Husbands and wives #1 need or (Proper care and feeding of a spouse)

Chuck and Elaine 10th anniversary large
Husbands and wives #1 need or (Proper care and feeding of a spouse)
Ephesians 5:33

“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

Good advice for building stronger marriages is found in this verse. Husbands should love their wives like Christ loves the church and gave his life for it. They should put their wife’s needs (Help with the house, the kids, the laundry, the cooking, etc.) ahead of their own needs every time. Wives need to know they are your top priority. This does not mean you need to be a lap dog and play fetch every time she raises her finger. It means that when you are sitting down and see or hear her struggling with a project you should volunteer to help her. Perhaps she will even tell you “No, I got this” yet expect you to do something to help anyways (even if it is to open the door or balance the object). If you do help her she will feel you read her mind and if you do not she may feel you really don’t care about her or her struggles. Her greatest need is to know you care about her above everything else (your job, relaxation, hobbies, friends and family). She needs to know that in your world, she is Number One and you are willing to put down everything else right now in order to meet her needs. Doing this shows her your love and respect for her in ways words cannot express.

Husbands need respect. They need to know that their wife considers them the Number One man in their world and that they believe God chose him for them. Husbands need to know they are “Good Enough” physically and emotionally to deserve their wife’s respect. Complaining about a husband’s inability to provide financial security shows your lack of trust in God who gave him the job he has and in your husband’s ability to seek a better job. It is unfortunate yet true that men who do not get this reinforcement of being good enough from their wives will quit trying. Husbands who do not get a sense of respect in their home will seek it out elsewhere.

Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

Jesus demonstrated to us limitless love by giving even his own life so that we could be redeemed. This proves to all husbands everywhere that there is no way we could ever love our wives too much. Christ loves the church in such a way that he forgives us even when we fail and then repent. In this same way we should recognize that no one is perfect, everyone has and will again fail in some way and we all need to be forgiven (husbands and wives).

Ephesians 5:28-33 “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church–for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

When I perform a marriage I always add the words “for better or for worse, in sickness as well as in health, for richer or poorer; until death do we part”. Everyone knows life is filled with troubles and no one will live happily ever after without some troubles in their relationships. Let us all seek to nurture and care for our spouse’s (husbands and wives) needs (food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, spiritual leadership and emotional as well as physical fulfilment) and desires (a better car, house, furniture, TV, more time away alone together) in the best ways that we can. Let us all seek unity in the spirit and flesh. Never cease to date your spouse. It works well if you can set aside one evening a week for a “Date Night” for the rest of your life.

1 Corinthians 7:4-5 “The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

Here we find the original equal rights amendment. Wives do not have authority to withhold their bodies from their husbands and husbands equally do not have the right to withhold their bodies from their wives. Each is to regard themselves as united in the most sacred and intimate union that mankind can know while here on the earth. Satan will try to interfere in your relationship if you do not come together as husband and wife for extended periods of time without a prior agreement. Each should do their best to meet their spouse’s physical and emotional needs just as Christ seeks to meet the needs of his church and make provisions for it.

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When Will Jesus Return?

Mountains summer sunset
When will Jesus return?
Matthew 24:36

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only”
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance”.
Matthew 24:3-14 “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”
Not even Jesus knew the day nor the hour when he will return. God is longsuffering and he desires for everyone to hear the gospel message and then repent before Jesus returns. We see all around us the signs Jesus foretold that would occur before his return. We know the season of his return is closer now than ever before! Before his return to rule over the earth the wrath of God must be poured out upon the earth. A couple things must happen before then and other things will happen after those. First according to 2 Thessalonians there is a person now restraining the powers of darkness so that they cannot fully function. Once he is removed then the lawless one will be revealed.
The one restraining is the Holy Spirit of God. We who believe in Jesus have the Holy Spirit living in us and he will abide with us forever (John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever”). Therefore I believe that he cannot be removed unless the church (all believers around the world who have the Holy Spirit living in them) are also removed from the world (Raptured)!
When will this happen? (Acts 1:6-7 “Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”) Matthew 24:32-33 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” So then we can know the season when Jesus will return, even if we do not know the day or hour. We know it is getting closer to the time when we will be taken out of this world.
In the book of Leviticus seven feasts were laid out for the Jewish people to celebrate. These are but a shadow of the things of God. The first four feasts occur in the spring (Passover, Unleavened bread, First fruits, and Pentecost). These were fulfilled by Jesus during his fist coming. The final three feasts will be fulfilled when he returns (Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles).
The feasts were considered as parts of a whole with Passover starting one phase and Pentecost completing it. The next set starts with the feast of trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) which happens during a new moon sometime between September and October. New moons begin 29 and ½ days after the last one which means it could occur on the 29th or 30th with no one knowing for sure; which is why the Jews have two priests watch at sundown for the first sight of the new moon which would then announce the beginning of the feast.
Between the feast of trumpets and the feast of the Day of Atonement are seven days. Our God is not a God of coincidences so this has real meaning and I believe that this is a picture of the seven years the church will be celebrating the wedding feast in heaven before Jesus returns to reign over the earth. These seven years could be the seven years of the great tribulation mentioned in the book of Revelation.
I have no year for you, only the two possible months of the year when Jesus will come for us. There are some interesting theories for what years (or range of years) Jesus could return based upon the 490 years of Daniels prophecy and other biblical texts with variations for a 360 day Hebrew calendar and a 365.25 day Julian calendar. I have seen dates ranging from 2017 to 2047 (and one that said we are in the Jewish year 5776 and that Jesus will return 224 years from now in the year 6000).
• Rosh HaShanah; Jewish Year 5776: sunset September 13, 2015 – nightfall September 15, 2015
• Rosh HaShanah; Jewish Year 5777: sunset October 2, 2016 – nightfall October 4, 2016

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Remembering Dad

Fathers day

Remembering Dad

A Chuck Weiskircher Poem © 6/17/15

Dads should all act like Boy Scouts

And not treat others as if they were louts

Not all Dads know the Boy Scout laws

The words never pass through their jaws

A scout is trustworthy, loyal and helpful

For Dads who act like this we are grateful

Scouts are also friendly, courteous and kind

Dads who act like this are a great find.

Scouts are also obedient, cheerful and thrifty

Dads who are this way are thought of as nifty.

Scouts are finally brave, clean and reverent

Dads like this have a happy temperament.

No two Dads are just alike

Some drive cars and others ride a bike.

My Dad is different in many other ways

He knows the Scout laws and also prays.

No one is perfect that is true

But no one is better at caring for the crew.

He has daily chores of work around the place

But it is doubtful he would win a foot race.

Hiking and camping he did when he was younger

And he was always prepared to do something for hunger.

He likes a good book and is reading a couple

Sometimes he reads something that makes him chuckle.

It seems I have turned out like him in many ways

I enjoy reading and cooking and family camping days.

We enjoy seeing each other as often as we can

A large family gathering for Christmas is our plan.

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Remembering Mother

Mothers day

Mother Remembered

A Chuck Weiskircher Poem © 5/7/2015

Everyone believes their mother is the best

They did a better job raising them than the rest.

I am no exception to this rule

I think my mother is very cool.

She raised us up to know right from wrong

Her sense of fairness is very strong.

Through good times and bad she did her best

I look back on life and know I was blessed.

Mother could make something from very little

One time she made some peanut brittle.

I remember BBQ wings after school

The thought of those makes me drool.

Of camping she was not a great fan

One time we tried it in a rented van.

Good memories I have of that event

It was better than sleeping in a tent.

In the winter Death Valley is always cold

We looked but never found any gold.

Visiting Scotty’s castle was very neat

That night at a restaurant we did eat.

Wherever we went my father drove

Mother could cook on a Colman stove.

A trip to Bodie we once made

Over time my memories fade.

I enjoy spending time with my mom

Quiet times like that are a balm.

We always find something to laugh about

Of the love we share there is no doubt.

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Joseph and Pharaoh

Joseph and Pharaoh

Joseph and Pharaoh

Psalm 34:6-7

“This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

Acts 7:9-10 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.”

Psalm 66:16-20 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”

God loves you. If you do not have a love for sin in your heart God will hear your prayers. Those who are poor in spiritual things, those who have spiritual needs, those who love God, will be heard when they pray and God will not reject their prayers. Their prayers may not be answered immediately in the way they desire either.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He trusted God and continued to live according to his understanding of how God wanted him to live and God blessed all the work he did for his master. Eventually Joseph was placed as overseer for all his master’s property and God continued to bless his master and increased his wealth. The wife of his master wanted Joseph to sleep with her but he continued refusing for a long period of time. Eventually the wife told a lie saying that Joseph tried to force himself upon her. Joseph was then thrown into prison. Still Joseph trusted God.

While in prison Joseph continued to be blessed in all the work he was assigned and the jailer placed him in charge of the work the prisoners did and God gave everything an increase. After interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh’s chief baker and cup bearer he asked them to get Pharaoh to release him. He waited two more years working in prison before he was released.

We are not told how many years Joseph was a slave or how many years altogether he spent in prison. We only know that he remained faithful to God and that God in his timing and according to his will released Joseph and raised him up to rule over all Egypt under Pharaoh.  God heard his prayers every day for years and accepted them because he knew in his heart Joseph loved him. He made sure all Joseph’s needs were met (food, shelter and clothing) even if his wants were not immediately satisfied.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

When we believe God and obey his commandments we can know that we may enjoy peace with him. Although our days on the earth may not be long, we know we will live with him forever in heaven.  God shows us mercy in his promises and his truth in his performing or living up to them. We MUST trust in the Lord with our whole hearts and without doubting. Take comfort in the knowledge that God love you and desires his plans for you to be completed. We know that our own understanding is incomplete and as strong as a broken reed when it comes to spiritual things; if we were to lean upon it, it would fail and we will fall. Let us therefore seek God and his direction for our lives, asking him to direct our steps daily as we submit ourselves to his will for our lives.   Our prayers may not be answered immediately with a “Yes” answer and we may not be released from our bondage or prisons as soon as we like. Yet we have God’s promise that he will direct our paths. In the end we know that our path shall lead to safety, goodness, peace and happiness; if not in this world then in the next. God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives and we are called to simply place our trust in Him.

 

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Honest belief systems VS. Dishonest belief systems

Are Your Beliefs Consistent with Your Worldview? Is there a chance your beliefs are wrong?
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Honest belief systems VS. Dishonest belief systems

The way the human brain works according to modern science is that everyone has beliefs. Everyone knows that Christians have a belief system built upon supernatural influences in the world. Honest atheists admit the possibility that there could be a “god” (dishonest atheists deny that there is any possibility of the existence of a god and therefore violate their own principle that all beliefs are based upon observable evidence because there is no direct evidence that denies the possible existence of God). Honest Christians admit that 90% or more of the actions described in the Bible have natural causes. Honest Christians admit that there is also no direct observable evidence that a supernatural intelligence created the universe (otherwise there would be no atheists).

Honest atheists admit that there is no observable evidence for a naturally occurring event at the beginning of the universe (although virtually all atheists say that the cause that began the Universe 13.8 Billion years ago was some natural phenomenon; and that we just do not know yet what it was.) These atheists have their belief system built upon faith in unobservable evidence of the naturalistic origin of the universe. Dishonest atheists believe the tenet that all phenomena (an observed or observable circumstance) have a naturalistic cause based only upon their faith in naturalism (it cannot be god therefore it must be a natural occurrence).

In order to realistically examine all the evidence we must start with an open mind that is willing to consider the possibility that our belief system is in error. We must allow our beliefs to be changed if they are contradicted by observable evidence (to do otherwise would be dishonest). Indeed! I feel that beliefs that contradict observational evidence should not be tolerated. Everyone has a worldview and will interpret evidence in a way that is consistent with their worldview. Although we would like to think that everything we believe is based upon evidence and logic, this is simply not true. Paradigm shifts in our worldviews rarely occur due to our emotional attachments to them. Would you like to know more? Follow the link!

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/atheismintro.html

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A loving yet Holy and just God (OR: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”)

Autum Sunset91. A loving yet Holy and just God (OR: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”)
Rev 20:12-15
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Many people have wondered “How can a God who is said to have agape (unconditional) love for all mankind toss anyone into the lake of fire?” That is an extremely unloving thing to do.
Isaiah 43:3 “For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Revelation 15:3 “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.”
Our God is not only Holy but, he is also just and he cannot allow sin to go unpunished because that would be unjust. God offers mankind a way to escape the wages of sin (Romans 6:23″For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Unfortunately many will not chose to believe God and confess Jesus as their Lord and savior. (Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”)
So then it is not God who is responsible for throwing people into the lake of fire but the free will choice of those who will not believe in Jesus. Those who confess Jesus as their Lord have their names written in the Book of Life and will live forever with God.
The next question most people ask is “Why does a loving God allow bad things to happen to good people?” God says no one is good so let us get that thought out there in the open from the start.
Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.””
By these words we see that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. Therefore there are no good people for evil to happen to.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
God has a plan for each and every person he creates (God never creates junk). Then he allows people free will to choose his plans or their own. Because of sin, people often choose their own plan above God’s and this hurts them as well as others around them. God would rather work all things to the good of those who love him and try to conform them into the image of his son Jesus.
Job 1:1, 6, 8, 10-12 “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”
“One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.”
“Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.””
“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.”
Job 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”
Job did not know why so many bad things had happened to him. Nevertheless he knew God was good and had given him everything he owned in the first place. Job said he came into the world with nothing and would leave with nothing. The same is true for us today. Blessed be the name of the Lord who gives to us good things while we are here on the earth and eventually he will give us eternal life. At the end of the story Job is restored and he prospers so much he ends up with twice as much of every cattle and good thing than he had before.
There remains then only one question: Will your name be found in the Book of Life or will you be cast into the Lake of Fire reserved for the devil and his angels?

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