Monday, August 31, 2020

PARENTING FOR THE FUTURE

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN GET TO HEAVEN

By Ada Brownell

One of the first things I learned about parenting was my husband and I didn’t have to do it by ourselves.

God calls others to help. Ephesians 4:10-12 says, “0He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fulfill all things.11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Our children had great pastors, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, evangelists, as well as wonderful Christian friends who influenced them in the choice to give their lives and talents to Christ.

To help your children make the choice to “go to heaven,” here are a few things we did when our five offspring were young. They all made Jesus Lord of their lives.

·       Attend a full gospel church where the gospel is preached and rightly divided. Full gospel churches usually teach salvation comes only when we believe Jesus died for our sins, and resurrected on the third day. (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9) .Full gospel churches believe in the divine inspiration of the Bible as God’s Word, the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of supernatural speaking in other tongues. They also believe in Divine Healing, the Catching away of the church in the rapture, and the Second Coming of Jesus.

·        Scriptures for you to teach your children: “If thou will confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness “(1 John 1:9).

 Another: “But you will receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you. And you shall be witnesses unto me …” (Acts 1:8). “And while they watched, he was taken up and a cloud received him out of their sight. .. While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel who also said, ‘This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

·       Become a student of the Word of God yourself. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15).

·       Teach them to become students of the Word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God (God breated), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Hopefully your church has programs for youth like Royal Rangers, Missionettes, Bible Quiz, Talent contests, and services where young people can use their talents and ministries.

·       Expose them to great people—Bible characters and adults as well as teens who are living for God.

·       Go to missions services. When they’re just forming opinions and finding people to “worship” let them know the difference between fantasy, fiction, reality, and history. They may adore Spiderman and Star Wars characters, but they should understand they don’t exist, and when God enabled David to kill Goliath, David wasn’t a vegetable from Veggie Tales. He lived, loved God and did great things in His name.

* Teach your children God loved them from the beginning of their lives. “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5).

However, when Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem, he was different from any other baby because he is God’s son. Jesus was in heaven before he came to earth. Jesus was there when the world and people were created. Jesus, God’s only Son; and the Holy Spirit were there in the beginning. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).

 Buy them great books and go to movies that support Christian values.

 

MOST IMPORTANT; Pray for and with our children frequently. Ask God for wisdom. He promised to send wisdom to those who ask for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Friday, August 7, 2020

SCREAMING SIRENS

 


By Ada Nicholson Brownell

 

 A siren’s wail penetrated the early evening air. A young mother ran out of the house. She imagined her child lying in a pool of blood somewhere in the street. But she found her toddler playing happily in the yard.

Another mother parted the living room drapes, looking anxiously toward the street. Why was her teenage son so late driving the car home from the store? Was he now breathing his last beneath the wreckage of the automobile?

A father, just returning from work, heaved a sigh of relief when there was no fire truck in front of his home.

A young fellow coming out of a supermarket chuckled. “Somebody’s getting a ticket.”

Sirens can mean many different things. They make imaginations run wild. But their main purpose is to warn. They want motorists and pedestrians to get out of the way of a speeding ambulance, fire truck or police vehicle. Those who don’t give the emergency vehicle the right-of-way often cause serious accidents, creating an even larger emergency.

Other warning sounds are evident in our world—violence, war, revolution, famine. More important the rise of atheism from our schools, and churches that offer everything but the gospel and the Word of God.

Centuries ago a physician wrote a warning about these problems. Its theme: When these things encompass the earth, a great event is about to take place—and every person should prepare for it. Dr. Luke, more widely known as St. Luke, penned the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament and the book of Acts, relating the words of Jesus when he was on earth.

One of the warnings he delivered was about the second coming of Christ (Luke 21:7-36) that came from the mouth of Jesus.

Matthew sounded a similar warning. The warnings foretold about the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 40, but then Jesus connected events that would come to pass that would precede His Second Coming.

The Lord mentioned his second coming to his disciples several times, Here’s what he said in Matthew 24: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. “6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

“ And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come…”

According to the Scriptures, today’s world tensions are dovetailing into the Battle of Armageddon, described in the Book of Revelation.

Today’s warnings are largely ignored. Some people have heard about the Second Coming all their lives –and they say, “It hasn’t happened yet.”

They may end up like those who have had to run to storm cellars so many times without experiencing a tornado, they have become callous.

Are you ready for Christ’s return? Have you accepted Him as your personal Savior? ”He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

Heed the screaming sirens of the times, warning you to get ready. Jesus is coming! Whether you are dead or alive when he bursts through the clouds with the sound of a trumpet, if you’ve repented of your sins and made Jesus Lord of your life, you’ll meet him in the air, and from then throughout eternity you’ll be with the Lord. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18).

“Two men shall be in the field, one will be taken and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know the hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:40-41 KJ).

NEXT: More quotes from the Bible about the catching away of the church and Christ’s second coming. “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

THE GOD-SHAPED VOID WITHIN YOU



By Ada Brownell
I covered one of the first seminars on the Human Genome Project,[i] for The Pueblo Chieftain in the early 1990s. Reporters from several Colorado newspapers were there.
An international team of researchers were mapping the genes of humans and it was considered “one of the greatest feats of exploration in history.” By 2003, experts could read the genetic blueprint for building a human being. But did they miss anything?
Four years later, a new field, neurotheology, revealed our Creator wrapped faith in our DNA, according to a CNN report by A. Chris Gajilan on April 4, 2007.  Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Believe What We Believe" told how the human brain processes religion and spirituality.
Newberg says the brain’s frontal lobe, the area right behind our foreheads, helps us focus our attention in prayer and meditation.
The parietal lobe, located near the backs of our skulls, is the seat of our sensory information. Newberg says it's involved in that feeling of becoming part of something greater than oneself. The limbic system, nestled deep in the brain’s center, regulates our emotions and it is responsible for feelings of awe and joy.
He suggests brain scans may provide proof that our brains are built to believe in God. He says there may be universal features of the human mind that actually make it easier for us to believe in a higher power.
I remember one brain surgeon who reported stimulating some areas of the brain caused a patient to react in ways that suggested religious activity and faith.
Newberg has written several books about the connection between the brain and the spiritual and a new book is coming out later this year (2020).
Evidence shows we have a God-shaped void within us nothing else can fill. People all over the world search for a Supreme Being because of the emptiness inside them. If they haven’t heard the true gospel or reject it, they worship the earth, animals, stars, the sun, an idol they know is nothing but a figure humans created, or something else they devised such as Humanism, turning unbelief into doctrine or worshiping the created instead of the Creator.
I don’t know where the God-shaped space in us resides, but I know inside each person is a mysterious place where supernatural activities occur. If you’ve given your life to God, that’s the place where you’ll discover unconditional love, unspeakable joy, faith, supernatural peace, comfort, and biblical gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Supernatural joy is a phenomenon different from happiness because it doesn’t depend on circumstances or people. Peter said when a person believes in the Savior and repents of his sins, something amazing happens.  “…The genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see him, yet believing you rejoice with ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’” (1 Peter 1:8 NKJ). In other words, too- wonderful-to-describe joy, and only God can be the source.
The joy obviously is linked to awesome knowledge Jesus is God’s only son, who rose from the dead and gives eternal life (John 3:16).
The grief I experienced when we lost a daughter to cancer felt like my insides had been ripped out. Yet, when I believed God’s Word, the Comforter came and gave me supernatural peace and joy, and that’s something unbelievers don’t have.
Humans have wrestled with death since Cain killed his brother, Abel. The Apostle Paul gave amazing teaching in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that everyone can use. He said, “I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus…For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will arise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”
That fills perfectly the God-shaped space in us.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

FOLLOWING THE TRACKS






Following the Tracks and Dealing with Snow
By Ada Brownell

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 4: How God's mercy brought America through hard times


By Ada Brownell
A phone call from our daughter. “Better turn on the news.”
 A click, and I sank into a recliner. Flames shot from the World Trade Center and people jumped out windows. Then a large aircraft plowed into the remaining twin tower, exploding top floors and setting the remainder of the crumbling skyscraper on fire. A short time later, a plane made a direct hit on our Pentagon, and another headed for the White House.
We were at war. Our soldiers still fight the tentacles of terrorism trying to strangle the last breath of freedom from our nation and the world.
What a joy liberty has been in the decades I’ve lived! No bombs lighting the sky in the distance or jarring my bed at night. During my childhood I trembled during World War II when the town siren screamed, “Blackout.” But sirens stopped, our homeland was safe despite carnage at Pearl Harbor, and Americans lived free.
 Yes, war bruised our nation. I remember my sister’s scream when she received the call revealing her fiancĂ© was killed in World War II. We feared Russia during the cold war, and during the Bay of Pigs crisis we wondered if atomic bombs would level our nation before morning. We’re still burying our young killed on battlefields abroad.
Throughout history, America went to its knees for God’s help. They cried out to the Lord during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-Indian War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq; and interventions in Granada, Panama, Bosnia. I’m thankful for those who fought, gave their lives or were maimed.
Liberty prevails, and I believe it’s partly due to our Judeo-Christian heritage that teaches loving God and others.
 Another reason we have been blessed is our nation’s support of Israel.  "And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you,” God said of Israel (Genesis 12:1-3). Zechariah 2:8 speaks about God rising against the nations that plundered Israel – “for whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye." 
If we turn from God, it even affects the environment: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery…. Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away, the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying” (Hosea 4:1-3).
And the promise for obedience: “Then all the nations will call you blessed for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:6-12).
Even with continued war and our nation divided by different agendas, we are free and blessed. The church still prays for our leaders and our country, and I thank God for His mercy and ask for more.
Ada Brownell, a free lance writer and author of ten  books, is a retired reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Sale on Swallowed by Life Paperback!!! Get it now! Find assurance of life after death.




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SWALLOWED BY LIFE: MYSTERIES OF DEATH, RESURRECTION, AND THE ETERNAL
 SALE! Paperback only $3.83; Kindle $2.99.

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that our dying bodies will be swallowed by life” (2 Corinthians 5:4 NLT).
Tell your book club, your grief support group, Bible study group, family, friends ABOUT THE SALE!
“You know what we’re doing?” friends asked the author when the Corona virus lockdown began. “We’re reading Swallowed by Life again!
The author’s brother, a pastor, read the book at least three times.
Ada Brownell worked seven years on the medical beat at The Pueblo Chieftain, and covered one of the first seminars on the human genome. In addition to being a newspaper reporter, her articles have appeared in more than forty Christian publications. She has authored ten books.

BOOK SUMMARY:
By Ada Brownell
Peter wrote, "For we did not follow cunningly devised fables...but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
 (2 Peter 1:16).
13-week Bible study: SWALLOWED BY LIFE


Do you believe you could live with someone else’s heart or kidneys, but not without your body? Evidence shows we’re more than flesh. The author, a prolific religion writer and retired medical journalist, talks about the evidence; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration; mysteries surrounding the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; and a glimpse at what we will do in heaven. Questions and answers make this non-fiction inspirational book a great text for group study.

 Swallowed by Life written for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving, and those who give them counsel.
Review: “It was wonderful how the author merged the medical with the spiritual.”
Available from some bookstores, Amazon and from the author. Buy it here on Amazon: http://ow.ly/U11Rn


  




Monday, June 22, 2020

IDEAS TO HELP YOU WRITE A REVIEW


By Ada Brownell

IF YOU ENJOYED FOLLOWING THE TRACKS, PLEASE WRITE A REVIEW AND POST IT ON AMAZON AND GOOD READS.
Questions to give you ideas for a review, or to discuss with your book club.
When you read my new non-fiction book, Following the Tracks: Life With the Railroad, what did you expect from such a book?
What caught your interest? The author, the topic, the location, the history, the characters, an expected theme?
How about the first scene? Was the telegraph operator fighting for his life in the first pages relevant to the book?
What did you think of the way telegraphers delivered urgent messages to engineers in the 1950s?
Why were changes necessary that took communication from telegraph to teletype, and then computers and Centralized Traffic Control?
 Why was it necessary to have an agent-telegrapher in depots in every little town and junction along the tracks, even after they quit selling passenger train tickets?
How does CTC work and why has it made so many changes in the railroad operations?
Why would readers cry, laugh, rejoice, and enjoy a book about railroad tracks, trains, and people? Would you still call the book “historical?” Why?
© Ada Brownell


Here’s what one of my endorsers wrote:
My family shared this story with the Brownells, as did many families along the tracks of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. As I read Ada’s book, I was moved to tears, laughter, and prayers as the memories and old stories came bubbling up from the past. But it was not only the past that grabbed my attention, it was the assurance that each of us had, has, and will have, the grace of God on our lives no matter what our circumstances. As we follow the tracks with a young bride through the mountains, into the desert, and then to the city, we find proofs that the choice to trust God is never a mistake.  Ada’s concise reporter style makes this an enjoyable, encouraging journey along the tracks.
--Lucretia Smith, Nurse, Educator, and Railroad Family




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