Ephesians 1- God Let’s Us Know His Will

I love a good mystery movie especially if it surprises me. Mysterious people have always intrigued me. I love meeting people from other cultures and learning about them.

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God, however, takes pleasure in sharing his will with us. Those who have trusted in Jesus are God’s children. God delights in sharing his will with his children. We see in Ephesians 1:

With all wisdom and understanding, he  made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

God has shared with us the plan that one day Jesus will return to earth and reign as king. God has shared with us that his plan is for us to be resurrected with glorified bodies just as Jesus was. God has shared with us that the curse on nature will cease and every person will acknowledge that Jesus is Lord.

Jesus calls us friends and said that a servant does not know his master’s business, but he calls us friends and lets us know the father’s will as we see in John 15:

You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

The one thing he has not shared with us is exactly when it will happen. Jesus said in Act 1:

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We are given the privilege of sharing Jesus with others in hopes that others will come to faith and be ready. Until Jesus returns or takes us home, we can share the once mystery of his plan with others.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Warning During Class

Last night as I was teaching class, a severe thunderstorm roared into my city. I knew we would have some fun weather because where I live, if it gets hot one day, it means we will have some severe weather. Sure enough we did.

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I found out the college I teach for has a new feature on the computer monitor for teachers in the classroom. As I was teaching, the screen changed abruptly to say, Tornado Warning, I couldn’t do anything with the computer until I clicked acknowledge.

The off duty deputy sheriff, who provides security, came to my classroom to let me know about the tornado warning as well. He reminded me that my classroom was the safest place to be in the building. I looked at the website for our local news and saw that the tornado warning was actually north of my city and the storm was moving a direction away from where we were. So after reassuring the students, we continued with class.

I wondered how many people in my city went outside to see if there was a tornado. Where I live, we have never had a tornado. They are always north or south of the city, so even though the weatherman for our local TV station dramatizes the situation, we tend to ignore the warnings.

Jesus shared signs of the end times. It is possible Jesus could return during my lifetime. Many of the signs are there, but people tend to ignore the signs. Jesus spoke about that in Matthew 24:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

I will probably continue to be like my fellow residents of my city and not worry about tornado warnings, but I am aware of the signs of the end times and the return of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Palms Sunday Is Here

Palms Sunday is here and today in many churches children will enter worship carrying palm leaves made out of paper. It makes for a cute heartwarming scene for parents. The first Palms Sunday was anything but a cute heartwarming scene.

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The people of Israel were looking for their Messiah, promised one, to deliver them from the Romans, restore the kingdom of Israel, and sit on David’s throne. Jesus had brought Lazarus back from the dead. That along with his many other miracles had the people thinking it was time for Jesus to enter Jerusalem to be their Messiah.

Jesus rode in knowing what would happen. He knew the crowds shouting out Hosanna would turn around five days later and shoutout crucify him. Jesus knew what awaited him. Jesus knew the plan all along. He knew he had come to suffer and die for us to become our Savior.

There will be a day Jesus returns to earth and reign from Jerusalem. That day will come and nothing can stop it. The question is whether we will have joy that our Savior has returned or have sorrow knowing we missed our opportunity to embrace Jesus as our Savior.

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What’s In A Name

Names are the first thing we usually learn about someone. People calling us by our name helps us feel connected Parents choose names for babies that have meaning to them.

I have a friend at church named Karen. She is a kind person. When I was growing up, one of my best friends was named Karen. I love spending time with my friends from Burma who are part of the Karen People-different pronunciation Kuhrin.

So when it became popular to use the name Karen as a way to slander women who complain, it bothered me.

The name of our Savior is Jesus. He chose to die on the cross for us out of his love for us. He defeated death for us. When people use his name while swearing, it bothers me.

It is at the name Jesus that all of humanity will one day bow. We read in Philippians 2:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

The time draws closer to when this will happen. The question is whether we will bow our knee out of gratitude as an act of worship to Jesus or bow our knee realizing Jesus is the Savior we rejected and it’s too late.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

In Honor of Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month- More Doctors for Me

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and to celebrate it I get to, guess what, yes you guessed it. I will have unexpected doctors’ appointments. It started with one yesterday more on that later in the post.

First I want to give a shout out to my fellow bloggers who live with an autoimmune disease. I know what it is like to with autoimmune issues. I live with more than one.

Lately I have been having pain in my side off and on, so I went to my GP. Yes, there was another blood test that I didn’t study for. Next Monday lucky me gets to go have a CT scan and they said something about drinking “contrast” first. Somehow I don’t think it is chocolate flavored.

I am so looking forward to Jesus returning or taking me to heaven either way, no more chronic illnes.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Signs of Jesus’s Return

Each year in March, I teach my students about severe weather and safety in case of severe weather. I usually do it at the end of March, but this year it seemed more appropriate to do it this past week. Last night we had our first thunderstorm of the year roll through our city. I think it probably got their attention. 🙂

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It is normal where I live for winters to vary. We can have two or three hard winters and then a warmer than usual winter. It has been like that all of my life. If we have a warmer than usual winter, I have a fairly good idea we will have an early spring. From experience I know how to read the signs.

Jesus spoke of signs of the end times before his second coming. Signs such as natural disasters, wars and rumor of wars etc. Each generation since then has though they were in the end times. During World War 2 many people thought that was the end times. With what is happening in Ukraine and the alliance between China and Russia, many think we are entering the end times now.

It is very possible we are approaching the end times. But it is also possible we are not. What should we do?

We should be prepared for both possibilities. We should be ready for his return to be a joyful one for us by placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior. We should also live our lives to be found faithful when he returns. At the same time live our lives as if he will not return in our lifetime by doing things like getting an education, gaining skills for employment, take care of our families etc.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

The Future

Conversation with one of my students yesterday.

Student- “Teacher when will spring come?”

Me- “Do you mean on the calendar or the weather?”

Student- “The weather.”

Me- “I am sorry. This is Nebraska. The only correct answer is we never know.”

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Just a humorous way to introduce something. During times of turmoil, we might worry about the future, wonder when the turmoil will end. Dealing with uncertainty is stressful.

Jesus created time for us to exist in, however, he exists outside of time. He is eternal. He stepped into time when he came to earth to become our Savior, but he is not confined by the boundaries of time. That means he is with us both now and in our future at the same time. Best of all, he loves us deeply.

We might not know the future, but we can know the person who knows our future-Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Hope of The Nations by Brian Doerksen

Our world is in turmoil with Russia invading Ukraine, an ongoing pandemic, and other woes. Who do we turn to?

Ultimately our world as we know it will see the return of Jesus. That is the great hope of humanity that one day Jesus our creator and savior will return to reign over our world as the Prince of Peace.

But what about the meantime? He is still the true hope that we can offer to people. We can also pray for those who suffer and seek out ways to assist through donations to causes that will help the refugees who have fled.

I choose to look to Jesus regarding the tragedies in our world.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Another Gift from Chronic Illness-Losing Hair

Got my haircut yesterday. One reason was I really needed one after waiting for COVID to decrease. The other reason is due to hair coming out. It is from the medication not age. I take after my maternal grandmother. He had a full head of hair all his life.

But I would much rather be able to stand for more than a few minutes and lose some hair than have a full head of hair and the effects of chronic illness.

Fortunately when Jesus resurrects us, such things won’t be an issue. 😊

The way things are in this world it would not surprise me if his return is sooner than we think.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Story Time-Airports versus Shopping

There are two smaller stores where I buy most of my food from. One is a neighborhood grocery store. The other is an organic/natural food store that is next to the coffee shop I frequent. What do they have in common? They are small, I know where everything is, and I share jokes with the people who work there. They are also both more expensive than supermarkets, but that brings me to things I don’t like about larger supermarkets.

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Large supermarkets are impossible to navigate. I don’t know where things are. They are too complicated. Worst of all they are so crowded. They could cause a person to have anxiety.

So can the same be true to airports? Say it isn’t so. Airports are vastly superior to large supermarkets. Yes, at face value one might think they are similarities such as many people, but that is a superficial comparision.

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Airports, especially international airports, represent fun and adventure. When one is in an airport, one is going somewhere on an adventure. Even being in an international airport gives one the adventure of finding the gate and the fun of looking around and seeing people from all over the world. Yes, there are overpriced shops, but they are easily avoided and hey malls are full of overpriced shops too, but one isn’t going anywhere.

With supermarkets or malls, all one is doing is walking around way too much with the only destination being back to one’s car. Where is the fun in that? With airports one also walks around a lot, but one is going to someplace exciting like Brazil or Europe.

Supermarkets are boring. One needs to daydream at times to make it through such as pondering deep things like if a team of elves from Lord of the Rings played a team of Jedis from Star Wars, who would win. In an international airport, there are so many fascinating people from all over the world that walk by that there is no need for daydreaming.

The list of reason airports are superior to supermarkets/malls could go on, but in the interest of brevity, give me my small stores and airports any day not supermarkets/malls.

Airports have one more huge advantage. Whenever I fly to another country it reminds me that one day Jesus will return and those who believe in him will fly away to our eternal home. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.