Hall Of Fame / Hall Of Faith

My son and I saw the Bronx Bombers (Yankees) play against the Houston Astros last night (Monday, October 16, 2017) in the third game of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) at Yankee Stadium.  The Yankees are winners of twenty seven (27) world championships.  Yankee Stadium is the heart and soul, and nerve center for the game of baseball.  The people of the Bronx borough of New York City are hard working blue collar folks and they are patriotic.  They unfurled a gigantic American flag across the entire field prior to singing the National Anthem.  Chants of U.S.A. were heard throughout the stadium.  The seventh inning stretch later on, produced a patriotic medley of music, including God Bless America.  I was grateful to be at this playoff game with my son.

In Yankee Stadium, Monument Park is a section where the teams’ Hall Of Fame players are memorialized on large plaques:  Men like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and well over thirty others.  It is a great commemoration of one hundred and seventeen years of baseball.

Aaron Judge is the current superstar on this illustrious team.  He is a twenty five year old rookie who has taken the city by storm, hitting fifty two home runs during the regular season, and he is a candidate for Most Valuable Player (MVP).  Much more importantly, he is humble, reminiscent of the former Yankee Lou Gehrig.  Both are awesome players blessed with humility.  (Aaron Judge hit a three run home run in the game we saw and made a great catch in right field).

All of the above is very enjoyable in the mundane, but has no real lasting spiritual and eternal impact.  I would like to translate the above words that were highlighted in red, into the spiritual:  Yankee Stadium seems like heaven to a lot of folks who have a tremendous passion for the New York Yankees and baseball.  But it is not eternal, it is not heaven, and it will one day pass away.  The Lord’s real heaven is eternal, it will last forever, and is so wonderful that it is far beyond our comprehension.

1 Corinthians 2:9  New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

The Hall Of Fame includes the best players who have ever graced a baseball diamond. but their deeds and exploits will one day pass from memory.  It is the Hall Of Faith, Hebrews chapter 11, which contains the lives of the faithful, whose deeds have already had an eternal impact and will be remembered forever and ever.  A cross section of the faithful saints are mentioned in Hebrews 11, and the chapter closes with the following profound passage, depicting the great importance of faithful people in the eyes of the Lord:

Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Aaron Judge is the current star on this team.  When he appears at the plate and is up to bat, the crowd cheers “All rise!” since his name is Judge.  Some even wear a judges’ robe in his honor.  But one day his baseball career will be over.  So let us focus on the eternal Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Hebrews 1  English Standard Version (ESV)
The Supremacy of God’s Son
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
Or again,
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
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You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
10 And,
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
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they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.[a]
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.

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I enjoy baseball and the roar of the crowd.  But if the world can get excited about temporal pursuits that will soon pass away, how much more passion should the Christian born from above have.  When Jesus comes in judgment, “every eye shall behold Him, every tongue will confess Him as Lord, and every knee shall bow before Him.”  Let us use every fiber in our being to magnify the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and “so much the more, as we see that day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:25b)

All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

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Great News For Evangelical Christians

If you would like to say goodbye forever to establishment Republicans, and be a part of a movement that better represents our core values and beliefs, there seems to be hope…

SENATE 1 hour ago
Emboldened Bannon enlists evangelicals to take on McConnell, entire GOP establishment

By Joseph Weber, Fox News

Steve Bannon: Senator Corker is an absolute disgrace
Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, on Saturday rallied evangelicals and other base supporters, urging them to defeat the Republican establishment as they recently did in Alabama and boldly predicting a commanding Trump re-election victory.
“They fear you because they understand you’ve had a belly full of it, and you’re taking your country back,” Bannon told social conservatives at the annual Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. “They understand you’re the transmission of the best values of the Judeo-Christian West.”
Bannon was able to channel his and his followers’ long-held distain for the Washington establishment into enough votes to help Trump in his 2016 White House victory.

His return to Breitbart News, after leaving the White House last month, and his all-out effort to help conservative firebrand Judge Roy Moore last month defeat establishment candidate Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s recent special GOP Senate election has empowered him to take on others — including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and retiring Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker.
“In Alabama, the elites, the permanent political class as personified by Mitch McConnell, raised more than $30 million to go after good and righteous man Roy Moore,” Bannon told the crowd.
“The one thing we proved in Alabama, and you guys proved, is that more than anything else money doesn’t matter anymore,” Bannon continued. “In the days of the digital era … a good man with good ideas and good people behind him can beat any amount of money.”
Bannon has now turned much of his attention on McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is the standard-bearer for the GOP establishment. Like Trump, Bannon is upset that McConnell has thus far failed to execute the president’s conservative legislative agenda, particularly repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
Though Trump has publically criticized McConnell’s efforts and turned to congressional Democrats for a legislative win, Fox News confirmed Saturday that they are scheduled to meet next week to discuss a path forward.
Bannon on Saturday also came to Trump’s side in his battle with Corker, who has questioned Trump’s ability to lead the country.
“Bob Corker, a real piece of work,” said Bannon, who suggested the senator isn’t seeking re-election in 2018 because he knows he’’ll lose and suggested that GOP senators who didn’t chastise Corker for disrespecting the presidency could also be targeted for defeat.
Bannon said “the populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that drove Judge Moore to victory, that will drive 15 candidates to victory in 2018” will also give Trump 400 electoral votes in 2020.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

 

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 66

This article represents the final installation of this prophecy conference.  It was a lot of work to listen to every speaker, but what a blessing to finally complete this monumental task!  If you read and peruse the 66 articles, you will glean the main topics and teachings from each and every instructor.  In Christ, Pastor Steve

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Dr. Kevin Clarkson   ~  Interview / Hagmann & Hagmann, Followed By The Closing Ceremony

Pastors are shepherds but we are also sheep.  We need to come apart and be fed also.  Many pastors are there but they are not engaged.  Some are angry or discouraged.  The Bible says:  “Strike the shepherd and the sheep scatter.”  Pastors leave the ministry every week, and that leaves the sheep without a shepherd.

Pastors need to abide in Christ, through the Word and in prayer.  The Spirit of God and the Word of God is an explosive and volatile combination.  A lot of pastors get busy and sidetracked, and fail to get alone with God.  The key to overcoming depression or burnout in ministry is to get with God and wait upon Him and you will mount up with the wings of eagles.

Dr. Kevin Clarkson stands on the shoulders of J.R. Church who founded Prophecy In The News decades ago.  The feeling in this ministry is that time is short and we must be serious in light of what is going on in the world.  Kevin’s vision is to pray for the persecuted church around the world.  Americans have lived in a religious liberty bubble which is unique in all of history.  The rest of the church throughout history has been hunted down, persecuted and martyred.  America has been the exception and not the rule.  Christians are being threatened in America as of late and we need to rise.  We need to run for office, be a voice, and defend our freedoms.  Bill Federer:  “Our most important job is to preach the Gospel.  Our second most important job is to defend our right to preach the Gospel.”  Billy Graham use to say he had the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other hand.  We must look at the Bible in the lens or prism of our time.  Christ is coming.  He could come before this broadcast is over.

Christians in America are being labeled as extremists.  The human rights campaign is saying that sexual liberty is more important than religious liberty.  Sexual liberty is making America go down.  We are being set aside by the Lord because of our sin.  China has passed us economically, and Russia has risen above us militarily, through the number of nuclear warheads they have.  There seems to be a desire to make worship a private issue for people in America.  The separation of church and state has been a misunderstood issue in our times.  The idea behind it is to keep the government out of the church, and NOT to keep the church out of the government.  We need to be strong with resolve and courage, and we also need to be gracious.  We were founded as a Judaeo Christian nation.  The church has been tax exempt, but with an 18 trillion dollar deficit and counting, our government will pursue every source of revenue they can find.  Churches are a rich target.  We must support Prophecy in the News.  Winston Churchill saved the world when he refused to surrender in World War II, and Benjamin Netanyahu is a similar leader today.  Bibi would like us to stand with him but even if we do not, Israel will never give in or surrender.

Kevin Clarkson stated that Western Civilization would fall to Islam in a matter of years if everything stays the same and the Lord does not return.  It may be that the torch of Christianity has been passed to Africa and Asia, where they are already persecuted – they are a lot more serious about their faith.  Everyday, over 8,000 people receive Christ in the underground church in China.  The Chinese Christians want to march back to Jerusalem with the Gospel.  This is the power of the Gospel and the Spirit of God.  In America, we must lose our indifference and become on fire for the Lord.  We need to get in our closet and pray.  George Washington said in the Revolution:  “Trust God to keep your powder dry.”  Let us do all that is humanly possible, and trust God to do all that is divinely possible.

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Closing Ceremony

Dr. Kevin Clarkson thanked the audience for their hunger, thirst and zeal for the Lord.  The United States is not going to stand with Israel now, and we are going to suffer for that.  God will curse those who curse Israel.  Israel may soon strike her enemies.  Noah prepared for the flood.  We need to prepare for the end times.  Be HOT.  Be HOLY.  Be HOPEFUL.  Be Spirit filled.  Abide in the Lord and be close to Christ – be in the Word and be in prayer.  Be HOLY.  We do not want to be ashamed at His coming.  Be HOPEFUL.  Be looking for the blessed hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

An amazing feature of this prophecy conference was the spiritual oneness of the speakers.  The Pre Tribulation Rapture was believed by all of them.  They all recognized the errors of the emerging church.  Their mutual spiritual discernment put them all on the same page.  Interestingly, these men all came from totally different backgrounds and did not know one another in nearly every case.  Their oneness is the oneness that all true saints who are born from above experience together.  It is a God thing.

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

From Voice Of The Martyrs…

This pastor is prepared for persecution.

Until His Last Breath
Jatya, a pastor in southern India, is happy to show visitors one of his prized possessions. It’s a manila envelope stuffed with old newspaper clippings. The fading pages recount Jatya’s walk of faith through eight separate instances of persecution.

The first clip dates to 1992, when police ordered Jatya to stop sharing Christ with villagers. After he refused to sign a police document, they broke all his fingers. Three years later, he was beaten and thrown in jail for a week. Another time, a Hindu neighbor beat Jatya with a bicycle chain.

After each instance of persecution, Jatya’s response was the same: he grabbed his Bible and went back to work telling others in his village about Christ. After all, he reasoned, everyone needs to hear the Good News!

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Jatya’s most recent brush with persecution came after he shared the gospel with a young man in his village. An angry mob of radical Hindus surrounded Jatya and beat him until he lost consciousness. VOM paid for his medical treatment after the incident.

For Jatya, the beating wasn’t the important thing about the incident. The most important part of the story, he says, is that the young man became a believer in Jesus! Jatya said he hopes that someday he’ll meet each member of the mob that beat him so he can share Christ with them.

When asked if he was worried about the next time he faces persecution, Jatya quoted 2 Timothy 1:7 — “God has not given us a spirit of fear. …”

“Until my last breath,” Jatya says, “I want to serve and live my life for Jesus.”

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 65

Dr. Kevin Clarkson    ~    7 Visions Of Christ In The Apocalypse

Dr. Clarkson is a pastor of a church in Oklahoma, as well as the leader of this Prophecy In The News Conference.

Revelation 1:1  “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”:

God gave Revelation to Jesus, Jesus gave it to his angel, the angel gave it to John, and John recorded it by the Holy Spirit for us here today.

Revelation = Apocalypse = Unveiling

Seven Visions Of Christ

Isaac Newton discovered seven prisms of light, there are seven notes in the musical scales, there are seven systems in the body, and seven days in one week.  In Revelation there are seven letters to seven churches from seven angels, there is the seven fold Spirit of God, and Jesus opens the book with seven seals, and the seventh seal opens seven trumpets, and the seventh trumpet opens seven bowls of wrath.  The word “blessed” appears seven times in the book of Revelation.  Hence there are seven visions of Christ:

1)The Glorified Son

Revelation 1:10-19 King James Version (KJV)

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,  11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

2)The Lamb Slain

King James Version (KJV)

Revelation 5

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

King James Version (KJV)
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3)The Great Shepherd

Revelation 7

9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

4)The Male Child

Revelation 12:1-6

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

5)He That Keepeth Israel

Revelation 14:1-4

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

6)The Glad Reaper

Revelation 14:14-16

14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

7)The King Of Kings

Revelation 19:11-16

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

Hugh Hefner Dead At 91

Hugh Hefner may be best described as the founder of a pornographic empire, and one who lived the Epicurean lifestyle to the hilt.  Eeh Christian mates, where do you think this bloke is going to spend eternity?  I do not mean to judge, but with no given evidence of repentance, I do not believe his passing has increased the population of heaven.  I also do not believe there is another human being in our nation who has done more to promote lust, exploitation and sexual sin.  There are only a few Americans who when mentioned, quickly turn my stomach.  Hugh Hefner is one,   Madalyn Murray O’Hair is another.  They will both receive their just rewards.    -Pastor Steve

Galatians 6:7  King James Version (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

 

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and star of E! reality show The Girls Next Door, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 91.
Born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner, the businessman died on Wednesday.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” a rep for the Playboy Enterprises founder said in a statement to PEOPLE.

— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017

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You may think Hugh Hefner’s alleged debauchery is an exaggeration because we have grown so used to it.  Our nation was largely morally pure going into the early 1950’s.  Hefner’s magazine found its way into the homes of countless Americans, mostly men of course, and the perverted became the norm as he played on man’s baser, fallen instincts.  Fathers may have hid the magazines but their sons soon found them and shared with their friends.  After a saturation of this, a woman will eventually be seen as a sex object alone.  Other magazines, even more pornographic than Playboy were later birthed, like Penthouse, Oui, and a host of others.  Our entire culture has gradually become so sex crazed, and we have not even realized it, because we have grown accustomed to the dark.  Now, pornography is replete on line, and there is so much of it that it cannot all be accounted for!  This all contributed to the destruction of the American family, and the domino/ripple effect, has totally destroyed the moral fabric of this nation.  For instance, sixty million abortions are the result of an immoral people who desire recreational sex, usually outside of marriage, and then they dispose of the unwanted baby through murder.  The Playboy philosophy and mindset has gone to newspaper articles, books, periodicals, television sitcoms, movies, billboards, posters, and it has gone viral on line.  Yes, in my humble opinion, Hugh Hefner will go down as one of the most ignominious names in American history.  In His Service, Pastor Steve 

The Day The NFL Died

Like many people, I have enjoyed professional football for decades and since childhood.  No longer folks.  I will pour my heart into the Lord’s work on the Lord’s day even more so.  For players to receive ridiculous salaries in the millions and for owners to rake in their billions, and refuse to stand for the National Anthem prior to a game is despicable.  In the Dallas franchise, every player and the owner, took a knee during the National Anthem.  If this is America’s team, we ought to cry.  Police officers and war veterans died defending this nation, and one quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently wore socks depicting the police as pigs.  This is a national disgrace.  Is the implosion in the NFL a microcosm of America?  These athletes who throw the National Anthem under the bus are extremely negative role models for our young people.  The National Football League (NFL) has fallen right into the playbook of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, promoting class warfare.  Marxism, communism and socialism all promote their ideologies in order to neutralize a nation under the power of elitists.

It is realized that there are many injustices in the United States of America as in all nations.  But for players to wear clothing condemning all police officers because of the minority of “bad apples,” is polarizing, dividing, disrespecting, and hateful.  To sit out the National Anthem because you feel wronged somewhere in your life, further divides this nation in the one arena where we should be united.  The National Anthem is one of the last bastions of glue that holds us together, and the left desires to destroy it as well.  I do, however, thank the lame, stand for nothing, compromising NFL for making my decision to forever ignore them an easy one.  I applaud their former supporters who have already burned their memorophilia, including expensive jerseys and innumerable other items.

“The NFL (No Fans Left?) has turned into an anti American political propaganda tool for the left.”   -Rush Limbaugh

The good news is perhaps this will be a priority check and a wake up call for the things that matter most.  Instead of “fans” (“fans” is short for fanatic) filling the stadiums on Sunday, perhaps they can rediscover the church and once again worship the Lord on the Lord’s Day.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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The Day the NFL Died

February 3, 1959 is the “day the music died.” That’s the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed and burned in an Iowa cornfield, a day immortalized in Don McLean’s “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie.”
September 24, 2017 will go down in history as the day the NFL died. It died because its pampered, babied, overgrown millionaires showed an utter lack of respect for their country and their flag and insulted every working American who buys tickets to watch them play a game.
It died because players, coaches, and owners alike insulted a country that gave them the opportunity to make an obscene amount of money that almost everyone in the stands can only dream of. They insulted a supposedly racist country in which African-American athletes make millions of dollars playing in a league in which 68% of the players are black. Their lack of gratitude is staggering, grotesque, and utterly offensive.
To make matters worse, these players chose National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day to diss America, a day set aside by Congress to remember the families of those who paid the last full measure of devotion for our security, our safety, and our freedom.
Easily the defining moment of the day came in London, where the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars played the NFL’s annual game in the United Kingdom. The players – along with the Muslim owner of the Jaguars – locked arms and refused to honor America’s national anthem but stood as one in respectful attention while the national anthem of the UK was being played. They would not honor the “Star-Spangled Banner” but stood in honor of “God Save the Queen.” That moment, that moment right there, is the moment the NFL died.

It should be noted that the 17 Ravens and Jaguar players who defied their country’s flag on foreign soil make a combined $448,373,425, an amount greater than the gross domestic product of a number of the world’s nations.
In America, three teams (the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans) stayed in the locker rooms for the playing of the national anthem, despite the fact that NFL policy requires them to be fined for doing so. (An NFL official told ESPN the feeble and weak-kneed head office has no interest in imposing any fines at all.) But the truth is if the NFL can fine entire teams for disrespecting the flag, they can certainly fine individual players for doing the same thing.

Only one player for the Steelers, former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, came out of the locker room and stood at attention for the national anthem. The rest of the Steelers hid like surly cowards in the bowels of the stadium while the rest of the stadium honored America. By the count of the Associated Press, across the league over 200 players dissed their nation and their flag yesterday.
Thirty-two Denver Broncos took a knee, and LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills nonchalantly did his stretching exercises during the anthem. Black Power salutes are now common not only on the sidelines but during the game in celebration of sacks, interceptions, and touchdowns. If the NFL does not get a handle on this right now, it’s going to get ugly as new forms of angry protest are devised.
In Detroit, anthem singer Rico LaVelle dropped to one knee and raised the black power salute at the end of the song. Another national anthem artist did much the same thing.
In most stadiums, boos descended from the stands in response to these disgraceful protests. The NFL, in other words, is committing hari-kiri in front of the whole world.
Meanwhile, NASCAR owners made it clear that if a driver pulled a stunt like this in the NASCAR world he’d get fired so fast he’d get a nosebleed.
Federal law is quite clear on the proper protocol for the response to the national anthem in 36 U.S. Code, Section 301. After directions are given to individuals in uniform and to military veterans, the law says (emphasis mine) “all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.”
It’s worth noting that if NFL players are linking arms, they cannot place their “right hand over the heart.” While there is no penalty specified for breaking this law, the law nevertheless is straightforward and unambiguous. NFL players who refuse to show respect for the anthem and the flag are not just flouting American ideals, they are breaking the law. The NFL can and should fine them for doing so.
The NFL’s players need to learn one lesson: when it’s time to pray, you go to your knees. When it’s time to honor your country, you rise to your feet. Period.
The media mocked Tim Tebow for taking a knee on the sideline to honor God. Now they glorify overpaid athletes for taking a knee on the sideline to dishonor America.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees correctly observed that those who are looking for a display of unity in America are missing a glorious opportunity.
I will always feel that, if you are an American, that the national anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified, and to show respect for our country. To show respect for what it stands for, the birth of our nation…I feel like that is a unifying thing. The national anthem and standing for the national anthem, and looking at the flag with a hand over the heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together. And say, ‘You know what? We know things are not where they should be, but we’re going to work and strive to make things better.’ To bring equality to all people — men, women, no matter your race, creed, religion, it doesn’t matter. Equality for all. But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect for our flag, with our hand over our heart.
The bottom line: with yesterday’s reprehensible shenanigans, the NFL has become the nation’s largest and most powerful hate group. And it is America that they hate. May the NFL rest in peace.
And let’s hope that NFL players and fans alike do not forget that there is a day coming when taking a knee will be the right thing to do. It will, in fact, be the only thing anyone will be able to do. Everyone in the universe will take a knee, not in protest but in submission. “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Maybe that’s the day we all should make sure we are ready for.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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You Almost Always Stand In Silence When The National Anthem Is Played In Person

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Note:  It is an official NFL rule and regulation for their players to stand and respect the flag during the National Anthem.  The NFL chose to ignore their own rule in the case of Colin Kaepernick last year, and now it has gone viral.  What a compromising and insipid organization.

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Pray For Revival In America!

Quotable Quotations – The Anemic Christian Church In America

“It is truly amazing to witness the age division within today’s Christian Church in America.  Our most committed members are all over sixty years of age.  I have seen this phenomenon personally during our last twenty years of Christian service.  Just yesterday (9/24/17), a crazed gunman shot up a church near Nashville, Tennessee, and nearly all of the victims were over sixty years of age because they were the nucleus of the parishioners.  The younger attenders in church today, usually do only that – attend occasionally with zero commitment or ministry.  I call this mindset “touch base Christianity.”  Praise the Lord for the exceptions, as there are many, especially in larger churches.  We should not be surprised at the advance of Islam, if this trend holds and creates a spiritual vacuum.  Here is a point to ponder –  Are Muslims more committed to a lie than Christians are to the truth?  Food for thought.”

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <>< 

Prophecy in the News: Sister Hatune Dogan: ISIS is Islam, Islam is ISIS – VIDEO

We hear so much nonsense that claims there are radical sects of Islam, and there are peaceful ones.  Islam actually means “submission,”  and their global goal is for everyone to submit to their god Allah.  Furthermore, Isis is NOT some extreme radical wing of Islam – it is classic Islam.  Too many are totally ignorant of history and Islam’s past.  What their founding “prophet” Mohammad did, is what they desire to do today.  Furthermore, their ideology can be seen throughout Europe.  Immigrate, saturate and dominate.  They do not intend to assimilate.  This nun’s brief You Tube presentation below reveals a perfect understanding of Islam, and their desire to persecute Christians and Jews until there are none.

In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

 

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS – Watch this short video of Sister Hatune Dogan who has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of ancient Christian communities. She’s listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. It is truly heart-breaking. This is why we should be concerned about Islam taking over in America and coming in by the thousands as refugees