A Bold Confession of Faith

Reading a booklet by the late Charles Capps I was reminded that there is great power in the spoken word. Look up his name online to find a long list of his books. I’m not talking about any kind of words, but positive words of faith.

I was inspired to write a confession of faith, to express my beliefs for a powerful and vibrant life. A few years ago I read a testimony about the Reverend Lewi Pethrus, founder of the Swedish Pentecostal Church. The last twenty years of his life were the most vibrant. That’s what I want! I’m on the last leg of my journey and I want it to be astounding.

PDF FILE: Confession of Faith

IT’S IMPORTANT TO SPEAK THE CONFESSION. The importance of speaking the Confession is not for God and his angels to hear it. God reads your thoughts! You want the enemy of your soul to hear your bold proclamation. And it’s important for yourself to hear it! Every day!

I’m sharing this confession, built on scripture references. I suggest you give it your own personal touch. This Confession, read out loud every day, will strengthen your faith and bring joy to your heart. It will embolden you!

A Confession of Faith

I AM A CHILD OF GOD, fearfully and wonderfully made, chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him.

I AM ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE, to be filled to the measure with the fullness of God. Day by day I will build myself up in love, growing in every way to be like Jesus.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MY COUNSELOR, the source of power in my life. He guides me into all truth. I have been marked in Him with a seal, a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance.

I DWELL IN THE SHELTER OF GOD. The Lord is my refuge and my strength. He is my deliverer. I do not fear. No evil or harm will befall me, no disaster come near my home. He will command his angels to guard me in all my ways.

I WILL FLOURISH LIKE A PALM TREE. I will still bear fruit in old age, I will stay fresh and green. My latter days will be the most victorious. I will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done in my life.

I AM THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL. I have authority in Christ to cast out demons, to speak in other tongues, to lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Serpents or poison will not harm me.

THE WEAPONS OF MY WARFARE ARE NOT OF FLESH but of divine power to destroy strongholds. I destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God. No weapon formed against me will prosper.

I PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD and stand firm against the devil’s schemes. I have the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. My feet are fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. I take up the shield of faith, to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I put on the helmet of salvation and hold firmly on to the sword of the Spirit, the word of God.

I PRAY IN THE SPIRIT ON ALL OCCASIONS, with all kinds of prayers and requests. I am not anxious about anything, but I pray about everything. With thanksgiving I present my requests to God. I pray in tongues–what a privilege!

I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST. Jesus was pierced for my transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities, upon him was the chastisement that brought me peace, and with his wounds I am healed.

I AM BLESSED IN CHRIST WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES.

• My eyes are blessed with 20/20 vision.
• My feet are blessed to walk in God’s ways with no pain.
• My hands are blessed for every good deed.
• All my organs are blessed to be strong and healthy.
• My entire being is blessed to be vigorous and vibrant.
• My body, my soul and my spirit are blessed to be renewed like the eagles.

I PRESENT MY BODY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE TO GOD to be my spiritual worship. I will not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of my mind. As a temple of the Holy Spirit, I want to discern and do the acceptable and perfect will of God.

I WILL BE CONTENT IN WHATEVER SITUATION I AM IN. Be it need or abundance; sickness or health; sadness or happiness; friendships or loneliness. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

I WILL BE MINDFUL OF MY MOUTH. Considering that on the day of judgment I will give account for every careless word I speak, I will weight carefully what I say. By my words I will be justified, and by my words I will be condemned. Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

THERE IS POWER IN THE SPOKEN WORD.

• I will speak deliverance over my circumstances.
• I will speak victory and not defeat.
• I will speak the result, not the problem.
• I will speak the truth in love.
• I will speak words of joy, peace and comfort.
• I will speak only what honors Jesus.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in God’s sight.

I TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO OBEY CHRIST. I will think on…

• Whatever is TRUE.
• Whatever is HONORABLE.
• Whatever is JUST.
• Whatever is PURE.
• Whatever is LOVELY.
• Whatever is ADMIRABLE.
• Whatever is EXCELLENT.
• Whatever is WORTHY OF PRAISE.
• Whatever HONORS JESUS.

LOVE IS MY STANDARD. My Father is Love. I will imitate Him in all I do. My love will be genuine. I will outdo others in showing honor.

I WILL BE KIND, TENDERHEARTED AND FORGIVING. I will be compassionate and patient. Whatever I do in word or deed, I will do in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God my Father.

I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS.

  • I will thank God in all circumstances.
  • I will not be anxious about anything.
  • I will cast all my anxieties on Jesus.
  • I will give no opportunity to the devil.
  • I will be patient in tribulation.
  • I will be constant in prayer.
  • I will let the peace of God rule in my heart.
  • I will fear no evil, because Jesus is my Shepherd.

I AWAIT WITH ANTICIPATION JESUS’ RETURN. He is preparing a place for me in Father’s House, and He will come back to take me to be with Him forever. That is my blessed hope!

WITH GOD’S HELP I WILL FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION. My heart’s deepest desire is to win souls for Jesus. I will continually pray for my loved one’s salvation.

I PROCLAIM MY UNDIVIDED FATIH IN THE ALMIGHTY GOD. Nothing is impossible for the Lord. Whatever is happening today in my life is in my Father’s care. I will trust and obey.

I CONSIDER MY LIFE WORTH NOTHING TO ME, if only I may finish the race and the task the Lord Jesus has given me. I will serve Jesus with a happy heart until my last breath.

SEARCH ME, O GOD, AND KNOW MY HEART!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

May you be blessed by proclaiming daily the great mercies of God in your life!

 

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A smorgasbord of thoughts

Smorgasbord comes from the Swedish smörgåsbord. It fits me because I’m Swedish. The man who I’m indebted to –and of course also my mother– would have celebrated his 98th birthday today, but nine months ago he was called to his eternal home.

This word –smorgasbord– means a wide range of something. It’s a buffet offering a variety of delicacies. No wonder I feel like I have a smorgasbord of thoughts running through my head. There are memories of over 70 years coming to me as a flood. Not to worry! I’ll keep those to myself. But I’ll offer a buffet of some of the things that have been happening lately.

A four-leaf clover is not a common variation. Most of them are three-leaf shamrocks. If you are superstitious, you consider it good luck. I would call it a blessing. My assistant Cristina’s 7-year old niece took this photo of one of those “lucky” clovers.

I want to introduce to you our blessed 4-clover team. When Absalom our artist passed, it felt quite empty, but I decided Cristina and I (Kerstin) would go on with the ministry. As you might have gathered from my blogs, we are busy producing Bible stories and lessons, mainly in Spanish.

Ximena is a friend from Bolivia that has been helping me on a voluntary basis writing lessons and proofreading. I was very impressed when she used her vacation this past July to write a series of 10 lessons on Caleb. We have had many inquiries for lessons specifically for teens, so I asked her to write for that age group.

When I got the lessons back and started working on them I felt sadness that I would have to wait another year for more lessons. I knew she had a part-time job. The thought came –I’m sure the Lord put it in me–to ask if she could work for me, and how much she would need to make as compensation.

The answer was yes! And here comes a very interesting part — The amount she mentioned was exactly what I used to pay Absalom! It was exciting. This was just two weeks ago. Today she sent me back a signed contract. It can’t get better than to have that confirmation on my dad’s birth date. He was such a great part of this ministry.

This means lots more work for me. No way will I be able to “retire” from my ministry, like my granddaughter Sarah wants me to do. But this is not all…

I wrote last time about Karuna and the children she ministers to. Those children do not speak English so she translates for them. She wants me to tell them stories and she will translate. I ask you to pray for Karuna and the more than 500 million children of India. One statistic I read said there are one million street children. So sad!

Here comes my forth leaf in the shamrock. Nancy has been helping me translate my stories to English. The story I published last time, she translated it. Nancy does such a good job that it sounds like it was written in English. Nancy has now retired from her day-job and will be able to devote more time to translating. We will do the Bible stories. My friend Patsy translated many of them but now, with Nancy’s help, they will be formatted and published!

Can you understand why I have this smorgasbord in my head? Cristina has been able to put together pictures to illustrate the Caleb lessons using art Absalom did, adapting it to pictures we need. And she is doing PowerPoint’s for each lesson.

Yesterday my 15-year old grandson David asked if he could come visit. His mother would drop him off when she went shopping. It warmed my heart that he wanted to come see me. He enjoys being with me. I sure enjoy having him!

So, what’s new in the story department. The last thing Absalom did for us were pictures to illustrate the story of Amy Carmichael, the missionary who spent over 50 years in India rescuing children from a life as pagan temple slaves. India is surely in my heart!

The girl who prayed for blue eyes

Read the story here: MISSION STORIES @ mx1414.wordpress.com

Prayers and blessings! I love you all!

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The Boy Who Wouldn’t Lie

I had a picture last time of “Doctor David” examining his toys. He’s been a boy of playing with all kinds of toys, in seasons. Thomas the Train had a long and happy season. Then it’s been Lego’s, Transformers, Star Wars… you name it, he’s probably done it.

David is now leaving childhood behind. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth that when he was a child, he talked like a child, he thought like a child, he reasoned like a child, but when he was a man he put childish things behind him (see 1 Corinthians 13:11).

The other day his youngest sister Sarah complained that he didn’t play Lego’s with her anymore. “You have to understand,” David said, “I’m not the kid from before anymore.” And he had that big, grown up man look on his face!

I am going to miss all the fun stuff he said as a kid. I’m so glad I kept journals. This is one funny story I found yesterday.

I was cooking and David wanted to play Skip-Boo with me (that was the season when he was into Skip-Boo). His dad told him to let me be or I would get skinny on them. “Mormor (Grandma) is fat,” said David. “It’s going to take a long time for her to get skinny!”

I’m still working on it! Skip-Boo is long gone and put on a shelf. Now David’s interest in on Minecraft. And if we play something, it’s Rummikub.

I’m not referring to David in the title, although I’m hoping he is that kind of guy, a young man who will not lie.

This is a story I sent to my friend Karuna and “her” children a couple of months ago. Here is a file so you can print and read it. I will also include it at the end of this blog.

Story to print: 85 The Boy who would not Lie

It was exciting to get these pictures from my friend in India. The reason it’s so special is because when I started doing stories in English, I set India as my focus.

Today I sent the children another story.They were asking for it! Feels good!

These children have captured my heart!

Let’s pray for these beautiful children in India, and the millions of children there that don’t know Jesus.

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Lie

Hassan was a boy who lived in Arabia. One day he had to travel to Baghdad alone.

His mother knew that there were bandits on the road and sometimes they preyed on travelers. To hide the coins sent for his expenses, Hassan’s mom sewed them in the hem of his robe.

When Hassan was ready to leave for his trip, his mother told him, “Son, promise me you will never tell a lie. If you always speak the truth and are honest, it will go well with you.”

Hassan promised that he would not lie.

Before the trip began, Hassan’s mother prayed for her son and asked God to send His angels to protect him on the road.

When passing through the desert, bandits attacked him. Hassan was not carrying much and the bandits were not interested in his clothes. What they wanted was money, but they didn’t find a single coin in the bundle he was carrying.

The bandit leader could not understand how the boy would be traveling without money.

“Boy, don’t tell me you’re traveling without money?” he said. “Why would you not bring any money with you?”

“I have money,” said Hassan. “I have eighty coins sewn into my coat.”

The leader of the bandits thought the boy was joking. He and his companions laughed loudly. “Hahaha! Liar boy!”

But Hassan insisted it was true. Then the chief of the bandits looked over his robe and found the money.

“Why did you tell me about the money?” he asked.

“Because I promised my mom I would never lie,” replied Hassan.

The bandit looked at him in unbelief and said, “What? You didn’t lie because of a promise?”

The bandit lowered his head and looked thoughtful for a while. Then he said, “You are only a child and you are faithful to your mother and obedient to God’s laws. I am an old man and every day I have lied and broken the laws of God.”

He reached out to Hassan and continued, “Give me your hand, boy. From this moment on I am committing to leave my sinful ways behind.”

It was normal for Hassan to speak the truth. His mother read the Bible to him every day, and he had learned that lying is a sin. Hassan loved the Lord Jesus and wanted to obey him in everything he did, including telling the truth.

The other bandits followed the example of their leader and repented of their sins. Hassan explained to them about Jesus and the teachings of the Bible.

The bandits received Jesus as their Savior and began a new life, all because there was a boy named Hassan who promised his mother he would not lie.

Hassan promises his mother not to lie.

Hassan keeps his promise,
and the bandit repents of his sins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing to be Ashamed Of

Study to show yourself approved by God,
a workman who need not be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 MEV

I remember these words since I was a teenager. Study to show myself approved by God has been my lifelong goal. Studying and teaching for me go hand in hand. The last ten years I have been privileged to teach on the web.

My teaching ministry using this medium has exploded. It’s amazing how far we can reach not setting a foot out the door! That’s one reason why I don’t write very often on this blog. The 24 hours I’m allotted each day are just that—24 hours! I wake up in the morning with all these ideas I want to write about and then before I know it, the 24 hours are gone. And the next day the same thing happens. But today I took the bull by the horns because I don’t want to lose my English blog friends!

I had company last night. David, my most precious boy in all the world, spent the night with me. We had a laugh remembering a time years ago when his mom took him to get a flu shot. He didn’t want to get a shot, so David promised her that he wouldn’t get sick. His mom didn’t believe that promise, so he had to get the shot. But David insisted, “I promise I won’t get sick!” Guess who came down with the flu the next day and had to miss an entire week of school?

Here is this precious boy playing doctor with his toys!

Let me tell you about one of my great-nieces. She lives in Sweden. Elections are coming up and Mom and Daughter were talking.

Mom: We are going to vote for the party we think will do the best for our country. I will vote for KD.

Daughter: I’m going to vote for Jesus.

Mom: You can’t vote for him in this election. He’s not a candidate.

Daughter: Yes, sure! Of course! He’s already King!

I love this little girl, named Britta after my mother!

In my latest blog I promised we would talk about “good works.” I’ve been thinking about it and I came up with a formula, Jesus’ formula.

LOVE + DO GOOD + BLESS + PRAY

This is what Jesus taught about how to treat our enemies. Maybe he was thinking about the Roman soldiers who had invaded the country. If this is the way to treat our enemies, how much more those we love!

LOVE your enemies.

DO GOOD to those who hate you.

BLESS those who curse you.

PRAY for those who abuse you.

See Luke 6:27. While you are at it, go to Romans 12:10.

Outdo one another in showing love!

This is something to “munch on” for a while.

Now let me tell you what I’ve been up to that has taken up the time I’m not busy with my Spanish lessons and stories. “The Grasshopper Myth” is a book I’ve translated. The title is so intriguing you just want to get the book, right?

Go to NewSmallChurch.com and check it out. Find out who the grasshopper is. (Maybe it’s not!)

September in most Spanish-speaking countries is Bible Month. That can make any little grasshopper twice busy.

This week our story is about Ezra. He was an exceptional priest and scribe sent by King Artaxerxes to Jerusalem to teach about God’s Law. Read the Letter the King sent with him, in Ezra 7:11-26.

Ezra had nothing to be ashamed of. He was setting the kind of example we all should be proud of.

Yesterday my friend Michelle finished her journey on earth. Some might remember that she stayed in my Princess Room in Springfield. She was busy making sure little children received the Word of God.

Do you have to be a priest to follow Ezra’s example? NO! How about being a parent and putting this to practice?

Study God’s Word. Put it to practice so your children see the benefit of observing God’s Word. Teach them daily by words and example.

Each one of us can be an “Ezra.”

STUDY GOD’S WORD.

PRACTICE GOD’S WORD.

TEACH GOD’S WORD,
by words and an exemplary life.

Hopefully, you’ll hear from me soon again. Blessings!

 

 

 

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A Handful of Good

One of the Apostle Paul’s shortest letters is packed with “good.” I hadn’t thought of it before but noticed it this morning as I was making a list of qualifications he writes about to Titus, his true child in a common faith.

I’ve made a list of the qualifications and instruction Paul gives for overseers, as God’s stewards; for older men and older women, for young women and younger men, and for everyone in general that wants to live a life pleasing to God.

  • do not be arrogant
  • do not be quick-tempered
  • do not be a drunkard
  • do not be violent
  • do not be greedy for gain
  • do not be slanderers
  • do not speak evil of anyone
  • do not be argumentative
  • do not be pilfering
  • avoid quarreling
  • avoid foolish controversies
  • avoid genealogies
  • avoid dissensions
  • avoid quarrels about the law

These were some things to avoid. Now comes the good part, all the positive things:

  • be hospitable
  • be lover of good
  • be self-controlled
  • be kind
  • be gentle
  • be upright
  • be holy
  • be pure
  • be disciplined
  • be obedient
  • be sober-minded
  • be dignified
  • be sound in faith
  • be sound in love
  • be steadfast
  • be reverent in behavior
  • be submissive to rulers and authorities
  • be ready for every good work
  • be above reproach

There is also teaching about home and marriage and how bond-servants were to behave. Read it in Paul’s short letter to Titus, fully packed with excellent instructions. Paul urges Titus that he in all respects be a model of good works.

A reminder to everyone is that we should show perfect courtesy toward all people.

As you can see I have blended the qualifications and made two lists. That’s when I realized that several times Paul talked about good works. And the teacher in me started counting on the hand. To me that is a very good tool for teaching. So I came up with a handful of good. (See Titus 1:8; 2:7, 14; 3:1, 8, 14.)

  • Be lover of good
  • Be a model of good works
  • Be ready for every good work
  • Be devoted to good works
  • Be zealous for good works

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. Titus 3:4-8

It’s important to understand the we don’t do good works to gain salvation or brownie points with God. We do good because of God’s loving kindness and salvation. As Paul puts it, “that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.”

In a future blog we will talk about some of the good works. That will be my next devotional study and I hope to share it with you.

Be blessed and ready for every good work!

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When the answer is “no”

8-18-18-118

I find numbers and combination of numbers very interesting. Yesterday was special with one’s and eight’s. August 18 of the year 2018. In the morning, when I took my blood-sugar reading, I got the interesting number of 118 (never had that one before!). That’s how I came up with the above number combination.

It’s been two weeks since my beloved artist Absalom was called to his eternal home. It is hard for me to believe that he is really gone. He was such a special man, that very quickly illustrated any idea that I had. The final pictures he did are connected with India. Those of you that have been following my blogs for a few years might remember that God put India in my heart. It’s my source of inspiration for the English stories. Maybe one day the Lord will allow me to go to India. For now, he has given me a friend in India. I will tell you about her, Karuna Hus Kalva.

The story Absalom was illustrating is about the late Irish missionary Amy Carmichael, who spent over 50 years in India. When she was a little girl she asked God for blue eyes, like her mother’s. A big disappointment it was for her when she discovered that God had not answered her prayer.

Amy still had her brown eyes! But then the realization came to her… “no” is also an answer! She would need her brown eyes for the ministry she was called to do in India. Later on in life she could thank God for the answer of “no.”

That God brought me a friend in India is no coincidence. We have gotten to know each other through Facebook. Karuna and her husband have a ministry to children and widows. At the beginning of this week Karuna asked me to call and talk to the children through Messenger. Using my cell phone I communicated with the children in India. It didn’t matter that it was just a tiny screen. They greeted me, told me their names and what grade in school they are in, and then they sang for me. Karuna wanted me to talk to the children, but it was early in the morning and I wasn’t prepared. Of course, a greeting I could give. It was wake-up time for me and afternoon for the children. I can’t even start to say how i warmed my heart!

Karuna and beautiful girls

Life has to go on! My 10-year old granddaughter Sarah was talking about it. She wondered why Absalom had died so young. And she was hoping I will live a long time yet. That would be a concern for a young girl.

I told her I never got to grow up with my grandmothers because we were in South America and they lived in Sweden. I met them at age eight when we visited Sweden, and then at sixteen. My maternal grandmother was very sick, but she held on to life until she got to see us once more, and then she quickly let go.

My Sarah wants to have as much of me as possible. “I wish you would retire!” she said. “I am retired,” I answered. She wants me to retire from my “missionary” work so I can spend more time with her. I asked her what I should do all week when she is in school. “Get a pet!”

The answer is “no.” I’m into my missionary work for the long-run. Almost every day I have people subscribing to my Spanish story page. But to tell the truth, I sometimes have the same desire as Sarah, to retire from my missionary work. I’m tempted to just be a grandma, sitting with a cat in my lap. But then I think about all the children that every week eagerly await their “new” story. And the answer is “no.”

When Amy Carmichael received “no” for an answer to her prayer for blue eyes, she could never have imagined what it entailed. She rescued children in India from pagan temple worship. “The ‘little ones’ who fled from temple precincts to the shelter of Amma’s (Amy) arms in 1901 has in fifty years became almost a thousand,” writes Frank L. Houghton in his book my Carmichael of Dohnavur.

Have you received a “no” answer that disappointed you? Remember that “no” is also an answer. Jesus promised that we could ask, and receive. But sometimes our Heavenly Father knows something better for us than what we ask for. Let’s trust him!

The 8-18-18-118 of yesterday inspired me. The God that “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” (see Psalm 147:4,5), is “mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”

May the God who knows best how to answer our prayers give you a wonderful week. May your prayers be answered and your dreams come true, even if an answer might come with a “no.”

Be blessed beyond measure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Promoted to Glory

Samples of Absalom’s work

The 10th anniversary of my on-line ministry is coming up this fall. It’s amazing to look back and see God’s faithfulness and provision. As I started writing the Bible stories I realized I needed an artist to illustrate them. I wrote to my contacts asking if they knew of somebody. It was not an easy task to find the perfect help.

I made it a priority in prayer. “Lord, you must have somebody for me,” I pleaded. And God had somebody! Through a missionary friend I was recommended Absalóm, a man in Costa Rica. I contacted him, we agreed on a price for each picture, and he started illustrating!

Absalóm had a very vivid imagination to do pictures. I would send him a list of what I needed, with the corresponding scriptures, and sometimes a brief description. And he would deliver!

Occasionally, a picture was a bit off from the Bible story. What I appreciated very much was that for any changes I asked for, Absalóm would always reply, “I will be happy to do it!” And he would remind me that we were working together for the Lord.

Little by little we progressed with the Bible stories. His first big assignment was to illustrate the Book of Acts. That turned out to be over 200 pictures! And then we continued with The Life of Christ, and with Genesis, the Kings, the Prophets, Moses and Joshua… and many, many other pictures.

Absalóm worked for me six years, doing some 250 pictures a year. I guess his work was done, because God has taken him home. My assistant Cristina called at one in the morning on Sunday. I happened to be awake. She was shocked and needed to share what she just discovered. Our friend and coworker had passed.

It will be a big change for Cristina and me. Many of the pictures have not been worked on and incorporated into lessons and then uploaded on-line. So we will continue our ministry, but greatly missing Absalóm.

Please keep Absalom’s family in your prayers. It was a surprise for all of us that his time on earth was over. God willed to promote him to Glory. As we miss him, it’s wonderful to have the hope of meeting again.

The best hope – Jesus is coming!

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

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