Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 389 - 2007 07 31 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Movie director Bergman is dead.

He was afraid of dying, and now he has met his fears. Bergman was an atheist, he did not really believe in an after life. I could sense that he wasn't sure. You can't know for sure if you don't know God. I know God, that's why I know that Bergman will be shocked out of his tiny mind at about the time that I write this.

Bergman's movies were wonderfully filmed, but I guess that was also due to his photographer Sven Nykvist. The plot was a like a never ending sleeping pill though... To me it seemed like B's films were about 70% photos and 30% somewhat action. Many of his films were so slow that they almost felt like they were in slow motion. His films were incredibly boring to me...s.s.sorry :-)

Bergman often made fun of Christians in his movies, one can easily sense a sinister spirit over his entire production.

Since he didn't receive Jesus into his heart while he was alive, he will be lost forever. Although he didn't believe in an "after life", it is said that he still hoped to meet his last wife on the other side... He might meet her if she too is in the holding tank called Hell awaitng her final judgement. Since Bergman never received Jesus into his life while he was alive, he will be lost forever.

There is no way that you can receive eternal life, without Jesus. Jesus is the "only" door to God.

Many believe that we will all get to Heaven just because our "near death" experiences are similar. I think that's a pretty weird assumption. Just because the first minutes seem nice, doesn't mean that the rest of eternity will be cool. Naturally there will be bureaucracy for those who go to Hell...

Those who have lived selfish lives will be thrown into Hades, to await the second death in the Lake of Fire together with satan and his goons. Believe me, it's not a nice place to be.

How can I know this?

God has shown much to me since I got born again. Eternal life is a gift, and nothing we can "earn". The Holy Spirit guides me into all truth. He can do the same for you if you receive Jesus as your savior.

If you have received Jesus Christ into your heart, you have nothing to fear.

1 John 1:5... This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, and you want Eternal life...it REALLY is this simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?

PPS. Check out god.tv

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 388 - 2007 07 27 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Honesty.

RD left mobile phones in public places. In Helsinki 77% of the phones were returned (bummer) so Finland is number eight according to Reader's Digest phone test :-(

Stockholm, Photo © Fred Skymberg

Stockholm was my hometown for 5 years. It's a beautiful town with kind people. The Swedes are very nice and trustworthy, they are number 4 of the European countries. Good on you Sweden!

Go to Slovenia for your holidays, if you want to meet the most honest people in Europe!

In Ljubljana Slovenia 97% of the phones were returned to the owner!!!

Those who are born again Christians don't steal, it's not in our blood, no matter which country we come from. The Holy Spirit teaches us not to steal. I wish more people would try God, then they would see that He is totally cool, and they would stop stealing and being dishonest. Naturally not all Christians understand these things from the beginning of their walk with God...

If you walk with God, He will reveal your sins to you one by one (for your own good).

Then you can repent and grow day by day, God is loving and kind. I know these things because of my walk with God. I used to be a dishonest person, before I met God, even afterwards for many years, even though I didn't steal or anything dramatic like that, but I wasn't "totally honest" about everything, now I'm about 99% proof :-)

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, and you want Eternal life...it REALLY is this simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?

PPS. Check out god.tv

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 387 - 2007 07 25 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

What is a demi god (idol)?

Photo © Fred Skymberg

It can be anything that we love. It can be a car, bike, a sport, a saint, the pope, a rockstar, a movie star, precious stones, a guitar, basically anything created.

Galatians 5:19... The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

God wants us to learn to love Him, after all He loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus to Earth to die for our sins. Jesus died for your mistakes!

Galatians 5:22... But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Check out god.tv

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To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 386 - 2007 07 24 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Some people "hate" Jesus, and most of them even don't know why...

Photo © Fred Skymberg

If you are one of them, have you ever thought about "why" you hate Jesus? I think not, Jesus has never done anyone any harm, ever. It's all about the spiritual battle mentioned in:

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The slanderer (AKA satan) has infiltrated the minds of millions of people, making them hate Christ without really knowing why.

There are many Metal bands out there putting the Lord Jesus down in their music, as if it was cool in some way. What a waste of talent! The pour their guts out about nothing, just because they are missing the peace that only Jesus can give them. Kinda ironic, innit?

Some still think that the devil will be some kind of ruler in Hell.

The devil will be about as dangerous as Mother Goose in Hell. He will be stripped of all his powers. Why would you want to praise a total loser? The only power satan has is now. When King Jesus Christ returns to gather His own, the devil will be put in a hole like Saddam Hussein and locked up, until the final hour.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Satan's Doom

Revelation 20:7... When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

I feel really sorry for all these tricked young dudes on music magazine covers, who claim that "the devil knows their name" etc.

The devil probably has no clue as to who they are anyway, because the devil is not omnipresent like the Creator. The devil is only a created being!!! If you listen to evil spirits rap about stuff, you'll be fooled. They are masters of deceit, they will tell lies 'til the cow's come home.

The devil doesn't care about the lost ones who praise Him, he hates them, and laughs at their gullibility.

When the day of reckoning comes, all followers of satan will be thrown into the Abyss with the devil. They will be dumped like trash, since they never respected God, nor His only son Jesus who actually loved them so much that He died for them, in their place!

Revelation 20 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)

This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

Hell was not created for human beings!

It was originally created for satan and all his fallen angels, check this out:

Matthew 25:41.."Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

The second death...Hades and the Lake of Fire.

Heard a sermon on this by Mr. John Bevere. He mentioned that there is a temporary Hell called Hades, where people go who die in their sins. However, after the Day of Judgement, those who are in Hades will be transfered to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Revelation 21:6... He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Like I've said before, there will be no interaction of any kind in Hell, there will only be suffering. The devil and his helpers will eventually be weak as tadpoles (baby frogs :-).

Think about this...Jesus gave His life for you, so that you might have Eternal life, and peace in your hearts.

I know this is true, because God snatched me out of the fires of Hell by Grace, and filled me with a peace that the world knows nothing about.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 385 - 2007 07 23 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

God only asks that we "try" Him, because He knows we will like Him if we do :-)

Photo © Fred Skymberg

God doesn't really ask anything of us at first, only that we try Him. What's so scary about that? What have you got to lose by trying God? Nothing, absolutely nothing! And what do you stand to win? Everything absolutely everything!

If you "snuffed it" during the night, where would you go?

You can't get to Heaven by doing good deeds or by trying to be nice! There's nothing you can do to work your way there... Jesus has paid the ticket for you, with His life.

That's why you need to try God, try Him and see that He is cool.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

I once heard a guy mention that he was brought up in an Atheist family.

He went on to say that he really wondered "why" his family were so adamant about trying to prove that God didn't exist. It seemed strange to him, and made him check out more about God, and sure enough, God revealed Himself to him! The dude got saved, because his parents made him interested about knowing the God they tried so much to suppress :-) Funny innit?

You can't look for God, and not find Him. If you mean business, you will bump into Him and He will change your life completely.

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False Prophet?

Just because a preacher makes a mistake, does "not" make Him a False Prophet! It's weird how many self-appointed "judges" there are all over the place, especially on the Internet. People who are condemning preachers for making (mostly) verbal mistakes. Nobody is 100% right about everything...how could that be? We all color our messages slightly, often by mistake.

For instance, I heard a famous preacher tell Christians "not to bless those aren't Christians".

He went on to say that it was wrong, and furthermore he went on to say "don't you dare bless them". The preacher is a well respected man, and he is greatly used by the Lord.

There is however no credence to what he said in the Bible.

On the contrary, we should bless everybody and pray for them. This does not make the preacher a False Prophet though. To label him as such would put a tremendous punishment on the labeler.

God will be our judge in the end, and NOBODY ELSE.

We (as Christians) should not criticize our brothers and sisters, we should leave that up to God. Naturally we can't swallow everything people say "hook, line and sinker", but we have no right to put our brethren on the stand for a slip of the lounge etc. That's the job of the Slanderer (another of the devil's names).

If on the other hand, if our brothers deviate from God's word, and start their own religions... Then we can talk to them personally about it, but it would be foolish to do so publicly.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

The "world" can't tell the difference between us anyway, since they do not know God, nor have the Spirit of Understanding. To criticize a brother publicly, is like sawing of the branch one is sitting on. It's much better to pray for the one who falters.

Romans 14:1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters

7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

11 It is written:
" 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.' " 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food[b] is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.

16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

When I say pray, I mean fast and pray, take it seriously.

If you are on the level (really concerned) then the Lord will act on you prayers, it is not OUR job to condemn, leave that to the Lord. All we have to do is to love each other.

Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 384 - 2007 07 21 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

There's a train going the wrong way, are you on it?

Photo © Caroline Antell

It saddens me that so many of my friends are on the wrong train. I've tried to warn them, but they refuse to listen. One day they will find out that I was right, it'll be too late then...sad but true.

God rattled my brain when I was 21, man I was lucky.

I'm so grateful that God as been true and caring for me since I met Him 32 years ago... It's a long time, but it seems like it's only a few years ago. Although I've wasted a lot of time barking up the wrong trees, He has been patient with me.

My patient wife © Benjamin Antell

Now He talks to me on a daily basis, and expects me to do my part...

I feel bout as wobbly as Bambi in the Walt Disney cartoon, but still He uses me for this and that. If I were God I'd fire me. I don't understand why He loves us so much, I just can't. Imagine sacrificing my own child, like He sacrificed Jesus...for the likes of me and you. It's just mind boggling.

It's weird how satan and his helper's have been able to infiltrate society like they have.

They have managed to turn most of the world against their Creator. satan has managed to get us to go to war against each other, and to sow division in all possible places, even in church.

The devil has started lot's of religions to keep us in bondage, so that we think that we have to work our way to Heaven.

And all of the time, the ticket to Heaven was your's for free!

Photo © Benjamin Antell

Jesus is distributing tickets to Heaven to anyone who will accept Him into their heart's. Still we make up all kinds of excuses, just like alcoholics or drug addicts do. We have scientists whispering wild tales into one ear and our lusts gobbling away in the other.

If you think about it too much, you'll just go off your rocker.

I guess that's why God says, that we must become like little children to enter His Kingdom. A child has no pre conceived ideas, a child reacts purely instinctively. We can't really do that since we have so much cargo, our minds are so messed up that we just have to receive Jesus in faith. If we do so, the Holy Spirit will take over our lives bit by bit...the sky is the limit.

Matthew 11:25
[ Rest for the Weary ] At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Matthew 18:3
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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To those who don't know the Lord Jesus, King of Kings.

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ONE. Nobody understands it, but it doesn't matter, that's just the way it is. Jesus is the only door to God. The Holy Spirit is our helper, who guides us on Earth, as we pray to God in Jesus name for guidance.

When Jesus died for our sins, we became His heirs. So we stand to inherit everything from Jesus. Through Him we inherit he Kingdom of God. One for all and all for one, sound familiar?


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 383 - 2007 07 20 South Wartzor (revised)

 

Peace,

Some people are afraid of God.

Photo "this 'ol house" © Benjamin Antell

Sometimes the reason for this is their upbringing. Some have had dorky parents etc. this might have given them a wrong impression of God. Some parents threaten their children with God's wrath, every time the kids do something wrong...or even "just in case".

I don't wish to put down my parents, but I had this heavily distorted vision of God as being an angry old man with a chain saw, ready to cut me into pieces and nail them to the wall.

Then when I finally met God at 21 years of age, I was shocked to find that He is a loving and merciful God. All my pre conceived ideas fell into the abyss, flipety flop.

If you aren't sure that you will go to Heaven when you die, here's a prayer for you:

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

PS. I used to think that almost all religions and gods were the same, until I met the Creataor (I am who I am). The Holy Spirit tells me that this is not the case! Jesus is the only door to God, that's just the way it is. All the other faiths are unfortunantly a total waste of time.

Naturally, it doesn't matter which church you belong to, it doesn't matter which denomination you belong to, because God doesn't care about denominations, He only looks to the heart. As long as the church is alive, and Bible based, you'll be fine. Make sure that they don't follow some "other" book, like the Mormon's book etc. Sorry to single out just Mormon's book but it's a good example of occult books. Then of course you have Christian Sciense...the list goes on.

Exodus 3:14
14 God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 382 - 2007 07 18 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

MTV Networks research

Photo © Benjamin Antell

Those who pray 8,8 times per week are more calm and relaxed than those who pray only 3,3 times per week. This is no surprise to those of us who are born-again Christians, I just thought I'd share.

In India Christians are being attacked almost daily.

Photo © Benjamin Antell

Christian preacher Walter Massey attacked in Jaipur. Masked youth cowards attacked and seriously injured a Christian preacher and went on the rampage in his house. Mr. Massey was beaten by 15-25 masked cowards. They even brought a local TV crew with them, and Mr. Massey's bloody face was shown on TV.

http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/30/stories/2007043005341200.htm

In Ethiopia, Christian women are being brutally murdered. The killings are going on in Eastern countries on a daily basis. It's appalling, but that is what religion does to people.

"Religion's" are only mind-games, but a "Christian faith" is a life line from God for anyone who wants to get saved.

Religious knot © Benjamin Antell

A born again Christian is a peaceful person, who follows the teachings of Christ as well as the Ten Commandments, and obeys the commandments of Christ.

Those who claim to be Christians and live like the devil, are a great problem to the church. These are people who don't know God, they just have their "faith" as an excuse to get to Heaven. Naturally they won't get in, nothing unclean will.

When you ask people what you have to do to get to Heaven, most people are pretty childish.

Most people will say "if I'm good", other's will say "if I do good deeds". There is no way a person can get to Heaven by being good or, if she/he does good deeds! This is a great misconception.

The only thing that can get you to Heaven is the PRESENT "Grace". Jesus gave His life in your place, because He knew that not a single one of us could be good enough to make it on our own, not one.

Eternal life is a "gift" and nothing else. All you have to do is to receive it in faith, and be thankful.

Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, if you mean this when you pray it, you won't have to go to Hell...it REALLY is that simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

if you want to see something really funny, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgBjdomV67s

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 381 - 2007 07 17 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

When you get baptized in the Holy Spirit, you receive special gifts.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

One of the nicest things (at least to me) are the gifts of the Spirit that God gives us as Christians. There are many gifts. This only happens in the Christian faith though.

1 Corinthians 14:12
So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

If we use the Gifts well, they will become a natural part of us in the Spiritual realm, and a great blessing. If however we don't use them on a daily basis, they will whither away. I'm not saying that they are gone for ever, but they won't work if we stop using them.

I've met people who have claimed that they have Gifts of the Spirit, although they were clearly not active in their lives.

1 Corinthians 12

1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,

9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,

10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Since the devil is a copy cat, he tries to copy everything that the Father does.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

The devil "can" heal people too, don't be deceived by New Age doctor's (there are many kinds), they are only modern day witch doctors. There are many of them out there. There is no blessing in getting healed by the likes of them.

I remember a story from the 70's about a little girl who went to a strange doctor once. I can't say for sure if it's a true story, but the jest of it still applies. The doctor seemed nice and gave the girl a little pendant. The girls mother noticed that it could be opened, when she opened there was a little note inside that said "satan keep this little girl well, until her soul burns in hell". In other words the little note was a curse.

It's just like being left handed...

Photo © Pontus Back

If you are forced to use your right hand, like I was, that particular part of the brain that made your left hand function fully will shrivel up and die. I read about this in a medical journal many years ago. Perhaps that's why I am the way I am...my brain is shriwelled up!

It is imminent that we use the special powers given to us by the Lord.

Hebrews 2:4
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Zechariah 12:10
10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced (Jesus), and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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New International Version (NIV)
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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 380 - 2007 07 16 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Is it a bird?...is it a plane?..no! It's an Elk.

Photo © Benjamin Antell

Better keep yer eyes peeled when driving in Finland, an Elk can make a frightful mess of your car.

Luckily there are warning signs in most places. It's the same with the Bible, it's crammed with warning signs, but just as in traffic, there are those who "think" accidents only happen to others.

If you're lucky, you can see the Elk's eyeballs in the dark, in time to slow down the car. I remember one time when I was in the army, we were test-driving some car. We were going like bats out of Hell, burning down the road at dusk (that's when the Elks run around like Laurel and Hardy). I kept my eyes peeled, and told the driver to slow down, he trusted me although nobody else saw nothing out of the ordinary.

Lucky for all of us the driver believed me, all of a sudden out it popped. It was a huge male Elk that pranced in slow motion across the road. If we hadn't slowed down, nobody would have been able to tell which pile of meat was which.

Wartzor bay area , July 2007 © Benjamin Antell

Many of us scurry down the road of life, not paying enough attention to the advice the Creator has given us in His word.

We just think we will get lucky somehow until - WHAM -. Some get ill by working too hard and worrying about the bills etc., others run into marriages without asking God for council etc. We are all in a hurry often going nowhere fast.

We have to learn to trust in God.

Some of us have had hard lives so far, but we mustn't let circumstances get us down. God is faithful and He is true, just like Bob Dylan sang on his Saved CD. We need to learn to trust in Him, why would He lie?

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 379 - 2007 07 15 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Someone said, "don't be moved by what you see, feel or hear...

God loves you, and He has a perfect plan for your life. Don't expect everything to fall into your lap by itself though :-)

It is important that you understand not to go by your feelings all the time.

The devil is a liar, and he (...mostly his helpers) whisper a lot of nonsense into our minds on a daily basis. When the negative thoughts and feelings come, think about what God promises you in His word. That is what you should concentrate on. He loves you and He will never leave you, no matter how you "feel".

God will never leave you nor forsake you, remember that!

Hebrews 13 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

1. Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.

Revelation 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 378 - 2007 07 14 South Wartzor (revised)

 

Peace,

My friend Dave got baptized the other day.

Dave is cccold...Maz is happy...Snatched the pic from pontusjback.com

Dave Valliere is a cool guitar slinger from the United States. He wanted to do the right thing. The Bible tells us to get baptized in water, after we have come to believe in the Lord as our Savior.

In some churches they baptize babies, but that has no meaning really, there's no place in the Bible where it tells us to do so. After all what does a baby know? ..."burp, fart" etc.

Matthew 3:6 Confessing their sins (can a baby do that?), they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 3:13 [ The Baptism of Jesus ] Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Men make up a lot of silly rituals "all the time", the ones in the Bible are few.

I remember the famous preacher Derek Prince once saying "before I was confirmed, I was a sinner, and after I was confirmed, I was a confirmed sinner", the same goes for the baptism in water , if you don't believe in your heart, what's the point? Our actions can't save us, nothing we DO will give us eternal life, it's a gift from Christ to us.

I think this says it all regarding baptism.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

I don't think it can get any clearer than this. If you are shy about getting baptized, get over it and just do it! I don't think there will be a whole lot of cowards in Heaven.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 377 - 2007 07 13 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Some people wonder who I am, sometimes I wonder that too :-)

Ben in the N8STR8M8 area of the studio

I was born in Vasa in 1954, Finland when I was very young. My parents (more like dad) dragged the "fam" with him to Kungsgården, Sweden when I was 6 years of age.

Rambling.

It's really a bummer getting old, in my head I still feel like I'm 25 or something, but every time I pass a mirror a have a mild stroke :-) It's weird but I rarely have something in common with people my age.

I like to play rock music, dress like I always did, paint surreal art and not fit in I basically... People say that I should act my age and whatever. I think it's stupid to play some weird part in peoples games, instead of being who I am. I'll occasionally wear clothes designed for near death experiences, since people give that kind of clothes to me, so I wear them instead of something comfortable :-)

Back...

After living in Kungsgården for a year, we moved to Trelleborg in Skåne, Sweden. After living in Trelleborg for a year, we then moved to Australia. The first place of residence was in Bonegilla. I can't remember all the cities we lived in, right off the bat but mostly we lived around Brisbane in Q'ld which was subtropical. I loved Australia.

In 1966 we moved back to Sweden, and in 1967 we again hit the shores of Vasa. My parents settled in Smedsby (Smith's Village).

I left home when I was 16 years old.

I went to a boarding school in Veikars, in Ostrobothnia, Finland. After a year there, I went to Helsinki to study art, turned out I was studying to become a window screen decorator (like Warhol) according to my parents wishes. I myself have never really been interested in anything but art and music.

After living in Helsinki from 1971-73, I went back to Vasa. After about a year in Vasa working at a lemonade/beer factory Hartwall, awaiting my draft to the army, I finally left for Dragsvik, Finland which became my home for a stinking 11 months.

I hated every second of it, it almost turned me into a drunk. The personnel were drunks except for a few exceptions. It was a real hell hole. The food was rotten many times. The buildings we lived in were on prisons with the bars cut off, it was cold and terrible inside during the winter. I was sick almost all the time because of the bad living conditions.

After I got out of the army I left Finland and swore never to return, because of the terrible way we were treated by the government.

I decided to check out and see if there was a God, I had always believed in Him, but I didn't know Him. I've written about this earlier, so I will keep this part short. I went to a bible school in Sweden, they had a 4 week course for Evangelists!?!. I just took my chances and went down there, they let me stay even though I seemed to be a strange dude :-)

I met God at the Örebro Missionens Bibelskola (bibel school)! Man was that a relief, otherwise I had decided to drink myself to death at sea, that was my plan B, since I felt that the world was a shit hole (sorry for the manly expression, but that's how it felt and looked like to me).

After I'd met God I went back home for a brief stay. Urged by my mother to continue my journey, I left for San Francisco. It was 1975, I only got as far as Stockholm, Sweden. What a lovely city, and what wonderful people I met, I just could not bring myself to continue my journey to the USA. I simply loved Stockholm.

After living in Stockholm, getting married and having a pretty daughter Caroline, my wife and I decided to move back to Finland in 1980...

Here I am.

I guess God wants me to live here for now, even though I find it incredibly boring. Perhaps it's some kind of test, I really don't know. The only thing I live for now is to get to know God better, and to get into His perfect plan for my life, while almost freezing to death, it gets terribly cold here in the winter.

I still long to move to the states (like I've done most of my life), we'll just have to see what God wants. I grew up on american movies as a kid, so my view of America is probably pretty distorted, even though I've been to the states a few times.

Californian mountains from the air © Benjamin Antell

I really love California, the people there were some of the nicest people I have ever met, and the weather was super. I stayed in Hollywood at the Orchid Hotel, a nice and quiet hotel right smack dab in movie land.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 376 - 2007 07 12 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Flowers in my hair
© music&lyrics Benjamin Antell 2001

Even though I’m down gonna start the climb
roller coaster ride way down inside
some times it’s slow some times no go
some times they kick you when you’re lyin’ low
Now I know where I am goin’
I’m so ready for 2day
even though I might not have
any flowers in my hair
Thanks 2 U I can always rise
like a Whistling Kite I probe the sky
Wanna stay alive wanna see Your fire
I wanna walk the line that You drew in time
Now I know where I am goin’
I am ready for 2day
even though I might not have
any flowers in my hair
-I love You just the same
When U filled my heart I lost control
4 a second I was truly gone
now I’m wide awake and I know my fate
all I wanna do is follow U
Now I know where I am goin’
I ‘m so ready for 2day
even though I might not have
any flowers in my hair.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

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Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 375 - 2007 07 11 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

I believe that God created the Universe.

(This bird is hardly the result of an explosion in space...)

Photo © Fred Skymberg

I matters not one bit how slow or quick He was while doing it, it doesn't matter at all to me. Today there was a guy in our local Swedish newspaper Vasabladet, who thought that Christians believe in Creation because it's in the Bible, and for no other reason.

Oh boy how wrong a person can be.

But then again, it's almost impossible for me to explain that I've actually met God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in person, in real life! How do you explain a spiritual thing to a person who doesn't even believe that there is a spiritual realm?

I can never deny God's existence because I've MET Him!

"He talks to me on His Hotline" Photo © Fred Skymberg

How on Earth could I deny Him, it's impossible. The same goes for Jesus and the Holy Spirit who spend time with me on a daily basis. I'd have to go crazy to deny them, they are my only true friends on this sick planet. (sorry guys :-)

Rebellion is the sin of witchcraft!

Photo © Fred Skymberg

John Bevere ( a preacher on god.tv) said: "The goal of Witchcraft is to control". How true. He went on to say that some Witch said that they (meaning witches and warlocks) have the power to effect Luke warm Christians, which is true. That's why it's important for us to live clean lives in every aspect and in every respect.

Here are some examples of God's people rebelling against the Lord...a tad deep but there U go...

Nahum 3:4 all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.

Revelation 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.

If we live 100% for God, the devil worshippers have no power over us what so ever. Their evil spells and curses will only bounce back in their faces. This is actually in the Bible, but I can't remember where.

Bevere also mentioned that a Religious Spirit is, "someone who uses God's Word for his own desires". This Bevere dude knows God's Word :-)

Many people in the street have never experienced anything spiritual.

© Pontusjback.com

If they have, they deny it or think that it's their wild imagination. Some are told by ignorant doctors etc. that they are ill, when they mention the supernatural.

However when you've been a believer for as long as I have, the spiritual realm is as real as the earthly one. I have more than one foot in Heaven already, since Jesus lives in me. You could have Him in your heart as well, because He will answer anybody who calls for Him. That's just the way He is.

I can't wait to get out of here, God is so much cooler than anything on Earth.

I love to spend time with Him. He is the one who makes me write my writes. I know my writes are imperfect, but they are true. I only share what I know, I'm not into theories and mind games. I never did like games.

"Oh the games people play", that was a song title back when.

How true it is. Scientists play games, they have their theories as a religion. Some of them are so caught up in their Religious Science beliefs that they actually believe in them, although they are nothing but fantasies.

Of course there is a little truth here and there but the mortar holding it all together is crap. Sorry folks but, that's what it is, nothing but crap. Like J.R. said, "nuthin' but dirt Mom, nuthin' but dirt!.

Dare I mention that there is a devil?

He's the inventor of the crap holding the theories together for those who have a religious need to believe in them, and to shun God as the Creator. You have to mix some small truths with the lies to make people believe in them.

Actually, this Earth is just rubbish compared to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Since I know the Creator on a personal basis (as any born again Christian), I can't believe in Science as "the whole truth and nothing but the truth". I know that Science is dead wrong about the amount of time it took for God to Create the Earth, and it doesn't even matter. Naturally I don't believe that we have evolved from animals or anything silly like that, since I know my Creator.

What does matter however is that the Scientists often run the devil's errands.

They lie to the public about things that they many times know nothing about (at least if you look at the BIG picture)." It would be better for them to have a mill stone around their necks and that they were thrown into the sea". That's how God talks about evil people who deceive others, and cause them to stumble and fall.

1. Mark 9:42 "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.

Naturally there are Christian scientists as well. They don't tell lies like the rest, although nobody is perfect :-)

I guess I have to put the ignorant ones in a separate bag :-) Check out Duane T. Gish, he is cool. I did a cover for him once, way back when I was little.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Check out god.tv

Also check out Sid Roth interviewing Theresa Griffith-Hurlbert (she is not New Age): http://www.sidroth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tv_watchonline


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 374 - 2007 07 09 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Jesus is a true example of love.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

He gave His life for us. It's too much for me to take in really, I can't understand a love that strong. I mean, would you give your life for a stranger? I think not, most of us wouldn't do it. Jesus did!

Hebrews 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

(you can read the whole chapter here!) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%209;%20Hebrews%209:8;&version=31;

He gave his life so that you might live.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

God knew that we could not possibly make it without a plan B, so He sent Jesus to save the Earth. When Jesus came, very few believed Him, even though He did all the miracles that the Prophets of the Old Testament had mentioned the the Messiah would do.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures one by one, still we refused to receive Him!

It's really incredible, how strong satan's hold on humanity is, and how rotten we are. By rotten I mean, egoistic self absorbed loveless idiots. That's how I see mankind, we war and fight and brag about how loving and wonderful we are. It's lucky for mankind that I'm not God, I would have blown up everybody and the whole planet ages ago. Who needs another planet filled with idiots?

I refuse to be a part of the corruption, but still I am because nobody is perfect...

We are all a bunch of morons, all those of you who disagree are in trouble :-) If you don't see it, you are blind as bats without sonar systems.

Even though I try to be a "nice guy" I fail on a daily basis. I say stupid things and do stupid things. Without the Grace of God, I would never make it to God's Kingdom. I wouldn't stand a chance.

Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

2 Samuel 22:31
"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

The devil works hard every day to accuse me of this and that, I don't mind, that's his job. I don't pay much attention to him, because he is not important at all...he is like a pain in the behind that won't go away.

Revelation 12:10 (New International Version) Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Pressing on Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3:16 John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Matthew 3:16
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

When this happens, we wake up spiritually for the first time in our lives!

After this experience we understand God's Word (the Bible). Before we receive the Holy Spirit, the Bible will be just another book to us, that doesn't make much sense.

We can't really get to Heaven by our intellect, it takes faith

Photo © Fred Skymberg

...not much faith, but never the less a "tad". If you don't have faith, you can get it! God can give it to you if you ask in Jesus name. We can use the name of Jesus to get past the door to God, because Jesus is the only door to God.

Matthew 17:20 He (Jesus) replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Anything that is in your way can be like a mountain, "mountain" applies to any of your problems :-)

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

A great book for those who know Christ already: The Final Quest by Rick Joyner.
I found this book to be very enlightening, although it can also be easily misunderstood by people who are not born of the Spirit. Some people with limited imagination might not even understand that many of the terms are symbolic. For instance a snake can symbolize a person, I think that most people understand this but there are those who actually don't :-) You might have to read the book a couple of times...

I give The Final Quest 4,5 Uncles out of 5 possible.

PS. Check out god.tv

Also check out Sid Roth interviewing Theresa Griffith-Hurlbert (she is not New Age): http://www.sidroth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tv_watchonline


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 373 - 2007 07 05 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Just like some people only have an output and no input, others never give, they only take.

Nisse and I on the way to Taidetalo in Helsinki april 1980, for my art exhibition © Rafael Åberg

Some talk and talk and talk, others take and take and take.

I had a friend once who always took the largest steak, bun or whatever was offered. He never took the smaller one, he was a real ego maniac :-) Unfortunately there are many like him, even I was like him when I was a tad younger, at least in some respect.

The Lord tells us to listen and to be generous.

That seems to be a "hard one" for us mortals. It's so incredible difficult for us to leave our comfort zone. Some of us rather give money or presents, just to get rid of people around us with needs...it's pathetic.

I'm not perfect, and I'm glad that God pointed this out to me, so that I could at least try to change. I used to think too much about my own comfort sometimes. I'm sure I still do, even though I'm now trying desperately to portray myself as some kind of saint :-)

Time

Rafael and I climing in Bålsta Bruk © Carita Antell

We are all given a measure of time, and a plan for our lives. I'm sure that one day God will hold us accountable for the time and money we were given. It's a scary thought, without His mercy I'm afraid I couldn't stand the thought.

Every penny, every minute we will be accountable for...

Good grief! That was my initial thought when the penny dropped... I'm going to do my very best to hold this thought until I join the Choir Invisible.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

PS. Check out god.tv

Also check out Sid Roth interviewing Theresa Griffith-Hurlbert (she is not New Age): http://www.sidroth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tv_watchonline


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 372 - 2007 07 03 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

Most people seem to be greedy.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

I keep getting letters from crooks all the time. It's been going on since before the Internet, because I own a (now) dormant company.

Nowadays I post most of the letters so that others can see and hopefully learn not to reply to them. They are here: http://antell.com/lottery.html

There is actually a demon behind greed, he is the one who makes you love money.

I know it sounds weird to some, but it is the truth. There is nothing wrong with money, but wanting heaps of it isn't biblical. All we need is food for the day and a roof over our heads. If someone isn't content with that, then they are basically greedy.

This world is only a temporary dwelling place for us, the real life begins in God's Kingdom. That's the only thing I'm concerned about, finally getting there and getting as many people with me there as possible.

As Christians we are suppose to share.

Fatigubbin I Maxmo © Benjamin Antell

I don't think we are supposed to put it in the bank (only temporarily in that case), I believe that we are to use what we have for the ministry an well being of others. Like George Harrison once sang: "I, me, me, mine"...that's not what it's about. We should think about others more, and less about ourselves...really!

Naturally we have to find a balance in life.

We can't all be like the painter Van Gogh, who gave away everything, even his soap, to the poor miners he lived with at the time that he was a Clergy man. Few know about his life as a preacher, I've written more about him in an earlier write.

Unfortunately George Harrison (of the Beatles) was a Hindu, and did not know God. It's very sad that he had to die, like so many others without finding the truth (Jesus).

If more Christians shared the Message, more people would get saved.

God has a counter, and when it's full, we get to leave! That's why I wish more people would take their calling more seriously. I'm no good example myself, I've wasted a lot of time on myself like most of us.

Ask yourself -if you were to die today, where would you go? To Heaven or Hell?

Being good has nothing to do with going to Heaven!

Jesus has already died for you and all your mistakes in life. All you need to do to get to Heaven is to receive Him into your heart. Life is a gift from God via His son Jesus.

Here's a simple prayer for you, in case you aren't used to praying, if you mean this when you pray it, you won't have to go to Hell...it REALLY is that simple!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me! Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Thank You Jesus!

If you said the prayer from your heart, Jesus has saved you! Look for an alive church, so that you have fellowship, nobody makes it on their own (I tried).

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

Bible verses Freely translated by Uncle Ben Parts are from the New International Version.

PS. Check out god.tv

Also check out Sid Roth interviewing Theresa Griffith-Hurlbert (she is not New Age): http://www.sidroth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tv_watchonline


Uncle Ben's (Almost Daily) WRITE 371 - 2007 07 02 South Wartzor

 

Peace,

How to live as a believer.

If you read the book of Ephesians in the New Testament of the Bible, you will find clear guidelines of how to live as a Christian. If you haven't got the Power New Testament, I recommend it. It is very clear about everything, I think it's a good translation. It's easy to understand.

Some ask me what sin is.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

If you feel your conscience telling you not to do this and not to do that, it's probably because it's wrong for you.

The strange thing about sin is that, something that is wrong for you, might not be wrong to everybody else.

So it's important that we don't judge people because then our own judgment will become much harder.

God is however clear about most sin, we have the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. God write them Himself in stone!

Exodus 34
1 The LORD said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.

2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.

The Commandments of the Lord.

6 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

7 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

8 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

11 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

12 "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you.

13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do.

15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

17 "You shall not murder.

18 "You shall not commit adultery.

19 "You shall not steal.

20 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

21 "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

22 These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

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Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 5:5 For of this you know this very well: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

Some old "friends" try to make me sin against my conscience.

They are disobedient and the wrath of God is over them.

7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

Sometimes we have to split with our old friends, because their way of living might pull us down to their level.

I've had to break up with some "friends" because I felt like they were coloring me slightly, since they live very sinful lives. I've told them about Christ, but some of them don't believe me, some are afraid, and others are simply think they are content with their lustful lives, because they don't know any better.

That's why God tells us to wake up from the dead so that the Messiah will shine on us.

Photo © Fred Skymberg

It "may" seem boring to some, to live right before you meet God. That's only natural, since you don't know God. After you meet Him -Whoa nelly!

I assure you the short "joy" of being drunk on drugs or whatever...is nothing compared to the real joy that the Lord Christ can give you. And the supernatural powers you will get in touch with through Christ are much cooler than any drug trip.

It's really silly to even compare a drug trip with the anointing, but in a way it's similar.

The difference is that a drug trip will give you a short high from the devil, and God can make you high for life...and much more so than mere drugs could ever make you.

The trip that God takes you on is a voluntary one, you can get off at any time if you wish to do so. God does not force Himself on anyone. It is however rare that somebody would actually want to leave, because God is so beautiful and full of love.

I'll never seize to be amazed to the fact that God actually want's to be mine and your friend.

Personal friend of the King, moi?

Photo © Fred Skymberg

Just think, you are a personal friend of the King of Kings once you receive the Lord into your life. You have access to the throne 24 hrs. per day because of Christ. Ask anything in Christ's name, and the Lord will do it for you.

We should make a list of our answered prayers.

It's silly how forgetful we are. I've prayed for and with people who have had lots of prayers answered. But when the answer comes, they many times jut take it for granted. Some don't even react. I think that is pretty sick. God does some amazing stuff for nonbelievers sometimes, and when the answer comes they don't even thank Him.

I'll always be grateful that God in his mercy pulled me to Him. He made me long for the truth, and He gave me the energy to look until I found Him. I'll never forget that, how could I?

He pulled me out of the world with all it's folly, into an exciting journey full of adventures.

 

Whatever you do, don't let the devil get you, Uncle Ben

Bible verses Freely translated by Uncle Ben Parts are from the New International Version.

PS. Check out god.tv

Also check out Sid Roth interviewing Theresa Griffith-Hurlbert (she is not New Age): http://www.sidroth.org/site/PageServer?pagename=tv_watchonline



Benjamin Antell.

I'm not trying to put anyone down with my Write.

I'm just trying to convey what God has put on my heart. I also feel that that life is too short, to just shut up and go with the flow when people suffer under all kinds of bondage, when they could in fact be set free in Christ.

(There is more info about me on the antell.com site, for those who R curious).

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