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HE LEADS ME

I’m well, healed by gentle hand

Not cured, but led to warm waters

caressing my affliction

A mirror of His love

reflects my image

One with Him in love, glowing

Sheltered inside me, His Word

anchored in my heart

expressed in deeds

I need not excuse

for I’m led by

the Captain of choice

My sails rigged

for safe crossing

of tempestuous seas

My friends aboard

cling to His promises

For we are bound for

eternity

Our new home, the New Jerusalem

All pain and sorrow

left behind

Sin and death

will be no more

Remember to get a copy of my book, “The Casting of Crowns,” available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, or any online bookseller.  Or order it at your favorite bookstore.  Read how Carissa and her friends prepare for eternity despite persecution by the New World Order, a union of church and state, headed by the Pope and the U.S. President.  Learn how to avoid being deceived in these Last Days.  It’s a good read! Betsy O. Borchardt

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

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

 

 

 

WHO KNOWS THE TIME

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Wars rage

Famines scourge the land

Leaving suffering, dying infants

Our world seems

Weakened by Satan’s plans

To destroy all innocent babes

Preying on the unprotected

 

He points to God

As the source of suffering

The originator of a failed government

He claims

 

It’s time to stand up for God

Reckon who’s right or wrong

Ignore the one who

Accuses the saints

Day and night

Walk with Jesus

Secure in knowing

He’s in charge

 

The time will come

Unknown to all

He’ll step out of heaven

Destined for earth

Accompanied by His holy angels

With His reward in hand

He calls His faithful home

The dead in Christ will rise first

Meeting Him in the air

Those who walk with Him

Are drawn up next

Destination heaven

Where no suffering

Illness nor death occur

And God will wipe all tears

From the eyes

Of those who suffered

 

We know not the time

But know it is near

For all the signs scream

Christ’s coming is soon

Even at the door

Prepare for the Lord

Humbly giving Him reign

He wants to take you home

BOUND FOR GLORY

 

Christ is my Redeemer

I come to Him when tears won’t flow

He always listens

Lifting my soul

I sense his response

It infuses my mind

He touches my heart

Healing me

I reach out to others, unafraid

I know this transformation

Is part of His plan

He sees in me

A helper in kind

To those who’ve lost their way

He’s given me rare gifts

Of patience and kindness

When someone stumbles

And doom seems sure

I go to Him

For strength and guidance

As many other Christians do

For our work is specific

Bringing others to Life in Christ

A safe place on rough seas

For our Captain is the Lord Jesus

On this ship bound for glory

Our election sure

We praise His name

RANDOM FACES

Random faces in the crowd

Seek not Christ

Nor venture where He is found

Worn expressions

Ragged clothes

Drape these people

Drenched in hopelessness

The forlorn among us

No longer thirst

To belong to society

Who knows how to reach them?

A humble group

Led by the Spirit of God

Seeking not fame nor recognition

But fine with working in the shadows

Bringing the light of Christ

To the broken souls of men and women

Patiently seeking a positive response

Laboring as Jesus did

Not thinking of self

But investing in the lives

Of those who’ve forgotten

How to be whole

Praying

Laboring

Seeking a breakthrough

Only possible while reflecting Christ

For He alone can offer wholeness

To a broken soul

 

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

 

 

 

PROMISES FROM GOD

I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite Bible promises pertaining to everlasting life for God’s faithful.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16,17).

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3).

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out” (Rev 3:12).

The Bible is filled with many beautiful promises pertaining to blessings God will bestow on us in our earthly lives, as well. Do you have a favorite promise of God found in the Bible? Feel free to share.

—Scripture Quotations are taken from KJV—

PERSEVERANCE REQUIRED

How many times lately, outside of church, have you spoken to others about your faith in God? For myself, I do not measure up in this area. Sure, I write this blog and have written a wonderful book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, about relationships with God in the Last Days, for which I continue to seek out a traditional publisher. But witnessing in person rather than in writing is, I think, harder hitting.

I recently accepted a volunteer position at church as a greeter. I had forgotten how satisfying and rewarding contact with people can be even while stepping out of my comfort zone. And there is no other place I’d rather help people feel welcome. But that’s just a start.

What about neighbors, friends, and family? I’ve spoken to them in the past about God, but many of them rejected God’s truths as revealed in the Bible. Some of my neighbors don’t care to go to church at all. Their lifestyles don’t include reliance on God for their needs. All I can do is befriend them, reflect Christ’s image, and pray for them. Perhaps a crisis in their lives will drive them to God’s door. In the Bible, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, prophetically the Last Days church, “Here I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him , and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). We need to encourage others to open the door and commune with Him.

What a marvelous relationship with Jesus will ensue. He is our Redeemer, bound to offer us, as sinners, with everything we need to overcome the power of Satan. Jesus promises: “To him who overcomes, I give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

There is nothing more rewarding than leading someone to Jesus. However, it requires patience and perseverance. Never stop praying for those relatives of yours who need Christ in order to overcome. Don’t be afraid to witness to others who need caring friends to introduce them to God’s unconditional love, that healing balm which produces a sense of purpose and the hope of salvation.

—Scripture quotaions taken from NIV Bible—

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