THE CARPENTER’S HOUSE

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I’m recovering from the flu and so at work I’ve been sluggish. But I’m still making an effort to do my very best under the circumstances. Even though I felt like doing less and less, I made myself push through and do a good job anyway. It reminded me of this story about the carpenter:

 

“An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the home-building business. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.

 

He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

 

When the carpenter finished his work, the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” The carpenter was shocked.

 

What a shame. If he had known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we’d do it much differently. But we cannot go back.

 

You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitude and the choices you make today, build the “house” you live in tomorrow. Build wisely!”

Anonymous

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THREE RE-FORMATIONS

The Apostles of the first century church were Jewish. But God had a Reformation in mind. The word “reformation” comes from two words, “re” and “formation.” God said the rules were about to change. The Lord was re-forming the church to expand out freely to the Gentile nations as well. This was a huge change, and met with opposition from those who were used to old ways. God gave this disturbing idea to Peter in a dream. At first Peter argued with God.

 

In the dream “he saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a big sheet being lowered to earth by its four corners. In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to Peter, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘No, Lord! I have never eaten food that is unholy or unclean.’ But the voice said to him again, ‘God has made these things clean, so don’t call them ‘unholy’!’ This happened three times, and at once the sheet was taken back to heaven” (Acts 10:11-16).

 

Just as the dream finished, three men came from a Gentile’s house and asked for Peter to come with them to the man’s house. When Peter got there, this Gentile man wanted to hear all about Jesus. The man’s name was Cornelius. He and his entire household got born again and immediately had the proof of it when they all spoke with tongues. Neither Peter nor the men that went with him could deny that the rules had changed. Their idea of the church was re-formed.

 

“Peter began to speak: ‘I really understand now that to God every person is the same. In every country God accepts anyone who worships him and does what is right. You know the message that God has sent to the people of Israel is the Good News that peace has come through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lord of all people!’” (Acts 10:34-36).

 

“The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been given even to the nations [Gentiles]” (v. 45).

 

That was a very big deal in the church. It was the very first Reformation.

 

The second Reformation is the one we all know about with Martin Luther. His re-formation changed the way people of the church related to God. He freed up the Bible for regular people to read, not having to pass through the rules of papal interpretation. The invention of the printing press now made access to the Bible publically available. Every person could read the good news of God and His son Jesus for themselves.

 

The third Reformation is here in America, just on the cusp of breaking out across the nation. Since 1954 most of the churches of America have signed the papers to be incorporated under 501c3 status. They can get tax exempt status and give members an IRS tax deduction for donating. But by incorporating as a 501c3, a church agrees to stand down to the state. They agree to “act on the behalf of the Government in carrying out governmentally approved policies.”

 

The IRS Code 501c3 reads: “No part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”

 

One pastor under the 501c3 rule stated: “Take the last presidential election. There were numbers of things that I knew that I was never able to say from the pulpit because if you advance the cause of one candidate or impede the cause of the other you can lose your tax exemption. That would have been disastrous not only for the church, but for our school and our seminary.”

 

According to the IRS itself, under tax Code 508©(1)(A) the church “is automatically tax-exempt.” Not only that, but according to the IRS Publication 526, a church doesn’t need to become a 501c3 for contributions to be taken as tax deductions.

 

So why did churches believe they had to become 501c3 incorporated?

  1. Ignorance (We didn’t know any better).
  2. Bandwagon logic (Everyone else is doing it). And
  3. Professional advice (Many attorneys and CPAs recommend it).

 

When it comes to legal and tax matters, most people just assume that the “licensed professionals” know what they’re talking about. Little do people realize that far too many attorneys never personally study the law for themselves, and are merely parroting what they’ve heard other attorneys say. Once a myth gets started in the legal profession, it tends to spread, particularly when the myth can make a lot of money for the attorneys who take advantage of it.

 

But God is once again on the Reformation front. He is challenging the stubborn Peter pastors of our day. He is in the process of re-forming the churches of America to set them free of the tyranny of the gag order that now besets so many. Pastors are awakening all over America. The re-formation of American churches is exploding. We will see tremendous results in the months and years to come.

 

And just like the Reformation in Acts 10 with Peter and the Reformation of the 1500s with Martin Luther, the Word of God will explode and expand throughout the nations of the world and in the lives of each individual who comes into this new liberty in Christ.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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TREASURES IN THE HOUSE

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Several years ago I listened to a woman on YouTube who was speaking about the second coming of the Jesus Christ. We are told several places in the Bible that no man knows when that day will be. Then other day I listened to a rendition of the great hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” the verse that goes: “When Christ shall come with shout of exclamation, and take us home, what joy shall fill our hearts.” It hit an emotional place in me and I once again realized it is really going to happen! “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

 

The woman’s teaching struck a note with me and I had this thought: If Jesus came tomorrow there would be turmoil and anyone who was not a believer when He came, would still be here. Even some people that we know, could be left behind: neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, store owners. Most of them would know that we were Christians, so with the chaos, they could end up at our house, looking for some answers, some clues on how to get where we are. Since we don’t take anything with us when Jesus comes for us, all our stuff would still be where we left it.

 

Would there be blankets? Water? Food? But my big question is: What would people find in my house that would be spiritual food to help them to turn to Jesus and receive everlasting life in heaven?

 

What’s in your apartment, house, dwelling? If Jesus came tomorrow, would there be a Bible? Some good teaching on your computer? Books that would help people to find the truth about Jesus Christ?

 

Or would there be lots of extraneous things that wouldn’t really be that helpful to someone who wanted to know Jesus?

 

Proverbs 15:6 says: “In the house of the righteous is much treasure,” and 1 Corinthians 1:30 says that we are the righteous. So what kinds of things in your house do you and Jesus consider real treasures?

 

I remember several years back I looked around my house at the pictures I had on my walls. I had Jesus in my heart, but I didn’t have much on my walls that indicated my love for Him. So I changed that and I continue to make changes to my physical environment to reinforce my spiritual temperament.

 

Just this week, I was home with the flu, and today I finally had enough energy to move around and do some things. I took a critical look at my two bookshelves of Christian books and I started pulling out the books I knew I’d never read—they weren’t treasures to me. I pulled out books authored by pastors I no longer trust, unless I felt the information was more valid than the personality or the downward path the pastor may have taken since the book was written. It was a great purging—making room for new books, new treasures that both the Lord and I would be proud of; and fresh Biblical teachings to compliment the old ones.

 

It was also good to see the old books, ancient Biblical treasures, even from grammar school and high school—like old friends who’ve passed the test of time all these years. As they’ve watched me grow, they are still a wonderful part of my present self.

 

I look forward to seeing my environment change from glory to glory as I’m open and willing to include more Godly treasures into my home. I hope you will take the time, as well, to do some inventory checks in your own home. Let’s get some things up around us that bless and inspire us in the ways of our Lord.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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TEN VIRGINS AND THE OIL

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It was about 9p.m. and I was watching TV when all the lights went out. No electricity in the whole neighborhood. Thoughts were flying through my mind in rapid succession like bullets from an automatic rifle: “I have to get my flashlight. It’s dark. I won’t be able to see out there. Sh..t, I should have recharged the batteries the last time. Do I have any other flashlights? Yes, In my car. Phew!” I was just about to get up out of my chair and all the lights and sounds come charging back to life.

 

A couple days later I thought about not having the batteries ready for my flashlight. It reminded me of the Bible story about the ten virgins with the oil lamps. They took their lamps to meet the bridegroom and go to the wedding. But only five took extra oil for their lamps so they’d be prepared. The bridegroom was late so the five without extra oil were running out of light. They thought they could borrow some from the others but that wasn’t going to happen.

 

“Five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

 

“And at midnight there was a cry made: ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

 

“And the foolish said unto the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Not so, lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.’

 

“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut” (Matt. 25:1-10).

 

We learn from this passage that each of us is responsible to get his or her own oil. No one else is responsible to read the Bible for us and no one else can do our believing for us. An interesting point here is that the wise women didn’t give the foolish ones any of their extra oil. Wow, that’s seems pretty harsh, right? But the truth is that there comes a point when sharing what we have and giving to others comes to a God-ordained halt, and going any further is futility and sin.

 

It’s hard sometimes to know when to stop with a person, but if we stay too long (longer than the Lord wants), we’re not really helping them and we’re not helping ourselves either. Matthew 22:39 tells us: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We love ourselves by doing what the Lord wants, not what people want, and not necessarily what we want either. But God is in charge of the outcome and He knows the best route to get there.

 

If a relationship is going nowhere, it’s probably time to enlist the help of another laborer! “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:37-38).

 

The women who were prepared, went on to the party and the others missed out. The parable about the ten virgins is about being ready when Jesus comes back. Nobody knows when that will be, but there will be a day when Jesus returns and everything changes.

 

“The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10).

 

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God” (1 Thess. 4: 16).

 

Jesus said that when the judgment day comes, every man will have to account for every idle word he speaks: “But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment” (Matt. 12:36).

 

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7).

 

Our works are to be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss” (1 Cor. 3:13-15).

 

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be?” (2 Pet. 3:11).

 

People want to feel that their lives are meaningful and that they are contributing good things into this world. Once Jesus comes back, we don’t get the chance to do it over again. So let’s let’s unload the burdens the Lord says “leave and let go.”

 

We only have one life to live here on earth right now, no reincarnation. We need to make every day count to the best of our ability.

 

We don’t want to miss a chance to say something kind, do something significant for someone else, give a smile, help someone, minister healing, cast out a devil spirit, etc. “We are all the children of light” (1 Thess. 5:5) and we can “walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8).

 

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel” (Matt. 5:15). Let your unique, God-inspired light shine.

 

The end of our world is imminent and according to the Bible, it could be any day. Let’s make a difference here while we can. If we think more often about Jesus’ return, we will live our lives more like the women who carried extra oil, rather than the ones whose light ran out.

 

Like it says in Romans 13:12: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

 

If we live like today could be our last, it just could be our best.

 

After the lights came back on that night, I recharged the batteries for my flashlight. Today I’m recharging my heart for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE ANGEL

 

I looked out onto the patio and saw something strange going on. My cat, Snowy, was slowly backing up, ears flattened against his head and shackles up. His teeth were snarling and he was hissing. Something was scaring him and making him back off.

 

I opened the sliding glass door and went out slowly, expecting to see some big stray cat or dog ready to attack. What I saw was something quite different.

 

It was only a 2 inch praying mantis with its colorful, frightfully angular wings spread out wide like a mantle over her. She looked ferocious and she was running full speed toward Snowy! They don’t often show their wings. It’s like their secret weapon and apparently it works well. Snowy turned tail and scurried into the house through the opened patio door!

 

Sometimes the angels act in a similar way, to be our secret weapons. A few years back, I was having a particularly hard time at work and I felt weakened. I looked up the scripture in Psalm 103:20 “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” I prayed they would go to my work ahead of me and help me there.

 

When I got to work, I went upstairs to the open loft where we did our painting. Around the edge was a three-foot wooden railing. I could see in the spirit a very large angel sitting comfortably on the corner. His wings spread out to each side along the edge of my work space. I felt protected and strong. This went on every day for several months until I moved to a new work location, where it seemed I didn’t need the added protection any more.

 

Every year my garden is visited by praying mantis so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to observe them, but only once did I see one spread its wings out like when it chased my cat across the patio.

 

Like the mantis, we don’t always go around showing off our stuff, but when it becomes necessary, we certainly have our secret weapons. One of them is the privilege to pray for the Lord to send angels. They are loosed in heaven and according to Hebrews 1:14 and Matthew 4:11 they minister to us and for us. Most of the time we don’t even know they’re there but they are strong to protect us and can back off danger.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THE DRAGON AND THE CHURCH

My backyard was fresh from the watering I just gave it; the sun had set and it was that wonderful time of the evening, just before it gets too dark. I looked up, and even in the city lights of a Las Vegas sky, I was able to pick out some of the constellations and stars. I found the North Star, at the tip of the Little Dipper. The Little Dipper, Biblically, represents God’s sheepfold. The North Star at the tip of the Little Dipper’s handle is the most important star of the sky. It is now the Polar star, meaning it is at the center; it’s position is fixed and all other stars revolve around it. But that was not always the case.

 

Over 4000 years ago, the star called Thuban, in the constellation Draco (the dragon), was the Polar Star. Draco represents Satan. His constellation is a large twisting constellation that circles overhead around the sheepfold in the northern sky. The Bible tells us Lucifer, the devil, wanted to be like God. He wanted to be the ultimate Polar star, the center around which everything and everyone, orbited.

 

Isaiah 14 tells us the story in written form, of what God created for mankind in the story of the stars above us:

 

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst weaken the nations!

 

“For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. [note: Draco sits in the sides of the most northern sky].

 

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High’” (Is. 14:12-14).

 

But Satan did not get his way.

 

“There was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not.

 

“And the great dragon was cast out — that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:7-9).

 

I don’t really know if the moving of the Polar star happened when Lucifer was cast out of heaven, but it’s an interesting thought. But isn’t it so great that the star in Draco is NOT the center of the sky any more, but rather the star in the sheepfold is the center?! Jesus will forever be the center of everything.

 

I just love how God has put His truth in everything He created.

 

Psalm 19:1 says: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.”

 

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Love, Carolyn

 

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READING THE CONSTELLATIONS BIBLICALLY

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I was pretty lost in High School. I often asked the questions: Who am I? Why am I here? I was never really satisfied with the answers and I kept searching. The answers were literally right above me and I didn’t even know it. There’s a new science, much more accurate than Astrology. It’s called Christological profiling. It’s based on the time and place of your birth. And it’s Biblically accurate. The Old Testament believers knew about it. The whole sky is filled with stories of Christ. Once we are born again, the Bible says we are part of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:5), so our story is individually written in the sky too.

 

God told Jeremiah this: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” God knew us before we were born and He knew what our long suits and shortcoming would be. He arranged our births to line up with what he already knew our potential would be. And He had the sun, the moon, the planets and stars set in motion so that we could find out these things if we wanted to. Not only did God form Jeremiah, but He gave him the gifting of a prophet before he was even born.

 

Unfortunately, even though we live in a day of great strides electronically, we’ve lost some of the old ways that could help us. One thing we’ve lost in our modern world is all the natural medicines and foods that ancient people knew of and used. Another thing is in this field of understanding the messages of the skies.

 

Almost everything people believe in has some basis in truth, but it’s been put askew. Astrology is like that. It’s a counterfeit for Christological profiling. Some things will fit, but not all. Astrology is about 2300 years off. The astrologers still go by tables written 2300 years ago. They didn’t consider that the earth’s orientation changes and rewinds one degree every 72 years. For most people, this means we don’t come under the same “zodiac” sign the astrologers put us in. For instance, I thought mine was Sagittarius, but actually it’s Scorpio.

 

God knew what He was doing. He fingerprinted us way before we were born. I found out so much about myself from reading my Christological profile. Each of ours will be unique. Here’s just a tiny bit I learned about my own, as an example:

 

When I found out the Biblical meaning of the constellation Scorpio, I found out that I was made to be a warrior. The combined constellations in the Scorpio group are that of a conqueror (Ophiuchus) wrestling a serpent (Serpens) while stepping on a scorpion (Scorpio). The path of someone born in this kind of sky, is a warrior who doesn’t mind being wounded to bring down the powers of darkness. (That’s kind of how I feel about my writing. I have to be transparent and I don’t mind telling you about my downfalls and my weaknesses, so that I can also tell how the Lord teaches me and guides me and even whisks me out of some of the troubles I’ve gotten myself into!)

 

At the particular time and place of my birth, the moon was in Cancer. Biblically, Cancer is the promise of the coming kingdom and eternal life. The aspect of Christ shown in Cancer is hope, encouragement and optimism. But since the moon is of varying light, the good characteristics that go with that constellation tend to fluctuate from bright to dim as well. Knowing this truth helps me to remember to be positive even when I am made very aware of the evil in the world and I feel like either fighting like crazy, or completely giving up.

 

There’s so much more I learned about myself and I’m glad the Lord directed me to put this article out again, because I need to take another fresh look at my profile in light of some of the new things I’ve learned in the past year or so.

 

I hope some of you will check out your profile as well. New research and computer programs have made the information easily accessible. All you need to know is your time and place of birth. Then go to http://lmci.org, get a password and you can easily find your Christological profile. This ministry gives you the first level for free and there’s plenty of details and information in it, so you don’t have to feel you have to go on to the other levels. But if you want, there are two other levels. I found the second level kind of slim, but the third level was really detailed and I thought it was great.

 

I pray you’ve read this article with an open heart. This is apostolic (new light on an old truth).

 

Everyone comes to a time in life when they ask themselves “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” Now you can find more about God’s answers to those important questions.

 

Love, Carolyn

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