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The Reason For The Season…

 

 

Well, all the presents have been unwrapped, and we’ve picked the mess up. Now it’s onward to the new year, but can I ask you something? … Did you take time to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday, even though it may not be His true chronological birthday, it’s still the one celebrated. He is the reason for the season, even if the non-believers try to erase His name from the minds of our children not allowing prayer in schools, and going against God’s holy word in the name of political correctness, It’s still our responsibility to tell them about the meaning of Christmas and to tell others of the saving grace of our Lord. I pray the real Christmas story was told at your house this Christmas.    Bible  Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20. Don’t let the political left raise your children and the news media guide your life with their fake news fear tactics. 

Jesus is our saving grace, and it’s time ALL believers if they truly have Christ in their heart and are sold out Christians to start acting like it. (Romans 8:31) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Keep in mind fear is the opposite of faith.

Where’s your heart today? Are you hiding in fear or are living like Jesus is Lord of your life?

Now is the time to start a new year and truly stand for what you believe … Praise the Lord Jesus and pray for our country.   Have a blessed new year and know that On The Road For Christ Ministries are praying for you …

 

My prayer for You:

Praise you Lord and thank you for coming to save sinners like me. I pray that this new year is a year of great revival not only in our country, which desperately needs it, but the entire world would come to the saving grace of you, Lord Jesus.

Lord, thank you for your love and mercy and I pray you will heal our land, our sick, and bring our people back to you. I pray you will reveal the evil ones trying to destroy our country and bring them to justice. 

We give you all the praise and glory and pray in your precious name,

Amen!

 

 

A Memorial… Remembering Pastor Bruce

 

 

Even though Pastor Bruce left us way too soon, his love and inspiration remain for all he touched when in those quiet times you would reflect and remember him.

I thought for those of you who wanted to come to Bruce’s Celebration of Life on December 5th, 2020, but because of extenuating circumstances you couldn’t make it, I thought you might like to hear some of what was said. The following is an excerpt from his celebration: 

On this day in December, we gather together as friends and family to Celebrate The Life of Bruce Swart, a pastor too many and a friend to all. On behalf of his brother, Dean Swart, and his sister-in-law Linda as well as all his extended family; we want to welcome you and thank you for coming. We are here to remember a life dedicated to serving the Lord and helping others. Bruce was consumed with his desire to lead as many people as he could to Jesus; he was really concerned about where people would spend eternity. He didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk. So let me paraphrase how Bruce would do a memorial service, and I know without a doubt he would expect me to do similarly.

 

We are here to hear what God would say to us through His Word about the realities of life, death, and eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

The sudden passing of Pastor Bruce has again confirmed the uncertainty of life.

James, the Apostle, issued this warning: James 4:13-14 (NAS)

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such-and-such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”  Yet you do not know ]what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

We don’t think as much about it when a person passes away from a prolonged illness, but it gets our attention when life unexpectedly comes to an end for someone in good health.

So many people try to avoid thinking about death.

It is almost like they can think they can deny its existence if they don’t talk about it.

But unless the Lord returns first, all of us will pass the way of the grave.

“But the Bible tells us that in Hebrews 9:27  “And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment,…” 

It is in moments like this that all of us are reminded that we still have time to examine the direction of our lives, and we can still make preparation for that day when we will stand before a holy God.

 John 14:1-6 Jesus said; “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him in John 14:6; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Do you want to make sure your life is going in the right direction?

Do want to make sure that at the end of your life it has been a life with meaning and purpose?

Then Jesus is the Way! He is not just a Way; He is the Way!

He’s The Way To Peace, He’s The Way To Joy, He’s The Way To Contentment, He’s The Way To Eternal Life!

There are people who have an addiction and they are looking for a way out of that lifestyle…Jesus Is The Way!

There are going to be some difficult days in your life (Like Today) and if you want help thru them… again, Jesus Is The Way!

THE TRUTH- have you ever believed someone and found out later they lied to you? Have you ever believed in something and you found out later it was a lie?

Well, when you put your trust in Jesus and place your life in His hands, you’ll find out…

That He Is The Truth Yesterday, He Is The Truth Today, And He Is The Truth For Tomorrow!!!

THE LIFE-Have you ever heard someone say, “Get A Life!”

If you want a life that matters, a life that means something, a life that can change the world around you, a life that will impact other people’s life… Jesus Is The Life!

It also means that God is concerned about every aspect of your life.

It means that you don’t have to go through this or any trial alone. He wants you to find comfort in His word, to find comfort in the people He has placed around you.

How do you get all this… Let me show you, we’ll do it Bruce’s way. He always liked to tell people there’s no such thing as a sinner’s prayer for salvation in the bible, however, there is direction. Let’s back this up with scripture, let’s look at Romans 10: 9-10;  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes,  resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,  resulting in salvation.

John 10:9-10;  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life and have it abundantly.

Now to put this in a nutshell you must confess in prayer; Jesus is Lord, and you believe He died on the cross for your sins and on the third day rose from the dead and then ask Him to come into your heart… That’s it! It’s that simple. This is also a good time to ask forgiveness for your sins and to start your ongoing prayer life. Then you should find a good bible teaching, bible-believing church, and start the adventure of your life. Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. So get started, this could be the day!

Take this message home in your heart from Pastor Bruce and remember this poem in his honor…

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now, I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid; you see

I took His hand when I heard him call;

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Task left undone must stay that way;

I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a moment of bliss,

oh yes, and these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.

 I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full; I savored much,

good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;

don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.

God wanted me now; He set me free.

 

President Who???

 

A lot of us are still wondering who will be President? Have you dug deeper than the fake news? There sure Biden will be president, but what about the 100,000 votes found in Virginia, All for President Trump? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Not a word has been said in the media about those. If the election was on the up and up, why weren’t republican observers allowed to watch in many of the counting places? 

God is IN CONTROL, and it’s not over … KEEP PRAYING!!

Let’s go to the word and see what it says about honesty, integrity, and following God’s laws.

” When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”- Proverbs 29:2

“The Church must take right ground in regards to politics . . . God will bless or curse the nation according to the [political] course Christians take.” -Charles Finney

From the moment the first settlers came to America and dedicated the land to “the glory of God, and the Propagation of the Christian Faith,” the Christian church has played a central role in shaping the governmental structure of our nation. In this election year, we felt it would be timely to look at what God’s Word says about civil government, and how Christians are to relate to secular authority. The Bible says more about this issue than you may realize.

Sadly, Christians who are involved in the political process are often derided as being a fringe group, the “radical Christian right.” However, our critics often overlook the fact that Christians have been on the cutting edge of some of the greatest reforms in history, including the development of many hospitals, charities, and the founding of some of our greatest colleges and universities. From the abolition of slavery to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, Christians have been on the front lines of making the world a better place for all. Much is said about the “separation of Church and State.” While an in-depth discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this study, there are a number of Scriptural principles that should be examined. While it is true that the Bible teaches that spiritual government (Church) and political government (State) are two separate institutions, they are to function in ways that are complementary to each other. For example: In ancient Israel, Moses was the political leader (Exodus 18:15-16), while his brother Aaron served in the Priesthood as the spiritual leader (Exodus 28-29) A similar relationship is seen between King Josiah and Hilkiah the Priest (2 Kings 22.) Another example would be Nehemiah the Governor (Nehemiah 7:1-7,) and Ezra the Scribe (Nehemiah 8:1-8.) Above all, the highest law is God’s Law, and He expects all human governments to be subject to it (Psalm 2:10-12Isaiah 8:20.

Please understand, we are not “preaching politics.” Ultimately, genuine change comes through changed hearts, which only occurs as people respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, we do still live in a fallen, sinful world, and as we will see, God has ordained the system of civil government to protect the innocent and to maintain proper order. The Christian life carries a prophetic voice that calls us to shine a light into dark places. Jesus’ call for His people to be salt and light to a dying world covers every aspect of life (Matthew 5:13-14,) including how we vote and relate to our government. Christians are to be peaceful, law-abiding citizens, (Romans 13:1-71 Peter 2:13-15.) We are to pray for and honor our government leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3,) faithfully pay our taxes (Matthew 22:21), and to work for the highest good of all people (Proverbs 3:27Galatians 6:10.) This includes working to promote Godly principles in politics and government (Proverbs 29:2.)

The above-mentioned Scripture, Romans 13:1-7, is a key text in understanding what the Scriptures say about the relation of civil and spiritual authority. In this passage, we see that civil government is ordained by God to punish evil, and preserve the peace in a society. It even goes as far as to call government servants ministers of God! (Obviously, they don’t always live up to it, but that is God’s ideal nonetheless.) In light of this, the Bible calls us to obey all civil laws, unless these laws are in direct violation of the laws and commandments of God (see Acts 4:19.)

There are several people in the Bible that God specifically called to work for change in the political and governmental arena. This includes men and women such as Joseph (Genesis 41:39-41), Deborah (Judges 5:1-7), Gideon (Judges 6:11-14), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-19), David (1 Samuel 16:1-13), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:1-11), and Daniel (Daniel 1:4-6; 18-21). In our day and age, there are a number of avenues through which we can work for change in civil authority. One important avenue we should avail ourselves of is Election Day; the God-given privilege of voting is something we should never take for granted. Keep in mind that following Jesus transcends blind loyalty to political parties, and to a degree, there is room among Christians for some honest difference of opinion in regard to politics. Nevertheless, there are some Biblical principles that God requires us all to follow when it comes to the stands we take.

These Biblically mandated issues include:

Speaking out for innocent life (Proverbs 31:8.) This includes unborn children (Psalm 139:13-16Isaiah 44:2, 24; 49:1-5; Jeremiah 1:5)

Confronting sin and moral decay (Proverbs 14:34Isaiah 5:20Jonah 1:2)

Defending the poor and oppressed (Psalm 10:2Isaiah 10:1-2Amos 2:6-7)

Working toward the peace and blessing of Israel (Genesis 12:3; 27:29; Psalm 122:6)

Second, contrary to popular belief, character DOES count when choosing our leaders. Exodus 18:21-22 gives us a good model to follow. These passages show us that civil leaders are to be “…able men who fear God…men of truth, hating covetousness (greed)”. If our country had always followed these common-sense guidelines when casting our votes, we would be a much stronger nation today.

The Bible describes leadership as being a sacred trust, and placing a person in such a position is a very serious thing. For example, in 1 Timothy 5:22, Paul instructs the young Pastor Timothy to “Lay hands suddenly on no man (to ordain him into the ministry,) neither be partaker of other men’s sins” In other words, if we hastily put a person into leadership who is not worthy of it, we risk bearing the guilt of that person’s sin.

What does this have to do with voting? As we mentioned earlier, the Bible also describes government leaders as being ministers of God. In this case, we “ordain” our leaders by our votes, support, and influence. If we support politicians who support ungodly causes or promote immoral behavior, God holds us responsible for that. To bid a person “Godspeed” in their sin is to become a partaker of that same sin (2 John 11.), a very sobering thought.

Finally, we can never fall into the trap of substituting political involvement for the Gospel. We must recognize that politics can never be an instrument of salvation. While we can and should work for positive change, this is, at best, a Band-Aid solution. At their root, a nation’s problems are always spiritual in nature. When it comes to eternal issues, simply “moralizing” our culture is not enough. Winning people to our political causes is not enough. People can embrace all the “Christianized” cultural influences in the world, but without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they are still be totally lost.

It has to start with each of us as individuals. God gives us the wonderful promise that “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.,” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

We can all start right where we are.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12)

 

My prayer: 

Precious Heavenly Father here your peoples cries and save our nation in its dark hour of need. Reveal the coruption and lies in our election and bring justice to our land.

Father, I pray for an end to this plague and a healing for the sick. Lord, bring our nation together and begin a revival that will circle the globe and bring it to it’s knees in praise of you. So be it!

In Jesus name, the name above all names I pray,

AMEN

News Headlines: PANDEMIC KILLS 94 MILLION IN U.S. AND COUNTING!

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Really? … Why isn’t that in the headlines? You don’t even have to add in the aids pandemic, that’s millions more and counting too.

That’s old news and can’t be used as a political football either. Are 224,000 lives a lot of deaths? Of course it is. Do we have a choice who catches COVID and who doesn’t? Not really. We can however do something about the death toll of unborn babies. Are you politically correct or biblically correct? You can’t be both. Are you willing to pay the price your political beliefs will gain you?

This message was hard to write, but some of it will even be harder to read. It’s biblical and it will test your faith…

PRO-CHOICE IS NO CHOICE (Psalms 139:1-16)

We come together to worship and celebrate… and yet today our hearts should be heavy at the fact:

More babies have been killed since 1973 by abortion than the combined populations of NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, KC, and counting at the rate of 2 million a year! That’s over 94 million and counting.

Our hearts should be heavy today because of the deaths occurring every day still in the name of “scientific research.”

In California recently live babies aborted at 6 months were submerged in jars of liquid oxygen to see if they could breathe thru their skin… they couldn’t.

Human embryos and their organs have been encased in plastic and sold as paperweights and novelty items.

Brain–$90

Baby’s foot–$70

A $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Health was given to researchers that they might slice open an aborted baby without an anesthetic in order to obtain its liver. The researcher in charge said that the baby was “complete, alive, and secreting urine.” He said there was no need for anesthetic stating that “the aborted fetus is just garbage tissue without feeling.”

Our hearts should be heavy today because even aborted babies’ placentas are being sold to drug companies for purposes ranging from stem cell research to additives for expensive shampoos. (You think stem-cell research was defeated? Not hardly… just government funding of it.) In England, the fat from aborted babies has become a valuable additive in luxury soaps.

By the time you go to work tomorrow, 7,000 more innocent people will be submitted to capital punishment, although they will have no trial before they are executed. They have no attorney, and will not be granted the basic rights of even a prisoner of war. Not only will they not be treated humanely, not only will they not be afforded the basic anesthetics used by every veterinarian in the world, but they will die a torturous death, ripped apart by forceps and injected with toxins.

Some women reading this had an abortion prior to being saved. The purpose of this message is anything but to laden them with more guilt. As a matter of fact… they are my strongest supporters. They recognize more than anyone here how needful this message is. Ma’am, you’ve confessed it, forsaken it, and just like my sins, their sins, and your other sins, Jesus’ blood has washed it white as snow.

Perhaps the greatest man in the Old Testament was Moses and in New Testament was Paul…

…what do they have in common? Both committed murder prior to being saved. Thank God today for the powerful blood of Jesus that cleanses us of ALL sin!

This is not at all a comfortable topic to write…or to read. But I write today on behalf of the unborn with hopes of saving lives.

Several years ago, a man walked along a beach at low tide. A great storm had come and had left the beach covered with starfish… out of their element. They were dying. And there were hundreds of thousands of them. The man began picking them up one by one, casting them into the ocean that they might live. Another man came along and asked what he was doing. He said I’m trying to save these starfish. The man laughed, “there are too many of them. You couldn’t possibly make a difference.” He looked at the one in his hand and said, “I can make a difference to this one.”

Who are the contributors to this atrocity?

Supreme court justices that voted in favor of Roe vs. Wade.

Social planners like Planned Parenthood who every day advise and encourage young ladies to seek abortions.

Greedy physicians who put the almighty dollar ahead of their “Hippocratic oath” to preserve life at all costs.

Owners of abortion clinics who are getting rich off of their chambers of death. They live in big fancy houses… but their houses have babies’ bones for bricks and blood for mortar.

Willing fathers and mothers who, sometimes ignorantly, sometimes intentionally, lay conscience aside and approve the procedure.

If these people just mentioned do not confess and repent… I submit to you that Pharaoh in the Old Testament and King Herod in the New Testament will, on judgment day, have to take a back seat to these groups of people just mentioned. Hitler will have to stand in line behind these people before receiving his sentence.

On Jan. 22, 1973, nine men in black robes said there are only 3 requirements in our country in order to have a legal abortion:

The baby must still be inside the mother.

The mother must submit to the procedure.

A licensed doctor must officiate.

It’s not only legal to kill a baby, it’s easy as a same day, out-patient procedure… what’s wrong with this picture?

Partial-birth abortion has all but done away with that first requirement.

(All but the babies’ head is delivered. And as the nurse holds still the wiggling body of the mostly delivered child, the doctor inserts a pair of surgical scissors into the back of the neck, then opens the scissors to crush the brain and spinal connection.)

5 years ago our Christ-professing, southern Baptist president of the U.S. had a chance to outlaw this procedure and did not. I wouldn’t want to be standing near him at the judgment… and I don’t intend on even being present at the Great White Throne judgment!

Don Fitzsimmons, executive director of the National Council of Abortion Clinics, an organization that owns over 200 abortion mills, testified before Congress that this is a very rare procedure only used when the life of the mother is at stake. A few days later he appeared on Nightline with Ted Koppel and admitted that was a lie, and that his lies were making him physically ill.

It’s legal in the U.S. to have an abortion even in the 9th month of pregnancy, and even if the mother is in labor! All that is necessary is for 1 licensed physician to reason that in his opinion the health of the mother is at stake. (Not life of the mother… health) The court describes what they mean by the “health” of the mother this way: “The medical judgment concerning the mother’s health may be exercised in the light of all factors, physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”

This means she can have an abortion if she feels that having a baby could stress her out. Or if childcare would tax her mental health. Whose mental health has not been taxed by childcare? Or, if the stigma of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy would distress her socially.

We all have heard about the girl who some years ago left the prom, gave birth to her baby into a toilet, and then returned to the dance. She was arrested for murder, as she should have been… but wait a minute. Wasn’t she told it was ok? After all, she could have taken care of that an hour earlier at a clinic and it would have been fine!

Or, you probably heard about the father who, when handed his newborn son, threw him against the wall of the delivery room, killing him. He was arrested for murder, as he should have been. But wait… it would’ve been ok just minutes before to let a doctor kill it.

Remember, several years ago a mother drowned all 5 of her children, why did she go to jail? Do you see the double standard?

One of my idols in the ministry is Dr. Adrian Rogers… who had the opportunity to testify before the Senate on this matter. After telling the Senators what the Bible says about abortion, a woman approached him outside the chamber, and she was mad. She was a “deaconess” in a church in D.C. and a lawyer. That’s 2 strikes against her so far! She put her hands on her hips and said, “You don’t understand. You are a man and you cannot possibly understand the distress a woman goes thru during an unwanted pregnancy.”

Dr. Rogers said calmly, “Let me get this straight… you are saying that if someone distresses you, it’s ok to snuff them out? Because lady, you’re distressing me right now.” She began backing up away from him. He said, “If I tried to put my hands round your neck and press with my thumbs, at least you could cry out, at least you could run. Who will cry out for the innocent unborn?!”

We’re talking about babies with souls since the moment of conception… but more than that, babies who have developed physically, with beating hearts, digesting stomachs, open eyes, hearing ears… babies which since the advent of ultrasounds have been seen recoiling in pain, desperately trying to escape their killers! And if the coroner determines a person is completely dead by the absence of brain waves, shouldn’t the presence of brain waves prove life!

Scientists say, “We don’t know that it’s alive, you can’t prove it’s alive”

Let’s err on the side of life.

Can I fire bullets thru a door if I know there’s no one standing behind it? Sure, if it’s my door.

If I’m sure there ARE people behind it… it’s murder.

But what if I’m not sure if there’s someone there or not? its negligent homicide at the very least!

What the Bible says about life in the womb:

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed in the womb, I knew you. And before you were born, I consecrated you; and I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

God knows that baby in the womb and even has a mapped-out plan for its life.

Luke 1:39-44  Greek word brevos, “babe” used here and for babies after they are born as well!

Psalm 139:13-17  unborn babies are the object of God’s love, concern, and attention.

The Bible never makes any distinction between pre-natal and post-natal life.

5 Reasons why Pro-Choice is no choice:

  1. Innocence Factor: Psalm 6:16 says God hates the shedding of innocent blood. An interesting study in the Bible is that of how innocent blood cries out to God.

Abel’s blood cried out to God when Cain killed him.

Revelation says the blood of the Christian martyrs cries out to God, “how long, O Lord, before you return and take vengeance.”

The victim in an abortion ranks as the most innocent victim ever sentenced to death.

Dr. Bernard Natheson is an OB and a GYN. He once taught at Cornell. He was at one time the director of the first and largest abortion clinic in the western hemisphere. This man performed or supervised over 60,000 abortions. Then one day he walked in and resigned, saying,

“I am deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.” Then he started speaks out to stop the shedding of innocent blood.

It’s time to build a conviction about this matter of abortion. Is it the shedding of innocent blood, which God hates, or not? You can’t ride the fence on this one. Do you follow Christ or political correctness?

I get a pain in a place I can’t locate when I hear people say, “I personally am against it, but I guess it’s true, what a woman does with her own body is her business.”

“I personally am against what Hitler did… I think he was wrong… but what he does in his gas chambers is his business!” Same thing…

  1. The Golden Rule Factor—do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Any mothers who wouldn’t mind her body being dismembered?

Any doctors who wouldn’t mind being locked into a chamber filled with corrosive fluid, left to convulse ‘til death?

Any judge or abortion clinic owner who wouldn’t mind being ripped apart with a powerful machine?

If you don’t want it to happen to you, then I suggest you not do it to anyone that is 1/20th your size, who cannot defend themselves.

  1. The Human Instinct Factor—even if you don’t know what the Bible says about abortion, it is contrary to every fiber of how human beings are built.

Romans 1 speaks about the lowest of the low in society… those who have no “natural affection.”

Few instincts are stronger than the mothering instinct… which has brought many women to the place of being willing to die for their baby, rather than put them to death.

  1. The Selfishness Factor—the pro-abortion crowd always argues about cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life. All 3 of those put together account for only 2% of abortions. 98% are based on selfishness.

If you’d like to talk about that 2% I say fine, I’ll have that conversation with you, but first, let’s deal with the other 98%!

Most of that 2% involve cases of the health of the mother. Studies show that in cases of rape and incest, because of the lack of emotional involvement of the woman, conception is extremely rare. Hospitals today say that if you can get to the hospital within 6 hours of such an occurrence, the success rate of conception prevention is 100% for all practical purposes. But, what if not, is it still a human being? Does it not deserve to retain its life? What did he or she do wrong?

The circumstances which surround the conception of a child do not determine the value of that child.

Ruth, in the Old Testament, part of the ancestry of Jesus Christ, was descended from Moab, the product of an incestuous relationship. We cannot play God in any circumstances.

70% of those who have an abortion are unmarried.

53% have no other children.

Most are over 20, white, mid to upper class, and over 1/3rd are going back for repeat abortions.

Most are results of acts of illicit sex, or they are career-minded and don’t want an interruption of their plans.

For this reason, I proclaim before you that if you want to be pro-choice, go ahead, and choose!!! Choose not to hop into bed with him, or choose to adopt it out to loving parents, in any case, choose wisely… choose life!

  1. The Freedom Factor—the pro-abortion crowd yells and screams about freedom of choice. It’s my body… it’s a matter of women’s rights!

Put it down in big letters: WHAT ABOUT THE BABY’S BODY?

IT’S TIME WE STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS, UNBORN WOMEN, THAT IS! AND UNBORN MEN!

I imagine an aborted baby in heaven asking God, how could she do that? After all, it’s MY BODY!

It’s your body, so put cocaine into it! If you get caught, you’re going to jail… or wait, if your liberal don’t punish them for breaking the law, send them to rehab… again and again and again… Where does that end?

Your body, yes. In a civilized society, NO.

It’s your body, so sell it out by means of prostitution. If you get caught, you’re going to jail.

Your body, yes. In a civilized society, NO.

Let’s say I pull out a hatchet and here before you begin chopping off my fingers. I hope some of you would stop me.

But it’s my body!

Your body, yes. In a civilized society, NO.

We take people like that and put them in a straitjacket and a rubber room!

No one has total freedom to do with their own body whatever they want.

What not to do: React in violence. It’s never right to do wrong.

What to do:

  1. Be informed. We can’t bury our heads in the sand. Ignorance is bliss, right? Well, ignoring the issue doesn’t make it go away. There’s no better platform from which to proclaim this message than the church, by the way.
  2. Work and pray… for a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  3. Teach sexual morality in the home. We need to teach our kids a higher standard than “safe sex”.
  4. We need more compassion for the unwed mother. Yes, we’ll preach against pre-marital sex. Once the mistake is made, she needs unconditional love from real bible believing Christians!
  5. Speak out clearly without apology. Isaiah 58:1 “Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet and declare to My people their transgression!”
  6. Refuse to be swayed by the high sounding arguments of liberal politicians, and so-called “experts” in the scientific field who have no moral base of morality to speak from. They are clueless and don’t even deserve our attention on this matter.
  7. Pray for God to have mercy on America, and to give us space to repent… and to bring national revival.

You’d think Sept. 11 would have brought revival and repentance… it has not. Church attendance did go up briefly, but did you know it is now down from the rate before 9/11. Did you know that giving is down drastically since 9/11? Now with COVID most churches are closed to normal services.

Judgment is coming, and if God waits much longer, he’ll owe an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah! Think about it when you cast your vote. Are you voting for the person or what their party stands for? You’re not voting for a man, you’re voting for a way of life … The only person you’re voting for is God … are with him, a Christian, or are you politically correct? What price are you willing to pay?

Yep, that’s blunt, but I would be amiss if I didn’t tell the truth. God loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him, but He gives you a choice, follow Him or …?

 Until next, KEEP LOOKING UP!   Dusty

My prayer for you: 

Father, forgive our sins and give us wisdom in these troubled times to make the right choice. Give us the faith to choose you, Lord, not necessarily the simple path but the right path.

Bless our families and loved ones and heal our land.

In Jesus, name,

AMEN

 

 

Hungry?

 

HUNGRY?

The night Jesus was born, the Angel of the Lord appeared to a group of shepherds, scared them to death, and yelled “Fear Not!”

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”—Jesus from the BeatitudesMatthew 5:6

  • Each North American produces an average of three and a half pounds of garbage per day.
  • Five million extra tons of trash is produced between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in the United States.
  • The waste generated each year in the U.S. would fill a convoy of 10-ton garbage trucks 145,000 miles long—over half-way to the moon!

 Someone complained in an e-mail about the amount of food being thrown out by Wal-Mart while there are hungry people everywhere. After a little research, they discovered that McDonald’s does it. Safeway does it. Grocery stores and convenience stores and fancy restaurants and hot dog stands do it. While people go hungry in the richest of all nations, stores, and restaurants are destroying tons of edible food each day in America.

  • According to United Nations statistics, the average North American consumes:
  • 5 times more than a person living in Mexico
  • 10 times more than a person living in China, and
  • 30 times more than a person living in India
  • Since the end of WWII, malnutrition in the U.S. has shifted from trends of undernourishment to over nutrition. Many experts agree that the scale of calorie expenditure versus calorie consumption has simply tipped in favor of consumption. The end result, according to the World Health Organization, is “globosity”—a global epidemic of fatness that has millions suffering from an “array of serious associated health disorders.”

Let’s face it: Americans are spoiled!

We have the best of everything. Our average local supermarket offers over 200 kinds of cereal to choose from! Only a very small percentage of Americans know what it really means to go hungry. This Thanksgiving Day alone, we will consume thousands of tons of food.

 UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY SPOILED IN AMERICA. WE ARE ALSO SPIRITUALLY SPOILED.

Until the COVID lockdown, every weekend, thousands of Americans make the weekly Sunday morning trek to their favorite local house of worship. There is certainly no shortage of churches. In many cities, it seems that there is a “church on every corner.” We have the best facilities money can buy. Powerful sound systems, Audio/Visual units project worship songs, sermon notes, and video clips onto screens. We have great choirs, worship teams, musical instruments/equipment, and the latest choruses from Vineyard and Integrity/Hosanna!

We have well-trained pastors, authors, and teachers. We’ve got Max Lucado, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, Dr. James Dobson, Jack Hayford, and Tony Evans. We have the best teaching material available in the best Christian bookstores on the planet. We have Christian radio stations, Christian Television (24 hours a day on “Sky Angel”), and Christian Music Concerts. We’ve got all kinds/styles of Christian music. We write and market tons of best-selling Christian books ( “The Prayer of Jabez” and the latest book in “The Harbinger” series are available in mass quantities at your nearest Wal-Mart!).

Most of us have computers with e-mail access and the ability to search the worldwide Web for anything and everything Christian imaginable. We’ve got the Bible in more versions than Baskin Robbins has flavors. We’ve got “Our Daily Bread.” We’ve got small groups. We’ve got radical youth groups and cool youth pastors and high-tech church websites. We’ve got DC Talk and the Newsboys and Jaci Velasquez and Third Day (and for those of you who are a bit older – Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming Video Collection. What have they made now, about 1,000 of those?) And how could I leave out Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber? We’ve got Veggie Tales and 3-2-1 Penguins! We’ve got it all!

And yet, our marriages are falling apart. 50% of the marriages in America end in divorce, including those who consider themselves Christians. Many Christian men, including a large number of pastors, are hooked on pornography. Our families are hurting. We may have a church on nearly every corner, but many of them either sit empty on Sunday mornings or hold only a handful of gray-haired adults who are more interested in protecting traditions than they are in experiencing the power and presence of the living God. How can Christians living in a culture of such excess keep a healthy spiritual appetite? How can we get and stay hungry for more of God?

  1. EAT RIGHT. “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”—Psalm. 34:8

One rule my Grandma had ( my grandparents raised me) in our house when I was growing up: “Don’t eat a bunch of junk food before dinner or you’ll ruin your appetite!” I could have a snack when we got home from school, but that was it. Grandma didn’t want me filling up on “junk food” because she knew if I did, I wouldn’t have any room left for the nutritious meal she’d be serving for dinner. Being a good grandma, she knew that Twinkies, cookies, and candy did not have the same nutritional value as green beans, corn on the cob, salad—and occasionally the “dreaded Brussel sprouts.”

Her rule did not hurt my appetite. In fact, it made me even hungrier for the right things, the best things, the healthy food. Along about 6:00 PM, the smell of dinner cooking would reach me and my olfactory senses would kick into overdrive. Roast beef with mashed potatoes, and all those memorable homemade meals of pizza, Lasagna, Ham, Turkey, and Chicken, just to name a few. When grandma would call us for dinner and I was like the “Road Runner.” (I was in my seat in a blur) And I would sit for the next 30 minutes or so and feast on a delicious home-cooked meal. (Man, I’m getting hungry!)

The Psalmist knew what he was talking about when he wrote, “O taste and see that the Lord He is good.” God is so good! God always has been and always will be best for us! The problem is, so many Christians today fill up on “spiritual junk food” that we aren’t hungry for God! We’ll talk for hours to a friend via e-mail or the telephone, but we don’t have time to pray. We’ll read the latest romance novel cover-to-cover or the entire sports section of USA Today, but we can’t seem to get interested in reading the Bible. We’ll sit for hours in front of the TV set with never a complaint, but it’s too much effort to get up and go sit in church for an hour and a half on Sunday morning. (Maybe we should start passing out Doritos when we receive the offering!)

We’ve got all the recipes for spiritual growth right here,          but we’re not hungry because we keep snacking on worldly junk food.

For the healthy Christian, there’s no substitute for the Word and prayer. There are no shortcuts for those two things if you want to stay hungry. Many of us have no room left over for God in our spiritual bellies because we’ve gorged ourselves on things like gossip magazines and daytime soap operas. We know more about the latest websites than we do about the Word. Every day God spreads out a smorgasbord before us but we’re not hungry because we’ve been hanging out at the “Carnival of Carnality” stuffing ourselves with spiritual cotton candy. We have no appetite left for God. We fill our lives with so many things and yet, many Christians know full well that they are spiritually malnourished. The sinful condition of their private lives is proof.

You should include in your prayers every day: “God, help me cultivate a daily hunger for you and for your Word! Help me eat right!”

 It’s possible to stuff yourself and still be malnourished. Have you lost your appetite for the things of God? You’ve gotta’ stop snacking on the junk food! You’re spoiling your appetite. Save some room for the good stuff. Pull up a chair at the banquet table. Taste and see that the Lord, He is good.” You’ve gotta’ EAT RIGHT.

  1. EXERCISE YOUR FAITH! “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?” “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2:14a and 17b

Christian Comedian Mark Lowry once said on exercise: “I hate exercise—it’s too much work! I do one sit-up a day. In the morning I sit up in bed… that’s half when I lay down at night, that’s the other half!”

When you work hard, you work up a good appetite. James says, “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” J.O. Fraser, missionary to China – “Faith is like a muscle which grows stronger and stronger with use, rather than rubber, which weakens when it is stretched.”

When you stretch a lot of American “Christians” they break. Our marriages are breaking our emotions are breaking, and our commitments are breaking. Why? Could the reason be that we come to our churches for appearances and now with COVID lockdown we even skip reading the bible altogether and sit around like couch potatoes—“church a distant second in our mind. How about witnessing?  In reality, many Christians never do any witnessing. In a recent survey conducted by the A/G, the majority of Christians in America admitted they hadn’t witnessed to one person in the course of an entire year.

We march into our churches and demand, “Feed me!” But we never exercise our faith! The world is starving for answers all around us, but we leave our Christianity at the church door. Oh, we’ve got all the workout gear. We’ve got our spiritual Nikes. We’re like some guy who joined a health club, went out and bought expensive new cross-trainer shoes, new shorts, tank top, and sweats. We’ve sat through several sessions on how to use all the different pieces of workout equipment. We can tell others how to use the equipment. (Some of us even think we know more about how to use the equipment than the pastor does!) But we never do anything! We never actually get any exercise. Our biggest workout of the week was coming to the gym on Sunday!

If you want to get and stay hungry for God, you’ve got to take your faith beyond Sunday and give it some exercise during the week! It’s hard to stay hungry for God when you never attempt anything that makes you need Him. Obligate yourself!

III. WORK OUT WITH JESUS. “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…” – Hebrews 12:1b-2a

When you work out, you want to work out with someone who will push you past what you thought you could do. Why? To be the best you can be. To make sure you are in peak performance condition for the long season ahead, to avoid injuries.

Unless you have strong personal discipline and pain threshold, you won’t push yourself as hard as you need to in order to have that competitive edge on the field/court. In the off-season, Covid lockdown, when you’re not playing every day/week against the competition, you can get lazy and slack off. You might think you’re really pushing yourself, but when you get back with the competition, you’ll find out you’re not in as good a shape as you thought you were. You were measuring yourself against the wrong standard. A personal trainer keeps you in tip-top shape. They get “in your face” and push you to do more—to reach down and “suck it up.” They keep you hungry to win.

I challenge you to work out daily with Jesus. He will push you. He knows what it means to be a champion. He’s been to the cross. He’s defeated death, hell, and the grave. He knows what it takes to win the daily confrontation with sin. He expects greatness from you because He alone can look inside and see all your God-given potential. He will train you to see the world differently. He’ll push you past your own selfishness to see the needs of people around you. To understand the pain in their hearts, to love the unlovable, to see value in every life. He’ll develop a hunger for the things of God in you. You’ll begin to feel His passion for the lost. He’ll breathe the power of the Holy Spirit into you. Make you “more than a conqueror…” You’ll never be the same!

What do you say? Are you up for the challenge? What would it be like to have Jesus for your personal spiritual fitness trainer every day?

Have you lost your appetite for the things of God? You’ve gotta’ EAT RIGHT. Stop snacking on junk food! Don’t spoil your appetite. Save room for the good stuff.Taste and see that the Lord, He is good.”

EXERCISE YOUR FAITH! If you want to get and stay hungry for God, you’ve got to take your faith out and give it some exercise during the week!

WORK OUT WITH JESUS. Is Jesus your passion, your motivation, your greatest desire? Does your heartbreak for the things that break the heart of God? I challenge you to work out daily with Jesus. He will push you. You will never be the same!

I pray this message has encouraged you to step out and step up. In these times AHEAD God needs each and every one of us to be bold and strong in our faith, Fear and paranoia are NOT of God.

Be blessed, my Friends!     Dusty

My prayer for you:

Lord Jesus,

Have mercy on us and forgive our sins. Father, heal our land and give our leaders Godly wisdom… Reveal the truth to our people and disclose the evil ones that would destroy our country. Lord, we give you all the praise and glory!

In Jesus name, we pray,  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do You Think The Lord Would Vote?

    VOTE      VOTE                    VOTE                                       VOTE            VOTE

Here are just three scriptures to help you figure it out if you don’t already know. Vote for what they stand for … not their personality!

Jeremiah 1:5,  Leviticus 18:22, 2 Chronicles 7:14

I DID NOT WRITE THIS but I agree with everything in it wholeheartedly and support everything in it I felt the need to repost because people need to read this and re-share it as much as possible in the hope that they see for themselves EVERYTHING THE DEMOCRATS WANT IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE AND IF ELECTED THE WILL DELIVER ON IT. I am not voting for a man. I am voting for the principles for which this country has stood since its founding. I am voting for Constitutional government. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition of the founding of our nation on Biblical principles. I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated. I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place so that a few heavily populated liberal centers do not control the elections. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after.

 

My Prayer for You:

Lord open the hearts, ears, and eyes to hear and see where our country is headed. As always, you are giving us a choice. I believe this election is the most important choice our country will ever make and I pray Christians will look at what’s at stake, not whether they like a person, we’re not voting for a man, we’re voting for our country and a way of life. Lord, none of us are perfect. We all fall short, but we know we are supposed to try to be as Christlike as possible. Lord, I vote one nation under God as our founding fathers meant it to be. I pray the ones claiming your name vote the way you would and start bring this great nation back in line with you. 

We thank you, Lord, for your love and it’s in Jesus’ name we pray,   Amen

 

Live and Let Live…Really?

 

 

I usually end my messages with a prayer, but this Sunday morning I feel led to start with one. 

I am sure every hate thing on the internet, TV, and media that are being said about our president brings tears to our Lord and savior. Like all believers, President Trump is one of Yours Lord, You love him as You do all of us.

Politics, I mean all politics should be put aside in this hour of need and a corporate pray go forth to ask for a healing of our president and for everyone suffering from COVID.

Heavenly Father, 

So many people are suffering from this virus around the world, and I know you are our healer and our Lord. You have the power to stop this plage in its tracks. I also know there are non- believers and uncontrolled evil in this world. I pray for the perpetrators, for their souls and hearts to be changed and turned to you. I pray for healing to begin physically and spiritually. I ask Lord for an end of this senseless violence and the lies being told to be exposed and the guilty ones punished for crimes commented.  Lord, touch our president this day with your healing hand and all people around him and allow him to continue the task you have given him to do.

I ask this in the precious name of Jesus,

Amen 

Have you ever taken the time to read the comments at the end of a news story? I’m like many people these days, I have a hard time believing the media. To be honest, I only watch Fox news and I know they’re not always right on. At least they are not one-sided with all the negative vile being spewed on the other broadcasts. Some things said is blasphemy, pure and simple. The one’s saying these things will face the wrath of God at some point. You can’t believe in God and condone abortion, same-sex marriage, gender change, and homosexuality. It doesn’t matter if you’re a catholic, Jew, or protestant, they’re against God’s law.  If you go along with and agree these things are up to the individual, then you need to reassess your Christian walk, you’ve taken the wrong fork in the road. YOU CAN’T be politically correct and biblically correct, it’s oil and water. Scripture is very clear about unrepentant sin. Simple, either get right with God or face His wrath, grey area doesn’t hold sway with God. If you believe any of the aforementioned practices are alright, this message is especially for you and a refresher course for others.

God’s wrath is His reaction to sin and evil. Many today have a misunderstanding of God’s wrath in that they compare God’s wrath to man’s anger. Man’s anger is manifested in fits of rage, retaliation, screaming, shouting abuse, and acts of violence. God’s wrath is His reaction to sin and evil due to His righteousness. Don’t compare God’s wrath to man’s anger. Man’s anger is sin. God’s wrath is the result of His righteousness.

Under the old covenant, God’s wrath or His reaction to sin and evil was revealed beginning in the garden when Adam and Eve were separated from His presence because of their sin. His wrath was revealed in the flood that came upon the earth in Genesis chapters 6-8. In the Old Testament, His wrath was revealed through famine, pestilence, drought, and annihilation.

The wrath of God displayed under the old covenant describes and points to the wrath of God that is to come at the end of this age. Daniel has a vision concerning it given to us in Daniel Chapter 8. (Daniel 8:19 NAS) “He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.” Jesus said (Matthew 24:21 NAS) “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.” Revelation chapters 5-19 gives a vivid description of the wrath of God that is to come at the end of this age on all those who do not love Jesus.

It is important that servants of Jesus understand the wrath of God that is to come. That is why we are given Revelation. Revelation begins by saying (Revelation 1:1 NAS) “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place”. Why is it so important that servants of Jesus understand the wrath of God which is to come? First of all, an understanding of the wrath to come will motivate us to a life of holiness by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. Second of all, an understanding of the wrath to come will motivate us to proclaim the good news of God now so that “whosoever” will come to Jesus and be saved from the wrath that is to come.

Signs of the end of this age are all around us. I believe it is crucial today that servants of Jesus understand what is coming.

In Paul’s conclusion of Romans chapter 1, he is not talking about God’s past wrath or God’s future wrath. Paul is talking about God’s present wrath. He is referring to God’s reaction to sin and evil in our day; right now; in the present.

HOW GOD’S WRATH IS BEING REVEALED IN OUR DAY.

(Romans 1:18-32 NAS) “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, {19} since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. {20} For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. {21} For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. {22} Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools {23} and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. {24} Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. {25} They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. {26} Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. {27} In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. {28} Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. {29} They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, {30} slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; {31} they are senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless {32} Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Please notice the added emphasis in the above Scripture. The wrath of God is being revealed today through God turning people over to their sin. In Romans 1:21-24, we are told that people have exchanged the glory of God for things. The result is that God has given them over to their sin. In Romans 1:25-27, we are told that people have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. The result is that God has given them over to their sin. In Romans 1:28-32, we are told that people have exchanged the knowledge of God for the knowledge of the world. The result is that God has given them over to their sin.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT GOD’S WRATH IS NOT HIS FINAL WORD TO US.

Romans 1:18 talks of the wrath of God being “revealed” to us today. It is revealed to us today through God turning people over to their sin. Please be reminded that God’s righteousness has already been revealed to us. (Romans 1:17NAS) “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”” The opposite of God’s wrath is God’s righteousness. God’s wrath is being revealed to us today through God turning people over to their sin. God’s righteousness has been revealed to us through the gospel; the good news of God which tells us that there is a solution to our sin problem. Jesus is the solution! Jesus died for our sins. After three days in the grave, he rose from the grave re-glorified. Because He conquered death, hell, and the grave, it gives us the opportunity to live victoriously in this life and eternally around the throne of God basking in His righteousness. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to walk in victory.

The moment we place faith in what God did for us at the cross through Jesus, the power of sin is broken over us. Jesus becomes our Savior and we make Him our Lord as we die to sinful self. Sin no longer controls us. Jesus regenerates us into new creatures by giving us the Holy Spirit to indwell in us. We start walking in the Spirit instead of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16-26 NAS) “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. {17} For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other so that you do not do what you want. {18} But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. {19} The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; {20} idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions {21} and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. {22} But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, {23} gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. {24} Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. {25} Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. {26} Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

Beloved, we live in a world that grows increasingly out of step with the gospel. The wrath of God is being revealed in our day through God turning sinful people over to their sin. God has given us everything we need to avoid His present wrath and His wrath to come on all who do not love Jesus. God has given us His Word, which is the authoritative guide for all of our beliefs and actions. He has given us Jesus to be our Savior and our Lord. He has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us to live holy lives in the midst of a wicked and perverse world. Live by the Spirit! Walk-in total victory! Be consumed in God’s righteousness instead of being consumed by His wrath! Praise be to an awesome God who loves us!

I hope this lesson has helped you understand your part in a true believer’s walk. How are you doing? Don’t let your political preferences derail your Christian walk, it could be fatal. A vaper is a lot less than all eternity. Don’t let hate or fear choose your destination.

I pray and care about each and every one of you. Until we get together again stay safe and God’s many blessings to you and yours!       Dusty

 

My prayer for you:

I pray God’s many blessings on each of you and discernment for the days ahead. I pray you truly seek the holy spirit in all that you do. I ask the Lord for a cleansing of our nation and a return to our Christian foundation. Forgive us Father of our sins. We ask this in the name above all names, Jesus Christ!

A men

 

Courage In The Face Of Our Enemy

 

As the days slip by, each one begins to look like the day before and they all seem to run together. With our activities limited by covid restrictions, we try to find ways to carry on our ministries. Then when we get very little response to what we feel lead to do, we start second guessing if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.

Wow! that’s a mouth full, I hope it makes sense. I guess what I’m trying to say is; don’t let the devil play with your mind. His job is to compromise your effectiveness in this torn and troubled world. When we’re pretty much alone with only our immediate family around us for support and we’re left to our own devices, we can sure second ourselves. That’s when the feeling of loss comes in and the devil starts his rhetoric.

Here’s your answer, if you get anything from my lessons, get this, it’s simple … GO TO THE ROCK!  Get on your face and pray, satan must flee at the name of Jesus, he has no power over a child of God (YOU). Satan has only one mission, John 10: 10-29Whatever life brings, remember God is still in control. It takes courage to be a christian and be politically incorrect. An unquestionable patriot put courage this way; John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.” Jesus phrased it this way: Luke 9:23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Some of the passion, the suffering, the hardship of the cross is lost on us due to time and to the glory that is now associated with the cross. But, Jesus was not here pointing to the glory of the cross. He was pointing to the suffering, the pain, and the hardship that is brought upon the one who desires the Christian life. Luke 9:24 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

Being a Christian is not easy. Jesus pointed to this principle in Luke 14:26-33 where He commands that the one who wants to follow Him must first consider what it will cost.

Let me encourage you to step up, stand up for God and country in this time of need. You are empowered by the holy spirit and filled with living water and the gates of hell can not prevail, Matthew 16: 17-19. You are not alone! He said He would never leave you Hebrews 13:5

If you want to talk or pray together, email me (prospectorsforgod@gmail.com) and we’ll hook up by phone or text.  I pray this latest message I felt the Lord wanted me to write touched the hearts of those in doubt … Keep up the good fight … KEEP LOOKING UP! Until we get together again, many blessings.     Dusty

My prayer for you:

Father, how heartbreaking to see all the violence and unrest going on in our country. Our police officers who serve to protect us are under attack. I pray the truth come out and the true instigators are exposed and  all the deceivers held accountable.  I pray the ones wanting to change our country by throwing you out and forcing a way of life on us unconscionable to a Christian belief be brought to justice.

Lord, I pray for courage, for all believers to stand in the face of those who would allow paranoia to take over their lives. Give them the discernment to see through all the hype and lies we are being feed every day.

Bless and protect all our leaders doing your will!

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

Make A Difference … Now!

 

In this time of self-imposed house arrest, we find ourselves with extra time on our hands and maybe even having a hard time filling our days. Here’s a thought … How about spending some time with the Lord? I don’t mean asking Him for this or that; I mean getting to know Him. He is your heavenly Father, don’t you think it’s about you got to know Him. He wants us to come to with our needs but He also wants a relationship with you, one on one. The more time you spend in the word and having a heart-felt conversation with the Father, the more you’ll want to learn.  

All our hope is in Jesus Christ, He is the answer to what’s going on today. You ask then why hasn’t He done something about our country’s crisis.? Simple … He’s waiting on us.

Let me give you an analogy using a problem we have today; You know how president Trump wants to go in and clean up Portland, but he has to wait on the mayor to ask for help? The mayor needs to change his heart and admit he has a problem. It’s kind of like that with the Lord, He gave us a free will and until we change our ways and come to Him, His hands are tied.

We can stop being selfish with the me, me, me attitude or stay on this road to destruction.

Let’s get into the word and see how to get on track …

John 6:22-27

22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

Words to the People

26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

Which interests you more—who Jesus is or what He can do for you? I’m afraid that too many of us are more concerned about what He can give us than we are about getting to know who He is.

But this is nothing new—Jesus had this problem when He walked on earth. The crowds often sought Him out for what He could do for them. Even though their needs were often legitimate, Christ knew their motives.

There is a fine line between selfishly trying to use the Lord to get what we want and humbly coming to Him with our needs and struggles. Some issues we bring to Him are so pressing and urgent in our minds that our desire for Him to take action in the way we want becomes greater than our willingness to submit to His will. At times, what we call “faith” is really a demanding spirit.

We must remember that our needs will come to an end, but Jesus Christ will remain forever. If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, we’ve missed a great opportunity to get to know the One with whom we’ll spend eternity. Let’s invest time in pursuing intimacy with Christ. Then we can enjoy the benefits of that relationship forever.

How much of your communion with God is devoted to your needs—even legitimate ones? Are you spending any time getting to know the Lord? Although God delights in our prayers and tells us to pray about everything, He also wants us to come to Him just because we enjoy being with Him.

Well, did this help you? Don’t put your bible down, wonder around in it for a while longer, letting the Holy Spirit lead you. If you don’t have a bible, no problem, we’ll send you one totally free, including shipping … no strings attached! Just go to our contact page and let us know we’ll get it in the mail. Send us your comments or request a subject for us to address. We sure like hearing from yah all.

Until next time, Many Blessings, stay safe, and KEEP LOOKING UP!     Dusty

My Prayer for you: 

Heavenly Father,

You are so patience with your children; you love us so much. I pray for my brother and sisters in need of a touch from you this day. I ask you to bless all and forgive our sins. We need You, and I pray for grace and mercy for our land. I pray you will reveal the evil for what it is and change the hearts of the evildoers.

We thank you, Lord, and we praise your Holy Name!

In Jesus Christ, we pray,

Amen

 

We Need Patience! (WAITING ON THE LORD)

 

I thought this message might be appropriate for this time in our current situation, house arrest, face masks, not working, can’t go to church, fake news, riots, I can go on and on but I think you get my point. Personally, I can’t see how a God fearing Christian can vote for anyone condoning baby killing (abortion), rioting, the rainbow movement or any number of things being forced down our throats in the name of “political correctness” … what a bunch of hogs wash! I can’t believe someone would hate an individual so much, that they would go along with destroying our country and our way of life. It is beyond my understanding.

I pray the Lord will intervene and stop this craziness and violence. We really need to  exercise our patience and faith, and yes … wait upon the Lord.

Hey! now don’t stop reading because I said that … this advice comes from a much source  higher than me, I’m just the messenger, let me show you where it comes from …

PSALM 25:3-5

3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.

 ROMANS 8:28

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle—it takes discipline and commitment. I can think of four basic requirements for successful waiting.

ISAIAH 55:8-9

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughtsNor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.

9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways

And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

FaithThe Lord’s ways and timing are nothing like ours (Isaiah. 55:8-9). From a human standpoint, He usually does things in a totally different way than we expect. But as we trust Him more, we’ll discover that His approach isn’t so strange after all. And when we live in harmony with God’s will, His timing starts to make sense.

Humility. To wait for the Lord, you must be convinced of your need for Him. Submission to His divine will requires humility—you cannot charge ahead with your own plans and at the same time be fully surrendered to God.

Patience. Are you willing to remain in your current position until you receive clear divine direction? Pausing for clarity from God does not mean that you disengage and allow circumstances to fall apart around you. Waiting upon the Lord is a deliberate decision that requires patience.

Courage. Waiting for God often takes courage, especially when there is pressure to act. If you’re not careful, you might stop listening to the Lord and follow other advice. So keep your ear attuned to the voice of Almighty God, and you won’t go wrong.

Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.

ISAIAH 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who [a]wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will [
b]mount up with [c]wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 40:31 or hope in
  2. Isaiah 40:31 or sprout wings
  3. Isaiah 40:31 or pinions

 God has a purpose and plan for your life, and His timing is perfect. Sometimes He answers our prayers with “yes” or “no.” But at other times, He says “not now”–when that is the case, we can avail ourselves of the rich rewards that come when we wait.

One very practical blessing is that God strengthens us as we lean on Him during delays. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that “those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength.” We are given the metaphor of an eagle with wind beneath his wings. It is interesting to note that the words “wind” and “spirit” come from the same Greek word—pneuma (NOO-MUH). The spirit of God lifts us up, and His energy and strength sustain us as we abide in Him.

2 CHRON. 20:15

1 Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 “For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law. 4 “But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him. 5 “In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 “Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.” 8 Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD. 9 He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. 10 So they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. 11 They sacrificed to the LORD that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 They entered into the covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and soul; 13 and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman. 14 Moreover, they made an oath to the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets and with horns. 15 All Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they had sworn with their whole heart and had sought Him earnestly, and He let them find Him. So the LORD gave them rest on every side. 

When we are facing a difficult decision, the real key is learning to wait. There is no verse of Scripture that tells us to take control and fight our own battles. God is the one who fights them on our behalf

Listen to what happened to Asa when he listened;

PSALM 40:1-3

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry

2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our GodMany will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

 When David faced his greatest battles, he waited upon the Lord. God delivered him from destruction and set his feet on solid ground. (Psalm 40:1-3) He will do the same for you. When you abide in Him, He gives supernatural energy to accomplish the things He requires of you—His Spirit does for you what you cannot do for yourself.

In reading through the Scriptures, we see that every time one of God’s saints gains a victory, he or she is waiting and trusting in the Lord. You can likewise experience triumph in your life. When you have the omnipotent Creator of the universe acting on your behalf, you can’t lose.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior? If you died in the next moment, do you know where you would go? Those are two of the most important you can ask yourself and answer honestly. Both those questions are really between you and God.  If you want to know more, we have a lot that can help you understand more on this website. Accepting Jesus doesn’t end your life, on the contrary, you will have started on an adventure that will never end.

How’s your way been working? … Come on now, it’s just you and me. I’m not talking wealth, toys or recognition. All that goes away when you die. Is there an eternity, a life hereafter, or … nothing? It’s your choice. I’ve made mine and I hope I get to see you there … 

I’d love to say, ” I told you so! ”  I love you in Jesus, until next time, stay safe and KEEP LOOKING UP!   Dusty

 My prayer for you: 

Lord, what a mess we’ve made for ourselves and I believe only you can heal our land. Right now I’m not talking about covid-19, I talking about the self-destructive course our country has put itself on. Lord, I ask you to intervene, to touch hearts and bring our country back in line with your word. I pray for an end to the violence and the people causing the unrest to be revealed and brought to justice.

Lord bless our leaders with wisdom and bring the ones to power that will put this country back on course with your plans for us.

We thank you for what you do and give you all the praise and glory!

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen