How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere wind blown dust— Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.
Better to obey God than suffer on His Skid Row. He charts the road, a path to a blessed life full hedges, pot holes, and thorny bushes on occasion and while there we find God’s will that toughened us up to take the next assignment given us. If you survive the small holes and have the means to dig out, it’s the pit that Corrie Ten Boom’s sister told her about. Not to deep to crawl out of one she found herself in during the Holocaust. Yes, it happened.
America has a pit to crawl out of, we need to get our heads out of the sand and step up to the plate. Take a leap of faith, and take back what’s been taken away from us. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the freedom to choose which church, which newspapers, which groups, and along comes a person with a bent to take out his bigotry on people who have not ever misspoke about him or the color of his skin. By the way, no I did not vote for him or his VP who is also Caucasian. Just because some self appointed preacher said white Christians should die for something none of us did to him or them.
America needs to stand up to all this hypocrisy and satanic nonsense. Therein lies the key to a lot of problems. How did I figure this out? I read my Bible and various other versions. Just because something is posted on a internet website does not automatically make it factual, it means check out other sources then decide.
On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won’t take anything for granted.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 MSG
Who would have thought? We all know what to do on a good day, yet dumb founded on the bad ones. We have celebrations of every kind and every reason, but when we do too much of it we get the proverbial hangover. One of those effects of too much is a rise in your blood pressure. If you didn’t know that, your not alone because neither did I until recently. Sure had a whopping headache, partly because I ignored it when it was not so bad, then boom! I have a bp cuff and checked mine for no other reason but suspicions, and I was right.
I may not have medical proof, but I sure know about those headaches. That is part of the reasons I finally decided it had to be dealt with. If your going through several bottles of pain killers (Aleve, Excedrine, Advil…) a month, see your doctor, it could save your life and help the cash flow too. Giving you more reasons to celebrate.
To your health!
I woke up this morning with this song on my mind, I guess somewhere in the world someone recently been won to the Lord. That’s a awesome thought! The other possibility is that a True believer went home to heaven. Loss on earth, but will be seen again in Heaven.
SHOUTIN TIME IN HEAVEN LYRICS- The Hoppers
I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in his arms,
In the arms of Christ my Savior,
Oh there are then thousand charms
Chorus) Its shouting time in heaven
A sinner once lost is found
Its shouting time in heaven
Salvation has been brought down,
No wonder the angels rejoice to know
My sins have been covered by the crimson flow
And now I’m feeling fine
I’m walking on the highway with my Lord
My name is written down in courts above
Its shouting time in heaven, Oh yes, its shouting time.
Come ye weary, heavy laden
Lost and ruined by the fall
If you tarry till your better,
You will never come battle
(Guess Heaven gain one!)
Once lost has been found, that shouting time here too. When you least expect a Miracle, expect one. Sometime in the next few days I will hear other things, but top this…Slim chance. Thank you Lord.
Well we seem to have crossed a line of no return, or it just feels that way on occasion. One law gets added in the books to allow one thing to happen and some decide all the laws got changed right along with the one additional one.
Since the subject keeps coming up, this is my two cent blog. I have not ever in my life supported the homosexual agenda and just for the record I am not going to start now. One thing about it, if when U.S. Supreme court approved it, passed it I wish they had seen the fact with their eyes too. Their frail, anorexia, STD’s; infested bodies are the tell tell signs of death. In short they passed a law for people who are going to die in the closer future than their admitting to being.
Just for the record I am not one, nor am I becoming one. I will not lower my moral standards to appease anyone. It’s just not happening.
BUT IS THE BIBLE THE WORD OF GOD OR MAN ? Ultimately everything we choose to believe requires faith. Whether it’s the Bible being Gods word or 2 rocks crashing in space and creating life. Whether it’s the documents of a scientist or the documents of men who walked with Jesus. Unless we were there to see the dinosaurs drop over sideways and fall dead or actually saw a risen Christ walk out of the grave. It all requires faith in someone else’s writings. Seeing that’s the case, here is why I would choose to believe in this book called the Bible over all others. First, it’s not 1 book. It’s 66 books. Written over 1,000’s of years by different people from all walks of life who lived in time periods, spoke different languages, had different occupations, but all testified to the same unfolding fact. There is but one God and one mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ. And they never contradicted each other from Genesis to Revelation. People hate hearing that. So we question the Bible more than any other historical document. No one wants to believe their a sinner in need of a savior. So like a bathroom scale that doesn’t say what we expect it should say, we assume it’s broke or off or needs fixing. But the Bible doesn’t need fixing. It’s Ten Commandments are still etched on the walls of our Supreme Court and every president who takes the oath of office puts his hand on it as he takes that oath as a symbol of truth. It says what it says and we either accept it or reject it. A very simple premise. But then the issue always comes up “It was written and changed and messed up by man”. Here’s a common sense thought: I was watching a special on TV about how gangs, Mafia family’s, Skin heads and even K.K.K. Groups are controlled by leaders who are behind bars in maximum security prisons. They have ways of sending orders and detailed instructions on how thing are to be run. They’ve been doing this for decades. They are smart, cunning and ruthless. Figuring out ways to make sure they’re messages get out and are delivered with deadly accuracy. So the issue is really this: If a lifetime criminal can figure out a way how to make sure his messages are delivered properly from death row to his followers, I find it hard to believe that a God, who spoke the worlds into existence, can’t figure out a way of protecting and preserving his word down through the ages so it can be delivered accurately to his followers too. If God is incapable of doing what the leader of a Mafia organization can do, then yes – his word had been compromised and you can’t trust any of it. But if God is smarter than a skin head then Jesus words are dead on when he says “You must be born again”. Can I hear at least one amen…
Noted. Like some of the Hamus said. “The Israelites God is throwing our missiles off course” That is my God! 😆
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By Pastor Mark Jeske
So Gay Marriage Is Here. What Now?
The Christian world is badly divided on this issue of gay marriage.
The left generally has supported the LGBT agenda, although at great cost as their denominations have hemorrhaged members and congregations.
So what do the rest of us Christians do now?
Here are ten thoughts:
I don’t fear that gay people who want to get married are a serious threat to heterosexual marriages. The greatest threat to heterosexual marriage is heterosexual people. In my pastoral opinion, the best thing straight Christians can do to protect one-man-one-woman marriage is to take better care of their own marriages. Marriage is like a car—if you just drive it and drive it and never refuel or do maintenance, the car will die by the side of the road.The greatest damage to straight marriage is done by straight people who don’t bother to get married but just cohabit, or single straight people who just sleep around as though it is their right, or married straight people who want to act like they’re single. We can do a lot more good for the state of heterosexual marriage in our world by putting serious work and respect into God’s marital design.Christians should stop expecting that their government will be the teacher of national morality. The only possible source of a code of conduct that is universally true for all human beings on earth is the Bible. Our nation’s laws are based not on the Bible but on what the people say they want. That’s the downside risk. But there’s an upside—the darker and bleaker that our world gets, the better and more desirable our Christian communities will appear. Where God’s Word and Spirit are disappearing, Satan moves in. In Satan’s wake are always pain, conflict, hatred, selfishness, and cruelty.Opposition to the LGBT agenda and lifestyle is not homophobia. That very word is a made-up mishmash—phobos is the Greek word for “fear.” We are not afraid of gay people. We are simply convicted by the clear words of Scripture. Neither are we haters. Christians whose harsh words make them look like haters only make the biblical position look backward and distasteful.Any Christian who dares to utter an opinion on the sexuality of others better know what the Bible says. Do you know where the Scripture speaks about homosexuality? If our words are not based squarely on Scripture, then we will just appear driven by prejudice rather than principle.Businesses run by straight people who oppose the LGBT agenda will probably no longer be allowed to discriminate against gay people with their goods and services. Christian bakers will have to make cakes for gay weddings, photographers cannot say no to gay fiancés, companies cannot fire people for sexual preference, and bed-and-breakfasts will have to allow gay couples as guests. The law’s compulsions on businesses, however, do not constitute approval of the lifestyle on behalf of the owners. There has always been a subset of the human population that is sexually attracted to the same gender. You can argue the percentage, but the desires will always be there in some. That means that there are people sitting in the pews with you on Sunday who are wrestling with their desires. People with same-sex desires are people too, people loved unconditionally by the Lord, sinners just like you and me in desperate need of the blood of the Lamb. People who feel shunned by their families and churches are often intensely lonely and can find acceptance and support only in the gay world. We need to find a way to make people with gay desires feel valued and loved even while discouraging living the lifestyle. We must find a way to welcome people even when not sanctioning parts of their lifestyle. Gay people need to be in church. Gay people need Jesus.LGBT advocates argue that the very presence of gay desires legitimizes those desires. Their Christian allies will say things like, “This is how God made me.” Biblical Christians do not have to yield on this point. The presence of a desire in someone’s mind and heart does not make it right. A persistent subset of the population fantasizes about sex with children. That does not make it right.My greatest regret about the legitimization of gay marriage is that it will damage the individuals themselves. Gay desires will always be there, but it is repentance that brings Christ’s forgiveness and new strength. First Corinthians 6:9-11 teaches us that arsenokoitai (men who have sex with other men) will not inherit the kingdom of God. Steadfast rejection of God’s Word only brings divine judgment and condemnation.Kindly note that heterosexual adulterers come under the same judgment, as do thieves and swindlers. Christians do our world no good when they appear to single out homosexuality as worse than other sins. All sinners need to acknowledge their accountability to God, compare their lives to his standards, repent of their failings, claim the forgiveness that Jesus bought, and then fill themselves with Word and Spirit to make the changes they need to make. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 6, “And that is what some of you were” (note the verb tense—people can change their lifestyles).
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. You can sign up to receive his daily Grace Moment devotions via e-mail byclicking here.
Hello Virtue Ladies,
The other day I heard someone say, “Strong is the new pretty.” I’d like to change it up and say,“Virtue is the new pretty.” Girls are so blasted with different definitions of what pretty looks like.
How would you define “pretty”?
Pretty is . . .
The color pink?
The right size body?
The perfect shade of lipstick?
It is possible for a girl to pursue all of this and still feel unsure, unwanted. What does virtue look like? Is it a soft focus photograph of a girl in a field twirling, arms outstretched, face photoshopped to perfection? I challenge you to take a walk through the pages of the Bible and study the diversity. I guarantee the stories are about as countercultural as you can get. Some were naturally athletic, outspoken, fearless, devout, hardworking, thoughtful. Others were social outcasts, mess-ups, rejected, tormented, desperate. But they were loved and unforgotten. And it is love that transformed them into life givers, kingdom builders.
What we need in the midst of the crazy, mind-numbing message being thrown at us is to know the love of a Heavenly Father. A love which teaches us a way to see ourselves, a new way to be pretty. A perspective that is shaped and informed by the Word of God.
This is what the Girl Talk Summer Series is all about! Bringing girls in touch with our Father God who created us and understands our complexities. Come join us and make new friends who believe in a definition of pretty that transcends all magazine trends of what’s hot/what’s not.
You are invited to these three life-changing evenings, full of phenomenal music and speakers who will bring us good news. It is going to be amazing, so don’t miss this opportunity!
Week 1: We will look at the purpose and power of friendship, along with phenomenal music and a powerful interview featuring Lacey Sturm.
Week 2: Sally Lloyd-Jones. This NY Times best-selling author and speaker will share her unique gift of bringing the gospel to every age, and maybe even captivate us by reading from some of her books!Week
3: Elyse Fitzpatrick. Author, speaker . . . what can I say, I love this lady! She will deliver the good news for weary women. Trust me she has the “goods”, serves it straight up, no cutesy stories, no fluff. Bring your Bible and notebooks ’cause you will want to take notes!
Here are the details and how to easily register for Girl Talk:
Harvest OC 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15
2727 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
Harvest Riverside 7:00 P.M., Thursday, July 2, 9, 16
6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504
Don’t forget, although it is free, you must register, so call some girlfriends and join us!