Songs of Joseph

Walking with God and calling the name of God are not the same experiences.  In the Old Testament, the Bible says that after the birth of Seth to Adam, people began to call upon the name of the Lord, but it was not until after over 400 years when Enoch was 65 that we are told (after Adam’s fall) that someone walked with God.  This must imply that there is a difference to be discovered. Enoch became perhaps the first sign and wonder in the scriptures as we are told God took Him also noting he had a rare prophetic gift and for three hundred years maintained an uncommon consistency.

Walking with God is not cheap and implies consistency.

Gen 5:21  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: :23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

I want to suggest that calling the name of the Lord involves a rebirth – a renewal of the soul and an invitation to be part of a glorious and personal relationship. A close walk with God is different in that it is an acceptance of God’s invitation and agreement to the unchanging non-negotiable terms and conditions of the Most High thus concluding the reconciliation of fallen man.

Christ in His parable of the wise and foolish builders reminds us that many will call and do great works, but He must say He did not know them – they built not on the solid rock but on shifting sands and passing fancies. They could not trust and obey God.

365 years of Enoch is another sign of God to mankind in this age that His intention is that we should walk with Him every day of the 365 in the year. By the grace of God, I have published a devotional “Songs of Joseph” to be released in December 2012 that focuses on daily devotions that can only perhaps augment many other better written guides to help in our walk with God.  Joseph, David, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Apostles Peter and Paul … all walked with God and that close walk led them at various stages to the pit, the prison of Egypt, Pharaoh’s palace, wildernesses, the Brook Cherith fed by ravens, be escorted in glorious chariots to Heaven, the den of lions, many shipwrecks, the Roman Jail and many crucifixions – but what made these different?.  Why did they not lose their prayer, praise and walk with God – despite the many spiritual rapids they encountered?

I recommend “Songs of Joseph” my fifth book,  to all interested in the marathon of faith – written to be used any day of any year … I pray for grace for new improved editions to be released in future years.  It should already be evident even to the frolicking spiritual debutante that the future years will be like the days of Noah … ‘tis pointless to dispute the terms of God with humanity to whom we must continue to plead with earnestly … and gently to surrender to Christ and grow beyond mere calling His name.   In this post-modern era, I discern that discouragement of the fervent will be a more potent tool for the enemy and our times of devotion must raise prayers, daily hymns and songs of praise that silence doubts and help us to hold on as we shine and do the impossible in the looming darkness. Psalm 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion:

In the Hymn by the well-known Poet, William Cowper writes …

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Songs of Joseph is a daily devotional soon to be published (December 2012) by Authorhouse.


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The Story behind “Perfect Fall Wedding : The Coming of Christ”

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A fourth book has typical challenges in the sense that one begins to feel somewhat jaded and must recover perspective as though indeed there is something else coming that is yet to be said as it should.  “Three” in the Bible is the number that denotes perfection …the revelation of God in the Trinity.  Four is three plus one … that which proceeds from His complete perfection and that must be His creative work.  “Four” is emphatically the number of Creation;

The fourth day saw the material creation finished (for on the fifth and sixth days it was only the furnishing and peopling of the earth with living creatures). The sun, moon, and stars completed the work, and they were to give light upon the earth which had been created, and to rule over the day and over the night (Genesis 1:14-19).

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Perfect Fall Wedding is therefore perhaps more creative than previous works.  It is not a book about true or false predictions. The metaphor of marriage and a love letter from the  groom to His bride was for me the very best canvas with which the creative agenda of the Godhead could be completely and thoroughly understood.  Indeed there are  snippets in the Bible to help us deal with every challenge and truly the Bible can be a prosperity book, a government manual, a guide for ethics, a cure for social maladies and even more…but this is like Peter being shown where to find the fish but after invited to come and dine only to discover prepared bread and fish was hot and ready waiting …his fish search  irrelevant.

In my few years of teaching, and I have taught extensively the contents of this book, I have not found a picture so familiar and easy to relate to and understand and yet so compelling to tie the plans of God together as the marriage of the Lamb does –from before time into Genesis to Revelation and the after-time.  I have not found imagery so vivid to explain heaven, hell, eternity and judgment as that of a wedding.  The joy of purification, having dominion and remaining apart is no more hard to appreciate or seen as drudgery when this is understood as part of preparations. Also I have not known any other ceremony with more prearrangements, colour and style.  God created us with a style and flourish that is uniquely His – through this metaphor we catch some glimpse of it.  The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is but nothing compared to what God has laid out.

Why the obsession with “Fall” … the season of the feast of Trumpets which I have said in the Book foreshadows the Rapture.  We know the significant events in the calendar of God did not merely occur they were announced by prophetic fulfilment of feasts as given to Moses in Leviticus.  But the Bible warns us not to relax in the winter, spring and summer and expect to be set for His coming in the Fall.  More importantly a saint unprepared for Him anytime will not be prepared even at a given set time…noting that preparation is given to the Bride – a grace she receives, but cannot originate. The chosen bride will without doubt be prepared.

The book is not about how to live a happily married life, but it does emphasise divine directions as it pertains to marriage ordained by God and not man.  Marriage is therefore always a spiritual and theological issue and not a civil construct. This book is not remotely new revelation – only that present day readers I suspect peep in the word nervously … finding right answers to trivial questions … rather than be given to diligent study and examine research, context and previous interpretations allowing the Holy Spirit to guide.  Also the great achievement of post-modernism  is to suggest to a world with itching ears that Biblical truths are nothing but plain fantasy. Only crazy people will believe in a millennium reign of Christ with His saints.  Existentialists will call this book – a mere piece of futurism and an escape from reality due to inability to cope with today’s challenges.

The key aim of Perfect Fall Wedding is to help the preparation of the bride – the Church – chosen from the foundations of the world.  The bride will glow with joy browsing through the chapters and will keep her letter.  Many others, atheists, non Christians will feel a tug in their heart – a call to return to what has always been there – back to your husband , your maker.  But some will read and feel excitement, entertainment, annoyance, a thrill, a sense of fantasy, amusement, outright disgust, unbelief and anger –like someone devouring the contents of a letter written to another and wondering …what utter nonsense.

Isaiah 54 [5]  For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Interested readers can find more details in the online information kit download.  Also Two free e-books of the author are being offered  with purchase of a copy. (To obtain the bonus e-books you will need to enter details of purchase on the online form and you will be auto-responded with download password/instructions).

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