That wise woman of Tekoa said to King David, “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.”
The key to being forgiven of your own sins is to readily forgive others of their sins against you.
Hypocrisy is an ever present foible of mankind. Regardless our outward appearances, regardless our religious associations. The Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Today is day 7. It’s the Sabbath. Let’s purpose to give our grudges and unforgiveness a rest.
By grace, God facilitates forgiveness and reconciliation. Facilitate means he makes it easy to do. Forgiveness pleases God.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Grace defined – Philippians 2:13.
As Margaret Thatcher wisely noted about the end of socialism, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
“The South American nation of Venezuela is about to erupt.
“Thousands of citizens are fed up and are now taking to the streets to express their anger and frustration towards President Nicolas Maduro, a man that has forced a sizable portion of the population to go to bed hungry and live without the necessary medications they need to stay alive.
“And according to the Economist, that’s not all, inflation is estimated to exceed 1,600% this year, a situation that will make it even more difficult for the average person to purchase food when it’s available.” CBN News, 12 April 2017 http://tinyurl.com/mxdl94a
“To say life is hard in Venezuela is an understatement. The socialist regime has continued to fail their people in every way imaginable. Thousands of natives are forced to stand in lines for necessities like food and medicine. In January the first infant death from starvation in Venezuela this year was reported. Citizens have had to take measures including the consumption of dogs, cats, and exotic animals in an extreme attempt to survive.” – Natural News, 14 February 2017 http://tinyurl.com/l3d4e4k
Most of South America is struggling economically, nutritionally, and spiritually. The empty promises of socialism remind us that socialism shall forever remain an unproven economic theory.
My Cuban friends endured a similar fate after the Soviet Union withdrew its support from that island bastion of socialism.
I invite your prayers of intercession for the desperate people of Venezuela. Their chief need is a nationwide spiritual revival. Between now and such time there comes a spiritual revival, ask the Lord to deliver the people from the ham-fisted tyranny of a socialist government led by a belligerent former bus driver.
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson foretold our present-day situation.
Where is the greatest concentration of wealth? Hint: It’s not in any of the fifty states or any of the commonwealths.
Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was Delaware, at $16,000 per person.
“It’s where the money is,” said Roberton Williams, a fellow at the Tax Policy Center. “The reason the District pays so much in taxes is that there are a lot of high-income people there.” – AP Top News 16 April 2017
Since the foundation of our Republic, the consolidation of power in Washington, District of Columbia has grown unabated. As Jefferson warned, the consequences remain apace the corruption.
Recent news stories feature Maxine Water’s incessant rants against President Trump. Other news stories reveal her corrupt practices over her many years in office.
Holy scripture warns, “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
Foggy Bottom corruption isn’t endemic to a political party. Corrupted governments have been around since the dawn of mankind dating back to the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan.
We aren’t sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned…Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come…For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many…Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person [Jesus Christ] obeyed God, many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:12-19 NLT
By what means do we stamp out corruption in government? Try as we may, there is nothing we citizens can do to eliminate corruption – sin – from the centers of power.
Long before Thomas Jefferson voiced his warning, a plan was set in place to make us whole. There is this one verse in the Bible that addresses the big ‘why’ Jesus Christ came to dwell among men, to die and resurrect himself from the grave. This verse is found in 1 John 3:8.
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
That word destroy means to loosen, break up, dissolve, melt, put off, to deprive of authority. When linking 1 John 3:8 with 2 Corinthians 5:17 we can understand we are all born as sinners – you, me and Maxine Waters alike.
What am I saying? While car buying the appearance and odors of a used car cannot reveal its old nature. But, a new car has that unmistakeable odor and appearance of a vehicle never before owned by anyone.
This is the work of Jesus Christ in our lives. He destroys, he loosens and undoes all the work of Satan in our lives. We become new creations as though sin never happened.
God the Father did not send his son just to get us off the hook. His purpose is to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.
Jesus works today in the lives of politicians, government employees, you, and me to restore us to God’s original design for his family.
Yes, Jesus died for our sins. He defeated death through his ordeal and by resurrecting himself from the dead to return to Heaven where God continues his work of restoration of all mankind through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Today, April 16, 2017, is Resurrection Day celebrated to commemorate the Passover.
All authority comes from God who is exposing the corruption of authority throughout the world today. It is God who uses the agency of elected officials to “drain the swamp”.
May God drain the swamp and bless America as he reveals his Son to all mankind.
In the years of my youth and before, the search for extraterrestrial lifeforms focused on the discovery of human-like aliens. No more.
Let’s start with a premise of biology: Bacteria are found in every kind of environment. Extending this idea, some scientists postulate bacterium to be the cause of solar activity.
TV shows The Outer Limits and Lost in Space, along with movies like the Star Wars series, the Star Trek series and even Avatar projected humanoids as ‘alien life’.
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has its genesis in 1984 California on a belief there must be intelligent life on other worlds and the sure-fire way to contact them was to listen to radio signals from outer space. They did. It didn’t happen.
Huge sums of money have funded SETI listening sites around the world. The one pictured is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Well, have we detected any intelligent radio signals from space? Indeed we have and they are from us, our spacecraft that have been traversing our solar system for decades. But no E.T. has called to us as yet.
SETI changed its mission from intelligent life (that’s what the ‘I’ stands for) to anything organic that can be found. Anywhere.
Darwin began his quest long ago to discredit our divine origin, as recorded in the Bible. Atheistic scientists continue Darwin’s line of thinking with absolutely no success whatsoever.
Let’s look at the numbers – using the numbers from atheists and agnostics.
What is the theoretical expanse of the known universe? 92 billion light years in diameter.
What is the theoretical age of the earth? 4.543 billion years.
What is the central idea of the evolutionists? Generally speaking, we humans evolved from animals that evolved from some mysterious goo somewhere around 4.543 million years ago. They believe that intelligent life is proportional to the age of existence of a society of human-like creatures. Extending this line of thinking, if extraterrestrial life exists beyond our Milky Way galaxy, said life would have long ago developed sophisticated radio and laser communications technologies. The problem is this: we hear NOTHING from space except radio signals from our own contraptions. Nothing. Nada.
With the above-described failure to detect intelligent life beyond our orbit around the sun, evolutionists turn to a search for bacterium as the preferred form of life.
NASA’s original mission was to capacitate and facilitate aviation and space travel. Over recent years, the mission of this federal agency has undergone a metamorphosis. Its present-day mission is to prove the theory of human evolution while disproving the reality of a Creator. Huge sums of taxpayer dollars go into scouring climate and geological data to prove we people are enemies of Mother Earth.
A preacher I knew would say, “Truth is the way things really are.”
One definition of science is: “the systematic study of the nature and behavior of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, and measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms.” We call this process the Scientific Method.
Climate change and global warming activists do not follow the scientific method, preferring to cling to unprovable theories based on evolution and the notion that we endanger their god Mother Earth.
There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily. – George Washington
He introduces his 28-minute video message with this text:
PASSOVER PROPHECY – Cyrus Trump and North Korea…
Donald Trump, the 45th President is walking through the Cyrus prophecy of Isaiah 45 even as we speak! It starts in verse 1: “To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held- to subdue nations before him and to loose the loins of kings…” Trump had no interest in Syria till his heart was moved by the sight of suffering children. In this brief video, I explain why God is getting this President involved with nations and what it means to “loose the loins of kings.”
Notice the timing! We are right now in the Hebrew feast of Passover – but this is no ordinary Passover. In fact, Justice Gorsuch was sworn in on the first night of Passover. This year 2017 is prophetic for Gods people and Israel. They will experience its 50th anniversary of recovering their capital, Jerusalem. The 70th year of their formation as a nation and 100th anniversary of the return of Jews to their Homeland.
The feast of Purim is passed – where we prayed for Haman’s plot to be exposed and the illegal surveillance of Trump and team began to trace itself to Susan Rice’s door at the Dept of Justice.
The President struck Syria and reset the role of the United States in the world… and in one blow unraveled the political witch hunt seeking to prove he was in Putin’s back pocket.
Now North Korea is on the front burner. What will happen? I’d like to share what I see inIsa 45 that applies to Cyrus Trump!
As I wrote earlier this Spring, I believe God’s hand raised up Donald Trump at this time in human history to protect Israel and to advance the Church, the Body of Christ, to overcome the powers of darkness personified through atheists, the LGBTQ activists, and antagonistic persons like George Soros. Read Skeptics look to Donald Trump’s past – God looks to President Trump’s futureposted 326/2017
“Loren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), an organization that has equipped and sent more than five million people on short-term mission trips. God called him to ministry at age 13, and later gave him the vision to call and equip waves of young people to wash up on every continent on earth to share the gospel message.” – Voice of the Martyrs
In the following podcast, Steve Strang interviews Loren Cunningham who speaks to the future and a coming spiritual revival the likes of which the world has never experienced.
Podcast: YWAM Founder Loren Cunningham Believes a Great Revival Is on Its Way
Whereas in times past, pastors, priests, evangelists, and leading Christians have been honored leaders in America, we are today reviled as homophobic, sexist, and hateful. 52 of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution were so honored. In today’s world, the unbelievers revile Vice President Pence because he will not dine alone with any woman other than his wife.
Around 1,960 years ago, the Apostle Paul, writing to Roman Christians, foretold present-day circumstances.
The people become unthankful, foolish in their hearts, and reprobate (morally depraved and unprincipled)
“26 For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Persecution is not coming – it’s here now
Loren Cunningham says the keys to overcoming persecution as we move into this next global revival are Tenacity, Endurance, Kindness.
As God consolidates his sons and daughters, local churches move into powerful and effective strategies to win the lost and to build the Kingdom of God.
My church, Gateway Church, with multiple campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, labors to make deep connections in our several communities through Revive Texas outreach during the 50 days between the Passover (Easter) and Pentecost. Learn Gateway Church’s strategy via this link:
As you learn from the above news story, Egyptians must carry an identification card that bears official religious affiliations of either Muslim or Christian.
The story reminds me of my experiences while ministering in private homes in Cuba. (We couldn’t minister on the streets without facing arrest.)
I would ask which of the people assembled are believers. The homeowner would respond, openly pointing to each, “She is, she is, he isn’t…”. There the religious mindset is not denomination-centric, it’s Christ-centric.
This is true of all Muslim-dominated nations. Either you are, or you are not.
How about you? Are you, or are you not?
“I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.” – Psalm 116:13