A reminder from my Facebook page…

I am the skinny, overweight, slow, geeky, poor, clumsy, stupid, short, too tall, kid who doesn’t speak well. I am the one you never picked…for anything. I am the one that was left out…purposely. I am omitted from friends-list, excluded from cliques, shunned from the in-crowd. A skin irritant to the beautiful. A blemish to the handsome. Unworthy to the arrogant. A target for the obnoxious. I am all things and all people, most faulty. I am the single mother. The ‪#‎abandoned‬ child. The ‪#‎worthless‬ father. The aged widow/widower. I am the elderly or the too young. The confused teen. The one contemplating ‪#‎suicide‬. The one who has taken a  ‪#‎life‬. The one who owes their life to another. The only one who survived and should have died. I am ‪#‎guilt‬. I am ‪#‎shame‬. I am ‪#‎failure‬. I am the forgotten, unvisited one in the nursing home. The homeless. The vagrant. The mistake. The accidental child. The one who was abused, raped, beaten, neglected and blamed. The homosexual of the family. The promiscuous. The alcoholic, the drug addict. The liar, cheat, thief and criminal. The convict, inmate or paroled. The one with the record, that never goes away.

I am ‪#‎worthy‬ and personally loved, by ‪#‎Jesus‬ Christ, pre-selected, prized and cherished by Him and our beloved Father. I am ‪#‎beautiful‬ and important, beyond measure, to them And YOU are LOVED by me, also!

JWD

Show & Tell

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“Stop throwing the Bible AT people. Not everyone needs an artillery barrage of quotes. What they DO need is for us to SHARE the Bible, Jesus Christ and the Gospel, with them”

Posing the question some days ago on Facebook, I asked my friends to offer their input as to how they handle a type of situation. When we tend to receive the cold-shoulder, the reactionless, blank-stare or the wide-eyed-look of “oh no, another Christian is gonna throw the Bible at me”, what do we do? How can we better learn to avoid this? Not avoid the happening, but prevent the need for it?

A great many people (once, including myself) react in such a way as to describe how they have so often tried to get it, used to go to church, God & Jesus just aren’t real, etc. Most of us will immediately, regardless of their reactions, begin to “throw the Bible” at them and begin to uselessly quote what little scripture we know, to the best of our abilities. We tend to enter into a sales pitch, rather than a testimony or offer witness.

I’ll use a challenge, faced by own son, who has been blind since birth. A very, serious challenge of what would seem, rather simple, on the surface and yet, remains quite perplexing. Spending many days, “telling” a young boy how to tie his shoelaces, when he cannot see them, watch the process or frankly, understand it without significant limitation, is challenging, indeed.

Finding a solution, a means of “showing” him and “sharing” how, that is the answer. He has a special need, my son must do almost everything, via touch and hearing. So, in order to teach him, we must find a means by which he can feel the process, while hearing the explanation.

And this is much like what we need to learn with regard to witnessing. How we should refrain from thumping the Bible, throwing it (and the kitchen sink) AT someone…finding a means of sharing the Gospel and Jesus Christ with them. Stop telling and start showing and sharing. There comes a point, for every man, woman and child, that salvation, must become absolutely, personal. And in order for this to happen, we must make it personal and relatable, to them.

Jesus, spent much of his time, teaching people in a personable manner. The apostle Paul, related to people and their sins, hardships, weaknesses, as did Christ. They related to people and people could relate to them. Both, found a way to make it personal and share their love for others, by not only sharing the scripture, but showing their love and stories.

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Perhaps, in another analogy? Certain persons are rather successful at selling automobiles? Why? They have a talent for NOT throwing fancy, technical jargon at people who are clueless as to what that means. Instead, they take the time to artfully, descriptively, explain how such bells and whistles will benefit the buyer. The salesperson is able to effectively articulate the cost-to-benefit of the item and justify how it will become a wise, buying decision.

Face it, people, especially buyers, are a practical people. They want to know what they are getting for their investment, why, how and under what terms. People want the nuts and bolts, firstly; they can become a whiz, later. Not to say people don’t do their research at times, but many people, with regard to the Bible, simply do not. Or, they have done just enough to be self-detrimental and destructive. Even worse, they have encountered precisely, one-too-many a Bible-throwing, quote-babbling, impersonal or seemingly, disingenuous witness, already.

We need to learn how to share and explain the bells and whistles, features, and costs (yes, there are indeed costs) of a decision of faith. Assuredly, we are NOT selling anything, but people almost always take it as a sales pitch. They think that you want or expect something from them and they don’t like giving in to pressured purchases, do they? Do we?

My hopes for you all are simple, in that, I desire for us each, to build and design effective bridges. Bridges which span the gap and eliminate the divide or disconnect, to others. In the olden days, preachers would simply scareimagesCAFN52VU and horrify people into repentance and salvation. Screaming and yelling, fingers pointed and pounding of ham-sized fists…well, it has its affect, doesn’t it?

People could use….a lot, of compassion, couldn’t they? Jesus made a pointed effort to be gentle, kind and above all else, personable, with people. Christ spoke to everyone as children, and children, especially kindly. Christ understood how hard life is and that an oppressed people did not need or even desire, more oppression, fear tactics and endless quoting of the Law & scripture; they needed someone to show and tell.

All of the teachings Jesus did, were ones of effectively showing and telling of the “good news” as He spoke. Sitting down with people, with them and not at them. Jesus reached people in such as ways as I love and attempt, compassionately and gently. He didn’t always reach everyone, but many that he did reach, were reached with a method of personable, descriptive teachings. He was able to show and tell, just what salvation, faith, trust, belief, etc. would do and why it was all necessary.

Sometimes, it’s perfectly alright to lay your Bible aside for a few moments and simply talk with people. Later on, open it up, open your hearts and show  the wonders of the Gospel. Take the time to share it, alive and descriptive, like one shares a bedtime story with a child…tenderly, affectionately and above all else, with involvement. Remember, our desire is to bring others into the family, not keep them at an arms-length distance. Does one respond better to screaming the message, down the hall or by having it, spoken to them, face-to-face, with a gentle voice?

Be Careful When You Ask For A King

1 Samuel 8:4-9

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”

As thusly, our once, great nation, asked for a king to replace God, its needs and desires for God and forsook the Lord. Metaphorically, America asked for its king and received one, against the very, founding roots on which she was founded. A people, once captive in the wilderness, sought hope and refuge, in a foreign land. Fleeing their oppressions, an envisioned few, set out upon their way, toward freedom, only to allow themselves to become shackled once again, placed into captivity.

For a prosperous time, America flourished. Free to seek and serve the Lord, away from persecutions and able to create a nation of hope, this nation grew. One cannot condone the methods, by which, this nation was taken away from those to whom it belonged; we should have respected them and asked permission to share this land. But our greed overtook us, this land had become an idol.

Many decades later, when the people had, for so long, enjoyed the rights, freedoms, privileges and fruitfulness the Lord had blessed them with, they became greedy again. Once more, we created an idol; this one was named “success”. Profit became the new obsession as ethics, morality and yes, God, fell by the wayside, dissolving into meaninglessness.

And so on, as we grew, more and more with greed and moral decay, we became dissatisfied with leadership that held firm to the fundamental, essential elements of which we held, once true. America, asked for and demanded a king. Someone who would lead and judge them like the rest of the world. We looked for someone who would guide us further into our moral decline, granting us liberties to destroy and remove, all traces of God and church from society. We sought after unethical, disingenuousness with fervor and zeal. Give us a king who will free us from the upright obligations of God’s law and give us just what the rest of the world has, freedom from God and church. And we received our king….openly, with a smile.

Look now, where that has landed us! Right back into a life where our people are persecuted, we cannot fly our own flag, our God is mocked and banned from being spoken of! Alcohol is more common than not. The legalization of marijuana is gaining ground, across the country. Same-sex marriage is rampant, condoned and nearly favored, above the sacred institution of man and woman. Mass killings, shootings, rape, murder…crime in genera, has skyrocketed. America is more of a Muslim-friendly, Christian-despising, police-state and closer to martial law than ever before.

Be careful, when you ask for a king and forsake the Lord. When you have been given what you want and then everything is taken, when all your rights are stripped from you as you’re quietly, bent into the kneeling position of servitude, you asked for it. But moreover than this, you, America, have allowed yourself to be taken captive, prisoner and hostage, to you own desires.

Seek FIRST, the Kingdom of God! Repent! Cease the worship of idols. Recognize the true King and submit yourselves to the Lord. If history be the evidence which repeats, see then, the value of returning to God. The blessings we once received for honoring God, by far, are better than the scraps and crumbs we are given by your king.

 

 

Where Do We Really Begin To Live?

Where Do We Really Begin To Live?
John Wesley Davis
The Humble Man
All roads lead to somewhere, use care as to which you walk and follow.

Unwavering Faith Is Spiritual Empowerment
Romans 12:3
For through the grace given to me I say to every one among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Without dispute or question, each and every person has been given a measure of faith. Our measure of faith serves a primary purpose, which is, so that we are enabled to call and believe upon the Lord, “in faith”. By faith alone, we are saved, not by works (so that all are able to receive) as this would preclude some who are unable to work, due to illness or disability. But everyone, can use the very faith, given them. Works are necessary, in that faith, without works, is dead. But works do not and cannot grant us salvation. So that no man may boast of their works, leading to salvation while another cannot work and is condemned, it is not of works, but by faith, that we are saved. And works are not limited to physical actions; they can be verbal, in the form of testimony, teaching, ministry and the like, so that every person has an ability, not a disability. We are to do our reasonable service, but our first and foremost determination must be the use of our faith, unto salvation, through Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ, is the only means by which we can receive salvation and see the Father.

This all said, from where does one begin? What must we do with this measure of faith we’ve been given? Is there some magical button or mystical incantation? Certainly not and certainly neither. But there is a necessary portion of the formula. In the Bible, we learn that our faith must be used in such a way as a small, child approaches. One must set aside their inclinations toward disbelief and allow their faith to take over. Emptying the mind and heart of its disbelief, we approach Christ, in faith. In faith that Jesus, actually exists and believe upon him.

What does that mean? Simply put, you may have doubts and even wonder, but it is the act of speaking (We must confess our sins, with our mouths. See Romans 10:9 below) our profession of need, belief of him and confession of sins to the Lord, that is needed. It’s easiest for me to explain to you in this way, what using this manner of faith is like. Imagine, if you will, that you are in a room with a high ceiling and need to change a light bulb. You have no ladder, but you have been given a short, aged and seemingly, unstable chair. Looking at that chair, everything about it suggests that it will break under your weight and can, by no means, support you. However, even with doubts, you place the chair under the light fixture and step onto it. Stepping onto it is faith.

Romans 10:9
King James Bible
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Okay, so I have my chair, now what? So many people, being confused as to this, very simple process, are simply unaware of these fundamental items. What must I say or do? Well, the simplest answer is “Father, forgive me” with the sincere understanding of a few things, within your heart.

You and I, are sinners. Nobody and I mean nobody, can claim (with truth) that they are not. Jesus Christ is the only sinless, blameless, man who has ever lived. All of mankind, after the age of accountability, are sinners. However, every last one of us can receive salvation, except, under one condition, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which I will discuss later. Additionally, as sinners, our sin is against God and none other. Our sins, must therefor, be pardoned by God and can only be pardoned because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the son of God, sent to the world as a sacrifice, a means of atonement, by which we might be granted grace. Grace is defined as an unmerited gift…rightly accurate; we did not deserve grace, but may be given it, through the mercy of God, through Jesus Christ.

Now let’s not have you all confused, puzzled or bewildered; here are the things you need to know in your heart and admit. You (as am I and everyone else in the world, without exclusion) are a sinner, plain and simple. You (we) require forgiveness, as sin separates us from God, who is perfectly righteous and sinless. You need to know, accept and believe, that you require God’s forgiveness and that you have, admittedly, sinned against God. You must have a sincere remorse for your sins and be willing to confess them to God (yes, if you’re like me, there are far too many to name and that is okay. State what you know, ask for them all to be forgiven, for God knows every single one of them in detail).

You must decide, for yourself, that you cannot and do not, desire to continue a moment longer in your life, separated from God, by sin. Nobody can pray this for you. Nobody on Earth can absolve you of your sins or do it for you. Salvation comes from the admission and repentance, (the turning away from) of your sins. In your heart, you must trust, in belief and acceptance, that Jesus Christ exists, came to the world, lived, died and was resurrected. Your belief must be, upon him. Confess your sins, ask forgiveness for them and accept Jesus Christ as the, very, personal, savior that he has just become. This acceptance is what the Bible calls, being born again as you have just become a new creation.

The new creation? What is that? It is just that, all things old are passed away and you are made a new creation, in Christ. All of your past sins are forgiven you and you have been made blameless before God, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. At this point, you are now, as it us affectionately called, born again into salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

But the buck does not stop there. You are free from condemnation but not obligation. You are now, not only born again, but a witness unto all mankind. You are to share and tell of this and lead others to salvation. This is what we know as “fruits” and it is expected that all shall produce good fruits. Although you have been granted exclusion from an eternal death, you’ve also been given an obligation to witness unto others and should be glad in your heart enough to do so!

Now in the title, I alluded to a caveat, saying, “unwavering faith is spiritual empowerment”. Allow me to expound upon that for a few moments. In the bible, James and the unknown author of Hebrews tell us the following:

James 1:6 ESV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Hebrews 10:23 ESV
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

What makes that an empowerment? Trusting that James, nailed this one on the head. Not only are we required to trust but also, to ask, with complete faith. If you have faith one moment but it is absent in the next, you waver. The very nature of our salvation and all things stemming from the it, come from faith. Faith in the existence and belief in God, faith in Jesus Christ, down to the each and every book, chapter, verse, word and punctuation mark of the Bible. We must accept and trust, in faith, that all these things are so. When we cease to believe and cease to accept, ask, trust or even do (with/in faith) we are like the waves of the sea, tossed about to and shipwrecked. Use caution when asking but seemingly, not receiving; for it is not God or Jesus who are unwilling. Consider this, below:

James 4:3

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Without faith and unwavering faith, we are hopeless. But with faith, now that, that’s another thing, altogether! Recall the many men and women of the Bible? The ones who were healed, delivered, raised the dead, parted waters, cast out demons, etc? The man who called down fire from Heaven or another, commanding the sun to stand still? We don’t have to be Elijah, Joshua Peter. But we must have unwavering faith to accomplish anything, through Jesus Christ and God, the Father. No exceptions, no preclusion, no limitation, real faith is spiritual empowerment as it enables us, just as it has every single person spoken of or alluded to, above.

None of us, not a single person, does anything through an ability their own, or within their own power. Nope, nobody. No person is gifted to do so, not of themselves. Each and every person performing miracles, really, performs no miracle at all; they ask and believe in faith (through the power of Jesus Christ) and it is granted, done and carried out, by Jesus Christ. Now it seems miraculous to us, but to Jesus, having all power and authority over everything, it is merely being merciful, loving and gracious. By no means do I discount what men may accomplish through Christ or what Jesus does, but it all stems from our faith, when we ask, in Christ’s name. How do we know this to be so?

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Remember also, Jesus gave his permission and authority to the disciples to go and teach, do, heal, etc. They had no power of themselves, but they had faith and used it, according to the power and authority given them, by Jesus. Yes, men, women and children, are enabled to do “all things, through Christ, who strengthens us”. But the keyword is through and it speaks of Christ, not man.

To be more concise on what that “unpardonable sin” is, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can be understood easily. Here are some examples, please note, in all cases, this is to be against the Holy Spirit to be unforgivable. Jesus said this, in Matthew 12:31:

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And according to definition, blasphemy is this:

blas·phe·my  (blăs′fə-mē)
n. pl. blas·phe·my

A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God or a sacred entity. The act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God. An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct. The crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion.

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BE HAPPY!! ALL GOD WANTS FOR HIS CHILDREN?…RESOUNDINGLY NO!

What God desires is for His children to honor Him, so that He may bless them.

To begin, even as many of you are parents, it is not simply enough that your children are happy. Parents, desire and earnestly, want, for so much more than simply happiness for their children! It is not merely enough that they enjoy life, but that they live it…well. You hope that they will grow up to be successful, obedient, respectful, caring, giving, understanding, grateful, trustworthy, honest, loyal, etc. Tell me, this is not so??? Certainly, you desire for them to know happiness, but you strongly desire and encourage toward betterment.

This, likewise, is they manner in which God teaches us, His children, (astray and restored, alike) that we may be happy and joyful, in Him. It is not a life, merely created and given unto us. It’s not merely a present that we should do anything we wish with. Life is a precious gift, given with intent and meaning. We are, all of us, brilliantly-designed, specifically-gifted, creations, made to please the Lord. I did NOT say “robots” or “slaves” to God, so do not misunderstand me. See: http://biblez.com/search.php?q=his+pleasure .

So often, we here of preachers (television, streaming, mega-church sermons) telling us that we were not designed to be poor, helpless and mild, but that we are to be mighty, bold and live life abundantly (as in rich and successful). We hear that we can “name it and claim it” and “speak it to be”. There are portions of truth within every lie, misperception and twisting of truths; do not be mislead.

In faith, we are promised that we may ASK all things, in Christ’s name (http://biblez.com/search.php?q=ask+in+my+name ) but we DO NOT decide God’s will for our lives by speaking it, claiming it, or altering it by our own authority. Rather, we ASK, in Jesus’ name, that we may be given. Let us be certain, humility is honored by God, and we can still approach with boldness, yet remain, humble. What happened to us, asking, “Father, may I” that we now speak such arrogances? In the name of Jesus I declare prosperity in my life??? How about, you honor God and His word, and love the Lord, that He may bless you with prosperity?!

Look, at the very world surrounding us, today! Completely caught up it “self” and its own, speedy, greedy, gratifications. These are children who have learned to please themselves and GET what they want or expect it given to them. Just as the world has become toward God, people have become against one another. Expect and proclaim has replaced ask and be hopeful for.

Humility is not simply a notion or some novel idea from ages past. Humility is a character trait that God says He blesses! It is a requirement that He expects from us, not asks us to have. We are to learn humility and teach it to our children and others. Why? So that we may know gratitude for the things God blesses us with, gives and grants us (Hello! Jesus Christ, being crucified for our sins!).

So proud have people become. So arrogant to think and foolish to be taught, that we may simply take or give ourselves, anything we desire! Oh yes, there will be so much debate and objection to this! People will begin to attack it, because they desire to defend their beliefs and will throw scripture against it. I will tell them, every one, right now:

What is just before the Lord? What pleases the Lord? That His children ask of Him or demand for themselves? That people say to the Father, “Lord, may I be given” or “May I have” or that we simply spout off with “In the name of Jesus, I declare”?

Again, do not be of misunderstanding. Certainly, I do not dismiss the obvious, that we may heal, ask, bless, give, etc. in Jesus’ name and expect it to be done. Were not Peter, John, Elijah and the like, examples of these truths? But they did not proclaim themselves successful or name-and-claim their way to prosperity. Each of them, honored the Lord, and were blessed because of it.

BE HAPPY!! ALL GOD WANTS FOR HIS CHILDREN?…RESOUNDINGLY NO!

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My Church Has It Right -Do They?

Most people will quickly defend their church without any hesitation; even if they are not completely certain of its position. Although it is a well-known fact, gossip, popular cliques, hypocrisy and misrepresentation, abound within most churches, many people still defend them, almost blindly. To be clear, we should stand up for our church, but we should firstly, be certain of what we defend, according to God’s Word. Allow me to speak from the biblical standpoint and not my own, so that what is communicated is in truth, without opinion(s). If you trust that you and your church are absolutely on track, without blemish and faultless before God, consider that six out of the seven churches to whom Jesus spoke…had problems. Jesus said to them “I have this against you”. Six out of seven. Anyone read the Book of Revelation? Does this appear to be familiar?

(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

(2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

(3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).

(4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

(5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

(6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

(7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

What does that have to do with the rapture of the church and its timeframe? What do the faults of these churches have to do with this article? Allow me to explain, in this way:

Each of them believed and trusted that they were doing, serving, teaching and sharing, according to the Word of God; they were wrong. Each church, thinking itself righteous, faultless and blameless before God, is wrong. Any and all people, thinking themselves to be likewise, blameless before God….are wrong. To lose sight of the Truth, to teach false doctrine(s) and practices is a failure and choice, on behalf of leadership. Yes, I did say failure and choice. A clear decision was made and adhered to, with respect to direction and leadership, according to the expectations of those who lead. And those who follow, followed with ignorance and choice, without either knowing the Gospel or worse, knowing and not holding their leadership accountable for their actions and teachings.

Before the 1800’s, there was little to no mention of what we now learn in mainstream religion and churches. Before then, one never even heard of the notion of “pre-tribulation rapture” because it was not taught. It was not taught, because it is NOT scriptural and NOT true, in any respect or regard. People began to get onboard for the obvious reasons; attendance became more focal than message. Church, although separated from State, became a business, rather than a gathering place for those who worship. Let us teach what is pleasing and easy to hear, so that we may increase in numbers! Forsake the truth for what is popular and new, what is easiest to listen to on Sunday and does not offend; that will be our best sales pitch! And from then forward, super-sized churches, massive growths, television evangelists (often criminals) and the like, began to prosper while the true Gospel was left in the dust.

One of the biggest false-teachings to come from all this is the notion of pre-tribulation rapture. Telling people that you’ve nothing much to worry about, you and the church will be long gone before things get bad, is a lie. Outright, flat-out, this is incorrect, but it’s much easier to hear and swallow than the truth; life will become very difficult for those who trust in Christ, before He returns. To be certain, many “opinions” abound, much debate continues, with regard to the truth. The Bible tells us, rather clearly, when “The Rapture” will occur; not the exact date, but after very, specific happenings. Where did all this confusion come from? How are people so confused as to what scripture in the Bible tells us? One must first look to the intentions of those who began teaching (incorrectly) that Jesus Christ will return before the tribulation.

At some point, people began turning churches into businesses; they looked more for success and the growth of their church than the messages being delivered in and through the church. And at that point, the message being sent out changed. From a proclamation of hope in Jesus Christ and a love of the true, ongoing gospel of Christ, to “It’s all about attendance”. More accurately, it became a business of numbers, profit and loss statements and income. For some, they kept a portion of the truth (salvation through Christ) but continued with the teaching that we will all be spared the tribulation because we are not “appointed unto wrath”. Either teach the whole of the Gospel or do not teach. God’s word should not be selectively adhered to or taught.

So what is right? Who is correct? Let me ask you, do you believe the Bible? Do you believe Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Do you believe Jesus Christ? If you answered “yes” to those questions, do you not accept their words on the subject of all matters as truth? Each and every one, tell of the very same affirmations, according to Jesus Christ; the Second Coming is after the tribulation. Do not mistake the wrath of God with tribulation of confuse tribulation with wrath; the two are completely, utterly, different things! For the sake of maintaining simplicity, let us look the book of Matthew, chapter 24:  (If you haven’t a Bible handy, follow this link: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24&version=KJV )

Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple

24 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

32 Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Now, I ask you, who did not see verse 29-31? Who has not been able to read what it, very clearly, says? These are the red-letter fonts indicating direct quote from Jesus Christ.  All of this passage is paralleled in Mark, Luke, John and Revelation. Each of the other books (testimonies of Christ’s disciples) explain the very same truths. And yet, how many people trust and believe the lies which are taught and spoken to them by pastors, preachers, teachers? man can argue and disagreed with man, but not with God or His word. God’s word, the inspired word given to the prophets, apostles, disciples and even Jesus Christ, are plainly written and communicated in the Holy Bible. I would encourage you to become familiar with truth.

Ask for a PROOF, in the Bible, that contradicts this? It cannot be shown to you. Do not allow the argument to be made between this and being spared (not appointed unto) God’s wrath. God’s wrath, follows the tribulation and is NOT the tribulation in any respect. God’s word tells us that we must watch and be cautious of these events to come, so that we may KNOW that the time is near and be found watching. And do not be fooled that the “Elect” are the Jews or any other people than God’s people, who have attained salvation, through Jesus Christ. This scripture above speaks to “ALL” not the Jews, only.

 

Trumpet Sound-Before Or After?

Dry Bones

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Once upon a time, in a land long forgotten, there lived a people who loved and worshiped God. They were a people who honored the very God who created them, feared and revered Him, and went to a gathering place to praise Him. This gathering place was where they would lay down their burdens, plead for forgiveness, truly worship, sing songs of praise, and fellowship, one, with another. People would share the truths of God, stories of how He has blessed them, uplift one another, and genuinely be grateful to see friends. This place, would later become “church”, the place so many people “visit”.

It’s not a museum or funeral parlor; church is not the house of the dead or a dead God. Why do you seek the Living, among the dead? Moreover, why do you worship, amidst dry bones, the God of abundant life? Sing the same songs with a disingenuous heart, extend the same, cold hand, one to another. Perform the same routine(s) at the same time, in the same way, with the same outcome; you will find the same result.

What was once life, became halted and ceased to grow. What was once vibrant has had its blood supply stopped with a tourniquet and has fallen off to die. What once appeared as a new creature, is merely the old, drying bones of apathy and habit. Lukewarm. Neither hot or cold, tasteless, colorless, lifeless…dry bones.

Wonder why this is so detested by believers and yet, is allowed to continue within the very churches they attend? Hearers and not doers also, of the Word! Elijah said it rightly, “How long will you halt between the two divisions?”. Either God is your God or He is not; if He is, do what He commands you to do and because you both love and fear him. If not, keep doing what you do, how you do it, and await your just reward.