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Saturday, November 21, 2009

11.21.2009 Thanksgiving

May we as a Christian nation, and yes we are a Christian nation, give and be especially thankful to our Lord Jesus and the Father for his love and mercy this thanksgiving day. May we remember our beginnings as a nation.
Too many people today are too liberal in their thoughts with the anything goes mentality. This is because it flies in their "my way" attitudes.
But on this thanksgiving day, we praise and honor the Christian's God the Father.
Romans 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; ... He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; ...
"In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, ... by the grace of God, ... having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, ... a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, ... furtherance of the ends aforesaid;...."

Friday, November 13, 2009

11.13.2009 Day of wonder

It'd be great to sit and wonder at the works of the hand of the Lord. The awesome, beautiful, glorious and creative abilities of God. His capacity and overwhelming intelligence to hold everything in place by his very WORD. The wonders of his mighty works. The abounding love he has for his creation and ultimately mankind.
But the wonder in which I contemplate today is "Do his people really understand the SIGNS of the times in which they live".
He gave us signs to watch for in the WORD.
Matthew 24:3-11 v3) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? v4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. v5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. v6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. v7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. v8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. v9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. v10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. v11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
How many wars of nation against nation are going on today? How many nations are in starvation mode, and how much sickness and new diseases abound, bird flu, swine flu, mad cow disease to name a few. How many earthquakes and natural disasters take place each week, count them?
Neighborly love will be replaced with hatred.
Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity (nothing against the law) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
This scripture is not about the breaking of laws like robbery, murder and assault, but the LACK of things that are actully against the law. Look at today's laws. Everything is being promoted as legal and acceptable, it's the "live as you wan"t lifestyle.
Too many Christians are assleep in this hour or are consumed with self, possessions and things.
Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe (Noah) entered into the ark.
People are all about life and doing and having. There is nothing wrong with "ENJOYING" this life. It's my conviction that God wants us to enjoy it. But not be so consumed with it that we don't look for his coming or tell others about Jesus and grace and salvation.
And the final sign of the Lord's return is:
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Do you realize that via tv, radio and the internet that we are just months away from this Gospel being preached to every corner of the earth? This was unheard of twenty years ago. This age of technology and world travel we "LIVE" in fulfills another scripture.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
But I assure you he will return:
Revelation 22:20 He (Jesus)which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11.11.2009 The great price payer

If you think this picture is harsh, then I agree with you. But what we must never forget is that this picture does not do justice to the torture that our Lord Jesus Christ endured for us.

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied (appalled, awestruck) at thee (Jesus); his visage (appearance) was so marred (disfigured) more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
But our redemption was purchased with his blood.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
No this is not a pretty sight and it is hard to look at. There is a place somewhere in me, when I look at this that hurts deep inside, it grieves my very soul.
Through this price comes the free gift of God that so many people reject, the price of Jesus' death to pay the price of death and blood so I wouldn't have to go to hell.
How do we get this free gift of grace through faith? By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 v9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. v10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
It's fun to believe that our salvation was paid for by Jesus and that it was done without any bad stuff happening. That this great person came and worked out some deal to save me from certian death, like some kind of negotiation or some act of deplomacy.
But the truth is, it cost a great painful, torturous, shockingly horrendous, terrible, atrocious, unspeakable and appaling price. We who are saved should live in a way that honors such a price. This is the very reason why those who reject Jesus, the great price payer, openly choose their own final destination. Their own destiny lays squarely in their own hands of free will and choice.
Many harden their hearts toward God because they believe he will one day cast their loved ones into hell. But the Bible is clear, they freely reject Jesus and his mercy by their own free wil thereby sealing their own fate.
John 3:18 ...but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
I choose to believe in Jesus.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;


11.10.2009 Defending the Kingdom

I received the National Defense Medal from my tenure as a United States Marine, something I am very proud to be. My dad was a Marine during the V-Nam era, mine was the dessert Storm era and my son Brandon was the Operation Iraqi Freedom era. We all served our tours with honorable service
Today we find ourselves as people with with the choice to serve in an ever more important venue. The service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most people have forgotten this most vital area of their life. It's the one place that will last for all eternity.
Romans 14:10 ..for we (the saved) shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
All who have received Christ will stand before him to be judged for our works as Christians and receive rewards for those works. That is why we live good and do good, not to be saved but because we are saved.
We are told to live in holiness, and that means putting off worldly ways and conduct.
1 Peter 1:15 But as he (God) which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct, behavior);
Christ places his holiness on us when we are saved, then it is our responsibility to live within the bounds of that holiness.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Even the very appearance of anything evil is to be avoided. many Christians today live outside of this holiness, they talk a little dirty, act a little dirty and think a little dirty. There is nothing wrong with living within this world, I assure God wants us to enjoy it, but we must live in it and avoid the sinful things that will defile us. There is nothing wrong with owning a car and driving it down the road, you just can't flip people off while doing it. The same with the internet, there are a lot of good things on the net to do and learn, you just can't be involved in everything it has to offer. There is nothing wrong with a clean joke or music... ect... as long as it stays between those guard rails of clean, not almost clean or just a little dirty, remember "all appearance".
So how do we judge the things we do? It's not what you or I say or think or believe. The answer is found in the WORD of GOD.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Every person born has a future appointment to pass away from this life, unless you are here when the rapture takes place. But no man can know if he will be alive at that time.
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
All those who have rejected (refused to accept) Christ will stand before the Great White Throne judgment.
Revelation 20:11-12 v11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. v12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
The Work God is looking for in the "book", is the work of faith in his son Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves (works): it is the gift of God
Acts 10:43 ...that through his (Jesus) name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see (heavenly eternal) life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (at the end in judgment, the Great White Throne).
There are those who say; "How could a loving God cast anyone into a hell?" God does not do this, it is every ones very own choice to choose their eternal destination. God offers everyone a way out of hells flames, how?, by choosing the only perfect sacrifice, Jesus His Christ.
Revelation 12:10 ...Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed (trust, accept) in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God does not want a bunch of robots, that's why he gives us all the freedom and will to choose. The WORD is real and true.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A light that can't be overcome!

4/11/2009 A light that can’t be overcome!
Matthew 16:18
“…upon this rock (faith in Jesus) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…”

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Light = truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it, that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly, the power of understanding esp. moral and spiritual truth
In these times of the powers of darkness (satan), there has never been a greater need for the light of Christians to outshine the forces of evil as “NOW”. The world is turning away from God and His salvation and looking and trusting in themselves for all their needs and cares, even their eternal destiny. They refuse to trust and believe in Jesus thinking they are simply good and ok and that they don’t have to worry about eternity.
But the Bible is so clear on the subject of salvation:
John 3:16-18
v16) 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. v17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. v18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
People say “How could a loving God condemn someone to eternal hell?“ God never condemns anyone, for we condemn ourselves by refusing to believe in and accept Jesus as the way into eternal life. Jesus is the only way to heaven for all people. If you refuse to believe in him you are condemning yourself.
The way to salvation is;
John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 10:1
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
If you enter at the door you belong inside the house and are thereby welcome. Any other way you try to get in is as a thief/robber and are not welcomed in. As a thief is cast out so is everyone who do not enter by the door.
Romans 10:9-10
v9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. v10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wherein lies our hope!

4/4/2009 Wherein lies our hope!
I sit here pondering the darkness, sin and lawlessness, that has infiltrated our Country and I realize it is a world wide epidemic. It seems the world is getting smaller and smaller. What goes on in even the smallest nations has worldwide effects.
As a minister of the Bible and of Gods’ love and salvation my heart breaks at what I see happening in my time. The brutality and inhumane, merciless and sadistic atrocities of massacres, barbarism and murder. People being hacked to death with axes and machetes, the brutal tortures of people by governments of counties and regions.
My own Country has even begun to incorporate this torture of people in what they call the “good for the majority”. But these things must come to pass ;
Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity (a condition of being without law not the breaking of laws) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
We now have a system where hardly anything is against the law. Our own government wants to euthanize our elderly and infants if either of these groups are determined to lack a productive life. These laws to allow these actions go before the government every year. God help us.
It causes me to pray even with more earnestness for the return of Jesus. To come and end all the pain mankind inflicts upon his fellow man because I know it is determined to get worse according to the Word of God.
We must keep our head up and look toward the end of things where the light shineth. Here are two scriptures I cling to each day, this is where my hope lies;
Psalms 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Hebrews 13:5
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rise in the glory of God!

4/2/2009 Rise in the glory of God!
Matthew 13:43
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
In the morning take a look at the sun as it begins to rise over the horizon. Watch it as it grows brighter in strength. The shear power of it increases as it continues to rise.
Darkness flees before it and no place is found for the darkness to exist.The enemy that hides in the shadows have no choice but to flee as the light penetrates every crease and nock imaginable. There is found no place for those who would stand against you.
From the dark they scream their threats of destruction and death at you. But as you stand in the authority of Gods’ power by faith they shall be defeated and all you’ll see is the back of their heads running away.
Deuteronomy 28:7
The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
This is the way God sees His children, as they rise from their rest they grow in brightness with each passing moment. Ever better, stronger for the day ahead to battle in the spirit against the forces of evil.
As you believe and have faith the enemy tries his best to stand against you. He attacks you one way but he and his friends shall flee from you in seven directions. Gods’ children must learn to walk in His power and not allow the enemy to dictate the way things are going to be.
Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This never means the fight will be easy, just that we have the ability to win if we do not falter into unbelief. To waver in our confidence in God is the surest way to be overcome and lose the battle. That is why the Bible says in:
Ephesians 6:13
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.
As you battle, do not ever give in, "STAND". This scripture assures us that victory is ours if we will simply not give in to the enemy.