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Tuesday April 30th, 2002

Why do the jews, the arabs, the UN and the pope so hate the word of God?


Have you ever wondered to yourself why so many of the world's people so hate the word of God, the Holy Scriptures? Well, here in Joshua chapter twelve, we will get an idea of why all of the world governments except the jews, hate His word, for the jews, it is simply a matter of hating His Word.

As you read Joshua twelve, you will see well defined borders of what God gave to the Israelites, these borders are clear and the word of God makes it clear that they are the borders of the people of Israel, not the people of perdition, the arabs. If the UN, the European Union, the Arabs and the pope believed in or gave any credence to the word of God, they would be supporting Israel and the jews in their struggle against the unholy, heathen muslims. For within the word of God are found the borders and the title to the land given them by God Almighty. While this is not the only reason, it is not even the best reason, it does go to show why it is so important for those of the world, to despise and do everything in their power to turn people from the Word of God and His word.

Joshua Chapter Twelve

1 Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:

2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon.

3 And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea (Dead Sea)on the east, the way (road) to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under (south of) Ashdothpisgah:

4 And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei, 5 and reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.

6 Them did Moses the servant of the LORD and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the LORD gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.

7 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions; 8 In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:

9 The king of Jericho, one;

the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one;

10 The king of Jerusalem, one;

the king of Hebron, one;

11 The king of Jarmuth, one;

the king of Lachish, one;

12 The king of Eglon, one;

the king of Gezer, one;

13 The king of Debir, one;

the king of Geder, one;

14 The king of Hormah, one;

the king of Arad, one;

15 The king of Libnah, one;

the king of Adullam, one;

16 The king of Makkedah, one;

the king of Bethel, one;

17 The king of Tappuah, one;

the king of Hepher, one;

18 The king of Aphek, one;

the king of Lasharon, one;

19 The king of Madon, one;

the king of Hazor, one;

20 The king of Shimronmeron, one;

the king of Achshaph, one;

21 The king of Taanach, one;

the king of Megiddo, one;

22 The king of Kedesh, one;

the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one;

23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one;

the king of the nations of Gilgal, one;

24 The king of Tirzah, one:

all the kings thirty and one. (Joshua 12 1-24 ACP/KJV)

Do you ever wonder why God went to all the trouble of having His words and thoughts published in the book we call the Bible, when the vast majority of the world and worlds religions ignore, despise and contradict it? Why do the jews of all people, refuse to read it? Why do the ignore their own prophets? How is it that they can be so stupid as to not see the Messiah? How is it?

Well, the answer to that is really quite simple when you think about it, just go take a look at who Jesus prayed for in John chapter seventeen. Then ask yourself this, would God the Holy Spirit ignore the prayer of God the Son and open the eyes of those He did not pray for and explicitly said He was not praying for? No, He would not, for God the Father, God the Son and God the holy ghost are one and the same and within them is no disharmony r contradiction.

The Lord be with you all.

Amen.



Weekend of April 27th & 28th & Monday the & 29th, 2002

Be not afraid because of them

for

whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do


While this weekend's primary reading is Joshua eleven, we are also going to look at John fourteen. Many of you, like me and like all other Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Born Again Christians, are at times troubled, or even persecuted. And as a result, we at times seem to be almost in a quandary about what to do.

As we have seen, over the last week, the books of the Old Testament are not only still very valid today, but also excellent places for us to turn in times of trouble. One of the ways to know you are looking in the right place is to find the teachings of the Lord verifying and strengthening it in the New Testament. Such is what we will look at this weekend.

Joshua chapter Eleven

1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph, 2 and to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west, 3 and to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.

4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. 5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel. 6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough (cut the hamstrings on) their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them. 8 And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining. 9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king (Jabin) thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms. 11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire. 12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded.

13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn. 14 And all the spoil of these cities (all but Hazor), and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe. 15 As the LORD commanded Moses His servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of the same; 17 Even from

the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir,

even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon:

and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them. 18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle. 20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He (God) might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he (Joshua and his army being used as the forces of the Lord) might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities. 22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained. 23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war. (Joshua chapter Eleven ACP/KJV)

As a homeshooling parent, do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you ever get tired of the state and the local school departments looking down on you, and the teachers unions and stores like Pennys making fun of you? "Be not afraid because of them for whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do "

Turn to Joshua eleven and see what God will do for you and read John fourteen to see how to get God's help.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14 ACP/KJV)

As a chaste teen, trying desperately to do what is right in the sight of the Lord and not in the sight of Britney Spears, do you ever get just a bit depressed? Do you ever get the feeling that you are standing all alone? Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel the next time you hear "If you loved me you would"? Is your strength being sapped? Your feelings becoming mixed? Turn to Jesus, turn to the Lord, look at His promise to you, me and every other child of God. "Be not afraid because of them for whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do"

As a dad, trying desperately to raise your family as the Lord commands, do you ever just shake your head, look to heaven and say "How Lord? How?" Do you wonder if you should burn the TV, cook the radios, burn the magazines, drop the newspapers and move your family into the middle of the Rocky Mountains? I know the feeling, as does God, so, "Be not afraid because of them for whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do"

Dads, moms, kids and pastors, don't try and do it on your own, you can't. The battle rages around us, we have the nightly news corrupting on the left, the US, state, county, and local governments corrupting on the right, we have the clothing and music corrupting in front of us and the leftist satan worshiping liberal churches, synagogues and mosque attacking us from the rear. You and I are surrounded, we are little islands standing neck deep in the septic waste of society, we need a life boat and that life boat is only a shout, a cry away. For we are promised by God Himself: "Be not afraid because of them for whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do"

Way back in Genesis, satan teaches us a very important lesson. This lesson is reinforced again as we read about the encounter of satan himself and the Lord, after the Lord has been in the desert fasting and praying for 40 days and 40 nights. And that lesson is that satan, lies. He twist scripture to make his lies palatable to the gullible. Adam and Eve were gullible, Jesus was not. Adam and Eve fell for the lies and the Scripture twistings of satan, Jesus did not, the Lord not only didn't fall for satan,s lies, He corrected him. And not in a politically correct manner either.

The media, the governments, the entertainment industry and the churches that preach commentary instead of God's word have all become satan's newest and most deadly twisters of Scripture. You can be like Adam and Eve or you can be like Jesus. The choice is yours. What is the difference? Jesus knew Scripture and rebuked satan with it. Adam and Eve did not turn to the lord, but tried to out fox satan on their own. They failed and as a result, you and I are reaping the consequences of their folly.

But you can have a way out, all you need do is call upon the Lord, rebuke satan by knowing Scripture as it is written, not how some satan worshiping theological expert knows it should have been written.

Remember this:

Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough (cut the hamstrings on) their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

The Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua, be with you all, may He bless you and yours, keeping you safe from satan, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him both knowingly and unknowingly.

Amen.

Friday April 26th, 2002

Yeshua, Jeshua, Jesus, one name one God.


Why is it that so many call themselves Calvinists or Armenians, or Lutherans or whatever? Was it Calvin that went up on the cross? Was it Luther whose shed blood cleanses?

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 3:18

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

Then Peter said unto them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38

Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 15:26

Then Paul answered, "What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 21:13

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1Corinthans 1:10

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1Corinthans 1:13

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Corinthans 5:4

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1Corinthans 6:11

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Philippians 2:10

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: James 5:14

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. 1Peter 4:14

And this is His (God the Father) commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He (God the Son) gave us commandment. 1John 3:23

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1Jo 5:13

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name. Revelation 3:12

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:10-12

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Thessolonians 5:9

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Timothy 2:10

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: Revelation 19:1

Yes, one name, one God. And salvation by none other. You can call Him Jeshua, Yeshua, Jesus, Wonderful, Lamb of God, Mighty Councillor. You can call Him Jehovah or Yahweh, as long as you understand that there is but one in all the heavens and on earth that you can be saved by, and that one is God. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Three faces of God, but only one God.

Think about this, He knew your sins before He left heaven, came to earth as a speck in Mary's womb, grew, preached, was sacrificed, cast into hell for three days and arose. And even knowing your sins, He still came. And some of you still claim allegiance to a denomination or a theory, putting things created ahead of the Creator.

Some of you still adhere to the teachings and idiolatry of the Roman Catholics Church. Some of you still pray to saints, priest, dead parents and children. Some of you are still reading commentary instead of the word of God, the Holy Bible. What is the matter? Why do you have such a hard time turning to Him who created you? Do you really enjoy your sins that much? Do you really prefer going to hell over going to heaven?

Father in heaven, Jeshua, please open their eyes.

Amen.



Thursday April 25th, 2002

Why is the Old Testament so important?


Before you read today's Scripture, I would like you to take just a moment and ponder the question in the title today. Just what is it about the old Testament that still makes it so important, even after 3500 years? For it was indeed 3500 years ago that Moses recorded in writing the words dictated to Him by God.

Yesterday, both a man and a woman, on two separate occasions and in two completely separate and distinct settings, pretty much made the same statement/question to me. Both were under the impression that Christ' coming and passion, put and end to the Old testament. To both, I asked this one question, "So, according to your teachings, the Ten Commandments are now null and void?" Both replied saying no, and that their preacher(s) even preached the ten commandments on occasion.

My next question to them was, "So, the Ten Commandments are still valid, but the rest of the old Testament is null and void?" When they hesitated at that, I asked them "If God might now think that bestiality and incest were ok and no longer sins?" Both again said, "No of course not, is that in the Old Testament?" And I told them that yes it was, in Leviticus, the book that makes homosexuality a crime punishable by death.

Then, I told them that some of the Old Testament was made finished by the coming by, life of, death of, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the Christ. And that Jesus Himself tells us just what is finished and what is not. And He tells us in the New Testament, in the gospel of Matthew. This seemed to take them both totally by surprise, and I can not help but wonder how many of you it is taking by surprise as well.

Now, let us look at the Scripture, the words of the Lord Jesus Himself and see what is and what isn't over and done with in the Old Testament.

As Jesus spoke, delivering His sermon on the Mount, He said: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17&18)

" Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:" So, obviously, He did not come to make the Old Testament null and void.

"I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Fulfil what? Why the prophecies concerning the first coming of the Messiah of course, the coming not as the Warrior King, but as the perfect, stainless sacrifice, the Sacrificial Lamb, the perfect sacrifice with neither spot not blemish, to wash away the sins of the world. So everything in the Old Testament that prophesied the first coming of the Lord, everything that describes the perfectness, by God, of the Sacrificial Lamb, is fulfilled. That is why it is so important never ever to cease insisting that the Word of God, the Holy Bible is 100% accurate and correct. For to waiver, on say the virginity of Mary, is to say that the Word of God is a lie.

The Lord then goes on and tells us when all will be fulfilled, " For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." And when is that? When is all things prophesied fulfilled? Well not at least until the end of the thousand year reign of the Lord, for in the Book of Revelation we see the end coming for satan, his minions, his ilk and those who serve or served him, knowingly and unknowingly, as satan is cast into the lake of fire as is everyone other than those whose names are written in the Lambs Book of Life.

So, why is the Old Testament so important? Well, does not the Lord tell us so when He says, " For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."?

The Lord be with you all, and may you search the Scriptures, studying and learning, for it is only in Scripture, Old and New Testaments, that we find the truth. For the truth is not found in a court that says abortion is a mothers right, or a court that tells us that child pornography that does not use real children but instead computer generated images of children is legal and constitutionally protected.

My God forgive this nation and may He open the eyes of the courts, the administration, the men, and the congress of this land.

Amen.



Tuesday April 23rd, 2002

Let us take a minute to try and understand the Love of God


Have you ever taken the time to think about how much God must love us? Oh, I don't mean just thinking about it, I mean really pondering it. Let me give you something to think about, in order for us to even start to comprehend how great the Lord's love of us is, we must first understand or have an idea of how wonderful heaven is and how horrible hell is.

For, God so loves us that He left His throne in heaven, came to earth as the infant in the womb of a human woman named Mary, spent three and a half years preaching, allowed Himself to be captured, spit on, beat up, bound, scourged till He had no skin left covering His flesh, brutally nailed to a cross, hung hanging from nails in His wrist and through His two ankles, insulted, forced to have placed in his mouth bile, viciously stabbed in the side with a spear, leaving a hole large enough for a man to put his fist in, and then spent three days in hell. All for us. All for lousy sinful, deceitful, corrupt, perverted, vile, hateful, idol worshiping, infant hating us.

Jesus left heaven, want an idea of how glorious His home in heaven is?

Revelation Chapter Four

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold,

a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were *seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before(infront) and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."

9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation chapter four ACP/KJV)

*vs 5 seven lamps are the seven Spirits of God. In Revelation 1:20, we read The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.

Jesus left heaven and for our sake was so beaten that He, the most perfect man to ever walk the earth, a man without any blemishes, without a hair out of place, with perfect teeth, perfect hair, perfect health, perfect complection, a man with neither blemish not fault, was so beat that the prophet Isaiah describes him like this:

For He (Jeshua) shall grow up before Him (Yahweh) as a tender plant (tender young plants are the most tender, tasty and perfect of plants),

and as a root out of a dry ground (a land spiritually dry, Israel had become a spiritual desert by this time, a country more interested in studying and fulfilling commentary than the word of God.):

He (Jesus) hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him;

He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. (Isaiah 53: 2&3)

Jesus, was so beautiful as a child and man before the romans and the jews got their hands on Him, that Isaiah refers to Him as a tender plant. But, after the beating, the torture, the crucifixion, the Lord was so beat up and ugly, that no one could even bear to look at Him, He had been so disfigured, that no one could be drawn to him. And He did it out of love for you and me. And it gets worse, for after all that, God allowed Himself to be placed in hell with the evil one, his minions, and his ilk, for three days.

How bad is hell? Well, remember, it is not yet the lake of fire, it is now hell:

In Matthew we get a little idea of how horrible hell is:

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:12)

Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 22:13)

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.(Matthew 25:30)

Outer darkness, I can not even begin to imagine what that must be like, but not only can Jesus imagine it, He knows, for He not only created it as a holding place for the evil one, He allowed Himself to be cast there for three days. And for what? For us! Jesus allowed this to happen to Himself, not for selfish reasons, but out of pure love for you, me and every other man, woman and child to walk the earth since He did. But how few accept Him.

How He must cry looking down and seeing us celebrate His birthday on CHRISTmas, yet excluding Him from the celebration, not only excluding Him, but degrading Him to the point where some won't even refer to Him by His name but instead by calling Him "X".

How it must grief Him as He looks down upon us and sees His gift to parents, little babies, being destroyed while trapped in the place they should be the safest, the womb. How He must cry as He sees men and women training their children to carry bombs into crowded areas, just to kill, not unlike what was done in Vietnam and is now bing done by arab fanatic muslims in Israel and throughout the world.

How He must cry as He listens to rabbis and left wing extremist preachers, preaching doubt about His divinity, His virgin birth and placing His mother on the same plan as Him.

How He must wail as He watches church leaders teaching men and women to ignore Him and instead pray to idols, so called saints, and men and women long dead in the grave.

How He must feel the sting of humiliation and pain all over again as He watches man after man, woman after woman, child after child go into a little dark closet, kneel down and ask a man dressed in a black robe for forgiveness, not only calling him father, but giving him the reverence reserved for God.

How it must cause Him pain to see jew after jew cast into this outer darkness waiting for the final judgement where they will be cast into the lake of fire, along with those who so hate them, the arab muslim extremist suicide homicidal maniac bombers.

And what makes it all the more amazing, what makes His love even so much greater, is that He knew it was going to happen, He knows that most will reject Him and worship satan, and He still left His throne, came to earth, was tortured, beat, whipped, spit on, stabbed and crucified, and then cast into hell, for us.

That is love.

What about you? Are you giving the Lord reason to smile? Or are you one more causing Him great sorrow?

Oh Lord, you know what is on my heart, but Your will be done Lord, not mine, but Thine.

Amen.



Monday April 22nd, 2002

The slaughter of the innocent ones, proof of the Messiah.


This coming Saturday, it appears that I may be invited to an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue, as a result, we are going to leave the book of Joshua for the week and continue our study of the proofs that Jesus is the Christ. This is my way of preparing for the weekend, in the event that I am invited and the Lord opens a door for me to speak to one or many.

As most of you know, I find the slaughter of the baby in the womb, one of the most horrific of all crimes, a crime punishable by death, a crime that I am not sure can be forgiven. Many a jew today, looks forward to the time when not only babies in the womb, but those out of the womb are slaughtered, for they know that on that day, or so they suppose, the Messiah will come. It is sad that they are unaware that, that already happened. There has already been a time when the innocent ones in and out of the womb were slaughtered.

In the Book of Jeremiah, we read the prophecy that makes this a requirement:

Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth His flock.

For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness. saith the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. (Jeremiah 31:10-17 ACP/KJV)

Let us look again at the verses we are focusing on this morning, Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

Now let us look and see that not only does secular history record this event, filling the prophesy, but so does the word of God.

When they (the three wise men) had heard the king (Herod), they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the Young Child (Jeshua) was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the Young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, and take the Young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the Young Child to destroy Him."

When he arose, he took the Young Child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, OUT OF EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON (Hosea 11-1).

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, IN RAMA WAS THERE A VOICE HEARD, LAMENTATION, AND WEEPING, AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN, AND WOULD NOT BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT. (Matthew 2:9-18 SCP/KJV)

Think about it for a moment, the year was 1 or 2 BC, Jesus was maybe two years old, way too young to have rigged this event, yet, in fulfillment of prophecy, every boy baby 2 years old and younger, was killed. Secular history tells us that babies in the womb were killed as well, just incase. They were killed by Roman legionnaires, the same legionnaires who 31 or so years later would finish the job they had started that day, by spitting on, slapping, beating, whipping, torturing, scourging and crucifying the Lord, Messiah Jeshua.

You might notice that not just Jeremiah's prophecy was fulfilled in those few verses from Matthew, but one by Hosea as well: When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt. (Hosea 11:1)

May the Lord our God, Jesus, the Christ be with you all and may this week's study reassure you that it is God you worship when you come to the Lord Jesus on bended knees, broken and giving yourself to Him.

Amen.



The weekend of April 13th & 14th, 2002

Why do we pray for the muslim hordes?


A couple of nights ago, three of God's warriors got together and prayed. One of the things we prayed for is the youngsters who are muslims that are becoming homicide bombers. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20 ACP/KJV)

Why, you might ask, are we so concerned about the muslim hordes? I want you to take a moment and read this report by Matt Drudge. Now while I have removed the link to Matt's news site from the church's links page, that does not alter the fact that his does do excellent investigative reporting. The link was removed, not due to Matt's reporting, but because of the choices of wording that he at times uses in his headlines. That said, read this:

start Drudgereport

WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER SAYS SHE WOULD CONSIDER NOT BECOMING A MARTYR IF ARAFAT WERE TO SPEAK AGAINST SUICIDE BOMBINGS
Fri Apr 12 2002 18:19:52 ET

NEW YORK -- A young Palestinian mother, arrested by the Israelis for attempting to become a suicide bomber, tells correspondent Elizabeth Palmer she and other suicide bombers would consider halting their activities if Yasir Arafat denounced such actions. Her interview will be broadcast tonight (12) on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH DAN RATHER.

A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW FOLLOWS:

ELIZABETH PALMER NARRATION: On the surface Shifa Adnan Kodsi had a lot to live for.. She worked in a beauty parlor, she was young and attractive - and had a 7-year-old daughter. But when Israel invaded the west bank this young woman decided she had to act.

No matter the cost to her family and daughter.

...Her answer was to become a suicide bomber:

(SOT VOICE OF TRANSLATOR)

THE IDEA OCCURRED TO ME A WEEK AGO WHEN I SAW THE MASSACRES WHICH WERE OCCURRING - ON TELEVISION - THE MASSACRES IN RAMALLAH. 1221

PALMER: Kodsi was arrested two days ago at her parents house in the West Bank - after a tipoff to Israeli intelligence forces. She won't admit any affiliation to any radical Palestinian organization - but does say she reveres Yassir Arafat

Kodsi: I DID IT FOR HIM ...BECAUSE OF THE HUMILIATION AND EMBARASSMENT THAT HE WAS EXPOSED TO EVEN THOUGH HE IS A HEAD OF STATE.

Although Arafat claims he has fulfilled Israeli and Western demands to denounce suicide bombings...it's not a message that ever reached Kodsi.

Kodsi: IF HE EVER DID MAKE SUCH A REQUEST - WE WOULD THINK OF STOPPING...BECAUSE AFTER ALL HE IS OUR PRESIDENT AND HE IS OUR LEADER.

PALMER: Although she is obviously proud of her seven-year-old daughter -

(NAT SOT) - she is very beautiful...

PALMER: Kodsi believed her martyrdom in the name of Palestinian revenge was more important than her responsibility as a mother.

Kodsi: SHE IS NOT THE FIRST NOR THE LAST TO BE AN ORPHAN. LOTS OF OTHER CHILDREN HAVE LOST BOTH MOTHER AND FATHER.

- more -

PALMER: The Israeli invasion of the west bank - according to Kodsi - left her very few choices. In despair, having witnessed so much random killing.... she believed that becoming a suicide bomber - as a political act would at least give her own death some meaning....Her message for the parents of today's suicide bomber... I congratulate them 1000 times.

END

end Drudgereport

Last week, the remains of a ten year old were identified, the remains were those of a ten year old boy. He had lured eighteen Israeli soldiers into a building, set off the bomb he was carrying and then snipers killed all but five of the soldiers that had survived the blast.

These muslims cowards, cowards like osama bin laden and arafat, are not putting their own lives on the line, they are recruiting silly girls and little boys, sending them straight to meet their god, satan.

The Apostle Paul has taught us in his first letter to Timothy: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:

from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:1-7 ACP/KJV)

Yes, my brothers, we need to find a bit of time each dat to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we need to pray that the Lord will raise up a Paul for the muslim hordes. For while the news and the unsaved pagans of th world will give praise to any number of politicians and arafat may just get a second Nobel Peace prize, you and I, along with the rest of the Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Born Again Christian community, will give the praise, the glory and thanks to the Lord God above, the Creator of all things, Messiah Jeshua.

If we don't pray, who will? Do you think God the Son hears the prayers of those who are not His? Those who turn from Him? Do you think God hears the prayers of those praying to satan under the name of alla? Do you think He hears those who call themselves jews but are not, but are liars and belong to the synagogue of satan? God hears the prayers of only those who have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, who have believed on Him and become His, those who have used their free will to become His.

With the exception of the sinners prayer, God hears only the prayers of those who are Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians! And no others!!!

No one but God will resolve what is going on in Israel, and no one but us can go to God and ask His help. If not for an end to the violence at least in opening the eyes of parents who train and send their little sons and daughters straight to hell as blood sacrifices to satan in the form of homicide bombers, a phrase not coined by the president, but by our own Mac Maguire.

The Lord God be with you all, and first thank Him for letting you be born here and then ask His intervention to prevent one child from becoming a martyr for satan by serving allah.

Amen.

Pray for The salvation and healing of Jack Wear. The health of the baby in the wombs of: Theresa, Kirsten, the Lt.'s wife, Rick and Katies daughter-in-law. And any and all other troubled pregnancies.

Pray for the children of divorces, the children whose mothers have fallen to the lies about being able to raise their children without a father in the house or that a step dad is as good as a dad when the natural dad is alive.

The children of families in Iraq, where the government is now offering the families $25,000 if they will offer up one of their children as a suicide bomber and that child is successful.



Friday April 12th, 2002

Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand


Just about every day, I e-mail to the president of these United States, the daily Christian Thought. I do this because, way back in 1993, a member of the staff of one of Maine's congressional delegations, a staffer who is still there, told me that, due to my intimate relationship with Maine State Militia, everything that I sent to the president was read and researched carefully to assure themselves that I was not threatening the president or the government. Since then, I have found that as much as one third of our daily hits come from federal sites in the DC area. Praise GOD!!!

Is the president reading the daily thought? I don't know, I do know that Clinton while he was President wasn't. But as for this President, President Bush the second, I don't know. I see in his comments at times, shades of what was sent to him, but not enough to say he is reading them.

But, this I do know, someone in the bowels of the White house, someone in the FBI, and others in the security apparatus of the myriad of secret federal police agencies are reading them. And that is what this is all about, getting the word of God out to the heathens, the pagans, the unsaved, the damned. Now it is up to the Holy Spirit to open their collective or individual eyes and ears, soften their hearts and give them a salvation understanding of what they are reading.

As we go through the Book of Joshua, I wish there were a way of getting Prime Minister Sharon to read them as well, for if only Israel would turn to Yeshua, they would have peace, if not in their country, at least in their hearts. For now they tremble, they look to the US for help, and shortly they will turn to satan himself for the promise of the peace they so desperately want. A peace that can only be gained with the knowledge, understanding and acceptance of the word of God and the Word of God, Messiah Yeshua. Man would I love to get a look at Colin Powell's scalp.

Now, let us read very carefully the word of the Lord, the book of Joshua, chapter ten, for in it we will see how the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Creator of you, me and all things in and on the earth and throughout the heavens, Messiah Jeshua, will fight for and give victory to those whom He claims as His and who worship and trust on Him.

Joshua Chapter Ten

1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of *Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; 2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. 3 Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 "come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel."

5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites,

the king of Jerusalem,

the king of Hebron,

the king of Jarmuth,

the king of Lachish,

the king of Eglon,

gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it. 6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, "Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us." 7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour. 8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.

9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night. 10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. 11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died:

they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon." 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher?

So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. 16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, "The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah." 18 And Joshua said, "Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them: 19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your hand."

20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities. 21 And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel. 22 Then said Joshua, "Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave." 23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.

24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him; "Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings." And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. 25 And Joshua said unto them, "Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight."

26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. 27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day. 28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.

29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah: 30 And the LORD delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as e did unto the king of Jericho.

31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it: 32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that He had done to Libnah. 33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. 34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:

35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. 36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: 37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.

38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it: 39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.

40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. 41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon. 42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.

43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.(Joshua 10 ACP/KJV)

Notes: *Jerusalem was once called Salem, And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and He was the priest of the most high God. And He blessed him(Abram), and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he (Abram) gave Him(Melchizeddek, Jesus) tithes of all. (Genesis 14:18-20 ACP/KJV)

Oh how I wish there where a way to get Israel today to read the wonders of what God would do for them, if only they would get their heads out of cess poll of commentary written by those who while claiming to be jews are but liars and are really the members and leaders of the synagogue of satan. If only they would turn to Him who created them, Him who cries as He watches them blunder through life, searching, waiting for and serving satan.

May the Lord our God, Messiah Jeshua, be with you all, may He help you through these times and may He protect you and yours as the suicide bombers move to the USA. Evangelize now my brothers, for the time is short, and the people are hungry. If we don't reach them for the Lord, others will reach them for satan, for their hunger will lead them to one or the other. They will serve and worship the Lord our God, Jesus, or they will be won over by the forces of evil with their cry of "eat drink and be merry for you only go this way one time".

I pray God's blessing and protection upon all of you who reach out to the heathens, for as He has kept me safe from the dozens of federal secret police agencies that would like to see me either in jail or dead, He will protect you too, if you will only reach out to do His will.

Amen.



Thursday April 11th, 2002

...and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.


So, "what's a little disobedience" you ask? Today we will see what happens when there is but a little disobedience on the part of God's people. The jews back 3400 years ago in the time of Joshua, and we Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, today.

After you read today's Scripture, I'll tell you something interesting.

Joshua Chapter Nine

1 And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea (the Mediterranean) over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; 2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.

3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 4 they did work wilily (sneakily and deceptively), and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; 5 And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. 6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel; "We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us."

7 And the men (elders, also referred to as princes) of Israel said unto the Hivites, "Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?" 8 And they said unto Joshua, "We are thy servants." And Joshua said unto them, "Who are ye? and from whence come ye?" 9 And they said unto him; "From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of Him, and all that He did in Egypt, 10 And all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond (across the river) Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.

11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, 'take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us.'

12 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey."

14 And the men (the elders or princes of Israel) took of (looked at or inspected) their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them. 16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.

17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim. 18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, "We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them."

21 And the princes said unto them, "Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them."

22 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, "Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, 'We are very far from you'; when ye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God." 24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of (for) our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do."

26 And so did he (Joshua) unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose. (Joshua Chapter Nine ACP/KJV)

Now the original question was, "So, 'what's a little disobedience' you ask?" When Joshua and the elders or princes of Israel cut a deal with the Hivites, they forgot to ask God what He thought about it. But they did make the deal with an oath by invoking God's name. As a result, the Israelites were forced to not kill the Hivites, therefore going against God's orders.

So, you ask, what's the big deal? They killed everyone else didn't they. Mostly, but this set a dangerous precedent, later when we get to the Book of Samuel, you will see Saul doing the same thing. Not following God's orders and allowing some of whom God had condemned to death, to live. With Joshua it was the Hivites, with Saul it was the Amalekites. Both are the direct forefathers of today's Palestinians, Arafat and his the PLO.

So, what's a little disobedience? God tells girls to remain virgins till marriage, when they disobey, they get diseases, get pregnant and kill their babies. God condemns adultery and tells us not to do it, when we disobey, families are destroyed, children are cast as objects of barter and lies are told that scar for years to come. God condemns that act of homosexuality, a little disobedience leads to one of the most horrible deaths imaginable, death by AIDS.

So, what's a little disobedience, well, look at the results of the actions of a few Hivites on September 11th, 2001, at the actions of a few more in Israel, look no further than your own neighborhood to see the results of adultery, ask someone in the medical profession about AIDS and the scores of other sexuality transmitted diseases.

What's a little disobedience, go back to Genesis the third chapter and read for yourself, the results of a little disobedience.

Jesus, help us to be obedient, help us to understand that as Born Again Christians, we have given up our free will to serve You, help us to be obedient Lord, help us to be obedient. And Lord help us to remember to pray for our children daily, to pray for our wives daily as well, to pray for our president and our nation, for peace in Jerusalem and Lord help us to choose one child of unsaved parents and pray diligently for that child daily as well, let him or her be an adopted child to us for the purpose of praying for his or here salvation. And hear oh Lord my prayer for Josh, for his health, and his salvation and my blessings on his mom for having him

Amen.



Monday April 8th, 2002

Do you need to be president to be Joshua?


As we have looked at the previous chapters of Joshua, we can not help but notice that Joshua was, as it were, the president. But, he is also the head of one household, one family, he is a dad a grandad, a great granddad. And as such he is the head of one family.

Now, take a moment, before you read todays scripture to think about the type of father Joshua must have been. Do you think Joshua would have been un-judgmental when his son or daughter brought home a friend? Do you think Joshua would have deferred to his wife and her feelings when one of his children or one of their friends did something that brought the police to the door? Do you think Joshua would have sent his eight or nine year old into the public school system in the US saying "I'm letting them be missionaries" or "This is so that they can be a light to the rest of the class"?

Do you think that Joshua would have done business with an abortionist? Do you think he would have let his wife or daughter go to an obgyn that did abortionist or even referred women to an abortionist? Do you think Joshua would have voted for and defended the republican party of susan collins, olympia snowe and the log cabin homosexuals? Or if you life in Madison, Indiana the democratic party, the party with the sign on their door boasting 'family values'?

Joshua Chapter Eight

1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night. 4 And he commanded them, saying, "Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready: 5 And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them, 6 (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, 'They flee before us, as at the first:' therefore we will flee before them.

7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand. 8 And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you."

9 Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people. 10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. 11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai. 12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city. 13 And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.

14 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.

15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

16 And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city. 17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel. 18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand.

And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. 19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire. 20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers. 21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai. 22 And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.

23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. 24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which He commanded Joshua. 28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day. 29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, 31 as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them. (Joshua 7: ACP/KJV)

Well? What do you think?

Do you think Joshua would have been un-judgmental when his son or daughter brought home a friend? Do you think Joshua would have deferred to his wife and her feelings when one of his children or one of their friends did something that brought the police to the door? Do you think Joshua would have sent his eight or nine year old into the public school system in the US saying "I'm letting them be missionaries" or "This is so that they can be a light to the rest of the class"?

Do you think that Joshua would have done business with an abortionist? Do you think he would have let his wife or daughter go to an obgyn that did abortionist or even referred women to an abortionist? Do you think Joshua would have voted for and defended the republican party of susan collins, olympia snowe and the log cabin homosexuals? Or if you life in Madison, Indiana the democratic party, the party with the sign on their door boasting 'family values'?

Look again at verses 23-29:

23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. 24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which He commanded Joshua. 28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day. 29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

Take a moment, look in the mirror and ask yourself, "am I more like a Joshua or are you more like aa Bill Clinton?" Do you utterly want to destroy evil or are you willing to compromise with it? Do you allow your children to buy from Abrocombie and Finch? Do you allow the A&F magazine, they call it a catalogue, in your home?

On this coming Thursday night I want you to join with us, I want you to get prayers warriors into your home or your church and join with us:

Please join us.

On Thursday Evening April 11th, 2002, at 7:30 PM

We at Faith Community Church of Lovell, Maine will be joining with other parents and grandparents in raising our voices together asking our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ to help us and guide us in raising our children.

Route 5A Lovell, Maine

turn up the hill between Dutton Real Estate and Center Lovell Store

We have come to realize that in this time of peer pleasures and morals, that not only make it difficult for our children and grandchildren to grow and mature in the knowledge and word of our Lord, it is only with His help that we and they can hope to succeed.

We invite all parents and grandparents who are unafraid to ask for God's help, to join with us.

For further information please call:

Rev. Warren Feustal 928-2961

Join with us and pray not only for your kids and grandkids, but for those children of unsaved parents, and not just little ones, pray for these as well:

The salvation and healing of Daniel Simms and Jack Wear. The health of the baby in the wombs of: Theresa, Kirsten, the Lt.'s wife, Rick and Katies daughter-in-law. And any and all other troubled pregnancies.

Pray for the children of divorces, the children whose mothers have fallen to the lies about being able to raise their children without a father in the house or that a step dad is as good as a dad when the natural dad is alive.

The children of families in Iraq, where the government is now offering the families $25,000 if they will offer up one of their children as a suicide bomber and that child is successful.

And most of all men, pray for yourselves, pray that God will move you closer to being a Joshua and less like a Clinton.

Amen.



Weekend of April 6th & 7th, 2002

Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them:


On Friday, we looked at what the Lord will do for you and a nation that abides by His commandment, that listens to Him and obeys Him. Now let us look at what happens when you anger the Lord by disobedience. Even when one of yours that is pledged to the Lord disobeys. How the Lord will punish, discipline and hold responsible those who disobey and or steal from Him.

Friday, in Joshua Chapter Six, we saw how the Lord did the impossible, how He simply collapsed the walls of Jericho to the sound of clapping and shouting on the part of the Israelites and how with no casualties on the side of the Israelites, all of Jericho were slaughtered, all except those who were of the family of the father of Rahab the harlot. And how the Lord did this just as He had said He would, because Joshua and all Israel did just as the Lord God Creator of the Universe had commanded.

Today, we will trace the steps of one who brought destruction down on Israel by his disobedience.

Joshua Chapter Seven

1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing:

for Achan,

the son of Carmi,

the son of Zabdi,

the son of Zerah,

of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing (Jericao): and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, "Go up and view the country." And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, "Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few."

4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote (killed) of them about thirty and six men: for they (the men of Ai) chased them (the Israelite warriors) from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down (while the Israelites retreated): wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

6 And Joshua rent (ripped) his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7 And Joshua said, "Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast Thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would (I wish) to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt Thou do unto Thy great name?"

10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up! Wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, 'Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man. 15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.'

16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:

17 And he brought the family of Judah;

and he took the family of the Zarhites:

and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man;

and Zabdi was taken: 18 And he brought his household man by man;

and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

19 And Joshua said unto Achan, "My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me."

20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.

25 And Joshua said, "Why hast thou troubled us? The LORD shall trouble thee this day."

And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. (Joshua 7: ACP/KJV)

As we go through the Old Testament, we see God asking men to really rely upon Him. We saw Him in Joshua 6, telling the children of Israel: "And ye shall compass (go all the way around) the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him." (Joshua 6:3-5 ACP/KJV)

Imagine God telling one of us to do something like this today. Telling one of us to get twenty solid Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians together, and telling them that God had told you to get them together and for the next 6 days, they were to march around the city of Washington, DC, they were to say nothing, but three of them were to play harmonicas. And then on Sunday, the seventh day they were to march around it seven times and on the seventh time they were to all shout at once and all of the abortion clinics and places doing and referring abortions in the city would totally collapse, killing every abortionist and all of their helpers and those having abortions.

Well, thank God, He doesn't make demands like this on us any more, seems the Lord learned about the strength and ability of His people, His children, the Born Again Christian community way back 1970 years ago.

And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water." And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down (stepped) out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Lord, save me." And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14: 28-31 ACP/KJV)

So, today the Lord no longer says tells us things that would really require a show of faith, today He simply commands us to:

A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another.

As I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (John 13:34) Love one another, as I have loved you. Love the other Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, as I have loved you. Isn't that what Jesus is telling us? Yet how many of us put secular world people ahead of others who are Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians?

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

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)

Looking at how little the Lord asks us to do today, and how few of us do even one of these three things, how do you think the folks in your church would react if you tried to get 20 of them to march around Washington? How about ten? Could you get ten? Six? Well how about three? Could you at least get the three harmonica players?

I didn't think so, but don't feel bad, I doubt I could either.

Oh Lord God above, Creator of all things, thank You for knowing us well enough to not ask of us the things You asked of Old Testament Saints, for we are not only a stiff necked lot, we are a weak and scared lot as well. Thank You for coming to earth and shedding your blood, giving us an easy way out of the eternal damnation we so completely deserve.

Amen.



Friday April 5th, 2002

Trust God, period!


3,409 years ago there was a man. His name was Joshua, and he listened to God. Not only did Joshua listen, he did what God told him to do, even when what God told him to do sounded absolutely absurd. Yet, Joshua listened and did as he was told and city after city, kingdom after kingdom fell to Joshua and the men he led, with few if any casualties on the side of the Israelites. It was only when God was disobeyed that death occurred or defeat resulted on the side of the Israelites.

Let's take a few minutes to read how God responds when we just follow His orders.

Joshua Chapter Six

1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua,

See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. 3 And ye shall compass (go all the way around) the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD."

7 And he said unto the people, "Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD."

8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rearward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout."

11 So the ark of the LORD compassed (went around) the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. 12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rearward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, "Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. 17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD."

20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her." 23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without (outside) the camp of Israel.

24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. (He who builds Jerico will have his eldest son die when he starts building and his youngest son die when he puts the gates in place C- 1 Kings 16:34)

27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country. (Joshua 6 ACP/KJV)

You know, I have no doubts that God talks to George Bush, what I doubt is that the president listens. Maybe it is because the Lord tells the president to do things that sounds as outlandish, as God telling Joshua; "And ye shall compass (go all the way around) the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat"

But, maybe if the president would listen, well, who knows.

Keep the president in your prayers my brothers, keep him in your prayers, for with the troubles going on in Israel, he may very will be our last hope before the Lord shouts. And pray not just for him, but pray for every evangelist out there, and pray for those who these brave men and women worldwide are talking to. Pray that the Holy Spirit will protect His evangelists and open the eyes, hearts, ears and souls of every man woman and child they talk to.

The Lord our God, the Creator of all things, Messiah Yeshua be with you all.

Amen.



Thursday April 4th, 2002

...with His sword drawn in His hand...


In every life, there comes a time when we are overwhelmed by the size and or power of our adversaries. It is those times when we need to turn to the Lord, for it is those times when we need God's help the most. It is those times when I do, what I call, desperation praying.

We too, like the Israelites can be a stiff necked people. As a matter of fact, we, the Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians are probably even more stiff necked than the Jews ever thought of being. For they know not to whom they pray, but we do know He to whom we pray. Once we give our lives to the Lord, from that instant on, we know Him and He hears our every word and plea. Yet, we seem to be desperate before many of us will turn to Him. We, like the Israelites of 4500 years ago, want to do it on our own. We would rather wander in the desert taking tidbits from the Lord, than cast ourselves upon His shoulders completely.

Today, as we look at Joshua chapter five, we will see that the Lord is near, very near, and that all we need do is ask and like a loving bigger older brother, He is always willing to rescue us from our dilemmas.

Joshua Chapter Five

1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel. 2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. 4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise:

All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. 5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. 6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that He would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that He would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

7 And their children, whom He raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way.

8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you (the Israelites). Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a Man over against him with His sword drawn in His hand: and Joshua went unto Him, and said unto Him, "Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?" 14 And He said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, What saith my Lord unto His servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. (Joshua Chapter Five ACP/KJV)

Even after forty years of wandering in the desert, all it took was one true prayer warrior for the Lord to come and rescue His people. He didn't come as a Lamb to be led to slaughter, that would be later, no, He came as the Warrior King to conquer His children's enemies clearly, decisively and completely. We too have been wandering in a desert, we have spent forty years wandering in the desert of deceit, lies, corruption, abortion and murder. It has now been forty years since the United States Supreme Court took the side of satan and ruled against the Lord our God in the public place.

Is it not time for us to be circumcised? Not of the flesh, but truly of the heart? Is it not time for us as a nation to have one lead us that turns not to man but God? Is it not time for us to have one who will look for the Angel of the Lord, God's Warrior, Messiah Yeshua. Pray this day, pray for our nation, pray that the Lord will come and lead us in battle. Lead us in battle against the modern Jericho, the Supreme Court, the Congress, the various law enforcement agencies like the BATF and the FBI, agencies that have become so corrupt that like our former president, don't seem capable of either telling the truth or doing what is right.

Be a Joshua, pray in desperation for the baby trapped in the womb. For the fathers of those babies have become like grass before a fire storm, they have no courage to stand against the tide of offering their child to satan as a blood sacrifice and instead hide and laugh as their child is slaughtered. For if not the Lord, who will rescue that baby? Who but God can stand up to the abortionist and the courts, police, governments, and parents who support and protect them.

Amen.



Wednesday April 3rd, 2002

A lying homosexual egotist.


Today, we are going to leave the study of Joshua, for today we are going to look at the satan inhabited slave of evil called the anti-Christ. Why are we doing this? What is so important about the anti-Christ that we would take valuable time away from our study of the man of God called Joshua?

Two things, first, for those of us who are Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, the ones who will be the bride of the Lamb, we won't be here when this vilest of all humans comes on the scene, for we will have already have been raptured, we will meet the Lord in the air and watch from the comfort of heaven as this lying homosexual egotist spreads satan's venom throughout the world. So, the first reason is that we, as Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, who while not knowing the exact day and minute of the Lord's return, but who can read the signs of the times, will know this evil creature when he first rears his ugly head. Letting us know that the time is very very short and we need to redouble and triple our efforts with our loved ones, our kin, our friends, neighbors and those of the church of Laodicea.

The second reason is this, many on Christian radio, and I do not disagree with them, are looking at Arafat and his arab muslim minions, and Israel and are coming to the conclusion that they are in a quagmire that can only be resolved by someone with the earthly powers of satan who is fulfilling prophecy and as a result doing God's work. They and I feel that since the troubles in the Mideast are so serious and the sides so solidified against little Israel, that the time is ripe for this lying homosexual to make his appearance saying "peace peace" and guaranteeing Israel seven years of peace.

So, how do we identify this slime ball? Well, the book of Daniel written around 2500 years ago, in the neighborhood of 540 or so BC. Daniel saw and wrote of a vison in chapters 10,11 and 12, this vison was of the last days and includes in it a great description of the anti-Christ in chapters 11 verse 21.

Let's look, so that when a new world leader comes on the scene, we will be able to know if he is the pond scum satan has been waiting for or not. For I and many others are all but convinced that this man is alive now, and all that is waiting is for the middle east to get worse and the Lord to mount His white steed (c-Revelation 6:1) and call us from the clouds to escort us home to His kingdom.

Let us go to Daniel.

And in his estate (former world leader, maybe todays un leader) shall stand up a vile person (anti-Christ), to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. And after the league made with him (7 year peace guarantee for Israel) he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people (from a small country, not a super power like the US, so it is not Bush, Powell or Clinton).

He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time (while he comes from a line of satan worshipers, this would be any religion other than Born Again Christians, he will do things much more disgusting than any of his lineage ever dreamed of doing, even though he is the decedent of leaders of the country from which he comes. This would seem to eliminate the king of Jordan, since he is only the second generation of Jordanian leadership, before his father, Jordan was under the King of England.). (Daniel 11:21-24 ACP/KJV)

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things (the worst things ever uttered) against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers (While his father, grandfather and great grandfather worshipped a god, they thought they were worshiping God, so they are probably either jews, muslims or one of the church of Laodicea that prays not to Jesus but to a saint or Mary.), nor the desire of women (The anti-Christ is either a homosexual or asexual, but more than likely a homosexual), nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the god of forces (satan): and a god whom his fathers knew not (His fathers thought they were worshiping the God of creation, but really some satan derivative like allah) shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. (Daniel 11:36-38 ACP/KJV)

So, there you have the best description of the anti-Christ available, now his barber knows who he is because the number 666 is under his hairline on his head. But there is no Scripture to indicate that the barber is about to tell anyone. So, keep your eyes open for the one who fills the bill of the vilest man to ever walk the earth as described in Daniel, for when you see him, you know the anti-Christ is here. Or just get 'crackin' and evangelize as many as you can today, for how much worse can things get in Israel?

Lord thank You for Your guarentee that we won't be here when this lying vile homosexual takes over.

Amen.

Tuesday April 2nd, 2002

What mean ye by these stones?


As you read today's scripture, you might just wonder to yourself if maybe George Washington shouldn't have taken thirteen stones out of the Delaware River and built a memorial so that when we, hundreds of years later might have been graphically reminded of what men did to secure our freedom and how they trusted in the Lord to win against overwhelming odds

Joshua Chapter Four

1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying: 2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 3 and command ye them, saying, 'Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.'

4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared (c-Joshua 3:12) of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 5 And Joshua said unto them, "Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What mean ye by these stones?' 7 Then ye shall answer them, 'That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off:' and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever."

8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. 10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.

11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the LORD, and the priests, passed over, in the presence of the people. 12 And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them: (c-Joshua 1:12-18) 13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.

15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, 16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.

17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, "Come ye up out of Jordan." 18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.

19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, "When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What mean these stones?' 22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, 'Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.'" (Joshua 4 ACP/KJV)

The state of Maine is represented in Washington by two men and two women who seem to hate everything this nation stands for. I can not help but wonder What if General George Washington had erected 13 stones taken out of the Delaware River as a memorial to what God did to help us secure our freedom from England. I cannot help but wonder if we in Maine would have voted 52% in favor of keeping partial birth abortion legal and tax payer funded. If we in Maine would have city after city bending over backwards to accept and further the homosexual and lesbian agendas. And if we in Maine would have sent four out and out haters of Christ, the baby in the womb and the Constructional Republic for which our nation was founded upon.

Jesus tells us that satan is the father of all liars, well, maybe if General Washington had taken thirteen stones from the Delaware, we in Maine would have remembered what those men died for and not have sent satan's favorite sons and daughters to the congress of these United States.

Oh Lord God above, help us to be patient, help us to remember that all things are done for Your purpose. Help us to remember that satan can do nothing without You allowing it. Help us to remember Lord that the Susan Collins of this world are there because satan controls the governments, yet remind us Lord that You are in control and that one day, we and the Collins of this world will go our separate way. And while we suffer here on earth, for it is as close to hell as we ever come, this is Senator Collins heaven. But even she, Snowe, Baldacci and Allen do not deserve the lake of fire any more than I did, so Lord Jesus, I ask You once again to do what ever You have to do to open their eyes, even if that means closing their eyes.

Amen.



Monday April 1st, 2002

If only Israel would turn to Jeshua.


Little Israel, with her 5,842,000 men, women and children sitting on 8,019 square miles of land, is once again about ready to go to war with the muslim hordes. These decedents of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, and the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites, and a few other ites, number in the neighborhood of 203,245,000 with land masses exceeding 2,165,250 square miles. Yet the muslim Arab hordes want little Israel to give up more of her land so that the Palestinians, who are really nothing more than drifting, land squatting, troublemakers, will have a legal place to squat.

You have to wonder, if the arabs are really so concerned about these Palestinians, why don't they offer them a little land in one of their countries? Could it be that what the rest of the Arab world really wants is for Israel to simply eliminate the Palestinians? But instead of speculating on what the Arab hordes really want, let us look in the Holy Scriptures and see how God would help little Israel, if only little Israel would turn to Him. If little Israel would turn to Him, His Word and His word instead of reading their commentaries written by men not of God. For if they would turn back to God, if they would turn to the Messiah, Yeshua, what He did for them 3409 years ago, I'm sure He would do again.

Look and see what God did for little Israel when they listened to and obeyed Him.

Joshua Chapter Three

1. And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to (the river)Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits (3,000 feet) by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore."

5 And Joshua said unto the people, "Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."

6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people." And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10 And Joshua said, "Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap."

14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 15 and as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 16 that the waters which came down from above (up stream) stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against (across from) Jericho.

17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. (Joshua 3: ACP/KJV)

Why is it that little Israel seems to insist on doing it on their own? But, while we know that they will not turn to Him now, for we know from His holy word that they will not turn till the seven years called Tribulation, we also know that God will not let the muslim hordes win. So, if you are a betting man, which you had best not be, it is safe to bet on little Israel.

Kind of strange, they, the jews, just celebrated what they call the Passover, and they still have their collective heads in the sand, they like so many others, would rather read commentary, writings by so called scholars, than the written word of God Almighty Himself. No wonder they are afraid to speak His name.

You know, when you read how the Lord helps those who rely on Him, don't you wish, we as a nation would turn back to Him? Don't you wish Israel would join with us in seeking His face and doing His will?

Oh Lord Yeshua, take pity on Your people in America and Israel, get our and their attention Lord, help us and them to understand that You have come and that so many of us and them are just looking in all the wrong places. Help us all to understand Lord that unless we turn to you, that we are no better and will spend eternity in the lake of fire with those self same muslims we in the USA and Israel are fighting and killing. Lord help them and us I ask.

Amen.



Easter Weekend March 30th & 31st, 2002

So, who are you going to believe?


Many of the denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and all of the liberal Christian churches make claims that Jesus was crucified on Friday, therefore the name Good Friday. Yet they all agree that Easter, the name we have given to the day Jesus rose from the dead, falls on a Sunday. Counting back, we have Sunday to Saturday the first day, Saturday to Friday the second day. Giving the Lord, according to them, only two days in the grave.

But, the Bible tells a different story. The bible makes it clear that the Lord would be in the grave three days. Fulfilling the prophecy of Jonah: So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:15-17 ACP/KJV)

In Matthew 12, verses 38-40 we read Jesus response to the leaders of the jews: Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, "Master, we would see a sign from Thee." But He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man (Jesus) be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12: 38-40 ACP/KJV)

And again in Matthew 16:4, the Lord said: A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah). And He left them, and departed.

So, Jesus tells us He will spend three days in the grave, yet some Christians say He only spent two. Who are you going to believe? And that is the real question, for it is the essence of who Jesus is. You see, if Jesus lied even once, He is not the Messiah. What makes Easter so important? Why is Easter the single most important day to true Christians?

The one thing that separates Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians from all others on earth is this, we worship and follow the only man who ever, not only rose from the dead, but made Himself one with God. The only one ever to offer salvation and life eternal with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost in paradise. The Lord Jesus, the Christ, Messiah Yeshua or more correctly spelled Jeshua.

So, who are you gong to believe? The preacher, priest, pope, cardinal or whatever that tells you that Jesus was crucified on Friday and therefore either does not know how to count or is a liar? Or He who came down from heaven in the form a baby in the womb, grew to manhood and offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sinless sacrifice for your sins.

Read with me, from John:

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. (John 21:1)

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (John 19: 31)

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he (Pilate) saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! (John 19:14)

Ok, let's look, Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb of the Lord on Sunday morning, we know it is Sunday because it says the first day of the week, The jews celebrated the sabbath, the last day of the week on Saturday, therefore the first day of the week is Sunday. Then we see that the jews wanted the legs of the three on the crosses broken so that they could be in the ground before the celebration of the PASSOVER began. Not a sabbath day, the high sabbath day, the passover. Was the passover on a Saturday? No, that year it was on a Thursday.

How do we know it was not just a regular end of the week sabbath as so many would have you believe? Look back at John 19:14, "And it was the preparation of the passover".

So, as you celebrate this Easter Sunday, why not dedicate or rededicate your life to the one in whom you believe. Just be honest with yourself, who is that you believe in and on, the Lord or those who insinuate He lied? You might as well be honest with yourself, for God knows who you really believe, Him or those who call Him a liar.

For the Word of God (Jesus) is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) In Hebrews 4:12, the word is used meaning both the Word of God, Jesus and the word of God, meaning the words spoken by God, the bible.

Yes, it was Sunday morning, the year of AD 29 or 30. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that Jesus had risen, just as the prophet Jonah had predicted some 780 years before, in 750 BC.

Believe Jesus, believe He who shed His blood for you, believe the words He said, not those who wish to put themselves ahead of Him.

Thank You Lord. Thank You for leaving Your home, Your kingdom in heaven and coming here to earth to shed Your perfect and sinless blood so that I can have eternal salvation and bliss with You in Your kingdom.

Amen.



Friday March 29th, 2002

Your reputation proceeds you.


As you read today's Scripture, Joshua, chapter two, think about what the harlot Rahab is saying. And think also of the reputation Joshua, and the men of Israel must have had for her to put hers and her families life in the hands of a couple of spies.

What kind of reputation do our government leaders enjoy today? Think back over the last fifty years or so, think about presidents, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. Think about the men and women who make up the US Congress, the US Senate, the Supreme Court and other government positions of power. Think about the fbi agents who shoot Vickie Weaver in the head while she was nursing her baby, who burned alive the dads and moms, babies and children at Mount Carmel outside of Waco, Texas. Think about the US Attorney general who covered up for a man who was both a liar and a traitor and held the highest office of the land. Think about the judges who ruled that adultery is not a crime, the senators who ruled that perjury is not as serious a crime as jay walking.

Think about the hill people of Viet Nam who believed they would not be left behind. And think about: Huberto Acosta-Rosario, E-3, US Army, captured 22 August 1968 in Viet Nam. Humberto just celebrated his 54th birthday, his 34th year of waiting for an honest US Government, one that would bring him home, just as they had promised him they would do when he was in boot camp, if he were ever captured, .

Is it any wonder that no country on earth takes us seriously? Why should they? When a countries government has a reputation of being pathological liars to it's own people, why would any other government think they would tell them the truth. Kind of like this, if you know a woman who is committing adultery on her husband, would you believe anything she said? She is lying to the one she claims to love, why would she tell you the truth?

Joshua Chapter Two

1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, "Go view the land, even Jericho." And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country." 3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, "Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search (spy) out all the country."

4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, "There came men unto me, but I wist (knew) not whence they were: 5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot (know) not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them." 6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.

7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate. 8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; 9 And she said unto the men, "I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint (tremble) because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: 13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death."

14 And the men answered her, "Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee."

15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said unto them, "Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way." 17 And the men said unto her, "We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee. 19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear."

21 And she said, "According unto your words, so be it." And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not. 23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them: 24 And they said unto Joshua, "Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us." (Joshua 2: ACP/KJV)

When I entered Marine Corps boot camp on June 14th, 1962, I was told a lot of things, one of the things most drummed into my head was that while serving the US in the military, the full power of the most powerful government on earth would be there with me in the event that I was captured in combat. I'm sure an Army DI told PFC Humberto Acosta-Rosario the same thing. I'm also sure that his DI, as I'm sure did Sgt. R.J. Fought, think he was telling his recruit the truth. Now we know better, now we know that we served a national leadership that put their own political goals ahead of the lives of those who put their lives on the line in the service of our country.

ACOSTA-ROSARIO, HUMBERTO

Name: Huberto Acosta-Rosario

Rank/Branch: E3/US Army

Unit: Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry (Mechanized); 25th Infantry Division

Date of Birth: 15 January 1947

Home City of Record: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Date of Loss: 22 August 1968

Country of Loss: South Vietnam

Loss Coordinates: 111535N 1062023E (XT462468)

Status (in 1973): Missing In Action

Category: 2

Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Refno: 1258

Other Personnel in Incident: (Philip T. DeLorenzo, Jr., killed, body recovered)

REMARKS:

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.

Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,

published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.

SYNOPSIS: Huberto Acosta-Rosario was born January 15, 1947. His home at the

time he was lost was Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

On August 22, 1968, PFC Acosta-Rosario was serving as a machine gunner on a

reconnaissance enforce operation when his unit came under heavy attack by North

Vietnamese Regulars and were forced to withdraw. They were in the area of Ben

Cui rubber plantation, Tay Ninh Province, near Highway 4 in Tactical Zone III.

The unit had established blocking positions in the vicinity when they came

under attack. During the withdrawal, Acosta-Rosario became separated from the

rest of his unit.

After regrouping, it was determined that PFC Acosta-Rosario and another machine

gunner, Philip T. De Lorenzo, Jr, were missing from their platoons. After

artillery and helicopters had passed suppressive fire into the area, Company B

moved back into its original position.

In the hours that followed, extensive searches were conducted by B Company. De

Lorenzo's body was located and extracted, and both men's M-60 machine guns were

found. Fresh graves in the area were investigated, but no further U.S. remains

were found. There was no other trace of Acosta-Rosario.

Two subsequent intelligence reports received and analyzed by the U.S.

Government indicate that Acosta-Rosario was captured in this operation,

although the Vietnamese continue to deny knowledge of him or his fate.

Huberto Acosta-Rosario was last seen wearing a t-shirt, jungle fatigue pants, a

steel pot and a gold Seiko watch. If he is one of the several hundred Americans

that evidence indicates are alive, he has spent all of his adult life in

captivity. His family would like to know if he is dead or if he is alive.

But, let's not worry about Humberto, why, isn't President Bush learning to speak Spanish? Isn't that more important to the Hispanic community than the whereabouts of Humberto? Hey, what the heck, he is probably dead anyhow, I mean, after all, he is 54 years old, 4 years younger than me, ya, forget him, make like a congressman, make like senators McCain, Collins, Snowe, Kennedy, and the rest of the "we feel your painers" in the government of these United States, the home of the free, the home of the brave, the home of truth and honesty.

And Jesus tells us to pray for those who despitefully use us, but man, can it be tough when I think about Humberto and the 700 other men we sold out in Viet Nam.

Lord help me to forget the ones left behind, help me to not preach revolution, freedom, rights and self reliance. Help me Lord to ignore the lies, the cheats, the adulteress, traitors and sodomites that make up the main steam of our government and give me the strength to pray for those who sold out our men, those who follow in the steps of satan, the father of all liars.

Amen, and Lord give Humberto and Eric your strength and protection.



Thursday, March 28th, 2002

...one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law...t


Today we are going to start the book of Joshua. Now, you might ask, why are we going back to the old testament after having studied three books of the new testament. The answer my brothers is really quite simple and is found in the Words of our Lord, Messiah Yeshua.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:

I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:

but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20 ACP/KJV)

While many are content to just enter the kingdom of heaven, I seek to be great. Notice if you will, what I must do, as a preacher, to be great in the kingdom of heaven: "but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Do and teach what? Why the law of course, and what is the law? Why it is the old testament writings. So, in an effort to be great and to arm you to be great as well, we shall go back to the old testament and study the book of Joshua.

As you read through this the first chapter of the book of Joshua, I would like you to ask yourself two questions. First, do you really think God cares what arafat, the un, or president Bush thinks should be the borders of Israel. And second, as you read what God said to Joshua, do you think Joshua would leave his men who were captured to rot in prison? Do you think that any leader who followed God would leave his captured warriors to rot in prison, like our leaders have since WW2, Korea and Viet Nam?

Joshua Chapter One

1 Now after the death of Moses, the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying:

2 Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan(river), thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying: 11 "Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, 'Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.'"

12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying: 13 "Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, 'The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.' 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; 15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as He hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD'S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising."

16 And they answered Joshua, saying, "All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. 17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as He was with Moses. 18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage." (Joshua chapter one ACP/KJV)

And God said: "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." Over the last 60 years or so, we have had these men as president: Roosevelt (D), Truman (D), Eisenhower (R), Kennedy (D), Johnson (D), Nixon (R), Ford (R), Carter (D), Regan (R), Bush (R), Clinton (D) and Bush (R). All twelve of these so called men, have left warriors behind, left them to rot to death as POW's. Turned their backs on men who were captured and tortured at such places as Bataan and Baghdad

Yet, are we any better than them? I'm afraid not, for we have continually ignored the warriors left behind and focused on what will the president, the congress, the courts and the rest of the leftist give us.

Lord God Creator of heaven and of earth, help us to understand Thy Word, help us to put life ahead of luxury, help us put You ahead of mammon.

Amen.

Bio, Acalotto, Robert J.

ACALOTTO, ROBERT JOSEPH

Name: Robert Joseph Acalotto
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: 48th Aviation Company, 223rd Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade
Date of Birth: 30 January 1951
Home City of Record: Greensburg PA
Date of Loss: 20 February 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 162721N 1062748E
Status (In 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1C
Refno:1708

Other Personnel In Incident: Jon E. Reid; Randolph L. Johnson; David M. May
(all missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project from one or more of the following:
raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Lam Son 719 was a large-scale offensive against enemy
communications lines which was conducted in that part of Laos adjacent to
the two northern provinces of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese would
provide and command ground forces, while U.S. forces would furnish airlift
and supporting fire.

Phase I, renamed Operation Dewey Canyon II, involved an armored attack by
the U.S. from Vandegrift base camp toward Khe Sanh, while the ARVN moved
into position for the attack across the Laotian border. Phase II began with
an ARVN helicopter assault and armored brigade thrust along Route 9 into
Laos. ARVN ground troops were transported by American helicopters, while
U.S. Air Force provided cover strikes around the landing zones.

During one of these maneuvers, W1 Jon E. Reid was was flying a UH1C
helicopter (serial #66-700) with a crew of three - 1Lt. David M. May,
co-pilot, SP5 Randall L. Johnson, crew chief, and SP4 Robert J. Acalotto,
door gunner - on a mission providing gun cover for an emergency resupply
mission about 20 miles southeast of Sepone, Laos. The aircraft was hit by
hostile fire and crashed.

When the helicopter landed, it was upright on its skids, with the tail boom
broken off and the right aft burning. Witnesses stated that it was certainly
a "survivable crash." Two people were seen exiting the aircraft on the right
side, running towards nearby trees. Witnesses noted that the left pilot door
was jettisoned and that both forward seats were empty. Several attempts were
made to rescue the downed crew, but were unsuccessful because of heavy enemy
fire. The 1st ARVN Division was to assist in a ground rescue attempt, but
the tactical situation changed before the infantry could reach the area, and
the unit had to be pulled out. No contact with the crew was ever established
after the crash.

According to information received by his family, John Reid was known to have
been captured and was seen alive by other U.S. POWs in March of that same
year, again in May and once in June. Whether the rest of the crew was
captured is unknown. When the POWs were released in 1973, Reid was not among
them, nor was the rest of the crew. The communist governments of Southeast
Asia claim no knowledge of the fate of the crew of the UH1C that went down
February 20, 1971.

Proof of the deaths of May, Reid, Acalotto and Johnson was never found. No
remains came home; none was released from prison camp. They were not blown
up, nor did they sink to the bottom of the ocean. Someone knows what
happened to them.

Were it not for thousands of reports relating to Americans still held
captive in Southeast Asia today, the families of the UH1C helicopter crew
might be able to believe their men died with their aircraft. But until proof
exists that they died, or they are brought home alive, they will wonder and
wait.

How long must they wait before we bring our men home?

David M. May was promoted to the rank of Captain, Jon E. Reid to the rank of
Chief Warrant Officer, Randolph L. Johnson to the rank of Sergeant First
Class, and Robert J. Acalotto to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the
period they were maintained missing.




Wednesday March 27th, 2002

... seven men of honest report


ACP has grown to the point where we are very shortly going to be faced with a very serious dilemma. As pastor, I am starting to be stretched to thin. www.ChristianPatriot.com now averages over 2500 hits per day, our high is now over 8500 for one day. This results in a lot of questions, questions that must now be prioritized and answered, oft times resulting in delays of eight to ten days.

And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, "It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:1-4 ACP/KJV)

We as a church, are now at the point where I need to start appointing men who are very well grounded in the word of God, men who are full of the Holy Ghost, men who know that the Word of God and the word of God, while being the same are not the same. Men, who have a knowledge strong enough to be able to both preach from the pulpit and on the net as well. Men who love the Lord with all their hearts, men who:

This is a true saying,

If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. (1 Timothy 3:1-9 ACP/KJV)

Therefore, I am not going to ask you or invite you to become an elder, I am going to let the Holy Ghost do it. I'm going to allow the Holy Ghost to move many of you to start a serious bible study, a study that uses only the KJV as it's text book, a study that will take you so deeply into the word of God that it is only with the help of the Word of God that you'll be successful.

<A href="http://www.ordination.org""> Inform Doctor Gardner that you would like me to receive notice as soon as you have completed three parts of the course satisfactorily. at: elder.program@ChristianPatriot.com </A>

I am asking all of you to go to the Holy Ghost in prayer, asking Him if you should apply. As fast as we are growing, the need for elders is such that more than seven will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all and may our Lord and our Saviour, Christ Jesus be with you all, and may the Spirit of God reach out and prompt many of you to serve. In the mean time, please don't any of you figure that I am to busy to answer your questions, calls or prayer requests, that is not the current case, it is only that as we continue to grow, God willing, it will not be long before such may be the case.

The Lord be with you all, amen.



Tuesday March 26th, 2002

...Bring of the fish which ye have now caught


Today, what I would like you to do is read the Scripture first and then afterwards I have something for you, who are Vietnam era vets to think about.

John Chapter Twenty-one ACP/KJV

1 After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise (in this manner) shewed He Himself.

2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee (John and James), and two other of His disciples. 3 Simon Peter saith unto them, "I go a fishing". They say unto him, "We also go with thee." They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4 But, when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered Him, "No." 6 And He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved (John) saith unto Peter, "It is the Lord."

Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,(300 feet)) dragging the net with fishes.

9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask Him, "Who art Thou?" knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed Himself to His disciples, after that He was risen from the dead.

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these?

He saith unto Him, "Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?

He saith unto Him, "Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee." He saith unto him, Feed My sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?

Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, "Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest:

but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt *stretch forth thy hands,

and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake He, signifying by what death he (Peter) should glorify God.

And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me.

20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple (John) whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper, and said, "Lord, which is he that betrayeth Thee?" (See John 13:23-25) 21 Peter seeing him (John) saith to Jesus, "Lord, and what shall this man do?"

22 Jesus saith unto him (Peter), If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me.

23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple (John) should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

24 This is that disciple (John) which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we (the Apostles and followers of Jesus) know that His (Jesus') testimony is true. 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I (John) suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Note: *stretch forth thy hands Peter was crucified, in telling Peter how he would die, the Lord did it by describing Peters death. At his death, Peter said he was unworthy to be crucified as the Lord had been, with his face up, so he demanded and was granted the right to be crucified up side down, with his head towards the ground. (John Chapter Twenty-one ACP/KJV)

Back about 40 years ago, we in these United States were tossed into a war in Indo China, it later became known as the Viet Nam conflict. This little conflict ran for about 12 years. While we had men there in 1958, it really didn't start getting heavy till 1962, by 1965 the government needed to make it public, cause they were getting to many body bags back. By 1966, the communist in the press and in our own government realized that the only way to keep us from winning was to use propaganda in the press making us look like evil little child murderers and within our own government, making rules of engagement that made it absolutely impossible for us to win. Even though, as we lost about 60,000 men and killed 2,500,000 of theirs, the left communist in the press and in our government have convinced some of us that we lost.

Now, you are probably wandering why I'm bringing that up at this time. Do you see where Jesus gave Peter three chances to undo the wrong he had done in denying the Lord three times? When He ask Peter three times, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me?" Remember how back in John 13:39 while talking to Peter, Jesus said: Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied Me thrice.

Do you remember back when Jesus said: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Between the years of 1962 and 1974 about 25 million men and women served in the US Military, of those about 6 million actually went to Nam or close to it in Cambodia, Laos, and heaven only knows where else. To those 25 million men and women you could add another 40 million parents, husbands, wives, kids, brothers, sisters, etc. Making it a voting block of about 65 million.

And still around 700 of those who served in Nam are still considered POW's or MIA's. In 1974, a Republican president sent his henchman, Kissinger to Paris to sell these 700 out. In 1998, a Democrat president, Clinton, sold them out by normalizing trade with those who still hold our brothers captive. In this year, 2002, we have a Viet Nam era vet serving as President of these United States and still not a word about our men still captive in Nam, Laos and Cambodia is being heard. Could it be that they are all dead? I don't think so, for you see, I'm not dead, I'm fifty eight, the same age the oldest being held would be.

Think about it for a moment, there is a guy being held today in Nam that was captured when he was twenty, he just turned fifty eight last week. 38 years, 9 presidents later, and he is still there.

How come, how can it be that none of those nine presidents or thirty eight years has brought him home? Could it be because, we the voting block of 65 million are more interested in being democrats or republicans than we are in being Christians and patriots?

Jesus so loved His brothers that He willingly went through unbearable torture for them, through the cruelest of all deaths, crucifixion for them, and yet He still came back for them. He still came back and made them lunch back in versetwelve. Yet, we call each other brother, we refer to those women who served during that time as our sisters, we look on the wall with 59,000 names or so and cry as we lament the lose of our brothers, yet we go to the polls as stupid little slime balls and dutifully cast our votes, not for men who will get those seven hundred back, but for ones who are of the same party as us. Ones who will give us food stamps, security, welfare, social security and others things earned with someone else's blood and sweat.

Isn't it time to use your vote to do what is right for Christ, for the nation, and for our children, rather than to line our own pockets? Isn't it time we used our collective votes to get our missing brothers home, before they are to old to make the trip? Isn't it time to put what is right ahead of what is politically expedient?

Lord, we are a huge voting block, use us to do Thy will, use us to get those we cowardly left behind home. Use us to rescue them and us from the communist in Nam and in our government.

Amen.

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Monday March 25th, 2002

...blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.


First let us go back to John chapter seventeen for one moment. In John seventeen, the prayer of the Lord just before He was sacrificed for our transgressions, He said to the Father in heaven:

I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word.

Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. 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. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. (John 17:6-10 ACP/KJV) In these five verses we see that the Lord is not praying for all of the inhabitants of earth, only those who are Born Again followers of Him. Only those who have given their lives to Him.

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&21ACP/KJV) In these two verses we see that the Lord is not only praying for those that are His in the verses above, but also those of us who will come to believe on His name from that time till the end of tribulation. Maybe even through the end of the thousand years of His reign on earth and perhaps even beyond

Now we will see in John twenty that the Lord once again blesses us. As you read, pay close attention to verse twenty nine, where Jesus says to Thomas; "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." Don't jump ahead, just remember to look closely at that verse.

John Chapter Twenty

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple (John), whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him."

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he (John) stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 and the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead (Psalm 16:10). 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary (Mary Magdalene) stood without at the sepulchre weeping:

and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou?" She saith unto them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him."

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, "Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take him away."

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, "Rabboni"; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, 'I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.'

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her. 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side.

Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him (Thomas), "We have seen the Lord." But he said unto them, "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe."

26 And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, "My Lord and my God."

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 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: ACP/KJV)

Earlier I said to you: "Now we will see in John twenty that the Lord once again blesses us. As you read, pay close attention to verse twenty nine, where Jesus says to Thomas; "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed:

blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Now, I want you to take a moment to think about the circumstances of Jesus resurrection and appearances to His disciples. With all that was going on, the absolute joy and happiness going on, the joyful celebrations, the Lord still found it in His heart to remember us, the Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian community of the future. Not only did He remember us, He used our faith in Him as an example to chastise Thomas.

How happy were they to see Him? Go back a moment to verse 16, "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, "Rabboni"; which is to say, Master." Look at that verse, put yourself in Mary's shoes for a moment, you think the Lord's body has been stolen, maybe burnt beyond recognition. Remember, Mary knows how much the jews and Romans hated the Lord, she knew that given half a chance they would only to happily destroy Him and His remains.

So, as she tearfully looks at where the Lord had been lain, and does not see the Lord, think of the horrible things going thru her mind. Think of how scared and sad she must have been. Not only had she seen Her Lord crucified, she now sees His tomb, or so she imagines, ransacked, His body stolen and heaven only knows what done to Him.

Then, Jesus says to her, "Mary", not harshly, but warmly and gently, with loving that goes beyond our ability to even imagine. Mary turns around and falls at His feet, she is so happy she cannot even think straight, all she can say is "Master". Imagine the tears of joy, imagine the fantastic sense of relief.

Well, with all that going on, with His disciples rejoicing and praising God, with the laughter that must have been there, Jesus finds time to praise us, He finds time to say to the Apostle Thomas,

"Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Think about it, Jesus said: "blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." They that have not seen, yet believe... that my brothers and sisters is us, those of us who are Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Born Again Christians.

May the Lord our God, Jesus, Yeshua, Jeshua be with and bless you all. Keep Him first in your life, as He has put you first in His. For is was not the world he prayed for, it was you!

Amen.

Weekend starting Saturday March 23nd, 2002

therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin


Today we are going to look at some Scripture that every Christian should try to understand, for today we are going to look at what the Lord went through to purchase us who are Saved. What He allowed to be done to Himself so that we who are Saved, would not have to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Often times I hear people asking the Lord to do things for them, as if He had not done enough already. I have come to the understanding that what they are asking for really is a sign, and I understand that. Back in John 18, we saw that even His disciples, those who were with Him for three and a half years, doubted Him, Thomas had to see the nail prints, he had to be able to thrust his fingers into the nail holes, his fist into the hole made by the spear in the Lord's side.

I don't think Thomas really doubted the Lord, I think that like us, he just needed his faith shored up a bit. And I think that is why we ask for a sign ourselves. Not because we doubt the Lord, but only to have our faith reinforced. Reinforced because of all the things we see today, things like doctors saving lives with medicines, things like airplanes flying and computers reading bar codes. Sometimes we just need proof that Jesus is real.

Pilate, knew who Jesus was also, he know that Jesus was and is God, he was weak in that faith, but he knew. As you read todays Scripture, you'll see the war going on within Pilate, you'll see that while he knew the Lord was God, he was just to wrapped up in the things of the world, and satan, working through the jews knew it. Just when Pilate was about to balk and turn the Lord loose, satan, hit him with the thing he knew Pilate revered the most, his position.

John Chapter Nineteen

1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and *scourged Him.

2 And the soldiers platted *a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, 3 and said, "Hail, King of the Jews"! and they *smote Him with their hands.

4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, 'Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him." 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, "Behold the man!"

6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!". Pilate saith unto them, "Take ye Him, and crucify Him: for I find no fault in Him.' 7 The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God." 8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, "Whence art Thou?" But Jesus gave him no answer.

10 Then saith Pilate unto Him, "Speakest Thou not unto me? Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee, and have power to release Thee?" 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above:

therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin.

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release Him: but the Jews cried out, saying, "If thou let this Man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."

13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, "Behold your King!" 15 But they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!". Pilate saith unto them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!".

16 Then delivered he(Pilate) Him(Jesus) therefore unto them(the jews) to be crucified. And they (the jews and the Roman legionaries) took Jesus, and led Him away. 17 And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18 Where they crucified Him, and two other with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 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. 21 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." 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

23 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. 24 They said therefore among themselves, "Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:" that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, THEY PARTED MY RAIMENT AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY VESTURE THEY DID CAST LOTS (Psalm 22:18). These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved(John), He saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith He to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.

31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first(malefactor), and of the other(malefactor) which was crucified with Him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A BONE OF HIM SHALL NOT BE BROKEN (Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, & Psalm 34:20). 37 And again another scripture saith, THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED (Psalm 22:16&17, Zechariah 12:10 and Revelation 1:7).

38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

Notes: *scourged Him, let me try and explain scourged. When the Romans scourged the Lord, this is what they did. They took Him, stripped Him naked, and brought Him to what would be the stump of a tree, one about two feet across and standing about forty five inches above the ground. On the front of the stump and on the rear of the stump., about two feet apart were rings of steel attached to the stump, these were about one foot off the ground. They then took the Lord and spread Him over this stump, binding His hands and feet to the steel rings. So that His entire back side of His body was exposed. Then using a whip with four foot long thongs, with bits of glass and steel embedded in the ends, the legionnaire, the trained torturer, started whipping the Lord, the object was to whip every bit of skin off of Him, to whip Him to the point of death, but not to death. Then He was turned around and rebound and all of the skin on His front side was whipped off as well. This was done so that the Scripture and description of the Lord in Isaiah 53 would be fulfilled.

*a crown of thorns; this crown of thorns was made out of thorn bushes, the thorns were about three inches long, the crown was woven in such a manner that the thorns stood out at various angels, so that once on and embedded in the flesh of the scull, the 'crown' could not be taken off without literally ripping the flesh of the head of with it. Kind of like barbed fish hooks, only dozens of them, three inches long with many barbs on each.

*smote Him with their hands, while some would have you believe that smote means only to slap, a simple word search of smote and then reading the associated Scripture, will help you understand that to be smote with the hand is more like being severely beat with the fist and with brass knuckles.

Yes, what satan used against Pilate was Pilate's pride and love of social position. Just as Pilate was pushing for the release of the Lord, satan speaking through his minions, the high priest and the jews, reminded Pilate of his love for the world.

" And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release Him: but the Jews cried out, saying, "If thou let this Man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, "Behold your King!" But they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!". Pilate saith unto them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!"."

Notice how they first warn Pilate, "If thou let this Man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."

Then they let Pilate know that they served Caesar and indirectly let him know that if he turns the Lord loose, they will squeal to Caesar about his doing so by saying "We have no king but Caesar!"

Now go back and notice what the Lord says to Pilate, "Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin." Jesus is telling Pilate that while he has and is about to greatly sin, those who brought charges against Him have sinned worse. Jesus is giving Pilate a chance to repent. While He knows that He is about to fulfill all the scriptures that describe by what means the Messiah must die and all of the Scripture in Isaiah 53 describing what the Lord will look like after His beating, He is still holding the door open for Pilate. He has not closed the door on him, He is still giving Pilate the opportunity to be Saved.

Take a moment to think about what happened to the Lord, yet, He did not condemn those who did this horrible thing to Him, He still offered them a way to be Saved. And yet, we still hear people today, criticize and blaspheme the Lord because He will not bend His only rule. The rule that demands that no one but no one will get into heaven that is not born again, that no one who has ever heard the name of Jesus, and chosen to accept Him as Lord and Savior will get into heaven.

The Lord be with you all,

amen.

Thursday March 21st, 2002

Confession of Faith

,Guest thought by Billy Ray.
Do you confess that you walk by faith or do you walk by sight, one of your senses?
For we walk by faith, not by sigh. Corinthians 5:7
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him]: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6


So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8

Old doubting Thomas had to have physical evidence before he would believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. He had to have his senses tell him that Jesus had raised. He had to feel the whole scared hands. Read John 20:24-29
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, "We have seen the Lord". But he said unto them, "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe."

26 And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you.

27 Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto Him, "My Lord and my God."

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed

In Matthew 8:5-13

5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, 6 And saying, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented." 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], 'Go', and he goeth; and to another, 'Come', and he cometh; and to my servant, 'Do this', and he doeth [it]."

10 When Jesus heard [it], He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Now if you have read the scripture that I listed you will have understood faith in the word ruled mind and the lack of faith in the sense ruled mind.

Walking by faith is wonderful. Walking by sense ruled mind is death. What do you mean you ask? Now let me praise the Lord My God.

My wife draws my blood every year to check for colorectal, liver condition, and a list so long I can't put here. She deals in the physical world every day as a lab technetium.


She has drawn my blood every year because she loves me. Some 2 years ago the blood test came back with some bad indications, my psa level was 143.9. Not until later did I realize that the scale that they use to test for cancer was from 0 to 10. Yes I was 133.9 off the scale. The Dr. that wife works for is not only a DR. he is a friend and when he checked me out I could tell that something was not right from the expression on his face.

Prostate cancer and he had made an appointment for me to see a second DR. the next day for a biopsy. That day after the biopsy a pathologist read the biopsy and confirmed prostate cancer. The next morning which was Saturday I went to the hospital for a bone test and a MRI. There was no cancer other than in the prostate on the right side. That afternoon upon returning home I sat in my recliner, picked up the Bible and reminded God of what His word said. I know He knew, but I needed to let Him know that I knew too. I reminded Him of Isaiah 53 verse 5 where Isaiah was prophesying the coming of Jesus and it said that by His stripes you are healed. Jesus was whipped by a whip which left strips on Him.

Isaiah 53: 5 -11
5. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken. 9 And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He (God the Father) hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My Righteous Servant (Jesus) justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

But I didn't stop there and I want you to read this and all of the scripture for your selves. The last chapter of James 5:13-15

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.


I heard from a preacher friend, one who was tied into a denomination, he said "now Billy Ray, oil was medicine in the biblical times." He was in process of cancer treatment and wouldn't do what Gods word said do, anoint with oil. Praise God, for he has now, because he saw God work within me.

What the word tells you to do, just do, do it in faith. In the world I have cancer but by faith I am healed! That is what Gods word says, so I will just let them, the cancers, fight with God, I am going to continue to take Him at His word and act by faith.

Faith works in all things according to Gods word. If you are having problems find out what Gods word has to say about it, do it His way and the problems will no longer be problems. Remember faith in the word or human senses filled death.

Today, the thought has been done by Billy, a strong Christian father in Alabama. I am called to Massachusetts today, but will be back, God willing tomorrow.

May our Lord Jesus, Yeshua, bless you all.



Wednesday March 20th, 2002

Whom seek ye?


Whom seek ye? Had you listened real closely before you were Saved, you would have heard Jesus saying to you, "Whom seek ye?" It is a question He has been asking mankind since the fall of man 6316 years ago. How unfortunate that so few will ever say, "You Lord!" As we read today's Scripture, look at those Jesus is asking that question. Amongst them was the traitor Judas Iscariot, the Roman band, the personal guard of the high priest, men who served and were enslaved to satan, but even them, the Lord gave a chance, for He asked them "Whom seek ye?"

He didn't ask them once, He asked them twice, He gave them two chances to get it right, they choose death. They choose to serve the god of adultery, homosexuality, sodomy, rape, murder, torture, slavery, drug and alcohol abuse, lies, cheating, taxation, and all other forms of lewdness, and evil. They choose to serve satan.

As you go through todays scripture, I would remind you that in the ACP/KJV, the words in red are those spoken by the Lord, the words in Purple are those spoken by God the Father and the sickly words in green are those spoken by satan, his minions and his ilk. Look carefully at those who are undoubtably satans, now while some would think that Pilate is in hell, unsaved, and I would not doubt that, I do doubt those who claim he was satan possessed at the trial of the Lord in John 18.

John Chapter Eighteen

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed Him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with His disciples.

3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5 They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth". Jesus saith unto them, I am He. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked He them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth".

8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am He: if therefore ye seek Me, let these go their way: 9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which He spake, "Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none. (John 17)"

10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which My Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?

12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound Him, 13 and led Him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people(John 11:50) .

15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest*, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, "Art not thou also one of this Man's disciples?" He (Peter) saith, "I am not." (Peters first denial)

18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

19 The high priest then asked Jesus of His disciples, and of His doctrine. 20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 21 Why askest thou Me? Ask them which heard Me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

22 And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Answerest Thou the high priest so?" 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou Me?

24 Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest. 25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, "Art not thou also one of His disciples?" He denied it, and said, "I am not." (Peters second denial of the Lord) 26 One of the servants of the high priest (Malchus), being his (the high priest) kinsman, whose ear Peter cut off, saith, "Did not I see thee in the garden with him?"

27 Peter then denied again (Peters third denial of the Lord): and immediately the cock crew. (see-John 13:38)

28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. 29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, "What accusation bring ye against this Man?" 30 They answered and said unto him, "If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered Him up unto thee." 31 Then said Pilate unto them, "Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews therefore said unto him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:" 32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which He spake, signifying what death He should die (see John 3:14 for only the Romans used crucifixion as a means of carrying out a death sentence at that time. It is now commonly used in muslim countries against Christians.).

33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto Him, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?

35 Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee unto me: what hast Thou done?" 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence (here).

37 Pilate therefore said unto Him, "Art Thou a king then?" Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth (word of God in fulfilling all prophecy of the first coming of the Messiah). Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.

38 Pilate saith unto Him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, "I find in Him no fault at all. 39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?"

40 Then cried they all again, saying, "Not this Man, but Barabbas." Now Barabbas was a robber. (John Chapter Eighteen ACP/KJV)

Notes:

Words in red are those spoken by the Lord, words in green are those spoken by satan, his minions and his ilk.

* 15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest*, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. While many believe that disciple to be John I would tend to think Matthew. My reason is this, John was a fisherman, the son of a fisherman, now while John's family was successful enough to have hired help, they were still only fisherman. Matthew on the other hand was a high government official, a tax collector. It would seen logical to me that the high priest, a sadducee, would be more inclined to hang around with men who were Roman government stooges, like themselves than a fisherman and his family.

In closing there are two things I would like you to look at, first, notice how Jesus is saying that earth is not His home, and if it is not His home, neither is it our home, for where His home is, is where our home is as well. "My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence."

There are two types of people inhabiting planet earth, those who have chosen to have this life and this planet be their heaven, those who answered "satan" to the Lord's question: "Whom seek ye?" And those of us to whom this time on this planet is our hell, those of us who have answered the Lords question "Whom seek ye?" with "You Lord!".

The other thing I want you to focus on is this: "Pilate saith unto Him, 'What is truth?'" even back 1970 years ago the great lie of "there are no absolutes" must have already raised it's festering head. Even then satan, his minions, his ilk, and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly were spreading the lie that there is no absolute truth, that ones man's truth is another misconception. But it is ironic that the answer to both questions, the Lords asking "Whom seek ye?" And Pilate's asking "What is truth?", both have the same answer: "You Lord!"

Our Lord Jesus be with you all, and would you join me in asking the Lord to hear the cries and prayers of Dave Comeau's wife and children, pastor and friends. And to heal the baby in the womb of the young Lieutenant's wife.

Amen.

Tuesday March 19th, 2002

I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me;


As Jesus left His apostles, He went out in to the Garden of Gethsemane to be alone and to pray. Now, Jesus, being God, knew all things that were to happen, for what had happened to Him from the moment of conception till His resurrection, had all been foretold by the men of God called the prophets. Yet, Jesus went into the garden with His apostles, left them behind, went a bit further in Himself and instead of calling down a few angels and giving them instructions, instead prayed to the Father. He didn't demand, He asked, He went to the Father in prayer and said: "Father, the hour is come;" He went on and said: "I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do."

The Lord then went on in His prayer, to let us know who it is that He is praying for: "I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me;" and "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;"

And so that we would understand why, "That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us:"

Take a moment to reflect on that, take a moment to reflect on the intensity with which the Lord is praying, And being in an agony, He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44

Jesus is praying so intensely that He is sweating blood, His blood. Why is He doing this, what is so important to Him that He should pray this intensely? As you read todays Scripture, I think the answer to that will become crystal clear to you, especially as we discuss it at the end.

John Chapter Seventeen

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said,

Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee:

2 As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified Thee on the earth,

I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.

6 I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word.

7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. 8 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.

9 I pray for them,

I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me;

for they are Thine. 10 And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; 21 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.

22 And the glory which thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: 23 I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me. 26 And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John Chapter Seventeen ACP/KJV)

So, why is Jesus praying so intensely? What has got Him on His knees praying so hard that He is sweating His own Blood? It is so that the apostles, and every Christian who has come to be, a Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, can be one with Him, the Father and the Holy Ghost. "That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us:"

It is so that we will learn not to take things on our own shoulders, not to try and resolve problems on our own, but to do as the Lord did, turn it over to God the Father. Do you have an idea of how powerful Jesus is? Don't you realize that it is He that created the world, the heavens and all things in and one them in six days, 144 hours? Don't you realize that it was He who flooded the earth cleansing it of all sinners and everything else? Don't you realize that it was Him that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?

Don't you understand that He could have simply called down a zillion angels and cleansed the earth again? That He could have stopped the earth causing gravity to leave, causing every man woman, and everything else not rooted into the earth to float away into space? To cause the atmosphere to burn? Don't you realize those things?

Yet, what did He do? He prayed. He prayed not for everyone on the earth, but only for those who were His, and not just those that were His at the time, but for every single one who has become or will become a Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Born Again Christian.

Learn from the Lord, don't let His sweating blood be in waste on you, trust in Him, call one Him, don't try and do it on your own, turn to Him. Get His strength, let Him bring about the solutions for you. Remember, if you are His, He will not let you bear more than you can handle.

There are only two types of people on earth, those whose time on earth is their hell and those whose time on earth is their heaven. For those who belong to satan this time on earth is their heaven. For those of us who belong to Jesus, this time on earth is our hell. If you are the property of Jesus, let Him handle your problems, let Him make this time on earth a bearable hell for you.

But, if this time on earth is your heaven, well, enjoy it, get those houses, get those boats, make that money for you will have an eternity of hell, of pain, of suffering, and eternity in outer darkness, and eternity in the lake of fire where the pain will never end and the fire will never be quenched.

But, as for me, I will trust on the Lord and spend eternity in paradise with Him, not as His slave, but as His brother, as the adopted son of God Almighty.

Thank you Lord for finding me worthy of Your shedding Your blood for me. Give me the strength and the words to one day thank You appropriately.

Amen.

Monday March 18th, 2002

...be of good cheer; I have overcome the world...


Over the week end, we read John chapter fifteen, the chapter in which the Lord starts telling His apostles that He is about to leave them. In today's reading, John chapter sixteen, the Lord leads us into His prayer just before He was arrested and brought before the servants of the prince of this world, satan.

Draw a picture in your mind, a picture of the single most perfect, sinless, handsome man ever to walk the earth, sitting before the eleven apostles that are left, and very seriously telling them things they must know. Reiterating some things He has said in the past while at the same time giving them new facts they must know.

As you read, you'll see that the first thing the Lord covers, is that what is about to happen to Him, will also happen to Christians from then till the rapture.

John Chapter Sixteen

1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me.

4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go My way to Him that sent Me; and none of you asketh Me, "Whither goest Thou?" 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. 8 And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.

16 A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father.

17 Then said some of His disciples among themselves, "What is this that He saith unto us, 'A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me': and, 'Because I go to the Father?'"

18 They said therefore, "What is this that He saith, 'A little while'? "We cannot tell what He saith."

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask Him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, 'A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me'? 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23 And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing, (for) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. 26 At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 27 For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

29 His disciples said unto Him, "Lo, now speakest Thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that Thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God."

31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John Chapter Sixteen ACP/KJV)

Did the Lord know His disciples? look again at verses 29 and 30, "His disciples said unto Him, "Lo, now speakest Thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that Thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask Thee: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God."" If Jesus had not gone over these things with them again , He knew that they would not have realized that He is God.

Now, I want you to go back to verses 25-28, " These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.

I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father." what I want you to study is the word 'not' as in, "and I say not unto you".

At first glance, it sounds as if the Lord is contradicting Himself , but, we who know and believe on the Lord Jesus, know that there are absolutely no contradictions in the word of God. So, let's look at it again; what the Lord is saying is this:

"I'm not telling you that I will pray for you, it isn't Me who will be praying for you, that won't be necessary, for God the Father so loves you that He Himself will give to you, He will do this, because you have believed on Me."

No, not a quote, but a paraphrase. You see, while God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are one in the same, and while being one in the same, all three are equal in the eyes of God, to us, as mortal humans without the full understanding of God, Jesus knew and knows that we have a tendency to prioritize. So, He tells us that it will not be necessary for God the Son to pray for you and I, for God the Father will do it instead. And we have a tendency to think that God the Father is highest, then comes God the Son and then comes God the Holy Ghost.

Now, in preparation for tomorrow's thought, you should read Luke chapter 22: 31-44. For tomorrow's chapter, John seventeen, I believe to be the prayer that Jesus said that was so intense that it caused Him to sweat blood.

May the Lord be with you as you gain the faith equal to that a mustard seed, for with that little bit of faith, you can do anything. May our Lord, the creator of the world, the heavens and all things, Messiah Yeshua, be with you and bless you. May He keep you safe and give you the understanding necessary to deal with the horrors of this age. For the things which are shortly to come will require faith and strength, faith in the Lord and the strength that only He can give you.

Amen.



Weekend of March 16th & 17th, 2002

"I (Yeshua) am the true vine, and My Father (Yahweh) is the husbandman."


As you read what is one of the shortest chapters in John, you'll find that Jesus is the God of truth, honesty, integrity and life, therefore by default making satan the god of all things that are evil. Back in 1962 or so, the US got heavily involved in a country called Viet Nam. While we had had military involvement before, it was in 62 that things started getting public knowledge and scrutiny. Up til that time, the so called main stream news had been both objective and to a degree patriotic. This led men and their families who had served in WW2 and Korea to believe what the news reported on Viet Nam and our involvement in it.

Now, I'm am going to give you some links that show just how corrupt and lying the media and the administrations, both Republican and Democrat, were during those years. If you served in the US Military between the years of 1958 and today, if you had a dad, mom, brother, sister, son or daughter who served in the Viet Nam era, 1958 till 1978, you need to read not only this sermon, but also the links I have supplied.

And as for those who knock my source, the John Birch Society, to them I will say this, who is it that has given you the impression that the John Birch Society is anything other than 100% upstanding? Was it not the Peter Jennings, the Ted Kennedys, and the leftist of the media and the political world? Why would you believe them? Stop letting those who serve satan deceive you into thinking that those who serve Christ are wrong. For as you read the links, what you are going to find out is that those who fought and served in the Viet Nam theater and era served the forces of Christ, those who hampered their efforts served satan.

Now, let us read John Chapter Fifteen

1 I (Yeshua) am the true vine, and My Father(Yahweh) is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth (prunes) it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches:

He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto (for) you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified,

that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. 10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is My commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me.

22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 23 He that hateth Me hateth My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE (Psalms 35:19 & 69:4).

26 But when the Comforter (God the holy Spirit) is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning. (John Chapter Fifteen ACP/KJV)

Seven myths about Viet Nam
Vindicating our men.

I have purposely made this weekend's thought short. I have done this in the hopes that you would go and study the two links provided. I have also done this so that you can come to realize that the so called main stream media is not your friend but your sworn enemy, for they do not serve the God of truth, Christ, but the god of lies, satan.

I pray that you will understand and see that the Republicans are no more interested in restoring an honest government than are the communists disguised as Democrats.

58,000 men are listed on a black wall, the wall is as black as the hearts of the politicians and media that sold them out. When are you going to stop voting party and start voting for honesty? When are you going to stop blindly supporting, funding and voting for the lesser of two evils? When are you going to demand a restoration of our Constitutional Republic?

Oh, God in heaven, help us, help us Lord or rapture us, but rescue us from the likes of walter cronkite, peter jennings, joe biden, olympia snowe, ted kennedy, susan collins, collin powell and the rest of those who serve satan openly and blatantly enslaving Your people and undermining the rights You have given us by Your word and by Your servants our founding fathers.

Open our eyes Lord, help us to understand and do Your will, help us to stop serving the powers of this earth and the media that so corrupts our minds with the filth of their programs and the lies they call news.

Amen

Friday March 15th, 2002

"... Arise, let us go hence...."


Today we are going to look at John chapter fourteen. Today we are going to see where Jesus makes it absolutely clear that He, the Father and the Holy Ghost are one and the same. Today, in John fourteen, you will see that the Lord leaves no doubt whatsoever to the absolute fact of the divinity and absoluteness of the Trinity.

If after reading John fourteen, you have any doubt whatsoever about the Trinity, you need to have a long talk with the Lord, for He says: " If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." , " he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; " , "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me". Jesus leaves no doubt in John fourteen that He, the Father and the Holy Ghost are one and the same, He ends by telling us that for those of us that love Him and follow Him, we will do His commandments. We will love those who are Saved, we will preach to those who are not. We will work with and help through difficult times, our brother and sisters in the Lord, we will put our faith, trust and believe in Him ahead of all things.

" he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father"

"If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him."

The Lord said, "Arise, let us go hence." So, we will Arise, and go hence.

John Chapter Fourteen

1 Let not your heart be troubled:

ye believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto Him, "Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. 7 If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.

8 Philip saith unto Him, "Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us." 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, 'Shew us the Father'?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; 17 even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me, because I live, ye shall live also. (and) 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.

21 He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.

22 Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, "Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world?" 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

24 He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent Me.

25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you,

My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, 'I go away, and come again unto you.' If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, 'I go unto the Father': for My Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do.

Arise, let us go hence. (John Chapter Fourteen ACP/KJV)

Jesus promised us that He would send Himself as the Holy Sprit to dwell within us, He tells us that He and the Father will abide within us, He assures us that He will hear and grant our prayers, He tells us and assures us that we can do the things that He did only more and grander, for we will have within us, Him, the Father and the Holy ghost. Yet, even with those assurances, many of us still hide our faith, trust and love of the Lord under a basket. So many are still 'closet Christians'.

Come out of the closet, let the light of the Lord shine through you, put your trust and faith in Him, give Him a chance to be glorified through you. Give Him a chance to do wonderful things through you and your faith in Him.

The Lord Jesus be with you all,

amen. Daily Christian thoughts for the month of March 2002 starting with the most recent and running thru 3-1-2002 Monday March 11th, 2002

"... ye also ought to wash one another's feet..."


As you read John chapter thirteen, I want you to look for something, I want you to look for the verse that would have you know that Jesus washed all of His Apostles feet except those of Judas Iscariot, the traitor. For you see, there is no verse to indicate that. The reason is quite simple really, Jesus washed the traitors feet, just as He did the feet of the Apostle Peter who would deny Him and John whom Jesus loved more than all.

Today's thought is more addressed to the President of these United States than any other, for what I would like President Bush to understand is this: Jesus washed the feet His most beloved Apostle John, the feet of the one who would deny Him Peter, and the feet of he who betrayed Him Judas Iscariot. He did not send for the Roman Centurion who would be in charge of the Roman band that would scourge, torture and crucify Him, nor for Pilate or Herod. Jesus washed the feet of and offers salvation to individuals, not governments.

You Mr. President, are not wrong in making nations and countries aware of your intentions to use nuclear weapons in defense of this nation and the people of this nation. For the Lord has put you were you are. He has made you responsible for certain things. Not the education of children, but the protection of them, not from their parents whom God gave custody of them to, but from nations who would harm or enslave them. You will not be wrong when you bring to trial for treason, members of congress who leak items relating to national security. But you are wrong when you prosecute a father of a baby in the womb for stopping, even by force, the taking of the life of his baby in the womb of the babies mother.

I know it's hard George, but keep praying, keep seeking Jesus and His truth and answers in His word and you'll do fine. But more important, you will do what is right in His sight. The Lord be with you Mr. President.

John chapter thirteen:

1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him(Jesus);

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God; 4 He rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. 5 After that He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. 6 Then cometh He to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto Him, "Lord, dost Thou wash my feet?"

7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto Him, "Thou shalt never wash my feet". Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean.

12 So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than He that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, HE THAT EATETH BREAD WITH ME HATH LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME. (Psalm 41:9) 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am He. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives Me; and he that receives Me receives Him that sent Me.

21 When Jesus had thus said, He was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me.

22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting(wondering) of whom He spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved(John). 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom He(Jesus) spake. 25 He(John) then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto Him, "Lord, who is it?"

26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop(piece of bread), when I have dipped it. And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him(Judas Iscariot). Then said Jesus unto him(Judas Iscariot), That thou doest, do quickly. 28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent He spake this unto him(Judas Iscariot). 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is(will be) the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek Me: and as I said unto the Jews, 'Whither I go, ye cannot come'; so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.

36 Simon Peter said unto Him, "Lord, whither goest Thou?" Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow Me now; but thou shalt follow Me afterwards.

37 Peter said unto Him, "Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now? I will lay down my life for Thy sake." 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied Me thrice. (John Chapter Thirteen ACP/KJV)

My brothers, the leftist in the media and the congress are going to attack our brother George, they are going to attack him not out of love for country or love of God, but out of hate for the Lord and this country. Take a minute today to drop him an email at President@Whitehouse.gov And let him know that you support him and that he is in your prayers. But before you do, make sure he is in your prayers.

In closing, I have one other message for the President. George, go back and reread verses 12 - 15, notice the Lord did not use His power to interfere with what His apostles were going to do, notice He allows them to have their free will. Should you do less with those who abide as citizens in this country. Protect from foreign invasion and intervention, protect from criminals in politics, the courts and the press. Yet leave family to dad's, leave education to parents, leave upbringing to parents, oh yes some will mess up, some will raise children who drink, smoke and do drugs, but is it not best to trust us, as we trust you? As Christ trusted His disciples to do what was right.

May our Lord, Messiah Yeshua be with you all this day, may he continue to bless you and yours and to hear your prayers. May he be with our president and his staff in the days that are to come and may He raise up a Paul for the muslim hoards. But may he also reassure the president that he is right in using all force, including nuclear, to protect those who Jesus has given into the care of our President, George Bush.

Amen.

Weekend of March 9th & 10th, 2002

Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake?


1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him(Jesus);

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God; 4 He rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. 5 After that He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. 6 Then cometh He to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto Him, "Lord, dost thou wash my feet?"

7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 8 Peter saith unto Him, "Thou shalt never wash my feet". Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me. 9 Simon Peter saith unto Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head." 10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. 11 For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean.

12 So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call Me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than He that sent him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, HE THAT EATETH BREAD WITH ME HATH LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME. (Psalm 41:9) 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am He. 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receives whomsoever I send receives Me; and he that receives Me receives Him that sent Me.

21 When Jesus had thus said, He was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me.

22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting(wondering) of whom He spake. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved(John). 24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom He(Jesus) spake. 25 He(John) then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto Him, "Lord, who is it?"

26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop(piece of bread), when I have dipped it. And when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him(Judas Iscariot). Then said Jesus unto him(Judas Iscariot), That thou doest, do quickly. 28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent He spake this unto him(Judas Iscariot). 29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is(will be) the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek Me: and as I said unto the Jews, 'Whither I go, ye cannot come'; so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.

36 Simon Peter said unto Him, "Lord, whither goest thou?" Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow Me now; but thou shalt follow Me afterwards.

37 Peter said unto Him, "Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now? I will lay down my life for Thy sake." 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. (John Chapter Thirteen ACP/KJV)

Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Jesus asked that question of His disciple Peter some 1970 years ago. Could the same question not be asked of our Christian community today? How would you answer Him if He awoke you and said " _____________ , tell Me, Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake?" And if you said yes, do you think His next question might be, "Then why is it that you have done nothing to stop abortion? To stop the slaughter of Christians throughout the world? How is that if you would die for Me, yet, you can not even stop buying cheap stuff made by the sweat and blood of those in China who are enslaved for being Christians?"

Like Judas, too many of the Christian community are followers in name only, they turn on the Lord in a heart beat. Oh they don't do it as openly as Judas did, but they do it just the same. Watch as they ad-lib Scripture, not what is written, but what they think should be written. Watch as they attack fundamental Christians with glib socially acceptable words and phrases, such as "Oh, my loving god would never do anything like that" or the god that I believe in gave his blood so that all men will go to heaven," or "I just know that my god will allow all men who live a good life to enter into heaven."

Problem is, the god they are referring to, the god they serve is not the God of the Bible, he is the god of deception, the same god that Judas Iscariot and those who bought him serve.

So, what would you do, if Jesus came to you right now and said "Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake?"

The Lord be with you all, may He never ask you that question, but may you start right this moment preparing to be able to answer Him with an emphatic "yes" if He does ask, by doing what He has commanded, by studying His word and doing what He has commanded.

Amen.

Friday March 8th, 2002

and with His finger wrote on the ground


1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 they say unto Him, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?" 6 This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. 7. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, "No man, Lord." And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John Chapter Eight verses 1-11 ACP/KJV)

In the above Scripture is one of the most wondered about of all things done by the Lord, there are no end to the ideas men have on what it was the Jesus stooped down and wrote. You know, I really don't have any idea what the Lord wrote, but I do think I have an idea of what He was doing in these verses.

Have you ever quoted Leviticus 20:13 to someone If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. And have them turn and say to you "Well, so you think people caught committing adultery should be stoned and killed too?" For you see, Leviticus 20also reads in verse 10, And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

I have a feeling that the Lord is telling us two things here in John eight. First I think He is telling us that adultery is no longer punishable by death. And second I think, through this lifting of the death sentence, He is warning us that it is going to be all to common from that point on.

The Lord be with you and may He help us to understand that we don't need to know everything, we only need to be Saved.

Amen.

Thursday March 7th, 2002 Jesus said ...,

...not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief


Do you ever wonder what ever happened to the so called 'main stream denominations'? How these once proud, staunch supporters of Christ have become nothing more than whited graves full of dead men's bones. What ever happened to the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the UCC Congregationalists, the Lutherans and the list goes on, you can add just about any of the so called 'main stream denomination' names, for they have all, for the most part, turned from God to mammon. All except the Southern Baptists and the Independent Baptists could and should be added to this list.

What made so many turn from the teachings of and worshiping of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, to the word of satan, the worship of satan? And make no mistake about it, when they do not serve Jesus, they serve satan! So, what happened to them?

Well, like with just about every question, we here on earth, either as residents or visitors face. The answer is plainly displayed and answered in the Bible. And as you will see, as you read John twelve, this question is answered as well.

1 Then, Jesus, six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. 2 There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

4 Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray Him, 5 "why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" 6 This he(Judas Iscariot) said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always.

9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He(Jesus) had raised from the dead. 10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."

14 And Jesus, when He had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 15 FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION: BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH, SITTING ON AN ASS'S COLT (Zechariah 9:9). 16 These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him.

17 The people therefore that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. 18 For this cause the people also met Him, for that they heard that He had done this miracle. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after Him."

20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, "Sir, we would see Jesus." 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, saying,

The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.

27 Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? "Father, save Me from this hour": but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify Thy name.

Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes.

31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. 33 This He said, signifying what death He should die.

34 The people answered Him, "We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest Thou, 'The Son of man must be lifted up'? who is this Son of man?"

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the Light with you. Walk while ye have the Light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have Light, believe in the Light, that ye may be the children of Light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.

37 But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him: 38 That the saying of Esaias(Isaiah) the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, LORD, WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HATH THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED? (Isaiah 53:1) 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 HE HATH BLINDED THEIR EYES, AND HARDENED THEIR HEART; THAT THEY SHOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, NOR UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED, AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM. (Isaiah 6:9&10) 41 These things said Esaias, when he(Isaiah) saw His(Jesus') glory, and spake of Him.

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me. 45 And he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me.

46 I am come, a(the) Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, hath one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. (John Chapter Twelve ACP/KJV)

Remember the question? What has happened to turn what used to be solid Christ worshiping churches into satan worshiping houses of hell?

Remember I said that like all questions the answer is right here in God's word?

Well, here it is: " Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray Him, "why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" This he(Judas Iscariot) said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein." John 12:4-6

You see, what has happened is that they have become too big, too rich, too concerned with money. Too concerned with putting up appearances. They have left their first love and gone to the love of money. Oh yes there is much more to John 12 than this lesson, but, I would prefer the Holy Spirit speak to you through your heart, opening the rest of this chapter to you, but on this one little point, I have one more thing to say.

Are you a pastor concerned with the direction your church is going? Are you a member of a church that seems to be turning towards more interest in entertainment and fund raising than preaching God's word? A church more interested in preaching what God really meant to say than what the Word really said?

If so, Are you a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian? Than stop being quiet, speak out. Stand up in your church and read John chapter twelve and then ask what direction your church is going and what direction it would like to go. Read; "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him;

but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." John12:42&43 And then ask, Are we becoming like those leaders 1970 years ago? And pray that President Bush finds the courage to stand before congress and the American people and say "Our Constitution has no separation of church and state in it, let us pray to Jesus..."

The Lord be with you, Amen.

Wednesday March 6th, 2002 Jesus said ...,

Let's define anti-semitic.


On last night's news, it was reported by the likes of Peter Jennings and his cohorts in the left wing media, that they have concluded that Billy Graham was or is anti-semitic. That in itself is just about one of the most ridiculous accusations of all time. It ranks right up there with the leading jews of the day accusing Jesus of driving out devils by being one. For it is widely known that Peter Jennings had a mistress within the PLO and that his anti-Israeli bias goes so far beyond the norm that he is a laughing stock even within the muslim Arab community.

Now, I know that those of you who come to this site on a regular basis, four times a week of more, do in most instances fall into one of the three following groups.

1. Devote Christians looking for the word of God.

2. Liberal or non Christians looking for the truth in God's word.

3. Those who are reading and looking for examples of God's word to attack Christ, Christians and Christianity with.

The daily thoughts are written with men in the first two groups in mind. I really don't care about the third group and if I could find a way to keep them away, I would. For, I hate it when I see a solid pastor or Christian attacked, while using a part of the daily thought, usually taken completely out of context. But then again, one without the Holy Spirit's help and guidance can not take Scripture in context.

But I digress, nothing unusual about that though. Let us get back to defining Anti-semitic and while we are at it, homophobia.

The leftists would have you believe that God is both homophobic and anti-semitic. Could that be true? For by their definitions of both terms, any one who speaks against the practice of homosexuals is homophobic and any one who disagrees with the idea that the jews are God's chosen people and they will go to heaven for just that reason, is a anti-semitic.

Well, first let us look at what God has to say about those who are not Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians. Those who do not accept and believe that Jesus and God are one and the same.

...Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God! John 3:3 In John 3:3, Jesus tells us that if one is not Born Again, he is going to hell.

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 3:16-18 In John 3:16-18, Jesus is telling us that all can be Saved, that all they have to do is be Born Again, and He is even telling us what one must do to be such.

And there shall in no wise enter into it (New Jerusalem) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever (whosoever) worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but (only) they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 21:27

So, God's word condemns to everlasting damnation in the eternal lake of fire all who are not born again. Guess what, jews are not born again, with the exception of those who are Messianic Jews and they are no longer jews, but followers and acceptors of Christ and therefore Christians.

And as for homosexuals, well, He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son (Born Again Christians). 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 21:7&8 See that "... and the abominable ..." Notice the word abominable? Who are those that are abominable? Why those who do the things that God refers to as an abomination. Does God say that the practice of homosexuality is an abomination? Yes He does: If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13

So, for a preacher to condemn the practice of homosexuality and judaism is not to be homophobic or anti-semitic, it is to be honest, for God Himself condemns the practice of both. But, He has also given them a way out, it is the same way out that each and every one of us who are Saved took.

So, before you join in with the Jennings bunch and start to beat up on Dr. Graham, keep this in mind, if you are saved, Billy is your brother, Jennings is not. And the Lord tells us that if you have anything against your brother, you are to go to him and ask his forgiveness. I'm not going to give you Billy's email address, I'm going to let you find it yourself. For it is good that you do a little work while you prepare to apologize for taking the side of a heathen against your brother in the Lord.

Make us strong Lord, make us strong. Give us the courage to buy nothing made at the expense of Your children and to stop siding with those who attack You and Yours.

Amen.

Tuesday March 5th, 2002 Jesus said ...,

I am the Resurrection, and the Life


Today, I am going to try to get you to understand why Israel is so hesitant to fight for itself. For like those Israelites two thousand years ago, to many in Israel and throughout the jewish world are so ignorant of God's word that they have neither the knowledge nor the courage to fight.

To many are unwilling to turn to God's word and instead turn to their own devices, thinking them to be wisdom. Others look not to God but to the UN or the European community. Everywhere but to He whom is the Creator of all things. Right on 1,970 years ago, something happened that sheds much light on the troubles of Israel today. For like then, today's Israelites would rather read the writings of man than the writings of God. They would prefer to study the writings of previous high priest than study what God has dictated in His book. The still say they believe in Moses, but no where do you hear them say they believe in God the Father. For if they believed in God the Father, then they would search His word and find that God the Son has come.

Of all the people I talk to, the ones who are the least knowledgeable of God's word are the jews. Muslims, liberal social club Christians, even women preachers have more knowledge of God's word than do the jews. They like the muslims say prayers to one whom they know not in a language that they themselves do not understand. But, at least the muslims have some idea of what is in the ten commandments, for they, while practicing it, do condemn homosexuality, adultery, and abortion. But not the jews, the jews have become accepting of all three.

Let us now read John Chapter Eleven, and then I will bring to your attention the answer to why those in Israel are so willing to be beat to death from within rather than stand up and fight for what is theirs.

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) (Matthew 26:7, Mark 14:3 and John 12:3)

3 Therefore his(Lazarus) sisters(Mary & Martha) sent unto Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick." 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was. 7 Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 His disciples say unto Him, "Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee; and goest Thou thither again?"

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said He:

and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said His disciples, "Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well." 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him(Jesus).

17 Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee." 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto Him, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, "Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, "The Master is come, and calleth for thee." 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, "She goeth unto the grave to weep there."

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled, 34 and said, Where have ye laid him?

They said unto Him, Lord, "come and see". 35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, "Behold how He loved him!" 37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?"

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days."

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. 42 And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth!. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.

46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, "What do we? for this Man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, "Ye know nothing at all, 50 nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."

51 And this spake he not of himself:

but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death.

54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples. 55 And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, "What think ye, that He will not come to the feast?"

57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him. (John Chapter Eleven ACP/KJV)

Ok, let us go back to verse 32 and reread together and in so doing, I believe you will understand why it is that the jews are unable to fight for themselves, to find the strength within to defend what is theirs and those that are theirs. Doing what must be done to end the violence and ridding themselves of the pestilence that plagues them.

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, "Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled, 34 and said, Where have ye laid him?

They said unto Him, Lord, "come and see". 35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, "Behold how He loved him!" 37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?"

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days."

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. 42 And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth!. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.

46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, "What do we? for this Man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, "Ye know nothing at all, 50 nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not."

Those who lead Israel today are the same as those who, even after admitting that Jesus was performing miracles, that He had in fact restored sight to one who had been blind, that they knew that if He had been there He could have prevented Lazarus from dying. Even after they saw Jesus call forth and Lazarus came out of the grave, even after they realized that Jesus had just restored life to one who had been dead for four days, they still turned from Jesus and went to the high priest and the council, who instead of praising God and acknowledging His Son, instead said: 48 If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation."

They would rather rely upon themselves and the heathens to keep their country than to rely upon God. And that is exactly where the jews worldwide are today. They would rather rely upon the UN, the European community, anyone, other than God. For to rely on God means that they would first have to acknowledge Him and second repent of their sins. And they would rather loose their nation and go to hell than acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and ask His forgiveness for their sins.

The Lord be with you all and may you not be like the jews. Amen.

Monday March 4th, 2002

So that you can have cheap radios?


And Jesus said: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 ACP/KJV

Think about that for just a moment, what is the Lord saying when He tells us: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Is He not saying that no man can demonstrate truer love for his friends than to die for them? Isn't He saying, no Christian can show greater love for his fellow Christians than to give up his life for them? After all, are we not to do what Jesus did if we are truly His disciples? Should not those who are really followers of the Lord be willing to lay down their lives for other Christians?

Well, if we take what the Lord said as truth, than one Christian should be willing to lay down his or her life for the Lord and or for the betterment of his or her Christian brethren.

So, there is nothing wrong with Christians in the USA from buying cheap products made by Christian slave labor in China, for after all, those Chinese Christians are first, disobey the government, for in China it is against the law to be a Christian, it is considered rebellion. And second, are not those Christians imprisoned and forced as slaves to manufacture cheap goods destined for Christian USA markets only suffering for our betterment?

Why would any of us hesitate to get in line for a liver transplant or eye transplant, or any other transplant from a body part that originated in China? After all, those Christians in jail in China whose parts are being taken from them, are they not only fulfilling what the Lord has said "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."? Are they not just giving up parts of their bodies so that we can have a better life? And when they give the ultimate sacrifice, their heart, are they not just doing what the Lord has commanded them to do, die for their fellow Christians, making their fellow Christians lives better?

Why should we here in the USA, object to watching pornography coming out of China? I mean just because the majority of those little girls are girls who were taken away from Christian families, for fear that they may grow up to be Christians and to protect them from being orphans since their parents will spend the rest of their lives in slave factories and then slave body parts factories. After all are not these little girls beings saved from becoming 'rebels' against their own government? Would not it be better for them to be used in porno movies for the USA Christian market than live in a household that is involved in civil rebellion against the lawfully government of China?

No, there is nothing wrong with buying that cheap radio made by Christian slaves in China, nor getting a liver, eye, or heart transplant from a Christian prisoner in China, and heaven forbid you should object to that porno show made with the little girl rescued from those law breaking Christians in China. For as we all know from preachers who preach what God really meant to say, they are only getting what they deserve for being involved in civil disobedience against their government.

And after all, all they are doing is giving up their lives so that we Christians here in the Good old land of the free, land of the brave, land of the US of A can live just a little better and get that new televison or radio at a better price. And the government of China must be right in labeling Christianity a cult, for did not we, the greatest Christian nation on earth reward them with most favored trade status.

So, go, get that new cheap VCR and TV made in china with Christian slave labor so that you can relax at home and watch those young girls saved by their government perform for your satisfaction.

And God have mercy on your soul.

Weekend March 2nd & 3rd, 2002

"But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep"


Two thousand years ago, God walked the earth, He came as a speck in the womb of a young lady called Mary. He later was born and called by the name that He had chosen for Himself, Jesus in the English, Yeshua in His own tongue. Thirty years after His miraculous birth, He started doing things that could only be done by God. Yet, the vast majority of those who saw and heard of these miracles turned their backs on Him, refusing to acknowledge that HE is God. Just like today.

"But pastor" you say to me, "then Jesus did miracles, today we see no such miracles." Like those of two thousand years ago, you do not see the miracles because you choose not to see the miracles. For to see and acknowledge the miracles would be to turn yourself over to Him 100 percent instead of 1, 2 or 99 percent. What miracles are today that you refuse to see? That you refuse to acknowledge? How about the miracles of changed lives and answered prayer?

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul tells Timothy that he is a chief sinner; "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." 1 Timothy 1:15 Yet many of us, before having been transformed by the Grace of the Lord Jesus, make Paul and the things he did look almost angelic in comparison. The only way homosexuals and lesbians become normal is through the Grace and Blood of Jesus. For a homosexual to change is a miracle, a miracle that is denied and ignored and even worse covered up by all those who should be screaming praise to God from the house tops because of it.

Almost on a daily basis, we are told, secretly of children who are miraculously healed, of adults who live through things that should have killed them, yet they come through with not even a scratch. But where are the letters to the editors? Where is the shouting of praise to the God of Creation that did this miracle? Instead a letter is written thanking the doctor. I have seen such letters hanging on the walls of doctors offices. Oh I hear the praise in church, but not on the streets where it should be. Why? Because to go out and publicly proclaim praise and thanks to God means that you have realized that it was in fact indeed done by God. I would mean that you know that He did it, not to satisfy your cravings, but so that He might receive just praise for it, so that others might come to understand and accept Him through your testimony of His miracle.

Many of us are very lame sheep, sheep who are more interested in not upsetting the followers of the sneak in verse one than taking a proud stand for the one entering through the front door in verse two.

Be a "sheeple" for Jesus and not a "sheeple" of the powers of this earth and he whom they serve. For we are all sheep, we all follow whom we choose to follow. Be not afraid, be of strong heart, have courage, win a medal of honor for your valor issued by the Creator of all heaven and earth. When you see a miracle of the Lord, don't keep it to yourself, shout it from the house tops, for if you are arrested, you will now have the opportunity to shout it out in the courts. Could Paul have preached to the powers of his time had he not been arrested? And what was Paul arrested for if not for preaching and shouting the miracles of God.

1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief(satan) and a robber(devils). 2 But He that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. 3 To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. 5 And a stranger(false teachers, prophets & religionist) will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them.

7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief(satan & his) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11 I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf(satan) coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

14 I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. 15 As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold(Hebrews): them(non Hebrews) also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold(born again church), and One Shepherd (God).

17 Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.

19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20 And many of them said, "He hath a devil", and "He is mad"; and "why hear ye Him?" 21 Others said, "These are not the words of Him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?"

22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. 24 Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, "How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29 My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.

30 I and My Father are one.

31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered(asked) them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me?

33 The Jews answered Him, saying, "For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God" 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I SAID, YE ARE GODS (Psalm 82:6)? 35 If he(David) called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of Him(Jesus), whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, 'Thou blasphemest'; because I said, I am the Son of God?

37 If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.

39 Therefore they sought again to take Him: but He escaped out of their hand, 40 and went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there He abode. 41 And many resorted unto Him, and said, "John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this Man were true." 42 And many believed on Him there. (John Chapter Ten ACP/KJV)

John the Baptist was beheaded for standing tall and shouting out as a crier for Jesus. John did no miracles, he just shouted out praise and awareness to and of Jesus. Join me in being a "sheeple," a "sheeple" of the Lord, the Messiah, Yeshua.

Amen.

Friday March 1st, 2002

"Master, who did sin, this man, or ..."


Over the years, I have heard, on many occasion, two things. One, "why did God allow that child to be born so disabled?" And parents saying "what did we do so bad that God has given us a child so disabled?" Many women have killed the baby in their womb, for no other reason than they were told by a so called 'sonar gram expert' that their baby would be born disabled or handicapped.

In today's study of John, Jesus addresses that issue. He addressees it hard and to the point. He makes it absolutely clear that, that baby is here because God wanted him or her to be born with that disability so that He could do something wonderful through that child.

Let us read.

1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6 When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He(the blind man) went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

8 The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, "Is not this he that sat and begged?" 9 Some said, "This is he": others said, "He is like him": but he said, "I am he." 10 Therefore said they unto him, "how were thine eyes opened?" 11 He answered and said, "A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, "Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash": and I went and washed, and I received sight." 12 Then said they unto him, "Where is He?" he said, "I know not."

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, "He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see."

16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, "This man(Jesus) is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day." Others said, "How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?" And there was a division among them. 17 They say unto the blind man again, "What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?" 20 His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself." 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He(Jesus) was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore said his parents, "He is of age; ask him."

24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, "Give God the praise: we know that this Man(Jesus) is a sinner." 25 He answered and said, "Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see." 26 Then said they to him again, "What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples?"

28 Then they reviled him, and said, "Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow(Jesus), we know not from whence He is." 30 The man answered and said unto them, "Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes. 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. 32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 33 If this man were not of God, He could do nothing." 34 They answered and said unto him, "Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?" And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?" 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, "Lord, I believe". And he worshipped Him.

39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, "Are we blind also?" 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, 'We see'; therefore your sin remaineth. (John Chapter Nine ACP/KJV)

God created this baby in the womb to be blind, He made him blind so that when He was on earth, He would have this man to heal. To show the power of God. This child, born blind, who later became a man, was pretty much the only one of the main characters in this story who we, who are saved, will meet in heaven. His parents were more interested in appeasing the high council that thanking and glorifying God for healing their son. The heathens on the high council were more interested in maintaining their own positions and keeping their man made laws, than thanking God and worshiping Him for healing one of their flock.

Recently their has been a picture going around on the web of a young boy born deformed from nuclear contamination in Russia. The pro-baby killers, the pro-abortionist are using this picture as a reason to kill babies in the womb. They say this child, with the face of a angle. But deformed from the waist on down would have been better off aborted, murdered.

But, God has a plan for that boy, as He has a plan for the most beautiful of us, He has a plan for that boy and every child He entrust into the womb of a woman. When I think of those who would think for even a moment that a child is better off aborted than born, I can't help but see why so many of the cults push the idea that there are varying degrees of hell. For it would only seem logical that there is a deeper more severe hell for those who have their babies aborted and those who do abortions.

To mothers and fathers who are tod that they should butcher their baby while he or she is trapped in the womb, because the baby is going to be born deformed, I would say this. What did the baby do? And don't you realize how special God must think you are for Him to have entrusted this baby to your care?

"Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

For those of you who are truly Born Again, you know and believe that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are One and the Same. While you may not be able to explain it, you absolutely believe it. Now while we finished the Book of Revelation yesterday, at least for the time being, I want to show you one more thing, that is here in John nine which sheds a bit more light on Revelation chapter six:

I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost! Notice where Jesus says "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Now let us look at Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and He(Yeshua) that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto Him: and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.

When Jesus comes back to rapture His church, He takes with Him, not just the saints, living and dead, but the Holy Spirit as well, thus leaving the earth with no restraints on evil. What starts the seven years of tribulation, is not the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the anti-Christ as those of a more liberal bent would have you believe, for that would put the timing of Tribulation in satan's hands. But, God the Son being sent by God the Father on a white horse, to come to earth and retrieve God the Holy Spirit, all that is good, all that is honest, all that fear and obey God. Leaving satan a free hand and the ability to sign that peace treaty.

With all the talk of peace, peace, it is time for us to get ready, for the Lord could come at any moment. For while no man knows the hour or the day, any with half a brain and even a smidgen of knowledge about the word of God must realize that the signs of the times are that the coming of the Lord to rapture His bride is at hand. Will you be ready? Or will you be left behind?

The Lord God creator of all things, Messiah Yeshua be with you all,

amen.


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