Friday, April 17, 2015

Why Does God Put Up With You?

If you're a Christian, then you probably have had an occasion to get into a conversation with a non believer about their faith. You ask them why there aren't a Christian, and you're likely to get some heart felt arguments laced with emotion about how someone in their life, a "Christian" rejected them, didn't quite live up to "their" expectation of what a "Christian" should be. Maybe they were even rejected by a church because of what they looked like, they weren't wanted.

If you were faced with a life or death decision, would you ever let anyone else answer for you? I don't think for one minute that standing on the precipice like that, that anyone would EVER let someone else make a decision like that for one moment, but that is exactly what they are doing when they let how someone has treated them, to risk their eternal salvation.

Think about it.

We will all die a physical death at some point in our lives. When we do we will wind up in one of two places, heaven or hell. Hebrews 9:27, "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment," The Bible tells us that.

For believers, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NIV)

For non believers, " If anyone's name is not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15 (NIV).

This is not like those days in school, where people used to kid about hell being a fun place to be. It will be the absolute last place to be. But the amazing thing is, that everyone has a choice about whether or not they want to wind up there. God has given human's free will. God is such a God of perfect love, that He doesn't want people in heaven who don't want to be there serving Him, just because he created them.

If you have ever been in any kind of relationship, you know free will is something you have NO control over. Sure you might influence someone to lean one way or another, but ultimately the choice is ours. God understands that.

That is why He is working so hard at sending people to tell you about Him. It's like being sent a engrave invitation to the best party in the world. It will be the party that surpasses all parties. The one you don't want to miss out on attending. By the R.S.V. P. part is up to you.

Stop believing the lies that if God was so loving, why would he want to send people to hell! He doesn't. The people who wind up there will be there based on their own choice.

Throughout their lives, they have had countless times where someone told them about Jesus, what He did and how to get to heaven. Perhaps it was on Christmas or Easter, or just going to church with a friend.

If you heard about it and didn't respond, the choice has been made by you that you rejected God. Well wait! You might say, I didn't say yes or no. That is it! If you don't say yes, by default you are technically saying No to God.

Stop waiting for the opportunity to make a choice. Stop thinking that one day, when you've lived life on your own terms perhaps then, you will make a decision. Well good luck with that one. I don't know of one person who knows exactly how much time they have left in this world. What if you don't make it that far, and your life is taken away in an instant? What then?

By then, it will be too late.

God's got a great 1 step program for getting you to heaven. It is that simple. Just like a gift. There is NOTHING you have to do by way of earning this gift, because YOU can't. No one can. It's the perfect gift of believing that Jesus Christ was sent by God, as His Son, to die for the payment of your sins because He requires payment for our wrongdoings. Jesus paid a cost for those sins, His perfect life that knew no sin. He was the only one who could do it. When He died on the cross, ALL your sins, past, present and future sins, were all paid for, by His blood.

I don't know anyone who would die for a perfect stranger willingly, but Jesus did it for You because He loves you. He wants you to be a part of His eternal home in Heaven, where there will be NO more death, NO more tears, No more pain. (Revelation 21:4).

The best part is Jesus didn't stay dead, as He promised, He was resurrected on the third day and went back to Heaven to prepare a place for us when we get there. The amazing thing is that He has been gone well over 2000 years, and since He hasn't come back for you yet, you know He's been working on it all this time. If God created the world in 6 days, imagine what your heavenly home must look like?

Why let what someone did you to, sway your opinion of what is right when it comes to God and YOUR salvation. God wants YOU on your terms to come to Him, not based on what someone else did. He wants the choice to be ultimately yours. Still undecided, pick up a Bible, start with the Book of John, and see what God has done for You and ask Him to reveal Himself to You without any outside interference from anyone else. I promise you, it will be powerful!!! You don't want to miss it.

The choice is yours ultimately.

There will come a time however when time will run out for you. Either physical death will claim your life before you made that decision, or your heart will simply grow too hard and you will no longer hear the call of God on your life. Make the choice now. Make it for YOU!

Don't wait. Don't let what someone said or did, make that choice for you. When you arrive on the day of judgment, God won't accept your plea that someone else ruined your choice for you. It is the one decision that is truly a life or death decision.

Make that choice today! You never know what the future holds for you.  If you're ready to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, it's really simple. Simply say the prayer below with all your heart. God knows where you're coming from.

Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.

I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!

Remember when you say this prayer, you may not experience anything new. But what you will notice is when you go back to doing the things you know were wrong before, the Holy Spirit, living inside of you, will remind you to make different choices, it will make you feel guilty if you go against God in the future. It is that perfect reminder that is proof that You have been changed and are now born again. Don't let anyone tell you different.

Next get yourself a Bible! Can't afford one, download a free Bible from any of the app stores. If you need physical copy, contact me, and I'll make sure you get one. There is no greater gift in the world than your salvation and where you will spend eternity.

Get plugged into a church in your area. As a new believer, you will need some encouragement and think of church as your spiritual gym. Your vitamin B12 booster to keep you going through the week. You might find you simply can't get enough of God at this point. Good for you. Keep going, the more you eat of God's Word, the more power you will have in your Spiritual life. The battles will come. Friends and family might not understand your new life, but this is your life. Live it for God. It's now how we begin our lives that matter, but how we end them.

Trust me, if you just made this commitment, WELCOME to the family! It will be the best decision YOU have ever made in this life. If you have questions or need prayer, please reach out to me on I'd love to pray with you or answer any questions I can. If not, I'll help you find the answers you need.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In God We Trust

In Psalms 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for His inheritance."

First of all, I apologize for the length of this post, but trust me when I say it is important for everyone to read it, whether you live in California or not. Oh how far we have fallen and continue in a downward spiral, but it is not too late to change our path. For those of us in California, I think we have forgotten how truly blessed we used to be. Consider these things that you may or may not have known about this once great state:

Used to the the 8th largest economic nation in the world, even though we are just a state. Now our state is broke and on the verge of becoming bankrupt.

Space Technology and Aviation was born in California. Doubt the achievements, visit Soaring Over California and see how wonderful we used to be.

1845-1851 it was said you could walk from Mexico or Canada by firelight to California thanks to the Gold Rush. It changed the economy and created the gold standard in the world.

The Silicon Valley was born in California, now it has moved to Israel.

The Pentecostal Movement began in Azusa, California.

The movie industry used to boast about being something, now they are turning out more and more questionable movies.

Father Serra established 21 missions from San Diego to San Francisco along the coast of California.

You can find the Kings Highway which includes portions of Highway 101, California State Route 1, Route 82 in San Francisco and S11 in San Diego. This was named the Royal Highway which later changed the name to Kings Highway to link the many missions and towns along the way.

Los Angeles, the name means City of Angels. Oh how far we have fallen even today. There used to be a time when things were closed on Sundays because so many people observed that day as being a day where people attended church and spent time observing the day of rest.

The Salinas Valley is considered the Salad Bowl of the World because so much of our agriculture comes from California. Think about that the next time you're sitting in another state and wonder how this impacts you. It does, all your salad ingredients, broccoli, almonds and oranges come from California. Our greatest wines come from the vineyards of California.

What used to be a blessed nation is now, falling away under what I believe could very well be the judgement of God. .Don't believe me check out what God's Word says will happen for nations that are obedient to Him.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 "If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow the commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if your obey the LORD your God.

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock - the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at your from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The LORD will establish you are his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity - in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground - in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them."

Sounds great right, but have we maintained that standard, keeping God and His laws first and foremost. I mean there is nothing that can happen right. Perhaps you should check again to see what happens when we begin to compromise and make concessions on God's truth when a nation disobeys. You just might see a lot of what is happening to California happening right before your eyes and wonder why. It's not global warning, it's God lifting up His hand of protection He has promised for those who obey Him and instead is letting curses fall upon us for disobedience.

Deuteronomy 28: 15-24 "However, if you do not obey the LORD your God,and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.

You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country. (Violence) Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.

The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.

The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and frustration in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. The LORD will plague you will diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess.

The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The LORD will turn the rain from your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed."

Verse 43, "The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, but you will not lend to you. He will be the head, but you will be the tail. "

So what can we do to change things?

Simple, just like the city of Nineveh did, we need to turn back to God. Trust in Him in our obedience to His Word as believers and intercede for this state. We need rain. There is no denying that. God can easily make it rain here and we need believers everywhere to begin praying for rain in California again. That we repent of our disobedience to God and prayer for healing in this once great state. God is willing to stay His judgment, but if we continue, things will only get worse.

2 Chronicles 7:14, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

It's never too late to trust in God.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's True if It's on the Internet

You've all seen the commercial for State Farm the debate over how things that aren't true can't be found on the Internet right? Where did you hear that? From the Internet.

Yet how many people find their version of truth to match up with the lifestyle they feel that is okay because of something they read on the Internet. Like the Internet is a source for the absolute truth right?

Makes you wonder just how silly people can be especially if you watch the commercial about woman who dates a French model she found on the Internet because he said he was. You watch it and think, people can't be that gullible right?

I would challenge you on what some people might believe just because someone else tells them, or they find it on the Internet. What we need to be doing when someone tells us that someone tweeted that information to them that they believe is true is " shoot the bird! It's a lie!"

"Well Facebook said..." The only book your face should be looking for the truth in is the Bible! Stop believing the stuff you read on the Internet.

In fact, there is so much falsehood on the Internet, like your favorite celebrity just died, only to find out it was an Internet scam or rumor. There are even websites geared to help you weed out the lies that sound so convincing you might just believe them.

I mean how many of you have been conned by something you read on the Internet? I know I have. Guilty as charged.

We need to begin doing what we used to and go to the source to determine if things are true or not. If you aren't sure God exists or that He really created the entire universe, or that Jesus really is the Son of God, you would go to the Bible. It's the Word of God. It is 100% true. Those who would say otherwise just don't like some of what they read so they disregard it.

One of the biggest reasons evolutionists don't want to believe in God is found in a devotional Greg Laurie, Pastor of Harvest Church in Riverside shared that I love is this:

"To say that all of the beauties of God's creation came about randomly is ridiculous. The person who believes in the theory of evolution makes a choice to believe it. I believe they make that choice because the lifestyle they want to live has no place for God. If there is a Creator, then there is a God. If there is God, then there is a Judge. If there is a Judge, then there is a judgment. And if there is a judgment, they will have to stand there one day. So they have to try to find a way to write God out of the script.

But I think we know intuitively there is a Master Designer behind it all. To look at this world and say that it all just came about randomly borders on the absurd. It would be like saying the 747 aircraft was not the result of the engineering efforts of countless engineers, designers, and workmen at Boeing, but came into being because a tornado swept through a junkyard, and after it was done, there it sat in all its glory.

Yet people will look at something as intricate and amazing as the human body and the creation around us and say it all came about randomly. The Bible says, "Only fools say in their hearts, 'There is no God' " (Psalm 53:1)."

There is no religion on earth that shows God redeeming the lost, the alienated, like God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob does. No other religion in the world offers a redeeming God. In most cultures in order to pay a debt, there has to be some sort of restitution, money, labor, or material possessions. In fact if you ever read the small print of your credit card paperwork when you applied for it shows that the credit card company has the right to call your loan at ANY time. Bet you wish you read that one, right? Meaning ANYTHING they want, they can ask you to bring your account current 100%, no more payments otherwise they will take legal action.

Aren't you glad that we serve a God that LOVES us enough that He provided a way out of this mess we are in. It is through the redemption and the blood of His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, that if we believe in Him, that He died, that He rose again and turn from our sins, He can save us and restore us? There is NO OTHER WAY!

John 14:6. "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."

Not believing in Mohammad, Not Buddah, Not any of the other New Age gods, Not in being good enough, providing all your wealth to help the world, NOTHING but what Jesus Christ offered on the cross.

In Romans 3:10, "It is written. There is no one righteous. No even one."

Ecclesiastes 7:20, Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins."

 So if you're wondering if that latest information from a church you've been looking into or a friend has shared with you goes against what the Bible teaches. it is probably a cult. We need to be reading our Bible so we know what the truth is and can be prepared to know what isn't.

When people look at counterfeit money to determine if it's fake or not, you know how they prepare, not by looking at all the fakes, but by studying the real currency.

We need to be spending more time looking at what is true than reading stuff on the Internet that claims it's true. Grab your Bible next time and see if it lines up with God's Word before you believe any of the stuff that is surrounding our culture today. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Can You Miss Heaven by 18 Inches?

Let's say you're at the beach with your Golden Retriever, throwing the ball out to him in the waves and suddenly you see him begin to drown. At the same time you look over and see a human being drowning as well. Who do you save?

Tough question I know, one tugs on our emotions and feelings and the other impacts our values. It is possible to miss heaven by 18 inches. That is the approximate distance from your brain to your heart. We have to make sure the decisions we make in life are not based on emotions or feelings but what we know is true. 100% true.

What we do, see, and hear needs to be grounded and based on Biblical doctrine otherwise we begin to make small compromises as believers. Don't believe me look at the state of the America from the foundation of the country to where we are now. I believe quite a bit of the blame is the fault of pastors, church leaders and the church. We began to make small changes and allow compromises so people wouldn't be offended by what they hear as the absolute truth. People need absolute truth, it's a part of who they are on the inside, they just internally argue with their brain, what they will believe in their heart, logic or feelings.

We are not here by accident, or some cosmic speck in the universe.

Psalm 19: 1-3 spells it out quite clearly, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hand. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard."

It surprises me at what people believe anymore. If you ask people where do you think you came from, not Mom or Dad but your origin of creation, you will likely get one of three answers. (1) God, (2) Evolution and (3) Aliens.

It is sad when you consider the believability of the final two. The Bible speaks of this truth in 1 Timothy 4: 1, "The Spirit clearly says that in the later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons."

It's funny when you think about how humans evolved. At what point did we stop? When our eyeballs wound up in just the right place? Evolution is meaningless. Everything that is, wound up as an accident. So why when we want to create a car for example, don't we blow up a junkyard and see what happens? If you want a watch, why not take a stick of dynamite and some metal, stick out your arm and see if a watch appears on it.

Psalm 14:1 "The fool says in his heart, There is no God."

Your heart speaks what you believe, because if you used your brain, you would have to believe in the existence of God. It isn't an intellectual issue, it's a heart issue.

Romans 1: 18-20, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be know about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

Gods love, his promises and His Word, The Bible, never changes. It is the world now that is changing God's Word to be relevant and change with the times. Churches are even now beginning to break away from the traditional teachings of the church in an effort to be more acceptable with today's culture and generation.

The church is not to shape itself to a culture and what the culture says, even if they have to stand alone. The church needs to be the ones to stand without apology on the doctrines of God, people need to be convicted by God, and the truth of God's Word.

We certainly don't want people to come to church because they want to feel good about the sinful life their living, being accepted and told it's okay to continue to live that way, that we accept you anyway. While they are being patted on the back by the church, they are being led to hell, just so they can feel better about their lifestyle choices. There are no homosexual Christians, just like there are no pedophile Christians, no Christian murderer, adulterers or liars. If we are true Christians, we repent of those ways and we hold onto to God's truth and we are forever changed. It doesn't mean we won't still be tempted or struggle in those areas, but we no longer have to walk freely in them and do as we please thinking there is no accountability there.

Stability can only come from standing on the truth, that God never changes. Don't follow your heart on spiritual matters, follow God, the absolute truth!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Does Your Prayer Look Like A Grocery List?

Most of us have no problem praying when there is a crisis in our lives or when all of our own results don't provide any relief for what we need, as a last resort. Makes you wonder what our faith looks like to an outsider who doesn't know God and is looking to us for what we do as Christians when it comes to prayer or living our lives for Jesus.

Kinda scary when you think, that how you live your life publicly can impact the salvation of another person.I mean think about it. When your in church there may be a non believer who decides that they want to come to church to find out what Jesus is all about and they sit down next to you. What you do in those moments can adversely affect how someone might view life as a Christian. Do you grumble about the really bad day your having? Does your attitude reflect lemons? I mean think about it. So many of us can change how we look to the world in an instant the minute someone of importance walks up or say even a pastor. Like lightning fast.

It's not even in church that our actions and words can impact non believers around us. We, as Christians, know that there will be tribulations in our lives but do we complain about it to anyone who would listen? Are our lives completely different now that Jesus is in our lives? Do our prayers sound more like grocery lists of all the stuff we want God to bless in our lives right now or do we take the time to humbly stand in the grace and mercy of the Lord God, Creator of all?

Now I'm not saying we can't come before God with our petitions but for some, they see God as more of a Genie than anything. Much of our prayer has no power in it, because there is no heart in it. Sometimes we pray for something one time and because nothing happens, we give up. "Well that most not be God's will for me," and we give up. Or we pray for something to happen like the salvation of a non believer or the return of a prodigal believer and because we've prayed for awhile and nothing happens, we give up.

If what we believe we are asking for is the will of God, especially for non believers or prodigals, we need to keep on lifting them up in prayer until they die. Sometimes we are not sure we should be doing something or going somewhere and we don't know if it is something God would want for us, and what we need to do at the moment is pray about it. Think about it, if you're thinking about going out to a party or a bar, how would that sound to pray to God about it? We can also think about how it would look if we saw other Christians doing it, and then apply that to us. If we would look at someone else and think, man that isn't exactly living as a witness to God, then we ourselves, shouldn't be doing it either.

If you can take your request and add "Hallowed be Thy Name" to the end of it, how does that sound? If not, perhaps it's not something we should be doing regardless of our how brains try to rationalize it. Stay away from temptations. Remember they come in subtly and often times with valid reasons why. "Oh I should go to that party where I know people will be getting drunk and doing drugs, so I can be a good witness and maybe save someone!" Not going to fly!

Yet how easy is it to find the sin in other people's lives instead of taking a hard look at our own lives. We justify our sins, instead of looking at how we can improve our own spiritual lives. Our primary goal in our prayers is first of all, give some consideration that you are stepping into the throne room of God with your prayer request. The Creator of Everything in the World including YOU! We should have a sense for how awesome and incredible it is to be able to do that now thanks to the sacrifices of Jesus. Before that time only the Levites could offer up prayer to God. Now we can thanks to Jesus.

If you want to look at some great prayers, we should model ours after Jesus'. He gave us the perfect recipe for prayer in Matthew 6: 5-13 "And when your pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. This, then, is how you should pray: 

"Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by your name. your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." 

Lets look at how he prayed to His Father. He always gave thanks from feeding the 5000, to the healing of Lazarus, to the heart wrenching prayers of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane to the prayers on the Cross. It was always making sure that His plans were lining up with God's will. So shall the same be said for us. To be a growing Christian, it needs to be evident in our prayer life. Our primary goal in prayer is to align our wills with God's. Not the other way around.

Today is an important day for prayer, tomorrow the first key vote in the Senate for the Obama-Iran deal takes place and we need to be praying that God will intervene. We need to contact our local Senators today to ensure they understand that we do not support this deal even though our current president is seeking to do it without the approval of Congress. Please take the time to pray that God will move in the heart of our leaders to do a supernatural moving of the Spirit and cause their hearts to moved in such a way that this does not pass. Remember it is our privilege to be able to pray as believers because of the spiritual power that is unleashed when we pray. Don't get too busy, in fact, if you're reading this, stop and do it right now.

Lord Jesus, 

We humbly stand in your glorious presence to thank You for being so righteous and just in everything that matters. You alone are worthy to make a difference in the lives of the leaders of our country who sit in positions of authority. Lord, we ask for a spiritual movement in the hearts of those that would agree to this deal between Iran and America and ask that you shake these men and women up. Appear to them in visions and dreams, showing them what could happen if they make this decision. Remove the scales from our own president's eyes and break his heart Lord for this great nation. Help him to see that this is a tragic mistake. Lord, we seek Your will in these matters and know that ultimately what happens does not go by unmissed by You. You are still in power and still on the throne. Help us to remember we are accountable for what we chose to do or not do in this matter. We seek Your guidance and we'll give You the thanks for it, for we ask this in Jesus mighty name. ~ AMEN!!!

I pray for those reading this that your prayer life changes in remarkable, unmistakeable ways and you begin to experience just how powerful prayer can be when it is unleashed by the believer of Jesus Christ.

Remember if you're knees are shaking, kneel on them.

Friday, April 10, 2015

When Did Christians Become Terrorists?

It seems that is the popular opinion when you ask most people around the world. Never in history, has there been such a hatred towards the label, "Christian." While many of us wear it with pride, there are those that run from it as if you had labeled them "Anti-American" or even "Radical Terrorists."

You've seen it every single time, Christians stand up for anything that contradicts what the world wants, from taking a stand on traditional marriage being between a man and woman ONLY, to defending the rights of unborn children from being aborted and companies paying for it and supporting a woman's right to do as she wishes with her body.

Oh how my heart grieves even now seeing how far we have fallen as a once great nation. One who stood for the principles of truth founded in the Bible to support our formation of the Mayflower Compact, and then subsequently our Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution. Where are the strong men and women of integrity that will put a stop to the crazy roller coaster ride America is riding?

Let me share these godly principles that founded this great nation but the first people who came here looking for freedom from oppression from the King James of England who wanted to censor their religious beliefs and were facing persecution. (Sound familiar?) They were not all from the same religious denominations but they all had the same core beliefs in the one true God much like the Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Christians do now. This is an exact, line-by-line transcription of the Mayflower Compact. Spelling and punctuation have not been modernized. 

In ye name of God Amen· We whose names are vnderwriten,
the loyall subjects of our dread soueraigne Lord King James
by ye grace of God, of great Britaine, franc, & Ireland king,
defender of ye faith, &c
Haueing vndertaken, for ye glorie of God, and aduancemente
of ye christian ^faith and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to
plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia· doe
by these presents solemnly & mutualy in ye presence of God, and
one of another, couenant, & combine our selues togeather into a
ciuill body politick; for ye our better ordering, & preseruation & fur=
therance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof, to enacte,
constitute, and frame shuch just & equall lawes, ordinances,
Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought
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What do you notice? What stands out about this document? Because our current president would have you believe that this great nation was not founded on any "Christian" principles. Ah, I beg to differ Mr. President. Perhaps you need to do some fact checking. The original colonists that came on the Mayflower, were ones who stood up for the Christian faith, notice the bold word christian? I didn't put it there, the Pilgrims who came here wrote that as their first document and they knew how to apply Biblical truth to civil affairs as seen in the Mayflower Compact, which was the first expression of civil government that recognized the Christian idea of man and government.

Apparently our current President needs to take a refresher course on American history that has not be rewritten or changed to what the current world view would have us believe is true history. Oh wait unless the Pilgrims didn't really come here to America or the Mayflower Compact is fake? Are you seeing my point. It's irrefutable. Here is the image of the original document.

Don't you remember being taught all about this in school when God was still part of the program? Do any of you remember morning prayer being followed by our Pledge of Allegiance? Then one summer we came back only to find it not allowed any more?

Since when did standing up for the truth make anyone a terrorist? Oh there will be those who argue that Christians killed more people in the Crusades than anyone else. Really? Want to argue facts on that? You might just want to do some fact checking before you go there. Can you tell me what the purpose of the Crusades were? The real history not the watered down version our children are being spoon-fed now in school.

The "Holy Roman Empire," founded by Otto I, King of Germany in 962 A.D., launches a series of 8 crusades to "liberate" the Holy Land from the Muslims (1095-1272). Did you see it, only 8 crusades happened during those time frames and I'm sure you're telling yourself, well the "Christians" killed a lot of Muslims during that time frame. 8 wars killed between 1 to 3 million people. 

Wow, you must be thinking that is really horrible. All those innocent lives taken for the sake of God. Now let's reverse the tables and see how many lives the Muslims have claimed since Muhammad came to power in 610AD.  Since the birth of Christ, there have been approximately 43 million Christians have died just for their faith, and the count is still rising. Still think the numbers lie? Oh and for the record the nation of Israel has been in existence in borders much larger than they are today as promised by God, Himself in approximately 1406BC, so honestly whose land is it really? There are those that would argue Israel was never a nation. You might want to read Exodus to find out for sure! The borders Israel has now, from the 1967 six day war, are not the ones God wanted them to have. One day God will right this wrong.

We have one group of people, Muslims, trying to rid the world of people that they believe don't have a right to exist, Jews and Christians as is stated in their own book, The Quran 9:5 "And when the forbidden months have passed, kill the idolaters wherever you find them and take them prisoners, and beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush." and you have Christians standing up for the absolute truth of the Bible Jesus shared, which states in Matthew 5:44, " to love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you", and that in John 3:17, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

Tell me which group is the real terrorists? The ones that preach the truth of a God of Love or the ones that believe in a Holy War that necessitates the cleansing of an entire race of people simply because they are God's chosen ones?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How Will God Get YOUR Attention?

When you were a child growing up and your parent called, the first time they called you, we mostly ignored it. Even after the second time, we might stir but we didn't move, until they generally called you by your first, middle and last names. We knew we have to stop and drop whatever we were doing and run, not walk to our parents. Hoping when we arrived, out of breath, they might grant us leniency when we stood at their feet, but often times, what we heard was, "Didn't you hear me calling you?"

What did we say? Most of the time, it was something to try to justify why we didn't respond the first or second time, even though we knew to tell the truth might unless holy terror on us by our parents. Can you imagine the outcome if you were truthful?

"I heard you but I didn't want to come. I was hoping you might just give up calling for me, and I could continue doing what I wanted."

Yeah, not sure how successful that would be. I'm thinking punishment would immediately ensue repeatedly to our backside at that point.

When you look around at the current state of things happening in America, or even the world. What gets your attention?

Is it human trafficking? Is it murders happening to those who don't deserve it? Is it the state of our economy or the status of our financial futures on Wall Street?

Is it the state of our health care crisis or finding a cure for cancer?

What makes you stop EVERYTHING you are currently doing, like your parents using your FULL NAME, like we all did on September 11, 2001?

Is that what it takes for you to stop, to listen, to see, to understand, what is happening?

It's not like it wasn't something that happened on the spur of the moment. It took a long time planning for everything to click like it did. But we ignored the signs. We refused to see what was happening right in front of us. We didn't like what was on the news, and  how easy it is for us to turn it off, when we don't like the message.

Are you getting convicted yet? Is there a stirring in your soul?

Why is it that we don't see what is happening all around us again? Why don't we hear the cries of people all around us asking for help? Why with logical educated brains, don't we understand what is happening?

""Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn and be healed." ~ Isaiah 6"9b-10 NIV.

The Bible speaks of a time when God called Isaiah to go forth and warn the people of Israel, who had grown apathetic, complacent, and without any regard for God any longer because His truths were getting in the way of what they wanted to do.

Does this sound like any place or anyone you know?

It reminds me of a line from A Few Good Men, spoken by Jack Nicholson's character, "You can't handle the truth!!!"

The reason people don't want to listen to what God has to say any more, the reason they want prayer out of the schools, the 10 Commandments removed from the government offices, crosses and nativity scenes removed from any public place, even any reference to Jesus Christ, from Christmas to Easter, is all about removing and stripping away the very truth, the absolute truth because it judges what we are doing and calls it WRONG.

I've even read through social media that the New York Times who claims the way to fix what is wrong in America and the world is to rewrite the Bible. Calling it outdated and in need of updating to apply to the world we are living in today. Really? Even Kanae West is rewriting the Bible to take out all references to God and replacing it with Kanae's name? God has a warning on that before you even think about it, Revelation 22:18 -19, "I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel." ~ Isaiah 5: 20-24 NIV. 

God is calling out right now for his church to respond, people of faith without labels, not our leaders, the government or presidents. God is calling for us to wake up before it's too late. Before another 9/11 happens on a greater scale to this blessed country of ours. The church, that is YOU if you believe in God, needs to repent. We need to stop letting things happen that we know are wrong in God's eyes. We need to ask for His forgiveness and turn our hearts back to Him.

What will happen if we do?

The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, you are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

What will happen if we don't?

"Therefore, the LORD's anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets. Yet for all of this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! Not one of them grows tired or stumbles, not one slumbers or sleeps; not a belt is loosened at the waist, not a sandal thong is broken. Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses hoofs seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind. Their roar is like that of a lion, they roar like young lions; they growl as they seize their prey and carry it off with no one to rescue. In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks at the land, he will see darkness and distress; even the light will be darkened by the clouds." ~ Isaiah 5: 25-30. 

God is merciful and his patience is truly amazing, but God will not withhold His judgment for a nation that willfully shakes their fist at him, saying, "We don't need YOU God!!!"

If God loves us, He'll let what happened to Israel, happen to America. The future of America is in God's House.

May we all come before God as a united body of believers and when God asks, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?

Let us all say, "Here I am, Lord, send me!!

May we get caught being about our fathers business when Jesus returns for His church. We don't want to be here when He unleashes His punishment on those who reject Him.