Sunday, March 29, 2009

Standing Up for Jesus

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There is not a lot said about Stephen in the Scriptures, but what is said about him is remarkable. We read in the Bible were he was full of faith and power. he also did great wonders and miracles among the people. Just by reading those facts we can see Stephen was controlled by and filled with the Holy Ghost and he was also full of knowledge. He spoke the truth with power and this did not go over well with the church world of that day. In other words the Jews of that day. They resisted his wisdom and also the spirit by which he spoke. In other words they were resisting the Holy Ghost. As they kept looking at him they saw his face as it had been the face of a angel. In other words they saw God. God let his Glory shine through Stephen to let all know that he was speaking the truth.This tell us that Stephen lived close to God. Stephen spoke and preached the truth. Just like God’s anointed and called out preachers of today Stephen was resisted and opposed by the church leaders and the church world of that day. No matter what the time or age, people have and always will reject God’s word and His Prophets.

Let me go just a little further with this. As most of you know I have a conservative Web page called: “Conservative View Point”  This page deals with conservative values and I mostly get favorable comments from my articles. My last post on that page was feed to a local news paper that most of my conservative commentaries go to. The last article was about Judge Roy Moore and the poem that he wrote about God and this country. The poem had great merit and deserved to be read by many people as possible. I received more negative mail, {you could call some of it hate mail} about this man and what he said in his poem than all the articles that I have wrote in six months. As I sat and thought about the negative comments I realized something that in my spirit I already and always did know.

THE BIGGEST PART OF THE WORLD HATES CHRIST! They do not want to hear the truth. Same as in Stephen’s Day. It was not my latest article that I posted or Judge Brown that these people hate. It is Jesus Christ who they hate! If you read the poem that Judge Brown wrote he told the truth. The sad thing is most of the world does not want to hear the truth. We must remember that if we think the world hates us remember they hated Christ first! People hated Paul, Peter, Stephen, The Disciples, John The Baptist, and many of the Old Testament men of God. Many gave their live for the Master.

I will most likely get some negative feedback from what I’m about to say but I feel strongly as though I must say it. Most people that profess to be Christians hold back when they should be going forth. For example when they took Christ to be tried Peter followed but did not speak out and even denied the Lord. We have Jesus haters given their nasty and negative remarks about the truth, but Christians say nothing. it is time for Christian people to stand up and be counted. It is a evil world that we live in.

Don’t just say that you are a Christian. Do the things that promote Jesus. Send Christian email to everybody on your email list. Have them resend it to everybody on their email list. Give honor where honor is due. We must show this sinful world that as Christians we are united for our Lord.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

REPENT

    
It is a sad world we live in when Christian people use the term a dooms day preacher. Theses words: "Dooms Day Preacher" only show the true Christians how far we, as a nation, have turned from God. I wonder if Jonah was called a dooms day preacher. I wonder if preachers of years gone by were called dooms day preachers? Some preachers today are  called this by sinners and some Christians who want to hear a smooth Gospel. The reason is they do not want to hear the whole truth. They do not want to hear anything that goes against or disrupt their way of life. Sure we all want to hear about God's love for us and we want to hear the things that He has done or will do for us, but what about the rest of the story? What will happen if you die in a life of sin? Does God close His eyes to this or is there a judgement? Is there a doomsday as some would call it? Yes there is!

I would rather call these preachers  "Watchmen on The Wall"  These preachers warn you of dangers that will trap you into a world of sin and put you on a course for the burning pits of hell. They will let you know that HELL is a place where the damned will suffer ever lasting torment. It is a place where the ungodly will never cease to exist.  They will call sin what it is "SIN". They will tell the world what the end results will be. This is what people just do not want to hear, but it is a fact of life. It is the very word of God. We have a choice to make. Heaven or hell, sin or righteousness, There is no in between. We need more preachers today to preach repentance to America. America is in need of a urgent wake up call. You can call it dooms day preaching if you want but if this nation does not turn to God and soon it will be dooms day for This country and  all that have rejected God. This country as a whole needs to hear the repentance messages over and over again by Spirit filled preachers. Only God can turn this country around!
I love to tell the story of Jesus and His love. But there comes a time when Christians have to stop taking just the bottle and eat some meat. There is a time and a season when sinners need to be aware. There comes a time when this nation as a whole needs to be aware of the consequences  of such sins as Homosexuality, the killing of unborn babies, and the list could go on.

Some people will say that all a preacher needs to preach and teach is God's love and that He wants to save us. That is find, we need to know all there is to know about our Savior, but there comes a time when the sinner and some Christians has to know why Christ loves them so much, why He died on Calvary for them, and what the people are being saved from. Not only are we to hear  "How beautiful Heaven must be" but the hell fire and brimstone also. John The Baptist said, "REPENT yea for the kingdom of heaven is at hand "  When Jesus started His earthly ministry what was His first recorded words? Jesus said, "REPENT" the kingdom of God is at hand! {Matthew 4:17}.  He also said "For there shall be great tribulation, such was not since the beginning of the world" {Matthew 24:21}and then again he said twice in the Gospel of Luke: " Repent or you will like wise perish."Peter said in the book of Acts to, " REPENT" and be baptized. There has to be someone to tell you what to repent of and what you are sorry for. That comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. We must hear all the Gospel {The Good News} for faith to arise in our soul. Most Spirit filled preachers wait on the Lord for their sermon and what they preach is from God and is inspired by The Holy Ghost. Just remember: " The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Remember the same knife that spreads the jam on the bread also slices that bread!

I'm reminded that when God sent the prophet Jonah to that great city of Nineveh to cry against it Jonah was sent to preach against the wickedness. In other words, as some people call it today, Jonah was sent to preached a doomsday message,  in other words repent or else. Because of that message there was more than one hundred twenty-thousand persons that repented. These people could not discern between right and wrong,  "Between their right hand or their left hand" That is just about the way it is in this country today. When you will kill a unborn child in the womb, but pass laws to save baby whales then something is wrong. When you say that it is wrong to put a convicted killer of the innocent to death, but it is okay to kill a innocent unborn baby then I say you can not discern from your left hand of your right hand, you can not tell right from wrong. 

The message was preached by Jonah because of God's Love for Nineveh. Because of God's love for this country we need more preachers who will stand up and preach repentance. This country is just about ready to be over thrown. Laugh if you want but doomsday, as some call it, is fastly approaching. The greatest to the least in this country need to humble theirselfs, repent and call on God.

We can look at the Book of Revelation and see very quickly what is going to take place on this earth and the end of all sinners. Why was this Book put in the Bible? Can we call it the dooms day book? The book tells of Heaven and hell, the good and the bad, If this was not to be preached why was this book put in the cannon of scriptures? Why are we told in the Scriptures that:  You reap what you sow.

We can read in The Old Testament of Sodom and how it was destroyed and why it was destroyed. Was this a dooms day story or a warning for  all of us to clearly to see. It could be if this story, straight from The Book, was preached from behind the pulpits, them maybe, just maybe, there would not be the homosexual problem in this country that we have today, but instead we have homosexuals standing behind the sacred desk. What a shame. Will this country's end be like Sodom?

Then we see in the scriptures that we are to  "Cry aloud and spare not" In other words do not hold back but show the people their transgressions and their sins. Let the people know that they have a clear choice. A devil's hell for the sinner or a place prepared by a loving Savior for those that love Him.

I do not know about you but when I go to church I want to feel that convicting power of The Holy Ghost telling me what is wrong in my life or what I can do to make it better. How many times have you heard a Message in church and not liked it or say you do not like that kind of preaching, but when you get home you are convicted in your heart  and then you think about it and realize the preacher was right. Sometimes the true hurts like that two edged sword.
We need in this country today preachers, such as Jonah, who will tell it like it is. Call sin what it is and preach repentance, not some kind of prosperty, or name it and claim it message. This country and the world needs Jesus Christ more than ever. We do not need twelve steps to a new life. What we need is Jesus Christ and preachers that will stand up and preach the truth. If we do not start preaching the truth soon we are going to see things that we never would have thought of as being. It is coming my friend and you can call it dooms day talking if you want, but its coming.

Call this a dooms day commentary if you want, but what this nation needs is a national day of repentance, mourning, and a coming back to God, forsaking the sins that caused this nation to be in the position that it is in, asking forgiveness from a merciful Savior. This country must be like that great city of Nineveh and everyone from the least to the highest must cry out for forgiveness and repent!










Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In The Hollow of His Hand

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow: This world seems like it is spinning out of control to the most people. As Christians we know and put our faith in that fact that our God has got the whole world in His hands. Remember that song? He's got you and me brother in His hands, He's got you and me sister in His hands. From the smallest sparrow to the largest problem in this world our Lord is in control. We as His followers must put our trust in that fact. I know if His eye is on the sparrow then I know He watches over me. He's got the whole world in his hands. For He is the Creator of this world and everything that is in it. As this world, spins, rock and rolls, and goes in its evil ways we are to take no thought for we know who holds tomorrow. If we are Christians we can see how things are lining up. We can see the ever increasing evil in this world. We can see more and more prophecies being full filled and we know that the end of time is near. Even so come Lord Jesus!

As I read the Word of God I see through out His word where He supplied the needs of His people. In the New Testament He miraculously fed the multitude twice with a lot being left over. The people's needs were abundantly met. His word tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. What comforting words to think about in this day that we are living in. If we live for Jesus, seeking to do His will, we have the guarantee of God's Holy Word that He will provide for us, all of our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus. I can say this that through out my life God has always honored His Word in my life. Through many dangers toils and snares I have already come and my Lord has always kept me safe until the storm passes over. He will do the same for you, just trust and obey, for there is really no other way.

I'm reminded of the Hebrews as they left Egypt. His presence was with them by day in a cloud and  of a night by a pillar of fire. They were fed, had water to drink, and their clothes never wore out. Do you remember the three Hebrew children that were put into the fiery furnace? The ones who put them in the furnace was consumed, but the three Hebrews clothes did not even smell like fire. Why? Because there was someone in that furnace with them! Daniel was put in the lion's den because of his faith. What happened? He walked out without a scratch on him. Elisha was fed by ravens, got water from a brook and was his for safety by our Lord. The twelve disciples were in danger of sinking in the mist of the storm, but Jesus came to them. What did all these people have in common? They were all in the hollow of His hand! Are you in the hollow of His hand?

What does it mean to be in the hollow of His hand? It means to be in a place protected until the storm passes over, Where there will be no evil to come upon us.  It means a place where you can feel His grace and His presence. It is a place where we can feel safe and secure. It is a place of divine protection. It is our hiding place. It is a place where we know we will never be snatched away. It is a place that no matter what happen in or to this country we will be safe. Safe because we will be in the hollow of His hand.


If we are followers of Christ, truly born again saved people then we know this, that no matter what the future holds we will be safe and secure: "WE ARE HELD IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND!" What comfort! What Joy!
    




Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Question That All Will Have To Answer

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                  What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ?

This is one question that has been asked down through the centuries by many of a person. There is no neutral ground here. No middle of the road as Pilate tried to do by washing his hands of Christ. You will either accept Him as your Savior or you will reject Him. A persons answer to this question will decide where that person will spend eternity.

Some of the Jews of that day made their choice. They wanted Him crucified. They rejected Him as their Savior and their Messiah. For this rejection their country was, later, destroyed and they were spread all over the world not to return to their homeland again until 1948. The Jews are still returning until this day. Even though Jesus was rejected by the Jewish people He still loves them until this day. They are His people.

This brings us up to today's world and the people that live in it. It makes no difference if you are Jew or Gentile, the color of your skin, if you are a male or female, you have to make a decision. it is the most important decision of your life. Sad to say that most of the world has made their decision. They have rejected Christ. The majority of our nation has rejected Christ. Recent news reports and surveys indicate that religion is on the decline in this country. This is so sad when this country was founded on Christian principles.

Most of the people of this nation have rejected their heavenly leader and have gave their allegiance to Satan by electing leaders to govern this country that have put God out of just about everything. His laws, His word, His teachings, and His true preachers are being rejected. He is being rejected for what our leaders consider to be politically correct ideas. They have made their choice of who they want to serve.

A few people, a remnant, of this nation want to be Biblically correct and they look to Christ. They want to live by His laws, His Teachings, and by His word that is recorded in our Holy Bible. They believe and accept the pure raw word of God. They lift up a standard and publish it. God’s standard of holiness can not be compromised. The bottom line is this: As American Citizens do we want to be Biblically Correct or Politically Correct?

This nation has a choice to make. They have a decision to make and that decision is this: WHAT SHALL I DO THEN WITH JESUS WHO IS CALLED CHRIST? Shall we, too, refuse The Lord?

As this Easter draws near let us as the followers of Christ earnestly pray for this nation to return to God. For our leaders to once again to return to the Book of Books for their instructions and laws. Let us pray for a revival that will sweep over our land and renew us all! We do not need another Boston tea party or an armed revolution. We need a coming home revival that revives this nation and puts us back in fellowship with God. As I close this commentary I want to leave with you a word straight from God’s Word that is just as true in our time as it was centuries ago in Israel.

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Bill Patchett

March 15,2009

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

You Decide

These comparisons are captivating to me. Out of all of the Bible teachings, I feel that this is one of the more important. The reason I feel this way is because many people are deceived into believing doctrines and views that blind the Church from the threat that is looming in the near future. Death and destruction is on its way and many are ignorant to it. With the media being controlled by liberals on the far left in our country who are constantly bombarding the nation with political correctness it is almost impossible for the average person who doesn't do any research on their own to arrive at the truth. The astounding truth is that the beast is growing in power at a rapid rate of speed and only those who are in tune with what is happening are aware of it. I have put together the comparisons between Islam, the Muslim people, and the Antichrist so that you can see that they are one and the same. There are simply too many coincidences in their similarities for it not to be the truth. So please don't make a pre-judgment by not reading this article. It is very important and a clear warning to our nation and us.

Both are false religions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that both of these religions are false. The religion of the Antichrist is exactly that, it is against Jesus. The Muslims claim to believe in Jesus but only in this way: that he was just a man, not Deity and that his message was about receiving Mohammed the so-called "great prophet". They declare that when Jesus said that there would be one who followed him to lead them into all truth and righteousness that he was speaking of the coming of Mohammed that would come six hundred years later. Of course Christians know that he wasn't speaking of Mohammed but was talking about the comforter who was to come, the Holy Spirit. In the Mosque called the Dome of the Rock it is inscribed on the wall. "Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He (Allah) should have a son." This was inscribed there as a way to discourage and prevent the Muslim people from believing that Jesus is the Son of God. This is definitely the spirit of anti-Christ preventing people from believing the Gospel to be saved.

Both will use peace for a tool. With all the violence coming from the Radical Muslims I never would have dreamed that the reason they do this is because of their hope for world peace. Their belief is that after they have converted, killed, or enslaved all of the other religions or atheist in this world that there will be world peace. Of course this peace comes because there will be no opposition. This is the reason they believe in Jihad "or struggle. It sounds very noble and it seems to be a worthy cause and a religious responsibility to them. The Bible also tells us of a group that is going to use peace as the basis or promotional idea that will catapult them into a power that will destroy in a mighty way. The book of Daniel tells us of this group and their leader in the 8th Chapter verses 23:26. It says in verse 25 that by peace he shall destroy many: this means that because of a vision or dream for peace he will destroy many lives. This evil group will use "peace as a tool to destroy" remarkable likeness wouldn't you say?

Both use deceit to accomplish their goal. The book of Daniel also tells us while speaking of the Antichrist and his empire that by his policy craft shall proper in his hand. This word craft in the Strong's Concordance is a Hebrew word "Mirmah" that means deceit or treachery. This means that his policy prospers because of deceit. Interesting thought along with this is that found in 2 Thessalonians 2nd chapter 9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
It is interesting that the Bible is forbidden in many of the Muslim countries. It is not permissible to share the Gospel in those lands with the Muslim people. If a Muslim is converted to Christianity they run the risk of being killed for it by other Muslims. Islam rejects the Bible as being perverted by Christians and Jews. It is taught to them that some of the Bible is accurate but that it has been changed by Christians and Jews down through the centuries and is no longer the truth. This is the kind of deceit that destroys the souls of men. It is claimed that the only truthful book that has never been changed is the Koran or Quran the name of the holy book of Islam. Since they received not the love of the truth that is found in the Bible they are turned over to a religion that is not true through deceitful teachings. Just as the Bible says it would be. Although Jesus will save any person from any nation the Muslims cut themselves and their families off from salvation by their own teachings. This belief is the very thing that will drive them to do the horrible things that they have planned to do.

Both the Antichrist and Mahdi are going to sign a seven-year peace treaty with Israel. It is common knowledge in the Church that the Antichrist is going to sign a seven-year peace treaty with Israel. Just as me, many believe that this will be the beginning of what is known as the last Seven Years or Tribulation period. It is also commonly called Daniel's seventieth week. The Church knows and believes this. What it doesn't know is that it is common believe among the Muslims that their coming Messiah, the Mahdi, will do the same thing according to Hadith their own teachings. They believe that when the Mahdi comes that he will mediate a seven-year peace treaty with Israel through a Jewish Priest from the lineage of Aaron. But, remember this they also believe that it is the Mahdi's plan to destroy Israel as well. According to Muhammad Ali ibn Zubair while speaking of the time that the Mahdi's will come to reign and rule, He said according to Hadith that Muhammed the Prophet said this: "There will be four peace agreements between you and the Romans. The fourth and last treaty will be mediated through a person who will be from the progeny of Hadrat Aaron (Honorable Aaron, the brother of Moses) and will be upheld for seven years." The people asked, "O Prophet Muhammad, who will be the imam (leader or Mahdi) of the people at that time?" The Prophet said: "He will be from my progeny and will be exactly forty years of age. His face will shine like a star." This was saying that there would be four peace agreements between Islam and the Western World. The Romans in this prophecy is still interpreted as being the Western World today. The executioners of Nicholas Berg before cutting off his head called President Bush a dog of the Romans. They currently believe that all of these treaties have been made in the past except for the fourth and last, and that will be made by the Mahdi himself lasting for seven years. Of course we know from our Bible that this treaty will be broken at the middle of the seven years and that the Antichrist will declare himself to be God in the Temple of God.
It is a possibility that while mediating this seven-year treaty between Islam and Israel that Israel will be given the OK to build the New Temple. You might say, Why would they do this? Since the Mahdi or Antichrist plans on using the Temple for himself in the near future simply allowing the Jews to build it will save himself a lot of trouble. This will also make himself look good in the eyes of the world but this will be only momentarily. He allows someone else to build it and then moves into it when he invades Israel stunning most of the world when it happens.

Both are the same rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2. Strange as it may sound to us as Christians, the rider on the white horse in Revelation chapter six to many Muslim scholars is the Mahdi, or their coming messiah. It is commonly taught among the Muslim believers that the Christian Bible has been corrupted down through the centuries but some scriptures are still intact and can be believed by everyone. The rider on the white horse in Revelation 6:2 is the Antichrist to most Christians. The white horse he rides is a counterfeit of the horse that Jesus rides in chapter nineteen when he comes back to the earth to reign and rule. One of the conveyers of Hadith, Ka'b al Ahbar is quoted as saying: I find the Mahdi recorded in the books of the Prophets… For instance, the Book of Revelation says: "And I saw and behold a white horse. He that sat on him…went forth conquering and to conquer." The actual verse reads: "And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer." Whether the Mahdi comes actually riding on a white horse or whether it is supposed to be spiritual I don't know but it is interesting to know that they use the same scripture to portray their savior that we belief to be the coming Antichrist. You never know the Mahdi when he makes his first public appearance may come riding into the midst of the Muslim people riding on a white horse.

Both want to bring the whole world under their dominion. It is common knowledge among the believers of Islam that theirs is a quest for world domination. They believe that Allah will accept nothing less. Even though many of these people are good hearted and wouldn't kill anyone they still believe that Allah wants to conquer the world for his sake. It is believed by many that all the killing and warfare that gets the job done will be well worth it after the world has come under the control of Islam and Islamic law is enforced, World Peace. This is the same thing the Antichrist wants. He wants to bring the whole world under his authority and his laws. He will convince others that this is the road to peace. Peace will come at the end of the struggle; the word Jihad means, "struggle". When the cry goes out peace, peace then sudden destruction will come. It is the quest for peace in the minds of millions that will lead them to their own death and destruction.

Both cut off heads. I don't think that it will shock anyone for me to say that the Islamic people believe in cutting off heads. We see and hear of it all the time. The method of cutting off heads is used to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. It works very well; no one wants to lose his or her head. It is estimated that out of the 1.4 billion Muslims in the world that only 180,000 are extremists and terrorist. They hate Israel and America. Tens of thousands gather together to chant "death to America, death to Israel". We are not allowed to see very much of this in America, but it is happening all of the time. Their dreams and hope for the future is to destroy America, England and the nation of Israel. It is commonly believed that this is Allah's will. Many in Islam today fear the radicals and will not speak out against them. Those in Islam that do not do what the terrorist are doing find it hard not to be sympathetic to their cause since they hate America and Israel as well. They have been taught to do this every since they were little children. Millions of Islamic people who are not terrorists will join up with them when the right man comes along to lead them. They have been taught to cut off the heads of those who reject their God called Allah and the so-called great prophet Mohammed. This is also the practice of the Beast in Revelation. The Beast in Revelation is not just a man but a group of nations with one common belief. A man called the Antichrist will lead these nations. Those who do not yield to him and his teachings will perish by having their heads cut off. I believe with all of my heart that Islam and the Beast in Revelation 13 are one and the same.

Both believe that it is acceptable to rape the women of their enemies. In a country such as ours we do not allow our soldiers to rape the women of our enemies. If and when this happens there is an immediate reaction to this crime. It is considered to be a crime and punished by our Military laws. But we read about a group of people who are under the authority of the Antichrist in the Bible that invades Jerusalem and captures half of it. At the time they do this they also rape the women. This is found in Zechariah 14: 2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
This is often misunderstood as meaning every nation in the world. But in reality is only speaking all of the nations that hate Israel. It says that the city would be taken, the houses rifled and the women ravished. This is what the people of the Antichrist will do in Jerusalem. It is interesting to know that the Radical Muslim belief is that it is ok to rape the women of non-believers. This happens in Sudan and others places in the world all of the time. The logic behind this is to bring shame to the unbeliever for not accepting Allah and the great prophet Mohammed. Is this starting to make a clearer picture? I hope and pray that we be not so blinded by our past teachings that we cannot see the truth for them.

Both try to destroy God's people, Israel and the Church. I don't have to go into much detail to explain to you that the Islamic people for the most part hate Israel and would like to see them all dead or at least see them driven from their nation into the sea. They are taught from the time that they are small children that God has cursed the Jews and has turned them into apes and pigs. It is their common belief that Jews aren't even human. They believe that all western culture is of the devil. One of the biggest lies among the politically correct group in America is that Muslims are tolerant to Christians. It often appears to be so, but things are not what they appear. Ask the people of Africa, Indonesia and Sudan how that Muslims feel about Christians. Ask any Christian who lives in any one of the Muslim countries in this world, what it is like to live there. Most of the Christians who live in those countries are Catholic and are allowed to stay as long as they pay their tax for not being a Muslim and as long as they don't try to convert someone else to Christianity. They must also obey Islamic laws, those made by the Quran, and Bible laws will not work. If caught in any of these offenses they are killed quickly and quietly. The Muslims believe that if a Muslim were to become a Christian that he or she should be put to death. They also believe that it is acceptable to make slaves out of Christians. This they have done in Sudan and are still doing it there and in other nations of the world. If ever given full power they will seek to destroy Christianity from the face of the Earth. This is exactly what the Antichrist does. His desire is to destroy and kill all Christians and Jews. It will be a time of genocide for Christians and Jews if they fall into the hands of the Antichrist.

Both seek to change times and laws. Daniel 7: 25: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. This tells that the Antichrist will prevail over Christians to a certain extent in every place that he gains power during the last 3&1/2 years on this earth. There in those nations he will try to change times and laws. It is no secret that Islam wants to convert all of the laws in the world to the laws of Islam. This would bring everyone in the world under Islamic dominion and make all subject to Allah. This is exactly what the Antichrist will do; every place he gains power he will enforce Islamic laws and replaces existing laws with it. He will seek to change times. This has always made me wonder to an extent because I did not realize that the Muslim people have a different calendar than the rest of the world. According to their calendar it is 1429H rather than 2009AD. You see the Christian calendar goes back to Christ and is based on the time of his coming to this earth the first time. The Muslim or Islamic calendar began when Mohammed left Mecca and went to Medina in the year 622AD. This event is called Hegira. He stayed in Medina for a while and came back and conquered Mecca forcing everyone to accept the religion of Islam or die. This they did. The Muslim people will seek to replace the Christian calendar because it doesn't glorify Mohammed or the Quran. This is why the Antichrist will seek to change the calendar. It will be to glorify the so-called great prophet Mohammed and Allah the God of Forces.

Both use the number "666". In the book of Revelation the 13th chapter we are told about a mark that is called the mark of the beast. We are also told that the number is "666" and that it is the number of a man. This has been a mystery in the Church for centuries. Anything new that has come along has always caused people to fear that somehow or other they would accidentally take the mark of the beast. People have rejected Social Security Cards, bank numbers and all sorts of numbers for fear that they would be taking the mark of the beast. Some feared that the bar code that is used on merchandise for pricing was a devise that would be used as the mark of the beast. At any rate we have been taught to fear it and the number "666". We don't want anything to do that number because we know that the Antichrist is going to use it.
It is interesting to know that a small group of extreme radical Muslims believe the number "666" to be a holy number. They believe the number 19 to be a holy number as well. In knowing this I am not surprised that the number of terrorist that destroyed the World Trade Center was 19 as well. They are called by the people of Islam as "the magnificent 19". The number "666" is believed by this small group of extreme radicals to represent the Quran and the so-called great Prophet Mohammed. The number "666" could very easily be identified by our lord as the number of a man, since it is a man made doctrine and a man made book, referring to its author Mohammed. Those in Islam that believe in the number "666" and its purity believe that Satan used Christians to pervert the Bible. They believe that the book of Revelation was inspired by Satan and that he used the number "666" as a bad number in order to prevent Christian people from accepting the Quran and the teachings of Mohammed because of fear. It is easy to see the Muslims wearing this number between their eyes, on their foreheads to proclaim their faith in Allah. They certainly don't have any qualms about wearing a belt loaded with bombs to blow up the enemies of Allah. Of course I believe that "666" will be in the Arab language, not in English.
When I came into the knowledge of this number I felt as though I was in a dream because the reality of how close the end really is came over me. Could it all be just a dream? No, it isn't a dream, it is reality, "666" is here. All it is going to take is for the Antichrist to believe as this small group of Muslims believe concerning the number "666". If he did he could easily make it a mandatory order for everyone in Islam to wear it to prove that they are true Muslims. Anyone who refuses to take the number will be considered not to be a true believer in Allah and Mohammed. As they conquer other people they will enforce this mark to guarantee support from those that they allow to live.

Both have an image that they worship. In Revelation we are also told in the 13th chapter that they would make an image and that this image would take life and speak. This image is not a statue of a man but is the dream of fulfilling the commandments of Allah to subdue the world in world conquest. This dream that is suppose to bring peace and fulfillment to the lives of all the people who survive is the inspiration to cause them to come together as one nation. It is the same kind of dreams or images that Hitler portrayed to the German people. Germany was divided into many different factions that same as Islam, with different beliefs dividing the Muslim people into different camps. Hitler brought the people of Germany together even though they were divided by going after the enemies of Germany and giving them a dream of world conquest. This dream was called the third Reich. It was a dream that would bring about the destruction of millions of Jews and others who tried to help them. But this dream gave Germany purpose and hope. They felt that the world had let them down after the Armistice from World War I along with poverty and other things they were overcome with hope for something better. This is what the Antichrist is going to do to Islam. He is going to unite all of the different groups into one force for Allah and the great prophet Mohammed. They will lie down their differences long enough to do this terrible thing that he wants them to do. They will cause this image or dream of conquest to come to life when they begin to act upon it and to speak about it. There will no doubt be lots of propaganda just as there is today. It is not uncommon to see bombs blowing up America and Israel in propaganda movies on Iranian TV at this present time. The question is how do they worship this image. They worship this image by serving it; it is part of their God.

Both have power over a fourth of the Earth. In Revelation the 6th Chapter we read this:
8: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
One of the things that are interesting to me is how close this figure comes to the number of Muslims living in the World at the present moment. There are approximately 1.4 billion Muslims compared to 6.6 billion population of the whole world. Approximately 1.6 billion is a fourth of the earth at this present time. These figures are very close and we know that the harlot is going to ride the back of the beast. The people that are in the harlot will no doubt make up the difference in number to make this possible.

Both are the Lion, Bear and Leopard. These creatures found in Daniel are Iraq the lion, Iran the Bear and Syria, Egypt, Macedonia and Thrace being the Leopard, the four nations of Alexander. These symbols make up the beast in Revelation 13: 2: And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Today this picture is complete knowing that Iraq, Iran, Syria and Egypt are all Muslim countries. The only two missing from these is the Republic of Macedonia and the people who live in the Thracian areas of Greece and Turkey. I believe that the rest of these will come into the Islamic beast, as we grow closer to the end. Turkey is already seeking ways to re-establish itself with the Islamic nations. The Thracians living in Greece and Turkey are already a Muslim majority.

Israel will be invaded. It is common knowledge that all, not some, of the nations of Islam would like to see Israel destroyed. There have already been several attempts to drive Israel out of the land since she was re-established in 1948. It is the Muslim dream to free the land of Palestine from this menace. The Hezbollah have done more damage to Israel than any group revealing that Israel has many weaknesses in their defense. Iran threatens to annihilate Israel from the face of the earth. In many prophecies in the Bible we read about nations gathering together against the city of Jerusalem in the last days. We also know that the Antichrist will invade Israel at the middle of the Tribulation with a massive army. There is no doubt in my mind that Islam is the beast that is in Revelation 13:1.

One thing missing and that is the "man", the anti-Christ himself. One of the things that the Bible teaches is that Israel will be invaded by the anti-Christ and driven out of the land. After this event happens, which will occur at the middle of the Tribulation. The Antichrist will go into the temple and declare that he is God. The thought in my mind is this: Will he literally say that he is God or will he simply place himself into the position of God by declaring that he is the ruler of the whole world and that the whole world must be in subjection to him. This would be to place himself into the position that God has given only to Jesus who is his Son. God has made Jesus Lord over the whole earth. If this is the way it happens it will be deceiving to many and recognized only by the events that happen around it at that time. One such event would be the invasion of Israel itself. The Muslims are looking for the 12th Imam who is to return and lead them to world victory after there has been enough chaos in the world to warrant his return. The 12th Imam is also known to many as "the Mahdi". If a person were to prove to the people of Islam that he was this Imam they would be willing follow him and do anything that he says to do. The Antichrist will honor the God of forces, Daniel 11: 38. It is the belief of Islam or Muslims to believe that Allah wants them to force the rest of the world to be under submission to him so that he can rule the world. He demands that they do this by force, if people refuse to submit they will be killed or made slaves and property of the people of Islam. The word Islam means 'submission." This is what this religion demands. Total submission. Their religion incorporates law and religion. They want to see democracy destroyed and replaced by Islamic law, laws that are hideous and oppressive to people of all nations. It is their belief that Islamic law should replace all the laws and belief of all nations and this includes Democracy, Socialism or Communism. Any other belief must submit to Allah's laws.

The Harlot in Revelation 17th Chapter that rides the back of this Beast is not going to be America. There are very many reasons why I can honestly say this, but one will be enough. The Islamic nations hate and despise America as much as they hate Israel. They would never shame themselves by becoming our ally in any way. The Harlot will become an ally giving the Islamic nations their support. It is very easy to see who the Harlot is and very easy to see why they join up with the Antichrist. The Harlot is a religion that will not mix with the religion of Islam. The Catholic religion in that part of the world will be the Harlot that rides the back of the Beast and they are also the iron that is in the feet of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The feet also contain clay. This clay is also a religion; it is the religion of Islam. These two religions will work together for a season until the Islamic religion turns on the Catholic religion and destroys them along with their other enemies. I do not believe that the Catholics in America or other parts of the world will be involved in this. Only those who are intimidated by the presence of the Islamic power that rises in that part of the world. It is easy to see how they can join up with them from fear of their own destruction along with a deception that will come from their very own Pope. Pope John Paul II had no problem kissing the Quran a few years ago just for the sake of peace between the Catholics and the Muslims. I do not know how he could have allowed himself to do that, but he did. Just as Pope John Paul II kissed the Quran the new Pope did a similar thing while recently visiting Turkey. While there in order to try and establish renewed relationships between Muslim and Christians, the Pope went into a Mosque took off his shoes and prayed toward Mecca. All of Islam saw this happen and so did millions of Christians. Even though he just bowed to a false God he seemed to be able to justify his actions for world peace. The behavior of these Popes is very deceptive because it teaches the Catholics and other Christians in the world to embrace Allah and the Quran as being acceptable doctrine. But just like these Popes, whoever is Pope at the time that these events happen, will fall right in line.

Both need a false Christ to achieve their goal. In the past I believed that the Antichrist would claim to be Christ himself, but as I grew in knowledge of scripture I realized that this was probably not the case. Yet I do believe that there is going to be a false Christ that will play a major role in the end time quest of the Antichrist. The Muslim people are looking for a Messiah like being called the "Mahdi" to return after many centuries to lead them to their final victory over Israel, America and the rest of the world. They also believe that none other than Jesus Christ himself will accompany the Mahdi. Does this sound strange to you? They do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God but that he was a prophet. They believe that he was killed and is buried somewhere in Israel. They believe that Jesus foretold of the coming of the great prophet Mohammed and that he will accompany him to help destroy all the Christians, Jews and infidels in the rest of the world until they submit to Allah. They believe that when the Mahdi comes that Jesus will resurrect from the dead and join the Mahdi in Damascus Syria to pray, then they will lead Islam to victory over the rest of the world. I believe that the Antichrist will claim to be the Mahdi and the people of Islam will receive him as such. I also believe that the Pope at that time will be the false prophet that supports the Antichrist. He will accomplish this by claiming that he is Jesus Christ raised from the dead and that the Catholics in Europe and the Middle East should follow and worship the Mahdi. The Pope will do this at that time because of the advantage it would give him with Muslims and Christians to accomplish his personal desire of grandeur. The reason that Islam is waging a terrorist war on the rest of the world is because they believe that the Mahdi and Jesus will not come to help them until they have caused so much chaos in the world. They believe that the Mahdi and Jesus will come at the high point of this chaos. It is impossible to live at peace with these people without submitting to their religion. America or any other people haven't done anything to cause this. It is only about world conquest and the complete surrender of our way of life to Islam and Allah.

Both will be destroyed at the coming of Christ. Whether Islam is the Beast or not has nothing to do with their destruction at the end of the age at the coming of Christ. God has already promised to curse any and all of mankind that hates Israel. The Antichrist will do this and Islam does this. So they will all be destroyed no matter what role they play. However I still believe with all of the evidence that we already see that we would be very foolish not to take a closer look at what we believe. America and Israel are in grave danger from the radicals of Islam and those that are not radical do not seem to care. Other nations don't seem to care as well. We should all be praying for the salvation of America and Israel in two ways. Number one that God will save all of our souls through the blood of Jesus and that America and Israel will come to Christ to be saved. Secondly that God would watch over all of our lives in the troublesome times that are coming.

If you would like to look at a Muslim website that is teaching that 666 is the Quran go to the following link. www.quran666.org/index.html or www.66619.org.
There are moderate Muslims who are tolerant to other religions and can live in peace with them. But the Radical Muslims believe that Islam is to dominate all the other religions of the world.

   

Saturday, March 7, 2009

THE LORD SAID: "PUT YOUR TRUST IN ME"

"When your terror comes like a storm and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil." {Proverbs 1:27-33}

Over the past ten or more years this country has been face with the evils of terrorism, Abortion, The evils of the sin of homosexuals, and the country turning their back on God. It is an evil that as Christians we must all face. Where do we turn in the face of these evils? Is it to our government in Washington, To the United Nations, Or to our God? This is a question that we must all ask our self. Most people want that reassurance from their government leaders which would be proper if they were Godly Men and women. These are the very same leaders that do everything, there is, to insult our God. They approve of all kinds of immorality such as abortions, homosexuality as being okay, not allowing God in schools, or our court rooms, and there are plenty of other things on the list. They do these things in the name of being politically correct when they should be Biblically correct. We as a nation do not need to be politically correct. These same politicians in the time of national crisis will invoke the name of God and then join in with others as they sing "God Bless America" My question to the reader is this: How can God bless a Nation that has turn their back on Him and do not invoke his name unless they need help? A nation who only needs God when there is a Crisis to be dealt with is or will soon be under judgment from God. This nation must truly repent as did that sinful nation of Nineveh. As it stands now this nation is very fast heading down the road that Sodom took before it was destroyed. I believe that the only thing that is holding back God's judgment on this nation is Christian praying men and women that know how to touch God in prayer.
With the many gods and different religions that are in our country now who does this nation call on? That is a righteous question. Some call on Buddha, Some of Allah, some call on other gods, and some call on no one. But as true blood washed Christians we know who to call on, for there is only one God and him we are to serve. Some of you might say that I'm wrong but if you are a Bible reader I want to ask you this question: What happen to Israel when she allowed other false gods and practices against Gods laws within her boarders? There was a great decline in their prosperity, power, and their greatness. Check it out for yourself. God's word is true and if this country would only lived by that great Book and honor God we would have prosperity and security again, but most of our leaders minds are seared and they will never change unless God intervenes. How sad that a great country, like ours, that was foundered on the principles found in the Bible, has just about turned its back on God.
As a nation, we are set on a course based on humanist values and a blend of religious expressions that may occasionally sound Christian like but are designed to please everyone. I believe we could call this being politically correct. As a nation, we must trust God's solutions, who established this great nation, rather than the government. And as a nation, we stand at the entrance of a new world government who is resolved to supervise and check up on and regulate our lives and everything that we do. They will use every crisis to win the people of this country's consent for policies and laws that are certain to destroy the freedoms that made America unequaled and one of a kind. Just stop and think
As Christians we are called to pray for our leaders, and so we should. But God doesn't promise to bless a nation that compromises truth, rejects His outline of acceptable conduct, and profanes His name. He will hardly strengthen a nation that teaches it's young to persist in a mixture of promiscuity and licentiousness, ridicules His Word and are happy with "other gods." He cannot be pleased with a land that that condones the mass murder of unborn babies and the worldwide export of blunt and to the point pornography. Instead, He warns us like He did Israel in Bible days;
"Behold I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,' says the Lord.'It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say. They are all mighty men, and they shall eat up your harvest and your bread, which your sons and daughters should eat." {Jeremiah 5:15-17}. "For behold, the Lord comes... to punish the inhabitants of the earth for the earth for their iniquity." {Isaiah 26:21} In closing read what The Apostle Paul said:
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play .Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.{1 Cor. 10: 1-13}

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Loving Our Brothers And Sisters

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      YOU WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE: 

There is a lot said in these few words. The Jews {the church of that day} has brought a women to Jesus caught in the very act of adultery and broad casted her sin not only to Jesus but to everybody else that was there. They wanted her punished and Jesus saw their evil hearts. As Jesus wrote on the ground I can see the crowd gathering. Sinners were most likely gathering also and they were watching what the outcome would be. The people that brought her to Jesus had not the love of Christ in their hearts. There was no love there. If they were really trying to uphold their laws they would have brought the man also, but they did not. Did you every stop to think why they did not bring him.

For a long time I always wondered about that. To accuse the women and not the man when they were caught in the very act {that means they were together} was wrong. The Bible does not say why the accusers did not bring the man but I wonder if he could maybe have been someone of importance and the women was not. Could that have been the reason? With Jesus everybody is important. The law said that both should have been stoned. By these facts it tells me that the accusers of this women had another motive in mind for bringing  this women alone to Jesus and not the man. That is just about on the same level as half truths. Being half right.

Jesus just plainly told her to go and sin no more. He did not say to her sit in the back of the church, He did not say you can not sing in the choir, He did not say you can not ride on the church bus, He did not say you can not be in the prayer group, He did not say your name is coming off the church books, He did not say you can not have fellowship with me. Jesus just simply said go and sin no more.

There are a lot of Christians in our churches that will do the same thing to other Christians today as the Jews did to this women that have fell by the way side and cause even more damage to that Christian's walk with the Lord before they can ever be restored to fellowship. It is true that we need discipline in the church but we need the love of Jesus more. When the sin nature causes a person to sin he is weak and needs the prayers of the brother and sisters of the body of Christ to pray for them, talk to them, and do what is necessary to bring them back into fellowship with the saints. This is scripture, we must do this, but in some churches it does not happen.

The Christian that has fell is most of the time put out of the church and then looked down on. This is a great wrong. People who live in glass houses need not throw stones. The church members need to remember that we all have sinned and was saved by God's amazing grace. They should also remember that they could fall from grace and need that same prayerful support and brotherly love that they should be giving. No one is above falling. That is not to say we are not to cry aloud and share not. The scriptures say that there will be a great falling away and the Church world in general cares very little about that falling away, because most of the church world is falling away from the truth of God’s Word.

I remember years ago that a well known preacher who preached the gospel all over the world fell from grace and almost right away he was put out of the domination that he preached in and was considered a out cast.That preacher stood before his large congregation and the TV audience and asked their forgiveness and asks publicly forgiveness from the Lord. He truly, very humbly, repented with tears streaming down his face. Now we know, according to the scripture, that the Lord forgave this preacher, but the church world, as a whole has to this day has not forgive this man. They  gashed at him and tried to destroy him and came close to doing it. Not only did the world try to make a big joke out of him but the church was right in there with them.

I believe that it was jealousy that caused them to do that and not the sin he committed. Jealousy will get the Christian no where. We must remember that we all have a calling and a place in the body of Christ and we need not covenant someone else's position in the body of Christ.  The church world only used the excuse of the sin to do their dirty work. The truth be known they were already out to get him. This preacher is now back on his feet, his sin forgiven and covered by the blood of our Savior. He is preaching the gospel and telling the truth. It is the truth that sets you free! His ministry is now growing again by leaps and bounds. I love this brother and listen to him every chance that I get. Now I want to make it clear he did sin, he did repent and also I want to make it clear not all the church world turned on him. There are many brothers and sisters that did the right thing. They held him up in prayer. The closer walk that you have with the Lord the more a person wants to do the right thing. How close are you walking with the Lord? We all, including myself, need a closer walk, I need a closer walk with the Master.

What is the right thing? We do not have to go very far to answer that question. In the book of James we are plainly told that there is only one lawgiver that is able to save and destroy, who are you to judge another? in others words: "Who do you think you are?" This is the same deal as the women caught in adultery. They tried to destroy her also, but because of the love of Jesus she was saved from her accusers and so was this preacher of whom I spoke. Our mission as Christians in this world is to be like Jesus, to seek out the lost and love them, bring them back into the fold, not try to destroy them. Jesus gave many parables concerning this subject. He also asked in one of the Gospels who would have one lost sheep that has gone astray and would leave the ninety and nine and go after the one that was lost?  UntitledListen my friend, Christians who fall away are not throw aways. They are loved by the Lord and we must go after them and help them to become keepers.  Keepers of God’s word and over comers of the weight that so easily besets them. 

However casting stones seems to be part of the church world anymore. Not for all of it but for the most of it. We do not need stone throwers in the church. We need people who has compassion for the lost and a genuine love for Christ in their hearts. Let me go just a little further with this. Judas betrayed the Lord and sold Him for thirty peaces of silver, but Jesus did not cast him away. Jesus did not say you are going to betray me so therefore you will not eat this last meal with me. Judas was one of the twelve. If you will carefully read the scriptures Jesus gave Judas the chance to repent even though Judas did not repent. Jesus loved him and would have forgiving him instantly of that great sin if Judas only asked forgiveness. The bottom line here is my brothers and sisters we need to be more forgiving as Christ was and still is and not so bent on sending our fallen brother or sister to hell. We are to speak out against sin,tell the world what sin will do to them. We are to hate the sin, but we are to love the sinner and yes even our fallen brother or sister. Look at these verses;

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Gal 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Tit 3:2  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men

          

 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Precious Memories

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       As I sat in church this Sunday morning so many memories began to flood my soul. I indeed now know what precious memories are. As I sat in this old country church I started to have things come to my mind that have happened there over the past thirty years. I remembered person after person who attended the church and now have gone on to be with the Lord. They were Godly people who were so faithful that they never hardly missed a service.

Brother Marine in his old age came to church one Sunday morning in a very sick condition so as he said he could be counted as being there and then he left and not long after went to be with the Lord. It puts me to shame that when I was not half as old as he was and when I’m not half as sick as he was I would stay home.

I remembered as we labored to build the Sunday School rooms and the small and teen age children that were in its classes. Now they are grown and have kids of their own. The doors are still open and the gospel of our Savior is still preached every Sunday morning and Sunday night. The light from that light house still shines. Precious are those memories of that old light house.

I can still see people such as my mother standing and singing above the bright blue, Miriam Whitley as she would sing and play the piano.  Brother Brinsfield and his wife, and many others who have passed through the doors and are no longer there. I can hear their voices as they sang just the same today as in yesteryears. There was my uncle Roland who would come from Baltimore and preach and sing. You always knew that you would find the Lord there and still can.

There was the many hymn sings that we had and how the church was packed and sometimes people standing on the outside. We had country gospel singers such as Sheldon Stacey and his band. How good they were. how anointed they were. I remember the Donavon family and their great singing which always blessed my soul.

But what I remember the most was when the Spirit OF The Lord visited us on so many occasions, of the people that were saved, healed, and delivered, set free by God’s glorious power.  The anointed messages that were and still are preached and how the people would come to the alter afterward being under conviction and seeking the Lord.

The one most important time for me was when the church gave a Easter play about the Crucifixion of Christ. That was about 25 years ago. As my oldest son walked up to the front of the church, playing the part of Christ carrying His cross there was another person behind him with a whip making believe he was  beating my son as he was carrying the cross. The spirit of the Lord came on me so strong that I just wept and wept uncontrollably. Tears just poured down my face. What a price my Jesus paid for me and you.  I still get tears in my eyes to this day as I remember that play and what Jesus did for me.

All in that little country church. What a privilege to be there and how great it was to be where the Spirit of the Lord was and might I add still is. I know that I’m not only talking about the people that were members there but how that little church has stood for the true gospel and the labors of her members. I said all that to say this: “There are still churches, just like the one that I attend that still preaches the true gospel and they are letting their light shine in this sin dark world.” Those precious year of memory in that old country church I will always hold dear to my heart.