Archive for June, 2010

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MID-SUMMER COGITATIONS

June 21, 2010
Good afternoon in Jesus name. Things have been hectic, but I wanted to make known a couple of links. The first is to the June issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, which is entitled:
THE COMING SPIRITUAL TWILIGHT 
As is widely known by now, David Meyer passed into eternity on June 8. His insights will certainly be missed and even now, I’m still processing this incredible loss. I first learned of this from a comment left here. After the initial shock, I was promptly reminded that we need to be looking to Jesus completely. The title of the newsletter says it all. We are indeed approaching the twilight of this age and the level of deception is reaching a cresendo. We must rely completely upon the Lord; applying prayerful discernment and the word of God to all that we hear and see. The warning in Matthew 24:24 is of utmost importance. I am keeping in prayer, the family of Pastor Meyer and the saints in Beaver Dam Wisconsin. My understanding is that the work will continue, but it will undoubtedly be a different season. Most of us were surprised by this departure, but God is never surprised. He knows how many days have been alloted to each of us and he knows exactly when our final moment in this life will transpire.
Here’s another link that one may want to check out:
THE GREAT CITY WILL BURN! A COMING WOE OF DESTRUCTION
Ok, this goes to the site, but not to the exact place of inquiry. (hmm) The writing is in the”enter the forum” section. It’s in the second column and easy to find. One can easily dismiss such a thing as there’s no physical method to establish authenticity. We know that perilous times are at hand and that the time prior to Jesus return will exceed all previous seasons of sorrow. As such, I was minded to link to this and urge all to take it to the Lord in prayer. Again, we cannot simply follow the words of another. We are in need of clarity from on high as we navigate the road ahead. It’s imperative that we are each in close to the Lord Jesus; knowing that he will be with us until the end and that he hears our faintest cry. It’s also imperative to let go of this present world from our heart as any lingering attachment can sow the seeds of shipwreck. (The Watchmans Cry is a good site to visit periodically)
On Tuesday, June 22, Steve Quayle  will be the featured guest on Coast to Coast AM  which aires from 1:00AM till 5:00AM (eastern time) on AM stations nationwide. Steve always presents a plethura of information and its relevance to scriptural fulfilment. Some of the topics of discussion will be considered by many to be too far-fetched to believe, however, we are in times like none other. A time of tribulation that Jesus described as being more severe than any other, will probably not match the mental picture that most of us have concerning the time of the end. Add to the mix, supernatural deceptions so convincing that, if it were possible, the very elect would buy into them, and it becomes obvious that a spiritual “perfect storm” looms on the horizon. A storm that none of us have a complete picture of. All the more reason to forsake the unprofitable aspects of our lives and draw closer to Jesus. All the while compelling those in our ambience to know the Lord while there’s still time.
Well I have to be going for now. Much needs to be done and I’m already behind. I’m still minded to keep this site current, however, we also know that, at some point, the illusion of continuance will be dissolved. May we give all diligence to ensure that are affections are firmly upon the Lord Jesus.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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THE CHORUS of the OVERCOMERS

June 13, 2010
I Thessalonians 4:17-18 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
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 purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Two passages that tell of the time in which Jesus returns and the saints put on incorruption. The first one offers up an admonition. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” We are instructed to continually remind each other that this world is ever so temporary and that we have an everlasting abode in the presence of the Lord. It’s one of the reasons that CR and I stay in touch. While we routinely discusss apocalyptic events, our conversation always gravitates toward heavenly things and the return of Jesus. Such conversation causes us to rejoice in our great salvation, to forsake every residual weight, and to be diligent about our Fathers business. Such conversation places a proper perspective on things and brings forth incredible comfort as we consider the age to come. It  fosters sobriety as we consider the priceless souls all around us who are not saved, and resolve to hold fast the profession of our faith steadfast unto the end. As the apostle Paul observed “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
The second passage discloses a method by which we can know whether or not a person is truly watching for Jesus return. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself.” When a person has their affections completely upon things above and is watching, it will be manifest in their lives. They will willingly separate themselves from the works of darkness and their conversation will be in heavenly places. This will not be a legalistic (and phony) practicing of rules; it will be the evidence of the living waters springing up from within. They will have abandoned the earthly kingdoms that once consumed so much time and energy as their foremost desire is to be a faithful ambassador for Christ. Increasingly, the frivilous issues that the world holds in high esteem will be a weariness as they have experienced firsthand, the goodness of God which led them to repentance and have tasted of the age to come. An everlasting habitation in the presence of the Lord Jesus, along with the great cloud of witnesses. Once a person has heard the heavenly choir, they will never again be able to get excited over the empty amusings of this world. 
I Peter 4:4 “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” (I wanted to type out I Peter 4:1-5, but for the sake of time, have limited it to this.)
It’s an unavoidable thing. Those who are born of the Spirit and have their affections on things above will clash with those who love this world. And of those whose affections remain earthbound, the greatest hostility will oftentimes come from professing saints. Whether they are religious folks who have never entered into a relationship with Jesus, or have subscribed to the popular teachings of the day which focus on feelings and getting stuff, these will not have discernment concerning their dilemma and subsequently will harbor animosity toward the true remnant saints. As the beast system comes to the full, many of these will allign themselves with an enemy who has promised them continuance and support his endeavors to wear out the saints of the most high. David Meyers once stated words to the effect that when a person begins to stagnate, the first casualty is discernment. Once a persons discernment is neutralized they become easy prey. Never has it been more important for us to keep our hearts with all diligence.
It should be noted that many who fall away in this manner may appear to be solid examples of the saints right up to the moment of disclosure. It should also be noted that our greatest challenges will involve the people who are closest to us who have bought into the great deception; be they family members, longtime friends, or even saints that appeared solid in their faith prior to the hour of temptation.
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.”
Recently two things have been on my heart. The first is the attributes of a true overcomer. One who has truly counted the cost and forsaken all that this world holds in high esteem. Such a one will continuously enjoy the peace of God and will not become fearful when the unexpected transpires. When the darkest hours are at hand, they who are spiritually prepared will be strong and do exploits. To those who abide in this place, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” is not simply a bible verse that has been converted into a catch-phrase through repetition. It’s the way that they approach every facet of their lives in this world. They will not be found within the congregations that focus on material gain and a catering to the three lusts (flesh, eyes, pride of life) as they keenly remember the death that accompanied the former conversation. They continually remember the price that Jesus paid on the cross; that whosoever will, may have everlasting life.
The second thing is how few Christians, including myself seem to fully line up with these attributes. Looking at my own life, it’s astonishing at how much time must be devoted to issues of seemingly no eternal significance. Equally astonishing is how many professing saints seem to not be bothered when the cares of this life begin to consume increasingly greater spans of time and energy. These are the ones who are always quick to issue the warning “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good.” Such a thing is not possible as a truly heavenly minded person will have clarity of the present situation. A heavenly minded person will see multitudes headed for an eternity without Christ and will continuously strive to reach them. A hevenly minded person will grasp the times that are upon us and respond accordingly. A heavenly minded person will consciously seek to walk in the Spirit at all times; being ready at the drop of a hat to share Jesus with one who inquires of the hope that is in them. A heavenly minded person will not squander countless hours in front of a television while their neighbors are merely a heartbeat away from hell.
Do we really grasp the truth that we are going to stand before God and give an account of how we utilized our time here? I’ve been asking myself this question for about a week or so. Even as I write this, I’m appalled at how much time I squander and am prayerfully seeking to change this.  
I need to link to a post that Richard recently wrote because it speaks of the importance of walking in the Spirit. Most of the folks in our ambience are currently on a highway that leads to hell. It is imperative that when they see us, they aren’t presented with a dead form of godliness, but a true example of one who is washed in the blood of Jesus and is seated in heavenly places. Richard points out that an unsaved person will recognize dead religion even better than most saints will. Here’s the link:
THE VISION OF THE TIN MAN
Well this post has taken some unexpected turns, but it needs to be wrapped up. The verses at the bottom are from a previous draft of this which had approached this topic from a different angle. I’m leaving them because they all address this issue of overcoming this present world. Until the next time, blessings always in Jesus name.
I Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
Isaiah 57:1 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
Wow! I just found this a few minutes ago and must share it. About two and a half years ago, Pastor Greg shared this story at our church. I’ve never been able to find it until about five minutes ago. Here’s a link to the testimony entitled; THE GEORGE STREET STORY
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THEY COMPASS SEA AND LAND as WE COMPASS OUR RECLINERS

June 10, 2010
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
This morning presented a dilemma. After dropping Matthew off at school, I was prayerfully debating on whether or not to head down to Elkhart. Not only was fatigue setting in due to insufficient sleep, there was a lot of things that needed to be done at home. This was further coupled with the overwhelming sensation that, despite these many trips into the cities of this area, it wasn’t making a difference. (If we present truth; it will not return void) Nonetheless I went down, not knowing what would transpire or who would be encountered. This is always the case. When we encounter a stranger, we have no knowledge of the person, save only that Jesus paid for their sins with his own blood. Their personal history; the events that helped to mold them into who they are at the present, their likes, dislikes, beliefs, affiliations, and what have you are initially buried in obscurity. We cannot navigate these waters from a standpoint of logical analysis, and yet, we cannot abstain from going because we feel “effective.” (Noah must have felt exceedingly ineffective) 
Pastor Greg, who used to be the youth pastor at our former fellowship, once made the following observation “people will neglect to share the gospel because they don’t feel led. Here’s what you do. Take a pencil and place it in your pocket. The next time you meet someone, place your hand in the pocket, rub your thumb on the lead, and go share the gospel.” It was a memorable way of explaining that while it’s imperative to be led of the Spirit, we just need to go as this is the great commission. Oftentimes, if we’re consistantly walking in the light, our steps will be ordered by the Lord without our even being aware of it. This morning, while driving to Elkhart, Matthew 10:19 came to mind.
The morning was relatively routine. I crossed Island Park, headed through the downtown, and was soon passing through the troubled neighborhoods to the south. (I almost always pass through here) The reactions of those whom I came into contact with was equally routine. Before long, I came into contact with some Jehovahs Witnesses who were operating south of Indiana Ave. As if it weren’t enought that I was already feeling ineffective, this amplified the perception. These folks are so methodical; almost like…to use the worn out phrase….”a fine oiled machine.” I approached one of them briefly; just to verify that they were indeed who they appeared to be and went on my way. For a moment, I was almost envious of the dedication that these folks have as they share another Jesus. While many of our brethren are sitting on their seat; believing in a pre-tribulation rapture, the JWs are scouring the neighborhoods; seeking whom they may lure into a way that may seem right but is not. It was thoroughly depressing, and yet, while considering all of this, I was promptly snapped back into reality by words to the effect of:
“Just keep going the way you have been going.”
With that much needed jolt, I headed back toward the east and, surprisingly, began to encounter far more people than I would have expected in this neighborhood. While many encounters ensued, the one that defined the morning involved two saints; Joe and his wife Matty. They were affiliated with a church nearby and and in the course of conversation they seemed to become profoundly aware of the times and what’s at stake. Matty stated that some of the folks in their fellowship have been discussing getting more involved with outreach in their community. The knowledge of JWs working practically in their back yard, coupled with a goofy looking guy on a bike coming down from over 30 miles away to share the words of life, seemed to amplify the need for serious outreach. (I don’t ride my bike that far; I drive down, park along Beardsley street, and head out from there) These two saints were a real blessing to talk to and this encounter seemed to be needful for all of us.
Interestingly; when I met Joe and Matty, they had just arrived home and were heading into their house. Had I arrived two minutes earlier or two minutes later, this encounter would not have transpired.
My prayer is that this little church received just the spark needed to turn Elkhart upside down. My church in Norfolk Virginia was a very small place, (nestled in a storefront) however, the saints were fervent insofar as evangelism. They had a heart for the lost; more so than any place that I’ve ever been a part of. One day CR noted how much I still talk about True Vine Church. It wasn’t what one would call a holiness church, but they lived very godly lives. Their affections were solidly in heavenly places which manifested in their conversation and how they used their time in this world. They didn’t openly preach against such things as TV, and yet none of them had one. They didn’t have an elaborate worship team; only sister Brown on the piano, and yet the singing was out of this world. They never turned down a missionary preparing to head off to a foreign land and they never missed Saturday night street preaching. Every once in a while, a picture of their endeavors would appear in the newspaper as complaints were filed against them from time to time. Twenty one years later, I still miss True Vine Church.
There’s a post that’s been on my heart for two weeks, but this isn’t it. Nonetheless, the need to be about reaching the lost becomes more profound by the day. Because each day brings us closer to the end and each day is somebodys last. There are people alive at this very moment who will be in eternity tomorrow morning, and a number of these departures will be unexpected. Sadly, the JW that I talked to appeared to be in his late seventies or early eighties. Later on I wondered if I should have engaged him in conversation, however, this would have negated the encounter with Joe and Matty. Please keep these saints in prayer along with Elkhart Community church. Well I must be going for now. Hopefully there will be more time available to get back on track in this venue. Blessings always in Jesus name.
Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”