Have you ever read alarming an email and thought "Oh, that's probably in CA somewhere?" We'll I had to double-check this one to make sure that it really said our Gov. Tim Kaine of our state, VA, really fired 5 chaplains! Yes, and the crime was praying in Jesus' Name! Saints, we must really be prayerful, and most of all, I pray for the boldness to be like the chaplains!
Also one that is equally threatening to our freedom to preach the Word, is a hate crime legislation that died because of the threat of a Bush veto back in 2007, but now it is resurging as an amendment the to Defense Authorization Act. It has now passed congress, 60-39, according to this article. (more…)
Recently, after studying on being established in Righteousness, a phrase from a song was playing in my spirit – "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Ps 16:11) We talk about the "In His presence is the fullness of joy" part of that scripture, but not much is said about at His right hand!
God said, "At thy right hand there are pleasures forever more!" Obviously being the peculiar people that we are, we don't take pleasure in the same things that the world does:
…choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14
… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 2 Tim 3:4
… than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Heb 11:25
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her indulgences pleasures." ……… How much she hath glorified herself and lived voluptuously! That much torment and sorrow give back to her; for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.' Therefore shall her plagues come in one day" death and mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. ………. The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing and saying, `Alas! Alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches have come to nought!' …. weeping and wailing, saying, `Alas! Alas, that great city, wherein all that had ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her extravagances! For in one hour is she made desolate!' Revelation 18
In Revelation chapter 18 we read of the destruction of political Babylon, whereas, in chapter 17 we read of the destruction of spiritual Babylon. I like to think of it as the economic portion of Babylon’s judgment, for in one hour the economic mega center of the world will be made desolate! To me, it is hard to imagine an economy that impacted the whole world was gone in an hour, but we know that in the future this will happen just as the Bible predicts. Verse 17 tells us, “For in one hour such riches have come to nought.” Also, in verse 18 it put it this way, “For in one hour is she made desolate.” (more…)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea. 2And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of Heaven, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." 5And He that sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said unto me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." Rev. 21:1-5
Recently, I taught a lesson on heaven from Revelation chapter 21. While studying the teacher's book in preparation for the class, I noticed the focus of the lesson was on the beautiful city and the long awaited relief from the pains and sufferings of this life. Also, in many cases, the songs and hymns about heaven focus on either the reunion with loved ones or on the victory we are going to have. As, I read the whole 21st chapter, I began to have a much different focus. Look with me at some familiar song lines to give you an example of what I am talking about. A hereafter focus would be, "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" A focus that helps us to overcome while we wait on our departure would be, "Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!"
I heard a catchy phrase in a song today about prayer, “When God’s people pray …. we take the pains of earth to the doors of heaven.” As with many songs today, they sound good on the surface, but they do not line up with God’s Word. That kind of talk is sure to get a tear or a hearty “amen” in most any church services, but will it get your prayer answered?
I don’t want to present myself as one that never “tells God all about my problems,” but I have to be honest, most times at best the crying usually just makes me feel better, and does nothing to the problem. Now you know, if I made a song like, “Don’t tell God about your problem, but tell him about the solution” it probably wouldn’t make the top 10! (more…)
An animal shelter worker spotted the sheep last week grazing just feet from traffic on a wooded highway median near Mansfield. How it got there is a mystery but police first received reports of the animal about a year ago at the junction of Interstates 495 and 95. A number of rescue efforts have failed because the animal is afraid of people, and authorities are wary of using tranquilizers because a drugged animal could wander onto the road. North Attleboro shelter volunteer Linda Faber contacted a sanctuary in New York that offered some suggestions for catching the sheep. One idea is to set up a pen with another sheep to take advantage of the flock instinct. "The longer that the sheep is there, the more likely he or she will be too wild to approach, and the most likely problem of course is that the sheep will be injured by a motorist," said Susie Coston, national shelter director for the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Faber said she has three farms willing to take the sheep if it can be captured. "A sheep doesn't belong in the middle of the highway," she said.
As I read this article on OneNewsNow.com today, I thought how silly we sheep look when we try to live life in the fast lane. I know we think we are really smart and all, but after all Jesus didn't pick the smartest animal in the world to describe our relationship with Him. No, sheep are not known for their IQ, but they are known for hearing, knowing, and following the voice of their shepherd. And according to Jesus, The Good Shepherd, sheep NEED a shepherd! (more…)