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Honoring Our Warriors

Sometimes war is something that can and should not be avoided. God has told us to stand for what we believe and in order to do that sometimes it is necessary to fight. To the men and women who are willing to lay down their lives for their God, their country, their family, their friends, and even for those whom they do not know, we give our thanks.

In 2 Samuel 23 Davids last words were for the men that fought and men that he considered the real hero’s. Men like Eleazer, Adino, and Shammah, who stood and fought for God and country. David said “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” 2 Samuel 23:3

Many times the wars of today are not just, but that does not negate the honor of those who obey and give their lives in order for the people of this country to remain free. In times past we have treated them with dishonor, and I see a return of that in the way that our current government is beginning to treat them as well. While our government is limiting their freedoms and disrespecting them, it falls upon us as citizens of this country to step up and show them that irregardless of what the government that has placed them in danger, believes, we honor them and wish to show our respect in every way possible. So remember that these are our own and that we do honor them!

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Branch is Tied into the Vine

 By Pastor Kerry Mauldin
Rain came hard this AM as we went to the villages!!
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!
Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!
We were there last Oct and gave for the church.  Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.
we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old!  Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!
The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!
At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family.  Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ.  Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.
We dedicate that church today.  It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!
God has so poured out His blessing on this family.  Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!
Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed.  No other church in whole village.  We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share.  Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message.  A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.
Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!
Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…
In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).
The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…
I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!
The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!
With love, thanks and prayers,
Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
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Do the People Want a King?

When the United States of America was formed there were many forms of government that were considered. One of them was a monarchy but this was the very type of governance that they were fleeing. They established a republic in the hopes that this was what would be the best for all the people. Something that would give them all the chance of a future without being under the thumb of rulers that had only their own interests in mind most of the time. They did not want the people to wind up a nation of servants.

And yet here we are. Our leaders have brought us to the very place that we ran away from. The place that many of the founders laid down their lives and fortunes to give us something better. Not only did they sacrifice, but a selfish and self centered nation is in the process of erasing them from the very history that they sacrificed for. They are being repainted as selfish men who had no other desire than to profit for themselves, without any real regard to the true history that shows how much they actually lost in money and life.

The people of this country have given control to a few men and women who lie to them with glib tongues and illusions to make it appear as if they themselves are not responsible for anything and that it is always someone else fault. That if we don’t give them what they want we will be destroy. A constant fear being laid upon our souls as if they are the only thing that stands between us and eternal destruction. And if anyone thinks that I am referring to any particular party here, I am not. Neither of them know how to lead. None of them seem to even understand and care how the country was founded or the sacrifices that were made.

Instead the current generation is so far from the sacrifice as to simply be greedy hogs simply looking for the next way they can profit from our despair. They use fear as a tool and our money to line their own pockets. They lie as fast as they open their mouths and tell anyone and all whatever they think that will get them what they desire. They take no responsibility for their own actions, even when those actions cost the lives of so many good men and women.

The have abdicated their own power for profit, or grabbed power that they have no right to in order to subvert the Constitution and enslave the men and women that they took an oath to protect and defend. They give away our secrets to our enemies, turn their backs on our allies, and destroy our country in so many ways that it is impossible to keep up with. They are constantly imposing new regulations than cripple our economy or stifle business’.

With the stroke of a pen our President declares that abortion must be made available and therefore anyone who doesn’t wish to provide is in the wrong and must pay through the nose. If this were anyone else, forcing their ideas upon some other country, they would and have been declared dictators. And yet somehow because he was elected President those that approve of his actions, go right along, even though the previous President was maligned right and left for doing similar actions.

Since when does two wrongs make a right? Since when is it okay for someone to break the law simply because they are on the other side of the fence? Should we not hold our own leaders to a higher standard than we hold the rest of the world? Since when does it become alright for our guy but not for yours? Evil is evil no matter who commits it. Wrong is wrong no matter what letter comes after their name as in political party.

The people of this country voted for a President!! A man to lead them not a man that they were expected to serve. We voted for a continuation of our county. We were not asked to vote for a monarchy!!!! And yet it seems as if that is what our leaders feel is due them.

When the people of Israel decided that they wanted a King, God warned them of what to expect. It looks an awful lot like what we have right now. The difference is that we didn’t ask for it and it is being forced upon us.

1 Samuel 8

Good News Translation (GNT)

10 Samuel told the people who were asking him for a king everything that the Lord had said to him. 11 “This is how your king will treat you,” Samuel explained. “He will make soldiers of your sons; some of them will serve in his war chariots, others in his cavalry, and others will run before his chariots. 12 He will make some of them officers in charge of a thousand men, and others in charge of fifty men. Your sons will have to plow his fields, harvest his crops, and make his weapons and the equipment for his chariots. 13 Your daughters will have to make perfumes for him and work as his cooks and his bakers. 14 He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your grapes for his court officers and other officials. 16 He will take your servants and your best cattle[a] and donkeys, and make them work for him. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks. And you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that time comes, you will complain bitterly because of your king, whom you yourselves chose, but the Lordwill not listen to your complaints.”

Update from Pastor Kerry Mauldin

Sounds of a village

by Kerry Mauldin

Its early morning here in the village of Ishkababavgudem.  Roiosters are sounding the morning call and village is beginning to stir.  It is cool and had good night rest!!!!
Yesterday we had 5 villages, 5 Prayer sheds given for and 5 baptisms!!  A really enjoyable day!!
Early, we sat in village of Bottlapaleru and over 100 people sitting under big canopy of trees in front of us!  No church in this village, but beside us was a ruined heap of an old house that is given for a church.  Pastor is blind, but here 3 years and working hard and teaching!!  People’s hearts are open and all eagerly want a salvation bracelet and run to get other friends to come!!
We share and all listen and almost all sincerely pray the Salvation prayer!  All are in agreement to begin to give to God‘s house and this week all will begin work on the ruined heap–to build a Prayer Shed.  We gave to help!
As we are sharing, at the back of the large group, 2 houses down, 2 neighbors begin to shout and scream about their field.  Several people got involved as this man and next door neighbor woman fought…  Finally, we began to sing and clap and the shouts of praise drowned out the fight and people got focused on the Lord!  It was joy!!  5 people stepped up for baptism and the church has grown much here today!!  They took baptism in a concrete water trough that they could sit in and bend over forward for submersion…  PTL powerful witness to many!!
Went to Pallekedu to dedicate a small church by pastor Samuel.  When we arrived, the small church is built, but has a garden around it, cook fire in front and clothes on the line.  The pastorsfamily had moved in the church to live.  This hurt so much and is one of most disappointing encounters in many years!!  Pastor was not there and his wife was in confusion…
Next to the church was a mission field.  At least 20 families living in cardboard, plastic huts live for over a year.  We crutched over and sat in front of a smasll hut where Laxmi let me sit on her cot.  Children and chickens around, sun shining down, many people gatherted around this hut where Laxmi makes a living selling plastic containers–all in a mesh bag.
We share Christ and many people with joy and so in need of hope, respond!!
It was such a joy and relief to find something so good even in the disappointment …  I’m trying to imagine Samuels challenge.   Forced out of hindu rented house and moves into the church and now is not a church…what would I do?  Lord give wisdom!!
At Ellapuram Village, we go to dedicate a simple prayer shed that has turned out awesome.  The people are being taught and are giving.  All 30 members carried
blocks and built the church.  As we got there, they were plastering the outside and inside was done!!  ALL PAY TITHE AND GIVE!!  It was joy to give more for steps and paint.  Rare to give more after they are already in the church, but these are givers and suych a blessing to step up beside them!
As we are preparing for dedication, the drums and musical instruments begin to sound all in the village.  This is festival to Mysamma, “My Mother” goddess.  hindus all bring huge flowers and women all wearing best saree get in big circle and dance and sing love songs to “My Mother” goddess.  Men all stand back and watch…
As Melody and I start across village road, the dance is going on a hundred yards up the road.  Suddenly,sound of pounding hooves fill the air.  Some buffalo have broken loose near the dance, frightened by something–demon spirit…  They are pounding right toward us.  People lung toward us and Melody runs one way and I crutch the other and those wide eyed buffalo’s go tearing by!!!
To see so many villages and all the parades after dark as people walk by candle light–many many people–with huge mounds of flowers on the head….to throw in village water supply as a gift for fertility and blessing….
Today, many will be drunk as we go to the villages…God guide us!!
The sounds of a village…but the greatest is the praise that goes to the Living God as they know they have Eternal Life and have joy in the heart!!
Thanks so much for praying and the encouragement!  Sorry we have so limited reception and email is tough…
Kerry and Melody

Rewarded for Righteousness

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2 Samuel 22:21-28

“The LORD rewarded me according to

my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands

He has recompensed me.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not wickedly departed from

my God.

For all His judgments were before me;

And as for His statutes, I did not depart

from them.

I was also blameless before Him,

And I kept myself from iniquity.

Therefore the LORD has recompensed

me according to my righteousness,

According to my cleanness in His eyes.

“With the merciful You will show

Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show

Yourself blameless;

With the pure You will show Yourself


And with the devious You will show

Yourself shrewd.

You will save the humble people;

But Your eyes are on the haughty, that

You may bring them down.

Thomas Jefferson On The Use Of Unauthorized Power (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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Quoting Thomas Jefferson: “On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power.”

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Why Call? (via ChristianBlessings)

Why Call? Moses and Aaron…and Samuel… they called upon the Lord, and He answered them. Psalms99:6(NKJV) “Thank you for holding, please stay on the line as your call is answered in ordered it was received.” We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Something happens that prompts us to call: the internet goes out, there’s a discrepancy with a medical bill. Something strange on our … Read More

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SOCIALISM: What is the Proper Response? (via blogsense-by-barb)

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“If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it… Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” John Adams (via Samuel at Gilgal) As alert Americans, we see our rights being ripped away each day. The TSA strip-searching our children and Se … Read More

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Barb has several more really good videos on her site. Please take the time to read the whole thing and watch the videos.

Good Directions (via ChristianBlessings)

Good Directions 1St Samuel 16:1-5   What was Samuel’s problem? He was panic –stricken. He was just plain scared. Where were Samuel’s eyes? Well, they certainly weren’t on the Lord. They were riveted on Saul. From human viewpoint, of course, Samuel was right. King Saul was murderous. However, God was completely aware of the situation. After all, Saul was the one God was going t … Read More

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Walking in the Anointing (via YOU DECIDE)

Walking in the Anointing TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman Sunday, July 10 2011 "So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power…."1 Samuel 16:13 Has the Spirit of the Lord rested on your life? Can you cite the time when God's Spirit began demonstrating His power through … Read More


How Many Congressmen Don’t Support The US Constitution? (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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It’s insane to believe that someone wouldn’t lie to you just because, well, because you are you and it’s different. A liar lies!!! Simple fact! They don’t hesitate or stumble, they just lie! And if they think that they will be getting a reward in their version of heaven for lying and killing, why in the world would they have any incentive to tell the truth. If you are naive enough to believe those that are willing to take advantage of your every weakness in order to get what they want, you might as well bend over and let them cut your head off. Because sooner or later that is going to be what happens. People that have no respect for life and think that what they want is the only thing that counts, don’t care in the least what your thoughts or desires are. People that will kill their wives and children on just the possibility that they may dishonor them, will have no qualms about doing the same to you. Wise up people, if you invite Sharia into this country and try to tell the rest of us that it is peacefull and beneficial, you are telling the rest of us that you are not capable of taking care of your responsibilities to the country and you have no business being in charge of anything.

How Many Congressmen Don’t Support The US Constitution? There are many Muslims living in the United States today who are preaching the blessings of Shariah Law. Their leaders travel our country explaining how Shariah Law leads to freedom. They even tell their audiences that America is a “Shariah compliant state.” Such outrageous claims illustrate “taqiyya”. Basically, this is the strategy of lying to further the spread of Islam. The evidence is clear that powerful [caption id=”attachment_16896″ align= … Read More

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The Prosperity Of Government (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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The Prosperity Of Government Quoting William Penn (Founder of Pennsylvania): [I]t is impossible that any people of government should ever prosper, where men render not unto God, that which is God’s, as well as to Caesar, that which is Caesar’s. (Source: Fundamental Constitutions of Pennsylvania, 1682) … Read More

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The Absolute Truth (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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The Absolute Truth The Word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is the revealed truth. This is not a hidden mystery. God has been revealing this from the very beginning of history. God is revealing this truth. Gavin Beers explains more in the article below: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 1Read More

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Afflictions Overcome (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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My Mother used to tell me that “Anything that doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Have you ever been beset on all sides, whether it is financial, physical or mental, when you come through it, don’t you think it makes you able to face similar times with more confidence and with the faith that you came through it once, you can do it again?
Do you know how the sword maker strengthens the sword? He puts it in the fire and beats it! Each time he does that and it doesn’t break, it strengthens the steel. It is called tempering! Perhaps that is what our trials and tribulations here on this earth are. Tempering us for what God‘s purpose is!
Oh Lord, give me strength to make it through all the trials and tribulations of this earth in order that I may enjoy the promises that you have given me for the next step of the journey. I love you Lord, I give you thanks and I give you glory. In your Son Jesus name, I ask that you use me as you will Lord, Amen!

Quoting Abraham Wright: I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty, and strengthened by my weakness…. Thus was it with…. Manasseh, when he was in affliction, “He besought the Lord his God”: even that king’s iron was more precious to him than his gold, his jail a more happy lodging than his palace, Babylon a better school than Jerusalem. What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! These, how crabbed so ever, are our best fr … Read More

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The Unknown History Of The Founding Fathers and Slavery (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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It is sad to learn how much that has been left out of the history books. How many people feel that they were less than human because they thought that they were the forgotten people. In a way they were, but it was not the fault of the founding fathers or the Republican party. The fault lies with those “Progressives” who want so much to manipulate and control people. And how better to make people feel as if they have always been victims, than to tell them that those people thought that they were worth less, or simply that they didn’t consider them human.

The Unknown History Of The Founding Fathers and Slavery David Barton, who has recently gained a wider reputation on Glenn Beck’s “Founders Fridays”, writes this article “The Founding Fathers and Slavery” to supplement the reconstructed American History you were indoctrinated with while attending public schools: “Even though the issue of slavery is often raised as a discrediting charge ag … Read More

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The Importance Of The Bible To The Christian (via Samuel at Gilgal)

God does speak to us, and we must listen.But we do need, very much, to learn the difference. Only with diligent study of the Bible can we understand if what we are hearing agrees with what is written in His Book!

The Importance Of The Bible To The Christian If you are a Christian, perhaps at one time or another you have received a secret impression which you thought might be coming from God. How do we determine if this secret inclination has really come from God? Dr. John Kennedy does an excellent job of explaining this dilemma to us: It is well to mark the difference between the knowledge derived from the direct teaching of the Bible, and that which is only indirectly obtained by means of it. It wo … Read More

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A Remarkable Prayer Of Two Words (via Samuel at Gilgal)

Sometimes simple is best. God knows what we need and he is willing to give it to us. Not what we want, although sometimes he does give us what we want. We all too often try to tell God what we need, when sometimes what he wants to give us is much better.

A Remarkable Prayer Of Two Words When praying, you do not have to dress up your speech or use a lot of words to make sure you are understood; but you do need to know Who you are praying to. Charles H. Spurgeon gives us an example: “Help Lord!” –Psalm 12:1 The prayer itself is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable, pointed, and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of fai … Read More

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Screwtape On Picking Churches (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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Too often lately we are finding churches that are taking God and the Devil out of the church itself. They are turning faith into a get rich plan. If you give them your money, then God will reward you. But the ones that get rich are often the con men that are running the scam.
I am not saying that there are not a lot of really good churches out there that are big and prosperous, there are. But if that is all they are teaching, they are not teaching God.
Screwtape talks about shopping churches and trying to find those that fit and it is true in our abundance of churches that you have a wide variety to choose from. The trouble is that some people are not really searching for God, they are looking for something that makes them feel good.
They don’t want to live the life that God wants them to, they want the Church to tell them that the life they are living is just fine with God.
The time for choosing is quickly fading away and we cannot be fence straddlers. Our choice will decide our future and if we choose poorly, we lose. Be certain when you shop for a church, that what they are offering is truly God.

Screwtape On Picking Churches Quoting Senior Demon Screwtape in a letter to his nephew Wormwood: Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighborhood looking for the church that “suits” him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches. The reasons are obvious. In the first place the parochial organization [neighborhood ch … Read More

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