Waiting for Christ

I Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves shew of us of what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God: And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

This passage speaks of what is called in Titus the blessed hope and glorious appearing, which has the theological term of the rapture. It also speaks of the resurrection. I would like to look at the waiting. We recently got a puppy. My mother in law got it from Animal Rescue but was unable to keep up with her high energy. I have two young sons and they have all the energy in the world. Recently my wife and sons left for some errands and it was just me and the dog. She came to me and whimpered then went to the door. She came back to me and went to the door several times. She finally came and sat with me in the chair but every time she heard a noise outside she ran to the door. Now her favorite is my youngest (or whoever has food in their hand) and she was waiting for her master. A dog called Greyfriars Bobby laid on the grave of his master waiting for his return till his own death. I believe these dogs can give us a lesson on how to wait for the Lord Jesus Christ. As we go about our lives we should have a longing in our hearts for His return. We should look up to the clouds and pray even so come Lord Jesus. Oh and what a reunion my little dog had with her master when they got home! Do you remember the day when you met with Christ and He saved you? Do you remember the sweet days of fellowship as He revealed Himself to you? As you read the Bible and it became God’s love letter to you? Oh all these things make me yearn for the Lord Jesus. As the song says “roll back the curtains of memory now and then, show me what you brought me from and what I could have been”. I hope this has been a blessing. And remember that there is a crown for those who love His appearing.

How the Government Helps

Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man People get into office and stay in office by giving the perception that they are helping you. Or that they care. So let’s look at how they hood wink you into believing this. Two examples. First create a panic over the environment. So we must help mother Earth. No thanks I worship God the Father. So a large number of coal fired electric generators are closed down or converted to gas burning or wind power. These cost money and lots of it and coal miners and often a whole community lose their lively Hood. Now the less affluent can not afford utilities because the company must offset the cost of conversion.So the ever loving government raises taxes to subsidize the bills and pay unemployment.

Two. Create a panic over a normal disease. Close down the country and economy to “save lives”. Now no one has money and the economy is about to tank. To the rescue. Give out stimulus checks. Just print up the money. Ok the disaster is over but can be brought back at a moment’s notice in the name of almighty science. What! Now there is inflation! How will we ever cure this? Vain is the help of man. Vote them all out the cast all your cares upon God for he careth for you.

Oh, Mom!

Proverbs 23:22 Harken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Two oft broken commands! But if you will be wise they must be followed. I will deal with the first at another time, but now I would like to deal with the second because of some people who I know that are having difficulty with it. Of course motherhood is not what it used to be. It used to be that if you came home mom was most often in the kitchen. She could cure cancer with a kiss. There were very few single mothers and Dad’s word was final. She was up first for breakfast and in bed last cleaning house. She was up all night tending your fever, she bandaged up your wounds in flesh and heart. She did require unreasonable things like washing your hands before supper and not allowing you to bring grasshoppers and frogs into the house. But times have changed. Parents don’t cherish one another and rip the children’s security to shreds by divorce. Latch key children cone home to an empty house and eat more fast food and microwaved meals than home cooking. But now mom is old. And the Bible still says not to despise her. She complains a lot, she calls at inconvenient times and wants to stay on the phone forever. She fusses about trivial things and the negatives she had in her youth are magnified in old age. Maybe she has Alzheimer’s or dementia. God bless you, it is not easy. Why don’t you come see me? You really should raise your kids this way. Can you drop what you are doing and get this or that. I don’t want to take my medicine. Why haven’t you got this done yet. God bless you, it isn’t easy. But remember, she is in pain, often severe. Her digestion doesn’t work as well, which makes you grumpy. She is often in some degree of confusion which is frustrating. Depression and other ailments of the mind are setting in. Memory is fading. And the sweet old lady that we envision is simply not there. Sometimes realizing what is making you angry at her disagreeableness helps. You may need to unburden yourself of some of the stress, and don’t let her make you feel guilty. And remember that if God gives you a command he will help you obey it, He is only a prayer away. And please please remember that when God gives you a cross to bear he gives you a reward for bearing it. Remember that many things you must do for her now she did for you in your infancy. And your children may have to do the same for you in your old age. And your mom must now adjust to you giving her the orders instead of the other way around. You are both also staring her death in the face and it is not easy. God bless you. You will be angry, frustrated, and on the verge of tears. You will be exhausted, you will need help. But there is such a reward for obeying God. Do not despise your mother when she is old.

My Breathing and My Cry

Lamentations​ 3:55-56 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. I want you to know that God can hear you. Often in life we need help that mankind cannot give. Sometimes I meet with someone who obviously is not interested in the Gospel, so I will leave them something to read and tell them, you may not be interested in God now but a time will come when you need him, and you can read this then. Sometimes when we pray God does not move as fast as we desire, or in the direction we believe He should go. But in over forty years of serving the Lord I have seen that I am getting what I deserve or getting something better. Sometimes like Job God wants to see if you will love him anyway, or that your faith is based on His Word and not on sight. But if you are in any distress or discouragement, I want you to know God can hear. In this passage note that the call is made from a dungeon. A low dungeon. Yet the man that offered this prayer got to write it down and the Lord God Almighty preserved it to be read to this day. God can hear your voice. Scientist say that the voice has a pattern as distinct as a finger print. When God hears you He recognizes your voice. Out of all the billions on this Earth, He knows and desires to hear from you. He can hear your cry. Now cry in the Bible is used in the sense of lifting up your voice, but don’t despair, he also hears the voice of your weeping. One of my favorite preachers of history was a man called Shouting Bray. People would ask why he prayed so loud, for God is not deaf. He would respond, neither is the Devil but his crowd makes quite a noise. Sometimes I can get to an isolated area when something disturbs me greatly and cry out to God, because He is the only one interested in hearing me any way and only He can answer my prayer or comfort me that everything is going according to His plan. But not only does he hear your voice and your cry and your weeping (Psalm 6:8) but Praise the Lord He hears your breathing! How often have I heard that phrase, breath out a prayer. Look up the times where sighing is in the Scripture. How about that song Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening to keep your heart in tune. Oh look at Genesis 24:45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart…. Oh God can hear a prayer not spoken by the lips! He can hear groaning that cannot be uttered. And he can hear, help, and answer every prayer, voice, cry, tear, breathing and thought or groaning in whatever language at whatever time all at the same time. What a wonderful God we have. I don’t glorify Him near enough. I hope this has been an encouragement and a blessing to you. Maybe it can help a friend in need. I will leave with one more thing PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.

Percolator Religion

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.

Get Out of the Way Preacher

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!.

No Village Thank You

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.

The Forbidden Fruit

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.

Coffee and War

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.

When God’s Rule is Rejected

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.