Well, the heat of summer has been exchanged for the chill of winter. I once enjoyed winter time, when I was younger. I loved the snow and all that came with the season, but now that I have gotten older, I just can't take the cold like I could in the past.
I think I'll enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate, and reminisce a little over our family "Rose Gallery" photos of those sweet memories of the past. Nice memories, but kind of weird looking photos, those old antique cars, and the clothes that went with them. And what about those family portraits, did anyone not smile back then?
Nonetheless, I can only imagine what my ancestors will say someday about all our current modern day photo scenes. I wonder what it will be like fifty or a hundred years from now, if the Lord happens to tarry.
Well, I didn't quite make it. As I settled down in my trusted rocker by the fire, I was immediately out like a light, and into another of my fantastic dream world adventures
You see, I was awakened from my sleep by a strange voice. Looking up, I saw this strange looking character moving around at the foot of my bed. He was dressed in some sort of brightly colored space suit.
"Who are you, sir? Why did you wake me up? Why are you here clad from head to toe in aluminum foil wrap, and what's that funny looking antenna on your helmet?" I yelled hysterically, having been suddenly awakened out of a deep sleep.
"I understand you were wondering about the future and its demographics. So come now, let us take a little trip into the "yet to come," he responded. !
“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you." (Nehemiah 9:6)
He then took my hand, as we literally took flight through my bedroom window and into space. What I saw was nothing short of a phenomenal sensory vision.
"What are all these houses doing suspended up in space?" I asked.
Answering quickly, he replied, "It's very simple. The houses are under reverse gravitation so that no one can invade the homes. And when leaving home, the owners merely ride their jet air subs from the garage, onward to their destination."
As we then moved on down, or should I say moved up on the main street, I happened to observe the remains of what had once been a drug store.
"Why is this drug store not still in operation?" I asked.
"This old outdated drug store served no modern healing function, since the invention of the new wonder pill. In fact, a double dosage of the pill would also take care of one's daily nutrition, with no additional food required," he answered.
We then traveled on through the desolated scenery of what once was a thriving city, until we reached a long stretch of deteriorated train track.
"What happened to the train system for moving freight?" I queried.
Looking as if this question was not necessary, he stated that the trains had been obsolete many years, since the invention of the new flying cargo drones. Moving on, we came to what appeared to be a large scrap pile of twisted metal.
"What is this?" I asked.
Responding, he said, "It is the old satellite dishes, as they were no longer needed due to the new interactive planetary transceivers."
"But how do these transceiver devices work in conjunction with the planets?" I asked.
"Being an accomplished radio technician, you should easily comprehend the schematic diagram behind this advance discovery. The supremacy lies behind the sun's strength," he responded.
"You see, these transceivers are comprised of both a transmitter and a receiver that are combined and share common circuitry and a single housing. When no circuitry is common between transmit and receive functions, the device is a transmitter-receiver. And the powers of these devices, which are located on the various planets, is simply driven by the sun rays," he concluded.
"Thanks for taking the time to explain this concept in detail, I get it," I responded gratefully.
Then, all of a sudden, as we were about to conclude our mysterious adventure, we came to the most discouraging panorama of them all. Right in the middle of this long-forgotten, collapsed city was the ruin of a once-beautiful church cathedral.
"Now don't tell me the church is outdated too!" I exclaimed, somewhat depressed in spirit.
"No, not the church, but the people. They have found a new exciting social gospel; a religion that is less restrictive, a religion where anything goes, as long as it makes one feel good," he responded rather sheepishly, as if he had rather not discuss this new religion concept with me.
"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." ( II Timothy 4:3-4)
"Oh I get it, you don't actually agree with this new religious concept, do you?" I asked.
"Right on, my son, I have never abandoned the Ole Time Religion concept. It was good enough for my father, grandfather and great grandfather, and it's good enough for me," he proclaimed. "Regardless of the hypothesis behind this modern day religious perception, the gospel has not changed. And I still believe in the "full gospel", as given in (I Cor 15:3-4)."
"You see, my great-grandfather 's most famous saying was always, 'We can't fight the devil on his level,' (Ephesians 6:12)", he concluded his little sermon.
And with these remarks of his Christian dissertation, the man hastily disappeared without a word.
Awaking from my sleep, and not being able to shake this dream, I swiftly climbed out of my bed. I couldn't help but wonder just who this nice character was.
Looking over on my night stand I saw Mom's old tattered Bible. How on earth did Mom's Bible get here? It was buried with Mom ten years ago.
Picking up her Bible, and seeing a particular Scripture really put an end to my dream wondering.
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)
Thank you, Mom, for all those timely nightly prayers. Pastor, Pastor, are you in your church study? If, so, please call me back, as I really need to meet with you right away.
"Oh Lord, I claim (I John 1:9) just give me one more chance. I promise to go back to my gospel roots. (I Cor. 15:3-4) I will be forgetting my social religion thinking, and my socialistic trends. I promise to go back to my "Old Time religious" heritage. Please forgive me. Amen!"
With the progression of technological advances, Christianity can now reach more of the masses with the Gospel, helping to enforce the Bible commands. The Internet can now easily serve as a means of spreading the Gospel.
Believers and non-believers alike can now find connection on blogs and message boards. Twitter followers and Facebook friends can now begin to influence others with the Gospel.
These new tech methods of communication now allow people outside of the church to contribute to and interact with Christians in shaping the world for good and not bad. Churches and religious nonprofits are now hiring tech guys, marketers and other specialists to offer direction.
We must remember, however, these new technologies will never take the place of our church worship, the gathering together with other like-minded Christians. (Hebrews 10:25)
So don't sell the modern communications short. God, not Satan, will use this new technology for spreading the Gospel. (Matthew 28:19-20) (Acts 1:8)
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