Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Humbling Thru Adversity

          Often, God has to tune people up, in order to use them. Most of us fail to understand why God is failing to answer our prayers, while this process takes place. Often, He will call someone, to serve Him in some form of ministry, and your life doesn't seem to be in good order while He prepares you for the work. God's timing is always right. When we get out ahead of His planning, is when things get messed up, and we usually blame Him.

          Joseph was a little self centered dude, to the point that his brothers hated him. He was dad’s favorite, had a new fancy coat and bragged to his brothers about a dream he had about how they were going to worship him some day. He was not humble, so he needed to be tuned up.

          Moses was humbled, by his authority (given by God) being challenged and questioned multiple times, by the people God used Moses to save. Even after seeing a succession of miracles, including the parting of the Red Sea and destruction of Pharaoh's army, they went astray easily.

          The Hebrew nation needed to be humbled, for 40 years in the desert, before being allowed into the promised land.

          Saul’s army was humbled by young, inexperienced, David defeating the giant, that they were all afraid of. 

          David had to be humbled after the fiasco with Bathsheba and her husband. It cost them their baby.

          Peter had to be humbled when he was second guessing Jesus. Later, he became the head of the church in Jerusalem.  "But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."[1] 

          Paul was humbled by his thorn in the flesh, as well as " in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."[2]

          Jesus was humbled when He was separated from the Father, on the Cross. He subjected Himself to that. That was the final step to pay for your sins. Don’t you think it is appropriate that we have to humble ourselves , in order to decide, declare and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He has, after all is said and done, redeemed you - the highest ransom ever paid.

          Suffering and adversity are often the cost of serving the Lord. The Devil and his minions hate God, and you, for helping Him. They will use everything in their power to hinder you. What we have to realize is that the "Battle Is The Lord's". "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."[3]

          The common denominator here was their Faith and Trust in The Lord. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,".[4] "We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose."[5] Hebrews 11:6 says: "Without faith, it is impossible to please God."

Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous." 
Rick 7:5: If I count up all the pain I have suffered in my life, I will draw close to the suffering that Jesus went through for me, sure, in about 1,000,000 years.

1. 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas.
2. 70 percent of Americans claim to be Christian 
3. It is estimated that only about 30 percent of the 70 percent, that claim to be Christian, are actually “Born Again “. 
4. Jesus said that their was only one way to Heaven, which was through Him and the “Born Again” experience.
 .....there seems to be a vast discrepancy between those who are qualified to be called Christian and those who have been somehow led astray. That, my brethren, is our fault!

          If you are interested, There are two more of our papers you might find interesting.

[1] Mark 8:33
[2] 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
[3] Ephesians 6:12
[4] 2 Chronicles 7:14
[5] Romans 8:28

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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          America has just come through a very difficult period of electing our next president.  The Progressive groups in our country were overly confident that their candidate had it all wrapped up and settled.  All along, they laughed at, ridiculed, and tried to intimidate and manipulate not only the Republican Candidate, but also all who might have the audacity to disagree with their point of view, and choose to vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.  Due to the volatile political atmosphere, many would not voice their decision, but chose to remain silent.  Others gave the impression that they were in agreement with the Democrat nominee, not wanting to be the brunt of a barrage of insults, accusations, and even violence in some cases.  Some of the Progressives tried to assert that they were the “mature” thinkers, and those who disagreed were immature, low information voters, whose consciousness had not yet been raised to their higher level of intellectualism and ability to reason.  After all, being elitists, they thought themselves to have the greater wisdom; therefore, they alone should be in charge to direct the masses as to what and how to think, and what to do.
          To be honest, I believe that there was enough blame from both sides for the unusually ugly political atmosphere, and the poison seemed to spill over to affect many personal relationships, even among family members.  In full disclosure, I must admit that I write from the perspective of being a Christian first, and a conservative republican, secondly.  So my views are not unbiased.  I openly confess also that I strive to comply with a biblical world view; therefore, if the reader is one who is of the secular world view, there may be very little common ground for us to communicate with one another.  In most cases, that is the bases for the great divide that seems to be getting greater and greater within our society, not just in America, but in the world at large.  I don’t mean to infer that all Christians are of one mind.  Sad to say, even within the church there is a divide, for in many cases even the church is being more affected by the world,  becoming that lukewarm church of the latter days which has an appearance of godliness, but lacking in the power of God.   
          In general, those of the secular humanistic, or man centered world view, believed that evangelicals were an ineffective force which no longer needed to be reckoned with.  The democrat political machine did all of their polling just as they had done in the past, thinking that the decision of this election was going to be just as it had in the past, having the same old idea of “politics as usual”.  Once again, being so “wise in their own eyes”, they either forgot, or never even considered the existence of the power of the God factor to lead the direction of our country. 
          I don’t intend to give the idea that the Democrat Party is evil, or that the Republican Party is righteous.  Far from it!  Our governing body is made up of faulty humans and, until Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom, we are stuck with the present system with all of its imperfections.  In reality, it would be more valid to do away with the practice of looking at our problems as being based upon right or left issues.  Instead, we need to realize the basic problem is far more vertical, with God at the top being constantly opposed by the spirit of anti Christ at the bottom, with all of us spread out in the middle either striving to draw closer to God or trying to ignore and forget God, choosing to do our own thing, beginning in the Garden of Eden when Satan put forth the idea to man that he could be his own god. 
          Living in a post Christian era in America, as we now do, the fact is that we are involved in spiritual warfare, and not political party warfare.  The truth of God’s word reminds us that we fight not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities of the darkness of this world.  Oh how evident it is that we are at war within ourselves, as we try to learn to discern between good and evil.  Our struggle is made all the more difficult as we become more intent on forgetting God as individuals and as a nation. 
          Like bratty children, we want all the benefits of being a part of a family, but we don’t want the responsibility of being obedient and accountable to those in authority, our parents.  God is always asking us: How long are you going to remain double minded?  God is so loving and patient with us.  Yet, we seem to think we can continually disobey Him, ignore His warnings, refuse to repent and turn from our wicked ways, but still receive all of His blessings.  Time and again we seem to think we can ignore Him without having to suffer the consequences of our own choices.  God knows the point when we have become so rebellious, stiff necked and hard hearted that we will never turn our hearts back to Him.  He is a loving God, but He is also a just God, and because of that there will be a point in time when the grace of God will give way to the judgment of God, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.  David Wilkerson, in his book “The Vision”, expressed it rather well as he used a combination of scripture and the blunt statement that follows: “‘If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal be god, follow him’____ and go to Hell!”
          Early in the first primary debates, we saw a number of prominent evangelical preachers, of all denominations, come out openly in support of Donald Trump, one of the seventeen who was running to become the Republican nominee.  As the primary campaign continued, I could only wonder, what did these evangelical leaders see in this man, Donald Trump that I did not?  If one was only listening to the news, one would not be able to discern the force that was developing behind the scenes.  This candidate, as depicted by most news persons, was characterized as a clown, immoral, unequipped and unfit to be president.  The progressive biased media overwhelmingly tried to focus entirely upon the personal flaws of Trump, as if the front runner for the Democrat Party, Hillary Clinton, was far more moral, equipped, and fit to be president.
          In truth, both candidates were greatly flawed.  This only proves the fact that God can use whoever He chooses to fulfill His purposes.  Remember, He once chose to use a donkey.  From the outset, Trump was not known for his political correctness or for a honed talent of smooth public speaking.  In fact, I would often characterize him as being unpolished and, at times, more like a bull in a china shop.   He often speaks his mind without considering the wisdom of his words, and often exercises little or no discipline over his own tongue.  Neither could one say that he had lived a morally and exemplary life.  So what in the world did the many evangelicals perceive to be possibilities of potential within him?  Through listening and research, I believe it all may have come down to this basic principle: “Who would be less likely to be influenced by the established world system of political correctness, the system of “politics as usual”, and have a greater potential to at least listen to, and be influenced by godly principles and counsel?   Many pastors that took the risk to back him, and believe me it was and is a risk to support this many flawed human being.  Yet, they have steadfastly continued in their open effort to support and stand by him as advisors.    
          Before taking their stand, did they ever try to reach out to gain an audience with the opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton, to test the waters and see if she too might also “have an ear to hear and be swayed towards godly principles?”  Many of them had attempted to do so several times, not just this year, but also in previous years before, but with little or no success.  They were, for the most part, not even been granted a chance to come before her.  By her own choice, she had closed that door to them.  On top of that, Hillary Clinton sealed her own fate by her own spoken words when she said that religious people will have to change their religious beliefs, and that abortion on demand (in the third trimester and even partial birth abortion) should be protected as a woman’s right over her reproductive health (a choice that could be based on simple inconvenience and not restricted to the a proven threat to the life of the mother.) (Google both of these to hear it for yourself in her own words.) 
          Based upon those grounds alone, one can understand why Evangelicals would take the risk to stand by Trump, in hopes that they may be used as instruments of God, to advise and be a source of godly counsel unto him.  It was their insight and courage that rallied many Christians to come alongside them to pray that God may work in and through this man, as flawed as he is, to work out God’s purposes to stand against the wiles of the antichrist system that is ever present in this increasingly secularized world system.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6: 12)
          Several months ago, I received a message that was spreading across the country which encouraged all Christians to set the clock for a specific time to pray in unity for the safety and security of our nation, and that God’s will be done in the upcoming elections.  Does that mean that I thought of Trump as a strong man, able to leap over mountains, and change the world?  Far be it!  I am reminded of this scripture: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (I Cor. 1: 27)  The scriptures also tell us that all leaders are raised and granted power by God.  “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Roman 13: 1)  After all was said and done, after the polls were all proven to be wrong, after the boasting that the one with the world system and big political machine behind her could not be defeated, this “clown and outsider,” as he was often called, had won and became the President Elect.
          The Progressives could not believe the outcome.  They thought they had surely won, for they had put their trust in the works of their own hands and their “undefeatable political machine.”  They had discounted all together the will of the people.  Even more importantly, they had discounted the power of prayer and the will of God, for it is God who is in control, no matter what conditions or circumstances exist in the world.
          It’s now two weeks after the elections, and the leadership of the Democrats still doesn’t get it.  They are still insisting that Trump won because he ran the most xenophobic campaign ever. They still refuse to understand that the main reason for the win was actually at least three fold.  For many Christians, and others, their vote was a vote FOR the party platform which believed reflected the more biblical/traditional American policies: sanctity of life, traditional marriage views, freedom of religion, and a belief in our constitution as it is written, not modifying and changing it at the drop of a hat.  Secondly, it was a vote FOR the hope of a more economically rewarding agenda for the middle class, a simplification of the tax laws, and the possibility of turning the tide against a progressively socialistic nation through the nomination of more conservative Supreme Court judges, and lower level judges throughout the country.  Thirdly, it was often a back lash AGAINST the divisive and mind control (witchcraft) tactics of the politically correct stance, which was greatly influenced, at least in part, by the Lucifer loving prognostications of Saul Alenski.  His main "fighting tactic" is: "when you can't win on the issues," resort to marginalizing your opponent through assaulting them verbally with insults; control the agenda by redefining words to create a "transforming rhetoric"; and use this “transforming rhetoric” to set up politically correct standards which all must comply with and adhere to in order to be acceptable in the eyes of the secularized society which has created it to suit their own desires. 
          Being an “outsider,” not under the control of the politically correct elitists who are found within both political parties, Trump turned the tables and used their own weapons against them.  He used their tactics of ridicule and insults to marginalize them personally and push back against their politically correct indoctrination.  Somehow, Trump had picked up on the fact that the majority of the non coastal population (the fly over states, or zones, as they are sometimes called), and many conservative and independent voters within the coastal areas, had grown sick and tired of the religion of identity politics that were being shoved down their throats. However, more often than not, being taught to have “good manners” and not be rude, when confronted with such intentionally godless rhetoric they would just “be nice”, rather than get embroiled with their bullying tactics.  Only a comparatively few, such as Ann Coulter and Doreen Barelli, were willing to stand up, take the heat, and speak up to confront the faces and loud dominant voices of the PC activists and their many followers found within in the general population who consistently  claimed to speak for ALL of America..  They, the progressives, never even realized that they had not yet deceived all of the people through their godless “transforming rhetoric.”
          For many decades now, bullish politically correct rhetoric and identity politics have been used to silence the voices of all who would dissent from the PC desires, values, and agendas, which are meant to be instrumental in turning America into an increasingly godless society.  Finally, unafraid of them, Trump pushed back and the people found one solitary man who was willing to take the heat for them.  He became their messenger, providing a voice that was no longer afraid of taking a stand against the politically correct agenda of identity politics.  Since he came on the scene, the progressive globalists have tried their usual Alinski tactics against him.  They are continually frustrated by the fact that he will not back down in fear of them, but has continued to beat them at their own game by throwing it right back in their own face. 
          As you have probably surmised by now, I have been working on this story line for over a year.   Amazingly, many Democrats still can’t believe that they lost the election fair and square.  Neither do they understand the fact that Trump is not afraid of them, their agenda, or their PC agenda of identity politics.  Nor will he let them shove him back into the box of “be nice and silent like the other good politically incorrect little boys and girls.”  When they say he’s behaving unfit and not presidential, they are really showing their frustration because he refuses to conform and bow down in submission at the altar of political correctness and their group-think agenda.  I don’t know for sure if God is sitting back and laughing at their globalist “Tower of Babel” antics, but admittedly, I find it gloriously delicious.  Okay Lord, I’m sorry for reacting “in the flesh”, for I know gloating is not acceptable in your sight.  Thank you Lord for not giving up on us!  We are now and always will be in need of striving to know what it really means to “have the mind of Christ”, that we would trust in you Lord and not “lean unto our own understanding.” 

           Perhaps you are still wondering what in the world does The God Factor have to do with all of this.  Truthfully, Trump being Trump, does not make him greater than any other flawed and imperfect mortal. But perhaps this imperfect man was chosen to be used of God for such a time as this.  From all outward appearances in the eyes of the world, it did seem that Hillary Clinton was destined to become our next president, wasn’t she?  After all, consider all that she had going for her: didn’t she fit the mold as a politically correct elitist; didn’t she have the full force and financial backing of the Clinton/DNC political machine against which it was assumed nothing could prevail; didn’t she represent the “enlightened views and values” of the secular humanist One Worlders who look forward to a utopia that is free of all restrictions of that pesky old God of the Bible, where any ole god or no god at all is far more preferable; and of course, didn’t she also believe that the constitution did not really mean what it said, but was a living and ever evolving document which was subject to change, in order to fit the changing times whenever the governing body (not the people) saw fit to do so.  Oh yes, she had the winning ticket, and shouldn’t she finally attain the status of President which she most certainly deserved? Or so they thought, right?   
          Unfortunately for her, all her plans, and the plans of those who sought to exalt her and their PC world, there was something and someone that was being ignored and overlooked.  As usual, in their self created PC bubble of the world, they did not consider either the God Factor, or that His people would awake from their long slumber to actually act in compliance with His word to truly apply the power of intercessory prayer to seek the Lord for His forgiveness and help for our nation.  Pastors, other leaders, and believers were called to unite to do what we were supposed to be doing all along.  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” (II Chron. 7: 14 NIV) 
          Only God, not Trump or any other mortal, can save us or our country.  However, God can use anything and anyone He chooses to accomplish His plans and fulfill His will.  When reading the Bible, it is often stated that either the King of Israel did that which was good in the sight of God, or chose not to do that which was good in the sight of good.  That choice was reflected in that, if the King did that which was good in the sight of God, the country itself was granted a time of relative peace.   
          There are many believers today, who are continuing to be diligent to pray and seek the Lord’s face daily for the safety and security of our nation, and for a revival of turning back to God.  As the body of Christ on earth, it is up to us to become transformed more into the image of God, that we might be the salt to preserve and reflect the light of the Lord to be the ones to draw others to believe and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, one day at a time, one heart at a time.  It is believed that if we had continued to follow the same direction of forgetting God, and being disobedient as signified by our willful noncompliance with His word, we were on the very brink of no return, and sure to call down His judgment upon us and our nation.  Revival depends upon us, those who claim to be born again Christians, to be doers of His word, and not just hearers. If we are silent, or fail to live out His word in our lives, we will have failed in our mission to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world around us.  All too often, we are acting more like the world. 
          There is a pretty good question that requires self examination and a truthful answer from each of us: “If you went before a judge and jury, would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian, that is, a believer in the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?”  Unfortunately, the church, which is supposed to be transformed into the image of God by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, has more often become conformed to the ways of the world, not living out the word in our lives, but living more like nonbelievers, doing what pleases our selves, guided not by God, but by our own selfish desires.  Be not deceived, the devil still roams too and fro, seeking whom he may destroy.  Satan is still the god of this fallen world.  He and his followers are intent on rampantly changing America, and the world, into a godless and lawless humanistic secularized culture.  Therefore Christians, this is not the time to stop praying because we won the election, but rather to be even more diligent prayer warriors that America would have a revival, turn our hearts back to The Lord, and become the light and salt of the earth!  Repentance for our wickedness and turning back to God is the only hope that America will be great again.  Put on the full armor of God, be a spiritual warrior in the army of the Lord, and fight against the wiles of the powers and principalities of the darkness of this world. Continue to stand, without compromise, in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ. Remember, “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.”
          We live in a fallen world where Satan still roams to and fro seeking whom he may devour.  But we, as Christians, must remember that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.  It’s imperative that we, who profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, love, obey, and serve the Lord with all our heart, soul, and strength.  We are to put on the full armor of God, humble ourselves before the Lord, and turn from our wicked ways.  He’s talking to us, His people, not the people of the world who don’t claim to know or care about Him or His ways.  When we start thinking that we have the right to disagree with or ignore what He has told us, we have begun a descent down that dangerous path of turning away from Him.  There is no neutrality with God; either we are for Him or we are against Him.  We can’t pickers and choosers, deciding for ourselves what part(s) of His word we will or will not obey.  Unfortunately, it is the church itself that has been rushing away from Him, seeking to satisfy our own desires, and thinking ourselves as wiser than He.  We are repeating the same sinfulness as the people of Israel, who knew God but turned their hearts to every false god that exists, that all gods are equal.  We are forgetting our promise to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and to worship no other.  Even as they moved away from Him and no longer feared the Lord, they still expected Him to protect them.  Even in the natural, that is an unreasonable expectation.  Would it be reasonable even in an earthly relationship of marriage to expect one partner in the marriage to be unfaithful and yet still expect his covenant partner to stay faithful in all ways?  If not, then why do we think we can be unfaithful to God, but still expect Him to be faithful to us and keep His protective hand upon us?
          Do I claim that this man, Donald Trump, is equipped thoroughly and readily as our president?  No, he is a flawed man, elected to preside over a flawed people in a fallen world. I do believe that God has often chosen the seemingly weakest and most unqualified persons, and then equips and qualifies them to enable them to serve Him.  He is the one who gives us His strength that we may understand not to depend upon ourselves, but rather upon Him as He works in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit.  Remember, He once used a jackass to speak for Him.  If He wanted to, He could cause the rocks to cry out for Him.
          Let us never put our trust in any man, but trust only in the Lord.  Let us pray that the Lord will grant godly counsel and wisdom to Pres. Trump that he may yield to the voice of the Lord and obey Him.  I regret that this story line may seem give the inference it is about struggle between two political parties when that is far from the truth.  The truth is that, though I may have not completely successful, it was my desire to open our eyes that we are involved in a spiritual warfare that is increasingly blinding  and robbing us of the truth of the Lord, and is increasingly closing the door of the blessings of the Lord upon our country.  I believe it is all a part of the Great Deception which is leading so many away from the truth of the Lord.  If we have our eyes opened to the truth of the Lord, we will look around and perceive how evil is increasingly being redefined as good, and good is being redefined as evil.  The awful pity is that the church itself is receiving the lies of the devil and there is a great falling away from the truth as the Bible has prophesied.  As a body, we are being robbed of the truth, preferring the “feel good message” instead of sound doctrine for we have become a people who have the name of the Lord on our lips, “but our heart is far from Him.”        
          I do believe that Pres. Trump may offer an opened window and a possible reprieve for a period of time that we might have the opportunity to repent and push back against the onslaught of unbelief, the greatest wickedness of all.  As for identity politics, political correctness, globalism, and a one world order, I believe it is all a part of Satan’s tools, even a part of that religion of the latter days that will deceive many by its “appearance of godliness, but lacking in the power thereof.” [The power of God]   I truly feel sorry for those who will choose even with their dying breath to reject the one true God of the Bible. Those who do so will have believed the greatest lie of all which is that you are your own god, greater and wiser than God Himself is the great I AM

          The Holy Spirit promises us that “righteousness leads to freedom, but sin will always lead to bondage.”  We must forever check our ideas, opinions, and beliefs to make sure that they are in line with God’s truth, and resist trying to make the word of God agree with our opinions and ideas. We can’t blame the worldly people for the downfall of America or the church..  As Christians, we are supposed to be God’s people, and yet we often act more like the world than some unbelievers do.  We are supposed to live out our lives in obedience to the one true living God of the Bible.  Yet we find excuses for ignoring God’s standards of right and wrong simply because we don’t want to appear “different” in the eyes of man, or we don’t want to give up our sinful ways, thinking that we can ignore the guilt and the consequences of knowingly and willfully practicing sin.  We are often more comfortable in being a bigot in the eyes of God, than we are in being a bigot in the eyes of man.  We don’t strive to be rooted and grounded in the word of God; therefore, why are we surprised when we fall for every lie of Satan and man that comes straight from the pit of Hell? 
          Taking up the cross of Jesus is costly; it can mean that you may even have to sacrifice the love of family members for His name’s sake.  However, can giving up anything on this earth be worth losing the gift of salvation offered by Jesus, who paid the ultimate sacrifice when He gave His very life for us?   

          Let us not fall into the pit of replacing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the gospel of Social Justice (believing in our own works as the way to earn our own salvation).  Good works are a result of faith in Jesus, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit which are meant to glorify God, not ourselves.  Someone wisely said; Christianity is not do’s and don’ts, but DONE , just as Jesus proclaimed from the Cross IT IS FINISHED, meaning He had paid our sin debt and marked the receipt PAID IN FULL, for those who trust and believe in Him as Lord and Savior.   Focus and remain secure in the belief of salvation through the work done by Jesus on the cross as He willingly gave up His life to save us, and the promise of our resurrection one day, as He was resurrected and now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  We must remind ourselves, there is nothing in this world more valuable than the Lord God.  He gave His life for us that we may have eternal life through faith in Him.  There is no greater love than that.  Out of love for Him we should not count it too great a cost to fear (respect) the Lord and serve and obey Him in thought, word and deed that things may go well for us as His word has promised.  Yes, let us never forget THE GOD FACTOR, for He reigns forever and is the GREAT I AM!

Friday, December 8, 2017

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          I need to say up front that there is no perfect 'man made' church. All denominations qualify as  man made churches. The “Body of Christ”, which consists of every Born Again Christian, qualifies as “The Church” and has nothing to do, organizationally with any particular denomination. Only Born Again Christians make up the Body of Christ. Jesus said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."[1]

          The Catholic Church came into existence in the year 1,045. This was almost 1,000 years after the earthly death of Saint Peter. This date precludes the possibility of Peter being the first Catholic pope, as its “popeism” didn’t exist until the Catholic Church was formed. 

          Like many denominations, the Catholics invented some really weird ideas, like -
1. determining Mary, the mother of Jesus, to be divine and to be worshiped and that she intercedes for believers
2.  indulgences
3. purgatory
4. Infallibility of the Pope
5. The pope being God’s representative on earth and speaks for God, more than any other Born Again Christian.
If you want to know what else Jesus doesn’t care for in the Catholic Church, Google “Nicolaitans”, or see my paper[2] on the subject.

          At this point, I should mention that I have known many Christian Catholics, including priests and nuns. Most Catholics have knowledge of who Jesus is and believe the Bible to be God's Word. The problem is that most, or at least many, have not taken the step of becoming “Born Again” and this is the fault of the Church.[3]

          Recently, the present pope has said some really ridiculous things, like-
1. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is dangerous - I guess this precludes the Born Again experience 
2. Wanting to change Jesus words in the Lord’s Prayer - lead us not into mistranslation 
3. Touts science over scripture about climate change
4. Consulted a psychoanalyst to “clarify a few things”[4] 
5. Says President Trump destroyed peace chances by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
6. Says all men of 'good will' are saved - denying Jesus being the only way to be saved. John 14:6  Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me". Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7. he expounds an unscriptural view of LGBTQ 
8. Places himself above God, in saying President Trump is not a Christian
9. Says that the great majority of Catholic marriages are null[5]
10. Said that pastors shouldn’t be “putting our noses into the moral lives of other people”[6].

          It is hard enough, in today’s world, to live the life of a Christian. It seems that persecution of Christianity is the in thing to do. Christians are the most persecuted group in the world[7]. Satan knows that he doesn’t have much time left, so he has to destroy as many lives as he can. Distorting the teachings of scripture is the easiest way to accomplish this goal. Jesus will be returning very soon and the churches needs to be preparing His way. The apostate church is readily discernible, if you are familiar with scripture. God has supplied us with the Bible, the guide to understanding what is going on around us. It is hard to discern when you are being fed junk if you don’t know the guide. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth.

          John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed." Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

          Romans 10:9-11 "if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered. 10 For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. 11 For the passage quoted says that everyone who rests his trust on him will not be humiliated." Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

[1] John 3:7 King James version
[3] John 3:16 and Romans 10:9
[7]   today.8009401/page-2

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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          We had eight years of a president who hates the majority of the American people because they are white. He undermined our police and our military. He attempted to overrun the country with illegal immigrants. He attempted to undermine the Christian heritage of the country.  Somehow he became rich, while in office. He disrespected our country every time he spoke in a foreign country. He increased the national debt by more than all the other presidents combined. He was involved, and complicit, in almost thirty scandals in his reign. He set up a shadow government to hinder the next administration. 
          Part of the problem is that Obama was just a pebble on the mountain of corruption. The basis of the construction of the mountain is the conspiracy to usher in the New World Order.
          All of this is described in the Bible. For those who don't believe in the Bible, please at least open your eyes to see what's happening all around you.

Some of the scandals mentioned above -
1. Benghazi
2. Fast and Furious
3. IRS giving out information for political reasons
4. DOJ infiltrating the AP and seizing journalists' records
5. GSA spending out of control
6. The Oval Office leaks that have never been found
7. Secret Service prostitutes
8, New Black Panther Party cover-up
9. Bugging of the congressional cloak room[1]
10. IRS, targeting of conservative groups, while showing favoritism to liberal groups
11. Abuse by EPA (Ulsterman report) favorable treatment to liberal groups to the detriment of conservative groups [2]
12. Attacks on Christians (freedom of religion, religious expression and practice) in the Military, by the military[3]
13. DOJ overreach in investigating individual reporters and their parents
14. HHS illegally raising private funds to promote its agenda – extortion
15. IRS targeting of individual GOP donors.
16. The EPA Illegal targeting and confiscation of materials of Gibson Guitar Co., which the CEO says were caused by contributions to conservative groups
17. Attorney general secretly granted government ability to develop and store dossiers on innocent Americans (shades of J. Edgar Hoover).
 18. Dept. of Labor determined Fort Hood shootings were workplace violence - changed to terrorism in April of 2015
19. EPA showing favoritism to liberal groups, in charging fees or not charging for Freedom of information materials
20. NSA demanding phone records for 121 million Verizon customers
AND mining information from top internet companies, and mass surveillance [4][5]
21. IRS, employee misuse of government credit cards, for internet porn, gifts, baby clothes, etc.
22. The ‘community action division’ of the DOJ travels the country stirring up racial problems (Ex. Setting up racial demonstrations against George Zimmerman and the Ferguson, MO fiasco).
23. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials ordered subordinates not to talk to congressional investigators about their investigation into illicit hiring practices and related whistleblower retaliation allegations [6]
24. Hillary Clintons E-mail scandal
25. Ransom payment for Iranian hostages
26. Bergdahl for terrorists swap
27. Clinton "Pay for Play", selling of influence  for donations to the Clinton Fund
28. Obama gave away control of the internet to ICAM.

        Praise the Lord, He saved us from a Clinton administration, that would have been a continuation of the Obama years. Instead, He gave us an imperfect man who is dedicated to restoring the country, for the good of the people. There are some people that despise President Trump, but they need to realize that God can use anyone. God used an ass to keep Ballam alive. It is, without doubt, God's hand that got Trump elected. It's about time we started honoring Gods move.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Amendment Number One

          Our First Constitutional Amendment is under attack from all sides. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."[1] The Globalist Anti-Christ forces must be able to limit the rights of the American people, BEFORE they can establish the New World Order.

          For years, since the 1920's, these forces have been working to undermine our system of government, our relationship and dependence on and with God and our right to express our opinions without harm. The amount and scope of the demonstrations, mostly by the left, seem to be setting up for either Marshall Law or at least limit out right to assemble.

          I MAY HATE WHAT TOU SAY, BUT I WILL FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT. Does this sound familiar? This is the basis of our first amendment. Nazi's, communists, progressives, America lovers and America haters are among the people who have a right to speak. 

          My understanding is that the "white supremists" groups applied for a permit, in Charlottesville, and got permission to have their demonstration. I don't think the anti demonstration groups had legal permission to be there. If the skuz balls were allowed to have their little, under attended grievance  ceremony, it would have gone by without incident. It wouldn't even have been news worthy.  HOWEVER, crowds of people not part of the demonstration (like Antifa, BLM and God only knows who else) enabled the legal demonstrators to get national attention that they never should have had. 
          Keep in mind that ALL AMERICANS have the same First Amendment rights. The anti demonstrator groups here in Charlestown were just as wrong as the groups on campuses and other places that attempt to shut down free speech.

          The "missed moment" was not the presidents lack of naming the groups, but the lack of American tolerance, not the lack of politicians calling out the groups by name. The politicians and news people, by their actions and rhetoric are condoning the groups who limit the free speech of their fellow countrymen and women. Shame on you people!!!!

          THE KKK STRIKES AGAIN! If you look at the history of KKK demonstrations over the last 50!years, you will see that they instigate the violence, but they manage to sucker the anti demonstrators into starting the violence. Looks to me that this is what happened in Charlottesville.

          Shame on Fox News! They are (like the fake news outfits) reporting that the "white" idiots had a violent demonstration. NOPE, it turned violent when the leftists showed up. Why pick a side, when both sides are wrong? Why can't anyone just tell the truth. IT'S CALLED REPORTING. ISN'T THAT YOUR JOB?

          The CNN show Inside Politics had a panel consisting of one member of CNN staff, one person from the Washington Post and one from the New York Times. WOW, I had no idea they were that fair and balanced. I love sarcasm! THEY WERE ESPECIALLY CONDEMNATORY OF president Trump for condemnation of all violence, instead of naming names. Do these people realize how stupid we think they are?

          Watching Inside Politics made me sick. I can't think of a time when I have seen this much hatred and bigotry displayed, unashamedly and without apology. They cam out against the white racist  groups and failed to even mention the black racist groups and the Fascist group Antifa. Apparently CNN doesn't care that they have lost ALL credibility.

The Following are insights of right thinking people. For most, I am only giving the first names of the private citizens, and no these are not anonymous sources.

"I am a citizen of Charlottesville and yesterday was a horrible day for my city. The news outlets have it all wrong. This whole march was started by the city's vice mayor and the city council. The vice mayor who is a racist black man ( google Wes Bellamy and read his hate statements towards white people and women) who decided to try to make a name for himself by removing a historical statue of Robert E Lee. He wants to erase history. After the citizens of Charlottesville voiced their opinion that the statue should stay Wes Bellamy kept pushing the issue. These are the facts. This has nothing to do with Trump. Wes Bellamy and the city council brought this mess upon our city. Race relations here have been set back 60 years. BLM is to the black community as the KKK is to the white community. Hate is what it is. Hate has no color, hate has no political belief. There is hate on both sides, yesterday proved that"...Mike, Charlottesville resident.

Robert said -
The left demonstrates AGAIN that they are more and more like down and destroy historical monuments to TRY and change history. They successfully changed it already...making people believe that it was Republicans who perpetrated slavery, and somehow people bought into it...
Now that the P.T. Beuregard statue is down, the inner city schools will magically improve, and more opportunity will be there for the kids...who knew that a statue was holding minorities back all this time? *rollseyes*
The MSM needs to stop conflating Republicans and the made up "alt-right" with Nazis and "white supremacists"....they NEVER conflate Antifa or BLM with liberals or democrats...

Fred said- 
Here let me break it down for you NYT reporter Jeremy W. Peters...There are many factions to the White Supremacists movement, they are not just the KKK, so there are "Many Sides" to what you in the media have incorrectly been calling "White Nationalists". 

Next Antifa is a conglomerate of many Communist groups and Anarchists groups, they are not just a singular collection of people, so there are "Many Sides" to the pro-communist Antifa group. 

There you go Jeremey, many sides means just that and the many sides of BOTH groups have blood on their hands when it comes to Charlottesville, Va.

The actions by the MANY SIDES there produced hatred on MANY SIDES and resulted in VIOLENCE that led to the death of one of the protestors. Thus the two basic sides which are made of collectives of many smaller groups are both equally culpable in the deaths and should be held accountable!

Who the hell decided that Antifa and their communist loving followers are the official historical revisionist police in America? And where are the police when these neo-Bolsheviks are running around destroying public property? Last time I looked this is not a MOB ruled country and we have a process to discuss things in society. 

I agree with Laura Ingraham, this is about control of history and where does this lunacy end? do they tear down all of our history they don't like? Do they want burn all the history books, the movies, the songs, do they want to invade the south and begin tearing down every building with Robert E. Lee? This is not about unity, this is not about race, this is about pure hate and these are the new Bolsheviks and they are out to do one thing terrorize anyone or anything who disagrees with their points of view!

The main stream media made a huge deal that President Trump had to address the White Supremacists and now We the People need to demand the media address these communist foot soldiers and publicly condemn there actions and rioting all across the nation. 

Lastly we need to have this group Antifa declared what they are by the Department of Justice, terrorists! 

Been watching the shocking images from Charlottesville, Va. riots today and something became very apparent about both sides involved....

People who are going to a peaceful protest do not take masks or hoods to hide their identity, they don't take heavy wood poles to hold flags or signs, they don't come wearing helmets and they don't bring shields....

People that do those things are looking for one thing, TROUBLE...

Allen said-

"Ok folks, here’s what REALLY happened in Charlottesville – and what everyone is missing

This past weekend I was honored to be in a most picturesque place with some great and hospitable folks in Prescott (Yavapai County) Arizona. I was there to address the Republican Women of Prescott, the nation’s largest Republican women’s club, on their 75th anniversary. The scenery there was just breathtaking and there was just a sense of solemnness that we all need experience from time to time. How great a contrast it was from what was happening across the country in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Let me begin by saying, I deplore any form of supremacist view — white, black, Hispanic, Islamic. I will be the first to openly state and embrace, a sense of American exceptionalism and supremacy that is rooted in our founding principles and values. Any and all else that is contradictory is to be condemned. What I have witnessed post the events of Saturday 12 August is the typical Rahm Emanuel mentality and political posturing: “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Therefore, I seek to assess what really happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.
First, may God rest the soul of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who tragically lost her life. My sincere condolences to her, her family, and those others who were injured. I fully support seeking the death penalty for 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio who committed this horrific act of violence. But, how did we get to this place?
This all began because someone decided, as other elected officials have across the country, to cave in to partisan political pressures and seek to erase American history. History is not there for us to love or hate, but for us to learn from and seek to not repeat its mistakes.
If there are those who truly believe we protect ourselves by trying to revise history due to false emotions, then we miss out on who we are as a nation, and our evolution. The statues of long since deceased leaders of the Confederate Army do not stand to remind anyone of oppression. And if a statue can oppress you, then I submit that you have greater issues.
I certainly did not appreciate former President Barack Obama taking a photo op in Cuba before the image of Che Guevara, nor do I enjoy seeing anyone wearing said image on t-shirts here in America…but I do not go into some whimsical state of “oppression.”
And so it is that we do possess in this Constitutional Republic a freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It would appear that said group who didn’t wish to see the statue of Virginian, General Robert E. Lee, who was a commissioned U.S. Army officer, graduate of West Point, and served the nation in the Mexican War, taken down did apply for a permit to hold a rally. We can dislike these individuals, but they took proper measures to secure permission to express their First Amendment right.
Contrary to their position, the word went out for a counter-protest to occur which included groups from a different side of the political spectrum, who have also been very guilty of hateful rhetoric and violence. What should have happened is that these two groups should have been kept miles apart. I do not understanding why any local law enforcement agency would allow these two groups close proximity…first lesson learned. And we must also ascertain, did the counter-protest group seek permit or did they just “show up” in order to provoke, and elicit a response they could use “politically?” Yes, motivations are important to understand in this case, if we’re serious about getting to the bottom of what happened in Charlottesville and not just the typical media-driven frenzy.
I find it rather odd that so many are seeking to lay blame on President Trump for what happened in Charlottesville. And there are some voices out there who want to blame all white people, and all Republicans. How odd that when it was the New Black Panther Party outside a voting precinct in Philadelphia in black fatigues and with clubs, nothing was said. As a matter of fact, they weren’t even prosecuted for voter intimidation. And when it was the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore fueled by media false narratives and a presidential administration’s rhetoric, there was no blame laid on Barack Obama. It appears to me that there is a blatant hypocrisy when an individual commits a horrible crime, such as in Charleston, South Carolina, and a collective group of people are to be held accountable.
But, when there’s an Islamic terror attack people say, “we cannot rush to judgment” or “this is not indicative of all Muslims”…to wit I agree, but why not call the enemy for what it is” militant Islamic terrorism or jihadism? Why must some be browbeaten into condemning the actions of a few, yet we have others who have fully admitted their support to groups calling for a “resistance?” And where were the voices to condemn the violence in Washington DC on Inauguration Day, or even at UC-Berkeley…or the violence committed against those who support the current president or hold beliefs aligned with Constitutional conservatism?
If we want to condemn groups such as the neo-Nazis and others, then we must also condemn groups such as BLM and Antifa. And we need to stop the cherry picking, as they all should be investigated. Let’s end this absurdity of trying to connect the Republican Party with the Ku Klux Klan, since it was a creation of the Democrat Party. And I seem to recall Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, infamously known as a grand wizard of the Klan, lauded over at his memorial by Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton. It was Senator Byrd who was vehemently against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but it was Republican Senator Everett Dirksen who supported its passage.
James Alex Fields will be punished to the full extent of the law, and I truly believe he should never see the light of day again. But if we blindly do not realize there has been an atmosphere of hatred fomented in this nation, we are ignorant. Who even remembers the fella who attempted to gun down several Republican Members of Congress at a baseball practice, severely wounding Rep. Steve Scalise? The mainstream liberal progressive media pushed that aside rather quickly, and let us not forget MSNBC commentator, Joy Reid, who on her Sunday show actually sought to justify Rep. Scalise’s shooting because of his voting record. Now, where was the condemnation there, and why is it that Ms. Reid still has a position and a show on that network?
Fareed Zakaria praised the Central Park play depicting the “Caesar-like” stabbing to death of President Trump — last time I checked he was still on CNN. And how many Democrat elected officials were pressured into making statements of condemnation of one Kathy Griffith who notoriously held up the bloodied severed head resembling President Trump?
There’s plenty of guilt to be passed around here, but the progressive socialist left will sadly exploit this for all they can. They will horribly believe this will provide them some sort of electoral advantage. They fail to realize they’re just as complicit in what happened in Charlottesville. Let me ask that age-old rhetorical question: “if a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there, does it make a sound?”
If we were to go back and ponder this incident and just let a small group of disaffected individuals hold a rally to protest the possible taking down of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and no one had showed up…Instead a call went out and trouble, violence ensued. Or maybe, if we had courageous elected officials who would just say, those statues aren’t offending anyone; they’re part of American history, and they stay. Imagine that, would there even be a story, any rally, and violence?
What happened in Charlottesville must not be allowed to happen again. And that means we need to hold ANY group responsible that promotes violence. “What do we want, dead cops; when do we want them, now”…”Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”…no more. Our streets aren’t the place for hoods and masks, such as Antifa wears, and their violence and destruction of property. Let’s call them all out, and not have this selective enforcement mentality rooted in partisan political hackery. If we don’t stop the blatant hypocrisy, which is truly the problem, then we’re sitting on a powder keg — which I believe some wish for.
I have an idea. If y’all want to fight, sign up in the U.S. military — if you meet the standards. There are plenty of folks who do indeed hate the United States. Channel your angst against them…not each other."[2]

Glenn, said-
I agree that what these people were advocating was racism. I as a Christian absolutely repudiate everything this group stands for. However, it was not white-supremacy or extremist right wing philosophy that caused this violence. There is too much evidence to the contrary. The left wing violence that occurred after Trumps election. The campus violence perpetrated against conservative speakers at Berkeley. The riots in Ferguson a Baltimore were encouraged by the left. The white supremacist who assembled in Charlottesville  were American citizens legally exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. The cause of this riot is the advocates of political correctness who want to only recognize the parts of our history that they deem worthy of recognition, and who believe they should censor and silence that which might offend.

Jerry said-
Virginia governor (and Clinton buddy) Terry McAuliffe called out the neo Nazi's but failed to mention Antifa, BLM or the Red Fist Communist protestors. Seriously? Is he really that selective with his hate-groups?

Steve said-
ABOUT EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. today... I watched Fox News coverage. It's a real shame they couldn't or wouldn't clarify WHO the protesters were other than to say they were "white nationalists"!! So we're supposed to guess what group they're affiliated with?? After coming on FB, I still don't know, but I know they WERE NOT representing the SCV or the Va Flaggers. Regardless of who they are affiliated with, what happened today would not have happened if the Charlottesville City Council had left the Confederate monument of General Robert E. Lee a non issue, especially with more pressing issues to work on unless they have none. Sure they don't (sarcasm).

          As you can tell, there is a concerted effort to undermine the Constitution of the United States, as well as blocking the Lord from having any influence on our people.

[1] 1st. Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
[2] Allen West