Exposing this so called “radical” Islam would be a novel idea in journalism…. When Muslims come into power, this is normal Islam, at least for anyone who studies Mohammad’s “theology.” This is classic Islam as written by the only author of the Koran and practiced by him. If you are not Islam you die, was the theology of Mohammed at their founding, and El Shabab in the Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall. Maybe if ignorant Americans would examine our Marines’ assault on Tripoli during the late 1700’s, or the two attempts by Islam to destroy Europe, from the west through Spain and France around 700 AD and through the East around 1400 AD, they would come to the right conclusion that peaceful Islam and coexistence are oxymorons. If you believe full blown Islam is peaceful and tolerant when they gain the upper hand, then declare and share your Christian faith in Sudan, Pakistan, Oman, Yeman, Saudi Arabia and a host of other Muslim nations. By the way, please tell me which prominent Muslim nations or groups disassociated themselves from the cowardly and diabolical attack on 9/11/01? I have not heard of any. They only planned the million Muslim march on our nation’s capital on 9/11 of course. I praise the Lord that it was a total flop and bust, and that bikers spoke for American freedoms for all, and for our citizens, fire fighters, policemen and paramedics who were brutally murdered by followers of this “peaceful” religion.
Note how Spurgeon again defers to God Himself and His amazing grace for our salvation and Christian growth. If we are saved and serving with joy, it is ALL because of Him. Spurgeon correctly sees no good thing within himself. All credit for whatever we are goes to the Lord. The world often calls this teaching Calvinism but I call it the Bible. Spurgeon never quotes Calvin, he simply reads and interprets God’s Holy Word. Blessings, Pastor Steve
“My Beloved put in His hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for Him.” Song Of Solomon 5:4
Knocking was not enough, for my heart was too full of sleep, too cold and ungrateful to arise and open the door, but the touch of His effectual grace has made my soul bestir itself. Oh, the longsuffering of my Beloved, to tarry when He found Himself shut out, and me asleep upon the bed of sloth! Oh, the greatness of His patience, to knock and knock again, and to add His voice to His knockings, beseeching me to open to Him! How could I have refused Him! Base heart, blush and be confounded! But what greatest kindness of all is this, that He becomes His own porter and unbars the door Himself. Thrice blessed is the hand which condescends to lift the latch and turn the key. Now I see that nothing but my Lord’s own power can save such a naughty mass of wickedness as I am; ordinances fail, even the gospel has no effect upon me, till His hand is stretched out. Now, also, I perceive that His hand is good where all else is unsuccessful, He can open when nothing else will. Blessed be His name, I feel His gracious presence even now. Well may my bowels move for Him, when I think of all that He has suffered for me, and of my ungenerous return. I have allowed my affections to wander. I have set up rivals. I have grieved Him. Sweetest and dearest of all beloveds, I have treated Thee as an unfaithful wife treats her husband. Oh, my cruel sins, my cruel self. What can I do? Tears are a poor show of my repentance, my whole heart boils with indignation at myself. Wretch that I am, to treat my Lord, my All in All, my exceeding great joy, as though He were a stranger. Jesus, thou forgivest freely, but this is not enough, prevent my unfaithfulness in the future. Kiss away these tears, and then purge my heart and bind it with sevenfold cords to Thyself, never to wander more.
—Morning and Evening
The Old Testament is filled with prophecies. Some have been fulfilled and others will soon be fulfilled. The Old Testament was completed around 400 B.C. There are over 300 prophecies that all point to Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled 30 prophecies during His crucifixion alone! No one else in history could ever do this because of the uniqueness of the circumstances. A plethora of books and volumes have been written on these prophecies, yet even they do not cover it all. This succinct writing is only meant to give us an appreciation of this truth so that we can share it with skeptics. The Dead Sea Scrolls are dated 100-150 years B.C. and add tremendous validity and integrity to the Old Testament and leave the honest and open enquirer without excuse as to the truth of the Bible. Here are just a few of the well known prophecies that Jesus has or will fulfill:
1)Micah 5:2 Tells us that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem and that He is eternal and everlasting God.
2)Isaiah 9:6-7 Jesus is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. He will rule over all of the governing process on earth during His one thousand year rule.
3)Psalm 22 Goes into detail about Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus said 7 things on the cross before He died. Many of them are prophesied in the Psalms and Old Testament.
4)Revelation 5:5 Tells us that He is the Lion from the tribe of Judah. Jacob (Israel) had 12 sons and the 12 tribes came from them. This scripture tells us what tribe Jesus would come from.
5)Isaiah 53 Also describes the suffering of the Lamb of God on Mount Calvary. This so obviously refers to Jesus that many synagogues refuse to allow it to be read within their premises even though it is in their Bibles. Consider vs. 5-6 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” This passage needs no commentary or clarification and sends shivers down my spine because it was written in 700 B.C.!
6)Genesis 49:8-10 Again refers to Jesus coming from the tribe of Judah. The verses also tell us that there would be royal lineage in this tribe up until Jesus’ birth. The royal line comes through Jesus’ earthly father Joseph.
7)Isaiah 7:14 This refers to the miraculous virgin birth along with Genesis 3:15 and Jeremiah 31:22. The fulfillment is plainly seen in Matthew 1:23, which also expounds on Christ’s Deity (Jesus is called Immanuel meaning God is with us).
8)Numbers 24:17 Tells us that Jesus would come from the lineage of Jacob (Israel).
9)Deuteronomy 18:18 Note how the word Prophet is capitalized. That is because it refers to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. His Words are absolutely perfect.
10)Zechariah 9:9 On Palm Sunday, less than one week prior to the crucifixion, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. This scripture forecasts this event hundreds of years in advance.
11)Malachi 4:1-5 Jesus will rule in peace from Jerusalem.
12)Jude 14-15 One of my favorite passages in the Bible. This scripture is actually taken from the non Biblical book of Enoch. Enoch was an early Old Testament patriarch from the pages of Genesis. Incredibly, Enoch forecasts the Lord’s Second Coming with tens of thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon the earth. This is totally amazing and gives us an appreciation of God having the end solved through the beginning. Hence, it is no wonder that in Revelation 13:8 Jesus is called: …”the Lamb slain from the FOUNDATION of the world.”
Yes indeed, prophecy just may be the best apologetic tool available for those who request proof of why we believe the Holy Scriptures are absolutely true.
3)Typology and 4)Theophany to follow in this four part series on the Preincarnate Christ of the Old Testament……
Yes indeed. As Muslims stormed a shopping mall at the above locale, they gave every patron a choice with a gun to their head. They were asked if they were Muslim, and were pelted with follow up questions to prove their knowledge of Allah and the Koran. If they passed the test, they were exonerated and given the gift of life. If they failed the test or denied being a Muslim, then their heads were blown off. The “lame stream” media ALWAYS refers to these folks as “radical” Muslims. I am here today to tell you that they are simply following the teachings of the only author of the Koran—– Mohammad. Mohammad taught and employed this exact philosophy of “convert or die,” at the inception of this Satanic religion in Mecca and Medina around 620 AD. Most naïve Americans (especially the press) know nothing (like Sergeant Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes) about this wicked religion. Here are a few facts. (We must pray about this, since liberals are often confused by the facts).
1)Mohammad wrote about and utilized this genocide of non Muslims from the beginning of this religion from hell on the Arabian peninsula.
2)Muslims attempted to destroy and “convert” Europe from the west in the time frame of 700’s AD. They were defeated by Frankish Duke and Prince Charles Martel (The Hammer) at Tours, France. Charles was the grandfather of Charlemagne.
3)Muslims attacked Constantinople from the east, captured it and renamed the city Istanbul. They then launched a new assault on Europe from the east in the 1400’s AD. Dracul of Romania was one of many who thwarted their advances, or once again the Muslims would have sacked Europe. (We know Dracul of Romania as Count Dracula, and associate him with the exaggerated claims and fictitious stories from Hollywood vampire and horror movies).
4)Early in our nation’s history, the United States’ Marines stormed the beaches of Tripoli (today this city is in Libya) as they pursued and soundly defeated the Muslim Barbary pirates. Our founding fathers, including statesman, diplomat and later president Thomas Jefferson were aghast at these Muslims who attacked and killed defenseless women and children.
5)9/11/01 We know all about this event, yet we deny to associate it with the entire Muslim world even though it is totally in step with the teachings of Mohammad and his Koran. Liberals marginalize these events as performed by “extremists.” Please tell me the following quotation is not true: “The only thing we have learned from history is that man never learns from history.” There are still no major Muslim movements on God’s green earth who have disassociated themselves from 9/11/01 because they approve of it and to refresh your memories, they were dancing in the streets throughout the world.
Conclusion: We are a nation that has thwarted off God in the last generation. We must pray for the victims of this violent religion filled with hate, murder and rape. We do not deserve it, but we must pray for God to protect this nation from this evil religion. We need to especially pray for lost Muslims, and that they would know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and we need to desperately cry out for a windswept revival in the United States of America. II Chronicles 7:14.
One of the best apologetic tools available to the Christian today is the evidence of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. The Old Testament was completed four hundred years prior to His birth, so this is powerful proof of His preexistence and His Deity. This study will examine our Lord and Savior in the Old Testament in four different categories, that will soon follow in this entry:
a)Jesus is Eternal God from everlasting. Micah 5:2
b)Abrahamic Covenant. Genesis 17:7-8; 26:3-4
c)Isaac. Genesis 17:19; 21:12
d)Jacob. Genesis 28:13; Numbers 24:17
e)Judah. Genesis 49:8-10; Micah 5:2; Revelation 5:5
f)Descendent of Jesse. Isaiah 11:1-10
g)Davidic Covenant. II Samuel 7:4-17; Psalms 110:1-7; Jeremiah 23:5; Isaiah 9:7
h)Virgin Birth. Genesis 3:15; Jeremiah 31:22b; Isaiah 7:14
General Order Of Lineage-
Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah)
Tribe Of Judah
House Of David (Royal Line from his earthly father Joseph)
Mary’s Line from natural ancestry
Four Amazing Women In Christ’s Ancestry-
Satan’s attempts to stop the Christ Line—
1)Cain killed Abel (God’s answer to this was that Seth was born later and he initiated the Christ Line from Adam and Eve).
2)The Flood (Noah’s son Shem carried the Christ Line on board the ark when everyone else perished).
3)Jezebel and her daughter Athaliah attempted to destroy the Christ Line without success.
4)Herod The Great attempted to destroy the Christ Line through murdering all the babies in Bethlehem but Joseph was warned in a dream to flee to Egypt. Jeremiah 31:15; Hosea 11:1
Prophecy, Typology and Theophany To Follow In This Entry………………………….
“Bring him unto me.” Mark 9:19
Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus’ word, “Bring him unto me.” Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, “Bring him unto me.” O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray aright, nor hear the voice of God in the soul, but Jesus still commands, “Bring them unto me.” When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician’s words, “Bring them unto me.” Never must we cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.
The Lord sometimes suffers His people to be driven into a corner that they may experimentally know how necessary He is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us. Whatever our morning’s need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow, He delights to comfort us. Let us hasten to Him while He waits to meet us.
“Encourage him.” Deuteronomy 1:38
God employs His people to encourage one another. He did not say to an angel, “Gabriel, my servant Joshua is about to lead my people into Canaan—go, encourage him.” God never works needless miracles; if His purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, He will not use miraculous agency. Gabriel would not have been half so well fitted for the work as Moses. A brother’s sympathy is more precious than an angel’s embassy. The angel, swift of wing, had better known the Master’s bidding than the people’s temper. An angel had never experienced the hardness of the road, nor seen the fiery serpents, nor had he led the stiff-necked multitude in the wilderness as Moses had done. We should be glad that God usually works for man by man. It forms a bond of brotherhood, and being mutually dependent on one another, we are fused more completely into one family. Brethren, take the text as God’s message to you. Labour to help others, and especially strive to encourage them. Talk cheerily to the young and anxious enquirer, lovingly try to remove stumblingblocks out of his way. When you find a spark of grace in the heart, kneel down and blow it into a flame. Leave the young believer to discover the roughness of the road by degrees, but tell him of the strength which dwells in God, of the sureness of the promise, and of the charms of communion with Christ. Aim to comfort the sorrowful, and to animate the desponding. Speak a word in season to him that is weary, and encourage those who are fearful to go on their way with gladness. God encourages you by His promises; Christ encourages you as He points to the heaven He has won for you, and the spirit encourages you as He works in you to will and to do of His own will and pleasure. Imitate divine wisdom, and encourage others, according to the word of this evening.
—Morning and Evening
“I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
David’s grief for sin was bitter. Its effects were visible upon his outward frame: “his bones waxed old”; “his moisture was turned into the drought of summer.” No remedy could he find, until he made a full confession before the throne of the heavenly grace. He tells us that for a time he kept silence, and his heart became more and more filled with grief: like a mountain tarn whose outlet is blocked up, his soul was swollen with torrents of sorrow. He fashioned excuses; he endeavoured to divert his thoughts, but it was all to no purpose; like a festering sore his anguish gathered, and as he would not use the lancet of confession, his spirit was full of torment, and knew no rest. At last it came to this, that he must return unto his God in humble penitence, or die outright; so he hastened to the mercy-seat, and there unrolled the volume of his iniquities before the all-seeing One, acknowledging all the evil of his ways in language such as you read in the fifty-first and other penitential Psalms. Having done this, a work so simple and yet so difficult to pride, he received at once the token of divine forgiveness; the bones which had been broken were made to rejoice, and he came forth from his closet to sing the blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven. See the value of a grace-wrought confession of sin! It is to be prized above all price, for in every case where there is a genuine, gracious confession, mercy is freely given, not because the repentance and confession deserve mercy, but for Christ’s sake. Blessed be God, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain is ever flowing to cleanse us from our sins. Truly, O Lord, Thou art a God “ready to pardon!” Therefore will we acknowledge our iniquities.
—Morning and Evening
……was a flop. For this I am thankful. Barack Obama’s governmental appointees, the State Department, judicial positions, and politicians from all venues–especially federal, are being rapidly filled with Muslims. But grassroots mainstream America made a statement yesterday. The Muslim March was suppose to confront American fears of their religion. But patriotic American bikers won the day. They wore the old colonial “Don’t Tread On Me” demeanor, and rode into Washington D.C. because they wanted to honor the slain Americans, N.Y. fire fighters, police officers, E.M.S. paramedics and citizens, twelve years after the fact. Estimates had their total number at about 880,000. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani said that the bikers were a testament. A biker spokesman said they also “came to support our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and make it well known that we cherish our freedoms and are against any fundamental transformation of America.” They did well in my opinion. The government sanctioned and licensed the Muslim March, but not the bikers. The bikers’ march succeeded, whereas the Muslim March was attended by absolutely no one. This should tell us volumes about the priorities, focus and direction of our federal government. Now, where is the church in this equation? What do we do to fight this radical religion? We do not fight it, we promote “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) We promote THE Author of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. We seek revival within the church and evangelism without. We burn red hot, filled with zeal and fervor for God. Radical Islam can enter only in a vacuum. Lift up Jesus Christ, be filled with the Spirit, let your life become a living witness and God will do the rest! Maranatha, Pastor Steve
The following is a mere portion of a famous speech from Teddy Roosevelt over a century ago. It is very well known, often quoted, and one of my favorites of all time: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Of course I interpret this in light of the Lord’s church. Many gripe, moan and groan, judge, find fault, criticize, bellyache and complain. But not the soul winner. Not the one cloaked in the Holy Spirit who is constantly walking in submission to the Lord. Not the one who endures the slights of men and glorifies God in everything. In nearly three decades of service, I have learned to glue with vibrant witnesses, and those who like to pray and talk about the scriptures after hours. I learn from those who desire to live holy lives, repent and forgive. I have learned that whiners and critics seldom witness, and that soul winners rarely complain. Do you know why? Both groups pursue what makes their clock tick. You think about that. Blessings, Pastor Steve
“The exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead.” Ephesians 1:19,20
In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing short of a divine power. What shall we say of those who think that conversion is wrought by the free will of man, and is due to his own betterness of disposition? When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ. It is not the word preached, nor the word read in itself; all quickening power proceeds from the Holy Ghost. This power was irresistible. All the soldiers and the high priests could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb; Death himself could not hold Jesus in his bonds: even thus irresistible is the power put forth in the believer when he is raised to newness of life. No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man. If God omnipotently says, “Thou shalt,” man shall not say, “I will not.” Observe that the power which raised Christ from the dead was glorious. It reflected honour upon God and wrought dismay in the hosts of evil. So there is great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It was everlasting power. “Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him.” So we, being raised from the dead, go not back to our dead works nor to our old corruptions, but we live unto God. “Because He lives we live also.” “For we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.” “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Lastly, in the text mark the union of the new life to Jesus. The same power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be quickened together with Christ!
—Morning and Evening