Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  ~ about hope and faith

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In this final, summary talk from Simply Jesus 2018, Bart presents three control beliefs of Jesus, and challenges us to shrink the gap between what we currently believe, and what Jesus believed.

Run time about 34 minutes

Published September 2018 on http://simplyjesusgathering.com

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Does the Bible Trump Jesus http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/does-the-bible-trump-jesus.html

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Special Guest, at "The Meeting House", Brian Zahnd, speaks on the Transfiguration, and why Jesus is the ultimate Word of God.


Runtime 37 minutes


Published on Oct. 23rd. 2017 on YouTube

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Logan's call http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/logans-call.html RSS Feed

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.


Courtesy of YouTube March 2008

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Is Christmas out of fashion? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/is-christmas-out-of-fashion.html

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Jesus is the Light

These are frightening times...

Someone recently tweeted... “These are frightening times. The world is changing. But in such times there are always two ways to go. Run and hide, build walls, cower in fear and suspicion, point the finger at our neighbors, look, like desperate and frightened people do, for someone to blame”. Or...

“Or stand up and try, at least try, to build a better world..." In these darkening days the birthday of Jesus promises better. Followingare some of the Christmas gifts Jesus offers.


Jesus is the Light

The gift of Light

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. " ~ John 1

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


forgiveness

The gift of Forgiveness

From a book by Brian Zahnd
Chapter 4: "Forgiveness — The Heart of the Christian Gospel"

"I have found it very interesting to ask non-Christians what Jesus taught. Nearly without exception they will mention that Jesus taught us to love our enemies...

"Sermon on the Mount Christianity is the very kind of Christianity that can change the world. The Christlike love that absorbs the blow and responds with forgiveness is the only real hope this world has for real change. To respond to hate with hate enshrines the status quo and only guarantees that hate will win—it’s what keeps the world as it is."
Read more...



grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

The gift of Truth

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." ~ John 14:6

"All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies." ~ Psalms 25:10

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." ~ John 1:17



Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Peace

"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

"Glory be in the highest things to God, and in earth peace be to men of good will." ~ Luk. 2:14 (Wycliffe Bible)

And thou, child [John the Baptist], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people... to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~ Luke 1:76-79


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Guidance

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" ~ John 20:22

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." ~ John 14:26

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." ~ John 16:13


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Life - now and forever

"...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ~ John 10:10b

"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance." ~ Acts 2:28

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." ~ John 10:28-29



No greater love

The gift of Love

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" ~ John 13:34

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Ephesians 6:23

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8:38-39



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How Lonely Sits the City http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-lonely-sits-the-city.html RSS Feed

If we’re schooled in denial we don’t know what to do with suffering when it comes. But the Hebrew people—formed in the crucible of suffering—know what to do. You write a poem, sing a song, create a lament that gives full expression to the pain you feel. You make art out of your pain so that you can give it away to God.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Nov 13th. 2018 on YouTube

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Coffee with God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/coffee-with-god.html RSS Feed

Run time about 9 minutes

Published on Aug. 4th. 2010 on YouTube

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The Bible For Grown-Ups http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html RSS Feed

Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. And it may be surprising to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Oct. 8th. 2018 on YouTube
Part 2 and 3 is available on YouTube

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Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html RSS Feed

Four parts: Intro, lecture, discussion and Q&A's. The video starts after the intro. If you want to skip the discussion after the lecture skip to 1:38 for the Q&A ssession with Lennox.

Total run time is 2 hours and 9 minutes

Produced by "Ravi Zacharias International Ministries". Streamed live 9. Oct 2018 and published on YouTube

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A Life of Love http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/a-life-of-love.html RSS Feed

"Engage is my attempt to equip and encourage people to explore their own relationship with God."

Run time about six and a half minute

Published on Jan. 25th. 2017 on YouTube

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Believing Like Jesus http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/believing-like-jesus.html RSS Feed

Dallas Willard once said to Bart, “I love the way you talk about believing in Jesus. It would be so amazing if you believed like Jesus.” This significant moment propelled Bart into a tremendous search through the scriptures to discover what Jesus actually believed.

Run time about 35 minutes

Published via Vimeo Sep. 10th. 2018 on Simply Jesus

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The Word of God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-word-of-god.html RSS Feed

"When we started calling the Bible the “Word of God” we unwittingly substituted a book and its principles for a vibrant relationship with Jesus and following his rules became more important than following him."

Run time about 14 minutes

For the full 7-part video lecture "The Jesus Lens – Introduction and the Gospels" go to, Life Stream.org

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Rediscovering Wonder http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/rediscovering-wonder.html RSS Feed

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." ~ Mat.18:3

Run time about 8 minutes

Published on Jul. 17th. 2012 on YouTube

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From Atheist to Christian at Yale http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: A cool testimony. Reminds me a bit of my own experience meeting Jesus.

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on Dec. 24th. 2017 on YouTube

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The Bible Tells Me So http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-bible-tells-me-so.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: This talk is a bit of a "meaty" and perhaps a controversial subject. I hope it will not stumble anyone's faith, and it should not be taken as an attempt to discredit the Bible but rather a way to put it into perspective.

To paraphrase a quote... "The bible is not simply God speaking to us, but rather God's peoples story about the Creator"! This helped me understand where he is coming from. In fact, if you look at the Bible in that way it will help put to rest some of the Bible critics who try to debunk the bible because it's inconsistencies.

Having said that I also want to add that God can and does use anything to speak to you - He takes us where we are at and know what we need and can take.

In my formative years as a young Christian I memorized a lot of Bible verses, and time and again the Lord brought passages to my remembrance in order to guide me in my walk with Him.

Run time 1 hour and 18 minutes

Published on 17 Feb 2017

Published on Feb. 17th. 2017 on YouTube

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Why Christian Character Matters http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/why-christian-character-matters.html RSS Feed

What does eschatology have to do with ethics? What does the new heaven and the new earth have to do with the world in which we live now? Ultimately, it means that love is not our duty but our destiny.

Run time 44 and a half minute

Published on May 18th. 2012 on YouTube

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Blunders of the Mind http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/blunders-of-the-mind.html RSS Feed

This song was originally composed and sung by "Stars and Beggars" in Copenhagen.

Run time less than 3 minutes

Published on Apr. 5th. 2013 on YouTube

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Satan's Tactic for Christian America http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Some of this may be a bit over the top, but some also need to be said...

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on May 29th. 2018 on YouTube

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There Must Be Some Way Out of Here http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/there-must-be-some-way-out-of-here.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Zahnd has come full scale round from the radical drop-out message of the Jesus Revolution, through a successful mega-church, and out on the other side against what he calls American evangelical cotton-candy religion.

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On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the gospel to people who belonged to a religion that had become corrupted by its compromised allegiance to a materialistic and militaristic empire. So Peter’s invitation was, “be saved from this crooked generation.” It's the same today.

Run time about 37 minutes

Published on Jun. 4th. 2018 on YouTube

For more of Brian's sermons you can go to Word of Life Church Archives

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Partnering with the Holy Spirit http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/partnering-with-the-holy-spirit.html RSS Feed

This lady from Australia has her own unique style, which may not be to some peoples liking, nevertheless it's a sweet message and good reminder of staying in tune with Heaven.

Run time about 49 minutes

Published on Feb. 7th. 2016 on YouTube

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How Do I Know God Exists? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/how-do-i-know-god-exists.html RSS Feed

Lecture at Saddleback Church (2009)

Run time 43 minutes

Published Sep. 4th. 2013 on youtube

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Meek Christmas

Now the birth of
Jesus Christ
was on this wise...

  ~ Matthew 1:18




Meek Christmas

My first Noel ~ by Nyx Martinez




Born in a stable Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.

  ~ George F. McDougall




Jesus High in the heavens a single star,
Of pure, imperishable light;
Out on the desert strange and far
Dim riders riding through the night:
Above a hilltop sudden song
Like silver trumpets down the sky--
And all to welcome One so young
He scarce could lift a cry!

Stars rise and set, that star shines on:
Songs fail, but still that music beats
Through all the ages come and gone,
In lane and field and city streets.
And we who catch the Christmas gleam,
Watching with children on the hill,
We know, we know it is no dream--
He stands among us still!

  ~ Nancy Byrd Turner


Christmas Angels


Jesus

Back in A. D. 274 an emperor of the old Roman world chose December 25 as "the birthday of the unconquered sun." He recognised that at this midwinter date it reaches its lowest point in the Southern sky and begins its gradual movement Northward again. The annual rebirth of nature was closely linked to the Roman new year and planting season. Houses were decorated with greenery and candles, and presents were given to children and the poor. In time, Christians made this a holy day of their own. By A.D. 336, the church had decided that all believers should celebrate the birthday of the Lord Jesus, the Son of righteousness on December 25.
  ~ from "Good Thots"


Meek Christmas

"You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift."
  ~ John R. Rice


I'm dreaming of a meek Christmas
with every Twitter quote I write...

  ~ the editor


Jesus

Previous Christmas inspirations

From 2016

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Jesus is the Light

These are frightening times...

Someone recently tweeted... “These are frightening times. The world is changing. But in such times there are always two ways to go. Run and hide, build walls, cower in fear and suspicion, point the finger at our neighbors, look, like desperate and frightened people do, for someone to blame”. Or...

“Or stand up and try, at least try, to build a better world..." In these darkening days the birthday of Jesus promises better. Followingare some of the Christmas gifts Jesus offers.


Jesus is the Light

The gift of Light

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not... That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. " ~ John 1

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." ~ 2 Corinthians 4:6


forgiveness

The gift of Forgiveness

From a book by Brian Zahnd
Chapter 4: "Forgiveness — The Heart of the Christian Gospel"

"I have found it very interesting to ask non-Christians what Jesus taught. Nearly without exception they will mention that Jesus taught us to love our enemies...

"Sermon on the Mount Christianity is the very kind of Christianity that can change the world. The Christlike love that absorbs the blow and responds with forgiveness is the only real hope this world has for real change. To respond to hate with hate enshrines the status quo and only guarantees that hate will win—it’s what keeps the world as it is."
Read more...



grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

The gift of Truth

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." ~ John 14:6

"All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies." ~ Psalms 25:10

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." ~ John 1:17



Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Peace

"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

"Glory be in the highest things to God, and in earth peace be to men of good will." ~ Luk. 2:14 (Wycliffe Bible)

And thou, child [John the Baptist], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people... to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~ Luke 1:76-79


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Guidance

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" ~ John 20:22

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." ~ John 14:26

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." ~ John 16:13


Jesus is the Prince of Peace

The gift of Life - now and forever

"...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ~ John 10:10b

"Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance." ~ Acts 2:28

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." ~ John 10:28-29



No greater love

The gift of Love

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" ~ John 13:34

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Ephesians 6:23

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8:38-39



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Logan's call http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/logans-call.html RSS Feed

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.


Courtesy of YouTube March 2008

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Linking to Christmas http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/linking-to-christmas.html Christmas 2011

Little Drummer Boy

Performed by Sean Quigley

Quigley, 16, was moved to create the video because of the underlying message of the song.

"Drummer Boy speaks to me so much," he said. "The whole song is a story. It's about this boy who gets word of Jesus being born and he goes to see him and he doesn't have anything to give him; he's like 'I don't have money, I don't have gifts to give you. But I can play my drum and that's more than enough'."

The teen's production is all the more remarkable considering he played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and directed and edited the video.

Little Drummer Boy

Performed by Boney M.


Christmas with a Capital C"

Performed by Go Fish Guys (with lyrics)


The Very First Christmas Day

Performed by Johnny Mathis


Little Gray Donkey

Performed by Johnny Cash


His Name at the Top

Poem on TFI's Christmas section


The Christmas Story

"Jesus Our Savior"

"All Must Draw Near"

By Cherub Wings


Christmas Reflections on Peace


If Joseph And Mary Had Facebook


Google Earth Christmas


If Jesus were born in times of Google, Facebook and Twitter


Luke 2 - The Christmas Story

Video clip to "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" Performed by Amy Grant


Silent Night

Performed by Andrea Bocelli


O little town of Bethlehem

Performed by Children


Oh Holy night

Performed by Josh Groban (with lyrics)


Mary's Boy child

Performed by Harry Belafonte


When Love was born

Performed by Mark Schultz


Mary did you know?

Performed by Clay Aiken


Christmas 2010

Where’s the Line to See Jesus?

Performed by Becky Kelley


A Strange Way to Save the World

YouTube Christmas song w lyrics


The Christmas story

Music by Michael W. Smith


A Baby Changes Everything

Faith Hill

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Christmas 2012

Men must recapture the basic conviction that this is a visited planet

… that in this vast, mysterious universe, of which we are an almost infinitesimal part, the great Mystery, whom we call God, has visited our planet in person. … We must be shocked afresh by the audacious central fact ... that, as a sober matter of history, God became one of us. — J. B. Phillips


I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

A narrated peek into the life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow around the time when he wrote what became the Christmas song, “I Heard the Bells.” Run time: 8 minutes

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Christmas bells

Stories, Poems, Music, Gifts and New Life for Christmas

The Christmas Message: The Humble and the Foreign

A Look at the Manger and the Inn in the Christmas Story


The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part One

The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part Two

The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part Three

Compliments of "My Wonder Studio"


The story of St. Nicholas

Nicholas was born of wealthy parents in A.D. 280 in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek, and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. He lost his parents early to an epidemic, but not before they had instilled in him the gift of faith. Then Nicholas went to Myra and lived a life full of sacrifice and love and the spirit of Jesus. Nicholas became so Christlike that when the town needed a bishop, he was elected. He was imprisoned for his faith by Emperor Diocletian and released later by Emperor Constantine.

There have been many stories of his generosity and compassion: how he begged for food for the poor, and how he would give girls money so that they would have a dowry to get a husband. The story most often repeated was about how he would don a disguise and go out and give gifts to poor children. He gave away everything he had, and he died around 345. His body was later moved to Bari, Italy, where his remains are to this day.

But the story of Nicholas has spread around the world. Within a century of his death he was celebrated as a saint. There are more churches in the world named after St. Nicholas than any other person in the history of the church.

People have also done strange things to him. Poet Clement Moore gave him a red nose and eight tiny reindeer. And Thomas Nast, the illustrator, made him big and fat and gave him a red suit trimmed by fur. And others have given him names, like Santa Claus. But what's important about St. Nicholas is that he had the mind of Christ. Because of his gentle, selfless love, he touched the whole world. And this same mind of Christ can be in us.
— James Hewett



The Advent Virus

WARNING……WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

  • A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

  • An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

  • A loss of interest in judging other people.

  • A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

  • A loss of interest in conflict.

  • A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

  • Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

  • Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

  • Frequent attacks of smiling.

  • An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

  • An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it. . . . . . (Anonymous via email)

Courtesy of http://www.appleseeds.org/christmas-quotes.htm


Marvelous Love

On a cold Christmas Eve in 1952, when Korea was in the throes of civil war...



Christmas links from previous years

Includes more YouTube clips with beautiful Christmas performances

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Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:04:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/christmas-2012.html Paul
It Takes a Child http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/it-takes-a-child.html It Takes a Child

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. — John 7:24 ESV

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He then wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man with a tattered rag of a coat; dirty, greasy and worn. His pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast, and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. “Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,” the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, “What do we do?”

Erik continued to laugh and answer, “Hi, hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do ya know patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn reciprocated with his cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. “Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,” I prayed.

As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s “pick-me-up” position.

Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man’s.

Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby were cuddling happily. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor — gently, so gently, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back.

No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.

I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms for a moment, and then his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.”

Somehow I managed, “I will,” from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest — unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am. You’ve given me my Christmas gift.”

I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, “My God, my God, forgive me.”

I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking — “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” — when He shared His for all eternity.

The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, “To enter the kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”[1]

Footnotes:

1 Anonymous, http://god-bless-you.org/?p=1522

Courtesy of Anchor December 2012.
Read by Simon Peterson.

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Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:44:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/it-takes-a-child.html Paul
The Christmas Shoes http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-christmas-shoes.html The Christmas Shoes

By Steve Hearts

The Christmas season — undoubtedly my most favorite season of the year — holds many unforgettable memories. To name a few: It was on a snowy December day when I was six years old that our family flew home to the U.S. from the Philippines, where we had been missionaries for the past several years. This was my first time to meet the grandparents, and the first time to experience snow. Christmas of 1998, the year I was 15, was spent on tour with a band that had come to Mexico from Washington D.C. to hold benefit concerts. I had a blast playing percussion on this tour.

But the two most memorable Christmas seasons for me occurred in 2002 and 2003, and they are linked together by a simple song and its impact on my life.

Christmas 2002 was an especially joyous occasion. My mother had been declared cancer-free several months earlier, and was feeling much stronger than she had felt in quite some time. One day in December, she was baking something for a gathering we were to attend the next day. I remember the aroma filling our Southern California apartment. The radio was set to a station that played holiday favorites 24-7. The repertoire consisted largely of lighter carols, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” etc. Then suddenly the tone drastically changed when a song began to play that captured my attention. I put aside what I was doing in order to tune in to it.

I later found out that it was titled “The Christmas Shoes,” performed by Newsong. The song tells the story of a man who found himself in a line at a store on Christmas Eve, trying to finish his last-minute holiday shopping. In front of him was a little boy, with an appearance which made it obvious that he’d seen better days, holding a pair of shoes in his hand. When his turn came to pay, he turned to the man and said he wanted to buy the shoes for his mother who was sick and didn’t have much time left. He wanted her to look beautiful if she were to meet Jesus that night. The boy put all the change he had on the counter. The cashier told him it wasn’t enough. He turned and looked at the man imploringly. The man helped pay for the shoes, and could not forget the look on the boy’s face as he thanked him and left.

As I listened to the song, tears rolled down my cheeks. I realized just how fortunate I was to still have my mother by my side. I imagined how sad I would have felt if I were in the place of that little boy who was about to lose his mother. The song stayed with me through the remainder of the Christmas season, eventually fading as the new year was ushered in.

As time went by, Mother again took a turn for the worse and her cancer recurred. By Christmas of the following year, she was in a nursing home, where she could only be kept comfortable until the end. One day during that period, I was out running errands with my brother, listening to the radio as we drove around. Suddenly, on came the forgotten song, “The Christmas Shoes.” How true it rang as I heard it this time around.

Moved by the song, we immediately bought Mother a pretty pair of shoes, which fit her beautifully and gave her great joy. She left us (in the physical, at least) only weeks later.

Today, this beautiful song helps me look beyond the hectic side of the Christmas season with all its outreach activities, plans and preparations for festivities, family visits, and what have you. When the ceaseless activity threatens to drive me nuts and I find myself succumbing to frustration, I hear my mother’s voice whispering to me, “Remember the ‘Christmas Shoes’ song.”

With this reminder, the stress and frustration dissipates, as I remember to be thankful for all I have and count my many blessings. I think of my family and loved ones who are still alive and well, and give thanks for my own life and health too. Last of all, I say a prayer for the many who find themselves in painful circumstances during the Christmas season — as the little boy in the song did, or as my family and I did in 2003. I ask Jesus to lead me to such people and give me an opportunity to be of comfort to them. He often does so. Gone is the nervousness I feel over the approaching singing engagement I don’t feel sufficiently prepared for, the irritation I feel when important details are overlooked, and all other such cares, as I strive to simply appreciate the fact that I am alive and able to enjoy yet another Christmas season.

Courtesy of Anchor December 2012
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Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:31:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-christmas-shoes.html Paul
Céline Dion & Andrea Bocelli - The Prayer http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-prayer.html The Prayer


Courtesy of YouTube
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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:10:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-prayer.html Paul
Happy Christmas 2014 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-3-600/happy-christmas-2014.html Christmas 2014 inspiration
“Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!

~ Charles Wesley

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

~ Celtic Woman

“A part of the wonder of Christmas is the magnitude of what resulted from such small beginnings. What began with a tiny little babe in a tiny little manger, in a tiny little town in a tiny little country, became a vast and unending gift to an innumerable number of people for an immeasurable length of time.”

~ Maria Fontaine

An authentic Santa

~ by the editor

As the joke goes, there are four stages in a man's life... You believe in Santa, you don't believe in Santa, you look like Santa, you become Santa!

That happned to me one winter we were living in England. There was a request for a Santa at a shopping center in Kent.

Most of my life I had sort of despised the santa-figure as I felt it was a commercial gimmick to distract from the real meaning of Christmas, and in many cases Santa was to blame for taking Christ out of Christmas making it an empty X-mas! So I wasn't at all convinced that playing Santa was compatible with my religion. However when praying about it I got, "Well, you can play the part of a sweet old saint, can't you?" That convinced me to accept the job.

So all through the month of December hundreds of children came to see Santa in his grotto, and I didn't miss an opportunity to remind them Who's birthday we were celebrating and tell them that Santa was actually only one of the helpers of that little babe in the manger. Some parents even commented that I was a very "authentic" Santa with my Scandinavian accent - ha!


Angels We Have Heard On High

~ The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.”

~ Augustine

"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."

~ George F. McDougall

My Christmas Gift to You — Love that Knows no Boundaries

~ from Jesus

Celebrations around the world! Happy holidays and festivities! It is a time for giving, a time for gifts. And yet, what is this I see? I see people searching for love. I see people without any true Christmas gifts. I see people everywhere, running here and running there, desperately looking for some little ray of hope, a little love, a little mercy, a little relief; some kind of salvation.

I care for each person so dearly that I come with special gifts straight from My heart to every person on the planet. You won’t find these gifts in any shop or mall. They cannot be sold or bought for a price, and yet they are priceless and rare. Those who possess them are most richly blessed.

Love, joy, peace—these are My special gifts for humankind. Love that knows no boundaries. Love that does not judge people by the color of their skin, their place in society, the way they look, or how they speak. Love that gives. Love that shares. Love that cares. Love that is alive, vibrant, warm, and kind. Love that is unconditional and forever.

Love that is patient in a world of intolerance. Love that is understanding when others fail to see into your heart. Love that is kind and tender, when all else around you seems cold and hard. Love that comforts you in your sorrow, that consoles you when you’re lonely, that gives you a helping hand when you’re down. Love that is full of happiness and laughter. Love that brings peace in the midst of stormy weather. Love that always finds a way.

My love is always there for you—any place, any time, day or night. My love will descend to any depth to save, go any length to rescue. My love knows no stopping place; it knows no limit in giving. My love brings peace of mind when you are confused, rest when you are weary, and strength when you feel you cannot go on. My love will calm your fears and give you courage in the face of despair. My love can heal your broken body; it can soothe your heartaches and pain. My love will ease your mind when it is troubled and weary; it will melt away tension, worry, and strain.

My love is My forever Christmas gift for you.

I can’t promise you will never have heartaches, disappointments, or worries as you walk down the road of life. But I can promise that I’ll give you encouragement, instruction, guidance, wisdom, and the strength you need to come through. I promise to never leave your side. Together we’ll survive any difficulty, overcome any weakness, hurdle any obstacle. My love is power—power to overcome and power to be all that I have called you to be.

I know, I love, and I care for you, as if you were the only one in the world. That’s the reason I came to earth on Christmas Day—to give My great love to you.

You can talk to Me, anywhere, anytime, anyplace, any way you prefer. Talk to Me out loud, or whisper softly if you like. Speak to Me in words, or just send Me your thoughts, signaling Me from your heart in the rush of the day or in the stillness of the night. Any way you feel comfortable is fine with Me. You can tell Me anything you want, and I will understand. I’m here for you with a listening ear, sympathy, and understanding.

Just open your heart, reach out, and receive. Call on Me and I’ll come to your aid with My Christmas gifts for you. Just say, “I take You, Jesus. I want all Your gifts, and a life that is full and free. Please give me Your gifts of love, joy, and peace. Show me the way. Show me how to live and how to act along my way.” It’s just that simple.

When your life on earth is over, I’ll bring you home with Me—home to My country, heaven, where there is no pain, no sorrow, confusion, or war. Here there is no fear, no hatred, no greed or strife, only My free, abundant gifts of love, and much, much more.

~ Courtesy of "Anchor" 2014 - property of TFI

“At its best, Christmas is a mirror in which we see reflected the very best life can be. Where we see ourselves moved by generosity, inspired by hope, and uplifted by love, not only for ourselves but for the whole evolving universe.”

~ Bruce Sanguin (If Darwin Prayed)

“CHRISTMAS is C-hrist's H-istoric, R-emarkable I-ncarnation S-tory, T-elling M-essiah's A-waited S-alvation.”

~ Jose B. Cabajar

"Silent Night" Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire

~ Kelly Clarkson

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”

~ Sigrid Undset


"Your Christmas Gift"

~ Tommy's Window

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

~ Steve Maraboli

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!”

~ Dave Barry

O Holy Night

~ by Celine Dion

The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16–17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.

~ From gotquestions.org

The story of "Jesus's Birth"

part one
part two
part three
part four

~ As told by Peter Amsterdam

Adaptation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

~ by Kelley Mooney

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.

~ Mother Teresa

"Mary, Did You Know?"

~ Pentatonix

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.

~ Corrie Ten Boom

Christmas links from 2010-13

More inspirational Christmas posts

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If we’re schooled in denial we don’t know what to do with suffering when it comes. But the Hebrew people—formed in the crucible of suffering—know what to do. You write a poem, sing a song, create a lament that gives full expression to the pain you feel. You make art out of your pain so that you can give it away to God.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Nov 13th. 2018 on YouTube

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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-lonely-sits-the-city.html Paul
Satan's Tactic for Christian America http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Some of this may be a bit over the top, but some also need to be said...

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on May 29th. 2018 on YouTube

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Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:03:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html Paul
Coffee with God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/coffee-with-god.html RSS Feed

Run time about 9 minutes

Published on Aug. 4th. 2010 on YouTube

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/coffee-with-god.html Paul
The Bible For Grown-Ups http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html RSS Feed

Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. And it may be surprising to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Oct. 8th. 2018 on YouTube
Part 2 and 3 is available on YouTube

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html Paul
The Stage is Being Set http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/2011-12/the-stage-is-being-set.html

The Stage is Being Set

A prophetic message

This comictract is a prophetic message received in 2008.

Unstable global financial markets, waves of bank­ruptcy, deepening unemployment, economic busts, markets plunging, collapsing consumer confidence, banking systems crashing — it does not seem that there is any place on earth im­mune from the financial crisis.

The Stage is Being Set

Can someone save the world from a global economic melt­ down? Who has the wisdom to deal with the crisis?

As economies crumble, poverty soars, and financial gloom spreads like wildfire, one thing is certain: Never before has there been such a need for someone to step up to the world’s eco­nomic helm.

The repercussions of economic globalization are bigger than anyone ever imagined. The effect that one nation’s financial woes has on others and ultimately the rest of the world is unprecedented. There’s a need for someone to man the controls, someone who can rescue the world from further turmoil.

Who will be able to rescue the world from this mess? Where have all the leaders gone? Who is capable?

There is someone. He’s been behind the scenes for some time now, waiting backstage to make his entrance. Although he’s not been in the public eye, he has nevertheless been demonstrating his deft capabilities. Though he’s unknown to most people, his presence can be felt as he manipulates and put things in line and sets the stage for his grand entrance.

There is a strongman behind the scenes who is bringing to the attention of the world the need for a savior, someone to come forward and take the reins. He’s been proving to the world that there is a need for someone to bring order out of the chaos and to save the global financial and economic system from grinding to a complete halt. So keep a keen eye on the head­lines and news. Keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground, because it won’t be long.

He hasn’t found it necessary to take control violently through warring with one nation after another, but has found a far more successful way to bring the globe to its knees: economics. By this means he has been systematically breaking down country after country, and will continue to do so until the governments of the world scream “uncle!” — at which time this superman will step on the scene, introducing his one world order and the establish­ment of his master plan to solve the world’s financial problems: a new global digital monetary system.

If this sounds like good news to you — that finally the world’s economic woes will be ended — take a closer look. Though the peace and stability this leader will offer will seem good in the beginning, as he helps restore the world economy and brings peace to troubled regions like the Middle East, his solutions will not last long.

The peace and security he will offer will come at a high price — it could cost you your freedom, as well as your soul. His regime will require that you receive his mark in your forehead or on your hand. Without it you won’t be able to buy or sell. Those who refuse to accept it will face grave consequences.

The peace and security he will offer will not last, because it is false. It’s only a counterfeit of the real peace and security that only I can give. His goal is to win as many over to his side as he can, before I return to set up the only true and righteous govern­ment, one ruled by truth and love. This impostor’s false peace and safety is not founded on enduring values, but on pride, hate, greed, and selfishness — all of which will fall in the end.

The global financial crunch happening right now is setting the stage and paving the way for this false savior and usurper who is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the world. It won’t be long before all the people of the world will have to make a choice. You will have to choose between the good or the evil — the false system of this pseudo-savior, the Antichrist, or My true righteous spiritual kingdom of truth and love. For I am the true Christ, the only true Savior of the world.

If you want freedom that will last, if you want lasting solu­tions to your problems, ask Me today for My help. I’ll not only help you through these difficult times and show you the way out of the mess this world is in, but I’ll give you My free gift of eternal life — free entrance into the new World of Tomor­row when I will establish My righteous government on earth, one based on truth and love. The one who is at this moment marshaling his forces behind the scenes is the counterfeit — the Antichrist — who speaks lies to deceive the nations. Which side will you choose?

All you have to do to receive My help is to simply ask for it by saying: “Yes, Jesus, I choose You. Please show me Your truth. Fill me with Your love, and give me Your eternal life. Teach me Your ways and how I can make it through the days ahead. Help me to learn about You, to stand up for the right, and to share Your truth with others.”

The Stage is Being Set

If you choose to call on Me for help, then as we become more acquainted in the days ahead I will show you more about the coming events and how to prepare for them. If you choose Me, you will never have to fear, for I am able to protect you and provide for you through miraculous means. I will always care for you, and will teach you how to live entirely independent from the false new world order, until the day when I return to earth Myself and establish righteous rule over all the world.

— Jesus

Illustrated by David Komic
Copyright © 2008 The Family International
Download the tract from comictrax.net

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From God on God
- an interview with the Creator


About the book

What does God think about what's going on down here these days? Why did He make the planet in the first place? How does He feel about romance, love and sex? What does He think of the environment, the death penalty, euthanasia and other important social issues? What's Heaven like, and--perhaps of more concern to some of us--is there a Hell and how bad is it? And what does God do for fun?

God answers these and a host of other questions you've always wanted to ask Him in this absorbing collection of casual and candid interviews. What He has to say might surprise you!

Interviewer: All right. Here we are in the third millennium since Jesus was on earth. People have been going on about the end of the world for around 2000 years, and probably longer. Yet this old world just keeps plugging along. I think people have gotten a little tired of hearing about the end of the world.

God: Just because they are tired of it doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Interviewer: Yes, I agree with You. But I think people picture the stereotypical doomsayer, someone a bit off his rocker, wearing a sandwich board with a big sign on it saying “The End Is Near!” I think people can be excused if they disregard this kind of thing.

God: I agree. But just because there is a kook or two saying this, doesn’t mean that what they are saying is not fairly close to the truth.

Interviewer: So You are saying that the end is near?

God: The end of the world as you know it, yes!

Interviewer: Please elaborate on the “as you know it.” What is going to happen?

God: Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Interviewer: Well, I am relieved to hear there are both. Perhaps if You just listed it sequentially, it would be best.

God: Very well. There is a lot of detail, but for clarity and simplicity I’ll just hit the highlights.

Interviewer: Sounds good.

God: As many would agree, the earth has gotten into pretty bad shape. Its resources, especially water, are being used up at a rate that is not sustainable. So even if things were not heading for a climax according to the timetable that I set up at the beginning, something would have to be done. But because there is global disaster looming not just ecologically, but economically and militarily-a fact acknowledged in many quarters-these factors will help propel humanity into forming a united world government.

Interviewer: Like the United Nations.

God: No. The United Nations is just an organization with representatives from all nations but with little real authority. More or less a glorified debating society. What I am saying is that the nations will come together to form a one-world government that has the power to implement what it decides worldwide.

Interviewer: This sounds a bit far-fetched. Nations are not going to be that ready to surrender their sovereignty.

God: Nations already have. Many surrendered sovereignty over their economies long ago when they had to implement economic plans dictated to them by supranational institutions such as the IMF. Others, such as the nations of Europe, have surrendered parts of their sovereignty in order to form regional unions with other nations. So that bridge has been crossed.

Interviewer: Okay, say they do this. A united world government doesn’t sound like a bad idea. At least it could put an end to wars, allow for equal distribution of resources, etc.

God: Don’t kid yourself. Most wars in the world today are wars within nations, civil wars, and there is not a nation on earth that doesn’t exhibit great disparity between rich and poor. So all that talk about peace and equality being instituted if the nations of the world were united under one government of man is just hot air.

Interviewer: But we’ll still get a united world government according to what You just said.

God: Yes, you will.

Interviewer: Every government, even a one-world government, has its head.

God: Exactly, and you know who is going to be at the head of this one?

Interviewer: You?

God: Ha! No, not likely. At least not yet. The world is going to turn the reins of government over to a brilliant man who will command respect and allegiance from all.

Interviewer: A good leader for a change. Sounds like just the ticket.

God: That is what everyone-well, almost everyone-is going to say at first. But this man has a sinister secret. He is known by many names, but the one that is the most well known is “the Antichrist.”

Interviewer: That doesn’t sound very flattering. Why would he want to call himself the Antichrist?

God: He doesn’t. But I have called him that, and the many millions of Christians who are aware of his imminent arrival on the world stage will recognize him for who he is and will so label him.

Interviewer: With a name like the Antichrist, I suppose he must be the antithesis of the real Christ.

God: Exactly! And it doesn’t take a lot to conclude that if he is the Antichrist, he must therefore be getting his signals from a very different direction than Jesus did. As Jesus was God in human flesh, so, in parody, the Antichrist will be the Devil in the flesh.

Interviewer: Why would we choose the Devil in the flesh to be our world leader?

God: Because humanity will be both duped and desperate. Most will not recognize him for who he is, but will rather see in him someone with the ability and clout to rescue the world from its desperate situation. He will have already proven his worth by sorting out some very difficult issues and will already be acknowledged as the most astute politician and able problem-solver of the day.

Interviewer: But why will we be that desperate?

God: Because the world’s economic and political conditions will be in turmoil. A worldwide economic crash will not just result in economic hard times, but also the disintegration of stable government. The world will be calling out for strong leadership, and in this man they will get it.

Interviewer: But, as You said, Christians will certainly recognize him for what he is.

God: Not all. Not even most at first.

Interviewer: Why is that?

God: Many of them don’t expect to be around when he appears on the scene. Because of a misinterpretation of Scripture, they feel they will all be taken out of this world before that, in an event termed “the Rapture.”

Interviewer: So do they have this wrong?

God: The Bible talks about Jesus returning in the clouds of the heavens just prior to the Battle of Armageddon. At that moment the Rapture occurs. This is the event when all who have received Jesus in their hearts will be transformed and taken up from this world to join Jesus in the air and thence to Heaven. Although this event is sure to transpire, many have placed its occurrence before the darkest days of the reign of the Antichrist begin. However, the Rapture actually occurs later, shortly before the great battle.

Interviewer: And that is a problem?

God: Yes, because at first these Christians are not going to be so ready to recognize the Antichrist for who he is, given that his appearance on the world stage does not happen according to the schedule of events that they are going by. So, alas, many will conclude that he cannot possibly be the Antichrist, but rather some precursor. They will initially play along with him.

Interviewer: So they end up playing with fire.

God: And they will get burned because of it. Many Christians are looking forward to Jesus’ Second Coming. They have a hazy idea of some of the events to come and they realize that certain things must occur in Palestine, or Israel, before His return. One of those events is the building of the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Because this man will so organize things to facilitate this happening, they will give him their support in this. But I have leapt forward with regard to the sequence of events. Let Me backtrack a little.

Interviewer: By all means.

God: As I stated, the Antichrist becomes the leader of the world government. By his initiative, several measures are introduced. One is a comprehensive settlement governing the Middle East, primarily centered on the relationship of the State of Israel with the Palestinians and their Arab neighbors.

Interviewer: Excuse me for interrupting, but hasn’t Israel already negotiated agreements with its Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians?

God: Indeed it has, but as you are well aware, those agreements are very tenuous and their implementation is spotty because they are fuzzy in their language and are open to a wide range of interpretation. Frustration with a lack of clear definition as to the terms of these agreements will lead all concerned to demand a comprehensive and definitive agreement with all parties, rather than just the bilateral agreements that are in place today. So a comprehensive agreement, with the Antichrist playing the role of “honest broker” and arbiter, will be negotiated and set in place.

Interviewer: What kind of agreement will this be?

God: This pact will have a seven-year term with the intention of it being reviewed and renegotiated at the end of that period. The pact, among other things, will deal with the issue of Jerusalem, particularly with regards to the coexistence of and access to the shrines and places of worship of the major monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. It will therefore earn the label “the Holy Covenant,” a name by which it is known in the Bible.

Interviewer: So You’re saying that the Antichrist starts off doing this really great thing in order to gain favor with the world, even the Christians? He’s certainly going to win a lot of public admiration if he actually succeeds where so many have tried and failed before.

God: That’s part of his plan.

Interviewer: But since these events are referred to in the Bible, shouldn’t that set alarm bells ringing in the heads of Christians?

God: Many unfortunately don’t know the Bible well enough to realize this. But for those who do, these events should and they will try to warn others. But by this time events will be rolling and the program of world government will have gained such momentum that protest will not be brooked.

Interviewer: You mentioned other measures instituted by this world leader. What are these?

God: As most astute observers will notice, even though a majority of people might disagree with a government on many issues, as long as the economy remains good, they will usually put up with what they have. So the world government’s number one priority will be the economy. Today, an enormous amount of capital flows electronically throughout the world. Nations no longer decide their fate. This is now in the hands of the international financiers, investors and speculators. Speculation on a nation’s currency or a sudden withdrawal of investments can bring that nation to ruin in days. This tactic will be used to lead the global economic collapse I mentioned earlier.

Interviewer: Won’t people be ready to toss this Antichrist and his government out then?

God: To the contrary, people will demand that he intervene. To achieve recovery, the world government will bring to its ultimate conclusion the present digital trend in the world’s economy.

Interviewer: Electronic commerce.

God: Not just electronic commerce and a total electronic economy! In the new economy it will not be efficient to mint coins or paper currency or use other paper securities. The swiftness with which transactions are made on an institutional level will need to be able to be utilized by the smallest entity in the economy-the individual. In order to do this, everyone will need a unique identity number by which his transactions will be logged. To assure that the number remains unique to that person and can be used by no one else, the number will be encoded in a microchip implant along with other vital statistics and data on the individual and then inserted under the skin in the right hand.

Interviewer: Like the implants now used in pets.

God: Yes, similar to those. This implant will go through many upgrades as further, more sinister uses are found for it. Eventually models will be produced to be inserted in the frontal lobe of the brain. You can only imagine what purposes that will be put to. This is the famous Mark of the Beast, the number 666 being associated with each individual’s unique personal identity number. This system will coexist for a while with current financial systems, even cash, but eventually all who wish to buy or sell or transact any business whatsoever will need to convert to this Mark-of-the-Beast system.

Interviewer: Aside from Your obvious inference that this is bad, there seems to me to be lots of advantages to just such a system.

God: If there weren’t obvious advantages, people would not buy into it. There are a lot of advantages as far as convenience and ease of purchasing and conducting other financial transactions, and that is why people will be willing to sacrifice their privacy. But that is the candy coating. The Mark will not just be for financial purposes, but it will be integrated into every aspect of life, so it will be made increasingly difficult to survive without this official registration. Then this world government will curtail personal freedoms in the interest of the “overall well-being of the masses” and will demand complete compliance to its rules and dictates, and eventually even worship of its leader.

Interviewer: So when does this happen?

God: Three and a half years after the signing of the Holy Covenant. The continuing squabbles and even wars between its signatory nations and entities will provide the pretext for the Antichrist, the arbiter, to declare the Covenant void and declare a type of international martial law. At that point, he will proclaim himself free from any constitutional restraints and assume dictatorial power. The Mark of the Beast will be declared mandatory, and anyone not receiving it will be regarded as an outlaw. It is at this point that the period called the Great Tribulation will begin.

Interviewer: Meaning a time of pretty enormous troubles?

God: Yes.

Interviewer: Universal trouble for everyone or just these “outlaws”?

God: It will be a time of trouble for everyone. The Christians by now would have wised up to what is happening, but many of them will be in quite a state of shock. Many people of other religious persuasions will also be in active opposition to the Antichrist, as will libertarians who don’t want to have anything to do with his system. Whole nations will rebel, and there will be wars between the armies of the world government and these nations. There will also be an increase in natural disasters and other new and more scary plagues, as some of man’s genetic engineering projects go awry and produce mega-insects and other biological freaks. It will be a world in chaos and confusion.

Interviewer: But why let it happen?

God: Man will have achieved his ultimate civilization: a united world government and economy based on his technological wonders. Yet it will lead the world to the brink of ultimate disaster. It is man at his pinnacle, but it will show just what a lousy job he does. It is the ultimate demonstration that, left to his own devices, man will make a terrible mess out of things.

Interviewer: But this isn’t man on his own, right? I mean, we end up with the Devil for our leader. No wonder it is such a disaster.

God: Humanity as a whole chooses the Devil to be its leader.

Interviewer: But won’t humanity be forced into it?

God: Manipulated, but not forced. Each individual will have a choice, and many will choose not to follow him.

Interviewer: Well, there You go. Not everyone goes down the merry path to destruction, so the world is not all bad.

God: I didn’t say the world was all bad. I said that humanity as a whole, when left to their own devices, will make a hash of it. But there are those who will remain in resistance to the Antichrist and his government.

Interviewer: How will they survive if the regime is so totalitarian and the economy so controlled that they can’t buy or sell?

God: In some areas the situation will be looser than others. It is a big world, and the Antichrist and his government will have a hard time controlling it all.

Interviewer: Am I right in supposing that Your sympathies are with the rebels?

God: Exactly. I will be helping them and will eventually rescue them.

Interviewer: Why “eventually” and not right away? You mentioned earlier that many Christians don’t expect to be in the middle of all of this. Why leave them in it?

God: For the same reasons there are Christians in the world today. Their purpose is to be an example of their faith, to tell others about Jesus and to bring them into My kingdom. During the Great Tribulation, this will be needed more than ever.

Interviewer: But a lot of them aren’t exactly samples of their faith now.

God: Unfortunately not, but they really won’t have much choice then. They will have to either stand up for what they believe or become part of the Antichrist’s system. They will soon find out that the Antichrist won’t tolerate them, so they will have to cast their lot in with the rebels.

Interviewer: Okay, we have the Great Tribulation happening. What next? I hope there is a bit of an upswing.

God: The Great Tribulation will last for approximately three and a half years; one thousand two hundred and sixty days, to be precise. Then Jesus will return in the clouds with all the host of Heaven. Everyone will see Him as He circles the globe calling all His people to come to Him. Then will be the great Rapture I spoke of earlier, when all those who have received Jesus into their hearts, dead and alive, will rise to meet Him in the air.

Interviewer: I even have a bit of trouble flying in an airplane, but here You have people flying up to meet Jesus. I hope You do a number on me, otherwise I’m going to have to keep my eyes closed the whole time.

God: Don’t worry! You’ll find that you will have a new, transformed, superhuman body, similar in style to what you have now, but greatly improved and enhanced and impervious to harm. In these new and eternal bodies, all who believe will rise up into the sky in a mighty wave.

They will then be taken to the centerpiece of Heaven, the Heavenly City, where they will join with all those in Heaven to celebrate this great deliverance and victory in an event known as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It will truly be the most wonderful occasion to date held in Heaven.

Meanwhile on earth, the troubles will intensify and multiply dramatically. Many will die and still more will wish to die to get away from the horrible plagues and disasters that will be occurring.

Interviewer: What about those who were in the rebel resistance who were not Christians? It hardly sounds fair if they get caught up in all this too.

God: I will protect them during this time. It is during this period that the Antichrist will amass his forces to try to annihilate the main force of the remaining rebels. Battle will be joined on the plain of Megiddo in Israel. This is the famous Battle of Armageddon, a battle so fierce and terrible as to dwarf all other battles in its ferocity and carnage. It is in the midst of this battle that the forces of Heaven, under the leadership of Jesus Himself, will intervene and annihilate the Antichrist and his forces. The Antichrist himself will be captured and cast alive into the very depths of Hell. The Devil also will be imprisoned in his own special jail known as the Bottomless Pit.

Interviewer: Gripping stuff! With those two baddies out of the way, I guess we all go back to Heaven and live happily ever after.

God: We live happily ever after, but not just confined to Heaven.

Interviewer: How so?

God: It is at this point that earth is given over to the personal rule of Jesus and those who follow and love Him. For the next thousand years, it will be run the best way. There will be much to do to restore its damaged environment and to try and turn the world back into the Edenic state that it was in the beginning.

Interviewer: I suppose the cities will need a lot of repair as well, after all that they would have gone through.

God: As a matter of fact, I am not so keen on fixing up the cities-at least the major ones. I think the world is better off without them.

Interviewer: Without them? Where will we live? Uh oh! I sense that the answer is obvious. We are not all going back to the farm, are we, for goodness sake?

God: You don’t like the farm?

Interviewer: Farm life is okay once in awhile on a weekend maybe, but living there?

God: Don’t get too excited. There will still be urban centers, but they won’t be the huge, overcrowded cities of today. They will be smaller, more intimate, more humane, and I assure you much more pleasant to live in. If farm life really isn’t your cup of tea, there will be lots of alternatives.

Interviewer: And this lasts for a thousand years.

God: That’s right.

Interviewer: So this is the good news You talked about at the beginning?

God: The beginning of it.

Interviewer: There is more?

God: Goodness gracious, yes! A thousand years is a drop in the bucket of eternity. This thousand years of peace and plenty and love and happiness is only the prelude.

Interviewer: I assume things only get better from then on.

God: Yes. There is a minor hiccup at the end of the thousand years, but that is all in the plan.

Interviewer: A hiccup?

God: It’s all under control, so don’t worry.


Courtesy of "God on God" by Scott MacGregor

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