A Holy Transaction and A Treasure Delivered: The Life of Isaac J. Rosenberger

Isaac J. Rosenberger, Church of the Brethren

Isaac J. Rosenberger

I collect dead people’s things.

Just a few months ago, a Bible was delivered to my mailbox that once belonged to a 19th century traveling Mennonite preacher.

A lady had advertised that she was going to toss the Bible in the trash if she didn’t sell it soon. What? I said. Toss God’s Holy Word in the trash? May it never be! The lady said she was moving and couldn’t be bothered with it any longer.

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Are You an Heir of Heaven or an Heir of Hell?

Can you feel it?

It’s getting stronger by the day.

The shaking, I mean.

Because we are being shaken!

And it’s only the beginning of sorrows.

All–meaning every single created thing–that can be shaken will be shaken! It’s a profound and somber thought or at least it should be, especially among professing Christians.

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A Bloodthirsty, Supernatural Hatred…Are American Christians the Next Main Entrée on Jihad Menu?

Ravished Armenia Movie Poster

Ravished Armenia Movie Poster

It is a dark day for America!

Just minutes ago it was reported that the Syrian City of Kobani is about to fall to the Satanically controlled forces of what is known as ISIS (or ISIL). A massacre of the Kobani people is feared.

History is repeating and Bible prophecy is being fulfilled.

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I’ll Meet Her at the Resurrection…A Song from One Who Sleeps

Handwritten Lyrics by Thankful A. Leonard, Plymouth Mass.

The Land of Canaan, by Thankful A. Leonard, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1834

I love history, especially U.S. History. I write about it a lot.

Sadly, its a stark reminder of who we used to be as a people, and who we are are no longer.

It really wasn’t that long ago that we relied on God for our help.

We used to pray and give thanks to God for our country–the very God that brought us protection, wealth, and prosperity. And I’m not talking about the god of Islam (or any other god that people may serve in the U.S. today). I am referring to YHWH [Yahweh] the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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Wake up! Look Up! The Train is Coming!

The Four Blood Moons

Blood Moon

I have a sense of urgency.

As much as I want to go about my everyday life as if nothing is happening, I just can’t.

Many friends and relatives of mine…they just seem to blindly muddle and struggle through each day without a thought of what is coming.

They are totally and completely oblivious to the freight train that is screaming down the track toward them.

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The Truth About Hell…It’s a Very Real Place

Whatever you may believe, your soul is eternal (this means your soul will exist forever and ever and ever). In fact, right this minute, as you read this blog post, you are, and always have been an eternal being. You have a soul and a spirit. When you die, you (all of us) will simply take our last breath in this realm of reality and our next breath in another dimension of reality. We will all live on in eternity being exactly the identity we are now. You will not be reincarnated into a frog or a turtle or a horse or into any other created thing. You will be YOU—Steve, Charlie, Susie, Mark, Bonnie, Margaret—you get the picture.

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A Cowboy Family Reunion…Horseshoes, Broncs, and Troughs of Food

Green Chili Pork Loin

Green Chili Pork Loin

Today is a family reunion of biblical proportions. It’s my husband’s side of the family. It’s been years since the last one and I’m so looking forward to it.

I love this side of the family. So many colorful characters–all of them, the product of generations of Texas and Arizona cattlemen and cowboys.

We were instructed to bring “a dish” to share and so I pondered, what to bring, what to make? This is not an anemic gourmet crowd–for them, it’s all about comfort food, and troughs of it.

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Fall Weather Is An Excuse to Bake…and Yes, to Eat

We all have gifts. One of mine is cooking and baking–especially baking.

Food (in all its amazing combinations) is a marvel, isn’t it?

We have so many choices when it comes to cooking at home or eating out. The possibilities are endless.

In His creation, God could have made us to subsist on one single food for survival, in which case we probably would not have needed taste-buds. But God, in His infinite love for us, made many bountiful things for us to enjoy.

Exhibit “A” is this three-layer German Chocolate cake. Yum!

Thank you, Lord, for all your many blessings.

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

This is the Day the Lord Has Made!

This is the Day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. — Psalm 118:24

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

What is the first thing you do in the morning when your legs swing from the mattress and your feet hit the floor? If you’re anything like me you have a routine–the methodical dance of the ordinary–repeated day after day after day, ad infinitum.

But I wonder, how many of us take even a brief moment to look up, stretch our arms out wide, and cry out to the God of the Universe:

This is the Day That the Lord Has Made,  I Will Rejoice and Be Glad in It!

Don’t mistake this powerful verse as an expression of  feelings It’s not an emotional appeal or an indication of your level of happiness–it is rather, a call to action! Our feelings and emotions can deceive us and often do. Psalm 118:24 is a spiritual (not of the flesh) acknowledgement that no matter what the day brings, we can be assured that it is the Lord’s Day and because He made it, it is therefore good, very, very good.

We are, after all, royalty. We are children of the King of Kings and therefore have absolute assurance of comfort and hope, unlike the enemies of God (or those that do not belong to Him).

It is a fact that if we start our day with the Lord, we are squarely in his Will and our spirit is in a right place.

So I encourage you to rejoice at each new morning and be glad for the Day our Lord has made.

Maranatha! (Oh, Lord Come!)

What Can We Learn From the Ant?

What Can We Learn from the Ant

God’s smallest creatures, gathering for Winter

Ah! It’s October 1!

As usual, with a cup of Joe in hand and my dogs by my side, I stepped outside a little after 6 a.m. But this day, God had an unusual surprise waiting for me to discover.

The sun was just peeking over the horizon. The air was crisp, signaling that Fall is almost finally here and Winter is soon to follow.

As I sipped my coffee and praised God for the lovely weather, something caught my eye. I looked down and noticed a few black ants moving about on the patio, circling and darting about a recently deceased green worm. Yuck, right? Well, it was what these ants did next that captured my attention and got me to thinking about how awesome and amazing our God is.  These ants (God’s creation) worked together brilliantly and began to drag and carry the worm off, presumably to the ant den (see image below).

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