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Saturday, August 28th, 2004 | Author:

Our media and educational establishments have led us to believe that America was founded as a democracy rather than a republic. The Pledge of Allegiance does say, “…and to the republic for which it stands.”In the year 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinburgh, had this to say about ‘The Fall of the Athenian Republic’ some 2,000 years prior.“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.” “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.”     (emphasis  added)Based on this information, where do you estimate that America is today? Is this next election critical to America’s future? Will you step up to the plate and vote your moral values? Does the truth really matter in every elected office in the land? We have the responsibility and privilege to select the people who will represent the will of the people at all levels. Is the majority opinion being represented? A republic is the form of government our founding fathers established for America as it represents the people. Some today want to turn the Constitution into an evolving document. Just as evolution is a farce, so is this idea concerning the Constitution.  In a republic, one judge cannot overrule the vast majority of Americans when it comes to an issue like partial birth abortion? The Constitution demands that all members of our society have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Does it make sense to call an unborn baby, at any stage of development, reproductive tissue when Scott Peterson and others in America are on trial for double murder of a woman and her unborn child? How can abortionists continue killing unborn humans for cash? Where are the majority of American voices when we see obvious double standards becoming legal springboards for multiplied forms of evil and perversion? When will decent Americans wipe out child pornography? When will we stand up to our elected officials, who took an oath to represent the people who elected them, and vote them out of office by voting for people who will keep their oath of office and represent the majority of American citizens? Will November come and go again as eligible voters sit on their hands and click their tongues as we see America going down the tubes? Questions? 

                  Pastor Ike                                           

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Saturday, August 21st, 2004 | Author:

The world is filled with religions. Some have one god, some no god and others millions of gods. What is a seeking person to do when faced with the astronomical challenge of sorting through all these religions and so-called Christian cults? An examination of the holy books of these religions will quickly separate the true from the false. I have studied world religions for almost thirty years now and I approach each one with an honest heart to see if the truth can truly be found in them. Most holy books can be dismissed quickly as they do not line up with reality as it is seen in this world. An atheist astrophysicist named Hugh Ross examined world religions and their sacred writings. He says that it took him only a short time to dismiss all these books until he came to the Bible of Jews and Christians. He figured that he would be able to blow through the Bible in a couple of weeks and that would put his searching mind at ease. He found in Genesis 1, a gold mine of solid evidence that matched what he knew to be true as a scientist. He spent the next two years pouring over evidence, digging and finding more treasure each time he opened its pages. Ultimately, he became convinced that the Bible was authentic, not man-made, and was truly the Word of God. In it he found that God loves mankind and sent His own son, Jesus, to be a sacrifice for our sins. The most critical issue to examine in each religion or cult is who they say Jesus Christ is. The Bible says that Jesus is Almighty God!  “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ”     Revelation 1:7-8 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.’ ”   Revelation 1:17-18  “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.”

                  Revelation 22:12-16a

Any religion that does not confess Jesus as Almighty God is false and not worthy of trusting with your eternal soul! “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.”

     1 John 2:22

The truth will set you free! Truth seekers join us!

Questions?   

Pastor Ike

Dated: 08/21/04

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Saturday, August 14th, 2004 | Author:

This article is a reality check! When man first disobeyed God, his heart was injected with the deadly poison of wanting more than what God had provided. He has had a mind of his own ever since, motivated by Satan, and has repeatedly used it to destroy himself and the world around him through selfishness and greed. Man has not become more civil as time passed but has continued to pursue greater ways of destroying himself and his fellow man. His rejection of God’s created order for life has led to the most bazaar explanations of how the universe came to be. Creation is still the only logical and sensible answer of how everything got here. We did not arise from pond scum or from aliens from outer space. We now know that life is astronomically too complex to have ever happened by chance. This chance is called the Theory of Evolution. Remember that a theory is only speculation that remains to be proven. Evolution hasn’t been proven and is quickly collapsing because it is a fraud!                                   “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

                          Romans 1:20-21

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth reverence the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; from His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works. The king is not saved by a mighty army; a warrior is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a false hope for victory; nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.”

Psalm 33:6-22

Why does America seem to always come to the aid of the oppressed peoples of the world? Because America was founded upon the Word of God and the Son of God, Jesus Christ! If America turns away from God she will fall!   Pastor Ike

Dated 08/14/04

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Saturday, August 07th, 2004 | Author:

From early childhood I was taught to always tell the truth or there would be serious consequences. Does that mean that I never told a lie? By no stretch of the imagination! Even in childhood I was often caught in a spot and it seemed safer to tell a lie and avoid facing the music than to fess up and deal with my problem head on. How about you? Have you ever told a lie? If you say that you have, then this qualifies you to be called a liar. I am amazed at how serious a problem this is with God. He actually places lying in the Big Ten, “You shall not bear false witness.” In other places God sets a long list of possible sins and then adds the word “All” to the sin of lying.  “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part {will be} in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”               Revelation 21:8Now, it seems reasonable to expect that people, created in the image of God, would want to please the benevolent Creator, Provider and Sustainer of all life on the planet! So, how do you think man is doing in this area? Are we getting better at telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? As we go through our daily lives we have to admit that truthfulness is getting rarer all the time. The news media seem to believe that if they say a lie long enough, loud enough and sincerely enough that the ignorant citizenry of America will swallow it hook, line and sinker, and many do! How are we doing so far? “A trustworthy witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies.” “A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous.” “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape.”              Proverbs 14:5, 25; 19:5 Sounds pretty serious to me! So, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, where would you rate the civilized land of America in truth telling?  I would have to give our nation at least a D. It seems that our adult population has been a poor influence on the young generations around us. Most high school students admit to cheating on tests and lying to teachers and parents daily. We adults have to remember that children do what they see far more than what they hear. Why do kids get into drugs, sexual encounters, pornography, smoking and other harmful things? Because adults produce it and usually use older kids to pass it on to children. Are we getting the whole truth from our elected officials? Read the article, published in WorldNetDaily, concerning the DNC’s convention in Boston in their use of a fake video clip. Is this truthfulness to the people of America? The list would run long of elected officials here and around the world who avoided the truth. We won’t even talk about truthfulness in some major corporations will we?The truth will set you free! Come seek the truth with us!     Questions?    Pastor Ike

Dated: 08/07/04 

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