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Reflection Of A Song

31 May

Today I just want to reflect on the song that was copyright by Brian Doerksen in 1998.

Come, now is the time to worship.

What an awesome song.  The lyrics are only 8 lines long and yet they tell a story.

We are encouraged to come and worship the Lord now.  We are also encouraged to give our heart over to Him.  Just as we are, we need to come and worship our God.

We then are reminded of the scriptures Philippians 2:10-11.

Philippians 2:10-11- 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

It finishes with encouraging us that rewards and treasures are given to those who love and obey and gladly choose Him now.   Gladly is a very important word.  He needs to be our first love.  Now is the time worship.

Rather than put a link to one of the versions of the song I want you to encourage you to Google the song and listen to it.

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Quote – Dwight L Moody

30 May

Faith takes God without any ifs.
Dwight L. Moody

 

It means complete TRUST.  We need to trust the Lord that He knows what is best for us, more than we think we know what’s best for us.

That trust happens by letting go and following God!

How do we know which way the Lord wants us to go? 

Read the Word and seek His truth.  The Holy Spirit then guides you from there.

There’s only two ways to run your life.  There’s your way and then there’s God’s way.

Proverbs 14:12 – 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Psalm 18:30 –  30 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

 
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Memorial Day

29 May

Monday is a day to remember all those who have given the ultimate price for their country.  It is truly a wonderful sacrifice for their generation and those who have enjoyed the freedoms we have today.

I want to also remember the ultimate sacrifice that has allowed us the opportunity to live our Lord forever.  Thank you Jesus for dying for us all.  It’s because of that sacrifice that allows all who accept it to never perish.

John 15:13 – 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

 

Submission And Repentance To The Lord Brings Results

27 May

Jonah 3:1-10 – 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:

   “By the decree of the king and his nobles:

   Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

They believed God and made a true change.  Do you see that in this land right now?  I see it just getting worse and worse.  Most Christians won’t even vote for a man of God if he runs for President.  They have a million excuses, but that’s what they are.  Our problems are not economic, they’re spiritual.  The reason we have economic problems is our love of money and overall very little love for God.

God doesn’t like to judge and destroy lands and people.  They just become so evil and stray so far away from Him that He has no choice but to rid them of the land.  Yes people become worse as they get further away from God.  That’s why God didn’t have the Jews go into certain lands until the appointed time.  They hadn’t become evil enough yet.

He spared Nineveh and they were an evil people on their way to judgment just from turning from their ways.  How much more will He rapture the church before the wrath comes down on the earth?

America became great, because it focused on the God of the Bible as #1.  Now its main focus seems to be trying to push Him out of everything.

 

Lawsuits Among Believers

26 May

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 – 1 If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!

 7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.

 9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Amazingly nothing appears to have changed as Paul was talking about it almost 2,000 years ago.  The faces change but things seem to just revolve round and round.  The sins of the world 2,000 years ago are the same ones today, it’s just that technology has taken it to a different level.

God is love and God is just.   Doing right matters. 

Crime won’t pay.  Sometimes it works out now, but it definitely won’t later. 

How you handle disputes matters.  How you treat people matters.  It’s not a preference or a matter of taste.  There is a right and a wrong.  The One who created us created the rules.  

He reminds us that’s what we were.  That’s an encouragement not to go back, because some do go back.

 

They Honor Me With Their Lips

25 May

Jesus was talking to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees.

Mark 7:6-8 – 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
   “‘These people honor me with their lips,
   but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain;
   their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.

Traditions by men are worthless even if they are sacrificial and the person doing them is sincere.

Why is that?

It’s because Jesus doesn’t want sincerity first, He wants a loving relationship sought first.  Once we put Him first and seek Him to know Him better, the more the truth is revealed.

Their hearts are far from Him.

You see this life is full of people who want to put on a good show.  It’s very important to them to come across as being nice and caring.  However, the fruits will shine forth when an individual is observed closely.  It’s not about being good, because outside of God no one is good.

Mark 10:18 – 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

It’s amazing in our society that just being a genuine nice caring person will have some people referring to that person as a Christian.  That doesn’t make a Christian.  A Christian is someone who accepts the Son’s sacrifice on the cross as their own death and now begins a new life with Christ as Lord.

We’re all sinners.  We all have a bad sin gene we inherited.  The only way to combat that gene is to live less of ourselves and live more of Him. 

Just examine everyone around you.  The more one cares about themselves first, the bigger the problems in those people’s lives.  You might not see it right away, but eventually you will.

The Word of God is all about warnings of selfish desires and actions.  The remedy is to come and follow Him and leave the temporary unfulfilling things behind.  We can slant it anyway we want but in the end it only ends up hurting ourselves.

 

Why do the Jews have nonstop annihilation attempts against them?

24 May

One simple answer.

Satan knows that Christ is coming back to rule the Jews at His second coming.  Satan knew that Christ was going to be born through the lineage.  Satan knew that his defeat comes when all things are fulfilled and so if he can annihilate Israel then Jesus isn’t going to be able to come back and rule from David’s throne.  Pretty important stuff to say the least if you’re Satan.

So the attempts have never stopped.  All the way through the Bible and history, Satan has tried to rid the world of the chosen line which Christ came and will rule over in the Millennium.

In Revelation his greatest attempt is to act as their Messiah through the antichrist and sign a peace treaty to lull them to sleep.  Then break the treaty and try to kill them all.

However, Christ will come back and rule and reign.   

To continue on with Zechariah 14 which we spoke of yesterday:

Zechariah 14:6-9 – 6 On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. 7 It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime—a day known to the LORD. When evening comes, there will be light.

 8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.

 9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

So if you want to know why constantly throughout history the Jews have been a target of anti-Semitism, you don’t have to go any further than Satan himself.

 

Obama Suggested They Go Back To Before The 1967 Borders?

23 May

Wait a minute? 

Who’s the democracy amongst a bunch of countries which have none?

Who’s the country we can all safely visit no matter what religion we are?

Who’s our only true ally in the whole region and has been?

Israel!

Who attacked who back in 1967?  Certainly hasn’t been the Jews starting wars back in “48”, “67”, or “73”.

So here’s the next question.

Since the pre 1967 borders don’t include Jerusalem and those borders would be impossible to defend for a small country and has its Muslim neighbors a calling for Israel’s destruction, what sense is there?

By my calculation there is only one answer.  Our President is set on the destruction of Israel.  Certainly not peace!  None of Israel’s neighbors has really made that effort recently accept Egypt.  How did the President reward an ally who’s shown this commitment? 

Basically told him it was time to take a hike, in the name of freedom of course.  Already the new front runners in Egypt are calling for the destruction of Israel.  So much for that ally.  Oh and, so much for freedom also that they are seeking.   There is nothing free about Iran and the future Iraq.

Spiritual blindness!  It’s just like the Bible predicted in the last days.  The whole world is coming together against Israel.  Does the world care?  Of course not.

Is the Bible accurate again?  Like always and we should never be shocked.

Zechariah 14:2-4 – 2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.

 3 Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. 4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.

Why do the Jews have nonstop annihilation attempts against them?  Let’s reflect on that tomorrow.

 

Quote – A W Tozer

22 May

The church must not be accepted as it is. We must check it with the Word of God to see if it’s the way it should be.
A W Tozer

Kind of staying in the theme of what I wrote on Friday.  We need to search the scriptures.  They are God’s truth.  When someone comes along and goes against scripture, I don’t care what they call themselves, stay clear.  We need to be Bereans and check the scriptures to see if what we are being told is truth.

Chuck Missler is always advising those in his study to do so.

Acts 17:11 – 11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

We wouldn’t be having a great falling away if the church just followed the Word of God.

 

No One Will Know The Day Or Hour

20 May

Matthew 24:36 – 36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

I thought it was only fitting to remind folks of this since the big hoopla was coming up tomorrow.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 – 1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Luke 12:40 – 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Anyone who sets a date is going against scripture.  When a lot people are expecting him to come it goes against Luke 12:40.

I will tell you what happens when someone tries to date set the rapture however.  It strengthens this scripture more and more.

2 Peter 3:4 – 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

The more this date setting happens the more people are strengthening their belief that he isn’t coming in their lifetime or at all.  The bad thing about all of this is….. we are in the last days.

He will be coming sometime soon, but it won’t be on a day that everyone is expecting him or the scripture is incorrect.  The scriptures are fine and man would bode well to pay close attention to them.