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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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

Separating fact from fiction can be challenging, frustrating, labor intensive but very necessary if we are to be ALL that our God would have us to be. For all who are called according to His purpose we must study to show ourselves approved unto God. Getting to “know” God through His Word. Learning His will [not ours] for our lives. Praying for brothers and sisters who are in need. Lifting the persecuted Christians to the Throne Room of God, praying - “His will be done.” 

I have joined others in praying for American Pastor Saeed Abedini, Pastor Behnam Irani, Farshid Fathi, and the thousands of others imprisoned in Iran for their faith in our LORD Jesus Christ. Freedom of religion they do not know. Tortured, beaten at the hands of their captors, they are arrested solely for their Christian faith. The Iranian government argues their Christian activities are equivalent to “actions against national security.” Their crimes; possessing religious propaganda— Bibles printed in Farsi, unlawfully distributing Bibles… but today I read…

“As Christians around the world celebrated Christmas, the holiday season was also observed in Iran. Christmas trees decorated with red, green and gold gift boxes placed behind shop windows or at the entrances of different shopping malls and hotels can be seen, especially in the Christian neighborhoods of Tehran. Nativity scenes of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, could also be seen in shops along Mirza Shirazi Avenue and Ostaad Nejatollahi (Villa Avenue) and its surrounding neighborhoods in central Tehran.

This year, President Hassan Rouhani sent season's greetings to Pope Francis and world leaders. "May Jesus Christ, the prophet of peace and love, bless us all on this day. Wishing Merry Christmas to those celebrating, Iranian Christians,” he tweeted. Also, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed hope for a more peaceful 2015.

The Twitter account belonging to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also featured a series of messages on the occasion of Christmas. One of the messages read: “It’s time for all caring Muslims, Christians & Jews to obey the prophets & truly honor Jesus' birthday by standing up against Israeli crimes.” [AlMonitor]
 


Perhaps the persecuted church, those that are beheaded, burned alive, raped, sawn in half, sold into slavery or in prison for faith in Jesus are a threat to Islam, while those who walk freely, professing Christianity, whether they be in Iran, the UK, France, or America or no threat to anyone.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Churches are not drying up and dying out because of a lack of education or learning. 

It is not a lack of oratory or attractive programs. Churches and Christians are suffering because there is so much of so many things, but so little of Jesus Christ. 

Charles H. Spurgeon said that it was his aim and goal in every sermon, to take a text and follow it like a road until it led him to Christ and His cross. If that particular text did not seem to lead in that direction, he would simply jump over to another text that did. 

Oh, that our preaching today had this same aim and goal."

Pastor E.L. Bynum, Retired

Friday, December 26, 2014



SEATTLE – Mars Hill has accepted an offer from mega church leader and author Rick Warren to deliver the final message to the congregation this Sunday as it closes its doors following the resignation of Mark Driscoll.

“This Sunday, December 28th, will be our final Sunday as Mars Hill Church,” the website for Mars Hill reads. “Our dear friend Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church has graciously offered to preach the final sermon for us.”
"They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness;" Psalm 82:5
And perhaps, they do not care.??.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation. For. . . all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross." Colossians 1:15-20  

No longer a babe in a manger, but now King of kings and LORD of lords.  Not only His birth, but His sinless life, perfect sacrificial life, for you for me.  His death, but not only His death, His resurrection so that we too can live eternally with Him.

Indeed Joy to the World, the LORD has Come.  Christ - the true joy of Christmas.




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Don't be blinded by watching America as a sign of the times,  WATCH the Middle East and pray.

For disobedience and much sin America will be judged as will all nations that reject God.

But watch the Middle East, especially Israel.

America has NO covenant with God. God will protect His own, both the remnant and His Chosen People Israel, but Israel IS the apple of His eye.

"Russia is planning to ignite a war in Israel in an alleged contingency plan to trigger a direct military conflict between Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. A French official has revealed the plan as Russia's weapon against the U.S. and the European Unionamid increasing sanctions on Moscow."

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/576746/20141222/russia-israel-war-vladimir-putin.org#.VJjjFMBs4

AND

"The Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) is closing in on Israel from the Sinai and the east side of the Golan Heights."

http://ivarfjeld.com/2014/12/23/isil-closing-in-on-israel/




Friday, December 19, 2014

“…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

Yes, I know in Whom I have believed, but… I know that He is able, but…..

How many times, in how many ways have we doubted God. How many times have we ask Why? How many times have we said, ‘LORD, I don’t understand‘? Or am I the only one who has wrestled with the whys and I don’t understands in life.

My daughter has a very rare form of cancer. She has been battling this dreaded disease for about six years. Radiation, chemo, surgery after surgery. Why? Could this be God’ plan?

ISIS is murdering and maiming its way across the Middle East, seemingly unstoppable. Muslim, Christian, children, pregnant women, the elderly. Why? Could this be God’ plan?

YES this could be God’s plan. Calamity, sickness, death, murder….

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

My daughter has become a believer and she knows her help indeed comes from the LORD. Had she been spared these past years I am not sure she would be where she is today in her Christian walk. Regardless of what time our LORD gives her on this earth, her dad and  I will have all eternity to spend with our daughter. His thoughts are indeed higher than ours.

And today I read: ‘Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity. Tent churches among refugees are sprouting up like mushrooms. For people who have suffered such deep loss, seeing that they can pray to a personal God whom they can call Father.. “You can see the tears in their eyes when we pray – now knowing - God cares. They see that God can give them strength, can heal them, that He loves them. They say that things have changed, they have a peaceful attitude towards those ‘who have done this to my kids, wife, or husband - “I can pray about it and give it to God.”

Former Muslims, who once prayed five times a day as a duty, say they don’t quite know how to describe the difference. They say, “Now with our relationship with God, we see a huge difference; something has changed in our life.”’

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/December18/185.html

God has eternity in mind in everything He does. We see here and now, He sees forever.

Perhaps I will not always see the eternal picture when things come into my life that are
hard, or painful, but I pray that regardless of how bad things look, how bad they hurt, or how I just don’t understand - I will remember…

“For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

And keep an eternal perspective.

“…Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.…” Jeremiah 29:12-13

What a MIGHTY God we serve.
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WND reports:

Unconfirmed reports of a new decree imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling Bibles into Saudi Arabia has many Christian ministries and support groups on edge.
Practicing any religion other than Islam has long been illegal in the desert kingdom, and that includes rules against foreigners bringing in any type of religious material that does not conform to the royal family’s strict Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam. Foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia are often detained for purely religious reasons, sometimes resulting in deportation.
But applying capital punishment, which in Saudi Arabia often means death by beheading, to Bible smugglers would signal a new level of persecution even for the Saudis.
Several Christian missionaries said they were seeking to confirm a recent report by the Virginia-based Heart Cry Missionary Society that a new death penalty law has been adopted citing an “official statement” in Arabic on a Coptic Christian website called CoptsToday.
The law reportedly extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and “all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44 

One of the most sought-after Christmas gifts this year is a ouija board with Google searches  up 300 per cent. 

There is a brand-new video game from a software company in Helsinki, Finland, called Lucius II The Prophecy. In a world that is filled with objectionable entertainment, this game is a standout. Not only does it invoke graphic images of violence and horror, it places the user in the role of Antichrist.

Should you not want to stay home and play "board games " with the kids or watch them playing the latest in video games, why not pack up the kids and head for the movies.  Choices include;  Big Eyes,  Into the Woods, American Sniper, Dying of the Light and Night at the Museum to name a few. 

America is imploding, the church is on life support, we have murdered sixty million preborn children, ordain homosexuals as ministers, welcome 'christian' yoga into the church, consider Islam a religion of peace and somehow feel proud of ourselves,  knowing God "must" be pleased when we insist our department stores say "Merry Christmas."  

Monday, December 15, 2014

The U.S. Army has issued a “letter of concern” to a Georgia chaplain for citing the Bible during a recent suicide prevention training session.

Chaplain (CPT) Joe Lawhorn, during a recent training session, spoke about his past personal struggle with depression, explaining how he overcame the condition after considering the example of King David in the Scriptures. He also provided other generic resources that he thought may be helpful to those attending the session.

“Chaplain Lawhorn did what good chaplains do; he was candid, genuine and authentic,” wrote Alliance Director Chaplain (Col.) Ron Crews, USA Retired. “He spoke from first person to let his soldiers know that he too deals with depression. “Revealing his personal struggle with depression required a large measure of courage and mutual trust,” he continued. “His story involves his faith journey. ..” and therein lies the problem.

His faith, in The Word, in the God of The Word unacceptable to this politically correct USA. His faith, not in Islam, or in the goodness of humanity, yoga, meditation, philosophers, nature or man, but faith in God, Christian faith…

and therein lies the problem.


"I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." Philippians 3:8-10

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Has Kirk Cameron joined the ranks of the far leaning liberal ‘Christians.?.’ Or…
is it those of us who choose not to celebrate Halloween or embrace Santa Claus the ones who do not understand.?.

On a recent TBN broadcast, Cameron along with his Roman Catholic guest, William Federer, a signer of the Manhattan Declaration, an ecumenical document that unites Christians and Catholics to stand together for life and family, provided background on the life of the Turkish bishop Nicholas, who was known to give to the poor and inspired the tradition of gift-giving during Christmastime. He explained that after Nicholas died in 343 A.D., his bones were brought to the pope, who built a basilica for his remains, where they are enshrined to this day. Federer also noted that Nicholas was sainted because of the miracles that the Roman Catholic Church claimes he performed following his death—and still allegedly performs to this day through a myrrh that is purportedly exuded from his tomb to heal sick bodies.

Cameron cited St. Nicholas in his new film “Saving Christmas” as one of the reasons why Christians who abstain from the holiday should really find reason for rejoicing since he believed Nicholas was a strong Christian man. Speaking at Liberty University Cameron said:

“They [the RCC] even ‘sainted’ him—that’s why we call him St. Nicholas. He became legendary in his time and beyond his time. He became larger than life and reached mythic proportions. So the guy that many of us think is distracting from the birth of the Christ child, is really the defender of the faith.???..

“So now [ask Cameron] that you know who the real Santa Claus is, don’t you want to take a picture with him at the mall this Christmas? I do.” [Christian News Network]

Mike Gendron, former Roman Catholic had this to say - “Clearly, Cameron chooses to embrace Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity instead of embracing the exclusivity of God’s gospel. It was clear during the interview that Kirk was more interested in promoting his movie than contending for the faith of the apostles. The Vatican’s strategy for world dominion is to use influential people like Cameron to bring separated brethren back home to Rome. His compromise of the gospel and his unwillingness to expose Catholicism as an apostate religion reveals his unfaithfulness to God and His word. The Bible is our only safeguard against fatal error.

Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries/ Plano, Texas

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney got into trouble with the rabid left earlier this week when she made the stupid mistake of taking the "black lives matter" slogan and making it a more eucumenical "all lives matter."

Liberals erupted in rage, forcing McCartney to quickly back down. (American Thinker)

"Forcing" her to "quickly" back down.??.

Was she right, and indeed all lives matter?  Has she now changed her mind and all lives do not matter?

A double minded man, or woman, is unstable in all their ways.    

We must speak the truth, which she did,  (all lives DO matter) in love, without fear. This world is desperate to hear truth, yet those who have truth all too often quake and shudder, bend, break, and quickly compromise at the first sign of conflict.

Dear LORD give us hearts that desire to do Your will, becoming people OF the book and not just people WITH the book.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"A little child shall lead them..."

An 11-year old Arab Christian girl was listening to an Islamic scholar preach about Allah. When he was done, the little girl approached him and said this – “show me where in the Koran that Allah loves me as the sinner that I am, and I will become a Muslim.” 

The dumbstruck man was silent for a long time, and then walked away. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A pastor in Arizona has reportedly preached that ridding the world of all gay people would cure AIDS.
 
Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church cited Leviticus 20:13 reading, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."  Anderson then continued, "It was right there in the Bible all along ... It's curable right there... if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn't have all this AIDS running rampant."
 
Sadly, Pastor Anderson does not realize we are no longer under the law, but under grace, the unmerited favor of God through Jesus Christ our LORD. Jesus did not abolish the law, He fulfilled the law and has given us a New Covenant...
 
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
 
 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rob Bell once the evangelical poster boy, mega church hip pastor ~ the one time darling of tens of thousands will host “The Rob Bell Show” premiering December 21 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The one-hour show features Bell and is co-produced by him. He recently toured the country with Winfrey on a “Life You Want Weekend.”

“In many ways, some elements of typical evangelicalism are a good fit for Oprah’s lineup of public confession and personal transformation,” said Kathryn Lofton, author of ‘Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon.’ “The difference, however, is that The Church of Oprah incorporates as many religious concepts as possible, while evangelicalism commits to exclusivity. He won’t talk about the cross, or sin, or the idea that marriage represents Jesus and his bride or God and Israel. So he’s not a Bible Christian, but really a Christian, our new kind of Christian. Our ‘evogelical.’ ”

Speaking of Oprah, Bell said: “She has taught me more about what Jesus has for all of us, and what kind of life Jesus wants us to live, more than almost anybody in my life.”
 
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 'For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.…”  Hebrews 4:12-14  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As church attendance falls, one group believes that the lure of a burger and fries might make church more appealing. ... "Christianity is unable to capture modern audiences. There's a lack of innovation and lack of design thinking in Church communities." ... "It's time for churches to engage with entrepreneurship," writes the group on its IndieGoGo site. "By combining a church and a McDonald's we can create a self-sustaining, community-engaged, popular church, and an unparalleled McDonald's restaurant."

While in Ft. Worth, TX.  a church gave this a try:  "Church-in-a-Pub gets churchgoers in to the spirit, "so to speak." Worship leaders hold communion at the bar, singing hymns and songs of praise.

Magic acts, 3-D glasses, popcorn, beer, pretzels, coffee, donuts, a fifteen minute mini message, a great rock band, and hanging out with friends.  Who could ask for anything more?  Just don't get much better?


But God says:  "come out of her my people and be ye separate."  

Light and dark cannot co-exist, yet it seems the church in America continues to try.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission recently joined Pope Francis, Rick Warren as well as Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh leaders in Rome. The gathering was sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

And now, Dr. Albert Mohler. president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at a conference recently had this to say:

"One of the things we should not be embarrassed to say is that we are learning. One of the embarrassments that I have to bear is that I have written on some of these issues now for nearly 30 years, and at a couple of points I have to say ‘I got that wrong,' and we have to go back and correct it, correct it by Scripture.

"Now early in this controversy, I felt it quite necessary, in order to make clear the gospel, to deny anything like a sexual orientation. And speaking at an event of the National Association of Evangelicals twenty-something years ago, I made that point. I repent of that.
 
I believe that a biblical, theological understanding, a robust biblical theology, would point to us that human sexual, affective, um, profiles of who we are sexually, is far more deeply rooted than just the will, if that were so easy.
 
But Genesis 3 explains that, helps us to understand that this complex of same-sex challenges coming to us is something that is deeply rooted in the biblical story itself, and something we need to take with far greater seriousness than we have taken it in the past, understanding that that requires a far more robust gospel response than anything the church has come up with heretofore."
 
 
Chelsen Vicari of the Institute on Religion & Democracy took this away from the speech,

 
"I was very surprised by Dr. Mohler's changing tone. And I was very thankful that he took time during his speech to actually confess that he had gotten sexual orientation wrong earlier in his career and that he is willing to say that there are individuals who are born with an innate sexual attraction to the same gender."
 
"Now therefore go to speak to the men of Judah, [or Africa, Europe or America] and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, [or NYC, Dallas or Seattle] saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I frame evil against you and devise a device against you. Return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good." Jeremiah 18:11

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It is coming too fast.

Something is horribly wrong; in our world, in our country, our neighborhoods, our families. Flip on the news, surf the net and the face of evil glares back at you. What has befallen this earth and her people? America the beautiful has now become America the battlefield. The Middle East teeters on a very unstable foundation.

Those with eyes to see and ears to hear understand what is coming. Knowing that God will not be mocked, we grieve, we weep, we howl for the miseries that are coming upon us.

Ezekiel was commanded to eat the scroll. He was told it (I believe "it" to be The Word of God) would be sweet but would quickly become bitter. Why would The Word be sweet, only to become bitter?

Hebrews tells us:   "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

John too was commanded to eat the scroll (Revelation 10). And like Ezekiel, it would be sweet in his mouth, only to become bitter.  Both of these strong, mighty men of faith were commissioned by God to prophesy to proclaim The Word of The LORD to their generation. And so too have we.!.  

To declare the Truth is also our commission from God. It will not be easy, nor will it be well received, but tell it we must. Tribulation awaits His people and His world.  Rejoice that you will be worthy to be called His follower.  

Pray and proclaim His Truth. His Words are sweet with bitter consequences.  John saw it and rejoiced. Ezekiel saw it and rejoiced.  

We too must see it, share it and rejoice!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. – KJV – Ezekiel 9:4

Don't pass this off as only pertaining to Israel.   Is there a mark on your forehead???

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!  Enjoy the video, and count your many blessings. Remind others of all that the LORD has done for those that are His.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=VQdy764SJL8

Monday, November 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.
Not a huge sum, but the pastor said the LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent tithe — would be divided among some 320 regular attendees. Each would get a $500 check to do something positive for anything or anyone, including themselves.
A female pastor??? 10 percent TITHE?  Doing something positive, for ANYONE, including themselves? Forget missions.  Forget the homeless, the widows, the orphans. Do something positive, for ME! (SRN)

Such a sad commentary for one calling itself the body of Christ.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Watching the erosion of America' church it is evident...

The church has not been taught truth. Pastors have preached, Sunday school teacher have taught a feel good, name it and claim it, seeker friendly - your best life now message, but they have not taught truth.

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild.....  What a friend we have in Jesus...

A steady diet of milk not meat has created a feeble, frail and powerless body. A body unprepared for the future that awaits America.

"...but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?…" 1 Peter 4

Judgment is not coming to America - JUDGMENT IS ALREADY HERE.!!. Yet, the church is disengaged, unprepared and sleeping soundly.

Daniel and the three Hebrew children were taken captive. Kingdom after kingdom were taken over by the enemies of God, prophets, priests and kings, the righteous as well as the unrighteous were taken captive.

"Jesus passed through the university of suffering and there obtained the certificate of perfect obedience.  And NOW He has become a Professor in the same university to teach obedience to all 'who are willing to enroll'.  As Hebrews 5 teaches, there is no compulsion here, as there was under the old covenant, with its "Thou shalt Not..."  Now the Spirit and the bride say, "Come, join this university."  No one can be a disciple who does not join this university... for this is the only place where disciples are trained.  Jesus is far more interested in saving us from evil than in saving us from tribulation. He permits us to go through tribulation because He knows that is the only way we become spiritually strong.   Such a message is strange teaching indeed to a comfort-loving Christendom  that has been coddled Sunday after Sunday for years. Coddled with ear-tickling sermons by pansy pastors. But this is the message that the apostles preached to the early churches.

Paul Barnabas, Peter, James...strengthened the souls of those in the early church, encouraging them to continue in the faith, saying; "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" Acts 14:22  [ Zac Poonen, Christian Fellowship Church]

It is my earnest prayer that the church will arise from its slumber, engage in the battle, study to show themselves approved of God, stop swallowing and following every wind of doctrine and stand on The Truth of The Word of God. 

"...and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins…" Hebrews 10
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"While Christians can coherently decry the brutal murder of men like Peter Kassig at the hands of the Islamic State, are our murders and dismemberments of thousands of innocent American children each and every day somehow less horrific because we (usually) don’t video record the assault?

Are our murders and  dismemberments of thousands of innocent American children each and every day somehow less evil because they are done in the name of American freedom and liberty?

The Star Spangled Banner may flutter in the breeze above us and we may go on and on singing about the “land of the free” in which we imagine ourselves to live, but we will be a people crushed under the judgment of God, having nothing left of true freedom, peace, prosperity, and joy…until and unless we finally repent and believe."

Scott Alan Buss
firebreathingchristian.com

Monday, November 17, 2014

Come out of her My people and be ye separate says The LORD our God, but...

On Monday, November 17, 2014, Pope Francis will host a global ecumenical conference featuring Muslim leaders, pagans, and Chrislam founder Rick Warren from Saddleback Church in California. The official website says that the Colloquium is sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, and
 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
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The conference will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Vatican, and is expected to feature more than 30 speakers from over 20 countries. According to the Catholic News Service, those of the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jaina Shasana, Taoist and Sikh religions will be present, as well as Roman Catholics and professing Christians. (Now The End Begins)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

9/11 is a reality, yet as ISIS rapes, crucifies, beheads and murders its way across Iraq, Imams are invited to offer the opening prayer in the USA House of Representatives. As Boko Haram kidnaps and sells young girls as sex slaves, Imams are invited to conduct prayers at the Washington National Cathedral.

As Iran imprisons Christians, because they are Christians, the US government embraces Iran as a partner in the peace process. Christians and Muslims DO NOT worship the same god. Jehovah God and Allah are NOT one in the same yet this does not stop Americans and the American government from embracing this horrifying evil "religion". Do not call Islam a religion of peace. That is a lie. ISIS is following the teachings of Mohammad as taught in the Quran. ISIS is not a radical form of Islam, ISIS is Islam.

Homosexuality is a sin against God. God condemns the homosexual lifestyle. Yet, the American government embraces this sin, seeking ways to help those who have chosen to disobey God. State after state have passed laws that condone this sinful behavior. Pastors embrace this deviant lifestyle, opening their churches to homosexuals, performing same sex marriages.

Abortion, the murder of the innocent, is a sin against God.  God condemns murder. Yet abortion has been the law of the land for decades. A law of convenience, a law condoning amoral lifestyles.

God's Word is very clear.!!.Why can't they see? Why don't they recognize what is being done in the name of "christianity." Why is His Word ignored in the church today?  Preachers, teachers, evangelist, elders, deacons; SPEAK UP.!!!.  Pew sitters; GET UP.!!!.. King Josiah understood the anger of the LORD, and determined to do something about it. [2 Kings 22]

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10

"The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

"How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger." Job 21:17

There is NO fear of God in America.!!.

I can only imagine the anger of our Righteous and Holy God against this proud nation and its arrogant people.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Many..??...

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness… Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things…” Romans 1

Few of us know those who worship birds, four-footed beasts or creeping things, but how many do we know that worship mammon, positions, power, prestige, families, fortunes?

“Today's Christians are like deep-sea divers, encased in suits designed for many fathoms of the deep yet march bravely forth - pulling plugs out of bathtubs.” Peter Marshall

How many walk among us, friends, family, neighbors, who desire the benefits of Christianity, without the Lordship of Jesus Christ as King?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Snippets from brighter minds than mine:

“Oprahesque” doctrine, “Joel Osteen’ power of positive thinking” messages, scriptural perversion and false utopia are sweeping across our nation and around the world. Souls hang in the balance. Their mantras appeal to the flesh while corrupting the spirit. Tickling the ears of all who desire friendship with the world – a world without pain, trouble or woe. A world where everyone “goes along to get along.” Tolerance, for one and all, regardless of religious preferences, life style choices, or destructive habits. A world without the God of the Bible.

It is critical that we fully understand that our acceptance and adherence to this subtle deception, the perversion of God’s laws, is facilitating the implementation of the planned “one world religion” the plan of Satan to corrupt the church of God. Compromise is required by both pastor and parishioner. Sadly, compromise, in the name of tolerance is being embraced by religious leaders not just in the United States, but around the world.”

“...the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:19-20

“"Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not: Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence?" Jeremiah 5:21-22

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014.… What Now.?.

Expect the Unexpected.!!.

Be Watchful, Be Vigilant.!!.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Pray Continually, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..” Ephesians 6

Most of us can probably quote this scripture - chapter and verse. But….

Do we, His church, [not just in America, but around the world] stand strong in the LORD and in the power of His might.?. To me it would appear the answer to this question is.. NO

Are we able to stand against the wiles of the devil.?. That too does not appear to be the case.

Do we pray continually, with prayer and supplication in the Spirit [for all the saints].?.

Hmmm, how many times has your church or prayer group prayed with supplication for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.?. How often has the church cried out for God to strengthen and purify His church?  How many times have you.?.


“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
 

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.


Our hope will never be found in Washington, D.C. in any man or in any mans policies.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student  told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while  fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?'  The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are  used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat, again you continue until you  have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The  pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to  eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and  around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten  how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America.  The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms just a little at a time.
 
One should always remember 'There is no such thing as a free lunch!!' also 'You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper then you can do it yourself.'
If you see that all of this wonderful government 'help' is the problem confronting the future of democracy in America, PRAY FOR AMERICA.!!!..  Author Unknown

Monday, November 3, 2014

“When the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, decided to hold its annual Paint the Plow event — an initiative in which community schools are invited to paint snow plows — officials likely had no idea that the art project would devolve into a battle over the separation of church and state.

Image via Facebook/Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls

But that’s exactly what happened after an atheist’s complaint led officials to ask students at Sioux Falls Lutheran Elementary School and Sioux Falls Lutheran High School to rework the faith-based messages they had painted on the plows.

The City of South Dakota gave the Lutheran school the choice of repainting the snow plow or withdrawing, and the students chose to withdraw their art, so their message was painted over.

The schools principal said they used the incident to talk to students about a "civics lesson" on groups that oppose religious freedom. "We always talk about persecution in the Middle East - Christians being persecuted in the Middle East - and I said, It happens even here, in the United States, where we are supposed to have the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech."

An atheist complained so…..Hmmmm, wonder what would have happened if an Islamic organization had painted a plow which read -- “Allah is greater.?..

Just thinking out loud.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Where can I go but to the LORD.?.

A Methodist pastor in Nashville, TN. was disciplined after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, but will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

The Revere, Massachusetts public school district is not only requiring students to learn about Islam but is teaching these children the Shahada, the Islamic conversion prayer. According to Islamic beliefs, the simple recitation of this prayer means a conversion to Islam.

Secular sources teach us that the traditions of Halloween are based upon the worship of false gods, contact with the dead, foretelling the future, and communing with evil spirits, as tens of thousands of Christian parents accompany their little ones as they “trick or treat” the neighborhood.

Movies such as Left Behind are promoted as ‘christian‘ yet - one would have a hard time finding anything overtly Christian in the movie. The only time the name Jesus is mentioned in the entire film is as a punch line to a joke! Christian..???.

Christians are marginalized, criticized, chastised, reprimanded, fined and imprisoned.

Should we remain silent, NO.!!. We should be prepared and be aware that we have an enemy, realizing ..

“…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

And we MUST Stand strong against all who would oppose The Word of God. Stand in His strength, Stand in His power and Stand on His Word.


“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31

Thursday, October 30, 2014

British singer says the pontiff’s attempt to change Catholic church is ‘formidable’ as he hosts annual Aids benefit concert
Sir Elton John has called Pope Francis his “hero” for his compassionate drive to accept gay people in the Catholic church.
At John’s annual Aids benefit concert in New York City, the singer said Francis was pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: “Make this man a saint now, OK?”
“Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against Aids was the Catholic church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it,” said John, earning cheers from the attendees at Cipriani’s on Wall Street.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays earlier this month, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.   The UK Guardian

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Pope Francis waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.
The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered Monday at the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.”
“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”
Francis said the beginning of the world was not “a work of chaos” but created from a principle of love. He said sometimes competing beliefs in creation and evolution could co-exist." USA Today

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spurgeon writes -

Paul does not paint the future with rose-colour: he is no smooth-tongued prophet of a golden age, into which this dull earth may be imagined to be glowing. There are sanguine brethren who are looking forward to everything growing better and better and better, until, at the last this present age ripens into a millennium. They will not be able to sustain their hopes, for Scripture give them no solid basis to rest upon. We who believe that there will be no millennial reign without the King, and who expect no rule of righteousness except from the appearing of the righteous Lord, are nearer the mark. Apart from the second Advent of our Lord, the world is more likely to sink into pandemonium than to rise into a millennium. A divine interposition seems to me the hope set before us in Scripture, and, indeed, to be the only hope adequate to the situation. We look to the darkening down of things; the state of mankind, however improved politically, may yet grow worse and worse spiritually.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

 
Christian-owned Hands on Originals was asked to print the shirts for the Lexington, KY Pride Festival but politely declined because of the owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Instead, he found a printer willing to do the job and for the same price.

Lexington Human Rights Commission Executive Director Raymond Sexton told FoxNews’ Todd Starnes that Christian business owners should leave their faith at home and is recommending that the HRC fine the owner and force him to attend mandatory “diversity training” conducted by the commission.

Liberty Ridge Farms, located in New York, was recently fined $10,000 and ordered to pay two lesbians $1,500 each. That's because the Gifford family, which owns the farm, refused to rent its facilities for a lesbian wedding because of their religious beliefs.

The New York Division of Human Rights found the owners guilty of violating New York's human rights law, in particular public accommodations and sexual orientation.

“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4

“I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise Your Name forever.” Psalm 44:6-8

Perhaps soon each of us will be called to stand strong for/in our faith.

I pray we are ready.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

This appears to be far from over.  Please continue to pray for these pastors as well as Houston's mayor -

In what can only be called a case of the mentally ill vetting the righteous, open Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker and officials with the city of Houston, Texas are now demanding to see the sermons of several pastors in the area following the cities attempts to allow men to use women’s restrooms.

 A lawsuit arose because of the measure put forward by the Houston City Council. The issue at stake is a legal one, but the larger problem is that the city is looking to involve pastors who are not involved in a lawsuit against the city, according to Alliance Defending Freedom.


Christians throughout the country will have an opportunity to take a stand in the coming days to defend Houston pastors targeted by the city government.

The event is "I Stand Sunday" scheduled for November 2nd.

Family Research Council is organizing the event, which will be held at Grace Community Church in Houston.  The pastor of the church, Steve Riggle, is one of the pastors subpoenaed as part of the lawsuit.   FRC is seeking churches to simulcast the event.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

America,  on a collision course with God..??..!!.?.

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is threatening two ordained Christian ministers with arrest if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel is across the street from the Kootenai County Clerk’s office, which issues marriage licenses. Last week, Donald Knapp and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run the chapel, respectfully declined to perform a same-sex “marriage” ceremony.
According to the Coeur d’Alene city attorney, they now face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to perform that ceremony.
City officials said the Knapps are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its "non-discrimination" ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies despite the fact that they are Christians and the chapel publicly states it only performs Christian-based ceremonies.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"Come on let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew."—Exodus 1:10-12.
The children of this world are wise in their generation. Their policy may be short-sighted and their stratagems crooked, nevertheless the world admires the wisdom of their counsels, and makes light of the craftiness of their projects. In their opposition to the Christian church, the men of the world might certainly have been as well able to outwit her by the variety of their maneuvers as to overwhelm her by the force of their numbers, were it not that there is an unseen One in her midst, who is more than a match for the guile of their hearts and the might of their hosts.
Charles H. Spurgeon


Friday, October 17, 2014

“A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” Proverbs 18:7

US Secretary of State John Kerry called for the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on Thursday, arguing that the talks were vital in the fight against Islamic extremism.
Speaking at a State Department ceremony marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Kerry said that “it is imperative that we find a way to get back to the negotiations.”
Kerry, who just returned from Egypt where he attended an international conference that raised billion$ of dollar$ towards the reconstruction of Gaza, called for both sides to return to the negotiating table.
Kerry added that the ultimate goal of peace talks is “to find a way to create two states that can live together side by side, two peoples, with both of their aspirations being respected.”
“I still believe that’s possible, and I still believe we need to work towards it.”

The secretary further implied that Israel was responsible  for humiliating the Palestinians by denying them a state.
“People need to understand the connection, it has something to do with humiliation, denial and the absence of dignity,” he added.  Breaking Israel News
And the government of the USA continues to view black as white, and white as black..!!.., viewing Islam as a peaceful religion and viable partner in the peace process.
I do believe the inmates are running the asylum.