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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Taking stock of God's goodness - Year End Inventory

Psalms 65:11 - Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

At the end of each year, I like to sit down and take stock of the good and the bad that had transpired throughout the preceding months. To do that, I pull out a small and private notebook where I keep track both of requests which I put before the Lord at the beginning of each year, and then I tick each one off at the end of the year, whether they were granted or whether they were denied. In addition, I have an entry which I call "unexpected blessings in (year)". It is this particular section of my notebook that I enjoy most as I make entries of all the unexpected things that the Lord has blessed me with.

For 2006 I have plenty of items which I will enter under the title of "Unexpected blessings". Indeed Lord "thou crownest the year with thy goodness". In talking about God's goodness, there is a verse which unfailingly comes to my mind. Here it is:

Romans 2:4 - Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Isn't it amazing that it is not God's anger, but his goodness, that leads to repentance?

I like to take stock of God's goodness. Hope you do too.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Who is like unto the Lord our God! (Ps 113:5)

The story you are about to read is all about Him and Him alone for there is none like unto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all what we ask or think ...(Eph 3:20)

The title verse I have quoted does not end with a question mark but with an exclamation mark, and no wonder for there is none like him who dwelleth on high. Lest you think me wrong, please remember that every jot and tittle counts in the Word of God. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Now to my story. Praise the Lord my condo finally sold, but not before God made sure that I had a story to tell that would bring him glory and praise.As you all know my condo has been on the market since early May 2006. I was hoping that I would sell, buy a new place, move and settle down before my son arrived early in July. But the Lord had other plans for me. For seven long months my condo remained on the market. In the meantime I found exactly what I was looking for in terms of a new house, but still I could not sell my condo. Many potential buyers lost interest because of various restrictions (no dogs allowed, no satellite dishes, no elevators, no garage etc). At that time I figured surely the Lord knew the house needed renovations and that is why he stopped me from making a rash decision in appointing an early date for the handover.

However the problem persisted. Renovations were (are still) taking a lot more time than I ever expected and I tried to keep my spirits up but I finally succumbed to the pressure and last weekedn I accepted an offer at about $12500 less than my asking price. As I lay in bed that night I talked to the Lord and said Lord how can I praise you and give you glory. It is true to you allowed me to finally sell but I needed the money (finances were running really low for the renovations). Lord I had claimed the promise that would you do "exceeding abundantly more than we ask or think". Now my selling price is not "exceeding abundantly more than I asked or thought". etc.

The next morning I get a phone call from my realtor to inform me that the deal has been cancelled when the buyer found out "no visiting dogs" were allowed either. Despite the fact that I was not happy with the price, now I was really feeling let down. I cried unto the Lord again. My nerves were really shot. I was sick for a whole day.

Right the next day, Wednesday my realtor called again, she had somebody who wanted to see the apartment. The client is a lawyer at my daughter's workplace. Sarah had referred her to my realtor when she wanted something on the West Island. Once that was done, the lawyer wanted to bring her mother closer so again she contacted my realtor for that purpose. The mother had looked and looked and finally decided a condo would be within her budget. Guess whose condo she had seen on the internet. Mine. We arranged for a rush visit at noon. Less than twenty four hours later (Thursday at 11am) they made an offer for (are you ready for this) $10,000.- more. i quickly accepted the new offer and I am now rejoicing and glorifying the Lord my God, for only He can bring honey out of the carcass of a dead lion and of a truth there is none like unto him who dwelleth on high.

Monday, December 04, 2006

in conclusion

Mary, John Paul 2, Mohammad, Ali, Buddha, Haile Selassie, Confucius, Einstein, Marx, and Hitler are still in the grave.


The end.

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