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Evangelism. Is It Important?

This post is derived from some friendly correspondence with a friend. As I re-read it I see many things that may be useful to my readers and me. It is slightly edited to “protect the innocent” and remove some chaff.

First, please realize, I am an OLD, retired conservative, theologically narrow-minded preacher. I prefer the KJV version of the Bible (with good reason which I may discuss at a later date) and I prefer the old-time traditional Gospel hymns to the new repetitive stuff that is often called “Gospel Worship Music.”

Next, some have called me an evangelist. I don’t think of myself as an evangelist — just a witness for my Savior Jesus Christ. I was neither born as a witness nor “born-again” as a witness, it is not inherent. Evangelism is a gift, to witness is a request from the Lord.

Not too long after I trusted Christ as my Savior I was devastated because, my eyes being opened, I saw my family and friends lost and without Christ. I made the effort to study God’s Word and yearned to learn how to share it. I understood and believed 2 Timothy 215. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

The more I learned the more I wanted to learn. I didn’t know at the time, but that is the way the Lord intends it. Learn it, use it and learn more and use it more, etc. Never stop studying and using God’s Word.

2 Timothy 22 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

I also realized I was only one person. I began to see that I should try to take those who trusted Christ and teach them to study the Word and lead others to Christ, and then teach them to win others, etc, ad infinitum.

Ephesians 411 And He gave some [to be], apostles; and some [to be], prophets; and some [to be], evangelists; and some [to be], pastors and teachers;

My understanding is that the Lord never gave some to be bystanders. We also see that Paul and other disciples manifested ALL of the traits above, Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. They did not specialize in “areas of study” but in the whole Counsel of God.

In my position as Pastor of a church, I was also an evangelist (or witness) and a teacher. There is nothing in any of these verses that limits any one person to just one of the positions or duties — nor does it absolve any believer from being a witness or evangelist.

All of this is summed up in Ephesians 412 “For the perfecting [complete finishing or maturing] of the saints, for the work [labor or toil] of the ministry, for the edifying [building up, increase] of the body of Christ [the True Church]”

It has been said that maturity includes the ability to reproduce spiritually, to introduce people to the Savior so they experience the new birth.

I personally believe that maturity not only includes the ability to reproduce — but reproducing new believers is the main purpose of believers and the Church, thereby ultimately Glorifying God. Christ said, talking to His disciples, in John 158 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit [plucked fruit]; so shall ye be my disciples.” The fruit of a believer is another believer. An inactive believer will bear no fruit. A church full of inactive believers will still bear no fruit. So we encourage the Body of Christ (The True Church) to become active winning souls for the Savior, bearing fruit!

Often we see this verse used to accomplish some sort of ecumenicism.

Ephesians 413 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ

None of us will see a “unity of the faith” in this world. Even in Paul’s day there was disunity. We see him addressing the Galatian works error, the Corinthian immorality and doctrinal error. Jude addressed problems of false teachers, For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Think about it. The dear believers, family and friends whom we have known and loved — those who are today in the presence of Jesus Christ in Heaven, know in full that ultimate unity of the faith.

A believer who strives to be the “perfect” (mature) man and fit to “the stature of the fullness of Christ” is preparing himself and others for being in the presence of our Savior. How? By leading others to the Savior — by studying and using God’s Word and edifying (building up) the Body with new believers.

It is an amazing thing to see how witnessing builds my faith and joy every time I have an opportunity to share my Savior with someone, whether the lost or simply encouraging another believer.

Likewise, I believe the whole Bible is written (1) to the unbeliever so he can trust Christ (2) to the believer so he will understand how he should live his life in order to be able to reproduce much fruit to Glorify God. That is how we learn to worship the Lord. Without being a believer, one cannot worship the Lord. John 424 “God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Only believers in Christ can worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.

Every jot and tittle of God’s Word is there for the purpose of building up (edifying) and increasing the True Church, the Body of Christ. That is why I believe it is important that we “study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman...” Can you imagine a church who purports to “worship” the Lord and not regularly give a consistently clear Gospel message and likewise not ask people to trust Christ as Savior — or never encourage anyone to share Christ with church visitors or their lost friends and neighbors?

As mentioned above, the book of Jude was written to warn the flock that godless and evil men had crept into the assemblies. Jude’s answer about how to correct the problem?? Jude 13 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH which was once delivered unto the saints.” Contending for the faith.. that is the root that supports and nourishes the Church.

Someone paraphrased Ephesians 4:15-16 as “The whole body, growing, maturing, joined and held together, truth in love (as opposed to the truth OR love we contend with all the time nowadays), each one doing his work.” Look carefully and you will see that there is nothing in these or previous verses that indicate that a Pastor or Teacher should not also be an evangelist (or simply sharing his faith). When we become too specialized in our service, we begin to think “That is someone else’s job.” Not true. Remember — the lost don’t care who it was that lead them to Christ, a layman, preacher, teacher or janitor. Again in Jude 13 “…… exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith...”

There is no disagreement that worshipful reverence is essential for a Godly church. It is also very important that any worship leader, any Pastor and all the members do not confine their service to “group witness,” believing that, at the end of the service, the job is finished. Everyone should be ready to share Christ at any and every moment with anyone that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Or, even if they don’t ask, a believer can share Christ!

I have been asked. “How should the wandering ship of the Church of our Savior be turned around.”

Believers in Jesus Christ must first see the problem and want a solution. That is a big order.

Many things are essential in the Body of Christ, sound doctrine, teamwork, elimination of fragmentation, solving immaturity by teaching those who want to learn and encourage those who don’t think they need to learn. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the center-point, the reason. The Lord, using dedicated, soulwinning people can “turn this ship around.”

Another question has been asked, “Is it that we’ve lost our first love?”

My experience tells me that many Bible believing churches have lost their first love. 1 John 410 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Our first love is the love and excitement we have when we realize we have passed from death to life, not because we “loved God.” but because He first loved us and we understood that love and trusted Christ as our Savior. Some believers who trusted Christ at an early age may not remember that First Love, that excitement and appreciation. But such love for our Savior can be renewed by strong Biblical Gospel preaching and Scriptural encouragement.

Will the True Church ever be “ready” for our Savior’s certain return?

I believe the True Church will go up in the Rapture when Jesus returns for all believers. Some believers will still be squabbling over “things,” but all that will dissolve when we see Jesus Christ in person. We should all be personally looking and expecting His return today, maybe even before this comment is posted. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

We worship the Lord many ways in our fellowships today. When we are with the Lord in Heaven we will worship Him as we really should, not man’s way, but God’s way. However, one thing we must remember — the single thing we can not do when we are in Heaven with the Lord — is witness to the lost for our Savior Jesus Christ.. Why? Because — everyone there will be believers.

So today, let us get about our Father’s business and share the Glorious Gospel of our Savior. An individual or a church which is on fire to see souls saved will be less likely to quibble over unessential details and more likely to grow spiritually.

Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the death penalty for the sins of the whole world (you and me), He was buried and rose again, not only for me but likewise for all my friends — and my enemies. How can we truly show love for our friends and enemies? — by sharing with them the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Bible Truth or Fiction? Part II

Dear readers:

Our previous post, “Bible Truth or Fiction” and the wonderful comments grew to the point of being almost unmanageable. Therefore this post is a continuation of and will include the last three points, #5, #6 and #7 from the previous post.

As in the previous post, I will inject my thoughts (in red) in between the statements.

I invite you to comment on these statements and my analysis — and, if you are so inclined, please visit the previous post for some very lively comments.

Are these statements Bible Truth or Fiction?

(5) You must give your heart or life or both to Jesus to be saved.

FICTION: We give NOTHING to God or Jesus to have eternal life (be saved)..

We simply believe that the gift God has offered (eternal life) is true. We take His gift, trusting Christ to be who He says He is (our Savior) and that He will do what He has promised. His promise is that when we trust HIm, He gives us eternal life without charge and with no strings attached.

(6) You must make Jesus your Lord and Savior to be saved.

FICTION: We don’t “make” Jesus the Lord of anything . Jesus IS the Lord God Almighty. He IS the Savior.

We don’t “make” Him our Savior but we trust Him as our Savior…

After we have made that one-time decision to believe in or trust Jesus as Savior, we should then decide to be obedient or submissive to Him and His Word — as a servant is to his Master.

However, whether or not we become obedient or submissive to His word does not affect our eternal relationship with Christ. Yet it definitely does affect a believer’s day-to-day fellowship with Him.

Salvation (relationship) is FREE. Once in Christ we cannot change that relationship.

Fellowship is a work — a decision believers make to be obedient and submissive to their Savior. Fellowship can change day-to-day,

(7) The Bible uses the words, “God is Sovereign” and “Sovereignty of God.”

FICTION: These two phrases do not appear in the King James Version of God’s Word. The word “sovereign” or “sovereignty” is nowhere in the KJV.

However it does appear in some of the more recent interpretations of the Bible. It seems that many of those interpretations emanate from or are promoted by those “theologians” of the Reformed or Calvinist persuasion.

This is an excerpt from a Calvinist web site — which, for obvious reasons will not be cited.

Here is the Calvinist lie:

“The system of Calvinism …… focuses on God’s sovereignty, stating that God is able and willing…… to do whatever He desires with His creation. It also maintains that within the Bible are the following teachings: That God, by His sovereign grace predestines people into salvation; that Jesus died only for those predestined; that God regenerates the individual where he is, then [he is] (sic) able and wants to choose God;…”

Obviously God is all powerful, the Creator of Heaven and earth.

However, in His sovereignty, He does not over-rule man’s responsibility to make a personal choice or decision to trust or reject Jesus Christ to be his Savior.

Christ died for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD not just those “predestined”:

1 John 2:2 “And He is the propitiation [substitute] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.”

Our responsibility? Believe in Jesus to have eternal life:

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that BELIEVE on the name of the Son of God [Jesus]; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, ……”

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Bible Truth or Fiction?

ADDENDUM: As you see, I am daily adding my thoughts in between each statement below.

In Order to generate some discussion, which of these are true statements to be found in the KJV Bible? Are any of these Biblical truths or are some of them doctrines of men generated by religions?

I will appreciate your comments..

(1) You must turn from or be willing to turn from your sin and then trust Jesus to be saved.

FICTION: God never makes it a requirement that you either turn or be willing to turn from sin in order to trust Christ as your Savior. God’s Gift of Salvation is His Gift to everyone but only appropriated by those who believe or trust in Christ. To ask a person to turn from sin to be saved is asking them to do works of righteousness in order to qualify. This is Satan’s lie. God’s salvation is “Not of works..” [Ephesians 2:8-9]. However, true repentance IS a requirement for salvation — but repentance is NOT turning from sin. Repent means a change of one’s mind — specifically, in context, about who Jesus is — He alone is the only Savior!

Nowhere does the Bible say that we must “Repent of sin” to be saved.

Sure, as ones who have trusted Christ as Savior, believers should, by the power of God, turn from our sin… but not to gain or keep our salvation — but because we are now in God’s family by faith. “Because He first loved us…” [I John 4:19]

(2) You must make Jesus the Lord of your life to be saved.

FICTION: Many preachers and religions teach that you “must make Jesus Lord of your life to be saved.” Others will say that if He is not “Lord of all He is not Lord at all.” Likewise they say if Jesus or God is not “Lord and/or Master of your life,” you must not be saved or you may have lost your salvation. This is the lie of Satan.

It is very important to remember, Jesus Christ IS the Lord God Almighty in the flesh. That fact cannot be changed by one’s behavior, belief or unbelief. The word “Lord” in the New Testament is the Greek word “Kurios,” meaning “Master.” His Salvation is eternal — without an end!

To be saved, guaranteed Heaven or eternal life, one must simply trust or believe that Jesus is who He claims to be, the Savior and that He is the only Way of salvation. To make an unbeliever think he must submit to the “mastery” or Lordship of Jesus in order to have or keep salvation is confusing God’s clear, simple salvation message.

Submitting to the Lordship of Christ is a decision believers should make AFTER they have received Christ as their Savior. It is a work that believers decide to do, not in order to be saved but, because they are already saved by their faith in Jesus. Why? “For the love of Christ constraineth [compells] us; ….”2 Corinthians 5:14

Every believer in Jesus Christ, secure in Christ, is wise in following the Lordship of Christ (which is simply obedience to Scripture) for the sake of seeing others come to Christ and for the sake of harmony in and building up the Body of Christ.

Let every believer in Christ plead for and work toward a crystal clear Gospel message to help the lost understand the question, “Who is this that forgiveth sins….?” Luke 7:49 Likewise, a clear message will help and encourage those who have already trusted Christ as Savior.

(3) Jesus is standing and knocking on the door of your heart. You must open your heart and let Jesus come in to be saved.

FICTION: It is a pity that many Pastors and some Christians misuse that phrase in an effort to get people to trust Christ as Savior.

Such an unclear statement is a misunderstanding or a misstatement of the Bible verse in Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” In context, the Apostle John, writes the words of Jesus, spoken to John by special revelation. If you will read the Book of Revelation from the beginning to the verse above, you will easily see the context. John quotes Jesus after He has just addressed the Seven Churches. Jesus is pleading for a close and proper fellowship between Him and the people, leaders and messengers of each of the seven churches (“and will sup with him” fellowship, not salvation). Let us speak the Truth clearly!

To be saved, one does NOT open his heart and let Jesus come in — but he must simply understand Who Christ is and what He has done for the world and then trust Him alone as Savior. Christ was crucified, was dead, buried and rose again, thus paying for everyone the death penalty we all owe. This eternal life is available only to those who will trust Jesus Christ alone as their Savior.

Jesus died — That’s History.

Jesus died for ME and I trust Him — that’s salvation!

(4) In order to be saved, you must ask Jesus to save you.

FICTION: Salvation (to be saved) is God’s GIFT through our mental faith decision to trust Jesus Christ. He has offered that Gift to whosoever will trust or receive Christ.

There is no requirement or need to ask God or Christ for His Salvation when He has already offered or given it as His Gift to you. He asks you to simply receive Jesus Christ as your Savior to have eternal life. John 1:12 “But as many as received Him (Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on His name (Jesus);”

Think about it… When God offers to you His Gift of eternal life (and He has), must you ask, beg or plead for it? “Please, please, please Lord, give me the Gift of Eternal life!”

NO, simply take His Gift, receive His Gift and you can be thankful for it. Romans 6:23 “….. the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Wages are what we earn or deserve (“The wages of sin is death“). Any true gift is never earned but simply offered to be received with no strings attached. GIFT = FREE , but it must be accepted.

If you have never done so, receive or accept God’s free Gift of Eternal Life right now.. Simply trust or believe in Jesus Christ alone to be your Savior.

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Please note:  because this post has become so large, I have made a new post which includes the last three (#5, #6 and #7) points of discussion.

Please go to the new post, read  and comment.

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GRACE vs. WORKS

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our exciting discussion on easy believism in my previous post. This post will expound upon it.

Obviously, the very essence of the Gospel is Salvation in Jesus Christ. This so great Salvation is the context of these two posts.

As Phil says speaking of Jesus Christ, “He paid it all. He offers freely.” Absolutely true and consequently those who know not Christ have the personal responsibility of making a decision to put their faith in Christ. Otherwise that salvation is never appropriated. Until such a time, a person is lost without Christ.

Some folks to whom I witness “believe” that Jesus died for them but, sorta like a security blanket, they still feel they must do good works for God in order to be sure of Heaven. Not true, faith in Christ alone is all sufficient! They are simply not trusting Christ to be the Savior He is.

Therefore when witnessing to folks, in order to avoid giving a false impression and avoid presenting a false gospel, I make sure that they understand that God’s Gift of Salvation is wholly based on their personal decision to trust in Christ as Savior, nothing more and nothing less. They need to know that in order to secure Salvation in Christ there is NO component of good works.

That’s easy.. Just truly trust in Jesus to be your Savior and you have eternal life, Heaven eternally — nothing to stop it — He promises, He guarantees. But from early childhood, we are all taught the false message that “Nothing is free.” Not true.. God’s very gift of Salvation IS free, no charge, no strings, no works on our part.

So often, the big hurdle is making sure the unbeliever understands that, for Salvation, God’s Grace and our works (or service) are two entirely different things and can not be commingled. We must carefully explain such separation between Grace and works. Then the meaning of Grace must be completely understood by the one to whom we speak.

Salvation is what Christ does for us by His Grace and our decision (faith).

Service or work is what we do for the Lord, powered by His grace, after we have believed (simply our obedience to Him). We can never do any works to either gain or reinforce our salvation in Christ, therefore, when I share Christ, I always try to be sure it is clearly understood — Salvation and service are two entirely separate things. Salvation by Grace is free, what God does, His Gift. And to the contrary, service or work is what we should do for our Savior after we believe.

Romans 11:6 is a verse which speaks about the basic principle of Grace, clearly defining the distinction between Grace and works in salvation

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace otherwise work is no more work.”

That is the essence of a clear Gospel message. For salvation, Grace and works cannot be mixed. They are totally incompatible.

That is God’s easily believable message of Salvation… by His Grace (freely) through our faith — without our works.

There is no hard part in Salvation. Just believe in Christ to be your Savior. He took your place in death for your sins, was buried and rose again. He is alive today.

Then, after we have believed in Christ, He teaches and disciples (disciplines) us so we will see and experience the wonders of serving Him. That discipline or testing can seem hard at times, but He gives us a way of escape that we may be able to bear it. [See 1 Corinthians 1013] We as believers have been created in Christ Jesus for the purpose of good works. [Ephesians 210]

What a wonderful Savior! What a privilege to serve Him Who first loved us.

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Easy Believism?

On some occasions I have been accused of sharing the doctrine of “Easy Believism.” Have you ever been accused of that?

I believe that Jesus Christ is the true and only Savior of the world. He died personally for your sins and mine — those sins that would separate us from God for all eternity. He was buried and arose from the grave, proving He is God. He is alive today. [1 Corinthians 15:1-4]

Now the simple part.. God simply asks you to trust (believe in) Jesus Christ for your eternal life. He paid the death penalty price and all He asks of you is that you will believe Him. [John 3:16]

That is the very essence of God’s salvation and it is forever.

In John 10:28 Jesus Himself said about those who trust Him as Savior:

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Salvation is NOT by doing good works but by trusting in Christ alone as your Savior. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

Sure, we should do good works after we have believed in Christ just as the Bible says — this is not for our salvation but because he saved us and now we do His works to show our love for our Savior. [Ephesians 2:10]

Now, if that is called “easy believism,” I plead guilty.

I refuse to believe that the God of the Universe would promote and offer a “Hard Believism” requiring anything other than our one time decision to simply trust Jesus Christ for what He is — The Savior, His Gift to mankind.

Do you have an opinion on this? Please post a comment.

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Christday or Christmas

This post is not to start a quarrel with those who wish to call Christmas — “Christmas.” However, wouldn’t it be better that Bible believing Christians call it Christday?

I am a Fundamental Bible believing Christian and I do not celebrate Christ-mass. Christ Mass is the origin of the word — a Mass for Christ. It is also called Christ’s Mass and Wikipedia has an exhaustive study of the word “Christmas.” Here is a quote from Wiki:

The word “Christmas” is a contraction meaning “Christ’s Mass” It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038

Understandably there are several religions who observe multiple “Masses” at all times of the year, but my faith is not one of those and that is OK. This is not to take away from those who wish to celebrate a mass on Christday. Go right ahead.

After all, the day really is Christ’s Day — A time to celebrate the day of the Savior’s birth, the coming of the Messiah. Much more meaningful.

Henceforth I will  call it CHRISTDAY in honor of my Savior — not a Mass or Eucharist as some Episcopal, Lutheran, Roman Catholic churches call it.

Will this idea sweep the world like wildfire by next Christday? Naaaaa, probably not..

But it is one little start.

Happy Christday everybody, a few days late.

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The Incarnation,

The Birth of Jesus The Messiah, The Savior

 

Star of Bethlehem John 1:1, 3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.”

The word “incarnation,” like many other words used by Christians, does not appear in the Bible, but the concept is clearly Biblical. Incarnation is defined as “to become flesh or human.” John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This is a beautiful description of The Incarnation of Jesus Christ the Savior, the Messiah.

Jesus Christ is The Person, The Word, Who has forever existed – with no beginning and no end.

John 1:10-12 “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:”

Jesus so loved the fallen human race that He became flesh and entered into the world as a Babe in the little Judean town of Bethlehem. This event was Biblically prophesied 600 years before the fact in the book of Micah, Chapter 5, Verse 2.

Jesus the Christ was born as the Perfect One into a sinful world. Just imagine a thankless mankind, hating, disobeying and cursing the Very God who created and provided for them. Yet He still loved the entire world, so much that He chose to give Himself as the necessary sacrifice to pay the required penalty of our sin. He is the substitute for each of us. Jesus Christ was born to die, thus satisfying the eternal death penalty we deserve. He surrendered Himself, was put to death, was buried and rose from the grave under His own power, thus proving He is God.

Look again at the verse John 1:10-12 above. In an act of Divine Mercy and Grace, God so loved disobedient humankind that He GAVE an undeserving world the GIFT of Salvation in Christ. This GIFT is available to anyone and everyone who will RECEIVE it by believing, trusting in Jesus alone for everlasting life. (Ref. John 3:16) He died for you — Believe in Him!

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” Though undeserving, ExPreacherMan and Sweet Wife rejoice that we have received God’s greatest Gift ever given, Eternal life in Jesus Christ.

This Gift is for you too. Today is the day you can receive His immeasurable Gift, eternal life in Jesus Christ. If you are not sure of Heaven, Eternal Life, trust Jesus alone as your personal Savior.

2 Corinthians 6:2b

“….behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” We pray you will have a wonderful season remembering the birth of the only Savior, the only Mediator between Man and God, Jesus Christ the Messiah.

December 15th Anniversary

This year, December 15 is the 42nd anniversary of my spiritual birthday.In 1964, my good friend and political compatriot, Shirley Spellerberg., tricked my wife and me into going to a Christmas Concert. I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ loud and clear, how that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me (atheist sinner), He was buried and rose again, proving Himself to be God in the Flesh, That very night I passed from death to eternal life, from an atheist to a believer in the Savior of the world (but specifically me), Jesus Christ by making that simple decision to trust Jesus as my Savior.

I thank the Lord for His Grace and Mercy, that he would die on that cross for such a wretch as me.

I thank the Lord that Pastor Ray Stanford made the Gospel and the invitation to trust Christ so clear at that Christmas Concert that even I could understand and believe in Christ.

Right now, you too can pass from death to life by trusting Christ as YOUR Savior.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world (you), that He gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth (you) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Trust Jesus Now, make this the greatest Christmas ever.

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Looking Back

Today I looked over some old “message notes” from the 1970s and 1980s. Some would call them sermon notes but I’m not sure I ever “preached a sermon.” My Pastoral goal was to tell forth God’s Word accurately and interestingly. Thus saith the Lord!

It amazes me how current these messages are, as if written for today. However, God’s Word, in context, is always current.

In the next few days I will begin transferring my old notes onto my computer and from there to my Blog. The original notes were either hand written or typed on an old IBM Ball Selectric typewriter.. much the same as I do now with my computer… two finger typing.

Now, with more than half my vision gone, I look at those old papers and wonder how I ever deciphered them on a lectern or pulpit.

Coming to a Blog near you… Notes from twenty to thirty years ago.

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THANKFUL!

My Sweet wife and I have so much for which to be thankful to God, it would take a scroll the size of the sky and an ocean full of ink to record it all; family, friends, the Lord’s provision and a million more.

But first and foremost — and maybe the most overlooked:

2 Cor. 9:15
“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable [indescribable] GIFT.”

Romans 6:23
“….. the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We thank the Lord that “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US.” Romans 5:8

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world [you and me], that He GAVE his only begotten Son [Jesus], that whosoever [you and me] believeth in Him [Jesus] should not perish, but have everlasting life [Heaven}.”

With God’s guarantee that we may look forward:
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice,…..” 1 Peter 1:4

Are we thankful? What a promise! What a Gift! What a Savior!

If you do not know that thankfulness.. having never trusted Jesus Christ alone for your eternal life, for Heaven.. we urge you to make that decision now.

We would like for you to be able to thank the Lord as do we — for His indescribable and undeserved Gift, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

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Our Job as Believers

Many words have been written about our “job” as believers.

Let me cut to the chase…

I am an unashamed believer in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am trusting Jesus alone to get me to Heaven. He guarantees Heaven to me, not as a reward of my works, but as His Gift to me through my faith in Jesus Christ alone as my Savior.

In my 77 years of life on this earth, no one has ever come up to me and started a cogent and clear conversation about how I can have eternal life in Christ alone.

I have been approached by many false religions and cults preaching a message contrary to God’s Word… but never a clear Gospel message.

So, this is a believer’s “job” (to me it is not a job but a privilege) to share their faith in Jesus Christ.. to convince those we meet to likewise put their faith in Jesus alone as their personal Savior.

There are many peripheral things we as believers may do; meet together with believers of like mind to encourage each otrher, study God’s Word, pray and worship the Lord. These are important.

But the Bible says “How shall they hear without a a preacher [one who shares God’s Word].” We may not all be “preachers” but we can each be sharers of the Gospel for our Savior.

That is our job no, privilege to share our Savior!

If you are not sure of Heaven, eternal life in Christ visit our personal web site.. drop a line and I will be happy to explain what God says in His Word about eternal life in Jesus Christ alone.

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Does Ted Haggard matter?

Ted Haggard, Pastor of New Life Church (NLC) and the head of the liberal National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) resigned his Pastorate today with a graphic confession. Frankly, until the MSM and the leftists decided to expose him, I never heard of him.

Haggard is a sinner as are we all. He proclaims that he is a believer in Christ.. If he believes his (NLC) Statement of faith record of the Bible, then I would guess he probably is a true Christian. But that is for the Lord to determine. However, liberal theology can muddy a clear Bible Doctrine. I have issues with some of his church doctrine which tends to touch on the charismatic error. Often such error leads one to doubt his assurance of salvation.

But does it matter that Haggard was caught? I feel for him and congratulate him for making the right decision to resign and acknowledge his sin before his congregation. I went through the similar agony as did his congregation.

Years ago the Pastor who led me to Jesus Christ, with a clear simple Gospel message, had an affair with a student. He resigned his position, divorced his wife and married the student. Shortly after, his wife developed Alzheimer’s disease and was remanded to the custody of her daughter. What a tragedy! What a shock to those of us who knew him.

Am I bitter? Honestly, I have a tough time forgetting his sin and the damage it did to my family personally and the thousands of the Body of Christ whom he had touched, but I’m not bitter.

I am thankful that my ex-Pastor has continued his life sharing salvation through Christ alone with whomever will listen.. but he realizes his organized ministry in a church is damaged and finished.

Does Haggard matter to me… No. The liberal trick of releasing this scandal just before the election probably will have little effect on discerning Conservative Christians, much to the dismay of the MSM’.

If Haggard has truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone for his salvation, then by the promise of God’s Word, he has eternal life, never to lose it. This specific sin was forgiven when Christ shed His blood on the cross, even before Haggard conceived the sin in his mind. God’s perfection was imputed to Haggard the moment he made his decision to trust Christ.

That is God’s Grace and His Love that “saved a wretch like me.”

And yes, we as believers, should pray for him and especially his wife and family.. They are in the eye of the scandal storm. His church family is in turmoil — so pray for them.

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Westboro Baptist “Christians”

Anna, over at the Blog “A Rose By Any Other Name” wrote a great insightful post on the Westboro Weirdoes and their missionary zeal of protesting at funerals. She made a legitimate statement, “I do not understand how a group who call themselves Christians can act in such a way.”

I commented on her statement and now expand upon it.

1. Yes, they “call” themselves Christians but anyone can call himself a Christian — but what he calls himself does not make him one.

2. She said, “They have definitely proven that time and time again by their repulsive actions.” Believers (including me ) must be constantly reminded that the action we see in a person does not prove before God that they are Christians. Only the Lord and they themselves know for sure by their faith.

3. A believer can tell that another person is a believer in Christ only by their testimony in words. I personally know many folks who are wonderfully nice and “moral” people but are members of cultic religions. I also know some folks who, by their words, profess to be Christians, yet live deplorable lives. In either case their words do not support their behavior or their behavior belies their faith.

One of these vile WestBoro Baptist women (Shirley Whoositz) said that all others (murdered babies, the Amish, Jews, and all other Christians, etc) are condemned to hell because they do not keep God’s laws. Therefore by her own words, she proves to us that she is not preaching a true Christian Gospel but an accursed, false works-law “salvation” message. Therefore, she condemns herself and all who believe her drivel.

Obeying God’s laws will never keep her or anyone else out of hell. God’s Law is perfect and condemns mankind but God’s Grace saves. The Bible says God’s law is simply a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians 3:24-25 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [instructor] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

The penalty for breaking the law (sin) is death, spiritual separation from God. But the Gift of God is eternal life through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Christ’s death on the cross, His burial and resurrection is the fulfillment of the law — and is available to anyone who makes a one time decision to put their faith in Christ as Savior.

Romans 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

These Westboro Baptist people do not talk like believers in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we assume by their words that they are lost and need Jesus Christ as Savior. If God’s Grace in Christ can save a sinner like me, then He can save anyone… even these people. This is available to them only if they individually choose to place their trust/faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Only then they will have God’s gift of eternal life. They must no longer depend on the keeping of God’s law or their “good” works for salvation, but only Christ alone.

The law cannot save — placing one’s faith in Christ alone does save.

It is obvious that the Westboro bunch is being deliberately provocative, but without Christ they are blind and preaching an accursed message. Pray for their salvation in Christ alone. Then their eyes will be opened and they can see.

Please pray also for the families of the murdered children and the family of the murderer.

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US Churches Anti-Israel

Liberal churches in the USA have always been far left.. but read this quote from the Jerusalem Post. Liberal Churches are anti-Israel to the core! This article was sent to me by “The Berean Call,” a Conservative Christian group. and was posted in their latest weekly newsletter.

The findings of a delegation of the World Council of Churches, upon returning from a visit to Beirut and Jerusalem is that “Israel’s assault on Lebanon was planned even before Hizbullah attacked and was aimed at driving a wedge between the different faiths that have been living in harmony in the country. We came back from Lebanon sharing the impression that this destruction was planned. And if the action by Hizbullah was the trigger, this was a planned operation all ready to go.” The World Council of Churches represents 348 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church (“Jerusalem Post,” 8/17/06).

[Comment from The Berean Call: To the World Council of Churches, it very reasonably seems that they do not care that missiles have been indiscriminately fired into population centers in Israel for months (years) prior to the Israel incursion. No rational individual blames a dog who is constantly kicked for occasionally biting back. Having divorced themselves from biblical truth, the World Council of Churches have cultivated a selective blindness. Inevitably they divorce themselves from reality.]

Nuff said!

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Lost to Neglect — America and Our Faith

“The problem was those who believed it failed to teach it! And soon many who did not necessarily oppose it, just no longer held it.” IFCA Voice Magazine, September-October 2006

This quote made me think about our blessed America whch I love and my faith in Christ, in whom I trust for my eternity.

Our country began with The Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Most churches begin by capturing their fundamental beliefs within a doctrinal Statement of Faith based on the Holy Scripture. In each case principles are delineated and then affirmed by those involved in the group (our country, our church).

Our liberal education system has failed just as have many of our churches because, “The problem was those who believed it failed to teach it! And soon many who did not necessarily oppose it, just no longer held it.” This illustrates the rot caused by apathy and compromise. Education no longer teaches the principles of our Constitution. Our fundamental churches no longer teach the basic principles of Scripture.

Unless we reverse this trend in our wonderful country and in our fundamental churches; unless we begin to stand for what we believe, our Republic designed by the Fathers of our Constitution and our churches designed and ordered by the Lord in His Scriptures will “Circle the drain.”

Liberals rejoice because the bell tolls for the death of our Constitution and of our fundamental Biblical faith.

2 Tim. 313-14 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” The KJV Bible

Our country and our faith — will the younger generation be Lost to Neglect???

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Rick Warren — Problem? or Problem Solver?

This morning, for five ot ten minutes, Fox and Friends featured Rick Warren, famous Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” This was obviously a promotion for Rick’s special on FoxNews one day soon.

I don’t particularly like to pick on a fellow “Pastor” but I must.

Warren announced that he is launching a “network” of churches and church people to “change the world.” His ambitious plans are to include five billion church people throughout the world to give the people of the world a “purpose.” He says he wants to include all churches, synagogues and religions.

Striking to me was the complete absence and avoidance of the words “Christ” or “Jesus.” That is quite an omission for a supposed minister of Jesus Christ. What else are we to conclude except that his message is one of a “social gospel” or a philosophy of social redemption. Such is not a Biblical message.

We see a 2000 year old Biblical warning about such philosophies in the verse, Colossians. 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

The Apostle John spoke of those who would substitute man’s philosophy for the message of Salvation in Christ by God’s Grace in 1 John 4:5 “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”

The world is still in the same condition as it was 2000 years ago. Here is the Apostle John speaking of Jesus Christ in John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.”

The world still knows Him not!

We do not need another P.E.A.C.E. group as Warren calls his movement. We need dedicated believers in Jesus Christ telling the world “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

The world needs to hear “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18

It amazes me to see this man speak for five or ten minutes on FoxNews and never mention his Savior Jesus Christ. The Saddleback church, of which he is pastor, has a reasonably clear Statement of Faith yet he seemed unwilling to share that with the millions of FoxNews listeners this morning. We can pray he will do better and share salvation in Jesus Christ on his already recorded special to be aired later on FoxNews. I am not very optimistic.
Philosophy and vain deceit will not save the world. Man will not save the world. The only salvation for this corrupt world is for believers in Christ to go into the world and share their belief and trust in the Savior Jesus Christ alone.

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Israel and Her Land

God’s Land Grant to Abraham/Israel. What exactly is God’s Land Grant promise to Abraham and his seed, Israel.

Many followers of Israel have no idea just where the borders of Israel lie which were granted by God to Abraham and his chosen nation Israel. Below are some scriptures in the Old Testament which delineate these borders exactly.

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The dark outlined area describes the Royal Land Grant from God to Israel through Abraham.

Genesis 15:18 “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”

Ezekiel 48:1 “How these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; …”

Ezekiel 48:28- 29 “And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea. “

I strongly recommend you read Ezekiel 48:1-29 to understand the division of the land between the tribes of Israel.

When will this happen? By reading prophetic Scripture, it is commonly believed that this will occur at the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Jesus the Messiah over Israel and the nations. Here is the chronology:

  • First: This event is called by Christians “The Rapture” or the taking out of believers from the earth to ever be with the Lord and this happens prior to the beginning of The Great Tribulation. This Divine Delivery is for Jews and Gentiles who died as believers in Jesus the Messiah and likewise for believers who are still living. These “Raptured” ones are those, Jew and Gentile, who have made the decision to trust Jesus the Messiah as their personal Savior. This event can happen at any moment in the blink of an eye.
  • Second: Seven years of great Tribulation on the earth, at the middle of which the person and identity of the Anti-christ will be revealed.
  • Third: At the close of the Great Tribulation, the Nations of the World will gather against Israel in the Final Big Battle of Armageddon, believed to take place in the Valley of Megiddo in Israel. The Messiah returns with His legions and, by the word of His mouth and the brightness of His coming, He destroys the anti-christ and his minions who are the enemies of Israel. This is a final victory for Israel.
  • Fourth: After this victory, Israel as a nation will realize and trust that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus will finalize the Royal Land Grant to the Nation of Israel described in the illustration above and will rule and reign over the nations for One Thousand Years (Millennium) from the Throne of David in Jerusalem (The City of Peace).

So today, what are we to do to prepare?

If you have never done so, make a decision and personal choice to trust Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as your Savior — right now. He is THE Savior for Jew and Gentile alike but until you personally trust Him alone as YOUR Savior, His free gift of salvation will bypass you. Take His Free Gift.

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Israel: In The Coil Of The Snake..

Is Israel Surrounded?

This was originally posted January 6th 2006 — and is more relevant today than then.
Can you even find Israel in the sea of Muslims? Believe me, THEY know how to locate Israel.

Just Ramblin’.

Think Israel…. Think its borders.. think its predicament.

I am not an Israeli but I love Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but think on this.

Would “surrounded” describe Israel? We have known for years that this is the condition of the little nation of Israel. Look at a map of Israel and its environs.

  • “Palestinian” Gaza to the west, “
  • “Palestinian” Egypt and
  • “Palestinian” Saudi Arabia Wahabists to the South,
  • “Palestinian” Hesbollah in Lebanon and
  • “Palestinian” Golan Heights to the North,
  • “Palestinian” Syria to the East,
  • “Palestinian” Iran over to the east within striking distance — Calling the shots
  • Supposedly friendly Jordan to the East…

Palestinian terrorists Hamas elected in the Jimmah Cahtah supervised elections in Palestinian territory.

Hesbollah rockets striking Israel without mercy and without care about killing civillians.

Iranian “President” Ahmadinejad promoter and financier of Hamas and Hesbollah all over the world makes some claims he is the Islamic “messiah” and threatens to wipe Israel off the map.

Ahmadinejad recently concluded a friendly visit with Dictator Bashir Asad of Syria. What did they talk about? Was it in preparation for the present offensive?
General Georges Sada, former cabinet guy and confidant of Saddam Hussein writes and swears that he has credible information that Saddam shipped 57 airliners loaded with WMD to Asad in Damascus, Syria just before the Iraqi liberation. See article here

Israel IS surrounded, as in the coil of a snake, by militant Palestinians who vow to kill all Jews and wipe Israel off the map. Ahmadinejad , the oil rich “messiah,” could call all Palestinian terrorist governments to attack Israel on cue, while he sends some of those No-See-Um WMDs to Israel via his long range missiles.

Pray for the peace of Israel… but pray someone strikes Palestinian terrorists before they strike Israel. (and the terrorists will strike). (and they HAVE)!!
And just think, until recently the USA paid the Palestinian Authority millions and millions of US taxpayer dollars..

An interesting take on Palestinians in Jewish World Review, by Victor Davis Hanson.

Addendum to Hamas plans:

From The Patriot Post, Conservative newsletter — published by Mark Alexander, a true Patriot friend:

With the election results in, the United States has vowed not to deal with Hamas—and with good reason. Thursday, only one day after the elections, a joint U.S.-Colombian sting operation uncovered a false passport ring with links to Hamas and al-Qa’ida. The counterfeit Colombian passports were then used by terrorists to gain entry into the U.S. and Europe. South American organized crime’s latest cooperation with Hamas and al-Qa’ida shows just how broad the global campaign against terror has become.

Patriot Post, International Conservative Newsletter

Israel is indeed in the coil of the snake — and Iran is the head of the serpent.
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Father’s Day – 2006

I am not one who loves all the contrived greeting card holidays… Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.But with this post, I will explain why it is important for us to do the Biblical thing and "Honor thy father and mother…"

Though I loved my Dad we had disagreements and arguments. Who doesn't. He provided well for his family and loved all of us in spite of us. Twenty two years ago he died and went home to Christ his Savior. Shortly after I trusted Christ as my Savior I was concerned for Dad's eternal destiny — even though he was a very "religious" and moral person,

When we visited Dad and Mom, our conversations would devolve into "arguments" about "What is a Christian?" He wanted to know but would not believe me when I told him what the Bible said. I explained to him, "A Christian is one who has, by faith, trusted Christ alone as his Savior." I know I pestered him so much he was disgusted with me. Shortly before he died at age 83, he wrote a letter to me, unprompted (something he had never done before) — in which he said "I know you wanted to know… I trusted Christ as my Savior…." I still have that letter, typed with his old Smith-Corona portable typewriter. It is a treasure to me.

Folks, show your Dad you love him, hug him and tell him how much you care for him. If you know Christ as your Savior, share Jesus with him. He won't be around forever.

Dads. if you know for sure you are going to Heaven, tell your kids how they can know!

Here are excerpts from a wonderful piece about fathers in the Patriot Post 6/16/06 newsletter.

 

Headline in a "study" report: "Fathers linked to healthy families"…

What cadre of nescient dolts does not already know that fathers are essential to healthy families, and who among us would waste good money on a study to affirm that which is so abundantly clear?

Alas, certain enlightened folks out there insist that holding the institution of fatherhood in high esteem is tantamount to misogyny. In fact, many liberals have, for the past four decades, insisted that mothers can do it all. One of the high priestesses of the so-called women's movement, Gloria Steinem, once declared, "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." And last fall, uber leftist Feminista Maureen Dowd published a book entitled, "Are Men Necessary?" which has become the manifesto of the man-hating movement.

Worse yet, academicians are spending large sums of your tax dollars to research this very question, despite the plethora of family research indicating that children raised in homes with their biological fathers have a much higher chance of succeeding in life. Unfortunately, some 25 million American children live absent or apart from their biological fathers. One in three children—and only one in five inner-city children—are in homes with their fathers.

Of course, many moms have no choice but to do it all. This is because many biological fathers have abdicated their responsibility for proper love, discipline, teaching, support, moral guidance and protection of their family. (Memo to divorced dads and assorted victims of feminist rage and unfair family courts: Please hold your mail—we know that women file almost 70 percent of divorces, most without any claim of abandonment, infidelity or abuse.)

 

The disastrous social consequences of this abdication are clearly evident and well documented. Though many single moms do manage to bring up relatively well-adjusted kids with the help of extended families, churches and schools, the correlation between social deviancy and fatherless homes is irrefutably linked.

"The lack of effective, functioning fathers is the root cause of America's social, economic and spiritual crises," writes Dr. Edwin Cole.

To wit, the truth—and it is a hard truth for men who have abandoned their families, but a harder truth for their children: According to the CDC, DoJ, DHHS and the Bureau of the Census, the 30 percent of children who live apart from their fathers will account for 63 percent of teen suicides, 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions, 71 percent of high-school dropouts, 75 percent of children in chemical-abuse centers, 80 percent of rapists, 85 percent of youths in prison, and 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders. In addition, 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. In fact, children born to unwed mothers are 10 times more likely to live in poverty as children with fathers in the home.

"[The causal link between fatherless children and crime] is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime," notes social researcher Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values, adds, "[The absence of fathers] from family life is surely the most socially consequential family trend of our era."

Of course, the traditional family model is clearly ordained by God as evidenced throughout the Old and New Testaments. In fact, every major religion in the world recognizes an identical family order.

Tragically, the pages of history—especially 20th-century history—are rife with the terrible misdeeds of those who were raised without fathers, or with abusive fathers: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and many others of lesser infamy.

Never let it be said, however, that the Left allows the facts to get in the way of its agenda. Indeed, a strong case can be made that liberal social policies are directly responsible for generations of fatherless children—particularly black children. And Democrats, as we have noted many times previously, have a vested interest in keeping blacks and other "victimized" constituencies dependent on the state.

Love your Dads AND your Moms!!! You will never regret it — even if they don't show you the same love in return.

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Theories Will Not Change the Facts

Biblical Christianity has been under attack since Jesus Christ appeared on this earth in the Flesh 2000 years ago.

During the month of April this year we see a crush of books and movies attempting to destroy the message of Salvation in Jesus.

You’ve seen apostasy promoted on ABC, National Geographic and NBC. You’ve seen most of these books of lies on the best seller lists, The Gnostic gospels, the Da Vinci Code [the book and the movie], The Jesus Papers, the Gospel of Judas, ad nauseam.

If this weren’t bad enough, the ACLU’s war against Christianity, the supposed doctrine of “separation of church and state” and removing all vestiges of the Christian faith from every avenue of life continue as relentless as the tide in the Bay of Fundy.

The “religious” left is busy promoting anything to destroy all vestiges of Christianity and the evangelization of our country.

Despite all of this incessant drumbeat of anti-Christian rhetoric, just remember: Jesus is still risen… He still lives. His Salvation is still available to each and every person who will receive Christ by faith alone.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

There is NO WAY the power of these satanic messages can cause a believer in Jesus Christ to “lose” his faith, but these can cause him discouragement and disillusionment. On the other hand, the tragedy is that an unbeliever can be deterred from believing the truth by indulging in these lies, false-message books and movies.

As has been said in a book title, “Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth!” (Hal Lindsey)

The Good News message of salvation in Christ will not be stopped despite the extreme tactics of the left..

The attitude of the Apostle Paul should be the attitude of every believer who places their faith in Jesus for eternal life.

Philippians 1:20 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”

The facts:

1 Cor. 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; ……. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The Truth will conquer and outlive the lies of those who attempt, through their puny efforts, to destroy the Gospel of Jesus.

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Death and Resurrection

Empty Tomb HE IS RISEN!!
Which event is the most important, (1) the death or (2) the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah?Of course there would be no resurrection of Jesus had He not been crucified… but He was crucified.

But what if, after Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, He had not resurrected from the grave? There would be no salvation.. There would be no proof that Jesus is indeed God in the flesh and that is Satan’s message. We see such a lie has been touted by “liberal” theologians from the time shortly after Jesus was put to death by the Roman court.

  • Matthew 28:1-8
    “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers [guards] did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word.”
  • Luke 24:6-7
    “He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

Great Joy” would be an understatement!! Imagine their circumstances, the Person they trusted, worshipped and followed had just been humiliated, crucified, had died and was buried. They come to the tomb expecting to complete their mourning. Then they see the tomb empty and hear the words, “He is not here: for He is risen.” HE IS RISEN! Imagine the JOY!

  • Then in Matthew 28:11-14
    …some of the watch [soldiers, guards of the tomb] came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you [keep you out of trouble].”

This is amazing. The soldier guards knew Jesus had arisen from the tomb even though it was tightly sealed and this happened while they were guarding the tomb. A Roman guard who failed in his duty was liable for the death penalty thus they would move heaven and earth to see their duty was completed. So here we see the origin of the lie, perpetuated even until today, from those who deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For centuries books and expose’s have been written trying to disprove the Resurrection… all to no avail. HE IS RISEN!!

Often, religion tends to dwell on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus to the neglect of the resurrection. YES, the horrible crucifixion of Christ is a vital part of the Gospel of our Salvation.. But religions too often ignore or de-emphasize the fact — HE IS RISEN!

By His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled the Messianic promise outlined in the Old Testament.

The Gospel (Good News) is not good news without the Resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is alive but Mohammed is dead, Buddha is dead, Confucius, Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith, etc are all dead. Every religious leader throughout history has died. The only One to rise under His own power is Jesus the promised Messiah.

The following has been called “The Gospel in a Nutshell”:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-6
    “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, ….. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once….”

Witness after witness after witness: this is evidence of His resurrection.

Salvation by God’s Grace is understanding that we are imperfect. God calls this sin. Our sin requires a death penalty.. But God with love beyond infinity, loved us so much that He sent Jesus Christ to make that death penalty for the whole world, to the Jew first and then the Gentile, that all who would believe or trust in Jesus would have everlasting life in Heaven with Him. Jesus came and fulfilled the law and paid the death penalty we humans owe. He did that and arose from the grave just as He predicted. Now the responsibility is upon us. Do we trust Jesus alone as our Savior, our complete Savior, apart from our good works? If we do trust Jesus alone, we HAVE everlasting life, guaranteed.

  • John 3:16-18
    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
    He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Dear friend, at this time of year when we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, perhaps you do not know for sure you have eternal life in Christ. If you are not sure, please trust or rely upon Jesus alone as your Savior to deliver you to Heaven, to give you eternal life. It is not by an organization, church or your good works, simply Jesus. I pray you will make this decision as it is the most important one you will make during your entire life on this earth.

I pray you will!!

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Some Thoughts

First — From God’s Word:

Col. 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

From: The Patriot Post

“A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.” — Joseph Pulitzer ++ “In the United States there is no phenomenon more threatening to popular government than the unwillingness of newspapers to give the facts to their readers.” — Nelson Antrim Crawford

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — General George S. Patton

“Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn vos Savant

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.” — Samuel Ullman

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More from The Patriot Post:

The wild eyed Church Left Says: “Measures to counter terrorism must be demilitarized and the concept of ‘war on terror’ must be firmly and resolutely challenged by the churches… The ‘war on terror’ has redefined war and relativized international law and human rights norms and standards. A military response to terror may become indiscriminately destructive and cause fear in affected populations.” — World Council of Churches statement urging a “criminal justice approach” to dealing with Jihadi terrorism

Do we suppose Terrorists will shrink in fear from our demilitarized search and destroy mission?

Bookworm has a great article about some who defy the MSM and in turn warn of Islamic totalitarianism. Here..

A Caliphate in America?

Caliphate. Sharia Law. what does it mean?

Americans and freedom loving folks the world over…I warn you! Pay attention to the Muslim riots, Cartoon wars, Iranian threats to Israel and Europe. Then listen to the lies flowing from the liberals in the NSA hearings.

Bookworm comments on a post extracted from a post of Daniel Pipes about the insidious nature of irrational Muslim behavior in the world.

Is “crescendo” the operative word for world events?

Read it and weep!

Standing firm in the face of a medieval culture

Thanks, Bookworm!!

How about an Iranian messiah?

Is the world, the United States ready for an Iranian messiah? Daniel Pipes writing for American Conservative Union warns his readers that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran is preparing the way for the messiah of Islam. (perhaps he thinks he is the one — some time within the next few years).

Pipes says:

Thanks to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a new word has entered the political vocabulary: mahdaviat.

Not surprisingly, it’s a technical religious term. Mahdaviat derives from mahdi, Arabic for “rightly-guided one,” a major figure in Islamic eschatology. He is, explains the Encyclopaedia of Islam, “the restorer of religion and justice who will rule before the end of the world.” ….. continues the encyclopedia, “Belief in the coming of the Mahdi (Messiah) of the Family of the Prophet became a central aspect of the faith in radical Shi‘ism,” where it is also known as the return of the Twelfth Imam.

In a fine piece of reporting, Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor shows the centrality of mahdaviat in Ahmadinejad’s outlook and explores its implications for his policies.

He often raises the topic, and not just to Muslims. When addressing the UN in September, Ahmadinejad flummoxed his audience of world political leaders by concluding his address with a prayer for the Mahdi’s appearance: “O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the Promised One, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.

On returning to Iran from New York, Ahmadinejad recalled the effect of his U.N. speech: one of our group told me that when I started to say “In the name of God the almighty and merciful,” he saw a light around me, and I was placed inside this aura. I felt it myself. I felt the atmosphere suddenly change, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, the leaders of the world did not blink. … And they were rapt. It seemed as if a hand was holding them there and had opened their eyes to receive the message from the Islamic republic.

“Mahdaviat is a code for [Iran’s Islamic] revolution, and is the spirit of the revolution,” says the head of an institute dedicated to studying and speeding the Mahdi’s appearance. “This kind of mentality makes you very strong,” observes the political editor of Resalat newspaper, Amir Mohebian. “If I think the Mahdi will come in two, three, or four years, why should I be soft? Now is the time to stand strong, to be hard.” Some Iranians, reports PBS, “worry that their new president has no fear of international turmoil, may think it’s just a sign from God.”

I’d reverse that formulation. The most dangerous leaders in modern history are those (like Hitler) equipped with a totalitarian ideology and a mystical belief in their own mission. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fulfills both these criteria, as revealed by his U.N. comments. That combined with his expected nuclear arsenal make him an adversary who must be stopped, and urgently.

Read the entire article in: American Conservative Union

Believers in Christ who have read the “Left Behind” series will recognize the attributes of the anti-christ in this corrupt Iranian leader. Americans and Christians beware.

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It’s Meme-Day Wednesday!

Seems now I have been initiated into the world of MeMe Blogs.. Here goes my effort to answer and try to keep it from being a waste of time for blogger and reader. Here goes:

Our friends at Conservababes Right From New Fallujah tagged this old retired preacher to blab just a tad.. I am honored that they asked me to participate and I will likewise “tag” five victims to play along. Please forgive me my friends.

1. What were three of the stupidest things you’ve ever done in your life?
#1 Wait 35 years of my life before making my decision to trust Christ as my Savior, however, I will say — no one ever told me how simple it was until I was 35. #2 wait so long after to dedicate my life to Christ. #3 Try to write a Blog.

2. At the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?
Jesus Christ for all Eternity.

3. If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?
Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, Timothy, Apostle John, Moses… and have great fellowship.

4. If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?
I don’t “wish” but I pray… #1 That Jesus would return for Believers in the Rapture today, #2 That all my friends, acquaintances and blogger friends would make that decision to receive Christ as Savior, #3 back to #2

5. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.
I live in the non-city.. way out in suburban area.. But I regret that our area is not a tax-free area. Folks should generally avoid — #1 false religions and #2 false doctrine in conservative religions which are, unfortunately, in every neighborhood..

6. Name one thing that has changed your life.
41 years ago going to a Christmas concert, hearing the Gospel and making the decision then and there to trust Christ as my Savior. From atheist to Heaven bound believer in Christ.

7. Choose five other bloggers to carry on the meme.
La Shawn Barber – La Shawn Barber’s Corner She’s a great Christian writer and thinker.

Laer at Cheat-Seeking-Missiles. Eloquent defense of the truth.

Cinnamon Stillwell. A thoughtful liberal-turned-Conservative, a columnist operating in the hotbed of liberalism, San Fran.

Pat Santy, Dr. Sanity. A brilliant analyst and skillful destroyer of all things liberal.

Neo-Neocon One of the first Conservative bloggers to help and encourage me. Thanks, Neo!

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