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CALL TO CHRISTIANS

How are you doing in your walk with the Lord?  What is most important to your life?  These questions are of paramount importance, especially in these Last Days.

In my book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, Carissa takes seriously her relationship with Jesus Christ.  She works on this everyday, aware that she has issues in relationships.  She gives her extra time outside her college hours to winning souls for Christ.  This is of upmost importance to her.  However, she encounters a snag.  Her new boyfriend is not spiritually connected.  He lost a friend in the past and blames God for not coming to his friend’s rescue.  He can’t see the value in coming back to Jesus.  His life feels fine the way it is.  Carissa attempts to chip away his resistance.

The signs of the times unfold with worldwide events becoming more and more frequent and growing in intensity.  It becomes evident to Carissa and her Bible study friends that Jesus wants everyone to repent and turn to Him for salvation.  His life, death, and resurrection testify of His vast love and His ability to save.

In the meantime, the world looks to the New World Order, a union of church and state to solve the pressing problems of mankind.  Persecution starts and the Bible is banned.  Carissa and her friends gather weekly to study the Bible on improvised devises.  For those who stick with the study, there is an eagerness to learn Bible truths and help each other in their walk with Jesus.

At the same time, Carissa and her friend Sally begin to discover why knowing Bible truths are essential for the Last Days.

In the midst of a chaotic world, Carissa’s growing love for Christ is threatened as she considers becoming involved with her boyfriend’s scheme to improve the world by working with the New World Order.

THE CASTING OF CROWNS can be purchased online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any online bookseller.

A WAY THROUGH THE DARKNESS

 

An unusual and dark time in history has descended upon the world. Unusual, because it heralds the soon Second Coming of Christ.  Dark, in that the environment is such, that the truth leading to salvation will elude most people.

Most preachers no longer hold or spread the Bible truths essential for salvation.  And many people no longer want to hear Biblical truth that requires changes in their lifestyle or beliefs.  The Bible says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers, and they will turn their ears from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”  (2Tim 4: 3,4).

Jesus expects us to reach out to others, as He would do, sharing His love for all.  Truth is found in Jesus’ teachings as well as all Scripture, but not in man made doctrines that appear to be sound, but have no parallel teaching in Scripture.

We need to draw close to Jesus and develop a relationship with Him.  Our study of the Bible will sustain us in these dark days and prepare us for coming persecution.

Our reflecting the light of Jesus will do well to draw others close to us.  Ultimately we must direct them to our loving Savior, where salvation is found.

My novel, “The Casting of Crowns”, is a good read that alerts the reader to truths that point to Jesus Christ’s exclusive ability to save us to everlasting life.  Follow the protagonist, Carissa, as she finds herself in the midst of the great controversy between God and Satan in the End Times.  Can she maintain her loyalty to Christ or will she yield to worldly ways surrounding her?  Will the God she loves save her?  What about her  boyfriend whom she deeply loves?  Why does he resist conversion?

Purchase “The Casting of Crowns” on Amazon, on any online bookseller, or ask them to order it at your favorite bookstore.  It is available in both paperback and e-book.

Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version Bible.

Betsy O. Borchardt

THE LIVING WORD

Who can regard the day

A failure

A treasure never exhausted

Suddenly raided

And torn

Strewn portside in the Gulf

Fragments of books

Settling atop watery graves

Of soldier/sailors

While waves chop at our vessel

A wicked wind whirls

A warring nation led by Satan

Dares attack God’s people

Blinding light appears

As glorious angels slay sinners

God’s people protected

Blessed

For we believe His Word, the Bible

We cling to His promises within

His mercy and faithfulness

Never exhausted

 

SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST

Dark, dreary days embrace us

Cradled by demons

Advocating for our destruction

False doctrines deceive many

Who think they know the Lord

But feed not on His Word, the Bible

An apostate system

Tainted by doctrines of men

Demands our favor

An apostate system

Instructs us to earn our salvation

No!

Jesus Christ won our salvation

His life without sin

A lamb without blemish

His death on the Cross

The perfect sacrifice

He suffered and died in our place

To pay the price exacted

By the Godhead

Because sin is heinous

Christ’s resurrection

A sureness of our resurrection to life

Yes, Jesus Christ enables our salvation

Embrace Him fully

That when He calls His sheep

You will know the Shepherd’s voice

And follow

 

 

 

HOW TO LIVE ABUNDANTLY

God wants you to live a rich life.  His grace is so abundant that even if you are going through a difficult time, you can still receive precious gifts from Him.

I will show you how to receive these gifts in order to make your life easier.  I will give you the steps.

     1.  Thirst after Him

God gave each of us a longing for something outside of ourselves which nothing else can satisfy.  Some may not even be aware of Christ’s ability to satisfy on a deep level.  They are totally engrossed in and satisfied with worldly things.

However, when God calls to you offering grace, come to Him.  You may be a lost soul who needs Jesus or perhaps you are a Christian in name only.  Once you drink of His living water you will never need to thirst again.

As Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well,  “whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst.  But water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”  (John 4:14).

     2.  Come, buy what is priceless and costs you nothing

Continue to accept God’s offers of mercy and grace.  This makes for an abundant life.  And accept what you cannot give to yourself.  You are a sinner — we all are.  You cannot save yourself.  Christ died for you on the Cross of Calvary because He wants to redeem you.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

He offers you this gift of life freely.  Believe in Christ’s saving sacrifice.  It will bring peace of mind while you’re sojourning on this earth.

     3.  Come just as you are

Jesus always mingled with sinners.  He came to save sinners.  God will accept you just as you are.  He offers forgiveness of sins to those who ask.  Also, He will work with you to iron out your bad habits.  You don’t need to be perfect.  Come just as you are.

Accept Him as your Savior.  Ask Him to be Lord of your life.  Review the Ten Commandments found the Bible in the book of Exodus 20:1-17.  In prayer, let Him show you your sins.  Confess them and ponder on the grievous nature of them.  Repent of these sins, intending not to do them again.

He has promised to forgive you.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

     4.  Develop a personal relationship with Him

God desires a personal relationship with you.  He wants to get to know you.  He wants to lead you to truth and to an abundant life.

Fix your mind on the One who created you.  You are a wondrous creation.  God has special plans for you.  He wants you to share your life with Him.  Let your disappointments help drive you to Him.  Spend some time with Him in prayer each day.

     5.  Read your Bible daily

A wealth of truth is found in the Bible.  If you base your decisions on divine counsel found in the Bible, God will surely bless you.

The entire Bible testifies of Jesus.  Getting to know Him and learning His ways will be enriching.

“His (God’s) truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:4).  God’s truth helps you navigate life, helping to protect you from the snares of the evil one, Satan.  Partnering with God will defect many arrows.

God will help you endure the tough times by preserving the joy you’ve developed in your inner core.  You will have been strengthened by prayer, thanksgiving, and getting to know God through relationship and by pouring through His Word, the Bible.

     6.  Obey God

The business of Christians is to obey and follow Jesus Christ.  God’s very character is reflected in the Ten Commandments.  His law is unchanging, just as God’s character never changes.

Obeying the law habitually is born out of love for God.  “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14: 21).

Jesus promised the gift of joy to those keeping His commandments.  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:10,11).

     7.  Follow Him

God offers the gift of peace to all His followers.  The apostle Paul taught the Philippians in these words:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6,7).

To follow God, you need to make His priorities your priorities.  These priorities are spelled out in the Bible.  One of these is serving others, i.e., ministering to their needs.

Many people are unaware of their spiritual needs.  After you’ve tended to some of their basis physical and emotional needs, e.g., serving a hot, nutritious meal to a group of homeless people and socializing with them, people are more receptive to your offering to minister to them spiritually.

A follower of Jesus will share his or her testimony of what Jesus has done for them with those needing Jesus Christ in their lives.

Spreading the Everlasting Gospel to those in need of a Savior is essential as well as spiritually rewarding.

In conclusion, you endear yourself to God when you obey Him.  He delights in showering mercy upon you.

Being a follower of Jesus enables you to naturally think of others first and to find joy in serving others.

A truly abundant life on earth is found only in conjuction with providing others with the hope of eternal salvation.  One can accomplish this by testifying of Christ’s saving power found in the Bible.

Knowing Christ comes in part by reading His Word and by having a personal relationship with Him.  We need both of these.

Once you come to the living waters Jesus Christ offers, you will never thirst again.  God will enable you to find peace of mind, joy in all circumstances, and the hope of salvation found in Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations are from the NKJV

 

 

 

GIVING TIME TO OUR GOD

Upon arising
Before the hustle and bustle
Demands our attention
As first light shines
Upon delicate branches
After the morning star disappears
Spring flowers reach East
For light given by God
The Bible awaits us
And on our lips
Words of thanksgiving
To the Lord
Gently pierce morning silence
As we meditate on
Our Morning Star, Jesus
Our Savior and Friend
Who speaks to us
Through the Bible, His Word
Casting our fears aside
And in making this connection
Try giving God prayers of thanksgiving
As each day unfolds
With a spiritual sparkle

CHRISTIAN COUNSEL

Practice being good to yourself
You may need self-nurturing
In a personal crisis
Learn strength
By abiding in Jesus
He will never let you down
As all humans do at times

In this world
Of chaos and competition
Listen for Jesus’ voice
He will uplift you
Lay your burdens on Him
He will give you lasting peace
Found nowhere else

Make the Bible your
Daily food for thought
Find within it Divine counsel
As Paul offers to the Philippians
Echoing down through the ages:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure, whatever things
are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy—meditate on these things”
(Phil 4:8). NKJV

HE IS COMING

Every individual is a matchless gift from God
Discover and cherish their attributes
Accept and overlook their bad tendencies for a time
Pray they will overcome these faults
With the help of Jesus Christ

Cling to Jesus to show you His way
Let the Bible enlighten your path
Be kind to all you encounter

Let your light of love shine brightly
Leading people out of darkness
Teach them God’s way
Many will join a good cause
Invite them to spread the gospel with you
Preparing the lost
For God’s eternal Kingdom to come
Teaching the truths found only in the Bible

Ready the masses for the reign of Jesus Christ the King
He promised to come again in glory
To welcome those wearing His robe of righteousness
A gift accepted by those who acknowledge
They cannot save themselves, not by works
Nor by any human effort
Only by humbling themselves and bowing to Jesus
Accepting His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary
And looking to Jesus for forgiveness if we sin

For the Holy Spirit enables us to come,
Confessing and repenting
Joyfully resuming the new life we’ve found in Christ
Confident God the Father will see in us
Only the righteousness of Christ

What a gift!
What a Savior
Accept Him into your heart now
For the signs of the times indicate
He is coming soon

ENTRUSTED TO GOD

I cannot fathom the depth of Your love for me
You’ve always been here, watching over me
You have a plan for me
Even though I’m not sure what it is

Lord, lead me
I am ready to surrender all of myself
Even though I’m weak to follow through
And vulnerable to blows from the enemy
But You strengthen me through Your Word
And Your Spirit dwelling within me

Show me Lord where You want me to serve
Open my eyes to those in need
Let me not discriminate
Bury my arrogance that surfaces at times
A blessing abodes in the humble soul
Help me revamp my priorities
Give me the gift to think first of others
And to not shy away
Help me grow wings as a butterfly
To flutter from person to person
Engaging their beauty
To dance with Your heart
I’ll speak of Jesus’ love
Our only sanctuary when the storm blows in

Hearts connected to Jesus cannot deceive
But speak truth to all
The truth that saves
Let me speak truth
As part of my misssion

WHAT IS TO COME

In my coming posts I will continue to provide you with words of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement concerning your relationship with God and with each other, while emphasizing the truths found in God’s Word, the Bible.

I will also add multimedia elements which will enhance the site. This and other minor changes as a result of taking WordPress’s blogging 101.

I think we too often attempt to perform God’s will using our own strength, not God’s strength. He offers to lead us in reaching goals He will provide us with, support us emotionally, and never leave us. In order to do this we need to look to Him first, lean on Him, and trust Him.

I hope the following poem entitled CREATED FOR INTIMACY inspires you to trust God to work through you.

Fear fades
For Jesus Christ reigns
On a King’s throne
Higher than any
With outstretched arms
Wooing
Replacing fear with trust
In those drawing close enough
To embrace His heart

He is our Creator
Having molded us in His image
Uniting His purpose
With our potential to love
In relationship with Him
Forever

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