Another Testimony On Hurricane Harvey…

…an eighty one year old deacon in our church challenged me as soon as he entered our evening pot luck meal and prayer meeting tonight.  When I heard him holler:  “Preacher!,” I knew what was coming, as he digested the news about the awful flooding over the last several days.  I thought he would suggest a church contribution over several weeks in order to assist the flood victims, in addition to our regular offerings.  After all, our own facilities take up an entire city block, we have loads of taxes and insurance to pay, and we are finally getting back on our feet, having been wiped out ourselves by Hurricane Charlie in 2004.  Wrong.  This elder serves a great God and is not afraid to put Him to the test.  He loves the Lord Jesus Christ.  I announced to our parishioners as we prayed together for our evening meal, that all of the proceeds of this Sundays’ offerings will go to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  I am grateful to serve as pastor in a church with people of such radical faith.  The first Sunday of the month usually results in the largest offering of the month.  Thank you Jesus for the privilege to serve with people who truly trust You, and have a deep desire to do the right thing.

Amen and amen.  Gratefully serving the King of Kings, Pastor Steve

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Making Sense Of Hurricane Harvey

Record breaking disasters are becoming the new normal in America.  Prior to this past weekend, no one would mention a fifty inch rain except as a joke.  It is labeled as a storm that would happen once in every five hundred years.  We feel unbelievable sorrow over those who have lost everything.  Children without shoes, people without clothing, the loss of all of their belongings, and the shock of everything as it slowly sinks in.  We applaud the incredible heroism and sacrifice of the many who place themselves in harms way.  Fishermen, who use their boats and at great personal risk, pursue the thousands who are in life threatening situations.  We feel awful about the police officer who perished doing the same.  We appreciate the Texans and the American spirit, of making the best out of seemingly impossible situations.  I noticed that a great many of the volunteers had crosses around their necks – absolutely no surprise to me.

But I ask, could this disaster have been averted?  Yes, I believe so.  …And I am not talking about building stronger dikes and dams.  The old adage remains true:  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  We just had a president (Barack Hussein Obama) who trampled on our Judeo Christian heritage, through displaying rainbow colors on the White House, thus revealing his approval for the LGBT (and now Q has been added) life style.  He approves of “gay marriages” and many other perverse unions that are referred to in the Bible as “abominations.”  We have aborted nearly sixty million babies and wonder why the next generation will lack a labor force to keep our nation running.  We could continue “world without end,” with our nations’ trespasses, but you already know them…  But, you may think, isn’t the idea that the Lord God would allow such atrocities to happen as He judges our nation, going too far?  No, I do not think so.  Entire civilizations have disappeared, and they were judged for doing far lesser trespasses.  I believe there are still many, many Christian people in this nation who are doing His will, and that may be one of the reasons that the Lord is holding off our countries’ entire destruction.  Do you still believe it is going too far to suggest that the unprecedented weather tragedies in the last sixteen years are the Lord’s chastening of America?

Consider II Chronicles 7 below.  All the climate events were His chastening tools upon the nation of Israel.  We are quick to isolate II Chronicles 7:14, and quote this scripture, yet we often overlook how the Lord changes our weather patterns when we rebel against Him.  [Do you remember Elijah?  Following his prayers to the Lord, and his confrontation with King Ahab, Israel received no rain or dew for three years, until Baalism was confronted and their false prophets killed.  Also mentioned in the Bible are God’s judgment tools of locust invasions, the ten plagues upon the Egyptians, and countless other scenarios.]  II Chronicles 7:14 is highlighted in red, while II Chronicles 7:13, 20, 21, all pertaining to God’s hand in the weather and their punishment through captivity are highlighted in blue.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

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 2 Chronicles 7  King James Version (KJV)

Dedication Of The Temple

1 Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.
3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord.
5 And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lord, which David the king had made to praise the Lord, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.
7 Moreover Solomon hallowed the middle of the court that was before the house of the Lord: for there he offered burnt offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the brasen altar which Solomon had made was not able to receive the burnt offerings, and the meat offerings, and the fat.
8 Also at the same time Solomon kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt.
9 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 And on the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, glad and merry in heart for the goodness that the Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.
11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

King James Version (KJV)
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Pray For Revival In America!  Jesus Christ Is Our ONLY Hope.

Others

During our first pastorate in rural Virginia from 1988-1994, we hosted a fiery Scottish preacher a couple of times a year.  His name was John Tierney and he came from Greenville, South Carolina.  He preached annually to a series of churches, collecting funds for an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  He preached with tremendous power and unction from the Holy Spirit.  His motto was – OTHERS.  The devotional below from Our Daily Bread has the same exact theme, espoused by 1)a current illustration, 2)the Apostle Paul in Philippians chapter 2, and 3)the ultimate example, in the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

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The Interests of Others
Our Daily Bread
August 24, 2017

Read: Philippians 2:1–11
Bible in a Year: Psalms 116–118; 1 Corinthians 7:1–19

In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests.—Philippians 2:3–4
My friend Jaime works for a huge international corporation. In his early days with the company, a man came by his desk, struck up a conversation, and asked Jaime what he did there. After telling the man about his work, Jaime asked the man his name. “My name is Rich,” he replied.
“Nice to meet you,” Jaime answered. “And what do you do around here?”
“Oh, I am the owner.”
Jaime suddenly realized that this casual, humble conversation was his introduction to one of the richest men in the world.
In this day of self-glorification and the celebration of “me,” this little story can serve as a reminder of Paul’s important words in the book of Philippians: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit” (2:3). People who turn their attention to others and not on themselves have the characteristics Paul mentions.
When we “value others above [ourselves],” we demonstrate Christlike humility (v. 3). We mirror Jesus, who came not “to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). When we take “the very nature of a servant” (Phil. 2:7), we have the mindset of Jesus (v. 5).
As we interact with others today, let’s not look on our own interests alone but also “to the interests of the others” (v. 4). —Dave Branon
Jesus, You gave us the model of humility when You left heaven’s splendors to become a humble servant on earth. Help us practice Christlike humility in everything we do.
Serve God by serving others.

INSIGHT: Many scholars believe the apostle Paul embedded an early hymn in his letter to the Philippians. Chapter 2:6-11 is comprised of six couplets that seem to lend themselves to an ancient form of singing. These carefully crafted lines show what it means to believe in and follow Christ. In stark contrast to other kings of the world, Jesus gave up the glory and honor of heaven to be crowned with the thorns and mockery of His crucifixion. Instead of using others for His own pleasure, He sacrificed Himself to lovingly come to our rescue.
Christ’s selfless sacrifice impacted Paul. He mirrored what Christ suffered for us when he showed his willingness to suffer for others.

In what ways can we show self-sacrificing love to others?   Mart DeHaan

 

 

A Rare Faithful Modern Day Prophet Who Is The Lord’s Mouthpiece, And Does Not Mince Words

In a day of anemic, insipid, and lukewarm compromisers, praise the Lord there is still one who will not give in to political correctness (PC), or should we say religious correctness (RC).  He stands out head and shoulders above the “wanna be loved by everyone” preachers.  You can tell a man better through his enemies than through his friends.  If you remember Barack Hussein Obama’s two terms as president, you would likewise recall how Obama dissed Franklin Graham from leading on the National Day of Prayer because after 9/11/01, Franklin Graham called Islam an evil religion.  Wow!  There still is a prophet in America and a balm in Gilead.   Pastor Steve <><

Franklin Graham: ‘Politicians Should Stop Saying Islam Is a Religion of Peace’
August 23 2017

 Celebrated evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has urged politicians and other world leaders to stop insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, when the exact opposite is true.
In the wake of this week’s deadly attacks by jihadists in Barcelona, Rev. Graham—the son of Billy Graham—tweeted that politicians should stop saying “Islam is a religion of peace”:

In other words, the religious ideology behind Islam itself, rather that the extremism of a given group such as the Islamic State, is often what leads to the violence and terrorism carried out against infidels by Muslims.
In his politically incorrect text, Graham wrote that “we are making a mistake by allowing the operation and spread of the dark and dangerous teachings of Islam.”
“From Bangladesh to Los Angeles, Salafis spread their violent beliefs shielded by the constitutional guarantees of free speech and religious liberty,” Graham writes, citing an article written by former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright.
The radical beliefs described “aren’t limited to only the Salafis sect,” Graham adds. “While there are millions of Muslims who don’t agree with or participate in the violence of Islam, they can’t leave the religion because their families would be obligated to kill them.”
“Islam reigns in lives through fear and intimidation. I pray that Muslims everywhere will come to know Jesus Christ, the Son of God who loves them and can truly set them free. The Word of God tells us, ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,’” he wrote.
In 2007, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, then the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, asserted that Muslims and Christians “do not believe in the same God,” underscoring the differences in doctrine concerning who God is.
Last year, a Jesuit priest urged the western world to open its eyes to the reality of Muslim violence as intrinsic to the nature of Islam itself, rather than its abuse.
Known as an “old-school Jesuit,” Father James V. Schall taught Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In his 2016 essay, “Realism and Islam,” Schall insisted that the Muslim religion must be evaluated on its own terms rather than through the lens of the Judeo-Christian West.

Islam’s consistent advocacy of violence, which has been practiced “from its seventh century beginning,” has a purpose, Schall proposes. “This purpose is, ultimately, religious and pious.”
Reported by: Breitbart

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ May 5, 2017

Lutheran, Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy:  “We Stand With Planned Parenthood” Abortion Biz

A group of female clergy from Iowa wrote a letter…to state their support of the abortion chain Planned Parenthood publicly.

The letter, published in the Des Moines Register on [March 15], included signatures from seven women pastors from the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, Christian Church (Disciple of Christ), and Unity Church….

The pastors praised Planned Parenthood’s work and blasted a state bill that would defund the abortion group and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that don’t provide abortions….

In February, the Iowa Senate passed Senate File 2 to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups in the state.  The legislation would direct taxpayer funding to federally qualified health centers that provide more comprehensive healthcare but not abortions.  The bill currently is being considered in the state house.

In their letter, the pastors described the bill as “dangerous” and “extreme” legislation that “threatens access to basic healthcare for low-income women.”

Dangerous Trends 2017

College Students Believe Muslims Should Have Religious Freedom Rights – but Not Christians

Editor’s Comments:  Liberal indoctrination produces such warped views.

Two Mothers Go on the Offensive Because Islam Being Taught to Seventh Graders

Homosexual Santa Claus Book Coming Out This Coming Season

Students Don’t Want Chick-fil-A on Their Campus

Imam’s Invocation Condemned on Delaware Senate Floor

Planned Parenthood Will Give Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton “Champion of the Century” Award

Maryland Public Libraries Offering Sex-Ed Classes to Minors Taught by Lesbian

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Amen Corner

We take our faith for granted; and what we take for granted, we never take seriously.     -Vance Havner

Make honesty a part of your character.  Fight never to yield to the temptation to be dishonest.  Sometimes the truth hurts; but in the long run, it never hurts as badly as being dishonest.  -Curtis Hutson

No matter what a man’s past may have been, his future is spotless.  -John R. Rice

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  -Theodore Roosevelt

This court seems incapable of admitting that some matters- any matters- are none of its business.  -Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Even the feeblest knock on Heaven’s door is heard.

May our eyes be no keener when we look upon the faults of others than when we survey our own.

The Amazing Apostle Paul Of Tarsus

 

Paul’s Missionary Journey
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Aug. 3, 2017
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8)
The apostle Paul was undoubtedly the greatest missionary of all time. It is well to take note of his missionary strategy, for it was designed to reach the greatest number with the highest efficiency. In the first place, although he by no means neglected his Jewish countrymen, his calling was to all peoples of the world.
As much as possible, he tried to “preach the gospel in the regions beyond” where it had never gone before (2 Corinthians 10:16), “not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20).
He especially concentrated on great cities, particularly the major seaports. He had come from the large city of Tarsus himself, and he preached in the great capital, Rome, and in Athens, the world’s cultural center. Philippi was the “chief city” of Macedonia (Acts 16:12), as was Corinth in Achaia and Ephesus in Asia Minor. Antioch, Troas, Thessalonica—all were great seaport cities. Establishing solid churches in such cities would provide centers for carrying the gospel throughout the world.
In considerable measure, his ministry in these cities seemed to reach people of special ability or opportunity to teach and influence others, such as the philosophers at Athens, the proconsul Sergius Paulus at Paphos, the honorable women of Berea, the school of Tyrannus at Ephesus, and others of like significance.
Most important of all were his writings. Paul wrote half the epistles of the New Testament. He traveled at least 15,000 miles and preached to many thousands of people, but his written words have been read by countless millions over 1,900 years. HMM

ONE WAY

Acts 4:12  King James Version (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Apostle Simon Peter   33 A.D.

The Cure
Unspoken
We’re all related, brothers and strangers
The king and the beggar bleed the same
We’ve all got a sickness, a terminal condition
We medicate it but the pain won’t go away
See the eyes of a million faces
Looking for it in a million places
Only one can save us, Jesus
You are the cure
Everybody’s searching for it
Everybody’s reaching out
Trying to grab a hold of something real
You are the cure
Only you can satisfy us
Fill up the void inside us
Never been a heart you couldn’t heal
You are the cure
You are the doctor, healer and father
To the orphan without a home
We fell into darkness, lost till you found us
You are the remedy we’re looking for
You are the cure
Everybody’s searching for it
Everybody’s reaching out
Trying to grab a hold of something real
You are…

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John 14:6  King James Version (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth    32 A.D.

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 62

Dr. Gary Frazier  ~  Interview / Hagmann & Hagmann

Dr. Gary Frazier wrote “Hell Is For Real,” and “It Could Happen Tomorrow.”  Gary has been to Israel over 180 times.  Gary filmed a six and one half hour DVD throughout Israel for people who will never be able to go there.  Gary has met several Prime Ministers of Israel, and they all realize that evangelical Christians are the best friends that Israel has.  Many Israelites are also becoming more aware of their role in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and the Abrahamic Covenant.

Doug Hagmann asked Gary Frazier:  “If this was the last time you knew you would be on camera, what would you say?”  Gary’s response:  “That God so loved the world that He gave His son, and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality for those who care to indulge in the facts of the matter.  The truth is that Jesus gave Himself for every single person, and if this was his last opportunity to say anything he would say eternity is too long to be wrong.  Use today to make a commitment to Jesus Christ.  He loves who you are and where you are in life.  When you surrender to Him, He will change you and in this process He will make you into His image.  He takes us and makes us more like Him, He forgives us for our sins, and gives us a passion for other people.  We were on our way to hell but by the Providence of God, He has forever changed our lives, and we have purpose in our lives and we are not just drifting aimlessly.  We have free will.  We can be forgiven of our sins and stand clean before God, restored and having a confidence in God, and then knowing that I am a sinner who has been saved by the miraculous grace of God, and my sins have been washed away by the shed blood of the Lamb of God.  Pray to receive Christ and He will come into your heart.”

When you become saved, Satan and the demons of hell will attempt to get you to doubt your conversion.  We must believe what the Word of God tells us:  “That we are declared victorious and we are conquerors in Christ, and that neither death nor life nor powers nor principalities nor angels neither height nor depth nor any other thing can separate us from Christ Jesus.”  Do not think about yourself as you were, do not think about yourself as someone who says what you are, understand who you are in Christ Jesus.  You are saved, you are born again, you are on the narrow road that goes to heaven.  You are not perfect but you are forgiven.  Like Paul, we all suffer for doing the things we should not do, and not doing the things we should.  Remember, we lose some fights and win other fights, but the ultimate war has already been won.  I John 1:9 is the Christians’ bar of soap:  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  We continually become convicted over our sins, and this is followed by our confession and repentance.  What we want to do is to continually get back on track.  In order to become a child of God, one must be born again.  Continually confess your sins, hear God’s Word and obey Him.

Why Gary wrote “Hell Is For Real” – Less than one half of one percent of people believe they are going to hell.  Satan has done a masterful job at taking the fear away of standing in judgment before God.  God attempts to draw lost sinners to Himself, but there is a time when God will stop calling you.  The unpardonable sin, is when God continually calls us and we say no.  We may not even realize that we crossed the line and no longer have any chance of salvation.

 

For King & Country ~ O God Forgive Us

Praise the Lord for the lyrics and music from this well known contemporary Christian music group.  The words seek the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins: for His forgiveness of our ineptness, our lack of faith and obedience, and for our continual need for repentance and a contrite heart:

O God Forgive Us
​for KING & COUNTRY

Produced by Seth Mosley
Album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.

Verified commentary by
​for KING & COUNTRY
O God Forgive Us Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We’ve prayed the prayer with no reply
Words float off into the night
Couldn’t cut our doubt with the sharpest knife
O, O God forgive us
Silence isn’t comfortable
We want drive through peace and instant hope
Our shallow faith it has left us broke
O, O God forgive us
O, O God forgive us

[Chorus]
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

[Verse 2]
Young and old, black and white
We’re rich and poor, there’s no divide
Hear the mighty, hear the powerless, singing
O, O God forgive us
O, O God forgive us

[Chorus]
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

 

[Bridge]
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide

[Chorus]
O, O God forgive us
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

[Outro]
Run wild. To risk everything. To hold nothing back. To lay it all on the line: your reputation, your success, your comfort. It’s that moment when fear is overcome by faith. Live free. It’s not the liberty to do whatever you want whenever and wherever you want, but rather it’s living in course with the Author of humanity and finding freedom by connecting with the Creator who conceived you.  Let the light flood into your eyes for the first time. Feeling the blood course through your veins, finding the truest version of yourself by knowing the one who knows you even better than you know yourself. Love strong. Because you were first loved. Because without love we all perish. Because the earth and the stars can and will pass away, but love, love will always remain