For the past couple of years, WordPress has been giving its bloggers an ‘annual report’ so each blogger can see what their readers were most interested in reading on their blog.  And even though they do that for us on a daily basis through the stats they provide, I thought I’d share that report with you –my faithful readers.

But first and of most importance, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all of you who have taken the time to stop by and read my posts and poems.  You have made all the time I put into writing out of love for Jesus, Biblical truth, — and you — all worthwhile.  And thank you very much to those of you who have taken time to post a comment.  Without you, I just might think that no one is interested in what I have to say and that I am simply talking to myself!

If you read the report, you will discover that the most requested topic that I have written about, as well as the most requested search terms that brought people to this blog, are topics and words related to Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows — my former church for over 14 1/2 years.  The most read post for the year 2013 (as well as 2012) was ‘WARNING YOU WITH TEARS,’ (thanks in large part to Twitter’s MegaChurchMouse who sent the link to that post out on ‘Twitter’ one day) and the most used ‘search words’ of 2013 were words like: ‘why I left Harvest Bible Chapel,’ ‘Dan Marquardt Harvest,’ and ‘Scott Phelps Harvest.’

As I clearly made known to all of you on that post, the reason I wrote WARNING YOU WITH TEARS (among other HBCRM related poems and posts) was because my heart was (and is) heavy with concern for those of you who attend Harvest and were/are not aware of what was/is going on there, as well as for those of you who are like I once was –a person with serious concerns about what was taking place there looking for someone to confirm those concerns.  And because of that overwhelming concern, the prayer and desire of my heart was to somehow reach and warn those of you who attend Harvest.  And by the WordPress report that the “helper monkeys” sent to me that I posted the link to below, you can see that many from Harvest found their way here again in 2013!

I only hope and pray that everything I have shared with you on this blog will cause many of you who may be blinded by your trust in James MacDonald (or by whomever) — as well as your loyalty to him — to realize your main focus and devotion should be to Jesus Christ, and that your responsibility as a follower of Christ and not a man or his ministry, is to pray for discernment as well as to ‘be a Berean’ (Acts 17:11) and test everything that is said and done at Harvest (and at every church, conference, and ‘revival,’ for that matter)  in light of the truth of God’s Word, as well as to seriously look further into all of this.

And for those of you who found your way to this blog in 2013 and have had your serious concerns about what’s happening at HBCRM confirmed by some of the information in the poems and posts on this blog, I pray that you also found (and will continue to find) truth, hope, and comfort not only in the many Scriptures I posted, but also in some of the things I may have said out of love and concern for you knowing firsthand the hurt, sorrow, disappointment, and even righteous anger that many of you may now be experiencing.  I also wanted to give you a strong reminder to pray for discernment and to constantly test what you hear James MacDonald and every Christian leader say against the truth of God’s Word.

For those of you who are followers of Jesus Christ, I hope that — along with me — you will take some time tonight to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness to you in this past year, even though you may also have experienced many days and possibly months of heartbreak and disappointment.

And for those of you who do not yet know Jesus as your personal Savior from sin and Lord of your life, I pray that you will take the time to consider seeking Him with all your heart.  Turn to Him with a heart filled with sincere sorrow over sin, and a willingness to turn from it by placing your full trust in what Jesus did when He died in your place as full payment for any and all sin, guilt and shame that may haunt you to this day.

Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my poems and posts!  If you have any requests on what you would like me to write about in 2014, please make a comment or send me your suggestions using the ‘contact form’ and I will (Lord willing) prayerfully consider writing about it when time allows.

Lord willing, I am hoping to finish ‘Part 2’ of my testimony —‘From Fear And Uncertainty, To Peace and AssuranceHow God Revealed the Truth to Me As I Was Reading A Catholic New Testament Bible’  by Resurrection Sunday/Easter, so if you are interested in reading that, you will know when to check back and hopefully find it finished by then.  As mentioned in the past, one of the other things that I am extremely concerned about and see the real need to write about in order to warn those of you who may not be aware of this, will be — ‘Mysticism in the Church.’ So if you’re interested in finding out what it is, please consider coming back!  But until then, and as always, please read your Bible and pray for discernment!

God bless you with His truth, grace, and peace in this New Year and in the years to come –Lord willing.

A blessed, healthy, safe, and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

A FEW SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)

“…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:14)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come.”    (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Here is what WordPress sent to me, and now I’ll share it with all of you:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

LORD WILLING, COMING SOON:

‘UNCHANGING’ – A poem contrasting the ‘unchanging’ nature and Word of God, with the ever changing ways of the modern day church and its message.

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