautiful. The most disturbing thing in the depiction of the statue to me was the gaze of the children standing at the knee of the image. Should any human, let alone children, be that close to the archenemy of God?

When I first read the article, God reminded me of a story in the Old Testament of the Ark of the Covenant and the Philistines. When the Philistines captured the Ark and brought it home, they put it in Dagon’s house. I smile as I recall the Philistines discovered the next morning that the statue Dagon had fallen over on its face before the Ark of the Lord. The Philistines set the statue upright once more. The next morning it had fallen yet again, and its hands and head had broken off! (1 Samuel 5) The story goes on of the Philistines suffering from tumors and deciding the ark had to go!

In my meditation of the Word and the news, I wondered what would have happened if that bronze tribute had been put in Oklahoma City with the Ten Commandments’ monument. No, the commandments do not represent the presence of God as the ark did, but what if God had done a mighty “slam that statue on its face” move? I am sure the unbelievers would have quickly blamed human intervention. I, however, know that God is going to do just that one day. As Isaiah reiterates, He is going to let it be known once and for all that He is the one true God. There will be no question and no time to change one’s allegiance at that point.

Back to the horrifying inclusion of children in this bronze depiction of the “accuser of the brethren”, I reminded my children of the story of Dagon. I let them know once again there is one true God, and He is on the throne. He is coming again. The condition of this world is further indication the Word of God is true; it accurately depicts our days. Unfortunately, I find it necessary to discuss the evil of the world with our children. The hour is late, and I don’t want them deceived. I don’t want them gazing at lies. Share truth daily, hourly if you can. As my pastor says, Gabriel is licking his lips preparing to sound the trumpet. I don’t want any child left behind, yours or mine.

Burning within me,



Our children!

The Bible truth God-fearing Christian parents are teaching their children is being rebuked and buffeted by social media, the press, public school, the government, and the list goes on. The recent changes in definitions and prejudices are resounding alarms. What are we going to do?

Can I recite to you what Adrian Rogers preached? Keep in mind his death was in 2005.

We have substituted tolerance for truth, values for virtue, competency for character, and compromise for courage.

That is an accurate a description for today as I have found, and it was stated by a man who has already been gone a decade.

We must be more diligent than ever to instill truth in our kids, teens, babies, whatever their age. The truth is God’s Word. Don’t allow truth to be silenced in the intimidating days of being labeled intolerant. Parent, harp on being virtuous; help them maintain their purity. There is every evil lurking outside and inside your home to steal your child’s innocence. Teach character does matter. It matters if one lies, cheats and/or steals. A record of success is not a valid indicator of whether to follow, support or elect a leader. An individual’s personal life is an indicator of the integrity in his professional life. It is not admirable to lay down dearly held beliefs in God and His Word in the vein of protecting another’s feelings. Courage is standing for what is right.

Believe it or not the above paragraph is deemed ignorant, backwards and bigotry in today’s society.

“All of Our Children”, published in 1981 states, “The purpose of education and the schools is to change the thoughts, feelings and actions of the students.” Notice there is no mention of the ideas of educate or impart knowledge. Ann Wilson states schools now exist “to transform our culture by social engineering through psychological manipulation.”

Michael Youssef stated in his book “When the Crosses Are Gone”, “We are fighting for the minds and souls of our children and the battle rages on.” He emphasizes the need for truth over feeling in areas such as media and schools and the judicial system. Parents, school starts in just a few weeks, a couple for some. This year we must be ready to investigate everything being presented to our children. Their souls are at stake. I am praying now for our diligence and strength in the coming days and year. Our children’s eternity is at stake. What labor is too great to protect them?

Burning within me,


Hebrews 10:35-39 (ESV)

35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

“Yet a little while,

and the coming one will come and will not delay;


but my righteous one shall live by faith,

and if he shrinks back,

my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

The dangerous ideas being targeted at the young

It has long been stated that change in society has to start in the young. The older generation is set in their philosophies and way of life. Therefore, if a revolution is to take place, the idealist must take his thoughts to the impressionable. That is happening in our world, but not just among the unbelievers. It is happening among those who claim to be evangelicals. There are names widely revered and followed by the 18 -35 crowd that are not focusing on the Romans Road plan of salvation. Rather they are teaching what has been deemed as the social gospel. Parents, you need to be aware. It has caught my ear, and if I had not been warned I would have gone blindly down that path. But here is a foundational truth we must remember that is relayed in God’s Word over and over.

The world we live in is corrupted by sin. Man himself is corrupted by sin. This world is going to be destroyed and new heavens and new earth will replace it in which there will be no sin. Reference verses such as Genesis 6:11, Romans 3:23, 2 Peter 3:10-13. This world cannot be fixed by our efforts to do good though we are not set free from the command to do good works. We were created in Christ to do them before the foundation of the world. Those works however will not save our world.

Salvation comes from Christ alone. (Acts 4:12) Salvation is from the coming wrath of God upon Satan and the evil of this world. (John 3:36)

The social gospel teaches pleasing God means we feed the poor and clothe them and minister to the sick. Yes, Christ did these things, and we too should have compassion upon the poor and needy. Jesus surely did. However, men like Jim Wallis (who says his conversation text was Matthew 25:34-46) propose a Utopia on earth by creating a socialist system of government in which we all share all things. These teach Jesus will not come until we do so. Events across our nation target young adults encouraging them to fight the social injustices of our world. This is very noble, but the Bible teaches we are in spiritual warfare, not against social bias, racism, hunger, slavery and poverty.

So what do we use as a litmus test between what is right in God’s eyes and what is lost focus created by Satan’s design and deception? The earth will only be changed by the coming of Christ and the replacement of this corrupt world with the new heaven and new earth where RIGHTEOUSNESS dwells. As long as sin exist, this world will never be free of social injustice or corruption or cruelty or false ideas. We must focus on the saving of souls and living our lives to the glory of God by purity. These things the apostles taught and preached. They were concerned about the unfortunate circumstances of the weak and set up “deacons” to serve them. They never however went to the government to address the physical needs of the people. (It is stated Jim Wallis is a regular visitor of the current president.) The government then was not concerned with oppression, and neither are governments now. The avenger of the oppressed is God our Savior. (Psalm 99:8)

Teach your children to recognize the wolf comes in sheep’s clothing. You must be a student of the Word of God. Knowing it line upon line lest the enemy, disguised as an angel of light, deceives you and you don’t know to warn your children.

There is a city, whose builder and maker is God, a place where righteousness dwells. There will be no more night, no more pain, no more tears, but this comes after this earth is destroyed. It is corrupted by sin. No manner of good works will save our world, Christ and Christ alone is our Savior.

Burning within me,


VITAL Life Info

I recognized a pattern. Every time my youngest child filled out a questionnaire about me for Mother’s Day projects, in answer to “my mom is special because”, he wrote “because God made her”. It always brought a “hmm” to my mind.  It finally occurred to me that he learned this phrase from a version of the shorter catechism we worked on at one time. The question stated, “Why are you special?” The rote reply was, “Because God made me.” I had inadvertently armed my kids with VITAL information for the culture in which we live.

Killings happen at an alarming rate in our world. Marines and a sailor were murdered just this past week in Chattanooga. There are sobering statistics of the unborn killed each day in America. Honor killings and beheadings are now posted on Youtube. Just this past year my heart was gripped by the “right to die” campaign of a young lady with a fatal brain tumor.

Euthanasia is defined by as:

Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition.

Well-known atheist Richard Dawkins applies this to Downs Syndrome babies, and Hitler used this premise to rid Germany of the elderly, as well as mentally and physically handicapped (among countless others). It appears death is merciful and justified for those who don’t benefit society. That narrows down in our culture to those who don’t benefit or please me.

What makes a life valuable? If, as education systems teach today, we are just a conglomeration of cells which magically appeared and spontaneously connected, there is no value. It doesn’t matter what your gift or talent, you are just an organism of cells no different from a tree (protected) or a seal (also protected). So why not kill and let be killed?

Origins define. In the above stated origin, beings are just cellular matter. That definition changes with a creator origin.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

This verse in the “beginnings” book of the Bible relays to us God’s blueprint in making man. He is made in God’s image. What gives man value and worth is the fact that God made Him. David’s well known Psalm goes on to state we were fearfully and wonderfully made and knit together in our mother’s womb. No randomness in knitting, each stitch is purposeful, counted even like the hairs on your head. Therefore, God hasn’t made any mistakes when He allows the birth of the Downs Syndrome child or the mentally or physically handicapped. They still are made in His image because they contain a spirit made in His likeness. Each human being has an eternal soul which will last forever somewhere.

When we celebrate our children’s physical and mental abilities without making it known their specialness comes from being made in the image of God, we feed the culture’s ideology into them. Should we encourage their Godlike behavior? Oh yes! Do all things as unto the Lord the Bible instructs. We should encourage our children and let them verbally hear our kudos when they do work with all their might. HOWEVER, what makes them special is not their talents or abilities or work ethic, but the lone fact that the God of the universe made them.

Since today’s “values” teaching is vehemently undermining the teachings of the Word of God, we Christian parents must be so diligent in pouring God’s Word into our inheritance. We must become students of doctrine and understand how vital God’s precepts are to the well-being of our kids. It’s time we as parents recognize the awesome burden we have to teach our children truth. The devil has waged a full scale attack and the “prize” if you will, is your children.  You dare not trust that someone else is caring for this task for you.

Burning within me,



From 8thirty8

Ramadan, Day 22:

To you from an Egyptian believer,

“As I was stuck in a traffic jam this morning, I looked left and right and I saw the pale faces of fasting Muslim men and women who appeared to be quite tired, even though it was only around 9 o’clock in the morning. To fast from liquids and food from sunrise to sunset is a difficult task, especially on days with temperatures around 98 degrees.

Muslims begin Ramadan with a festive attitude, often going around greeting one another.  Children buy colorful Ramadan lamps and enjoy the beautiful street decorations. Muslims spend more on food during this month than they spend on normal days. Many of them read the Quran loudly wherever and whenever they have the opportunity. Despite the festive environment, the pale faces of the tired fasters
show burdened hearts striving to please Allah so he might have mercy and eliminate at least some of their sins.  According to core Islamic teaching, their efforts “may or may not” be accepted by Allah.” (Letter from Open Doors USA)

How scary? How somber? The fasting ritual is a hope so maybe so absolution of some of your sin.

Compare that to the promise of Yahweh. He is not fickle. His plan of salvation includes everyone, and He says “only believe”. There are no scales weighing out good and bad. There is no changing mood or affection of Him thus changing His promise. He judged sin worthy of death, and His own Son paid that penalty for all who will believe. His glory is all His own – not man’s – thus He made salvation an act He performed alone. He is loving and just; kind yet ALL POWERFUL. He put the promise in writing. He made Himself the guarantee. No part of the pardon involves the sinner except faith. No acts of righteousness or acts of self-deprecation can secure your forgiveness. Only the blood of Jesus Christ which God provided for us all can give you confidence in standing before Him. No one has to wonder.

Know truth from His Word. It is unchanging and eternal. It is the reason for confidence.

Burning within me,




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