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Love versus money

The more I find out about child rape in this country, the more sickened I become. Yesterday I met someone who has been fighting this scourge since 1977. She has two PHD’s and is perhaps the leading authority on it. Yesterday she dropped a bombshell on me. She asked if I knew the main group working to keep penalties low for those buying sex with children.

I guessed the crime syndicates that were making billions on it. No, she said it was the pharmaceutical companies.

Huh?

Come on that sounds like Internet conspiracy theory stuff. Really?

She said think about it for a moment. A recent study in Atlanta showed that over one billion dollars is spent annually on prescription medication to treat survivor’s of sex trafficking psychotherapy needs just in the metro Atlanta area. I shudder to guess what it is nationwide.

Could they be lobbying against anti-sex trafficking in an effort to keep that market viable? Would the fathers and mothers inside this segment of corporate America work against reducing penalties for child rape in order to make billions of dollars?

I’ve had one, and only one, direct revelation from God. I was sitting on a deer stand while hunting on Honey Lake Plantation in November of 2013. I wasn’t seeing any deer or much of anything, and I began to pray and suddenly I distinctly heard three times: “The world is ruled by money and not by conviction.” When I got over the shock of hearing a voice, I thought about it, but could not at that time understand or grasp the significance of this profound statement.

After working on the Jesus Alliance these past few years and encountering this truth at every turn, I now understand why the Lord would tell me such a thing. If someone wants to Kingdom-build on this planet, they need to understand the nature of the enemy of this world. Satan rules the world with money. Advertisers will support television shows that are downright wicked and that they personally abhor, but they get ratings and sell stuff; politicians vote down bills such as defunding Planned Parenthood because they need money to get re-elected; churches refuse to preach what the Gospel has to say about gay marriages and abortion because some in the congregation support these issues, and will withhold their contributions; Hollywood makes filthy movies because they sell; people protest because they are paid to do it; media is more interested in ratings than reporting the news; every segment of society is “ruled” by money.

Someone has wisely said, “Knowledge is power.” I’ve learned that when you see evil flourishing, follow the money. The Bible makes it clear for us that we must serve Him or money, and cannot have it both ways. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Notice it states that you will HATE the one and LOVE the other. Followers of Satan hate and followers of God love. God told us that the “root of all evil is the love of money”. Evil comes from Satan – Get it?

Kinky Friedman once said, “You can buy a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.”

So true, money cannot buy the most important thing in life, love. God is love and love is what this world needs now. Don’t serve the world and its money, follow your convictions handed down to you through the love of God.

1 Tim. 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church or some other fine church this Sunday.

April 21 2017 – Click here to listen

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Don’t overlook the key to success

Yesterday I met with a Congressman friend of mine for several hours and he told me he wanted to thank me. He and I were on a CEO Forum bus tour together whereby we both were speakers. I told him that King Solomon had a huge influence on my early life and I received much business acumen from the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

He of course had spent no small amount of time in the book of Proverbs; however, aside from being difficult to spell Ecclesiastes had never been a book he even liked, much less enjoyed. But based upon my comments, he took a new look at it and God opened his eyes to it with an entirely different perspective. He even began teaching it in Sunday school and shortly thereafter one of his buddies thanked him for turning him on to it. LOL

I came to study those books because early in my career I wanted a mentor. The problem was I didn’t have any friends and was too anti-social and full of low self-esteem to try and make any. As I pondered it, I asked myself if I could have anyone as a mentor who would it be. King Solomon came to mind; after all people came from every corner of the world just to sit at his feet and listen including the Queen of Sheba.

The Queen of Sheba, according to the Bible, was a woman of great wealth, beauty, and power. Sheba, believed to be either in Ethiopia or Yemen by most biblical scholars, was a well-established city, and, although there is little evidence outside the Bible as to the nature of the monarchy and how it was established, it is clear that the Queen of Sheba ruled alone and was not enamored with the religions in her own land.

The Queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem as she had “heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, and came to test Solomon with hard questions” (1 Kings 10:1). As God had granted Solomon the gift of wisdom (1 Kings 3:5–12), “nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her” (1 Kings 10:3). After a meal together, the Queen of Sheba declares how impressed she is with Solomon’s answers, hospitality, and the reputation that preceded him. The story ends with an exchange of resources and the Queen of Sheba returning “with her entourage to her own country” (1 Kings 10:13).

Two lessons can be learned just from the story of the Queen of Sheba. First, like King Solomon, believers are to show evidence of God’s favor in their lives, whatever their role, profession, or environment. Second, the reputation of believers should precede them by their godly words and actions, for we are “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

The Bible declared that God blessed Solomon mightily and that he would be the wisest and richest person to ever live. Imagine that for a moment! There is much to learn from this man in the Bible.

I correctly deducted that I didn’t have to travel anywhere to sit at his feet. All I had to do is read the Bible. I read and studied Proverbs which is known as the book of wisdom daily, (and still do), and I read Ecclesiastes which kind of sums up what old King Solomon learned in life.

I attribute reading and studying those books written by him to be the leading factors in contributing to the success I enjoyed in raising godly children, building successful businesses, and trying to always put God first.

We should keep in mind that every book of the Bible was included for God’s purpose. Even the seemingly nondescript books and verses in the Bible are powerful enough to change lives forever.

I know those books helped to change mine.

Listen to this summation of what the wise and wealthy king learned through his vast life’s experiences which were highlighted by his building of God’s temple in Jerusalem.

Eccl. 12:13

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

April 20 2017 – Click here to listen

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Cool Breeze

So, I’m sitting at the airport awaiting my plane writing Words for the Day. It seems that I should just have asked my great friend Al Cuneo to repost an old one, but I cannot. I got up at 1:38 this morning and worked for a while and then got ready and drove to the airport in Tampa. As I was driving I thought about all those folks who’ve lost hope.

According to a poll 82% of the people worldwide have lost hope. For some it’s a wayward daughter or son, maybe a bad medical test, the never-ending middle east conflict, finding a job, paying off debt, murder and violence, those guys in Washington D.C. (where I’m heading) doing the right thing, you name it.

Yesterday I watched a video of a man who had a near death experience. He wasn’t a rock-solid believer prior to it, but he is now. He said Jesus talked to him and it was wonderful. He no longer fears death and the things that used to worry him don’t matter much anymore. He said God asked him if he had any questions that he wanted to ask Him and after thinking about it he asked what was the meaning of life. God laughed and told him he would explain it when he came back to stay with him forever and they had more time.

He told a friend about his experience and he remarked that question was easy, the answer was love. The meaning of life is love.

The man could not control his emotion and cried as he told of getting ready to return to his body on the operating table and God hugged him goodbye. He said he was so filled with love that it was indescribable.

Hmmm . . . Wouldn’t you love to be hugged by God today?

You can be.

As I drove along I thought of being homeless and living on the dark mean streets of heartless cities filled with despair, pain, and loneliness. I remember when I’d lost all hope and was ready to eat a bullet and commit suicide. I would have loved to have had a hug from God. Little did I know that He was waiting to do just that and that I would find Jesus Christ and things would change for me forever.

Funny God knew me then. He also knew that I would come to Him, and that when I did He would bless me. He saw me not as I was, but as I would be when I was filled with His Holy Spirit.

He hasn’t changed one iota and all those things that used to bother me, are insignificant today. God will change those things bothering us all in time. I hope you will put your complete faith and trust in Christ and just calm down – BREATHE!

God is like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Enjoy Him. He loves you so much you cannot even imagine. He will save you; He will comfort you; He will hug you. Allow Him to take over your life today just watch as your troubles melt away.

Phil. 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 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 – ithink on these things . . .

April 19 2017 – Click here to listen

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His wicked – wicked ways

I have been sickened lately as I see what occurs in the world with murders, torture, and rape live streamed on Facebook, North Korea, Russia, and Iran threatening to start a nuclear war, rampant deviant sexual behavior, abortion, horrendous crime, hate, violence, and unbridled corruption.

I like many others have begun to speculate if we are approaching the End Times as predicted in the Bible. I was reading an article this morning about the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth believed to be used to cover Jesus Christ after His crucifixion. Hitler, it seems, was fascinated by it and wanted to steal it in order to use it in black magic ceremonies. Of course, Hitler starved, tortured, and put to death some 6 million people. I have no doubt that he was possessed by Satan or one of his demons.

The Roman emperor Nero was another. He seduced married women and young boys, and he had a male slave castrated and “married” him. He also liked to wander the streets, murdering innocent people at random. He had his own mother murdered. To cover up being accused of setting fire to Rome, he blamed Christians. He contrived punishments for the Christians that only the most infernal imagination could design. In particular, he had some sewed up in skins of wild beasts, and then allowed dogs to attack them until they were torn to pieces. Others he dressed in shirts made stiff with wax, he affixed them to axletrees, and set them on fire in his gardens, in order to illuminate them. It was during this time that the Apostles Paul and Peter were martyred.

Stalin, Mao, Lenin, Genghis Khan, Ivan IV, Attila the Hun, Pol Pot, Idi Amin are just a few of the wicked leaders who murdered millions, oversaw torture, rape, sexual perversion – Why?

There is no good answer aside from they were under the influence of Satan. As I look back at history I would guess that there have probably been more evil rulers in history than there have been truly good and noble ones.

So, the way I see it nothing has changed much since Cain and Able. There will always be ruthless, sexually deviant, power and blood-hungry people living among us. Satan’s wicked – wicked ways remain the same. The Bible declares that Satan was a liar and murderer since the beginning and he will never change. It also tells us not to worry about the End Times. No one knows when the Lord will put an end to the madness, but it does tell us to: “Be ready”, because at a time of His choosing the Lord will return.

Why doesn’t He return now? We haven’t been told that piece of information. We have been given a hint in the parable that Jesus told about the wheat and the tares. The wheat represents the followers of Christ and the tares, (weeds), represent those opposed to Christ. In the agricultural society of Christ’s time, many farmers depended on the quality of their crops. An enemy sowing weeds would have sabotaged a business. Without modern weed killers, what would a wise farmer do in such a dilemma? Instead of tearing out the wheat with the tares, the landowner in this parable wisely waited until the harvest. After harvesting the whole field, the tares could be separated and burned. The wheat would be saved in the barn.

The enemy in this parable is Satan and the landowner of course is Jesus Christ, we, the followers of Christ are the wheat and those who oppose Him are the tares. There will be a day of reckoning and the result will be followers of Jesus will enter heaven and those opposed to Him will be gathered and burned in hell. Until then we are to work hard towards building the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Don’t be discouraged by the evil you see around you. Though it may seem that Satan has the upper hand at times, keep in mind that the Hitler’s of the world will be judged and punished by a fearsome Holy God. They will suffer forever, but we will live peacefully in paradise. Jesus is the reason for hope in this wicked – wicked world. Think about what you can do today to make this world a better place and by all means witness to someone today who needs the peace of God.

Rev. 22:1

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him

April 18 2017 – Click here to listen

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Rape of children for Profit

In a few short weeks, I will enter my 19th year of writing Words for the Day five days a week. Millions of words have been written, but today’s post is far and away the most important. It is long, but I hope you will read it, or listen to it in its entirety.

What if it was YOUR son or daughter?

Society calls buying sex with children prostitution – Federal law calls it sex trafficking, but the stark reality is that it is Child Rape. Victims include children spanning ages 1 to 17. Testimony from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed that 19% of identified sex offenders had pornographic images and videos of children younger than 3 years old; 39% younger than 6 years old; and 83% younger than 12 years old.

Sexual predators prey on the youngest and most vulnerable segment of society, and too often get away with it entirely, or with relatively minor fines and sentences. A study conducted by Shared Hope reveals that 26% of those who are caught buying sex from children serve no time, 69% of sentences are suspended, and the average time served is a mere 1-½ years.

Ironically the victims are the ones routinely being arrested for “prostitution”, while their pimps and buyers or “Johns” go free. These children are young and naïve and have not even reached an age of legal or moral accountability. They desperately need our help, not judgment or punishment.

Change is needed

Amazingly there are those (including judges) who display sympathy and advocate flexible sentencing for those criminals who are involved in child sex trafficking. This is especially true for the buyers who are paying big money for the privilege of raping children. Misguided people plead for leniency and suspended sentences, and proffer that they don’t want to see someone’s life ruined because of prostitution or what they portray as “simply making a mistake”. This is especially true for first-time offenders.

Perhaps they should be educated as to what happens to the victims. Most child victims are in effect given a death sentence, and if they do happen to survive they end up suffering for the rest of their lives. The average age of a trafficked child is 6-14 and the life span for victims is just 4-7 years. Some are found beaten to death, many die from an overdose of drugs, STD’s like HIV/AIDS, or suicide. Survivors will suffer from fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and disease for the remainder of their lives.

Something else to keep in mind concerning buyers of child sex. A singular victim is rarely the case. Most buyers have admitted to raping hundreds, or even a thousand or more victims who will be permanently scarred, if indeed they survive.

A powerful deterrent is necessary

Unless interstate or international laws are violated and the FBI and/or Interpol can get involved, penalizing perpetrators is primarily left up to individual states. The foremost problem we face is that states vary widely in how they punish sexual predators.

For example, not that long ago in the state of Georgia, trafficking a child resulted in a $50 fine and was considered a misdemeanor. Thanks to the hard work of determined individuals and 11 years of monumental effort, today this crime results in fines of up to $150,000 and life in prison. That’s great for Georgia, but if the state next door provides a safe haven, the criminals will simply adapt and move their operations there.

To ensure that all 50 states have tough minimum sentencing requirements a federal child rape law should be enacted whereby standardization of mandatory sentencing guidelines can be implemented. The unfortunate reality of our legal system is that sometimes affluent professionals including attorneys, doctors, prominent businessmen, politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities are among those buying child sex, our legal system can and often does levy punishment disproportionately for those of privilege, wealth, and influence, and they receive more favorable sentences. Mandatory sentencing guidelines will eliminate that problem and should be implemented. Judges should not have the discretion to reduce sentences for convictions of child rape.

Long sentences in federal prison, heavy fines, registration as sex offenders for life, and forfeiture of property should all be used to dissuade criminals from committing this heinous crime. 25 years to life in prison for raping a child is not out of the question. One primary advantage of federalizing this crime is that unlike state sentencing guidelines, whereby criminals might serve a fraction of their sentence in a state correctional facility, federal prison sentences require that prisoners serve 80% of their time.

It’s a fearsome thing for your child to be snatched by a stranger

Demand for child sex is rising at an alarming rate. It is estimated that 1-1/2 million children are currently victims of trafficking in the United States with approximately 300,000 added each year.

It should be noted that victims of child sex trafficking come from all backgrounds, including wealthy and poor. Every ethnicity is represented and the same is true for gender. The largest group are runaway, thrown away, or homeless children, but no child is safe due to increasing demand. Many are being snatched out of malls, playgrounds, and even out of their mother’s arms at grocery stores and on the same day are put on a plane out of the country to be trafficked worldwide. Internationally the same thing occurs; the children are kidnapped and put on a plane to the United States to be trafficked here.

Child sex slaves can initially be bought for as little as $90 and once “broken in” can be sold for as much as $5000. Considering a pimp can make $150,000-$250,000 per child per year and exploits an average of 4-6 girls and boys, it is a relatively small price for them to pay for such a valuable, “tax free” product.

“Breaking the victims in” can be a brutal process. Survivors have testified to being chained up in a bathroom where they are forced into heroin addiction. They are repeatedly raped by different men, often dozens of times per day. They are badly beaten, burned with cigarettes, starved, forced to wear dog collars, and abused until they are completely broken. At this point they become totally under the psychological control of their captors and will mindlessly obey.

Very young children are often targeted by traffickers as they are more profitable and deemed easier to manipulate. Many purchasers of child sex feel they are less likely to contract STD’s from young children and they desire them sexually for their innocence. The most money can be earned by younger girls and boys, especially virgins. and as such are in greater demand.

A civilized society should protect its children – What can we do?

It is an economic reality that sex trafficking is driven by profits. If nobody paid for sex with children, child sex trafficking would not exist. The demand for sex with children is steady and increasing at an alarming rate. It is in fact a $32 billion-dollar industry that is on the rise in all 50 states, ($150 billion worldwide.) Globally human trafficking has surpassed the illegal sale of arms and in the next few years will surpass the illegal sale of drugs making it the number one criminal enterprise in the world. Drugs and guns can be sold once and then they are gone; however, victims of child trafficking can be sold over and again.

If we truly want to reduce the supply then we must reduce the demand. This means a different strategy must be developed. Most anti-trafficking groups are dedicated to assisting the victims and are actively working towards rescuing them and putting them in safe houses where they can begin to try to restore them spiritually, mentally, and physically. The other active group of organizations working on this problem includes law enforcement advocates whose mission is to put the trafficker/pimps behind bars.

Unfortunately, as necessary as those programs are, we are not addressing the real problem of reducing the demand and going after the buyers of child sex with enough vigor. If we can successfully eliminate the demand, there will be fewer traffickers, victims, abortions, drug addicts, and billions of dollars going to criminal enterprises.

Until recently scant attention has been paid to the buyers. Most think they can get away with it, and if they do get caught, little to nothing will be done to them. Sadly, with relatively few exceptions they are right.

Public outrage is necessary

We need to create awareness nationwide of the horrific nature of this American tragedy to create public outrage at what is happening to our children. The Jesus Alliance is currently aligning powerful partners to publicize and bring this tragedy to the forefront of public discussion by distributing the facts and detailing the problem (without mincing words) to millions of people in every state.

No sane person can even envision boys and girls as young as 3 years old being subjected to rape by grown men. Saving our children is not a partisan issue, nor is this unilaterally a Christian matter. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, et al should welcome this initiative with open arms.

Together we can get legislation passed that will prove to be a huge deterrent just like when the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) movement garnered public outrage and resulted in tough DUI laws.

It begins with child pornography

Finally, child pornography is a leading cause of child rape and must be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Child porn is rapidly increasing to staggering proportions and is a leading contributor to the child rape dilemma. It is a progressive obsession that easily becomes an addiction. As pornography viewers watch more and more pornography the viewers desire more perverse videos with younger participants. They become addicted and watch it for hours at a time. Ultimately viewing images and videos is not enough for them. The next step is participation. Arranging for sex with a child is made easy through a myriad of online sex chatrooms and even social media outlets like Facebook.

One man was recently arrested in Canada with terabytes of child pornography images and videos including “snuff” films, (videos that actually show children being killed after they are ravaged). Raping and otherwise harming children for the purpose of making porn films must be stopped if real progress is to be made. Those participating in this evil should be ruined financially and be assessed the most severe penalties.

Summary

I ask for your prayers as I travel this week to Washington D.C. There I will discuss and distribute this information to powerful people who have it within their means to do something about this nightmare. Please be in prayer for me as I undertake this important mission. Satanic attack is a given, but I am encouraged to know that greater is He that is in me than is in this world . . .

To volunteer, receive more information, or donate contact the Jesus Alliance through email: info@JesusAlliance.org Or view the Jesus Alliance website: http://thejesusalliance.org/

Psalm 144:1

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle . . .

April 17 2017 – Click here to listen

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The beginning of success

The most important first step of undertaking anything worthwhile should be prayer. It is the beginning of success. Prayer is the most powerful weapon at our disposal. Don’t take my word for it, here is what God has to say about it:

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 – And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 – Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

Yesterday I was on a prayer intercessory call with the Jesus Alliance team and we were discussing our quest to reduce demand for child rape by introducing federal legislation that will provide harsh penalties for those who pay for the privilege of raping a child. (No, it is not prostitution when a child is involved, it is RAPE!)

The leader of our group is going to organize great numbers of national leaders to begin a prayer vigil for the success of this effort. Child rape, child pornography, and trafficking children for sex is the worst evil that Satan has launched. Believe it or not there is opposition to this effort. Primarily misguided people are concerned that ultra-harsh penalties for the predators will ruin their lives.

Huh?

What about the children? Their lives are ALWAYS ruined and most end up dead from beatings, STD’s like HIV and drug overdoses. A predator doesn’t just affect a single life, there are recorded cases of thousands of victims assaulted by a singular predator. If these children are lucky enough to escape the horrific torture, they must relive it for the rest of their lives. Something must be done to reduce the demand and knowing they aren’t going to get off with light penalties and will serve hard time for 25-life in a tough federal prison is probably the best solution going.

What if it was your child or grandchild that is snatched from a mall and subjected to the horror that these little kids aged 6-14 endure? I will soon publish a prayer line where you can get on your knees with us and pray for the success of this effort. In the meantime, pray on your own that God will heal our land of this plague.

Without the Holy Spirit providing the wind behind our sails we cannot succeed. The evil cartel and syndicate bosses and pimps are making billions in this godless industry and it will not be easy to take away their lucrative livelihood. These animals play rough and are dangerous, but they are no match for almighty God.

The first and most important step is to petition God to intercede on our behalf. I’m going to Washington D.C. in just a few days. Pray that doors will be opened for me and hearts will be broken as I detail the severity of the problem and propose a solution.

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. – Corrie Ten Boom

We need power when dealing with demons. Just listen to Jesus:

Mark 9:29

And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

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

April 14 2017 – Click here to listen

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It’s the least we can do…

“The devil made me do it” is a common whimsical saying that seems to make satanic oppression akin to folklore. It is anything but light hearted and Satan has brought down far too many people to treat this subject in a light-hearted fashion.

In the first place that saying is a lie. Actually the devil cannot “make” us do anything. The Bible teaches that with every temptation there is a way out provided to us. 1 Cor. 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

This is not to say that it will be easy. Often it will not. Unfortunately, we inherited a sin nature; it was passed down through many generations beginning with Adam and Eve. In Genesis, the Bible explains how Eve was tempted and subsequently Adam joined the fray. Gen. 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  . . .

In this instance, he appealed to her desire to know what God knew and be like Him, not to mention the fruit looked delicious and appealing.

The important thing to remember is that the Lord does not tempt us. It is Satan that does it. James 1;13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

Just knowing that it comes from Satan should make us uneasy. I mean what person in their right mind wants to do the bidding of Satan. I know I want to please God and certainly not Satan. When I fall victim to temptation however, I am handing a victory to Satan.

The Bible is clear that our thoughts are the key. This battle is fought almost entirely in the mind. Therefore, we must keep our thoughts pure. If we focus our lives on the righteous things of God we block out the unrighteous things of Satan. We must keep the door to our mind tightly shut and locked, and not entertain the temptations that are as sure to come as the sun arising in the morning.

Temptation in itself, is not a sin. Jesus was tempted in the desert and in the Garden as He prayed prior to His crucifixion. He shut Satan out (and up) by focusing on the Father and was delivered.

Remember this today when you are tempted. There is a way out and the “way” is following Jesus Christ and not the world. Satan can only tempt us with the things of this world which are passing away. The things of the Lord are forever and will never pass away. Think about Him and eternity and how you desperately don’t want to break His heart. He loves you so much that He gave His life in order that you might live. It’s the least we can do for Him.

John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

April 13 2017 – Click here to listen

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Pregnant and Homeless

Yesterday I was taking my wife to the airport and I saw a young teenage girl who appeared to be very pregnant standing on the side of the road with a sign that said, “Homeless and Pregnant”. As I drove on down the street another 100 yards I saw a well-dressed man who appeared to be in his early forties holding a sign that said, “What the world needs is Jesus Christ.”

I was running late in getting my wife to the airport in time to catch her plane, so I drove on without stopping. After I dropped her off I returned using the same route and was determined to stop and see if I could help the teenager. As I arrived at the intersection where I’d seen her, my heart sank because she was gone. The man with the Jesus sign was still there, but there was no sign of her anywhere.

As I drove on home I mulled this through my mind and concluded that the world already has Jesus Christ; He already did His part. What the world needs now is followers of Jesus who are willing to do what He told us to do.

What did He tell us to do?

The answer can be found in Mark 12:31  . . . and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

So, like the song that Dionne Warwick made famous so many years ago says, “What the world needs now is love sweet love –
it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of –
What the world needs now is love sweet love, / No, not just for some, but for everyone . . . ”

I hope and pray that this young girl found someone who loved her and was willing to help her yesterday. However just to be sure, today I’m going to make it a point to return to the same location and see if she is there and render some help. I pray that she is not, and some kind soul has already arranged for her to get into a home where she can receive the care she will need to bring her beautiful baby into this world. Praise God she hasn’t resorted to having an abortion yet.

We all have opportunities to help others in this life. Let today be yours and mine.

Watch this video. It will bless you.

1 John 4:8

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

April 12 2017 – Click here to listen

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Save our children

Yesterday I talked with a top executive of a highly rated news organization who has promised to help the Jesus Alliance bring attention to the disgusting situation with those predators who pay for the privilege of raping children. An astounding 26% of those caught serve no jail time and the average time served for the rest is a mere 1.5 years. The victims however don’t get off so easy. They face sentences of vile vicious rapes by hundreds of men, STDs, suicide, being beaten to death, overdoses of drugs, and psychological problems for virtually the rest of their lives.

My friend has promised to put three of his best reporters on this story and will begin a major push to publicize the sickening facts about this perverted business. There are many thousands of groups that are attempting to help victims and others who are going after the traffickers. Unfortunately, few are going after the root of the problem, the consumers. These animals are rarely convicted, and when they are they serve minimal sentences dependent upon the state in which they live. Georgia for example, until recently boasted a whopping $50 fine and misdemeanor charge for trafficking a child. Now thanks to the hard work of caring people it is up to $150K and life in prison.

The Jesus Alliance is trying its utmost to get these consumers behind bars and when they get out make them register as sex offenders. The crime of buying children for the purpose of raping them should be rated as a federal crime instead of state. This would provide sentencing that is the same across the United States and we of course desire sentencing guidelines that are so stringent that the demand is reduced to the level that only the most perverted would chance it. If there is no demand, there are no victims, pimps, forced abortions, forced drug addictions, or young children dying far too young after living horrific lives.

Please pray for me as I go to Washington D.C. next week to meet with various legislators, policy makers, and media. No child should have to endure being raped multiple times per day because of the lusts and perversion of crazed men and the greed of the criminals who are making huge sums of money selling them.

How can you help? Donate to the Jesus Alliance. It costs money to get something through Congress and lots of it. God will provide and perhaps you can be part of His answer. When the bill is introduced we will need millions of Americans to pressure their legislators and senators to vote in favor of this bill. You can also pray to almighty God.

Together we can change the world for hundreds of thousands of children. Don’t sit on the sidelines on this one. You are free to serve the Lord! Please don’t deny the power God has given you to serve Him . . .

Jer. 2:20

“Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve you!”

April 11 2017 – Click here to listen

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“They came to pray and they died”

It is so disheartening to see minimal media coverage of the slaughter of Coptic Christians in Egypt this weekend as they attended church on Palm Sunday. In one terrifying moment one of two ISIS suicide bombers detonated a bomb that killed nearly 50 Christians. One observer said, “They came to pray and they died.” Many were dismembered and blown to pieces. If 50 people would have died to terrorists in France or somewhere in the US it would have dominated news cycles for weeks, but the loss of persecuted Christians is a non-story.

Yesterday we went to see The Case for Christ which is a spectacular movie about a best-selling author and investigative reporter Lee Strobel, who was an atheist. It centers around his quest to prove that God was a myth. When his wife became a follower of Jesus, he didn’t like it at all, and was determined to prove her wrong. He went to great extremes and in fact traveled all over the country meeting with various experts in an all-out effort to thoroughly investigate all the evidence and prove God did not exist. In particular, he was determined to prove once and for all that the resurrection of Christ was a hoax. Though he gave it everything he had, the evidence proved just the opposite and in the end, he became convinced that Jesus Christ was exactly who He said He was, and then accepted Him as His Savior.

I highly recommend that you see it and bring your doubting friends.

We parked in a garage next to the theater and walked through a courtyard to get there. A sports bar is located adjacent to it and numerous people were sitting at tables outside loudly talking and obviously well on their way to getting drunk. A couple of hours later as I departed the movie with tears still in my eyes from watching it, I passed the same folks sitting at the bar that I saw hours earlier, only now there were more and several appeared to have achieved their goal of getting drunk.

I was thinking about the price that Christ paid to redeem us of our sins. The movie detailed the pain and suffering He went through as He died on that cross. Then my thoughts turned to those Copts who horrifically had lost their lives in Egypt as they prayed and worshipped commemorating the day Jesus entered Jerusalem to die for our sins. As I glanced at those drinking away on Palm Sunday afternoon I could not help but feel anger.

Then I thought about Jesus. One question that haunted Lee Strobel was if Jesus was indeed God, why would He deliberately go through the torture of being crucified when He could easily have summoned up angelic forces to defeat His tormentors.

The person to whom Strobel asked this question had a one word response: “Love.”

Hmmm . . . Jesus loved us so much that He willingly took our punishment. His love is unconditional. I’m no longer angry at the drunks of Palm Sunday, I only feel compassion and the love of Christ for them. Remember John 3:16? For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Whoever is not conditional; His is an unconditional love. As for those suicide bombers that killed those beautiful worshippers, it’s too late for them. They lost their chance and now will have to endure the punishment for their sins themselves and suffer and burn in hell forever.

We have a choice and we have hope in Jesus Christ. Pray for the families of those martyred Saints. Pray for those who were getting drunk without a thought in the world about meeting their God one day. Pray for the godless media and specifically that they will come to know Christ. Pray for those brainwashed into ISIS that they will come to know Jesus and repent of their sins. Pray for this world. Pray for all lost sinners and most of all do as Jesus did: LOVE!

Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

April 10 2017 – Click here to listen

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Worst sin

Praise God that Donald Trump stood up to the bullies of the world and did so decisively by bombing Syria. It won’t take long for those who hate him to criticize this move, but hopefully all thinking people will get behind him. Killing and torturing children including babies is immoral and something that simply cannot be tolerated by any civilized person or society.

My prayer is that our nation will not only fight the annihilation of children through chemical warfare from godless despots, but abortion, and sex trafficking as well. I was talking to some friends at the Christian Leadership Conference yesterday and we were discussing the worst sin in the world today. My take on it is sex trafficking of children is far and away the most monstrous. Gang raping, forced heroin addiction, and beatings of our innocent little children is pure evil personified.

In case you are unaware, there are documented cases of 1 year old babies being raped, the average age is 6-14. Some of the packages being sold include a doctor to treat the kids after they have been savaged. The expected life expectancy is 4 years with most succumbing to overdoses, beatings that get out of hand, and STD’s.

Some of my friends mentioned abortion as being the most heinous sin. I agree that abortion is pure evil, but a child that has been trafficked for sex usually meets the same end, AND is tortured in the most wicked ways for years prior.

There must be consequences for such behavior. God tells us unequivocally that all life is sacred and there is no question that He loves children. If anyone ever doubted that evil exists and that Satan is indeed a murderous depraved being dedicated to pure evil then sex trafficking of children including babies nails it.

I’m overjoyed that God drew a red line and a leader of the United States acted when it was crossed when Syria used chemical warfare. I pray that it continues and action is taken against those who traffic children for sex, and abortion.

And for those who quake in their boots over making our enemies angry, you need to realize that they already hate us and are filled with hate and anger. Sometimes we must fight evil with all that we have. The Bible teaches in Romans 12:18 – “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” The wisest man the world has ever known or will ever know, King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:8 “There is a time for war and a time for peace.”

Some might ask: “Doesn’t the sixth commandment say, `Thou shalt not kill.'”

No it doesn’t. It says “Thou shalt not murder.” The word is used 47 times in the Bible and it always means murder.

Is there a difference between killing and murder?

Absolutely. God ordained capital punishment in the old Testament for certain crimes as He did with wars.

When is it right to fight or go to war? When it is done to bring about justice. To preserve freedom. To reduce evil in the world.

Proverbs 21:15

“When justice is done it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

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

April 7 2017 – Click here to listen

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“Thought thorn-remover”

I am attending a Christian Leadership Convention and ran into my famous friend, author, and Bible teacher, Kay Arthur yesterday. She had read and was discussing my new book, Crazy Like Foxes and telling me she was amazed at my personal testimony.

I was talking with her about my theory that Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” might have been his conscience. Just maybe late at night as he tried to fall asleep haunting memories of those Christians tortured and put to death at his behest would plague him.

She did not agree and said he spent much of his ministry preaching against reliving the past for that to even be a possibility and she quoted numerous passages to back that up. She said we are to look forward and not behind. She went on to suggest that maybe that was the thorn in MY flesh.

Gulp . . .

I sheepishly admitted that, yes, I’ve had problems with forgiving myself for things I’ve done in the past. I do know and am dead certain that Christ forgave my sins, but I just seem to have problems with forgiving myself.

She launched into what turned out to be an hour-long discussion on grace and God’s forgiveness, all of which I knew, but then she told me something that struck home. She told me that she struggled with some sin early in her life and she fought through allowing it to torture her by envisioning a door to her mind being tightly shut and locked, but Satan was right outside it patiently waiting for it to open to allow him entry.

Then she quoted a verse written by none other than Paul, beginning in Philippians 4:8  – 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. Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you . . .

I put the emphasis on “think on these things.” She told me that verse helped her fend off Satan by keeping the door shut to past mistakes by blocking them from her mind and maintaining her thoughts on things that were pure, lovely, admirable etc. She said if Satan is forced to wait too long with no results, eventually he will just abandon it and go to find easier venues.

You know, Kay Arthur is a wise woman. If we keep our thoughts in high places it will keep us out of the low. I told her I always envisioned this as akin to looking out of a big front windshield of a car traveling down the road with something exciting and new appearing every moment. I can see where I’m going, as opposed to glancing behind me in the tiny rear view mirror and trying to see where I’ve been. I don’t need to see where I’ve been I don’t like what I see. I want to see the new and wonderful things that God has in store for me as each new day unfolds minute by minute.

Keep your mind on things that are whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy . . . And allow His glorious presence to remove any thorns of guilt Satan is hurling at you today . . .

Phil. 4:7

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

April 6 2017 – Click here to listen

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The Untamable Tongue

When I was young I had a wicked temper. I would fight at the blink of an eye and for any reason. I have battled this problem for years and have made good headway mellowing more and more each year. Occasionally the frustrations get the best of me and I have difficulty controlling my temper. Although I haven’t been in an actual fistfight in years, I do occasionally get into verbal fights. I do not like to even get mad at anyone, much less engage in a verbal fight. When two people get into a fight, whether it is physical or verbal, both parties lose. I hate to lose, especially to satan.

One of my goals for this year is to maintain more control over the urge to fight that is lodged deep within me. Indira Ghandi once said, “It is hard to shake hands with clenched fists”. I think that fists are not as big of a problem as the tongue and ears. The Bible states in James 1:19 “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

If the wrath of man is not righteous and of God, then it is wrong and comes from satan. James 3:17 states: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”.

Nothing produces the wrath of man quicker than careless words that are spoken (and/or e-mailed). According to the Bible, if we never stumbled with our tongue, we would be “perfect”. Listen to what the Bible says about the subject.

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James 3:2
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue.

April 5 2017 – Click here to listen

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Christian Down!

I’m not a stranger to suicide, in that my grandfather, two of my uncles, and my only sibling, my brother Jim all took their own lives. At several points in my life I lived those tendencies as well, and know first-hand how it feels to be so despondent, sad, unhappy, despairing, disillusioned, and hopeless that in my tortured demented mind, suicide seemed to be the only option left.

Suicide almost always leaves surviving family and friends with feelings of guilt; Gosh I wish I would have done more – I should have been there – I just wish I would have had the right words – If only I was better prepared to deal with this mindset – If I would have just notified the authorities that my loved one was having suicidal thoughts…

I had breakfast yesterday with a friend whose son committed suicide nearly 6 months ago. I had witnessed to this smart, good-looking 22-year-old just hours before he ended his life. It has weighed heavily on my mind ever since that I could not find the right words to relieve his tortured mind. He was fighting a heroin addiction and was on parole, and was really disillusioned with life in general with a very dark outlook.

I poured my heart out to him for over 2 hours and recounted my personal struggles with addiction and subsequent victory over them and other serious problems that I had going on in my life when I was his age. I shared how the love and strength of Jesus Christ transformed me into a new person with hope, joy, peace, and love. I prayed for him. But it was all to no avail as he shot himself just a few hours later.

I mentioned to my friend how most people feel guilty after something like this and I asked him if he experienced it. To my surprise, he simply said no. I hung my head and muttered that I felt guilty that my counseling and prayer with the young man had not deterred him. Suddenly his father turned to me and sharply told me that nothing could be further from the truth. He went on to say that his son had been counseled by many different people including him. He said that sadly his boy had reached a point whereby he simply had to be held accountable for his own decisions.

He went on to say that his son was raised in a godly Christian home and was wonderfully saved by Jesus and followed Him in Baptism at the age of 11 and demonstrated several years of love for Christ. Later he fell in with some friends who led dark lives and he fell to the sway of satanic oppression. Of the four boys with whom he had begun hanging out, today three have all committed suicide and the lone remaining survivor is experiencing those tendencies right now.

Despite his son’s backsliding and sin he believes that he is in heaven right now and he believes that it is impossible to lose one’s salvation. I believe the same thing about my brother. I was with him when my pastor and I led him to confess his sins, ask for forgiveness, acknowledge that Jesus died for his sins, and 3 days later arose. Similarly, my brother followed Jesus for some length of time until Satan sucked him back into a destructive lifestyle.

My friend told me that he was praying for his son at the very moment he heard the shot from his son’s room. He ran in and was trying to stop the bleeding and he kept telling him, “Run to Jesus  – Run to Jesus.” He believes with all his heart that Jesus welcomed him home.

I told my friend that I envision Christians as being akin to those brave soldiers who were portrayed in Blackhawk Down. When they entered by helicopter into Somalia, the enemy was waiting for them. They fought valiantly but unfortunately some fell victim to their ambush.

To avoid hearing Christian Down, we must remain on high alert for Satan is always waiting for us. He wants to ambush whomever he might. He is looking for any kind of opening and if he finds one will enter with an ambition to destroy. He is a murderer and a liar and has been so since the dawn of time. Open doors pave the way to destruction whether it is alcohol, drugs, lust, money, greed, jealousies, covetous desires, or the need for power. Shut those doors and guard them.

Know your children’s friends and YOUR friends and make sure they do not lead you astray. Put on the full armor of God daily and fight Satan with reckless abandon. Resist him in the mighty name of Jesus and he will run away like a little scared rabbit.

1 Peter 5:8

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone

April 4 2017 – Click here to listen

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The key to being happy…

A friend responded to a Words for the Day post the other day and sent me the following:

A famous writer was in his study. He picked up his pen and began writing:

  • “Last year, my gallbladder was removed. I was stuck in bed due to this surgery for a long time.
  • The same year I reached the age of 60 and had to give up my favorite job. I had spent 30 years of my life with this publishing company.
  • The same year I experienced the death of my father
  • In the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car Accident.
  • He had to stay in the hospital with a cast on his leg for several days
  • And, the destruction of the car was a second loss.”

His concluding statement: “Alas! It was such a bad year!!”

When the writer’s wife entered the room, she found her husband looking dejected, sad and lost in his thoughts. She carefully and surreptitiously read what he had written, and silently left the room and came back shortly with another piece of paper on which she had written her summary of the year’s events and placed it beside her husband’s paper.

When her husband saw that she had written something in response to his account of the year’s events, he read:

  • “Last year I finally got rid of my gallbladder which had given me many years of pain.
  • I turned 60 with sound health and retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write better and with more focus and peace.
  • The same year my father, at the age of 95 without depending on anyone and without any critical conditions, met his Creator
  • The same year, God blessed my son with life.
  • “My car was destroyed, but my son was alive and without permanent disability.”

At the end she wrote:

“This year was an immense blessing and it passed well!!”

MORAL:

In our daily lives we must see that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING – And attitude is the one thing that we always, in every circumstance, have control over.

Hmmm . . .

  • This year Hillary Clinton was prevented from becoming President and the Senate and House are not controlled by Progressive Democrats.
  • Six little kids, three adult mothers, and me were all spared serious injury or death in a horrific car accident on I-75
  • Even though the driver did not have sufficient insurance, I did, and it will pay for my car
  • Even though we only received a fraction of the donations we needed, we built a top-notch fascinating website for the Jesus Alliance that is gaining followers every day
  • Even though I got a melanoma my surgeon removed it in its entirety and I’m cancer free

What me complain? Never . . . gratefulness makes me happy – How about you?

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1 Thess. 5:18

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

April 3 2017 – Click here to listen

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Thank you – Thank you – Thank you!

How would you answer this question: If you awoke this morning and all you had were the things for which you had thanked God the previous night, what would you have?

Even seasoned prayer warriors might be ashamed of their answer. The truth be known the overwhelming majority of prayers are of the nature of gimme, gimme, gimme, instead of thank you, thank you, thank you.

I heard a speaker the other day who told a story about a man from the Sudan in darkest Africa. He could not get over the fact that Americans ask for things when they pray. He slowly shook his head in disbelief and remarked what could you possible ask for?

I was having a little pity party for myself not long ago when my schedule was jam packed and I was driving and flying all over the country going to speaking engagements and meetings from early in the morning to late at night. I was sick and tired of staying in hotels and eating crummy restaurant food and my lower back hurt from all the riding. Then I thought of all the trials I have been through with various surgeries, chemo, wrecking my car, and so forth and it was very sad and I was really feeling quite sorry for myself.

Then I thought of Jesus and the disciples walking everywhere on dusty roads in the hot sun or freezing cold. They didn’t ride in an air-conditioned car. They snapped off heads of grain to eat, didn’t have indoor plumbing, health care, or nice comfortable beds with fluffy pillows. They didn’t have pure clean running water much less Dasani. I also thought of Paul being imprisoned, ship wrecked, beaten, scourged, stoned, bitten by a poisonous snake, and so on.

Yesterday I spoke with a dear friend who leads one of the largest prayer organizations in the world. I was astounded at his positive cheerful attitude. He is currently undergoing treatment for a very aggressive form of stage 4 lymphoma and enduring week long 24/7 chemo treatments in the hospital. I’ve never heard of a chemo regimen that horrific and yet he remains so joyful and thankful.

I told him he is truly living James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Paul instructed the Thessalonian believers to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This Bible verse like the previous is clear: It’s God’s will that we be continually thankful. However, Paul is not telling believers to be thankful for everything (like bad things that happen to us), but to be thankful IN everything. As mentioned Paul knew this firsthand; he wrote much of the New Testament from a prison cell. He meant that no matter the circumstances, we can always find something for which to be thankful. Even in the toughest times, if we will choose gratitude, we will come out on top.

Hmmm . . .  I am humbled and ashamed of my attitude. The next time I pray I will think long and hard about what God has done for me. Trust me it will begin with thank you, thank you, thank you. How about you?

Romans 7:25

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Have a great weekend and to Honey Lake Church this weekend. There will be a very special program put on by Evans Memorial Camp which is a Christ centered ten month regeneration program for men eighteen years and older that are desperate to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. We’ll hear their stories and enjoy some of their musical talents. You will enjoy it very much . . . It starts at 11 a.m.

March 31 2017 – Click here to listen

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Governor Huckabee vs. San Francisco

Yesterday I attended a prayer breakfast and my good friend Governor Mike Huckabee was the keynote speaker. As always, his speech was delightful and the music provided by Melissa Joy was angelic. It was held in Tallahassee and in addition to catching up with him, I spoke with many friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. We prayed together, had breakfast, and enjoyed our time of fellowship. It is truly a wonderful thing to rejoice in the Lord with other believers.

When I got home I checked my e-mail and one reader had just returned from a planned trip to San Francisco for a prior commitment she’d made months earlier.

She mentioned that she’d read that SF was one of the most sinful places in the USA. She mulled it over in her mind, Hmmm . . . should I cancel.

She decided to go and fulfill her commitment and she wrote: “While there I was amazed with the crowds of people, pushing, shoving, loud and obnoxious. I stayed for a long week, only leaving my hotel to go the conference 6 short blocks away. The stores have security tags on every bottle of alcohol and cameras every 5-6 feet. The amount of homeless aggressively begging on the street, urinating on the walls in plain sight, shooting up on the street was appalling . . .

On Sunday as I was returning to my hotel, I heard music a block away. What a delightful change in atmosphere. It was a group of Asian Christians singing and praising God. Each one of them had such a look of contentment and bright smiles. It warmed my heart and I was inspired by them. As I stood watching and enjoying them a woman began yelling right in my face with arms flying. She was upset with the music and all the Jesus stuff. I just looked at her with a smile as she ranted, complaining that she should be able to shop without having to listen to all that. I just did not know what to say to this woman so out of control about something so much more pleasant to witness than all the other stuff going on in the streets of San Francisco.”

It is sad to me that those who do not follow God are so miserable. How I wish those Asian Christians could begin a revival in that city. It is filled with sin and sin has its consequences.

According to Gallup, the San Francisco metropolitan area has a higher percentage of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender than any other city in the country. It has been named the gay capitol of the United States.

The Neighborhood Scout reports that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon.

I could continue but you get the picture. The Bible mentions demonic strongholds and it is surely one of them. There are others like New Orleans that are in hot pursuit. I can feel the evil when visiting these places before the plane touches the runway. It is heavy. I’ve felt the same foreboding evil sensation while on death row while ministering to inmates.

The Bible tells us that we do not battle with flesh and blood. People like the lady who was complaining about the “Jesus stuff” is flesh and blood. She is under the sway of the demonic oppression that she lives among.

I think it is important to try and remember that our battle is with spiritual wickedness and rulers of the spiritual world led by Satan and not individuals. For sure we can and should hate sin, but not the sinners. To do otherwise is hypocritical because we all sin and are in desperate need of the grace of God.

I don’t dislike that lady or the sinful people of this world – I feel sorry for them. Their lives could be transformed so easily by simply praying to almighty God and asking Him to forgive their sins and take the lead in their lives.

My friend said she didn’t know what to say to the lady who got in her face about Jesus. Most people don’t. I would probably would have said that she should try some of that Jesus stuff herself. In fact, I used to feel just like she did until I found the love of Jesus and it did wonders for me. I would have then quickly given her my testimony right there on the street.

Telling someone the wonderful things Jesus has done in their life is not preaching or talking down to them and I cannot tell you how many times people have thanked me for doing so. It’s been extremely rare for someone to get angry and walk away or rebuff me when I’ve taken that approach. As a matter of fact, out of the thousands of times I’ve done it, I can only count on one hand the times that anyone got upset about it.

I urge you to share the wonderful change that took place in your life when Jesus took over. If you have not experienced that change and have nothing to tell, then talk to God about it and ask Him to come into your life.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes . . .

March 30 2017 – Click here to listen

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Power of Prayer

I met an interesting fellow the other day. He is VERY successful in life and has done well as an entrepreneur. He loves the Lord and gives him the credit for his success. He is happily married with five children. He told me a story about the miraculous power of prayer in his life that was truly inspiring. His wife has belonged to a prayer group whose mission is to pray 24 hours per day every day of the year. They do it in two hour shifts at their local church. Her shift begins at 1:30 AM and she sets her clock, gets up, gets dressed, braces herself for the cold Minnesota cold and goes in and prays earnestly for two hours and has been doing this for FIFTEEN years!

He told me that his wife developed a nasty form of cancer that the doctor told him and his wife was incurable. She went to Mayo Clinic and other premier cancer clinics, but the prognosis was bad and it appeared the cancer was spreading rapidly including to her lungs and a place on her hip and elsewhere in her body. Her prayer group began to pray for her and throughout it all she continued praying in her 1:30 AM time slot. My friend told me that she came home one night and woke him up and was excitedly telling him that God had “told” her that she was going to be healed. He wanted to believe her but chalked it up to her desperate hope more than anything.

The next morning he observed his wife talking on the phone and she was sobbing and gently crying. He thought she was receiving more bad news about the cancer. When she got off the phone she told him the doctor had called and miraculously her cancer was gone. Those had been tears of joy.

I suppose our Father has more important things for her to do than die just yet. How wonderful it must have felt to her to experience this. One day those workers and spiritual warriors who work day in and day out for the Lord will be told by their Father, “Well done!” Will you be hearing those words? All it takes is determination to commit ourselves to the Lord and stick with it . . .

Phil. 4:5
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious
about anything . . .

March 29 2017 – Click here to listen

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Communication is dying

I was counseling a young man who is struggling mightily with addictions the other day and asked what his relationship with God is like. He responded that he was a Christian. I asked what that meant to him and he responded that he believed Jesus was God, died for his sins, and was resurrected in three days.

Earlier he told me he did not attend church because he didn’t like to be preached to and he did not read the Bible. I told him that Satan and all the demons in hell believe that Jesus is God just like he does. That doesn’t make them Christians. Someone who is Christian makes Jesus LORD of their life and follows His lead.

Ugh so many people who acknowledge Christ for who He is and yet do little to nothing to make him their number one priority simply don’t understand that being a Christian is about having a relationship with God.

It starts with the Bible. God chose it as His primary way to communicate. We communicate to Him through prayer and He communicates to us through His Bible. On relatively rare occasions He communicates directly and sometimes through others, but He mainly communicates through His word the Holy Bible. He has preserved it through even the worst of times and it has withstood every despot and evil, anti-faith ruler since it was written and today remains the best-selling book of time, (yes that includes Harry Potter).

Having written my new book Crazy Like Foxes with a co-author, I can testify to the difficulty and complexity of syncing our thoughts. And we are from the same culture, speak the same language and wrote it by collaborating and planning together what we would write. Contrast that with the Bible which was written independently by 40 different authors, over a period of some 1500 years, on three different continents, in three different languages, without collaboration, and yet despite all of these difficulties including vastly different personality differences, culture, and the era in which different people lived it remains a cohesive, relevant to every age, masterpiece that is flawless. It is simply beautiful and could not have been accomplished if it had not been inspired by God.

The fascinating thing about it is that it never changes. God says that His word is the same today as it was a 1000 years ago or will be 1000 years from now. Put as many zeros as you desire behind the 1000, and it will still be the same. In this world of shifting opinions, norms, and mores it is refreshing to say the least.

Unfortunately, most people never pick up a Bible and read it. Most people occasionally hear a few verses in church when they do attend. Communication with God is dying. All of morality comes from the Bible. It is no small wonder that people who are calling what is right wrong and what is wrong right are so confused.

One example I read about today is Vimeo. They just declared war on Gospel transformation for homosexuals. If Jesus has changed a homosexual’s life and set them free from homosexual practice, their testimony is not welcome on Vimeo – not now, not ever.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/63875-vimeo-declares-war-on-gospel-transformation

Many other social media platforms are following suite as are mainstream media, academia, governmental authorities, peers, some churches, businesses, arts and entertainment and others.

It is sad. When communication with God dies completely we will have lost all hope.

But smile broadly, for now anyway, we have our Bible. I can’t imagine being without it, not even for a day. I love it and hope you will pick one up and begin enjoying your talk with God today. If you do so, God will convince you to begin loving it too. First time readers begin in Romans and then read the entire New Testament. Read it slowly and listen to what God is telling YOU today.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

March 28 2017 – Click here to listen

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Savage Wolves

In Sunday School yesterday our Bible study teacher read in Acts 20:29: . . . Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number, men will rise up and distort the truth to draw away disciples after them . . .

This verse reminds me so much of those who constantly snipe away at Donald Trump and his administration at every opportunity. Every smidgen of mainstream media; the establishment Republicans, every Democrat who can stand before a microphone, the Hollywood elites, assorted famous athletes, academia, millennials, social media, socialists, communists, Obama appointed judges & bureaucrats still in power, and every malcontent on the continent all attack like Savage Wolves.

Most of the organized groups like Moveon.org, Media Matters, Black Lives Matter, and the like are supported by the Open Society founded and financed by billionaire George Soros, who has been labeled “the most evil man on the planet” for his fierce anti-faith movement. They don’t lack in money; they have a war chest that exceeds $13 billion. They finance organized protests, bus in violent thugs to beat up Trump supporters and destroy property, pay for signs, and so on.

So, will they succeed? It’s hard to tell. Polls say Trump is rapidly losing ground, but polls said he wouldn’t win the presidency and are conducted largely by those same Trump haters previously listed.

I warned when Trump was elected that a singular battle had been won, but the war would rage on. Pretty prophetic, huh? I believe he will withstand the storm. My reasoning is that God miraculously put him in office as a way of answering prayers for a new beginning in this country in moving away from a godless society.

2 Chronicles 7:14 states, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

Millions of us called on the Lord and humbled ourselves and prayed and sought the face of God and He answered our prayer when Hillary was defeated. The second half of God’s promise requires that we turn from our wicked ways. Only then will God hear from heaven and forgive our sins and restore our land.”

The savage wolves attacking our land can be defeated if we follow God and not the world. Don’t be complacent. How can you help? Join together with other Christians. United we can move mountains – Alone we are vulnerable. Paul said there will be those who distort the truth and draw away from the flock. Wolves attack those on the periphery – the outlanders first. There is safety in numbers. Go to the Jesus Alliance website and join us, and/or go to our Facebook page and like us. We don’t have $13 billion but we are using every last penny of our meager resources fighting the good fight and will continue as long as we are able.

I don’t know about you but I love my grandkids and I don’t want them to grow up in a world led by the likes of George Soros and Hillary Clinton. Begin by watching this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeM_l5mkyYc

and then share it with everyone you know. This documentary was researched and produced by a Christian Harvard graduate and details the extent of damage being caused by the “SAVAGE WOLVES” attacking our faith and society. We can defeat them if we unite and then equip the world with knowledge of the love and power of God and those who are trying to subvert His message of mercy and compassion, and motivate them to act.

The preferred approach of the “savage wolves” is the Genesis 3 attack. These wolves twist God’s Word in order to shift the focus away from Christ and onto man and his works. This has been Satan’s modus operandi from the beginning. Don’t be deceived. Stick with the Bible.

2 Tim. 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

March 27 2017 – Click here to listen

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