Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Putting on Your Full Armor

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As the world churns darker day by day it's crucial for the believer in Jesus Christ to “armor up.” There's a great battle going on that makes all the world's wars look like playground skirmishes. It's a battle for the souls of men and woman, young and old. It's a battle that's about as old as Creation itself. And the chief adversary in this war is relentless, desiring to conquer and destroy as many souls as he can — especially now, knowing his time is short. (*Revelation 12:12)

The good news is that the believer in Christ has already won the victory since Satan was defeated by the Cross, but the battle still rages. Satan can't take away that victory because the believer is secure in Christ, but he can attempt to destroy our witness. We're saved by the precious blood of our Savior. And we were saved not to sit back and dig our heels into the world's ways, but to be witnesses, testifying of His Good News, that through faith in Him we can have eternal life. (**John 3:16)

So Satan’s work seems to be in overdrive now. Just look at your daily news for details. And so the believer must be prepared to take a stand for what he or she believes and dig their heels into following Christ, desiring Him and to know Him above all else. We were given marching orders to share Christ, to make Him known and to make disciples. If we resist taking this stand then we’re showing how much this world owns us.

The devil will do all he can to trip up the Christian to cause him to fall. Put your armor on. Not armor as the world understands, but the Armor of God. And be prepared to fight. As someone once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your own savior, then delay no further in making that decision. I believe that time left to make that decision is extremely short as Bible prophetic signs are unfolding and speeding up. Jesus is coming back to rescue those victorious ones from the coming wrath of God. But even if Christ were to delay His coming you have no idea when your last living day on earth will be. The often quoted question, “Do you know if you'd go to Heaven if you were to die tonight?” remains an imperative one. You can be sure by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ who paid for your sins and mine.

If you know Christ, or have just come to know Him, I leave you with our marching orders, the encouraging words of the Apostle Paul...

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.“ – Ephesians 6:10-20

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*Revelation 12:12 — “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

**John 3:16 —
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
**John16:33 —
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An apology – The Shack

The Shack book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Some of you know that I was involved with designing The Shack book. At that time, over 10 years ago, I was captivated by the story and felt honored to be part of the graphic creation of the book. I was so drawn into it, wanting to know the God it portrayed. There’s no doubt that the story has deeply spoken to many.

I have deep regrets now of not just being involved with it but also in promoting it. The movie release of The Shack has brought all this back to my mind and I felt the need to apologize to all who I may have led astray by my promoting the book. I look back and see how little discernment I had. And I regret and apologize also for waiting this long to publicly share this.

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? There are many, but the greatest being that it advocates what is called Universal Reconciliation or Universal Salvation. Meaning, since Jesus died for all then all are saved whether they believe it and receive Him personally or not. This is a grave distortion of John 3:16. One just needs to read the rest of that passage to understand that there is a condition for salvation in that one must believe in and accept Christ as Savior personally:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” —John 3:18

One is indeed saved by God’s grace, but we have this thing called “free will” to receive or reject His grace, His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Many will still say that the book was intended as just a work of fiction, but the author himself, William Paul Young, is quoted as saying, “The Shack is theology. But it is a theology wrapped in a story.” 

Embracing The Shack, as I did, led me to other books, other authors who had started out on the straight and narrow, having solid Biblical beliefs, but strayed off into apostasy land. Rob Bell, Jim Palmer, Brian McLaren, to name a few of those by whom I was inspired. That “inspiration” led me to the edge of this Universalist belief. I thank the Lord that He pulled me back from that edge.

The Shack’s story wonderfully painted this picture to me of an incredibly knowable and loving God, one full of forgiveness, but without being judgmental. The fact is that there are two inseparable sides to God. He is both love and judge.

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on Him.” —John 3:36

Again, this thing called “free will” has given us the ability to willfully accept God’s gracious gift of His Son, Jesus, who died on a cross to save us from our sins, or willfully reject His gracious gift. Jesus did die for the sins of the whole world, but tragically most of the world has and will refuse Him.

For more on The Shack you can find plenty of reviews online, such as:

https://www.thebereancall.org/content/when-people-say-shack-just-novel-excerpts-warren-smith
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/02/10/how-the-shack-distorts-our-view-of-god/
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/e2medianetwork/2017/02/wwutt-shack-vs-bible/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCl3NPrhrgE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCjdAX63uzM

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What is it with me and this crazy focus on Jesus?

 What is it with me and this crazy focus on Jesus?
Am I just some wishful thinker of some pie in the sky deity? — No. This Deity has more than proven Himself to me over the past 37 years that I've known Him and grown to absolutely love Him as I know He loves me.
Am I just following the crowd? — If I was it wouldn't be with the minority one with whom follows rolling eyes, laughter and scoffing.
Am I, as the saying goes, "Too heavenly minded that I'm no earthly good?". — No. I am so Heavenly minded that I desire to live my life for Him... for His goodness sake. A big part of that is sharing the awesome Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who has ears to hear, a heart to listen.
“Who in their right mind would follow some religious icon who seems to get one into more pain and trouble (in following Him) than just living a life of: “Live your life for yourself and keep your opinions to yourself.” — That is the easy way out for sure. But then I'd be living a lie.
So who is this Jesus that I so focus on?
He is my Savior. — He saved me from my sins and from a life of fear, doubt and despair. As the classic old hymn goes. “Once I was blind, but now I see.” That's me. That could be you. Without God, namely Jesus Christ, our lives remain in a state of blindness. We cannot see or understand the truth of who God is, who we are, or what we were created to be. (“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’" – John 3:3)
He is my Lord. — I desire for Him to take hold of my life and direct my paths. (“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6). We all choose someone or something as a “lord” over us. Maybe it's another person we follow. Maybe it's something like the desire for money, success or just “the good life.” It's the human condition. We all seek something to fill that fulfillment void.
He is my very life. — Several years ago I was driving to work one morning. It was a time in my life when I was so depressed. I was so frustrated with my life, my failures, the failures of those around me. I was tired of life in general. As I pulled into the parking lot of a favorite coffee spot I heard a voice as clear as day say to me, “Dave, your life is not in these things. It is in ME!” It's taken a long time for me to unpack that. I had much to learn about this One who so loved the world that He gave His one and only beloved Son for me and for you. I still have much too learn, but I know, I know without a shadow of a doubt, that my Redeemer lives and He lives in me. He is my very life.
So what? That's nice for you.
So? So, it's incredible, that's all. It's amazing. This God, the God of the Bible, Jesus the Son of God, the very I AM, is real. So very real. The Gospel shouldn't be news to you. Surely you've heard, seen and read John 3:16 for years. But what does it really mean to you.
Jesus asks you... “Who do you say I am?”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
I believe that with all my heart. I believe I will see my Creator, my Redeemer, my very love of my life one day... maybe sooner than later. Much is pointing to Jesus' soon coming.
Do you know Him? He so desires to be your life. Don't waste it seeking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.
”Who do you say, I am?”

Saturday, October 15, 2016

AMERICA IS NOW FACING 
THE GREATEST CRISIS IN HISTORY


America is now facing the greatest crisis in its history, a crisis that could literally unleash a nuclear inferno upon our cities. 

Article by: Paul McGuire, October 11, 2011:  http://www.paulmcguire.us/nwv101116.html

This current election is the most critical election since the founding of our nation and it represents two different paths for America’s future based on two fundamentally different worldviews at a time when there are apocalyptic changes in the world such as Russia’s preparation to win World War III in what looks like an imminent conflict involving Russia, Syria, China, the U.S. and NATO.


While America through its corporate-controlled media focuses on peripheral issues regarding the election, Russia has evacuated 40 million Russians to underground bunkers to survive a nuclear war with America.



In addition, the potential of a global financial meltdown increases every day as Europe and its banks face collapse due to serious problems with the Deutsche Bank and the Italian and Greek banks. 
  


The American major media, which is controlled by just six corporations, is doing its best to conceal these dangers from the American public and continues to broadcast its three ring circus of sexual scandals to help rig the election. 


The media and the elite in both political parties cannot speak about World War III and the real economic crisis because they are totally controlled by the globalist elite. There is never any in-depth or serious coverage or discussion of who is creating these economic problems or wars because they all are directly connected to the globalists.
  


Basically if you want to keep your job at a cable news network or as one the heads of the Republican Party or Democratic Party, you agree to go along with the globalist program and do not bite the hand that feeds you. Right now the crisis going on in the Republican Party is not really about vulgar sexual remarks… the real divide is between those who are controlled by the globalist elite and those who are not.



Tragically, the American people are in great danger that is being concealed from them as China may go into a major economic crisis which can spread globally. 
 


The reality is Russia is leading the move to kill the dollar, which is a “Petrodollar” currency, meaning that until recently all the major nations of the world have agreed to purchase oil in U.S. dollars. Now Iran and Syria no longer purchase or sell oil with American dollars.


Russia’s Putin has executed a strategy to get nations not to use the dollar for oil, and Iran and Syria are selling their oil for gold, and Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have joined as the BRICS nations. This leaves the Federal Reserve and related European central banks without backing for the dollar. America is hanging on the edge of a financial cliff with over $22 trillion dollars in debt and $240 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities. 



Added to that, American banks have a $1.5 trillion dollar derivatives debt. 



Yet the globalist controlled media and politicians hide this overwhelming threat from the average American through nonsensical and cartoon-like news coverage, which censors all serious and in-depth discussion of these all-important issues.



In addition, the elite globalists who control the major American media rig elections through their control of news networks, moderators, and celebrity journalists who will manipulate the debates and news coverage to ask only superficial and diversionary tabloid style questions.


America is now in grave crisis and there must be immediate changes to prevent our nation from sinking like the Titanic. But ultimately it is not the elite globalists, politicians, both political parties, and even the major media who are the root cause of the problem. Please understand; what I am about to write is not just a cliché, but the reality is America’s root problem is spiritual. The great danger America is facing is not primarily due to the selling out of our nation by the politicians, political parties, media, or corporations but by the prostitution of the Christian church and its leaders.


The churches are the primary institution the Creator who is referred to in our Constitution and Bill of Rights has instituted to protect our nation and its people from walking down the pathways of destruction. The Church is not merely a human institution, but a spiritual institution which is referred to in the Bible as the Church of Jesus Christ and the Body of Christ. God set up His supernatural Church with spiritual leaders who have been charged with the responsibility of leading, warning, speaking out, acting as “Watchmen on the Wall,” and speaking prophetically to our nation.


However, with few exceptions those who have been charged with this responsibility have been derelict in their spiritual duty. 
  


They have chosen to deny reality and abdicate their divine responsibilities and they have chosen not to speak out, not act as Watchman, and not to speak prophetically to our nation. This is nothing less than the most flagrant and disobedient violation of the duties assigned to them by their Creator and their Savior Jesus Christ. 


It is worse than a soldier going AWOL in a time of war, because it is being done by leadership whose words and actions can spare the lives of millions of people and whose neglect of duty can inflict immeasurable harm and even death upon millions of people. 

This is an accurate understanding of how we have arrived in the place of grave danger in America. What now can be done? The Infinite Personal Living God of the Universe has built into our reality and peoples various safeguards in the event of such a failure. This is not the first time in history this kind of failure has happened. In the Old Testament there are numerous historical accounts of this kind of thing happening, and God has erected a kind of firewall. 


Historically and Biblically, when God’s primary spiritual institutions fail through the disobedience of human leadership God always raises up new leadership, even if that leadership is numerically small. Secondly, God speaks to people through their consciences… that still small voice within. 


At this moment, the Creator has placed such responsibility upon new leadership and upon those among the American people who profess to be His. They are now charged with the solemn responsibility of both listening to the Creator through His Word and obeying His directives, plan and commands. If those people will obey and act on the Creator’s directives, unmerited favor and grace will come upon them and the land. In this gravest of hours there is still the real hope of divine intervention, if it is sought sincerely.

At our nation’s founding, when George Washington found that he and his soldiers were completely exhausted, depleted, and in danger of being slaughtered by the British troops, he fell to his knees in prayer and sought the Creator for help and divine intervention. George Washington did not run to a church or seek to find a minister, because he was isolated at a freezing cold winter camp. The Creator reached down to him directly and George Washington responded by crying out for His divine intervention, and he and his troops were spared and the Continental Army survived the winter at Valley Forge and even went on to defeat the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.


Individually, the American people are precisely where George Washington was when he fell to his knees. If we will turn from our illusion that there is no God and that we do not need Him, there is the real hope that, just like George Washington, we will discover both His power and reality in our time of need.


As individuals, we must also turn from the counsel and voices of deliberate deception that are coming to us from a deeply corrupt major media and some of the most powerful institutions and powerful people in this land. If we continue to allow ourselves to be seduced by perfectly lit network television sets, media personalities whose faces are forever young through surgery and injections, designer suits and dresses, and verbally agile pretenders whose words do not ring with truth or substance, we will perish.


America is on the cliff of destruction and we have arrived at the final moment. Will we continue to move toward the Apocalypse or will we finally awaken? Although the election is important, what is happening is far bigger than individual politicians and parties.
 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Swan Song - Last Words

I'm not sure if anyone reads these occasional rants of mine, but this shall be my last here in the blogging world.


I'll share what I shared with a friend recently. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the last word. Perhaps more a final warning to all…

Jesus is coming to take His Church home.
Are you ready?
Do you know Him?

You and I go back together a quite few years and I’ve never been this forthright with you like this. But I can’t hold back any longer. This is way too important. All I ask is that you think about what I share here. The crap we’re going through now is but a drop in the eternal bucket. There is hope, but not with what this dying world has to offer…

It’s not 1961. Times are very different now… nationally, globally. The near future is looking dark. The economy is a house of cards waiting to topple. We’re on the brink of WWIII starting. And now we’re talking nuclear. Then there’s climate extremes happening (no, Al Gore, it’s not warming)… wild weather, earthquakes increasing, volcanic activity rising in places once thought forever dormant. The whole earth is changing. The list of things happening in the world is a mile long. Just incredibly hard to fathom. Seems we’re living in a movie rather than reality. But, and most folks don’t want to hear it, the Bible foretold about these days. I believe we are living in the last of the last ones. God has been incredibly merciful and gracious, but His clock is running out and his judgement is coming.

Jesus Christ is truly the only Good News. It’s not about religion… going to church, trying to live a good life. It’s all about what He did for us… paid for our sins. We’ve all sinned. Sin is what’s wrong with the world. We all have fallen short of God’s perfect standard. Thankfully Jesus fulfilled what we couldn’t do by living a perfect life and taking our sins to the cross with Him… paying a debt that we can never repay… offering a free gift of salvation to anyone who would simply believe in Him and what He did for us. And on top of that He overcame death, came back to life and promises again that those who believe in His name will also have eternal life. And while this world is dying there’s a place called Heaven that Jesus said He was preparing a place for those that believe in Him.

This isn't fairy tale stuff written thousands of years ago. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, “good for you that you believe in this…whatever works for you” stuff. This is it. This is as real as it gets. I believe this with all my heart, mind and being.

I know this is a lot to ponder, but I pray that you take time to do so.

Jesus is real and He’s very much alive and “knocking at the door” to all who who hear Him and open up their lives to Him. John 3:16, which unfortunately has become so common and trite, still holds true and is the crux of the Good News.

Peace! (He alone offers true peace)

Dave




Monday, June 15, 2015

Adding Poetry, et cetera…




Stumbling upon these ancient writings in a cave just north of Providence I felt the need to add another page for Poetry, et cetera

(see menu tab above or go here)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

THIS IS IT!

This is it! — This is a short, but powerful video 

of all that Jesus Christ is and is to all of us… 

to all that believe on His name for salvation…




“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” –Romans 10:9

THIS IS IT! 

“Christianity 101” — The heart of the Gospel 

The crux of the Cross — This is it!

And if this doesn't make saving sense to you then you have to ask yourself why. Is it because you don't see yourself as a sinner needing a Savior?…because, after all, there are so many other worse people in the world other than you?

Well, the fact is that all of us have fallen short of God's standard of righteousness. We ALL need a Savior to save us. Jesus said that if you hate your brother it's considered murder in God's sight. That if you lust after a woman (or a man) He considers it adultery.

God's way is perfection because He is perfect. We are not. We were born into a fallen, sin-filled world, one inherited from our first parents Adam and Eve. And because of the amazing gift of free will that God gave us we have the ability to choose or reject Him. But because of His amazing gift of His Son, Jesus, who freely gave up His life on the cross for us, we can be forgiven and have eternal life.

THIS IS IT! — If you don't know Jesus as your own Savior then you are unforgiven and remain guilty of your sins. But there remains a GLORIOUS, GRACIOUS option — Turn to Jesus and be saved!

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