Thursday, February 26, 2015

"You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver, and that is something I will not do."

Washington state has accused Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman of discrimination for declining to participate in and create flower arrangements for a long-time customer’s same-sex wedding, Facing lawsuits from customer, Rob Ingersoll, and his partner, as well as the state of Washington Barronelle Stutzman bravely fights for us all.  

“It’s not about the money, its not about me. It‘s about all of us, its about our freedom. It’s about our kids, our grandkids, our future. There’s not a price on freedom,” she added.

“You can’t buy my freedom. It’s me now,… but tomorrow, it’s going to be you.

You’ve gotta wake up.

They can get rid of me, they can't get rid of God.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Earlier today a friend emailed requesting prayer for her sister living in NYC. Power was out and it was bitter cold. I along with many others prayed. This evening an email was sent - power had been restored.

The first words of the email were; “cant believe it.” My friend then told how ConEd seldom works efficiently or in a timely manner. The last words of the email were: “God is good.”

I was blessed to be a part of a missionary group that traveled to NYC in early January. I saw first hand the poverty of the city. A week or so after returning home a major storm was forecast for NYC. Remembering its beautiful people, its poverty its homeless I prayed fervently that God would protect this beautiful city. He graciously answered my prayer. Imagine my surprise at the reaction of the city as the storm passed them by. There was no hint of gratitude, only condemnation for the mayor, and grumbling for their inconvenience.

I’d like to think otherwise but perhaps these two incidents show more clearly the mindset of the vast majority of Americans.

God answers a prayer - “cant believe it.” Storms pass us by - karma, luck. Majoring on our self and not our Saviour we fail to see the goodness of God so we grumble we complain.

“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Sunday, February 22, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The governor of Alabama, who also serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, says that he will obey the recent federal court ruling striking down the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Act as being unconstitutional.

Gov. Robert Bentley while attending a meeting of the National Governor’s Association in Washington, D.C. said he believes he must obey the courts even if he disagrees with them personally.

“I would never do anything to disobey a federal court ruling."

"...we ought to obey God rather than man."  Acts 5:29

Saturday, February 21, 2015

One second after we die…. it’s too late.

One second after we die, we will be ushered into the presence of our LORD and Saviour or…. As Dr. Erwin Lutzer writes: “If it be true that angels await those who have been made righteous by Christ, it is understandable that demonic spirits would await those who enter eternity without God’s forgiveness and acceptance.’’

Those reading this post, are undoubtedly believers, but….

Is it just about us, or is it, should it be about the tens of thousands who die daily. How many are following the steady stream of people falling through the tunnel - one after another, after another, after... into the terror that awaits all who reject God’s Son. How many family members and dear friends are on the road to destruction yet we have not spoken to them about their future nor pray with broken hearts for their salvation?

Hell is real, created for satan and his followers, be they fallen angels or fallen man. Hell enlarges itself often to accommodate those that enter.

Jesus is coming, very, very soon - how many are ready?

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
“If we believed in hell, we would plead with sinners.” Ray Comfort

One second after we die…. it’s too late.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Accommodate - tolerant - adapt - indulgent - acceptable -

A gospel for the masses, a gospel for the twenty-first century. A gospel of convenience, it has slowly crept into churches in the United States. Becoming an American cultural invention to appease the lifestyle of luxury and pleasure it has given birth to mega-churches with thousands coming weekly to hear a non-confronting message of love and peace. Tens of thousands come each Sunday to socialize, to network or to see and be seen. The seeker friendly, sinner friendly among them gravitate to these churches, embracing the self-indulgent, titillating message:

“ When God thinks about you, He's not thinking about your mistakes, failures or shortcomings. No, His thoughts are for your good. He's not thinking about what you did wrong; He's thinking about what you did right. He's not thinking about how far you have to go; He's thinking about how far you've come. …” Victoria Osteen

"...go with the culture, stay revelant, listen to your emotions.." Rob Bell

“ God designed us to create wealth, to produce wealth; he designed us to be productive people. God wants you to be productive, and his plan for your life includes wealth creation — not wealth redistribution.” Rick Warren

During a Lent message, before administering the ashes, Pope Francis said:
“ask God for the gift of tears in order to make your prayer and your journey of conversion more authentic and without hypocrisy.”

“Paul warned of the coming of another gospel and another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4). He warned the church that it's really not another gospel but a perversion of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. If you hear any other gospel, he said, let that preacher be accursed. In other words, no matter how pleasant, how pious, or how sincere, if the message is not the death of sin through the cross of Jesus Christ, let it be accursed.” David Wilkerson

Monday, February 16, 2015

A portion of a correspondence I received from a dear friend and brother in the LORD;

“It is amazing to me that the LORD, who is infinite in power, chooses to use human agency to accomplish His purposes in fulfilling His Word. Intercessors literally stand in the gap, and the Father has people interceding for us who may not even know us, but the Holy Spirit leads then to pray. Intercession is one of the most beautiful expressions of pure love - a selfless act that loves for the sake of love, expecting nothing in return, but which brings great glory to the Father.

When His people pray out of a pure heart, they are literally standing in the secret place before the throne of grace and heaven mobilizes as a result. When His people pray with pure hearts, He does not see them with their earthly bodies, but with the fullness of His Holy Spirit in them. He sees the completed, transformation by the Holy Spirit into the image of His Son, and to the glory of the Father. In other words -- He sees Christ, and wherever Christ is, there the Father is glorified.

God our Father doesn’t care so much about the volume of words in prayer, He cares about the heart and the faith with which we pray. He is not seated on His throne with an abacus counting our words. He is our great physician examining our hearts.

An army of intercessors - standing in the gap - angels are dispatched and hearts and lives are changed.”

Friday, February 13, 2015

IF Christ is Lord of our life, then our door posts, our lintels -- our heart, our minds -- have been sprinkled by His blood. His shed blood, not only for forgiveness of our sins -- but also for our protection!

When we are sprinkled, we are under the protection of Christ's blood. Against all principalities and powers of darkness we are safe. When evil forces see Christ's blood on our door posts and lintels, they must pass by. They cannot touch us -- satan cannot pass through the blood, he can only pass over.

"...This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." Luke 22:20

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…. How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Hebrews 9