Psalms 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before the as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. As you may guess from a previous blog I am a fan of coffee. As a child (born in ’60) my mother would make coffee in a percolator. Now we were told not to drink coffee or it would stunt our growth so I didn’t drink coffee til I joined the Navy. I still only reached 5’3″! But true worship is sadly lacking in church service. God deserves much better than what we give Him and I would like to take the percolator to teach a lesson on worship. First God wants to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. So a service devoid of Scriptural preaching is out. Also if the music appeals to the flesh and not the spirit it does not please God. So if you leave a church service with the same pleasure you get at a worldly concert you have not worshipped God right. But if you go to a service that puts the main emphasis on YOU and not on GOD you have not worshipped God right. So let’s go to the lowly coffee pot and learn a lesson. First we get the pot, the intention to meet with God. Either alone or with brethren, both are required. Never do one to the exclusion of the other. Next we add cold water. We get cold through the week because of the opposition of the world, the flesh and the Devil. “Poor is the worship of my heart/And cold my warmest part/But when I see Thee as thou art/I will love The as I ought.” Next we add that wonderful smelling grounds to the top. Like Peter sinking in the water Jesus wants to lift man to His level, not for man to bring God down to his. We put the contraption together and nothing happens. Don’t let that be your next church service. If no one else is doing their duty you do yours. You know what we need next. We need heat! A soul stirring, spirit warming, hymn is sung that lifts our thoughts to the Saviour. A prayer is made from the heart, welcoming Christ to the service. Behold I stand at the door and knock. Too often Jesus stands outside and is never welcomed in. I have my boys open the door and we stand and bow to the Guest of Honor. If Christ doesn’t show up stay at home and watch television, it will do the same bad for you. Someone gives a testimony of the wonderful things God has done. The water begins to boil. Another song is sung. Men begin to raise their hands. Women begin to weep. The Amen corner begins to shout. There is more singing and lifting up of the Lord God Almighty. The preacher has freedom and preaches against sin. People repent. They “Turn their eyes upon Jesus/Look full in his wonderful face/Then the things of earth will grow strangely dim/In the light of His glory and grace. The water is bubbling through the glass and getting darker and more flavorful, the aroma is pervading the whole building and reaching up to Heaven! Confession is made to God, and He freely forgives because of the blood of Jesus Christ. There is shouting and singing and we can all say it was good to be in the house of the Lord! Then you will be a cup running over with a good tasting drink that pleases God. God bless.
Isaiah 30:9-11 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that there are but two paths, the broad which leads to destruction and the strait and narrow which leads to life. A good preacher, one who is worth his salt, stands in the way to block traffic from going to hell. He preaches against sin, covetousness, and worldliness. He stands against the spirit of this age and calls for repentance, for people to come to Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and holy living for true happiness. If a preacher stands against booze and dope the upper class says he stands in the way of progress and prosperity. The same if he stands against gambling. Don’t think of children going hungry and domestic violence, or people being taxed off their property. Don’t think of people going to burn forever in hell, give us the pleasure of sin for a season and get out of the way! Don’t preach about a Holy God, preach about one that is happy with our sins. After all God wants us happy, right? Don’t preach against the music and movies that glorify sin and debauchery. You are coarse and blunt, not smooth and silky. Get out of the way. Pulpits are filled with lying smooth lost pastors leading people on their merry way to hell, doing more reading of psychology than Scripture. Time was, if a man didn’t raise his voice to a shout while preaching, he wasn’t preaching. If he didn’t step on someone’s toes he was a compromiser. But now Americans want teachers, they have itching ears. The mega church gives a place to appease the conscience without accountability because no one, especially the pastor knows you. If you want to get right with God Repent. Read the Bible and compare it to your life style and thoughts. Then forsake your ways and conform yourself to His. Stand in the way. If someone asks why you preach where you preach, or why you preach so much on what you preach, chances are that you are exactly in God’s will. GET IN THE WAY!.
I recently received an offer in the mail saying It takes a village now you have one. Undoubtedly it came from Mrs. Clinton’s book It takes a village to raise a child. So what is in a village? Well the first thing that comes to mind is the village idiot. The Bible says The fool hath said in his heart there is no God. So we have a fool in the village who blindly follows science falsely so called and believes ludicrous and unsubstantiated ideas like evolution. This person is usually made the school teacher. I can do without this villager. The next is the village drunk. Of course now a days it may be a dope addict. This villager trys to turn kids on to booze and drugs, often because his high school friends have deserted him because he is such a loser. I will pass on this villager also. What about the village gossip? You know the one who either has no children or has raised brats and insists that no one else knows how to raise them right. Oh especially if you use the Bible as your guide. This one usually works for DHS. I can do without this villager also.Then there is the village pervert trying to entice the underage children and confuse them. I most certainly can do without this villager. Then there is the village blasphemer. This one cannot say three words without a colorful superlative. Also an expert in dirty stories. We all wish he would go away but he gets hot press on every major news outlet. Lastly the village mayor. He wants to take my and your hard earned and honest money to fund these village clowns. How about a man and woman who love each other and raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? Let the village build roads, haul away garbage, and provide clean water. Let the family raise the child. And the best examples are in a Bible believing and practicing church.
Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. As a young child I always heard about Adam’s apple. But as I grew older I noticed that the fruit was not called that. We even have a part of the throat called the Adam’s apple. But what was that fruit? And the tree of life? What is it? Another tree to which man at this point has no access. The answers to both of these is found in the book of Numbers. First we will find a fruit which is forbidden to be eaten, then a fruit which is guarded by cherubim. In. Numbers chapter 6 there is the requirements for the vow of the Nazarite. He had three requirements: to eat nothing that came from the grape vine, to not put a razor on his head, and allow his hair to grow long, and to touch no dead body. This of course reminds us of the garden. A fruit is forbidden, the sexes are equal (the hair see I Corinthians 11:1-15) and there is no death. While many fleshly meats are forbidden, only one fruit is forbidden, and that by test, the grape. If you want an additional interesting study look at the connection between grapes and blood in the Bible. Dr. Ruckman has a very detailed study on this. Next you will want to read Numbers 17. The children of Israel argue over who has authority and priesthood. Every head of every tribe brings his rod, with Aaron bringing his rod. The next day the rods are looked at and Aaron’s rod has blossoms, buds, and almonds. This staff is put into the ark of the covenant along with the ten commandments and a pot of manna. The mercy seat is on top with what? Two cherubim! There is not much more mention of the almond but it has connections to old age and the swift performance of God’s word. Just a little food for thought to stir up interest in the Word of God.
Just for fun. During the Middle Ages the Crusades were launched. Only the First was successful. Why? Because the European were drinking wine and the Turks were drinking coffee. Movements were in the works for greater liberty in Europe but came to nothing. Why? The folk would meet in the ale house, get drunk, curse the government, then sleep it off. But then the coffee house came to Europe and the people were awake enough to plan and carry out their revolution. England decided to drink tea rather than coffee and so did the colonies. When England taxed the tea we went to coffee and whipped them. Twice.The came the War between the States. The South was beating the Yankee Invaders in the field at every turn. So Lincoln turned to the Navy to cut off our supply of coffee.We tried chicory,okra seeds, and roasted rye, but you just can’t replace good old coffee. Once the coffee was out of our system the Yanks won, even though it took a 16 to 1 ratio. Then came WWI. The English were still drinking tea, the Germans were drinking beer, the French wine, and the Russians vodka.It was a complete stalemate until, you guessed it, the coffee drinking Americans came “over there”. WWII came, and the English were still drinking tea, the Germans beer, the French wine, and the Russians vodka. Added to the mix were tea drinking Japanese. So the Americas doubled down on our coffee drinking and won a TWO FRONT war. Yes since the Boston tea party when Americans began drinking coffee we have never lost a war. Energy drinks won’t do it, you need coffee. Oh did you know that once the rum ration was replaced with coffee the U.S. Navy was able to get rid of flogging?
Like I said, this is just for fun. Victory in battle comes from the Lord. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7.
I Samuel 8: And he said, This shall be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your son’s…
In this passage Samuel warns the children of Israel what will happen if they reject the freedom in God’s rule to get the bondage of man’s rule. Six times in this passage they are warned that the king will take. And when the Bible is rejected the people give up freedom and invite bondage. America has given up home rule (States Rights) and received federal dictatorship. We have given up right to the fruit of our labor and received an income tax. We have given up our names and replaced them with social security numbers. We have given up property ownership for 50 year mortgage and reverse mortgage and property tax. We have given up our children and received the DHS. We have given up our faces and received masks. Talk is in the wind of giving up travel for vaccines. We have given up gender and received confusion. We have given up marriage and received neurosis. Let’s do like Jacob and go back to Bethel, the place he met God. Back to the Bible. Read it for a while and turn off the gadgets and see what life can and should be like and forsake the status quo.
Psalm 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. The last two weeks I have spoken with atheists while street preaching. Last week I dealt with the foolishness of atheism, this week I will deal with the heart. I spoke and listened to a young man about his rejection of the Bible and religion in general. Neither of us was angry at the other nor demeaning nor disrespectful, and it was clear what each of us believed and why. While he did believe evolution as all atheists must, the actual reason for his disbelief is much deeper, and is the reason I have seen for all people who become atheists. It is an issue of the heart. In Romans 10:10 we are told For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. This young man said the problem he has with the Bible is that he is the problem and the only way he can solve it is to come to God and only the God of the Bible and upon his terms. He is angry that God tells him that he is a sinner and that Jesus Christ is his only Saviour. Remember Peter? Why did he deny Jesus? Not from fear, he stepped out of his ship to walk on water in a raging storm. He was full of personal courage. He was angry. He was going to rescue Jesus from the crucification with one of the two swords the Lord told them to carry when Jesus told him to put up his sword in his sheath and further took away his personal glory by repairing the damage Peter had done in healing the man’s ear! A man I know often speaks to Jewish atheists who after awhile of intense anger and yelling admit that as a nation God is angry with them. My desire for these men I have spoken to is that they get reconciled to God and forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ. Oh incidentally, he had a Bible app on his phone and wanted to show me contradiction in the Scripture but when I looked the verses up and showed him in the King James Bible they did not contradict and on showing him a certain doctrine his translation didn’t have it. A Christian can be no better than the Bible he uses!
Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. I met a man who stopped by while I was street preaching who was trying to tell my boys that I was lying to them. So I let him know that the Bible is true, there is a Good and he will be judged by God whether he believes it or not. So he tried to tell me a ludicrous explanation for the origins of Yahweh. I looked up his argument once I got home after reminding him that the Bible is God’s inerrant word and that he needed to repent for I do not wish this atheist to go to Hell. I am amazed at how little information you can use of historical fact to create a following and be viewed as an expert. Of course Mark Twain said an ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure. So a copper smelting site was found that the Edomite took over after the Egyptian left suddenly. Sounds like the time of the ten plagues to me. Well the Edomites destroyed the Egyptian idol of the smithy god and set up a tent over the sight. They found no idol nor name of a god yet assume this was a worship area. Then assume that the god they worship is the God of the Hebrews and that this is the Canaanite smithy god and then marry Jehovah to Ashteroth. Quite a leap of fancy to go from Edom to the Canaanite god which has a different name and blend the incoherent theology of the Canaanite with the carefully articulated majesty of the Jewish Scripture. But if a man wants to get out from under the burden of his sin without getting right with God, if he wants to evade the blood of the Cross they will grasp at any straw. So we have a man going to hell based upon spurious speculation and questionable conclusions equal to the fallacies of evolution. May God have mercy on his soul and Grant him repentance.
Genesis 50:6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. Exodus 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Here we see two very different Pharaohs, with two different mindsets. One is open to suggestions, respectful of even a prisoner’s suggestions, who allowed these strangers in his midst that most basic of humanitarian respects, to be allowed to give the deceased a proper funeral, according to their last whishes. He is thankful and trusting, and knows that the happiness of his kingdom is intertwined with the happiness of God’s people. Some 400 years later we meet a Pharaoh who neither knows history nor the culture of the strangers in his midst. He is the first to believe that “international Jew” myth. He doesn’t even know the name of their God nor does he care. Can you imagine that our own leaders in this day forbid people from attending funerals or visiting their elderly parents or even their spouses and children in the hospital? There are Pharaohs in California and Nevada and the north east that don’t want people even meeting to worship God and pray for his mercy. Even the King of Persia knew the importance of having the temple rebuilt so they could pray for him. And like Pharaoh before the common denominator of those wishing to save lives at the cost of your freedom, is to engage in infanticide! I don’t trust my life to those who encourage killing babies, especially the unborn. Next will be the elderly and it’s coming fast. And they promote a life style that does not produce new life, if you know what I mean. So this survivor of abortion, Moses, stands before the arrogant Pharaoh and asks a reasonable request then pronounces God’s judgement upon his nation. The Bible says and be sure your sin will find you out, and sin is a reproach to any nation. As one brother pointed out, every nation comes to a point where no repentance is possible and God’s only alternative is judgement. As we said in the Navy, stand by for heavy rolls!
When I was in Pensacola Florida I read an article in the paper about a man who received a fine from the court. He disagreed with the verdict so he went to pay the fine with pennies. The clerk did not want to spend the time counting so she refused the payment. The man insisted that it was legal tender and was the only way he would pay. The judge put this man in jail for contempt of court. Many times overseas coming off the ship and going into town I would see something I wanted to buy for a souvenir or wanted to buy a meal. The countries varied but usually you had to use their currency to make the purchase. In some nations it was considered black market practice if they accepted U.S. money. Now we have a greater Judge and a more severe punishment. Will God accept your money? No. Will he accept your works? No. Will he accept your religion? No. The word propitiation is found 3 times in the Bible, and it means a payment that satisfies God. Romans 3:24-25 says And being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. I John 2:2 and 4:10 state that Jesus Christ is the only propitiation. This is the same apostle that quoted Jesus saying I am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father but by me. Have faith in Christ and his blood for the forgiveness of sin for if you try to pay any other way you will be found in contempt of court and the punishment will be far worse than a week in jail.