Good News Message
- “From the Fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled.” Proverbs 18: 20-21
Greetings of Love to you, Brothers and Sisters in our Lord of Love. We all know there is a time of sowing, and a time to reap what we have sown. Are we sowing Good Seed?Growing up on the farm gave me an opportunity to understand sowing, and reaping, and what needed to be done between the two. First we had to have good seed to plant. We planted, but we did not just wait until the crop was ready to be harvested, and then go do it. We worked the needs of the crop. That involved weeding, or plowing the land, or putting out things that would protect the crop, always doing whatever was necessary until it was time to enjoy the harvest. A great lesson of life to always remember. We must always protect what we sow to make it into something very good to reap. That is product, words, wisdom, action, all important things.Our Pearl of Wisdom today, Proverbs 18, talks about WORDS, and the abundant harvest that can come if words are spoken properly. Good words are good seeds to sow. The Word says: “From the fruit of their mouth, a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18: 20-21There is ‘power’ in the tongue. Remember, The Lord is the spoken Word. He has put amazing and wonderful power in our tongue as we speak. It can turn things to good, or it can turn things to not good. Just as we always knew there was the potential for a great crop when we planted, we knew we had to be on top of what needed to be done to have the crop we desired. So it is with the tongue – the fruit of the mouth comes from the tongue, and we have to always be careful to use it wisely. When we do, and as we do, good shall come. This takes planning, and thinking, and looking at needs, and lots of prayer. If bad rains came, or if the right amount came, or if little rain came, each presented a different need. So it is with the tongue, we must meet different needs as we see them come. We must gauge circumstances and always be aware of the power of life and death that is in us, and use it in words of love as we speak in attempts to help. As we do, great and wonderful things are produced from those words. We are filled within by the divine Love that is produced, and those to whom we speak are filled with it as well. As the Word says, “From their mouth a person’s stomach is filled, and SATISFIED.” So is the one to whom we speak. What a marvelous gift we are given to use every day.Blessings and Love upon you, and all those in your life, precious Brothers and Sisters. Let us bring forth satisfying fruit to those in our lives every day with good words.Love you So.Poppa B.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Hello, my Brothers and Sisters. May you always remember who you are in Christ Jesus; and that you are dearly, and unconditionally loved, God’s Beloveds.When we trust someone, we may not always understand what they are doing, but we know without question, we can trust them for they have proven themselves. So it is with our Lord of Love. We know He is trustworthy, and that He loves us unconditionally, we can therefore trust in Him with all our heart whether we understand what is happening or not.Continue reading →As for instance: we received the message yesterday that our Grand Son’s Fiance has tested positive for the Covid Virus. She went to a Girlfriend’s “get together” on Friday, was with our Grandson Dace on Saturday; he was with us on Easter Sunday, and then back to her house on Sunday night, and Monday. She was confirmed positive on Monday. Obviously, with the history of the Virus as we know it, she could be positive or negative on the next test. In the meantime, we are all going through the steps necessary when there has been a positive test result. Therefore, we are asking for Your prayers for complete healing and for us to have the wisdom to do what needs to be done.The Lord is always with us as we Believe in Him, Trust in Him, and Love Him unconditionally, and ASK for what we need. The Word says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; revere the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3: 5-8So, we Trust the Word of our Lord with all our heart, we Ask Him for all of our needs to be met, and walk in Expectation that they will be met as we live and do our best for Him. Sometimes our prayer requests are answered as we would want, and sometimes they are answered in ways we do not understand. But this we can always trust in – they WILL be answered, and they will be answered in ways that will bring what we need in our lives. On this truth we can rely, in Peace.Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your Love. We are praying for each of you, and those who are in your life for your every need. May there be the Peace in your life that only His Presence and your trust in Him can bring.Poppa B.
- Good FridayHello Brothers and Sisters in the Lord.Today is Good Friday. It is the Friday we celebrate the great Love our Lord Jesus showed unto us as He allowed Himself to be put on a Cross for us and die for us.He sacrificed Himself, He took our place on that Cross that Friday allowing our Father God of Love, to place all of our sins and shortcomings upon Him. He died on that cross and took all of our sins, past present and future to hades where Satan thought victory was his.Sometimes things look like we are done. When the Disciples of Jesus saw Him die, they thought everything He had said was over. They saw Him perform mighty miracles as He fed thousands of people from five small loaves and fishes, as He raised people from the dead, as He stopped storms with words of command, and so many more, yet He was now dead and all that He said and did was now gone they thought.Here is Truth. We can ALWAYS Trust our Almighty God of Love to Always be thinking, and doing, what is for Our Good. It may not seem to be going that way; even Jesus, when He was on the Cross dying for us, when He became all man and had taken all of our sins upon Himself said unto the Holy Father, “My God, my God why have You forsaken me?”, (Matthew 27:46), but we know this was just to show the fear He felt at the moment as a normal man without God, and to show clearly that what He was doing was complete. The Word tells us that all of His fear was removed as the sins of man were burned away from Him, and He went to work where He was in death. He took back the keys of the kingdom that had been stolen from Adam and Eve, He set the captives free, He put Grace to work. As Ephesians says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says, “When He ascended on high, He took many captives and gave gifts to His people.” (What does “He ascended mean except that He also descended to the lower earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens in order to fill the whole universe.) Ephesians 4:7-10We know that as they thought Jesus was dead and in the grave, and He was, they did not know He would be working for us while there. As the Almighty went to Him, and gave Him life, He turned hell upside down, took back the keys of the kingdom, set captives free, and went back to Heaven before coming back to earth to turn His dead body into a new and beautiful being. Things looked bad for us on the surface on that Friday, but as the plan evolved on the following Sunday, as Jesus was transformed in body, and position, and displayed Himself to us, and brought all that He brought to ALL of us who believe, I know you will agree it actually was a very Good Friday, as every day is a very Good Day as we live it in our Lord of Love.Happy Easter, Sweet Family. Let us live it in the Truth of what it is. Let us celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior, and rejoice in His Love, and what He has done, and does for us.In His Love,Poppa B.
- “A new command I give you: Love one another.” John 13:34
Hello Beloveds of God.The Lord had been leading and teaching His disciples for several years at the time of this particularly special Passover Festival. They did not know it would be their last time together; that it would later be spoken of as “the Last Supper,” but He was giving them things they would need to know and do, and teaching them non-stop at the Celebration. In John 13:4-17, we are told of Him washing their feet, and encouraging us to do the same so we see that no one is greater than anyone else. He said, “I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts Me, and whoever accepts Me accepts the One who sent Me.” We are never to think, or act as if anyone is beneath or above us. We are to Love each other regardless of stature, or being. As He said, “I Am who I Am,” Jesus put Himself at the Spiritual level of the Holy Father, and the Holy Spirit. We are to Love each other as He loves each of us, putting ourselves on the same level as everyone in the world we are in.Continue reading →Christ spoke much at this last Supper, and He was very specific since time was short for Him. He said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples; if you love one another.” John 13:34-35.There are several meanings to the one word – LOVE. Much of the Bible was ancient Greek. The Greeks used the word ‘Love’ as “Philia,” meaning friendship Love. They used it as “Eros,” meaning sexual and erotica Love. They used it as “Pragma,” meaning committed, married Love. They used it as “Philautia,” meaning self-Love. They used it as “Stergo,” meaning the Love a parent has for their children, or the Love husbands and wives have for each other. They used the word “Agape,” as God’s Love. They taught and believed “Agape” Love is a Word produced by God. It means it is a Love that creates concern for another’s welfare. It is a sacrificial, unconditional Love. “Agape” is how we are loved by Him, spiritually speaking.Jesus commanded us to “Agape” one another. He said when we do this, everyone will know we are His. When we show concern for another’s welfare, when we display a sacrificial act for someone else, we are showing “Agape” Love. God’s spoken and shown Love for us. Let us live in this Command daily. As we begin our day let us be aware of who we are, and who we represent as we follow His Command at every opportunity.Blessings and Love upon you and all those who are a part of your life each day, Beloveds of God. Let us think, speak, encourage, and display who we are in Agape Love as we live for Him.Poppa B.
- May we ever see and walk in The Path of Life and Joy.
Hello Sweet Children of our Lord of Love.Many things are going on right now, some good and some very bad as we walk in the effects of this horrible virus. It has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands, and while we have healing and relief coming, it continues to wreak horrible things at this time. It is very important that we do the best we can to protect ourselves, and others, as best as we know how, and how we are taught as we travel on. The Most important thing for us to do daily, is to walk closely with our Lord of Love on and in the path of “Life” and Joy. We must maintain our faith and peace in Him daily and fully for ourselves, and to share with others as we journey on. We do this in the Joy and Truth of His Word. We do this in reading and believing, and speaking His Words. We do this as we declare and show who we are in Him. We are the “Apple of His eye.” He delights in us. Let us ever delight in HIM through, and in, His Promises. One of His beautiful promises that I love was spoken and penned by King David. It says:“Lord, You have assigned me my position and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The Boundary Lines have fallen for me in pleasant places: surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me.” (Psalm 16: 5-8)Words of Promise as to who the Lord is and what He does for us every day brings us Peace as we believe. It keeps us on the path of Life and Joy. Let us be ever mindful to put His Word into our mind and heart daily in Some Way. This is where our abundant power flows from. As His Word says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us Power, and Love, and Self Discipline” This is who we have, this is who we are in HIM. Let us be constantly aware of what our Lord of Love is doing for us with every breath. How greatly Blessed we are.Have a wonderful day in every way, Beloveds of God.. Bring abundant Life and Joy as you live the Word in His grace, and mercy. We will not be perfect, but His Love will be.Love you so very much.Poppa BContinue reading →
- “GOD IS LOVE.” 1 John 4:16Hello Beloveds of our God of Love.
As we know, and see in the Word, “God is Love.” As we know and see in the Word, “For God so loved the world, 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. John 3:16 – 17.Our God of Love, sent His Son to save us – His Beloveds. I believe Jesus came into the world in many ways, and in many forms, and for many reasons. We, who follow Him as Jesus, know and live in this Truth about Him, with Him. But there have been, and I believe will be to come, many different ways we shall see Him, hear Him, and be with Him as we go forth.As we look at some of the many ways our God of Love has shown Himself to us, we know how very BIG He is. He said, “I AM THAT I AM.” Let us look at some of the defining names He has given us that reveal this Truth.One of the most beautiful names we know is the name, JEHOVAH. It is God’s formal name. Jesus’ formal name was Yeshua in Hebrew, which translates in English to Joshua. So as we speak His name, be it Jehovah, or Jesus (which means Jehovah saves) in conversation, or request, we are on and in a first name friend to friend loving relationship. We can expect that kind of relationship regardless of the name we use to address Him. Every name always comes back to ‘Our God is Love. Love, true Love’. It is the Peace all of us need, and want, and will have in Him.JEHOVAH, GOD WHO IS WHO HE IS, though not a name most of us use frequently, should be a part of our language. He has given it to us to use in ways at certain times to be specific.Some of those ways are JEHOVAH ELOHIM – HE is the Lord. JEHOVAH JIREH, HE is my Provider. JEHOVAH RAPHA, HE is my Healer. JEHOVAH NISSI, HE is my Banner. JEHOVAH SHALOM, HE is my Peace. JEHOVAH SHAMMAH, the LORD is there – always. JEHOVAH EL SHADDAI, He is The LORD ALMIGHTY. JEHOVAH EL ELYON, HE is the MOST HIGH. Nothing missing, Nothing broken, All is Well.When we know the One who is the MOST HIGH, the LORD ALMIGHTY, who is always there to heal, provide, and to keep us in peace as we call upon Him, we will live in Victory. May we make it so without question as we travel on each day regardless of how it looks, or seems. Victory is ours. For He IS. We Are in Him. We are in His Love. How very blessed we, and all of those who know Him are.There are many more names our Lord of Love has been addressed by as the time and event called for. These are a few that we can learn and walk in faith in. He always wants only the Best for us.HE IS LOVE.Poppa BContinue reading →
- “I AM WHO I AM.” Exodus 3:14
Hello Beloveds of God,I pray you have had a wonderful week as we are putting things back together from the Winter Storm. It was bad, and a lot of people are still in the process of dealing with the results of it. But, it was beautiful for many who have not seen snow like that. Even though It was icy, and dangerous, and so very cold, it was a beautiful time of realizing how wonderful it is to have what we have, and to see the beautiful power of God Almighty. A time to remember that whatever is going on in our lives, the God of Love, the great I AM, is with us when we know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in our heart. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is always the Beautiful, and Wonderful I AM.In Exodus, we see our God of Love identify Himself. His people had been in slavery for many years, and of course you know where they were, and why they were in slavery. But they were calling out to God for deliverance even though they did not know Him personally. They had been taught that their God was the great God of Isaac, and of Jacob, and of Abraham, and they worshiped Him in their own way, but they did not have a personal relationship with Him. You know the story of Moses, and the fact that He was a great Prince, but was performing the task of a Shepherd of sheep. He was being prepared to do something that he never dreamed of. This is how it is for each of us.No one is in life at a certain time without reason. We must remember that fact each day; we must remember each of us are here to represent our Lord of Love. We do not know how that is sometimes, but as we keep our hearts open, the Lord will usually reveal it to us. There will be sometimes when we do not even realize what is happening until it happens. When we know Christ Jesus, when we walk in the power and Love of the Holy Spirit we will be blessed to be a blessing and not even realize it. There will be lives lived by those who do not know the Lord, but that He uses to do His work; for reasons they may be shown at a later time. Some of you may have had experiences like that.Always remember He IS WHO HE IS. He is LOVE. We see in Exodus 3:13, when Moses asked Him “what shall I tell them your name is,” He answered in 3:14, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said in 3:15, “This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” It is His announcement of the fact that He IS ALWAYS with us – regardless of the situation, regardless of what we are going through. He is ALWAYS with us in Love. Though we may find ourselves in a storm in the weather, or a storm in our job, or in a storm in our finances, or a storm in a relationship, just keep going, knowing The Lord is with us. Whatever we are going through on our life’s journey shall pass, but we will grow as we go as we trust Him in the process. He said, “I Am the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” As He was with Moses, so He shall be with each of us who ask Him to be. As we go forth in Him, we shall bring His Love to those in our lives. This is His desire. This is why we are here. Many other things will be given to us to do, but receiving and sharing His Love is #1.Blessings and Love upon each of you, and yours, children of God. He said, “I AM WHO I AM.” He is LOVE. Let us let Him make that who we are. Let us show that fact daily in every way.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S NEVER ENDING, NEVER CHANGING, LOVE. Psalm 118
Hello Beautiful Children of our Most High God of Love,The Word tells us that God’s Love is unchanging regardless of what is going on, regardless of changing situations. When we put our Faith and Trust in Him, we are secure.Verse one of this Psalm says: “Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good; His Love endures forever.”With all that is going on in the world right now, it is very easy to focus on bad things rather than on the One who is above any and all situations. We often do not realize how much time we put into things that seem to be important, but in reality they are things we are just passing through. Those things need to be accepted as what they are at the moment but realize we can make a difference in all needed things, but not necessarily at the moment. We accept those things, they are what they are, but we do not accept them as something we can do nothing about. What we can and must do is to lift them up to our God of Love praying for the Good to be revealed through them by Him in His time, and in His Way. We then go about our day looking for the Good that He has put in place for the moment and for the next breath that we will take. Always remember, when we walk with our Lord, when we have asked Him into our Lives, every day has great purpose. We may not see it right away, but as we trust and believe that He makes ALL things work together for our Good, we will rejoice in HIm. We will trust HIm completely to make good things come.Verses 28 and 29 of this beautiful Psalm brings the Joy, and Peace of His Word. It puts our thoughts into the right places which is where they must be. We put them there as we think and talk about the right things. Things we can refocus on as we need to. Things that bring Love into the world through us.The Word says: “You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, and I will exalt You.” Let us “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good; His Love endures forever.”As we trust Him, and praise Him, and exalt Him, and give Thanks for all things (for they will be used), we realize how Good He is, and that His Love endures forever in all things, and in all ways. As we go through each day in good thoughts and beliefs, expecting wonderful things, wonderful things WILL COME.You are greatly Loved. Always know you are highly needed in this world that you have been called to walk through at this time.Poppa B.
- “The Faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.” Psalm 117
Hello, you Beloveds of our Lord of Love.God is Good! Let us thank Him for His Love, and Faithfulness to us in all things, and in all ways.It has been an interesting week. For those in Texas, you know we have been turned upside down with a Winter Snow and Ice Storm. Something like it has not been seen here in Austin for over 70 years. The Storm was in other places, but not like it has been in Texas. We just got our electrical power back after 5 days with no heat, in as low as 3 degree weather. Millions of people in Texas were impacted with either loss of power or water or gas or all. We had gas and water, but no heat, no power, no lights. So glad, and Thankful we have them all back tonight.As you know both my wife Joy, and I have been down because of falls, and failing health, so one of our wonderful kids have been staying with us (they take turns) as we mend and get back on the “health” road. We are so thankful, so grateful for this beautiful act of Love they are showing. They have put their personal lives on hold as far as plans are concerned to have one of them with us at all times.Needless to say the Storm was a Challenge. When the weather alerts began to come in, my daughter Tamara Salem began to make plans on how they would handle it. She came and spent several days with us to give our son Jason, time to get his works in place, and get some rest, and then when he came over on Saturday, he was prepared to stay the number of days the storm would close us in. That (closed in) has been since early Sunday morning until just a few short hours ago. This is now Thursday evening. Jason has kept both of us protected, and fed, and provided for. He has been in constant touch with Tam, and between the two they have met our every need. At this point, that is a lot. Joy is going through much, and I am still having to be very careful as I continue to get well.. We shall never be able to say THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU, enough times to these Guys.Psalm 117, provided to us from the Wonderful Holy Spirit, says: “Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him all you peoples. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 117: 1-2. Whatever our need is, when we trust our Lord of Love with all that we are, He is faithful to provide.” This is what He has done for us. He has shown us His magnificent Love through our children and in so many ways. This is what He will do for anyone who gives themselves totally to Him, and trusts Him to meet their every need. Most of the time many other people are a part of that; sometimes only a few. He has no problem with whatever it takes. A Promise is a Promise. He always keeps them. He is always Faithful. His Faithfulness endures Forever. EnjoyLove you dearly.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “Those Who Know Your Name, Lord, Will Put Their Trust In You” Psalm 9
Hello Beloveds of our God of Love,
Getting to know someone intimately means getting to know them in all ways – in how they think about things and in what you can expect from them. Our Lord God of Love has names that are specific in meaning, and we have learned that we can expect those things from Him as we call HIs name.
As pointed out in Joseph Prince yesterday, “Each of the names of God has a divine attribute, and understanding and believing that He IS each attribute will cause that attribute to flow into our lives.”
For instance in Psalm 91, in the NIV, verse one, the Holy Spirit says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most HIgh will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” In verse 91:2, He says, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” In Hebrew, “Most High” is ELYON which means He is the Most High God and there is No one higher than Him. He is the possessor of heaven and earth. He is called the “Almighty” – EL SHADDAI – in this verse which means the God who blesses you with more than enough, more than you can contain because He has no limitations. Psalm 91 (which to me means the Holy Spirit spoke it to one who could write it down for us) goes on in verse 2, saying, “I will say of the Lord.” I believe Here He is referring to YEHOVAH, or YAHWEH, the Covenant keeping God. Jesus is our Covenant Keeping God. His name in Hebrew is YESHUA which means Yahweh SAVES. He saves us into heaven through the cross which is our ultimate destination, but as His Name points out He saves us to a level above the natural human level while we are passing through in the journey on earth. He came to this earth and showed Himself clearly, so that we can call on Him to Save. He saves us if we are ill, He saves us if we are in need, He saves us from enemies, and the list goes on. Yahweh Saves. Jesus SAVES!!!
Let us awake each day with this truth in our heart, and in our thoughts. Jesus is our Covenant keeping God of Love that came to this world to Save us. When we Asked Him into our heart He made a Covenant with us. That is why we greet Him, and Ask Him to walk with us first thing every morning. This is not to Ask Him to Save us to Heaven; we have that Covenant with Him which came into place when we asked Him into our life, and gave Him our heart. The morning Ask is to Save us in every other way we may need. It is to bring us to a level that only He can bring us to. We walk on this earth, but in Christ we are always walking above this earth as we journey on. He saved us at the Cross as He died for us to be able to do that. He proved His LOVE as He gave His life. He proved His ability to overcome death, or anything else that might come against us at His Resurrection. As we Believe in Him with all that we are, and never doubt that He is ‘Elyon’, Most High, that No one is, or can be higher than Him – that He is ‘El Shaddai’, The Lord Almighty, and that He is our Best Friend, the Friend that never leaves our side, we are opening our heart and mind for and to a great day because He has put it together specifically for us. Other people are involved, of course, but He has created a role for us that only we can play. How exciting.
More on His names next week. Trust in them All.
Poppa B.Continue reading →
May you be “Encouraged, and “Strengthened”, and “United”, God’s Beloveds, as we Lift up Christ Jesus, Glorify the Father, and Magnify the Holy Spirit.