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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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.”

Read more:
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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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 OF LAODICEA

The biggest problem Laodicea makes is judging their spiritual condition based on their blessings.
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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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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.

To Be Continued...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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