Ralph Brandenburg

Jan 222014
 

Does anyone love me?Question: Does anyone love me???

Answer: I have good news for you! Yes, someone does love you. He loves you unconditionally. Unconditional love is rare in today’s society because people usually expect something in return or expects a certain behavior reciprocated.

God loves you! “How do you know?”, you ask?  It doesn’t matter what you have done, what horrible words you have said, or anything you have done. God loves you with an agape love described in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13. The Bible states that God sent his only son, Jesus, to come down to this earth in human flesh and die for our sins….so we can have eternal life with Him! His agape love is not based on performance. Christ loves you so much that while you were yet a sinner, He died for you and me.

God’s love for you is unconditional and undeserved. He loves you in spite of your disobedience and your selfishness. He loves you enough to provide a way to abundant, eternal life. Unconditional love is based not on you but on who God is….and He is perfect love.

God also wrote an incredible love letter to you. To give you promises, to help you live life better or make better choices in your life. He helped man write the bible so you can know Him better and know His love and live life to it’s fullest! Isn’t that great?!?

Here is a wonderful video about our heavenly Father’s love for us. Watch it and know God love you…He really does…and I want you to know and feel His love for you!!

 

 

May 292013
 

Many times people wonder:

“Where is God when bad things happen? How could God let this happen to me? Why would God not stop this pain and help me?”

You see lives killed for no apparent reason, children viciously hurt, elderly people robbed and innocent bystanders die from a bomb. It’s normal to ask this question! You might think that God is either not all-knowing, not all-powerful, or not all-good.

If you ever wrestle with this idea that if God is good, He should prevent bad things from happening, here is a visual explanation of the logic of God creating humans with free will.  In addition, the Bible makes it quite clear that faith in Jesus Christ and in Christianity does not guarantee a good life, but a perfect eternity.

This video will enlighten you with an answer to these questions. Take a look…

So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” ~ Matthew 5:45

May 052013
 

If you were asked if you are a fan or follower of Jesus, what would you say?

You might believe in Jesus, but to be honest, even the devil does! If you want to find out and dig deeper into this question, I encourage you to watch this series of 6 videos! Each one is approximately 30 minutes long, so you will need to be committed to watching them. These well-done Christian video messages are in a movie format to help you find out where you stand. Are you a fan or follower of Jesus? Watch the first video and you’ll find out! I’d recommend anyone who calls himself/herself a Christian to take the time to watch this series. You won’t be disappointed!

#1 – Fan or Follower? 

#2 – Follow Me

#3 – What Must I Do?

#4 – Bury the Dead

#5 – Dead Mans Bones

Trailer for “Fan or Follower of Jesus?”

We hope you take the time to watch this video series of  “Fan or Follower of Jesus?” We hope these videos encourage your relationship with Jesus Christ and that you will be excited as we are to be instruments used for our Lord and Savior.

If you have yet to make a decision about making Jesus Christ Lord of your life, we suggest you take a look at some of our other webpages on this website. It’s only by His grace, we have are saved. We hope our website will help you become a follower of Jesus Christ!

Apr 202013
 



Have you ever thought about making a deal with the devil? Have you thought about selling your soul for something that you want or desire? Well, guess what. The devil already has you…but Jesus can still save you!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

God’s son, Jesus Christ, died for you. Jesus died on the cross to wash away your sin but His perfect and precious blood! Ask  God to forgive you. Believe in Him as your personal Savior! Receive Him into your heart and you can be saved from hell.

Apr 202013
 

Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?

If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” What would you say? You don’t know? Then we have the best news you could ever hear!

The few minutes it will take you to read these steps to life may be the most important time you will ever spend. Did you know that the Bible tells how you can know for sure that you have eternal life and will go to be with God in Heaven?

The Bible says there are five things you need to know about eternal life:

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”    ~ 1 John 5:13

Nov 082010
 
DR coat of arms

DR coat of arms

The only national flag in the world with a Bible verse on it is the Dominican Republic (D.R.) flag. The coat of arms has a Bible with a small cross above it and said to be opened to the Gospel of John 8:32:

“And the truth shall make you free.”

The Dominican coat of arms is seen throughout the country. You can see it at the presidential palace, the police, the military and most coins and paper money!

DR Flag

Who is the author of this Bible verse? It’s Jesus! Don’t you want to know more about this author? Look at those words. What’s important about truth? Put aside all non-truth policies and seek to understand. What is truth? When Jesus was put on trial to be condemned, Pontius Pilate (the Roman Governor) said:

“What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.  ~John 18:38

Is religion truth? No, it brings lots of disagreements and questions. Truth narrows down and it can be summoned up by Jesus’ teachings because He is truth!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  ~John 14:6

This John Bible study is-designed to help find truth! Won’t you join me?

Oct 292010
 

I love John 21! Why? I can only imagine some of the disciples decided to fish (or doing whatever you enjoy and do well) and speaking to Jesus. (who they thought wouldn’t know fishing as well as them) And what happened? Let’s read John 21 and look remember this incredible story! Won’t you join me and see the heart of Jesus?

John 21 (Good News translation)

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

John 211 After this, Jesus appeared once more to his disciples at Lake Tiberias. This is how it happened. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael (the one from Cana in Galilee), the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of Jesus were all together. 3 Simon Peter said to the others, “I am going fishing.” “We will come with you,” they told him. So they went out in a boat, but all that night they did not catch a thing. 4 As the sun was rising, Jesus stood at the water’s edge, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then he asked them, “Young men, haven’t you caught anything?” “Not a thing,” they answered. 6 He said to them, “Throw your net out on the right side of the boat, and you will catch some.” So they threw the net out and could not pull it back in, because they had caught so many fish. 7 The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken his clothes off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples came to shore in the boat, pulling the net full of fish. They were not very far from land, about a hundred yards away. 9 When they stepped ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish on it and some bread. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore full of big fish, a hundred and fifty-three in all; even though there were so many, still the net did not tear. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 So Jesus went over, took the bread, and gave it to them; he did the same with the fish. 14 This, then, was the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from death.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 After they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my lambs.” 16 A second time Jesus said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 A third time Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter became sad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” and so he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you!” Jesus said to him, “Take care of my sheep. 18 I am telling you the truth: when you were young, you used to get ready and go anywhere you wanted to; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you up and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 (In saying this, Jesus was indicating the way in which Peter would die and bring glory to God.) Then Jesus said to him, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned around and saw behind him that other disciple, whom Jesus loved – the one who had leaned close to Jesus at the meal and had asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus answered him, “If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23 So a report spread among the followers of Jesus that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say he would not die; he said, “If I want him to live until I come, what is that to you?” 24 He is the disciple who spoke of these things, the one who also wrote them down; and we know that what he said is true. 25 Now, there are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down one by one, I suppose that the whole world could not hold the books that would be written.

Oct 122010
 

On June 13, 1494, Christopher Columbus stopped at the Island of Hispaniola. (Dominican Republic) He then sailed west to Cuba and discovered a large island (located directly south of Havana) and called it “Island of the Evangelist.”

While in Cuba, I bought an “Island of the Evangelist” coin.  Most Cubans are not aware of this coin. I was happy to see Cuba had this coin and connected it to Christopher Columbus and the original island name, “Island of the Evangelist!”

Island of the Evangelist Coin headsIsland of the Evangelist Coin tails

Today it is called “Island of Youth.” This name was given to the island in 1976 with the new political-administrative division. This island has had several other names including “Island of Parrots” and “Island of Treasure.”

When you look at the scriptures, I think of Paul speaking to Timothy. In  II Timothy 4:5,  Paul writes:

As for you,  always be sober-minded,  endure suffering,  do the work of an evangelist,  fulfill your ministry.

Just as Paul encouraged Timothy, I want to encourage YOU to present the Good News to people that they too might have their sins forgiven and have eternal life!

Oct 052010
 

I enjoy reading the entire Gospel of John. What about you? Have you started the John studies? I recently gave a Good News Bible to my grandson.  He is new to our family so I showed him my John study website and he wants to do this online Bible study for beginners. That is wonderful! I told him I would give him a certificate when he has completed it. Hopefully we can continue to read the book of John and he will come to know Jesus as his friend and risen Savior.  The crucifixion is the reason we can have eternal life with God! Join me now reading the gospel of John, Chapter 19…

John 19 (Good News translation)

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. 2 The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on his head; then they put a purple robe on him 3 and came to him and said, “Long live the King of the Jews!” And they went up and slapped him. 4 Pilate went back out once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I will bring him out here to you to let you see that I cannot find any reason to condemn him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look! Here is the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the Temple guards saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “You take him, then, and crucify him. I find no reason to condemn him.” 7 The crowd answered back, “We have a law that says he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid. 9 He went back into the palace and asked Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus did not answer. 10 Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Remember, I have the authority to set you free and also to have you crucified.” 11 Jesus answered, “You have authority over me only because it was given to you by God. So the man who handed me over to you is guilty of a worse sin.” 12 When Pilate heard this, he tried to find a way to set Jesus free. But the crowd shouted back, “If you set him free, that means that you are not the Emperor’s friend! Anyone who claims to be a king is a rebel against the Emperor!” 13 When Pilate heard these words, he took Jesus outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called “The Stone Pavement.” (In Hebrew the name is “Gabbatha.”) 14 It was then almost noon of the day before the Passover. Pilate said to the people, “Here is your king!” 15 They shouted back, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Do you want me to crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “The only king we have is the Emperor!” 16 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took charge of Jesus. 17 He went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Golgotha.”) 18 There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them.

The Crucifixion

John 1919 Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” is what he wrote. 20 Many people read it, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21 The chief priests said to Pilate, “Do not write “The King of the Jews,’ but rather, “This man said, I am the King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written stays written.” 23 After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. 24 The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true: “They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe.” And this is what the soldiers did. 25 Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

The Death of Jesus

28 Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of hyssop, and lifted up to his lips. 30 Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31 Then the Jewish authorities asked Pilate to allow them to break the legs of the men who had been crucified, and to take the bodies down from the crosses. They requested this because it was Friday, and they did not want the bodies to stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, since the coming Sabbath was especially holy. 32 So the soldiers went and broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they did not break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out 35 (The one who saw this happen has spoken of it, so that you also may believe. What he said is true, and he knows that he speaks the truth.) 36 This was done to make the scripture come true: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And there is another scripture that says, “People will look at him whom they pierced.”

The Burial of Jesus

38 After this, Joseph, who was from the town of Arimathea, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus, but in secret, because he was afraid of the Jewish authorities.) Pilate told him he could have the body, so Joseph went and took it away. 39 Nicodemus, who at first had gone to see Jesus at night, went with Joseph, taking with him about one hundred pounds of spices, a mixture of myrrh and aloes. 40 The two men took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices according to the Jewish custom of preparing a body for burial. 41 There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been put to death, and in it there was a new tomb where no one had ever been buried. 42 Since it was the day before the Sabbath and because the tomb was close by, they placed Jesus’ body there.

Sep 272010
 

in god we trust coinHave you ever noticed coins have Biblical concepts?

The United States has the words “in God we trust.” You look at other countries and their coins have Biblical concepts also! The African coin has “feeding the poor of the world.”  These Biblical concepts are great qualities for any Christian to have! If you ever noticed the Switzerland flag, it has a white cross on it. Their coin also has a cross.

These coins are great examples that the Bible has made an impact on our world. You can’t deny that! That reminds me of a book that was written by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy.  What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? This is a great book for anyone to read!

I enjoy looking at coins to know the history of our country as well as other countries. Jesus has made a difference and the Bible was written so that you can live an abundant life!

Do you want to know more about Jesus and the teachings of Jesus? Join me and let’s look at the Bible and study it in the book of John study! Won’t you join me?