"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
I feel sorry for the people who get up in the mornings and turn on the news first thing. I feel sorry for the people who monitor the news all day long. And I really feel sorry for the people who leave the news network playing all night long while they sleep! If we knew (and lived) half as much of the Bible, God’s Good News for man, as we know about the news events, we wouldn’t be the spiritual midgets we are in this land. Since the Bible teaches, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”, it’s no wonder most believers live discouraged, defeated lives!
It’s true that there’s plenty of bad in the world. But God is also at work on this planet in amazing ways. You won’t Continue reading →
With more disrespect being shown to our flag, even within our own borders, it would do us well to revisit our heritage! Fort McHenry (where in 1812 a battle raged which inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner) was named after a man who served as a medical soldier in George Washington’s army, and later signed the U.S. Constitution. His name was James McHenry. While unknown to us today, James McHenry was one of those men who laid such a firm foundation for America that during the 1800s it would grow to become the greatest nation on earth. James McHenry got his foundation from the Bible. In addition to his achievements just mentioned, he also served as a member of the Continental Congress, his state legislature, and the U.S. Secretary of War—and President of the Baltimore Bible Society! He had this to say about the Bible:
“…public [usefulness] pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise…can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness.
“In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments.”
The outcry to remove Confederate monuments from the public square is not, at its root, an issue of racial justice. One of the ways we know this is that the leaders who are stirring people to march in the streets against monuments of Robert E. Lee are the same people who will vehemently defend Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood murders more children by abortion that any other one organization in America, and many of those are black children. Their founder, Margaret Sanger, believed the black race was inferior and should be killed. And, no doubt, this is why they’ve placed so many of their “clinics” in predominately black neighborhoods. And now abortion is the leading cause of death in the Black community (sisforlife.org)! If the leaders of this “remove the monuments” movement were so concerned about racial justice, why do they so adamantly support Planned Parenthood?
The truth is: Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest American Christians ever! Lee once spoke of the Bible to Chaplain William Jones:
“There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit.”
(Young, Marse Robert, p. 344. Peter Marshall & David Manuel, The Glory of America Calendar (Garborg’s Heart’N Home, Inc., Bloomington, MN, 1991), 8.9.)
On the way to battles, Lee would often stop and join his troops if they were gathered praying. Perhaps this is why Continue reading →
The recent rash of attacks on monuments of heroes like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson should be a matter of great concern to all freedom-loving Americans. Because of the massive deleting of our history from the minds of the last three generations, most of us are taking this “sitting down”, instead of letting our voice be heard about this wholesale theft of the liberty of our children and grandchildren.
Why do I say this? Because only Biblical ideas produce liberty in a nation. The Bible says,
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Liberty in the heart from the guilt and bondage of sin only comes through the blood of Jesus Christ, and by His resurrection power. And if we let this liberty grow to its full maturity, it will result in civil liberty being diffused throughout a society. That liberty will then be institutionalized in Constitutions which will secure the right of each citizen to live in that civil liberty. And while you can’t legislate what will happen in the human heart; if you don’t legislate the protection of the flow of the Gospel of Christ to the human heart, you work against the purpose of God in bringing men into a redeeming relationship with Him.
This concept of internal liberty becoming also external liberty is the basic idea from which America’s liberty was birthed and maintained for the first 300 years of our existence. For the last few months an attack against Southern statues of heroes committed to this concept has been mounting. What is called “social justice” is actually a direct attack against the liberty of all Americans. See last week’s message entitled Learning From Our Past at heritageministriesky.com to discover who is really behind the riots happening in the name of “social justice”. Continue reading →
In recent months there’s come a new “fix” for America’s ills, pushed by those who do not believe the Bible to be literally true. It is: Tear down our monuments of heroes from the Southern side of the War Between the States. This idea is most certainly pushed by people on the left of the political spectrum which follows perfectly their agenda: That is, “Divide and Conquer”. Using race to divide citizens within a nation is nothing new. satan has been using this tactic since early human history to enslave people politically, so he can keep the Gospel of Christ from reaching them. Its end is always death, because satan comes “but for to steal kill and destroy…” (John 10:10)
First, let’s answer the question: Should nations have monuments at all? It was God, Himself Who first taught His model nation, the Jewish Republic, to erect monuments. When He had dried up the Jordan River so His people could cross on dry land, He told Joshua to build a monument of twelve stones (Joshua 4:4-5) so that, quote:
“…this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan…and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” (Joshua 4:6-7)
Threatened by a powerful enemy, King Hezekiah of Judah did what any ruler should do: He first sought the face of God, crying out to Him for deliverance. Hezekiah prayed,
“…O LORD God of Israel…thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth…open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib…[which] reproach the living God…O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.” (2 Kings 19:15-19)
And God sent an angel who killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night!
With the ongoing threats by the North Korean dictator of attacking America with a nuclear warhead, our first response should be the same. We should pray, asking God to intervene and preserve peace. Many, many believers here, and around the world, are doing just that.
The Bible tells the story of Nehemiah, the civil leader who rebuilt Jerusalem after the Jews had been captive many years in Persia. In a time when the enemies of God had been trying to discourage the Jews from finishing the work God had called them to, Nehemiah exhorted them:
“…Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and [awesome], and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)
The spiritual and natural enemies of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ have been trying for a hundred years to discourage Americans from knowing their history. They knew if they could disconnect us from our past, they could steal from us the reason God birthed this nation; which was to be a vessel of liberty by which to take that Gospel to the world. It only Continue reading →
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“Over the next three hundred years, they became carriers of Jesus to others all over the world (2 Corinthians 6:16b). So much so that it’s estimated that before the fifth century, half the known world had heard of Jesus. Multiplied thousands were becoming what God had created them to be—a channel of His life. The impact of this release of Christ’s life through believers affected every part of the culture.
“The fraudulent Roman courts began to be replaced by a Christian court system, the decisions of which people voluntarily accepted because it was so much more just than the Roman courts. Justice reigned among believers, which brought order to their subculture, in stark contrast to the growing anarchy in Roman society.
“Some Christians began to advance even in the government. Their attitude that they were the people’s servants, instead of their masters, cast a new standard for government service. A few were Continue reading →
“…established a testimony in Jacob…which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them…who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments…” (Psalm 78:5-7)
Why did God tell fathers to tell the stories of His workings in the past to their children? Because hearing the stories of God showing up in history helps the next generation know that God is real; and that He cares about His creation, man. That knowledge helps them not be deceived into thinking that “We’re on our own here in this world.” Knowing how God has worked in previous generations encourages us to seek Him that we might know Him and His purpose for us, as an individual in the present generation. This is also why satan does not want us to know of God’s workings in the past; not in Bible history, or in our nation’s history!
So was God at work in America’s founding? Let’s consider this question. Lawrence Cremlin, a Professor at Houston University, searched Continue reading →
One of the things I’ve learned about walking with the Lord is that, when we’re missing Him on something He’s leading us to do, He’ll let us try over and over until we finally give up, and listen to His plan. This seems to be what He’s let the U.S. Senate do concerning a so-called “health care bill”. After struggling for months trying to create a new government funded medical insurance law that would replace Obamacare, they’ve finally admitted they can’t. And hopefully they are now willing to cancel entirely the law called Obamacare! This would, presumably, return us to the form of socialized medicine we had in 2008; which wasn’t good, but was a lot less government control than we had with Obama’s communistic system. Hopefully, we’re now on the road to rejecting ALL government funded health care (though I wouldn’t expect this anytime soon)!
How do we get out of this quicksand of socialized medicine? We can only Continue reading →