…Because The “King Of Cool” Became Saved And Will Be There.
Not many celebrities or people of world renown will be in heaven according to the Bible:
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV)
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
In a worldly way, Steve McQueen had it all. We baby boomers saw him in “Wanted: Dead Or Alive,” with his one of a kind sawed-off Winchester rifle. He costarred with Yul Brynner in “The Magnificent Seven.” He rode his motorcycle in “The Great Escape,” and with Nazis close behind him, he nearly jumped into Switzerland. I was in fourth grade when this movie was released, and we boys were jumping our bicycles off of everything after watching this movie. Then, of course, there is the seven minute chase scene in Bullitt, whereby he drives a Mustang through the hills of San Francisco at breakneck speed. (see the two part You Tubes below covering the chase scene).
Steve had a rough upbringing, starting when his barnstorming daredevil father who worked with a circus as a stunt pilot, left him a couple of months after his birth. His alcoholic mother, likewise, opted out, and turned him over to relatives. Steve was also dyslexic. A cruel step father then intervened in his life, beating him, and Steve eventually ended up in the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino, California (Boys Town). He served a hitch in the Marines, and later tried acting, receiving his first break that led to a role in the western “Wanted: Dead Or Alive.” He played roles as an anti hero throughout his acting career. After receiving worldly success and fame, he realized that something was missing. And that something, of course, was Jesus Christ. In spite of all of the worldly success in his life, Steve lacked inner peace. Prior to being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Steve placed his faith in Jesus Christ. Listen to the first two You Tubes for Steve McQueen’s testimony and conversion. The first of the two is narrated by California evangelist Greg Laurie who I love to hear preach the Gospel teaching of salvation. I am really glad Steve was saved! Thank you Jesus.
Enjoy the following two You Tubes, depicting the conversion of Steve McQueen:
Seven Minute Mustang Chase Scene In Bullitt:
Motorcycle Scene- The Great Escape, 1963, Steve McQueen (This scene was not part of the movies’ original story line and script, but was added so the aspiring actor could showcase his motorcycle skills. Steve raced motorcycles competitively).
Response To Bernie Sanders Belief That Christians Should Not Hold Public Office
By Michael Brown/Ask Dr Brown June 15, 2017
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Dear Senator Sanders,
I write this letter to you with respect and concern. Respect because of your years of service to our country and your terrific campaign last year. Concern because of your grilling of Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, earlier this week.
Frankly, sir, I found your exchange with Mr. Vought to be quite alarming, not to mention downright un-American.
May I have your ear for a moment, Mr. Senator?
Although I am registered as an Independent rather than a Republican, I am strongly conservative, an so, in fundamental disagreement with much of your ideology. Yet when you rose to such national prominence last year, I found much to like about you.
You were unafraid to put your beliefs on the table. You were plainspoken rather than rhetorical. You had a great following among the younger generation. You had no history of ugly scandals in your past. And you had great passion and vision, in particular for a man in his 70’s.
All this was impressive to me, and, in candor, I felt that the election was stacked against you and in favor of Mrs. Clinton.
So, I bear no ill will towards you and I believe that you want what is best for America, as do I.
What concerns me is that you voted against Mr. Vought because of his mainstream, historic, Christian beliefs. You even stated that someone who holds to these values “is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”
With all respect, Mr. Senator, are you aware that Mr. Vought’s beliefs are far closer to those of many of our Founding Fathers than yours would be? And didn’t our Founders put in our Constitution that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Yet you applied a religious test to Mr. Vought. On what basis?
Are you aware, sir, that his beliefs mirror those of some of our past presidents and Supreme Court justices, along with the beliefs of some of your esteemed colleagues in Congress? Most importantly, are you aware that Mr. Vought’s beliefs are taken straight from the New Testament?
You took exception to his quite orthodox statement that, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.”
Is it possible you misunderstood the meaning of these words? Could it be that you took them to mean something that Mr. Vought never intended?
After asking him if he felt he was statement was “Islamophobic,” which, of course, he did not, you asked him, “Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned?” This was followed by, “What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too? . . . do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”
The answer for any Bible-believing Christian is simple. Yes, every human being stands condemned before God and in need of a Savior. That’s why God sent Jesus to die for our sins, and that’s why we send missionaries around the world to declare this message of salvation. May I give you the biblical context for this belief?
I imagine that, somewhere in your lifetime, you’ve heard the most famous verse in the New Testament: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Does that sound familiar? These are the verses that comes next: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:17-19, my emphasis).
Did you note those words, Mr. Senator? The New Testament is stating clearly that all human beings stand condemned in God’s sight because we have chosen our ways rather than His. For that reason, He sent Jesus into the world, not to condemn us but to save us.
That means that you, too, stand condemned before God, no matter how much good you have done. But you are not alone. Billions of others find themselves in the same predicament. The good news is that the same solution applies to all: trusting the Savior to forgive our sins and change our hearts.
Are you saying, then, that anyone who subscribes to these historic Christian beliefs is not fit to serve our country, even as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget? Does that not strike you as standing in fundamental violation of the very principles on which our nations was founded? Isn’t this a classic example of advocating for freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion?
By your logic, not only would Mr. Vought (and as mentioned, quite a few of your colleagues) not be fit to serve, but a devout Muslim could not serve either, since Muslims believe that Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others must become Muslims to be saved. And what about an Orthodox Jew who believes that you, a non-observant Jew, are guilty of violating Torah and thereby sinning against God? Should that Orthodox Jew not be allowed to serve?
What if Mr. Vought had answered your questions by quoting the words of Jesus? What if he said, “Sir, I believe in Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” (John 14:6) Would you have replied, “Well, if you believe what Jesus said, you can’t serve our country.” Really?
As a Christian, Mr. Vought would be duty bound to treat everyone with kindness, respect, and fairness, regardless of their religious beliefs. And as someone who loves God, he would have expected to love his neighbor as himself. This too is part of his faith.
Yet you voted against him solely based on his standard, orthodox beliefs in the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus, stating, to repeat, he “is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”
To the contrary, sir, he is what this country has been about since the days of our first settlers. And it is people like him – people of robust faith who genuinely care about others – who this country needs today.
Perhaps, by now, one of your staff members has suggested to you that you misunderstood Mr. Vought’s statement and that, perhaps, you treated him unfairly.
If not, I do hope you will take to heart what I’ve written here, humble yourself and apologize, and then evaluate this candidate based on his overall qualifications.
If, however, you fully understood what Mr. Vought believed and for that very reason found him unfit to serve, then my concern is greatly intensified. You would then be advocating for an American that would become tyrannical and oppressive. And you would be declaring war on some of our most precious and fundamental freedoms.
Is that really the America that you want, Mr. Senator?
Originally published at AskDrBrown.org – reposted with permission.
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Donald Perkins ~ Interview/Hagmann & Hagmann
Evangelist Donald Perkins has been speaking on prophecy for thirty four years. He is the founder of According Two Prophecy.org. Donald Perkins has a new DVD “Rejoicing Through The Book Of Revelation.” The end of Revelation is eternal bliss for the redeemed. The believer is promised a blessing for reading, hearing and studying the book. Revelation is a book of blessing. We are in the end times. Jesus gave us indicators that would mark His return. Wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, fearful signs from the heavens. As we near the end times, the world will look bleak, it will look worse, BUT the only answer for the world is Jesus Christ. Israel is the time piece in God’s prophetic time clock. Jesus: “When these things begin to take place then look up because your redemption is drawing nigh.” Christians should see the negative news in a positive light. It is a motivator to reach a dying world. The American church has lost its influence in our culture. The church is too comfortable. Africa is much more hungry for the Gospel.
Donald Perkins believes the rapture is at hand, and the next prophetic event to happen. Heaven will have no sickness, sorrow or death. We need to pray for peace in Jerusalem. The only way for that to be answered is for Christ to come back. America has turned its back on God, even though we were founded on Godly principles. Our relationship with Israel is awful. This should concern all Christians. If we do not treat Israel right, we will be judged. (Genesis 12:3). We have killed 55 million babies and we have redefined marriage. Now we have poor leaders without common sense who cannot make the right decisions. Donald Perkins believes that America is under judgment. Pastors need to expound on Bible prophecy. It creates a hunger in the church for people to go out and evangelize. It makes you a soul winner and helps the church to grow. Jesus is the only way to salvation. John 14:6. Acts 4:12. Buddha is not the way. Mohammed is not the way.
Donald Perkins is working on a new book- “Prophecy and God’s Order Of Events.” It is a simple overview for the common man to understand.
Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means? The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus approached Jesus at night. He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.
Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).
Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law. He was a respected leader of the Jewish community. No doubt he was a fine man. Yet something was lacking. Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ. Phrases like “I pray regularly” or “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.
New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner. Because of sin, we are spiritually dead. For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary. God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.
The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23). Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners. To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16). Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).
To believe in Jesus is to be born again. Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Fall 2016 Lifeway
Ha Hallelujah…Arabic Christian Song (Egypt)
Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created. He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth. He came to show us what God the Father is like. He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins. God raised Him from the dead.
Jesus is the source of eternal life. Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you. In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29). In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people. Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is waiting for you now.
Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin.
By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you: “Dear God, I know that You love me. I confess my sin and need of salvation. I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”
After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision. Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Winter 2016-2017 LifeWay
Have A Blessed Christmas
Pray For Revival In America!
I will start out with the last part of this conference/convention, since it turned out to be the most important, and I received a great blessing from it. God works in strange ways, and as we walk with the Holy Spirit, we learn that we must sometimes strike when the iron is hot. I was spiritually uplifted and filled on my way home, and ready for opportunities for soul winning…
Our eldest daughter Jill gave me a couple of early Father’s Day gifts prior to my departure on June 17th. One of them was a T – Shirt that shared the Christian Gospel on it. It said: “America Strong,” and had the scripture on it: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I wore this shirt as a public witness on my two flights home that night. I entered my second and final Delta flight, and was seated next to a young Marine named Gary. Gary noticed “America Strong,” and complimented me about the shirt. Gary had great integrity, and I could tell “God and Country” were priorities to him, and he would give his life for his nation. Gary was going to visit his grandfather, who was terminally ill with kidney failure. God set the stage for Gary to receive spiritual truth. I used the opportunity to explain the scripture on the shirt, and this led to my sharing the plan of salvation with this Marine. He listened carefully. I told him that the Lord placed me next to him, and that in the Hebrew language, there is no word for coincidence. It was indeed a Divine appointment. As we departed from our flight, a lady two rows in front of us asked if I was the preacher on our flight. I said yes I was, and she was elated about the sharing of the plan of salvation. (Since she was seated two rows ahead of us, this means that at least eight to ten people heard the Gospel). Her encouragement, which I have rarely experienced during such ventures, was for Gary’s benefit, in order to affirm my (His) words.
This was a time of joy, but be prepared for Satan’s counter punch whenever you share Christ. I got back to my wife’s new car in the airport parking lot and the battery was dead at 3 AM! New cars do not ordinarily have dead batteries. I later arrived home and had to cut our grass quickly, since I would be busy in church all day Sunday. I prepared our lawn tractor and had it all set to mow our long grass (I was gone for ten days) before we left for the conference/convention. While gone, a rat nested on the crank shaft and chewed on the wires connected to the battery. The mower still does not start to this day. I had a small push mower that I used, and it naturally took much longer. Satan does not like it when we share our faith. [These things I mentioned are only minor inconveniences in the scope of eternity. I share them so people can become aware of the spiritual battle going on]. Satan will do everything he can to keep us from sharing the ONLY way of salvation. John 14:6, Acts 4:12
Incredibly, I have found that the largest opposition to soul winning has come from WITHIN the body of Christ! That is, from professing Christians who do not share their faith. Lost souls and pagans are usually intrigued by the Gospel, and I have had great conversations with them during my thirty six years of soul winning. It is the Christians who place a lampshade over their faith that criticize the public sharing of the Gospel. Unfortunately, this accounts for a great many believers, since it is a well known fact that a great majority of Christians have never won a soul to Christ, and have never shared the plan of salvation with anyone. Strange but true. I know from experience. You think about that.
Blessings, Pastor Steve <><
When celebrities pass on, big headlines are the outcome. When war veterans waste away because our government fails to provide them medical care, no one knows. I am glad that the Lord’s justice will not sleep forever. As a baby boomer, I can relate to 1960’s and 1970’s heavy metal music. I remember Jimi Hendrix, and I interpreted Prince as a more refined version of Hendrix. Since 1980, I have no desire to listen to that kind of music because of my salvation and God giving me a new heart. (II Corinthians 5:17) I read a couple things about Prince since his death that shocked my socks off. Prince was seen as a bigoted homophobe by the liberal entertainment industry. He went so far (read article below) as to suggest the Lord destroyed the entire world by the flood of Noah because of fallen man’s wickedness and sin! My, even many professing Christians do not believe the story of the flood in Genesis 6-8. I know Christians who have not nor will not warn their friends or family about God’s wrath and judgment of sin. The sin of sodomy is what the Lord calls an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, KJV). This sin received special treatment in ancient times, as fire and brimstone devoured and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Please, please, please do not tell me that you love your gay friends when you fail to warn them of God’s judgment. Fellow believers often become angry at me because of what I teach, preach and write. That is fine. I do not want to be silent when the Lord tells me to warn the ungodly about His wrath to come. Prince may have struggled with this issue himself, but I respect him for his honesty and his trust in the Word of God.
What truly saddens me about Prince was not his worldly lifestyle, nor his abusive use of pain killers that may have led to his death. What hurts is that he was a Jehovah’s Witness for about the last fifteen years of his life unto the day he died. That cult does not believe in Christ’s deity and His equality with the Father. They deny the Trinity, the reality of hell, and they are false prophets, having failed to predict Armageddon on more than one occasion. Their ideas and bizarre beliefs are based on the teachings of Charles Taze Russell and Judge Rutherford. They use to be called the Russellites. They rewrote the Bible into what they call the New World Translation (NWT), carefully stripping out every mention and reference to Christ’s godhead. They would deny a loved one a blood transfusion and let them die. If Prince was convicted of sin, maybe the reality of how God gave His life for him would have been readily received. It saddens me greatly that he belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
THE STAR TREATMENT
LOOK WHO’S TURNING ON PRINCE’S LEGACY
Reaction erupts over stunning social views expressed in 2008 interview
Published: 14 hours ago
Prince, the rock icon whose sudden death at age 57 last week left the music industry reeling, followed his own drumbeat in his lyrics, music and lifestyle.
He also, apparently, took a narrow path in the entertainment industry on the issue of homosexuality.
Because while Bruce Springsteen and others have decided to deprive North Carolina fans of concerts because of the state’s law protecting women and girls from men in public restrooms, Prince insisted the Bible condemned homosexual behavior, and he concurred.
Music News, Paul Resnikoff concluded Prince “was a gay-bashing homophobe.”
“Prince was a fearless innovator, and known for challenging societal boundaries and gender definitions,” Resnikoff wrote. “But maybe he wasn’t so comfortable with his sexuality, after all.”
Look at the truth of the homosexual issue, in “Outlasting the Gay Revolution” or “A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” both at the WND Superstore.
He cited a 2008 interview by Claire Hoffman in the New Yorker that reported Prince’s social views.
“When asked about his perspective on social issues – gay marriage, abortion – Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough,’” the reporter quoted him saying.
Listening to tunes like this always gives me my fix on soul winning. It is hard to pass up witnessing to anyone when we consider their eternity outside of Christ. Jeremy Camp sings with a strong and rich masculine voice that inspires me… Crank it up.