ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,  Rev. 22

PERFECTION,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”  1/2/20,   (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers…”
(Psalm 1:3, NIV)
An Extraordinary Life

The best decision of your life was to live your life with God at the center. That was the essential first step to living at your full potential. Now the key to experiencing an extraordinary life every day is to grow in your relationship with God. Scripture talks about how life with God is like a tree and its branches. When a branch is connected to the tree, it receives nourishment and life and produces fruit. We have to stay connected to God so we can receive His strength and be empowered to accomplish all that He has for us.

In any relationship, growth happens over time. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to keep moving forward with Him one step at a time. No matter what is going on in your life, keep making time for Him so that your relationship can grow strong, and you can walk in the fullness of His blessings!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that every day I can live my life with You at the center and grow in my relationship with You. Thank You for planting me in the streams of Your living water. I look forward to the abundance You are producing in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

My Thoughts
Actually, as I read the Holy Scriptures it seems to me that our LOVING CREATOR has made available every thing that we need if we would like to be perfected.  Perhaps our Adamic nature is very concerned about us getting that thought in our heart that in Christ Jesus we could become perfect or perfected.  Seems to me that when the Body/Church/Bride goes home she is a perfect match for Christ Jesus, the LORD.  So lets look at the word perfect (which is to be like Christ Jesus.)
Matt. 5:48:  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Luke 6:40:  “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”
John 17:23: “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
2 Cor. 7:1:  “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Eph. 4:12-13:  “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
1 Thess.3:10:  “
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
2 Tim.3:16-17:  “
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Heb. 6:1:  “
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb.12:23:  “
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”
James 1:4:  “
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
1 Pet. 5:10:  “
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
1 John 4:17:  “
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

So not much room left for the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life to find a dark corner to hide in.  We are born by faith into the Kingdom of God but are challenged to become sanctified and become like Jesus.   Making Jesus our savior is not a “Get out of Hell” free card.  And personally I don’t have any idea where GOD draws the line.  But most of what I see in the Holy Scriptures is that Jesus is LORD over an obedient KINGDOM of Righteousness.  And in Rev.22 there are many exclusions.  So where is your school of learning obedience and being sanctified to be made ready for the coming Kingdom of God?   Yours in HIS great love and mercy,  Ken<><   There is but one Church of Christ Jesus,  are you a member?

Christian News
FBI data underscores rising threat to places of worship
When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York, during Hanukkah and a gunman fired on worshipers at a Texas church 14 hours later, the two congregations in different regions of the country joined a growing list of faith communities that have come under attack in the US.
More Roman Catholic sexual abuse history comes to light in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte released a list of 14 clergy Monday it said had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since its founding in 1972, including the names of six other clergy who had been credibly accused before the diocese’s founding, and 23 men who had been caught outside its jurisdiction.
China intends to exercise total control over religion beginning February 2020
China will roll out new measures to further circumscribe the spiritual activities of its citizens on February 1st in the New Year, as state news reported Monday that the 42 articles of the Administrative Measures for Religious Groups had been approved.
Radicals in India disrupt inauguration of Jesus-centered prayer hall
Three Bharatiya Janata Party-affiliated people led an attack on a new prayer hall dedicated to Jesus in India’s West Bengal state Saturday, as a mob of 800 people, mostly non-Christians, surrounded the building’s inauguration ceremony.


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIEND,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16

TOMORROW,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   1/1/2020  (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…”   (Isaiah 43:18–19, NIV)
New Beginnings

We’ve all had negative things happen to us. People did us wrong, the company let us go, someone was rude to us. It’s easy to go through life carrying offenses, trapped in self-pity, blaming ourselves and others. Because we’re always looking back, reliving the negative, we end up carrying around emotional baggage that weighs us down. One of the best things you can learn to do is drop it. Whether it happened twenty years ago or twenty minutes ago, don’t carry negative baggage from yesterday into today. Now do your part and let it go.

Past hurts occurred once. Don’t let them continue to hurt you by always thinking about them. As long as you’re dwelling on the past, you’re going to miss “the new things” God wants to do. You need to be looking forward to new beginnings. But God will not release new opportunities as long as you’re reliving old hurts and old failures.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can be free from all the negative baggage that comes from carrying past offenses, guilt, and blame. Help me to treat the past as the past, that it’s over. I look forward to the new things You’re doing in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Immediately my mind went to the anointed words of Paul:   Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [a] so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 [b]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Phil.3:12-14…     It is so very obvious that, if allowed, the things of the past can greatly impact and limit our future.  Every day, can be a new beginning if we have the faith to allow for it.  it is in the LORD’s Hands to bring judgment and to redeem us from destruction as in the Psalms 103:4-6:  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

So it would seem that we need to treat each and every soul….. with God’s Love as we are HIS ambassadors.  As  for many the only Jesus they will ever see is the one that they can clearly see in US.   We need to leave behind our old attitudes and hurts if we want GOD”S Favor and Blessings and to be used by HIM.  As He must treat us  in the very same way that we treat others.  Sowing and Reaping It is a supernatural spiritual law of this Universe that the Creator want’s us to learn about that law.  In Him, there is always  balance and reciprocity.  Like in Adam we all die so to in Christ Jesus we shall all be made alive.   In Adam we let lucifer in and in Christ Jesus we (HIS Church)  get to boot him out.  The wages of sin is death but the gift of GOD is eternal life through Christ Jesus our LORD.  Forgiveness is absolutely necessary for us to find the balance in GOD’s great love for us.  Otherwise we get plugged up and run in circles drounding in our own juice.  We get to thinking about past stuff that we can never fix,  And to the point that nothing else can get through. Study through the little books of James and Jude…   Be Blessed in your day,   Ken<><

Christian News        (This is headed our way unless we have a U.S. Revival.)
Iranian Christians, charged with “Zionism,” sent to Evin prison, have their bail multiplied for requesting a lawyer  Nine Iranian Christians who had converted from Islam were sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison for “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionism,” as Iran’s Revolutionary court denied the requests of those who asked for lawyers and transferred them to the country’s worst prison.
Translation of ISIS video threatens Christians of the world for killing of al-Baghdadi
A translation from a 56-second video released by the Amaq ISIS news outlet showing the beheading and execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria over the Christmas holiday was provided by the Washington-based SITE Intelligence Group in recent days.


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16

   12/31/19  (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”   (Psalm 51:10, ESV)
Christ Makes Everything New

With this new year comes fresh starts, resolutions and new beginnings. It is a time for making plans, setting goals and writing visions. But the greatest “new start” of all comes through Jesus Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If you need a new beginning this year in any area of your life, allow Christ to make you a new creation, and the old will pass away! He will put a new and right spirit within you when you call on His name!

This year, make your relationship with Him your number one priority. When you put God first place and make it your highest priority to please Him, you can expect to live a blessed, fulfilled life. Scripture states, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Notice who God rewards. Not people who half-heartedly seek Him, only seek Him when they have a problem, or come to church only on special occasions. God rewards people who diligently seek Him. Psalm 34:10 adds: “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” When you seek God daily with your whole heart in this new year, you won’t be able to outrun the good things of God!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, as we enter into a new year, I choose to put You first. Wipe the slate clean as I develop a deeper personal relationship with You. Thank You for new beginnings as I walk every day with You in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Thoughts:
We all deeply know that in a friendship, business, school, marriage or ministry that being half-hearted (
mediocracy) is a most certain step towards finding failure.  And then we play the blame game by giving God the credit for our failures.  And so many today are really upset at GOD for not giving them deliverance from their own Adamic choices.  That lust when it is conceived produces sin and the completion of sin is death or separation from our HOLY Creator God.  James 1:15…  I am finding that we have good days and bad days and usually the temptations come to sin on my bad days.  And also the longer that I have victory over an issue in the Grace and Power of the Holy Spirit the stronger I get.  But If I submit to the temptation then the weaker I get.  The nature that I inherited form Adam just does not want to die.  Really difficult at times to keep the coffin lid on tight on the flesh (Adamic Nature)  and through a few more rocks on the casket.  As when ever Adam does get loose he sure makes a mess of things.  And of course that is where 1 John 1:6-9 comes in. 

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   Paul says it this way:   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  Romans 8:3-10….  So we need to encourage each other with HIS promises:  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Cor.7:1,  2 Pet.1:4.  That the Rom. 8 victory is ours when we find and have heart faith for the promises of God. 
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM who loved us.

Yours, in HIS great LOVE and wonderful grace and mercy. 
And that you have a blessed 2020 like in good sight with our King. 

Christian News
Sudan church, harassed by Islamist government, receives personal apology on Christmas
In a gesture of reconciliation following years of persecution, the new religious affairs minister of Sudan, Nasr al-Din Mufreh, attended Christmas celebrations in Khartoum to personally apologize for former dictator Omar al-Bashir’s harassment of Christians.
Wang Yi, Chinese pastor, locked up for 9 years for publishing manifesto against Xi Jinping’s ‘sinicization’ plan
Chinese pastor Wang Yi was sentenced to 9 years of prison on December 30th, following a year of detention in an unknown location in which he was deprived a lawyer by President Xi Jinping’s Chinese Communist Party.
Texas pastor thankful parishioners had ‘opportunity to protect during church shooting
A minister at a Texas church where a parishioner shot and killed a man who opened fire on the Sunday congregation thanked state leaders for granting the man the right to carry a firearm to the service.


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,  John 3:16

BLESSINGS OF JABEZ, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/30/19,  (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested…”   (1 Chronicles 4:10, NASB)
Enlarge Your Territory

In 1 Chronicles 4, Jabez was a man that people said was supposed to have trouble and heartache and lived depressed and defeated, but he shook off the negative mentality. Despite how people labeled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him and enlarge his territories. He was saying, “God, let me see abundance. Let me see more of Your favor.” And God blessed him indeed.

Like Jabez, you may have plenty of reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, how impossible it looks. The odds may be against you, but the good news is that God is for you. He wants your new year, your life and everything about you to be successful and wonderful. He knows how to make up for what you didn’t get. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers. Ask in spite of what the circumstances look like and what people are telling you. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to beat the odds, stand out in the crowd and reach your best life, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, today I open my heart to You and ask You to bless me. I ask You to increase me in every area and teach me to be faithful to You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Yes, and a bit of repentance and obedience could be very helpful for the success of the vision as well.  Obviously most of us do not deserve the blessings that we have.  I watch films on how the other half of the world lives.   And I grew up in the 1930’s on a Kentucky Hillbilly farm with no power, a bucket for water and a deep hole in the back yard for a cooler and an out house behind the chicken house.  But was loved and healthy.  So life does not revolve around the stuff we may have but around relationships and especially our relationship with our Creator.   God’s blessings come to us out of our obedience to HIM as with any good father.   With pride and rebellion, things dry up.
 Jesus said:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21)  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.(John 15:10)   “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:7)   “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt. 19:17)  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt.5:19.)

So if we, as the children of GOD, really want to be blessed, we need to search the New Testament thoroughly for the Commandments of Christ Jesus.  We must saturate our heart with them and learn to keep them.  There are literally hundreds of the LORD’S Commandments in the New Testament that we need to be learning to obey.  Our Heavenly Father is creating a Kingdom of Righteousness for us to live.   There we be total love, unity and obedience in that new Kingdom.   We are now in a process of learning how to be able to live there in Love, Peace and Joy.  So we might as well spend our very short time here learning what His Commandments are all about and in learning how to submit to authority.  Our Creator God is not going to allow the present rebellion to exist at all in HIS Coming Kingdom.  He is not going to allow the rest of the universe to experience the destruction that rebellion has caused on earth.  So just where are we learning how to be in humility and to learn obedience.  This school seems to have  very few in attendance.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy,   Ken<><

Christian News
Gunman opens fire in White Settlement, Texas church, leaving 2 dead
Two people were killed and one person critically injured in a Texas church shooting Sunday morning, with one person having died on the way to the hospital and been revived.  The attack was stopped by 2 members with permits to carry.
Pastor in Tajikistan charged with “inciting religious hatred” released
A Tajik Pastor imprisoned for over 2 years for possessing a Josh McDowell book was released recently, 3 months before the end of his sentence.
China intends to manufacture new religion, rewrite Bible and Quran
17 Chinese officials discussed revising religious texts last month to suit the needs of the Chinese Communist Party, even framing a new religion.

Equality Act Bill:  S 788.   Every time a society replaces lifelong, monogamous marriage with sexual immorality, that society collapses to the lowest state of functioning within just three generations.  Written by a non-christian anthropologist who was born in 1865.  The so-called radically anti-family, anti-faith  “Equality Act” bill (S 788) would FORCE pastors to “wed” same-gender couples in their churches, house boys and girls together overnight on mission trips and other church functions, and allow drag queen Sunday School teachers. The alternative would be to face crippling lawsuits or even arrest.  This bill is now headed towards becoming a law by the Democratic House.


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16-18

OBEDIENCE & BLESSINGS,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”  12/27/19,  (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”   (Psalm 30:5, NIV)
You’ve Got It

Success in this life isn’t necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to God’s Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, Scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything. We have an advantage for success! God’s favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor of God will cause you to accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own. It gives you an edge.

Now, if you’re going to see the gracious hand of God at work in your life, you can’t go through the day feeling intimidated, thinking that you’re average, comparing yourself to everyone else. No, you have to live like you have His favor, think like you have favor, talk like you have favor, walk like you have favor, dress like you have favor! Not arrogantly. Not in a way that portrays that you’re better than somebody else, but with a quiet confidence knowing that you have the gracious hand of God on your life! Live like you’ve got it because you do!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy upon my life. I praise You today because You are good. I receive Your truth by faith and rise up to walk in my calling. I know that You are going before me to prepare the way as I walk in Your favor all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:

Where humility and obedience go,  God’s grace flows.  But pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit prior to a great fall.  In about 1969 on new years eve,  Ken Kesey, being a good friend, I was invited and decided to visit his New Years eve gathering.  I love fireworks so I took a stick of rock dynamite and primer cord and made a big explosive device to blow up at midnight on Ken’s 67 acre farm.  Every New Years was a barn cleaning and a big celebration. So I took my bomb along and when Ken saw it, he had to have it.  I told him it had a 60 sec. fuse and sure, have fun.  He took it and quickly said, the fuse is too long… and cut it ot 30 sec.  A friend came over about that time and said it is still too long and cut it to 15 sec.  I am backing up away from these crazy guys about this time as there was no stopping them.   Ken then cut the fuse off to a nub,  perhaps 5 seconds now.  This has gone crazy… I am now moving way way back.  Midnight,  the 12 chimes,  friend lights fuse , Ken tossed as far as he could.  both Ken and friend dive over the big pile to be safe.  Big explosion,  dogs barking for miles around.  But they forgot it was that years manure from cleaning the barn of rabbit, chicken, chow and horse manure that they dove into…  It so illustrates the above verse,  “and a haughty spirit before a great fall.” 

With children, how do we train them?   Obedience = Blessing,  Disobedience = Rejection/spanking.   Big problem is that most who seek to find God’s place of blessing never fully understand what God wants them to do to be found in humility and obedience to be blessed,  they are just too busy blowing up stuff.  He wrote HIS desires down for us through HIS prophets for us to find.  But we don’t go to the source, we let some gifted speaker tell us what it means without checking.  And then we find, that it does not work so we throw the truth away with the fiction together.  We toss the baby out with the bathwater.  And we totally miss the Blessings of GOD in the process.  And many times we also find ourselves in a pile of manure.  Bad marriage, boring job,  discord in the family,  more bills than income,  health issues due to our poor maintenance.  Then, what do we do, we blame GOD and make HIM the cause of our problems.   It take humility and obedience to learn to repent, seek forgiveness and to be able to start over.  Isa. 53.

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy.    Ken<><  (Gathering Tonight.)

There is but one Church of Christ Jesus and all who
Truly Love & Obey HIM are members.

Christian News  
18 Christians killed by ISIS in Nigeria on Christmas Eve and Christmas
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Russian Christians reach out to Mongolia, where Christianity is resurrecting
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Despite Intense Persecution and Death Threats, National Bible Translators Remain Committed to Translating the Scriptures
Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that empowers mother-tongue Bible translators and partners with local churches in the advancement of Bible translation, continues to receive requests for help from Christians living in highly volatile regions who are committed to bringing the translated Scriptures to their language groups.
Christian mother banished from home by Muslim husband in Uganda
A Christian mother in Uganda had to flee her home when her Muslim husband discovered she had been taking their 7-year-old child to church services after her recent conversion in May.
Boris Johnson Vows to Defend Christians in First Christmas Message Since Becoming PM
Boris Johnson has vowed to defend Christians around the world in his first Christmas message since becoming U.K prime minister.


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,    Rom. 10:9-10

HEART FAITH,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   12/26/19,   (Across my desk this morning from Joel.)

Today’s Scripture
“…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart…”   (Psalm 101:2, NKJV)
Perfect Toward Him

This time of year, people often take time to reflect and set goals for the new year. But have you ever set “perfection” as a goal on your list? Now, that may seem a little strange or unobtainable to many, but really, in God’s eyes perfection isn’t about performance. In fact, it isn’t about behavior at all. What God is looking for is a heart that is perfect toward Him. Scripture says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. That means that He is more pleased with someone who has a heart toward Him who may mess up than He is with someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. The condition of your heart is extremely important to God. When you have a right heart, you are humble before Him. You seek His ways. You get up each day with a desire to please Him. You submit every area of your life to Him, and you are willing to make adjustments and receive correction so you can grow and come up higher. As you prepare for the coming year, make knowing Him your number one priority. Yield yourself to Him and let Him shape your character. Serve Him with all your might and let your heart be perfect toward Him!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for all of Your blessings in my life. I declare today that You are good and thank You for Your mercy. I set my heart and mind on You and ask that You have Your way in me. Help me to love You perfectly and keep me close to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts,
Could not have said it better.  Christ Jesus spent a lot of time teaching about our “heart” our subconscious,  the place where we are really real,  the place of our soul.  There are 160 verses in the New Testament and 724 verses in the Old Testament concerning our heart.  The heart is somewhat like an ice berg.  Our conscious mind is the 1/7 above the water and the heart is the 6/7 below the water.  Much of what we say comes out of our mind and we can be talking just to see what it sounds like with no commitment as to the truth at all.  For many even being a Christian is really somewhat like belonging to a bridge club, nationality or of  environmental conditioning. 

Jesus taught us: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt.6:21,  “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt.5:8, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matt.22:37,  “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45,  “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” Luke 21:34,  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.“John 14:27,  8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Rom.10: 9-10. 

The little books of James and Jude are great also in training the heart as to what is GOD’S TRUTH.  I like listening to the New Testament in my truck while driving.   Usually our hearts are initially filled with the junk of this world from Adam and seriously needs to be replaced with the TRUTH of the Word of God.  This means that we need to saturate our mind many many times (what ever it takes) to change our heart into believing what we know to be God’s truth.   The mind is the gateway to the heart.  The conscious mind is very flexible but the heart can be like stone and difficult to change.  And especially to agree with God’s Truth in humility.  One time I remember going though the process and it was like a very serious hard drive crash.  The erroneous issue that needed God’s Truth were so woven into so many facets of my thinking that it trashed all kinds of stone work in my mind.  Knocked some big holy holes into my heart library and I gained a great deal of freedom,  That was back in 1967.  Sure benefited from GOD’S Truth that finally got through to my heart.   God’s Truth sets us FREE!!!!!
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

Let God’s Light Shine:
D. L. Moody told the story of a man who was crossing the Atlantic by ship. He was terribly sick and confined to his cabin. One night he heard the cry “Man overboard!” He felt that there was nothing he could do to help, but at second thought, he said to himself, “I guess I can at least put my lantern in the porthole.” He struggled to his feet and hung the light so it shined out into the darkness.  The next day he learned that the person who was rescued said, “I was going down in the dark night for the last time, when someone put a light in a porthole. As it shone on my hand, a sailor in a lifeboat grabbed it and pulled me in.”  All of us have weaknesses — and times of weakness. The fact of the matter is, though, that weak or not, we need to muster up the strength to put our lights in our portholes for the sake of the dying and the lost among us. It’s so tempting to sulk in our weaknesses, and stay in our beds — but God expects more of us. He has given us the strength to do all things — even move mountains! There are so many people around us sinking in despair. But God has chosen us to reach out and light up their lives!

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ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 12:24-26

GOVERNMENT,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”    12/25/19,   (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…”  ( Isa. 9:6 )
Unto Us

When Jesus came to the earth in human form, He brought with Him everything you need to be empowered to live a life of victory. He came as a little baby, but as the Son of God, He represented all authority in heaven and earth. When you choose to serve Him, you are no longer a part of the kingdom of the world. You become a part of His kingdom, and you have access to all His resources. You have access to His peace, power, authority, provision, joy and strength. He brought all this to us. Unto us victory is given. Unto us peace is given. Unto us provision is given. Unto us hope and healing are given. Unto us eternal life is given! Whatever you need today, remember, when Jesus came into the world, He made a way for every one of your needs to met spiritually, emotionally and physically. Take hold of His promises by faith, knowing that He has good plans for you today.

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I could be free to live an abundant life in You. Fill me with the revelation of Your love and all that You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Jesus came for a purpose,  we are celebrating HIS day,  but are we in tune with HIS purpose?
Perhaps it would be best to consider the whole prophesy  ” For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given;   And the government shall be upon His shoulder,And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.There shall be no end to the increase of His government and of peace,[He shall rule] on the throne of David and over his kingdom,To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From that time forward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.  Isa. 9:6-7

So we have been invited to not only join but to assist in the creation of this Kingdom of righteousness.  So what kind of souls will God give HIS grace to in order to participate in that HOLY GOVERNMENTAL Kingdom?.  Pretty much the church is teaching a greasy grease and sloppy agape in somewhat of a co-dependency of where sin is not really black.  Actually sin has become shades of gray and even gets into the pastels.  So we have been basically taught to live a somewhat submissive life style but not to go overboard about it.  That no one can be like Jesus and what ever needs to be changed in us that GOD will surely take care of it later because Jesus died to save us.  So we don’t like the intrusion of government from family, church, govt. or any where else.  In fact we have elected a party into office now that wants open borders, free health care, free food support, free education and with little or no moral, ethical, spiritual laws or guidelines.  Obviously this could be very painful for all especially the poor, weak and old.  In fact in that lawless system life would become very short for those folk as they easily would become expendable.  Of course that kind of a  system is impossible and is destructive of any govt. that tries it.

Our Loving Creator has given us all of the tools on earth that we could possible need to explore how to get ready for HIS Righteous Kingdom to come.  That is if we really believe in HIS coming Kingdom and we really want to ultimately live there?  We can easily see what we believe in as it is where we spend our time in getting ready.  So check out your time.  How many hours last week did you seek God and the things of HIS Kingdom and doing what HE wanted.  And how many hours in seeking the things of the Kingdom of this world ?  Jesus taught much about this.  To learn to function in a government takes time with vision, humility and Loving obedience.  Christ Jesus is in the process of creating a Righteous Kingdom.  He spent 3 years in telling us about it and encouraging us to get ready for moving there.  When He left He told us to share HIS Gospel of Good News and HIS teachings.  Most so called christians that I know have no idea of what HIS teaching are from the New Testament nor have they ever helped any lost sinner find life, peace and righteousness by sharing the Gospel with them.  Don’t know how,  you should be learning how because your life will be an open book before the LORD at the judgment.  Christ Jesus is building a government of souls who are loving, humble, obedient and want very much to be there with HIM as their KING. 

Have a wonderful CHRISTMAS DAY, but also give this note some time consider.  “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”  1 Samuel 15:22

Yours,  In HIS great LOVE and wonderful Grace & Mercy,   Ken<><     

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ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,  Matt. 1:18-25

    12/24/19    (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests…”  (Luke 2:13-14, NIV)
With The Angels

On the night Jesus was born, there were some shepherds out in the field. An angel appeared to them to tell them about Christ’s birth. Then suddenly, a host of angels appeared who were praising God. Scripture tells us that there are angels in heaven singing God’s praises day and night. Think about this: When you praise God, you are joining with the angels in heaven! What an awesome thought that we can be one with the heavenly hosts when we worship. As you celebrate Christmas Eve, take time to rejoice with the angels. Turn your thoughts toward Him because He is good and worthy of all our praise!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, what an awesome privilege it is to come before Your throne of grace and worship You. Thank You for sending Your son, Jesus, so that I can live forever and join the heavenly hosts in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Some how the time of the Birth of Jesus was moved to a Pagan Holiday:      But does it really matter?  As the shepherds were out in the the fields by night it is obvious that Jesus was born in the late spring when the grass was good for food.   But personally,  I don’t really care about the exact date as it brings nothing special to the table concerning GOD’S great love for us and wants us to share with others.  Christ Jesus mentioned that if we even gave a glass of water to some one in HIS name, it would be remembered.   Once we have began the Road of Salvation in making Christ Jesus our LORD (Master, King) & Savior) the foundation is laid for our service to HIM,  1 Cor.3:11,  For no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what it is]; for the day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work. 14 If any person’s work which he has built [on this foundation, that is, any outcome of his effort] remains [and survives this test], he will receive a reward. 15 But if any person’s work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward]; yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire.”    It was in considering this portion of scripture that the truth sunk in that salvation is by relationship of faith and not by works.  But that works are important.  So if our motive for giving is out of a pure love for Christ Jesus and our loving obedience to HIM, HE is keeping the account.   Of course to give to get or to look good or any other of the many flesh motivations, it is a waste of time and money.  it will come to nothing in the Kingdom of God.  And in 2 Cor.9:7 Paul further writes:  “Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].    Fact is,  the Tithing concept of 10% was of the Old Testament covenant and not introduced at all into the New Testament at all by Christ Jesus or anyone else.  In the New Testament God is looking for us to be 100% HIS and not just 10%.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to recycle us into being like Christ Jesus if we will allow it.

So, personally,  I am delighted that we are now encouraged to say, “Merry Christmas” and to enjoy a day dedicated to the 1st advent of GOD, the visit of Christ, the Word of God, into HIS creation. John 1:1-3 with the birth of Jesus.    In Gen.1:26 it was the same Word of God speaking,  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”   And HE has not given up on bringing that original vision into reality.  And HE came as one of us,  taught us and waits on our faith and commitment to HIM.   We will most certainly need HIS grace to make the change to light speed from being the children of fallen Adam to becoming a Child of God in humility and obedience.  The coming Kingdom will be one of absolute pure Light, Love and Righteousness. And HE warned us that only a few would make it.  Matt.7:14.    Jesus said, You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  Matt.10:22  

So, really,  Christ Jesus is the reason for the season and nothing else.  And give only as you feel Jesus would give.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><

And a Very Merry Christmas to you all


ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,   Luke 2:1 (Story of Jesus)

12/23/19 (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him gifts…”   Matt. 2:11

Choose The Right Gifts

Can you imagine how the wise men felt as they first looked upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? As part of their worship, they gave Him gifts. They gave valuable presents to symbolize the love, honor and appreciation in their hearts. In the same way, you show your love and appreciation to God with gifts of worship, and you can show your love and appreciate to others by the gifts you bring. As you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this holiday season, don’t just focus on the gifts you bring in the natural; focus on gifts of love, kindness and encouragement. Go out of your way to show honor to others just as the wise men went out of their way to show honor to Jesus. When you walk in love and peace, that is the place of blessing.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I set my mind and heart on You. Help me to choose the right gifts this holiday season—gifts of love, kindness and peace. Have Your way in my heart and let Your goodness shine through me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Seems one of my favorite Christmas Carols that I remember well has always been “We Three Kings of Orient Are.”
So as you listen, please think about the words,  they have some profoundly deep meaning concerning seeking HIS light.  First off the gifts were basically indicative of the HIS basic needs.   The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.  The gold also needed for the family support in Egypt.  As to the use of the frankincense and myrrh,  Mary may have used them in the Lord’s death but there is no mention of it in the New Testament.  But the key to the value of the song is the word light.  GOD is light and in HIM is no darkness at all and if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John1:5-7

A long time ago I had a vision or dream of walking in a soft grassy meadow going east towards a rising sun and thought it was a beautiful experience.  As I was walking I felt the presence of another person joining me on my right side in robes so immediately realized it must be Jesus.  I did not look as I did not want to disturb what was happening.  And as we walked together towards the light I found it was not the sun at all but a giant yellow intense fire without heat  and as we walked it filled the whole sky.  We came to the edge of the grass which was still lovely even right up next to the fire.  Jesus stepped across into the fire and I felt I was to follow.  There was no fear but an awesome sense of respect.  As we walked into the fire I quickly realized there was a flow of liquid LOVE flowing in all directions.   And I became acutely aware that if there was anything in me that did not match that LOVE that it would be cremated instantly and then I awoke from the vision or dream.  I quickly realized there was a lot more to do in my life before I was ready to go.  The thought that I came away with was that in that day when I come face to face with my creator I need to have traded my Adamic nature in for the nature of Christ Jesus.  And that the Holy Spirit would help me if I was sincere about the exchinge of my darkness for HIS LIGHT.  So that song encourages me to keep heading in that direction regardless of how many times I stumble and fall.  That actually, walking in the light as HE is in the LIGHT has always been HIS divine purpose for us all on planet earth.  But our creation also does include a free will where we can say no,  I like Adam’s way better. But if we do not go for HIS light in Christ Jesus, there is nothing left but the blackness of darkness for ever,  Jude 13.  May you choose rightly.   Yours, in HIS great love,   Ken<><

There is but one CHURCH of Christ Jesus
And all who truly LOVE & OBEY HIM are members.

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ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and a Very Merry Christmas with your family.
    as we remember the coming of Jesus Christ our Savior and LORD.  (King/Master)

OBEDIENCE = GRACE,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”   12/20/19,   (Over my desk the morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart…”  Ps. 37:4
Your Secret Petitions

God knows the secret petitions of your heart. He knows every hidden dream He’s placed within you. He knows the things that you haven’t told anyone about. Maybe you thought they would never come to pass, or maybe you buried them because they didn’t happen on your timetable. Maybe, in the natural, you have every reason to give up on those dreams. Be encouraged today—God is still working behind the scenes! He still has a plan to bring those dreams to pass. Do what today’s verse says and delight yourself in Him. The word “delight” actually means “to make yourself soft and pliable.” It paints the picture of God as the Potter and you as the clay. Allow God to mold and shape your character today. Allow Him to direct your plans and ideas. Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy, and as you submit your ways to the Lord and follow His leading, He will fulfill those secret petitions of your heart!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, You said the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter. You said no good thing will You withhold because I walk uprightly before You. You said because I delight myself in You, You will give me the secret petitions of my heart. Thank You for being in control of my life and for the good things You have in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen. “

My Thoughts
Often as I am seeking MY LORD’S wisdom, help, power, strength in a confrontational situation I am reminded of the following verse:  “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  6And (God) having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  2 Cor.10:5-6

It would seem as much of what we fear is really just out of our imaginations and by not completely trusting the LORD to protect and to provide for us.   So under the law of sowing and reaping HE has to wait on our obedience prior to assisting us.  That much of the conflicts that we endure are due to our own lack of faith.   I often counsel folks to remember that fear is faith going backwards.   And further that fear can be a chameleon of many colors so that it does not always present it’s self as fear.  Often it comes looking like wisdom or vanity but basically it digs into our past of where we were once hurt and don’t want to go there again.  But obviously it is never the same as the past and the issues are always uniquely different.  But we lack the patience to challenge our imaginations carefully.  We can not assume that any 2 people are alike,  they never are.   And each soul deserves faith and love if we are to be serving the LORD as HE loves them in all their sin and still want’s them for HIS KINGDOM.  And you are really HIS representative on earth to reveal HIM to all you contact in every day.  I usually carry a few tracts that I personally put together from the Word of God on LIGHT.  I am about to order the next 1000.   They only cost .10 cents each.   And out of 3000 so far I have only been turned down about 3 times.  I also make paper air planes out of them for the kids when I can and they love them.  And like it says in Psalm 126:5-6:  “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  So my feeling is that I am sowing seeds, in Joy, really, that I will not see the results of until on the other side.  That I am investing my life, little by little into that which is everlasting and eternal.  The kids always take the little paper airplanes home and I know that eventually they will fall apart and I wonder how many parents will get curious and pick them up and read what is written from the Bible on LIGHT?  This is a lot more fun than tracking what the darkness is up to.  A lot more productive than getting jailed by vain imaginations and fears.  Rom. 1:20-22.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
So what kind of seeds are you sowing?   That will be the eternal crop that you harvest.  Obedience grows freedom.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><

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