Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!

(Psalms 119:105)

The Bible happens to be our operation’s manual for life. In it we can find sound and wise instructions, from our Creator, on any number of subjects, necessary for life, and also for eternity.

I’m reminded of a testimony I once heard from an old Texas preacher, of how he said that he had always owned a Volkswagen bug, and how he thought that was God’s chosen car for him.

He went on to say that in every Volkswagen vehicle he had ever owned, the method for starting it was always the same, “You mashed down on the accelerator, and crank the engine, until it starts.”

He said this one year, back in the late sixties (I think it was) that he had bought himself a brand new Volkswagen, and was having nothing but problems. He said he thought for the first time, he had gotten a lemon.

As it happened, he was scheduled to do a retreat up in the mountains, and was afraid of having car problems and getting stuck; so he broke down, and for the very first time, he opened the glove compartment, and took out the owner’s manual for this car.

He said the very first thing he read was, DO NOT ‘MASH’ DOWN ON THE ACCELORATER TO START THIS CAR; this car has been equipped with an automatic choke, and to start, merely press once on the accelerator to the floor, and then turn the key and start the car!”

Like most guys, myself included, we don’t like to read instruction manuals; and the reason is, we always figure that we can figure it our ourselves; but in this case, this guy had suffered needlessly, because he didn’t know what he didn’t know.

He went to say, “You know, the manufacturer of this vehicle wrote an operations manual for its proper operation and maintenance; and in order to get the maximum life and efficiency from the vehicle, it would have been wise for him to have started by first reading the manual; and he would have then avoided lots of problems.”

He went on to say that our manufacturer, and Creator, who is God, also wrote an Operations Manual, and it is found in the Holy Bible (Book of Information Before Leaving Earth)!

The same thing applies to our life, as it was with that Volkswagen, if we would just follow the Operations Manual, we’d avoid a lot of heartache and pain; but being the dumb clucks that most of us are, who think we already know it all; we most always end up learning the hard way.

One thing we all will learn eventually, that is if we live long enough, and if we are smart enough to seek out a relationship with God, and that is, just as the Bible instructs, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prov 9:10)

So here are our marching orders today, for all who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, in these days:

Proverbs 3:1-7

Further Benefits of Wisdom

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

To quote a commonly used blessing, that was often spoken by one of my favorite characters in an old television series that I used to watch: “Live long and prosper!” But even before we can even begin to hope to do that,
if we are not operating in Wisdom, according to the our Operations Manual, then our chances of living long, and of our prospering at anything, are slim to none.

Our life is a gift and a choice; and God has given each of us a free will, and the opportunity to choose on whom, or what, we will spend it?

It has always been God’s purpose that we, who are part of His creation, who are also created in His image, and after His likeness, that we of our own free will and volition, would choose to spend our lives on Him; as that has been His plan all along, and His reason for creating us, to begin with.

To the extent we don’t operate in this way, is what SIN is all about, were all of us like dumb sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid upon Him, Jesus, the inequity of us all!

However, being the gentleman that He is, He will never force Himself upon us, but He leaves it for us to decide?

It’s my pray that more and more this message will get out, for it is the ONLY hope, not just for our nation, but also for the entire world; that people will begin to take God’s warnings seriously, and that more people would listen to His instructions, and start by being born-again, and being saved! Selah


Skip Barland

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No Message, But –

My child, wait before Me.

You may receive no message, but in this waiting time, even if you are not conscious of being taught, you are being changed.

The eye of your soul will be focused upon Me and the insight gained will be calming, remedial, strengthening.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.  Jude 1:24-25

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Let us not forget our men and women in uniform!

Let us not forget our men and women in uniform!

Won’t you say a pray for them tonight?


These photos were forwarded to me by a retired Navy Admiral; and they are pretty telling of what life is like these days over in Iraq, and in Afghanistan.

I’m unsure how old these  photos are, or when they were taken; but the message still needs to be told; and we need to be grateful that we have men and women who are standing in harm’s way for our protection; defending our freedom!

Let’s not forget them, and let’s not ever take their sacrifice for granted!!!


Skip Barland


From: Norman
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:04 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fw: Do Not Delete Photo


—– Forwarded Message —-

This came from a Marine unit over in Iraq  … Their wish is to send it 

to as many people in the country as possible. 

(Be sure to read their note at the end of the e-mail)…

Hopefully we can help them achieve their goal.) 





This is a ribbon for   

soldiers fighting in Iraq.

Pass it on to everyone   

and pray.   



Bed a   

little lumpy… 

Toss and   

turn any…. 

Wish the heat was higher… 

Maybe the a/c !   

Wasn’t on… 

Had to go to the john……< I> 

Need a drink of   






Yes.. It is like that! 

Count your blessings, pray for them, 

Talk to your Creator   


The next time when… 

The other car cuts you off and you must hit the brakes,   

Or you have to park a little further

from Wal-Mart than you want to be, 


you’re served slightly warm food at the restaurant, 

Or you’re sitting and cursing the traffic in front of you, 


the shower runs out of hot water, Think of them… 

Protecting your freedom!   


-Message from Iraq   

The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do   

Something to pay tribute   

To our fallen comrades so since we are part of the only   

Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq  the one way that we could 

Think of doing that is by taking a picture of   

Baker Company saying the way we feel.   

It would be awesome if you could find a way to share   

This with our fellow countrymen.   

I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your   

Papers to let the world know that   


And are proud to serve our country.   

Semper Fi 1st Sgt Dave Jobe. 

The attached photo   

was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine companies in Iraq   

They would like to have it passed to as many people as possible, to let the   

folks back home know that they remember why they’re there and 

that they remember those who’ve been lost…..   

Send this to   

13 people in the next 15 minutes. Go.


Attention all hands… battle stations!!!

Attention all hands…

battle stations!!!

Prepare for attack!

In these days and times in which we live, it is very important that we keep our heads, and not panic. Jesus warned us that what is about to befall this world, will be a Time of Sorrows (see Matthew 24:7-8; 21-22; and Mark 13:7-9), the likes of which, Jesus said, we have never experienced in the past, and nor will we ever again experience anything like it, in the future.

Our battle strategy and tactics, for these last days, in order to prepare for what is coming upon the world, start by our battening down the hatches, lock and loading, and keeping our powder dry, if you know what I mean.

Think of yourself as if you were an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), working in an emergency, or say a cop, or really any sort of job that you might be working at, where you are working under any kind of pressure; in most cases, out of necessity, in order to do your job, you have to disengage your emotions, because you cannot allow yourself to be distracted, you have to focus; and this is especially true if you are working, as I said, under pressure, or are dealing with an emergency.

It would be much the same as a skipper on a nuclear submarine (as you can see in the above picture), if say they were engaging the enemy in a fire fight; he can’t afford to panic and lose his composure, because to do so would mean certain death for him, and his crew.

It’s the same with us, folks, and that is the reason why God has us go through these obstacle courses, called our trials and tribulations.

It’s much the same as what our young recruits go through in boot camp, or Special Forces, or in Navy Seal Training, all of it is to prepare these people for the battle that lies ahead!

To use this analogy of the soldier, or Seal Team, if you can’t even make it through the training, or in our case, in the little battles, trials and tribulations of everyday life, without getting beat-up and defeated, and becoming depressed; and if you haven’t yet learned the necessity of trusting God, applying His Word, relying upon it, and then confessing His Word, in order to overcome and defeat the enemy’s strategy, in even the small trials, then how can you expect to survive what is coming?

The answer is, you can’t, and you won’t! That is why what I am saying is so important; because it certainly appears, from everything I can see, that for much of the church today, at least here in America, and I dare say also in Western Europe, most of the so called Christians are totally oblivious and don’t have even a clue as to what is going on, and the danger our country is in today.

Now mind you, I’m not talking about your eternal salvation here, not at all; because if you are born-again, then your eternal salvation is secure in Jesus Christ; but what I am talking about is your temporal salvation, in how you maintain and survive while still in this world.

We are in a war, folks, the Bible makes that very clear, and as the Apostle Paul said, if we are going to win this war, we have to learn how to use our Spiritual Weapons!

Fear is natural, and it is never a matter of eliminating it all together; that won’t ever happen, and fear will always be present; and sometimes even it is healthy to have a measure of it, to keep us on our toes; but the sort of fear that we are to resist is the kind that paralyzes us, and causes us to want to flee.

The famous lines, spoken by John Wayne, in one of his war movies, which I think is very apropos here, is when he said: “All
wars are filled with brave men, who are afraid, and would rather be somewhere us;” and so it is with us.

The issue never about avoiding fear all together, because, as I said, that won’t happen; but rather it is to train ourselves how to manage it, so that we control it, and not let it control us!

We have been fortunate, here in the U.S, because we have yet to experienced anything like what happened in Europe, during WWI and II, at least not yet. Where it was our cities being bombed, and our citizens killed.

I think that is about to change, however; especially if this administration continues to meddle in Israel’s affairs, and pressures them to compromise there security, and give more land for peace.

How many of you have read George Washington’s prophecy for the United States? There are three parts to it, the first covered the Revolutionary War; the second, the Civil War; and the last part covers a way we haven’t seen yet; where Washington was told by an angle that we would lose our sovereignty for a time; but would regain it back.


“And again I heard the mysterious voice saying `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one.

Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole county and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up.

As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.

“Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.

“Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!

“Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: `While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word `Union,’ he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, `Amen.’

In any case, what follows I think is worth remembering. It was written by two lone women, during the bombing blitz gred in London, during WWII, when they were living movement by moment, not knowing whether the next bomb might fall on them.

Read, and commit it to memory, so that when the time comes, and you are tempted to panic and lose it… you’ll know better.

“Keep your Spirit-Life calm and unruffled.”

Keep your Spirit-Life calm and unruffled. Nothing else matters. Leave all to Me. This is your great task, to get calm in My Presence, not to let one ruffled feeling stay for one moment. Years of blessing may be checked in one moment by that.

No matter who frets you or what, yours is the task to stop all else until absolute calm comes. Any block means My Power diverted into other channels.

Pour forth – pour forth – pour forth – I cannot bless a life that does not act as a channel. My Spirit brooks no stagnation, not even in rest. Its Power must flow on. Pass on everything, every blessing. Abide in Me.

See how many you can bless each day. Dwell much in My Presence.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

(from; God Calling, January 26 – Keep Calm)

You have your orders… now go and Do it!!!


Skip Barland

From: FullnessOnLine [] On Behalf Of FullnessOnLine
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:05 AM
Subject: What The Lord Is Saying Today

What The Lord Is Saying Today

April 28, 2010. You have been experiencing some unusual fatigue.  You do not feel it in your body but in your soul, especially in your emotions.

Those in the same condition as you have caught your attention.  You do not want to be like them but rather desire to be free and clear in mind, will and emotions.

Learn this.  My will for you is that you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all things.  In this way you will avoid getting burned out and frustrated, not to mention avoid becoming emotionally and mentally tired and weary in your work.

Seek to be strong in Me and not in yourself.  You are striving in areas I have never given you to control, nor for which I have made you responsible.  Trust  Me.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (AMP) “And as for you, brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right [but continue in well-doing without weakening].”

Ras Robinson


So you are saying lighten up Lord, “My cross is too heavy!”

“My cross is too heavy”

Jesus said:

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny

himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me

(Matthew 16:24)

The following devotion speaks to a very important point in the life of every Christian. It seems we all eventually come to the place in our life where we feel the load that we bear is too heavy!

Not so, because the promise of God’s Word is:

1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message)

13No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

It certainly would seem that from God’s perspective, even though the Bible makes it clear that as any loving father is towards his children, God also desires that we prosper and be in health; but only as our soul prospers. This is what the Bible says is God’s desire for us (see 3 John 1:2), but only as we are maturing and growing in faith!

Also we can learn from scripture that it is said that even our Lord had to learn obedience through the things which he suffered (see Hebrews 5:8)… and so how is it that we figure it will be any different with us?

No, you see God’s priority is not to make us comfortable in this life; but rather it is to prepare us for eternity, and for our future ministry, and assignment in the earth, and fulfill our destiny.

So let us understand that these trials and tribulations, which we try so hard to avoid, are God’s training ground to prepare us for what lies ahead. They are not to defeat us, but rather they are to teach us how to overcome the obstacles that the enemy will place in front of us.

This pattern is seen all throughout the Bible.

  • Did not God tell Abraham to leave the comfort and security of his home and family, and go to a place he knew not; and when he finally arrived in the Promised Land, he found he had to live in tents, as a stranger; and that he was right in the middle of a famine.
  • What about Joseph? After receiving his prophetic dream, and God’s promise for his future, he spends the next 13 years of his life in the toilet; first almost being killed by his brothers; then he is sold as a slave; then he is framed for something he didn’t do; and finally he is thrown into prison!

    Joseph was 17 when this ordeal began, and it wasn’t until age 30 that he understood why. Joseph had no idea that God was fulfilling his dream and his destiny, and that all of this was in training for him to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, and thereby save his family from the coming famine. (read Psalms 105:16-19).

  • What about the Children of Israel having to wander in the desert for forty years? Listen to what God said the reason was: “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).
  • Then we read the Hall of Fame chapter in the Bible, in Hebrews 11; where each one of these individuals were tested severely, and it was not because God didn’t care about them, but it was because He had prepared something better. But that something better comes only after having our faith muscles tested, in preparation for the assignment which God has foreordained for each of our lives.
  • Look to Jesus in the New Testament, did He not send his disciples into the storm; and then came walking out to them on the water? This was also a test.

It was President John F. Kennedy, who brought this to our attention, during the Cuban missile crisis (in 1960), about how in the Chinese language the word for crisis (“Wei Ji 危机“) is made up of two characters “Wei and “Ji , where “Wei means “danger,” and “Ji , means “opportunity.”

Now if we could only learn to see our trials and tribulations, which we are facing, in this same way; as opportunities for us to grow, in order that we might exercise our faith muscles, and learn to overcome our obstacles.

Let us also remember that the Bible says (in Hebrews 11:6) that without faith it is impossible to please God!

These are the mountains that the Bible says we can speak to, which are those material, financial, emotional, or physical obstacles that Satan places in our path, just like he did with Job.

The Bible teaches us that we can speak to these mountains, as Jesus has instructed us to do, and cast them out of our way!

Let us think about these things, in whatever it is that we are facing today; and let us begin today to see our trials and tribulations also as opportunities, and as the Bible says: “Let us glory in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5) Selah


Skip Barland

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:30 AM
Subject: My Utmost For His Highest : “What You Will Get”

April 28, 2010

I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.Jeremiah 45:5

This is the firm and immovable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him— “I will give your life to you . . . .” What more does a man want than his life?

It is the essential thing. “. . . your life . . . as a prize . . .” means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life and nothing can harm it.

So many of us are caught up in exhibiting things for others to see, not showing off property and possessions, but our blessings. All these things that we so proudly show have to go. But there is something greater that can never go—the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

Are you prepared to let God take you into total oneness with Himself, paying no more attention to what you call the great things of life?

Are you prepared to surrender totally and let go?

The true test of abandonment or surrender is in refusing to say, “Well, what about this?”

Beware of your own ideas and speculations. The moment you allow yourself to think, “What about this?” you show that you have not surrendered and that you do not really trust God. But once you do surrender, you will no longer think about what God is going to do.

Abandonment means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions.

If you totally abandon yourself to God, He immediately says to you, “I will give your life to you as a prize . . . .”

The reason people are tired of life is that God has not given them anything— they have not been given their life “as a prize.”

The way to get out of that condition is to abandon yourself to God. And once you do get to the point of total surrender to Him, you will be the most surprised and delighted person on earth.

God will have you absolutely, without any limitations, and He will have given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience in your life or your refusal to be simple enough

So how are you with this thing called “Change?”

Change Happens!!!

More and more we find ourselves living in a world where everything around us is changing, and most often, these days anyway, these changes are not for the good.

One obvious case in point, the man currently sitting in the White House got elected using “CHANGE” as his campaign motto and mantra; and look how that is working out so far.

I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t always do so well with change, myself; and I would even go so far as to say I bet that most of you are the very same way.

I think it is human nature to be this way, and to resist change, at least it is most often among the older generation, say forty and above.

Howbeit, it wasn’t always that way for most people; and that was the point I believe Jesus was making about the children, whom His disciples had been trying to keep away from the Master.

Jesus merely told them not to do that; and He went on to say that unless we become as they are, then we can’t even experience the Kingdom of Heaven!

What I think Jesus was saying is that for God to use us, whomever we are, we must first of all be teachable, and open to change, not afraid do fail.

Most kids are like that naturally, and are sponges, always looking for new experiences, and always wanting to do and learn new things.

Most of us were also that way, ourselves, once upon a time… and if we are going to be used of God, as adults, then we had better learn to be that way again!

I think the older we get the more we tend to like only the status quo, as long as our emotional and physical needs are being met, and we are comfortable. But I’m discovering, having read the Bible, that our being comfortable is just not a priority on God’s list; but our being conformed into the image of His Son, our elder brother, Jesus Christ is.

I am finding that this process of our always being transformed and changed, into the image of our Lord, cannot happen unless we get use to change, and begin to accept it.

The Bible teaches us about old and new wineskins to make this point, and John Paul Jackson, in his e-letter (below) makes that same point.

There is a certain fluidness that is necessary if we are going to be used of the Holy Spirit, that requires our being use to change, on a moment’s notice; that is if we are to go with the flow of the Holy Spirit, and what He is doing in any one time or place; and the truth is, He is always doing a new thing; as we can readily see in the Bible.

John 3:8 (The Message)

7-8″So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak.

You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next.

That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”

Even though the Bible says clearly that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; nevertheless, one of the great paradoxes we find in the Bible is that, though He changes not, He is also a God of change, in that He never does the same thing twice, in the same way!

We can see this all throughout the Bible, that God always was doing something new; as evident in the fact that He never does a miracle twice, in the same way.

We see that in Jesus’ ministry, and also we see it all throughout the Tanakh (Jewish Old Testament).

Sometimes I think change is necessary because God is trying to introduce Himself to a new culture, or a younger generation; and in those situations it is of paramount importance that we adapt, and are pliable to whatever changes are required, so as not to be a hindrance to the move of the Spirit.

We are very wrong if we think God uses our comfort level and our life experiences as His standard for everyone else, as a plum line or reference marker… because He doesn’t!

In fact that has never been the case in any generation.

Every fisherman knows well that if he is going to catch fish, he must always adapt his bait to the taste of the fish, and not his own.

Consequently in history, because of most people’s resistance to CHANGE, in every revival in history, instead of the next move of God being able to build upon the last, and the last move being the ceiling for the next; rather what typically happens is, the ones who are most resisting the next move of God are the participants of the last move.

This is what normally happens; you have people saying things like, “This can’t be God, because it is so different from what I’m used to and what I experienced!”

It is a huge mistake for us to think this way; and really when you think about it, for us to even think that any move of God, before we can accept it, it must pass muster with us, and have our approval first… I mean how myopic and small minded is that?

For us to think that God only likes the sort of music and things that we have grown accustomed to, things that agree with our particular culture, our taste, and our life experience, is to try and keep God in a very small box; which He will not allow anyone to do.

If the Bible has anyone message that we need to learn from, it is that if we are to be used of the Lord, and are to be in the flow of the Holy Spirit is doing in the world, at any one time, or in any location, are our being fluid and malleable, and accustom to change, is an absolute necessity!

Let’s take Caleb as our example:

  • Caleb’s courage was first displayed after his return from his spy mission into the Promised Land. He was willing to take a stand with God when the crowd was more than willing to oppose God’s will. As we recall, ten of the spies returned with “bad news”. They stated that taking the land was beyond their ability (Numbers 13:31).
  • Joshua and Caleb reported just the opposite. In fact Caleb, “quieted the people before Moses”, and said, “Let us go up at once, and occupy it; for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30).
  • He also said, “If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us” (Numbers 14:8).
  • Caleb was simply trying to motivate the people to go up and possess the land which God had promised (Genesis 17:8). They in turn desired to kill him (Numbers 14:10).
  • Think about it! These people would rather have killed Caleb than listen to his words of exhortation.
  • As the Bible says of Caleb: “So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.” Joshua 14:14

As Christians grow older, we should grow in faith. The classic example of persevering faith is that of the eighty-five year-old Caleb ben-Jephunneh.

God himself certified Caleb to be a man of great faith, one who obeyed God fully. He is an inspiration to all true believers—not just older people, but everyone who is maturing in Christ.

The only caveat I would add is that God never contradicts Himself, and that whatever God does always lines up with His Word; but the sort of things we have been talking about here are more in line with the subjective preferences and tastes of the individual; which has to do more with the culture they are from, than it does anything else.

We need to understand that God is always adapting to new cultures and new generations of kids; just as He once did with us, and our parents most likely resisted us as well, in the same way; and then for us to think it ends with us… well, I don’t think I have to tell you how foolish that is.

Read on and see what John Paul Jackson has to say on this subject.


Skip Barland

From: Streams Ministries []
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 7:01 PM
Subject: What has God put on your heart to do? by John Paul Jackson

What has God put on your heart to do? April 2010
by John Paul Jackson

Is there something you’ve been considering doing lately? Do you have a thought rolling around in your head that maybe you should be paying more attention to? What has God put on your heart to do?

You are probably familiar with Jesus’ metaphor of new wine and new wineskins (Matthew 9:17). The general explanation is that when God is doing something new, we need to be open to it. Many of us rightly equate this metaphor to moves of God that seem large and obvious, such as church wide or citywide revival. But it can also apply to our lives on a more individual, everyday scale.

Some of us have been Christians for so long that we have become rather set in our ways. Perhaps we’ve even adopted a type of spiritual atrophy and aren’t doing anything other than what we have done in the past. However, throughout Scripture, the people of God who are known for their great faith had to bend with the Holy Spirit. They had to leave behind their normal schedules and typical behavior in order to follow the plan of God for their lives. They accepted the “new wine” when it was presented to them, and they were open to the often radical change it had on their plans and life goals.

New wine — the new thing God is doing — requires new wineskins: people who are willing to be soft and pliable in God’s hands. They change shape as God pours into them, and they listen when He speaks.

What is God asking you to do that may require a bit of bending on your part? What have you been considering doing that maybe you should just go ahead and do? Is it getting up earlier to spend time with Him? Is it exercising regularly? Is it being kind to someone? Is it writing the book you’ve been thinking about writing or applying for a different job? Perhaps this recurring thought you’ve been having is something you should listen to.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:10, “God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Great Communicator who searches the very deepest parts of God and then reveals them to us. The Spirit of the Living God dwells in, empowers, prepares and equips us so that we can get where we need to go and do what God has called us to do — so we reach the purpose for which He created us. Our next step could be as simple as paying attention to the idea that keeps coming up, the thought that keeps returning to us.

What is God telling your heart to do? Are you doing it? Whatever it is, it is sure to be a grand adventure, and it is sure to produce change.


America, let’s take back our country!

America is fed up!!!

America Rising: An Open Letter to Democrat Politicians!

(click above link to see video)

This video was forwarded to me this morning by David; and it is an open letter written to the Democratic Politicians.

There is also another encouraging movement that has gotten my attention, of late, which I believe is an absolute necessity if we ever are to take our country back. It’s called: “The Restore America Plan” (click link to see video).

It is a grassroots movement where all 50 states of the Union, have already reorganized as a Constitutional Republic, and are taking our country back to the original plan, as it was originally intended by our founding fathers, where once again the U.S. Constitution is the highest law of the land!

We have a very serious situation in our country, and it is because of this that everything is upside down.

No longer is our country operating as a Constitutional Republic; that was changed over 100 years ago, when the District of Columbia was established.

After the Civil War, our nation was bankrupt; and in order to avoid defaulting, these certain stipulations and requirements were put in place at the demand of the international bankers.

In 1913, after the Federal Reserve Act was passed, these stipulations where made permanent.

The result of all of this has caused our entire Banking system, our monetary policies, and our U.S Dollar, to all be under the control of private businessmen, 70% of whom are foreign nationals.

These private businessmen operate without oversight, and are accountable to no one, but to themselves.

Actually, they are the sole owners of the Federal Reserve itself, which is not at all Federal; but it is rather a privately held corporation!

If you’d like to know how it operates, here is a very good video for you to watch; that I think will answer most of your questions:

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

Today we are operating under something called the “United States Corporation;” and our so called representatives are serving, not as Public Servants; but rather they are officers of the Corporation.

That is why our politicians are no longer responding to the will of the people; and are instead implementing policies and are passing legislation which will only serve to further weaken our economy, as the laws of economics have not been repealed; and as much as they would like you to believe differently, contrary to what the current administration has been telling you, you still can’t get multiplication through division, as Obama continues to spreads the wealth around.

All of this will only serve to bankrupt our nation, and force us into a position where we can either submit to the demands of these very same International Bankers, and accept their currency and New World Order, or our money will be worthless!

We cannot just go back to putting another Republican Administration back in power either, let us not make that mistake again!

We need to get away from this idea that we can only have a Two-Party system; because both Democratic and Republican parties, when it comes to the Globalist agenda, patrician politics and differences aside, both parties are on the same page… and in fact are two sides of the same coin.

Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, it makes no difference, because on the subject of the establishment of a “New World Order” (click link to see video), they are ALL on the same page.

Not only that, but these same bankers today have not only corrupted our two-party political system; but they have also dominated and have controlled our News Media, and also our entertainment industry, as well, for years!

Speaking of the media, I had this article forwarded to me today, from a Canadian Newspaper, regarding the Obama’s eligibility issue, and I thought you might find it interesting:

Folks, please note that the Bible already has predicted these things would happen; and we are today seeing Bible prophecy unfold right before our eyes.

Where will the United States be in all of this, in this New World Order?

I think that depends on the Christians, and whether we implement 2 Chronicles 7:14 or not.

I don’t think it is written in stone that the United States has to be on the side of the Antichrist; and it is my hope and prayer that we wake up in time to take back our country!

Wake up America… and let every Christian be praying!


Skip Barland

Warning… what you don’t know could be killing you!!!

I was sent this warning today, on how a slow Poison, called MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is hidden behind 25 or more names, such as “Natural Flavoring,” and I’m passing it along FYI (for your information).

I can remember early on, when I was teenager, I could never figure out why such lame brain decisions were coming out of Washington DC. Even as a kid, I knew even I could do a much better of a job, than what they were doing.

I have since learned that everything is not as it appears; and that truly, though our political leaders would like us always to believe that they are always doing everything with only our best interest at heart, on closer examination we find that is not always the case.

As just one case in point: George W. Bush (who also says that he is a Christian), back in March of 2004, he and his corporate supporters were pushing a Bill through Congress. Called the “Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act” also known as the “Cheeseburger Bill“.

This sweeping law, had it passed, would have banned anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it came out that they purposely added an addictive and/or harmful chemical to their foods.

As it turns out, much of the decisions that are being made today, and in the past, by the FDA, are made more to benefit pharmaceutical companies, and large corporate interests, than they are to benefit us, the general public; and truly what you don’t know could kill you!

On closer examination, you will find that the FDA is actually run by people who have come out of the pharmaceutical industry.

Here’s just one example of what I’m talking about:

The FDA made a law that says only a drug can cure a disease. They then go on and define all kinds of diseases (which is why you always seeing all kinds of new diseases that are being discovered). So let’s say you were to develop a disease because you are lacking in vitamin C; and some medical professional were to tell you to take vitamin C; or say a natural foods company comes up with a natural product, and even suggests that vitamin C is the cure for your disease, both the medical professional and the company are actually breaking the law… and can be prosecuted, with the risk of having large fines and even jail time.

This is just another example of why we need a thorough house cleaning in Washington DC, and “We the People” need to take back our government for ourselves… and through the bums out!

That’s just my opinion; but you read on, and you let me know what you think?.


Skip Barland

From: Ed
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 2:05 AM
To: Skip Barland;
Subject: FW: MSG poisoning


Slow Poisoning MSG (Monosodium Glutamate.) hides behind 25 or more names, such as “Natural Flavoring”

author unknown

MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavoring.’ MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Tim Horton’s and Starbucks coffee shops!   I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did  John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government.  He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America.

In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies.  No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them.  They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born.

The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese.  They even have a name for the fat rodents they create:  ‘MSG-Treated Rats.’

When I heard this, I was shocked.  I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards and the refrigerator.  MSG was in everything — the  Campbell ‘s soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays  flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper,  Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad  dressings,
Especially the ‘healthy low-fat’  ones.

The items that didn’t have MSG marked on the product label had something called ‘Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,’ which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.

It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff.  MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don’t catch on.  (Other names for MSG are  ‘Accent,  ‘Aginomoto,’ ‘Natural Meat Tenderizer,’  etc.)

But it didn’t stop there.

When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items contained MSG.  Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn’t use MSG.

But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough, MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere.

Burger King,  McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, every restaurant — even the  sit-down eateries like TGIF, Chili’s, Applebee’s, and Denny’s — use  MSG in abundance.  Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender:
MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy.  No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin — their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative, or a vitamin?

Not according to my friend John Erb.  In his book The Slow Poisoning of America, he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more.

A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to.  The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?

‘Betcha can’t eat [just] one,’ takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned!  And we wonder why the nation is overweight!

MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products.  It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn’t added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance.  Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat every day.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it’s safe to eat in any amount.  But how can they claim it’s safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:

‘The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity.’  Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA.  Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol.  2002.

‘Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.’  Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C,  Nascimento CM, Ribeiro.  Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

‘Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats:  An animal model of multiple risk factors.’
Iwase M, Yamamoto  M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima.
Hypertens  Res. 1998  Mar.

‘Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity.’  Tanaka K, Shimada M,  Nakao K Kusunoki.  Exp Neurol.  1978 Oct.

No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978…  Both the ‘medical research community’ and ‘food manufacturers’ have known about the side effects of MSG for decades.

Many more of the  studies mentioned in John Erb’s book link MSG to diabetes,  migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even  Alzheimer’s.

So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada   While he was sitting in the government office,
the official told him, ‘Sure, I know how bad MSG is.  I wouldn’t touch the stuff.’ But this
top-level government official refuses to tell the public what he knows.

The big media doesn’t want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers.  It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin.  The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it.  Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.

But what can I do about it?  I’m just one voice!  What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us?

This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate-owned politicians and media won’t tell you.

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic is to forward this article to everyone.   With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us.

The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don’t believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself.  Go to the National Library of Medicine at . Type in the words ‘MSG Obese’ and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry’s bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic-induced amputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders.

With your help we can put an end to this poison.  Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution of this printout to your friends all over the world and stop this ‘Slow Poisoning of Mankind’ by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, so get the word out!

Let’s keep America Strong!!!

Let’s keep America Strong!!!

The following letter makes sense to me…

First of all, why don’t we get a president that is an American Citizen?

One that is a Constitutionalist; who loves our country, and will stand by his oath of office, to protect, defend, and enforce our U.S. Constitution?

Let us have a president who is actually a Christian, who believes in the Ten Commandments, and holds to the same set of Judaic/Christian values that have made our country the most blessed on the planet!

Let us have a president who will put an end to the murdering of innocent babies; a president who believes a marriage should be between one man and one woman; who recognizes that people of aberrant sexual lifestyles and persuasions, as long as they aren’t breaking any laws, they already have the same rights as every other American citizen, under the current laws of our land; and the truth be told, most Americans really don’t care, and nor do they want to know, what these people do in the privacy of their own homes, that’s between them and their god, and is no body’s else’s business.

However with that point understood, nevertheless, most Americans are just plain sick and tired of these people trying to shove your perverted lifestyles down everybody else’s throat!

Let us have a President and a Congress that makes it very clear that if you don’t like our Country, if you don’t wish to be an American Citizen, which means that you respect our laws, our history, our multicultural diversity, made up of people of all nationalities, creeds, and colors; and if you don’t want to respect our long established heritage, as a Christian nation, then please don’t let the door hit you on your backside as you go back to wherever the heck it is that you came from!!!

Anyway that’s my two cents on the subject… how do you feel about it?


Skip Barland

From: Dolly
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 11:18 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients
An Open Letter to President Obama on the Occasion of 9/11

——-Original Message——-

An Open Letter to President Obama on the Occasion of 9/11

By Faye Parrish

Dear President Obama,

I read of your administrations plan to re-define September 11th as a National Service Day. Sir, it’s time we had a talk.

During your campaign, Americans watched as you made mockery of our tradition of standing and crossing your heart when the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken. You, out of four people on the stage, were the only one not honoring our tradition. We noticed.

During one of your many speeches, Americans heard you say that you intended to visit all 57 states. We noticed.

When Senator McCain leaned over at Ground Zero and gently placed a flower on the memorial, you tossed your flower onto the pile without leaning over. We noticed.

Every time you apologized to other countries for America’s position on an issue, we have wondered why you don’t share our pride in this great country. When you have heard foreign leaders berate our country and our beliefs, you have not defended us. We noticed.

When your pastor of 20 years damned America and said that 9/11 was “America’s chickens coming home to roost” and you denied having heard recriminations of that nature, we wondered how that could be. When you later disassociated yourself from that church and pastor because it was politically expedient to do so, we noticed.

When you announced that you would transform America, we wondered why.

With all her faults, America is the greatest country on earth. Sir, if not for America and the people who built her, you wouldn’t be sitting in the White House now. Prior to your election to the highest office in this country, you were a senator from Illinois and from what we can glean from the records available, not a remarkable one. We noticed.

All through your campaign and even now, you have surrounded yourself with individuals who are basically unqualified for the positions to which you appointed them. Worse than that, the majority of them are people who, like you, bear no special affection or respect for this country and her traditions. We noticed.

You are seven months into your term and every morning millions of Americans wake up to a new horror heaped on us by you. You seek to saddle working Americans with a health care/insurance reform package that, along with cap and trade, will bankrupt this nation. We noticed.

We seek, by protesting, to let our representatives know that we are not in favor of these crippling expenditures and we are labeled “un-American,” and “racist.” We wonder how we are supposed to let you know how frustrated we are. You have attempted to make our protests seem isolated. We noticed.

On September 11, 2001 there were no Republicans or Democrats, only Americans. And we all grieved together and helped each other in whatever way we could. The attack on 9/11 was carried out because we are Americans. And we noticed.

There were many of us who prayed that as a black president you could help unite this nation even more. In seven months you have done more to destroy this nation than anyone since 9/11. You have failed us. We noticed.

September 11th is a day of remembrance for all Americans. You propose to make 9/11 a “National Service Day.” While we know that you may not share our reverence for 9/11, we pray that history will report your proposal as what it is…a disgrace.

When Americans come together again, it will be to remove you from office. You have made a mockery of our Constitution and the office that you hold. You have embarrassed and slighted us in foreign visits and policy.

We have noticed all these things. We will deal with you.

Faye Parrish is a concerned American citizen.

Lord give us leadership like this…

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:

but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn”

Proverbs 29:2

Click here and listen to:

Allen West speaks about Islam

This is the caliber of people we need at the helm of our nation!!!

When it comes to knowing the best course for a country to take, or for an individual, the wisest and absolute best advice you can get comes from God’s Word (the Holy Bible), in whatever God says on any given subject.

We are told in the Bible (in Proverbs 9:10) that: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

In Proverbs 29:2, we are told: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”

Folks, look around you and read the handwriting on the wall! As God once spoke to King Belshazzar, of the once great Babylonian empire:


This is the interpretation: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.[

As history shows, that very night, the great and mighty empire of Babylon fell.

Likewise we are there ourselves, folks, as many nations who have gone before us; and may God help us if we can’t see the handwriting on the wall; and discern that our nations also is in serious trouble today, as these people who are at the helm of our country, who are directing and making the decisions for our nation’s future, and the future of generations to come, are about as far away from God and His ways as anyone can be!

In fact, as Billy Graham once said, “If God doesn’t judge our nation, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

As just one example, this is how far our society today has drifted away from the God of the Bible, in that for years now, for several generations, as it is even today, we have young people are who are being taught in our public schools, and in our secular colleges and universities, this nonsense called “situation ethics,” which says the ends justifies the means.

This is our problem, in that we’ve had several generations now who have grown up where their only moral compass, that is driving their decisions, is not based on anything the Bible says; but rather it is based upon something called “Political Correctness,” where everyone makes decisions based upon whatever the current flavor of the month happens to be, according to the ever changing winds of the political atmosphere at the time; or they make their decisions based soley upon what seems good and right to them, personally… with no attention given whatsoever as to what God might have to say, or what the Bible teaches.

So consequently, we have politicians who get elected to office by saying what they think the people want to hear, but they never follow through and keep their promises.

As just one example of what I’m talking about, just listen to the current man who now sits in the White House.

Listen to these promises that he made in the past, in order to get elected; and then compare that to what he has done in the resent passage of several pieces of legislation, which are costing us literally hundreds of billions of dollars, where we didn’t have the open forums and opportunity to review and read about them, and what they contained, as he promised; but rather they were rammed through both houses, without even our legislators having the opportunity to understand or read what was in them… and in doing so, Obama broke everyone of his promises to the American people, regarding transparency and openness.

Now mind you, this is also the same guy who says that he is a Christian:!

Here is another huge reason why our nation is in trouble today; and it has to do with the way we are raising our children, and what they are being taught in our public school system today.

We are totally dropping the ball here, folks, in that our entire public educational system, at all levels, instead of teaching (as we once did) about what the Bible says, about the Ten Commandments, and the difference between right and wrong; we are instead teaching our children that belief in God, and the knowledge of His Word (The Bible), that both are absolutely irrelevant to anything that is of any consequence or importance in their life… and as I’ve said, this has been going on for several generations!

So is it any wonder that our nation is where it is today?

After having had several generations that have been taught this nonsense, we can plainly see the results in that we have a nation today, where more so than at any other time in our history, we can say that the blind are leading the blind… and if we aren’t careful, just as the Bible warns will happen, we will all fall into the ditch, if we fail to wake up and repent!

Let us not be deceived by lying spirits and corrupt politicians, with hidden agendas; but rather let’s stop this present downward spiral that our nations is taking, and let’s get righteous men and women in positions of leadership, who are there to represent our interest, instead of their own, and who also have a personal relationship and reverence for the God of the Bible! Selah


Skip Barland

From: Blanton
Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2010 11:00 PM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: Fwd: What do you think ? Lt Col West says it all ….

Hello Skip,


Maybe this is our next president!

Lt. Col West




This is what we call, A Truly Great American!

Talk about telling it like it is.

This should be required listening to all in the U.S.

Allen West for President!

Impressive, I believe we’ll be seeing more of Lt. Col. West in the future...

Below is a video clip of a speech given by Lt.Col. (retd) Allen West who served as a commander in Iraq, and talking about Islam.  Listen to this man, and scroll barely down under his speaking platform, where you will not find his words printed on the screen as he speaks.  This man put Barack Hussein Obama, some of our leaders, politicians and the media to shame in his speech and never called any by name. You will probably listen to it more than once.