What’s wrong with this picture…

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What’s wrong with this picture…

I’ll tell you what’s wrong, Satan has declared war on our children, by destroying the godly bond of Christian marriage and family; and what we see all around us today, in our society (represented in the picture above), is the collateral damage of that attack!

Folks this is what’s missing in most of our families today, that parents should discipline their children while they are still young.

Do you remember this video, where this mom went out into the middle of the Baltimore riot and grabbed her 16-year-old boy:

And to show you just how sick our society is, they were going to actually prosecute her for doing this!

The Bible says that if you “Bring up a child in the way he should go, that when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6); we’re also warned that if children are not disciplined early on in life, while they are still young, that their personal development will suffer (Prov 13:24).

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself, to his own devices, brings shame (Prov 29:15); Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die (Prov 23:13); You shall teach your children diligently the laws and requirements of the Lord, as found in His Word, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deut 6:7).

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart (Prov 29:17); Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him (Prov 22:15); Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death (Prov 19:18).

But as for you, (speaking to the Christians out there) continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from your childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright (Prov 20:11); All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children (Isa 54:13); Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children (Eph 5:1); For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11).

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 1:4); Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children (Lam 2:19); Did he not make them one (husband and wife), with a portion of the Spirit in their union, and what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring (Mal 2:15).

If you strike your son with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol (Pro 23:14); And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord. “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore (Isa 59:20-21).

Are we getting the picture and do we understand that the whole reason our society is being destroyed from within and is coming apart at the seams, is because long ago we as a nation abdicated our responsibilities and have violated our covenant with God?

Children today, with both parents either working or divorced, are pretty much raising themselves; and consequently with the absence of godly discipline and authority in their lives, they are learning their values from the streets.

Not only that, but we have a godless secular public education system today that bends over backwards to teach our children that faith in God is absolutely useless and irrelevant to anything that is of any importance or consequence in their life.

Some may look at this picture below and say this is justice; but as I look at the picture I see that as a society we are losing this war and we are losing our children to the hands of Satan.

You know every child is born into this world with a blank slate, and it is how they are raised that determines their character and their future.

With no parents around, with no godly discipline or training, with no reverence or fear of the Lord, this is what happens.

As for this young man, who really was still only a child at 18 years old, our failure as a society and the lack of godly training and discipline in his life, has consigned him to hell for all eternity!

God did NOT create disposable people, and the Scriptures that tell us that God has a plan, a purpose and a destiny for each of us, also includes each one of these children that we are seeing on the evening news!

As parents we ALL need to wake up to the fact that given the wrong set of circumstances and upbringing, that what we see represented in this photo could very well have happened to one of our children.

This is happening to way too many of our young people in our inner-cities today, and it has to stop!

This is God’s warning to all of us, and this is what He is after:

Malachi 4:6

God will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else “I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Wake up America!

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Jesus said: “Come follow me”…

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Mankind was NEVER designed, nor was he created to operate independently from God…

Without that God connection in our life, we are ALL like fish out of water, flopping around on the shores of life, looking for our way back home.

We were given dominion over this earth to operate in unison with God (Gen 1:28), through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, just as we see that Jesus modeled in His earthly ministry (1 John 2:6).

We were also given a free will that we may choose to do this, or not.

The Bible clearly tells us that most people will choose not to follow Jesus and not to live their lives this way, in submission to God (Mat 7:13); but for those of us who are paying attention, we recognize this as the greatest privilege, gift and adventure we could ever have!

The number one requirement for anyone who obeys the Gospel message is that they first recognize the value of the gift God is offering them!

Depending on Him

Do everything in dependence on Me.

The desire to act independently—apart from Me—springs from the root of pride.

Self-sufficiency is subtle, insinuating its way into your thoughts and actions without your realizing it.

But apart from Me, you can do NOTHING: that is, nothing of eternal value.

My deepest desire for you is that you learn to depend on Me in EVERY situation!

I move heaven and earth to accomplish this purpose, but you must collaborate with Me in this training.

Teaching you would be simple if I negated your free will or overwhelmed you with My Power.

However, I love you too much to withdraw the godlike privilege I bestowed on you as My image-bearer.

Use your freedom wisely, by relying on Me constantly.

Thus you enjoy My Presence and My Peace.

See also John 15:5; Ephesians 6:10; Genesis 1:26, 27

(From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)

Come join the Adventure!

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2000 years ago God sent His only begotten Son to dwell among us…

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What happened on that first Christmas day will change the world forever…

But on that first Christmas day the world had no room for Him, so He was born in a manger.

How about you, will you make room for Him in your life?

This is the most important question in life, and it is also the message of Christmas.

From my house to yours, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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ISIS Fighter Converts to Christianity After Vivid Dream of Jesus…

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I have been hearing reports all over that God has been supernaturally moving in the Muslim community and revealing Himself through dreams…

In this article (below) we read how a Christian brother, just before he was killed, forgave his executioner and gave him his Bible.

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ISIS Fighter Converts to Christianity After Vivid Dream of Jesus Who Told Him ‘You Are Killing My People’

AN ISLAMIC State fighter who ‘enjoyed’ killing Christians wants to follow Jesus after dreaming of a man in white who told him, “You are killing my people.”

I t has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ…

[Read more: http://www.israelislamandendtimes.com/isis-fighter-converts-to-christianity-after-vivid-dream-of-jesus-who-told-him-you-are-killing-my-people/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork%5D

This reminds me of both Jesus’ forgiveness on the cross, as He forgave His executioners, and also the last words of the first martyr, Stephen, as he forgave, while Saul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) watched him be killed (Acts 6:8–8:3).

Only God has the power to recycle men’s lives, and I’ve seen it happen over and over again.

Even as Jesus said, “He that is forgiven of much, loves much” (Luke 7:47); and as it says in First Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW creature: old things are passed away; and behold, ALL things are become new.”

Truly this is the greatest miracle!

I think a lot of times, and I’m certainly including myself in this, we’re more like Jonah in our attitude towards our enemies, we want to see the fire of God fall down upon them.

When l hear of stories like this, all I can say is God’s mercy and grace is beyond amazing!

This conversation of this ISIS fighter sounds a lot like Saul of Tarsus’ conversion, after he also had been responsible for killing Christians.

Acts 9:3-9

3-4 But on his journey, as he neared Damascus, a light from Heaven suddenly blazed around him, and he fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice speaking to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

5 “Who are you, Lord?” he asked.

6 “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,” was the reply. “But now stand up and go into the city and there you will be told what you must do.”

7-9 His companions on the journey stood there speechless, for they had heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. There he remained sightless for three days, and during that time he had nothing either to eat or drink.

I do know that this is God’s heart, that none should parish and that ALL men should be saved (2 Peter 3:9); and we as Christians are to be about our Father’s business, having been assigned the duty of being God’s distributors of His Love and Light in this dark world.

I continually have to remind myself of this fact, especially in the light of all the brutality and cruel savagery I see coming from this particular group of people.

God’s ways and His thoughts certainly are not ours, but as His occupational force (Luke 19:13), here on earth, as His ambassadors, we are here to represent and enforce His will in the earth, and not our own.

Even as we’re told in the Bible of how Paul tried desperately to witness to his tormentors and captors, before his execution, when he witnessed to Porcius Festus and Herod Agrippa II (Acts 26:1-32).

Particularly in this day and age, in this increasingly evil and violent world that we live in, I think we as Christians have to maintain a balance.

After all, Jesus did tell His disciples to go sell their cloak and buy a sword (see Luke 22:36); and the reason I believe that He said that is, as Christians, we at times have to defend ourselves and others.

As King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:8b, “there’s a time for war and a time for peace.”

After all, our nation was birthed through the Revolutionary War, with England; we’ve also had two World Wars and have had many other wars between.

Obviously if we had not fought in those wars our nation would not even exist today, and whereas I respect an individual’s right, according to his or her’s conscience, to be a pacifist, I obviously think that would not be a wise course for every Christian to take.

And to bring it home, and even make it more personal, I would say that if you saw someone attacking or raping your wife or daughter, you would not call a prayer meeting; but you would do whatever you could to stop it, including using deadly force.

For most of us, anyway, I believe that course of action would be a no-brainer.

I believe that there is a time to fight and there is also a time not to; and it is wisdom that lets us know when to do which.

Particularly in America it would seem that our history has often been that our military, in times past, as had to go in and make the playing field level, so that the missionaries can go in and do their job.

As is the case with all things, with God, there is a balance in everything.

At least that’s the way I see it.

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Are you on the narrow path…

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Augustine once said, “Love God and do what you want”…

If we truly love God, with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, then nothing else matters and everything we do will be exactly what God desires.

The precise quote from Augustine goes like this:

“Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.”

So the question is, do you truly love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?

There are two categories of people in the world, who say they are Christian.

For some Jesus is the center most important part of their life, He is like the hub of the wheel, around which everything in their life revolves.

For others He’s nothing more the than a spoke in wheel, that’s no more than an accessory; and their lives will roll along just fine without Him.

This latter group knows God in name only, but they don’t have a relationship with Him.

Listen to these words of Jesus and you decide which group you might be in?

Matthew 16:24-26
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

24-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples,

“If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.

For the man who wants to save his life will lose it; but the man who loses his life for my sake will find it.

For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he had lost it?

Monday, December 21

The Winning Walk

DO YOU REALLY LOVE GOD?

St. Augustine asked his followers if they really loved God.

“Do you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?” he asked.

Then he told a story as a way to discover the answer. 

Suppose God came to a man and said, “The world and all that is in it is yours. 

I will give you perfect health. Whatever your heart desires is yours. 

I will even do away with sin and death and enable you to live forever.” 

Sounds good, doesn’t it? The whole world at your disposal-no sin, eternal life? Too good, perhaps. 

“There is only one thing you will not have,” God would say in this imaginary exchange. “You will never see My face. The choice is yours. I will respect your wish.”

Augustine said if there were a quiver in a person’s heart at the words “you will never see My face,” it is quite possible that he might really love God.

If a man decided to turn away from all that the world could offer for the joy of seeing God’s face, his love might be true.

Sounds like a pretty good test to me!

The only satisfaction to be found in this life is found in the love of God.

We can choose Him through His Son Jesus Christ and know Him as we are known.

Only then does satisfaction come-but then, it comes from everywhere.

Because when the soul is satisfied, all the other things in life may be enjoyed for what they are: gifts from a God who is unchanging and good, and whose love endures forever.

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MATTHEW 22:37
You shall love the Lord Your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

A word of caution to the wise, who have ears to hear, who have not yet made their peace with God, this may very well be your last call to enter into this Grand Adventure.

So don’t put this decision off another day, for tomorrow is promised to no man.

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The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be in infrenged…

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What follows is true for ALL of us, not just the elderly…

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.”

The real evil and the people we need to be concerned about, in this day and age, are those politicians, who reserve the right to protect themselves with guns, who in violation of their oath of office, would disarm us and make us more vulnerable!

Why grandpa carries a gun
by Joe Messina –  Feb 16, 2015

Why Carry a Gun?

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps; and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people; I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid; I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere   tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy; I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I  don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the  people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves, because police do not protect you from crime, they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass whooping’!

Author unknown (but obviously brilliant)

[Read more at http://therealside.com/2015/02/why-grandpa-carries-a-gun/#sjsEt6fmhlVedGp2.99%5D

Protect your Second Amendment rights!

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What would Jesus say about the Second Amendment…

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The sword has always traditionally been an instrument of warfare and an instrument of defense…

I suppose there are some people today who might think in this verse that Jesus was saying to go sell your cloak and buy a Bible, because in today’s Christian culture a “Sword” is a popular metaphor, used by many Christians, when talking about God’s Word.

Such an interpretation would not only be naïve, but it also would be incorrect, because that particular comparison would be only a modern-day idiom, that would have had no meaning whatsoever in the first century. 

Obviously what Jesus was saying in this verse is to go buy yourself the means to protect yourself and your family, as He knew that even darker days were coming.

Since they obviously didn’t have guns in Jesus’ day, if He were speaking today He would have said to go buy yourself a 9 mm Glock or an AK 47.

We live in a very dangerous world today; we’ve had two World Wars and today we are faced with potential terrorist attacks that proves that fact.

If in our history we had armed ourselves with knives, when our enemies had guns, we wouldn’t even exist as a country today!

For anyone to even suggest that the answer to all the wanton violence that we see today, in our world, is to disarm the innocent and law-abiding citizens, and leave us without the ability and means to defend ourselves and our families, thereby leaving all the weapons in the hands of the criminals, is not only dumb, but it makes absolutely no sense at all.

The truth is, it is ALWAYS better to have a gun and not need it, rather than to face a life threatening emergency and not have one.

Believe me, if someone is breaking into your home at 2 o’clock in the morning, what are you going to do?

You’re going to call somebody who has a gun, and pray to God that they get there in time, are you not?

Your personal protection and the protection of your family is first and foremost your responsibility, and we can thank God that we have a Second Amendment that guarantees us that right.

In addition, lastly but not least, the reason why our forefathers gave us the Second Amendment was in the event we ever had an oppressive government, like we have today, that is trying to usurp all of our Constitutional rights.

The Second Amendment also gives us the right to form a militia and take it back.

Like it or lump it that’s the truth!

As Christians, we need to put flesh and blood on God’s Word.

The Bible is very pragmatic and very relevant for our day and time, and we need to start interpreting it for what it says and not for what we may want it to say… be real!

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