Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fill Up Your "Tank"

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

The thing that may irritate about gas prices is that you can't stock up. I can watch for sales on paper towels or butter and then load up but not so with gasoline. My tank holds just so many gallons and when the needle registers on "E". I have no choice but to pull into a station. If not I better be prepared to walk.

There is a commodity in the spiritual realm that operates similarly. It is LOVE. Daily life continually burns down our supply of love. We go the extra mile with someone. We show patience instead of a short fuse; we give instead of take; we smile instead of growl. By the end of the week -- or even one very tough day, we are on "Empty".

Maybe this is all part of God's plan. He wants us to return to Him often; dependant on Him for a fresh supply of what we cannot manufacture on our own - or pull off of a shelf.
Love keeps the world from spiraling into chaos. It keeps hate and mistrust at bay. Love is the oil for the friction in relationships.
Love produces grace and patience and endurance in long trials.

We can't stockpile love any more than we can gasoline. We need to be re-supplied as we go. Thankfully, the nearest station is just a prayer away.
"Lord, I'm on empty. Please fill me with your love."

Are you cranky, critical or cantankerous right now? Feel like you are ready to explode? You're probably running on empty. Don't wait any longer. "Fill up with SUPER".

by Hannah
Slightly modified by Dr. Trudy Veerman

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Matthew 5:46

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34,35

Saturday, January 27, 2007

How To Forgive

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14,15

One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job. His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him. He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure.

His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration. Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there.
With tears in his eyes, he prayed:

"Lord, You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for You, and I happily obeyed. Today, You have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don't know how. It is not fair Lord. I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive. As perfect as Your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear You, but I pray that You teach me to do this one thing I cannot do - Teach me To Forgive."

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was, because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground. He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them. He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head. Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

"Have you ever told a lie?" He asked.
The man answered - "yes, Lord."
"Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?"
The man answered - "yes, Lord." And the man sobbed more and more.

"Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?" Jesus asked?
And the man answered - "yes, Lord."

Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain?
The man, crying now, answered - "yes, Lord."

As Jesus asked many more times, "Have you ever"?
The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer - "yes, Lord."

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, "I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you."

When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!

It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true the above statement is.

If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

"We have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:14

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Dear Lord, I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today. For without You I can do nothing. Please, help me to walk in your footsteps, I pray.

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Blessings in the name of the Lord,

Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

NASA Proves the Bible is True

For all you scientists out there and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible, here's something that shows God's awesome creation and shows that He's still in control.

Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called "myth" in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill. President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore Maryland and a consultant in the space program relates the following development: I think one of the most amazing things that God has for us today happened recently to our astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland.

They were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets out in space where they would be 100 years and 1000 years from now. We have to know this so we won't send a satellite up, and have it bump into something later on its orbits. We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite, and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong either with the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards.

They called in the service department to check it out and they said. What's wrong?" Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time.

They scratched their heads and tore their hair. There was no answer.

Finally a Christian man on the team said. "You know, one time I was in Sunday School and they talked about the sun standing still". While they didn't believe him they didn't have an answer either. So they said, "Show us".

He got a Bible a nd went back to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with "Common sense". There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, "Fear them not. I have delivered them into thy hand: there shall not a man of them stand before thee". Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy if darkness fell they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still!

That's right - "The sun stood still and the moon stayed---and hasted not to go down about a whole day!" The astronauts and scientists said. "There is the missing day!"

They checked the computers going back into the time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes - not a whole day. They read the Bible and there it was "about (approximately) a day".
These little words in the Bible are important. But they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes y ou'll still be in trouble 1000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits.

As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS. The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings.

Hezekiah, on his deathbed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said "Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?" Hezekiah said it is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the Shadow return backward 10 degrees." Isaiah spoke to the Lord and the Lord brought the shadow 10 degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes! Twenty three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe!

Isn't it amazing? Our God is rubbing their noses in His Truth!

References: Joshua 10:8 and Verses 12,13; 2 Kings 20:9-11

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Are places where souls get saved truly God pleasing?

For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye Me, and ye shall live: Amos 5:4

One may think that all places; such as churches, Christian concerts, conferences, gatherings or groups, where people get saved are truly God serving.
This may or may not be true.

Because souls are coming to the recognition of Christ is NO proof whatsoever that the surrouding people are lead by the Holy Spirit or that they truly serve God.

Since it is the Holy Spirit who brings people under conviction, it is He who draws the soul to Christ. He alone searches the heart and knows the intentions.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. John 14:6

People are saved anywhere!
No matter where they gather, be it at concerts, church, fellowship or just visiting friends, the Holy Spirit will take any opportunity to tuck on the hearts of lost souls. He may just use one line of a song; one prayer uttered in church; one kind word spoken by a neighbor; one smile of the song leader or an e-mail from a concerned person, to impress the heart.

What I am trying to say is that because a soul gets saved does not prove anything about the people involved. God looks at the heart which is in need of salvation. He may just use part of the surroundings to speak to a lost soul.

This may not mean at all that God approves of what is going on during the concert, the fellowship, the church service, etc. The Holy Spirit is searching the heart, seeking whom He can save. It is the Holy Spirit doing the work, NOT they that are involved, nor circumstances. Although God will use these.

There have been some who were hungry for God's truth, who ended up in a false church. Nevertheless, God saved their souls, but drew them out later. Because people got saved in that church, does not prove that church to be right. THIS SHOWS GOD'S MERCY AND LOVING KINDNESS.

For example, if loud music, style of music and/or performing musicians deem to be unholy and drawing the attention to themselves or to their music style etc. then they are dishonoring God.
One who is filled with the Holy Spirit can easily distinguish this, since we have the Holy Ghost, who leads us in all truth.

Amos 5: 16-27. Focus verse 23: Take away from the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

At Christian concerts there are different groups/individuals performing. Some of them desire to serve God, others want to serve themselves. God only knows and on the fruit we'll know the tree.

When people attend such a concert and some are getting saved, is because of the move of the Holy Spirit, and the Love of God, not because the surrounding people are true followers of Christ.

Again, this does not prove that all the music is pleasing unto the Lord. Each of these musicians is responsible to God, for their own performance.
Nevertheless, souls will be saved.

So it is with any other place, gathering or situation.

It is God who takes pity on the lost!

May God give understanding and insight.

Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman

Abide in Him and He will abide in You.

There are prerequisites to receiving His promises and His blessings.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Passport to Heaven

I read how, in the spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.

As the months passed, the words in his diary changed from wonder and fascination into a nightmare. In August he wrote, "I think I should have used more foresight about arranging my departure. I'll soon find out."

In November he died in a nameless valley, by a nameless lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks. An investigation revealed that though he had carefully planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown out.

Difficult to imagine isn't it? How could anyone be so foolish. He made every provision for his journey except how to get home! Unbelievable!

Time is when...

We enter it at birth,
We pass through it in life,
We exit it at death.
Time... is our preparation for eternity.

"How tragic," we say. And yet, how many of people make every provision for life here on earth, but no preparation for our departure?

God has warned us in His Word, the Bible, that there is life after death ... after which is God's judgment. And as He warned the nation of Israel to prepare to meet God (Amos 4:12) He warns us to do the same.

We need to do this today. After death it is too late. As God's Word also says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

And how do we prepare to meet God? By confessing our sins to God and accepting his Son, Jesus, as our personal Lord and Savior. Doing this is getting your "passport to Eternity in Heaven."

Whatever you do, don't leave earth without it!

Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in His commandments. Psalm 112:1

Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Isaiah 55:6

Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psalm 40:4

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1

Sunday, January 07, 2007


When you've trusted God and walked His way
When you've felt His hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way ...
Start over...

When you've made your plans and they've gone awry
When you've tried your best and there's no more try
When you've failed yourself and you don't know why ...
Start over...

When you've told your friends what you plan to do
When you've trusted them and they didn't come through
And you're all alone and it's up to you ...
Start over...

When you've failed your kids and they're grown and gone
When you've done your best but it's turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren come along ...
Start over...

When you've prayed to God so you'll know His will
When you've prayed and prayed and you don't know still ...
When you want to stop cause you've had your fill ...
Start over...

When you think you're finished and want to quit
When you've bottomed out in life's deepest pit
When you've tried and tried to get out of it ...
Start over...

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you're feeling blue
God gives a January just for you ...
Start over...

Starting over means "Victories Won"
Starting over means "A Race Well Run"
Starting over means "God's Will be Done"
Don't just sit there ..............


by Woodrow Kroll of "Back to the Bible"

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5,6

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Recipe for the New Year

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.
Make them fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time out of the following ingredients:
Mix well into each day: one part of faith, one part of patience,
one part of courage and one part of work.
Add to each day: one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity,
meditation and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness.