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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who do you trust?

... We are living in, perhaps, the most exciting time ever to be recorded in History, short of the appearance of our LORD in Israel and most Christians are not even aware of it. I do not expect the unbeliever to understand or to recognize that the Rapture is about to occure but the Christian that goes to church every Sunday and to Prayer Meeting on Wednesday should roll out of the bed every morning with the thought that this would be a great day to go home because so much has happened and it could occure before I finish writing this article or before you finish reading it.
... Ezekiel 37 and 38 and 39 are the chapters that I will basing my comments on and they are such exciting chapters to read. In Chapter 37, verses 1 thru 14 we see that God is bringing to life, Israel, even though they are a nation no more. In 1948 God did exactly that and Israel was a nation again, in one, single, day. Now in verses 15 thru 22 we are taught that God will do exactly what He has done, The Jewish nations are now one nation and the faithful have been assembled from every nation in the world to become one united Jewish nation. Verse 23 is such an important one to make note of because the Chosen People of God have been guilty of every sin the other nations have committed but they are being cleansed and will be cleansed by God and by God alone. God is demonstrating His faithfulness, even as we look on.
... In verses 24 thru the last we see the promise of God to the Jew and in the newspapers, right now, we see that promise being fulfilled. In verse 26 we see that God has made a covenant of peace for the nation of Israel and as we look at the history of the People from 1948 through the present, no-one has prevailed against them, even when it was impossible for them to be victorious. God has magnified Himself through Israel, that we, the Christian, might see and the best is yet to come. In chapters 38 and 39 we find Russia and Iran with other allies attacking Israel, to put an end to what God has restored. And it is there that we find what I have coined from the book of the same title, "The Ezekiel Option." The forces that will come up against Israel will be so many that they will be irresistible,except that God defend Israel. He will!
... So, what does this have to do with you? Everything! The Stock Markets around the world are crashing and people are losing thousands and even millions of dollars and find themselves hopeless. And here I sit without any financial hope for any future and yet I am calm and resting in my LORD, giving any time I am presented with the chance. Many are they that will call me a fool and a large number of those are resident in the church. Not God"s Church but they are card carrying members of many denominations. And all I can say to them is that they have missed the whole point and I must pray for them.
... When Abram took his family and left his home to follow God, it was the most irrational action he could have possibly taken. When God had Samuel anoint David as King, usurping Saul it made perfect sense to kill Saul and David was given the opportunity to do so more than once, but David waited on God. When Elijah informed the nation that there would be no rain until he said so, the monarchy put a death warrant out on him. There was no way for him to feed himself and when the brook that God sent him to there was no way for him to even drink water except that God hold true to His word, and he did.
... I fell off the side of my diesel truck a few years ago because the Agent Orange exposure had finally knocked me down and except that God step in, there was no hope for me and my wife. We trusted His promise to care for His servants and we are doing ok. We are not going to the steak house to eat every night and we are not riding in a Rolls Royce but we are taken care of because we have trusted God. I can only beg you, please, trust God!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Prayer for India Missions

... I received an email today, 10/9/'08 from a dear friend of mine, Jeff Mills, on the field in Guatemala. Being with the Final Harvest Ministries, he is well informed and stays informed about the current events, even when the media does not report on the circumstances. Upon reading his forwarded notice of the mess I searched for a news release on the violence and that is the link I have included.
... In the email from the missionary, on location, he told of bombings, buildings being set on fire and reported how the orphans, rescued from starvation, in the streets, were being sought after to be eliminated by the Hindus. I call on everyone of you to pray for these children and for the missionaries that are fleeing with them to the jungle, seeking God's safety. I do not care if you call yourself liberal or fundamentalist, pray!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Election

... The Founding Fathers of the United States of America designed a Government that was founded on Judeo-Christian values and as per the much misquoted Jefferson letter was never intended to separate the government from the influence of the church. In the Jefferson Letter the eight words used to justify the incorrect decision of separation of church and state, when read in the context of that document are expressed to assure the church that the Government of the U.S. will never designate a national religion as many of the countries in Europe had done.

... Our form of government was designed to have three separate branches and the weakest of those three was the Judicial Branch. The Supreme Court, not even being elected, do not represent the people of the nation, in any form and the government of our country is to be the government of, by and for the people. When the Judges declared prayer in the school to be illegal there was no such law ever written by the congress and so was never signed by the President. When the Judges decided that abortion was legal, there were laws in every state of the Union declaring the act to be illegal and to this date there has been no law written nor one signed to supersede the states authority in the matter. Abortion is against the law and the purveyors of this murderous act, every one of them should be sitting on Death Row awaiting their sentence for the commission of the crimes they have committed.

... There needs to be a point to every rant and of course there is one to this explosion. While the numbers are in decline, just as promised by our LORD in the scriptures, the majority of the population of the U.S. claim to be Christian. As a Christian we are to obey the commandments of our LORD and Stewardship is taught throughout the Bible and is particularly noted and emphasized by Jesus in the New Testament.

Genesis 2:2-3 - God rested
Psalm 118:24 - The Lord's Day
Ecclesiastes 3:1 - A time for everything
Matthew 25:15-30 - Parable of Talents
Luke 12:15 - Abundance
Matthew 6:20 - Treasures in heaven
Matthew 10:8 - Freely given, freely give
I Kings 17:1-16 - Widow of Zarephath
Genesis 1: 31 - Creation is Good
Genesis 2:15-20 - Adam as steward
Psalm 104 - Creation Psalm
Matthew 6:25-34 - Lilies of the Field
Matthew 19:16-22 - Love neighbor
Luke 19:1-10 - Zaccheus
Mark 12:41-44 - Widow's Mite
Luke 10:30-37 - Good Samaritan
John 6:1-14 - Feeding 5000
Luke 15:11-32 - Forgiving Father

    Leviticus 27:30-32 -Tithing
    Deuteronomy 16:17 - Give as blessed
    Matthew 6:31-34 - First things first
    Matthew 22:34-30 - 2 commandments
    Mark 10:17-25 - Riches
    Luke 16 - Faithful stewardship
    Luke 18:9-14 - Pharisee A tax collector
    Romans 12:1 - Offer yourself to God
    I Corinthians 16:1- 2 - Money to help
    II Corinthians 5:16- 6:2 - Work together
    II Corinthians 8:1-12 - Generosity
    II Corinthians 9:6-15 - Generosity
    Ephesians 2:1-10 - Created for good work
    I Peter 1:3-5 - Born anew
    I Peter 2:9-10 - God's own people
    I John 4:13-21 - We love because of God's love for us

    In less than one month we vote for the new President of the U.S. And as the Stewards of God Almighty we must seek to do His will and not the World's will. We must seek after the will of Our Father in Heaven and not what we think is best for us. There have been over forty million babies sacrificed on the Alter of Convenience and there is no scripture that can support even one such death.

    ... Some will argue that a child does not have life until it exits the mother's body even though any mother will tell anyone that her child was reacting to stimuli long before it was born. Some will say that an infant does not live until a certain number of months have passed with the child being resident in the mother's body. There are even some that will, in spite of scientific evidence, say that the infant is not human until after the first three months. First evidence, without even going to the Word of God, any human conception, left alone, produces a complete human being. Second evidence, at just ten weeks after conception the baby has ten tiny toes, ten tiny fingers, a heart beat and a brain scan demonstrates mental activity. Ten weeks is before a woman even knows, for sure, that she has conceived. Further more, when we go to the Bible we find the God declared that when a man kills the fetus (Old Testament Law) he must be killed and in the Book of Jerimiah we learn the God told Jeremiah that before he was conceived (in his mother's womb) that He knew Him. God knew every one of the soon to be fifty million babies by name before the mother and the father produced them.

    ... Then we have two items and they both require the same repair to be applied. I will receive hate mail and remarks on the bulletin boards for this but it is the truth. The War will not be won by the armies and the economy will respond in exactly the way that God has predetermined that it will. You see, it all goes back to our sins and God is not pleased with the way the church has allowed the world to come into it's presence to influence it and turn it away from Him. Just ignore all our other sin and remember those millions of babies that were exterminated, do you really think we can mock God and not be punished? God back and study the Old Testament and the ways that God punished the Chosen Ones when they disobeyed Him, over and over. God is slow to come to wrath but when He does, His wrath is unbearable.

    ... Just imagine, this is not even the beginning of the Great Tribulation, that will be far worse.

    ... How in the world are you going to vote next month?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Is Jesus our Bud?

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made.

... In Romans 1:18 through the last verse we find out that God will turn man over to a Reprobate mind and it is my contention that He has done so. While it is true that those who choose to accept the free gift of Salvation become the adopted children of God and it is true that Jesus, the Christ, is the Son of God, we must not assume that we speak of Him in the familiar way that folks do today.
... There is so little focus today that it is frightening. In the first verse of The Gospel of John we are taught several things about our Messiah. First we learn that Jesus has always existed and this point alone is cause for much study and meditation on the Word of God. This point, along, is one of great distinction. We are taught that one name for Jesus is The Word and of course the Bible is The Word of God. Continuing along this path, in verse three we see that there is nothing, in the entire Creation of God, that was not made by Him.
Many, are they that, have separated the Old and the New Testaments by having the New to replace the Old. In the Old Testament the Creator, God, has promised, never to change. (Mal. 3:6) This same quality of God is demonstrated in the New Testament. (Heb. 6:17,18) If we never study the Old Testament we wilol not understand the New Testament because much of the New is, in fact, commentary on the Old. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest Commandment He went directly to the Books of the Law. The same Jesus that taught us The Sermon on the Mount is the writer of the Old Testament.
... Consider for a moment that I once worked for Texas Industries (TXI) as a Mixer Driver/Operator. As an employee of the company I was vested in the 401k and owned stock in TXI. The CEO also worked for TXI and owned stock in the company but each of us had a different roll to fulfill. I owned stock, just as the CEO did but I was not equal to him in position. I am a Son of God because He has adopted me into His Family but Jesus, the Son of God is God. While Heaven is mine to inherit Heaven is Jesus' in that He created it.
... When my dad was still alive, he loved me and I loved him. We were both war veterans and as such, we had a great respect, one for the other but while, in many ways, we were equal, we were never equal. What was true of my dad and myself is also true of Jesus and each of us. Just as I gave much greater stature to my dad, each of us must find Jesus to hold an even greater position in our lives. When I tell you that I feared my dad I do not mean that I lived in fear of some possible punishment he might administer. I feared not being pleasing to him. I, in an even greater way live in fear of Jesus. My salvation is settled but I never want to displease my LORD.
... You see, Jesus is not my buddy. Just like my friends, I am free to approach Him with any concern I might have but just as I would not walk up and wrap my arm around the President I respect Jesus even more than the Supreme Commander of the Army I am so proud of. When we love God, we will offer Him our deepest respect.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lessons About Trouble

... Living in Southeast Texas there are many object lessons to be learned and God has provided us with so many sources of information that it is difficult to miss the information. All the lessons we will ever need are found in the manuscript left for us by Our Heavenly Father but today I want to look at a source that most of us are close to on a daily basis. My Pastor, Joe Arms, is presently teaching on the location of the God of Elijah and it is a very deep and very good set of sermons on trusting and obeying God, even when it seems to make no sense.
... I'm not going there, instead, look at your dog. We all want the same thing from Phido (somethings about me just prefere Cajun.) First, like God, we want our pet to love us and if it could not do that I would never have the beast around mt children. God can live without human-beings just as we do not need the dog to raise our children but what a blessing it is for that four legged creature to go everywhere our, often, defenseless children go. My wife and I owned a snow white Alaskan Tundra Wolf for almost seventeen years and the very best thing about Sugarbear was that she was willing to die to protect my wife, her master. My question, "Should we, the Children of God, be willing to do less for our Master?" God laid aside all His Divinity and descended to the Earth for no other reason than to give us the key to the door into Heaven. That key is to believe that He died for our sins and as soon as we do that He leads us into repentance. I know because the year I was saved and became a Christian, God worked all that year on me to repent of my sins.
... During Hurricane Ike and particularly, the aftermath, my new pal, Delilah was ever busy demonstrating how we should worship and serve the LORD. Delilah has ranked her humans for their importance and position in her life. She is often cuddled by the women, my wife and my daughter, in my house and for this and other reasons I rank third in importance and that is as it should be. She plays with me but she does not guard me at night and I do not feed her. The second in ranking is my wife, she feeds her but my daughter, Barbara is number one. Delilah sleeps with her, she gives her her baths and she plays with her the most. The dog knows what is important to her. When we had to clean the mess up from Ike's visit, Barb and my wife were saddled with that job because I have been strapped into this wheel chair for the remainder of my time here. Delilah is a Dachshund and a minature to boot. She loves to hunt and kill moles but she is not much of a beast of burden and yet, every night she came in with the ladies, bone tired. One of the girls would pick up the end of a branch and begin to drag it to the fire pile and Delilah would find one small enough for her to move and off she went, right behind them. All she could carry was a twig but she looked, saw what her masters were doing and she did all she could to jion in with them, she want to help. When was the last time you looked to see what your Master was doing and went over to do you part? Are we less important than av dog? Or is God calling us to help Him?