Sunday, May 29, 2011

Just Say A Word!

would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying , That he was worthy for whom he should do this:For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself : for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed .For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go , and he goeth ; and to another, Come , and he cometh ;and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about , and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.And they that were sent , returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick .[Luke 7: 2-10]
All Christians believe in God's Word but few will apply all of it to there lives. Some believe in Salvation, some believe in Healing, others don't. Most all Christians believe in the Fruits of the Spirit, but not all believe in the Gifts of the Spirit. Some read the Word of God and get very little meaning out of it while others receive many a blessing from it. That Book, has over the past 34 years has truly blessed my soul and it has helped me through many trails and tribulations. I wonder how many Christians today think like the centurion in the above scripture including myself! I bet not many. We can quote scripture after scripture, but I wonder how many has people have really thought about the true meaning it brings forth. There is a powerful meaning and thought in those verses. “BUT SAY IN A WORD”. What a thought! Now that is really having faith! Does that kind of faith happen today? Yes it does!
I want to share with you a story that really took place some years ago in a small country church. The church was packed out (about a 90 people) this particular night because of a evangelist that was going to speak. I was there that night. I had real bad chest pains, but yet I kept a straight face and told no one, hoping the preaching would soon be over so that I could go to the alter and asked to be anointed and prayed for. Then it happen! As the evangelist walked up the center isle to the pulpit as he passed by my row he turned and looked at me (I was seated in the middle of the row) and he said “ That pain in your chest is gone right now in Jesus name”. Yep he was right that pain was instantly gone. He just said a word and the awful pain was gone! What get faith that evangelist had. I had the faith to be healed and I was waiting to go to the alter to be anointed with oil and prayed for, But The Great Physician did not wait. He used His servant to just speak the word and I was healed. The evangelist had the faith, the same as the centurion's had. What great faith!

Friday, May 27, 2011

I Will Rejoice in The Lord!

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. [Habakkuk 3: 17,18,19]

These are some of my favorite verses in the Bible!, Life could not get much worse than what Habakkuk is describing. He is describing a situation where there is no food to eat, either plants or animals. But Habakkuk will still rejoice in the Lord! Even in the worst of times I have the hope of my salvation to rejoice in. What can be better than the fact that I’m no longer going to spend eternity in Hell but instead am going to spend eternity in the presence of God??? You can’t get better than that! When life is hard and I’m feeling down I need to remind myself of the gospel and remind myself that God is good and right ALL the time.Habakkuk, in the face of a massive invasion by the Babylonians, still has faith that God will provide him with the strength to endure it. Even when the plants and animals will perish He has confidence in God to keep his faith alive. Just like the deers were able to run around on the sketchy cliffs, Habakkuk would be able to keep faith during the scary times ahead. As Christians we know that God will always be enough for us. No matter how scary or unsure life gets we can rely on the strength of God, and trust Him to give us the faith we need to endure the hardships of life. So when I am tempted to be scared or anxious about the future or current circumstances I am going to pray to God instead of worrying and trusting in my own strength. He can make “my feet like the deer’s”, He has saved me from sin, and has guided me so far in life, so I will trust in His good, just, and sovereign nature! What a great God we serve!
It really doesn’t matter what we’re going through, what we have to realize is that through everything God is in control
Everything that happens is according to plan, and in the end that plan results in the eternal reward of heaven. 
So, until then, we should have a reliance and faith that God will not let down or desert his chosen ones. He is perfectly faithful.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Views of Heaven in the Koran

Below is the mind set of the people who are slowly taking over America and the world! (The fiddler plays while Rome burns)

[1] Koran 44:51-59 states .that large eyed virgins are awaiting Muslims in heaven

[2] Koran 78:31-35 states that female virgins will have large swelling breast.

[3] In heaven the virginity of these women, according to the Koran, will be automatically restored after each encounter [ Koran 56:35]

[4] Men in Paradise will recline on couches surrounded by fruit, meat, and beautiful women [[Koran 52:16-22]

[5] The Koran states that Muslim men in Heaven will have a virtual assortment of sex, in other words what ever is desired [Koran 55:62-77]

[6] In the Hadith, it is said that men will have the availability of 72 virgins and, in fact there will be also a free sex market for both men and women. [Hadith Al Hadis vol 4 Page 172 No. 34]

[7] The Koran claims that in Heaven men will enjoy a fountain of wine, which they can enjoy with out ever getting drunk [Koran 37:45]

[8] The Koran also states that those who wish for pleasure of young boys will find many in paradise. [Koran 76:19]

[9] The Koran states that all Muslims must fight until there is no worship but that of Allah. [Koran 2:123; 8:39]

[10] Christians and Jews must be exterminated [Koran 2:193; 9;5; 29:30]

[11] Those who convert to Christianity or leave the Islamic religion, for any reason, must be killed. [Koran 4: 4:91

[12] Muhammad said: “Who ever changes his religion, kill him!” [Al-Bukhari 9:57]

[13] Those who criticize Islam must be killed [Koran 9:12; 45:9]

[14] Those who cut off the heads of infidels are guaranteed paradise [Koran 47:4-6]

[15] By killing, one is following the example of Muhammad, who killed as well        [Koran 33:21] 

[16] The prophets of Islam are to promote terrorism. [Koran 17:59]

The Muslims, beyond the shadow of a doubt, are bent on possessing this planet for Allah, either by coercion or persuasion. They do not lack the will to use whatever means necessary, even to the slaughter of millions, only the way. By devious means they are making a great headway around the world.  The word ‘Jihad’ is one of the great words in the Muslim vocabulary. In effect, it is a declaration of war against all and everything that is not Muslim.  

NOTE: This article, in part, is from ‘The Evangelist’ and wrote by Jimmy Swaggart.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bitter and Sweet Water Do Not Flow From The Same Fountain!

During the past few years, since I have retired and have just work part time, I have spent a great deal of my time reading Gods Word, blogging and being a Face Book Junky. I have come across a lot of different people, good and decent people and some of them amaze me. Some of the ones that amaze me the most are the ones that are called Christians! The ones who are called by His Holy name and say that they are His followers, but yet are they!

When you say you are a follower of Jesus The Christ and do not do as He says and teaches then what are you? I have said all that to say this: When ever I post a scripture on Face Book or a religious article on my Brush Arbor Manna web page people will say good things or send me nice messages or emails. But if I say something about Obama then some just do not like it and they will leave a nasty comment or unfriend me because I spoke the truth.

The truth is, bitter and sweet water do not come from the same fountain. If you are called by our Lord’s name (claiming to be a Christian) and say that you are a follower of Him then you must abide by His teachings and that is all of them and not just some of his teachings, as many do today! That is not to say everybody has to be perfect, because I fall short in that category, but I strive to be what Our Lord would want me to be. You must try your best to follow the Lord’s Teachings and strive to be what He would have you to be.

You can not come out of a church and worship service where the anointing is and then go into a voting both the next day and vote for a man that goes against just about everything Christianity stands for, but that is exactly what a lot of people did. They voted for a man (Obama) that has:

[1] Said the Bible is out dated and in a video  has made fun of it, when we know that the Scripture tell us : forever His word is settled in Heaven and the Word is a lamp unto our feet!
[2] Said that there is no better sound than when the Muslims are called to prayer. We as Christians are told that we are to have no other gods before us.
[3] Cancelled the national day of prayer and yet has allowed thousands of Muslims to pray, to their god on the lawn of the White House.
[4] Told the Muslim world that this nation is no longer a Christian nation. Those words are documented for the public to search out and see!
[5] Just about turned his back on Israel.  Even to the point that the leader of Israel was ushered into the White House by a back door while all Muslims are brought in the front door. That is also documented.

The list could go on and on, even with things that his wife has said, but I do not want to do this because I do not want some people to think that I hate the man because I do not! There was a lot of past presidents that I did not entirely agree with, but never have I seen a president like this.

When Jimmy Carter was president I thought for a while that we would be eating peanuts for the rest of out lives and peddling bicycles the rest of our lives and here we are again. I did not vote for Carter because of his skin color, but for what he stood for and where he would take our country. It is the same way with Obama. I did not vote for him because of his skin color, but for what he stood for and what he still stands for. But to some I am called a racist because of my views, and that has never, ever been the case with me.

A case in point is Allen West. He is not the same skin color that I am but what a man. He speaks the truth, hides nothing. and I would most certainly vote for him if he ever run for president.  This country is at a cross roads. Which way do you want it to go? We are near the end of time as we know it and yet nothing changes with some of the people that say they are followers of Christ.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Called Out People

And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws [are] diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it [is] not for the king's profit to suffer them. [Esther 3.8]

One of God's purposes in giving his law to Israel was to make them different from all other people. Haman recognized something different and unique in the Jews and he hated them for it. Under the new covenant god wants his people to be also seperate and set apart from all the ungodliness in this world we live in. He wants the church to be a holy and pure people! (What happen) Just like it was in Easters time the world still hates God's people, because we are different. The Christain will not and cannot except the behavior and the accepted livestyles and the practrices of most people in the world today. It is sin!  When we follow Jesus and his teaching we will think, talk, and act differently than those that do not follow the teachings of our lord.  We should not show ourselves as a odd or defiant people, but we are to live in such a way that others will be able to see the life, the hope, and the righteous standards of god in our lives. Through our walk with the Lord the unsaved might make the choice to serve Him.