One 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.
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.
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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