CHECKED BY GOD

My wife and I like to be prepared for any natural disaster that can catch most people off guard. We carry a small supply of things that can sustain us for about a month. We also use essential oils for our healing.

This past weekend there was an essential oil class being held in our favorite emergency preparedness store. When we went in, I asked the worker there how things are going. He said they have been slow since since Trump was elected. Yet recently, they said, the demographic of customers have changed. They are now getting Democrats rather than Republicans.

I thought this was humorous and had to text a few of my friends for a good laugh.

The next morning, as I laid in bed meditating on what I had said and done the day before; and praying that God show me the areas I least look like Him. He brought to my mind Mark 6:34, along with my couple texts I put out.

I wondered what the fear of people over Trump had to do with that passage.

He reminded me that it was not long ago that it was people worried about Obama and told me it's because people, weather in fear or hope, are putting their emotions in men rather than the King of a real home; a home that is not passing away. All these people, weather in hope or fear, are sheep following sheep; they are without a Shepherd.

He then told me, if you want to look more like Me in this area then notice My response in Mark 6:34.
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TRUMP WAS NOT VOTED IN

People are asking, “How could they vote in a racist, sexist, pig like Trump?”. To understand this, we must first break down the question and the over all sentiment of the voters.

To say someone was “voted IN” would assume a favorability to that person who was voted in. In other words, to be voted in means people like them. Then there are those who are voted out.

When someone has served some terms in an office and people don’t like them, they will vote in someone else (sometimes someone they don’t know) just to have a change. Historically, the phrase “voted OUT” is used with the disliked individual. This is because the person who is taking over the office was not really voted in, the goal of the people was to vote OUT the old and try something new. The person coming in just happened to be the lucky one running when the level of dislike was so high with the current individual.
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WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR?

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked who I was voting for or what my opinion was about the 2016 political race, I would not be worried about my financial security in the future. One reason I get this question so much is because I accurately predicted the outcome of the 2008 election in 2007. As soon as I heard Obama’s announcement it was like God told me the man would win; despite the fact I didn’t want him to. If your an Obama supporter, don’t be offended that I didn’t like “your guy”. I base my vote upon the Bible and honestly... he didn’t meet the criteria... along with most of those who run.

This is a hotter topic this election. I’ve never seen such craziness in the election cycle as I’ve seen this year. Proponents of both sides swear that the country will end if the other person is elected. My thoughts about the selection this year is not much different from any previous elections - well, maybe a little stronger. Strong in the sense that I really don’t like either one.

Here’s my Biblical opinion about who will win:
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JUDGEMENT OF GOD UPON WHO?

In speaking of the judgment of God, when disaster falls on an area, some within the church like to point their finger at the level of sin in that area. What does the Bible say of the judgment of God which falls upon man?

There’s no doubt that judgment will fall upon all mankind in the very end, at the second coming of Christ; yet, we see a different picture painted until that time.
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MAJOR NATURAL DISASTERS

You will need to read this through to the end. If you do not read this through to the end you will walk away thinking that I believe God does evil; and that is just not true. Yet, we must look at the Bible and put things into perspective; and then make logical conclusions.

There have been a series of natural disasters in the world this year. I find many, within certain large religious movements, who blame these disasters on satan. My question is, while we can find Scripture, all through the Bible, about how God is sovereign over the weather, can anyone show me Scripture where angels are sovereign over the weather? The created angels do not have power over weather apart from the sovereignty of God; and satan is a fallen created angel. God is Creator, satan is creature.

Some may be asking, “Does this mean God is doing evil in the world?”
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GOD'S JUDGEMENT, GOD'S GLORY

Some believe that what is happening in Louisiana is God’s judgement upon a wicked land. I’m not saying it’s not. It’s highly likely it is. YET!!! are the rest of us in America any better? God can just as easily lay His judgement upon Las Vegas, California, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta (along with many others). We need to be careful in placing judgement upon these areas. What do I mean?

Look, one must judge and those who say the Bible says not to judge has really not read the Bible. What it comes down to is HOW we judge. First, we need to be careful not to judge in a way that comes across as our poop don’t stink. We all have issues and that’s why we work together. Second, if we judge but do nothing to help restore than that would the a true definition of judging.

Times like this can easily show the righteous judgement of God at hand. We need to remember that God places judgement to call people to repentance. At the same time, we should be helping Louisiana as we then show the Glory of God’s mercy to a land that would otherwise not be worthy. See, this is the picture of Christ. None of us are worthy of God’s Grace and Mercy, only His wrath in judgement; yet He sent Christ for us. We should be such a picture to a people seen as unworthy of Grace.
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DARKNESS DOES NOT EXIST

Think about this fact a moment: Darkness Does not Exist. As I say that I’m looking out into the night sky; and some might say, “How can you look into the night sky and say darkness does not exist?”.

Let’s look at this based upon what we know. Light definitely exist. You walk into a room and flip the switch and there is light. Yet, darkness does not exist unless there is no light. You buy a flash LIGHT but you do not buy a flash DARK. There’s a LIGHT switch but there is not a DARK switch. Darkness exist ONLY in the absence of light.

Think about this the next time you think about all the darkness in America, and in the world. The darkness ONLY exist because the light has been turned off (Matt 5:14-16). The more the church looks like the world the darker the church gets and the darker the world is. It’s time the light get’s turned back on.
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WRONG FOCUS

What are we doing? I’ve known this but it seems to really have hit me more this week. What are we doing in our lives? We know that we are not staying here. The Bible says not to build up here but build up in Heaven. What are we doing, and what are we thinking, in buying all the stuff we don’t need?

A few months back I was with a teenager who kept pointing out cars they seen, and wanted. It explained to them, and showed them pictures of, all the cars I’ve had in my life. I had a dragster, a 48 plymouth, 68 Cougar, dune buggies, and motorcycles. I’ve had a lot of cars that the world would call nice rides; yet I have no money from them and I don’t even have the cars any more. All I have is a few pictures. I was trying to show the teen that spending money on these fast cars, nice cars, is only temporary satisfaction. Rarely does anyone get to keep that which they devoted so much time and money to.

When I think about that conversation, isn’t that the reality of our life as a whole? We don’t keep anything. In fact, we will not even have the pictures of the material stuff we had. Why are we waisting so much time and money on things that are here today and gone tomorrow? Especially when Scripture makes clear that the way in which we handle the stuff in this world is a clear view of the condition of our heart. If God is worried about the widow, orphan, and poor and we are worried about the house, car, boat, bike, toy, vacation, and retirement, then can we honestly say that there is a question of whether or not we have the heart of God?
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GHANA - MAMPRUSI PEOPLE

The Lord blessed me with the privilege of going to the Mamprusi people of Ghana West Africa. I just returned on May 25th. This is the story of the adventure of the eight of us who went.

I want to show you what God showed me as an overall picture, something I knew mentally but God showed me physically.

A few years ago I came back from a survival trip in the deserts of Utah. I had a peaked interest in a multi-tool made by Leatherman called a Wave. The Wave is one of their top of the line multi-tool and therefore it is quite pricy. I didn’t want to spend the money so, over the next six months, I would look for the tool in each store we shopped at, hoping to find it on sale. I never did.

It was about six months after I returned from that Utah trip that Julia and I were walking through the wilderness in east Washington State. We were walking and I walked up on a multi-tool laying on the wilderness floor. I picked it up to discover that it was a Leatherman Wave. There was a little rust in the hinges so I took it back to the truck, oiled it, and worked out the kinks in the joints. I believe God provided me with that multi-tool. You know, the previous owner must not have seen enough value in that tool to notice that it jumped out of the pouch on his side, nor did he go back and look for it thoroughly to find it.

If we dwell on each trip we take, whether for God or for self, we can usually find something we come back with. Sometimes that something is very small and sometimes it’s big. What I came back with from Ghana is very big to me.

You know, God really does not need us. There are 340,000 Mamprusi people in Northern Ghana and God does not need us to go to them. He has the ability to write the gospel in the sky. There was a donkey in the run down church in Gaagbini that He could have used to share the Gospel. He spoke through a donkey before, He could easily have done it again.

Any good father desires to include their children in their work. A good father will allow his son to “mow” the grass with his Fisher Price pop-n-go lawnmower. The child doesn’t cut one blade of grass on his own; instead, the father runs over the same patch with the real lawn mower but then brags on the child on how good of a job he’s doing. The job takes longer to accomplish because of including his child but he sees a reward in it in the fact of a bond that is made between father and son. This is not unlike our Father, God in Heaven. God does not need us to do His work for Him. He is a good Father who can do this all on his own; but He chooses to include His children in His work.

Some have kinda looked at me as if I accomplished something here. The fact is, I accomplished nothing. If I chose not to go, that would rest on my shoulders - I would be responsible. The fact that I went does not make me responsible for going. There are so many things I could have done with $5,000. I use to have this long bucket list of things I wanted to do. I could have accomplished three for four of those items or at least one of the big ones. I could have gone to a place that was so much better than worrying about being bit by one mosquito, where the internet may or may not work, worrying about the water and food, where the electricity may or may not work, where the water may or may not work, where someone could get locked in the bathroom for over an hour because the doorknob fell off and they could not text because the internet was not working, where a person would return home and find themselves eating cigarettes and drinking warm salt water to try and rid themselves of parasites. Yeah, there’s a lot more appealing things I could have done with $5,000 so the fact that I went was a testament that the Spirit of God compelled me and showed me more value in going in the face of these dangers and difficulties than any value in fleshly activities I could have done. So, the fact that I went is still attributed to God.

Another thing that resonated through the week was that God is in control, not us. When we look at the story of the trip, and even within my own little circle in the trip, you see where our plans are nothing and God’s plan is everything.

Our purpose of going was to reach the Mamprusi people. Our original plan was to have a large three day crusade in Tamale, Ghana. Because of the terrorist threats, the plans got changed to eight small crusades in eight villages. The people of Tamale are not Mamprusi and they are not unreached. This put us back on track to what God wants. Each of the members were supposed to give a sermon at one village. I was sweating this because I did not know how to make a sermon without the Bible. There’s absolutely no need to use the Bible, in fact, the Bible is absolutely futile to use because they’ve never even heard of the book anyway. Once I was sure I had the sermon down, I practiced and practiced. We get over there and we don’t have eight villages set up, we have four. Which ended up being good anyway because if it were eight, four of the villages would not have had men at the crusade because it is farming season.

In the first village, we visited with the chief and was walking through the community. We walked up on some women sewing and our pastor looked at me and told me to share the Gospel with them. All that study I did on how to share the Gospel without the Bible and I completely flopped. I stumbled all over myself on talking to them. Despite the fact that I was “mowing” with a “pop-n-go mower”, the ladies showed up to the crusade that evening.

In the second village, after the group met with the chief, we were walking around (another American and two interpreters from our Tamale church) and we went into a family dwelling. I was talking to an elderly woman and inviting her to the crusade. She said she would like to come but she was having to take care of her husband who was sick; and the sickness did something to his hip and he was not able to walk. I asked if we could pray for him then wondered why I said that. I’ve always believed in the power of God and I believe in prayer but I’ve seen so much fake stuff in America that I’m skeptical anyway. We did go in a pray for him, Matt and I laying hands on that man. I did not know what to say and how to pray. I wasn’t sure anything would happen anyway. While praying I was thinking, if it be Your will, now would be a really good time to show up and show yourself. All of a sudden the man stood up. Even in my doubt and issues, God was working.

One of my favorite stories is from the last night we were there. We split up into three different groups to do three different crusades at the same time. I was suppose to preach at one of them. I wanted to preach at the village that worshiped pagan gods with graven images. I studied to prepare a good sermon for them. As we pull up to that village another man wanted to preach in that village because they were elderly and the man felt he could reach them. So, I moved onto the last village.

When I arrived at the village there was a young American girl with me, name Kara. By the time we got there it was dark. We were really far out into the bush and there was no power, not even power lines. They dropped some equipment off the bus (generator and lights, along with PA system) and the bus left to head back to the first crew. You could not see the moon or stars because there was clouds in sky; and to make things worse, there was lightning in the distance.

So it’s pitch black, no bus, no lights, lightning, in another country, being surrounded by natives we could barely see and Kara was very scared. I tried to comfort her, and loosen her up, but she would not have it. Every move I made, she made it with me - as if she was attached to my hip. Along with us was the pastor of the Tamale church (Joseph) along with his daughter (Charity). There were about a half dozen other members of the Tamale church, none of whom I know there names.

When they tried to fire up the generator the fuel valve broke. So, it was completely dark, barely being able to see our hand in front of our face. Three of the men, including Joseph, worked on the generator to try and get it going. Charity was with Kara and I and the rest were walking on the outer boarder of the crusade grounds praying for God to show and binding satan from hindering. They believed it was satan who messed up the generator. I knew the truth. While it may have been satan, it was God’s will.

I tried to get Kara to play with the village children but she was too scared to do anything. So, I had her shine a flashlight on me and I started to play a form of simon says. The children were mimicking every move I made, including every word I said. I pulled Kara in who started teaching them Christian rhymes with sign language. Shortly later, she taught them one of the rhythm claps between two people and taught them the song “Jesus loves me”. With Charity as her interpreter, she shared the Gospel with the children in their mothers and they came forward to accept Christ. I tried to explain to Joseph what was going on but they were so busy trying to get the generator going. I tried to pull some people in who were praying for God to show up and only one listened. While they were trying to rebuke satan and praying for God to show, God was already there. All those people missed out on a wonderful experience of sharing the good news of the Gospel via two flashlights because they were so busy in the mechanics of the service. It was like the story of Martha and Mary with Jesus.

So, the deal is, that multi-tool is a very versatile tool. It has many different things it can do. It has pliers, knives, saw, screw driver, scissors, etc. Yet, if that tool lays on the wilderness floor, it’s good for nothing. The church is like that multi-tool. Each person is a tool within that kit. Some go, some sow, some pray. It does not matter which a person is doing, the whole tool is involved. You were praying for me… you were there just as much as I was. Like that multi-tool, if we try to do it on our own, we are useless. If we do not put ourselves in the hands of God we are useless. So, it’s a wonderful thing that God seen more value in us than to leave us on the wilderness floor when we jumped out of His pouch.

I’m going to back up and tell you a little more about the week. The total number of people that went were eight. There was Pastor Lance, the pastor of our church and head of the Lions Gate Missions Training Academy (Been to Ghana many times). Chris Schanter, once the right hand of Sam Childers and now the right hand of Lance (Africa is his second home). Jim Karl, a company owner who is accustomed to travel in missions but never been to Ghana. Rodney Milner, a new Christian (within the past year) and owner of a multi-million dollar company but has never been out of the country. Jennifer Davis, the daughter of one of the elders in the church (this is her second trip to Ghana). Matthew Mathias, a new Christian around 20 years old and member of Lions Gate (never been on a plane, never out of the country). Kara Floyd, a 20 year old girl who was babied most of her life but is just as sweet as sweet can be (never been on a plane, never out of the country). And then there was me, a owner operator of a small trucking company who has never been on missions outside of the country.

We left out on Tuesday morning flying from Atlanta to NYC. We had a five hour layover and then flew just under ten hours to Accra, Ghana. The total travel time was just under 24 hours. Not many people slept on the flight over the Atlantic. We were all exhausted but one who took a sleep aid - yeah, I’m remembering that next time.

In Accra, we were met by our Accra pastor, Pastor Wisdom, and his wife. We went to a hotel by the airport and rented one room that each could freshen up, in turn. We relaxed by the pool and talked while we waited for time to travel back to the airport to catch the plane to Tamale.

Pastor Wisdom traveled with us to Tamale. He’s our “go-to” guy that makes sure our in country tickets are purchased, bags checked properly, no one tries to mess us over, and that our travel goes well. When we arrived in Tamale we were met by Pastor Joseph and his family. They picked us up in two vans and we traveled to the hotel we would be staying at for the week.

Once checked in, we grabbed some food at the hotel restaurant while Pastor Joseph purchased us some cases of bottled water and exchanged our currency. Currency exchange is based on the exchange rate, of course, but also on the condition of the money and the size of the denomination. So, they will not exchange anything under a $50 and prefer $100’s. Yet, the hundreds must be the new bills, they will not exchange the old, and they need to be in good condition. If the money is not in good condition, you will not get the full exchange rate. It’s crazy.

We stayed the night and got some well needed rest. Early in the morning on Thursday we awoke and had some breakfast. We left out, the eight Americans and several members of the church in Tamale, and headed to the small village of Zugu.

The people in this area are amazing. There are those who will scam you so they can get something, but all in all…. these are the friendliest people I’ve ever met. You don’t have to worry about breaking down, they will take you into their home and kill their only chicken that they were saving for the holiday so you can eat. Ghana is also more of a free country than the U.S. They may not have the comforts and luxuries that we do but they also have very little regulation. There’s a road block every 15 miles, just to make sure no criminals are moving around, and that’s all you see. People’s goats are running everywhere and no one kills them and eat’s them out of respect. People are out until the midnight hours, sitting and talking along the road, without worry of crime.

I’ve heard the claim that the regulations we have allow us to live longer healthier lives. I often use the bald eagle as a thought of logic in determining what we want. In the wild, the bald eagle lives 20-25 years. In captivity the bald eagle lives 40-45 years. I wonder if the eagle finds it more rewarding to live an extra 15-20 years as a captive, in a cage, rather than to die after 20-25 years soaring free in the wild.

So we visited Zugu in the morning and met with the chief. The chief is like the president of the village. The entire village is related to the chief in some form or fashion. What happens is, we pull up to the village in the van and park under a shade tree. We wait while an elder meets with the chief and gains permission for us to meet with him. Once we are given permission, the elder leads us to the chief. Once inside his hut, we talk to him about the Gospel and our desire with his village. Communication goes like this. The leader of our group talks to the chief. The chief may or may not speak english. Either way, our translator then translates what we said to the chief. Even though the translator talks the Mampruli language, and the chief hears him, the chief’s linguist then organizes the communication to make it acceptable to the chief.

There is actually a picture of the trinity in the view of the chief. If the chief were God, then the elder would be Christ. He is the one who leads us to the chief (John 14:6). Even though God (the chief) hears our prayers, the Spirit of God (linguist of the chief) makes those prayers acceptable to God (Rom 8:26-27).

Once we are given permission to go to the people of the village, the chief gives us a cola nut. The cola nut acts like a ticket that says we are allowed to walk the village and talk to the people. It reminds me of the white stone in Rev 2:17. The nut, like the stone, is a ticket of approval.

We had something new on this trip. I believe I told you about Chris Schanter. He was the right hand guy to Sam Childers, also known as “Machine Gun Preacher”. He came to rise in South Sudan during the civil war. He is an American from PA who would rob drug dealers and was strung out on drugs all the time. He got saved and ended up doing a two week missions in South Sudan where he saw a little boy blown up by a land mine. During the civil war, the rebels would go into a village and kill the little girls. They would put a gun to the heads of the little boys and order them to kill their parents. The parents, not wanting to see their child shot in the head, would tell their son to go ahead and kill them. Once the parents and daughters were dead, the rebels would take the boys and use them as soldiers on the front line. Sam Childers ended up staying long amounts of time in South Sudan and worked to rescue those boys. He built some shelters and cared for the orphan children. The locals gave him the name “Machine Gun Preacher” because, at the hot of the day, he would lay in the shade with a Bible on one side and a machine gun on the other.

Chris was not what was new but rather a device that Pastor Lance found in Chris’ truck. There was a little solar player sitting on the seat that Lance found to be the Bible in the language of the South Sudan people. It would play the New Testament and the story of the Gospel. Since it was solar power, it will work until the unit breaks all together.

Lance called the company that made the ones for Childers and found that they also had them in the Mampruli language. It was now days before we were leaving and Lance requested ten units to be sent next day. This unit is a game changer. These people can not read so a Bible in their language is still worthless. But with this device, they can listen to the Gospel any time.

At the first village, Lance pulled the player out and showed it to our team from Ghana. One of the members, Pastor David (a new pastor to us who is going through the missions training in Ghana) started to smile and said, “I understand it” - and then he started to cry.

We did not have much time at this village so we invited the people, most of who were at the watering hole, to come to the crusade that evening. The chief helped pick the spot where the crusade would be held. It was a stones throw from the muslim mosque. We left and went back to the hotel to have lunch and take a nap.

Right before we left an elder came to Kara and was trying to put a bracelet in her hand, a bracelet with a key on it. She was a little confused and I heard one of our Ghana members say the man was asking to marry her. She looked at me and I told her, “He want’s to marry you”. She immediately says, “ok”. But she was still in a daze and not knowing what was happening. The man took her by the arm and started to lead her away. She looked back at me and I told her again and she said “no” and came back to me. There was a little confusion going on at that point and then the elders other wife showed up (polygamy is practiced here). He told her he was going to marry Kara and she said “no” and started to walk toward Kara. The elder jumped in front of Kara and threatened his wife with a stick. We get in the van and pull away.

Upon returning that evening, we set up instruments, lights, sound system, etc. Music was played and the Ghana church did one thing they do best… they praised God with all their might. They don’t do some kind of showy dance, vibration, whatever you see in holy roller churches, they just praise God with all their being and they dance before God. As reserved as I usually am, Chris and I ended up joining them.

While the crusade was going, the muslims were in the shadows praying against us. One of the imams came to Pastor Joseph and said, “Did you not see the mosque? Why did you have this so close?”. Pastor Joseph looked at him and said, “Because we bring life, we bring Christ”. And the conversation was over.

Lance preached and many came to the front to accept Christ and then we prayed over them. The first crusade was complete and we headed home with promises to the people that there will be church each Sunday starting the next.

Our intentions, before leaving for Ghana, was to do the crusades but then set up where four pastors would travel to each village and minister the Word of God each Sunday. We had four to five pastors from Lions Gate Missions Training Academy Ghana ready to do the task. All we needed was their monthly salary and a motorcycle for each. The motorcycles are off brand bikes with alarms and remote starts. They are little 125’s and brand new cost about $700 USD. The average pay in Ghana is about $10 USD per week and we are looking at paying $60 USD a month to each pastor. With Western Union fees, that comes out to $70 USD a month to cover one pastor. Before we left for Ghana, all the money for the motorcycles had already been donated and a years salary for three of the four pastors was already promised. God is mighty and working wonders.

Nearing the end of prayer in that first village, I was standing with Matt when Kara came up behind, and between us quickly. She was ducking down as if to be hiding. I look over and here comes that elder that proposed to her. He come up and reached out for her. I looked at her and said, “Pretend we are married”. She scooted a little closer and as he hand got close to her, I stopped his hand. She had a key to her luggage around her neck so I pointed to the key and pointed back at me and then squeezed her in close to me. After that, the elders advances were finished.

After a meal and a nights sleep, early the next morning we have breakfast and then head to the village of Kpalan. We parked under the tree and, as usual, children start to come out. The children love the attention. Usually they are working, from all ages up, so positive, loving, playful attention is literally absorbed by them.

Some of the crew met the chief where Lance gave him one of the Bible players. When they left, the chief was still in his hut listening. His son came out and was standing with another local while I shared the Gospel with them and led them to prayer. We then broke up into small groups and headed to different areas of the village to share the Gospel and invite people to the crusade that evening.

My group was Matt Mathias and “mama” (Pastor Joseph’s wife), along with two others from the Ghana church. We walked around from family unit to family unit sharing the Gospel of Christ and inviting them to the crusade.

A family unit is several tuku’s (round hut) that are positioned in a circle with a wall between them and a fence at one end. Everyone within the immediate family lives in the unit, each couple with their own tuku. In the center is a open pit fire pit where everyone cooks together and eats together. Despite their poverty, they seem to be a clean people; within their unit anyway.

Bathrooms are somewhat of a challenge for most Americans. At the hotel there was a regular bathroom like we have in the states. Yet, outside that, if there’s a toilet area, it’s three walls about four feet tall. Some are right next to the road and the sewage drains into the ditches. There’s not even walls in the villages. If you have to use the restroom, you just walk to a tree or bush and use it. It does not matter who’s standing around.

We arrive at our third village and Matt and I had to use the restroom - “Nature’s Calling” they call it. One of the church members led us to three trees and a couple small bushes that were located right in the middle of the community. I started to pee and Matt moved to a tree. Before he opened his zipper he looks and see’s a woman standing right there. He says, “Crap! There’s women and children everywhere”. He moves to another area where no one can see him. As he started to pee, a woman and her daughter walk right by him and he says “Crap! They’re everywhere” and he shuffles to try and hide while he was peeing. I was done and started walking away when I hear “Crap!” and more shuffling while peeing. The Ghana church member was laughing hard.

It was while in this second village, walking from family unit to family unit, that we seen the man stand who could not walk. Another team prayed for a woman with a fever and the fever was gone. Before we left Lance went back by the chief’s hut where he saw the chief still listening to the Bible.

When we returned that evening the place was packed. The elderly woman, who’s husband was sick, was there along with many others. The chief and his family showed. The chief received Christ and so did his son; along with, what appeared to be, most of the village. People were coming for prayer and a woman brought her son who was deaf. Several years ago, he had gotten a sickness that caused him to loose his hearing. As Pastor Joseph started to pray, the whole village pressed in from every side. It reminded me of where the people would press in on Christ (Luke 5). As Joseph prayed the little boy got his hearing back. Joseph would say something to the boy and the boy would either repeat what Joseph said or answer a question he had. God was really moving in that village.

As Saturday came on we found out that our Ghana crew was not taking us to Mamprusi people; which upset Lance greatly. It was good to reach the unreached but we feel drawn to the Mamprusi people. Lance was afraid that people who donated to the Mamprusi would be upset if they found out it was not Mamprusi. After a meeting we decided that the two villages we already visited would still be provided a pastor with a motorcycle. One of the people who donated a salary for a pastor said to put that money towards the pastor of those two villages so that others may not have an issue.

It was that day that Lance, Rodney, and a couple people from Ghana went to purchase the bikes while the rest of us went to a village to share the Gospel. This is a third village, though no crusade was done here. I was walking around with Pastor Wisdom and Charity.

In Ghana, and many countries of Africa, when a person becomes a Christian they change their name. I found this out after the fact, while listening to an interview I did with a local. In our Ghana crew I met Wisdom, Joseph, Charity, Salvation, and Lazarus. When I found out about the name change, I thought, “How cool. In the Bible a name change means ownership or loyalty”. According to Chris, the name change means the same in Africa. I got to thinking about Lazarus. I’m not sure the meaning of the name during Biblical times but to me it means “Raised from the dead”; which is really cool when you think about the fact we were once dead and now we are alive.

While walking through that village we were approached by a woman who said she wished we would have come the next day. There was a new family unit built and they were going to work on the floor of the courtyard the next day. The floor is like a concrete but they make it by grinding up a hull of a wild food into water, sprinkling the water in the soil, and and pounding the soil until its like powder. When the powder dries, it’s concrete. When they pound the soil with their tools, three or four do it in unison and in a rhythm while the others around clap and sing. They make a party of their work. Since they wanted me to film this, we followed her to the family unit where many other met us. They put on a short demonstration for me to film.

It was in this village that the chief placed a stone in Kara’s hand and a woman quickly snatched it out. The chief was asking Kara to marry him and his other wife refused to let him. He demanded that he wanted a white wife.

That evening we visited the church in Tamale. We built this church last year. The muslims told us we could not build it next to the road but we built it right on main street anyway. The building is nicely built of concrete bricks; where most buildings are mud bricks.

In Ghana, time is relative. There was one day we were going to leave out at 2pm. I asked if we could leave at around 12 or 12:30 so that I could get some shots on the way to the villages. Pastor Joseph said he would let the van driver know. We ended up leaving at 3 pm.

Everything is so relaxed in Ghana and punctuality is not a big deal there. Also, church does not last for two hours; it actually last for more like six or eight hours, sometimes ten. These facts led me to talk to “mama” and confirm these truths. She said they were true. Once she confirmed I asked, “Why is there a clock on the church wall?”.

Before heading to the Tamale church, the crew was waiting in the hotel parking lot. Everyone was there but Matt. Matt and Chris were rooming together but Matt was still in the room. Kara had went up and check on him and upon returning said he was in the bathroom putting on his pants. We waited for a little while longer and finally Lance went to go see what was keeping him. Lance ended up having to get a key to the room and upon entry found that Matt was locked in the bathroom. When he had entered the bathroom and shut the door the door knob fell off and he was unable to open the bathroom door. He had been locked in there for over an hour, beating on the door and yelling. He tried to text but this was one of those times that the internet was not working and he could not get a text out. When Kara checked on him, he must have been yelling that he’s locked in the bathroom but she misunderstood and just thought he was telling her he was in the bathroom. He beat for so long and so hard that he put four holes in the bathroom door.

After the visit to the church, the crew met together and we regrouped and decided what we were going to do from this point.

Years earlier, Pastor Lance was pastor of a church called “World Harvest”. While he was pastor of world harvest he had a crusade in Accra, Ghana; which is where Pastor Wisdom’s church came from. He held a crusade in Tamale; which is where Pastor Joseph’s church came from. He then held a crusade in Walewale which is where the church in Walewale, Gaagbini, and a third location came from.

Pastor Lance was a mega church pastor while at World Harvest. He had his own helicopter and flew from church to church; and rubbed shoulders with many of the TBN pastors. In 2000, he sat at his desk with a TBN contract; he was going to be the next big thing in mega-church super evangelism. He told me that he read the contract and was convicted by God. The contract, according to Lance, was a selling of your soul for money. He showed me how TBN is nothing but a christian infomercial channel. They show a small portion of a sermon in order to sell a full copy of the sermon, sermon series, books, etc. When God convicted him, he even left World Harvest and lost everything. When he left, the council of World Harvest gave the churches in Ghana to him also, they did not want to be a part of those churches. Due to that fact, they all fell but Accra, which is a wealthy tourist cities that was able to self-sustain.

While the buildings fell, the churches in Tamale and Walewale were still meeting; praying and hoping that support from America and Lance would return; 2015 was our return and the rebuilding of Tamale. Walewale, Gaagbini, and the third location are still in ruins to this day.

The crew decided we were going to go north from Tamale to those three churches.

We arrived in Walewale and the only parts of the church building standing were concrete columns and the edge roof frames. While we were there looking, about a half-dozen of the members showed up. Even though the building was gone, they were still meeting. Lance explained the circumstances and assured them that the building will be rebuilt and the church supported.

We left Walewale and went to Gaagbini. The church in Gaagbini was intact minus doors and windows. Someone had been using it as a school and there was writing on the wall for lessons. When we arrived, there was a donkey and several goats inside; the donkey ready to die at any time.

People from that village remembered Lance and were happy to see him back. One was telling us how he was in the picture that was taken when the building was built.

We traveled to the third location, a village I don’t know the name of, and found that there was a church that built next to ours. At the moment, we were not sure what organization built there. We had a quick meeting where we determined that we are called to the unreached and now these people are reached. Without Christ they were headed to hell. Now that they know Christ, they are only accountable for what they know. While in America, we can read and have access to the Bible yet refuse to study it, these people can not read and do not have access to the Bible. Therefore, we do not feel God will hold it against them if they follow a false teaching when they are not capable of searching the Scriptures to see if what they are being taught is so (Acts 17:11). Once our discussion was complete, we found out it was the Baptist organization and we determined to give our property to them as we are not in competition with another Bible believing organization.

We then moved to Mimima and Dimia. These two villages are side by side, separated only by a creek. Many of the members of Mimima was at the watering hole where we parked the van. The water looked milky as it was loaded with garbage. They were drawing the water, washing their clothes, etc. Several of us went to meet with the chief and then returned to find out Kara accepted another marriage proposal. On this one a man walks up and pats himself on the chest saying a word. Kara was with Jennifer and they looked at each other. The man did it again and Jennifer said the man was telling her his name. Kara patted herself on the chest and said “Kara”. Immediately, the man took her by the arm and started to lead her away. She pulled back and returned to the van.

On the last day of the trip, Lance, Jim, Kara, and Jennifer; along with Joseph and mama, went to the market and we bought their children some bikes and book bags for school. While at the market, a man comes up to Kara and asks her to marry him. She quickly tells him “no”. The man then looks at Jennifer and asks if she was married and she said “yes”. She is not technically but she considers herself to be married to Christ.

The evening of the last day was when we broke up into three groups and did three crusades in the villages of Gaagbini, Mimima, and Dimia. You heard my story of our time in Mimima where Kara taught the Gospel to a group of children and their mothers.

On Tuesday morning we wake up and head to the Tamale airport. We land in Accra and were going to stay there for the night, ready to catch the plane to America early the next morning. While in Accra, we had a bite to eat at the hotel restaurant and then headed down to the market. At the market we would purchase some souvenir’s for family and friends back home. I purchased a shirt, a bowl with Ghana’s symbol on it (the symbol means “Trust God”), and a couple key chains. We then went back to the hotel to relax.

While we were eating our last dinner in Ghana, Chris remembered that we had not picked up any medications. On every trip we purchase enough meds for two cases of Malaria and two cases of parasites. The pharmacies in Ghana are quite different. All medications are prescription medications. Yet, you don’t have to go see a doctor to get a prescription. We just walked in and said we need meds for Malaria. They asked if we were preventing or treating and we told them treating. They gave us what we needed and we told them we need enough for two people. We said the same thing about “bugs” in the stomach and they pulled those from the shelf also. They wrote the prescription and then sold us the meds.

The next day we returned home, arriving to the church at about 11pm.

While in Accra, my stomach started feeling bad. I had bad gas and bad diarrhea. Unless the diarrhea is uncontrollable, I don’t like to take meds for it. I believe the body is trying to get something out and I don’t want to stop the process. The diarrhea was not interfering with the needed activities. I would just go each time I get settled in. This continued for a few days after arriving in the states. I looked at my stomach and it was swollen out pretty bad. I was cramping and my stomach was sore to the touch. I contacted Chris and he was sure I had a parasite.

The evening I contacted Chris I had just ate at a truck stop in Ohio. He told me that a field treatment was to eat two cigarettes. The nicotine in the cigarettes would stun the parasites and give the body some time to pass them. I don’t smoke so I looked at my waitress and asked, “Do you have two cigarettes I can eat?”. The look was priceless. I explained what was happening and she gave me two Marlboro blacks. Yeah… stun the parasites? How about stun me? My eating the cigarettes is on video but after the video was shot, I had to stand there for a little while longer because I was now high. A non-smoker EATING two full flavor cigarettes sends that stuff straight to the blood stream. After a little while I was able to move. My stomach churned for about thirty minutes and then was better than it was before. It seemed to have worked but my body did not pass them. At this point I set war against them. I drank two bottles of water with about 1/4 cup of diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous Earth is a soft siliceous rock that is easily ground. The powder can be used for many things. It’s a non-chemical pesticide that can be sprinkled behind the stove, fridge, under the sink, etc. It’s good to use when you have pets or kids because it’s not poisonous. In fact, it’s beneficial to drink a tablespoon in a glass of water in the morning. DE acts like a lubricant for our joints and it cleans the walls of our stomach and colon. The way DE works on bugs and parasites is that the powder, while not harmful to us, has microscopic sharp edges that are like razors to insects and parasites. The DE passes by the parasite, or insect walks through the powder on the floor, and the microscopic edges cut the outer skin of the insect or parasite. This does not kill the insect but actually causes it to dehydrate and die.

So, I’m drinking this stuff every morning then chasing that with 100% cranberry juice (not diluted and not sweetened). The DE cuts the skin of the parasite open and the acid from the cranberry juice burns them. I then follow up with aloe to coat the stomach and then take garlic sometime in the day. Every other weekend I’m drinking 32oz of warm water with two teaspoons of non-processes sea salt dissolved in it. That’s an experience. If drinking 32oz of warm salt water was not enough, try the experience of peeing out the wrong hole for the next two hours.

I did not use the meds from Ghana at first because I wanted to see if I could do this naturally. I think I may have but I’m not sure. No one else needed the meds so I’m taking one dosage now.

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ITS IMPOSSIBLE

It’s not possible to become a Christian, deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Him and your life look the same as your affluent atheistic neighbor.
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THE WATCHMAN

if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand
(Ezekiel 33:6 NKJV)


What does that say of those who refuse to open their mouth to those around them because of fear of rejection?
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CHRIST IN US (Galatians 2:20)

“Beware lest even as a Christian, you fall into Satan’s trap! You may have found and come to know God in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him sincerely as your Redeemer, yet if you do not enter into the mystery of godliness and allow God to be in you the origin of His own image, you will seek to be godly by submitting yourself to external rules and regulations and by conforming to behavior patterns imposed upon you by the particular Christian society that you have chosen and in which you hope to be found ‘acceptable.’ You will in this way perpetuate the pagan habit of practicing religion in the energy of the flesh, and in the very pursuit of righteousness commit idolatry in honoring ‘Christianity’ more than Christ!”
~ Ian Thomas
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THEORY OF THE CORRUPTION OF THE PAULINE TEACHINGS

There are two beliefs on the teachings of the Bible that are growing through the world. One is, “Don’t listen to the teachings of Christ - listen to the teachings of Paul instead” (I’ve addressed this one in the past). Now I’m going to address the other: “Don’t listen to the teaching of Paul”

In this ever growing theory, the proponents argue that 1. Matthias was called by God and seen Christ but Paul had not seen Christ to make him applicable to be an apostle, 2. Paul was not an apostle, and 3. Paul’s teachings apposed Christ’s teachings. You may believe that this theory is absurd, yet could you logically defend the Bible and Paul? Since most of the New Testament is written by Paul, it’s hard to use Scripture to defend the cause; one must use logic. The theory uses illogic to make it’s argument, we are going to look at logic and make a determination from there. (For the sake of length, this will be broke up into a couple different posts that will continue after the weekend.)
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BUSINESS WITH SINNERS

Before I start, I don't believe in, nor condone, nor recognize the marriage of anyone unless it's one man and one woman. The Bible specifically speaks against the acts of homosexuality (Lev 18:22; 20:13; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:9).

While I do not support same sex marriages, I'm going to weigh in on the increasing number of business' who are refusing to provide a service to gay couples - and condemn these also.
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SEEKER SENSITIVE

So, I have a question. Since no one seeks God (Rom 3:11), to whom are "seeker sensitive" churches sensitive to?

Christ never watered Himself or the Gospel down - you either want Him or you don't.
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JESUS A GOOD PROPHET AND TEACHER

Many years ago I was talking to a Jew and he noted that Christ was a good man and a good teacher. When I look at the life of Christ, this belief has always puzzled me.
For those who do not believe in Christianity, most do believe Christ existed; and had an impact on society (few believe He never existed). So, how do we confront these beliefs? We confront the beliefs by asking, “How did Yeshua live and what did Yeshua claim?”
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ORDINATIONS

When a person goes to a seminary, once graduated, they get a ordination proclaiming their pastoral office. There are institutions that hand out ordinations and even some churches. With an ordination a person can legally officiate marriage ceremonies and preach funerals; actions that require a government acceptance of the office of minister for government forms. Some denominations require ordination for certain offices within the church; especially any pastoral office. Yet, other than man requiring it, an ordination is not needed to preach the Gospel of Christ or to hold the office of pastor in a church.

Where did the practice come from? Actually, it's been going on for centuries; yet they were not always called a certificate of ordination.
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THE BIBLE

OK.... I want to make straight my beliefs on the Bible, so called lost scrolls, and books.

THE BIBLE IS GOD INSPIRED - That means, If God inspired it, everything I need to know is included. God controls the hearts and actions of men in what He determines fit for His purpose. There is no man, government, or religion that can purposely or accidentally leave out any information that God deemed pertinent for His people.

THE BIBLE IS RELEVANT FOR ALL PEOPLE OF ALL TIME - The Bible was not written to us. The books and letters of the Bible were written to THEM, in THEIR time and preserved for ALL people for all times. This means there is no "new" information that God did not include in the Bible. No one is getting "new" revelation that is not found in Scripture; and especially that does not conform with Scripture.
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GREAT THEOLOGIAN

If a person is pronounced to be a "great theologian", take heed.
THEOLOGY is "a system of THEORETICAL principles".

THEORETICAL is relating to what is possible or imagined rather than to what is known to be true or real.

Theologians are looked upon as having great knowledge of Gods Word; while the very meaning behind the title does not define fact but rather a fiction - a theory; which then places their teachings on the same logical scale as the "THEORY of evolution".
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LOOK ALIKES, ACT ALIKES

Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
(1 John 2:6)


A few weeks ago, I was talking to a man and he asked if Julia was my sister. I told him she was my wife. He noted that we look like brother and sister.

Last week I was sitting with a pastor and a young man who is in an internship at the church. The pastor used the word "dude" in a sentence; then complained that he picked it up from the young man.
It's widely known that married couples, who have been together for a long period of time, start to look like each other. Their mannerisms become the same. Their likes and dislikes become the same. When we hang around people, we tend to pick up mannerisms, words, and phrases used.

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TWENTY-ONE BEHEADED BY ISIS

…At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. 4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word
(Acts 8:1-4)

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KINGDOM PREVIEW

The church is suppose to be a preview of the Kingdom of God to the world. We are the "movie trailer" to the full fledge "movie"; and we have failed miserably. The world is seeing this trailer and they are saying that it does not match the movie. We've given the worst scenes and completely destroyed interest in the "movie". Lord, help us get a grasp of this truth; and chastise us to bring us into a group of people that will show your Glory, and your Kingdom, to the world.
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BRAD AND ANGELINA

The attached article is about how Brad and Angelina have set their lives for the purpose of helping people in need. In the article, the author says,

“Soon he and Angelina Jolie won't even live on Earth, they'll just dangle above it, in a nursery-equipped Gulfstream IV, sort of the way Brandon Routh's Superman prefers to just float, in the stratosphere, listening acutely, compassionately, for trouble down there, and when he hears it, zoom , down he goes. We were always told that this is what the citizens of the future would do: They would have no fixed address. They would go where needed, constantly, selflessly.”

He then finishes the article by saying,
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CHRISTIAN LEFT TWISTING THE GOSPEL

In a recent article, the author broke down "christians" into three groups: Couch-potato, Cafeteria, and Convictional. I'm no ones judge, but I'm convinced by the reading of the Word of God, that only one of these groups look for a relationship with God; therefore only one will make it.

Couch-potato Christians: These Christians adapt to the culture by staying silent on the tough culture-and-faith discussions. Typically this group will downplay God's absolute truths by promoting the illusion that neutrality was Jesus' preferred method of evangelism.

Cafeteria-style Christians: This group picks and chooses which Scripture passages to live by, opting for the ones that best seem to jive with culture. Typically they focus solely on the "nice" parts of the gospel while simultaneously and intentionally minimizing sin, hell, repentance and transformation.
Convictional Christians: In the face of the culture's harsh admonitions, these evangelicals refuse to be silent. Mimicking Jesus, they compassionately talk about love and grace while also sharing with their neighbors the need to recognize and turn from sin.

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CHURCH VIEW

I believe that one thing that has hurt the church in the past several decades is the fact that the church is viewed as a building or institution. Though we know the truth and proclaim the truth that the church is the body of Christ, a group of people, we act like and communicate like the church is a building, or an institution. We understand that this is our mindset because of the ways we present the church. Read More...
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #12

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet- smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God
(Ephesians 5:1-5 NKJV)


Last week we looked at Ephesians 5 and discussed pornography in relation to fornication listed in this portion of this letter. Obviously, fornication means more than pornography. Unfortunately, the church has moved into a very liberal stance of God’s word. Many believe that sex outside of marriage is not wrong in the eyes of God. Get Paul makes clear that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now I want to show you something that convicted me the first time I had ever read it; and I believe it will convict almost every Male Christian (At least in America). Look at what Paul confronts the church about in verse four. He lists foolish talking and coarse jesting.

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DEATH OF YESHUA

On this day 1984 years ago the son of God, Yeshua, Jesus, died on the cross for our sins. I know we celebrated Friday as the anniversary of the death of Christ; but let me show you something in scripture.

Have you ever wondered how Christ was supposed to be in the grave three days and three nights yet was only there, traditionally, Friday through Sunday? That is only three days and two nights.

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth
(Matthew 12:40 NKJV)

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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #11

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet- smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God
(Ephesians 5:1-5 NKJV)


We are going to camp out here for a couple weeks. When reading the letters of Paul we need to remember the context that it is a letter written to a church. Then, We look at Paul’s words, like we see here, and we see very stout statements.

According to statistics, as many as 50% of churchgoers today struggle with a porn addiction. 50% of men viewed pornography within one week of attending a promise keepers stadium event. 54% of pastors say they have viewed pornography within the past year. And in 2003, Focus on the Family said that 47% of respondents to their poll said that porn is a problem in their home.

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GAMERS

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NOTHING FOR THE CHAMBERMAID

While John Wesley was in Oxford, "He had just finished paying for some pictures for his room when one of the chambermaids came to his door. It was a cold winter day, and he noticed that she had nothing to protect her except a thin linen gown. He reached into his pocket to give her some money to buy a coat but found he had too little left. Immediately, the thought struck him that the Lord was not pleased with the way he had spent his money. He asked himself, Will thy Master say, “Well done, good and faithful steward?” Thou hast adorned thy walls with the money which might have screened this poor creature from the cold! O justice! O mercy! Are not these pictures the blood of this poor maid?"
- Charles Edward White
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NEW TESTAMENT RICHES

“The New Testament carried forward the major principles of the Old Testament with one conspicuous omission. Never, in the New Testament, never was material wealth promised as a guaranteed reward for spiritual obedience.” Material reward for piety or for obedience never reappears in Jesus’ teachings. And in fact, it is explicitly contradicted throughout.”
- Craig Blomberg / Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #10

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “ One thing you lack:Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “ How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God
(Mark 10:21-23 NKJV)


“A startling thing has happened among the Western Christians. Many of us, habitually, think and act as if there were no eternity or as if what we do in this present life has no eternal consequences.” He continues, “Without a doubt, the single greatest contributor to our inability to see money and possessions in their true light is our persistent failure to see our present lives through the lens of eternity.”
- Randy Alcorn / Money, Possessions and Eternity

The reason we can live in our abundance in this world, and ignore the 70% of the worlds population in poverty, is because we forget there is a world to come. Yes, we know its there but it's in the back of our mind while virtually every hour of every day we live not thinking that there is a life 100,000 years from now. If we fully understood that there is a life 100,000 years from now that was dependent upon how we live our lives today, we would live far differently in this 70 years average lifespan.

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IS THERE A CAR PARKED ON YOUR NEWSPAPER?

A police officer one Sunday morning was staked out in a driveway, when he saw a large dog trot up to his car. The dog stopped and sat just out of arms reach. No matter how much the officer tried to coax him to come for a pat on the head, he refused to budge. After a few minutes, the officer decided to move to a another location. As soon as he pulled out of the driveway, the officer looked back and learn the reason for the dogs behavior. As soon as the car moved, the dog quickly picked up the newspaper the car had been parked on and faithfully ran back to his master. That's funny, but it also says to me that if a dog could be that focused and that committed to his assigned task, then shouldn't we also? To the dog, the task look impossible: the paper was under the car and he couldn't get to it. But he didn't do what we so often do: when we are faced with"Impossible" challenges many times we just turn and walk away, saying"oh well, maybe we weren't meant to do that". Perhaps today we could learn something from that dog.(1) he was faithful to do what his master expected of him;(2) he was focused on the assignment and let nothing, not even a pat on the head, distract him; and(3) he knew instinctively that the car didn't belong there, and would eventually move, so he patiently waited until that happened. Here are the lessons for us today.(1) Our Master expects us to be His Body, fulfilling His Commands and Sharing His Gospel;(2) we should be focused on our assignment and not be distracted by other things that come along, however good they maybe; and(3) we should know instinctively that this world is not our home, and be patient as we wait for that Great Day When Yeshua Will return. When Yeshua Said," if anyone loves me, he will obey My Teaching." That's about as clear as it could be said. No wiggle room. No reading between the lines. No loopholes. So, Is there a car parked on your newspaper? - Local "The GoodNews Weekly (Year 9 Week 21)
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #9

Are you willing to come to Y’shua on HIS terms? We often set up our own terms. When we look at how we pitch Christianity, how we try to talk people into coming to Christ, and you will find terms that are foreign to the New Testament. The modern church wants to lead people to Christ through a following of the “Roman road” to Jesus: You believe these four spiritual laws, answer these questions correctly, pray this prayer and sign the card, raise your hand and declare your faith in Jesus; and your saved. Y’shua told none of His followers to do these things - none of them.

“ If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish. ’ 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple
(Luke 14:26-33 NKJV)

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THANKFULNESS

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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #8

In Isaiah chapter 58 God is telling his people that they’re fasting doesn’t mean anything if you have no concern for the poor.

In Matthew chapter 25 Yeshua says if you do not feed the hungry or clothe the naked you will go to hell. The Jesus that we say we worship says this.

He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker,
But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy
(Proverbs 14:31 NKJV)

Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard
(Proverbs 21:13 NKJV)

If you shut your ears to the cry of the poor, you pray and God does not hear you. You ignore the poor, go to Church on Sunday and sing songs to God, and the pray, God does not hear you.
He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses
(Proverbs 28:27 NKJV)
Cursed for ignoring the poor.

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LETTER FROM RWANDA

In 1980 a young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room:

“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made- I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving & dwarfed goals.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I won’t give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows, work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear.”
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WHAT IS SIN?

Sin is the Glory of God not honored
Sin is the Holiness of God not Reverenced
Sin is the Greatness of God not admired Sin is the Power of God not praised Sin is the Truth of God not sought Sin is the Wisdom of God not esteemed Sin is the Beauty of God not treasured Sin is the Goodness of God not savored Sin is the Faithfulness of God not trusted Sin is the Promises of God not believed Sin is the Commandments of God not obeyed Sin is the Justice of God not respected Sin is the Wrath of God not feared Sin is the Grace of God not cherished Sin is the Presence of God not prized Sin is the Person of God not loved. - John Piper
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ISN’T IT TIME TO WAKE UP?

Where is the church? People in America would be like, “Look on just about every corner”. That’s NOT the church and the people inside are definitely not acting like it either. No, none of us are perfect; but, the church is suppose to be a group of people who are allowing the power of God to transform their lives into a people that look and act far different from the world. So, I ask again, where is the church?

I don’t think the people in America get it. We’ve been desensitized so greatly that we don’t really get it. We don’t witness because of rejection and persecution. We spend a couple hours a week in a church building but spend many hours a week in worldly entertainment. We spend our money the same as the world, spend our time the same as the world, respond to injustices the same way as the world, get involved with the same type of worldly entertainment, and train our kids to pursue the same worldly achievements while vastly ignoring the things of God.
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TITHING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?

Ok, so this is out there and I don’t want people to be deceive by the modern heresy that is being echoed.

There is a growing number of proponents that are yelling that tithing is not directly commanded in the New Testament. Yeah, well neither is watching TV, spending money on your own pleasures, playing sports, and the likes - but you don’t seem to have a problem there.

Even though there is no direct command to TITHE, there are plenty of examples to the practice in the New Testament gentile church. Anything else is just a play on words.
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #7

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:26)


We often look at this statement and think about a verbal statement in rejecting Christ. There are other passages that specifically talk about the rejection of Christ but this is not the context of what Y’shua is talking about in this statement.

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FIRE!!!!

I was born in PA but raised most of my life in a small town in TN. I was raised with waitress’ calling you “honey” and “dear”. In the south, there is a certain politeness that is not found in many other areas of the country; and that was especially true during my youth.

I remember once, as a child, my dad confronted a server about our rude service. He asked her if he needs to talk to her manager. She said, “I am the manager”. I remember this about my dad. He never said it but he seemed to operate under the belief that we can take our money anywhere for what we are purchases; therefore, I want good service from where I go.
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #6

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
(Luke 9:23-26 NIV)


To us, the cross looks like a beautiful thing. But, when you look at Christ’s statement in the 1st century context you get something totally different. The cross was a punishment for criminals that was meant to be as brutal and demeaning as humanly possible. This would be like you guys coming here and I tell you, “You can not be a follower of Christ unless you pick up your electric chair and follow Him.” Now that’s weird enough, but that death is still less painful and less demeaning than the cross.

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WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

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PERSECUTION OF THE CHURCH

In persecution of the saints that appears to be headed to America and all the violent persecution of the saints abroad, I gathered all the passages about persecution. I put them together with their references. They are from the NIV version and I added only the words in brackets in order to make it more first person context, and NOT to change any meanings. The rest of the wording is strictly Bible. After you’ve read, we are going to unpack these amazing passages and see how they relate to the persecuted church abroad and what they could mean of our lives in America.

[Seek] to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11).
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened (1 Peter 3:13-14). However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name (1 Peter 4:16). [Because] “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” (Acts 14:22).
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HEAVENLY ACCOUNT?

Recently, Alex Malarkey admitted that he made up the stories of his trip to Heaven. The first thing people typically want to do is get mad and start persecuting him. Yet, we all have messed up; and we’ve all lied. The angels rejoice at one who repents; therefore, should we not rejoice with them?

I am so glad that Alex came out, admitted, and repented of his deeds. I only wish the others would do the same. There are many books that claim visits to Heaven or Hell: many that have hit the best selling charts. They hit the best selling charts because most people believe the accounts - accounts that are not Biblical.

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THE MIND OF CHRIST

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like- minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others
(Philippians 2:1-4 NKJV)


I’ve heard it said, and even said it myself, “Well, they put their pants on the same way I do... one leg at a time”. That statement is so true... well, except for maybe firemen. We often like to use that statement when we believe someone else thinks themselves better than us. I believe that the fact is, to a point, we all are guilty of this at some point to someone.

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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #5

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person
(1 John 3:17)


In America more than 65% of the population believes they are “Born Again”. When Y’shua was talking to Nicodemus He said that one must be born of water and spirit. While Nicodemus was confused, this was a statement that he should have known well (John 3:7, 10).

Y’shua was relating an Old Testament teaching to the term Born Again. Y’shua was not talking about baptism. In fact, baptism is no where in the context of this conversation. He was relating to facts that Nicodemus should have known and is seen most clear in Ezekiel 36 because they are back to back just as Y’shua stated it.

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BLASPHEMING GOD THROUGH “HIS WILL”

In America, it’s a common action of pastors and professing Christians to say, “I believe God want’s me to do this thing”. I’ve even heard pastors say, “God made it clear to me that He wants this done”. Then, that person, or group of people, will plan fund raisers and various other schemes to try and raise the money to accomplish that which “God told them to do”. Once it does not play out the way they thought, they don’t get the money in the manner they thought, all of a sudden, that person will say, “I thought God wanted this, I guess not” or they will change to a new work that they say “God told them to do”.

There are a couple of issues with this type of “ministry”. First, If God really did tell you to do a thing, and you give up, you are rejecting God’s instruction. That is not good.

Then there is the issue of God changing His mind because money didn’t come in or things just didn’t go right.
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TOO LATE

Too Late
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #4

I recently had a friend in Kenya ask me about the electricity in our homes. He seemed to be amazed at how cold it gets here, the snow, and about the homes being heated by electricity. I thought my reply to him should be of interest to us.

Here's what I wrote:

"You ask about electricity in the homes in America. I'm going to be very upfront an honest about what I'm seeing of American homes verses about 96% of the rest of the world (as told by the World Bank).

Almost all the houses are heated with electricity. Unlike your country where electricity is rare, in America, to have no electricity is rare. We live very strangely compared to most of the world. All the times that I've told you that I'm a bit ashamed at this country, this is why. I understand the blessing God has given us. I also understand the curse that upon us because most in America rather care for their own comforts than others.

So that you understand the context of what I'm talking about, I'm going to explain the average home in America.
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IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #3

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? ’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! ’
(Matthew 7:22-23 NIV)


What Y’shua is saying here is that it’s possible for me to stand before Him one day and hear Him say, “I never knew you”. It is possible for you to stand there before Him and for Him to say, “I never knew you”.

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FORGIVENESS AND THE CHARACTER OF GOD

I’m sure your aware that the Bible works together as a whole. There is no point which contradict any other part. Contradiction typically comes between theology and Bible.

In Matthew 18:23, Y’shua is telling what the “Kingdom of Heaven is like”. He says that we are sinners owing a great debt to a perfect God. In our plea, God forgives our debt. We know it is at this point He also forgets. That, now “christian”, goes out and is not so merciful to other imperfect people. That “christian” is not as forgiving. Because that “christian” did not love his neighbor enough to forgive the the small debt, God chose to place the debt back on that person.

But then we have Isaiah 43:25. Since these look like they contradict each other, we need to look at similarities and difference in the two accounts.
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IF WE REALLY BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #2

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
(Matthew 6:15 NIV)


One thing I’ve found is that people inside the church seem to be just as unforgiving as those outside the church. in fact, it seems that those inside the church wear their feelings on their sleeves a whole lot more than those outside the church. There is quite a bit of resentment towards individuals who they believe have done them wrong. One thing I understand from my life is that there is not one single person who has, or could do, more wrong to me then I have done to God.

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IF YOUR "HOLY GHOST"...

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TWO CEREMONIES

I want you to pretend with me. We’re going back to our childhood days and we are going to pretend. Let’s pretend that we are aliens from a totally different galaxy and we are visiting earth for the first time.

It’s sunday morning and we watch as many humans, maybe most, groggily arise out of bed and start their way to a building they call “church”. There’s some kind of ceremony that goes on there but it’s apparent that the beginning of the ceremony is not very important because many arrive after the ceremony is already started. They gather together to sing songs semi-enthusiastically, if they have any emotion at all. It appears that the words roll off their lips as if they are not paying much attention to what those words actually say.
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“ENTITLEMENT SYNDROME”

I read a lot about people who are upset about others who think they are entitled to things and the government caring for them. Typically, this is pointed to certain ethnic groups but it actually means anyone who doesn’t want to work but wants things handed to them; and especially handed to them the way THEY want it. Let me break down an “entitlement syndrome” for you real quick.

entitlement |enˈtītlmənt|
noun
the fact of having a right to something:
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IF WE REALLY BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #1

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned
(Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV)


If we REALLY Believed what the Bible said, would we be more careful about what we post on Facebook? Would we be more careful how we interacted with people? What manner of your speech would you change if there was a recorder following you around and you knew that what you said, what you typed, what you shared, could determine whether or not you get to spend eternity with the Creator? Guess what? There is such a recorder.

For the next week, let us watch what we say and do as if we really believed in what the Bible said, as if we really understood the depth of this passage. Then lets extend that week onto a month, year, lifetime.

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PRAISING GOD WITH LIES

“Here I am, here I stand, my life is in your hands... I give myself away, so you can use me...”

“I give you my life. I give you my trust - Jesus. You are my God, You are enough - Jesus, Jesus... My heart is Yours, My heart is Yours, Take it all, take it all, My life in your hands”

“I love everything You are, That my heart, beats to the rhythm of Your heart... My life is yours and will be forever”

“In view of God's mercy, I offer my all... And take my life, let it be everything, all of me. Here I am, use me for Your glory. In everything I say and do, let my life honor You. Here I am living for Your glory”
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FAMILY BIBLE

A small boy opened the big family Bible. Suddenly, an old leaf fell out that had been pressed flat between the pages. "What have you got there?" his mom asked."

With astonishment, the boy answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"
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MEAT OF FASTING

In a recent church service, the pastor started a thought on fasting; yet I don’t believe he finished the thought. Understanding the context of this message is to America, he said, the reason why we don’t fast is because we love food. Wow, that’s right. He continued to say that the second reason we don’t fast is because we need food to survive. Unfortunately, the pastor ended it there. Honestly, that second point is probably only partially true because, in America, we love food so much, we could do without food for a month and many will still not look malnourished. Read More...
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EVIDENCE OF THE SPIRIT

I want to speak boldly, openly, and honestly here. As if I have any other level right? In my circle, there has been a lot of talk about being filled with the Spirit of God. There are all kinds of teachings of how one knows they are filled and how others would know that they are filled with the Spirit of God. Unfortunately, this thought is not all Biblical. This writing is not a debate on whether or not the gifts of the Spirit are operational today but a look at what the Bible says is the sign that we have the Spirit of God in us. We must remember that satan also has signs and wonders (Rev 13:13).

If we say we follow the Bible, then it’s the Bible we go by. What does the Bible say is evidence of our having the Spirit of God?
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PUTTING STOCK IN A PRESIDENT

I've heard it preached that God set up governments; but that is just not true. In fact, 1 Samuel 8 tells us that mans desire to have a government displeased God, and YHWH saw it as a rejection of Him.

The people of God ask for, and put stock in, a human leader and God warned, the leader will take your sons and appoint them into the military. He will place some before him, to guard him, to give their life for him; and appoint some to dictate over others. Your sons and daughters will labor for the leader. He will take the best of what’s yours and give them to those who serve him. You will become his servants by taking a portion of what is yours and giving it to himself and his house. Because you [people of God] look to a human leader rather than to YHWH, you will cry out and the leader you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you. (1 Samuel 8:1-18)
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Y'SHUA TAUGHT OLD TESTAMENT?

The following Scriptures are statements made by Christ in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount”; Y’shua’s first sermon of his ministry.

“ You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. ’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment
(Matthew 5:21-22 NKJV)

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THE RELATIONSHIP HAS FALLEN

A few years ago I had the privilege of spending seven days of survival in the high desert wilderness, with nine wonderful people. Each of us had a very minimal in supplies: knife, water bottle, blanket, poncho, thermals, coat, gloves, 5x5 piece of cloth, about 25 feet of paracord (no backpack, no tent, no sleeping bag, no matches or lighter, no toilet paper!!!! ahhhh). The food that we had for an entire week was what most people would eat in one sitting. When being put in situations like this people tend to draw off each other. Even though the nine of us had never met before this week in the desert, bonds were built - some fairly strong. Read More...
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NARROW AND WIDE

Jesus talks about a narrow road and a wide road. And while many depict this as a man standing at a “Y” in the road, I see it as just one road.

On this long road, one end is narrow and one is extremely wide. I want to be heading towards the narrow end and the closer I get, the narrower the road gets. There are three types of people to which I see on this road. While I’m striving to get closer to the narrow end, those who have been living in sin are closer to the wider end; and I don’t see those. I see three types of people involved in the “Christian” walk.

There are people staggered, walking towards the narrow end. Each are dropping notes of encouragement on the road for those coming up behind, because those behind are not as far along in the journey as they are. Everyone is also picking up notes left by those ahead of them; so it will help with their journey. This is the first group. The second group are those who are standing still. These are those who feel they have gone as far as they need to go and work to stay right where their at. The third group are those walking back towards the wide end. They are in front of me headed back, therefore they once were headed towards the narrow end, but as the road got narrow they felt the walk was too hard and they turned around. In this walk, group 2 and group 3 are failures and they are unhappy inside.

I look ahead and a person walking towards the narrow side trips and falls right next to the person standing still. As they are on the ground, the person standing still, and those passing back the other direction spit on them, kick them, and mock them.

Then I see one traveling towards the narrow end who comes upon the one who fell and he stops a moment; taking time out of his journey to bend over and help up the fallen. He helps clean the wounds and bends over to pick up a note left by one traveling before them. He hands that note of encouragement to the one who just fell and takes them by the hand and continues the journey with them.

When things happen in my life, I ask myself, “Who am I in this scenario?”
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UNHEALTHY FOCUS ON GOVERNMENT

When I look at the pages of many, not all but probably most, professing Christians and I see the majority of post about politics, and little about God, I fear that they have not gotten the “just” of what God said about this. I understand this is voting time, but even still, many professing christians put so much trust into voting and what politicians can do for them and their nation of people. Again, I fear that they have not seen the way YHWH views this.

In the years of my life, which I can track government, and by what history teaches us, we learn that the government is not really for us, they are for themselves. They are not working to make us money, they are working to gather our money. All through history, government has put it’s citizens into a type of servitude to the government; and the US government is no different - they just learned how to sell it to us and make us like it - thinking we actually have a choice in the matter.
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POPE - GOD NOT DIVINE

I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words
(Daniel 7:8 NKJV)


"God is not a divine being..." and He did not create the planet in the way He tells us in the Bible. Pope Francis

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NINETY-NINE MINUS ONE

“ What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety- nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety- nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish
(Matthew 18:12-14 NKJV)


Undeniable truth - None of us are perfect and none know all.

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MUSIC, DONUTS, AND CHRIST

Around the corner from our house is a church who, a couple years ago, was advertising to join them for service with good music, donuts and coffee, and Christ. I thought that was an odd order to place those in.

And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet
(2 Samuel 6:13-15 NKJV)

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MESSIANIC JEWS, SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST, AND PROTESTANTS

First, I want to open with we never all agree on everything. But!, what I want everyone to consider is, does your belief come from a lifetime of being guided through Scripture, a head knowledge of Scripture, or a TRUE and unadulterated relationship with the Living God?

I was raised protestant. We were in church faithfully each sunday morning, evening, and wednesday. I ran from the church for a variety of reasons and came back in about 2008. After about a year, I devoted my life to studying Scripture and passing the whole of the context on to others. Understanding that the Bible was given to the Jews, written by the Jews, in a Jewish culture, around Jewish traditions, my wife and I started attending a Messianic Jewish Synagogue: we wanted to learn more to understand more of Scripture.
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POPE DECLARES THE TRINITY - FATHER, MOTHER (MARY), AND JESUS

Years ago I entered into a study of HOW we got the Bible into our hands. This led me through a historical journey of paganism, conspiracies, murder and death, and the likes. Once I saw the claims made by the reformers, towards the roman catholic church, I started researching the writings of the roman catholic church. Looking at historical accounts, their writings, and prophecy, it became very evident that catholicism introduced, into the church, multiple amounts of paganism that dates as far back as the rule of Babylon.

Babylon was the foundation of the modern astrology worship system we have today. Baal was the sun god, Ashtoreth was his wife and she was the moon goddess, and they had their first born of 34 children (36 gods in all). The father, mother, and first born is the trinity.
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CHEATING ON GOD

Before you married your spouse, chances are, you gazed upon other people in “want” and dated other people. How well will a marriage relationship work if we continue to gaze in “want” and date other people? I suspect, not too good. Yet, we can help the situation by understanding, “we are a work in progress” in this marriage; so it’s ok right now, eventually I’ll be able to stop dating other people.

We don’t accept this in our relationships with each other, why do we accept this in our relationship with God? It’s time we stop dating the world and start dating god. It’s time we stop looking like the world we date and start looking like Christ. Before you do something in and of this world, think about how this looks in regards to your relationship with God.
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10 JUDGMENTS OF Y'SHUA

The following are a list of ten things which Christ confronts the modern church of. This comes from a great article which you can see by clicking the link below. The article goes into each point with greater detail. Worth a read - More than worth a self-examination on.

If we are not moving forward, trying to present ourselves more like Christ, we are standing still. If we are standing still, we are moving away. There’s only one of two directions - toward God or away from God.
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13 CONTRASTS BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY

An article was just released that echo’s two things that I’ve been shouting warnings about:
1. You need to learn how to properly study Scripture; because the American Gospel as a whole is filled with lies and deception.
2. Revelation is about persecution of the people of God.

Revelation first warns us of a religious power that arose out of Old Rome and would persecute the saints physically. Revelation warns us second about a religious christian looking empire that would arise from the vastness of the land and speak lies. Revelation 13 warns us that this empire would bring fire from heaven; which is a false spirit or gospel. It’s by this false spirit that the saints will be conquered through deception. Through this deception the people would build an image and that image will be worshiped by all the world. I’ve sounded warnings that the image is the American Dream of security and prosperity.
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A SOLDIER GONE AWOL

A few months ago there was a controversial trade where the US traded suspected terrorist for a soldier that was claimed to had gone AWOL. This infuriated many American citizens who said the man should had been left there to die.

There is a war that is more serious then any which our troops are in. How are the warriors fairing in that major war?
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SS UNITED STATES

In the early 1950’s the United States Navy and United States Lines commissioned the SS United States. It was a 78 million dollar ship built to convert to a 15 thousand troop carrier for the Navy. It was the fastest and most reliable troop carrier in the world. It could go 10 thousand miles without having to stop for fuel or supplies. It could outrun any other ship. It could go anywhere in the world in less than 10 days. The only catch is... it never carried any troops. It was put on standby once during the Cuban missile crisis but it was never used, in it’s capacity, by the military. Instead, it became known as a luxury liner for presidents, heads of states, and celebrities.

As a luxury liner, the ship could not carry 15 thousand troops. Instead, just under 2 thousand passengers could enjoy the luxuries of 695 state rooms, 4 dining salons, 3 bars, 2 theaters, 5 acres of open deck with a heated pool, 19 elevators, and the comfort of the worlds first fully air conditioned passenger ship.
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MUSIC WEARY

We say that our battle is not in flesh and blood but with principalities of darkness; but when I look around I'm not sure we really live like we know this. We need to be so careful in what we listen to.

"he realized that a number of bands that professed to be Christians were faking their faith just as he was.

'We toured with more ‘Christian bands’ who actually aren’t Christians than bands that are,' Lambesis stated. 'In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands.'"

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BLESSINGS WITHOUT GOD

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants. ’ 2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff- necked people and I might destroy you on the way
(Exodus 33:1-3 NIV)

In Exodus 33, we see Israel coming face to face with reality of life without God. God promised blessings, and they were going to receive these blessings; but without God.

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STAGGERING STATS

In America, 84% believe in Christ being the Messiah - 77% believe they are going to Heaven - 45% say they are born again - and only 4% follow Biblically based values for living.

This just makes me want to cry. The American church has failed and erred by teaching a “gospel” that is not really the Gospel at all. The conclusion to these numbers shows how the churches of America are indeed the false prophet. God, let us get a hold of this truth.

The Great Deception in the American Church
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HIGH SABBATH

Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day)
(John 19:31)


First off understand that I’m not Jewish born. What I’m showing is merely facts based on the Bible, the culture of the Bible, and everything the Bible is written around.

I posted yesterday that Y’shua (Jesus) died on the cross on that day, Nissan 14 of the Jewish calendar. This may have confused some people and I want to clarify some things.

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HAPPY PASSOVER

Today marks an anniversary beyond all anniversaries; when Y'shua took the penalty of sin for those who want a relationship with the Father. Today is Passover.

Happy Passover!!!!
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AN HONEST LOOK

The book of Acts was written as a historical account of the rise of the church. All through the New Testament, we are told, and shown, how the church is supposed to be a life changing, community impacting, organization. Whether by positive change or by positive persecution, the world is to know that we are here. The church is intended, by God, to stand out and to make Him known in the community.

So, here is the honest look and a question I want to present today. If your church was gone tomorrow, would the community it sits in even realize it's gone?
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MODERN TAKE ON PROVERBS 22:7

The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender
(Proverbs 22:7)


In the contemporary context of this passage, those who have borrowed, to have the things this world offers, are slaves to the very system they are within.

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DESPERATION IN PRAYER

In Luke 11:2, Y’shua said to start our prayer, “Our Father”. When we look at Christ’s prayer life, we see Him praying in the beginning of His ministry (Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:1-2), before He called His disciples (Luke 6:12-13), at various times - for a time alone with the Father (Luke 5:15-16), and for strength for others (Luke 22:31-32). We see Christ telling His disciples to pray to avoid temptation (Luke 22:40, 46). Luke records the prayer life of Christ, and he does so by showing the need of prayer to Y’shua from the beginning of His ministry unto His last breath (Luke 23:46). Read More...
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DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE MEANT?

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”
(Matthew 7:13-14)


Many attribute this story to a comparison between those in the church verse those outside the church. What if I told you that I could prove, within the context of this statement by Christ, that He is comparing two different groups WITHIN the church and not comparing the world at all?

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DILIGENT SEEKING

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him
(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)


We often look at the word "faith" here but often miss the words "diligently seek him". I've often looked at my life and the others around me and wondered if the Facebook, TV, Sports, Movies, video games, and more is diligently seeking Him. I'm not talking about a casual practice of these but those who are spending more time in these, independently or combined, more than they spend with God. As I dwelled on the verse you used here, I felt compelled to find the definition of diligent and it was something other than I expected. DILIGENT: having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties:. Considering the fact that we are to be about our Fathers work, this term "diligently seeking him" all of a sudden is changed when we see the care we should be taking in our work, or duties, given us by Christ - "spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the ends of the Earth"

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PURPOSE OF BIBLE STUDY

If we do not learn to study the Bible, we will live our life vicariously through different preachers and evangelist; and we will put our salvation in the hands of another person. Try to do a marriage like that. Try to have a marriage where you get to know your spouse through someone else. Bible Study is a personal relationship with one on one interaction with God - nothing can take it’s place. When we get into it, we will fall in love with the author of this book. Read More...
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BELIEVE

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life
(John 3:16)

Most assuredly, I say to you, HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father
(John 14:12)

Question: When is the last time we raised anyone from the dead; saw a shriveled limb immediately grow back, walked on water?

God is the same and faithful to do all He promises, so, could it be that we have the wrong definition of “believe”?
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PHIL ROBERTSON THE LBGT AND THE CHURCH



This video is going to be offensive to some people. If you are easily offended, you may want to turn it off.

Recently Phil, from Duck Dynasty, was laid off from his job on A&E because he spoke his religious feelings and quoted from Scripture. While some find this offensive, the Book Phil follows says if we allow our brother to live in sin, we hate them. It says we are to rebuke them - this is love your neighbor as yourself. Then its followed by the name of the person addressing it... I am you Lord.
You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall rebuke your neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him... but you shall love thy neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord
(Leviticus 19:17-18)
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SPIRITUAL FENDER-BENDER

80‘s Cougar, 1971 GMC Pickup, MG Midget, 1948 Plymouth, 1982 Goldwing, 1998 Dodge 4x4 Pickup, 2001 Peterbilt 379 Semi-Truck, 2006 Kenworth Semi-Truck - Those are all the vehicles, that I can remember, that I’ve been involved in an accident with; whether my fault or the other persons.

I’m sure we’ve all been involved in an accident at some point in our lives, most of us, at least one that was our fault. Accidents typically happen because we just are not thinking straight at the time - we’re preoccupied with what’s going on in life and not paying attention.
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IS THANKSGIVING ROOTED IN A BIBLICAL FESTIVAL?

article by Mario Seiglie

Did you know that the first Thanksgiving in the United States has some strong similarities to the biblical Feast of Tabernacles? Although the pilgrims did not consciously observe this biblical feast, it is interesting to study the parallels between these two celebrations that share the common spirit of thanksgiving to God.

Both were celebrated in the autumn in the northern hemisphere, and both were a time for giving thanks to God for the blessings of the harvest season. Although forgotten by many, the American Pilgrims were a deeply religious people whose heritage was strictly founded on the Bible, both Old and New Testament.

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LOVE IS...

1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

We’ve all heard this portion of passage so many times, I’m afraid they have grown tired and overly familiar. I’ve got another challenge for you, take the phrase “Love is patient” and substitute your name for the word “Love”. Then do it for every statement of “Love” listed in this portion of passage. In other words, I would say, “Wayne suffers long and is kind; wayne does not envy; Wayne does not parade himself, is not puffed up...”

Now that you’ve done this, don’t you feel like a liar? If we are meant to represent what love is, then we often fail to love people well.
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GOOD INGREDIENTS

I was going through my mothers kitchen the other day and saw a bottle of V8 Splash sitting in storage. I was thinking this was the V8 that had high-fructose corn syrup in it: a sweetener with mercury, and has been shown to cause substantial weight gain over that of sugar. When I saw the front label, it said “Diet”. I picked up the container just to find that it contained an artificial “diet” sweetener which has been proven to shut down the bodies metabolism.

We see this all the time in our advertising culture. I see candy with “No Fat” labels, and chips with “no trans-fat”. Often, when you look at the ingredients, the healthiness they are trying to portray on the label is not what is actually in it - it’s usually full of sugary chemicals, preservatives, colorings, etc.

Christians go around flashing their “Diet” label, trying to convince everyone they are healthy and good. Yet, they have little healthful elements to their faith. It’s like the Laodiceans, who thought they had everything until Christ told them they were poor and wretched. They were all about declaring, “Look, we are diet. We have nice things, we have good families, we go to church every week.” Obviously, it’s not what you advertise that counts, it’s what your really made of.
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FETCH

When I read Scripture, not associating anything with religion, but read Scripture as if I’ve never read it before, I read that God wants all or nothing, He want’s our first, and He wants our best. If you think it does not matter, if you think you can give Him the leftovers of your time and money, your fooling yourself. Recall why Cain killed Able (Gen 4:5), recall Malachi 1:8, and if that doesn’t do enough, stop watching TV and recall the gospels.

It’s easy to fill ourselves up with the things of this world and give God what is left. Hosea 13:6 says, “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.” If we are honest with ourselves, we stay so busy in the worldly things we usually forget God. We throw Him a scrap or two, but only really because we feel guilty if we gave Him absolutely nothing. A mumbled three-minute prayer over a meal, or at the end of the day, when we are already half asleep. Two crumpled-up dollar bills thrown as an after-thought into the church’s fund - Fetch, God!!!

From God's perspective (which is the only that matters), leftovers are not merely inadequate - they are evil. Let's stop calling it a "busy schedule" or "bills" or "forgetfulness" - it's called evil.

Have you continued with the challenge from 11/12/13? Did you even try? How did you do? If you stopped, why? If your not sure what I'm talking about, please review "WHAT DO YOU ALLOW TO DICTATE YOUR TIME?" from November 12.
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LIFE ON THE EDGE

When I read Scripture that tells me not to store up (Luke 12:16-21) and I read not to store up things here on earth but to store up riches in heaven (Matt 6:20), isn't it pretty crazy to be scrambling so hard for things of this world when, at any moment, your life can stop without notice? Isn't it absolutely nuts, to covet the things your neighbor has, forsaking God's instruction, and buying those things which will fall apart within a few years? When I look back at my life, I can only think of a couple items that I'm glad I bought (the bedroom suit we've had for almost 20 years, etc). But, and think about this, look at how many things that we've spent money on, that we can say, "that was a waste of money" - because that item is either dead and gone or collecting dust with no use what-so-ever. Are we really willing to trade Heaven for these things?

Comforting thought with the holiday of greed and coveting just around the corner. Yet, will we be hearers or doers? Will we take the words seriously? (Refer to Friday's post "DO YOU TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY?"
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DO YOU TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY?

We’ve conditioned ourselves to hear sermons and not respond. Oh, we say good sermon, but we don’t respond with action. Sermons have become Christian entertainment - I often call church (as it is today) a sunday morning reality show. We go to church to “get our praise on” and hear a well-developed sermon and a convicting thought. We’ve become satisfied with the thought of being convicted, then apparently feel the job is done. Yet, Scripture tells us if we are hearing the Word and not doing something with it, we deceive ourselves.

Think about what it would look like if we actually took the Bible, and what Y’shua had to say, serious. In Luke 6, Y’shua says to “do good to those who hate you”. Think about someone who hates you, are you willing to go do something good for them? Will you do that? Before you continue, think about that serous answer, and be truthful - yes or no?
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CHOOSE THE RIGHT GOAL

When I was 30, I came out of truck driving for a while. I applied for an order-selection position at a food distribution warehouse. Order-selection jobs are only for the young: 30 is typically too old. I bugged them every day until they brought me in for an interview. There’s no way they were going to interview a 30 year old truck driver for such a strenuous job, and they made sure to tell me that. Yet, I convinced them to hire me and told them I would be the best order-selector they had.

I was placed in the freezer department where I gathered together store orders, in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. The young man who trained me was wicked fast: the fastest in the department.

Once I was done with my training period, I immediately started my goal at becoming the fastest; and I set my eyes on the very man who trained me.
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WHAT DO WE ALLOW TO DICTATE OUR TIME?

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33

Many of you know that my job has me traveling out of town each week; yet, my wife must stay home. I have a set schedule with her: on the day I leave, I have lunch with her at around 9:45 AM, then talk with her a couple times on the phone. Each day after, I talk to her at around 9:45 AM, just after 2:00 PM, and at least once more before she goes to bed at around 8:30 PM. If we did not have this open line of communication, our relationship would start to fall apart.
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SUMMING IT UP

I recently got into a discussion about why so many institutions focus on helping the poor in other countries verses America. In writing this, I’m not saying not to help people here in America, but I’m only answering the question stated.

People in America have the Word of God; yet, they refuse the knowledge. Even those in the church rather stick to their denominational theology rather than the true Word of God. So, most missionary schools train only for over seas missions, where people appreciate a Bible, want to read that Bible, and want to absorb the truths of that Bible.

In talking about poverty, we often use the words, “I’m broke” or “I’m poor”. Yet, we in America, are neither of these things. I’ve even seen homeless with cell phones, nice clothes, etc.
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COULD LAODICEA REALLY BE TODAY?

Colossians 2:1 1 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,

Colossians 4:13 13 For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.

Colossians 4:15-16 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. 16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

Sounds like, in the time of this letter from Paul, the church of Laodicea was doing pretty good in their walk - a healthy and legitimate church. But, by the time Revelation was written (about 25 years later), their hearts no longer belonged to God - despite the fact that they were still active as a church. Their church was prospering, and they didn’t seem to be experiencing any real persecution. They were comfortable and proud. Sound familiar?
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COMMANDMENTS REPLACE / GOING TO HEAVEN WHILE STILL KNOWINGLY SINNING

I was recently asked a question behind the wall. We've looked at these two subjects before but, since we have new people in our family, I'm going to post the response again.

Were the Ten Commandments replaced and will we still get to Heaven if we continue to sin but God see's the struggle?

Before the posted response, I told them that we are to work out our Salvation with fear and trembling. Whether one get's to Heaven is between a person and God; but here's what Holy Scripture says about the Ten Commandments and continuing in sin that we are aware of.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 19/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really are not very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn't be more wrong. They dress in the same lustful manner as the world. They focus their desires on the things of the world. They devote their time to the things of world. In all truth, when seeing the looks and actions of both in the secular environment, it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between a lukewarm person and a person of the world.

Matthew 23:25-28
25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 18/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE structure their lives so that they never have to live by faith. They don't have to trust God if something unexpected happens - they trust their savings account. They don't need God to help them - they have their retirement plan (and don't have faith in God if social security were to fail). They don't seek after a life that God would have them live - they have life planned. They don't depend on God on a daily basis - their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God.

Luke 12:16-21
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' 18 So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' 20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 17/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE feel secure because they go to church, made a profession of faith, "asked Jesus in their heart", were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America. God wants far more than these actions and beliefs in a country that has reached the level of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Matthew 7:21
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Amos 6:1
1 Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, And trust in Mount Samaria, Notable persons in the chief nation
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SEX CRAVED KIDS

Why is sex becoming an issue at ages far younger than just 30 years ago?

Many parents put their trust into entertainment companies, like Disney, who portray themselves as child friendly. Yet, as in this picture from the movie “Little Mermaid” we see Disney putting sexually explicit pictures into “children’s” movies.

This is not a fluke, or someone’s imagination that it’s happening. In 1999, Disney recalled the movie “The Rescuers” because of a scene with TWO topless women in the background. These are cartoons, thus it can’t be an accident; because it must be drawn and colored to be in the film.

Disney movies are riddled with pictures of sexual organs, topless women, playboy pictures, erections, flashing, and the word “sex”; yet only ONE movie has been recalled for the issue - make sense?

With the popularity of TV as the “baby sitter”, more and more children, from the youngest of ages, are being constantly subjected to subliminal messages towards sex. Would we expect their actions to be any different?

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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 16/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE want to play it safe. They are slaves to the god of control and refuse to go on a ledge for God. This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God.

1 Timothy 6:17
17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Matthew 10:28
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 15/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE only do what is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They only want to do the bare minimum, to be "good enough" without too much being required of them. These are those who ask:
"How far can I go before it's considered a sin?"
"How much do I have to give?"
How much time should I spend praying and reading my Bible?"
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 14/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. They are quick to point our, "Jesus never said money is the root of all evil, only that LOVE of money is". Many lukewarm people feel "called" to minister to the rich; by their actions we see that very few feel "called" to minister to the poor and imprisoned.

Hebrews 13:5
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 13/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE think about life on earth far more often that life in Heaven. They see this life as life, and often forget that we are just passing through (at least until life comes closer to it's end). Daily life is more focused on what they need to do each day, each week, watch month, and the things desired. Rarely, if ever, do their actions show that they consider the life to come.

Philippians 3:18-20
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame--who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Colossians 3:2
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

"If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of they other world that they ahve become so ineffective in this"
- C.S. Lewis
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 12/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE will serve God and others to a limit. There is only so far they are willing to go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give.

Luke 18:21-25
21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 11/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE love others, but not really as much as they love themselves. Their love of others is focused on those who love them in return; and there is little love left over for those who can't love them back. There is especially no love for those who intentionally hurt them, whose children are better athletes, with who has a nicer car, or with those that conversations are awkward or uncomfortable. Their love is HIGHLY conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings. They will not allow themselves to be put into an uncomfortable position, or allow hinderances in their desires or schedule, so that it could help someone else out.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 10/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, mind, and strength. They are quick to try and convince people they love God that much; but inside, they believe that sort of total devotion isn't really possible for the average person; it's only for pastors and missionaries and radicals.

Matthew 22:37-38
37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 9/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE say they love Jesus and He is a part of their life. But they can't explain how they show their love for Y'shua, and He is only a PART of their life. They give him a portion of their time, money, and thoughts, but He's not allowed to be first; nor control their lives.

Luke 9:57-62
57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 59 Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God." 61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." 62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 8/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE judge their "goodness" by comparing themselves to the secular world rather than Holy Scripture. They feel satisfied that while they're not as "hard-core" for Christ as so-and-so, they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the road.

2 Corinthians 10:12
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Luke 18:11-12
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 7/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They are afraid of being rejected and don't want people to feel uncomfortable by talking about religion.

Matthew 10:32-33
32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 6/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, but they don't think they need to. They assume such actions are not for the average Christian; and they feel (when they read Scripture) that what Jesus expects of His followers is "radical".
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 5/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE only want to be saved from the penalty of sin, they don't really want to be saved from their sin. They don't really hate sin, and are not really sorry for it; they just sorry because they know God will punish them for it one day. Lukewarm people don't really believe that the new life (born again life) that Y'shua offers is better than the old sinful one They claim that Christ's command to "sin no more" is impossible; and instead, He covers all the sin they refuse to eliminate from their lives.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 4/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE, when in conflict, they choose what's popular over what's right. They want to fit in with church, but also with the world. They worry more about what people think of them, looks, clothes, even church going, and giving, than what God thinks of their hearts and lives.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 3/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE give money to the church and maybe even to charity; as long as it doesn't infringe on their standard of living. If they have extra money, after paying for things not needed or on loans of things bigger than needed, they give. After all, the Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver.
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 2/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

LUKEWARM PEOPLE believe "good Christians" attend church regularly, it's what we are suppose to do: it's expected of a "good Christian".
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BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF LAODICEA PEOPLE? - PART 1/19

A Self-Examination so that we can come into a closer walk that God desires us to be at.

Philippians 1:27 says to conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel. Have you ever really thought about that? If your like me, it has not been that often, if at all. Conduct ourselves, which is the way we act, the way we treat others, and the way we treat God. We are to Conduct ourselves so that it measures up (worthy or worth) to the Gospel of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to examine ourselves to be sure we are in the faith. Too often, actually almost all the time, we tend to judge ourselves with the world and we become satisfied with where we are; but is where we are where God desires us? The New Testament is full of examples of people who were satisfied with where they were but they were not where God wanted them. In Matthew 7 Y'shua said that there will be many who cry Lord, Lord, but they will not make it. These are those who are satisfied with themselves.
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PERILOUS TIMES

"It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the Gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted, prosperity"
- Frederic D. Huntington, Forum magazine, 1890

2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
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PRIORITIES

In my observance of church people, I find a lot of Christians who work to fit God in their lives. This should never be, our priorities in our lives should never be trying to fit God in. We should never try to fit God into our time, or money, our lives. We could never live the lifestyle we want and fit God in. Therefore, God should be first; and we should be more concerned with pleasing God then pleasing ourselves.

I know I’ve caught myself saying, “I want this” or “I want to do that”. We should be reaching a point in our lives that we say, “Let’s read the Bible. Let’s take it serious. What is it God wants me to do?”
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INSIGNIFICANCE

This morning I was lying awake thinking about how insignificant things are that we do. We care so much about things, taking and keeping pictures and videos, going on trips, and such. Within two generations, no one will mention our name, no one will care about our pictures or videos, and most everything we have will be in a land fill. Seems like we sure are waisting our time for these things that will be forgotten and no more when there is something far more glorious and everlasting after this. Makes me understand more how this life is mere preparation for the eternal one - which one depends on how much time we put into this one verses how much time we put into the next.
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HARLOT CHRISTIAN

Revelation 17:5
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS...

Jeremiah 3:6
6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: "Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.
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WHAT ARE WE THINKING?

I'm completely confused and amazed!! How a generation of church goers who know Hell is real, know that few will find the path; know that many who think they are going are not (because they did not do the will of the Father), that the generation is lukewarm, that they will have a form of godliness but lack the power of godliness. Yet still, they put their trust of their eternal life into the hands of a pastor, denomination, or evangelist and never pick up the Bible to study why these things will be and if their life just may be that one in error: they only pick up the Bible to follow along with their "trusted pastor" in what he tells them is the truth.

Who's to say your pastor, denomination, or evangelist is not one of those who will be crying "Lord Lord"? Thus then we have a blind leading the blind because virtually everyone in this generation merely follows the leader of another man rather than Holy Scripture itself.

I pray that we all would be moved to study Scripture, have a desire for Christ to the point we seek diligently after Him; and follow His ways.
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GOD AT THE CENTER

Colossians 1:16 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

It’s sad that we too often try to put ourselves as the center of our own lives; we live like everything revolves around us. I want this, I want that, I want the Spirit to move, I want this kind of music, etc. While God desires that none be lost, he was in existence long before man and will be long after. His life is not dependent upon us. He want’s us, but He wants us as children who put Him at our center; nothing we do is about us, but about God.
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BIBLICAL DISAGREEMENT

Do you disagree with anything the Bible says? Our religious side says, “no”. But if we examine our lives, we see that we disagree with quite a bit of the Bible. We disagree with the issue of pork, Sabbath, kicking people out of the church for non repentant sin, helping the foreigner who lives among us, giving the abundance of our money to the poor to equal us out (ouch, yes that is in there).

Even though there are parts of the Bible we disagree with, we must assume we are wrong; and still obey. To disagree with God, and assume we know better, is like a three year old child telling us how to do something better in their child raising.

The fact comes down to, if we disagree with God’s Word, and we refuse to obey because we disagree, we are not really a follower of God. If we only agree with God when He agree’s with us, we become our god.
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WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?

Y’shua said to put Him above all things and to seek after Him as if we were seeking after gold. He told us to make disciples of the lost and to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick.

What a crying shame it will be, when this same Christ returns, if those who proclaim to FOLLOW Him have their head stuck in TV, a movie, sports, Facebook, or the likes, while the world is still lost and perishing.
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NOW YOU SEE WHERE TO START

Isaiah 6:1-5 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." Read More...
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YOU DON’T KNOW ME

Before my wife and I started dating, I did not know her; and she did not know me - otherwise she may not have went out with me. I’d seen her around, and a friend told me about her, but knew nothing else of her. It was not until I started spending time with her, studying her, that I found out who she was and could say I know her. Now, after so long a time, I know her quite well, and when she is happy, I feel joy; and when she is in sorrow, my heart is sorrowful. Yet, even though I know her, I can’t stop studying her; because I love her. Read More...
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BY HIS STRIPES...

I was raised in, and spent much time in what people call the “name it and claim it” arena. I’ve often heard the “by His stripes we are healed” scripture used to demand healing. This passage of Holy Scripture has been taken completely out of context and off subject. Because of this error, the Creator looks weak to satan and looks like a liar. IF, as they claim, we WERE healed, then we would NEVER get sick because our God does not lie and is much more powerful than Satan. So, what is being said in this Biblical statement?
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WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

Deuteronomy 29:5-6
"And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God."

The church today feels that we should not go through wilderness times in our lives. I’m not sure where they get that from Scripture. They act like wilderness times is like a punishment, but it's a growing period for us. I read that God WILL TAKE US INTO wilderness times, but He will not leave us. He will provide for us so what we can know who He is - Jehovah Jireh. When I read Scripture, I read that He shows Himself while we are with the lions, and He walks with us when we are in the fire. And because we know God, we will fear no evil when we are in that valley.
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YOU KNOW BY THE SYMPTOMS

When we get up in the morning and we have that sore throat, light headed, stuffed up, feverish feeling, we know we must be coming down with the flu. The stuffy nose is not the flu, nor is the fever; the sore throat is not it and the light headed feeling is not the flu: these are merely symptoms that tells us there is an issue going on in our body. There’s not much we can do for the flu, so we take drugs to cover the symptoms and help us forget we have a bad condition.

In 2 Timothy chapter 3, Paul gives a depiction of the church in the end days; the days we are in today. He gives a series of symptoms: “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,...”. Paul then tells why they have these symptoms, their spiritual condition - Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.
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CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

Most of you are praying for God to change your circumstances - God’s busy trying to change you. Comply to God’s desire and your circumstances will change - but this will only happen through a knowledge of what God wants; and knowledge only comes by a diligent seeking of Him by a study of His Word.
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PAUL AND SILAS MOMENT

Yesterday, I was dispatched on a load that would get me home. I had one pick up in Columbia, SC and I had to go to another town to pick up a few more pallets. When I arrived for my second pick up, the load was not ready. I sat there for five hours because a barcode was not printing on the paperwork needed to load me. After the barcode printed, they found out that the product had not even been released and they could not load me: they ended up sending me to my delivery, short those few pallets. Yet, I still could not go home, because my log book had now run out of hours.

No, not exactly a Paul and Silas moment, I was not falsely accused nor thrown in prison. But, when you are working for free, and being held up when trying to get home, it can become quite stressful; and most will complain.
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NEVER HEAR

If the church lived like the Bible commands of us, we would never hear, "I believe in God, just not organized religion."
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LUKEWARM

Lukewarm is when one feels they have "enough God". Hot, and even cold, is that position one desires "More God".
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NO FRUIT

"82 percent of the unchurched are likely to attend church if invited by a trusted friend or relative," while "only 2 percent of church-going people invite someone to church in a given year."

What a sad state of affair the "church" is in. Do professing Christians not understand the commands of Christ? If one does not bear fruit, they will be cut off and burned? How is it that so many think they are fine just warming the pews?

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/september/back-to-church-sunday-pew-research.html
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AMERICA - SATAN'S COUNTRY?

Many professing Christians call America, “God’s Country”; I use to. Yet, when one understand prophecy, they see that a nation will arise that looks like a christian nation, with two powers at it’s head to which neither are ruling, we should be asking, “Are we really God’s country?”

On 02-18-03 journalist Eric Gillin, released an article1 where he interviewed the church of satan. In the interview, the representative of the church of satan said,
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SIGNS OF LOVE

Have you ever ran into someone who had a passion for something?

We use to love NASCAR (yes we are from the south). My wife was about the worse I’ve seen this side of the crazies camping in the infield. She was a huge Jimmy Johnson fan (I’ll probably loose some readers now), and I use to say that Mr. Johnson was in trouble; because, if we have the desires of our heart in Heaven, our home will be a beautiful home with a 42 car garage, a replica track of Bristol Motor Speedway in the back yard, and Jimmy Johnson living in the end suite.
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A STANDING LAW

California mother reportedly shames daughter to hold sign after twerking at school dance

I wonder where this 11 year old girl got the idea to twerk at a dance? It couldn't be because of the idolatry towards a teen IDOL that recently received a lot of attention for twerking at the VMA's?

Many people believe the Levitical Laws are gone, but which ones? Because we are still seeing them in action today; along with the curses that accompany them.

Leviticus 19:29 “'Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness.”

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/11/california-mother-reportedly-shames-daughter-to-hold-sign-after-twerking-at/?test=latestnews#ixzz2ebOPanN1
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FROM DECEPTION TO OPEN ACCEPTANCE

I’m getting ready to give an example of deception, but this article is not about the example nor deception; it’s about something far worse.

Many people know the popular Eagles song, “Hotel California”; yet most people have no idea that the song refers to the church of satan in California.

Anton LaVey, founder of the church of satan, wrote the satanic bible in 1969; which is the reason of the statement, “we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”. A portion of the song continues to say:

“Mirrors on the ceiling,The pink champagne on iceAnd she said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’And in the master’s chambers,They gathered for the feastThey stab it with their steely knives,But they just can’t kill the beast”

The songs title is talking of the actual church of satan, which is located in a converted hotel on California street. Inside the album cover, looking down on the festivities, is Anton LaVey. The Eagles manager, Larry Salter, admitted in the Waco Tribune-Herald, (Feb. 28, 1982) that the Eagles were involved with the Church of Satan.

There are many deceptions in the world that has fooled the professing Christian into things they should not be involved in; but there is something that has changed, and it’s far worse than these deceptions.

Christians no longer have to be deceived to sleep with the harlotries of this world. There are many things that are open about what they are, and what they represent; yet todays Christian has no problem with going to places like “Sin City” and watching shows like “Son’s of Anarchy” (just to name a very few); things that are in complete contradiction to the character of God. Whether they are living it out in a sinful place, or living it vicariously in a show, these are things professing Christians should avoid; yet they are embracing instead.

God help us all, because we’ve allowed the church to become a harlot, through our desires of worldly things.
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THE SHARPENING STONE

Proverbs 27:17
“As iron sharpens iron,So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

I had the privilege of taking a week long survival course in the deserts of Utah. While out there, I learned some of the more primitive arts of survival, fire with bow-drill, finding water in the desert, how to carry necessities without a backpack; basically, surviving with the bare minimum and no luxuries. One skill we looked at was making cutting tools from stone.

When making a cutting tool from stone, one must find a stone that is capable of being broken correctly. Then one of three tasks can be taken in order to sharpen the stone: rock bash, bi-polar percussion, or percussion flaking. To make a long story short, by either slamming the prospective stone on another stone, or by taking a stone (called a hammer stone) and striking the prospective stone, flakes will break off and create a sharper edge.
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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 5 of 5

John 15:2
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

As with the understanding of “Abiding in the Vine”, that we looked at in part 1 and 2 of this study, there are clear commands to produce fruit, or witness of Christ; which is the “type” in the equation, and of those who don’t produce fruit, or add to the Kingdom of God as the “anti-type” of the equation.
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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 4 of 5

John 15:2
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

How does one tell the difference between a vegetable and a fruit? Fruit is any plant of the earth which bears the reproductive seed within it’s edible part. It is by this definition that we understand that tomato’s, squash, zucchini, etc are fruit and not vegetables. Fruit bears the life sustaining, reproduction, grove growing properties of the plant.

In Mark 16:15, Y’shua said to go into the world preaching; and James talks about converting men towards Christ (James 5:20). We, as those branches abiding in the vine of Christ, are to produce Kingdom building, reproductive fruit. We are to be witnessing of Christ and sowing seeds for the Kingdom of God.

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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 3 of 5

John 15:5
“ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”

John 15:2
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

As we looked at in part 1 of this study, there are three important things to consider in this parable of “Abiding in the Vine”: the parable is talking about those who are joined to the vine but tells of two ways to be removed from the vine. In part 1 and 2 of this study, we saw that if we do not diligently seek after Christ, we will be cast out into the fire. We also see that those who do not produce fruit are cut away. But, what is this fruit?

Some may look at Gal 5 for the answer to the “fruit” question; yet these are characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit which one will take on when they follow the Spirit. When we look at the parable of “The Sower”, we see numbers associated with the fruit (Matt 13:23). These numbers are “some hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty”. Seeing this, we understand it’s not the few listed characteristics of the fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5, but rather something else.

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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 2 of 5

John 15:6
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

When talking about “abiding in the vine” we see that we must be seeking after Christ with all we have (Matt 12:42). In John 15:7, we see rewards given to those who abide, as a further understanding, when we look at Heb 11:6, we see rewards for those who DILIGENTLY seek Him; therefore, a stronger link is made for the understanding of what abiding is.

As a diligent seeking of Christ is very clear in Scripture (Matt 13:44; Matt 13:45-46; Matt 12:42), and the “type” in this equation; the “anti-type” is also clearly listed (Matt 13:22; 2 Tim 3:4; 1 John 2:15). As we see in Scripture, seeking after Christ is the forsaking of all worldly things for the desire of more of Him; and His work of building in the Kingdom by the salvation of souls. The other side of this is clearly defined by those, in the church, who have a greater desire of worldly possessions, activities, and cares of this world rather than the study and works of Christ.

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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 1 of 5

John 15:6
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

There are a number of things that one must consider when wanting to fully understand a parable of Christ’s: culture, law, events at the time of the parable, the building of one parable upon the other, are just a few of those things one must look at.

When we look at the parable of abiding in the vine (John 15:1-8), we see three important things that should cause us to want to dig. First, Y’shua is talking about those who are already abiding; because we see two failures of the branches (our lives), which cause us to be cut off and cast out. It’s these’s two failures that are the other two important things to consider: one is for not abiding and the other for the lack of production of fruit.
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BLESSINGS OF LAODICEA

The biggest problem Laodicea makes is judging their spiritual condition based on their blessings.
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SALT OF THE EARTH

Matt 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men”

When Daniel was given a diet to eat, which was contrary to the commands of God, he refused; even though it could cost him is life. When he was confronted with a civil law that forbade him to pray, he boldly refused to follow that law; even though it could cost him is earthly life. When Stephen was confronted by religious leaders demanding religious laws that were contrary to God, he refused and rebuked the leaders for their apostasy against Holy Scripture; even though it would cost him his earthly life.
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BLESSINGS FOR ALL

People often get upset with me, usually it’s only because of a misunderstanding. They think I’m being combative; maybe they think I think I know everything; maybe it’s because I’m still learning how to communicate what I’m trying to do (without coming outright and telling them my intentions). It’s my job to show people Scripture that contradicts what religion teaches: It’s my job to show things in the Bible that contradicts what has been accepted in the teaching and being lived out in the lives of professing Christians. There’s one God, one Gospel, and one way; and only ONE interpretation: that’s not the way taught by religion.

The goal with this FaceBook page is one of two: make people think and open their Bible, and cause a discussion which could cause a stone to sharpen stone.
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BELIEVE

In a recent series on “Biblical Salvation verse the Salvation of Religion”, we looked at the Biblical definition of “believe”, “faith”, “grace”, and many other mis-taught, and mis-lived, Biblical principles.

The attached article is based on questions asked to young atheist's who came from christian homes. While they did not concentrate on the bulk of the answers given, they categorized it into a simple reasons of why the teen fell from Christ to atheist: those who profess it don’t actually believe. Once respondent said, "Christianity is something that if you really believed it, it would change your life and you would want to change [the lives] of others. I haven't seen too much of that."
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GIVE THEM SOME ICE CREAM!!

Anyone who has ever raised a child has had the moment; that moment when your deep into something and you look over just to see your child trying to mimic your every move. They way they are sitting, the legs crossed, they way they are propping their head, etc. There’s a feeling that comes over you, that this child looks up to you so much that they want to mimic everything about you. There’s a certain level of pride that comes to you and you think, “Let’s go get some ice cream!” The child did not mimic you in efforts to get a prize, they just loved you so much that they wanted to mimic you; but you don’t care, you want to get them some ice cream anyway.

I don’t want to try and say the right sermon, sing the right song, pray the right way, to get the “Ice Cream” from God; His Spirit. I want to have my love for Him at a level that makes me want to mimic Him; not for His Spirit, but just because I look up to Him so much. In the process, I do want Him to be so proud that He is compelled to give me the “Ice Cream” anyway
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WHAT IS AIR?

We owe every breath to God. Now, many know this and some say it, but do we realize by how much this statement is true? I want to show you something that I pray will move you as it does me.

We all know that God breathed into man, and man became a living soul (Gen 2:7)

The Hebrew word for “breathed” is “sama”; from 5395; a puff, WIND, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, INTELLECT., inspiration, soul, SPIRIT.
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PROPHET IN 1 SAMUEL 2:27

From a question posted on the Facebook Bible Study Page:

QUESTION
Hello Brother Wayne,This is Billy Baker.Me an some others have a ? for you,we would like your take on 1 Samuel 2:27 And there came a man of God unto Eli. Some say it was Samuel,but I find that hard to believe.In charter 3 Samuel was but a boy.Thanks for your time and thoughts on this scripture,May God Bless your studies as well as your life in Jesus name,Amen
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IMAGE AND MARK - THE WORSHIP AND RECEIVING OF

In Revelation 13, we are told of an image that the people will build and worship and a mark they will receive. While I believe God had a certain “image” He was referring to, what this image is, for the most part so far, has been an interpretive belief dependent upon the individual. Many things may work but they MUST remain within the relationship of who the first and second beast are. The first and second beast is not interpretive; and the Bible all but names them.

We understand that an image is not necessarily something that is tangible, as say a statue. To give breath to something is to give life to it. So this will be an image that will be alive in the fact that it will move and grow and call out to the inhabitants of earth: it’s formed by the second beast and grows to all those who dwell on the earth. If they do not go along with the second beast’s image, they may suffer death.
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SWIMSUIT

I've talked to many men on the subject and everyone I've talk to agrees. Whether they are professing christians or professing non-christian, men agree that a woman showing much skin is enticing to be someone to sleep with, as a trophy, and go. Meanwhile, a woman who dresses with a beautiful dress or sport suit is seen as classy and sexy.

When listening to this video, about the history of the bikini and studies done with men when they see women in various dress, it seems my lame research is equaled with scientific research.
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UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY - MAN ON THE WHITE HORSE

All my life, I’ve heard of the “four horse apocalypse” which are the four horsemen of the first four seals that were opened. Most teachers claim that the first horse, the rider on the white horse, is the anti-christ. There is absolutely nothing, in the Bible, to link the white horse with a man controlling in the end; and honest teachers will tell you it’s assumed that the white horse is the anti-christ.

I like to use the Bible to define itself and doing so, I find that modern teaching is taking what is Y’shua and calling it anti-christ. Modern teaching does this at several points of prophecy.

So, what is the white horse? Well, I guess I already said it was Christ; but how do I come to that conclusion?
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GOD'S CHILDREN

On my personal Facebook page, I recently posted the question:

“If a child is good, but they don't offer to assist their parents in any way, are they still defined as good? If they don't create problems for the parents but they don't do chores set up by the parents, are these children good? Should this be allowed?”

I received a few responses which I’m not going to list in whole, but they did all agree for the most part. I’m going to quickly compile these response then ask a new question.

The responses basically went as such:
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WISDOM OF BABES

I have the privilege of being able to go into prison and minister to the residents of the facility. Before doing so, I was warned of the Biblical knowledge the residents have. Fortunately, other than my daily job, I devout the majority of my time to the deep study of Holy Scripture. It's fortunate because, not only does it show a desire to learn of God, I have found the most knowledgable people, of the Holy Bible, are those who are on the inside.

This fact should shame those on the outside, those who have more freedoms and more resources to be able to study. We say, we have less time and more distractions;
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VENGEANCE IS MINE

"Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord" is a common phrase used by people who have been done wrong by someone else. I have two issues with this phrase: first, it's unBiblical in the manner used. We'll get to this in a moment. The second issue I have, in the manner used, it is vindictive. We, as Christ followers, should not wish the vengeance of God upon anyone. If we understood the power, we would understand this should not be wished. Yet, if we do good to those who persecute us (Matt 5:44; Romans 12:14), we then look for the opportunity, not for vengeance of God upon them, but for the Grace to be revealed to them (Romans 1:5).

So, what is the context of this statement?
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WHY REVIVAL?

We're looking for revival; Why? Is it so we can have a wonderful feeling, so we can have things; is it so we can do wondrous things? For what purpose do we seek revival: for our glory? Are these things a revival? Are we revived by the things Y'shua can do for us? What is the purpose of reviving? We say we want the Kingdom of YHWH to come; here and now. For what do we think the Kingdom is? YHWH gave all, Y'shua gave up all so that at least one could be saved. If you were the only one, He would have still done it: THIS is the Kingdom of Elohim. What more must be done to stir His people? What greater service, what greater wonder do we need, to give what we have for one soul to be saved? For this is the Kingdom of Elohim. If we are unwilling to give up the worldly cares for the gain of one soul: if we are unwilling to step out of the world in Name of Messiah Y'shua, for the Kingdom, we will not obtain revival in Adonai. You must seek a revival in you, this you have control of: YHWH seeks a revival within His Kingdom, this you also have control of. Which would you rather seek, that which benefits you, or the Kingdom? The things that benefit you are the pleasures of this short life. The things that benefit the Kingdom is the work that builds that Kingdom. Do you not know that revival of the Kingdom brings a revival of you? Nehamiah built a wall in record time by having each person work on their section of wall. The Kingdom of Elohim and a revival can explode by each person working on their section of souls which they have contact with. Revival is up to you and how hard you work at it.
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A WITNESS OF LIFE BY HIS DEATH

As many know, who read my post’s, I recently had a friend who pass away, a man I’ve known for just under 40 years. While I lost track of him for a few years, for the past several we’ve stayed in touch through FaceBook. I wanted to give a witness to his life by the evidence shown by his death.

Eric Wollam was raised, and lived, in a small southern town named Bradford, TN. He always had adversities through life: he always had health problems. Many of the common sickness which we have, the severity was multiplied for Eric. Yet, I never once, in those 40 years, heard him complain. Like Paul, though he had a thorn in his side, God used it through Eric’s willing soul to show the better side of God, the peace one can have no matter what life throws at us. I believe people respected his life, even as teenagers in school, because he knew no man as his adversary. Read More...
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OUR MONEY IS CURSED BECAUSE...

The most popular teaching today is a Grace only teaching. Religion teaches to merely have faith in the sacrifice of Christ and we are saved. Religion teaches that there is no need to clean ourselves, or to live a life of righteousness and godliness, because we can not do it. Yet, scripture paints a totally different picture (Titus 2:11-14; Romans 6:3-6, 12-16...).

Many have heard me refer to the US as having the spirit of Sodom. We have even allowed sexual immoralities into our churches; along with a gluttonous living, idleness, and few do anything to help those in need. God is sending the US a warning. Bear with me through this, and I’ll explain, by scripture, why I believe this is a warning to the US.
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BIBLE HEALTH

Everyone always wants to get healthier right? I have a close friend who had a weight problem, digestive problems, and bowel problems. When he accepted the truth of this simple Biblical diet (which is not a diet as we would think of a diet for losing weight), his digestive issues are gone, his bowels are back to normal, and he lost over 11 pounds quickly.

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AMERICA GOD'S COUNTRY

Romans 1:16-32 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

We might have been God’s country at one time. Though we were given the truth of God, through His Holy Scripture, we have created ourselves our own god, within religion; because we no longer seek diligently after God (Heb 11:6), because we rather care for the cares and riches of this world than for God (Matt 13:22; 1 John 2:15).

God has turned us over, and America is now a curse. While some may not like this fact, it remains and is recorded as so within Holy Scripture; if it sounds like a pig, it’s a pig.
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JUDGING BY GOD’S GRACE

I think back to when I was living for Satan: all those things I done wrong and I still see God’s grace that spared me from many things; including death.

When we look at the children of Israel; the example given when they were freed from Egypt, we see God protecting them and providing for them. He did so many good things for them; yet, was the Grace He shown them a sign of they're doing things right? Absolutely not.

I talk to many people, and they all seem to judge themselves by other people, or by the Grace God has shown them. They say, “The Lord is blessing me, I must be doing something right”. Once, when I had something big go my way, my employer said, “Your good living is paying off”. Because of YHWH sparing the life of a man, I heard someone say about him, “Try to tell him that what he is doing is wrong”.

2 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV) 12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
One of the most dangerous things we can do is compare ourselves among ourselves, or with the Grace God has shown in His protection over or providing for us. In this Laodicea age, we think we are rich and don’t know that we are not (Rev 3:17). We think we are rich, because we judge ourselves based on the Grace God has given. We don’t know we are poor because we compare ourselves with those around us; who are also judging themselves on God Grace. The problem is, like the children of Israel during the Exodus from Egypt, and wandering in the desert, we are NOT doing it right: we are called a harlot of the whore for a reason (Rev 17:5).

Because we appear to be a blessed nation, because we appear to be blessed personally, because we see a few wondrous signs from God, we base our “richness” upon this Grace. Yet, understanding all the Grace which God provided Israel, I dare to say far more than we see in our lives, they still did not reach the promised land. Because of the murmuring, lack of faith, and all around rebellious attitude against what God had told them, they were kept from that glorious land. When I look at the condition of the church today, I see a direct parallel with Israel of then.

Understanding that the Old Testament is an example of where we are now, should we really be judging ourselves based on Grace? Do we dare think that God will put up with our rebellious behavior all the way to Heaven? OR, should we judge ourselves based on Scripture, for it’s the Word, the warning from God on what He desires from us? It is by the Word we are judged, it’s the Word of God which must stand; and it tells us how to live for and how to respond to God.
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BOSTON BOMBING



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DEATH PENALTY FOR BREAKING SABBATH?

Numbers 15:32, 35 “32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death:”


There is much confusion about the differences in the Old Testament period and the period in which we live. People mock the Holy Bible, saying we should not teach from it; because of the extreme recourses that was required by God during that time.
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DEFINING MOMENT

Happy Sabbath everyone. I would like to show you an interesting fact based around two definitions and the importance of it.

1 The definition of discipline is:

the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior
the controlled behavior resulting from such training
activity or experience that provides mental or physical training
a system of rules of conduct
a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education

The root word of discipline comes from the Latin word “discipulus”
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NEW RELIGION

One day, my wife was listening to a large syndicated christian radio station called “FISH”. A caller called in with a dilemma: they had a previous promise made to their church, to attend and assist in a possible soul winning event; but, they also had tickets to a big playoff game for the same day. They really did not want to miss the game and did not know how to get out of their commitment at church. The host’s at FISH said to go to the game, “God will understand”.

Attached is an interesting article. In it, it talks about how sports is a new religion. We know we can not serve two masters, but professing christians would dare not miss a game of jr’s or of a big team; while happily missing time spent with Adonai.
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LIKE A CHILD

Have you ever sat back and reviewed and wondered about the fading light from initial dedication to where you are now? What I mean is, when a person first comes to Y’shua, I mean really comes, their life is on fire; you may even see Elohim perform many wonders through this babe in Christ. Then, as time goes, that fire fades, and with it so does YHWH’s show of power. What happened: where did it go?

The foundation is “FAITH”; yet, most people think faith is just believing, but faith is far more than that (James 2:19-20). When we read the context of Holy Scripture, we understand “FAITH” is the act of believing so much that you will do something that, in human logic, is stupid. Noah built an ark on dry land, Abraham packed up and moved without knowing where to go, Abraham also believed in having a child then set to sacrifice the very child that was suppose to make him the father of many nations (Heb 11). These are actions which are stupid, by human logic: that is “FAITH”

When one is brought to the truth of, and starts a walk in, Christ, they have full faith; though that faith is not much, they walk in what they have. I’ve heard it said, “The problem is when they get ‘religion’”. That’s true, but the surface answer to the problem.

“Religion” was passed down from the “mother whore” and right into protestantism. The “son of perdition” was revealed in 538 AD; which means the falling away started then: it’s in full bloom now. The problem comes into the “light”. If they read their Bible, as a babe grows they are fed both “light” and “religion”. When they question religion based on the light, they are told it’s wrong. Once we start refusing the light for religion or our own desires, that light starts to fade. When we refuse the light, which guides us to righteousness, YHWH will allow us to believe a lie (2 Thes 2:9-12). When we refuse to follow the light we loose faith, in not following Y’shua, even if it’s humanly stupid; we walk in darkness and know not where we go (John 12:35-36); we believe a lie, we walk in unrighteousness, it becomes rebellion. Y’shua can not work through rebellion.

Some of this light may be big Biblical truths as we are to stop sinning (John 5:14). Some light may be little beams; but, if we can not be trusted with little, how can He give us more (Luke 16:10-13)? I’ve talked to people who know the truth on the food we eat (Isaiah 66:15-17), yet continue to eat that which we were told not to. I’ve talked to MANY pastors who say they know the truth about Sabbath (Heb 4:8-10, 4), yet teach the wrong day because they worry about repercussion. This is rebellion; and, when purposely teaching incorrect doctrine of God’s Word, it’s a premeditated teaching in contradiction, in opposition, to the Holy Scriptures and the Words of YHWH: He can not work with this, it is a lukewarm condition.

While everyone will have error, let that error be just that... error. When we know the truth, we are required to live in and teach that truth; otherwise, we are teaching the teachings of anti-christ (1 Tim 6:3-5; 2 Cor 11:4; 2 John 1:7-10).
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LESSON LEARNED

Tuesday (4/2/13) was the last day of the Feast’s of Unleavened Bread. I would like to share what I learned from keeping this holiday.

This is the first time I went into this holiday planning on keeping it. While I knew of this holiday in the past, I saw it as a “Jewish” thing and really didn’t take it serious. YHWH showed me, just in time, the symbolism of leaven, thus I wanted to keep this holiday as a symbol of what He desires from His people.

We read in scripture that leaven symbolizes sin (Matt 16:6, 12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1; 1 Cor 5:6-8), so I went into this looking at leaven as sin: I was looking at how I treated it. For the better part, I did a pretty good job; but, that’s comparing my actions against my past (2 Cor 10:12). I like to compare with what God looks at.

I made some errors because there was leaven in things I never would have dreamed of, and didn’t even look. I cooked an organic TV dinner and ate it: I never looked. A couple days later, I cooked one at the house. While I was cooking it, my wife looks at the ingredients and says there yeast in it. The first time I “sinned”, it was out of ignorance: YHWH has Grace for a “sin” we don’t know of. Even though I knew the meal had yeast in it the second time, I still ate it: I did not want to throw it out. This is a rebellion, and for rebellion, there is no Grace given; not until we repent of that rebellion and stop doing the “sin”. Sometimes we mess up, we error if we look at it and say, “Might as well go all the way now, already messed up anyway”. This is not a good position. Once we understand the “sin” is there, we need to stop. I actually made this mistake twice. There is a really good example in the Holy Scriptures about sin by ignorance vs sin by rebellion, but for the sake of time, I’ll save that story for a near future writing.

I was in my truck and found a loaf of bread in a cubby. I didn’t investigate to see if it was bad, I just grabbed it and threw it away. This is the way we need to treat sin. We do not need to examine the sin, try to reason the sin, try to justify the sin, we need to just get rid of the sin (1 Jn 2:1; 5:18; 1 Cor 15:34; Acts 3:26; Titus 2:14; Rom 6:3-6, 12-13; Jn 3:36; Heb 5:9).

I heard of a person who ate some item with yeast in it. Their excuse was, “There can’t be much in there”. I believe this is the main issue in the church today, it’s only a little sin (Matt 13:33; 1 Cor 5:6-8; Matt 5:21-22, 27-28, 37). Yet we are warned not to be lukewarm (Rev 3:15-17): we are to remove the sin from our lives.

The Jew’s often give their leaven to a gentile friend, or sell it to them for a dollar, only to buy / get it back after the holiday. This would equal a repentance, but then turning back to the sin (Prov 26:11; 2 Peter 2:22; Luke 9:26). We should be willing to drop it, and leave it.

When I look at how I treated the yeast, and look at my life, I found a parallel. The way I treated the yeast is the way I treat sin in my life. It showed me what I needed to correct. My desire is to please my Adonai, and draw closer to Him (James 4:8). When I look at the way my wife treated the yeast, even though she knew it was in the food, as she found it, she ate it because I ate it. I see this as relative in her life, in the way she handled sin. When we were in the world, she would do something that was wrong, just because I wanted to do it. She is a strong woman, and when she points out sin, she needs to stand no matter what anyone else does. I’m sure the person who saw the yeast as just a little bit has an issue with looking at “little white lies” and the such. It’s up to them to examine their life and make corrections where it be; but, I wanted to point out these examples as it is very evident on the reasoning of why YHWH wanted us to keep this forever (Ex 12:14).

The way we deal with sin starts with our attitude about sin (Matt 15:19-20). There are some who, while knowing this holiday was happening and the symbolism it provides, absolutely refuse to follow the day: they refused to remove the leaven. Next to the little sin issue, this is the next big problem in professing christians today: they refuse to remove the sin from their lives and they don’t want to make any moves towards a better learning and closer walk with God. The unpardonable sin, is the sin one refuses to let go of.

There were some tasty foods that I ate, using unleavened bread. I made a really good pizza, which was only around 600 calories for a 10 inch square. I used it with cheese dip and it was just as good, if not better, than crackers I usually use. I spread peanut butter on it, just as tasty. Fact is, I may use unleavened bread more often. We often think that life just will not be as fulfilling unless there’s a little sin in it. After all, sin is fun right? Not really, a few moments of pleasure can bring hours of guilt; at the very least. I can have just as much fun without sin, as I THOUGHT I was having with sin. I just changed my priorities and learned some new delicacies in life. When you receive the new heart from Elohim, the new rational thought He gives, and you have that desire to walk after the example Y’shua gave, you find that sin no longer taste good.

I’m not sure if any other readers did this, but maybe you may think about doing it next year. I learned a great bit from it and didn’t miss the yeast a bit.
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EASTER OR RESSURECTION SUNDAY

"O YHWH, my strength and my fortress. My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, 'Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.'" Jeremiah 16:19

Deception is a mixture of lie and truth. It's what makes deception as profitable as this day coming up: whether it be called "easter" or "resurrection sunday". We were passed many lies from the mother church, and the harlot continues in them (Rev 17)

On the wall, of the home I was raised in, hung a plaque with the saying, "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD"; a wonderful saying, but in context says even more. Look this up, read it for yourself, in context; for I'm putting this in context by modern terms:

If it seems evil to you, to serve the LORD, then choose who else you will serve; whether the pagan gods of the past, or the pagan gods of today. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 Read More...
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PINNACLE ANNIVERSARY

Just a little less than 2000 years ago, on this very day (not friday), Messiah Y'shua died for all those who are willing to enter into the Renewed Covenant with Him: this is Nisan 14.

This Holiday, which was set up by Elohim our Creator, is an eight day holiday starting with Passover day (today) then continues into seven more days (starting at sunset tonight) called the Feast's of Unleavened Bread. Exodus 12:15 records the instructions given, in which we are to eat unleavened bread for seven days. Why did I say we; was this not just for Israel? Christ and Paul showed and taught to keep this holiday (we'll get to this more in a moment).
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"STOMP ON 'JESUS'"

Happy Sabbath everyone. I would like to voice my opinion on something that many seem not aware about. It recently has been revealed (in the article below) that some colleges use a text book which instructs students to write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper then stomp on it: Yes, I said it right, it is a text book being used. In the article inclosed, we here of this text book because one student, from what would seem many, refused to do it. Because he found it offensive to HIS faith, the Christian faith, he went to the instructors supervisor. The supervisor then suspended the student. Read More...
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BIBLE TALKS OF EASTER: GOD HATES IT!



Scripture speaks of easter festivals in several places: solomon brought it into Israel, Passover and easter traditions were mixed (just as they are today), and many more places. YHWH saw it as an abomination.
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UNSTOPPABLE FORCE MEETS AN UNMOVABLE OBJECT

It is believed that angels, whether those following Elohim or those fallen, can not be destroyed, they can not be hurt. Yet, Holy Scripture says God is the ONLY one to have immorality:

1 Timothy 6:15-16 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality,...

Think of this, if the angels had immorality, and could not be harmed, why would they fear Y’shua (James 2:19); and the battle between Michael, and His angels, and the fallen angels (Rev 12:7) would be like an “unstoppable force meeting an unmovable object”

It would be like the si-fi movies, two super powers, neither can be hurt, the physical battle would go on for eternity.

So, Remember this, when the forces of darkness come against you: physically, they are no better than you; they can be hurt, they can be destroyed. If you are truly living for Y’shua, they have something to fear.
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THE HARLOT OF MOM

Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, ‘Mystery, Babylon the great, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and abominations of the Earth.’”
In Rev 17, we see a church (Ezk. 16:15-58; Hos. 2:5) riding a beast with seven heads. We know the seven heads represent the seven hills in which the city sits (Rev 17:9) which is Rome (city of seven hills). Therefore this church both sits in the city and controls the city; as the woman is riding (controlling) the beast.

There’s no secret to who this church is: what we are concentrating on is the “harlots”. We read this church in Rome is the “mother of harlots”: understanding this phrase, the harlots were birthed from the church in Rome. As obvious as it is on which church in Rome this passage is talking, it’s just as obvious on who the harlots are.
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RULES TO FREEDOM

A couple had a small child who started riding a bike. They wanted the best for him; for him not to be hurt, and be able to prosper as he got older being: healthy, wise, all limbs intact, and no struggles with things he done. They installed a fence around their yard, to keep him in, and gave him many rules.

One day, the child was sitting on his bike; looking at the fence and thinking of the rules, and he said, “My parents are mean! They create a bunch of restrictions; their controlling. They should be more loving, and let me make my own decisions.” So he opened the gate and took off on his bicycle.
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PLUGGING THE EARS

The faith of the majority of professing christians lay in the hands of a minister, or group of ministers of the same faith, who has told them what is real and what is not. Unfortunately, a greater error is made when they start studying the Holy Bible and refuse to listen to, or investigate, the teachings of someone else; just because they don’t teach what they have been instructed to believe. This was the error of the Israeli's, when the plugged their ears to the truth of Y'shua.

No one has all the light, no one knows the Holy Bible inside and out. Satan has sent wolves dressed as sheep. They’re typically not there, conspiring to deceive and lead people the wrong way. They’ve only been told what to believe, refused to listen to others who do not believe the same way, and pass that pattern down to the next generation.
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

Many see God as a vengeful God of anger and punishment. They miss the fact that He gave His Son to die for us so we could live forever with Him; they miss this love.

On the same note, many professing the faith see God as one who does not care if we spend more time in the world than in His service, being witnessing and the likes. They have problems with rejection and ridicule, and the likes from fellow humans, not seeing this was promised to us. They too miss the love of God. For God came and was ridiculed and rejected by His creation so that, as many as will accept is proposal, they would be able to live eternally. They miss the heart of love that He does not one to perish. They know this fact, they’ve learned it, but they continue in the things of this world. Therefore, they have a form of godliness but they have not come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:5,7). The knowledge is not of the love of man in how we treat them, but more-so the love of man desiring that they can have eternal life. What good is it if we treat a man good in this world, yet let him perish without ever showing Him the truth of salvation? Is that love? I think not. If we are missing this love, we are missing the Heart of our God.
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MY LIFE IS A WITNESS?

I was sitting in my truck last night when the man in the truck next to me tried to start his truck and it was dead. I looked over at me and I was eager to come give him a jump off. He did not think it would reach and I told him that I would drop the trailer if I had to. He said that was too much work, but I told him it’s worth it to get him going.

I got out my cables and hooked up the batteries, but I was not getting any juice. The cables don’t get used much so they were rusty. He was ready to call road service and I told him to hold off a moment, it will start. I cleaned the cables with a wire brush and we got a good connection.

After five minutes of charging, the truck would still not start. After a few choice words, the man said he’s going to have to call road service. I stayed calm and told him, give it five more minutes and it WILL start.
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NEW POPE

Cardinal Bertone did not make the seat of the Pope, as many wondered. Now a man, who authored a book called “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here”, claims the election of pope Francis is a “fantastic fulfillment of prophecy”.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/pope-francis-historys-final-pontiff/

Tom Horn, who co-authored the book, said Francis fulfills the “of Rome” prophecy because his parents are from Italy, though Francis was born in South America; the first pope in modern history to be born outside of Europe.
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IN THE IMAGE OF

This year, Julia and I will be married 25 years. I just wanted to write a quick note (ok maybe not so quick) about Christ in a marriage and show you, what I believe to be, powerful allegories in my marriage.

The chiastic structure in ancient literature is very common; especially in the Bible. Many relate this structure as Jewish poetry. In Gen 1:27 you see a example of Jewish poetry.

So Elohim created man in His own image,
in the image of Elohim created He him;
male and female created He them.

Everywhere the passage talks of creating, we color that blue, while the remaining we color red. We notice that each of the first two lines, the red is focused on the image of Elohim. Yet, according to Jewish poetry, so does the third line. The marriage of male and female is to be an image of Elohim.
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BUILDING ON A ROCK VS. BUILDING ON THE SAND

(Matt 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49)

In both Matthew and Luke, we see that Christ was talking about the fruits which we produce. Matthew expands on what Christ was talking in relation to false prophets that will come to us and also not all who cry Lord, Lord will be saved.

On a flight from NYC to England, the pilot of the Boeing 757 comes over the speaker and says, "The co-pilot and I have been talking. He believes that this plane could also double as a submarine. I was not so sure, but he is completely sincere in his belief that it will work. Because of his sincerity, we would like to give it a try."
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UNRAVELED

Matthew 19:24 (KJV) 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
I’ve always heard the explanation that the eye of the needle is an opening in the main gate of a city, and we must unpack our good’s to God to get through that needle. While this sounds all fine and dandy, we are missing what is being said because of a mistranslation in scripture and a reasoning to make it make sense.

In this passage, needle from the Greek is "rhaphis" which is an actual needle you sew with; NOT an entry way in a gate. This makes it sound like rich people are not going to heaven because it’s impossible to get a camel through an eye of a sewing needle. The reasoning happens by trying to make the events, prior to this saying, based around money.
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112TH POPE?

St. Malachy (1094-1148) was an Irish saint and archbishop of Amagh. It is claimed that he was given a vision of 112 popes to come, from 1144, and then the coming of Christ.

It is claimed that these "prophecies" were hidden in the vatican library until discovered in 1590.

The prophecy consisted of short vague descriptions of each of the popes until the last; number 112. The 112th pope had the longest of all descriptions saying:

"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people."
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WHAT IS MYSTERY BABYLON?

When the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon in 539 BC, though having their own religious practices, they were sympathetic towards the Babylonian god marduk while removing the priests from the other gods. They accommodated the priest of this god for a time but eventually removed the priest and used their own.

Most of these Babylonian priest left and went to Pergamum while others went to Egypt. The Egyptians widely accepted the teachings of the Babylonian priest and added to the religious ideas; finishing the forming of what we know as astrology today.

The religious practices of the Babylonian priest continued in Pergamum until about 133 BC when the last king of the Attalid Empire (Emenes’ son, Attalus III) died without an heir and bequeathed his kingdom to Rome.
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REVIVING THE RELATIONSHIP

Luke 6:46 (KJV) 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

True story: I once knew a couple who were slowly fading apart. They loved each other at one time, got married, and started a life. The man, though, had his love fade into another; a race car. Every bit of time and money went into that car, while his wife sat on the sidelines. She once asked him, "If you had an extra couple hundred dollars, would you buy something I wanted or something for the car?". He replied, "For the car"

Unless there were some changes, that couple is probably separated today. There was only one thing that could have fixed it.
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ASSOCIATION OF TEN

These ten horns are not related to the ten toes as the ten would come out of the legs. Nor are the related to the ten horns of Revelation13, as this is the beast given its power by the seven headed dragon of Revelation 12.

What are these horns?
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VIRGINS OF REVELATION

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
Rev 14:1, 4 (KJV)

The 144,000 that did not defile themselves with woman is not talking about 144,000 virgins.
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THIRD TEMPLE AND SACRIFICES?

Does Ezekiel tell of a building of a third temple, and the re-establishment of sacrifices?

The book of Ezekiel is a collaboration of 14 different writings of Ezekiel and he gives (within the text) the date of each writing; much like a diary. The proper order of Ezekiel is:
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SWEPT CLEAN AND EMPTY

Matthew 12:43-45 43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then he goes, and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

This is an interesting passage, let’s see what it means. There was a demon residing in this host and for some reason he had to leave. Yet, the demon comes back to find it swept clean and takes up residents again, but this time, he brings his friends for a big party.
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WHEN WE ARE CONVERTED

In the book of Acts is the church to which Christ intended, yet we don't see that today. Those thing were a witness of the signs in which we should have following us who believe, but they are not following us in this Laodicean age. Laodicea has two problems: they think they are rich, which is to say rich in the things of God, being salvation from destruction and of knowledge of the things that are of the Kingdom of Adonai. The other problem is that they don't know. They don't know that they are wretched, which is to say, they don't compare themselves with the light of Christ but rather with each other; as Paul had said, "O wretched man that I am". They don't know they are naked, which is the sign of sinfulness. They don't know they are poor, which is to say they are not "saved" and do not have the knowledge of God. Read More...
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WHAT IS SIN?

Have you ever tried to define what sin is? I often had problems and simply would repeat 1 John 3:4 that says sin is transgression of the law; which is the Ten Commandments. Does the Bible give any other definitions of sin?

There are two types of sin, sin of commission which is that which we do against what we’ve been told not to (1 John 2:15-16) and a sin of omission which we are suppose to do but fail to do it (Matt 25:31-46). So, what does the Bible list as sin?

Breaking the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4)
Not believing in Jesus (John 16:9)
Not doing what your conscience says is right (Romans 14:23)
All unrighteousness (1 John 5:17)
Bad thoughts and scorner (Prov 24:9)
Presumptuous sin (Psalms 19:13); which is failing to observe the limits of what is permitted or appropriate.
Sin in ignorance (Num 15:28); which is a good reason to include all things I am not aware of.
Those who know to do good but doesn’t (James 4:17)
Pride, gluten of food, idleness (or laziness (modern term couch potato)) (Ezek 16:49)
And Paul defines in 1 Cor 6:9-11 and Gal 5:19-21
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GIVING IN "ABUNDANCE"

I’ve heard the sermon of the widow’s mite many times. The Lord showed me something that is vital to this lesson. Let’s look at what we are being told.

"41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." Mark 12:41-44 (KJV)

One obvious fact is Jesus is talking about giving since He compares the giving of one with the giving of others. Yet who are the others? It seems that everyone wants to compare the giving of the widow to that of the scribes and Pharisees. Shall the Pharisees stand with common people? No, they positioned themselves at the head, across from the people. Would the whole of the people be giving on this day or just the Pharisees and one widow? The whole of the people would be giving. Though it talks about the “rich casting in much”, we must not compare that with the “abundance” mentioned later. Also, most of the people of that day lived from day to day and did not have the “abundance” (as in a lot of stuff) of the Pharisees. It is these people who were also giving. Yet Jesus pointed out the widow.
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FAITH THAT WORKS

When talking about the Ten Commandments, and obeying other commands which were given us, I often get a response, “We are saved by grace, not by works”.

One of several things I found to be true; No where in the Bible will you find saved by works. Likewise, no where in the Bible will you find judged by grace. We are saved by grace (Eph 2:8) and judged by works (1 Peter 1:17).
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PURE EVIDENCE

There are sulfur balls found just south of the Dead Sea in Israel. This is the only location in the world that these sulfur balls can be found. Most of these ball are imbedded into the landscape as if driven by a force.

Also in this area is ash that is composed of Calcium Sulfate and Calcium Carbonate; which are by-products of limestone and sulfur which was burning. Limestone was a popular building material during the Biblical days and most building were built from this material. The evidence tells us this ash is ancient buildings that were burnt by sulfur.

“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;”
Gen 19:24 (KJV)
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DINOSAURS

Well, the debate on when dinosaurs lived is up again. It’s a shame when Christian media presents the Bible as false in supporting the theory that the world has been around longer than 6,000 years. Let’s look at what we are told by the Bible. This is a rather long writing but it's an interesting subject.

First, who wrote Genesis? The author of Genesis is both Moses and God; let me explain. Moses lived somewhere around 1400 - 1300 BC; give or take. We know Abraham lived somewhere around 2000 and the genealogy and ages of the men listed in Genesis puts the creation somewhere around 4004 BC. With over 2500 years of unrecorded history before Moses, how would he had known what took place?
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WHERE EVER HE GOES

Many see me state often, we need a TRUE STUDY of God’s Word. Question is, define TRUE STUDY.

People who follow blindly, high profile people, are often called “sheeple”; which has become a derogatory term. Fact is, we don’t like being called sheep, yet this is what we are referred to many times in the Bible, even by Yeshua Himself.

Whether we like to admit it or not, we have a natural tendency to follow.
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BEAST RELATIONS

Alberto, a Jesuit priest, spoke of a secret sign to be given amongst the Jesuit order,

“...a secret sign was to be given to the Jesuits world-wide when the ecumenical movement had successfully wiped out Protestantism, in preparation for the signing of a concordat between the Vatican and the U.S.
The sign was to be when a president of the U.S. took his oath of office facing an obelisk.” The God Fathers; Alberto pt 3, pg 26.

From March 4, 1837 when Martin Van Buren was inaugurated through to January 20, 1977 when Jimmy Carter was inaugurated, the ceremony was conducted on the East Portico of the Capitol Building. But when it came to Ronald Reagan it all of a sudden changed to the West Front of the Capitol Building, from whence one looks to the west straight to one of the biggest obelisks.

“Since the first inauguration of President Reagan in 1981, the swearing-in ceremonies have been held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building. The only exception was the 1985 swearing-in of President Reagan’s second term, when cold weather forced the ceremony into the Capitol Rotunda.”
http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/aa011701a.htm

Incidentally, it was the Reagan administrations first term, under the guide of Protestant evangelist Bill Graham, that established an ambassador to the vatican. And the two beast’s become friends.

“In 1984, a revised Concordat was signed defining the relations between the government and the church within Italy. The United States and the Holy See announced the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984.”
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3819.htm

“Reagan was the first American President to appoint a full ambassador to the Vatican. Before he made the appointment, he asked my view. I told him I thought it would probably be a good thing in spite of a number of potential problems concerning the separation of church and state - and wrote an extended confidential letter outlining my reasons. Among other things, I told him I did not think it necessarily violated the separation of church and state. For whatever reason, Mr. Reagan went ahead with the plan. Later my letter was leaked to the press. It caused some consternation among my Baptist friends.”
Billy Graham, Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham (Harpers Collins Worldwide, 1997): 535.
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DARK DAYS OF LEARNING

The reformation started because of a sudden ability to research, learn, and reason. 

The roman catholic church threw truth to the ground and buried the Word of God. When Constantinople fell, the Greek scholars, with the Greek text of the Bible, fled to Latin countries. The scholars started teaching in the universities of these Latin countries. While the roman catholic church controlled most everything, they let the learning institutions slip by.
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PARAPLEGIC GOD

Many say that God can change this country, He can change this world. Yet, God will never make anyone serve Him. He will not make the church witness, He will not make the church repent of their sinful ways, He will not make the church reach out, He will not make the church fight for Him, and He will not make the church study Him. We are the hands of God, but when we do not do what He says, His hands stop working. We leave Him in a state equal to a paraplegic God.
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RESEARCH, STUDY, CONCLUSION

Some people are upset because there are various schools looking at taking testing out of the class. Yet, schools no longer teach how to study, how to research, and how to come to a conclusion. This is why most home schooled children have a higher IQ score than corporately schooled children. Our schools merely tell the students what they want them to know and the students don’t study, they memorize answers for the test; only to forget those to memorize new ones for the next test.

The christian colleges and churches are not immune to this pattern of so called teaching. Depending on what college or church one goes to, they are taught the scripture based on the doctrine of belief of that college or church.
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WHAT'S CHANGED?

2 Samuel 12:9 (KJV) 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Every pastor teaches from his writings. Every “christian” refers to him; sometimes only as an excuse of their own actions. What has changed? Is not still, the worst thing you could do to a friend is sleep with their girlfriend or wife? What about plotting to kill their friend because they slept with their girlfriend or wife?
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SALVATION BY SPRINGFIELD

There is a Biblical teaching going around my area, and maybe others, called "Be the Church". It's about how the church is NOT the building but the body (1 Cor 6:19). It's not about getting people in the church so the pastor can get them saved, its about we the people being the light of the world (Matt 5:4), being a witness to the world (2 Tim 1:8-9), we ALL are priest's (1 Peter 2:5) and are suppose to be building the Kingdom of God (Matt 25:14-30) through our love for one another (John 13:34-35) and helping those in need (Matt 25:31:46).

Yesterday, after church, I decided to take my wife and mother shooting. My mother had never shot a hand gun before so I did not want to go to the indoor range near the house. Honestly, with lack of experience in all matters of hand gun use and safety, I was afraid both her and I would be embarrassed by something she would say or do. You should know, it's situations like these that will build patients (Romans 12:12), and it will build faith in your God for your protection. After asking for prayer from my pastor friend, I drove her sixty miles to an outdoor range, in the middle of now where for privacy.
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EATING OUR OWN

Don't just read the headline and make a judgement of the story there, read the story. I think for most of the professing christians, who spent their fair share of time in the world, have forgotten what issues they had with "christianity"; I know I, being raised in church, in a pastors home, seeing and hearing of the junk that goes on in the church, I saw all "christians" as hypocrites. The very reason you will see me put "christian" in quotes today, and uncapitalized, is because most professing "christians" are not Christian at all, they are not saved. That is not a judgement by me, but based on the Word of God to which we were given for knowledge. We are suppose to read it, and study it, then make corrections in OUR lives according to what it says, but people read two words... "believe" and "grace" and that is all they know, yet think they know enough; they refuse the words that are mentioned, in one way or another, more that those... "love" and "change".

The "christian" looks worse over time. Maybe it's because of the garbage food we are feeding our spirits, like reality shows, murder mysteries, court dramas, soap operas (both TV, and facebook), and the likes. Remember that, " you are what you eat" is a Biblical teaching on spiritual growth and development.

Article:
Going To Hell with Ted Haggard
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STANDING UPON

If we eat junk food, fast food, and unclean food, we cannot stand on a promise of health. We must first stand on the instruction of good eating according to Gods Word.

If we covet many things, buy things not needed (or bigger and more expensive than needed), and buy things we don't need (or which are nicer than we need) on credit, we can't stand on a promise of our finances. We must first stand on the instruction of the way to handle ourselves and our money according to Gods Word.

How can we stand in prayer for our marriage if we are not willing to correct our behavior and provide good works for the marriage.

Likewise, many make the same principles when it comes to salvation. They stand on a "five point prayer" for their salvation while completely ignoring the good works required for salvation; because we love Yeshua.

You come as you are, but then we are to put on a new man (col 3:10, Eph 4:24). If one thinks good works are not required, I suggest, for eternity sake, you put down the remote, put down the video game, put down the computer, and put down the doctrine of false salvation preached by so many and pick up the Word of God; the parables of how Gods people are told to live is a good place to start.
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HOGITIS

(LEV 11:3, ISAIAH 66:15-17):

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine called me and asked about three vaccines he received. To keep this a little shorter, I let him know that statics showed that only one in several hundred thousand to millions actually get one of these diseases he was vaccinated for.

Later, I informed him that while he was worried about these vaccines, or the diseases they were for, there is a danger he had to which as many as 3% of Americans can contract, thats 3 out of only 100 people. It’s a parasite called Trichina that affects the joints and is very difficult to diagnose. It’s often diagnosed as arthritis or bursitis, but it’s actually “hogitis”.
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WEDDING CEREMONY PRACTICE

seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Hebrews 4:5-6

This year, my wife and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We were married by the justice of the peace the first time and I made miserable mistakes through the marriage; as one who was unsaved. We are looking at renewing our vows as two new born people entering into a newborn covenant with each other also, with Yeshua in the middle. We were talking to a pastor friend about a possible wedding and noted it would be very small. Since we are each others very best friend, we may walk with each other down the isle. I asked if there would be any need of a practice, as it will be such a small wedding. The pastor said that practice is mainly for the wedding party, so they have it right.
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I KNOW YOUR WORKS

What is saved by grace?

For the grace of God that BRINGS SALVATION hath appeared to all men, TEACHING US that, DENY UNGODLINESS and WORLDY LUST, we should LIVE SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, and GODLY, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:11-13 (KJV)

Your not just “saved by grace” but brought to salvation by grace by the teaching of living righteously and godly.

Some think that we are judged by works only for our reward, but what does the Bible say?
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WHO ARE YOU FEEDING?

Christ, in talking in Matt 24, said there will be a time of tribulation. Yeshua was not talking of the very end but rather of when the temple was destroyed; for that generation would not pass away when these events happened. So, is there going to be a time of tribulation for us in the end?

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Tim 3:1 (KJV)
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TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, AND ALL AROUND BAD THINGS - Sandy Hook

Sometimes we may wonder why some things happen. What is going on, how can it be allowed? A prime example is with the most recent shootings of the children in Connecticut.

Sometimes things come upon us because of things we’ve done, in our past hopefully. Proverbs, along with much of the rest of the Bible, warns Read More...
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SAVED BY GRACE

“8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Eph 2:8-9

What is “saved by grace”?
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PARILOUS TIMES

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be... lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness”
2 Tim 3:1-5

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
1 John 2:15

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot:... because you are lukewarm,... I will spit you out of my mouth. Because you think, I am rich, and increased with goods; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:... anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you mayest see.”
Rev 3:15-18

Why can’t the church see what is so clearly written? The people of the second beast have created an image that all worship. Can’t we see that loving, and spending more time in, the things of the world is an abomination to God? We stand, still guilty, because we play the harlot; sleeping with the things of this world while our groom tarries.
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THE NEW SODOM

Sins of Sodom


Change starts in our own homes.

"you are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which has the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. You therefore which teaches another, do you not learn yourself? You that preaches that a man should not steal, do you steal? You that says a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery [even in your heart-Matt 5:28]? You that detests idols, do you also commit sacrilege [Matt 6:24]? You that makes your boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonors your God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you"
Romans 2:19-24
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DRAW NIGH

What are we willing to do to have a walk with God like David, Daniel, and Paul; what are we willing to do for revival?

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LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
Phil 2:14-16 (KJV)

Of all the children of Israel that were saved from the bondage of Egypt, only two made it to the promised land. Over and over, the children of Israel would go against the wishes of our God and act in a manner un-becoming a follower. They felt that God gave them all these things and He will continue to put up with their bad behavior all the way to the promised land. Because of their disobedience and because of their murmurings, they did not make it.
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TESTING OF THE CHURCH

Many teach and believe that there will be a great testing of the church; but that time is yet to come. I contest that the time is here now.

When one reads the Bible we see that our love for God shows through our works in keeping His laws (Ex 20:6, Jn 14:15, 21). We also know that the church, being the bride of Christ, will not spend more time in the things of the world than with God (1 John 2:15).

The church is under a full blown trial and testing.
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HOUSE DIVIDED

During the Council of Trent, there was a battle between the Reformation and the roman catholic church. The battle was whether the standards for the followers of God be based on the Bible or church traditions. The church was saying, “the church and the church only is the standard”. While the Reformation was saying, “the Bible and the Bible only shall be the standard”. Read More...
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JUNK FOOD

When you eat too much junk food your body get’s lethargic as your energy is fast depleted.

When you eat too much spiritual junk food (computer, TV, video games, sports) your spirit get’s lethargic as it’s energy is quickly depleted.
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FASTING

A couple years ago I entered into a "fast" and after a couple days the Spirit showed me something within my "fasting". He told me I was not "fasting" in the full sense of the word. I continued on my life as any other day, I was only denying myself of food. Read More...
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BRIDLING THE TONGUE 2 OF 2

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:16-18 (KJV)

I use to work in a warehouse where we unloaded trucks. Many times, truck drivers didn’t like the warehouse policies involving the unloading of trucks. So, they would make threats and even, on occasion, get in the face of the warehouse employee.
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BRIDLING THE TONGUE 1 OF 2

Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not repaying evil for evil, or insult for insult: giving instead blessing; knowing that you are called, that you should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him refrain from evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1 Peter 3:8-12

The subject of this text is evil, and avoiding it, but notice what it concentrates on... our verbal communication. It’s a natural state, of this sinful flesh, to want to throw an insult back at those who insult us. We’re offended, hurt, and angered and our natural reaction is to repay. In some twisted way it seem to make us feel better, but it’s only our flesh that is satisfied: as it’s the flesh we are feeding when we do such things.

Christ came to make a peculiar people, one who will do the opposite of what seems natural to this body. Satan wants us to feel as if we are defeated, if we back down, if we do not return for that done to us. Yet, instead, if the Spirit is in us, we feel defeated afterwards; knowing we should not have reacted in the manner in which we did. We should then defeat the adversary before we allow him to defeat us.
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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION - DIET

Well, we are past another new year and it’s time for the resolutions. My wife and I belong to a gym and every year, around this time, we see a flood of people join, many times the same faces we saw the year before, and they fade away within a month or two. Read More...
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