The Heavens Declare the Glory of God, the Firmament the Work of His Hand

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God, the Firmament the Work of His Hand

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Modern bible continue to blaspheme God’s word

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19

A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words “Father” and “Son” from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for “producing Bibles that remove “Father,” “Son” and “Son of God” because these terms are offensive to Muslims.”

Wycliffe and SIL have produced Stories of the Prophets, an Arabic Bible that uses an Arabic equivalent of “Lord” instead of “Father” and “Messiah” instead of “Son.”

Frontiers and SIL have produced Meaning of the Gospel of Christ , an Arabic translation which removes “Father” in reference to God and replaces it with “Allah,” and removes or redefines “Son.” Frontiers and SIL has also produced a new Turkish translation of the Gospel of Matthew using Turkish equivalents of “guardian” for “Father” and “representative” or “proxy” for “Son.”

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

"They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood." Psalm 106:36-38

History is replete with civilizations which have held morally repugnant attitudes concerning infants and children. Exposing an unwanted child to the elements was a common practice throughout the Roman Empire. The Nazis carried Jewish children off to the killing fields or the gas chambers. The Aztecs and Mayans sacrificed their children to their pagan gods. Perhaps the most infamous example from the ancient world are the Carthaginians of North Africa, who inherited their barbaric practices of child sacrifice from their ancestors in Canaan/Phoenicia.

American's call it a women' right to choose.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Please pray for this young believer.

The Iranian Christian News Agency, Mohabat News, reports the news from an Arabic Christian agency, Al-Haqiqah, that Abdollah Al-sabah, a Kuwaiti prince, has publicly denounced his Muslim faith and has embraced Christianity. The agency broadcasted an audio file where the prince declared, “First of all, I totally agree with the distribution of this audio file and I now declare that if they kill me because of this audio file, then I’ll go into the presence of Jesus Christ and be with him for all eternity.”

He also said, “I’m satisfied with whatever they do to me, because the truth in the Bible has guided me to the right way.”

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them." Matthew 7:15-20

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves... [W]hen they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." Matthew 10:16, 19-20

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place—unless you repent." Revelation 2:4-5

The Christian Post reports:

With more and more of America’s youth leaving the church at a rapid rate, some ministries are crossing traditional boundaries to stay “culturally relevant.”

One ministry changing with the times is The Bridge church, located in Flint Township, Mich., which has incorporated the Serenity Tattoo Parlor into its community.  The Rev. Steven Bentley, who leads The Bridge, and his wife, Katrina, feel that the church has become “ineffective in reaching the lost in our cultures," according to the church's official website.

Similarly, in Great Falls, Mont., Faith Center Foursquare Church has recently installed a skate park in its youth center. The skate park is open to anyone in the community, and serves as a new venue for youth to visit during the winter months.  The church's youth pastor, Joey Petty, says the purpose of the skate park is to remind the youth that they are “loved regardless of the choices they have made.”

Mosaic church, a nontraditional ministry in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been forced to relocate after a gang-related shooting occurred at its Christian nightclub, Club Fathom, during a Christmas party. The gang-related shooting occurred on Christmas Eve at neighboring Club Fathom, Mosaic Church’s urban youth outreach program.

These are not the only examples of churches heeding the call to stay culturally relevant. Youth ministry rock bands, ministry-sponsored camping trips and techno-themed sermons are just a few more examples of churches trying to keep pace with the 21st Century.

Dr. Rusty Freeman, youth director says that it is important for churches to stay culturally relevant.  “I really do think God's spirit will lead those folks into knowing and discerning how best to be relevant in the community,” he added.

"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime"—Daniel 6:10

May the harassed, tempted, and persecuted among us learn to keep a clean conscience in the midst of impurities, as Daniel did; to preserve, like him, faith and fellowship with the faithful and true God, though living among strangers and foreigners, profane in all their thoughts and habits; and to hold the statutes and commandments of the LORD as more to be desired than wealth or honor—yea, dearer to you, as Daniel accounted them, than even life itself! So shall you honor God, and glorify Christ, and bless and praise His precious Name in a way in which nothing else but decision of character can possibly lead you to do.

God grant us all to have Christ for a Savior, and to live to His praise.


Monday, January 9, 2012

I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, neither prognosticator, seer, soothsayer nor tea-leaf reader, but a remnant Christian who stands as a watchman on the wall, and what I am sensing gives me pause.

I will share my feelings with you - for your prayerful consideration - perhaps you feel the same, perhaps you think I am over the edge and hanging on by a small twig, but perhaps....

I sat reading news clips:

Earthquake Swarm Continues 

Japan suffered a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami. The country continues to suffer from the damage almost a year later - with no end in sight as quakes continue.

as I continued reading, I questioned.

- is the earth groaning under the weight of sin? 

"For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now." Romans 8:22

Has our Almighty God finally said enough? Has the weight of sin reached the breaking point?  Has God removed His hand of protection? I wondered.

Jeremiah writes: How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us... My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water..."

But, there is more, much more to consider:

"When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." Mark 13

Israel is moving forward with plans to hold the largest-ever missile defense exercise in its history this spring amid Iranian efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. Last week, Lt.-Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of the US’s Third Air Force based in Germany, visited Israel to finalize plans for the upcoming drill, expected to see the deployment of several thousand American soldiers in Israel.

The armies of Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states stood ready Thursday January 5, 2012 for Washington to stand up to Iranian threats and send an aircraft carrier or several warships through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. Riyadh has been leaning hard on the Obama administration not to let Tehran get away with its warning to react with “full force” if the USS Stennis aircraft carrier tried to reenter the Gulf or Iran’s pretensions to control the traffic transiting the world’s most important oil route.

With the Muslim Brotherhood pulling within reach of an outright majority in Egypt’s new Parliament, the Obama administration has begun to reverse decades of mistrust and hostility as it seeks to forge closer ties with the organization once viewed as irreconcilably opposed to United States interests.

Daily the headlines worsen. The number of abortions in America steadily inches toward 2 million. Gays and lesbians are now accepted in the military, gay marriage is becoming commonplace in mainstream America. African countries are being threated; either legalize homosexuality or be excluded from receiving financial aid, while California public schools are requiring all children to "study the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” to the “development of California and the United States of America".

Sin moves without restraint,  running rampant throughout our nation and around the world.

Consider these words carefully, examine them against scripture and pray. If you feel my twig  has finally broken - pray for me. But if you see that perhaps... then pray intently for your family and friends who are living apart from the LORD, intensify your prayers for their salvation - daily lifting them to the throne room of God - planting seeds, watering seeds planted by others.

There are souls lost and dying in their sins - the fields are white unto harvest -we must reach as many as we can before the door of the Ark closes, before our liberties are taken from us, before America ceases to be a democracy or before time as we know it is no more -

- we must.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

George Muller, once said, "the vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts."

"For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged." 1 Corinthians 11:31

The truth about "I" ~ the truth about "me" is that I/me's say very little of value apart from The Word of God.

I/me's say unkind, hurtful things to others and about others - and apart from applying The Word of God to their lives will continue to do so.

I/me's think more highly of themselves than they should - and apart from applying The Word of God to their lives will continue to do so.

I/me's believe the best about self - while questioning the motives and actions of others - and apart from The Word of God...

I/me's needs a huge dose of humility - and apart from applying The Word of God in their lives will never seek to be humbled.

I/me's must bow the knee and confess that I/me is a sinner -  daily acting against The Word of God. I/me's must bow before a holy, righteous and loving God - confessing daily how far short I/me has fallen from the glory of God - a God who will heal, deliver and restore if I/me will but ask, repent and return.

I/me must remember that apart from God, I/me can do nothing. It's in The Word - His Word. Yet apart from applying The Word of God in their lives, I/me's will remain a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal. 

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:5-6

Sunday, January 1, 2012

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24

God's love was severe in putting them out, or so fallen man would think. But if God would save His creation from their sin, He must do no less.

Yet ever since, the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve have sought to gain  access back into the garden. The whole world of sinful experiences; mind altering drugs, sexual sin, euphoric false religion, the occult, all examples of attempts to recreate the conditions of the garden. Fallen man will smash through the barriers, creating their own godless version of the garden. Pagans and humanists alike lust either for the good old days that once were, or the "golden age" that is just around the corner.

In Psalms 2 we are warned that the world's masses are being prepared for the arrival of an ultimate "messiah" to inaugurate a new godless garden - Eden.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Psalm 2:1-3

God drove Adam and Eve from the garden, there will never be a return to Eden. God's plan for man is not backward looking, but forward moving.

No, we will never recover "paradise lost" ~ but as pilgrims we look forward to the arrival of the "city whose Builder and Maker is God."

Remember, this world is not our home, we're just passing through, so don't get too comfortable.

taken from an article by Pastor Bill Randles