Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends Lighthouse of Faith Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Immediate Evacuation

Gridlock of traffic trying to evacuate FL prior to Hurricane Irma

We are keenly aware of the recent tragedies around the world: earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, and storms in various places.  Some of these have been deadly and taken people by surprise, and others have been told to evacuate immediately.  Did everyone heed the call to move to safety?  Were all saved?  Unfortunately, NO.  Some people were simply caught unawares, while others were not prepared.  And those who were left behind, suffered the storms’ fury.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience an immediate removal from danger and be transported to a safe environment with our loved ones?  Many fantasy movies and books have a way of making traveling from one reality to another fairly easy. Oh, Dorothy may have asked “where is this strange place?” when she ended up in Oz. And Star Trek characters who are caught up in time travel may get a little weak in the knees when they morph from the 21st century to the 25th century, but overall, they end up adjusting pretty quickly. However, there is a coming shift in reality, that was not conceived in the minds of Hollywood. And, it’s going to go down like this:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (AMP)
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord!

Imagine being a believer in Jesus who will one day end up on the receiving end of this incredible phenomenon. For those who are alive and remain, (that means living on earth when this occurs) this fantastic event will happen to them! We will leave this earth realm in our redeemed bodies to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ. We’ll meet Him in the clouds (without an airplane or hot-air balloon) and be with Him forever from that day forward.

1 Corinthians 15:52 (AMPC)
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).

Even though this coming event is scripturally true, which means it is a fact that it will occur, we humans can barely wrap our minds around it. How can we be living here in this world and instantaneously be transformed into a completely different reality? The very thought causes a mental dilemma in the minds of many believers. This dilemma may be so strong that it causes our minds to battle thoughts of possibility and probability. We may even find ourselves in a state psychologists call, cognitive dissonance, which is a psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously. That means, our minds waver from one possible understanding to a vastly different one!

We believe that as the rapture of true Christians draws nearer (those who have called upon the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ: Romans 10:9-13), the danger of cognitive dissonance will manifest greatly in the body of Christ.  This is where faith comes into play. There are numerous signs around us which indicate that the rapture of the church is imminent. In fact, there are so many, that we couldn’t possibly cover them in one blog post. Yet, a vast number of believers continue to deny the possibility that Jesus could call us up to be with Him in the rapture.
(L: rapturo; Gr: harpazo = to catch, steal, carry off; take by force; caught up)

Even though, “Jesus could return at any moment” has become a cliché in Christian circles, few truly believe it to be a fact. The sad truth is that most people are attached to this world in such a way that they would rather Jesus wait a while so they can continue with life: marrying & giving in marriage, eating & drinking, and watching football. “No one knows the day or hour” has become the battle cry of both worldly Christians and those who find the whole notion of a rapture so absurd, that they can’t even process it in their minds.

There are many who are denying the possibility of the rapture of the Church and some even ask “where is the promise of His coming?” The word of God is clear that this event will happen.  There will be an immediate departure of the true believers in Christ Jesus from this earth someday soon.  The Father in heaven desires that all men be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim 2:4)
We need to encourage one another to “stand fast, continuing in the faith”, and to “not grow weary in well doing”.

2 Peter 3:3-9 (NKJV)
knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

The following YouTube, “We will know the season of the rapture! Bible tells us so!” by Barry Scarbrough, is one of many that shows the context of scripture clearly. We encourage viewing it and trust it will be a blessing.  We Will Know The Season

Titus 2:13 (ESV)
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ

~ Sarah and Joanne


Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Dear Readers,
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Thank you for your continued support and may God bless you!

~ Sarah and Joanne. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

What in the World? … the Heavens Declare the Glory of God




Many have heard before that God (Elohim) has written His story in the stars. But, do we know what that actually means? The reason we ask, is because there is a great divide within the church right now. We would like to clarify this subject as best as we can, based on scriptures and revelation from our Lord, Jesus Christ. We can see that in camp #1, there are some Christians (we believe they are the minority) who understand that the constellations tell the story of Jesus Christ: from His birth to His glorious return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. In camp #2, there are Christians who believe that anything to do with the interpretation of the constellations is nothing more that pagan astrology.  And, in camp #3, there are Christians who have never even heard of signs in the heavens. Wow! What an expanse of disparaging beliefs! Never the less, confusion abounds and it is with sincere love toward our brethren and in humble submission to the Holy Spirit, that we will attempt to bring light upon this topic. Therefore, our request is that we all look at the scriptures again, with open minds, and with the desire to know Jesus more than the desire to be aligned with certain church denominations or doctrine. 

The scriptures clearly tell us that the heavens (the planets / stars) tell a story:

Psalm 19:1-6 (AMP)
The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.
Day after day pours forth speech,
And night after night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars];
Their voice is not heard.
Yet their voice [in quiet evidence] has gone out through all the earth,
Their words to the end of the world.
In them and in the heavens, He has made a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
The sun’s rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The constellations are set in order, so that the story of Jesus Christ is portrayed:
Virgo: the seed of the woman, a child born; Libra: the price paid (the balance); Scorpio: the violent conflict; Sagittarius: the conqueror returns; Capricorn: the slain goat for atonement; Aquarius: the blessing poured out for redemption; Pisces: the blessed and bound redeemed; Aries: the lamb slain but victorious; Taurus: the Messiah coming to rule; Gemini: the Messiah reigns as Prince (dual nature of King Jesus); Cancer: the sheep fold/ possessions held fast; Leo: the triumphant King implements the final destruction of the adversary (satan).

(Notes taken from “It is Written in the Heavens, How to Read and Interpret the Word of God Written in the Stars,” by Dale M. Sides, www.lmci.org
[more references: Bullinger, E. W. Witness of the Stars, 1893, 1975; Seiss, Joseph. Gospel of the Stars, 1882, 1972.; Sides, Dale M. Christological Astronomy, 2011, Liberating Ministries for Christ International, Inc.]

Why in the world are we mentioning this?  The recent total solar eclipse crossing from the NW to the SE of the United States was both highly publicized and watched. There is another sign in the heavens that will be visible on September 23, 2017.  Many are exclaiming that this sign is the same one written about in:
Revelation 12:1-5 (NKJV)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

There are many teachings about what is now being called the Rev 12 Sign on YouTube. Some are very good in explaining this phenomenon and others have left us scratching our heads. Needless to say, we have sifted through many of these teachings. We offer a teaching here, that although it is not the most in-depth in our opinion, it is quite easy to understand. It can be viewed at: Rev 12 Sign 

We are not necessarily looking for a sign, but when we travel, road and map signs are very important in order to get to our desired destination without delays or mishaps.  (There are many stories of folks ‘blindly’ following the directions of their GPS only to be faced with a dead end or worse!)  Isn’t it a good feeling to see that “last sign” before arriving at a vacation spot? What about the ‘signs of the times’?  Can we know the times and what to do about them? What is so important about the heavens telling the story of Jesus?  Will Jesus be coming for the Church (His Bride) soon? Will Jesus come to the earth again, stand on the Mount of Olives, and set up His 1,000-year Kingdom?  The Word of God reveals Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation.  We believe these things are true.

Also, according to Daniel 9, the 70th week called Jacob’s Trouble, still hasn’t come to pass for Israel.  There are many wars, and rumors of wars concerning Israel (the Promised Land).  Since we as believers are ‘grafted into the vine’ which is Israel, (see Romans 9-11) then we should be ‘looking’ at the events surrounding Jerusalem.  After all, that will be the future site of Jesus Christ’s throne.  Of course, He is currently seated at the right hand of the throne of God in heaven. (Hebrews 12:2)

Let’s get back to the Revelation 12 sign in the heavens this September 23rd. The date is quickly approaching and we honestly do not know what may or may not happen on this day. But, we do believe that the sign will at the very least serve as a marker in our collective history. This earth will not go on in its present form forever. That is a truth that we can take to the bank. Someday, Jesus will return.
The truth about this mystery of the “catching away” of the Church (Greek: harpazo; Latin: rapturo) is found in scripture. 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV)
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (TLB)
But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret: we shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies! It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky, and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies, too.

What a promise! The final redemption of our bodies will happen in an instant!  We have the blessed hope of Christ’s return for His Bride and can watch with joyous anticipation.  (Titus 2:13)

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (AMPC)
For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). Who died for us so that whether we are still alive or are dead [at Christ’s appearing], we might live together with Him and share His life.
Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.

~ Joanne and Sarah


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

* IMPORTANT FOLLOW UP *


Map from www.greatamericaneclipse.com/nation/


Dear Readers,

Yesterday we posted our newest article titled, Look Up. We hope you have been blessed and encouraged. However, we want to offer this follow-up due to the timely nature of the upcoming American eclipse. #1 We want to reinforce the understanding that the term “look up” refers to the EXPECTATION we have as believers in Christ for His soon return. We do not encourage anyone to physically look up to see the solar eclipse without “authentic special” eyewear, because that would be very dangerous. We do not have such viewing apparatuses, so we will NOT be attempting to watch the eclipse in the physical sky. We will, however, watch online. We encourage you to go to nasa.gov and follow their viewing recommendations. #2 We understand from scripture that Jesus told us what the condition of the world be like when He catches away (the rapture) His saints prior to the 7-year tribulation, and His final return when He steps down on the Mount of Olives. These are literal truths found in the bible. We believe that scripture makes it clear that we are in the season of His return but in no way, can we predict a specific time. However, we know that God places signs in the heavens (the sky) for us to gauge events in the world around us. Therefore, when an unusual celestial sign does appear, we look with hopeful expectancy NOT trepidation. We continue to stand on His promises for us and we always pray for mercy over judgement. 
John 16:33 (NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”


Grace and Peace to you all,
Sarah and Joanne

Monday, August 14, 2017

Look Up! The Great American Eclipse




On August 21, 2017, there will be an exciting astronomical event which is being dubbed “The Great American Eclipse.” This will be a rare total solar eclipse which will cross over the United States from sea to shining sea. Americans living in the path ranging from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina will be treated to the full effects of the solar eclipse, while the remainder of the country will experience it to lesser degrees depending on location. Here in northeast Pennsylvania, there will be an approximate 72% solar eclipse which will still be pretty impressive. We are hoping for a cloud free day!

So, why are we excitedly going to be watching this celestial event? Because we understand that as followers and believers in Jesus Christ, we are also watchmen. All of God’s word ultimately points to Jesus in both His first and His second coming. He first came to earth a little over 2000 years ago as an infant.  Jesus Christ will return as a king to set up his kingdom for 1,000 years. However, before that, Jesus will call His body (His church) up to be with Him forever and ever.

We are excited because Jesus told us what to look for, so that we would know His return is near. Luke 21:25 (CEB) “There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, there will be dismay among nations in their confusion over the roaring of the sea and surging waves.” There is currently a convergence of events which encourage us and give us Hope that His return may not be far away. We have the American eclipse on Aug 21st and exactly 33 days later, there will be a celestial configuration that seems to be another sign that is mentioned in the book of Revelation.
 
Revelation 12:1-2 (NKJV) (The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.  Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

The subtitle alone alerts us to the significance of this celestial constellation. We will discuss the Revelation 12 sign more next month, but for now, suffice it to say, there are signs in the sun, moon, and stars.

We are aware that many in our nation are eagerly awaiting the August 21st eclipse by preparing to view the phenomenon in a celebratory manner. At the same time, there are some Christian leaders urging caution and even predicting doom as a result of the eclipse. Please note that we are not making any dire claims because we simply do not know if anything will happen on that day other than the sun crossing over our land in a dark shadow. We plan to watch and more importantly, we plan on praying because that’s what watchmen do. To ignore blatant signs in the sky would be foolhardy. Jesus taught us this in Luke 12.  
Luke 12:56 (AMPC)
You play actors (hypocrites)! You know how [intelligently] to discern and interpret and prove the looks of the earth and sky; but how is it that you do not know how to discern and interpret and apply the proof to this present time?

Jesus told us to understand the times and that is what we are attempting to do; not with trepidation but with hope. We trust Jesus to never leave or forsake us and we choose to look up.

1 Corinthians 1:22-23, 30 (NKJV)
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified… But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

Luke 21:28 (AMP) 
Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.

Note* We are continuing to work on our book, Hope Over Chaos, Transitioning From Darkness To Light. It will be released on Amazon as soon as possible.
You can watch the great American Eclipse live online at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

~ Sarah and Joanne







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dear Readers,
We thank you for your patience while we have been working on our book. Stay tuned! Also, we appreciate your prayers while we continue with this venture. 
Blessings,
Sarah & Joanne



Friday, June 23, 2017

Blessed Hope




As the world turns and as time marches on, there is a collective feeling of unease growing on the earth. Angst (a gloomy feeling of anxiety or depression) has seeped into the collective pores of humanity. “We’ve seen it all, we’ve done it all, and we’ve imagined it all.” While some would like to believe in “world peace” hate and violence fills the streets.  With such discord, even the faithful remnant of Jesus Christ perceives the intensity of the “cosmic battle” which seems poised to consume us all. BUT GOD! Amid this turmoil, which surely is part of the end times prophesied in the Bible so long ago, we must have Hope. But, how do we receive this hope?  This Hope can be so tangible that we can know it, if we allow the Holy Spirit to stir it up within each one of us. The Hope we are speaking of is the Blessed Hope in Titus 2:13 (NIV) “while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Hope is an “expectation of good” that is given to us when we believe that God gave us His only begotten son, Jesus Christ.  When we ask Jesus into our hearts, we receive the blessed hope of our eternal life.  This “hope” will not fade away, but will endure and keep us to the end!  (John 3:16; Romans 10:9,10,13) 

1 Peter 1:3-5 (NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you

Perhaps one of the questions we ask is how can we have HOPE of a future event… the Hope of our inheritance in heaven? If our eternal life is only in the future, what about the pressures of today’s world?  Can we be joyful and expectant of good things to happen in our lives now?  Can we have daily patience to receive the promises of God while the world seems to be “heading down a slippery slope into a never ending black hole”? Can we “rejoice in hope? Be patient in tribulation? Continue steadfast in prayer?” (Romans 12:12)

Romans 8:24-25 (GNT) For it was by hope that we were saved; but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For who of us hopes for something we see?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

We read in Colossians 1:27 that it is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”  This hope of being glorified like Jesus was in His resurrected body, is difficult to understand. Since we are the Body of Christ who will be resurrected at the “gathering together” (rapture / harpazo), how do we “hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” of our lives? (Hebrews 3:6) How can we be encouraged?

The Word of God is clear about our hope and our rejoicing, not only at the end of our lives, but as we face each day…

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (AMPC) Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren, about those who fall asleep [in death], that you may not grieve [for them] as the rest do who have no hope [beyond the grave]. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through Jesus those who have fallen asleep [in death]. For this we declare to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [into His presence] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [in Him in death]. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord! Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.

WOW!! What a comfort to know that our loved ones who believed in Christ and have already died, will be with us at the “gathering together” of the Lord’s body. This HOPE in our bodily resurrection at the Lord’s coming for us in the clouds is an “anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” (Hebrews 6:19)

Let’s be clear:  this HOPE is that Jesus Christ, Himself, will call us up to be with Him in the clouds someday soon.  It is NOT when Jesus steps His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:1-4) which is called “the Day of the Lord.” That is another future event in scripture that has to do with the battle of the nations against Jerusalem.

If we believe God is faithful and His promises are true, then we can “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.” (Hebrews 10:23)

Our prayer for all of us is that we can remain HOPEFUL, and be encouraged in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross.  We daily desire a greater revelation of what Jesus meant when He said, “It is finished.”

Romans 15:13 (AMP) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.

~ Joanne and Sarah