Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taps...Day Is Done...Safely Rest ... God Is Nigh

A visit to Frontier Forts of Texas ... With God

There are 24 Military Bugle Calls. A few are outdated to an earlier time before technology rendered them un- necessary. But, on any Army or Marine base, many of them are still in order and used regularly. A few of them are Reveille, Mess Call, Church Call, Sick Call, Fire Call and Taps. Bugle calls are a part of military service which still carry the ageless spell of the military atmosphere. I have visited many of the historic, old military Forts in Texas, dating back to the mid-1800s. There are few things I enjoy more than, in the spring, walking over those hallowed grounds, the old, often restored, barracks, stables, bakeries, and armories. These are not the stockade type forts with tree trunks standing upright encircling the fort, but wide open, usually on high ground with a Texas breeze blowing through them. Of the 50 or so forts that were in Texas, protecting the settlers from Indians, Mexican bandits, and the Stage Coach routes west, my favorites are Fort McKavett, Fort Davis, Fort Concho, Fort Stockton and Fort Phantom hill, in that order. All of these Frontier Forts were West of the early settlements, out in Indian country. I have often stood on the parade field of one of these old forts feeling the mystique of the Frontier fort, or near the barracks', rifle racks smelling the distinct aroma of cosmoline, or in the mess hall... the thirsty smell of well water and of lie soap, or at the bakery with the smell of fresh bread, or the stables where the smell of leather, hay, and horses wafts through the air. And, always, hearing, as clearly as it would have been 175 years ago, the company bugler blowing taps over a fresh grave in the post cemetery.... or at the last call of the day, as the post lamps and lanterns were blown out and sun-browned, raw-boned soldiers took their rest as Taps died out on the cool, dry air of a Texas evening.

Those experiences always leave me with a deep feeling and almost longing emotion to have lived in those early days of Texas. I sometimes feel I was born 150 years too late to have lived in my natural generation. But God had other plans for me... and He is always right.

The tune to Taps carries with it these fitting words....
Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky; As we go, this we know, God is nigh. Sun has set, shadows come, Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds Always true to the promise that they made. While the light fades from sight, And the stars gleaming rays softly send, To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Faith: Little Is Much When God Is In It

The open door of any particular, great opportunity usually closes the moment we pass it by. If the Spirit of God moves your heart to say a word or write a letter to a person in crisis, do it immediately. That same moment of need will never cross your path again. So often, opportunity requires a seeking soul whose desire was already in anticipation mode when the unseen eye triggered that sacred door. Each such individual opportunity is similar, in longevity, to  bodily exercise, which is fleeting. "For bodily exercise profiteth little.... (This word "little" is not in reference to the quality or value of exercise, but to the shortness of its life-span. The benefits of a strong, healthy body are many, but those benefits are temporal and begin to diminish within a few hours and must be repeated again and again. Whereas .... godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come". 1 Tim.4:8. Profitable in this life and for eternity. 

Even so, our faith must be continually fed with the Bread of Life (God's word) and prayer. Faith is born, is sustained and grows stronger by way of the word of God. ".... Faith cometh by hearing ... the word of God." Rom.10:17.


When Jesus said, to His disciples, "Oh ye of little faith", four times in the book of Matthew, he wasn't suggesting that they were capable of faith equal to His own, but to the general weakness of our human condition. All of us humans are weak in faith, in varying degrees, but even small faith is very powerful. Little is much when God is in it ...like a single mustard seed ..."...A grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth." Mk.4:31. So it is with our faith. Though it be small...It has within it great power ..."And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matt.17:20.

 "It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew ... a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it." Luke 13:19.

An example of the power of "little faith" is found among the Apostles and disciples of Jesus in Acts 12:1-18. King Herod had murdered James and Jailed Simon Peter who was deep inside prison, locked up and in chains, being guarded by a quaternion of soldiers day and night, but was praying. The church, Apostles and disciples of Jesus, were also praying together that God would deliver Peter safely from prison. The faith of all of them, including Peter was mustard seed small because when God caused Peter's chains to fall off and the prison doors to open up, Peter couldn't believe it but thought he was dreaming. When he showed up at the door of the house where his friends were fervently praying for his deliverance, they couldn't believe it either. When Peter knocked on the door, the little girl watching the door ran and told the others that Peter was at the door. Those great Christians told her she must be crazy because Peter was locked behind three iron doors guarded by armed soldiers. When she insisted it was Peter, they said it must be an angel but couldn't possibly be Peter. Peter was still knocking on the door... out side. That certainly does not sound like they had great faith in their prayers or in God's power to deliver. And these were people who had seen Jesus Crucified, resurrected and ascending into heaven. So don't be too hard on yourself that neither are you a great spiritual giant full of faith. But strive to be faithful in Christ, do your best, stay prayed up and in God's word. Give witness to all Christ has done for you and in you .... and praise him for His perfection ... not yours. Little is much only when God is in it. RB

In the harvest field now ripened
  1. There’s a work for all to do;
    Hark! the voice of God is calling,
    To the harvest calling you.
    • Refrain:
      Little is much when God is in it!
      Labor not for wealth or fame;
      There’s a crown, and you can win it,
      If you go in Jesus’ name.
  2. In the mad rush of the broad way,
    In the hurry and the strife,
    Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
    Give to them the Word of Life.
  3. Does the place you’re called to labor
    Seem so small and little known?
    It is great if God is in it,
    And He’ll not forget His own.
  4. Are you laid aside from service,
    Body worn from toil and care?
    You can still be in the battle,
    In the sacred place of prayer.
  5. When the conflict here is ended
    And our race on earth is run,
    He will say, if we are faithful,
    “Welcome home, My child—well done!”


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Why Do I Believe The Bible Record

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 
2 Tim.3:16.

Why do I believe the Bible record of our Creator God, our Savior, Jesus, and His promise of eternal life?

Because there is nothing else in existence to equal it's witness.

Because there is no other book so consistent, blessed and powerful.

Because sinful humanity has no other written guide to redemption.

Because the Spirit of God has thoroughly convinced me of its truth.

Because there is no other word of forgiveness and salvation so certain.

Because there is no faith in anything else so perfectly simple and vivid.

Because there is no other god in the universe so true, loving and good.

Because most Christian believers are the finest people I have ever met.

Because all things have worked together for my good and God's glory.

Because it has given me faith, joy, peace of mind and eternal life.

Because my faith in Christ and His word is my life and eternal destiny.

Because by it I know God is real, Jesus my Savior, heaven my home.

Because the Holy Spirit of God bears witness with my soul it is true.

Because I would know nothing of Christ without the Bible record.

Rayburn Blair, a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Science Researchers Conclude Humans Have Etermal Souls

This Is Not News... But An Awakening...

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen.2:7.

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Matt. 22:37.

SOUL SEARCHING 

Researchers claim that humans have souls which can live on after death

By George Harrison - The Sun

SCIENTISTS have claimed that death may not be as final as we once feared – and that humans have souls that can leave the body after their hosts kick the bucket.

It may sound like a supernatural myth, but the idea that human consciousness lives on after death has been put forward by a number of well-respected scientists.


h British physicist Sir Roger Penrose explains how the human conscious lives on after death And the British scientist at the forefront of the eerie theory claims that humans have souls which don't die along with the body.

We may not know exactly what consciousness is, but physicist Sir Roger Penrose believes that it's just a packet of information stored at a quantum - or sub-atomic - level.

Sensationally, he claims to have found evidence that this information, which is stored in micro tubules within human cells, leaves the body after a person dies.

The researchers argue that humans have souls which leave the body upon death, and can live on without it forever. Sir Roger has argued that when a person dies temporarily, this quantum information is released into the universe, only to return to the body's cells if the host is brought back to life.

He argues that this explains why people can have near-death experiences, and believes that this quantum information amounts to a soul leaving the body.

The physics expert said: "If the patient dies, it's possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul."

Sir Roger claims to have found evidence that human consciousness can live on after a person dies And Sir Roger is not alone in believing this, since his theory is backed by researchers at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich.

Experts there argue that our physical universe is just a perception, and that once our bodies die there is an infinite life beyond.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Amazingly Miraculous Mysteries Of God's Creation

We think we understand and can explain creation's mountains, valleys, deserts and ocean seas which are so plentiful and visible on earth's outer crust. They are so common, we use them, abuse them and take them for granted... seldom bothering to see the miraculous power and love of the creator God who spoke them into being. But there are many other facets of the Creators work which are seen less clearly and seem to border on the magically. Such things as the universe, light, life, wind, water, fire time and spiritual perception.

Universe
Universe is a word combining two Latin words, "unus" (one) plus "versum" (to turn) meaning "To turn into one"... the cosmos, a single, orderly, harmonious system. Though a single thing, it is an endless expanse of infinite space full of stars, planets, meteors, black holes, and innumerable unknowns as well as the presence of its Creator, God. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." Psm.19:1-3.

Light
Composed of illumination, heat, healing, cleansing vitamin D and all the colors of the rainbow. A universal traveler at immeasurable speed, light is something. Darkness is nothing except the absence of light. A million lifetimes could be spent in studying this one element of God's creation. "And "God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." Gen.1:3-4.

Life
An unseen gift extension of the essence of God, created by His infinite power and knowledge, it is in angels, humanity, seed, water and soil. Like the wind, we see its effect but not its cause. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden...." Gen.2:7-10. Everything on earth grows or is taken from the ground. Even oxygen is produced by vegetation which takes its nourishment from the ground. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground...."

Wind
Wind (air) is an invisible essential of all life. Nothing lives or grows without it. It exists and moves across the earth unseen. Its cause and effect are seen, but its presence is the mystery. It was in the breath of God which gave us "the breath of life and man became a living soul". This mysterious creation of God, though invisible, has the power to bless and the power to destroy. "The wind bloweth where it (will), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3::8. Winds of air, from a baby's breath to a cool, evening, desert breeze to a west Texas tornado, to a Florida hurricane, the wind of air "bloweth where it listeth". 

Water
Water is a transparent, yet visible substance also essential to all life. It seeks its own level perfectly. It appears as liquid in moderate temperatures, as ice below freezing, and as steam at 100 degrees Centigrade at standard temperature and pressure. Nearly 1000 times, water, as quenching thirst, washing or seen related to miracles, is mentioned in scripture, more than any other substance."And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water .... he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matt.10:42

Fire
A miraculous reverse order of God's power in creating all substance, fire reveals and releases that creation power back into space as light and heat. The scripture reveals fire as both a blessing and as a curse, a benefit and a liability. It expands itself rapidly from a spark to an inferno to a conflagration of destruction. Even fire requires the breath of air to burn. It is the most used and misused of physical powers. Like a sword it cuts both ways ... for good and for evil. It is no respecter of persons but can turn in an instant from a blessing to a curse, to burn the user and all his possessions and other people as well.
"...Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" James 3:5

Time
This mystery exists without clocks, calendars. days, months or years. It extends from eternity past, through the ever present, into the eternal future. Infinite time exists in the infinite universe whether there are other sunrises, sunsets, seasons ... or not. Infinite time and space are part of the nature of the infinite Creator. They are His domain. Time on earth shall cease, but  eternity continues on forever. "And in process of time it came to pass...." Gen.4:3.  Where will you be when the inevitable end of time on earth arrives and eternity continues on? "There is a time for everything..... a time to be born and a time to die ...." Ecc.3 Time never stops, but moves eternally into the future, yet is locked always in the present.


Human Senses
We all know the 5 senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Volumes have been written on these invisible sensations which are mysteries all. But, I will add two more mysteries to the five; thought and spiritual perception. These too, are also invisible senses. Thought incorporates and interacts with memory and mental vision. How is it possible for centenarians to remember and mentally see things which happened to them nearly a century ago? Thought can carry us to distant places, calculate, meditate, create, imagine, and solve problems. It has few restraints and boundless possibilities. Only God could devise and design such miraculous, invisible capabilities. "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive." Matt.13:13-14

Spiritual Perception
This is a mystery reserved for true believers, in whom dwells the Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ. Spiritual perception is not thought or intelligence or related to the physical, human mind or flesh. It is available to all Christians, but all Christians do not have it. To spiritually perceive is to see through a matter with Spiritual vision. "Jesus perceived in His Spirit" what the Pharisees were plotting. Mk.2:8. 
"Peter said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." Acts 10:34.
Paul said, "I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage." Acts 27:10. Paul "perceived" what the Captain and crew could not comprehend by their nautical expertise and years of experience. He was right because of his spiritual perception, sensitivity to the Spirit of God.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

President Trump Is Circulating A Draft On Religious Liberty That Will Set Christians Free


Common Sense Has But One Reaction To This...
Thank You Dear Lord .... Amen !

This from One News Now by Bryan Fischer
Trump To Issue Magna Carta 
Of Religious Liberty

According to a left-wing website, The Nation, the president is circulating a draft of an executive order on religious liberty that will bring civil rights protections for Christians into the 21st century. Its stated purpose is "to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious freedom of persons and organizations in America." 

Christian organizations include even "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious." 

It is a perfectly appropriate executive order because it is a directive from the head of the executive branch, the president, to everybody who works for him and under him. Here, President Trump says, is how the executive branch is going to do business under my leadership. He's not presuming to tell Congress or the Supreme Court or the states how to do their jobs. He is saying only that this is how we are going to get the job done in this separate but equal branch of government. 

The order states clearly and unambiguously that "The United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental natural right to religious liberty." 

It adds the following as a clear statement of Trump administration policy (emphasis mine throughout): 

"This Constitutional protection ensures that Americans and their religious organizations will not be coerced by the Federal Government into participating in activities that violate their consciences, and will remain free to express their viewpoints without suffering adverse treatment from the Federal Government. It shall be the policy of this Administration to protect religious freedom." 

Freedom of Religion buttonWow. 

What must not be missed here is that the Department of Justice and the attorney general are part of the executive branch. From this point forward, the attorney general of the United States will be on the side of those who seek to exercise religious liberty rather than be against them. He will be their friend in the courtroom and not their enemy. 

The last eight years have seen the relentless restriction and erosion of the civil rights of Christians in the workplace by the last two AGs. President Trump is saying those days are over. The attorney general will now be the advocate of Christian students and schools and bakers and photographers and florists and businesses and no longer their adversary. The Department of Justice will be defending Christians in court rather than attacking them. 

This directive properly treats the free exercise of religion as a right that every American possesses, not just on Sunday mornings between 11 a.m. and noon, but 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It protects not just freedom of belief or even freedom of worship, but the freedom to actually exercise one's faith in the marketplace and the public square every minute of every day without the interference of the federal government, just as the Founders intended. 

"Religious freedom is not confined to religious organizations or limited to religious exercise that takes place in houses of worship or the home. It is guaranteed to persons of all faiths and extends to all activities of life." 

No longer will Christians be required to go the back of the bus whenever their values conflict with secularism and the radical homosexual agenda. 

They will no longer be required to check their religious convictions at the door of their homes when they head out to open the door of their business. They will be able to run their organizations in accordance with biblical values. They will not be punished because they operate with the conviction that life begins at conception, that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that there are two and only two genders. 

The federal government "shall not discriminate" against Christian agencies that "provide ... federally-funded child-welfare services, including promoting or providing adoption, foster, or family support services for children." They will now be free to follow scriptural standards and place children exclusively in homes with a mother and a father without fear of punishment from the federal government. 

Christian-run businesses and organizations involved in "employing others" will, for example, be able to take biblical principles of human sexuality into consideration in their personnel policies without fear that the federal government will sue them out of business. 

The IRS will be forbidden to withhold tax-exempt status from any organization which "speak(s) on moral or political issues from a religious perspective." These issues explicitly include advocating for marriage "as the union of one man and one woman," promoting the view that "sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage," promoting the view that there are just two genders, male and female, which are matters of "immutable biological sex ... determined ... at or before birth," and promoting the view that "human life begins at conception." 

In other words, no longer will the federal government punish those who advocate for natural marriage or for abstinence outside marriage, or punish those who argue against the view that people are "born that way." 

Christian organizations cannot be kicked off government-sponsored "fundraising campaigns" for speaking or acting in accordance with their religious beliefs. In other words, the federal government will not kick groups like the American Family Association off its donation sites, as the state of Connecticut did. 

We read every day of Christians who have been fired from government positions because of things they did or said outside the workplace on Facebook, or, for example, as part-time pastors. Under Trump, that comes to a dead stop at the federal level. No agency will be allowed to punish a federal employee for advocating for their values "while outside the scope of their employment." What a Christian does and says on his own time will henceforth be none of the government's business. 

And Christians won't be gagged even at work, say, during breaks, in the cafeteria, and on site before or after work. Agencies will be directed to "reasonably accommodate" religious speech and action even "within the course of their employment." 

No one will be prohibited from "receiving government grants or contracts" because their business is guided by Christian principles. Federal agencies "will accommodate the religion of federal employees" and will not "substantially burden ... (their) religious exercise." Christian employees of federal agencies will no longer need to fear harassment and punishment for bringing their faith to work with them. 

Individuals who buy insurance on the exchanges must be allowed to purchase a policy "that does not provide coverage for abortion and does not subsidize plans" which do. 

It should be noticed that this order isn't about forcing anything on anyone. Any employer who doesn't want to run his business according to Christian principles doesn't have to. But those employers who do will have a friend in this administration. 

This draft is a masterpiece. It is the Sistine Chapel of religious liberty. It ought to be bronzed and mounted on the walls of every legislative hall in America, on the walls of every business in America, on the walls of every school in America (especially including colleges and universities), and on the walls of every church in America. It is that good. It is stunningly and brilliantly crafted and ought to be circulated to every nook and cranny in the United States. 

This order, it should be noted, directly conflicts with the Obama-era executive order on special rights for the LGBTQ crowd that the White House endorsed on Tuesday. But the plain wording of this executive order is that it supersedes any and all executive orders that preceded it. "The provisions of this order shall prevail in cases of conflict with any existing executive order and with any future executive order." 

In other words, if there is a conflict between this executive order on religious liberty and the LGBTQ manifesto from 2014, religious liberty will win every time. 

This is an acknowledgement, by the way, on the part of the Trump administration that the conflict between the radical homosexual agenda and religious liberty is a zero-sum game. Somebody wins and somebody loses every time. 

President Trump, with this directive, will flip the script. Religious liberty will now triumph over sexual deviancy for the first time in nearly a decade. 

It should be noted that this is only a draft version and it has not yet been signed by the president and formally issued. Let's hope it's just a matter of time. 

Mr. Trump campaigned aggressively on the promise that if elected he would protect religious liberty. Thank God, it looks like he meant what he said. 

Bryan Fischer hosts "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk (American Family Radio) from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central). 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

God Chooses Some Kings And Presidents To Punish And Others To Rescue The People

Only He knows the real difference... but...

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Here is the message Brother Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas gave Trump, Pence and their extended families just before the inauguration ceremony. 

Before attending the inauguration ceremony, President Trump attended a private religious service at St. John's Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, as part of a modern Inauguration Day ritual. The service was led by the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist who campaigned hard for Trump during the closing months of the election. Here is an exclusive transcript of Jeffress' sermon, which drew on the story of Nehemiah, a historical figure described in the Old Testament for rebuilding Jerusalem. 

President-elect and Mrs. Trump, Vice-President-elect and Mrs. Pence, families and friends, it’s an honor to be with you on this historic day. President-elect Trump, I remember that it was exactly one year ago this weekend that I was with you on your Citation jet flying around Iowa before the first caucus or primary vote was cast. After our Wendy’s cheeseburgers, I said that I believed that you would be the next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there. As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders. Today-one year later-God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence up for a great, eternal purpose. 

When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah. And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is NOT against building walls! And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed that massive project in record time—just 52 days. Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the nation? 

I. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him Someone has said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Any true leader is going to face criticism. President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded them at every turn. First, they said you couldn’t win the nomination, but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn’t win the election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics say you can’t possibly succeed in your agenda. Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall. At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.” Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3) President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics. 

Il. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him As you read through Nehemiah’s journal, you’ll find that he faced tremendous obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among the citizens. But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah. Some years ago two sports commentators on television were discussing the late Hall of Famer Walter Peyton, the running back for the Chicago Bears. One commentator said, “Can you believe that during his career Peyton has run more than nine miles with a football?” The other commentator replied, “What’s even more amazing is that every 3.8 yards of those nine miles Peyton got knocked down by a guy twice his size! But he got back up every time and kept moving forward in spite of those bruising hits and hard knocks.” President Trump, you, your team and your families are going to face some bruising setbacks. But remember . . The true measure of a leader is what it takes to stop him. And knowing you, I believe it’s going to take a lot to stop you. 

(Finally) III. Nehemiah Sought God’s Help To Empower Him Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God’s divine help. And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God and prayed: “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant who delights in revering your name. Give your servant success today . . .” (Nehemiah 1:11) 

Mr. President-elect, I don’t believe we have ever had a president with as many natural gifts as you. As you know, the reason I endorsed you within weeks of your announcement that you were running was because I believed that you were the only candidate who possessed the leadership skills necessary to reverse the downward trajectory of our nation. And beginning with Vice President-elect Pence-a great and godly man-you’ve assembled an unbelievably talented group of advisers around you. But the challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take more than natural ability to meet them. We need God’s supernatural power. The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help. God says in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall rescue you and you will honor Me.” 

When President Ronald Reagan addressed the Republican National Convention in my city of Dallas in 1984 he said, “America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are “one nation under God,” then we will be a nation gone under.” 

President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt desire: “Make America Great Again.” Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: “Blessed— great—is the nation whose God is the Lord.” May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of America.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

But, Where Did THAT Come From?

No matter how far back you go, in your mind, even if it be to a universe without form and void of anything but darkness, and no eve to see, you still have to ask yourself ... "Where did that come from". And if you reason that such a universe of darkness requires no Creator.... it does, but that is not the universe we must justify. What we have is an infinitely expansive universe chock full of stars, suns, moons, light and a trillion trillion visible and invisible mysteries ... All of which require a power of intellect far removed from any human ability to comprehend it. But narrow the universe down to a single flower, lady bug or honey bee and reason that with me. Just one such tiny thing demands with force and finality ... CREATOR GOD!!  Not to recognize the absolute, inescapable fact of a Creator intelligence, power and presence, even larger than the universe itself, is so blindly futile that it is more than a mental problem. It is a spiritual delusion. Jesus said in John 8:44 that the devil is a liar and the father of it. The theory of evolution is the religion of Satan which he preaches to its blind worshipers in most universities.

I read a headline today that said, some scientists are saying they can prove the existence of God. That is an interesting concept.... scientists proving God. Their honesty is commendable and their deductions may be correct, but as for me, I need no more proof than I already have ... Creation itself, the Bible record, my own experience and the change I see in believers' lives. But if I had no proof but the heavens, that would be sufficient. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge." Psm.19:1

Besides the obvious fact of Creation, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen..." Heb.11:1. RB

This From British Express news

Scientists use mathematical calculations to Prove the existence of God

SCIENTISTS have ‘confirmed’ the existence of God after proving a mathematician’s theory which suggests that there is a higher power.

Two computer scientists say they proved that there is a holy supreme force after confirming the equations.
In 1978, mathematician Kurt Gödel died and left behind a long and complex theory based on modal logic.
Dr Gödel’s model uses mathematical equations that are extremely complicated, but the essence is that no greater power than God can be conceived, and if he or she is believed as a concept then he or she can exist in reality.
Or as Dr Gödel put it through his equations: “Ax. 1. {P(φ)∧◻∀x[φ(x)→ψ(x)]} →P(ψ)Ax. 2.P(¬φ)↔¬P(φ)Th. 1.P(φ)→◊∃x[φ(x)]Df. 1.G(x)⟺∀φ[P(φ)→φ(x)]Ax. 3.P(G)Th. 2.◊∃xG(x)Df. 2.φ ess x⟺φ(x)∧∀ψ{ψ(x)→◻∀y[φ(y)→ψ(y)]}Ax. 4.P(φ)→◻P(φ)Th. 3.G(x)→G ess xDf. 3.E(x)⟺∀φ[φ ess x→◻∃yφ(y)]Ax. 5.P(E)Th. 4.◻∃xG(x)”.
You get it, right?
But two computer scientists have used computers to run such complicated which they say confirms that the equation does indeed add up.
The point of the researchers’ argument was that they were not directly trying to prove the existence of God, but rather to showcase the power of computers.
Christoph Benzmüller of Berlin's Free University, who ran the calculations along with Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical University in Vienna, told Spiegel Online: "It's totally amazing that from this argument led by Gödel, all this stuff can be proven automatically in a few seconds or even less on a standard notebook.
“I didn’t know it would create such a huge public interest but [Gödel’s ontological proof] was definitely a better example than something inaccessible in mathematics or artificial intelligence…
“It’s a very small, crisp thing, because we are just dealing with six axioms in a little theorem.
“There might be other things that use similar logic.”
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My Comment:
Jesus said, in John 1:9 that he is the true light "which lighteth every man (human) that cometh into the world". And then he said, "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness." Luke 11:35. That is willful darkness. RB






Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dutiful Surpasses Beautiful By A Lifetime

Our calling is to become Christlike, not attractive

"...The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7.

As a young pastor, many an old saint prayed for me and adjusted my thinking and actions by their own. One of those was an elderly lady of wisdom, Mrs. Weary. She said to me, in answer to a question, one Sunday, "I dreamed and thought that life was beauty, but awoke to find that it was duty".  Mrs Weary had been a beautiful young lady, but when she began to date young men, she soon discovered that her beauty could be a detriment rather than a blessing. Time, experience and commitment to Christ molded her into one of the most dependable and faithful members of that church. I admire her still.

A couple I once knew were at the beach and a beautiful young college age girl walked past them, My friend's wife said regretfully, "I never will look like that again", to which he said, "Neither will she".

So, you dear young ladies and handsome young men,  don't spend too much time looking into the mirror or adorning yourselves like a Christmas tree. There is a reason God gave the Prophet Isaiah this prophetic and rare description of our Savior's human appearance ...."For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." Isa.53:2 Even Jesus appeared as a common man, in a form not beautiful, so that people would not be distracted from His pure holiness and message of salvation, and not be drawn to him by his beauty.

Another dear old, direct and honest member of the first of two churches I ever pastored, was the pragmatic, and plain spoken Rita Jackson. My beautician mother who was a rare beauty, always well groomed and impressively dressed, visited our church for the first time. Mother was Miss congeniality and literally everyone was drawn to her. I asked her to stand for my introduction and the congregation gave her a resounding applause. After church, as Rita Jackson shook my hand, she said, "Pastor, now I know where you got your vanity."
The truth sometimes hurts, but it is always beneficial and will set us free.

The emphasis here is, as the Apostle Paul cautioned the Colossian Christians...
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affectionon
on things above, not on things on the earth." Col.3:1-2

One last example which marked my judgment of people for the rest of my life was an old Deacon of that first church, called Dad Brown. Deacon Brown was about as unhandsome as a man can get. He was shriveled up in old age, came to church in the same suit every Sunday, had missing teeth and a large hooked nose. He also had one child, a retarded 40 year old son. Dad never said a negative word about anyone. He was as humble as anyone I have ever known. He was truly a root out of a dry ground: he had no form nor comeliness; and when we saw him, there was no beauty that we should desire him....but he was a true saint of God, a disciple of Christ and an ambassador of Heaven. Dad Brown was a blessing to this young, inexperienced pastor and stood by me, even when my inexperience showed most plainly. I think of him still.

Physical beauty proves nothing about a person's quality or worth or kindness or love of integrity or honesty or faithfulness. It has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality. If anything, it is a distraction. Hollywood is filled with "beautiful people", but it is probably the single most self righteous, vain, drug addicted and beauty obsessed nest of inconsistency in America.  "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Cor.1:27-29.
Dutyful Surpasses Beautiful By An Eternity. RB

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The World Isn't Falling Apart, Prophecies Are Falling Into Place

These prophecies speak for themselves. They are coming to pass before our eyes. The News today is almost as a Biblical scroll verifying scriptural prophecies one after the other. The prophetic gateway into Last Days Prophecy was the 1948 restoration of the nation of Israel and regathering of Jews, from all the nations they had been dispersed into, to re-inhabit that land. I visited the new nation shortly after its restoration, with my old friend, Pastor Louis Johnson. We witnessed the miracle of this prophecy first hand.

"And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive." Jer. 29:14. 

Daniel's Prophecy Of The End Times...  rapid transportation, exponential knowledge, a time of trouble, Christians delivered, resurrection and rapture, the prophecy sealed to the end times.

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (Jesus quotes those words in Matt.24 below) and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 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. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Dan.12:1-4.

Jesus Unsealed And Opened Daniel's Prophecy
In Matthew 24 
And as (Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him .... saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then the sorrows increase unto the end.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Jesus quoting Daniel's prophecy).
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (The generation in which these things happen).
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of ma n cometh.
 People's hearts and health will be affected by fear ...
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" Luke 2:26.

The Apostle Paul warned of unscriptural, last days conditions and false doctrines even among Christians.
Now the Spirit speaketh ex pressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." 1 Tim. 4:1-3.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.... these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." 2 Tim. 3:1-13.
The Apostle Peter warned of lustful scoffers of the last days prophecies of Christ's return to earth...
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?" 2 Peter 3:3-4
There are many other last days, end times prophecies. I have only shared these representative ones up until the resurrection and rapture of Christ's Christians. I will cover the the events following the rapture, the Tribulation Period and Millennial Kingdom prophecies another time. RB