I get many different responses while I’m witnessing with my signs and tracts downtown at the train and bus stops. Last Wednesday, one of the first people I encountered started pointing his finger at me, saying something about God isn’t for white people. Why is this crazy doctrine spreading like it is? Weird. Anyway, I just laughed and said that God wants a relationship with everyone. Another guy, who had heard our exchange, followed me across the train tracks, pushing his loaded cart of belongings, and told me not to let ridiculous people like that bother me. I said I was fine but that it is sad that such a mentality exists. He agreed, and we went on to have a lively dialogue about the Word of God.

One young woman I met later listened intently as I encouraged her and she asked several questions. Another woman told me how inspired she was by my evangelism and signs and how much she desired that church-goers, including her, would be more bold in spreading the Gospel. Two construction workers were excited to see my efforts and confided that they would like to become fervent in their walk with Christ. There were many other uplifting conversations, while there were also several people who smirked at me, several who laughed with their friends at me, and many who just ignored me.

But, like I was telling my husband later that night, the positives way, way outweigh the negatives and make it all worthwhile and a blessing. Like this one homeless-looking guy in particular on Wednesday… He was so cute! Cute, as in someone I was amused by and uplifted by and who I felt God’s great love for. I met him up by the restaurant area and I at first saw him across the street, wheeling his bicycle, his dog in the front bicycle basket. The dog was wearing a woman’s floppy hat and had sunglasses on which were kept in place by a rubber band around the dog’s nose. I laughed and pointed and waved at the man. When he crossed toward me, I told him his dog was adorable. The man said, “Her name is ‘Lamb of God.'”

I exclaimed that that was very interesting because my name, Rachel, means “Little lamb of God”.

“Well, this really is the Lamb of God,” the little man said. (I say little, because he was almost as small as an Agta man.)

I didn’t contradict him because I’ve often mentioned that my cat is (like) a real angel, so I chose to think the man meant something like that, and I listened to him tell me about his dog, their situation, and that he had told God that he would always try to give the dog shelter. He hinted about needing money, but I said that I don’t bring any money with me when I evangelize and he said he wasn’t trying to hint. Then he said, “Well, one night I didn’t provide shelter for her [the dog], but my conscience really bothered me.”

The man told me his name (for privacy I’ll call him Hal) and that he grew up in the area but was actually Greek.

We talked for over 20 minutes about the Lord and His Word and His care for us and twice he read aloud to me from the small New Testament I gave him. Then suddenly his empty Clementine (fruit) bag blew away. He said, “Uh-oh, I need to get that because I never litter”, so he said goodbye and went to fetch it across the street.

Just then a big truck drove halfway up on the sidewalk in front of me and the Chinese man and his wife in there offered me a tract and a $20 bill. I said no, but they insisted, so I took it and thanked them very much. Then they drove away. I suddenly had the desire to give the $20 to Hal, but not seeing him anywhere, I wondered if I should try to find him.

Well, lo and behold, a couple minutes later here Hal came back toward me, wheeling his bicycle and dog and holding out two of his Clementines. He said, “Oh, I forgot that I wanted to give you these.” I said thank you but wanted him to keep them, but that I was very glad he came back, because… and I told him that someone had just given me money, and that although I’m of the habit of never accepting money offered, this time I did accept it and realized I did so in order that I could give it to him! He was so, so happy to get that $20 bill! He kept looking up to Heaven with thankfulness and hugging and kissing his dog. It was such a delightful encounter, particularly because I felt the Lord’s great love for him, and extra so as I noted that because Hal chose to offer to me from his meager supply, God had orchestrated provision for him. It was precious.

Sharing the Gospel boldly is truly a wonderful thing. It gives us the chance to see God at work in amazing ways and it gives us the chance to meet people He is working with and loves very much. Seeing these people in eternity whom we’ve encourage in this life will definitely be part of our very great eternal reward.

So although we do not know who will respond positively to our Message, God knows. Our job is simply to be available, usable, attentive, and loving, and to go everywhere as His ambassadors. God will do the rest. Through us.

with love,

Be Vigilant Now!

May 10, 2017

A few days ago, while meditating on God’s Word, Rev. 3:3 really struck me. Jesus says there, “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; keep it (adhere to it / obey it) and repent. But if you do not wake up (are not watchful), I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you (come upon you / come to judge you).” (This comes from several versions at

What I particularly noted is that Jesus is informing us that if we do remain vigilant, we can then discern the times, as He expects us to do. (Luke 12:56 & 21:29-36) In remaining alert, we will be hearing God’s heart and voice (10:21 // John 10:27,28), we will be training ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7), we will not let ourselves be deceived (Mt. 24:10-13), and we will know Jesus intimately which is eternal life. (John 17:3) By being alert, we will not be caught unprepared at Christ’s return. (Mt. 25:1-13 // Luke 12:35-40 // Rev. 16:15)

Verse 2 of Rev. 3 is also pertinent: “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.” We should be testing ourselves often to see if we are truly in Christ (2 Cor. 13:5), for the faith of many will prove useless on that Day. (1 Cor. 15:2 // 2 Cor. 6:1 // Heb. 12:14-17 // Ja. 2:26 // Rev. 3:3) Why? Because their works will be found incomplete. Because they did not follow Christ closely. Because they were not careful to be continually dressed and ready. (Rev. 16:15)

The Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. (1 Thes. 5:2) That is, He will come like a thief for those who are blindly saying, “Peace and safety.” (v. 3) Yes, “destruction will come on them suddenly… and they will not escape.” (Same verse) But, for those who are “alert and self-controlled” (v. 6), there is this assurance: “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (v. 4) We belong to the Light and so should not be asleep as are those who belong to the darkness. (v. 5,6) “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation…” (v. 9)

So let’s ask ourselves and others: “Have you been careful to keep your heart from being ‘weighed down with… the anxieties of life’?” (Luke 21:34), for if we have not been observant of the times and heedful of Scripture’s words, Jesus warns that, “that Day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” (Same verse) We must be alert and watching! (v. 36a) We must be pure and righteous! (Rom. 6:16-23) We will be, if we have been constantly feeding on the Word of God (Mt. 4:4) and putting it into practice. (7:24-27) Then we will know to also be “praying that we may be able to escape all that is about to happen and to be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (See Luke 21:36b) If we are not walking in such discipline, we do not abide in Eternal Life. (John 6:53-63 & 10:27,28 // 1 Pe. 1:22,23)

Let’s ask ourselves and everyone else who has made the pledge to follow Christ: “Has the Lord Jesus been your Boss 24/7?” Because this is required! Let’s not deceive ourselves, for it is not just about eliminating bad things and doing good things. The Pharisees did that, and so do Mormons and other benevolent, ethical, and/or moral people. Truly, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law were deceiving themselves about the righteousness they believed themselves to be adhering to, and Jesus said to them, “You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to Hell?” (Mt. 23:33) John the Baptist also said to the same, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (3:7-10)

Are we producing the fruit God has ordered us to produce? Or have we been lazy? Are we even awake? “For we are His (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10). These works —those which the Lord ordained for each of us personally (as well as those commanded in Scripture that all Christ-followers are to live by)— are the works we are to do in order to be in God’s will and thereby inherit eternal life. (Mt. 7:21 & 12:50). Yes, knowing the Lord intimately and allowing His Spirit to control our thoughts, words, and actions, are key to inheriting eternal life. (John 17:3 // Rom. 8:9)

We remain in Life, meaning in Christ’s love, IF we obey His commands (John 15:10) –those commands which come through His Word (Luke 11:28) and His Spirit. (Rom. 8:9) 1 John 2:5 informs us that God’s love is made complete in the person who obeys God’s Word. So it is obedience that enables us to know Him which brings Eternal Life. (John 15:14 & 17:3 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:24)

I cannot urge all of us strongly enough to make sure we are prepared to stand before the Judge. I believe time is incredibly short.

with love,

Someone sent me a video link to a song by Joshua Aaron last week and since then I’ve listened to a few other songs of his. I really like his music, lyrics, and videos. Here is an upbeat, happy one:

“He’s Coming Again”

This one definitely inspires worship:


I encourage others to use these and other songs by Joshua Aaron to mediate on the awesomeness of our God.

with love,

The Lord has counseled us and equipped us in how to stay calm and strong, including in the storm. If we heed Him, then when the torpedoes come, we are already shielded and they have minimal, if any, negative impact on us.

Here are some specifics we should be practicing daily:

~~taking every thought captive to be obedient to Christ. This comes from 2 Cor. 10:5. Upon waking, before even getting out of bed, we should do this, for where our thoughts go, there go we. Verses 3 and 4 tell us that we have available to us, for waging war against evil, weapons that have divine power to demolish strongholds. That would include the stronghold of anxiety which many seem to be bearing lately.

More of these weapons are:

~~quoting the Scripture (Mt. 4:4 // Heb. 4:12)

~~putting on the armor of God. (Eph. 6:12-17) I do this by just stating, “I put on the… [I mention each piece], all in the name of Jesus.” These are excellent for victory in the war.

~~focusing on the Lord and His love and faithfulness (Isa. 26:3,4) and setting our hearts and minds on things above where Christ, who is our life, is seated in power. (Col. 3:1-4) Thus we have power –and victory!

~~praising the Lord (we can read a praise psalm aloud or read a verse like Rev. 7:12 aloud). The evil realm hates to hear praise (worship and thanksgiving) to God, so they leave. If they return, we should immediately begin praising God again, yes, staying in a mode of praise all day, but increasing it any time they attempt to return until they give up trying to bother us at all. Praise to God defeats the work of the enemy in our lives (Ps. 50:14,15,23) and in those we are interceding for.

~~submitting our whole selves to the Lord –our heart, mind, will, emotions, decisions, affections, etc. –all our thoughts, words, and actions.

~~praying in the Spirit. (Eph. 6:18 // Jude 1:20) This is praying prayers led by the Spirit of God, through a heart and mind and life that is in submission to Him.

~~singing in the Spirit. (2 Chron. 20:21,22 // Eph. 5:18-20) Singing spontaneous new songs to the Lord (Ps. 96:1-4), which will come from Him (40:3) if we open our mouths to do it. (81:10)

~~eating (meditating on) the Word of God so that Christ’s Spirit is filling our spirit and giving us Life. (John 6:53-57) This is necessary for abiding in Christ (v. 56) and for walking in Life (v. 53), meaning in eternal life and abundant (peaceful, joyful, purpose-filled, etc.) life (v. 54,63 & 10:10) and blessing. (Ps. 1:1-3)

~~applying the Word of God / putting the Word into practice. We can’t just know what it says, we have to believe it and do what it says. (Mt. 7:24-27 // Ja. 1:21,22)

~~rejecting being influenced by human philosophies, worldly wisdom, unbiblical doctrines, and ungodly people. (Ps. 1:1 // 1 Cor. 1:19,20 & 3:18-20 & 15:33)

~~being very careful about getting help from anyone other than the Lord and who He, Himself, sends to us to help us. (Ps. 118:8,9 // Isa. 31:1)

~~believing we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and believing we have Christ’s divine power for everything we need to live victorious and godly every day. (Eph. 3:20 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4)

~~continuing to have faith in the Lord and His Word (2 Chron. 20:20), waiting in patience and expectation for His perfect timing (Ps. 130:5,6), and remembering that we need not be afraid with God as our Helper and Refuge. (71:3)

Doing any of these things daily will set us on the road of strength. But certainly putting all of them into practice daily will make us spiritual Olympians –strong servants of God, who, in spite of the crooked and depraved generation in which we live (Phil. 2:15), “shine like stars in the universe” (same verse) with joy, gentleness, and blamelessness. (Same verse & 4:4,5)

May we utilize all that God has made available to us to make it so. –For our own benefit, for the benefit of others, and for the honor of Christ Jesus and His Gospel, in front of a watching world.

with love,

Israeliteindeed, who used to be a close email friend (we met via the internet in 2009 because of our blogs and she lives in another state) began, in the summer of 2014, vehemently writing against Israel. I kept warning her to not do so, even while she tried to get me to believe her beliefs. Our friendship and communication ended that August, but then, two years later, in July of last year I wrote to her this:

[I sent this email July 9, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.]
I have read all your posts and am continually grieved. This morning I was very surprised to feel a strong impression from the Lord to write to you a personal note exhorting you to reevaluate your own heart and spirit. After praying, I asked the Lord to confirm in His Word if this was from Him. He did, for when I got my Bible, I opened right to Ezek. 18:24 which says, “But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.” Then immediately I saw 20:4 where God commands, “Then confront them…”

Truly, your writings are not Life. They are full of anger and self-righteousness and blindness; they are, with the exception of a small bit, not of the Spirit but are instead coming from your own energy, heart, and spirit. You are falling from the Lord and His Truth. Accusing America and others of it, you are continuing your own slide toward apostasy.

I urge you to take this warning very seriously as from the Lord, which it is. We will all, before the Judge on that Final Day, be giving an account of ourselves, including the attitudes of our heart, and the words we have said and written.


Israeliteindeed responded that she did not believe me but instead was choosing to believe those other “strong believers” who were telling her the opposite. I did not respond for almost a month, but then wrote this:

[I sent her this email Aug. 4, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. (I’ve cut some out for brevity, but have also made bold print my words of alarm for her.)]
I woke up this last Sunday morning with you heavy on my mind –a burden from the Lord. While reading my Bible, first thing as I always do, God had me turn also to Isa. 44:21-23. Verse 22 especially jumped out at me. So I started my latest post with it, and after working on it off and on every day since Sunday, I finally finished it last night. Being you and I had corresponded, I’d also been praying throughout the day about how to respond to your long email. As I got into bed and prayed one last time about it, I heard, “Tell her, ‘Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.'” It was very, very clear.

This morning I prayed again and kept feeling it was the same answer, though it seemed the Lord was going to give me more to say to you as well… [See my post link at P.S. below for full email.]

I need to tell you that during that couple of hours this afternoon in the Word, and asking the Lord for what to say to you, I heard way, way more than I expected. I asked for confirmation concerning things I’d heard from Him about you earlier this week, last week, and over the last two years, and the Lord responded today by booming them at me loudly through His Word. I was almost shaking, was having trouble breathing I was so upset, I had tears rolling down profusely, and I had to finally get up and walk around for a bit before I could continue.

I will tell you what I heard… [I said if she wanted me to tell her, I would, but she responded that she didn’t believe I was hearing from the Lord, so I never wrote to her again.]

It is God’s deep and faithful love that compels us to keep trying to woo people to Him and His Truth. Again when I say it to you from Him I get tears: “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”



So, because Israeliteindeed had repeatedly informed me that she strongly believed that my warnings to her were coming from a false spirit, not from the Lord, I gave up and never wrote to her again after the above email. However, I have grieved much for her, knowing the Lord was going to bring her intense sorrow and discipline. Yesterday I received her post about her husband’s death. That can be read here:

Knowing that God had firmly decided to bring heavy judgement to Israeliteindeed and her family in some way, I continually pleaded with the Lord to at least not let any of them go to Hell, her and her husband especially. I am greatly relieved to hear of God’s compassion in the midst of their earthly judgement. Do know, Readers, that I have cried, with deep love, for this couple many times over the years and again upon reading Israeliteindeed’s post yesterday. Truly, always, every time that she has sent me pictures of her and her husband, I have been flooded with the Lord’s love for them. This huge love for them as a couple has been unique and overwhelming.

However, I am sharing about this because the differences of beliefs Israeliteindeed and I have had, have been written about at our blogs, are thus public, and are of huge importance in the Lord’s eyes. I want others to fear God and take warning, for the Lord really was warning her about her animosity toward Israel (who is the apple of His eye –Dt. 32:10 // Zech. 2:8) and I want others to understand how awful and dangerous it is to insistently preach extreme false doctrine. It is not a light thing at all. The Lord hates such attitudes and teachings and His hand of judgement raises above any of us who commit such affronts against His Truth. If the Lord sends us warnings through those who love us and who know Him and His Word, it is great folly to not listen. May all of us take very sober warning.

Israeliteindeed needs to repent of her refusal to listen to the Lord’s Word and Spirit concerning Israel and the false doctrines she preaches. Since last Fall I have felt the Lord impressing on me that the only way she can prove her repentance is to remove all of her posts that have not been of Him. This would likely be a heart-wrenching thing for her to do as she has obviously put in countless hours creating those articles, but it is necessary. I exhort her to seek the Lord earnestly and to remove all the posts she has written that are not of the Lord and have thereby led others away from the Truth, which we know is no small sin. In fact, it is an enormously grievous sin which incurs upon the Bible teacher the heaviest of judgements. (Jer. 23:1 // Mal. 2:7-9 // Mt. 18:6,7 // 1 Tim. 4:1,2 // Ja. 3:1 // 2 Pe. 2:1-3 // 2 John 1:9-11)

with love,
P.S. Another warning at my blog less than a month before her husband passed away:

I’ve written here before at my blog about Mr. and Mrs. B and how I have witnessed to them often down through the years while they have continued to state, matter-of-factly, that they are going to Hell. Their resistance toward the Lord has been distressing for me, especially lately when Mrs. B, who is 87 years old, is on hospice with a brain tumor. (Mr. B is 84 years old and had colon cancer 4 years ago, but got through it.)

A bit over a year ago I noticed that Mrs. B’s health, in particular, was really beginning to fail and I began asking more and more people to pray for them, especially for their salvation. I increased my attempts to remind the Bs of the Gospel, but their hearts wouldn’t budge. However, miracles still happen. Yes, the Lord worked a miracle a week ago Saturday. What happened was this:

I visited the Bs Saturday evening, April 8th, at their home. Early in the conversation, Mrs. B had said to me, “Don’t even start,” when I asked her about what else is important at Easter besides eggs. (They have chickens and sell eggs and she had been telling me how annoyed she was at Mr. B for buying more chickens to produce more eggs.)

So we went on to talk about other things and when I got up to leave after being there about an hour, Mr. B said about his wife, “She thinks I’m going to Hell and so she doesn’t want to get saved because she says why should she go to Heaven if I’m going to Hell?” I responded that Hell is not going to be a place of fellowship with anyone. I reminded them that it is going to be a place full of loneliness, pain, and regret, a place where there is no blue sky, no gentle breeze, no flowers, and no laughter; and that an existence there will last forever. It will be the absence of God, I said, and a place full of demons. Why, I asked, would anyone choose to go to a place like that when they could go to Heaven where everything will be good and peaceful and pain-free?

As I described Hell, Mr. B was nodding in somber agreement, so, seeing belief in his face, I asked him if he was saved. He said, “Not yet, but I’m planning to.” This statement was coming from a man who had for over 15 years, along with his wife, told me that they weren’t sure if there really was a Hell and if there was, then so be it –they’d be going there and there was nothing that would change that!

Of courses upon hearing Mr. B’s words “Not yet, but I’m planning to”, I immediately took the opportunity to say, “Well, you could pray right now to be saved,” and I added that I would pray with him if he wanted. “Do you want to?” I asked. Amazingly, Mr. B nodded that he did. I was so shocked, I started crying, which I think shocked them. But I took Mr. B’s hand and prayed, while he repeated each phrase after me, asking the Lord to forgive him of his sins, cleanse him, save him, and allow him into Heaven forever. Still crying, I tried to persuade Mrs. B again, and though I noticed both she and her husband looked misty-eyed, Mrs. B still refused the Lord. I hugged her and said I would pray for her about it and that I loved them both very much.

As I drove away from their house I started crying again, so filled I was with relief and hope and joy, and I just kept thanking and thanking the Lord. And certainly, I do expect another miracle soon –that of Mrs. B’s repentance and turn to the Lord.

There is still more to this story. I sent out an email to those who may have been praying for the Bs, telling pretty much what I wrote above. Many wrote back of their feelings of excitement, thankfulness, hope, and faith. Here is one woman’s texts that especially edified me:

Absolutely! Praying!!! Will text soon, just wanted you to know about Isabella getting saved and how the B’s story helped in that!!

She is 10! She came to Church with us last weekend [April 9th] and we got to talk about communion. We had communion at Church. I baptized her in 2014. After she read the letter about the Bs I asked her when she was saved and prayed to ask for forgiveness. She did not remember! She remembered the baptism. So I asked her if she would like to pray. We held hands and I led her to ask Jesus to forgive her sins and cleanse her and make her His very own! We said thank you Abba!!!! I explained how she is God’s now and turns away from sins, always asking for His help. It was beautiful!!! Thank you Rachel for your faithful service to our Lord!

This text reminded me of how God multiplies good from our efforts, all the time. Sometimes He even lets us hear about it.

God did a miracle that first Easter by raising Jesus from the dead. But, transforming a person –who, by an act of their will, cooperates with God and steps from death to new life –well, that is another true miracle as well. Wonderfully, during this year’s Easter season, I got to have a role, however large or small, in these two miracles of salvation.

with love,

Wednesday my mom and I went downtown and passed out the 200 or so Easter treat bags we’d made with decorated wood crosses, candy, trinkets, and tracts. We’d also filled plastic eggs, but since we hadn’t gotten those passed out that day, my husband offered to go down with me today. I was surprised as he’s only gone once or twice with me down there, and it was years ago. But I was happy he wanted to and after finding a basket in the garage to put the eggs in (plus in a bag because there were many), off we went.

The first guy we met and talked to was very happy to testify to what the Lord had been doing in his life lately –that he had been off drugs for five months and how the Lord was blessing him. Several others approached us, asking for an egg and smiling and thanking us. It had begun positive.

But then when we were going to cross the street one way, a group of black guys on microphones waved us to come over to them. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, but we took up their invitation. Right away I realized I wished we’d not gotten snagged by them as they were asking trick questions and going on about the origins of Easter. When I saw a 666 on the forehead of a picture of Jesus, I told them that was wrong. They kept saying something about Jesus not being a white man. I just really wanted to leave, but they kept saying to my husband, loudly for all to hear via their microphone, “So you’re going to let your woman tell you what to do?!” We were trying to tell them that it doesn’t matter what color skin Jesus has, but instead that we live out the Truth by loving God and others. They wouldn’t let us get a word in edgewise, of course, and when we did walk away, they turned up their microphones, yelling away at us. They were truly racist and sexist.

When we went through the station we met a lot of grateful, cheerful people and it was enjoyable talking with many about the Lord. But there was still another black group over there and they kept yelling things at us as well. My husband mentioned that it was really a wild place down there and I said it is not normally like that.

When we went around the station and then up a few blocks, and were talking to one man, two beautiful black girls came across the street and hung out near us until the man left. Then they talked to us and said that they had seen us and wanted to talk to us too and that they had become born again just yesterday through an evangelist woman down there. We were excited about that! And they were from the city and state where I’d gone to college and had just come here this week to be in some video.

After we got home and I had texted my prayer partners to thank them for praying and to relay things that had happened, several of them said some really encouraging things about not being disturbed when we get persecuted, for Jesus has said that we are blessed and will be rewarded. This is true and it helps to hear it after a somewhat troubling experience.

In spite of the negative parts, my husband said that he really enjoyed walking around passing out eggs with me and watching me witness. I enjoyed it too and was really touched that he had wanted to join me. Here are some photos he took of me down there today:

May the Lord bring many to Himself through each and every effort His servants make.

with love,