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Saturday, July 31st, 2004 | Author:

Many things today seem to be upside-down. Right is now wrong and wrong is right. Sin is now in and doing the right thing is out. Example: We have an AIDS epidemic worldwide. In California, in 1987, there were 5,000 cases of active AIDS. In 2004 that number has multiplied eleven times to 55,000 cases. The number one group affected is male homosexuals. We hear a lot about AIDS’ prevention. Prevention is easy; a man and woman, still virgins when they marry, in a monogamous marriage for life! Abortion, gay marriage, pornography and sexual perversion of all brands are suddenly political issues. They are not political they are moral issues and the God of love speaks very boldly about them. “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.” “But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”  (emphasis added)

  2 Peter 2:4-10a, 12-19

Doing life God’s way will set you free! Try it! Questions?

Pastor Ike

Dated: 07/31/04

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Saturday, July 24th, 2004 | Author:

According to the Bible, Satan was one of God’s highest angels, actually in charge of the worship music. He had a free will like all of God’s creation and one day he suddenly made his plans known. “I will raise my throne above the stars of God.” Isaiah 14:13  He actually had the audacity to think that he could overpower Almighty God and replace Him as Sovereign of the universe. He even had the guts to tempt the Son of God, Jesus, by offering Him all the kingdoms of the world if He would just bow down and worship him. Since he could not get God to bow to his demands, he turned to Adam and Eve. His tactic with them was to twist the truth just enough to deceive them into thinking that God was unfair and that He was holding out on them. The man and his wife were given everything that they could possibly desire. There wasn’t even another man or woman to draw them away. There was only ONE sin that they could commit: disobedience in eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. It didn’t take long for Eve to fall prey to Satan’s lies and Adam quickly followed suit. This act of disobedience put the sting of death in our first parents and it was passed to every child born since. Unbelievers often ask, “Why does God allow evil to exist?” They also say, “I cannot believe in a God who would send people to hell for their sins.” The answer to the first question is that God could end evil in a heartbeat! All He has to do is to take away man’s free will. He would become perfectly obedient to every commandment of God, acting like a robot. God wanted man to obey because of his love for Him. The other question is easily answered. God does not send anyone to Hell! His desire is that no one would end up there. Hell was created for Satan and his fallen angels. Man ends up in Hell because of his chosen disobedience to God’s will and his choice to do as he pleases. The Bible says that sin always brings forth death. Take sexual sins for instance. A boy and a girl meet, like each other and are told in almost every public venue that it is ok to have sex as no one will really get hurt, so just do it! They believe the lie and have sex. Not many days pass when she tells him that she is pregnant. CRISIS TIME! Option #1, they get married and start a family, very rare in our throw away society. Option #2, he panics and tells her that she has to get an abortion! If she does not consent, he dumps her and she is left alone to care for a new life. If she chooses to kill their baby, she puts her health in huge jeopardy, kills a living human being and he still dumps her. FACT: If a sixteen year old has an abortion, her risk of breast cancer is 800 times that of full term pregnancies. For years they will go through deep mourning every year the child’s scheduled birthday comes around. If they don’t get counseling, they will live very empty lives and often end up committing suicide. So, does sin bring forth death? No doubt about it! So, what is the answer? Return to living your life to please the one who loves you most, Jesus. The truth will set you free! Come seek the truth with us! Questions?                       Pastor Ike Dated: 7/24/04

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Saturday, July 17th, 2004 | Author:

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me.”Isaiah 44:6

Muslims say that Jesus was a prophet and that God is not a Father and He has no son. Mormons say that Jesus was Satan’s spirit brother and that man can become a god. Jehovah’s Witnesses say that He was a god and Michael the Archangel. Non-Christian Jews say that He was no one of significance. Many others make various claims. But who was He really? What record of His life can we trust? Can we trust the Qur’an, composed over 600 years after Jesus lived on earth, the Book of Mormon written in 1830 or Jehovah’s Witnesses translation in 1961, or any other so-called holy books? It is so easy to make the statement, “The Bible is inaccurate!” Prove it! The Bible has been examined by some of history’s greatest minds and has never been proven inaccurate. I openly challenge anyone to prove its errors. The Bible clearly speaks of the promised Messiah (Christ) who would come to take away the sins of the world. Take a look at Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53. The Old Testament foretold the virgin birth, the crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah. Look at Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, John 10:31-33 and Hebrews 1:5

 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

      Revelation 22:12-20

For a real eye opener, try researching the foundations of other religions and holy books. They simply cannot stand hard examination. They collapse because of the lack of historical evidence and accuracy. Man-made is written all over them!

 The truth will make you free! Come seek the truth with us! Questions?   

Pastor Ike

Dated: 7/17/2004

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Saturday, July 10th, 2004 | Author:

The First Amendment to the Constitution says: “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.” (emphasis added) This precious document is under attack today by modern day fascists. What is a fascist? Webster’s: “A system of government characterized by rigid one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of the opposition.” This plan leaves NO room for debate. The goal is to exercise absolute control over all forms of communication and ultimately over all people. I am concerned that America’s media and extreme leftist politicians are headed rapidly toward this position. The First Amendment is a huge roadblock for those who would turn America into a fascist state. Have you noticed the bold moves in the last few years to push an, “Our way or the highway” mindset? World Headlines read: Sweden: “Pastor Sentenced To Month In Prison For Preaching Against Homosexuality;” Pennsylvania: “Hate-crime Law Worries Pastors.” (Hate crime law amended to add “sexual orientation” “gender identity” and “harassment by communication,” which means guilt by the spoken word alone.) Canada: “Pastor Arrested For Ad Quoting Bible Verse Against Homosexuality.” PASTORS: How much longer until it comes to California? Consider these wise words from history. Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them.  Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest.”  Calvin Coolidge “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known, and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor. He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of men. He rots the soul of a nation. He works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city. He infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A Murderer Is Less To Be Feared.”         Cicero, 42 B.C. Is this political? No, it’s patriotic! America, it’s time to wake up! 

     Pastor Ike

Dated: 7/10/04 

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