"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
Jesus had been dead three days. Some of the women who had followed Him came to His tomb early and had found the stone door rolled away and His body gone! They had told His disciples, and Peter and John had come to the grave site and seen for themselves that His body was gone. But now the others had left and only Mary Magdalene remained. It is here we pick up the story from the book, Why God Birthed America…
“Mary did not want to leave. She stood there a few steps from the entrance to the grave, trying to sort out all that had happened. The angels had said He was alive. Jesus Himself had told them He would come back to life. But could that really be? She moved closer to the entrance. Questions were flying through her mind. Could He really be alive again?
She didn’t know how long she stood there lost in thought. But as she put her head on the doorway and wept, she was instantly blinded with light! There they were again! The two shining creatures she and the other women had seen earlier! They looked at her with compassion.
‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ they asked.
‘Because they’ve taken away my Lord and I don’t know where they’ve put Him,’ she wailed. She turned her head away, having no stamina which could Continue reading →
It has been said of Patrick, the great missionary to Ireland during the 400s, he “found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian”. And while, no doubt, that statement is not completely true, it, no doubt, has much truth in it because Patrick was used of God powerfully in converting the Irish to Christ and helping them structure their government so that it would protect for centuries the right to share the Gospel of Christ with the next generation. Patrick’s understanding and submission to God brought tremendous power from the Holy Spirit to his life. You hear his understanding of God and this world God created and controls in what is known as Patrick’s Breastplate. Hear the power of God in it! He states:
“I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through the belief in the threeness, Through the confession of the oneness Of the Creator of Creation
“I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism, Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial, Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension, Through the strength of his descent for the Judgment Day.Continue reading →
It is such an amazing story! Patrick, a young, former slave in Ireland, was called by God in the 400’s to go share the Gospel of Christ with those same Irish people who had enslaved him just a few years before! Yet, without fear, he boldly entered again into that realm and became the agent of liberty to those who had once been his agents of slavery.
He developed this boldness because Christ had revealed Himself to him in such a living way. Patrick’s faith in Jesus was no cold orthodoxy; his was a living relationship with the living, resurrected Son of God! In Patrick’s life, Jesus was Lord! We get a glimpse of the intimacy between him and his Lord when he writes of hearing His voice. With great humility he simply states that God said to him:
“He who gave His life for you, He it is who speaks within you.”
(Great Christian Classics, Kevin Swanson ed.; Generations With Vision, pub. 2010; p. 140)
His knowledge of Christ was deeper than most of us today. He understood that Jesus dwelt inside him. He knew Christ, not only as the Continue reading →
We are hearing a lot about what is termed, “Transgenderism” these days. Some say it’s an option. Some say it’s a choice. Some say it’s a right. The Bible teaches it is sin!! Most who promote the idea of “transgenderism” are also the people who push the murder of a child in the womb as being a “choice”—choice of death for the baby! Isn’t it interesting how satan loves to give sins a more acceptable name so that they will be more readily accepted by the masses. Let’s consider why what is called “transgenderism” is sin.
For starters, it is not logical: Not in origin, not in practice. No matter what kind of surgery you have on the body, you cannot change the genes. We are internally what God made us to be, either a male or a female. This cannot be changed. Change on the outside does not change what is inside, in the genes or internal organs. Neither can we change the way we go about doing things. All established order in this earth recognizes a male “approach” to things and a female “approach” to things. Thus, you can be a “transvestite” (meaning you can dress like the opposite sex) but you cannot be “transgendered”.
Is Jesus Christ really alive from the dead? If He is, that means He really is Who He claimed to be—the Lord of heaven and earth. That would mean He has the right to rule the lives that have your name and my name attached to them. Consider His story…
The women filed into the tomb one by one. They stood there absolutely amazed, questions flying through their heads. All of a sudden the tomb was filled with brilliant radiance. Another being—no, two of them—were sitting on the stone bed: One where Jesus’ head had been, the other at the feet. These creatures were so majestic the women fell on their faces before them. As they bowed low, the women heard them say, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here; He is risen. Remember how He spoke to you while in Galilee, telling you He would be killed by sinners, but on the third day would rise again.” (From Luke 24:5-7) The light they were bowing in seemed to sink into their souls. They remembered! Now it began to make sense. He had told them this. He had said it was all part of the Father’s plan. He must die, but He would come back to life again…after three days! One of the angels interrupted their thoughts by issuing a command: “Go, tell His disciples—and Peter!” (From Mark 16:7) While the words were not harsh, they were authoritative. Mary obeyed. She got up and, shielding her eyes from the brightness, she stumbled out of the tomb and then began Continue reading →
Many of us are now celebrating Donald Trump’s Inauguration to the Presidency of the United States. In my opinion, a miracle brought this about. Consider:
-He had no political experience, and he faced an opponent with decades of government involvement.
-He was outspent probably 2 to 1.
-He constantly made the media his enemies by exposing their lies.
-All major polls showed him defeated going into Election Day.
-He even lost the popular vote, and only the great wisdom of America’s Founders in establishing the Electoral College made possible his win.
I describe Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House as a MIRACLE!
Another miracle occurred in 1789, in the approval of our Constitution, as many of our Founders in America pointed out. On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the first Oath of Office of the Presidency, as prescribed by the Constitution. Having his right hand raised and his left hand on the Bible he stated Continue reading →
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” This is God’s admonition from Galatians 6:9. But long has been the period that tempted Pro-life folks to “faint” in Kentucky. Early in this century it seemed Kentucky was poised to be one of the most “Pro-life states” in this nation. However, political maneuvering in the House of Representatives killed most every bill designed to protect children in the womb. I remember the frustration of driving away from Frankfort at the end of the Legislative sessions. It was heart-breaking, knowing that thousands of children would be murdered in Kentucky that year because we could not get politicians to enact law that would protect them in their time in the womb. Twelve long years children in the womb languished under oppressive government. But now, finally, many of them (though not yet all) will be protected.
Saturday, January 7th, in a special session of the Legislature, the new House of Representatives quickly passed two Pro-life bills which will save thousands of Kentucky children’s lives this year, and each year after this. One bill, the “Ultra-sound” bill has been pushed by Pro-Life groups and Legislators for at least 12 years, but due Continue reading →
The three days after Jesus was crucified were days of painful reflection for His disciples, both personally and as a group. They were desperately trying to make sense of the recent events which had ended in Jesus’ death. They were now afraid they may have been wrong about Him being the Promised One. All the while, they were fearful of what the next opening of the door might bring. They were afraid to go out, but afraid to stay in. They were simply—afraid! Each day passed in tearful grief and painful questionings. As the weekly Sabbath day came to a close, their questions were no more answered than they had been three days ago when they watched Him die. Oh, why had He died?
One of their group, Mary Magdalene, was just as uncertain as the rest. However, the love in her grateful heart would not be denied: Not by questionings or by fears. Jesus had set her free from a wretched life of bondage to sexual sin and the torture of evil spirits (Luke 8:2). He had changed her! She had never been the same since that day she met Him, and her gratitude of duty now compelled her to go to the tomb and anoint His body with spices, which time had not allowed on the day He died.
Though it was still mostly dark, she gathered her spices and started to make her way to the tomb. Some of the other women fell into step with her, but Mary was Continue reading →
Now the end was near. Jesus’ breathing on the Cross was so labored those watching expected death to come at any moment. But then, in an unmistakable voice of triumph, Jesus cried out, “It…is…finished!” (John 19:30) The words rang with victory, with accomplishment! It was as if His perspective on this whole ordeal was that a work was being done. The tone of His voice spoke of completing something that had been planned from eternity past. The books were now balanced! He had paid man’s debt to God: That debt of one perfect life which man had incurred in Eden when he used, for selfish purposes, the perfect life God had loaned him. Jesus’ perfect life had been offered up as a sacrifice to God to pay man’s debt. The work was now accomplished! (Colossians 2:13-15)
A few moments later, Jesus uttered His last words from the cross. Focused on the Father, He was heard to say, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Though His body was weakened beyond exhaustion, the words rung distinctly with inexhaustible faith! He was entering death, but He was believing the promise recorded in Psalm 22 that God would not leave Him in death. The vision of God would be accomplished in Him! With these last words Continue reading →
Ladies and gentlemen, the following story is why we have Christmas:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away [privately]. But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for…he… shall save his people from their sins.’ Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.’ And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.” Continue reading →