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  from the desk of JW Aust March 22, 2019  

Thanks for visiting Personal Notes. I invite you to come back often and share some positive thoughts on a wide range of current topics that affect our everyday lives.

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Spring Feasts are here!The first step to everlasting life.

4.17.19

I hope this finds all of you who keep God's Feasts are prepared for the Passover, the night to be much remembered, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We are getting there and grateful for these wonderful Feasts of light.

To the world, Christians keeping the Passover has got to be strange. Yet if you read carefully the gospels and 1 Cor. 11, you'll find that the early NT church kept the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. There's great meaning in these two Feasts.

The Passover literally refers to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 5:7). He is our Passover. Sadly, most Christians have been taught that the OT is outdated and unnecessary. They couldn't be more wrong. Jesus kept the Passover with His disciples and then told them that He would keep it with them when He returns to the earth. Do you reckon He meant it, or can the NT be outdated too?

The Feast of Unleavened Bread literally shows that the NT church rejoices together (that's why the word Feast) throughout this Feast by eating unleavened bread. Jesus used leaven as a type of sin. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christ's disciples literally eat unleavened bread for 7 days, showing that they understand and appreciate what Jesus Christ has done for them/us, realizing as well that unleavened bread symbolizes the pursuit of righteousness and holiness (1 Peter 1:16).

There's more to this but suffice it to say that the only way to eternal life is to understand and agree with God's way to live on this earth. There is no other way; God requires that we honor and worship Him as He determines, not as we please. So have a blessed Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread and rejoice in God's plan of salvation for all of humankind.

jwa

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Alan Colmes of Fox News Interviewed me in 2008

3.30.19

For those who've returned to my web site, jwaust.com, and who are interested in God's truth about His spring Feasts, let me share with you the time I was interviewed by Mr. Alan Colmes on the subject of Easter.

"http://www.ucg.org/sermons/easter-interview"/>

All the best. jwa

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So what's new?

3.29.19

What's new with you? Years back when I was young, I thought I could come up with new things that no one else had thought of. If I were produce something original, I thought, I could bottle it and become a millionaire.

Now I know better. Now it's true that humans can come up with a new variation on something that exists. For example, popular songs must be different in some way or ways or they won't sell and beyond this, if they are too similar to other songs, this can be considered plagiarism. For a year or so, I wrote about 50 songs; they were similar to other pop songs but not exactly alike.

One day I read a Bible verse that helped me to realize that coming up with something really new and unique was unlikely. "All things are wearisome, more than one can describe; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a case where one can say, 'Look, this is new'? It has already existed in the ages before us." (Ecclesiastes 1:8-10).

Now of course, if one doesn't believe the Bible this means nothing to him/her. But if he/she does, then it opens up a new slice of the horizon for us. This is not mean to be negative. Instead, it helps us to see that we as human beings were created by our great Creator and He has determined our bounds and limitations. Still, things that appear new and unique can be very interesting.

Another part to this is that if humankind were left to themselves and they didn't wind up extirpating themselves, their scientific acuity would reach far into the future.

Therein lies the rub: human beings can't leave well enough alone. We spend time reaching the moon but we spend little time improving peace on earth. Which is most important?

So in truth there's nothing new in this world; there are new combinations of what exists.

The key for us is to look to our Creator and let Him direct us in the way that we should live. There is nothing greater in this life.

Have a great weekend. jwa

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Good to be back!

3.22.19

Nearly three years ago, I slowed down my writings on my web site and finally stopped altogether; seems like yesterday :). Now I plan to occasionally share some ideas and thoughts as I once did.

Thank you all for coming to my web site. At one point, years back, when Alan Colmes of FoxNews interviewed me, I had 38,000 hit in a day or two. That was exciting and rewarding and a great learning experience.

This past year or two we have not been without some really ground-breaking events in the news. I don't know about you, but that can wear on me, when all news channels grind out the same news about faulty human nature over and over. So for me, I will try to turn what we see happening nationally and globally to a more positive outlook for the future.

So for now, thanks again to all of you may return to share my web pages.

Enjoy your weekend! jwa p>-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Nothing new under the sun

3.22.19

Your Bible says that there's nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9). How true this is today, as always. For example, politics remain the same no matter who is running for office. The demeaning remarks each candidate makes of the other one begs for wisdom and humility. Would you want your children to slander one another in order to curry your favor as a parent? That would be unthinkable. Yet we see candidates for the highest office in the land doing this to each other, expecting to gain our confidence in their leadership.

Human nature is both predictable and unpredictable. It is predictable in that if something can go wrong, it will. It is unpredictable in that there always seems to be a new twist on an old theme. God says that human nature can't be trusted, and shouldn't (Psalm 146:3). He also shows that the human heart is desperately wicked (Check the Hebrew on this word: it includes sick, feeble, and incurable; Jeremiah 17:9).

For me, I'll be glad when this whole ordeal is over. There certainly is a lot at stake in terms of the U.S.A.'s future. But God places into office whomever He will (Daniel 4:32).

God is in charge of all the affairs of mankind, though most people don't regard Him nor His Almighty power. As it has been over the past few thousand years, so it will be until God sends Christ Jesus, the Messiah, to save humanity from itself. This He will do, whether we like it or not, ignore it or resist it...makes no difference.

Still it seems strange to see media hash and rehash man's meager efforts to rule himself. The definition of insanity is to continue doing things over and over the same way but expecting different results.

Have a great week.~jwa

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Bad News versus Good News; it's gonna' get better!

3.22.19

Some years back, a major Los Angeles station added a section to their evening news that referred to "good news" in the community. I was surprised that they would try this since most "news" is bad news and bad news pays; bad news is where it's at...it triggers the basest desires of human nature, and human beings naturally gravitate to such persiflage. Good news, things that actually help humanity rise up out of the downward pull of human nature, doesn't sell. And the media is a business...to make money folks. Which brings me to Donald Trump's recent visit to Alburquerque, New Mexico.

Outside the convention building there were people gathered to cause disruption by dissing Donald Trump, and to get more attention, actually throwing rocks and bottles (if they're paid for this, they gotta' come cheap). This is childish and silly. Yet it sells in/with the media. Politics does violence! We're stuck with it for now but that will all change someday, when good news will prevail.

God, through Christ Jesus, proclaimed the good news (aka, gospel) of Christ's return to this earth at Jerusalem, this time as an honorable conqueror on a white horse, not riding the back of a donkey (this fulfills Proverbs 15:33b..."before honor is humility").

The good news that "trumps" all news for all time is...that humanity is going to experience unprecedented peace and unparalleled prosperity, all over the world, once Christ begins His rule on earth, for 1,000 years (Check this out in Ezekial 36:35: "So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.'").

Where do you hear good news like this?...and yet it's been around for many centuries. The first Garden of Eden, where Adam and Even walked with God, was a type of the ultimate fulfillment of a future global Garden of Eden that will cover the entire earth! When did you hear this on any of the alphabet channels (CBS, NBC, ABC)? Good news simply doesn't sell in today's hazy/crazy mileau; you'd never see this shown on everyday media.

So for now, we're slugging our way through the everyday mishaps and miscues of weak human leaders, including our own mishaps/miscues...but the good news is...God has guaranteed that we will experience peace (godly "peace" includes the meaning of true prosperity) that has never before "happened" on earth. Then, good news will "sell." Then people will thoroughly bask in the good life that only God and Christ can provide (check Isaiah 11:1-10 for a good preview of what God promises to humankind, yet in the future).

Have a great week. Check out ucg.org/booklets for some good news!~jwa

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Why do you draw the breath of life?

3.22.19

My title might seem a little freaky in a world that operates on the 5 senses. "Any person should know why I draw the breath of life. I'm here on earth because of mom and dad. End of story." Is this the vision you have about why you're a living, breathing human being?

If you believe in God, then you might know God's take on this: that you are here to become a son of God (Hebrews 2:10; literally says God is bringing many sons to glory), ultimately divine and immortal: "And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man" (1 Corinthians 15:49).

If you can step outside your mental configuration and environment for a moment, consider that God has something really great for you that far surpasses your wildest and craziest dreams. He has created human beings on this earth to eventually become sons of God, very God, made of divine immortality! This beats Starbucks! This beats your favorite football, basketball, or baseball team! This beats the daily humdrum of life that is occasionally punctuated by stark fear!

Let me recommend that you click on the following link. There you can find the booklet, "What is your ultimate destiny?" This free booklet will reveal your incredible human potential! Read it online if you'd like. "http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-is-your-destiny?"/

Have a great week and please avoid a) texting while driving and b) those who don't :)~jwa

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