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Daily Thoughts starting with Tuesday August 2nd, 2001 through Friday September 7th, 2001.

Friday September 7th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

Is God answering our prayer?

Has God answered one of our prayers by allowing abortions to take place? I would like you to take a moment to think about who it is that takes their unborn baby, the baby trapped in their womb, to be slaughtered while trapped and with no place to run. What kind of parent do you think she is? How do you think that baby would be raised? I know of no woman who is a Born Again Christian that has had an abortion after she came to Christ. I know of no young girl who has given her life to Christ who has had an abortion.

As I look around the world, I see the biggest threat to the USA, communist china forcing abortions and limiting their forces and population through this forced infanticide. I remember back in 1962, as a young Marine hearing older battle hardened Marines talking about how the communist Chinese came at them in Korea, one wave after another, how the barrels on their machine guns melted yet they came and came and came. I remember one tough old Major telling us that "the Chinese multiply faster than we can kill them". I remember another time, a time when it was thought that not even nuclear weapons could defeat the Chinese, because of the shear numbers of them. But abortion has limited that threat, they have killed hundreds of millions of their own people, some estimates have the number at close to a half billion babies slaughtered.

The next highest number per woman is in Russia, women over there have openly bragged about having nine to twelve abortions. Nine to twelve dead babies, babies who could have grown up to be part of an army that could have threatened us.

Then we come to the US of A, who has abortions here? Well, when I go to a function at a fundamental Christian church or to the homes of patriots or to anyone of the many patriot rallies, I see tons of kids, many being home schooled, all very well behaved, polite and a delight to be around. It is very obvious that it is not the Christian and Patriot communities that are killing their unborn babies.

But, when I attend a liberal function, church or political group, the difference is absolutely startling. Very few kids and those that are there are rude, obnoxious and attend public schools for the most part. Their parents have their noses in the air and totally, for the most part, ignore the kids.

So, has God answered our prayers? Is He answering our prayers to become a free and God fearing Republic once again by turning the love a mother feels naturally for her baby in the womb, to the hatred that a woman must feel for her baby to take that trapped little baby in her womb to be sacrificed to satan through slaughter and then sold for it's little parts like so much hamburger, in answer to that prayer. By eliminating the children that would have grown up to be communist, socialist, satan worshipers like their mothers?

Has God heard and answered our prayer to defend this country from it's worse enemies Russia and China by hardening the hearts of those who rule in those countries causing them to destroy their own future generations and armies, by slaughtering their posterity while trapped in the womb? Could be. For remember, God does not do things like we do them, for He has the power to do whatever He would like to do and however He chooses to do it. And when two or more pray, there He is.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8&9

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Is that why God is allowing abortion to continue? I don't know, but this I do know. He is, and He is doing it for our own good. How and why I know not, but this I do know: At times, men mean things for evil, but God makes them into something good. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery because they hated him, they wanted him dead or worse, in slavery for the rest of his life. But, God took Joseph and made him literally the ruler over all Egypt so that his father Jacob and his brothers and their families could life and grow and produce the children of God, the Hebrews.

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:20

So, yes, God can make something good out of abortion and that good might be to preserve His people, the Born Again Christians, the church of Philadelphia.

The Lord be with you all.
Amen.



Thursday September 6th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

To tell the truth...

To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Do you tell the truth? Do you always tell the truth? The whole truth and nothing but the truth? If you do, you are a better man than me, a much better man, for I like most do tell the occasional ‘Little White' lie.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:21

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. John 4:23

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. John 5:33

The truth, the Lord puts a lot of emphasis on that little five letter word. How about you? How much importance to you associate with the word ‘truth'? Now, I am sure you want the truth told to you when you are told something or when you ask a question, that is not what we are talking about here. What we are discussing is you and the word ‘truth'. How truthfully are you?

Let us take a minute and think about it for a moment and then I am going to ask you a tougher question dealing with the word truth.

Ready?

How truthful are you with yourself? Will you admit even to yourself that you have a problem with anything? Looking at girls? Pornography? Swearing? Wanting to see Israel nuke the Arabs? An addiction to anything? If you can not be absolutely truthful with yourself, how will you ever be truthful with others?

When we became Born Again Christians, we told the Lord that we wanted to be like Him. Can you think of anywhere were Jesus ever told anything but the truth? I can't. To be like Him is to be honest and truthful. To not be truthful is to lie. Lying is not of Jesus, it is of satan.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

I know it's hard, I am at times convinced it is neigh unto impossible, but men, we must strife towards being more like the Lord Jesus and that means telling the truth. Always and under all circumstances. Telling the truth to ourselves first, our wives and families next and then to the rest of the world.

May the Lord be with us and help us with this. May He be close to us shielding us and holding us up as a big brother holds up a younger. For we are the Lords adopted little brothers and there are times when we need Him desperately. And one of these times is when we need Him to stand beside us and hold us while we tell the truth.

The Lord be with you all.

Amen.



Wednesday September 5th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

An open request for President Bush and AG Ashcroft

Jesus tells us that "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:19&20

Therefore Mr. President and Mr. Attorney General, let me ask you what you would have us focus on as we pray for the two of you.

The Lord Jesus be with you both, may He bless you and help you through these trying times.

Amen.



Tuesday September 4th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

Let me give you something to think about.

Something came up over the last few days that got me to thinking about one very important precept the Bible teaches. Sub mission to husbands by their wives in all things.

¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

¶ So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And Abram removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. Genesis 12:1-9

A couple of things I would like you to take note of. First, notice that Abram was 75 years old at the time this happened, Sari was therefore 65, God didn't tell Abram to talk it over with Sari his wife. No, He told Abram what to do and Abram did it. Which leads me to the second point I want you to make note of. Sari said nothing, she packed and followed her husbands lead.

Which of you, if God came to you and said: "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." Could do it? What would your wife say? Would she demand to know why? Where? Are you sure? What makes you think it was God talking to you? Or would she do as Sari did, simply pack and say "yes my lord".

¶ And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

¶ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

¶ And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.

Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. Genesis 6: 6-22

Do you see anywhere in the above verses where God told Noah to call a family meeting? Anywhere where He told Noah to discuss it with his wife? God doesn't even mention Noah's wives name. He gives us the sons names, but who are the sons wives? Any mention about God telling Noah to call his boys together , brief them on what He had told Noah and then have the boys, their wive and Noah's wife sit down, hold a meeting, discuss God's request and take a vote?

It took Noah and his son's one hundred years to build this ark, would your wife stay with you? Your son's, would they get up every morning and reported to your backyard to help build the ark? Would they demand a reason? Would they question you? Would your wife have you committed? How about your daughter in laws? How would they act?

Let me tell you this and then you think about your wife. If I got up one morning and said to Cecily, "pack, we are out of here. I don't know where we are going, I only know we need to start walking south with all we can carry. By the way, I need to call the boys and tell them we will meet them along the way." First there would be three million questions, maybe more. Then I would be leaving alone. As for my boys and their wives meeting me? That, my brothers is to funny a thought to even take seriously.

But, before you shake your head and pity me, what about you? What about your sons, your daughters, your wife? Would they follow you blindly? On foot? If you are absolutely sure they would, then laugh at me, but if you, like me, are sure or relatively sure that they would not, then let us move on to my next point.

Now, I think it relatively safe to say that if you have read this far, and if you come to this site on a regular basis, that you are Saved. That you are a Born Again Christian. Now if those of us who are Saved have families that will not obey the Word of God, who will? If God cannot call upon us to leave all and do as He commands, even when it sounds silly, who can He call upon?

Probably the surest of the end times signs is that men will no longer control their own families and as a result God will have none like unto Abram and Noah. Are we there yet?

Have we reached the point where your wife listens to others, not you? Have we reached the point where our children take what others tell them into consideration, sometimes over what we have said?

How many of us, ask in our prayers that God talk to us? Yet secretly hope that He will not for fear that He will tell us to do something like He told Abram or Noah to do? How many of you would turn the other cheek if God told you to leave your job and study and preach His word? Now before you tell me that God has never told you to go and preach, that He has never told you to leave where you are and go and preach His Word? Let me warn you, you are on very shaky ground, because He has!

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15&16

Who do you think Jesus is talking to in those verses? The guy down the street? That nut on the other side of town with the weird Jesus signs in his yard? Sorry guys, it is YOU! If you are a Born Again Christian, He is talking to you, for it is to you that HE has given His gospel. It is you He prayed for in John 17. It is you He is commanding to: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

The Lord Jesus, be with you all.

Amen.



Monday September 3rd, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

99.9% won't do it!

You know, a gasoline engine will not work if you take the wire off that runs from the coil to the distributor. The rest of the engine can be perfect, but without that little wire, the engine will not run. A chain saw will not cut wood without a sharp chain on the bar. The rest of the chain saw can be perfect, but without that sharp chain, no wood will it cut. Stop the flow of water and the hydro plant will produce no electricity. Yes those are simple things, but they are much like salvation. As we will see below, the rich young man had done 99.9% but was lacking but one little thing and that one little thing may have cost him his salvation.

¶ And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:16-22

You see the young man was working to get into heaven, he was doing the things he felt he had to do, but when it came to giving 100% he fell short. When the young man asked Jesus what he needed to do, "that I may have eternal life?" And then Jesus told him what he had to do, most of which the young man had already done, but when it came to giving up himself and his wealth. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me. Well that he just was not willing to do. That young man is like the 440V8 with no coil wire or the chain saw with no chain. Both look good, but neither will do the job they were designed for because they are only 99.9% complete. A Christian is the same way, he must be 100% complete, not 99.9.

What must one do to be 100% complete? Well first and foremost one must be Born Again. One must believe on the Lord Jesus as the Christ, the Holy Son of the Living God. That is the start. Then one must go to the Lord in prayer, confessing to Him that you know He is God Almighty Himself and asking Him to forgive you for your sins, for you acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you are turning to and in need of God and that you realize that it is only through what He did on the cross, taking your sin upon Himself that you can be forgiven and Saved.

Once you have accepted the Lord as God and begged His forgiveness and used your freewill to surrender your freewill to Him and become His, not just in word, but in action as well, then you must publicly confess Jesus as the Christ. You must tell others that Jesus is the Christ, and you must do it with vigor.

And then you must commit to being more like Him and the only way you can do that is by knowing more about Him and the only way you can do that is to read His Word, the Holy Bible daily. Not just reading it as words, but studying it, and you do that by starting your reading/study time by first going to the Lord in prayer asking Him to forgive you your sins and then asking Him to help you to understand that which you are about to read.

Keep these important verses in your mind.

...Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:15-18

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4

Yes, you must be Born Again, you must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that HE came to earth in the form of man to be the perfect sacrifice to atone for your sins. You must tell others that Jesus is the Lord and you must from henceforth strive to be more like Him by studying Him. And you study Him by reading what He has to say in His Holy Book, the holy Bible, for All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16&17

Don't be like the engine with no coil wire, the chain saw with no chain, the hydro electric plant with no water. Don't be like the rich young man, for they all went to 99.9%. Instead be like the Apostle Paul who gave his one hundred percent.

May the Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with and bless you all, and please keep me in your prayers as well, for I too am human with the same human faults and frailties that the rest of you have.

Amen.



Friday August 31st, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

He, God, gave them over ...

Let's look a bit at some of the things that Paul, under the guidance of and taking of dictation from the Holy Ghost wrote.

¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: The invisible things of God that no man can explain but all men understand exist: gravity, the balance of the atmosphere, electricity, etc.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: They changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due them.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Romans 1:19-28

Paul is talking about homosexuals and lesbians.

Now in Ephesians Paul tells us that no man hates his own body, he doesn't go out looking to cut off his fingers one at a time to see how it will feel, or go lie in a bath of battery acid to get a sense of what hell will be like. No man cuts off his leg for fun, men fight to the very end to not have these things happen to them, even when the leg must go because of infection, men still want another opinion.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: Ephesians 5:28&29

Yet, remembering " God gave them over to a reprobate mind, " homosexuals put a bit of self gratification ahead of their own lives. Aids kills slowly and painfully, very slowly, 10 to 20 years in some cases, it deforms, weakens and is painful, those who die from aids break out in painful sores, catch cold after cold, disease after disease, for you see it is not the aids virus that kills, it is the diseases that the aids virus prevents their bodies from fighting that kills. But the human body does not give up easily, it gives up hard and only after a long, hard, painful fight. Yet, even with aids, homosexuals still go out and ply their perverted sexual preferences. Man with man, woman with woman.

Why? Why do these men and women still pursue a sexual path that leads them not only to eventual and painful death on this earth, but then everlasting damnation? The Holy Ghost through the pen of Paul has answered that very clearly, leaving no room to misunderstand. God Himself, the creator of all things, including the homosexual, the ruler of all things, even the homosexual, has given them over to what they deserve for their worshiping of the creature more than the Creator, God has given them over to a corrupt, lying, twisted, mind. They are here for us to learn from, they are here so that we can see what happens to those who time after time spit in Gods face.

May the Lord be with you all and may He continue to bless my family and yours, may He never stop forgiving us for the many things we do through our words, deeds, thoughts and dreams that offend Him and may He continue to teach us through His word and through His Holy Spirit within us.

Amen.



Thursday August 30th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

Do you hold your preacher to a higher standard?

Let me ask you a question and let me ask you to think about it before you answer. Do you hold your preacher to a higher standard than did the members of the church in the first century? Now, if you are a Roman Catholic or one of the liberal denominations, the answer of course is an emphatic and resounding NO. But what if you are a Born Again Christian, a true Christian, one who has given his or her life to Christ and belongs to a fundamental church. What about you, do yo hold your preacher to a standard above that which the church of the first century held the Apostles?

How long would your preacher last if Jesus came down appeared before Him on Sunday morning and in front of all to hear and see, said:
Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. As He did to Peter in Matthew 16:23? What would you and the congregation do? Would you fire your preacher? Or, would you give him a raise?

Let us look at what the Apostle Paul said and then ask yourself what standard do you hold your preacher and other Christians to. Now, you will want to read all of Romans 5,6,7&8 to get the full context from which this is taken, but for today and now, we will be looking at chapter seven of Paul's letter to the Romans, a confession of sorts.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. No, I would not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Before God gave the Law to Moses and Moses to the people, they had no way of knowing that to look on another mans wife with envy and desire was a sin. But once God gave the Law, then, men know what was sin and what was not.

But sin, taking it's opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desires. For without the law sin was unknown. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. Yes, the law was good, for the law taught men the difference between living right in the sight of the Lord and being evil. God established the law so as to give men rules to live by.

Now, with that said, let us look at Paul's confession so to speak, for here Paul is telling us a bit about the struggles he has with sins of the flesh. How would you and your congregation react if your pastor stood on the pulpit once Sunday morning and confessed to the things Paul is about to tell his readers about himself?

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, I am sold under sin.

For that which I do, I preach against and that which I preach we should do, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do. What is Paul saying? Paul is confessing that he is carnal, that he is a sinner, that the things he knows he should do and preaches, he doesn't do. But instead does the things he knows he shouldn't do and preaches against.

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Sounds confusing doesn't it? It isn't, Paul is telling us that through the law he knows what is right and what is wrong and even though he does what is wrong, the law is good because it teaches him what he needs to ask forgiveness for.

Now if you have read chapters 5&6, you know that Paul has already drawn the distinction between trying to be saved by obeying the law and the assurance of salvation through Grace through that which Jesus did on the cross.

Now then, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for the will to do right is present within me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do I do not: but the evil which I would not do, that I do.

Now if I do that which I should not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me that does it.

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. Paul is explaining in this verse how it is almost impossible to do good because of the sin that man has been dragged into by Adam. By the way, if you have not come to realize it yet, Paul is not talking about murder, rape, robbery, blasphemy or such, he is confessing to weaknesses of the flesh, the weakness of lusting over or dreaming about some woman or some other property of another.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: The inner Paul thanks God for teaching him what is right and wrong and when he is alone, he, his inner self, begs to be more Christ like, to do what is right and not be drawn into this looking and lusting over women and or other property.

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. How he longs to do that which is right, to follow the letter of the law, and remember, we are talking about the law that deals with coveting, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Exodus 20:17 But, that evil within him that human nature inherited by all of us from Adam, causes Paul to look upon his neighbors and maybe even his congregations things, wives, daughters, or something with envy and longing. Might have been just an ox or horse or wagon. But he is confessing to the sin of coveting.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Paul ask; how am I ever to be free of this sin?

And then Paul answers his own question: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:7-25 ACPNKJV commentary

How would you react if your pastor said: I am a sinner, I stand up here on Sundays and can not help but be distracted by some of the young women here wearing mini skirts and short tight shorts, I beg you to refrain from such clothing, to wear bras in church and elsewhere, to dress chastely as to not distract me and lure others into sin. Sin of the mind and sin of the body perhaps. Would you call a meeting together to fire him or would you call a meeting together to address the short skirts, tight shorts and other inappropriate dress within your church and give him a raise for being so like Paul?

Try to be honest with yourselves, for we who preach are to learn from the teachings of the Bible, we are to emulate Christ and His chosen Apostles as best we can. We are to learn from them and try to avoid the pitfalls they fell into, but we are just as human as Paul. And in Paul's day there were no mini skirts, no tight spandex shorts, not low cut, sleeveless, midriff showing blouses worn by young women with no bras.

May the Lord be with you, me and ours. May He bless and teach your pastor and may He help you to be a Barnabas to your pastor and not one to attack him for being human. Pray for him and his human frailties, pray for him to be strong, for it is him you will turn to in your time of spiritual need.

The Lord be with and bless you and may He keep our nuclear fleet and those who serve under the waves safe. May He continue to bless and protect America so that we have no need to put those men in the position of having to turn a key and push a button. But let us thank God that they are there and that once agin, the keys are in the hands of the Captain and crew and not in the hands of avowed enemies of our nation and it's Christian foundations.

Please pray for peace in Jerusalem and help and guidance for President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft.

May God bless you all, Amen.



Tuesday August 28th, 2001AD, 6314 ATF

And Jesus continued thru the Holy Ghost

When God came to earth as a man named Jesus, He could have stayed here for ever, for He created earth just as He created heaven. Both are His, not ours, His. And as a result, He can do what ever He chooses to do, and that would have included staying in the form a man called Jesus. But instead He chose to leave, not abandon, but leave. As Jesus departed, God came back as the Holy Ghost. And as God as Jesus spoke to men, even now the Holy Spirit does the same, just as He did when He spoke to the Apostles.

Those things written by the Apostles after Jesus had risen from the dead and then ascended up into heaven, those thoughts that were expounded upon by the Apostles. Not out of their heads, not after much pondering and eating of pepperoni pizza, but as they were led to write and speak by God the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, the things written and spoken of by the Apostles, were the things God as Jesus had not finished saying when He returned to heaven. That said, let us look at a couple of verses that would seem to not be directly related, but when you realize that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are one and the same God, they become apparent as very directly related.

Jesus said: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44

Paul later said: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what communion hath Light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, AND WALK WITH THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU, AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAITH THE LORD ALMIGHTY.
2 Corinthian 6:14-18

Now at first glance, or first reading, you would think that these two sets of verses were directly opposite, in the one quoting the Lord as He walked the earth, we are told to pray for those whom Paul later seems to be telling us to separate ourselves from. But that is not the case at all, both are telling us exactly the same thing, only from two different directions. Let me give you something to think about. If four of us are standing around a ten foot pole balanced on the ground, one of us to the north, one to the east, one to the south of the pole and the fourth to the west of the pole and the pole fell over, let us say towards the south. While each of us would say the pole fell, one would say "it fell away from me" another "it fell to my left", the one south of the pole would say "it fell towards me almost hitting me" and the one to the west would claim "it fell to my right". Yet all four are describing the same identical incident, only from four different perspectives. And this is what we have here.

Jesus has told us: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44
Why is the Lord telling us to pray for our enemies, pray for those who hurt you, abuse you, torment you, who are unlike you, who serve not Him, but satan? He is telling us that so that we and they will be the same. For if we pray for our enemies, we are to pray for their salvation. If they become Born Again Christians, then we have tons in common and are no longer their enemies.

Paul said: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
And what communion hath Light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, AND WALK WITH THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU, AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAITH THE LORD ALMIGHTY.
2 Corinthian 6:14-18 Paul is continuing where the Lord left off, giving us more reasons to pray for their salvation by telling us that until they are Born Again, they have nothing in common with us. That we and the heathen have nothing in common, for they worship satan, we worship Jesus, they are in darkness, we are walking in the Light, etc.

Now I will tell you a story to prove the Lord's, Paul's and my point. My wife and I both have kin and close friends who are heathens. We are Saved, they are not. We find it very difficult to spend any real time togther, for we have nothing in common. So we pray for them, not for them to get more money or more things, but that the Lord will bring someone into their lives that will give them the Gospel and then that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes.

You see there are others, others who are Born Again, that I would find absolutely impossible to even talk to never mind embrace as my brother in the Lord, what has healed our riffs is that we are both Saved and that the Holy Spirit dwells within us both. Healing our problems and helping us to love one another. I have a close brother in the Lord who was a draft dodger, a war protester, one like unto Bill Clinton and Hillary politically. While my brother in law is one that I should automatically like, he served with honor for over twenty years in the Air Force, he is considered a conservative, yet he and I have nothing in common. The former draft dodger and I have tons in common, we have the Lord and the Holy Spirt, we can pray together, we can sing together, we can fellowship for hours on end together for we are brothers in the Lord.

And that is why both the Lord and Paul are saying the same, both are telling us to lead our enemies to Christ so as to not have them as enemies but instead brothers. How do I know this to be true? Well, when we look at the Lord praying in John 17, we see that He, in His prayer to the Father in heaven, very clearly says that He is not praying for everyone, just His. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. John 17:8&9

Jesus goes on in this prayer and tells the Father that He is also praying for all those who will become Born Again Christians throughout the ages. Now read this carefully: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. John 17 20&21

Notice the Lord has said that He is praying for all those who become His , well, He also tells us that we are to preach to all and that we are to pray for all and that He will hear and answer our prayers. So, those who are your enemies, those who insult you and use you, use you over and over again, asking you for your help, but ignoring you socially. Don't get mad at them, pray for them, for what better way to have something in common with them then to have them become your brothers and sisters in the Lord?

Now Lord I pray, I pray for all those who are my kin and friends who fall into that category, for Lord, while I am not going to reject you to become close once again with those in my life who are heathens, I do miss our times together, I do miss the family barbeques, so Lord I plead with Thee that Thou would lead one of Yours, whom they will listen to, into their lives so that they too might hear Your word. And have the opportunity to be Saved.

Amen.



the weekend of August 25th & 26th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

But what if he tells me to...

It never ceases to amaze me how just about every time I preach that a wife is to be submissive to her husband, I always get the questions about What if. What if he tells me to rob a bank? What if he tells me to sleep with some one else? What if he tells me to commit murder? What if, what if, what if? You know, as they ask that question, I have to ask myself what kind of man they married when they even think those things. Sometimes I'll ask, do you really think your husband would ask you to murder someone or rob a bank? The answer is always the same, the wife who asked, always says no.

But what if he was to ask. What if he said, "Harriet, I want you to go down to the bank and rob it". Or he says "Millie old girl I want you to go on down to my work place and kill my boss". What oh what is a good obedient wife to do? Can she say no? Will she languish in jail for the next forty years while he hangs around on the beach spending the proceeds from the bank robbery? Drinking slow gin fizzes and watching the girls in their bikinis? Let us look to God for the answers to these serious and society stopping questions. Let us turn to the Creator, the Author of our very lives for the answers we need in these troubled times to our troubled questions. For who else could we turn to? Who else could possibly have the answers?

... wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;... 1 Peter 3:1

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God,... being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: 1 Peter 3:5&6

So, what is a good wife to do? Can she say "My lord, I can not rob that bank? Or perhaps she could say "But my lord, murder is so, ugh, messy." What oh what is a wife to do?

For it is not just the Apostle Peter, it is the Apostle Paul too.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Ephesians 5:22-24 Wow, look at that, " so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing." Well ladies, I guess it time to get the old gun out and clean it up. Get out that long flowery handkerchief, I guess you call it a scarf and prepare to tie it around your face, just below the eyes, cause while you want to hide your face, you have to be able to see the bank teller. Wouldn't want to walk out of the bank with nothing but IOU's and canceled checks. Worse yet, it would be really bad to rob the bank and then stumble into the wall because you couldn't see with the handkerchief, oops, I mean scarf over your eyes.

What a defense, when the judge ask why you robbed the bank you can say, Peter, Paul and my husband told me to. But you see, Peter and Paul didn't just make that up, nope, they got it from God. That's right God. The same God we are going to turn to to try and get you out of robbing banks, murdering and sleeping around is the same God who first told wives that they were to be submissive.

¶ Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16
See that last part? See where God tells Eve that she and all women after her " thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. " God, when Eve first sinned and ate of the forbidden fruit, punished Eve and all women by making childbirth painful, I don't have to tell you how true that little statement on the part of God is. But He also went on and not only made Eve submissive to Adam, but added and said "and he shall rule over thee".

Wasn't bad enough to have the Apostles Peter and Paul say it but now to hear it directly from the mouth of God, what oh what is a wife to do? Clean the guns? Get the get away car ready? Start writing the demand note to give to the teller? Start studying the habits of your husband's boss so as to set your ambush correctly, nothing worse than a messy kill.

No, no, no! For when man tells us to do anything that violates the word of God, we are to obey GOD, not man. Man includes your husband.

When Peter and John were brought before the High Priest and the council for preaching the Gospel of Christ, they were locked up and worse, but when they finally had their day in court so to speak, what they said answers the questions of "What if?".

¶ Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:26-28

Got it? IF your husband ask you to rob a bank, you say "No, God forbids it in Exodus 20: where He says "Thou shalt not steal." If he tells you to go kill his boss or anyone, you say No, for the Lord God Creator of heaven and earth has forbidden me to kill for He has said "Thou shalt not kill" in Exodus 20:13. And as to sleeping with another? Well the answer is the same, only the scripture is different. For did not He say in between the other two quotes "Thou shalt not commit adultery.".

But in order to have the answers, first you must study your Bible. And that is this weekend's message. While I have been telling husbands to study God's word for years, it seems that more than one wife seems to think she can let hers gather dust, taking it down only for show on Sunday. Nope, ladies you too must study, for it is your God too, He is your Father too and He loves to hear from you and see you studying His word just as much as He enjoys your husband.

The Lord be with you all and no bank robberies this weekend ok? Lord you have blessed us with solid Christian wives, please protect them and help us to be the men worthy of them.

Amen.



Friday August 24th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Pierced and hung.

I'd like you to take a moment and read a little Scripture with me. What we are going to do is look at the different Gospel accounts of the Lord on the cross. Then we are going to look at a couple of old testament prophecy verses and then I'll ask you a question.

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head. And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear Jesus' cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave Jesus vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.

And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots:... Matthew 27:27-35

And when they had mocked Him, they took off the purple from Him, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Jesus out to crucify Him. And they compelled one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear His cross. And they brought Him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but He received it not.

And when they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. Mark 15:20-24

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with Jesus to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:32-34

Then Pilate delivered Jesus therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away. And he bearing Jesus' cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Where they crucified Jesus, and two other with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that He said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also His coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:... John 19:16-24

Have you noticed that in all four Gospels, the Apostle all tell us that Jesus was crucified and that after He was crucified, the soldiers divided His clothing amongst themselves, except for His coat or outer garment, that they cast lots for, to see which would get the whole thing. Take a look at this:

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. Psalm 22:16-18

Notice "they pierced my hands and my feet" and "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture" they pierced my hands, they parted my clothing and cast lots for my coat. Those words were written one thousand years before the birth of Jesus, they are part of a prophetic psalm of David. They give two more things that the Messiah must have done to Him for Him to be the Messiah. Some might think that Jesus could have arranged His death to be by crucifixion, by simply aggravating Pilate to the point of his losing his temper with the Lord when Jesus refused to answer Pilate. Some would say that Pilate in a fit of rage at being ignored by the Lord would have issued the worse possible sentence just to get even, kind of like "ignore me will you, I'll teach you," and then saying to his men "crucify Him." But, what about "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture"? Could anyone have enough strength to look down from the cross and instruct the Roman soldiers to not rip up His coat and instead cast lots for it? And why would the Roman soldiers take such an order? No my brothers, this is one more absolute proof that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, God Himself.

Do you give Him the respect due God? Do you give Jesus the respect of the Creator? Funny how often I hear people defending president Bush and his policies, how often I see men at points where I think they will strike one another over politics, yet how strongly do you defend Jesus? Do you do business with those who use the Lord's name in vain? Do you do business with those who have rejected Jesus, those who through their refusal to accept Jesus as God are calling Him a liar? Are you one of those who more strongly defends politicians than you do God?

I can not answer those questions for you, only you can, but I can give you one more verse of Scripture that you had best let sink into your head if you are defending anyone more than God.

But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33

And this I will say, if you deny the Lord by doing business with those who despise Him, if you stand by while He is insulted, blasphemed or degraded in any way, you are denying Jesus and unless you think He is either joking, trying to fill space in His book or lying, you had best believe that He will deny you to the Father as you have denied Him before man. And that denial by Him will come when we are all judged and God the Father looks over at God the Son and ask this simple but defining question of the Lord concerning you. "Son, is this mans name in Your book of life?" How will the Son anser that question when asked by the Father about you?

Lord give me strength.

Amen.



Thursday August 23rd, 2001AD, 6314 AC

They serve satan.

It makes no difference which network or news channel you watch, the legends in their own minds, the talking heads, the so called news anchors can not say enough about the troubles going on in Israel. One blames the Arabs, the rest blame the Jews, the bottom line is that all serve the same god, the god of this earth, satan.

God tells us in His book, the Holy Bible:

¶ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6

What does that mean? What does God mean when He tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? And what is He telling us when He says they shall prosper that love thee? Notice He is not telling us that we are to pray for the Arabs or the Jews in this case, but for the city of Jerusalem. And in exchange for our prayers we shall prosper. Prosper with riches of this world? No, but the riches of heaven. You see, Jerusalem is God's holy city, it is where the Lord will set His foot and rule from when He returns at the end of the seven years of tribulation. Praying for peace in Jerusalem is praying for the end of tribulation and the beginning of the thousand year rule of the Lord and then an eternity of heaven with the Lord for those whose names are in His book of Life.

But, what about the Jews and Arabs, the talking heads and the UN? What about them? Well, they all serve satan, none serve the living God, but instead have chosen the god of this world. As we watch the televison, we see the Jews praying at the wailing wall and the Arabs praying in their mosque, but who are they praying to? And who hears their prayers? While they claim to be praying to the Lord God Creator of heaven and earth, they do both lie and deceive themselves.

For neither Arab nor Jew are Born Again and as such are not heard by our God, but by their god, satan instead. How do we know these things? God has told us. Look at what JESUS says:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

And Peter tells us just what Born Again is:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23

Jesus tells us that unless a man is Born Again, he can not even see the inside of heaven, Peter tells us that being Born Again is to get rid of the corrupt seed and instead be incorrupt. What does he mean? Peter means that being Born Again is to no longer be satan's, to be corruptibe, but to belong to the Lord Jesus and to be incorruptible, no longer corrupted by this world. But why won't God hear the prayers of the satan worshiping Arabs and Jews? After all, they think they are praying to the God of the old testament, so why is it that He refuses to hear their pleas, their moans, their groaning? Their much speaking, their begging and groveling, their bending over and yelling towards the east two or three times a day?

Peter answers that question for us:

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Could the righteous be those who are going to hell for rejecting Jesus? I think not, the righteous are those who are the Lords, those who are Born Again, those whose names are in the Lambs Book of Life. Not the Jews, not the Arabs, but the family of the Lord, the church of Philadelphia.

Not convinced? Let us look at the words of the Apostle John:

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. John 9:31

God hears those who worship Him, Jesus and God are one and the same. To reject Jesus is to reject the Living God, to reject God is to worship satan. While the Jews kill the Arabs and the Arabs kill the Jews, all will spend all eternity together in the lake of fire, for all have rejected the only way to heaven, all serve satan and reject Christ and as a result both Jew and Arab will spend eternity in outer darkness, in pain unbearable, with gnashing of teeth.

What about you? Are you serving Jesus? Or are you serving satan? You are absolutely serving one or the other and the default is worshiping of satan. For all are born into sin and the only way to heaven is through the one who came down from heaven and paid the price, for those who accept Him, with His blood.

Read this next verse very carefully, for you either accept this or you reject it. If you accept it and do what is necessary to comply with it, you are on your way to heaven. If you doubt it or reject it you are damned!

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. John 14:6

Jesus said that the only way to heaven is through Him, no other way. To reject Him is to reject the only way to heaven and that means going to hell, being damned throughout all eternity, eternity in the lake of fire.

May the Lord God help the Jew and the Arab to find the peace that is in the Christ, may they have the scales removed from their eyes, the wax from their ears and the hardness from their hearts. May the Lord help and guide those who are bing deceived by satan and his minions in the news. May He help us to see the truth and understand that the end is near. May He give to all and understanding of Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Oh Lord help all to understand that, that judgement is based upon one thing and one thing only, whether one has truly accepted Jesus or rejected Jesus.

Jesus, I ask that you will be with those I counciled yesterday, that you will bring Sean and Danny to You, that you will keep and protect both Mary and Neely. I ask Lord for Your help with me and mine, your protection of myself and my wife and your continued blessings for all that are Yours. Helping us to understand Your Word, the Bread of life.

And Lord as a taxpayer in these United States, I thank you for every child being home schooled or enrolled in a Christian School for they are saving us billions of dollars. I urge You Lord to touch the hearts of more Christian parents to get their children out of public school and into Christian schools and home schools, so as to both save us more money and give those children an education, based upon You and not satan.

Amen.



Wednesday August 22nd, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Circumcised of the heart, who are they?

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: (Circumcision of the flesh means nothing, it does not save, just as painting the church, selling Tootsie Rolls, and being sprinkled with water as a baby does nothing for salvation. But the person who is circumcised of the heart, Born Again, now that circumcision counts)
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Romans 2:28&29 KJV

John teaches us:
¶ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. John 3:1-6 KJV

The Lord's Apostle Peter goes on and tells us:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9&10 KJV

But who is it that Peter is talking to? Who are these who are circumcised not of the flesh, but of the heart? Born not only of water, but of the Spirit? Who? Who is this ...chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; ?

Let us go back to 1 Peter and see.
¶ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, the elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multipli

ed. ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, one that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:1-5 KJV

So, who is this new priesthood? This new people? This new nation? Who are these who are Born of the Spirit, circumcised of the heart and not the flesh? They are those who are Born Again Christians, they are those who are the church of Philadelphia in the book of Revelation, they are those who through their free will have given their free will to the Lord Jesus in asking Him to take control of their lives. They are those who will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, with God the father and the Holy Spirit. They are those who are truly Born Again, truly Saved.

Are you part of this group? If so, praise God and pray for me, for your family, for yourselves, for this country, for an end to abortion, pornography, sin, war and hatred, for it is only you who are Saved, you who are truly Born Again whom God listens to.

Amen.



Over the next few days, probably until Tuesday 21st, I will not be putting up any thoughts. The reason for this is two fold. First I have bought a new computer and it will take some time to change the files from the old computer to this new one. The second reason is that I will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania doing a funeral for a patriot.

You know, some think that patriots are those who were drafted and served in the US military. Terri, the woman whose remains I will be speaking over, wasn't in the US military, no she served in the Maine State Militia. She didn't wear a uniform, she didn't have a rank, but she gathered information by attending functions that most could not get into. She went to the Hillary clinton bash for senior citizens in Portland, Maine. There she asked how her children and grandchildren would ever be able to pay for the programs suggested by the Clinton's.

She attended a function for Janet Reno that was hosted by the chief of police in Portland, Maine. Once again only for those who were drawing social security or welfare. And again she brought back information that when added to info gathered by others became paramount to the intelligence gathering of Maine State Militia. It enabled Maine State militia offensive unit men to be in a little town called mechanic Falls ahead of time to photograph the 40 batf agents sent there under the guise of investigating a fire at a trash plant. The damage was under $50,000. Yet batf, the state police and the local media put a price tag of over a million to justify the batf's being there when confronted.

Yes my brothers in the Lord, Terri was a patriot, but more important, she was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as told to by the Lord Himself in Matthew.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19 KJV

While Terri's husband served in the US Army during World War Two, and served honorably, I would have to say that Terri was the greater patriot. For as some of you know, the time between Ruby Ridge and mid 1996, were times when it would have taken very little to have open revolution. It was only through manpower and intelligence that the government finally backed off. For those of you who are Saved you will one day meet Terri, for those who are not saved, you, unless you become Born Again, will spend eternity instead with Hitler, Stalin and the guy who murdered Vicki Weaver.

The Lord Jesus be with and bless you all.

Amen.



Thursday August 16th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

So, in whose eyes are you a man?

When God fired Saul and had the prophet Samuel go to David, this is what God told Samuel to say and how He described David: And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought Him a man after His own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 1 Samuel 13:13&14 KJV

Samuel has just told Saul that because he did not follow the Lord's commands exactly, that he Saul was fired as king of Israel and that God had chosen a new ruler for Israel, a man after God's own heart. That man of course was David.

Let's look a bit closer at what happened:

¶ Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal. And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.

When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which He commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought Him a man after His own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over His people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 1 Samuel 13:1-14 KJV

Saul grew impatient, Saul decided to do what the people wanted instead of waiting for Samuel. The men of Israel were afraid because they were greatly outnumbered, they were trembling and running away, so Saul, in a show of power, offered up a burnt offering to the Lord instead of waiting for Samuel. Seems that Samuel was a day or so late and Saul chose to go it without him.

God fired Saul and hired a man after His own heart, He hired David. In God's eyes David was greatly loved, David did those things the Lord loved. But how would David be perceived today? Would David be followed today? David who killed, had dozens of wives, had concubines and did not hesitate to have one of his most dedicated men killed so as to make this man,s wife available to him. But to God, David was a man after God's own heart.

Why? What did God see in David that made Him so happy with David?

David waited on the Lord. David repented all he did. David went to the Lord in prayer. David listened to the words spoken to him by God through His prophet. In other words, while David sinned, David never hesitated to repent, to pray, to go to the Lord on his knees asking for both guidance and forgiveness.

David served God. Oh he made a ton of emotional and earthly mistakes, but the bottom line was that David served God.

What about you? Would God call you a man after His own heart? Or are you so wound up in the earthly, political correct idea of what is right and wrong that you serve today's society instead of God? Only you can answer that question.

May the Lord be with you and keep you, may He yell in your ear and help and guide you to do what is right in His sight and not the sight of the world.

Amen.



Wednesday August 15th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Patience, saith the Lord.

In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:19 KJV

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Romans 5:3&4 KJV

Yesterday Cecily and I drove into Portland and bought a brand new computer, we got home late, so I didn't get it set up till this morning. Once I had it all set up and ready to be turned on, I looked at it and smiled and then turned it on, oh how nice it would be to have a computer working at 800mhtz instead of 75. How nice it would be to have a hard drive big enough to store all of the thoughts, sermons and first drafts for the books I am writing. Well, while my mind wandered and pondered the wonderful uses I could put this new computer to, an error message came on. In English, what this error message said was that the computer couldn't find an operating system. No problem I thought, afer all I have a copy of Windows 98. So, I loaded the Windows 98 CD into the CD drive and put that little smile back on my face. But, not for long, another message came up, this one said: "Sorry Charlie, but you don't have a hard drive or your hard drive isn't working".

Now for those of you who are foolish enough to still have a television in your home, you might have seen a show called Tool Man, on this show, you might remember that when the star of the show ran into a problem, he made this funny little Huh, sound. That is what I sounded like, Huh, this thing is brand new, it must have a hard drive. So, I got a flashlight, and peaked through the ventilation slots in the back, yup, there it was, a hard drive, or at least the case to hold one.

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:25 KJV

So, being only seven o'clock in the morning, I figured I might as well have cup of coffee and wit till nine or so to call Stapes, the store where I bought it. While enjoying my coffee, I was reading about my new, not working, computer and lo and behold in great big print it said that the service and customer support lines were open twenty four hours a day, and a eight hundred number to boot. So, I called and got this really nice young man who had me do a bunch of stuff, none of which worked and then told me that he would send out a new hard drive that very day and that I should have it tomorrow.

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Colossians 1:11 KJV

Now, knowing where I live and knowing the USPS, while I am sure they will ship the new hard drive overnight, here in rural Maine, overnight to the USPS means more like three days or so. Which will give me plenty of time to copy all of my and my wives files onto 3.5 inch floppies so as to be ready when the new hard drive arrives.

Thank you Lord for teaching me to be patient, for not long ago, I would have been really upset about buying a new computer that won't work.

The Lord God of the universe, the Lord Jesus be with you all.
Amen.



Tuesday August 14th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

All Embryos are babies, human babies!

Today's thought deals with the use of what scientists call ‘embryos' frozen or otherwise. For we have been lead to believe that once an ‘embryo' is frozen, it is dead and has no use other than research.

God the Father, the creator of all things said through His servant Jeremiah: "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." Jeremiah 1:5 KJV

While I suppose that most of us understand that stem cell research is the murder of little babies, it is hard for us to at times put faces to these little ones.

I would ask you to click on this link so as to put a face to the little stem cells that scientist and some members of the government do not hesitate to experiment on. "Latest Assault on the Preborn by William F. Jasper"

While Mr. Jasper and most others refer to these babies as preborn or unborn, I prefer to call them and think of them for what they really are, babies in the womb, for they are indeed human babies and they are in the womb. Preborn makes it sound as if they will not be babies until after they are born as does unborn. Make no mistake, the baby in the womb is a baby, a baby who just happens to be still in the womb, the most dangerous place on the face of the earth at this time.

May God forgive us and give us the time to come to our senses so as to avoid the wrath He must be feeling towards a creation that would treat it's babies in the womb the way we do.

Amen.



Monday August 13th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

So, what about you?

You know, you have to give teachers, the National Association of Educators and the state associations credit. For they do put their money where their mouths are. What about you?

The national association of teachers has taken a pro homosexual and lesbian position, the state associations have fallen in line and done the same. The NEA and state associations now claim to have a full 1/3 of their office staffs professing to be openly homosexual or lesbian. Maine and many of the other sates are now offering medical benefits to homosexual and lesbian couples, as well as heterosexual couples that are just shacking up. These benefits have increased the health insurance premiums by over one hundred dollars a month in Maine and are reported to exceed two hundred a month in states like New York and California. And while the share of health benefits by the community has not gone up, the teachers have not complained at all about this extra coming out of their checks. Teachers are willing to pay between one hundred and two hundred dollars a month out of their pay checks to allow homosexuals and lesbian couples, threesomes, or whatever to be covered for full health insurance benefits.

You have to give them credit, for they are putting their money where their beliefs and their mouths are. What about you? How many of you are supporting the things you claim to support with a hundred or two hundred a month? Do you tithe twelve to twenty four hundred dollars a year to your church, how about to all Christian organizations combined? Teachers tithe to the god of homosexuality and lesbianism in that amount. Is not the God of Life, the God Creator of heaven and earth worth as much as the god of sodomy?

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:5&6 KJV

Yet, the satan worshipers, for satan is indeed the god of the homosexual and lesbian cult, tithe to their god one hundred to two hundred dollars a month. How much do you give the God of creation, the God who came to earth as a man named Jesus and allowed Himself to be tortured, so as to shed His blood so that you would have a way to salvation.

The homosexuals and the lesbians, the abortionists and the communists know where they are going, are you deceiving yourself into thinking that you are going to spend eternity away from them? Are you thinking that you can be an idolater with your funding and still go to heaven just because you claim to be a Christian? You need to read your bible, don't read between the lines, read what God is saying.

Jesus said:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Matthew 7:21 &22 KJV

and:

And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:6-8 KJV

When you put anything ahead of Jesus, you are not part of Him.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37&38 KJV

If you don't love Jesus more than teachers love satan, if you do not do more for Jesus than teachers do for the homosexual movement, if you do not put more of your effort into producing fruits for the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Jesus the Christ, you can well be assured that all your claiming in the world will not do you one bit of good, you're on your way to hell and there will be no reprieve for you. Repent, get your life in order and start putting Jesus first, not last, not behind your wife, not behind your kids, not behind yourself, not behind anything or anyone, put Him first or resign yourself to the fact that you will be spending all eternity with the rich man, the homosexual, the abortionist and every other individual who has ever walked the face of the earth that put the Lord second.

Lord forgive us for what we have done, forgive us for not putting You first, forgive us for being weak, forgive us for being idolaters, forgive us for the things we have done, thought, spoke and even dreamt that have offended you in any way, cleanse us Lord, help us to be strong enough to put you first and to do Your will, for we are weak Lord, we are weaker than those who serve satan, we are weaker than the abortionist, the adulator, the idolater, we are sinners who need Your strength and Your help and understanding. Oh Lord God in heaven above, creator of all things that have ever been created, please let me be one whose name appears in Your Book of Life, save me Lord, let not Your blood have been spilt in vain on my part, make me into that which You would have me be. Take away my free will, lead me Lord as a shepard leads his sheep, let me not go astray Lord, let me not wander, rein me in Lord, find me and bring me into Thy flock, let me not follow any but You, let me not put any ahead of You, let me not put anything ahead of You, for You alone are holy, you alone are God.

Amen.



the weekend of August 11th & 12th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

So, you think this is hot?

Over the last ten days or so the country has been locked in a major heat wave. With temperatures reaching into the hundreds down south and upper nineties even into northern New England, it has been hot. But, if you think it has been hot here, think of hell. Think of what it will be like for those you have not preached the good news of salvation through JESUS to. Think of what they will experience because they were not Born Again and will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

For as the Lord Jesus has taught us:

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16: 19-24 KJV

Think about it, all of eternity in the lake of fire, absolute darkness and unbearable burning throughout all eternity. And why? Because you refused to preach the word of God and His salvation to them. Man, are you not glad that whoever it was that told you about Christ and His salvation wasn't like you. What if that person had shirked his duty to spread the word of God and left you to your own devices and had not told you of the Lord and what He did on the cross so that you could be saved.

Think of those whose names will not be in the Lamb's Book of Life, because you put the word of God behind your own comfort. Those left behind and destined for all eternity to be tormented in the lake of fire because you were too shy, too timid, too scared of what they might think.

Yup, it has been hot, but it ain't nuthin compared to the lake of fire.

May the Lord God of the universe, Messiah Yeshua bless you and give you the courage to at least say these words the next time someone says "Man is it hot." "You think this is hot, think about what an eternity in hell will be like for those who have rejected Jesus and are not Born Again Christians.".

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 KJV

Yeshua be with you all.
Amen.



Thursday and Friday August 8th & 9th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

The generations of Jesus, the Christ!

¶ The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king;

David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Matthew chapter 1: verses 1-17 KJV

Why is this so important? We know it must be, for not only does the lineage appear in Matthew, a meticulous man, a former tax collector, a man who if his records were not absolutely accurate, would end up a cross. For Caesar did not take kindly to tax collectors who cheated him and anyone whose books were not accurate enough to convince Caesar that he was getting his due share, ended up not only out of a job, but on a cross as well. So we know that Matthew was one accurate man, a man whose records can and should be trusted. But, Jesus tells us that two must bear record for anything to be true.

So, God provided for another to do the research and publish the Lords lineage on His mothers side as well, going not only back to Abraham, but to Adam and God. The author and recorder this time is Luke, a highly skilled and trained physician. Now if there is anyone that keeps records as good as the IRS, it is the medical profession.

¶ Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased. And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,

Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri.

Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David.

Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala.

Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. Luke chapter 3 verses 21-38 KJV

Notice the difference in the recorded lineage of Jesus through Joseph to David? Joseph, the supposed father of Jesus, His stepfather actually, could trace his lineage back to David through both his father and his mother. But, what is the importance of this? What makes the lineage so important that the Lord uses so much space on it?

God promised both Abraham and David that the Messiah would be of their seed, direct heirs of theirs. To Abraham in Genesis chapter 15 and to David In Psalms, kings and Samuel.

Now how did Luke and Matthew do their research? No newspapers or video in those days, no family photo albums to go back through, so how did they do such accurate research, so accurate that Matthew could go back to Abraham and Luke back through Adam? The records were kept in the temple. That temple was absolutely destroyed with nothing left standing, not two stones on top of one another, in 70AD by the Roman General Titus. With the destruction of the temple were lost 1.6 million Jews and all of the records, for the fire that destroyed the temple burnt so hot that it melted the gold and set the sandstone on fire. The records were lost, the only records that were accurate enough were destroyed. Therefore, the Messiah must have been born before the records were destroyed in 70AD.

For those who are still waiting for the Messiah to come, I would ask this one question, what are you going to use for records to prove his lineage back to David and Abraham?

Yes my brothers and sisters, Jesus is the Christ, for not only does He tell us He is, we know He is for two very reliable and very meticulous record keeps and researchers, Matthew and Luke have told us so.

And as John tells us:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31 KJV

May the Lord Jesus, the Christ, be with you and bless you all and may He come to the aid of my brother in bonds to free him. May He bless each of you, keeping you safe from the evil one, his minions and his ilk, and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly.

Amen.



Tuesday August 7th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Bound in love.

¶ The Pharisees also came unto Jesus, tempting Him, and saying unto Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:3-8 KJV

¶ And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and God took one of Adams ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:20-24 KJV

¶ And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself.

And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. Genesis 24:60-67 KJV

God has made man and from man God has made woman. Unlike the other beasts, from man God made woman, while all else was made from the dust of the field. God, as Jesus, God the Son and Jehovah, God the Father both tell us that when a man and woman marry they become one flesh. One person, oh yes, when we look at them we see two people, but when we think of Jesus and Jehovah and the Holy Spirit, we think of three, yet They are one. When you think of your wife, don't think of her as a separate individual, don't think of her as just a woman, think of her as you think of your right eye and left eye. Think of your wife as you would think of your right leg or left leg, your right arm or your left arm. Would you stand still to have an eye removed? Would you not fight to prevent one from ripping off your arm, leg or one of your kidneys? So is it with your wife, she is not a separate individual, she is part of you, for she is made one with you the second you consummate your marriage, whether that be before or after a religious or civil ceremony.

Don't think in terms of roles. Would you prohibit your right arm from doing something that your left arm normally does? Do you not use both hands when taking out bolts while working on a car? Do you not use either arm and hand depending on which has better access to that thing you are working on? So it is with husband and wife.

Do you not use your hands to shield your eyes when something is blowing in the wind that may injure them? So it is with your wife, for while she is part of you, like your arm, hand , foot, or eye, she is the weaker of the two and must be protected.

¶ Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 1 Peter 3:1,6&7 KJV

Do you not have one arm that is stronger, one hand that gets used more and as a result is stronger and more able to do something? So it is with your relationship with your wife. As you would use the hand best suited to or most accessible to the job so should it be with husband and wife, not roles set by man, society, or peer pressure, but roles established by God. For as He made you right handed or left handed, He has given certain gifts to you and certain to your wife. One may be better organized and is therefore better at keeping the books.

Remember, she is not just your wife, she is part of you, just like your eye, your arm, your hand, foot and heart.

May the Lord God Yeshua Messiah be with you and bless you this day and may you this very day, give your wife every bit as much love and care as you would your own heart, brain or life, for she is one and the same with each of those.

Amen.



Monday August 6th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Do you want to be blessed?

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." The Apostle John, John 21:25 KJV

The Apostle John was the one closest to the Lords heart of all the Apostles. We are told time and time again that John was the Apostle whom Jesus loved. It is only our closest friends that we reveal our deepest feelings to, especially in times of trouble. So, when John closes his gospel by telling us that the Lord did so many things that if they were to be all recorded, " even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. " then we should start to understand just how important every word is that made it into this book of the Lord, this book we call the Holy Bible.

God did not put stuff in His book just to fill space, no everything He has put in His book are things He feels we must know. Things that He felt were so important that they could not be left out, things we must know for salvation and to make our lives run more smoothly, things we need to know to fight temptation and to make it through this time on earth.

So, let me ask you something.

Do you want the kingdom of heaven to be yours? What I mean is do you want to be the heir to the kingdom of heaven? Not as a servant' but as an heir, one who has ownership?
Yes?
Well then, be poor in spirit. For the Lord has put in His book " Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Do you want God Himself to comfort you? To take all pain and suffering from you? Then spend time mourning now, for Jesus stood and said very clearly for all to hear " Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

In addition to owning heaven, do you long to rule the earth with the Lord Jesus? Then start now by being meek. Be as Moses was, be as the Lord was, be strong, but be meek, for this too found its way into the Lord's book "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

Do you want God to fill you? Fill you with peace, contentment, love, etc? Fill you with the things that only God can fill you with. Then, develop a real hunger and thirst for His righteousness, read His word daily, ask Him for understanding, be as zealous for righteousness as you would be for water after a water fast fo 24 hours. For the Lord has also said "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

Do you want mercy? Do you want God's mercy for yourself? Then be merciful to others for Jesus said: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." If you are merciful to others, so shall the Lord be merciful to you.

Do you want to see God? Then start now having a pure heart, not because I suggest it, but because Jesus commanded it by saying "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

Do you have a burning desire to be a son or daughter of the Living God, the Creator of heaven and earth? Do you wonder how you can be that son or daughter? Jesus has told us in His book. He tells us to be a peacemaker and in that way insure adoption. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."

Do you want the kingdom to be yours? Do you want the blessings above? In the next quote from the Lord, we see just how to do that. "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Study the word of God, then evangelize. For if you study and do nothing, how will you ever be persecuted for the Lord's sake? How will men ever revile you for His sake? How will they ever speak falsely about you for His sake? Remember you must be persecuted, reviled, hated and lied about for His sake to get the blessing, you must be merciful, spiritually broken, mourn for the sins of this world and yourself, for the things done to the Lord. You must be a peacemaker, not a war monger. You must be one seeking to do God's righteousness, one committed to doing the work of the Lord, trusting and putting your faith in Him. It is not enough to just claim to be Born Again, you must feed the holy Spirit within you by doing the work the Lord has set out before you. You must spread His word. For remember, not all that claim to be the Lord's will get into heaven, only those who have confessed Him, for those who deny Jesus to men while here on earth, Jesus will deny before God the Father on that great and wonderful day of judgement.

The Lord be with you and bless you. How do you know that what I say is right? Read the Word of God, your Bible, daily, for your salvation is in your hands, not mine. You and only you are responsible for your salvation, not me, not the preacher down the street, just you. For your salvation is a gift from God to you individually. You must accept it and then you must work to thank the Lord for it. Ignore Him and you justifiably will rot in hell first and then abide in the lake of fire with him whom you have chosen to serve through all eternity. Ask the Holy Spirit both to come into your life and then to help you understand and do His will.

In Jesus name I pray to the Father for you to understand. Amen.



Weekend August 4th & 5th, 2001AD, 6314 AC

So, what made the difference?

As we came back from Kentucky, leaving Madison, Indiana July 16th and driving only about 200 miles a day, God showed me something wonderful. As you read, you'll start to understand just what the Lord showed me and my wife and why it is so wonderful, especially in this time of political correctness.

On our fourth night out we spent the night at a beautiful little campground on a river in Ohio. After driving 7 hours in the heat of the day, the camp ground was a site for sore eyes and the river we were camped on was an open invitation to jump in. Much like a couple of kids, Cecily and I donned our swim attire and found our way to the swimming hole on this river in what would have to be record time for folks in their fifties. No sooner did we arrive near the water than two young girls, sisters, one about eight and the older about twelve started chatting to us and telling us about the water. They being from the area thought it cold, we being from Maine thought it quite warm. After all, there were neither ice nor seals, so the water couldn't be too cold. Well these two little girls chatted with us and swam and played with one another as if we had been friends for years. They were little girls being little girls.

On the very next day we found a place in New York State, at one of New York's fine remote state parks. This park, while not having a river, did have a great lake to swim in. Once again, we broke the geriatric age record for getting into the cool waters of that lake. And once again two young girls were playing in the water and once again they were as friendly as friendly could be, wanting desperately to splash us before we could get wet. While heeding my plea and not splashing us, it was obvious that these two were having a great time and truly enjoying the water the Lord had provided.

The next day took us over the mountains on Route 2. Leaving Troy, New York, we climbed 3400 feet over the highest, steepest mountains we encountered going or coming home. Added to the steepness, much was in the 10% grade range. This hill, mountain, had one hairpin curve after another, keeping our speed down and constantly requiring the jeep to have to start pulling all over again after we came to near a dead stop to negotiate a curve. By the time we had reached the top, we had to stop twice for extended periods of time to let both the Jeep and us cool off. In order to keep the Jeep running, and to slow the rise in temperature, we would turn on the heater, with the fan on high. This helped cool the engine, but did nothing for us. But once on the top, what a view. Hard to understand how the northeast can be so liberal with the mountains and views the Lord has provided. But they still prefer to credit some old woman named mother nature, rather than give the Lord God, Creator of al,l credit. Standing on the top of that hill, I thanked God for many things, the view, our making it to the top and Ovide for getting the Jeep in such fine shape.

That night we stopped at one of the few state parks in Massachusetts. This park had beauty, tranquility, quiet and, praise GOD, a lake, a nice cool, clear lake with a swimming area, oh praise GOD!!!!!

Once again we broke our own record for getting into the water and as we were walking in, lo and behold, here were two more young girls frolicking in the water. But this time, when I asked them how the water was, they turned, stared and move away, saying nothing, not answering my question and acting like two scared chipmunks trapped in the gaze of a cat. These two were about the same age as the girls the previous days, all were in the northeast, so why would these two be so scared while the others were so friendly?

Remember this paragraph from the top? "As we came back from Kentucky, leaving Madison, Indiana July 16th and driving only about 200 miles a day, God showed me something wonderful. As you read, you'll start to understand just what the Lord showed me and my wife and why it is so wonderful, especially in this time of political correctness."

The difference, my brothers is this. In the first two instances, the girls dad was right there on the shore, watching and protecting his daughters. In the third example the girls were alone, no dad present. The bottom line and what God showed me was this. When daddy is there, little girls can be little girls. But when there is no dad around, little girls are like little scared birds. You see God made Dads and families. Political correctness took them out of the picture and has tried to make them irrelevant.

God has not only made men the head of the household, He has made them responsible for the safety of the family He has put in their care. That family includes the wife and the children. Let no one convince you that your kids don't need you. Let no one convince you that a woman can raise kids alone, for what the Lord showed me so graphically is what life is supposed to be. You, as a father, are responsible for raising your children to be healthy, strong, secure and trained in the ways of the Lord.

¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, thou shalt say to the children of Israel,

Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane My Holy Name.

And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 20:1-7 KJV

Giving your seed to molech is abortion, the rest is referring to raising your family in the way of the world and not the way of GOD. Being cut off means just what is sounds like, going to hell!

Be proud that God has given you a family, delight in the wife and children He has bestowed upon you, and raise them in thanks giving to Him, not to the government and the liberals of the world. For God will hold you responsible for how you care for His gifts to you.

God be with and bless you all, I pray that Messiah Y'shua will be with and protect you all. To the Father Jehovah in the name of His Son Yeshua I pray. Amen.



Friday, August 3rd, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Jesus said:

" Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

I'm going to tell you about two who both go to church and claim to be Christians seeking to do God's will. Both of have sad stories, both could have happy endings.

First I want to tell you about a man I visit yearly in prison in Kentucky. Oh, he wasn't originally from Kentucky, no, Massachusetts. But the Lord God called upon Him and his wife Ginny to go to the mountains of Kentucky and preach His word, and that they did. His name is Allen Gilpatrick, Dr. Allen Gilpatrick PhD #116900 Kentucky State Reformatory, LaGrange, Kentucky 40032.

The second is a young man by the name of Joe Beene Joe is from Odessa, Texas and is confined to a wheel chair. Joe too says he wants to do God's will.

Allen and Ginny were doing the will of the Lord, living in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and reaching out to those living in the mountains in the area, they had a nice brick home (now owned by a state trooper), each other and God's Word.

Then their world fell apart. In February of 1993 Allen came home to find Ginny dead, she had been brutally murdered, as he held his wife and cried, her blood covered his arms and lap, later that day, while in a state of shock, the Mt. Vernon police focused their investigation on Allen. Just as he was starting to get back to normal and able to focus on his defense, in the spring of 1993 his youngest son, 18 year old Andrew was killed in a horrible auto accident.

With these two things occupying his mind, Allen went to trial in the fall of 1993. The attorney he had hired came down with a hangnail or something and his son, just recently out of law school handled the defense.

Allen was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. That sentence is death sentence, for you see Allen is a juvenile diabetic and as a born again Christian, he can not lie, therefore he will never be paroled for to get parole one must admit the crime. To admit Ginny's murder would be a lie, the court knows it, Allen knows it, I know it and God knows it. So Allen will be in jail till the day he dies, unless God intervenes. How do I know Allen is not guilty? I am his pastor, why would he lie to me? As his pastor anything that he tells me is immune from anything the police could require of me.

Joe Beene, Joe just a few years ago was a healthy young 18 year old football star, one day in practice something went terribly wrong and Joe ended up paralyzed from the neck on down. Joe and his family attend one of the fundamental Christian churches in the Odessa, Texas area. These churches of course preach abortion as murder and stem cell harvesting for research a particularly cruel and heinous slaughter. Joe and his family say they want to do God's will, but then ask, "How do you know what God's will is?" You see, Joe and his family have taken a pro stem cell research position, because they have heard that through it there might one day be a cure for Joe.

In that prison in Kentucky, every day men hear God's word as it is written in the Bible from Allen's mouth, while Joe and his family spend their time trying to convince the president of these United States to allow and fund the massacre of the unborn.

You tell me, who is doing God's work? Who is it that by his fruits that you know to be God's? Joe? Or Allen?

I understand Joe and his family's hurt and pain, remember, I too lost an 18 year old in an auto accident, but does that justify the murder of living humans in the hopes that if enough are slaughtered Joe may regain his ability to play football?

Joe his family and his supporters are writing to try and convince the president that life does not begin when a sperm cell and egg join. I would ask you to write to him and remind him and Joe that anything that grows is alive and when a sperm and egg join, they immediately begin to grow. The result of that growth is a human baby. Therefore what is growing is human life and to kill it is murder. Murder plain and simply, and God makes it very clear in Exodus 20 that we are not to commit murder. He also makes it very clear that not all who claim to be His will ever see the kingdom of God, but only those who do His Will. To Joe and his family, I would suggest that to find His will is done through prayer and reading what He said in His book the Bible, not what He meant to say according to those who would kill babies in the womb.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:15-23 KJV

I would urge you to keep both in prayer, Joe and his family for salvation and Allen for strength, courage and protection. You might also pray for the baby in the womb, just in case Joe, his family and the high priest of baal that do the killing win over the president and this congress. The Lord be with you all.

Amen.



Thursday, August 2nd, 2001AD, 6314 AC

Oh it is nice to be back.


But we almost didn't even leave, and as you all know, if you don't leave, you can not come back. This is what happened. But first let me assure you that the trip went wonderfully, both in the prison and outside. For the first time the guards were friendly and outside at the camp grounds, we met many and witnessed to some, giving Bibles to two.

But back to our almost not leaving, which will give us today's thought. Tuesday, June 26th, at three o'clock, I was supposed to pick Cecily up in front of her school. For as a teacher, that was the last day of the school year and she could not leave before then. I was planning on leaving our house at 1:30, giving me an hour and a half to get to the school. The trailer was packed, the car was packed and the cat box was waiting to be occupied by one little black and white cat named Willy. At two thirty I called the school to tell Cec I would be late, no Willy. I had let him out at around 10AM, figuring he would be back, as usual, for lunch at noon or so. Here it was 2:30 in the afternoon and no cat. So I waited and soon, around three or so, in wandered the little straggler. I scooped him up, shook my head at him and stuffed him into his box. Sticking Willy in a box, like sticking any cat in a box, brings about one long monotonous, monotone, pleading wail. You would think he was being killed. Once in the Jeep, I let him out, but I was already an hour and a half behind schedule. So off we went, and instead of a 90 minute ride, we did it in 65 minutes. We got to the school, I put Willy back in his box and dashed off to the school to get Cec. She, praise God was ready, and off we went, me intent on making up that lost time. We filled up with gas, filled up the spare tanks of gas - wouldn't want to buy gas in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The tax in those three states totals almost a dollar a gallon. And off we went.

Once on the Maine Turnpike, I got the truck going at about 60 and we were on our way. But the time we reached the Kennebunk rest area, about 20 miles down the road, the Jeep was seriously overheating, so I pulled into the rest area to let the car cool down. Cecily put Willy in his box and the three of us went out to sit on the grass. Cec was seriously alarmed that we had overheating problems already and was insistent that we go no further. After much discussion and with heavy intervention by the Holy Spirit, I finally agreed to turn around and head home. AND A GREAT AND STRONG WIND RENT THE MOUNTAINS, AND BRAKE IN PIECES THE ROCKS BEFORE THE LORD; BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE WIND:

We got home around seven that night, while listening to the weather report, we suddenly realized that the car overheating was not a problem, just the natural occurrence of driving at 60 miles and hour while pulling a 5,000 pound trailer on a hot, never in the shade, blacktop road in the sun on a day that was hitting 95 degrees. So off we went the next morning at 4AM, figuring on beating the heat and putting some serious mileage on the car before spending the night on the ocean in Connecticut. But God had other plans.

For no sooner had we paid the toll at the end of the Maine Turnpike then the front end started shimmying. At first I thought it might be the road surface, so I proceeded slowly into New Hampshire, but the shimmying continued. So, we pulled into a truck stop, disconnected the trailer and headed into town, looking for a car fix it place with a lift. But at 7:30am there are not many places open, so we had to wait. We waited as time went by and the temperature headed higher. By 8:30 the Jeep was up o the lift and the bad news was in. We were in need of serious work, plus the trailer hitch itself, where it attaches to the car was rusted through, only hidden by paint. Two garages prepared us for a bill exceeding nine hundred dollars, way beyond our budget. Both warned us that we could not tow with the Jeep in this condition. We prayed and off we went towards home at 25 miles an hour, taking back roads and listening carefully for any metal ripping sounds. I needed to get the car and trailer within 20 miles or so of our house in order to ask friends to come and tow the trailer and the car home if need be. AND AFTER THE WIND AN EARTHQUAKE; BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE EARTHQUAKE:

Wednesday, June 27th, 2001, 4PM: as we drove through Alfred, Maine, we saw a sign advertising a camping park. Tired, discouraged and in desperate need of rest, I turned the Jeep up that road and three miles later came across Walnut Grove Campground. Talk about an oasis, hookups, a pool and quiet, praise GOD! So we paid the fee, parked the trailer, made the hookups, changed into our swim suits and jumped into the pool. Oh praise God for His invention of swimming pools. How wonderful the cool water felt as it sucked the heat from our bones and flesh and let us feel human once again. Here we stayed two days and two nights, not leaving till 8AM Friday morning. And feeling one hundred percent better, praise GOD!

We got home around noon or so and immediately went looking for a used truck, but no luck. One man wouldn't even let us take it for a test ride. So, I dropped Cecily off at the house and took the Jeep to Ovide's on route 302 in Bridgton. Ovide is a solid Christian as is his wife and they run a salvage yard that works on cars and sells used cars and trucks. He had no trucks for sale, but, while he was planning on leaving for his own vacation in three hours, he stopped everything, had his men clear off one of the two lifts in his shop, put my Jeep up on it and he, I and two of his men went to work on the Jeep. First we reviewed the list made by those in Portsmouth, and then we went to work. Four hours later I took the Jeep with a new 12,000 pound trailer hitch, welded and bolted to a newly reinforced frame, with new something or others holding the drive shaft in place and a bunch of other work for a test drive. It ran great, right up through 75, God forgive me, miles an hour. It was a bit after five, we had worked for over three hours, it was time for Ovide's, his wife's and his men's vacation, yet they waited till I returned. And then Ovide put the Jeep back in the shop and had one of his men undercoat the new parts of the frame and the hitch and then he sent one of his guys off to get the trailer pulling part of the hitch, the part with the ball on it, from off the wrecker and put it on the new hitch to insure all would go well, and then he offered as did his wife to call Cec to let her know that all was well and we could leave. This is the same Ovide that literally rebuilt the Jeeps 360 engine last year for seven hundred dollars.

I thank God for bringing this man and his into my life, for without him, this ministry would have ended long ago. He, like so many others, have made it possible for me to preach and visit, by their willingness to do work at well below their own cost, keeping me and this ministry up and running, I pray you too will thank God for him.

Saturday, 6AM June 30th, 2001; we are off and this time all is going well at Kennebunk, all is well at Portsmouth, all is well as we enter Massachusetts and then Connecticut where we spend our first night, 250 miles from home and well on our way.

¶ And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

And He said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire:

and after the fire a still small voice. 1 kings 19:9-12 KJV.

You see, God was telling me that all was not well with the Jeep and the trailer, first with Willy not coming, then with the overheating and finally by having the car shake and refuse to go any further. Then when I started listening, the Lord directed me first to rest and then to a man He and I could trust to do the work necessary on the truck and trailer, Ovide. Had I been on my knees after the cat failed to show up, I would have heard the Lord and fixed the truck and trailer, but like Elijah, it took an earthquake and a firestorm to open my ears. Don't you be so stubborn, hear His voice in your life to start and make it easy on yourself.

Now, I ask you to pray for and thank God for Ovide, his wive, his men, his shop and his unflagging ministry of keeping preachers, not just me, but all preachers on the road. And may the Lord be with you all. Oh, by the way, USA.net is stopping it's free service, my new email address is either Pastor@Christianpatriot.com or Bob@Christianpatriot.com

Thank you and God be with you all,

Bob
































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