Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
Why did these wisemen undertake such a journey?
A tall astronomer, advisor to the Persian king, springs from his midnight vigil in the palace courtyard. "Casper, come! Look along the rod I've sighted toward the constellation of the Jews." Casper peers into the blackness. "Do you see it? That brilliant star is new tonight! It must signify the birth of a mighty king."
A soft whistle escapes him as he spots it. "There it is!" He's talking rapidly now. "I've read ancient Hebrew scriptures which tell of this ruler's star." Rising, he announces, "We must see him. We must go!"
Traversing the caravan routes of Persia, Babylon, and Syria for 1,200 miles, they ford broad rivers, pass ancient cities, cross barren deserts. Three months they trek westward, day after day, "following yonder star."
In Jerusalem they inquire, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him." Worship? So the Babe is more than a king!
Now they follow the shining star till it rests over a simple Bethlehem home. At early dawn neighbors gather to watch the richly- robed travelers dismount. Joseph meets them at the door.
"We've come to see the child, the King." The wise men fall before the Babe, faces to the floor, royal counselors doing homage, worshipping the Christ child.
A touch of the boy-child's tiny fingers, a final longing look, and the men rise to go. Camel bells soon fade in the brisk morning air.
We, too, travel at Christmas, visiting family and friends. Yet, like the wisemen, the most important journey we make these hectic holidays is to draw nigh Jesus Himself with the gift of our hearts.
Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2:2 (KJV)
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
"Whosoever believeth on Him has eternal LIFE"
Be blessed in the Lord,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline Thine ear unto me, and save me. Psalm 71:2
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2
For they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Saviour, and a great One, and He shall deliver them. Isaiah 19:20b
In anguish I called upon a God, I didn’t know. I put before Him my sorrow and pain, when I was still young. I didn’t know how to approach Him or how to address my need. Nevertheless, God miraculously took me by the hand and showed me that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and died on Calvary’s hill to cleanse me, set me free and make me His child.
He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; Isaiah 61:1b
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins. Isaiah 40:1,2
What a glorious experience to walk in freedom and to be blessed by the Almighty God and Father. Was it not for Christ’s birth, His sacrificial death and resurrection, I would’ve never known this freedom as a child of God, let alone being a servant of the Most High.
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13,14
The angels can still be heard praising God in song and worship. Many times I did sing along while I heard their choir harmonizing perfectly before the throne of God.
It won't be long for I'll join them in worship and adoration, praising the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for all eternity.
AMEN AND AMEN!!
Have a wonderful celebration of His birth and our soon returning Lord and King.
In the service of the Master,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Saturday, November 28, 2009
In September 1960, I woke up one morning with six hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket.
Their father was gone.
The boys ranged from three months to seven years; their sister was two.
Their Dad had never been much more than a presence they feared..
Whenever they heard his tires crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide under their beds.
He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy groceries.
Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more beatings, but no food either.
If there was a welfare system in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew nothing about it.
I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then put on my best homemade dress, loaded them into the rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job.
The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant in our small town.
The kids stayed crammed into the car and tried to be quiet while I tried to convince who ever would listen that I was willing to learn or do anything. I had to have a job.
Still no luck. The last place we went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop.
It was called the Big Wheel.
An old lady named Granny owned the place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at all those kids. She needed someone on the graveyard shift, 11 at night until seven in the morning.
She paid 65 cents an hour, and I could start that night.
I raced home and called the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people. I bargained with her to come and sleep on my sofa for a dollar a night. She could arrive with her pajamas on and the kids would already be asleep.
This seemed like a good arrangement to her, so we made a deal.
That night when the little ones and I knelt to say our prayers, we all thanked God for finding Mommy a job.. And so I started at the Big Wheel.
When I got home in the mornings I woke the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my tip money-- fully half of what I averaged every night.
As the weeks went by, heating bills added a strain to my meager wage.
The tires on the old Chevy had the consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill them with air on the way to work and again every morning before I could go home.
One bleak fall morning, I dragged myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back seat. New tires!
There was no note, no nothing, just those beautiful brand new tires.
Had angels taken up residence in Indiana ? I wondered.
I made a deal with the local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new tires, I would clean up his office. I remember it took me a lot longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires..
I was now working six nights instead of five and it still wasn't enough.
Christmas was coming and I knew there would be no money for toys for the kids ..
I found a can of red paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then I hid them in the basement so there would be something for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning.
Clothes were a worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair.
On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking coffee in the Big Wheel. There were the truckers, Les, Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe.
A few musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the morning and then left to get home before the sun came up.
When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on Christmas morning, to my amazement, my old battered Chevy was filled full to the top with b oxes of all shapes and sizes.
I quickly opened the driver's side door, crawled inside and kneeled in the front facing the back seat.
Reaching back, I pulled off the lid of the top box.
Inside was whole case of little blue jeans, sizes 2-10!
I looked inside another box: It was full of shirts to go with the jeans.
Then I peeked inside some of the other boxes. There was candy and nuts and bananas and bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was a whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items.
And there were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll.
As I drove back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with gratitude.
And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my little ones that precious morning.
Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. And they all hung out at the Big Wheel truck stop....
THE POWER OF PRAYER. I believe that God only gives three answers to prayer:
2. 'Not yet.'
3. 'I have something better in mind..'
God still sits on the throne, the devil is a liar.
You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that you cannot imagine.
Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. Psalm 138:6,7
He heareth the cry of the afflicted. Job 34:28
Let all of the above be a reminder to you that God is still ALMIGHTY and MERCIFUL, and that He is the GREAT I AM!
In His service.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Be encouraged when times get tough, because God will NOT forsake you, I promise! He will calm your "sea".
As we all know, this life is far from perfect, even for a Christian.
God's blessings, His strength and His faithfulness has overwhelmed me at times, but the devil has always been out to destroy me and the ministry God directed me in. (We know about this)
A few weeks ago I thought what was happening to me was beyond repair. It was devastating to say the least and I was about to become so depressed and my hope for recovery of the incident was near impossible. Due to this I became physically and emotionally down and out for a few days.
I endured and my soul cried out to God. He never left me nor forsook me, but lifted me up out of the pit again. I fought the battle and within a few days, amazingly all was LIFTED by God's interference, although I had some sort of setback for days after.
The IMPOSSIBLE is truly POSSIBLE WITH GOD, as I experience from time to time. THE SUCH ARE REMINDERS, we sometimes go through (perhaps by our own doings), that God still is who He says He is... I AM WHO I AM... I AM THE GREAT I AM...
Psalm 3:3,4 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.
Psalm 115:11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield.
His word is always so encouraging and uplifting.
Be blessed in the name of Christ.
In His service.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We have experienced times of agony, times of great joy and times of sadness, but God never failed us. He kept true to His word on ALL fronts. Many revelations, dreams, visions and prophecies God has given us. And now we see the days getting shorter of what Daniel and Revelation speak of.
Just look around you, be silent before the Lord and listen what the Holy Spirit has to say.
Whatever we may notice in the physical world and the evil events going on around the globe; the war and struggle between good and evil, the environment changes, the destruction of all good, rejection of godly instructions, and the abandonment of that which God requires in His word has its effect in the spiritual realm.
Evil is taking over at this endtime and God's judgement over this world is about to be poured out, far worse than in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Mark 6:11
We are continually reminded of 1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Revelation 6:17 For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Isaiah 66:16 For by fire and by His sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
Please, pay seriously attention to the words of Christ Himself:
"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on ALL them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." Luke 21:34-36
"Worthy to escape", refers to being ready to meet Christ in the air at the rapture.
And it was given unto him (the beast) to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear. Revelation 13:7-9
Do I really have to add any more to the above?
BE WATCHFUL AND PRAY, so that "day" will not come to you unprepared!
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
It is much easier to sit and listen than to make effort to search God's word and wait upon Him.
People, including Christians, seem to become overwhelmed by the things which do not really matter to their spiritual life. They seldom go down into the "deep" things of God and skimp on the most important issue of discovering the truth of God's word. But in order to be free we need to know God's truth!
Jesus Himself says: "I am the way, the truth and the life..."
Many are not taught to study God's word thoroughly for themselves. They seem to blindly accept that which comes from the pulpit... because the Pastor should know...
Their heads are stuffed with the world news, TV soap operas, blaring noisy music, worrying about global issues more than about the condition of their soul and the things of God. Many come home after the church service and are right away involved in worldly affairs.
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4b
And therefore they live a life of defeat, depression, mishaps and misery.
How else could it be?
On the other hand I wonder, are they taught God's word or a personal opinion? Is the pastor presenting God's word with conviction and fire, or is it just to fill the half hour preaching time? Are you, as member, discerning God's truth in what is preached or are you just dozing? It is very important for your spiriutal health to know where you are at.
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? Mark 8:18
Christians who have come out of denominational churches have most likely searched the scriptures more intense, because they questioned the doctrines/teachings of the church they did attend, and tend to search God's word to find the truth of the matter. Such are lovers of TRUTH.
From there on they usually are more alert and watchful, therefore they may be more up to read and study God's word.
Others who have not noticed the deception may stay with their denomination because they just accept what is taught without checking God's word for the truth, as long as it sounds good. And some may even stay for the social activities; entertainment, corn roasts, Christmas dinners etc. and not for their spiritual welfare.
Following Christ, studying God's word, denying the old flesh, taking up one's cross, forgiving the neighbour, blessing the enemy, looking after widows and orphans, are things that DO NOT come natural to anybody. What comes naturally to ALL is SIN and rebellion.
Therefore one needs to submit to God and allow Christ to change them from within, after which we become willing to walk in obedience through the indwelling and the power of the Holy Ghost.
You better know this that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them that have not committed their lives unto God. The Spirit of a Holy God is not in the lives of those who are not serious enough or have no desire to study God's word and search for His truth, although they may attend all the church services! They serve the world and pretend to serve God. The such cannot change, as long as they don't want to commit to God, the Father.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Matthew 6:24
Really, it does not come natural to submit unto God and to keep the old nature into the grave. We need endurance to follow Christ and this takes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and practising God's Word.
One has to ask himself how can I come to know my God and Savior better... how can I dedicate and commit my life to Him... how can my life glorify God and benefit my neighbour... is my calling to live for myself or should I lay down my life for others... Is God pleased in the way I present His Son, Jesus Christ? Sticking to rules and regulations won't do, but the correct attitude of the heart will reach God.
A true follower of Christ is not SEEKING excitement in miracles, healings, Gifts of the Holy Spirit or anything as to stir the flesh. But such signs and wonders are following the servant of God as he walks in truth.
WE DON'T NEED TO DEFEND THE WORK OF GOD, NEITHER PROVE HIS ATTRIBUTES.
BUT.... He will confirm our walk with signs and wonders, as His word tells us. NOT seeking signs and then follow Him. Nevertheless, His promises are Yeah and Amen and so are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit!
I speak from personal experience, that through life's trials we get the opportunity to come to know the Father in a profound way, while others curse Him for the same trials.
I believe this to be a matter of being able to humble oneself before God or to ignore Him and stick up the head in rebellion.
It is one or the other, all or nothing. We follow Christ or we don't... but nothing in between.
I have continually before me my own lifespan and can only think of how short it is and how long eternity last. To me it has become obvious that following Christ and to love God with all my heart, mind and soul and "missing out" on the worldly pleasure is worth it ALL, gaining Him more.
I thank God that over the years He has brought me thus far through His grace and mercy. Therefore I shall praise Him with all that is within me, for ever and ever. AMEN!!
I had to think that if one truly desires to follow in the footsteps of Christ that they need to sacrifice their life. I mean the old "self", the "me" and keep it buried in the grave, and truly begin to walk in the NEWNESS of life.
This is the hardest thing to do, since we are continuously confronted with the old nature. BUT it is not impossible, thank God.
With Paul I can say:
"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Followers of Christ have to set their mind on things above, sanctifying themselves and literally shut themselves off from this world ; throwing a few things out of the house, burning that which does not belong in a Christian home and breaking down their "altars". Preparing themselves, similar as Noah did by moving into the ark to avoid the "flood".
I must say, that not too many are willing to go that far, because they are still clinging onto a half "decayed" ME. Staying in such a condition is like sitting on a teeter-totter... moving but never getting ahead in the things of God.
If we follow Christ in all sincerity and humility we will live a life of victory, and we will see His promises fulfilled, we will experience the power to overcome through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to withstand the powers of darkness, we will find healing for our body, we will see miracles and wonders, as were in the days of Jesus. Jesus Himself says that we shall do greater things than He did.
Nevertheless, this is not what I seek, but what will happen as one stays focussed on the SOURCE, while giving ALL the glory to God. AMEN AND AMEN!!
No matter how we are raised or in what spiritual environment we have grown up, we can and have to make a choice if we want to follow God's truth or the deception of man, once we have been confronted with the Gospel of Christ.
This means that whosoever stays under the deception is not a follower of Christ.
Abide in Him and He will abide in you!
Paul stated ... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
The above shows the battle between the flesh and the spirit, with which we all have to deal... Yes, even the true believers in Christ. Walking in the footsteps of Christ is a continuous battle between evil and good. God's word doesn't say for nothing that we have to put on ALL THE ARMOUR OF GOD and be FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, because this is the ONLY way we can walk in obedience to His word and pleasing unto Him.
If one's walk is effortless and comes natural... watch out, for the Bible says something different, rather states the opposite.
We have to remember that denominational churches have no privileges with God, they are not even recognized by Him. God searches the heart and the intentions thereof. They that are written in the Book of Life are those who have followed the Lamb wherever He goes, NOT they that belong to a denominational church.
I pray that the thoughts presented before you will encourage you to bring all your cares at the foot of the cross, and leave them there. And that you will be able to shut yourself off of this world and its noises to better concentrate on the LOVE of your life, Christ the Savior.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:21,22... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
"The eye be single", may be interpret as being focused in one direction. Let God be your TREASURE through Jesus Christ, I pray.
Really, HE IS ALL YOU NEED and ALL that matters!
In the service of the Master,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Blessings and peace be yours in Christ.
I didn't write any article for my website or blog for some time, due to personal circumstances and the leading of the Lord.
Nevertheless there are many helpful, instructive and uplifting writings and poetic pages on any of my websites.
As I have observed there are many Christian people who need information on what to do with their remains after death, according to God's word.
Some time ago I wrote an article on CREMATION and EMBALMING.
I have added some very informative links which will be an eye opener to many.
Please, follow the link below and read it prayerfully.
As always, feel free to pass it on.
In the service of God and for His glory,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Keep your eyes upon the Fulfiller of your faith,
instead of the fulfiller of the flesh.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
May the peace of God be with you and His Spirit guides you in all truth, I pray.
As I reflect on the duties and responsibilities of a mother I can see a lot of sacrifices made for the sake of her children. Her love for her children, which she carried in her own body until the moment she gives birth, is deep and true.
God created this great caring and love in the heart of a mother towards her children. It is up to each mother to develop this further and to thrive for the best in raising her offspring, as God intended it to be.
The joy of delivering her own child outweighs the pangs of labor. Raising her children in the ways of the Lord is a continuous caring, guiding, giving and nurturing. It is truly a full time job to look after her own, feeding nutritious meals and keeping them clothed and clean.
My parents raised seven of us and I have noticed all that mother sacrificed day after day, with not much time for herself. Father worked hard to bring in the money to buy all what was needed, but it was mainly mother with whom we had close contact.
For all the care parents give to their children God's word states to honor your father and mother so your days may be prolonged.
Proverbs 23:22b Despise not thy mother when she is old.
Some years ago I wrote a poem in memory of my dear mother. You may have read it, but it wouldn't hurt to read it again.
Dear Mother of Mine
Blessed be the mothers who care for their own (and perhaps for other children), mothers who adopted children and the mothers who made themselves available to those who needed a Mom or Ma, although they have passed childhood age.
Be blessed in the name of the Lord.
In His service,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
When thinking about the suffering of Jesus Christ, in our mind's eye, we can see Him, the King of Kings, standing before Pilate. While the false accusations pierced His ears, Jesus spoke not. The crowd demanded a criminal to be released and thus His suffering began. Jesus was scourged, mocked, stripped, spit upon, crowned with thorns, and finally crucified. The agony on His face was not for Himself, but for us. His words: "It is finished", was Victory.
The story of the cross at Calvary is still the same, but it will never lose its power. How often we may repeat Matthew 27, it will never grow outdated, but rather will become more vivid to them that believe. Nevertheless, we will not be able to comprehend His love for us. His glorious resurrection was the crown to His finished work. And as we partake in His suffering, so also will we be partakers in His resurrection. With great anticipation we, who believe, are awaiting His return.
Luke 22:44... And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
© Dr.Trudy Veerman
I see agony in Your Holy face
and I cannot understand at all
Why You chose to save the human race
who so miserably did fall
It is Your unspeakable LOVE
I see Your Blood on hands and feet
dripping down that rugged cross
Your head, where blood and thorns do meet
Is bruised to save my soul from loss
It is Your immeasurable LOVE
I hear Your voice, a desperate cry
in anguish calling for relief
It echoes in the heavens high
It makes man shiver in disbelief
It is Your unselfish LOVE
At that God-forsaken place You died
You shed Your Precious Blood for me
to save me from my sin and pride
You cleansed me... You set me free
It is Your Redeeming LOVE
No human will ever understand
While Your life-blood was flowing away
You still reached out Your Holy hand
To rescue those who're going astray
It is Your Godly LOVE
* * *
Isaiah 53:6... All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
The above and more is to be found below: http://achristiancounselor.com/easter2.html
Be blessed and encouraged in the Lord,Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Friday, March 27, 2009
Peace be unto you in the wonderful name of Jesus.
For those of us who rely on God, abide in Him, walk in His footsteps, and as long as we have our eyes focused on God, through Christ, He will keep His hand upon our lives.
We really don't know what tomorrow will bring although we may see the signs of what is around the corner.
It is wonderful to be able to rest in the Lord, and not to worry about tomorrow. Just taking one day at a time. We have the assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. What more do we want and need?
The care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22b
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. Proverbs 25:19
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. Proverbs 28:26
- Don't expect things to get better in this world.
- Don't believe promises made concerning present economical/political/world situations.
- Don't put your hope in government leaders.
- Don't sit back and wait what happens next.
- Don't slack off and become passive.
- Don't trust your own understanding.
Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust... Psalm 40:4
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. 1 Peter 1:24b
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. John 16:13
- Know that things will only be secure in Christ.
- Know that this world will be coming to an halt.
- Know that leaders/kings and princes will fail.
- Know that what Jesus says will come to pass.
- Know how to stay alert and focused on Christ.
- Know and hold fast to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who gives knowledge and insight.
Stay prepared after body, soul and spirit so that coming events will not take you by surprise.
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12
Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Let the name of the Lord be praised.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Monday, March 23, 2009
Brother Bruce serves the homeless people, those who have no pillow to rest their heads upon. He preaches and prays with them in need, brings them food and clothing as the Lord provides. Brother Bruce is quite sensitive to these needs since he was one of them at some point in his life.
Below is a story he wrote me. God proves Himself GREAT in the most simple things.
According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:29
One day a man at a homeless shelter did some day labor and was paid with a check. He was unable to cash it for lack of picture ID. He asked me to help him so we loaded up and started to the bank.
The clerk said: "No picture no cash." I asked him to call the owner, he did and after a word with him he handed me the phone. I said: "this is "brbruce". He replied: "Who "brbruce" who "brbruce." I said: "The man who talks to you about JESUS". He again: "Jesus... Jesus... OH Jesus... Jesus OK." I handed the phone back to the clerk, after a few words he said out loud "JESUS OK". He hung up the phone and cashed the check.
The store was full of people and there came a hush over them.
We thanked the clerk and left the store. The homeless man smiled and said: "I NEVER KNEW THAT JESUS CASHES CHECKS!"
by "brbruce", website http://www.rockinga.org
Expect from God and He will do it.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24
Glory to the Name above all names.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people were in and out of the cold.
The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.
He walked up to a policeman and said, "Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?
You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."
The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16, and they will let you in."
So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said, "John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."
She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself: John 3:16... I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.
Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry ? "He said, "Well, just a little.. I haven't eaten in a couple of days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,"
The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat any more.. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16
Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16
I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him She took him to a room, tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself: John 3:16...
I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested.
The next morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.
She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face. "Do you understand John 3:16?" she asked gently. He replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it."
She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either, how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intens love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
THANK YOU LORD for providing eternal life for anyone who comes to You with a contrite spirit and a soul which wants to be saved.
In the Love of Christ,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. John 12:35
He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12b
Most of us when we're going on a trip to a place we've never been before may do some research, check some related travel information or read a book concerning the place and surroundings. But for sure, everybody will study the road map, preferrably a detailed travel quidance. You want to make sure you're getting at the place of destination without losing time by getting lost. This all sounds like common sense.
Having a good road map but leaving it closed laying somewhere, does not help you much. You may know the direction to be East or West, but still you will not get there if that is all you know! You'll go criss-cross and you don't find the city or street. After awhile you're getting confused and still not at the right place. Next thing... you're giving up.
I'm just talking here about a traveling scenario on this planet. Not a big deal if you do get lost, because a rescue team can be sent after you, if needed.
How careless are so many people when it comes to traveling on the road towards eternity. They don't seem to care wherever they land. They get off course, in the ditch, bang up their vehicle, get hurt... and they still keep on going in circles, repeating the same old "trip" over and over again.
Even people who are traveling the road to heaven get sidetracked, disoriented and are losing their grip on the things they once called sacred. They may not be so serious in seeking the guidance of God's word, and do whatever they think is okay.
Without God's word man will get lost, because we can see only so far and know only so much. This life is too complicated, where the influence of sinful surroundings and sin itself take us off guard and lead us astray if we lean on our own understanding, or that of others. People will get confused and dishearted. Next thing is that they're on the wrong "road".
Following Jesus and get to the place where He wants you to be, takes guidance and the "road map", otherwise you'll get lost and never reach your destination. Just thinking that you know where you're going is NOT good enough. You need to go by the Word of God in order to get safely at the other shore. This means that you have to read, meditate and study the Bible and pray for understanding of the Word.
Your faith needs to be build up, and the joy of the Lord needs to be within you.
Once you become in agreement with what God wants for you, you will feel more secure and at peace because God will walk with you.
Don't follow Jesus just a little ways, but ALL THE WAY. Going ALL the way, makes life much easier because you'll establish a "bond" with God, through Christ. And you will know you are traveling on the RIGHT road.
Leaning on the Lord is like a child holding father's hand... you can't go wrong! The Lord knows of all things, and He hears your cries, as He does mine.
Therefore, let your eyes be focused on Him alone, since He will not abandon His child. Be not anxious for the day of tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come. Live day by day with God, as your Father and Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Allow the Holy spirit to flow in and through your life, for His glory ONLY. This is what God expects from you and me, to live for Him alone, not for anything else. No matter how important some issues may appear... walk in His ways and be an instrument in His hands and a pleasure in His sight.
"Travel Light With God as Your Guide"
Go in peace of the Father and He will accomplish all things in you, leading you all the way. AMEN AND AMEN!!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
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May the blessings of the Lord follow you all your life, is my prayer.
In His service,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Walk in Balance, according to the Word of God.
This is something for all of us to seriously think about!
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston ,Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area.
When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change.'
The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'
'Yes' he replied.
'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.'
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, "Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter."
Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.'
- Watch your thoughts; they become words.
- Watch your words; they become actions.
- Watch your actions; they become habits.
- Watch your habits; they become character.
- Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Pass this on to others, if you do, you will have ministered to someone.
This came to me by email.
In the Light of His Word,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of My mouth. Deuteronomy 32:1
And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Deuteronomy 5:24
It was during the years that I worked on the long-term floor at the local hospital, and after we bought the farm, that I graduated in the Social field. My work and continuing studies went on for a number of years. Since I arrived home late most of the week days my husband Casey became lonesome at times. He had talked about this with the Lord and asked for some help.
One dreary fall day Casey drove the school bus back home after he had dropped the children off. It was raining hard when he entered the gravel road we lived on. Even with the windshield wipers on, the road was hard to see. That is when he noticed a big dog, soaking wet, crossing the road. He slowed down, stopped and talked to the dog through the side window, and said: “You’re very wet, aren’t you?” The dog sat down and looked at him.
In the mean time my husband, Casey had to make a decision if he should take him home and said to the Lord: “Do You want me to have this dog?” “If so I will open the door and the dog will come into the bus without me coaching it.” The bus door was opened, no word was said, the dog crossed in front of the bus, climbed up the steps and sat down right beside Casey. He drove the school bus home, parked it, walked out of the bus and the dog followed him.
The door to the woodshed, which leads to our kitchen, was opened and the dog walked in. Casey dried him, fed him and gave him a corner in the woodshed to lie down. The dog had been sleeping for hours when I came home around 10:00 pm, not knowing what to expect.
After we talked for a bit and had a cup of tea, Casey said to me: “Come here and see what I found.” He opened the kitchen door to the woodshed, but didn’t turn on the light. Then he brought the dog to the door opening. I could only see his head by the light from the kitchen. I stared in the beautiful eyes of a rescued animal. Oh!... he is big and beautiful... he looks like a younger dog... I see some Labrador and German Shepherd in him, I uttered. How did you find him? The Lord brought me this dog to keep me company, Casey said.
The dog must have been exhausted because he slept for days in a row. Casey named him Brutus, because he looked like a Brute, although his character was very gentle.
We checked the whole neighbourhood to see if someone lost their dog, but nobody missed their pet. We estimated that he was about one year old when Casey found him. Somebody must have dropped him off during the summer and the dog managed to survive on his own. Most likely he would have died during the harsh Canadian winter, if the Lord hadn’t intervened and brought him to Casey’s path.
Since Casey rescued Brutus, he wanted to please his boss in everyway possible. It seemed as if he understood everything we told him because he responded accordingly.
This particular day, Casey was in the woods cutting trees for firewood. Brutus stayed with me. It was about coffee break time but Casey didn’t show up and I didn’t know where he was cutting the trees. So, I wrote a note on a brown luncheon bag “Coffee is ready”. I picked up a piece of binder twine, stuck it through a hole in the bag and tied it around Brutus’ neck. I said a short sentence: “Go to father with a message.” He knew who “father” was, which helped. I repeated myself and opened the door and said: “GO.” He walked a few hundred feet in the direction of the woods, looked back at me and waited until I hollered: “GO”. On he went.
About fifteen minutes later Casey came down on the tractor and Brutus running behind him. Brutus had found “father” and quietly sat down close to the tractor. Casey noticed Brutus and read the note which hung around his neck.
After this we used Brutus as our messenger.
One time we heard him bark close to the edge of the woods when Casey responded and went over to see what was going on. Brutus had chased a mature bear up a tree. He was a brave dog and was not afraid of anything. This got him into trouble many times in his encounters with porcupines, after which Casey had to pull quills from his mouth.
On a hot summer day Brutus was laying in the scorching heat of the sun and I said to him: “Why are you laying in that heat, go and lay in the shade of the car!” Immediately he stood up walked to the car and laid down in the shade. We never taught him anything, he just did what we said. I couldn’t understand how he knew what we meant.
Very seldom we let him in the house. But when we did he never came to the living area, but stayed right beside the door as if he understood that he was an animal and not worthy to sit with human beings. He kept his distance, although he stayed close. He respected us for who we were and he showed it too. Brutus was a very intelligent dog.
On one occasion, he had taken my old running shoe from the woodshed, and took it outside. For some reason he buried it in the field as we later learned. For days I searched for that shoe, but had to give up. The following summer my sister-in-law visited us for a couple of weeks. She loved the outdoors, and while walking with Brutus through the field she noticed something sticking up and pulled up my old running shoe. Right away Brutus ducked and turned his head (in shame), when Margret asked: “What is this?” The shoe was brought home and stayed in the woodshed. Whenever somebody picked up that shoe, Brutus would stick his head under an old little table, as if he wanted to hide.
In the middle of March Casey would get ready to tap the maple trees to make maple syrup for our own use. This is a lot of work if one does it the old fashioned way. It begins with getting up very early, collecting the sap from the pails which hang on the trees, deposit this in the large flat sap pan and get the fire roaring below. The key is boiling this sap down until it gets to a syrup like substance; thus evaporating the access water from the sap. This procedure takes many hours.
Well, this was the time Casey took Brutus to our maple tree stand, which was across the road. The work had started, the sap was boiling and more firewood needed to be brought in.
Brutus was sitting nearby and smelled something and went on a search. Casey was too busy and didn’t miss him at first. After a while he noticed that Brutus was gone. So, he called for him, but didn’t get immediate response. He walked further into the woods to see if he could find his friend. And sure enough behind a few trees was Brutus with muck all over his heavy fur coat. He had rolled in the “you know what” from a wild animal. The stench was something else.
Casey having his hands full with boiling the maple sap did not appreciate the extra work of cleaning his dog. Brutus received some deserved scolding, like... how on earth could you.... and you stink.... blah blah!... Casey chased him away and continued with the work of boiling sap.
After several hours Brutus had not returned and Casey went to check and see where he had gone. He didn’t need to go far, for right in view was Brutus sitting on a large rock formation, waiting at a safe distance. Casey felt sorry that he had scolded his best friend and he walked closer. He looked and thought to himself, do I see this correctly?... and he called the dog to come.
Slowly Brutus walked up to his boss, who noticed to his amazement that the dog was completely cleansed with no bad smell. How did you get all this muck and the stench off of your fur, how did you get so clean, was the question? But Brutus didn’t say a word, he just sat there and stared at Casey as if he was saying: “Please, will you accept me now. I am cleansed.”
At that exact moment the picture changed and our eyes were opened. We saw where we once were; muck and dirt clinging unto our own souls, the stench of our sins was unbearable. We were sent away by the Father because He had no use for us. We were lost in our filth, searching for help to get cleansed. We fled into the darkness. But thank God, we met Jesus Christ in our time of despair and darkness of our own soul. He cleansed us with His Blood. The stench changed into a sweet fragrance of myrrh. Completely cleansed we were now facing the Father. We didn’t have to say a word. He accepted us. HALLELUJAH!!
Tears were running down our cheeks. We got the “message” similar as Brutus used to bring to us hanging around his neck with binder twine.
For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; Ezekiel 12:25a
Didn’t God use a donkey to speak to the prophet?
We had Brutus for 11 years. All life returns to God, but we surely miss him.
May the name of the Lord be praised!
Caught up in His presence,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman