Sunday, February 21, 2010

10-DAY trial from He.....


James 2:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Trials from Heaven.
The past 10 days have been probably some of the toughest we have been through in many years. Many have been asking what is going on and I have yet to be able to get to a computer to put this all down. But will try to put down in words what happened to our family.

1. Maria has seizure
At about 3 in the morning, our baby girl woke up with uncontrollable breathing, a frightening sound from the lungs that cannot be put in words. An hour later she was having a seizure and we went into a frenzy.... It has not slowed down until this moment. Maria was taken by ambulance to a German hospital who simply put her in a bed next to 2 other very sick children who were in bed with their mothers. After a complete night and day into another night, the doctor finally decided that she might have medicine. We were introduced to socialized medicine. I now have a clear picture of what it is like. We got her out of there and drove 90 minutes to Landstuhl American hospital. They not only took our daughter in, did x-rays, took blood gave her an IV, but they gave the parents TLC with water and simply listening to our issues. Dr. Acevedo took great care to ensure she had all the medicine needed.

2. Larry and Mona collapse
2 days later, Mona and I were feeling very sick and trying to entertain the three little ones as the teens were gone for awhile. We were having a hard time standing up and moving around. Finally, I started the car and started getting the kids ready for another 90 minute drive, but collapsed and felt very week. Mona did at the same time. I happened to have a phone on me and was able to dial the church and neighbors, Jon and Irina for help. They came over and called the ambulance. The doctor arrived with the ambulance, gave us IVs, told us our lungs sounded like Pneumonia and she sent us to the hospital. The kids were curious but taken care of.
The Socialized medicine hit again. We were told that we had slight infections and to "go home and drink some soup and tea."
So Michelle and Ron came over to help. We had to take a taxi home and walk up our mountain with Pneumonia because of the snow....

3. Brandon has severe pain
The next day, we receive a call from the youth center. Brandon is vomiting and is in extreme pain. A nurse happened to be there. We rushed him, still weak and sick, to the hospital...German. The doctor did all the tests and was very concerned. He was sent to his room overnight. The next day they wanted to do some severe testing. Again, we left the hospital and took the 90 minute drive. 3 hours later, the doctors freak out over the CAT scan and tell us some horrific news...cannot share. Brandon is still in the hospital and will be fine. His condition was nearly 10 years old in the making and could have been deadly. Brandon's nurses were phenomenal...especially Krisitin Ponton from Virginia...she became a big sister to Brandon...pictured here. Brandon loves her.

4. Larry and Mona get checked
Finally, the following day we visit the ER at 4 a.m. since our son was there. The doctor freaked out and said, "Your lungs sound terrible." We had Pneumonia. Remember, drink tea. We were put on severe antibiotics. The church families, Niel and PJ and Tammy and RJ took care of the children and we simply stayed there for 2 days.

5. Car accident
Brandon was doing better so we decided to go home. 10 minutes on the Autobahn, we saw sparks and then a tire fly in the air. I tried to get out of the way, but the tire flew up and smashed Mona's side sending her into shock. She was taken back to the American hospital by ambulance as we tried to figure out what to do with the car and the police and everything. Every German we met went overboard to help us. It was perfect. People were praying. The car was towed by ADAC, a gate guard at the base found a taxi with a late night rental place. The truck company that lost the tire...well, the owner was gracious and told us whatever we needed they would take care of it. Finally, we were able to drive home at 3 a.m., discover that our son had the key to the hour later, we got back, opened the door and collapsed in our bed.

6. Church
Today, the church...Calvary Chapel Wiesbaden...brought us up and prayed... There were prayers with tears...everyone suffered with us and for us. It was a true picture of the bride of Christ. We became a close family through all of this. God did a great work in it all. The youth group created a board of love for Brandon. On that board are sticks of gum to represent the greatest thing Brandon had in the hospital...GUM.. See he could not eat or drink anything but medicine for four days.

7. Divine appointments
In the middle of all the chaos....all of the heartache, God sent OKINAWA. As many know, if we could go back to Okinawa today, we probably would. Our hearts are there. Well, a lady walked into Brandon's hospital room with a dog...Red Cross dog. His name was Ken Chan... who was registered in Okinawa... The lady lived in Okinawa for 5 years... we loved it. Brandon was smiling as he pet the dog...who was so kind. It was a moment we will never forget. She said she had not visited the hospital for 2 months...but today she came. WOW!! Praise the Lord!!!

So, the trials were many, but God still gets the glory. I had some thoughts coming through this. When visiting the book store here, they have a religion section. There are only real Christian books there. The rest are from New Age people or from false prophets like Joel Olsteen. Their books sell because they have titles like "Your best life now" or How to have a happy life. Satan sold these same bill of tricks to Jesus. He told Jesus that He could have the whole world if he would bow down and worship him. Well, Jesus is God and bows to no one. Jesus, simple said "IT IS WRITTEN..." That means the Bible has is God's word. Our bible tells us that true Christians will face trials and tribulations...but through them all REJOICE and be FULL OF JOY. Why? Because, that shows that we belong to Christ and He is with us and wants what is best for us...through trials. If I gave my boys everything they wanted without having to go through hard times for it...what would it be worth? It also shows them that I am their dad. They belong to me.

Thank you all for your prayers and kindness and support. We are truly blessed to be here among a great Christian family who supported us all the way through this... forgive me if you were not mentioned above, but supported.
And as always, if you have not prayed to receive Christ and you know that He is speaking to it now before it is too late. He loves you.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Oprah Winfrey Jesus Did Not Come To Die On The Cross - VidoEmo - Emotional Video Unity

I know many people who do everything that Oprah tells them to do and have also met many who are following this thought that there are MANY ways to God. That is a lie from hell, Oprah is not a Christian...she wants to identify herself with her own god that she created in her mind and she calls it Christian. Watch out...
Oprah Winfrey Jesus Did Not Come To Die On The Cross - VidoEmo - Emotional Video Unity

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The End is near: Jesus is coming soon

This man in the picture is Joel Rosenberg. He is well known for writing fiction books based on prophecies from the Bible...which, for some reason, the fiction becomes true within the year of publishing. His big one was pitching an idea he had for a book about terrorists hijacking airplanes and using them as weapons, which he did January 2001, 9 months before 9/11. To read more about his books and how they come true click here.

On his recent e-mail, Rosenberg said...

Ahmadinejad is threatening to unleash a "harsh blow" to the Judeo-Christian world on February 11th. No one's sure what he means exactly, but the U.S. is moving new naval forces and Patriot missile batteries into the Gulf region, just in case.

A few highlights from the past few days:

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week traveled to to Poland to commemorate the 65th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz. Speaking on the actual site of the Nazi death camp, the Prime Minister warned the world of new genocidal threats against the Jewish people and the importance of acting early enough to prevent such threats from coming to pass. In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the "dry bones" and "graves" of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did. [Details and the full speech on the weblog.]


Folks, I was watching an Atheist, famous guy, say that if we really believe that Christ is Lord and Hell is for those who don't accept them, then Christians should be "tackling guys as if they are about to get run over by a truck."

There are many who are on my friend's list on Facebook and who read my blog, by God's grace, who know that something is going on in the world... and are scared.
We know many in our own family who continue to pray to dead people instead of admitting they are all messed up and need a Savior...simply accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord of their life. We know many who continue to live for the world, instead of sharing Christ with others. We know many who said they will accept Christ later. I am begging you to see what is going on and realize you are one heartbeat away from meeting God. Will He tell you, "Go away, I never knew you." I certainly hope not. I feel like it is time to start tackling those we love so much. Why continue to live without Christ?

Here are some things to be aware of: Jesus is coming back to take His people home soon.

1. Earthquakes, Fires, Floods --- Since the year 2000, Earthquakes have gone from 5 major ones to 30 major ones in 2009, each bringing hundreds of thousands of deaths.

And in the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, "There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26

2. WARS and RUMORS OF WARS - Just watch the news

Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."

3. Porn, Killing, Hatred rules our world today -- Again, watch MTV...

II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

4. NEW AGE PHILOSOPHY - It is amazing how many people are claiming the book, The Shack, has finally explained who God really is, yet The Shack is from satan.

I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.

5. 200,000,000 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM THE EAST -- China reached this in 1960 and they are friends with IRAN...

Revelation 9:16 "And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them."

6. PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING AROUND THE EARTH -- Billy Graham was quoted as saying, "ninety percent of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today." Air travel, space travel, DNA research and human cloning are all examples of the rapid increase in knowledge in our generation.

Daniel 12:4 "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."

7. TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST - On May 10, three members of a family in Florida became the first people to receive the biochip implant. Each device, made of silicon and called a VeriChip, is a small radio transmitter about the size of a piece of rice that is injected under a person's skin. It transmits a unique personal ID number whenever it is within a few feet of a special receiver unit. VeriChip's maker describes it as "a miniaturized, implantable, radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, emergency and healthcare applications."
Revelation 13:16-17 "And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name."

Today's Signs in the News

US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles
Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.

Israel allows Palestinians to grab foothold in capital
JERUSALEM – Under intense American pressure, Israel has silently agreed to allow the Palestinian Authority to open official institutions in eastern sections of Jerusalem, a senior official in PA Pre

China, Iran Prompt U.S. Air-Sea Battle Plan in Strategy Review
The US military is drawing up a new air-sea battle plan in response to threats such as China’s persistent military build-up and Iran’s possession of advanced weapons, according to the Pentagon’s latest strategy review.

Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone
In the last two weeks, more than 100 mostly tiny earthquakes a day, on average, have rattled a remote area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, putting scientists who monitor the park’s strange

Jordanian PM: Peace between J'lem and Amman getting cooler
Peace between Jerusalem and Amman is getting cooler and cooler due to the impasse in efforts to renew talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Al-Rifai told Israel Rad