What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

How you can do Great things in your life



Imagine a life without a mirror, would you know what your face looked like? No! maybe partially because you would probably be able to see your face or looks on other surfaces other than the conventional mirror we have today. Maybe on the surface of murky waters in the bright sunshine of the day, or maybe on a glass somewhere in the CBD as you go about your business of the day, or maybe even on the screen right on your phone/laptop, when the LCD is off-but without any of these mirror objects that show you your appearance, you would not have a clue of who you are. The mirror has helped you to always remember what you looked like today compared to yesterday. One thing I bet is that you now look different. If not, then maybe u are one of the exceptions and you are somewhat unique and special.


In the previous post I said you are one ambitious child. In it I wrote about greatness and how to be great, by taking from a principle I took from the bible verse in Mathew 20:20-33. Jesus taught that you have to serve many to be great but “how exactly do you serve?” Is the question of the day. There is one principle that I want you to adopt for 2015 and your life beyond, until you die. If you take this and use it, I can guarantee that you will be great, and at least have an impact on someone in your circles at least. That is greatness, impacting someone other than yourself. We often think that being great is being like the big, high-flying rich guy or leader of a nation, or sports star, or most talented. How wrong! If it were so then the world would be lopsided. Why? because there has to be a balance. Not all of us would be big otherwise there would be no one to cater for the seemingly small needs. Some cater for great needs and others cater for seemingly small needs in a great way. No doubt if they did it at a large-scale they would end up being great. Life is progressive, you are born and you grow from small to tall, and at some point you become old and big. That’s the balance of nature. That is why they are big and seemingly small people in the world. But they aren’t, they are just serving a small need in a great way. Forgive my redundant wording!


As I share with you the principle, I want you to start thinking of where you actually fall in this chain. Believe you me, I saw this in the spirit of God in me, I had to share it with you. It has divine blessing if you apply it as it is and I’m very sure you won’t miss the mark.

Jesus had a great brother who did great things

Jesus brother James, wrote something in His divinely inspired book of the bible, the Book of James, and this something is about ‘doing’. Right now you hear when you read, but there is something that you must do to complete the balance of nature. It must have run in the family somewhere because Jesus Christ was great, and so was His brother James because here he wrote:

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:21-27 (New King James Version bible)

looking at oneself

Be doers of the word, not hearers only

After learning you have to do! You learn the theory then you do it. If you accepted the principle in the previous post, ‘one ambitious child’, the principle to serve others to be great. You may as well take this one on board and apply and serve many in your life. In order to serve many people you have to do what you learn here or elsewhere. This is what will get you to a point of greatness. Meeting someone else need that is other than yourself. Be a doer of God’s word and you undeniably earn back what you have done to others and for others. Do the principle of greatness or ambition, serve others. That is what you should be doing by now, if you read the previous post.

Doing great is like facing a mirror and remembering what you look like

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”

If you don’t apply what you learn, you will not be great, you will not meet someone else need which is other than yours. You will have failed because if you do not do nothing will happen. Doing is inherent. Each one of us, have helped someone at some point in their life. At may seem small what you did, but in heaven God sees it and says you have done great.

When It comes to the implanted word of God, you will be great if you did. You read it above, now what is left is to do what it says. To be great you have to serve and serve you have to do.

be a doer

It’s not about the high-flying thing

Great people only serve a small need on a wide scale, that is why they are great. Jesus Christ was great because He served the smallest needs of the people on a wide scale. By dying for us and forgiving our sins, each individual had a seemingly small need, to be forgiven of his/her sins. Imagine each individual, in the world and the number of sins they carried and the number of sins we carry today. Jesus paid a price for them. In the previous post I said, greatness comes at a price. Jesus Christ paid that price.


Rich people are great because they saw the small need and served it by creating something and then using it to serve the need of many people, businesses are great because of that too. Talented individuals show their talent for many to enjoy, that is why they are great stars. Countries that are great, are great because of this principle of helping many other countries, or the population of their own land. So hear me, take that small need that you always complain about and do what you learnt to solve it but do it with the heart of serving, paying the ransom for many, as Jesus Christ did. Law and behold, you will be great as you impact more and more people. The numbers will eventually increase with time.

This is how you do great things ambitious child, you do! By applying the word of God this way into your everyday life, you automatically become great in heaven too. By not doing, there will be no greatness on earth and neither in heaven. No one will be impacted by this word you just learns. Even worse, you will forget what God requires of you.

My next post is about doing by faith. You may be wondering what faith really is. Faith is acting or doing by conviction. To be great you have to serve, to serve you have to do and to do you ha e to act out of faith. Why faith?

Read James 2:14-26; “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” source; click here

God bless you

“To say the least, share with someone you love, and in seconds you will be great”…maybe their smallest need is to hear this!


Before healing others, heal yourself

He is Able to Keep. December 4, 2014

I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him 2 Timothy 1:12 New King James Version
When we become Christians just as Christ is our King, so too are we servants. As such we make a prayerful commitment to serve where He guides us. Making that commitment we have faith that He will provide the opportunities and tools to complete the task He has assigned for us to do. It need not be a huge commitment to serve as a missionary overseas, it may be a commitment in our communities like volunteering at hospitals or schools or other numerous opportunities.
A commitment to Jehovah is a commitment of service. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Another aspect is the daily commitment to serve in small ways like saying a kind word to a server at a restaurant or giving up your seat to an elderly riser on the bus and multiple other ways throughout the day.
“The stream of spontaneous acts of Godly kindness carries us to the sea of contentment and peace.” Constance Hurst-Howard
The benefit to you of course is the joy it brings to your heart. Of course there are many ingrates out there who will not have the decency to say thank you but keep in mind you are doing it for Christ’s praise, not the praise of others.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13New King James Version
Prayer: Please Jehovah Chanan (God is gracious) bless me with opportunities to be as gracious to others today as You have been gracious to me. I humbly request this in the name of my beloved gracious king Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus sweet love bless you today and every day



This is also very good:

Wait For His Timing


And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.(source)

The grand instructor, time.


I heard that God’s name is supposed to be “Yahweh.” Why do people call him “Jehovah” instead? One sect, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has even used this word in its name.

In Hebrew the name of God is spelled YHWH. Since ancient Hebrew had no written vowels, it is uncertain how the name was pronounced originally, but there are records of the name in Greek, which did have written vowels. These records indicate that in all likelihood the name should be pronounced “Yahweh.”

Shortly before the first century A.D., it became common for Jews to avoid saying the divine name for fear of misusing it and breaking the second commandment (“You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain,” Dt 5:11). Whenever they read Scripture aloud and encountered the divine name, they substituted another Hebrew word, “Adonai” (which means “Lord” or “my Lord”), in its place.

Eventually Hebrew developed written vowels, which appeared as small marks called vowel points and were placed above and below the consonants of a word. In the sixth or seventh century some Jews began to place the vowel points for “Adonai” over the consonants for “Yahweh” to remind the reader of Scripture to say “Adonai” whenever he read “Yahweh.”

About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270.

Interestingly, this fact is admitted in much Jehovah’s Witness literature, such as their Aid to Bible Understanding (p. 885). This is surprising because Jehovah’s Witnesses loathe the Catholic Church and have done everything in their power to strip their church of traces of Catholicism. Despite this, their group’s very name contains a Catholic “invention,” the name “Jehovah.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses blast orthodox Christendom for “hiding the name of God” by replacing “Jehovah” with “the Lord” whenever “Jehovah” appears in Scripture. They charge this is a Jewish “superstition” that dishonors God (which it does not). Yet their own organization has a name that was invented as a result of the same thinking that produced use of “the Lord.”

And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking. (source)

Ambition destroys its possessor

It is better to give than to receive

Some people give freely and gain more; others refuse to give and end up with less (source)


CHRISTMAS IS COMING… November 23, 2014

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select certain cities to be places of refuge. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may run to them. (source)

May the wind be always at your back

Everything is Possible (Posted by Don Merritt on November 23, 2014)

This one is from July 2, 2014:
Mark 9:14-29
Parallel Texts:  Matthew 17:14-20; Luke 9:37-43
When Jesus, Peter, James and John returned to the other disciples after the transfiguration, there was a dispute in progress; the teachers of the Law were arguing with the disciples. The people in the crowd see Jesus and come running to Him. “What are you arguing about” He asks, but before they could answer a man steps up and begs Jesus to help his son who was possessed by an impure spirit. Mark does not record for us what the argument was about.
The man goes into a fair amount of detail regarding his poor son’s plight, and tells Jesus that His disciples on the scene were unable to drive the demon out of the boy, and asks Jesus to do it. Jesus’ answer is puzzling:
“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
Mark 9:19
Mark doesn’t elaborate on what Jesus was referring to here. When the spirit saw Jesus, it went wild within the boy.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:21-24
The demon is going crazy in the boy, people are watching, nobody has answered his previous question, and yet Jesus seems as cool as a cucumber. That poor father tells Jesus of the horrors of the boy’s life, can you imagine what that must have been like? Then the man says something perfectly reasonable, but Jesus doesn’t seem to think so. “If you can do something.” Nobody else had been able, but Jesus isn’t just anybody else!
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Everything is possible? Really? Do you believe that? Why am I so often told so much about what  can’t be done?
Well the man made a snap decision: He was going to believe; he even realized that he might need help moving forward, but he was going to start believing right then and there.
Jesus drove out the demon right then and there.
As I read this, I see that we have come face-to-face with one of those moments when we need to ask ourselves if we really believe that what we believe is really real.
Well, do we?
The disciples ask Jesus why they had been unable to drive this spirit out of the boy, and Jesus seems to give an almost nonchalant answer: “This kind can come out only by prayer.” I’ve read commentaries in which the author professes to know exactly what Jesus meant by that, but the text does not say. I am amazed by how much some people know sometimes about texts that don’t provide the information.

The LORD is responsible for this, and it is amazing for us to see (source)

A dream is reality which has yet to materialize


2-1/2 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely minced red onion
1/8 clove garlic, finely minced
1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Thyme
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands® Fine Grind Black Pepper
2-1/2 teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil
2 teaspoons toasted sliced almonds
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese


To blanch beans, fill a large stock pot half-way with water. Leave enough room for the beans. Bring to a boil over high heat; add beans and return to a full boil. Boil beans 5 minutes. Drain beans and immediately place in large bowl filled with ice water. Let sit 3 minutes; drain thoroughly. Pat dry with paper towel. Set aside.
Whisk together vinegar, sugar, onion, garlic, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Whisk in 4 tablespoons oil slowly; set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet. Add beans and saute 3 three minutes. Add vinaigrette; stir beans to coat and saute an additional 3 minutes or until heated through. Transfer beans to serving platter; top with almonds and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


One man can make a difference

Beloved Readers, I have great news. From today I have a new Job. Cool he!!!


Yesterday, I wrote about Facebook, kind of sad, but they don’t like me, is not so much the point, twitter, LinkedIn, are working, so fiend me also there. Dear Beloved Readers, I have to go to my new Job… See you later
With Love and Flowers,

Abeltje Quintijn

Our Personal Journeys

Forgiveness / follow Jesus Christ


Beloved Brothers and Sisters, we know all Jesus can forgive, what about: Mark 2 

4 And when they could not come near unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, your sins be forgiven you.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned among themselves, he said unto them, Why reason you these things in your hearts?
9 Which is it easier to say to the paralytic, Your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?
10 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic)
11  say unto you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it in this fashion.

That man in the story could not do anything at all. He could not even choice to follow Jesus Christ, after he was forgiven he could, not is written if he done it, think so. Beloved Reader, can you forgive yourself? Can you forgive others?

For me, to be real sorry, learned the lesson, don’t do the same mistake anymore, is a kind of self forgiveness. Beloved Reader, what you think about it? – please reply, thanks.

To forgive others is also something, I have forgiven others so-many times, and know, how more you forgive others how stronger you will become.

Beloved Reader, please forgive yourself first, than the other. Also be sure, with the will-power of Lord Jesus, it will be even more simple. Success.

See also these blogs: 01 / 02 / 04 / 05

P.s. This pages was made in advance.



Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him (St Matthew 3:16)


Beloved reader, what you think about this version? May you like also to be baptized?

False Jesus

“Stolen” from: click here

I admit up front that this thought is still in-process without final conclusion, but I feel it is still worth posting as the point of BeingBigSis is not to have all the answers, but to share the journey authentically, and this experience has been an important one for me…
On July 24, late in the evening, after all kiddos (but one) were tucked into bed, our little three-year-old Nalia plodded upstairs after a late-night snuggle with Daddy in the living room.  She called out to me as she made her way to my bedside saying that she was tired and wanted to go to bed… good news to me as it was nearly 11 o’clock at night.  She plunked her pile of books down at the foot of my bed and proceeded to fall backward onto her own little bed, which was on the floor next to mine.  I found it funny how dramatically she threw herself into her bed, and made a comment as I glanced down at her.  She did not reply and I assumed that upon her face (which I could not see from where I sat in my bed) she wore a cheeky grin as she teased me.  So I made another comment, and again she was silent, which is not at all like our talkative Nalia Grace.  My inner alarm went off and I swiftly slipped out of bed to see what might be amiss and found our little three year old not breathing with eyes rolled back in her head.
Calmly freaking out I called for Dusty as I grabbed our baby-girl and tried to stimulate her to breathe.  Mind racing I cried out to Jesus.  He is my go-to in all situations as I believe Him to be the Living embodiment of Wisdom.  It has been my experience that God is present in EVERY situation I have faced and therefore, before I act (or even pray) I look to see where He is at, and what He is doing.
I searched for a moment and then an image appeared in my mind… I saw Jesus holding a life-less Nalia with tears streaming down His face.  For a quick moment I was relieved …
Good.  There He is.
“What are You doing Lord so I can align my heart, actions and prayers with yours?  Why are You sad?  Why are You crying?  Should I be crying too!?”
“Oh no!!  Should I be afraid?  Is she going to die!?”
Wait a minute!
“Fear is NOT from God.  So why am I experiencing fear in the presence of Jesus???”
“Or is that really Jesus?”
As soon as I asked the question, the image in my mind flickered, as if it were a hologram.
I mean WHOA!  Is it possible that the image was not the Real Jesus!?
Image flickers again.
And I think to myself… perhaps this isn’t Jesus.
I have gained much Guidance and Wisdom from visions in my journey, so I am pretty familiar with having them… But something about this vision didn’t line up with other things I know to be True…
Such as:
  • Spiritual matters aside, in a medical emergency panic and fear never help.  I knew I would not make wise choices if I chose to imitate the vision and become a puddle of tears.  I needed a calm, clear mind and precise directives to manage the emergency well.  The Lord is ‘Master Physician’, He would know to remain calm, and He would not be shaken in the midst of an emergency.  He would be Clear and Calm and Confident.  No emergency is too big or scary for Him.  HE trumps all.
  • God is Good ALL THE TIME… no matter what is going on… no matter the situation or the circumstance.
  • God is with me ALWAYS… I don’t have to wait for Him to show up because He is already present.  My goal is to find where He is at, and to imitate what He is doing.
  • God is Trustworthy and He Cares.
  • NOTHING is too big for God to handle.  There is no problem or illness or situation too great for Him.
  • God told us SO MANY TIMES in the Bible “DO NOT BE AFRAID”, so I can be 100% assured that fear and the source thereof are not from God.
  • God is available for council AT ALL TIMES.  I am never alone.
  • God knows every tiny detail surrounding each of our situations and He Knows the absolute Best way to navigate even the most twisted of stories to bring us through any labyrinth… with relative swiftness and in a way that prospers us in the end.
  • In EVERY situation there is a Gift (or Gifts) available… I am always on the lookout for these… especially in the toughest places.
  • God is not only Good, but He is KIND and I can totally and completely Trust and lean on Him.
  • Grief has a place, but it is only meant to last a short time.  Sorrow lasts for a night, but Joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30).  I anchor myself to the Joy set before me, which carries me through the dark of night.  So much so, that my attention is hardly on the darkness and already my heart begins to rejoice in what is to come.
  • If the Spirit of God is present at all times I expect that the Fruits of The Spirit are present and available as well.  Not only do I want HIM (Holy Spirit), but I want His Gifts (i.e. Fruits of the Spirit… Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Self-control) because He wants me to have them… Gifts to flow to me and then through me.  I denote emphatically that grief, sorrow, mourning, and fear are not Fruits of the Spirit; if my life is receiving and out-pouring these I have to question WHAT IS MY SOURCE?  What am I rooted in?  Perhaps the source looks spiritual… maybe even like Jesus… but not.
  • When I need to be strengthened, the Bible tells me that it is the JOY of the Lord that is my strength, not sorrow or mourning or grief (Nehemiah 8:10).  When I need strength, I look for Joy.
  • Fear is NOT a True friend.  Fear has tried to make us think that we need him around to protect and alert us to trouble.  That is a LIE.  Fear is NOT our friend.  He does not help.  He disables and saps our strength.
With all these thoughts swirling, I also had this specific revelation… IF Nalia was going to die… as in… IF it was in fact her ORDAINED time to go be with the Father, Jesus knows what I would respond best to.  I mean, if it was time for Nalia to be birthed into Heaven, I imagine Jesus would be Rejoicing because all that the Father does is Good and Right and Pure and for the Best, and Jesus would be showing me how to Rejoice and not weep.  He would know I would be sad to let her go, but He knows my heart Trusts in Him, and that if He asked me to, I would Trust in His Plan and His Timing in taking her.  But he wept.  And I had fear.  And fear is not of God.  So in spite of the emotion and turbulence and scariness of the now several minutes of non-breathing, blue-lipped awfulness, I screamed in my spirit a loud NO! to what I perceived to be a false-Jesus… an anti-christ.
And the vision flickered again.
I will NOT stand in agreement with sorrow and grief if it is not from the Lord.  And I will most certainly NOT agree with a death sentence that is not ordained by the Father.
After about 5 minutes of no breath with the paramedics on their way, Nalia began to stir and to take her first breaths.  Utter relief to see the blue begin to fade and to hear the shallow breaths being taken into her unconscious body.  Amazing how the body works.  Amazing that Nalia didn’t even know what was going on.  And when she woke in the hospital several hours later with pampering nurses and doctors all around her, she thought she had won a trip to kid-land.
Her journey did not stop there.  And continues on today.  Turns out Nalia had a seizure that night… a blip in the brain… kind of like when the computer has too many programs running and not enough juice to run them all and the little spinner starts spinning to let you know it’s been overloaded.  We hoped it would be a one-off event, as many seizures are, but she had another a week and half later on the night of her 4th birthday, then another a week after that… then they came daily, then all throughout the day and all through the night.  We hardly slept.  After 5 emergency calls, several ambulance rides, and several bumps and bruises on her poor little head we have finally been connected to good doctors and effective medicine.  An MRI is scheduled to assure there is nothing else going on in her head.  And the doctors are giving a preliminary diagnosis of childhood epilepsy.  She is responding well to sodium valproate and has been seizure-free for 3 weeks now.  Life is just beginning to stabilize again.
Certainly there will be more to share on this journey, but for today I continue to wonder at the vision of Jesus on that first night with Nalia, and my heart continues to cry out as fervently as ever for T-R-U-T-H.