Sometimes God Sends Us A Prophet With Tremendous Insight About The Age In Which We Live. This Was Originally Read 52 Years Ago, Yet Sounds Just Like Our World Today. Listen To Paul Harvey For The Rest Of The Story…
If I were the devil . . .
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
This is Paul Harvey signing off. Good day.
Taken From the Website of FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Of BOCA GRANDE:
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Has Christ taken over in your heart? Perhaps He resides there, but does He preside? Vance Havner
The scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives. A. W. Tozer
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading today. Abraham Lincoln
They went to their rest with the furrowed brow and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. Charles Spurgeon
I am an old fashioned preacher of the old time religion which has helped warm this cold world’s heart for two thousand years. Billy Sunday
Without God the world would be a maze without a clue. Woodrow Wilson
The world has a lot of problems and all of them caused by man. We get perplexed when we are confronted with them. Our knees knock and our head swims. O me! What are we to do? Leave all the world stuff to the lord and leave the word of God in every mans heart you meet. Pastor Gary Beatty
Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees. William Cowper
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington
There are no years so important for impression as the first ten. Then and there is the impression made for virtue or vice, for truth or falsity, for bravery or cowardice, for religion or septicism. DeWitt Talmadge
There are two elements if adhered to that will destroy our great America, liberal theology and liberal politics. Pastor Beatty
“The latest Harvard poll says that more than 70% of Americans do not trust the media. Why? Because of the false, fake news, and propaganda products like Russian collusion. This has gone on for six months with Russia, Russia, Russia.”
CNN = Fake News Station, Propaganda and Lies.
Just when you think you heard it all, Communist, Socialist and Secularist Bernie Sanders reveals his unbelievable ignorance of American history and the Christian faith. And to think he should have been the Democratic nominee if Hillary Clinton did not steal the election from him, is downright scary!
Enjoy the following clinic on the Christian faith and American history from the American Renewal Project:
American Renewal Project
From recent reporting by Todd Starnes of FOX News:
Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he [Vought] believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He [Sanders] said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is ‘really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.’
Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a clue of what he’s talking about. Thankfully, other Senators rebutted their colleague from Vermont:
Sen. James Lankford warned that Sander’s comments [come] ‘dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.’
‘The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every
American’s right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion,” the Oklahoma Republican said. ‘We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.’
From 1775 to 1797, George Washington served as the chief military and political leader of the new United States of America. Celebrated as the “Father of his Country,” Washington stated in his Farewell Address of September 19, 1796:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity. Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness-these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens.”
Washington cautioned that the “one who labors to subvert a public role for religion and morality cannot call himself a patriot.”* Bernie Sanders’ recent statements certainly fit Washington’s warning.
John Adams, our second President, amplified Washington’s tenet: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The carcinogenic of Secularism – Christianity’s chief competitor – thrives in the absence of instruction about America’s Godly heritage. Secularism metastasized in America when the U.S. Supreme Court removed prayer and the Bible from public schools in 1962-1963; likely the most spiritually destructive event in the nation’s history.**
Leftist Bernie Sanders advanced a European-style socialistic platform in his campaign for president in 2016. Government-run healthcare, higher taxes, ubiquitous government interference and regulation, open borders, and a cradle-to-the-grave Welfare state: That is Sander’s vision.
As to America’s heritage, he would be well served to peek at the 13 original State Constitutions before he makes a complete idiot of himself.
Pastors and Christian leaders were instrumental in the founding of America:
Plymouth, Massachusetts, Pilgrims’ Pastor Rev. John Robinson
Providence, Rhode Island, Rev. Roger Williams
Barnstable, Massachusetts, Rev. John Lothropp
Exeter, New Hampshire, Rev. John Wheelwright
Boston, Massachusetts, Rev. John Cotton
Hartford, Connecticut, Rev. Thomas Hooker
Add signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States:
John Witherspoon was a Presbyterian pastor.
Hugh Williamson had been a pastor earlier in his career, before becoming a doctor.
Robert Treat Paine served as a military chaplain.
Lyman Hall was a minister prior to the Revolutionary War.
Francis Hopkinson was a church music director and edited a famous American hymnbook.
Roger Sherman, wrote the doctrinal creed for his denomination in Connecticut.
Benjamin Rush, pioneered Sunday School in the United States and founded the country’s first Bible Society.
James Wilson, trained as a clergyman in Scotland, became an attorney who taught students the Biblical basis of civil law.
Add more pastors to the first Congress:
Frederick Muhlenberg was a Lutheran pastor elected the first U.S. Speaker of the House. He was the first signer on the Bill of Rights.
John Peter Muhlenberg was a Lutheran pastor, who became a General, and then U.S. House and Senate member.
In 1784, 1785, and 1787, Congress passed the “Northwest Ordinances”-drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The purpose of the legislation was to arrange a method by which new states would be admitted to the Union. Three to five states could be carved from the “Northwest” territory, which eventually broke into five states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Part of the legislation read, “No person, demeaning [conducting] himself in a peaceable and orderly manner, shall ever be molested [harassed] on account of his mode of worship or religious sentiments.”
Of particular interest is Article Three of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
A generation later, April 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and political scientist, set sail with Gustave de Beaumont for the United States, to study America. “From Sing-Sing Prison to the Michigan woods, from New Orleans to the White House, Tocqueville and Beaumont traveled for nine months by steamboat, by stagecoach, on horseback and in canoes.”***
As a result of de Tocqueville’s observation, he published his two-volume work, Democracy in America, in 1835 and 1840. What do you suppose immediately caught the attention of the Frenchman?
“Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things. In France, I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America, I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.
“[Religion in America] must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief. I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion – for who can search the human heart? – But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions”.
Secularists, like Bernie Sanders, don’t have a clue as to the Christian history of America. They have usurped the culture and now loom large over Big Business, public education, universities, government, Hollywood, arts and entertainment, and TV executives and media: i.e., the cultural mountains of influence.
There is good news in America. Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to head toward the public square. Hold onto to your seat because it’s going to be a bumpy ride, for somebody’s values are going to reign supreme.
American Renewal Project
*Daniel L. Dreisbach, Reading The Bible with the Founding Fathers
** goo.gl/Wf49bV. Also, consider that the lone dissenter, Justice Potter Stewart, said this in 1963, “It [the Abington School District v. Schempp ruling] led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”
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Prior to the Revolutionary War, a great percentage of American Colonists would have gladly sided with England and paid more and more taxes. Supporters of the King of England were called “Tories.” God used a vocal firebrand and powerful orator to pull the Colonists together. Patrick Henry was the Cicero of the American Revolution. One particular speech he made is what he is most noted for. He uttered the words you will hear below at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775. After the speech, the Colonists were much more so on the same page, and the rest is history. He stated in other words, that there are some causes that are greater than life itself. Amen and amen. He is my favorite Founding Father, without a close second.
Pastor Steve <><
It is very important to note, that to many of Patrick Henry’s contemporaries, he was suggesting sedition, insurrection and treason! In his day, many of the Colonists looked at him like you and I would now perceive Benedict Arnold to be. It is always easier in the short run to proceed on the path of least resistance. Most Colonists were like this. The situation demanded a catalyst who would not live with the status quo, and be content to remain the door mat and lap dog for the British Empire’s financial needs. God raises certain fearless men perhaps a couple of times a century. Winston Churchill was such a man, as was Patrick Henry.
“I am old and move slowly.” SOCRATES
When I was a much younger man, I used to run several miles a day. When my knees gave out, I began to walk – first aerobically and then slowly.
Now I saunter. Henry David Thoreau in an essay on walking, explains the origin of the word saunter. He says the term comes from the Middle Ages when wandering pilgrims would beg for alms to finance their journey to “la saint terre,” the Holy Land. Such people became known as “sainte-terrers,” or “saunterers.”
I can’t vouch for the origin of the word, and I understand Thoreau’s theory is in doubt these days, but I like his explanation better than any I’ve heard, for I myself am a saunterer, a wandering pilgrim, begging for grace, making my way toward the City of God.
Let’s hear it for sauntering! My dictionary defines the word as “to wander or walk about idly and in a leisurely or lazy manner; to lounge; to stroll; to loiter.” That’s me: God’s loiterer, in no particular hurry, taking time to see the world around me and sample it along the way.
Very few people saunter these days. Most folks are in a hurry – speed – walking or racing around on mountain bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards. I wonder where they are going or if they know why.
The same may be said for those who follow Christ. So many seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere and do something, running off to this meeting or that, signing up for one course or another, frantically working out their own salvation, sanctification, and service for God as though everything depends on them. I wish they knew how to saunter.
Sauntering is an art. It grows out of the conviction that “all this is from God” (2 Cor. 5:18). It’s rest and peace to know that every aspect of our pilgrimage is in His hands. He has freed us from past sin and guilt and is freeing us now from its power. Our destiny is not riding on anything we do or have done or have failed to do. It rests on the work of One who is faithful to the end.
Writer Thomas Merton suggests that we “go for walks, live in peace, let change come quietly and invisibly on the inside.”
I find Merton’s words reassuring. We can trust God to bring completion to the process He has begun. Whatever change takes place in us will come quietly, slowly, occurring in some secret hidden part of us and often imperceptible except in retrospect. It may be years later that we see what God has been doing all along.
In the meantime, while we saunter toward heaven and home, we can begin to pay attention to those around us. We can take every occasion to listen, to love, and to pray, knowing that we don’t have to rush about and make things happen; God himself is preparing good works for us to do (Eph. 2:10).
Thoreau often wrote with luminous insight. Thus he concludes his essay on sauntering: “So we saunter toward the Holy Land; till one day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done….”
Thoreau was wiser than he knew. Someday soon “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his rays” (Mal. 4:2). Then the Son “shall shine into our minds and hearts, and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light, so warm and serene and golden as on a bank-side in Autumn.”
And then we shall settle into a perfect pace.
Our Daily Bread Ministries ~ April, May, June 2017
The Deep State is a fairly recent phenomena that has infiltrated our government. The last administration has such antipathy towards President Donald Trump, that countless “plants” are located throughout the government, in order to undermine Trump’s administration, and cause leaks, etc., etc. The Deep State has leanings toward the New World Order and globalism, and does not care for the former and traditional values of the United States of America. These folks despise the Judeo Christian ethic upon which this nation was founded. They dislike patriotism, the American flag, the police and the military. The Deep State would approve of Ramadan in the White House, which Donald Trump just eliminated. The Deep State would like to see the United States become socialistic like Europe. The Deep State would not want a travel ban against those who would do us harm, and they would approve of sanctuary cites in order to protect the criminal element.
Radio Talk Show Giant Mark Levin just wrote a book called “Rediscovering Americanism.” Mark equates the Deep State with progressivism, stating they do not stand for what we stand for. Academics and intellectuals determine what politics we are going to have. Mark contrasts our foundational principles with the dark gloom of tyranny and it is progressivism: “They define the politics and the news. We believe in constitutionalism, they believe in collectivism. We believe in individualism, they believe in conformity. We believe in private property, they don’t. We believe in prosperity, they believe in redistribution. We believe in separation of powers, they believe in this big administrative state. We believe in eternal truths, they believe in an ideological social engineering. We believe in stability, they believe in constant transformation. We believe in real science, they believe in social science. We believe in the rights of man, they believe in the power of government. We believe in a moral order, they believe in situational ethics. We believe in liberty, they believe in growing authoritarianism. We believe in education, they believe in indoctrination. Our principles are those who propelled humanity through the enlightenment and reformation ages. Their principles are regressive, dark and bleak.”
If you contrast the aforementioned two groups, one can easily see that the Deep State progressives pontificate on a European style socialism, whereas we value the principles upon which this nation was founded, hence Donald Trump’s mantra, “We must drain the swamp.”
Pastor Steve <><
Pray For Revival In America!
More On The Russian Collusion Delusion-
You have heard it said that things are done big in Texas. Consider how the following Texan simply bought a billboard in order to share his feelings about the fake news on ABC:
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Is it a sign of the times or simply the eccentric reaction of one person?
A Donald Trump supporter in Boerne, Texas, has paid for a billboard telling ABC News he is angry they are covering a legitimate news story.
Of course, he didn’t phrase it in exactly those terms.
Kyle Courtney grew up watching ABC News, but he’s angry that the network keeps harping on all those pesky allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
You know, stories such as former Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson telling a congressional committee Wednesday exactly how Russia meddled in the vote.
Courtney decided to make his thoughts very public this week with the billboard in the city about 40 miles northwest of San Antonio, Texas, that says:
“ABC News: I grew up with you. We are through. The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did.”
It should be noted that Courtney didn’t actually elect Trump, the Electoral College did. Trump won 30 states and 306 Electoral College votes even though about 3 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton.
Courtney’s sign is expected to stay up for two months, according to the NBC News San Antonio affiliate.
Courtney, who runs a business drilling water wells, gave a statement to HuffPost elaborating on why he’s angry:
“ABC News was the only channel I watched as a child growing up in Texas but I think they have lost touch with America and forgotten the working man. They don’t represent our voice anymore. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was funded by the Clinton Foundation in close coordination with the media, and now we’re seeing them try to fix what they couldn’t fix during the election. They are doing everything they can, night after night, to create narratives and sway people’s direction to impeach Donald Trump. Our democracy is at stake when a major political party and the media are in bed together. I’m not asking anyone to boycott the Democratic Party. I’m not in the brainwashing business, but the liberal media is.”
He says the support he’s getting for his breakup billboard is overwhelming.
“I’m considering starting a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy up vacant billboards for various Trump supporters who otherwise couldn’t afford it to make their voices known,” he told HuffPost by email.
Courtney also says he won’t change his mind about ABC even if the evidence proves Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
“This was not an easy decision. For 35 years I have watched how their agenda has changed. This didn’t just start with Donald Trump, I watched them systematically destroy George Bush and hand us Barack Obama on a silver platter.”
Part of Courtney’s issue with the media, he said, is that much of its coverage relies on unnamed sources.
“I grew up in America where we were not afraid to say who we are and what we stand for, as witnessed by my billboard,” he said.
He added that he has the same negative reaction to pro-Trump stories that don’t quote sources by name.
“Any story that cites an unnamed source is giving someone an opportunity to lie,” he said.
A spokeswoman for ABC in New York, asked for a response, emailed HuffPost: “Thank you for the heads up. I’m sorry we don’t have anything to add.”
This story has been updated with additional comments from Courtney.
Kevin Clarkson, Host of Prophecy in the News: “God hates Islam and He loves Muslims.”
Lost souls are not the enemy, they are victims of the enemy.
God always has His remnant, and this street preacher is living proof. As I listened to him, it took only two minutes for me to realize he could preach rings around 98% of American pastors. Why? He has not only knowledge, but fears God and not man. He is anointed, with unction, fervor, passion and zeal. He loves Jesus and the truth. He preaches the Bible with boldness and clarity, and does not focus on the latest program. He is a soul winner. May the Lord continue to anoint and use him. He inspires me. This preaching is what we need all over the world. I will listen to him next Saturday night.
Blessings, <>< Pastor Steve