Brokenness Is The Key To Salvation And Spiritual Growth

“If one does not understand brokenness, then they do not understand the Bible, salvation, or Christian growth and discipleship.”    Pastor Steve

A Few Biblical Examples Of Brokenness:

1)The Apostle Paul

2)The Life Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, Especially His Experience From Gethsemane To Golgotha, Leading To Our Opportunity For Salvation

3)Old Testament Joseph

4)Moses

5)The Prodigal Son Verses His Elder Brother

6)The Contrast Of The Publican And The Pharisee Praying In The Temple

7)Job’s Amazing Suffering

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1 Peter 4:12-19  King James Version (KJV)

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

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Other Biblical Reasons For A Pre Tribulation Rapture

The following is written by Daniel Thompson, and is a portion of his paper on The Pre Tribulation Rapture of the Church, for a course in End Times Prophecy / Eschatology, taken at the Southwest Florida Bible Institute during the summer of 2017:

….  “I explained that different people in the Church today believe that the Rapture will take place at different possible times, or maybe not at all.  I also have explained what the Rapture of the Church is, and now I will tell you my own opinion of when the Rapture will happen.  Based on what I have studied in God’s Word, I believe the Rapture will take place before the Tribulation Period.  I am a Pre-Tribulation Rapture person due to the strong evidence of God’s Word.  By understanding Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy, and knowing that the 70th week is Jewish time, not Gentile time.  When the Church is Raptured, the 70th week will then begin what is known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble or the Seven Year Tribulation.

The other reason I believe that the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation, is that God sent His only begotten Son Jesus to come to this earth to pay a price for all the sin in the world.  Since Jesus paid the price in full for each and everyone of us, why would we, the church, have to go through the Tribulation Period?  Some scriptures such as Revelation 3:10, I Thessalonians 1:10, and I Thessalonians 5:9 all refer to the Church not being subject to wrath, and they will be kept from the hour of testing which we call the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  

Also, would a natural father have his child go through a great time of tribulation?  I don’t think so.  If not, why would our Heavenly Father who loves us, put us through a time of Great Tribulation?”

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 61

Dr. Gary Frazier    ~    The Isis Crisis and You

Gary has made 187 trips to Israel.  He is a pastor and a Southern Baptist evangelist.  (He is leaving for #188 trip to Israel after the conference).

People are beheaded, dumped into mass graves because they will not renounce Christ, and burned alive.  Why are they doing this, and what should be an appropriate response from us?

FACT: 1  We are the Terminal generation!

Jesus tells us this begins with the return of the Jews to their land.  Matthew 24:32-33  Learn the lesson from the fig tree (Israel).  In the last days, Israel would be gathered back into their land.  1948 was the year that Israel once again became a nation.  A generation is 100 years.  We need to always be ready for Christ’s return.

FACT: 2  World will turn against Israel and the Jews!

There are antisemitic feelings against the Jews in our nation and all around the world.  It is satanically driven.  Zechariah 12:2-3.  God will protect Israel.  This passage refers to the Tribulation Period.

FACT: 3  We are engaged in 2 wars!  Physical and Spiritual!

Physical against Satanic religion of Islam!  Islam is determined to rule the world.  I John 2:22.  One fourth of the world is Islamic. Biologically, they are exploding while the west is dying.  Europe has 1.3 children per family.  The United States has 1.6 children per family.  A Muslim woman has 8-14 children.  They know they will win through biological growth.  We will never win this war.  But God will step out of heaven and fight for Israel.  Ezekiel 38-39.

We are fighting a spiritual war as well.  We are fighting against Satan and his demons.  Most American Christians are not engaged in spiritual warfare.  Ephesians 6:10-17.  We are all under spiritual attack.  Over 1,000 churches are closing their doors every year in America.  Every 13 minutes in England a church closes, and every 18 minutes in England a Mosque opens.  Most of God’s army is totally disengaged from the conflict.  Many Christians fail to share the Gospel with people.  If you are willing to fight the fight, you will see God do unbelievable things.  People are held bound by the religion of Islam, and we need to intercede.  Muslims can go to heaven only if they kill a Jew or die as a martyr.

FACT: 4  People inside/outside church are uninformed & disengaged!

Many really do not have a clue about what is going on.  They would say they are Christians.  There is no longer a premium on the teaching and preaching of the Word of God.  People desire only to be entertained.  We have more Bible knowledge available than ever, yet we are living in the most spiritually ignorant generation in our nation’s history.  The falling away reveals that we are the Terminal generation.

We have fallen in love with the world and think we are safe from the coming danger!  Americans believe Isis a war fought only upon foreign soil.  The fact is, it is coming to our nation.  There are sleeper cells ready to engage at a moment’s notice.  I John 2:15.  Love of the world will make you spiritually blind.

FACT: 5  We have been brainwashed with Love/Tolerance/Political Correctness.

It is creeping in the churches now.  We do not want to offend anyone.  Let us not talk about homosexual marriage, etc.  Truth, however, always offends.  Unrepentant sinners will attack the messenger.  Isaiah 55:11.  God’s Word never comes back void.  God’s love and His truth must have balance in our lives.  Do not read books about the Bible more than you read the Bible.  The power for Godly living is found in the Word of God.  Jude 3.  …”contend for the faith…”

Israel= hatred= Barbaric acts terrorism i.e. 9-11= Military response= Increased terror= Confused responses= Increased terror/beheadings= Rage, cries of action= More hideous acts/crucifixions of children, human torches= Desensitizing= fear/trembling peoples and nations= economic crisis= war!

This war is never going to end, and war drains the economy.

There is only ONE religion that advocates and rewards acts of violence and terror:  ISLAM.  Their goal is to dominate the world.  They will arrive even at the White House.  (Have they already arrived at the White House?).  Radical Islam are actually the ones who are reading and obeying the Koran.  Obedient radical Muslims are killing those who do not submit to the Koran.

There is only one nation that has pledged to destroy Israel: IRAN.

You will never resolve a religious problem with a political solution.

We will never win the world to Jesus, nor will we win this war! Matthew 7:13 “…broad is the way to destruction, narrow is the road to eternal life and there be few who find it.”

We will not win the world to Jesus, nor will we win this war against Islam.  We will not win the world to Jesus, but we can win one!

 

True Christians can say yes to the following three questions:

Do you have a desire to be more like Christ?  Do you have a love for the Word of God?  When you are alone, do you pray?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Booth ~ Quotable Quotation

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Was William Booth a prophet or what?  This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Jeremy Camp – A Ministry Built On Personal Loss, Brokenness, And Ultimate Strength From The Lord

Jeremy Camp’s life was filled with suffering, prior to the ministry that has placed him in the public eye across the globe.  His wife Melissa died on February 5, 2001.  That was the springboard for his music ever since.  Now one can sense pain and suffering as a theme in all of his music, yet he finds his strength in the Lord.  His music is an autobiography.  His mere presence on videos, pictures, appearances and songs connotes one who is like his Savior – “a Man of sorrows.”   …or like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.  Underlying his melancholy exterior, however, is a total inner peace and trust in his Lord.  He is a marvelous reflection of our suffering Savior and the Lamb of God.  Key the following link for his story:

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Jeremy Camp: Melissa’s Dying Wish

Melissa Camp’s Tribute Page
Interview: I Still Believe
Audra Smith Haney – 700 Club Producer

Award-winning musician, Jeremy Camp leads worship all over the world every year. Jeremy says his success was born out of a life filled with personal suffering. It began with his marriage to Melissa, a marriage Jeremy entered into knowing that the woman he loved was dying.
Jeremy remembers the day he met Melissa. He was leading worship for a church group in San Diego.
“I was singing and I looked up, and there was Melissa with her hands raised up so high. You could tell she was really worshipping Jesus,” remembers Jeremy. “I kind of joke around [now] and say, ‘I hit the wrong chords and sang a little flat.’ ”
After only a few months of dating, Jeremy was in love.
“I said, Melissa, I need to tell you something, ‘I love you.’ But she said, ‘I don’t feel the same way.’ ”
However a few months later, Jeremy received a call from Melissa, who gave him some devastating news. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”
“I remember walking into the hospital, and she had just found out she had cancer, and she was smiling. I was like, ‘Why is she smiling?’ ”
“She [Melissa] said, ‘I am doing okay, because I have been thinking, if I were to die from this cancer, if one person were to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it would all be worth it.’ ”
“I was driving home that night, and I was crying, and all these emotions were coming up again. I said, ‘Lord, if she tells me she loves me, I will marry her.’ I don’t even know why I said it. It was just God preparing my heart.”
Jeremy remembers, “So, about two weeks later, I got a phone call. She [Melissa] said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ She said, ‘I know now why God wanted it to be just me and Him because He wanted to prepare me for this. But I have been praying for you for a long time, and I wanted to let you know, ‘I love you.’ ”
“It was like, we both just knew. We just knew,” says Jeremy.
Five months later, Jeremy and Melissa wed. However, during their honeymoon, Melissa started having serious stomach pains.
“So, we got back to the doctor when the honeymoon was over and the doctors pulled me aside. They had done some tests on her. They said, ‘The cancer is back.’ So I was like, ‘What can we do?’ There is nothing else we can do. It is all over her body. The doctor told Melissa she had months, maybe weeks, to live.”
“I remember her [Melissa] saying, ‘Jeremy I just want to worship the Lord right now.’ So, of course, I would pull the guitar out. It’s those moments, and we had more of those moments, where it’s not about our circumstances when we worship the Lord. He is worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through.”
On February 5, 2001, at 21-years-old, Melissa died.
“I was on my knees and I remember her sister saying, ‘She is with Jesus now.’ A grief fell over me that I can’t describe. The weight of her suffering is over, but the grief is she’s gone. We always had worship music playing in the background. I remember the Lord speaking into my heart and saying, ‘Jeremy, I want you to stand up and worship me.’ I remember standing up and raising my hands.”
“That was such a good act of obedience for me, just saying, ‘Lord, I don’t want to do this, but I know this is why I am here.’ ”
“I remember not wanting to ask God, ‘Why,’ but I finally did, and God always spoke to me. He said, ‘Jeremy, I don’t always want you to know why, because I want you to have a testimony of walking by faith.’ And I had written that song previously on our honeymoon, Walk By Faith.”
“And I look at these songs that come from it, Walk by Faith and I Still Believe. I wrote two weeks after she went to be with the Lord,” says Jeremy. “I have seen story after story of God using this whole thing to show His faithfulness to encourage people. That blows my mind realizing that Melissa made that statement, that if even one person accepts Christ. I hear thousands and thousands of stories. I remember being on my face after that realization and God said, ‘Jeremy, ‘Remember.’ ”
“When I get distracted, when I lose sight of what is going on, God will say, ‘Look at how many thousands!’ ”
Today, Jeremy is re-married and his thriving ministry is shared with his new wife, recording artist Adrienne Camp.
“From that, you have the ministry of God bringing us together — Adrienne and I, and what we have together to minister to people. And from that, two beautiful girls, who have changed my life radically. My encouragement… .do not lose heart, because our affliction is just momentary and what He is preparing for us, what He has in store for us, it will blow us away.”
“Imagine no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain… and one day we will forever be with Jesus,” he says.

…his songs to follow-

 

 

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 60

Doug And Joe Hagmann    ~    Muslim Terror Training In The United States

Islamic Infiltration in the U.S.

The Hagmann’s shared the results of their surveillance on the streets.  Doug has been a private investigator for over thirty years, since 1985.  Doug has met a lot of people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation   (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security.  Nine Eleven really changed our lives.  Doug believed Osama Bin Laden did it.

Doug started examining the Islamic threat throughout the United States.  They went to their mosques and various compounds.  Timothy McVeigh’s partner lived in Boston and the Hagmann’s met him.  He was an Iraqi soldier.

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An “Islamic Army” is in our midst.  There are Islamic terrorists in our nation.

What you are NOT being told…  Islam is not a religion, it is a cult.  It is a tool.  Islam masquerades as a religion but it is a cult, it is a political system.  It is a tool whose goal is to receive order from chaos.  The steps to a one world religion:  infiltrate, tolerate, dominate.  We have seen the first two steps.  Doug says 9/11 is a lie.  The official narrative is not true.  The Muslims are the violent ones who can bring in chaos, in order to set up a platform to work towards the New World Order (NWO).  This was done step by step.  Albert Pike, a prominent Free Mason from the past, wrote of three world wars that would bring America and Christianity to its knees, and establish a new world government.  The leaders and politicians will create the third world war.  This was the plan from the beginning.  9/11 was a plan of the globalists in order to create tension between Muslims and non Muslims.  This was a platform that would lead to the third world war.

The Hagmann’s got word in 2003 that there were Muslim training compounds throughout America.  There were roughly thirty of them.  Their headquarters were near Binghamton, New York and Hancock, New York.  They found a compound run by His Eminence Sultan Muhyuddin Sheikh Syed Mubarik ‘Ali Gilani.  The Sultan was alleged to have kidnapped and beheaded Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.  They have guard booths, with guards armed with rifles guarding their compounds in Hancock, New York.  The compound consists of all black Muslims.  The Hagmann’s took pictures of the paramilitary operations and sent them to the F.B.I.  The Islamic paramilitary operations are protected by our intelligence including the F.B.I.!   Hancock, New York supplies the power, water and rail lines to New York City.  These compounds are all set up near the infrastructure of the United States.  Armed men on the compound took shots at a school bus for practice.  Islam says we will target your children.  Because of his investigation, Douglas J. Hagmann has a Fatwa declared against him.  [Fatwa- A death sentence has been declared against Douglas J. Hagmann].  The F.B.I. told Doug “I hope you have good security,” instead of defending him.  There is collusion between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Muslim terrorists.  The beltway snipers were from Islamburg, Hancock, New York.  They were John A. Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, hidden by the government and the media!

There is an Islamic center in Buffalo, New York with tunnels underneath.  They own many buildings in the surrounding neighborhood.  The Muslims inside practiced paramilitary operations.  The “Lackawana Six” Mosque in Lackawana, NY features paramilitary training as well.  Mosques have state of the art security and communications systems.  The terrorists use the drug “khat” in order to dull their senses on covert missions.  It comes from banana leaves, and authorities allow it to get to the users.

Summary:

1)Islam is not a religion, it is a cult.

2)It is a vehicle to usher in one world religion.

3)They seek to divide our nation.

4)Every mosque you see is really a Muslim training camp.  Their services are essentially sedition.

5)They are attempting to introduce Sharia Law into the United States.

6)They infiltrate our culture.  They are not interested in assimilating.

7)Something bad will happen in our nation and fundamental Christians will be blamed for it.

8)Islam’s game plan is to take our liberties away from us, by creating the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.  They attack our economy, our moral fiber and our borders.  The F.B.I. has done nothing about this and will continue to do nothing about this.  The Department of Justice is in alliance with radical Islam.  There is Islamic paramilitary training all over the country.  What happened in France will happen here.

We must fight the New World Order with all of our might.

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I write this as an addendum, nearly two and one half years after the conclusion of this prophecy conference that hosted so many knowledgeable speakers.  How amazing that Doug and Joe Hagmann, the interviewers throughout the conference, offered so much pertinent information themselves.  As a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employee for twenty years, I agree entirely with their assessment of the corruption within the entire Justice Department.  Furthermore, there is definite collusion amongst the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups, the State Department, Deep State representatives within the Trump administration, progressives, liberals, “Never Trump” supporters, Democrats and establishment Republicans.  There are strong New World Order (NWO) supporters in each aforementioned group, who in addition are sympathetic and supportive towards advancing the cause of Islam around the globe.  “The Swamp” is huge.  I also believe that former director James Comey is a political hack and a weasel, who genuinely enjoys grandstanding.  FBI employees have historically prided themselves on working quietly under the radar.  Yes, Doug Hagmann  is right.  The FBI is greasing the skid for radical Islam’s training camps, mosques, and compounds throughout America.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ April 21, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith Editor

Noteworthy News

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.

The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people.  But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.

Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world.  Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.  -LifeNews.com 

Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line

After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.

According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…”  (townhall.com).

Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.

What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world?   -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

Amen Corner

We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain.  -Vance Havner

Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you.  How long has God taken care of you?  quarter of the journey of life?  half of the journey of life?  Can you not trust Him the rest of the way?  -T. Dewitt Talmage

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.  -Richard Henry Lee

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.  -John Wesley

How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message.  -J.W. Alexander

Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism.  -Herbert Hoover

Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power.  Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high.   -Charles Spurgeon

 

Hillsong United ~ Nothing Like Your Love

A Taste Of Heaven Prior To Arrival…

Nothing Like Your Love
Hillsong United

Love unchanging
God Your mercy never fades
And I’m surrounded
By Your compassion and Your grace
Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting
In Your kindness
For the broken and the lost
You gave Your only Son
To bear my shame upon the cross
Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is…

Exodus 2:11-15, Moses’ School – The University Of Hard Knocks ~ Part 3 Of 3

Course #4 – Intermediate Loneliness   In a period of twenty four hours, Moses found himself isolated from every relationship that he ever enjoyed.  One day he was a leader in the Pharaoh’s palace, the next day he led scorpions in the desert.  God led Moses into the desert to teach him to lead.  A leader is not a leader until he has learned to follow.  God would not use Moses until Moses had learned to submit to God and to submit to His timetable.  So Moses was alone.  God, in His wisdom, at times will separate us from our normal network of family and friends.  Isolation is an opportunity to get to know Him better.

Conclusion   Moses felt like an absolute failure.  He lost his career, status, reputation, family, friends and future.  But he was not a failure.  God took him aside to take some courses.  These courses have to do with character development.  God was not trying to ruin Moses.  He was rebuilding him so that he could be used strategically.  …And the people God loves to use most are those who have learned to depend completely upon Him.  For many of us self-sufficient, confident types, that does not come easily.  Our society is intoxicated with worldly success.  But if you know Christ, you know that FAILURE IS THE BACKDOOR OF SUCCESS.  God uses our failure to equip us for future success.  Has God enrolled you in a Masters of Character Acquisition (M.C.A.) program?  That is good company my friend.  God does not enroll anyone, only those with a special work.  When you graduate, there will be no ceremony, sheepskin diploma, class ring, and a cap and gown.  But you will have the approval and certification of the Master Himself.  …And God does not make any junk!

Failure is the backdoor of God turning you into a success, and fully equipping you for the Master’s use.

In Christ, Pastor Steve

Exodus 2:11-15, Moses’ School – The University Of Hard Knocks ~ Part 2 Of 3

Course #2 – Advanced Obscurity   Moses went from the penthouse to the outhouse.  A somebody to a nobody.  Moses was overconfident.  The remedy for overconfidence – obscurity.  Midian is a barren area without restaurants, servants and chariots.  It is a great place to learn obscurity.  In 40 years of obscurity, solitude and quietness, God rebuilt Moses from the inside out.  Illustrations- Elijah had his Tishbia and Beersheba, Jesus had His wilderness, and Paul had his Arabia.  God still enrolls folks in Advanced Obscurity.  As we frantically pursue the American Dream, we do not have time for this.  That is why God steps in and changes our circumstances.  Obscurity is tough, especially when you are in a hurry to climb the corporate ladder.  But God wants you to climb the CHARACTER ladder.  TRIALS build character.  Perhaps it is an obscure job going nowhere; maybe it is an illness that knocked you down and took you from your routine.  It is here, that God works on us.  But we often do not understand what God is doing, and that leads to our next course:

Course #3 – Remedial Waiting   Moses was nearly 40, and in a hurry to get with the program.  Peter Marshall states:  “We are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.”  You and I are in a hurry, and God is not.  God does not fax character to us overnight.  It takes a lot of time to build character.  Can you believe God took 40 years to build character into the life of Moses?  Most of us want character in 40 minutes.  Moses was in a hurry to deliver his suffering countrymen, but he overlooked one thing – Character development comes before ministry.  Perhaps you are waiting – for a promotion, to conceive a child, waiting for a business to turn around, waiting for employment, for a house to sell, etc., etc.  We are right on His schedule.  He is working on your character, molding it as He sees the need.