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Jeremiah 25:3  King James Version (KJV)
3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.

Jeremiah had the task of telling the people of Judah about forthcoming judgment if they continued in sin.  He was not responsible for their response to his warning.  We have the same burden today, and again, the response is up to the individual listener.  We simply sow, water, cultivate, but God gives the increase.  Thankfully we are not called upon to generate a response.  We’re simply to be found faithful in proclaiming the Word.  Are we?  -W. H. G.

Sowing the precious seed, while the day is fast declining, Sowing the precious seed, in the twilight dim; Sowing the precious seed, neither doubting nor repining, Leaving it all to God, trusting all to Him.   -W. Ogden

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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2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 58

Jonathan Matusitz ~ Comparative Analysis Between Islam And Christianity

There are some similarities between Christianity and Islam but there are many differences between the two faiths.  Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three Abrahamic faiths.  Islam is the youngest of all three religions.  When Mohammed was forty years old, he was hiding in a cave and the angel Gabriel came up to him and told him that Christianity and Judaism were corrupt religions.  They had to be replaced by a new movement, and that movement was one of submission, and Islam means submission in Arabic.  At this time, Mohammed was in Mecca.  In twelve years he had about one thousand followers.  People in Mecca wanted to kill him in Mecca, hence when he was fifty two, he fled to Medina in 622 A.D.  Mohammed was more peaceful in Mecca.  In Medina he started with new rules- anyone who does not convert to Islam will be killed.  In the Koran, later verses take priority over earlier verses.  Hence the violent theology from Medina prevailed.  The hateful verse takes priority over the peaceful verse.  This is called the principle of abrogation.  The Bible has 800,000 words.  The Koran has 80,000 words.  The Koran is one tenth the size of the Bible.  Isis and Al Qaeda focus on the hateful verses of the Koran.  Isis is a Muslim terrorist group, following the hateful verses of the Koran very literally.  Mohammed died in 632 A.D. at the age of 62.  The conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims started at this point in time.

Jesus said “love your enemy,” and “love your neighbor as thyself.”  Unlike Islam, Christians are not suppose to murder.  In the Koran- Sura 9:5 “Kill them wherever you find them.”  “Them” refers to non Muslims, i.e. Jews and Christians.  Women are subjugated in the Koran.  Suicide bombers will receive 72 virgins in paradise.  The best way to reach heaven is by being killed in a holy war or jihad, and killing infidels in the process.  Suicide attacks are increasing dramatically.  When you marry Allah, you join a suicide squad such as Hamas.  Jihad only exists in Islam.  Jihadists are global threats.  Islam is the fastest growing religion.  They want to return to the golden age of Islam from the days of Mohammed.  The Sunni followers of Isis, in order to reach their version of Armageddon, must obliterate all infidels and unfaithful Muslims.  This will pave the way for the Mahdi.  The Mahdi is their Messiah who will establish a global caliphate.  All nations will abide by sharia law.  Isa will accompany the Mahdi.  Isa is a false Christ, reducing our Lord to the status of a mere prophet.  Islam denies that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.  In Africa, 30 out of 56 countries have a Muslim majority.  Most Muslims live in southeast Asia and in Africa, followed by the Middle East and Europe.  According to Islam, Armageddon will take place in Dabiq, Syria.  Dabiq is where the Ottoman Empire won its best battle in 1516.  Isis wants to fight Armageddon in Dabiq.  The only commonality between Christianity and Islam are ways of cooking and methods of punishment.  Islam followers are not to be friends with Jews and Christians.  60% of global Muslims are cultural Muslims.  They are peaceful and nominal Muslims.  Sharia attempts to force their religion on people.  Christianity does not do this.  The notion of “convert or die” is unique to Islam.  Women are a field that men can plow.  Reformed Muslims feel they must follow the five pillars of Islam, but they will not force any religion on you.  These Muslims are few and far between.  When Muslims reach 10%, they demand for their religion to be adhered to (Sharia Law).  Civilization Jihad destroys the west through infiltrating education boards, federal agencies and local governments.  They want to use our own laws against us by imposing Sharia right under our nose.  They want to infiltrate our textbooks through lying about Islam and its violent history.  This is cultural infiltration.  This is called stealth jihad.  In the United States, we must be concerned about Muslims who desire to impose Sharia Law.  You cannot believe in Sharia and believe in the U.S. Constitution.  Sharia is mandated by Allah.  The Antichrist will be pro Islam and a globalist.  In Great Britain, 2,000 women were mutilated because of Muslim honor crimes, but British law could not intervene because of multiculturalism.  Political Correctness (PC) will bring down our culture.  The best way to convert a Muslim to Jesus, is by witnessing to them one on one.

 

Matt Maher ~ Because He Lives

Jesus Christ is the ground of all hope, and the Author of salvation.  With Him, there is an endless hope, without Him there is a hopeless end.  Amen and amen.  “If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing.  But if you meet Messiah Jesus and forget Him, you have lost everything.”

 

 

Following is a powerful and miraculous testimony of one who Christ saved.  He listened to this song and then wrote this under comments:

“For 40 years I ran away from God, I hated him, I hated Christians. Because of that, I turned into a bitter, hateful man, drove my wife away, hurt my family, involved in cheating, lying and loathed and hated myself and even started contemplating suicide, again. 5 days ago, God drew me back into his waiting arms and I asked God to forgive me, and Jesus to come into my heart. In one second, 40 years worth of all that pain went away. Thank you God for being you and forgiving me. A true miracle. To those who are like I was, all I can say is that God loves you, and I know how you feel.”

Romania 2017 ~ Second “Partners In Missions International” (PIMI) Trip

I had the opportunity to attend a mission trip with this prolific group in late January and early February of this year.  Many were reached for the kingdom.  The following article from PIMI president Elijah Morar, lists the accomplishments from a second 2017 mission trip just concluded.  Elijah is the pastor / principal of the cited American Romanian School.  Eastern Europe is a hotbed of evangelism and salvation experiences.  Western Europe is dead and needs our prayers.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Dear Friends,

Allow me to share with you just a short note about our last mission project. I will follow this with our PIMI letter, but this is just a short note to let you know the victory in Christ that we had in Romania in the past week.
Monday we visited the village of Batar.
We have seen in the clinic 103 people (recorded on forms) and we were able to lead to Christ at least 7 people that we are following up with in discipleship!
Tuesday we had our 4th of July Party at the American Romanian School and kindergarten. Absolutely awesome day, that gave me the opportunity to share (on Thursday) the Saving Gospel of Christ with the Mayor, Vice Mayor and their staff! (this is not Facebook material – please understand)
Wednesday we were in Dragesti where we have seen 51 people (recorded on forms) and we were able to lead to Christ at least 7 people.
Thursday we went to Pocola and we have seen 16 people and we lead to Christ 2 people…
Friday and the first part of the day Saturday we were in Susturogiu where we have seen 84 people combined and lead to Christ 7 people.
Sunday in Beius in Church we had 1 saved and in Cihei we had 1 saved that evening.
254 people seen in the clinic and 25 saved during the week! GLORY TO GOD!
One last thing: – only in eternity will we know the full impact of this mission project.
Please continue to pray for us!
thank you and God bless you!

Elijah Morar

Sauntering

“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.

David Roper

Our Daily Bread Ministries   ~   April, May, June 2017

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Now I Know That Heaven Will Be A Really Cool Place…

…Because The “King Of Cool” Became Saved And Will Be There.

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14p8Rlocmk

 

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).

Heaven Or Hell? Wheat And The Tares. Light Verses Darkness. Sheep And The Goats. Eternity Offers Only Two Destinations.

Revelation 14:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

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Those who reject God and His offer of salvation will have no rest forever and ever-a most sobering thought.  But this is the patience of the saints-that the grace of God gives them rest from working for their salvation, but they have an eternal rest and reward prepared for them.  Until then let us labour to enter into that rest, and let us not be weary in well doing.   -D. Pickup

Work, for the night is coming, work thro’ the sunny noon;  Fill brightest hours with labour, rest comes sure and soon.  Give every flying minute something to keep in store;  Work, for the night is coming, when man works no more.   -Annie Coghill

 

Ex Muslim Preaching Christ In Hyde Park, London

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

Pray For Revival In America!

The ABCs of Salvation

Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend.  Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand.  Here are the ABCs of salvation.

Admit

Admit to God that you are a sinner.  All persons need salvation.  Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin.  Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives.  Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).  Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).

The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23).  Spiritual death means eternal separation from God.  By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God.  Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.

Believe

Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  God loves each of us.  God offers us salvation.  Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us.  In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”  (John 3:16).

Confess

Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others.  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person.  Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision.  Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.  “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”  (Romans 10:9-10).

-taken from Open Windows devotional (LifeWay), Summer 2017