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What Makes Jesus Unique? No one else made the claims that He did, He is alive...............



All the great religious leaders of history have one thing in common: they are dead. Only one man has risen from a grave never again to taste death. Jesus Christ died, was buried, remained in the grave for 3 days, then was raised to life again.

Jesus is unique. He is the only one proven to be the Son of God because God validated His Kingship and accepted His payment for our sins all with one incredible stroke: He raised Jesus from the dead!

Paul opens his letter to the Romans with this evidence about who Jesus is:
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, which He had promised before by His prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Romans 1:1-4

Because Jesus Christ is very much alive, five things are true right now that wouldn’t be true if He were just another dead religious leader like Confucius, Mohammed or Buddha.

Because Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive…Prayers are answered, We can talk to Jesus 24/7

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Amen Jesus is Alive!
seaworthy
Ms BJ, all good stuff..one thing remained in the grave for 3 days I've been researching this aspect as he actually descended into hell first and then the Ascension into heaven. It appears their was some unfinished business from the beginning of time that Jesus had to resolve first....
seaworthy
Mr riz, that's good you believe there is a devil. Now, that we put that aside, if there's evil, ie: the devil, there must be a counterbalancing force of good, no?

Who do you think promulgates the good in man?
Satan called a meeting with all the demons, we have to try to stop the people from getting saved, we need a strategy
Oh I know one of the demons piped up; "We simply tell them there is no God.
"Nah", Satan said," that one won't work, the people are smart they do know there is a God
Let's think about this some more now" All the demons now seriously thought about how to stop the people from salvation
"Aha, I got it Satan said, we tell the people you can get saved tomorrow. Yes that should do it, get saved tomorrow."

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost sometimes
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it


When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek God’s name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

By Carol Wimmer 1988
Hi Delaci you said the truth is just three words, it is all that is needed cheering
Seaworthy yes Jesus went into Hell first, he had to experience everything to be fair.
Like He lived the life of a man so He would know what it was like to live like us.
He was tempted in every way just like we are.
Only having experienced all this was He justified to judge us.
stringman
there will be no more pain and suffering in heaven. we can not imagine what it will be like because we only know this earthly existence.
Stringman that should be enough for us to want to go there, no more pain, no more suffering.
Most of us have had that happen to us.............no more tears...........applause
stringman
I keep thinking you will be able to go up to any of the animals and pet them. that would be cool.
The saved will not be in heaven forever! According to Scripture, Christians will be in heaven with Christ for a short period of time and then return with him to earth. Christians will then be involved with the responsibilities of Christ’s earthly Kingdom.

In the future Kingdom there will be different positions and responsibilities. At the Judgment, each person will “receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Therefore, every person will not receive the same reward or assume the same responsibilities. So, the question is not, “What will we be doing in heaven,” but, “What will we be doing in our future life on earth?” The answer to this question can be found in the Word of God.

The Lord is going to make a new earth that will literally be an “Eden” or “Paradise” and, just as God gave Adam and Eve work to do in the Original Paradise, there will be work to do in the coming Paradise. In fact, looking back at what God gave Adam and Eve to do in the Garden of Eden provides a prototype or a snapshot of what life will be like in the future Paradise. Genesis 2:15 speaks about two tasks that Adam and Eve had to perform. God put them in Eden “to work it and take care of it.” The NASB says, “to cultivate it and keep it.” Like any farm or garden, Eden required work or “cultivation.” Adam and Eve had to cultivate the garden just as any farmer has to cultivate and work the soil and take care of the plants.

Eden was a garden with wonderful fruits and vegetables, and therefore the second part of Adam and Eve’s job was to “take care of” or “keep” it. The Hebrew word translated “take care of” is shamar, which means, “oversee, protect, keep, have charge of, tend (for flocks and herds), guard, watch, preserve.” The world was full of animals and, in the Original Paradise, all of them were plant eaters (Gen. 1:30). Part of Adam and Eve’s work was to guard the garden and keep the wild animals from grazing in the Garden of Eden. Imagine Eve looking out the window of her house and shouting; “Adam, the lions are eating my favorite shrubbery. Adam! Get them away from my bushes!” Remember, lions will again eat plants in the future, so you may end up shooing them away from your bushes or your vegetable garden.

God gave Adam and Eve authority and responsibility in the Garden of Eden. He gave them work to do. It should, therefore, be no surprise that various types of work will be part of life on the new earth. The types or work mentioned below are almost always found in the context of the Millennial Kingdom, not the Everlasting Kingdom. Some types of work, like “gravediggers,” could not be available in the Everlasting Kingdom because there will be no death. Likewise, because there will not be a temple in the Everlasting Kingdom, all the duties associated with the Temple will be eliminated. Some types of work are clearly stated, while others are only implied.
We will have work to do in the new earth, so no fun jumping on the clouds and listening to the angels playing the harp all day..................cheering
Often my prayers are answered some in a very unique way. It makes being a Christian never boring but exiting..............applause
A very famous preacher, Hudson Taylor once said, Lord, THAT you will answer my prayer, I know! What fascinates me every time is, HOW you are going too answer.

That was having faith in His prayers being answered. Always exciting is the How.
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He Works Through People.

Jenny, Jenny He didn't do it. I looked under my bed and there was nothing for me.
I struggled to clear my mind as I had been in a deep sleep, when Monica woke me. I wondered what she was talking about. What are you trying to say honey? There is no doll Jenny, there is no doll under my bed.
Ah now I did remember. Monica wanted very much to have a dolly.
I had told her to pray and ask the Lord for it.

She had done so and now believed that He had not delivered as she thought He would, by putting the doll under her bed.
I tried to explain to her that God was not Santa Claus, that He works through people.
I could tell that this was too much for her to understand, she was only five years old.

That very afternoon her girlfriend, who lived next door, came over to the house. Lisa was very excited.
Monica, my dad just came home from a trip and look at what he brought me, a new doll, and if you want too, you can have my other doll.

Now Monica's eyes lit up and she looked at me with wonder, for she now understood that indeed, God works through people.
Hi Jenny wave
You are the Bible teacher so I'll ask you. What did Paul mean when he said, His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.

The seed of David...I thought it was a virgin birth.



That is a tricky one dear lady, there is a lot to be found but here it is in short form

"How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David"? Simple: Jesus is the human aspect of the offspring of David. Before that, Jesus was spirit.

Jesus created all things, including humanity, as one of the persons of the Godhead before He was flesh and blood. It was only after Mary gave birth to Him that Jesus became flesh and blood. So this is not a circle.

To clarify your points:

As the Son of God in spirit form, Jesus created all things (John 1:1-3).
The Messianic prophecies foretold of Jesus the Son of God as coming in the flesh, as the offspring of a woman. So Jesus, the Word, became flesh (John 1:14). wave
While living in California often went to "Melody Land"", located just a few minutes from Disneyland".
So many people attended that they had to hold three meetings, that is 3x2000 people.
One high light for me was listening to Walter Martin, "The Bible Answer Man" professor
Always wondered about this angel Who made them into girls with wings?
Angels are men and they are messengers, that is their job, not flying around somewhere.
Does anyone have the answer?

When angels appeared to people in the Bible, they were always seen as men.
Two angels appeared as men when they ate at Lot’s house in Sodom in Genesis 19:1-22 and sent him and his family away before destroying the city.

“The angel of the LORD” told Samson’s mother she would have a son. She described the angel to her husband as “a man of God” in Judges 13.

An “angel of the Lord” appeared as a man described as “like lighting, and his clothes were white as snow” (Matthew 28:3). This angel rolled back stone in front of Jesus’ tomb in Matthew 28.
When they were given names, the names were always masculine.

The only named angels in the Bible are Gabriel and Michael.
Michael was mentioned first in Daniel 10:13, then in Daniel 21, Jude 9, and Revelation 12:7-8.
Gabriel was mentioned in Daniel 8:12, Daniel 9:21 in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Gabriel announced John the Baptist’s birth to Zechariah in Luke 1, then Jesus’ birth to Mary later in Luke 1.

The angel talking with the prophet Zechariah is described with the masculine word malak and masculine pronouns. However, confusion arises when, in the prophecy, two women with wings fly away with the basket of wickedness. The women are described with wings of a stork (an unclean bird), but not called angels. As this is a prophecy full of imagery, readers are not required to take the metaphors literally. This prophecy conveys imagery of Israel’s unrepentant sin and its consequences.

As the Cambridge commentary puts it, “No meaning need be sought for the details of this verse. They merely convey the fact, clothed in imagery in keeping with the vision, that wickedness was borne swiftly from the land.”

Why are Angels Often Depicted as Females in Art and Culture?
A Christianity Today article links female depictions of angels with ancient pagan traditions that may have been integrated into Christian thought and art.

“Many pagan religions featured winged servants of the gods (such as Hermes), and some of these were distinctly female. Some pagan goddesses had wings, too, and behaved somewhat like angels: making sudden appearances, delivering messages, fighting battles, wielding swords.”

Outside of Christianity and Judaism, pagans worshipped idols with wings and other attributes associate with biblical angels, such as the Greek goddess, Nike, who is portrayed with angel-like wings and is considered the messenger of victory.
Witnessing for the Lord.
I started to visit people in the Convalescence hospital, where I met a sweet Chinese man. I had brought him a bible in Mandarin, even though his English was pretty good, I know that when it comes to the scriptures, it is sometimes best in your own language. I explained the gospel to Li, who gave me his undivided attention. I asked Li if he wanted Jesus to live in his heart.

Li said that he would.

Later I told an evangelist what had happened with Li. He knew that I myself was a new Christian therefore he wanted to make sure that Li was truly saved. He asked if we could go and see Li together.

I asked Li where Jesus was. Without hesitating one moment Li answered, that Jesus was in his heart.

I asked him how he knew. His eyes looked surprised, looking directly at me he said: “You told me He would.” It was as simple as that for Li.

I assured Li that he was right, that Jesus did live in his heart. I gave him a big hug. The evangelist was now convinced that Li was truly born again. I know that we will meet some day on the other side. cheering
A friend from church was in the hospital. I went to visit him and when leaving his room, I saw a man standing in the doorway of the room next door to my friend’s room. He beckoned to me and it was clear, he needed to talk to someone. He told me that he had cancer, and might have to have an operation.

He said that he was very scared. I asked him if he was a Christian. He said that he was not. I told him that I cared what happened to him.

He wanted to know, why I would care, as I did not know him at all. I said that I cared, because God cared. He then told me that his sister had been talking to him about God, but that he could not stand to listen to her about it. He said that he didn't mind hearing it from me though.

I gave him the gospel of John that day, as it also had the sinner’s prayer in the back of this booklet.

Later I went back to see him, and he told me that he had been praying to the Lord.

I asked him if he wanted to meet the Lord, and he said that he would and we prayed.

He was no sooner saved, than he became an instant missionary.

He told me that he had witnessed to his wife, and she accepted the Lord also.

I had given my new brother in the Lord my phone number.

A few weeks later the wife phoned to tell me that her husband was dying, and would I come to the hospital.

The doctors had decided not to operate anymore, as his cancer was too advanced. That same night my new friend died.

I know that I will one day also meet him again.
I had gone to church one evening with friends, when we decided to stop at Denny’s. It had been a great meeting and we were still excited about it. I could not help to notice a young boy, a teenager, sitting at the next table. He kept looking at us.

Finally he said; “Church can’t be that bad, if it can leave you so happy.”

I gave him my phone number and asked him to call me, if he wanted to do so, and I would tell him more about the church.

He called me and soon gave his heart to the Lord. I found out that David had lived on the street and had not had a good life so far. Today he is a happily married man. Yes, the Lord works through people.


Will heaven be multicultural and have different races?

People from all races and cultures will be present in heaven. The following verses indicate that God does not care about their race or culture. He loves everyone throughout the world.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NAS95S)

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9 (NAS95S)

For example, God sent the Jewish prophet Jonah to preach to Gentiles who were living in Nineveh, even thought some Jews hated them. After Jesus’ death and return to life, the disciple Philip preached to an Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:25-40). The apsotle Peter preached ot a Gentile (Acts 10). God sent the apostle Paul to preach Gentiles who lived in Asia Minor (Acts 13:1-28), Macedonia (Acts 16:1-17:15), and Greece (Acts 17:16-22). The apostle Paul was a Jew who had lived in Judea. God has not only said that He loves the world, He has also demonstrated that He does by His actions.

God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Num 23:19 (NAS95S)

Consequently, there will be people from every race and culture in heaven. But will they be praciting their culture and will they have their original skin color? The answer is most likely no. God created one couple originally and it was not until the Tower of Babel that God confused the peoples of the world spreading them across the globe. At that time He confused their language and scrambled skin colors. This suggests that God’s original design was a people of one skin color, language and culture. Only after the events at Babel did that change. God’s original plan is not what exists today.

Conclusion:
The ultimate answer to your question is found in Revelation 21-22 which describes the new heaven and earth. In Revelation 21:24 we are told that people from the various nations will be in heaven. That is, those who believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him will live there for eternity. But the culture of heaven will be God’s culture. Everything is new. Heaven and earth will be new. The old will have disappeared and the new will have come. Sin will be gone and racial prejudices and alliances will be gone. We will be different people too! We will have new immortal bodies. Our focus will not on each other but on God. We will worship and enjoy God so much that we will not care about the culture and race issues of our former lives. Listen to these words,

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Rev 22:3-5 (NAS95S)
My dentist found it sometimes difficult to work on my mouth he would tell me that I had such a small mouth. I told him that this was not what my mother called it. One of my nick-names was Jenny; “big-mouth.”
You see the Lord can use everyone and everything for His good. Even my mouth!

We were standing at the time clock waiting for four o'clock so we could sign out, and go home. I could not help overhearing when one of the men I worked with, was mentioning the name of Jesus in a derogatory way, several times in one sentence. I finally could not stand to listen to that anymore, and said to him; "I hear that you know Him too."
Surprised the man said to me; "Know who?" "Jesus” I said; “I heard you mentioning His name several times.”

I love to shock people it will make them think.
In the grocery store, you can easily find someone that will complain about the high cost of food.
Because misery loves company, you whole-heartedly agree with them. Tell the person that you are sure that it will get worse. Agreeing with you is assured at this point. I will then tell them, that I won't need to worry as I have a very rich father.

On their faces you can read the surprise, of course their faces say, then it is no wonder you don't worry, if you have a rich father.
“Yes ma’am,” is my reply, as I look up!
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At work there was a man who loved to debate with me, about things pertaining to God. One day I could tell he had a good argument for me, or so he thought. As soon as it was time for our coffee break, he came out with it. He asked me if I knew that Jesus had really been nailed to a tree.

"Is that so? Well did you know that you are sitting on a tree?" he happened to sit on a wooden chair. I think he got it.
It happened at work in a store in Inglewood, L.A. an all black neighbourhood.
In the afternoon, I overheard one of the men saying to another man, to go to hell.
I walked over to them and asked the one who had sent the other to hell, why he had wished the other man to go to hell. Surprised, he did not know what to say, so I said it for him; "Because you don't like him right?"

Almost grateful to now have the answer, he nodded his head. "Well, I said; “Maybe next time, you should wish him to go to heaven, then at least the two of you, will be separated.”

Unbeknown to me, the late night man or boy really, had come in and he had overheard everything. He asked me if he could ask me some questions.

He said he was really afraid to do so as he was thinking it might take away from my faith.

How sweet of him to be so concerned for me while he needed answers for him self.

I assured him not to worry about me, as I myself had been having many questions. Besides I told him, someone had to answer your questions.

He had many sincere questions and kept needing, reassurance that I would not lose my faith, if he asked them. I answered him as best as I could and promised him a book to read. The next day I gave him; "The Rapture".

In those days I was send from store to store but I did not work in that particular store again. I wanted my book back as I couldn't buy another one it was now out of print.

About four weeks after I had lent out my book, I saw him on the parking lot with a few friends. I decided not to say anything, as I did not want to embarrass him in front of them. Not to worry, the moment he saw me he said; “Hello Jenny, I still have your book.” I told him that I knew, and if he wanted to read another book. Eyes large as saucers he said; "Oh no,” I want to read it all again, 'cause it is blowing my mind!”

This in an accent, that only a Los Angeles, black man can do! Priceless!

I know that I will meet that brother again on the other side and the friends he had with him that day, were also Christians.

And by the way, keep the book!
My house broken into.
One bad day my house had been broken into. I was indignant! How could it be that my house, the house of a Christian, could possible be broken into. Did I not always pray for the Lord to protect me? So then why had He not done so? When I went to church that Sunday, I told my pastor what had happened to me.

I asked my pastor how this could have happened, as I was a Christian!
My pastor said; "So, what about that? What did Jesus do when Satan attacked him in the dessert? He quoted scripture to him didn't he?
So you do the same, find an appropriate scripture and use it!”

Someone helped me find Psalm, 91-11. “ For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways”

When my house was broken into in broad daylight, my next-door neighbour was really upset, for he was home at the time. He had heard noises, but had assumed that I was I making them. So when he knew one day that I was not home for sure, and he heard a lot of commotion again next door, he called the police.

I had that evening gone to Bible study, and was on my way home, when I came to the corner of our street. I saw several police cars, I paid no attention yet I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were there for me, I can't explain how I knew, perhaps having all my faith in my claiming Psalm 91-11? I don't know.

My house was the second house on the corner, and I lived in a cottage behind the big house. I walked up to the gate, and I could make out a dark figure and when I got closer, I could see that it was someone who was aiming a gun at my front door. I felt strangely detached of it all.

I heard a loud whisper; someone asked if I lived there, when I said that I did, he told me to give him the keys, as someone was in my house.
I calmly gave him my keys, and a voice behind me hissed; "Hey you get out of there." It all felt so unreal!

I calmly went up to the big house where I used to live, and from there I could look down and see the cottage. By now the police had opened the door and found a big mess inside. I had brought a new puppy home a few weeks prior and she was not happy that she had been left alone.

I had made a few bookshelves from bricks and wood shelving. On the top shelve stood a radio, she got hold of the radio cord and pulled on it, and the whole thing tumbled down.

Then she got hold of a bunch of papers, and had a good time playing with that, then had gone in the kitchen and got into the stuff under the sink, found a can of Ajax and was happily rolling that over the floor.

I went to church that Sunday and told the congregation that it was true about Psalm, 91-11. I had personally seen the "angels," six of them! In uniform.
Living by faith.
I often would talk to people about having faith. One day the Lord put a thought in my mind; “You tell people to have faith, but your faith is in your bank account, for you to teach others about faith is easy for you to do, clear your account and you live by faith yourself.”

You have to understand that I had been saving since I started to work at age fourteen. I did not need to pick up my pay-check on my day off, for I always had enough money saved. I knew that the Lord was right, but this was a big thing to for me to do. Spent all of my money? I did, I had no choice. What I did with it I can’t remember today.

I was lying outside catching the sun for a tan, when I sat up with a shock it was ten days before the rent was due. I had a total of one hundred dollars in the bank. My rent alone was now one hundred and forty dollars and I had to eat etc.

I started to pray right away; about twenty minutes later the phone rang. It was the union hall did I want to work the next three days? You bet I did! I thanked the Lord for answering so promptly.

The phone rang again, the union telling me that they were sorry the company had found someone, before they could confirm the job for me.

I was beside myself. I told the Lord that I did not understand how He could give me a job, and then take it away from me.

The phone again! It was the union once more. They told me that they had felt so bad for me that they tried very hard to find me something else.

They found a job, but it was for one day only.

I told the Lord that I still didn’t understand why He first gave me three days of work, took it back, and now gave me only one day.

At coffee break the next day, the manager asked me if I could work for him the next six weeks. He first wanted to see what kind of worker I was. The first store was a small company and the job was for only three days. This company had several stores and after the six weeks in the one store, I was put to work in some of their other stores.
Of course, the Lord knew this, so He closed one door, to open another. And testing me!
I read about a Bible school it was totally run on faith. Upon graduation, the students had to put into practice what they had learned.
Two teams of eight men were to travel through England and preach in the churches. They were never to ask anyone, for anything. If someone were to ask they had to keep silent.

This went well. Knowing in which church they would be preaching next, checks would follow them. The people would say that even though they had not asked for money, the Lord had put it upon their hearts to send some anyway.
Then one day, the men were having a meeting with young people. One of the men told them that they were all invited for tea the next day.

The others were shocked; “How could you do that? You know we don't have the money for a tea.” (Tea in England is not just a cup of tea, but sandwiches and cake). Not to worry, the young people were perceptive. The offers for sugar, tea, milk, cookies and sandwiches came in. When asked what else was needed, they all together wanted to blurt out, a cake! But they had to keep silent.
The men went to check the mail, but no money was found, so they could buy a cake.

It was four o'clock the next day, when there was a knock on the door. It was the mailman and he had a parcel for one of the men. The mailmen said; “I have already finished my rounds and was going to deliver this tomorrow morning, but I think that there is something edible in here.”

The one, whom the parcel was for, took his sweet time to open it for he just knew what was in the parcel. And so it was. His landlady had sent him a chocolate cake. Praise the Lord!

The men of this team had also made tithing their number one priority. As soon as money came in the Lord received ten percent right away. This team came back from the tour with money to spare. The other team that had gone out at the same time also gave tithing, but not ten percent, they held back a little, for emergencies. That team came back deeply in debt.
Thank you for addressing the 'seed of David' it makes perfect sense.
A couple of months ago we had a storm blow through my town and the wind was strong, it wasn't tornado strong just a thunderstorm. I hadn't heard anything but I looked out the window to see if it was still raining, and my huge red maple tree had been blown down. But I never heard it hit the ground and it's only about 10 feet from my house. What amazed me was that it fell and never touched anything or anybody It didn't hit my house or any person or any wires or any cars. There are cable and electric wires on poles criss crossing the street. A team of tree guys couldn't have dropped it any better. The thing about the tree was that I wanted to get it cut down but it had to be during the summer so the sap would be the branches. In the winter the sap goes down into the roots The roots have been causing problems by growing in my outside drain lines. It was like God said you want the tree down..ok and he just laid it down.
hplady I say someone up there called Jesus loves you and so do I.
Lol so you got your tree down and no one was hurt. goody goody cheering
I used to compare myself always to others in the church.
If I could only pray like this sister, if I could only worship like that one. Then it came to me. There were six children in our family and many times my dad was watching us like he was studying us and I would hear him sometimes say;

"I know that you are all mine, but you are all so different!” He just could not understand how that could be so, as we were all raised the same.

We are all different, and we are expected to be our selves. Not what we think we ought to be, or even what others think we ought to be. The Lord does not expect from me what He expects from others.

You are unique, one of a kind.

After living in the U.S now for eleven years, I had often talked about going back to Canada. I would always find an excuse not to go. I was afraid really. I did not know a living soul in the city where I wanted to go too, so I would back off again and again.

After having sung the same song as to why I should or could not go back, I lost my job. Then the owner of the house I was renting came to tell me that the house had been sold. I called my sister and I told her what had happened. She asked me why I didn’t go back to Canada, as she knew I would like to do. “Oh yes but."

"Jenny it is now or never, you don’t have a job, you have no place to live in for soon as the house you live in, is going to be sold. So do it!”

That Sunday I told the people in church that I planned to go back to Canada. I was asked where I was planning to go.

“To Vancouver,” I said.

Immediately one of the women said that she had a sister in Oregon and one in Vancouver, and that she would phone them that night for me. And so it happened that I had two places to go to.

Soon I was on my way. I drove to Oregon and stayed with a family one night, and in Vancouver I went to stay with Mary and Frank for ten days, then they helped me to find a place of my own.

This was not so easy in ‘79 as there was a shortage of rentals that year.

It was so bad that many people resorted to pay the landlord, sometimes as much as a thousand dollars, under the table, just to secure a place.

When you have the Lord on your side, when you are a child of the King, you will find a place. Again it was a cottage, a cute cottage. Mona who owned the place lived in the big house. There was a two-acre forest behind me so after L A. this was the life!



I arrived at the end of July and enjoyed my little house a lot. The winter of ’79 was also a very cold winter, as the oil heater would go out because there was no more oil, or it was time to clean it. Once a month you had to take it apart. This was not so funny when you came home tired and came to a very cold house, and then had to clean the oil heater.

In Vancouver it rains a lot, we are right in the rain forest here.
Vancouverites are very sensitive about you mentioning anything negative, about the weather here.
So people come up with jokes like: “it rained only twice last week, once three days and once four days. Or in Vancouver you don’t tan you rust.”

Mona had a new roof put on the little cottage, so she was dismayed when I told her that the roof was leaking, and you never guess where, just above the toilet!

When it rained and you needed to use the toilet, you needed an umbrella. It is funny now, but not then!

One bad day I came home and the fireplace was out, no oil, and it was leaking rain that day, yes above the toilet.
Just then a scripture came to my mind. "I will give you life, and give it more abundantly.”

I am sorry, but I just lost it. I sat down on the sofa slammed my fist and cried; “Lord, if this is the abundant life you promised? Well, if this is the abundant life, you can have it back!”

The Lord was very impressed by my outburst, I know, because two days later I was sitting at the mall, next to a girl from the bakery, when she said that she was thinking of renting out her basement suite. Really???

I moved in with her and her family shortly after.

I believe that the Lord was not so much impressed by my outburst, but by my being sincere, in what was really a prayer from the heart.

Some of you may say that you would never be able to talk to the lord like that. “Why not, were you never upset with your earthly dad? Trust me the lord never minds your honesty.”
After I had lived in the basement suite for about a year, I was fortunate to find a place of my very own. An apartment on the eleventh floor, it had a fantastic view of Mount Baker. I really felt like I lived on top of the world. One day I had the idea to start a Bible study and decided to put up an ad on the bulletin board in the foyer.

It read; “you don't like religion but you would like to learn more about the Bible? Then join us every Wednesday, from 8-10, o'clock.”

After I had posted this, I got scared, who was I to start this? I was not a teacher.
Well maybe nobody would come. I was wrong!
To my surprise, that first evening five people showed up. Well I had said "A" and now I had to say "B". It went very well I must say. At ten o’clock I made coffee and by twelve, I had to tell everyone to go home. They told me that they enjoyed the fellowship, but we all had to go to work the next day.

At the next meeting, one of the fellows brought his cousin Chuck.
He said that he would be staying with him for a while and that he came along, as he did not want to be alone. The first thing Chuck told us that he did not want anything to do with Christianity. I told him that this would not be a problem, to go sit on the sofa and grab a book, if that is what he felt like doing.

We were sitting at the dinning room table we had not yet started our study. We were waiting for a few others to come. Chuck joined us at the table when he said to me; “may I ask you something? Last week I smashed my basement up, I mean I really smashed it”
He asked me if I though if it was demonic.

I told him that I didn’t know him from Adam, and that it could have been that he just had a bad temper. He looked at me, then at his cousin, “this is embarrassing,” he said; “my cousin does not even know about this”
About six months ago he told us, he had said to Satan that if he existed, to show himself.

No one dared to breathe, I felt numb and taken aback I never expected this, nor did I have experience in how to deal with something like this. I silently prayed for help from above. I asked him if he now knew that Satan existed. He said that indeed he now knew.
"Well, the first thing that happened was that my wife was in a car accident, she is now in a wheelchair. My daughter has prayer beads, a Rosary. They are so strong that I could never break them. They are broken now. Doors and cabinets started to open and close by them selves.
I am an ex-policeman. I have studied martial arts for six years. I am only telling you this to show you that I am not a wimp. But I am also telling you, that I am scared!"

“Chuck, you have good reason to be scared. When you came in tonight, the first thing you told us was, that you wanted nothing to do with Christianity, I am afraid that there is really nothing that I can do for you now.”
I looked at Chuck and the way he looked at me, made me ask; “Or do you want Christianity, Chuck?"
To everyone's relief, he said yes he did.

I felt that even though I was doing the talking, the others were silently praying.
I explained that I would say the prayer, and if Chuck agreed with what I prayed, he would repeat it after me.

We first renounced the works of Satan and bound his power, and then we said the sinner’s prayer, where Chuck asked Jesus to be his personal Saviour. Apparently, Chuck had a bad temper by nature, but when his immediate family saw the change in him, they also gave their hearts to the lord, and then his brothers and sisters came, the whole family!

Chuck came to see me one day to thank me. I said; “Chuck, you were supposed to be here that night at the Bible study that was no accident.
I was only the medium that the Lord used, for; “He works through people”.

He went on to tell me that his wife was now out of the wheelchair, she had not miraculous jumped out, but was slowly being healed. No more doors or cabinets were mysteriously opening or closing. Satan was bound.

I had a friend called Netty her whole family was from the Mormon religion. Netty had gone legally blind, but this did not stop her from gardening. She was one of these people who could do more being blind, than others that could see. She was a very special person. Netty had assured me that she was a Christian.
For some reason every time we would meet, I would ask if she was sure. Her answer would always be that she was indeed sure.

One morning I woke up, thought about Netty and I heard myself say that I had to talk to Netty, before she died. This was very strange as Netty was not even sick as far as I knew. When I came to her house, I said again as I had done on numerous occasions; “Netty are you sure that you are a Christian?” To my surprise this time she said that she was not sure. I said to her that we would make it sure today, and we said the sinners prayer together.

Netty phoned her daughter that evening. All she told her that all was well now.
The daughter did not know what the mother referred to, but I did.
I believe that Netty did not want to tell her very strict Mormon daughter, that she was now a Christian. I received a phone call a few hours later. Netty had died that night!
The Lord is leading - Thoughts and Visions.
While I lived in the States, I had attended a prayer meeting one-day.
After the service a young girl of about eighteen came up to me and said; "How do you know that the Lord does not have something really good for you, when you quit smoking?" And with that, she was gone! I just shrugged it off and forgot about it, or so I thought.
I finally quit my smoking, the end of March ‘84.
When I met Hugo it was in the beginning of April ‘84. Three weeks after I stopped smoking, It was then that I remembered what that young girl had said to me years earlier.
Having smoked for 20 years I quit cold turkey

When I met Hugo, I knew that he was the one that the Lord had selected for me. Just like me, Hugo never went out and had been alone for seven years. It was amazing to me that he being handsome was still a free man. I found out later that when he announced at work that he was engaged, the reaction was; “I thought that you were married” He has two boys and talks about them a lot. The Lord saved him for me! We both fell in love the moment we met and felt like two sixteen year olds and acted like it too.

We were married on December 22, ‘84.When we met Hugo had a very good job at a hospital in Vancouver. The head of a kitchen in a hospital is always a dietician. Hugo was the exception. He was the Director of Food Service, responsible for ten thousand meals a day!

The work was all-administrative, taking care of a budget of almost ten million dollars.
After having worked there for twelve years, he lost his job due to closure of the hospital. Having sent out a lot of resumes, we now prayed for guidance.

“Lord will You show us please, the way that you want us to go.
Psalm: 32-8. “I will instruct you in the ways you should go”
Should we keep sending out resumes, or should we start our own business?”
We had started to do some catering, but what we needed was a kitchen to work from.
You can spend a lot of money and time sending out resumes, but what we needed to know was, is it the way to go, or do we start our own business?
A decision that was not easy to make. We needed help!
A few days later I received a dream. It was a very short one and I call them popcorn dreams, as it was one scene only. I saw a boardroom with several people in it and what struck me was that I saw myself in that boardroom.

I told Hugo that I believed we were shown, that we would be in business for ourselves, and that I would be involved also.
When you get an answer like that, you just don't sit on the sofa and wait for something to happen. We went to look for a place to start our own catering company. We needed a walk-in freezer and a walk-in fridge. Hugo spotted an ad selling just what we needed.
It happened to be a large restaurant that wanted to downsize. (The place had 134 seats).

While we were waiting for the manager to talk to us, I said to Hugo: “Would you look at this place, you could do your catering right here.”
The manager and Hugo started talking when he said; “Maybe we can do something for each other. I would like you to meet my partner, how about this Wednesday? We could have a meeting.” He then looked at me and said; "I would like you to be there too!"
When we left that restaurant, I told Hugo that this restaurant would be his.

Hugo thought that I was crazy, I reminded him of my dream, but he still could not believe it. Well only a few weeks later that place was called Hugo's!
We run that restaurant for about two years when it was sold.

I have had other such pop corn dreams, and it is very exciting when you see it come to pass.

Years later Hugo had gone back to working for a company and was being transferred to Ottawa, that is, if he would get the job. He had been told that there was another candidate he would have to compete with. Just before he was ready to leave, I said: “Honey that job is yours and there is no other candidate either.”
I don't know where that came from it just flew out of my mouth before I could stop it. It was exactly as I had said, the job was his and there was indeed no other person competing for it. This had to be from the Lord, for I would not, could not, ever say such a thing coming from myself.
Hey Jenny, there's something about the life of Jesus that really sticks out to me and i'd like to point out and maybe get some feed back on..

The life of Jesus that's put forward in the bible seems to suggest that Jesus was a poor man with many follower, the obvious reasons for his many follower is most likely they heard or saw of the miracles that Jesus performed and this would be the number 1 reason..
Some followers may have seen/felt the happiness, love and peace that accompanied Jesus everywhere he went, some would have seen the glee, joy and big smile he had on his face when talked about his father, his fathers domain and how to get there..

If Jesus was such a poor man with only the clothes on his back he was either a happy go lucky person or he had great faith in his father..
Why are so many christians these days so rich when the number 1 prophet was so poor ? the only thing i can really come up with is the christians these days are trying to be heard like a prophet.. and they need to have materiel things in their possession to show their success, is happiness, joy, love and peace not enough to convince people ?

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