"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
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35)
How we think inside produces our actions outside. Jesus is pointing out to us that the mind will determine what we choose, and thus, how we act. So what we put into the mind will determine the way we act.
So what should we put into our mind? What are the most basic truths we need to know in order to function as God intended us to function? What truths will Continue reading →
In this world, we live in a constant warfare: Personal, for our Families, for God’s Church, for our Civil governments. Everything is easily understood when we know and accept this fact. If we don’t know it, or refuse to accept it, then we put ourselves under the warning in the Scripture:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6)
We are seeing this battle in the Civil realm reveal itself in Judge Roy Moore’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama. Judge Moore has stood for the Ten Commandments as the Moral Foundation for our civil law. For his stand he was Continue reading →
After Jesus was raised from the dead, the Bible records that,
“…He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3, emphasis added)
The fact that Jesus talked with His followers concerning the “kingdom of God” means (among other things) that He was revealing to them the warfare between the two kingdoms in this world: That God is the rightful owner of this earth, and thus, the rightful ruler of this earth. But there is one who has set himself against that Kingdom belonging to God, and tried to usurp its power. That one is satan, called in the Bible, the adversary of God. Thus, Jesus was equipping His followers with the understanding that we walk in a constant warfare in this earth. This warfare engulfs everything in this world from: Whether a person will come to Christ by surrendering his will and receiving Him as Master; to whether God or satan will control civil government—the greatest natural power on earth.
We’re seeing this warfare over who will rule in civil government happen in a big way right now in Alabama. The race for U.S. Senate between Judge Roy Moore and Doug Jones is Continue reading →
In 1623 the Pilgrims celebrated a time of Thanksgiving with their Indian friends, Chief Massasoit and his Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful to God for their Indian friends. The peace treaty into which they had entered helped both peoples to go on with their daily lives in an ordered manner. This is, of course, the purpose of civil law; to protect the God-given rights of life, liberty, and property. When this is done, the resulting order allows society’s institutions to function without the interruption of chaos. The Pilgrims’ Pastor, John Robinson, had taught them that this order flowed from Biblically based civil government, and thus, the first thing they did when they arrived was to write the Mayflower Compact; which instituted this type of government. I believe their new civil government was one of the things they were most thankful for on those first Thanksgiving Days.
And the Pilgrims’ new civil government was working. Their original economic system failed because it was Continue reading →
Though common men, the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were some of the wisest people who ever lived. They came together about 1605 in a covenant which meant they each believed that the Bible was completely true; and that it could be trusted to meet one’s need in this world, just as it could be trusted concerning eternal things. They believed the God of the Bible to be sovereign, or “supreme in power”, as Noah Webster would define the word in his first American dictionary.
They believed when church leaders disagreed with the Bible, those church leaders were always wrong, never the Bible. They believed when the King disagreed with the Bible, the King was always wrong, not the Bible. They believed when church writings disagreed with the Bible, those writings were always wrong, not the Bible. They lived this out in their daily lives and proved that the teachings of the Bible were far superior to any ideas of men about how to build a nation. To put it simply, they believed Continue reading →
The tragedy is heart wrenching. A Sunday morning in Texas filled with hope and joy, becomes the last day twenty-six people would be on this earth. Another twenty or so were in critical condition, wounded by a gunman who entered the church and began firing while the people were worshiping. The gunman evidently killed himself after wrecking his vehicle, while being chased by two men from the scene. Only God knows the pain of families and friends and the little Texas church in Sutherland Springs. All of us hurt for them. We pray for their comfort by “the God of all comfort”.
At a time like this we ask, “Why?” Some ask “why” because they are heart-broken at their loss. This is a natural response to a tragedy that touches us personally. But the truth is, we may never, in this world, know the answer to that.
But others ask “why” because they want to avoid having to explore this realm of “the shadow of death” in which they find themselves so uncomfortable. It’s easier to Continue reading →
In March of 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a call for the Union to repent before God; that call is so appropriate for today that I wanted to share it with you. May God help us to hear this with our heart!
“Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.
And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been Continue reading →
On Tuesday, October 31st, a lot of people in this land will celebrate Halloween. Though begun as a day to remember many Godly people and the truth they gave to the world, it has degenerated into becoming the high day of satanism throughout the world. Hideous acts of worship to satan will be done on this night. The occult will have its greatest celebration on this night. But it was not always so in America.
Up until the mid-1800s, America celebrated a different day on October 31st. It was known as Reformation Day; and it reminded Americans of the great price that was paid for the “liberty of conscience”. It was a celebration of the liberty brought to the personal life and the life of the nation as a result of men laying down their lives to stand with the truth of the Bible.
That liberty had begun with John Wycliffe, an Englishman in the mid-1300s, who translated the Bible into the language of the common people. Being able Continue reading →
October 31st, 2017, will have marked the great change in history which began to restore the “liberty of conscience” to the human race. Five hundred years ago a young priest tacked on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany a document that changed the course of history. Martin Luther was that young priest, and his bold act threw off the religious yoke of “the tyranny of the mind”. And while most in America now think of October 31st as Halloween, that’s a “Johnny-come-lately” idea. Up until the mid-1800s, on October 31st, we celebrated “Reformation Day”, for that was the day the mind of man began to be set free from hundreds of years of living in the fear of what other men thought. Once again, man began to learn that only God has the right to shape our minds for He created us, and thus by rights, owns us and our minds. What Martin Luther did would start to restore the precious freedom Jesus talked about when He stated,
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32)
We call that truth, the “liberty of conscience”, and it is a most sacred part of “religious liberty”. God used a lowly young boy, grown into a courageous young man, to Continue reading →
“In 1492, Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.” Thus, children in America learned the little rhyme which firmly fixed in our minds who was responsible for the American continents being discovered. The last two generations haven’t learned that because some in what is called “higher education” circles didn’t want us to know who Columbus was. Many in those circles came to be ashamed of Columbus’ God because they were convicted by the mentioning of the Name of Jesus. Since Columbus was a devout man and often mentioned God and Jesus Christ, they tried to remove him from our history. Now that war against his name has reached new heights.
In September, a statue of Columbus in Binghamton, New York, had the word “murderer” painted on it. In New York City, Columbus’ statue in Central Park was vandalized. The New York City mayor’s, answer to that was to appoint a commission to consider which historical monuments should be removed!