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Good morning! How are we faithing? For your consideration I must speak about the woes we as a nation and others in the world are committing. We humans are shedding blood all over the world and it can't go on much longer. Wars, murder, abortions, genocide, the list is long but listen to me, God will not stand for it much longer. We are seeing it more and more. The earth will and is groaning with the weight of sin. Earthquakes, storms, volcanoes, tempests that have never been seen in recorded history. I believe we must pay attention to these things because they point to the Word of God. These also are a wake up call for the lost. Don't believe me or follow this line of thought? Ok, looky here;Gen 4:8-10 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.Notice that Abels blood cried to God from the ground. There is a spiritual makeup of blood. It's more that the chemicals contained within. Blood is crying out today too. Still not following or don't believe? Looky here;Hos 4:1-3 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.Here we have languishing because of sin. Critters dying off. Go look up "mass animal deaths" on google and just peruse the headlines. They are dying at an alarming rate all over the globe. Also the distress of nations, need I bring up headlines again? Oh you don't care what's going on over there? Well you had better start because it correlates to that distress we see today.Luk 21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
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.
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.Joh_14:2-3 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.
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
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.
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 flowers..cool
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.
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.
Pro_28:15 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
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.
Good morning! How are we faithing? I watch people interacting at church. I listen to conversations. I watch the children romp and play. I see how the adults interact with the kids. I also do this out in public. I find it so interesting behavior patterns are similar in most ways but I see definite differences in children loved by adults and kids that have respect for adults. It all starts at home and that is where this country has it's biggest struggle. The family, whether the church family or the blood family, have to have a sense of worth. In a relationship it is always important to show love. I know for guys we tend to do things for the ones we love and gals tend to be the ones who nurture. That of course varies from relationship to relationship. Our heavenly father wants a relationship like this with us. He made us for companionship, read your Bible. He wants and cares about the things we care about. We could get real deep in this subject but I want to get you to realize this relationship we enjoy with God requires listening to know and not just to retort. It requires caring enough to do things for the other not even thinking about repayment or what we can get out of it. Just like those people I watch in church who truly love the kids, they show it by listening, teaching and helping them become better humans, our heavenly Father will do the same for us. It starts here;Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
1Pe 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.remember Baily Ford...remember Bobby Smith...remember Mark...Heavenly Father, Thank you for salvation and thank you for this relationship with you. Help us to hear you and see you in all we do. We ask for wisdom sprinkled with some compassion so we do not cause pain but draw others to you. Help us understand reverence and friendship and the order they are. Bless these mentioned for we ask and pray in Jesus name, amen
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