When The Teacher Becomes The Student

Yesterday I met with my student/friend from Mexico to practice Spanish. We talked for over an hour mostly in Spanish. She patiently corrected my mistakes and helped me with pronunciation. This morning before I woke up, I realized it helped me.

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I woke up in the middle of dreaming in Spanish. In the dream, I opened a college entrance test and saw the first ten questions were in Spanish, so I talked with the test proctor in Spanish. Then I woke up. I woke up happy because I dreamed in Spanish. ūüôā

In the dream, some Spanish speakers were happy and smiling when they heard me speak Spanish. It caused me to of think my students from other languages and my hobby of learning greetings in 30 languages. The reason I do so is because I want to connect with them and show respect. It opens doors of friendship for me.

It also gives me a new appreciation for the truth of Philippians 2:11

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father

One day the nations will be before Jesus acknowledging him as Lord. I guess the only question is what language I will be doing that in. Perhaps there will be one language such as Hebrew or perhaps we will all speak our own languages. It will be fascinating to find out. ūüôā

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God Will Restore Nature

Yesterday I watched a video of a young woman playing her harp and a deer coming to check it out. It caused me to think about what is coming in the future that Isaiah wrote about in Isaiah 11:

The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
 They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

There is currently a curse on nature that is a result of the fall when Adam and Eve sinned. As Paul wrote creation in Romans 8 all of creation is groaning:

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

When Jesus returns and restores all of creation, the animals will get along and not fight or attack each other. We will be safe around all animals. Nature will be restored.

All of creation is valuable to God. He will restore all things. Above all, we are what God treasures the most. We will have glorified bodies one day so no more sickness or death.

I won’t be allergic to cats anymore, so maybe they will be okay to be around. ūüôā

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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‚ÄĒto 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:¬†‚ÄúIt 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.‚ÄĚ

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.

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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:

‚ÄúBut 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ūüôā

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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.

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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.

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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.