Memorial Day

May 28, 2011


While we remember the fallen soldiers who shed their blood for our physical liberty let us also remember the soldiers of the Cross who have died and are dying to keep the message of eternal liberty flowing to each generation. Many are martyred daily for the faith. We honor Christ’s and their sacrifice by living worthy of our calling.

Voice Of The Martyrs

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Rapture Overload?

May 22, 2011


On a forum one person felt like the Rapture was becoming a hotter topic than more fundamental issues and that such things like predicting when it will happen gives more reasons for the enemies of Christ to blaspheme. I understand the point, but you do not stop teaching a doctrine because it is abused by others. You stay balanced and preach the truth until He comes and He is indeed on the way. It could be tonight or 2040, but He will return. The date does not matter if you are saved and ready. If you reject the Gospel then the exact time of the Rapture will not impress you anyway since you don’t believe the Gospel itself.

The Rapture is the blessed hope of the saints, not an evangelistic tool, per se so unless they are grasping the main message they will not grasp the blessing of the Rapture. It will be a casting of pearls before swine.

As to false prophets, there will always be false prophets and mockers. As we get closer to the end, the enemy will set up straw men to cloud the truth and thus give birth to more mockers and deter those from being saved who might have been saved. It is part of his last ditch efforts.

Besides, every GI stationed overseas gets excited about going home and starts his countdown calendar. When he gets to be a one digit midget he starts hollering, “SHORT!!” ,for short timer all over the place. We are also, “SHORT!!” so as we see the day approaching we are bound to get excited, but just as the soldier has to perform his duties until he boards the plane so also we must occupy until He comes.

Therefore, fellow soldier of Christ, do not be ashamed of being a short timer, but occupy and get the salvation message out as it is your duty to do before we dep…!

END OF THE WORLD?

May 21, 2011


Well, we survived another prediction of the end of the world. It appears that someone missed a couple of verses in the Bible.

Mark 13:32-33
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. KJV

Indeed, Jesus is coming and we need to be ready, but if people would just read the Word for themselves they would avoid the cults and nonsense. In fact, if they read their Bible and compared it to what their favorite man or organization said there would be fewer denominations and we might even achieve a modicum of unity. The Spirit was given to lead us into all truth and we are to all say the same thing and be of the same mind for that mind is Christ’s and He is not double minded or into yeas and nays. Evidently not all of us are reading the Word or listening to the Spirit thus many of us are out of our mind. It is no wonder that the Church is divided and cults abound when such infirmities abound among us.

2 Tim 2:15-16
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. KJV

Heed these words and you will not only be ready for the end of the world final exam but also avoid the insanity around you.

Shalom! Maranatha!

Mother’s Day?

May 8, 2011


Every day should be Mothers Day for if you do not honor your mother all year long one day of gifts only attempts to assuage your guilt, fulfill tradition and profits the retailers.

Man Of Sorrows

May 1, 2011


I just heard a excerpt from a sermon on revival only coming when there is anguish in God’s people. There should be anguish over the state of worldliness in the Church and its lack of impact on the world. It is odd that most people are coming to church to be entertained. We want to feel good and do not want any “hard” preaching as that does not seem graceful or loving.

We are called Christians and that name was given to us by our enemies in the 1st Century just as Baptists were given their name by their enemies centuries later. Yet, what does it mean to be a Christian? There are many facets to it, but if we are to be like Christ let’s look at some of the names He was called or how He was described.

The title of this post is man of sorrows. Indeed He prayed and wept many times over His people, death, His mission. He was despised and rejected of men. Certainly, not a situation of thrills and entertainment. He was not a celebrity. When He appeared before people of notoriety it was to be accused, criticized and abused not to wined and dined with questions about His latest book or how large His congregation had grown. Indeed, His last public appearance was to be paraded through the streets carrying His cross after having been beaten and abused to end up naked on that cross to die for our sins. Indeed, He was despised and rejected of men, not admired by the religious and politically elite.

The results of His preaching ministry? After having had crowds of four and five thousand men not counting women and children, as long as He was feeding them or doing miracles, His crowd diminished when He started preaching deep theology. He even questioned Peter if he also was going to leave after that sermon. In the end, He had only 120 disciples waiting as they were told by Him on the day of Pentecost.

So are we really Christians in 2011? Paul said that it was not only given to us to believe on Christ, but also to suffer for His sake. (Phil 1:29) We are to endure hardness as a good soldier. We have a long history of saints being martyred starting with the Apostles and plenty of them being martyred around the world.

Does that speak of a soft, effeminate Christianity that Horatious Bonar saw coming about in the late nineteenth century? Does that speak of grand buildings that almost make the Taj Mahal look like a slum house? Does that speak of grand entertainment? Does that speak of sermons geared to scratch itching ears with great care given to not offend even the devil? I don’t think so.

When will Western Christians, especially American, give up their foolishness and seek to be like their Master though understanding that if they crucified the Teacher they will surely not use kid gloves on His true disciples that want to follow Him and not just wear WWJD materials as fad accessories. What would Jesus do? He was obedient unto death. Now that you know what He did are you willing to follow Him? It may not be entertaining or smooth, but their will be joy in the fellowship of His sufferings!! Maranatha!