Save Marissa 02In 2010, Marissa sold her home in the U.S. and moved to a remote Island in the Philippines to help the desperate and poor people of Bantayan Island. In 2012 a massive Super Typhoon destroyed all of the native homes on the Island. Since that time, Marissa has been working hard to rebuild the homes of the poor and meet their basic needs.

Just before Christmas in 2014, Marissa began to lose her vision and suffer from debilitating headaches. Returning to the United States, a MRI revealed that Marissa has a very rare form of cancerous tumor in the center of her brain. Doctors in the U.S. advised that surgery should be undertaken immediately or Marissa will lose her sight as well as her life.

Unfortunately, when Marissa gave up her home in the U. S. to help the poor, she also gave up health insurance that would pay for this type of surgery. Marissa has no resources or assets that would permit her to acquire the $150,000.00 or more that is required to obtain this life-saving brain surgery.

Even small donations by thousands of compassionate people, can make a huge difference and save a life. Your generosity, along with many other caring people, can save Marissa’s sight and her life and allow her to heal and continue her important work in helping the poor and neglected of this world.

We hope that your heart may be moved to make this surgery possible. Thank you in advance for your generosity and time in helping Marissa.

 


COPYRIGHT WARNING

We often hear the term: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ.” What is the “Gospel,” what does this mean and how does this principle affect the lives of every person who has been born on the earth?

The best news that man has ever received is that God is willing to forgive our sins. All of us have felt condemnation for the things we have done during our life. We all know instinctively in our hearts that we have done wrong, and we long for relief from the guilt that we feel.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many of the most significant prophecies which concern the Messiah and the Last Days, have two parts: an earlier fulfillment, as well as a later fulfillment. This is particularly observed in the Prophecies contained within Isaiah chapter 61. Jesus demonstrated how this earlier and later fulfillment of the same prophecy is possible as He opens the scroll of Isaiah in the city of Nazareth.

Isaiah 61:1a “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me.”

There are four prophecies from Isaiah Chapter 61:1-2 that speak in detail of the Messiah’s introduction to the world. They are undoubtably some of the most amazing predictions that are given to us by God, in the Bible.

As Jesus comes into Nazareth, He arrives at the synagogue to serve on a specific Sabbath as the guest speaker. He is handed the scroll from the Prophet Isaiah, which has apparently already been unrolled to the portion of scripture that would be read on that specific day.[1] Amazingly, the verses of scripture which has been chosen for Jesus to read from is Isaiah 61:1-2:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,…” Then He closed the book. —Luke chapter 4

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

The darkness which suddenly occurred during the time of Jesus Crucifixion in the Gospel of Matthew, is confirmed by secular sources. It is interesting that those who claim that the narrative of Jesus death and resurrection in the New Testament is a fabrication and myth–ignore the Historical records of these events. How is it that a myth could be confirmed by non-interested and hostile parties? Roman historians record a supernatural event of unknown origin–precisely occurring at noon on the day Jesus was crucified and lasting until 3 pm the same day–precisely as the New Testament Gospels describe.

“Search your writings and you shall find that in Pilates time, when Christ suffered, the sun was suddenly withdrawn and darkness followed”. –Rufinus, Greek Historian

 “Now from the sixth hour (Noon) until the ninth hour (3 Pm) there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” –Matthew 27:45-46 Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

The Prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah arriving in Jerusalem on a specific day–to present Himself as the fulfillment of all Hebrew prophecy.

Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” Says the LORD.

Jesus fulfilled this prophecy of Messiah by coming into Jerusalem on one specific Day. This was the day that the Lamb was presented to be examined for defects–before he was offered on Passover. This was the precise day that Daniel predicted the Messiah would make Himself known.

Matthew 21:1-11 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

This prophecy of Isaiah describes the Messiah making His arrival at Jerusalem (Zion).

It is interesting that the disciples, on a few occasions, sought to convince Jesus to go to Jerusalem and declare His identity. It is certain that by this time, the men who were closest to Jesus had already come to understand that He was the Messiah. It it also likely that they understood from certain scriptures, such as this prophecy from Isaiah 59:20, that the Messiah would be revealed at Jerusalem. On all former occasions, Jesus’ response was always the same: My time has not yet come…

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

Nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah described the Salvation which God would offer to the world and the fact that it would be completely His work and none of man’s efforts or works. .

Isaiah 59:16b He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Isaiah speaks of the Messiah as the only way by which any person may be saved.

“Therefore His own arm brought salvation.”

Unfortunately, a majority of people who have lived upon the earth do not like a plan of salvation which does not recognize their efforts or reward their obedience. We have this idea as human beings that we can work and perform good in order to be accepted and loved by other human beings. We tend to carry this idea over to our relationship with God, who surely will accept a person who is basically good or does good works.

According to the words of God, this idea is wrong.

The actions of redemption rest solely with the Lord and not with man. We do not have the capacity to redeem ourselves, according to the word of God. This principle makes it clear for us that no church, no religion, no man, has the ability to meet the requirements set forth by the law of God for salvation to take place.

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COPYRIGHT WARNING

Many people blame God for the evil and suffering that is in the world. The truth is–it is men who commit evil acts upon others and the suffering that touches so many lives is caused by people, not God.

Isaiah 59:15-16 is one of those verses from the Old Testament that really gives us tremendous insight into the mind and heart of God. Looking from heaven at the plight of man, God sees what great suffering is taking place on the earth because of sin. From Adam onward, all men are born sinners with a tendency towards evil continually. The world which exists today has become a place of unimaginable evil, suffering, and death.
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COPYRIGHT WARNING

When Jesus spoke, He did not speak as other men. Jesus intended that every word He uttered–be interpreted as the words of the Living God. It is clear from the narrative of the four gospels that the disciples of Jesus understood that He was claiming equality with God. Jesus described His authority in teaching the true intent of God’s law, as coming from God Himself. Jesus clearly described Himself as the Author of all the words and laws of God. This assertion is in close alignment with the Hebrew prophets who described the Messiah as coming to earth with the very authority of God Himself. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

I have thought a lot about those who deny God’s existence; and after decades of observing the character and life of those who reject the Lord, I fail to see the attraction of a life without Him. First of all, the claim that there is no God makes no rational sense to me. It is obvious that we live in a universe that is inexplicable, apart from an eternal intelligence as its source. How highly educated men and woman, who have spent years studying and growing in knowledge, can come to the conclusion that this exceedingly ordered and delicately balanced universe came into being by chance, is a mystery to me. They admit that they have no explanation for how these finely tuned absolutes fixed themselves to allow for life, believing instead that it all happened by blind chance.

Science is based on observable data that can be tested. Since all of the data regarding the existence of the universe points to design and purpose, it seems that wise men and women should not discount the possibility of God as its origin. It is much easier to understand the universe if we put a designer into the equation rather than persisting in an uncaused, accidental universe with no purpose. Read the rest of this entry »


COPYRIGHT WARNING

At the heart of the salvation issue is the Holiness of God and His Glory. Because God is so magnificent, and all things have come from Him—all glory, honor, and praise belong to Him alone.

Isaiah 48:11 … I will not give My glory to another.

Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

If we consider that the entire universe was created by God, everything that we can see, and even the invisible world of the atom, all things are made by God. It is reasonable that He would not allow any of His creation to receive praise for His magnificent works. If we give a gift to God, those things that we present to Him were already His to begin with. He is certainly pleased with our gifts when we acknowledge that He is the originator of all our gifts. If we make something and dedicate it to the Lord, the elements that we used to construct the article of our worship were already created by God.

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