Mom … My Biggest Fan and Best Salesperson

Happy Mother's Day, ya'll

Momma_NellOne thing about Mom, you always knew what she was thinking—whether you wanted to know or not. You also knew you were loved.

A few years ago Mom was on her way to the hairdresser when another driver ran a stop sign and smashed into her Buick. Mom got out, inspected the damage, and exchanged insurance information with the other driver. While waiting for the police to arrive, Mom popped the trunk and motioned the other woman to the trunk.

“My son’s a writer,” Mom announced, “and I’ve got some of his books. Do you want a copy?” I wasn’t at the crash site, but knowing Mom, I imagine the inflection in her voice was more like: “You do want a copy of my son’s book, right?” I’m almost certain of this because the woman bought one copy of my pirate novel. I bet the woman doesn’t even have kids.

But that was Mom–always hawking my books and asking me how my writing was going. She worried constantly I wouldn’t make enough as a writer to support my family. I kept telling her our daily provision is God’s business; mine was to be obedient and write stories that reflect His truths.

In 2012 I lost my biggest fan and best salesperson.

The last thing Mom told me was, “I’m not as young as I used to be, Son. You need to come see me once in a while.”

I will, Mom. One of these days we’ll be together, again.

If you’re blessed enough to still have your mom around, give her a hug and whisper, “Love you, Mom.” Trust me, it’s the best and cheapest gift there is.

Love you, Mom.

—EJ

Did Jesus Really Say He Would Rise from the Grave?

Yes ... yes he did

Did Jesus Really Say He Would Be Raised from the Grave?Did Jesus really say he would rise from the grave three days after his death?

Yes … yes he did.

Multiple times, in fact.

“As Jonah was in the stomach of the sea creature for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” ~ Matthew 12:40.

“Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’”~ Matthew 27:63

Jesus said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. ~ Luke 9:22, Matthew 16:21, Mark 8:31

Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.” ~ Luke 18:31-33

And still on the morning when the women went to anoint his body neither they, his disciples, or apparently any of his followers believed his words. How many times must God and Jesus say a thing before you will believe?

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Did God Really Turn a Man Into a Werewolf?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Turn a Man Into a Werewolf?Did God really turn a man into a werewolf?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

Here is what happened: “All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. As the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?’ Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, ‘This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar.’ Immediately his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. Let him live with the animals of the earth. Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal.” Daniel 4: 15-16, 28-31

So yes, God turned a man into a beast (though not necessarily a werewolf). And if God did it once he could do it again.

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Did God Really Say We Could Know More About Creation and What Came Before?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say We Could More About Creation and What Came Before?Did God really say we could know more about Creation and what came before the earth was formed if we simply ask?

Yes … yes he did.

What he said, was this: “Ask now about the former days long before your time, from the day God created Man on the earth. ask from one end of the heavens to the other.” Deuteronomy 4:32

Not sure how God created the heavens and the earth, the sea and sky, male and female, ask. God loves to share His knowledge if we come with an expectant heart and do not doubt. Just ask.

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Did God Really Say Jesus Is Coming Back?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say Jesus Is Coming Back?Did God really say Jesus is coming back?

Yes … yes he did.

What he said, was, “Men, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

Jesus said, “You will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:64

In John’s revelation from Christ he wrote, “Look, he is coming with the clouds every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” Revelation 1:7

So, yes, Christ will return. And when he does, he will bring and end to all things and usher in his kingdom. Believe it, don’t believe it, it’s up to you.

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Did God Really Say We Would Get a New Body After We Died?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say We Would Get a New Body After We Died?Did God really say we would get a new body after we died?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

Actually it is the Apostle Paul who writes, “I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. … For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.'” 1 Corinthians 15: 50-54

So we get a new body. One that endures, last forever, doesn’t die, rot, or decay. Your new body will be timeless, ageless, and indestructible. That’s the good news.

Bad new is, if you get tossed into the Lake of Fire you will be stuck in a body that is fireproof and never burns up. Which means there will be no end to the pain of the flames.

“In Hades, where he was in torment, the rich man looked up and saw far away …” Luke 16: 23–25 “The lake of fire is the second death.” Revelation 20:14. “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:1–2.

Some claim there is no hell. But by some counts Jesus spoke about hell in 60 or so verses. So even Jesus acknowledged that hell is a real place and that’s important to know as you prepare for your future.

But whether you go to heaven or hell you get a new body. So there is that to look forward to.

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Did God Really Write the Bible?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Write the Bible?Did God really write the Bible?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

Here is what happened. “When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave Moses the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.” Deuteronomy 9:10

So God wrote the first set of commands.

But when Moses came off the mountain and saw the people partying and worshiping a golden calf, he became angry, threw down the tablets and broke them. Which meant he had to start over. [This was waaaay before control-S and files saved in the Cloud]. Back up the mountain he went.

The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming … Exodus 34:1-5

There is a long section where God recites the commands to Moses and then …

The Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”  Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. [I hear writers can behave this way when they’re on a deadline.]  And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34:27-28

Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. Exodus 34:32

So God wrote the first set of ten commandments and it appears he dictated the second set to Moses, along with all the other commands.

Of course there is much more to the Bible than just his commands. But God wrote the first draft of the first section.

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