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Rainy Days

May 24 2017 – Click here to listen

There is an old song made famous by the Carpenters with lyrics to the effect of:

“Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you
Nice to know somebody loves me
Funny, but it seems that it’s the only thing to do
Run and find the one who loves me (the one who loves me)”

For the past two days I’ve been in Virginia. It was gray, dreary, and rainy and having been on the road for over a week and a half now, I’m ready to see some sunshine, sleep in my own bed instead of hotel after hotel, and to eat a home cooked meal. I’ve been sneezing like crazy and am afraid I might have picked up some bug on all the planes, but I’m praying it’s just allergies.

I’ve had that song in my head, but hopefully today it will fly away.

Late last night I arrived in Orlando for our meeting today and then this afternoon I drive south for a television show tomorrow and finally home sweet home. It is sunny today and I’m excited about accomplishing something lasting and good for the Lord. I’m meeting with Pastor David Uth with First Baptist Church Orlando and Jad Levi who works with a wonderful organization Alpha. That program has already reached over 100 million for Christ.

Exciting stuff!

My son and his family will be there by the time I get home and then we are going down to the Florida Keys for some fishing and relaxation with my grandkids.

The song seems depressing, but one of the lyrics caught my attention: “Run and find the one who loves me (the one who loves me).” The One who loves me and you is none other than Jesus Christ. This world with all its rainy day bombings and evil can get us down unless we find the One who loves us. He is always sunny and drives the blues away. It is His hope of better things on the horizon that makes this world tolerable, indeed desirable.

If you are in the midst of rainy days, then take heart. Find the One who loves you and allow Him to take you in His arms and love you.

Romans 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

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The nature of the beast

May 23 2017 – Click here to listen

So, last night 22 people, mainly children, were brutally murdered and 59 injured in a terrorist bombing in Manchester UK. It seems ISIS is celebrating the slaughter of innocent children with tweets going around the world.

Today I’m in Virginia conducting meetings in an effort to create a federal law that will stiffen penalties against depraved people who pay big money to rape and do unspeakable acts of depravity to innocent young children. These kids are suffering horribly and dying young at the hands of monsters.

I read this morning where a couple has been charged with murder for starving their daughter to death. She weighed just seven pounds when she died.

And lest we forget, we are rapidly approaching 60 million slaughtered babies via abortion in this country alone.

These are just some atrocities being leveled at our most vulnerable citizens. Check out this video of a man making fun of the way a young man with cerebral palsy walks and then sucker punches him.

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And yet many in our society do not believe in Satan and evil. Polls tend to show that Americans are a largely religious people, with something close to 95 percent claiming some belief in God, and large numbers saying they think that Heaven exists, and so do angels.

But the people who respond to those polls appear to have an easier time with believing in good than evil. Barna Research Group reported that nearly two-thirds of Americans do not believe that Satan is a living entity.

In a nationwide telephone survey of 1,007 randomly selected people Barna’s pollsters asked whether they agreed that Satan is ”not a living being, but is merely a symbol of evil.” Sixty-two percent agreed with the statement, while 30 percent disagreed; the remaining 8 percent had no opinion. In a similar poll people were asked whether they thought hell existed as an actual location, ”a place of physical torment.” Only 31 percent said they thought it did.

Wow only 1/3 of us believe that Satan is a real personage, the merciless enemy of all God’s people, the embodiment of evil, and not someone to be taken lightly.

Assuming some of you who are reading this believe similarly, I have a question for you. How do you explain the various news items for the day that I listed above? If evil does not exist, what is going on?

Get a grip. Satan is real and he is not running around with a pitchfork and moustache with forked tail. Billy Graham warned: Don’t think of Satan as a harmless cartoon character with a red suit and a pitchfork. He is very clever and powerful, and his unchanging purpose is to defeat God’s plans at every turn – including His plans for your life. — Billy Graham, The Journey

We also learn in the Bible that Satan is a dangerous enemy. He is a serpent who can bite us when we least expect it. He is a destroyer (Revelation 12:11) . . . He has great power and intelligence, and a host of demons who assist him in his attacks against God’s people (Ephesians 6:11).

Maybe you don’t believe the Bible and/or you want to cut and paste the items you dislike and like. Go to a holocaust museum, or read the news any day that you choose, and then look someone in the eye and say with a clear conscience that evil does not exist.

Evil exists and Satan is the embodiment of it. The nature of this beast is clearly defined in the Bible. He is a murderer, slanderer, tempter, deceiver, liar and father of all lies; he is a destroyer, and is akin to a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Surveys confirm that many believers do not believe that Satan even exists. If this is true, then the Bible isn’t true. That is a dangerous position to take.

Don’t be deceived by the deceiver. Satan is real and the Lord will put him in the bottom of the deepest pit in hell at the end of this age. Those who follow him will likewise be separated from all that is good and join him there. Just look around and you will see all the evidence you need of both God and Satan. Make the right choice my friends while there is yet time.

Matthew 25:41

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

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Stand your own ground

May 22 2017 – Click here to listen

I read an article on Drudge this morning that showed videos of Democrats in California led by outgoing party Chair John Burton, a longtime Democratic lawmaker and powerbroker, extending two middle fingers in the air and screaming.

“F— Donald Trump!”

Then the entire state Democrat convention followed his lead and both men and women can be seen on videos happily chanting the F-bomb with middle fingers pointed toward the sky. I assume the middle finger represented their combined IQ.

Classless Democrats . . .

They also openly instructed conventioneers to go to Republican town hall meetings and shout them down with protests; however, when a protestor tried to say something at their convention, the leader yelled “shut the F . . . up and get out.”

I was on prison yards at a prison ministry event this weekend and didn’t hear language as crude as that.

This is the Democratic Party?

What a bunch of low class, obscene, uncivilized, boors.

I was interviewed by a Christian television show last week and afterwards, over lunch, was told that a family member of the host was running for governor as a Democrat. This person went on to defend the policies he espouses, including gay marriage and a stance on immigration that advocates open borders whereby someone can enter this country whenever they choose. When asked if this person voted for Trump; the answer was NO.

Recently RINO Jeb Bush, who badly lost the nomination despite having a billion-dollar war chest, sarcastically remarked that he warned that Trump would be a President of chaos. He is a President of chaos because establishment elitists like him within the Republican party, classless Democrats, the liberal press, Communists, Socialists, academia, Arts and Entertainment celebrities with equally foul mouths, liberal Christians who ignore the Bible when they vote, and other assorted slimy swamp creatures cause the chaos to preserve their destruction of our great nation agenda.

Thank God for the ordinary God-fearing people in this country who still outnumber these profane and vulgar scumbags.

It reminds me of God encouraging Elijah when He told him that 7000 had not bowed the knee to worship the idol Baal. Elijah complained of his discouragement; and asked what he was to do when everything seemed lost and he would be left all alone after the wicked king Ahab wiped them all out.

The Lord gave him an answer. He declared that the wicked house of Ahab would be rooted out, that the people of Israel would be punished for their sins; and he showed Elijah that he was not left alone as he had supposed, and also that a helper should at once be raised up for him.

Thus, all his complaints were answered and provided for. God’s faithful ones are often his hidden ones, Ps 83:3, and the visible church is scarcely to be seen: the wheat is lost in chaff, and the gold in dross, till the sifting, refining, separating day comes. The Lord knows them that are His, though we do not; he sees in secret. When we come to heaven we shall miss many whom we thought to have met there; we shall meet many whom we thought we would not meet there. God’s love often proves larger than man’s charity, and far more extended.

Don’t let them grind you down brethren. Many are silent, but at least on the last election day we voted . . . When it comes to separation day we will be refined as pure gold. God will take care of those who bow to this world and those who have stood their ground. Stand your own ground my friends!

1 Kings 18:18

“Yet I will leave 7000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

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Dreams and visions

May 19 2017 – Click here to listen

A lady wrote concerning my post yesterday and said: “I don’t believe in visions, but we do need to pray for Gods wisdom.”

Hmmm  . . .

I believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. Here is what the Bible states concerning dreams and visions from God to occur in the latter days. The Prophet Joel wrote, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh”, and “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).

Dreams and visions are direct manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they are listed in the Bible. In 1st Corinthians Paul speaks of the gift of prophecy. We should all recognize that the gift of prophecy is not something new even in the New Testament, but has been exercised throughout the entirety of biblical history.

The Bible states that the gifts of the Spirit are special abilities provided by the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ that enable us to do the work He has assigned the church. Similar lists appear in Ephesians 4:7-13 and Romans 12:3-8.

I would encourage this lady to ask herself who can limit almighty God? Why would He use dreams and visions throughout the Old and the New Testament and suddenly end it? It makes no sense. In the Bible, there are over 100 references to visions alone. Prophecy is men speaking words from God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and it continues through today.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything, (emphasis mine), we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” The gifts of the Holy Spirit are part of the “everything we need” to fulfill His purposes for our lives.

The list of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 include:

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

With that said we must be careful of false prophets. If you or someone you know has claimed to have had a vision or dream from God, Jeremiah the Prophet warns them (and us): – “I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So, they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord” (Jer 23:32). Today, there are even “prophets” who “are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds” (Jer 14:14).

Nevertheless, Scripture is equally clear that all visions are not from God. Some are from the vain imaginings of individuals and some are clearly demonic. False visions lead people away from God’s will and frequently into idolatry. In Matthew 4:8, we find a rather startling passage, Satan gave Jesus Himself a vision of all the kingdoms of the world: “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’” We all know the outcome. If Satan can give visions to Jesus of all people he can give one to us.

With the completion of the Bible, God does not have to use dreams and visions as much as He did before. That is not to say that He cannot or does not. For example, there is a huge revival going on in countries like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Somalia, and other Muslim countries that heavily persecute Christians and possession of a Bible carries a death sentence. Jesus appears to them in dreams and visions and many are becoming Christians as a result. It is well documented in the book Dreams and Visions and I highly encourage you to read it. Visions in the New Testament served to provide information that was unavailable elsewhere and He does so through today. Specifically, God used visions and dreams to identify Jesus and to establish His church.

God is God and He can communicate with us however He chooses. But when we have a decision to make, I would be the first to recommend that our first stop should always be the Bible, not a dream. Any dream or vision should always be placed against the Word to see if it matches God’s purposes and will, and if it doesn’t, it was likely something they ate . . . or it could be from the Enemy.

Habakkuk 2:3

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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The Answer

May 18 2017 – Click here to listen

I watched an interesting video of a Holy Man who had a vision of Jesus whereby he was told to urge people to pray for Donald Trump. He was told that Trump was under intense danger and that witches from all over the world were combining their efforts to cast spells and put curses on him.

In fact, it did come out recently that witches were doing just that. Ordinarily I might discount that notion, but having been deeply involved in witchcraft during my misspent youth I know how powerful it is.

Whether one believes in witchcraft or not, most agree that the President is under attack from all quarters. Why would witches want to bring Trump down? They worship Satan and it is obvious that he does not want the direction of our country to change from its self-destructive path towards darkness. They are following orders.

I read an article stating many conservatives in this country are quietly looking toward Michael Pence as Democrats further solidify their support for impeachment. I like Mike Pence and he is a man of God extraordinaire, but he is no Donald Trump. I believe that God anointed Trump as our next prez, like the Cyrus anointing, because it will take someone like him with his skills and the fortitude to courageously battle the black evil that dominates our country.

It will be interesting to see it play out.

I am reminded of all the scandals that the Obama administration had including Hillary, and yet unlike the howling banshee Democratic fervor to crucify Trump, no Republicans or leadership in the churches created as much as a whimper. Trump could jaywalk and immediately a huge coalition of the ungodly would want to hang him, and those same cowards that stood by and allowed Obama to fundamentally change America from being “one nation under God” to “we are no longer a Christian nation” hide under the same rocks and don’t say a word.

I urge you to pray for this nation and for Donald Trump and speak up. The Lord gave us a reprieve from those scums that were destroying our country, don’t quit under fire. It is a spiritual war of huge proportion, but God is still on the throne. Prayer I believe got him elected and prayer is the answer to keep him in office long enough to change things.

Pray and believe and know that God is still in control. No one thought Hillary could be defeated, but she was. If God wants to give America another chance before judgement, the gates of hell cannot prevail. I do believe that the church however, must intercede and pray. As it is in so many things, the answer is prayer. Pray that the church will awaken from its slumber.

Matt. 16:18

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

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So many lies – So little time to tell them

Wow the socialist leaning press and their swamp creature cronies are heating up the lies about President Trump every day. I’ve reached a point whereby I refuse to read it or watch it on TV and wonder if others are like me, or if they are drinking the Kool Aid and are slowly but surely being brainwashed.

I see lies exposed and yet the Democrats, assisted by the left-wing press, imbedded bureaucrats, Soros paid demonstrator stooges, and a few establishment Republicans, continue undaunted talking about it as though the lie is fact. It literally never stops. No matter the accomplishment or attempted accomplishment they attack in full frenzy.

Last night I didn’t watch any news program, nor was a television even turned on. It was refreshing. The only thing I did regarding reading the news today was to scan the headlines and see if we are at war with North Korea yet.

It feels great to avoid the lies and propaganda by people filled with hate. I believe Satan has pulled out all stops in trying to end this presidency. Had Hillary been elected abortion would be increasing by leaps and bounds, religious liberty would be moving toward state sponsored persecution of Christians, immigrants would still be pouring in by the millions, immorality would be encouraged, the economy would be tanking due to tax increases, criminals would be turned loose on the streets, and on and on.

Where are the 25 million Christians who voted for Trump? I don’t hear church leaders rushing to defend Trump, nor is there a groundswell of Christian laymen arising. It seems we sit idly by and fiddle while America burns its way towards hell.

The Bible states in Proverbs 17:15 “The Lord despises those who say that bad is good and good is bad.” We are His church. If our Lord despises them, then so should we. We must begin speaking out against evil and injustice and stand for the truth. Don’t fear peer pressure. Stand up and be counted and most importantly keep voting to remove the Democrat Socialists from office until they learn that we don’t want to live in a godless country where bad is called good and good is called bad.

It all begins with lies and if you wonder who is behind the lies, then just spend some time in the Bible beginning with:

John 8:44

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

May 17 2017 – Click here to listen

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Grocery bag off my head

Have you ever gone to the moon and back? Probably not; me either but I feel like that’s what happened to me in the past 48 hours.

Yesterday I wrote that I was undergoing severe satanic attack and made a plea for you to pray for me. I was so filled with anxiety that I even began hyperventilating, which makes you feel like you are smothering to death. When it happens, you quite naturally try to breathe deeper and take more rapid breaths, which is exactly the wrong treatment. Hyperventilating causes you to get too much oxygen in your body and breathing deeply makes it worse.

The solution is to breathe slowly into a paper bag to reduce the oxygen intake. Try that when you feel like you’re smothering to death. I couldn’t find a small paper bag anywhere in our house and instead found a large paper grocery bag. I didn’t care I was panicking, so I promptly put a large grocery bag over my head and held it tightly around my neck and tried to breathe slowly.

Anyone who had seen me sitting at my desk with a large grocery bag over my head at 1:30 a.m. would have thought I’d lost my mind. I considered cutting some holes in it so I could see and maybe read while I waited for the attack to subside, but didn’t because I felt the holes would emit too much air. So, I just sat there with a grocery bag over my head. LOL

I sat there praying to God to fill me with His Holy Spirit and finally decided to read the Bible and see if that would help. I removed the bag and began reading. Initially it was difficult, because all I could think about was breathing and I couldn’t focus on God, however, slowly but surely, I made progress.

I’ve been reading through a chapter of Proverbs daily with a friend, and each day we send each other a verse from the chapter we’ve read for that day that stood out to us, and comment on what it meant to us. Focusing on listening to God through His word and performing this task began to calm me down and the hyperventilation began to ease up.

After that I wrote Words for the Day and asked for your prayers to battle Satan’s discourage-and-depress-Bob assignment. After WFTD went out the response was overwhelming and soon people were literally praying for me all over the world! They e-mailed, texted, and called to tell me they were praying for me. It was a tremendous encouragement and greatly appreciated.

I normally sleep 3-4 hours per night and have been like that all my life. Last night I slept like a baby for a solid 6 hours. I woke up refreshed and ready for battle. The work I’m doing has not changed; however, my attitude is entirely different. The transformation of my attitude from one day to the other is difficult to describe. To me it is liking going to the moon and back. Depression to optimism overnight. Prayer works my friends!

So tomorrow I head to Orlando for a television interview where I will be able to recount my testimony to thousands of viewers, then to a prison ministry event this weekend where we will go into the jails and prisons surrounding Orlando to bring the hope of Jesus to those incarcerated souls, then on to Virginia to two high level meetings for the Jesus Alliance, and then back to Orlando to meet with the pastor of First Baptist Church of Orlando to introduce him to the Alpha representative from Arizona, then another television interview to share my testimony, and finally back home to meet my son and his family for a short vacation and fishing trip to the Keys over the Memorial Day weekend.

Satan loses and the Lord triumphs. It is all the result of the power of prayer my friends. It will work for you too. You can go from feeling as though you just can’t go forward anymore to the moon and back through prayer. The Bible tells us to ask and believe and you shall receive. Anyone can ask for prayer and believe it will be answered. Christian believers want to help and will pray for you. No greater thing can be done on your behalf to resolve your problems and quickly, so, don’t delay – ask someone to pray for you today!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers. I will be eternally grateful for such caring friends. It provides the fuel in my engine and removes the grocery bag from my head. Selah . . .

Phil. 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

May 16 2017 – Click here to listen

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What must I do Lord?

I’ve reached a point whereby I hate watching and reading the news. It’s all so bad and disturbing, but I insist on being well informed and slog through countless media sources day after day. I’ve reached a point that I don’t just look at it in the mornings, but almost hourly throughout the day. The news is never good and that means my mind is constantly filled with bad things.

I had dinner with a man the other night who moved to Ecuador for three years and during that time he quit reading the three different newspapers he used to read every day, and he quit watching television – period. He said it made him much happier to think of other things. That is one option that I suppose I should consider.

Adding to my dilemma is researching child rape and human slavery which occurs right here in the United States in every county and nearly every city and of course abroad. It’s heartbreaking and depressing. Day after day watching all those terrible videos of children survivors and seeing the worst evil in all creation manifest itself against innocent young children in the most horrific ways takes its toll. I can’t sleep much and when I do, I have dark dreams.

And then there is prison ministry. Periodically I go into prisons to offer my testimony to some of the worst and evil members of society. I hear their gruesome stories and see their tortured existence and it’s heartbreaking. Those who have turned to Jesus and want to change their lives are still incarcerated with legions of evil men and women who are trying their utmost to corrupt them and my heart goes out to them.

Additionally, there are all those desperate people who seek me out to counsel their children who have gone astray, or those who are already in rehab facilities. Many are addicted to heroin and other drugs, or they are severe alcoholics and their situations are grave. I try my best to offer sound godly advice, but often it is not heeded and it is devastating to see them relapse and end up overdosing, committing suicide, or ending up incarcerated.

Dealing with these serious problems is difficult. I feel like something must give in order to preserve my own sanity. I don’t want Satan in my mind or my life. I only want the pure love of Christ and the good and noble things that He represents. I’m reminded of Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things.

The key to enjoying the peace that only comes from God according to the Apostle Paul seems to be to guard our hearts and minds with Jesus Christ and to THINK on those things that He represents; thing that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

The solution seems clear, and sounds easy enough – right?

I should just quit doing those things that are filling my mind with evil things and thereby causing me so much consternation.

Well . . .

It is interesting that when I wrote my autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street I experienced very similar feelings. I was living in the Florida Keys and as I wrote day after day I would be listening to the same dark music of the 60’s that I listened to when I was prowling the mean streets of New Orleans and other cities as a drug addict criminal. I relived that evil life and revisited those terrible things that I saw and did and writing that book brought it all back. I began feeling miserable again and talking in street language and thinking like I did when I was far from the Lord. It was hard on me and my wife because it affected me deeply.

That is all true, however, it is not lost on me that once completed my book has given and continues to give hope to countless people and has already reached thousands for Christ.

In a similar vein exposing how Satan controls powerful men and women who are intent on ruining our society to the forefront and publicizing it so good people who are unaware what is going on will learn who is behind it can prompt them to speak out and/or make better choices when choosing leaders when voting.

Likewise informing good people with the facts concerning heartless men who are snatching innocent children right off the streets of America to force them into human slavery for sexual purpose with men old enough to be their fathers and grandfathers to satisfy their unnatural lusts just might save countless lives and spare a torturous existence for hundreds of thousands of little boys and girls.

Giving hope to prisoners and people in rehab facilities and countless other venues all are worthy things. Should this effort be abandoned?

But what about the toll on me and my family?

I need prayer and lots of it. I plead with you to intercede for me and pray that I can continue this important work. I need Christ to strengthen me. Somehow, I must think of those things that are of God and not dwell on the antithesis of it. Spiritual warfare is waged in the mind and I must fill my mind with the things of Christ and keep uppermost in my thoughts always, that the outcome of the war has already been determined and Christ and His church will triumph. I will be there walking on the streets of gold, but for now there is work to be done . . .

I often look at this anonymous poem which I altered a little to encourage myself. I hope it will likewise encourage you as we both read it today.

DON’T QUIT

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit—
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
When you are worried and full of doubt,
just remember that Success is failure turned inside out—
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, —
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

Phil 4:11

I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation — to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength . . .

May 15 2017 – Click here to listen

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Ugh chill!

I get feedback letters from Words for the Day most every day, I’ve received many positive but plenty of negative letters too, particularly when I write something controversial. Some of them are extreme and I’ve received stacks of threatening letters including a few that were death threats. So, I’ve reached a point where I’m not surprised by most anything people say.

So, the other day a reader wrote and made the following comment:

I’m not sure if you get, or read if someone responds to your daily messages, but here is my feedback: you use the word “Ugh!” a lot in your Words for the Day . . . and it is just one of those words that are an instant turn off to anything else you may have written that’s helpful in the daily battle of the enemy. I was on my way to Hell when Jesus pulled me out like a “brand plucked from the fire” A friend shared you with me that she thought I would enjoy your messages and she was right! Being disabled with a head injury really limits my daily life-long love of reading – so I hope you will reconsider and perhaps there’s another word you enjoy using that can convey your extreme distaste in the subject being discussed . . .  if not, I will just grin and bear it 🙂 – God bless you brother! Keep the faith, and I appreciate you for sharing it and “encouraging the brethren!””

I wrote her back:

“LOL – Now that’s a new one. In 19 years, people have chastised me for the occasional “damn,” or whatever, but never for “ugh.” I really don’t see the harm in the expression, but will consider your request. Thanks for sharing . . . And I just prayed for your medical condition that the Lord Jesus will heal you.” In Christ – Bob

So, it didn’t end there. She wrote me back last night and said:

Wow! I’m impressed and actually shocked that you read my email . . . and even responded!   I can relate a lot to your life stories . . . In the larger picture of things though Mr. Williamson, please just disregard my feedback . . . You are comfortable with the expression and I’m a big girl -takes a whole lot more to offend me than a 3-letter word . . . and the last thing I would want is to change who you are to suit me. I find myself embarrassed that of all the things you have shared to help believers, I chose a silly word to comment with feedback! Thanks so much for the prayers, and for being sensitive to even considering what I said; however, now I hope I haven’t made you self-conscious in your “Words for the Day” delivery. Besides reading my friend Carol’s Prince of Peace Facebook encouragements, right now you are the only other Christian that the Lord is using to encourage me to keep my eyes on Jesus and to know He loves me with your plain-spoken emails, rather than the tragedies (ugh!*). Just know this, you’ve shown that you have a tender heart . . . it’s no wonder the Lord has chosen to work through you to show Himself to people. God bless! *P.S. I had to use that word, it was the only one that fit LOL!

Funny that I’ve won a convert to using the word ugh . . . LOLOLOLOL . . . She need not worry that saying ugh is a sin. The dictionary defines “ugh” as an expression that demonstrates disgust. Merriam’s dictionary offers this example: “Ugh, this oven desperately needs to be cleaned.” Much of what goes on in this world disgusts me, so I have used the expression quite often. I once had a guy vigorously take me to task for saying “Geez.” He said it was derogatory to Jesus and was a slang expression for it. I said I always thought of it as a contraction for “Gee whiz.”

So, I might angrily react and say: Ugh, there are big problems in the world. Geez – Chill – be calm – breathe!

Okay, say I’m within my rights in making the previous statement, and saying those words is indeed totally harmless and not a sin, but my brother or sister thinks it is a bad thing, and it becomes a real stumbling block to them. What have I accomplished with my ministry that is supposed to uplift others by stubbornly sticking with what I know to be true? Romans 15:1 states: We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. This is not to say we should appease anyone and everyone and play to itching ears, but it is to say if we can bend and accommodate at times over trivial issues, we will be happier, and God will bless them and us more. And that my friends is a worthy thing.

2 Cor. 6:4

We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no one can discredit our ministry.

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church this Sunday. They have a very special guest this weekend that is sure to bless your heart.

May 12 2017 – Click here to listen

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The silent killer

So, the FBI director gets fired after Democrats and the liberal press have howled about his incompetence for months, and now that he has been fired, they howl about that as being some insidious plot. I once went to Costa Rica fishing and had to make an arduous bus ride from San Jose through the jungle and mountains to the west coast.

About midway the driver stopped by the road in the middle of a jungle and got out and started making a grunting noise with his hand half-cupped over his mouth. Suddenly a large band of howling monkeys came running and swinging through the trees and started screaming and howling at the driver. This incident reminds me of whenever President Trump does much of anything. Like a bunch of howling banshees the left comes swinging through the trees howling up reinforcements as they swing into action with their well-oiled political machine of hate, disinformation, and fear mongering. Soon their purported injustice is being howled to high heaven.

One thing certain, they have plenty of tools and fools to commence a howling debacle of major proportion at their disposal. Political hacks in the Senate and House, Hollywood celebrities, foul talking late night hosts, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and other progressive socialists leaning media organizations such as moveon.org, and then there are the George Soros paid activists who stand ready at a moment’s notice to burn, loot, destroy property, and rage in the streets.

Fever pitch can be reached in hours with these pros. There is no need of truth and it gets totally obscured in the spin and melee as they howl to the high heavens saying the most outrageous things. It’s quite a sight and if Karl Marx, Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, and Saul Alinsky could see it from where they are chained up in their dark cells in the uttermost pit of hell, they would be proud as they watch what they term as “useful idiots” joining the howling. It’s how they rose to power.

So, half the country voted for Trump. Where are those of us who were tired of Obama’s march towards destruction of America and supported change in this country to bring it back to One Nation Under God? Why aren’t we marching in the streets? We are silenced because the progressives have done a brilliant job taking over academia, Arts and Entertainment, media, the marketplace, and about every other sphere of culture in America and there is no platform left from which to counter the lies.

High blood pressure has been dubbed the “silent killer”. One in every four adults – some 50 million people in the USA alone – have high blood pressure. But many people are unaware that they have the condition. Untreated hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. These are the first and third commonest causes of death in the USA. Hypertension can also damage the kidneys and increase the risk of blindness and dementia. That is why hypertension is referred to as a “silent killer.”

The church in this nation is a silent killer. It remains silent while everything we hold dear is quietly slipping away. The opposition is united, organized, well-financed, smart, use technology, passionate, and have a plan. The church is not unified and indeed have a silo mentality, nor are they organized; they are woefully under-financed, outwitted, light years behind in technology, too busy playing golf and going to soccer games to be passionate about saving our country, and there is no overall plan for the church. I’m not talking about any particular denomination or institution, I’m talking about, The Church, the one Jesus founded that is comprised of all believers.

Christians, those of us who say we love and follow Jesus, outnumber those who don’t 7-3, but one would never know it. In fact, a visitor that had never been in the United States would take a look around this immoral, corrupt, sinful nation and never believe we are a Christian nation.

Unless this situation changes, our silence will kill this nation.

Eph. 5:11

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

May 11 2017 – Click here to listen

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Don’t run right by it

I have many long-time readers of Words for the Day. It’s hard to believe that in June I will begin my nineteenth year of writing it. Through it all I have received tens of thousands of letters; some that have made me feel wonderful and some not so good.

Yesterday I got a letter from one long-time reader who immigrated to this country some time back. Through years of hard work and determination she received her citizenship and it was a joyful day when she wrote and proudly told me she was now officially a United States citizen. It was an awesome day for her and I enjoyed hearing her write about it.

She’s worked very hard for many years and has had a very difficult time financially. Nonetheless, a couple of few years back she wrote and wanted to contribute to the Jesus Alliance on a monthly basis. I knew she surely couldn’t afford it and I wrote and suggested that she keep her money and I would personally make a commensurate donation in her name. She angrily responded that for me to do so would deprive her of her blessing and this was HER decision to make.

Ugh . . . I surely didn’t want to get between her and God, so I wearily told her to do as she was led. She has faithfully contributed every month since. So yesterday I got a letter from her that stated:

“Quick note letting you know I have been praying and asking God to help me do more financially for “The Jesus Alliance” and He blessed me with an extra $100 per month so it is with a joyful heart that I will bless your Ministry with it . . . Our Lord is SOOOO good!

Also, I needed prayers a few times and being able to go on the website and “chat ” with a believer who prayed with me . . . that was a very special experience each time and I really felt very blessed and touched by the compassion coming from the people I was chatting with.

You are doing an AWESOME job and I really appreciate your daily message too!”

I was stunned to receive this letter. It reminded me of the poor widow who gave what she could and Jesus remarked in Luke 21:1 – And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

By United States standards this young lady’s wealth is low, but by God’s standards her wealth is incalculable. Her faith and obedience to God has resulted in blessings from her Father in heaven that surpass anything she could ever attain otherwise. Reading her words one can feel the joy that she has gleaned from an answered prayer. It belies the “wisdom” of this fallen world for someone to pray for an increase in pay just so they can give more to their ministry of choice.

How many people do you know that would do so?

According to the Bible she is full of wisdom. She will reap her reward not just in heaven, but here on earth. She is living the dream. She has a special relationship with Jesus Christ, and with that comes peace, joy, and love that surpasses human understanding that no amount of money can buy – Ask anyone who is super rich.

What a shame that so many people blindly run full speed chasing the idols of this world, and in their haste to find their treasure, run past the real pearl of life – serving our Lord.

Selah . . .

Proverbs 10:22

The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth.

May 10 2017 – Click here to listen

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Coincidence or not?

My son Jon sent me the below and wrote: “I thought this was pretty cool. Re-enforcing the lessons that were taught throughout my lifetime.”

quote-of-the-month-coincidence

This kind of says it all. Knowledge is 96% but not enough. Hard work is 98% but again not enough. Attitude equals 100%. Yes, Jon that’s pretty cool.

It really makes me proud to see this on my son’s whiteboard. I don’t know how much of this I taught him, (his life’s experience referred to above), but as his father, longtime CEO, and one of his mentors, I’d like to think that I had at least a small part in the formation of his good character, and the same for my other two boys Jim and Michael.

The Lord blessed all three enormously. One thing for sure they were taught by me were the principles within Proverbs 9:19 – “For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom, Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.”

Fear in this case can be equated to deep abiding respect. Reverence and deep abiding respect of the Lord result in a good attitude and good things. No doubt about it.

Of course the world thinks otherwise. They make fun of God and thus are filled with pain and misery. What do the scoffers have to say about Proverbs 9:19? Don’t even bother wasting valuable time worrying about it . . .

Proverbs 9:8

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.

May 9 2017 – Click here to listen

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Potato chip madness

Human trafficking generates $150 billion each year. It has surpassed illegal arms sales and is soon to overtake illegal drug trafficking as the number one criminal enterprise in the world.

Wow! I’m sure governments are putting together a major force to curb this terrible blight on humanity.

NOT!

Only a paltry $350 million is spent worldwide annually on prevention, protection, rescue and restoration of victims. To offer some perspective, every 21 days the US population spends $350 million on potato chip consumption.

So, child rape, kidnapping children for their organs, and using children for the purpose of serving as modern day slaves to work in fields and factories continues practically unabated as we crunch, crunch, crunch away on our snacks.

Madness!

It is interesting to see how some react to slavery. I’ve been reading that the New Orleans mayor has ordered that all the confederate monuments in the city be removed, because they are offensive to some. Wow, that should make all those people who are so upset feel better.

Hmmm . . . Surely, the mayor knows that there are more slaves on earth today than any other time in the world’s history. Slavery was supposedly abolished in 1865 with the 13th amendment. It is even more evil today than it was 152 years ago because young children are being repeatedly raped because of it. Doesn’t he know that 80% of sex slaves are minorities, mainly blacks and Hispanics? Why doesn’t the mayor rally the city and spend an equal amount of money as tearing down statues to put an end to it?

It there too much mob money influencing it to put a stop to it? Duhhh . . . You think?

But what about the slaves that exist in that city today? New Orleans has more than its share of child sex slaves. The city is full of enslaved prostitutes. In fact, the good mayor surely must be aware that truckloads of children prostitutes were bused in to service the construction workers who rebuilt the city after Katrina, and of course he knows that there are plenty more working Bourbon Street, the hotels, bars, and casinos of that wicked city right now.

Slaves, (many of them Jews), built the Egyptian pyramids. Tear ‘em down! The Roman Coliseums and Roman roads were built by slaves, (many of them Christian) – Tear ‘em down!

ISIS tore ‘em down. They utterly destroyed the places of worship and religious monuments and artifacts in museums that have stood for thousands of years because they were offensive to them. Let’s all follow suite. That makes great sense – Eh?

Ah but that might not garner any black votes for the next election that is always just around the corner. Sadly many of our country’s leaders are more interested in political correctness and politics than they are in actually doing something about the problems of the world, thus they spend it fomenting racial divisiveness .

How about you? Are you caught up in potato chip madness? Or are you determined to do something about fighting this problem. It is ridiculous for me to spend so much money, time, and effort trying to strengthen child sex trafficking laws that mandate judges and prosecutors put predators in jail and throw away the key. Laws are on the books now – They won’t do their jobs and enforce them.

We need a public outcry demanding that politicians take immediate action to provide the funding to stop it and laws are enforced. We cannot stop, or begin to even slow down, the evil in this world unless ordinary people demand it. That’s what was needed when Wilberforce took it on and that is what is needed today.

Get involved today! Pray! Give money! Attend rallies! Write your representatives!

Child rape is the worst evil Satan has perpetuated on mankind. It is time to put on the full armor of God and go to battle.

I Peter 5:8

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

May 8 2017 – Click here to listen

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Someone’s watching

It seems everywhere I go someone is watching and listening. Every mouse click on the Internet is recorded and added to my profile and marketers know just how to market to me. NSA, it turns out, is spying on anyone and everyone in this country, always. Surveillance cameras abound virtually everywhere I go and I cannot walk down the street without being filmed. I sometimes think I’ll just go off to a secluded place to get away from it all, but even there someone is watching as satellites equipped with super cameras soar through outer space.

And then there is God. I’m going through the book of Proverbs with a friend and we send each other the verses that speak to us each day. Today it was Proverbs 5:21 “For God is always closely watching you, and he weighs carefully everything you do.”

I told my buddy that I try to “walk the walk”, and yet it is difficult not to stumble. It is a sobering thought to know that God is closely watching everything I do and it helps me to focus on staying on course. I also told him I cringe when I drift.

This kind of coincides with yesterday’s verse Proverbs 4:11 – “I would have you learn this great fact; that a life of doing right is the wisest life there is.” Old King Solomon was the wisest man there ever was and the Bible states that no one will ever be wiser. Do right today my friends.

Matthew 12:36

But I say to you, for every idle word that men may speak, they shall be held accountable . . .

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church, or somewhere, this Sunday. Do the right thing . . .

May 5 2017 – Click here to listen

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Colbert world

Television has sunk to a new low with Stephen Colbert’s profanity laced tirade against Trump. The liberal media, in this case CBS, has not fired or reprimanded Colbert, and he has refused to apologize for his profanity laced rant complete with homophobic vulgarity aimed at Trump and last night showed no remorse and even said he would do it again.

Predictably many Hollywood celebs have supported him, and I suppose millions still watch this slime ball. Despite a firestorm on social media and threats of boycotts no advertisers have dropped his show and no one has begun a boycott. This was not the case with (formerly conservative) cable network Fox News amidst allegations of misconduct by popular host Bill O’Reilly.

Ugh . . . It’s a sign of the times I suppose. Who could have imagined that such language could be used with impunity on one of the three mainstream networks?

I spoke in St. Louis on Monday morning at their Legislative Prayer Breakfast and I asked for a show of hands of those who had lost hope in that room. Not a single hand went up, which I know had to be disingenuous, because polls indicate 82% of the world’s population have lost hope on something. It’s hard to maintain hope when you see something like mainstream television programming being ruled by the prince of darkness. When will it stop? How can it be stopped? Who will do it?

The answer can be found in two places in the Bible beginning in Genesis. The descendants of Noah were living in the area of Mesopotamia in Babylon. They settled in a land named Shinar. The population was growing and they all spoke one language. The people decided to build a tall, proud symbol of how great they had made their nation. The Babylonians wanted a tower that would “reach to the heavens” so that they could be like God and that they would not need Him. They began to construct a great ziggurat.

Understandably God did not like the pride and arrogance in the hearts of the people and He caused the people to suddenly speak different languages so they could not communicate and work together to build the tower. This caused the people to scatter across the land. The tower was named The Tower of Babel because the word Babel means confusion.

God said in Genesis 11:1 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

God will deal harshly with those who arrogantly feel they don’t need Him. He is patient, but His patience does run out, as has been demonstrated many times throughout biblical history.

As for those of us who love Him, go forward a couple of thousand years and hear the prayer of Jesus for us as recorded in John 17:21 – I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. Though unsaid the implication of this unification prayer is: and nothing will be impossible for them!

Take heart my friends Jesus is the definition of hope and, He remains eternal, and hope remains eternal. He is in the “everything is possible” business. If our hearts are intent upon evil, and we display an arrogance towards God and decry that we don’t need Him, then like the descendants of Noah we will not achieve victory. If our hearts are aimed towards pleasing God then victory is assured.

Today the cold hard facts are that the forces of evil are united and those who follow Jesus are divided. We, the Jesus Alliance, are trying hard to unite believers all over the world, but face serious obstacles in finance which is needed to pay for effective methods of communication on a large scale. However, we have a mighty God that we serve and we can pray to Him anytime we choose. The Bible states that He hears our prayers and will answer them. Please pray for the unification of Christians worldwide and that we can enter this spiritual battle with a mighty force and defeat darkness by introducing Jesus so that many will believe in Him.

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

May 4 2017 – Click here to listen

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Gotta get a witness

Each of the four gospels concludes with Jesus telling us to go preach the Gospel and disciple the nations. The importance of this command cannot be overemphasized and yet George Barna, famed religious statistician, tells us:

  • Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ
  • Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ
  • Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism
  • Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great Commission

The Bible emphatically states time and again that it is everyone’s responsibility to share the Gospel, and yet according to polls only 25% of Christians think it’s their job to share their faith. Most born-again adults believe they’re engaging in “lifestyle evangelism,” says Barna. “But then when we studied the lifestyles of those people,” he says, “what we found was that there really wasn’t that much difference between those individuals and the people that they allegedly hoped to influence.”

I watched an interesting video by Penn Jillette, the Las Vegas magician who is an atheist, who has famously suggested that he doesn’t respect Christians who don’t evangelize

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The video includes a story in which he was given a Bible by a man after a show and he says something that really gets to the crux of the matter. Basically, he asks, if you really believe there is a heaven and hell and you know someone is heading to hell forever, how much do you have to hate that person not to tell them. He looks at the camera and asks: “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” He remarked if you saw a truck bearing down on someone you would try to try to warn them, and to a Bible believer hell is much worse than getting run over by a truck, so obviously, someone who truly believes in heaven and hell should want to warn others.

I’ll go a step further, God is love and He loves everyone. We should emulate Him and obey His commands. If you do this in respect to love, you will be incapable of not telling others about heaven and hell.

Okay but you don’t know how. Well there is enough material on leading someone to Christ on Google to last a lifetime. Read it, try it, go with someone who has done it many times and learn from them. Don’t be afraid. Pray for guidance. And then just do it.

If nothing else I’ve written two books Miracle on Luckie Street and Crazy Like Foxes, both have strong evangelistic messages. Miracle on Luckie Street is an autobiography and is written using street language and appeals primarily to people involved with alcoholism, drugs, and other very serious problems. Crazy Like Foxes is written to anyone including children. It contains my testimony, as well as my co-author’s testimony, who happens to be a woman, and details how we both exchanged our misery of being lost for the peace, joy, and love of Christ.

Both books are heavily discounted when bought in bulk. Buy some and hand them out to your friends who do not know the Lord. I’m not writing this to sell books to line my pockets with cash. The proceeds for the most part go to the Jesus Alliance or to buy more books to give away in prisons, rehab centers, and the like. I wrote these books because I do love people enough to tell them “everlasting life is possible!

Obey the Lord and tell someone about heaven and hell today. If possible, tell them directly. If not, at least give them a book and share in that manner until you feel fully equipped. By the way, going to a prison ministry event with Inmate Encounter or Bill Glass Behind the Walls Ministry will train you and then provide you with ample opportunity to lead dozens of men and women to Christ at every event. It’s a great way to learn how to obey God in this the most important thing you will ever do aside from finding salvation for yourself.

John 14:6

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

May 3 2017 – Click here to listen

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Expert Mistake Maker

Sunday I spoke to a gathering of entrepreneurs and others led by distinguished businessman and renowned author Tom Hill. The attendees are called “Hill’s Angels” and the gathering was their annual Eagle Summit. It was a fun time and I met some wonderful people. I was interviewed on stage for about an hour and at one point was asked what I considered to be my biggest accomplishment, as well as my biggest mistake.

The biggest accomplishment in life was easy. Aside from deciding to follow Jesus Christ, my greatest accomplishment has been raising all three of my sons to become happy, honest, hard-working, high integrity, loving men who have put the Lord first in their lives. They have gone on to become successful in their Godly marriages, in raising delightful children, (who all love the Lord), and in developing terrific careers, and garnering friends galore.

My biggest mistake, aside from my early dark days of drugs, alcohol, crime and decadence, was allowing 13 trusted employees to embezzle a million dollars from one of my businesses which very nearly put it into bankruptcy. It took me seven years to recover from that one.

After the event, I had to rush to the airport in time to catch a plane to St. Louis, (which went through Minneapolis St. Paul of all places). I went there to speak at their Legislative Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday morning. There I told some 650 attendees of the absolute worst mistake I ever made, rejecting Jesus Christ in the early years of my life. I was far from the Lord and as evil as they come and yet through Christ overcame those serious mistakes. That is my greatest accomplishment though I cannot take credit for it. That belongs to Jesus.

As I think back on my life, it has been riddled with mistakes. Guess what? I STILL make mistakes all the time. I suppose I could be considered an expert mistake maker. I’ve learned in life that regardless of what someone might tell you, everyone makes mistakes.

What have I learned from making so many mistakes? Making mistakes, even big ones, is not always fatal. Did you know that according to statistics the average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times? Yes, most of the approximately 7% of households that are millionaires in the United States made some big mistakes, but they didn’t give up. They tried again and again, and eventually got it right.

The important thing about mistakes is to learn from them and then try again, but never make that mistake again. The first time it’s an honest mistake, but thereafter if it is repeated, it becomes a dumb mistake. I do more things right than wrong and somehow have been blessed enough by God to live through it all and as a result have been blessed beyond measure.

There is one mistake that you cannot survive however, and that is the rejection of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that it leads to death. God graciously and unconditionally forgives us all our mistakes, but one; the rejection of Jesus Christ. He will not allow you into His presence without going through Jesus. If you have not asked Jesus to forgive your sins and take over your life as LORD, please do so today, before it’s too late. Hell, separation from God, is forever, but so is paradise, and entering into His Kingdom and presence.

I believe that the “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” spoken of below concerns the rejection of the Holy Spirit’s attempts to convince you to make a decision to accept Christ as one’s Savior. Matthew Henry wrote this commentary on the verse below. Think about it . . .

Here is a gracious assurance of the pardon of all sin upon gospel terms . . . But humble and conscientious believers, at times are tempted to think they have committed the unpardonable sin, while those who have come the nearest to it, seldom have any fear about it. We may be sure that those who indeed repent and believe the gospel, have not committed this sin, or any other of the same kind; for repentance and faith are the special gifts of God, which he would not bestow on any man, if he were determined never to pardon him; and those who fear they have committed this sin, give a good sign that they have not. The trembling, contrite sinner, has the witness in himself that this is not his case.

Matt. 12:31

“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven – except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.”

May 2 2017 – Click here to listen

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The Stranger …

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it, but the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations. He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening.

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies, and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars.

The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn’t seem to mind, but sometimes Mom would quietly get up while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places, go to her room, read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave.

You see, my dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our house-not from us, from our friends, or adults. Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four-letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge the stranger was never confronted.

My Dad was a teetotaler who didn’t permit alcohol in his home, not even for cooking, but the stranger felt like we needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages often. He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive and generally embarrassing. I know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were influenced by the stranger.

As I look back, I believe it was because of the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more. Time after time he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive. But if I were to walk into my parents’ den today, you would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?

We always just called him TV.

~Author Unknown~

Proverbs 15:14

The way of life winds upward
for the wise,
That he may turn away from
hell below.

May 1 2017 – Click here to listen

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Not in my backyard…NOT!

When I was a little kid at 8 years old I would walk to school and after school would walk downtown and sell newspapers on a corner. Late that evening I would walk home.

Today a child who engaged in such behavior might just get snatched off the streets and forced into human slavery for sex. It happens every day but few are aware. One of the biggest problems associated with getting something done about sexual deviants and human slavery for the purpose of child rape is that so many people mistakenly think that it is happening somewhere else. The attitude seems to be: “Thank God, I’m just happy this heinous crime is not taking place in in my community.”

WRONG!

It’s happening everywhere and is increasing at such a rapid pace that it’s scary.

One police commander said, “The only way not to find this problem in any community is to simply not to look for it.” Unfortunately, millions of Americans do not understand the depth and severity of this problem. They don’t understand what really happens to these kids every day. It is happening somewhere in this country right now as you read this.

Not convinced this could be happening in your area? Use this handy little tool to discover who is living in your neighborhood that has been arrested for child rape and other forms of sexual molestation of children and others. http://www.familywatchdog.us/Default.asp

The map has a legend that indicates sexual predator homes and their proximity to schools along with icons disclosing their offenses. This site uses actual court records and jail sentences to determine who is listed. You can click on an icon to learn who lives there.

Here is a screenshot of where I live:

sarasota-chile-rape-map

According to the FBI, in 2016 there were 465,676 entries for missing children. Similarly, in 2015, the total number of missing children entries was 460,699. It is estimated 1 ½ million missing kids are being held in slavery at this very moment. Their lives are utter hell on earth.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) operates the CyberTipline, a national mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report instances of suspected child sexual exploitation. There is a state by state list of missing children on their site if you care to see it.

In 2016, the CyberTipline received 8.2 million reports, most of which related to:

  • Apparent child sexual abuse images
  • Online enticement, including “sextortion”
  • Child sex trafficking (Child Rape)
  • Child sexual molestation

All life is sacred to the Lord, but anyone who has even spent a cursory amount of time studying the word of God, the Holy Bible, understands that there is a special place in God’s heart for children.

Child rape is undoubtedly the worst sin ever contrived by Satan. Just discussing it makes many people very uncomfortable. GOOD! Just imagine how uncomfortable it must be for a 10-year-old boy or girl to be gang raped day after day.

As most readers know I’m working hard to get a federal law passed with very tough sentencing guidelines for child rape. The problem is there are laws already on the books that aren’t being enforced. Nor will they be enforced until enough angry people, especially mothers, unite and DEMAND that prosecutors not allow cases to be plea bargained down to misdemeanors and judges stop suspending sentences for this horrific crime.

Citizens of a moral society should not tolerate this to happen. When a child is involved it cannot be prostitution, it is Child Rape, make no mistake. I lived on the mean street as a drug addict criminal and saw much depravity, but in the short amount of time I’ve seen researching child sex trafficking I’ve seen the worst depravity imaginable.

Certainly, our God has a special place in the depths of hell reserved for these animals; however, I don’t wait until then to see them suffer as the little children suffer. Thirty years of prison ministry has shown me that they will get a taste of their own medicine if they are incarcerated for 25 years to life. Ironically inmates detest sexual predators more than people on the outside. Those convicted of sex crimes, especially to children have to be housed in special units in order to stay alive. In the general population, they will be beaten and stabbed to death in short order. What does that say about our society when incarcerated criminals recognize the depravity of this crime more than law abiding citizens?

We need to realize that children are a gift from God and treat them accordingly.

Psalm 127:3

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth . . .

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church or somewhere this Sunday!

April 28 2017 – Click here to listen

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What would you ask for?

I was reading Proverbs today. It has 31 chapters so it is convenient to study a different chapter every day of the month. (I just read additional chapters to make up for those pesky months with less than 31 days.)

Today’s chapter began with this verse: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

James elaborated on this by saying: “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”

Hmmm . . .  This does not mean we should not prepare for tomorrow, rather we should not presume we will have a tomorrow. Matthew Henry wrote: “The frailty, shortness, and uncertainty of life, ought to check the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all projects for futurity. We can fix the hour and minute of the sun’s rising and setting tomorrow, but we cannot fix the certain time of a vapor being scattered. So short, unreal, and fading is human life, and all the prosperity or enjoyment that attends it… We are always to depend on the will of God. Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects  . . .

I get a lot out of studying Proverbs. It is referred to as the “Book of Wisdom”. It was written by King Solomon, son of King David and Bathsheba. In 1 Kings 3:3, Solomon was described as follows: “Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the acts of David his father.” One night, the Lord appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask what I shall give you.” In response, Solomon answered, “Give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

If you were asked by God to give you anything you wanted, would you ask for wisdom or would you ask for wealth, power, and fame the idols of this world?

The passage then states, “It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this” (1 Kings 3:10). He wanted wisdom in order to govern God’s people wisely. It turned out to be exactly what the Lord wanted to hear. God responded to Solomon’s request for wisdom in typical God fashion by promising not one but three different gifts.

The first is the wisdom Solomon had asked for: “I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.”

The second gift God gave Solomon was wealth and fame: “I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days” (1 Kings 3:13).

The third gift God gave him was conditional — a long life based on Solomon’s obedience: “And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days” (1 Kings 3:14).

The first two gifts were unconditional. Solomon became known as a man of great wisdom and as a king of great wealth and influence. But was Solomon known as an obedient king who experienced a long life? By the grace of God, Solomon reigned for 40 years, a long period for one king to reign. However, Solomon’s obedience was mixed. He had many wives and concubines, including foreigners who influenced him to sacrifice to their gods. His great wealth also contributed to unwise excesses. Solomon began well, as his humble request for wisdom shows, but he later disobeyed God. Solomon was spared more severe punishment for the sake of his father, David. (1 Kings 11:11–12)

Thankfully this amazing king who had received such amazing gifts not the least of which was wisdom felt it was necessary to write down what he understood and pass it on to others for their benefit. The result of his efforts was the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He also wrote the Song of Solomon.

Read what he wrote concerning his gifts:

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than FINE GOLD.” (Proverbs 3:13-14)

I am no Solomon but I can guarantee I’ve found the same to be true in my life.

Do you want wisdom?

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Seek and it will be given to you and you can begin by studying Proverbs today; it is God’s great gift to all of humanity.

Proverbs 2:6

God delights to give wisdom to those who truly seek it

April 27 2017 – Click here to listen

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