THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING SHIRT

THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING SHIRT

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By: Gary L. Rodgers

It has been a long time since the-e-e-e shirt, you know the one; the one that was your favorite and for some unknown or should I say some long since forgotten reason it turned up missing! No one would confess to taking it even after a series of investigations by the department of B-A-S-T (The BED AND SOFA TAGS Agency), you know who they are… They’re the ones who come out as soon as you cut off a bed mattress tag or a sofa tag. Somehow they know as soon as you do it. I think that there may be some sort of electronic sensor embedded into the tag fabric that alerts the B-A-S-T Agency as soon as some hardened criminal like my wife cuts one of them off.

I should have known to keep an eye on her since she has that shady way about her and that innocent look in those deep piercing eyes. The mystery of the missing shirt had surfaced on a miserably cold day on January 7, 2014 when I was about to put on a flannel work shirt with a button missing off of the front. Knowing that my wife was not one to upset while in her PJ’s and fuzzy slippers with the flapping soles, I asked her as kindly and compassionately as I could where the sewing kit was? With her lame left eye and a cup of coffee dangling from her left hand she brushed back a loose hair curler and asked, what do you want that for? Trembling in fear for my life I said very slowly and nervously that I needed to sew a button on my work shirt that came off.

She told me to go sit down!!!! And with that I immediately obeyed her and sheepishly headed off to my computer room looking like an old dog crouched down with his tail between his legs after a harsh scolding. After a few minutes and a huffing and puffing sound I heard the Clydesdale sound of footsteps coming up from the kitchen level. Nervously I kept peering at the Computer Room door when suddenly the flash of a yellow plastic sewing box came into view. I cried out in fear for my life when I saw it and with white bare knuckles she handed me the sewing box. I trembled as I opened the box to get out a needle and thread. Carefully with the accuracy and precision of a surgeon’s hand I sewed the button onto my flannel work shirt. A tear of relief ran down my cheek as I sewed my little heart out putting my button back onto my shirt. As I sat there relieved that I was able to accomplish such a notable task I heard my wife in the other room open the closet door and she re-entered the Computer Room holding the-e-e-e missing shirt from long ago in her hands. She handed me the shirt and said that it was laying in the bottom of the closet because it needed a button sewed on it.

After she left the room and in secrecy I sobbed for probably twenty minutes while I sewed the button on my shirt. Deep down inside I knew what this meant. My poor shirt had been missing for a long time. I bought it when I was fifty years of age and now after 16 years it resurfaced again. I heard my wife in the other room cry out “Darn Socks!” and with that she slammed the closet door shut.

She came back to the Computer Room where I had finally dried the tears from my eyes. She then handed me the socks with holes in the toes and said “Darn Socks!” I nodded my head that I agreed with her and I too yelled out “Darn Socks!” And with that she threw them in the waste can.

That afternoon I called the “B-A-S-T” Agency who promptly showed up at our door. The officer in charge handcuffed my wife and took her to the car. I waved goodbye to my dear wife Sandy and as they drove her away she yelled out that I would starve to death without her!!!

I closed the front door, sat down, and paged through a recent photo album. There on the very first page was a picture of my wife and I staring me in the face with a comment written below which read “Me and Tilley.” Tilley was one of those endearing names that we husbands sometimes give to our wives, a nickname meaning “Tilley the Hon” since she was my honey.

That evening I put on my missing shirt and went downtown to a local favorite Stake House. As I placed my order the waitress remarked that she liked my new shirt. Yes it is quite new I replied!

Would you like to order anything to drink with your meal she asked? Yes! I believe that I would like a Diet Water please! I have a note here on the back of my hand to take my Alzheimer Medication at this time. And with that she turned around and threw her hands up over her head in disgust. The owner of the Stake House came over and apologized for her rude behavior. He told me that she was a parolee from serving time from a conviction from the B-A-S-T Agency for cutting off mattress and sofa tags and not sewing buttons on her husband’s shirts. With that I just smiled and under my breath I said that I hoped that Tilley likes her new orange PJ’s.

A PLAN OF SALVATION USING A PLAIN WHITE PAPER

A PLAN OF SALVATION USING A WHITE PAPER

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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THE TWO MEN THAT DIED

This is a story about two men that died and were headed to their eternal destination. The one man was carrying a white piece of paper in his hand and we will call him “Mr. Saved” the other man who died we are going to call “Mr. Good Guy”. “Mr. Saved” was walking down a road to the right side and “Mr. Good Guy” was walking down a road to the left side. At one point the roads crossed each other and here is where the two men met.

The conversation between the two went something like this;

MR. SAVED – Hi I’m Mr. Saved and I am headed to my eternal destination in Heaven; and who are you?

MR. GOOD GUY – My name is Mr. Good Guy and I am also headed to Heaven. May I ask you Mr. Saved, what is that piece of paper that you are carrying in your hand all about?

 MR. SAVED – Oh this says Mr. Saved! This paper is my testimony showing that I am saved. You see this use to be all black; covered with sin. And when Jesus saved me He washed away all of my sins with His blood and made me all clean; so you see that is why this is now all white as snow, because I have put all of my faith and trust in Christ alone.

Athe conversation continues Mr. Saved begins to fold up his paper

** INSTRUCTIONS – Begin folding your paper as shown in Fig. 1 thru 4 above while carrying on with the story at the same time.

 MR. SAVED - May I ask you Mr. Good Guy, how are you going to get into Heaven?

 MR. GOOD GUY – Well I am going to get into heaven because I have been a really good man. I went to church every Sunday, I read my Bible, prayed and I even joined a church and got baptized.

MR. SAVED – Well no doubt those are all really good things. But what did you do with Jesus?

MR. GOOD GUY – What do you mean what did I do with Jesus? I didn’t do anything with him.

MR. SAVED – Well the Bible teaches that we must all put our total faith and trust in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior to get us into heaven. He was the one that died on the cross, so we must go to Him personally, individually, and confess to Him that we are a hopelessly lost sinner and ask His forgiveness. You see He paid the penalty for our sins so that we could be saved by simply asking for forgiveness and accepting the free gift of eternal life that He has provided for us through His death, burial and resurrection. Going to church, reading our bibles and praying are all good things that we should do.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Mr. Saved shows his paper to Mr. Good Guy. By this time your paper should look like Fig. #3

MR. SAVED – See this? It reminds me of my church where I went forward in a service and asked Jesus to forgive me and wash away all of my sin. The things that you did are good, but those things alone will not save us. Jesus came here for a reason, and that was because you and I cannot possibly be perfect and do everything exactly right every time. Only Jesus can do that. He shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sins so that we could be rescued from an eternity in Hell. And because I have done that I am now taking my Heavenly flight to be with Him forever. See my paper; it looks like an airplane doesn’t it?

** INSTRUCTIONS – By this time your paper should look like Fig. #4. You should fold the flaps down to make it look like an airplane.

Mr. Good Guy thought that maybe he needed some of the paper that Mr. Saved was carrying so He asked him for a piece.

MR. SAVED – Well I‘ll give you some but it won’t do you any good. This is my testimony not yours.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Tear off only one strip of paper as shown in Fig. #4 This should be the same as the fold line for the airplane wings. Choose someone to hold these pieces of paper. Tell them that they must not lose any of the pieces.

NOTE: Tear off the paper as straight as you can, you do not need to cut the paper with a scissors.

MR. GOOD GUY – Well I believe that I will get into Heaven even if I didn’t ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me. You’ll see! Being a good person and getting baptized will get me there.

Mr. Good Guy looked at  the  little  bit  of  paper  that  he had and felt  that  maybe he should have some more so he asked Mr. Saved for  more.

MR. SAVED – Well I’ll give you more, but like I said before it will not do you any good. Unless a person asks Jesus to come into their heart and be their Savior all the good works in the world cannot save them.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Tear off the second strip of paper as shown in Fig. #4.  Give these pieces to the same person that you handed the first torn pieces to with the same instructions not to lose any of the pieces.

After having finished their conversation they said good-bye to each other and went on their way. After some time Mr. Saved came up to a beautiful white pearly gate and knocked on it to let someone know that he had arrived. An Angel opened a peephole in the door and asked –

ANGEL – Can I help you?

MR. SAVED – Yes! I am Mr. saved and I have arrived to enter into Heaven.

ANGEL – One minute while I look in the Lambs Book of Life to see if your name is in it. The Angel pages through the book – Saved, Saved – ah here it is! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) The Angel opens the door and says – I found your name in the book of life and you are permitted to enter in.

Mr. Saved walks in and hands his paper to the Angel.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Select someone to be the angel and have them hold this last remaining piece of paper, be sure to tell them not to open it until you ask them to.

Moments later Mr. Good Guy arrives and He too knocks on the door and the Angel opens the peep-hole and asks;

ANGEL - May I help you?

MR. GOOD GUY – Yes my name is Mr. Good Guy and I have these papers to help me get into this place.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Have the first person that you gave the two strips of torn paper to hold them up for everyone to see.

ANGEL -  One minute while I look in the Lambs Book of Life to see if your name is in it. The Angel pages through the book – Good Guy, Good Guy, – Hmm, I can’t seem to find it.

The Angel opens the peep-hole again and says –

ANGEL – I’m sorry but I can’t seem to find your name in the Lambs Book of Life.

MR. GOOD GUY – I’m certain that it is in there and like I said before I also have these papers to help me get in.

ANGEL– I’ll tell you what we will do. If you step around to the side where you will see a small booth, I will meet you there to look over your papers.

After they meet the Angel takes the papers and begins to open them up. The Angel lays them in order while talking to Mr. Good Guy.

 ANGEL – You know that just being a good person is not enough to get you into Heaven. If it could, then Jesus would not have needed to die on the cross; would He? People would have done like you and just gone out and joined a church and gotten baptized. But the Bible teaches that GOD sent His only begotten Son to die for you. It also teaches that if we reject the Son then we have also rejected the Father. Jesus said that no man can come unto the Father but by me. And because you have not done what GOD wanted you to do by putting your complete faith and Trust in His Son then I’m afraid that your papers say that you are going to spend an eternity in Hell.

** INSTRUCTIONS – By this time you should have all of the strips of paper opened and arranged to spell the words HELL.

Mr. Good Guy then gets angry and slams his fist down on the table and says –

Mr. Good Guy – I got these papers from that Mr. Saved and if I am going to hell then he is going there also.

ANGEL – Wait one minute. Mr. Saved was here a moment ago and handed me his piece of paper which is his testimony. Let’s open it to see how he got into Heaven and you didn’t.

** INSTRUCTIONS – Get the person who is acting as the angel to carefully open the last remaining piece of paper without tearing it. Tell them to hold it up after they open it for everyone to see.

ANGEL – You see; the only way to get into Heaven is by the way of the cross through Jesus Christ and Him only. There is no other way. If you reject Him then there is no hope for you. All of the good works that man can think of doing will not help him. Did joining a church die on the cross?

MR. GOOD GUY – No!

ANGEL – Did baptism die on the cross?

MR. GOOD GUY– No!

ANGEL – So you see Mr. Good Guy. Every person must make a decision to either accept what Jesus did for them and believe and trust in Him to save them or they will spend an eternity in hell.

INVITATION

Now it is your turn to decide. Who do you choose to be like; Mr. Good Guy who trusted in his good works or Mr. Saved who trusted in Jesus to get him to Heaven? The choice really is yours, no one can make it for you.

If you are ready to trust in the Lord to be saved, then I ask that you follow along in prayer and repeat after me.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to save you, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

Date: _______________________

Time: __________________________

Place: _______________________________________________________

of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Feel free to contact me so that we can rejoice with you in your decision.

Email: unctionsofthespirit@gmail.com

 

May the Lord bless you with His peace!

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A PRAYER FOR GOD’S BLESSING

A PRAYER FOR GOD’S BLESSING

By: Gary L. Rodgers

My Lord Yahushua (יְהוֹשׁוּעַ) the Shepherd of my soul; may you keep me, and may you bless me, and may the brightness of your glory shine upon me. May you fill my days with joy and happiness, and may my slumber have the sweet peace of your presence. May the eternal riches of heaven be mine, and may you be my strength and high tower of protection. Help me to walk in the assurance that your blood cleanses me from all sin and that nothing can separate me from your love for you are my God Yahuweh (יְהֹוָהYĕhovah). May I rest in the power of your might because I am your child forever!

May thy Holy Spirit our Ruach hakodesh (רוחהקודש) of Yahuweh guide me and teach me through thy living Word. May you hedge me in on all sides with your angels, and may I know that you hold me in the palm of your hand. May thy Holy Spirit empower me and give me the bread of life to take it and offer it to lost sinners.

Help me to always stand with Israel and pray that you will give them peace and that you will bless your people and protect them from their enemies. Guide my eyes to always look for you in the heavens, for your return is soon to come. And now Lord Elohim (אֱלֹהִים) I ask that this blessing be upon me, and may my heart be open to receive it. May you guide me in all wisdom, knowledge, faith and understanding! In thy name Oh Lord Yahushua the Son of the Living God Yahuweh I ask it.

Amen!

Yahuweh –  יְהֹוָה  – Yĕhovah - Heavenly Father- (Ya-o-weh) – I was, I am, I will be; Eternal being in all three tenses. Sometimes in Jewish messages you will find the word HaShem is used which means “The Name” or the word Adonia, meaning my Lord is Jehovah.                                

Yahushuaיְהוֹשׁוּעַ – Name of the Messiah – (Ya-hoo-shoo-ah) which also means Joshua – Jehovah is salvation                           

Ruach haKodesh- רוחהקודש- (Holy Spirit) – (Roo-akh  hak-quo- dayesh) Divine Spirit or Divine Inspiration.                                                                            

Elohimאֱלֹהִים - Is the plural name for God (El-o-heem) “In the beginning Elohim”. Genesis 1:1

THE ROMANS ROAD

ROMANS ROAD

All scripture references are to be written in the margin. If you wish to write the notes you can. I only give them as a help to you for explaining those meanings to the person that you speak with.

NOTE: Up at the heading of Romans 3:10 I have written in bold red letters (Romans Road) Highlight all scripture references to act as a guide from one scripture to the next.

  1. Starting with Romans 3:10 – (*none righteous – none that is perfect according to GOD’s law)
  2. Next to 3:10  write (3:23) – (*come short – none of us are sinless none of us are perfect and equal to GOD)
  3. Next to 3:23 write (5:12) – (*It only took the disobedience of one man – the first man; Adam)
  4. Next to 5:12 write (6:23A) – (*wages – the reward that you earned – there is a payday someday)
  5. Next to 6:23A write (5:8) – (*commendeth – demonstrated or proved)
  6. Next to 5:8 write (6:23B) – (*gift – purchased by someone else – offered to us for free)
  7. Next to 6:23 B write (5:9) – (*justified – no longer guilty) (*wrath -  fierce anger)
  8. Next to 5:9 write (10:9 & 10) – (*confess- admit that we are wrong) (* heart – center and seat of spiritual life. The soul of man.)
  9. Next to 10:9&10 write (10:13) – (*call – to cry out or reach out to – call out in prayer to)
  10. Next to 10:13 write (1 John 1:7) – (*if we walk in the light of righteousness – the light of pure spiritual truth and knowledge)
  11. Next to 1 John 1:7 write (5:11&12) – (*record – recorded evidence) (*eternal – has no end) (*hath – to take possession or to claim as one’s own)
  12. Next to 5:11&12 write (Rev 1:5) – (*faithful – trustworthy – able to be relied upon) (*witness – one who proves the genuineness or authenticates an event)

PRAYER: The points of prayer that should be included. It is not necessary for the prayer to be explained. The notes are just a help for you to see and know the importance of each point.

Lead them through the prayer, having them repeat what you say. They just need to know that what they say they must truly mean it when they say it.

  1. Dear Jesus (*calling on the Lord) – refers back to Romans 10:13
  2. I know and confess to you that I am a sinner. (*acknowledging and confessing to the Lord their sinful estate)
  3. I put my complete trust in you only to save me from hell and get me to Heaven. (*putting their complete confidence in Christ alone)
  4. I trust and accept you as my personal LORD and Savior. (*accepting Christ as their LORD and Savior)
  5. I know that you died on the cross for me; I know that you were buried for me; I know that you rose from the dead for me as a living Savior. (*acknowledging the death burial and resurrection of Christ) Refers back to Romans 10:9)
  6. Please wash away all of my sin with your blood. (*acknowledging the power of Christ’s work on the cross through the cleansing of His blood)
  7. I welcome the Holy Spirit into my heart to guide and direct me in my life. (*accepting the power of the Holy Spirit to work in their lives)
  8. Please help me to be obedient to you in all that you would have me to do. (*a cry for the LORD to be real to them in their lives through their obedience to Him.)
  9. In Jesus Holy and Blessed name I pray. (*praying through the holiness and sacred name of Jesus)
  10. Amen! (*so be it! – a closing affirmation that every word has been sealed and accepted)

Other useful scriptures:

  • Hebrews 9:22 – (*purged – To make clean or cleansed) (*no remission – no release from the bondage of sin. No forgiveness, no pardon)
  • Luke 15:10 All of Heaven rejoices over someone who gets saved.

Note: Record the date and time of their salvation.

Get their full name, address, phone number and email address.

SIN HAS NO BRAKES

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Sin has no brakes, it has to run into the tree of life (Jesus Christ) for it to get stopped!

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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I remember those wonderful days of being a child. I can still feel the warm gentle breeze of summer as it tenderly caressed my body as though it were spun from the fine threads of a soft billowing cloud; giving me a loving sensation so gentle and pure that words could not fully describe it; It was like having the finest piece of satin sliding over your body ever so slowly and gently.

I remember the smell of field grass and the smell of hot asphalt baking in the sun on the roadways that I traveled.

I remember the pleasant captivating mixed smells of honeysuckle, lilac and Iris. I felt as though someone purposely placed me there where I could breathe in this spellbinding aroma that seemed to reach down into the very depth of my soul as it gave a tingling feeling in my heart; a feeling of love.

I remember how wonderful it felt to have all of nature’s beauty around me and for me it was a wonderful place to be where I lived. I traveled all over my little world and wondered what I would become when I got older. What kind of a house I would live in, what kind of a family I would have and what type of work I would do. All of these were but dreams that I held in my heart; dreams and wishes that kept me in suspense with questioning fears.

I remember how good it felt to lay back and enjoy the moment, the scenery, the dancing of emotions in my heart and hoping that the feelings and memories would never fade.

 I remember how good it felt to be secure in my little world along with my siblings. I remember the feeling of excitement when family or friends would come to visit. I remember the long walk it took to go swimming at a nearby lake. I remember the fun that I had fishing, hunting, and dreaming.

I remember walking through fields of bluebells and catching a whiff of the fragrance that they emitted. I remember picking wild strawberries and loving the smell and taste of each berry which seemed to be like none other in the world. I remember lying on my stomach to catch a cool drink of spring water from a brook.

I remember the smells of a home cooked meal and baked goods that my mother carefully prepared for all of us. Those were special times that often wrap their arms of memory around me.

I remember camping out on our lawn and looking up at all of the beautiful stars in the night sky and wondering if I could see the true lights and angels of Heaven.

I remember lying in a big pile of leaves in the Fall and looking at all of the mountains of thick billowing clouds above me and wondering what it would be like if we could stand on each of them and look down at the earth.

I remember the hillsides around us being displayed in a robe of Fall colors that looked as though God had taken an artist’s brush and painted every scene just for me.

I remember being outside on a cold winter’s night running around on a hard crust of snow with a full moon shining so brightly that it gave the appearance of an eerie daylight luminance. Just a cold crystal clear night where you could see down across the meadows as the moon’s bright glow pasted shadows of trees on the glistening snow. The feeling in my heart during those times could never be expressed in words. It was a deep feeling of suspense and mystery which in its own way had a special flavor of excitement all its own, somewhat like a smooth creamy frosting on your favorite cake has its own special flavor of excitement and enthralling anticipation.

I remember that in the summer we would lay watermelons in cool spring-waters for a day or two and then cut them open to enjoy the rich red sweetness of its bounty. How refreshing on those hot days! I remember how wonderful it felt to run through a lawn sprinkler on a sweltering day of heat.

I remember the rich aroma of fresh cut hay and the joy that I got working at loading hay wagons and storing the bales in hay-mows with its treasure of earth’s riches.

I remember the joy of eating warm fresh made bread loaded with home churned butter that soaked into the steaming soft dough. I remember enjoying these simple pleasures that were a gift to me in the innocence of my youth.

Life comes with many joys and surprises and the best of it all is the memories that we carry with us through life’s journeys.

IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND

IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND

By: Gary L.Rodgers

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I know who holds me in the palm of their hand each night when I go to sleep.

Their promise to keep me safe for eternity is my hope and joy to keep.

In the palm of His hand is the scar from Calvary where He paid my debt in full.

In the palm of His hand is where I can rest safely on all of His promises sure.

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