There is Always Time to do…

Posted in About the Book, How God Reveals Himself with tags , , , , on June 9, 2018 by mclmuskrat

In one of my daily devotionals from “Truth for Life”, I saw this small piece of text years ago. It is from C. H. Spurgeon and updated by Alistair Begg at Truth for Life and published by Good News Publishers (2003). It is good and worth revisiting every now and then. Somehow, as I reflect on my 50th High School Reunion, current weather events, volcanoes in the world, family life and death, it called me back again to share this portion with you.

“Reader, if you are not yet saved, may your heart, in keeping with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; do not be out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires. If you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins, then I entreat you, give your vigor to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I am thankful to the Lord every day for that. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh, an early salvation has a double value in it.”

Have you thought of the value of time as it is reflected in nature? Every season has it’s time…time for this and time for that…new life and new beginnings happen annually. We have a chance at new life and new beginnings every day; all you need to do is to turn toward the Lord, your Savior and Creator. Perspective comes in many forms; a chance at a wake-up call is a blessing not to be overlooked. Why not take a walk, study a new blossoming flower and think about your life and the directions you should go. Blessings to you!

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Where are they now?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , on May 24, 2018 by mclmuskrat

I wrote about death a long time ago, the article is free to download at Muskrat Books , but we don’t like to think about death and dying, though it is and will be real for all of us. I think many young people, especially those sick individuals that commit the shooting of the innocent, don’t have a clue what death is. Sounds funny, I know, but when you grow up with all the violent computer games & television and hateful rap music, what can we expect? The voices to the contrary seem to be mute!

I recently lost my wonderful Mother-in-Law, my own Mother, and a principal in the firm where I work. Where are they now? If you have a secular worldview, a false view, then you believe they are dust, gone, no more. This greatly magnifies the pain of loss! However, if you have a Christian worldview, then you have HOPE!

Resurrection Hope! Hope that one day we will be reunited in Heaven. Jesus redeemed us with His blood on the cross, taking my sins and paying the price of death that I myself should be paying. Our Redeemer conquered death itself and lives to prepare a place for us in Glory…all we need to do to join Him is to believe Jesus Christ is LORD and accept Him as your personal Savior. I look forward to being reunited with my family that has gone on before me, for those that have faith in Christ Jesus, I know where they are!

Happiness is a state of mind!

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , on May 5, 2018 by mclmuskrat

You do NOT have a right to be happy!
You DO have a right to pursue happiness, however; so it is up to you to be happy. So, how can you be happy?

Happiness is a state of mind. Happiness is about your focus. If you hear negative news all the time, what will you start to think? If you are more optimistic about things, you will start to think positively, talk positively and act positively…and you’ll be more fun to be around, and you’ll have more fun too. It is contagious!

But, Haven, you say…the world is falling apart; how can you be optimistic in all this muck and mire? Is the world really falling apart? How do you really know?

You all have heard about the so-called Man-made Global Warming Catastrophe and the fear of a worldwide crisis. Those supporting this idea say there is a scientific consensus; there is not and those scientist pushing the hoax have been shown to have doctored the information to suit thier personal agendas. But this scares people! They have been claiming the world’s end for decades; in the 70’s, our doom was to be an ice-age. Historically, the climate temperatures do in fact naturally go up and down about every 25 years or so, and it is currently cooler than the temperatures we have had in the past couple decades. Polar caps change; they always have. It is all part of solar cycles…its a normal God-created thing.

So, why the fear? Why the worry? …and does all this “worry stuff” make you happy? Do you just want to stay in bed, pull the covers over your head and tune out?

Throughout history, every crisis has birthed innovation and new discovery; what made these people create these other options? What made people look beyond the acute problem immediately facing them? Was it a belief in what they could do? Maybe it was a belief in WHO created them and that they too might be creative enough to work through a problem. Notice I said: WORK THROUGH A PROBLEM. This is the difference…attitude & focus to move forward…that they could achieve results.

It was the FOCUS on the fact that THEY could do something! That they had God-given abilities to do something…it got them out of bed in the morning and to rise above any problems.

WORKING THROUGH A PROBLEM is not about “not having any problems”…it is about not letting the problems control you, but YOU control the problem. Problems are opportunities to excel in something, to have achievement and reach innovative solution. They are not to be feared, but to be conquered!

I have VERY good news for you…you are created to do amazing things, and YOU have already been granted God-given abilities to be creative!

What is a Christian?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , on April 7, 2018 by mclmuskrat

What is a Christian? Someone who knows Jesus Christ? No…the Bible tells us that the demons know Jesus Christ. Someone who knows Jesus is the Son of God? No…the demons know that too. Fact is, Jesus told us that many so-called Christians will call Him Lord and He will say, “I don’t know you”. So what then is the real Christian? Maybe the Christian is one who does good things. No, many non-Christians also do good things. So what then is the real Christian?

Michael Brown, past professor at a number of seminaries, wrote an article published on January 3, 2013, entitled: “What’s Right and Wrong with American Christianity”. He listed 8 “right things” and 12 “bad things”. The right things were about the things a Christian “does”: feed the poor, generosity, being helpful to others, being moral, pro-life, and pro-Israel. Jesus asked us to go and “do”, strive to be righteous and look after your neighbor; so I agree with Brown’s “right listing”, but these things don’t define a Christian. The bad things consist of having shallow faith, leadership scandals, moving away from orthodoxy, prosperity preaching, false teaching, and changing the church to fit the culture. Here we have a serious and accurate list. If we can reverse this “bad list” we will find out what a real Christian is.

A real Christian has a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and is willing to put Jesus above all things including self. The Bible teaches that leadership will be judged harsher than others; leadership should be stronger and humbly better, no excuses. The Christian’s faith must remain orthodox; the Bible is the very word of God, believe it with all your mind, heart and soul. A Christian does not change Jesus to suit his personal whims nor to change orthodoxy to appease the culture to comer sit in a pew.never give up A Christian loves Jesus no matter what the world thinks, no matter if it costs him his business, his friends or his life. Disciples don’t die for a lie…no matter what!

Want to Change Your Life? Try this Every Morning!

Posted in How God Reveals Himself with tags , , , , on March 29, 2018 by mclmuskrat

We Christians often will say that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and rightly so, for He is! But in addition to this truth, I would like for you to try something new, starting this Easter. A saying you probably have repeated before, but I wish to challenge you to say it everyday this year and mean it; don’t just repeat empty words but concentrate on each simple word: “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

What if you started everyday with this statement before you got out of bed, and then lived the day in rejoicing God’s creation and creatures? What a difference your outlook would be! How much different would your speech be knowing you are talking to one of God’s creations? Whether they know or believe in God doesn’t matter; the Creator still loves them and so should you. Would your morning commute be more friendly? How much better could you cope with life’s problems knowing that YOU are a blessing from God? We all have problems, but knowing that the day was a gift to YOU from God should make a huge difference to you! Know that you are loved by God (John 3:16-18)! Sing out everyday inspite of those nay-sayers all around you, “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Trees are known by their fruit

Posted in How God Reveals Himself with tags , , on March 19, 2018 by mclmuskrat

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God. Check it out at http://www.MuskratBooks.com. The book shows that God is great and truly forgives, we simply need to repent and try to do better.

Part 2 – Your Relationship with God

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2018 by mclmuskrat

Following my Part 1 from last week, let me give you an example of how much God loves you. Aside from the fact that you are created in the image of God (Genesis Chapter 1), God listens to your prayers for others, your prayers for yourself, and is willing to take action according to His will. In the example below, Daniel has been praying for his people and for himself.

Daniel chapter 10, verses 12-14, an angel came to Daniel:

“Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I [an angel] have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia [one of Satan’s demons] withstood me twenty-one days [a war in the heavens], but Michael, one of the chief princes [one of God’s main angels], came to help me [God’s main angel came to help the first angel], for I was left there with the kings of Persia [Satan’s demons], and came to make you [Daniel] understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”

Here we see God not only hearing, but acting due to the prayers of a man who believes in the LORD. God not only sent a messenger, an angel, but when that first messenger  was delayed by evil forces, God sent a more powerful angel to hold off the evil influences to allow Daniel to understand God’s will. My point is this…this story shows how important your relationship to God really is…that God will work out His will, whatever it takes, to those who love Him. Knowing this happened to Daniel gives us understanding that the same can also happen to us.

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