Friday, December 19, 2014

“…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

Yes, I know in Whom I have believed, but… I know that He is able, but…..

How many times, in how many ways have we doubted God. How many times have we ask Why? How many times have we said, ‘LORD, I don’t understand‘? Or am I the only one who has wrestled with the whys and I don’t understands in life.

My daughter has a very rare form of cancer. She has been battling this dreaded disease for about six years. Radiation, chemo, surgery after surgery. Why? Could this be God’ plan?

ISIS is murdering and maiming its way across the Middle East, seemingly unstoppable. Muslim, Christian, children, pregnant women, the elderly. Why? Could this be God’ plan?

YES this could be God’s plan. Calamity, sickness, death, murder….

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

My daughter has become a believer and she knows her help indeed comes from the LORD. Had she been spared these past years I am not sure she would be where she is today in her Christian walk. Regardless of what time our LORD gives her on this earth, her dad and  I will have all eternity to spend with our daughter. His thoughts are indeed higher than ours.

And today I read: ‘Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity. Tent churches among refugees are sprouting up like mushrooms. For people who have suffered such deep loss, seeing that they can pray to a personal God whom they can call Father.. “You can see the tears in their eyes when we pray – now knowing - God cares. They see that God can give them strength, can heal them, that He loves them. They say that things have changed, they have a peaceful attitude towards those ‘who have done this to my kids, wife, or husband - “I can pray about it and give it to God.”

Former Muslims, who once prayed five times a day as a duty, say they don’t quite know how to describe the difference. They say, “Now with our relationship with God, we see a huge difference; something has changed in our life.”’

God has eternity in mind in everything He does. We see here and now, He sees forever.

Perhaps I will not always see the eternal picture when things come into my life that are
hard, or painful, but I pray that regardless of how bad things look, how bad they hurt, or how I just don’t understand - I will remember…

“For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

And keep an eternal perspective.

“…Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.…” Jeremiah 29:12-13

What a MIGHTY God we serve.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WND reports:

Unconfirmed reports of a new decree imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling Bibles into Saudi Arabia has many Christian ministries and support groups on edge.
Practicing any religion other than Islam has long been illegal in the desert kingdom, and that includes rules against foreigners bringing in any type of religious material that does not conform to the royal family’s strict Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam. Foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia are often detained for purely religious reasons, sometimes resulting in deportation.
But applying capital punishment, which in Saudi Arabia often means death by beheading, to Bible smugglers would signal a new level of persecution even for the Saudis.
Several Christian missionaries said they were seeking to confirm a recent report by the Virginia-based Heart Cry Missionary Society that a new death penalty law has been adopted citing an “official statement” in Arabic on a Coptic Christian website called CoptsToday.
The law reportedly extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and “all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44 

One of the most sought-after Christmas gifts this year is a ouija board with Google searches  up 300 per cent. 

There is a brand-new video game from a software company in Helsinki, Finland, called Lucius II The Prophecy. In a world that is filled with objectionable entertainment, this game is a standout. Not only does it invoke graphic images of violence and horror, it places the user in the role of Antichrist.

Should you not want to stay home and play "board games " with the kids or watch them playing the latest in video games, why not pack up the kids and head for the movies.  Choices include;  Big Eyes,  Into the Woods, American Sniper, Dying of the Light and Night at the Museum to name a few. 

America is imploding, the church is on life support, we have murdered sixty million preborn children, ordain homosexuals as ministers, welcome 'christian' yoga into the church, consider Islam a religion of peace and somehow feel proud of ourselves,  knowing God "must" be pleased when we insist our department stores say "Merry Christmas."  

Monday, December 15, 2014

The U.S. Army has issued a “letter of concern” to a Georgia chaplain for citing the Bible during a recent suicide prevention training session.

Chaplain (CPT) Joe Lawhorn, during a recent training session, spoke about his past personal struggle with depression, explaining how he overcame the condition after considering the example of King David in the Scriptures. He also provided other generic resources that he thought may be helpful to those attending the session.

“Chaplain Lawhorn did what good chaplains do; he was candid, genuine and authentic,” wrote Alliance Director Chaplain (Col.) Ron Crews, USA Retired. “He spoke from first person to let his soldiers know that he too deals with depression. “Revealing his personal struggle with depression required a large measure of courage and mutual trust,” he continued. “His story involves his faith journey. ..” and therein lies the problem.

His faith, in The Word, in the God of The Word unacceptable to this politically correct USA. His faith, not in Islam, or in the goodness of humanity, yoga, meditation, philosophers, nature or man, but faith in God, Christian faith…

and therein lies the problem.

"I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." Philippians 3:8-10

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Has Kirk Cameron joined the ranks of the far leaning liberal ‘Christians.?.’ Or…
is it those of us who choose not to celebrate Halloween or embrace Santa Claus the ones who do not understand.?.

On a recent TBN broadcast, Cameron along with his Roman Catholic guest, William Federer, a signer of the Manhattan Declaration, an ecumenical document that unites Christians and Catholics to stand together for life and family, provided background on the life of the Turkish bishop Nicholas, who was known to give to the poor and inspired the tradition of gift-giving during Christmastime. He explained that after Nicholas died in 343 A.D., his bones were brought to the pope, who built a basilica for his remains, where they are enshrined to this day. Federer also noted that Nicholas was sainted because of the miracles that the Roman Catholic Church claimes he performed following his death—and still allegedly performs to this day through a myrrh that is purportedly exuded from his tomb to heal sick bodies.

Cameron cited St. Nicholas in his new film “Saving Christmas” as one of the reasons why Christians who abstain from the holiday should really find reason for rejoicing since he believed Nicholas was a strong Christian man. Speaking at Liberty University Cameron said:

“They [the RCC] even ‘sainted’ him—that’s why we call him St. Nicholas. He became legendary in his time and beyond his time. He became larger than life and reached mythic proportions. So the guy that many of us think is distracting from the birth of the Christ child, is really the defender of the faith.???..

“So now [ask Cameron] that you know who the real Santa Claus is, don’t you want to take a picture with him at the mall this Christmas? I do.” [Christian News Network]

Mike Gendron, former Roman Catholic had this to say - “Clearly, Cameron chooses to embrace Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity instead of embracing the exclusivity of God’s gospel. It was clear during the interview that Kirk was more interested in promoting his movie than contending for the faith of the apostles. The Vatican’s strategy for world dominion is to use influential people like Cameron to bring separated brethren back home to Rome. His compromise of the gospel and his unwillingness to expose Catholicism as an apostate religion reveals his unfaithfulness to God and His word. The Bible is our only safeguard against fatal error.

Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries/ Plano, Texas

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney got into trouble with the rabid left earlier this week when she made the stupid mistake of taking the "black lives matter" slogan and making it a more eucumenical "all lives matter."

Liberals erupted in rage, forcing McCartney to quickly back down. (American Thinker)

"Forcing" her to "quickly" back down.??.

Was she right, and indeed all lives matter?  Has she now changed her mind and all lives do not matter?

A double minded man, or woman, is unstable in all their ways.    

We must speak the truth, which she did,  (all lives DO matter) in love, without fear. This world is desperate to hear truth, yet those who have truth all too often quake and shudder, bend, break, and quickly compromise at the first sign of conflict.

Dear LORD give us hearts that desire to do Your will, becoming people OF the book and not just people WITH the book.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"A little child shall lead them..."

An 11-year old Arab Christian girl was listening to an Islamic scholar preach about Allah. When he was done, the little girl approached him and said this – “show me where in the Koran that Allah loves me as the sinner that I am, and I will become a Muslim.” 

The dumbstruck man was silent for a long time, and then walked away.