Friday, November 26, 2010
Today is Black Friday, November 26, 2010, one of the busiest shopping days of the whole year. I would like to take time to wish everyone Happy Holidays this season and blessings to all friends and family.
Also I would like to mention that my father Arthur Melvin Wartenbe passed away Sunday November 14, 2010 and may he at last be in peace and with our Lord God.
After a year and a half of battling cancer, dad became too tired and weary to continue fighting the earthly monster. I have been here at his house trying to keep him comfortable during his time of confusion and extreme illness. It has been a very strange journey to say the least.
Now that dad and mom are both at their final resting place, my wife and I are beginning a new season in our lives. A fresh start you might call it. Since we have been here at my dads home caring for him, many sacrifices had to be made and a great loss of income was one of many. Now that we are changing gears and on our own again, we must find our way back into mainstream America and continue the pursuit of happiness and the American dream of owning your own place in this great nation.
I am hopeful that someday I can be a good father and husband despite my inadequacies and shortcomings. I have faith that God is going to continue to lead me in the direction I should be going.
It is my hopes in this life that everyone I might meet along my journey would see my Savoir Jesus in me.
In closing, I would like to say, Peace and Happiness to all this year and the new year rapidly approaching. God Bless
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The first part of this message is taken from 1 Kings Chapter 8
King Solomon lifted his hands to heaven and speaking to God,he gave reverence and praise for the mightiness and omnipresence of the Almighty Father.
Yahweh, God of Israel is everywhere!
The point that today's first reading wishes to drive home to us is
that God is all around us. Solomon, although highly pleased about the temple, realized that it could not contain God nor limit him to one place. God is everywhere in the work of His creation.
Jesus in the gospel according to Mark Chapter 7 vs.1-13,declares all things clean, for all things come from God and bear his creative presence. All things are sacred.
Even simple bread and ordinary wine are not unworthy to be the signs of divinity. God is present not only in the Book of Scripture but so in the book that men and women write. God is present not only in his people but in all His creatures. Even when we are not inside a church, we walk on sacred ground, we breathe holy air, and we touch and use holy things.
God is not limited; so we should not limit our vision of God only to things that are sacred. As Christians, it is our duty to open our eyes in faith to see the goodness and love of God all around us.
God is not only in us who believe, but He is all around us also!
Upon everything give glory to God.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
With the coming of evening that same day, he said to them, 'Let us
cross over to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind they took
him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him.
Then it began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into
the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his
head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, 'Master,
do you not care? We are lost!' And he woke up and rebuked the wind and
said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and there
followed a great calm. Then he said to them, 'Why are you so
frightened? Have you still no faith?' They were overcome with awe and
said to one another, 'Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey
In this Gospel, one realizes how difficult it is to be a disciple. It
was just an ordinary trip after a long, intense day. Jesus and his
friends leave the crowds and turn to the water. The lake is placid.
The disciples look forward to quietness and peace, maybe even a
sunset. They are with the Lord. Life is good at this point.
Everything changes in a flash. The boat is swamped by a great gale.
For the disciples, the irony is that though Jesus is with them, he is
fast asleep. What do you do when God is sleeping in your boat?
"Why are you so frightened?" a puzzled Jesus asks. "Have you no
faith?" He was right there, no further than an arm's length, more
powerful than the wind and the waves.
Lord, we doubt, we stumble. It is our nature. Teach us a bedrock
trust, an unquestioning faith. We will do everything we can. But You
are greater than our minds can conceive. In the end, faith is your
gift. Open our eyes to see Your true nature. Help us to believe.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Let me start with a prayer! Father God, we ask you this day to give the suffering, hope, and a sign that you care what happens to those whom fully believe that You are indeed who You say You are in your Living Word the Bible. Help us all to show compassion to one another in troubled times as well as the good times. Guide and protect us this day and every day here forth. Keep us from the darkness that is trying to run this world we live in. Answer the prayers of those faithful people who are earnestly calling out to you for help and relief from pain and suffering. Gives us the courage and strength to pass the many tests we all go through in our daily journey through life. Give us all a clean soul, a renewed sense of human spirit, patience and the mindset that all things are possible by You and You alone. I ask these things in the Sweetest name of Your Son Jesus Christ whom You sent to this planet earth to redeem us from our transgressions.
Thank You God for always being there for us to turn to.
Many are facing serious problems in this world today. The homeless, the hopeless, sick bodies, minds, weak in spirit. Many are suffering, pain, loss, confusion and lack of understanding why their circumstances have become so bleak. Millions of people in the world today are wondering, what have we done to deserve all that is happening in our lives and why do I feel my prayers aren’t going to be answered?
Faith is the key issue. If we have strong faith, we are able to endure all of the wows being thrown into the mix. We must believe beyond the shadow of doubt that God almighty is in control and He alone has set life as we know in motion from start to finish. He, God gives us the strength to endure pain and suffering and allows it to so be, just as He allowed Himself to become the Son of Man in flesh to come here, be tortured, die on the cross, that horrible death for you and me, so that we could be reconnected to His glory.
In closing, all I can say is, do not let calamity, perdition, injustice in this mortal life erode you faith. stay the course,be vigilant and remain in touch with the Divine Creator for He knows our every need and will provide it when asked for. Don’t expect to receive what you want, you will however, get just what you need! Amen
May God Bless you all this day!!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
A message from 1 John 1:5-10 says,
Thus is the message we declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Perhaps, the writer here wanted to express how magnanimous a personality Christ was and continues to be. For one to attract such crowds there had to be something more than just the miracles. There had to be some connection the masses felt to be so drawn to our
Savior. There had to be some message people longed for and could only find it in Jesus.
Healing is a loving act. Whatever may inhibit us from becoming fully alive in our everyday actions should be a grave concern. Because, we're never truly happy when there's a scar on our soul. More than the physical handicap seen by the naked eye, the inner wounds and ill
feelings affect us psychologically and somehow manifest on our bodies.
When we long for the Master's touch for cleansing, for us to be made whole, a new life is reborn. We feel more alive than we've ever been. It's difficult to blame the healed leper's enthusiasm, who for so long had been shunned by society. Hopefully, we can be just as happy when
we allow God to take away all that disturbs our minds and extremities, so that we can be found rejoicing in his love once more.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The greatest evidence that man has a darkened mind and a corrupt nature is not the existence of the gambling den, nor the house of ill fame. The greatest evidence is unbelief; the fact that the human heart definitely and positively refuses to listen to the voice of God; that there is a heart which hates the light and loves darkness; and the greater the light which is rejected and refused, the greater the darkness, and finally God who is Love and Mercy can do nothing else. In fact, He must mete out judgment for a race which refuses to listen to His voice. That has been the story of the race from the beginning. God did not leave man, after he had transgressed, without light. Man had the light of creation and though there was not a written word, yet there was the Word of God nevertheless, and yet as you follow the Divine Record, you find that man's evil nature was evidenced by turning away from that Light. And though in 1650 years of the first age of this earth, they built cities, invented instruments, were lovers of art and music--the race wandered away from God, the earth became filled with violence and vileness, the voice of God was rejected and finally God had to bring a judgment upon the earth. And let no one imagine that that judgment, the deluge, is a myth; it is not. It is written in the Book and it is verified by science, by geology and by tradition.