The time of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is upon us…


This time, spoken of in the Bible, when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is unleashed upon the earth, is fast approaching!

Listen to this description, and tell me it doesn’t sound like today:

The rapidly approaching end of the age is witnessing a tremendous increase in the activity of the powers of darkness.

Unrest among the nations, more intense than at any previous time in earth’s history, is due largely to the stirring up of the ambitions and passions of men, while the spread of an almost wholly secularized education is quietly doing away with the scriptural standards which formerly exerted a restraining influence among the so-called Christian peoples.

Our wealth and social culture have not made us thankful to the Giver of all good, but have centered us upon material things of the world, and have produced a self-sufficiency that quite ignores our dependence upon the Creator of all.

Godlessness, which we have condemned so strongly in the Soviet Union, is almost equally as pronounced, though less blatant, in our land.

These conditions are reacting strongly upon the great ministry of the Church of Christ, the giving of the gospel to the heathen world.

War has closed many doors in foreign lands, and at the same time has cut off financial contributions in not a few countries which formerly took an active interest in missions.

More series still is the attitude of large sections of the Church toward the state of the heathen. No longer are these concerned about the lost souls which wander in darkness; their thought is centered on raising their social status and meeting their intellectual and physical needs.

They seek, in their own jargon, to “build a better world,” but the world they envision is one without a Savior.

Christ, in their view, has degenerated into a Superman, an example which in their own feeble strength they seek to follow.

To meet the situation, the Church of Christ needs a new conception of prayer. The urgent call is for men and women, wholly yielded to the Lord, whose eyes have been enlightened to see the ministry in the heavenlies to which they have been called.

Such believers, whether as intercessors, or as workers at home, or missionaries on the foreign fields, may in union with the great Head of the Body, exercise an authority to which the powers of air must give place wherever challenged.
~ taken from the preface of The Authority of the Believer, by John A. Macmillan

I find it very interesting that the above preface, by John A. MacMillan, was written back in 1932; and how this description of the church and of the world, as it existed in the thirties, is certainly even more accurate today, in our time!

Things have gotten much worse, in the world, and in particular here in the United States, where the godlessness of our society at large, and the secularization of our society, and even the church, as a whole, has reached critical mass.

This book is actually two books in one. The first covers our position in Christ and the authority of the Believer; and the second part deals with the nature of the enemy and of the demonic, and the authority we have over that demonic world, as Believers, in Christ.

I believe that we are fast approaching a time, very soon when the fabric of our time continuum, our dimension, and that of the middle realm; also called the “Second Heaven,” which is the realm of Satan and of his demons, will be breached; and I believe this could very possibly happen as the result of a scientific accident, and an experiment that has gone very badly wrong.

However, once that door is opened, into this demonic world of Satan, the Bible says that it will unleash upon the earth a very nightmarish experience, which we can read about in the Book of Revelation.

So my question is, could all of this begin as the result of a scientific accident, where an attempt is made to open that portal door, into the next dimension, into the middle realm of the spirit, and that it all goes badly wrong; and once the door is opened, we then begin the last three and half years of the tribulation period, at which point, at its conclusion, only God will be able to put a stop to it, and save the world from mass inhalation, and the lost all life?

As we open the Book of Revelation, and as we begin reading in the ninth chapter, we find it speaks of the worse holocaust this world has ever experienced; where millions of believers will be killed by a very godless society, and of a secularized government of which I believe we can see the beginnings of today, in this Obama administration, that is if it is left to continue along it’s chosen path; and certainly if not, it is a prelude to it.

This government, which is spoken of here, will lead the world into a One World Government, that will ultimately be governed by the Antichrist, where he will insist that the first loyalty of all the people in the earth, be to the state; and this Antichrist figure will demand total allegiance to himself, where by everyone will be required to accept his mark in either their forehead or right hand; or the Bible says that they will not be able to buy and sell, or carry on any sort of commerce.

In fact he will do what our government today, under this Obama administration is attempting to do, and that is he will demand that all people look to the government as their source, and as their great provider and protector, and not to God; and then all of this will begin the last three year and half years, of what the Bible calls the seven years of tribulation.

Once the bottomless pit is open, which is the pit of the abyss, as it is referred to in the Greek, once this portal is breached, we will have opened a door leading to the place of punishment for sinners, which is also called the abyss; which is a place considered by the Orthodox Jews to be a great hollow place, that is found deep within the earth.

It is a place, or I would call it even possibly a dimension, where evil spirits and demons are kept, and some in chains; that the Bible says will be unleashed upon the earth in the Last Days.

We are told that this Abyss is locked, so that whoever or whatever is on the inside cannot escape; until as the Bible says, the angel opens it; and then it says that there is smoke that arises up out of it; smoke like that of a great furnace, that is so heavy and thick that the light of the sun is darkened.

So my question is again, could all of this begin as an experiment that has gone a rye?

I think so… I don’t know, and I can’t say for sure, but this is my guess.

We shall see.

Shalom,

Skip Barland


We are still a government of the people, by the people, and for the people…


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
What is our U.S. Constitution?

The basic document by which the United States is governed, is the Constitution; and it was drafted at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, and was ratified the following year.

The Constitution divides governmental powers between the national and state governments in a system known as federalism.

It also divides the national government into three independent branches-executive, legislative, and judicial-which can serve as checks and balances upon one another.

In addition to listing the powers of the national government-which include the power to collect taxes, regulate trade, and declare war, the Constitution also enumerates the powers forbidden to the states and to Congress; and the procedures for electing and appointing government officials as well as procedures for amending the document.

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, was ratified in 1791.

These amendments, which were originally intended to protect individual liberties from the power of the central government, guarantee freedom of speech, the press, religion, petition, and assembly; and specify the rights of the accused in criminal and civil cases.

In these times in which we are living today, there is much deception and pressure to compromise.

No longer are the dividing lines between good and evil as clear as they once were; because we as a people have drifted far away from the God of our forefathers, and from His Word.

In our present world, and especially here in the United States of American, where our government was founded upon the Bible and faith in God, and obedience to His laws, these lines between righteousness and unrighteousness, have long since been blurred, through something called “Political Correctness,” and moral expediency.

Christians need not fall to this deception.

There are many people today, who are Believers, who say that as Christians we shouldn’t be critical of our government; but that we are to submit to whatever is done by our governing officials, because the Bible says there is no power, but such as is ordained by God.

Well, this is my opinion on that. We are NOT living here in the United States of American under the rule of a monarch, but rather our political leaders rule under a contract with the American people, which they swear to abide by before they are even allowed to take office.

The highest law of the land, here in the USA, is in fact our U.S. Constitution; and any public official who fails to abide by that law, and fails to abide by his or her oath of office, and the dictates of our U.S. Constitution, they are themselves in violation of that Law; and since we are in fact a government (under our U.S. Constitution) that is made of “We the People;” and as such, are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, then our governing authorities, whom we vote into office, rule by our permission, and are themselves working for us.

They are our servants; and it is not the other way around, as is the assumption of so many today, who are in positions of power, where in their pride and arrogance, whereby it is their assumption that we exist for them, to be subservient to them… this was never in the mind of our founding fathers!

This arrogance that is so pronounce today, among so many of our governing officials, these little demigods, and self-appointed potentate “wanna be dictators,” who feel that they know what’s best for us, has got to go!

No it is not at all against scripture for us to discern between good and evil, godliness and ungodliness… in fact the scriptures instruct us to do this!

It is no more wrong for us to clean house, within our government, and get rid of dishonest and unethical people, be they Congressmen, Senators, and or even Presidents, then it would be for us to get rid of dishonest and unethical employees, who are stealing from our company!

As an argument for this position, I’d like for you to read the following:

Most Christians are familiar with the Bible verse “Judge not, that ye be not judged“. (Matthew 7:1)

This is the first verse that many of us learned to memorize as children. In reality, even many non-Christians are acquainted with this verse. What is surprising however is, that while many of us are very familiar with this verse, some have completely misunderstood what its message is!

Some have used this verse to either criticize others, or justify their own lack of personal responsibilities.

In this article I will examine the teachings concerning “judging” that are found in the Bible, and explore what God is teaching us on this particular subject.

I will begin with an exploration of a very general concept of “judging”, or being “judgmental”.

Many people, especially in today’s environment of hyper political correctness, will proudly proclaim “none of us should ever be judgmental”.

On the surface this may seem to be a rather noble thought, but the reality is a bit more complicated. We are all “judgmental”.

We all use judgment in order to evaluate the world in which we live, and we use “judgment” in order to exist in our world effectively.

We “judge” that it is safe to cross a street before we cross, we judge that a restaurant has the style of food that we are interested in before we go inside to order, and we “judge” a church’s statement of faith before we become a member of that particular church.

Judgment” is simply an act of “evaluation”. If we never exercised judgment, we would have a difficult time surviving our day-to-day existence! How would we know what was an edible food rather than a poison, unless we “judged”?

How would we avoid getting in a car accident, unless we “judged” the traffic patterns on the road that we are driving on.

We compliment people for using “good judgment” in their lives, but the root word of “judgment” is “judge”!

So perhaps the act of “judging” isn’t truly what many object to, but rather it is the conclusions that are drawn from those “judgments”.

In other words, when we “judge”, what conclusions are we attempting to determine through our “judgments”?

If we are “judging” the traffic patterns on the street that we are attempting to cross in order to establish when it will be safest, we are in fact engaging in appropriate and necessary “judgment”.

If on the other hand we “judge” an individual’s potential value for friendship, and bass this “judgment” on the person’s race, then we are exercising “judgment” inappropriately!

During our evaluations, we should be “judging” those bits of information that have a direct affect on the end result of what we are attempting to determine by our “judgment”.

If we are attempting to determine the safest point in which we can cross a street, then “judging” the traffic patterns on that particular street will have a direct effect on our ability to determine the safety of our crossing. But if we are determining who is appropriate to establish a friendship with, a person’s race will have no direct affect on their ability to engage in sincere and lasting friendship with us. So it is not actually the “judging” that is of issue, but rather what we are hoping to determine by our “judgment”.

When examining scripture, we must look at the criteria that God instructs us to use, in order for us to exercise appropriate “judgment.”

When considering what scripture has to say on the subject of “judging”, we must examine when the Bible tells us that we should or shouldn’t “judge”, and then what determinations or evaluations we should or shouldn’t assume as a result of our “judgment”.

Let’s look once again at the verses found in Matthew 7:1:

1″Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3″Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “.

In this passage, if we read it in its entirety, the Bible does not give a blanket condemnation of proffering judgment.

What it does seem to be telling us is that if we are about to exercise a judgment, we should first apply the criteria of our judgment to ourselves.

In other words, before judging another person, we should reflect upon our own status concerning the issue on which we are about to judge the other person. “first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then you shall see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”

What the scripture is saying is that we may at times appropriately judge, but when doing so, be sure that we are, ourselves, standing up to our own judgment.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” ”

The condemnation is not directed at the act of judging, but rather it is directed toward “Thou hypocrite“. Scripture is not saying for us to never judge, but it is clearly saying for us to not judge hypocritically!

When we judge appropriately and not hypocritically, what are the criteria that we are told to base our judgments on?

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?Matthew 7:16

This is one of many verses that clearly advise us to in fact judge others, but it is the actions, behaviors, and influences of others that we not only should, but are commanded to judge.

Verses such as given above tells us to judge the “fruit” of others. If we are to judge the “fruit” of others, what does scripture tell us our motivation for such judgments should be?

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:12

“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:18

“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6

” Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

” And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

” If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” 1 John 1:6

What do we conclude from these passages?

It is clear that we should judge activities, situations, behaviors, and in fact other individuals to determine whether or not they are in agreement with God’s word, or whether they are aligned with anti-Biblical teachings.

In other words, we should “judge” to determine righteousness.

We often hear people say things like “I shouldn’t judge anyone”, or “who am I to judge another person?”

In reality, these statements are a form of rejecting of God’s teachings.

When we read scriptures we see that God tells us to avoid all unrighteousness and in fact to flee from it!

If we are to follow this instruction, we are in fact, expected to judge situations and behaviors that we come in contact with, based upon their overall righteousness!

In order to determine when it is safe to cross the street, we must judge the current traffic patterns on the street that we are attempting to cross.

If we are to judge whether a situation behavior or action is righteous, we must use Godly judgment.

What exactly are the things that we are commanded to judge, and what are we clearly commanded not to judge?

Scripture is clear that we are not to judge the state of an individual’s salvation, since no one knows what is in the heart but God.

We are also not to judge, and condemn the total being of a person. What we are to judge are those actions behaviors and individuals with whom we come in contact with, in order to evaluate their negative or positive influence upon us.

In short, we are commanded to remain righteous and to in fact pursue righteousness, so therefore, anything that will work to maintain and increase our own righteousness we are to embrace!

On the other hand, scripture clearly and directly commands us to flee from all things that are unrighteous!

This is not a suggestion from God, nor is it a statement of God’s wish! God commands us to “flee” from all unrighteousness, and in fact scripture tells us to not even “speak” of things that are unrighteous!

“For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret”. Ephesians 5:12

At this point, we should look at another aspect of judgment that is clearly addressed by scripture and should not be ignored!

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James 1:19


“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” James 4:11

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:26

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.” 1 Peter 3:10

These are only a few of many scriptures that speak extremely strongly against those who do not control there speech, and use others as fuel for idle conversation and gossip.

So if we are to judge those things that we come in contact with for their righteousness, but we are strongly commanded to hold back our tongue, what is it that we are expected to do with the information that we gather via our judgments, and what is the purpose for judging in the first place?

The body of scripture is clear in its directives on this topic. At the root, we exercise judgments so that we can “avoid” and “flee from” unrighteousness!

We are not instructed to talk about it, discuss it, gossip about it, or even always assault the unrighteousness. We are simply to avoid when possible, and flee when we have been unable to avoid!

So what does all of this mean in practical terms?

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?2 Corinthians 6:14

This passage gives a clear directive to us. We should have no fellowship with unrighteousness!

This is perhaps one of the toughest directions that God has given us, demonstrated by how difficult we find it to obey.

At the core, we are to judge things as either righteous and Godly, or unrighteous and ungodly.

These are our only two options! We often attempt to interject a kind of gray area. “I am in a unrighteous place, but I believe that God will be with me“, or “I know this is sin, but I know that God will understand“.

Such statements are contrary to God’s word, and come straight from the lies of Satan.

Equally sinful are statements such as “I know that this is against God’s scripture, but who am I to judge“.

God clearly has explained that something is either for Him, or against Him, with nothing in-between.

If we are in a situation or are participating in a behavior that is not strictly for God’s glory, then we are directly operating against God!

We often try and make a kind of bargain with God.

I will do this thing that I know is sinful, but I will not allow it to corrupt me.”

I know that this person isn’t Godly, but they are still a nice and good person.”

I know that I am acting against God’s laws, but we are in love, and I know that God understands.”

I know that this situation isn’t of God, but I don’t want to appear to be rude by leaving.”

I realize that this situation isn’t righteous, but I only do it once in a while to relax.”

These are all lies that Satan tells us in order to get us away from God’s words!

It is simple but effective more often than not. Satan gets us to believe very tiny lies about God, and then we become more open to medium sized lies.

If we believe in medium sized lies, then we will fall victim to larger and larger lies.

As Christians, we often tend to forget that Satan lives in the gray area that exists between light and dark.

We forget that if it isn’t God, it is Satan!

God gives us a clear indication of how He views “this gray area”. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.Revelation 3:16

As with most things in life, judgment is a tool that we can use to bring glory to God, or to increase our own spiritual corruption.

It is up to us as individuals to decide how we will use this tool.

Scripture tells us to use judgment in order to discern those things that are righteous, from those that are unrighteous.

Once we have discerned the division, we are to embrace righteousness, but flee from unrighteousness!

Only by using appropriate judgment, are we able to fulfill God’s commandment to us of living in his will!

http://www.fcfministry.org/Judgment.html

So in conclusion, it is my belief, and also I believe it was also the intent of our founding fathers, that our job as citizens, and it is even our responsibility to make sure, not that our public officials are following some “Politically Correct” ideology, or even what may be considered popular opinion, as we are not a Democracy; but rather we are a Constitutional Republic, and as such we are not ruled by popular opinions, but rather we are ruled by Law, which law is our U.S. Constitution!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


REMEMBERING THOSE WHO GIVE ALL…

Take time on this Memorial Day to remember all those who have and are today giving it all, even to the point of laying down their lives…

Liberty is not cheap, and though there are those in government and among certain groups of our citizens today who would cheapen their sacrifice, and are less than appreciative, let us not be one of them; and instead let us stand up and give thanks!

Remember to pray for our Troops….

The Media, and the power it has over our culture…


The media provides the lens through which we both interpret and see life, and it has the power to manipulate and direct the culture of every society!

In the world we live in today, we are all faced with stresses and even sometimes traumas to our psyche, (our souls) that have affected our perspective and our general outlook on life. Truly we all are the product of our past, in whatever that past may be; and for some that past has been worse, then it has for others.

Add to this the vicarious nature of the human mind to enter into and adapt itself to the various external stimuli that is available to us today, in our modern technological age, through our various kinds of media, through such things as the news, various parts of our entertainment industry, through movies, virtual reality type games, and such; and you have a formula that can either be used for good, or for evil… in that whichever is glorified, in either good or evil, that is being portrayed and exemplified through the media, it has the power to affect our disposition and our vicarious nature as people, and to actually program our minds and mental disposition in one direction, or another.

So you take our life experiences, together with the various and sundry external stimuli that has been, in the past, and is currently available to us, through these various forms of media, that we have allowed to influence us, and depending on what the nature and substance of that media has been, either for good or for evil, it has had the inevitable ability, not only to affect who we are, but also it effects our general disposition and outlook, as sentient beings.

This can be a formula for either disaster, or for good… depending on the sort of programming that we have experienced, and have allowed to have an influence on our life; and it’s our past life experiences, together with whatever those influences have been, in whatever sort of external stimuli we have allowed, that we have given our minds to, and have meditated upon, and all of this together will have a determination as to who we are, and how we relate to our world, and also to our families, and friends around us.

Truly, we are warn in the Bible:

“To guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it comes the issues of life.”

The Message Bible puts it this way:

Proverbs 4

Your Life Is at Stake

1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live.
I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.

3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!

Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

10-15 Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life.
I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.
I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns.
Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.

Guard it well—your life is at stake!
Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road.
Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.  Make a detour and be on your way.

16-17 Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep
unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink,
violence their drug of choice.

18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;  the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker— travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

Learn It by Heart

20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

Below is an excellent message that was sent to me today, by Francis Frangipane, along these lines, that tells us what the answer is, in order to get us on the right track; and I’m passing it along to you.

Live long and prosper, as the man said… and have a nice day! 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: Sheneau
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 1:22 AM
To: Undisclosed
Subject: Cease Striving and Know That I Am God (Worth the time to read – Sheneau)

Cease Striving and Know That I Am God
By Francis Frangipane
Among the many complex and sublime faculties of the human soul, one attribute functions as a servant to all: the nature of the soul is porous. This means that in addition to latent strengths and talents, the soul is also shaped and developed by external stimuli: we learn customs and language, habits, virtues and vices largely by importing reality as it surrounds us. Indeed, the marrow of life itself, as we subjectively know it, is created by the inward flow of these outward realities.

Thus, the soul, while it is born with innate powers, it is also the product of its times and circumstances. Because we live in unprecedented, prophetic times, individuals born during the last five or six decades are impacted, not only by the common struggles and joys of life, but also by the unspeakable disasters as they occur around the world.

As a result of live media coverage, we vicariously experience repeated participation with human suffering. We see the actual faces of those traumatized by earthquakes and tsunamis, famines and wars. Again, because of the porous nature of the soul, when we view life’s terrors, we are repeatedly absorbing these fearful realities into our consciousness. We cannot help but be affected.

How do we erase from our minds the faces of earthquake and tsunami victims? How is it possible to forget the horrific memory of people leaping to their deaths from flaming windows high on the Twin Towers on 9/11? What happens to our souls when we view news reports of Iraqis and Israelis being blown apart by terrorists’ bombs?

If you are an intercessor, or even one who possesses just basic, human compassion, the flood of sorrow and terror rising from terrible disasters cannot be stopped by a levee of human intellect. Life’s pains, even when they aren’t our own, are still absorbed at some level into our soul, and more so if we know the one suffering.

To cope with our vulnerabilities, we have created some positive remedies: hospitals, relief agencies, first responders and charitable giving all are relatively new means of dealing with human sorrow. We are compelled, not only to help the victims, but to help ourselves digest and respond to the emotional overload of our times.

Media Manipulates Our Fears
It is important to remember that the main goal of the news media is not to communicate current news but to make money doing so. Thus, even minor stories are often sensationalized to bring back viewers. I, for one, am worn out by the highly publicized scandals and moral failures among leaders, whether political or religious. If I am not careful, the flood of these realities can jade my heart, harden my soul and make me cynical.

Added to these things we are daily reminded of current economic pressures, plus the threats of disease and the advance of crime and lawlessness in our communities. Our souls churn with the added news. How can mere man cope with the fearful conditions of the world?

Magnify the Lord
It is here, in this valley of pressure, conflict and fear that would-be saints lose heart and fade from the race. Yet, it is also here that the God seeker is driven closer to the Lord.

The psalmist cries, “O magnify the Lord with me!” (Ps. 34:3). The closer we are to God, the more we are infused by His strength. The world around us may not get any better, but through the Holy Spirit, we gain new strength.

In His presence, the demons of our world shrink in proportion. Beloved, in these very circumstances, let’s magnify the Lord!

We have read the final chapters: every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (See Phil. 2:10-11.)

When our enemies multiply and pressures mount, retreat—yes, retreat into the stronghold of God.

Are you anxious? Fearful? Remember: “”He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Ps. 2:4).

Are you being accused by the enemy? Again, the Lord says, “In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15).

When the accuser comes to incarcerate you in your sin, shame and regret, you do not have to defend yourself. You have a right to remain silent. God Himself has appointed an advocate for you, and it is His very Son, the One who died for your sins.

Do not magnify your problems; let God be exalted over all the earth. Do not let your unbelieving words deplete your soul of life, for the more you talk, the more peace you lose.

Be slow to speak. Before you can learn to speak for God, you must learn what NOT to speak. This battle is not about overcoming difficult circumstances around you; it is about listening to the Lord, hearing what He intends to do, then following Him to victory.

Remember, dear friend, the words of Paul: “Be anxious for nothing.” The true battle you are facing is not one of action, but direction: you must ascend vertically to be successful horizontally.

Secure your soul in God and you will secure victory in your life. In the presence of God, the porous nature of the human soul is a great advantage. We can escape the stresses of life. We can actually be saturated with the life-restoring substance of God!

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.


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What should the Kingdom of Heaven look like in the world today?

The Apostle Paul

He was a Pharisee; he was trained and grew up under the influence of the most prominent law teacher in his time named Gamaliel. (Acts 22:3) But after the Apostle Paul got saved and was converted near Damascus, since then, his goal was to be like the Lord Jesus Christ.

· He said this,I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but dung that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

· And so after living by this goal in his life he said this,BUT I HAVE ALL, AND ABOUND, I AM FULL…!” (Philippians 4:18)

· He also said this,…as having nothing and yet POSSESING ALL THINGS…” (II Corinthians 6:10).

· Moreover he said this,I think myself HAPPY…” (Acts 26:2).

· Near the end of his life he said this,I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith!” (II Timothy 4:7)

Below I’ve included a devotion by David Wilkerson, entitled: Where are the Timothys?

As I read it, it became very clear to me that there aren’t very many like Paul today, that’s for sure.

This is not only a problem in the church, but it is also a very serious problem in our government as well.

We have way too many Indians; where nobody wants to serve anymore, and everyone wants to be a chief!

In many churches today, the position of Pastor has become more like that of a CEO of a corporation, where they see themselves as being served; where the goal is more to insulated themselves from their sheep, by middle management staff, rather than to serve them.

How different is that from the example that Jesus gave, who was God incarnate, and yet humbled Himself to perform the lowliest job possible, which was to washed the feet of His disciples, and then how about when He told them, “…to go and do likewise;” or how about when He said, “The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven would be the least.”

In fact the very word that is used in the New Testament for Minister, (diakoneo, in Greek) means to serve,orwait upon.

This sort of problem also exists in our government today, as well, where the term “Public Service” has become an oxymoron.

It is more than obvious that so many of our politicians today see themselves as anything but servants; but rather, more times than not today, these political positions, within our government, have become more about personal greed and lust for more power and influence, where it’s more about advancing one’s career and position, rather than it is to do what’s right, and best for the general public.

This is what is confusing to me… this behavior that is so prevalent in the world is normal… is it not?

Not only that, but most of us would be right there with them, if it had not been for us having had our lives changed through the re-birth experience, the influence of the Bible, in our lives; and the influence of the Holy Spirit; and our relationship with Jesus Christ!

Compare this behavior, which is prevalent today in both the church at large, and also in government, with that of Jesus:

Philippians 2:5-8

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

We are in the world, we live here, but for sure we are not to be of the world; and we are actually called to be much different from the world.

It is the church that should be at the forefront and avant-garde of every culture and society, and it should be the world who is following us!!!

That was always Jesus plan, and that was what the preaching of the Gospel of Heaven is all about, where we are to be implementing, in the earth, the will and Kingdom of God, as it is in heaven!

The thing I don’t understand is how did the church ever feel they could have anything different, after having abdicated their position and responsibly, in government, to unbelievers?

How is it that we expected an unbeliever, who doesn’t know God, has never had an encounter with God, and nor has he had a relationship with God, how is it that we thought we would get anything different, from these people, than what we are getting… which is they are taking our nation to hell in a hand basket?

I mean duhh… what else did we expect would happen?

You know, come to think of it, this is the natural state of for all of us outside of Christ… is it not?

In fact, this is the natural state of man, in general, outside of God, where we are always dealing with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life… where practically everything we do, is all about wanting and getting our own way; wanting everything we can get for ourselves, in terms of money, power, and position; and always wanting to appear, in the eyes of men, as being someone who is important… all of these things are of the flesh, and they have nothing to do with our being Christ like, or about our serving the Father.

This is what you expect in the world; but certainly this is not to be in the church!

That’s why God has called the church to be the head, and not the tail in society; and that’s why our real ministry is to be out in the marketplace, with all signs, wonders, and miracles accompanying our preaching of the Gospel, and not just left to be inside the four walls of a building once or twice a week.

In the following video clip, I’d like you to listen to a man talk about what I believe has been God’s plan all along; and this is something I believe that the Holy Spirit is bringing about in our day and time… check it out!

The Seven Mountains Mandate

This is our only hope, and without this happening, as part of, and along side of a Spiritual Awakening and Revival, in our land, then I don’t see how our nation can last much longer… going in the direction we are going!

Pray folks, watch and pray that this will happen, and that we can put our nation back on track with God again.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

—–Original Message—–
From: DAVID WILKERSON TODAY [mailto:no-reply@lists.worldchallenge.org]
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:57 AM
To: devotions-en@lists.worldchallenge.org
Subject: WHERE ARE THE TIMOTHYS?

WHERE ARE THE TIMOTHYS?

by David Wilkerson | May 20, 2010

It was to the Philippian Christians that Paul first introduced the truth, “Let the mind of Christ be in you.” Paul wrote this message to them while he was imprisoned in Rome.

It was from a jail cell that Paul declared he had the mind of Christ, casting aside his reputation to become a servant of Jesus and his church.

Now he wrote, “I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state” (Philippians 2:19).

This is the thinking, the outworking, of the mind of Christ. Think about it: Here was a pastor, sitting in jail, yet he wasn’t thinking of his own comfort, his own hard situation. He was concerned only about the spiritual and physical condition of his people.

And he told his sheep, “My comfort will come only when I know you’re doing well, in spirit and body. So I’m sending Timothy to check up on you, in my behalf.”

Then Paul makes this alarming statement: “For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state” (2:20).

What a sad statement! As Paul wrote this, the church around him in Rome was growing and being blessed. Clearly, there were godly leaders in the Roman church. But, Paul says, “I have no man who shares with me the mind of Christ.” Why was this so? “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” (2:21).

Evidently, there was no leader in Rome with a servant’s heart—no one who had cast aside reputation and become a living sacrifice. Instead, everyone was set on pursuing his own interests.

None had the mind of Christ. Paul could trust no one to go to Philippi to be a true servant to that body of believers.

Paul’s words here cannot be softened: “Everybody’s out for himself. These ministers seek only to benefit themselves. That’s why there’s nobody here I can trust to naturally care for your needs and hurts, except Timothy.”

Our prayer should be: “Lord, I don’t want to be focused only on myself in a world that’s spinning out of control. I don’t want to be concerned about my own future. I know you hold my path in your hands. Please, Lord, give me your mind, your thinking, your concerns. I want to have your servant’s heart.” Amen.

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/8389#

Encouragement as you pass through the Dark Night of Your Soul.

The Dark Night of the Soul

Click on the above link ~ These images have been set to Loreena McKennitt’s music and vocals and are taken from “The Dark Night of the Soul”, inspired by the Words of St. John of the Cross. I hope they will be an encouragement to you…

Below is something I think will bless you

The Two Listeners

The Story of the book – A. J. Russell

Here’s the story behind the book:

In 1932 one of the “Listeners” received a copy of A.J. Russell’s book, For Sinners Only.

The story goes that she was so impressed with it that she wrote down more than 100 names of people to whom she wanted to send it:

“A few months later I read it again. It was then that there came a persistent desire to try to see whether I could get guidance such as A.J. Russell reported, through sharing a quiet time with the friend with whom I was then living.

She was a deeply spiritual woman with unwavering faith in the goodness of God and a devout believer in prayer…. We sat down, pencils and paper in hand and waited…. My results were entirely negative…. But with my friend a very wonderful thing happened. From the first, beautiful messages were given to her by our Lord Himself, and every day from then these messages have never failed us.”

The Two ListenersThe Story of the book – A. J. Russell

Here’s the story behind the book:

In 1932 one of the “Listeners” received a copy of A.J. Russell’s book, For Sinners Only.

The story goes that she was so impressed with it that she wrote down more than 100 names of people to whom she wanted to send it:

“A few months later I read it again. It was then that there came a persistent desire to try to see whether I could get guidance such as A.J. Russell reported, through sharing a quiet time with the friend with whom I was then living.

She was a deeply spiritual woman with unwavering faith in the goodness of God and a devout believer in prayer…. We sat down, pencils and paper in hand and waited…. My results were entirely negative…. But with my friend a very wonderful thing happened. From the first, beautiful messages were given to her by our Lord Himself, and every day from then these messages have never failed us.”


A. J. Russell writes:I did not write this book.  I wish that I had done so.Had I written it I should have been immeasurably proud.  Too proud for spiritual health.My simple task has been to prepare it for publication and to present it to the public.  But that has not really been a task – only a privilege; an undeserved honour.There is a legend that the praise for building the Cathedral of St. Sofia was not given to the Emperor Constantine but to Euphrasia, a poor widow who drew from her mattress “a wisp of straw and gave it to the oxen” that draw the marble from the ships.  That was all, she did nothing more.

Not one woman, but two have written this book; and they seek no praise.  They have elected to remain anonymous and to be called “Two Listeners.”  But the claim which they make is an astonishing one, that their message has been given to them, today, here in England, by the Living Christ Himself.

Having read their book I believe them.

I do not of course believe that He whispered to them all that He intends to say for this generation.  But I am confident that He opened their eyes to many things which they and this generation greatly need to know.

I do not believe in the verbal inspiration of this or any book.  But I do believe that these two women have been led and that much of what is written is very clear leading indeed.

I have found these messages a spiritual stimulus.  But that statement is as inadequate as to say that I like England.  None could have written this book unless he or she was a Christian and in touch with the Living Founder of Christianity.

We hear much of the  decline of the drama.  Think of this piece of real drama of our own times.  Again, as so often before, “He was in the world and the world knew Him not.”

Two poor, brave women were courageously fighting against sickness and penury.  They were facing a hopeless future and one of them even longed to be quit of this hard world for good.  And then He spoke.  And spoke again!

Day after day He comes and cheers them.  And though they still have their sorrows, they have joy and a new courage.  For He inspires them with His promises for their future when His loving purpose shall be revealed; and He gently rallies them on their unbelief; as He did their forlorn predecessors during that walk to Emmaus.

Open this book at any page and taste its beauty.  Dwell lovingly on its tender phrases.  Let its wonderful quality sink deep into your spirit.

Have you lost faith?  Meditate on any one of these tiny sections and it will come again to you as that of a little child.  You may not see him standing by your side with HIs ready smile of confident encouragement; but you will know that He is there, as He always is and that He still expects great things of you, and is ever ready to help you to achieve them.

If winter comes – are you afraid of poverty?  Turn again to these pages and you will find the law of supply – Give and it shall be given to you.  Give your love, your time, your sympathy, yourself; give all that you have under His direct guidance to all who are needy; give both to the deserving and the undeserving.

Has health gone?  Are you no better though you have prayed long and often?  Here again you will find the incense of healing; and you will understand why He will not remove the gold from the crucible until all the dross has gone, and you are taking the glorious shape of your true self which His eye alone has foreseen.

You cannot eat honey all the day.  Nor can you read this book through at a sitting.  But you can read it every day, and several times a day.

It can be turned to in the heat of a sudden crisis, and when you put it down you will find yourself calm and at peace within.

You can open its pages when the birds are singing in the sunshine; and as you read, the song of the birds will be echoed in your spirit, for you too will be caroling your love for our Creator-Redeemer.

Put this book of “Daily Power” in your pocket, in your handbag, on the table by your bedside.  Give a copy of it to your friends.

Inhale its spirit continually and live your life in its intimacy with The Master.

Through this message, which came to two lonely women, you will find that you are no longer one and alone, but two and united with the Great Companion and Guide, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


It is my understanding that this book was written, by two anonymous listeners, during the German Blitz Grid, when the bombs were falling daily over London.

Out of their desperation and despair these two ladies cried out to God, and as He began to speak to their hearts, and meet them at the point of their need, they recorded these messages in a journal, the result of which eventually became a book.

These inspirational messages have inspired countless others, as they have also travelled through the “Dark Night of Their Soul.”

Likewise I believe these particular words will be an encouragement and an inspiration to you, as you travel your road, and are having to deal with the obstacles, trials, and tribulations of your life. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland

From: Two Listeners
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 2:08 AM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: God Calling May 21 – Fling It At My Feet

Fling It At My Feet
To see Me you must bring Me your cares and show Me your heart of Trust.  Then, as you leave your cares, you become conscious of My Presence.This consciousness persisted in brings its reward of Me.  Through a mist of care no man may see My Face.  Only when the burden is flung at My Feet do you pass on to consciousness and spiritual sight.

Remember, obedience, obedience, obedience – the straight and narrow way into the Kingdom.

Not of you must it be said, even in lovingly tender reproach – “Why call ye Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not the things which I say.”

Character is chiseled into Beauty by the daily discipline and daily duties done.  For in many ways, My disciples must work out their own salvation, though this is not possible without My strength and Help, and without converse with Me.

Even for the Spiritual Life the training is different for different spirits.  The man who would fain live a life of prayer and meditation is thrust into the busy ways of life, and the busy man is bidden to rest and wait patiently for Me.  O joy, O rest, and in the busy ways be ever at peace.

“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of ther things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  Mark 4:19

Jesus came to set the captives free!


Jesus came to set the captives free!

Jesus said:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

Luke 4:18

This is God’s only answer for what the world needs today:



I received an email today, with this question in the subject line: Do you support the Homosexual Agenda?

Well first, let’s see what exactly is the homosexual lifestyle?

Homosexuality is a sexual orientation. A homosexual person is sexually and romantically attracted to people of their own gender. Men who are attracted to other men are called “gay.” Women who are attracted to other women can be called “gay” as well, but are usually called “lesbians”. People who are attracted to men and women are called bisexual. Together homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people make up the “LGBT community.” It is difficult to say how many people are homosexual. Homosexuality is known to exist in all cultures and countries, though some governments deny that homosexuality exists in their countries.

It is so ironic that these poor people have elected to call themselves “Gay,” when the evidence shows that they are anything but gay!

They have no reason to be. Check out these statistics:

  • 28 percent of homosexual males had sexual encounters with 1,000 or more males.
  • 79 percent said more than half of their sex partners were strangers.
  • Half of the white homosexual said that they had at least 500 different sex partners.
  • Some reported as many as 20,000 different partners.
  • Average age of death from AIDS ….. 35.7 years.
  • Expected average life span (of the homosexual community) 45 years.

According to reports The journal AIDS reported that in the Netherlands, where “gay marriage” has been legal since 2001, HIV and other diseases are soaring among homosexual men. The study notes that “partnered” homosexuals have “outside” lovers, and are contracting the AIDS virus at alarming rates. This puts more young people at risk for HIV, hepatitis A, B and C, “gay bowel syndrome,” human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases.

My answer to the question is obviously “NO!” I cannot, and neither can any other Christian be for anything which God, in His Word calls an “abomination!”

Now mind you, it’s not the people who are an abomination, but it is their idolatrous lifestyle!

The truth is, the sin of homosexuality is no more lethal, spiritually, then any other sin… and the truth be told, without Jesus Christ, our sin will take us to hell just as fast as theirs, or anyone else’s for that matter! The Bible says, For all have sinned (have fallen short and have missed God’s standard)! Romans 3:23

What does the Bible say on the subject of Homosexuality?

There are twelve mentions of homosexuality in the Bible:

Old Testament
The first mention in the Bible is in Genesis 19:1-13. The wicked men of Sodom attempted a homosexual rape of two messengers from God who had come to visit Lot. As a result of this and other widespread wickedness, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in a storm of fire and brimstone.

The next two mentions are in Leviticus:

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)

If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)

Note:

Life was harsh in early Old Testament times. The wanderings and struggle for survival of the Israelites did not permit prisons or rehabilitation. Anyone who deviated seriously from the norm was either stoned to death or exiled. The Old Testament prescribed the death penalty for the crimes of murder, attacking or cursing a parent, kidnapping, failure to confine a dangerous animal resulting in death, witchcraft and sorcery, sex with an animal, doing work on the Sabbath, incest, adultery, homosexual acts, prostitution by a priest’s daughter, blasphemy, false prophecy, perjury in capital cases and false claim of a woman’s virginity at the time of marriage.

It must be emphasized that, according to the New Testament, we are no longer under the harsh Old Testament Law (John 1:16-17, Romans 8:1-3, 1 Corinthians 9:20-21). The concern with punishment is now secondary to Jesus’ message of repentance and redemption. Both reward and punishment are seen as properly taking place in eternity, rather than in this life.

In Old Testament times, homosexual activity was strongly associated with idolatrous cult prostitution as in 1 Kings 14:24, 15:12. (There was also cult prostitution by females.) In fact, the word “abomination,” used in both mentions of homosexual acts in Leviticus, is a translation of the Hebrew word tow’ ebah which, according to Strong’s Greek/Hebrew Dictionary, means something morally disgusting, but it also has a strong implication of idolatry. Thus, many Bible scholars believe the condemnations in Leviticus are more a condemnation of the idolatry than of the homosexual acts themselves. However, that interpretation is not certain.

New Testament
Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but He did condemn all forms of sexual immorality:

What comes out of you is what defiles you. For from within, out of your hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile you.
(Mark 7:20-23)

The apostle Paul, in one of his letters to the Corinthians, wrote the verses most often quoted on this subject:

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1st Corinthians 6:9-11)

This verse has been translated in as many different ways as there are different versions of the Bible, so we have to look at the original Greek to see what Paul was really saying. According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the word translated here as “male prostitute” is the Greek word malakos which literally means “soft to the touch.” However, it was used metaphorically in a negative way to refer to a catamite (a boy kept for sexual relations with a man) or to a male prostitute in general. The word translated here as “homosexual offender” is the Greek word arsenokoites which means a sodomite, a person who engages in any kind of unnatural sex, but especially homosexual intercourse. Some believe this use of arsenokoites referred specifically to the men who kept catamites, but that is not certain.

There are two other New Testament mentions of homosexual acts, in Romans 1:25-27 and 1 Timothy 1:8-10. In this passage from Romans, again in the context of idolatry, Paul mentions women who “exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones,” which might apply to lesbian acts:

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator– who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
(Romans 1:25-27)

Examples in the Bible?
It is sometimes said that the friendship between David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:3-4, 2 Samuel 1:26) was an example of a homosexual relationship. The relationships between Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:14) and between Jesus and John (“the disciple Jesus loved” in John 13:23; 19:26; 21:7; 21:20) are also mentioned.

In modern Western culture we associate touching, kissing and the word “love” with a sexual relationship. But that was not at all the case in Biblical era culture. Most Bible scholars say these relationships were no more than close friendships. That is especially clear in the case of Jesus and John – the word translated as “loved” was the Greek word agape, which means kindness and respect rather than romantic or sexual love.

Same-sex Marriage
There is no mention of same-sex marriages or partnerships in the Bible, either for or against. The omission is probably because these issues were not even considered in Biblical times.

Issues and Questions
As with many Bible topics, there are uncertainties and different opinions about how the Biblical evidence should be interpreted. The challenge of accurate interpretation is to determine what message was originally intended and how it was understood by people of that time. That involves a lot of specialized knowledge of the original Biblical languages as well as the culture and issues of the time. The Bible often speaks of sexual matters in euphemistic and vague terms, and there is a lack of understanding of how the people of several thousand years ago used and understood those terms.

The traditional interpretation of Bible teachings is that homosexual acts of all kinds are serious sins. But in recent years, a number of questions and issues have been raised which challenge the traditional interpretation.

Our answers to these questions tend to be strongly influenced by our personal feelings about homosexuality. But, if we are sincere about using the Bible for guidance, we must not assume that the Bible passages on homosexuality support our own conservative or liberal viewpoints. Instead, we must put aside our own ideas, feelings and fears and prayerfully seek the truth. http://www.twopaths.com/index.htm

For my part, I tend to try and keep things more simple, so my simple mind can understand. As I see it, anything we do that goes crosswise against God’s original plan and purpose for our life is a sin.

The fact is, our sin problem is found in our very nature, and makeup as human beings, who have descended from Adam and Eve.

The sin problem for us is in our spiritual DNA, and it has been passed down to us, through our bloodline, having originated in our father Adam.

This is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin, because the bloodline, for all of us, comes down to us through our father!

Medically speaking, the blood of the mother never comingles with the baby, or you will have some serious medical complications that could cost both of their lives.

Since Jesus did not have the blood of Adam, neither did He inherit the same sin nature that you and I have. Though, as we understand from the Bible, He was tempted in every way, as you and I, He had the advantage of not being subject to the same sin nature as you and I.

Jesus also, though He was God incarnate (meaning in the flesh), and though as the Bible says He is the Creator of all things; nevertheless, He did not walk in His earthly ministry under the mantel of God, in the power that is available to Him. Though God He was, and God He is; Jesus choose rather to come to earth and experience life, as we do, as a mere man… subject to the same weaknesses and problems as any other person.

Jesus came to show us how our lives are to be lived, and how we need to learn to submit and listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit, in order that we may truly be about our Father’s business… Jesus came to show us the WAY!

If we want to know what the original plan for Adam and his descendants is, we have but to look to Jesus Christ, whom the Bible refers to as the “Last Adam!”

The Bible says of Jesus that He ONLY did the things He saw the Father do; and that He only even spoke what He heard the Father speak.

In other words, Jesus was always 24/7, in prefect sync with the will and purpose of the Father; and to the extent that we don’t do that, and we really can’t because it’s not in our nature to do so, we have ALL missed the mark, and ALL have sinned, and therefore we have fallen short of God’s minimum standards and requirements for entry into Heaven!

Here’s the point, folks… no one gets into heaven without a Saviour!

But then comes the Good News, the Bible says:

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

I see it like this, God has given each of us the life we are now living (such as it is), and along with that life we have also been given a free will to choose, as to how we will spend it. The Bible says clearly, in the Book of Proverbs, that there is a way that seems right unto man, but that it ends in death!

One thing is for sure, and this is true for ALL of us, we did not create ourselves; and every beat of our heart, and every breathe that we take, it is ALL only by the grace of God!

This is also true, that no man knows the day and time of his death, and tomorrow is not guaranteed to any person.

So with that understood and said, our window of opportunity, for everyone, in order for us to make peace with God, and be reconciled back into His family, gets narrower and narrower with the passing of each and every day.

Whether you realize it, or not, there is a since of urgency here; because our only opportunity to get right with God, and make our eternal reservations in Heaven, can only happen, between when we come into this world, at birth, and when we leave in death. This is the only time we have to receive Jesus Christ as both our Saviour and our Lord, meaning we cease living for ourselves; and we live for Him!

So here’s the deal, as I understand it from my study of the Bible, God has given us the life that we have, that we are living today; and he also has given us the will to choose how we would spend it.

It is His desire and purpose that we spend it on Him; but He will not force that decision upon us; as He waits patiently for us to choose of our own volition to come to Him, and serve Him, because we love Him! He wants us to seek after His face, meaning God wants intimate relationship with each of us!

The decision is ours, however, and you also need to understand that we are all going to be held accountable for the decision that we have made; and only those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, will have access into heaven; and all others will have to answer for their own sin, without the benefit of having a Saviour… and believe me, you DO NOT want to be in that group!

There are many people, and I know because I used to be one of them, who call themselves Christian, without ever having read the Bible to know what a Christian is.

If you are relying on your own opinion, or what someone has told you, then you are making a grave mistake.

Listen to what the Master says about what a Christian is:

John 14:23-24

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Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a]
38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

For more information on this subject, and how to make your reservations… please go to this website: http://needhim.org/.

Know this, Jesus Christ and your having a personal relationship with Him, and knowing Him as Saviour is of absolute importance in determining your eternal destiny, so don’t you dare leave home without Him!

Have a blessed day!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Obama Reveals He May Be a One-Term President…


(Click here and listen to this interview with this author)

Obama Reveals He May Be a One-Term President…

About the author: Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where, since 1991, he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News.

I have to say that after having listened to this interview, with the author of this book about Obama, I was convicted; and I believe I was convicted by my Lord.

As much as I absolutely despise what Barack Obama is doing to our country, God nevertheless has a different view of the man… as he also had with us, prior to our conversion… as we all, I am sure, can thank God that He did!!!

The truth is, Barack Hussein Obama is no worse a sinner than anyone else; and except for God’s grace and love, which he has bestowed upon each of us, who are His, and who have been born-again, then we all would be up the creek without a paddle today, and without hope.

I think we all would do well to remember, putting the man’s politics aside for a moment, that Barack Obama is no different from any other lost soul, in that he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know, until such time as he is open to learn and receive the Truth; and hopefully have an encounter with His Creator, and come to know His Savior.

Like so many people today, Barack Obama talks about Jesus, but from his actions and words it’s easy to see that he really doesn’t know him yet.

The thought occurs to me that perhaps this is because of the church he attended for all those years, with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

It is also very plain to see that this man also has some serious issues himself, and even as a pastor, he doesn’t know Jesus either… if we are to do as the Bibles says, and judge by his fruit, and by what he says.

There’s just too much hate and unforgiveness there.

Consider for a moment, Obama’s father was an avowed Muslin, and apparently also he was an alcoholic; his mother was an atheist; and if Jeremiah Wright was Barack Obama’s mentor, then is there any wonder why he is so confused?

Bottom-line, as was recently prophesied by Kim Clemente, regarding the possible salvation of Barack Obama, which we already know, from the Bible, that this is God’s will… that no man should perish; and even as we study our Bibles, we can see that this was also demonstrated for us, when the Apostle Paul tried to reach King Agrippa.

Acts 26:28-29

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Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
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And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”

Likewise, I am also reminded that we are first to be Ambassadors for Christ, and as such we all are here to represent God’s interest, and not our own!

Yes, we can expose the man’s politics and misrepresentations and lies, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, because as Christians we are here to represent TRUTH, and we are not at all here to assist the enemy in his agenda; but even with all that aside, as Jesus said to the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, in the face of her accusers He said: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Our mission, as laid out for us in the Bible, is first to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, and to disciple all nations.

The Great Commission is that we are to reach as many people, as God will bring across our paths, with this message of salvation through the Cross of Calvary, and the propitious sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, without which no man can be saved!

Politics aside… as Christians, the biggest defeat we can give Satan, here, with respect to this man, Barack Obama, is to see him be born-again, and watch the same transformation take place in his life, that has also happened in each one of our lives.

As difficult, and maybe even as impossible, and unlikely as that may seem, that this would happen… aren’t we told in the Bible that our God is able to do far beyond anything we can image?

For as he is now, so once were we… and like him, we just didn’t know what we didn’t know, and fortunately, for us, we became teachable and began to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit… and our lives were changed!

Let us pray the same thing happens here, with Barack Obama.

On these issues of politics and the welfare of our country, and our efforts to restore our Constitutional Republic… that is one thing; and on these issues of truth and righteousness, I don’t think we can do no other, without compromising our faith, other than to continue to speak the truth and be a light in this dark world… and that I believe is as it should be!

But along with that, nevertheless, let us also realize that there are souls at stake here, and let us also remember that these men and women are not our enemies, but rather it is the one who is behind them who is our enemy… who is pulling their strings!

Not only that, but chances are, if it hadn’t been for our conversion, and God’s grace and love in our own lives,  many of us might be right there along side of them, along with most the rest of the world, doing the very same dumb things… and probably worst!

As far as these people are concerned, we need to remember that they are men and women that God loves, and that Jesus died for!

Think about this for a moment, whoever thought that King Nebuchadnezzar would be saved; or that the Pharaoh, who knew Joseph, would come and give homage and bow before God?

Folks, as I understand my Bible, as God’s covenant children, it is our assignment to be God’s hands and arms extended, in this world, that if at all possible, we are to reach out to these these people, just as Paul did with King Agrippa, and that includes Barack Obama!

We need to at least be praying for him, and also for his staff too; because from what I can see, and from what we can see happening in our country, they are all deceived and lost, as far as I can tell. So let us pray that they can see the Light; and that we can see our nation healed!

In the end, as it is with all men, the final decision is theirs; but we can possible help to tip the scales a bit, in God’s favor, if we would but pray for them.

This is just something for us all to think about.

I’m going to continue to hammer Obama on the issues; but I’m also going to be praying for him, and believing God for that miracle too, that he can become a part of God’s family, and be born-again as well!

How many of you will join me? Selah

Shalom,


Skip Barland


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Alter: Obama Reveals He May Be One-Term President

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 08:07 PM

By: Jim Meyers

President Obama has failed in one of the most important jobs a president faces: persuading the country to follow him, says Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter, author of a new book about Obama’s first year in office.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Alter also says Obama will move to the right if Democrats lose big in the midterm elections. Alter predicts he could face a primary challenge from both the left and the right in 2012, and suggests the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden could switch places in a second term – although Alter reveals that Obama feels he could be a one-term president.

Alter’s newly released book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” has garnered major media attention for its riveting insider’s perspective on what happened during Obama’s first year.

Editor’s Note: Buy Jonathan Alter’s new book, Click Here Now.

Asked whether Obama has followed his campaign promise to govern in a bipartisan manner, Alter responds: “No, he hasn’t. That was something he just could not make good on in the presidency, that idea of being more bipartisan.

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“He tried to put some Republicans in the Cabinet. He does have Bob Gates, who is a Republican and has been in Republican administrations, as his most influential member of the Cabinet, Secretary of Defense.

“But it is quite true that he has not governed in a bipartisan way, and I think there’s enough blame for this to go around.”

Alter discloses in his book that, “in the first week of his presidency, Obama went up to Capitol Hill and met with the Republican caucus on the House side — no Democrats — and he wanted their input on the stimulus.

“He had already agreed to more than $300 billion in tax cuts, but he wanted to see if he could get some agreement from the Republicans on spending increases. [House Minority Leader] John Boehner told all the Republicans before the meeting, none of us are voting for Obama’s stimulus plan,” Alter tells Newsmax.TV.

“So in a sense, Obama was extending his hand to at least try to be bipartisan, and it was just brushed away by the Republicans. It was in their political interest, as we are now finding out, not to cooperate.

“After that, I think a lot of Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship were kind of phony. He just wanted credit for looking bipartisan, and at that point pretty early in his presidency had given up on real bipartisanship.”

No president’s approval ratings have ever tumbled as quickly as Obama’s in such a short period of time, Alter acknowledges, but he refers to a new NBC News poll showing “that Obama’s personal favorable ratings are higher at this point in his term than either Reagan or Clinton.

“One thing that is clear, though, is that the public doesn’t really approve of his program. They kind of like him personally. They don’t like the direction right now that he’s taking the country.

“He has failed in his first year in one of the most important jobs that any president has, which is to persuade the country to follow him.”

Alter’s book, released this week, makes reference to Obama’s temper. He was asked whether the president has a short fuse.

“He does not lose his cool, but in some ways it’s scarier — kind of this icy stare,” Alter says.

“He gets very upset about leaks. Instead of talking about what he should be talking about that day, he’s obsessing on these leaks.”

Comparing Bill Clinton and Obama on their handling of the presidency, Alter notes that, on healthcare, Clinton failed to pass reform legislation while Obama succeeded, “immaterial of whether one feels it’s a stinking bill or something that’s good for the country.

“Just on the success or failure level, he’s achieved more than Clinton at this point. But it’s early yet. He has a hundred ways to fail. And Clinton had some real successes later on in his term.

“We’ll see what happens to Obama. He told me he could be a one-term president.”

After losing Congress in 1994, Clinton moved to the right and center and signed such legislation as welfare reform. Asked whether Obama might do the same if Democrats take a big hit in November, Alter responds: “I think he will. He’s a pragmatist. I don’t see him as a real ideologue. He’s an idealist in some ways, but he wants to do what works. He’s not really into tilting at windmills.”

Alter was also asked, if Obama’s approval numbers continue to erode, could he face a primary challenge from someone like Hillary Clinton or Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, who has said he is not seeking re-election this year.

“Hillary Clinton, I would say absolutely not,” Alter declares.

“There would have to be something that they were divided on that was much more profound on issue grounds.

“I think it would be more likely that she and [Joe] Biden would trade places — maybe she becomes vice president if Obama is re-elected, to tee her up for 2016.

“Could Evan Bayh or someone else decide to challenge Obama from the right? Absolutely. I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s actually possible. There’s a lot of history of that in American politics.

“And it’s even possible, if he moves right after the midterms, you could see a very liberal challenge to him from the left that would complicate his political existence.”

Could that challenge come from Howard Dean? Alter said: “I would not rule that out.”

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A bit of American Nostalgia…


Memories of a bygone era!

Question: Were things really that much better?

Comments made in the year 1955:

“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going  to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.”

“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $2000 will only buy a used one.”


“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack  is ridiculous.”

“Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to  mail a letter?”


“If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside  help at the store.”

“When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”


“Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to  stay groomed. Next  thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”

“I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let  Clark Gable get by with saying ‘damn’ in ‘Gone With The Wind,’ it seems  every new  movie has either “hell” or “damn” in it.


“I read the other day where some scientist thinks  it’s possible to put a  man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.”

“Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000  a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be  making more than the president.”

“I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters  now.”


“It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women  are having to work to make ends meet.”

“It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone  to watch their kids so they can both work.”

“Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.”

“I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”


“Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress.”

“The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously  doubt they will ever catch on.”

“There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel.”


“No one can afford to be sick anymore; $35 a  day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”

“If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut,  forget it.”

The truth is, I’d have to say that I really think there was more innocence back then, in the fifties; but economically speaking, sure things cost less back then, but people also made less too.

However, you also have to consider the buying power of the dollar was greater then, too… as to what a dollar was worth, and what you could get for a dollar, as compared to what you can buy today.

Over the years, inflations has eroded the buying power of our US Dollar considerably.

Check out the following:

Money and Inflation 1950’s

To provide an estimate of inflation we have given a guide to the value of $100 US Dollars for the first year in the decade to the equivalent in today’s money.

If you have $100 Converted from 1950 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $835.41 today.

In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.00, and by 1959 it was $12,400.00.

In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.00 and by 1959 was $5,010.00

In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents

In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was $2,200.00 More Cars and Car Prices

A few more prices from the 50’s and how much things cost

Chrysler New Yorker $4347

Chevrolet Corvette $3631 1958

Mens All Wool Suits $28.90

Square dance Cotton Check Dress $3.29

Electric Portable Singer Sewing Machine $19.90

Ronson Electric Shaver $28.50

Rib Roast 29 cents per pound

Ritz Crackers 32 cents

Rollaway Beds $14.95

Ring 1 carat Diamond $399.00

Mechanical Adding Machine $3.98

More Examples on Specific pages

Food Prices Clothes Prices Electrical Prices Furniture Prices

Example of a home from 50’s

1951 River Frontage Lot Sheboygan Wisconsin 1 1/2 Acres River front plot on Sheboygan River $750

Example of the types of cars available and prices in the 50’s

Cadillac Convertible 1959

Tailfins the ultimate car with tailfins produced by Cadillac with the chrome to go with it and a 325 Horsepower engine and power anything and everything

Prices From $5,400

1958 Nash Metropolitan

The Metropolitan foreign small car with sports car flavor

Prices From $1,626

Aerocar 1951

The car with the built in freeway

This seemed like a good idea , wonder why it never caught on

Prices From $10,000

Austin Healey 1958

Powerfull twin Carb, 102 HP, Hydraulic Brakes, 4 speed synchromesh transmission 2 occasional rear seats

Here is our real problem:


And here is the cause:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, 1802

We are being robbed, folks; and our country, on purpose mind you, is being forced into bankruptcy; and all of this is owed to our now over 12 Trillion Dollar national debt; and the continued overspending of our Federal government.

The Bankers have given our politicians, what amounts to an open ended line of credit; and when there is a need for more cash, all they do is turn on the printing presses, and print more fiat money! This fiat money is what fuels inflation, which in turn further lowers the buying power of our US Dollar.

The design is to weaken us to the point where we will eventually be forced into a position, as foretold in the Bible, where nations will not be able to buy or sell, without they accept the “New World Order”, that will eventually lead to the “Mark of the Beat,” and the One World Government!

Whether or not the United States will be a “Sheep Nation,” that remains loyal to the Lord; or a “Goat Nation,” by default, that has been forced to capitulate to the demands of this “New World Order,” I believe will depend on whether or not the church prays… and whether we implement 2 Chronicles 7:14? Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Our ONLY hope as a nation. starts with our faith in God!

Our ONLY hope as a nation…

· Return to faith and obedience to God

· Restore our Constitutional Republic

· Clean house in the Federal and State governments, fire the   corrupt politicians and elect honest Americans

This is a serious problem! According to the Border Patrol the public is being mislead as to WHO is coming into the US from Mexico .  This IS THE TRUTH. as reported by WSBTV in Atlanta.

Video 1

http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html

Video 2

http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438712/index.html

PLEASE send to people before the video expires.

What kind of sense does it make for a nation to be at war, for their survival, after having already suffered one major attack, and more are being threatened, and we leave our borders wide open?

With everything our government has been doing to combat terrorism, doesn’t it seem just a little odd that this one very important detail has been overlooked?

Now mind you, it was under President George W. Bush’s watch that this first happened, and is today still ignored by the current guy, who holds that office, Barack Obama… whom I won’t even dignify by calling him president, because I don’t believe he has the proper constitutional credentials to hold that office.

President John F. Kennedy once warned us about the dangers which are posed by our tolerating excessive secrecy, and permitting members of “secret societies” and the military-industrial (-intelligence-media) complex to slowly and covertly subvert our Constitutional Republic from within.

Folks, it is all but obvious to me that there is another agenda afoot here, within our country, that has been going on for over 100 years; this is an agenda that is not being discussed by the media, and the reason is because channel “Whatever station you want attach” they are not really on the side of the American people; but rather they have been bought and paid for, just as our politicians have been, and they answer to the people who sign their checks, and control the money… whose goal and plan it has always been to establish a “New World Order!

The International Bankers are the puppet masters and the true power brokers, in our world today; these people have used their influence over the last 100 years to corrupt both our media and our politicians; and unless the American people wake up to that fact, and take our country back, we won’t have a country, folks, not for very much longer, not as we know it anyway… and that’s no lie!

Whatever it will be, it won’t any longer be the land of the free and home of the brave!

For sure, former President Kennedy understood this threat to our Republic; he was one of the honest politicians, and was not in their pocket; and it was because of that, that it cost him his life.

The ball is in our court, as to what happens from here on out; and I don’t think we have a lot of time.

We need to seriously pray, for while most of America sleeps, and for the most part are totally ignorant of what’s going on, our enemies are moving forward with their plans to further weaken our government, and cause us to capitulate to their demands, in the establishment of this New World Order.

Let’s pray for that revival, and also let’s pray that another effort succeeds, that is already under foot; a movement that is backed by all 50 states, to restore our Constitutional Republic, which if successful, it will once again make our U.S. Constitution the highest law of the land.

Let us all pray that this “Restore American Plan” succeeds.

(Click on link)

We have much at stake, and much to lose… so please pray!

Shalom,

Skip Barland