Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 NKJV)
Our “ticket” to heaven or hell is given by God himself. There are no “get-by” passes or a friend standing at the pearly gates “hooking you up” to live in comfort and leisure up in heaven when you leave this earth while you have not done a self check and most importantly given your life to Christ for the sake of receiving salvation and forgiveness from He who is our Lord and Savior. It’s not that kind of party. God does not operate like that.
We choose the route we want to take in life. As well, we choose to do either right or wrong. The decision is ours. Scripture tells us “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14 NKJV)
I need to be squeezed. Don’t you?
Often I find myself asking of the Lord in regards to reproof and correction. I surely am not one who is perfect and I claim to not be perfect though I am made perfect in Him. We all have sinned and continue to sin in some sort whether in word, thought or action consciously and subconsciously. I want to know the error of my ways so that I can change. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want to be made over daily.
I NEED TO BE SQUEEZED.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17 NKJV)
Many succumb to the ways of the world without fighting for what right. It’s easier to pleasure and please man because we don’t want to hurt their feelings or because we want to fit in rather than stand out for God who has been nothing but good and merciful toward us, who loves us without conditions and who gave us a way out and a way in that we may be washed, cleansed and approved to be united with Him forever where no more tears and sorrow shall reign in eternal glory in heaven. As believers and followers of Christ we are not called to life a life of such. We are not to conform to the ways of the world. (Romans 12:2)
We were made to stand out. We were made to let our light shine for the world to see. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (I Peter 2:9 NKJV)
Unfortunately this place we live in is full of evil and lust. Temptation is always knocking at our door. Will we answer?
Not one of us came into this world without sin so I pray we don’t walk around as if we have never done wrong. God knows all and sees all. He’s merciful and forgiving. He’s loving and patient. This is how we should also be towards others who have committed sin who are in the Body of Christ as well as the sinner who has not turned from his ways and who has yet to receive Christ into their life. The Word tells us:
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)
Are you feeling the squeeze yet? I’m not here to condemn one soul but I will not shy away from the truth. I will not accept what God says is wicked and abominable in this world and the ways of it so if I have to walk it alone to be seen as righteous and holy before The One who holds my life in His hands then I will. Temporary pain in this life is far from comparison to the eternal joy I will have in my Fathers kingdom.
I pray this for you too dear Reader. Fight the good fight and don’t give in. You can do it and come out victorious in Christ Jesus. He is our strength, shield, deliverer, protector and provider. Nothing is too mighty for God to do. Amen? Amen!
“Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for being my path and light. I thank You for being my all and leading me in truth. May I cling to Your truths and convictions and lead a life that’s pleasing and honoring. You work as one but in unity giving leadership to all who will receive. Praises I sing on high for You are worthy my God to be praised! In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
Preach the Word
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (II Timothy 4:1-4 NKJV)
Christ came to save sinners,
of whom I am the worst;
showing me His mercy,
removing sinful curse.
His unending patience,
shown for those who believe;
our salvation promised,
and ready to receive.
Now to eternal King,
unending and unseen;
the one and only God,
what glory forever means.
All honor to the Lord,
now and forevermore;
hold onto blessed hope,
we have through heaven’s door.
(Responding to I Timothy 1:15-17)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for sinners to be saved. Jesus, thank You for enduring what we deserve, in our place, providing the path that leads to permanent dwelling in Your presence. Forgive us for not embracing the fullness of Your grace, and help us to walk boldly before You, as we seek You, hear You, and obey all that You ask. May many come to know You, personally, as they see You in us. All glory and honor to You forever. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
People give much attention to what material clothes they should put on, but the New Testament tells us what spiritual clothes to put on. First, we are to be “endued with” power from on high. This Greek word (enduo) is normally rendered “put on.” That is, we are to put on power, and this is imparted only by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), according to Christ’s departing promise.
“Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. . . . put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:12, 14). “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).
Along with this, we are to “put off concerning the former conversation the old man,” and then to “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:22, 24). Then we must “put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
These items of spiritual clothing—the power of the Holy Spirit, the light of God’s presence, the new man in Christ, the resurrection life of the indwelling Christ, His imputed righteousness and holiness and all our spiritual armor—provide the foundation clothing for beautiful spiritual jewels and accessories. “Ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: . . . Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; . . . And above all these things put on charity |love|” (Colossians 3:9-10, 12, 14). HMM
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Verse of the Day
“Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.” Philippians 2:17
Pastor Don Schwarz has a tremendous ministry in Africa. I have been helping him with this ministry for many years. Once a month, Pastor Don is going update his ministry.
It is so exciting and refreshing to see how hungry the Africans are for the word of God. It is not like in America, as the Africans are hungering and thirsting for the word of God.
I have also helped Pastor Don by supplying King James Bibles for His pastor contacts. The Africans love the KJB, and this is the only Bible they want!
They need the power of God’s word to deal with Muslims and pagans, so they have tested the KJB and found it to be the authentic word of God.
The British captured nearly a thousand American ships, impressing and enslaving thousands of Americans.
The British made alliances with Shawnee leader Tecumseh, who rallied Indians to attack American settlements.
Incited by Tecumseh and armed through British aid, the Red Stick Creek Indians attacked Fort Mims, Alabama, on August 30, 1813.
Driven by rumors the British were paying cash for scalps, the Red Sticks killed over 500 men, women and children in the largest Indian massacre in American history.
Outraged, many volunteered for the Army, including Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Daniel Boone, though Boone was turned down due to his age of 78.
They British attacked on Lake Eire.
They invaded the U.S. Capitol and burnt the White House, the Library of Congress, the Treasury, the Patent Office and the Navy Yard.
They captured Maine’s cities of Eastport, Castine, Hampden, Bangor and Machias.
They bombarded Fort McHenry and attacked New Orleans.
At the beginning of the War, President James Madison had addressed Congress, March 9, 1812:
“The British Government, through its public minister here, a secret agent of that Government was employed…fomenting disaffection…and in intrigues with the disaffected, for the purpose of…destroying the Union…
The discovery of such a procedure…will not fail to render more dear to the hearts of all good citizens that happy union of these States which, under Divine Providence, is the guaranty of their liberties.”
On June 1, 1812, President James Madison told Congress:
“We behold…on the side of Great Britain a state of war…Whether the United States shall continue passive under these progressive usurpations and these accumulating wrongs…shall commit a just cause into the hands of the Almighty Disposer of Events.”
In a Proclamation of War, June 19, 1812, President James Madison stated:
“I do moreover exhort all the good people of the United States…as they feel the wrongs which have forced on them the last resort of injured nations…to consult the best means under the blessing of Divine Providence of abridging its calamities.”
President Madison, who had introduced the First Amendment in the First Session of Congress, proclaimed a National Day of Public Humiliation and Prayer, July 9, 1812:
“A day, to be set apart for the devout purpose of rendering the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of mankind the public homage due to His holy attributes;
of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasure; of seeking His merciful forgiveness, and His assistance in the great duties of repentance…
and especially of offering fervent supplications that in the present season of calamity and war He would take the American people under His peculiar care and protection…
turning the hearts of our enemies from the violence and injustice which sway their councils against us, He would hasten a restoration of the blessings of peace.”
On November 4, 1812, in his Fourth Annual Message, President James Madison stated:
“The war in which we are actually engaged in…was preceded by a patience without example under wrongs accumulating without end…
Appeal was accordingly made…to the Just and All-powerful Being who holds in His hand the chain of events and the destiny of nations…
We prosecute the war with united counsels…until peace be so obtained…under the Divine blessing.”
On February 24, 1813, President James Madison told Congress:
“Great Britain had already introduced into her commerce during the war a system…resting on a mass of forgery and perjury…making an unfortunate progress in undermining those principles of morality and religion which are the best foundation of national happiness….
The general tendency of these demoralizing and disorganizing contrivances will be reprobated by the civilized and Christian world.”
On March 4, 1813, President James Madison stated in his Second Inaugural Address:
“I should be compelled to shrink if I…felt less deeply a conviction that the war with a powerful nation…is stamped with that justice which invites the smiles of Heaven on the means of conducting it to a successful termination.”
On May 25, 1813, in a Special Session Message to Congress, President James Madison stated:
“The contest in which the United States are engaged appeals…to the sacred obligation of transmitting entire to future generations that precious…independence which is held in trust by the present from the goodness of Divine Providence.”
On July 23, 1813, President James Madison proclaimed a National Day of Public Humiliation and Prayer:
“In times of public calamity such as that of the war…it is especially becoming that the hearts of all should be…turned to that Almighty Power in whose hands are the welfare and the destiny of nations…
For…He has blessed the United States with a political Constitution founded on the will and authority of the whole people and guaranteeing to each individual security, not only of his person and his property, but of those sacred rights of conscience so essential to his present happiness and so dear to his future hopes…
that He would pardon our manifold transgressions and awaken and strengthen in all the wholesome purposes of repentance…so He would…bestow His blessings on our arms in resisting the hostile…
If the public homage of a people can ever be worthy of the favorable regard of the Holy and Omniscient Being to whom it is addressed, it must be that in which those who join in it are guided only by their free choice, by the impulse of their hearts and the dictates of their consciences…that religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man, freed from all coercive edicts…
and making no appeal but to reason, to the heart, and to the conscience, can spread its benign influence everywhere and can attract to the divine altar those freewill offerings of humble supplication.”
On December 7, 1813, in his Fifth Annual Message, President James Madison stated:
“It has pleased the Almighty to bless our arms both on the land and on the water….On Lake Erie, the squadron under the command of Captain Perry having met the British squadron of superior force, a sanguinary conflict ended in the capture of the whole…
We may humbly repose our trust in the smiles of Heavenon so righteous a cause.”
On September 1, 1814, in a National Proclamation after the British had invaded the Capitol, President James Madison stated:
“The enemy by a sudden incursion have succeeded in invading the capitol…though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices…
The glory acquired by their fathers in establishing the independence which is now to be maintained by their sons with the augmented strength and resources with which time and Heaven had blessed them.”
On September 20, 1814, in his Sixth Annual Message, President James Madison stated:
“The capture of nearly a thousand American vessels and the impressment of thousands of American seafaring citizens…by the Government of Great Britain…
Our beloved country…persevering hostility…must carry with it the good wishes of the impartial world and the best hopes of support from an Omnipotent and Kind Providence.“
On November 16, 1814, President James Madison proclaimed a National Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer:
“In the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God…for…His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace…
voluntarily offering…humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance.”
When the war ended, President James Madison addressed Congress, February 18, 1815:
“I lay before Congress copies of the treaty of peace and amity between the United States and His Britannic Majesty…We accord in grateful acknowledgments for the protection which Providence has bestowed upon us.”
On March 4, 1815, President James Madison proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving:
“To be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity as a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments toAlmighty God for His great goodness manifested in restoring to them the blessing of peace.
No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events and of the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States…
To the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land…especially for the restoration of the blessing of peace.”
“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19)
The great enemy of our souls “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet he can also be “transformed into an angel of light,” and so can “his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). He and his ministers are perhaps most dangerous when most deceptive, quoting Scripture and spiritual sentiments in a superficial show of piety, yet distorting the “Scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16), and we must use the sword of the Spirit against them.
Then there are those times when, angered that their deceptions (sometimes even their own self-deceptions) are not persuading the true people of God to compromise their stand for God’s truth and His great salvation, they resort to great pressure and overt opposition—even persecution—seeking to silence their testimony. The enemy comes in like a great flood, and the waves seem about to engulf us, and we cry with the psalmist: “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul” (Psalm 124:2-4).
But God is on our side, as long as we are on His side and hold fast to His clearly revealed Word. Before the demonic flood can overwhelm us, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up His standard (or, more literally, “put him to flight”), and God will prevail once again, for “the foundation of God standeth sure” (2 Timothy 2:19), and “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). HMM
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To stop the confusion, Colonel Prescott rallied his men by climbing on the wall of the redoubt, standing upright and walking back and forth as if no enemy was present.
British General Gage looked at Prescott through a telescope and asked a local loyalist if Prescott actually had enough to courage fight.
It was replied: “Prescott is an old soldier, he will fight for as long as a drop of blood is in his veins.”
Providentially for the Americans, the British brought the wrong size cannon balls, so they were not able to soften the resistance as they had hoped.
This resulted in General Howe having to order 2,300 British soldiers, with bayonets fixed, to march up the hill.
Twice the Americans repelled them, but the third time they ran out of gunpowder.
Over 1,000 British were killed in this first major action of the Revolutionary War.
Nearly 500 American Continental soldiers were killed, including Dr. Joseph Warren.
Amos Farnsworth, a corporal in the Massachusetts Militia, made this entry in his diary immediately after the Battle of Bunker Hill, JUNE 17, 1775:
“We within the entrenchment…having fired away all ammunition and having no reinforcements…were overpowered by numbers and obliged to leave….I did not leave the entrenchment until the enemy got in. I then retreated ten or fifteen rods.
Then I received a wound in my right arm, the ball going through a little below my elbow, breaking the little shellbone. Another ball struck my back, taking a piece of skin about as big as a penny. But I got to Cambridge that night….
Oh the goodness of God in preserving my life, although they fell on my right and on my left! O may this act of deliverance of thine, O God, lead me never to distrust thee; but may I ever trust in thee and put confidence in no arm of flesh!”
The British then burned the nearby town of Charlestown.
This same day, 300 miles away in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress drafted George Washington’s commission as commander-in-chief, for which he refused a salary.
Washington wrote to his wife, Martha:
“Dearest…It has been determined in Congress, that the whole army raised for the defense of the American Cause shall be put under my care, and that it is necessary for me to proceed immediately to Boston to take…command…
I shall rely therefore, confidently, on that Providence which has heretofore preserved, and been bountiful to me.”
“I…got Colonel Pendleton to Draft a Will…the Provision made for you, in case of my death, will, I hope, be agreeable.”
Less than a month after the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Continental Congress proclaimed a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, as John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, July 12, 1775:
“We have appointed a Continental fast. Millions will be upon their knees at once before their great Creator, imploring His forgiveness and blessing; His smiles on American Council and arms.”
Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull wrote to General Washington, July 13, 1775:
“The Honorable Congress have proclaimed a Fast to be observed by the inhabitants of all the English Colonies on this continent, to stand before the Lord in one day, with public humiliation, fasting, and prayer, to deplore our many sins, to offer up our joint supplications to God, for forgiveness, and for his merciful interposition for us in this day of unnatural darkness and distress.
They have, with one united voice, appointed you to the high station you possess. The Supreme Director of all events hath caused a wonderful union of hearts and counsels to subsist among us.
Now therefore, be strong and very courageous.
May the God of the armies of Israel shower down the blessings of his Divine Providence on you, give you wisdom and fortitude, cover your head in the day of battle and danger, add success, convince our enemies of their mistaken measures, and that all their attempts to deprive these Colonies of their inestimable constitutional rights and liberties are injurious and vain.”
On July 19, 1775, the Journals of the Continental Congress recorded:
“Agreed, That the Congress meet here tomorrow morning, at half after 9 o’clock, in order to attend divine service at Mr. Duche’s Church; and that in the afternoon they meet here to go from this place and attend divine service at Doctor Allison’s church.”
On July 20, 1775, General Washington issued the order:
“The General orders this day to be religiously observed by the Forces under his Command, exactly in manner directed by the Continental Congress.
It is therefore strictly enjoined on all Officers and Soldiers to attend Divine Service; And it is expected that all those who go to worship do take their Arms, Ammunition and Accoutrements, and are prepared for immediate action, if called upon.”
We are God’s chosen,
called holy and loved,
be clothed in kindness,
gentle as a dove.
be ever patient,
so Jesus is seen.
Bear with each other,
be quick to forgive;
begrudge no other,
we get as we give.
Above all these things,
love one another;
united as one,
sisters and brothers.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – (Colossians 3:12-14)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, we all have access to be counted among Your chosen. Thank You that once we have chosen to believe and receive all that You are, we become clean and covered in Christ. Forgive us for not always operating accordingly, and teach us to trust You more, so that we may be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient people, who are quick to forgive one another, and who choose to love, even when love is difficult. May Your love in us that we live out, lead those who know You not, into everlasting life in You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Verse of the Day
Leviticus 18:24,25 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
If you examine the disasters hitting America, there is a vast increase from 25 years ago. The droughts and floods are showing that God is now in the process of setting the land up to “vomiteth” out the American people just as His states will happen. America is defiled with the blood of 55+ million babies and the homosexual agenda and other sins such as pornography and divorce. The nation is unclean and the land is defiled.
When I was first called into this ministry in 1987, there was maybe one massive disaster a year. Sometimes there were no disasters for a year. Now, the nation is being hit with 10 or more a year! In 2011 there were 14 $billion events which is more than one a month. Last year there were 11 such events.
There was no national “LGBT month” in 1987. Can you see how the disasters are matching the level of national sin and rebellion against God’s word?
I used to match every major disaster with national sin such as “Gay Pride Day”. I can no longer do this as many disasters are connected to long-term drought and heat waves. Some I can, like the recent Oklahoma tornadoes which are tied into homosexual events.
What is missing in these disasters hitting America are earthquakes. I have a “gut” feeling that massive, I mean massive, earthquakes are about to shake this nation. Earthquakes in the 8.0 to 9.0 are on the way. This is a part of the land “vomiting out its inhabitants”.
Extreme weather caused $110 billion in damage in 2012 06/13/13 There are more hurricanes on the way along with powerful earthquakes. Americans are about to be driven off the land for the national rebellion against God and His word.
Remember, and do not forget this: the disasters match the level of national rebellion against God and His word. God is holy and a nation can offend His holiness which America is grossly guilty of. Plus there is so little intercession by His church.
“All told the United States saw 11 weather and climate disasters last year with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages.The total puts 2012 second in total damages behind 2005, which saw four devastating hurricanes, including Katrina and Rita, and incurred $160 billion in costs.Hurricane Sandy was responsible for more than half of 2012′s total, with approximately $65 in claims.
The Midwest drought soaked up another $30 billion.Sandy also incurred the worst loss of life, with more than 130 fatalities tied to the storm that engulfed nearly 500 miles along the East Coast.But heat waves last year caused more than 100 deaths, and the largest drought in the United States since the 1930s had the federal government declaring drought disasters in 2,600 of the nation’s 3,143 counties.Drought conditions also led to several devastating wildfires that burned more than 9 million acres in 2012, NOAA reported.
The 11 billion-dollar disaster events in 2012 rank second behind the 14 events in 2011. Those 11 events killed more than 300 people and had “devastating economic effects” on the regions impacted, NOAA said.”
NOAA: Billion-Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters If you want to view all the events, just go to this site.
2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
God’s Final Warning to America
Residents displaced byColorado wildfire see destruction firsthand 06/16/13 “Homosexual month” is not over yet. If the Supreme Court votes to advance the homosexual agenda with homosexual “marriage”, this could be the final act of rebellion against God. The last two months of June have seen awesome disasters hit Colorado. This year was far worse than last year. As the sin gets more bold, so the disasters get more intense.
“El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the fire’s destruction has made it difficult for his deputies to assess damage. Deputies have said “it looks like a nuclear bomb went off in some of those areas, and you can’t even recognize whether it was a house or some other kind of structure,” Maketa said. “That is the level of incineration and destruction that took place in some areas.”
Colorado PrideFest: Gay Pride isn’t just for downtown Denver anymore06/14/13 The theme of this is “Gay-er Pride”. Notice that it is not for “Denver anymore!” As the rebellion against God spreads, so the judgment is a perfect match for the rebellion against God’s word.
“The main event, of course, remains the Gay Pride Parade, and the 2013 version steps off from Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, turning down Colfax Avenue toward Civic Center where the weekend-long PrideFest (running Saturday and Sunday) offers up booths, music and more than a few speeches to get the crowds revved up toward the next political goal.”
At least 400 homes destroyed in Colorado wildfire 06/14/13 The number is closer to 500. The worst disaster coincides with a “gay-er” Colorado. What is next for this state and the nation, as God has now warned for two years in a row!
“The number of homes destroyed in the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history has risen to 400, officials said Friday night. Developers describe the Black Forest as the largest contiguous stretch of ponderosa pine in the United States. Once home to rural towns and summer cabins, it is now dotted with million-dollar homes and gated communities as a result of the state’s population boom over the past two decades.”
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example,suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
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“And hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)
Jesus once said, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Poignant question. A familiar complaint of those who despise Christian teaching is that “Christians” don’t act like Christians! It is a sad commentary on the condition of the Lord’s family when the ungodly are more aware of the expected behavior of God’s people than the Christians are.
Of course, the issue is not unique to the New Testament times. Israel’s historical saga is replete with seasons of rebellion and repentance—so much so that the psalmist prayed:
That the generation to come. . . .might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. (Psalm 78:6-8)
The emphasis by John in his first epistle, however, is not on the reasons for willful disobedience, but on the results of willing obedience.
- Walking in the “light” ensures fellowship (1 John 1:7).
- Constant and willing obedience produces an effective prayer life (1 John 3:22).
- A lifestyle of obedience brings an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling (1 John 3:24).
- Loving God produces obedience, which in turn brings joy in that obedience (1 John 5:3).
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Father of American Space Program ‘Viewing…space…should only confirm our belief in…its Creator” via American Minute
He worked on the U.S. guided missile program as was director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
The chief architect of the Saturn V booster rocket, he is considered “without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history,” and received the National Medal of Science in 1975.
His name was Wernher von Braun.
Founder of the National Space Institute, Wernher von Braun stated:
“In this age of space flight, when we use the modern tools of science to advance into new regions of human activity, the Bible-this grandiose, stirring history of the gradual revelation and unfolding of the moral law-remains in every way an up-to-date book.
Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the Moon also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or for evil.
The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God.”
Wernher von Braun continued:
“It is no longer enough that we pray that God may be with us on our side. We must learn to pray that we may be on God’s side.”
To the California State Board of Education, September 14, 1972, Wernher von Braun wrote:
“One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all….
The better we understand the intricacies of the universe and all it harbors, the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based….
To be forced to believe only one conclusion-that everything in the universe happened by chance-would violate the very objectivity of science itself….”
Wernher von Braun continued:
“What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of the human eye?…
They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?…
They say they cannot visualize a Designer. Well, can a physicist visualize an electron?…
What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electron as real while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?…
It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories for the origin of the universe, life and man in the science classroom.
It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happening by chance.”
In American Weekly, February 10, 1963, (Foreword to his Anthology on the Creation and Design exhibited in Nature), Wernher von Braun wrote:
“It is difficult for me to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe…
Viewing the awesome reaches of space…should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator.”
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According to biographer Bishop Asser, ‘Alfred attacked the whole pagan army fighting ferociously in dense order, and by divine will eventually won the victory.”
Alfred drove the Danes back to England’s coastal area of East Anglia, where he gave their King Guthrum the choice of sailing back to Scandinavia, or converting to Christianity, which he did.
Afterwards, King Alfred the Great wrote his Law Code, drawing from as far back in history as:
Lucius King of Britons (c156 AD) “prayed and entreated…he might be made a Christian”;
St. Patrick’s Celtic ‘Senchus Mor’ Laws (c438 AD);
Laws of Æthelberht of Kent (c602 AD)-the first Saxon king in England to be baptized, by St. Augustine of Canterbury;
Laws of Christian King Ine of Wessex (c694 AD), and
Laws of Christian King Offa of Mercia (c755 AD).
King Alfred the Great, who began the University of Oxford, wrote in the preface to his Law Code the Ten Commandments, parts of the Book of Exodus, Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, and the Acts of the Apostles.
King Alfred wrote:
“These are judgments which Almighty God Himself spoke to Moses and commanded him to keep.
Now, since the Lord’s only begotten Son our God and healing Christ has come to Middle Earth [the Mediterranean World] He said that He did not come to break nor to forbid these commandments but to approve them well, and to teach them with all mildheartedness and lowlymindedness.”
King Alfred’s Law is considered the basis for English Common Law as it contained concepts such as liberty of the individual family and church, a decentralized government and equal justice for all under the law:
“Doom very evenly! Do not doom one doom to the rich; another to the poor! Nor doom one doom to your friend; another to your foe!”
Around the year 911 AD, on the opposite side of the English Channel, ‘Norse’ Vikings, called ‘Normans’, invaded an area that came to be called Normandy, in northern France.
In 1066, the Norman King, William the Conqueror, crossed the English Channel and invaded England.
He replaced King Alfred’s law with a feudal system of government which concentrated power into the hands of the king.
This continued in England till a change began with the Magna Carta.
While England’s King Richard the Lionheart was away fighting the Muslims in the Third Crusade, his brother John was left in charge.
Some renditions of the legend of Robinhood are set in this time period.
Richard returned in 1192, but died in 1199, leaving King John to rule.
Though the Normans had originally come from Normandy over a century earlier, King John lost Normandy and almost all the other English possessions to King Philip II of France by 1205.
England’s barons became so frustrated by this loss and by the absolute and arbitrary power of King John that they surrounded King John on the plains of Runnymede.
There they forced him to sign the Magna Carta, the Great Charter of English Liberties on JUNE 15, 1215.
British judge, Lord Denning, described the Magna Carta as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.”
The Magna Carta limited the unbridled centralized power of the king.
It began the process of redefining government’s purpose from dominating people’s lives into guaranteeing people’s individual rights under the rule of law, culminating in the U.S. Constitution.
The Magna Carta ends:
“…for the salvation of our souls, and the souls of all our…heirs, and unto the honor of God.”
To learn more about Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade, read below:
Jerusalem had been a Jewish city since time of King David around 1000 BC, and it had been a Christian city since Emperor Constantine, 313 AD.
Muslims under Caliph Umar took Jerusalem away from the Byzantine Patriarch Sophronius and forced Christian and Jewish inhabitants to live as second-class citizens under a set of “Jim Crow” style laws called “dhimmi.”
Christian pilgrims began to be harassed, massacred and crucified. In the 700′s, Christians were banned from giving religious instruction to their children and displays of the cross were banned in Jerusalem.
In 772 AD, Caliph al Mansur ordered Jews and Christians to be branded on the hand.
In 923 AD, Muslims began destroying churches in Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday in 937 AD, Muslims plundered the Church of Calvary and the Church of the Resurrection.
In 1004, Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah began a ten year persecution where thousands were forced to convert or die and 30,000 churches were destroyed. In 1009, Caliph al-Hakim destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
In 1075, the Muslim Seljuk Turks captured Jerusalem from Arab Muslims. Gregory Bar-Hebraeus (1226-1286), a Syrian Orthodox Church leader, wrote how Seljuk Turkish Muslims initially tolerated Christians tolerably, then:
“…having seen very much modesty and other habits of this kind among Christian people, certainly the Mongols loved them greatly at the beginning of their kingdom, a time ago somewhat short. But their love hath turned to such intense hatred.”
Travelers returning from pilgrimages to the Holy Land shared reports of Muslim persecution of “dhimmi” Christians.
Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, which had all been Christian lands, were conquered by Muslims, who then conquered Sicily.
In 1057, the Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard took control of Calabria in the “toe of Italy” and fought against the Muslims of Sicily.
Italian city-states of Pisa, Genoa and Catalonia fought the Muslims who were raiding Italy’s coasts, Majorca, Sardinia, and Catalonia.
In 1071, the Muslims inflicted a major defeat on the Byzantine Christians at the Battle of Manzikert and took control of all but the coastlands of Asia Minor.
Cries begging for help were carried back to Europe. Europe sent help, it was called the Crusades. There were nine major Crusades and numerous minor ones, from 1095 till 1291, when Acre was finally captured by the Muslims.
The First Crusade began when, in desperation, the proud Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus humbled himself and sent ambassadors to the Council of Piacenza in March of 1095, appealing for aid from his religious rival, the Roman Catholic Pope.
The seriousness of this call for help is underscored by the fact that it occurred just a few years after the Great East-West Schism where the Byzantine Church and the Roman Catholic Church split.
Pope Urban II gave an impassioned plea at the Council of Clermont in 1095 for Western leaders to set aside their doctrinal differences and come to the aid of their Byzantine Christians brethren.
Pope Urban II described how Muslims “compel to extend their necks and then, attacking them with naked swords, attempt to cut through the neck with a single blow.” (Robert the Monk, Medieval Sourcebook, Fordham University.)
With Spain exuberant after successfully driving the Muslims from Toledo and Leon a few years earlier, the First Crusade began in 1097, led by Godfrey of Bouillon. It freed Iconium from the Muslims, though it was later lost.
The First Crusade defeated Turkish forces at Dorylaeum and Antioch, and captured Jerusalem in 1099, holding it for nearly 100 years.
After Muslims conquered Edessa, another crusade was called for by Bernard of Clairvaux in 1147. It was made up of French and German armies, led by King Louis VII and Conrad II.
In 1148, Muslim leader, Nur ed-Din, slaughtered every Christian in Aleppo. The Second Crusade failed to take Damascus and returned to Europe in 1150. Bernard of Clairvaux was disturbed by reports of misdirected violence toward some Jewish populations.
On July 4, 1187, Saladin captured Crusaders at Hattim and ordered their mass execution.
In 1190, Pope Gregory VIII called for a Third Crusade. It was led by German King Frederick I, called Frederick Barbarossa (meaning Redbeard), who was the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He was joined by Richard I of England and Philip II of France.
Frederick led 100,000 soldiers across Byzantium, driving out Muslims and temporarily freeing Iconium.
He most likely would have freed Jerusalem had he not fallen off his horse while crossing the Göksu River in Cilicia, Asia Minor. Being 67 years old and weighted down with heavy armor, he drowned in waist deep water and the Crusade went into confusion.
Richard the Lionheart was suddenly in charge leading the Crusade and successfully captured Acre. Due to rivalries, Philip II, without warning, abandoned the Crusade and returned to France in 1191.
Richard’s troops came within sight of Jerusalem in 1192, but grew weary as it did not look like they were making an impact. Then word came to Richard that Phillip II was trying to take away Normandy from England, so Richard quickly ended the Crusade to go back and defend his kingdom.
Richard later discovered Saladin was on the verge of defeat and was propping up dead soldiers along the walls.
Saladin allowed some Christians to leave Jerusalem if they paid a ransom, but according to Imad al-Din, approximately 15,000 could not pay their ransom and were enslaved.
Richard sailed away, but was shipwrecked and had to travel on foot across Europe in disguise.
He was recognized near Vienna and captured by Duke Leopold V of Austria. The Holy Roman Emperor, Henry VI, imprisoned Richard at Dumstein for three years.
Legend has it that Richard’s loyal minstrel, Blondel, traveled from kingdom to kingdom across Europe trying to find him by singing Richard’s favorite song. When Richard heard the song, he sang the second verse from the prison tower, and was found.
Richard’s brother, King John, had to raise taxes for the “king’s ransom.” This was the origins of the story of Nottingham, Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood.
The Holy Roman Emperor, Henry VI, prepared for another crusade in 1197, but died from malaria.
Once back in England, Richard ruled only a few years before being shot with an arrow during the siege of a castle in Normandy.
His brother, King John, raised taxes and ruled oppressively.
When he lost Britain’s claim to Normandy after the Battle of Bouvines in 1214, English baron’s were upset, as they also lost their titled lands there.
Angry barons then surrounded King John on the plains of Runnymede on JUNE 15, 1215, and forced him to sign the Magna Carta – the cornerstone of English liberty.
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
This familiar command was the fifth in God’s list of Ten Commandments, the law of God, and it has never been abrogated. It was quoted by Christ as His own command, when He said: “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. . . . Honour thy father and thy mother” (Matthew19:17, 19). The apostle Paul also cited it as of special significance: “Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:2).
This all indicates that God considers the honoring of parents by their children to be of great significance. Since the father has been charged with the primary spiritual responsibility for his family, it is of supreme importance that fathers lead their children properly and the children follow that lead with all due respect and diligence. God blessed Abraham as “the father of us all” (Romans 4:16) because He could say concerning Abraham: “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19).
It is not easy being such a father, but it is vital if our children are to come also to honor their heavenly Father. “For what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? . . . Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:7, 9).
“And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). If we fathers diligently follow God’s Word in leading our children, then they will honor their fathers, not only while they are children, but all their lives. HMM
Image of invisible,
the firstborn over us all;
by Him all things created,
came to be, as He did call.
Things in heaven and on earth,
those visible and unseen;
all created together,
His craftsmanship to esteem.
He is the head of the church,
body of we who believe;
Who is and was and will be,
our Rock to whom we may cleave.
Because He was fully God,
and still He was fully man;
our peace through His sacrifice,
accepted redemption plan.
We were once so far from God,
because of our evil ways;
now that we are reconciled,
by faith, we’re free all our days.
So continue in fierce faith,
established; and be not moved;
stay true to our Lord Jesus -
our firm foundation of truth.
(Responding to Colossians 1:15-23)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that despite our inability to grasp all that You are, You love us and have made the way for us to be in a relationship with You, the Creator of all! Forgive us for being flippant about our faith, and teach us to be fully invested and firmly established in all that You are offering. Thank You for Your mercy and grace that have granted us access to our faith. Keep temptations far from us, and lead us to love like You. May many come to know the magnificence of You, our Maker, and let lives be changed. All praise to You, our Protector and Provider. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
In the gospel of John there are at least six promises that, if we pray in Jesus’ name, God in Christ will answer our prayer. The first is in our text, which promises that God the Father may be glorified in God the Son. Note also the equivalent promises in John 14:14; 15:16; 16:23-24, 26.
Such promises seem almost too comprehensive and unconditional to be understood literally. The key, however, is the significance of the phrase “in my name.” This obviously means more than simply beginning or ending our prayer with this or some similar phrase.
In the first place, we must recognize that it is only through Jesus Christ our mediator that we dare enter the presence of the omnipotent God at all. “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6), He said. That being true, it also implies that our prayer must be in agreement with what Christ Himself would pray. No Christian should ask for something he knows to be against God’s will. “If we ask any thing according to his will . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
When we come to the Father in Christ’s name, we are in a very real sense representing Him. Therefore, we must come with clean hands and motives worthy of the One in whose name we profess to come. Unconfessed, unrepented sin would surely misrepresent Him, and we could hardly speak in His name in such a case. Finally, acknowledging His power and promise, we must come believing, not doubting His Word, if we come in His name.
Then, not only is the Father glorified, as says our text, but we shall rejoice. “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. . . . ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John16:23-24). HMM
Verse of the Day
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Has the church in America had enough of “homosexual month” and the Hard Left agenda? What will it take to stir up this apathetic church, led by the VAST majority of the leaders who appear as hirelings rather than “shepherds of the sheep”? The reprobates are pushing their sin right into our face and going directly after our children, yet silence from the church. Have we become a nation of cowards?
I see the church in America now beaten by the Hard Left reprobates. Where is the fire in our soul to stand for the LORD? Where is the standing for the LORD and His righteousness? Where are the real men who will stand up to the reprobates and give leadership. The church now seems divorced from reality.
I see the American church just the way the Jews were in Germany under the Nazis. They were emotionally beaten down, and no matter how much persecution, they just did not believe the Nazis would attempt to slaughter them. This is the modern American church, as it seems beaten and not living in reality.
There is very little to NO fear of God. The reprobates can do anything, and the vast amount of Christians yawn and go about whatever they are doing. This is not a game but deadly reality. The reprobates hate us and want to destroy us and anything that has to do with the LORD. It is a spiritual war that is now in the natural.
Does the American church have a death wish? Do we want to come under the bloodthirsty hatred of the Hard Left? Do we want our children turned into reprobates, as the entire society is now becoming reprobate, with no power in the church to stand against it. The Holy Spirit is receding from America, while the spirit of the antichrist is flooding in to fill the void. Do you think God’s Holy Spirit is going to bless the nation during “homosexual month?” No, He is going to turn us over for judgment, yet the vast majority of believers refuse to believe God would judge America or that massive tornado storms are God’s judgment!
Maybe the following verse is no longer valid, or God has made an exception for America:
2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
Third-Graders Introduce Obama at LGBT Pride Event 06/14/13 (Video) This is child abuse to use children like this for a homosexual event. He is a real reprobate in every sense of the word. This is coming from the president! Is he trying to turn these children into reprobates like he is? What about the parents of these children? There is now a huge percentage of the nation that goes along with the reprobate agenda. They are like minded with Obama, and that is why he was elected.
California Votes to Allow Boys to Shower with Girls in Public Schools06/13/13This is more “fruit” of Obama’s “Gay Month.” The reprobates are now in charge of huge sections of the nation, and this is where they are pushing the country. The population of California and many other states are spiritually, emotionally and intellectually dead. The reprobates are in charge of the military and are turning it into a sad joke.
From the article: “Would it surprise you to learn that the bill’s author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is a Democrat and homosexual from San Francisco? He is also heavily involved in LGBT activist groups. In 1975 Ammiano became the first public school teacher in San Francisco to publicly admit that he was a homosexual.”
It appears because of the deadness of the vast amount of Christians who refuse to repent and intercede before the LORD, God is turning America over to reprobates for judgment. This is “homosexual month” so there is no holding back the reprobates. They are bold in their sin without shame.
Obama slated to name five openly homosexual foreign ambassadors06/13/13 This is more fuel to the judgment fire for June as national “homosexual month”.
“Emily Heil of the Washington Post speculated that the rash of homosexual appointments is repayment for the massive role gay activists had in the president’s fundraising efforts, as well as on Election Day. Heil reported that a dozen members of Obama’s national finance team are openly homosexual, and said an argument could be made that gay Americans “handed Obama the election” by voting for him by a three-to-one margin.”
If the vast majority lack the fear of the LORD, it does not mean we cannot stand in the name of Jesus. We are to stand for the LORD and His righteousness no matter what others are doing or not doing. We are to be a witness to the end and also to stand as a watchman to warn of what is coming. Even if the masses do not listen, we are still called to warn.
In Noah’s day he warned and few listened. Few came out of Sodom in Lot’s day. Few listened to Jeremiah, yet God still called him to warn of the coming judgment. Our job is to warn and preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every Thursday night, I have 2 hours of prayer on my blog talk radio show called The Prayer of the Solemn Assembly. If you cannot find a place that calls out to the LORD in repentance and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you are welcome to join us.
I see this time as an honor to stand for Lord in face of the Hard Left reprobates who hate our Father in heaven.
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
(17) Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
(18) When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
(19) In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
(20) Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
(21) They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
(22) But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
(23) And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
Hard Left Watch
Pelosi: Late-Term Abortions ‘Sacred Ground’ 06/13/13 Abortion and homosexuality are the two most important issues to the reprobates. They really do protect the killing of babies at all costs. Killing the babies is one of the fundamentals of the Hard Left.
“As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” Pelosi said. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.”
U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms 06/13/13 Wow, this is a fantastic article loaded with great information. Make sure that you read it. This spying cannot be stopped. It can be slowed down but not stopped. There is such high-tech now that it is just too easy. One more major terrorist attack and the people will go along with more spying. It is always for our good.
You are now looking at the foundation of the 666 Surveillance System, which I write about on my other blog. The world is heading for a complete surveillance society which has to be in place for the antichrist.
“Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies also participate in the government programs. In some cases, the information gathered may be used not just to defend the nation but to help infiltrate computers of its adversaries.
Along with the NSA, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and branches of the U.S. military have agreements with such companies to gather data that might seem innocuous but could be highly useful in the hands of U.S. intelligence or cyber warfare units, according to the people, who have either worked for the government or are in companies that have these accords.”
Congressman: Christian Soldiers Being Singled out for Punishment06/12/13 This was easy to see coming. Obama is putting all his people in place in the military, and they will not tolerate Christianity. The homosexuals are out of the closet, while they are trying to put the Christians in it. The Muslims can roam free as a protected class, and even give jihad powerpoint presentations on military bases until they murder our soldiers.
Israel and the Middle East War
U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing “red line” 06/13/13 The US is now going to back the al-Qaeda rebels! The entire Middle East is now spiraling out of control.
“The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support,” Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters.”
Kerry’s plan: Core issues, then gestures, and finally Jerusalem 06/12/13 Kerry and Obama still have plans to divide Jerusalem. They will not give up on Jerusalem. Israel will not divide the city, so this impasse is going to rupture relations between the US and Israel.
“After the two sides reach agreements on a number of core issues, Israel would make a gesture to the Palestinians that includes a freeze of settlement construction and the release of prisoners.The issue of Jerusalem would be left for the end of negotiations.”
Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda 04/11/13 This is going to be an all-out war between Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam.
Assad warns of ‘strategic’ response to IDF strikes 06/10/13 I think that Assad will only attack Israel when Iran is ready to join him. He knows that Israel would destroy him, so he is not foolish enough to do it alone. It would take a coordinated attack with Hezbollah and Iran for Assad to attack Israel.
Gulf begins mass expulsion of Lebanese Shiites over Hizballah’s role in Syria 06/12/13 This is yet another step towards the Muslim civil war. They wanted to destroy Israel and now they are about to destroy each other!
Iran’s apocalyptic policy makers 06/10/13 This gives really good background on Iran’s Ayatollahs and how they think and their motives.
With Cameras Rolling, Egyptian Politicians Threaten Ethiopia Over Dam06/06/13 They also mention America and Israel were their enemies.
“I’m very fond of battles. With the enemies, of course – with America and Israel, but this battle must be waged with maximum judiciousness and calm. Even though this is a secret meeting, we must all take an oath not to leak anything to the media…”
IDF advanced plans for 1,225 new settler homes 06/12/13 This will upset the entire world.
Kerry Quietly Skirts Law Put in Place by Congress, Sends Muslim Brotherhood-Controlled Egypt $1.3 Billion Gift 06/07/13 He did against the law that Congress set up!.
California on the Brink: Pension Crisis About to Get Worse 06/12/13 I have not said much about California’s economy in a long time. Now it is back in the spotlight as the state pensions are once again about to hit the state hard. Many of the cities may go bankrupt over the pensions.
“The new rules could nearly double California’s unfunded liabilities to $328.6 billion. Moreover, California cities that have already filed for bankruptcy protection, like Stockton and Vallejo, will fall deeper into the red.”
Emergency manager: Detroit won’t pay $2.5B it owes 06/14/13 It will be interesting to see the extent of this default. Will it spread to other cities or will it drive up the cost of municipal bonds? Let’s watch the fall out because it has to spoke the bond market. What is Detroit now going to do? I guess it will become a ward of Michigan.
Floods, Famine, Fires, Etc.
Multiple fires force evacuation of thousands in Colorado 06/11/13 Colorado burned last June during “Gay Month.” Now the fires are back once again.
Derecho Risk From Chicago to Columbus 06/12/13 This is like an inland hurricane that causes enormous damage.
One dead, dozens injured in massive pileup during dust storm 06/11/13 This was a massive storm that shut everything down.
Missouri sinkhole area called ‘very dangerous’ to public 06/11/13 I posted this to show you the never-ending sinkholes erupting throughout America. Florida seems the worst state; however, they are occurring all over America.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
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“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1)
The Lord Jesus appropriated this beautiful verse of the prophet Isaiah to Himself, preaching from it one day in the Nazareth synagogue and proclaiming: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21). Note that He came to preach the gospel to the meek, not the arrogant, and to bind up the brokenhearted, not the hardhearted.
He also came to set the captives free. This was not, however, to deliver the Jews from Roman bondage as many had hoped, but a far greater deliverance. In the Hebrew, the phrase “opening of the prison” is only one word (a doubled word), and it occurs only this one time in the Old Testament. When Christ quoted it in the synagogue, He actually expanded and interpreted it as follows: “. . . recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
The “prison” which Christ came to open is evidently a spiritual prison, a binding of the soul, a blinding of the mind. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36)—free from the bondage of sin, translated, “out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
There was also another prison, a very real prison, deep in the heart of the earth to which He came. While His body slept in the tomb, His spirit descended into Hades where the spirits of all who had died in faith were awaiting Him, and “when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and . . . ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things” (Ephesians 4:8, 10). HMM
The Institute for Creation Research
In 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the Proclamation making JUNE 14 “National Flag Day.”
On Flag Day, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated:
“The belief in man, created free, in the image of God – is the crucial difference between ourselves and the enemies we face…
God of the free…grant us victory over the tyrants who would enslave all free men.”
On JUNE 14, 1954, Dwight Eisenhower signed Joint Resolution (Public Law 396) adding the phrase “One Nation Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
“From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.
To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than…this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning.”
President Eisenhower ended:
“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9)
Peter had seen the Lord, but he was writing to those who hadn’t, including us. Like them, we can have a personal relationship with the Lord, even though we haven’t physically seen Him. “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Also like them, we can have terrible trials (1 Peter 1:7). Their responses to Christ while in the midst of trials, as given in our text, are likewise appropriate for us.
They loved Him: Love many times makes a trial bearable. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans8:35). He loves us too much to abandon us, and we love Him in return.
They believed: ”Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth |or believes| in thee” (Isaiah 26:3). “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Our faith is well founded.
They rejoiced: ”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” (1 Peter 4:13). The proper response to trials brings inexpressible joy. The end of such faith as explained in our text is the complete and ultimate salvation of our souls, with many victories of faith along the way. JDM
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Commander-in-Chief George Washington appointed Lafayette a Major General in the Continental Army, though Lafayette paid his own expenses.
Lafayette endured the freezing winter at Valley Forge, was wounded at Brandywine, and fought with distinction at the Battles of Gloucester, Barren Hill, Monmouth, Rhode Island and Green Spring.
Returning to France, Lafayette worked with Ben Franklin to persuade King Louis XVI to send General Rochambeau with ships and 6,000 French soldiers to America’s aid.
Lafayette then led troops against the traitor Benedict Arnold, and commanded at Yorktown, helping to pressure Cornwallis to surrender.
George Washington considered Lafayette like a son, and belatedly wrote back to him from Mount Vernon, June 25, 1785:
“My Dear Marquis…I stand before you as a culprit: but to repent and be forgiven are the precepts of Heaven: I do the former, do you practice the latter, and it will be participation of a divine attribute.
Yet I am not barren of excuses for this seeming inattention; frequent absences from home, a round of company when at it, and the pressure of many matters, might be urged as apologies for my long silence…
I now congratulate you, and my heart does it more effectually than my pen, on your safe arrival in Paris, from your voyage to this Country.”
Lafayette joined the French abolitionist Society of the Friends of the Blacks, which advocated the end of the slave trade and equal rights for blacks.
On May 10, 1786, George Washington wrote from Mount Vernon to Marquis de Lafayette:
“Your late purchase of an estate in the colony of Cayenne, with a view of emancipating the slaves on it, is a generous and noble proof of your humanity. Would to God a like spirit would diffuse itself generally into the minds of the people of this country.”
On August 15, 1787, in a letter from Philadelphia to the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington wrote:
“I am not less ardent in my wish that you may succeed in your plan of toleration in religious matters. Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church with that road to Heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest and easiest, and the least liable to exception.”
On May 28, 1788, George Washington wrote to Marquis de Lafayette regarding the U.S. Constitution:
“A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America…I will confess to you sincerely, my dear Marquis; it will be so much beyond any thing we had a right to imagine or expect eighteen months ago, that it will demonstrate as visibly the Finger of Providence, as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it.”
When the French Revolution began, President Washington wrote to Marquis de Lafayette, July 28, 1791:
“I assure you I have often contemplated, with great anxiety, the danger to which you are personally exposed…
To a philanthropic mind the happiness of 24 millions of people cannot be indifferent; and by an American, whose country in the hour of distress received such liberal aid from the French, the disorders and incertitude of that Nation are to be particularly lamented.
We must, however, place a confidence in that Providence who rules great events, trusting that out of confusion He will produce order, and, notwithstanding the dark clouds which may threaten at present, that right will ultimately be established….”
Washington continued to Lafayette:
“On the 6 of this month I returned from a tour through the southern States, which had employed me for more than three months.
In the course of this journey I have been highly gratified in observing the flourishing state of the Country, and the good dispositions of the people.
Industry and economy have become very fashionable in these parts, which were formerly noted for the opposite qualities, and the labors of man are assisted by the Blessings of Providence.”
Lafayette tried to maintain order in France as the French Revolution began, but fell out of favor. He was eventually imprisoned for five years, with his wife and two daughters choosing to be imprisoned with him. Napoleon negotiated his release.
On June 10, 1792, from Philadelphia, President Washington wrote to Marquis de Lafayette:
“And to the Care of that Providence, whose interposition and protection we have so often experienced, do I cheerfully commit you and your nation, trusting that He will bring order out of confusion, and finally place things upon the ground on which they ought to stand.”
Jefferson asked him to be the Governor of the Louisiana Territory, but he declined.
Fifty years after the Revolution began, Marquis de Lafayette visited America. He traveled over 6,000 miles to 24 States.
On June 17, 1825, the cornerstone for the Bunker Hill Monument was laid. Daniel Webster spoke to a crowd of 20,000, which included General Marquis de Lafayette:
“God has granted you this sight of your country’s happiness ere you slumber in the grave forever. He has allowed you to behold and to partake the reward of your patriotic toils; and He has allowed to us, your sons and countrymen, to meet you here, and in the name of the present generation, in the name of your country, in the name of liberty to thank you!”
Many ships, streets, parks and cities were named after him, including Fayetteville, North Carolina.
When word came to America that Marquis de Lafayette had died, President Andrew Jackson wrote to Congress, June 21, 1834:
“The afflicting intelligence of the death of the illustrious Lafayette has been received by me this morning.
I have issued the general order inclosed to cause appropriate honors to be paid by the Army and Navy to the memory of one so highly venerated and beloved by my countrymen, and whom Providence has been pleased to remove so unexpectedly from the agitating scenes of life.”
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
The apostle Paul was, by any measure, one of the most dedicated and fruitful Christians who ever lived. If any man had a right to be proud of his writings, or his works, or his life in general, it was Paul. No doubt he, like others, had to wrestle with the sin of pride, reminding himself again and again that all he had done he owed simply to the grace and guidance and provision of God.
He could well have boasted, as noted in our text, that he had labored more abundantly than any of the other apostles, but then he brought himself up short with the remonstrance: “Yet not I!” All of his work and success therein he owed completely to the grace of God.
This phrase occurs just two other times. The first is when Paul is giving out his advice and wisdom concerning that most basic of all human institutions, marriage. “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband” (1 Corinthians7:10). As wise (and even divinely inspired) as his words may have been, he must remind his readers that, after all, this was Christ’s command, not his!
The last occurrence is in Paul’s great testimony concerning his new and changed life in Christ. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). The transformed, holy, powerful life he was living was not his own accomplishment, but due solely to the indwelling Christ. And surely, if Paul must so remind himself and his listeners, then we should never boast of our own life or works or words. Not I, but Christ—that is to be our testimony! HMM
When we’re united,
in purpose in Christ;
He in us, will rise.
Comfort in His love,
sweet with compassion;
setting self aside,
serving with passion.
Joy is made complete,
when we work as one;
give for His purpose,
not selfishly done.
offer helping hand;
look not for reward,
hope for fellow man.
Look to the model,
Jesus gave to us;
let His Spirit lead,
all one in purpose.
(Responding to Philippians 2:1-5)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your plans and purposes for us are not as islands, but as part of a body, united in purpose – so that we might strengthen and encourage one another as we seek and serve You with all that we are. Forgive us for the areas of need that we have neglected, and help us to hear and obey You well. Unite us as one in purpose in Your power, so that many may come to know the compassion and care that comes closer still, when we have a personal relationship with You, the Redeemer of our soul. Unite us in Your purpose, I pray. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
His name was George H.W. Bush, born JUNE 12, 1924.
George H.W. Bush told Amish and Mennonite leaders in Lancaster, PA, March 22, 1989:
“Barbara and I went to China as your emissary…in 1974, and we had wondered about the family in China - Communist country, totalitarian…
We knew that there had been almost entire banning on practicing and teaching Christianity…This was right after the Cultural Revolution.”
In his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1989, President Bush said:
“I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I place my hand is the Bible on which he placed his…
And my first act as President is a prayer. I ask you to bow your heads…”
On February 22, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed Joint Resolution 164 declaring 1990 the International Year of Bible Reading:
“Among the great books produced throughout the history of mankind, the Bible has been prized above all others…
The Bible has had a critical impact upon the development of Western civilization…
It was a biblical view of man – one affirming the dignity and worth of the human person, made in the image of our Creator – that inspired the principles upon which the United States is founded…
The historic speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide compelling evidence of the role Scripture played in shaping the struggle against slavery and discrimination…
We recall the words of the prophet Isaiah, who declared, ‘The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.’…
When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God…
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the year 1990 as the International Year of Bible Reading.
I invite all Americans to discover the great inspiration and knowledge that can be obtained through thoughtful reading of the Bible.”
On May 3, 1990, President George Bush declared a National Day of Prayer:
“The great faith that led our Nation’s Founding Fathers to pursue this bold experience in self-government has sustained us in uncertain and perilous times…
Like them, we do very well to recall our ‘firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,’…and to pray for continued help and guidance from our wise and loving Creator.”
President George Bush stated in his 1992 National Day of Prayer Proclamation:
“Whatever our individual religious convictions may be, each of us is invited to join in this National Day of Prayer…
Each of us can echo this timeless prayer of Solomon, the ancient king who prayed for, and received, the gift of wisdom:
‘The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us; so that He may incline our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways…that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.’”
In his Christmas Message, December 8, 1992, President George H.W. Bush stated:
“As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whose life offers us a model of dignity, compassion, and justice, we renew our commitment to peace…Christ made clear the redemptive value of giving of oneself for others…
The heroic actions of our veterans, the lifesaving work of our scientists and physicians, and generosity of countless individuals who voluntarily give of their time, talents, and energy to help others – all have enriched humankind and affirmed the importance of our Judeo-Christian heritage in shaping our government and values.”