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“And All Nations that Forget God”

March 30, 2009

The trip to Chicago over the weekend wasn’t evangelistically motivated as my wife and I were taking time away for our anniversary. Nonetheless it was enlightening and I managed to leave tracts in such divers places as the Sears Tower sky deck, the parking facilities at Soldier Field and the Field Museum of Natural history. (Aren’t we a romantic couple. lol) The Field Museum is the place that caused a lot of pondering; specifically the series of exhibits in a section entitled “Our Evolving Earth.” This is a carefully assembled presentation that takes one ‘step by methodical step through the process of creation according to the proponents of evolution. It was cleverly scripted and presented in such a seamless format as to give a visitor the impression that this view of “how everything came to be” is without controversy. They make it appear so scientifically solid that there’s simply no room for dissention. And judging by the comments of those within earshot, the storyline was unanimously swallowed, hook, line, and sinker.

Hebrews 11:3 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  (WOW!)

While subjecting myself to the Field Museums falsehoods, I was praying, “Lord I know that what’s being told here is blatant error! Yet the picture appears ever so logical as they have carefully censored any evidence that would raise questions to this storyline.” Two realities have come to mind; one while in the museum observing this erroneous presentation, and one as I was typing the previous sentance. The one that just popped up, though not new, concerns the deceptions of the last days. The strong lies from the antichrist will appear to those that know not God to be every bit as seamless and unquestionable as the Field Museums version of the history of the earth. (I found it interesting that they had to employ the use of “six mass extinctions” to try and explain the cataclysmic results of a single global flood) But the first reality that came to mind during the journey through the exhibit is even more troubling.

I began to think of how the theory of evolution has been taught in our schools as though it’s fact for generations. Truly the enemy knows that the time to reach a person and steer them into a desired path is when they are young and impressionable. In this manner, many have gone about to place God out of  rememberance. Evolution is presented in such a manner as to silence any dissent and by this, the nations rush to put God out of their rememberance. Any who dare raise honest questions that challenge the validity of this theory are made to appear as silly and uninformed. When a group of people are “programmed” to a point where they evaluate everything based on a logical examination of what is seen and catagorically deny the existance of a spiritual realm, an incredible hardness sets in. This teaching has caused untold millions to pass through this life with no concern for their soul or to even consider that perhaps….just perhaps….there’s more to this story than a bunch of atoms reacting to an ambiguous “big bang.”

Last night, while in the hotel room, the following scriptures came to mind:

Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Matthew 23:15 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharissees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

Luke 11:52 “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

In short, it’s a very dangerous thing to forget God and to lead others away from the truth. Over the weekend it became more clear as to how well orchestrated the efforts are to lead folks away from Jesus who is “the way, the truth, and the life.” There is no doubt in my mind that judgment looms over this land as we have categorically removed God from our institutions of learning and have created an entire generation that’s void of any biblical understanding. The ambassadors of error, with the full backing of our highly-esteemed institutions, compass sea and land to convince the unlearned that they are presenting enlightenment. Any who would seek to consider another way are immediately hindered in any way possible. Jesus stated that it’s more tolerable to be cast into the sea tied to a rock than to hinder a soul from coming to him. Another verse that’s commonly known:

Matthew 12:30 “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

Only the Lord knows how many souls are in hell at this moment because they had been convinced that there was no God and that everything observable came about because of a big bang. I still recall the man in California a while back who brought a law suit against a school district because of his son was being subjected to that which was contrary to his own beliefs. (I’m using ambiguous language because while I remember the controversy taking place due to the intensive media coverage, I cannot remember the specific details) It was astonishing that this man was so convinced of his ways that he had no regard for the eternal soul of his own son.

What I saw this weekend at the museum was not a surprise, but it did provide a hint as to how embedded this teaching is. They profess themselves to be wise and to “have it all figured out. ” For this reason, they consider it their duty to enlighten as many as possible about “the origin of all that is.”  To, in their view, “shatter the old fashioned enslavements of religious intolerance and usher in a new age of understanding.” The first two chapters of I Corinthians have a lot to say about the wisdom of this world and those who profess themselves to be wise while disregarding the Creator. So while it’s astonishing to see the incredible deceptions of the day, we know from scripture to expect this.

I Timothy 6:20-21 “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. grace be with thee. Amen.”

We are in very deceptive times and the battle for the souls of men transpires in every venue. How imperative it is for us to hold fast the profession of our faith steadfast unto the end. Revelation 12:11 is a verse to commit to memory because it tells how to overcome this present world. The time is quickly approaching when we will have to maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ while all of the scientific evidence points to another conclusion and the worlds “laws of loving tolerance” categorize the truth as “hate speech.”  We’ll have to stand by faith alone. I fear that the sheer magnitude of this is greatly misunderstood by all of us. Please check out the following link from Jeralds site:

OFFER OF THE KINGDOM RADICALLY SURRENDERED

Few saints ever really ponder the cost of being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. To place him in absolute first place in our lives with no reservations. This post, along with all of Jeralds posts, will cause the reader to examine their lives and seek a closer relationship with Jesus. We all need this. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God.”
Matthew 12:36-37  “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
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“Michelle Shock”

March 27, 2009

There’s nothing like the fellowship that we find with those whose affections are fixed steadfastly upon things above. Those who, whenever we encounter them, instantly take to conversation to heavenly places as the reality of “Christ in us, the hope of glory” outshines all of the worlds institutions, treasures, and so-called promotions. They are not fearful of the events coming to pass upon the earth; rather, they embrace the truth that our salvation is closer now than when we first believed. They look for every opportuinity to share Jesus; the way the truth, and the life. The only name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. 

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Over the years, I’ve come to recognize that most saints prefer not to discuss prophetic events or consider the times and seasons. Many have a theological understanding of the times but seem to become disturbed over anything that would suggest a discontinuation of business as usual. For those who love this world this uneasiness may well carry over into discussion about the return of Jesus; even if presented a trial-free, pre-tribulation format. (Let alone a post-tribulation discussion; the view that I believe to be accurate and employ whenever discussing prophetic events) I fear that all of us, to one degree or another, have an attachment to the status quo and expect each day to closely resemble the one previous to it. For several months the importance of loving not this world has been so heavy on my heart that words fail to convey the whole of it.

My wife has noticed a particular facial expression that our pastor makes whenever I unwittingly blindside him with a comment that would suggest an abrupt discontinuation of the commonly expected flow of events. Perhaps occupying the office of a pastor requires that he discuss such issues from an angle of “embracing continuity in the present matrix” as he must address the issues that weigh on the hearts of those in the fellowship. Yet sometimes it appears that there’s an over-adherance by many to the present snapshot of reality. The economy must be stablized, the career path must be maintained, material acquisitions must be secured, America is too big to fail, and “the show must go on.” So whenever I come across a saint who’se been delivered from any alliance with the status quo, it’s a breath of fresh air.  

Michelle has been in department 94 for a long time and her position as a jobsetter usually means that she’s continuously busy. Its a position that’s become more complicated ever since the “engineers” (they’re a comical bunch) incorporated a number of robots into the line which make the whole assembly process “slower and more costly” (It hasn’t gone according to plan but they will never-ever admit this.) Michelle stands about 5’5″ is notably younger than me, and is a relatively quiet person. She always seems to be diligently working to keep the line flowing as smoothly as possible. So last week when we had a chance to talk, I was nearly blown away at the incredible depth of understanding that she has concerning the times and seasons. (I’ve only been in this department since the end of January)

CR, Christine, and I were sitting at the break table when Michelle joined into the conversation. She told how the past couple of years, the Lord has brought her to such a place that she has absolutely no desire for the things of this world. Her heart is truly on the deep things of God and she expressed frustration at the incredible lack of discernment by many. “The antichrist system is rising before our eyes and nobody; not even most christians, seem to understand what’s happening all around them.  We see it coming; we have the very real peace of God that passes understanding, and yet very few seem to grasp it.” I cannot remember her exact words, but this was the primary idea.  Her manner of speech revealed a complete confidence in Jesus; despite an understanding of what these times may entail. 

Over the past several years, I’ve only met a handful of saints who have such a level of understanding and embrace the truth without fear for their lives in this world. Each time it takes place, however, there’s a bearing witness that defies explanation. This initial five minute conversation with Michelle resulted in a joy-spike that lasted for the remainder of the evening.

And yet, such discussion has become routine amongst the saints at work; not only for those who have worked there for years, but also those who have been recently hired. It’s a diverse group of saints who “hunger and thirst” for more of Jesus and desire to draw ever closer to him. They are not fearful of the times and have committed the keeping of their souls unto Jesus as unto a faithful Creator. (I Peter 4:19)  Each month I print off several copies of the Last Trumpet Newsletter to take into the plant. Not only do the saints look forward to this, a number of others who make no such profession also look forward to it. I pray that these cases of “passing interest” will lead to authentic conversions. CR is one who read it routinely; even before he came to Jesus in November of 2007. (Although other more prominant circumstances were in play which the Lord used to bring him into the household of faith. He has an incredible testimony)

Speaking of the Last trumpet Newsletter, the April 2009 issue is posted. Here’s the link:

WHEN OUR ONLY TRUE HOPE IS REJECTED

I know that this current season is a very short one and as such, we must be atuned to what the Lord is doing. To let go of our own agenda and seek him with a sober-minded fervency like never before. There’s simply no more space to be half-hearted or double minded. It’s truly all-or-nothing time and when the shaking reaches its maximum, we’ll either be on the side of the Lord Jesus or will have gone back to save our lives in this world. The Lord is doing an awesome, howbeit short work in the world today and AAM is merely a single piece of an incredibly complex battlefield. Trying to wrap my mind around all that’s taking place is simply not possible, but the Lord is doing a work in the hearts of many in these final moments of the age. I continue to pray that all in my household would be saved and that the stragglers will continue to come into the ark before the Lord shuts the door.

And therein lies the conclusion of the whole matter. Souls; eternal ones for whom Jesus suffered and died, passing through the valley of decision. The enemy is warring against the saints and fighting to hang onto every captive as he sees the final seconds of the age running out. This present snapshot of “life as we know it” is soon to be superceded by a season of unparalleled tribulation that few are even expecting (despite a bible in every room of every home) let alone preparing for. In years past we could speculate on how events might unfold, but today we’re witnessing the antichrist system manifest in every facet of society. The vast majority buy into the flatteries of the hour and they willingly embrace the utensils by which the man of sin will lead them into perdition. Truly the frustration that Michelle shared with me last week over the lack of discernment is shared by all whose eyes the Lord has opened.

Well, I’ll close for now. There’s so much more that could be written, but this post has already exceeded the normal limitations. This weekend, Kimberly and I will be celebrating our 17th anniversary. (March 28) So many times the enemy has sought to dissolve this family but we’re still together. I pray that all of us would seek the Lord with a fervency like never before. This age is quickly running its course and the glorious return of Jesus is truly at hand. Please check out the Last trumpet newsletter. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Daniel 12:3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
I John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purefieth himself, even as he is pure.”
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Department 94

March 23, 2009

Before starting, I must link to Richards most recent posting. It discusses how we either operate in Gods kingdom or the worlds kingdom and how it is impossible to do both. It was the first post that I came across after getting the computer put back together and it couldn’t be more timely. I plan on taking some copies of this to work for the other saints. Here’s the link:

THE TWO DIFFERENT REALMS Please read Richards post; it’s definately one for the “urgent” catagory.

Two things have always intrigued me over recent years. One is the structure of the early church. It’s a time that we tend to view from a romantic mindset as we envision bodies of saints springing up throughout the nations, gathered with one accord, walking in the Spirit, and loving not this present world. Although we know that many problems existed in the early churches, many of us (or perhaps just me; I really cant speak for any other) imagine many of these early saints as having a closeness to the Lord that’s often missing in many of todays churches. The other thing that intrigues me is the end times church. A church that; after the shaking thats’s soon to come upon all the world, will bear little resemblence to the fleshy “supposing-that-gain-is-godliness” assemblies that presently dot the landscape.

For years a concept has been on my mind. I cannot call it a vision, (although I did see it once in a dream) but rather a granted understanding concerning the church of the end times. It won’t be a bureaucracy-laden institution that’s dominated by traditions of men and the rudiments of this world. Rather, it will be gatherings of saints who came together, not by any kind of organized plan, but rather through a vast array of seemingly unrelated circumstances. Most of these saints will have not known each other in previous circles as these gatherings have been deliberately ordered by the Lord. Now together, they exhort each other, pray, search the scriptures, and seek only to serve the Lord Jesus. They have abandoned all allegiances to the worlds system and, with one accord, have their hearts firmly on things above.

The following passages are well known, but needful before going on.

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

I Peter 4:7-8 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

In recent weeks, I’ve seen a gathering of saints develop in a place where most wouldn’t expect it; that being the AAM plant in Three Rivers. Since the end of January, I’ve been in depatrment 94 which is the final assembly line for the 10.5 and 11.5 axles. Prior to this, I had only been in this department for about a month back in the summer of 2005. As a result, I never came to know anyone in this department very well. Furthermore, its location at the north end of the plant meant that I rarely passed through the area. The same is true for a number of others who have been assigned to this department. This reassigning has resulted in the second shift of department 94 having an over-abundance of saints; including CR who, in the past sixteen months since being born of the Spirit, has become the most evangelistic-minded person that I’ve encountered in years.

The backgrounds of the saints are diverse and only two of us attend the same church, (Regina and Leon) but it has become a place of much encouragement and godly conversation. Every saint brings something unique to the table that’s needful to all of the others. The gospel is going forth and the Lord is working on the hearts of many who are in the vicinity. Lately I’ve noticed quite a few people coming to the realization that the physical realm is unravelling and this is opening up doors to share the gospel. Some who once scoffed at such things are starting to….at least give an ear. Last week, as I was thinking on what is coming together in this department, I was reminded of the end times church; how saints will be gathered, not by any organized plan, but by the will of God. In this respect, the fellowship in department 94 is somewhat of a prototype for a tribulation-era church. While we are by no means under tribulation conditions yet, I’m fully convinced that each of us are being prepared for the trying times ahead.

How to adequately explain it escapes me, but when we encounter saints whose hearts are completely set upon the Lord Jesus and the age to come, it’s awesome. There’s a spiritual connection on a level that simply cannot be made with, or amongst, those who prefer a more compromising path. This connecting is currently underway amongst the saints in department 94 and just being around them enhances the desire to let go of every weight and hinderance that would cause separation from Christ. The only other time that I’ve seen such a thing was on board the USS Guam during my navy days. I feel closer to the saints at work than those in my own church. While the fellowship is incredible and only the Lord knows where this is all leading, I do believe that it’s a short season. The spiritual growth that’s currently ongoing will be needed in the times ahead when we each find ourselves in other venues, or in various holding facilities. (Some of us are appointed to be brought before governors and kings for our testimony of Jesus)

Well it’s about time to close this up. Something else has transpired that intrigues me. I always strive to maintain a good testimony and be a proper ambassador for the Lord Jesus. The thought of causing scattering is a frightening one. With all of the saints in the department, one would think this to be easier, however, I somehow find myself being even more careful. Striving to not do anything that would cause a rift (this doesn’t include compromise for the sake of unity) or cause a younger one to stumble. When we see the Lord “doing a thing suddenly” (II Chronicles 29:36)  we tend to be even more careful as to not do anything that would be contrary to the truth. So important it is for us to continually walk in the Spirit and make no provision for the flesh. Thanks to all who stopped by during my unexpected blogger break. I’ll get around to all when I can. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Acts 2:44-47 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
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Blogger Interrupted (again)

March 12, 2009

Greetings to all in Jesus name. The thunderstorms that rolled through our area on Sunday were by no means remarkable. Nonetheless, the surge protection devices were incapable of protecting the computer which is now being repaired. Everything was under warrenty so there’s no cost, however, it has to be sent to an authorized repair center. This means that for the next 2-3 weeks, any activity will have to be conducted at the township library. Needless to say, my activity will be greatly curtailed until our computer is returned.

The trip to Chicago went very well, and while it was a sunny day, it was also very windy.  The temperature hovered around 20 degrees and gave new meaning to the phrase “the frozen chosen.” Truth went forth nonetheless. Two things that intrigue me, though neither should. First is how far my wife has come along. She has become more understanding and supportive as she no longer protests these ventures. Secondly, is the sheer number of folks who are so busy building their careers and running to and fro that they simply have no time to think about eternity. It’s astonishing and in a place like Chicago, the scope of this truth becomes more manifest. Thousands upon thousands of individual tragedies unfolding as everyones final moment draws ever closer.

And such is the case in every community, in every corner of the globe. There’s been much on my heart during the past few days about giving our all to Jesus. To be in a place so surrendered to the Lord that we count all that we have in this world as dung that we may be a faithful ambassador for Jesus. Well, I’ll be going for now as I have to get home and take care of a few things. I’m enjoying the layoff this week, however, it’s been busy. As soon as our computer is back up, I’ll try to ge caught back up. Thanks to all who have taken time to comment. I’ll reply when I can. Until then, I wish to all, blessings in Jesus name.

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20,000 Years, As It Were, From This Moment

March 7, 2009

This post must begin with two passages and a link. The link is to a post entitled BEAUTIFUL ADVICE which lives up to its title; offering a spiritual checklist that every saint should consider. As for the passages of scripture, the first has been referred to much over the history of this blog. The second gives us a picture of just how long eternity is.

II Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

“Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

It goes without saying that for many, this present realm has become a bastion of uncetainty on a number of fronts. This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with scripture as Jesus told us plainly of the conditions that would preceed his return. Yet while many saints understand this from a theological standpoint, they tremble at the prospects of awakening one morning to find that the structures of this world, which they’ve unwittingly been trusting in have been dissolved. Anxiety is running high (even amongst christians who, in light of Matthew 6:24-34 should not be fearful) as we see an economy in freefall, sinister manuverings in the political arena, and a society that increasingly seems void of any moral compass. Anyone who is looking to the framework of this world for stability and comfort will be profoundly disappointed and increasingly fearful as events unfold.

I like to follow the flow of events; especially in light of scripture. But to do so without maintaining an eternal perspective will cause one to go nutty; possibly to the point of their heart failing them for fear. So I’m going to take a trip into the future for a few minutes. Climbing aboard this imaginary time machine (oh no…timbob has gone off the deep end) we’re going to blast off far into the future, and take a peek at things that aren’t yet manifest, but will eventually be the ever-present reality.  We land in a place that, if it could be measured by time, would be the year 22009. (ow…my head hurts) We disembark and survey an environment that bears almost no resemblance to the one that we are so familiar with. One of the most profound observations is that the incredible events; so anticipated and thought on in our lives, have long since played out and are now in the past.

We can see, step by step, how the events prior to the return of Jesus to earth played out. We see where we were right on in our theology and we see the areas where we were misreading scripture. The timing of the rapture is no longer a mystery.

We see the replay of Jesus return to earth in power and glory. The moment when those in Christ were caught up while those who rejected him searched frantically for cover. We note how the trumpet sounded and can actually see the moment where  corruption put on incorruption. (WOW! Lets just keep watching this over and over.)

We see how the beast and false prophet, which deceived the world, were cast into the lake of fire. For the first thousand years, they were the only two inhabitants of the place that, later on, would become the final abode of all who died in their sins.

We see the millenial reign of Jesus and a world in perfect order. The knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. We see those who had been born of the Spirit during the course of their natural lives reigning with him over the earth. A world which, during that time of unparalleled paradise, was void of any sin. This was because Satan was bound in the bottomless pit and could not influence the inhabitors of the earth.

We see the moment, following the thousand years of Jesus reign, where Satan was released and permitted to seduce the inhabitors of the earth one final time. We note how those who fell for the final deception encompassed the camp of the saints. We are utterly astonished at how many fell for this final deception.

We see the fire that came down from God and devoured all who departed from the truth and believed a lie in the final act of rebellion against the Creator of all that is. This was Satans last fling as he was taken and thrown into the lake of fire, where the smoke of his torment continues to rise; even to this point in eternity.

We witness the final moments of the physical world that we had known as the heavens and earth fled away from the face of him that sat upon a great white throne. All of the dead, small and great were there; pleading for a final chance, but finding that the second resurrection had no power. The sin that they clung to in life would forever separate them from the one who shed his own blood for them, to keep this from happening.

We see time dissolve into the fabric of the everlasting. We see the holy city, New Jerusalem. We observe the new heavens and the new earth. The final two chapters of the book of Revelation are before us in panoramic splendor. A realm where nothing has ever defiled and will remain forever and ever. We see Jesus by whom all things were created, who is the light that permeates all that is in this place. We see the saints, from every generation, in complete peace and joy on a level that defies the limits of earthly language. We hear melodies so sweet and out of this world that we cannot even find remote similarities in the world that we shortly must return to. “The world we shortly must return to? Oh….look at the time!” We had become so lost in the moment that we forgot about that thing which has so much influence over our lives. And so we return to our imaginary time machine and head back to the place where we must run with patience, the race that is set before us.

One may be wondering why this excursion was taken. To be perfectly honest, when I came out here, I had no intention of going this route. Nonethtless, my desire is that we would begin to look at events from an eternal; perspective. Not just in knowing that our time here is very short, but actually living our lives from an eternal standing. When we do this, we’ll no longer be rattled by the unfolding events in this life. Our focus will be completely upon Jesus who has gone to prepare a place for us, and we’ll earnestly compel all who are around us to “PLEASE COME INTO THE ARK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! It’s imperative that we understand the situation before us and what’s at stake. I pray that all of us would draw closer to Jesus, let go of our itineraries, and seek his perfect will. That we would trust him; even to the point of what the world would call “reckless abandon” because when we know his perfect will we don’t take into consideration the logistics of it.

Well it’s time to bring this to a close. Tonight was our last night of work as the entire plant is laid off from March 9 until march 16. This means that I can get some things done around here and be about the business that’s on my heart. The trip to Wisconsin has been altered somewhat. On Wednesday, Lord willing, I’m still heading into Chicago, but not going up to Milwaukee or Beaver Dam. This is actually quite a relief as I can now prayerfully focus on a single area. (Actually there are three areas in Chicago that I’m wanting to visit)  As much as I would like to meet David Meyer and the saints of Truth Tabernacle, a bigger need is in play. The saints in Beaver Dam are already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Chicago, on the other hand, has three million people; most of whom are currently heading into an eternity without Christ. Such is the case in virtually every venue. May we all be about our Fathers business in these critical moments. I wish to all. a blessed weekend in Jesus.

Matthew 9:37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
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Comfort One Another With These Words

March 2, 2009

These words, spoken by the apostle Paul and recorded in I Thessalonians 4:18 have a dual exhortation. First, they admonish us to be looking continuously for the return of Jesus. We should take great comfort in the fact that, even though we cannot pinpoint the exact moment when the trumpet will sound, we know that he will return and we shall be like him. Second, we should comfort the other saints with this truth. We should continuously remind each other (we all need reminding and thinking of this should cause us to shout for joy) that our light affliction in this world is but for a moment and that when our time here is finished, we have an everlasting inheritance. We shall forever be in the presence of the Lord Jesus, who purchased us with his own blood.

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This post is intended to offer encouragement to those whose affections are on things above, from whence we look for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ who has promised to return in an hour when we think not. To look beyond the continuing sagas of the day as we remember that our life here is like a vapor. For a brief moment in time, it dances amongst the atoms of this fallen world, and then flys off; never to pass this way again. To remember the words of the apostle Paul when he said “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul was a man who found himself  “in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” Yet he had such a heart for the churches that he also desired to be about the business of ensuring that they were properly grounded in truth. I pray that the following passages will encourage all to draw closer to Jesus and abide in his perfect peace which passes all understanding

II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we oursleves are comforted of God.”

We know that every saint will endure tribulation in one form or another. But we also know that the absolute “rest” that we have in Christ, will remain through even the most unfathomable of catastrophies. If we are looking completely to Jesus and placing no confiednce in the flesh, we’ll be seemingly in another dimension while the world is being shaken to its very foundation. The Comforter; that is the Holy Ghost, abides within and as we submit ourselves to Christ, he will keep us in perfect peace. Subsequently, those around us will know that we don’t serve a God whose afar off, but is a very present help in trouble. As things unravel in the natural, some will desire what we have and divine appointments will arise.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should be together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

Every one of us need this continual exhortation and whenever we talk of our great salvation and the return of Jesus, all who are present are encouraged. Such thoughts should put a song in our heart and an extra bounce in our step as we are reminded of what lies ahead. A couple of weeks ago, I had kind of an epiphany while in the bedroom getting ready for work. It was like, for a brief second, I was granted a passing glimpse at just how short this life is and just how long eternity is. It was like observing a truth that I’ve tried unsuccessfully for years to wrap my mind around; let alone capture with words. Such a thing will forever ruin a person to ever again become overly excited about the affairs of this life while those in the ambience (even some of the saints) will think that we’ve gone off the deep end. 

I Thessalonians 5:16-23 “Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.
abstain from all appearances of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

If we abide by this, we’ll have peace and contentment that will remain until our final moment in this realm is at hand. There are more passages that were planned for this, but since I’m running out of time before having to go to work, I’ll close for now. In short, we must continue looking to Jesus, maintaining an eternal perspective, and encouraging each other as we see the day approaching. The following link is to a post on this blog from March 19, 2007:

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It discusses Gods faithfullness to his saints in the midst of tribulation and seems needful to make mention of here. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

John 16:33 “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; i have overcome the world.”
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day aproaching.”