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Monday, March 24th, 2014 | Author:

Friends, we saw the movie God is NOT Dead, yesterday. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! This is probably the best Christian film that I have ever seen and I encourage you to see it and to take others to see it. It is wonderfully written and performed.

I noticed this morning, in the Wall Street Journal, that it came in at #5 in ticket sales overall and with 8.6 million dollars taken in, #4, 300: Rise of an Empire, was at 8.7 million, #3 Mr. Peabody and Sherman, was ll.7 million. Very close to these other films.

I hope and pray that this movie will be a blockbuster as its message needs to be heard across America and the world. Enjoy!!!

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Saturday, March 15th, 2014 | Author:

“1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:1-14 NASB

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain or toil in vain.” (emphasis added) Philippians 2:14-16 NASB

God does expect His children to walk in the light and live pure, separate lives from the darkness of this world. We are living in the most politically and morally corrupt time in American history and we NEED to be shining lights for God so that others can find their way out of the darkness as well. Christianity has been massively compromised today in America by so-called preachers and teachers who do not even know Him. I stand amazed at what Christian students are being taught in MOST so-called Christian colleges and universities. Even in my college days I had to constantly challenge one particular Bible teacher on what was coming out of his mouth. He is still teaching the same falsehoods in another Christian university here in Texas. People are being given excuses to live immoral or perverted lives by weak, spineless preachers and teachers who fit better on the side of darkness rather than being in the light. Many homosexuals are being welcomed into churches today with the teaching of outright heresy and massive twisting the Word of God. There is no way of making this lifestyle OK with God! He calls it an abomination and how dare these teachers try to correct God and His Word? I have spoken to one such pastor on this topic and to hear how his teacher mutilated the clear teaching of the Word of God blew my mind. He was the pastor of a Southern Baptist church here in Texas, believe it or not. He had been so brainwashed that trying to reason with him was fruitless. I have found that most pastors who teach this stuff are usually closet homosexuals or practicing some other form of sexual sin personally. Many have eventually stepped out of the closet and made the issue clear for all to see. Jesus said that these kinds of teachers make their converts twice the sons of Hell as they themselves are.

Folks, we desperately need to cry out to God for a heaven sent revival in His church and then a third great awakening in our nation. We must pray daily for this to happen. I love all people and to see this kind of blatant lie being preached today breaks my heart. Those who believe these lies so as to continue in a sinful lifestyle are true victims. God longs to set them free and make them His adopted children. Let’s covenant to pray daily for God to have mercy on us and our land. It is to our advantage if we do. Note this closing verse.

“The LORD said to him, ‘Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” Ezekiel 9:4 NASB

God honors hearts that are totally His and broken over the condition of their land as sin runs rampant and blinds people of the consequences of their sin. We sign and groan when we see people dying without Christ and who lead their nation to self-destruction. May God grab our hearts in a way that we have never fully understood and cause us to plead with Him to save our nation. Our condition is truly dangerous. We cannot just sit by and watch this great nation be destroyed. I attended the funeral today of a true American hero, a WWII veteran who was involved in the Normandy invasion. What a godly brother he was and is. He is now with the Lord but millions are still on the outside and do not even realize that they are on the outside. Let’s live like sons and daughters of light so that they might turn to the Lord and be saved.

Ike

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | Author:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 NASB

Companion passage from chapter five …

17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. ” Galatians 5:17-26 NASB

Isn’t it amazing how clear God’s word is to us? He spells it out, through His servant Paul, what He expects from those who profess to know Him. There are far too many professors today and not nearly enough possessors of eternal life. The list of sins exposes a lot of people’s lives today that they are merely church attenders and when outside they live a life of wanton pleasure and sin. Be warned! God is not mocked. He knows EVERYTHING we do and will in the end deal with each of us as to how we lived our life. I pray that anyone reading this who is living a double life will STOP and examine whether or not they actually will go to heaven when they die. Paul, in another passage, tells us that we dare not fail the test. We can all learn from this passage and tighten up the things we do, see and day. It amazes me how much profanity comes out of the mouths of professing Christians today. God hates the perverse tongue. Clean up what you say. You don’t need trash language to express yourself. Someone once said that profanity is a weak mind struggling to express itself. All of us have learned proper ways of talking. Remember seeing one who used profanity regularly when they are in a setting where this would be inappropriate? They abstained from using it. Anyone can be appropriate at all times if we seek to walk by the Spirit and not the flesh. This is pleasing to our Heavenly Father.

Blessings! Ike

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