This morning I wake up to the headline of a developing story of. ” 3 dead including gunman in New Jersey” . Then there’s the Empire State Building killings, more shootings in Pennsylvania, Temple killings in Wisconsin, Colorado killings and this guy above. Even a shooting at the Christian organization, Family Research Council. What’s up? Wholesale slaughter is ramping up. It doesn’t SEEM to be, it IS. Gun control won’t stop it. Continue reading
Now what? We’re starting to see an increase of deep earthquakes as indicated with the 7.3 by El Salvador this morning. Then followed up with a nice shaking in the San Diego area, giving a rattling start of the week on the east Pacific Rim. Apparently the El Salvador quake stirred up a very minor 3 1/2 in wave that hit the coast. When looking up deep earth quakes I’m reassured that, though strong in magnitude, they won’t impact the surface very much. That makes me really warm and fuzzy all over given that in 1922 deep earthquakes were “impossible” until someone discovered they actually happen. What if one of these things hits under a major fault? The TV mini series “10.5″ captured the notion of deep quakes in such a campy way that it created a, “ya, right” mentality. Continue reading
I was reading a nice blog entry about ” The Man Zone” by Pastor James that goes into more to being a man than machismo, I appreciated that. I know that there is a certain amount of machismo in the job description but it doesn’t mean beating down every man who looks at your wife. There is a bit of machismo in everything that a man is required to do, it just isn’t recognized as such. These days Academia is preoccupied with feminizing boys instead of instilling right responsibilities. A good read on the subject is “Killing Adam” by Maya Emmett.
The Bible is pretty clear on a man’s responsibility, but sorry guys, it doesn’t mean you’re the big, bad, boss. Actually, you are a woman’s nurturer, provider, protector, shield, spiritual head, confidant, emotional support, wall. No, your job isn’t to be the recipient of everything a woman can give. Sorry to disillusion ya. Continue reading
The following word came in addition to “Prepare Now to Reap”
The stones are set, the battlements are ready, He is ready to unleash His anger. He is almost finished putting His faithful in their assigned places. He is calling His faithful out from the man-made church into His presence. Those who have not listened will suffer, will pay the consequence for their putting off of His commands. But, those who have remained, who have endured must not be haughty, let there be no arrogance, you have been placed specifically to minister, not to hide but to minister boldly to the lost, AND the shirkers. He has called His faithful to serve Him and obey, and this will be the further testing.
There will be no cries of ” but we followed and they didn’t”. You may have to snatch them from the fire, He wants to know you have forsaken your most primitive feelings to follow Him.
Follow in love, follow in forgiveness, follow in obedience. These things the Lord demands.
Jesus was God in man so that He could redeem man. Jesus was born into sin by a woman born in sin so that He could know our sin and redeem us from our sin. He died, as man, and rose victorious, in glory and soon comes back to claim us, who are in Him. Praise God!
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This morning, as I was praying, I had 2 Corinthians 5:21 come to my mind. I spent the next hour and a half talking with God simply about that one verse alone. It truly is an amazing and powerful scripture.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinteni 5:21 – “El, pentru noi, L-a făcut păcat pe Cel Ce n-a cunoscut păcatul, pentru ca, în El, să devenim dreptatea lui Dumnezeu.”
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In these times, when the world is falling apart around us, when sin runs rampant and overwhelming, sometimes it’s even overwhelming for those TRULY in Christ and the questions can start. Sometimes we need to pause and get refreshed and ministered to.
Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray
When I lose my way,
And I forget my name,
Remind me who I am.
In the mirror all I see
is who I don’t want to be,
Remind me who I am.
In the loneliest places
When I can’t remember what grace is.
Tell me once again
Who I am to you, who I am to you.
Tell me, lest I forget
Who I am to You, that I belong to You,
When my heart is like a stone
And I’m running far from home,
Remind me who I am.
When I can’t receive your love
Afraid I’ll never be enough,
Remind me who I am.
If I’m your beloved
Would you help me believe it.
I’m the one You love,
I’m the one You love,
That will be enough,
I’m the one you love.
God is calling His church back from what men have made it. He wants our complete and undivided attention. Testing, testing, hardship seem to come our way more and more now and you may feel alone and abandoned. Maybe in this testing you took a little walk to the left. God loves you. He cares for you and wants your best. He hasn’t abandoned you.
The world is in judgement and severe things are coming and have come. He is strengthening you and drawing you closer to Him, because only in Him can you survive. If you’re in a time of testing or if you’ve drifted a little, take heart, refresh yourself, know that you are loved. If you haven’t accepted Jesus the Christ as your salvation, your one true link, your only hope in the destruction coming, take this time, call to Him, make this the time that your future is secure, that no matter what comes, you will know who you are…
Note the laughing of the folks taking the video
In this time of signs and wonders, I’m one that sometimes wonders at the subtle signs. The above Olympic video was pretty much quashed from the American public. Any stories that actually got written in the media were quickly pulled. The warning is there, you can’t make this stuff up. When the song reached, ” the flag was still there” the flag was pulled down by the hand of God. Continue reading
In my Our Daily Bread devotional this morning, the writer shared a story about his wife. Apparently, while working at home on her laptop computer, the battery started to die and getting ready to shut down the computer. How odd, seeing that it was plugged in. She traced the cord only to find that the extension cord was actually plugged into itself. I’m not going to get into what kind of working environment that would create that condition :-0 But it does show just how easily and, if you will, incredulously one can get off track and into deep trouble.
When you find someone in deep depression, you will most generally find someone disconnected from God and plugged into themselves. They’ve been running on their own batteries and if the situation doesn’t change or the individual doesn’t seek help they can get perilously close to, if not at, shut down. In hand with that, then, are those who feed their depression and selfishness by draining the batteries of those around them. The commonality is that neither case seeks the unlimited abundant power source of God.
Everyone has their times of overextending, worn down and tired, events and situations that challenge our resources. But it’s the handling of it all that makes the difference. David was frequently getting into situations, some brought on by others, some all on his own. As he writes:
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God is the source of unlimited strength, and Jesus is the way to the Father. If you’re feeling down, check your power cord, where are you drawing your strength? If you’ve walked away and the Holy Spirit is calling you back or you’ve never experienced a commitment to Jesus, now is the time, He is calling, He is giving you the invitation to strength in these troubled times, and life eternal in Him. Take that time, now, before your batteries go dry and the computer shuts down.
A Word that came to me yesterday for the church while I was meditating and praying about some crisis issues that have come up.
I am calling. I am calling because the time is short. I am calling for your faithfulness. The time is coming and is at hand where your comfort zone is to be removed. You pray for good things. You pray for comfortable things. You pray for wealth. At one time these things would have been added to you if your heart were Mine, but now you hold your heart as a ransom for things.
You say, but I have loved You. No you haven’t. You say, I have served You. No you haven’t. You say, I have given to You. No you haven’t
The Fallen One has called for your testing. Skin for skin, bone for bone. Remove the material comforts and we will see who serves The Lord or who serves me. We will see.
I have granted that testing. I will test you and many will fail, only to be given over to that final test. I am moving and time is mine. I will call My faithful and remove My lamp stand. Then those who have been deceived, fooled, will be left behind. The day is fast approaching when My people will no longer want to be a lamp on a stand, a city on a hill. They will be in hiding, waiting for my return while Death waits at their door.
To my faithful I say this, your love for Me has been proved, and continues to be proved, stand fast, stay the course, I will soon return to call you up to Me.
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It’s Olympics time and the athletes are in and/or outed with the usual suspects, drugs, marijuana and then, what’s this, for not being Politically correct. The event is uneventful so far, as in no terrorist activities. So what’s news this time? A child athlete with über strength? Apparently that’s the charge laid out by US swimming coach toward a Chinese swimmer. “She can’t do that, it’s impossible”, “they must have modified her genes”. Well, that’s a new kind of doping charge. Set aside the world’s highest population density and a state controlled training program and it might be believable from a country whose history of duplicity toward all things technological is well-known. The same thing could have been said about Micheal Phelps last time around, though, but this year he has proved very human. GM? I don’t think so. Continue reading
I can’t take credit for this message, I’d heard it many years ago, but it still means a lot today, probably more. Something really obvious and inherently wrong, today, is that we are living in an era of excuses. It’s so rare to find men and women of character anymore. That’s why the flap over Dan Cathy and Chick Fil A concerning Dan’s unapologetic position on homosexual marriage is so important. He believes the word of God, and says so, no apologies, no excuses and he’s ready to put his business on God’s altar. How many more people of integrity can we find? Rare.
It’s nothing new, goat religion. In Jesus’ day, He crossed those people regularly. Continue reading