There is so much value in the following short excerpts that I am posting these over the next three days. May God bless you and keep you always.
Final by Calvin Miller
Light is never given
while we fear the dark.
When dawn came, the Army of
Liberation drew their swords and
began the advance. They marched
in silence toward the enemy columns
stationed by the wall. Elan, in the
saddle of a Vollkon laden with
the ore of death, advanced to meet
the enemy. His bridled reptile
release the canister. Fire fell
everywhere, but the Army of
Liberation marched on.
The unbridled Vollkons flew again
to the armory and returned to hurl
more fire. The heat grew so intense
that the forest near the Plains
of Man ignited. Sheets of flame
swept in waves across the land
and licked the base of the fortress
walls. It looked as if the entire
globe would burn.
Elan made a tactical error. He
decided that the Singer must be
killed to stop the onslaught.
Astride his great dragon Elan dived
toward Light-Raider who did not
Giant claws grasped for the
Troubadour but could not sweep
him from his horse.
Then suddenly the Vollkon looked
toward the sky and screamed.
Ansond closed on him. The Golden
Knight recalled a ploy he had
used in earlier attacks and sliced
through the canister which Elan’s
dragon grasped. Fire engulfed both
beast and rider.
As the saddle girth collapsed and
the searing flame rushed over him,
Elan wailed in terror. In separate
moments yet almost one, Emperor
and Vollkon hit the earth.
Two Vollkons remained. One
wheeled and confronted winged
Invictrix in the air. Wildly its six
great talons ripped the air. Invictrix
barely kept beyond the reach of all
its savage claws. Each way the horse
flew, the beast turned in the air to
face Ansond and fight. The roaring
Vollkon almost deafened those
below. The reptile opened its deadly
jaws to grasp the horse’s wings.
Below the screaming skies, the battle
ranks began to close. Along a
hundred-mile front, sword clashed
on shield. The wail of dying men
continued through the day. Above
the din of war echoed the cries of
dragons in the air.
By afternoon the Vollkon had
begun to tire. Invictrix circled it
until the sun fell full into the
monster’s face. The reptile’s glazed
eyes spoke its death ahead of time.
Its wing beats slowed and finally it
settled toward the earth. It could
not rise although it longed to do so.
Invictix and her rider watched
the beast descend. It hovered for
a moment above the thickest combat,
then fell the few remaining feet.
The men of Ellanor moved back to
give the dragon dying space. Its
great leather wings fluttered like
a crippled gull. Its claws dug into
the bloody earth among the corpses
of the fallen soldiers. It whimpered,
groaned and gasped. Then died.
The dragon’s slow, painful death
unnerved the men of Ellanor. They
had reason to fear. Elan was dead.
Terr was aflame and the fire had
spread to the capital. The gates
were now ablaze.
Ansond turned to the final Vollkon.
The beast, knowing it was the last,
had lost its heart for war. It would
not fly. It perched like a great stone
gargoyle on the palace armory
where the canisters of death ore
were stacked in pyramids.
As Invictrix flew close, the Vollkon
toppled backward, scattering the
It could not fold its wings. Spasms
shook its ugly head. Froth
poured above its forked tongue.
Seized by desire to end its existence,
it brought a merciful conclusion
to the war. Grasping a canister, the
Vollkon tore the frail shell until
It burst. In an instant fire shot high.
The whole armory detonated. Flame,
growing in intensity, collected in
a golden ball and settled on the city.
Terra was ablaze! Hate’s final grudge
against Earthmakers love was
Dreamer, turned Avenger, struggled
to find the Prince of Mirrors in the
burning city. He was confused by
all the flame. The streets were filled
with the fallen, and the buildings
were in ruins. He sought the stable
where the Dark Prince had sharpened
his weapon for the conflict.
A cloud of dense smoke blew across
the small lane where Dreamer
walked. A burning timber crashed
ahead of him and exploded in a
showers of sparks whose light was
smothered by the soot and darkness.
He fought the smoke and, shielding
his face against the heat, he stumbled
through the hot mist. When Dreamer
drew his arm back to breathe, the
Prince of Mirrors stood directly
in the burning way.
The Hater grinned and drew his sword.
“He doesn’t belong to my club, you see.”
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. (Luke 9:49,50)
John expressed an attitude which has troubled the Church for ages and is its scandal now: “We forbad him [to work in Jesus’ name], because he followeth not with us.” It is still fatally easy for us to confound the cause of Christ with that of our particular group. The master announced a timeless principle to determine the policy of the Church toward so-called schismatics: “He that is not against us is for us.” Welcome the service that anyone renders in Jesus’ name, by whatever name he may be called.
~O Thou who didst pray that Thine own should be one, we pray that unity to come, and for deliverance from the impatience with others that postpones its coming. Amen
Devotion by Walter L. Moore
Courage and Confidence
Beyond the steps pass personal salvation, is our testimony of what Jesus has done in our everyday life. We become living epistles the Word tells us. My devotion takes me to the events leading up to the Crucifixion and of the many miracles Jesus performed; one single act spoke to my heart profoundly.
While still with the people of Jerusalem, he was present to comfort the hearts that sought him, knowing his time was short to be amongst those he loved…even unto the end.
In John 13:1, Jesus took his garment and washed the feet of his disciples after the last supper with them. Afterwards, He asked the disciples if they knew what He had just done for them. [John 13:15]
He went on to explain that He had given an example for them to follow. It was a very simplistic and humble act. He spoke a truth to bond the disciples to each other. I wonder if He fought back tears as he spoke to them – of what the Father must have whispered in his heart many time throughout his own ministry…”a servant is not greater than His Lord.” [John 12:49,50]
He washed their feet that showed the grime of the day. Could he tell where each had been, from dirt that left it’s stain or stench? As he knelt washing them clean, He saw past the filth. He focused on the purpose destined for each disciples present before him. It signified that these men where his chosen Apostles, with the exception of Judas of Iscariot, who Satan would soon enter to betray Jesus. [Although, that did fulfill the OT scripture Psalm 41:9]
As I prepare for this upcoming Holy Week, I will hold dear this simple but profound message from our Lord, Jesus. Let me take each day as an opportunity to love one another; as He has loved me. For He has shown us how from the simple act of washing of feet…to the Glory of the Cross…His Love is Greatest of All. Amen.
Blessings to you as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. Much love, Zoey.
Graham Cooke: pgs. 41-42
Gratefulness may be humanity’s most underestimated
devotional tool. We often forget that gratitude is how we access
God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into
His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For
the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to
all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.
It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.
Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. A lack of gratitude
can lead us into feeling that nothing is happening, or into frustration
over hassles and issues. In that moment, stop and ask
yourself: “What are the benefits in my life right now?”
In the west we don’t know how well-off we truly are. Twothirds
of the world doesn’t eat more than five meals a week. God
has blessed us and it’s important that we think about it. I long
to see Christians get beyond themselves and start seeing the
“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER
glory of God as it pertains
to their own life. We need
great people who understand
that their success is
wrapped up in the sovereignty
If we can do that, a
faith, power, energy and
zeal will emerge that will take us forward in the things of the
Holy Spirit. We must become overwhelmed with who God wants
to be for us.
We often forget that gratitude is how we access God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.
It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.
Let’s be honest, most times we find ourselves entering into His presence with a mouthful of complaint and lamenting over current disappointments. Then we wonder why things are not changing in our lives, right? This is because we are holding onto the problems before Him. Instead, I think what Graham is stating here is reminding us that God desires us to be at rest…unshackled by what is weighing us down when we come before Him, whether it is in our prayer time or devotionals. God is not worried about what besets us. He is letting us know He is Good and full of Mercy. So, the question becomes “Are we allowing ourselves to leave it all at our heart’s door (so to speak) and give thanks for the things He HAS done? Let His Goodness fill you with the things to be thankful and watch His Mercy begin to change your perspective in the moment. Make a list of 3 things you are Grateful for to Him. You can make it like a love letter. I did this, “Lord, today I am grateful you love me and that you are teaching me how to love and be loved.
22 So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
23 And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as [a]presenting all that I Am].
24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as [b]presenting all that I Am]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
~The Lord Bless You today as we Celebrate the Risen Savior! ~Zoey
Just because a person(s) claims to know your future, don’t believe it. The rich can not buy the Heavens; for through out civilization Communism and Tyranny is like an angry bear or hungry lion. It consumes the souls of men and wants more.
Here is what the truth of the word of God says in Isiah 66:1-2:
This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.
We give you honor Lord! It is what resonates in the heart of those who understand what it takes to STAND FIRM for that which is right in your sight. May your hand continue upon those who are fighting for the liberty of this mighty nation and for those through out the world who’s hope lies in you, Lord. Amen
Our God Reigns ~Zoey