Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rapture Safe.

Tom's Journal.

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I was sorry to leave early at church today, but had some 'chest discomfort' and left right during the collection/ offertory to go home, take some meds and herbs, and into bed.  My wife is very sick with a sore throat and staid home too.   At least I made the effort, and I love the fellowship, immensely.   Spring is the season when the germs wake up and get reactivated.   And I over did my work out Sat. at the Gym, but if I stick to it, I will benefit.... or die trying.   I had some roasted chicken for lunch and nothing afterward.   I am taking more garlic for my heart, and happy for that.  
     How do you cure split finger tips... and man are they painful ?  
I know that I should drink a lot of water all the time...   I wear cotton gloves at night to keep the skin medicine on my hands and fingers, too.  

The article,  Rapture Safe,  is a good one.   But we must remember one thing,  were we REALLY Saved in the beginning??    Saying a special prayer one time and then continuing in a sinful life style begs that question.   Of course we all are sinners, and for me, it's a struggle staying on the right path without veering, or getting distracted,  but I know that God always calls me back, or takes me to the 'wood shed' for another lesson.   The Holy Spirit is tethered to my ankle, Thank God !!   I have a lot of understanding, and wisdom, but I am still a lowly, sinner.... not bragging....     I know and acknowledge that I NEED Jesus Christ in my life, and without Him, I am nothing but 'dust in the wind.'   PTL.    I guess that old adage, that staying busy in the Lord's work is very correct, and I get a good feeling that I am doing what I ought to.   Time is short.
    I have always lamented that I wasted 22 years with the JW-CULT,  so now is the time to try and catch up doing the right thing.   I could die at any time, and I know it.    If I don't lose weight fast enough -- that's a done deal.  


I sure do miss my old dog,  Deuce,  but he can never be replaced.

Rapture Safe

Q. We have a family member who was brought to Christ as a child, but when she became an adult, turned away largely because of the legalistic teaching she lived under. Now, as an adult, she tends to embrace new age teachings and says that she no longer believes in the same God we do. In other words, she prefers the god she has adopted for herself.
The Lord assures me that she is His and that her salvation is secure. I take this to mean that she is still a part of His bride and will be raptured along with the rest of the church. If this is so, then it also holds true that someone such as Oprah, who passes on some very abhorrent teachings, is also rapture safe.
What would be your observations on this matter?

A. What it takes to be “rapture safe” is to be a born again believer. In the gospels, especially John, the model of shepherd and his sheep is frequently used to describe the relationship between the Lord and the Church. Sheep are prone to wander and when they do it’s the shepherd’s responsibility to go after them and bring them back. The parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7) describes this relationship.
In John 6:37-40 Jesus promised never to lose even one of those who have been given to Him.  When the time comes He’ll take us all at once no matter what our condition or circumstance, and in the moment we hear His voice we’ll remember whose we are.  In effect He’ll be rounding up His flock.
John 10:27-28 says;
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
Remember, we’ve all been marked with the Lord’s seal of ownership (2 Cor. 1:21-22) and all our sins have been forgiven.  When He calls us we’ll come.  Some are going to be very embarrassed to find themselves suddenly standing before the Lord, and they won’t earn a single crown, but they’ll be saved none-the-less (1 Cor. 3:14-15).

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