Book 12 - Chapter 3 Written / Published 20.9. - 23.9.13
(Pics by author, unless indicated)
|HOME THE WINNER GAVE IT ALL Given your all? Now what?|
When the sheer number of numbers on my brain threaten to choke my capacity to cope, I pause and remind myself that I may be the writer, but GOD is the author. HE is the author of all that is good.
As I created the following chapter some wonderful things crystallized. HIS mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. If ever a time comes, when I fail to stand in awe of HIS great and mighty works, I stop writing.
3. Believe, ALL ISSO
Two days after publishing the previous chapter I saw something that didn't add up. So I spoke out. A suburban street sign had caught my eye. It showed the wrong spelling.
It so happened that a person, who works for the authority responsible for such matters, was leading a church meeting that same day. I slipped him a little note with what my hawk-eye had discovered.
To appreciate why I am writing about such trivial matter, let's go back to Chapter 2. As always, before commencing a new chapter, I read through the previous one first to pick up the threat and, naturally, correct any spelling errors. Unless... a spelling error becomes the subject of another story. This is just what happened.
How I missed it, I don't know, but right in the introduction of Chapter 2, in the last line ...
... how amusing, it's just above the word truth ! (Isn't God amazing?)
... I misspelled the word beleive!
Now take a look at the misspelled street sign I had seen: MERBIEN. Should it not be MERBEIN?
There was another twist in this story worth mentioning. In the previous chapter I had written that I had never sat down to dinner with Mr. Grace until then. It was two days later that I discovered the above street sign error while cycling to a have dinner with my wife, mother-in-law and her dear friend. She had invited all of us to share Sunday lunch with her. (It was roast, no kidding!). Her name was Grace.
And the morals of the story?
If only people would humble themselves and believe, with simple faith like little children!
On the evening before this writing my wife asked, if I wanted to read the newspaper? She had bought a copy of the Adelaide Advertiser, our cities only daily paper. She spends much time reading all the details. If at all, I browse a page and turn it over after reading the headlines. (For people like me they ought to print a short version, an edition with just the headlines.)
But had I only done this last evening I would have missed some interesting numbers on page 54, on the WORLD news page. An article's heading: About face as social media users turn away, made me take a closer look.
Why I do not know. Was it the phrase 'about face' and I suspected it could be about F ace? Or did the name NEW YORK, where the article was reported from, take my attention? Unless the two letters at the very end (PA) made me think, who is PA?
Adelaide Advertiser 19.9.13, Page 54 (part of article)
About face as social media users turn away
From experience I know that sometimes articles such as the above don't come alone. On the same page, right beside the above, readers were treated with a gruesome menu of the worst kind. The tabloid press loves to dish up stuff of this kind, as if our lives would be enriched in any way at all?
It makes me think: What about the other 59 arrested? Who are they, what did they do? Did they have butchering tools or child-size coffins in their basements too? How much prison did they get?
No wonder US prisons are filled to capacity, if they lock up people for simply having or sharing fantasies.
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With winter behind us the sun rises earlier and earlier each morning. I woke early and I tuned into the free-to-air Christian TV broadcasts. Flicking through the channels I paused on Channel 4 ME. At first 4 ME did not mean anything, but read on. The program I had stumbled across, for the first time as far as I recall, may have been just for me?
It was called Tomorrow's World, which has their headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the name suggests, the program was about future events forecast in the bible, such as the battle of Armageddon etc.
I can't recall, if the name of the presenter (Rod King) or the program's Australian address in Canberra first caught my attention. But as soon as my brain spotted the 7s and a 2, my brain made a connection:
Rod King on Tomorrow's world that Sunday morning was reading various scriptures, which simultaneously was brought up on the screen. As he read Hebrews 11, 34 I noticed a mistake.
Even without the text on the screen I may have picked it up: "...out of wickedness they [heroes of faith] became strong." The text on the screen made more sense: "... out of weakness they became strong".
A mistake such as this called for some fun, the game of letter elimination. Crossing off all double up letters in the words weakness / wickedness resulted in >>> I C A D.
My child-like mind started thinking. Who sees a D, where is there a D? In the name Rod King? So what?
A little later it hit me. I saw the D.
The Canberra Post Office box number 772, minus the above registration plate, which I had picked up in Canberra - voila! 500 (=D). NOS don't lie.
Friends, I am not writing this to appear clever. I could never think up such complex codes.
There is one explanation why God leads me to see these things: HE is speaking to this world, to wake people from their slumber, to repent for living godless lives, and to return to HIS ways, living life as HE taught us in HIS word.
There was a sequel to the above during the church service, only hours after it had happened. That day the theme in church was vision. The very first song we sang was about the world, which is to be:
One week later, on the day of writing, 22nd September 2013 God again woke me early, with some help from His creation, birds. On Channel 10 TV, starting as usual at 5 AM, the Hour of Power was broadcast from the Crystal Cathedral in Orange Grove, California.
That morning it was special; both, the guest preacher and the surprise fun I had later. For the first time since October 08 Robert A Schuller, the son of the legendary Robert H Schuller, preached. Right at the start he announced that he was going to have some fun. I'm not sure what exactly he meant by that. I certainly had fun. (Read on).
Whilst in the past I had often seen a word on the screen, which then was spoken differently (see above incident 7 days prior), this time a blatant spelling error appeared on the screen. Robert gave a list of affirmations of his faith and that of his followers. He made the congregation repeat them.
Most of those in the audience would have noticed the error. And millions around the world, possibly. Here is the picture I snapped, after finding it on the P/C:
Whilst the above was seen by possibly millions, what my eyes spotted in church only hours later was only witnessed by me. How could have dismissed it, the way the letters a and r took centre stage on the screens above the church platform. Only once, in (Book 11 Chapter 19) had I reported this phenomena; the microphone hanging from the ceiling, in line with certain letters.
As the choir sang a favourite, well known hymn, the words were screened on three different screens. From where I was sitting toward the back, the seventh row that day, I could see both microphone cables, in front of the screens. One over the middle screen, one over the left one.
Take a look, how the letters A and R came out:
Screen on left Screen on right
I <<< microphone cables >>> I
There came a further twist this morning, which also originated in this Hour of Power TV broadcast. During his sermon on giving thanks for all things, Robert A....
Aha! I just noticed his initials R A...
... told the story of Corrie Ten Boom, who he had known personally in his younger years. Corrie and her sister Betsy had been taken to a concentration camp under the Nazi regime during WW II. They were plagued terribly by flees. Corrie especially detested the creatures.
Her sister knew her bible well: "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God," she kept telling her sister, who found this hard to do. Why should she give thanks for flees, which tormented her day and night?
Only later it became clear that the flees served a purpose. The women in this section of the camp were able to hold bible studies and prayer meetings uninterrupted. The guards kept their distance for a reason - the flees.
On the same day of this TV church sermon, on the other side of the world, the theme in our church was giving. We were encouraged to not only give our time, talent and money etc, but also to give thanks to God for everything.
How co-incidental! The song leader mentioned the same story, that of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy. It made me think: Did she also watch the Hour of Power that morning? After the meeting I asked her. She had not. It was just one of those quirks in God's good timing.
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Earlier in this chapter I quoted Jesus' words, where he spoke of changing, becoming like little children. To surrender involves a change, a radical new way of living.
When thinking of surrender our mind pictures a gunmen surrendering to police or soldiers giving up fighting, flying a white flag. From now on another is in command. The game is up. Life is radically different.
Surrendering means far more than just giving time or money. One Sunday in church, years ago, I was going to act out a thought to demonstrate this. As the offering bag came around, instead of placing banknotes into the offering, I was going to take of my name tab, which everyone was encouraged to wear, and drop it into the offering bag instead.
How many churchgoers, especially the rich, find it easy to place a few banknotes into the offering bag. And how many have totally surrendered all of their being, their very existence as a living offering to God?
The wonderful truth is this: A soldier, surrendering to the enemy, becomes a prisoner. A soul repenting, surrendering to God, becomes the most liberating change any human can make. A humble heart, surrendering all to Jesus, the blessed Saviour, in a child-like, simple faith will by giving all, gain everything.
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Sunset on Adelaide's beach front, September 1st 2013
Friends, I don't know if Doktor Eiermann succeeded in taking over the world of SONIC. But I know of a SON, who in the end will prevail against all odds to reclaim what is rightly HIS. Just as Yuji Naka decided the outcome of his fun video game, God has already decided the outcome for the world HE created. Unlike the world of SONIC, HIS world is real. HE is real.
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In the previous chapter I promised to write, why I was astonished that Saturday, that besides the bank notes there was exactly $ 15.50 in coins to be banked that day.
The previous day or two a thought had occupied my mind. I had wondered how many scriptures were there in the Bible with the digits 1550, ie, how many Chapters 15 which has 50 or more verses? The result was came as a surprise, as did the coins a day later.
There were only two scriptures in the whole bible, which have a chapter 15 and a verse 50. The first one is Joshua 15, 50:
The only other scripture with these digits is found in 1. Cor. 15, 50:
May I go and write above passage, headed 'Our final victory', verses 50 - 58, in modern English?
Friends, at the end of our days our initial reward will be HIS word*: "You good and faithful servant ..."
How all this is possible, when it happens, what our new bodies will be like etc. etc. is not for us to worry about. We may try and research it as much as we can, but certain things are best left in God's mighty hand.
It's easy to sing, I have learned to trust in Jesus, I have learned to depend on HIS word; especially when life moves along just nicely. But do you turn to HIM, thank HIM, when things don't work out as you envisaged, when difficult times come?
Faith is not tested on a cruise ship. The depth of your faith is tested in battle.
Those who stand firm, who pass the test, can look forward to Tomorrow's world, after our final victory.