Do You Know Jesus?




If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!


Has Satan Lured You Away From God?

Aaron and Golden Calf

The Israelites worship a golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai

Genesis 15:13-14- Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. 14- But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterwards they will come out with great possessions.

Exodus 3:1- Now Moses was attending the flock of Jethro, his father –in-law, the priest of Midian.

2- There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that through the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.

4-God called to him, “Moses! Moses!  and Moses answered, “Here I am.”

5- “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place you are standing is holy ground.” 6- I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”

7-The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

10- “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

13- Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they ask me, what is his name?

14- God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent you.”


So Moses agreed reluctantly. God sent a helper in Aaron. Together they went before the Pharaoh and asked him to let the Lord’s people go. When he refused, the Lord released plagues upon Egypt.

1- He turned the water into blood.  2- Frogs- 3-Gnats 4- Flies 5-Diseased livestock 6-Boils- 7- Thunderstorm of hail and fire 8-Locust 9-Darkness for three days- 10-Death of the First born

The scriptures tell us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he refused Moses so that God could show His glory through Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:10- Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and would not let the Israelites go out of this country.)

Finally Pharaoh agrees, after the death of his son. (Exodus 12: 31-32 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32- Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And bless me.”)

He frees the Israelites. They must leave quickly.

Soon, Pharaoh pursues with his army.

The Israelites saw with their own eyes God’s mighty hand.( Exodus 14:19-20- Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20- coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

Then God parts the Red Sea. Later, God brings water out of stones in the desert.


On Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Moses was gone on the mountain a long time. The Israelites fell into temptation.  (Exodus 32:1-4- When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” 2- Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold rings that your wives, your sons and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3- So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4- He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.”

Many Christians go their entire lives and never see anything that they can say for certain was the hand of the Lord. The Israelites saw God do one great, supernatural miracle after another.

Satan’s power to tempt us and lure us away from God is very powerful. (Genesis 3:1-7- Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals  the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” 2- The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4- “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  5- “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil.” 6- When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took and ate it. She also gave to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7- Then both of their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.)


Satan uses the same strategies today as with Adam and Eve to tempt God’s people into sin. Why? Because sin separates us from a relationship from our holy God. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit. We cannot sin and have a personal walk with a holy, righteous God. Satan knows that.

Satan will lure us by temptation. Once we act on his temptation, he will get us to stop praying because of guilt. Or perhaps make us too busy. Next we may stop reading our bible. Next we may become more sporadic with church attendance; thus drifting away from God. This will lead to more sin, which is what Satan wants.

That is only part of Satan’s strategies. Others include bringing a catastrophic storm into our lives that is so unfair and so crippling that it is all we can do simply to maintain basic life functions. This is so cruel that we are devastated.  We are probably crying uncontrollably; overwhelmed to the point of barely functioning in live.

Undoubtedly very angry with God for letting this happen to us and our family. We are much too overwhelmed to pray regularly, or read our bible.  To exhausted or distraught to attend church. We might be in the middle of a testing. For my insights on that subject read my article, The Full Armor Of God—Wear It!

Are you going through a storm that has lured you away from God? Do you want to know where God is? Why has He forsaken you? And your family?

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.


God is always with you. He has not forsaken you. That is His promise.

Instead of giving Satan what he wants; letting him win, I know it is very difficult, believe God’s promise and draw close to him. Get in Satan’s face for what he is doing to you and your family. Pray to the Lord like never before, He will hear you. Read and study your bible. Learn about God. The Holy Spirit will speak to you through the scriptures; the scriptures are alive. Attend church regularly. God will deliver you and heal you. You have His promise. This is how you get into Satan’s face. And pray for God’s hedge of protection for you and your family. God’s angels will protect you from Satan.

This is how you establish and maintain a close, personal relationship with God. The creator and ruler of the universe. And, declare victory over Satan.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Follow the scriptures, and walk humbly with God—daily; defeat Satan every day.

Gary The Tested

Born Into Eternity



Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother‘s womb. 14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16- your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 5: 24 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”


We were all formed by the Lord in our mother’s womb. God breathed life into us, bringing us into eternity. That means, from that moment, the person we are (our soul) lives throughout eternity.

As everyone knows, one of the grim facts of life is that everyone dies in the Lord’s good time. If we consider that we are all born into eternity, then only our body ceases to function. We are still alive for all eternity.


Acts 7: 56 + 59 (The stoning of Stephen) “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 59- Then he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.


For believers in Jesus Christ, heaven opens up and Jesus descends to escort us (soul) to the throne of God, at the moment of our bodies death.

For the unbeliever, Satan claims that person (soul) for all eternity.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you prepared for the next step in eternity? When we die. Are you going to spend eternity in heaven or hell? It’s your choice. The choice is very real.

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and you will live for all eternity with the Father and Jesus, and every Christian.

There is a believer’s prayer above. Sincerely pray with a repentant heart and repent of your sins like a child before the Father in Heaven and experience Jesus’s forgiveness. Jesus will save you and become your Lord and Savior. This will insure your name is written in God’s book of life. You will have eternal life in heaven. You will be a Christian.

May God lead you to His salvation,

Gary The Tested



Jack’s Spooky Snickerdoodle Cookies



1 cup melted butter ( I use no salt butter)

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

2 ¾ cups flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 additional tablespoons sugar

4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Wash and spray 2 or 3 cookie sheets with non-stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix well with whip. In the same bowl, add flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Mix well with big spoon. Put in fridge.

In a small bowl, combine the 4 additional tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon.  Mix well.

Remove cookie dough from the fridge. Begin making 1 inch dough balls, rolling each in the sugar/cinnamon mixture until fully coated. Placing each on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Continue until cookie sheet is full. Bake for 10 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool before removing from cooking sheet.

My recipe makes about 20 cookies. They freeze very well.

Hope you like them. Jack.


Jack’s Spooky Snickerdoodle Cookies

Scary they’re so simple, peanut butter cookies



1 cup creamy or crunchy(your choice) peanut butter

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

My procedure: Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In med to large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla and egg. Mix well with probably spoon or fork. Next, spoon into 1 to 1 and ½ inch balls while placing them two inches apart on a prepared (non-stick) baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten slightly and apply desired pattern.

Bake ten to twelve minutes. Let cool before eating.

This makes about 12 de…licious peanut butter cookies.

Jack Nightmare


Scary de…licious peanut butter cookies baked from scratch by Jack Nightmare

Son of God – Movie Review


Recently I had the pleasure of watching the movie, SON of GOD. This is John’s story, from his Gospel of John; he narrates his own story.

Inspiring Movie about Jesus' Life

Inspiring Movie about Jesus’ Life

The movie begins with John1:1. In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. He was with God…In the beginning. He was there in paradise with Adam and Eve; the fall of man. He was there with Noah…In the great flood. He was there with Abraham when he was chosen. “Abraham,” God said. “I will make you a father of many nations.” He was there when Moses led our people out of Egypt. “I will be with you,” God said. He was the light shining in the darkness. Jesus is that light. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

John; Writer of The Gospel of John

John; Writer of The Gospel of John

John introduces himself. He is one of Jesus’ followers. “After what I saw, how could I not be?” John of the Gospel. John’s story; The Roman soldiers are collecting taxes. Occupied and oppressed—Jerusalem. Crucifixion is everyday and commonplace.  A new governor, Pontius Pilate is in power.

Jesus walked across the rock hills toward the Sea of Galilee as Peter fished below. Peter is frustrated due to another day of no fish. Jesus walks through the water, and with Peter’s help, climbs into his boat. After Jesus waved his almighty, loving hand in the water, fish from the sea gathered around Peter’s boat. He quickly filled the small, primitive schooner.  In bewilderment, Peter asked, “How did this happen?”

Peter- The Fisherman

Peter- The Fisherman

Jesus replies, “Come with me Peter. I will make you fishers of Men.” As Jesus continued his ministry, the numbers grew. All who heard his preaching were amazed at his wisdom and felt his power. Scores of people quickly became followers.

After healing the paralyzed man and forgiving his sins, a jealous Rabbi who witnessed the miracle confronts Jesus. “Jesus replies, “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sins.”  In turn, the Rabbi threatens Jesus with charges of blasphemy.

Matthew soon becomes a follower and Jesus feeds five thousand.  Afterward, Jesus performs one miracle after another.

Matthew- The Tax Collector

Matthew- The Tax Collector

After raising Lazarus from the dead, he declares himself the Messiah that Isaiah prophesied about. He tells his Mother, “It has begun.”

Jesus and his followers journey to Jerusalem for the festival of Passover. Jesus enters the city on a donkey. He goes to the temple and overturns the tables due to merchants selling goods.

The Roman Government plots against him. He declares, “To see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. You must be reborn. Not in the flesh, but in a spirit. The Holy Spirit.”

Soon, the arrest of Jesus is ordered. Jesus has visions of Judas betraying him and his death on the cross. He has the Last Supper  with his disciples. Communion/Eucharist is created.  He gives thanks and hands them bread then wine. “This is my body…This is my blood…Eat and drink…Remember me.”

The Last Supper- Communion Eucharist

The Last Supper- Communion Eucharist

Judas betrays Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane—with a kiss. He is captured. Later, the Supreme Court of Elders tried and convicted him. Their judgment; guilty of blasphemy and threatening to destroy the temple. Their sentence—death by crucifixion.

Caiaphas and the high priests talk to Pontius Pilate.  Barabbas goes free and Pilate orders the execution. As Jesus is whipped; Judas hangs himself.

During the crucifixion, Pilate says to his wife, “Jesus will be forgotten in a week.”

Pontius Pilate- Rome's Governor

Pontius Pilate- Rome’s Governor

Jesus was in agony while hanging on that brutal cross, in the blistering sun. Later as dark, thick clouds rolled overhead, he said, “It is finished.” After more time, Jesus said, “Father…into your hands I commend my spirit.”  While hanging on that terrible cross, Jesus Dies! Later, after being taken down from the cross, and the crown of thorns removed, Jesus’ lifeless body is prepared and sealed in a tomb. Jesus’ family and followers are devastated, heartbroken,  and lost. Their friend, family member, and Messiah is dead. What went wrong?

Three days later, Mary Magdalene found the tomb empty and Jesus’ body missing. Jesus is Alive!

Jesus before and crucifixion

Jesus’ crucifixion and before

Later Peter starts the first church. Jesus appears and shows them his nail scarred hands.

Forty Days Later; Jesus tells a crowd of believers about the Holy Spirit and ascends to Heaven. Peter said, “We have work to do.” He became their new leader. “On this rock, I will build my church,” Jesus said previously.

John continues his story while in exile. But in the light there was darkness. Persecuted for our preaching, all of the disciples died for our cause.  Except one. I must live out my days in exile. Alone. One day, I hope to see my friends again for they are with our Lord.

John reminisces about Jesus. The people today- they called you king. They think you are the Messiah. “Who do you think I am?” Jesus asked.

Jesus - The Eternal Savior

Jesus – The Eternal Savior

Peter replied, “You are the Son of God.”

Jesus says, “I am coming soon. May the grace of the Lord be with all God’s people.”

The movie ends. As the credits roll, and we see short videos from the movie, Ceelo Green performs “Mary, Did You Know?”

Speaking as someone who has studied God’s Word my entire life, I can say this movie was very accurate. A few things were left out and others moved around a bit, but that is to be expected.

This movie is perhaps the best telling of Jesus and his life that I’ve ever seen. I literally didn’t want it to end. My heart was full of joy as I watched Jesus on screen. I felt emptiness and despair when he died and later ascended. He was gone. I can’t imagine the heartache at the actual moment in time.

This is my review of the mega movie smash hit, Son of God. Watch the movie yourself. I promise you will be moved.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

Jamaica – Caribbean Island Paradise


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Before Columbus first visited the picturesque island in 1494, the tropical, coral reef island was colonized by the Taino tribes.

Enslaved and ravaged by the Spanish, later plagued by European diseases, the Tainos were all but extinct by the 1600’s.

In 1655 the English concurred the island through military force from the Spanish, soon building Port Royal. Port Royal quickly became a base for pirate and pirateer operations such as Captain Henry Morgon.


Jamaican Pirates


Sugar cane fields

Over time, due to militaries interventions, piracy was slowly eliminated, and in the 1800’s sugar cane replaced piracy as the dominate income for the English island. Enslaved Africans by the thousands were shipped to Jamaica to provide the labor force needed to produce sugar from sugar cane.


Due to the large population of African – Jamaicans, outnumbering natural natives 2 to 1, uprisings were due to follow. During the 18th century, over a dozen uprisings were credited to them; including Tacky’s Revolt in 1760. Also skirmishes with the Maroons resulting in the First Maroon War of the 1730’s and the Second Maroon War of the 1790’s.

Jamaica became politically independent in 1962, after WWII.

The birth of Jamaica’s motion picture industry was in 1972 with the release of The Harder They Come. Since then, numerous movies have been made on the popular vacation destination island.


Filmed in Portland Jamaica


Exporting bananas and tourism continue to be the primary sources of income for this Caribbean island today, with tourism now accounting for more than 60% of the annual GDP, at over a million tourists yearly.

Popular attractions of Jamaica include:


Montego Bay


Ocho Rios



Pool view at Sandals Negril beach





Bob Marley Statue Kingston Jamaica


Falmouth Jamaica



Dunn’s River Falls


Popular Resorts



Cruise Ship Industry

Disney Fantasy

Disney Cruise Line

NCL to Bermuda

Norwegian Cruise Line




Carnival Triumph


Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas


Whether one chooses a tropical island vacation on Jamaica with a relaxing beach visit or a brief visit via one of several cruise ships, this mountainous, coral reef island is as beautiful as it is relaxing. The motto, no worries, says it all. This is an island paradise that once there, I didn’t want to leave.

May good fortune guide your travels,

J.A. Ireland