The Church: Abdication Of Power -Part One

saltSpecial Statement:

During the past twenty plus years I have given much thought to what it means to say you are an “evangelical”.  That term use to hold a strong meaning in the minds of most that heard it, people knew what you stood for no questions asked.

The term evangelical derives from the Greek word euangelion meaning “gospel” or “good news.” Technically speaking, evangelical refers to a person, church, or organization that is committed to the Christian gospel message that Jesus Christ is the savior of humanity.Dec 7, 2015 (Google)

In the late nineteenth and twentieth century that term began to be tainted with scandals far and wide mainly on the North American continent.

I do not have the time or space in this article to go into much detail but it started within the ranks of certain itinerary evangelists, such as, Aimee Semple McPherson, A. A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Jim Bakker, and Jimmy Swaggart.

I have come to a decision that I can no longer say that I associate as an evangelical for what I see and hear coming from the camps of evangelicals I do not recognize as being from the Scriptures.

If I were to travel today I would now use the term that I am a “revivalist” for it is a revival that we need across the land of North America.

In this article I will show how the church is no longer a leader, but, instead a follower and enabler of things they should not even enjoin themselves to.

There was a time when a local congregation  would throw open their windows of their sanctuary and those passing by would hear the singing and the preaching of God’s Word delivered in the power of God would run in and give their lives to Christ.

Now they live by the clock on the wall Sunday morning that they are out on time so that they may eat in their favorite restaurant before heading to the local golf club.

Yes, the church has abdicated it’s power to things of the world.

1.  Popularity over Power

2 Timothy 4:1-5 MSG
1  I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule,
2  so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.
3  You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy.
4  They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages.
5  But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.

On a Sunday morning a week or two back I was channel surfing looking for something to listen to.  I came across a broadcast of an American national preacher.  He started his service by asking the congregation to stand raise their Bibles in the air and follow him as he recited a self-esteem creed.  I listened totally shocked, after about five to ten seconds I had had enough and turned the channel.  There was not one thing that pointed the congregation or the listeners watching on the television to the Gospel of Christ.  It was pure garbage of “positive thinking”.

Somewhere through the decades the message of the cross has been replaced by the gospel of “I”.  This is not the message Christ spoke to his disciples when he said,

Mark 10:21 KJV
21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

We are not here to be popular, to see who can have the largest congregation, or who can build the biggest santuary.  We are here to preach the message of the cross, to be soldiers of Christ and fishers of men, to put it bluntly, to fill heaven.

I can now see why Christ asked the question:

Luke 18:8b KJV
8b… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

This is one area where I can see that the “church” has abdicated its power.

In the next two articles I will explore two more areas of this epidemic.  Yes, I used the word “epidemic”!

The next article will deal with “Prosperity over Power“.

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Timeline:RAPTURE, Conclusion

Matthew 24:36 MSG
36  “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.”

Please note that I did not insert the entire text of the twenty fourth chapter of Matthew, so I will leave that up to the reader to look it up and read it in its entirety.

For far too long people of the Body of Christ have been divided over when the rapture will take place.  They have almost come to fists about the subject.

Since it was first hinted by the Apostle Paul in the Book of Thessalonians there has been much debate over the matter.

I for one use to hold tightly to the theory that the rapture would take place before the seven year period known as the “tribulation”.  After much study, and still studying, I am not so dogmatic on this theology.

As I have watched many events in history and of the prophetic timeline come to past my thought has come to that just maybe the Body of Christ, the Church, just may have to endure part of the tribulation.

I was in high school when I was introduced to computers.  I was totally amazed with the subject and for the time that I attented high school I took classes in the subject.  Even then I could see how in time how computers could be part of the prophetic time table concerning the “mark of the beast”.  I first presented this thought at a Bible study at my home church and some thought it was pure poppy cock to say the least.

Now, present day it is almost reality.  I do not have to leave my home to shop, do banking, or even fill out my income taxes if I so choose.  Therefore, it is theoretically possible for a system to be put into place through the use of a computer system to give every living human being a mark in it’s system and also the same corresponding mark in their right hand or their forehead.  Thus eliminating the need of paper money and also fraud and theft.  Somehow, I feel that just maybe somewhere that system is almost ready to be unveiled to the world.  Maybe, it just might be something along the form of this new currency that is making the headlines, crypto-currency, e.g., Bitcoin.

Yes, just maybe, this sounds like an over imaginative mind, but I truly believe it is in the realm of what we read in Bible prophecy.

What the prophets saw there were no words for them to describe in their day. They could only use the vocabulary they had at their ready.

Events are happening at such a break neck pace that it boggles the human mind.  Just in the area of computing alone, computer power doubles almost with every new model.  The new one you bring home today is obsolete tomorrow.

Information is available twenty four/seven.  We no longer have to wait for the six o’clock news to find out what is happening in our neighbourhood, nation or around the world.  Information is now constantly on.

Entertainment is not something that is static and can only be enjoyed in your home, but, now is carried on a device about the size of a mans wallet.

So, in conclusion, these articles were inspired by someone asking my thought on where I stood on the timeline of the rapture.

Let’s not be so concerned when or where, but rather, let’s just be ready!

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Timeline: RAPTURE, Mid Tribulation

Personal Comments:

Once more I begin with some personal thoughts.

I have studied all these theories over thirty years and still I am somewhat confused.  I have come to only one conclusion, that is, it is not important the time the rapture will take place, but, rather we are ready with are robes spotless washed in the blood of the lamb.

Theologians and many others have placed too much emphasis on the debate if the rapture happens before, mid, or post tribulation.  None of that matters if we are not washed in the blood of the lamb with our sins forgiven.

I am not sure I agree with the basis that those who hold to the view of a mid-trib rapture and the scripture text they use as an anchor.

So I will present it now:

Revelation 12:1-6 MSG
1  A great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman dressed all in sunlight, standing on the moon, and crowned with Twelve Stars.
2  She was giving birth to a Child and cried out in the pain of childbirth.
3  And then another Sign alongside the first: a huge and fiery Dragon! It had seven heads and ten horns, a crown on each of the seven heads.
4  With one flick of its tail it knocked a third of the Stars from the sky and dumped them on earth. The Dragon crouched before the Woman in childbirth, poised to eat up the Child when it came.
5  The Woman gave birth to a Son who will shepherd all nations with an iron rod. Her Son was seized and placed safely before God on his Throne.
6  The Woman herself escaped to the desert to a place of safety prepared by God, all comforts provided her for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

I have already mentioned on how I interpret certain things about End-Times Prophecy.

  • a.  The Woman is Israel
  • b.  The Church is the Bride of Christ

Now based on those two things the above Scripture cannot be speaking about the Church and the rapture.

They also argue that the child mentioned in the above Scripture is the Son of God.  To be honest, I am not totally sure who the child represents.

Now there are other who use a totally different portion of Scripture in the Book of Revelation found in the previous chapter, chapter eleven.

Revelation 11:1-14 MSG
1  I was given a stick for a measuring rod and told, “Get up and measure God’s Temple and Altar and everyone worshiping in it.
2  Exclude the outside court; don’t measure it. It’s been handed over to non-Jewish outsiders. They’ll desecrate the Holy City for forty-two months.
3  “Meanwhile, I’ll provide my two Witnesses. Dressed in sackcloth, they’ll prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days.
4  These are the two Olive Trees, the two Lampstands, standing at attention before God on earth.
5  If anyone tries to hurt them, a blast of fire from their mouths will incinerate them—burn them to a crisp just like that.
6  They’ll have power to seal the sky so that it doesn’t rain for the time of their prophesying, power to turn rivers and springs to blood, power to hit earth with any and every disaster as often as they want.
7  “When they’ve completed their witness, the Beast from the Abyss will emerge and fight them, conquer and kill them,
8  leaving their corpses exposed on the street of the Great City spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, the same City where their Master was crucified.
9  For three and a half days they’ll be there—exposed, prevented from getting a decent burial, stared at by the curious from all over the world.
10  Those people will cheer at the spectacle, shouting ‘Good riddance!’ and calling for a celebration, for these two prophets pricked the conscience of all the people on earth, made it impossible for them to enjoy their sins.
11  “Then, after three and a half days, the Living Spirit of God will enter them—they’re on their feet!—and all those gloating spectators will be scared to death.”
12  I heard a strong voice out of Heaven calling, “Come up here!” and up they went to Heaven, wrapped in a cloud, their enemies watching it all.
13  At that moment there was a gigantic earthquake—a tenth of the city fell to ruin, seven thousand perished in the earthquake, the rest frightened to the core of their being, frightened into giving honor to the God of Heaven.
14  The second doom is past, the third doom coming right on its heels.

Please note verses eleven and twelve speaking about the two witnesses.  There is a much heated debate about who these witnesses are.  I am not going to debate who they are here in this article.

My main objective is only to point out the three main arguments about the timeline of the rapture.

The third argument needs not much explanation, the post-trib rapture theory.

As I stated in the beginning is for everyone to study the Scriptures soundly interpreting Scripture with Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.  Understanding all in context, not pretext.  Remember, when we take something out of context it then becomes pretext.

In my next article, Timeline: THE RAPTURE, Conclusion I will discuss my journey from my roots to where I feel I stand today in the light of how I understand Scripture today.

Also, how that certain points in history have come together to shed understanding of End-Time Prophecy, some events even in this very decade are fulfilling prophecies in the Holy Scriptures.




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Timeline: RAPTURE, Pre-Triblulation

Personal Comments:

Please take note that I am stepping away from how I would normally start an article with an portion of Scripture as my basis text.

My reason is this, I am not an authoritive on this subject, for this subject has three sides that can be taken.  Each argument can in some form be taken from portions of Scripture to support the theory, yet, other Scripture would seem to argue against each theory of the rapture.  So, I can only encourage each student of Biblical prophecy to diligently search the Scripture and form your own conclusion.

The Three Theories

  1. Pre – Tribulation
  2. Mid – Triblulation
  3. Post Tribulation

If I could take you in a time machine to my younger self you would here me expound on the first theory of the rapture, pre-tribulation.  This thought is one most evangelicals teach and hold fast to that the Body of Christ will be raptured before the tribulation written in the Book of Revelation.

Here is the anchor for their thesis:

1 Thessalonians 4:  KJV
14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I would then take you to the first verse of Revelation 4:1

Revelation 4:1 KJV
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.

Those who stand on this train of thought also will use this portion of Scripture and declare that the Body of Christ will escape all the wrath of God.

Luke 21:36 KJV
36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

This was my younger self when teaching on the subject of the rapture.

The debate about the rapture can be quite heated in argument, pastor against pastor, church congregations split over the subject on when it will take place.

As a guest speaker in another pastor’s pulpit I would never try to expound on the rapture.

In past articles I have taught that a thought must be from Genesis to Revelation.

The rapture is a topic that is scarce in Scripture.  In the Old Testament there are only two times that I would suggest could be types of the rapture are Enoch and Elijah.

Genesis 5:24 KJV
24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

2 Kings 2:1-13 KJV
1  And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2  And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
3  And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
4  And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.
5  And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
6  And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
7  And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
8  And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
9  And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10  And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12  And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
13  He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

In the New Testament we have only one account and that is the catching away of Christ on the Mount.

Acts 1:6-11 KJV
6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

When as a pastor it would take me weeks if not months to go in depth on the subject of the rapture.

So, I will take several articles to give outlines of each side of each argument that is presented on the subject of the rapture.

However, the Body of Christ has caused much anxiety over the rapture and where it happens in the timeline of End – Time Prophecy.  It is my personal belief that we need to return to what matters the most, that is just having our garments washed and ready without wrinkle.

Ephesians 5:27 KJV
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Here is one of the keys that help me unlock some of the timeline of End – Time Prophecy.

Every bride is a women, but, every women is not a bride.

In understanding Bible prophecy one must understand these two principles:

  1. The Church is the Bride of Christ
  2. In End – Time Prophecy the woman speaks of the nation of Israel.

In the Old Testament there are no Scriptures that speak to the Body of Christ and the Church.  All End – Time Prophecy speaks to the judgment of God and the nation of Israel.

The Body of Christ and the Church was birthed after Christ ascended into heaven as stated in the above portion of Scripture in Acts 1.

The terms “The Body of Christ(The Church)” and “Israel” are not interchangeable.

In my personal beliefs I have presented some of the keys to understanding End – Time Prophecy and also the argument presented by those who hold fast to the rapture happening before the tribulation.

I would encourage Bible Students to take and take a deep study on all the sides that people argue when speaking about the rapture and it’s timeline.

Let me finish like I started, I have given you  the first argument, “pre-tribulation” theory. I use to be adamant when discussing this subject.

In the next article I will try to expound on the theory of “mid-tribulation” rapture.

For some you have already taken a stand and have planted your feet on how you belief about the rapture, so, I am not trying to sway you otherwise.  For everyone else, please, study each side of this subject then seek the face of God before you decide on your interpretation of the Scripture on the rapture.



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The Mad Man & God Part 2

Judges 16: MSG
20  Then she said, “The Philistines are on you, Samson!” He woke up, thinking, “I’ll go out, like always, and shake free.” He didn’t realize that GOD had abandoned him.

Matthew 7:  MSG
22  I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’
23  And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

When I was younger an uncle of mine taught me the game of Chess.  To this very day I like to have a game once in awhile if possible.  It keeps the mind strong in deductive ability.

Children play all types of games growing up, like king of the hill, hide and seek, baseball, etc.,

Then somehow as they reach those teen years and dating they learn new games and some carry over into adult life reaching even into marriage.  There is much that can be written just on this subject alone, but that is not the purpose of this article.

There is a game being played at this moment that could affect millions upon millions of lifes.  The end of this game will only be known when we reach eternity and stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  The game is called “Church”!

Samson was a man chosen while still in his mother’s womb.  She knew that God had something special in mind for this man child.  God spoke to Samson’s mother and told her that his hair was to never be cut for it would be his secret of his mighty strength.

Samson grew into a mighty strong man and there was not one person who could defeat him.  Every enemy that came up against him, Samson was the victor.

Now, for the purpose of this article I am going to use some conjecture and say Samson is a type of the “Church”.  His “hair” a type of the anointing and the Holy Ghost.  Delilah is a type of what we would call the “world”.

I grew up with a strong sense of a move of God in our congregation.  Let me explain, we were “pentecostal”, but “independent”.

I was raised to believe when you are a believer that you were baptized in water, then in the Holy Ghost with the evidence of “speaking in tongues”.  To be honest, I still adhere to this because I find nowhere in Scripture that those days have ended.  What is different today is that what is called “speaking in tongues” is nothing but pure babbel.  In the Book of Acts when they spoke in “tongues” it was a language recognizable by someone listening.

Acts 1:6-8 KJV
6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

If I believe, teach and have preached over my lifetime is true that the true Church of Jesus Christ has a job to do, that there must be one last global reaching revival of souls before the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, then something must have to take place within the churches worldwide.

I sometimes am left with the impression that the gathering together with others of the Body of Christ means very little to most these days.  It is more than just a time of women showing off their latest fashions, or being entertained by some musician or singer.  It is even more than some orator causing us to rise to our feet in a standing ovation because it pleases our ears and appeals to our flesh.

Our gathering should be solemn in remembering the price that was paid on a rugged dogwood tree outside the city of Jerusalem on a hill called Golgotha meaning the place of the skull.

Samson lost his strength when he was duped by Delilah as he laid his head on her lap.  Oh, he caught her deceit the first few tries, but, he fell prey to her deception and gave her the key to his strength, his hair.  And as he fell asleep on her lap of deception men came and shaved Samson of his hair, and stole with it his strength.

To see if what Samson had said was true this time the deceiver Delilah cried out, “Samson, the Philistines are upon thee”!  Poor Samson, he got up not realizing what had happened to him and he shook himself like he had done so many times before but his strength was gone.  The Philistines led him away bound in chains, robbed of his eyesight.  Finally, in one last gesture he convinced the guards to lead him over towards the columns that held up the building.  Samson prayed one last time that God would give him his strength back and Samson brought down the building upon the Philistines and killed more in his death than he did during his lifetime.

The old preachers use to say, “the church has become too worldly, and the world too churchy”!  I am inclined to say it is true.

The church will never win the world by becoming like the world.  

Maybe to the reader I sound like an old fire and brimstone preacher, if that is what it takes to bring revival before the Lord’s return, so be it.

I went to research a certain quote by John Wesley but found it was inaccurate.

This is the correct quote by John Wesley:

“Set yourself on fire with passion & people will come for miles to watch you burn.” John Wesley

I am very concerned on the things I see, read and hear from pulpit across North America and around the world.

You can go to a building every week, sit on some nice cushioned chairs or pews, and hear some great message, and still miss out on Heaven and eternity with Christ the Lord.

I am not sure what it will take to see a spirit of repentance come to the shores of North America, but, I am sure, if it does not happen soon all may be lost for the western hemisphere.  

Yet, God is going to require some to give an answer for what they have done with what was given to them.  

Yes, they played with fire and now the fire is going to play with them.

The mad man are those who are standing behind them screaming, wailing, gnashing at them because they were not told the truth.

You can play the game of “church” if you like, but in the end it will be you, the mad man & God alone.




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Take Just Enough!

Exodus 16:  MSG
14  When the layer of dew had lifted, there on the wilderness ground was a fine flaky something, fine as frost on the ground.
15  The Israelites took one look and said to one another, man-hu (What is it?). They had no idea what it was. So Moses told them, “It’s the bread GOD has given you to eat.
16  And these are GOD’s instructions: ‘Gather enough for each person, about two quarts per person; gather enough for everyone in your tent.'”
17  The People of Israel went to work and started gathering, some more, some less,
18  but when they measured out what they had gathered, those who gathered more had no extra and those who gathered less weren’t short—each person had gathered as much as was needed.
19  Moses said to them, “Don’t leave any of it until morning.”
20  But they didn’t listen to Moses. A few of the men kept back some of it until morning. It got wormy and smelled bad. And Moses lost his temper with them.
21  They gathered it every morning, each person according to need. Then the sun heated up and it melted.
22  On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, about four quarts per person. Then the leaders of the company came to Moses and reported.
23  Moses said, “This is what GOD was talking about: Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to GOD. Whatever you plan to bake, bake today; and whatever you plan to boil, boil today. Then set aside the leftovers until morning.”
24  They set aside what was left until morning, as Moses had commanded. It didn’t smell bad and there were no worms in it.
25  Moses said, “Now eat it; this is the day, a Sabbath for GOD. You won’t find any of it on the ground today.
26  Gather it every day for six days, but the seventh day is Sabbath; there won’t be any of it on the ground.”
27  On the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather anyway but they didn’t find anything.
28  GOD said to Moses, “How long are you going to disobey my commands and not follow my instructions?
29  Don’t you see that GOD has given you the Sabbath? So on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. So, each of you, stay home. Don’t leave home on the seventh day.”
30  So the people quit working on the seventh day.

Matthew 6:  KJV
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11  Give us this day our daily bread.
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This article is somewhat a departure for me in that I have never used the above two passages together in a sermon or in teaching.  I have used them seperately on occasions.

Anyone who has known my ministry in the past knows that I am not one who follows trends, popularity, or the newest dogma being taught behind the pulpits around the world.

I have been known to build up a congregation, but, if I overstayed I could easily tear it down.  Reason, I was green in many areas of my ministry.  Oh yes, I strived to get it right, I would study and I would pray, but, there were things that were abrasive in my personality that would get me into troubles.  Those troubles left me with many bruises and scars spiritually, but now those same hurts are what is causing a new growth in my life.

Before I ever would preach a sermon I had the discipline to study the Word of God.  I did not have the luxury of attending a great Seminary/Bible School.  I did not have access to the best commentaries or Bible dictionairies, it was just me and an Bible that my maternal Grandmother gave me when I was.

Over the many years now there are certain precepts and concepts that I have learned to be true and timeless.

  • God is not a liar – Numbers 23: MSG  19  God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?
  • God’s Word is a Sure foundation – 2 Peter 1:19-21 MSG
    19  We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts.
    20  The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.
    21  And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.
  • God never Contradicts Himself – Here is what I am trying to convey.  Always use Scripture to interpret Scripture.  Anyone, including myself can take a text, take it out of context and make it pretext.  If a thought in Scripture is truth from God it will bear itself out from Genesis to Revelation by foreshadows, Moses lifts up the rod a type of Christ being lifted up on the cross. (Numbers 21: MSG 9  So Moses made a snake of fiery copper and put it on top of a flagpole. Anyone bitten by a snake who then looked at the copper snake lived.)  Also, through the Bible we have what is known as types.  Joshua was a type of Christ.
  • Man’s Prophecies Do Not Supercede God’s Word – I have been alarmed lately of a trend spreading through North America where those behind pulpits saying God has given them a “new Word”.  As they go about to expound on this “new Word” when examined under the microscope of God’s Word it is found to be of error and mistruth.  We also have those who travel through the country giving “personal prophecy” over some in the gathering.  The “personal prophecy” either is too general so that it could fit almost everyone there, or, again under examination of the Word of God is full of error and mistruths

Now let us examine the two portions of Scripture at the beginning of this article.  In previous articles I have mentioned my opinion on the “prosperity gospel” and how that it is a false doctrine straight from the pits of hell.  It is a doctrine of greed, self-worth, hoarding, and much more.  I have also mentioned the only one prospering from that doctrine is the false teacher/preacher/evangelist who is expounding it.  I speak this from experience.

Please pay attention to the theme in both passages of Scripture and you will see that it is one thing and one thing only.

Ask and take only for what is sufficient for today.

To futher emphasize this listen to what Christ himself spoke:

Matthew 6:28-34 KJV
28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

When I gave up the false doctrine of greed my life changed in such a dramatic way that even to this day I am amazed of things that have transpired.

Examine the instructions that Moses gave to the people about the “manna”(bread of heaven). When followed exactly everyone had all they needed.  Those who did not follow the Word from God found that the “manna” spoiled and it rotted and stank.  They were to only gather enough for the day.

There was only one exception, the Sabbath.  On the Sabbath they were to gather double the amount of “manna” for two days.  No more, no less.

Fast forward, Mount of Olives and Christ is asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray.

The key was this, Christ did not speak of some new thing, He confirmed what God had already spoken way back there in the wilderness about the “manna”.

The key verse in Matthew I feel, and it is my opinion, it is verse 11.  “Give us this day our daily bread.

Let me know give a word to young ministers, all of my lessons did not come in one sitting at the Word of God.

As a matter of fact, I was laying in my bed last night thinking about what to write for the new year when this message came into my spiritual heart.

Young minister do not hurry to a ministry for the road is full of pitfalls and dangers with detours at every bend.  So many seem they are barely out of the waters of baptism and jumping into ministry with very little knowledge at hand.  Those are the ones who when you look later in years cannot be found.

My advice is to get rooted in a home church under the toutledge of a seasoned Pastor/teacher.  Your ministry will wait for you.  Amazingly when the time is at hand your own pastor will know of assurance himself that you are ready.

Respect the offices of the elders, you may not respect the person in the office, but, you must respect the office he holds.  This truth I learned from my overseer in the Church of God in Christ after I was already pastoring a church.

Never take the attitude you know everything there is to know about the Scriptures for you are only fooling yourself and it will come back to bite in the future.

Every time that I have followed the prompting of God’s Holy Ghost I have found a nugget of truth that I have never known before.  Oh, it had always been there, but, maybe I was not ready or have the ability of understanding yet to grasp it.  There is a season for everything.

If someone would have said to me that I would write sermons or articles like this one I would have paid no attention.  I never wrote out my sermons, but, I did Study and pray.

 I left the ministry because I was a total burnout.  Always trying to raise finances, going from place to place and my health was also starting to suffer.

So, here I am sitting in front of my laptop in my one bedroom mobile home happy and content, bills all paid and able to study the Word of God without any clutter from the outside world.

So, in the new year 2018 make it your goal to get all of God you can.  Store His Word in your heart and cleanse yourself from all things that would hinder your walk with God.

All you need is your daily bread!

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They Still Cry, “Peace”!

Nahum 1:15 MSG
15  Look! Striding across the mountains— a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace! A holiday, Judah! Celebrate! Worship and recommit to God! No more worries about this enemy. This one is history. Close the books.

Over the holidays I tried to think of a message that was appropriate but yet, not the common one that all people hear constantly.

I am a creature of habit for I listen to the news local, national, and worldwide to see if there is something happening that can be brought to light by the sharing of prophetic Scripture.

Take the headlines concerning the capital of Israel.  Yes, the Christian world recognizes that the Scriptures declare that Jerusalem is the capital, but in light of prophetic Scripture it does not become that until Christ returns to earth and sets up His earthly kingdom.

As I have written in past articles the conflict between the nations of Jewish and Palestinian people started back with Ishamel and Isaac and will continue until the Lord places His foot on the mount of Olives.

The word ‘peace’ brings to mind so many things, tranquility, rest, calmness, and so much more.  It also to the Christian should bring about a sense of urgency.

The Apostle Paul warns us:

1 Thessalonians 5:  KJV
1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

I am now fifty-six years old and for as long as I can remember there have been countless tries of conferances and talks to bring peace to the middle east.  All ending in complete and utter failure.

The true conflict that way I understand it from a Biblical perspective is a conflict about birthrights, not a land conflict, nor a spiritual one, yet religion is part of the problem.

Again, I speak of Ishamel and Isaac both sons of Abraham, both the fathers of great nations as God told Abraham.

Ishamel and his descendants go on to become the nations of the Arab people.

Isaac and his descendants go on to become what we now call the Jewish people.

Both nations claim the rights to the Mount.

The Jewish nation because of the first temple and also the place if I am correct where Abraham place Isaac on the altar.

The Arab nation claim the Mount because as it is told is the place where the prophet Mohammed ascended.

Christians also claim the Mount because of the place where Christ ascended with His angels after His resurrection.

To my best understanding those are some of the underpinning arguments concerning the situation in the middle east.

No one government, as even as pure intentions will be able to unravel all of these cords for truly lasting peace.

Yet, Bible prophecy tells us that there will come a man who will make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years and break the treaty in the middle of it.  That man is known to Bible prophecy lovers as the anti-christ. 

Yes, the Jewish people have been looking for a Messiah that would come and overthrow Israel’s enemys and restore the glory to the kingdom of Israel.

He did arrive on the scene, not as a mighty soldier and king leading His people to war, but, as a lamb, that one day would be led to the slaughter, to be crucified on a cross made from an old dogwood tree.

Yes, He is coming back again, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. with ten thousands of His angels and the saints by His side and will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem.

But, until then, the world still cries for, “peace”.

Revelation 22:20-21 KJV
20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.




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