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Friday, June 29th, 2012 | Author:

“Now, when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’S house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, ‘Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ ” 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 NASB

Now, this kind of worship does not consider whether we enjoyed the music or whether I got anything out of it. It is totally focused on MINISTERING TO THE LORD and worshiping Him only. This is not to say that the music does not matter. The music leader MUST pray over the songs and the preacher MUST pray about the message to make sure it is pleasing to Him and that it says to the people what He wants said, but ultimately it focuses on pleasing God with all that happens. Far too many church leaders worry about what the people think even after they get the message from the LORD. If it pleases HIM it will please true worshipers.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012 | Author:

Ever feel overwhelmed with all that is going on in our very corrupt government? Each new day brings new and amazing things to bear. Have you ever felt like this has to be a dream, or better, a nightmare!!! Just when you think those in power will do the right and good thing this time are we taken aback with another insane move. Can anyone have imagined that the federal government would sue sovereign states and law enforcement agents like Sheriff Joe? Who could have ever imagined that the Supreme Court would overturn a state law having to do with stopping the violent murder on the border and in cities along the Mexican border, while the same statutes are on the books at the federal level? Could anyone have ever imagined that Chief Justice Roberts would legislate from the bench and declare Obamacare constitutional? This is an horrific piece of legislation that could bankrupt our nation and is modeled after the European Socialist method which is now bankrupting those nations and causing horrific waiting lists for people with deadly diseases.
I get the feeling that we, as a nation, are getting what we deserve because of the blatant disregard for God and His Word. All we have to do is to look at ancient Israel to see how this takes place. Will God bring another revival in His church and a worldwide awakening like we have seen in our history or is this the same situation that king Josiah faced when he came to the throne. God told him that it was too late for Israel and that they would be removed from their land and taken into slavery for seventy long years. Look at modern Israel and note how many centuries they went without a nation of their own until 1948 when the UN declared them to be a sovereign state. “Can a nation be born in a day,” asks the Scriptures, and yet this is exactly what happened to Israel. The only nation today that is keeping Islam or Communism from taking over the whole world is the United States and our military might. Of course God is ultimately keeping us free, but for how much longer???
Christians are always talking about the end times and some have made a lifelong ministry by studying and TRYING to interpret end times prophesies, very often being dead wrong.
Are we IN the last days now? If so, we had all get ready for tribulation like has not been since the beginning of the world. But you say, “But we will all be raptured!” What if there is NO rapture? Dr. Walter Martin very powerfully refuted the idea that there was a rapture. I am not here saying that I don’t believe that there will be no catching away, but WHAT IF IT DOES NOT EXIST? Are you strong enough in your faith to be martyred? Are you ready to face the horror of persecution like North Korean, Chines, Vietnam, and the Christians in other Communist countries face on a daily basis?
Folks, we face the real possibility that we ARE the last generation on the earth. There will be a last generation and that generation of believers had better be more spiritually mature than any generation in history. All one has to do is to read the book of Revelation to get the idea of what will happen. Even if we are taken away at the middle, what will it be like on earth where one powerful group of demon possessed rulers rule the WHOLE world?
I am not trying to scare anyone or to be a dooms day prophet, I am simply assessing my sixty-five years and seeing how far and quickly we have fallen in the last fifty years.
Look at every public institution out there and compare it to the 1960’s, if you are old enough to do this. Public education, where many universities now have classes in how to do pornographic films, in California where children from early childhood are FORCED to listen to homosexual history taught, where perverted people teach children about how to have homosexual or heterosexual sex. Our congress which enjoys the lowest approval rating in our history, where states and Christian denominations have caved into the gay agenda and are now marrying same sex partners. When companies like J C Penny, founded by a wonderful Christian, now use Ellen DeGeneres and homosexual couples for father’s day and mother’s day ads, rather than traditional ones. The list of major corporations now sponsoring gay marriage, gay parades etc. is far too long to list here.
These are just a few of the destructive elements in our society.
Do you get my drift on this? It feels like we are speaking but no one is listening. It seems like God is silent and waiting to drop the other shoe. Far too many preachers today are talking ONLY about the love, forgiveness and acceptance of God and forgetting His wrath, anger and hatred for sin. He has brought low multitudes of nation,s and if we look at history, most if not all of them fell into blatant sexual perversion of all types. Just watch television or go to the movies, look at the magazines at the grocery store or look at the perverted lives of Hollywood actors and actresses and you will see a nation saturated with sex and evil. Child molestation, abortion, child prostitution and child pornography have NEVER been freer than we see today.
God says that the blood of the innocent cries out to Him, yet, for the most part, the Christian church SITS ON ITS HANDS AND DOES NOTHING TO STOP IT! 53,000,000 innocent babies have been brutally murdered in butcher shops called abortion “CLINICS.” We have so many STRONGHOLDS in our nation blatantly attacking the Bible, God and His church and yet we keep singing our happy songs and DOING church as usual.
You may say that I have never written anything like this before, if you are still reading it. You know, I have never felt this before. I spoke with Dr. Henry Blackaby a few years ago and he agreed with my feelings completely and said that if America does not repent of her sins then God will judge this nation fiercely.
How many believes spend time in the Word daily, pray fervently for revival and awakening and seek to live a life that is pleasing to God? Research tells us that the AVERAGE pastor spends 17 minutes a week in prayer. How can the children of God do the things expected of them if the leaders are not MODELING it before them?
“Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, they regarded them as a strange thing.” Hosea 8:12 NASB
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, BUT THEY WILL NOT FIND IT.” Amos 8:11-12 NASB
Folks, this last verse is being fulfilled as I write in tens of thousands of pulpits across this nation. Major denominations have rejected the Word of God and have replaced it with political correctness. I cannot tell you how many people have moved away from the church I pastored to another city only to report that they could not find a Bible teaching church anywhere. There are still some godly pastors who stand and deliver the uncompromised Word of God, and I highly honor them all.
Well, this has gotten way too long so I will have to continue to seek the face of God for the next part. May those who read these word take them to heart and cry out to God and see if He will have mercy on us once again.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 | Author:

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9 NASB
Note the part especially, “the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.” Then, “if you seek Him, He will LET you find Him.”
Most folks today have so little doctrinal knowledge of God that they figure that God is a goodly old grandfatherly man who just want us to know how much He loves us and wants to give us everything we ask for (with TBN telling us that this is conditional on us sending THEM money).
The problem is that most professing believers have never even read the whole Bible through even one time. This is a tragedy of massive proportion. If we do not read His word, how will we know what He desires and commands His followers to do.
Solomon followed for a while, but his many foreign wives turned his heart away from the LORD and led him into such misery as we find recorded in Ecclesiastes.
We make choices every day that have good or bad consequences. Today, there is a tendency to think that God does not care how I live or speak or my daily habits. There is so much neglect of the Bible that folks keep on going to church and yet living outside the will of God. This leads to serious consequences however. All one has to do is to read the Word of God to see how this plays out in the lives of those who profess to know Him. Even David, a man after the heart of God, numbered Israel, committed adultery with another man’s wife, had him killed and each time the wrath of God fell on him.
“By those who draw near to Me, I will be treated as holy.”
I challenge pastors and teachers to break out of the restrictions placed on them by those who advocate a “FEEL GOOD” method of preaching and teaching the Bible. Try preaching on John 19, Revelation 15, 20 and just about any other chapter in this book, 1 John 5, 2 Chronicles 7, 2 Peter 3 and Ephesians 5. These are but a few of the texts found in the BIBLE that are so neglected. Most pastors today avoid any topic that might make their attenders feel uncomfortable. You know what, CONVICTION OF SIN makes people feel uncomfortable!!! But conviction works repentance, another topic rarely mentioned today. Repentance is changing your mind and doing something about it, such as doing a 180 and going away from sin.
The word IF plays such a huge role in the Bible. “IF we confess our sins …” “IF you will repent …” “IF you hear His voice …”
Well, you get my drift, right? The Christian life is one of self-discipline, obedience to the Word of God, seeking the face of God and many other such disciplines. What we need today is a return to reading the classic works by such writers as A. W. Tozer, E. M. Bounds, Charles Finney, Hudson Taylor, and Leonard Ravenhill. These writers KNEW God and how to follow Him in sweet communion.
The disciplines of daily Scripture reading, prayer, Scripture memory and witnessing are essential to a healthy Christian life. There are others as well.
Well, happy Wednesday to all and just know that I write this from a heart of love and deep concern for the Body of Christ, His church.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 | Author:

Number one issue: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. The First Amendment was put in to protect the church FROM the state, never the other way around.
Remember, the wording says, “Congress shall make NO LAWS restricting the free exercise of religion” period! There are no indications of any restrictions on our religious liberties found in ANY of our founding documents. A letter sent to the Danbury Baptists, in reply to their inquiry about whether or not there would be a STATE church like England had, was clearly stated by Thomas Jefferson that there would be no such denomination. Freedom meant that the state would have no control over mankind’s worship in America. A bogus supreme court case many years ago got the atheists foot in the door and every case since has been based on a BLATANT LIE. This happens when church leaders sit on their hands and hold their tongues when blatant lies are allowed to become law.
The same is true on Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton allowing the wholesale MURDER of unborn CITIZENS of this nation. 53,000,000 babies have been slaughtered in butcher shops called abortion “clinics” across the USA.
When will the church of Jesus Christ have enough intestinal fortitude to end these lies? The vast majority of pastors in this land REFUSE to talk about abortion from their pulpits. Falwell and Kennedy were two heroes in our time on this issue, but sadly their voices are silent since they graduated into heaven. There are still a few voices out there fighting the good fight but they are few and far between.
Has life become so cheap that we can kill a child for about $350.00, often paid by tax dollars. Planned Parenthood gets over $300,000,000 yearly under the guise of women’s health. HOGWASH!!!
This issue cuts my heart out and I will, with my dying breath, continue to cry out for the life of the unborn.
How long will the wrath of God be withheld when their blood cries out from the earth? He judged Israel for this very thing, shedding innocent blood.
Our liberties are challenged on a daily basis. What will be attacked next? This decision will be challenged before long, but we will never hear of other world religions being throttled in the same way.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2012 | Author:

“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were 200; and all their kinsmen were at their command.”
1 Chronicles 12:32 NASB
Our country and our world are getting more desperately out of control every day. What we thought could never happen in America, happens and we stand aghast at what we see happening. These kinds of moral and political conditions led the early Americans to revolt against her mother country England. Will it actually come to another revolution to put our nation back to the form that the older generation has known their whole life long? I truly hope not, but with radical Socialists now in power, it may very well come to this. Mother England is very much like Mother Washington DC today.
These Socialists have been raised on a steady diet of redistribution of wealth, government taking care of all the citizens and unwavering loyalty to those who rule. They have been brainwashed from kindergarten through graduate school by liberal/Socialist teachers and professors. Thank God for home schools and private Christian education. There remains a remnant of young people who really know the times and know what America should do. Unfortunately, MOST pastors today are NOT equipping them from a biblical world view to resist this evil.
This November we the people have the opportunity to elect many of these young men and women to office and remove the radicals, hopefully for good.
IF God does not allow us to do this I seriously fear for the future of this country. Our children and grandchildren will suffer because we the people sat on our hands and did very little to stop them. You know the old quote, “When good men do nothing, evil prevails.” Our public education is dominated by the radicals from the 1960’s who had free love, dope and cried, “Down with the establishment,” while hitchhiking rides from the establishment and begging food from the same. The Jane Fonda types are cult worshipers to our nation’s enemies such as the Communist Chinese, Russians, North Korea and Muslim radicals.
May God’s people cry out to Him for a heaven sent revival in His church and a worldwide awakening to bring multiplied millions, even billions, into the kingdom of God. This truly is AS SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK!

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 | Author:

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Study: Children of Parents in Same-Sex Relationships Face Greater Risks
by Karla Dial

A pair of studies published today in the journal Social Science Research turns the widely accepted notion that kids raised by parents in same-sex relationships grow up to become well-adjusted adults on its ear.

Acording to data from the New Family Structures Study, led by Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas at Austin, children raised by homosexual parents are dramatically more likely than peers raised by married heterosexual parents to suffer from a host of social problems. Among them are strong tendencies, as adults, to exhibit poor impulse control; suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide; need mental health therapy; identify themselves as homosexual; choose cohabitation; be unfaithful to partners; contract sexually transmitted diseases; be sexually molested; have lower income levels; drink to get drunk; and smoke tobacco and marijuana.

The study of 2,988 people between the ages of 18 and 39, including 75 adults raised by lesbian mothers and 73 raised by gay fathers, marks the second-largest data sample ever used to examine the issue. The U.S. Census Bureau had a larger sample, but didn’t probe as deeply as the 40 measures Regnerus used, said Glenn Stanton, Focus on the Family’s director of Global Family Formation Studies. In all, children raised by parents in same-sex relationships fared more poorly than their peers on 24 of those measures.

“All the other studies that have come out on how kids do in same-sex homes are all done by lesbian activist scholars,” Stanton noted. “They have found either there’s no difference between the two kinds of homes, or that the kids actually do better (in homosexual-led households).

“Regnerus’s study shows nothing could be further from the truth. It compares not just homosexual and heterosexual homes, but married intact biological families, divorced, single-parent and cohabiting families,” he added. “All the other studies have just lumped those together.”

In a second article published in the journal, Loren Marks, an associate professor at Louisiana State University, examines the shortcomings of a seminal brief on gay parenting from the American Psychological Association, which states that “not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged” compared to peers raised in intact households with married parents.

“This is the kind of research Americans need to take a hard look at in the context of the ongoing efforts to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples,” said Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. “Scientific data doesn’t ‘hate.’ It can’t be a ‘bigot.’ While such words have been used against those of us who hold to a biblical view of God’s design for human sexuality, this study is impartial, unemotional and non-religious. It’s not a soldier in the ‘culture war,’ but research conducted at a prestigious university and published in a respected scientific journal. It reinforces a cultural truth on which public-policy decisions on how marriage is defined ought to be based: Moms and dads matter, and the best environment in which to raise children is a household headed by their married mom and dad.”

“It really is stark to see the contrast,” Stanton agreed. According to Regnerus’s analysis, “there’s only one thing where gay homes did better: Their kids are more likely to vote.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” by Mark Regnerus.

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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 | Author:

State constitutions say it best…

Colorado: “We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government…”

Deleware: “Through Divine goodness, all men have by nature rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences…”

Montana: “We, the people of Montana, grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, and the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity, and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Pennsylvania: “We the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Washington: “We the people of the state of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.”

So goes the preamble to all state Constitutions of the United States. It is amazing to hear atheists spin lies that America was not founded on the Bible and the God of the Bible. We have been and are still to a great degree, those who worship the only true God.

Now, for those who will try to disprove this, do your best, but you CANNOT EVER disprove that this nation’s leaders were a Christian people and founded this nation as a place where we could worship freely. After all, the First Amendment says that congress shall make NO LAWS restricting the free exercise of religion. Those in power currently are trying their best to reverse 236 years of history by using the liberal media as their tool to spin outright lies and to try and undermine our freedoms given to us by GOD, not our government. It is time for believers across this land to throw out of office ALL who hold to Socialism or any ideas contrary to our Constitution. There is NO SUCH THING as the separation of church and state and it is time for us to take this case back to the Supreme Court and overturn this lie once and for all so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the same freedoms that we have enjoyed. Register to vote and then VOTE in November to restore sanity once again to this ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

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