As much of America sleeps, the enemy advances his cause… but fortunately he uses the same MO as he has in the past!!!

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

As much of America sleeps, the enemy advances his cause; but fortunately he uses the same MO as he has in the past!!!

So as the Apostle Paul admonished us to do in the Bible:

“Let us not be ignorant of Satan’s devices!”

The Nazi Experience and Radical Islamic Fundamentalism

September 9, 2008

A US-based psychiatrist, Dr. Emanuel Tanay, offered some insight into the power of ideas that while emerging from a small minority, can take over whole populations and create massive impact. He also highlights that fence-sitters, or the silent majority–are complicit in any atrocities committed in the name of radical ideas.


We are often told that radical ideas about anything–whether it be religion, politics, or philosophies, can be tolerated as long as these ideas remain within the minority of individuals.

Here’s Dr. Tanay’s Note:

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War ll owned a number of large industries and estates.  When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

‘Very few people were true Nazis ‘he said,’ but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools.  So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen.  Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.  My family lost everything.  I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’


We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.  Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march.  It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide.  It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.  It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.  It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.  The hard quantifiable fact is that the ‘peaceful majority’, the ‘silent majority’, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people.  The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War ll was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery.  Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.  So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands world wide, read this -think about it – and send it on.

Emanuel Tanay, M.D.
2980 Provincial St .
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-997-0256 drtanay@umich. edu

There are people who say that anyone who writes and warns people through blogs or whatever media they may use, that they are fear mongers, and are generating fear needlessly; when the truth is the master terrorist’s mode of operation is actually working, and I’m talking here about the one who is pulling all the lesser pinion’s chains, like puppets on a string, and this puppet master’s name is Satan (aka,the Devil).

Satan’s battle plan is often to create a diversion and distract attention away from what is actually going on by creating enough internal pressure and fear, that people are afraid of facing the truth, and are just hoping if they close their eyes long enough it all will go away.

Did not Jesus also warn us not to be fooled; when He said for us to be Wise as serpents, and harmless as doves? He also warned us what the scenario would be in the last days; and what would be the signs of the times that would indicate His Second Coming.

Hey folks, is anyone paying attention; is anyone reading their Bibles, because just look around you, those signs are unfolding right before our eyes… and yet still America sleeps!

We were once called the “Land of the free and the home of the brave,” where we not?

Well let us all pray this sleeping giant called the American church wakes up to reality, and that the troops start forming their ranks, because America is about to face the BIGGEST test of its history in a very short time.

How we react and what we do now is very important. It doesn’t take many to activate God’s Army, but it does take concentrated advanced air support, called intercessory prayer;

The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 32:30 that: One can put a thousand enemies to flight, and two can put ten thousand enemies to flight;” well with those odds just imagine what we can do when we all come together.

Check this out, with the addition of each prayer warrior, the odds go up 10 fold, in our favor; and so the battle odds are very definitely on our side, and don’t you know the enemy knows it too… but greater is He who is in us and with us (the church), than he who is in the world!

In the New Testament we are instructed: “When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I will be there.” (Matthew 18:19-20, The Message Bible)

We are told many, many times in the Bible about the importance of prayer; and that we should pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:8, KJV)

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 that we should not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

So here’s the deal folks, God does answer prayer; but we have to pray!!! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


The Cost of Discipleship… EVERYTHING!!!

The Biblically mandated paradox is…

We live by dying!

Though Salvation is a free gift to us, it did not come without a cost! The fact is it cost God the Father His only begotten Son; and it cost Jesus His all, even His life and His shed Blood, poured out for us at Calvary’s cross!

The Bible clearly says that the road to destruction and eternal separation from God is wide, and the road to life is narrow, and few there be who choose it; it says also that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

Let us not be deceived as most of the world, in thinking that life is ALL about us, and that is to be lived as we see fit! That presumption that is so common and is characterized by an attitude that we live as the center of our universe, and that life revolves around us, is the very nature of what sin is, that has separated us from God! As the Prophet Isaiah said: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the inequity of us all!

Likewise for us, there is a paradox, in that we CANNOT earn this salvation, as it is given freely to all those who love God and are called according to His purpose as a free gift; but here’s the paradox, we find life only by losing it, and we experience life abundantly only as we are willing to die to self; meaning we willingly forfeit our free will, our ambitions, and our ALL, in favor of living our life by faith, trusting in the Unseen God; and relying and casting the whole of our lives and our circumstances on the promises we find in His Word… we are no longer living for self, but we are now living by faith, trusting in Jesus Christ alone!!!


The Cross is the Symbol of our Death to Self

“And Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26

Based upon what I have just said, let us each examine ourselves; and ask ourselves how we would do if we were put to this test, as happened to these people in the former Soviet Union:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Can we be trusted?

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

“On Sunday, believers arrived at a house church in the Soviet Union in small groups throughout the day so not to arouse the suspicion of KGB informers.

They began by singing a hymn quietly. Suddenly, in walked two soldiers with loaded weapons at the ready.

One shouted, “If you wish to renounce your commitment to Jesus Christ, leave now!”

Two or three quickly left, then another. After a few more seconds, two more. “This is your last chance. Either turn against your faith in Christ,” he ordered, “or stay and suffer the consequences.”

Two more slipped out into the night. No one else moved. Parents with children trembling beside them looked down reassuringly, fully expecting to be gunned down or imprisoned.

The other soldier closed the door, looked back at those who stood against the wall and said, “Keep your hands up–but this time in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.

We, too, are Christians. We were sent to another house church several weeks ago to arrest a group of believers.”

The other soldier interrupted, “But, instead, we were converted! We have learned by experience, however, that unless people are willing to die for their faith, they cannot be fully trusted.” (From “Living Above the Level of Mediocrity,” by Chuck Swindoll).

Wow. Can you imagine being faced with a decision to run or die for our faith? We are living in a day where this could very well become reality! But how many of us would be willing to stand?

Let’s start deepening our relationship with the Lord today so that our minds may be focused on heavenly things and not consumed with the weight of all the worldly ones. That it would be easy for us to make a stand for Him should that day ever come. There’s so much work to be done!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

http://www.worthymailing.com

This is where the rubber meets the road for all of us; and truly, like the soldier who jumps on the live grenade to save the lives of his buddies, we won’t know until we are likewise tested, in that moment, what our reaction will be. We can only hope and pray that our response would be pleasing to God.

Christianity itself is a paradox, in that to pursue life and to experience life abundantly, as most in the world are seeking to do, though they are looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places, to seek life as God requires, we must willingly relinquish our will, our emotions, and our desires, and even our very lives, by faith, into the hands of the ONE who created us, and who gave us our life.

The paradox is, that when God gives you a gift, as was demonstrated in Father Abraham’s willingness to offer up his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice (see Genesis 22), that gift only became his to enjoy completely as he willingly gave it back to God, the one who gave it to him to begin with… and so it is with us!

You see as the Bible says, our lives (as a born-again, blood bought Christian) is no longer our own, to live as we want and choose; but we have now, subsequent to our receiving God’s gift of Salvation in Jesus Christ, have been bought with a price!

The fact is for all of us, every breathe that we take, and with every beat of our heart, it is all only by God’s grace!

Tomorrow is promised to no man, and our opportunity to turn to Jesus and receive God’s pardon for our sins can only happen in this life, sometime between our birth and our departure in death.

So for those of you who have yet to make this commitment, right now is the time for your salvation, in this very moment; for in the next moment you might be dead!

God gave each of us a free will and the freedom to choose how we will spend our lives; but there is a reckoning coming, and we each will be held accountable for how we lived our lives, and what did we do with God’s gift of love, that is found only in Jesus Christ?

It is God’s desire that we each choose of our own free will and volition to serve and to follow Christ; but He will not force that decision upon us, for He is looking only for willing subjects, who love Him and who want to serve Him!

So this is the choice we all have… we can spend our lives on Self, as most of the world is doing, who are on that broad path to destruction and death; or we can spend it on Jesus Christ, as those who are on the narrow path have chosen to do.

Which path are you on today; and how are you doing when it comes to carrying your cross every day?

Jesus makes it very clear that for us to be His disciple it will cost us our total commitment and the forfeiture of our free will, and how we choose to live our lives.

For us to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are to walk as He did, in His earthly ministry; and to find out how he lived and how He walked, it will be required that we consult the Bible, and meditate and study it often; and then by faith we each are to live our lives moment by moment, trusting and becoming acquainted with our closest friend, helper, comforter, and guide, the Holy Spirit, who now lives inside of every born-again believer.

As Jesus said, seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and learn to operate in righteousness; and the way we do that is by putting on the mind of Christ, and by our learning to live and do and think as He does, as we trust in the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, moment by moment, 24/7, 365 days a year!

For the born-again covenant child of God, performance is no longer an issue, as Christ paid for our sins, all of them in total… past, present, and future!

Living as a Christian and our living our lives in a manner that is pleasing before God is now a heart issue, and is an issue of love and commitment, in our not ever wanting to hurt the one who loved us and who gave so much up so that we could be reconciled back into His family and live with Him forever!

So we each are admonished in scripture to first count the cost, and see whether or not we are willing to make that sacrifice or not; and whether we are willing to commit ourselves to a life of faith to an unseen God, by dying to self, and living to please only Him?

Our new life in Christ is based on a blood covenant, that is modeled in the relationship between a man and his wife; and as it is in the marriage covenant between a husband and wife, it is a life long commitment that says we commit ourselves to each other “Until death do us part;” only with God that commitment extends on into eternity.

Under a blood covenant this is what is required of both parties, each partner promises to give their very best and ALL that they have for the benefit of the other; and even if one does not carry their weight, the commitment of the other partner is to carry them until they can!

Thank God that Jesus does that for each of us every single day of our life, because there is not a one of us that does not blow our end of our covenant with Him everyday, and we each need to be carried by Him every single day!

This is exactly what Christianity is, and the ultimate reward for ALL of us will be if one day we hear these words from our Lord and Master… Well done good and faithful servant! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


AS RUSSIAN-IRANIAN-TURKISH THREAT GROWS, ISRAEL DISCOVERS 1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL: Echoes of Bible prophecy…

Possible huge oil find in Israel…

And also another incentive for Russia and Iran to want to invade Israel, as prophesied by the Prophet Ezekiel!


* * * * FLASH TRAFFIC: WASHINGTON UPDATE * * * *

AS RUSSIAN-IRANIAN-TURKISH THREAT GROWS, ISRAEL DISCOVERS 1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL: Echoes of Bible prophecy

By Joel C. Rosenberg

(Washington, D.C., August 18, 2010) — Here’s the latest from the epicenter:

* Deuteronomy says “oil” and “hidden treasures” will be found in Israel in the last days of history. The prophecies of Ezekiel 38 & 39 indicate Israel will be significantly prosperous in the last days, before a Russian-Iranian-Turkish alliance forms against her and seeks to destroy her.

* Today’s headline from Ynet News: “1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL DISCOVERED NEAR ROSH HA’AYIN.” Full details on the weblog.

* Another Ynet headline today: “ISRAEL’S ECONOMY CHARGES AHEAD; 4.7% growth in Q2: Israel’s economic growth hits 4.7% in second quarter of 2010, leaving behind Euro bloc at 4.1%.” Key point: Israel now has the fastest growing economy in the West.

* On Saturday, Russia begins fueling Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Former Amb. John Bolton says Israel has just a few days to bomb the reactor before it goes hot. I personally don’t think they will, but let’s be praying for the Lord to give PM Netanyahu and his cabinet great wisdom to do the right thing at the right time.

* Regardless of what happens, I would like you to seriously pray about coming with us on The Joshua Fund prayer & vision trip to Israel next May, and attend the 2011 Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem. Many people might think that’s crazy in light of the growing regional tensions, but I believe we as followers of Jesus Christ should be praying for, going to, and standing with Israel because of the growing tensions. As the rest of the world turns away from the Jewish State, let us move closer to our Israeli and Palestinian friends with the courage and compassion the Lord gives us.

1.5 billion barrels of oil discovered near Rosh Ha’Ayin

Israeli public must wait until September to see if country is sitting on profitable oil reserve, but statement to TASE gives peek into extent of Megged reserve. Question remains: How much of it is recoverable? Ynet writers


Could the State of Israel be sitting on an oil reserve that can provide energy, cash flow, and international political influence? This is the question that everyone is waiting to be answered in the engineering report ordered by Givot Olam Oil, overseeing the drilling at the Megged 5 site, next to Rosh Ha’Ayin.

The final report will be submitted on September 5. However, a preliminary report was already issued to Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on the oil reserves on the site. “The amount of oil in place in Rosh Ha’Ayin plot is estimated at 1.525 billion barrels of oil.” In previous reports, the quantity was appraised at only a few hundred barrels of oil a day.

The total oil reserves in the world (as of 2006) is 1.3 trillion barrels, but most of this is concentrated in the territory of less than 15 countries. The oil reserves located in countries not considered powerhouses in the field totals about 133 billion barrels, making the estimated amount of oil in Megged 5 quite significant. In Qatar, for instance, the oil reserves are about 15 billion barrels.

Yet it is still too early to view the report as bearing real economic (or political) tidings. The 1.5 billion barrel figure refers to the oil in place, and not to the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve. The amount of oil that can be successfully extracted will be made known only in the final report submitted in September.

According to Givot Olam’s reports from May 2009, the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve is likely 10-20%.

“This is a joyful and heart-warming discovery,” said Chairman of Israel Institute of Petroleum & Energy Amir Makov said to Ynet on Tuesday. “However, this discovery does not indicate the extraction capability, and the company will have to perform additional tests and drillings until we know what this means both in terms of the company’s commercial potential and in terms of the national potential.”

Tani Goldstein and Avital Lahav contributed to this report

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3938192,00.html

The Bible talks about:

The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.” (Genesis 10:2)

Ezekiel 38

A Message for Gog

1 This is another message that came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. 3 Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy! 4 I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army—your horses and charioteers in full armor and a great horde armed with shields and swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya[a] will join you, too, with all their weapons. 6 Gomer and all its armies will also join you, along with the armies of Beth-togarmah from the distant north, and many others.

7 “Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. 8 A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. 9 You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.

10 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. 11 You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence! 12 I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!’ 13 But Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish will ask, ‘Do you really think the armies you have gathered can rob them of silver and gold? Do you think you can drive away their livestock and seize their goods and carry off plunder?’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: When my people are living in peace in their land, then you will rouse yourself.[b]


So who is Gog in the land of Magog?

Herodotus who is known as the “Father of History,” writes of the bizarre and savage practices of the descendents of Magog known as the Scythians. They drank the blood of the first enemy they killed; they carried the heads of the victims to their chiefs; they scalped their enemies and used the scalps as “napkins”; they used the skins of their victims to cover their quivers; they drank from the skulls of their victims; they practiced blood brotherhood by drinking each other’s blood mixed with wine.

The Scythians. “bathed” in the vapor from heated hemp seeds. When their king died, they sacrificed one of his concubines and several servants. After a year, they commemorated his death by sacrificing fifty servants and fifty horses. And you thought you lived in a bad neighborhood!

We know the descendants of Magog by their Greek name, Scythians. In Greek mythology the Scythians descended from Scythes, the youngest of the three sons of Hercules, from sleeping with a half viper and half woman.

The name Scythian covers a number of nomadic tribes from the Russian steppes, a fertile area of the Ukraine north of the Black Sea. Other related tribes occupied the area to the east of the Caspian Sea.

The area encompassed by the Scythians extended from the mid-Volga to the northern Urals and beyond. They colonized Media, Parthia, Persia, Central Asia and as far as the Chinese border.

Arab writers confirm that in the Arabic language their name for the Great Wall of China is called “the wall of Al Magog” because the Great Wall was built to keep out the invading armies from Magog. All together an area of about 2,000 square miles. So clearly this was the former Soviet Union, modern day Russia.

http://www.prophecyupdate.com/gog_and_magog_identified.htm


Here is my response to a critical comment I got today on a blog that I sent out some time ago…

This is not a good position for anybody to be in!!!

What follows is a comment I received today from someone who disagrees with a blog that I put out sometime ago, entitled: Lubbock Texas Farmer Says No to Obama!!!

In my view, this is our biggest problem that we have in our country today, in that so many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, are totally oblivious to what is happening today in our country, and what the agenda is.

Below you can read what this lady said in her comment, and also my response.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

Dear Professor Jill,

First I want to thank you for your response, and I both respect and appreciate your honest opinion; however I do not agree with you.In your response to my blog you said as follows: Professor Jill says:August 18, 2010 at 8:42 amThe truth shall set you free. Your blog is full of “assumptions” that are not based on fact. You are spreading lies and fear.Just what are the incorrect assumptions that you are referring to in your comment?

The blog that you posted your comment to was taken from a News report in Lubbock Texas.

Was there something inaccurate about that report?

Or was there something you found inaccurate about my comments regarding the liquidation of out U.S. Constitution by this administration?

I’m not sure what your major is, but if you are a professor, I can only assume that you are aware that we do have a Constitution in our land, and that Constitution is the highest law of our land.

These president in particular, but also many of our past presidents and congressmen have been ignoring that document for years.

The steps that Obama is taking today, towards Socialism, in taking over private companies and stripping us of our liberties one by one, and our freedom of choice, exceeds the authority granted to him by our Constitution, and therefore they are illegal.

Not only that, but based so far on the evidence provided this man is not even Constitutionally qualified to be president.

You also left me a link to Snopes.com as your only source; but do you even know who is behind that website?

It is a man and his wife, who are both Liberals, who live in San Fernando, California; and who are themselves Obama supporters; so they are not exactly impartial.

I do on occasions use Snopes.com myself, but I always try and look at other resources as well, and I do not just look to that one site.

If you have followed my blog for any time, I think you will see that at least most of the time, I give references and footnotes on the remarks that I make.

I assume from your scriptural comments that you are also a Believer, and I assume also that you are a supporter of Barack Obama.

Personally, I pray for him, and I sincerely hope that he has an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, that he has a change of heart, and that he gets saved; but I most definitely do not believe he is a Christian; I don’t agree with his policies; and neither do I like what he is doing to our country.

But that is my opinion, and we still have a free country, Obama notwithstanding, and you can believe what you want.

Do you want to know why it is that I do not believe that he is a Christian?

Whereas I grant you that only God knows the heart of any individual, and all we can do (and we are instructed to do this in the Bible) is look to their fruit, their words, and also their actions to see if they are.

So you say my blog is full “assumptions” that it is not based on fact; and that I am spreading lies and fear… well I would suggest that you look at the following video and understand what the Islamic agenda is for our country:

There are many overlapping and even separate agendas that we are dealing with today in our country; on the one side there is the Islamic Agenda to destory first Israel, and then the United States; and we also have the agenda to drive our nation into a “New World Order.”

The Islamic agenda is what I want to talk about here; and these radical Islamic groups have made no secret of their desire and plans to destroy both Israel and the United States; and we have a president today, in the White House, who champions the cause of Islam, and who is himself (I believe) a Muslim.

What most Americans fail to realize is that Islam has always been a very violent ideology, and truly it is not a religion, but it is a political ideology that believes that the whole world should be ruled by Sharia Law; and to have any other view or faith that is not Islamic is a death sentence.

What these radical Islamic groups are saying, and yes I understand they are in the minority; but what they are teaching is exactly what the Koran teaches, and also what Muhammad taught.

In fact these radical Islamic groups are to Islam what the Protestant Reformation was to the Catholic Church, in that what Martin Luther was saying, when he posted his thesis to the door of the church, was that the Christian Bible says we are saved by faith alone, and what he was saying was true… and it began the Protestant Reformation.

Likewise, what these radical Islamic groups are doing, that are calling for Jihad, is to call Muslims back to the orginal teachings of the Koran.

Islam is NOT a peaceful religion, and as I said it is not a religion at all, but it is a very narrow minded ideology that is very intolerant of any other faith or belief.

All you have to do is look at history and see what happen in every nation that Islam went to. It is exactly as it happened in Lebanon; and as it is now happening in the western European Nations; and we here in the United States are following close behind.

Here are some other reasons why I do not feel that Obama is a Christian:

These are my objections to the man, Barack Hussein Obama, and some of his policies:

First off, regarding his place of birth and his citizenship:

  • Obama promised the American people that he would provide transparency. Well why does that not also apply to his own past; and why has he not revealed verifiable proof of his U.S. Citizenship and place of birth, as everyone of us have had to do on numerous occasions, or why not just show us his passport that he used to travel abroad before he was elected to the Senate, which by the way was most likely Indonesian? Instead he has stonewalled every attempt to look at this evidence; and this is a fact, with the credentials he has provided to be president, he couldn’t even be hired as a cook in the White House, because he couldn’t even pass the minimum background security requirements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL08s5uH8as?
  • Even the Kenyan Ambassador admitted right after Obama’s election that Obama was born in Kenya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH4GX3Otf14.
  • Obama’s own paternal grandmother admitted right after the election that he was born in Kenya, and that she was present at his birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bloHSojeLAw.
  • Michelle Obama even has admitted that Kenya is Obama’s home country: clip #1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=proi6NFdKVs&feature=related; clip #2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHsSY1QQ0-g&feature=related.

There are so many other areas, that I have already covered in so many of my previous blogs, that I’m not going to take the time now to itemize them all one by one; but again you are entitled to your opinion, and this is still a free country, no thanks to Obama; but I can tell you if he is allowed to continue down this road towards Socialism, that he has put us on, we won’t be free much longer, and that’s for sure.

I think it would be good for you to look at history, and see all of the similarities between what happened in pre-Nazi Germany, that gave  rise the Nazism, and to Hitler coming into power; and see how that compares with what is happening today here in the United States:

  1. Hitler outlawed school prayer in Germany. In 1962, The U.S. Supreme Court did the same for us.
  2. Hitler eliminated Christian holidays in the schools first by calling Christmas “Yuletide.” Most American public schools now call Christmas vacation a “winter break.”
  3. Hitler took Easter out of schools and instead honored that time of year as the beginning of spring. It has likewise become common for schools in America to refer to time off at Easter as “spring break.”
  4. Hitler controlled the church using intimidation and threats. A half-century ago, U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson, promoted a bill that included an amendment to use the Internal Revenue Service to remove the non-profit status of a church that speaks against the election of any specific political candidate.
  5. Hitler enticed thousands of pastors to promote paganism in their congregations. Neopaganism is one of the fastest growing religions in America, doubling every 18 months according to a June 2008 article in The Denver Post.  Many American church-goers practice paganism such as “Christian” yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking a labyrinth. As evidence that church doors continue to open further to aberrant beliefs, a 2008 survey found that 57% of evangelicals do not believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
  6. Hitler was an environmentalist and vegetarian. Marriages performed by the Nazi state frequently included blessings of “Mother Earth” and “Father Sky.” Today Americans increasingly accept radical environmentalism, pantheism, and the celebration of Earth Day.
  7. Hitler was fascinated by eastern mysticism. Today an increasing number of American pastors encourage their followers to become “mystic warriors”.
  8. 8. Hitler believed in reincarnation. He even convinced SS officers that by murdering millions of Jews and other “undesirables” they were allowing them to get on with the reincarnation process and come back more quickly in an advanced status. Americans increasingly accept the idea of reincarnation as well as good and bad karma.
  9. Hitler’s holocaust killed between 8 and 11 million Jews and non-Jews. Americans have killed an estimated 50 million babies since abortion was legalized through the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. According to a July 7, 2008 article on worldnetdaily.com “An abortionist who claims to have destroyed more than 20,000 unborn children and who once was Hillary Clinton’s OB-GYN says he is doing ‘God’s work’ when he terminates a pregnancy…He admits that abortion kills a human soul.”
  10. Hitler killed 270,000 handicapped people through active euthanasia.[1] America and the courts are rushing toward the same with the murder of individuals such as Terri Schiavo. Oregon voters passed their Death with Dignity Act in 1994 and re-affirmed it in 1997. Washington state voters legalized doctor-assisted suicide on November 4, 2008. In December 2008, a Montana judge ruled terminally ill residents of that state have the right to physician-assisted suicide, and “death with dignity” is gaining acceptance in other states as well.
  11. Private schools were abolished by Hitler and all education placed under Nazi control. There is constant pressure from federal and many state education authorities to require that Christian schools use state-mandated, humanistic textbooks. The Home School Legal Defense Association is fighting numerous battles at any given time to prevent parents from loosing the right to educate their children as they see fit. In August 2008, a federal district court ruled that the state of California university system may choose not to recognize the diplomas-and thereby deny college entrance to-students who attended a school using textbooks that express a Biblical worldview in the areas of history and science (i.e., Christian schools).
  12. Hitler prevented dissenters from using radio to challenge his worldview. Many powerful liberals in America have made clear their intent to reintroduce the “Fairness Doctrine” that would require conservative and religious radio stations to offer equal time to anti-Christian, anti-conservative worldviews.
  13. Pastors who spoke against Hitler’s worldview and his murderous regime found themselves on trial and frequently imprisoned for “Abuse of Pulpit.” In America, hate-crime legislation has the potential to criminalize Christians and pastors who speak out against the homosexual agenda.
  14. Many Christians in Germany justified their allegiance to Hitler through a belief that “Their duty to God was spiritual; their duty to the state was political.”[2] Many American Christians now have bought the lie that their worldview can be divided between the secular and the sacred-the politician has one area of responsibility, the pastor another, and never shall the two meet. Yet the Bible teaches that all issues are fundamentally spiritual.
  15. Hitler outlawed the cross and replaced it with the swastika. Today many churches, Christian colleges, and universities have willingly removed the cross from their buildings. Numerous court cases sponsored by the ACLU have required the removal of the cross from public grounds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the Ten Commandments cannot be posted on public grounds for religious purposes.
  16. Hitler was fascinated with Friedrich Nietzsche and distributed his writings to his inner circle. Nietzsche promoted Nihilism, the belief that life has no meaning, and he is best known for his position that “God is dead”. Nietzsche is presently one of the most widely read authors by American college students.
  17. Hitler exploited the economic collapse of Germany to take over as dictator and usher in his brand of socialism. America’s financial crisis has given liberals in both political parties the opportunity to grow the size of government and implement freedom-robbing socialism at lightning speed.
  18. 18. Hitler was obsessed with globalism, and many of America’s most powerful political leaders are willing to subjugate American sovereignty to contemporary globalism.
  19. 19. Many Germans responded to Hitler by retreating into neutrality. Today most Americans prefer to remain neutral on moral issues that they think don’t affect them personally.
  20. On trial after World War II, Hitler’s henchmen used the defense that they had not broken any laws. True, they had not defied the laws of Germany since those had been re-written to fit the goals and objectives of Hitler. The Nazi leaders were nevertheless found guilty because the courts at the time recognized a “law above the law.” Yet now the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the law of nature and nature’s God by claiming that as society evolves, morals evolve, and so the law, too, must evolve.
  21. Calling upon Darwinian evolution, Hitler convinced the German people that purging millions of people was acceptable because of the need to create a pure race; also referred to as eugenics. American students across the board have been educated in Darwinian evolution because the Supreme Court has ruled that creation cannot be taught in our schools-even if both creation and evolution are taught side by side.
  22. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood in America became acquainted with the doctors and scientists that had worked with Nazi Germany’s eugenics program and had no quarrel with the euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, and infanticide programs of the early Reich.[3] Sanger even published several articles in Birth Control Review that reflected Hilter’s White Supremacist worldview. Planned Parenthood now grosses one billion per year.
  23. In Germany, pastors often cited Romans 13:1-2 to encourage Christians to obey the Nazis. Today in America, many pastors have a false view of Romans 13:1-2 and have convinced millions that to disobey governing authorities is to disobey God. This poor training would facilitate Christians here doing just as the German Christians did if faced with similar challenges.
  24. Germans accepted socialism to avoid pain. Today’s Americans are rejecting capitalism in exchange for government-sponsored “free” healthcare, education, and countless other government handouts.
  25. Many Americans accept what I call, One World Spirituality. This is actually an amalgamation of the three worldviews of evolutionary humanism, Hindu pantheism, and occultism. I noted earlier that Hitler embraced all of these.
  26. America is rushing toward government-sponsored, national healthcare. We already have a form of this in Medicare and Medicaid. Hitler, too, expanded and centralized Germany’s healthcare system. As Melchior Palyi explained, “The ill-famed Dr. Ley, boss of the Nazi labor front, did not fail to see that the social insurance system could be used for Nazi politics as a means of popular demagoguery, as a bastion of bureaucratic power, [and] as an instrument of regimentation.”

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=4881

So anyway, I’ve provided some evidence for you to chew on, and I would be interested in seeing your evidence that would support that what I am saying is incorrect or inaccurate.

As you said in your comment: “Your blog is full of “assumptions” that are not based on fact. You are spreading lies and fear.”

Show me, but give me something besides Snopes.com.

Respectfully yours,

Skip Barland

The present situation in our country and in the church requires a supernatural move of the Holy Spirit in the life of every Christian…

What is the Spirit of Prophecy as explained in the New Testament?

“But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

(1 Corinthians 14: 3-4)

What The Lord Is Saying Today

August 18, 2010. Allow My peace to flood your soul.  My peace is more powerful than the waves and tumult around you.

Look to Me and you will walk on water in this season.  Focus on the waves and tumult and you will sink. And what good is there coming from doubt and unbelief?

Why entertain them?  The enemy is very present in and around doubt and unbelief seeking whom and what he can destroy.

But Jesus came to give you life and peace.  His life is eternal and He freely gives it to you.

His peace passes all understanding.  My peace is a gift you can receive daily.  Let it forever flood your soul.

Matthew 14:29-31 (NASB) “And He said, “Come!”  And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? Ras Robinson

August 18, 2010. Going through the ringer is a mild way of saying how you feel.  Don’t you remember you just told some brothers and sisters that Christians don’t just live by the way they feel, they live by the Word of God.

Do you believe that for what you are going through now or not?

Yes! I know you do.  That’s the kind the person you are.

I have seen you do this time and time again.  And you will do it again.

You will rise to the occasion.  You absolutely fully believe that I am good and all will work out for the good of the ones you and I both love.


Matthew 4:4 (NASB) “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ “ Bev Robinson

http://www.fullnessonline.org/

The above message, I believe, will speak to a lot of people today, in these times; and we need to all be paying attention, especially in these times, to what the Bible says, and not so much follow what our culture, our secularized society, and what our circumstances and feelings may be saying.

I need to touch on something here that I believe is lacking in much of the church today, and that is, whereas I believe the church has for the most part successfully taken the Gospel to the World, to other nations, to the extent we have abdicated our Biblically mandated role here at home, and have failed to disciple the people in our own society and culture, our nation has suffered immensely.

We have allowed our government to force the separation of the sacred from the secular, and we have allowed unbelievers, atheists and agnostics to seize the reigns of our government, our society, and our culture; and what you see happening today all around us is the result.

This was NEVER God’s plan, that this should happen; and that fact becomes particularly obvious as you realize that many of our founding fathers were very serious about their faith in God and the Holy Bible, and they incorporated that faith in the formation of our government, and our U.S. Constitution.


What follows is an accurate description of where as a nation and people  have gone wrong, and how far away from God we have drifted:

America’s Godly Heritage

David Barton

Revised & Condensed by Annette Nay

The Founding Fathers and Christianity

Our founding fathers were brought up in schools in which their primers taught bible scriptures, morals and its teachings. They were taught the Ten Commandments and were thoroughly versed on each one and their meaning.

As adults, the founding fathers continued to read and learn from the bible. Many of them were evangelical preachers. Many of them started the American Tract Society and wrote many of their tracts. They started the American Bible Society, The Philadelphia Bible Society, and the Christian Constitutional Society, all of which still exist today. It was no wonder then that they used the bible to frame the Constitution.

Patrick Henry – “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!”

From 1690 to 1900 American’s youth learned their ABC’s with a bible scripture associated with each letter. First graders talked about the Ten Commandments, in class, and learned what they meant.

The founding fathers wanted government and Christianity to be in an insoluble bond.

John Quincy Adams stated, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this… it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

John Jay the Chief Justice and the most influential writer of the constitution stated, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” We need to elect Christians to office if we want to have righteous men making good laws to rule our country.

In summation from George Washington’s farewell speech, speaking to the citizens of The United States, he touched on these points: Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they attempt to remove religion from American politics. If they do they are not true Americans.

Our American government has lasted over 200 years. Having a government, in any form, lasting this long is unheard of. For example, in the last 200 years France has had seven forms of government and Italy has had forty-eight.

Our Constitution and Its Basis

Where did the founding fathers get their ideas for our constitution that has caused it to last so long? Some would have you believe that it was because of the Age of Enlightenment in Britain which brought to light ideas such as:

  • Government should be formed to protect people’s natural rights.
  • Government should have limited power.
  • The type of government should be accepted by all citizens.
  • Government has an obligation to those it governs.
  • Man is born free.
  • Controls by a freely formed government are good.
  • When government is by the consent of the governed the people, they retain their rights.
  • People have the right to challenged old ways of thinking.
  • They questioned divine-right of rule.

They taught that people should be able to gain material well-being, social justice, and happiness in this life – not just the next (Ellis, Esler, Beers, & Hart, 1999).

These ideas spread to American and found place in Thomas Paine’s pamphlet called Common Sense. Some would have you think that it was Paine’s pamphlet which swayed the founding father’s minds to their incorporation in the Constitution (Ellis, Esler, Beers, & Hart, 1999). The fact is that there were many heated debates on the constitutional legislature’s floor over these ideas. Such ideas were not espoused by the founding fathers until they could find a precedence in the bible for them. Then, it was only by unanimously consent spurred on by spiritual confirmation, that they accept these ideas into the constitution (Barton, 1999).

The Bible was important to our founding fathers. Out of fifteen thousand samples of their writings that University of Houston professors collected, they found 3154 of those had a significant impact on our constitution. Of those writings, they found that the bible was quoted sixteen times more than any other source. 94% of the quotes were based on the bible, 34% came directly out of the bible, and 60% used the bible to arrive at their conclusion.

The House and the Senate would discuss what the bible said and use its ideas to make law. The idea of three branches of government originated with John Locke in his article called Two Treaties of Government. The founding fathers substantiated the idea for separation of powers from Jeremiah 17:32. They found mention of the three branches of government in Isaiah 33:22. They found the idea of tax exemption for churches in Ezra 7:24. These men were students of the Bible and brought their expertise into the legislature to help them to know that to do.

Court Rulings that lead to Religion Leaving Government

The Way It Used to Be

1892 – Trinity vs. the US: The Supreme Court stated, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”  This case gave 87 historical precedences to prove this statement. It further stated that there were more, but 78 should suffice to prove the government must be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

1844 – Vidal vs. Girard’s: “The purest principles of morality are to be taught. Where are they found? Whosoever searches for them must go to the source for which the Christian man derives his faith… the bible.”  A Philadelphia school’s premise was that they could teach morality with out teaching the bible. The court ruled that they couldn’t have a school that didn’t teach the bible’s morality, as it was the source of morality.

1811 – People vs. Ruggles: “Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.” In this case a man became profane about Jesus Christ and the bible both written and spoken. The courts said it was blasphemy and the man was fined $500.00 and jailed for 3 months. The court said if you’ve attacked Jesus Christ you have attacked Christianity. If you attack Christianity, you have attacked the foundation of the US. Therefore, it is an attack on the US.

How Amoral Laws Came to Being

The founding fathers never wanted separation of church and state, yet 67% of US citizens today believe that that very idea is contained in the constitution, even though those words never appear in the constitution.

The Constitution of the United States’ first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Pre-drafts of this statement clarifies the founding fathers constitutional statement. There were twelve variations, they all mirrored the sentiments found in this one, “Congress will pass no laws making one denomination of Christians higher than another denomination.”

Their intent was that they did not want in America what they had in Great Britain where one denomination was running the nation. They wanted God’s principles, but did not want one designated church running the nation.

1796 – Funckle vs Winemiller – The Danbury Baptists who wanted a state church designated. The courts stated: “In our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing.”

1802 – Thomas Jefferson addressed those Danbury Baptist. He said that the first amendment has erected a wall between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall. It keeps the government from running the church and Christian principles will always stay in government. The First National Church never happened and Jefferson’s writing was put away until 1853. Today, we only hear half of this statement, that is: the separation of church and state.

A small number of people petitioned to separate Christian principles from government. Studies were done to see if it could be done. The findings of the House Judiciary committee were announced March 27, 1854. They said that if the people, during the Revolution, or had they any suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect.

The Founders of the Constitution were Christians and they expected it would be so for their descendents. They stated, “The great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrine and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

1947 – Everson vs. the Board of Education – Only nineteen words of Jefferson’s speech were used, those being, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.” That wall must be kept high and impregnable.” It was because these words were taken out of context that the Founding father’s intent was reversed. Jefferson meant, not state from church, but church from state.

Dr. William James –the Father of Modern Psychology influenced the court. He wanted church out of state. Dr. James stated, “There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” The courts began used this tactic through the years.

1958 – Bear vs. Colmore – One of the judges got tired of hearing the statement, “separation of church and state.” He said, “If this court doesn’t stop talking about separation of church and state, someone will think it is part of the constitution.” The court continued to talk about it.

June 25, 1962 – Engle vs. Vitale – This was the first time there was a separation of religious principles from public education. The courts rules that there should not be prayers in school. It was the first time we had a separation of church and state. It was the first time that NO precedence (where previous legal cases were cited) or historical incidents were quoted.

1962-65 – The courts removed church from state through rulings on these cases:

1- Engle vs. Vital – Removal of prayer from school. The prayer before the court only mentioned God once. The Constitution mentions God four times. Does this make it unconstitutional?

2- Murray vs. Curlett – Removal of bible reading in school. Bible study used to be required to graduate from High School.

3- June 17, 1965 –Abington vs. Schempp – Removal of religious instruction from school. The courts stated, “If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be, and have been psychologically harmful to the child.”

In this case the courts said that only 3% of the nation professed no belief in religion or God. That prayer was consistent with 97% of the nation, but the courts ruled for the minority. Now, the philosophy of the 3% rules the 97%.

Our courts used to use biblical guidelines to rule on the areas of the citizens, families, schools, and the nation. Not anymore! Before 1962, the courts said, “We only allow divorce for six reasons. They are the six reasons God allows as written in the bible. God made the family (Adam’s and Noah’s) and so we have to use God’s precepts/rules to govern the family.” After 1965 the courts said we were not to do so any more, because it causes psychological damage to children. George Washington stated, “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religions principle.”

1965 – Reid vs. Vanhovan – It is unconstitutional for a student to pray aloud in school.

1967 – Decab vs. Dispain – The courts took a four-line nursery rhyme used in pre-kindergarten and ruled it unconstitutional. The courts said, “The rhyme is unconstitutional since it might cause someone to think of God.”

1980 – Stone vs. Graham – The Ten Commandments were posted in a school’s hall bulletin board. The court ruled: “If the posted copies of the Ten commandments are to have any effect at all it will be induce the school children to read, meditate upon them, and perhaps to venerate and obey the commandment; this is not a permissible objective.”

When the courts say something is unconstitutional, what they are saying is that this thing is something our founding fathers would have been opposed to and would not have allowed it! The court’s findings do not reflect this.

James Madison, the Chief Architect of the Constitution, said, “We have stated the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Our Country’s Downfall

Since 1963, when prayer was taken out of school, unwed birth rates of 15-19 year-olds doubled. Pregnancies for girls 10-14 went up 553% since prayer was disallowed in school. (The separation of church and state.)

Divorce rates from 1963 to 1983 were up 117%. For fifteen years prior 1963, divorce had been declining.

Since 1963, single families were up 140%, single families with children with children were up 160%, and unmarried couples living together went up 353%.

From 1965, there was a sharp incline of gonorrhea in students in ages 15-19. It incline became since the removal of religious principles from school. Student STD’s went up 228%.

When a people throw away their values, they reap the consequences Some of those consequences are crime, divorce, STD’s, unwed mothers, and unmarried couples living together. There are more!

SAT scores approximate average was 970 points from 1952 to 1963. From 1963 to 1980 scores declined for eighteen consecutive years to drop to a low average of 890 points in 1980.

In 1974-75 the sharp decline in SAT scores slowed with the advent of private religious schools, which allowed religion in the curriculum. During this time, there were 32 thousand U.S. schools, which accounted for 8.5 million students.

Some say that the better scores of these students were because private schools had more money available for a better education for these students. This statement was investigated. It was found that private schools had, on average, $110.00 per student, whereas public schools had $370.52 per student.

SAT scores showed that students from the Christian private schools, on average, got 100 points higher, than the Non-Christian schooled students. That put the Christian schooled students back on the par where students were prior to 1963 and the separation of church and state. It was as if no change had occurred. Whereas public schooled student scores continued to declined!

In 1988 – the number of Academic High Achievers were as follows :

60.8 were from public schools

39.2 were from private schools – This group was 3 times larger than those from the public schools. Remember too, that private religious schools had 1/3 less money per person and used the same curriculum as the public schools, except the private schools added religion.

Violent crimes went up 544% since religious principles were removed from schools in 1963. Thomas Jefferson said that religion is the friend to government because it teaches morals of the heart. This means we are not dealing with murder, instead we deal with the religious morals which say do not hate. When we eliminate hate there is no murder. The commandment to not lust, stops adultery or rape.

Our Citizen’s need Internal Values

John Adams stated that there was no government big enough, to make you do what’s right. If you don’t do what’s right out of your heart, the gun has already been fired; the damage has already been done. He further stated, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is whole inadequate to the government of any other.”

Our people need internal constraints governed by God to keep our constitution working well. The greater number of our people are not and as a result, the constitution is not working!

Our country is now number one in:

  • Violent crime
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Illegal drug use
  • Divorce
  • Abortion
  • Illiteracy (in all the industrial world) – In 1997, seven hundred thousand students graduated from high school, who couldn’t read their diplomas.

Jeremiah 6:16 says to go back to the old paths if you want things to be back the way it should be. Many state constitutions require people, who hold office, to believe in God, the scriptures, and understand them.

Nations are accountable to God. The founding fathers said, “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be punished in this. By an inevitable chain of cause and effect, providence punishes national sins by national calamities.” When a nation leaves God, God deals with them immediately. Hence, moral decay brings violent crimes, teen pregnancies, divorce, abortions, and etc. When wicked men rule, the nation suffers.

Ben Franklin and the Constitutional Convention stated, “We need God to be our friend not our enemy. We need Him to be our allay not our adversary. We need to make sure we keep God’s concurring aid. If a sparrow cannot fall without God’s notice, how can our nation rise without His aid?” He further called for regular daily prayer to keep Him close to us.

Thomas Jefferson, upon leaving the office of president, said, “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot not sleep forever.”

We Need Good People in High Places

1774 – Ben Franklin stated, “Introduce into public affairs the principles of Christianity and it will change the face of the world.”

Charles Finnay said, ” The church must take right ground in regard to politics. Politics are part of religion in a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God. He will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

If God’s people do not make it into office God’s principles do not make it into office. That is why Christians must be in office. Our government has been taken over by ungodly men. God-fearing Christians must take it back. We must get involved! Do something where you can affect people’s principles.

Proverbs 18:1 “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desires; he rages against all wise judgment.”

The separation of church and state allows Christians to be a light to the world, but only in the confines of the church. We know that the Lord wants us to be a light unto the government too.

We have lost our heritage. We must get Christianity back into government, our schools, and in our society!

Reference

Barton, David (1993). Video: America’s Godly Heritage. WallBuilder Press, Aledo, Texas.

Ellis, Elisabeth; Esler, Anthony; Beers, Burton; & Hart, Diane (1999), World History –

Connections to Today – The Modern Era, Prentice Hall: New Jersey.

One of the main warnings and dangers, I believe, for these last days is what Paul warned us about, when he told us what the state of mind would be like in much of the culture, and also among much of the church, in the last days that would see Jesus’ return to earth:

2 Timothy 3

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Is this not an accurate description of the culture and society that we are living in today?

This is particularly true among our present day political leadership, of those who give lip service, when it serves their purpose, and they may talk about God, and even claim that they are Christian, in order to appear respectable and gain votes; but their lives and what they say and do all shows that their hearts are very far from God; and that they don’t even know Him.

As just one example, just look at the man who presently sits in the White House today, who says that he is a Christian; and yet he also says that Muslims and even atheists can get into heaven, if they are good people; he has been heard, and recorded on video, mocking the Bible; he supports infanticide and abortion, and wants to export it to other countries; he supports same sex marriage and the “Gay” agenda; and he is a socialist communist; and in spite of all of this evidence, he wants us to believe that he is a Christian… go figure! What’s even worse than that, apparently much of the people who voted for him believed him.

The truth is, as bad as all of this is, all of it is only a reflection of the values of the people who voted these people into office… and so I think that tells you what the spiritual state of our society and culture is in today.

This is not only true of what we see in Washington DC, but this is also true in most of our municipal and state governments across our nation today; and it is here that I truly believe 2 Timothy 3:5 applies; but certainly it is not limited to just our government, but it is a pretty accurate description of our society and culture in general.

So we have had a condition for years now, where we have elected pretty much godless men and women to represent us, and they have made policies and laws that have taken us further and further away from the values and teachings that we find in our Bible.

The most glaring offense against God, in my opinion, is found in the fact that we as a people have passed laws that have allowed our society to brutally exterminate over 50 million unborn babies, since 1973, when legalized abortion became the law of our land.

Starting back in the early sixties (around 1963, when prayer was officially taken out of our schools), a process started which has allowed our public education system to virtually take God out of our history books, and they have virtually lied to us regarding the role that faith had, among our founding fathers, in the formation of our government and in the our Constitution.

All of that history has been removed from our text books, and what is taught today, in its place, is a story that gives us a secularized world view that our government wants us to have and to follow, that completely ignores both God and the Bible.

So truly we have both a culture and a society today that Jesus warned us about, in his discourse with the Laodicean church, where He said:

Revelation 3:14-22

To the Church in Laodicea

14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

‘ These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.

15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”

So here we are today, where we have allowed people who don’t have a relationship with God to lead us; to make our polices and laws; and tell us how to live… and my question is what did we expect would happen, other than what has happened?

Did we expect that people who have no relationship with God, who don’t know Him and who don’t respect and follow His commandments, that that would make righteous and godly decisions and laws?

As an example, we had a former president, in Bill Clinton, who was caught cheating on his wife numerous times, but also in the Oval Office no less; was even shown to be a liar on national TV, when he first tried to deny it took place, when he said: “Read my lips, I did NOT have sex with that woman;” and yet even after he was found to be the lair he is, most people gave him a pass, and said moral character, as it relates to his personal life, should not be a factor in his professional and political life.

So if his own wife can’t trust him, we as a nation can… is what apparently most people believe… and so is it any wonder our nation is in trouble today?

These are the sort of people who have been setting our course, and directing our future for years now; as we have fallen further and further down this rabbit hole.

They have, by their leadership and policies, taken us as a nation further and further away from the God of the Bible, and have pretty much removed any mention of the Bible and of the God from our culture.

But folks how did we who are Christians think that it was possible that they would do anything else?

The truth is, except for the grace of God and the impact He has had upon each of our lives, through the Holy Spirit and influence of the Bible, we most likely would be doing the very same dumb things that they are doing… for truly how could we do anything else?

For the church in particular I think what 2 Timothy says in verse 5 is very relevant, where it says: …having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Is this not an accurate description of much of the church today?

How can we have any spiritual discernment without the Holy Spirit? The answer is we can’t!

As someone who has been privileged to see what life is like in what we would call Third World Nations,” having visited Cambodia, Thailand, and in the Philippines, I can tell you there is a much different paradigm of thinking over there in these countries, than what we find here in the West. There is more of an openness in these countries, and even an expectation and reception of the supernatural, that is all but lacking in our culture and society, here in the West.

Over there they are much more open to miracles; and when they have a need, having committed their lives to Christ, the literally believe that what the Bible says is true.

As just one example, when I was in Phnom Penh Cambodia, I met a man who had been raised from the death, after having been dead for over 12 hours.

Over their when the breadwinner dies, it pretty much destines the family to destitution and poverty. In this instance, the wife, who was a new Christian herself (about two weeks old in the Lord), she read in the Bible how Jesus raised the dead, and so when her husband died, she and another friend from her church, prayed for 12 hours for God to raise her husband (who was not even a Believer, mind you) from the dead… and after 12 hours of praying, with her husband’s dead body in the house, God answered their prayers.

Question, how many people in the West would even think to do such a thing, let alone do it… and therein is our problem! Today many Christians believe God can do these things, but to don’t expect it.

So much of the Gospel message in the West has been watered down and has been intellectualized; and I believe that much of that is owed to our progressive and secularized public education system that has virtually taught for several generations now that belief in God is absolutely irrelevant and unimportant in our life, and that by the way is the message that is being taught to our kids today.

Although it may not be said quite that way, in those exact words, but certainly that is the message that is implied, as education today it would seem is more about programming the minds of our young people to accept certain secular “Politically Correct” ideologies, to the exclusion even of teaching our kids even the basics, and this is true particularly in many of the inner city schools, in that we have failed to teach many of our children to read and write; and certainly any teaching about God and the Bible is totally forbidden.

Getting back to my original point and that is the role that the Holy Spirit is meant to play in our society, in the church, and in our culture… my point is it’s all the same!

There is no difference, and there is no separation, to God anyway, between the sacred and the secular; and that point is made obvious all throughout the Bible!

From everything that I have described about the current state of our society today, I can tell you it will take a miracle of God to turn us around; and that won’t happen without the church gets back in sync with the Holy Spirit, and we get plugged into the supernatural, and the Gifts of the Spirit, as it is illustrated and demonstrated in the Book of Acts!

Also, unless we who are Christians do as we are instructed, in 2 Chronicles 7:14; and humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways; and begin to seek after God’s face, then there is no hope for our nation at all!

Mind you, for us to seek after God’s face is talking about our having a very personal and intimate relationship with Him, and that can only happen through the Spirit; and unless we as the church are open to the Holy Spirit, and are willing to trust Him, and allow Him to lead us, then we have no power to back us up, nor our prayers!

So with that said, I’ll ask the question again… what is the Spirit of Prophecy, as explained in the New Testament?

The prophetic gift is from God and its purpose is to provide a way for man to speak forth the mind and counsel of God for repentance to be taught and righteousness to be preached in order to bring restoration, to heal (Matthew 4:34; 9:35), “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (King James Version) (Revelation 19:10.)

In the Amplified Bible that portion of verse reads: “… For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy—the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose [including both mine and yours].)”

A Christian prophetic ministry also provides a way for the priorities, the present-day utility of God’s power, and contemporary purposes to be communicated to man as history progresses (Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”; Hebrews 1:1,2 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds”; Revelation 10:7 (…more)

Certainly the church today needs to repent and turn back to God; and for that to happen it is mandated that we turn back to the supernatural aspects of the Spirit, that we see taught in the Bible and in the Book of Acts… none of that was ever to cease.

For us to turn our nation around it will require a Spiritual Awakening in our country, and among our people; and I am one who believes that we are going to have such an awakening, and also a revival; but I’m afraid, human nature being what it is, it most likely will not happen without God allows something serious to happen, on the level of what happened on 9/11, only worse, to get our attention!

So with that I want to encourage us all to take the above Prophetic word to heart, and let us not focus on circumstances and feelings; but let us all focus on Jesus Christ, and follow after the Holy Spirit, and the teachings of His Word. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Being shaped, sharpened, and formed into the image of Christ, on God’s Anvil of Life!

Being shaped, sharpened, and formed into the image of Christ, on God’s Anvil of Life!

It happens…

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the LORD of hosts.”

(Zech 4:6)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

THAT WHICH IS SPIRITUAL CANNOT BE DUPLICATED

Here on the streets of New York City, you can buy a Rolex watch for fifteen dollars. As every New Yorker knows, these watches aren’t truly Rolexes. They are simply “knock-offs”—cheap copies of the original.

There seems to be a duplicate for just about everything today. But there is one thing that cannot be duplicated and that is true spirituality.

Nothing that is truly spiritual can be copied. The Lord recognizes the work of his own hands—and he won’t accept a man-made duplication of any of his divine workings.

Why? Because it’s impossible for man to duplicate what is truly spiritual. That is the work of the Holy Spirit alone. He’s constantly at work doing something new in his people. And there is no possible way for us to reproduce that work.

This is the big mistake of modern religion. We think if we merely impart knowledge of the Scriptures and biblical principles to people, they’ll become spiritual. But the fact remains—no person or institution has the power to produce spirituality in someone. Only the Holy Ghost does that.

Very little of the work God’s Spirit does in us can be seen. This is why truly spiritual people rarely look for outward evidence of his work.

Paul says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

In the context of this passage, Paul is speaking of sufferings and afflictions. He saying, “No one knows all the things we face, except the Holy Spirit. And this is where true spirituality is manifested—in the crucible of suffering.”

Those who submit to the leading of God’s Spirit—who face their afflictions confident that the Lord is producing something in them—emerge from their crucible with strong faith. And they testify that the Spirit taught them more during their suffering than when all was well in their lives.

In all my years of walking with the Lord, I’ve rarely seen an increase in my spirituality during good times. Rather, any such increase usually took place as I endured hard places, agonies, testings—all of which the Holy Ghost allowed.

At one point in his walk of faith, Paul said, “The Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me that bonds and afflictions await me” (see Acts 20:21–22). Indeed, throughout Paul’s entire life, his afflictions never let up. They just kept coming.

“Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). According to Paul, our afflictions and difficulties produce eternal values in us. He’s saying, “The suffering we go through on this earth will probably last our whole lifetime. But that’s only momentary compared to eternity. And right now, as we endure afflictions, God is producing in us a revelation of his glory that will last forever.”

http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2010/08/that-which-is-spiritual-cannot-be.html

In these days and times, at least for many of us… and I believe this is becoming increasingly true for more people with each passing day… that life’s problems and challenges seem to be ramping up and on the increase. Can I hear an AMEN out there? 🙂

Did not God promise us in Hebrews 12 that in the last days that in route to our destiny and in preparation for eternity that we would of necessity have to experience and become an Unshakable Kingdom:

Unlike your ancestors, you didn’t come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble—to hear God speak. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. When they heard the words—”If an animal touches the Mountain, it’s as good as dead”—they were afraid to move. Even Moses was terrified.

No, that’s not your experience at all. You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace.

So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.

Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

Hebrews 12:18-29 (The Message Bible)

So how does this happen? It happens when everything in your world gets shaken, right down to your foundation; when all your personal resources, your plans, your ambitions, your wants and desires seem to be on hold; and all that you formally looked to for security in the natural is now in disarray and is of no use to you anymore, or worse it isn’t even there.

Kind of like what happened to the children of Israel, in route to their promise land; where all of the sudden they found themselves challenged by a desert wilderness, where every day they were being trained to rely on God alone!

No longer was there an over abundance of life’s necessities, as they had before in Egypt; everything now, even the bare necessities of food and water were scarce and in short supply.

Now they had to live day by day, and trust God moment by moment for their very subsistence and survival; and their reaction was probably like yours and mine, until we learn (if we are wise enough to consult the Operations manual—The Holy Bible) that this is a test; it’s a set up by God to where we are being stretched and tried to see if we will obey God, or if we will follow our old habits and follow after our understanding and limited knowledge?

When under pressure, you can count on it, at least at first until we are trained and know better, we will most often react in our flesh at the first sign of trouble; and yes we will stumble and fall many times along the way (I do several times a day—more than I can count), and even this is necessary and is a part of our training, for we learn from our mistakes.

The test is, when you stumble, when you make mistakes, do you quit, or do you get back up and try again. In this case, practice makes permanent; but without the practice you are lacking in the experience that enables you to persevere and not quit.

It is here that we learn that God is there when all seems to be lost, and there is no visible sign, nor sight/sense evidence of His presence. It is here that we learn that God’s presence is assured and verified not by our feelings and circumstances, but ONLY by our faith and reliance upon His Word!

It is here also that we are taught to look to God alone and not to man as our source. For as we look to other people and to other things, as our resource, they will often prove to be unreliable and a vain hope at best; because people and things can fail you, but God is not a man that He should lie… and He NEVER fails!

However we can’t learn this by reading a book, not even by reading our Bible, though reading the Bible is necessary for it is there that we get our instructions, and learn what it is that we should expect and do.

But when it comes to our gaining perseverance and hope, these things come only by our having experienced the heat of the fire, and our having been put to the test.

Like what happened to the Children of Israel; where their wilderness experience, after having stumbled and made mistakes, and therefore having to go in circles for forty years, the result of the lack of faith and obedience of that first generation; when God was ready to give them another chance, and take them into the “Promised Land,” that was only the beginning; and if they thought it was hard in the wilderness, now they would be facing giants and fortified armies, and all of this would necessitate an even closer walk with God, and greater trust, reliance, and obedience!

Compare that with your experience, and ask yourself how are you doing?

What is it that you are looking to as your primary support system… is it God and His Word? Are you responding in faith and obedience to His Word, not leaning on your understanding, but doing what God instructs, even when you don’t agree, understand, or like it?

Unless you can answer in the affirmative to all the above questions, then just know that what happened to the Children of Israel, when they failed to obey, will also happen to us; and God does not mark on a curve, but only on a pass or fail bases!

So if we don’t learn our lesson on the first go-round, then we had better be prepared to go the test again, and go in circles just as the Children of Israel did until we learn; because God will not take us to the next level until we learn to be obedient and do as we are told where we are!

The next thing is, while we are on this journey, it is very important that we become intimately acquainted with our personal Guide, Comforter, Paraclete, and Friend… the Holy Spirit! This is very important because, as David is pointing out in the above devotional message, it is the Holy Spirit that both empowers and guides us while we are on this pilgrimage, and it is He who illuminates the way.

We are talking here about a person who is closer to each of us than our next breath, who lives inside of us; and is longing to have never-ending communion with us; but unless we take the time to be still, and to listen, and to learn to discern His voice, and His guidance, then we are without a light for our path.

It is the Holy Spirit who illuminates and gives us insight, understanding, and personal application into our lives, as we mediate upon God’s Word. The Holy Spirit is like the laser light to a film, that when the film is exposed to this laser light, the resulting image or photo is holographic, and three dimensional. It is the Holy Spirit who makes the Scriptures come alive; and when we do not know how to pray for a particular problem and need, it is the Holy Spirit who prays through us!

In short, the Holy Spirit is that part of the God Head who gives us the power, wisdom, and guidance we need to walk our path, and to live our life in a manner that is pleasing to God; it is also the Holy Spirit who is our chief instructor and guide along the way.

It is so sad that so many Christians have yet to learn this secret, that we can only successfully accomplished our assignment, and carry out the Great Commission to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in the earth, and to disciple all nations as we are empowered to do so through the Holy Spirit, and are in fact relying on him moment by moment, 24/7!

So with all of this in mind, let us each start out each day in sync with the one who is our Comforter, our Teacher and Guide; and let us allow Him to lead us, moment by moment throughout our day; for as the Bible promises in Proverbs 3, that if we acknowledge Him in ALL our ways, then He is directing our steps; but we have to do so by trusting with ALL our heart, and by NOT relying upon our own understanding!

This walk that God has placed us on is a faith walk, and the Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, that unless we walk by faith, then it is impossible for us to please God! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland

Let us ALL weigh the cost of what it is that is at stake… and this video that you are about to see I think says it all!!!

A Hero’s Welcome Home…

I think you will like this video, and also this is something for all Americans to think about in that the cost of our liberty, though it is taken for granted by so many, and is currently being undermined by our government, as is our Constitution; but nevertheless these are the men and women who pay the price to protect it!!!


I believe this video says it all, and when you weigh the awesome cost that so many of our men and women in uniform, both in the past and presently today, have paid and are paying even at this present moment, in literally laying down their lives and putting themselves in harm’s way, it brings to mind the reason why this is so important, for us to preserve, protect, and defend our Constitutional rights and liberties, because we are doing so in order to preserve these same liberties for our children, and for ALL future generations that will follow after us!

The question is, how in the world do we, as American citizens, line up the self-less sacrifices of all these brave men and women, with the self-serving hypocrisy and constant lying, and corruption of so many of our politicians today?

Folks, we cannot afford to let this continue!

We have a history, here in our country, that most Americans aren’t even aware of, and are completely ignorant of; in that we have two Constitutions today, and the one we are operating under today is illegal and is a CORPORATE CONSTITUTION, and it is not the one that our founding fathers wrote.

http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/baska01.htm

Also we have a two-party political system, here in America today, that has been corrupted from the top down, by a very small, but very powerful group of men, who both own and control our Federal Reserve System, and the international banking and monetary policies of the world, of which the Rothschild family is at the top; and these families have over the years used their power to whittle away at both our U.S. Constitution and our Republic, with one intention and objective in mind, and that is to bring our nation under their One World Government and monetary system that they will both own and control.

Those of us who are Christian can read about this in our Bible; but even that should be no excuse for us to allow it to happen in our government; not as long as we still have our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; and we still get to choose who represents us through our vote!

We need to educate ourselves and not be so naive; and stop believing this constant stream of lies that we are getting from our liberal media, and from these corrupt politicians.

We need to fire these bums in Washington, and take back our government… and actually that process is now under way, I might add, and is actually being implemented right now, in this move to restore our Constitutional Republic.

For information and sign up page click here:

http://www.republicoftheunitedstates.org/

It saddens me to have to say this, but things have gotten so bad today, here in America, that it matters not who sits in the White House, or in Congress, because whether we have a Republican or Democrat, at least among the hierarchy and leadership of both parties, partisan politics not withstanding, at least among the leadership of both parties, they are mostly on board with the Globalist agenda, which you’d think would be obvious from the way our government is being run; and this is especially true among some of these career politicians, as they have even been groomed since their college days (just like the Bushs, the Clintons, and Obama) to betray our U.S. Constitution.

I know I’ve said this before in other blogs, but we need to understand that we have a situation today where regardless of whether we have a Republican or Democratic administration, as far as the ultimate objectives are concerned, they both represent two sides of the same coin, in that the ultimate objective of both parties from the top down, is to take us into a New World Order; which if you will remember, this is a concept that was first introduced by a Republican President, in George H.W. Bush, back in 1991, when he first talked about a “New World Order,” which he said would be inevitable. But what he didn’t say is that it will in fact be a totalitarian One World Government!

As with most forms of corruption, to find the source all you have to do is follow the money; and it is exactly this self-serving greed and personal ambition that has corrupted so many our politicians over the years; and I believe today that all stops are being removed, under this current Obama Administration, to implement this New World Order system as soon as possible; and they are doing so by using this massive spending and the printing of more fiat money, to undermine and eventually to bankrupt our economy; and they are doing this to bring our country to its knees to cause us to capitulate and accept their New World Order, along with their monetary system, that Bible says will eventfully be a mark in either the forehead, or on the back of the right hand.

Folks the laws of economics are still in place, and Obama doesn’t have any kind of magical wand that will cause that fact to change!

You can never multiply anything through division; and the books have to always balance in the end.

I might also add here, that this is also true in a spiritual sense; as the books in heaven will have to balance as well, and the ONLY balancing factor that will be in eternity, comes only through Jesus Christ, as we accept His atonement and His sacrifice to balance our books before God!

All of this that we see happening today should be raising all kinds of red flags, among the citizens; and it should be obvious to everyone what is going on, as these politicians, especially in recent years and months, over the objections of so many of our citizens, they have nevertheless proceeded to pass legislation that is costing us 100s of billions of dollars, all in fiat (meaning worthless) money, which only serves to drive up inflation and increases unemployment; and also mind you that all of what they are doing exceeds their Constitutionally mandated authority, and therefore it is all illegal; and yet all the while the American people just sit by and most are doing nothing.

Let us be very clear, these men in Washington today, to the extent that they have violated their oath of office, and have failed to preserve, protect, and defend our U.S. Constitution, and are today passing laws and are implementing policies that go against our U.S. Constitution, they are all traitors and are criminals; and they need to be exposed for what they are, and tried before a court of law as such… but that won’t happen unless the people in our country care enough to take our country back!

By the way, let me say again and remind you that this process to restore our Republic is being implemented at this very moment, though the liberal media isn’t talking about it, it nevertheless is moving forward… and we who are Christians need to be praying for its success.

Also let me remind you that a lot of what Obama is doing today began under George W. Bush’s Administration; and this happened as he first began to sign into law, through Executive Orders, policies and laws that are today being implemented by Obama.

Mind you also that most of these laws are totally unconstitutional, and yet still Congress and our Supreme Court, thus far, have done nothing to stop them; and the reason is that John Q. Public is either otherwise occupied, or they don’t care!

I know that I said this before, but I think it is so important that we understand how deep and how long this corruption has been going on, in that for many of these people, who are in leadership roles within our government today, among those who have bought into this Globalist (New World Order) agenda, and this is certainly true with the Bushs, the Clintons and Obama, they have been prepared and have been groomed for this betrayal ever since their college days, and they are today representing an unconstitutional and illegal agenda, as it totally violates and exceeds their Constitutional athority and what they are doiong exceeds their limits of power, as mandated in ourConstitution..

The fact is, this has been true of many of our past presidents; and in truth there are only a couple presidents in our history who objected and actually tried to take us out from under these International Bankers, and those being Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, and it cost both of these men their lives.

Let me say it again, this New World Order will be totally totalitarian in nature; and please understand also that they will not be able to implement this change, and it cannot happen, without they first strip us of all our Constitutional rights, and they permanently undermine and disable our Constitutional Republic; a process which by the way actually began back in 1871.

So you can know by this that this process has been going on for a really long time; for well over 100 years, in our country alone; but it goes back even further, even back to the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel; and that is because these whole Globalist agenda is nothing but Satan’s agenda; and all of it is being implemented in order to bring his Antichrist into power!

It is absolutely criminal how we have allowed these Globalist International Bankers, over these many years, to corrupt and undermine our media, our politicians, and our public education system; until most Americans today, Christians and non-Christians alike, don’t even have a clue and they really don’t know, or aren’t paying attention, to what all is happening today in Washington DC.

If this is allowed to continue with this current leadership, make no mistake but that these policies will not only permanently undermine and bankrupt our country; but it will also destroy both our Constitution and our Republic; but what’s worse it will insure that our children and ALL future generations that follow will have to live under the rule of some pretty evil and godless men.

This is how far we have fallen as a nation, in that what used to be the purview of the church to be the gatekeepers of morality and honesty, has today been taken over by a bunch of godless people in the media, a media by the way that is also bought and paid for by these same evil people who have corrupted so many of our politicians.

In fact things have gotten so bad, it is as if there is a spiritual malaise that has settled over our society, and over our entire country, until unless the media says that we have a problem, for most of our citizens today, this is true, that they won’t even believe there is a problem, because the media tells them what to believe and how to think!

Let us make one thing very clear, that none of what I am speaking about here will ever change, unless We the People care enough to take action and stop it!

I would suggest if you haven’t already done so, that you look into and get on board with this Restore American Moment, and let us restore our Constitutional Republic, as it was originally intended to operate; where We the People are the Sovereigns and not our government!

Let us all continue to watch and pray per 2 Chronicles 7:14, because unless God moves and does a miracle, our days as a free Republic are numbered!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Two paradoxes of Christian living… we must die to live; and we must learn to let go, to let God!!!

And Jesus said to his disciples:


“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” Mat 16:24-27

A classic daily devotional

Edited by A. J. Russell

Empty Yourself

Rely on Me alone. Ask no other help. Pay all out in the Spirit of trust that more will come to meet your supply.

Empty your vessels quickly to ensure a Divine Supply.

So much retained by you, so much the less will be gained from Me. It is a Law of Divine Supply.

To hold back, to retain, implies a fear of the future, a want of trust in Me.

When you ask Me to save you from the sea of poverty and difficulty you must trust wholly to Me.  If you do not, and your prayer and faith are genuine, then I must first answer your prayer for help as a rescuer does that of a drowning man who is struggling to save himself.

He renders him still more helpless and powerless until he is wholly at the will and mercy of the rescuer.  So understand My leading.  Trust wholly. Trust completely.

Empty your vessel.  I will fill it.  You ask both of you to understand Divine Supply. It is a most difficult lesson for My children to learn.  So dependent have they become on material supply they fail to understand.  You must live as I tell you.

Depend on Me.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

www.twolisteners.org

Have we each counted the cost of following Christ, for if we have then we understand, from having read His Word, that the Christian life requires that we cease to be the masters of our own destiny, living as we choose; and that we relinquish completely unto the Master, our Creator God, ALL our perceived rights to our self; including all our will and ambitions, our ways and means of doing things; and that we pick up our cross (symbol of our death) and follow Jesus daily! And the way we do this is that we begin to reprogram ourselves by meditating on God’s ways and means at handling life, by mediating upon, and obeying His Word, as found in the Holy Bible.

In fact Jesus said that we cannot even begin to have a relationship with Him, and He and the Father will not make their abode with us, unless we begin here, by honoring and obeying His Word!

Anything less than that and we are practicing mere religion of man, which attempts to earn something the Bible clearly says comes only by grace, through faith; and that it is not of ourselves, but is a gift from God; and that is the salvation of our souls.

If you find yourself struggling in life, with certain problems and situations that always seems to arise; and if you seem always to be in the same predicament and pickle; then it just may be that the Lord is waiting on you to quit struggling, trying to save yourself, much as a lifeguard is trained to do.

You see lifeguards are trained not to just jump in and rescue a drowning person, unless he has a floatation device to throw to him, or her; and the reason is if he were to grab a drowning person, who is panicking and fighting the water, that drowning person would only pull the rescuer down with him.

So instead sometimes they have to wait until that drowning person is coming up for their last breathe; and have given up rescuing themselves, before he can save them.

Well I have found, and I believe the Scriptures support this, that God operates just like that.

Until we have let go and quit trying to save ourselves; until we have given up depending on our own understanding and our resources; often God will let us flounder and struggle, until we are finally willing to trust Him.

Really what I am describing to you here is the nature of what SIN is all about; and it is exactly that attitude that is found in each of us that has separated us from God to begin with, in that nature which we have inherited from our father Adam; a nature whose predisposition is to always assert our will above God’s; that goes crosswise against God’s original plan and purpose for our life.

Jesus died to provide a door of reconciliation and forgiveness; but that door requires that we each die to ourselves, meaning we cease living for ourselves, and we begin by FAITH to live for Jesus Christ! Selah

God has so much better things for us; but as long as we refuse to let go, and are hanging on to what we have; God cannot release His gifts, and He cannot begin to unfold our destiny in our lives.

God will not be a backseat driver in our life, and he will not operate inside of our little boxes either; and so if we insist on being in control, and of being the masters of our own destinies, doing everything our way, according to our understanding, then God will not stand in our way; He will appliage us, and He will let us continue down our own path… but understand this, the Bible says at the end of that path, there is nothing but eternal separation from God!

So this is God’s standing commandment for ALL of His covenant children, for all those who are pursuing fulfillment of their life, and are willing to first let go of their lives; and trust completely in God:

Proverbs 3:5-8

5 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.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

So do you want to know what the secret is to an abundant life; and how you can enter into the Secret Place of the Most High?

Follow these instructions:

Psalm 91

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 This I declare about the Lord:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.

6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.

15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.

16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

So there you have it, you now have your marching orders… so now go and do it!

Live long and prosper in Jesus Christ… and have a blessed life! 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


A letter from Col. Jim Harding on why Muslims now want to build a mosque at Ground Zero… wake up America!!!

Let us elect godly men to office, to represent us in DC, and replace the current anti-American, anti-Constitutional lot. Let’s elect people who will put the best interest of America ahead of their own, and of other outside interests.

Meet Colonel James Harding:

For those of you in the Tennessee area I recommend you

Vote for Colonel James C. Harding,

Candidate for Tennessee State Senate

(District 27)

Something to ponder as we get ready for the elections in November.  Can we afford to give a president who was born of a Muslim father, raised by a Muslim stepfather, attended Muslim schools in Indonesia and has been associated with Muslims most of his formative years a rubber stamp congress?

Can we allow a congress to confirm his radical judges who would thwart our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights?  I say no.  We must take charge of our country now, in this election.  Join me.  Jim

Much has been discussed regarding a “slap in the face of America” or “what an insult to the victim families”.

The better question, among others, is “Why there?”

Does this location represent the Muslim community as a demographically located “religious center” because there is a high population of Muslim people near this site?

“Why there” is the mystery about to unfold?

To understand this better, you need to know that first of all, mosques have always been built on top of a site where Islam has claimed a victory.

The twin towers were considered the financial center of the Western world. Taking down the towers, as a victory, would mean a blow to capitalism, a message to all infidels, not to mention the loss of over 3,000 American lives.

In doing so, the radical Islamic terrorists were also successful in creating terror in the hearts of many families.

However, the most important factor is yet to come.

Not only terror, not only the loss of lives, not only the slap in the face, not only the victory sign but the recruiting tool the Islamic world will create if this site is allowed to be built as planned.

The recruiting tool is historically sound. At Medina, in Jerusalem, in Cordoba (South-central Spain) and other sites of war, radical Islam built mosques on those sites.

Immediately following the splendor of a new mosque, young Muslims radicalized in huge numbers.

Further conquests because of this radicalization period enabled the Muslim world to grow and get bolder.

Further analysis of this phenomenon, a 30 year period of each and every century since 700 AD has been years of Islamic activity.

This activity includes war, terror, domination, brutalization of captives and international jihad followed by mosque building and further control.

The first 30 years of the current century involved a tragic loss of over 3,000 lives in the first year, 2001.

Since then, over 1,300 acts of terror world-wide, senseless loss of life, radicalization and now mosque building.

That’s all the bad news, folks. The good news is that we only have 20 more years of this before 2030 AD.

How much more are we prepared for? What have we done collectively to make sure the next 20 years do not see more of what we have seen in the past 10 years?

What steps have we taken individually to make sure our families have “provision” for disastrous consequence? Please investigate all of the above for yourselves. Please also, make preparations for your family’s safety.

Sincerely,

Col. Jim Harding

Instructions on how to live as covenant children in our Father’s house… Jesus is our example!!!

Jesus came to serve, not to be served!!!

God’s ways are very different from ours. Remember what happened when the son’s of Zebedee were vying for position in the Kingdom of God, as to who would sit on the right and left?

Listen to what Jesus’ response was:

But Jesus called them to Himself and said,
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mat 20:25-28

Prayer in the Father’s House

Our Lord’s childhood was not immaturity waiting to grow into manhood— His childhood is an eternal fact. Am I a holy, innocent child of God as a result of my identification with my Lord and Savior? Do I look at my life as being in my Father’s house? Is the Son of God living in His Father’s house within me?

The only abiding reality is God Himself, and His order comes to me moment by moment. Am I continually in touch with the reality of God, or do I pray only when things have gone wrong— when there is some disturbance in my life? I must learn to identify myself closely with my Lord in ways of holy fellowship and oneness that some of us have not yet even begun to learn. “. . . I must be about My Father’s business”— and I must learn to live every moment of my life in my Father’s house.

Think about your own circumstances. Are you so closely identified with the Lord’s life that you are simply a child of God, continually talking to Him and realizing that everything comes from His hands? Is the eternal Child in you living in His Father’s house? Is the grace of His ministering life being worked out through you in your home, your business, and in your circle of friends? Have you been wondering why you are going through certain circumstances? In fact, it is not that you have to go through them. It is because of your relationship with the Son of God who comes, through the providential will of His Father, into your life. You must allow Him to have His way with you, staying in perfect oneness with Him.

The life of your Lord is to become your vital, simple life, and the way He worked and lived among people while here on earth must be the way He works and lives in you.

http://utmost.org/

The above message from Oswald Chambers, I think, says it very well.

Look at how many churches there are today that are run exactly as our Lord said we are not to be; where the guy at the top is seen more as a CEO of a corporation, rather than a pastor; with all of his intermediate level staff to insulate him from his flock.

So much of what the church does today, it would seem, imitates the world, instead of it being the other way around; and therein I believe is a major drawback and reason why we often are finding ourselves so handicapped in our efforts to carry out the Great Commission.

For one thing, the Person the Lord sent to build, to guide, and to empower us, the Holy Spirit, is all but ignored today, in many churches and among many denominations.

Not only that, but to a great many church going people today this whole subject of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with all signs and wonders is controversial.

Well I can tell you this, any effort or work that is done for God, at God’s direction, that does not also include God’s Power Source is destined for failure before you get out the gate… and therein lies our problem.

Too much of the world, and not enough of the Word and the Spirit!

Let us each take this message to heart today, and may we each begin to live as children in our Heavenly Father’s house. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland