Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Difficult times ahead

In the wake of the recent events in London and the legislative debates over the role of religion in inciting hate crimes, I fear that the gospel message will before long fall victim to worldly legislation banning the distribution of free religious literature, driving the world into spiritual oppression and darkness. Brothers and sisters in Christ, I beseech you, let us redeem the times. May the light of the gospel message shine forth in our lives and actions until that glorious morning when our Lord shall reappear and catch his bride away when we shall be with the Lord always.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Fish with gold in its mouth

Matthew 17:27 - Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Rev. 2:17 and I were amazed last night at the interpretation my pastor gave concerning the gold in the fish's mouth. He gave us a sermon from Mark 4 about mending the net. As fisherman in God's sea, he encouraged us to mend our nets before we go fishing for men, otherwise all the fish that we catch will escape through that one hole. He spoke about the hole of wrong doctrine, the hole of carelessness and other holes that I don't remember right now. What struck us was also the fact that if you go fishing for men, the fish will bring their own gold in their mouth to the church. Think about it.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

back in Canada, miss the church, Jessica, London bombs

I thank God, the Father of our God Jesus Christ, for having arrived safely to Canada.
Everyone in the family is walking with the Lord and doing fine. The independent Baptist church here is very blessed and growing.
To all the church in Lebanon, I pray for the Lord to keep you from the world, and found you in the True Vine who is Jesus, and bless you unto an increased faith this summer. I miss you all already.
A note on Jessica (see picture-post below). The day after the post I was informed that Jessica's parents showed up reclaiming her. They cannot keep Jessica, but have taken her from the orphanage that Ziad and Katie run to put her in an Orthodox school. It was a hard blow for many of the church, yet we trust it is God's will and pray that she will grow up to trust in the name of Jesus and be saved.
My mother woke me up this morning to the televised news of London's evil nightmare.
We got on our knees and prayed the Lord to have compassion on those hit, and return the people of the land back to the God of the Bible who had blessed them mightly and to whom they turned their back over the years.
There is a lebano-english family with which I am very close that I was fearing for, given that they live all over London. I tried the lines for 2 hours before getting through. The daughter, an old time friend was stuck at work, in the middle of the ring of bombs. Thankfully, the little clan is safe, although the mother had been crying trying to get through to her smaller daughter at school. The former told me that there is today no more safe place on the planet, contextually hinting at the recent explosions in Lebanon.

The Lord sometimes used foreign nations to punish His children, yet in His infinite justice He inevitably paid retribution to the attackers. That is the God of history.
As far as we bible-believers are concerned, our weapons are love and grace for the salvation of all.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Welcome Home

The Lord has been gracious to me. My son arrived safely today, Canada day, amid alerts of severe weather conditions. I prayed and asked the Lord that he delay the clouds. Thankfully the Lord diverted the stormy weather and the airplane landed safely although it was one hour late.

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