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Moon And Stars Were Made By Our Creator

It was a big and bright moon tonight, that went from huge and hiding behind clouds to big and bright in the clear, black, night sky.

Moon, 7/8/17. Photo by sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

Whenever I see the moon at night I think of God; how big and powerful God is, the Father God who created all this, the universe and beyond.

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.   He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. – Isaiah 40:28   

How can one not think of our Creator when they look up at the sky, see the night stars or look out over a great lake or ocean and not wonder at the greatness of it all?

There is a song that refers to “the God of angel armies”, and I can’t help but wonder at what it would look like to see Jesus in the clouds with thousands of His angels coming in the clouds with Him?

Moonclouds, 7/8/17. Photo by sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. – Nehemiah 9:6

I love seeing God in these wonderous creations that make me stop and wonder at the greatness of it.  These creations make me feel the mighty, overpowering creation of Our Heavenly Father who created mankind.  It is comforting to know that this Creator, our Heavenly Father, watches over us and His Son Jesus Christ saves and knows us. God knows how many hairs are upon our heads and cares about us.  I imagine a loving father watching over us in a huge, expansive sky.  Who wouldn’t want a Father as powerful as this who is on our side?

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Getting Saved Through Jesus Christ: What Do You Have To Do To Become A Christian?

Meadowdale Beach Park, Everett, WA. Photo: sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

I have felt that there are no directions, really, to help those who want to become Christians, and want to know what that is about.  

My experience has been that to become a Christian believer, a TV program, or online website, often has the person repeat a short prayer, asking Jesus to come into their hearts, that they acknowledge they are sinners, and to give their lives to Christ.  Saying this does nothing, not really, when a person does not understand what they are saying and what it meant by the words they are saying to Jesus.

To help them understand, I created a video with a short summary of what it is to become a Christian, what do you say to Christ and the whys.

Here’s the video link:  Getting Saved Through Jesus Christ

I have supported what I’ve said with scriptures and have made a copy of what I’m saying in a document for download.

Download text with scripture here:  Becoming Saved through Jesus Christ

I hope in the event that you have not been raptured and miss leaving this earth to escape the tribulation period, that you will still give your life to Christ to avoid eternal punishment.  It is real, folks, and someone might need this to make the rapture, or who may miss the rapture, but still want to come to Christ.  It is too big a choice to not make and I’m hoping you will understand that this is the saving grace that will either put you with Christ in heaven, and to live with Him through eternity, or will put you in hell, eternal punishment, for not believing, and not turning from your sin.

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Employment Dreams Too Big To Believe To Help People Believe In Jesus Christ

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Evergreen Arboratum and Gardens, Everett, WA. Photo by sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

It helps to clear my head and pay attention when I am in the presence of God, praying and speaking to Him and waiting expectantly for the Lord God’s guidance in answer to prayer. I need His guidance; there are so many questions I have at this time in my life. I believe I have had big changes in my life since becoming a true Christian; I gave notice and moved out of my apartment to live in my car; I was able to trade my car in for a large van; and my low-skill, low-paying job has not changed in almost two years. If I followed my heart’s desire I would want to create a media company that is for conservative Christians, paying writers and videographers, much like CBN but with a cessationist perspective which I believe is the true word of God.

Cessationism vs. continuationism divides Christians, so I believe a media company focusing on Christian views could be a vehicle to teach, and provide the bible in a way that continuationists will take another look at why cessationists believe the way they do. I also want to start a company where I can pay Christian friends to contribute to a much-needed Christian journalism company.

People need to hear the truth. As a former atheist and raised that way in my family, I did not hear what the bible was about. I heard the cliches and bumper sticker quotes from the bible from those who never read and understood anything in the bible; the arm-chair judges of Christianity. That is not where I learned the truth about God’s word and what being a Christian meant. I only knew that on occasion when I went to church with a friend, or with my grandmother a few times as a very young child, I felt afraid, confused and put off by it. I never heard anything that I could actually become interested in, that was loving, thoughtful and kind. It was more like a cold slap in the face if I did hear from Christians about their religion.

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Sunshine over Lake Washington. Photo by sleboeuf @ christianview.blog

I know we have to tell the truth about heaven and hell, but I don’t believe that should be one of the first things you teach someone about God. First you tell them about Jesus who died on the cross for our sins, that we are sinful because from the beginning, mankind fell from God’s grace to sin, and that we need Jesus, Yeshua, who paid for our sins, so that we can be forgiven by the Father in heaven, Yahweh. We can be with the Lord at the end of our lives.

Romans 8:3 says,

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Learning who God is, that the Word was God and the Word became flesh is another important truth that I didn’t know and would have become confused by. It takes some time before a person is able to understand how unbelievers can spend eternity in eternal punishment called “hell”.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

A Christian oriented media company could be used to help the unbeliever understand Christianity better so there is some discussion or dialogue about what they’ve heard or read through the media company. They have more information to go on. It may be a source of comfort to them to finally know what God is about, since so many, such as myself, never had the guidance we needed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a sad loss of year’s of one’s life to not know God, and His Son Jesus Christ. I am still learning, and being taught by his Holy Spirit when I read the bible.

To combat the sin that’s out there and getting worse every day, let’s solve the problem and go forward, showing the world what Christian life is about. We save lives, the souls of friends and strangers who want to learn about Jesus by sharing His Word in a kind way, helping them to understand, not flogging them over the head with news about flaming hell and brimstone. What message of hope is that? It is a twisted message by untrained messengers driving away people from Christ I believe. Giving them the message of hope of Jesus Christ can be taught in a loving way.

We all are sinners, we all have sinned. Let’s forgive and teach people the right way and God can do the rest.

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Speaking In My Native Tongue: My Tongue Is American English

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I’m reading about spiritualism from Africa, and I realize some of the things I learned while earning my doctorate degree in Psychology, shamanism, in particular, were of voodoo roots.  Then I became a Christian, and holy hell broke loose.  I learned something new; I am not a tongues-speaker, and I never will be.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26

This is scary to me considering how much money I spent earning my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, to starting my Ph.D. coursework, only to find God, then to find out that all of the teaching on Psychology was of worldly teaching, without God and would not heal people. Needless to say, I have maxed out my student loans and owe about $225,000 in student loans. I will not ever pay it back, no way. It’s above my pay level. I am looking for a job.

From what I am reading, several spiritual experiences of shamanism came from Africa, by a guy named Seymour, and I know the backlash I’m going to get from my friends who speak in tongues, and tell me I am of the devil, because I don’t believe them. I am not of the devil, and don’t speak in tongues. But that is not the reason for my blog post just yet. I am wanting to clear up a misconception, or a misunderstanding, of the devil in the kinds of spiritual worship that is out there calling itself Christian. I want to be counted as one that does not speak in tongues and is teachable, so that I can be friends with people who speak in tongues who I believe are sincere in their faith, but have just misread portions of the bible and who do not understand the founding father of their religious denomination.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12

It is William J. Seymour who founded the present day Pentecostalism, and I’m sure I have made several people angry, because I only have four readers at this point, and I humorously say that because it’s the truth. But all of you, except maybe for one, will not agree with me, here. I still think it’s funny because I know what kind of impact I will have on people, and that is none. None of my readers will care or they will tell me I am of the devil which I know I can handle because I’ve already been told I’m of the devil, or something along those lines by someone on Facebook who I care very much about and love like a sister, if that be possible.

Back to my story; I worked toward a Ph.D. and taught college, at the University of Phoenix, which I enjoyed very much. We were not allowed to let students out of class early but I wanted to keep teaching but I had to leave California at the time in kind of a hurry because I lost my house. I then had nowhere to live so I left the state of California. This was many years ago, around the time I finished my Master’s degree, in 1999.

I have more to say, I’m only getting started. My life is a cornucopia of trying to be good, tell the truth, follow the 12-step programs of which I was a member, (ACA, Al-Anon, debtors anonymous, and OA), and be “spiritual”, believing in a Higher Power Greater Than Myself. That’s all I knew about God, and the Lord’s Prayer.

Now, years later I can relate to the speaking in tongues people talk about and speak in. I went to church in Vacaville, California, where they spoke in tongues years ago, a rather large church where speaking in tongues was the norm. There was also an interpreter most of the time who would speak out in the congregation but I couldn’t hear him from where I sat so could not understand what he said. I think he spoke in English, my native tongue. It was not always the case though, when someone spoke in unintelligible tongues, that someone else acted as an interpreter. I guess God did not want people to understand what was said, in the gibber-tongues that had been spoken.

I am saying I am warning you; it is not fun to be under the control of one or more spirits, being slain in the spirit, speaking in tongues, or hearing spiritual voices. I have had more things happen to me than anyone I know, and I know that it was God that was treating me this way; NOT! No, He wouldn’t do that. I have since found God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, who has treated me with respect and guidance, never wearing me down, only finding me slain in spirit and helping me up.

He is a gracious God, willing to help anyone who reaches out for help to Him.

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Car Camping As A Van Dweller

Trying to be a Christian writer has become interesting while living in my van.  I believe we are known as van dwellers, and here in Washington state I have met a few, not actually meeting them, but seeing them parked at the same park I use during the day once I’ve left my temporary car camping site.

I will have 60 days here, so during the middle of August 2017, I will have to move on.

20170618_213740While writing this blog I often use the back living area of my van.  I sit on my chair that folds out into a mattress for a bed.  It’s pretty comfortable, once you get used to it.  I have my mobile office where I can check email, apply for a job, or check my stats on this blog!

Here you can see the laptop I use with the temperature gauge of my van shining in the background.  I have the engine on so my laptop won’t wear down my van’s battery.

 

 

 

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This is what I see if I look out my side window while I type on my laptop in the back living room of my van.  It’s a screen that I bought from a Japanese company on Amazon.  It’s a bug screen to keep mosquitoes out while I sleep with the van windows open.

There are two of these screens on the big, back windows of my van so I can have cross-ventilation so I’m cool when it’s warm and I’m napping at the park or in some big parking lot of any store I may shop at, such as WINCO or WalMart.  Those are places where I feel comfortable enough to sleep, since RV’s and big-rigs use those parking lots to stop for some time to park and rest in.

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Here you can see how I’ve jerry-rigged curtains which are really two matching-grey blankets I bought at WalMart.  I have hung them with binder clips, an idea I got from a YouTube about van dwelling, and they are clipped onto a few bungee chords I have strung along the top of both sides of my van.  The front bungee chord attaches to my sun visor, then a second bungee chord attached to the front one extends the length of the make shift curtain rod to the back of the van, where there’s a hook to hang clothes from, which makes a perfect hooking place for the end of my second bungee chord and holds it in place.  I have safety pinned the blanket longways in half so that it is easier to hang, without draping too long and getting in the way.

After some time living this way I have come across little tips by watching YouTube’s that help making being a van dweller more comfortable.

I’m seeing how car camping will become more common, since I am reading more and more warnings are coming out about impending cash crises, and some are even going to bitcoin instead of relying on the dollar.  

I know it’s going to be hard for those unbelievers who will have to take the mark of the beast to buy and sell, or will have to learn how to camp out and live in alternative ways to deal with a fallen world, which has gotten further away from God in some populations, but seems to have gotten stronger in some areas of the world.  I read how Muslim’s in other countries are learning the truth about Islam, and how Jesus is the Son of God, and provides them with forgiveness of their sins and even eternal life.  What a God we have in the Lord Jesus Christ! 

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My Strength And Song

 

“The Lord is my strength and song, And is become my salvation.” – Psalm 118:14

god-1772560_1920These words inspire me today with what the world is going through.  I realize we all need strength to face the world, and to go out into the day with a song in our hearts to lift us through the tyranny we face, especially for the Coptic Christians who were slaughtered on their way to a monastery in Egypt, recently.

Especially for those of us who see this happen, and mourn the senseless death taking place.  The slaughter of people who were innocent of doing anything wrong but to wantsalvation use this to pray and serve God in a way that was peaceful, but that challenged crazed people who do not have peace in their hearts to carry out wonderful works of God.

They kill people, instead.

I want to know God, the Lord Jesus Christ more and more each day. I want to follow Christ and do His good works that he guides me to do while here on earth, through learning of the bible and being led by his Holy Spirit. I have faith that I have the Holy Spirit who pushes me on to learn more from the bible and gives me a thirst for knowledge of God and His Almighty world and earth and heavens.  

I have found myself in a rather difficult living predicament here in Washington state.  

As a Christian, I face the wrath of people who are non-conservative, doing their own thing and drawing other people way out of the lines of the people God created, and the ways of Him who were meant to be God’s children.

pink flowersI imagine his wrath He feels and will come to those who don’t believe on Him.

They don’t know who He is at all, yet play experts at knowing who He is. I doubt they have ever searched for the real God, not the Allah of other peoples, or the gods of Hindi’s, papal religions and the like. They are bible experts, right? Or so they believe that about themselves.

They think Father God is a crazy old man in the sky, waiting to slaughter them over the tiniest of things, but they don’t know he has patiently offered to be in relationship with them, guiding them, protecting their interests, wanting to love them as His own children who will enter the Kingdom when they have died. God is Good, and mankind is rotten, to the core.

Yet He offers His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who may save them from the death of the roiling fire if they just give Him a chance.

I look around and see all these things; bad attitudes of man, holy things being wrecked, tipped over and destroyed and the mainstream making fun of the Coptic’s who were killed for wanting to pray at a church and say their prayers to the God of the Kingdom, Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy of Holy God’s, the only and one true God, Jesus Christ, God’s true Son who died for all of our sins on the cross who lived and walked the earth performing miracles and teaching man about the kindness of his Father who waits for them in heaven, and other rules of life, and spoke in parables to guide us.

No, this can’t be the angry man in the sky these mainstream religious experts preach about.  How loving can you be, to give your Son to die on the cross for all of our sins, to be given a way to live for eternity with God Almighty who created them?

A song in my heart, and the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ, carries me through each day. I know this is the times, and the end of times. We are getting close and it is the last days.  Choose your side, will you be with God and live with his strength each day or will you choose to go your own way and on your own strength and face the false hopes you will be saved? Who is telling you that you will be saved? Is it the evil satan who leads you to a path of death and destruction, ultimately, and gives you broken families and broken marriages, death and destruction to the world or natural catastrophes you cannot survive, or will it be Christ’s peace, who handles everything, guiding and protecting His people to the peace that passeth all understanding leading to everlasting life one day?

The Lord Jesus is waiting, ready to save those who want Him, giving all mankind a choice in whether to accept him or not.  We all make a choice, whether we make a conscious decision or not.  It is a choice to ignore God and the bible, after all.  Do you choose Heaven with glorious God, or hell with satan and being kept away from God for the rest of your eternity?

It is up to you, but beware, if what He says is real and true, a wiser choice would be giving God a chance to commune with you.  Are your arms outstretched seeking Jesus Christ?  It will happen one day and you will meet the Son, Jesus Christ with welcoming arms into heaven or in His Day of Judgment.  We all will meet him. 

Which direction are you going?