Grandma Remembers!

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Another year rolls by and with time the years seem to roll forward at increasing speed. Babies are born, knees are skinned, fenders bent, vows are made, clocks are punched, taxes paid, prescriptions filled. Then one day someone calls you Gramps or Me-Maw and there’s a shorter distance to the end than the beginning, but it’s all good and good to remember and to think back.

One day my Grandma contemplated about her storied life. She was married as a young teenager, to a strapping lantern jawed young man who would demonstrate what it was like to live on the wild side so to speak, and it wasn’t always fun. He ruled like a dictator and his word was the end of the story. When he said jump you jumped, and didn’t ask how high but jumped with all your might. Thinking back about her life she once said, “You know, I’ve had three lives, one short life before Pop, one life with Pop and one since he’s gone, and I liked the last one the best! No more packing lunch, my house remodeled, I got to travel, I enjoyed my kids and grandkids and I didn’t have to get Pop off to work or worry what to cook.”

Grandma always summarized her year at the end of her diaries like this entry: “1970 was a very good year for me. I count my many blessings. In April I got my teeth fixed by a very wonderful dentist. Totty took me and she really deserves the credit. And in July we were given a new minister to our church, Rev Gary Epler. He is a very dedicated man. Two new grandsons were born this year Jared & Eric Wolfe, 2 sweet babies! Thanksgiving and Christmas were very good days. My family gathered together and we had a good feast. Larry had a narrow escape Dec 24th. His car was demolished. He got out with a few scratches. Thank you Lord for all the wonderful days you have given me. Amen.”

Another closing activity usually on the back page was to list all those who passed from this life into eternity that year. Sounds kind of morbid but if you knew Grandma it really wasn’t. You see, she treasured people and the lives they lived. She knew bad times and good times and she knew that they were just like her, plus she cared for each one in her own way. It was her way of giving a memorial, remembering, that’s it remembering! We all want to be remembered don’t we?

We’ve raised three wonderful sons and I can still remember when our oldest left home (for the last time:) to be married to his wonderful bride. We were carrying things from his bedroom to the loading truck, back and forth, back and forth, until finally he stood before me holding the last box and said, “Well, this is it!” It was like a flash through my mind, this WAS it, twenty some years all wrapped up in this one last box! Another “three-lives” story turning a page.

Well folks, these true life stories tend to touch the heart, make you reminisce and maybe even make you a bit sad, but we must also remember that in the LORD all is good! Living with HIM in your life is the abundant life and putting your faith in Him leads to an eternal life with Him! He gives year after year so faithfully and then greets us in His presence with rejoicing on streets of gold. Let’s rejoice in Him in 2017! May you have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Next story: “Grandma A Pearl of Great Price!” below:

https://lobochronicles.com/2016/03/15/grandma-a-pearl-of-great-price/

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Year End Fun

A friend asked me what I thought he needed to defend his home.

I suggested a 9mm, a couple clips, and a box of shells.

A few days later, he sent me this picture and asked how to make it work.

Nine MM


 

Are You An Old Geezer?

An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic.

He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.

Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000, so he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic.

Dr. Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?

Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.”

Dr. Young: “Aaagh! — This is Gasoline!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr. Young:  “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”

Dr. Young:  “Oh, no you don’t, — that is Gasoline!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: “My eyesight has become weak — I can hardly see anything!”

Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so, here’s your $1000 back (giving him a $10 bill).”

Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!”

Dr. Geezer:  “Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”

Moral of story — Just because you’re “Young” doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an “old Geezer.


Young unmarried man shares this story …

Old people at weddings always poked me and said, “You’re next!

So, I started doing the same to them at funerals, “You’re next!”             (Ouch, that’s not funny!)


 

Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

 

 

 

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. Take a look!

My theme verse for my blog is Psalm 45:1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning my King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

Here’s an excerpt of the report:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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What Is Church?

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. God thought of the word “Church”. The angels and heavenly beings had no clue what it meant but His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit knew, and fully embraced God’s plan and so should we because it was something created for our benefit from start to finish!

So what is church? And what does it have to do with me? Those are good questions as we prepare to welcome the year 2016! Especially since one day we will all meet God and He will wonder what we did about His Church. Jesus, as He walked on earth, was God in the flesh so what did he have to say about the church? Let’s take a look.

The first mention of the word “church” in the Bible was from Jesus own lips when in the book of Matthew chapter 16:18 He is recorded as saying, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Some pretty strong words! So Jesus is the builder which means it is a VERY important thing He is building and we should take The Church seriously. At the end of His ministry on earth he commissioned His disciples to go to the ends of the earth and preach His Good News so that His Church would be formed and all people would have an opportunity to be saved.

So let’s be clear, nowhere in the Bible will you find Jesus telling His disciples to gather together the bricks and mortar for a building project because the Church was people! We can see this in Romans 16:5 where the Apostle Paul sends a greeting, “Likewise greet the church that is in their house”. The Church Jesus was creating was not a building but was a group of believers joined together by the Holy Spirit to do His will. The mistake that has been made down through the ages is when we treat the building as the Church. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a church building, and in fact they began to be built and were a convenient place for the believers to meet once they outgrew the home churches that quickly sprang up after Pentecost.

So what is the Church supposed to do? We see the work of the Church summarized in the book of Acts which is the book in which we find the most references to the church. The below verses give a checklist of the activities of the church. (One aside, the Temple was not the church. There was only ONE Temple and the Body of Christ’s actions would quickly supersede all the activities that once went on in the Temple.) Here is how it came about and what they did after Peter’s Spirit filled preaching at Pentecost.

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:41,42,46,47).

So the church is the Body of Christ on earth and that body has a purpose. In fact, it has multiple purposes among which are meeting together to hear from God, worshiping God & acting for God. These believers gathered to worship, hear the teachings from God’s Word, have fellowship, pray for one another, meet the needs of the poor, the widows & orphans, and spread the message of Jesus. They were a people in whom God chose to manifest Himself so the world could see Him and hear of His message of righteousness and salvation.

But many people today say that they don’t need church. They say it’s a place full of hypocrites, or they just want my money! Or they say they can worship God in the mountains, in creation, on the golf course or on a lake fishing, and so they can! But God’s Word specifically says to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another so much the more as we see the Day (of His return) approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Jesus fulfilled His Father’s will by dying on the cross and then proclaiming He would build His Church and the gates of Hell would not be able to withstand the onslaught of the Good News of the Gospel being proclaimed by His church! That is, people who are being held captive by the devil and his fallen angels can be rescued by the Church when they share the Good News of the Gospel!

So then my question is, what are you doing in regards to this mission? First of all, are you a called out one? Meaning, have you trusted Christ as your savior and joined His spiritual body the church? See my blog “Guaranteed Reservation in Heaven” for more on this.

https://lobochronicles.com/2015/09/28/guaranteed-reservation-in-heaven/

Secondly, are you hearing from God through your personal actions of seeking Him and then from attending the gathering of His Church (in a local church building) where His Word is preached? Thirdly, are you worshipping God by confessing your sins, forgiving others and offering your life as an offering of praise to Him? Lastly, are you acting for God by serving Him within your community and circle of influence?

Jesus needs you to be an integral part of His Church. He needs you to do your part in His body the Church. We all have a role to fulfill and unless we do, the Church will not be the Church God intended it to be. May the Force be with you!

There’s Something About Glory

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Glory is a God word. The angels proclaimed it on a lonely hillside outside of Bethlehem to shepherds guarding their sheep, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will toward men” they said. Merriam-Webster defines it as “worshipful praise, honor and thanksgiving” and that is what it was.

The angels were announcing a pivotal event that would change the world! The Savior had arrived and unlike ever before the Lord of Glory, the Creator God Himself, the Alpha and Omega was on Earth in human form as a vulnerable little baby in a manger!

He did not have to come to earth, he owed nothing to mankind, but nevertheless he came as the song says, “Down from His glory, ever living story, our God and Savior came, and Jesus was His Name. Born in a manger to His own a stranger, a man of sorrows, tears and agony”. Why the sorrow, tears and agony? Because He grew up to be “Despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and aquainted with grief” (Isaiah Chp 53:3) and He had His sight set on a hill called Golgotha where His work as Savior for us would culminate.

Psalm 24 declares His position as Creator proclaiming, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.” It also refers to His purity, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?”

Glory is a God word. The Triune God will not share His glory with lowly sinful man unless as Psalm 24 goes on to require,“He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” The clean hands and pure heart come as a result from the cleansing and forgiveness of the New Birth when one receives Christ as Savior. “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things become new” (2 Cor 5:17). But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor 3:18).

So this Christmas let us join with the Angels and the Psalmist proclaiming, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!”

Yes, Glory is a God word, but God want’s the Glory of His Son to be spread around the world in lives transformed by his Grace, Love and Forgiveness. So let us “Shine Jesus shine, Fill this land With the Father’s glory. Blaze Spirit blaze, Set our hearts on fire. Flow river flow Flood the nations With grace and mercy. Send forth Your word Lord And let there be light!”

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The “Holy One”

Holy Night

It was a “holy night” when our Savior was born. Be blessed by this message from my brother.

PREPARING FOR THE BIRTH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
“THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL”
by Evangelist Larry Wolfe
The prophet Isaiah throughout his writings entitles the coming Messiah–our Lord Jesus Christ–the “Holy One” although he uses this significant name interchangeably for God the Father. This title, Isaiah’s favorite, is used a total of twenty-nine times beginning in the very first chapter of his most significant prophecy, most significant because of its intense focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Hebrew Messiah. This attribute of the character of God is in fact more than just an attribute, for holiness is the primary word used to describe the very essence of the God of the Bible.
It is not surprising therefore that the preparation for the Holy One’s birth would be saturated in holiness as described in Luke chapter one. From the very outset, when Zacharias was visited by the holy angel as he was ministering in the holy place at the altar of incense, God’s holy angel underlined the fact that Zacharias’ son would ‘Be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.’ (Luke 1:15)
Another of God’s holy angels, Gabriel, would then visit the Virgin Mary bringing the good tidings of great joy, telling her that she would ‘Conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS'(Luke 1:31). He explained to her that ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God’. (Luke 1:35)
Mary then visits Elizabeth, her cousin, the wife of Zacharias who was already miraculously with child as the holy angel had told her husband. When Mary greeted Elizabeth ‘The babe[John the Baptist] leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost’ and immediately ‘Spoke out with a loud voice'(Luke 1:41, 42) and blessed Mary, recognizing that Mary would be the mother of her Lord!
Mary, following Elizabeth’s words, magnified the Lord, rejoicing in spirit for what God her Savior was doing in her life. She rightfully ascribed to Him the name ‘Holy’ in verse 49! She continues her magnification of the Lord by listing His mighty actions toward men and His people Israel. Later in the chapter, the birth of John the Baptist is recorded.
And at that time his father Zacharias was ‘Filled with the Holy Ghost'(Luke 1:67) prophesying of God’s great working in visiting and redeeming His people, bringing salvation through the house of David by the Lord Jesus Christ just as He had spoken through his ‘Holy prophets’. Zacharias continues by underlining the fact that God remembers His ‘Holy covenant’ performing the mercy He promised to the fathers.
The last reference to holiness comes in v.75 where Zacharias encourages and exhorts those who would read his prophecy in the ages to come. He reminds us all that we must serve the Lord without fear, in ‘Holiness’ and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. This holiness which we need in order to ‘See the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14) is provided by the Lord Jesus Christ when we receive Him as our personal Savior. The provision of personal holiness is just one of the many benefits we receive when we are ‘Born again’ by turning from our sin and putting our faith in His death, burial and resurrection. However, the holiness we receive is provisional and we need to live holy lives in our daily experience.
This first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, which gives the surrounding circumstances of our Savior’s birth, is saturated in holiness, a fitting preparation for the miraculous incarnation of the Son of God, the Holy One of Israel in chapter two! Have you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? If you have, are you serving Him in ‘holiness and righteousness’? The greatest gift you can give the ‘Holy One’ this Christmas is yourself, dedicated to serving Him in ‘Holiness and righteousness’…all the days of your life: “I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)
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Grandma Pays It Forward

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George Bailey in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” got a picture of what it would have been like in his town if he would have never been there to do the good deeds for which he was known to do. You and I, just like him, are leaving an imprint in our world as well. Did you ever take a meal to a needy family or someone recuperating from a health condition? Or maybe take Christmas cookies to your neighbors? Or provide gifts for those who otherwise would have none? Did you ever surprise someone in a restaurant by paying for their meal? Whatever the deed, people are very appreciative when they are the focus of an act of unconditional love and generosity, and often times are motivated to do the same for others. Sometimes we call that paying it forward and I have tried it a few times myself, and I noticed that you get some wonderful reactions and responses.

Just like the other night when I was in a Turkey Hill store and as I passed by the cashier’s counter I overheard a man say to the cashier, “Sorry, I left my wallet in my car, I’ll be right back!” I saw it as a right place at the right time situation, and since I believe God orchestrates all events in our lives I quickly stepped over and paid the man’s bill before he returned. His response was classic, “Wow! Thanks for doing that for me!” he said. I responded with “Merry Christmas” and handed him my blogger business card which contains the link to my blog and a Gospel message and he was on his way. Who knows what that act of kindness and planting of a seed will produce for eternity? Only God knows!

My grandma Margaret Anspach paid it forward in her own ways. She didn’t pay peoples bills since she had very little in the monetary realm, but she somehow (especially at Christmas) found ways to show the love of God to those in her family and those in close proximity to her. See below her entry in her diary after a busy Christmas Eve in 1971.

Friday, December 24, Cloudy 40 degrees. I arose at 7 and looked over my Xmas boxes (gifts she was gathering for others). Snack came and we went up to Billy S. and gave him a mince pie. Up to Pop and gave him a shirt and cookies. Then to Verna’s store. Snack and I got a cart full of groceries for Wayne and Floss. Then we went to Ellie K., she was happy and thankful. We were at Nora K. and she received us nicely. Then to Mary B. and I really had a nice box for her but she wasn’t home. Then to Wayne and Floss, no thank you’s there. This evening all my kids and grandkids came home and we exchanged presents. I really got a lot! Irene is better and she was pleased with her nightie. I got 3 toasters! Good day!

We can all pay it forward for someone. Grandma showed kindness to her nextdoor neighbor Billy, her father-in-law, her brother-in-law’s family who was much poorer than anyone in our family. (My mom would take us there when we were feeling sorry for ourselves and we’d come away thinking we were rich!) Grandma noticed when people were happy and thankful and even when gratitude was not shown. She knew the joy in giving and God returned many a blessing back to her as He is faithful to do as kindness done in His name brings eternal results.

You know, our Heavenly Father came up with the ultimate pay it forward story when He sent his Son Jesus down to us to be born in a humble cattle stall and be placed in a lowly manger. He left the glories of heaven where he was worshipped continually by a heavenly host of angels and created beings. The Apostle Paul described it perfectly in Philipians chapter two when he said, Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Yes, that little baby Jesus of whom we think fondly at this time of year was on a mission that would take him to the Cross where he would shed His blood for you and me so that we, one day, could be with Him. Life is SO short! The older I get the more this truth hits home. Many people don’t even make it to my age! I was watching the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” the other night and it hit me that there are probably very few people in that movie (made 69 years ago) who are still alive on earth today! Eternity is right around the corner!

Jesus is the Ultimate and only Savior who had the right and the power to pay it forward for all of mankind. Paul went on to say, Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosover believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Now that’s paying it forward for all eternity! That’s where my grandma is, enjoying eternity with Jesus. I pray your faith is in Jesus. He is the ULTIMATE gift to RECEIVE and the GREATEST gift to GIVE at Christmas.

Next story “Grandma Remembers” below:

https://lobochronicles.com/2015/12/31/grandma-remembers/