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Comment by russ allen on January 4, 2016 at 7:30am

  Good morning! How are we faithing this new year of 2016? All the holiday hub bub behind us, lets dive into a new year with God. Let me ask some questions. How deep do you want to dive into this faith in Jesus? Do you want to play on the surface like this is only a "get out of hell free" card or do you want to know this savior we supposedly are serving? Do you want to experience the love of a God who created us for his pleasure? Oh , you have a problem with the notion that God made us for him and we are not our own? Lets be honest folks, we are not our own and like it or not we are God's. We also were created with free will because God doesn't want robots so, submitting to a faith is a choice and not a demand. I run into this when I hear comments like; "why did God allow this tragedy" or " A loving God wouldn't do thus and so". Oh? Where did the idea of a perfect life with no pain or woes come from? It comes from the pit of hell and it smells of smoke. By free choice we sin. By free choice we murder and hate. By free will we lust, we steal, we destroy peoples well being with words, by free choice we ignore the weak, the sick and the lost. Wow, and we thought WE had it all right. This year may be full of tragedy for you or me or it may a wonderful year free of pain and woe. What are you going to do to prepare? Are you just gonna hope everything turns out your way or are you going to look to Jesus for his promises? Reality check right off the bat people, this life has ups and downs and everyone dies. How are you going to handle things? Jesus or by something less? This faith equips us for combat because we are at war with evil...

Psa 34:19 
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

1Pe 4:13 
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Isa 40:8 
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

remember Bill...remember Ed and Paulette...remember Mike...remember our leaders that they seek God in their decisions...
Heavenly Father,
  Thank you for your Word that is nourishment for our bones into our marrow. Open the eyes of our hearts Lord, we want to see Jesus. Lord, forgive our sins, teach us to look to you for help and not the bottle or other things. Lord, we lift those suffering. We lay our troubles at your feet. We want to think of you in everything. Lead us this year to a closer walk with you. In Jesus name, amen
Comment by Lonny B Lester on November 18, 2015 at 8:31am

I am too satisfied that the world events are leading up to our Lord

coming. The Lord has saved me form many things, I have should have been dead a long time ago. Firefighter for 18.5 years, 12.5

years in the Military as a Crash Rescue Fire fighter/ Para Rescue, Vietnam 13 mos. I have been blown up, shot, stabbed,

crashed in helicopters and trucks. It is only by the grace of God that I exist. I had a friend told me , during my last years in the Fire Service, after I had gone through a narrow escape,he said the Lords not ready for you, he still has work for you to do.

There have been many more incidents, as a Long Haul Truck driver and other things and the Lord has picked me up dusted me off ,set my head right and sent me on my way.

   As Firefighters we live on that fine line of hope , strength and

faith that well make it through and save those that we are charged with saving their lives.

   It's like when we were in combat, we had to have each others back. There is no greater love than a man sacrifice himself for a friend! We are brothers in Christ and in the service. I pray every day that the Lord watches over you all and pray for the families

of the ones that the Lord took home, may they rest in peace!

  I always believed, but just wasn't paying attention. The Lord tried to get my attention, but I wasn't paying attention. Finally he gave me a good lesson one night, in 1978, that brought on my

being saved. I was where I had no where else to go and I was still a Firefighter in the military, with a wife and child.

From that day on the Lord has continually educated me about his word and I have used that tool to try to pass it on to others.

 May the Lord be with you all and show you the way, through those smoke filled buildings and hallways, that you may do your job and help those who need it,

                                                    LB Lester

                                                     Firefighter 1965-1983.

Comment by russ allen on November 18, 2015 at 7:50am

 Good morning! How are we faithing? Boy oh boy it's getting weirder out there. Some of the news is just so unbelievable.  I think back over my short lifetime and ponder the big news events and never do I remember so many things happening every day like the last 3-4 years has presented. It's like the world is flipping out,turning inside out, up side down and a moral pole shift is taking place. We are witnessing the time crunch before the second coming of the Lord. Things are ratcheting up exponentially. You had better be right with Jesus man! You had better be in your Word because the enemy knows they have but a few more minutes and they are on a rampage seeking who they can devour. The enemy also is finding ways to render us ineffective for Christ. We as a society are being weighed down with so many burdens our eyes can be drawn off God just to survive. I'm here to encourage you to not let the every day things do that to you! It's an effective ploy if we let it be. Expect persecution. Expect hardship. Prepare your heart for anything because you may or may not endure but it is better to be prepared and not need to use the preparation than to not prepare and find you need it. Are you saved? Do you know Jesus gave his life and defeated death so you could live?

remember Sheree...remember Earl...remember Flo...remember your neighbors...remember our leaders...remember the lost...

Psa 10:17-18
  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Mat 11:28-30
  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 
Heavenly Father,
  Thank you for your Word that sustains us. Lord, forgive us our sins. We seek your face every day and do not desire to sin. Take our praises as our only way of thanking you for life. Lord we lift the lost to you. We see so many fooled by the world and it hurts and scares us that so many may perish. We lift up the sick and the poor. Let them know you got this all. Let them feel your loving arems around you. In Jesus name, amen
Comment by russ allen on September 24, 2015 at 7:54am

   Good morning! How are we faithing? I took a couple days off for mental clarity. Sometimes we just need to get alone and talk with God. I am concerned for many things and lately I am simply concerned for all these lost people. I see things unfolding on earth and the time crunch is happening. We may have days, weeks perhaps a few years but time is short. I am concerned that the troubles we are seeing are nothing compared to the trouble seen during the great tribulation. If you read Revelation, you can see that not many make it through that harrowing time. We think it's rough now? We ain't seen nothing yet and that concerns me. Where are you? Do you know the savior Jesus? I have a friend who has the knowledge but is waiting for a lightning moment to take the step. What if he doesn't see one? What would be the outcome? The Bible is very plain about just that scenario. Oh people, stop putting it off. Stop living like you have forever to come to Jesus because we just can't count on time being on our side.

1Th 5:2-11
  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

remember Art's surgery...remember Michelle and Skip...

Heavenly Father,
  Thank you for wisdom of days and safety at night. Help us see truth and act accordingly. Lord we ask you show up and show off for those white knuckling. We ask it become so apparent that you are God and you love us. Open our eyes to what we need to see to be your good servants. Bless the surgeons hands. In Jesus name, amen

Comment by russ allen on September 10, 2015 at 7:39am

   Good morning! How are we faithing? Prophecy tells of the things we are watching take place today in the world and it can be a tad scary. But God does not want us to be ignorant. He wants us to lean into him in these perilous times. He wants to be our refuge when all seems lost or hopeless.  It is not hopeless for believers! It may be that rubicon moment, that point where this nation can't return to God fearing law abiding society but we as God's people must not be fooled by all we see and hear that is from the enemy. We must trust God and his Word. If the Bible says it is sin, it is sin. If the Bible tells us we ought not or we ought to do this or that, don't you think we ought to obey out of love for our God? We cannot ever be at odds with Godly principles by adhering to mans for that leads us away from God rather than towards God. My advice to you believers is to trust what God says even when you think it may sound off. God is always concerned with us. God hates sin because it is bad for us not because he wants to rule with an iron fist. If someone told you that you could jump from an airplane and land softly but the law of gravity says otherwise, who would you listen to?

Php 1:9-11
  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

remember  Harolds son...remember Rex...remember sinners that they find God...
Heavenly Father,
  Forgive our sins. Cleans us and instill a trust that never wavers, in your Word. Help us be bold and brave to trust and stand regardless of the outcome. Help us trust the circumstances for following your Word is in your hands and that no matter what we endure it is for holiness sake and we desire to be like you, holy. Bless those hurting today, show up and show off Lord like only you Jesus name, amen
Comment by Capt./Chaplain Mike Petrosky on July 14, 2015 at 7:42am

Wow !  We ALL need encouragement and forgiveness.  How could we survive without Him ?  I just have always wondered how others do get by and the troubles that they must navigate daily without Him.  Stay Faithful !!

Comment by russ allen on May 14, 2015 at 7:18am

Good morning! How are we faithing? In order for us to be saved we must realize we are lost. How so you ask? Without Jesus there is no path to God. You cannot do enough, think enough, be enough of a good person to walk through the gates of heaven. Jesus said that if you think about that girl with a little lust,  you have committed adultery. That leaves all the men I know outside that gate we're discussing. Be realistic, you may be a better person than that one you are thinking of but how does their life have anything to do with yours? There's no bell curve grade here. You are responsible for you and your repentance not anyone else. With all the junk going on in this world I know it can be hard to wrap your head around this whole salvation thing so lets talk. Jesus came to take all the sin away and to pay the price necessary for sin so we wouldn't have to. By him doing that we have a way to repent and have sins forgotten. His blood was sufficient to cover all sins. All we have to do is believe, repent and let me tell you, your life will change. So you say you ain't that bad? You've never killed anyone? Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? A white lie, a pen from work, a cat call, a cussing fit, any one offense one time and guilt is on you so why would anyone take a chance on that one time sealing your fate? I don't know why it is this way, if I knew that I'd be God and oh man, I sure ain't God. So don't let vanity, self righteousness, pride or any other thing cause you to miss opportunity to save your soul. Today is the day of salvation. You may not have another chance. Ask Amtrak riders...

Mat 18:11-14
  For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Eph 2:2-7
  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father,
  Thank you for loving us so much you sent your son. Lord forgive our sins. We repent this day and ask you come in our lives boldly and lovingly as a Father ought because we recognize who we are and lay all that at your feet. Teach us wisdom and grant courage to act on what we learn for you are God and we ain't. Lord bless those grieving today. Bless our children of all ages and remove the scales from their eyes so they see you and your truth. In Jesus name, amen...I smell

Comment by russ allen on May 7, 2015 at 7:50am

  Good morning! How are we faithing? Man, what a weird week in the news. Now I read of tornadoes with tigers and lions on the loose in Oklahoma while another train derailment in one of the Dakotas resulting in a huge fire. Do weird things not surprise you anymore? I can remember watching things in my youth and being amazed but now I see things and am simply not surprised. Why do you suppose that is? Seen it before? Tornadoes, yes, lions and tigers, yes but never together. Are events ratcheting up or are we just more aware? I know the earthquakes are increasing, volcano eruptions are increasing. Heck man, Australia had two cyclones hit their land simultaneously which has never before happened. I don't know about you but these things simply require one to take notice. Not a gloom and doom guy at all but I do question things and compare to the Word things that go on. I look into historical data. I read constantly simply to learn and hopefully not repeat past errors of mine and others. Prophecy warns of particular things and paints with a wide brush other things to take place and I am seeing some prophetic things and some things that may just be day to day happenings. Which is which is why we get in the Word for deciphering. Don't dismiss things like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah did, they are extinct now. Be more like the Ninivites who repented when they saw things and were told things to come. History repeats and the proof is the Jewish nation. Over and over they were downtrodden, sought God, found God, were rescued, enjoyed freedom and plenty only to revert back to forgetting God when they got comfortable then turn to  indulgences that cause them to fall again. We are doing the same in this country and I suspect the result will follow suit. The time is now. You are not promised any time. Are you saved? Don't put it off anymore because you may meet with an unfortunate lion or tiger accident on your way to work...

2Pe 3:9-14
  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

remember Karen...remember Christy...remember Samantha...remember Kellynn...remember the accused...
Heavenly Father,
   Thank you for your grace that saves us. We ask for wisdom to determine what is day to day stuff and what we ought to take notice of. We pray for the incarcerated. Grant them forgiveness and your peace. We pray for widows and orphans. Grant them rest and a new outlook into your grace and majesty. Help us see where we ought to step in and help . Bless our days and our hands that work. Keep us safe from the wiles of the enemy. We praise and honor you and it is in your sons name Jesus we pray, amen
Comment by russ allen on January 22, 2015 at 7:55am

Good morning! How are we faithing? Confusing world ain't it. Opposing views, different opinions and one sect diss another. What does all this mean? Are any righteous? Are any perfectly right? Are any perfectly wrong? Truth gets distorted and our enemy uses just enough truth to distract. When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted, satan used partial truths just like he did on eve. We have it tossed all around us and as honest messianic Christians we had better be teaching the young ones what is true or we will lose a generation to lies. Our countries history is important because we will repeat the same mistakes if we forget the past and think we are smarter than they were so it will work this time. We must study the Word of God and just let the Sunday morning service be enough input of that Word. People, we are in the time crunch that comes with the winding down of the last days where events and prophecies speed up. Things are coming faster and faster and if we are not diligent in raising our kids, witnessing and making disciples for Messiah Jesus the lost will be overtaken and it will be to late. Be careful of what your kids are being taught and indoctrinated with. Be sure you don't become fodder for the enemy too.

1Pe 5:8-9
  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

Eze 22:25-28
  There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.  And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

remember the Ricky Wheeler family...

 Heavenly Father,
  Forgive us when we doubt and get wrapped u in the things of this life. Help us see truth and grant us wisdom to speak with your words on our lips and not our own vanity. Teach us to be unwavering in you peace and not be swayed by the wind of change when it defies your Word. Lord we lift those hurting today and ask blessing to comfort their hearts and minds. Grant us courage to be your people and not the worlds. In Jesus name, amen

Comment by russ allen on January 20, 2015 at 6:59am

   Good morning! How are we faithing? The fear mankind has comes from many directions and what we fear many times ought not be feared at all. Death for example should not be feared because as believers in the Christ, Jesus, we know the outcome of leaving this body. For me it's the way of my demise that can be unsettling. I've driven off the road slipping on snow pack seeing the end at the bottom of the cliff only to pop back on the road and be fine. Thank you God! That my friends can cause some fear. I've worked wrecks on our highways and thought,"Gee whiz man, did they see all this coming?"  Be sure you address your fear(s) and lay them out to God because we are not to live in fear and he will reassure you. You are scared of loosing your house? Legitimate but really, loosing a thing? What are you striving for? How do you look at physical gain? Is that the point of living? Refocus people. Stuff is cool but it's time to put all this stuff into perspective. Who runs who?  Where am I going? Do I look to God for everything or to stuff? Is your sense of well being in your big house, fancy car and prestigious job? What if you fall and become unable to work? Ah, there's a fear. How will you handle that? Do you realize there are Christians half way around the world being beaten, raped, drug through the streets for their faith and I'm worried about the paint on the porch? We need to focus and get out there sharing this grace we have while we can...

Rom 1:16-17
  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 
 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 
Heavenly Father,
  Forgive us Lord when we fear man. Forgive us when we shrink from fear of what they may do to us. Lord we ask for courage and wisdom to stand speaking truth until we leave this world. Help us do your will all the time. Forgive us our sins for they are many and speak to us when we are turning the wrong way. Help us be ready to do your will. We lift the children to you. We lift our brothers and sisters being physically tortured elsewhere and thank and bless you for us living in a place that does not happen. In Jesus name, amen

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