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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Friday, November 30, 2012

Dave Harris writes ~

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:37-39

People are accepting the status quo—whatever it is at the moment. They don’t seem able to grasp the need to separate themselves from societies that are descending into the mire and from which God warns us to come out!

When you notice the evil, do you sigh and cry, or have you become so inured to the sin all around us that you just accept it as the inevitable way of the world?

We must not grow complacent with ungodliness—rather, we are to continue to be on guard, watching and even warning others of the impending punishment that evil-doing will suffer in God’s righteous judgment!

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:1-7

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else".

A.W. Tozer

Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • 'Gang fight' at Black Friday sale…
  • Man Punched in Face Pulls Gun On Line-Cutting Shopper…
  • Shots fired outside WALMART…
  • Shoppers smash through door at URBAN OUTFITTERS…
  • Customers run over in parking lot…

  • As God is removed more and more from our public life, incidents such as this Black Friday violence will be the price we pay.

    "...know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal...." 2 Timothy 3

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Luke 21:25-27 

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    "God articulates, history confirms. Our LORD speaks - debates cease. His Word is immutable fact, and history is the record of how He executed His Word."  Elwood McQuaid

    "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you."
    - Psalm 122:6

    We are in very good hands.

    May each of us remember, not only this week but day by day, to count our blessings, giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for our great Salvation through His Son. Thank Him for all He has given us, and for all those things He has not allowed to overtake us.


    "Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods." Psalm 95:2-3

    "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." I Chronicles 16:34

    "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalm 100:4

    "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    On the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, Benedict XVI asks the “Mother of China and all Asia” to support the faithful, that “they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus”, and “always be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter”

    Our Lady of China - ready to deceive millions.

    The image of the Blessed Virgin in the royal robes of the pagan Empress Tzi-Hsi with the Christ Child on her knees. A vivid expression of Chinese tradition.

    "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them." Luke 21:8

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    "The Lord said . . . the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah [or America, UK, Germany...] is great, and . . . their sin is very grievous" (Genesis 18:20). We all love to hear about God's mercy, grace and longsuffering. But we do not want to face the fact that someday soon He will come against everything that is of Sodom.

    God revealed His nature to Moses this way: "The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin" (Exodus 34:6-7). Yet in the very next phrase, God added: "[I] will by no means clear the guilty" (verse 7).

    The Lord was saying, "I will not wink at sin! Yes, I am merciful and longsuffering, but the time is coming when my patience with your sin will end. And that is when Sodom [or America, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia...] will burn!"

    Two angels came to Lot and warned, "Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city" (Genesis 19:15).

    Apparently Lot did not take this warning seriously because he slept in the next morning and the angels had to rouse him. His sons-in-law must have thought, "If he really believed the warning, he'd be on his way out of here right now. He doesn't believe it, so why should we?" This should be a lesson to us all. We need to live as if Christ is about to return so that others will listen to our witness.

    I believe in what are called "divine ultimatums"—times when the Holy Spirit knows your sin is about to bring you to ruin. The Lord comes to you and says, "I am the God of grace, and I want to deliver you out of this. Now, turn from your sin. Obey My Word!"

    These ultimatums are found throughout the Bible. For instance, Acts tells us
    Ananias and Sapphira were warned not to grieve the Holy Ghost by lying to Him. But they disobeyed and lied—and instantly dropped dead (see Acts 5).

    It does not matter how much you pray or fast, or how faithful you are in doing God's work; if you do not believe God will deal seriously with your sin, you are deceived!

    David Wilkerson

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    "Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced more true than the truth itself."

    Irenaeus: Against Heresies, Book 1

    "Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people." Proverbs 28:15

    "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." I Peter 5:8

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    And now - we move on.

    God determines our future, our times are in His hands.

    What lies ahead, speculation at best.  But one thing is certain,  we must be about our Father' business.  

    "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:16-20

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Instead of praying as Daniel, Daniel 9 or King David, Psalm 51 [please take the time to read these for yourself and act accordingly]- we prayed in arrogance and pride a prayer void of repentance, a prayer lacking in the acknowledgment or accountability of our own part in bringing down America.
    I received this prayer earlier today. Would things have turned out differently if we had cried out for forgiveness, acknowledged our sins, humbled ourselves, sought His face and turned from our wicked ways [2 Chronicles 7:14]? I would like to think so. The Word is filled with instances where the people repented and God relented. This sadly is not one of those times.

    Dear Beloved God in Heaven

    Please give us a president who loves this country and everything it stands for.
    Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God.
    Please give us a president who will, with your help, restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.
    Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted ever again.
    Please God weaken the evil and strengthen the good both without and within.
    May our eyes be opened.
    In Jesus’ name,
    God Bless America
    I am saddened, I am grieved, BUT I am not surprised.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    As November 6, 2012 approaches - remember: 
    Psalm 75:7 “But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
    Daniel 4:35 “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
    Daniel 2:21 “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:…”
    Let us remember also those persecuted for their faith across the world...

    and look to America, land of plenty - land of the free, home of the brave. A once proud land, now drowning in pornography, moral decay, homosexuality, the murder of the innocent and ask ourselves if we are a blessed nation or a cursed nation.

    Has God abandoned this nation and we never even noticed?

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Luke 14:35)

    I’m writing this as the great catastrophic hurricane claws its way up the coast, with my home state squarely in its path. Just in case, I’d better get this column finished fast. Maybe by the time you read it, everything will be all right. Or maybe it won’t....

    While I still have electric power, I pay a short visit to the internet. Voila! This enormous killer storm is caused by… [trumpet fanfare] Global Warming! And how do we know that? Why, Bette Midler says so!

    ...In one of those old disaster movies from the 1970s, there was a line, “Earthquakes bring out the worst in people.” It seems hurricanes do, too. [...and it might bring out the best in some other people]

    A lot of the folks on the barrier islands, for instance, didn’t want to evacuate. They were afraid their homes and shops would be looted before they could return. And there was the usual contingent of idiots who saw in the disaster an occasion for merriment: break out the surfboards and the video-cams, this is gonna be great!

    The governor and umpteen dozen local mayors hit the airwaves to plead with people not to use the roads until the storm was over. ... Do you think that kept people off the roads? Think again! What the heck—if you want a sack of donuts or a really nice latte, don’t let a little thing like an official State of Emergency cramp your style....

    This just in: gangs in the New York area are using Twitter to organize looting expeditions. Better living through technology! ...

    In our folly, we have in our minds separated God from His creation. We think “nature” is autonomous. It runs itself, it does what it does, while God dozes....

    Because we no longer believe that the earth is the Lord’s, we cannot see, we cannot hear. If the next storm were to be ten times as terrible as this one, still we would be deaf to God’s voice. We only hear “scientific explanations” of the storm—those of us who aren’t captivated by the man-made hurricane theory.

    But a scientific explanation, while true, only describes what a hurricane does. It doesn’t tell us what a hurricane is.

    We grope our way into the future, blind and deaf and with our hearts closed to understanding.

    We can hear Bette Midler, but we can’t hear God.
    #### article by Lou Duigon