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The Way God Sees You! by Gene McGuire February, 2014

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“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7b)
AAABLOOD
COMMENT: A couple of years ago Joe Gold, bodybuilding pioneer, passed away at the age of 82. In 1977 the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron” made Gold’s Gym famous and jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career. Mr. Gold is one of the reasons why many Americans have an obsession with a “great body”. Recently I read some additional information about the world’s preoccupation with the “outer man”. More men are going under the plastic surgeon’s knife than ever before. Liposuction surgery, hair transplants and even calf and pectoral implants are becoming more popular with the male species. Because we live in this society, it is so easy to get caught up in this body beautification craze. I grant you the fact that the body of a born again Christian is the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us; therefore, we should take good care of it. However, like everything else in the world, we should not become mesmerized by it because it is only temporary and will soon fade away. As children of God, our main concern should be the fortification and building up of that inner man with the word of God. That is the only way we can lead a successful and overcoming life. Compared to eternity,  life on earth is extremely brief. 
POST SCRIPT: I confess that I go to Gold’s Gym every other day; however, you couldn’t tell it by looking at me.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 12:1,2 and 1 Cor. 3:16
WISE SONG LYRICS: JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. LET THE WORLD AROUND ME FADE AWAY. JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. FOR I DESIRE TO WORSHIP AND OBEY.
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The Blood and Your Testimony November, 2013

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ABLOODTESTIMONY

 

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood
of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony …and they did not love their lives to the death””

You know sometimes things can be right in front of our eyes and we can’t see it.  Happens all of the time.  I find myself watching certain movies more than once and everytime…everytime seeing something or hearing something for what seems like the “first” time.

And so…I look at Revelation 12:  11  It’s talking about something that already happened…but it’s a description about the future.  It’s one of those Gold Nuggets or gems that the bible holds for believers.  An unbeliever isn’t going to think that it makes sense.  To them it would be like finding a winning lottery ticket for a date that hasn’t come yet.  For real.  But for you…it is put there not to tell us just about how Satan can finally be defeated in the end times to be locked up for a thousand years…but also to tell us what to do when we face our greatest adversities!

It tells us two things :  that we overcome Satan…out man him…our adversary…our enemy…with THE BLOOD OF JESUS  …(and notice the conjunctive word or the bridge…)  AND  the word of our testimony…

The Blood of Jesus brings the victory…we know that part…but at the SAME TIME so also does our sharing our testimony…it brings the Blessing and not in any way that we can understand….just like pleading The Blood of Jesus brings victory, certainty and peace…so also does a simple thing like sharing our testimony!

After a horribly long brain surgery…I survived.  Though there are no signs of it now…I was left paralyzed on the left side of my body, with a unfaltering stutter , poor vision, not able to walk and amidst many skeptics.

So with that in mind…a wonderful group of Jehovah’s witnesses rang my doorbell.  I invited them all in…and they seemed quite comfortable in my Living room to hear my testimony about the Glory and the Goodness of God!

I’m sure they wondered how could I praise Him so passionately…for letting me live when I did not come out of the surgery perfect?  In fact, it would be a few more years before I would fully recover…but God did some outstanding things with me…during those times.

They didn’t get to see the full outcome…they never came back…yet I could see in their eyes…their being inspired by someone who wasn’t ashamed to declare God good!  Oh it was amazing to be used as a vessel to spread a message of hope, thankfulness, gratitude…

We all have work to do…so I ask God that He anoint each of us…to share our testimonies…with others…in this Holy Season…in Jesus Name.  So Be It!

 

 

 

Halloween Is Upon Us by Gene McGuire October, 2013

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Helloween
EDITOR’S NOTE:  IF YOU BELIEVE HALLOWEEN IS SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE AND A BIG BALL OF FUN; YOU HAVE A LOT TO  LEARN!
HALLOWEEN IS UPON US
     Once again people are carving pumpkins, dunking apples and dressing up like witches and goblins. Setting aside my disdain for this unholy holiday, Halloween is upon us. On this special day, participants want to appear to be something they are not, so they change their appearances with masks and costumes. For these revelers this make believe occurs just once a year. However, there is a group of people who wear their disguises 365 days a year. . . .they have their Christian disguises.
     All of these pretenders don’t disguise themselves to the same extent. There are some folks who wear a full mask and a costume that covers their entire body. If you were to go home with them after church on a Sunday, or after choir rehearsal, you wouldn’t recognize them at all; in fact, you would think that you had surely come upon the reincarnation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — except for the fact that you don’t believe in reincarnation. The warm, loving saintly person at church has been transformed into a cold, wrath-filled, selfish individual. At this point you may be breathing a sigh of relief saying: “Thank goodness Gene’s not talking about me.”  However, at the other end of the spectrum you find the person who only wears a face mask –not unlike the Lone Ranger‘s. This individual is rather consistent in his or her Christian walk but there is some unconfessed sin in his life he’s tenaciously holding onto. In between these two extremes, there are people wearing a variety of pretentious garb.
     It is my understanding that God knows we will not live perfectly sinless lives. He made a
provision for us in 1 John 1:9, ‘IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US OF ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS”. However, I do believe that He demands that we be perfectly yielded to Him. When we are perfectly yielded to The Father, we will ask Him to take away anything in our lives which does not glorify Him and we will pray that His will be done in our lives. As you know, God’s goal is to transform us into the image of His Son Jesus, from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18) This is accomplished as we maintain that attitude of yieldedness.
     Now Fellow Saints, if you can truthfully say “What you see is what you get!!” I want to thank you for your indulgence and patience in reading his Newsletter. . . .this message wasn’t for you. But as for the rest of us, if we are wearing a face mask, a cover all costume, or anything in between, the Lord would have us to yield to Him TOTALLY. Our deception may fool our fellowman, but it’s ridiculous to think that we can fool Almighty God. His unwillingness to accept half-way measures is exemplified in Rev. 3:16:“BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM AND NEITHER COLD NOR HOT, I WILL SPEW YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH”.
                                                                             Have a blessing and be a blessing,

The Way God Sees You! by Gene McGuire September 30, 2013

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“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7b)
AAABLOOD
COMMENT: A couple of years ago Joe Gold, bodybuilding pioneer, passed away at the age of 82. In 1977 the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron” made Gold’s Gym famous and jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career. Mr. Gold is one of the reasons why many Americans have an obsession with a “great body”. Recently I read some additional information about the world’s preoccupation with the “outer man”. More men are going under the plastic surgeon’s knife than ever before. Liposuction surgery, hair transplants and even calf and pectoral implants are becoming more popular with the male species. Because we live in this society, it is so easy to get caught up in this body beautification craze. I grant you the fact that the body of a born again Christian is the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us; therefore, we should take good care of it. However, like everything else in the world, we should not become mesmerized by it because it is only temporary and will soon fade away. As children of God, our main concern should be the fortification and building up of that inner man with the word of God. That is the only way we can lead a successful and overcoming life. Compared to eternity,  life on earth is extremely brief. 
POST SCRIPT: I confess that I go to Gold’s Gym every other day; however, you couldn’t tell it by looking at me.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 12:1,2 and 1 Cor. 3:16
WISE SONG LYRICS: JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. LET THE WORLD AROUND ME FADE AWAY. JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. FOR I DESIRE TO WORSHIP AND OBEY.

He Shed His Blood and Still Lived! March, 2013

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Matthew 28:1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Memorial Day Is Important! May, 2912

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PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND COVER THEM WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS!    THANK YOU.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my

Now That God Loves You April 30, 2012

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LET’S CONTINUALLY WORK ON BUILDING OUR FAITH
NOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU
(From a Booklet called “Faith Builders”)
     We are told that God is love; that He takes note of every sparrow that falls, and even the hairs of our head are numbered. This means that the least among us is very important to God. God is described as a forgiving, loving Father. In building faith, it is of first importance to integrate this truth into your mind. Every day say aloud, “I am a child of God. He is interested in every detail of my life. God loves me.” If any doubt arises, reaffirm and reiterate God’s love and hold to that thought until you know it for a fact. A thoughtful man asked, “What is the greatest truth in the world?” I turned the question back to him and he said, “It is that we are not alone.”
     In building your faith, emphasize the great truth that no matter how dark it gets, how lonely you feel, or how you may experience rejection, you are not alone. Repeat that every night as you go to sleep and whenever difficulty comes. “I am not alone. God is with me.” Because God loves you and is always with you, you can have confidence that if you live His way to the best of your ability, and put your trust in Him, you will develop a faith that will withstand every shock in this life.
     A method of meeting difficult responsibilities that can be of immeasurable help is simply to say: “God, please stay with me and help me and I will try to do the best I can.” And then add confidently the affirmation: “Thank you God, for helping me NOW.”
FAITH BUILDING SCRIPTURES: 1 John 4:19, Psalm 145:9, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 42:5, 1 John 4:8 and Ephesians 3:17-19
POST SCRIPT: A couple of days ago I experienced something that brought to mind a “Thought for Today” I sent you a few weeks ago. I woke up one morning and my left rear tire was flat. I called AAA and the gentleman came and replaced the problem with a “spare tire“. I looked at the replacement and the following was imprinted of it: “JUST FOR TEMPORARY USE.” In a similar manner, when we sin and ask for forgiveness we should immediately work on eliminating that sin by seeking God’s deliverance from that particular transgression. Eventually, that “spiritual spare tire” won’t be needed. 
Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire   
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