Friday, May 31, 2013

FEAR OR FAITH - YOU MAKE THE CALL

Fear is the absence of Faith. Fear does not mean you are not a believer. But let's face it, it does mean you don't believe God in this particular circumstance. You may even think He has left you on your own at this particular time! Again, this is the tendency of the natural man/woman.

How many times, from the front of the Bible to the back of the Book, has God said "Fear not....!" FEAR NOT or some variation thereof. There is no more all encompassing promise from Father than what God said in Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Even Christians would say something like "well sure, Joshua is God's General and leader of the Israelites!" That is true. But time and again, we are told and know instinctively (if you're a child of God") that the Bible was given for our instruction. We either believe it is "God-breathed" or it is a book of fairy tales!  The choice is yours. But remember that if you and I make the wrong choice, the blessings are short-circuited!

If a nominal Christian would not accept the Old Testament word to Joshua above, how about the Word of Jesus in the New Testament? The most literal English Translations of the Bible are the New American Standard (NAS) and the English Standard Version (ESV). I use the ESV in my writings because it flows better. The New King James Version (NKJV) is closer to these two, than the perennial standard - the King James Bible. Depending on your preference in reading/study, the variations of "fear not" to "do not be afraid" to "do not fear" range from 129 in the NKJV to 127 times in the NAS to 137 in the ESV!

There are things you should fear in this life. It is normal to be afraid for our children's and grandchildren's future in the current American system, which is rapidly in decline. America and the World's best days are not ahead of us, unless everybody in the world has been born again and saved from their sin by the Lord Jesus Christ. For the majority of mankind, it is over...and they just don't know it yet! It is normal to worry about our kids lifetime Journey with Jesus; their provision, protection and careers. That would be classified as parental concern. However, the one thing all mankind should concern ourselves with is what Jesus says in our final passage today. Look at verse 28 in BLUE:

MATTHEW CHAPTER 10, VERSES 26-33

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

In the final analysis, the choice is ours. We are told to "FEAR GOD",because this it the beginning of Wisdom. The wise person will Fear God and Keep His Commandments. The wise person who does that, is not necessarily the one whom the world adores in its corrupt state. This one "FEAR" that is sound and Biblical. The majority of mankind is destined for fiery judgment because they have absolutely NO fear or respect or awe of the Holy One Who lives forever.  This "Fear" is non-negotiable if you and I call ourselves a child of God.

What we have control over is whether to take Jesus at His Word. We can count how many times this word or that or this promise or that is in the Bible, but if we don't believe it, it  is meaningless...a chasing after the wind. So what do you say? Jesus said in verse 31 above: 
 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 

Do you believe that? Do you believe that He Who created everything in and around us is telling you the Truth? I do, do you? Jesus is PERFECT LOVE (1 John 4:18). Do you believe He can cast out all your fears? You make the Call!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID?


Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause....
Psalm 25:3
One message has been impressed upon me since the Good Friday service I preached it early this year, and that is the theme of "Faith vs Fear". It happened again on Memorial Day weekend, when I was a guest preacher at a beautiful country church in Auburn, Illinois. What started off as a prepared word about the great Memorial Stones of Joshua 4:1-7, led back to the same theme - "Faith vs Fear".

Sure enough yesterday, I was having the same conversation now, three days in a row with different people from three different churches! The reason why this keeps coming back is so many good people are not just genuinely afraid by what they are experiencing in daily life, but they see and hear no hope coming from any of the places you would expect it from - churches, small groups, community organizations etc. No one I know really look up to political, academic or celebrity leaders and nobody should either. 


As we see traditional institution after traditional institution fall - whether it is the late great Boy Scouts of America; or perverted movies, books or music...or whether it is one mega-church pastor falling after another or so-called responsible adults indoctrinating our public school children with graphic sex 'education' instead of math and science - the wheels have come off the bus. One would be tempted to say "who can blame even Christians for being fearful about the present and the future".

Just this past month, the Barna Survey confirmed what we have been observing. The amount of "Nones" - those who have no faith in any belief system, has increased five fold in the past 50 years.  Because of the type of churches we run, we have run off our youth when they "escape" at age 18 as they see pastors more concerned with maintaining their fiefdom and holding on to tithers, than addressing the true needs of the congregation. The scary high numbers of those who say they will never return to church...and who have in fact, walked away from Jesus Christ, will be blamed in part on these church leaders - locally and nationally.


The gist of this brief post is not to bust on those who are falling short to teach the Sufficiency of Scripture to the flock, but to embark on, no matter how small, a drive to show us that we can be concerned without being fearful. The first thing we need to do is realize WHOSE we are.

First of all - are we even saved, redeemed and rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit...that is, are we born again? I can't even remember hearing a preacher use the word "rejuvenation" in the recent past...but this is what MUST happen. 

Secondly, after this fact is confirmed, we have to stand on the Fact that WE BELONG TO CHRIST! We do that by ensuring the Lordship in our lives. The cheap grace people have it all wrong and are in mortal danger unless they too bow to the Lordship of Jesus Christ because if He ain't Lord of your life, He ain't your Lord at all!


Thirdly, with that sense of belonging, we must stand on the verse above, which the Lord gave me as I began writing this - Psalm 25:3.  These three steps can begin the assault on reclaiming our Faith from Fearfulness because we arestanding up on the Rock of Christ!!!! We say we are "waiting on the Lord" (Isaiah 40:31), but then we clam up and act like Peter (who denied Christ three times) when things get heated up at the office, or the soccer/baseball field etc....when we should boldly proclaim WHO we are. I did not say be brash and obnoxious! Anyone studying the Life of Christ could NEVER say He was anything but gentle, kind and loving while being firm, powerful and Just!

But if we have these three things and are NOT ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the Power of God unto Salvation, God will take care of the second part of Psalm 25:3, which says "Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause!" Ultimately, those are the ones who should be both ashamed and fearful - not us! They do not know it yet, but God has appointed a day when this too will be addressed!

So why are we so afraid? Well, because we are human! This is why Jesus Christ, the Creator of the World, poured Himself out of His Throne in Heaven and humbled Himself to be born as the GodMan, so He could identify with our emotions! This is why He sent His Own Spirit to live inside of us! You know it, I know it - He lives within my spiritual heart! We should be afraid for those who refuse to turn to the Lord as their Savior, but that is different from turning away from the One Who said "Remember, for I am with you, even unto the ends of the age (Matthew 28:20).

Friday, May 24, 2013

HOW DID WE LOSE THEM? (PART 2)



There is a new phenom called the "Nones" - that is, people who identify as having NONE when asked what their religious preference is. Now, you and I know that a personal relationship with Creator God and the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT a religion, but for the sake of argument, let's remain on the pollster's choice of word for now. Between 1950 and 2010, the amount of those "NONES" increased from 2% of the population to 16%! This is a huge, but not surprising swing in the wrong direction.

While the 1950's and 1960's saw some great crusades and many movements to Christ, due to the solid preaching of Billy Graham and the flaky Jesus Movement, America and the west were already heading in the wrong direction. It was during the 1960's that the Supreme Court kicked God, the Bible and School Prayer out of schools. When God is kicked out of anywhere, by man, we know who moves in - the god of this world, Satan. There is no need to talk about the downward spiral since the US Supreme Court did that. We see the evidence. 

What should be concerning us is that today, some of these same Nones are the children of so-called "Bible-preaching churches" who grew up sitting next to us but have no clue Who the Real Jesus is. 
They have no clue what the Cross means. 
They are biblically ignorant.
They never pray.
They may go to one of these modern churches and raise their hands and experience who knows what, listen to some mindless pap by a just as lost "preacher" and when you look at the trends today, and the move towards same-sex "marriage",  you see the fruit of all that lack of grounding in Word of God and True Truth. More so-called "evangelicals" - and I don't mean christians - believe there are more than one way to heaven than through The Way, the Truth and the Life. Yet, as George Barna just told us a few weeks ago, these people are in the majority of a group he calls "The Exiles.

The increase over 50 years of the Nones is not a surprise, but the increase of our young people losing their faith should be. In his just released research three weeks ago, Barna discovered something that should trouble us as deeply as the large amount of Nones in our midst. We know there will be a falling away from the faith in these last days. What many church leaders and parents are completely oblivious to is the effect the upbringing they allow to slip by them in church, could lead to their kids completely losing their way. It could lead to their children thrown into Hell on Judgment Day and these same parents and church leaders will have that to answer for!

This is not a joke, me being mean or judgmental. Study the Scriptures and see what the Lord has to say about all of this. In Part 3, we will look briefly at who these young people or Millennials (those who are currently 18-29 years old) are whom Barna surveyed and what they believe. For now, this group of 46 million Nones should be a clarion call for Evangelism - not raising money to go on a self-serving jaunt called a summer missions trip. It should be a clarion call to start sharing Christ, our testimonies and the way to  Heaven now...and let it start with the person down the hall with whom we work...or even live with.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

WHAT IF JESUS AUDITS YOU.....

The stench of scandals permeates every fiber of an America. There are military scandals. There are political scandals. There are celebrity sex and perversion scandals. There are the IRS Audit scandals.  The biggest scandal of all is that America, which likes to boast that it is Christian country unfortunately, cannot see that its spiritual soul is sinking into a bottomless pit worse than the Titanic. One of the newest ones is these politically-motivated audits. However, as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, concerned with the immortal souls of my fellow human being, it is my duty to redirect the issue of audits. 

This may seem hokey to some, but one day every human being ever born, will be audited  by his/her Creator. The Bible says it is appointed once for a man to die and then comes the Judgment. (Sorry, re-incarnation devotees)....and  no apologies to the Evolution crowd - the Big Bang you will be hearing on that Day, will be His Gavel of Justice! In light of this upcoming Audit of Audits, or as the military talking heads call it "The Mother of All Audits", I ask the question to anyone reading this "WHAT IF JESUS AUDITS YOU RIGHT NOW"? After all, the Bible, which most Americans still say they believe in, says "examine yourself daily to see if ye be in the Faith"!

Just briefly, What If Jesus Audited Christians:
- Under Exodus Subchapter 20 Paragraphs 1-17, you (and I) have violated each of the 10 statutes during our lives. Do you deny that Romans Sub 3 Paragraph 23 says that "ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God"?
- If you agree with the above, now, are you seeking a pardon from the Commander of the Universe, Who sent the Judge Advocate - Jesus Christ to die on a Cross on April 7, 30AD. If this plea bargain is not agreed to, do you know the result with be weeping and gnashing of teeth FOREVER, in a place called hell?
- Knowing this, have you sought and received that pardon and on your spiritual 1040 Form, can you check and sign under penalty of Judgment that you saved ?
- And if this plea agreement is valid and sealed, are you now walking in obedience?
- If Jesus audited you right now, would He find you in prayer...praying more than the average American christian ( ONE MINUTE PER DAY)
- If Jesus audited you right now, would He find you in the Bible and with a Biblical worldview (only 9% of American adults and 1% of young people 18-34).
- If Jesus audited you right now, would He find you raising your kids as He told you in Deuteronomy 6? ....(sidebar with your attorney "What is Deuteronomy 6" you asked? How did God say I was supposed to raise my kids, you say as you never heard that in church...when you go? Well, then, WATCH THIS VIDEO:

- If Jesus audited you right now, would He find your walking in personal righteousness?
- If Jesus audited you now, would He find you going into the world outside your door and sharing the Good News with your friends, neighbors, co-workers or even the cashier at the gas station?
- If Jesus audited you right now, would you change the TV channel right now to TBN or you don't care if He sees you watching ESPN and Golf all day while your children go into the world to be swallowed up? Or are you even watching filth on the internet grieving the Spirit of God?
-If Jesus audited you right now, could you say that when you had a chance to proclaim the Name of Jesus before men, at peril to yourself, that you did? (Re: If you deny Me before men, I will deny you before My Father...Ref: Code Book 38, Matthew Subchapter 10, Para 33).

You get the point. This could be a thorough audit by Jesus....and you should welcome it. If you dare to sue about this audit, first of all - good luck and secondly, you were never His in the first place. But if you welcome it as we all do and love Him more, it PROVES we are His because the Book of Hebrews Chapter number 12 and verse 6 says "those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines".

So what about the other people - Presidents, Prime Ministers, Sheiks, Tyrants, Dictators and Kings? 
What about Congressmen/women, judges, governors, mayors, aldermen and school board members? 
What about low life celebrities from Hollywood, pop music etc? 
What about sports celebrities (except Christian brother Tim Tebow) or NBA has-beens who have to make headlines with their "lifestyles" rather than their talent? 
What about charlatan preachers who tell poor people to send in and "sow a seed"...which they promptly sow because they too, want a BMW, a fancy suit and two beautiful women outside of their marriage? 
What about all of this? What would THEY do if Jesus audited them?

They will do, and have done several things since Bible times...like the following:
They tried to build a tower up to heaven so they could be just like God....just like their father tried before he was kicked out of heaven (Read Isaiah 14:12-20 here).
They have partied all night, drinking booze out of articles from God's temple until they saw the Handwriting on the Wall (Read Daniel 5 here).
They have blasphemed Him in their speeches and policies
They have blamed Him on their newscasts, college campus faculty lounges and textbooks.
They have blocked Him from schools; banished Him from the public square; belittled Him everywhere.
They mandate sex training to kindergarten age children and call it education. 
They mandate abortion pills be paid for by Christian employers; Bible publishers and more and call it healthcare.
They mandate chaplains quit praying in the Name of Jesus but allow followers of a pagan moon god to bow down to their rugs five times per day facing east...and call that tolerance....and on and on.

Yet even those people can pass an Audit by the Audit Commissioner of Eternity - King Jesus.
They too can taste eternal life and heaven, if they submit their pride and hatred for the Savior and see themselves as He sees them - unrepentant sinners who are headed for hell. If they then repent, cry out to Him - the real God, not some made up form of ungodly spirituality...if they do that, and ask for forgiveness....my friends, the greatest persecutor of the church - the Apostle Paul - was forgiven! 

Anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord, is truly repentant and wants to submit to His Lordship in their lives WILL BE SAVED. They will be saved and pass His Audit on their lives if they are for real.

Are you? What if Jesus audits you today, can you pass it too?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

HOW DID WE LOSE THEM? (PART 1)

Psalm 44: 1-3 (NKJV)
We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,

The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
Because You favored them.


The worldview of most people today goes only as far back as the day they were born. This is because there is such a lack of adults passing on their knowledge, of almost anything. It is becoming worse with each new generation. To compound this travesty, we also have a glaring lack of Biblically sound parents who are passing on the Knowledge and Wonder of the Lord to their children as may have been passed on to them.

The reason I say "may have been" is the proof we have just out from Barna Research (May 2013) that 59% of teens from age 18 to early twenties drop out of church, after going regularly most of their lives, while growing up! I see it in churches I have attended all my life and even up to now! This is horrible and not just an indictment of preachers clowning around in the pulpit and running the church as their own turfs or businesses, but parents who have no sense of God themselves. Sometimes you wonder if these people - both the preacher and the parent - are even saved and converted themselves!

Just look at this wonderful psalm above and marvel at the words of men who have always been told of the Goodness of God, who is not just deliverer from evil, but provider. The very last line above where he says "...because You favored them"....unless you have testimony time in a church on Sunday nights, which is a dying tradition, you will hardly hear gratitude like this where folks testify and glorify the King "because He favored them".

The bottom line is we are full of all kinds of noise, speed and light and no substance. Our own churches are just as guilty. I was once a member of church leadership and resigned rather than have to face judgment for any transgression against this same 59% we allowed to walk away from Christ, because we were playing church. I don't want that on my conscience. This is why my entire focus for the past decade is to make sure no stone is unturned, as much as possible to do the best I can to reach as many as I can for the Truth.

Over the next several posts, we will go deeper into some of the newest research to find the root of how we got where we are - in the depths of a spiritual pit....and Lord willing - what does God expect us to do about it. In the meantime, you and I need to pray very hard for even our own children who are walking in Christ in their early 20's s still - that they mature in Him and His Word. If we have any child who is not yet converted to righteousness and salvation - double down on your knees. Time is too short!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

MILLSTONE NECKTIE COMPANY EXPANDS TERRITORY

 
The Collins English  World Dictionary describes a Millstone as  a pair of heavy flat disc-shaped stones that rotate against each other to grind grain. It was used for thousands of years until the modern day of grinding wheat etc into flour. A millstone is also "a heavy burden". It is something that weighs or crushes a person down - as in the saying "his credit card debt was like a millstone around his neck". The implication of such a statement is that the crushing weight of such a heavy debt is so intense that it takes a person down further, and you never get rid of it!

This is exactly what Jesus meant when he said in Mark 9:42 that “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea"! In the original language, here is what Jesus LITERALLY and FEARFULLY to those who practise this evil, said "THOSE WHO OFFEND AND CAUSE SHOCK TO THE SMALLEST OF THOSE WITH WHOM I HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED, IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR THAT PERSON IF HE/SHE WERE FITTED FOR THE BOTTOM PART OF THAT MILLSTONE (SEE THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE PHOTO ABOVE)....AND THEN THAT PERSON WERE DROPPED INTO THE SEA!"


If anyone think this is a picnic, they are sadly mistaken. This is the FIERCE WRATH of the CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HEAVEN'S ARMIES, THE REAL BOSS OF THE CLIMATE AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF ETERNITY AND THE EXECUTIONER. Yet, evil people continue to pollute this country with filth and degradation, ad nauseum. It does not matter if it is Victoria's Secret marketing inappropriate underwear to little children or Abercombie and Fitch's catalogs or MTV or NBC TV or....any number of music, movies or books.

Now we have people in government saying children from 15 years old can buy an abortion pill over the counter - the same kids who cannot take a Tylenol to school...or in some cases a Bible. Now some liberal politicians in the Illinois State House have rushed a Sex Education mandate through the Illinois House into the Senate to force some of the most vile sex teaching upon kids as young as 10 years old into all kinds of weird sexual indoctrination. Here is what Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute wrote in part (read the entire article here):
.......What’s shocking is that during the House debates, no research was provided. State Representatives Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) stated and Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) concurred that “numerous studies show that comprehensive sexual health education that stress abstinence as well as provides information on prevention results in positive health outcomes for teens and young adults,” but neither representative cited any study.
In addition, they didn’t claim that these numerous studies proved that comprehensive sex ed reduced the rates of teen pregnancy or STDs. Even more troubling, neither Gabel nor Lilly claimed that these numerous studies proved comprehensive sex ed is more effective than SRAs in reducing rates of teen pregnancy, STDs or even in “positively affecting health outcomes.”
Lilly claimed that a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study had concluded that “comprehensive sex ed is more effective than abstinence only,” but she did not identify that study. I could find only two CDC studies on this topic, one from 2009 and one from 2012, both of which concluded that there was insufficient data to make a determination about the efficacy of abstinence curricula. In addition, she didn’t explain what the alleged CDC study claims comprehensive sex ed is more effective at doing.
Supporters in the House repeatedly emphasized the requirement in this bill that information in sex ed must be medically accurate. That is a point with which no one disagrees. The concern of many is with the ambiguous terms “age-appropriate” and “complete.” Typical comprehensive sex ed curricula include information regarding sexuality that many parents and educators consider age-inappropriate.
Similarly, the term “complete” is woefully ambiguous. Who decides what constitutes a “complete” curriculum? We now have campus clubs at the University of Chicago and Harvard dedicated to sadomasochism. Does a “complete” curriculum address the importance of “safe” words for those teens who may engage in sadomasochistic sexual activities? After all, some teens are engaging in these kinds of activities, so shouldn’t we ensure their “safety”? ....

Not satisfied with having the worst public school system in the midwest (to which they won't even send their own kids to), these Chicago-area liberals are also promoting a book which should outrage parents and WILL bring those promoting this to the Lord's attention. David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute wrote the following about a most troubling part of the Chicago-land Sex Ed HB2675 mandate to the Illinois schools:
[**WARNING: content of this article is not suitable for children.**]
.....When you hear the term “comprehensive” as a way to describe legislation, you can be sure the government has big plans to invade a new corner of your life.  “Comprehensive sex education” for public schools is no exception.  That’s why it’s critical HB 2675 be stopped!
HB 2675 would mandate that  highly objectionable sex ed material be forced on our public schools and into the impressionable minds of our children.   HB 2675 has already passed in the Illinois House and has moved to the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers must fully understand the type of curriculum this bill would mandate.
And we need your help to inform them and to safeguard children’s innocent minds!
For an good exposé of what our children are being taught and the rationale behind these types of curricula, which often come from organizations like Planned Parenthood, watch this video from American Life League.  [**WARNING: the content of this video is not suitable for children.**]
We know for certainty that one of the books mentioned in the video, It’s Perfectly Normal, is being used in Illinois schools.  It’s Perfectly Normal is written with 10-yr-old children in mind.  If the “comprehensive” sex education bill, HB 2675, is passed, it will establish a one-size-fits-all approach to sex education and remove local community control over choosing true “age- appropriate” curriculum, another term used in the bill.  (See what the national organization for “comprehensive” sex ed curricula, SEICUS, deems as “age-appropriate.”)
If HB 2675 is passed, young children will be exposed to graphic sexual information to which most parents would find highly objectionable and inappropriate. And teaching books like It’s Perfectly Normal will become more prevalent state-wide.  
According to HB 2675, children as young as eleven years old would be required to define sexual orientation using the so-called ‘correct’ terminology, such as ‘heterosexual, gay, and lesbian.’  Masturbation would be taught as normal and that everyone does it, with step-by-step instruction. Not just the biology of sexual reproduction would be presented, but explicit details of sexual intercourse. Slightly older children would be ‘educated’ on how to use condoms, obtain contraceptives or even an abortion without parental consent or knowledge, and would be encouraged to experiment with ‘alternative’ sexual behaviors.  
This bill has already passed the Illinois House, and is now being considered by the entire Senate. Please join us in trying to stop this terrible bill!  This sensitive topic should be controlled by parents and teachers, not groups who are in the business of selling sex to make a profit.....

This is the kind of stuff we expect out of those people in Sacramento, California which is sinking further into the cesspool of sin. If you have to put a warning about a warning, why are so called adults pushing this on schools to "teach" to children?! It all boils down to a this - our society has completely lost its Fear of the Lord, which we, the Remnant know, is the beginning of wisdom. But no one has ever accused those people of being wise. Let us then resolve to keep praying for our children - ALL our children - who are under assault by those who could care less about their immortal souls and their physical well-being. Our mission should be to share the love, power and transforming Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who will deal with all this other stuff, on the Appointed Day.
Amen

Sunday, May 5, 2013

OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK, PART 2

Columbus, Texas High School track team
 disqualified for Christian gesture
Since the LORD died on the Cross, rose again and did away with the Old Covenant (which Israel still lives under) men and women have given their lives by the millions to testify about the Transforming Power of the Truth of Jesus Christ. Even before that, the evil one - Satan, has tried to stop the Truth of God from going forth as he attacked mankind right up front, from Genesis 3.

The two verifiable truths have existed for almost 6000 years of Creation now in direct conflict with each other. We, who are saved...and being sanctified into the Image of His Very Son, know the entire scenario because our worldview is vertical. The learned, the "edumakated", the elite, the media, the politicians, the pagans of the United Nations and others like them are uni-focused. This is so because their view is horizontal, as is their man-made "religions". Our vertical view includes the ability to see the horizontal and discern. Their horizontal view is earth based and not grounded in the Eternal. They can only see their worldview from the lens of their own spiritually lost ignorance. 

Oh, they will be offended that the Redeemed of the Lord, said so! How dare we, the people of "The Book" (The Bible) call the super rich of Academia, Hollywood, Politics, Media and Culture...how dare we call them "spiritually ignorant"? Well, how about "misinformed on purpose"? Therefore, with all of that in mind, let's take a look at the growing list of outrages against Christ and the children of God.
NOTE:

Outrage #1 against God, happens as this world hurtles full speed into a collision with the Wrath of Christ at the Second Coming. A high school track team in Texas was disqualified because a runner raised his hands towards heaven at the finish line! 


Outrage #2 against God was discovered last week when word spread that the political civilians of the Pentagon have informed all US Armed Forces personnel they will be court-martialled for "proselytizing"! That means "evangelizing with a purpose"! Proselytizing will be in the eye of the beholder, so that even a US Chaplain who is seen talking to person knowingly not a christian, could be in big trouble! This has led an active commander of the Coast Guard Rear Admiral William D. Lee to say that nobody will tell him he does not have the right to share his faith!
ABORTION PILL NOW SOLD TO 15 YEAR OLD GIRLS!

Outrage #3 against God is the rule by the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the over the counter sale of the abortion pill to 15 year old girls! This unfettered sale to children is an abomination because there are severe health risks to females of any age, and even more so to someone so young. The National Organization for Women wants the sale of these things freely - no age limit! These people and their leaders and friends in high places are proving my point about spiritual ignorances. Here is their future, when they face the Lord on Judgment Day: "
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.(Mark 9:42)

Outrage #4 against God is the state of California now mailing out free condoms to kids as young as 12 years old! Their immorality is beyond imagination! It is not enough for their movie and music industry to corrupt our kids, but should they not repent and make peace with God, Mark 9:42 (above) applies to them too!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

MIRACLE IN SPRINGFIELD, IL. ON NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER 2013!

GOD SHOWS WHO CONTROLS THE HEAVENS!

Jesus parted the Red Sea for Moses 3500 years ago, and today, the LORD Himself did not stop an annoying rainstorm. He literally sent the rain again around Springfield, Illinois to
the North and East...and the snow and ice over to the North West up the state of Illinois into Wisconsin!

SPRINGFIELD, IL MAYOR
MIKE HOUSTON READS THE
NDP 2013 PROCLAMATION
PASTOR STAN PRATT PRAYS FOR  GOV'T LEADERS
MY WIFE VICKI LUTCHMAN 
SINGS"LORD, I BELIEVE IN YOU"
This is another Miraculous answer to intense praying for days. While there were several days of sunshine leading up to our outdoor National Day of Prayer Worship Service on the main steps of the Illinois State Capitol, the forecast and weather radar were devastating for our meticulously planned city wide event. As the Lord brought out
PASTOR ROY NEWMAN
FRESH VISIONS COMM. CHURCH
the hot bright sunshine, He emphasized His Presence by a huge rainbow at the north eastern end of the city - right outside Riverton, Il!  The obvious grace and mercy shown His people day led to the largest National Day of Prayer event in this city, and the most spirit-led, anointed and Holy Spirit inspired in my 8 years of leading it.



INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER
CHRIS HOGAN
"THE NOBLE CALL"
PASTOR STEVE NORDYKE
IWORSHIP CENTER
Here are some of the photographic highlights of one hour in Springfield Illinois - where all
PASTOR TIM SADLER (SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION)
ON MY HOPE - THE FINAL BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADE BEFORE
PRAYING FOR EVANGELISM/OUTREACH.
races, backgrounds and evangelical denominations come together to worship the King. The songs selected and led by the Mobley Family wove right into the focus of each prayer segment. The beautiful song "Lord, I believe in You" by my lovely wife Vicki, pierced the Heart of Worship
EZELLA MILLS, GOD BELONGS
IN MY CITY PRAYER WALK
and the gratitude of a multitude for the amazing weather, led many to their knees, in Jesus' Name! We have had my blessed sister, and one of my best friends, Kathy Smith representing the St. Louis Cardinals organization for their annual Christian Day at the Park on July 7. Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson is the keynote speaker and he will be sharing the Gospel!

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IL. STATE SENATOR
SAM MCCANN



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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

PRAY LIKE "OLD CAMEL KNEES"!

These are troubled, difficult and yes - evil times. These are times where leaders of society- from the highest to the lowest- call "good evil" and "evil good" (see Isaiah 5:20). 

But you and I are not to be like those whose souls are storing up wrath for the Day of Judgment. We called to  a life of Holiness, Righteousness and right communication with the Father day seals that for us. The half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ - since they had the same earthly mother Mary - is the Apostle James.   He, James, was one of Jesus' five half brothers and sisters who did NOT believe He was the Messiah until after the Resurrection. Jude is the other one. The proof of their salvation are the two New Testament Epistles that they wrote - The Books of James and Jude!

The Lord chose James to head up the main church - the one in Jerusalem and James is prominent in the early church right after Peter, John and Paul. He was the one who called for the first Council of the Believers to sort out the growing problem of the Judaizers telling new converts they had to live under the Law - even though Jesus set the captives free.

What most Christians do not know about James, apart from the facts that the evil pharisees murdered him, is that James was known as "Old Camel Knees"! That is right! James prayed so much to the Heavenly Father, through Christ the Lord, on his knees that he developed massive calluses on his knees! That growth of skin made his knees look like the tough outer skin of a camel...hence the name!

Do you and I have that kind of a prayer life? Are we on our proverbial knees, which is the position of submission? Of course, praying on your physical knees is wonderful but what the Lord wants most of all is a submissive heart....if the actual kneeling down for more than a few minutes distracts you from focusing on Prayer. If you and I are completely surrendered in our souls to the Will, Wonder and Way of Christ, our prayer life would reflect it - just like "Old Camel Knees" here!


I love the Books of James and knowing just how powerful this half brother of the King of Kings really was...knowing how rich his prayer life was...knowing that he gave all in the Service of that soon coming King, fires me up! Glory Hallelelujah! 


In light of us knowing just how great this man of prayer and a true warrior, direct from the earthly (and heavenly) family of Jesus, the Apostle James was, please read and prayer through the following scriptures and see the associated word in bold, where the Spirit leads:
PRAY THE SCRIPTURES FROM JAMES 1 (NKJV):
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (COURAGE) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (PERSEVERANCE) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (PROVISION)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (GRACE)But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (STAYING THE COURSE)For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (KEEP ME FROM SIN).

1So then,my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

HEAVENLY FATHER, I PRAY FOR THE WISDOM, DISCERNMENT, SPEECH AND A THOUGHT LIFE OF PURITY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, EVEN IN THE FACE OF THE BOMBARDMENT BY A CORRUPT AND EVIL WORLD ALL AROUND ME. HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND THE TIMES AND TO WALK THROUGH THE FIRES AND TRIALS OF THESE DAYS, UNSCATHED BECAUSE YOUR HOLY SPIRIT IS WITH ME, IN ALL POWER, HOLINESS AND PEACE. I WILL SPEAK WITH SEASONED SPEECH, TOUCH WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST, REACH OUT IN RESTFUL PEACE TO BE A JOY AND COMFORT TO OTHERS AND GENEROUS IN GRACE....BECAUSE YOU- OH FATHER OF LIGHTS HAVE GIVEN ME EVERYTHING I NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THESE DAYS, BEFORE THE APPOINTED TIME TO RETURN TO YOU. I PRAY TO BE A MAN OF CALLOUS KNEES FROM PRAYING LIKE YOUR SERVANT JAMES, AND FROM PRAYING SO MUCH WITH A SUBMITTED HEART TO CHRIST THAT I TOO, WILL BE KNOWN AS OLD CAMEL KNEES, IN JESUS' HOLY NAME, AMEN.