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On our own, we’ll never be good enough to get into heaven. So how do we get there?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”              Matthew 11:28-30

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Never forget that Jesus was able to say “my burden is light” when He knew that Calvary awaited Him just a little further down the road.

 

Read your Bible every day. Pray. Don’t yell at the kids. Tithe 10 percent. No slang. No swag. No purple streaks in teens’ hair.

Do you ever feel suffocated by the things you need to do in order to be a “good person”?

The Pharisees loved to invent new rules and condemn people for not living up to their impossibly strict standards. In fact, they called their religion a yoke, which is a harness for restraining oxen and keeping them under control.

These holier-than-thou types bragged about their holiness, how many rules they followed, and how they made their yokes (and ours) even heavier.

 But then…

Then Jesus came and changed everything! He rescued those who had tried and failed to be “good people.” He said it was impossible to earn God’s love; instead, we should focus on faith and accepting God’s grace. God accepts us as we are. He’s not sitting in heaven with a checklist, shaking His head at us and waiting for us to get it together. He only wants us to avoid deliberate sinfulness and stay faithful to Him, obeying Him.  Remember, Jesus said “If you love Me, obey my commandments.”  His yoke is easy and light. When obeying Him comes from our love for Him and what He has done for us, following in His footsteps is almost effortless.

Today, don’t get depressed or overwhelmed by the things you should be doing. Think of what Jesus Christ has already done, and rest in His assurance by exercising your faith.

The eternal life that Jesus died to provide for us is going to be so spectacular and magnificent that while we are still in this life, we cannot even imagine what its eternal continuation is going to be like.

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”                 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

[From a daily devotional published on SARAHPALIN.com]

 

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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Are you intellectually honest?

Another way to ask that question: If something can be proven to be true through evidence and logic, would you admit it is true (even though you might have previously thought it was NOT true)?

 

Many people today and in the past have not believed the Bible because they thought it not true.

The Bible says of itself, “All Scripture is inspired by God.” (2 Timothy 3:16)  That statement leaves no room for error, no “wiggle room.”

Jesus made many statements in which He ascribed deity unto Himself. He wished to leave no doubt in the minds of His hearers as to what He meant and who He was. Here is one statement from John 14:9, in which Jesus is addressing Philip, one of His disciples: “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”

In other words, Jesus was saying “If you want to get to know God, just get to know Me.”

For many people who investigate the Bible with intellectual honesty, prophecy is something that becomes a sign of Biblical truth that is truly inescapable. There are not just dozens, but hundreds of prophetic statements in the Bible which have been fulfilled. Many were fulfilled by Jesus Himself, but not because He was instrumental in creating the fulfillment. For example, in Micah 5:2 we are told that the Messiah will be born in the city of Bethlehem…and that is precisely where His birth took place. The death of the Messiah is prophesied in Scripture in such a way that the means of that death, crucifixion, cannot be mistaken for any other method of killing.

In our own modern time of today, we have seen a very important prophecy fulfilled: In 1948 Israel was re-established as an independent nation. There are at least ten prophecies which refer directly to the rebirth of Israel, but one in particular, by the prophet Isaiah, speaks of Israel being reborn “in one day.”  This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 — when the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2900 years.  During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally born in a single day.

The point here is this: For any prophecy to be fulfilled, the source of that prophecy has to know something in advance…in the case of Bible prophecy, sometimes thousands of years in advance. Only God can know things thousands of years in advance.

Therefore, the only option we are left with is that God is real, the Bible is true and accurate, and Jesus the Messiah is now alive and awaiting His appointed time to return to this earth as the Bible says He will.

We hope you are intellectually honest enough to accept the truth of these statements.

For more information, please visit WHOFIRST.COM.

 

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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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A few thoughts for the season…

Thoughts for the season...

Why would the Son of God — a Man who proved He could walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead, control the weather, and feed thousands of people from one boy’s lunch — submit Himself to the most gruesome and painful death ever devised by the human mind? Especially why would he submit Himself to that death when He was not guilty of any wrongdoing?

He did it for one reason, and one reason only: Because He knew who He was, He also knew that He was on this earth only to redeem mankind from the results of sinful living.

 

If you are one of those people who think the Bible is full of fairy tales and fables, and therefore is not worthy of your attention, please re-think that assessment. You certainly do not think TV is full of excellent content worthy of your attention, yet you sit and watch it day after day. The Bible is true, historically accurate, and divinely inspired by the Creator of the universe. You can prove that to yourself with a very small amount of effort.

If the Bible is true, historically accurate, and divinely inspired, then to learn from it and to live by it should be the highest goals of this earthly life. Do you disagree with that statement? CAN you disagree with that statement?

 

Jesus went to the cross to save you from your sins.  The Son of God became a man so that men could become sons of God.

Remember the well-known words from John 3:16?  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Since you are part of “the world” you can legitimately read the verse this way: Take out “the world” and insert your own name.  “For God so loved  (YOUR NAME)  that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Hard to read the second version with the same detachment as you read the first, isn’t it?

 

We hope you’ll only read the second version from now on.

 

Please visit WHOFIRST.COM to learn more.

 

Very sincerely,

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
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US citizens are more confused than ever…

Well, here we are. A brand new year.

Trouble is, it looks a lot like the old year we just left.

Nothing seems to make sense so far in this new year, either…

2015 looks confused...

2015 looks pretty confused, just like 2014…

The two articles shown above were two of many on a well-known US and world news compilation website called WATCH.ORG. They were posted and shown just as we’ve copied them.

Apparently, Americans still admire greatly Dr. Billy Graham, the well-known evangelist who is now in his nineties.  We share that admiration. He has written many excellent Christian books; he has spoken to millions of people all over the world for more than 60 years, telling them of the great God who loves them and gave His own Son, Jesus Christ, as the only possible sacrifice to redeem us from our sins; and Dr. Graham has done all this with never a whiff of controversy or scandal.

As the second article will show, however, a US Army chaplain, a CHRISTIAN Chaplain who presumably was taken into the Army for the purpose of doing essentially the same thing as Rev. Graham, telling our Army troops about the same great God and the same great sacrifice, was reprimanded because he wanted to deliver that same message to the troops under his care.

Does this even begin to make sense to you? Of course it doesn’t. It can’t.

Was there a complaint against the chaplain? Yes. One complaint. An atheist trooper decided that the message coming from his chaplain was something that unbelieving soldier didn’t want to hear.

Most soldiers in the military, today and throughout history, had at least enough sense to think, “Gosh, I’m now in the military, there’s a pretty good chance that other people might be trying to kill me while I’m wearing this uniform, so maybe I should do a little homework on this God question. Maybe I should try to make sure the chaplain is right in what he’s been telling me.”

Is it hard to reach that point of deciding what’s right and what’s nonsense? Of course not. It’s easier now than it has ever been. Now you can sit in front of your computer and do nothing but click from one website to another to another. You don’t even have to go to all the effort required to actually lift a book off the shelf and open it.

Since it is now so totally simple to get the right information and make an informed decision which is going to effect your eternity, please allow us to suggest that you do it. Do not put it off. If you somehow manage to die tomorrow and face eternity, you must know what’s ahead of you. More than that, you must be PREPARED for what’s ahead of you.

Things are only going to get MORE CONFUSED and MORE CONFLICTED as we go forward into the rest of this year and those which may follow. How do we know? Because we read the Book. And we visit the website.

As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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Dying girl’s wish: To hear Christmas carols being sung…

Farewell Christmas carols...

More than ten thousand carolers gathered outside the home of a terminally ill Pennsylvania girl Saturday night to help make one of her final wishes come true.

Eight-year-old Delaney Walker, of West Reading, Pa., was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in May. The disease is rare in children, and her family says that “Laney,” as she’s affectionately known, has just days to live.

Family members and other supporters have spend the last few weeks trying to grant as many of Laney’s wishes as possible. On Friday, her eighth birthday, Laney videochatted with singer Taylor Swift, a native of nearby Wyomissing, Pa. The next day, the streets around the Walker home were full of people singing “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.”

Some even rearranged their holiday plans to make the impromptu concert.

“I was actually supposed to be leaving to go out of town yesterday,” Renee Kirkland-Hinton told WTXF, “and I changed my plans just to be here tonight, just to be of support and be prayerful for the family.”

“I couldn’t even put myself in that situation to understand the devastation,” caroler James Lally told the station. “I couldn’t imagine losing one of my own like this.”

[from Fox News]

 

The most important Christmas story I have read, maybe ever, comes out of West Reading, Pa.

An 8-year-old girl dying from a rare form of leukemia asked that she might hear some Christmas carols one last time. Her name is Delaney Brown. She doesn’t have long to live.

She wanted song. She was too weak to get to a window, so the voices had to be strong enough out on her street that she could hear them.

Here is the important part. It was reported by a CNN news affiliate that more than 10,000 people showed up and crowded Delaney Brown’s street.

That isn’t a story if 50 people showed up. It probably isn’t even a story if 500 people showed up. And, so sadly, Delaney Brown isn’t the only child in the world who has days to live.

There are children who are sick and there are children who are cold and dying in countries of conflict and there are children who are not loved. And yes, it is easy to attach an inexpensive sentiment to a dying girl who only wishes to hear “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” one last time.

But that’s not the story. The story is the extraordinary significance of 10,000 people flooding this child’s street to sing to her. That is the true definition of community, not the manufactured “community” that we hear so much about from the political class. Those were 10,000 people who understood that it was far more important to sing Christmas carols to a dying girl last week than it was to do absolutely anything else.

(Joe Soucheray, columnist for
St. Paul Pioneer Press)

 

My heart is breaking right now. Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven. She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends. I miss her so much already.

Posted on Facebook early Christmas morning

 

From NORM ‘n’ AL: The next breath for any of us is not guaranteed. We will and we must, if we are willing to confront the truth, admit that this world, and this earthly life, are not all there are to our existence.  If we wish to dispute that, all that is necessary is to prove the Bible is false. But when you look around at the creation that surrounds us, can you really make yourself believe that all this came into being through a cosmic accident? We’re here only because things just happened to fall into place in the right way to make this planet? To make the entire universe? THAT takes more faith than we will ever have! Get your most important questions answered. Visit this website now and give yourself the best Christmas present ever!

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