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, 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WAY TO GO TEXAS..!!!!!!..

It appears Houston' mayor and the city council are re-thinking their earlier subpoena requests.

The change in stance came after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott sent a letter to city officials urging them to withdraw the subpoena.

The Houston Chronicle quotes Abbott's letter as saying, "In good faith, I hope you merely failed to anticipate how inappropriately aggressive your lawyers would be. Many, however, believe your actions reflect the city government's hostility to religious beliefs that do not align with city policies." 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.


Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.
The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.
Stand with the Houston pastors in prayer, remembering also to pray for their homosexual mayor and the city council.
The following was written for Israel, I understand that, but...

 “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and reform your ways and deeds." Jeremiah 18:11

Sounds like a good word for America to me.   Just saying.


A reader brought to my attention issues concerning Charles G. Finney,  thanks "D". Therefore the post has been removed.

I appreciate your bringing this to my attention.  Thanks again.

LORD bless,  met

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One News Now is reporting:

American Life League is calling on the Vatican to sever its relationship with a group that promotes immoral policies.

Michael Hichborn, the host of the American Life League Report, made a recent and shocking discovery.

“Caritas Internationalis, which is the largest Catholic social justice agency in the world, is on the governing body of an organization called the World Social Forum,” Hichborn reports. “The World Social Forum is an international Marxist agency that parades through the streets carrying banners promoting contraception and abortion and homosexuality.”
Hichborn says the organization backed by the Vatican is not shy when it comes to advertising its leftist agenda.
According to Hichborn, they even had statues of pregnant women crucified on a cross signifying women crucified by fundamentalist thinking about abortion. So, it is quite clear to Hichborn that World Social Forum is a Communist organization opposed to principles of the Catholic Church.
“For the Catholic agency, Caritas Internationalis, to be a part of this organization, let alone be on its governing body is mind blowing,” Hichborn expressed. “There is really no reason for a Catholic organization to have anything to do with this group.”

American Life League is asking people to contact Cardinal Maradiaga, current president of Caritas, and ask him to completely disaffiliate with the Communist group.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

As Christians await the rapture, unprepared for the tribulation.  As many stand watching for The Roman Empire to regroup and provide the Antichrist, we are overlooking the obvious.!!  
It's Islam we need to watch  - Turkey, Iran and Iraq for starters.
"In mid-September, the Islamic State terrorists launched a coordinated assault on the Kurdish enclave of Kobani in Syria, near the Turkish border. As Islamic State rolled through 21 Kurdish villages, more than 45,000 people escaped across the frontier. By October, more than 180,000 Kurdish refugees were estimated to be in Turkey. Since that initial assault, Islamic State has been strangling the Kurdish forces defending the city.
The world stands by as Islamic State continues the ethnic-cleansing and mass murder that it has conducted across Syria and Iraq. But most shameful is the fact that the Turkish army has sat just across the border and watched the carnage in Kobani.
When Kurdish protests broke out in Istanbul and across five provinces in Turkey on Tuesday, the police were swift to try to put them down, killing 21 protesters.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a dangerous game of blackmail, using the massacre of Kurds as collateral while warning that Kobani is about to fall."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2014)- Evangelical author Os Guinness says churches have lost influence in America because Christians are fearful and compromised.

Guinness told an audience at the Family Research Council in Washington that the church is weak because it's worldly, at a time when the world needs "a positive and persuasive alternative vision of human flourishing."
He said too many American Christians lack the "courage to be different and to clearly make a stand" in a culture that's increasingly disdainful if not hostile to Christianity.
Guinness said modern culture's comfortable relativism has done more to undermine Christianity "than all the persecutors in history put together."

Sounds good, indeed the church is weak and worldly, but I see no mention of Jesus, sin, repentance, reconciliation, the gospel or salvation.  I also have a problem with his assessment of what the world needs.  The world needs Jesus Christ, but somehow that fact seems to have slipped his mind.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Perhaps instead of praying for God to bless America, it is time to pray that the hearts and minds of elected/appointed officials be turned from the world to The Word.

WASHINGTON (October 6, 2014) - The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court's order effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

 Walid Shoebat reports -
"A physics professor in Turkey wants to build death camps for Jews in his country. One month after making his wishes known, his research was awarded government funding. Ali Ihsan Goker is yet another symptom in a very real and growing problem in Turkey. That Goker is able to call for the extermination and genocide of Jews without consequence is trumped by his being rewarded for it."
Will Christians be the next target?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I ~ Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

If we are to become all that our LORD intends us to be, if we are to become His witnesses throughout the world, if we are to rescue the perishing and care for the dying, our focus must be on Jesus. Jesus, The Word, The Son of God, The Name that calms our fears and sets the prisoner [in spirit, in soul or in body] free. We must become burdened for the lost, knowing deep within our heart, that apart from the saving work of the cross, mankind is lost in their sins, without hope, without life, without God.

His Word MUST become life to the hearer and bread for our soul. We must no longer run from conference to conference, from teacher to teacher to glean yet more and more knowledge. We must no longer sit and soak - becoming like the Dead Sea - taking in but never pouring out.

“My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of Thy Name.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wars and rumors of wars surround the globe. Famines, earthquakes, Plagues - Ebola killing thousands with no end is sight, spreading to USA with first case confirmed in the Dallas area. Nations rising against nation. Muslims, following the teaching found in their holy book, the Quran, beheading hundreds of innocents. Harry Potter being taught instead of Bible - its easier to understand. [thx ep @ the end time]. Evangelicals embracing oneness with the RCC. On and on and on it goes.

Are we as His remnant prepared for what lies ahead?

One blogger writes:

“Whether you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, or believe Christians will be witness to the full tribulation, wrath, and final judgments, there is work to be done. The beginning of birth pains we are seeing should have the same effect on all of us. It should motivate us to save as many souls as we can in the time that we have left.

The Great Commission tells us to be disciples to all nations, including our own, bringing the message of salvation through Christ to all people.

If the Church is raptured before the tribulation, it is important that we prepare by leaving behind an explanation for the trials and judgments that those left behind will face. How else will they recognize the deception of the anti-Christ and seek instead the truth of the Bible and also be able to recognize the signs of end times? If we are to endure the tribulation along side them, we will need to be prepared to not only share the message of salvation, but share with them the reasons for God's judgment and hold it up as further proof of their need to be saved.”

“strengthen the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

“ ...the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6

Watch and be sober…. Again I ask, are we His remnant prepared for what lies ahead?