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Branson Tornado 2/29/2012 Prayer Request for those affected

Please keep all those affected by the tornado’s throughout the midwest, in your prayers. God bless and thank you!

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THOUGHT PROVOKING! For Whom Does God Want Us To Vote?

“There Will Be A Day” Jeremy Camp

Parable of the Rich Fool Luke12:13-21

Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or and arbitrator over you?” 

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for ones’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 

Then He spoke a parable to them saying:

“The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

“And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’

“So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.

‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘  

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Are You Clothed With Power? – Paul Washer

Leonard Ravenhill Biography: In Light of Eternity

You Must Overcome!

Christ Teaches on Repentance

repentanceLuke 13:1-9 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answered and said to them, 

“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

“Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

He also spoke this parable:

“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.

“Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’

“But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

‘And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ “

Courageous – Casting Crowns – Worship Video with lyrics.wmv

Thank You Jesus – Terry Clark – Worship Video with lyrics

I am also including a prayer request with this post. We will be attending the funeral of the fourth  family member in less than a year tomorrow.  Thank you friends and God bless you all.


This is an excellent question, add to it the fact that this administration does not seem to think that the law applies to them. Then consider what a lawless group of people might choose to do.

Originally posted on The Conservative Citizen:

Observing things that are happening today which have not happened before, putting them together trying to make some sense of it, does it seem to indicate a planned take over of government by the Democrats? Is this one of the Democrat’s goals?  A Democratic governor and a Democratic representative have called for no elections meaning that Obama should be allowed to stay in office.  This would lead straight to a permanent socialist government.  Representative Pelosi was the first person who has sworn to uphold the laws of the Constitution that I can remember making such a statement.  According to her it really makes not difference whether Republicans or Democrats are elected, they both have the same agenda.  Of course not holding elections and giving the citizens a right to express their opinions is a total rejection of the Constitution. Was this a premature slip of the tongue or a Freudian…

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Romans 9

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I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit,

that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.

For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God,

and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.

But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,

nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”

That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.

 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” 

And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

(for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”

 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteous with God? Certainly not!

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”

 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy,

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “Even for this same purpose I have raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and that My name might be declared in all the earth.”

 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”

Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

and that He might make know the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,

 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

As He says also in Hosea:

                “I will call them My people, who were not My people,

               And her beloved, who was not beloved.”

               “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,

               ‘You are not My people,’

                There they will be called the sons of the living God.”

 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: 

                “Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,

                  The remnant will be saved.

                  For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,

                  Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.” 

And as Isaiah said before: 

                 “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,

                  We would have become like Sodom,

                  And we would have been made like Gomorrah.” 

What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;

but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.

As it is written:

             “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,

            And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Hebrews 9:11-28

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

And for this reason He is the Mediator of the the new covenant, by the means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”

Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

And according to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;

not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with the blood of another–

He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this judgment,

so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Betrayer of Hope

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When Barack Obama was elected to the office of the President of the United States of American in November 2008, it was with a sense of excitement, of hope, of promise that he was going to renew the faith of the American people. That politics were not going to be the same as they had been. That the world would be a safer place. That a new day was upon the world and the hope that Barack Obama was promising was truly inspirational to his followers.

Three years later, it is turning into ashes for those who have seen just the opposite from the man that is Barack Obama. The man that promised hope for renewal in our lives, has instead brought increased death and destruction across the world. The man that promised that with him as President, people across the world would like and respect us again. Instead the hatred is worse than at any other time in our history. And the respect has become almost non existent.

We have become more involved in violence that at any time since WWII and we seem to be on the verge of a new World War. Almost the whole of the middle east has become involve in civil wars of one kind or another. The same is happening in a good part of Africa. Unfortunately, much of this violence has been encouraged and assisted by Mr. Obama and his administration. Our enemies have came to power with the help of the man that is supposed to protect us.

Not only have they come to power, but Mr. Obama has been actively supporting and arming them. All on the promise of democracy and freedom. The democracy for the most part has not appeared, instead it is either a theocracy with Shariah rule, or just a new petty tyrant who wants nothing more than to control their people and threaten their neighbors.

In both instances, these people spew hatred toward us and have stated that they wish the total destruction of our one true ally, Israel. But here again, Mr. Obama does not seem to understand or care about the principles of the office that he obtained with the hope and promise of the American people. He insults and treats with disdain, the one friend that we have in the area.

While he brings the world to the brink of destruction, he puts both Israel and the United States at risk. He is rapidly destroying our ability to both defend ourselves and to help with the defense of our ally Israel.  He is also encouraging the enemies of both of us to the point that Israel may be forced to act alone.

American Thinker has a very good article on this. Please take the time to read the whole thing. It will open your eyes and you will wonder why Mr. Obama has brought us to this place. You will ask what his goal is, and I hope that you begin to ask those who support him, whose side that they, and he, are really on!

Here Comes Obama’s 3 AM Phone Call

By James Lewis

In the next 60 days Obama’s presidential career will finally meet that concrete wall of reality.  He will either fail or survive.  Trouble is, he might take many innocent people with him if he fails.

So far, the most hyped-up and unqualified president in US history has shown no capacity at all to act, in the face of a do-or-die challenge.  This is the ultimate test of character, the one that John F. Kennedy met well enough in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.  This is the test that Jimmy Carter failed so miserably that Ronald Reagan beat him handily in the following election.  This is the same test of reality that every single Democratic Administration has tried to avoid; it’s the reason why Bill Clinton refused to do anything about Osama Bin Laden when he had four separate chances to take him out.

This time, abject apologies to ranting Pakistani mobs will not make a smidgen of difference.  Even Axelrod’s disinformation campaigns can’t save Obama now, because that 3 am phone call is almost sure to come by April Fool’s Day of 2012, when the real fool will stand revealed to the world.

On or about April 1 of 2012, that 3 AM phone call will reach the White House. We know what it will be — which is itself a sign of stunning incompetence in this White House.  None of this information should ever be public.  Ever.

But this administration has chosen its Secretary of Defense to publicly leak the most closely guarded secret of Israel’s back-against-the-wall defense against Iranian nuclear weapons.

Such public leaks amount to near treason in time of war.  Imagine if someone leaked General Eisenhower‘s plans for the D-Day invasion in June of 1944.  FDR would have fired them instantly, or if they were foreigners he would have felt justified to have them killed.  Hundreds of thousands of American and Allied lives were at stake on D Day.  In Israel today, hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives are at stake.  Don’t expect countries fighting for their national survival to act any differently.

Read more: American Thinker

Morning Bell: Obama Doctrine Failure

When The Stars Burn Down – Phillips, Craig & Dea – Worship Video with lyrics

Psalm 107

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for  He is good!

For his mercy endures forever.

Le the redeemed of the Lord say so,

Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,

And gathered out of the lands,

From the east and from the west,

From the north and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;

They found no city to dwell in.

Hungry and thirsty,

Their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

And He led them forth by the right way,

That they might go to a city for habitation.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,

And for His wonderful words to the children of men!

For He satisfies the longing soul,

And fill the hungry soul with goodness.  

Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Bound in affliction and irons—

Because they rebelled against the words of God,

And despised the counsel of the Most High,

Therefor He brought down their heart with labor;

They fell down, and there was none to help.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

And He saved them out of their distresses.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

And broke their chains in pieces.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

For He has broken the gates of bronze,

And cut the bars of iron in two.

Fools, because of their transgression,

And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.

Their soul abhorred all manner of food,

And they drew near to the gates of death.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

And He saved them out of their distresses.

He sent His word and healed them,

And delivered them from their destruction.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness.

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,

And declare His words with rejoicing.

Those who go down to the sea in ships,

Who do business on great waters,

They see the words of the Lord,

And His wonders in the deep.

For He commands and raises the stormy wind,

Which lifts up the waves of the sea.

They mount up to the heavens,

They go down again to the depths;

Their soul melts because of trouble.

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,

And are at their wits’ end.

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,

And He brings them out of their distresses.

He calms the storm,

So that its waves are still.

Then they are glad because they are quiet;

So He guides them to their desired haven.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people,

And praise Him in the assembly of the elders.

He turns rivers into wilderness,

And the watersprings into dry ground;

A fruitful land into barrenness,

For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water,

And dry land into watersprings.

There He makes the hungry dwell,

That they may establish a city for habitation,

And sow fields and plant vineyards,

That they may yield a fruitful harvest.

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;

And He does not let their cattle decrease.

When they are diminished and brought low

Through oppression, affliction and sorrow,

He pours contempt on princes,

And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;

Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,

And makes their families like a flock.

The righteous see it and rejoice,

And all the iniquity stops its mouth.

Whoever is wise will observe these things,

And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

“Game Over, Atheists Lose”

I would like to see every political office filled by Christian’s, as Wild Bill suggests, but I have to disagree with him on this. I do not think that ever atheist or agnostic is unfit to hold office. If we were to hold people to these standards, the next problem would be to decide which religion best represents Christianity. God does not just use believers to get his message out and if He can rely on unbelievers, I think that is a better guide for us than anything else. 

Besides, many of those who claim to be Christians, have little knowledge of God, or of the true meaning of being followers of Christ. Let us rely on doing due diligence and finding the best and most honest person for the job. If they are Christians, all the better. It is not for us to judge their faith, that is up to God. And Wild Bill is right that atheists lose in the end! God bless!

(just a bit of clarification here, where I used Religion in the first paragraph (which religion best represents Christianity) please replace with denomination)

Characteristics “Anti-Christ”


Great post and a powerful reminder of where we came from and why!

Originally posted on altruistico:

In our society today there are mounting similarities between the Pilgrims and their government – and todays Christians and our government.

At the time the Pilgrim Fathers were living in England there was only one church approved by the English rulers. Everyone was required to attend that church – and ONLY that church – every week. This is what we call a “State Church.” The reigning ruler appointed the archbishop of his or her choice and every church in the kingdom was under the direct orders of the ruler and the archbishop. “There was no freedom to choose”what a person believed or how he could worship. Anyone who objected to the beliefs of the state church or the forms of the church services could be arrested, questioned and thrown into prison.

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Excellent post and a most thorough look at the myth that calls itself Barack Obama! A must read!

What is Salvation? (In 2 Minutes) – Paul Washer

The Lost Doctrine – Paul Washer

Hebrews Chapter 12

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Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:

                  “My son, do not despise                     the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there who a father does not chasten?

But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for yur feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather healed.

Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,

and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

(For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or thrust through with an arrow.”

And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ” I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For it they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,

whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”

Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

For our God is a consuming fire.

Originally posted on blogsense-by-barb:

UPDATE: It occurs to me that this article proposed something that is popular with the American people -increased accountability among our elected officials. I posted this from another website as indicated above, but after checking FACT CHECK, I’m reminded it is … just an idea! While bits and pieces of this have been proposed by various members, nothing significant has happened yet! The popularity of this article on various websites is proof it carries some measures that might actually improve our government on every level. I would suggest, if you like these ideas, that you send them to your Senators and Representatives. Let’s push it and make our “Representative”government work in our behalf!

I challenge you to read this and NOT have the will to pass it on to all your friends!

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in…

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