Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Your Chariot Awaits

It's 2009 and the chariot has arrived. It was dispatched by God and driven by an angel straight to your doorstep. There is an ample seating capacity to accommodate your whole family. This heavenly chariot has come for no other reason than to take you on a journey. This journey will be filled with adventure as well as challenges. However God has promised that he will be with you every mile of the way. Sometimes you will cross deep valleys and sometimes you will glide through the clouds but you will always keep moving. It is your chariot of destiny. It was designed just for you. When this year is over, you will not be where you are now. In fact, you will be a long way from where you are now. Destiny will happen. You will not have to chase it or claw and dig for it. Destiny will chase you and overtake you even as you ride in the chariot. With the winds of life blowing through your hair, it will envelope you and empower you. Why? Because God sends personalized destinys for everyone. Real destiny cannot be chased down because it is not running from anyone. If you chase it you will in fact run from it. Real destiny pursues the person it is assigned to. When the time is right, it overtakes it's subject in obedience to God's ordained will and executes all assasins that would hinder it.

Remember Gideon when he was visited by the angel and hailed as a mighty man of valour and commissioned to be a deliverer for Israel from Midianite oppression? Remember David when he was tending the sheep and was sent for by the prophet Samuel to be anointed for his kingship over Israel? Remember Saul when the light shone from heaven and he fell off of his horse en route to Damascus. He became the greatest Apostle of the early church. Consider how the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and how Gabriel announced to her how she was highly favoured of God? We all know what that resulted in.

Your chariot awaits! Get in and hold on!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Something Old Something New

New Years day is just around the corner. As I was thinking about that fact, I reflected on a message that I preached a couple of weeks ago entitled "Something New". I was sharing some thoughts about that message with a close personal friend of mine tonight via a telephone call. As 2009 approaches, I truly want something new from God. At the same time, I still want to cling to something old. And what I mean by something old is actually something that has been around for ages, will be around for eternity, and yet is new and fresh every day; the knowledge and experience of God's saving grace! Therefore, I want something old and something new.

This phrase is used in the old saying concerning the preparation of a bride for her wedding; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. When my wife and I were married over 18 years ago, my wife prepared for the wedding using the guidelines of this timeless phrase.

I truly desire something old and something new in 2009. Maybe I can say The Harvest is Mine in 2009. That would be the something new and the saving grace of God would be the something old (yet always new). In fact, Ruth and I were just discussing the thought of a Harvest this evening. We believe, and I encourage anyone who reads this blog post to believe, that we have not yet received the harvest on many seeds that we have sown! And get this, we believe that we will not only receive a harvest on the seeds that we have sown, but we will also receive a harvest on seeds sown by our earthly Fathers. For example, Ruth's Dad, Bill Catlett, was a giver. He would give his time, his efforts, or anything he could to help people. He lived for the chance to help somebody. If you never got to meet him you missed out! He has received his heavenly reward, but those seeds that he sowed here on earth are still going to yield a harvest. My Dad, Herbert Schlinker, was also a giver. He spent many years preaching the gospel and doing mechanic work, both of which yielded little monetary gain. He too has gone on to his heavenly reward, but I still believe that there is going to be a harvest on those selfless seeds that he sowed here on earth. Well I didn't intend to go this far with this thought but I am more excited now than when I started this post about 2009. I have got my spiritual combine fired up and I am ready for a Harvest. I am looking for something old (timeless) and something new next year!

I encourage you to raise your expectation level in 2009. You are special to God and he has special things in store for you. Check out these scriptures.

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

May the blessings of God overtake you,
Ronnie and Ruth

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve At The Schlinkers

It's Christmas Eve 2008 at the Schlinker house! We want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a "Merry Christmas" and a Blessed and Prosperous "Happy New Year".
We also want to say "Thank You" for taking this journey with us. We are enjoying sharing our lives with you and hope that we have been a blessing to you during 2008. Our best wishes to each of you.
Keep watching, Jesus is coming again!
We love and appreciate you all!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. We hope that you have the best Christmas ever! We wish to give praise to the ultimate gift ever given; God's only son. His name is above every name, including Santa Claus. He is faster than a speeding sleigh, jollier than any old fellow, truly knows who has been naughty and nice, gives gifts year round, and comes to town more than once a year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas is Still Christmas !

I don't care what the atheists or agnostics say, Christmas is still Christmas! I am appalled at how many times each year you see Christ removed and replaced with an X in the word Christmas. There... I said it. Do they not realize that taking his name out is not going to change the fact that he was born. Nor will it change the fact that he lived and died for our sins or change the fact of his eminent return. They can take his name out, but they can't take HIM out!
I believe that we must stand on what we believe and not be moved with what the world is doing. Let's celebrate Christmas as always. Blessed be his Holy name now and forever. The world needs him now more t han ever. He is our Saviour. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus. His name is Jesus! I love him and he loves me. I know this because the Bible tells me so! I am weak but HE IS STRONG!!! Jesus loves me this I know! If you don't know him, try him.