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Facing judgment

November 17 2017 – Click here to listen

Okay some of you took exception to me yesterday when I said that I, a born-again Christian, will have to give an accounting for my life to God when I die, and I wasn’t looking forward to it. One person summed it up for those who wrote by saying: “I disagree that we will have to give an account for each of those stupid things we’ve done. I believe the blood of Christ not only washed my sins with forgiveness, but that those wrongs are separated as the east is from the west.”

Well I hate to disagree with my friends including this old gentleman, but my Bible clearly teaches there will be a day of accounting for EVERY man, woman, boy and girl.

Check out Heb. 9:27: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Sounds pretty straight-forward, concise, and convincing to me.

The “Great White Judgement” in Rev. 20:11 is for the lost. If we refuse to believe and die without receiving Christ, we will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and everyone there is cast into the “Lake of Fire.” It is not for those of us who have been washed in the blood of Christ through faith.

However, in II Cor. 5:10 there is another judgment called the BEMA judgment, (Greek word for “Judgment Seat). For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

BEMA is a reference to the Greek Olympics and the place where rewards were given. After this event there would be an awards ceremony. Three rewards would be given: First place for the best athlete, second and third rewards for those that came in the next two places. It was not a place of condemnation, but only a place where rewards were given. God’s judgment of Christians is the same. No one at this judgment will be condemned because they are already forgiven of their sins and saved, but here all Christians will be judged according to their works for Christ.

Everyone will appear before God at one of these two judgments.

Which judgment one stands before is determined simply by one fact: Whether one has believed and trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior or not. If we believe God’s word and receive Jesus as our Savior, we will be judged at the BEMA judgment and will go to heaven. Everyone at the BEMA goes to heaven. Everyone who doesn’t will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment, and will be cast into hell and be eternally separated from God.

The emphasis today in many churches when they teach about heaven and the BEMA judgment is to stress that it is a place of reward. We speak of mansions in heaven, and of how wonderful it will be to see Jesus, “Face to face.” All these things for many are true and are wonderful and reassuring. However, this thinking is not as comforting as some might hope. Not everyone will get a reward. My brother once told me that he could care less about rewards, he said he would be happy if he could squeak in and be a janitor. He just wanted to escape hell. I can relate, but I don’t want to spend eternity like that.

John Piper once wrote: I think there will be varying rewards on the basis of that measure of fruit. So that one will get five cities and one will get ten cities to rule over. And I’ll get a little Georgia village.

Rewards to me aren’t as important as facing my Savior Jesus and knowing what He went through for me, and having Him evaluate my life’s work AFTER accepting Him as my Savior, much less before. When I read 1 John 2:28 I cringe: And now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him.

Think for a moment what is the converse of this? In other words, if we don’t “remain in Him” as we should, that can only mean we will be ashamed when we stand before Jesus Christ.

Just saying . . .

Paul sums it up nicely as to how we should run our race. And there is yet time . . .

1 Cor. 9:24

Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday. I’m at Honey Lake and will be there. Come join us for an exciting day of fun . . .

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The record

November 16 2017 – Click here to listen

Once when I was in the 8th grade, there was a kid in our room who had a severe hearing problem. To compensate for it, he wore hearing aides in both ears. These devices were cumbersome by today’s standards. They were very large and had big volume controls on them whereby he could adjust the sound up or down. Several of my friends and I decided to play a trick on him. We pretended to be talking, moving our lips, but not making any sound. He moved his head forward trying to hear what we were saying and began turning the volume all of the way up on his hearing aides. At this point, we all yelled as loud as we could and squealed with laughter as he covered his ears and tried to turn the volume back down.

As I have thought of this stupid cruel act through the years, I have often wished that I could have apologized to him for it. I wish that I would have not participated in it, and in fact stopped the others from doing such a mean thing. I have forgotten his name and would not know him if he lived next door. I am ashamed of doing such an idiotic thing. It is only one of many idiotic things that I have done throughout my life. Unfortunately all of them are recorded in God’s Book of Life. God will remind me one day what this boy’s name is and every detail will be exposed. The Bible teaches that one day ALL things will be revealed.

Every dark deed that has been done will be exposed. Everything has been recorded and when we die, we will be required to kneel before a Holy God and give an accounting for them. Jesus Christ took the punishment for all of the stupid things that I have done in my life and I will not have to be separated from God because of my sins. I praise Him for that; however, as I understand the Bible, I will still have to give an accounting for them. How humiliating that will be.

We all do good and bad things throughout our lives. We should always remember that our every action is being recorded and will one day be exposed and visible for all to see. I’m looking forward to living in paradise forever, but I’m not looking forward to this review of my life, particularly the first 25 years.

__________________

Ecclesiastes 12:13
. . . Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.

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Single biggest problem in society?

November 15 2017 – Click here to listen

I read with interest where President Trump intervened and got three UCLA basketball players, freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley released from China. The trio had allegedly stolen numerous items including designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. Anonymous sources reported that surveillance footage shows them shoplifting from three stores in the high-end mall. The penalties in China for such offenses are severe and the trio could have received prison sentences of ten years or more for their crimes.

What an embarrassment for our country. How difficult it must have been for our President to make that call to General Secretary Xi and for him to receive it. The game was the culmination of a weeklong cultural and sports exchange involving the student athletes.

What does that say about our American culture?

Ugh . . .

The three arrived back home in the United States and reporters met them last night, but they had nothing to say. The mainstream media provided non-stop coverage of the arrest of Otto Warmbier, 22, who happens to be Jewish. He was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist and caught stealing a North Korean flag which he wanted as a souvenir. You will recall he was imprisoned for it and died due to severe brain injuries sustained from the torture that he received in a North Korea prison.

Why didn’t the press provide the same amount of coverage for these basketball players?

Well for one thing I doubt that our politically correct media wants to talk about three black basketball players caught stealing while on a goodwill mission in China. I suppose I will be labeled a racist or worse for pointing out that the Jewish kid who made his stupid mistake of trying to steal a souvenir was ridiculed all over the world for weeks, while there is barely a mention of these three black basketball players who made their stupid mistake of trying to steal high-end sunglasses and other merchandise.

It is not racist to mention the disparity and double standard in news coverage of the two events. That aside, I care far more about what inspired these kids to steal. They all are attending a premier University and have promising careers, one already has a brother in the NBA where mega-millions are paid to athletes, and I suppose the others might land positions there too. Why would they jeopardize everything and steal?

Why would Otto Warmbier go to North Korea in the first place and why would he steal something from his hotel room?

Early in life I thought nothing about stealing. To me it was an easy way to obtain what I want. When I met Jesus, and began following the Lord that attitude changed drastically. The Bible states that stealing is wrong. I taught my sons that at a young age.

When one of my sons was a freshman in high school he invited me to a Dairy Queen. He told me one of his classmates worked there and would give us free chocolate covered blizzards. I excoriated him for even thinking of doing such a thing and I made him go tell that young lady that if she continued doing it I would report her to the owner of that franchise. He didn’t want to do it, but one look at the rage on my face convinced him that I wasn’t playing around. I drove him down there and he put the fear in her and to my knowledge she immediately stopped giving away free merchandise to her friends that didn’t belong to her.

It was stealing plain and simple.

He learned a valuable lesson that day that has stuck with him throughout his life. He, nor any of my other sons, would cheat on their taxes, take advantage of someone, or steal anything, if their lives depended upon it. They know that they don’t get away with it even if they escape arrest. God, who watches everything we do, will mete out his punishment or rewards accordingly. I wish my father had taught me those lessons and I pray for other youngsters whose lives are ruined by the absence of God-fearing parents that will commit to raising their children to fear God and obey His commands as best they can.

If a father or mother has a child regardless of marital status they should support that child, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. I don’t know about the parents of those kids mentioned earlier, but I do know that most of the people whom I’ve met in prison ministry who were incarcerated, (not all, but most), had fathers who were absent, abusive, or far from God. The parents of these inmates didn’t teach their kids much of anything that was good and wholesome. I visited one prison yard where I met a grandfather, his son, and his grandson all serving time in the same prison. Like father, like son, like grandson it became a generational curse. Praise God that curse is far removed from my family.

What is the single biggest problem in society? Too many of our children have been raised without loving, godly parents who provided biblical instructions and who took an interest in their kids and monitored their friends! If we desire to see crime and other problems such as the rampant immorality that is sweeping our land reduced in America, the solution, regardless of what race, gender, or creed one happens to be, is for parents to teach their children a biblical code of conduct.

Duet. 11:18

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

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George H. Bush – You’re kidding?

November 14 2017 – Click here to listen

I noticed that another woman has come against George H. Bush making it six women now that have come forward. This one is claiming he made sexual advances to her when she was a child. Wow, former President Bush. Oddly I did not see John McCain or Mitch McConnell condemning him, or anyone in the press, or even the socialist dirt bags Media Matters. I suppose the Bush family is like the Clintons with special rules that apply to them. Remember Bill and Monica? And all those other women who have accused him . . .

As I said yesterday I don’t know if this stuff is true or false about Judge Moore. It seems to me that too many women are singing the same song to ignore the probability that he probably was guilty of making sexual advances towards young girls over 40 years ago.

Having a past like mine I understand that people do stupid and even terrible things in their young lives, but folks can and often do change, thus I suppose that I tend to look at things differently. I of course am not in any position to judge or condemn anyone.

In John 8:4 we are given some insight into the mind of God concerning our sins and us setting ourselves up as judges. “And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before them and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?”  . . . Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger. When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. And again He bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard this, they began to go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, until only Jesus was left, with the woman standing there. Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. “Now” go and sin no more . . .

How do you feel about this incident? Does your flesh demand that she be punished for her infidelity? Many are casting stones at Judge Roy Moore, John McCain is one of the most outspoken. What does his past look like?

A reader wrote yesterday and confirmed what I have heard for years about him when she said the following about John McCain:

“John McCain was widely known as a woman chasing, hard drinking, wild man and lousy student and pilot up to his capture in Vietnam. He was not respected by my husband’s Vietnam generation, at least by any pilot we knew. He committed adultery on his faithful wife who stood by him while he was in prison only to have him betray her for a millionaire political fan. McCain has no moral authority to judge another man’s sexual actions.”

Some other vocal critics of Moore are the Bush family. In fact, Jeb Bush came out today stating that Moore should get out of the race. Didn’t hear him say much about his daddy’s accusers though.

Having worked prison ministry for decades I have worked alongside some of the worst of the worst including former murderers who found the Lord in prison or elsewhere, and changed their lives to the point of loving God with all of their heart, soul, and mind and going on to serve Him fulltime. Many have raised wonderful families, been successful in business, and have accomplished great things. And their life’s work for the Lord compared to many Sunday-only-Christians is so much stronger that it isn’t even a contest.

If Roy Moore did what they say he did, those SINS should be condemned, but the rest of his life’s work should not be ignored no more than the life work of George H. Bush, or John McCain or anyone provided they have overcome the sins of their past.

I shudder to think what lies hidden in the closets of Congress, the presidency, Hollywood, the marketplace, churches, Nashville, and Mudville. Judge and condemn at your own risk.

Personally, I think God was writing the Ten Commandments in the dirt for the Pharisees to see . . . And for us to see. What do you think? Do you suppose we should all slow down and read them this morning before we enter the judging business?

Check out the list in Exodus 20:2

You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall make no idols.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Keep the Sabbath day holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.

God has told us that He will judge the world. He has not appointed anyone to help with this task. Hate the sin, but love the sinner and when you do you are abiding by do unto others as you would have them do unto you . . .

Romans 3:23

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

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Convicted with no trial or jury

November 13 2017 – Click here to listen

As most of you know I’m heavily involved with stopping child rape and hate the thought of it. Naturally the charges leveled at Judge Roy Moore concerned me, but then I calmly considered the facts, namely that this series of incidents allegedly occurred 40 years ago, the charges are being leveled by an interpreter for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and are being presented by ultra-liberal haters at the Washington Post. The main complainant in the matter claimed Moore called her on her bedroom phone, but her 71-year old mom said she didn’t even have a bedroom phone, and then there is the strange coincidence that all of this was submitted mere weeks before Alabama’s election.

I smell a rat, in fact I smell an entire nest of them.

Everyone seems to rush to convict Roy Moore because of press reports.

Huh?

Isn’t this the same new organization that has been proven time after time of making up stories? Isn’t this the same press that tries to portray people who happen to live in the south as Bible thumping fundamentalists, rednecks, ignorant hicks, racists, and bigots, who cling to their guns and Bibles?

Uh . . . Yeah, that describes the media and the elites pretty well.

I have met Roy Moore. I found him to be a man of rock solid beliefs and as someone who was not afraid to stand up for them. Standing up for his Christian belief system has cost him dearly, and in fact, he has endured persecution for some time. He was removed from the Supreme Court of Alabama because he would not agree to remove the Ten commandments monument and vilified for standing up for the constitution.

Liberals, elitists and globalists do not want a Christian like Moore in the Senate. They attack them and anyone who might dare to support them. Need an example? Just look to Media Matters, a George Soros funded left wing socialist organization, that is launching an all-out campaign to stop advertisers of Fox News Sean Hannity because he dared to say that these charges may or may not be true. If successful, this will dissuade anyone else from speaking out against the propagandized talking points.

I don’t know for sure if he did, or did not do any of the things of which he has been accused. Neither does anyone else, such as John McCain and others who have convicted him without a trial. I don’t think a court of law in the land would even hear the 40-year old case.

I find it difficult to believe and personally think it is a hatchet job. I do know that Judge Moore has fought for Christian values and our constitution in the court and in government for many decades and has become the enemy of the liberal elite and Washington establishment.

Mitch McConnell and his band of establishment cronies spent $30 million trying to elect a moderate in this race and failed, and now the liberals are trying to finish the job and elect one of their communist leaning puppets.

I wonder if they will be successful.

They have incessantly pursued Trump and anyone else that stands in the way of their goals and unfortunately there are many among us who are being swayed into ignoring the truth and facts. many are afraid of being persecuted along with Moore and Trump if they stand up and fight. Be strong friends and reap blessings from God . . .

Matt. 5:11

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

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I have changed

November 10 2017 – Click here to listen

I look forward to the next few weeks with great anticipation. I’m leaving for a deep-sea fishing trip today for a few of days of fun in the Florida Keys and when I return I’m going whitetail deer hunting through early December. I’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with most of my family during this same time period and stuff with turkey.

I used to feel guilty about such excursions, feeling that I should be working. I learned that more can be accomplished by taking some time off occasionally. And “taking time off” has never really applied to me anyway, because I’m always, (24/7) thinking about doing the work of the Lord.

Riding far out into the ocean on a boat allows one to think of the things of God and actually brings me closer to Him. The same is true for sitting on a deer stand for many hours awaiting a trophy buck’s appearance. My prayers are always more intense during these times and as the glory of God reveals itself in beautiful sunrises and sunsets and wonderfully created wildlife, one thing sure, whether I’m in a boat on the ocean, or in the forest, God will be beautifully on my mind. It is at these times that I seem to listen to God more intently and glean a greater understanding of His perfect plan for the remainder of my life.

When I retired from my business career after 40 some odd years and entered the ministry I was concerned that I was making the right choice. I’d been a donor, but my “doer” activity had been limited to speaking appearances and writing my autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street and Words for the Day. I’d never really been involved with the inner workings of a ministry, but felt my business experience would carry the day.

I especially felt that my entrepreneurial success in founding numerous companies would enable me to quickly establish the Jesus alliance and have it up and running in no time. Boy was I wrong. Technically it is not that different to establish a ministry versus a business; however, running one presented problems that I’d never encountered in my business career.

As with any endeavor, money is necessary to keep it going; it is the lifeblood of any organization. Admittedly I have struggled with raising enough money to operate the Jesus Alliance efficiently. In business money is seldom a problem, provided one has a great product, outstanding customer service, fair prices and can manage efficiently.

At the Jesus Alliance our product is Jesus and there is nothing that can rival it. The same is true for serving the needs of the people; Jesus exemplifies serving. And the price? Well His gift of salvation to anyone who wants it is free – Can’t beat that. As for operating efficiently, aside from normal start-up snafus, such as making a few early judgment errors in choosing staff, it has run smoothly.

I had a huge network of wealthy friends that I personally knew and naively thought that they, and other Christian folks, would cheerfully open their wallets out of sheer gratitude and appreciation of the Lord to donate a small portion of what the Lord had blessed them with. But, alas, except for a few isolated cases, just the opposite happened.

Admittedly I was appalled to see that the anti-Christ demons didn’t have any problems with raising billions of dollars to do their evil work, but ministries including the Jesus Alliance had to struggle mightily financially. I still wonder about this. How can these godless people readily give their hard-earned money towards their evil and God-fearing Christians refuse to give to the things of Christ?

The second surprise was spiritual warfare. I had no idea that it was so intense. Satan and his horde of fallen angels do not want ministries to succeed and they go after those who lead them with a rage. I have been attacked since the first day that I founded the Jesus Alliance. My family, my health, my wealth, and my character have all been viciously attacked at one time or another.

At times I have been greatly discouraged and downright depressed, but I kept focused on Jesus and kept slugging away. Today we are making significant progress with the Jesus Alliance. We are still underfinanced and spiritual warfare is just as intense, but I have changed.

In business I wanted to conquer the world and I wanted to do it NOW. I was hard hitting, intense, and a “take no prisoners” kind of CEO. Believe me it took some work on God’s part to get it through my thick head that this would be more difficult than anything I’d ever encountered. It was not an overnight “instant gratification” endeavor, and that I should just settle in for the long haul involving many years of hard work.

Unbelievably I am far more patient now and take temporary setbacks and disappoints like water rolling off a duck’s back. I sometimes even laugh when adversity and setbacks rear their ugly heads again for the umpteenth time. I have decided that it will take considerable time to achieve our goals, but I’m confident that the Jesus Alliance will go the distance and people all over the world will be reached for Christ and many wrongs will be righted. The Lord will prevail. And the tremendous progress we have made with the meager resources we have been given bears this out.

So, as I head to the ocean and the woods, I don’t feel guilty. I will not impede progress; in fact, I’ll continue to plan, listen to God, and make progress whether I’m sitting behind a desk or on a boat or a deer stand. For sure I will not quit and one thing the Lord can count on in me is that I will be there fighting “until the last dog dies.” And judging from what I’ve seen so far, that is what it will take – a raging hold no punches vicious dog fight . . .

Gal. 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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What is the real problem?

November 9 2017 – Click here to listen

There is a petition going around that urges folks to boycott the NFL this coming Veterans Day weekend. It seems fitting to me that we should not support an organization that disparages our country and those who bravely fought for it and have kept us free from the Hitlers, Stalins, and Hirohitos of the world. Most of the players who are protesting are black and the purpose for the protest is their claim to not stand up for a country where black people are being unfairly treated and murdered by the police.

Why would police profile blacks more than whites? Is it because they hate black people, or that blacks commit more crimes? It is a proven fact that a disproportionate number of blacks commit the crimes. It is just a fact.

Having worked in prison ministry some 30 years now I am convinced the problems that land people in prison are not because of skin color, but having been raised in a fatherless home, being abused as a child, generational governmental assistance that prevents work ethic, and dropping out of school. With no work, self-esteem, education and little hopes of attaining it, drug and alcohol abuse and crime are sure to follow.

What is “the primary problem?”

I believe the largest problem facing blacks is being raised in a fatherless environment. I can tell you first-hand regardless of your skin color that God-fearing fathers are vitally important in raising children. My father wouldn’t give me the time of day and when he did it was in the form of a beating. Is it any wonder that I became bitter and full of hate and turned to drugs and crime?

The police profiled me and pursued me daily and I needed it. Had they caught me, it would have served the community well because I was committing crimes. Loving God-fearing fathers teach their children that immoral behavior is wrong. They understand that their children are blessings from God and they teach their kids the value of education and work ethic. They teach them to revere this great country and to respect the police who are working so hard to protect us. They monitor their children and encourage them to make friends with good kids and to stay away from thugs and drugs. Most importantly they love them and support them emotionally and financially.

I received the following from a reader last week:

Children raised in fatherless homes, especially black children, are far more likely than children raised in two parent homes to engage in criminal behavior and thus, have contact with police. Ergo when they father a child with a woman to whom they are not married – or at least living with –  they are contributing to the problem against which these football players are taking a knee.

If you look at many of these players’ records on out-of-wedlock children, you find that they are contributing significantly to the problem against which they are protesting.

For example, Antonio Cromartie has 12 children by 9 different women. Apparently, the NFL had to shell out $500,000 before he could even play football for them. Travis Henry has 11 children by 10 women, Willis McGahee has 9 children by 8 women, Derrick Thomas has 7 children by 5 different women, Bennie Blades has 6 children by 6 women, Ray Lewis has 6 children by 4 women and Marshall Faulk has 6 children by 3 women.

Before these guys take a knee they should take a good look in the mirror. It appears that their problem is not the knee.”

So many problems in life could be easily solved if fathers would follow God and teach their children to do likewise. I have no idea how these guys treat their kids, they might love and support them more than anyone else in the world, but what they are doing is not healthy to society nor to the kids . . . It is wrong!

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Good News, Hope and how to cope

November 8 2017 – Click here to listen

I’ve been trying to get my head and heart straight over the evil that is taking place in our midst. Hurricanes, floods, mass shootings, sexual perversion, political hatred and so on is enough to dishearten practically anyone.

I couldn’t even read the news this morning as I normally do. I just gave up.

I’m often asked by new Christians how I recommend that they read the Bible.
I generally recommend that they begin in the New Testament by reading the book of Romans. When finished I suggest that they go to Matthew and read the entire New
Testament straight through. When that is accomplished I recommend that they go to Genesis and read the Old Testament and keep reading all of the way through to Revelation.

Suggestions for reading are not to read it like a novel, but instead to take your time and listen to the Spirit of God along your journey. God will emphasize some things and others He seems to reserve for a later reading. So, I might stop and read something and ponder its meaning for quite some time and other parts I read and keep moving.

Recently I decided to reread the Bible (for the umpteenth time.) So this morning I was reading the 12th chapter of Romans and taking my own advice and taking my time and listening to God. I came to verse 21 and it instructed me “not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good.”

That is a strange command to flesh. My innate desire is to fight, conquer, and destroy my enemies. Being good to them is contrary to my nature. Earlier in this chapter we are told that we should feed our enemy if he is hungry. If he is thirsty give him something to drink. This will amount to heaping coals of fire on his head.

Hmmm . . . My flesh would opt for actually physically heaping the coals of fire on their heads. So how can I overcome this fleshly evil? Through the Spirit of God that lives within me. I cannot show goodness like that myself, but the Holy Spirit inside me can. Yesterday I did indeed pray for those lost souls who called those of us who believe in prayer “dumb hicks” and used profanity not fit to print anywhere in so doing.

How did I do that when my flesh was urging me to challenge them to a duel? I submitted to the Holy Spirit. It is through faith we are saved. I would never do such a thing on my own; however, it is not lost on me that God does not make mistakes – I do.

So, am I better off listening to me, or God?

Silly question. In order to listen to God, we must read and study the Bible. I hope you will join me in studying it daily, and take care to study the things that make for peace and do them; if it be possible. As these latter evil days unfold, Christians will find themselves faced with more and more evil that is so vile that we cannot even fathom how it can possibly take place. Don’t believe it?

  • Massacre of an entire church including a 17-month old baby while they worship
  • Child rape, torture, and murder for money
  • Terrorists running over innocent cyclists with trucks

I won’t continue because I don’t want to discourage you. The Apostle Paul wrote a large portion of the New Testament. He described himself in Romans as “Jesus Christ’s slave, chosen to be a missionary, and sent out to preach God’s Good News.”

He was viciously flogged 3 times, caned 4 times, bitten by a poisonous snake, shipwrecked twice, imprisoned, beaten, despised by his former friends, brutally martyred just to name a few things he endured on behalf of Jesus to bring God’s Good News to the world.

Chances are a copy of that Good News is sitting in your home. I pray that you will open your Bible and read it. Study it night and day. Everyone will need every word we can devour in the coming days. The bible assures us that evil will not prevail, so as our Lord proclaimed, be of good cheer, Jesus Christ has overcome the world and all the evil that resides on it. Look to Him for your Good News, Hope, and how to cope.

Below is how He instructs us to deal with our enemies

(I still don’t understand it, but I’m trying Lord – I’m trying . . . )

Matt. 5:44

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . .

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Dumb hicks pray

November 7 2017 – Click here to listen

So, I read this morning where the liberal universe is burning up the Internet on Twitter denouncing calls for prayer for those in Texas. These posts are so disgusting and vile that I cannot even give you examples of what these lost people are writing.

The common theme is that those of us who believe in prayer are “dumb hicks.” Most are filled with expletives and the central theme is that these people were murdered while praying and praying was a waste of time.

I can think of no better place to be than in church praying when my life ends, and I am called to face God. So, these “geniuses” think I’m a dumb hick for my belief system. In Romans 8 the Bible states: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“– For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord . . .

Those innocent lambs who were slaughtered by evil are with Jesus Christ at this very moment. My prayers are for their families, friends, and community that are left behind to grieve and mourn their loss. Those who had faith in Jesus Christ when they were murdered are with Him at this very moment in the splendor and the majesty of His glory and will never know sadness, death, sickness, tears, or grief again.

I pray that these miserable people who are so filled with hate will come to know the Lord, for if they die in their current lost state, they will not be allowed to enter God’s peace and joy.

Unfortunately, the Democrats voted to ban God from their political platform. Anti-Christ sentiment is entrenched deep within that party, the Socialists, and others, but I say that just maybe they will come to know Christ. It is not inevitable that this segment of our society cannot experience revival and change.

While many scoff, I need only look at my own life to prove that there is always hope, even for the vilest of sinners. We cannot lose hope regardless of incendiary and blasphemous behavior. Though they are filled with hate and bitterness and a lack of joy, Christ can change all of that. So, whether these folks want my prayers for them or not, I am praying for them this morning. I ask you to do the same.

As an addendum to yesterday’s post to all you NRA and gun haters that wrote me, you might want to check out the facts, namely that the man who shot the killer was an NRA instructor and his expertise with the gun stopped that killer dead in his tracks. If he had not done so more people would have been slaughtered. He saw that the killer was wearing a bulletproof vest and skillfully shot him in the side and in the neck. Nice shooting!

Hebrews 4:14

Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we profess.

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Mass murder – Who is to blame?

November 6 2017 – Click here to listen

So, a young man 26 years old, walked into a church during their worship service and murdered 26 innocent people including men, women, and children and wounded another 20.

Few details are available, but the gunman led a very troubled life. He was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge and confinement for 12 months. And was kicked out of the Air Force for beating his wife and child. According to his classmates he was weird and creepy and an outspoken atheist who hated Christians. He had liked several atheist pages on his Facebook page and crusaded in favor of it. One of his former classmates wrote: “He was always talking about how people who believe in God were stupid and trying to preach his atheism.”

It is said that this guy had no known links to terrorists, so I assume he just hated Christians.

As soon as I heard what happened I immediately began praying and asking God to heal those who were wounded and that no more would die, and I prayed for the families, friends, and the community who must now deal with this tragedy.

President Trump and others felt similarly and immediately asked for prayers. Speaker of the house Paul Ryan tweeted: “Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”

Sadly, celebrity actor and star of House of Cards and former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Stand By Me” actor Wil Wheaton immediately tweeted in response: “The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you worthless sack of sh–.”

Nice…

Netflix celebrity Chelsea Handler blamed the tragedy on Republicans tweeting:
“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed . . . What country? . . . America . . . Why? . . . Republicans,”

Of course, multiple Democrats called for immediate gun control and blamed guns and the NRA for the tragedy.

Wow . . . Who do you think is to blame for this tragedy?

Hmmm . . .  a nearby resident stopped the carnage by grabbing his rifle and returning fire saving several lives in the process. The gun didn’t shoot itself at anyone, a person did. I don’t suppose guns are the reason for it. This killer could have mowed them down in the parking lot with a rented truck or blown them up with a bomb, or hacked them to death with a machete if he wanted to.

I seriously doubt that this shooter was a Republican and don’t see how Republicans and/or Paul Ryan are to blame. We had 8 years of Obama, Pelosi, and Harry Reid and fared no better.

Well who is to blame?

Hmmm . . . We, as a society, are to blame. This nation has become hostile to God. We have removed prayer from schools. We have removed the Ten Commandments from the public square; the same holds true with displaying a cross or nativity scene, or praying in public. God is ridiculed, Christians are ridiculed and persecuted by our government and many leaders in society. Obama smugly declared to the world as though he was proud of the fact that “We are no longer a Christian nation.”

How does God feel about our nation turning its back on Him?

God does not want anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But His patience will run out according to God’s word and when it does there will be a day of reckoning. Listen to the second part of this passage: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found . . .

The perpetrator who murdered these folks while they worshipped in church needed Jesus; Wil Wheaton needs Jesus; Chelsea Handler needs Jesus; Congress, and this entire nation need Jesus.

And I hate to disappoint you Wil Wheaton, but we need prayer. You need prayer. The hate, bitterness, and murder in this world evolves from sin which rules over this world and brings death. But through Jesus, God allows eternal life for all who put their faith in Him.

The answer to this problem is not more gun control, giving Democrats the Whitehouse or the Presidency, or putting Nancy Pelosi in as Speaker of the House and Chuck Schumer in as head of the Senate. We need revival in this country. Pray for it and pray for those who are so full of hate and bitterness that they will turn back from their sin.

Ezekiel 33:11

Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways!

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Certain – uncertain quandary

November 3 2017 – Click here to listen

I read an article in Forbes magazine today that states that the earth is now cooling.

Huh?

What about global warming? I thought the glaciers in the arctic were melting which would raise the level of the ocean and destroy humanity? I searched the Internet to corroborate and sure enough I found a contradictory article that stated that signs of the earth cooling really means it’s warming.

Huh?

I heard President Obama say that those who don’t believe in global warming probably still believe that the earth is flat. That is an interesting statement. It was intended of course to ridicule anyone going against the Al Gore mantra of global warming, but as I recall from lessons recorded in history, the prevailing scientists of the day coupled with “those in the know” were the ones saying that the earth was flat. It was someone who didn’t believe the conventional science and wisdom of the day who proved them all wrong.

I wrote briefly about this in my latest book, Crazy Like Foxes: “The experts thought the world was flat, and Christopher Columbus proved them wrong. They said Earth was the center of the universe, and Galileo deflated that one. They said flying faster than the speed of sound was impossible, but Chuck Yeager showed otherwise. “Experts” said for years that the human body was incapable of running a sub-four-minute mile, and you were crazy to even try it. But Roger Bannister did it in 1954. And once he did it, everyone was doing it. Today high-schoolers routinely run faster than a four-minute mile, and in the past 50 years the record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds . . .

All these pseudo-intellectual naysayers had one thing in common; they were quite certain their hypotheses were correct, right up until the moment their theories exploded in their faces.

The problem with “experts” is that s-o-o-o many people believe them.”

I’m not denying that pollution is a miserable problem. I once visited India and thick smog could be seen for hundreds of miles prior to landing in Mumbai. When I walked down the street during my visit, the white shirt I was wearing was stained with soot and my eyes burned. There was so much trash in the river there it was nauseating. I felt sorry for the citizens living there and for that matter those who live in L.A. and Atlanta. With that said, whether those problems affect the entire world is entirely another matter.

I read today where scientist genius Stephen Hawking said that Artificial Intelligence, robots will replace humans COMPLETELY. He explained that “Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” AI will have the capacity to replicate itself and will eventually be much more intelligent than the human brain. He said, “I believe there is no deep difference between what can be achieved by a biological brain and what can be achieved by a computer. It therefore follows that computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence – and exceed it.” “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

He added that he thinks a new space program should be worked on urgently by the science community “with a view to eventually colonize suitable planets for human habitation.” He continued: “I believe we have reached the point of no return. “Our earth is becoming too small for us. Global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”

Hmmm . . . When I was just a little kid I saw a cartoon that depicted two cavemen. One was holding a bow and arrow and he was asking the other if he thought that the new-fangled invention might be the cause of so much rain lately. Some six decades later I’ve never forgotten that cartoon.

I think that sometimes we might not fully understand the insignificance of ourselves.

Theories of intelligent people from Plato and Socrates to Al Gore, (LOL), and Stephen Hawking are accepted and then discarded or disproven, but the Holy Bible remains the same. In this world of great uncertainty, we can rest easy in knowing that God is all powerful, all knowing, all present and He is on the throne watching over this little blue marble that He hung in space. He is in control and that is a good thing, because He is good.

He has given us a wonderful comforting gift in the Bible. His word has withstood the test of thousands of years and though written in ancient times by some forty different authors, on three continents in three languages with widely varying cultures, not one word has been disproven, though many including me tried to disprove it. Today it remains the most widely read and number one best-selling book worldwide.

If you are worried about the weather, robots, over-population, wars, or whatever read your Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit of God. He holds you in the palm of His hand and He loves you. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are numbered. He has a wonderful plan for your life if you will just believe in Him and follow Him, He will surely bless you the remaining days of your life and forever. His word shall not return void. That is one thing that is CERTAIN in this uncertain world.

Our God is an awesome God.

Rev. 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Have a great weekend and go to church Sunday!

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Guns and Bible – All I need

November 2 2017 – Click here to listen

I am consistently amazed at the mindset of so many in this country. We just had a horrific terror attack whereby 8 people were killed and 12 more seriously injured by a radical Muslim driving a truck through the streets of NYC randomly running over every person in his path. He culminated the attack by T-boning a school bus with little kids on it and then ran out in the street screaming Allahu Akbar.

Now comes a news story from NBC, but instead of focusing on this cowardly terrorist attack and tragic loss of human life, or the person who had to have both legs amputated to save her life, or the fact that these terrorists are now bringing their black evil and mayhem to the streets of America, their “news organization” posted a story about American Muslims fearing a potential “backlash” against their community. This because the suspect – identified by authorities as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan – shares their Muslim faith. The article ended with this comment: “Get to know a Muslim in your community, and maybe then you might have a different opinion.”

Instead of the story being written about the barbaric murder of innocent people, the media now wants the story to be about “imagined” backlash, and portray Americans as Islamophobic bigots. We just need to get to know Sayfullo Saipov in order to form an opinion.

Give me a break . . .

This cowardly punk was gleeful when he openly told investigators he wanted to kill as many Americans as possible and hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room. I know all I need to know about this demon and I don’t like him.

President Trump tweeted: “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”

I’m sure that comment will once again bring the crazies out against him and it will be fast and furious. I agree with him wholeheartedly and am not afraid to say it. Bravo!

President Trump also wants to eliminate the diversity lottery program that enabled this guy to come to this country and then chain migrate 30 more members of his family. That comment will add fuel to the fire of elites howling for his impeachment.

Again, I say Bravo! Well said!

We must have diversity at all costs is the liberal elite mantra. Some in the religious community including the Pope also support blanket immigration and open borders. That idea is simply crazy. What is up with people like the Pope demanding our country open its borders to anyone who wants to come to this country? The entire world wants to come here. No, we need to have a sensible approach and only allow those in who will assimilate, get a job, learn our language and use it, and believe in the ideals of the United States of America.

I would like to ask the Pope, or any religious leader, why do you suppose the Jews originally built the wall around Jerusalem and after it was destroyed Nehemiah rebuilt it? Did they desire to keep out their friends? Do you think that maybe – just maybe – they desired to keep out the enemies that constantly tried to destroy them?

Geez – We need to pay attention to the common sense presented in the Bible. There are those in the world that want to destroy us, especially jihadi Muslims who hate everyone who is not like them, especially Christians. No one should be intimidated to say that. It’s true.

But alas we live in an age of emasculated political correctness. No one dares speak out against those who kill, destroy, loot, burn, and create anarchy for fear of being labeled as a hater and worse. Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Instagram will censor you for hate speech, the media will destroy you, the Southern Poverty League will label you as a hate group, Antifa will try to beat and kill you, and the globalist elites led by Obama will call you an ignorant redneck clinging to your guns and Bibles.

News Flash – My guns and my Bible are all I need; this is one redneck who is unafraid to speak out and is prepared to defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Some things are worth fighting for and yes even dying for and God, family, and country top the list. Follow the lead of Nehemiah – Build the dang wall . . .

Nehemiah 4:18

Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me . . .

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Trick or treat

November 1 2017 – Click here to listen

Halloween is an interesting holiday. I’m ashamed to say it, but early in life I was heavily involved with witchcraft and became a warlock, or male witch, when I lived in New Orleans. Halloween is a special day for witches throughout the globe and is arguably the most important night for performing evil especially blood sacrifices. Today it is regarded as a fun time to dress the kids up as witches or ghouls for a night of trick or treating, costume parties and a night of fun and revelry.

Satan wants us to look at it far differently than the true witches and demons in our midst.

Satan has similarly distorted Easter and replaced the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with the Easter bunny. Christmas of course is now twisted to be all about Santa Claus which replaces the birth of Christ. The true meaning of these holidays is lost as retailers scramble for dollars in selling costumes, candy, and gifts.

What to do? It’s not my place, but at a minimum teach your kids the truth about these holidays.

Satan has built his empire upon deception and distortion. Nowhere is it more evident than what is happening to Christians. Just as he distorts holidays, he is heavily engaged in portraying us as right-wing bigots, haters, superstitious fools, and other dastardly untruths. And the world is falling for it. If you disbelieve, then dare to speak out.

In America, Christians face persecution as never before. In fact, Christians are more persecuted today than any other group. I monitor those charity law firms, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, and others, that pro bono fight religious liberty violation issues daily. The fight is intense; they are vastly outnumbered and out-financed by the ACLU and others. Christians are being fired, ostracized, sued, and in a few cases sent to jail in record numbers for simply living their lives according to their religious beliefs based on the Bible. If you question this, a quick visit to these law firm websites to review the myriad of cases before them will convince you. And they don’t have the finances to represent all of them . . .

In a letter to Timothy the Apostle Paul sensed he was nearing death. He offered a sage piece of advice to Timothy, whom he refers to as his son, regarding how he should conduct himself. In 2 Tim. 1:7 – For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Too many people today are afraid to stand up to those who oppose God, especially if it seems likely to affect their livelihood. I believe this comes from faith that is very shallow. I don’t know how more plain the Lord can make it than to tell us not to live in a spirit of fear. He has us in the palm of His hand and we will be blessed for our faith. If your faith is strong you will believe that God has not given us the spirit of fear. That spirit comes from Satan!

You might say that’s easy to say, but much more difficult to do. That is a copout for those who are filled with satanic fear. Again, fear does not come from God. Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

God grants us the spirit of power which manifests itself in courage and resolute determination to overcome whatever difficulties and dangers present themselves. He will hold us up.

God also gives us the spirit of love for Him and others, which will shred through opposition like a hot knife going through butter. Love God with all that you have and He will in turn bless you.

And He has given us the spirit of a sound mind. The world today is lacking a sound mind. Paul warned that this would happen in Chapter 4:2 – Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction. For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry . . .

Sound mind equates to sound doctrine or in other words it comes from the Bible.

Paul states unequivocally that we should preach the Gospel boldly. Grace was given to us before the world began in Christ Jesus, for all the gifts that come from God to sinful man, come in and through Christ Jesus alone. Paul urges Timothy to hold fast to the Holy Scriptures, and the substance of solid gospel truth in them. We are preserved pure and entire, yet we cannot keep it by our own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Don’t fret, it will not be gained by those who trust in their own hearts, and lean to their own understandings.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

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I didn’t get what I deserved. THANK GOD!

October 31 2017 – Click here to listen

It has become exceedingly painful to view the news in any format; most of it is nothing but lies and all of it is negative. One would think we live in the absolute worst totalitarian country in the world by viewing the headlines.

Okay so I tried to tune out by tuning in to ESPN and professional sports. Ugh! More controversy . . . Politics, political correctness, and multi-millionaire protestors, who have no earthly idea what they want is all ESPN seems to broadcast.

Uh, okay I’ll take in a movie. Barf! – Just what I need to see, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Rosie O’Donnell and other perverted scum bags making their millions, which will no doubt be used to disparage this country.

I try to find comfort in my Bible and working for the Jesus Alliance, but I cannot study the Bible and work all the time. So not so long ago I went fishing and smelled the saltwater and felt the wind in my face. I was hooked, (pun intended), and now I’m busily planning offshore adventures and rigging up fishing equipment and my new boat. The timing is perfect because the best sail fishing, wahoo, tuna, and Mahi – Mahi begins in January. But that seems far off. Not to worry, whitetail deer season begins November 4th and sitting on a deer stand watching God’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets completely free from all those who hate conservative Christian people like me sounds very good.

We live in a divided, bitter country filled with haters who are so negative with their, “the sky is falling,” mentality that it makes me gag. Whiners and losers is all they are. They don’t appreciate what this great country offers. We live in an entitlement era filled with those who march around with bullhorns shouting they want justice which translates into more free for me. Everyone wants what they think they deserve.

No one ever gave me anything free. I was Godless, homeless, had been abused as a child, had little education, was addicted, was a certified, diagnosed, dangerous sociopath, and had a criminal record. One day I thought there had to be a better way. I decided to follow Christ. I got a job. I worked hard and got promoted. I raised a God fearing lovely family, made friends all over the world, and I started my own businesses and made tons of money. What a great country. I didn’t get what I deserved. THANK GOD!

If you think you deserve better. Then do something about it. Don’t loot, burn, riot, parade around with a bullhorn, whine, moan, and gripe. Follow Jesus. Get a job, be the first one there and the last to leave, volunteer for every job that no one else wants to do, care about your company and your fellow employees, outwork every employee and work smart. On your time off, go where you can be with God.

Jesus is everywhere, but I find my best times are spent with Him in studying His word, and attending a good church. I find that I draw closest to Him afield. I love to go offshore, or sit on the bank of a pond, or walk through a forest, or desert, or high on a mountain, or even in the Everglades. I feel His presence when alone with Him.

The things in this life will disappear, but we can enjoy some of them right here and right now – The glory of God is where you find it and it remains forever. . . Ignore Satan’s negativity – Take pleasure in all that God has made just like He does.

Psalm 104:31

May the glory of the LORD continue forever! The LORD takes pleasure in all he has made!

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Melancholy despite our abundance

October 30 2017 – Click here to listen

I was talking to a friend of mine about the Everglades and how they are literally dying due to lack of water with some 90 per cent of wading birds no longer there and the eco system rapidly disappearing. The problem is a large sugar cane company in south Florida is responsible for diverting the water from Lake Okeechobee out the St. Lucie River instead of allowing it to naturally flow into the Everglades. This is being done to make them tons of money on their sugar cane production.

So why doesn’t the government do something about it? Because this company pours tons of money into Republican and Democrat legislator’s pockets to buy them off and have done so for decades. It is an ecological disaster that was/is entirely preventable. Big money is spread around and there are always those there who have their hands out waiting for it and the Everglades can just be damned.

So last night I watched a prerecorded 60 Minutes episode from last week and they ran a special on the pharmaceutical industry including their distributor’s and the retail drug store lobby’s massive payoff to legislators in the United States Congress to ensure that opioid prescriptions continue unabated along with its consequence some 142 deaths per day and rising.

Senator Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Tom Marino introduced legislation to essentially stop the enforcement of the DEA to prosecute these greedy heartless corporations. The bill was laughingly called the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act. Its primary purpose was to neuter the DEA’s ability to crack down on obviously farcical opioid distribution, (60 Minutes cited one instance where some 9 million opioid pills were sent to one tiny drugstore in a small town in West Virginia with a population of just 5000.) The bill sailed through Congress with hardly any debate and was passed under “Unanimous Consent” in both chambers and President Barack Obama signed it.

So, the deaths continue. The Trump administration nominated Sen. Marino to the post of drug czar until what had transpired with this bill became public. Thank God, he retracted the offer. 60 Minutes went on to detail how many former DEA prosecutors and investigators are now working for the big pharma groups and distributors. They have switched sides in order to . . . yeah, you guessed it, make more money.

Money, money, money – Is there nothing sacred? God help this greedy country. I heard a preacher, Dr. David Jeremiah, say this weekend that it is ironic that our country is so melancholy while living in the midst of so much abundance. Abundance doesn’t melt away melancholy, the love of our Lord and doing the right thing does. Don’t be obsessed with making more and more money. It is like watching sand run through your fingers. It is here today and will be burned up and gone tomorrow.

Eccl. 5:10

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.

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Don’t pick up the rock

October 27 2017 – Click here to listen

It’s been interesting to watch the many Hollywood women coming out and declaring that Harvey Weinstein and others in that industry sexually assaulted them in one manner or another. News media powerhouses suffered the same fate with Roger Aisles, Bill O’Reilly, Eric Bolling and David Halperin being among the more famous. Professional Athletes and coaches have long been accused of it and there are literally too many to list here. The same is true with professional musicians who want to make it big. Successful radio hosts routinely trade sex in exchange for giving airtime to wannabe music artists that want to make it to the big time.

Business is no stranger to the practice of exchanging sex for a promising career and many have fallen because of it. Politics is ripe for it as well. How can we forget political leaders like Anthony Weiner who have been in this category for years and now three women have accused former President George H. Bush of grabbing their rear ends and telling off-color jokes from his wheelchair.

Good grief!

Lest you think this is limited to the abuse of women check out actor Corey Feldman who maintains his life is in danger because he wants to expose a pedophile ring that abused him, He has charged he is being targeted for death by a pedophile ring in Hollywood that abused him as a child. Feldman has long said that he and ‘80s pal Corey Haim were victims of sexual abuse in Hollywood when they were children – now he’s determined to expose the powerful Hollywood pedophiles he says attacked them and out at least six current ringleaders in this trade.

Sex, power, and money sure has its hold on the world. What would Satan do without them?

Jesus said in John 12:35 – So Jesus told them, “For a little while longer, the Light will be among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light.”

When we walk in darkness we fail to see the dangerous stumbling blocks that lie in our paths. We experience a kind of judicial blindness: unaware of the pits and snares that lie in the way, or of the dark valleys on our path to destruction and misery. James, half-brother to Jesus, remarked in James 1:14: But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death . . .

Satan is wise. In Genesis 3:6 he used his darkness deceit for the first time on humankind: When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

Satan just wanted her to see the lovely fruit and not the rottenness of indulging in it. Little thought was given to the consequence of death that God had warned them of and they ignored the light and indulged in eating of the forbidden fruit with reckless abandon. Just look where we are now compared to then. Humankind went from walking with God in the cool of the evening in paradise to what we are seeing today. It didn’t stop there of course and has ravaged generations ever since.

So how does God who loves us, see our sin. He hates sin and cannot tolerate it, but interestingly, despite the sins of his mother and father, David and Bathsheba, God allowed their son, King Solomon, to build the Temple, and Mary the mother of Jesus Christ to descend from their lineage.

Why would God permit this? I’m sure some of our condemning and judgmental brothers and sisters are scratching their heads over that one, but it indicates that God loves us despite sin and God will forgive sin, because Jesus underwent righteous punishment for every last one of them. When God looks upon us He sees the blood of Christ covering our sins Hebrews 4:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” BUT, and herein lies the rub, its consequences will still be realized. David was never the same after his adulterous foray and murder of his lover Bathsheba’s husband. Solomon was a good ruler at first, but sinned greatly as he was tempted in his life of luxury and ended up leading a frustrating life of folly. In the book of Ecclesiastes, he recapped much of it by listing how he squandered his opportunity to walk in the light of God.

In the end he realized what he had done and ended that book with the verse that follows. Read it and listen to the Spirit of God this morning. Glory be to God for the fact that He forgives sin and we will get to heaven in spite of our black sins, but consequences realized on this planet cannot be stopped. It’s just like throwing a rock at a window. You might regret it the moment it leaves your hand, but it will still shatter the glass. Walk in the light and don’t pick up the rock – Avoid a shattered life. Satan lied to Eve about the consequences and convinced her to focus on that ever-so-tempting fruit that God so lovingly warned them about. It’s in our DNA to follow suite unless we walk in the light.

Eccl. 12:13

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Blurry watch or blurry mind?

October 26 2017 – Click here to listen

I awoke this morning and glanced at my watch and it read 4:00 a.m. So, I got up and headed towards my study to write Words for the Day and noticed the light was on in the living room. I went in there and my wife was watching television. That seemed odd, she was sitting there watching television when I went to bed and appeared not to have ever quit. I remarked that she must love television and she looked at me like I was crazy. She exclaimed, “It’s a quarter to eleven Bob.

Huh? I thought it was 4:00 a.m.

Hmmm . . . I was thinking I sure did pay a lot of money for a watch that was too blurry to read. That didn’t fly and I had to accept that just maybe the watch was not the problem, and my old eyes were not as sharp and focused as they once were.

Sigh . . .

I’d gone to bed early because I didn’t ever sleep Tuesday night, I assume due to the anesthesia for my back procedure. Last night I slept very well for a few hours for a change and was ready to begin my day just a little before midnight.

This incident reminded me this morning of a report I read from world famous researcher and good friend George Barna. In part it is as follows:

With over 5 billion copies sold, the Bible remains earth’s most-read book. But the world in which we read and engage with the Bible is rapidly changing. The steady rise of skepticism is creating a cultural atmosphere that is becoming unfriendly to claims of faith; the adoption of self-fulfillment as our culture’s ultimate measure of good is re-orienting moral authority; and the explosive growth of digital tools such as Bible apps, daily reading plans, study resources and online communities offer unprecedented access to the Scriptures.

In the last six years alone, we’ve seen unparalleled changes. Nearly a quarter of a century ago in 1991, 45 percent of American adults told Barna they read the Bible at least once a week. In 2009, 46 percent reported doing so. These percentages were remarkably consistent over the course of nearly two decades. But since 2009, Bible reading has become less widespread, especially among the youngest adults. As more and more Millennials join the ranks of adulthood, the national average continues to weaken. Today, about one-third of all American adults report reading the Bible once a week or more. The percentage is highest among Elders (49%) and lowest among Millennials (24%).

There are a few hopeful signs for those who advocate for the Bible’s continuing importance and influence:

  • Most Americans (including a majority of young adults) believe the Bible has been more influential on humanity than any other text.
  • A majority (also including young adults) believes the Bible contains everything a person needs to know in order to live a meaningful life.
  • Two-thirds of all Americans hold an orthodox view of the Bible, that it is the actual or inspired word of God.
  • Nearly half read the Scriptures at least once a month. Fidelity to the Bible is strong among practicing Christians of all ages.

That’s the good news. Here is what is disturbing:

  • Trust in the Bible’s reliability is dropping. Barna first asked American adults in 1991 if they agreed or disagreed that “the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches.” Twenty-five years ago, 46 percent strongly agreed — close to half — but today, just one-third of Americans say so. And the percentage of those who strongly disagree has nearly doubled in six years.
  • Similarly, there is rising skepticism about the Bible as a sufficient guide for living a meaningful life. The percentage of people who strongly agree with the statement has contracted in six years from 53 percent in 2011 to 45 percent in 2016—and the percentages of those who disagree strongly or somewhat have increased over the same time frame, from 23 to 33 percent.

The national shifts in these three perceptions — the Bible is sacred literature, is sufficient as a guide for meaningful living and is reliably accurate — are the clearest indicators that skepticism about the Bible is gaining a stronger cultural foothold.

Barna researchers expect to see significant shifts in the coming half-decade, as the proportion of Elders in the general population shrinks and the proportion of Millennials grows. Millennials (14%) are half as likely as Elders (29%) to believe the Bible is the actual word of God and twice as likely to believe it is a manmade book of teachings and advice (20% vs. 11% among Elders).

Hmmm . . . I look at Bible study as the single most important factor in finding success in raising a family, building my businesses, developing friendships, finding financial security, and learning to experience peace, love, and joy in my life. As I look around this morning stacks of Bibles of different translations are on my desk. That is because I read it every day and I enjoy the different versions.

I’m saddened that skepticism is on the rise in our young people and they “don’t believe the Bible is the actual word of God and is a manmade book of teachings and its advice as a sufficient guide for living a meaningful life is increasingly dropping.

The Bible has literally change so many lives like mine throughout time and yet is now being distorted, kind of like me looking at my watch this morning and thinking it was much later than it was. It wasn’t the watch; it was me. The same rings true with the Bible.

Just one in five of all American adults have read the Bible from start to finish. While it might not be shocking to discover well over half (61%) of evangelical Christians have read the Bible from start to finish, it may be surprising that nearly one in six (18%) of people with a faith other than Christianity and about one in eleven (9%) people with no faith claimed to have done the same.

Where do you stack up in these statistics?

I strongly encourage you to read the Bible all of the way through (numerous times like I have done) and to study it daily. I’m currently developing a Bible study podcast series that will soon appear on the Jesus Alliance website among other outlets that will first validate the Bible’s authority and accuracy, and then go through the various books of the Bible. It is not a verse by verse Bible study, Lord knows there are enough of great ones already out there. Mine is more of a summary of great ideas and concepts that God gave me when reading each book. I taught this series in Bible study, and it was well received and I hope you enjoy it too. Best of all it is free. You may not be aware that Words for the Day can now be received on a podcast too – It’s free too.

The Bible is available and waiting for us. It is clear and concise. I believe it is akin to an owner’s manual written by God. He created us and lovingly uses His Holy Word to tell us how to get the most out of this life and how to spend eternity with Him. It is stirring, comforting, instructional, inspirational, encouraging, motivating, and more. It is God Himself. Hey, it’s free too . . .

I shudder to think what would have happened to me had I not read the Bible while recovering in that hospital over four decades ago.

Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me access to your holy words of love and wisdom! I now walk through the fiery trials of this world unafraid, knowing You are with me always and have forgiven me of every dark sin. I owe any and all success to You and Your Holy Word the Bible. Amen!

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

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Peace like a river

October 25 2017 – Click here to listen

Yesterday I had to get an epidural due to a bulging disc in my lower back area. I’d reached a point that I hurt all the time and could not sleep much and could barely walk. After the procedure yesterday, I suffered with it literally all night and in fact still have not been able to sleep. What a difference in my back this morning though. I actually put my socks on without grimacing and squealing in pain for the first time in months. It feels great.

It is an answer to a prayer. I had five discs fused together in my neck just a couple of years back and was flat on my back for three months and could barely walk even with a walker. As my back began hurting more and more lately I had visions of going back under the knife and getting my L4 and L5 fused together and losing more time, but miraculously I feel so-o-o-o much better this morning.

I prayed hard for this and God has granted me more time. Last week I asked you to pray for four people. The results are in: My friend T.K. Wetherell ’s operation was successful and the doctors do not think that he will lose his kidneys. Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy’s trip to L.A. was hugely successful and his movie deal moves closer. There was no miracle for Michael (Moles) and he died without ever regaining consciousness after his head injury from a falling tree limb; his funeral is today. Maureen Bravo’s mother and best friend likewise went to be with the Lord after suffering a devastating stroke.

Two yes’s and two no’s.

Yesterday I wrote about the age-old dilemma of why good things happen to bad people and its opposite, why bad things happen to good people. There is no answer and I quit trying to figure it out. I’m not on that pay scale. I’m like Paul, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” If my back needed surgery I would have readily accepted it, but would have been grouchy and yet content with my fate. My dear friend Maureen notified me that her mother had passed by simply stating: “It is finished – Alleluia.” Such a beautiful way to look at a Christian’s death.

You may wonder how some people can react to bad news in such a manner. My good friend TK can accept fighting cancer for fifteen years without complaint, and more importantly fear. He is a tough old buzzard, but he has tremendous faith in God. His attitude is a direct derivative of faith and trusting God.

I had dinner with some folks the other night and related my experiences sword fishing far offshore late at night. On two separate occasions I was caught in vicious storm’s and very nearly lost my life. And then there were the many car wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, fights with guns, knives, brass knuckles, and clubs, overdosing on drugs (twice), multiple bouts with skin cancer including melanoma, being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Hepatitis C, being trampled by three horses.

I joked to my dinner party friends that I was like bad grass. It begins growing in a crack in your driveway, and you spray it with Roundup and it seemingly dies, only to reappear a mere few inches away. You just can’t seem to kill bad grass and I compare myself to it.

That is a joke, and I do know the answer to the question as to why God has not allowed my life to be taken. It’s simple really, my purpose has not been fulfilled yet. Psalm 139:16

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

I know I’m indestructible, right up until the day the Lord calls me home, so why would I worry about death? I have faced it time and again and don’t fear it at all.

I received a letter yesterday in response to my post that reads:

“Interesting article on “WHY”. I accept the ” . . . In this world you’ll have trials and tribulations.”  My bigger question, for which I’m aware that nobody but the Lord has the answer to, is WHY, of all the billions, or trillions of places that God could have put the devil, and us, did we wind up on the same planet. And WHY give the devil “all the authority and splendor”. WHY tempt Adam and Eve to begin with if they loved God? Would they have defied God’s warning about not touching that darn tree if the devil was not on Earth?

The SOB betrayed God and wanted to displace Him, yet he is rewarded with a planet with humans to lie, tempt and torment until the end of time.

But, as you’ve stated, since we don’t know the mind of God, I’ll keep on “grinning and wagging”.

As he alluded there is no definitive answer and we can only guess the answer to why-why-why, but I know God doesn’t want robots who mindlessly obey. We do know from our Bible that He created us to have fellowship with Him. He loves us and wants us to love Him. If there was not evil and free will then He would have robots.

True hell is extreme, but the nature of God is holy, a term we cannot easily envision. Many think they are “good” people and have done no wrong. Holy God looks at our “good” lives as filthy rags. Only the sacrifice of Jesus could redeem those of us who elected to follow Him and not the world.

As for Satan, I don’t agree he is rewarded. Psalm 37:10

Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were,

And they will not be there . . .

Compared to eternity, Satan’s time is limited, and spending eternity in the lowest blackest pit in hell is no reward. My guess is he will be completely alone in darkness. He will suffer and be tormented forever for what he has done, as will those who rejected the blood sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Many don’t want to hear this hellfire and brimstone stuff, but the One who talks the most about it in the Bible is Jesus Christ. I’m just emulating Him and consider myself to be in the best of good company.

God did not create Satan as evil but allowed the potential for sin for him as He has done with us. While God cannot commit sin, He doesn’t take it away from those who do. When Lucifer chose to rebel, he instantly became the author of sin. Evil is the net result of a free-will choice by Lucifer.

Satan and sin don’t thwart God’s divine purposes. In time God will prove that He is victorious over evil and evil beings who follow Satan’s ways. Satan hates and fears salvation, heaven, and a new earth devoid of him that will be exclusively created for God’s chosen people who are made holy and perfectly moral, through Christ. And it is they (us), who will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

The bottom line is that our personal peace of mind about Satan, his followers, and evil comes from being God-centered and God-focused. Don’t waste time thinking about that slimy reptile. As always God states it best:

Isaiah 48:18

“O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river.”

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Grinning and wagging

October 24 2017 – Click here to listen

I had an interesting conversation with some of my good friends over dinner last night. Recently George Soros, the multi-billionaire that is financing every malevolent cause in the country and whose desire is to destroy America, gave his Open Society Foundation another $18 billion dollars. This was in addition to the $2 billion already on hand.

This organization funds virtually every socialist/communist anti-Christ wicked organization in America. Their collective intent is to destroy this country as we know it and all for which it stands, and Soros money, along with other ultra-liberal foundations, add even more fuel to the fire.

I was asked why God seems to allow people like that to prosper so mightily, while those who fight for our Lord struggle. Indeed, I can only imagine the good the Jesus Alliance could do with just one million dollars, much less $20 billion.

I reminded them that the world is under Satan’s control. Yes, Adam and Eve were initially given stewardship of this beautiful planet, but relinquished it to him when they sinned. As evidence that Satan now controls what is in this world we need only look at the temptation of Christ which is detailed in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. According to these manuscripts, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, Satan appeared to Jesus and tried to tempt him.

Matt. 4:8 – “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”

In Luke 4:6 Satan spells out the authority granted by God to him even more plainly: “And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.”

So, it is not God, but Satan who is giving the authority, splendor, and wealth to those who will do his bidding. Now it is very true that God is sovereign and could stop it, and it is likewise true that God blesses the righteous with all kinds of blessings including wealth just as He did with Abraham and other righteous people. But the question as to why God allows evil people to gain such incredible resources that are used almost exclusively for evil purposes still begs to be answered.

Mike Ford wrote: “We are not alone in this complaint. Several Old Testament figures were just as perplexed as we are. Notice Jeremiah’s prayer: Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously? (Jeremiah 12:1)

Job has the same lament: Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power? Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull breeds without failure; their cow calves without miscarriage. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice to the sound of the flute. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment [in peace, Moffatt] go down to the grave. (Job 21:7-13)

This question pops up in the Psalms as well: “Lord, how long will the wicked triumph?” (Psalm 94:3).

It seems to offend the human sense of justice and order when the unrighteous are not crushed immediately and to our satisfaction. We want evil cursed and destroyed and good blessed and promoted uniformly no matter what . . .

In the end it doesn’t matter! Our neighbors’ fortunes are completely out of our hands. God will deal with them when it is appropriate, and only He knows when that time will come. What is under our control is how we respond to it and—far more importantly—how we handle what God has given us. Rather than gaze enviously at our neighbors’ wealth, we should strive to reach the apostle Paul’s example: “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

Trying to understand God and His plans and thoughts are akin to my little dog Coopie trying to understand how to write a computer program as I patiently explain it to him. He just grins that silly little grin and wags his tail. He doesn’t understand how to write a computer program, but he loves me and he trusts me and knows that I will take care of him right up until the day he passes on. Coopie doesn’t worry about anything. He is content.

Similarly, even though we cannot begin to understand the mind of God, we should love and trust in the Lord, knowing that He will provide for all our needs and one day will make all things right. Until then just keep grinning and wagging and know that when we arrive in that glorious day, our eyes will be opened and we will understand God’s plan. But more importantly the evil days will be no more.

Rev. 21:5

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

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Offer a shoe to someone

October 23 2017 – Click here to listen

Recently I recognized that the leader of the Jesus Alliance prayer intervention team needed prayer and I volunteered to pray for her and did. She told me that it felt strange for the “shoe to be on the other foot”. Normally she prays for others and suddenly someone is volunteering to pray for her. I was happy to provide the shoe for her other foot.

I got to see how that feels over the weekend as a friend of mine, Terry Beatley, who has written a book “What if we’ve been wrong?” told me about a Facebook campaign she is beginning to sell her book. She had given me a pre-publication copy quite a while ago and it is a stunning account of how an abortionist, who not only performed countless abortions, did more to promote abortion than perhaps any person on the planet to include convincing the Supreme Court it was the right thing to do.

Late in life the terminally ill cofounder of America’s abortion industry gave Terry his personal parting message to end the exploitation of women and children and expose a racist population-control plan by revealing a deadly political maneuver called the Catholic Strategy in order to save paternal rights. He did repent of the evil that he was engaged in, and turned to God, but was mentally tormented the rest of his days on this planet until his death, with tremendous regret and sorrow over what he’d done. Terry met him in his Manhatten apartment while he was terminally ill and promised him she would expose it and she has done so with this book.

After listening to her plan to promote the book, I asked her how I could help. She told me, “You don’t understand Bob, I don’t need any help, I want to help YOU. People come to you every day asking for money or whatever, I want to be a blessing to you and the Jesus Alliance and nothing more.”

Huh?

She continued, the book is going to be promoted to some 60 million Christians and I’m going to donate a healthy percentage of whatever books are sold to the Jesus Alliance’s Stop Child Rape effort.

She told me that God had directed her to do something to help thwart the growing epidemic of sex trafficking and in particular child rape and torture. I’d briefed her on the Jesus Alliance’s efforts and strategic plan to go after the perpetrators in an all out effort to end this evil. If her Facebook effort is successful, it will provide badly needed funding to accomplish our goals much quicker.

So the “shoe is on the other foot” for me, and actually it feels great. I pray that the Lord offers her good success with the sale of her book, but even if it does not do well, I’m deeply moved that she wants to bless us.

Ironically the Lord put ending child rape by eliminating the demand of perpetrators for sex with children on my heart, and I was trying to focus 100% on it, but recently I got invited to go to the Whitehouse and capitol hill to join others in fighting abortion. God wouldn’t have wanted me there if He didn’t want me in this battle too. He put both preborn children and children that have already arrived on my heart. Terry told me that is exactly what happened to her except in reverse. Make no mistake God loves children still in the womb and outside the womb.

Now just imagine writing a book and receiving money and instead of calculating how many cars, jewels, vacations, swimming pools, and houses you can buy with all that cash, to how you can be a blessing to a ministry struggling to fight evil.

Interesting concept eh?

Interesting but not new. It is an age old struggle to resist the material things of the world and focus on the things of God and His will for you.

Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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