Monday, December 29, 2008

Be on watch!

About time and seasons
I always feel that the end of another year suddenly is upon us. It seems time moves faster when the end is near, almost like a runner at once speeding up when the finish is in sight. I like to reflect on a year gone by; the things I accomplished, the chances I missed, the people I met and the areas I have grown in. Even more so, I like to look ahead, anticipating an adventurous new year. I enjoy the expectation that seems to hang in the air as the clock finally moves to the end of the 21st century's first decade. We are already more than 2000 years beyond the human birth of Jesus. His birth changed time and history forever because ever since the manger the world as we know it has been divided in events before and after. Jesus seriously spoke about the times and seasons on several occasions. In Mark 13:32-37 we can read the following:

No one knows, however, when that day or hour will come-neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; only the father knows. Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the time will come. It will be like a man who goes away from home on a trip and leaves his servants in charge, after giving to each his own work to do and after telling the doorkeeper to keep watch. Watch, then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming-it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sunrise. If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. What I say to you, then, I say to all: Watch!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Light to mankind

Reconciliation between God and man
All over the world millions and millions of people will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this week, an awesome thought! Every year the birthday party attracts new people and that is even more awesome. In many churches the gospel (good news), as the apostle Luke penned it down, will be read. His account of the historical events around the birth of the Messiah is amazingly detailed. The sheperds, the angels, the manger; it all gives us a vivid picture of what happened that night. The apostle John has given us a more spiritual version of the happenings and I absolutely love his gospel.

Before the world was created, the Word already existed; He was with God, and He was the same as God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through Him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without Him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
Book of John, 1:1-5

This life, that is the life of Jesus, brought light to mankind and it still does today! No matter what is going on in our world, His life still brings light in the lives of people who were aimlessly walking in darkness and decided to call out His name. That light still has the power to radically change lives. It is more than a birthday we celebrate, we celebrate the reconciliation between God and man!
If you desire to be at peace with your Maker, ask Jesus to shine His light in your life. Tell Him you want to experience what the apostle John was so exited about. That is a simple, but life changing prayer!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Never ending kingdom

Mary carried the Kingdom seed in her womb
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the most High God. The Lord God will make Him a king, as His ancestor David was, and He will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)

Mary must have been stunned when she heard the words of the angel who visited her. A kingdom without end? That was certainly unheard of. The Middle East at that time had a violent history in which kingdoms rose and fell constantly. Yes, they had enjoyed years of peace and prosperity, but it never lasted longer than a lifetime. Change was always in the air and each time a ruler took over, the people eagerly awaited better times. Certainly this time things would lighten up.
The angel’s promise to Mary however, differed greatly from the political propaganda she had heard so often. He talked about someone who would become king because the Lord God would make Him king. This was not a matter of human performance, political strategy or violent conquest. The establishment of this new king was a matter of divine appointment. No wonder His reign would be of eternal nature and His kingdom could not be taken over by a rival. The angel’s message was a prophecy of things to come. Mary carried the Kingdom seed in her womb, a small and humble beginning of something that would change the world forever. Through Yeshua, the Son of God, the Kingdom of Heaven came on earth and it has grown into the biggest Kingdom of all. Millions, yes, hundreds of millions of people are subject to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Surely, it will never end!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Spiritual Connection

Not one thing in all creation was made without Him
At first I thought it was a crazy idea; writing a book about life before conception. How could I possibly back that up with biblical truths? Now that Breath of Life is there, I cannot see it any other way. I was inspired by what God told Jeremiah: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart (Jeremaih 1:4) and also by the writings in Ecclesiastes 12:7 where it says, our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us. Well, there you have it, the biblical foundation for my latest book. God knows people before He formes them in the womb and the breath of life (the spirit) goes back to God, which tells me it has been there before. I have used these concepts throughout my book. The growing baby in the womb traverses from spiritual existence to natural existence, an extraordinairy journey, a process which I call the 'womb process'. Listen to him talking:

"I know God calls people to be important before they are even conceived! It could very well be that you never gave this a thought. After all, life before conception is kind of hard to imagine. As far as I am concerned, it is all I ever knew. The things I know are not considered earthly knowledge but rather heavenly wisdom. You see, around here we learn from the Living Word. I am not sure if you all are familiar with Him, but 'through Him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without Him'. See what I am talking about? The Living Word knows everything, because He existed before the world was created. He also existed long before He was conceived and received His destiny, His purpose for becoming a human being. Everything I know, I know because He told me, and I've never, ever heard such words, such wisdom, and such love for the people."

By the way, looking back through my blog posts, I noticed a Christmas meditation that I wrote some years back, it's about this spiritual connection.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Official Book Release

Breath of Life released December 2nd 2008
"... a warm, bittersweet story from the perspective of the unborn child. It is full of information on fetal development and insights on spiritual issues..."
-Wanda Franz, Ph. D.
President National Right to Life Committee, Inc.

As human beings we are made in the image and likeness of God. We are uniquely designed triune beings: spirit, soul, and body. In Breath of Life I take the reader on a journey to our earthly beginnings and beyond. Based on biblical concepts and a surprising array of Scriptures, I have painted an artistic picture of a colorful and loving God who is the source of all life.
If you haven't done so already, order your own copy today through one of the major internet book sellers in your part of the world.